Be Thankful

It’s snowing and it’s magical and all I want to do is decorate, drink coffee, and write down goals for the next 3 years of my life ūüôā

I hear today is like the biggest party day of the year since not many people have to work tomorrow (if you do, I’m sorry, that’s shitty…unless you like it, then it’s great!). I will be enjoying a grasshopper for sure tonight with my fam. Can’t wait for some minty goodness.

Since Sam has been on break from school this week, I’ve been able to get to a few classes at Alchemy and it’s been so nice. My bod is def slowly getting strong again and it feels so good to move. However, having a baby takes away any core strength I once had. I’m focusing on slowing down and building up those muscles one ab at a time.

This morning I did a super fun workout at Anytime to get in a good sweat before Turkey Day. I did a bunch of different squats mixed with some rowing and then finished off with the following:

5 sets of 5 reps: Power Cleans

Then…3 rounds as fast as possible of:

10 Box Jumps

9 Hang Power Cleans

7 Front Squats

5 Strict Press

I did this all with a 45 pound bar. I finished with 10 minutes of walking at an incline. So great. I got home an instantly downed 2 protein muffins complete with whipped cream and peanut butter and 2 eggs with avocado.

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My fave breakfast

So, what else have we been up to lately? Harry is the wiggliest little monster ever so I’ve been trying to find ways to entertain him. I’ve also discovered that every day he looks more and more like his dad. He’s a mini Sam and I’m 100% ok with that because I think Sam is pretty cute ūüôā

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Mini Sammy

I’ve also been trying to taste all the lavender lattes in MN and got one from¬†Spyhouse¬†yesterday and while it was $6, I’d get it again and again. So good, so lavender-y. I mean my homemade version wasn’t terrible compared to this one but I think I need to pull the trigger and get that espresso machine…especially if I’m going back to work in a month. Yikes.

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I like you a whole latte

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I can’t effing believe it. My fave day of the year is already here and there’s SO much to be thankful for. I love going around the table and having everyone say one thing they are thankful for this year. Here are a few on my list:

  1. Healthy family
  2. Harry, Ruthie, and Sam
  3. A roof over our head
  4. The best friends who are always up for adventure
  5. The ability to dream big dreams
  6. A family that believes in me
  7. Food and coffee (duh)
  8. Having patience
  9. The ability to vote
  10. Living in a country where women are being more valued every day
  11. Snow, Hallmark, and Christmas music

OK, now I must go pack up Harry’s room as we get ready to head to my parents for a few days. I wish you safe, yummy, loving Thanksgiving. Stay cool ya Turkeys!

XO

-Haley

 

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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

 

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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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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!? ūüôā 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 ūüôā

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