7 (Seven!) Months Old

10 Feb

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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.

photo 3Baby Einstein Neptune Activity Center available here.

photo 4Infantino 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.)

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That’s it for now!  I promise, promise to be better about keeping everyone up to date again.  XO.

18 Weeks Old.

9 Nov

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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.

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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.

Halloween Times

9 Nov

A bit late, I know, but we had a fantastic Halloween week!  The day before Halloween was the NICU Pumpkin Patch reunion at Katherine’s hospital.  It is an annual event, I believe they’ve done it for about 20 years now, and it is a great opportunity to see how all the former preemie babies have grown and changed an flourished.  It was so lovely to see Katherine’s doctors and a few of our favorite nurses.  They had live music, a buffet, balloon animals, and caricature artists.  It was awesome and I cannot wait to go back again next year!

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For Halloween night, we loaded up the girls and went over to Corey’s aunt and uncle’s house.  Gary and Tanya’s neighborhood is a crazy wild hot spot of trick or treating.  The street is packed with kids, it is nonstop.  Every house sets up a fire pit in the driveway and passes out candy.  They had appetizers and pizza and drinks; it’s a whole big event – they usually give out about 1,500 (!!) pieces of candy.  The police patrol the area and hand out glow necklaces.  It’s crazy.  We had so much fun and I can’t wait until next year when Katherine is old enough to walk around and really participate in the holiday.  🙂  We finally got a family photo, too…I guess I need to step it up in this department.  In case you can’t tell from the picture, Audrey was a peacock and Katherine was a lamb.

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Hope you all had a fabulous Halloween!!

15 Weeks Old (a week late)

26 Oct

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Katherine’s 16 weeks today so I figured I might as well get her 15 week update in.  We laid low last week; all four of us took turns with the same cold this month so we didn’t do a whole lot until we were all feeling better.  We skipped Mommy & Me and just hung out at home most of the time.  Last weekend we ventured out to the local pumpkin patch for a little family adventure.  Katherine slept from the second we got in the car until (I shit you not) the second we got home.

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Audrey picked out a big pumpkin for all of us to carve, and a teensy tiny pumpkin for Katherine also.   She went on some rides and fed the petting zoo animals with Daddy.

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After the patch, we stopped at McDonald’s for a happy meal.  Because sometimes there’s nothing better than a Saturday afternoon happy meal.  At least when you’re six.

Perspective.

26 Oct

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Someone posted this photo in one of my online mom groups and it really got me thinking.  Basically it made me realize I need to quit being so uptight about working out and counting calories and losing weight.  I still want to do all of those things (and I have done a fairly decent job of it the last couple of weeks) but I also know my body will get there in its own time.  I say this one hour after googling “best over the counter diet pills.”  Clearly my head is all over the place with this weight loss journey thing.

I have a new found appreciation for my body.  It’s funny; the second I found out I was pregnant, my body image/esteem issues went right out the window.  Suddenly I was in total awe of my body.  I was an instant badass.  I was growing a person.  I’ve got a line of stretchies across my lower abdomen, they appeared when I was about 7 months pregnant.  I remember seeing them and thinking, “Goddamnit!  I almost made it without them!  So close!”  But now I look at them like little footprints, etches of where Katherine used to be, all curled up inside of my belly.  And I remind myself there are millions of women out there who would kill to be in my place, with stretch marks from their brand new baby, and I am grateful.  

Anyway.  Project MILF is officially underway and it’s…alright.   I worked out three days this week, not the five that I had planned.  I tracked my calories but also had a glass of wine with dinner.  And I’m okay with that.  To go from absolutely nothing to everything…I need to give myself a break.  I love the MyFitnessPal app – it really brings light to what I put in my body.  I can’t even tell you how many empty calories I consume in my coffee creamer alone.  I switched it up to sugar free flavors, though, and that has helped quite a bit.  Because there’s no way in hell I’m drinking coffee black.  

I know I’m eating fewer calories than before because I find myself staaaaaarving in the middle of the afternoon.  I look at my calories and debate having a yogurt or saving them for dinner.  The yogurt always wins.  It is more important that my man comes home to a happy, satisfied, lady, rather than a starving, angry bitch who is stopping herself from gnawing on her hand.  Am I going to turn down a slice of pizza and a beer on a Friday night?  Am I going to not split a piece of pie with Corey on one of our rare dinners out (with Katherine in tow)?  Hell no.  I want to live my life, find the balance.  Today, right this minute, is the heaviest I’ve ever been (when not knocked up), but it is also the happiest I’ve ever been.  I have an amazing, beautiful family and fabulous friends and a man who loves me absolutely unconditionally and doesn’t hesitate to tell me every single day.  So what if my jeans are a little larger than they were a few years back?  A few years back I didn’t have a beautiful baby, or the love of my life.  

Exercise.  I’ve ditched the gym, basically.  Instead I have taken up Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred via YouTube in the privacy of my own home.  Her program is 30 minutes and it kicks.  Your.  ASS.  I am sweating hard by the end of it. It is as exhausting as an hour of kickboxing class at the gym, except I’m at home, and Katherine is next to me, and it really is done in 30 minutes instead of the hour and a half it takes at the gym (driving time, day care check in, class, home).  It’s an awesome program.  Lots of basics – squats, lunges, bicep curls, sit ups, but it gets the freaking job done.  Plus she has always scared the crap out of me on Biggest Loser so I figure what better motivation to exercise than fear.  Hahaha.  You can order her program here, or if you are cheap like me, the YouTube link is here.  I sign into YouTube through our Xbox account and it pops up on our TV no problem.  There are three levels and the idea is to do ten days of each level.  I’m obviously still on level one.  I can’t imagine what will happen to me when I hit three.  

So there’s my update.  Numbers wise, if you must know, I’ve lost three pounds.  Not a lot but it’s something and you gotta start somewhere, right?  At my fitness assessment at the gym, I was told I need to lose 50 (holy shit!) pounds to reach my “ideal” weight.  I know that weight is attainable because I have weighed it before.  Am I actually  going to lose 50 pounds?  Who knows.  I’d be happy with half that to be honest.  I just want to be healthy.  I’ll know when I feel good, when I’m where I wanna be.  Mostly I want to set good examples for our girls.  I want them to see me walking and moving and making smart choices at the dinner table.  But I also want them to see me happy to have a piece of cake on my birthday.  I want them to feel good about their bodies and the only way that is going to happen is if I feel good about mine.  Hashtag truth.

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