Nap Time Fitness: 15 minute total body workout

We will start with my favorite picture from this week…


Today’s nap time workout was tough! Another Pinterest find.
I’m posting on my phone so no link to the actual work out.
The work out was called 5-4-3-2-1.
5- minutes cardio
4- one minute lunges, one minute mountain climbers…for four minutes.
3- 15 push-ups, 10 tricep dips…for three minutes.
2- 30 seconds squats, 30 seconds jump squats…for two minutes
1- plank for one minute.

It was a great workout! I was sweaty, and I know I’m going to feel those tricep dips in the morning!


Letters to Dad: Moving

Dear Daddy,

We are moving to Montana! Scott got a job with the corporate office as the Purchasing and Inventory Manager! We will be in Great Falls for 4-5 years minimum. If Scott loves this job, and we love Great Falls, we could stay indefinitely.

This week we are going to look for housing, Mom is flying up to GF to babysit Anderson while we look for houses and do the whole new employee meet and great stuff. I wish that you could see mom with Anderson, but I realize, you probably already know what she is like with babies, as you had two with her.

I have to admit, it’s been harder lately to deal with you being gone. I think when Anderson was just little, he was so consuming that I didn’t really have time to process everything. Now that he is bigger, and easier (ha) it weighs on me more.

Speaking of the little man, I hear him up from his nap.

I love you Daddy.



On the road again…

Remember when we relocated to Wyoming a mere 10 months ago?
Well…we are at it again! My husband has received another promotion, this one with his companies corporate office…in Great Falls, Montana!

I am super excited about this move. Great Falls is about three times the size of the town I live in now. I have been searching the Internet and have already discovered quite a few things for Anderson and I too enjoy!

Let the craziness that is 2012 continue!

Nap Time Fitness: Abs and Yoga

So….Thursday was rolling around, and I was STILL super sore from my Tuesday workout. Those deadlifts did a number on my hamstrings, as I knew (and hoped) they would. Since Im still getting back into shape, I figured I would take a different tack for my Thursday work out. Ha, who am I kidding, I know it’s good to work those muscles again, but my hammies were just so damn sore.

I one again consulted my Pinterest page. Speaking of Pinterest, is it possible to edit the name of your boards? I tend to Pinterest on my phone, and my boards are full of typos that happened at 3am.

I decided to work my abs with this work out from Pumps n’ Iron.

I thought it would be no problem to do at as written.

20 seconds of each exercise, back to back, with 30 seconds of rest between. Ha, freaking, Ha.

I started with 20 seconds, and quickly backed down to 10. I suppose I should recall that I not only was pregnant for 41 weeks, but also had a c-section, which is major abdominal surgery. I forget that it’s a pretty big deal, because my recovery was so easy, and I had no side affects.

My upper abdominals are pretttrong. I went in to pregnancy with strong abs, and worked them the best I could, but pregnancy is pregnancy, my lower abs are shot. Surprisingly, I’m not sore in my abs this morning, my lats are sore. I plan to do this workout again, as planks are the best post pregnancy workout.

After my very, very tough plank workout, I did this Yoga sequence. It felt so, so good to stretch, especially my hammies. Prior to pregnancy I was doing Yoga 2x per week, and I would love to add it back in.

I’m proud of myself for meeting one of my month four goals this week! Hopefully I can keep it up.


Nap time fitness

So, in lieu of my month four fitness/health goals, I decided that Tuesday and Thursday would be my “strength” days during Anderson’s first nap.

That will give me time to workout and do a few household chores before he is up and we head out on our daily walk.

Today’s workout was modeled after the one I did last week.
20 push ups
25 kb swings, 5 kb dead lifts
20 kb swings, 10 dead lifts
15 kb swings, 15 dead lifts
10 kb swings, 20 dead lifts
5 kb swings, 25 dead lifts
20 push ups

It kicked my ass. After, I was putting Anderson in his Stroller and my legs were quivering.

Please note: I am aware babies aren’t supposed to sleep with things in their cribs, but I am working on introducing a “lovey.” he only gets it during naps.

Post-Partum Body: 3 Months

I don’t really know how to start this post. When I don’t know how to start I just make a list:

a) have NOT cleaned up my diet as much as I should have.

b) I did lose 1 inch off of my hips, and half an inch off of my waist

c) exercise didn’t exactly happen every day.

d) I continued to bounce around the same weight that I have been at since about 1 month postpartum.

So, all of these things does not exactly add up to a “succesful” first month back at it. But you know what? My definition of success has changed. My first, and foremost priority is sustaining my childs life and livlihood, and I did damn good at that. The rest will come.

I do want to lose these last 14ish pounds though, and I would like to be brave enough to put on non-maternity pants. MY non maternity pants dont fit, although I dont expect them too. BUT, I probably should give up on my maternity pants soon.  Honestly, I’m avoiding shopping because I know it won’t be fun, but maybe there will be something mentally positive about not having an elastic panel go all the way up to my boobs.

So, after month threes sort-of fail, I’ve decided to set my self S.M.A.R.T goals for month four’s check in.

Here the are:

a) Reduce dessert consumption to once a day. Yes, this would be an improvement over now.

b) Increase non-walking workouts to 2x per week.

c) continue walking (as able, we’ve got some crazy life changes ahead!) 4-5x per week.

I should mention that I did do my first non-walking workout this week! I have been “pinning” living room workouts since before Anderson was born, and I finally got my butt in gear and did one during his first nap of the day. I added in some kettlebell swings, and while it didn’t feel too hard to finish, I am INCREDIBLY sore.

My workout:

warm up

25 kettlebell swings (16kg)

25 squats, 5 pushups

20 squats, 10 pushups

15 squats, 15 pushups

10 squats, 20 pushups

5 squats, 25 pushups

25 kettlebell swings (16kg)

A full body workout in just a few minutes. The squats were no problem, but those pushups, they were brutal. But, most importantly, I felt great afterwards! And, my eating was better that day. I don’t know if was just from the endorphin rush, or a mental thing of not wanting to “un-do” my good work (I know it doesn’t really work like that).

So on-ward and up-ward for next month!


Baby Must Haves: 0-3 Months

I know posts like these are all over the internet, but I found them totally helpful when I was pregnant, and trying to register and navigate the thousands of possible baby items that we may or may not need. But, I am going to make this list only the things that I truly consider a MUST.  We had plenty of things that were nice, but we would have survived with out. Ok, we would easily survive with out most of these as well. So I suppose this is a list of things that are really really really really helpful, but not 100 percent necessary for babies survival. I suppose all you absolutely need is a way to feed the child, and clothe the child.

1. A Bouncer.

We have this one. It’s no longer sold, but a comparable one would be this one.

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Nothing too fancy, and light enough to pick up and carry it around the house. I put Anderson in this pretty early, but he had pretty good head control, I don’t remember now how young he was when we first used it. Maybe three weeks. I put him in it when I cook breakfast, when I need to go the bathroom, when I am doing laundry, in fact anytime that he is NOT sleeping, eating, or actively playing with me, he’s probably in this. He has even napped in it a few times. Now that he is older, I have removed the center toy from the bar (not sure if the new models allow you to take these off, but my center toy is velcroed on) and have attached links with a grabbable toy on the end for him to play with. Our seat was a hand-me-down, so I think this is totally the type of thing that can be purchased used, and you will be getting just as good of a product as if you purchased new, assuming nothing is broken or missing.

2. A baby carrier.

We have this one, by Ergo. I don’t think one has to have the most expensive carrier, but I do think a carrier that supports baby’s hips in the correct position is a life saver. We also have in the infant insert.

I also purchased a ring sling, this one, by Maya. The ring sling is awesome. Until Anderson was big enough to sit in the Ergo with his legs out, this was by far my favorite carrier.

It doesn’t really matter what type you have, as long as it’s safe for the baby, and comfortable for you. But I find having the ability to have my hands free, was imperative. Also, my child HATES his car seat, so wearing him in a carrier is the only way to go to the store by myself, or out to eat before he became strong enough to sit on our laps while we ate.

3. Flannel/Cotton Receiving Blankets.

I received a ton of these at my various showers, and dutifully washed them, folded them, and placed them in the “swaddle” section of Anderson’s dresser. Of course, they are too small to actually swaddle a baby in, especially mine. BUT, they are the only thing I use as a burp rag. I also recieved plenty of wonderful burp rags, but they are all pretty small. I don’t know if Anderson has reflux (I don’t think so, as he clearly grows like a weed, and is rarely fussy when he spits up) but he spits up frequently, and a pretty decent quantity. With these flannel receiving blankets, I can cover half of my shirt, which saves me from having to change myself, in addition to him, every time he spits up. I have one on my shoulder anytime I am holding him.

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4. Waterproof all-purpose pads.

I read about these on a blog, and promptly put a set on my registry. I use them over our changing pad. I only have one changing pad cover, and didn’t want to continually have to wash it.  These come in a pack of two, and I quickly realized that wasn’t enough, so I bought another package. Four total works for us, especially now that we are a bit more adept at changing diapers. They are also great for travel. When Anderson was 6 weeks old, and again when he was 10 weeks old I went home to Reno to visit my mom, and took one of these to act as his “changing pad.”

5. Google.

I don’t really need to link to Google do I? I have found the internet to be invaluable in this first couple of months, whether it’s googling breast feeding questions at three in the morning, or reading reviews on various baby products. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Google/the internet is the modern village.

6. A regular pillow.

I have a boppy, but it doesn’t work for breastfeeding very well. I don’t know if it just doesn’t work well with my shape, but it’s not easy for me to breastfeed with it.  I just use a regular old pillow, with an old pillow case.

7. A sturdy blanket.

We are blessed with talented friends and family members, so Anderson has two quilts that are beautiful, colorful, and quite sturdy. They aren’t going to be blankets to cuddle with, but they are perfect for tummy time on the floor. I keep one in the car for trips to the park, and one in the living room. We have a dog, so I’m not willing to put Anderson straight on the floor, while he still has the tendency to face plant towards the end of tummy time.

8. Something for bathtime.

I know, pretty vague right? We actually have FOUR different baby baths. Two were gifts, one was a hand-me-down, and one I purchased for use at Grandma’s house.

First we have the Babies R Us Stages & Ages Newborn to Toddler Tub. This is the tub we registered for. I thought the mesh sling would be great for infant bathing. Anderson HATED this. It kept him out of the water, which basically kept him cold. Also, I could not, for the life of me, get this tub to stop leaking. I should add, when using an infant tub we have to bath Anderson on our counter, as it didn’t fit on our sink, and our bathtub has one of those annoying sliding doors that only exposes half of tub at a time, and it didn’t make using the tub very easy when Anderson was an infant.

We recieved the The Sure Comfort Deluxe Newborn-to-Toddler Tub as a hand-me-down from my sister-in-law. I like this tub, but it doesn’t seem very comfortable for Anderson. We used this from weeks 4-12.

I also received the Summer Infant Mother’s Touch Baby Bather as a gift from a fellow mom. We just used this last week for the first time, and I love it! I’m able to use it in either our sink OR our bathtub, Anderson can easily sit in it, and I don’t feel like I need an extra pair of hands to make sure he doesn’t topple over or slip into the water. Also, it’s so nice to not have to rinse and drain out a tub.  The bonus about this? It folds up completely flat, for easy storage or travel.

The fourth thing we have is a simple foam insert for the bottom of the tub. I bought it for  three bucks at Wal-mart, to keep at my mom’s house. It involves a little more work while Anderson is little, but once he can sit on his own, I think it will be great.

So, moral of my long story? Go with the Summer Infant Mother’s Touch Baby Bather.  I should also note that Anderson has been bathed in an old (clean) dish pan at my Mother-In-Laws house. This also worked fine. I don’t think it matters what you use, you just need something when they are tiny, and oh so slippery.

I think this is the end of my list. Obviously, we use other “gear” but these are the things that I would for sure purchase again, if I had to do it over. And, again, these are the things that I consider almost-essential. I do feel as though I should address the baby swing. We have one, a hand-me-down. Anderson sits in it, and enjoys it for about 10-15 minutes, but he likes the bouncer much better, and I like the bouncer because it easily moves around the house. I know some people have babies that sleep in their swing, but alas, I do not. Anderson has fallen asleep in his swing exactly once.

As Anderson gets older, I think this list will change. I plan on writing another one of these for 3-6 months.

One year ago….

One year ago, Anderson entered into our lives! We didn’t know it yet, but this is the weekend we conceived. I have to admit this makes me nostalgic!

Today Anderson is 14 weeks old. I feel like we have emerged from the newborn phase unscathed, and Anderson is now a baby. He has changed so much in the last 14 weeks.

Some quick stats:
Wearing 6 month clothing
Waking up 2x a night to eat
Wearing cloth diapers all the time
Likes: mommy and daddy, playing with Mortimer the moose by LAMAZE, eating his hands, bath time, and “talking.”
Dislikes: car seat, Putting on clothes, pacifiers, being out of eye sight of his caregiver for longer than 10 minutes.

Now that Anderson and I have a rhythm, I would like to start blogging more regularly. Till then’