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Body After Baby!

I get lots of questions about my fitness routine during and after my pregnancy…especially how I got back into shape after I had Henry.

I’m totally fine with those questions, I even welcome them, because I can be pretty vain and I was VERY CONCERNED about gaining weight during pregnancy.

There are women stronger and more evolved than I, but I’m one of those women who struggles with body image and places a good chunk of my self worth on my appearance and size. I’m doing a lot of soul searching and trying to work on that!! 🙂

For me, during pregnancy, I focused on walking as much as possible and did as many squats and pushups as I could. My body didn’t like to spin or run while I was pregnant, and so I just tried to WALK WALK WALK.

I also REALLY paid attention to the extra calories I was eating for baby. You really don’t need that much. I gained 27 pounds while pregnant and my doctor said 20-30 pounds was recommended.

As soon as Henry was born, I lost 20 pounds in the first week. Breastfeeding full time took care of the next five pounds.

I added walking almost immediately after I had Henry. I tried to get 12,000 steps a day. That got rid of the rest, but I noticed my weight started to creep back up when Henry started eating real food and cut down on breastfeeding.

To fix that, I had to make time to go to the gym. I get one long sweat sesh in every weekend (sometimes 2!) and at least one during the week.

I really, REALLY believe that Health is Wealth. For me, exercise makes me feel great and is the best thing for my mind, heart and soul. Diet-wise, I do the 80-20 rule. 80% of the day is devoted to real, healthy foods and 20% is for my daily sweets!

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One of THOSE Moms

I joke with my friends that I’m gonna be one of those National Geographic moms who breastfeeds their kid forever.

Henry is almost 14 months and still nursing exclusively. (He also eats like a grown man and would’ve eaten his entire birthday cake if we let him!)

There was a moment when I thought I should wean him because I didn’t want other people to think I was weird.

Can I just tell you…I’M SO OVER THAT!

Now that Henry’s older, our nursing sessions are even more about bonding than they were before.

When he nurses, he’ll stop every minute or so and just smile at me…or coo at me…or say Momma, Momma, Momma!

My heart SOARS every time!

I want to point out that I am lucky to still be nursing because I have a husband, parents and work family who were/are very supportive and my body naturally makes a good supply of milk.

I also think I’ve been successful at nursing because I didn’t put any expectations on myself.

When he was born, I told myself I would try to breastfeed but if it didn’t work…it would be fine. I told myself the same thing at 6 months and a year.

Not trying to meet some ridiculous expectation took the stress off.

So, to all my baby Mommas out there, do what works for you, don’t put crazy expectations on yourself and don’t care one bit about what other people think!

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New Year, Better Us

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions but I am going to try something this year.

For 2018, we’re going to set an “intention” for our family. And this intention is going to be a guide post for how we live our life this year.

I’ve been feeling an energy in my soul over the last few months and it’s saying “have no fear.” Do not let fear rule your life, make your decisions, influence your happiness or take the enthusiasm out of an opportunity.

So that’s what we’re going to strive for in 2018. Whether that means moving forward on a big project with the house…or taking on something new at work…or going after a passion that fills our hearts and brings us joy.

I think only GOOD can come from that!

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We Survived The 1st Year!

Our sweet baby Henry is now 1. I can’t believe it…it was the fastest year of my life!

I’m not the greatest mom in the history of the world, but I’ve learned a few gems that I now live by and want to share.

Henry has eaten his fair share of dirt, leaves, rocks and yucky stuff at the playground…and he is fine! We don’t let him make a meal of it, but it’s impossible to keep your kid away from every germ…and you’ll lose your sanity if you try.

Showering once a week is perfectly acceptable. Henry gets a bath several times a week, but Momma survives on dry shampoo and a delightful new perfume I got from Jo Malone. I either don’t have time to shower, or (if I do) I’d rather sleep!

Henry wears the same 4 outfits and most times they don’t match! As long as his clothes are clean and he is happy, I don’t really care how he looks. He is currently wearing a “Santa’s Favorite Elf” shirt because it fits around his big belly and that was the first thing I grabbed. HA!

Don’t compare yourself to other moms on social media. If they act like their lives are perfect with a baby…they’re lying!!! Having a baby is SO HARD and you spend most of the day on the floor, in a sweatshirt, your hair in a ponytail and crusty makeup from the day before under your eyes. Trust me.

You must do what works for YOU. Henry watches Sesame Street in the morning (so that I can get ready for work) and at night (so that I can shove some food in my mouth and have a few sips of wine.) He only sits still when that show is on, and so I use it so that I can get myself together. NO SHAME…USE SESAME STREET!

We’re finally in a REALLY good place! Henry is now at a really fun age and I’ve gotten better at being a Mom. I feel less overwhelmed than I did during months 6-9 and (I’m glad to report) the days are much easier for me!

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On The Move!

Henry is on the move and things are cooking over in our little neck of the world.

We’ve made some great progress with our house renovation but I’m saving those details for a later date! 🙂

Our Mini Man turned 11 months old last week and we are planning his 1st birthday party.

I cannot believe it’s been a year since I had him…that was the FASTEST year of my life!!!

Henry’s favorite thing to do right now is run around and eat.

The boy has endless energy and literally runs all through the house!

My mom tried to feed him his puréed baby food the other day and he screamed until she fed him lasagna and meatballs. HAHA!!

Love my big boy!

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Hurricane Hank!

I think we can all agree that Hank the Tank could have probably weathered Hurricane Irma as it hit Longboat Key where we were vacationing!

My baby boy is a tough little man who seems to laugh and giggle through everything, and I’m sure that would have been the case with Irma!

Our first family vacation to Longboat got cut short by 3 days…but we still had an awesome time!

Henry loved the beach, the ocean, the pool and ICE CREAM!

He also handled all the plane rides like a champ! Little man didn’t cry or fuss…all he did was stand up on my seat and smile and giggle at the people in the rows behind us!

I don’t think I can ever have another baby because, as my good friend said, Henry set the bar too high!!

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Of Course, Henry Took His First Steps In A Bar!

Since our sweet boy is a purveyor of all the fine establishments in Lawrenceville, it’s only fitting that he took his first steps at Franktuary!

Franktuary serves gourmet hot dogs (Mark’s favorite!) and poutines (Mark’s other favorite!) and so it was the absolute perfect place for Henry to take his first 5 steps.

The bartender, waitresses and other patrons cheered for him and then he gave everyone a Hi-5 because he just learned how to do that and loves it.

My sweet boy is also a biter…and seems to only bite the women in his life!

That would be me, my mom and my sister. (He tries to bite cousin Lily but hasn’t yet.)

I have 2 bruises from where Henry’s little shark teeth made me bleed. Every time I tell him “NO biting!” he laughs…and then I laugh…and then we just continue with this ridiculousness.

He’s so cute when he laughs that I can’t keep a straight face. Pretty sure that’s not going to bode well for me as a mom!

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