May 17, 2015

Losing the baby weight... round 2.

Well, here I am again. Almost 4 months post partum and getting back into the swing of things.
My meal train has ended, I have gone back to the gym at least one or two days a week (Bodypump for life!!!) and I'm starting to track my meals again. (Feel free to add me on MyFitnessPal- Littlepetals)

A few things are different this time around.
1. I understand now that my body likes to hold onto a little bit of weight while I'm breastfeeding. That's ok. I am concentrating less on the scale and more on how my clothes are fitting and how I feel when I look in the mirror. I want to tone up more than I want to see a certain number on the scale. Right now I'm sitting about 10-11 lbs over my pre pregnancy weight. This doesn't mean I don't get frustrated daily (I do) but that I'm really trying to keep things in perspective this time around. A year of my life is really a small chunk of time to hold onto a few pounds.

2. Weirdly, I am back in most of my regular pants. (Big sigh of relief here) I haven't started trying on my shorts but I have a set of my regular size and one size larger so I think I'm ok. I still have a problem with some of my shirts being too short but I know that problem will go away once I stop breastfeeding. I have been wanting to do a capsule wardrobe for a while now and I feel like I kind of have been for the last 2 years with broken up wardrobes (maternity, post baby, regular clothes, back to maternity...) This time I'm really cleaning out my closet big time and trying to pair down into an easy and smaller amount of clothes that I love and feel comfortable in.

3. Even though I have days where I feel down, I've given myself a lot more grace to eat what I want and take this nice and slow. I felt so much pressure last time to get back to my normal weight asap. I'm not doing that to myself this time around. 9 months on, 9 months off.

4. I'm concentrating on being healthy. No fake sweeteners and low cal crap. Occasionally I will eat badly- but that is life. I've been cooking more and trying to get real, quality food into my diet.

I might start posting my weekly meals again on the blog or I might just highlight some really good favorites... we will see how much time I have. ;)

Any advice or personal stories of loosing (baby) weight and what worked for you?

May 15, 2015

Quinn- 4 months old

Time flies when you have babies. And then you blink and your newborn is 4 months old. Yikes!

Yesterday we had our 4 month check up and our little girl weighed in at 14lbs, 12 oz. She's got a little belly and the most adorable thigh rolls I've ever seen. She is in 3-6 months clothes and even a few of the smaller 6-9.
Luckily, we have passed through the witching hour phase. A lot of people gave me advice to put her down to sleep earlier and hope she would sleep through it. Not sure what it is about my kids but no one goes to sleep at 6. Both Logan and Quinn have gradually set into a 7:30/8pm bedtime routine. She would treat any earlier as a nap so I just rolled with it as best I could. We also are completely anti- pacifier and it has been a struggle for her to take a bottle (which she has only done twice). I may just hold out and hope she likes sippy cups better...
Sleep is ok. We definitely went through the 3 month growth spurt at the beginning of the month, closely followed by the 4 month sleep regression. We had a week where sleep was pretty much non-existent and she was up every hour or two hours for multiple nights in a row. At this same time, she also started rolling back to belly while swaddled so I am sure that didn't help matters. We had been trying to start her nights in the crib and then she would sleep the second half in either the rock n play or the swing (both set up in her room). After we took the swaddle away, I started putting her in the Magic Sleepsuit (which we used with Logan) in her crib for the entire night. It's been going ok. Most of the time she is up twice a night. Once we had an amazing night where she slept 9-4 and then back down until 7ish. Last night she was up 4 times, talking up a storm in the night. I guess it's a little all over the place. It's been much different than our experience with Logan but she is still so little, I'm trying not to get too obsessed with it. We have also been consuming an obscene amount of coffee over here but that is something I'm ok with right now.
Other than that, things have been great! Quinn is such a happy baby. She loves being around people and is happiest where the action is. We've been toting her around to all of Logan's activities and she just goes with the flow. She smiles a ton, laughs often and loves being snuggled in a carrier.
This past month, we brought up all of our bigger baby toys after Quinn started rolling and getting a little frustrated with laying on the playmat. She has loved both the jumperoo and the exersaucer and even though we have less floor space because of it, I like having more places to set her. However, I still think she is happiest sitting on someones lap. I've also given her some time in the Bumbo. Logan crawled before he sat up and I am really hoping we go the opposite way this time around. I was always jealous of people who could plop their baby down with toys all around them and not have to worry if they looked away for a minute. To be honest, I'm nowhere near ready for two mobile children. ;) And if you are wondering, Logan is still doing fantastic with Quinn. He loves her so much and is so protective of her. When we take them both to the gym daycare he always tells everyone that she is "his baby". He's been growing leaps and bounds himself and I should probably write a post on how much fun two year olds are. ;)
Don't worry, we didn't leave her unattended.
As Quinn has been growing, we are slowly getting little glimpses into her personality. This is absolutely (besides the snuggles and I love you's) my favorite part of Parenthood. I try really hard to let my children be who they are and to learn what they need to grow. She was laying on the playmat trying to roll while Geoff and I watched one afternoon while Logan was sleeping. She would give it her best go and she got stuck with her arm in the way. As she tried her hardest to get past her arm, she was screaming at the top of her lungs. She would pause, breathe and collect herself to try again and again and again. She just didn't give up. We've watched her hardly ever get startled by loud noises, getting hit on the head or almost catapulted off the bed. She took her 3 shots today like a champ and cried for about 4 seconds before she was ok. I think we have a little firecracker on our hands and I can not wait to see what the next few months brings. 
Found your voice and has been "talking" a ton
Rolled back to belly and belly to back
Moved out of the swaddle
Moved from co-sleeper/rock n play in our room to crib in the nursery
Took first and only bottle

May 3, 2015

A Nursery Update + Minted

When we first got pregnant with Logan, I decided that I wanted a gender neutral nursery that I could use for all/any kids. We were living in an apartment at the time so we didn't want to paint any walls and instead focused on decals for the wall. I found this huge Panda scene from a seller on Etsy and was hooked.
We ordered a white Pottery Barn crib, green sheets from Land of Nod and added in a dresser from Ikea. Our glider had to match, as did all the artwork (until I had photos of Logan to put in all the frames). I set it up as best I could in our two bedroom apartment and enjoyed a "perfect nursery" for my little man.

When we moved into our house, Geoff was able to save the decal and we used it again for Logan's room. Fast forward to now, Logan has moved into the guest room which we painted and turned into his "Big Boy Room". His expensive crib and sheets went with him for now and poor Quinn (in second child fashion) has an Ikea crib and hand me down crib sheets. (at least they are pinks and add a girlie touch to the room). Our nursery is pretty similar to when Logan was living there (except that the panda no longer sits by the crib but above it... lol) but I wanted to add a few more touches for now to make it extra special for Quinn until we eventually paint it and make it her Big Girl Room... far far in the future. (Time slow down!!!) We have hung her newborn photos but I still have been looking to add a pretty print or two.
(Notice Logan's head in the photo... always photobombing my pictures. ;)!)
Enter in Minted. I'm sure you guys have heard of them as a lot of people have their Christmas cards printed from here. They always have beautiful designs and are printed on nice thick cardstock. I started looking around on their website for art prints and have been blown away by the selection.

Here are a few of my favorite for Quinns room.

one | two | three | four | five | six

Don't you just love them? I'll be sure to let you know which one we choose...

Our Big news in the family is my brother proposed to his girlfriend! I have been waiting for this moment... the whole family loves her and I'm so happy that she will be my sister. They truly are a perfect match for each other. I took a peek over at their Wedding Invitations and was blown away by the selection! I know we are getting into the thick of Wedding Season and even though they aren't getting married until next year, it's so exciting to have them planning their own! I love weddings and can't wait to see what they come up with and get to celebrate with them.

Babies and Weddings... what could be better!?!

April 6, 2015

Quinn 10 weeks

My sweet girl Quinn is 10 weeks* new! I had an itching to get back to writing down some of her milestones up to this point, since everything feels a bit blurry in the beginning. I love looking back at Logan's updates too and seeing how similar and different my kids are. :) I also have some thoughts on life with two... but I will save that for another post.
We had our 2 month appointment last week and our little girl weighed in at 12 lbs 2.5 oz. Since she was born at 7lbs 12oz, I think she is growing just great. We are in 0-3 month clothing and starting to move into 3-6 month clothes as well. I'll be moving her into size 2 diapers after we finish this pack of 1's. We are breastfeeding again and this time around has been a much easier start and way less painful for me. That's been a huge relief. She got her first round of immunizations, which she was not happy about. It definitely affected her more than they did for Logan.
Quinn has been a pretty chill baby for the most part... that is until we get into the early evening hours (around dinner)... the "witching hour". I don't really remember Logan being as discontent each evening, but I could have just blocked those memories from my mind. Who knows!
But during the day and especially in the morning, she is so happy. We can set her down on her playmat and she will happily bat and kick at the hanging toys for a good 20 minutes. She's happy sleeping in her swing and her awake time is anywhere from 1- 1 and 1/2 hours before she gets overtired. 
As true second child fashion, we have been out and about a lot. Mostly its running errands or out at play groups/gymnastics/museums trips for Logan and his friends. You can mainly find Quinn snoozing in the carseat or being worn in my boba wrap. My friend Laura had her second (a girl as well) 3 weeks before me. We joke that they will have to be best friends because they are already always hanging out (aka Sleeping or lying on the floor) together.
We've been getting smiles for quite sometime and it is just as amazing as the first time around. I can't wait until we get straight out laughs from her. Those are the best!!!

Sleep has been ok. It's not horrible but not great. Most nights she is getting up twice at night to eat. Once around 12 or 1 and then again around 3 or 4. A few nights she has been up every 2 hours... yikes!
As of now, she is sleeping in a co-sleeper in our room. We are waiting for a few more weeks to set up her crib and then we will think of moving her into her room. We didn't do this earlier because we had people in town to help and her room is where they slept.
Some nights, we can bring her into our bed at the 3/4am wake up and she will go back to sleep without eating. I really think she just likes to be warm and snuggled. She loves when it's with Geoff the most. They are so cute together and I have a million photos of them sleeping already.
I looked back and by 2 months in, Logan was down to one wake up most nights and had already give us a 10-5 stretch. I'm trying not to compare too much and just enjoying my morning cup of coffee while looking forward to more sleep in the future. ;)

She really is just the sweetest baby I have ever met and Logan already adores her. The transition from one to two was a bit crazy and I have my moments of feeling completely overwhelmed... but all in all, I have really enjoyed it. It's crazy but the moment Quinn arrived, I knew she was a perfect fit for our family. It has really just felt right!

2 months memories-
First outing with just mom and babies- 1 week old at a playdate
Celebrated Chinese New Year, Valentines Day, Baba's Birthday and First St. Patricks Day
First cold... so sad! :(

Quinn currently likes:
Being held, worn, snuggled
Being swaddled- however she is getting strong and starting to bust out of them.
White noise
Bath time!- this is different from Logan as he took a while to enjoy a nice bath.

Her dislikes:
Pacifiers (womp, womp)
being alone

*I had this mostly written last week and took me until now to get this posted. So, technically we are 11 weeks in. lol. 

March 25, 2015

Welcome to the family Quinn!

So it's been a while since I've visited my little space here. Sorry... we've been busy!
Our little Quinn joined our family on 1/14/15 at 1:26am. She made a quick entry into the world (4 hr labor) and we've been on a wild ride ever since. She came out screaming and man does this little one have a set of lungs on her! She was 7 lbs and 12 oz, 20 inches long.

Logan is doing a great job transitioning into his role of big brother and loves her so so much! Their first meeting in the hospital went so well. He gave her kisses, snuggled with me and then wanted to eat all the pudding and jello we would give him.

If you want to see lots of photos... hop on over to my Instagram- Friendlyskys.
I'll be back at some point to recap a few things but I am not promising a regular schedule of blogging anytime soon. I'm trying to soak up as much of this itty bitty baby stage as possible. :)

September 15, 2014

Summer Fun!

 First of all, we are super excited to announce that we will be adding a Baby Sister to the family!
We had our anatomy scan ultrasound and little girl almost didn't let us see what she was. We finally got a peek at the very end and I can't believe we are going to have a little girl. I am so excited to watch Logan become a big brother in a few months!!! Baby sister is so so lucky to have him.

Ok... so I promised I wouldn't stretch out all of our August fun into a million blog entries. Instead, I am going to quickly recap here and I make no promises that this will be short.

I never even recapped our Montreal visit waaaay back in May. We got home from Cincinnati and my brother in law and sister in law came to visit. We made the drive to Montreal and enjoyed a few days checking out the city and eating way way too much delicious food! (yum, poutine!) We walked around Old Montreal the first day, checked out Mount Royal the second (which has killer views of the city), walked around Rue Ste.-Catherine, Rue St-Paul and stopped by a huge market before heading home that I have no idea what the name was. I have so much more to say about it but I'll just let you check out a few photos. :)

June and July were pretty low key as I was just trying to get through the worst of morning sickness. Geoff was in training for a good 2 weeks- so we were on our own. To get through it, we hit up the beach, pool and park, went on walks, had play dates and swam/splashed in the backyard. I would have never been able to make it those two weeks without my friends up here.

We've had a few visitors in August since I was feeling better, we've been trying to squeeze all of our summer fun into the month. It has been fun fun fun... and majorly exhausting. haha! (can you tell that I originally wrote half of this in August... oops. blogger fail!)

Our good friends Laura and Clark came for the weekend in early August. We spent the first day in Boston- walking around Cambridge and then heading to the North End for dinner. We had a fabulous Italian dinner and then treated our guests to a few cannolis from Mike's Pastries. (If you haven't been... go! There is always a line but it moves fast and make sure you have cash. The peanut butter and lemoncello are my favorite- yum!)

The next day we headed to Portland Maine for the afternoon. It's less than a 2 hour drive from us here in NH. On our way we stopped off to get some Lobster Rolls!

Logan checking out the lobsters... not so sure of them! 
We parked and spent the afternoon walking around the town, snacking at a few places and doing more than a little window shopping at all the fun shops. Portland is a beautiful and funky little place, the weather was perfect and I highly recommend the visit.

Sunday we spent in Portsmouth. We made an attempt to take everyone to Hampton Beach and once we arrived, it immediately started pouring on us. Oops. We headed into town instead and had lunch at the Friendly Toast. After the rain let up, we walked all around town. It was a fantastic visit and went by way to fast!!!

In between visitors, we squeezed in a trip to go blueberry picking. We even attempted to pick some raspberries as well but that was a lot harder so early in the season. Logan loooooved it. He caught on pretty quick to only pick the berries that were blue and ate everyone he picked. We did manage to keep him from eating everyone that we put into our buckets and brought home a good amount. :)
Next we had more family come into town. My other brother/sister-in-law, our two nephews and mom! We had them here for a week and sure lived it up.

We headed into Boston the first day and walked around Findley Market area for most of the afternoon. We got clam chowder to share and I desperately tried to get Logan to take a nap in his stroller. Geoff was finishing up a trip so he met us after and we had dinner in the North End. Every time we are walking around the North End at dinner time we see this one restaurant, Giacomo's Ristorante, that has a huge line up down the street. We figured now would be a good time to check it out. We waited around 45 minutes and had to split our big group into two tables but it was such a fun experience. The waiters were wonderful with Logan and the food was delicious. We got the calamari for an app and Geoff and myself split the Zuppa di Pesce, which is basically a gigantic plate filled with clams, mussels, calamari, scallops and lobster over linguine. So so good!
The next day we decided to keep it a little closer to home and the boys really wanted to go blueberry picking so that is what we did. We drove down to Brookdale Fruit Farms and spent the late morning stocking up on more Blueberries and Raspberries. Between all of us, we picked a ton and had no trouble eating them all very quickly!
We hung out at home in the afternoon and took the boys to the pool while Logan and the rest of the family took naps! Logan just looooved having his cousins around.

The next morning, we all got ready for a day trip north. We decided it would be fun to check out Clark's Trading Post while the family was here. Logan is obsessed with trains right now and we got to go on a train ride while we were there. They also have shops, a playground, rock climbing, splash boats, a bear show and a Chinese acrobat show. Kind of random mix of things to do but made for a really fun afternoon! Right at the end of the day, we got caught in a complete downpour. Lucky for us, we were all ready to leave once the rain let up a bit!
 Friday the weather was looking gorgeous so we headed back in the car to Hampton Beach for our beach day. We spent all afternoon playing in the sand, splashing in the water and running around. It was so much fun and Logan loved having more than just Geoff and myself to play with. Pretty much ended up being my favorite beach day of the whole summer!!!
Saturday we laid low and headed to our favorite park for a family photo shoot! My brother in law took some great photos for us all and I can't wait to see them. (He took our Baby #2 announcement shot.)
Afterwards, everyone agreed to grab some Indian food for dinner. I was so excited since I had been craving it for a while.

The last full day, we went into Boston and toured the USS Constitution. I had done this years ago when I vacationed in Boston with my family. I remembered a lot about the ship but it is so much different touring with a toddler. Less learning, more corralling the kids. haha! The boys seemed to enjoy it. :)

It was so sad to see everyone finally leave. When we got to the airport to say goodbye, Logan realized that everyone was getting out of the car besides us. He cried and kept saying "down, down" to the boys. He didn't want them to leave. It was the worst seeing him so distraught... I even cried. Glad that we are giving him a little playmate of his own soon!!!

Now we are just living up the last few days of "summer". Since kids are back in school, a lot of pools and splash pads are shut down... it's really starting to feel a lot more like fall. We will be holding onto the warmer weather with a Popsicle in both hands until we finally have to pull out the scarves and sweaters!