Monday, July 24, 2017

The Kids Right Now

ANDREW
Andrew seems like such a big baby all of a sudden! He is getting super wiggly, like he wants to stand up and run or crawl around, but he can't. He gets frustrated very easily if he doesn't have something in his mouth, and I think he will have his first tooth soon.

JENNA

Jenna is full of sugar and spice these days! On the one hand she can be quite sassy, doing things like hitting her brothers, disobeying, and whining. However, she can also be the sweetest little girl ever. She loves calling me her "Mommy Girl" and the things she says just melt my heart!

LUCAS

I can't believe Lucas starts school next month! He has calmed down a little bit this month and he is so affectionate with me. His favorite thing to do is build lego creations. He is so creative and focused when building something, and he makes the best engine sounds!

RYAN
Ryan has me so confused these days. On the one hand he can have the attitude of a teenager, which I hate! But on the other hand he is still so innocent. The other day he lost a tooth and he was concerned the Tooth Fairy wouldn't be able to find him because he was sleeping in our room. So cute!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Potty Training Jenna

I've heard that potty-training girls is typically easier than boys. My two oldest boys didn't train until they were 3 and a half! So I have high hopes for Jenna giving up on diapers soon.

Except this little girl is so gross! She will have an accident in her pants and then PLAY with it. I don't think I need to elaborate. It's so gross. Jenna has had more showers and baths this summer than the past years combined. I even bought her size 4T onesies to deter her from sticking her hand down her pants.
She does really well using her little potty, but if I am distracted, she will run off and hide and make a mess. I thought girls wanted to be clean!?

When did your little girl potty-train?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weighty Wednesday: Food Prep

No change in my weight this week. I followed the 21 Day Fix plan for a few days but then kind of let loose on my birthday weekend and indulged in some treats. I did exercise two mornings, but I wish it had been more.

Lbs Lost So Far: 12
Lbs Left To Lose: 15

I've been thinking a lot about why I'm not losing weight and I think part of it is a medicine that I take. I began taking some medicine for anxiety towards the end of my pregnancy and I have a feeling it is causing me to hold on to weight. I am in the process of weaning off of it so I'm hopeful that my weight will start to come off. It is frustrating when I am doing all the right things and the scale isn't moving!

On Monday our fridge was well stocked with produce, thanks to a trip to Costco and the Farmer's Market. So I got to work doing some food prep.

I often want to grab something healthy to eat, but I'm put off by the thought of washing, chopping, etc, when my kids are screaming and it's the witching hour before dinner. So I washed and prepped a ton of fruit and veggies, as well as boiled eggs and a couple mornings worth of chia seed pudding. Making dinner the last couple nights was SO much more enjoyable when I could just grab produce out of the fridge. I made a stir fry using brown rice ramen noodles from Costco:

And another night I roasted a sheet pan full of squash, zucchini, and cherry tomatoes. Topped with garlic, oregano and parmesan, and it was so delicious!
Do you ever do meal prep? I don't do it every week, but I do appreciate it when I do!

Monday, July 17, 2017

My 35th Birthday

My 35th Birthday was a good one! It began with Andrew giving me lots of smiles.
Then this grumpy little girl joined us. She has a little cold and she was not feeling too happy.
Lucas and Adam snuck out early to get me flowers, coffee and donuts! Adam has brought me donuts every year on my birthday since we started dating almost 20 years ago!
 Jenna continued to be difficult but I managed to take a shower and blow dry my hair!
After a family trip to Home Depot (because where else would we go?!) we stopped for a quick lunch at Dickey's BBQ. Kids eat free on Sundays!
After a little cleaning up around the house I headed out to Nordstrom to get my makeup done. I've always wanted to do this, so I figured my 35th birthday was a great opportunity! My eyes looked pretty much the same to me, but I loved what she did to my skin. I bought some foundation and bronzer to try and replicate the glowing skin at home. Wish me luck!
My parents came over to babysit so Adam could take me out to dinner. We went to La Fornaretta and it was delicious! http://www.lafornaretta.com/  I ordered the carbonara and ate every last bite.
So far 35 feels pretty good! I am a very blessed girl.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mom ADD

Can we talk about Mom ADD for a minute? Because I've decided it is a very real condition. And after talking with my sister, I have realized I am not the only one suffering from it!

With the addition of each child I have developed more and more ADD tendencies that I never suffered from before. This 4th child has confirmed my diagnosis.
I go through my days never really completing a task. There are SO many small (and big) tasks that I am responsible for, and I find myself constantly getting distracted. Here is a very real scenario:

I'm in the middle of doing dishes when Ryan screams for me. I run to the bathroom to find Jenna has just used the potty and then dumped it on the floor and it got on Ryan. I stick them both in the shower but realize we are out of towels. I grab some out of the dryer which reminds me I need to switch the laundry. We are out of dryer sheets so I hop on Amazon Prime to order some before I forget. I notice there is a tab open on my computer for the Kaiser website from yesterday, which reminds me I need to schedule well checks for the kids. I look at my calendar to find a good date and see that we have a playdate scheduled for the following morning. Yikes, we need to clean the playroom! I send Lucas upstairs to start but he needs the vacuum. Turning on the vacuum wakes up Andrew, so I carry him to the changing table. On the way I notice my watering can. My poor dying plants! Better water them before I forget. Because after all, it's just a couple plants, right? Surely I have time to water a couple measly plants? I head to the sink which reminds me the water is still running in the kitchen for my dishes! I turn it off, which reminds me the kids are still in the shower. I take them out but realize I never started that load of laundry in the dryer. I turn around to do that but realize I left the baby on the changing table.

And around and around I go.

Hours can go by where I'm like this. And nothing ever really gets finished because I'm being pulled in a million different direction. And I've realized it's not always the kids who are distracting me and pulling me away from my tasks. I'm doing it to myself! I could be in the middle of something, and if I suddenly remember I need to do something else, I will stop what I'm doing to go do it. Because if I don't, I will forget.

With the addition of Andrew, I feel like I've lost my ability to focus. I could be having a conversation with someone and I'm smiling and nodding, but my mind is far away. I am thinking about what to defrost for dinner, why another child is crying upstairs, did I remember to buy diapers at the store, what was that errand Adam asked me to do, oh and why is my head hurting?

Do you suffer from ADD brought on by motherhood? Can we form a support group? We can get together and simultaneously start a hundred tasks and never finish them! Join me?


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Weighty Wednesday: 21 Day Fix

In terms of weight, I am up 1 pound from 2 weeks ago. BUT I am actually okay with that. In the week leading up to the 4th of July I managed to put on about 5 pounds. WHY is it so easy to gain weight and so hard to lose it?

Lbs Lost So Far: 12
Lbs Left To Lose: 15

When I stepped on the scale last Wednesday, I was not happy to see how much I had gained. So that morning I started following the 21 Day Fix plan again. And in this past week I have lost 4 pounds.

I have done a 30-minute workout 5 out of the last 7 mornings. The exercises have been hard and they have helped to confirm just how out of shape I am! My muscles have been really sore this week, but that's a good thing.
I have been following the meal plan about 90% of the time. For my weight and age I get 2 carbs, 4 proteins, 2 fruits, 3 veggies, 1 healthy fat, and 1 nuts/seeds containers per day. Surprisingly, I have not been overly hungry. Craving chocolate and cereal? Yes. Hungry or deprived? No.

My plan is to continue following this plan for the next couple weeks. (Except on Sunday, my birthday!)

Just for fun, here are a few pictures of my hair. This was me yesterday before getting it cut. It's long and messy and I've got the weird poodle wave going on in the back.
 And after. She cut off an inch or two and added lots of layers around my face.
 This morning.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Serial Cat-Napper

I've got a serial cat-napper on my hands!
 This sweet little boy only naps for 20 minutes at a time.
He seems to be a really light sleeper. Any sort of noise nearby (a constant in our house!) will wake him up. And even without any sort of abrupt noise, he still wakes up after around 20-30 minutes.
It makes it hard to accomplish anything. It also confuses me on when I should be feeding him, because I've always fed my babies after their naps. So he basically has no schedule and just naps and feeds whenever he wants.
Any tips on getting my baby to nap longer?

Friday, July 7, 2017

Week With Shayla

We've had a special visitor this week since the 4th of July. Shayla has been staying here and having a blast with my kids. Her Mom Nicole is engaged to Adam's brother, Uncle Sean. We've had a lot of fun spending time with our future cousin/niece!
She's been a big helper with this little guy.
 
They've been to the park, the splash pad, swimming, and lots of other fun summer stuff.



And she's been a great workout buddy each morning!
We had a fun week with you Shay-Shay!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Checkups for Lucas and Andrew

Last week I Lucas and Andrew to see their pediatrician for their well checks. Lucas was NOT happy about going because the poor guy went to the doctor so much last month and got poked and prodded. But I promised him this time would be easy....no shots and lots of stickers.
When our doctor walked into the room he said "I've been reviewing your kids' charts, and you've had a busy few months!". Ugh yes. I'm hoping for zero doctor visits the rest of the summer.

Here are Lucas' 5 year growth stats: He has gained back 4 of the 5 pounds he lost while being sick last month!

Weight: 41 lbs 2 oz (51%)
Height: 3 ft 6.25 inches (33%)

Surprisingly I didn't have too much to discuss about Lucas. The doctor had a little chat with him about eating a healthy diet (went in one ear and out the other!). His hearing and vision checked out great. Lucas refused to talk during the entire visit.

Next up was baby Andrew.
Andrew's 4 month growth stats:

Weight: 13 lbs 14 oz (17%)
Height 2 ft 1.5 inches (65%)

The doctor was surprised by his weight percentile because he looks nice and plump. Again, I had no real concerns or questions about Andrew. He did get his 4-month booster vaccines, but Lucas made sure to pick out a sticker for him.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Adam's 3rd Stitch Fix

Adam received his 3rd Stitch Fix this week and it was his best one yet!
This fix was actually a bit of a surprise, as both Adam and I forgot that it was scheduled to come. I quickly left a note for his stylist requesting casual inexpensive pieces for HOT weather. And she definitely delivered!

Here is the note from his stylist: "Hey, Adam, and Happy Fix day! I'm happy to be styling you again and I hope you're having an enjoyable summer so far. Wow, you weren't kidding when you said it's hot there....and I thought Texas was bad! Let's get you some new summer clothes. The Flag & Anthem shorts will be perfect for casual summer days. They're a linen/cotton blend so they'll be nice and breathable. Try them with each of the shirts in this Fix and add the black sneakers to complete the look. The Julian & Mark polo will also look good with jeans or casual chino pants, should you need to dress up a little more. Let me know how everything works for you. I hope you're able to find something that you like and I hope you can find a way to keep cool for the next couple of months! Take care--Maribeth"

Essential Spacedye Crew Tee by Hawker Rye

It looks gray in this picture but this tee is actually a deep blue. I thought it looked great on Adam. It was a basic comfy tee, but just different enough with the spacedye pattern to be special. I've seen Adam dress the same way for 20 years, so it's always fun to see him in something a little different. Adam wasn't initially sure about the spacedye effect. Status: UNDECIDED

Westford Linen Short by Flag and Anthem

Adam was happy to see that these shorts were a size 35.....a size that is difficult for him to find in stores. These fit him perfectly and he loved the way they felt. They at a nice light gray color. I doubt Adam has ever owned anything made out linen before! He liked these so much that he pulled off the tags and wore them immediately. Status: KEPT

Charlie Spaedye Polo by Julian and Mark

Another spacedye shirt! Adam put this on and could NOT stop talking about how soft and comfortable it was. The material was so incredibly thin, and that is how Adam prefers his clothes. I've never heard him gush about a polo shirt like this. He declared it "the most comfortable top he's ever worn". Status: UNDECIDED, but probably keeping.

The Rosen Runner Sneaker by Greats

We had mixed feelings about these shoes. I didn't immediately love them. Adam didn't either, but he appreciated that the soles were made out of vibram, the same material as his workboots. This meant they were incredibly comfy. Unfortunately they were just a tiny bit snug in the toes. Stitch Fix does allow exchanges, so Adam could request the next size up for no shipping fees. Status: UNDECIDED

Essential Stripe Crew Tee by Hawker Rye
Another easy casual shirt that Adam loved. The fit was perfect and the color combo of the stripes was just different enough without being too trendy for Adam. He ripped off the tags and wore it for the rest of the day. Status: KEPT

Here is where it gets tricky. Adam loved 3 out of the 5 items. But when you keep all 5 items in your Stitch Fix box, you get a 25% discount. This means his 2 tops, shorts, shoes, and polo shirt would cost him approximately the same amount as keeping only his 3 favorites. What to do, what to do?

This was Adam's best fix so far. He is all about comfort and that's exactly how we would describe this fix. If you would like to try Stitch Fix for yourself or the man in your life, please consider using Adam's referral link below!


https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/9300852?sod=w&som=c&str=19125

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weighty Wednesday: Healthy Fats

I lost 1 pound this week and man, I really had to work for it! I did really well with my diet and found myself eating a lot more healthy fats to keep myself satisfied. Remember, eating fat doesn't make you fat! At least not healthy fats in moderation. 

Lbs Lost So Far: 13
Lbs Left To Lose: 14

I pretty much stuck to the same types of foods for breakfast and lunch everyday. I alternated between plain yogurt with homemade granola and fruit, or chia pudding with fruit and coconut chips. Once I made chia pudding using coconut milk and it was delicious. The healthy fats really kept me full all morning. A new product I've been trying is this Super Seed and Ancient Grain Blend from Trader Joe's.
I sprinkle it on oatmeal, yogurt, chia pudding, etc. It gives it great crunch, in addition to all the health benefits of sprouted seeds.
For lunch I've been making a big bowl of veggies or a salad and topping it with some sort of protein like leftover chicken or boiled eggs. I've also been putting feta cheese on all my lunches because I bought a large container at Costco. If I was hungry in the afternoon I'd grab some salted peanuts or make myself a smoothie. I bought a big bag of avocados at Costco so I've been eating a lot of those. My new obsession is this Avocado Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. Don't let the avocado scare you. It is absolutely delicious!! If I was craving something sweet in the afternoon, this did the trick. I made the full recipe and split it with Jenna, as it is pretty filling for just a snack.

Dinners have been whatever I make for my family, except I try to substitute or swap out the carbs. For example one night we had pot roast and I ate my meat over riced cauliflower instead of rice or potatoes. Last night was taco night and I ate mine as a salad instead of in a tortilla.

So I feel like I'm doing a great job making healthy food choices. And I am active all day, rarely sitting down except to nurse the baby. But the weight is just coming off slowly. I'm trying to be patient and accept that I'm older and my metabolism may be slower this time around.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Andrew: 4 Months

Happy 4 Months Andrew!

You are such a sweet little boy. This month you started babbling and you haven't stopped! You love looking at faces and listening to people talk to you. Your face lights up and you start cooing and babbling baby sounds. You also laugh now, which is adorable!

You nurse well and often. You are still very infant-like in your schedule. You like to take lots of little catnaps and snacks throughout the day. Your nursing sessions are getting shorter and shorter, and when you are done you always like to lay and "talk" to me.

You adore Lucas and think he is hilarious! He can almost always make you laugh.


You can roll over both ways, but don't seem too motivated. When I put you down you tend to just babble or chew on your hands (SO much drool!), rather than try to move and get somewhere. Your brothers were definitely movers at this age, but so far you are more of a talker.

Your hairline forms into a widow's peak on your forehead, as you can see here:

The other day you discovered your reflection and you were so happy to see another baby smiling back at you!

I'm really loving this age. You are just so sweet and content, as long as your needs are met. You do prefer to be held by me, but I really don't mind. Knowing you are most likely my last baby makes me want to savor these sweet baby days.

I love you so much "Andy-Drew" or "Drewski". My big 4-month old!