Friday, April 28, 2017

Andrew: 2 Months

Happy 2-Month Birthday my little Andrew! Daddy and I both agree that it feels like you have been here much longer than 2 months. It seems like you should be at least 3 months old by now!
You have the cutest smile and your face lights up when I smile and talk to you. You like when I make the "OH" sound and sometimes it sounds like you are trying to say "ah-goo". I think this is the classic first baby sound that all our babies have made. It is usually easier to get you to smile first thing in the morning, when you are well-rested.
You are officially our best burper. Not only do you burp multiple times during each feeding, but you burp like a grown man!
Your sleeping habits are not the greatest. You tend to take little catnaps throughout the day and you are easily woken up by your siblings. You prefer to be worn or held by me, although I can usually get you to take one nap in your swing. At night I have a hard time getting you to fall asleep. Once you do, I try placing you in your bassinet but you almost always wake up. Most nights you end up sleeping snuggled next to me in bed.
I think you weigh just over 11 pounds but I will know for certain next week at your doctor appointment.

Daddy calls you his "Drewski" all the time. I usually just call you Baby Andrew or my Baby Boy.
Your siblings are in love with you. So much that they smother you all day long. They are constantly asking to see you, touch you, climb on you, give you your pacifier, just be as close to you as possible!
Sometimes you like the attention...
But usually you don't.

(Your hair looks red in these pictures but it is actually quite blond in real life.)

I love you to pieces baby Andrew John!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Weighty Wednesday: Week 4

Despite still being sick this week I feel like I did a great job with my eating. I didn't get much exercise in but I did focus on eating fewer sweets and smaller portions overall, with the focus on produce, whole grains, healthy fats and protein. I even found the time to snap photos of 2 separate days of what I ate, so I'll share that below. This week I lost 3 pounds!!

Lbs Lost So Far: 7
Lbs Left To Lose: 20

Are you trying to lose weight or simply eat healthier? Take photos of everything you eat and share it on the internet. Seriously, it helps keep me very accountable!

Day 1
Breakfast: Vanilla yogurt topped with frozen blueberries, the last of my homemade granola, and a few almonds.

Lunch: Black beans topped with 2 scrambled eggs, raw bell peppers and salsa

Snack: 1 big granny smith apple, cottage cheese topped with cinnamon

Dinner: Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
I have never made anything using cream of chicken soup because of the less than healthy ingredients. But I found this organic version that looked fairly healthy, so I decided to make a chicken broccoli rice casserole. I used brown rice and it turned out SO good! Adam loved it.
 I served it with a simple salad. I also went back for a tiny second portion of the casserole.
 Dessert: 2 Larabar Bites

Day 2
Breakfast: I was in the mood for something different this morning. I fried an egg in a little butter and served it on top of a corn tortilla with about 1/3 of an avocado spread on top. It was delicious! I also had a cutie and iced coffee with a tiny splash of cream and milk.
Snack: One of my favorite snacks from Trader Joe's.....dried mango! (Get the kind with no added sugar)
Lunch: Lettuce topped with cucumber, tomato, bell pepper and leftover steak, topped with blue cheese dressing

Snack: RXBAR in chocolate sea salt. I was running out the door so I grabbed this new bar to try. I don't eat granola bars very often because they seem expensive and not usually the healthiest option. But I do love peanut butter Larabars, and I've heard these new RX bars are similar. It was pretty good but a little pricey.

Dinner: Salmon, Broccoli, Brown Rice/Quinoa Rice medley topped with parmesan. (Plus a little extra parmesan cheese eaten straight from the bag!)

Dessert: Plain yogurt with cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup
I tend to crave something sweet after most meals. So rather than totally deprive myself of desserts I've been trying to save a little treat for myself at the end of most days. So far I feel like it's really working! Do you crave something sweet after dinner?


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Spring Days

Spring days around here are filled with:

Exploring hidden ponds in local backyards.




Entire dinners cooked on the BBQ.

Wearing pink cardigans and maxi dresses.


Meeting the cousins at the park.
Dragging out the wading pool as soon as the temps reach 75.



Buying daffodils for myself.
And wearing nothing but your diaper.


Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Weighty Wednesday: A Gain

I didn't have the best week. Not only did I not lose any weight, but I gained a pound! Ugh. I'm disappointed in myself for overindulging on Easter candy and getting off track with my after-dinner snacking. In my defense, I've been sick this week with a sinus infection. And it is the most painful sinus infection I've ever had. My head hurts, my throat hurts, my molars hurt, my neck hurts, and I've had all this plus a cough for over 2 weeks now. I'm on day 3 of antibiotics and I'm popping Motrin every 6 hours, so I'm hoping this starts to help soon! I also felt like I was on the verge of getting mastitis last week, so I didn't get much exercise in.

Lbs Lost So Far: 4
Lbs Left To Lose: 23

One good update? I'm wearing regular jeans today! This is the first time I have worn non-maternity pants since Andrew was born. They are what I used to consider my "fat" jeans, but I don't care. It feels great to be in a regular outfit.

So I'm going to take this momentum and move forward this week in my weight loss journey. I'm determined to get this weight off, hopefully by my birthday in July.



Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Weekend 2017

Easter Weekend began on Saturday morning with our church's grand opening celebration. We moved into a new building last year so they combined that with a bit of an Easter celebration. The kids were excited!
 There were bounces houses, slides, and booths where you could play games to win Easter eggs.
 Action shot!
 Free lunch for all the kids!
That afternoon we told the kids it was time to clean the house. We typically do a full house clean-up every Saturday morning. The kids know they need to help but we are always met with resistance. This day was no exception. I'm not going to lie....sometimes I'd rather just do it myself because it would be so much easier! But we are really trying to teach our kids that they need to help out, since they are part of the family too. The boys set and clear the table most nights, and know that I expect them to clean up their rooms most days. But I feel like they are capable of a lot more, especially on the weekends. It was a rough afternoon.

The next morning was Easter!
The kids got a little candy and a few other surprises. We skipped church because Andrew still can't be out around crowds. I also had a sinus infection and wasn't feeling that great. So we settled on the couch and read the story of Jesus' resurrection to the kids.
 Then we had a little hunt in our living room for chocolate eggs.
 We made it over to my sister's house just in time for their court's Easter egg hunt!
I love watching Jenna and Lyla together. They are just 2 months apart and I'm so glad Jenna has girl cousins to grow up with!
 We came inside and Andrew was passed around.
 I got Adam to smile for the camera!!
 This is more like his usual face.
 The kids divided up their Easter candy and started trading. Just like Halloween!
And that was our Easter 2017. Jesus lives!