Hazel: Two Months Old

It’s hard to believe it, but Hazel is officially two months old today! She had her checkup and did great- she’s growing so well… 80th percentile for height and weight. Good job, little one!

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Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She smiles ALL the time, especially in response to me or Jon smiling at her and saying hi.
– She loves to wiggle and squirm on her play mat.
– She’s gotten good at holding her head up- she is REALLY strong!
– She coos a lot, and you can sort of have conversations with her.
РShe has decided she likes to be swaddled, and now she settles to bed every night with the swaddle.
– She likes to sleep! Most nights she sleeps from 8pm until 5am!
– We are all still completely smitten with her.

Commit to get Fit

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Now that I am almost two months post-pregnancy, I think it’s time to really get my act together and start getting myself healthy and fit again. I gained about 30 pounds during my pregnancy (actually not bad weight gain!), and I’ve lost around 20 of those pounds. I haven’t actively done anything to shed the weight; it just came off from birth, breastfeeding, and chasing Ian around the house. But now I’ve hit a plateau, and I really want to push myself over that edge. I was about 15 pounds over my ideal weight when I got pregnant, so I have about 25 pounds I’d like to lose. That’s not going to happen unless I actually make some changes, including incorporating exercise into my daily routine. I’m challenging myself to a 90 day commitment to improve my overall wellness and get active. And here’s how I hope to achieve this:

1) Drink 64oz of water daily
I bought myself a 16oz glass water bottle so I can always have water with me. I will also add 4 drops of Young Living Grapefruit Essential Oil to my water for the first 32oz, and 4 drops of Young Living Lime Essential Oil to my water for the second 32oz. Grapefruit Essential Oil supports healthy digestion, may act as an appetite suppressant, and may help support healthy weight loss. Lime Essential Oil supports weight management and the immune system. Both also taste great! Hopefully having these in my water will encourage me to drink more of it and hit my 64oz goal!

2) Drink 2oz Young Living NingXia Red daily
NingXia Red is an amazing antioxidant drink from Young Living that supports overall health and wellness. I love that you only need 1-2oz a day to feel the full effects of this powerful drink. I’m going to give it an extra boost by adding 1 drop of Young Living Ocotea Essential Oil every day to help curb snacking urges and preserve healthy eating habits.

3) Exercise daily
I’m terrible at motivating myself and doing exercises on my own, so I’ve decided to follow an exercise program. I picked the Bikini Body Mommy 90 day challenge. It’s free, requires very little equipment (just some dumbbells- and even those are optional), comes with videos on YouTube, and is less than 30 minutes a day. Currently the 4th challenge is underway, but I’m going to start with challenge 1.0; then I may move on to 2.0 and beyond if I like the program. I like that this will give me clear expectations and instructions on what I should be doing each day to get active.

4) Watch my diet
I’m not a dieter. It’s just not realistic to think I’ll be able to follow a diet plan. That said, I can at least be more mindful of what I’m eating. I don’t need to be snacking on chips and cookies. I also don’t need to have 3 scoops of ice cream at night- perhaps I can get by with 1.5 scoops instead. Little things that I think I can manage and stick with are going to be key for me.

So why am I putting all this here on my blog? Accountability. I need someone (outside of myself) to know that I’m challenging myself to get my rear in gear. I’ll post my progress and status as I go through this challenge, and I hope maybe some of you will join me, too! Here’s to a healthier me (or us)!