My First Mother’s Day, Postpartum 5k, and New Car!

May 9th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Life

I’m pretty sure I had one of the best weekends of my life this past weekend.

Actually, I’m certain of it.

On Saturday I ran my first postpartum race, the Chena River 5k. They had women doing Jazzercise to warm everybody up. IMG_0275

My only goal was to come in under 30 minutes. I barely made it! I haven’t been running as much the last few weeks so my legs felt like led trying to keep at 9:40 pace. IMG_0276

My Dad ran it as well and beat me by 3 minutes. My goal this summer is to get my 5k time down to 26 minutes. I think I could have pushed it a bit more on this race and come in around 28 minutes, so I think taking 2 minutes off my time is possible. It won’t hurt to at least try and train for it!
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After weeks of researching new vehicles I finally walked into a dealership and bought a new car! I don’t want to say what I got (privacy concerns) but it was a compact SUV. In the 16 years I’ve been driving I’ve had two cars – both Saturns. The last one, pictured below, was 12 years old and I had been driving it for nine. It was in bad shape! It survived the Pensacola flood and never quite bounced back.

Getting my son in and out of the backseat was a nightmare, and I couldn’t even fit the stroller in my car. I had to put my passenger side seat down and put the stroller in the backseat. I was just over it! On top of all that there was an issue with my ignition so when I’d shut the car off and try to get the key out it would frequently get stuck. I’d spend a few minutes fighting to get it out. Not fun.

It feels SO good having a car that doesn’t frustrate me!

I also received the most beautiful flowers from Travis for Mother’s Day!Mothers Day flowers

On Sunday we went out for a picnic and spent some time exploring Fairbanks. I cannot get over how blue the sky is here. The clouds are also gorgeous and sit so low to the ground.IMG_0258


My sweet man loved his first picnic! It was the first time I packed a meal for him and felt surreal feeding him sitting at the picnic table with us. He was like a little kid, instead of a baby. So bittersweet! He had a banana muffin, some apple slices, and a few GF crackers.

We went on a 2 mile walk after lunch and he passed out like this. IMG_0361

I am so, so thankful for a great weekend with my family. My parents will be here until Friday so we have a few more days of activities planned. Having the extra help means I’ve been tackling some projects around the house like closet reorganization and packing up babies 0-9 month clothing (sob.) The sun is setting around 11 p.m. here now. It’s going to be a beautiful Summer!

How was your weekend?
Did you save all your kids clothes, or just certain items? How do you store them?

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12 Responses

  • I’m a two-time Saturn survivor also. Good cars for a the first few years but man they did not age well. Congrats on the new car!

    • Erica House says:

      I think the only reason why my car lasted as long as it did was because I drive like 500 miles a month. I was so sad when Saturn went out of business, but I’m sure I have a much better car now!

  • Kim says:

    Congrats on the new car! I have a Jeep Compass & it makes things so much easier (Tyler has a Lancer). We’ll be upgrading to a Jeep Grand Cherokee (the Overlands are awesome!) within in the next the next year or so as they’re a bit bigger than mine. This weekend we went to Tucson (an hour drive) for one last Costco trip, picked up a few things from Pottery Barn, & had lunch at Panera (our restaurant options are severely limited here so we rarely eat out anymore, haha). Sunday we went for a long walk, did things around the house, & went to see The Jungle book…super exciting stuff ;) Tyler has his interview for his next job/duty station this week so he had to put his top 10 choices in order- that was actually fun to discuss! Baby clothes- I have a big bin labeled with her 6-12 month clothing in it & I plan on just swapping things out like you are as she grows. I plan on keeping everything until we get pregnant again & know what #2, then if it’s a boy, I’ll only keep what’s special or that I love. Unless we decide we want a third…haha. Happy belated Mother’s Day!

    • Erica House says:

      I was looking at Jeeps as well! Gorgeous cars. Your weekend sounds like so much fun. I’m so, so, so over the lack of places to go in Fairbanks. Alaska is awesome and gorgeous but we don’t have a chance to get out of town much and Fairbanks has lost it’s luster. I can’t wait to hear where you guys get stationed next!

  • Carla says:

    I adore this post. And out of all of it – – including the new car :-) I love that your dad was there with you.
    It made my heart smile.

  • Hooray for a new car – and an awesome weekend! Time spent with family is always the best! xo

  • Kristen says:

    It sounds like you DID have an amazing weekend. I love that your dad did the 5k race with you. Congrats on meeting your goal and having fun while doing so. We donated all of Axel’s clothes to a church for a family in need.

    • Erica House says:

      I love that he ran it with me but still hate that he beat me lol. I actually just finished writing a blog post for tomorrow talking about how I feel like I suck at running.
      That was so nice of you to donate Axel’s old clothes! We will definitely do the same once we see what #2 is.

  • dorothy chlup says:

    Ohhh, congrats on your new car!!

    Alaska does look goegeous – definitely on the list of places to visit.

    Cat house looks impressive! :-)

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