Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Postpartum Update {2 weeks}

Hey you guys!!! Sorry for being a little MIA these days! Adjusting to life with a newborn and now a mommy to 3 has been quite busy!! Most of my days are spent feeding children, cleaning, doing laundry, snuggling (of course) and sleeping a little! It's been crazy but wonderful all at the same time!

I kind of cringe at the thought of showing postpartum pics! I have never been a fan of this phase! Although I will say that I have much less weight to lose at this point than usual...it's never a good feeling to look pregnant when you aren't! I know that it takes time for your body to get back to it's prepregnancy shape but I'm pretty impatient and I hate not having clothes that fit! These days I'm living in yoga pants, athletic shorts and t-shirts! I'm lucky if my hair is clean...a ponytail is my norm and make up is a luxury! I'm looking hot...let me tell you! 

This is my 2 week postpartum pic:


I gained 28 lbs. total for this pregnancy. I lost about 10 in the hospital and 8 more of water weight in the past couple weeks. I have 10 more lbs. to go until I'm back at my pre- pregnancy weight. I know it will take some time and I don't think my uterus is back to normal quite yet! 

These pics make me cringe for sure but here are my postpartum belly pics! I want to be real with you guys because I'm not the type of girl that has a baby and comes home wearing her pre-pregnancy clothes! It usually takes me a good year or more to lose all the baby weight. That won't be the case this time around because of clean eating and not gaining a ton of weight during my pregnancy but here goes! Yikes!



I have been wearing a Squeem (postpartum corset type thing) since my third day postpartum and I plan to wear it  at least until my third week. Not sure if it's helping my waist or not but it does help with my posture and I feel more held together! I'm starting to feel more like normal (Thank Goodness!!) but it's still a little painful for me to walk sometimes. I have Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction  which basically means that the ligament in my pelvic bone stretched a little too far during pregnancy/childbirth. Luckily it seems to be improving and I'm hoping that after this week...the pain will be gone! 

I promise to keep you guys updated on my progress and keep sharing with you guys new healthy recipes, my daily eats, and clean eating tips along the way! 

Now....back to laundry...feeding...and snuggling!! :) 


The Squeem makers have no idea who I am. I am not getting paid by them to write this post. I just happened to choose this corset after my last pregnancy (although I did not wear it) and have decided to give it a try this time around. I do really like it and I promise to give you guys my honest opinion about it! :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

My Birth Story {Knox}

Hey you guys!! Whew...it's been a busy week for me!! So let me tell you guys how it all went down!!

Last Sunday {Aug. 10th} I woke up at 2 a.m. with contractions. I knew these were different than the Braxton Hicks contractions that I had been having. I started timing them and they were 5 minutes apart. After 20 minutes of timing...they were now 3 minutes apart and getting more and more intense! We called the doc and he said to come on in to L&D. 

Things went really fast at that point. After an hour of getting settled in the hospital..I was already at 10 cm and ready to push! Worst contractions ever!! This was the first labor that I have had without an epidural or any pain meds!! After a few minutes of pushing...we welcomed our sweet baby boy into this world!! Best feeling ever! They laid him on my stomach and I fell in love at first sight! 

He was 8 lbs. 12 oz....which is a whole pound larger than my last baby! Whew!!! 


We were discharged 30 hours later! Baby Knox and I were doing great and I was ready to get home to sleep in my own bed!!!

This week has been wonderful. The cramps/muscle aches have been pretty rough. I hear they get a little harder after each baby. I am beyond in love with my family of 5. My other babies are absolutely in love with Knox and my husband has been too good to be true. I have enjoyed every second of him being home with me. He takes care of everyone and it melts me to see him loving on Knox. 




Thank you all for the sweet comments!! I promise to do some postpartum weight loss updates with pics! Yikes! I'm going to get back on the weight loss train shortly so I am excited for you guys to follow my journey! :)



Tuesday, August 12, 2014

{He's Here}


Happy Tuesday! I thought today's post would be my {40 week BUMPdate} but I'm actually thrilled to tell you guys that my sweet baby boy was born Sunday morning at 5:12 a.m. He was 8 lbs. 12 oz. and 21 1/4 inches!

Welcome to the world Knox Beckett! 

I'm so in love!!! I promise to tell you guys my birth story but I decided to take a few days to spend snuggling with my baby boy and my sweet little family!!

Here are a few more pics!!



Hope you guys have an awesome week!!! Thanks for all of the sweet Facebook and Instagram comments!! You guys are the best!!! :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

{Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal}


I love steel cut oatmeal. I like the texture so much better than regular oats but honestly I rarely meet an oatmeal I don't like!!! It's filling and super healthy! This is a really easy recipe for steel cut oatmeal that reminds me of Apple pie! Yumm! 




Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

1/4 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cup water
1 small apple peeled and chopped
1 tbsp. honey
2 dashes cinnamon
dash allspice
1/2 tbsp. chia seeds

toppings:
honey
organic butter
chopped walnuts
extra cinnamon

Add oatmeal ingredients to a small saucepan. Cook for 15-20 minutes on medium high until all the water has absorbed. Add toppings of choice!


It's that easy!!! :) Enjoy!! 

Friday, August 8, 2014

{Third Trimester Must-Haves}

Happy Friday!! TGIF...right?? Since I am nearing the end of my third trimester, I thought it would be fun to finish out my {Pregnancy Must-Have Series}

 Be sure to check out my 1st Trimester and 2nd Trimester Must-Haves...I still can't live without most of those! 




1. Third Trimester Tea: I love this stuff! Not only does it strengthen your uterus to prepare you for labor but it tastes good!! I love drinking hot tea before bed...it relaxes me! Not sure if it will help with my labor or not but I sure do enjoy drinking it! 

2. EOS Lip gloss: I'm obsessed with this stuff. When I wake up at night, every hour on the dot it seems, this is a must have! Well  these and tums of course!! I'm loving this EOS brand. 

3. C9 by Champion Sports bra: The bigger my belly gets..the more I want to wear stretchy, comfy clothes! These Columbia sports bras are a must! 

4. Maternity Tee Shirt dresses: It's summer time, it's hot and these dresses are easy and comfortable! I have every color Target makes and I throw these on to go anywhere and everywhere!

5. Old Navy Flip Flops and Sam Edelman Sandals: My feet are starting to swell some now and the last thing I want to do is wear uncomfortable shoes or heels! Sam Edelmam flats and Old Navy Flip Flops are the only shoes I like to wear!


Linking up with Housewife Glamour for Friday Favorites!

Monday, August 4, 2014

{Meal Planning Monday} 8/4/2014

Hey You Guys! Happy Monday!! Hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was pretty great. Just kind of lazy most of the time. I can't really do too much. I feel like even just going to Target I get the concerned look from strangers. Like I may go into labor anytime or they feel bad for me being THIS pregnant in the heat of the summer! It isn't too bad actually. I am rather large and uncomfortable but I am super excited and just happy that most of the time...I feel pretty good!

This is my plan for the week!



Breakfasts: All of these breakfasts are super fast and easy which is exactly what I need these days!


Lunch:

  • Scrambled eggs with half of an avocado and fruit
  • Leftovers
  • Avocado Chicken Salad on a bed of salad greens or in a whole grain pita

Snacks:

  • Plain Greek yogurt with fruit and honey
  • Larabar
  • Apple and all natural peanut butter
  • Bartlett pear with unsalted almonds

Dinner:




Hope you guys have a great week!! If you eat any of the same meals/snacks as I do....take a pic.....instagram it....tweet it or post it on my facebook wall! I love, love, love hearing from you guys!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

{What I Ate Wednesday} 7/30/14

Hi!!! Hope you all are having a great week so far!! I am terribly impatient so sitting around just twiddling my thumbs waiting on baby boy is making me crazy!! I am having contractions but nothing real yet!! I am spending my days doing laundry and being lazy! Let me show you what I have been eating:


Breakfast: My usual these days because I am lazy! Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake and coffee with organic half and half.

Lunch: 2 leftover Dr. Praeger's California Veggie Burgers with organic ketchup and half of an avocado.

Snacks: A plum, Luna bar (not my usual but I was starving and achy) and some unsalted almonds later on that day.

Dinner: A Hobo Oven Dinner. I got the idea off of Pinterest and it was super easy and I had all of the ingredients. I just mixed 1 lb. lean ground beef with a couple teaspoons Dijon mustard and 1 egg. Made into 4 patties. Added each patty to a square of aluminum foil and topped with chopped red potatoes, sliced onions and some frozen whole green beans. Baked at 400 for 35 minutes. SO easy and tasty!

Bedtime: I had a small amount of Organic So Delicious Dairy Free Neapolitan Ice Cream and a cup of Organic Third Trimester Tea. YUM!


So tell me....

Have you ever had a hobo dinner? What did you put in yours??

What is your go-to easy but healthy breakfast??



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