Thanks to my Blanqi tank top for supporting me in this decision. These tanks are amazing while pregnant and nursing. And now they are 50% off (shop here)
When I met this cute girl I was 35 weeks pregnant celebrating my baby moon. She had recently just miscarried, like the day before she came out. Fast forward a year later and here we are celebrating her sweet rainbow baby. Couldn’t be happier for her 🙂
My 2018 theme is: TAKE BACK
The year of “Take Back” refers to taking my life & body back. Last year I wrote a post called “the mini van effect“. Pretty much expressing the survival mode I’ve been living in with so many littles.
Now that my family is here, I’m looking forward to excel in all things.
For 6 years I’ve been nonstop breastfeeding and pregnant, I’ve gained and lost 120 lbs, I guess you can say I’m feeling pretty excited for 2018 to maintain and to not be changing sizes.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture.
By the end of 2018 I want….
- To have only 1 child in diapers
- To go from 7 car seats to 5 (+) 2 boosters (this is between 2 cars)
- All my kids in their own bedrooms
- To not be driving a mini van
- To exercise
In 2018 I’m looking for CLARITY! It’s going to be a BIG year, quite possibly the BEST! As we start excelling I want to really feel good about making sure we are not leaving anyone out (i.e. a potential new family member) who wants to join our nest. Living in excitement without living in regret! And I think 2018 might be THE YEAR!
Wishing everyone a wonderful New Years!
Mama Bird over here always feeding for two, and sometimes even three. Which is why I have been taking a prenatal vitamin constantly since December 2010 when I first found I was pregnant with Hudson. I continue to take a prenatal vitamin everyday for the year that I breastfeed my babies. This has always been a good thing because I always get pregnant within the first year of my babies life. So yes, sometimes I am feeding for three.
I am a strong believer in vitamins, not only for myself but also for the health of my growing babies. My motto has always been to make sure I am taking care of myself so that I am able to take care of others.
Whether I am creating life in my womb or feeding my newborn, my body has to be properly nourished at all times as it is in constant demand. I want nothing but the best for my babies, and since I am or have been their source of nutrients, I need to be constantly and properly fueling my body.
I am no longer pregnant and am now breastfeeding, I’ve been wanting to find a postnatal vitamin routine that provides essential vitamins and nutrients to both my baby and myself. I recently changed my routine and decided to give Vitamin Packs a try.
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A very exciting , but brief update.
This is a very sensitive subject in our family, we’ve been very hush-hush about it this go around and always, it’s a very real and scary thing to us. But today I can finally say that my silence has been broken.
Immediately after Brooklyn’s baby blessing I started feeling tingling in my upper lip. I proceeded to bite the inside of my cheek every time I would eat. I couldn’t hear my husband talking to me in the car, out of nowhere my face was numb and I had lost the hearing in my left ear.
Having had Bells Palsy before, I was no stranger to the early stages and signs. But instead of my eye not being able to close, my ear was super sore, and the only noise I could hear from it was a dim ringing.
7 weeks & two different prescriptions later, I am happy to report progress. I now sleep on my normal side of bed, I had to switch with my good ear towards the cradle & door so I could hear Brooklyn when he woke up. But that meant I could hardly hear my husband in bed next to me. Which was super weird to say the least.
I am also relieved that I can now talk on my cell phone without it having to be on speaker. I remember telling my mom her phone was broken because I would dial on it, put it up to my ear and couldn’t hear, she put it on speaker and it was indeed ringing. I just wanted to cry and couldn’t believe this was happening to me.
I recently got a hearing test and my right side scored 100% and my left a 98%! So happy to report happy news and that my silence has been broken.
I asked a specialist why this happens to me. She said it’s like an autoimmune side effect and it stays dormant in my system and flares up when my body undergoes a lot of stress i.e. childbirth.
I’ve never felt more grateful for the face & hearing I now have, and the four children I’ve got.
& may it never return. -knock on wood-
*I decided to finally share this bc I often get emails about postpartum and how I need to stop making it look so easy bc it makes others feel bad, never my intention. I just want everyone to know everyone has different struggles some you can see some you can’t. Whether it be not being able to lose weight, not getting your milk in, not being able to hear just know it’s hard for everyone.
Having a child is the single most selfless thing you’ll ever do. And as mothers we are all in this together. God Bless each and every one of you, and those sweet babies too.
Feeling a little inadequate to write todays blogpost all about weight loss as I sit here & can still feel some loose skin and rolls creeping over my pants.
But I have come a long way. 6 weeks ago I was 28 lbs heavier as I was pregnant with my sweet baby boy. I feel grateful as I only have a handful of lbs to lose. Which I tell my husband I might purposely hold onto for as long as possible because once the lbs are gone then what? I’m just skinny Shannon forever – knock on wood –
Losing a dramatic amount of weight might be the best feeling in the world. Throw a yummy newborn in my arms and I feel like Wonder Women, & I can do anything, hence hightailing to Vegas with a 2 week old.
So how do I lose the weight?
It’s a combo of things
I get water and calories out of me 5 ounces at a time every 2-3 hrs. I believe in breastfeeding with all my heart for the health benefits of both mom & baby. But please don’t feel ashamed if you chose not to. It is so hard and some babies don’t take to it. And that’s why formula was invented. No shame in using it.
Drink For Fuel
One of the best parts of having a baby is the hospital water bottle. I drink at least 8 of these a day for the first 6 weeks. It actually feels me up and makes me feel less hungry. So instead of eating when our body sends the hunger pain signal drink some water first and then eat. Its really helped me.
As I now start to work out I will post more about health and fitness along with my personal goals and how I plan to achieve them.
I hope you find this post helpful and it answered some of your questions. Have a great weekend friends!