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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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An ode to the stay at home mom!

Holy crap. OMG. You’re kidding me?!

That’s what I say when I meet Mommas who stay at home full time…most of them with more than one kid.

During my maternity leave, I’ve met so many moms who are raising their kids…without family nearby…many of whom suffered with postpartum depression…and they are STILL kicking it and rocking it and are just SO. DAMN. IMPRESSIVE.

After I tell them they’re amazing…I then say to them, “You are a warrior.”

I have been home with my sweet Henry for about 8 weeks.

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It is awesome and it is really freaking HARD.

And here’s the thing…I have a REALLY GOOD baby. Hank has a chill disposition and loves noise, the car and people.

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He took to breastfeeding right away and likes to sleep.

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Thankfully, I didn’t have postpartum depression and I physically feel very good.

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I also have my mom to help me. She lives 10 minutes away and considers herself a full time “grandnanny” for her grandchildren.

Technically, I have it made…and I love being a mom…but it’s exhausting and monotonous and utterly consuming.

Going back to my TV job is going to feel like EASY STREET, my friends.

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I never would have had an appreciation for stay at home moms had I not had a child.

Let me tell you…the things they accomplish are the hardest things in life…like getting a crying baby to sleep, caring for a sick child and raising little people into fully functioning adults.

We should elect a stay at home mom to be the next President. That lady would get s&!$ done!!!

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Aunt Courtney

You know what’s better than renovating and blogging and most things in general?

Being an aunt.

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I’m spending the week at the beach in Stone Harbor with my sister, Kelly, and her baby girl, Lily.

Mama Kelly lets me help with the feedings and I get to play with her and rock her to sleep.

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Lily is the tiniest little thing and yet she makes the LOUDEST noises…sometimes we’re not sure what end they come out of. 🙂

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Getting the punkin to go to sleep is the biggest challenge and deserves to be celebrated with a glass of wine once it’s accomplished!

Mama Kelly has wayyyyy more pictures on her blog: http://www.kellybrennantv.com/blog

It’s amazing how babies bring so much JOY into a family!

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Moving In

The devil is ice skating.

It’s as cold in hell as it is in Pittsburgh because the unimaginable just happened.

My mother got a cellphone. Her very first one.

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I immediately received her first selfie (with her favorite people).

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This occasion deserves a PARADE…I’m currently scouting locations. 🙂

On the home front, Mark and I are painting this weekend and hope to refinish the downstairs floors in about 2 weeks. We are very excited.

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I also taught my first spin class.

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My weekday morning riders rocked the beat and rocked my HEART!

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When you live with mom and dad…

You will never run out of forks…

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Or spoons…

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I’m not sure if my parents are cutlery hoarders or secretly feeding a small army when I’m at work. I think there’s an army…take a look at all the cups…

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Y’all know Mark and I are crashing with my folks until we get the new bathroom & floors in our Larryville house. While I love living with them, I’m constantly reminded of how awkward I was when I was younger…

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I seriously need to give my mom and dad some grandkids, so we can take all these ridiculous photos of me off the walls…

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And fridge.

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I’m 31 years old and I live with my parents.

Our home improvement project is going a bit slower than planned…I know, I know, all of you are SHOCKED.

We are lucky because my parents live close by and we can crash with them for a few weeks. While it might bother most 30-something’s to live with their parents, I’m TOTALLY OKAY with it.

Here’s why: #1 – My parents are actually VERY COOL…my mom loves to dance…

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And so does my dad…

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#2 – They have a HUMUNGOUS television…

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#3 – Their refrigerator always has awesome food in it…

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#4 – I don’t have to call my mom for advice, I just go down to the kitchen table…

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#5 – Their cat, Mason, curls up next to you & purrs & the vibration is kinda like a leg massage.

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I love living with mom and dad…and Mark loves it too (but that’s what he has to say when his in-laws read this blog.) 🙂

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