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Baby Proofing and an 8 Month Update

Baby Proofing and an 8 Month Update | A Mother's Pace

Our Little E turned 8 months last week. She is a blessing to our family and adds so much joy to our daily life. 

She’s always laughing and going with the flow of our family. She’s rarely cranky, except while teething. Little E’s a great eater and loves to try new foods. 

Her biggest change recently is that she has become mobile.

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She’s not officially crawling yet but she is definitely getting around. She gets up on all fours and scoots backwards. She rolls. She leans forward to grab something and moves a little at a time while reaching out.

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With two other children in the house (a 4-year-old and an almost 3-year-old) it is a huge challenge to baby proof the house. About 90% of the toys that the kids play with on a daily basis are too small for Little E. Little plastic dinosaurs, legos, and trains just to name a few. 

Recently, though, toys were not the problem. Little E’s main playing area is the living room. I can watch her easily from the kitchen and dining room which is what I was doing when she found the aloe plant. 

We’ve had the aloe plant for awhile and I never really considered moving it up high away from the kids. (Ridiculous, I know!) Now that I’ve read about plants that can be poisonous I’ve moved a few plants to other rooms and will find places up high away from the kiddos. 

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Back to Little E. She was playing by her basket of toys, sitting with her back to me. I thought she had her toys from where I was watching her from across the room. After a few minutes I came in to check on her and saw that she had the aloe. She had a lot of it. Evidently, it tastes pretty good. 

I scooped what was left of the aloe out of her mouth. Googled it and then went downstairs to discuss it with my husband. This was one of those times that I’m so happy he works from home!

We decided to go ahead and call poison control, which, even though they didn’t tell us anything different from Google, I’m glad we did. Peace of mind. 

Aloe is a laxative and so her stools might be different but so far she’s not showing any symptoms. Other than that she should be fine. 

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This was my wake up call. Now we need to get on the baby proofing and decide what we are going to do with all these toys. Any day now she’s going to be crawling forward and there will be no stopping her! 

There are a lot of small and dangerous items in a household and many things you can do to baby-proof. Here are just a few things that we are currently working on to get our house ready for our mover.

Baby Proofing and an 8 Month Update | A Mother's Pace

  • Get down on your hands and knees. The view from down low is different and you may see things you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.
  • Use baby gates and knob covers. We have a gate to our basement and knob locks on doors to areas that aren’t baby-proofed. 
  • Move or fasten down furniture that is not stable. Plant stands, shelving, etc…
  • Do a double take of everyday things. When you are down on all fours look at everything. Some things blend in and you don’t think about them (for us, plants!). 


What did you have to baby proof that you didn’t initially thing about? 

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Sausage Bake

Every now and again I come across something that we are enjoying so much that it’s hard not to share it with you. 

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Sausage Bake is easily one of my favorite meals lately. It was a meal that my sister and her husband made for us while visiting a while back. They follow the paleo diet and we were having our brother over as well. He follows a vegan diet. 

Do you see the problem here??? Trying to find a meal that will work for both the vegan and the paleo diet is not an easy task. This turned out to be the perfect meal. Filling and oh so tasty. 

We’ve made this dish several times over the past few months and made it our own. 

Have I mentioned it’s super easy?

Just chop up some veggies so that they are the same approximate size. We used sweet potato, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onion, red pepper, green pepper, carrot and apples this time around. Use any veggies that you like but don’t leave out the apples, they make the dish!

Place the veggies and apples in a baking dish. We usually use a jelly roll pan, but any dish will do. But don’t pile them on too high. They should be spread out so they roast well.

Drizzle a small amount of olive oil and sprinkle some salt and pepper.

Sausage Bake | A Mother's PaceFor the meat eaters, ball up the sausage into small chunks and place on top of the veggies. We usually use half a pound of sausage.

Repeat for the vegan dish but leave off the meat, of course.

Bake for about 30-40 minutes at 375 degrees. 

This week we paired the Sausage Bake with some cheese and some tasty bread to complete our meal. As you can tell we are neither vegan or paleo! 

Enjoy!

Have you cooked a vegan/paleo friendly meal? What is your favorite meal lately?

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Running and Strength Training

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I love that the chilly fall air is giving me the opportunity to enjoy running outside in the afternoon and not just early in the morning to beat the heat. 

I’ve taken advantage of it several times this past week. My 8 month old daughter is doing some serious teething right now so she’s not sleeping well during the night. I guess I should specify that she sleeps well if she’s held. For a couple of nights last week I had between 3.5 and 4 hours of sleep and my husband was up with her too at various times. 

Needless to say when I am just getting in to bed at 5:00 a.m. I’m not going to hop out of bed when my running alarm goes off at 5:30! 

Instead it’s worked out to run in the afternoon. Outside. I love it! Since it’s not dark I can listen to music and until now I hadn’t realized how much I had missed it.

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I’ve also had a good week of Strength Training. I’m still loving the Nike Training Club app on my phone and trying out new workouts from it. The ab workout above is one of my favorites. This week I squeezed in a spontaneous workout while my kids were playing near by. An ab workout in jeans and Toms? Whatever works!

The ‘Better Butt’ workout last week was a killer. My legs were hurting more for a couple of days than they were after my last half marathon race. I’m definitely doing this one again.

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I also did my speed work of the week on the treadmill. It’s hard for me to do speed work in my neighborhood in the dark. I’m not sure why. I still feel like I’m cheating when I do it on the treadmill but it’s better than nothing!

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I ran a mile warm up (9:50 pace) then I started in on my 400′s. Each 400 interval was at an 8:02 pace and the rest intervals were at a 9:05 pace. I ran 7 400′s and then cooled down for a mile (9:12 pace). 5 miles total for an 8:52 average pace. It was a fun challenge but I’m happy to see my average pace for a run in the 8′s again!


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Our Halloween festivities have started already. The kids were able to dress up for a fall party at school. Halloween is just too much fun with kids in the house!


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Weekly Workouts

Monday: 3 easy miles (10:08 pace) + NTC Ab Burner

Tuesday: 5 speed work treadmill miles (8:52 pace)

Wednesday: Rest Day + NTC Better Butt


Thursday: 3 [supposed to be easy but ended up a little faster] miles (9:27 pace)


Friday: 4 easy miles (9:41 pace) + NTC Back Definer


Saturday: Rest


Sunday: 6 miles at long run pace (10:01 pace)


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Total Running Miles: 21.06
Weekly Average Pace: 9:36

October Running Miles: 71.18
2013 Running Miles: 449.12


Can you do speed work in the dark? What time of day do you run?


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Staying at home with kids sounds easy, right? Life with 3 little ones is busier than I imagined. I don’t write every day on the blog but I do update Facebook, Twitter and Instagram more often. 

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