Struggling with self-love

It was Sunday and I was picking out my clothes for work Monday (because who has time for that in the morning with a 2 year old and 4 month old). As I stared at my clothes in my closet all I could see were the clothes that didn’t fit me quite right since having my second baby. I saw a very slim selection of clothes that fit me now and began to feel down.

My husband noticed and he reassured me of everything I already knew: you look great, you just had a baby, it will get better. But in that moment I just couldn’t feel that way and I began to cry. I felt upset that my body isn’t what it was. I felt upset for breastfeeding holding me back from losing weight. Then I felt upset/guilt over being upset about breastfeeding.

I used to focus on what I looked like rather than being healthy and since having Owen I have ended up at that spot again. It’s a terrible place to be with constant self-judgement, self-criticism, and disappointment. I have become my own worst critic. I would never expect someone else with a 4 month old to be back to their pre-baby weight/shape (or expect that of anyone ever) so why do I put such high expectations on myself? I have side by side pictures of the progress I have made and yet I still don’t believe it.

Well I am done with that, or at least I’m going to work really hard to be done with that. I know there will be some days that are just harder than others but I am going to strive every day to think more positively and accept my body for what it is and what it has done and what it is currently doing. My body is amazing. It gave birth to 2 beautiful baby boys and now it is creating food for my youngest. It allows me to be physically active and to play with my kids.

I want to be able to say “I love myself” and truly mean it without that voice in my head saying “except this, this, and this.” I no longer want to say to myself, “if only I had her ______and her ______.” It’s so easy to compare myself to others but the reality is I am perfect just the way I am and the way I am is exactly how I was meant to be.

So here is to working on self-love and reminding myself daily to love me just as I am!

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Owen is 4 months old!

Owen continues to amaze me every day. He is growing and learning so much. He is probably the happiest baby ever and so super mellow.

Owen had a flare up of eczema this month. He has crazy dry skin and it got really bad so we brought him to the doctor and got some cream that helped a lot. Any suggestions for how to keep his skin moisturized would be appreciated —we have tried many things! Now he is ending this month with a cough, fever, and ear infection. Poor little buddy is having a rough January.

GROWTH
Owen seems to be growing like crazy. He still seems super long. He recently weighed in at 14 lbs and 6 oz. We will find our more details of his growth at his 4 month appt.

EAT
Owen is still only drinking breast milk. He makes it all night without eating and then eats 4-5 times throughout the day. Typically it’s 5 but sometimes he takes an extra long afternoon nap and will only end up eating 4 times. He is a good eater and will drink about 6oz at a time (from a bottle when he gets one).

SLEEP
Owen has continued to sleep really well. He has been sick a few times this past month which has been disruptive to his sleep but other than that he sleeps about 9-10 hours at night. He has been breaking free from his swaddle sack so we are starting to consider our next options and when to transition him.

We still don’t really have exact nap times and bed time but general ranges. He will typically nap 3 times throughout the day.

DEVELOPMENT/ACTIVITY
Owen can still roll from belly to back but doesn’t do it all that frequently. He is holding his chest up better on his own now and not needing his arms to assist. He appears really close to rolling from back to belly but I know it can seem that way for weeks before they actually do it.

He likes to be upright and so he likes to be sitting up (assisted) as much as possible.

He is very interested in his toys and his figuring out how to grasp them and bring them to his mouth. He isn’t all that coordinated yet but he is getting there. He loves his exersaucer and being able to look around and discover his toys.

His hands are constantly in his mouth and he is drooling like crazy.

He smiles, coos, babbles, and giggles. When he cries it is typically quite weak and is only if he is hungry, tired, or needs his diaper changed. He is generally a super happy baby and we are very thankful.

Favorites:

  • Mom/Dad/Liam
  • Being rocked
  • Mama milk
  • Dad’s singing
  • His pink chair (Liam loved this too)
  • Being held upright
  • wubbanub
  • being naked -used to hate it now he loves it
  • bath time (in the big tub) -he used to dislike bath time but now that I learned he likes the freedom of a big tub he loves it (but does not make it an easy task)!

Dislikes:

  • Being cold
  • Waiting for milk (especially in the morning)
  • Having a dirty diaper (he demands to be changed almost instantly)

Christmas Eve and Christmas day

We had a busy but wonderful Christmas Eve and Christmas day

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We started off our Christmas eve with some snuggles in bed followed by a delicious breakfast made by Joe.

The morning was filled with getting ready for our first Christmas celebration at my aunt and uncle’s house. Owen was looking quite dapper in his bowtie and hate. I had to get a picture of him by the tree.

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We put Liam down for nap as soon as we got there because it was his nap time. It took him a little while to fall asleep but he did eventually.

Lunch was delicious and the company even better!

The boys both stuggled waking up from nap…those faces!

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It is always fun getting all the cousins together. We have a tribe of kids now so it is extra fun and special. My grandparents sure are proud of their great grandkids.

Liam had fun opening some gifts.

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It was a great celebration with family!

After gift opening we headed off to church. We all go as a family. The boys were so well behaved while there. They definitely made me proud.

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After church we quick ran home to change our clothes and then head to Joe’s dad’s side Christmas. The theme was dazzle but since I didn’t have anything dazzling to wear I decided to wear a Christmas dress instead. Without realizing it right away I matched Owen!

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Owen met some family members for the first time and he got lots of snuggles.

Things tend to get a little rowdy at this Christmas 1. Because there are a TON of people and 2. Drinks! It was super fun seeing everyone and catching up!

Then it was home to get the boys to bed before Santa came! They got their Christmas jammies on, we put the cookies out for Santa (and water because we were short on milk —insert shrugging emoji as well as palm to face emoji).

As soon as both boys were asleep, Joe and I got to work on putting presents out, filling stockings, and “eating” the cookies.

Then it was bedtime for us!

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Okay….whose kids “sleep in” Christmas morning?!?! Apparently mine do. Joe and I waited not so patiently for Liam to wake up. Santa got him so new slippers and a book that was placed next to his bed while he was asleep.

Once Liam woke up we rushed in.
I said “guess who came last night?”
Liam “what mama?”
I said “Santa!”
Liam, “I’m so excited!”

Santa left a book and slippers next to Liam’s bed so he opened that and we read it. I said “let’s go see what Santa brought!” And Liam being my child and a child who thrives in routine said after he goes to the bathroom and gets underwear on. Seriously this kid cracks me up!

Owen was then waking up too so while I nursed Owen on the couch we all opened our stockings. Liam was beyond thrilled to find gifts inside.

Santa even brought Marley a gift!

We took pictures by the tree before opening the presents.

Then we opened. Liam was so patient and took turns. He loved all of his presents. Especially the blankies Santa brought him. He had to “try them out.”

Owen seemed to like some of his gifts too. Most stayed in the packaging though since they are for 6+ months. He has plenty of toys now for sure (as if he didn’t before lol)!

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Liam was super excited to get his first pair of hockey skates.

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After presents I made Santa pancakes and sausage links for breakfast. Liam’s pancake turned out super cute! I can’t wait to carry on the tradition.

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Liam played with Owen a little and then after breakfast and a little rest time we headed to Joe’s parents for Christmas and more breakfast.

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Liam again was a super patient boy and took turns opening presents. He was super excited to get a new hockey helmet.

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Joe’s sister Erin, his brother’s girlfriend Kat, and I had matching pajamas so we HAD to take some fun pictures by the tree.

Also Erin’s family got a puppy for Christmas. So of course we had to get a picture of Owen and the puppy. Seriously my heart is melting!!! So cute!

We then went home again to get dressed and head to the next Christmas. We had Christmas at my parent’s.

We put Liam down for nap when we got there. We spent a lot of time just lounging and enjoying the company, including a classic massage train.

Liam was excited to get tickets for Paw Patrol (although he won’t really know what that means until he is there) and a fun tool kit with a chainsaw. Liam and Judah were “cutting” grandma’s tree.

My parent’s also got us a sled so hopefully one of these weekends that isn’t so darn cold we can get outside and use it. I know Liam will love it.

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After two super long days it was great to get home and relax a little before putting the kiddos to bed.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday!

 

After baby

So as most people know you don’t just have a baby and snap right back to pre baby life and body. Your body just gave birth to a miracle and there is a lot that needs to happen for your body to recover.

This is all about my first 6 weeks postpartum and the changes I have experienced.

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40 weeks pregnant

The first couple days
The first couple days after baby are some of the hardest. The uterus continues to contract, trying to navigate breastfeeding, sore muscles from delivery, and a sore undercarriage from delivery.

My body at 3 days postpartum still looked pregnant. It is so strange to know the baby is out but to see your body looking like there is still a baby in there. However it is important to recognize everything the body just did and how incredible it is to have stretched out so far to make room for a baby and that it will take time to come back together.

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Lucky for me I didn’t have any tearing this time but that doesn’t mean it still didn’t hurt. I did have some “scratches.” Using the bathroom to go pee was terrible…so much burning so I highly recommend using a squirt bottle while peeing to help it sting less. Key words are sting less…it still stings a lot. Also go to the bathroom as frequently as possible. I wouldn’t realize how bad I had to pee until all of a sudden it was like “I gotta pee!”

Breastfeeding was another challenge. Owen was born tongue tied and so that interfered with nursing. We did have it clipped but until then it was a little challenging getting him to latch and stay latched. After it was clipped he latched much better. However no matter how good the latch, the nipples still get sore and cracked. Not right away but within a few days. I would highly recommended taking care of your nipples right away, even before the soreness. I loved motherlove nipple cream and ice packs to help with sore nipples. Also medela nipple shells were a life safer for me. Also, drink lots of water. I get so thirsty every time I nurse.

So much bleeding too. The hospital provided me with everything I needed in that area but I also was stocked up with large pads at home and even some freezer padsicles (frozen pads with aloe vera, witch hazel, and lavender) too. The first day is the heaviest but it gets less and less with each day.

The uterus contractions after baby were painful. More painful this time than they were with Liam. I used a hot pack and iBuprofen/Tylenol to help with the pain. They only lasted about 3 days where they were so painful.

My legs were super sore/tired post baby. I think I may have been tensing up during my contractions and therefore they got sore. Plus spending so much time laying and sitting post baby didn’t give my muscles much action. I did walk around a little to help but they were sore. I tried to do some light stretching as well.

As time passed…
I’m not sure when it started because I don’t remember it happening at the hospital but I had some serious night sweats. Every night. I would wake up so hot and sweaty but then I would get up, feed Owen, and then be freezing. This lasted several weeks.

Breastfeeding became way easier. It took about 2-3 weeks to get my nipples in a place where feeding now longer hurt. I stayed on top of my nipple cream application, wearing the shells when I was home and able, allowing my nipples to “get air” after each feeding, and iBuprofen/Tylenol when the pain was strong. All of this helped my nipples heal quicker. With Liam it took me 6 week due to a poor latch in the beginning so be sure to get help with that latch!

The bleeding continued down below. Certain days were heavier than others and this was especially true of the days I was more active. I went through 2 packs of pads in about 3 weeks probably. I changed it frequently especially early on during the heavier bleeding.

My body did not really feel like my own for many weeks. I would wear a post baby girdle to help get my belly back. The girdle helps the uterus shrink down quicker and it also helps get the abdominal muscles back to where they are suppose to go.

6 weeks
Reaching the 6 weeks milestone. I had my 6 week appointment and all is healing well. My abs still have a small gap (totally normal) and so I need to modify any ab work during my exercising. Other than that my midwife said her farewells and to call if anything came up that I had questions about. It is so weird seeing someone so frequently for about a year and then saying goodbye. I am going to miss seeing her!

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Breastfeeding is a breeze at this point. It makes me thankful to stick out those challenging weeks and be able to follow the plan I had to breastfeed my baby. I am hoping to make it to 1 year but I am starting with a smaller goal of 6 months to start. I have been pumping in addition to feeding to help me build up a freezer stash. I did this with Liam also. This way if anything happens where I no longer produce milk or if I want to stop feeding a little before a year or whenever, I will have some frozen milk to use as well. With Liam my stash lasted an extra month after stopping nursing him.

The undercarriage….things are healed up really nice with just some spotting here and there. It’s amazing how long it takes for things to get normal down there.

My body…I know it isn’t my pre-baby body (yet) but I am very happy with where I am at. My belly right now feels mushy and my pants still don’t fit quite like I would like and I am still above my pre-pregnancy weight by about 10 lbs. However, I feel that at 6 weeks postpartum I look good and I feel good. Also this is with minimal to no exercise! It’s always an adjustment to have the bigger boobs and my clothes fit differently because of them but I am finding shirts I like better than others right now and I know that the big boobs will get small again eventually.

**Every woman heals differently. This post is not made to be a comparison. It is made to share my experience and as a journal for me to reference. Every body is different, every baby is different, and recovery can take less time or longer for different individuals.

Things I love postpartum: 

  • Medela nipple shells
  • Motherlove nipple cream
  • Blanqi nursing leggings and nursing tanks
  • post baby girdle
  • Isagenix (not mentioned about but love this nutritious shake and have one for breakfast every day —for almost 2 years now!)
  • Target nursing tanks —I live in these!
  • Placenta encapsulation (I definitely feel these helped regulate my mood/hormones, increase milk supply, and get uterus to shrink faster —see my link from when I used them with Liam)

 

 

 

A wedding, graduation party, and Father’s Day 2017

We had a really busy but wonderful weekend! So many great things to celebrate!

FRIDAY

I was able to sneak in a  much needed chiropractor appt and massage before getting ready to head to our friend’s wedding.

We dropped Liam off at my parent’s house for a sleepover and then headed to Stillwater with Joe’s parents for the wedding. Me and my forever wedding date were looking pretty good!

It was a short but sweet ceremony. The bride looked beautiful and both the bride and groom were glowing with happiness and love.

There were appetizers and drinks after. They were really good. Then it was dinner time. Joe and I both had really good meals. Super delicious! And after dinner were the desserts…so many options and so good!

Amanda and I took some fun pics during some of the in between time.

Then it was time to open up the dance floor. Brandon and Dana’s first dance was so touching and beautiful to watch. You could really see they love they share.

We stayed for a little bit of the dance but then we decided to head home. I was so tired and my legs were sore. I lounged on a couch at the venue for a little while and then we said our goodbyes.

SATURDAY

We both got to sleep in a little bit since Liam was still at my parent’s house. Then it was off to sweat circuit for me. Always love getting my Saturday morning workout in!

After workout we rushed to pick up our little guy. Boy, do we miss him when he is gone! We decided to give Joe one of his father’s day gifts from Liam early. Needless to say he loved it and had to wear it right away. Liam was pretty proud (thanks daycare for making them!).

Then it was time for lunch and nap time. After nap we headed to a graduation party for Ryan. After Liam warmed up he had a fun time playing and running around.

We called my mom after the party because it was hot and sunny to see if could come swim. Liam was content just throwing toys in at first.

Once Joe got in the water Liam decided it was okay to join. He did really good!

Then there was some post swimming lounging to be done. Liam loves copying what his dad does.

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Then it was time to head home for dinner, bath, “movie night,” and bedtime. Joe and I had a netflix and popcorn date after Liam was down and then headed to bed ourselves.

SUNDAY

I woke up to quite the view in the morning 🙂

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After waking up Sunday morning we gave Joe his Father’s Day gift and relaxed. We then met my parents out for breakfast.

Breakfast almost always means family nap….so of course we all took an afternoon nap.

We had a Father’s day celebration to attend at 3:30 at my aunt and uncle’s cabin. We met all our family out there and the kiddos had so much fun. Liam was running around and playing the whole time.

After that, we headed out to Joe’s friend Ben’s farm to see the cows and goats. Liam really enjoyed it from a distance.

We went home and put a very tired little boy to bed and then watched a little netflix before calling it a night.

Bonus: Liam didn’t have a single potty accident all day! Woooohooo!

We had such a wonderful weekend. I hope you were able to enjoy some of the weather and relax! Happy Monday!

 

 

Our weekend

We had a pretty good weekend. It was definitely nice to be home with family for most of it.

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I lost one of my part time jobs on Thursday so I had Friday off. It was a pretty tough day but also really nice to be home with Liam. I decided since I was home that we would start potty training. Boys and their little underwear….so cute!

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We spent most of the morning playing outside. We also ran a few errands.

After nap we headed to my parent’s house to swim. My brother Sean, Libby, and Judah met us over there as well. We had burgers for dinner and it was really a good time.

We came home and put Liam to bed. I was pretty exhausted after the stress of losing my job and dealing with those emotions so I headed to bed pretty early also.

SATURDAY

It was a beautiful morning and supposed to be a really hot day. We got outside pretty early at the request of Liam. I then headed off to sweat circuit. Felt good to get that workout in!

When I got home Liam was a little cranky so we tried entertaining him for a while be he ended up having an early lunch and nap time.

After nap we headed to my friend Jenna’s housewarming/baby shower. It was nice to get out of the house and socialize.

My friend Laura was there with her girls. Liam kept copying what Aria was doing. So cute!

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We got home around Liam’s bedtime and surprisingly he stayed awake the whole drive. We put him to bed and watched some Netflix to relax and unwind.

SUNDAY

A big storm was rolling in but before it hit I wanted to pick some of our flowers and attempt a little bouquet to put on our table. I think it turned out pretty good.

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We continued with the potty training. We decided no diapers for Liam all day except nap.

We were trapped inside with the storm so we played with play-doh and snuggled Marley.

Liam went down for nap and so did me and Joe. Something about dark, rainy weather that puts you right to sleep.

We were all feeling stir crazy in the afternoon so we decided to go to Sawmill Pizza to get some brick oven pizza. One of my favorite things to do in the summer and it was delicious.

Then it was home to play a little, do bath time, and then bed time.

Potty training for the day went really well. We put him on the potty a ton and we had no accidents all day until around bedtime. I’m really impressed with how well he is doing.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Have a wonderful week!

Mommy and Liam weekend

Joe was away at his hockey state championship this weekend (he coaches Pee Wee A). It was in Milwaukee so Liam and I stayed home and spent the weekend together. The weekend felt pretty long flying solo with the little guy but it was a good weekend.

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Joe left around 3 in the afternoon. Liam was still napping which was nice for me. Once Liam woke up we ran a few errands and I actually bought him a potty chair. I know, I know he is still so little but he expresses interest in us going to the bathroom so I figured it wouldn’t be bad to have on hand. He actually wanted to try sitting on it. It was adorable!

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We spent our evening playing, and reading, and having fun until Liam’s bed time.

SATURDAY

Liam of course needed his morning “smoothie.” I’m so glad he loves the shakes and that I can know he is getting great nutrition.

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I had sweat circuit in the morning so Liam spent the morning at my parent’s house. After my workout I hung out there for a little bit too before heading home for Liam’s lunch.

Liam had lunch and then a nap. I relaxed during Liam’s nap. There is so much to be done around the house but I just didn’t have the motivation to do it. Relaxing sounded way better!

After nap we played some more. I really spend the majority of the evening trying to entertain Liam. He was pretty good though other than a few naughty spells here and there. He can be a stinker sometimes.

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It was bath night so Liam took a bath and then headed to bed. I forgot about daylight savings and thought maybe I should have put him to bed a little sooner than I did to make up for the lost hour. It was too late to take back time so I was just hoping it would all work out.

I ended up relaxing in the bath after Liam went to sleep. I used Epsom salts and essential oils for a relaxing bath. It was nice to have some me time. I then decided to head to bed early because I was tired and wasn’t sure what time I would need to get up with Liam in the morning.

**Joe’s team won both their games and were heading to the championship Sunday!

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Liam ended up sleeping until after 7 which surprised me at first but then I realized it shouldn’t surprise me at all with the lost hour. He of course needed his morning “smoothie” again. It is adorable how he asks for it and how excited he is to get it.

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The morning consisted of lots of snuggles for me and then lots of snuggles for Marley too.

We had some playtime on the couch which included some static. He thought it was so funny when he would shock me.

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Joe’s mom stopped over to play with Liam for a little while before his nap. Then it was nap time for Liam and lounge time for mama.

Then my parents invited us over for dinner so we headed over there for some playtime before dinner. Liam had a blast building towers with his Bumpa.

He also loved playing ring around the rosie with his grandma and bumpa. Every time they finished he would say more. It was so cute.

Then we rushed home for bed time. I put Liam to bed and spent some time watching a movie on TV before heading to bed.

*Joe’s team lost in the championship game. He got home late Sunday night after I went to bed.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I hope you have a great week ahead and have a great St. Patrick’s day!

Another weekend indoors

We had a pretty busy and good weekend. It is so great when we get to spend the weekend together as a family.

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I agreed to watch our neighbor for the day so Liam had a little play date. The two boys are so cute together. They are sure to cause some trouble down the road…and break a few hearts too.

We invited my parents over for spaghetti Friday. It was nice to have them over for dinner. We haven’t cooked for them in a while. My mom brought a delicious chocolate cake as well. It was so good!

Liam loved the extra attention before his bed time. He sure does love his “bumpa.”

Then we watched some of the Blackhawks hockey game before my parents headed home. Joe and I watched a little more of the game and then I headed to bed while he stayed up to watch the rest.

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I had my morning shake and Liam now insists that he has a “smoothie” as well. It’s adorable and he loves them! I’m happy to give him the good nutrition.

There was no sweat circuit so I walked at an incline on the treadmill for a little while before heading home.

Joe made some last minute plans to have breakfast with a friend so he headed to do that while I made my post workout breakfast of scrambled eggs. Liam and I had some fun while dad was gone. We played and danced and made lots of messes.

Once Joe got home it was time for Liam’s nap. We were hoping for it to warm up outside so we could spend some time outside after nap but it didn’t really get very warm and was super windy.

We spent the rest of the evening chasing Liam around, making tater tot hot dish, and relaxing.

The Blackhawks played again so we watched the game again before heading to bed.

SUNDAY

Joe tried to let me sleep in but I couldn’t. Plus Liam is quite loud in the morning. So we were all up early and ready to play.

We headed to breakfast at our favorite place -Rusty’s. Then it was off to church.

After church we were all wiped out and super full so we all took naps.

My friend Molly stopped by for a quick visit. She was supposed to pick something up that I didn’t have but it gave us a chance to chat.

Once Liam was up he had snack and then it was off to Joe’s hockey game. Liam loves watching hockey. He sat still most of the time but by the end he was running all over.

Then it was home for dinner, play time, bath time, Liam’s bed time, and then some Friday Night Lights.

Overall we had a really great weekend with the perfect combination of busy and lazy. Hope you have a great week ahead!

 

Fun and warm winter weekend

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We had a fun weekend that was pretty busy. The weather was actually really nice for January so we were able to spend some time outside.

FRIDAY

I was home Friday during the day with Liam and had a pretty lazy day. I did do some food prep and a little cleaning but other than that Liam and I just hung out.

In the evening before Joe got home I decided to take Liam outside. I took him in his swings and he had so much fun. He was giggling which made me giggle. So cute!

We had burrito bowls for dinner and then spent the evening relaxing and watching This is Us which is my new favorite show. We are finally caught up now so that is exciting.

SATURDAY

We spent our morning together and then it was off to Zumba for me. It’s nice to get a morning workout in on Saturdays.

Once home we did some cleaning and organizing. Then my friend Breanna and her husband TJ came over. Breanna wanted to show me the Rainbow Cleaning System and demonstrate how it works. I agree to do this and honestly it was amazing but out of our price range. However, it was fun to spend the afternoon with them and hang out for a little bit after the demonstration.

Then I met some friends out for dinner. Joe stayed with Liam for the evening. After dinner we all went to our best friend Jordan’s golden birthday celebration. It was decorated super cute and was fun to get together with friends. Happy Birthday Jordan!

SUNDAY

We went to church in the morning which was really nice. We really fell out of routine after Liam was born and so it was nice to be back. Plus Judah and Liam are so cute!

Then we headed to Joe’s parents for the Packer football game. We went early so Liam could go down for his nap there.

The game started at 2 and it was almost like Liam knew that because he woke up from a very short nap at around 1:30.

Joe’s parents were having a big party for the game and set up the “Lambeau experience” with a TV outside. It was super awesome! Liam and I spent some time enjoying the experience before we headed inside to watch the rest of the game. It was too cold to have Liam outside the whole game.

He had some fun playing with the balloons. He liked that they were floating so he enjoyed pulling them up and down.

Although the outcome of the game was not in our favor, the food and the company were great.

It was a lot of action and chaos at the party so we were all exhausted and spent the rest of the evening lounging and chasing Liam.

Weekends are so great and so short so I hope you enjoyed yours and have a happy Monday!

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017!

Happy new year! Sorry this post is a day late. Joe and I both had work off yesterday so it was an extended weekend for us!

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I had the day off Friday and was able to work out, run some errands, and clean the house.

Joe got home from work and we spent the evening playing with Liam. Then once Liam went to bed we were able to finish the original Gilmore Girls series. So good! I can’t wait to watch the new episodes. We didn’t want to start the first episode yet because it is 90 minutes so we watched This Is Us episode 2. We can’t wait to get more into that show as well.

SATURDAY (NYE)

After spending my morning with Joe and Liam it was off to teach Zumba for me. It felt good to get a final workout in for 2016. Once I returned home it was play time with Liam.

During Liam’s nap I was able to shower and get ready for the days events. I had a really busy day planned. (last year and this year pictures..he is growing to fast!)

After Liam’s nap we headed to his friend and our neighbor Keaton’s house for his golden 1st birthday. The theme was little golden books and it was adorable.

The birthday boy was loving the attention and having so much fun. It took Liam a little while to adjust but he had fun too.

They were adorable on Keaton’s little toy train together.

The birthday boy enjoyed his cake and dug right into the frosting. Of course the guests encouraged him to get extra messy by saying “oh no” and his response was putting his hands on his head. So dang cute!

After the birthday party I headed to the cities to be reunited with my college friends. We were celebrating NYE in our Canadian tuxedos (all denim).

Shout out to my friends Jerry and Lauren who hosted the gathering at their beautiful home with their beyond cute puppy Bennie.

It was so much fun to get the crew back together and spend the evening playing games and catching up.

SUNDAY (New Year’s Day)

Joe and Liam made sure to call me bright and early in the morning and get my butt on the road home. I packed my things and said my goodbyes and headed home.

Once home we headed to brunch with Joe’s parents and Kameryn and Luke. I had a BLT egg sandwich with avocado ranch. It was pretty good!

Then it was back home for naps for the whole family. It felt good to get some extra rest.

Our driveway was super slippery with ice so Joe went outside to salt. I bundled Liam up and we headed outside to get some fresh air too. Liam fell on the ice instantly (but gracefully) and was too cute. He loved salting the driveway with dad and running around outside.

Joe has been waiting to get his Elk antlers from his hunt in September and they finally arrived at his parent’s house so we packed up after dinner and headed there to check them out.

Joe was very proud as he should be. And Liam didn’t mind either.

The kids all rushed upstairs to play on the bunk beds. Liam had fun pretend jumping on the bed.

Then it was home for Liam’s bedtime and the Packer football game. I barely made it 30 minutes into the game before I fell asleep on the couch. I was so tired. However, it was a Packer victory!! YAY!

I hope everyone had a wonderful NYE and that 2017 brings you more joy and more happiness!