Sunday, May 28, 2017

Andrew: 3 Months

Happy 3 Months Andrew!
You have been a happier little boy this month. You do get really upset when you are hungry or tired, but as long as your basic needs are met you are pretty content.
You enjoy laying and looking at toys for short periods of time. You also like hearing Jenna or I sing to you.
Your new favorite hobby is blowing bubbles and chewing on your hands. You have got to be teething because you have SO much drool coming out of your mouth!
You still take lots of little catnaps rather than longer naps. You are also getting pretty wiggly, and I can't always leave you alone anymore. Unfortunately you rolled right off the ottoman the other day on to the carpet. Bad mommy mistake!
Your eye is still oozing because of a blocked tear duct. You also have pretty bad cradle cap, as all our kids have had. You also had your first ingrown toenail yesterday. Poor little boy!
You were rolling over for around a week when you were just 10 days old, but then you stopped and haven't done it since. You are doing okay with tummy time but lately you've been falling asleep on your tummy instead of trying to lift your head up and roll over.
You have the softest skin and the blondest hair. Your eyes are still really dark blue, and I'm curious to see what shade of blue they end up at.
I love you so much Andrew John Nullmeyer! (AKA Drewski or Andy-Drew) You are just as sweet and cute as can be.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Weighty Wednesday: Week 8

It's been two weeks since I've posted my weight loss results. And during that time I've lost.......wait for it......half a pound.

Lbs Lost So Far: 9.5
Lbs Left To Lose: 17.5

It's frustrating. For some reason my body seems to want to hold on to weight this time. When I see good weight loss on the scale, it encourages me to keep going. But when I eat healthy and only see a half pound loss, it kind of makes me feel like, what's the point? But I know I'm doing good things for my body, even if I don't see the numbers going down as fast as I'd like.

Here's what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast: 1 piece of bread (Dave's Killer Bread thin-sliced whole grains and seeds), 1 boiled egg, 1 peach that wasn't that great.
 Jenna wanted me to take a picture of her breakfast!
 Snack: String Cheese
Lunch: I was at the splash park and didn't pack myself a lunch, so I just snacked on these carrots dipped in guacamole.
Snack: Homemade popsicle containing whole milk plain yogurt, strawberry yogurt, apple juice, maple syrup
Ryan was eating chocolate chips near me and then he ran off to play and forgot about them. So I did what any good Mom would do and ate his treat for him! I ate these plus about 10 more.
Dinner: Turkey spaghetti over whole grain noodles topped with parmesan. Side salad of butter lettuce and cucumbers.
I really wanted something sweet like ice cream after dinner. I compromised and ate an apple dipped in honey caramel sauce. Our neighbors have their own local honey business and this caramel sauce they make is divine!
So my plan for this coming week is to just keep doing what I've been doing. I've been trying to eat based on the 21 Day Fix containers most days, although I haven't been super strict about it. If I'm still not seeing results this week I may change things up a little bit.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday Park Day

Yesterday we headed over to Quarry Park, a new-to-us park here in Rocklin. I heard about it through MOPS and knew we had to go back as a family.

The playground is kind of like a log cabin and our kids loved it!
 Adam got all sorts of new ideas for our playroom while we were there.
 Next we played on the wooden train for a while.

A church service was about to begin in the amphitheater at the park, so we ran around in the field before taking the kids for a little walk around the lake.

We found an old truck

A waterfall

And rattlesnake warnings.

The boys managed not to fall in the creek, but not without a few close calls and drenched shoes.

We ended our morning with a little picnic lunch.

What a fun relaxing morning!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Whack A Mole

Do you remember that game where you have to hit the moles when they pop up? And before you finish hitting one, another has popped up. You never get a break because they just keep popping up, needing you to smash them back down. I read the other day that this is what life is like with 4 or more kids. And I couldn't agree more. Just when I finish doing something I turn around and someone needs a snack, or someone has dumped out all the markers, someone needs help with homework, the rice is boiling over, someone needs a bath, someone is asking to play catch with me outside, the kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes again....and on and on and on.

Oh and someone is always sick. Have I mentioned how anxious I get when my kids are sick? It's the worst. Andrew is on day 12 of a cough and now Lucas has a fever/cough/cold thing. This was my view this morning of my bed: 3 boys sound asleep after a night of being wide awake.

Of course there are lots of joyful moments sprinkled in. Like this girl, who almost always seems to be happy.
 Birthday celebrations and cupcakes.
 Mother's Day at preschool.
 And sweet babies.

My parents recently moved up here and having them nearby has been a huge blessing to our family!

Lucas has been going through a rough patch lately. His behavior seems to improve and then gets dramatically worse, and we are in the valley right now with him. I am taking him back to a child psychologist tomorrow to rule out any sort of a diagnosis and hopefully get some new ideas for how to manage his aggression. His temper is so intense and we are struggling to calm him down when he experiences a tantrum. He goes on a rampage through the house, hurting us and destroying things.

It certainly makes life stressful and I'm afraid it is negatively affecting his siblings. This is the face of a boy about to hurt his little sister. As soon as I snapped the picture I recognized that look and all you-know-what broke loose.

So it's probably no surprise that my healthy eating habits have taken a back seat this week. When I saw I had gained weight after the weekend, Adam and I decided to start eating based on the 21 Day Fix containers for a couple weeks. It's only day 3 and I already feel less bloated and more energetic. I've got this cooking in the crockpot right now:
This sure was a yummy Mother's Day treat, though!

Let's see, what else is new? I'm still trying to decide what to do with my hair. I started contemplating bangs the other day, and sent Adam this photo. I asked him if I would look good with short bangs and he said NO.

Have I mentioned how sweet this little girl is? She calls me her "Mommy Girl" and I just love her to pieces. Even when she's being sassy.
I have a free trial of Amazon Prime right now and my sister suggested I watch the series Poldark. Oh my gosh I am hooked!
My brain is a bit foggy and my thoughts are all over the place, but that's a general life update for you.

Now I'm off to go whack some little moles.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stitch Fix Review #28

Today I'm sharing Stitch Fix #28 with you! For those of you new here, I'll briefly explain how Stitch Fix works. You fill out a style profile and request a fix. You choose the date you want to receive it, and your stylist picks out 5 items for you. You pay $20 for your fix, but that money will be applied towards any purchase you make. You only pay for the items you keep, and send everything back in a prepaid envelope. Shipping is free both ways. Not only does Stitch Fix offer regular, petites, maternity, and men's clothing, but they now offer plus size clothing. And if someone signs up for Stitch Fix using your referral link, you earn $25 in Stitch Fix credit. Woohoo!

I actually recorded a video of myself opening up my stitch fix box! I was so excited to share it with you but my phone will only let me send a maximum of 1 minute of video. So frustrating! Sorry guys, you don't get to see my awkward self doing an unboxing.  

For this box I requested nursing-friendly tops with stretch to them. I also said I didn't want anything too clingy, since I am still about 20 pounds over my ideal weight. I think my stylist did a great job fulfilling my request, but I'm having a hard time trying to decide what to keep.

Amatha Stitch Embroidered Henley Knit Top by Hazel
This top is cute....I really like embroidery. It just feels a bit too billowy. I did ask for looser styles to hide my post-baby tummy, but I'm not crazy about the way this one hangs straight down from my chest. Adam thinks this one looks very "me". Status: Undecided

Lenora Knit Dress by Colette
Adam told me this looked like something gumby's wife would wear. Huh?? While I thought the fit was pretty flattering for my body type (hits me at the narrowest part of my waist), I don't love how top heavy I look in it. I always feel this way after giving birth, but the way my body looks just makes me feel matronly. And at the same time, I felt like this dress looked a little young. Is it possible to look both matronly and young at the same time? Status: Undecided

Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee by Market and Spruce
This is a basic grey top. However, it's a really nice and really soft basic grey top! I already own a couple grey t-shirts, although none fit as nicely as this one. It just drapes perfectly. But it's still just a grey shirt. I typically use Stitch Fix to find unique items of clothing with a bit more detail to them. Status: Undecided

Jansen Printed Linen Short by Kut From The Kloth
The previous grey top was sent to me by my stylist to pair with these bold shorts. Adam's opinion is that they look like pajama shorts. And they feel like them too! But is that necessarily a bad thing? They have an elastic waistband, which my postpartum body appreciates. They have a pretty bright color scheme, so I'd probably only wear them with a white, black or grey top. Would you wear them? Status: Undecided

Colleen Cold Shoulder Top by Fun2Fun
This cold shoulder top is a bit out of my comfort zone. Not because of the cutout shoulders, but because of the spaghetti straps and low neckline. I think it's a bit too low for me right now. I recently bought a cold shoulder top in olive green that I like. I'm not sure if you can tell, but the sleeves on this top are slightly belled, which I think is really cute. I've been wanting a bell-sleeve top. Just not sure this is the right one for me. Status: Undecided

What would you keep if this was your "fix"? On a completely random side note, please tell me what to do with my hair! I am so sick of it. Should I cut it short? Keep growing it? Darker? Lighter? Bangs?? I need serious hair help.

Here is my referral link to try Stitch Fix!