A Whole Week!?

I can’t believe it’s been over a week since my last post.  It’s been a busy week at work and at home with being a mommy and baking cakes, so I ran out of time.  I have so much to talk about, but I’ll try not to ramble on…too much. 🙂  First of all, my husband, who is currently back in school, was out last week for spring break.  Since I wouldn’t let him go to the beach with all of the other college kids (I kid), he stayed home and got a ton done around the house!  I’ve said before that our house is very small, so the entire thing is Little G’s playroom.  When she has outgrown a toy, we have to take it to one of our parent’s houses to store it.  Not anymore!  My sweet husband added extra flooring in our attic and moved everything up there!  Along with that, he fixed some spots on the ceiling, cleaned the house and spent extra time with Little G.  Yeah, he’s pretty amazing. 🙂

 This week, I made some cupcakes for a sweet girl’s 16th birthday! 

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And then I dropped this cake off on Saturday for a little girl’s 2nd birthday.

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 Then Saturday night, I was about to give Little G a bath.  I had her sitting on my lap (no diaper on), while I turned her bath water off.  Next thing I knew, I felt somthing warm on my legs…she tinkled on me!  This wasn’t the first time, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  Not sure why she hasn’t done it to her daddy yet, but he thinks it’s super funny when it happens to me.

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I know, the picture looks makes it look like I did it, but I promise, it was her!

 I have still been having trouble with my hip even though I’ve been foam rolling like crazy.  I’m starting to worry that it may be bursitis.  I’ve taken some time to rest completely and do some stretches and ice it.  I met with my running group yesterday morning and did 3 miles (I was scared to push it too much).  It has stormed the night before and it was so loud that Little G had trouble sleeping.  When I woke up it was still raining.  I only ended up getting 3-4 hours of sleep and had a full day ahead.  Since I had already told the group that I was coming to run, I pulled on my running clothes and headed out the door.  When we got there, we all talked about how we probably would have skipped the run had we not had people to meet.  This is why I love running with other people.  It’s hard to talk yourself out of it when others are waiting on you!  I had no hip pain while running, but it did come back after.  Not any worse, but it was still there.  I’m going to give it another few days, and if it’s not better, I will probably go to the doctor.

After my run, I went home and got ready for church.  After church, we went to Steven’s parent’s house for lunch.  I’m telling you, when his dad gets Little G, she falls asleep right away.   I’m pretty sure he has some kind of magical powers.  I’m thinking about hiring him to come over every night it storms to get her back to sleep! 🙂

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I had big plans to wake up and get a workout DVD done before work today.  I decided that since it was the first night that I would able to sleep more than 5 hours, I need to get some sleep and exercise this afternoon instead.  I prefer exercising in the mornings, but I’ve been so sleep deprived, I really don’t want to compromise my health.  I think we sometimes forget how important sleep is in staying healthy.  Whenever have the opportunity to give my body the sleep it needs, I’m learning that I need to do that.  It’s hard when I have so much to do, but I am really feeling the effects of sleep deprivation right now and I need to fix that.

 Do you get enough sleep?

Do you ever run with a group? 

Celebrate!

Saturday, Steven and I went out to celebrate our anniversary. My parents kept Little G. Before we dropped her off, we did some pilates together.
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Ignore the mess in the picture. We live in a tiny house, so the entire thing is her playroom!

It was actually a boot camp video and it was really hard for me. I’m still sore today, but I love that feeling! When we got home from dropping G off, we got ready to head out for dinner.
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I am horrible about forgetting to take pictures, so this was taken in the car after dinner! Seriously, one of the reasons I started this blog was to help me remember to take more pictures. I hope it works!

We started off with blue cheese chips. We ordered them because they sounded interesting. They really weren’t as interesting as they sounded. I’m not a huge fan of blue cheese, but this was pretty mild. I actually enjoyed them.
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We didn’t come close to finishing them because we wanted to save room for dinner. I decided on the pork tenderloin. It came with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes.
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I ate about half of it. Everything was so good! The waiter asked if we wanted dessert, but we were too full.

I know you’re probably thinking about how unhealthy all of these foods are! Why would a dietitian eat this stuff??? When I was in high school and college, I believed in “good” and “bad” foods, but not anymore. I believe that you can enjoy all things in moderation, and that is what I teach my patients. If we restrict ourselves too much and never enjoy foods that we really like, we often go crazy and end up eating too much. I find that when I have some of the “unhealthy” foods that I really enjoy, I take my time and am usually satisfied before I eat too much. Life is all about balance. 🙂

I have a 5K coming up soon and I’m getting really excited. 5K is not my favorite distance, but I love how relaxed this race is and the after party is always so much fun! It was actually my very first race in 2010. I had to tinkle during the whole thing and was only able to run about half of it because the bouncing was not helping the situation. I was so disappointed! I learned my lesson and make a stop at the potty before every race now. 🙂

Any races coming up for you?
Did you remember to wear green yesterday?

Friday Fun Day

A couple of days without a computer will leave you with so much to post! We had another Friday Fun-day at the park. Who knew spending my off days with little ones swinging and going down slides could be so much fun? G loved climbing through the tunnel to my mom and it made her hair look great!
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Before we left for the park, I cleaned up the house and opened a package that I had ordered for G for Easter. I had leftover Disney Rewards and wanted to use them before they expired. G loves anything with puppies in/on it right now, so I ordered her some 101 Dalmatians pajamas and The Fox and the Hound DVD. When I opened the package, the inside of the box looked like this…
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This is why I love Disney so much. Even their packages are magical!

Today at the park was even more exciting because my brother stopped by with his new girlfriend! It’s a pretty big deal when he brings a girl to meet the family. She was super sweet, so I definitely approve. 🙂 They haven’t been dating long, but they have known each other for years. I think Steven and I dated for about a year before I met his family. He met mine the night of our first date. I still lived with my parents when we started dating and I’m Italian, so meeting la famiglia right away is not that strange.
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I think it made him nervous…I’m kidding, he loved them!

And then last night was great. G has been sleeping in her pack n play in our room because it’s been cold and her room has high ceilings and a huge window and just won’t warm up! Last night was much warmer, so she slept in her own room. We all sleep much better that way. I still watch her on the monitor like crazy when she’s in there, but she did great!
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What about you? When did you meet your boyfriend’s/girlfriend’s family? When did they meet yours?

3 years later…

 

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10 years together, 3 years married, one child and one angel baby later, and I still love him.  Sure, there are times when I want to scream at him all day long, but I love him.  Happy anniversary to my sweet husband! 

I have to be honest, marriage is a lot harder than I expected.  Though my parents never did this, I was used to other people acting like things were always great in their marriage and they never fight.  This is NOT TRUE!  If this is the case, there is something wrong.  You are two different people with your own minds and your own habits.  How can two people come together, no matter how much they love each other, and not disagree on something?  I’m not saying that everybody has intense screaming matches, but getting along all of the time just is not possible. 

Fortunately, we went through premarital counseling.  We not only did it with our preacher, but also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  I think both were beneficial, but the therapist was great because he was able to help us identify the areas where we would probably struggle the most, and we talked about how to deal with those things.  Funny looking back now because we have the hardest times with exactly what the therapist pointed out!  I can’t recommend premarital counseling enough.  It really is a great thing.

You have to make choices to make your marriage a good one.  I’ll be honest, ours is not always good.  We’re still learning how to let things go that just aren’t important and sometimes we have to make a choice to be kind to the other (sometimes this is not easy for me).  Obviously, 3 years of marriage does not make me an expert, but my parents, Steven’s parents and other family friends who have been married forever have taught me so much.  We don’t have any special plans for our anniversary tonight, but we’re going to celebrate this weekend while my parents keep Little G.

Yay for 3 years, and I’m so excited to celebrate many more!

Any marriage tips?

Did you do premarital counseling?

How do you celebrate your anniversary?

I’m scared!

I’m very scared…of Costco on Saturdays!  It was so scary that I didn’t even take pictures. I had my first weekend experience there this past Saturday (I usually go one night during the week), and I will never do it again!  People would knock you over to get the sample tables.  It was like something that they had trained for!  I mean it when I say NEVER AGAIN!

 Anyway, I had to go in to work for a little bit on Saturday morning to catch up before we had rounds with our doctor this week.  After work, I went to crazy Costco to load up on groceries.  It had been too long since I had been, and I had to buy a lot!  When I got home, it was so pretty outside.  I got Little G’s jogging stroller out, and she kept saying, “walk…go,” so I put her in it and we headed out.  That kid loves being outside.  We did a 3 mile run and I felt great.  The wind was definitely making it a bit harder, but I still ran my fastest 3 miles yet with the jogging stroller!  Trust me, it still wasn’t fast, but that’s ok.   It used to really bother me that I am so slow, but I finally got over it and decided that as long as I’m out there taking care of myself, it doesn’t matter.  G was asleep before we got back home.

 
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Old picture, but you get the idea

I’m getting ready for a 5k in a few weeks. I’m wondering what the race will be like since most of my runs have been done with the jogging stroller.

Have you ever run with a jogging stroller? How much did it slow you down?

So much fun!

So Thursday, I dropped off a cake,
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Went to dinner with some of my best friends, and then this happened…
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Yup, that’s my sister and her little girl, T-cup, in the shopping cart.

Friday was such a pretty day, so my sister and I decided to get the girls out while our husbands were working. We stopped by Publix and got some food, then headed to the park for a picnic!
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Don’t worry, she’s not drinking soda, it’s diluted prune juice. Hey, we all have our issues from time to time.

After we ate, it was time to play!
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She looks a little bored, but I promise, she was having fun. I’m so happy the sun is out! Being stuck in the house really puts me in a funk. I can’t wait to spend more time doing fun stuff outside!

How was your Friday? Did you do anything fun?

My Secret

I wanted to share something after reading another post dealing with women’s health.  I think it’s important as women to talk about things that we are dealing with to help us get though them, and to help other women who are dealing with the same things. It’s not always comfortable to talk about these things, but you never know who is dealing with the same things you are, and it may really help to talk to others. I am warning you now, this post could get a little long.

So I mentioned in one of my previous posts that I had a miscarriage in January. It’s something that was much more difficult for me to deal with than I could have imagined, and very few people even know about it. Other than having Little G 5 weeks early, my first pregnancy was pretty easy. This one, not so much. I found out I was pregnant on November 30, 2012. Little G was about to be 1 and I did not feel like was ready for another one. After the initial shock wore off, I saw it as the blessing that it was, and started getting excited. We were leaving for a trip to Disney World the next day, so I knew I was going to have to share the news because everybody would want to know why I was skipping out on some of my favorite rides.
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After a trip to the craft store, I made a shirt for Little G to announce that she was going to be a big sister. As soon as we got to Florida, we changed her into it and waited for somebody to notice. My mom saw it first and everybody shared in our excitement. My first doctor’s appointment was a couple of weeks after I got back from our trip. We went in and had an ultrasound. I can’t even describe how amazing it is to see your little baby for the first time (even though it just looks like a little blob on the screen at that time). The baby was measuring behind, but they thought maybe it was because my dates were off. They didn’t hear a heartbeat, but were able to see one. It was then that I just knew that something was wrong. I knew that my dates were not off. After talking to the doctor, we scheduled an appointment in two weeks, just to make sure that things were progressing normally. She didn’t seem too concerned at that point, but didn’t want to wait too long before getting me back in. That was the longest wait of my life.

In that two weeks, I felt my pregnancy symptoms disappear. I knew that I was going to lose our baby. I was only 9 weeks along, but I felt so attached to my little one. We went back to the doctor, and I cried the whole way there. I cried the whole time I waited for my ultrasound. Finally, my fears were confirmed…no heartbeat. Thankfully, my husband was there to help comfort me. We met with the doctor who went over our options. There are 3 things you can do when they don’t find a heartbeat: D&C, use medication to induce the miscarriage or just wait for things to happen naturally. We chose to let things happen naturally, and they did. I passed the baby while I was at work on January 7. That is such a strange feeling. I just couldn’t sit around at home and wait for it to happen. When I went to the doctor that Thursday, they confirmed that I had passed everything. My heart hurt for weeks, I cried a lot, and I still do (I am as I am typing this). My husband and I sometimes talk about what our angel baby is doing, and I can’t wait to meet him or her one day!

I learned a lot from the situation. I will never again wait to announce that I am pregnant. I think each one of my baby’s lives should be celebrated as soon as I know about it, and I think it helps to have friends to talk to if anything does happen. I didn’t have that this time, and I regret it. I learned that I will be happy to be a child’s mother for as long God blesses me with that baby, even if it’s just for 9 weeks while that baby is in my belly. I learned that pregnancy is such a miracle. Sometimes we take that for granted when everything is going as it should, but I never will again. Yes, I am scared about what may happen next time, but I hope that I can look past that and enjoy each pregnancy as much as possible.

If you have any questions about my experience, please feel free to email me at happyhealthystephie@yahoo.com.

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