Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Mid Week Confessions

Its Wednesday kids and I'm once again linking up with E over at E Myself and I for some mid week confessions.  I will say that since Sawyer has been sleeping better (Praise the Lord!) my confessions aren't as full of sleep deprived angst as they were last week.

Here we go!

- I've been doing Stroller Strides for the past few weeks and I love it.  After class I reward myself by stopping at Starbucks for a skinny caramel macchiato.  I purposefully conveniently park in a location so I walk by it after class.  The past few times in addition to my coffee I've gotten a cheese Danish thereby completely undoing any calorie burn I got during class.

-Today I made the healthier decision and skipped the cheese Danish.  But then I bought a piece of chocolate cake at the grocery store.  And gummy bears.  And I wonder why I can't lose those last 10 lbs of baby weight.

- I loathe Kim Kardashian (what the heck is she famous for anyway?).  I think she looks terrible pregnant and that makes me kind of happy.
*speaking of celebrity pregnancies, Jessica Simpson looks so great this go around!  I think she's kind of an idiot but she designs cute clothes and handbags

- I exchanged this text with my mom today.  I was having serious Candy Crush withdrawals.

- Sawyer is into shaking toys that rattle.  But he also wants to chew them at the same time.  He usually ends up hitting himself in the face.  I find it hilarious.

That's all for today friends.  It was so beautiful here today!  I wore Capris (that I wore two summers ago and they fit with the exception of my muffin ton) and flip flops.  Can't wait for more sunny days!

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

7 month update

I know I say this every month, but seriously - how is my boy already 7 months old?  Its hard to remember what our life was like before our little man was a part of our world.  It has been so much fun to see Sawyer's personality develop and how interactive he has become.  We are having so much fun watching him learn and discover his world.

I haven't officially weighed him, but its highly likely Sawyer near the 20 pound range and is around 27 inches long.  He's on the tail end of the size 3 diapers and we put him in size 4s at night.  He well into 6-9 and 9 month clothes and close to out growing 9 month jammies.  We really need to get him to next stage of car seat soon. 

Developmental Milestones
Sawyer is becoming a proficient sitter and that is his position of choice.  He's not quite as fond of laying on his back to play.  His sitting is pretty steady - occasionally he gets distracted and tumbles over.  He likes to stand with support and play in his jumperoo.  At this point he has very little interest in crawling.  When he's on his tummy he only stays briefly and then rolls over to grab his feet.  He does like to wiggle and push himself around on his back.  Right now I think I will enjoy the fact that I can set him down and walk away without him getting into too much trouble and procrastinate on baby proofing.

Sawyer's dexterity is improving too - he's really good at grabbing toys, changing hands, holding smaller objects with more control. 

Still no teeth but I swear they will make their appearance any day now Lord willing.

Solids are going very well.  He has liked almost everything he's tried.  He loves eating his puffs - little cereal pieces that easily dissolved.  He can grab them with his hand but sometimes has difficulty getting them in his mouth smoothly and they often end up on the floor.  So, Charlie enjoys the puffs too.  Sawyer still gets a steady diet of breastmilk 5 to 6 times a day and mommy still produces more milk than she knows what to do with.

Ugh.  The last 5 or 6 weeks have not been so much fun.  Sawyer went from sleeping pretty well to waking up every 1-2 hours.  In the last few days we've resorted to crying it out and trying our best to keep him on a consistent schedule.  Things have improved but we are still getting up a few times with him.  This past week he's also caught a cold which hasn't helped.  I'm desperately waiting longing for the time when he starts sleeping through the night.

We have transitioned out of the swaddle and occasionally he will sleep on his tummy.  He will nap in his crib but generally his naps only last about 45 minutes and sometimes less.  In an attempt to get him on a schedule we've at times held him to nap just to get him used to sleeping at that time a day.

Likes and Dislikes
Sawyer continues to like his feet and has added an array of toys to his favorites.  One is a cell phone that Grandma Hall gave him and another is a remote control that I got for him at a consignment sale.  He loves to chew on his Sophie the giraffe toy and jumping in the jumparoo.  He has become very aware of Charlie and loves to watch him and especially loves when he gets doggy kisses. 

Sawyer is not a fan of having his nose wiped or at times being put down for a nap.

We took a trip to Virginia to visit Grandma and Grandpa Hall and Sawyer proved to be a good little traveler.  He flirted with the flight attendants, took some good long naps, and we managed to keep him on a west coast schedule.

All in all, Sawyer is a pretty content little guy.  We can cart him around to a restaurant or to Target and he's generally pretty happy.  He certainly adds infinite joy to our lives.

We love bath time!

His line up of toys

Hokie hat made by our friend Lynsie

His business travel look for our Virginia trip

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Project Bye Bye Baby Weight

For some reason, I had this {apparently unrealistic} expectation that the baby weight would just fall of.  Most people tell you if you are breast feeding that the weight just comes off.  If you are one of those people who lost all their pregnancy weight in 3 months, I hate you.  Seriously. 

I gained about 45 pounds with pregnancy.  By my two week checkup, I had lost 18 pounds from my pre-delivery weight.  By my 6 week check up, I had only lost an additional 5 pounds (23 of the 45 I gained).  Fast forward 5 months and I've lost a total of right around 35 of the 45 pounds.  Those last 10 pounds are hanging on for dear life and proving to be pretty stubborn.  Plus, I have an extra 15-20 that I was carrying prior to getting pregnant that could easily afford to go.

*I will note that I'm sure a good 2-3 pounds is pure breastmilk - I'm still making enough milk to supply a small village.

I have 2 pairs of non maternity work pants that fit and 2 pairs of jeans that fit.  And by fit, I mean I can get them on an buttoned the muffin top is definitely there.  Most of my shirts are too short (because of the aforementioned breast milk filled breasts) so I'm doing a lot of layering and cardigans.

But I'm ready to feel good in my jeans again.  I'm ready to feel hot.  I want my husband to want me, not just because I'm his wife, but because I'm his HOT wife.  I want people to see me with Sawyer at the store and be like "I can't believe she had a baby less than a year ago!"

I thought I was going to be so disciplined with working out after Sawyer was born.  I figured once he was on a schedule I would get up early and run before he got up in the mornings {like I used to do pre-pregnancy} or do strength training while he napped.  But, since I have yet to sleep through the night, getting up early is not an option.  I would so much rather sleep.  We aren't quite on a schedule yet either.  And I've been just plain lazy.

So, here we go.

I've joined a workout group called Stroller Strides.  Its a nationally based program designed for moms to get fit with their babies.  I first heard about it at the parent-baby class that I attend weekly at the hospital.  The gal that came and talked to us about it had 3 kids and the most buff arms I've seen on a woman much less a mom.  I would kill for her arms.  That alone was enough motivation for me to get signed up.

Being a physical therapist and knowing more that the average person about muscles, training and physical health, I was mildly skeptical that it was going to be that good of a workout.  I mean, these were a bunch of moms and probably not in the best of shape people.  I showed up for my first workout expecting to get some exercise but nothing crazy. 

Boy was I mistaken. 

I must have done about 300 squats and step ups in that first workout.  My butt was sore for 3 or 4 days.  Currently, my calves are ridiculously sore from my workout on Friday where we did sets of 100.  I literally shuffle my first few steps after getting up and have to take the stairs quite slowly.  The instructor of these classes gives you a work out.  I'm sorry that I ever doubted.

a photo from one of our workouts - curb planks with one arm on the ground and one on the sidewalk and then walking your feet up and down.  I'm in the bright pink shirt - I think I was saving my arms from falling off resting.

The best part?  I get to take Sawyer with me.  I put him in the BOB stroller and he gets walked, jogged, smiled at, sung to and sometimes falls asleep. 

My next step is to add the diet part.  I've been pretty lazy in terms of eating super healthy.  In general, I've tried to continue eating more of a lower carb diet but I've definitely done my fair share of poor eating.  My love-hate relationship with Coke Zero continues.  I don't drink enough water.

So friends, I invite you to join me on my journey.  I took my before pictures (which I'm not quite ready to share yet) and hope to get some progress and "after" pictures down the road.  I've got a Pinterest board with fitness and exercise ideas.  I went to REI and got some new workout gear (since the Stroller Strides workouts are outdoors).  I welcome encouraging thoughts and if you notice that I look a little skinnier I would LOVE to hear it (but don't say it unless you really mean it).

Tell me moms, how have you gone about getting back into shape after baby?

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Mid-Week confessions

They're baaaack!  Hooray!  After E at E, Myself and I took a blog break during lent, she's back in full force with a fresh edition of Mid-Week confessions.  So, I will link up with her today and join in the fun as I have multiple confession.

Since we are on week 4 of Sawyer not sleeping well, the majority of my confessions involve sleep deprived, frustration filled, emotional moments.  Hoping we figure out this sleep thing soon....

Here we go:

- I told Andrew in a delirious 3 am state (after getting up for the umpteenth time) that I wanted to trade in for a new child.  Sorry Sawyer, I really didn't mean it.

- I thought (more than once) about wanting to throw my son out the window when he wouldn't nap

- In multiple moments of frustration, I have muttered f-bombs under my breath at my son, my husband, the dog, and anything else that got in my way

- During one particular frustrating day of no napping, I ate half a bag of Oreos, a Cadbury egg, and chocolate chip cookie dough

- Sometimes when Sawyer is crying uncontrollably, I turn on the TV to distract him so he will stop crying

- I started working out again (more on that in a future post) - when the instructor tried to correct my form during my 500th lunge of the day, I came this close to pulling the "I'm a doctor" card on her.

- I offered Sawyer $1,000 and a puppy if he would sleep through the night.  So far, he has yet to take me up on my offer.

- Giving Sawyer infant ibuprofen before bed helps so much with the teething.  We bought 2 3-packs of ibuprofen and 1 4 pack of infant Tylenol at Costco.  I'm not above medicating my child.  Bring on the teeth.

So, that's my life in a nut shell.  Sleep deprived, frustrated and a true joy to be around - just ask my husband.  Its a good thing that Sawyer is so cute...

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Friday, April 5, 2013


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I'm not an expert on this blogging thing quite yet but since Google Reader is going away, most everyone is moving to BlogLovin.  So, I will hop on the bandwagon!