Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Last 5

Shoes: Aasics via Zulily
I haven't done many outfit posts lately.  Maybe you've noticed, maybe you haven't.  I don't exactly pride myself on high fashion, but definitely fashionable work and life attire.  I've just really been unmotivated when it comes to planning outfits, finding a location, setting up the tripod and making it happen.  I know it is partially due to the limited wardrobe I've been experiencing since having a baby, but even more so, I blame these last, pesky 5 pounds.

That's how many I have until I'm back at my pre-pregnancy weight.  5 measly pounds.
It's not much and I'm proud of myself for only having 5 left to go, but darn if these aren't the most stubborn 5 pounds ever.  They are clinging to me.

It's such a difficult thing: losing the baby weight.  Not just the act of losing, but the mental/emotional conflict of losing.  Losing the weight affects milk supply and that affects my baby.  But then, I want so badly to fit back into my pre-pregnancy wardrobe and stop buying bigger sizes that may not fit later on.  It's a huge catch 22.  Have any of you experienced this?

I'm looking forward to summer when I have more time and energy to get my workout on.  Right now I have 2 options in the evenings:
1. get in a work out and do all the mom things or 
2. take care of the house and do all the mom things
I can't do both.  Not with a full-time job.  If you're a mom and you've got it all figured out, you rock!  And teach me. Please.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Jamberry Nails Review & Giveaway

Do you love to have your nails done?  Me too.
Don't have the time or money to get them done as often as you like?  Me too.

Two reasons why I love Jamberry Nails!

My friend contacted me saying she was selling Jamberry Nails and thought I would love the product.  Like so many of us, she is a mom that doesn't have time for pampering as often as she would like so when she turned to this product, she fell in love.  So in love that she decided to become a consultant!

I have to admit I was skeptical at first; application process, time, and durability were my major concerns.  Becky sent me a sample (and she will send you one, too if you click on this link and join my online party).  Here is my sample from Day 1 to Day 7:
During this week, I washed my hands who knows how many times, went camping, and swam in the pool numerous times.  I am amazed at how well the Jamberry Nails held up!  Needless to say, I'm sold!

Application is easy.  You can see that in this video here:

If you visit Becky's site here, you can purchase through my party by selecting Lindsay Gaines as hostess when you check out.  For $15 a sheeet, you get at least 2 manicures and 1 pedicure.  That's pretty impressive!  Not to mention, if you are just using them for accent nails they will last even longer.

Becky is even so generous she is going to giveaway a SURPRISE half sheet of Jamberry Nails to one lucky winner!  Enter via Rafflecopter below and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Waking up to the Lions


Last weekend we went camping in a tent with 2 dogs and a baby.  We're those crazy people who like living on the edge.  Did I mention we had no electricity or water?  Yes, we were primitive camping.  As primitive as you can be when there is a bath house within driving distance and a swimming pool open daily on the premises.  We speculated how it would work and whether or not we would make it two nights.  We even heard one of our neighboring camp teens say, "Why would you come camping with 2 dogs and a baby?"  I started to wonder, too, when the first night we got in the tent and immediately the dogs laid at the bottom of the air mattress.  Never mind the blanket I had set up for them beside the air mattress. So, yes, all 5 of us slept on a queen sized air mattress in a tent in the woods.  You know what I say?  Why not?  It was actually quite cozy and really the perfect weekend for Carson's first camping trip.  We woke up to the lion's roaring from the zoo just a mile away.  We ate s'mores in the middle of the day and night.  We cooked our food in the open flame.  We hung out talking, listening, and creating memories with our little family.  Last year on Memorial Day weekend we gathered our families and shared the news that we were expecting.  This year we continued a tradition started by my family when I was about Carson's age and spent the weekend camping.

Hope you had a very Happy Memorial Day weekend.  A special thank you to all our armed forces for giving us reason to celebrate and safety to do so how we choose.  A shout out to my hero, Sgt. Justin Wrisley Garvey, who gave his life fighting for the country I love so much.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

White Birks

white birks

white birks by coachgaines featuring long floral skirts

I've been lusting over a pair of Birkenstocks for some time now.  Little did I know they were back in style.  I was just looking for comfort and longevity since my Rainbows need replacing.  

With any purchase I make I try to think up several different ways I could wear the item before actually buying it.  Here are just a few outfits I can see myself wearing with some nice white birks.

What do you think about the recurrence of the trend?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Beach Memories








Every once in a while right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.

There are those moments in time when things are absolutely perfect.  Moments illustrated with laughter, grins, and wind in your hair.  This past weekend at the beach was one of those moments for our family.  We laughed as Carson made friends with the reflection in the mirror, sat in the sink for his bath with a confused look on his face, and curled his toes up from the cool ocean water.  We grinned as we watched him nap in the sand, splash in the little pools along the shore, and flirted with the waitress.

Sometimes I look back on these memories we're capturing and I have a hard time processing the fact that this is my life.  I am married to a man that I love with my whole heart.  I have a beautiful, healthy, baby boy that has captivated my entire being.  It just doesn't get much better.

And then you have these moments.  The ones where you just envelope all the grace and blessing you've been given.  The times where you sit back and drink in the goodness that is your life.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

All Of Me


It's not always rainbows and butterflies, ya know?

I don't talk a lot on here about struggles or difficult things because when I look back at this blog in five or ten years, those aren't the things I want to remember.  I want to remember all the small, significant moments.  Not the obstacles that tried to stand in my way...

We all have our struggles in our personal lives, our professional lives, our marriages, our relationships.
And it's so easy to see all the edited versions of our lives displayed on social media and become defeated and heartsick; comparing and doubting and scrutinizing.

Even though I have these moments, one thing never waivers...
My love for this guy.

Even when we don't see eye to eye or we can't seem to get things right, I love him.  He has all of me.
He knows my weaknesses, my insecurities, my failures, and my fears.  He knows the good, bad, and ugly.  He sees my anger and my happiness, my joy and my pain.  He hugs me when I'm crying and defends me when I'm weak.

We all have our vices and our flaws; we choose to love each other through them.

Monday, May 19, 2014

5 Month Must Haves for Mommy and Baby

As time has passed I find myself reaching for things that make life easier since having baby.  Here are a few of those simplifying items that I'm currently loving... 

5 month must haves for mom

5 month must haves for mom by coachgaines featuring silk scarves

Hair ties.  I recently purchased some from Old Navy and they are really well made!  In the past, I've always gotten them from boutiques, but when I saw them near the register I grabbed some knowing mine were on the verge of stretched beyond use.  

Scarves.  These are great for baby because they are washable and won't break when tugged.

Wristlet.  This is where I keep my debit/Target card, cash, chapstick, etc.  It goes from pocketbook to back pack to diaper bag without having to worry I'm forgetting something.

Makeup Remover Wipes.  Simple, quick, and refreshing.  'Nuff said.

Clorox Wipes.  I've never used these in my home before, but they make everyday spills and clean ups soooo much easier.  I wipe down CT's toys and high chair with these.  I even keep some in the bathroom to wipe down the sink and toilet once a week in between deep cleanings.


5 month must haves for baby

5 month must haves for baby by coachgaines featuring an ice tray

Activity Jumper.  CT loves to "stand" and jump on our laps.  It's cute and great, but a lot of strain on your upper arms and back to hold him the whole time.  He loves playing with this!

Baby Einstein Sea Turtle.  This is easily CT's favorite toy.  It plays music and lights up.  He has learned how to activate it himself and loves laying on his mat with it.

Baby spoons.  For obvious reasons.

Baby Bullet.  We got this as a shower gift and it makes preparing baby food a breeze.  I'm also looking to add this to our system to make steaming veggies/fruits a little faster. 

Ice cube trays.  I don't care for the freeze tray that came with the Baby Bullet.  Instead, I use the rectangular ice cube trays intended to make ice cubes for water bottles.  They hold the perfect amount of baby food.

Any suggestions for 5 month staples for mommy or baby?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Little More of This


We're doing a little more of this for the rest of the week so we'll see you back here on Monday.

Thank you so much for reading my little space of the Internets.  It means so much to me!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Motherhood: A Forever Blessing


Love.  Hard work.  Sacrifice.  SelfLESSness.

I never realized just how much life changes with children until we had this little gem.  The thing is...it changes in all the best ways.  It doesn't feel like hard work or sacrifice or selflessness.  Most the time.

As I reflected on my first Mother's Day, I thought about the mother that I had.  The mother I still have.  See, being a mom is one of those luxuries that never stops.  It's not like other jobs that last a certain amount of time.  It's a forever job.  And because of that, a forever blessing.

I am so blessed to have the mom I have.  She loves me unconditionally, supports me in all my endeavors, and listens before lending advice.  She never judges or gives unsolicited commentary.  Watching her be a grandma is one of the best things ever.

I realize I am the mom I am because of the mom she is to me.

For that, I am grateful.

Monday, May 12, 2014

5 Months


Dear Carson,

I wish I could put into words the light you bring to my world.  Sometimes I look at you and I can't even believe this is my life.  I get to be your mommy.  It's the biggest blessing I've ever been given.  

The nights and days before you are a blur.  You have put my world into high definition and it seems to have so much more meaning now.  Every day I see you changing and growing.  I catch glimpses of your daddy and then I see pieces of me and some of Uncle Josh.  

You are accomplishing milestones in advanced mode and it's a struggle for me: I catch myself cheering for you with each new accomplishment, but at the same time begging time to slow down.  It is so fun to see you playing and discovering, but I already miss the days when you would snuggle my chest and I could just breath you in.  

I think every moment we are ever in is going to be absolutely perfect.  And although I may never stop wishing for time to stand still, I will relish in each new moment we have together.  It is the greatest joy to watch you grow.

I love you.
Love,
Mommy

5 Month Update
Weight:  16.5 pounds
Length:  25 inches
Nicknames: The Milkman, Milk Monster, CT, Hungry Hungry Hippo, Bubby, Monster, Buddy Boy
Sleep: You generally go to bed around 8:00 and wake up around 6:30 a.m.  Many mornings we have to wake you up in order to take you to Grammie Sue's on time.
Eating: Every 3-4 hours, 6 oz. at a time.  You've tried sweet potatoes, carrots, and banana.  You hate carrots!
Clothing: 3-6 months
Loves:

  • Snuggling
  • Your Fisher Price Seahorse
  • Laying on Mommy or Daddy's belly
  • Bath time
  • Riding in the car
  • Walks/Runs with Mommy
  • Your changing pad
  • Your "wubby" aka elephant blankie
  • Everyone; you don't have strangers
  • The pool/water
Dislikes:
  • Carrots
  • Being hungry
  • (You're pretty much the happiest baby ever so you don't dislike much at this point.)
Exciting Moments:You rolled from your back to your belly for the first time (5/5/14) and we can't keep you on your back ever since
You discovered your feet
You met Great Mimi and Great Harry
You went to the beach for the first time to visit your cousins, Lori and Billy. 
Momma's Milestones:
I am in my pre-pregnancy size bottoms


Time is flying!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Impromptu Beach Weekend


Last week my cousins contacted me saying they were in the area.  By the area, they meant the beach.  Which really is the area when they are driving from upstate New York.

We had a pretty full weekend planned with CT and I running a 5k Saturday morning and tickets to a play on Sunday afternoon.  It didn't take much persuasion by my husband to get me to skip my run, drop the dogs at the in-laws and head to the coast Friday after work.

It was honestly the perfect weekend.  The weather was warm and breezy with no humidity.  The resort had so many pools and hot tubs (and a lazy river) that there no worries of being crowded.  And, I got to see some of my family that I don't get to see often enough.




Carson's first trip to the beach was awesome.  Although he didn't get his feet in the ocean (it's still pretty chilly), he loved the pool and floated around in his little inflatable for a while before deciding he was ready to get out.

I got to catch up and hang out with family and Justin got up early Saturday morning and headed to the golf course.  We were all back together by lunch time and lounged around the pool.  Seriously, it couldn't have been much better.  Although I would have loved to throw some more family into the mix.


This little cutie was the best traveler.  He slept the majority of the trip to and from, napped in the shade, and had everyone smiling at his little beach bum attire.

A little spontaneity does the heart good.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Wrong Pizza


The night we brought Carson home was the most surreal moment of our lives.  Bringing him home from the hospital suddenly made parenthood very real.

I remember saying, "It's like he's really our's now."

We came home to a peaceful house with our little Christmas tree and our perfect bundle and all was right in the world.  We got settled and decided to order pizza since we were starving and didn't feel like cooking after being away from home for a few days.

Shortly after the pizza was delivered, I heard my husband go running through the house.  The delivery guy was already gone and he'd left us with the wrong pizza.  Justin got on the phone and let the restaurant know the mistake while I started eating the wrong pizza because I was too hungry to care.  They said they would make it right by delivering the ones we originally ordered.

While eating my second slice of the wrong pizza my phone rang.  Apparently Justin had used my phone when he placed the order so the manager called back and questioned what was wrong.  He then proceeded to ask me if we had already eaten part of the wrong pizza.

At this point I got frustrated and responded, "Yes.  We've eaten the wrong pizza.  I just delivered a baby 2 days ago and I'm starving."

He didn't push the issue any further and we got the right pizza delivered to our doorstep shortly after.  I would like to think he wasn't going to take the wrong pizza back and I would really like to think it wouldn't have been delivered to the people that originally ordered it.

On a bright note, the wrong pizza was stuffed with all the cheese you could dream of and we loved it so for now on that's what we order.  Yum!

Moral of the story: Don't mess with a new momma's food. :)

pleated poppy

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Things People Don't Tell You: Bringing Baby Home


I decided to write a mini-series titled Things People Don't Tell You because there are so many things that people don't tell you in regard to pregnancy, parenthood, etc.  In fact, Pinterest and blogs and social media make it all look so easy and glamorous and natural.  And a lot of it is, but a lot of it isn't.

So, I'm willing to be honest and open and share the things that people don't tell you in regards to pregnancy, delivery, bringing home a baby, breastfeeding, etc.
You can see my previous posts about pregnancybreastfeeding, and going back to work after baby

If you have questions or suggestions for future topics, please email me.  I'm happy to share!
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There are so many new experiences once you leave the hospital with your baby for the first time.  Walking out that door with a baby in your arms feels like the best thing to ever happen to you.  I cried the whole ride home I was so happy to leave the hospital.  I remember calling my dad and saying, "It feels like he's really mine now."  After 9 months and how many hours of pushing you would think I already knew that!  But, bringing baby home makes it real.

Getting home with your little family is amazing.  The first night home we made it just us and we camped out in the living room with baby in the pack-n-play and took turns sleeping on the couch next to him.

There are going to be a ton of people that want to come over and help you (and you need to take advantage of every single offer while you can), but that first night, let it be just the three (or four if you have twins) of you.  Let your first night be special.  We ordered pizza, sat by our Christmas tree, and took turns holding the greatest joy we've ever come to know.

Those people, the ones that want to help you...  You may feel bad accepting all the generosity.  Don't.  It doesn't last forever and you need your rest.  I had friends take ornaments off my Christmas tree, sit with the baby while I went and bought some fresh produce, fold my laundry.  It helps.  Even if you want to seem as though you can handle it all...let them help you.

Do what you are comfortable doing (especially you, mom.  you are still a patient yourself.)  Along with all those generous people willing to come hold baby while you rest, make you meals, and wash your dishes there are going to be a ton of people with (un)solicited advice.  Do what works for you.

Everyone and their mother is going to tell you to sleep when the baby sleeps.  It didn't work for me.  Sleep when you can/need and take advantage of nap times.  Don't fill them entirely with household chores...take a warm shower, paint your nails, do something for you.

Don't have expectations for yourself as a mother.  I, for one, had way too many ideas of all I was going to accomplish while home with baby.  They were so unrealistic.  Some days it was just good that I was out of bed before 9 (after the 6 am feeding) and showered by noon.

I intend to write a post sharing a few quick ways to make life easier as a new mom that will help with bringing baby home as well.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Motherhood is Unselfish


I was reading this article from RedBook the other evening and it made my commitment to my healthy lifestyle and the #1800 minute challenge even stronger.  If you have the time, read it.  Even if you aren't a mom or currently pregnant.  Every woman should read this article.  

It puts our tendency to prioritize everyone and everything over ourselves into perspective.  So many women struggle to take care of themselves because there are sooo many other things to be done.  

I struggle with "me time" regularly.  Years ago I would have called myself an extrovert and was far from a homebody.  I loved doing whatever I wanted to do.  Since settling down and getting married I've become much more introverted and love to be home.  I feel as though my time is precious and I should share it with the people that truly deserve it in the places I want to spend it. I'm still really friendly and love meeting new people and discovering new places, but I am really comfortable and happy with what I've been given, too.

I spend the majority of my free time doing things for other people.  I am just about as unselfish as I can be.  Reading this article, I realized that it's okay, maybe even healthy, to be a little selfish.

All things in moderation, right?

Friday, May 2, 2014

Carson's first trip to the Adirondacks

We had pretty much the best spring break spending time with family in the Adirondacks.  I look forward to future kayaking ventures, down hill skiing, hiking, swimming, camping, and all the other things the ADK is known for.  To call such a beautiful place home is special.  To bring your baby is icing on the cake.

Here are some snapshots from our trip.

 


      











As you can see, there was lots snuggling, holding, loving, cuddling, introducing, smooching, and playing to be done while we were there.  It was the best way to spend spring break this year.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

KISHU BIB Review & Giveaway



This little boy is a drool monster.  I'm not sure if he is cutting teeth or just enjoys a good slobber fest, but his bibs (and clothes) stay wet all the time.  So I decided to try out a baby bandana and see if that helps.  Not to mention, they are much cuter than wearing a bib all day.

I love this Kishu Baby bib because it can be worn 3 different ways and is super soft against baby's skin.
It collects the drool and absorbs it better than his bibs and it's adorable!  There are other options of bibs on the site so make sure you stop by and check them out,

Kishu Baby uses 100% cotton muslin that gets softer and softer each time you wash it.  I love that it has snaps on it as opposed to velcro so I can throw it in with his regular laundry.  Does anyone else have horror stories involving velcro?
 

One lucky reader will win a Kishu Baby bib of choice by entering via Rafflecopter below!

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