May 11, 2015

Operation Lose Baby Weight



I gained about 50 pounds of that awesomeness while pregnant with Kenley.  And since I had my six week postpartum check last week, it's time to start focusing on losing it!

These aren't the greatest pictures, but I thought it was important to post some "before" shots.  Hopefully that will be motivation to work hard and be able to show off some awesome "after" shots later.



As you can tell, I still have quite the belly.  I'd say I'm probably rocking the 6 month pregnant look.  I wear sweats all the time, and if I need to wear jeans, it is maternity jeans.  None of my regular shirts fit either.  I know some people think it's awful to share your weight with people, but I don't think it's that big of a deal and it's extra motivation.  Before getting pregnant, I was 150.  I wasn't in the best shape.  But it is what it is.  So I got to about 200 by the end.  I never actually saw that awful "2" on the scale, but I know it was there.

Currently I am 169 (and I'm 5'8").  So I have lost about 30 pounds without doing anything really except for breastfeeding.  But I have a long ways to go!

Let's get to my goals!

My goal weight is 145 pounds.  I don't really have a time frame for that.  I'm going to work on my goals and whenever I get there is fine.  I am not stressing over it.

Drink half my body weight in water.  That is 84.5 oz of water every day.  I drink bottled water a lot (We live in the country and have a well...I will drink it if I have to, but don't like to.  Tyler hates this).  Each bottle that I drink has 16.9 oz so I am trying to drink 5 bottles a day.  I started putting them on the counter each day after I drink them (rather than just throwing them in the recycling bin) so I can visually see them throughout the day.  It has really helped.


Start exercising slowly, starting with walking.  I had a c-section, have had some complications since then, a couple infections and some breastfeeding issues.  I cannot just go right into working out like crazy.  I used to do classes at the gym, which I'm excited to get back to some day, but I know my body just can't handle that right now.  I am just trying to do a lot of walking.  Between walking with the kids outside and downstairs on the treadmill, I'm hoping I can keep up with this one!

Track my steps.  I'm not really sure what a good goal for me is right now.  I know most people shoot for 10,000 steps every day.  I'm thinking maybe I will go for 8,000 for now.  But again, I have NO idea if this is realistic.  I've never tracked my steps before.  I'd love to get a Fit Bit (or something similar), but don't have anything yet.  What do you all have?  I'd love some suggestions!  I feel like I need to track my steps for a day first and see where I'm at because I have no idea.  And then create a goal from there.

Track my calories.  I started using the Lose It app again.  It helped me lose weight after having Kase so I'm doing it again.  I think it's just important to see exactly what I'm eating every day.  The downside is I don't think there's a way to account for breastfeeding, but it's still really helpful information.



Eat healthier (captain obvious, right?).  I have never been a healthy eater.  I'm never going to be the perfect eater.  But I can definitely do A LOT better.  It's hard right now to make good meals since Kenley is so needy and wanting to be held all the time.  It's just easiest to put in a freezer meal or something quick.  But I'm hoping soon I can get into a meal planning routine and start making better dinners for our family.  I have started eating some healthier snacks.  Like a banana or string cheese or yogurt instead of chips or a brownie.  And maybe not donuts for breakfast :)  There are definitely some easy changes I can make that I think will make a big difference.

Limit my soda intake.  Ugh, soda.  I am so bad with soda.  I'm drinking caffeine free since I'm breastfeeding, but I have about a can a day.  I'm going to start with a goal of 4 cans a week.  It's just not realistic to cut it out completely right now.  This one is just a constant struggle for me.

Be patient.  Like I said, I don't have a specific time frame that I want to be to my goal weight.  I am going to weigh myself once a week, but also remember that this isn't all going to happen in a month.

So, there it is.  I'm excited to start this new weight loss journey and just live a healthier lifestyle overall.  I'm also excited I have this little blog to keep me accountable!

May 8, 2015

Day in the life (with 3 kids)

I love reading other people's "Day in the life" posts and I love looking back at my own to see what life was like.  I did one a month before having Kase, when Kyla was about 1 1/2.  You can read that one HERE if you want.  I also did one when Kase was 2 months old.  That one is HERE.

Oh, how easy life was with only two, haha!  Here is our day last Friday, May 3rd with a sweet, but attention-loving 4 year old, a wild and crazy 2 1/2 year old, and a needy 6 week old.

12:15 - Kenley wakes up, I feed her, change her, and get here back to sleep around 1:15.

4:00 - My cute little wake-up call is ready to eat again.  Some random nights she will sleep until 4:00 or 5:00 and we get like 5-6 straight hours of sleep.  But this particular night, she was up a lot.  I got her back to sleep around 5:00.

6:15 - Just as I'm finally falling back to sleep, she's up again.  Yay.  I feed her, change her, and she went right back to sleep.


6:30 - Tyler gets up and gets ready for work.

6:45 - Kyla and Kase are up and Kase is sitting at the table demanding some food.  I always have their milk cups full and in the door of the fridge for the morning.  Because a lot of times I'm feeding Kenley and they want their milk right away.  So Kyla knows it's in there and gets it out for her and Kase every morning.  Kase gets a new diaper and some breakfast (cereal on this particular morning).

7:15 - Tyler leaves for work.  Kyla and Kase watch some cartoons and play.  I take some time to check Facebook, Instagram, etc. (and that morning take a selfie apparently).


8:45 - Kenley eats again, gets a new diaper and I get her dressed.  I make some breakfast for myself and Kyla (cereal).  She doesn't like to eat right when she wakes up.  I get myself and Kase dressed and a new diaper on him.  Kyla dressed herself in this...



9:45-11:00 - I put Kenley in her swing while I pump.  The kids play.  I put a load of laundry in.  I unload the dishwasher and clean up from breakfast.  Kyla and Kase play nicely together in the toy room for awhile.  A lot of times during this time we will go outside if it's nice or go for a ride if it's cold or rainy.  But we were going to meet Tyler for a picnic lunch at the park so we just hung out inside.


11:00-11:30 - I feed Kenley again and then pack our lunches for our picnic.  I change Kase's diaper, change Kyla's clothes (no wearing princess dresses to the park), get everyone's shoes on, make sure Kyla goes potty, and we're out the door by 11:30.


12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch and playing at the park.

1:30 - 4:30 - We get home, I change Kase's diaper and put him down for his nap.  I feed Kenley and change her.  Kyla chooses Toy Story for her movie during rest time.  I rock Kenley to sleep and put her down.  Kyla fell asleep on the couch so I laid down and actually fell asleep for awhile.  Can we just take a second to talk about how amazing it is when I can get all three to sleep AT THE SAME TIME?!  It rarely happens, but it does, it's freaking awesome!


4:30 - 6:00 Kase wakes up first and wakes Kyla up on the couch.  Kenley was kind of in and out of sleep so I got up a few times to feed her and rock her back to sleep.  I also ended up getting a terrible migraine.  We just hung out until Tyler got home around 6:00.  We had leftovers for dinner, but I just had some toast because I was really nauseous.


We woke up to some fun packages on the front door.  I ordered these prints on Etsy and framed them.  They will hang above her crib once she moves into her bedroom.


Another Etsy purchase was this headband and bow holder.  I realize these probably aren't hard to make, but I'm the least creative person ever, and I just don't have the time right now.  And it was much needed!  I want to hang it in Kenley's room since it matches perfectly, but Kyla wants it in her room.  We'll see :)


We also got a few things from Gymboree.  I had some Gymbucks so decided to get some swim suits and a new dress for Kyla.



6:30 - 8:00 - We played out on the screened in porch for awhile since it was so nice out.  Kenley ate again around 6:45 and then I took a shower and dried my hair.  We started baths around 7:30 for all three kids.  Kase watched an episode of Mickey, Kyla played on the iPad for a bit and Kenley wanted to be held (per usual).  Tyler and I usually take turns taking her during this time because she's pretty fussy, but we don't want her to go to bed yet.  She does doze off a bit in our arms most of the time though.


8:00 - 8:30 - We get Kyla and Kase ready for bed (brush teeth, go potty, read stories).  They share a room and do a really good job of going to bed.  There's usually a little bit of talking and laughing, but overall, they do great!

8:30 - ??? - Tyler gives Kenley a bottle while I pump.  He usually holds her to sleep and then puts her to bed.  Sometimes she's down by 9:30.  Sometimes it's 11:00.  While he's doing that, I fold my laundry, start the dishwasher, get the kids' milks filled and wash my pump parts.  Usually by the time I do that, Kenley is asleep and Tyler puts her in her crib.  I usually go to bed shortly after.  Tyler stays up and watches a little TV and takes some time to himself.  I think he deserves it!

May 4, 2015

Weekend Recap

Well, our weekend didn't go as planned.

Friday the kids and I met Tyler for a picnic at the park again.  It was so nice out and the kids had a blast.  The park by his work has a huge sandbox so I promised them last time that they could play in it the next time we went.  There were a couple other kids there, including a little girl that Kyla made friends with.  They were very sad when it was time to go home!




In the middle of the night Friday I started feeling sick.  I was in the middle of breastfeeding Kenley and had to put her down quick to throw up.  I ended up throwing up two more times that morning.  I felt awful.  I had a fever, chills and the worst body aches ever.  My lower back was throbbing.

Warning - if you don't like talk about breasts and/or breastfeeding or think it's TMI, you can skip this part.  But this blog is about being a mommy and this just comes along with the territory.

Carrying on...while having all those other fun symptoms, my right breast was hurting really bad.  I couldn't even turn over in bed it hurt so bad.  But I thought it was just full and I needed to pump.  But yet it wasn't full at all.  Later that morning, I thought to look at it more and sure enough, it was really red.  Ugh.  It was infected and I knew it.  I was so mad.  I headed to urgent care and they confirmed it and gave me two different antibiotics.  One for the infection and one for my nausea so that I could keep the meds down.  I have to take it 4 times a day for 10 days.  Lovely.  This is after my c-section incision getting infected and I just ended the antibiotic for that last Tuesday.  The doctor said the two likely aren't related.  I am just THAT lucky.

Unfortunately, we had to miss my niece's birthday party.  Kyla was really sad so my mom came and picked her up and took her along.  Kase stayed home with us since he still likes to take off and not listen to anyone when they tell him to come back so they would have just been chasing him all over the neighborhood.  Plus he still really needs his naps.  He was happy to have some 1 on 1 time with Daddy!

Kyla stayed the night at my mom's, which was the first time sleeping over at someone's house by herself.  She did awesome.  I had no doubt since she absolutely loves my mom and Brian.  But it was kind of sad packing her bag and sending her off for the night.  Especially since I don't think she missed us one bit.  Little stinker! :)

I started feeling better yesterday, but tried to take it easy all day.  My mom and step dad brought Kyla home and then we had a pretty lazy Sunday.  The kids got to play outside so after all 3 had baths, everyone went to bed great.  Kenley even slept until 4:00 this morning!  Unfortunately it didn't mean uninterrupted sleep for Tyler and I.  Kyla is terrified of thunderstorms so she came in and slept with us around 12:30.  I can't be mad at her though since I was always scared of them growing up too (ok, I might still be a little scared once in awhile).

Kenley is sleeping (finally) and the other two are finishing lunch.  Hopefully everyone, including Mama, can get a little nap in today!

Hope you all had a nice weekend!