Working Out on the Road

As usual, we have been busy, busy, busy around here.  Last week, Kelly and I traveled with my parents to California.  That trip was full of firsts- first flight, first time out of the state, first time at the beach, first time at a hotel, and I’m sure there were a few more.

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Luckily Kelly has always been a pretty flexible baby so sleeping in a hotel was no problem (my parents who shared a room with us the first night may disagree Smile).  We had a lot on our schedule and she was a champ- although I’m sure meeting a lot family that kept telling her how cute she is didn’t hurt either.

Traveling with a baby definitely requires a bit of planning and extra logistics but having my parents with me made it seem much easier.  I was worried how it would be not having any of Kelly’s playmats or other toys that usually give me a little break but my parents were great about watching her and giving me some time to work out or shower.

The hotel gym was just okay but better than some that I’ve seen.  On Thursday, I set up a Tabata-style circuit workout based on what was available.  Luckily I had the gym to myself so I could set everything up as I pleased.  Whenever I am feeling a little unmotivated in the gym, setting up a workout using the Tabata method helps me to get things going.  I tell myself that I can always push myself hard for 20 seconds but trust me, you will get your butt kicked!

(Here is some more info about Tabata workouts)

Hotel Gym Workout

The next day my legs were feeling it after those jumping lunges (I’m pretty sure everyone I was with was aware of that since I did my fair share of complaining about soreness) but I still wanted to take advantage of being at sea level so I turned to Jess’ treadmill workouts page.

I will definitely be using this workout again because I was a sweaty mess afterwards.  I can’t imagine what the guy on the treadmill next to me was thinking but I’m just hoping that he didn’t get hit by my sweat spray.  The only modifications that I made was setting my speeds at 6.5 and 8.0 (instead of 9.0) and the last two rounds, I just did the last 2 minutes at the 8.5 instead of using the cool down time because it required too much button pushing.

I know there’s not always time to work out while on the road but if you can find a half hour here or there, I find that it adds to my vacation rather than taking away from it.  It’s also a great time to try out some creative workouts, like biking around a new city, jogging on the beach, etc.

Questions:

What workouts do you prefer when you’re on the road?

Have you ever been guilty of bringing a screaming baby on a plane?

-Kelly was great on the first flight, screamed her head off on our first flight on the way home, and slept for the entire last flight.

Denver Rock n Roll Recap

It’s already been a week since we finished the Denver Rock n Roll half marathon!  This was my second time doing this race and Shane’s first.  I’m not going to lie, I knew that I could complete the race but I wasn’t sure how pretty it would be since my training wasn’t exactly amazing.  I had a more positive attitude going into this race than I do for most and I didn’t have even a minute of nerves which is pretty much unheard of for me. 

Shane and I weren’t planning to stay together since we both have a tendency to get frustrated when the other is feeling stronger but I had thought we would at least start together.  Unfortunately Shane had to make one last bathroom stop on the way to the start and due to the rolling start, he wasn’t able to find me before we were off. 

I started off feeling great, apparently running without a pregnant belly or a jogging stroller with a baby is much easier.  I had to keep telling myself to slow down otherwise I knew that I would regret it later  (I tell myself this every race and I have yet to listen).  The first 4 miles flew by and I started to have dreams of a much speedier time than anticipated.  I ran into some friends just before mile 6 and I stayed with them for a little before we reached the biggest (I think?) hill of the course.  I was feeling strong so I pushed myself to power up to the top and looking back on the race, I’m pretty sure that was my undoing. 

I’ve gone over the race a few times in my head since last week and I’ve come to the conclusion that I was well-trained for a 10K but I probably had no business doing the half marathon.  I don’t regret doing it but I felt like I was pushing myself to an appropriate extent up until the 10K mark and just running on fumes for the rest of the race.  This was by far my slowest 13.1 time but my only goal for this race was to finish so I wasn’t too disappointed.  I’m glad that I pushed through and finished but I have definitely been taking some time to think about my goals and how to properly train for them in the future.

To this day, I’m not sure how I completed anything after mile 9 but I’m pretty sure that this little face had something to do with it Smile.

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I remember repeating to myself, “I want that medal and I want to see Kelly.”  The thought of seeing that cute baby at the finish line definitely kept me motivated even when I was hurting more than any race I’ve done before. 

I’m really glad that we did this race and I’m even more glad that I don’t have any half marathons coming up on my calendar.  My plan for now is to focus on the 10K distance and once I feel comfortable there, reevaluate.  I know that I want to do another half marathon but right now I need to work on my endurance and overall fitness.  If I do this course again, I need to do a little work on my mental toughness since there are a few down and backs that drive me nuts.

My mom was nice enough to come over at 5:30 am to watch Kelly and then she and my dad drove down to meet us at the finish line.  They even held the sign that Kelly made to help cheer us on.

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Kelly and my dad

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They got a picture of Shane at mile 13

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And then they watched him sprint to the finish line

Post-race with the cutest fan before limping back up the hill to our car.

After a week of reflection, I think this race taught me a good lesson and helped me get back some of my competitive juices.  I am a fan of Rock n Roll races even though this course is not my favorite (way too many switchbacks in City Park, which is something I will train for in the future because those miles are tough mentally for me).  I would say this race was pretty well organized, although the mile 11 marker seemed to be missing (I confirmed this with some other runners).  My RunKeeper was off for most of the race which was a little frustrating but the course was pretty well marked (minus mile 11).  The expo was just okay, nothing special.  I feel like I am always comparing the Denver race to the Chicago Rock n Roll because that was my favorite race (awesome expo, provided fuel for runners, and great after party) and Denver always seems to fall just a little short.

Now that I am walking normally again, I am excited for a couple Thanksgiving 5Ks that we have coming up!

 

Questions:

What is the most important part of training for you (hills, mental, pace)?

When I started running more seriously, it was important that I felt confident that I could physically go that far.  Now I want to take training a bit more seriously and really improve on my weaknesses.

Do you have any races coming up?

Fall Festivities

This weekend was a busy one! After I posted on Saturday, we headed out to Rock Creek Farm to do some pumpkin picking.

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I had never been there before but I found some good reviews online so we decided to check it out. I’m really glad we did because this place was huge! Even though it was pretty busy, they have their system down so we never had to wait too long for anything. You drive through the gates and follow the dirt road until you find a good spot to park. Then you hop out and wander through the fields until you find the perfect pumpkin. We actually ended up picking a pumpkin and then pulling over again when we spotted some better ones.

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There is also a corn maze and then an area for kids. They had face painting, fall treats, bounce houses shaped like pumpkins, a bunch of animals, and some photo opp areas.

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Sunday morning I headed out on a 4 mile run with Daisy. It’s crazy how much easier it is to run without the stroller. I’m feeling pretty good about next week’s race. I’m not planning on a PR or anything but I think it will be enjoyable.
After running some errands, Shane and Kelly got ready to watch some football.

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I got to work outside on decorating for Halloween. Since this is a new house, it took me a little while to figure out where all of our decorations should go.

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Once I was all done with those, I realized that we needed to finish organizing the garage so that we can actually park in there. My real motivation for parking inside was so people could fully see and appreciate our decorations :) . I managed to clear out enough room for my car and after a trip to the Dumpster, Shane’s car should be able to fit too!

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Getting a bunch of work done around the house + big wins for the Patriots and the Red Sox + bath time for Kelly = a happy household!

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Question:

How was your weekend?
What sports teams do you root for?

Workouts Lately

I’ve been pretty happy with the way my workouts have been going since I was cleared by my doctor but it has definitely been a balancing act.  I knew that I couldn’t jump right back into where I was before I got pregnant but I felt like I should be able to push harder than I was at 30+ weeks pregnant.  Since I recovered and healed pretty quickly from my C-section, I was out walking from the day we got home from the hospital.  I was cleared at 4 weeks to start running and lifting light weights and fully cleared at 6 weeks. 

With a half marathon on the calendar, I was focusing mainly on cardio and making sure I would be able to complete the 13.1.  However. the past couple weeks I started to realize that sometimes a quick 20 minute high intensity workout is all I have time for.  I’ve mostly been using ones that I find online but today I decided to makes up my own workout. 

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Warm up:

.5 miles on elliptical

Workout:

  • 50 pushups (these a brutal for me right now and I broke them up into sets of 10)
  • 50 box jumps (I did 20 step ups and 30  box jumps, still getting my confidence back with these)
  • 50 squats (I had planned to do these with an Olympic bar at 135# but someone else was using it so I did deep and slow squats on these blue balance discs)
  • 50 KB swings (first 30 at 30# and last 20 at 40#)
  • 50 push press (25# dumbbells)
  • 50 dips
  • .5 mile as fast as possible

The workout itself took me just under 32 minutes so I’ll use that as a benchmark for the future.

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I definitely pushed myself but took plenty of breaks as well so I’ll be interested to see where that time is in the upcoming months.

Othe workouts this week:

  • Tuesday – 3 mile run with Kelly and the jogging stroller
  • Wednesday – Workout DVD
  • Friday – Tennis with my mom (maybe not a killer workout but definitely used some muscles that haven’t been worked in a while

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As soon as I got home from the gym, Shane had to leave to do some volunteering for one of his classes.  Since our backyard was recently finished, Daisy can’t really hang out on the sod which means lots of walks.  Luckily there is a park right by our house so I took the girls there.

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And I’ll leave you with a very cute (but recycled pic) Smile

Question:

Have you made any fitness improvements lately?

Do you have any races coming up?

P.S. I typed this post with a squirmy, chatty baby on my lap so please forgive any errors! Smile

Two Months Old

Life has been a little crazy, great but crazy! I’ve had no problem keeping the social media world updated but I’ve been doing a less than stellar job on writing actual posts.
Being a mom is so different than I could have ever imagined. I’ve always wanted to have kids but I never really had a firm grasp on what that meant. It actually wasn’t until fairly recently that I felt that overwhelming sense of love that you hear about in the movies. Obviously I was attached to Kelly as soon as she was born but lately when I look at her, I feel a rush of love towards her. It’s so fun to be able to interact with her more and see her taking in the world around her.
I’ve been getting back into the world of fitness and healthy cooking but today I am focusing on this sweet baby girl- after all, it is her two month birthday :)
I can’t believe that she is already so old and at the same time, I can’t believe I’ve only known her for such a short time.
She’s been such a great baby so far and there is nothing better than starting my day with her adorable smiles (totally unbiased).

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This weekend I have a brunch planned with a group of friends from high school, including a good friend who recently had a baby. This will be the first baby that Kelly will meet and I’m excited for them to become friends. I’ve known some of these girls for about 15 years and it’s crazy to think that now we’re having kids (although I’m sure it freaks our parents out more).
I’m hoping to recap some of the workouts that I’ve been doing now that I have a different schedule and limitations but as always, this little girl comes first!

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Thanks for understanding!

Slow Cooker Carnitas

I mentioned in my last post that we recently moved into our new house so we’re on our own now but before that, we were staying with my parents for a few months.  A lot of people might complain about that but Shane and I get along really well with my parents so moving out was probably harder than living with them. 

It also turned out to be a huge blessing because we were still living with them when Kelly was born.  It was so great to have my mom there to help me and give us breaks from our new role as parents.  My dad and sister left a few days after Kelly was born to hike Mount Kilimanjaro before my sister started her semester abroad in Ghana.  Since it was just my mom, Shane and I (and Kelly of course!) at the house, my mom was making most of the meals for us but once my dad was back and life was starting to feel a little more manageable, I decided to try my hand at a new recipe.

I saw an Instagram picture from my friend Claire about some slow cooker carnitas that she was having for dinner and the picture made my mouth water so I did what everyone does nowadays and headed straight to Pinterest.  As usual, I took a few recipes and combined the stuff I like and took out the stuff that I don’t.

The end result?  Delicious!

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Turns out I am terrible at photographing carnitas in a way that makes the meat look edible but trust me, it was good.

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There was also plenty left over which made a couple sandwiches and a salad for me so this one recipe really worked for a few dishes.

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Here’s what you need:

  • 6 pounds of pork shoulder (this was the smallest amount our grocery store had so we had a lot leftover)
  • 5 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 12 oz of beer
  • 1/2 cup of chunky salsa
  • juice of 2 limes

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We made carnita tacos with a side of homemade guacamole since avocados will only be in season for a little while longer.

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The smells that filled the kitchen were definitely strong (in a good way) but the flavor wasn’t as overpowering as I was worried it might be.  The meat was flavorful but not too spicy or overwhelming.

Instructions:

  • Place the pork shoulder in the slow cooker. Chop the garlic and rub into the meat to add flavor.
  • Add all the seasonings to the crockpot and rub into the meat.
  • Add lime juice, orange juice, beer, and salsa. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  (I ended up cooking it on high for about 5 hours because I started late so I just served the meat that was already done continued to cook the remaining meat on low during dinner)
  • Remove meat and shred from bone.  I returned the meat that was not quite done to the crockpot to let it continue cooking
  • Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the shredded meat on the cooking sheet and pour a few spoonfuls of sauce over the top. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until you get browned edges on the pork.

As I said before, we had these as tacos for dinner and then the next day, my dad and Shane had leftovers as sandwiches and I added some to my salad.  Another social media inspired recipe success!

And just because I love this picture, here’s Kelly Smile

Question:

How do you come up with new recipe ideas?

Have you seen anything good on Pinterest lately?

Internet is an Important Thing

We closed on our new house on August 29 and we are now officially moved in!  Our internet was just set up last night so blogging has been on the back burner since I don’t love posting from my phone.  Between moving, taking care of baby Kelly, adjusting to our new life, and training for the upcoming Denver Rock n Roll half marathon, I have been a little preoccupied.  I have a few recipes, workouts and general recaps floating around in my head (and plenty of pictures now that I’m in Mom mode) but I thought I would just do a quick check in to let everyone know that I’m still alive and writing. 

Buying a house was a surreal process and besides getting impatient because we were doing a new build and constantly having to find more papers for the lending company, it was relatively pain free.  Shane owned the last house that we lived in but this is my first time as a homeowner and our first place together.

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This is our house and we are in love with it!  I will share more photos once I have unpacked more of our boxes but right now I have my hands full with Kelly.

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Speaking of Kelly, she rolled over for the first time yesterday!  You can see one of the many videos that I captured on my Instagram here.

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Last week was the first full week in our new house and while I worked on unpacking a little bit, I mostly focused on exploring our new neighborhood and taking advantage of some of the perks of living here.  Last Saturday was the last day for the pool to be open so they do a doggie pool party, Daisy was a huge fan.

Since our backyard isn’t finished yet, I’ve been trying to get her plenty of exercise by going on walks, visiting the nearby dog park, and taking her on short runs.  I was cleared by my doctor to start running at 4 weeks postpartum and I’ve been able to get in some pretty good workouts since then.  I did a 6 mile run on Sunday and I was pleasantly surprised with my fitness level.  I have my 6 week check up on Wednesday so hopefully I will get the all clear to resume all workouts.

Now that we have internet access again and I have my very own office, I’m looking forward to hopefully being able to write more.  Of course my schedule is currently being managed by this little cutie but hopefully she’ll be accommodating Smile.

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Questions:

What have you been doing to celebrate the end of summer?

Have you done any good workouts lately?

Kelly’s Birth Story

It took me longer to write this than I expected and it already feels like it was a long time ago.  I always figured that giving birth must not be that bad since people keep doing it but now I realize that time helps to erase all the bad memories.  I had a pretty easy go of it but time has already made the hard parts seem so much easier. 

Plus hanging out with this little girls helps Smile

At 37 weeks, my doctor checked my progress and announced that I was 1 cm dilated and about 50% effaced.  I was pretty excited to hear that since we still had a few weeks to go so I assumed that by my due date, we would be good to go (little did I know!).  Fast forward to July 26 (my due date) and I was still 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced… Whomp whomp

I spent the last 2+ weeks of my pregnancy walking every day and going to the gym 4-5 times a week.  I was determined to get my labor going but apparently this little girl is even more stubborn than I am.  At my last regularly scheduled appointment, my doctor scheduled my induction for the week after my due date and warned me to be open to the idea that this labor might not go as I wanted it to since there was no sign of progress.

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Sure enough, at 40 weeks and 6 days our baby was still hanging tough so we checked into the hospital to get the process started.  The plan was to insert the Cervidil overnight and hopefully get some sleep because it could be a very long process.

Since our doctor said that we might be in it for the long haul, we brought a bunch of movies and kept ourselves busy watching them and talking.  We had a great nurse who was more than happy to answer any of our questions and to joke around with us since Shane and I both prefer to laugh than to be too serious.

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At 6 am I got checked again but unfortunately there wasn’t any progress.  After speaking with my doctor, they decided to use a prostaglandin gel that lasts 6 hours.  Luckily the gel meant that I could still walk around since I only had to be hooked up to the monitors every hour or so.  We walked around, watched movies, visited with my family (including my brother and his girlfriend who flew in for the weekend), and just hung out.  The day nurse was monitoring my contractions which were coming fast but not very consistently.  I wasn’t feeling any of them so I was still comfortable except for the monitors and IV in my hand.

At the six hour mark, things had gotten pretty busy at the hospital and my nurse was called away to help with a delivery.  At that point, 4 different nurses came and went from our room which is unusual for that hospital and I was starting to get a little frustrated because no one could really tell me what was going on.  The original plan was to put me on another 6 hours of the gel since it had actually made me dilate another centimeter but my contractions had started getting very close together.  The downside of the gel is that once it is in place, it can’t be removed so if something were to start going wrong, the only solution is another medicine which slows labor back down.  Since my doctor and nurse had been unavailable, the monitors were able to show that my contractions were too close together so they decided to go with Pitocin instead.  I thought we were pretty lucky that they were late so that we could make the right decision because if they had been in my room on time, we probably would have gone with the gel and that most likely would have not gone well.

The bad news was that once I got on Pitocin, I had to stay hooked up to the monitors which meant staying in bed.  They tried putting me on the portable monitors but they kept losing the signal so back to bed for me.  My contractions were starting to get more consistent but I still wasn’t feeling anything so they started upping my dosage more quickly.  I was on Pitocin for over 10 hours and only felt mild cramping for about one hour.  At this point I was getting fed up.  There was no checkpoint in sight and everyone basically kept telling me that we would just see how it goes.  As a goal oriented person, that is not exactly helpful.  I really needed a time limit or a progress point to work towards and I was starting to feel very defeated.  I really did not want a C section but my lack of progress was starting to make me think that I should start preparing myself.  I asked Shane to look up celebrities who have had C sections (I needed to put a face to the procedure) as well as lists of pros for C sections over vaginal delivery.

After talking and joking about it with Shane, I started feeling more comfortable with the idea.  My nurse (she was the same one from the night before) came in and gave me the okay to eat dinner.  She made it sound like good news but I felt defeated because I knew that meant they weren’t planning on me having this baby any time soon.  My mom came to visit us (and bring me French fries Smile) and I started getting upset because my body just wasn’t doing what it was supposed to.  The Pitocin was wearing on me and I was so sick of just sitting in bed.  I was nowhere near active labor and I felt helpless because there was nothing I could do to move the process along.

I had a minor meltdown in front of my mom and Shane so Shane went to get the nurse so that we could make a plan.  Our nurse, Nicole, came in and said that the doctor was going to come and check me in less than an hour so we should just wait until then to make a plan.  I wanted off of the Pitocin because I felt like it wasn’t helping and it was making me feel poorly.  The doctor arrived, checked me, and told me that I still hadn’t progressed any further.  She left and I lost it in front of Nicole, Shane and my mom.  I was frustrated and wanted a plan that didn’t include me staying on Pitocin for another 24 hours and ended with me getting a C section (that was what I thought was going to happen).  Nicole went and got my doctor and she told me my options: stay on the Pitocin overnight and see what happens or get the C section now. 

Everyone left Shane and me alone so that we could talk.  I couldn’t stop crying because I felt like it was all on my shoulders but no one was telling me the right answer.  Shane tried to reassure me without pressuring me one way or the other and eventually we decided that we thought the C section was the way to go.  We called my mom in to talk to her about it and she agreed (and she tried very hard to keep the huge smile off her face because she was about to meet her first grandchild). 

My doctor and nurse came back in and we told them our decision.  This was the part that was the hardest for me because I felt (and still feel) that they thought I was giving up.  My doctor kept using the phrase “throwing in the towel” and if you know me, you know that calling me a quitter or implying that I’m giving up is the worst thing you could say.  I put my ego aside and stuck by the decision that I felt was right for me, my body and the baby in that moment.  After I put my foot down, things went so fast.  There were people rushing in and out of our room, having me sign legal papers, pumping me full of antibiotics, and prepping me for surgery,

I felt weirdly calm and our nurse asked us if we had a camera.  She took a picture of Shane and me and suddenly everything started to feel too real.Hospital

As soon as I walked out of the door to our room, I went into panic mode.  I felt like I had no control and that I had no way out.  Both Shane and my mom tried to calm me down but I was hysterical.  I remember trying to think of all my options but I knew that there was no way out.  I figured my choices were to sleep on it (and have to go through it tomorrow anyway), demand to go home (but there was probably a tiny chance that that was never going to happen), or just suck it up.  With shaking legs and Nicole holding me tight, we walked down the hall to the OR.  Everything in this particular labor and delivery unit exists in the same area.  We got to stay in our same room the whole time and the OR is on site.  I wanted to look back at Shane and my mom but I knew that if I did, there was no way I would walk through those double doors.

Nicole didn’t let go of me the whole walk there, she helped me up onto the table, held me while I got my spinal tap, and kept talking to me while she inserted my catheter.  I was so shaken up and groggy from all the meds that I was aware that there were a lot of people in the room and that I was entirely naked from the chest down.  People say that you lose all sense of modesty while in labor but it took everything I had not to absolutely freak out about being so exposed. 

Soon Shane was by my side and we started talking and laughing.  I could feel people pulling and pushing on me but I thought they were still prepping for surgery.  Shane asked the anesthesiologist when he thought they would be started and he replied, “Starting?  They’re almost done.  The baby will be out in less than 5 minutes.”  We looked at each other, stunned.

Before we knew it, we heard our doctor say, “Here comes your baby boy!”  I practically gave myself whiplash looking over at Shane and both of our jaws dropped before I heard Nicole gently correct the doctor, “it’s supposed to be a girl”.  Almost immediately after that we heard someone say, “well it’s definitely a girl!”  The doctors and nurses were all saying, “Woah that’s a big girl” and “Wow, she has a huge head!”.  I was a little nervous to see the monstrous baby that they were all describing.  Shane went over to where they were cleaning her up and getting her measurements while I just lay there in a daze.

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They brought her over to me and I just stared at her, shocked that she had just come out of me.  She and Shane left with the nurses to get her situated while I got stitched up.  I felt like I was in and out of sleep and before I knew it, I was being wheeled back to my room.  Every bump that we hit, I could feel my newly empty stomach jiggling around which was a bizarre sensation.

My mom came into my room and told me that the rest of my family had come to the hospital (at this point it was after midnight) and that they wanted to see me and the baby.  First Shane came in with our daughter and we decided that we were going to stick with the name we had picked – Kelly Anne.

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Then my family came in and all took turns holding the baby.  It was such a surreal night and I couldn’t believe that in the blink of an eye, we had become parents.  Everything went so quickly that I realized I didn’t even know what day she had ended up being born on.  It was so late when we went into surgery that I had no clue if she was out before midnight.  She ended up being born at 11:28 pm on Friday.

That was a long recap and an even longer 24+ hours of labor but it was worth every minute.  The rest of our time at the hospital was spent learning how to take care of a newborn and wondering how we could have made such a perfect little baby.

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While almost nothing went the way we thought it would and it was far from the typical labor story, the end result was a perfectly healthy baby girl, 8 pounds, 21 inches, 13.5 inch head.  Our doctor told us later that there was no way I would have been able to deliver her naturally because her head was too big and she hadn’t even started making her way down.  I guess the upside of my C section was that she came out perfect- no smashed head or wrinkly features Smile.

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If anyone’s still reading at this point, I’m impressed!

I just want to thank my family who came by the hospital so many times to check on us and who were so excited that they came to the hospital in the middle of the night to meet Kelly, especially my mom who was constantly helping us, bringing us things that we needed, and being a great support for us, our family who wasn’t able to be there who all were calling, texting and emailing during the whole process, our friends who came to visit, and the hospital staff.

I especially want to thank Shane for being so patient with me the whole time.  I know I wasn’t always easy to deal with and he never got frustrated or upset.  Once Kelly was born, he stepped up and really took over.  It wasn’t until he left the hospital for a couple hours that I realized how dependent on him I was.  This little girl is very lucky to have him as a dad.

This didn’t end up being a typical labor story- there was no water breaking, no pushing, no crowning, and very little drama- but at the end of the day, our daughter was born and it was fairly easy and pain-free, what more could we ask for?

Crazy for Coconut

It probably wasn’t a great idea to agree to try some samples of Yoplait’s new Greek yogurt the same week that I knew I was scheduled to be induced but when I read more about this new line and the flavors, I couldn’t say no.  A coconut yogurt that is also high in protein?  Sign me up!

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I was worried that with a newborn I would be reaching for quick food solutions and not necessarily the most healthy options so this yogurt is a great alternative.  I’ve eaten it plain (big selling point as I usually need some sort of sweetener or add-in with other Greek yogurts), added in cereal, made a smoothie and even threw some cornbread in one night.

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I’ve made pina colada smoothies before but I always had to add shredded coconut or coconut extract to get the taste I was looking for.  This yogurt has some shredded coconut mixed in which I love! 

Pina Colada Protein Smoothie

Ingredients:

Directions:  Throw it all in a blender and enjoy!  I used frozen bananas for extra creaminess but you can skip those or add something else like frozen strawberries for a different twist.

The yogurt is available in six unique flavors – Blueberry, Coconut, Pineapple, Strawberry Raspberry, Tangerine and Vanilla – all containing 150 calories or less per serving and 100% more protein than regular yogurt.  I love that they have different flavor options that the standard ones that you can always find.

Question:

What are your favorite flavors?

I can never go wrong with pretty much anything tropical!

 

Disclaimer: I received these samples from Yoplait for free but all opinions posted here are my own.

Baby Girl is here!

After 41 weeks of pregnancy and over 24 hours of labor, our sweet baby girl is here!  Last Friday (August 2) at 11:28 pm, Kelly Anne Keefe was born via C section. 

I’ll be writing up a labor story in a few days (seems like an overshare but I read so many labor stories in the weeks leading up to Kelly’s birth that I figured if it will help someone else, why not?).

We are so lucky to have such a sweet little girl who has been taking it pretty easy on her rookie parents.

At birth she was 8 pounds, 20 inches and had a whopper of a head at 14.5 inches.  She also had so many visitors and got so many gifts that I’m a little jealous of her popularity. 

It already seems like Kelly has quite the personality and she has us cracking up all the time with her crazy facial expressions and cute little noises. 

I didn’t know what to expect after she was born but it has all been better than I could have imagined.  I feel very lucky to have a healthy, beautiful baby and an amazing husband who has turned out to be an awesome dad.  I had a feeling that he would be great but he has really stepped up and done a better job that I could have asked.  It’s definitely a team effort but so far so good!

So far the dogs have been great with her.  They are very curious but cautious at the same time and they have been listening well when we tell them to back off or to be gentle.  I’m not sure that she’s aware of them yet but what little girl wouldn’t want two dogs?

All in all, things around here are great and now that it’s been a whole week since she was born, I think it’s safe to say that we’re going to keep her Winking smile.

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