{Toddler Life} Picky Eating, Not Potty Training, Decompressing and Independence

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Happy Fall!

I know I'm a few day's late on that...but the first day of fall it was 90 degree's here. Now we've settled into a good upper 60's so it actually feels right to say it.

The six months between 1 1/2 and 2, it seemed like Aria didn't have too many huge behavioral changes. Of coarse there were a lot of developmental and cognitive changes...but her behaviors remained pretty consistent.

This last month she has been changing in so many ways! Her little personality is coming in very strong!



Picky Eating

Our Picky eater has become even more picky!!! She is still open to "try" almost anything, which I am happy about. However, she is becoming much more particular about what she will actually eat and how it has to be prepared.

Most foods have to be prepared at home. It's so rare to be able to go out to eat and her be willing to eat the restaurants version of whatever the food is, because it looks different from the way it's made at home.

Sunday after church we went to lunch at our favorite little cafe. They so sweetly offered to put together whatever Aria wanted to eat. She asked for a grilled cheese. They thoughtfully prepared her grilled cheese on yummy panini bread. But because it didn't look like the ones we make at home, she wouldn't even entertain the idea of eating it. She was in tears right there in the cafe.
I felt so bad for the girl who made the sandwich. She looked heartbroken.

Chicken is the only meat she will eat and it can only be baked or grilled. Don't even try to give her a chicken nugget unless you want daggers.

Toast better not be toasted.

And ketchup is always on the menu.

Aria is also becoming more and more unsure of which vegetables she trusts. (Queue the knife to mommy's heart). We love our vegetables around here. I felt so lucky that Aria liked vegetables. I was secretly high fiving myself for having a vegetable eating kid.

Welp. Veggies are getting trickier. I have no idea what changed.

These are her conditions....
She will eat corn...only if it's the right shade of yellow. Carrots...if they are raw. Spinach...in veerrry tiny pieces... only in tacos. Avocado...cut into square chunks only. And she will lick butternut squash. Just lick.
However, just to keep me on my toes she may decide that she detests any of those on any particular day, after eating 3 servings of it, two days ago.

The one go to I know she will always eat and I highly recommend, is these veggies fries.



Whole Foods sells them.
That crazy little monkey won't even eat a regular fry or a sweet potato fry, but she loves these.

Thankfully she still loves juicing (for now anyway...sigh)...so we load up on veggies that way. I sometimes also juice kale (a handful makes a tiny amount of juice) and pour it into smoothies and she will happily drink it.

The funniest thing about this is if you ask her if she likes "blank" vegetable, she says yes. Even though she won't put it anywhere near her face.

How do we eat, meals with a picky eater, you ask? Do I make different food for her?
Nope.

For breakfast and lunch, we don't all sit down together to eat. PJ is already out the door for work by the time we get downstairs. And Aria has lunch before her nap, which doesn't usually work for me in terms of time to prep lunch for myself. For those meals I give her two choices for what she would like to eat. That way she feels like she is making a choice, but I'm actually in control ;)

We do all sit down for dinner together. At dinner I make one meal for everyone to eat. I always include something that I am sure Aria will eat. She get's the same thing on her plate as PJ and I. She is welcome to eat as much or as little as she would like.

Sure, there are some evenings she asks for 4 servings of bread. But other days she totally surprises me and completely cleans her plate.


Not Potty Training

I'm starting to accept the fact that I am likely going to have two kids in diapers at the same time. Womp womp.

I am surprisingly okay with it at the moment. I already do diaper laundry every 2 days for Aria, so it's not like I'll be doing laundry more often. We have enough diapers for Zoe, that I could actually go more than 2 days...but I don't like doing that.

This past month Aria has gone in the potty a handful of times. Occasionally she will ask to sit on the potty and when she does, she always goes! This probably happens once a week.
However...if we ask her if she wants to sit on the potty or if she has to go...she ALWAYS says no.

Miniature control freak.


Decompress Time

At least once per day (aside from nap time) Aria hits a point that I am very familiar with.
You know that feeling that you just need to be alone for a little while? To get away from all of the stimulation in the world around you? I do!

Apparently Aria feels the same way. She will go into her room and lay in her bed alone, under her covers, quietly, out of nowhere. Sometimes she will "read" one of her books. Sometimes she will chat with her stuffed animals. Sometimes she just lays there with her quiet thoughts.
She doesn't ask for me, nor does she really need me during those moments. She is just enjoying being alone.

Of coarse I'm peeking in on her from my room or watching her on the monitor. She really is so amazing.

Then she get's out of bed and starts running circles around the living room so the dogs will chase her.


Independence

Aria has always been task oriented. She likes being tasked to do things and seems so satisfied with herself after completing a task. This new level of independence is so different though!
She wants to do everything herself. She says "I do self" and insists on doing it on her own...or she yells.

There are a lot of times when I marvel at how awesome it is to watch her try, try and try again. Especially because she never gives up!

Then there's the car seat. Girlfriend insists on climbing from the ground, into her seat, and trying to buckle herself in Every. Single. Time. As much as I admire her determination...we don't have 45 minutes to do this every time we go somewhere.
We go a lot of places.


Well, I'm off to do some Prenatal Yoga in my living room. (Read: try to do yoga while Aria flops around on me).

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Five on Friday

Friday, September 25, 2015
Hello Friday! I'm kicking off my Happy Hour (ie. Aria's nap time) with a Pure Doctor Live Kombucha and roasted brussels sprouts and sundried tomatos in tortillas.
Not sure if that's a pregnancy thing or just a thing.
It's pretty delicious so I think it should be a thing.

Welcome to our Five for Friday! We're joining a very cool blogger link up on Fridays, where we talk about five things going on in our week.




1| Finally Starting Zoe's Room

Yes! This weekend we are finally starting to ready Zoe's room. Next week I'll be kicking off the third trimester, so now is the time!
This is going to be a heck of a project because the room itself is in rough shape. It has really thick, cracked, wood paneling, which we won't be removing. Were going to fill the cracks, sand it, and then attempt at a paint job.

Grandma is taking Aria apple picking Saturday, to give us a chance to really knock some things out!

I'll be taking pictures of the process in hopes that I'll have some great finished product pictures for you guys.

I'll also be painting our dining room table and chairs this weekend! Upcycling for the win! I'm really excited for this project too, because I'm going to try out chalk paint. According to what I've been reading, you don't have to sand whatever you are painting, to use it. And the finished product is supposed to look fantastic.


2| More kids

This is a topic PJ and I have been talking about since getting pregnant this time around. The last couple of years we've gone back and forth about about whether or not our family will be complete with 2 or 3 kids.

Some days I feel like we're a 3 kid family. Like I'm supposed to be pregnant again.
And some days when I talk about Aria and Zoe I feel complete. Like our family is meant to be us 4. And this will be my last pregnancy.

How do you know? I realize this isn't a decision that even has to be made right now. I just wish I knew if this is my last pregnancy or not. I don't even know why I need to know. I just do.


3| Storkcraft Glider Cushions

We bought this Storkcraft Glider for Aria's nursery when she was born.



The glider itself is in great shape, but the cushions have a lot of wear and tear...and some stains. Plus, the cushion color isn't exactly what were looking for, for Zoe's room. We looked into buying a new glider, but that just seems like a waste of money when we have a fully functional piece of furniture not being used.

I looked around and couldn't find replacement cushions anywhere. I started looking into how I could sew some myself. But it seemed like way more work than I was up for.

Great news! I called Storkcraft and it turns out that you can order replacement cushions of whatever color you want. They ship out in a day or two and the cost is $100. All you have to do is call the number on the website for ordering parts! There is a fair amount of info you need about your model, etc. You can find it all on the bottom of your glider or ottoman.


4| Our Doula

I'm so thankful for our doula. There have been a few emotional and physical bumps in the road with my pregnancy, this past week. She has helped me not lose my mind, given me some amazing perspective, and most importantly given me a safe space to talk and be heard.

I had to reschedule our meeting this weekend because of something we already had on our schedule that I forgot about.
I blame it on pregnancy brain.
But, I'm excited to tell you guys all about the questions I'm planning to ask her and why! I'll have that post up next week! Stay tuned.


5| I'm in love with this toddler dress!


From this shop.

Aria needs this. Obviously.


Enjoy your weekend!


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What I Ate Wednesday

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Happy Wednesday friends! How is everyones week going? Ours is good. We had our typical morning of a My Gym class for Aria and a chiropractor appointment for me. Now she is napping like a peaceful beast...rather than her usual wild beast.

She came into my room this morning at 5, with two stuffed turtles. I have this weird ability to sense she's coming, even in a deep sleep. I wake up the minute she sets foot inside our door. It's creepy.

Anyways, she walks in smiling from ear to ear and says "Here mommy. Turtle for you".

So naturally I invited Aria and the turtles to sleep the last hour in our bed.

Honestly, I felt like I could really use the snuggle. Yesterday was a teary day for me. By the evening I felt so pregnancy hormone crazy that I cried 4 different times.
Once because I made a delicious dinner that Aria usually loves and the only thing she would eat was ketchup. With a fork. Then because my pelvis hurt so badly that I couldn't get on the floor to help her with her bath. Then because I was feeling like my once strong body has become a stranger. And the last time was because I was worried the dogs felt lonely sleeping downstairs.

All totally reasonable.

The good news...Food.

Breakfast

Guacamole, Arugula and Chia Seeds on Sourdough Toast. 


A snack on the go to Aria's My Gym class...

Sunwarrior vanilla and almond milk. 



And another snack because I'm a hungry lady. Berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries).



Lunch #1

Salad - Farro, Mango, Avocado, Arugula and homemade Creamy Cilantro Dressing



Lunch #2
(Tell me I'm not the only one who eats two lunches around here).

Sesame Tofu, Broccoli, Kale Salad and Cabbage Cole Slaw from Whole Foods.



Dinner

Trader Joe's Kale, Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash Pizza {frozen...because that's how we roll on busy nights}.



Well, we are off to walk the dogs. Enjoy the day!


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Our Weekend

Monday, September 21, 2015
Happy Monday!


How was everyones weekend? Ours was great. Aria's birthday party was a success. She had the best time! And there was a bonus for mommy and daddy...Because we held it at My Gym, we had zero clean up to worry about! I highly recommend it!

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures. I was so caught up in the festivities and playing with her, that I didn't take any. :(

Aria has a love for building...so my Dad and stepmom bought her some blocks to go with the ones she already has. My floor permanently looks like this now...


All the time.


We went to the agricultural fair on Sunday. When I told her we were going to see animals, the first thing she said was "Alpaca there?". She loves her alpacas. Which I find hilarious because what kid is obsessed with alpacas?
She has seen and fed alpacas a handful of times and she talks about them ALL the time.

Aria has an alpaca stuffed animal that she sleeps with... and after yesterday, she has 2 alpaca christmas ornaments that she is toting around with her everywhere.


She calls them her "stuff".

"Ma. You see my stuff?" "Where my stuff?"


Pj and I are suckers for natural homemade soaps. They always smell so great, and when made with the right ingredients, they leave our skin so soft and moisturized. We bought theses yesterday...



They smell like heaven and definitely fit the bill for gentle on the skin.


Friday my pelvis started giving me hell again. It's so frustrating. I didn't get any running in over the weekend. Actually, Saturday it hurt even when I walked, so I didn't get any exercise in. This morning I did some low impact strength, to get my muscles moving.

This is the video I used for today's workout:


I follow Krystal on Instagram and she always posts great prenatal fitness videos.

I'm not really sure where to go from here with my pelvis, in addition to chiropractic care. My next step is to do some muscle activation for 10 min after my adjustment, before leaving the office. My hope is that by activating the components of my core box after the adjustment, it'll help my pelvis stay in place. Then I'm going to start working more in when I'm home.
Wish me luck.

Aria and I are headed out for lots of errands today. Chiropractor, Target, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods. Monday's are full, full, full for us. It takes me 3 stores to grocery shop, because I'm insane...so that takes up some serious time. Luckily she is a great helper...as long as I keep the snacks flowing.

Enjoy the day!




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Toddler Alarm Clock and More Friday Stuff

Friday, September 18, 2015
It's finally here!!! Friday!!! If I weren't pregnant, I would have started happy hour by now.
Instead, I'm drinking Kombucha.

...Not the same.

Aria came into our room at 4:30 this morning to tell me "Ma, I got boogie".

"Okay sweetie. Well where is it?"
"In my nose."

She woke me up to pick a booger out of her nose.
I live a glamorous life.

I'm excited to share that Aria is now in her big girl bed! When things got all screwy because of that Daniel Tiger storm episode, that scared the bejesus out of her...we took the opportunity to move her out of the crib. We figured that she was scared to be in her crib alone anyways, so we should just go for it. Aria does really well with redirection too, which is another reason we felt we had found the perfect opening.

I think we timed it really well because it took the focus off of her being scared and instead she became excited. It also gave her the ability to get out of her bed if she wakes up and she get's scared.

Overall, the transition has gone great. Of coarse there have been a few bumps...but I think that's to be expected with the new found freedom she has. She goes to sleep in her bed every night (with help from mommy or daddy) and sleeps there most of the night.

Luckily her naps have picked up right where they left off.
Queue me bowing down, thankfully, to the universe for Aria's long naps, because I neeeeed those hours!

I'm going to do a whole post on our transition to her big girl bed, how we did it, our bumps in the road, and how we got into a good rhythm, after she has been in there a bit longer and the transition period is over.


My Dad and Stepmom are driving up today, for the weekend. I'm so excited! I have an awesome family. We like to get together, enjoy each others company, indulge in good food (especially anything involving Maryland crabs), and engage in the occasional healthy debate. It's always a good time.

Aria and I have been waiting very impatiently, all day. We had a picnic snack this morning, in the back yard, while Harper chased birds.


And she wanted to show off her shark, elephant and turtle finger puppets for a picture.


Well, I'm off to prep my running gear for when my family get's here. Because guess who was cleared to run!!!

And yes, I am one of those people who hands my kid over to guests as soon as they arrive, just so I can sneak out on a run. Please come visit me! :)


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26 Weeks

Thursday, September 17, 2015
Happy Thursday everyone! I've passed the whole "I can't believe this week is almost over" phase and I've gone right to the "Thank goodness this week is coming to an end" phase. Go away week.

Yesterday my MIL had Aria for the afternoon, so I got some much needed errands run for her birthday party this weekend.

I also swung by the Motherhood store to look for some fall/winter stuff. With Aria I wasn't pregnant into the fall so my maternity clothes stop at tanks and skirts.
Fall is my favorite season because...layers. I can layer up all kinds of stuff and odds are, it'll look reasonable. That's particularly helpful for someone who's sense of style is questionable at best.

The problem is, I just don't know anything about anything when it comes to clothes. That's why I wear simple items. Lot's of solid colors and whites, grey's and black's...and Tom's. The most daring I go is colorful scarves. Because I just have no idea. I attribute it to me spending so much of my life in workout clothes.

I've gotten far too many sideways glances at stores when I ask questions like...

..."can I wear these together?"
..."does black go with navy blue?"
..."this goes, right?"

Yesterday I'm pretty sure the woman in the Motherhood store went in back to "eat her lunch", just to get away from me and my questions.

Luckily there was a nice lady shopping who steered me away from the outfit that I had picked out, that I thought matched. Turns out you can wear too much blue. Who knew?

So, here we are...26 Weeks! Less than 100 days!



Baby Size: 14 in, the size of a hothouse cucumber

Weight Gained: 14 pounds as of my last appointment. I'm sure it's starting to get up there now. My next appointment is in two weeks. I'll have an accurate number then.

Overall: Overall I'm feeling wide. Kind of like a truck. I'm also starting to feel worn down again. I need a pick me up by like 11am. I cannot wait until I can have espresso again!

Symptoms: Mainly just this pelvic pain. Ooooh, and heartburn.

Cravings: Grapes. So many grapes!

Aversions: Absolutely nothing. I'd love to eat anything right now. In fact...are you going to eat that?

Sleep: Sleep is not going so well. I keep waking up around 2am and not being able to fall back asleep. I just lay there and think about whatever pops into my head. I'm not worried about anything. I'm just awake.

Nursery: It's coming along. The room is cleared out and ready to be painted and primed. If only I knew what color I wanted to do.

Concerns: I'm nervous about giving birth before we make it to the birth center.
Aria came so fast, and she was my first baby. Second babies generally come much faster than first babies. I just can't imagine what kind of shit show, race to the birth center, it's going to be once labor starts.

Everything unfolded so quickly with Aria's birth, that I'd really like to feel a little more calm this times around, especially since I have an idea of what to expect and how quickly I may experience it. Ideally, I'd really love to be able to get there and get into the tub to labor in the water. A water birth would be ideal.
But, even if I do get there in time, I may not want the tub at in that moment. There's no way to tell how a labor will unfold. Either way, let's just hope I get there in time.

These are some of the things we will discuss with our doula next week, when we meet with her!

Stretch Marks: None yet. I made it through my pregnancy with Aria, without any. I'm doing everything I did with her (superstitious much), in hopes that I won't get any this time around either.

This pregnancy hasn't been very kind on my legs with regards to varicose veins though. I have new ones busting out every day and they are grossss. Hopefully my body will give me a break and not send through any stretchies.

Rings: I am no longer wearing my wedding rings. I actually haven't worn them in a few months. When I'm pregnant and nursing, one of the hormones, or the cocktail of a few of them, causes my very beautiful wedding and engagement ring, to give me this crazy rash on my finger. So I wear two tiny gold bands, in their place.



Belly Button: It's working it's way to being flat. Then before we know it, it'll be out!

Feelings: I have this weird feeling that she might come unexpectedly early. Aria was only a week early...but I just have this feeling that Zoe has something up her sleeve.

Then on the other hand I've had a few second time mom clients who were almost 2 weeks late, after being early with their first baby. So who the heck knows.

Looking forward to: Today's appointment with the chiropractor. I'm hoping to get cleared for running.

Happy Thursday Friends!


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Almond Flour Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe...and More.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
You may have a problem if when your chiropractor tells you to take another week of running to let your pelvis heal, you start to cry right there in the office.

Yes, that's what I did.

I'm struggling with having limited exercise right now. It's such a big part of who I am and how I stay connected with myself on that good healthy level that keeps you from wanting to rip peoples heads off. I'm on full rest (meaning no exercise except walking) until Thursday, to give my pelvis a complete break. Then we will reassess.

So basically I've been volunteering to do all of the dogs walks for the past 2 days.

Even though I'm bummed...someone is still all smiles around here.



Lately I've been letting myself get too hungry during the day, and then I end up eating something that I immediately regret...like a massive, dirty and delicious eggplant parmesan sandwich. Were just so busy running to Aria's classes, appointments, cleaning and keeping up with other tasks to keep our house running, that I forget. And then I pillage the refrigerator like a Viking.

Maybe one day I'll be grown up enough to have the foresight to realize this ahead of time...and not eat the whole thing at one time. That's another part of this week's "limited exercise", that is killing me. I'm not one for limiting food. Yes, I eat healthy but I don't like counting calories or worrying about if I should eat something.
I love to run far...and I love to eat food....see where I'm going with this.
Please pass the dirty sandwiches.

In the spirit of tastey things, I wanted to share a recent favorite recipe as of lately...Almond Flour Chocolate Chunk Cookies.


They're so buttery and delicious!

This recipe is very easy and fast (15 min total). It's a good one for little hands to help with. It makes about 9 cookies.

Ingredients
1 cup Almond Meal or Almond Flour
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
1/8 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
2 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp. Melted Clarified Butter Ghee (Coconut Oil works great as well!!!)
2 tbsp. Agave
Chopped Chocolate Chunks at your discretion. We probably used about 2 tbsp. Not counting the handful Aria threw in after.

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix almond flour/meal, salt, baking soda and cinnamon.
3. Stir in butter, agave and vanilla.
4. Stir in chopped chocolate.
5. Make dough into small cookies and place on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
6. Bake for 15 minutes.
7. Let them sit to cool for about 10 minutes. This is when they firm up.
8. Eat eat eat.

Adapted from this recipe

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone. And your cookies.

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Monday Ramblings

Monday, September 14, 2015
It's Monday...again. It seems like Monday just keeps coming. Someone should do something about that.

Aria turned 2 this weekend! We celebrated by taking a trip to the aquarium during the day and buying 1532 turtle stuffed animals. Just kidding. She only got 2. Okay, fine...3.

Aside from the turtles, I think her favorite part was petting the jelly fish.



Then we spent the evening partying down with her Grandparents. She was shoving fistful's of cake into her mouth. I think she enjoyed it.

Were having her birthday party with all of her little friends this coming weekend and she's very excited. She's 2 and she has 3 times as many friends as I do. I need to get out more.

Something really strange happened on Thursday night. Suddenly Aria developed a fear of being alone in her room in the dark. It was so surprising because she's always so comfortable just going to sleep by herself, in her room.

We went through our normal bedtime routine (bath, books, songs) and when we went to put her in her bed, she panicked. She said she was scared of the shadows and of the window.

I think I know what the culprit was. She saw an episode of Daniel Tiger that day, where it storms and the kids are afraid of the storm. Particularly the shadows and the window. The parents are trying to show the kids that there's nothing to be afraid of, and that it's just a storm. It wasn't particularly scary, but...at her age, her imagination is running wild, and I think that episode was just enough to spark this.

What's up with that Daniel Tiger? You're supposed to be our friend!

Thursday and Friday night she was very scared. We talked about how her room is a safe place, and we investigated all of the "scary" things. We also talked about if she needs mommy or daddy, all she has to do is call out and we will be right there. She was just so terrified.
We let her sleep in our bed.

Saturday night got a little better. She went to sleep laying next to me, in our bed. Then I put her into her own bed. She did wake up halfway through the night and ask to come back. But it was progress.

Last night was even better. She went to sleep in her own room (with me there) and stayed until the wee hours of this morning. Now she is actually still asleep, which is unheard of.

This weekend I couldn't help but think about how I'm also scared when I'm alone in our room at night and PJ is away. Sometimes being alone in the dark can be scary. Take your time kiddo.

But not too much time...I don't really want to share my Snoogle anymore ;)

I have been craving fruit lately...and almond butter...


Sliced banana, sliced macintosh apple, TJ's raw almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Mmmm.

I'm going a little crazy because I haven't run in a week. My pelvis will not stay in place and it's killllling me. It feels like knives stabbing me in my lower back, all the way down to my butt and sometimes my legs.

Since I haven't been running, I've been on the elliptical and strength training a lot. Most day's the elliptical doesn't give me any grief. I think because the movement is different and it's softer at the joints.

I'm dying to run though. I even dreamt about running last night.

Enjoy your Monday friends. I'll be busy planning my come back run.

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Two Pink Lines

Friday, September 11, 2015


Good morning! Happy Friday! I thought I'd kick off today with a post about the day we found out we were pregnant with Miss Zoe.

The beautiful day we saw those two pink lines was one of a hundred different emotions.

Back in March, at 9 weeks pregnant, we lost a baby due to a subchorionic hemorrhage. The bleed caused the placenta to detach from my uterine wall. It was the most heart wrenching experience of my life. I struggled a lot with processing and understanding what happened that night and how it was going to affect us.

We had tried very strategically to get pregnant that time.
With Aria we just estimated what we thought was my fertile window, and we were off, so it took a little while. We were hoping that if I could gauge my ovulation more accurately, it could be faster this time.

I was tracking my cycle, taking notes every day on my cervical mucus and cervix position. I knew exactly when I was ovulating, when to have sex and what my fertile window was. We waited for it and then we went for it. I was pregnant within a month. We felt so lucky!

After losing the baby I felt broken. Mentally, emotionally and even physically. On one hand I wanted to be pregnant again right that minute, while on the other hand, I couldn't imagine going through the process of trying for a baby again.

I started Crossfit as a distraction and stayed as busy as possible at home, which is not hard with a toddler. I would take care of Aria all day and then go to the 7:30pm Crossfit class, so that I would get home utterly exhausted at 9pm and completely pass out.

Pj and I talked about the baby often. Even though we spoke openly about him, it still felt like a burning pain in my belly when we brought him up.

As the weeks went by, we started smiling more and we got back into a routine of our lives. We were't going to try for another baby for a while. We weren't there emotionally.

Being intimate after a loss can be difficult at first. Knowing such a beautiful act could result in something so painful, made it difficult to want to be intimate. We were trying to navigate our way through that. We were working very hard to stay close and connected in as many ways as possible.

Fast forward a month...

One afternoon I felt really crummy and I told Pj I thought I was getting sick, so I went and made some tea. I started thinking..."Could I be pregnant?"

No way. That's insane.
We've only been together one time since losing the baby.
I never even got my period back.
That isn't even possible....

I better take a test just to be sure.

I sat in the bathroom with the test and took it...while Aria bounced around playing with her new potty. Taking her potty apart and reassembling it.

After two long minutes I saw the two pink lines clear as day and I began shaking. I picked Aria up and ran upstairs to Pj who was in the shower. In a quivering voice I said "I'm not sick. I'm pregnant!" and then I sat down on the floor with tears streaming down my face. Aria put her head on my shoulder and patted my back. She is so incredibly sweet like that.

Everything was so beautiful and so scary in that moment.

I'm so unbelievably thankful that Zoe came into our lives in such an unexpected way. She was made during true healing moments of love. She is our love. Our love while overcoming something hard, together. She was meant to be ours and we were meant to be hers.

She's our beautiful rainbow.


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Aria's Favorite Juice Recipe

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Happy Thursday Friends. I can't believe the week is almost over...but I'm welcoming it with open arms. I love love love being home full time with Aria, but it's also so nice to have my husband home sometimes, so I can take care of some essentials... like poop by myself.

Every time I go into the bathroom Aria runs in after me yelling "I want to help".

Having him home also makes it easier for me to hide and eat something delicious, when I don't want to share.

I'm having some serious ass pain. It's my sacroiliac joint. This morning when I woke up, getting out of bed was excruciating. Ugh!

When I'm not pregnant, my pelvis shifts to be misaligned. Over the past 33 years I've asked a lot of my body physically and it always delivers. It's pretty good to me in that way.

Well, I didn't really understand how important chiropractic care can be, especially with my active lifestyle. When I started seeing a chiropractor a year ago, I he told/showed me that my pelvis was misaligned and that was why I was experiencing some of the issues I was when I trained long and hard (ie. ass pain, lower back pain and things of that nature). I began getting adjusted and it made all the difference in the world! I started to feel AMAZING during training. Recovery was even quicker as well.

Well, when I'm pregnant, my pelvis is constantly shifting. Partially because I'm predisposed to that happening, and also because the relaxin in my body makes everything much more lax. There isn't much I can do to prevent it from happening. However, it is important that I take care to treat it! Which I do!

I wish this wasn't happening so early, but it is what it is. With Aria I didn't feel it as bad until I hit about week 30.

On to the juice.

We love our fresh juice around here. Aria and I juice every day. PJ loves to get his hands on some fresh juice whenever he's home and I've made some. He starts lurking around when the juicer turns on.


Juicing is an efficient way to absorb the nutrients found in fruits and veggies, in their most raw form. It's especially helpful on those days when Aria is feeling extra picky about her food. This way I know she's getting the good stuff (ie. fresh veggies)... along with her pizza...like yesterday. Pizza Wednesday at Grandmas.

It's something fun to look forward to in the afternoon, when she wakes up from her nap. We shop for all the fruits and veggies together a couple times a week (that way they don't go bad by the end of the week). She get's to pick out some of her own, which she loves. Aria also loves telling the cashiers that her "coo-cumbers" are for juicing.

I sit her up on the kitchen counter and she helps me put everything into the juicer. She has a blast with that part. Lately she has been loving this mix...

This makes enough juice for the two of us.

2 Apples (we use all different types but our favorite are Gala)
2 Handfuls of Kale
2 Celery Stalks
2 Clementines
1 Large Cucumber
1 Handful of Carrots

Enjoy!


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What I Ate Wednesday

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Every afternoon Aria naps for a nice long chunk of time. I'm talking 3 hours. I know, I know...don't hate me. Trust me, it wasn't always this way. The first 16 months of her life she woke up 3 times (sometimes more) a night and took the shortest naps everrrr. I'd like to think the universe is repaying me for being patient  and letting her find her way to good sleep without forcing it.

Anyways...until yesterday, I didn't realize how hard she actually sleeps.
Usually she lays right down and just drifts to sleep. Yesterday she wiggled around trying to get comfortable for about 15 minutes. After she fell asleep I snuck into her room just to see if something was going on in there.

Needless to say, she took a huge poop right before she fell asleep. Since she sleeps so long I definitely didn't want to wait until she woke up to change her.

So I got wipes and a diaper and changed her in her sleep. This was a big doody! I'm talking like 14 wipes. She didn't even budge! I couldn't believe it. Afterwards she was sleeping soundly, nice and clean.
And I felt like a ninja.

Pj came home from work a little early yesterday and took Aria and the dogs to my in law's, to swim for the afternoon. I took the opportunity to head to the gym for an extra long workout! My sacroiliac joint has been giving me some grief this week, so I haven't run since Saturday. I've been on the elliptical, which means I have to go to the gym for those workouts. Although I prefer running over every other form of exercise (because I'm insane), I have been getting in some great interval sessions on the elliptical and some strength training using the 7 primal movements.

This weeks' WIAW looks a lot different from the past weeks. I'm finally able to eat meat and fish again without feeling sick...which is good because I have been craving meat protein like a mother.

Breakfast
Eggs, Spinach and Cheese with Grapes. And some decaf coffee.


An apple on the go, heading out to Aria's My Gym class.


Lunch #1
Spinach, Raspberries from our garden, Cucumbers, Pumpkin Seeds and Kombucha Live Soda




Afternoon Juice
Apple, Kale, Cucumber, Carrot, Clementine


Lunch #2...AKA Post Workout Gimme Food
Spinach Salad with Tomato


Leftover Crockpot Enchilada Chicken


Dinner
Sweet potato, Steak, Avocado with Fresh, Raw Corn


Enjoy your day!!!!


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Second Trimester Essentials

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Good morning! How was everyones weekend? We had a lovely time here. Lot's of family and fun. And some beautiful weather that didn't leave me sweating puddles and changing clothes 14 times a day.  Ah, pregnancy.

I finally cleaned and orgnanized our spare room, so that we can paint it for baby Zoe's nursery. I have no idea what colors to use for her nursery. We were considering coral and navy...but now I'm leaning towards something more neutral...kind of like this...

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It's so dreamy!

The walls in our spare room are covered with some horrid wood panelling that were not ready to get into the project of removing just yet...so it'll be interesting to see if that presents any issues.

Our house was built in 1930...so it's older. Every time we've updated something, we get into what should be a quick and easy update, only to find out that it's a much much bigger project than we could have imagined. We're not ready to dive into another big project at the moment.
Sigh.


Now that we're well into the 2nd trimester, I've put together my Second Trimester Essentials.



Snoogle

Love love love the Snoogle! It cradles me in a soft, comfortable, supportive nest, and helps keep me from laying on my back while I'm sleeping, which I naturally do. Before getting the Snoogle I would wake up in the morning, and my lower back would be killing me.

Old Navy Boyfriend Jeans

These maternity jeans are so comfortable and cute. They roll up just a little at the bottom, making them hit at the ankles, which is my favorite length. They also have the full panel front, which I really like.

Kombucha Live Soda

The Target near my house sells Kombucha Live Soda. It's delicious, natural, organic and so good for you!

Peace and Calming II Essential Oil

We diffuse this beautifully sweet oil every night. It's great for unwinding from our crazy busy days.

Old Navy Ribbed Maternity Tank

These are my favorite maternity tanks! And I've tried a lot of different tanks between my pregnancy with Aria and this pregnancy. I like the ruched sides, because they accentuate the bump well. They also grow really well with my belly, which I can't say for a lot of other tanks I've bought. They come in a ton of colors and when the cold weather comes they are great for layering! Plus the price tag is just right!

Birth Ball

I use my birth ball frequently during pregnancy.
First, for sitting. It puts me in a comfortable position that relives the pressure in my hips, lower back and tailbone that the weight of the baby and the excess relaxin in my body, creates. As the baby grows and I get bigger, it will create counter pressure in my bum, to relieve the pressure the baby creates in my pelvis. If you've been pregnant before, you know how intense that pressure and weight is towards the end of pregnancy.
I also use it during workouts...mostly for core moves. I do a lot of wall squats with the ball.

I'll also use it once I go into labor for different positions and comfort techniques. As a doula it has been something I've found to be very useful for clients!
I'll do a post on all the uses for the birth ball during labor soon!

Maternity Night Gown

Comfort all the way! I'm in love with simple, pretty, night gowns with light robes. All of the ones I've bought are also for nursing so that'll come in handy in a few months.

Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal

This prenatal vitamin is easy on my stomach and I love that it's raw. The vitamins are uncooked, untreated and unadulterated, with no binders or fillers. And it contains probiotics!

Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil

This oil is light and moisturizing. It doesn't have much of a scent, which I really like. It also helped me avoid any stretch marks during my last pregnancy! So bring on the Earth Mama oil!!!


What are your favorite Second Trimester Essentials?


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