Biweekly Update: 22 Weeks

8244472432230099779-account_id1How far along: 22 weeks

Size of baby: Grapefruit

Gender: ??

Movement: Still pretty sporadic. Some days I feel baby lots, others, not as much. Movement has woke me up in the middle of the night a few times which I don’t really remember experiencing with Enzo.

Sleep: I have been passing out every night. I got into reading non-fiction again (thanks Joe for the new books!) and I’ve been staying up later than I should reading because I just need to know what happens next. Luckily, I’ve been sleeping well through the night and waking up feeling pretty good.

Workouts: I felt really good the last week and did some awesome strength training workouts that left me super sore. If I have any energy and time to workout, I try to squeeze it in because I know I feel much better afterwards.

Maternity clothes: Almost exclusively especially pants.

Symptoms: The pregnancy heartburn and indigestion has kicked it up a notch the last two weeks. I had some really bad days where it was5700922040865223301-account_id1 hard to eat much and have been trying to eat as clean as possible. I started taking digestive enzymes with my meals and I think that’s been helping. I’ve also been putting lots of lemon juice in my water and drinking peppermint tea which has also been helpful. I also had a weird dizzy spell the other day. Woke up early in the morning and the room was spinning. I never felt quite right all day and was dizzy anytime I bent over or moved too quickly. Luckily, it only lasted a day and I hope that doesn’t become a reoccurring symptom.

Cravings/aversions: Had chili with paleo cinnamon rolls the other night which truly hit the spot! I also just bought some eggnog gelato which is beyond delicious. I’m loving all of the holiday-themed comfort foods and am excited to start planning what I want to cook on Thanksgiving.

Missing anything: Being able to eat spicier things without getting heartburn afterwards.

Best part of the week: Had a great trip to Omaha with family and friends! Also got to go see Kaleo in concert with Joe last night after a delicious dinner at Chicon. Great date night after being apart for a week and a half!

Can’t wait for: Enjoying the cooler weather in Austin and cooking! I love fall foods. 🙂

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Biweekly Update: 20 Weeks

img_20161020_172229How far along: 20 weeks

Size of baby: Banana

Gender: Still leaning towards girl.

Movement: Getting more stronger movements throughout the day but usually in the morning or at night. When I’m busy running around, I tend to not feel anything. Then once I sit down and relax, baby starts kicking things up a notch.

Sleep: Every night is a toss up. I either sleep really well or wake up a lot with crazy dreams and bathroom trips.

Workouts: Been doing these Mommy Trainer workouts (this is the second time I’ve gone through them). I don’t stick to a schedule/plan but just do them in order when I get the time. Also still trying to walk and squeeze in at least one prenatal yoga session each week either at Eastside Yoga or YouTube.

Maternity clothes: Pretty much. I need to find some type of jacket/sweatshirt that’s going to fit me this winter.

Symptoms: Allergies and headaches have still been plaguing me off and on. I’ll have a really good day, then the next I’m hit with an awful headache and sinus pressure. Joe and Enzo also had colds this week and I’ve been taking Wishgarden’s Immunity Boost for Pregnancy and Enzymedica Enzyme Defense to fight it off. I can tell that my body was starting to get the cold but it never turned into a full blown sickness. Hopefully I’m home free!

img_20161028_161900Cravings/aversions: Craving comfort foods for sure. Made a yummy apple cider pot roast with cheddar mashed potatoes this week, salmon with lentils and yogurt sauce (so yummy) and lots of roasted veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, sweet potatoes). Also really wanting coffee this week so I made my first batch of cold brew decaf coffee at home. I think I let it sit too long as it was kind of strong even for decaf but it’s super easy and can sit in the fridge all week. I drank it cold over ice with half and half and some maple syrup. Going to make a pumpkin spice latte with the coffee this week too. As long as I don’t go crazy and drink too much, I’ve been able to handle it a bit better this week.

Missing anything: Mimosas at brunch.

Best part of the week: Weather was amazing last weekend and we got to get outside and had a neighborhood BBQ. Joe is officially a brisket champ! Also had brunch at Forthright before church Sunday which was amazingly delicious.

Can’t wait for: Trip to Omaha this week. It will be fun to see family and friends and get a little cooler weather since it’s still 85-90 degrees here in Austin. Though those in Omaha should probably prepare for a full on winter storm as every time I come it’s either way hotter than it should be or absolutely freezing!

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Biweekly Update: 18 Weeks

img_20161007_180807The last couple of weeks have been a little crazy. Joe’s dad is currently in the hospital. Won’t go into all the details right now but prayers for his healing are needed and appreciated. We drove up to Springfield, MO where he is and have been trying to help out as much as possible. Though it was an unplanned trip and not under the best circumstances, it has been good seeing Joe’s family and letting Enzo play with all his cousins. He truly has a blast with the other kiddos. We’re not sure yet when we’ll be back in Austin as we’re waiting to see how things progress with his dad.

Below is my update for 18 weeks. Flying by!

How far along: 18 weeks

Size of baby: juicy mango!

Gender: Pretty sure it will either be a boy or a girl. 🙂 4962683256433610068-account_id1

Movement: Starting to get the little flutters but usually when I’m laying down for bed at night. Exciting to feel the little one now!

Sleep: Doing better but those crazy dreams do wake me up frequently.

Workouts: Pretty limited but I’ve been trying to do something a few times a week. Either walking or free YouTube workouts that are either prenatal or I can modify easily.

Maternity clothes: For the most part I feel more comfortable with maternity clothes than my regular wardrobe.

Symptoms: My allergies have kicked it up a notch over the last few weeks. Not sure if that’s a pregnancy symptom but they really have never been this bad before. Mostly sinus pressure, headache and fatigue. I have had some digestive issues but they seem to have gotten a little better this week. My energy has gotten better, I can eat well and my belly’s not too large that it’s bothersome yet.

img_20161013_184151Cravings/aversions: I’ve been addicted to peppermint tea right now and found a chocolate peppermint one at the store that is delicious. I’m always nervous about drinking tea while pregnant because there is so much conflicting information about which herbal teas are safe and which ones aren’t. My midwife suggested peppermint to help with some of my digestive issues and I’ve been drinking it every day. I usually can’t finish a whole cup but it’s a nice change from plain water.

Missing anything: The only thing that’s sticking out right now is coffee. I was drinking decaf before getting pregnant (pretty much have since before I even got pregnant with Enzo) but lately even decaf coffee is making me feel weird. I can drink about half a latte and start to get jittery. I did have a small latte yesterday that didn’t seem to bother me as much. It always smells and sounds so good but then I can hardly ever finish one anymore. Sad day.

Best part of the week: We got to see our little mango on the ultrasound. Since we are in Springfield, Joe’s sister (who is an ultrasound tech) was able to do the full scan of the baby that I was planning on getting next week anyways. Everything looks really great and baby is measuring right on target. Guestimated to weigh around 8 oz!

Can’t wait for: More baby movements. It helps me feel more connected to baby when I can feel him/her move. Before that I almost don’t even feel pregnant. It will be cool when you can feel baby from the outside and Enzo gets to feel for the first time.

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Biweekly Update: 16 Weeks

img_20160913_172654Some people sounded interested so I’m going to try and keep up with biweekly posts for this pregnancy like I did with Enzo. Check it out below!

How far along: 16 weeks

Maternity clothes: A few things but mostly wearing longer shirts, yoga pants and using the hair tie method on my pants and shorts since they definitely won’t button anymore.

Sleep: Crazy pregnancy dreams are back! I almost always wake up exhausted in the morning from those intense dreams. Also broke out the huge pregnancy pillow a few weeks ago. I forgot how much I love that thing.img_20160920_175238

Miss anything: I hate complaining because I am so thankful for this pregnancy but I could really use a glass of wine or beer. Joe bought one of my favorite beers, Yellow Rose from Lone Pint Brewing, and I was just dying to have a glass!

Movement: Not that I can tell.

Food cravings: I made a butternut squash, apple and prosciutto pizza with fig preserves over the weekend. Holy moly it was delicious. I think I could eat that every day. Also craving quinoa, chocolate and pumpkin goodies.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Randomly things make me feel nauseous still, including fish. Salad also isn’t super appealing right now.

img_20160928_174817Have you started to show yet: I can definitely tell though I’m sure people who don’t know me wouldn’t notice. Also still easy to hide it depending on what I’m wearing. I look about the same now as I did with Enzo at this time.

Gender: Not until baby’s born! Though Enzo and my acupuncturist think it’s a girl.

Happy of moody most of the time: Definitely more emotional than I would like to be.

Looking forward to:  Feeling the baby move and enjoying some downtime with my little buddy this week. Also a trip to The Woodlands this weekend.

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Pregnancy After Loss

As I sit here and think about being pregnant after experiencing a loss, I’m struggling with how to even begin. After losing our baby at 11 weeks in April of this year, initially I wanted to get pregnant right away. I thought it would help relieve some of the pain and help me move on from losing that baby. But after letting my body heal and starting our foster licensing process, Joe and I made, what I thought, was a tough decision to wait and try and get pregnant after we had been fostering for some time. I wanted to be able to focus on the foster child and not worry about being pregnant at the same time. Fast forward to July 5th where I’m staring down at a positive pregnancy test. Obviously God had different plans for us. I felt a rush of mixed emotions, from joy to fear to sadness. I couldn’t wait to tell Joe until he got home from work so I cried as I told him on the phone. I just didn’t feel ready, physically or emotionally, to start the pregnancy road again.

isiah-verseImmediately I reached out to a family member who’s experienced pregnancy losses and she recommended a book called Expecting with Hope: Claiming Joy When Expecting a Baby After Loss. I had just finished a different book from the same author called Hope for Today, Promise for Tomorrow: Finding Light Beyond the Shadow of Miscarriage or Infant Loss. Both books are biblically based and include many of God’s truths surrounding loss and how to look for hope amidst past loss. I would highly recommend either book for someone experiencing pregnancy or infant loss and pregnancy after loss.

The first trimester wasn’t as rough as my previous pregnancy. I wasn’t very nauseous and was able to eat fairly well. I was extremely exhausted though which I’m sure many moms know is hard when you have a toddler running around! I’m still working with the same midwife I was before and had my first trimester visit right at about 9 weeks. I didn’t expect to be able to hear the heartbeat that early (as usually it’s around 10.5 weeks with the Doppler) but low and behold, she found the heartbeat right away. It was reassuring, however I struggled (and still do) with doubts about whether or not this pregnancy was going to make it full-term. I’m now 15 weeks along and have had no signs of losing this baby and heard the heartbeat again around 13 weeks.

I feel like at times that my miscarriage was a dream and that it didn’t really happen. It feels so far off in the distance, yet feels like it happened yesterday. The feelings of grief from that loss are still there and the baby I carry now can’t replace that one that we lost. Though I do look at this baby as our rainbow after the storm. One section in the book talks about worrying and thinking about all of the worst case scenarios that could happen with this pregnancy. I’ve been there and thought them. But she suggests instead of worrying about things that haven’t happened, take joy in what you do know. This baby is here, I get to be his/her mom for however long God allows and I need to enjoy the moments I do get to have being pregnant. I also continue to work on hoping no matter what may happen. Of course I want this baby to be born alive and healthy, but that’s not guaranteed. I have to hope and believe that God is good and has an amazing plan for our family regardless of my pregnancy’s outcome. That has brought me continual peace.

On top of being pregnant, Joe and I are currently fostering a newborn baby. We’ve had baby for about 3.5 weeks and at this point won’t be caring for baby much longer though we’re not sure exactly when. I can’t go into details about baby’s situation but both of us feel that it’s the right thing for baby to go back to his family and are praying that they will continue on a path of healing in order to care for baby well. I can’t say this process has been easy as I’m not sure we thought through what having a newborn in the house while I’m pregnant would be like. Sleep deprivation on top of already being exhausted has been rough! But we are managing and are thankful for family and friends who have been helping us out during this time. One thing about not breastfeeding is that Joe can help with nighttime feeds and he has truly been amazing at letting me try and get as much sleep as possible. I guess it’s a sneak peek into what having a toddler and a newborn will be like!

I’ve also been blessed to have 7 other women in different areas of my life due in the same month as me! It’s crazy but they keep popping up. It has helped me to continue being excited for our baby and what’s to come. Joe and I haven’t made the official decision but I think we are going to take a pause on fostering once baby is no longer in our care. We both feel that we need some time to rest while preparing for this baby and some time after our baby comes before taking on the responsibility of another child in need. We are for sure no longer accepting newborns! 🙂

I’m also debating on making regular posts about my current pregnancy. With Enzo, I did bi-weekly posts on how I was doing and how the pregnancy was going. Anyone reading this interested in me making those posts for this pregnancy too?

 

 

 

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Our Recent Pregnancy Loss

Not many people know that Joe and I recently suffered a miscarriage. I found out right around Valentine’s Day this year that we were expecting our second baby. We were nervous but excited to welcome another little one into our home. Only to find out at our 11 week appointment that our baby had no heartbeat and had stopped growing around 9 weeks gestation. I think this has been the most difficult thing that I’ve dealt with personally, emotionally and physically and I really haven’t been ready to talk about it much. Mostly out of fear and not wanting to let myself feel sad. Miscarriage and pregnancy loss seems to be a taboo subject and hard for people who have never experienced this to really understand the pain that you can feel even when losing a baby whom you’ve never seen or held.

My goal in sharing our story is for other moms and families that are dealing with this type of loss to know that you’re not alone. I did feel alone in the beginning but as I opened up to others I’ve learned that there are many women in my life who have had a similar experience. There is no comparing one loss experience to the other but it is helpful to talk with others and share your pain. I worried that writing this post would make it seem as though I’m looking for attention or sympathy but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I fought writing this but I really felt God pushing me to be open and honest with others regarding what happened.

Below is a letter that I wrote to our baby shortly after I had the miscarriage. It was a way for me to release a lot of the thoughts that I was having and really start the healing process. I’ve caught myself many times wondering if I’m not feeling sad enough, if I’m feeling too sad or if I should have or should be grieving in a different way. Our baby had a significant impact on our lives and even though I only got to be his or her mom for 11 weeks, our family has been changed. If it weren’t for this baby and the loss, we would not be pursuing our foster-to-adopt license in the way we are right now. If everything goes as planned, we could be fostering a little kiddo come July. It’s going to be hard for me at times when I think of what our life would be with the baby we lost, but knowing that God has a plan and purpose through all of this has been tremendously helpful.

Our Dear Second Baby –

Your daddy and I love you so much. I’ll be the first to admit that when I found out you would be joining our family, I was a little nervous. It was going to change our lives and make things crazier than they already are, but we were also excited about what was to come. You were to be in our arms October 24, 2016, about one month after your big brother, Enzo, turned two. I was almost more anxious to find out how he would react to a baby than about having you. As you would’ve found out, he is a little bit of a mama’s boy. We had started planning your room and first visits with family. We had some names picked out and were planning to wait to find out if you were a boy or girl on the joyous day of your birth. Though now we won’t know until we meet you in heaven.

We didn’t tell most people, but we were planning to have your birth at home. It just seemed like the natural choice. My wonderful midwife, GB, would have there that day and taken such great care of you. I prayed for you every single day. I asked God to keep you healthy and I prayed that one day you would be saved through a relationship with His son, Jesus. I know that Jesus has been holding you in His arms since you’ve arrived in heaven which is a huge comfort to me now.

Your daddy and I were looking forward to hearing your heartbeat on April 6, 2016. It had been about two months since I found out I was pregnant with you and we just couldn’t wait another minute. I was 11 weeks pregnant and right before the appointment I saw blood and had a sense that something just wasn’t right. I prayed and cried the entire 30 minutes in crazy Austin traffic to GB’s house. She immediately checked for the heart beat and couldn’t find it. We rushed to another doctor’s office to get an ultrasound to see you for the first and last time. The ultrasound showed that you had no heartbeat and you had stopped growing about two weeks before. The image of seeing you on that screen and the nurse telling me the news will stick with me for the rest of my life. It all felt so surreal and everything was spinning out of control. My plans for our family disappeared before my eyes and I couldn’t help but wonder why.

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in usLess than two days later you were no longer in my womb and we had to officially say goodbye. That was the hardest day of my life physically and emotionally up to this point. But right before I lost you, God had given me these words from Romans 8:18 – “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” This verse now hangs in our home. It’s hard to imagine that anything can be bigger than the hurt I feel right now, but I know in my soul that God’s glory can be revealed through your loss. I’m already seeing it happen and can feel God using this to make me more like Jesus.

We have a strong support system of friends, family and fellow believers that have been here for us. I know we are going to be okay in time. But there will always be a hole in our family for where you belong. We all can’t wait for the day that we can be together as one complete family. In the meantime, your daddy and I will continue to pray for God’s peace and guidance as we move forward without you. It was a joy and a blessing to be your mom for those 11 weeks. As hard as all of this has been, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I love you,

Mommy

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Baby Enzo: 16 Month Update

IMG_20160117_143518Wow – it’s been 4 months since I’ve updated on little Enzo. A lot has changed over the past few months and he’s growing like crazy!

Enjoys: walking around especially if he can carry things or kick a ball around, being outside as much as possible, eating a lot (and honestly it’s a lot!) and basketball.

Dislikes: still hates brushing his teeth, not a fan of diaper changes and hates being put down when he really wants to be picked up OR picked up when he really wants to be down.

Milestones: he’s walking! Around Christmas he started getting more daring and taking steps without holding on. Once we got back home from being in Nebraska he’s let loose and is walking everywhere now. He’s such an observer and is constantly watching and taking things in, especially with other kids. He’s learning to communicate a little bit better with hand motions (he can sign “eat”, “more” and “all done” now) which has been great.

Teeth: Molars are coming through! He’s got two already broken through the skin. I wish the other two would hurry up already. This teething thing is ridiculous.

Sleep: we’ve transitioned Enzo to one nap a day and it’s working well. On a good day he sleeps about 2 hrs 30-2 hrs 45 mins. He’s been waking pretty early (around 5:30 a.m.) this past week or so and I’m chalking it up to teething. Hopefully once those last two molars are through he’ll be back to sleeping until 6:30-7 a.m.

Food: our breastfeeding journey officially ended at 14 months. After we got back from Italy I tried numerous times to nurse but Enzo only fed once and then would refused any other attempts. He would still take a bottle so I decided to keep pumping for as long as possible. It was a pain but I was able to give him two more months of breastmilk which I was happy about. Eventually I got tired of the pumping routine and decided to stop. Enzo did good with the no-bottle transition and seems fine with the decision. He now eats a ton of solid food and we’ve decided not to give him any cow’s milk since he eats so well (and with our pediatricians guidance). It seemed like straight cow’s milk and goat’s milk was hurting his stomach so we offer yogurt, cheese and butter as his dairy source. Right now his fav foods include: bananas, apples with almond butter, meat, eggs and smoothies. I can’t forget hummus! He will eat ANYTHING if I dip it in hummus, especially veggies.

Exercise: I went to a live yoga class for the first time in a while last weekend and it was great. Joe and I signed up for a 5k in May so I need to start working on my cardio/running a bit more to be in better shape for it. I also found a new YouTube workout channel that has some intense HIIT workouts that I like: https://www.youtube.com/user/ChristineSalus.

Travel: We were in Nebraska for the holidays and the trip was great but the travel part wasn’t my favorite. We got delayed during both trips and by the time we reached our destinations Enzo was a hot mess. He and Joe also got sick while we were there which wasn’t fun but we enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Joe just took Enzo to Houston this weekend without me to see family. It gave me a much-needed break at home to relax and enjoy a little responsibility-free time. Enzo and I are also headed back to Omaha in March for my sister’s bridal shower. Hoping the plane ride is a little smoother than last time since I’ll be flying solo!

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Veggie Egg Muffins

It’s about time I posted a new recipe! These egg muffins are so easy to make and super versatile. You can add any veggies you want, leave out the quinoa and cheese for strict Paleo, change up the cheese or add meat. Enzo has been waking up between 5-6 a.m. lately (please just be teething) and he expects food the minute he comes downstairs. It’s much easier on all of us if breakfast is ready fast but at 5 a.m. that can be a challenge. We were making him eggs pretty much everyday from scratch when I realized how silly that was. Why not batch cook a bunch of egg muffins and stuff them with veggies to get him an extra serving each day. He loves them and devours them in about 30 seconds. We usually give him fruit, all-natural sausage and/or gluten free toast with almond butter along with the muffins. It’s definitely been making our morning routine a little bit easier. Now if only those last 2 molars would hurry up, maybe we all could sleep in just a little bit!

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Veggie Egg Muffins

Serves 10-12
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Egg
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Meal type Breakfast, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
These yummy egg muffins are easy to make and so versatile! Use whatever veggies you have on hand, switch out the cheese and add meat if you like. A quick and easy meal throughout the week.

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
  • 1/2-1 cup cooked and chopped veggies of choice
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • Salt/pepper
  • Garlic powder

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk your eggs in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients including salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste, and mix well.
Step 2
Pour the mixture into silicone muffin cups or directly into a greased muffin tin. This should make about 10-12 muffins.
Step 3
Bake for about 25 minutes until the centers are firm. Let cool in the pan and enjoy!
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Goals for the New Year – Including More Posts!

I have not been doing well with writing posts this year, especially the last couple of months. I felt like I really didn’t have much to say and I have not been creating many new recipes at home. We’ve been sticking to pretty simple things (meat, roasted veggies and quinoa) or I’ve been trying out new recipes that I find on the internet. I also haven’t been posting much about Enzo. He’s now 15 months old and is so close to fully walking. He’s taking his sweet time. I don’t think he understands that he can walk as a way to get from place to place. He’s so used to crawling but I know he’ll get there really soon.

I’ve always been pretty much against New Year’s Resolutions for many reasons but I do like the idea of starting over or making changes in certain areas of my life. Instead of resolutions I’m making goals that I want to accomplish this year but also goals that will last into our future (if I stick with them!). Below are my top goals and the direction I want my life and my family’s life to go:

1.) Declutter: I have a goal to go through everything in our home and truly get rid of things that we no longer have a need for. We have accumulated so much stuff and having a kid doesn’t help with that. It feels overwhelming sometimes to see how much we have and I think getting rid of things we no longer use or love will help us feel more free.

2.) Capsule wardrobe: along with the decluttering I’m going to tackle my closet and attempt to create a capsule wardrobe for the winter which includes 37 items (a mix of tops, pants, dresses and shoes). There are some good resources here. It’s going to be hard but I think having higher quality items that I truly love to wear in my closet is going to help with the stress of having too much stuff.

3.) Less material goods: With decluttering, we also want to focus less on material goods and more on experiences. Instead of physical presents we want to give each other and our families gifts of activities, such as movie nights, trips to the zoo, dinner out, children’s museum, etc. There are lots of ideas for non-material gifts here.

4.) Food/exercise: I feel pretty good in this area as far as the foods we eat and the amount of exercise I get each week, but I would like to start creating more of my own recipes that I can post about here. I’d also like to introduce Enzo to new foods and flavors. He does really well at eating most things but we do sometimes get in a rut and eat the same things every week. Using Enzo as a motivation will help me to branch out a little more and try new things.

5.) Get involved: I recently joined the Board of Directors in a marketing role with the Pregnancy and Postpartum Health Alliance of Texas (PPHA). I joined mid-December and haven’t gotten too involved yet. I’m really looking forward to seeing how I can help raise awareness about postpartum mood disorders and use my marketing skills to do so. I’m also going to start volunteering with Meals on Wheels Groceries to Go program where I will shop for groceries twice a week for someone who is unable to shop for themselves. I go in for my training in a couple of weeks. I thought this would be a great way to help others and include Enzo as he loves going to the grocery store.

6.) Group Class for Enzo: I’m going to start taking Enzo to a weekly music class to get him some more interaction with other kiddos. We’ve gone to a few free classes and Enzo really liked it. He was smiling the whole time and really loves watching the other kids and listening to the music.

7.) Bible Study: I’ve been really wanting to get into a deeper Bible study and have been having trouble doing so on my own. I thrive in an environment where I can read the Bible but then also discuss it with other people or have some kind of hand-written study with questions. Next week I’m going to start attending a Bible Study Fellowship class in Austin (they offer them for free all over) that meets weekly and gives me the opportunity to dig deeper into the Bible as opposed to reading it on my own.

Sometimes looking at all of those things overwhelms me a bit but I really want these things to be lifelong goals not just something I try to accomplish in one month and then call it quits. What changes are you wanting to make in the new year?

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Baby Enzo: 12 Month Update

I’m a little late but here’s Enzo’s one year update! I can’t believe we’re past the one year mark. Insane how fast time is truly flying by.

10273217_10101927604622024_8318617152107213532_oEnjoys: crawling at lightening speed, pulling to stand on everything, throwing food and toys (not my fav), and getting into the kitchen cupboards.

Dislikes: brushing his teeth, getting licked in the face by Annie and being in the high chair for too long.

Milestones: he’s not walking yet but seems like we’re getting closer. I don’t think it will happen until he is confident he can do it on his own. He refuses to walk while holding his hands. He’s starting to understand a lot more now and can react to questions or things we say which is really fun. Example: there is a picture of “Batdog” (basically a dog dressed as Batman) in his room. When in the rocking chair I ask him “Where’s Batdog” and he smiles and points right at the picture. He loves it!

Teeth: 8 teeth through. Thinking those molars are getting closer as he’s started drooling and chewing again.

Sleep: he’s been doing really well and sticking to two naps a day. He’s also been sleeping through the night until around 6:30-7 a.m. which has been great! Hopefully this is a phase that will stick for a while.

Food: he likes what he likes, when he wants to like it! He’s eating pretty well but as soon as he’s had enough he let’s you know and does not want to be in his high chair any more. He also likes to throw food to the dogs, especially if it’s something he doesn’t want to eat. We just tried breastfeeding yesterday after being away for 10 days and it didn’t go so well. Enzo refused and just pushed me away. He would still take a bottle of breast milk but it was definitely frustrating and hard for me. This morning he did feed like normal which was great! Hopefully he just needs to adjust back to it and will get into the routine again. But for now each feeding is a guess on whether or not he will cooperate.

Exercise: need to get back into a routine after being in Italy for 10 days! We did a TON of walking there so that kept both Joe and I super active throughout the trip.

Travel: Joe and I just got back from Italy! It was truly amazing and I can’t believe it’s already over. It flew by but I was also ready to get back home and see my little buddy. We enjoyed every minute knowing that Enzo was well taken care of. All that planning/prep we did was well worth it to be able to relax and enjoy our time away. We’re already talking about going back! At the end of this month Enzo and I will be heading to Omaha solo again. No ideas on how Enzo will be on the plane now that he’s much more active than the last time we flew. Hoping it goes smoothly!

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