Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday Five as a Family of Four

Oh man what a week! Since today is Friday, it marks the end of 7 weeks with my amazing husband at home with us. Next week is his final week of paternity leave and that's when the real fun begins. My life is about to get a lot crazier and busier, but that's what this mom life is all about!

I'm quite behind on getting my posts up and scheduled, so today I'm just Friday Fiving it...and a little late I might add. Just five fun moments from this past week. No products, no amazing photography, nothing special. Just us.

one. Aggie football weekends

It's football season, so of course we're in College Station whenever the Aggies are playing at home! Since my in laws live there, we get to spend the weekend with them and go to the game. My mother-in-love is pretty much the greatest and watches the kids so that I can go to the game, thus making game night, date night! I love all of the time that I've been able to spend with this man while he's been on leave!

two. Benny came home!

My brother Ben lives up in Dallas and we don't get to see him as often as we'd like, so it was quite the surprise when he showed up in Sugar Land this weekend! He had an interview in Houston on Thursday, so he ended up working from my parents home on Friday and spending the weekend here. We were in College Station, so we made sure to head to my parents' on Sunday morning to spend a few hours with Ben. He got to meet Brody for the first time and it was wonderful spending time with him and catching up. When we see him next at Thanksgiving, Brody will be so much bigger and he'll have another nephew to meet!

three. Sweet baby faces

Since Chloe won't let me take pictures of her, I feel like I'm only taking pictures of Brody! I promise I love both of my kiddos equally, but this guy is workin' it for the camera. I'm also obsessed with sweet baby faces. This 'ooooohhhhh' face is one of my personal favorites that I try to capture every chance I get. They only do it for the first couple of months!

four. I'm running again!

I've been working back into running over the last couple of weeks and on Tuesday, I managed to run 3 miles without stopping or peeing on myself. Any woman that has had a baby (especially if it was a vaginal delivery), understands that this is an awesome feat! I'm working on putting together a postpartum running plan for women looking to get back into running post baby! And let's be real, it can be anytime post baby, not necessarily right away.

five. Sibling snuggles

I mentioned on Monday in my update post that Chloe has really warmed up to Brody and is always wanting to hold and snuggle him. Well, little miss "I don't want my picture" asked me to take this picture yesterday!!! I couldn't get her to look at the camera, but I did capture this sweet moment that I can't stop looking at. Watching them grow up together is going to be the absolute best!

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend! We have quite the busy schedule with lots of people to see and places to be.

What is one of your favorite moments from this week? I love that not every week has to have a monumental moment that becomes your favorite. Sometimes it's just the way your baby looks at you or the way your children interact. It's the little things y'all!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Brody's Newborn Photos

I don't have a lot of words for y'all today. Just a little update and a lot of pictures!

Today my baby boy is 6 weeks old! It's hard to believe that time is going so fast. I knew that it would, but it's still shocking nonetheless. Life with this little boy has been amazing. He is the perfect addition to our family; he fits in like the piece we knew was missing.

His sister is absolutely smitten with him! She is constantly trying to help out with her little brother. Her favorite ways to help are covering him up with all the blankets, giving him his paci then promptly pulling it out of his mouth, laying on the floor with him for tummy time and always trying to make him smile. The way they interact already makes my heart explode. I can't wait to watch their relationship grow as they age and become closer!

Daddy is doing wonderful! JP has 2 more weeks left of his 8 week paternity leave. His help around the house and driving Chloe to all of her activities has been the greatest blessing. It'll definitely be an adjustment once he goes back to the real world! He's loved having this time to bond with Brody and just adjust to our new family dynamic. We've taken advantage of this time to spend lots of time together as a family going on weekend trips to College Station, family lunch dates and getting lots of projects done around the house.

I'm really feeling like myself again. I think this postpartum experience has been fairly easy for me. Emotionally, I'm in a great place and physically, I'm already back at it! I've slowly started back into my postpartum fitness routine with easy workouts, lots of walks and easing back into running. Breastfeeding is just as wonderful for us as it was with Chloe, and I'll be sure to share more about my breastfeeding journey when the time is right. Bonding with this little boy has been as easy as breathing because he has stolen my heart! Having a son is the most beautiful blessing. I love both of my children equally, but I love them differently! I'm the luckiest mommy because God chose me to be theirs.

Now, let's just look at these gorgeous pictures taken by Kellianne Barron Photography when Brody was just 13 days old! I promise I narrowed them down to my favorites. Kellianne was so wonderful to work with and then she sent me so many pictures, it was hard to choose!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

4 Steps to Getting Back to Fitness Postpartum

Getting back into a workout routine after having a baby is no joke. You alter {or for some, cut out} your fitness program while pregnant, then you're told not to do anything for 4-6 weeks. Once you get in the habit of not doing anything, it's easy to stay in that rut. It takes a lot of motivation and a plan to get back into a workout routine once you're cleared by your doctor. Since I just had a baby and I'm starting to get back into my postpartum fitness groove, I thought I'd share with y'all my postpartum fitness plan!

This post is just one of a few to come on getting back to working out after having a baby. If you're about to be cleared or have just been cleared to workout again, here are 4 basic steps to slowly getting into the swing of things. This applies to all new mommas whether you were working out before pregnancy or not. Just because you didn't before doesn't mean you can't start now. New moms need to find a little bit of time to do something themselves!

Okay, I realize this may seem incredibly basic. Like I said earlier, this is just a guideline for slowly getting back into things.

one. Choose your cardio
Try to do some form of cardio for 30 minutes 3 times a week. Once that gets comfortable, you can up it to 4, 5, 6, 7, whatever fits your lifestyle, goals and busy life. Start with something easy and low impact like walking. You can even do this before the 6 week clearance and baby can come along in the stroller. When you're ready to ramp it up, choose something that you'll keep up with: running, swimming, cycling, dance cardio. Just something that will keep you moving and your heart rate up!

two. Add strength
The workout above is just one of many that you can add in once you're cleared for strength workouts. You can find postpartum friendly workouts on Pinterest and I'll have some more here in the following weeks. Focus on exercises that target the legs, glutes and core. Remember that your core doesn't just consist of your abs! Abs, obliques, back, legs and chest all fall into this category. You need to strengthen them all to regain the strength you had before your pregnant belly.

Also remember to start slow and with lower sets and reps. See how your body feels as you work into it. As it feels more normal and natural, you can increase the number of sets and later up the reps if you want!

three. Don't forget to stretch
Stretching is key and easily forgotten when getting into a workout routine. Stretching helps your body get back to optimal alignment post birth! Think of just how much things were moved around while growing a tiny human. Your pelvis can easily be out of alignment and stretching helps to rebalance your posture. It also helps to relieve stress, allows you to relax your body and helps with pain relief.

Areas to focus on when stretching include: your core, quads, hamstrings, hip flexors and glutes.

four. Listen to your body
I mentioned this above in the strength section, but listening to your body, starting slow and working up is key! You know your body best. {Don't forget to follow your doctor's instructions. Don't start your fitness program until cleared!} Something else to remember is don't compare your postpartum journey to another mom's journey! Everyone heals different. Whatever feels right for you, is right for you!

Remember that getting back into exercise postpartum has so many benefits! It can help with postpartum depression, helps you feel like yourself again, replenishes your body and enhances your stamina levels which are all needed on this journey of motherhood.

This is just a guide for new moms and honestly, anyone new to working out and starting a fitness routine. Stay tuned each week for a new workout to add to your collection. This week's was fairly simple in Step Two but each week will be a little different, target other body parts and help you slowly reach your fitness goals!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Can y'all believe that there are only 90 days left in 2018? {Okay technically there are 91 as of today.} Just like every year, it seems like each year goes by faster and faster. With 90 days left in the year, I decided to hop on the bandwagon and join in Rachel Hollis' 90 Day Challenge! The whole idea is to finish the year off with the same intention as we start off a new year. At the end of the year, it's easy to get into a holiday rut of eating too much, having a few more drinks than normal per week, ordering more pumpkin spice lattes, working out less and just planning to do better at the start of the new year.

Well what if instead, we choose to focus on finishing the year strong? What if we intentionally focus on our health: mental, physical and emotional, now? Having just given birth 5 weeks ago, this is just the kind of challenge that I need! My kids and husband are my world, but I know that I also need to strive to be a better me.

Let's take a look at the five categories to focus on for this challenge.

one. Get up an hour earlier than normal. 
I'm going to alter this one a little bit for myself. Now don't get me wrong, I think that waking up an hour earlier to have some me time whether it be meditation, a workout or coffee alone on the couch, is amazing and beneficial. I just don't think that I'm in a phase of life where I can make this happen. With a crazy toddler and a brand new baby, every morning is different. Instead I'm going set a goal to get out of bed by7:00am. Some days I'm out of bed with Brody by 5am and other days JP takes him and I lay in bed until 8:00am. I'd like to try and utilize my morning alone time once JP heads back to work later this month!

two. Workout for at least thirty minutes.  
This I can manage. In fact, I need this. On days that I don't run or do an actual workout, I want to walk for at least 30 minutes. I know I can do this because I did it when I was pregnant. Logistics are a little bit harder these days, but I know how great I felt being active every day. I've started getting back into it, but this will give me the power to keep at it!

three. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day. 
I'm proud to say I do this easily! I'm going to shoot for 80oz every day. As a breastfeeding momma, I need at least 80oz anyway.

four. Give up one food category you know you shouldn't be eating. 
Speaking of breastfeeding, I'm constantly hungry and always craving sweet and carby foods. Instead of giving up a category, I'm going to limit myself to one sweet treat a day. I'm also going to try to limit my processed food intake. I'm still going to have some, but I'd like to eat more fruits and veggies at snack time and less crackers, chex mix and pretzels.

five. Write down ten things you're grateful for every single day. 
This is something I haven't been doing and I know I'll benefit from. It can be easy to forget everything you have to be grateful for! 

So! What do you think? Will you join the 90 Day Challenge and see how it can effect the end of your year? Chose to do something for you!

Follow along with my journey here and on Instagram. I plan to do a monthly check in to see how I'm sticking to my goals here, and more day to day check ins on Instagram!

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