Two Week Update

Good morning friends from le babe and moi.

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You guys are seriously the best. I cannot thank you enough for your kind words on Mitchell’s arrival and The First Week update. I’m so touched by your well wishes, kindness and love. Today actually marks three weeks with Mitchell!

Ever since Mitchell arrived, Phil and I have been so spoiled by our friends, family, and community. We’ve received gifts, visits, cards and have had a steady rotation of food showing up at our door. The support is more than we could have ever imagined and is also more helpful than we could have dreamed.

Delivering a baby is hard, raising a baby is on another level. Every two-three hours this momma is on call to le babe as I’m breast feeding full time. That may not seem like much, but having someone need you every few hours with no breaks for sleep is another level of stress and exhaustion. Breast feeding has gone well for us, and for that I’m so grateful. But it’s a full time gig with no end. Good thing kids are cute.

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We are planning to breast feed exclusively for the first few weeks and then introduce a bottle. Doing so will help me and Phil – I really want him to have that quality time with Mitch. Plus, I have a trip mid November and am hoping bottles are going well so I can make it.

Being with this wee one around the clock is the best and hardest job. Thank goodness for Phil. He is back to work full time, but as soon as he comes home (or after Mitchell’s next feeding) tells me I am free for two hours and to go do something.

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At first I thought I’d want to stay and visit with Phil for hours once he was home. But I realized quickly after my first outing last week, that taking even 20 minutes for myself is so necessary and helps me regroup, refocus and be a better mom and wife. I usually spend my free moments taking a shower, catching a nap, doing a few things around the house now that I have two hands or jumping on the computer to work (or writing this blog post!).

As for Mitch, he’s growing like a weed and is a healthy baby!

We had a rough few days where he simply would not nap. He’d stay awake for four -seven hrs at a time with two 20 min naps sprinkled in. I was losing my mind and our concern was through the roof. After a trip to the dr we decided that it was probably gas (he would scream for hours on end) or overstimulation.

I was given a few to-dos and if nothing changed we had a trip to the ER in out future.

You have never known stress like you do when your feeding is the make it or break it for your baby. I cried before I fed him the next time out of total fear. What if he gets gas? What if I ate something? What if he eats too much (I have too much milk supply). Fear and doubt are a nasty duo.

We pushed through and the next day he slept. Since then we’ve had some ups and downs and there is a lot of trial and error, however things are much better! There’s no handbook for a baby, but thank goodness for my amazing sister, doctor and Phil who are all amazing resources and support.

The week did have lots of highlights including our first full bath (he lost our umbilical cord so he can be fully submerged).

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Grandma Kathy came to visit and brought three casserole, a sheet tray of brownies, gifts for Henry and Mitch and seven bags of groceries. I told you, spoiled!

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We took a beautiful walk with my sister and niece.

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And our neighbor brought over a full dinner or pork loin, sauerkraut, potatoes, orange green beans and homemade applesauce. It was beyond! Sure, we ate separately, but such is life at the moment. Mitch seems to know when it is time for dinner and wakes up just in time.

As for my update, I’m down a few more pounds and am starting to wear my ‘normal’ clothes again. I am proud of myself for staying active and healthy through my pregnancy because my body naturally bounced back with little effort.

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These days I eat for nourishment for Mitchell and can’t exercise, so I’m glad I did the work up front so life can just fall back into place post delivery. Because believe me, your weight is the least of your concerns with a newborn! Food is typically consumed on the go at odd hours in any way possible.

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Paper plates, avocado and all the ketchup on a turkey burger.

Overall we are doing well, hanging on to each other for support and feeling the joys of this new family. I keep reminding myself how quickly the newborn stage will pass and to be in the moment – even when that moment is 3am.

XO

BB

5 Ways to Start Your Day on the Right Foot

Good morning and happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was filled with tackling some house cleaning, laundry and even a coffee date with my best friend. It was beyond beautiful around these neck of the woods and we soaked it up as much as we could knowing these sweet fall days are fleeting.

I don’t know about you, but I used to dread Sundays knowing that Monday meant back to the work grind. But since becoming a mom I view days one at a time. Taking a smaller view of my life helps me accomplish more and feel as though I have a fighting chance at surviving. Every day is the opportunity to start new, fresh.

Much like my old gig, being a mom can bring on lots of stress through the day. Finding ways to incorporate some of my favorite things (or just one) can totally change my day. While my days are spent taking care of le babe, doing one thing (such as a shower, getting dressed, taking 30 minutes to myself or taking a walk) make me feel whole again.

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Today I’m sharing 5 beautiful ways to start your day:

1. Go for a Run! Get up and move first thing in the morning. You won’t regret it! You’ll be energized, in a good mood and have set your day in a positive direction! Fitting in your workout first thing in the morning truly is one of the best ways to guarantee an amazing day. Also, write in  your workouts (one of my favorite tips!) to ensure you make the time and stick to it.

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2. Get centered  It’s easy to get caught up in the groove of every day life and forget how truly blessed we all are. Start the day with a simple meditation and focus on all the good things in your life, the people you are grateful for and the blessings that surround you. Making a list of 5 things you are grateful for takes just a few minutes, but can significantly shift your day… for the better!

Or use an app. I have been loving the Stop, Breathe and Think app. You simply input your mood, feelings and ‘head space’ (where your mind is at) and then it guides you through a proper mediation that lasts only a few minutes. I love how short yet effective the meditations are. They really help me refocus and recenter before starting my day.

3. Pamper Yourself! If you have time, spend a few extra minutes on your morning routine. Do your hair, put a little mascara and blush on, try a new shade of lipstick and add a dab of perfume. Feeling pulled together can totally shift your mood and outlook, and gives you confidence.

4. Enjoy a healthy breakfast! This helps you feel energized and much more productive, and that healthy morning meal will reduce cravings later in the day too (check out my mug cake recipe!). Also, adding in some water first thing is an awesome boost to your metabolism and can really wake-up your system. (You guys know how much I swear by drinking water first thing to reduce hunger and improve skin bad digestion.)

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5. Add in one thing you love to your morning. A few years back I was committed to morning workouts because I loved the way it made me feel. Once I had Mitchell my days changed. Now I start my day with him snuggling up during a feeding or sneak in a few minutes of alone time if he is still snoozing. Think about what you love (sipping coffee, catching up on social media or the news, etc) and add it in. I’ve been known to wake up an hr early to enjoy a cup of coffee and a show from my DVR before work. running_bb

What is one thing you love about mornings? One thing you hate?

Do you workout in the morning?

Coffee or tea?

Favorite breakfast as of late?

XO-

BB

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