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Memories, Loss, And Family Time

Hello, all!

It seems like it has been forever since I have posted. My days have been so busy, as I am loving on my sweet baby girl and husband. Our weekend was busy, but it filled my heart more than anything.

FRIDAY:

After teaching online, I packed up myself and the baby and hit the road to my hometown. Our first stop was my best friend’s house to visit! She has four littles, and I just adore them. It was fun to have our children together.

Next up, we met my mom and niece at my father’s grave. We lost him in 2012 to brain cancer. It is so important to bring baby K. Her grandpa would love her more than anything. He sure left a wonderful legacy with his 5 grandchildren! He is SO missed.

After that, we headed to my grandmother’s house. She is 95 years old, and the most amazing woman! I could tell it meant so much for us to be there. Being at her house with my daughter brought back so many memories of when I was little. It was always a full house. We had so much fun!

I was exhausted by the time we got home. So was the baby!

SATURDAY:

The day started slow, which I absolutely love.

I went for a 3 mile run during baby’s first nap.

Later in the afternoon, we went back to Boo At The Zoo! We went last weekend, too. It was SO much fun!! We saw a lot of animals, then had baby meet Captain Marvel and Ironman. She was fascinated with them and their costumes.

She slept well that night!

SUNDAY:

We all started the day at church, but baby K was so fussy we had to leave! We tried to rock her, but this kid only naps in her crib or the car. She is getting dedicated this upcoming Sunday, so let’s hope she stays happy! Haha.

I went to yoga during her nap because my back has been hurting so bad! It felt amazing.

I did some laundry and went to the grocery store as well.

After her second nap, we all loaded up to meet my husband’s family at Alum Creek. It is a little beach and lake about half an hour from us. They brought the jetskis and we got to ride while the grandparents played with baby.

Once she got fussy, we left to get her home for bed!

We had such a great weekend!

I hope you all are having a great week so far! I’m excited to catch up on your blogs today!

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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Tasty Eats, Fitness, A Baby Update, And My Birthday Weekend

Hi there, everyone!! I hope the week treated you well. Do you have any fun weekend plans? My 30th birthday is tomorrow and my husband and I are going out for wine, followed by a cooking class that is themed “Springtime in Paris.” I am SO excited! I am also getting my hair done. Yay!

Life with baby has been great (but exhausting), as she is more aware and taking in her surroundings. Sleep is a tad better, but still a work in progress.

I adore her, and love watching her grow and change daily.

My baby girl and mom….♡♡♡ We love when grammy visits!

The past couple of days the baby has been under the weather, which worried me so much. I talked to the pediatrician, and I am doing everything they want me to do to get her better. Today was a better day, and she is on the mend. Now I am feeling a bit cruddy…ugh.

As far as fitness goes this week, I went out for a run, took baby on some stroller walks, did a few barre workouts, and cardio on the elliptical.

Ready for our walk!

What I’ve been eating…

Chicken parmesan sandwiches.

Vegetable pasta and a salad.

My favorite salad ever from Northstar Cafe. Yum!

Chicken, potatoes, and asparagus.

Plus tons of snacks throughout the day because breastfeeding….lol!

That’s my update for now! Have a great weekend, everyone!

With love,

Carly

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Life With Baby Update #2 (Food, Fitness, And What We’ve Been Up To)

Hey there, everyone! I sure miss blogging more often, but being a mommy takes my time and energy. I sure do adore my little one and am trying to soak in every little bit of this time.

My husband went back to work this week which was hard on me because I can’t sneak out at all, but baby k and I manage to fill our days! I don’t feel comfortable taking her anywhere yet, so in between naps she feeds, we read books and sing. During her naps, I try to get things done around the house.

SLEEP:

I will start by saying I am in a constant state of exhaustion. Baby sleeps okay, but getting up throughout the night is hard. My body craves a full night of rest.

My husband has been wonderful the past few nights. Baby hasn’t gone back to sleep after her 5 am feeds, so Brad takes her and plays with her so I can sleep longer.

She naps in her doc a tot during the day.

I should sleep during her naps, but I try to get things done around the house instead.

FOOD:

I have been hungrier due to breastfeeding, and am trying to eat healthy (although this can be tough).

Just a few dinners we have had lately! Venison, shrimp and potatoes, chicken and dumplings (healthified), a huge salad from Whole Foods, and Antipasto squares!

As far as baby goes, she feeds very well, but sometimes too quickly. We’ve had some bouts of vomiting (which is so hard for this mamma to watch)!

FITNESS:

My body has healed so well, and I have been able to incorporate some (easy) fitness back into my routine! I have taken some walks, done some light pure barre videos, and some squats holding baby!

CATS:

They are adjusting to their sister, although I know they miss having me all to themselves.

OVERALL:

Life as a mommy is so amazing and I wouldn’t change a thing! I can’t wait until the weather is warmer and we can go outside.

That’s all for this update.

Have a great day!

With love,

Carly

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My Labor And Delivery Story

Hi, guys! We are officially home with baby and learning our new “normal.” Our daughter is perfect and beautiful and my heart continues to explode with love for her.

As a first time mom, I had no idea what to expect when it came to labor and to be honest, I was scared.

Here is my story….

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7:

I started having contractions throughout the night, but was able to sleep in between them. I knew they weren’t strong enough or close enough together to go in yet, so I just dealt with them at home.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 8:

I had an appointment that morning, and the dr. certainly didn’t think I would go into labor that night.

I attempted to go to work, but continued to have contractions so I went home. They started getting stronger, so my mom headed to my house. I called my husband and said he needed to leave work. I showered, packed our bags, and left.

We were in triage for hours, only to be sent home because my contractions were 7 minutes apart and they needed to be 3 or 4.

As soon as we left, my contractions got so bad I truly didn’t think I could handle it any longer. I had terrible back labor. My husband timed my contractions and they c ame every 3 minutes for the next two hours, so we headed back to the hospital.

I was finally admitted around midnight and asked for an epidural immediately. The relief was amazing and necessary for me.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9:

I labored throughout the night and morning, and progressed naturally. They did have to break my water, and once they did that I quickly made it to 10 cm dialated.

I opted to have the mirror lowered so I could watch, and the experience was amazing.

After an hour and 10 minutes of pushing, our daughter was born. She had the cord wrapped around her neck and swallowed some fluid, but the team was quick and baby girl was just fine.

Once the epidural wore off, they moved us to another room.

Our girl had some issues, but we had the best care. I had hemorrhoids and stitches because I had an episiotomy. Needless to say, it was very painful.

That whole day was a whirlwind with nurses, doctors, and visitors (mostly family and my best friend).

I learned that the bathroom is a chore and scary after delivery!

I also learned how to breastfeed, which is hard but wonderful.

We barely slept that night.

COMPLICATIONS:

Baby girl had jaundice so we had to stay at the hospital until Tuesday.

GOING HOME:

When baby was cleared, we FINALLY headed home (Tuesday night).

Now we are enjoying our beautiful, healthy baby girl and loving every minute of it.

Thanks for reading!

With love,

Carly