Protein Packed Saturday

I had a decaf caramel macchiato from Starbucks today and I swear it just puts me in the best mood. Harry and I (we tried to get Ruthie to come but she said she’s on a no caff diet right now) went at 5:30 this morning because the child wakes up at 5 everyday. It was so fun.

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Decaf duh

So, yesterday afternoon I went to a class at Alchemy (haven’t been for a while) and it was a blast. I went to the A10 since I’m just getting back into it and it kicked my bum. The workout had pull ups and I haven’t attempted a pull up since about March. Oofdah. But I gave it a shot and it wasn’t all that terrible. Except today. I def feel it today. I forgot how much I love working out in a class setting!

Today has been a busy day. After coffee, I came home and prepped my fave protein pancake recipe.

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Protein Pancake essentials

It’s really simple and so yummy. You take a cup of egg whites (I always add one whole egg), 1/3 cup of oats, a dash of baking powder and whatever spices you want. Sometimes I add tumeric. Today I went with cinnamon. You can also add protein powder, cocoa powder…the options are endless. Then you pour all that into a hot pan oiled with coconut oil and cook. I suck at flipping the thing because it’s giant so it always turns into a giant blob. But eating blobs is the most fun.

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YUM

The topping options are endless as well. Today I went with a little PB, some jam, a few dark chocolate chips, and some local honey. I might have licked my plate after. Only Harry and Ruth were here to judge me so that’s whatever. Oh, and whipped cream. Ruthie recently discovered her love for whipped cream as well and I always have to give her a little taste.

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Masterpiece

After downing my cake, I wanted to take Ruth for a run. But she was protesting the cold so I went by myself. I don’t know how far I went and I sure as heck didn’t go fast. I just took my time and enjoyed the snowflakes falling on me.

Next on the agenda, muffins! I found a box of Kodiak cakes muffin mix at Target yesterday and decided to try that with my fave easy muffin recipe. All you need is a box of cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and mini chocolate chips. Seriously, so simple.

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Choco-punkin

All you do is mix the cake mix with pumpkin and about 1/2 cup of water…add your chocolate chips and bake at 350-375 for 12 ish minutes.

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I love these muffins because they are so moist. I usually underbake them a tad so they are gooey in the middle. I offered Sam one but he politely declined. The options with these are also endless. Sometime I do a spice cake mix and rasins, or a white cake mix and white chocolate chips. YUM!

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True Beauty

I eat these for breakfast and dessert ūüôā

The rest of our Saturday was spent lamp shopping (fail), eating, going for a walk, drinking Coconut La Croix, snuggling, and eating Chipotle.

PS there’s a new Hallmark movie on tonight and we can’t wait to snuggle in with our muffins and a cup of decaf mocha.

Have yourself a merry night!

XO

-Hales

 

 

 

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Harry is 3 weeks!

HAHA funny thing…when I typed that title I accidentally typed months instead of¬†weeks. No, Harry is not 3 months yet…thank goodness.

We had a busy but lovely¬†weekend¬†with family and friends. Friday started with a coffee date with some girlfriends at Fairgrounds. Such a cute place, Harry wants to go back weekly (even though he didn’t see the place due to his eyes being closed the whole time). I got the best mocha complete with a large chunk of chocolate. Highly recommend.

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Sleepy Harry

This¬†was the first¬†weekend Sam¬†was able to be home the¬†whole¬†weekend so it¬†was very relaxing (he normally has to do some¬†window¬†washing on the¬†weekends for his business) and¬†we had lots of snuggle time¬†with Ruth and Harry on the couch due to the freezing cold and snow…yes, snow.

Aunt Molly came to town Friday for some full blown Harry snuggles and it¬†was great to have her. I¬†wish she could live in my basement and be my full time nanny but lets be real, that isn’t gonna happen.

The¬†whole crew¬†went to our fave local restaurant Moe’s on Friday for dinner. It just happened to be Oktoberfest there so that¬†was a fun time…we did leave before the Polka band started because Harry did not have proper ear attire. But,¬†we did get in on the Oktoberfest specials…hello pretzel¬†with mustard and beer cheese. One of my faves.

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First beer cheese dip in MONTHS…holla.

One thing about having a baby and having to feed him every couple hours is that by the time 8pm rolls around and baby gets his milk, mama is so tired. So I did not make it very long Friday night ūüė¶

Saturday morning we woke up and made a snazzy breakfast of pumpkin blueberry pancakes (my fave recipe from my mom), eggs and veggies, maple sausages, and coffee. The pancakes turned out so good and I am still eating them today.

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Punkin Pancakes

Molly and I took Harry and Ruth to the park for a nice¬†walk after breakfast but Harry¬†was a little crabby so¬†we didn’t make it very far before turning around…of course right¬†when¬†we got back to the car he fell asleep. Convenient.

The rest of Saturday¬†was spent at my parents house¬†watching the Brewers and eating the best hamburgers my dad cooked on the grill. Dinner¬†was followed by the best desserts every from San Pedro Cafe in Hudson. If you’re in the area, stop in for the Habenero Chocolate cake and Key Lime Pie. They are my fave but I only get them on my Birthday. YUM.

Aunt Molly also did a nice little newborn photo shoot of Harry this weekend and I am so in love with the photos. Of course he slept through most of the pictures but managed to open those dark eyes up for about 5 pictures. Little buddy.

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Little Lamb

My mom got us this cool first year picture frame and I can’t¬†wait to start filling it up.

So today, I have an appointment¬†with a lactation specialist because our Pediatrician¬†was a little concerned about Harry not being back at his birth¬†weight at our 2¬†week check up on Friday. She also didn’t like that he¬†wasn’t¬†waking himself up to feed every couple hours (I¬†was having to¬†wake him). I have been breastfeeding him for 10 minutes on each side every 2.5-3 hours and then pumping and feeding him¬†whatever I pump (about 2 oz). Let me tell you, it’s exhausting, my nips are sore, and it feels like all I do is feed this child but I¬†will do¬†whatever it takes to make this¬†work.

I’m really hoping things are going in the right direction because last night he¬†woke himself up 3 times to eat. That’s gotta be a good sign. Hoping he’s at least 8 lbs 1 oz today at his¬†weigh in and¬†we can figure out¬†what’s going on¬†with our feeding sitch. Hoping for the best! He also shits and pees a lot so he’s gotta be getting nourishment. Cmon little buddy, grow!

He has grown an inch already and is in the 94th percentile for his height but his weight is in the 20th percentile.

The rest of today¬†will be filled¬†with a little cleaning, some organizing, a special visit from cousin Amber and little¬†William, and a possible trip to Costco…although I’m really not sure how to bring Harry into Costco. Usually I use the stroller in stores because I’m not confident in putting him in a shopping cart (in his car seat) but I need a 40 lb bag of dog food and that def¬†won’t fit in the stroller….hmm. Any thoughts?

I’m also going to admit I¬†was getting restless and did a tiny 10 minute¬†workout today. It felt so good to move around. I took it easy, drank lots of¬†water and took breaks¬†when needed. It looked a little something like this:

10 min AMRAP

30-20-10 reps

Air Squats

Snatches

Straight Leg Deadlifts

Bent Over Row

*Used 25 pound weight*

Ended with 3 10 second intervals of plank holds (slow and steady wins the race).

I wish you a productive week full of all things you love. Happy half way through October (SLOW down time!).

Toodles!

-The Crew