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My (semi-triumphant) return to Spark! **with pics!!**

Friday, June 14, 2013

Spark, it's been a while. So much has happened in the last year and a half! I haven't fallen off the fitness wagon, but I definitely haven't done that much to get to my goal. There are so many things, I'm gonna have to use bullets :)

- The biggie: I had a baby! November 10. 2012, baby August was born. He's pretty darn amazing (and that's coming from someone who never wanted a kid!) Losing the baby weight has been hard. See below for some pictures of how adorable he is :)

- I quit "smoking": I actually haven't smoked for years, but I was pretty addicted to Nicorette gum. I quit cold turkey when I found out I was pregnant, and packed on about 10 pounds within 2 weeks :(

- I had a personal trainer: And I kept up the workouts until I was about 4 months pregnant. I fought through nausea and tiredness and kept going. I ended up quitting that more for financial reasons, but once I quit with the trainer I didn't do much in the way of fitness for a long time.

- Law school: I took a year off to have the baby, and it's been AMAZING. I will start back this fall for my final year. I'm already dreading it.

- Moving: My amazing, talented husband got a job at Yale. Starting next year, he will be a tenure-track neuroscience faculty. It was his dream job, and Yale will be an incredible place for him to build his career. So, 1 year left in NC, then Connecticut, here we come!

- New gym: I joined a great local gym that has an excellent day care, so I can drop August off while I do my workout. There are 3 pools, and my husband likes to swim. He also takes August in the baby pool, and he loves it. It's working out really well!

- Breast feeding: OHMYGOSH I am hungry all the time. I am still not sure how much I should be eating while nursing - some things say 300, others 600, more calories than normal. This is my major struggle right now.

- Weight Watchers: I tried it. Didn't like it. It's got nothing on Spark! I'm so glad to be back here :)

- My hair: I cut off 15 inches! It felt AMAZING. It's pretty liberating to have short hair :)

So, now I'm about 18 pounds heavier than I was last time I logged in. I'm exhausted (my little guy does NOT want to sleep - I haven't had more than 2 consecutive hours of sleep in over 7 months). But, for the last 3 weeks I have been going to the gym 5 or 6 days a week. I've been watching what I eat and tracking. This feels like an enormous victory for me, since I am so tired. The scale hasn't really budged, but I feel great.

I'd love to hear from all my old Spark friends, and make new ones. The best thing about the Spark community is that you are always welcomed, and never judged. I've missed y'all!

Without further ado, my adorable son...

With my husband

Eating his veggies

With me

Here's me pregnant and feeling like a whale

And here we are getting ready to go home from the hospital
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CRESIDA 6/25/2013 1:11PM

    Congratulations and welcome back!

Baby August is so adorable. You all look so happy! There's so much exciting news in this blog post. I'm so happy for you!!

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1DERLAND14 6/19/2013 3:23PM

    SO PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

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BETHSWORLD 6/19/2013 10:56AM

    You already know I am in love with your little boy LOL...I am so glad you are back on SP! You have been so missed! Nothing like the support you get here!

A job at Yale??? That's wonderful happy for you two!!

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PRETTYPITHY 6/17/2013 11:57PM

    What a beautiful family! Congrats!

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DARKFAERY 6/17/2013 10:27PM

    He's so cute!!!! Just like his momma and daddy!!! and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair!! Can't wait to see you in a few weeks!!!

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KUJAYHAWKGIRL 6/17/2013 2:29PM

    He's absolutely adorable!! Congrats, and welcome back. And can I just say - third year of law school is MUCH easier than the first two (and I did it with a little guy, too, actually :) You will rock this!

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FITFRANNIEK 6/17/2013 8:14AM

    AHHHWWWW!!!! 1st (in no specific order)--- ur lil man is ADORABLE!!! 2nd- I LOVE LOVE LOVE your shorter hair! 3rd--we've missed you! welcome back!! congrats on everything in the past year and half! it sounds like you have a very exciting next year ahead as well! this life is all about one day, one choice, one moment at a time so enjoy them all! welcome back home to SPARK!

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CBRINKLEY401 6/16/2013 1:00AM

    Love the short hair AND the baby pics. And I can totally sympathize with the lack of sleep. My first didn't sleep through the night for the first time until I was 6 months pregnant with my 2nd - so I was still getting up during the night to go to the bathroom!

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SUSIEGKORN 6/16/2013 12:06AM

    OMG OMG OMG! Where do I start! Your son is simply adorable! Your short hair cut is fun and beatutiful! Your husband is amazing for landing his dream job and being a great daddy and hubby! One year left of law school! Wow!

Welcome back! I've checked your page a few times but no updates. So glad to see you on Spark again. I've been off track for a while too, but not for such wonderful reasons! Best to you!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 6/15/2013 4:15PM

    You guys all look amazing! Can't wait to hear more about the adventures as you move to CT.

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