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Pee on the Bugs!

We are in the throes of potty training and by “throes” I mean Henry has no interest.

He is now two and a half and I’m noticing that other kids his age at the playground and in gymnastics class are not in diapers.

We did get him a Paw Patrol toilet seat and he likes to sit on it then throw toilet paper in and flush it.

But the actual act of going the bathroom on the potty is not happening.

My friend said that she let her boy run around the backyard without a diaper and let him pee in the grass which he LOVED. Then, she’d take him to the toilet and try to reenact.

Let me tell you, when we told Henry he could pee on the bugs in the backyard this weekend…HE WAS IN HEAVEN! It hasn’t transferred yet to the actual toilet, but we are hopeful!

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Stepping OUT!

I want to thank ALL OF YOU for the sweet messages and kind words and GOOD MOJO that you sent my way this week.

When I announced that I’m stepping away from Channel 11 to do new things, I got so much encouragement from people who said that life is short and you need to seize opportunities and take risks!

Change is exciting and scary. I have felt ALL THE EMOTIONS these last 6 months as Mark and I talked about new opportunities and the big steps we’re now going to take as a family.

I’m still learning to deal with the highs and lows that come with change. I’ll have days of pure excitement and joy followed by times of anxiousness and worry.

I share this because I have been helped by others sharing their stories with me. Stories of doubt and uncertainty and struggle.

And in every story, the GROWTH and the GOOD STUFF comes out of the struggle.

My best friend got me Oprah’s new book, “The Path Made Clear.” And I keep going back to this line…

“Life is about growth and change, and when you are no longer doing either, you’ve received your first whisper. Pay attention to what makes you feel energized, connected and stimulated…follow your intuition…and you will do more than succeed.”

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Birthday Boy!

My husband is not the same person I married.

For one, I did not know he was so good at demo-ing houses.

He never told me he knew how to build stud walls.

Nor did he share that he could hang drywall…

And mud and tape it.

He knows how to wire a house for electrical.

And he built me a brand new kitchen.

Oh…and he’s also passing all this good stuff on to our son.

Happy birthday babe! You make life fun and you are easy to love!

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The Dating-Like Ritual of Finding #MomFriends

Finding #MomFriends is so hard! My sister has to be my #MomFriend because we’re related and our mother would yell at her if she wasn’t.

But finding your tribe of Momma friends isn’t easy. I kinda think it’s like dating and we’re all on a Tinder playground swiping left and right as our kids play.

Henry is almost two and a half. He wants to play with other kids, and I want him to play with other kids so I can take a break from making truck noises with my mouth.

Here’s how you find new #MomFriends. You scope out the playground to see what mom parents like you do.

Is the mom involved? Or too involved? Or is she sitting on the park bench pretending she doesn’t see her kid acting like a total a-hole and not doing anything about it?

Once you find a mom, you exchange names and, if you’re anything like me, you immediately forget her name and only remember her kid’s name.

You then go through THE LIST. The list includes things like…how old is your kid, is he a good sleeper, a good eater, etc…

I then share things to see if this mom is my kind of lady.

Things like…my Henry has a steady diet of frozen Trader Joe’s meatballs. There’s a certain subset of women who won’t be your #MomFriend if you’re child doesn’t eat all organic.

Then I’ll share that we did the cry-it-out method to get Henry to sleep. Certain moms think that cry-it-out is akin to abuse and that the child is forever scarred by it. Henry doesn’t remember it and he sleeps LIKE A CHAMP.

At this point in the over-sharing, I usually know if this mom and I have the same vibe.

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The First Year You SURVIVE, The Second You THRIVE!

Oh, what a difference a year makes!

Our sweet boy, Henry, just turned 2 and it was a SWEET birthday indeed.

No longer are we the sleep-deprived parents who feel like a shell of their former selves.

No longer am I a nursing Momma with a baby attached at the boob.

No longer is Henry a 2-a-day napper, but just a good, solid napper from 1 to 3 pm.

On his first birthday, I felt like we survived Henry’s first year still in tact…meaning Mark and I were still married and our son was still alive.

This year, on his second birthday, I felt like we truly enjoyed the sweet, funny and gregarious boy that he is!

We celebrated with his buddies who also turned 2 and their parents echoed what we felt. We finally feel like our heads are above water…enough that MAYBE we could have another?!?! 😊

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When it’s GOOD ENOUGH!

Trying to be perfect is exhausting and, honestly, if you achieved perfection…you would be annoying and not someone I’d want to hang out with. HA!

My current motto is “That’s GOOD ENOUGH!”

What I mean by that is some days I’m feeling great. I’m well rested, Henry is a happy little peanut and I’m able to take him to the library, playground, water park and do the laundry with ease.

But other days…and there are many…I am just exhausted!

On those days, I operate from the “GOOD ENOUGH!” philosophy.

If I get home from work and I’m tired and can’t get off the couch, Henry and I will watch kids shows for 2 hours and it’s fine.

If Henry is fussy and I can’t soothe him and I have to put his binky in while we’re out and about…I just do it and it’s fine.

If Henry eats frozen Trader Joe’s meatballs 2 times a week because I don’t have fresh food for him…it’s fine and he is perfect.

I think we all need to remember is that one instance of “not being perfect” will not determine the total outcome of us or our children.

We become fully realized human beings who are molded from MANY moments…and if the majority of them are good, then we are just FINE.

I’ll end this blog post here because it’s GOOD ENOUGH!

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Grateful for YOU

We are still moving along with our home renovation…new French doors just put in FOR THE WIN!!

But I was thinking the other day about how there is SO MUCH MORE going on in my life than just the renovation and how I’m longing to SHARE IT!

The stuff that’s going on is more of the spiritual realm stuff. Books I’m reading and podcasts I’m listening to that are helping me TAP IN TO WHO I REALLY AM.

Some may think it sounds “hooey” or is to “woo-woo-woo” but these lessons I’m learning are enriching my soul in a way that is JUST SO AWESOME!

The biggest game changer for me has been GRATITUDE. And I look at gratitude as a practice. It is something I’m conscious of and something I practice everyday.

For example, right now I’m so GRATEFUL for my sweet, napping baby and the time to write this.

I’m grateful for the hot cup of tea next to me and cookies I’m enjoying it with.

I’m grateful that I have this platform to share.

See how easy it is? And TRUST ME…it will totally change your ENERGY for the BETTER!

Before I go to sleep, I go through everything I’m grateful for that happened that day. Try it…I bet you will love it!

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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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