Life Lately…

Life Lately…

Well Hello!

So we are still in the middle of The 12 Days of Fitness…… I never said it was 12 straight days of fitness haha! I’m so sorry! Life with a newborn is full of twists and turns and tons of surprises even if it’s your second baby. The one thing that I have found to be certain is the moment you say “I have finally gotten my groove!”, that groove is for sure about to UN-groove. Here is the update on how things are going in my life as a new mom of 2.

Anna

Anna will be 6 weeks old tomorrow and is healthy, growing, and beautiful! She is such a wonderful addition to our family. I am in awe of her and can’t believe I ever worried if I had enough room in my heart to love her as much as I do Ryan. I do! She started smiling last week (the real ones, not just gassy ones) and loves to snuggle and be held ALL the time. It seems that she is taking after her momma in both her blue eyes and her eating ability haha. She was exactly 8 pounds at birth and she is already almost 11 pounds. She has fun with mommy, but LOVES daddy. She looks at him with what I call “gaga eyes” all the time. She never cries when he holds her and just stares up at him with stars in her eyes. These 6 weeks have been so fun getting to know our little lady.

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Ryan is such a champ. I was wondering how he would take to being a big brother. The name Ryan means “little king” and this definitely describes our Ryan. He views our home as his castle and has had no shortage of attention in his almost 4 years on the planet. I can tell that there is some jealousy now that Anna is here. He asks me to hold him like I hold Anna and asks me almost daily “Mom, do I make your heart so happy?” haha.

But aside from that he loves Anna and is such a good little helper when it comes to taking care of her. He considers her bath time his job and loves to pour water over her belly. He loves to feed her and hold her. He even likes to bring her to me when Anna is crying and I am in another room……. after my heart attack is over, I thank him for his help. πŸ™‚

I love watching the two of them and cannot get over how blessed I am.

Jason

It melts my heart watching Jason with the kids. He is such a good dad. He was a little nervous when Ryan was born but now is such a pro at the dad thing. Ryan is at such a fun age and I can tell that Jason is experiencing the bond with his daughter the way that I did with Ryan. We all love daddy!

Cody

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Cody is just as protective of his sweet Anna as he was with Ryan.

Me

That pic of Anna is hilarious. I need to teach her proper selfie angles haha.

I have so many emotions going on inside of me at all times. Every morning I giggle and hug myself because the weather is my absolute favorite, I have my two wonderful babies (sleeping with me in the living room), and I am just so thankful for everything in my life. At the same time, my hormones are making me crazy. I cry at least once every single day and have to constantly remind myself that I am not a mental case, it’s just my hormones regulating themselves (or whatever they are doing during the making you crazy process). Sleep is hard to come by these days and my coffee maker is always brewing. I know now why God gave us coffee, because babies don’t sleep! I am doing well though considering. I was SO TIRED during pregnancy and had no clue how I was going to do these sleepless nights. Thankfully, mom mode kicked into high gear once she was here! When I was pregnant, I would sleep 8 hours straight and felt like sleeping another several hours when I woke up. Now I seem to do fine after 5 hours and am golden after 6!

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As far as body after baby, I am 9 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I am well aware of the three factors that go into weight loss, diet, exercise, and sleep. Since I am not able to get the optimum amount of sleep, I am just doing my best with diet and exercise. I am watching my calories and keeping my meals mostly protein during the day since carbs make me really sleepy. I am using coffee, Shakeology, and vitamins to boost my through the day. I read that vitamins actually give us a boost in energy but most of us take them at the same time that we have our coffee so we never notice. That’s what I was doing! And it’s true that they do give you a boost! So I start my day with coffee, have Shakeology in the afternoon, then take vitamin B12 and D in the evening. This has been a great system! That being said, the lack of sleep and over exertion has caught up with me about once each week and I find myself snacking it up in front of the TV.

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I have managed to workout with my Country Heat program 4-5 times each week. If you have just had a baby and are looking to add some activity, I highly recommend this workout! I find it to be more fun than walking and it doesn’t have any direct ab work so you won’t be in danger of diastasis recti (when your abs stay separated after child birth).

So with all of this, I am down 28 pounds of the 40 I gained during pregnancy! Here are the pics of my “deflating” over the first month postpartum. I don’t have one yet of me this week but I will take one and do another update soon.

All in all I’ve had a wonderful time so far being a mom of 2! I mentioned that Anna wants to be held literally all the time so I can either hold her or blog while she is screaming. I’ve obviously been choosing the first one. Nap time is the sacred time to either catch up on sleep or get things done around the house so unfortunately blogging hasn’t made it into my day for a while. But I love this blog and I love chatting with all of you that comment regularly so I will be blogging whenever possible! Talk soon!

Questions:

How are you all?

What’s been going on?

How is fit life?

I hope you all are doing well! Blessings.

9 thoughts on “Life Lately…

  1. Quite honestly, I forgot about the twelve days….😜. You do what you need to do. You and your lovely family is far more important than to worry about the blog. Do what you can when you can.
    It is not easy being a mom of two. Very time consuming. Very demanding. You do not need to add any stress to your life. Keep it simple. πŸ˜„

  2. Hello Angela! I agree with Ritu and Mary, taking care of 2 young children is tough and you look fantastic, way to go with the weight loss. It was so much fun reading your update and looking at all the lovely pictures. It looks like you’re doing really well, despite the crazy hormones and lack of sleep (that would make anybody cry). As you already know, the first few months are hard but it gets better. Both children are so sweet (including the dad and the dog), I love the picture of Cody with Anna. Enjoy every moment with them because before you know it, they will be all grown up.

    xoxo

    1. Hi Christine!!! Thanks so much for understanding. I LOVE being a mom and I even love the sleepless nights as crazy as that is. Somehow I feel like I am getting more time with her haha. It’s just frustrating because before getting pregnant I was so good at sticking to my to do list every day. 😦
      It just takes time to adjust I guess. If anything, this season is a great lesson in being flexible haha. Everyday is certainly an adventure.
      Hope you are well!!!

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