We are EXTREMELY Blessed!

I’m BACK….

Have you missed me?  Well, I’ve missed you!  Life got away from me and all of the sudden I realized its been months since I’ve written.  I have plenty of updates for you.  As you know I was in the home stretch of my weight loss goals with the help of Shakeology and Brazil Butt Lift’s Slim and Lift program.  Well God or the universe had something else in mind for me and I discovered I was pregnant in April!

With News, News and more News….

Fallyn at Disney for her 2nd Birthday!

We are in store for round three and couldn’t be happier, while we had been on the fence about our third child (The Right Number of Babies) and to tell you the truth my husband was considering having a vasectomy, our family couldn’t be happier than we are.  Again God and the universe must have known our family wouldn’t be complete with out a third child!  We will be expecting baby number3 around December 10th.

By the way, guess when graduation for my MBA is….December 15th, meaning finals will happen December 8th.  I will go out of my MBA the same way I came in pregnant/just having delivered a baby.  It is a little stressful but I got through it once I can certainly do it again 🙂

Other news, I have been working on a weight gain goal of 20-25lbs, this number is based on my beginning weight as being on the high end of healthy, as well as myself knowing in my last two deliveries 3 weeks after having the baby I lost 20lbs, which tells me that was the extra weight I was supposed to have gained.

While I have continued working out, this summer we’ve taken many vacations, so I’m having trouble moving out of vacation mode back into normal!  Well summer is almost over so I have plans!!

20 Weeks Pregnant

After I have the baby reaching my fitness goals will take priority again.  I already have my plans in place.  As soon as I feel good again after delivering I’ll start walking, then 6wks later after my postpardum check up as long as I’m good I’ll start one of the Beachbody Programs!  I’m thinking a round of Brazil Butt Lift followed by either Insanity or Les Mills Pump.  I really want Pump, the results I’ve seen from others are AMAZING!!  But so are the Insanity results so I’m still torn but I have time to decide.

Baby #3 Gender Reveal at Siesta Key…IT’S A GIRL!

And more updates…Fallyn turned 2 and Dominic will be 1 in about a month.  Time FLIES!!!  I have maintained a 4.0 GPA in my MBA which I’m extremely excited about.  My summer class is almost over so hoping to keep that 4.0 and move into my last semester starting at the end of the month.

In the near future…..

Some of the posts I have planned coming up will include, trying to stay on track when you feel as hungry as a trucker, working on your marriage, trying to keep your house in at least a decent condition when you have two children and two dogs bent on causing its destruction, the importance/myths of lifting weights, dealing with inconsiderate comments or unwanted opinions, teaching your children and more recipes.

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Pacifier Dielemma

NEVER have lots of sugar! FAIL!

When I got my dogs I said to myself, my dogs will never sleep in our bed, won’t eat people food, and won’t get on the furniture.  I was able to stick with all those NEVERS so naturally when I was pregnant I knew many things that my children would never do as well.  I knew my children would never drink soda, I knew I would encourage them to play sports, practice an instrument, draw, paint, dance, I knew McDonalds would only be eaten every once in awhile, I knew that they would not have a bottle past the age of one, I knew I would take away their pacifier when they were less than 12months.  I knew so many things that I would certainly and even more that I would NEVER do.

Bottle gone by 1, this one I managed

Well, NEVER SAY NEVER.  Of my list my kids have never drank soda (given to them by me, I know my Grandmother slipped Fallyn Sprite once and then was scolded), they are not old enough yet to enroll in sports and fine arts activities but this one I know I’ll be doing soon, Fallyn LOVES to dance and run!  McDonalds unfortunately became a frequent place for us when I was pregnant with Dominic, .99cent Chicken Nuggets and $1.99 Happy Meals lured me in!  Bottle we did well with, that was gone around 10months.  I wanted her to have time to adjust to no bottle for a while before Dominic was born.

My biggest guilt, Fallyn still uses a pacifier.  I know, bad parenting!!!!!!!!  I can’t do it, I can’t take it away 😦

I know the way she is sleeping is distracting but, notice said pacifier!

In my own defense, because Lord knows when your child is going to be two in a few months no one else is going to defend you for still giving them a pacifier.  I was all determined when she was about a year maybe a little older.  I started to research ways to get rid of the pacifier.

Everything was for like a 6 year old (ie leaving them for a pacifier fairy) the more I read the more and more it said by two you should limit pacifiers to bed and nap.  Well, HELL I had done that a long time ago I was ahead of the game right? Then here came my big shocker, where I kind of gave up on the idea of taking it away, I read on multiple (credible) sites such as babycenter.com and parenting.com that Drs. say pacifier should be completely given up by 4years old to prevent the child’s teeth from moving!

Her teeth being crooked was the whole reason I wanted to take it from her.  And if that wasn’t going to happen until after 4, then I still had FOREVER to figure it out.

So, here I sit typing to you while my Fallyn is sleeping soundly with her pacifier.  I have started asking her if she’s ready to be a big girl and sleep with no “fier” she says “no”.  I know, why am I asking a 1 year old what they want.  Honestly, I’m not ready to force it.  I put her in her crib she grabs for the pacifier and her sock monkey I cover her with the blanket, say I love you, good night my baby and turn off the light.  She sleeps until morning.  Same thing happens at nap, but that only lasts about two hours 🙂

My little cuddlier!!

Dominic isn’t a pactifier baby, not like Fallyn!  He’ll take it every once in awhile but Dominic is going to be a blankie baby.  He gets a hold of one of those little blakets with the animal heads and squeezes and closes his eyes right away.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure I’ll have Fallyn kick her pacifier habit before she’s four.  Then I don’t have to worry about her teeth, maybe sooner she does love being very independent.  Another reason I haven’t tried very hard to take it away.  I think she’s going to have to decide for herself or its going to be a horrible experience for us both.

Oh! All the things I KNEW then...

The point of this post being NEVER SAY NEVER, especially when you are talking about your future parenting wills and won’ts 😉  Because your child is different then everyone else’s and you can explain away all their worst habits!

Weighing in After a Bad Day

Here we are back at Wednesday.  I was disappointed on Monday when I weighed in to my weight loss challenge and had only lost 2lbs.  Then yesterday I had a bad eating day, while it wasn’t terrible but I did take my daughter to McDonald’s.  Here we have $1.99 Happy Meals on Tuesdays & Thursdays so we both had a Happy Meal.  And when she didn’t eat all of hers I ate the rest 😦  For dinner yesterday I did do better, but if  I want to lose 3lbs a week I have to stay on track all the time!  It is hard with Fallyn and Vince eating whatever they want,  moving, and Thanksgiving coming up.  I haven’t decided what to do on Thanksgiving day, I’m thinking of keeping my portions very small and even then only eating the things I absolutely love.  I’d love some recommendations of how to get through the holidays and keep losing weight!

Starting Weight: 177
Last Week’s Weight:   173

Today: 172

So luckily today’s weight is still the same from Monday, so my bad choices yesterday did not have too bad an effect on my overall goal.  But I still would like to be down to 168 by Monday.  Since I only lost two last week, I’ve added the extra to my goal for this week!  Hopefully carrying lots of boxes over the weekend will burn plenty of calories!!

An update from last week as well we have found a house and will be moving in this weekend.  We are again so thankful to the great friends and family we have.  I am sad to be leaving my first house but so relieved to start over.  We are moving closer to my family who I have missed in the time I have lived an hour+ away from all of them.  We will also be closer to Vince’s work which will be nice.  The only concern is that now I will be an hour and 15 minutes from my school.  Since I only have class on Saturday we decided this was a sacrifice that we could deal with.

What a crazy year we’ve had!!!!  The one up ahead is going to be just as exciting.  Fallyn will be two, Dominic will turn one and I will have an MBA!  Wish us luck!!

More STRESS & Weighing In

Well, if I thought I couldn’t get anymore stressed I was wrong!  Two kids and an MBA were enough for me to be honest, I had NO idea how much worse it could get!  Here is the back ground info to the new stress I’m facing.  We, like so many others, bought our house in 2007 at the height of the housing market prices, we were about to get married and thought we should buy before prices get any higher.  We found a nice little starter house and jumped in!  Then everything went down hill, our house is only worth about half of what we owe on it and we qualified for NONE of the wonderful government programs that could help us.  To summarize after exhausting many options we got a lawyer and decided to short sale our house.  In July it went on the market and after just one weekend and two views we had an offer!

We were ecstatic, but then we had to wait for the bank to approve the offer.  I can tell you we WAITED AND WAITED AND WAITED!  Now, FINALLY on Monday (4 Months later) we get the phone call the bank has excepted the offer and wants to close November 30th.  While this is great news, we now have a just a few weeks to find a place to live and pack up our house.  To add to the difficulty of finding a new place to live we have two medium-large sized dog.  Luckily we have many good friends and may have already found a place.  We are just waiting to hear back about the dogs.  If this house doesn’t work out there are many people keeping their eyes open for us so I know we will find the right place.

Mean while it’s Weigh in Wednesday again!  As mentioned before I am a stress eater!  So far I’ve done really well and haven’t cheated.   I will tell you that box of  White Chedder Cheez Its in the cabinet has been calling my name!  But here we are at another weigh in and my challenge is a big part of what is keeping me motivated, its what is keeping me from answering the constant call of those delicious, salty snacks!  Here’s a quick review of the challenge:  Lindsey and I must lose 35lbs by January 31st.  This equates to about 3lbs every week to meet that goal, so this week by Monday I’ll need to weigh 171lbs if I want to be on track.

Beginning Weight:  177
Last Week’s Weight:  176

Today’s Weight:  173

I’m down 1lb from Monday!  Yesterday I did not work out at all so that has to be my only day off this week.  Today I have walked the lake with a friend and will be walking again in my neighborhood this evening with another friend!  In a month where we remember the things we are thankful for, I realize I have a lot.  Friends and family to support us tops my list of things that I am thankful for.