Harry Takes on Duluth

Good morning pals. Harry is currently having a day. He’s been awake since 5 AM and seems to only settle down when I hold him. I can tell he is super tired but he won’t fall asleep. Come on buddy, get your rest!

I’m also still  not confident in my breast feeding skills and have been pumping and feeding him the bottle…at least he’s still getting breastmilk right? I just love him so much and want to make sure he’s getting enough nutrition.

I can’t believe how fast the days goes with a baby. I don’t do a whole lot but I feel like every time I look at a clock another hour has gone by.

Over the weekend we took a road trip to Duluth, MN to visit Aunt Molly. We left Friday morning and arrived to beautiful snowfall. You know, the big fluffy flakes that make you feel like you’re in a snowglobe? The flakes that make you want to listen to Christmas Music, decorate, and bake cookies? Yeah, those flakes.

Once we unloaded the car (I feel like I need a moving van for all our stuff now) and fed the bear, my sister and I took a little trip to the craft store to find a Holiday project we could make. Here is a glimpse of the project we decided on.

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Turkey’s, Presents, and Trees…Oh my!

Dinner that night was at the Tavern on the Hill where I indulged in a lovely glass of wine and creepily stared at my baby. For dinner I went with the pork burrito bowl and we shared the fried pretzel sticks OMGSOGOOD.

Of course, we all had a craving for something sweet so we stopped at the grocery store for a Pumpkin Pie. Yum. My first pie of the fall.

Saturday morning arrived after about 4 hours of sleep and I decided I’d make a run to the Lake Superior Bakehouse. This might be my new favorite place in Duluth. They had a huge case of baked goods and I was only to pick 3…my what a feat. I went with a pecan caramel roll, scone, and cream cheese frosted cherry coffee cake. BEST CHOICES. I also got the best vanilla latte I’ve ever tasted. I kicked myself though for not thoroughly reading the menu and missing out on the lavender latte (they are my absolute fave). I was almost tempted to get a second latte but didn’t. I should have. Oh well. Next time.

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Effffff

Saturday was very relaxing as it was cold AF. Molly and I did a little putzing downtown and went to the Duluth Coffee Company where I got the best decaf mocha and she got the cutest little cappuccino drink. I just want all the warm beverages right now obviously.

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Yum ❤

Saturday finished with a little baking and The Greatest Showman. I’m so mad because I fell asleep about 10 minutes in. I wanted to see that movie so bad.

Sunday came too fast and we arose to more beautiful snow. After a fantastic breakfast at the Vanilla bean (GET the wild rice porridge)  it was on the road and back to the cities.

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Going to try to re-create this!

Every time I visit Duluth I always want to move there. It’s so fun and beautiful, outdoorsy, and relaxing. One of the best places to visit.

I always enjoy getting home after a weekend away though and catching up on laundry, working out, getting back on track with eating and meal prepping. After unpacking all our shit yesterday, I took a trip to the gym for a speedy workout (I haven’t been going during the week on account of I have a baby so it’s nice to go on weekends when Sam is around). Here’s a snap shot of what I did:

15 minute alternating EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute):

Minute 1: 13 Squat cleans

Minute 2: 15 Squat throws

* Every 5th Minute-complete 60 seconds of Slamball Step Ups*

Then…4 sets of 5 reps Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Superset with 4 sets of 10 reps American Swings (heavish)

Then…5 sets of 400 meter sprints on the treadmill

Cool Down with walking and stretching

I loved this workout and am def a little sore today. Give it a try!

Now, I’m hoping to make some gingerbread donuts today if my cranky baby allows.

Have a swell Monday and fantastic week. It’s almost Turkey Day, the best time of year.

XO

-Haley

 

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Help! I don’t know what to make for Dinner!

Another day, another dolla…isn’t that what they say? For me, it’s like another day to spend dollas because lately I’ve been wanting to shop like a mad woman. Good thing I live with Sam because he usually talks some cents (hehe) into me.

Deja Vu, it’s Sunday again. Harry has not been sleeping much during the day lately so I’ve been trying to entertain him, feed him (he’s had a shitty few days of feeding and I’m stressed about it but he’ll be fine), and watch him smile. This morning while feeding him, he smiled at me then did this creepy old man laugh. I almost spit out my water…anyone else down the water while breastfeeding? It’s like as soon as the kid latches on, I become extremely parched and need some H2O.

Pause. Lets go back to yesterday because Sam and I went out to lunch by ourselves and it was fun yet very odd not to have Harry (shoutout to Grandma Lynn for watching him yesterday. You’re the bees knees!). I missed him and it was only like 4 hours without him.

I was able to go for a nice hike with my dad (hello chilly weather), get a haircut because my hair has been absolute shit since giving birth, and go to my favorite restaurant…Barkers!

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I wanted to chop it all but Sam said he likes my hair long…

Back to Barks…They have the best french fries on the planet. Our food came and I downed the fries before Sam even took a bite of his wings…I’m sure our waitress judged me for cleaning my plate but IDC because I need all the cals right? Plus, I left a little ketchup so it’s not like my plate was 100% cleaned.

Oh, and I had half a margarita and felt like a Goddess. Funny what alcohol does to your mind 🙂 Every time I drink margaritas I get all these great ideas of things I’m going to do…like move back to Hudson (someone find us a cute little house on some land with chickens!), become a lunch lady so I can take care of Harry and have summers off, run 5 marathons…you get it. I believe they call it liquid courage? Maybe I’ll follow through with some of those things…except run 5 marathons because I think I’m done with road marathons…trail running is where it’s at people!

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Margaritaville?

So now it’s Sunday…my fave day of the week currently especially when it’s rainy out because it makes me feel like I don’t have to do much. Except I’ll probably do a lot. Sunday’s are always for meal prepping in my house. I have like 5 tabs open right now of what to make. There’s a ranch pork chop, creamy white chicken lasagna soup, chicken florentine lasagna, french onion grilled cheese (current lead), and beef stroganoff. Give me your vote and I’ll make it! I have the worst time making decisions and I’ll probably just end up eating salad. LOL. NO.

Sunday’s also mean I get to go to the actual gym because Sam is home and can take care of Harry if needed. Due to daylight savings, Harry ate at 4:30 am which was perfect because that meant I got to the gym around 5:30 and I love getting there early. Thanks buddy for cooperating.

This morning I did the following workout (I’ll try to explain it better for you Aunt Lori):

5 sets of 3 reps: Squat Cleans (Used 65 pounds)

Superset: 5 sets of 12 reps: Single arm swing snatch (used a 20 lb dumb bell)

Then…15 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible):

5 banded pullups (used the most assisted band because my pullups are no where near to where they used to be…but that’s OK, I like a challenge)

10 pushups on a box (because my boobs hurt too much to touch the floor)

15 slamball hang to overhead

20 slow air squats

*I ended with a minute of box step ups just for funsies*

Then I did 4 intervals on the rower of 90 seconds row + 30 seconds arms only row

Then I went home and downed some coffee and oatmeal. Oatmeal has been my jam for breakfast the past couple days with skim milk, rasins, and brown sugar…keeps me regular ya know? It also brings me back to childhood because I swear my dad used to eat it like that but that could be a made up memory.

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That’s a dumb bell

I really hope to organize the house today and get up our bathroom mirror. I need to get rid of some kitchen stuff we don’t use and go through my closet. I think I’m going to put my maternity clothes in a separate closet but that sounds like a lot of work right now.

I also want to order more holiday scented candles (like I said above, I want to spend $) from Amazon but I don’t think Sam will be too thrilled with me. I’ll keep you updated on my candle sitch.

Okay friends, that’s today’s update on my super exciting life. Let me know your vote for dinner.

Thanks for tuning in…until next time 🙂

BYE!

-A very caffeinated and endorphinized Haley

 

 

Pumpkin Everything

I’m typing this one-armed as I currently have a sleeping baby in the other arm. Not exactly efficient but I enjoy holding Harry and know someday he won’t let me hold him. Ugh, I love him.

Oh and I also might be crying because I’m catching up on This Is Us (Season 2) and it’s freaking emotional.

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(Cinnamon) rolls?

Uh so Happy November (Do I get Harry a turkey onesie???). How the H did that happen? I h8 how fast time goes. I have been trying to enjoy every moment lately but it’s not making things move any slower. Also, I can’t stop sweating right now. I swear I sweat buckets ever since having a baby. I put on way more deodorant, wake up with wet hair on account of said sweat, and cannot wear gray t-shirts anymore. Good thing I only own about 5 of those…#hormones.

Anywho, all I want lately is pumpkin flavored things (scones, PSL, muffins, donuts, bread, bars, pancakes) and coffee. I told Sam last night I look forward to the morning so much because it means coffee. I have been limiting myself to one Yeti a day because I’m breastfeeding and don’t want Harry to get addicted to coffee. So, when I wake up, Sam usually has the coffee brewing. I mix it up with some Almondmilk creamer and a couple tablespoons of sugar free, caffiene free swiss mocha or french vanilla mix. I live for this stuff.

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HIGHLY recommend this flavor of Almondmilk

I also live for donuts and tried these donuts yesterday. I FREAKING loved them and may have already consumed all 6 of them…so much for no more treats. Oh well, YOLO. They were super easy but the only thing I messed up was checking to see if I had flour before starting the recipe. I only had about 2/3 cup of flour and it called for 1 full cup. I used what I had and they still turned out aight.

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Donut forget the sprinkles

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My favorite kind of breakfast

So, it’s the weekend again. I am feeling super motivated to clean up this house and organize. It’s supposed to snow and stuff so sounds like the perfect weather for some indoor projects if I do say so myself. I will also be baking all the pumpkin things mentioned above because my dream is to turn into a pumpkin. I’ve also been looking into a Nespresso…thoughts? I feel like then I would never have to buy a latte at Starbucks again? Help!

Alright friends, I’ll update you all later on the baking adventures and if I find any cool home decor objects on my home design hunt later today.

Have a fab Friday and drink an extra cup of joe for me!

XO

-Haley

 

 

Happy Halloween!

HELLO!

I think I got like 7 hours of sleep last night and feel like a gem. After feeding Harry the Zombie this AM I did a nice 20 minute workout then made one of my fave breakfasts.

Here’s a snap of my workout in case you’re looking for a fun at home option:

EMOM (Every Min on the Min) for 8 minutes: 8-10 Burpees (leave at least 20 sec of rest)

Then…Alternating EMOM for 12 minutes (hit each movement 4 times):

10 Alternating Snatches

15 situps (did these very slow)

20 Deadlifts

Cool down with stretching and coffee. You’re welcome.

Now, back to breakfast. You see, lately I feel like my sugar intake has sky-rocketed. I mean I’m not mad about it but I had been having sweet breakfasts (french toast, oatmeal with brown sugar) daily and then lots of snacks. I figured it was time for something savory. I popped 2 slices of bread in the toaster, made 2 fried eggs, and compiled some avocado toast with ham and a little bit of cheese because I love cheese (Ruthie always knows when I open the cheese up and politely asks for some…I can’t resist her). YUM. Hoping this keeps me full til at least 11 am 🙂

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Smashed Avocados

Also, I just finished my coffee so I’m guessing I’ll have to #2 v soon. HEHE.

Yesterday morning I had to cook for the first time since bringing Hare Bear home. Yes, I haven’t made a meal (besides cooking some spaghetti noodles) for 5 weeks. Sam and I have the best family/friends and people have been bringing us meals.

I clearly wanted something easy so I searched Pinterest for a crock pot chicken recipe and came across this!

Yes, it looks like barf in the crock but was so easy and cheap! My two faves when it comes to cooking. I probably spent $15 total on all the ingredients and it tastes amazing.

I served it up with a big ole salad because veggies and some mini Pillsbury croissants because they are so buttery and delicious and a girl needs a buttery treat once in a while. Highly recommend this dish if you’re trying to decide what to make this weekend. I could drink the liquid right out of the bowl (and might have).

So, it’s Halloween. I’m not the biggest Halloween fan (except I love the candy and pumpkins) and don’t usually dress up now that I’m almost 30. I did buy Harry the cutest Harry potter outfit but it’s gigantic on him so he will just wear his pumpkin onesie and pumpkin hat. Sam and I will hand out candy tonight and I’m hoping to watch some sort of Halloween movie (or maybe just Hallmark XMAS because we only get like 2 months to enjoy).

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My lil punkin

So, Happy Halloween friends. I hope you get lots of treats and few tricks!

The rest of this week is kind of busy. I’m getting my hairs did tomorrow and can’t wait. I think getting my hair colored is one of my fave things. Yay. Harry and I have a bunch of errands to run and then Ruthie and I will probably go for some walks/runs. So fun.

Have a great mid-week day and we shall catch up soon.

XO

-Hale, Harry, and Ruth

PS My pits are so sweaty. Help.

Progress Over Perfection

Good Morning. As I was about to fall asleep at 4 AM after Harry took a trip to the dairy queen last night (credit goes to my cousin Amber for calling it this LOL) I was thinking to myself how lucky Sam and I are to have a baby that eats and then falls right asleep at night. KISS OF DEATH. Of course, instantly I heard Harry making noise. Lets just say I’ve pretty much been up since 2:45 am…God Bless Coffee.

Good thing about being up in the wee hours of the morning? Silence, time to browse all the home goods stores online, time to plan the upcoming week, and time to think.

Sam and I are trying hard to decorate our house (we’ve lived here almost 4 years and nothing we own matches). I have zero design style. Sam redid our basement bathroom last fall/winter and I love it. It’s dark gray, has a heated floor, and is real cozy to me. But it still needs to be decorated. Think art, a mirror, and succulents. Friday, I went to Target to buy a storage organizer for towels and other bathroom necessities. I grabbed what I thought was a black cube organizer.

Once home and assembled, I realized it was dark brown. You’ve got to be kidding me. Sam pointed out right on the box it stated “espresso”. How was I supposed to know espresso meant brown? My design style SUCKS. I need serious help. I just want my house to look like Chip and Joanna Gaines decorated it. So, I’ve started searching Pinterest for ideas and we will see what we come up with…stay tuned for updates!

Anyway, my main point of this post is to talk about getting back in shape post baby and making progress over being perfect. I’ve been thinking a lot about how I love working out but how I also need to ease back into it after giving birth. It’s been almost 5 weeks since Harry arrived and I’m in that antsy mode to hit it hard. I’m trying to find the balance between being active and taking it one day at a time (word to your mother, don’t scroll the search page on Instagram if you don’t want to feel like a slug/compare yourself to the IG fitness models…sheesh).

You see, I love being active. I enjoy running, lifting weights, cardio, hiking, biking…everything. But having a child to watch, time is very limited for squeezing in sweat sessions. I either have to go at like 3 AM after a feeding (Hell to the no), go when Sam gets home from work (also hard because I’m usually V tired by then), do an at-home workout (OK option but I like the gym because it has barbells), or just tell myself I’ll try again tomorrow. This has happened multiple days and I’m actually A-OK with it.

So far I’ve found a pretty good balance. Harry, Ruthie, and I usually get in a nice walk every day. I do bicep curls with Harry (he’s a great 9 pound weight), and I’ve made it to the gym twice. I’ve also gone on some lovely little runs with Ruthie, and done a bundle of at-home workouts while Harry sleeps. I really feel like I gave myself enough time to recover from child birth and am super excited for a fresh start.

I’ve also learned that now I must make my workouts super efficient. I like adding little sprint sessions into my lifting sessions due to time constraints. Friday night I did a fun little workout at Anytime that looked like this:

5 rounds AFAP (as fast as possible):

6 Squat cleans

12 Box Jumps (I’m still doing step ups)

200 m sprint

Then: 5 sets

2 Thrusters + 2 Back Squats

It was a blast, I felt like I got a good sweat in about 30 minutes, and it was progress. Each day is a win in my books. Each day is a step in the right direction.

As for nutrition…I try to eat well but I feel like I’ve been eating way more desserts since Harry came along. I mean, I ate an entire 9×13 pan of pumpkin cake by myself in a week. I ate 8 chocolate chip cookies in 3 days. I’ve had a heaping bowl of cookies and cream ice cream the past 2 nights topped with Halloween candy. Not to mention the oatmeal monster cookie bars my mom made…I think I’ve had about 10 of those since Thursday. And the bowls of cereal at 2 AM. Holy monkies that’s a lot of treats. These snacks are just so easy to grab when I’m feeding Harry and suddenly find myself ravenous. Plus, I feel like all veggies make me and Harry gassy. So what else am I supposed to do!? 🙂 I’ll try to reel in the sugar this week…try.

I was looking through my pictures this morning (duh, I’ve been up for hours) and came across some photos from pre-pregnancy:

during pregnancy:

and post-pregnancy:

And you know what…I’m not mad about how things have changed. I still don’t get where all the skin goes from my big bump. Or if that line down my belly will ever go away. But it’s kind of neat. Also a reminder of how insane our bodies are and how they can bring new life into this world.

So here’s to setting goals for this week to eat a few more veggies (and still enjoy a cookie or 5), getting to the gym 2 times, taking each day at a time/focusing on progress over being perfect, and enjoying all the snuggles with Harry and Ruthie.

Have a lovely day and Go Pack!

PS please excuse my rambling post today…I’m hopped up on caffiene.

XO

-Hales

 

Give Yourself Credit

Hello. Here we are again, Friday. Sweet because then Sam gets to be home all weekend but also not sweet because time is going way too fast and I’m already getting anxious about going back to work. Just live in the moment right? But that’s freaking hard. Since Harry came a week early, I get to go back to work on Christmas Eve day (I should be thrilled to have a job to go back to) and I’m already crying thinking about leaving my son the day before Christmas. Any helpful tips on how to transition would be greatly appreciated 🙂

So, yesterday Harry and I went to Gramma Dee and Grandpa Fletch’s house for a little visit. Since we still don’t have laundry, I brought along a couple loads and my mom (she’s a literal angel) prepped us a couple meals. Hello instant pot pot roast, chicken pot pie, and these bars!. Our little fam is so lucky to have you mom!

Anyway, while at their house, I got super anxious about little Harry not eating enough. He has some super great feedings where I’m like, “man, we got this down.” And then he has a bunch of shitty feedings where I’m like “I suck, he’s going to lose weight and have to go to the hospital. I’m going to just start feeding him formula.” It seriously stresses me out every single day. I try to remain calm and tell myself he is eating enough since he’s pooping and peeing and he’s not asking for more. But how can I be sure? I just want to weigh him every day to make sure he’s going in the right direction.

To try to relieve some stress, I took myself to the State Park for a nice run/walk (FYI I am incredibly sore today…the hills really got me). The Park is my favorite place to go when I need to chill the eff out because it is beautiful there and during the week it’s pretty much empty. Just me and nature. Let me tell you, for the first half of my run-hike, I could not relax. I kept thinking…what if Harry is hungry (Haley, you left a bottle), what if Harry is crying (Haley, he’s a baby, he’ll probably cry)…Haley, you left your 1 month son, you are a crappy mom (Haley, you are not a crappy mom, you can take an hour for yourself…Haley no you can’t). Yes, these are the exact thoughts that consumed my mind for the first 4 miles.

I even worked myself into a nice headache due to this stress. Then with about 2 miles left, I finally chilled the eff out. IDK what it was but something just changed and I felt calm. I knew Harry was in good hands. He had everything he needed and he’d be alright for an hour.

I just don’t know why I let myself get so stressed. It doesn’t make anything better at all. I feel like one minute I’m so confident in everything, and the next minute I’m in a panic, questioning everything. Ask Sam, he’ll tell you. One day I’m like “OMG Harry slept all day, he is growing!” The next day I’m like “OMG why is Harry sleeping all day? He must be ill?” Or “Harry’s belly is growing, yay!” “Harry’s belly is full of gas, get it out!”

However, I feel like Harry can sense my stress and that stresses him out (I know Ruthie can sure sense my stress) so I need to keep reminding myself to settle down. Plus, I hate being stressed…I’m mean, I stinky sweat, I get headaches. STOP BEING A STRESSED LADY, LADY.

So, how does one not stress with a baby? Take a stress relief bath? Drink a glass of wine? Talk to my support system? Go for a walk (LOL see above)?  Sure, these things might help temporarily but I don’t think it’s possible to not be stressed. But I’m going to try my best to remind myself that we’re doing the best we can.

This is all new territory and we will figure it out one hour, one day at a time. As long as Harry is fed, changed, warm, and snuggled, he is OK. Being a mom is the most rewarding yet hardest thing I’ve ever experienced but us moms need to give ourselves some credit. Bringing a human into this world is INSANE. This little being that was growing inside is now on the outside and we have so much to figure out together.

Here’s to all the mom’s out there. You are amazing. You’re doing the best job. Keep your head up because it’s not easy but it’s def worth it.

XO

-Mama Hales

Holy Buckets Harry’s 1 Month!

I know people say time flies when you have a kid but shoot, time REALLY flies when you have a kid. Hare Bear turns 1 month in 58 minutes and I’m crying inside. I can’t believe you’ve already been here for an entire month…what was life like without you little guy?

To celebrate, we went to Harry’s weight check this morning. I was hoping he’d be at least 8 pounds 6 ounces…he shocked me and was a whopping 8 pounds 10 ounces! He’s gaining weight finally and I couldn’t be happier. He’s also about 23 inches long and has a good sized head but even better sized appetite (just like his dad).

I am still feeding him about every 2-3 hours except now he’s started to give me noticeable cues for when he’s hungry instead of me choosing when to feed…much easier that way. I still am supplementing with a bottle after every feeding but he hasn’t been taking much from that. I only pump when my boobs feel enormous (ever other feed) or he drinks a ton from the bottle. So, feedings have basically gone from an hour to 25 minutes. Swell.

I did take a few pics of Harry today because, well, duh. He’s a month old and kind of a cutie.

I don’t really know exactly what Harry likes/dislikes because he doesn’t speak yet but here’s my guesses:

Likes: Milk (duh), car rides, walks in nature, his sister Ruthie, snuggling, his dad, pulling hair, being fed, reading stories, being held, and watching sports.

Dislikes: Being changed, hiccups/burping, beans, cold hands and feet, and the Vikings.

Now to celebrate everyone surviving having a baby for a month, I’m off to bake some Chocolate Chip cookies and spaghetti. Have a magnificent Monday night!

Toodles!

-Hales