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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La La Lavender

I’m currently having a breakfast appetizer of banana bread as I wait for my steel cut oats to cook. This is my first time making steel oats and I didn’t realize they take 20 minutes to make! I’m used to my 90 second oatmeal but was in the mood for something a little heartier. I will probably top my oats with some milk and brown sugar…maybe a little coconut yogurt and a chocolate chip? LOL who am I kidding more like¬† 5 chocolate chips.

I also went to Target yesterday to get more Almondmilk Creamer (have been obsessed with the Toffee Tidings flavor) and got distracted by the all the holiday flavors. I left with Sugar Cookie instead of the Toffee Tidings. Marketers sure know how to get me. Argh!

So it’s been cold. Freezing cold. It’s OK because I usually spend my day snuggled in a chair with Harry and Ruthie so we stay warm but we’re starting to go a little stir crazy staying inside all day. So yesterday Harry and I ventured out to do some errands and pick up ingredients for a¬†lavender latte!¬†I love lavender lattes and seeing the one in Duluth over the weekend made me want to make my own.

First things first. I had no clue where to get lavender buds…wtf is a lavender bud even? Target or Trader Joes do not have them. My next thought was whole foods but I didn’t feel like driving into the city. After fearing defeat, we drove past a little store called Fresh and Natural on our way home. Sure, what the heck. Might as well try, right?

BINGO. Fresh and Natural def has lavender buds. And many other fun/odd/cool things. The nice thing was that the buds were in the bulk section so you could take as many as you wanted. I love the smell of lavender and filled my little baggie up…the price per pound….$53! Thank god lavender weighs like nothing. I think my total for the lav was $3. I’ll be getting more of this stuff.

I also grabbed some decaf coffee (also in the bulk section) to make my latte because I’m trying to only drink one fully caff coffee a day (my morning cup with said Sugar cookie cream). Before leaving I tried looking for collagen because I am curious about the stuff and wanted a sample jar but only saw a large tub for like $40. Don’t need my hair and nails to grow that bad. Anyone have thoughts on collagen?

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Lavender ‚̧

Back to latte. I started by making the lav syrup in the recipe. I boiled the water and buds and let it simmer. It smelled amazing. I’m adding a small strainer to my XMAS list because all we have is a giant spaghetti noodle strainer and a handful of the buds made it into my drink which was fine but not ideal.

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Sup bud?

Next step was to boil water and sugar then add the boiled lav juice to the sugar water. Pretty sure I may have burned my sugar a tiny bit but it was still yummy.

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See the little buds floating?

Then you basically let the syrup cool, brew some coffee (I used my French Press), and pour that into a mug. Now for the coolest part…the milk. All you do is heat up your milk (I used Fair Life Non fat because I like this kind the best and almond milk has not been my fave lately) for like 30 seconds then give it a good ole shake. Bing. Bang. Boom. Pour that on top and you have a lovely lavender latte.

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I Love Lav

I really want to learn how to make a flower or something with my foamy milk but I’m guessing I need a fancy espresso machine for that. Anyway, I’d highly suggest this recipe! It will hopefully save me $100 in fancy lavender lattes hehe. Then I can put that $ towards a nespresso. I found one on sale at Sur La Table and am hoping Santa brings it…or maybe I’ll get it for Harry LOL.

So the website that has the lavender latte also has a recipe for PB cup coffee creamer. I might try to make that today. Oh and pumpkin bread because you can never have enough pumpkin.

PS what do I use extra lavender buds for?

Cheerio!

-Haley

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

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)

Thursday Things

Man, it’s been a busy¬†week. I thought time¬†would slow down being on maternity leave but nope! It just seems to go faster!

Harry turned 2¬†weeks old on Monday and I feel like he’s letting me get a little more sleep each night. Thank you buddy, I appreciate that. I still am feeling a little stressed about the¬†whole breastfeeding thing and might visit the baby cafe either this afternoon or next¬†week. I just¬†want to make sure he’s getting enough nourishment! He has his 2¬†week check up tomorrow so I’m excited to see if he’s growing/where his¬†weight is.

So, lets chat fun things. The¬†weather here is shit. It’s been raining for the past 5 days and now today the high is a measly 39 degrees. I NEED SOME SUN. So, to battle the gloomy blues, I’ve been super into baking. Last¬†week I made pumpkin donuts, this¬†week it¬†was apple donuts. I just searched online for a recipe but I¬†want to start experimenting and making my own recipes!

The apple donuts¬†were baked and then dusted¬†with cinnamon and sugar and seemed a little dense but I still think they tasted amazing. Served¬†with a side of scramble eggs and avocado…yum! I ate 10 of them in 3 days…LOL. Oops.

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Crooked Smiley

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Apple do-nuts or don’t-nuts

I also tried my hand at a pumpkin spice latte because¬†we all know the ones from Starbucks and Caribou have like a million grams of sugar. If I’m gonna eat a million grams of sugar I’d rather have a couple donuts (or 10) ya know. So I took some milk and pumpkin and cooked that in a pan for about 5 minutes. Then I removed that from the heat and added a little maple syrup (thanks Uncle Danny), vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and brewed coffee. I’d say it’s pretty fantastic. And I feel a lot better drinking this knowing there’s not a ton of unnatural crap in it.

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Baby Spice? Nah, Pumpkin Spice

Now, today is my 29th Birthday. It’s crazy how as you get older (and have kids and dogs) birthday’s get a tiny bit less exciting. I mean obviously it’s fun to know 29 years ago my mom¬†was going through¬†what I¬†went through 2¬†weeks ago (sorry mom-I now know the pain you¬†went through!). But as I age, I just care less about getting presents and more about spending quality time¬†with the people that mean the most in my life. I’d much rather get coffee and chat than anything in the¬†world. I’d much rather take my dog to the state park for a hike on a fall day. I’d rather receive a hug from my mom and dad than a cake. You get it.

Of course a Birthday brings about a¬†whole new year. 365 days to grow, change, adventure, set goals, accomplish goals. If you think about it, 365 days seems like a long time but it’s really not. It sure flies by. So here’s a list of things I’m hoping to see/do in my 29th year.

-Teach my son to be a caring, loving human

– Travel to Banff/Lake Louise

-Try one new thing each month (new recipe, workout class, book)

-Sign up for a new race (hello Lutsen 50K??)

-Donate to puppy shelter

-Send more cards

-Adventure with Sam

-Make wine! Go on a wine tour

-Re-decorate/paint my house/fix it up/plan and save for new house (more like 5 year plan hehe)

-Blog consistently because writing is my true passion

-Relax. Stop being so hard on self.

-More homemade recipes…stop spending $5 on coffee!!!!! SAVE $$$

-Clean out closet-get rid of anything haven’t¬†worn in past year

-Learn to live in the moment and stop wishing for next week/month/year

It’s just a start but having these things¬†written down helps me see¬†what I hope to accomplish and stay on track.

Do you have any goals you want to accomplish in the next year? How do you stay on track? I would love to hear your tips/tricks!

Now it’s time to catch up on laundry, dishes, and This Is Us (I’m only on season 2!).

Have a fabulous fall day.

XO

-Hales

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