Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekend Report

2/3 sick in the house and Mama is a gimp.

I finally got my husband back but he is sick from his trip. And Ford came home last night and before bed had a fever of 103. He woke up at midnight with that barking cough and I went into major worry mode. I've had a Whooping Cough shot so I felt safe there but what about that scary Enterovirus that is all over the news? Max slept in bed with him with Vick's all over the both of them and it turns out it is just Croup. WHEW. Croup is the smeagol-esque scratchy voice and barking cough. Our 4th time with it so I should know better by now. Dr said the 2nd night is worse so let's hope he is on the mend soon! I know I will have sleepless nights soon but 1,2,3,4,5 and 6am were pretty brutal.
I won't go into detail of my sciatica pain, I'll do that on Thursday. I think I look like this when I walk though:
Let's just say I never ever thought I would go to to a Chiropractor and I've been twice this week.

People make fun of soccer moms but let me tell you something, I have been WAITING until my Saturday mornings are consumed by Sports. I'm sure the day will come when I change my mind and just want to go get mimosa drunk with my girlfriends but right now I love it. Ford had his first game this weekend and while it wasn't the World Cup those little kids had so much fun. We even took the team to Krispy Kreme afterwards to celebrate their effort! 
(I ate 3 donuts. I stole from children)

2 Sundays in a row! My goal is to get to Church twice a month. This past Sunday was the first day of Sunday school and although we had a few tears to start I think he liked it! I was very active in church as a kid, both in the choir and as an acolyte so I would love to add some religion to Ford's life. His daycare is not Church based.

(East Coast Natalie's 30 day Challenge to not buy new clothes)
I haven't bought any new clothes because let's face it...who likes to buy maternity clothes?! But I'm going to need some new undergarments as this ass has doubled in size. Remember that scene from Road Trip? Did you kill a Cheetah?! 

(I'm following along with the same rules as Chasing Pink Fireflies)
Menu via Etsy
We have done pretty well with this except for the several consignment sales I have been to and things we needed for the boys (and little girl). I mean come on....$2.
We just HAVE to stop eating out. I need a good weekly meal calendar. Ideas? There was one on Instagram once that doughmestichousewife posted and I tracked down but alas I didn't keep that info. I could possibly buy the one above and laminate it to re-use every week?

And then this...

Hand sanitizer K

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Find the Boobs-Breastfeeding in Winter

I had my son in March and while it was still a tad chilly I got by most days with wrap dresses for work and button down shirts. Just like this:

With a due date in November now I'm wondering how in the hell my daughter will get to her dairy farm if I'm wearing 10 layers. I'm asauming nursing tanks and cardigans? Please let me know your favorite nursing tanks! I wore the Target ones and probably need a refresher.

I love open cardigans because you can toss them over dresses, other sweaters, tanks, etc and instantly have a fall outfit. I have a black one from Banana that has holes in it from being worn too much. Last year I finally found a camel colored one at...shocker...Banana again. I really wanted the Lilly Pulitzer camel one but it was $200+ cashmere and my Banana one has been great.

I also have a navy Lilly one and a hot pink J.Crew one I scored at the Asheville bin sale for $5. So while I'm not lacking my goal would to be to add maybe 2 or 3 more for this fall. I'm assuming my uniform is going to be black leggings, nursing tank, cardigan. Right? See, here's me in 2 months; freshly showered, clear skin, skinny legs. HA.

And moms...what were your favorite leggings post baby? I think Natalie said Spanxx are the best and I'm going to need that extra suckage from this diastasis.
**One thing to remember, make sure there is enough material to cover in front. I bought one last year that just doesn't pull all the way closed. Nursing tanks don't exactly hold their shape and I want to be able to cover up...ya know what I mean?

Here are a few I've had my eye on:

My girl Nat over at East Coast Chic and I have the exact same taste. Same maternity clothes, same curtains, and she also has a post about awesome open cardigans. She posted this one and although it's #nospendseptember and I'm joining her in #ecn30dayclosetremix I might have to order this. Carolina blue for the win during football season!

A bit pricey but I have a maternity cardigan from them and they are so so so soft. 

Looks a tad cheap but could brighten up my morning after 3 hours of sleep and spit up in my hair right?

I've never owned Zella gear but it might make me feel like exercising? Or at least washing my pump parts.

Again, trying not to spend this month but this is a steal. And the pockets would be great for tissues, wipes, nipple shields...all that sexy stuff. I think I'd order a size up to allow enough coverage. 

This cardigan was posted on Pink Peonies 
so it sold out like hotcakes and while this whole tribal aztec thing isn't normally my go-to I love the pink accents and again..maybe it will wake me up.

Is this cute? Or too Chico's looking?

I haven't set foot in Target (part of a #nospendseptember goal) but if I had seen this it would already be in my closet. Hmmm....I am out of cereal. Oh the torture. 

Gorgeous but I'd be scared of spit-up on that much money. Lilly, your models are looking a tad cheesy these days. Not her, just the styling.

I ordered these two things already in August during a sale and they are both fantastic. Remember, I also work from home so all these tops and hopefully some leggings will be my uniform M-F once I start working again. You know, after my super long maternity leave. (Insert sarcasm)

This is GONE from their site! If they made this in more colors I would have bought a ton. It has thick construction and the flaps move to the side for boob slots. This top looks almost a tad dressy so you could pair with jeans and boots/flats and some earrings and not feel like a slug. I am SHOCKED it is gone. Total bummer. Glad I snagged 1. And now I sound so pathetic and desperate over a nursing top. 

And speaking of Nursing Tops, Gap has these
But FFF (For Fucks' sake) this model looks like the damn walking dead and has a super creepy smile. Maybe they were trying to be realistic as to what us nursing moms will look like with a newborn but fix that chicks hair and make her look appealing! DAMN. If I was a stylist for a catalog I would show The Today Show on in the background, Starbucks in her hand and her surfing Instagram on the couch. I'd buy that shit in a heartbeat.

So you winter baby Moms. Any tricks on easy boob access with layers? (This post is going to be read by more men then women. Especially if I add the labels and keywords boob access)

Tits McGehee

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

An Open and Honest Confession about Food

I hate vegetables. There are very few I will eat and no matter how you saute them, fry them, bake them, dress them up with salt and spank them...I still won't eat them. Kale? FORGET IT. And no, sprinkling with olive oil and seasoning still tastes like a seasoned YARD. Fruits...yeah. Vegetables? Boo.

Miranda Lambert (quote below) and Drew Barrymore (2nd below) feel the same.


I know I am not alone in my plight. But with the health revolution and people like Food Babe publicly criticizing every morsel we put down our throats I'm pretty sure I'm a quiet quiet minority. I am 100% aware that sugar is bad for you and the cause of so many of today's illnesses; but a 0% sugar lifestyle will not work for me.

I fully understand that processed foods aren't great for us. But I don't live on a farm, I don't cook, and I don't have tons of money (Whole Foods) or tons of time (shopping for each meal) to follow insanely strict regimens that some of the food fear mongerers are trying to sell me.

On that note I also have a son, and in the summers two sons. And soon...three kids. There are times in every mom's life she needs to bust out the Easy Mac or McDonalds' or Pizza night because she just NEEDS to. I don't want to feel like I'm burning in hell for handing my child a slice of Pizza Hut. And I tried Auntie Anne's Mac and Cheese .....not even close y'all.

A little bit about me:

I LOVE fast food. I will still go order a double cheeseburger meal at McDonald's with a Large Diet Coke. Yep, I'm THAT girl. I eat Taco Bell, Wendy's, Chick-fil-a, Pizza Hut...you name it I've driven through and swallowed it. 
My favorites. Chick Fil A nugget meal, Bojangles Chicken Supremes, Wendy's Spicy Chicken Combo, McDonalds Double Cheeseburger meal with a diet Coke.

I also LOVE the processed over sugared GMO'd to death  useless items in the middle of the grocery store. You know what I'm talking about. Little Debbie Cakes, Chips, Cookies, Combos (Pizza/Pretzel is the only way to go)...you know...Gas station specialties.

Is this an addiction? Maybe a tad. But I just haven't found enough things that I do like that are sugar-free. Well except Cheese. Pour some sugar cheese on me.

And farm to table? Super. I can still go into any restaurant and order a meal...I'm not picky, I just don't like radishes. STOP TRYING TO MAKE BEETS AND RADISHES HAPPEN. 

All that being said before I got pregnant I did try to eat remotely healthy. That to me was a protein shake in the morning, a turkey sandwich or black bean burger for lunch, and usually a grilled meat and veggie for dinner. My husband is an amazing cook so when we had lots of free time (pre-kids and pre-jobs that had us working late hours) he would whip up healthy and fabulous meals. I saved, and still try to save*, my sugar laden treats and fast food stops for the weekend. *pregnancy is wreaking havoc on trying to eat healthy.
But anyone could nit-pick what I was doing and call out each item. The Protein shakes = from Sams, and not all natural ingredients. The Turkey sandwich = processed deli meat, WhiteWheat bread  = carbs which are the enemy and no bread is safe....or I have to eat one so nutty it ruins the sandwich. The black bean burgers = dipped in sugar laden Ketchup. And dinner = I put spray butter on my broccoli...i'm sure that's a no-no.

But these diets worked well for me. Eating remotely healthy with grapes/carrots/nuts as snacks and 30 minutes of cardio or barre four times a week and I was down to the weight I think is okay for me. Wedding weight was LOW so I'm hoping to hover around 112 or 110 as my "goal weight". (I'm 5'2" on a good day) I've already gained 25+ pounds this pregnancy and while I'm trying to slow down (My Instagram followers are dying of laughter) it is the last possible time in my life I won't be counting calories. I mean think about it. As women we count calories and try to workout ALWAYS. We kick it up a notch for weddings or beach season but aren't we always dieting?

And alcohol?
I'm not going to give up my red wine during the week, or my bourbon on the weekends. And yes...I mix my bourbon with diet coke. GASP...COKE WILL KILL YOU! So freaking what. I never smoked...so this is my thing.

The two driving forces that are making me want to be healthier than my basic plan are 1. My kids and 2. Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's is being called the 4th diabetes due to the links between plaque and sugars and if I can do anything to prevent getting this disease you better believe I'm trying to do it. I also want to set healthier examples for my kids. My stepson and my son both have pretty bad eating habits and we don't do much to correct it in the summer with McDonald's trips and Pizza nights. We need to incorporate a little bit of healthier eating around here so that baby girl doesn't follow the same route. Or at least we can begin all this when I am not pregnant anymore.

My plan began with contacting a friend from college Carolyn at The Whole Tulip. I was her Patient X; definitely her worst case in Charlotte. We talked for an hour over what I do like and don't like and her first move was to start me on Juice Plus as a first defense to not getting enough healthy foods.

Read about Juice Plus here.

Carolyn and her sister Adri run the Whole Tulip to help people like me eat healthier.

They work one on one with people, offer group clean eating programs, and grocery store tours. Have you been in a Whole Foods by yourself? Downright scary and intimidating. The reason I love them is they are both real moms. They understand that sometimes you gotta drive through Chick-fil-a and won't judge you for sneaking a twinkie once in a while. It isn't a cult that chastises members for the incorrect whole grain bread. These women understand what real life is like and know that someone like me won't be eating tofu by November.

Phase 2 involves making some of their yummy shakes in the morning that include real protein (not from Sams) and slowly adding some spinach, chia seeds and other ingredients that aren't from cans and actually from the ground. This is doable for me and is already happening at least two mornings a week. Here is one of her breakfast shake recipes. (Except the kale)

Once this 2nd baby is at daycare I will start Phase 3 by revamping what I eat for lunch and adding back in exercise. I have been trying to walk 30 minutes a day pregnant but this back pain is unreal this time and I am barely getting in 30 minutes of waddle with a limp at a 2.7 on the treadmill.

I will post about my results and how incorporating healthy food into our lives is working for us. I will not "FIND JESUS" in kale or quinoa so don't expect any life altering breakthroughs like that. That is mainly why I paired with Carolyn. She has kids and understands that not everyone likes tofu or eating grass and she is okay with my restrictions as long as I show her progress on trying new things. Remember, the goal here is to be healthier, not hate yourself for what you eat or to get overwhelmed buying groceries.

I have been on the Juice Plus for three months and do really see a difference in energy. It could be the changes with trimesters but Ford (knock on wood) hasn't gotten sick once. He takes the gummies and I take the capsules. Contact Carolyn here to learn about Juice Plus.

*And a note about Food Babe. She lives here in Charlotte and is friends with lots of mutual friends. What she is doing to take bad chemicals out of our meals at Subway, Kraft..etc. is groundbreaking and I have nothing but respect for her cause. But I just find articles with claims like "Your deodorant can lead to Alzheimer's" and "Sabotaged at Starbucks" stress out some readers more than help. I spent almost a day on her Facebook page and became a fan from her letters to Kraft but then the other articles started to give me food anxiety and I had to stop following.  I don't want my food choices to be another source of anxiety in life...we already have too much of that! Maybe once I slowly get on the healthy eating train I can understand more of her mission on cooking/clean eating but for now she is WAY over my head. It's like the preview to FedUp.....you just told me my entire life is disgusting and unhealthy and I can't go from that to kale chips in a week.

I mean, look what she did to everyone's beloved PSL:

I guess the bottom line is there needs to be an easier process to go from Easy Mac to Spaghetti Squash. One with care and concern and not judgement and guilt. The Whole Tulip is going to help me on this process and hopefully they can help you too!

Grew up eating Banquet Frozen TV Dinners along with Dad's famous cooking

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Report

AC Broken
Camping out downstairs. 

Yep. AGAIN. The issue with having a Home Warranty is that they will patch and fix and repair as long as they can get away with it. Our compressor is shot so they are scrambling trying to find one to fit our system so they don't have to pay for an ENTIRE new system. Max played the in-laws are visiting card, the toddler card and somehow left out the preggo wife card so we are laying that down pretty thick today. I am VERY VERY thankful it is cloudy and rainy today so that our downstairs system can somehow try to cool off upstairs too. Sheesh.


It is very embarrassing and pathetic how much I love this sale. I get in line at the YMCA on a Friday (with a zillion other women) and shop early since I volunteer. I think I overbought for Ford (again) but he is a 3T for the most part...some tops are 4T so I was shopping in both sections. I also really scored for my stepson and got just a few things for baby girl. I have been so so so fortunate with hand-me-downs for her (THANK YOU FRIENDS!!!!) that I really just picked up 3-6 month sizes for daycare in February. I didn't want to try to shop any further since who knows 1. how big she is or 2. when she is coming.

This is the line at 4:30pm, 30 minutes before we can get in. Thank goodness they were handing out Pizza samples!

Volunteering Friday night is a riot but guess how many people asked me if I'm having twins? 5. How many commented on my size? 9. So I put a sticker on my bump that said 30 weeks along with my nametag so I'd be left alone. I have made a few friends through the sale and we all have so much fun volunteering together..problem is I never get their names! And the other issue is if you volunteer Friday night you just keep shopping while you put stuff away. But I did make $130 selling Ford's old stuff!!! Can't wait for that check and the Wallace Wearhouse check to arrive. What we really should do is just buddy up. You find someone who has a kid the same age/size/birthday but a few years older and just buy their wardrobe. I joked that I should make business cards that say Boy-March Birthday with my email address. ha!

Mom & Dad's 40th Anniversary
These two obviously deserve a party but they are on a pretty amazing trip out in California and I think that is a better celebration for them. Mom doesn't do well with travel and new places so this could be one of her last "big" trips. We had dinner with them Saturday night at our favorite Ruth's Chris and then went to J Sam's for the best coconut cake EVER.
 J Sam is a buddy of my brother's and has a great spot right by George's Brasserie and Taco Mac. Check it out! 

40 years is so incredibly impressive this day and age. They are still the love of eachother's lives and best friends. I'm sure I'll feel the same way about my husband in 33 years but right now he has lost 18 pounds eating the lamest foods, plays golf every weekend (6 whole hours), is leaving town for 5 days (again) and is separating yogurt in the fridge and it smells awful. So he isn't winning any awards with this pregnant chick.

Iphone Dump
I need to start doing this. I take so many pictures with my phone and they sit there. Look for a post later this week about how I back-up and store photos. It will be from a paranoid OCD perspective. ;)
I made him pretend he was the teacher and read to me. He couldn't stop laughing.

Fall Parish Day at Church. It is my goal this year to get to Church twice a month. Question, do your 3 year olds go to Sunday School? Ours starts Sunday and it is an hour long! What do I go do? Adult Sunday School? Will he sit for that long?

At the pool with his buddy Taylor. I am really really really going to miss the pool. A good friend for him + a good friend for me + pool toys + curly fries and this place is heaven.

Laughing at me screaming at Football. Post-Parish Day balloon.

 So besides the AC issue, Saints loss, husband leaving and being questioned if I really have more than 1 baby in my belly I had a pretty good weekend. This little guy was pretty well behaved and I'm just trying to soak up fun goofy days with him as much as I can.