8 Month Update

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I think every month when I go to post an update, I go through the same thoughts. There is no way my baby is already this old. Alyson is 8 months old today, yes I am in shock too. She hit so many milestones this past month and celebrated so many new things so here we go!

Eating is definitely this girl’s favorite thing to do. She eats her baby food three times a day, as well as her formula. She likes eating puffs, teething biscuit’s and likes to steal some of our food from time to time. She is so close to finally having a tooth and let me tell you this momma can’t wait. I know she has many teeth to go but seeing her in pain just breaks my heart.

She can now go from sitting to crawling and crawling to sitting. She can also pull herself up and will sometimes try to take a few steps while holding onto the furniture. She is crawling the correct way, and boy does she move fast. She still likes walking while she holds onto someone’s fingers and will sometimes be brave and let go with one hand. She gets into everything and I mean everything. I clean her room up each night and by lunch time the next day you would never even know.

She hit a big milestone this past month by learning to say da-da and once she figured it out, that is all we heard! She makes all kinds of sounds and talks all the time! Every morning we wake up to her blowing bubbles and talking away in her crib, just waiting for us to pick her up. Now that she is officially mobile my days are filled chasing after her and trying to keep the bumps and bruises to a minimum. The other day she was going after something she is not allowed to play with and I told her no in a nice but firm way, she stopped looked at me and just laughed. Even though she doesn’t understand what no means just yet, I know that deep down inside, she knew exactly what I was saying, and that I am in for some trouble as she gets older.

This past month we celebrated her dad’s first Father’s Day and his birthday and first Fourth of July! We took her to the downtown area close to us and there were so many people that she did not even care about the fireworks. She definitely likes other people and putting on that cute little charm. One of my favorite moments this past month was getting to feed the giraffes at the zoo with her. Giraffes are my favorite animal and it was just such a fun moment to share with her.

I feel incredibly blessed to have such a good, happy and healthy baby. There are some days that are challenging as a work from home/stay at home mother but I will forever cherish that I get to watch her grow at home with her. She always can tell when I am having a bad day and flashes that pretty little smile of hers, and all the worries go away.

 

Whole 30

For the last 30 days I have not consumed any grains, legumes, peanuts ,dairy ,alcohol ,sugar, msg, carrageenan, sulfites, or paleo desserts/breads. I completed my first round of Whole 30 and feel pretty darn proud. I will be honest, even though this is not meant to lose weight you typically do and it is what caught my attention. After the first week I quickly realized that how much weight I would end up losing would just be an added bonus.

While I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes and then during my breastfeeding journey I was on a dairy free diet. After I stopped breastfeeding, my eating habits were horrible. I was treating myself to sweet snacks way too often because I went so long without them. I wanted something other than tracking calories or just watching my portions because that was not enough for me. I have ready many reviews on Whole 30 over the last year and so I convinced my best friend and, I am not sure how, my husband to join along. My best friend also did this with 3 kids between the ages of 8-4 so if you have any questions on how to include kids ,I can get you in contact.

I had many non-scale victories such as, more energy, feeling less bloated, less head fog, very few headaches, no random aches and pains, less breakouts and my clothes are fitting me in a different way. I ended up losing a total of 9.5 pounds which I of course was not going to complain about. I became very aware of actually looking at the list of ingredients and became very surprised at how much added stuff is thrown in there. I have never felt better and have no desire to stop eating this way just because my month is up. I am in the reintroduction part of the process now but I have not had the best time , so for the most part I am still being Whole 30 compliant.  This has made me change my eating habits in ways I never thought was possible. I was always eating chocolate or any candy for that matter. It did not matter the time of day, if I was stressed chocolate was there to make me feel “better”. The other morning we went for a long walk down to the river and stopped by a cute gluten-free bakery. It was the 4th of July so there were extra yummy chocolate treats but I passed them up for a banana muffin. If you know me at all, you know this is unheard of, but because of Whole 30 I am making much different choices.

I highly recommend looking into Whole 30 and giving it a try. The only down side is that you will have increased dishes to wash, your grocery bill will be slightly higher ( we did not eat out or go to Starbucks so it does balance out) and for the first few days you may feel a little under the weather.

I am not a nutritionist by any means but I am just sharing what has worked for me. I use the word life changing very rarely, but Whole 30 has done just that. For me feeling good about myself is going to make me a better person overall and able to be a better mother to Alyson.

Faith In Motherhood

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I grew up going to church but it was not until the past two years that I feel I really dug deep into my faith. I have learned that having faith in God, is also having faith in his timing. Were there times prior to becoming pregnant that I thought I was ready to have a baby and start a family?  Of course! Looking back now, I realize I was not. In these past two year’s I feel like I grew my relationship with God so much and I believe it is what prepared me to enter motherhood.

Since becoming a mom there is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for letting me become Alyson’s mother. In my book, there is no greater gift from Him than a child and some days I am amazed at the fact that God trusts little ole me enough to raise a child. Even though Alyson is little and will not remember going to church on Sunday mornings ,praying before meals and at bed time, it is something that both my husband and I feel so strongly about. We both want to start parenting her in a Christian household from the beginning. I love getting to stand in church Sunday morning, holding her and looking at her and just knowing what God has planned for her is going to be something amazing. Keeping up with a very busy and quick seven-month old , on top of all the other lovely adult responsivities I have can sometimes leave little time left. While some days I don’t get to sit and have my quiet time with my Bible like I did before, I get to experience the connection with God in a new way through Alyson. A few months ago, Ryan and I dedicated Alyson in front of our family and her Godparents. It was truly such a memorable day that I will cherish forever. We chose to dedicate her not because it is the “right” thing to do but because we want her to grow up understanding and feeling the love of the Lord.

“ Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” Pslam 37:4.

Father’s Day

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This may be a blog dedicated to motherhood but I know I wouldn’t be surviving mommy-hood without her daddy! In honor of Father’s Day on Sunday , I wanted to dedicate today to Alyson’s favorite guy!

I will try not to embarrass him too much, but I make no promises! I loved my husband before she was born but watching him become a dad has made me fall in love with him all over again. Ryan is the greatest with her and tells her that she is cute at least a hundred times a day, and each time her face lights up like Christmas morning. I remember during the first few weeks, I would wake up some mornings to him just holding her before he had to go to work. More often than not he will ask me in the middle of the night if baby girl is still doing okay. It is little moments like that I hope I remember forever.

I have asked Ryan to give us a little insight on how he feels about fatherhood so here we go!

These are the top three things he has learned since becoming a dad:

  1. She has made me learn that I need to be more patient.
  2. Blow outs are real.
  3. No matter how frustrating or trying the learning curve of parenting can be, the love you have for your child is even greater.

These are his top two favorite moments:

  1. One of my favorite moments was when she started cooing and making cute little baby noises.
  2. Watching my two favorite girls cuddle every morning.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.Hope you have a wonderful weekend celebrating!

7 Month Update

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I am fully convinced that once you enter parenthood, time just moves at a completely different pace than the rest of the world. How miss Alyson is 7 months old today is beyond me! Here is a fun little update on what she is up to these days.

She loves to eat, and she will eat anything. She is always after what anyone around her is eating and if we do share, well you might as well forget it was ever yours to begin with. Her poor teeth have yet to pop through but I can tell it won’t be much longer.  She can sit on her own and is army crawling everywhere. We are still working on the correct way of crawling but she still finds a way to get into everything with her method right now.

She loves walking when she is holding on to someone’s hands and still loves zooming around in her walker. If you are in her way, that is just too bad, I am amazed I still have all my toes.

She talks and makes noises all day! I think she has reached even a new octave that Mariah Carey can’t reach. Each month I say this has been my favorite but they really have been. This past month her little personality really came out and while she is definitely a go with the flow, down to earth baby, she has some diva in her!

Breastfeeding Journey

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You choose to breastfeed your child, you’re a good mom. You choose to formula feed your child, you’re a good mom. You choose to breastfeed and formula feed, you’re a good mom. I wanted to start off by saying that because, as mothers, we are constantly being judged for the decisions we make; and how we feed our children is not off the table. There are always comments that “breast is best.” I like to go by “fed is best.” Not everyone is able to breastfeed or chooses to breast feed and as long as the baby is healthy, what they are being fed is up to you/doctors.

Prior to giving birth, as a family we made the decision to start off breastfeeding. We took a class, I read articles, spoke to my doctors and was fully committed to giving it a try. I tried to keep my mind very open about how our breastfeeding journey would go so I wouldn’t get disappointed if it didn’t work out or didn’t go as planned. You can do all the research you want but nothing prepares you until you’re actually experiencing it for yourself. Getting through those first two weeks were the absolute hardest; each day I gave myself little pep talks to make it through. After that there were a few bumps along the way when Alyson was diagnosed with acid reflux and I was put on a dairy free diet along with a recommendation to pump prior to feedings as I was producing more milk than needed at that point. It wasn’t until around the three month mark that my supply started to take a dip. I tried everything in the book to make it go back up but nothing was working for me. Having to stop breastfeeding well before I planned was really hard for me. There were tears and a lot of mom guilt knowing that I was no longer producing enough to keep her belly happy anymore. During one of those hard moments, my sweet best friend so kindly reminded me that Alyson will learn to crawl, walk, talk and achieve all the goals on formula, just as she would have if I continued to breastfeed. You know what friends, she was absolutely right. Once we made the switch, I instantly saw a different baby. She is just all around happier, more playful and she is achieving everything a busy, almost seven-month old should do. Are there days that I still wish I was breastfeeding? Yes, I do. Do I feel at peace with the fact that she is being formula fed?  Yes, I do. Even though making the transition was hard for me to do, I know that we both are better because of it. If you are still breastfeeding your child, at any age, you are a rock star. My advice to those moms who are in a similar situation to the one I was in, you are a rock star too and no matter how long your journey might have lasted, you should be proud of yourself!

Congratulations to Sami Haederer & Rachel Hockenberry on being the winners of the give-away! Please email me your address so I can send them out!

Journey To Motherhood

Happy Friday friends! I am so ready for the weekend, it always seems like the short work weeks take the longest! To kick off the month and my new adventure of blogging I wanted to start by sharing how I started my journey into motherhood and a nice little give-away!

My journey to becoming a mother started on March 15th,2016 when we found out we were expecting our first baby. What seemed like the fastest yet also the longest nine months of my life, we finally welcomed our baby girl on November 14,2016. Fast forward to today and my life is super busy with an almost seven – month old. Most days start early and end late but I wouldn’t change it for the world. She is such a happy little girl and her smile is so contagious it’s almost impossible to have a bad day.

Now the fun part! I am going to be picking TWO winners who will each win their own $25.00 Visa gift card! I created this blog to document my journey but I also want to connect with other moms and to be able to learn about the parts of motherhood I have yet to experience. I will be giving everyone three ways to earn entries. The first way will be by leaving a comment below, the second will be by entering your email address in the stay connected section and the third will be by sharing this post on Facebook and/or Instagram. The winner will be announced in next Friday’s post.

 

Good luck & I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!