Thursday, July 9, 2015

She is 2

 Two years ago, I was wondering why my baby girl was being so stubborn.  Why was she not coming out! I was miserable.  I mean surely since I had just had a kid 14 months ago I would have went into labor with her a little early!
I was two days past my due date.   They scheduled me to be induced on July 8th 2013.  I was to be at the hospital at 7am.  I got there, got checked in, and was about to be hooked up to Pitocin when the dr. came in for one last check to see how dilated I was.  "Something isn't right" she said, "I really want to get an ultrasound tech in here for a second opinion".  The ultrasound tech came in and confirmed what my dr feared.  Palmer had flipped completely around and was totally breach.  At this point it was dangerous for her and dangerous for me, so the dr decided on an emergency C-section.  I was terrified.  Adam was terrified.  We prayed.
Within a little bit they started prepping me for surgery.  Once to procedure started she was into the world in 2-3 minutes.  I didn't get to hold her right away, instead her daddy got to spend her first precious moments with her... .but once I finally did get to her, we locked eyes and from that moment I was smitten.
This little girl brings so much joy into my life.  She is a momma's girl, but she has her daddy wrapped.   She adores her brother and they are the best of friends. She loves to sing and dance.  Books are her favorite.  She's light as a feather and tough as nails.  She's OH SO BEAUTIFUL!  Her eyes melt my heart.   
Happy Birthday Palmer McCall I love you more than you could ever begin to understand.
We spent her day going to the aquarium, eating lunch, doing a little shopping, a train ride, and ending the day with cake and a new frozen mobile.  Watching her grow is truly perfect.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

21 Day Fix

21 Days ago today, I started a journey.  I hope my insights into this program will challenge you to do great things; better things for yourself and your health.  Truth be told I hope you can do it a whole lot better than I did because it is TOUGH.  
   Before I had kids, I was always small.  About a size 3/5 through high school and a size 8 through college up until I had my son.  Then I had my daughter, my kids are 14 months 26 days apart.  So, over the course of a couple years my body went through ALOT.  After my C-section, crunches were not an option.  Exercise was HARD work, and I was exhausted, until one day I had enough.  I felt so miserable.
Which leads me to my life long friend, Tiffany.  And this picture that I saw on FB.  Tiff was working at the Fitness Center and had trained me there, and I've always loved her, but I really loved her as a trainer.  So, she started coaching softball with my husband and told me about this awesome program the 21 day fix.  If you are looking for a coach check into Tiffany she is AWESOME!
So, I decided let's do this.  I bought my shakeology (vegan chocolate) which I loved.  Got my containers and my workout videos.  And the journey began.   See those cute little containers, that's what teaches you portion control.
 Now, I am going to be brutally honest.  I am not making excuses I am just telling you that if you have two small children, you will need some ALONE time to get this done.  You will need time to prep your food, because you have to concentrate on how much of each food group you are getting.  You will need time to work out, 30 minutes a day. EVERY DAY.
I would love to tell you that I honestly followed this program to a "T" but I didn't.  There was one week we had bible school and I maybe got two workouts in.  There was one evening I was trying to do a workout and my kids wouldn't leave me alone and I quit fifteen minutes in.
There were days that going to subway to get a sub was so much easier than filling those stinking containers. 
Remember me saying this was tough? 
My husband and I LOVE to eat.  We love to try new restaurants, and go on dinner dates, and have a coke every now and then. I love swiss cake rolls, and cake, AND COOKIES I love cookies.  Giving those things up was so hard.  I gave up my coffee creamer, but I had to keep half and half tea.  I would fill it up half sweet, half unsweet, sorry (not sorry).
But in the end.....
I can officially say I am down 9.4 pounds and 5.5 inches.  I was NOT focused on the number on the scale from the start.  My personal goal was to feel comfortable enough in my own skin that IF I wanted to rock a two piece this summer, I could, confidently.  My primary focus was how I felt.  I can honestly say I feel better in my clothes, I feel less tired, I feel the best I have felt in a LONG time.   This was NOT easy. I'm 18 days away from my beach trip and I'm going to do another round.  Stay tuned.  

Monday, July 6, 2015


 Today is the day we celebrate my awesome Husband.  There are so many reasons why I love this man. 
Adam and I started dating in December of 2005.  I was just a baby of 18 years old but I fell absolutely head over heels in Love. 
Don't get me wrong we have had our share of ups and downs.  We parted ways for a while.  God didn't see that fit for us, so thankfully, He put us back together.  And for that I am forever grateful.
A few reasons why I love my husband so much:
He's GOOFY.  I mean dancing making faces, pulls his pants up too high, and makes you laugh hysterically GOOFY.
He makes me smile.  Not in the every single day he's so sweet and thoughtful ways, but those right in the middle of every day life, when you want to break down, he makes me smile.  On days when there are dishes in the sink, dirt on the floors, and I'm about to cry, he makes me smile.
He's Handsome.  From day one to now, I find him to be THE MOST attractive man.
He is Godly.  This should have been First.  On Sunday mornings when I am wore slap out, and don't want to get out of bed.  Adam makes sure we are up and moving.  We may not be on time, but we (his family) will be in church.  And Adam prays for us, all the time, and he teaches our kids to pray.  I'm so thankful for that.
He LOVES our children.  He disciplines our children.  He plays with our children.  He hugs them, he kisses them, snuggles, watches movies, dresses up like spiderman.... and so much more.  Adam is a fantastic father. 
The best thing about him to me, is he's my best friend.  He listens to me and he understands me.... better than anybody.  He loves me unconditionally.  He's seen me at my best, and at my worst, he just keeps on loving me.  He still holds my hand in the car.  He still gives me butterflies.  We actually have a date this evening, and I'm pretty nervous. 
The day God decided to put this man on earth is one of my favorites.
Happy Birthday my love.