Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to Fit Exercise into Your Post Baby Schedule

Ways to Fit Exercise Into Your Post Baby Schedule

I am not one of those women who jump back to my pre-baby body weeks after having the little one.  I scoff at anyone who says nursing will cause the pounds to just fall off.  I have to hold myself back from punching another woman in the face when she fits back into her pre pregnancy jeans the day after she delivers.

Posting this picture of myself was actually kind of hard.  I'm insecure about the way I look right now - especially since I haven't lost a single pound in the past six months - but I want to be an encouragement to the rest of you to love the way you look so I'm trying to do that too.

Even though I haven't lost weight since having Caleb, I know I've gotten so much healthier and my body is feeling a ton better because I've been doing my best to fit exercise in daily.  It doesn't always happen but I'm really trying.  It can often be a struggle since there's so much else going on and the baby needs so much attention when he's awake but I know that eventually (read: after Caleb is weaned) I'll start to see the number on that scale shift downward back toward my goal weight.

For those of you in the same boat I am, I'd love to share some ways I've found to squeeze in exercise in the midst of a crazy busy, post baby life.

Change Things Up

I don't know about you but I have all sorts of work out DVD's laying around the house AND a membership to Daily Burn so I should never have the excuse that I don't know what exercise to do or that I'm bored with doing the same exercise DVD over and over again.  If you don't have access to any of those, there's always YouTube to turn to with its hundreds of workout clips.  Never use the excuse of repetitiveness to keep you from exercising.  Find a new workout and get moving!

Just Press Play

Along those same lines, don't feel like you have to have a specific time to work out.  Did you happen to wake up before baby?  Press Play!  Did baby just go down for a nap?  Press Play!  Did your spouse get home and is able to occupy baby?  Press Play!  Find that fifteen minutes, half hour, whole hour, or more and start that workout DVD.  It's ok if baby gets in the way of you finishing your workout.  Some is better than nothing.

Join a Group

Are workout DVDs not your jam?  Maybe you need to join a group to keep you motivated.  There are all sorts of group classes out there from yoga to running to zumba.  Find an exercise that makes your heart go pitter patter and allow it to keep you motivated.  Some classes allow you to bring your baby along but, with others, make it a priority that your spouse stays home with the baby one night a week or invest in a babysitter one night a week so you can go to your class.

Include Your Baby

There are tons of ways to include your baby in workouts too!  You can purchase Mommy and Me workout DVDs or attend a Mommy and Me workout class.  It's also great to get out of the house and go for walks with your little one.  If your baby is a decent sleeper you could try to go on walks during naptime with the baby sleeping in the stroller.  Use your imagination with how to include your little one in your work outs.

Ask for Accountability

It's always easier to spend time exercising if someone else is encouraging you along.  Tell your spouse, a good friend, or people facebook to hold you accountable to working out.  Ask your spouse to go on walks with you or go on a jog with a friend.  Find another woman with a baby your age and do your workouts together.  Don't get offended if that person DOES ask you how your workouts are going.

This is a great reminder for me to get my butt in gear.  Will YOU all be my accountability partners?

Monday, May 25, 2015

All He Wanted Was to Wrestle That Bear - Caleb's Six Month Update

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Goodness, this boy.  This month is was super tough taking these pictures.  Caleb wanted to either wrestle the bear or grab his toes the whole time.  Thankfully I got one picture that would work.  Check out my instagram for the best bear wrestling picture.  He's kinda a cutie.  Raising Caleb is absolutely the hardest, most wonderful thing I've ever done in my life.  Even though he's only six months old, I can't even remember life before him.

Weight: 20 lb 15 oz - 95% (Up from 17 lb 4 oz at 4 months)

Height: 28 inches - 95% (Up from 26.3 inches at 4 months)

Caleb is such an adorable chunk.  He has the squishiest thighs and most kissable cheeks.  He gives his mama a workout every time I have to pick him up but it's totally worth it for how adorable he is.

Sleep:  Sleep is always an issue with this guy but is certainly getting better.  He's still only waking up once a night and a few nights he's even slept through the night!!!  (It was while we were travelling at my parent's house so I think he was just overwhelmed...  Maybe we should always keep him overwhelmed...)  Nap time is on and off with being good.  Sometimes he'll sleep four or five 20 minute naps and sometimes he'll sleep two 2-4 hour naps and one half hour nap.  Those are the days I prefer.  He still screams when he gets tired and we have to either bounce him on the yoga ball or nurse him (me, not Nate) until he falls asleep.  His pediatrician gave me some good ideas to help him not scream and we're excited to start working with him to help him fall asleep easier.

Likes:  Trying new foods, Throwing food on the ground, Chewing on everything, Being attacked with kisses by mommy and daddy, Playing with his toys, rolling over, Batting at the toys on his play gym, Being smiled at, Mama's boobs, Daddy, Giving kisses, Being swaddled, Riding in his carseat and stroller, Bouncing to music, Bath time

Dislikes: Bing Tired, Spending too much time eating without being able to get food to his own mouth, Mama and daddy trying to help him eat

Clothes:  Caleb is just graduating to size 4 diapers and is mostly in 9 months clothes.  He's absolutely growing like a weed.

Milestones:  Caleb and I took a trip to Spokane all by ourselves and, although he didn't do perfectly, he did so well in the car with just his mama.  He missed Nate a ton and got so happy the moment he was back in Nate's arms when we got home.  I love their relationship and how much he adores it when Nate comes home from work every day.  While we were gone Caleb got to meet his two little cousins - Matthew and Kalena who are both about six months younger than him.  Kalena was actually born on his six month birthday!  Caleb loves giving kisses.  Most of the time we have to ask for them but every so often he'll give them of his own free will.  Sometimes he catches us off guard and ends up banging his head into our noses but it's totally worth it.  Caleb laughs so often and Nate and I will do just about anything to make him laugh.  Caleb rolls all over the place.  We have to keep our eyes on him or he rolls and gets into things he shouldn't.  He's trying SO hard to scoot and I'm certain that will be happening in the next few weeks.  Caleb is a champion of sitting up.  He can sit up with no propping pretty much indefinitely and, when he's laying down, he tries so hard to get himself to sit up.  He also ADORES standing.  He holds himself up perfectly other than needing to be balanced by us.  He gets a HUGE grin on his face every time we let him stand and looks so proud of himself.  Caleb got his two bottom teeth this month and we're learning how to nurse with him not biting me.  It's so nice to not have him be teething for a while and he's so much happier now.  Caleb's babbling is increasing daily.  Sometimes he'll sing with Nate and me and he LOVES hearing his voice echoing in cups and vibrating in the stroller while we're going on walks and walking over bumps.

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Precious little man, my life is 20394234293842 times better because of you!  You are amazing, happy, opinionated, a little stinker, and a bit of a drama queen and I LOVE it...  And am exhausted by it.  We figure each other out better day by day and it's so fun to learn and grow with you.  My heart is beyond full with you in it.  Your daddy is such an amazing daddy to you and you two are adorable together.  Sometimes I'm a little jealous of your bond since you get so excited every time daddy's around.  I guess I just need to leave more so you can get excited when I come back too.  I pray that you daily feel how much your daddy, Jesus, and I all love you!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Faith and Fellowship Guidelines

1.  Link up a post (not just the link to your blog) from the week that shares what the Lord's been doing in your life or speaking to you.
2.  Put the button on your blog post or blog so that others can hear about this wonderful group of Godly women.
3.  Visit as many blogs as you're able and get to know your sisters in Christ!

Faith and Fellowship Blog Hop

Your Host:

Susannah1Susannah from Simple Moments Stick

Last Week's Most Viewed Post:

Beautiful Ashes
God is a Planner...  Just Like Me

Susannah's Blog Post Pick:

Finding My Yellow
Relapsing Perfectionist

If you'd like to cohost in the future, please email Susannah at susannah.kellogg (at) gmail.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

When Mother's Day Doesn't Go As You've Planned

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This Mother's Day was filled with good intentions... but good intentions don't always work out the way we plan.

The day started out just as it was supposed to.  Nate (as he always does **love that man**) let me sleep in.  He and Caleb took a trek to Safeway to pick me up some Starbucks and cinnamon rolls and came in to wake me up at eight so Caleb could eat.  Nate had purchased me a necklace from Giaty Jewelry (I may have picked it out and asked him to buy it...) and I was so excited to get it.

The little man took a decent nap before church, spent the whole service in the nursery (unlike last week when teething made him need his mama), and then slept most of the way through lunch.  We had a great lunch at my favorite quick Mexican restaurant (Pepino's) and chucked as we watched Caleb chow down on a lime (he's a weirdo!).

Our next stop was supposed to be a hike at a big forested park here in the city.  That's when the day fell apart.  Our little stinker has decided that he doesn't like nature.  When he doesn't like something he lets us know!  (God help us all when he becomes a toddler!)  He started throwing a tizzy fit as soon as we began our hike and didn't stop until we let him play in the grass in an open part of the park.  When we had played for a while and hoped he was ready for more hiking we started on our way again.  As soon as we began, he started screaming once again.  Instead of hiking we had to head home and get him down for another nap - a nap I had to hold him for because he was too restless to keep himself asleep.  I had been so excited to go for a hike since we hadn't for almost a year (late pregnancy and early babyhood kept us from it) and was I pretty disappointed that my little guy took my Mother's Day wish from me.

My mom had an even more unanticipated Mother's Day.  She loves going on family bike rides and got the kids who are still living at home all together to go tandem bike riding on a bike trail in Spokane.  Part way through the ride my brother Nathanael, who was on the front end of a tandem bike with my sister Dinah, moved out of the way of a biker going the other direction and ended up riding off the trail and crashing.  Nathanael only got bunged up a little bit but Dinah ended up having to go to the Emergency Room because she had a really bad break in her collar bone.  She's expected to heal well and be perfectly fine in about two months but it'll be painful for quite a while.  Spending the afternoon in the Emergency Room with a daughter who was in a lot of pain (but handling it like a champ!) was not the way my mom wanted to spend her Mother's Day.

Did you have a Mother's Day like us?  Were you disappointed by how your day went (or didn't go)?  Did you mourn the Mother's Day you wished you had?

It's valid to be upset when things don't go according to our plans but, instead of dwelling on that feeling, we need to choose thankfulness.  Even on days that are far from our expectations, we should rejoice and be thankful for what we do get out of the day.

Yesterday I was thankful for a husband who consistently gets up with our son and lets me sleep in until Caleb needs to eat.  Yesterday I was thankful for a crazy, opinionated, lets his desires be known son who it is an exhausting joy to mother.  Yesterday I was thankful for the opportunity to get out of the house and roll around on the grass with my two favorite guys, even if that's not what I expected to get out of the day.

There's always a silver lining, even on days that don't go as we plan.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Welcome to the Weekend

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1.  Caleb tried his first food this week!  He'd been reaching for the food on our plates for a while so we decided to let him have his own little avocado.  He still has a little trouble getting the food to his mouth on his own since it's so slippery but he LOVES eating real food...  And making a mess!  We're all already fans of baby led weaning.

2.  The last night Nate's sister was in town we had a fire in our backyard.  It was so special to have some time to connect on a heart level before she headed back to Nashville.  (Only 5 more months until we go visit her!!!)

3.  Caleb and I love going on walks around our neighborhood on a pretty much daily basis.  I love spring and all the flowers that are blooming in our neighbors' yards.

4.  This guy!  His smirk just slays me!  I have to say that he's absolutely captured my whole heart.

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