Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wine Tour in the Texas Hill Country


When you think of Texas, do you think of wine? Probably not. Most people think of California, France or Italy first. Fun fact: Texas has a beautiful wine country that makes delicious wines. If you live in Texas or a neighboring state and haven't visited yet, I highly recommend it. I've been many times with wonderful experiences each time!


To celebrate my friend Meena's dwindling days as a "single" lady, we road tripped to New Braunfels, TX which is in the Texas Hill Country wine region! (Check out the map above for my non-Texan readers.) Meena's family friend owns a house not far from the river, and they let us stay for free. It was such a cute house and perfectly accommodated the 9 girls in our party.

For our Saturday festivities, we booked a wine tour with an awesome company that we found online and I HIGHLY recommend: Winding Road Hill Country Wine Tours. Billy Martin is the owner of this wine tour company and was our very own driver and guide for the day! The majority of Texas wine country tours operate out of Fredericksburg, TX which is where most would call the heart of Texas wine country. Luckily for us, Billy with Winding Road (that's what I'm going to shorten it to) operates out of the New Braunfels region. Perfect for our bachelorette adventure! 


Billy picked us up at our house at 10:00am in an awesome limo bus full equipped with comfy seats, a table, cup holders and wine glasses! No plastic cups needed y'all. Billy comes prepared.

I cannot stress enough how convenient it is to be picked up and dropped off at your house. A day of wine tastings definitely goes to your head and not having to worry about anyone driving is the best. 


You're free to bring your own wine along on bus, so naturally we had some mimosas to toast to the bride to be and kick off our day!

A little more about our tour. Included in the cost is pick up and drop off, tastings at 3 different wineries and a charcuterie board from a local restaurant for lunch. Billy handles all the arrangements, tasting fees once in the wineries and even serves you lunch! He's a very amiable man and so easy to talk to. He gave us tips, made wine recommendations and helped us with anything we needed including taking group pictures.


We started the day at our first winery as soon as it opened, Driftwood Vineyards. The vineyards at this winery are gorgeous! Even on a cold, rainy day, you just wanted to stay outside and take in the beauty. It was an unseasonably chilly 40 degree day, but we still snapped a few shots before heading into the warmth indoors.



Our first tasting allowed us to choose 6 samples from their list of wines. I loved that this winery provided a note card to check off the wines you selected. This allowed us to note the ones that we liked the best for future reference. Driftwood Vineyards also includes a complimentary wine glass for you to take home. 


Pros and Cons of Driftwood Vineyard
Pros

  • Beautiful views
  • Note card with wines to note your favorites
  • Wine glass souvenir
  • First winery of the day and wines were delicious 

Cons

  • First winery so I didn't know how it would compare to others as far as purchasing wine goes
  • No private area
    • Since we were there as soon as they opened, this wasn't a problem!


The next winery we visited was a short distance away called Fall Creek Vineyards. It's right by the famous Salt Lick Barbeque! When we arrived we were ushered into this cute little tasting room that we had all to ourselves. A list of the tastings offered was on the table for us to review and we had our own Fall Creek employee serving us and answering any questions we had.


This is also the stop where we were served lunch! Included in the tour, Billy provides you a delicious charcuterie board from Huishace Grill in New Braunfels. It goes perfectly with wine tasting if I do say so myself.


Pros and Cons of Fall Creek
Pros

  • Private room for tasting and dining
  • Delicious wine
  • Gorgeous grounds and entry to the winery
Cons
  • No choices for tasting
  • Not much opportunity to explore the winery since we were just brought to our room



Above is from the entry to the winery! It was so gorgeous. I wish the weather had been better so we could explore more outside.

Our third and final winery was Duchman Family Winery. Little did we know, but this winery was the place to be! Billy had mentioned that we may need to fight our way up to get a spot at the bar and he wasn't wrong. There was definitely a energetic atmosphere different from the others that was fun for our final stop.

Funny story: Emily and I had to pump between wineries and were finishing up as we arrived. #breastfeedingmomproblems We were the last ones off the bus and weren't quite sure where to go as there were a few different buildings on the property. We decided to go with the biggest because it made the most sense to us, but nope. We stumbled right into a restaurant where the hostess was sweet enough to direct us to the winery. My favorite part of the interaction is when she said, "You were so close!" Like she didn't want us to feel stupid and was pumping us up. So naturally, we decided to snap a quick selfie and be on our way.


Once we finally made it to Duchman, our friends had already scored a nice spot at the bar for all of us! We were allowed to have 6 different samples from any of their wines. The lady serving my end of the bar was incredibly helpful. I asked quite a few questions that she answered with ease. The wine here was delicious and I'm not just saying that because it was our third stop. It was different and I loved the reds which is interesting because I'm usually more of a white and rose kind of girl.

There were lots of bachelorette parties to come through Duchman. Like I said, it had more of a fun, party atmosphere. Some of the girls were definitely having a grand ole time and it's safe to say that we were the most tame of the groups that came through! I guess I say that because none of us fell on the floor at any point in time.


Pros and Cons of Duchman
Pros
  • Great wine
  • Fun atmosphere (especially for the final stop)
  • Helpful attendants
Cons
  • Really loud
  • Not much to explore or see
  • Final winery, we were sad to be done! (But it's probably a good thing)


All in all, each winery we visited was fantastic. They were beautiful with good wines and helpful people along the way. I loved every minute of our tour with Winding Road Hill Country Wine Tours. I highly recommend them if you're ever in the New Braunfels or Gruene area. Billy was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable. He even set up dinner reservations for us after the tour when we realized the place we wanted to go to dinner was a bit too far and we'd rather Uber!


This past weekend, was my first 48 hours away from both babies! (Yes, I've been away from Chloe many times, but this was my first time away from Brody and JP's first overnight with both kids solo.) Even though Brody is only 5 months old, it was a needed and rejuvenating weekend away for this momma of two. It was the perfect amount of time and distance away for JP to get the hang of handling both kiddos 24/7. Also a solid practice run for my upcoming Disney Princess girls trip where I'll be gone for 5 days!

Happy bachelorette weekend to my girl Meens! It was amazing. Now just 10 days until wedding day. The countdown is on!

Have you ever been to Texas Wine Country? What's your favorite winery?
If not, have you ever done a wine tour? I highly recommend it!


Monday, February 4, 2019

2019 Aramco Houston Half Marathon Recap

Just over a week ago, I completed my 25th half marathon. 25 y'all! I knew I had run quite a few, but actually looking at my races page and counting them out was kind of shocking. 25 half marathons, 2 marathons, 2 30Ks and dozens of 5Ks, 10Ks and 15Ks since I started running in November 2009. It feels like quite an accomplishment, but this last race felt like a big deal to me. It was my first race after giving birth to Brody and I felt great. I remember my first couple of races after Chloe and they seemed harder. For whatever reason, my body was able to handle it very well this time around and I'm so grateful!

We woke up dark and early on race day when our alarms went off at 5:00am. We were able to stay at our aunt and uncle's home in Montrose, which saved us about 30 minutes of drive time race day morning. That meant, 30 extra minutes of sleep before the race! We were up, ready and out the door by 5:35am. I pumped in the car as we drove to George R. Brown Convention Center and finished up in the parking lot. I knew that I needed to empty my breasts as much as I could because the next time I would pump was after the race at least 4 hours later! #breastfeedingproblems


As soon as I finished, we pried ourselves out of the car because it was only 35 degrees outside. SO COLD for this southern girl. Plus there was a 10-12 mph wind bringing the feels like temperature down to 27 degrees. Nope. I had on my Fabletics running leggings with pockets, a tank top, my favorite Nike half zip pullover, gloves and an extra long sleeve shirt to throw away before starting the race. I knew the extra layer would be nice while waiting outside in the corral before the race started. 


We walked quickly and took shelter in the warmth of the convention center for about 40 minutes before our corral closed. We checked our bag, stretched, took one final pre-race potty break and eventually ventured out to our corral just 5 minutes before it closed! We started in corral B which closed at 7:00am when the race officially started. We waited in our corral for about 20 minutes before getting to start. There was music playing and everyone was jumping and dancing along to the beat to stay warm! We were all shivering and anxiously awaiting our chance to cross the start line. Since we were in downtown, the wind whips like crazy down the streets through the buildings. It was kind of brutal! I kept my outer layer on for a while which definitely helped. I ended up tossing it a little earlier than I should have, but I'm glad I had it for a little while at least!


By about 7:15am, we crossed the start line and were off on our 13.1 mile adventure through Houston! 

We first ran down Washington and got a little nostalgic running down the street that we drove down and passed so frequently when we lived in the Montrose area. The giant American flag was hanging over the street at the firehouse around mile 2 and I just got all the excited runner feels. We did a good job keeping it slow for the first couple of miles as we warmed up our bodies and got into a solid running rhythm.

course
Here's a look at the course. Since I am far from full marathon ready, we were running the shorter yellow half marathon course! As we turned the corner around mile 3.5, I was in an even more nostalgic place because we were running down West Gray and all the shops and restaurants that we saw and frequented on a daily basis! I was even more excited when I suddenly heard my friend Candace yell, "AMYYYYY!!!!" I couldn't believe that she spotted me in a sea of people. Something about seeing your friends out supporting you on the course is magical and an awesome moral booster!

One of the best things about running Houston are the spectators. The city comes out to support this race. Seeing your friends is obviously super exciting, but almost the entire half marathon course is full of spectators. It really gives you a runner's high and an extra dose of adrenaline. Our mile times can prove it because during our training runs, I averaged a 10-10:45 min/mile pace. For once I actually trained properly running about a minute slower than race pace on my long runs!


You can see at mile 8 when we had a potty break! Our paces were getting faster and faster until we needed a pit stop. I did have a baby just 5 months prior and I'm proud to report that I didn't pee myself the entire race! (TMI I know, but I'm just being real here.)

For a few miles, there wasn't anything too exciting to report. JP and I talked about memories of running this race and living in Montrose. We talked details about planning some trips and what we have coming up with next few months. It was another great running date! As we ran down Montrose Blvd, we saw the street where our old house was and we also saw some friends! (Hi Paula!) Again, we got super excited to hear people we know shouting our names on the course. It's so exciting!

From there we made the turn onto Allen Parkway right at 11 miles. This is where I started to get super emotional. Y'all we were at 11 miles and I felt amazing. The best I had felt running since having my second child and I was running my goal race! That is when I realized that we were going to crush our time goals. Deep down, I was hoping for a 2:15 race. I hadn't run a race where I pushed myself in quite a while plus I just had a baby, so I didn't know exactly how I'd feel or how hard to push. 2:15 felt like a reasonable goal if the weather was okay. Well the weather, despite the freezing start, ended up being better than okay! I also was feeling better than okay, so it made for excellent race day conditions.

Running down Allen Parkway, I got a little teary eyed for a few minutes. JP teased me, but I told him that I felt so great and so accomplished. There were hundreds of people lining the street cheering on the runnings. Tents of people passing out bananas, beer and other goodies to encourage the thousands of runners. It's such a beautiful thing seeing a city come together. Being on the receiving end of it and feeling like a champ made me feel all the feels. What can I say, I'm a total sap?! I had to take a picture to document the good feels. Meanwhile JP was like WTF? This picture may sum up our relationship beautifully and I love it.


At this point, you notice in my mileage splits that I picked up the pace. We started running a 9:10 mile. What? I haven't done that at the end of a half marathon in a couple of years. JP wasn't too keen on the idea, but he kept up with me. He's used to my crazy and is usually just along for the ride. We ran through downtown feeling awesome and happy! I got a little emotional again and thanked him for doing this with me. I'm not sure I would have made it through some of my long training runs without him by my side. I was proud of me. Proud of him. Proud of us. Thankful to have a husband that does things like run a half marathon with me!

Before we knew it, we were sprinting across the finish line, hands in the air, side by side. We did it with an official finish time of 2:06:23! 



Those negative splits are a runner's dream!


After we got our medals, we headed into the convention center to get our shirts, all of our stuff from bag check and most importantly, our FOOD! I was a hungry hippo after that race. I was a bit disappointed because in past years they had biscuits and gravy, but this year it was sausage and egg English muffins. Oh well! They still had ice cream sandwiches and of course that was the best part anyways.


Unfortunately, we had to eat and run because I accidentally scheduled Brody's baptism on the same day as the race like a dummy. We had enough time to drive to my parents' house, snap a few pictures, shower, get ready and head straight to the church. It made for a very exciting, eventful, joyful day!


My 25th half marathon in the books. Far from my fastest, but one of my proudest finishes. It's possibly I say that every time I finish a race, but it doesn't matter how many I run, each race feels like an accomplishment to me.

I'm looking forward to my 26th half marathon in just a few weeks! That one won't be nearly as fast because at Disney, races are about running with your friends and getting awesome character pictures. Stay tuned to see who Julie and I decided to dress up as this year!

What is your greatest physical accomplishment in 2019?



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

James Brody 5 Months Old


Happy five month birthday to this sweet, smiling baby boy! For the first time in a long time, I can say that this month didn't fly by too fast and it wasn't quite as crazy. Don't get me wrong, there were some crazy days, but overall more toned down. This momma definitely needed it.

Of course, that doesn't mean that Brody didn't have a lot going on. Being a baby is busy business you know. As always, he's had lots of firsts. Some big and some small, but all are worth documenting to me!


This month, Brody has gained roughly 1lb and weighs 16.5lbs according to our scale. At his 4 month check up he was 25 1/2 inches, so I'm sure he's taller now!

5 Month Firsts:

First New Year
New Year's Eve came and turned into 2019! Brody was up until about 10:15pm on NYE thanks to all the business going on around him, but he woke up to his first New Year! Nothing too exciting, but I got a super cute picture in his outfit that I have yet to share!


First time to really find (and love) his feet
He's noticed his feet before, but this last month, he fell in love with his feet. Anytime he sees them, he's constantly grabbing them. I'm pretty sure his love for his feet is what will eventually cause him to roll from back to belly. He could do it, but isn't interested. The closest he's come is in the bathtub when playing with his feet, but I had to stop him!

First Harry Potter outfit
Okay, maybe not your traditional first for a baby, but HP is a big deal in this house and I finally got him in Chloe's old Mischief Managed onesie! He also got another HP outfit from his Auntie Kate and Uncle Nathan for Christmas, but I haven't gotten a good picture of him in it yet. (The pants are from Target! A gift from my sweet friend Chelsea!)


First transition out of the swaddle into the Zipadee Zip
It seemed like it was about time to transition out of our Halo Sleepsack into the next step. I didn't know what that was since Chloe never liked to be swaddled! First we did the one arm swaddle switching the arm that was out every other night. After two weeks of this, I decided to give the Zipadee Zip a try. My bestie Julie let us borrow her daughters first Zipadee Zip to see if we liked it. Needless to say, it's a staple in our house and I highly recommend it! Brody loves it. Obviously every baby is different, but it's a great transition piece for those who love to be swaddled.

First time in the swing
Chloe insisted that Brody try out the swing one day, so we gave it a go! He wasn't really too sure about it. After a couple of minutes he cried so I took him out. He's been in since then and is really starting to like it! This picture is just before he started to cry. You can see the uncertainty on his face.


First time to figure out how to jump in his Exersaucer
I busted out Chloe's old Exersaucer back in December as a new place to set Brody down, but the past couple of weeks, he finally figured out how to jump in it! He bounces like crazy and makes us all laugh out loud. He loves jumping around in there and making his sister laugh while he does it!

First race expo
Not every baby has been to a race expo, but Brody went before he was 5 months old! He tagged along with his daddy, sister and me to the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon Expo! He was the best baby and rode around in our Moby wrap the whole time. He even decided to take a little nap while we were at it. (Race recap coming Thursday!)


First baptism
I realize you only have one baptism, but since we're talking firsts here, this seemed appropriate. James Brody Gougler was baptized and accepted into the Catholic Church on Sunday, January 20th. We ran our half marathon in the morning and had our son baptized that afternoon along with his cousin Gabriel. It was the perfect afternoon and now that I have all the pictures, a full post will come soon.


Brody loves...
  • nursing as often as possible. I think he's looking forward to trying solids in a month.
  • chewing his tongue. When it isn't his tongue, his hands are in his mouth. Thanks teething!
  • being around, watching and laughing at/with his big sister.
  • jumping in his Exersaucer. 
  • standing and being "straight". He loves flexing his quads when standing and laying down. My little muscle man.
  • sitting up. He can pretty much sit up by himself. He needs a little stability help, but he's almost got it!
  • smiling! This kid has the best smile.
  • bathtime. It's his jam. Especially since he knows his feet will be there.

Brody doesn't love...
  • getting dressed after bath time. It's the worst. Other times he doesn't mind so much.
  • not being picked up as soon as he's ready. Patience isn't a virtue he's learned yet. 
  • when mommy walks out of sight.
  • being put down after 6pm. Daddy has to walk around with him all evening.
  • getting bumped in the head by his sister. Ooops!
Yet again, it's been another magical month with these sweet soul!

My sweet Brody Boy,

Every morning I greet you with a sweet, "Hello, good morning!" and if your sister is with me, she mimics with a silly, sweet voice that I'll never forget. I hope it's one you remember too. She absolutely adores you. I know this won't be the case forever, but I hope you always come back around to one another. Every morning, you always have a big smile on your face as soon as you hear my voice. It makes me feel like the best mom and most special person in the world. Again, I know I won't always be the center of your universe, but the fact that I am now bring me such joy.

For possibly the first month of your life, we had a somewhat less busy month! Lots of big and exciting things happened, but overall life has slowed down. This past month you had your first New Year's Eve and Day, first time in the swing per your sister's request, first race expo and you were baptized! Your baptism was beautiful but a bit chaotic. Your cousin Gabe was also baptized at the same time and he wasn't too pleased about it. When you heard him cry, it made you cry too! Also Gabe's parents' were your Godparents and your parents' were Gabe's Godparents. It made everything a little more interesting, but we managed!

Every day you find a way to bring light to our lives. You also find ways to drive us crazy, but that's expected. Not every day is perfect, but not every day is bad either. I'd rather have 1,000,000 bad days with you than a single one without. You're my boy and you know it. I always tell you that you're going to be mine and I'll keep you forever. Right now, you agree that you'll always be my boyfriend. I know it won't always be like this, but I'll soak up every day that it does. I love you my son.

I love you without wax,
Your Momma




Monday, January 28, 2019

Things I've Tried and Liked - Skincare Edition

Happy Monday y'all! I know that I promised a race recap and baptism photos last week, but I'm still waiting on some pictures and I loaned out my computer for a few days last week. What I really mean is I'm a bit behind and possibly procrastinated a little bit. And by procrastinated, I mean, I was busy being a mom of two and had other things to do when I actually had access to my computer. #truth Those posts will come this week and I know they will because I have them drafted and almost ready to go!

I've actually been wanting to share products that I've been loving and where to buy them with y'all for a while, but haven't been very good at doing it! I follow @things.i.bought.and.liked on Instagram and find her page helpful and often times hilarious. I won't pretend that I'm nearly as clever, but I do want to share things I've tried and liked. So here is a spin off where I plan to share with y'all different types of things I've tried and well...liked! Today is the skincare edition because I've tried lots of different products lately and have a lot to say about some of them. There's also a promo code that won't disappoint!

(Just a heads up, some of the links below are affiliate links which means I receive a small commission at no extra expense to you for buying through my link! I hope you like some of these products and are enticed to try them for yourself!)


Yeouth - Anti-aging Thirties System
All six products above actually come together to use as a daily skincare regimen and I'm in love! You start with the refreshing Vitamin C Facial Cleanser. Next, you give yourself a spritz or two of the balancing toner while your face is still slightly damp. Step 3 is different depending on day and night. In the mornings, use a pump of the Vitamin C&E Serum; before bed, a pump of the Hyaluronic Acid Plus. Next step is a pump of the Radiance Eye Gel, and finish it all off with a dab of the Day/Night Cream. Together these products work together great! I've loved using them and notice a HUGE difference in the brightness of my skin which is saying a lot for this momma of two.

If you check out yeouth.com they also have other anti-aging systems as well as the products sold individually if there is something specific you want to try! Of the 6 products above, my favorite is the Day/Night Cream. I love how light-weight and smooth it is. It doesn't leave my face feeling sticky or even like I have anything on it. I do think it works best with the system though! My skin absorbs more moisture and feels hydrated throughout the day when I do every step which has been important in these dry winter months! If you're interested, check out yeouth.com and use promo code SOCIAL20 to get 20% your first order!



Rose Mask Sheet
I received this beauty as a gift from my girlfriend and loved the light, floral scent of this rose mask.

Yes To Cucumbers - Mask Bundle
I really liked the Say Yes to Carrots mask and have tried the cucumber one as well. (Cucumber is linked above because I couldn't find the carrot masks online!) These masks are cut well to fit your face nicely without having to constantly fix while wearing. It's recommended to wear for 10 minutes, but I usually end up wearing them for closer to 15. After a few minutes, your skin will begin to tingle which is a good thing! That means the mask is working. I personally love the warm, tingly feeling, but if that bothers you, then this mask isn't for you!

BLAQ - Activated Charcoal Eye Mask with HydroGel
These came in the winter Fun Fit Fab box and do not disappoint. There are 5 sets of under eye masks, one for each eye. These masks are black and have a jello like texture. They stick right under your eyes and leave a nice cooling sensation as you wear them. Leave them on for 10-15 minutes to hydrate those bags under your eyes and voila! You're as good as new! Okay, not quite, but it does leaving my eyes feeling more hydrated, less puffy and possibly a little brighter.

C. Booth - Deep Cleansing Volcanic Mud Mask
Unfortunately, I can't seem to find this particular product in stock anywhere. I got it several years ago and didn't start using it regularly until early last year. I believe I received it in a box from either Influenster or Fun Fit Fab. The good news is that I did a little research and found a similar product on Amazon that I think y'all would like: Dr. Wellness Volcanic Ash Clay Mud Mask. The C. Booth brand that I like is thick when it comes out of the tube and easily smooths out evenly over my entire face. It recommended to leave it on for 15-20 minutes, so I put it on when I'm soaking in the tub. The mask dries over time and you can feel your skin tightening as it does. Take a look at this sweet picture of me below to see what I mean! After you wash the mask off, you skin is left feeling silky and smooth. I love it!


Mario Badescu Skin Care Facial Spray (Not pictured)
This is another product gifted to me by a girlfriend and I'm pretty much obsessed. It's so light and refreshing! It gives my skin a little extra moisture whenever I need it. You can use it as a toner before moisturizing or just throughout the day to give your skin a little pick me up. I love using it in the late afternoons when I feel like my skin could use a little extra hydration without having to reapply moisturizer or other skincare products. It's quick and easy which is one thing this momma needs!

I'm far from a skincare expert, but these products have been really good to me the past few months. I've been trying hard to take better care of my skin now so it will stay youthful looking longer!

I'm definitely on the lookout for new things to try, so drop a comment with your favorite skincare product for me to try!

Next round of Things I've Tried and Liked will be Hair Products! With all of this hair, I've got a few things I love to say the least. What other topics would you like to see? I'm thinking baby things, toddler girl things and workout things are a must since they're kind of in my wheelhouse!


Monday, January 21, 2019

Second Thoughts - Invisalign Series Part 2

In case you missed it, I started Invisalign on November 30th! I wrote up a post about my initial feelings just one week in and I wanted to follow up on those thoughts and emotions now that I've been wearing them for 7 weeks. Check out that smile!


First Thought: My teeth hurt.
Second Thoughts: My teeth only hurt the first 48 hours after putting a new tray in and it's nothing compared to the initial pain I dealt with when I first started.

It took nearly a week for my teeth to feel better after my first set. The first days were very painful and eating anything remotely crunchy or hard was out of the question. The same thing happened after I got my brackets put on. I didn't get my brackets attached until I was 2 weeks into the treatment. (Some people get them attached at their first appointment I've heard. It varies patient to patient.) The brackets apply torque to certain teeth to help them move into the proper position, so it was rough again for a couple of days. Now each time I put a new tray in, which is every two weeks, the first day or two my teeth are a little sore and I get a bit of a headache. Nothing like the initial week though!

First Thought: The edges feel weird against my upper lip.
Second Thoughts: You get used to it pretty quick, but it's uncomfortable at first.

The edges of the retainer felt rough against the inside of my upper lip for the first couple of weeks. It hurt on one side the first week and then on the other side once my brackets were applied. In fact, there were small cuts in my mouth for a few days. It was sore and uncomfortable, but once my mouth got used to it, the sores went away and so did the pain. I think your mouth just has to get used to the foreign intruder and the new way everything feels.

First Thought: I feel like I have a lisp.
Second Thoughts: It's not so bad and only occasionally do I feel like I'm talking funny.

Again most people don't even notice that I have my Invisalign in until I mention it and they take a good look. That means they don't really notice a change in my speech. Occasionally I feel like I sound a little off, but it's probably just because I have too much saliva. (Heads up, you produce more saliva with Invisalign in!)

First Thought: How am I going to eat. I may wither away.
Second Thoughts: I have decided that I will indeed survive and not turn into a twig.

I'm still trying to figure out how much to eat at once! I need more calories during each meal because snacking is much harder especially when chasing 2 kids around each day. On top of that, I'm breastfeeding which means I'm ALWAYS hungry. Breastfeeding hunger is serious. I try not to take my trays out too many times a day. Some days I find this easy and some days I feel like I take them out a million times. But the moral of the story is that I'm not going to wither away. At first my teeth hurt so much more that eating hurt. That pain is definitely gone, so I'm able to eat more. I just have to think about when to do it. Right now I'm eating at breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner and most nights a little dessert!

First Thought: I have to brush my teeth a lot.
Second Thoughts: It's the truth.

I'm definitely brushing my teeth at least 3 times a day, but most days 4 times. I'm also flossing daily which I know you're technically supposed to do. All in all, this is not a bad thing. In fact, I feel like my dental heath is better than it's ever been. Not that I had poor dental health before. It's just awesome now!

So yeah, still different but I'm much more used to them now. Honestly, my teeth feel weird WITHOUT them on now! Don't get me wrong, they can still be a little bit annoying sometimes, but overall the 18-20 months I'll have them doesn't seem so daunting.


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