Brotherly Love

Samuel called Benjamin “Bubba” tonight and I almost died because 1) it was so cute and brotherly love and he is using his words and all of that and 2) I may have a child whose nickname is “Bubba”

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Bright Shirts and a Wardrobe Hack

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Hey guys, This is a terrible iPhone timer picture of my outfit today. And it’s an iPhone 5s that I have to delete stuff from just to take a picture because I have 1300 photos and 112 videos of my kids. But, I was excited that my $8 clearance shirt got 3 compliments by 830am… I’ve been trying to wear more color and patterns because my standard uniform is solid pants, a solid tank and a solid open cardigan and 2/3 of said uniform is generally neutral colors. But I’m pretty frugal when it comes to clothing, so I was happy to find this budget-friendly top to brighten things up. The pants are actually $7.78 full priced no boundaries jeans from the Walmart juniors section and seriously they are so comfortable and stretchy and fit perfectly and are a reason all their own for making a Walmart trip if you are like me and fit better in juniors than women’s and the high wasp waisted pants that are too big everywhere but the waist. Check them out, I’m preaching to all of my friends about the wonders of $8 jeans.

It can be frustrating to dress for work when you are 3 months post-partum and don’t want to spend much (really any!) money on clothing that you are fervently hoping won’t even fit in a few months.

I am typing one-handed while holding a breast pump flange in the other hand so I’ll wrap this post up, but hopefully someone else benefits from this jean discovery. Yes, I seriously think I discovered normal looking Walmart jeans for under $8. Maybe it’s because my friends are either too cool to check out the clothing section at Walmart or they don’t shop at all because they think they can’t afford new clothes.

What is your most budget-friendly wardrobe hack?

Pattern Mixing and Glittery Nails

One great way I’ve found to distract from the parts of my body that haven’t quite recovered from baby #2 is to put more effort into making my outfits interesting and accessorizing. I feel like a fupa just feels more polished with a pretty print over it ;). Today I threw on the polka dotted tank and was about to reach for an open gray cardigan when I realized that I could make things a lot more interesting with a sheer flowered layer. And I’ve got to give credit to my coworker for turning me on to these Kiss nails… the learning curve was a bit steep for someone like me, but I managed to get them all on and I think they look great! Now I’m just going to throw on some gold sandals and I’m off to work. I’m really lucky to have a very casual business casual dress code.

I Should Rename This Blog

But I’ll leave it for now.

So, hey guys, I’ll say as if anyone is still reading when I disappeared for almost two years, ha! Basically everything has changed… Sam is about to turn two and he has a little brother now who will be 3 months old the same day! I’m working full time as a social worker and have been for a year and a half now. I thought I’d revive the blog to chronicle my attempts to get back in shape (running!), dress the body I have right now, and meal plan and budget for my busy family of four.

It’s late for me and tomorrow is my first day back at work after maternity leave (FMLA anyway), so I just wanted to pop in and announce my intentions for now. I’ll be back soon hopefully with my first day back outfit and my meals for the week!

Baby Snuggle Brainwashing

Im pretty sure that the all day long snuggles and play that Sam’s clinginess demanded today straight up bathed my brain in oxytocin because by the time I laid him down a few minutes ago I was blissful with renewed wonder and love for my sweet baby boy. The same baby boy who didn’t let me pee or eat or use the remote with my hands (yay for feet!) for hours on end is the recipient of a ridiculous amount of mommy love. Babies are little tricksters. Sam was smirking the whole time I ate my dinner while sitting at the foot of his swing because he knew he was the boss. And I found it amusing.

Being a Mommy Alone is:

taking a shower every other day and still having to do it in two parts so that you can go soothe the baby in the middle.

staying up after the 430 am feeding so that you can have that cup of coffee and do the dishes and laundry and take out the trash. And that’s if the baby goes back to sleep after.

considering guests to be people to whom you hand the baby while you take a shower that actually involves shaving your legs.

planning to run an afternoon errand all morning and then having to put it off because the baby is fussy.

working so hard to not doze off during the third middle of the night feeding and still not napping while the baby naps during the day because that’s your chance to finally eat a real meal and cut your fingernails and pay bills.

Being ON 24/7, but hey at least with all of the hard times you also get all of the sweet times and baby snuggles.

Brief Update

well, Sam is almost 4 weeks old and he seems to struggle more daily, inconsolable and gassy and spit-uppy and I cut out so much from my diet over the last five days, including coffe, but to no avail so we started him on a formula for babies with milk and soy allergies tonight. Even enfamil gentle ease upset his sensitive little tummy, so hopefully this helps. I’ll keep pumping in the meantime in case it’s not the answer so I don’t lose my supply, but it’s been 20 hours since he last slept other than brief stints in our arms between bouts of upset so as of now, I just hope this works. I guess it’s typical for things to get worse and worse with food intolerances so it would make sense.

I’m 2 lbs from my pre-baby weight, but still have this awkward c-section apron belly thing, though it’s quite small now. So 33 lbs down, 2 to go, 141 lbs at 3w4d post-partum. I can’t wait until I can run again though who knows when I’ll have the time.

We got newborn pictures done yesterday, they are absolutely adorable and I’ll share a couple when we get them in a few weeks.

10 Day Post-Partum Style and Shrink Down

The last time I took a belly measurement I was 36 weeks pregnant, with polyhydramnios and a 7 pound little one in there. It measured, at it’s largest point, an impressive 42.5 inches. My fundal height topped off the day before my water broke at 40.5cm. Do you know why I like these numbers? Because everything else sounds pretty good in comparison! Oh, and thanks to 8 lbs of swelling/water retention (omg cankles and silly putty feet) in my last week and a half of pregnancy I maxed out at 174 lbs, bringing my total weight gain to 35 lbs. Thanks to the bounty of iv fluids I received during my Pitocin-fueled labor and C-section and in the days after, I’m still sporting baseballs in place of my ankles but the weight has melted steadily off elsewhere.

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I kept track of my weight loss since I left the hospital (3 days PP), maybe it’ll give another woman some idea what to expect (if you’ve been pumped full of fluid).

3 days PP: 165 lb (down 9)

5 days PP: 162 lbs    6 days PP: 160 lbs

One Week Post-partum: 158 lbs (down 16 lbs)

8 days PP: 155 lbs     9 days PP: 152 lbs     10 days PP: 151 lbs (down 23, 14 to go!)

I took a few other measurements to compare with later, they’ve likely already changed a good deal as  swelling has gone down, I’ll measure again around 2 weeks out. These are at 6 days post-partum and 160 lbs:

rib cage: 33″

chest: 41″

waist: 36.5″

hips: 39″

hips: 39″