Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ooh you ugly, yeah yeah, you ugly

My blog that is. Can someone PLEASE redesign my blog?

In other news, there is really a lot of news to report!

1. I got a new J-O-B and that's thuper duper exciting. New chapter in life, always a good thing. It was a year ago I was losing one of the most important people in my life to cancer, and my heart was broken. Since that point, things have been just a liiiitttle rocky at points. Now my BEAUTIFUL family and I will get to start fresh a year later. Baby Lo deserves a mom and daddy who can rock their careers and come home happy campers and play with him.

2. Daddy Lo and I started P90X. What this means with an 8 month old is that we wake up at 5am to do the workouts. The hours of 5:00am to 6:30am are the only hours we can really accomplish these workouts while he sleeps. The rest of the time we have a hyper, crazy, teething, hilarious, chunky, bouncy, screaming baby. I have to admit, the P90X diet is completely necessary to boost one's energy JUST to take care of a hyper, crazy, teething, hilarious, chunky, bouncy, screaming baby! Have I ever mentioned how awesome my kid is?

3. P90X continued... I'm doing the strength workouts, but I don't want to give up my running. So rather than doing plyo and a couple of the other cardio focused workouts with good ol' Tony Horton, I'm hopping on the treadmill and running. I have some 5k's this fall, so I have to stay in tip top running shape.

It has been 2 years since Daddy Lo and I did P90X and quite frankly...we are walking bruises. But I LOVE the program. Something about having a diet and exercise program where you just check things off your list without having to put much thought into it makes me a HAPPY camper.

On the diet I have to eat a LOT. Like a lot a lot. At first it is difficult to choke down all the protein, but we are to the stage where it is really kicking the metabolism in to action. In fact, my husband's text this morning describes it perfectly. "6 egg whites and 3 pieces of bacon and I'm still hungry. Didn't even feel like I ate." EXACTLY babe. My breakfast yesterday was a protein shake, 3 oz pork chop and a protein bar. Yet when I got on the scale, wouldn't ya know the number went DOWN? 

4. The top teeth for babies are apparently very, very painful. I'm not sure who they hurt more. Baby Lo or me? Feeling completely helpless and knowing that there isn't much you can do to take your child's pain away is the worst pain I have ever felt in my entire life. Welcome to parenthood!

His new favorite thing to do: Stare at himself in the Ipad, lean over, and kiss that baby.
~Mama Lo~

Friday, August 24, 2012

Life is a Highway

A BUSY Highway!

Thank goodness I did so much running last week, because I went 3 whole days this week without running! Eeeek! My lovely husband is enjoying all of the beautiful amenities in the city of Las Vegas, and I am preparing for guests this weekend. Oddly enough, when you are already busy, strange little things come up.

Monday I was on vacation and totally busy doing confidential activities. (No, nothing dirty. That sounds weird.) I may have watched Friday Night Lights for 4 hours in the morning. That's important though! My husband and I also managed to feed Baby Lo an entire jar of baby food apples, because we don't listen when the other speaks. So Monday was definitely a classic Monday.

Tuesday, I had my workout clothes at work, ready to go, and I got the call.

HottieLo: Hey babe, I just checked my Amazon shipment...
Me: Yes?
HottieLo: I accidentally had it shipped to the old house.
Me: Michael!
HottieLo: You wouldn't want to go over there and get it, would you?
Me: Not really!

So, workout was skipped, ran to get BabyLo, over to the old house, left a note on the door, and headed home to pick up my meat head before going to a visitation. Tuesday night = fail.

Wednesday night we had to run across the state line and pick up a table I ordered before my muscle man left for his vacation.

And FINALLY, after my meat head left, I was able to get in a run yesterday. I'm just kidding, I love him and miss him very much. But I really did get in a run. I did a little over 2 miles on the treadmill at work. First mile was at a small incline, second was flat. Did okay on time, nothing too crazy.

Today is another rest day because I'm going to the Chiefs game with my BFF while my parents and grandparents hang out with my teething baby. I mean technically, I'll be getting a workout in. First there is the lifting of beer to mouth, then there is the long walk through the parking lot, up the roundabout to our seats on the top level, lifting of more beers to the mouth, a long walk down the roundabout, and back through the parking lot. That doesn't even include all the trips to the bathroom!



Tomorrow we are having a celebration with family for my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary. Holy moly!! 60 whole years! My awesome brother and sister-in-law are coming to stay with me, and I can't wait to see them! S-I-L and I are running a 5k Sunday morning while I let my brother decide if he ever wants children by watching my teething baby. Muahahaha. Sorry Dee, hopefully BabyLo doesn't scar your husband too bad!

I'm not sure what I want to get out of the race Sunday. Half of me wants to PR, the other half wants to take it easy and treat it as a training run. I suppose it depends how much meat and garlic mashed potatoes I consume Saturday night. 

What are your plans this weekend?? 
When is your next race?

~Mama Lo~

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gasp! I worked out on a weekend!

Friday was a rest day, and I very much enjoyed the break. I hung out at home, watched some TV with Baby Lo and made some peanut butter oatmeal cookies. The cookies were low fat...and they tasted low fat. Not impressed.

Don't worry, I still ate them.

Saturday was a great workout day. I did a weight circuit in the gym followed by an easy 2 mile run on the treadmill. When I joined the gym, I went through orientation with the trainer. The trainer told me it was best to do my cardio after weights if I was going to do cardio on the same day. He said there were benefits, because while you do your cardio workout, you will repair your muscles and give nutrients to your muscles that they need. Interesting topic. Google it.

The other thing I noticed was how much easier those 2 miles seemed after doing a strength circuit. I liken it to yoga stretches always being much easier at the end of the yoga session than the beginning.

Yesterday, I was so incredibly tired. Hit a wall. Exhausted. As I sat on my couch, I kept telling myself I needed to run. I almost had myself talked into a nap, and then I laced up my shoes and told myself, "just a mile, walk it if you want to." I reminded myself how guilty I would feel if I skipped the workout. I ran a nice quick 2 miles at a 10'13"/mi average pace. I'm getting faster! My quads are yelling at me today though. I've been icing and sretching. I was penciled in for cross training, so I might do a little bit of  light Yoga before bed.

And since I hate posts without pictures..here is a cute baby for your viewing pleasure.

Check out that bedhead!
~Mama Lo~

Friday, August 17, 2012

Don'tcha know?

Did you know when you eat well and run, you can quite possibly break through a plateau and see this?

Yep, that's a 3 in the second digit there. Friends, I've broken out of the 140's and I'm feeling like me again. This is basically in the range where my body is comfortable and healthy. I'd *like* to lose another 10 and get back to the really FIT level I was at right before I became pregnant.

What do we think, 10 pounds by BabyLo's first birthday? That's a little over 18 weeks. That's like half a pound a week. Hmmmm.... What do y'all think?

By the way, I've become a daily weigher.

By the way by the way, my husband is worse. He weighs twice a day. :)

~Mama Lo~

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mini-Goal #1 - 5 Days of Running

For those who haven't noticed my annoying daily posts about running, I made a goal to run 5 days in a row.

And for ONCE I finished something. Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic. I finish lots of things. College...dinner...dessert...and running 5 days in a row.

Last night I did 30 minutes of arms and shoulders on P90X with my super cute husband, and then I hopped on the treadmill for an easy mile. I promise, this one was easy. :)

While we were working out in the basement, we had this cutie playing downstairs and laughing at us. Trust me, he has plenty to laugh at. We look like two extremely uncoordinated people trying to get back into shape...because that's what we are.


After putting that sweet baby to bed, I pretty much RAN to this glorious bubble bath.


Tonight's training schedule was a moderate 3 mile run. I have a loop in my neighborhood that is a third of a mile. The temps were in the 70's and it was cloudy with a little bit of wind. Just like I like it. (Minus the wind.)

I ran the loop, because it looked like there could be a possibility of rain. I don't think I'll put myself through this again. It's like running around a track 9 times. BORING. And the slow incline for the second half of each loop kind of sucks. Dramatic hills with a nice rewarding downward slope afterwords is much more up my alley. (That's if I'm going to do hills. Don't mistake this for me actually LIKING hills.)

Surprisingly, I ran 3 miles at a decent page.
Mile 1: 10:29 avg. pace
Mile 2: 10:43 avg. pace
Mile 3: 10:46 avg pace
Total: 31:59.

Obviously I need to work on starting slower instead of wearing myself out early and getting slower towards the end. I did have to walk a couple of times during the last mile, giving myself about 30 seconds to walk.

So now that I've bored you with my "running" in great detail (Like it was a marathon or something), I'll leave you a photo that proves my shopping addiction. At least 2 days a week we have boxes stacked on our front porch. This week's delivery was from Kirkland's home decor store. Photos of the goods later.


~Mama Lo~

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Easy 2 Mile Run" - Pfffft

Last night's training called for an "easy 2 mile run." I am following the 5k training plan now found here.

The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS yesterday with highs in the 70's. So Daddy Lo and I took turns staying with the baby while each of us went out and ran a couple of miles.

In CrazyLo fashion, once I started running and had a pretty fast pace to start, I decided to push myself and run those 2 miles as fast as I could. So much for doing my easy run. I'm a real piece of work sometimes.

My 2 mile run has some decent hills and allow for a pretty quick first mile, but the mile coming back is a bitch. Check out the snapshot from my Nike+ below.

See the hill to the left of the screen in blue? Yeah, that thing sucks to climb at the end of a run. But I did it. I never stopped. And I ran the 2 miles in 20:32 seconds. I haven't run that quick since before BabyLo took residence in my belly, so I was pleased. Side note: I was pleased after I stopped panting following the run.

That makes for day 3 of running folks.

Tonight calls for strength training, and in order to honor my 5 days of running, I'm going to run an easy mile. It will be easy... I promise.

One last thing, I wore both my Garmin and my Nike+ and they were pretty darn close on distance. The first mile was spot on, the second was just a little off. Nike hit the second mile before Garmin.

If you can't tell, I'm an analyst by trade. :)

I really, really want to get a 30 minute 5k under my belt by the end of the year, so that's what I'm working towards.

Do you follow a strict training plan, or do you break the rules sometimes? 
What is your favorite post-run fuel?

~Mama Lo~

Monday, August 13, 2012

Day 2 of 5 and a 3 hour Nap

Lotta numbers in that title!

Today I left at noon and took a half vacation day. I could feel ragweed season was upon us when my day started, so I went to the allergist office to get my weekly shot. The shot intensified my allergies, and with my Zyrtec working magic, I just needed a nap. So, for the first time since Baby Lo was born, I took a half day from work with the house to myself, and I slept. For 3 hours. To say I could have slept for 12 would be a lie, I could have slept for18.

The funny thing about that is that Baby Lo has been sleeping since like 6 tonight. Guess the whole family is worn out!

Even though it took me a while to really wake up, I knew I had to work out tonight. Without tonight's workout, I would have been a blog failure and broken yet another commitment.

Tonight's proof of a quick 1 mile run.

Followed by arms and butt by Bethenny.
Too lazy to rotate this picture, my computer won't save the edit. Rotate your head to the right. (Did you do it? Silly goose!)

For those who don't know, I'm a little bit obsessed with Bethenny. I'll try her 40 minute yoga on this DVD soon.

After this workout, I had a protein shake with Jillian's protein powder, non fat yogurt and some frozen berries. Wow, I'm really utilizing all of my power ladies' products! Now that I think about it, if I could get Jillian Michaels, Bethenny Frankel, and a few of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, OC, and New Jersey under one roof, I think I'd have a hay day!

Tonight, I read about a lady who put together a ton of crock pot meal ingredients in zip lock bags and froze them. All she has to do is throw them in the crock pot and she's good to go. This is BRILLIANT! Why didn't I think of that? I can't wait to get out my crock pot cook books this week and see what I can throw together. I already love to make different soups and freeze them, so this is right up my alley.


What is your favorite crock pot meal?
Does anyone have a good recipe for homemade granola?

~Mama Lo~

Try a little harder!

Of course I would write down a commitment with a running goal and not meet it.

So I made 3 of the 5 days, and life happened. A.k.a. I went to the Chiefs game on Friday and didn't plan ahead/make the effort to get up and run before work. What's up with that? Then Saturday...my hair was just too cute.

On the 20's board I recall doing the OP to Overcome challenge or something like that. In that challenge, we were supposed to try to make it 30 days to meet a goal, whether that be tracking, fitness, etc. When we fell off track, we had to start the 30 days over again, even if we were on day 29. (We may have decided at one point that this was B.S. and rewrote the rules.)

In the same fashion, I've started my 5 days in a row of running over. I ran yesterday, and I tried out the Nike+ app and chip in my shoe. It was alright. I don't feel it is accurate on the treadmill, but when I use the GPS function on my phone, I'll venture to guess it is more accurate outside.

Here is a photo of yesterday's proof of run.





Did you know if you have "bang bang chicken" for lunch and run in the afternoon, you will have bang bang esophagus and indigestion?

BabyLo was so cute watching Veggie Tales and playing with his little walker/play table thingy while I was running. And then he determined it was nap time. Now. Mom, quit running and get me out of this thing. Totally cool, I was spent!

I will say, Nike+ made me very self conscious, and I did run faster, because I knew all of my Facebook friends would see my pace and distance. Haha maybe I need new friends if I'm worried about them judging my fitness while they are posting up about Sunday Funday's and getting bombed.

As for the other events of the weekend, we were rather busy!

Friday night we watched the Chiefs preseason game and took Baby Lo! It was a lot of fun, but we won't make it a habit to take our 20+ pound wild child and all of the stuff that we have to take everywhere with him. He had fun though.

Note the bag of clothes for good will that has been living in my car for a month.


After the game we hit up Orange Leaf afterwards so I could get a chocolate fix in the form of Chocolate and PB Frozen Yogurt.
Yes, that is an oreo.




Saturday I met a friend and her little girl for lunch at The Fig Tree in Lee's Summit. I love that place because they use local, fresh ingredients for all of their dishes. I had Chicken crepes filled with cheese, zucchini, tomatoes, and spinach. In the afternoon, Daddy Lo and I ran some errands, visited some family, and we MAY have eaten some 5 Guys Burgers and Fries for dinner. Maybe.

Yesterday consisted of a trip to Sam's Club, a trip to Kirklands home decor store, Oak Park Mall for lunch and a nail fill, and finally, a run at home. We also watched the very strange closing ceremonies and ate a random hodge podge dinner. Corn on the cob, salad, and grilled zucchini. I chowed down on some beef jerky while I made the hodge podge dinner as well.  

What was your favorite treat this weekend? 
What kind of miles did you get in on your runs? 
Was anyone else reliving the 6th grade while watching the Spice Girls perform last night? I still love Posh! 

~Mama Lo~ 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Setting Non-Goal Goals

Sometimes I find that if I set specific goals and write them in a notebook, they are likely to end up in my desk drawer and go no farther. Especially right now, when I'm at a time in my life where time is precious and I just don't have the time to devote to over planning and actually executing.

So, my goal for right now is this: Run 5 days in a row. Just 5. Not 5 hard days in a row. I'm not looking for an injury, but I'm looking to build a habit. So instead of going straight to 10 days in a row or even 6, I went for 5.

I've made it through 2 days so far.

The other thing I realized is that the same thing goes for setting goals before my run. When I tell myself, "run what you can, even if it is just a half a mile tonight" I have even better runs. I'm not focused on, "Oh my gosh, I have 2 more miles until I get to my goal and I'm so tired. I'm just running aimlessly, listening to my body, and in turn running a decent distance without feeling tired.

Perhaps this is just how life works for me right now, and I'm really enjoying this perspective!

Day 1:
This includes warm-up and cool down walks, so for my actual run I'm pacing an easy 12 minute mile.

Day 2: Totally went with the intention of just running whatever, maybe a mile, and ran 2 pretty easily at a SLIGHTLY faster pace.

Thoughts during last night's run:
1. Does everyone run better to slower tempo music?
2. Do they run even better if it is 2pac? Or is that just me?
3. I hope I'm someone who says they ran a "short 7 miles" someday.
4. How do other moms with babies find time and motivation to run?
5. Rihanna irritates me right now, probably because I follow her on twitter.
6. It is acceptable to have tomatoes, banana bread and muscle milk for dinner...right?


I'm sure I had a million other thoughts while I ran, but I always remember the ones involving food and 2pac.

Speaking of food, check out these carrots we got from Door-to-door Organics. I still haven't cut the roots off, because I like how exciting it is when they attack people who open the fridge.


And lastly, there are two things about the following photo that I am certain of.
1. I make that face when I run too!!!!
2. I don't run nearly as fast as she does while she makes that face.
Photo compliments of my BFF taking advantage of the freeze frame feature on her TV screen and texting me copies.

Feel free to answer any of the questions I listed during last night's run.

~Mama Lo~

Friday, August 3, 2012

In This Moment

The title of this post just so happens to be the name of a band I recently stumbled upon, a big part of my last post, and a beautiful lesson from God this morning.

I took the day off as a vacation day with a lot of things to accomplish. I did go in for a conference call, but I had a trip to the gym and a nail fill all planned before I have to be across the state line later this afternoon. First, however, I desperately needed an oil change and a tune-up on the car.

My father-in-law works for a car dealership, so naturally I took my car to his place of work this morning. While standing on the service drive, I looked up, and had to rub my eyes to make sure I was really seeing what I thought I was seeing. It was my daddy!!!!!!!!!!! He just so happened to be sitting in the waiting room with his lap top while his car was being serviced as well.

My padre has honestly been my rock through so many of life's challenges, and he taught me everything I know about business. Starting in grade school, my brother and I listened to business lectures from our father. If we complained about anything, most of his advice began with, "in the business world" to which we might roll our eyes, but we must admit that advice turned us into decent successful business people.

I'm clearly going through "stuff" as is evident from my recent posts, and today when God put us in the same place, at the same time, for a full morning, just the two of us, we put all of our other plans and tasks on hold, and we lived in the moment. I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure my dad blew off a conference call to live in this moment and teach me yet another lesson. No matter how old I get, I will always value this guy's advice.

Thank you God.

I don't think there could possibly be a better sign that everything is going to be alright.


~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

My Dream Job

If I were able to take control and create a dream job, here is exactly what I would do.

1. Blog
2. Read Blogs
3. Read Books
4. Run
5. Blog about running
6. Cross Train / Do yoga
7. Blog about cross training
8. Cook
9. Blog about Cooking
10. Travel
11. Blog about traveling
12. Play with my baby
13. Blog about playing with my baby
14. Clean (Yes, I like cleaning when I am able to focus time on cleaning without all other factors of life running through my head and overwhelming me.)
15. Watch Gossip Girl

If anyone is hiring for a job with the above factors, please comment below. I'd love to work for you.

Hell, even if you'll just pay for my family's health insurance, I'll gladly work for you doing the above items. I don't even need a salary!

Source
Source


The things above are things I enjoy doing. And I've started to wonder why we make it a lifestyle to do things that drive us bonkers. Oh, cuz we need money to survive. Yeah, about that.... But honestly, it takes me until about 5pm on Saturday for me to wind down from my week, get work out of my head, and start focusing on the things that really matter in life. That leaves me a whopping 1.25 days of joy a week right now. I could really use help or some advice on how to turn my brain OFF and ENJOY TODAY, instead of worrying about past and future all the time.

I'm a worrier. My favorite verse states, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34. When will I have the strength and discipline to live by this verse? It's a nice theory, and it is the guideline from God, but I just don't listen! I don't know how.

What do you do to wind down after a long week? 
How do you turn your brain off? 
Does anyone need someone to read books for them and want to pay me?

~Mama Lo~

Monday, July 30, 2012

Rock The Crossroads 5k

Rock the Cross Roads 5k Race Recap

1. Start Time 7:30pm
2. Chip Time 38:39
3. Had to pee after mile 1
4. Monster Hill
5. GREAT people watching
6. Probably should have trained
7. Probably should have peed (again) before the race
8. 96 degrees
9. Concert and beer at the finish line
10. They made us run past the best burger joint in KC (Town Topic) during this race. Who DOES that???
11. Can't wait to do it again next year (after I actually train of course)

So yeah, I was slow. Ran mile 1 just fine. Then had to pee. So bad. I'd run, then have to walk and hold the pee. I seriously considered pissing my pants so I could get back to running. There were a LOT of people walking though. Especially on the hills. Honestly, I'm surprised I did as well as I did considering I haven't run since the 4th of July (with the exception of an easy treadmill workout last week) and I've stayed out of the heat all summer. I'm such a fair weather runner.

I first read about this race on Julia's blog, Keeping Up with Goliath. She is on my blog roll if you haven't checked her out yet. This race  turned out to be a great date night for Hottie Lo and I. Let me mention that he is NOT a runner, and he ran this thing in 29 minutes. This is the same guy who "decides he's going to lose 5 pounds this week and just does." If I didn't love him, I'd probably hate him.

This guy had on a pretty sweet getup, and he did some pretty awesome stretching before the run. I'd also like to add he beat both myself and Hottie Lo.

I went to this race with wet hair. Whatevs.

Grinders

Running for JC.

Since I was WALKING up this awful hill, here's a nice shot of the city.

LOVE KC's skyline

Check out my running skirt. I double heart my running skirt.



Post Race hot dog. I deserved it.  (My husband was really embarrassed while taking this photo of me. I don't understand.)

  ~Mama Lo~

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ooooops

Don't you love when you write an inspiring blog post and commit to being all great and stuff, and then you don't do it?

Story of my life.

Speaking of my life, in my last post I wrote some statement about work being stressful, and the best way to get over that stress is by working out. And then things got worse. In lieu of working out, I was so upset/stressed I was sick and couldn't eat. And after that period, I couldn't stop eating. But, time heals all wounds, and I'm getting through this tough time.


So with that said....


I WILL be a good Weight Watcher...I WILL be a good Weight Watcher...I WILL be a good Weight Watcher

  • I joined a gym.
  • Tomorrow I will attempt my first 5:30am Spin Class
  • Daddy Lo, Baby Lo, and Mama Lo got up and ran/walked a 5k yesterday morning (Y'all, pushing a 20 pound baby through the hills of Lee's Summit is no joke!) 
  • Daddy Lo and I went on a massive "healthy" shopping spree yesterday, and we're set with a meal plan for the next week. Tonight we are having a Weight Watchers salmon recipe.
  • Saturday I meet with a trainer at the new gym for an orientation training session. I'm so excited about this! My old gym promised a session, but never set one up. 
  • I am foregoing any and all alcohol for a week. I haven't been drinking a lot, but I don't have room for the empty calories and water retention right now. 
  • And last but quite frankly...most important...I am tracking every.single.bite between now and next Thursday. 
So consider me committed to these goals. NO excuses.

 ~Mama Lo~

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Why I Haven't Been Working Out

My knee hurts
My baby doesn't let me work out for long before he needs entertainment
My husband works supah dupah early so I can't do it in the morning (unless it is like 4:30am, not happening)
It's too hot outside to go for walks
I work too late to get a workout in before I pick the baby up from day care
I don't feeeeel like it
I have been spending my free time watching Gossip Girl and Weeds
I'd rather go shopping

Oh, right. This is how one gets fat. I keep having flashbacks of last summer while I sat on the couch with a bag of cookies, Arby's, and a sweet tea, talking about how I was pregnant and surely shouldn't take a walk. Excuses excuses excuses. My next post should be all the reasons I haven't been tracking. :)

So here's the plan....

Work is stressful y'all. I do work late most evenings, and that's my own fault. So I can relieve stress two ways.

1. Quit work on time.
2. Work out for 45 minutes before I go pick little man up.

And that is precisely what I'm going to do.

As for eating. I haven't been eating bad at all. Been maintaining weight, yes, but I have those last 5 pounds (which fluctuates between 5 and 7) to go (to get to my average comfortable weight). I have a LOT of toning up to do as well.

So what are my goals?
1. Work out...and heal my knee.
2. Track everything for the next week.

Long term:
1. Get into my pre-pregnancy pants by fall.
   
A little background on the pants. I was ALMOST to my goal of 125 while I was still 25. I had gotten down to a size I hadn't worn since high school. 6. I bought several skirts and pants from Banana Republic and 2 weeks later I found out I was pregnant. Some of those pants still have tags on them.

I am fitting into a loose 10 and a tight 8/9 right now depending on the sizing structure. Going down 1-2 sizes may not seem like a big deal...BUT for whatever reason on my small frame it is.  

And for your viewing pleasure, that little hand grabbing my face has sharp nails and squeezes hard. This is what he does while he eats.


~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I'm here!!

Phew what a busy time of year this is. I have also been slacking in the running and weight loss department. My runner's knee has returned, and I got comfortable with 7 pounds left to lose. Trying hard to get my head back in the game.

Tonight: Yoga
Tomorrow: 30 Day Shred
Thursday: Yoga
Friday: 30 Day Shred (Maybe, it is my birthday, might skip it!)

Here is me and my favorite fella from a wedding over the weekend.


Isn't he handsome?? Don't let those sleeves fool you, I have lots of flab to tone up on those arms. Lifting that heavy guy will help though. :)

Cheers!

~Mama Lo~ 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Adventures of a New Mom - Walking with the baybay


While pushing a 16 pound baby up hills might sound difficult, it is so incredibly easy when you get to look at this precious face.

Baby Lo and I have gone for walks quite a bit lately. I wrote an aggressive workout plan this week. Yoga, 30 Day Shred, Running. Between knee pain and not wanting to spend excessive amounts of time inside, it was so much more appealing to get Baby Lo in the stroller and go for a walk.

My weight loss was pretty good  the last couple of weeks, even with some pigging out. I lost 2.1 last week, and .3 this week. However, I weighed this morning, a day after my weigh in day, and I was down another pound. That seems to be a trend. I literally drop a pound the day after weigh in. Whatever, it just shows up the next week. As long as the number continues to go down, I'm happy. I have about 8 pounds to go. Woo hoo!

I do have some serious toning up to do. The weight definitely looks different on me, but I still feel pretty good about myself. I'll always have a little extra skin around my belly, but that's the very inexpensive price to pay for the greatest gift one could ever receive.

~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trolley Run 2012

Where to start?

Trolley Run 2012

Because of this race, I've lost 35 pounds since having Baby Lo.
Because of this race, I've forced myself into running again.
Because of this race, I've forced myself to give myself some "me" time 3 nights a week.
Because of this race, I've discovered there is still Jamie somewhere in this world of motherhood, and Jamie should be celebrated.

My last post talked about run walk intervals and my goal to finish the Trolley Run under 50 minutes. I trained on Thursday, rested Friday and Saturday, and ran the race on Sunday.

In previous lives, I took the weekend leading up to a race as an excuse to pig out, and often felt lousy on Sunday. I believe in carb loading before a race. However, this doesn't necessarily mean one should head for an all you can eat Italian buffet or an Olive Garden fetuccine Alfredo. Since I love weight watchers so much right now, I decided to try the crock pot lasagna on Saturday. It was delicious, filling, and exactly what I needed.

Sunday morning I woke up at 6:15 and Daddy Lo and I treated the day as any work day. Dressed and fed the baby, dressed and groomed ourselves, and I made myself some wheat toast with peanut butter. I forgot my bananas at work, so I brought my carrots instead. I chugged 2 bottles of water, and out the door we went. I did a self check on the way to the starting destination. Pre race butterflies were fluttering in my tummy,but I wouldn't call them nerves. I was excited! Rain was falling, but temps were fine. I dressed warm, wore my Garmin, and wrapped my iPhone in a baggie before sticking it in my pocket.

Upon arriving downtown, I hopped out of the car, kissed my baby and my husband, and jogged to the potty. I found my wave group, stretched and waited to start. My playlist started and off we went. For those who care, my playlist consisted of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilara, Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore, and Nsync circa 1999-2000. Thank you to kissmyblackass.org for awesome c25k playlists. I listen to them even when I'm not following C25K.

While running, a lot of thoughts ran through my head.

The first mile flew by.
Race volunteers are awesome and make me want to smile while I run.
I will drink water at the water stations for the first time in my race history.
Look at me running on the painted lines in the middle of the road. Just like Bitch Cakes.
The houses on the run are simply beautiful.
I'm still not tired, and I think I actually enjoy running in the rain.
How am I passing people?
I noticed a shirt that said, "run now, wine later" and I REALLY want one.
Then I noticed two women to my right. High fiving every race volunteer and police officer, cheering while they ran. It was a welcomed distraction.

I passed the three mile mark, wondering when the "I am going to die feeling" would kick in, grateful that it hadn't yet. I remembered this race a year ago. I was under dressed, dehydrated and miserable. What a different experience this was. As we came upon the plaza, I heard a woman behind me. "we're almost there! Hey kid run with us! We're almost to the end! Hey everyone, we got this!" She kept cheering herself on, but I was certain the running Gods had put her there just for me. I wish I had found her after the race to thank her.

I reached the final stretch, still running, huge smile, and a tear escaped my eyes. I was going to run this entire race. This mama still has it. I can still, run, and I still enjoy it sometimes. I crossed the finish line with a smile and energy to spare.

4 miles
45 minutes and 1 second
11 minutes and 16 seconds per mile average pace

Thank you God. I needed this confidence boost, and next year I will do this race in under a 10:30 pace.

I can't wait until my next race! I will share pictures as soon as they are posted. In the meantime, here is my biggest fan.

Friday, April 27, 2012

And the Survey Says....

DOWN 1.7

Total weight loss on Weight Watchers: 10.2 pounds since 3/22/12

I Double Heart Weight Watchers

Wasabi Peas are by far one of my favorite snacks. I like wasabi in general, but I eat a third of a cup for 3 points, and they are very much worth it. Crunchy, spicy, mmmm.


Last night I did my last training run in preparation for the Trolley Run this Sunday. I ran/walked 4 miles in 49 minutes. If I can repeat this performance on Sunday, I'll be happy. This will be about 4 minutes slower than last year's Trolley Run, and as a woman with a 4 month old baby, I'm okay with that. Sometimes I have to remind myself that just because I LOOK normal again, I did have a baby just 4 months ago. I couldn't have done the Trolley Run this quick on less than 3 months of training 2 or 3 years ago, I should be proud of myself for bouncing back this quick.

So Mama Lo, you're awesome. Don't forget it.

As I was training last night, I was thinking, "why do I do this to myself? Do I like running at all? Or do I just sign up for these races to make myself run and lose weight? After this run on Sunday, I'm not going to stress myself out with too many races."

And then I got my race packet from my coworker this morning.

And I saw the flyer with upcoming races.

And I signed my husband and me up for a 5k on the 4th of July.

I'm such a hot mess sometimes.

A couple of things to note:

I MUST start eating more protein. My muscles keep telling me so as I run.
I MUST start adding strength training. I won't improve very much if I don't add strength.

~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Adventures of a New Mom - Typical Assumptions

Scenario One: Baby is drooling and chewing on his hands and other objects. Assumption from strangers: "He's teething."

Moms, is it possible baby could be teething? Yes. Is it possible baby now has saliva and doesn't know what to do with it? Even more so than teething at this age. Is it possible baby has discovered his hands, and naturally thinks they belong in his mouth? Yes, yes, yes.

Scenario Two: Baby has crying fits for no reason (happened to Baby Lo around 6 and 12 weeks of age). Assumption: Colic.

Nothing drives me crazier than people assuming a baby has colic because they're crying. Colic is actually more rare than not, and it involves hours upon hours of crying with NO breaks and NO relief for parents and baby. There are certain times when babies can go through growth spurts, become more alert to the world around them, and simply get bored. Sometimes they are discovering their voice and just feel like crying. Mom's, you will know your baby's cry and whether he/she is in pain, and whether he/she is just fussing. The biggest thing to know is that it is OKAY for babies to cry.

Those are my two pieces of advice for the day, and that leads me to the real reason I'm writing one of my New Mom posts. I have new pictures!

Concentrating hard and figured out how to get Mr. Bear in front of him.

Something new to chew on

Those who say babies don't dream haven't seen this kid when he's having a bad one.

~Mama Lo~

Weekly Challenges and Progress

Let's see, where do I even begin? I'm a bit behind on my updates, so I'll start with my weight loss.

Last week I lost 1.2
The week before I lost 0.9

This means I've met my 5% goal, and I need to set a new one!! Whoo hoo! I've lost 8.5 pounds total since I've returned back to work! I'm excited to see what my weigh in this week brings.

Challenges:
  • Complete the Trolley Run in 50 minutes or less on Sunday. I'm going to try an interval run. I've never done run-walk intervals, and I'm excited to see how I do. I'm doing a test run tonight.
  • Cook something - I've been lazy in the kitchen. Eating lots of salads.
  • Fold some laundry - I'm living out of a basket of clean laundry. (Ok, I realize this isn't weight loss related, but I really need to do this.)
Here are some photos from yesterday's run.

This is a pretty hefty hill, thought I've come to realize photographing a hill is kind of difficult.

Old farmhouse in the middle of the neighborhood. Original owners of the land a bunch of houses have been built on.

Old shed. Isn't it amazing that we can look at a mess like this and see a beautiful photo?

~Mama Lo~

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Allergies

I'm just going to say now, I haven't worked out since Saturday and I won't be meeting my fitness goals this week. Why?

I.Can't.Breathe.

The curse of allergies is upon me in full force. It took a whopping day of allergies and I already have a sinus infection.

Even so, I'm on track for at least a 1lb loss from my glance at the scale this morning. We'll see what tomorrow's weigh in brings!

I have finally made an appointment with an allergist, but I can't get in until May 1st. I will finally know exactly what I'm allergic to, and hopefully we'll come up with a better treatment than visitng Walgreens every 10 to 15 days for Claritin D. Which, by the way, thank you meth heads of the world for making it such an ordeal for me to buy my Claritin. I just looooove waiting while the cashier runs my driver's license through a national database to make sure I'm not buying too much Claritin and cooking meth. Ridiculous.

~Mama Lo~

Monday, April 9, 2012

A Good Run

Runners, novice and experienced, can all probably remember the first GOOD run in their training. You can have several "first" good runs, depending how many times throughout your running life you take a hiatus from running.

Saturday was my first GOOD run. I've been so hard on myself for not being at the pace and performance I'd like to be. Somewhere in my head I thought I could put a timeline on how long it would take me to get back to where I was pre-pregnancy. I thought for SURE by 3 months post pregnancy I'd be in good shape and averaging an 11 minute pace again. Then, I found even a 12 minute pace was a challenge.

Until Saturday.

Saturday was a day of perfects. Perfect amount of fuel in my body. Perfect weather conditions. Perfect breathing. Perfect muscle strength. Perfect playlist on the iPod. Saturday, I finally had the run that empowered me to keep running. Saturday was the first day I finally, and I do mean FINALLY, enjoyed running again.

I was set to go for a run with my siter-in-law while she was in town. I didn't eat much through the morning, because I find the lighter I feel the less likely I am to get cramps or loss of breath. I was truly nervous to go running with her, with anyone really, because I have felt so slow and sluggish when I've gone running. She told me she was averaging 12 minute miles, and I'd been struggling to get much below 13.

We hit the pavement around 2:00. I had consumed a lean shake, banana, 2 cups of cofee, string cheese, and a granola bar. I also had around four 20oz bottles of water. It was misting outside, and the temps were in the high 50's/low 60's.

We walked one warm up lap, and started running from my neighborhood, out to a main road, went down a large hill, and started climbing hill one of two. The climb wasn't bad at all, and I flew down the other side. The climb up hill two wasn't too bad, just a little more challenging. I reached the top, stopped my watch, and started stretching. My time was just over 12 minutes. I had started my watch when we did our warm up walk, which is about a third of a mile. This means I RAN the first mile under a 10 minute pace. HOLY MOLY!!!! I was so excited!!

My sister in law and I did a little body check, talked about the challenge of the hills so far, and started back to where we came from. The way back is harder, because the hill you start out on a decline heading TO the destination is quite steep. This helps me to have a great time for my first mile, because I literally fly down the hill. The climb back up, however, is still very challenging for me at this point, and I do have to stop and catch my breath by the time I reach the top. But my goal on Saturday was to run all the way to the top without walking. And I DID IT! I kept my eyes focused just a couple of feet in front of me so I couldn't see how far I had to go. Before I knew it, mile 2 was over and I had run my second mile at an 11:05 pace.

Crazy Lo is back! When I ran my first 5k a year and a half ago, I was at an 11 minute pace. Now, if I can just get back to running that third mile, I'll be one HAPPY girl. The most important thing about this run is I realized with a little practice, suffering through a few tough runs, and getting negative thoughts out of my head, I can do anything.

Reflections about the week leading up to my "good run":

1. I ran the same route Thursday before, so my muscles and my brain had some practice. (This comes from the school of thought, if you've done it once you can do it again.)
2. I added in 30 day shred to my routine to start implementing strength training.
3. I ate like a rock star, fueling myself with mostly natural foods.
4. When I set out to run, most of the "noise" that Bethenny Frankel talks about in her books was nowhere to be seen. I set out running without a thought or care in the world. I just...ran.

So where do I go from here? Keep my pace and try to get that third mile under my belt in the next couple of weeks. And by the end of summer, I want to run an entire 5k at a 10 minute pace. This was my goal before I got pregnant, and I'm determined to meet it.

With that said, Daddy Lo and I have signed up for 2 races this summer and fall. The first is Rock the Crossroads in July. It's a nice loop downtown, starting and ending at a bar. Shwing!

The second is The Rugged Maniac October 27th. Honestly, I'm wondering why the HELL I let my husband talk me into this one. It's just a 'lil 'ol 5k with 18 obstacles, mostly involving mud. Oh, and there is some rope climbing involved, which means I need some upper body strength. Shet.

And don't forget, I have the dreaded Trolley Run at the end of this month. This race gets in my head so badly for some reason. It is four miles, I'll have to walk some of it, and I'm working (with the help of my lovely weight watchers 20's boardies) on accepting the fact that walking is OKAY!

I'll post the links on my Get Movin! page for viewing at your leisure.

Happy Trails y'all!

~Mama Lo~

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Weekly Challenges and Progress

Happy Weigh In Day to me!!

DOWN 2.2

We're moving right along I'd say. I'm pleasantly surprised with how much I really like the new weight watchers program.

Challenges last week:
  • Get in 3 days of C25K - Got in 2 days of C25K, ran different intervals another day, and went on 2 more walks with Daddy Lo and Baby Lo
  • Start weight watchers - My first full week was a success!
  • Eat more veggies - Definitely ate more veggies. I do love veggies.
  • Do Biggest Loser Yoga once - I need to STRETCH! - Didn't do this one. I don't mind DOING it, It's just a matter of putting my mat on the floor, putting the DVD in, and starting it. Why are we like that? Workouts feel great while you're at it, but it's the getting to it that's hard.
Challenges this week:
  • Track all weekend - last weekend I did the whole track at the end of the weekend thing. I would like to be a little more accountable this weekend.
  • Try to run 3 times and do 30 day shred twice. I loaned 30DS to a friend and got it back yesterday. We shall see if it is as difficult as I remember. Love me some Jillian!
Other shtuffs:
A tool I use in my weight loss journey for a quick and satisfying breakfast is the Lean Shake from GNC. I drank these last year when I lost weight and ALMOST got to my goal weight. I usually pair with a piece of fruit. My favorite flavors are the Swiss Chocolate and Strawberry.

Did you know you can drink BEER and still lose weight? I drank some full flavored beer on Saturday, ate pizza in the evening, tracked it all, and still lost. This is also why I weigh in on Thursdays, because Monday morning I would have seen some bloat.

This weekend is full of family fun with my family coming in town and Easter on Sunday. My goal is to retain a little bit of self control.

Coming next week: I may finally have the guts to post a picture of myself. I still have about 15 pounds to lose to get to my initial goal, but now is the time to start holding myself accountable and tracking success through pictures.

Good luck to everyone this weekend, and remember, everything is okay in moderation. Even some chocolate Easter candy.

~Mama Lo~




Thursday, March 29, 2012

Weigh in Thursday

Thursdays are my weigh in day on weight watchers, and wouldn't ya know, I was right not to stress about the extra pounds showing up during TOM. They are now gone, and I'm happy to report I've lost 4.2 pounds since Sunday when I joined.

Thank you water.
Thank you veggies.
Thank you weight watchers.

Now I'm starting my first full week back on the program, and I'm excited to see how it goes.

Notes about my first days on the program: I did struggle to eat all of my points at first. Adding in oil and dairy helped of course. I love vegetables, never had a problem with them, but making myself snack on them throughout the day has helped activate my appetite. Oh, and I LOVE celery. (I just don't like the way it sounds in my head when I chew on it. Re: Yesterday's post.)

And what is this you may ask?


This is just a little something I threw together last night for dinner.

1 Large Burrito Tortilla
1 5 oz can chunk light tuna
1/4 cup taco flavored shredded cheese
2 Tablespoons reduced fat sour cream
1/2 cup salsa

Put all items listed in a tortilla and made a little quesadilla in the skillet. Who would have thought a tuna quesadilla would be tasty?

My husband wasn't a fan, but he made due with his own little cheese quesadillas.

I've gotten in 2 runs this week, and hope to do a little yoga this evening. More to come on the subject of running soon.

~Mama Lo~

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I Hate the Sound of:

... pantyhose snapping
... any object puncturing styrofoam
... my family members crying
... someone doing the throat snort before they hawk a loogie
... extra high pitched baby talk
... swish pants
... my knees grinding
... how it sounds in my head when I chew celery
... the buzz of lights in the office
... someone lighting a cigarette

~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

That Glorious Moment

That Glorious Moment When...

... You remember the value of vegetables on the Weight Watchers Plan
... And you have the restroom to yourself
... When you've uncovered a woman full of energy, because you've consumed your weight in water
... When your husband grills chicken for dinner
... When your husband grills extra chicken for your lunch
... When you reconnect with old friends who share a similar goal
... When you have a goal to work towards
... When you begin to see the kind of Mom you want to be, as you stroll around the block with your baby smiling that big gummy smile
... When you remember the joy of working out to better your fitness, and not just to lose pounds
... When you remember what healthy feels like, after months of swollen ankles, belly and numerous other aches and pains.

~Mama Lo~

Monday, March 26, 2012

3 MONTHS!?! Where did they go?

Baby Lo is 3 months today!!!


Nothing makes me happier than that smile.

~Mama Lo~

Weekly Challenges and Progress

Review of last week:
  • Wednesday goal: C25K -  I didn't get to run due to work, so I did Zumba that evening
  • Thursday goal: Elliptical - I made up my C25k
  • Elliptical Friday - Fail - didn't do anything
  • C25K Saturday - WIN! Baby Lo and I went out with the running stroller. Felt great.
  • Hangover Sunday - MEH, surprisingly I didn't feel too shabby!
Weigh in this morning:
I was right, those pounds stayed right where they were. There are a few factors, one being my friend TOM. I really didn't miss TOM while I was pregnant.

Challenges this week:
  • Get in 3 days of C25K
  • Start weight watchers - I will ellaborate on this  below
  • Eat more veggies
  • Do Biggest Loser Yoga once - I need to STRETCH!
Weight Watchers:
I told myself I would never diet again, and I won't. That's why I'm going to try weight watchers. I find myself eating very little these days, and I feel I need weight watchers to help me eat more. My menus have been lean shake for  breakfast, one of my frozen homemade soups for lunch, and random dinner. That isn't much. I'm not eating nearly enough fruits or vegetables, and if I'm going to up my fitness and get my running on track, my body needs fuel. Hopefully Weight Watchers will help me plan ahead more and get back into good habits. It's worth a try! My weigh in day is set for Thursdays, so here we go!

How was everyone's weekend? Did you get outside and enjoy some nice weather??

~Mama Lo~

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Working Mom

I have officially returned to work.

The days leading up to work were a bit of a roller coaster. The anticipation of leaving my baby with someone while I worked was horrible. I spent every single day for 12 weeks cuddling with this child, and now I was going to spend a full 9 hours away from him. I cried a few tears.

However, when the day arrived, I woke up with that first day of school excitement as well. I was going back to something I'm good at. To a place I'm needed. To adult conversations and a place to use my brain. I was pretty excited. If only we had on site daycare!

I dropped Baby Lo off at his baby sitter's house. He was fine, of course. I did a quick hand off and tried not to look back so I didn't dwell or cry. The drop off went well. Around noon I started missing him. I had been away from him for around 4 and a half hours, which was previously the longest I had ever left him. I went to the fitness center at work on my lunch break, hopped on the elliptical, worked off some anxiety, and text the babysitter when I was done. She told me he was doing great and that he was just finishing a bottle and enjoying some love time.

Love time.

How comforting to know he is in a place where they have love time. Someone is making my baby feel comfortable and safe when I'm not there to do that for him. I finally had the confidence that he would be okay without me.

Warning to future mom's: It is normal to feel a small twinge of jealousy too. Of COURSE you don't want your baby to love someone more than you. He won't. Don't worry. What you DO want is for your baby to feel love from lots of avenues so he builds self confidence and an overall happy feeling. Remember, the more love he receives, the better!

This week at work has been amazing. I do wish America was like some of my coworkers' situations in Europe. Every 5 years or so, they are REQUIRED to take 3 to 4 weeks IN A ROW to rest and recoup. I have returned to work with little frustration, feeling incredibly refreshed, and looking at things objectively instead of being caught up in the office politics and *feelings* that go along with it. It happens to all of us, but at the end of the day, it's business. Why do we let ourselves get so caught up in work to the point it ruins our day? Ah, if only we could all take a nice long maternity leave type break more often.

At the end of my first day, I was out of the building at 4:30 on the dot and couldn't WAIT to pick up and snuggle my baby! He looked so good when I picked him up! Happy as can be. He wasn't overstimulated or fussy that evening. He had a great day watching everyone and taking in his new surroundings. The stimulation was really good for him. He DID pass out really early and wake up in the middle of the night  for a feeding, but that is perfectly normal. We'll get past that.

In closing, (school paper anyone?) I found this glorious jar of numiness in my file cabinet, and have been noshing on celery and PB every day.



~Mama Lo~ 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weekly Challenges and Progress

Hello there bloggers! Welcome to my weight loss journey. Again.

This week I was down 2 more pounds on Monday, and this morning when I peeked at the scale, I was up 3. I know it isn't 3 pounds of fat because:

1. I have eaten healthy, home cooked meals for every single meal. I've drank my lean shakes for breakfast, and haven't consumed an ounce of sugar packed soda.

2. I know my body may react to adding the elliptical back into my life as well as my new sleep and work schedule.

I'm not going to sweat it if those 3 pounds are still there Monday morning.

That reminds me, while pregnant I considered not weighing myself for a year. I was going to give myself a year to lose the baby weight. THEN I had the baby, saw myself in the mirror, and realized I was going to have to  make a true effort to lose weight. Set goals, work in a routine, and make a conscious go at it. Otherwise, I saw myself being very lazy. What can I say? Numbers motivate me.

That and the fact that I refuse to buy too many clothes when I still have clothes I bought at the beginning of my pregnancy, before I knew I was pregnant, that still have tags on them. :) I did buy a few items I can mix and match to get me by.

I have done 30 minutes on the elliptical Monday and yesterday.

Challenges for the rest of the week:
  • C25K today
  • Elliptical tomorrow
  • Elliptical Friday
  • C25K Saturday
  • Hangover Sunday
Yeah, I scheduled a hangover. We are going out for the first time since I've had Baby Lo and I predict even a couple of beers may leave me feeling less than stellar on Sunday.

On another note: I have returned to work and I am loving it. Yes, I wish my baby was hanging out with me in my office all day, but I am a career woman and I missed my job too. I have moments where I get a little bit of heartache, but I try my hardest to stay busy so I see my little baby sooner. He is doing WONDERFUL at daycare. I'm told he is an easy baby, and alert for his age. All I know is when I pick him up, I breathe in his baby scent, and I now know what love smells like.

Look at those blue eyes.

~Mama Lo~

Friday, March 16, 2012

Basketball jones

All I can say is I am so glad I'm normally working during march madness. I can't put myself through an upset like that again next year. Mizzou broke my soul today! Yes, I'm dramatic.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

27 Pounds

That is how much I have lost since I have been home with Baby Lo. 9 pounds were lost the first week, all water. The rest has been hard work and a short stint with breastfeeding. With that said, I'd like to set my first goal weight at 135, which is 18 pounds from here. I am returning to work next week, and I will be establishing routine again. So friends, you can look forward to reading about the fitness and weight loss journey of Mama Lo again. I am so excited! I started off with a day of cooking and freezing yesterday. I will post recipes soon! ~Mama Lo~

Monday, March 12, 2012

History Repeats Itself

A lot of people insisted our son only looked like Daddy Lo when he was born. As his cheeks have filled out and he's started smiling, I decided to pull out some of my old baby pictures. I think he looks a little like me...no?


Either way, he's a good lookin kid! Adorable and full of smiles these days.

~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Adventures of a New Mom - Favorite Baby Items

As the story goes, you get pregnant, have a shower or two, and receive a TON of cute baby clothes and other items. If you are anything like me, you don't know what half of the items do until baby arrives, and then you find things you still need as well as your favorites.

To help my new mommy readers, I wanted to share a few of MY favorite items. These are the items I couldn't get by without.

First - Sheet Savers

Babies spit up a lot, especially when you have fed them in the middle of the night, and put them back down to sleep. Unless you enjoy fighting the mattress out of the crib to change sheets several times a day, this handy dandy item is a must.

Find info here: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3613460
Second - Dr. Brown's Natural Flow Bottles

I started off nursing my baby, and had no education or ideas about bottles. I didn't know there were different flows of nipples or the importance of keeping air from passing through into baby's tummy. So, the first time I used a bottle, I had the wrong kind of nipple, had the bottom of the bottle twisted too loose, and milk was dumping all over my precious boy's face. Then I discovered these awesome bottles. They flow natural to come close to breast feeding. Baby determines how fast or slow the milk comes out. You don't have to worry about tightening the top or bottom of the bottle to get the air flow right. There is technology inside to take care of all of that for you.

Find info here: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3092104
Third - SleepSack Swaddle Blanket

You'll learn how to swaddle baby in classes or at the hospital, but if your baby is like mine, they'll often kick their way right out of the swaddle. I have quite the kicker on my hands. He loooves to move his little legs. So a nice alternative is the sleep sack, which zips and velcros the baby right in.

Find info here: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4111784
Last - Baby Swing

Holy moly. I didn't realize how important this one would be. At right around 6 weeks, Baby Lo began a spell where he would cry for 2 to 4 hours a night. For NO reason. He wasn't hungry, he didn't want to sleep, he didn't need to be changed. He was bored. Plain and simple. Finally, one Friday night, Daddy Lo and I were desperate and went to WalMart, towing the screaming baby with us, and bought a baby swing. There are swings ranging from $60 to more than $200. We went with the $60 model. It has some music, swings, battery operated, and a couple of stuffed animals hanging from a plastic mobile. The mobile is manual, meaning you have to stand there and turn it if you feel the need. But truthfully, Baby Lo is more interested in watching the poles of the swing move back and forth next to him than he is the mobile. When he does look at the mobile, he just moves his eyes back and forth between the two animals, interested in their shapes and colors.

A few things I DIDN'T Need:
Burp cloths. They make specific burp cloths, and some women make their own using diapers. Honestly, I carry a receiving blanket around with me all day to clean up all messes baby might make, and it does the trick just fine. I don't need to have a receiving blanket, burp cloth, etc. etc. lying around the house. (Trust me, it is difficult to find time to clean. Don't make more clutter for yourself.)

Winter Coat. Babies can't wear puffy winter coats in their car seat, because it doesn't allow the straps to get tight enough. You won't be sledding or playing in the snow with an infant. Some nice heavy blankets to tuck baby in will do just fine.

Let me know what some of your favorite items are as you discover them!

~Mama Lo~