Okay so one of my goals when I became a stay-at-home mama was to be on my shit when it came to meal planning. And I gotta say…I have been on my shit. I am obsessed with make-ahead freezer meals. It makes life so easy and convenient and we have saved a ton of money in the process. Basically I spend a ton of time browsing the internets for awesome freezer crock pot meal plans and go from there. I am trying to choose healthy options for us which means I buy, like, 24 chicken breasts every time I hit the grocery store. But recently I have been mixing it up with meatballs and soup. What can I say..I like livin’ on the edge.
The photo above shows the results of my most recent freezer meal adventure. Shopping on Sunday, assembly on Monday. All of the recipes came from this post at Our Jolly Life. I made everything except the Butter Chicken (I did Maple Dijon Glazed Chicken and Orange Chicken instead) and the Jambalaya…we bought the pre-made mix instead of doing it from scratch. Total fail, I know. I also made Mandy’s Big Mess, a sausage, pepper, and pineapple concoction that you can find the recipe for here. I also made a couple dozen freezer biscuits using this recipe – I figure they are good to have on hand for weekend breakfasts or to go with dinner soups. So that’s that. We are all stocked up for another week and a half or so. It’s silly, but I am so much more relaxed knowing dinner’s ready to go every night and all I have to do is whip up a salad or steam some veggies. It. Is. Awesome.
Okay. It’s a Project MILF update. I actually found a program that I like! And I am sticking with it! (if you ignore last week…and this week so far..but I have been out on my ass with a cold and Katherine is teething like crazy so I’ve been a little off.) There is a postpartum weight loss/exercise group that I belong to on Facebook and one of the women posted looking for buddies for the Bikini Body Mommy 90-Day Challenge. I looked into the program and decided to give it a go. It started on January 6th and today is day 45 of 90! Halfway there! Although I am about a week and a half behind…I need to make up for my sick time.
But…this is the longest I have ever stuck with a program and here is why: this chick is REAL. She’s a mama, she has three kids, she has a hubby to keep happy, and she’s a personal trainer with weight to lose. She is honest and open and she breathes heavy and sweats along with you in her videos and hates burpees just as much as everyone else. I’m sorry but if you’re down with burpees you have serious mental health issues and we probably can’t be friends. I subscribed to her 90-day challenge and get daily emails and do her daily videos posted on her YouTube channel. She also has a meal plan you can purchase but I don’t do it. I’ve just been trying to be more carb-conscious and increase my protein. Basically just be more aware about what I’m putting in my body.
So how it works is you work out six days a week. Three cardio days and three strength training days. On Sundays you rest. For cardio I’ve been loading up the baby and the dog and doing 2-3 mile stroller walks. It’s unseasonably warm here in Southern California right now (high today is 76 degrees but it’s been in the 80′s lately) so it’s perfect walking/hiking weather. I mean for all the bitching I do about wanting my kids to someday have a white Christmas…you really can’t beat 75 and sunny in the middle of February.
That’s my MILF status so far. Numbers-wise, I’ve lost 6 pounds and neglected to take measurements when I started so I have no idea about my progress as far as inches go. I will say that I sleep better, feel better, and am no longer huffing and puffing and cursing my way along my walks…which tells me it’s time to step it up! I would like to start running soon if I can do it without eating shit while pushing the stroller…we shall see, friends. We shall see.
Wow. So I haven’t posted since November. What a giant blogging fail I am. The good news is I am a better mama than blogger. Katherine is seven months old now and just kicking ass at life all around. The first couple of months with her home, and me home were such a blur. Actually…not a blur. I remember very vividly the tired, the stress, the not knowing what cry is associated with what need. Just begging her to talk already and tell me what she wants so I can fix it. I remember everything.
But we have most definitely found a groove. We have a routine. And she is such a little person now. She has this awesome personality bursting through. She is an extremely happy baby 90% of the time. Except for teething but really who can blame her? This past weekend was a teething nightmare hell though. There’s a tooth on the bottom right side that is just dying to break through and based on the last couple of days I’m guessing that it’s gonna cut any day now (half a year in=expert in everything.)
We spend our days dropping Audrey off at school, then come home and go for a walk around the neighborhood or at the local park (there is a duck pond!). I try to do 2-3 miles a day and Tosha usually tags along. I find a freezer meal to throw in the crock pot for dinner that night, hop in the shower and start our day. Wednesday afternoons we are still going to her Mommy & Me class. She loves it, I love it. I have also stepped up my game as far as attending MOMS Club events. Maybe a couple times a month. Still not a lot but I like knowing it’s there. I also make a point of hanging with my sister and nephew and my other stay at home mommy friends.
Katherine’s two favorite contraptions are her Baby Einstein aquarium jumper (I call it her work station) she received for Christmas, and the mat we got for her when she was about three months old. You can see she thinks they are pretty freaking awesome.
Baby Einstein Neptune Activity Center available here.
Infantino play mat available here.
Other than that our days are pretty mellow. I have to say I am incredibly happy and thankful that I get to stay at home with this little girl and raise her up and watch her grow and learn every single day. She’s such a joy. I’m so, so blessed.
In other family news, Audrey has been losing teeth left and right and I’m halfway to a mom-cut (I seriously love it though. I can’t remember the last time my hair was this healthy.)
That’s it for now! I promise, promise to be better about keeping everyone up to date again. XO.
18 weeks. I seriously cannot believe it. Katherine had her 4 month check up on Monday morning. She got her second round of shots and a clean bill of health. She cried, hard, for about two minutes, then finished off a bottle and everything was okay again. Just like with her first series, she slept most of the day and didn’t eat as much, but was back to her normal self by Tuesday afternoon.
She is taking 4-6 oz. each time she eats and has gained a bit of weight (about 3 1/2 pounds) since her last appointment. No need for rice cereal at this point since she is growing steadily and also has been SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! We are going on just over a week of solid, uninterrupted sleep for all three of us and let me tell you. It. Is. Awesome. I think she feels better, too, because every morning when she wakes up (anywhere between 5:30 and 7am) she has nothing but smiles and giggles in store for us. You can just tell she feels fabulous and is totally ready to start the day. I just love, love, love spending my days with this little girl. There’s nothing better.