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Weekend Wrap-Up (Food, Fitness, And Surviving Daylight Savings Time With A Baby)

Hi, all! I hope your weekend has been wonderful. I didn’t get as much cleaning done as I would have liked, but I hope to finish tomorrow.

Anyway, I was semi-dreading daylight savings time. Messing with baby K’s sleep schedule really had me worried, but the method I used worked so well! I started pushing her typical schedule back by 15 minutes a few days ago, then 30 the next day, and so on until today to get her body used to the time change. She literally did perfect today, and her naps and bedtime stayed the same times as they were before the time change. She has an early bedtime, and it seemed strange to put her down when it was so dark out!

She was such a happy baby today!

My schedule-oriented heart is happy now….well, until the holidays.

Now, onto the rest of the weekend…

SATURDAY:

My mother-in-law and sister-in-law had stayed with us Friday night, and they left fairly early for a volleyball tournament near our house. Once they left, I had coffee and hung with the family.

I headed to the gym after getting the baby down for her morning nap. I took an upper body workout class and it was awesome!

Once the baby was up, we all got ready to go watch my sister-in-law play volleyball. She did awesome and was excited we were there.

Her look for the day!

We got the baby down for her afternoon nap when we got home. When she woke up, we headed to my work bestie’s house so that my husband could work on her car. I love seeing her!

We left when the baby got sleepy, and got her home for bed.

For dinner, we had tacos!

We were both pretty beat and went to bed early.

SUNDAY:

This morning started with coffee and family time! We played with the baby until her morning nap. My husband went to finish my work bestie’s car, and we joined after nap time.

I got my grocery shopping done during baby K’s afternoon nap, then played with her until her bath and bedtime.

Hubs and I had chicken and potatoes for dinner, and now we are relaxing. I have a feeling I am going to fall asleep on the couch because I am wiped out.

That’s about all for this recap. Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly

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Let’s Have A Mid-Week Coffee Date

Hi, all! Happy hump day!! I am sitting here enjoying a (third) cup of coffee while the little one naps. My breastfeeding/pumping journey has officially ended, and my coffee consumption is back to an all time high.

I wanted to update you all with life lately, and what better way to do that than with coffee? Haha!

Let’s begin…

BABY:

We took baby on our annual apple picking date and had a blast with her.

Comparison to her in my belly to her now!

Baby has been thriving in her bugs class, and stood up by herself (while holding onto the bars) yesterday. My 7 month old is a rockstar!!

She sleeps like a champ, and I am proud of our consistent bedtime routine.

She laughs constantly, and knows when she is being funny. I seriously adore this kid more than anything!

I could continue all day, but let’s move on.

LOVE LIFE:

The beginning baby stage was hard, as my husband and I were exhausted and figuring this parent thing out, but now that things have settled, I love him even more than I did on our wedding day. He is the best dad, husband, and provider I could ever ask for.

He always tells me that I’m beautiful (even when I am covered in vomit). Haha! These two love each other so much. Oh my heart!

We haven’t been out on a date in a while, but we do incorporate date nights at home. These include movies, board games, and cooking dates (we have had a blast with our Blue Apron and Hello Fresh meals).

That being said, our anniversary is coming up in October and we are planning on a fun night out!

UPCOMING VACATION:

We leave in a couple weeks for North Carolina, and I am so excited for the baby to see the ocean for the first time.

I have a slight ping of sadness, as we visit the Outer Banks, and hurricane Dorian hit hard this year.

FITNESS:

Since having the little one, I can’t get to the gym like I used to, so I have to get creative at home.

I love running the baby outside! She gets to look around, and I get cardio and arm work pushing the stroller.

I also take advantage of the tons of YouTube videos (HIIT workouts, pure barre, etc.)

Carrying my little around all day is a workout itself!

OTHER:

Today is my sweet Maverick’s “gottya day.” We have had this little one for 5 years!

Last, but certainly not least, I am reflecting on this day 18 years ago. I was only in the 8th grade, but remember that day vividly. What a reminder to hug our loved ones a little tighter.

That’s about all for this coffee date, friends! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

With love,

Carly

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Our First Vacation With Baby

Hello, all!! We are finally home and settling back into our routine from vacation. We actually got home Saturday evening, but between unpacking, loads of laundry, cleaning the house, and moving baby to her room, things have been crazy.

We spent a little over a week at the lake with my husband’s family. Here is the recap:

PACKING:

Oh my gosh, packing for baby K was so stressful. Our car was completely full! She needs SO much stuff!! It helped making a list. 3 adults, one child, and a BUNCH of stuff. Yikes!! We made it work though.

THE DRIVE:

Baby K did great overall! Minimal crying/screaming, lots of staring at trees. She barely slept on the way there, but napped more on the way home.

The drive was around 5 hours, and we stopped a few times to feed and change her.

THE CABIN AND SLEEP:

The cabins are small, but we did have our own room. We put the pack and play by our bed, and baby slept in the doc a tot inside of it (which she is now officially out of since we’ve been home).

There is no air conditioning in the cabins, so we used fans. I was super worried about the baby, but we had the fan directly on her at night. She slept amazing the whole week!! Being outside made her tired, and she napped well and slept through each night. Around 6:15pm-6/7 am!

FUN:

Making new family memories was a blast. Taking baby on her first boat ride and seeing her in the lake brought so much joy to our hearts.

With SO many people to play with the baby, my husband and I got to go out on the jetskis and have time with our friends.

After the baby went down in the evenings, we would eat and play games.

FOOD:

Food options are endless at the lake. I indulged, but still tried to be mindful of what I was eating.

FITNESS:

I took advantage of the endless babysitters to workout each day. The area surrounding the lake has hills to run, which I did often. I loved the time for myself.

I also did pure barre videos, and lifted weights that my brother-in-law’s brought.

OVERALL:

I definitely stressed way more than I needed to. We had a lot of fun! I was more than ready to be home by the end l though. There is nothing like home, and I love routine.

I hope you all enjoyed the update!

I’m going to sit here and continue to cuddle my baby because she is clingy right now haha.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

With love,

Carly

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Diary Of An Exhausted, Blessed Mamma, And This Week In Food And Fitness

Hi, all!

This week has really tested me. Just when I thought I was on the mend from whatever illness that had creeped up on me, Monday proved otherwise. I felt bad all day, and my 2 month old has been extremely demanding lately. Usually, I’m able to keep up with her, but with not feeling well I was struggling. Monday evening was the worst of it, but I felt bad all the way through Thursday.

There were times I wanted to cry because she needed my attention, and I needed sleep.

Yes, her face is covered in milk. I cleaned her right after this haha.

Mom life doesn’t stop just because you aren’t 100 percent.

I powered through the week, and woke up today feeling SO much better. I have had so much fun playing with my busy baby today.

I guess this is just a reminder to myself that even when the days are long, that sweet face smiles at you and it makes everything worth it.

Sweet girl with her daddy (hence the hairy legs lol)!!!

As for a food a food and fitness update…

I felt good enough for normal food and some excercise by Wednesday. My mom watched the baby while I went to a barbell strength class and picked up lunch at Northstar Cafe.

My wonderful mom visits each Wednesday to hang out with us and lets me sneak off to the gym. She is moving here this summer and I can’t wait!!

The only other workouts this week have been the elliptical and bike. I’m hoping baby has a decent nap today so I can do a hiit workout.

Last night, the hubs and I had a frozen garlic chicken and pasta meal. Baby was bathed and in bed by 8. I am loving this bedtime. She has slept so well lately and I am praying it continues.

That’s about all for today! We have a super busy weekend.

Have a good one!

With love,

Carly

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Our Family Filled Weekend And First Long(er) Trip With Baby

Hi, all! How was your weekend!? Ours was non-stop busy. Fun and wonderful, but exhausting! Baby girl and mamma are trying to recoup today.

Anyway….

FRIDAY NIGHT:

My husband’s family came over to spend time with us and baby. His sister has only seen her once before, so she enjoyed holding and loving on her.

Baby girl had a bath and early bed!

SATURDAY:

Guys….my baby turned 2 months old. I love watching her grow. She is taking shorter day time naps, but giving us long stretches at night! It is amazing getting sleep again lol. She is busy and needs entertained all day, so I am wiped out by bedtime! Our days are filled with reading, singing, walking, and playing with her toys.

My husband and father in law spent the whole day working in the yard, so me and this cutie took a long walk and did a baby wearing workout. She didn’t nap well, so mamma was going all day.

The guys grilled for us that evening and it was delicious.

I took baby to bed early, but she was extra fussy!

SUNDAY:

This little family of mine traveled to my hometown for a special day.

First, we met my mom for lunch, then visited my dad’s grave. It was so special to have my baby there with me.

I can’t wait to tell her stories of her grandpa. He would have loved her so much.

Next, we visited my grandma and she got to hold her youngest great grandbaby for the first time.

That amazing lady is 96 years old! Gosh, I love her!

Next up, we visited my best friend and her family. We had pizza and played with the kiddos. We left after dinner and headed home. We were all worn out by the time we got home! The little one fell asleep with no fuss because she was so exhausted. It was a great day!

I hope you enjoyed the update! Have a wonderful week!

With love,

Carly