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Our Valentine’s Day

Hello, everyone! I hope the week is treating you well. K has had quite a few no nap days, leaving this mamma pretty tired. I am SO thankful that she sleeps well at night! I planned on posting this on Monday, but you know, mom life.

Anyway, we had low-key Valentine’s Day, but I wanted to share.

My husband surprised me on Wednesday with beautiful flowers and my favorite almond butter. He usually waits until the day of, when all the flowers are picked over, but was sweet to go early this year!

Love them!

On Sunday, my sister-in-law came over and spent the day with us. We did some baking and hanging out!

Almond flour cinnamon rolls! These are delicious. We topped them with Simple Mills vanilla frosting.
Chocolate protein balls. Yum!

My sister-in-law left when we put K down for bed.

Once the house was picked up, I took a bath while my husband when to get us takeout.

We got Chinese, then spent the evening catching up on Hell’s Kitchen and relaxing! It was so nice.

So yummy!!!

Well, that’s all for today. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

With love,

Carly

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2019 Recap and Highlights

Hello and happy New Year, everyone! 2019 has been my favorite year thus far, as it brought us our sweet daughter. Aside from her very scary illness and hospital stay, things have been amazing with our little girl. I love seeing how much she has grown!

I wanted to share just a few things we did each month…

JANUARY:

We had maternity pictures taken, and enjoyed our last month before becoming a family of three.

FEBRUARY:

We welcomed our sweet daughter into the world.

MARCH:

I turned 30 and had a blast taking a cooking class with my husband!

APRIL:

Baby K saw her daddy race for the first time.

We celebrated Easter in my husband’s hometown.

MAY:

I did a 5k with my mom and celebrated my first Mother’s Day.

JUNE:

We took baby on her very first vacation! She loved the lake!

JUNE:

Baby K and I started our mommy and me gym class!

JULY AND AUGUST:

We spent lots of time outside!

SEPTEMBER:

We went apple and pumpkin picking!

OCTOBER:

We went to “Boo at the Zoo,” took baby K on her first beach vacation to North Carolina, celebrated 4 years of marriage, and baby was dedicated at church.

NOVEMBER:

We hosted Thanksgiving and enjoyed being with our families!

DECEMBER:

We enjoyed Christmas festivities, and baby K was hospitalized for 5 days with RSV, pneumonia, coronavirus, and parainfluenza. She was a champ, and is home now!

What a year it has been! I am looking forward to another year with my wonderful family!

With love,

Carly

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Food, Fitness, Baby’s First Halloween, And Our Anniversary

Hello, all! Another week simply flew by, and I cannot believe it is already November! Baby and I managed to stay busy this week, and I got to put her Halloween costume on more than once. She is one adorable dragon, that’s for sure.

Speaking of my cute dragon, she was in a parade on Tuesday, and got to wear her costume again on Thursday at Bugs class. It was so sweet seeing all the babies dressed up!

We did not take her trick or treating, one: because she doesn’t eat candy, and two: she was already asleep. Haha! Also, it was SO windy and cold here.

This kid is a riot, let me tell you!

She has been a little clingy and a bit fussy this week, but was still full of hugs and huge smiles! I am hoping a tooth is coming in.

OUR ANNIVERSARY:

My husband and I celebrated 4 years of marriage yesterday! We went out to dinner and a movie last week, but had fun celebrating at home last night. My husband came home with Chinese, flowers, and a few other fun things. We had some wine with dinner, relaxed on the couch, and caught up on our shows.

FOOD THIS WEEK:

I took advantage of the leftover Chipotle from baby K’s dedication for this meal. I honestly can’t remember everything in it, but it was tasty!

Cornbread and Chili! It was so perfect, especially since the weather is getting colder.

Pizza night!

I had Whole Foods salad bar for lunch today, and we got to spend time with my mamma! It was so fun!!

FITNESS THIS WEEK:

*Barre videos

*Elliptical

*Fitness Blender: Spartan 500 (you can find this on YouTube! It is a go-to for me).

*Spinning

That’s all for my update! I can’t wait to catch up on all of your posts.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

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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Life With Baby

Hi, all! Today is technically my due date with baby K. Hard to believe we have had her with us since the 9th. Being a new parent it tough and exhausting, but the love I have for our sweet daughter is unlike anything I have ever felt before.

I have been healing well and am getting around quite well at this point. I haven’t weighed myself, but my body has gone down close to where it was pre-pregnancy. I am proud of how healthy I stayed during pregnancy!

Breastfeeding:

This has had its ups and downs. I love it so much the times baby latches easy and stays on well, but that isn’t always the case. I had bad engorgement for a few days, which was terribly painful. Sometimes she gets frustrated, so I pump and give a bottle when all else fails. I will continue to keep working on it. I love how we bond during feedings!

Food:

I have been eating more than usual to keep my milk supply up! Most of the time it is healthy, other times it is more convenient.

Exercise:

The recommendation is to wait 6 weeks, so I have just been doing some walking and stretching. Listening to my body has been so important for recovery!

Sleep:

Oh how I miss my sleep lol!! Baby keeps us up quite a bit, but I know this won’t last forever! They say to nap when baby does during the day, but I have been using that time to get other things done.

Getting Out:

Since my husband has been off of work, I have gotten out to grab coffee, grocery shop, and even get a hair cut. He goes back to work on Monday and I’m bummed, but I guess it had to happen eventually.

Visitors:

I feel like we have had a lot of visitors, and that has been a little overwhelming. I love having one person over at a time, but when a crowd comes over, it is too much. I need to be better about saying no. I notice my anxiety gets higher with a lot of people and I want to keep the little one healthy.

Cats:

The cats are starting to adjust to their sister, but have been stand off-ish. They both have sniffed her and occasionally get close, but most of the time they keep a little distance. I am hopeful that they will be the best of friends!

Overall:

I am so in love with our sweet girl and am soaking up every second of her being so little. We have her newborn pictures tomorrow and I am so excited!!

Isn’t she perfect??

Thanks for reading my update!

With love,

Carly