Happy First Birthday, Baby Girl

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Happy First Birthday, Lexi. You are a ray of sunshine and full of spunk all at the same time. It’s still crazy to look down and see a mini version of myself staring back at me.

The morning of her birthday, Cayden and I went out and ran a few quick errands to a bakery and a stop to get balloons. I was tickled to be able to get the exact same cake as Cayden’s first birthday from a local bakery nearby our house. She wasn’t quite sure what to do with the cake, and the first few tastes actually made her gag. But soon she found that she liked the sprinkles and had fun picking those off the cake.

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Later on she got into the cake and found that the icing did taste good.

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The aftermath.

She did pretty good even though she never got to the actual cake part of the cake. But that’s okay. After the photo op and we got her cleaned up and down for a nap, I cut myself a nice healthy slice of that cake because 365 days ago I birthed you and that is a celebration!

 

First Camping Trip

Oh, the good days of summer. I grew up camping as a kid in the summer & when you grow up in the wild open spaces of Alaska it was just something you did growing up. Now as a parent to two little ones, I was excited to take them camping for the very first time.

Now to be fair, our inspiration for camping this summer was actually seeing Memorial Day sales at REI for tents. What better way to start of the summer than a first family camping trip? Lexi was around 8 months old and sleeping pretty well at night, so we thought – oh why not. Lets go camping!

I borrowed a Bjorn Travel Crib from another mom for Lexi [we ended up cuddling & co-slept instead], we packed the car, double checked we indeed had 4 sleeping bags and off we went to Golden Gate Park.

 

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True to Colorado weather, within 30minutes of arriving the clouds rolled in and we got dumped on. Pouring rain which sent me and the kids to the car for cover while the hubs finished setting up the tent and then joined us. Rain then turned into hail.

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After the storm passed, we headed out for a short hike to the fishing ponds by our campsite.

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We didn’t catch anything but had a lot of fun. Cayden loved casting his rod into the pond and waiting ever so patiently for a bite. I wore Lexi in the ergo and she was snug as a bug and snoozed the entire time.

Afterwards we hiked back to the campsite, started a camp fire [which proved to be a bit more difficult due to the rain storm earlier] grilled hotdogs and marshmallows, and explored around our campsite. Around dinner time, another family brought in their stuff and began to setup tent. We also won in the camping lottery because they had two boys who were also 3 years old. I think we were the only families with little kids at the whole campground. So needless to say, the boys had fun running around, finding sticks and playing together until it was bedtime.

Sleep wise… Cayden was amazing! He slept between us and was super cozy and fell asleep right away. Lexi on the other hand slept okay for being a baby and going camping. She slept right next to me and I got a few hours of sleep here and there.

The next morning we packed everything up and explored the rest of the park and went on a few more hikes, another fishing attempt and then called it a day.

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Editor Note: We went camping May 30th, the weekend after Memorial Day aka the official start of summer – don’t mind the published date on this blog post. 

 

[Pre] School Pictures

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This is his first full PreK school year at his Montessori school that he’s been attending since being a toddler. Last year he went just 2 days a week from 8am – 3pm and this year we enrolled him in for 3 days which he has been great for everyone especially with Lexi around.

 

Mommy Fitness

Before I begin, I have to give mad props to all moms out there. Our bodies are amazing and for each pregnancy I go through I am always reminded at just how beautiful our bodies are and what they are capable of doing: creating people. Pregnancy is not easy – nor is child birth and what we are able to accomplish will never cease to amaze me. But with all that said it takes quite a toll on your body, because growing small humans is not an easy task.

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I gained 40+ lbs easily with each pregnancy, and that is a lot of weight on my almost 5’3 frame. In less than two years time, I gained over 80 lbs, birthed two healthy babies, then sustained life for another 2 combined years with my own body (go boobs!), lost some of those 80lbs, & gained some back. That’s a lot of change in such a short span of time and it wrecked havoc on my mid section, back section, upper section… you get the idea.

After having Lexi last October, I was still holding onto a strong 15lbs of pregnancy weight and it did not fall off as quickly as it did after Cayden 2.5years ago for a number of reasons like… One: I am 3 years older than when I had Cayden – Hello 30’s! and my metabolism got that memo loud and clear. Two: I was not going back to work, so no rush to fit back into those slacks at 3 months & who am I kidding, I didn’t really fit into those the first time either #muffintop Three: I have two kids. Four: Did I mention there was two of them now? Cayden was a spring baby whereas this time Lexi was a fall baby and that meant we rolled right into the lazy days of winter. Tank tops vs. cozy sweaters.

5 months ago I decided to make a change as the weather warmed up and spring was around the corner. So what better way to keep myself accountable than to post it up on Instagram, right?

I started slow. Added in a workout here and there once week, went on more walks with the kids as it warmed up and went to a BodyPump class (weight lifting routines set to music) offered at my local rec center once a week with my workout buddy. Oh, did those hurt afterwards. But in a good wiggly-legs-as-I-walk-down-the-stairs way.

Calorie wise there wasn’t much that I cut out in the beginning, mainly because I was exclusively breastfeeding Lexi and therefore needed the calories and I did not want it to interfere with my milk supply. We eat pretty healthy to begin with so there was no magical ditching of soda, junk food and candy to make the weight drop. I tried to watch the carb intake mostly, primarily pasta & bread.

Know what the crazy thing is? I started running… err jogging I should say. More on that later.