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Christmas Recap! Family / Fitness / Life

I haven’t updated recently because we went on vacation to visit my family for Christmas! We drove up on Tuesday morning and stayed until yesterday morning.

The drive to Atlanta was long and boring. I made sure to pack some healthy snacks, though! I packed some Powercrunch bars, chocolate rice cakes, and peanut butter. It’s really easy to eat poorly while on the road so it’s important to plan ahead!

Once we got settled at my parents house, we went to Atlantic Station to go ice skating. I didn’t skate because I had M in her wrap, but it was still so fun watching my dad and sisters skate! After skating, we went to a restaurant called Yard House and it was amazing! I loved all the different food options. There were so many different combinations of flavors that I hadn’t seen before. I wanted to try one of everything! We all split a few appetizers and I got a pastrami benedict burger (yes, that is as good as it sounds!).

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Wednesday morning I went to the gym with my mom and we worked shoulders and back with her trainer. After the gym, we spent Wednesday lounging around and taking family photos. I also went to Target to pick up a last minute Christmas Eve dress for M. The one I brought was too small. She’s getting so big! On Thursday, Mike and I went to the YMCA and played racquetball and it was so much fun! We were there for an hour and had such a great time! Racquetball is a great workout.  We spent the rest of the day relaxing before going to Waffle House for dinner- a tradition- and going to the 11pm Christmas Eve service at my parents church.

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Christmas Day was a blast as well! We opened presents and had a delicious meal. I got a lot of great gifts! One of my favorite gifts was from my sister. She knows that I’ve really been enjoying cooking lately so she got me some cookbooks with a bunch of healthy, simple recipes. I can’t wait to start trying some of them this week! Side note: how cute is M!?!

christmas in atlanta

We spent Friday and Saturday lounging around the house (are you sensing a theme here?). Mike and I went to the YMCA again on Saturday to play racquetball again and had a ton of fun. I also worked legs that day. We also met up with my friend Becca for brunch and my friend Meghan for dinner! I hadn’t seen either of them in almost a year so it was awesome to catch up!

On Sunday, we relaxed, went to Trader Joe’s, went to a family friends house for an engagement party, then Monday we drove home!

We had such a good trip. I don’t see my family very often usually, so it was nice to spend some time with them. I’ve seen them more this year than the past few years combined, mostly due to M being born. Now that everything has settled down, I’m not sure when I’ll see them next. Life is kind of starting back up again with me going back to work next week (more on that at another time) so it will be interesting to see how and where things fall into place.

What did you do during the holiday vacation?

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Back to the Basics Fitness

After being cleared to exercise last Monday, I was so excited to get back to a consistent workout routine! I told my husband that he needed to be ready to watch M when he got home because I was going to the gym. He came home, I got ready to go, hopped onto the treadmill and… walked. I seriously underestimated how hard exercise would be. I ran a little bit but most of my workout was a walk. I did 2 miles in 35 minutes- by far my slowest time ever.

On Thanksgiving, I went to the park to meet up with my running buddy! We hadn’t run together since March. We ran (mostly walked) a 5k and finished in 50 minutes- my slowest 5k to date.

On Sunday, I went back to the gym and ran another 2 miles. I finished in 31 minutes. An improvement from my first run, but still slow.

At first, I was incredibly let down by my times. I ran half marathons! I have a 25 minute 5k PR. The only reason I walk during runs is if I’m cramped. Being slow is uncharacteristic of me. On top of all that, I felt self conscious because of the way I look. I was exercising in a big baggy shirt because all my shirts are either too tight or they don’t conceal the acne that has taken over my shoulders and back (thanks, Post Partum hormones!). I won’t lie, it reminded me of when I first started to get healthy and that made me feel horrible. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and I’m out of shape. It’s frustrating! After throwing myself a pity party, I snapped back to reality. I just had a baby. I had a hard pregnancy. For months, I wasn’t able to be on my feet for more than 10 minutes, much less workout. Of course my body won’t be able to perform the way it did when I was in my best shape! What I needed to do was get back to the basics. I need to rebuild my endurance the same way I did before: one baby step at a time.

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Am I super excited about basically starting over? No. But I know so much more now that I can apply my knowledge to this weight loss “season” and come back in even better shape! There are still times that I feel terrible about how I look and how I feel, but I’m doing my best to make sure to keep that negative self-talk to a minimum. The fact that I’m working on getting back into shape is a win!


Things They Don’t Tell You || Labor and Delivery + Post-Partum Care Life

Part one of this series talked about Things They Don’t Tell You about Pregnancy. In part two of this series, I want to talk a little bit about labor, delivery, and post-partum care. These parts of pregnancy and birth aren’t discussed nearly enough. Even if you buy books on pregnancy, they either don’t cover this part or you’ve stopped reading by the time you get to it because you get caught up in pregnancy. Babies aren’t born without delivery, though, and every delivery has post-partum recovery, so here are some things I wish I knew.

  1. You cannot be shy during delivery (or afterwards)
    I only have experience with vaginal delivery, so I can’t speak for C-section mamas, but if you are delivering vaginally, everyone will see all of you. Between cervical checks, catheter insertion, and other things (you know, laying spread eagle pushing a baby into your doctor’s face), you will have people in your business your entire labor (and after). If your baby isn’t “sunny side up,” it gets even better as you may have to lay on all fours to get the baby to flip. There is no time to be shy.All that being said, the people who are seeing you are professionals. It’s nothing they haven’t seen before and everything they are doing is for the good of your baby to make sure you have a smooth delivery. If you’re uncomfortable, just try to relax and remember the reason behind everything.
  2. You will need to make immediate decisions
    Who will cut the umbilical cord? Will you do skin to skin? What will you do if your baby is taken to the NICU? Will your significant other stay with you or go with the baby? Do you want your baby to be given his or her Vitamin K shot (can prevent bleeding in the brain)? Goop in their eyes? Research these things so you can make informed decisions on the fly.
  3. Be ready for change
    While everyone may have some sort of plan going into labor and delivery, things tend to work a little differently once you’re there. Be prepared for things to change. Maybe you stop dilating and they need to dilate you using medication or other means. Be ok with that and research those options so you can make a decision or let your doctor know that you have a preference. Maybe you labor for too long and your baby goes into distress- be prepared for a C-Section. Maybe you wanted an epidural but you progressed too quickly so you can’t have one. There are so many variables when giving birth, you have to be open to change! A change in plans doesn’t mean failure. If you decide to get that epidural after swearing you’d go med free, it’s ok! Do what’s best for you and your baby.
  4. Pushing out the baby isn’t the end!
    After the baby comes, you will deliver your placenta. If your placenta doesn’t come out, the doctor may have to find a way to get it out. After that, you’ll get a fun massage on your belly to make sure everything that needs to be out of your uterus immediately is out. This is called a fundal check. It hurts. I won’t lie to you. But you may be so busy doing skin to skin with your baby that you won’t notice. Fundal checks will be done regularly while you’re in the hospital to make sure your uterus is shrinking back to the size it should be. If you tear, you will also get stitched up before they let you assume your regular laying position.
  5. You will bleed- a lot
    You may tear during delivery.  You may need an episiotomy to help the baby come out (I’ll let you Google that one). You won’t notice the bleeding during the actual delivery, but you will bleed after delivery for days- if you’re lucky. Your body is essentially going through a huge period. 10 months of uterine lining is being shed which can be terrifying when you’re the one who’s bleeding. Don’t worry! Bleeding and passing clots are normal. You may fill multiple thick pads per day at the beginning and that’s ok. Over time, bleeding will decrease and stop all together. It may take weeks, but it will subside. Always talk to your doctor if you feel you are bleeding far more than normal.
  6. You will be sore
    For a lot of women, myself included, post partum hurts more than delivery. If you tear, you will be sore for a few days. That’s normal! You may also swell- also normal. You may get a peri bottle in the hospital- USE IT! This bottle is filled with water and used to “wipe” after using the bathroom so you don’t have to put pressure on stitches. Your hospital may also provide you with an antiseptic spray, tuck pads (witch hazel pads), and some ice packs. I didn’t prefer the icepacks, but other women swear by them. Take as much as you can when you leave so you can continue your pain management routine at home. As always, talk to your doctor if you feel you’re in more pain than you should be.

Now, reading all that may make it seem terrifying but, honestly, you will look back and you won’t remember all the crappy parts of it because it brought you a beautiful baby. Funny how your mind can make you forget things like that! Also, keep in mind that everyone’s experience is different. I didn’t have a terrible labor and delivery, but my post-partum experience was horrible. Some people may have a long labor and delivery but an easy post-partum. Every experience is different, but it may ease your mind to know what could happen.

If you’ve been through labor, delivery, and post-partum, what would you add?

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24 Week Bump Update! Family

I’ve missed a few weeks of these, but here’s a bump update! It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but here we go!

  • How far along? 24 weeks!
  • Total weight gain: At my last appointment, my total gain was 20 lbs. Scary, but my blood pressure is great, so nothing to be worried about!
  • Maternity clothes? Oh yeah. They are SO comfy!
  • Stretch marks? Nope! I got this new oil that helps with skin elasticity and it smells like lavender. I am OBSESSED.
  • Sleep? It’s hit or miss. I sleep well until about 3:00 and then I can’t get back to sleep until 5:00-5:30 (I usually fall back asleep once my husband’s alarm goes off- kind of weird). It’s hard to get comfortable.
  • Rings on or off? Replacement set is still one!
  • Best moment this week?  I found out my mom and sister are coming to visit in a few weeks! I haven’t seen my sister since February so I’m excited to see her!
  • Cravings: MANGOS
  • Symptoms: Sciatic pain and CRAZY heartburn.
  • Nutrition? Also hit or miss. I’m making sure to be extra diligent this week since I have my Glucose Tolerance Test on Tuesday.
  • Workouts? I had a great few weeks at 3x a week but it’s getting hard to workout. I get uncomfortable really easily so I’ve had to dial it down which is a bummer.
  • Belly button in or out? In.
  • Looking forward to? Tuesday! After my dreaded test, we have another appointment to check Baby MAC’s progress. Also, August is the last month that we have as down time! We have a shower in September, a shower in October, and then she’s due in November!

 

That’s what’s going on this week! I’ve done some more things for the nursery so hopefully I’ll get that posted soon!

 

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21 Week Bump Update! Family

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I’m officially over half way through with pregnancy! Even if Baby MAC comes at 42 weeks (please, Jesus, NO), I’m halfway. The first trimester went by so slowly, but I feel like the past few weeks have flown by!  I can’t wait to see what the next few months have in store! Here’s this week’s bump update!

21weeks

  • How far along? 21 weeks!
  • Total weight gain:  I forgot to weigh again this morning… I’m going to guess maybe 15-16 pounds?
  • Maternity clothes? Still yes! I’m still living in maxi skirts and dresses for the work week. I do have some Old Navy linen pants and shorts that I’m loving. I love them because the top is a band like the band on yoga pants so, even though they’re maternity, I can fold the top down once I lose baby weight and wear them when I’m not pregnant. Win-win!
  • Stretch marks? None yet! I do use some cocoa butter and cocoa butter oil at night. The oil is supposed to keep skin from itching and I use cocoa butter because everyone else uses it and I feel like it can’t hurt anything! Even if it’s not preventing stretch marks, my skin is super soft!
  • Sleep? I don’t know why, but I have slept like a baby the past few nights. The only nights I didn’t sleep well this week were when we were on vacation (thanks a lot friend’s neighbors who set off mortars at 2:00 am). I used to take Ambien to sleep and then stopped taking it once I got pregnant. Luckily I slept because my body was so exhausted, but I started getting less sleep in the past month. Being up and down peeing all night kind of sucks. For whatever reason, though, this past week I’ve slept really well. I definitely don’t hate it!
  • Rings on or off? On, but it’s still a replacement set.  I also had to get a new replacement set. The other one had a couple stones fall out.
  • Best moment this week?  The past few days have been awesome. I’m starting to feel her move more and more so it’s really cool! She’s very active during the day and then settles down when I get home from work. It’s crazy to think that I feel her this much with a barrier (Anterior placenta) and her weighing less than a pound!
  • Cravings: None really. I am loving iced coffee though!
  • Symptoms: Still sciatic pain and acid reflux. Hooray! It’s also becoming increasingly hard to bend over.
  • Nutrition? I’m doing pretty well! Staying around my calorie goal each day, which is good!
  • Workouts? I’m up to working out 3x per week! Usually just cardio but sometimes I add in weights. I’ve also been doing a lot of nesting which should count as a workout because cleaning/organizing/decorating is hard work for a pregnant lady!
  • Belly button in or out? In.
  • Looking forward to? Tuesday! We have an appointment and we’ll be able to hear her heartbeat and chat with the doctor.

Overall, it’s been a pretty awesome week!

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4th of July Weekend // Orlando! Life

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I hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

We went out of town to visit some friends in Orlando and we had so much fun! Both of us had Friday off of work, so we left on Friday morning.

On the way out of town, we stopped at a new-ish gas station near our house. Enmark has rebranded their gas station as EnMarket.  In addition to the normal gas station food you find anywhere, they had a ton of local and organic snack choices. They also had a restaurant with made to order sandwiches and pizzas. I was glad to see some better options! I had a bite of Mike’s chicken biscuit (which was SO good) but I stuck to my choices: a fruit cup and a Cookies and Cream Quest Bar. To be honest, I was shocked they had Quest Bars! I also got a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough bar for a snack.

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The drive to Orlando wasn’t horrible. It’s about 4 1/2 hours. We got to our friends house and went to Downtown Disney for dinner. We went to Bongos and the food was amazing! I should have taken a picture (I ate it too fast). It’s a Cuban restaurant and they did Cuban food right, for the most part. Their chimichurri was different (red instead of green) but it was still really good!

Fun fact about Carrie: sweet plantains are one of my FAVORITE foods. Mike likes tostones (flattened and fried- savory) more  and I think he’s insane. Give me all the sweet plantains!

The next day, we spent the day by the pool. My friend Casey made a casserole for breakfast. I’m going to use the recipe she gave me and make some substitutions to make it a little healthier. She’s a pretty healthy eater in the first place, but we didn’t make any substitutions for the cheese. I may try Laughing Cow and see how it works! For lunch, her husband made some chicken (I think it was in a lime marinade?) and hot dogs. I had chicken and it was really good.

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My Patriotic Baby Belly!

That night, we drove to another friend’s house in downtown Orlando for dinner and fireworks. We watched fireworks from the rooftop of her apartment and we were able to see the fireworks from all of the theme parks at the same time!

Sunday, we went to a restaurant called Yellow Dog Eats for lunch. Mike and I ate there a couple years ago on a drive down to Miami. We remembered it being amazing, so we decided to go back. It was AWESOME.

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We both got the sandwich called “The Rufus.” It was pulled pork, a Carolina style barbecue sauce, raspberry sauce, brie cheese, some peppers that were savory and a little spicy, and I added bacon to mine. Mike added bacon and shoestring potatoes to his. Let me tell you something: this place is amazing. The food is incredible. Is it healthy? Hell no. But it is so worth it! The vibe of the place is great and we will make this a place we go whenever we are in Orlando.

After eating, we went back to the house, packed the car, and headed back home. Traffic was miserable, we got stuck in a hurricane (not literally, but it was raining so hard we couldn’t see out the window- 35mph with hazards on for almost 20 minutes), and we were told the power may have been out at our house. Luckily, the power was NOT out, and we made it home at 6:59- just in time to watch the U.S. Women’s National Team win the World Cup! Not a bad way to end the weekend!

Overall, we had a great weekend!

What did you do for 4th of July?

 

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Date Night // Weekly Recap Life

It’s been one of the weirdest/best/worst weeks. Seriously!

The good: 

First and foremost, we got to see our baby and we found out we are having a little girl!  Baby has a name, but we’re keeping it under wraps for now so I’ll just call her Baby MAC (her initials- NO, her name is not Mackenzie). It was so great to see her pretty face and to hear that she’s growing just as she should be.

Secondly, it was a short week at work! I had half of Monday off and I took Tuesday off (the reasoning is on the bad side, but more on that later). The week went by relatively fast, which was great because this coming week is also a short week due to the holiday weekend! Hooray for a sort-of Summer vacation.

Third, we finished painting Baby MAC’s nursery! It took a few days, but I LOVE how it turned out! I’ll post photos of her nursery once I get some uploaded. It’ll be fun to see how the process progresses!

Lastly, I had a great date night with my husband on Friday night. More on that later!

The bad:

Well, I stayed home from work because our home was damaged after a bad storm Monday night. It thunderstorms nearly every day where we live, but I have never seen a storm this bad. Luckily the damage wasn’t significant, but it was bad enough that I had to stay home to ensure it was repaired. Not fun at all.

Also, I have had increasingly bad back pain. Baby MAC thinks my sciatic nerve is super comfy because she loves to lean against it ALL DAY LONG. I worked out 3x this week (yay!) but the last two times were cut a little short due to back pain (boo). I think I’m going to see a chiropractor soon.

Now, about date night!

Mike and I went to a local restaurant called Fire Street Foods and it was delicious! I loved the vibe of the restaurant. It had a really clean design and felt really open and modern.

fire street food

I had been craving potstickers for weeks, so we got some as an appetizer.

fire street food

 

For an entree, I got pad thai. I ate about 1/4 of it. It was a huge portion! Mike got green curry which was delicious! I’m going to get yellow curry next time.

I’m hoping to be able to keep up with working out 3 times a week. Even if it’s only 30 minutes, it’s still getting my heart rate up and keeping me active!

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Bump Update // 19 Weeks Family

Well, friends, we are almost half way through pregnancy! 21 weeks to go! It has been a great week, overall! There have been some hiccups here and there, but I’m feeling good right now! Time for a bump update!

19 week update

How far along? 19 weeks!

Total weight gain: I actually didn’t weigh today, so I’m not sure. I’ll guest 14 pounds, +1 from last week. I could be wrong, though! I’ll make sure to weigh next week.

Maternity clothes? Yep! I’ll probably be in them post-partum too. They’re so comfy. I’ve mostly worn dresses and skirts but I recently got some really comfy linen shorts from Old Navy on sale. Love them!

Stretch marks? None yet, still!

Sleep? I’m sleep more through the night, which is good. The past couple of nights have been rough due to increasing sciatic nerve pain. It hurts to roll over.

Rings on or off? Original set, off. The replacement set is still on.

Best moment this week?  Monday! We found out that Baby C is a little GIRL!! We are so excited! She does have a name, but we’re keeping that a secret for now.

Cravings: None really. I’ve been eating a lot of sandwiches though.

Symptoms: Still back pain. Heartburn has decreased but it’s still there every once in awhile.

Nutrition? Better! I’m working on making dinners more and we’ve done a good job! Things got a little out of hand during the weekend, but this week has been good!

Workouts? I went 3x last week and have gotten activity in 2x this week so far. I’ll probably go to the gym again tomorrow and maybe Saturday. I spent all day painting a wall in the nursery yesterday which is a workout for a pregnant lady.

Belly button in or out? In.

Looking forward to? This weekend!  Hopefully we can finish or make significant progress on the rest! I painted the hardest wall already (lots of corners/doors) so the rest of the walls shouldn’t take long with 2 people painting them.

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18 Week Bump Update // Thoughts on Weight Gain Family

Happy hump day!

Across the internet, there’s a “thing” for pregnant women called “Hump Day Bump Day.” Wednesdays are the days pregnant ladies post their bump photos. Wednesday also happens to be the day that my weeks start over! Now that I’m almost halfway through pregnancy (what?!), I want to start participating in Hump Day Bump Day (HDBD) on the blog. I’ll also use it as a weekly update to let yall in on what’s been going on with me in general! Here’s this week’s bump update!

 

How far along? 18 weeks!

Total weight gain: 13 pounds (I don’t even want to talk about it– but I will below)

Maternity clothes? Yep! Maternity pants are super comfy. I have mostly been wearing a lot of maxi skirts and dresses which haven’t been maternity, though.

Stretch marks? None yet!

Sleep? I’m functioning off less sleep than I was in the first trimester, which is great. Sleep is tough, though. Between sciatic nerve pain and needing to use the bathroom 2-4x a night, my sleep is interrupted.

Rings on or off? On, but it’s a replacement set. My hands are the only things on my body that swell right now. I’m pretty sure it’s the heat.

Best moment this week?  Yesterday! We heard the baby’s heartbeat again. It was strong and high due to a lot of movement. This baby is very active in the morning!

Cravings: None really. I’m glad my food aversions have gone away. I’m more the type to really want something that is mentioned rather than crave something random. Usually that feeling goes away after a little while!

Symptoms: Back pain is my biggest symptom right now. If I walk/stand for a long time my lower back starts to hurt and I get pretty nasty sciatic pain at the end of the day. I also have some pretty killer acid reflux. Hooray!

Nutrition? Definitely could be better! That’s something at the top of my list between now and my next appointment.

Workouts? I’m working out 2-3x per week. Mostly 2x a week but last week I hit 3x and it felt good so I’m thinking I’ll be able to continue with that. I mostly do cardio but I’ve also started to include some light weight training.

Belly button in or out? In.

Looking forward to? Next Monday! We found out if Baby C is a boy or a girl!

 

Now. The big weight gain talk.

Pregnancy is so different for every person. My OB says “Some girls eat like pigs and don’t gain anything while others eat like fleas and gain a lot.” I’m somewhere in the middle as far as eating goes, but I’ve gained 13 pounds in 18 weeks. At my last appointment, my doctor wasn’t overly concerned but it was something she mentioned to keep an eye on so I’m making that a priority for the next month or so. Weight gain up to about 35 pounds is healthy for a pregnancy but my weight can’t continue to increase at this rate.

It is really hard to see the scale go up after losing a lot of weight. When you are mentally used to see the scale decrease, any increase is hard, much less a pound a week. It has been a big adjustment, but I am focusing on the fact that our baby is healthy. As long as our baby is healthy, I’ll be ok seeing the scale go up.

 

 



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