Sorry! No 12 week PP UpDate

Hello,

Just wanted to pop in and say that I did not forgot it was my 12 week/3 month update. An update I was looking forward to! I am not chickening out, BUT there is zero point in me doing an update this week. On Sunday I came down with a sinus infection, that has rapidly made its way through the household. The baby currently has it =(  Being sick means the past few days, i have not been able to put the work into my body that I would have liked to have put into for the 3 month update. To add to that I also started my period this week; which as many of you know makes you bloated and gain water weight.

I was going to start to do month to month updates. BUT I think I will do a 14 week update to make up for this and then do a month to month update..

Bennett’s 2nd Birthday Party: Curious George Theme

So late last month we celebrated Bennett’s 2nd Birthday Party. We had it later in the month because Bennett’s actual birthday on the 3rd was just too close to Owen’s birth and I knew I wasn’t going to be up to planning a birthday party SO soon after giving birth. In fact, usually I start planning a party months in advance and although i had an IDEA of what i wanted for Bennett’s party; I didn’t begin until about a week before and most of the supplies I got were from the Dollar Store, some Target and Amazon too.

For the past few month before, I also debated between whether his theme should be Curious George, Cars or Baseball. He loves all 3 of those. However, I figured baseball & cars are things he will most likely still like as he gets older, but Curious George represents his current age very well. Since I love planning parties and have such bad luck with them (usually the weather) I decided to give myself slack this time around. I was going to keep it very simple and casual and not stress about it.  And that paid off. Cause just like every other party I have had before, the weather was my nemesis. The WHOLE Week, the weather had been perfect, but of course the day of the mainly outdoor party it had to be overcast weather with some light showers. Which led to  very anti-climatic decor as I couldn’t really decorate outside. BUT i didn’t panic and just accepted the day for what it was and what was accomplished looked nice.

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For food we kept it simple with Sloppy Joe’s I Made, pizza from Little Ceasar’s, Fresh Veggies, Pretzel Chips and for Dessert. Funfetti Cake w/ Lemon Icing, Banana Cupcakes w/Cream Cheese Frosting and Chocolate Cupcakes w/ Chocolate frosting all of which I made and decorated.

 

The weather did get better towards the end and the party overall was nice and Bennett had a bajillion cupcakes and enjoyed himself thoroughly which is all that really matters at the end of the day.

Unique & Uncommon Girl Names Beginning with A

On Friday I posted a list of 20 Uncommon Boys Names Beginning With A so, I of course had to follow up with the girls version! ENJOY!

 

Do you have any favorites from the list?! Next up is the letter B, leave your suggestions down below!

20 Uncommon & Unique Boy Names Beginning with A

Last week, a friend of mine on Facebook asked for baby boy name suggestions, as they are having a boy very soon and have yet to fins a name they like. I quickly messaged her and asked her a series of questions to determine the styles of names they were looking for and then I made her a list of 40 names. Whether they end using a name from list, we will see.. but what I do know is I enjoyed making that list. You see, I have always had a fascination with names and their meaning and origins. I am odd like that, always being interested in random subjects and interests. After making that list I thought to myself… could I have this as a job? haha and although, I don’t know if baby list name making for those expecting can actually be a job… I figured.. Hey! why don’t I make it a series on blog?! So today, I present to you 20 Uncommon and/or Unique Baby Boys Names Beginning with the letter A.

 

 

 

 

 

And those are the 20 names! What name is your favorite?! Do you have a child with any of these names? Were you maybe inspired to use one of these names? Let me know in the comments down below! Coming soon will be 20 Uncommon/Unique Baby Names for Girls Beginning with A.

10 Weeks Postpartum

I contemplated skipping this weeks check in. I have felt SO good about my body this week, and I feel like I definitely sabotaged myself a little last night but eating THREE pizza of pizza we made ourselves and was definitely not gluten free. I will get it out of the way but I definitely did not accomplish my weight goal of 137, which is okay, but it is disappointing knowing I put the effort in and although, I can feel the results and somewhat see them. To not physically see them on the scale or in the photos is very upsetting to me. However, as much as I want to pretend the two week check in isn’t a thing this week, I will still post it. Also, something to keep on mind, which also may be self sabotage on my part is the fact that I don’t have any underwear that isn’t either a thong of complete full coverage that fits my current size. So for the bottoms, they are obviously tight, which only accentuates the fat. I am also, annoyed that my front facing camera on my phone as such poor quality!

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I really really HATE looking at these photos.  And I think that is because I know in 2 weeks I will be hitting my 3 month mark and I am not where I wanted to be at 3 months and also, because swimsuit season is coming upon us. So, I have been doing everything right fitness wise and doing decently well food wise.  However, I know I building muscle, but I am not shedding fat. What I need to do is more cardio. Something, I have talked about but haven’t really been able to do. I won’t bore you with why I haven’t really done cardio, besides some small indoor cardio BUT I think starting tomorrow, I need to get up early while Andrew is still home to watch the kids before work and I need to go and run. That is the only way I will start getting the results I want, with everything else I have already been doing. I have also, been drinking a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (with water) every morning and I quite impressed with how much I don’t hate it.

See you again May 31st

Weekly Re-Cap: #2

 

Welp, first off I am late to getting this posted! So way to go me! But to be honest, this past week is sort of a blur to me…

Sunday, Andrew and I had planned to clean out our Garage. We had recently acquired a whole bunch of my childhood boxes, which ended up taking up a while bunch of space. So my goal was to go through all of the boxes and sort them or throw stuff away and then make space in the garage for everything.  We woke up that morning and I made my delicious Gluten Free Pancakes. and we started to unload the garage so I could go through everything.

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Unfortunately, half way through the process of cleaning I got some very sad and serious news. Nothing that I plan on sharing at the moment; but something that definitely put a slight damper to the day.  We decided to run some errands and just hang out and process for a moment. Then I continued with the cleaning process for a short while and mainly just organized the garage so we could get stuff when we needed it. We will be having another clean out day pretty soon though.

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The rest of the week I was in a real funk. I tried to get work done, but really just couldn’t muster the energy up to do it. Besides getting workouts in, I cannot remember most of the week. This is what I can remember though…

Tuesday, Owen turned 2 Months old! Which is a shock to me, but it also feels like he has been here 6 months already. It was also National Have A Coke Day so I celebrated just that on Instagram. Also, I think this was the day that the first prototype of one of the shirts we will be selling on the new website arrived too!

With Owen turning 2 months old we had his 2 month Old check up where I was pleased to find out he is gaining weight again! Even if he is still in the 1% percentile. The doctor didn’t seem too worried about his breathing/sleep issues ( i’m still convinced he has mild sleep apnea or something similar) and she confirmed what I suspected that he does have a flat head on one side, but he doesn’t need a helmet at the moment. Besides that… everything looks good.

On Bennett’s end we attempted to begin Potty training, but really I set myself up for failure on this aspect because I really didn’t give myself several days where we are JUST home to prepare ourselves. I am not pushing it, but he is wearing pull-ups, with some naked time and he has sat on the portable potty we have (something I wanted to avoid but felt would work best with Bennett) but doesn’t like it very much, he will in a worried tone say “YAY!” but he hasn’t sat on it willingly yet. To bribe him we give him hot wheels, which he enjoys. BUT i have cleaned more pee AND poop off the floors than I would like to admit.

Friday, we watched my little brothers baseball game (they won) and then we went to dinner afterwards which was nice and Saturday, we went to watch Andrew’s cousin play softball. She absolutely killed it, even if their team lost and afterwards we had pizza at their place. It is always nice getting to spend time with them; since both Andrew and I only met that side of the family 2 years ago and Andrew’s youngest cousin is only a year older than Bennett. So they get to spend time together playing and that was a wrap up to our week and nice way to end it since it had started with such bad/sad news.

 

4 Summer Drinks Ft. Berry LaCroix

 

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Hope you enjoy and let me know if you make them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Re-Cap: #1

I am still trying to figure out what exactly I want this blog to be. I have a general idea of content I WANT to create but I am just not quite there yet… and I may write a post on that soon too. However, I do know I want to use it as a diary of sorts, to remember how I was feeling during this time and where the family was at during a particular time. That is also the reason why I have began vlogging.. but I haven’t kept up with it. Bits and clips here and there but nothing daily or weekly. So, the way I look at it, even if I didn’t  film anything. I can a least have a verbal account of what happened that week. I will try and post these every Saturday.  I like the idea of a monthly re-cap, but I just don’t want to miss out on anything and with mom brain being REAL strong these days, that is bond to happen…

We will begin with the Sunday, although I wont go into too much detail since I will be writing a blog post on the day, but we celebrated Bennett’s Birthday Party.  We celebrated it later in the month, to give me some time to actually be mentally present to plan it, since Owen had just been born the month before.  It was a Curious George Theme and Bennett has an absolute blast!

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Monday and Tuesday were probably the most trying two days I have had with Owen since he was born. The Saturday before Bennett’s birthday we ended up having to make an emergency trip to the doctors office, because we had been having issues with Owen projectile vomiting. He ended having to go to the hospital and get some blood work and testing done. Luckily, everything came back normal… but he was also given medicine and they had us switch to the very fancy expensive special formula. Fast forward to Monday and Tuesday. I spent my whole day holding Owen cause it was the only way I could get him to stop crying. He was screaming and crying in pain , the vomiting had stopped but now he was just miserable. I would like to add that although, it was exhausting and it was disappointing to not be able to get other stuff done. I amazingly was still sane, and a big part of that probably has to do with Bennett being very good and playing with all of his new toys.

So, after two days of torturous screaming I called the doctors office to see if I needed to come in or if we should just wait for our 2 month check-up. The advice nurse assumed it was just colic but had us come in that morning anyways. I should add, we had to rush to that appointment so everyone including myself were in PJ’s haha. I met with a nice young doctor, as our primary pediatrician is out on medical leave. I liked that she listened to my theory ( this all started once we switched formulas) and she agreed with me! I switched Owen’s formula when we got home back to out regular formula and so far no more screaming and crying in pain. Also, since giving him the anti-acid medicine no more projectile vomit too!

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Later that day I also met with my doctor to get a copper IUD… because the shop is closed for babies, at least for another 2-3 years. Like I have a date marked in my calendar on my phone for when we can start trying again, if we want to. The fact that I got an IUD put in is a big step for me, because I have always been funny about birth control. I just have never liked the idea of messing with my horomones and also, remembering to take it. So the copper IUD was a nice option for me. After that appointment I met Andrew and a nearby park, where he was watching the boys.

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It might sound silly, but I was super proud of Bennett at the park. He likes to run around the park and he will climb on the structures but doesn’t do much besides that. So it was fun to watch him climb around and go down a slide for the first time, on his OWN. He has never gone down without being on our laps or one of us pushing him down. So, that was a silly milestone moment for this mama.

Overall, nothing too exciting. I have been working out more, began to start a Keto diet. Not fully, but mostly. The main thing I am working on , is to only drink ONE coke a day. I had gotten myself down to 2-3 a day, so now it is just one and I am decreasing my sugar intake by a lot! I am a sweets LOVER so just slowly taking it at of my diet for now is key. I also purchase the sample shirts for my website. Which I hope to launch later this month (fingers crossed!) . Also, May 2nd marked 10 years since my Grandma T passed away; although I was able to keep myself pre-occupied for the day, I have realized I have some thoughts and feelings about her passing that I would love to share soon.

Andrew as per usual has been working non-stop. Even working today (Saturday). He has had two dinners with his boss this week, which is nice. I like it cause it means I don’t have to prepare dinner and he is currently in limbo with his job, as his boss is preparing to sell some of the company. So we are waiting to see if Andrew will be staying with his current boss, going to the new company or being laid off. I would personally be very shocked if it was the latter though.  Since we just got a new SUV earlier this month too, we are hoping he will be staying with his current boss.

As for the boys in general, they are both doing good. I am a little worried that Owen we will be told Owen might need a helmet at his 2 month appointment coming up, since one side is a little flat, but now that we have seemed to fix his stomach issues he is just a normal infant. eating, sleeping and pooping. And man does that kid poop. I never had this problem with Bennett. Bennett never had blowouts or porjectile poop. BUT OWEN. It’s like he waits for me to open his already dirty diaper to start pooping some more! He has also began to smile out of recognization and he really does have the sweetest most joyful smile for baby.

Also, no one warned me how emotional Bennett turning TWO would be for me. Cause now he really isn’t a baby anymore. He is a full fledged “all boy” toddler. The new haircut doesn’t help with my feelings either. I am constantly staring at him in awe and sadness that he is growing up and won’t always be a little boy. He also, gave me a great scare yesterday when he went over the side of our couch, head first into the hardwood floor. Somehow, he was fine though.. but my mama heart drop thinking about how much worse that fall could have been! I am also enjoying watching him play and sing to himself. He is still obsessed with cars and that is what he plays with the most but right now his favorite song to sing is Wheels on The Bus. He just sings the basic on the song ” wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round ,all through the town” but he has now added “shush,shush,shush” for the Mama’s on the bus part. Although, he doesn’t add the mama’s on the bus, he just makes the noises.

And that is it for our week. Most weeks we don’t have many exciting things going on. I spend most of my days in the house with the boys, trying to accomplish a task or two and running errands, but there are always small moments worth remembering.

January TBBC Book Review: My True Love Gave To Me By Various Authors

I am SO far behind on book reviews! OOPS!

In January Andrew and I embarked on our Book Club reads. Since then we have completed 2 more books, took a break due to the birth of Owen and currently awaiting for our May Read (That Summer by Caitlin Robbins).  While looking for books to semi schedule into our reading routine (although, I derailed that for our March Read) I stumbled across My True Love Gave To Me and knew I couldn’t wait until December 2018 for us to read it. It’s a book filled with Christmas related short stories and I was a big fan of pretty much ALL the authors.

One thing I definitely learned after reading this book and the book before it (Paris for One and Other Stories by JoJo Moyes) is that I am not a big fan of collections of Small Stories; because I if I like the story… I want to read more of it! but, I do appreciate them for what they are.  So I am not going to review all the stories but I am going to note the ones that were our favorites and least favorite stories.

We will begin with my favorites “Welcome to Christmas,CA” by Kiersten White & “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins. Both stories just made me happy and made me wish that they were snippets of a full blown book.

Runner ups would have been “Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus” by Myra McEntire &“Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me” by Jenny Han. And although, not my favorites I appreciated “Krampuslauf” by Holly Black and “Star of Bethlehem” by Ally Carter, as they were on par for their style of storytelling.

My least favorite which was also, Andrews least favorite was “The Lady and the Fox” by Kelly Link. I was intrigued by the story at first, but the ending just got really weird and had me scratching my head about what I read. While I didn’t hate it, Andrew most definitely did.

Weirdly, Andrew’s two favorites were ones that I didn’t care for as much. “Angels in the Snow” by Matt de la Peña and “The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer” by Laini Taylor. Although, if you asked him why they were his favorite.. i just get “I don’t know they just are..” I personally, felt like Laini Taylor’s short story, would have been better as a book, i didn’t feel it suited a short story narrative in my opinion. So, it wasn’t that I didn’t like it persay, i just felt it didn’t belong in this book.

Overall, I would recommend My True Love Gave To Me… IF you don’t mind short stories, like a handful of these authors and it’s around the holidays. Reading them after the holidays was a little odd.

Buy The Book Here:My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Rental Home Reno. : Painting the House

Almost a year ago, Andrew, Bennett and I moved into the home we currently live in and it is a unique situation. The home we live in and rent currently is my first childhood home. It is the home my Dad and Mom bought together, that I came home in and learned to walk in. It is the home that my Dad moved into when my parents divorced and I spent a few days a week at and it’s the house that for almost a year I lived in with my ex-husband before we got divorced and that I lived in by myself coping with that divorce.

Living in the Bay Area, prices for homes and rent are pretty ridiculous, little over a year ago our little family of 3 lived in Mountain View,CA in a cute newly renovated Duplex, that we LOVED. However, once when our lease was up the owners decided to increase our rent. We were sad, but we were planned on renewing our lease, despite the fact that it would make us really tight on money. And then my Dad offered up this house; we weighed the pros and cons… Pro it was a house, Con is what an older home, Pro it has a huge backyard, Con we hate the city its located in, Pro the rent is waaayyy cheaper, etc and ultimately it just made sense for us to move there.

Even though it is my technically “my” home we are still renters which means we can’t just fix it up whenever and however we’d like. However, at the beginning of the year Andrew and I made a list of things we would like to improve with home and hopefully we would get approval to do said things. We do plan on living in this house for 3 more years and the first item on that list was to get the exterior of the home painted.

So over a month ago, we had mentioned this to my Dad and about a week ago he texted me to let me know to pick out colors. It was a little out of the blue and we were getting it all done in a few days time frame. So it was a little rushed and we didn’t get to buy samples to try out beforehand. I was going purely off of what I saw online. Which is difficult. This was also a miscommunication on my Dad’s part. He thought since we had asked about it, that we had already tested colors out.. but i digress.

You see, you have NO IDEA how excited I was for this project the color of our house prior to getting it painted was a faded yellow, with faded greenish blue shutters. and peeling white trim. On top of how the landscaping of our front yard, it was just kind of made us embarrassed to have people over….

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For inspiration of course I looked on Pinterest. I knew I wanted a navy-ish exterior, true white trim, a colored door and with the shutters I wanted natural wood stained shutters.

 

So, unfortunately my idea of naturally stained wooden shutters…Which I would want to be the color of the door in the middle photo above; was nixed. AND my original options for a colored door (See below) were nixed.

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For the exterior, Andrew and I debated between two colors from Sherwin Williams.. Naval and In the Navy. Since Andrew doesn’t really give too many opinions when it comes to this kind of stuff. We went with his pick of In the Navy.  The next day was paint day (just the exterior) and after he finished and we saw the final result.. we were a little shocked.

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Although, the photos don’t do full justice to the problem, the home was very BLUE. Not a navy color but BLUE and on top of that there was a mistake and the color was done in a gloss, so we had a very blue and shiny home.  So after a day of discussion we decided to switch to our original color choice of Naval and definitely NOT with any gloss or sheen.

After making the switch and seeing the final product we are both VERY happy with the final results. Every time I drive up to our home, I fall more and more in love with it. There are still a lot of things we need to do. Like the porch needs a new color, all the shutters need to go up, and we need to do landscaping in our front yard, but it never ceases to amaze me what a little fresh paint can do for a home.

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