Another 5 Bite the Dust

16 Jul

Another 5 pounds down! In one week! I know that this rapid weight loss will probably not continue nor would it be healthy if it did but I’m excited nonetheless.

We all know that weight loss takes both diet and exercise to be to really be successful. Here are some methods that have been working for me over the past few weeks.

Diet:
Prepare all meals one handed. Difficult? Yes. However, your food remains largely unprocessed and unappetizing rendering what you do eat harder to digest.
Eat all meals one handed. Half of your food will fall on your lap – easiest way to cut calories EVER.
Watch gory, crime scene dramas while exercising. Any appetite that is built up from working out will quickly be curbed by all of the blood and guts.

Exercise (will require acquisition of 9lb weight):
Pace Around Your House. This is to be done non-stop for 2 hours at a time while carrying your weight. Make sure to alternate the weight between arms. To burn extra calories, add shushing to the routine. You’ll run out of breath much quicker which is a good sign, right?
Sit down. Stand up. Sit down. Stand up. Sit down. Stand up. Sit down. Stand up. Sit down. Stand up.  All with the weight in hand.
Clean. Find a sitter for your *ahem* “weight” and clean the heck out of your house. All of that scrubbing will make you feel productive, burn calories, and get rid of any pent up frustrations that may result from constant pacing, sitting, and standing.

That’s about it. Turns out, the only thing more effective than the Morning Sickness Diet is the Newborn Diet.

I Don’t Mean to Brag, but…

9 Jul

… I’m about to.

My weight was the same at my last pregnancy doctor’s appointment as it was on my first.

This wouldn’t have been possible without the misery of morning sickness (if you don’t remember I lost 12 pounds), however after I started feeling better, I made sure to continue eating healthy. I decided early on to avoid playing the “pregnancy card;” especially when it came to diet.

About two weeks before my c-section was originally scheduled, I stopped caring so much about being healthy. I was uncomfortable and started maternity leave. I wanted to enjoy nachos and ice cream and candy and steak and coffee cake. There was one problem – not much food would fit in my stomach. If I did devour a whole plate of yumminess, I would almost instantly regret it.

I was totally bummed. I wanted to EAT!

I guess this was a good thing though. The baby certainly didn’t need all of those calories.

Currently, I’m 15 pounds less than when I got pregnant.

It’s time to get back to this losing weight business.

Introducing Baby G

6 Jun

The best laid plans…

We were all set to have Baby G enter the world on Friday, June 1st at 7:30 a.m.. The c-section was scheduled about 8 weeks in advance. On Tuesday, May 29th, I got a call from my doctor’s office; the hospital accidentally double booked the June 1st time slot. My surgery was moved up to the next day – May 30th at 12:00 p.m..

At first, I was elated. I had gotten really sick the night before and was ready to have the baby. Then it dawned on me that we still had a lot to get done. We spent the rest of Tuesday running a few last minute errands and getting big brother situated with the grandparents.

That night, I slept surprisingly well. We woke-up early and got ready quickly. I couldn’t eat or drink anything which was annoying. We checked into the hospital at 10:00 a.m. and I got prepped for surgery. At noon, I went into the operating room…

Baby G came into the world at 12:16 at 8lbs 3oz and 19.2″. She is perfect.

Both the baby and I had our first follow up appointments this morning and we’re both doing really well.

Big brother is loving his new role. He is a huge help and welcomes more responsibility. It’s been kind of bittersweet for me. My first baby is no longer a baby but I couldn’t be prouder of the young man he’s becoming.

Daddy couldn’t be happier. He has been an amazing help to me.

We’re all adjusting well to our expanded family. We couldn’t be more in love with the newest member.

Maternity Leave

22 May

Last Friday (the 18th) was my last day of work for the next 4 1/2 months. Maternity Leave came just in time.

I feel like I could have worked longer if trading in my desk chair for a recliner was an option. Sitting professionally at this point just isn’t possible. Plus, I only have energy in spurts. There were a few days last week that I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish.

Now that I’ve had two full days off, I still don’t feel rested. Good sleep is also not possible at this point. However, I have been able to strike a good balance between getting things done and letting my body rest. I’ll do a couple of chores and then rest for a couple of hours, then chores, then rest… being able to lay down throughout the day really makes things easier.

One of the first things I did was go through Baby G’s clothes. They are all put away!! It only took over 100 hangers (no joke) and a dresser filled to the brim, but I did it!

I’ve also made several lists: what’s left to do, what’s left to buy, what to pack in my hospital bag, addresses for baby announcements… I love lists.

At the top of the to-do list is finish the nursery. We’re definitely getting close. Then there’s coming up with June’s menu plan, washing her clothes, washing her diapers…

She’ll be here before we know it.

Showers, Soundproofing, and Survival

8 May

The past several weeks have been incredibly busy. So much is going on and it is getting harder and harder for me to keep up!

Showers

My cousins hosted a beautiful shower on the 28th. I spent the morning getting pampered and the afternoon opening some of the most ridiculously cute clothes EVER. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it a special day for me – it really was amazing!

My work shower was just two days later. I am fortunate enough to work with several people who I can consider friends. A few of these friends hosted the event. Baby G got tons more clothes and tons more gift cards. It was another marvelous time and I owe a big thank you to everyone who came.

Soundproofing

Since the hubs has been kicked out of his man cave, he needs a place to play the guitar.

He gets the closet.

Since the closet is right next to the baby’s room, we decided to soundproof the space. The fact that he’s always wanted his own soundproof room also helped make the decision. Everyone wins here.

I have had to strictly budget our time considering everything that is going on. I budgeted one weekend for the soundproofing of the closet. Ha.

Ha. Ha. Ha.

Hahaha.

It’s been three weeks. After coming home every night after and working on it, we’ve finally got the drywall up. We still need to do some sealing and lay the vinyl flooring. But we’re close.   And still married.   Go us.

What have we learned from this experience? Hire people.

Survival

To help Jordan with his transition to big brotherhood, I put together a “Survival Kit” for him to open at my shower. It included the following:

Berenstain Bear Books – “To Read to Baby G”
Ninjago Books – “Just for him”
A camera – “To capture memories”
A journal – “To record memories”
Star Wars burp cloths – “To protect his clothes”
An “I heart my big brother” onesie – “To Give to Baby G”
Several coupons for him to  redeem after the little girl arrives; including one for a round of mini golf with dad and one for a movie with mom

His favorite item so far has definitely been the camera. He has also been practicing with his Berenstain Bear books so that he’s ready when his little sister gets here. He’ll be an awesome big brother!

(For a longer post on how we’re helping Jordan transition, click here)

Our All-American Girl

9 Apr

Scott and I began working on our registry back in December and it’s only now just complete.

Well, kind of complete.

During the holidays, we were both forwarded one of those chain emails about the economy and buying American-made products. I actually received two; one said that if every household in the country bought just one item made in the States, it would create 200,000 new jobs. The second said it would create 60,000 new jobs.

Who knows which number, if either, is correct. Still, we decided that maybe we could try to apply the concept to our nursery. What could it hurt? I’d do a little research, find some cool stuff made in America, and it would be awesome.

Three months, two spreadsheets, and hours of research later…

What started as simple google searches for “Item X made in the USA” became an obsession with supporting “good” companies. In the end, the quest became about so much more than being “Made in America”. That’s where we started but I ended up taking notes about the sizes and philosophies of companies, whether they were owned by individuals, families or large corporations, whether or not they were philanthropic and environmentally responsible…

I mean, whether you occupy streets or throw tea parties, who isn’t over the brazen greed of large conglomerates? Who isn’t sick of horrible quality and crap customer service? I was on a one-woman mission to end. it. all.

As long as I could get to bed by 9:00.

I won’t lie. We weren’t completely successful. The safety of the baby had to be the number one priority. And unless you want to invest in this patent-pending gem, you’re going to have to get your swing from China.

Then there was the issue of cost. The old saying rang true: “You get what you pay for”. If we spent extra money on items, how would we ever be able to afford everything the baby needs?? Here’s a true story. Babies don’t need as much as mass marketing would try to convince you of. And the last thing we need is more “stuff”. We have plenty of “stuff”. We’ve donated like 20 bags of “stuff” just to make room for Baby G.

Although it wasn’t easy, I did find some awesome companies to support. Here are some of my favorites.

California Baby – This lovely little company is based out of California and makes baby skin, bathing, and diaper products. They also have some fun stuff for mom. They have organic, solar powered factories and keep their products allergen and paraben free.

Thirsties Diapers – We decided awhile ago that we would be using cloth diapers. Had I known how many options there are, I would have started researching before I ever got pregnant. Thirsties diapers have a great reputation and are also proudly made in the USA. The components used in their diapers are also USA-sourced in an effort to support local textile mills. They are family-owned.

Muu – We bought our crib from Muu – an LA based company. They are dedicated to making high-quality products here in America. Their wood is sourced locally.

Leachco – A family-based company that produces a variety of infant, toddler, and mom-to-be products. We’ll be using their bath pad and nursing pillow (it’s very similar to the Boppy – just made in the USA).

Bamboosa – Bamboosa is based out of South Carolina and makes clothing products there out of organic bamboo. Awesome.

Bumbo – This company is actually based in South Africa. Production is done there as well. What impressed me about them is that nearly 100% of the profits are donated to charity.

There were some larger companies that make the majority of their products in China but still have a few factories here in the USA.

Britax – Britax makes their car seats here and the rest of their products elsewhere. We registered for their car seat and stroller. Getting a stroller made in the U.S. isn’t really possible. The Britax B-Agile had great reviews so we went with it.

Dr. Brown’s – Bottles were another thing that was nearly impossible to find made here. However, Dr. Brown’s does make one kind in the U.S.A. These bottles are also highly rated.

Whew! I am so glad to have finally finished this post!!

His lips, my cheeks

2 Apr

We had another doctor’s appointment today (April 2nd) complete with ultrasound! She looked absolutely adorable. It was difficult for us to get a good look at her face; she kept putting her arm in front of it. The tech gave up on a profile shot but we did come away with these:

We’ve determined that she has Scott’s lips and my chubby cheeks.

She weighed approximately 3lbs and 15oz and was measuring at the size of a baby at 32 weeks and 2 days. I’m supposedly only 31 weeks. They are going to keep my June 4th due date but we’ll see if she stays inside that long.

After the ultrasound, we had a follow up appointment with the physician’s assistant. Everything is good. I haven’t put on any weight since last month but obviously the baby is getting plenty of nutrients.

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