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A Week Later

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ok, so technically a week would have been yesterday, but adjusting to life as a new-ish mom (again) to a newborn and a toddler has been a little hectic, to say the least.

Since bringing Amber home, I have had a bout of the stomach flu, lots of lost sleep, very little quality time to spend with my husband, learning to breastfeed and pump in order for little one to get back up to birth weight, and lots of laundry and housework to do. My husband was home for 12 days and went back to work today, so now it's up to me to get it all done. Quite the challenge, yes, but the day is half over and both babies are still alive. :) I will forever appreciate other stay-at-home moms and the hard work they do. It isn't easy, it isn't glamorous and it's a 24/7 gig, but absolutely worth it. I know my situation is temporary because if all goes well, I'll be in nursing school this time next year. However, when that time comes, I know sometimes I'll look back and wish I could still be home with my babies, even though I'll finally be pursuing my career.

Anyway, the weight loss journey begins again. I have lost 23 lbs. so far (since the 22nd) and am about 10 pounds from pre-baby weight. Breastfeeding and eating better have helped me lose weight so far and I'm looking forward to being able to exercise again. Walking will have to suffice for now while I'm healing up.

  


She's here!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Our daughter Amber arrived today at 9:42 am! She was 7 lbs. 7.5 oz and 21" long!

  
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HARROWJET 9/22/2014 10:32PM

    Congratulations! September 22 is special in my family because that is the day my brother was born. Enjoy your little ones. emoticon

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My due date is Friday...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Oh, hi there! Yes, I am still alive but much, much bigger than the last time I posted (still 5 pounds lighter than my heaviest weight ever, and most of it is baby! Score!) I just wanted to jump on here and reacquaint myself with the site since I plan to jump right back onto the weight loss wagon as soon as this child decides to make her appearance (Any day, kid!)... Yes, baby is a girl (Girl #2 for hubby and I!) and her name is Amber. I am very ready to meet her and very ready to resume my weight-loss and pursue all the goals that I had set for myself before getting pregnant. One of them is doing Couch to 5K. I REALLY want to be a runner. Still. It's something I was starting to do right before I found out I was expecting, and the urge to do it has only gotten stronger. It might be difficult getting out there and doing it with a 2-year-old and a newborn, but dang it, I want to do it! Anyway, hopefully this last 8 or 9 months has treated everyone well. Looking forward to reconnecting with my SP buddies and making new ones as well. Thanks for the birthday wishes also. 28 is going to be a good year. :)

  
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USMAWIFE 9/18/2014 5:06PM

    congrats on your new addition.

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HARROWJET 9/18/2014 8:48AM

    If you want to run, you will but don't be in too much of a hurry at first.

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DIANNEMT 9/18/2014 7:00AM

    Hope all goes GREAT! Don't over push to lose--be kind to yourself for a couple of weeks--and then you can get running!

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/18/2014 6:41AM

    Good wishes to you and your family

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UKNOWITNOW 9/17/2014 11:44PM

  emoticon and congratulations. Amber is a beautiful name.

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Um... Surprise!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I am pleasantly shocked and surprised to say that I found out that my husband and I are expecting baby #2!!! We wanted another child but couldn't decide when with me being in school, our current living situation, etc. so I guess God stepped in and decided for us! According to the calculators my due date is September 18th, 2014 and I'm about 6 weeks along. We're really surprised, delighted and a little nervous too! Needless to say, I will not be using SP again for losing weight for quite a while, but am still going to use it to make sure I don't gain too much during pregnancy like last time.

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JAWATKINS 4/5/2014 6:59AM

    Congrats on the second baby!! Children are a gift from God!

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DOGLADY13 1/23/2014 10:43PM

    Congratulations!

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USMAWIFE 1/23/2014 9:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on your new little blessing

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HARROWJET 1/23/2014 8:51PM

    Congratulations! It is an exciting time for your family.

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JESSG711 1/23/2014 3:37PM

    Congrats!!! So happy for you! Spark has a separate page for pregnant women you should check out...I can't remember what it is called but I know it exists :)

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JES_VARNER 1/23/2014 1:19PM

    Congratulations! I hope you continue to stay active on Spark and let us know how you and the little one are doing! :-)



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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 1/23/2014 12:07PM

    Congratulations!! I know you and hubby are surprised and thrilled. You don't need to leave S, there is so much good information here about healthy eating and staying fit for you and baby here on SP. Check articles and teams you might find a perfect fit for you right now. Hugs Pat.

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Mornin', ya'll!

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Happy Sunday! It is my last day of Christmas break from school and I am looking forward to going back tomorrow. Mostly because I am ready to keep progressing toward getting my degree but also because I have been ultra lazy the last few weeks. According to FitBit, some days I didn't even walk a mile... In a whole day... The good thing is that I have a jogging class that I am taking this quarter so not only does my body depend on moving and working out but so does my grade. I had a 3.5 gpa last quarter and want to do even better this quarter, so any number of A credits that I can get, I will take!

We got an Xbox 360 and I started playing the Sims again on the computer, so I know I was vegging out more than working out. However, there were a few times, like yesterday, where I just had to get out and move. My family and I went for a pretty good walk along the river and it was such a nice day. I think we might do it again today if it's not too cold out. It's kind of hard on the little one when it's so windy and cold.

On another note, my husband and I swore off fast food and deli food for a whole year! I am so excited to do this! I think we will both benefit immensely. I know he doesn't eat very well either, and I think once we both realize how good it feels to not be weighed down by junk, we will probably never go back.

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JES_VARNER 1/6/2014 9:15AM

    Yay for you and your husband dropping the fast food! That sounds like an excellent resolution! Your jogging class sounds like a great plan too! It's great that you can get your exercise and get credits at the same time! Good luck with the new semester!

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DOGLADY13 1/5/2014 5:21PM

    Welcome back! Fast food and deli food has so much sodium. You'll drop a few pounds in water weight right away, which is a great motivator.

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CROSSEDFLAGS 1/5/2014 1:24PM

    Happy Sunday to you too! I haven't visited a fast food place since October. I used to stop at Mcdonalds every morning for a Sausage McMuffin with egg and cheese or two then go to Wendy's for lunch. Can't say I miss them either! You will feel so much better and save some cash too!

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