The Delivery Weight Loss Plan

Favorite comment this week. . .

I was working on an elderly patient and saying something about his teeth. He responded and then said, "Now, you haven't seen me before, have you?"

"I have seen you before," I stated.

He got this confused look on his face and said, "Well, you must have lost alot of weight!"

He was completely serious!

Technically, I guess I did lose about 26+ pounds, but I said "Well I was pregnant last time I saw you!"

We had a good chuckle over that.

Still, I hope that I actually did look pregnant last December, instead of just fat!

Moms And Babies - Julie






This week I'm featuring Julie from Back To The Basics! I've been following Julie's blog for about a year now, and I always enjoy reading about her sweet little boy. I think she has alot of great advice to give, so check out her interview below!



Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 25 year old stay at home mom and wife to my husband, Brandon, our son, and baby #2 who is due in October. Brandon and I are high school sweethearts (aww!) and have been married for 3.5 years, but have been together almost 10! I have a Bachelor's of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences, and worked as a teacher's aide for a year before deciding to stay home with Brayden. I blog over at www.back2basicsblog.com and I am also an aspiring photographer. I love Glee, music, blogging, baking, being with my family and friends, and mostly being mommy and wife!


What's your baby's name and how old is he?

Brayden will be 2 on July 24th. I seriously can't grasp that he is almost 2! His other nickname? Moose.




Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.

Brayden wakes up anywhere from 7-8:30am, depending on how tired he is, if he is sick, etc. Lately, he has been sleeping a bit more because he is getting his two year molars. I get him up, change his diaper, get a sippy, and then we cuddle on the couch in front of Mickey Mouse or The Wonder Pets. After a show, we get some breakfast (Nutri-Grain bar, cereal, fruit, etc) and I put his clothes on. If we are leaving that day, it's generally around that time so I can get things done before he needs to take a nap. On Wednesdays, we go to Kindermusik class then play at a friends house and he naps in the car. When we are home, we play with his tractors, go outside if its nice, read books, just try to keep him occupied. If he is playing independently, this is when I generally try to start laundry, do dishes, shower, etc.


If we are home at nap time or at my mom's, he usually goes down for his nap between 12-1pm and sleeps 3 hours at the minimum. What can I say? I was blessed with a VERY good sleeper. After his nap, he generally wants to watch part of a movie while he wakes up, and while he does that, I start dinner. This is where the day gets fun. My husband farms with his dad and grandpa, works for my parents, and just does a little of everything. He doesn't really have a set schedule, and during the spring, summer, and fall, his schedule is pretty much weather related. If he is coming home late for dinner, I make it anyways. If he won't be home until after bedtime, Brayden and I will eat Mac and Cheese or something easy. It just depends. On a perfect day, Brandon is home around 6pm, we eat dinner together, the boys play while I clean up, and then it's time for Brayden's bath. Brayden gets a bath almost every night. It's his favorite thing! After that we play some more, clean, or pick up toys. Between 8:30-9, I get his blankie and paci, rock him for a few minutes, and then put him down awake.


If you had to choose three words to describe your baby's personality, what would they be?

Independent, curious, infectious.


What's your favorite part about being a mom?

The unconditional love that I get from Brayden is definitely my favorite. No matter how bad of a day he is having or how many times we have to talk about why we don't do certain things, I know at the end of the day, he loves me. And I love him. Seeing him learn and thrive is another one of my favorite things. I love it when he learns something new and shows us- it's amazing. I also love seeing our family grow, seeing the love my husband has for Brayden and for the baby growing within is incredible.


Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

You are asking the wrong girl! :) Since Brayden was born via emergency c-section, I lost almost 25 pounds of the 40 I gained in the hospital. The last 15 plus about 15 more came off because of breastfeeding. I know, I know. I don't know how I got that lucky! But wait! I was eating a LOT to keep my milk supply up and when Brayden would cut out a feeding, I wasn't. SO, those 15 pounds plus about 8 more came back on faster than you can say weight gain. I weighed just a few pounds less when I got pregnant this time than when I did when I was pregnant with Brayden. I had to learn how to just accept what I had and that bringing a baby into the world can be very traumatic for your body. It takes time, and it will never be the same. I have also learned to embrace higher rise jeans, and shopping at Gap instead of American Eagle! :)


What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?

I will admit, it was tough at first. So many changes, me recovering from a c-section that we weren't planning on, breastfeeding, and Brandon going straight back to work the day after we came home from the hospital- yikes. Recipe for disaster. But, Brandon was very encouraging and hands on. We had our moments, that is for sure! But we realized that we were a team now- a family unit. Slowly, I started being able to leave Brayden for short periods of time (I nursed exclusively for 8.5 months) so we could go eat dinner or run errands together. But I struggled with post partum anxiety, so even doing that was hard. Brayden didn't sleep anywhere but home until he was a year old. I don't regret that, but I know that with this next baby, that I will have to let go a little bit for the sake of my husband and I. Our faith in God really pulled us through some of those dark days. Without the Lord, I know my worries and fears would have robbed me of even more precious time with my boys. I am thankful that Brandon stood by me through those rough patches and I know our marriage was strengthened, even when it didn't feel like it then. Carving out time for date nights has been really important for us, and now that Brayden likes to stay with his grandparents, we try to do it once a month if we can!


Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?

The Itzbeen timer was a HUGE lifesaver for me! I was nursing, and then on two painkillers when we came home from the hospital, and since the timer has 4 individual timers on it, it was perfect. I always thought that I would be able to keep track, but I was so sleep deprived and sore that I am glad I had the timer! Gas drops, ibuprofen, and acetemenophin packed in the diaper bag at all times. Extra shirt for mommy in diaper bag, too! Wipes, wipes, and more wipes- they serve 100's of purposes. Bottle of water for sippys or mixing with formula. Boogie wipes.


What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?

This past October, we had the opportunity to go to Estes Park, Colorado for 10 days with my parents and my sister. It was amazing! I was SO nervous to travel with Brayden, but he was the ultimate traveler, and I know that the memories we made there will be with us for a lifetime. He did get sick one night while we were gone, but since my family was there, I didn't feel as helpless as I would have had I been home! As long as we kept Brayden on a pretty good schedule, he did really, really well. This is also when he started dropping his morning nap and I let him cry for a few minutes for his afternoon nap. It made a world of difference when we got home, and I was so glad I wasn't alone when he was crying it out. My mom was such a blessing!




Any advice for first time mothers?

Don't always expect the worst. I expected Brayden to be an awful sleeper based on what I heard from other moms about the newborn stage. So when he slept a lot? I just looked at him, wondering when he would wake up. DUH. GO REST! As hard as it is to accept help in the beginning because we want to be super mom? There is nothing wrong with calling someone to come sit with your baby so you can rest. Don't be afraid to call the pediatrician/lactation consultant/doctor for any advice, as dumb as you think your question is. And don't go crazy trying to keep a clean house AND a happy baby. There will be days where your baby will just want you and you will get nothing else accomplished. Treasure these moments, because they are few and far between. Those chores will always be there!




Thanks Julie!

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How Old Are You?

So remember that poll question from last week?

There were a total of 57 votes! Here are the results:



If you can't quite read it, this is how it breaks down:

-12% (7) of you are students.
-40% (23) of you are stay at home wives and/or mothers.
-7% (4) of you are working part time.
-36% (21) of you work full time.
-3% (2) of you are self employed or work from home.

I think that's pretty interesting! I wouldn't have guessed that the percentages for stay at home wives/moms and those who work full time would be so dead even.

Okay, so next question in the "What-You-Might-Not-Blog-About" Poll Question Series (working on the name).

I don't mention my exact age on the blog. Go ahead, take a good look around. The only thing you'll find is "20-something". I mostly do this so that my exact birthday isn't easy to figure out - because that's not information I want the whole world having.

So if you're anything like me, you might not mention your exact age either. But if you vote in the poll, your age will still be completely anonymous. Works out well, right?

So vote away! I'll leave it up through next Tuesday.





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Housekeeping With A New Baby



Let's face it - even the most expert housekeeper must reevaluate when a baby enters the picture. And I'm not an expert housekeeper in the first place.

But I'm also a perfectionist, and it's hard for me to deal with a house that's not perfectly in order. I started to get better at being more laid-back with this, and then Wyatt was born.

If I hadn't completely come to grips with the fact that my house wouldn't always be perfect before, I have now. Not without some all-out emotional breakdowns (thank you postpartum hormones), but that's beside the point.

I mean, let's face it, when you're trying to recover from having a baby and other injuries, taking care of a newborn around the clock, sneaking in some sleep, and otherwise attempting to take care of yourself and your newly expanded family while maintaining some kind of order in the household, you have to know what to prioritize or you'll go insane.

Here are some things that have helped me to cope.


Focus on the critical areas.

For me, this is my kitchen and bathroom. If my kitchen and bathroom are dirty, I feel like the house is dirty. On the other hand, there can be two weeks worth of laundry piling up, clutter in the living room, mail on the table, and shoes scattered on the floor, but if the kitchen and bathroom are clean, I feel so much better about the house in general. Figure out which areas are most important to you, and make sure those places are kept clean.

Embrace the baby mess.

If you have a new baby, there are going to be swings, bouncer seats, play mats, blankets, and toys scattered around your house. It's just the way it is. In fact, I'd be a bit worried if that wasn't the case. This is a short phase in your life - there won't always be such obvious evidence of the presence of children in your house, and your babies won't be little forever. Try to enjoy it and not freak out because your house no longer looks like a show home - this is a special time in life. Enjoy all the baby paraphernalia.

De-clutter.

There may be baby stuff around, but that doesn't mean it can't be organized. A swing, bouncer seat, and activity mat have been permanently inhabiting our common living space since Wyatt was born, but each of these items has a particular place that it resides in our house. Keep the blankets folded and the toys stored in the designated spot when not in use.

When I was stuck on the couch for six weeks after my knee injury, I couldn't really de-clutter, because I couldn't carry things and walk at the same time. I had alot anxiety and started feeling out of control during that time, and I think those feelings were mostly related to the clutter. Once I could walk again, Derek and I straightened up the house together, and I instantly felt better about life again.

Clutter equals chaos. You don't need more chaos right now. So rein in the clutter.

Invest in new cleaning products that will make your life easier.

My blogging friend Anna, mentioned Clorox disinfecting wipes to me in a comment over a year ago, but I didn't try them until after I had Wyatt. I wish I had bought some of these sooner! Sure, you may have to spend a little more, but it's so much easier to keep my critical areas clean if I can just pull out a wipe and give everything a once over. It takes about 30 seconds, and it keeps things manageable between deep cleanings.

Products I want to try? The Swiffer Sweeper (maybe it'll work on that old linoleum in the bathroom?), and a feather duster. I think these items would also simplify the cleaning process for me.


Things I haven't figured out:

-How to keep junk from accumulating in the car. When you've got a purse, a diaper bag, a car seat, and other miscellaneous items to bring into the house when you arrive home, picking up the trash is the last thing on your mind.

-The weekly meal plan. Most times we end up having easy (aka: boring) dinners or eating out right now. I would love to get better at planning meals out for the week and making better meals for my hubby, but between everything else that has to be juggled so far, I haven't figured out how to balance this out.


How about you? Any housekeeping tips to add or advice to give?





Sombreros - My New Look?

We celebrated my birthday this week!

Usually we go out to dinner for everyone's birthdays on my side of the family. Last year on my birthday we went to Three Margaritas for dinner.

You know, where they put those ridiculously large sombreros on the birthday person's head?

And my family never forgets to remind them that it's my birthday.

Here's is a picture of me and Derek last year.



I was pregnant and I didn't know it yet.

And this is a picture of us at Three Margaritas for my birthday this year.


What a difference a year makes! Last year on my birthday I didn't know when I would ever get pregnant, and this year I'm snuggling my sweet baby.

The Lord has blessed us so much this past year, and as I look back, all I can do is thank Him for what He has done!

And actually, looking at these pictures, I don't look half bad in a sombrero . . .


Four Months Old

My baby boy is four months old!









Our firsts this month included . . .




First time wearing shorts:


First time at a wedding:

First time wearing a ball cap:


First time sucking his thumb:


We kind of relapsed on sleeping skills this month. Wyatt started sleeping through the night at ten weeks, and he was doing it consistently. But in the past couple of weeks he's been waking up about 60% of the time. I'm not sure what's going on - I can't figure out any connection between how well he sleeps and anything else we're doing. Maybe it's just a growth spurt? I don't know.


He's had a couple different giggling spells, but we can't quite seem to catch it on film. He stops as soon as I pull the camera out. But I absolutely love hearing his giggles! It's the cutest thing ever.


Wyatt suddenly stopped taking the pacifier this month. I'm not sure why, just one day he wouldn't take it anymore, no matter how hard I tried to get him to.


And what has replaced it? His thumb. He found his thumb.


Maybe I shouldn't let him do it, but I melt everytime he sticks his thumb in his mouth! He only does it occasionally when he's tired, and he doesn't need to suck his thumb in order to fall asleep, so I'm okay with it for now.


It's so cute, because when he does suck his thumb, he likes to put the other hand on top of his head! I think it's pretty adorable.


I would also say that this is the month that he really found his hands. On May 28th I had him playing on his activity mat, and I went into the other room for a moment. When I came back, Wyatt was hitting one of the hanging toys back and forth. I could tell he was doing it on purpose, because he would hit it and watch it swing, and then hit it again when it started to slow down. He's figured out how to use his hand-eye coordination in order to play!


At the beginning of this month he started "cuddling" with his blankets. When I cover him with a blanket or give him his little blankie/teddy bear toy (his new favorite), he'll grab the fabric and pull it up to his face. I think it makes him feel more snug and secure with the blanket touching his face.


Don't worry, I don't let him do it at night for safety reasons.


He's officially into size two diapers now. The other day when I was changing him, I accidentally grabbed a newborn size diaper that somehow escaped us in that first month - and as I held it up to him, I couldn't believe how big he has gotten! He used to be swimming in his newborn diapers - it's hard to imagine him that small now.


Speaking of growth, we can no longer swaddle him properly. All our swaddle blankets are way too short for him, but he likes to be tucked in at night - it's the signal that it's time to go to sleep. So lately we've just been swaddling him on the sides without folding up the bottom corner - like an open-ended burrito.


My mom was holding Wyatt the other day, and when Wyatt saw me, he smiled and started leaning toward me. That's the first time he's really leaned toward anyone in a controlled way. He was perfectly fine being held by my mom, but I think he just saw me and leaned instincitvely. Kind of like saying "There's my mom!" It made me feel good.



He also calms right down when Derek holds him. Alot of times when he's tired and cranky, I'll just hand him off to Derek, and he'll stand up and walk with him for all of two seconds before Wyatt falls asleep.




The other night we had Wyatt on his tummy, and he was trying so hard to move forward - his little legs were pumping against the floor, and he was so close. Well of course, the next day (June 9th) while I was at work, Derek said he scooted forward on his belly about a foot to get a toy. I came home and cried, because I couldn't believe I missed it. So he's semi-mobile now. Thank goodness I didn't miss him crawling yet - he just needs to figure out how to get his stomach off the floor,and we'll have a mobile baby on our hands! Oh my.


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Dear Wyatt Boy,

You are growing so fast! I think I say that every month. You are getting so strong, and you are the happiest baby! You smile so easily, even at strangers, and everyone is always telling me how cute you are. Of course, as your mama, I already know this, and your dad and I are so proud of you! I thank the Lord every day for giving you to me, and I pray that you'll come to know Him and serve Him as you grow up. Just don't grow up too fast. I'm not ready yet.

Love you more than air, Sweet Baby.

Your Mama




A Vote For Me?

So you know that Top Baby Blogs website that I'm a part of?

Well, they reset their stats every now and then, and everybody loses all the votes they've accumulated. So I'm basically back to zero.

I know this is how the website works, but I'm not sure I'm up for soliciting votes from my readers every few months. But I would like to be at least listed, and I need at least two or three votes for that.

Oh, I don't know. I'm torn. But I guess we'll give this another go, at least this time.

So if you've voted for me before, could you vote for me again? That way I can get back on the board. Just click on the little banner after my signature and then click to vote for me on the page that shows up.

Thank you much.



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