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One of the best feelings in the world:  I am in bed, slowly open my eyes, and stare at the ceiling in silence.  I look at the baby monitor, and Henry is still asleep.  I have woken up before him!  Wahoo!  I creep out of bed (as not to disturb the Husband, Maggie, James, and Pippa… it’s a packed bed these days), make coffee, and enjoy another half hour of quiet before Henry wakes up.  Bliss.  Pure bliss.  Nothing feels as amazing as your baby sleeping through the night.  Seriously.

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I need to clean leaves out of the gutters.  Today.  No more procrastination.

 

I am experiencing the post-race high.  I browsed the Interwebs for local half marathons for a bit, and then I came to my senses (I had fun at the race, but long training runs were generally not my friend).  However, I stumbled upon an 8K that is a few miles from my house, this Saturday, and starts at 3 PM.  Hello, most perfect race ever.  I immediately registered myself. 

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I’ve only ran an 8K once before, and I ran with a friend.  We talked, had fun, and finished in about 50  minutes.  Based on last weekend’s half performance, I know that I can set a new personal record.  It’s been a while since I PRed so I am totally looking forward to this.  Setting a PR is another “one of the best feelings in the world,” but baby sleep definitely comes before PRing.

 

I have a huge pimple on my forehead, and it is one centimeter away from being hidden by my bangs.  Drat. 

 

Breakfast was freaking delicious.

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So.  That’s all I got for you this morning.  Baby sleep, gutters, races, pimples, breakfast.  Awesome, huh?

 

Oh – one last random thought:

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What’s your random thought of the day?

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  • Tiffany January 22, 2013, 9:57 am

    Congrats on your race this past weekend :)

    Put a little coconut oil on your pimple and it will reduce the redness and hopefully be gone by tomorrow. I use this trick all the time. Before bed I moisturize my face with it!

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  • Allison January 22, 2013, 9:57 am

    Henry just gets cuter and cuter! My random thought is that my 2 year old is currently sitting in her booster seat in the middle of the living room watching Hop and I think it’s one of the cutest positions I’ve ever seen her in :)

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  • Nikole January 22, 2013, 10:03 am

    I am so jealous of you sleep. My son is exactly one month older than Henry and has been sleeping through the nights most of the time for the last couple of months, last night was not one of them. He is teething again and was up every hour until 2am and then up until 4:30. I had to go to our guest bedroom so my husband could sleep. He then only slept about another hour. How did we function on such little sleep for so long? It is amazing how quickly we can get used to normal sleep. I love that you are running another race so soon. I just signed up for my first ever 5k. I am doing Couch to 5k and I am so excited to have a goal to work towards!

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  • Jessie January 22, 2013, 10:21 am

    How do you ever do the “horizontal polka” w all the pets and stuff?! Or has that kind of fallen to the way side? I haven’t seen you talk about it and I’m curious as I’m dealing with a similar situation myself. Thanks!

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  • Ali @ Super Mario Twins January 22, 2013, 10:26 am

    A FB friend of mine recently wrote that her new years resolution was to run at least one race a month for the entire year. I thought that was pretty cool! I tried to find a local one before the end of the month but no dice! Maybe I’ll shoot for 11 out of 12 months!

    Random thought: I totally forgot I had a pseudo-scandalous dream about a co-worker this weekend until I saw him this morning. Holy awkward!!!

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  • Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 22, 2013, 10:27 am

    That picture of Henry is absolutely adorable :) Glad you got to sleep in a bit! Unfortunately I was awoken early by my dog. She’s like a baby sometimes I swear :-P

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  • Lauren January 22, 2013, 10:28 am

    Even though I don’t have a baby waking me up each morning, I know what you mean about the beautiful feeling of waking on your own. Such a great feeling to naturally rise.
    An 8K sounds like a fantastic distance. Sometimes you want a little more than a 5K but not necessarily a 10K so this sounds ideal.

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  • Cortney January 22, 2013, 10:36 am

    I love that between-the-bars crib shot of Henry – He is ADORABLE!!! Good luck on setting your PR! :)

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  • Whitney January 22, 2013, 10:36 am

    Your breakfast looks yum yum!

    Random thought when eating meals throughout the day: “Eat breakfast like a king, Eat lunch like a prince and Eat dinner like a pauper.” :)

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  • Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras January 22, 2013, 10:37 am

    Random thought: This lapsang souchong tea I’m drinking is amazaballs.
    Have a great day!

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  • Catherine January 22, 2013, 10:54 am

    That picture is great! He looks so happy to see you. I love peeking through the crib bars and watching baby try to find me :)

    I am in your opposite position! My baby has been sleeping 10-12 hours straight through the night since she was barely 2 months old. On the exact night she turned 7 months, she started waking up (constantly) at night, and it was even worse than her newborn days. A few days later, I found out why when I saw 2 little bottom teeth poking through. It’s strange because I never needed to “adjust” to the sleep deprivation after she was born. It kind of came naturally, but that’s not the case this time…

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  • Elise @ Expeditions of Elise January 22, 2013, 11:14 am

    I just ran an 8K a few weeks ago. It was my first race longer than a 5K and it was really fun! I like the distance because its odd, but I also liked it because there were only three girls in my age group and three trophies ;)

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  • Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) January 22, 2013, 11:26 am

    I absolutely love that pic of Henry! It makes me smile. :)

    Good luck with the race. I’m going to check that one out.

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  • sara @ fitcupcaker January 22, 2013, 12:05 pm

    My random thought is, I am craving more almond butter! I had some this morning and it was so good! I cant get it out of my head!

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  • Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit January 22, 2013, 12:33 pm

    So glad you were able to get some much-needed blissful you time! :D

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  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 22, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Your breakfast does look amazing and I LOVE waking up early before anyone else, and taking a little time to have some coffee and relax.

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  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action January 22, 2013, 1:54 pm

    I love random thought posts! Good luck on your race over the weekend.

    My random thought of the day is how happy I am that the roads were not icy- as I was driving on them for over 3 hours today.

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  • Shel@PeachyPalate January 22, 2013, 1:58 pm

    8 k sounds like the perfect race! Stick some turmeric mixed with some water on the pimple to dry it out and reduce the inflammation!

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  • Abby January 22, 2013, 2:10 pm

    psssssst… what are those hashbrown looking things on your breakfast plate???

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    • Caitlin January 22, 2013, 2:20 pm

      Trader joe hashbrowns!

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      • Tara January 22, 2013, 8:15 pm

        Are they toaster hashbrowns?! I don’t think I’ve seen those in 15 years. Salivating over here…

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  • Abby January 22, 2013, 2:30 pm

    110% agreement with you on the baby sleep…FINALLY our girls (almost 2 years and 4 months) slept the whole night through last night! They were on a roll before the holidays and then it’s been an uphill climb since!!

    Congrats on your race tis past weekend, you should be very proud of yourself!

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  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 22, 2013, 2:32 pm

    “Nothing feels as amazing as your baby sleeping through the night.”

    Amen sister, Amen.

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  • Jen January 22, 2013, 2:52 pm

    My son sleeps through the night….just from 6:30pm until 5:30am. No matter what we’ve tried (later naps, pushing bedtime up ten minutes at a time, etc), it seems he’s wired to be our little rooster. I love him so much, but I absolutely LOATHE getting up this early every morning.

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    • Irene January 22, 2013, 6:01 pm

      Yup, my little baby girl is a rooster too!! I know it’s slowly killing my husband because he’s a night owl and I leave for work at 6AM so he has to get his butt out of bed bright and early.

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      • Kate January 22, 2013, 9:18 pm

        Both of my boys – 4 and 16 mos – are exactly this same way, too! I am so glad to know that my kids are not the only ones. I’m expecting #3 this spring and am already mentally preparing for another “rooster” baby. OY!

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  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 22, 2013, 6:32 pm

    You go girl with that 8k race! I signed up for my first 1/2 marathon a couple weeks ago and it’s not until April. I’m mid training and trying to shut out any self doubt but at the same time, i find myself already looking forward to my second and third 1/2. So much so that I’ve nearly signed up for future ones. I have to be careful…my runner’s high is pretty crazy! ;)

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  • Angela January 22, 2013, 8:11 pm

    Those hashbrowns look amazing. I am thinking that I must be hungry. :)

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  • Cate January 22, 2013, 8:53 pm

    Two pimples on my forehead and no bangs on this girl! Oh well, there are worse problems, I suppose. Maybe I’ll try the coconut oil that Tiffany mentioned.

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  • Anne January 23, 2013, 8:08 am

    After a half marathon, I always take about 10 days off running, to avoid injuries… only yoga, walking, slow biking…

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  • Josie January 23, 2013, 11:24 pm

    I’m curious as to whether you sleep trained and night weaned together or which came first…. My baby sleeps from 7p – 7a but gets up and eats at 11, 2, 5, and then again 7. I NEVER feel rested or get a full rem cycle :(

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    • Caitlin January 24, 2013, 7:10 am

      Oh you poor thing. How old is your LO? That’s kind of what Henry did before I sleep trained him. I did it all at once… It seemed easier. If you want to email me we can talk about techniques. Do it! Your life will be so much better. Caitlinjboyle@gmail.com

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