Friday, June 23, 2017

Feeling Strong During Pregnancy | B3 20 Weeks

Gaining 10 pounds over the course of five months can be a shock to the system! While this is perfectly normal (and healthy) during pregnancy, your body goes through SO many changes, SO fast, while growing a baby.

This pregnancy with our third baby has been identical to my pregnancies with the boys. Up ten pounds at week 20 and enjoying the "golden" second trimester. Though my belly is feeling bigger than last time and my Gabrialla maternity belt is being used on every run.

Besides being tired from usual life with two littles and sporadically waking up at night (night potty training struggles and cutting 2-year molars), I'm feeling really great.

My motivation to exercise does decrease during pregnancy, partly because my "competitive fire" disappears while growing a baby, but I know exercising regularly is one of the main reasons I DO feel strong right now. It certainly helped during pregnancy and postpartum with our boys!


Exercise takes time but it is time well spent! 

Just 30 minutes of exercise a day makes a BIG difference. It doesn't have to be fancy. Bodyweight strength training while cooking supper counts too.

8 Pregnancy-Specific Benefits of Exercise

  • Builds stronger bones, muscles and maintains healthy joints to support growing baby
  • Improves your mood and your sleep
  • Less backaches and fatigue
  • Increases stamina for labor
  • Strengthens and improves flexibility in muscles needed for childbirth
  • Keeps digestive system working properly (reducing effects of constipation!)
  • Reduces stress while increasing focus and concentration
  • Strong muscles burn more calories1

Disclaimer: Check with your doctor or midwife before beginning an exercise regimen or trying something new. I am not your personal trainer!


What kind of exercises are we talking?

Choose pregnancy-safe activities that improve your cardiovascular system, your strength and flexibility. Running and light strength training are my favorite forms of exercise. While running isn't for everyone, a 30-minute walk provides health benefits as well.

Ben Greenfield's Ab Exercises for Pregnancy offers great ideas for pregnancy-safe core work. While pregnant, I replace crunches or planks with opposite arm/leg extensions and dumbbell thrusters along with others from Ben's list. These exercises are more comfortable through the later months of pregnancy and they strengthen my core to better support my growing baby.

Whether it's running, walking, prenatal yoga, swimming, strength training or chasing toddlers, there are so many ways to get out and be active! Stay hydrated, count your blessings and keep moving this summer :)
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

B3 Pregnancy: Week 20 Wrap-Up

Baby Rocket is a BANANA this week. He or she has been moving regularly and is sitting just below my belly button. The little boys really aren't interested in baby but I think that will change when they can feel/see kicking on the outside of my belly.

We did get bunk beds for them this week and that's been pretty awesome! They have their "Big Boy Fortress" all ready now (minus the sheets currently in the wash). Now to work through more of my To-Do List before baby's arrival this Fall...


MONDAY: 

3.1 mile run with double stroller

TUESDAY: 

Strength Training: Push mowing the lawn, yard work... exhausted.

WEDNESDAY: 

3 miles with the double stroller paired with a trip to the grocery store. The rain caught up to us for the last .25 miles but the kids got a kick out of it and the groceries were fine!


THURSDAY

We went for a walk by the river, played by the dock and went out for a tractor ride with Daddy. Then E had his second Teeny Ball practice for the year. After putting the kids to bed, I did a short strength training workout with three sets of 10 squats and core work (bridge and arm/leg extensions).

FRIDAY:

3 early morning miles with our dog and listening to some tunes. I love that the sun rises so early now! Getting out the door in the morning was hard over the winter when it was still dark as night. The sun makes it much easier.


SATURDAY:

4 mile run in the windy, rain and cold. Weird June weather! I ran without the belly band today and felt good. Could have used a bathroom break or two!

SUNDAY:

Off

Are you a morning, mid-day or evening exerciser?



Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

Source Included in Post:
1 "The Christian Childbirth Handbook" by Jennifer Vanderlaan

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Walk in My Shoes | 2Toms FootShield Review

Disclaimer: I received 2Toms FootShield to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I've been majorly house cleaning/sorting/nesting lately, getting rid of various things we don't need and bringing some order to things we do need.

Part of the cleaning episode is due to the fact that we now have new windows in our house and de-cluttering feels necessary before another member is added to our family. (Sidenote: We have had windows that were not open/close-able for the past 3.5 years and I'm so excited to have functional ones, praise the Lord!)


Anywhoo, back on track here.

All this cleaning made me realize that I have a lot of shoes but wear socks very infrequently in the summer! Since our warm weather arrived, it's been either my running shoes, slippers, flip flops or dress flats/heels.

With all my cute little shoes, I would love to tell you that my feet don't sweat or smell! Nah, the truth is they do. So how does one keep frequently worn shoes from smelling rancid?


Back in my hockey playing years, I put baby powder in my skates as a way to freshen them up and dry up moisture. I have done this on occasion in my running and regular shoes but the problem is the powder builds up on the inside of footwear and you leave little baby powder footprints wherever you walk after taking them off!

As a BibRave Pro, I have put 2Toms FootShield to the test over the past month and this roll-on works as a perspiration barrier for my feet and helps keep them dry and odor free! FootShield has replaced my "baby powder therapy" by using a blend of natural antifungal, ingredients and moisturizers reduce and prevent sweaty feet, the growth of bacteria, athlete’s foot, blisters, and smelly shoes.


Use FootShield with socks or without, just roll on and air dry! I now carry this around in the diaper bag to keep my feet smelling fresh while running around throughout the day. This 3 oz roll-on is a reasonable $15.00 as it seems like this container will last for quite a while.

Join us for #BibChat with 2Toms on June 27 at 8 pm CT for a chance to win FootShield Roll-On for yourself!


B3 Pregnancy: Week 19 Wrap-Up

Last week our Baby 3, now affectionately named "Rocket" by our 4-year-old, was the size of a Mango. Funny thing, I tried my first fresh mango this weekend at my parents' house! My sister-in-law so nicely shared hers :)


MONDAY: 

Off. Baby appointment with our midwife. We heard baby's heartbeat and it was wonderful! Vacation Bible School also started that evening, marking a stretch of 4 late nights for the little ones. I was a little anxious to see how they handled it!

TUESDAY: 

3-mile run in the early morning followed by Bible study and VBS that night. The kids handled the first night of being up until 9 well!


WEDNESDAY: 

Off. Catching up around the house in the morning and then off to VBS at 4:45 pm.

THURSDAY

3-miles in the early morning and the last night of VBS! W was really tired by that last night but they both kept great attitudes throughout. Very proud of the boys!

FRIDAY:

Strength Training: Lunges (reverse, front, side) and squats while cooking supper, 3 sets of 15 reps. 

Baby appointment with our back-up doctor that morning. Because we're having a homebirth as long as I can make it to 37 weeks, I prefer to keep in touch with a hospital doctor just in case I do go early again like with my first pregnancy.

SATURDAY:

4-mile run that morning and then a road trip to Grandma and Grandpa's farm. My legs were very stiff from the leg work I did on Friday. Clearly I need to do squats and lunges regularly - they are great strength training exercises for running AND childbirth (more on that next week)!

SUNDAY:

Rest

What is one staple of your summer wardrobe?



Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Developing Habits for the Early Years

Our oldest will start preschool this Fall and I'm experiencing a mix of emotions. As this marks the beginning of our homeschooling journey, I feel overwhelmed with the great amount of unknowns but also excitement with following this calling God has placed on our lives.

It's just preschool. I get that.

But, I will say, for a brand new homeschooling mom there are so many mixed messages and opinions flying around. That does get overwhelming!

Thanks to a few veteran homeschooling moms who I greatly admire, key Scriptures God has placed on my heart and the writings of Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, Charlotte Mason and some wonderful bloggers, my mind is at much more rest as we prepare for this preschool year {and the birth of our third baby, too!}.

Leah Martin is a blogger at My Little Robins, homeschooling mom and former teacher trained in the Charlotte Mason philosophy. Add "author" to her list as well as I just had the pleasure of reading her ebook, "Habits for the Early Years: A Mother's Journal".

Habits for the Early Years: A Mother's Journal

Habits for the Early Years gives helpful advice, ideas and as well as a place to jot down thoughts to mothers as they take on the life-long journey of habit training.

Leah's writing is strongly rooted in the Charlotte Mason's teaching philosophy which emphasizes the teaching of positive habits as one of the few effective tools we can use in the education of our children. As Mason notes, it is a serious trap to believe children will "outgrow" bad habits! Training in positive habits needs to start in the early years (ages 0-6) to set a firm foundation for the rest of the child's life.

“What you would have the man become, that you must train the child to be.” Charlotte Mason, Parents and Children

The concept of habit training can feel overwhelming because Charlotte Mason mentions at least 60 different habits over her 6 volumes of work. Thankfully Leah gives the reader a focused list of the key habits to work on during these early years, which felt much more approachable to me!

The Habits for Early Learning journal serves as a great organizing resource and guide as you and your child work on one habit at a time. Miss Mason suggested working on one habit at a time and the process of forming a single habit can take 21-30 days. This is indeed a process that requires diligence and patience!

A few of the habits that Leah covers in this journal are:
  • Prompt Obedience
  • Prompt Truthfulness
  • Cleanliness


  • Attention
  • Kindness
  • Outdoor Life


  • Self-Discipline in Habits
  • Prayer
  • Thanksgiving 
  • Thoughts of God

Our habit training journey has begun with the habit of "Truthfulness". Discouraging exaggerations and encouraging details to be told are our first steps.

Keep in mind that habit training isn't just for our children. As parents and teachers, we must be mindful of modeling and building positive habits in our own lives as well!


As our family enters this new season, I look forward to the memories, quality time and rich learning that lie ahead of us. I know the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the help of this journal and much prayer will make this preschool year a positive one!

What is one habit that you are working on developing or breaking currently? 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pool Life | B3 18 Weeks

Our weather is now WARM & WONDERFUL! The thunderstorms have been on a roll lately too. 

The kids and I have been enjoying a lot of pool time in our backyard and at the city pool to keep cool. We paid for a family pool pass, better make it worth it! I need a way to cool off through this pregnant summer and playing in the pool is a nice form of cross-training.


Going to the pool with a 2-year-old and 4-year-old this year has been really fun!

Not that our trips are without tears or whining, but as I look at my "big" boys, I'm thankful for how they are growing up and for the time we have together. E bravely swims off in his "puddle jumper" floaties and W rides along with me the whole time (he is getting more brave though!).

This pregnancy has been funny. Besides being really tired and having a belly, I forget I'm pregnant occasionally. The kids aren't that interested in the whole baby thing yet. That is, until our midwife comes over!

Baby's heart rate was 150 bpm this week (technically 19 weeks). Any guesses? Boy? Girl? 


I'm doing my best to prep for Baby a little at a time. Washing up the neutral baby clothes was the task for this week as energy allowed. We have SO MUCH boy clothes!!! If we have a girl, I have to at least make sure she doesn't get stuck in onesies that say "Mommy's Big Guy"...

So I'm picking away at baby prepping here and there, saving W's potty training and the freezer meal making for the last couple months - food prepping for harvest as well as Baby's arrival!

B3 Pregnancy: Week 18 Wrap-Up

Baby 3 is an artichoke this week and moving quite regularly. I'm feeling great and running 3 to 4 miles varying from 9:30-10:30 per mile. Despite the cramping I had early in the second trimester while everything was "stretching out", that discomfort is gone and this pregnancy has been really enjoyable.

In my opinion, the first trimester is the hardest (sick, tired, nauseas)! Let's hope that's the case again with this baby.


MONDAY: 

3.1 mile run with the double stroller before the day heated up! The temps hit the 80's so we took out the kiddy pool in the morning and went to the city pool in the afternoon. Lots of water time!

TUESDAY: 

We had Bible study in the backyard and the kids played contentedly the whole time! (until W fell did an accidental "flip" into the kiddy pool) Then we went to the city pool that afternoon because the kids hardly napped. More pool time, it is!


WEDNESDAY: 

3 miles in the early morning with our dog. The thunderstorms came last night and this morning was majorly muggy!

THURSDAY

Playing down at the dock in the morning, visiting a friend in the afternoon and then off to E's first night of Teeny Ball.


FRIDAY:

Doctor check-up day for W followed by a fun surprise at the library! I planned on taking the kids to "Story Time" and it turns out a circus performer, Sean Emery, was scheduled for that day. He was so entertaining and very talented! The kids and I had a blast!

SATURDAY:

3 miles after another morning thunderstorm blew through. Friday night's storms were wild! The kids and I were content to watch through the basement window.


SUNDAY:

4 miles before church. This was by far the best run of the week. The miles felt comfortable and easy. Staying active during pregnancy definitely makes a difference!

What's your favorite (not-super-complicated) freezer meal? Include a recipe link, if possible!



Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Summer Sole Giveaway with Rhea Footwear & To The Tens App


The first official day of summer is fast approaching and why not kick it off with a stylish GIVEAWAY! Rhea Footwear and, the newly emerging e-commerce app, To The Tens, are teaming up to giveaway a pair of Eva Sandals to one of my readers (like YOU!).


My summer style includes Eva Sandals in Pastel Green by Rhea Footwear. I know I will spend many hours in these outside at swimming lessons with the kiddos, working in the yard and they even dress up nice for church.

Eva Sandals come in a variety of fun summer colors and feature Rhea's patented non-slip outsole.


To The Tens is an interactive platform allows you to shop tagged pieces from your feed, purchase them within the app and tag all of your favorite brands in your own looks. You even earn cash rewards every time someone shops your feed.

This app is simple to use and full of creative style inspiration!

To The Tens

Step 1: Take a picture of your favorite look.

I posted this picture with Rhea's Sapphire Blue Classic Flats on my To The Tens account (find me at creativeaim87). These flats are another favorite from Rhea Footwear!


Step 2: Upload your picture in To The Tens and tag products.

Simply select the picture you want to upload to "Add the Look", write a brief description and link up your favorite brand items.


Simple as that! Your look is shared and now you can explore other looks and fashion items on the app.

Enter the below giveaway to win your own pair of Eva Sandals along with 1000 points in the To The Tens app to shop with or cash out!

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Disclaimer: I received these Rhea Footwear products free of charge in return for my honest review. Rhea Footwear is responsible for sending prize to giveaway winner and rewarding points in app.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

All About That Boost | Adidas Ultraboost X Review

Disclaimer: I received Adidas Ultraboost X shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

One thing most runners have in common is a love for SHOES. Really, they're a pretty important part of this whole running thing, right? (barefoot enthusiasts may disagree)

Though I would say I'm not too picky with my shoes, my "Shoe Must-Have List" includes:
  1. Lightweight
  2. Neutral to Minimalist Style
  3. Affordable
(Cute colors are a bonus)

As a BibRave Pro, I have had the opportunity to grace my feet with the stylish, lightweight Adidas Ultraboost X women's running shoes. They have a unique look, a sock-like feel and more heel support and cushion than I am used to.


Per the DICK'S Sporting Goods website, the Ultraboost X running shoe is "designed with unique energy-returning boost™ technology, this technical running shoe features 20% more boost cushioning material than ever before. STRETCH WEB® technology allows for flexibility and unleashes the boost™ responsiveness upon impact."


The mesh body of the shoe felt unusual to me at first — wait are these shoes or socks?! — but after a few test runs the concept grew on me. The material is very breathable and comfortable. They do actually "slip on" like a sock with laces!

The Ultraboost X shoe features a molded heel counter for added stability. Coming from a more minimalist-style myself, this was a major difference from my usual shoes but it had no negative effects on my running. Even after my first run in these shoes, I didn't feel a single "niggle" in my legs or feet! Turns out they have been a great fit for me.

I found that the extra stability and cushion has kept me more comfortable while running through this pregnancy too. Extra stability and cushion will be a huge asset as the baby (and my weight) grows.

Trying out the extra set of laces!

Overall, I have nothing but great things to say about the function, fit and style of the Ultraboost X running shoes. The only downside is the $179.99 price tag which falls way outside my "affordable" price range. These shoes are certainly high quality and quality does come at a price.

I'm very thankful for the opportunity to review the Ultraboost X and I do look forward to wearing them in my next marathon.

Check out the Adidas Ultraboost X Women's Running Shoes on the DICK'S Sporting Good website to preview all 6 of the color options,  learn more about the Ultraboost X features and to order a pair for yourself!


B3 Pregnancy: Week 17 Wrap-Up

The time is just flying! Baby 3 is now at 17 weeks and, besides being tired, I'm feeling wonderful. This is indeed the golden trimester. For all of you lovers of the baby-fruit comparison, we're a Pomegranate this week measuring to 5.12 inches. I can feel baby move now but only when I'm sitting down which seems to be rare these days.

I have been doing some major "nesting" by purging our hardly used baby/toddler clothing and items. Maybe it seems weird to get rid of things as we prepare for a new baby but my theory is, if the first two kids didn't use/wear the item, we don't need it. We have boy clothes coming out our ears! Now if this baby is a girl... Guess I'll go shopping for some adorable leggings and flower headbands :)

MONDAY: 

3-mile run in the early morning for Memorial Day.

TUESDAY: 

Strength Training - Push-mowing the lawn. The lawn was slightly damp and perhaps our mower blades are a tad dull. All I know is I was TIRED after mowing!

WEDNESDAY: 

3-mile run in the early morning with our dog. I watched the sunrise while he was on a search for gophers.


THURSDAY

Travel day to the campground

FRIDAY:

4-mile run with a couple miles of walking mixed in with one little in the double stroller and one on the bike with Grandma.


SATURDAY:

Camping and travel home day.


SUNDAY:

3-mile "Run Date" with my hubs!


What shoe features are on your "must-have" list? 



Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Hello, 30! | B3 16 Weeks

This has to be the craziest stretch of the year so far!

The past 8 days have included our 5-year anniversary, W's 2nd birthday, my 30th birthday and my mom's birthday. Now we just need someone to be born on the 25th to make it a birthday streak - any May 25th birthdays out there? 

The morning started off with a complimentary birthday Hazelnut Cappuccino at The Ember coffee shop followed by another complimentary Mint Condition cold coffee at Caribou Coffee and a trip to the thrift store just for fun (where I found some excellent books). Groceries at Sam's Club (I wish those were free), a free "Grand Slam" breakfast at Denny's and free 10 oz Froyo at Cherry Berry (that was donated to my brother).

You know that saying "too much of a good thing"? Yeah. I was totally good-things-overloaded.


After the wild birthday morning, I did use a birthday gift card to buy some new runner reading material: the Hansons Marathon Method. Though I'm currently "running for two" at an average of 9:30-10:00/mile pace and keeping the miles low, I do look forward to the days of running faster/longer again - in due time, of course.

After fellow BibRave Pro, Amy S, ran a stellar marathon a week ago, she inspired me to research the Hanson Marathon Method. I'm intrigued and look forward to applying the principals to my future marathon endeavors. A loooong, long time from now.

Like maybe next Fall :)


Now I'm 30.

I always thought I would feel more mature at this point in my life but I really still feel like a kid. Here's to a new decade of memories with our growing family! God is so good to us and I look forward to all that He has in store.

B3 Pregnancy: Week 16 Wrap-Up

B3 is the size of an avocado as we finish up week 16. I'm feeling much more energetic though I still feel winded while running (probably will 'til baby is out!). I will keep plugging along at whatever pace and, though it's not speedy, it's all a building block as a train for "the big event"... labor and delivery. It's like an ultra marathon every time!


MONDAY: 

3.1 mile run in the early morning with our pup.

TUESDAY: 

W's 2nd Birthday! We celebrated with cupcakes and a playdate with friends.

WEDNESDAY: 

My 30th Birthday! 3.0 early morning miles to celebrate :) The little ones and I spent the morning running errands and taking advantage of birthday treat perks with my sister-in-law. So much fun, too many sweets!!!

THURSDAY

Stretching and recovering from the birthday sugar hangover.

FRIDAY:

My Mom's Birthday! 4-mile run with the double stroller on the gravel roads near town. Though our town is very small, going out to the roads surrounded by fields and very few houses feels the best. Pushing a double stroller on gravel... now that doesn't feel quite as peaceful.


SATURDAY:

4-mile run on the gravel roads. I took it easy and this run felt great! Running farther than 4 miles was tempting but I figured I should conserve some energy for a fun Memorial weekend.


SUNDAY:

Rest. With Memorial Day coming up on Monday, thank you to those who have lost their lives for our freedom and to all of the veterans and those currently serving our country!

What birthday perks do you take advantage of? 



Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Summer Running Sun Protection | BUFF Arm Sleeves Review

Disclaimer: I received BUFF UV Arm Sleeves to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

The sun is out and it's time to break out the summer running gear! My sock and tank top tan lines are developing slowly but surely. And with sunny running comes the need for sun protection.

As a BibRave Pro, I have had the opportunity to add BUFF UV Arm Sleeves to my warm-weather running attire. I'm usually pretty good about putting sunscreen on my shoulders, as they seem to burn first, yet I tend to neglect the rest of the arm. Thankfully, these sleeves offer UPF (ultraviolet protective factor) 40+ sun protection!


Even though today's run was full of sunshine, the windy 60°F morning felt chilly. Too hot for a full jacket but too cold for just a tank. The BUFF Arm Sleeves provided some balance by keeping me warm for the warm up mile. The 88% polyester/12% Spandex material is breathable, comfortable and moisture-wicking... thankfully, because I do sweat.

For you super warm weather runners, some fellow BibRave Pros have recommended dipping the arm sleeves in water before the run to keep you cool while running.


I have enjoyed these sleeves and I know they will come in handy on many runs and outings this year. The sleeves stay well in place because of the silicone grip on the elastic upper sleeve and they fit like compression wear.

If anything, I wouldn't mind if these size S/M were just a little more loose-fitting but not so much that they fall down. A happy medium, you know?


The BUFF UV Arm Sleeves are available in Akira (orange/pink/yellow, as seen below), Interference (black/grey), and White (... white) and a set of 2 sleeves is $24.99. Of course I preferred the Akira pattern because it matches my BibRave orange gear :)


Join us for #BibChat with BUFF on June 6 at 8 pm CT for a chance to win a set of UV Arm Sleeves for yourself! 

B3 Pregnancy: Week 15 Wrap-Up

MONDAY: 

Off.

TUESDAY: 

3.17 mile run testing out my brand new Adidas Ultraboost X's! Can't wait to share more with you about those :)

WEDNESDAY: 

Strength Training - Super sets of thrusters, rows, bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, flies, runner arms and lunges (reverse, front, side).

THURSDAY

3.3-mile double stroller run on a windy yet beautifully sunny day.

FRIDAY:

My husband and I are celebrating our 5-year wedding anniversary! Hopefully with a supper date, just the two of us.


SATURDAY:

4.1 miles on the gravel by my parents' farm. So quiet and beautiful out there!

SUNDAY:

Off - In the coming weeks I'm planning to run on Sunday's and then take Monday's as a rest day. Sunday's are much easier in child-care terms, if I have hopes of running stroller-less.

What is one piece of essential gear for your warm weather running? 



Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ten Random Momservations | B3 14 Weeks

Hey, Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

So I've been at this "blogging thing" for four years now. FOUR YEARS. Just a month shy of when I first entered the calling of motherhood. It has been quite a journey.

Whether via blog or old journals, I honestly feel "writer's regret" when I read my own writing. Maybe it's over typos or grammar mess-ups but mostly over the ideas themselves. What was I thinking?! I had no clue. Ugh. Stupid. I should delete this (or burn my journal). 

I did look back through some posts from earlier in my motherhood journey and am giving myself grace. Each year, each season, each post is part of the journey. A learning curve and preparation for seasons to come.

Life really is a journey of constant learning! Every. Single. Day.

So, yes, blogging for four years and motherhood for four years. That certainly still qualifies me as a rookie but I thought it would be fun to share ten random "Momservations" (mom observations) that I have made over these years of learning.

Ten Random Momservations

1. Wipe Warmers are a mysterious baby registry item. Does anyone actually use those gadgets? Never used one, never actually seen one in person. I've found simply balling up the wipe in my hand for a few seconds works as a wipe warmer. So handy! (pun intended)

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2. Boys + Bathrooms = Messy. Apparently "aiming" is harder than it looks! Cleaning my bathroom feels like a nearly-every-day sort of occurrence. I hope boys get better at this with age (not holding my breath though).

3. Pelvic floor exercises are no joke. I didn't really get it during my first pregnancy and paid for it later. With my second pregnancy I was more diligent and had no issues! Pelvic floor exercises seem ridiculous but not as ridiculous as a lack of bladder control.

4. Waterproof mattress protectors are gold. Who needs cute matching crib bedding sets? A few sets of plain sheets and extra waterproof mattress protectors (more than one per mattress!!!) are where it's at. Because "things" happen and seem to happen a lot. Sippy cup leakage... puking... accidents... all that business.

5. Stroller runs: Mom gets tired, kids get wired. As much as I love stroller running, the reality is that my kids are resting while I'm running. Running solo and not on the treadmill is a treat! I don't take it for granted anymore these days.


6. Kids don't care about weekends or daylight savings time. Isn't that funny? Some years I have forgotten that daylight savings time detail. Oh well, at least they're up to enjoy the morning. It really is the best time of the day.

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7. Leave earlier to show up on time. Getting places on time isn't complicated with two kids as long as we leave early to account for car seat loading/unloading and various spontaneous issues (meltdowns, child undressing oneself, potty emergencies, etc). Hurrying with kids is a recipe for disaster! Leaving early to show up on time is totally worth it.

8. Straws make life more fun. They're magical. Straws can make a picky eater drink a fruit and veggie smoothie with a smile on their face. I can't say I understand it but I do appreciate straws.

9. Babies require a lot less stuff than I thought. Part of my early baby #3 prep has included getting rid of unnecessary baby "equipment" and toning down our oodles of kids' clothing. So many things that seemed important just aren't anymore - more so, I value the extra space in our house over baby gadgets!

10. My children are teaching me every day. They remind me of what's really important, to see the beauty in the little things life and to slow down enough to see life. To really explore God's creation. The questions they ask (yes, even the little one talks now!) surprise me some days and I truly enjoy conversations with them. Whoever said they miss "adult conversation" while at home must not have chatty kids! Most days end with me feeling socially over-stimulated...

There you have it. Those are my momservations this year at least.

In case you're dying to know, I celebrated Mother's Day with morning waffles made by my husband, custom artwork by the kids and a 5k run, just the dog and me! It was wonderful. Since my husband and bro-in-law have been gone so much the past two weeks, it was just nice to be together as a family.


B3 is a PEACH as he or she is finishing up week 14. And I'm up 5 pounds. Identical to my pregnancies with the boys and hopefully, even if I gain quickly now, it will all even out like it has in the past :)


B3 Pregnancy: Week 14 Wrap-Up

MONDAY: 

3-mile double stroller run and mowing the lawn while the kids were playing, finally finishing up during nap time.

TUESDAY: 

Lots of outdoor time and activity with the kids.

WEDNESDAY: 

3-mile grocery run with double stroller. 

THURSDAY

Walking, walking, walking around the county park.

FRIDAY:

4-mile errands run with double stroller and one set of 10 lunges. At least I snuck in one set. In the bathroom. While the kids were bathing :)

SATURDAY:

Washing floors in the house and walking with the kids.

SUNDAY:

Happy Mother's Day! 3.17 mile run with our dog in the afternoon. I should probably stick to morning running. 75 degrees felt so hot! I need to get used to this summer weather again :)

How did you celebrate Mother's Day this weekend? 



Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.