Whole Day 30 – 9 Days Strong!

Our Whole 30 is going better than I could have imagined. Ed has adjusted and is now eating like a toddler bodybuilder (sweet potatoes, chicken, broccoli… couldn’t help but laugh at his lunch today). He’s apparently also going through a major growth spurt. He eats a larger breakfast than me and is trolling around for food twice more before we leave for the Y at 10! How????

Anyways, a detailed hourly post isn’t going to happen today, mainly because a) my phone is running out of space, and b) my toddler hates waiting to eat his food for me to take a pic. That’s fair enough.

Here’s what I’ve been eating:

I could eat shredded cabbage (or romaine or other), Tessemae’s Ranch, grilled chicken, hard boiled eggs, and tomatoes DAILY. Or twice daily. I love eating that so much.  It’s definitely Baby Tiger’s preferred meal. The meal on the right I’m most proud of… putting the effort in for Taco Tuesday and making homemade guacamole, pico, and plantain chips? That’s an intense day in the kitchen.

Here’s an example of Ed’s latest food:

Yes, he eats a lot of broccoli. It’s typically what I give him when we are having salad (which is a lot). He really likes broccoli, and I put ghee on it because I want him to have all the fat. Okay, those meals are pretty similar, but he’s actually eaten a little more variety than this. He does pretty much ask for sweet potato if I don’t give him any though. I definitely ate too many when I was pregnant with him. 🙂

So I’m happy to say that all three of us are 100% on plan and excited to keep on going. Even though it’s exhausting, I’m thrilled that Edmund chose this time to have a big spike in his appetite (seriously, finally). I love that he’s asking for cashews, fruit, or Chomps grass fed beef sticks (although he keeps saying they’re spicy… which they are, they’re jalepeño!). He’s only sadly mentioned french fries a few times since we have appeased him with homemade sweet potato fries.

Whole 30, Second Trimester & Toddler, Naughty Day 4

Ok, not so bad, but I did decide to cave on W30’s “nooo pancakes” rule. I’m totally in agreement with the rule, just perhaps not for toddlers and pregnant mamas. So like I said, sticking to the letter of the law (okay, I guess not that particular side note, but the food list!) but not the spirit.

Let me just keep justifying this a little bit longer so you know how deeply I considered the magnitude of this decision. 😉 I decided for me, I’d rather have E eat two eggs and a banana than mostly fruit and just pick at eggs. He’s making progress in this area, and I will regularly offer him the whole food (see lunch!) but he’s not overweight and I need to keep those lbs on! I’m a huge believer in the Division of Responsibility in Feeding, and just doing my part!

Let’s see the scandalous foods then, and there’ll be some additional justification in a bit. 😉 Told you today was naughty, but I wasn’t just going to show you the squeakiest of days.

How we are feeling: EXCELLENT. I’m ecstatic that my plan is working.

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You know you’re reading a quality blog when the pic is just saved from insta stories. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Four days in, and I’m working my tail off in the kitchen, but we are making headway! Ed has already tried tomatoes, asked for more onions, hard boiled eggs, and asked for salad (but not eaten it) numerous times. He’s also eaten enough yams to make me Google “can you eat too many sweet potatoes?” , but we’re all good. Kevin and I are doing great also, minus the dishes. They are insane when I’m prepping for Kevin’s work lunches, making our dinners, packing up extra leftovers for things. Oh well, It’s totally worth it.

Breakfast time:

Banana, eggs, and a little coconut flour. I’m indulging in Chameleon Cold Brew which I normally have been reserving for the afternoons. It just felt right since today seems like a Faux Friday.

Post-Y snacks. I did a pretty intense metcon (wall balls, burpees, kb swings plus stairs) and E played hard. It was super late so we rushed home for lunch.

Ed is super into carrots now! I’m elated! And he tried hard boiled eggs multiple times although he did seem to think the yolks were butter? I’m so happy my Tessemae’s ranch arrived. I LOVE IT! I can’t make paleo condiments. That’s just beyond my patience level at this point. It was so good on my salad with leftover grilled chicken and hard boiled eggs. I was tempted to eat a second salad during naptime.

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But frozen berries with coconut milk won me over since my cheeks are still REALLY warm from that workout. A little more cold brew. Oops.

Okay, guys. Here’s the bad thing I’m going to do tonight. I have a BABYSITTER. So I’m going out to dinner at Brasa. We LOVE Brasa. It’s the restaurant that tricked us into thinking we’d like Minneapolis (hahahahahahaha— that’s for another post). The food is gluten free. It’s meat, yucca, plantains, etc. The reviews are a little mixed on if it’s “paleo enough” since rumor has it some of the oils they may use are not W30 compliant. Well, guess what? I’m not going to ask! I’m not at that level right now. If the food is compliant, I’m going to eat it happily and slowly when my toddler is not in tow. I’m THRILLED to be going out with my husband tonight and will enjoy every bite. Ed will be at home eating chicken, broccoli, and sweet potatoes (and loving it!).

My mom & Hannah are picking up a list for me from Trader Joe’s on their way to babysit because they are the BEST. I’m thrilled not to have to go there. It’s a long list and my sister is concerned about how much we are eating. Lol. I had to tell her that we also supplement heavily with Amazon Prime and we have a ButcherBox coming too!! And what??? Stocking up helps!

So while I’m enjoying Date Night, you can check out these W30 approved pics:

 

This coleslaw was pretty awesome, but I’ll warn you that the pineapple turns purple eventually which really freaked E out!

A LOT of grilled meat… really helps out with lunches. Okay, fine. One more confession. After eating the wraps, I found out the Applegate turkey has carrageenan, a thickener which is on the naughty list. I got TRICKED LIKE A ROOKIE since nearly all of the Applegate deli meats are fine. If you’re worried about pregnant ladies eating deli meat, first of all this, and second of all, I heated it up. 😉 I feel like such a rookie for not seeing that on the label. It was on sale too or I probably would’ve never grabbed ham AND turkey.

Two more toddler plates. My son actually has liked broccoli from birth, thank goodness! And yes, he eats sooo many yams. It’s typically what he has if we are having salad. On the left plate are roasted Carrots of Many Colors from Trader Joe’s. So delicious! And the rest is a simple meal of roasted diced chicken and sweet potatoes. On the right is taco salad, but with broccoli and yams. 🙂 He loved both plates.

One final thought:

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Happy Fry-day (this post was mostly based on Thursday, Day #4).

Toddler + Second Trimester Whole 30 – Day 1

We’re BACK! Maybe. We’ve been through a crazy year, and now that we are expecting Baby #2, I kinda want to start my dear diary thing here again. I’m so glad I have it from the first time around so if you want to peek in that’s cool too! I have some drafts saved from before I did the social media announcement thing (ugh… love/hate relationship with this) so I’ll maybe update and share those later. For now, I’m going to jump right into the subject at hand. I LOVE reading Whole 30 diaries so I’m here to contribute ours to the internet although I’m sure we’re not going to become the poster children.

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Don’t ask me about the budget-friendly Whole 30… I have no clue. But I am stocked up between this and some Amazon Prime shopping.

Of course, let me start with why. If you’re not familiar with the process, it seems like a strict diet for a pregnant woman (and husband) and a toddler. However, we’ve been dabbling on the paleo spectrum for years now and have, in fact, done an even stricter version of squeaky clean paleo (no fruit or nuts even!!!!!! I actually don’t recommend that one, but my muscles looked great and I learned a lot from it). We used the popular crunchy method of “babyled weaning” with our son — which basically just means that he ate what we ate in small chunks instead of going the puréed food, store bought cereal/pouches route. His first meal was steak and potatoes. It was incredibly anti-climactic because he barely licked it. But he’s been surviving of mainly fruit, eggs, meat, sweet potatoes, and broccoli for the last year. The main reason I want to do Whole 30 with my little Eddie Bear is that I want to stretch his palate a little bit while I still have (at least the appearance of) control. You see, he likes to take the “20” from our “80/20” paleo and make it his 50-60. He’d prefer to subsist on things like plantain chips and sweet potato fries. I’m okay with him having those types of things, but I just want to expand. If they’re not on the plate, he won’t really ask for them. And if Mom and Dad aren’t eating them, he’s cool with it. By the way, I’m proud to announce that I AM FREE FROM DIET COKE in 2017!!! I’m really proud of myself. I’m a hard core abstainer so it’s really best for me to have zero. On the occasion that I do have pizza, it’s sooooo sad to have it with water. But I didn’t like Ed seeing me drink it all the time, so that was more important to me than those delicious chemical bubbles. Of course, the second reason is that I’m in the second tri! I want to eat healthy for this baby!! So if I am abstaining from things like gluten free bread and waffles, I’ll be filling up with things that are more nutrient dense. And of course, Kevin is doing it with us because he’s the BEST. Plus we have a vacation coming up — VIENNA!!! Not exactly a beach vacation, but still. 🙂

Okay, a little disclaimer here. I am VERY familiar with the Whole 30 program. I’ve been listening to paleo podcasts and reading books forever. I super nerd out on them. So I thought long and hard about if this would be the best program for our family or if I should create my own template. One of my big hang-ups is that I love Kerrygold butter, and it’s great for babies! It’s not like I was going to have ice cream. But as I mentioned before, I’m an abstainer (and so is Kevin) and so we will do best with a very clearly laid out plan. No, vanilla extract? Okay, that’s ludicrous, but we obey! Here’s what we will not be obeying (at least E & Me) so if you’re paleo judge-y start rolling your eyes now. I’m planning to obey the LETTER of the W30 laws, but not the spirit. For example, we will be eating fruit, LaraBars, RX Bars, and smoothies without a whole lot of restraint.

I’m still waffling on whether to include the strictly forbidden, but oh-so-tantalizing banana egg pancakes. It’s my understanding that they are forbidden for people who “crack out on them” and who are tempted to try to do all these ridiculous paleo swaps. For me, that doesn’t apply to a two-year-old. He’s doesn’t have those psychological issues with food. Also, we’ve been eating them forever. They’re not like a downgrade from “real pancakes” for us if that makes sense. So yeah, we’re technically obeying everything, but perhaps not that sidebar. Breakfast is a little tricky since E wakes up HANGRY!! Do you know how slowly bacon cooks when you have an irate toddler??? It’s like the slowest cooking thing in the world. I used to give him the Applegate breakfast sausages, but we’ll be taking a little break from them this month. They’ll be back. 🙂

I’m HOPING to do zero real cheats. I’m pretty mentally strong, but if I have some serious late night hanger, not sure I can totally promise what will happen. Same with my son. Probably the most likely cheat for him is if someone else gives him something. Don’t give my son food without my permission, please!!!! He is almost excessively healthy and has gorgeous teeth, and I’m doing everything in my power to keep it that way, including this fun little family challenge.

Finally, in case you haven’t noticed by my positive attitude. This is actually FUN for me. I’m a little daunted by the extra kitchen time when I’m a little worn out, but the beginning of spring and the second tri is as good of a time as I’m going to get. Plus, as I mentioned we have a vacation coming up.

By the way, if you’re just Googling around about pregnant women and Whole 30/21 Day Sugar Detox, etc., check out Meg the Midwife’s post on it since she actually knows what she’s talking about.

Now, I know I’m opening myself up for judgment showing you what a pregnant woman and toddler eat, but try to contain yourselves. Many kids Edmund’s age subsist on cereal, juice, chicken nuggets, pb&j’s, etc. And many pregnant women have crazy sugar, card, and fast food cravings. Even if we’re not eating sardines and liver, we’re doing the best we can.

2 year old Whole 30 Day 1:

7:53 – coconut milk and frozen organic strawberries. I wasn’t ready for the morning hanger I mentioned.

8:14 – eggs scrambled in ghee, sugar-free bacon, some homemade pico de gallo (hard to see portion), and baby kale because he asked to have salad like mama. He didn’t touch the kale, but he did try a few tomatoes and asked for onion with them. This is progress already, mostly because that normally wouldn’t be on his plate. My plan is working!

10:38 – no sugar added raisins, cashews. All of the raisins first, but quickly followed by all of the cashews. He’s just become interested in raw nuts.

10:44 – clementine!

12:33 – Mini LaraBar — whoops! We were really late to the Y today!

1:05 – half of a yam, pork, peppers, cauli rice, and pineapple. He ate way more than I expected of this — all of the yam and pineapple (of course), but also tried several peppers, cauli rice, and got really interested in the pork when he had nothing else left. For some reason, “dipping” it all in cinnamon was a big hit. Fine by me!

4:47 When he woke up from his nap, I had a snack prepared for him. And apple sautéed in ghee plus cinnamon. He ate it so quickly that I also gave him his other half of sweet potato from lunch (not pictured).

6:33 Whole 30 Sloppy Joe Bowl  plus broccoli. He ended up wanting the meat on top of his potatoes like his parents were doing, but I initially kept them separate because you never know. 🙂 He finished all of the broccoli and about 1/3 of the rest of the plate. I saved his leftovers for tomorrow.

That’s it. Day 1! He definitely got plenty to eat or I know he would’ve gone for more potato at dinner.

Okay, now my turn! Preface: I’m 15 & change weeks pregnant, and went to the Y today for a fairly intense workout. I ran a sub-24 minute 5k and then did some circuit training and strict pull-ups (still got a few!).

8:17 eggs scrambled in ghee over baby kale, sugar-free bacon, homemade pico (very hard to see)… I’ll be honest. I couldn’t get this all down. I have a hard time with cold food in the morning, especially salad. I keep trying with breakfast salads, but they’re very difficult for me to choke down. I ate the bacon, most of the eggs, and as much as I could.

10:44 clementine, mostly because E asked me to eat one with him.

12:34 Maple RX Bar. I know it has the word maple in it, but from what I understand it must just be flavoring so it’s W30 friendly.  I have a whole case, so I’ll be eating them. 🙂

2:48 Really large and really late lunch. One yam, one apple, 2 W30 compliant apple sausages, and ghee. I ate while E napped, and there wasn’t enough of the other meal since I sent it to work with Kevin.

3:14 Coffee replacement since E dropped his toy in my coffee this morning. :/ I love nutpods!!! I feel like it makes W30 even more doable. Lucky people doing W30 in 2017. Except that they just made the no store bought chips rule. That kinda bites, but truthfully I like it because that’s EXACTLY why we’re doing W30…

Finishing up my day with Whole 30 Sloppy Joe Bowls, some scandalous date/coconut rolls (only 2 ingredients), sipped some coconut water throughout the afternoon whenever I could sneak it behind Ed’s back because he hogs it, and some cinnamon tea after what should be bedtime. Somebody’s still holding out and getting extra snuggles from dad tonight. :/

 

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Just to show you that paleo isn’t necessarily low carb. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I logged my details the first day to give me some idea of what’s going on. Looks like I just barely squeaked in below 2,000 calories. I’m sure I can top that someday soon, but I’m pretty full tonight so mission accomplished!

That’s Day 1! I’m going to try to post 5-10 days this month of what we’re eating! I would do every day, but I can tell you that E is already losing patience for his food being photographed.

A lot of my blog stuff is messed up. I know. I let things expire. I will fix them at some point if I feel inspired.

P.S. THE RULES if you’re curious.

Wednesday Adventures, Vol.3

Edmund has been going through his worst bout with teething ever. Whatever we did before this was child’s play! It was like the Braxton Hicks of teething. This has been real. And it’s been the worst, but I’m so grateful he appears to be on the mend. It all started on Super Bowl Sunday… maybe he just hates football? It could be. I’ve been indoctrinating him since birth!! 😉 He had his first little baby fevers (so devastating!!) and couldn’t sleep on Sunday night. He was just listless and miserable most of Monday and Tuesday, but he finally was able to sleep it off a little bit.

But today! Today we made it out, and it is a GORGEOUS day in Colorado.

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This is the minimum number of books we felt safe leaving the house with… I’m passing my book choice anxiety on to my son. It turned out that our food came ridiculously, disappointingly fast, and we were only able to read two!

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When my sis saw this pic, she said that he’s not a baby anymore. DO NOT BE LIKE MY SISTER.

This sweet baby is still ZERO! If that’s not a baby, WHAT IS???????

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We couldn’t get a decent pic at Sunny’s because it was… well, oppressively sunny. Seriously. I kept my sunglasses on. Here’s Ed doing what he does best, making eyes at the girl sitting at the table beside us. And chomping on bacon. He’s still practicing his restaurant etiquette, but we only had a few brief cries over dropped items.

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Home again, and ready for a nap!!!

Later this afternoon, we took it upon ourselves to do some baking!

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No pants are the best pants when you’re baking for the first time! Edmund styled himself with a seasonally appropriate Honest Diaper and called it good. Of course, I made 99.8% of the muffins before calling my mini tornado in to give it a good whisk. We almost capsized the bowl several times, but the batter miraculously survived.

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A single tear over the injustice of not being allowed to stick his other hand in the batter. Whyyyyyy? We definitely need to arrange some sort of a learning tower so we can make this a regular thing.

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We made a version of Morning Glory muffins with coconut flour. We used Wellness Mama’s applesauce muffins as a base, and then we did whatever we wanted. Blended up a few dates, some frozen pineapple, random nearly empty bags of coconut, some chopped carrots, whatever walnuts we had. Seriously hodgepodge. But they turned out GREAT! I’m so sad that I told Kevin that we were making them. I think I would eat the whole dozen otherwise. 😉 Okay, I should probably let Ed taste one when he wakes up from his nap, but other than that… sharing is overrated.

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Here’s how we averted the trauma of being asked to get down from the stool. Sweet baby.

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You’ll be happy to know that Edmund’s birthday pants arrived today, and also a size up in skinny jeans. I feel sad when he grows, but there’s something scrumptious about a new pair of skinny jeans!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Not here yet, but Mama’s bday shoes are definitely ordered and will be ready to go for his party next weekend. Absolutely nothing else is ready for his party though. 🙂 That would require me being in a little less denial!!

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What are these gorgeous flowers??? Kevin surprised me with them today… so sweet. He’s the best, and he knows it’s been a difficult week. Pro tip: I sent him the link to order from the Bouqs a few months ago. And Kevin gets kudos for bookmarking it for such a time as this.

Have I mentioned that I LOVE having a baby. Well, slight caveat. Lol. This teething phase reminded me in some ways of the newborn stage… the painful and sleep deprived parts… those were hard. And I was like, how do people handle a second child if one of them is teething like this? I can’t even. I know they just do it, but it seems insurmountable to this #FTM (first time mom lol). Owning it & embracing it.

Hope you had a great day as well. Ed is napping, and I have a piano student tonight. After that, we have our Ash Wednesday service which kicks off Lent for us.

Side note: I really appreciated this post from Eugene Cho today: “Umm, I didn’t ask you to give up coffee or chocolate. I asked you to surrender your life.” – God

Wednesday Adventures, Vol.2

Last week I decided that Wednesdays should be our designated day for special expeditions. We made it as far as Common Grounds for a latte and a shared & savored piece of gluten free pumpkin bread.

This week we upped our game just a little bit. I’m sure it’ll depend on my laziness/business level for the week. I feel a little fresher than normal for a Wednesday. Perhaps because Kevin worked from home a bit during the last two snowy days so we had a little extra help.

We still started slow because we are not morning people. After a few cups of coffee and some “child-led play“, I sequestered Edmund in his high chair so I could make some coconut flour waffle… sticks… as they turned out to be since I did a deplorable job of greasing the waffle iron.

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Just a sneaky way for Edmund to eat some eggs. And for me to have a chance to eat some delicious Kerrygold butter. Kerrygold butter is my jam.

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Edmund approved! Yeah, I cleaned up his high chair tray before I took this pic as he had been snacking on apples and leftover pulled pork and made quite a mess. I hate messy baby pics as much as I did before I was a parent.

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Morning bath time. The 11-month old phase is definitely the 2-bath-a-day territory for us. Plus he LOVES them. Aren’t you curious what his bath time read aloud is? Sometimes I play bath toys with him. Sometimes we read to mix it up.

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Reading his Montage photo book. Love these books!! They are super sturdy for wild baby hands.

Then things got a little crazy.

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I had the idea to blow up some leftover heart balloons to play with. He was intrigued while I was blowing them up, but the fun really started when I showered him with them.

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What just happened, Mama?????

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Extreme cuteness ensued.

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I finally ventured outside around 2PM. It’s a process getting all the snow clothes on both of us. It’s a long process. Now back to his regular day of rearranging furniture and playing with Amazon boxes. It’s hypothetically afternoon nap time, and I have tentative plans to watch some chest-to-bar pullup progression videos. I have just one student then off to 7PM class then back for baby bedtime. Hope you’re having a wonderful Wednesday!

Saving My Life Right Now

The idea comes from Barbara Brown Taylor’s wonderful memoir Leaving Church. In it, Taylor tells the story of when she was invited to speak at a gathering, and her host assigned the topic: “Tell us what is saving your life right now.”

It’s a good question. Most of us know what’s killing us, and can articulate it, if asked. But few of us pay attention to what’s giving us life. The question invites you to do just that. -MMD

Winter isn’t as brutal here in Colorado as it is in the Midwest where we grew up. We just had several days of very deceptive springlike weather. Today there’s a major snowstorm, but it’s kind of fun and we can enjoy it because we know it will be short-lived. Plus, February has a MAJOR holiday in our family — Baby Edmund’s First Bday!! (Of course, that’s the most bittersweet event, but I feel like I’ve been broken in a little more gradually than most since Ed is a giant and an earlyish mover & shaker).

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Here’s my list:

February 2016 ❤ ❤

Podcasts. So not original, but so great for long stroller walks. Great for multiple bathtime days. Great for doing dishes and laundry. I like Happier with Gretchen Rubin, mom podcasts, CrossFit podcasts, and entrepreneurial focused podcasts like Being Boss. Because I’m such a girl boss. 😉

These very affordable blackout drapes. For obvious reasons when you have an 11 month old.

New Morning Mercies. Short and encouraging.

Wednesday Adventures. Intentional fun outings with my sweet baby cheekies! So far I only have to take into account my mama preferences so COFFEE SHOPS. Okay, and parks. So fun that Ed can actually toddle around (albeit precariously) in a park now!

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Common Grounds.

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TODDLES!

New bath toys. Because babyled weaning + winter = so many baths!

This paleo apple crisp. Best paleo dessert I’ve ever made. No honey/dates/maple syrup. Nada. But it’s legitimately delicious and not overly fussy.

All the Facebook mom groups. I don’t engage a ton, but you can learn ANYTHING if you are in the right ones, and the weird negativity/mama arguments don’t bother me. People can be ridiculous on the internet, but just glean what you can and leave the rest.

CrossFit. Because endorphins, adult interaction, and, well, muscles!!! Moms as me all the time how I have the energy to do CrossFit. I’m just like… how do you have the energy WITHOUT it??? My wods are pretty lackluster sometimes because I’m still not getting a lot of sleep (EJ’s apparently the 1 in 5 who doesn’t care to sleep through the night regularly at 11 months), but it always helps. I’ve gone through periods where I’ve thought about quitting because it annoys me how infrequently I can train and how slowly I progress, but it’s still #worthit.

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Almost exactly a year ago!

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Example from December of how I feel after a wod with a friend. 😉

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My passion planner. Reminds me to do something besides baby stuff… occasionally. 🙂

VACATION PLANNING!!!!! Yeah, we’re crazy, but we’re taking Edmund to Amsterdam in April. WOOO!!! I’m practicing my Dutch and pinning travel outfits like it’s my job.

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Baby’s first passport photo! AWWWWAAAAAAAAA!!!

And a pic with the dogs, our first little babies… we still love them!

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I can’t believe I spent part of naptime on this!! Lol. Have a great day and ignore any sentences that don’t make sense. Ed’s still under a year so I get a pass.

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Just a little post for the one I love the most (okay, tied with his dad).

Happy 6 Months!

Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older, and then before you know it, they’re grown.

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When these pajamas first came in the mail, I thought they were cute, but too bad– they’d never fit my tiny baby!! Ha ha ha. The first time I had the heart to try them on was today, and I can actually see his sweet chubby thighs stretching out the fabric. Nice work, Baby!

To celebrate EJ’s six months, I’m treating myself to a Venti at Starbucks, and spending as much time holding him as possible. Okay, and excessive weeping may also be involved which apparently my baby finds hilarious. But seriously, this post is going to be beyond sentimental so if you can’t hack it, go read Buzzfeed or something.

I’m so type B, I have tons of photos, but definitely not “same place every month”… or whatever. Plus, trying to keep the standards low for any future children… So let me just say 6 sweet things for/about/to my baby boy:

  1. YOU ARE SO DELIGHTFULLY HAPPY AND SCRUMPTIOUS. You are like, almost always happy. Can you stay this way please? I know you’re a trick baby, but NEVER CHANGE. How can you be so loving, so enthusiastic, and always over the moon to see my face? I can’t imagine you ever back talking or rolling your eyes. Haha. 🙂
  2. Favorite mannerisms: toe curling, general curling up into a ball making me think of a turtle on its back, GROWLING, puffing up your chest, chubby baby belly laugh, crazy intense sleeping when you fall asleep in the car seat, hurling yourself towards me, but quit practicing crawling already! You’re moving enough. We’re all impressed. No need to overachieve (yet).
  3. You love music like your mama!! Milkshake, milkshake, shake it up, shake it up. Milkshake, milkshake, shake it all up! (not the other milkshake song – lol) Buffalo Gals. Josh Garrels. Joy Williams. Mozart MondaysPage CXVI lullabies. This: 

    You’re also learning to crawl while Mama practices a little bit of this & that on our upright. You love it, and I love it. It’s amazing. I know it’s going to get more challenging as you become increasingly mobile, but we are delighting in this sweet spot together.

  4. You inspire your parents daily. We want to be the best family we can be for you. That means working on our marriage diligently, lots of prayer, living in community with our church, and most recently we’ve been working on our family’s mission statement. I have learned so much about my own inadequacy and God’s grace already, and I’ve just done the “simple part” of parenting so far. mine to do
  5.  You’re adventurous, all BOY, and love the dogs. Snakes and snails and puppy dog tails… remember how I wanted a girl. WHAT WAS I THINKING???? I MEAN, SRSLY. Baby boys are my jam. You even like this weirdo…boydej
  6. And if you ever lose your way, let me be the first to say, Welcome Home.  

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But maybe I should try to get something to eat before you wake up…. ❤ ❤