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Doing Something Right

Monday, July 14, 2014

As a parent, anyway. My 18-month-old daughters applaud for strawberries, love brushing their teeth, and their favorite toys are books. Not to mention that they are happy, healthy, and on track to ahead with their developmental milestones.

But the evidence is pretty clear that I'm better at taking care of them than myself. I still have 15 pounds of baby weight to lose and another 25 pounds after that, I feed them healthier than I feed myself, and I let my workouts lapse. Typical mom, I guess, but it's still a problem. I watched my mom yo-yo diet and binge my entire childhood and I sincerely believe this laid the foundations for my disordered eating and weight problems. "Set a better example than my mom" is even on my daily inspiration board!

This is what brought me back to SparkPeople. Yes, I've said this and tried this before. But this time around the stakes are higher. My girls learn and imitate at a frantic pace - they surprise me every single day by doing something new. This weekend it dawned on me that they're not just watching me put on my shoes and sing "Wheels on the Bus" and that the sooner I start taking proper care of myself the better it is for them. I don't want them to remember my weight loss efforts, just the healthy habits that stuck with me afterwards. This weekend I realized that particular clock is ticking. If this doesn't motivate me to stick with it, I don't know what will!

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MERRIKATE 7/16/2014 12:23AM

    So happy to see you blogging here again, JJ! Absolutely wonderful.
Also to hear of your inspired plan to take advantage of the girlies' development till now as THE opportune moment to return to SP to revive your Healthy Path lifestyle with triple purpose: AWESOME!! Will be fun to share this space with you again, and may just help me to reconnect here myself... verrrrryyyyy cool!
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LOTUSFLOWER 7/15/2014 11:32PM

    It takes a while to adjust, welcome back, sounds like Lu are all doing great!! It's good to see you back.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/15/2014 8:04AM

    You are soo right! Just saw a show on TV yesterday that talked about body image among girls. One of the things the expert said is that as moms we need to talk about being HEALTHY and not always worry about being "thin". So good for you for being aware of this!

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 7/15/2014 1:46AM

    Good job mom! We're here to support you!

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/14/2014 3:15PM

    It sounds like your little ones are doing super well! I am sure they are adorable! It is so hard to get it all done when you are a busy mama, but I think your goals and motivations are great. I have often thought of that myself - I don't want my kids to only remember diet after diet, nor do I want them embarrassed by me because I am super overweight.

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KITHKINCAID 7/14/2014 2:38PM

    Hey Mama! I'm not really Sparking anymore except using the food tracker, but I do still get blogs and it's nice to see that you guys are doing well! Your girls will love you no matter what you do, but I applaud YOU for wanting so much more for them than that. Healthy Mamas are Awesome Mamas!

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Doing Something Right

Monday, July 14, 2014

As a parent, anyway. My 18-month-old twins applaud for strawberries, love brushing their teeth, and their favorite toys are books. Not to mention that they are happy, healthy, and right on track to ahead on their developmental milestones.

But the evidence is pretty clear that I'm better at taking care of them than myself. I still have 15 pounds of baby weight left, another 25 pounds to lose after that, I feed the girls healthier than I feed myself, and I've let my workouts lapse. Typical mom, I guess, but still a problem. Each generation wants to do better for their children than their parents did for them. Healthy living is one area I desperately want to improve on: "Set a better example than my mom" is even on my daily inspiration board on my start page! I watched my mom yo-yo diet and binge for my entire childhood and I think it's a big factor in my disordered eating and weight issues.

So it's time to walk the walk, starting now. This is what brought me back to SparkPeople after a long lull. Yup, I've said it before. But my girls are constantly learning and imitating; they do something new every single day. And this weekend it dawned on me that the longer I wait to set a good example by maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, exercising, and cooking at home the harder it will be and the more potential there is to damage my children. If that doesn't motivate me to do what I know I need to do, nothing else will!

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LADYSHERRY 7/14/2014 2:52PM

    It's good to have you back. I think it's great you are realizing you need to take care of you too. You'll have alot more fun with the kids too

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Quick Update

Friday, April 05, 2013

As you may suspect, I've been pretty busy lately and haven't had time to Spark. Or brush my teeth or shower every day, for that matter. :) But I wanted to share a few things with y'all while both babies are napping.

Madelyn and Caitlin are doing great. They have normal baby problems - Caitlin has tiny nasal passages and needs saline several times a day and they both are on baby Zantac for reflux - but they are very healthy and have caught up to average growth patterns. Caitlin is on her fourth size of clothes in less than three months! She needed preemies in the beginning and Madelyn didn't; both girls are now in 3-6 month clothes.

I'm doing better than I thought I would be. The girls routinely go 3-4 hours between feedings and generally six hours after their last evening feeding. That means we're getting a decent amount of sleep. The girls are more or less synched up. Sometimes I do sequential feedings and sometimes I tandem feed. Either way I don't get much time to do anything other than care for babies and make sure the house doesn't fall into utter squalor. I found a local group of new moms whose babies are about the same age as mine and joined a moms of multiples group, both of which are very helpful. I gained back some of the baby weight I lost due to stress eating and haven't been exercising much; the best I can manage most days is a little Wii fit or a walk outside when it's warm enough. I hope to exercise more after I return to work and have access to a gym and non-baby time.

Speaking of work, I'm going back on April 22. I will work part time and probably from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. My boss accepted a new position just before I went on bed rest and the new boss starts next week, so I'm a bit nervous about that. Otherwise I'm excited - I'm ready to get back to work and think 30 hours a week with an early schedule to manage my commute is the best possible compromise between work and family lives. I hired a nanny who is working out pretty well so far. She is coming in for a couple days before DH's business trip to California next week (yup, he's leaving me for 2 nights, but I have friends and family to help out as well as the nanny) so she can learn the ropes around here. She used to run a day care in her home but wanted to focus on working for a single family, preferably with an infant. So she's a very good fit - she knows how to balance multiple children and really loves babies.

DH got laid off when the girls were 3 weeks old but found a new job only 3 weeks later. This position still allows him to work from home but is more intense than his old position, not that that's difficult. :) Still, it's an adjustment and not an easy one.

The renovation still isn't done - DH keeps saying he's very close to getting the structural inspection done but hasn't gotten there yet. The renovation contains small luxuries like the nursery and our master bedroom/bathroom. Currently all four of us sleep in the same room. The girls have little rocking cradles that they won't fit into for too much longer and they can't share a crib (that little experiment failed) so he needs to get a move on. But he's 3 years past his deadline (yes, years - that's not a typo), so I'm not optimistic. Sigh. He won't let me hire a contractor and the last time he hired handymen to help they did a bad job and he needed to redo everything so they hindered far more than helped.

Caitlin is calling for her mommy now so I have to run. I'll post pictures when I can!

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TRAVELGRRL 4/7/2013 5:06PM

    Yay! Great to hear from you. The reno will get done, don't worry. The main thing is DH has a job again and the DDs are doing great! Thanks for the update!

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/6/2013 10:30AM

    I'm glad o hear the girls are doing great and tat h found another job so quick, that is great. Also glad to hear you have a support system. I second Jenn you are. Superstar!

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KITHKINCAID 4/5/2013 2:34PM

    You're a superstar honey! I would totally try to talk him into hiring out the help. It will make sure a huge, positive difference to you guys if that work is done! But I know how guys can be about that kinda thing.

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Baby Pics and Info!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

At long last, here's the baby blog! I have been just a bit busy, so getting to the blog took longer than I would have liked. But better late than never!

Me just before my c-section:

Both babies in the OR:

Baby A: Caitlin Clare, 3:46 pm, January 11 2013, 5 pounds 11 ounces, 18.5 inches

Baby B: Madelyn Rose, 3:48 pm, January 11 2013, 6 pounds 7 ounces, 20 inches

Four generations of DH's family:

We caused a gawker's traffic jam while exiting the hospital:

Our brand new family at home:

DH is holding Caitlin and I'm holding Madelyn. Caitlin is sweet, sensitive, and a slow eater and Madelyn is a little feist ball who tolerates no delays in getting what she wants. Caitlin continues to be noticeably smaller, has a fairer and pinker complexion, lighter hair, and attached ear lobes. Madelyn is a bit darker and more sallow but her hair is lighter and her ear lobes are detached. So no matter how much they look alike later, we'll always have a way to tell them apart!

We're settling into a routine and managing to get enough sleep to function. Things get a little easier most days and we're proud of how well we're making it work.

I hope you all are doing well!

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SLIMSOLO10 4/17/2013 10:44PM

    So happy they have arrived safe and sound! they are so beautiful and so are you! They were so big for twins. that is wonderful! Have been doing Weight Watchers so haven't been on spark for a while but needed to get back on to see if you had your babies!!
Blessings on your little girls and you two also. emoticon

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/14/2013 1:35AM

    Oh my, how beautiful!!! Congrats to you all. What a lovely family.

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MERRIKATE 3/5/2013 4:16PM

    How absolutely wonderful to catch up with Caitlin and Madelyn at last, Dear Family!! For some reason, Jen, I did not get any notice of a new blog wayyyy back at the end of January, so assumed you have been too busy to post new ... came by to have a snoop today, and VOILA!!

How absolutely marvellicious, and not least that the two sweethearts are already so distinctive as well as beyond beautiful. Many, many happy hugs and supremely best wishes to them, to you two, and to all the legion of family and fans who've fallen in love with these glorious little girls. Wow oh WOW oh WOWWWWWW!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/3/2013 10:32PM

    Tears in my eyes...congratulations! They are beautiful.

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KITHKINCAID 1/30/2013 2:32PM

    Amazing Jen! Congrats to you guys! I think Madelyn looks (and sounds) like you! Glad to hear that everything was successful and you have a wonderful new family! Much love.

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BARBARASDIET 1/30/2013 1:37PM

    Congratulations--both nice sized babies--have fun with them!!

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DANCEMANIAC 1/30/2013 1:08PM

    Congratulations!!! The girls are beautiful!!! Enjoy... emoticon emoticon

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BESTMEPOSSIBLE 1/30/2013 12:54PM

    Congratulations on the new additions to your handsome family. Enjoy every minute - they change very quickly at this age.

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TRAVELGRRL 1/30/2013 12:45PM

    Big, huge, congratulations! My daughter's baby was born 3 weeks early (induced) and Little Rebecca Joyce weighed in at 4 pounds, 14 ounces. So I am proud of how you managed to keep those little buns in the oven as long as you did.

They are ADORABLE, and I know you are so proud! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures!!!

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ARUNNINGKAT 1/30/2013 12:13PM

    They are SO beautiful! And your new little family is beautiful too! Enjoy every precious, busy moment with those two adorable little bundles! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/30/2013 11:40AM

    Absolutely beautiful ... you, the Mr and the girls! How exciting and wonderful.

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My Last Pre-Surgery Medical Appointments

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Today I did the final blood work, sonogram, and physical exam before my scheduled c-section on Friday. Everything went very well. The babies look great and are both head down, getting ready to go. The doctor asked me if I wanted to consider a natural birth considering both girls' position and I said no. Then she called me a chicken. I told her that I'm willing to accept that label, lol.

She changed her mind, though, upon doing the physical exam. My body is not preparing for labor. At all. Not only am I not dilated, but I haven't had so much as a Braxton Hicks contraction or a flutter of hip pain. Since I'm at 38 weeks I need either an induction or a c-section in the next few days. There seems to be universal agreement that a c-section is preferable, so I'm glad that I'm all scheduled and ready to go.

Right now I'm at Baby Minus 44 Hours and counting. I want to finish a baby blanket, do some grocery shopping for post-partum meals (DH's parents will be in town, so we planned a menu that they can help us with for the first week), and a spot of last-minute cleaning, mostly because I hate coming home to a dirty house. I promise not to overdo it! It looks like I might escape pregnancy without having a single contraction, and that's a strong motivation to take it easy and keep going on this path. :D

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LOTUSFLOWER 1/9/2013 10:53PM

    Good luck mama!!

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AMY_1217 1/9/2013 5:58PM

    This is so exciting!!!! And don't worry about the lack of Braxton Hicks. I had 2 months' worth with my son. They're HIGHLY overrated! lol
Congrats and YAY!!!!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/9/2013 5:58PM

    How exciting! My daughter (34 weeks and only pregnant with one) has already given up housecleaning...actually I think she gave it up as soon as she found out she was pregnant. Sounds like you have everything under control! Take care and be a good patient!!!!

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3G1RLS4ME 1/9/2013 5:56PM

    congrats and good luck with the recovery

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ARUNNINGKAT 1/9/2013 4:41PM

    Good luck! I can't wait to see photos of your darling little girls! Take care of yourself!! emoticon emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 1/9/2013 4:39PM

    This is getting very exciting!!!
It's good to hear everyone is on the same page to move forward with the C-Section.
Blessings to you - the wee lil humans - and all the family.

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/9/2013 4:32PM

    Whatever works for you and keeps you and the babies healthy. Glad that you will have some help available. Rest as much as possible and what an exciting journey you are about to embark on. exciting!

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