We celebrated Katherine’s first birthday this past Saturday. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. In 6 days she will be one!
No birthday theme, just an afternoon full of color and fun and lots of hot dogs and ice cream and cake. And a bounce house of course. We had about 45 people in attendance, lots of family and some close friends. All in all it was a fabulous day! Kath has been teething lately and has been off for a few weeks sleep-wise (damn you leap 7!) but thankfully she was well-rested for receiving guests.
We did a hot dog bar with all the fixins’, pasta salad and potato salad (courtesy of my mother-in-law), a sundae bar, and delicious cupcakes and sweet treats made by Corey’s cousin. I think I spent five minutes total talking to people – it’s time consuming hosting these gigs! But…well worth it. After all, your baby girl only turns one once!
I can’t believe it. Our baby is ten months old. Ten months is only two months away from a year; from no longer being a baby but a toddler. WTF. She has become such a little person since I last wrote. She is so full of life and has such a dynamic personality – full of funny faces, sticking her tongue out and crawling all over the place. Pulling herself up chanting “mama” all the time – everything is “mama” — the couch, the walls, her sister, etc. She says it all the time but I’m not convinced she’s directing it at me just yet. Does this count as a first word? I have no idea. She is a very vocal baby, though. I’m pretty sure once she starts she’s never gonna stop. (“We caaaaan’t stop, we woooon’t stop…”)
The last couple of months have been filled with milestones for Katherine. Crawling, two teeth (and about a million more ready to break through), pulling herself up, big girl baths, first plane ride, eating tons of solid foods. She loves just about everything we put in front of her and I’m pretty sure she’d graze 24 hours a day if we let her. Last night she had tilapia for the first time and loved it. Like, whatever – being all grown up with your taste buds.
First time at the beach.
We just returned home from Michigan about a week ago – my sister graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Michigan University so Katherine and I ventured out to the mitten for a couple of weeks to celebrate. We had a blast and she was a total rock star on the plane, I shit you not. I was so, so nervous about flying alone with an infant but she just kicked ass. She either slept or played with her Mortimer Moose or made friends with the people sitting around us. We were truly blessed with awesome fellow passengers – we ended up next to a grandma, a full-time nanny, a man with a daughter a few months older than Baby Girl, and on one flight we even ended up with a row to ourselves!
Next up on my list is planning her first birthday party. I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around. I feel like I’ve become such a cliche since having a child; time goes by in a blink. It seems like yesterday I peed on a stick; hell, it seems like yesterday Corey and I went on our first date. And here we are, 4.5 years later with a house, two kids and a dog. It’s insane. Anywho…birthday party. I’ve been browsing invitation designs on Shutterfly and hope to get them ordered sometime this week. So that’s my next big to-do.
Hope you all are well; I promise promise to be better about writing from now on. xoxo!
Playing at Greenfield Village.
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.