Bangin

Oh my gosh I just made this and am literally rolling on the floor because it was seriously the best thing I have ever tasted. The mashed potatoes rocked my world. The homemade gravy was just insane. AND THE FREAKING MEAT. HOLY MOTHER ALMIGHTY. Sam even said it was really good. That’s saying something. Do yourself a favor and make this ASAP. You will be so thrilled.

I can’t believe Sunday night is already upon us. I just put Harry to bed after we read 2 books and am now sitting on the couch eating chocolate chip muffins. I get so sad on Sunday’s because it means the weekend and family time is over.

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I wish I had his lashes

This weekend my mom and I drove to my sister’s in Duluth to wedding plan/dress shop as she is newly engaged (YAY!!!!!). I love going to Duluth-it’s such a fun place to visit and I love spending time with my mom and sister.

One of my obsessions is the Lake Superior Bakehouse. I make a point to stop there every time I’m in Duluth now because they have the most INSANE pastries and lattes. They open at 8 AM on Saturdays and I make sure I get there right at 8 so I have the first pick of all the treats. This time, after staring at the case of sugary snacks I selected a white chocolate raspberry scone, a caramel pecan roll, and my fave of the bunch, the blueberry cream cheese roll. UGH. I would love to eat these every day. They also satisfied my sweet tooth for the day. For my beverage I chose the smore’s mocha as it was the seasonal special. LOVE.

Seeing these pictures seriously makes my mouth water. I mean look at the frosting on that roll. GOOD lord. Help me.

Our weekend was spent at the wedding show, dress shopping (She said YES!), and playing games. Oh, we also watched the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I’m obsessed. Oh and Pillow Talk. So good.  My mom and I left this morning after breakfast so I could get home to the fam bam jam. Also, traveling always throws off my bowel movements so I can’t wait to wake up, drink coffee, and poo.

I also got in a nice workout this afternoon. I finally got my push jerk in the 100’s and almost pee’d myself from excitement. I got 3 sets of 3 at 105 and couldn’t have been more joyous. Hard work pays off peeps. My workout was fast but fun. Here ya go:

For time:

27-21-15 reps of:

Burpees, Swings, Snatches (alternating arms), and Air Squats

Then…5-5-5-3-3-3 Push Jerk

5×12 lunges with barbell on back.

OOFDAH.

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Hey.

PS I got bangs. Yeah. Now I really feel like a mom 🙂

That is all for now as I have to get my shit ready for tomorrow. Fresh week. Big stuff ahead. Get focused, carry on.

Have a sweet Sunday night and eat dessert (get it?).

XO

-Haley

 

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12 Weeks

My baby is 12 weeks old and I’m crying. I never knew it was possible to love something so much. I mean I love a lot of things with all my heart (yes Ruthie girl, I love you) but there’s something different about baby love.

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My Sweet Boy ❤

12 weeks ago I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea what my child would be like, look like…would he like me? If you’re wondering, I don’t even care if he likes me hehe I just love him so much. PS I think he likes me.

He’s at the point now where he smiles at you, he likes to play, he can hold a ball (I’m wondering if he’s a lefty…he does a lot with his left hand), he giggles and coos and stares at Christmas lights. He’s eating like a good boy and I swear he grows an inch a day. He no longer fits in 3 month clothes (I think this is common for babes though) and is super close to rolling over. Oh, I swear he’s already said mama a couple times too.

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Babies 1st Christmas Celebration

Having a baby has changed me a lot as well. I’ve become much more patient. I feel like I laugh a shit ton more. I’ve become calmer. I’ve also learned that perfection doesn’t matter with a baby.

Some days I have every intention of teaching Harry to read, to give him endless amounts of tummy time, to do all the laundry, clean all the rooms, pick up all the shit that has somehow accumulated in our house, eat a salad, skip dessert (LOL yeah right)…the list goes on.

Most days I make a check list of things to accomplish and most days I accomplish about 80% of my list. But like I said, perfection doesn’t matter with a baby. I don’t even care if I don’t get to vacuuming. I do feel like a half failure if I don’t play with Harry all day but I’m slowly getting over that. I’m not mad when I have to skip a workout because the baby decides we’re gonna hold hands all day. I’ve even gotten OK with watching a Hallmark movie during the day (before baby I would NEVER watch a movie during the daytime…don’t ask me why).

Harry has changed me for the best. He’s shown me a whole new level of love, patience, caring, responsibility, and he’s shown me how to enjoy every moment. I feel so lucky to be a mom to such a sweet little boy. He’s also shown me just how great a dad Sam is and that’s just the cherry on top.

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Playing cards with Grandpa Fletch

Now, it’s my last week of maternity leave and I’m not gonna lie, I’m super sad. I know I’m lucky to have a job to go back to. I’m lucky to have had 3 months off with my child and dog. But man, it’s like you go through all these changes and get in this new routine then, PSYCH, you have to give that all up to make $. I am trying to look at the positives but man, it’s hard.

I have been trying to get in some last minute fun things before heading back to the 7:30-4:30 grind. Last weekend after a glorious run, I stopped in at one of my fave donut joints Glamdoll and got 4 donuts and a large latte. I shared 1.5 of those donuts with Sam and ate the rest.

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Fritter, Gingerbread, Eggnog, and Vanilla Sprink

I have been trying to get in some good workouts because I know it’s going to be tough once I’m back at work. I’ve been hiking, baking (hello instant pot spaghetti), and snuggling my dog and baby. I’m just trying to take everything in and enjoy every moment especially with Christmas coming up. Tis the season to be thankful.

My little monkeys are both currently sleeping, the Christmas tree is lit up, and I’m eating vanilla ice cream with reeses. I’d say there’s a lot to be thankful for.

Hoping you’re having a healthy and joyous holiday season and get some time off with loved ones.

XO

-Hales

 

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

 

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

 

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

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 😦

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