No, just kidding! But for a couple minutes this morning we thought we were. No joke. We went to the Dr for our 16 week check up and the machine was playing tricks on us! It must have had a mirror image issue because when the Dr. switched to a different machine there was only one happy growing baby. But…there’s still a tiny part of me that thinks “What If?” What if there are two little babies in there?!? Stranger things have happened I know, and it would be a huge blessing, but not sure this anxious mama could handle that!!
We’ll find out for sure in 4 weeks when we have our big ultrasound.
But in other news, we’re having a BOY!! We found out a couple of weeks ago but haven’t shared it broadly yet. While the thought of having a sweet little girl is tempting I’m just so excited that our sweet little toddler is going to have a baby brother to run around in the dirt with!
Heaven help me with the chaos and mess and noise that these two boys are going to create for this introverted mama, but I’m going to just love it. 🙂 I’ve been working on telling myself to mellow and relax (Ryan even commented this weekend how easy going I was – that’s a first! HA!) and I’m sure God is giving me two wild little boys to really drive this point home for me. I’m not in control.
My mama heart is just so full right now seeing all that God has blessed me with. A healthy amazing little boy and another (or two) on the way!
If we’ve been friends for some time you might have been asking yourself, “what is she doing”. I was a rare poster on FB and pretty much just spammed people with my adorable son, but that was about it. But then 6 months ago I started showing up more.
Why you ask?
As you may have picked up I became a Beachbody Coach. To share a little about why, and so you don’t think I’ve just gone crazy, here are a few reasons why I love Beachbody and coaching with them:
- I love the company’s mission to help people get healthy and lower the crazy obesity rate in America
- I believe in the direct marketing model that allows women to create income on a flexible schedule. We live in an expensive world and we may need to make a little more to make it all work. Or we dream of a life where we aren’t tied to an office 40 hours a week. There are many ways and real people are making real money doing this.
- I’m in love with their workouts and programs and thing everyone should be doing them! (I also believe you should do what works for you but hey, if what you’re doing isn’t working then why not try something that you can do at-home in 30 minutes?!?!)
- I’m a busy mom who doesn’t have a lot of spare time for socializing and the TEAM environment of challenge groups and with fellow coaches helps to fill the cup of this mama. I just love the groups and would say HANDS DOWN that this has been the best part of the groups for me this past year.
- and the NUMBER ONE reason just might be my other teach of coaches and the team spirit of encouraging one another and striving to improve yourself daily. I value constant learning and love being a part of a group that encourage one another to always keep growing.
My team is having a ‘sneak peak’ into coaching this coming week and we’d love to have you join if you’re curious about finding out more. Send me a message or fill out this form and we’ll get you set up! ( the group runs on Facebook for a couple days. No pressure to join. Just learn more about it)
Oh my! How quickly the years have passed (and how slooooowwwwllyy some days had passed too!) Looking back now it seems like we blinked and the tiny, sleepy baby became a talking, running, ball full of big emotions and lots of love!! I know everyone comments on how fast it goes but you don’t really realize it until you go through it.
Our sweet boy is 31 lbs and 80% for his height, weight and head size!! He’s talking in full sentences and all the time. His favorite phrases right now are, “what’s mommy (or person he’s with) doing?” “What’s that noise?” ; “What’s this kind?”
He’s obsessed with lawn mowers, leaf blowers, trimmers, all things tools and cleaning and ‘monkey george’ books. He’s a sweet heart and still mostly a great eater but we can see snippets of his ‘toddlerness’ coming through. He’s showing big emotions and knows what he wants and likes to test his boundaries. (and his testing mom and dad’s patience as well).
We are excited that Jackson gets to be a big brother in about 6 months and know he’s going to be such a great one!! We are certainly blessed with this sweet and fun spirit and while he keeps us on our toes we wouldn’t change a single second of it!
I spent a lot of my twenties taking fitness classes and training for marathons and half-marathons. Spending 60 minutes or more at the gym wasn’t a luxury it was the norm.
Like a lot of things in life my gym routine changed since having a baby and I’ve had to find little ways to fit in my fitness. I’ve found what works for me currently but have had adjust with each season of parenting (and will have to adjust a lot more I’m sure next year when baby # 2 arrives!)
For now though I will enjoy my time and try to take each stage as they come 🙂
If you struggle with finding ways to fit in fitness in a demanding season of life here are few ways that have been working for me:
- Break it up: – Try doing 10-20 segments throughout your day when you can. You will still receive amazing benefits by breaking up your workouts into manageable chunks when you can’t squeeze in a longer workout.
- Use your lunch break: Sneak in a quick walk, find some stairs or grab a yoga mat and do a quick office work out.
- Use the time you have: Get up a few minutes early if that’s your think, use nap time if you’re lucky enough to get one, or squeeze in a quick workout as soon as your kiddos go to bed (or even set up them up with some toys or work out along with you)
- Use at-home workouts: This has been the KEY for me these past two years. I don’t have time or the desire to head out to the gym but I CAN get an amazing workout at home in a short amount of time (no excuse, no time wasted getting to gym). I use Beachbody workouts and absolutely love them. I haven’t found anything that’s as challenging and effective for at home workouts (and I’ve tried A LOT of them).
- Above all else make it a routine/habit and be consistent: This one is key. The only workout routine that works is the one that you actually do! So you have to be consistent and do your workouts. Doing them sporadically is better than nothing but you’re not going to see results until you’re doing them (and eating healthy) consistently. That doesn’t mean you have to workout 7 days a week – find a schedule that you can commit to and stay consistent.
What about you? What are some ways that you find time to squeeze in being fit and healthy?
I’m still trying to get the hang of meal planning and finding out the system that works for us, but have found it’s KEY to use easy one pot meals that are quick to make. I try to make my shopping list/meal plan before going to Trader Joes or we end up eating the same staple meals each week (sorry honey).
A few of our Tips:
1. Have a stocked pantry of staples to make some of your favorite easy meals. It’s great when you’re short on time, or didn’t make it to the store, to know you can still eat a healthy meal.
2. Create a binder of your family favorites and use this to do your meal planning. I have one organized by meal type and just sort through when I’m looking to plan our weekly meals. I like to add a couple new ones in when I can but on weeks where I know I’ll be busy I just stick to what I know (new meals take more time and energy to make than ones you know how to make!)
3. Keep is simple! This season in your life might not be the time to make elaborate meals. And that’s ok. Make it what works for you and is sustainable over time!
4. Meal Prep! Vital to making healthy meals fast. We try to bulk make a few things each week and help make throwing dinner easier. I make a couple big batches of oatmeal each week, bake sweet potatoes and hard boil eggs. I need to get better about prepping my veggies too!
And a couple of my favorite Cookbooks:
Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker
Fixate by Autumn Calabrese
Anti inflammatory diet & action plan
Make ahead paleo
Giada’s feel good food
What are some of your meal plan tips and favorite cookbooks?
We recently shared that our family is expanding and we’re over the moon excited about it! While it’s nice to be free to run around in maternity clothes, and feels good to have others know, it’s always a little scary. So much could still happen.
I don’t take this blessing lightly and know how much of a miracle each and every baby is. I am forever and beyond grateful for the sweet boy that God gave me & Ryan to parent and am excited to get another little one to love and cherish.
I just left the first trimester which traditionally marks the end of the high miscarriage mark and the time when parents can relax into their pregnancy a little more. I’m a bit of an anxious nelly and tend to feel a little nervous through out the whole pregnancy. I had a miscarriage back in December at 7 weeks and that made me appreciate the delicate state that is pregnancy all that much more.
SO, I’m rocking a 12 week – going on 20 – week belly. I’m feeling better than I was in the beginning and looking forward to entering the sweet spot of pregnancy, the second trimester.
We’re looking forward to watching this little baby grow and can’t wait to meet him/her in January! (lets just hope they don’t need to come early like Jack did!)
I’ve been a mother for almost two years. That’s just crazy to me. To say this journey has been all baby hugs and roses would be a lie. I have not entered gracefully into this gig but slowly I feel myself settling in.
Pregnancy was a dream. Up until the end I felt great, loved being pregnant, and had a ‘normal’ pregnancy (and only the appropriate amount of anxiety about not feeling enough baby kicks). Then came the early newborn days and I was a hot mess in every sense of the word. Jack came during a heat wave and this already overheated mama was so hot she couldn’t barely stand a hot human laying on her (but desperately wanted him to). And I was exhausted from 4 days laboring in the hospital before Jack arrived, and exhausted from the first few days of being home with a newborn. Unsure of what to do, desperately trying to do the ‘right’ thing for my baby and keep him alive, and filled with all kinds of post baby hormones and anxiety, I became a hot mess (sorry friends and family).
Life and hormones balanced out a bit but I would say I struggled with postpartum anxiety for quite a while. Looking back on it I could say it was probably more than just new mom anxiety but thankfully it got better and Jackson is thriving. But motherhood still takes a lot of energy for me and I still feel more anxious about certain things than maybe I should. I’m a mess about his sleep (getting enough? too much?) and if he’s sick (is he warm? getting sick?) There has been more than a fare share of worry over these things and I’ve just had to work on letting it go.
Hormones and anxiety aside I think the biggest adjustment for me, as a new mom, has been trying to create ‘space’ in my life and balance being a mama and being myself. I never feel like there’s enough time in my day/week to do ALL the things that I want so I have to prioritize and be selective. I’ve learned ways to save time shopping (hello google express and amazon) and I say no to more activities than I say yes to.
In this season my priorities are spending time with my son and husband and filling my own cup in ways that fit around this time. I transitioned from going to the gym to working out at home. I love being able to get a good workout done after Jackson goes to bed (saves me time and energy and don’t have to sacrifice my limited time with Jack). And I’ve found a group of amazing ladies who inspire me to push myself, to grow, and to help other women do the same thing.
As we’ve adjusted to life as parents and settled into our new roles a bit the thing that still comes up for me most is the idea of space. I want more space in my life. Physical space and space in our schedule. I am craving more space for our family. More room to play and be without living in a super crowded and congested area. Where we can create a life that moves slower, with more time for one another (and less time spent in an office or driving around town) For more space to explore and play.
I’m not sure what this looks like yet but I have felt this growing desire for ‘space’ in my life and am trusting that God is moving our family closer to his design for our lives.
Do you desire more space in your life as a mother? If so, how do you find it?