Postpartum ExerciseΒ 

I’ve made it past 6 weeks postpartum so I’m officially ready (and cleared) to jump back into exercising! So far these last few weeks I have just stuck to walking but now I’m ready to amp up my routine. I am still not quite ready to leave my little bean yet so all of my workouts will be quick, equipment free, and even more importantly actually free. Ha 

Yoga


To ease back into things I’ve started doing a little morning youtube yoga about 2 times a week. It’s easy, costs nothing, and is the perfect way to get my core strength back. I am a huge fan of Yoga with Adriene so I highly recommend her to anyone looking for an at home yoga experience. Her videos work for any level of yogi and she has tons of different video lengths which is perfect for trying to squeeze in a workout with a sleeping newborn. 

Running 

So… if you know me at all you know I am actually not a fan of running BUT since I have this awesome jogging stroller I figured I should probably use it to um …jog. Ha. So yes, I am doing a little casual jogging about once week, but it is not my main source of exercise and may actually involve a little more walking than running … oops. 

Intervals

My favorite type of conditioning is interval based. I focus on one cardio exercise and then one strength for short intervals. For example I will do burpies for 30 seconds, rest for 10, and then do push ups for 30 seconds. I will repeat this four times and then move on to two different exercises and so on for as long (or short) as Waylen let’s me. Below I have listed and demonstrated some of my go-to exercises for both cardio and strength. I try to get three of these workouts in a week but so far they vary greatly in length due to this whole newborn thing so hopefully I’ll be able to up the time soon!

Cardio:

  • Burpies 
  • Jump squats 
  • High knees 
  • Jumping jacks 
  • Plank jack
  • Mountain climbers 

Strength:

  • V-sits 
  • Plank salutes 
  • Push ups 
  • Tricep dips 
  • Bus drivers 
  • Leg lifts 
  • Swimmers 

In the end, my main focus isn’t to lose weight, it’s to build muscle (aka get my ass back because if you haven’t noticed I’ve somehow lost the little one I had) and get back into shape! I didn’t realize how out of shape I actually was until I had to carry Waylen in his car seat to my doctors appointment. The struggle was REAL and I quickly realized if I was having trouble now I’d be screwed when Waylen was 6+ months old. I seriously can’t imagine even clicking him in and out of the car let alone carrying him around in it once he’s not a newborn anymore. So now I will workout and hopefully be able to lift my not so little bean in his car seat ha. 

Dripping Thighs

For Valentine’s Day yesterday, I knew it was time to get sexual! As a new mom who just happened to hit the 6 weeks postpartum mark on Valentine’s Day I decided to pull out the big guns. You know what that meant … 50 Shades of …

CHICKEN! Ha 

Ever heard of it?? It’s a hilarious cookbook that combines parody and yummy chicken recipes. You a check it out HERE for yourself.

As new parents we weren’t quite ready to venture out on the town without our little bean and since we’d been ordering in so often getting takeout didn’t really feel special either. Instead we decided whipping up something from 50 Shades of Chicken was the perfect solution! We made Dripping Thighs and it was delicious! 

The dish was the perfect combo of sweet and savory. The roasted thighs were juicy and cooked to perfection (good job Chappy!) and the onions added the perfect punch of salty sweetness. It was such as easy recipe to make and all the ingredients were kitchen staples we already had so we even got to avoid a grocery store trip!  We will definitely be adding this to our rotation.

I’ve pasted the recipe below for anyone who wants to give it a try! 


Serves: 2-4

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, patted dry with paper towels 
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon plus a pinch of coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, toss together the chicken, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper
  2.  In a small saucepan simmer together the onion, wine, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and a pinch of salt until most of the liquid has evaporated, 15-20 minutes. Mix in the honey and butter 
  3. Spoon the mixture over the chicken and toss well. Spread the thighs, onion mixture, and any juices onto a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the chicken is no longer pink and the onions are melting tender and caramelized, about 25 minutes. 

Spring Favorites

There is no better excuse to buy new clothes then when you are pregnant and your old clothes literally don’t fit. The only problem is you only get to wear them for a few weeks at a time which seems  completely pointless to me! I’ve constantly said I was saving my money for my new mom bod and now we are finally here! 

One thing I never really thought about while preggo was having to find clothes that are nursing friendly yet still stylish! So now in reality I basically have the second best excuse to buy new clothes. Hello, I can’t nurse in my favorite mock neck dress without essentially getting naked. Now of course with Spring right around the corner I did splurge on some items that literally have nothing to do with nursing but that’s okay! I pushed a baby out my who-ha so I’m allowed to treat myself ha. Here are a few of my favorite Spring finds: (and none are actually “nursing” items so they’re perfect for anyone!) 


Anthropologie Blouse


Exposed shoulders are so in right now but I wanted something I could still wear a normal nursing bra with. This was the perfect solution!

Anthropologie Top


I am in love with this top! It is whimsical yet so easy to wear. I actually think it’s the only article of clothing I own that has pink in it but that’s okay I love it anyways ha. 

Urban Outfitters Blouse


This blouse is my favorite! Easy to nurse in, super  comfortable, lightweight, and still stylish! I may go back and get it in every color!

Steve Madden Booties


All my brown booties have pretty dramatic heels so these felt like a more appropriate height for the everyday mom on the go! Now these were a few shades darker when I actually got them so if you’re set on this color leather they may not be for you. Here’s an unedited picture of the ones I received. 

Cluse Watch 


If you were to ask Chappy what style I was into these days he would say mid century modern, grey or anything with marble and gold. This watch pretty much sums up everything I love. Neutrals, gold and marble!!

Kate Spade Purse


I really didn’t neeeeed a purse but when this went on a “pinklight” sale of over 50% off I had to jump on it! This purse pretty much matches an accent wall in my house so I couldn’t resist 

Free People Skirt


I love that I can swap out my shorts for this skirt and add the perfect little feminine touch to my casual outfit. 

Forever 21 Dress


This dress is seriously perfect to just throw on and run out the door while still looking put together. Plus the button front makes it easy to nurse in. 

 Lulu’s Shirt


This top is great! The wrap front makes it easy to nurse in and the choker detail is really pooular right now plus the material is SO soft! 

Lulu’s Blouse

The button front makes this top great for nursing and the back buttons make it more then just your average blouse. 

Now all I need is the weather to warm back up for good so I can really start enjoying some of these new items. Also I will probably have to start actually leaving the house ha. My postpartum life has pretty much involved sweats and leggings so far but hopefully once beano gets his vaccines that’ll change! 

Worth it or Not: Baby Gear

Now that I’ve been a mom for a full month I am pretty much an expert … (kidding ha!). But in reality  though there are somethings I’ve found I really don’t need/use. 

First off let me talk about a few of my Favorite Baby Items: 

Rocker


Since Chappy went back to work within a week of Waylen’s birth (thank you tax season) there’s been times where I need to set him down so I can actually make lunch/ shower/ get dressed/ etc. This bouncer has been a lifesaver! It’s lightweight, collapsible, and not a giant eye sore. I keep this upstairs and easily can move it from room to room depending on what I’m doing 

Ergobaby Carrier


I basically use this every day when I go on walks. I love having Waylen snuggled up close to me and as an added plus he adds a little weight to my work out. 

Swaddle Blankets



Maybe it’s because I had been squishing an over 8lb baby in my stomach but Waylen loves to sleep all swaddled up at night so these have really been really helpful. Also if you have a baby who resists the swaddle or you just struggle to get the swaddle tight, try these Love to Dream swaddles! Waylen has a few and they are great and easy to use.

Keekaroo Changer


I seriously love this changer, especially since we have a boy who loves to pee on his dad ha. It is so easy to just wipe down when messes occur and I really can’t imagine having to change a cover every time that happens!

Some things I Could Live Without are:

  • Breast Feeding Pillow: surprisingly I have actually never even used this. I typically just hold him, rest him on my stomach, or just use a throw pillow from our couch for added support.
  • Sleepers: I received so many cute sleepers -and don’t get me wrong I still dress him in them- but at 3am it is MUCH easier to change him if he is just wearing a onesie or a sleep sac so I typically stick to those at night 
  • Wipes: I honestly never even thought that wipes could be bad for your baby’s tush. At our first pediatricians appointment though we were told to just stick to water and towels or to at least purchase WaterWipes instead 
  • Sound Machine: I think we received 5 different sound machines between our two showers. Most of them were adorable stuffed lambs that you could hang off of their crib. In reality though they haven’t helped Waylen sleep. He either wants to sleep or he doesn’t ha. 
  • Peepee Teepee: We got these as gift and as cute as they are, (they have little wiener dogs on them,) they were completely useless. Chappy tried using them a few times and they either fell off from him moving or shot off from him peeing ha. 
  • Newborn Bath: so we actually never really got one of these. We ordered one, they sent us the wrong color so we sent it back to exchange it. Long story short we ended up never getting the correct color and decided to try and go without it. So far Waylen basically just gets sponge baths with some hair washing so I haven’t felt any need for an infant bath and am glad we didn’t end up getting one! 

 

Now there are a few other things that I don’t necessarily neeeed but still love having. Here are a few of my Favorite Splurge Items: 

4moms Swing

This is by far Chappy’s favorite baby item. He seriously thinks it’s the coolest thing ever and loves to show it to anyone who comes over to visit ha. It has an app., plays music through Bluetooth, and has a bunch of different speed and rhythm settings. We also purchased this infant insert for it so Waylen could use it right away. 

Activity Mat

Obviously you don’t need a mat to do tummy time with your baby but this one is just so cute. It has different textures and sounds in the sea animal shapes to keep your baby interested and alert during tummy time.  

Babble Band Baby Monitor

So basically my house isn’t large enough to not hear when Waylen is crying, (and quite honestly at this point he mostly just sleeps in my arms,) but this monitor is still great for when I need to take the dogs out or do something in the garage. I am not a huge fan of the video monitors (because I’m paranoid someone is going to hack in and watch us ha) so this monitor was perfect for me and the band lets you carry it around hands free!

Activity Gym

You never need to have an activity gym and Waylen is still a little young for this BUT the contrasting colors, rattlers, and mirrors make this a great playtime accessory! 

Now I know every baby is different but these are the things that have/haven’t worked for me! When I was pregnant I would read a million posts trying to find what I did and didn’t need so hopefully this helps some of you first time moms to be! In general I would just say less is more. I’d much rather run to get something I need that I didn’t purchase then have a bunch of items laying around that I don’t need.

Hope this helps!

Waylen: 1 Month

It still barely feels real that I actually gave birth already but Waylen is one month old today! 


He is officially huge ha aka 10 lbs. 12 oz. and clearly is still nursing great. Our days pretty much revolve around eating, sleeping, and pooping. So far we’ve been lucky since he’s not a very fussy baby but apparently that can change around 6 weeks so we’ll see! He goes about 4 hours between feedings at night (from start to start) but then can eat every 1-3 hours during the day. We are still exclusively breastfeeding so I pretty much just get to sleep in short intervals while Chappy sleeps all night haha. It’s okay though because Chappy will change all the diapers while he’s home during the day to make up for it.

Some of Waylen’s favorite things thus far are his Ergobaby Carrier, cuddling with Ramone, skin to skin with mom, and when dad mimics the Arby’s “we have the meats” commercial. (Yes, I’m serious about that last one ha.) He had a little bit of baby ache at around 2 weeks old but it cleared quickly, he lifts his head from side to side while on tummy time, he makes eye contact, smiles, and loves to get his hair washed. 



As for me I am officially down 24.4 lbs. of the 19.2 I gained during pregnancy. I have essentially lost all my muscle and my ass and arms are nonexistent these days so I figure that’s why I’ve lost more than I gained. I seriously cannot wait until I can get back to exercising and lifting some weights! So far all I do is walk 2-3 miles around the neighborhood every few days. My stomach is pretty much back to its normal shape but it’s about 4 shades darker then the rest of my skin and my linea nigra is still shining strong ha. I see lots of one piece bathing suits in my near future until it fades. 


Besides that I feel back to my normal self though which is another reason why it seems so crazy I gave birth! It kind of all seems like a dream.

Here are progress comparison pictures for each week postpartum so far: 


And here is a comparison of 8 weeks pregnant, 37 weeks pregnant, and 1 month postpartum: 

My diet really hasn’t been the best postpartum. These days I have had a serious sweet tooth and could eat donuts or Bojangles boberry biscuits everyday (and when I say “could” I really mean “do” ha.) I really should control myself but so far I haven’t been! Thank goodness for breastfeeding! 


Overall this last month has been amazing! We are quickly settling into a rhythm and getting used to this whole parenting thing. Don’t worry though, we won’t get too comfortable. We know babies can be unpredictable!

Stocking the Bar

Guys, I can finally have alcohol!!!!! Wahoo!! It’s been so long I’m sure I’ll have one sip and be wasted but I am so ready for a tasty adult treat. 

If you know anything about Chappy and I, you know we are really into craft cocktails. Chappy is the main mixologist and I am his more than willing taste tester. For the last few months I have had to stick to mocktails but with Waylen finally here I am ready to jump right back in to my official taster position and get our bar back in tip top shape.

For my first alcoholic beverage I want to have something special. One of my favorite special occasion cocktails is the Ramos Gin Fizz. If you are looking to impress your guests with a fancy cocktail, this is it! With egg whites, milk, and orange flower water it is super unique and even better tasting. 

When it comes to actually stocking your bar things can be tricky though. You need to have ingredients for party favorites as well as some unique show stoppers. Here are a few classic cocktails recipes we always have up our sleeve when entertaining guests (and more importantly when we are just drinking by ourselves ha)

Hemingway Daiquiri


  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Sazerac

  • Splash of Ricard or Herbsaint
  • 2 ounces rye whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashs of Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Chill one rocks glass while preparing the drink in another. Splash the Ricard into the second glass and swirl it, then pour it out. Add the Rye, Simple Syrup, and bitters, Stir with ice cubes to chill. Strain into the chilled rocks glass and garnish with lemon peel.

Sidecar


  • 1 ounce brandy
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Flamed orange peel, for garnish

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into an iced old- fashioned glass or if served “up” strain into a small cocktail glass with a sugared rim. Garnish with flamed orange peel.

Ramos Gin Fizz

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/4 ounces simple syrup
  • 2 ounces milk
  • 1 small egg white
  • 2 drops of orange-flower water
  • 3 ounces club soda

Shake all the ingredients except the soda with ice and strain into a highball glass without ice. Top with club soda.

Besides the ingredients list for our Show Stopper Cocktails, here is a list of some other staple items we always keep stocked in our bar:

  • Rum: We usually just go with Bacardi Silver
  • Gin: Tanqueray is our go-to thanks to my friend Ashley who is currently obsessed
  • Whiskey: Chappy has been really into Rye Whiskey these days so that’s what we’ve been buying lately. A great value option is Wild Turkey Rye but he is also known to pick up Jim Beam or Bulleit Bourbon
  • Vodka: We usually just get Smirnoff but we are not huge Vodka drinkers
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Simple syrup: Please do not buy this, it is literally just sugar and water!
  • Selzer water or club soda

Besides the ingredients you also need to keep your bar stocked with the correct tools to actually make your cocktails! We buy most of our tools off barproducts.com because they are such a good price so I highly – HIGHLY-  recommend going there!

  • Jiggers: the most useful jigger size to get is the 1 oz with the 1/2 oz. so start with that one!
  • Boston Shakers
  • Bar Spoon
  • Strainer: You should at least have a Hawthorne Basic  Strainer but small ice and muddled herbs can slip through so ift that bothers you get a mesh strainer instead!

Now with all this you’re bar should be set! Of course you can continue to add stock over time to really round out your bar supply and customize it to your own needs. Some great things to add over time are different bitters, flavored honeys, infused simple syrups, and specialty liquors. Also if you are looking for a cocktail recipe book I highly recommend The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale Degroff. This book gives you an infinite amount of tasty treats while also telling you the history behind the cocktails and liquors. It is a must have for anyone looking to get into craft cocktails! Be sure to check it out and let me know what you guys think!


Cheers!

Week 1 of Mommyhood

One week down, a lifetime to go! 
It still seems surreal I had Waylen one week ago today! It’s all has gone by so fast and it’s so weird to think that he could still be in my belly since I’d only be 39 weeks on Thursday. So far adjusting to parenthood has been pretty smooth. I’ve been getting about 4 hours of sleep each day but I don’t think the lack of sleep has actually caught up to me yet because I’m still feeling just fine! 

Waylen had his first pediatricians appointment yesterday and he’s already gaining back some weight! He currently is 7lbs 15oz and has been eating great so far so let’s hope that continues! We were told in the hospital he has a “tongue tie” that could hinder breastfeeding but we’ve been really lucky and haven’t had any trouble so far. I’d heard so many horror stories about breastfeeding — some from my own mother– so I was expecting it to be really difficult. So far though, it has gone very smoothly!! (Hopefully I’m not speaking too soon though ha) 

Our daily life at home has basically been feed him, change him, watch him sleep ha. And the best part, the dogs seriously LOVE him. Ramone wants to be with him at all times. Even when I wake up to feed Waylen in the middle night, Ramone HAS to come with us to the nursery. They’re seriously the cutest! 



 

We’ve been peed and pooped on 


and pretty much have gone through what seems like a million diapers and wipes already ha but we did just learn yesterday that you shouldn’t use baby wipes (who knew?!) so now we are sticking to just water! 

As for myself, this morning I am officially down 17.6 of the 19.2 lbs I gained while pregnant. 



Considering I haven’t done anything that weight is probably just all baby and fluid. Since I’ll be breastfeeding I’m not really concerned with loosing the weight right now. Instead I’m focused on just eating and drinking enough to keep up my supply! Unfortunately I have still yet to have an alcoholic beverage ha but I’m sure Chappy will mix up something nice for me soon to celebrate.

Here are some pictures from the past week: 



Basically we are pretty much obsessed with baby Waylen. I think we take about 100 pictures of him a day, that’s normal right???