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.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Balancing January

You know, it's funny, I have a blog about balancing my life and lately I haven't written about what I'm balancing or how I'm balancing or really even written at all. In fact, that was kind of a poorly written sentence but I'm going with it because it feels right.

I haven't felt like I've had the time or energy to commit to this space, but I'm realizing now that I wasn't making time for it. I miss blogging. I miss sharing my thoughts, favorite products, how I get things done and just having an outlet for me. Making time for something you love it totally worth it. I make time for my workouts, so now I'm making time again for my blog! Since I kind of feel like I'm starting over for the new year, I thought today would be the perfect time to reintroduce myself, my blog, my life and my goals!

Balancing Me
If you're new around here or just happened to pop in, I'm Amy! Please stick around and stay a while. Leave a comment or hop over to my Instagram. I love new friends and like minded people in my life! I'm a 31 year old follower of Jesus, wife to JP, mom to Chloe (3.5), Brody (4 months), Maggie (8 yo lab/shephard mix) and Moose (5.5 yo lab/terrier mix), fitness professional, running enthusiast, travel nut, Disney and Harry Potter nerd and lover of wine. I think that about sums it up in a nutshell.

Balancing Motherhood
I've been a mother of two kids for 4.5 months now and balancing life with them is no joke. People said it was challenging going from one kid to two kids and I really get it. Some days are HARD and EXHAUSTING. But so many more days are HAPPY and EXCITING. I'm lucky to stay home with them as my full time job now. Chloe is a vibrant, strong-willed, shy 3.5 year old and Brody is a sweet, smiley, squishy 4 month old. Chloe absolutely adores Brody though it took her a few weeks to warm up to him and understand the idea of him. The good thing is that she always wants to have him around and she said that we don't have to send him back to the hospital. He can stay!

Balancing Work
I used to be a full time fitness professional working with others in personal training and group exercise. I stepped back a little when Chloe was born and worked 2.5 days a week and then eventually 1 day a week when we moved out to the suburbs. I sadly left my gym just two weeks before giving birth to Brody because driving into downtown was exhausting and it would be hard to have JP watch both kids while working from home. I still have my certifications and hope to get back into it one day, but for now I'm enjoying my break. My first step to get back into fitness is to start subbing classes at some local gyms. I'm not sure when I'll start, but I'll let y'all know when I do!

Balancing Health & Fitness
Speaking of being a fitness professional, I love health and fitness! I'm one of those weirdos that actually likes working out and running. I love sharing my workouts and what I'm doing to stay fit. (You can find lots of motivation on my Insta!) I'm far from a perfect body, but I feel good in my own skin. It's all about balancing working out and eating. Moderation is key y'all! I'm a firm believer in dessert, but I also love vegetables. See balance! But seriously, dessert is my favorite meal of the day. #sweettooth

I'm a runner and started running in 2009 just because I wanted to run a half marathon with some girl friends. It seemed like an awesome challenge. I ran my first one and I've been hooked ever since. I've run 24 half marathons (it'll be 25 after Sunday!), 2 30Ks, 2 full marathons and dozens of other distance races! Disney races are by far my favorite and I'm toying with the idea of running Dopey in 2020. I may be crazy! Aside from running, I love working out and setting a great example for my daughter. I finally decided to give BeachBody a try after having Brody and I've been loving it! I can workout from home and Chloe even does it with me. I'm hoping to start a new program after my races these next couple of months!

Balancing Travel
I LOVE to travel. You'll definitely find lots of fun and hopefully helpful travel posts along the way if you stick around here. Every year I do an annual girls trip to Disney World which is actually coming up next month! (So be prepared to see lots of Disney love.) I also enjoy, yes I said enjoy, traveling with my husband AND kids. Chloe has been overseas 3 times for a total of 7 weeks abroad in her short life. She'll be adding another 2 weeks later this year and Brody will have his first international flight when we head'll have to stick around to see!

As of right now, I have 5 trips planned with a couple of weekend getaways this year! First up is a weekend bachelorette getaway in a couple of weeks. My first trip away from Brody, so stay tuned to see the shenanigans and how it goes!

Balancing Blogging
Lately blogging hasn't been a priority. I was kind of frustrated with trying to switch platforms and editing pictures and coming up with new content that people actually cared about. I took a step back. Then I realized I missed it. What I miss is having a place to share my thoughts and what's on my brain. This space will be far from perfect and I'm not trying to become the next huge blogger that makes a full time income. I just want a place to be me. Hopefully people like reading about me being me, and get something out of it!

Balancing Life
So I'm here to stay. I'm here to try and balance all of the craziness of being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, blogger, runner and all the other hats I wear. I hope you'll stick around and follow with me on this journey of life. I can't promise much, but I hope to inspire and make friends along the way!

Leave a comment telling me a little something about yourself and let's be friends!

Monday, January 7, 2019

James Brody 4 Months Old

Well it's clear that I'm a second time mom because I'm just now getting around to Brody's four month update and he turned 4 months on December 27th. Yes, 11 days ago. Such is life. It was smack dab in the middle of the holidays and I don't blog a lot from mid-December to mid-January. Sorry little brother! We still love you so big!

Month 4 Firsts:
(Beware there are a lot and mostly Christmas related!)

First Christmas Season
This includes lots of Christmas outfits and pictures in front of trees, lights and other decor!

First Visit with Santa
Brody got to meet Santa when he came to visit our neighborhood for Donuts with Santa! Brody was a bit more fascinated with the light coming through the blinds than Santa himself. But he didn't cry, so that's a win in my book! Meanwhile, big sister was NOT a fan of Santa, but loved the donuts!

First Christmas Party
Brody got to go to his first Christmas party and didn't sleep a wink! This little boy has some serious FOMO and isn't into napping or going to bed when fun things are happening. I can't say I blame him. Here is the only picture of Brody from the party with his sister and Aunt Emmy!

First Flight
Brody killed it on his first flight and barely made a peep! (Brag moment: His big sister was really awesome too. I felt like a rockstar mom!) People around us said they forgot there was a baby in our row because they never heard him. Tip for breastfeeding moms flying with little babies: Wear a shirt with easy boob access and just give it to them whenever they want throughout the flight. I pretty much let Brody sleep on the boob and he was a happy camper. Same goes for bottles mommas! That sucking motion really helps their ears and full babies are happier babies!

First Trip to Chicago
That first flight brought us to Chicago! This will be his first of many trips to the windy city because his mommy, daddy and sister's best friends moved up their in April. Whenever we go to visit as a family, our plan is to spend a night in the city exploring different parts before heading to the burbs to see our people. I also have family in Northern Illinois, so we may be venturing up there next visit!

First Hayride to see Christmas Lights
Right after returning from our Chicago trip, we went on a hayride around our neighborhood and the one right by us to see some AMAZING lights! Brody slept through most of it and Chloe slept through half of it, but Mom and Dad really loved it! Also this is the best picture we got.

First Christmas in College Station
We celebrated Christmas a little early in College Station with JP's family! This way we could see his parents, sister and our soon to be brother-in-law. Plus JP's uncle and family we visiting from North Carolina, so it was extra special. We saw lights in Central Park, had a lovely dinner out, opened lots of presents (way too many for these lucky little kids) and just spent time together!

First Christmas
To finish off this awesome 4th month of life, Brody celebrated his first Christmas! From decorating cookies on Christmas Eve at the Timmers to waking up WAY too early to make it dressed and ready for 6:30 am mass to a huge Christmas dinner for ALL of our family (both sides) at our home. Brody did Christmas like a champ! He was passed all around and was barely put down all day. Lots of love for this sweet boy.

Brody loves...

  • eating whenever he gets the chance.
  • watching his big sister. (He adores her!)
  • chewing his tongue. (All the time y'all. It's hilarious.)
  • chewing his hands when he's not chewing his tongue.
  • standing in his Exersaucer. (He LOVES to be in the standing position.)
  • swinging in his swing. (He'll be too big for it before long it seems!)
  • trying to sit up. (He's getting close)
  • talking and smiling all the time!

Brody doesn't love...
  • getting dressed after bath time.
  • when we don't get him out of his carseat fast enough once we're home! (Assuming he's awake of course. But when he's awake, it hurts his feelings if we leave him in there at all.)
  • having to wait.
Our sweet boy is still such a happy baby, but when he's mad, you know it! 

My sweet Brody Boy,

This holiday season with you was the absolute BEST! We went to Illinois and actually experience a cold holiday like weekend, played at Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier, met Santa, saw lights on a hayride, had an early Christmas in College Station, spent Christmas Eve at Nonna and Poppa's and hosted our first BIG Christmas dinner. Through it all you were such a trooper. You loved watching everything that was going on and being held by everyone. You're always happy when someone is paying attention to you!

We were so busy this past month and your firsts were BIG ones. You first plane ride and vacation to Chicago and to see The Crowsons went great. You were a rockstar on both plane rides and loved being worn in the carrier all over Chicago. Being near your momma is the best! I'm soaking up all of your sweet snuggles as often as I can because I know you'll be busy and moving before I know it! You didn't have any physical firsts this last month, but a few more are on the horizon. You roll belly to back, but I think you'll roll back to belly and even sit up on your own very soon.

You continue to bring me and our whole family so much joy! As far as babies go, you're pretty darn easy. You let your momma sleep, you love to snuggle, you're happy most of the time and you smile more than you cry. Your giggle is mesmerizing and it makes us want to do anything to make you laugh. I'm going to keep on holding you close as long as you'll let me baby boy!

I love you without wax,
Your Momma

James Brody Gougler
4 Months Old
15lbs 6oz
25 1/2 inches long

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