Wednesday, August 13, 2014

{Lia Marie} - Newborn Photos

Originally I had great plans to take Lia's Newborn photos myself...but at about 37 weeks preggo and talking with one of my friends, decided this wasn't a great idea. Per my friends suggestion, I asked Amy of Amy E Photography to take Lia's pictures. She spied on my Pinterest board and came up with some great ideas for shots. 

I'm so happy with the results. Here are some of my favorites. 

And some fun outtakes....

Thanks Amy for the great photos of our little sweet pea, Lia Marie!!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Shakeology - A Review

I meet Cyndy about a year ago at a work conference. In addition to working at a school, Cyndy is also a Beachbody Coach. Over the last year, I've been super impressed with Cyndy's dedication to being fit and healthy and also her encouragement to others to also be fit and healthy. 

About 2 weeks before I was ready to give birth, Cyndy asked me if I wanted to try Shakeology for 7 days after I had the baby. I thought it would be a great idea and a great way to boost some post baby weight loss. 

Initially I thought I would replace my breakfast with the shakeology, but to be fair, I don't always eat breakfast, so I choose to replace one of my other meals. I also wanted to use the meal replacement when I had started working out again, so I chose last week. 

I must admit, I was not sure I would like the drink and was worried I would be so sick of it by the end of the week. I was wrong, every shake I tired was delicious.  I was also worried that it would not fill me and that 2 hours later I would be hungry. I was completely wrong... it was actually hard for me to drink the whole shake, it was so filling and I definitely wasn't hungry 2 hours later. 

My two favorite shakes where

1 packet chocolate shake powder
almond milk
peanut butter

1 pack chocolate shake powder
almond milk
frozen strawberries and raspberries 
water results. 
My pre-preggo weight was 136, but my goal weight loss is 130 (or less). 

Along with the shakes, I ran 5 days for 30 minutes and did 5 minutes of abs. 

I saw weightloss of 2 lbs...

As you can see I still have some work to do...but it's coming. 

Thanks Cyndy, for your encouragement and help boosting my post - preggo weight loss. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Lia Marie - Birth Story

We are all home and snuggled in and adjusting to our new life as a family of three! I know many of you are wondering about her birth...her are the details. 

July 10th, Due Date...Had a check up and was not dilated at all. Made a plan with my doctor that he would check me again on Monday, July 14th. If I was dilated he would induce, if not we would have to wait until Wednesday for another check. 

Monday, July 14th: Not dilated at all, despite lots of contractions, but had high blood pressure. To the upstairs we went for a non-stress test. After 2 hours of testing, baby and I were fine, so they sent us home. We were told to come back Wednesday, July 16th to start cervidil. 

Wednesday, July 16th at 4pm we arrive at the hospital to have cervidil inserted. I know this is controversial to some, but family history indicated, that I would not dilate naturally, and most likely would need a C-section. 

From 4pm - 6pm, was having consistent contractions, so before cervidil was inserted, I was rechecked and still wasn't dilated. 

6pm - Cervidil Inserted and from 6pm- 8pm, I had to lay flat on my back...a very long 2 hours and painful. 

8pm: I was allowed to sit up and move around. I did a couple of laps around the hospital. My mom and sister-in-law visited with me to keep us company (thank you for that). 

July 17th @ 6am, Cerivdil was removed. I took a shower, I felt a gush (I assume it was my water breaking, but didn't know due to cervidil). Walked around the hospital a couple of times, got some coffee and waited for the doctor. 

July 17th @ 7:30, Dr. Checks and I am dilated 1cm. At this point I was super discouraged and assumed that I most likely would need a c-section by the end of the day. Dr. remained positive and decided to start Pitocin. 

9am - Liz (our awesome L&D me, I don't think I could have done the labor without her, she was so encouraging, supportive and calm, exactly what I needed) started my Pitocin. 

11am - I couldn't handle the pain any longer, I asked for my Epidural. Liz checked me and I was 4cm dilated (wohoo for progress). 

11:15 - My mom comes in (she works in the surgery department at the hospital) and tells me it's going to be about 15 min before Antithesis could come. 

11:30 - Epidural is inserted. Wohoo I can breath again. At this time, my sister-in-law joined us...she helped bring some needed distractions. 

12:00 - Dr. stops by to check me before he heads to lunch. I was 6cm dilated, but there was some concern because baby's heart rate was dropping during contractions.

12:30 - Started on Oxygen, again they are worried that she wasn't receiving the oxygen she needed. 

12:45 - Dr. Stops by again, due to concern she would need to come out right away. However, I was dilated to 9cm. Craziness arrives...nurses go into full mode, mom comes in. 

1:25 - I feel like I could push, so nurse checks me again and feels her head immediately. Dr. is called :) 

1:30 - Dr. arrives and I start pushing. 

1:48 - Lia Marie Francois enters the world measuring 21 3/4 inches long and 7lbs 10 ounces. 

Our first Family Picture

Getting Cleaned off

She's got some long toes :) 

In daddy's arms...

She got to meet Great-Grandma Zeltwanger

Meeting her cousin Abby

Claudy takes time to read to our visitors. 

Uncle Chad gets a chance to hold her

It's safe to say her Daddy Loves her. 

So does mommy!

We are headed home :) 

I missed some with Grandma and Grandpa and with Auntie Kalee. 

Also a special thanks to Auntie Kalee for taking all of these special pictures and to help support us through the process. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Favorite Things Swap

Today I'm Linking up with Megan for the 'Summer Favorite Things' Swap

I was partnered with Cheri, a mom of two boys, a high school technology teacher, and a who lives in Texas. Everytime I do swap's I always forget to send a picture of what I sent, but I sent her a "beat the heat" package. 

Here is what I received...Some of Cheri's favorite things...

1. Carrot Cake Luna Bar - I must admit I was skeptical of this, but it tasted pretty good :) 

2. Some glow items. I love these, can't wait to share them with my nieces and nephews at the cabin some weekend soon. 

3. EOS Hand Lotion - I have loved the EOS lip balm and never knew they had a hand lotion. This stuff is amazing and fits nicely in my purse. 

4. Apron - I love apron and this one is so cute. I think I'll try it out tonight while cooking :) 

5. Personal Care Items: I love this dry shampoo, it has helped me on my 'off' washing day. Burt's Bees' never disappoints and so far I'm love the color stick. 

Thanks Cheri for the great items and thanks Megan for Hosting. 

Monday, June 30, 2014

{Fit Pregnancy}

First let me start by saying, I'm by no means an expert. This is just my journey. If you have any questions or concerns, always remember to consult your doctor :) Also, I know and understand that I've had a normal and healthy pregnancy and I'm so thankful for that!

With that being said, many people have asked me how I'm able to be almost 39 weeks preggo and still running (hmmm..I like to call it trotting). 

1. If you are thinking about getting pregnant, start being active now. Start running now. If you aren't doing this before you are pregnant, then you won't  be able to while you are pregnant.

2.  Know your body. Remember that running isn't easy. Even when I wasn't pregnant there are many days where my legs hurt or I seem more tired than normal. This continues in pregnancy. Know what aches and pains are normal and what are not. I consulted my doctor a lot and he was great about telling me, what was dangerous for my baby and what wasn't.

 3. It hurts....I started swelling during my runs at 20 weeks. That means for the last 19 weeks, my legs burn while I run from the extra swelling. I chose to run through it (that doesn't mean you have to). This has been by far the most difficult running I have ever done (worse than a marathon).

4. Run at the coolest time of the day. I'm lucky. I live in Minnesota and it is just starting to get hot and humid. However, the humidity will make swelling a little worse, so run when it is cooler. With this I should also say, that mornings are way better for me. I tried waiting until afternoon and evening and my pregnancy body was a little bit too tired for this. Mornings definitely have worked best for me.

5. Listen to your body while running. (Similar to #2) You may have to walk. That is ok. I walk...this has been my progression.

Weeks 1- 15: I ran about 3 -4 miles every day at about a 8.5 min mile
Weeks 15 - 20: I ran about 3 - 4 miles ever day at about a 9 min mile
Weeks 20 - 30: I ran about 3 miles every day at about a 9 min mile, but had to stop and walk once during the 3 miles.
Weeks 30 - 34: I ran about 3 miles every day at about a 10 min mile, but walked about a block every mile.
Weeks 34 - 36: I couldn't run through the pain in my legs.
Weeks 36 - Current: I have been running about a 1.5 miles every day and walking 1 mile. I only run about .5 mile at a time and walk in between. I call my running trotting. I have no idea the pace, but I'm moving faster than I do when I walk and it kicks in those endorphins.

6. Hydrate: Those of you that know me well, know that I am not a fan of drinking water. I needed some flavor people. Obviously during pregnancy, I've had to make some changes (don't worry I still have coffee and Diet Coke everyday).  But I have been drinking a lot more water. This includes a glass of water before I go for my run and a glass after. Then a couple more throughout the day :)

You may be thinking is this worth it? That's up to you to decide, but I believe it is. Yes, it is difficult...From what I hear labor is difficult (I'll let you know in a week or two what I think about that) and exercising only will help make your labor, delivery and recovery a little bit smoother. 
Also, It makes me feel good about my growing body. Yes, I've gained weight, but not excess. It's helped me to stay on my feet and like endorphins do, makes me feel happier, better and to have more energy (don't worry by the end of the day I still put my feet up and relax).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

{Baby Bump} - 38 weeks

Baby Size: Approximately - 6 Lbs

Food cravings: Freezies, Salads, baked goods

Weight gain: 25 lbs

Best thing this Week:  Last week we had a beautiful shower. We were so blessed by friends and families. Lia's room is almost ready to go, crib is finished, just need to be assembled and I'm working on some art pieces. Golfing with mom. The fourth of July celebrations.Our bags are packed :)

Looking forward to:  The arrival of our little girl. More Lake time...

Maternity clothes: yes, but still wearing some non-maternity skirts and tops. 

Weirdest food I ate this week: None

Anything making you queasy or sick: I've had trouble keeping some things down, but nothing in particular. 

Labor signs: Braxton Hicks, some contractions (none consistent)

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach, my ankles (the swelling oh the swelling).

Symptoms: Lots of baby movement, Leg Cramps, Waking up at night, Reflex, Braxton Hicks, swelling

Workouts: I picked up a little running again last week. So I've been running about 1 mile and walking 1.5 miles about 5 times a week. 

Things that don't suck: Baby girl could come any time. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

{Baby Bump} - 36 Weeks

Baby Size: Approximately - 5.75 Lbs

Food cravings: Salad's, Freezies

Weight gain: 25 lbs

Best thing this Week:  Started our weekly check-ups. Lia is head down (we also had them check for sex again, we still believe she is a girl :) Eating fresh food from the garden. Golfing (my swing took a little adjustment, but still fun).  I was able to visit some friends this week I haven't seen in a long time! Love having friendships that withstand time and distance.

Looking forward to: Baby Shower on Saturday (you're welcome to come). More lake days and weekends at the cabin. 

Maternity clothes: Yes for shorts, but wearing lots of maxi skirts and dresses now that it is warm. 

Weirdest food I ate this week: None

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing

Labor signs: Nope. Had my first Braxton Hicks last week. 

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach, a glass of wine. Running.

Symptoms: Lots of baby movement, Leg Cramps, Waking up at night, Reflex, Braxton Hicks

Workouts: I had to stop running shortly after my last update, the legs couldn't handle the swelling any more. Now I'm walking about 6 days a week. 

Things that don't suck: One month to go.