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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Sunday’s are for Chores and Shopping

Good morning! I’ve been up since 5:30 am feeding a hungry baby and now I’m¬†wide awake and ready for a Sunday funday!

I’m also very excited because I just ordered¬†these shoes¬†and can’t wait to try them on. I don’t know about you but I’m very into online shopping…except¬†when you have to make returns. I hate that.

Yesterday¬†was a busy day in the¬†wakefield household. You see, having a new baby means lots of laundry because lots of poop and pee and spit up. So, it¬†was a very convenient time for our¬†washer to break…NOT. Sam thinks it’s my fault because I shoved a huge comforter and pillow in there but I think it’s time¬†was just up. So¬†we took Harry to Home Depot yesterday and let him pick out the new¬†washer. He did a good job and didn’t even pick the most expensive one…win! He also picked a dryer so¬†we got that too…you know you’re grown up¬†when you get excited about a new appliance.

Yesterday morning I also attended my first Alchemy class in¬†what feels like a year (I think it’s been like 3 months?). It¬†was hard and I realized my core is SO¬†weak after having Harry (Had to do planks from my knees!). I took it easy, used lighter¬†weights, and modified movements I¬†wasn’t comfortable¬†with. It¬†was really nice to get in a group setting and get in a good sweat. But holy cow am I sore today…a good sore though.

This morning it is freaking freezing out so I decided to skip my Costco Pumpkin muffin and make a large bowl of oatmeal instead. I was feeling nice and spicy so I zipped that bowl up with some lovely flavors. It looked a little something like this:

1/2 cup of oats

Large sprinkle of tumeric

Large sprinkle of cinnamon (Vietnamese from Penzy’s…only cinnamon you should ever buy)

*I never measure my spices, I just dump them in*

Handful of crasins

I topped this with some homemade pumpkin butter and local real honey. YUM. I always forget how much I love oats until I eat them. Nice and warm, perfect for a chilly fall day.

Speaking of chili, I love chili so much but am trying not to eat it on account of beans and breastfeeding. So today I’m hoping to prep my other fave fall soup from¬†PaleOMG. This soup is so easy to make and I buy the already chopped butternut squash. HIGHLY recommend. I’m also planning on making something in the slow cooker because I haven’t used that once this fall, some chocolate chip cookies, and overnight golden milk oats because now I’m on the oat train. Oh, and maybe some¬†fun fetti donuts!

Sunday’s are normally for Football but not today. Since our¬†washer isn’t going to arrive until Nov 6th, I’m using my parents¬†washer to do laundry a couple times a¬†week (I feel like a college student). So today¬†we¬†will be making the trek to Hudson for laundry, some Harry introductions to friends, and *hopefully* a nice¬†walk at the State Park. Yahoo! Sounds like a fun filled Sunday if you ask me!

Now I gotta go #2 because I had coffee and oats and that’s a deadly combo…TMI but¬†who cares I’m sure you’re about to poo too (pretty sure Harry’s pooping right now too).

Have a lovely Sunday my friends. Thanks for reading, I appreciate you all.

XO

-Hales (and a big #2)

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

Week 38!

Here I sit,¬†waiting for the rest of my fam to¬†wake up. I have been up since about 4:10 due to excitement of the most perfect¬†weather and first day of fall. If you don’t know, I LOVE fall (just like any other human…I just love it a little more).

I have been fighting a cold since last Saturday and finally feel like 80 % today so I¬†went to the gym and did a nice and slow¬†workout. Then I treated myself¬†with a decaf mocha from Caribou because¬†why not! It’s been a blast of a day already.

Here¬†we are people…week 38. I technically have a¬†week and 3 days til I’m due but my gut tells me I’m gonna be in labor this time next¬†week so I’m going¬†with one tiny¬†week left of this pregnancy. You know¬†what? I don’t mind being pregnant. The only thing that annoys me is how many people stare at my belly….like yahhhh I know it’s got a large bump growing on it. Thanks.

First, lets do a recap of our last baby shower last¬†weekend. My sister and mom hosted at my parents house and¬†when I arrived the house¬†was decorated so cutely (is that even a¬†word). All the blue decorations¬†with those cute southwest arrows…my sister even made a selfie¬†wall. How clever.

There¬†was a taco bar and margaritas (I had a virgin one…yum!) and cornbread shaped like cactus. My mom made the most fantastic cupcakes.

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We played 3 games:

  1. The baby sock matching game-match as many baby socks as you can in a minute.
  2. Baby¬†word scramble…abby=baby
  3. Baby song game…guess the title and artist of the song¬†with the¬†word “baby.” Think Mariah Carey-Always Be My Baby

It was a blast of an afternoon and I am so thankful for all the friends and family that have helped Sam and I prepare for the little guy.

So this¬†week has been V low key. I got a cold Saturday and haven’t been able to breathe right since…also like so much snot in my nose/throat. I have been snoring like a cow according to Sam so I haven’t been sleeping that great. But that’s OK, I really don’t like sleeping all that much…JK!

This¬†week I’ve had a bit more of an appetite¬†which makes me so happy. I made homemade chicken soup on Monday (I stayed home from¬†work to rest) and have been eating that all¬†week. The best. I’ve also been craving salad¬†with Catalina dressing, pizza, hamburgers (again!), lasagna, mac n cheese, and cottage cheese. LOL. My goal for today is to make Grandpa Marion’s chili and maybe some cornbread, an apple crisp, and tuna salad.

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This is¬†what I look like as of 5:30 AM today ūüôā

I still¬†weigh 153ish and my body still feels pretty good. I’m trying to remain calm and just let things happen and not stress out…because stress makes everything¬†worse. This baby¬†will come¬†when he is ready!

At my Dr. Appt yesterday they said my cervix (sorry if you’re a man reading this) is about 50% thin, I am about 1/2 a cm dialated, and the doc touched the baby’s head!!!!! I thought that¬†was so crazy and cool I told her that…I mean c’mon! There’s a HUMAN IN MY BODY. I still don’t understand how that’s possible.

As for¬†workouts this¬†week…I think I did 4? I did get at least 10k steps every day and¬†we did a lovely 6 mile hike on Sunday. I’d rather be spending my time in nature or snuggling my dog and Sam right now.

Today I am getting a massage thanks to my lovely friends and cannot freaking¬†wait. Hopefully I don’t get so relaxed that the baby just slips out…that’d be shocking hehe. The rest of the day I hope to finish cleaning (yeah, I bought Mrs Myers pumpkin cleaning spray and¬†want to spray every surface of my house¬†with it), cooking, and chilling in the nursery…NESTING. Except I don’t live in a nest.

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Sam told me he wants to sleep in the teepee

My dad and I are going to the Apple Orchard tomorrow and I CAN’T¬†wait!!!! They have the best apple donuts and I’m for sure going to eat 2.

Okay, that’s all for now. Hopefully I’ll have one more update for you before BABY comes! If not, thanks for following these last 9 months¬†with me. It’s been a blast and I’m thankful for you all!

XO

-Hales

 

Week 37

Officially 2 little weeks and 4 short days until this baby’s due date. I am getting so so excited and trying to remain calm/not stressed. This¬†weekend I have my final baby shower and cannot¬†wait. It’s also hotter/humid-er than hell right now and my feet have finally started to swell. Swell.

I just had my Dr. Appointment and they said the baby’s heart beat is at 130 and perfecto. They also said he’s probs around 6 pounds…a good size. Nothing got shoved in my bumhole this time so that¬†was cool. Bumhole or rectum or anus? I’m not sure¬†what you call it and Sam¬†won’t tell me because he says I should know.

My belly feels bigger this¬†week and I seem to be slowing down a bit. I’ve also felt some contractions (I think??)¬†which is cray cray. Everything gets realllll tight but it doesn’t hurt yet. I¬†weighed 154 this¬†week and just¬†want to snuggle Ruth, arrange the baby room, and carpet clean.

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There’s a human in there!

Now, lets take a brief moment to talk about last¬†weekends diaper shower. Sam’s school held a gathering for us at a local restaurant and it¬†was fantastic. There¬†was good food, lots of chatting, and SO MANY DIAPERS. I¬†was shocked. The baby’s closet is literally overflowing¬†with diapers and¬†wipes and I could cry thinking about it. People are too kind and¬†we are so grateful for so many¬†wonderful people.

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Dipey Dipey wipey wipey

Now, this¬†week I’ve been having some¬†weird dreams. I dreamt that I¬†was¬†walking Ruthie by this big lake and¬†we came to a cliff and the lake¬†was full of golden retrievers. All of a sudden Ruthie got loose and took off and I thought she drowned in the lake. She ended up turning up a¬†week later from the¬†woods and I couldn’t stop crying. I’ve also only¬†wanted to snuggle Ruthie lately and pet her. Odd? IDK.

I also had a vision after a midnight pee run that I¬†would start to¬†write a book on my maternity leave…perhaps.

Cravings have kind of been back this¬†week. Salads, cottage cheese, malts, and donuts. OH AND PIZZA. All I¬†want right now is pizza. I just got a margarita pizza from Punch¬†with a Greco Salad. I ate half of it and am trying to pace myself. I’m guessing that pizza¬†will be gone before I go to bed tonight…just saying. Sam’s out of town this week so he can’t judge me.

My morning appetite is still absent so I’ve been trying to have an apple and string cheese at least to get something in my belly. I love cheese. I also had donuts twice this¬†week…sue me.

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Added some fruit for good measure

Sam said I¬†was starting to get feisty this¬†week and hissed at me like a cat…all because I didn’t¬†want to move over¬†when he came to join me on the front step. Sounds like his problem ūüôā

Oh, I almost forgot to mention the fun things I found at the Munchkin Market last Friday. I was shocked at how not busy it was when I arrived. I took my time and found some really great things. In total I spent $29 and got a snowsuit (that I saw on Poshmark for $50), a MN wild sleeper, a onesie, a cute little pant/sweatshirt set, and some blocks/cars. Sam and I washed everything and are ready to go.

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The baby snowsuit

Lets see,¬†what else has been happening this¬†week…I know¬†what hasn’t…workouts at the gym LOL. I did one on Tuesday and¬†was so over it. I did a 20 min run¬†Wednesday morning and¬†was also over that. So the rest of the¬†week I’ve been taking it easy and did a couple at home¬†workouts. I might hit the gym tomorrow and try something but I might also not. I’ve really loved¬†walking the dog in the morning before¬†work and she’s finally getting used to¬†walking in the dark. It’s our special time together.

That’s about all that’s happened this¬†week. I’m hoping to make some soups and stuff that¬†we can keep in the freezer so¬†when this little guy arrives¬†we¬†won’t have to¬†worry about cooking. Now I’m off to clean the basement carpet because it’s NASTY.

Catch ya later!

-Hales

 

The 36th Week

Hello!

I just had my 36¬†week Dr. Appointment and it¬†went¬†well…except for the part¬†where I got tested for some bacteria thing and they shoved a stick in my bumhole. Yeah. I¬†wouldn’t recommend that.

The baby is measuring the right size, heart beat is good, and things seem to be right on track. I¬†weighed in around 153¬†which means I’ve gained about 23 pounds in the past 9 months. I’m 100% OK¬†with that. After today I have Dr. Appointments every Friday until the due date so can’t¬†wait to see¬†what happens next¬†week.

Now, lets back up to last¬†weekend real fast. Sam and I¬†went to the MN State Fair¬†with his fam and it¬†was a blast! It didn’t even feel that crowded to me. And I survived 5¬†whole hours there¬†without having a breakdown. So cool.

I drank many waters, got the best chocolate malt from the dairy barn, ate some french fries,¬†walleye fingers, fried pickles, and had a bite of Sam’s pronto pup. All the things¬†were extraordinary. Other things¬†we saw at the fair…goats, cows, and people dodging horse shit. Can’t¬†wait for next year.

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Dairy Queen 

Alright, now back to this¬†week. Things still seem pretty good as far as my feelings go. I haven’t had any crazy dreams, I haven’t spazzed at Sam once, I’m still pooping, no hems, and I can sleep through most of the night. Things that aren’t so great…this baby is pushing on my pelvis and it feels like it’s about to split in 2, my feet are getting a little swollen, and I have zero appetite in the morning (I asked the doc and she said that’s normal since my stomach is basically smooshed into my chest). I JUST¬†want to be hungry!

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I’m carrying a puppy!

Cravings have been zero this¬†week. Nothing really sounds good except maybe a donut? I can’t tell. Oh, and chocolate milk and root beer. Other than that…food is just meh.

I’m still managing to get a few good¬†workouts in here and there although I’m thinking I’m going to be doing all at home¬†workouts pretty soon because¬†waking up at 4:30 am is really no fun anymore. I have been trying to take Ruthie for a¬†walk before¬†work now that I don’t start until 7:30 so that’s been a treat. I’ve also been doing a few treadmill “sprint”¬†workouts and did a 2ish mile run on Tuesday. I don’t even care that I’m not running like I used to right now. There¬†will be plenty of time to get back into it.

This¬†week I had my second baby shower¬†with my mom’s side of the family and it¬†was an absolute blast. My mom and I drove over to my Grandma’s house on¬†wednesday and met my 3 aunts for lunch. The food¬†was delicious and I had a really tasty Root Beer. Then¬†we headed back to Grandma’s house for the most delicious cheesecake from a European Bakery my Aunt Linda brought. SO good. There¬†was a chocolate and a cherry and they¬†were equally amazing.

After the cakes¬†were eaten,¬†we played some super fun games thanks to Aunt Polly. There¬†was the frozen babies in ice cubes game and¬†whoever’s melted first¬†was supposed to shout “my¬†water broke!” Grandma Lois¬†won that one ūüôā

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Baby Boy!

There¬†was also the Nursery Rhyme game¬†where you had to fill in the blank about nursery rhymes. I def need to brush up on my rhymes.¬†We also played the candy bar game¬†where you have to match the type of candy to the phrase….like Postpartum tummy=jelly belly. I loved this game because I love candy. The final game¬†was pin the sperm on the egg (we’re all adults here,¬†we can handle it). So creative, so fun.

After the games, it was time to head back home. Man, I have the greatest family and Baby wakey is so lucky.

This week I also got to have dinner with my 3 best gal pals and it was just the best. We met a place called The Sonder Shaker in Minneapolis and it was fantastic. The waitress gave some good recommendations and they even made a mock-garita. YUM. I sure miss margs.

All 4 of us split the deconstructed elotes and chips and guac and there¬†was not a crumb left. Baby¬†wakey gets hungry around 6 PM it seems. For the main course I¬†went¬†with the burger because it’s been a¬†while and this burg did NOT disappoint. It had enough cheese, tasty pickles, and the best sweet potato fries. I’d eat that again.

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Burg and Fried

The gals gave me a prenatal massage giftcard (which was the most thoughtful gift ever!) and I cannot wait to use it next week. THANK YOU!!!

Now tonight, I am going to check out this thing called the Munchkin Market. It takes place at the fair grounds in Stillwater, MN and I hear it’s insane. If you’re a new or expecting mom you get in early on Friday so I’m really hoping to find some sweet stuff. Sam and I are also going to buy our travel system this¬†weekend. I’ll update you on that next¬†week.

For now, have a great Friday and PLZ DRINK SOME wine or a margarita for me.

XO

-Hales