3 Months

On Wednesday September 14th Baby C turned 3 months old.

Ya’ll it’s all going by so fast!!

He’s already wearing size 6 months clothes! Is this normal? I remember Brother I being in newborn clothes forever, then 3 months forever, then 6 months FOREVER.

Baby C on the other hand is jumping sizes faster than I can keep up!

He’s in size 2 diapers and recently has gone from sleeping 5 hours at night to 7.5 hours! I’m so grateful for a longer stretch of sleep even if I do have to pump to be comfortable.

Baby C is such a happy baby! This past month he’s really blossomed with his smiles, coos, squeals, and “talking”. I absolutely love mornings with him. As I sit and drink my coffee, Baby C and I catch up and he’s ALL smiles. #meltmyheart #mommasboy

Baby C is also on a really good routine and I find it predictable which is awesome! He’s always been very obvious when he’s tired because his eyelids and area around his eyebrows get red, but now knowing his general nap times is awesome and allows for easier out of the house adventures.

Another knew development is that Baby C has put himself to sleep many times this past month. It first started in the car – I think the movement and noise lulled him to sleep. Sometimes he still cried and needed his pacifier, but for the most part falling asleep in the car is super easy for him to do now! He’s also fallen asleep by himself in his bed (in my room) after a middle of the night feeding. Occasionally I have to lean over and pat his back (he still sleeps on his tummy) but he eventually drifts off to sleep.

Speaking of tummy, Baby C sleeps really well this way but he’s not a fan of tummy tie anymore or playing on his back. I don’t know if this is because of his reflux or if it’s because he just enjoys standing up and looking at mommy, daddy, and brother. Either way he hasn’t done much rolling over from tummy to back recently. And he’s really strong and loves to stand on his legs as we hold him. Maybe he’ll be an early walker like his big brother!

Right now at 3 months Baby C weighed 15lbs 5oz and measured 23.5 inches long. He’s getting so big and has thighs for dayzzzz!

He’s wearing 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers.

Baby C’s Likes:

Eating

Smiling at mommy, daddy, and brother,

Baths

Being carried in the Ergo

Being outside

His piano mat briefly

Being toasty warm when sleeping

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Baby C’s Dislikes:

Being hungry

Being tired

Having a dirty diaper

Medicine

Playing on the floor/not being held

 

Baby C is such a joy and I feel so blessed to have this little boy to complete our family!

 

 

 

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Insanity Update and Insanity Eats Week 2 and 3

It’s been a few several days since I have updated on my Insanity progress so here it is:

I have taken off 3 days in a row.

Then got back on track and completed the next workout.

Then took a day off.

Then got back on track.

Then took a day off.

Then got back on track with the Cardio Recovery routine today.

Clearly there’s a pattern here, but I am choosing to ignore it, so I’m asking you do the same. M’kay? Just humor me on this one.

Alright, now that we got that out of the way, here is a brief update.

I miss running! Its strong ya’ll. I REALLY REALLY miss running. Insanity is a GREAT workout and I sweat my butt off and get a little endorphin rush, but its just not the same as running. And its making Insanity hard to stick with.

I am going to continue Insanity, but when I want to run, and I can fit it into my schedule, I’m going to! I hope that getting a couple runs in a week will help with my running withdrawals. Also, I know I’m stronger from Insanity so I am curious how this will translate in runs. I’ll keep ya’ll posted.

I have completed 18 days of Insanity (if I take a day off I pick back up where I left off versus the scheduled workout. I know this will extend my 60 days, but I’m good with it) and I have lost 3 inches.

-1 inch on chest (above breasts)

-0.5 inche on waist

-1 inch on hips

-0.5 inche on right thigh (yes my thighs are two different sizes)

According to the scale I am up 2 pounds putting me at 160. I am wearing my size 8-10 clothes and my size S-M shirts (the breastfeeding friendly ones). I am 5’7″ and I was 153 pre-pregnancy, gained 22 pounds with Baby C putting me at 175 pounds. All in all, I am okay with my weight. It’s a number. An arbitrary number that doesn’t take into account muscle mass and strength. I’m not going to lie, I wish the number was smaller. But I do know I am strong. I am healthy. And it’s just a number. I’m thrilled that I was wearing all my regular clothes about 8 weeks postpartum and I am gaining some muscle! I’m sharing some raw honesty here with these numbers, because healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes!

According to the fit test I have improved a lot too! In all 8 exercises I increased the number of reps I could do in 1 minute. I can even do some Push Up Jacks now. The moves aren’t as hard coordination wise, but the Fit Test was still tough since I maxed out what I could do.

Overall, with my days off, life craziness, and my diet (more on this in a bit) I am happy with my results so far. Physically, I notice a little more definition in my thighs and stomach, and seeing my measurements reassures me I am making progress.

Now for my eats!

Week 2 eats was during Labor Day weekend so alcohol was consumed, along with snack foods, and more sugar and treats than the previous week. I knew this would be the case, and I was okay with it. I also did make solid food choices.

For breakfast I had oatmeal and coffee. A morning snack would be cottage cheese and either grapes or pineapple or a Greek yogurt with granola. And some days it was both.

Lunch was either out (BBQ) or a quick PB&J. An afternoon snack was usually a chocolate protein shake that also curbed my sweet tooth.

And dinner this week was all over from pizza to ribs to salad to PB&J, or eggs.

One thing I focused on this week was increasing my protein and I am happy to say most days I was around 75-80 grams.

Week 3 eats brings us to this week, and the biggest diet change now is that I have eliminated dairy from my diet because of Baby C’s reflux. So I know longer eat milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, or protein shakes. So I’ve gotten creative.

My diet now is a lot of meat, veggies, fruit, and complex carbs like oatmeal, quinoa, and brown rice.

One thing I have started to make, which I’m really enjoying, our meat and veggie bowls and rice bowls. And its literally what it sounds like. Cooked meat seasoned various ways, tons of veggies, and enjoy!

The other night I made a Korean beef rice bowl with ground beef and brown rice and it was delicious. Tonight I am going to make a pineapple cilantro salmon rice bowl – yum!

For my sweet tooth, I came across the Peanut Butter Chocolate Larabar. Holy moly ya’ll! This bar is everything. Its vegan, dairy free (Yay!), gluten free, and kosher. And this bar is like death by chocolate. It not only is a quick and simple snack, but its a great treat.

I also made dairy free ice cream! I blended 2 frozen bananas, 1/4 avocado, and 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, and a splash of almond milk. I topped it with unsweetened coconut, almonds, and marshmallows and had rocky road ice cream! You guys, make this. Like seriously. Like right this minute.

It.Was.So.Good.

Since my go to dairy snacks aren’t an option any more I have fruit, beef jerky, veggies, or eggs (hard boiled, on top of avocado toast, etc), and my tried and true PB&J (I love PB&J – can you tell?) for snack options. Its been an adjustment for sure, but fortunately most labels list if milk is contained so that makes it very easy. And in the end, I think I am actually eating healthier.

And that concludes my Insanity update for now!

Oh man, I have a blog?!

I know, I know, I know.

You all missed me and wonder what happened to me.

Maybe I was swept away by Hermine or maybe I just forgot that I had a blog.

In any case, I’m here and I didn’t get swept away or forget…I just got flat out busy with life.

1. We had a dear friend visit us over Labor Day weekend and it was wonderful but it also kinda threw off my routine. So after her visit, I spent the next couple of days tracking Baby C’s routine. It seemed like he was all over the place and he was waking up every 1.5-2hrs at night. And I was tired. And irritable. And hormonal. And I desperately wanted to fix his routine. I quickly realized that there was actually nothing to fix. He’s sleeping, then eating, then playing. It just wasn’t what I wanted. But when does a baby do what we want, ya know? So I let go of my fix-it nature and a beautiful thing happened. Baby C showed me his routine. And ya’ll, my frustration quickly subsided and instead of stressing, I was once again enjoying my sweet baby. My last baby. And just like that Baby C slept for 4 hours the first night, then 5 hours, then last night he slept for 5 hours and 40 mins.

2. I have officially eliminated dairy from my diet. Baby C’s reflux is still a daily presence. I think it’s being managed, but it’s not gone. He refluxes, spits up, chokes, and coughs multiple times a day. Fortunately, he doesn’t seem to be in pain, so I think the meds are working but the spit up has gotten out of control. It’s like water works central over here – except you know, it’s breastmilk. I’m going to try dairy free for a few weeks and see if there is improvement. If not, or Baby C gets worse, it’s back to the pediatrician we go.

3. Postpartum hair loss is in full force ya’ll! Like holy moly, I don’t know how I’m not bald at this point. It’s so bad that I dread washing my hair, brushing my hair, or pretty much doing anything with it.

4. Insanity is still going. I did the second fit test and saw improvement on all 8 exercises. Then I took 3 days off. I know. But my knees hurt, I was tired (see #1), my lower back hurt, and ya’ll I’m 29 now so I’m no spring chicken. Excuses, excuses. I think part of my lack of interest is that II’m missing running and I’m bored with Insanity. I’m ready to try other routines, but once I get started with a DVD, I do enjoy it. So starting tomorrow it’s back to Insanity full force!

5. Brother I had his first soccer game and it was a mix of smiles, running, falling down, tears, being tired, and being Hangry. But he pulled through and his team, along with him, did great!

6. I went to the chiropractor. Oh how I missed this! It’s amazing how much better my body feels after an adjustment. With breastfeeding and sleeping, my neck was all jacked up so I’ll be going back this week to follow up on it. I think Baby C will get adjusted too; I’m hoping this will help with his reflux some.

7. I’ll be making a trip back home (Florida) with both boys and all 3 dogs soon. I’m mentally running through the logistics and my game plan, but wish me luck now. I’m hoping all the luck will build up and accumulate so I’ll be good to go!

8. I have a very special guest post from my sister that I will be posting very soon – so stayed tuned. She’s basically the awesome-est person ever and an incredible sister and mom. You don’t want to miss it- trust me!

9. That’s all for now folks!

10. Fill me in on your happenings!

Tropical Storm Hermine (& Insanity Day 12)

Really quick….day 12 ended up being an impromptu rest day. For a lot of reasons…my knees were still sore, my back and hips were tight and sore, I was tired, oh and a tropical storm was barreling up the east coast. I could have easily done this workout but I took a rest day and will get back into it today with Pure Cardio.

Now let’s talk about Hermine.

Living on the east coast, we were expected to lose power. So I lowered my refrigerator and freezer setting a to their coldest setting (thanks mom for this tip!) and I packed my 80+ ounces of frozen breastmilk as best I could. I also lowered our AC a couple degrees in anticipation of power going out.

FirefighterDad also made sure we had flashlights…

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and candles…

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and plenty of water.

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Ya’ll, I even scrubbed out my bath tub and filled it with water! Because you know, #alwaysbeprepared #youcanneverhavetoomuchwater #ilearnedallthisfromgrowingupinflorida

And then we waited.

FirefighterDad worked on his EMT course.

I tracked Hermine.

Brother I played with his puzzles and his K’Nex.

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Both boys then watched as FirefighterDad took advantage of the power and played some video games.

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#laundryonthecouch #reallife

And Baby C got in lots of naps and some good piano mat time.

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So we waited.

And waited.

I was preparing for this….

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And got this…

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Since Hermine jutted just a liiitle north….we barely got anything at all. We did get some rain on and off throughout the day and had some wind gusts of 20-30mph, but the worst part was from 8:30 to 10:30 pm…and it was just some wind and rain. Nothing more than a thunderstorm.

I know Florida (what up home state?!) got hit hard with devastating storm surge and flooding and Hermine is still continuing her tour of the east coast, so my prayers are with everyone at this time. Please stay indoors and stay safe!

 

Insanity Day 11 and a bunch of randomness

Day 11 done. Not much to report here. It was a recovery day and I took “recovery” to an extreme.

Now for randomness…

1. My scalp hurts ya’ll! With Insanity I was washing my hair every day but after almost two weeks of this my scalp got so tender and it hurts now! I also have little bumps…maybe I’m allergic to my shampoo? Needless to say, I’m not using shampoo every day now and brushing my hair VERY carefully.

2. Once upon a time I made homemade granola. And it has changed my life. And my sister’s. And now I can’t eat yogurt without granola.

3. Just this morning I learned that oatmeal has protein in it!!! Who knew?! I’m aiming to get in 100 grams of protein a day while doing Insanity so moral of the story…read nutrition labels.

4. Yesterday was soccer practice. I love my Bugaboo (Brother I). He warms my heart and made me a mommy. But right now, my only goal in life is to get through soccer practice without tears.

5. Hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions…oh my. I live on the southern east coast….Labor Day will be rain and more rain.

And a couple pictures of my boys


What shampoo do you use?

Are you a fan of granola in your yogurt?

What are your Labor Day plans?

Living With Boys Moment #1

I started these waaaayyy back when Brother I was just a teeny tiny baby right out of the NICU. I would send them via text to my mom and sister as a way to share a part of our life but also for a good laugh.

Sometimes it would be me recapturing a moment – like when both Baby and Daddy farted….then they both laughed about it. #Yesthatreallyhappened

Or sometimes I’d share a picture like Daddy in his underwear holding Baby in his diaper. #seriouslyyoucantmakethisstuffup

But through the years I never wrote these down in a journal or documented them in anyway as a fun keepsake. #memories #sentimental

So now that Baby C is here and we have expanded the testosterone in our family, I thought it would be fun to bring back my Living With Boys Moments and document them here on this ol’ blog of mine.

Although this isn’t technically our first moment, it’s the first of many I will be sharing!

 

August 31, 2016 LWBM #1

In Brother I’s bath tonight I noticed some strange floaties in the water so I asked him what they were. “Oh, those are just from my farts.”

 

Good to know…and I’m sorry I asked.