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I need motivation

So the workout area is still a mess, and the weather has been crazy so I have not chanced walking with the baby because he is too new to get rained on. So no exercise this week unless housework counts. To be honest not much of that has gotten done either. I really, really need to get on the ball and do something, anything. How is it that I really do want to get active but don’t have the motivation to try hard enough to act on it? Yes, having a newborn that has wanted to play all day lately, a 7 y/o with homework and keeping up on the house and meals is a lot of work. This summer cold I am battling doesn’t help either but these things shouldn’t be getting in my way so much.

Over the weekend when I should have been cleaning out my workout area I hosted a BBQ one day, went to the in-laws with the baby for the first time, moved in someone who needed a place to stay and that required getting a ton of stuff out of the guest bedroom. We also had a wedding to attend. With all of that making time for anything extra was a struggle. sounds like a ton of excuses I know. And they are. But let me tell you this having a baby again thing can be a challenge. I could workout while he is up all day wanting to play but I want to play with him and hold him when he is awake. So I know I choose not to be more productive. I know I am making excuses.

Food wise my diet is getting cleaner and cleaner each day so there is progress going on in that area. Just about ready to fully switch over to clean eating once again. I have to finish swapping out some things in the pantry so anything processed is out. Then we are good to go. I won;t be doing a full grocery shop this week so next week I should be able to really get into it.

LO is sleeping in his swing so I think I may just do some yoga knowing that won’t wake them and be able to say I did something. I will let you all know if I did it.

All I know is that before the pregnancy from hell (IMO) I was so motivated. I worked hard but it didn’t feel like work. I love working out and eating well and I am really struggling to get back to that state of mind. Where did my motivation go? You would think the fact that I am roasting my rear off because I have to wear jeans because no summer clothes fit would work, nope. You would think that stepping on the scale at me 6 week check up would motivate me.. nope still 30 lbs to lose and I have made no effort. I really need to get back into the swing of things and make time for exercise, I’ tired of being fat. UGH

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Reclaiming My Space

As some of you may . know from previous posts made many moons ago the Great basement Flood of 2012 took place in my basement. Darn sump went out and the rest is history. There was no major damage structurally, no molding or any of the real pain in the butt problems that can come with a basement taking on massive amounts of water. Though we did lose hundreds of books ūüė¶ and Pat lost a ton of paperwork. the rest of the stuff that was ruined needed to be purged anyhow. The real issue was the wet basement odor that took months to get rid of. During clean up a ton of stuff was moved to my workout area that I was not using at the time and it never made it back to where it belongs. then the¬†treadmill¬†was moved down there and became a shelf and the Christmas stuff only made it to the bottom of the steps where my workout space is¬†conveniently¬†located. Soooo, I will not be walking the next few days, all of my down time will be devoted to reclaiming what was once mine. Workouts won’t happen unless I have somewhere to do them so it must be done. Plus, with all of the lifting, moving, purging, and putting in new carpet I will get enough exercise to make up for not walking.. right? If not oh well, there are not a ton of moments to do what I want with Ian, Emma, the house, meals, pets and all that fun stuff. Sometimes choices have to be made and I choose to do this for myself so I have an area to get things back to as they were and get back in shape.

Today I have been working on teaching Ian to nap in his crib. He is so used to me always being with him. He naps in whatever room of the house I am in. So the bassinet, swing and bouncer are what he is used to. If he can happily nap in his room in his crib maybe he will nap for a little longer with it being dim, quieter and he can get used to me not being present. even in a dead sleep he knows when I leave the room. That wakes him up more so than light and noise, the little bugger will sleep through the vacuum  tv and the dog barking. I have had to go comfort him quite a bit but the time in between is getting longer. It may sound gross but I placed one of my breast pads in his crib this time so he has my scent there. Maybe that will make a difference and I can gradually move it out of his room later. We will see. I am hoping for more consistent napping so I will have a consistent and fairly set amount of time to squeeze my workouts in.

Workout area before...

Workout area before…

 

Workout area after… UGH! What a mess!!!

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Nice weather = walking!

Now that the weather is nicer it is time to get to walking daily. we have ventured out a couple of times but this Michigan weather keeps flip-flopping around on us. Not that it is a shocker, that’s just how things go here in the Mitten. It seems that we are going to have a nice streak of warm weather and given the time of year I am hoping that it doesn’t cool down to much anymore. Starting today Ian and I started our daily walks. We made it just over a mile today. When we were about to start another loop around the subdivision someone¬†revved¬†up his motorcycle as he rode past us. Ian was not a fan of the sound and so it ended our walk. He decided he was done. But for our first official day it was a decent distance. Hoping for double tomorrow at least.

Relaxing in the stroller enjoying some fresh air :)

Relaxing in the stroller enjoying some fresh air ūüôā

Ian’s Birth Story with Pics

I am sure it is obvious with all the passed time that I have had my baby. So it is time to change my blog name and drop the “Back to Round again” off the title. In two more weeks the doctor should approve me to start to be more active and time for me to work on losing all the¬†baby¬†weight. ¬†And I am sure there is quite a bit to lose. After being put on bedrest the weight gain got out of control. Watching what and how I ate went 100% out the window. I hated¬†bed rest¬†and used food to pacify myself. I know it wasn’t the best thing to do but I had to have something that made me happy. Now, it is time to fix that. By the end of the pregnancy I had gained 49 pounds! As far as what I weigh now, I have no idea. Until my 6 week check up I refuse to weigh myself. The good news is that I am a size 14 so only a size up from pre-pregnancy. It is¬†definitely¬†a snug 14 and I have a muffin top but I can get in them, button them and still move freely and breathe so I say they fit.

Our little bundle was born at 39 weeks 5 days gestation on April 13, 2013 at 2:13am. He was 7 pounds Р6 ounces and 20 inches long. So the bed rest worked and he was only 2 days from his estimated due date.  We named him Ian Patrick.

Three days before he was born my Midwife stripped my¬†membranes¬†and said he would be here in 24 to 48 hours. He decided that she was not going to be right and so I took to lots of mall walking and bouncing on the exercise ball. After 2 days of walking 5 hours and bouncing for 2 hours my contractions were holding steady at 10 minutes apart. No different from the previous weeks. Let me tell you having them for weeks on end was such a pain. So on Friday i walked another 2.5 hours with a friend and bounced her little one on my belly. Once I bounced him on my belly it really seemed to get things moving so I headed home and bounced on my ball for an hour, took a break and had dinner then all of a sudden… NOTHING! Not a Braxton Hick, contraction, cramp, nothing! So Pat and I went back to the mall, did a little shopping and¬†walked¬†another¬†2.5 hours, headed home and I spend another wonderful hour bouncing on the birth ball. My contractions were back and 10 minutes apart. After a couple more hours nothing changed so I¬†decided¬†to go to bed. Around Midnight I woke up to use the bathroom and they were still 10 minutes apart, so I headed back to bed. What a¬†disappointment! At 1:20 I was awakened by a really, really strong contraction, and the next one came 2 minutes later. So I woke Pat up and had him call my OB while I got dressed. They said to head on in on the way my contractions moved to 1 minute apart. We got to the hospital and they eased up for 4 minutes then once in my room they picked back up to 1 minute apart. The nurse checked me immediately and I was at 10 and 100% but she thought she could feel the cord wrapped. So the OB and what felt like a billion other people¬†rushed¬†in. Right then my waters broke.

His cord wasn’t wrapped, he was breach! The thing is he was not foot down breach, he was (this is hard to explain) kind of horizontal but bent in a U shape but face down, so he was bent backwards in a way. So after they quickly contorted my body in some ungodly painful way I all of a sudden had 4 people’s hands in my trying to flip him. I at this point have no clue what was going on. I can just hear things like, c-section,¬†breech¬† cord, emergency and stuff that would put any woman in labor in a panic. I don’t remember but I was told that about this point I all of a sudden said to the medical team “What are you doing in there? Please stop it” I¬†would’ve¬†thought that anything I said would have been all profanity and fun stuff like that but nope, I used my manners. HAHA! ¬†They were able to flip him out of breach position and I was given the okay to push, after one crappy¬†push¬†and one real good one he was out. The poor thing was transverse though. His poor little face was one big bruise and the nurses said he looked like Mick Jagger because his lips were so swollen and¬†weird-looking. His face scrapped along my pelvic bone on the way out and that caused the bruising. The plus was that he was perfectly healthy and had all 10 finger and toes :). ¬†The crazy¬†thing¬†is he was born and all this¬†happened¬†after I was in the room for only 13 minutes (50 minutes from when the doctor was called from home)! They hadn’t even gotten any of my info or checked me in. There was no time. So needless to say the birth plan was thrown out the window. That’s 7 minutes faster than Emma!

My hips are still messed up from them overextending my lower half to make space to flip him but other than that recovery is going quite well. His bruising is gone (but caused some major jaundice, that is now gone). We had a hard time getting breastfeeding going because his swollen lips make it hard for him to latch. We have got it down now and all is good. Also, Emma has taken on her role as a big sister wonderfully. I am so very proud of her!

So here is the little guy! Pictures are by Ashley Nicole Photography. I was lucky enough for her to be in the States and able to come to our home and take pictures. Thanks Ashley we love you! You can check her out on Facebook here.

Still Alive

It has been a really long time since I have posted anything here on WP, let alone check out other’s blogs. Rough pregnancy didn’t leave me with much desire to host a pity party on my blog on a daily basis and now that baby is in the picture along with my 7 y/o, a dog, three cats, a husband and a beardie I am mildly distracted.¬†
I feel like all I do is cook, clean, nurse, help with homework and start over again the next day. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind in the least bit. I have done the whole newborn in the house thing before and I know that soon he will be less demanding and sleep for longer periods at a time. So until then I will be around about once a week (unless someone takes a long nap). I am¬†preparing¬†a blog post with Baby info, pics, labor info and all that fun stuff. It will be a few before my weight and all that fun stuff will be posted. I am not able to work out yet and I am working on getting my eating back in check then the weight-loss fun will begin.¬†
See you all soon! 

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