Obsessing Over… #gimmefive

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^Buff Bakemy aunt sent me this nut butter and I have been hoarding it all to myself. Not only is the taste crazy good (chocolate chip, say what?!) but there is protein powder mixed in making this one heck of a knock-out. I love to have this on a brown rice cake, smeared on fruit or, lets be honest, straight from the jar. I have my eye on the variety pack because we shouldn’t live in a world where we have to choose.

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^Fixer UpperWhen I was visiting my parents in January my mom introduced me to this show and I am literally obsessed. This is your ‘find a house, fix up a house’ HGTV show, but up a notch. The couple (Joanna and Chip) live in Waco, Texas and take couples around to fixer-upper houses. The couples look at three potential houses, select their favorite and Jojo and Chip go to work. His hilariously charming personality paired with her off the charts style make me crazy for this show.
10 Things Every Woman in Her 30s Should Know

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^Eggs made in a Waffle Iron – genius!

^Love notes from my love.

If Beyonce has time… #workout #gimmefive

^And for a good laugh.

This weekend is another low-key one for us. Maybe it is the weather that is keeping everyone locked up tight in their cozy homes – who can blame them. But I am day dreaming of Spring. Next week I am sharing my number one dream item for Spring (I am on a mission!). Otherwise I hope to hit up the gym, get some work done and just relax with the boys. Oh, but these quiet weekends have made the perfect time for Date Night. We are going for Chinese and cards this round!

Happy weekending!

What are you looking forward to this weekend? Any plans or staying in?

What are you loving?

Are you dreaming of Spring like me?

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Linking with Clare, Heather and Katie.

Day in the Life of a New Mom

Good morning, friends!

I am actually editing this opening because this post was meant to publish yesterday, but there were a few snags on Tuesday night. Someone, who shall remain nameless, decided not to sleep so this zombie decided to sleep when he finally went down at 5am. 

I have gone back and forth on sharing this style of post. Over the last four and a half months with Mitch I have typed four of this style post and then decided not to publish them. Why? For a few reasons. First, Mitch is always changing and one day does not represent our life, it is simply a moment caught in time. Second, I am not looking for any negativity from the social space. To be fair, I have some of the best readers out there! You guys have shown me so much love and it means the world to me. So I just need to say lets all support one another, no hatting, no judging, no bashing. We all do what we can with what we have. OK, here we go! 

  Tuesday, February 24

5:00 AM – I hear Mitchell starting to stir. Mitchell sleeps through the night and has for almost six weeks, however, he started a bad habit of waking at 5am. Phil goes in and rocks him in the nursery until 7am (his usual wake time). I am so grateful that Phil can do this because one, I would be a zombie and two, Phil can sleep sitting up. So we all catch a few more hours of zzzzs.

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7:00 -7:40 AM  – Time to get up! Phil brings Mitch into the bedroom and I start feeding him while Phil gets ready for work. Mitch feeds for about 30 min all in and then we get changed, put on our slippers and head downstairs. I immediately grab my waterbottle and drink 20-25 ounces.

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7:45 AM Play time for Mitchell and coffee time for mom. For the next 10 minutes he hangs out in the snugabunny while I turn on my computer and crank a thing or two out as quickly as possible then we move to the play mat so he can stretch and kick around. By 8:15am Mitch has made it clear that he wants to be in his favorite toy (the jumparoo) so I put him in and eat some breakfast while he plays.

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8:15 PM – Time to start winding down. I have the news on in the morning and Mitch gets pulled into a commercial with Sesame Street and he loves it! We rewind it and watch the commercial two more times.

8:30 AM-  Mitchell is showing signs of being sleepy (right on schedule!) so we move upstairs and I put him in his sleep sack and we rock and read two books. He falls asleep within 10 minutes. I put him down and head into my bedroom to get ready for the day.

8:45 AM – I am dressed and back downstairs at the computer working away on some back-end blog fun, emailing some bloggers and companies and working on a few freelance projects. I try to focus on getting through one task at a time but my mind goes a million miles a minute while Mitch sleeps. Take a break for a bit more coffee while Kelly and Michael are on in the background.

10:00 AM - Mitch wakes up almost right on the nose for his three hour cycle. I can hardly believe he slept for 1.5 hours – this never happens. We have been on track for 38 minute naps lately. We are all in a great mood! Mitch feeds, burbs and gets changed.

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10:45 AM - More play time. All Mitch wants is to be in his jumparoo, but I try and rotate him through different activities and toys throughout the day. We sit in the bumbo and sing The Itsy-Bitsy Spider and Patty Cake until he is ready to chomp on Sophie (those darn teeth). I grab more water when I realize it has been an hour since I had any. Once Mitch goes into his jumparoo I clean up the kitchen (he is just a few feet away) and load the dishwasher. I also swing by the computer to check on a few things while I know Mitch is content.

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11:15 AM - Someone is getting cranky, he actually starts grunting. Time for another round of books, rocking and a nap.

11:45 PM – I change into workout clothes, head down stairs and crank out a 30 minute DVD. Nothing all that challenging, but it feels good to move and lift some weights. Some days I workout in the morning around 6am, other days during the day while Mitch naps but usually at night after Phil gets home. However, he has class on Tuesday night after work so I know it is an at-home workout day.

12:20 PM - Prep salad and take it into the office where I eat while working away. After 30 minutes of more back-end work on the blog (I am trying so hard to get somethings cleaned up and organized for a future project) I call it good and head to the shower.

1:15 -1:50 PM - Mitchell is up and we are ready to feed again! He is a happy boy! I wish he would remember how nice it is to sleep and do so more often. Ha! Mitch eats, gets burped and changed per usual.

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2:00 PM - Tummy time while I finish getting ready. I lay out a blanket for Mitchell with a few toys and we sing while I get dressed and finish my hair. Tummy time is the worst right now, but we practice anyway. The only reason he is smiling in this picture is because we are singing “Do A Deer” from the Sound of Music. We watched the movie a few months ago and he is obsessed with the song. It is the only thing that can make him stop crying on a dime. I also separate the laundry and load it into the basket.

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3:00 PM - Mitchell goes down again (I cannot believe it. This honestly rarely happens that he sleeps more than a total of two hours a day.) so I head back downstairs, put in a load of laundry and then go back into the office. In the afternoons I focus on Health Coaching and my business. I also make sure to drink more water and add in a Meyer lemon (so delicious!).

4:00 PM – Up and time to feed again! We follow a feed, play, sleep cycle based off of Baby Wise and Moms on Call. Some days he knocks it out of the park, other days not so much. Maybe he knew I was documenting the day so he was on his best behavior – haha.

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4:30 PM - Time to get out of the house! Change Mitch, get him into his jacket, start the car, let Henry out, put Henry in his kennel, put on my shoes and coat, grab a handfull of nuts and we are out the door for the first time for the day. I try and get Mitch and myself out a few times a week for a little fresh air and sanity. But with all of the naps I was getting into a pinch. In typical Mitch fashion, he is up after 38 minute naps and then we head out to run errands. But today he through me for a loop (no complaints, lots of work was tackled!).

We head to the grocery store to grab a half dozen items.

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5:30 PM – Phil has his MBA class on Tuesday night, so my sister invited us over for dinner. We arrive at her house and start playing with Natalie and chatting with my sister and brother in law.

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6:30 -7:00 PM - Dinner time! My sister made an amazing chicken dish that used mustard, chili powder and hot sauce (to die for), a Mexican style quinoa and broccoli. She is so talented in the kitchen. Mitch starts to fuss exactly when we sit down to eat so I have to say my good-byes as soon as I finish dinner.

7:15 PM – Mitch fell asleep on the short ride home and is calm when we get in the door. We usually do bath time at 6:30pm followed by a feeding and bed, but I decide to scrap the bath and just move into the rest of the routine since it is late and he is getting cranky by the minute.

7:30 PM – Time for Mitchell’s last feeding of the night. We sit in his nursery with the lights out and have a calm few minutes together. I usually talk about his day, we remember all of the fun things we did, things we learned, saw or experienced. Sometimes he listens to me ramble on. It is my favorite.

He falls asleep almost seconds after finishing the feeding. I rock him for a few minutes (because I love these moments), kiss him goodnight and put him down in his crib.

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8:00 PM – Head downstairs and put away the groceries, pick up the house and move the laundry to the dryer and start another load. I snagged some old school Easter egg dye at the store. I cannot wait to color Easter eggs with Mitch!

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8:15 PM – Snuggle in on the couch and watch Pretty Little Liars while munching on some popcorn. I always do something really girly when Phil is at class. PLL is (one of) my guilty pleasures but man this week’s episode was scary!

9:30 PM - I clean up downstairs and get ready for bed. Turn on Gilmore Girls while I wait for Phil.

10:15 PM - Phil gets home, we chat for a few minutes and I hear Mitch stir. I head in, put my hand on his chest and help him go back to sleep.

10:45 PM – Lights out!

Unfortunately, Mitch didn’t want to sleep through the night (maybe too much sleep during the day??) so our night doesn’t end there, but the post will!

 What is your favorite solo-night ritual? Do you watch a favorite show, movie, paint your nails, take a bath?

Do you color Easter eggs?

Did you watch Sesame Street as a kid? What was your favorite show?

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Thanks Amanda for TOL

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