Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Ok maybe not. I was a cow!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
You still haven't slept through the night since last month. I'm hoping the Dr. says you can start eating rice cereal soon. I've heard it helps to fill up your tummy, and therefore help you sleep longer!
You weigh just over 13 lbs now, and you're finally starting to look a little chubbier now. I love my chubby baby! Your hair is finally starting to grow back in and sometimes it likes to stick up.
I Love you Baby Ryan!
PS: It is VERY hard to take good pictures of a squirmy 4-month old!
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Look at those beauties. They were worth risking my life for.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Stats and Goals for Week 12:
Lbs Lost This Week: 2
Lbs Lost So Far: 21
Lbs Left to Lose: 9
Food Goal: I want to slowly incorporate dairy back into my diet without going overboard on the cheese. I love me some cheese!
Fitness Goal: I finally found a stroller boot camp class that is offered in Fremont. Only problem is that it's $150! I still walk Ryan every day in the stroller, so maybe I can do my own little boot camp, doing squats and lunges while I walk.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Isn't it cute? I can't wait until something starts to sprout! Here it is next to my sage and rosemary. Now that I look at this picture, I'm thinking my rosemary needs to be trimmed down. Anyone want some free rosemary
Eventually I want this whole corner of our yard to be a vegetable garden. We just need to get rid of the ugly brick fountain first.....
And do some more weeding!
A big thank to Jan, my mother-in-law for helping me out so much. I'll keep you all posted on the progress of my little seeds!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
If you click on "ingredients", it allows you to type in the ingredients you want to use, as well as any ingredients you do not want to use. This morning I typed in "ricotta" and "bacon". Here is the recipe I chose from the results: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Stuffed with Spinach and Ricotta
I had all the ingredients on hand, so it was perfect! On the side I made some whole wheat gnocchi, which I surprisingly bought from Cost Plus. Did you know they have all sorts of weird foods there from other countries? I have memories of going there as a child with my Dad before Christmas to buy stocking-stuffers for my mom. I'm just like her; we both like trying new and unique foods.
Anyways.......the point of this post is to tell you about AllRecipes. Try it!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I've talked about this issue before, but it's only gotten worse. During the day Ryan will only sleep in the Baby Bjorn (as long as I'm moving), or in his carseat (sometimes). I would say he averages 1.5 hours of naptime per day.
Nights are even harder. I used to sit in bed and nurse Ryan around 9pm until he fell asleep. I'd gently place him in his bassinet beside me, and he'd sleep for at least a few hours before waking up to eat again. Now he won't even fall asleep.
I nurse him and he just wiggles around, wide awake. I try singing to him, rocking him, giving him a pacifier, letting him cry. Nothing works! Finally he will fall asleep if I lay down in bed next to him and nurse him that way. But by this time it's usually close to 11pm. Problem is, he will always wake up if I try to move him once he's asleep. So for the last 3-4 weeks he has been sleeping in bed next to me. He wakes up every 1-2 hours and I simply nurse him back to sleep. But Ryan is a very restless sleeper, kicking and punching me all night long. By morning I often have a headache and bloodshot eyes. I'm not getting any sleep. What to do??
He did sleep through the night 3 times around my birthday last month, so I know he's capable of doing it. But ever since then things have just gotten progressively worse. I feel like I've done something wrong along the way and now I'm stuck with a bad sleeper forever. What should I be doing differently? Help!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
So here we go with week 11 of my weight loss! This past week I lost 1 lb. I've been seriously slacking with the whole exercise, eating well thing. I think I've hit a plateau because it's getting a lot harder to get the numbers to drop.
Stats and Goals for Week 11:
Lbs Lost This Week: 1
Lbs Lost So Far: 19
Lbs Left to Lose: 11
Food Goal: No snacking! Unless of course I'm actually hungry. If I am, then I will eat. But otherwise I'm going to try and limit the in-between meals munchies.
Fitness Goal: I'm actually going to look for my ankle weights today and try to wear them every time I take Ryan out for a walk. (Usually between 30 and 45 minutes each day)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Here I am 1 year later with an adorable baby boy and a new house. So much has changed! God has truly blessed Adam and I this past year.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Yesterday he anchored it to our wall behind the bed. What do you think?I absolutely love it! I am amazed that Adam was able to build it without any professional help or instructions. I told him I'm going to hire him out on his days off to make headboards for extra money. Any takers?
Friday, August 13, 2010
Here are a few of my favorite Food Network shows. I get so excited when I see them in my DVR!
Giada At Home: What's not to love about her? She's gorgeous and makes really yummy food. I have one of her cookbooks and everything I've tried has been great. I want to be Giada when I grow up.
Chopped: The concept is simple. Cook something in under 30 minutes using ingredients such as fish, peppermint sticks, parsnips and almond butter. All together in the same dish. Delicious, maybe. Dramatic, yes!
10 Dollar Dinners: I love this show because she gives great tips on how to feed a family on a budget. I've used a few of her tips and they really do work.
The Next Food Network Star: Love love love this show! I really want Aarti to win this season. Her Indian food actually looks tasty, and I'm not a huge fan of Indian flavors.
5 Ingredient Fix: I never used to watch this show. I figured anything made from 5 ingredients or less couldn't be that great or creative. But now that I'm a mom, I totally appreciate the concept. I've recently tried out a couple of her recipes and they are great!
I could go on and on, but those are my favorites. What are yours?
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I've been taking 9 Fenugreek pills every day in hopes of increasing my milk supply. The verdict? I smell like maple syrup. (a common side effect). Unfortunately I don't think it has done much for my supply. I'm still supplementing Ryan with formula after each feeding, and thanks to that he now weighs 12 lbs, 7 oz! He's gaining 1 oz per day on average which is fantastic. But I really wish he could be gaining like this by exclusively drinking breastmilk.
Does anyone have any other tips for increasing my supply? I've heard oatmeal helps so I'm eating that for breakfast every day now. I know pumping is also supposed to help, and I've tried it. But it takes me an entire day to get 1 oz of breastmilk out. Talk about frustrating! Any other ideas? I really want to stick with this breastfeeding thing!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I, too, desire to do the will of God. Except when it requires me to exit my comfort zone. Or when it makes my life more difficult. Or when it is scary. Catch my drift?
It's hard to put all your trust in God. But he asks it of us. He asks us to pray and have faith during difficult times. He tells us that his will for our life is always the best. Not always the easiest, but always the best.
Sometimes I think we pray for God's will, but then become distracted by the desires of the world. But if we listen really closely, I think God speaks to us in different ways. If I have a decision to make, I often get this little nagging "voice" in my heart that is telling me what to do. I think that is God.
Will you pray for me as I take a leap of faith and make a big decision?
Sunday, August 8, 2010
They got so many great presents. Lots of pink! There were a few other babies there, all around the same age as Ryan. Here is Ryan with his new friend Andrew, who is just 2 weeks younger than Ryan.
Daddy held Ryan for a while.....
And we even took our first family picture!
By the end of the afternoon Ryan was worn out from all the excitement. (And one too many cake pops!)
I can't wait to meet Jon and Danielle's baby girl, Carly, due in September! A possible future girlfriend for Ryan?
Friday, August 6, 2010
Despite the fact that I have lost my 35 pregnancy lbs plus another 15, most of my clothes do not fit. My shirts are mostly too tight, thanks to *ahem* the fact that I'm breastfeeding. Therefore I am still wearing mostly maternity t-shirts. And the pants I wore pre-pregnancy are all too loose. So I walk around all day with my pants about to fall off. I don't want to buy new clothes until I'm sure my weight has stabalized. And I don't own a belt (is that weird?), so my pants sag like a 16-year-old boy's. It makes me feel really sloppy and uncomfortable.
I'm lucky to get a shower about every 2 days. When I am able to wash my hair, it's a luxury. My hair is thick and wavy and looks pretty awful if it is not dried and straightened. But who has time for that? By the time I get out of the shower Ryan is usually crying, so all I have time to do is run a comb through my wet hair and put it in a pony-tail. Ugly.
As I mentioned above, Ryan is crying by the end of my shower. By the time I get dressed he's screaming. So putting on makeup is another one of those luxuries that I only get a chance to do maybe 2-3 days out of the week. Without my makeup I feel ugly and plain.
Add to this the fact that I walk around most days with spit-up all over me. I've got dark circles under my eyes from a serious lack of sleep. And brushing my teeth is an after-thought at the end of the day.
Nobody said being a mom was glamorous. I don't need glamour. Maybe just one article of clothing that fits and a haircut?
Thursday, August 5, 2010
It's basically a really cute mini food processor for babies. But still, I want it.
I'm not even in love with this one. I just want to get Ryan a dresser! But for $200? I feel like I could find a decent dresser for much less. Problem is I don't have the time to bargain shop.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I grabbed my camera and took a picture. This pretty much sums up our day so far.
Stats and Goals for Week 9:
Lbs Lost This Week: 2
Lbs Lost So Far: 18
Lbs Left to Lose: 12
Food Goal: I'm going to try to fit in 5 servings of fruits/veggies per day.
Fitness Goal: Crunches! Despite the fact that I'm losing weight, my mid section is still rather doughy. Therefore I think it's time I started doing some toning exercises, starting with crunches.