Monday, September 28, 2015

21 Day Fix

I've been wanting to blog about this for a while. I just finished my second round (that's six weeks).  I loved it and still love it!  The first round I was very strict.  Surprisingly, I only lost three pounds.  I did take pics and measure before, but couldn't tell a whole lot.  I could, however, tell in my clothes.  I am now able to wear most of my pre pregnancy clothes! After completing the second round, I am down eight pounds.
The second round I didn't follow as strict, but had a better handle on my portions and making sure I was eating a lot of protein and veggies!

I have friends doing other "diet" plans, but what I really like about the 21 day fix, is it teaches you portion control, really focuses on how much of each food group you should have, real foods, and workout.  It comes with a set of dvds and you do a different workout each day.  It's the total package! I chose to add the shakeology.  I didn't love it at first, but really enjoy it now!

I eat a lot of eggs and spinach for breakfast.  My favorite lunch is usually a salad with peppers, cucumbers, chicken or taco meat.  I mainly use salsa as my dressing and I LOVE it!  Occasionally I add a orange container of yogurt ranch.  I could eat this every meal!

For snacks, I have a shakeology, portioned out grapes (or other fruit), or carrots.

Claire has been my workout buddy.  I don't think she has missed a workout! She is so proud of herself (and I am too!) and always comments that she is getting so strong!

My husband's cousin is a Beachbody coach and invited me to do a facebook challenge with her group.  It lasted three weeks.  There were many teams competing.  Every day you had the ability to get three points. 1-post at least one healthy meal you had that day, 2-workout every day, and 3-do the extra workout that they post each day.  Those workouts could be anything from mountain climbers, wall sits, planks, squats, etc...  At the end of the challenge if you had the max points each week and posted a pic to the group, you were entered in to win a fitbit!  The challenge was a great motivator and I hope to do one in October as well!

I was pleasantly surprised how full I stayed.  I think there were only two days out of the six weeks that I felt hungry. I was worried I would miss my carbs, but I didn't.  I stayed away from most pasta bc I have a hard time staying in control with that.  I'm going to continue doing the plan, but allowing treats every now and then.  It really is a way of life now.  Even Justin has been following this plan with me!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Our little peanut!

Kate had her four month well check yesterday.  I have been looking forward to finding out her height and weight and percentiles.
Weight: 12 lbs 7 oz  10%
Height: 24 in  18%

People keep commenting on how small she is but I really thought she was getting chunky! I guess they were right! Claire was a little bigger at four months - I think she was 13 lbs and 24.5 inches. I'll be interested to see if she has big growth spurts like Claire, or stay petite!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Last year of Preschool!

This week was Max and Claire's first week of preschool ~ 4's class. We met their teachers last week and were ALL very excited to start this past Tuesday.  They go Tuesday-Friday, 9-1.  I think I am really going to like their teachers.

 They both look so grown up! I can't believe they will be in kindergarten next year!

 Each morning they have to find their name and draw in their journal!

Their teacher sent an email recapping the first week and said all the students did great!  I am proud of both of mine for getting good reports each day!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Kate ~ 4 Months!

My sweet baby Kate is four months (and three days) old!  She is still the sweetest and best baby!  She only cries when she is tired or hungry.  She is very busy now.  She likes playing on her play mat, or having mommy help her stand up.  She loves her big sister and brother.  Claire is obsessed with her and wants to hold and play with her 24/7!

She drools constantly! I looked back and Max and Claire's 4 month post and said the same thing about Claire at four months.

I get a lot of comments that she is "so small", but I think she has grown so much in the last month. Her four month appt isn't until the 16th so we will have to wait and see her stats.

Claire wanted to be in her four month pics!
Kate can still wear most of her 3 month clothes but definitely needs to start wearing 3-6 months.  She hasn't been wearing many footed pjs bc she sleeps in her Merlin suit!

Kate likes her sleep schedule and isn't happy when she doesn't get to nap in her bed.  She usually wakes up around 7:30 and will have 3 naps a day - if at home she will sleep 1.5/2 hrs each nap! She has been waking up twice in middle of night again.  Usually around 12 and 3am.  I don't mind so much because I am exclusively breast feeding (yay!) and don't have to pump.  She is a very quick eater ~ about 5-10 min. max and then she is back to bed.

She rolled over (back to front) for the first time yesterday!  We were at the beach with Justin's family so she had a lot of cheerleaders!

Claire's baby was "four months old today" too! haha!
Love this sweet girl more than words!  Tomorrow the big kids start school and will be gone four days a week (9-1) so we will get lots of one on one time!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NMB 2015

After our trip to LBI, the kids and I headed to North Myrtle Beach with my family. This trip was a bit different and definitely more of a trip than vacation ;)  Justin had to stay home to work so it was just me and the kiddos.  My parents have a time share and it is a three bedroom condo.  It is perfect until you try to fit five adults and six kids! It creates chaos.  While the kiddos were all in a room, Kate slept in a pack n play in my parents room and I slept on the couch with the monitor next to me.

My brother has twins that will be four in November and a seven year old step son - add Kate to the mix and we have a group of crazy kids ;)

Thankfully there is a pool where we stay.  All the kids love the pool and it's a great way to burn some energy!

They also played some games and had races on the beach! (but only lasted about 10 min before one of the five had some sort of meltdown)

Can't leave out our family beach pics ~ minus Justin :(

Fredrick (4) and Payne (3) twins
Claire thought she was so BIG bc she got to hold Kate for the picture!  (with hands ready in back ground just in case!)
These two are going to be TROUBLE when the get older!

Coop and the Max Man

My boy!

Beautiful Bear bear!
Love :)
The whole crew.  Not easy getting smiles from everyone!

Friday, August 21, 2015

LBI 2015

Every year we go to the Jersey shore... Long Beach Island to be exact! This is one of our favorite trips we take.   Two of Justin's aunts and uncles have houses across from each other.  We pack in to one house and enjoy lots of family time!

The water was really cold while we were there but that didn't stop Max and Daddy! Max had so much fun he said it was "the best day ever!"

Claire preferred the Lagoon!
 We tried paddle boarding for the first time!

We had a cornhole tournament!

Went out to dinner!
And the trip wouldn't be complete without our annual Darcy/Fredrick photo shoot!

Fun cousin picture!
The Fredrick Family
Kate did great on the beach... spent most of her time in her tent!

Sad to leave and already looking forward to next year's trip!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Kate ~ 3 months!

It's so hard to believe that Kate is already 3 (and a half) months!  She is seriously the best baby! She sleeps, plays, eats, and sleeps some more!  She only cries when she is hungry or tired.

We are behind on many post, but mostly because we have been away having fun at the beach.  Kate has already been to the beach twice!  First trip was to NJ (more on that later) and she did fabulous on the car ride up!

Sleep: If we are home and able, she will take about 3 naps a day and will usually nap 1.5-2.5 hrs!
Night time.... still working on getting more sleep.  She usually goes down around 8 and wakes up around 1am and 4:30ish.  I think she did a little better when she was having a bottle at night.

Eating: I am so happy that this is going well!  She has had only breast milk and has been, for the most part, exclusively breast feeding since we went to NJ.  I was soooo tired on that trip and only pumped twice.  Nursing is so much easier than having to pump and give bottle!  It also helps considering I was running out of freezer room. I have now donated milk twice, have plenty in our freezer and a large cooler full was taken to a friend's deep freezer!
During the day she usually goes 3-4 hours and at night, if I am lucky, I can get a 5 hour stretch.

I'm guessing she is around 12 lbs.  She is starting to be to long for her 3 month jammies.

She is very alert.  She has recently started grabbing her toys and toes!  Her hand is constantly in her mouth... so not ready for a teether!

She loves when we sing to her ~ especially The Wheels on the Bus!  Max and Claire are always around to provide entertainment ;)
She also loves her play mat and rocking chair.

OMG! Love this little girl so much! Really trying to soak up every single minute with her!  Love those sweet cheeks!!