Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tiny Victories

We've been looking at ellipticals online, as that's most likely the route I'm going to go, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  Mostly I've been focusing on my eating, and making sure I don't eat just junk.

But, for the first time since Nora was born, I was able to get my wedding ring off!  Not that I want it off, mind you, but for the longest time my fingers were still too swollen/fat to even budge.  So that's something. ;-)

I tend to feel overwhelmed by the task of losing the baby weight; it's daunting.  The only way I've lost this amount of weight before was with HCG, but that's not an option while nursing.  So exercise and watching what I eat, it is. 

I don't have unrealistic dreams or expectations.  I don't have hours in the day to work out.  There are days when I must have chocolate.  So it's going to be back to my motto... Slow and Steady Wins the Race. :-D

I am very ready for the weight to start coming off; it's no fun feeling like a prisoner in your own body.  Getting dressed is sheer torture.  Nothing looks right or feels right.  So it's time to start taking those baby steps towards getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

Hope you all are doing well and enjoying your summer!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Baby Steps

Hi everyone!
How are you doing?  I'm doing well.  Nora is starting to sleep longer stretches here and there, which is awesome.  Last night I had to wake her up after 6 hours because, well, because my boobs hurt cuz they were so full. I think she would have kept right on sleeping if I hadn't woken her up!

So, I am getting closer and closer to being ready to tackle the feat of losing my baby weight.  I've got 25 pounds to go to get back to pre-pregnancy weight.  I've been mulling different options; Weight Watchers, getting an elliptical, getting the Wii Fit...  I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet, maybe a combination of both.

I'm definitely ready to start shedding pounds; it's no fun getting dressed these days. :(  But at the same time, life is pretty busy and it does take time and energy to lose weight, so I have to figure out a good balance.

In other news, Nora has started smiling at us, and it is SO much fun!

That's not spit up in her mouth... it's just a reflection off her tongue. ;-)

Nora Kristine, 6 weeks old
I'll keep you posted on my tentative treading into weight loss waters. :) The Skinny Turtle shall return!

Friday, July 20, 2012


I use that term loosely...  I mean, unless it's just Josh and I on some white sand beach somewhere, I don't think "vacation" is the right term to use. ;-)

For the past 2 weeks we've been gone. First at our church retreat, and then with our extended family in the eastern part of our state.

It was fun. Don't get me wrong.  There was lots of fun to be had.  But also, lots of work.  The laundry doesn't stop.  The kids still need to be fed.  They still need time-outs.  Throw in a night of sickness, just for fun.

We got home on Sunday and I have been totally, absolutely exhausted.  I'm talking bone-dead tired.  Fatigue like I haven't experienced in a long, long time, not even in the early days after Nora was born.

Last night I went to bed at 5:30p.m. I fell asleep immediately.  I woke up every 3 hours to nurse Nora, and each time I had to drag myself out of bed.  I got up at 8 this morning and still feel like I'm not caught up.  I'm sure the horror-movie dreams I had didn't help anything.  Seriously, where does my brain get this stuff??? 

Anyway, we had a super fun and good time, but I am so glad to be home.  I love our house. I may have mentioned it before. ;-)  I am excited to get back into a normal routine and have everything in it's place.

The kids are... I don't even know how to describe it.  They are "decompressing".  Yeah, let's call it that. Naps all around sounds like a marvelous idea!  They almost need their own padded cells.  Just kidding.  Mostly. 

Anyway, I plan to charge my camera and take some pictures.  I'm really bad with that.  But I need to do it so we don't end up with no pictures to document this time.  You know, everyone on different couches in time out.  ;-)

I'll have to devote a post to how I'M doing.  But for now, I have hungry mouths to feed.  Including my own.

Hope you're having a great summer so far!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Checking In

Hi Guys!
Sorry for the radio silence... I was at a church retreat and thought I'd have internet access, but it was down.

We're doing great!  The kids are swimming and biking and eating Otter Pops and generally loving life... most of the time.  ;-)

Nora is growing like a weed.  She's already a month old!!! I honestly don't know where the time has gone.  I'll try to post lots and lots of pics when we're back from vacation. 

Hope you're all doing well and surviving the heat! 

MB-YUCK on the hot pool water!! That sounds so horrible!  Glad you have A/C. :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Butterfly Kisses and Spit Up

Wow, the days have gotten away from me!

We are doing well, overall.  Things are a little crazy what with school being out and summer visiting basically every single other state except ours. :-P

Nora was born with no eyebrows and teeny tiny eyelashes, but they've started growing now and I can feel them on my arm when I nurse, or on my face when we snuggle.  It's lovely. :)

She has been projectile vomiting, so off we went to the doc.  He though she may have a condition with a muscle in her stomach, but luckily she didn't.  Except, we're still stuck with the spit up.  And it's a lot.  I have to change her clothes and blankets several times a day.  I guess maybe I wasn't really paying attention before, but now that I've been watching her it does seem like she's in pain when she spits.  Before I was just assuming she was fussing because she was hungry or needed a diaper change.  But now I can see that she is spitting up, so I'm calling the doc again to see if we can get medicine for her.

The other kiddos are going madhouse crazy.  They have SO MUCH energy!  It is so insane.  I don't know where it all comes from, but I wish they'd share!

MB-My back is SOOOOO much better! I still have to be careful and watch how I move/lift but overall it is tremendously improved.

Today is the first day that I'm really focusing on eating healthy and cutting out dairy.  I'm hoping that will help with the spit up, and also kick start some weight loss.  The afternoons are the absolute hardest for me.  During the day I forget to eat; I don't feel hungry.  This is not good, for many reasons, but 2 of them being that I end up feasting on junk food and I also get a wee bit, erm... grumpy.

So I am trying to be better about nourishing my body.  I had oatmeal for breakfast and a pb&j sandwich (with homemade strawberry jam... YUM) for lunch.  And then I ate some pizza Combos... which is junk.  But I got really stressed because the kids had popcorn for a snack and that stuff is MESSY!  And Nora has a cold and fusses every time I put her down.  And I really need to shower but haven't been able to.  And I tried to nap and my boys fought the entire time so I wasn't able to.  And so I ate Combos. :-P

Anyway, I'm trying to get to bed early and nap when I can, and I think coupled with eating better I'll start feeling better.

Nora is doing great and gained 18 ounces in 10 days!!! That's over a pound! So insane.  She's getting really chubby.  See?

Sorry, really bad quality cell phone picture.

I hope you all have an awesome 4th of July! In the meantime, I wholeheartedly agree with this: