To Work or Not to Work?

Good morning and happy Monday! I don’t have a lot of time, but I just wanted to check in quick and say hi.

This weekend was crazy busy, and not in a fun or good way either. I worked my first full eight hour days both Saturday and Sunday. It wasn’t my favourite. I didn’t like saying goodbye to Lochlyn, and leaving her for that long, even with Josh. I 100% trust him, but I also miss her so much.

josh and lochlyn at menchies

I think this weekend was especially hard on Josh, and I don’t blame him. He works fairly long days Monday-Friday, so it is a lot for him to be watching Lochlyn all weekend too without a break. Along with my eight hour work shifts, I do my long runs on the weekend, and have to get ready for work. Josh ends up watching Lochlyn most of the day. He tried putting her down to sleep at night for the first time this weekend too, and that didn’t go so well. Poor guy just wasn’t made to be a mom I guess!

This weekend was a good test to see if we can handle me working full days Saturday and Sunday. The verdict is: we can do it, but to be honest, I don’t want to. I was feeling a little guilty about this. So many woman work full-time and leave their kids at child care. Lots of moms work evenings and their husbands work days, they hardly see each other. I was feeling like I should just suck it up and get my butt to work. I had to realize that what works best for other people, may not be the best for us.

I really enjoy my job. I am working at a local retail store, and I don’t make a lot of money, but the people are awesome, and the job is fun. I do a lot of random jobs at the store, including sales, merchandising, social media, blogging, and writing training manuals. I would love to be a professional writer, so this is great experience for me. It is nice to get out of the house, and be me, apart from the me that is a mom.

stroller run

Despite loving my job, I don’t love leaving my little family for so long. Summer is coming, and if I am working all weekend, every weekend, I am going to be missing out a lot! My job doesn’t pay a ton, so it is hard to justify losing my weekends, for the amount of money that I am making, but we are feeling my reduced income as it is, and the little that I am making does really help us out.

I also feel like Josh is a better dad when he isn’t playing mom. He wasn’t cut out to be at home all day with a little one, just like some woman are better moms when they work full-time, and some are better moms when they stay at home.

This has been my dilemma all weekend. I have been pondering my options, and I have settled on the three that I think would work the best for our family.

My first option is to work even less hours than I already do. I think I could handle working a couple Saturdays a month, and possibly a couple evening shifts. This would probably average out to around 20 hours a month. I am not convinced it would be worth it for the amount of money I would be making. It would also be a big stretch for us financially, but I think I may be willing to try it.

Another possibility would be to ask my employer if there is any work I can do from home. I am not good at asking for things. I should have discussed this with them when I came back from maternity leave, but for some reason I couldn’t find the confidence to do it. For most of the written work that I do for them, I need access to their internal Intranet. Presently, this is only accessible from the shop. I am not sure that this would be an option, but if I don’t ask, I will never know.

My third option is to quit. I am not sure how I feel about this one. Despite being so busy this weekend, I had a good time working. As I mentioned above, I like my job. I also don’t want to give it up entirely. I don’t make a ton there, but this job is a security net for me. I know that if we were in a bind I could always pick up more hours. At the same time, if I quit, it would free up so much time in the summer that we could spend camping, and bike riding and enjoying the nice weather while we have it.

I think the answer to my dilemma lies somewhere in between all of these options. The best solution I can think of is to schedule a meeting with my employer, and be honest with them about how I am feeling. I am not the best communicator in person, and would so rather write them an e-mail, but I think talking about it would really help. They may have some other ideas that I haven’t even thought of. My goal for today is to schedule a meeting to chat. My secondary goal is to pray that I know what to do, and that everything will work out.

This grown-up thing is hard. Being a parent makes it even harder because you have a little life to consider in all your decisions. I need to balance giving Lochlyn great family life at home, with being able to provide for her financially. I also have to consider Josh!

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This post ended up being a lot longer than I intended, but it was great to get my thoughts out there and figure this whole work thing out. If you made it through, thanks for listening!

 

Next Weeks Plan: Sleeping and Eating

I am back to sleeping way too much again! Actually I alternate between not sleeping a whole lot when I wake up early to go for a run, and sleeping too much on my non-running mornings. Today I was planning to wake up early and do a strength work-out, but I couldn’t drag myself out of bed. My legs have been feeling super tired lately, and as I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I have been getting bored of strong lifts. Khushboo shared a really great post the other day about the negative affects of cortisol (the stress hormone) on your body, and over-training. It made me think I need to give my muscles a bit of a break. Doing heavy squats three days a week, and running or doing some other cross training five days a week hasn’t been easy.  I made a last minute decision to sleep in (again!).

It is supposed to be really nice out today, so I think I will take Lochlyn for a quick and easy jog in the stroller this afternoon. I have yet to try out our jogging stroller, but I have heard that running with a stroller is hard work!

christmas market walk

I have our meal plan ready to share with you all today. I went a little bit crazy on Ree Drummond’s website this morning. I have yet to make a recipe of hers that Josh and I both didn’t love, so a ton this week’s recipes come from her site! I also went a little bit cheese-crazy. I have been craving melty, delicious cheese this past week, so I decided to listen to my body, and make it the theme of this week’s recipes. I am actually lactose intolerant, but I have been finding that I can eat high-quality cheeses, and yogurt with little side effects. My stomach doesn’t usually handle dairy, and neither does my skin, but I have been doing pretty good on the break-out front, and my stomach has been awesome. I will let you know what happens after this week’s cheese-fest though.

Lochlyn has been eating pretty much everything the same as us now. She even tried peanut butter yesterday! The only thing on the menu this week that she won’t be eating is the shrimp from the Coconut Shrimp Curry recipe. She will have the rice with curry sauce of course since she loves it, I will just take some out for her before I add the shrimp. She will have it with leftovers from another night. Leftovers are the best!

no leftovers

No leftovers when this girl is done. She licks that bowl clean!

Breakfast Ideas

Lunch Ideas

Dinner Ideas

Lochlyn’s New Foods

  • Chia seeds
  • Honey

Have a great weekend!

 

Please share your favourite websites for finding new recipes with me! 

What’s your favourite pre-run meal (if you are running 7-10 miles)?

 

Cat Wars!

I have been missing sharing my thoughts with you guys, but lately life hasn’t been cooperating. Lochlyn seems to be sleeping in this morning though, so I am going to get some Thinking out Loud done while I can. Thanks Amanda for hosting!

thinking out loud

1. Last night was the first night that I haven’t breastfed Lochlyn before bed. I was nervous we would have a hard time getting her to go to sleep, but she fell asleep right away without crying. I am happy to say that she slept through the whole entire night and is still asleep at 7:45 AM as I type up this post! I have been so blessed with this little one. She is such a good sleeper.

happy baby in crib

I guess this means that I am done breastfeeding. I am proud and happy to say that I made it for a full year. Breastfeeding is a lot of work and it’s super time consuming. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to share this bonding time with my baby, but I am excited that it is done and we can move on to the next stage in her little life.

napping with mommy

Quitting breastfeeding wasn’t the easiest decision to make. I knew that I wanted to stop at the 1 year mark, but it took me quite a while to feel ready. We quit gradually and I think this really helped prepare me. By the time Lochlyn was finished, I didn’t feel sad about it at all. I am excited to have more time with her for doing other things. It will also be nice to have Josh put her down at night sometimes. I am planning to have lots of bubble baths while he tucks her in. I haven’t had a bath since before I was pregnant (except for while I was in labor, and the occasional bath I have had with Lochlyn, but those don’t count!).

2. I am getting bored of Stronglifts. For those of you that have been reading for awhile, you know that I have been training for my first half marathon, which is in May. Along with all the running I’ve been doing, I decided to follow the Stronglifts program in order to maintain (and maybe even gain) some muscle. Stronglifts has been great, and I’m not quite ready to throw in the towel yet, but I am getting there. This week I haven’t been loving my workouts, and I have just been feeling tired. The workouts are repetitive, and I think I may enjoy changing up the strength routine a bit. I will let you know!

3. We have had some major “cat wars” going on in our backyard. Guys, this is probably the most exciting thing that will happen to me this week (besides giving up breastfeeding) so I have to tell you about it. For the past few days, we have had multiple cats visit our yard. Eeyore HATES all other cats, so she hasn’t been too happy about it.

dominio and eeyore fight

We have this one cat that frequents our yard often that I have affectionately nicknamed “Nemesis”. This is because Eeyore hates this cat the most. She gets so mad, hisses and spits and grunts, and puffs right up whenever this cat is in our yard. Nemesis is black and has long fur and yellow eyes. It is totally creepy when the two fight. Eeyore is an indoor cat so the fighting happens on either side of our kitchen window, but it is still scary!

The other day we had two other cats visit our yard too. They looked like they were in-between the kitten and cat stage, and they were so sweet and so cute. Of course Eeyore hated them too. Then Nemesis showed up and one of the big kittens and Nemesis stared at each other for a good hour before one of them backed down. The big kitten won! I am pretty sure if Eeyore was allowed outside she would have killed all of them, or at least chased them all out of our yard!

cat wars

Yes, we seriously need a new fence!

4. I bought my first “mom” swimsuit you guys! I have always been a two-piece swimsuit kind of girl, but I wanted something a little more modest because I plan to put Lochlyn in swimming lessons. The swimsuit I chose is an Esther Williams one piece that I bought off Amazon, and I love it. I think that it looks really retro, and the fit is pretty flattering and really fun. It also is pretty full coverage and holds everything in if you know what I mean. I would definitely recommend it. Especially if you have little ones that you have to chase after in the pool!

mom swimsuit

 

Whenever I take seflies I seem to have embarrassing objects showing up in the background. Ignore the bra hanging from my closet door!

5. I have had such an unproductive week as far as cleaning goes and my house is really showing it. Today I plan to get as much cleaning done as I can. I got my run in super early this morning, so the rest of my day is free. Hopefully I can get a lot done. Cleaning with a baby takes twice as long as cleaning alone!

On that note, I am going to end this while Lochlyn is still sleeping so I can start when she wakes up! I have so much more to tell you, but I guess that will have to wait until next Thursday!

Happy almost Friday to all the lucky peeps that get the weekend off!

 

One-piece swimsuits, or two-piece? Tankinis or bikinis? I like one-piece or bikinis, depending on where I am wearing it!

How do you feel about cats? I won’t be offended if you say no!

Intuitive Eating Journal

I could seriously not drag myself out of bed this morning. I think I need to find a new motivation to wake up in the mornings. This is not easy since I love my sleep more than almost everything. I finally managed to get myself up at 7:30 when I heard Lochlyn stirring around. Thankfully, she fell back asleep, so I have a few minutes to myself to get this post up. Also, with the time change, 7:30 is really more like 6:30, so I technically didn’t sleep in that late at all! :)

I want to bring back What I Ate Wednesday today, for a little intuitive eating action. You can’t check out the link up here:

what i ate wednesday

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I explain this every What I Ate Wednesday post, but I don’t feel like these posts accurately reflect my eats. On days that I share my eats, I keep a food journal, which I don’t always do. Writing in a food journal I find keeps me less snacky, since I write down and take photos of everything I eat (or try to anyway).

For this post I decided to share what my intuitive eating journal looks like when I do keep it (which isn’t that often). You can find my hunger scale here, and my fullness scale here if you are interested. Pretty much I rate my hunger and fullness on scales of 1-10. One being starving, and 10 being stuffed to the point of discomfort. Here is what my eats from Monday looked like:

I woke up at 7:00 on Monday morning, and immediately made myself a pot of coffee. I didn’t take a picture, but I drank this while typing up Monday’s and Tuesday’s blog posts.

I started getting hungry around 8:00, but I wanted to finish my posts before Lochlyn woke up, so I didn’t stop to eat. You may remember that I have given up distracted eating for lent, which means no blogging and eating at the same time (coffee doesn’t count!). I probably should have ate, but I knew Lochlyn would be awake any minute and it would be time for breakfast.

Lochlyn woke up at 8:30 and by 9:00 we were eating together.

9:10 Breakfast

egg sandwich avocado

Open-faced avocado egg sandwich with tomato and spinach

  • Hunger level: 3
  • What do I want: I forgot to ask myself this until after I made the sandwich, but the egg sandwich sounded good. I was pretty hungry so I think almost anything would have sounded good!
  • How do I feel: Very happy. Also on edge about everything I want to accomplish today. Kind of giddy but that could be because I was really hungry
  • How did it taste: good, not amazing. Felt like it was missing something (probably cheese – ha!)
  • Fulness level: 7

After breakfast, Lochlyn had a bath, and then we did some laundry. We have a ton to catch up on since I didn’t get much done last weekend. At around 10:30 Lochlyn went down for her nap.

While Lochlyn was sleeping I started getting lunch ready. Some days I feel like all I do is cook and eat and feed my little one, and then my husband. Oh, and clean up after cooking and eating. So time consuming!

12:44 – Lunch

big vegan bowl

Salad inspired by the Big Vegan Bowl (Of course I “un-veganised” it by adding feta cheese)

  • Hunger level: 4
  • What do I want: Again, I forgot to ask myself this question until after I made this, but this lunch sounded amazing
  • How do I feel: Curious about this dish. Happy and content, and having a lot of fun with Lochlyn.
  • How did it taste: Really good! This was more work than I usually put into lunches but I really liked it. Roasted chickpeas are always amazing, and sweet potato was a nice change for me as I don’t eat it very often. Also the hummus was awesome as dressing.
  • Fullness level: 7.5 – I picked at the crispy sweet potatoes while I finished feeding Lochlyn and got a little more full than I wanted to.

After lunch Lochlyn and I got ready and headed to the gym. I had a strength workout on the agenda and Lochlyn was going to play at the gym childcare. I usually do cross training on the same days as strength, but not on Mondays. This makes this workout seem easy and quick!

I definitely ate more than I needed to at lunch. I felt a bit sluggish and full at the gym, and wasn’t very hungry for my next meal. I prefer to eat lighter before I work out, but I find that I often end up eating too much. This is something I need to work on.

After my workout Lochlyn and I came home and Lochlyn went down for her second nap. I think I could handle taking two naps a day. Lucky girl. With Lochlyn asleep, it was time for my post-workout snack

3:20 – Snack

mango smoothie

Mango Smoothie with plain greek yogurt

  • Hunger level: 6
  • What do I want: nothing really, but I do find that eating after working out helps with recovery so I pretty much always do it.
  • How do I feel: tired and lazy. Also I was thinking about a guy that approached me to correct my form at the gym. I was doing Pendlay rows, and he told me I should be in more of a squat position and less bent over. After being corrected, I watched a ton of Youtube videos to try and figure out what he was talking about. Still don’t really get it, and I’m not sure that he knew what lift I was actually doing. I don’t think you are supposed to perform the lift in a squatting position? Anyway, I think I am going to reduce my weight for this exercise and really focus on arching my back to make sure I am doing it right just to be safe. The guy was really nice, and I do appreciate the tip.
  • How did it taste: (back to the smoothie) good, but not exciting. I have been drinking a ton of these and I need to switch it up.
  • Fullness level: 6

I showered after finishing my smoothie, and then started on dinner. Lochlyn woke up (pretty sure I woke her up chopping potatoes) so I brought her downstairs and made her a smoothie too. After she ate, I let her play on the floor while I finished dinner. This makes dinner prep take so much longer because I am constantly pulling her out of cupboards and taking things away from her! Most of the time she ends up in her playpen so I can finish.

Josh got home around 5:45, and helped with Lochlyn which was nice.

6:30 – Dinner

shepherd's pie

Shepherd’s pie

  • Hunger level: 4
  • What do I want: This shepherd’s pie sounds amazing, but It would sound even better with cheese melted on the top, and with peas in it. I love peas, but Josh despises them so I opted to leave them out. We are pretty low on cheese so I didn’t add that either.
  • How do I feel: Really tired. I was also grumpy with Josh but I don’t remember why. I think it had something to do with budgeting. Trying to live off of my reduced income is not easy!
  • How did it taste: Good! I felt like the mashed potatoes could have used something, but overall I really enjoyed it. I love casseroles.
  • Fullness level: 7

After dinner josh and I cleaned up for a bit, and then I took Lochlyn upstairs to help me with laundry and get ready for bed. I started putting her down for the night by feeding her a sippy cup full of milk around 7:30. She was in bed asleep just before 9:00. It is a long process when I give her milk and then breastfeed before putting her to bed. I am planning to be done breastfeeding any day now.

Once Lochlyn was asleep, I grabbed a piece of leftover smash cake from the fridge to snack on. I didn’t take a picture, but it was super tiny, since there wasn’t much left, and it came from a tiny cake. Also it is Lochlyn’s so I need to share!

9:30 – snack

Smash Cake

  • Hunger Level: 6
  • What do I want: something sweet and delicious.
  • How do I feel: Tired. When I am tired sometimes I procrastinate on going to bed. I think I was procrastinating by eating.
  • How did it taste: Good, but not amazing. It was also very sweet. I think I am going to be “caked out” for at least a couple days now after all the birthday cake and icing that I ate on the weekend :) It also left me with a bit of a headache.
  • Fullness level: 7

After that cake I headed upstairs to brush my teeth and crash.

I think that journalling my eats helps me to observe how and why I am eating, and what I could be working on. One thing that I could do more often is ask myself what I really feel like eating. Meal planning is great, but sometimes I rely on my plan too much, and don’t listen to my body. I think of my plan more as “ideas” and often switch the days around. One goal for the week is to ask myself what I actually want to eat!

Another goal, as I mentioned above, is to not eat too much at lunch. I tend to eat big breakfasts and lunches, and then not be very hungry the rest of the day. This is perfectly fine with me, except on days when I go to the gym in the afternoon. I usually eat about an hour or an hour and a half before I workout. I am going to try to aim for a fullness level of around six on these days so that I can hit the gym without feeling full and sluggish.

I really enjoyed journalling my eats on Monday, and I actually decided to do it again on Tuesday. It helps make me aware of how and why I am eating, and reminds me to take a moment to pay attention to my body.

 

Do you like peas?

Have you ever had your form corrected at the gym? How did you feel? I was pretty defensive at first, but then I realized that the guy was just trying to help.

Food journalling – yay or nay? 

The Tomorrow Promise

I am excited to say that it is time for another Intuitive Tuesday post. If you are new to the series, you can learn what it is all about here. Let’s jump right in to today’s post, shall we?

intuitive tuesday

“Tomorrow I will eat healthy”

“Starting Monday, I won’t eat any junk food”.

“Diet plan begins next week”.

“Food tracking begins after today. I will log everything I eat perfectly”.

“This weekend I can indulge, since starting Monday I will be good”.

“I better eat all the treats I can now, since I will be dieting again tomorrow”.

“I might as well eat these cookies. I won’t be able to eat them when my diet plan starts and I will have to throw them out”.

“After today, I am never eating junk food again”.

“Tomorrow I will be good”.

“Tomorrow I will be in control”.

“Tomorrow I will stop binge eating”.

“Tomorrow I will be beautiful, acceptable, loveable, fit, skinny …”

“Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow, you’re only a day away!”

How many of us have indulged in this kind of thinking? I thought I was the only one until I started opening up about my disordered eating habits. It turns out a good chunk of us have been there. We Promise that we will turn our life around by turning our diet choices around. We think that if we eat good, all will be right in life. We use a new diet as an excuse to eat a few extra cookies the day before it starts. Then, we get out of control and eat everything in sight until we are absolutely sick. We tell ourselves that it is okay because tomorrow we will start eating healthy. Starting tomorrow we will never do that again.

Let me tell you something from personal experience. There is always another tomorrow. You can make this promise to yourself every single day. This kind of thinking is an excuse, and a way to give ourselves permission to go “all out” one last time, and then do it over and over and over again. Let’s face it, there hasn’t been one last time up until this point. Why would there suddenly be “one last time” the next time you make “the tomorrow promise”?

I have told myself that “tomorrow I will start eating better” over and over and over again. I have used it as an excuse to eat whatever I wanted to on a certain day, and let me tell you how out of control that got. It led to eating as much as I could possibly fit into my stomach the second Josh left the house. I would scour our cupboards and force myself to eat bite after bite of “forbidden foods” even if those foods were dry cereal, or stale buns, or other equally unappetizing foods. I had to eat every last morsel that I possibly could, because tomorrow, I would never allow myself to eat those things again.

Eating like this left me curled up in a ball in bed, crying from shame, and feeling sick and in pain. I also hated later having to admit what I just did to my husband. This cycle would start over, and over and over, because let’s be honest, there is always another tomorrow. There is always the opportunity to start over. Give yourself a clean slate. Tomorrow is not only a day away, it is ALWAYS a day away.

tomorrow is always

The tomorrow promise seems ideal until your co-worker brings in the most delicious looking chocolate cupcakes, and you allow yourself to have just one bite. Then you feel guilty because it isn’t part of your diet plan. You decide that you will start your diet plan the next day instead, and eat one cupcake, and then another. After work, you stop at the store and buy all the chocolate. Then you go home and eat it in secret, and then frantically search the cupboards for everything else “bad” that you can find, and the cycle starts again.

Binge eating is hell. I would know. It becomes all consuming. It dictates your life. It leaves you feeling utterly lifeless. In an attempt to control every morsel that touches your lips, you give up all control to an inanimate and lifeless object. Food.

This cycle doesn’t end until you choose to break it. You can’t break it by eating absolutely flawlessly. That won’t happen, let’s be real. You need to break the cycle by giving yourself unconditional permission to eat whatever you want, whenever you want. When you know you can eat chocolate cake for lunch and dinner too, you won’t need to eat the entire thing for breakfast. You probably won’t even want chocolate cake come dinner time, but if you do, allow yourself to eat it, it is perfectly okay and beats binge eating any day.

Breaking up with dieting and food restrictions leads to binge eating extinction. Give yourself full permission to eat what you love and enjoy it. Life is too short to be controlled by something as lifeless as food.

The next time that voice in your head tells you “tomorrow will be the day” I dare you to silence it. Tomorrow isn’t good enough. Today, right in this very moment is the day. Not the day to eat “perfect” because you are already good enough, just as you are. Today is the day to allow yourself to be loved and loveable where you are at. Right now is the time to give yourself permission to enjoy any and all types of food without limits or restrictions. Get on with your life and enjoy it. Let go of the tomorrow promise for good and start living.

happy angela and lochlyn

Congratulations to Linda for winning last weeks giveaway of Beauty in Christ! You will be receiving an e-mail from me today!

 

Have you ever given yourself the “tomorrow promise”? Was it effective? Me: yes, all the time, and no, never!

On a completely different and less serious note, have you seen the new Annie movie? I haven’t but I want to!

 

 

Lochlyn’s Birthday Weekend

We had such a great weekend celebrating Lochlyn’s birthday, but I am so tired! This time change is not my favourite. We set our clocks forward one hour yesterday. That means that 6:00 AM becomes 5:00 AM. It also means that today I decided to sleep in for an extra hour. I am hoping that Lochlyn follows suit.

I took the weekend off from work for Lochlyn’s first birthday. Even though she turned one on Thursday, we decided to celebrate with friends and family on the weekend. We had a great time and I think that Lochlyn did too! Unfortunately, I didn’t take very many pictures and I am relying on my parents to send me theirs. I will share what I have, and you may see more once I get them.

lochlyn playing on floor

Friday night involved groceries, tidying up the house, and an early bed time for all of us. On Saturday morning I got up bright and early and got ready before Lochlyn was awake. Once she woke up, I got started on a big birthday cake, and a little vanilla smash cake for her. They turned out really great. it was also ambitious of me to make both cakes the day of her little party!

After Lochlyn’s first nap on Saturday, Josh and I took her into Red Deer to go to the wave pool. She loved watching all the bigger kids playing, and wanted to join in! She also liked floating down the lazy fiver and splashing in the shallow end of the pool. We haven’t taken her swimming for a long time, and it was a lot of fun!

yellow bikini

I didn’t take my camera into the pool, but here is a shot from the change room! I had to show off her little bikini

After the pool, we came home and put Lochlyn down for her second nap. Then it was a mad rush to tidy up the house and get it ready before my parents, and some friends of ours came over to celebrate. It wasn’t a big party, but it was perfect for us. We hung out and watched the kids play for a bit, and then it was time for cake!

ready for cake

It took Lochlyn a few minutes to get into it, but she loved her cake! I haven’t given her any sweet treats up to this point, so it was all new for her. The cake ended up all over her, and a good portion went into her mouth as well. I am glad I didn’t plan this right before bed, because I don’t think she could have slept with all that sugar!

funny cake picture

After cake Lochlyn opened some presents, and all the kids played with them. She got lots of books and shoes, which I was excited about. She also got some interesting toys and a really beautiful dress. She is such a lucky girl!

driving to pool

After our friends left, my parents and Josh and I ordered in take out from the Thai restaurant in town. I didn’t get any pictures, but it was really good. I love Thai food.

After dinner, we put Lochlyn down for the night and then Josh and I decided to take advantage of free babysitting since my parents were staying over, and went to a movie. I am not a night person, and the movie didn’t start until almost 10:00. This is super late for me. We watched Focus, and I wasn’t into it at all. I ended up sleeping through a good chunk of it. I would rather sleep then watch a bad movie, even if it is in the theatre.

We all slept in on Sunday morning, and then I had plans to go for a run. It was supposed to be a 5k race weekend for me, but there weren’t any races going on nearby (except for a half marathon), so I opted to run alone. I did try to keep my pace up as much as I could, and ended up finishing 5k in 27:44. I was happy with this speed, since my run felt HARD! I was expecting it to be easy, since I have been running 10K for my longer weekend runs the past couple of weeks. I think eating so much junk food on Saturday had something to do with it. I guess birthday cake icing isn’t the best running fuel. Staying up late on Saturday night probably didn’t help either. Lesson learned I guess.

I ended up with sniffles and couldn’t stop sneezing on Sunday evening and I am still sniffling as I type this up today. I am really hoping I am not getting a cold, but I guess that could have contributed to my hard run on Sunday too.

After my run, I came home and got ready, then we all had lunch and headed outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. We took Lochlyn to play at a nearby park, and then walked down to the lake before it was nap time for the little one. She started to get fussy so we headed home, put her down, and said good bye to my parents.

playing on swing

 

Poor Lochlyn had the sun in her eyes!

The rest of Sunday involved lots of relaxing, and a super early bed time. I guess one thing that is nice about the time change is I can go to bed at what used to be 8:00, and it is actually 9:00 (does that make sense?). I am definitely planning to go to bed early again tonight. I love sleeping.

Lochlyn had such a perfect birthday weekend. I am so thankful that we have such great friends and family to share it with. She is definitely a loved little girl!

 

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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Birthday Fun and Meal Plan

I have next week’s meal plan to share with you guys, but before I do, I wanted to fill you in on our day yesterday.

It was Lochlyn’s first birthday, and I was so excited. We have plans to celebrate this weekend, but I still wanted to make her actual birthday special for her. It was actually pretty difficult to come up with fun things to do with her. There isn’t a ton of places around here that a one-year-old would enjoy. We live in a smaller town, and the closest city isn’t the most cultural, so our options were limited.

I woke up way before the sun did, and got my run in before Josh went to work. I wanted to have the whole day free to spend with my little one. Once she woke up, we had big bowls of oatmeal for breakfast, then hopped in the shower before it was nap time. I typed up Lochlyn’s 12 month update while she napped, and then it was time to have some fun!

birthday oatmeal

We headed into Red Deer to check out an indoor playground/coffee shop called Cafe ‘o Play. It is a play area for kids aged 0-6, with tables lots of chairs surrounding it to eat, or sit and chat and have a coffee. Josh met us on his lunch break too, and Lochlyn was so happy to see him. Lochlyn and I had paninis and I also ordered a coffee. After lunch we played up a storm. I think Lochlyn had a lot of fun. I know I had fun playing with her!

cafe o play with dad

I accidentally left my phone in the car, so I had to borrow Josh’s to take photos. When he left I had no idea what time it was. We stayed a played for awhile longer, and then I felt like we had to get going because we had a couple more stops before nap time.

cafe o play truck

I ran into The Running Room quickly to pick up some fuel for some longer runs I have coming up. I ended up going with GU, since it seems to be the most popular and I have heard good things about it. Also, it is the fuel being offered at my race, although I am thinking I will probably bring my own.

After the Running Room, Lochlyn and I visited the pet store. I wanted to take her to a petting zoo this weekend, but there is nothing open around here until May at the earliest. It is way too cold for animals I guess. The petstore seemed like the next best option. Lochlyn was of course infatuated with the cats. I was disappointed they didn’t have any kittens, but we spent a good amount of time watching older cats laze about, and Lochlyn was thrilled. She couldn’t stop waving at them, and saying “kitty” and smiling. Silly girl loves her kitties.

lochlyn at pet store

 

The birds weren’t quite as interesting

I wanted to check out a different pet store to see if we could find kittens to play with, but I ended up getting a bit lost on the way. I am horrible with directions so this isn’t surprising, or frustrating for me since it happens regularly. Lochlyn started fussing and I realized that it was almost nap time, so I made the decision to head home instead of trying to find it. We can always go another day!

Lochlyn made it home without any tears, and then had a super long nap. When she woke up she had her usual smoothie, and then played in her playpen while I made dinner. Eeyore got in a lot of trouble because she scratched Lochlyn’s face while they were playing. She spent some time in her kennel after that one.

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Super blurry photo, but you can see where Eeyore scratched her 

After dinner, Lochlyn opened her present from us, and then we skyped with Josh’s parents and opened her present from them. Before we knew it, it was time for bed, and Lochlyn crashed hard. It was  a busy day for her!

birthday present present

On the agenda today is hitting up the gym, and the dollar store, and then making birthday cake! I can’t wait to celebrate with friends and family this weekend!

On a completely different note, here is what is on the menu for this week…

Breakfast Ideas

Lunch Ideas

Dinner Ideas

Smash Cake: DIY Smash Cake

Birthday Cake: Vanilla Birthday Cake with Old-Fashioned Vanilla Buttercream

Snack Ideas

  • I  need to re-make some dark chocolate no-bake cookies so I can share the recipe with you. Josh and I kind of ate them all before I could get some good pictures. They are that good!

Also, stayed tuned, because I am planning to announce the Beauty in Christ giveaway winner early next week. If you haven’t entered yet, you can do so here.

 

 Is declawing your cats as inhumane as I hear it is? Eeyore won’t stop scratching Lochlyn!

Homemade of store-bought birthday cake? I usually end up making pie because it is Josh’s favourite. He is still trying to convince me to make Lochlyn a birthday pie, but it isn’t going to happen!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

Happy Birthday Lochlyn! I can’t believe that it was only a year ago that you were born into this world, it feels like you have been a part of my life forever. At the same time, I can’t believe how fast you have grown and changed.

lochlyn blue eyes

This year has been the best year of my life. You make me so happy and I love loving you so much. You are such a joy and a blessing and you truly are my little miracle baby. I am so thankful that I have had the privilege to be your mom, and I can’t wait to watch you grow and experience the world.

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Here is a look at what you are like at 12 months old:

Size

Weight: I will have to update this after Lochlyn’s Dr.’s appointment next week, but my best guess is that Lochlyn weighs just over 21 pounds. She was weighed a couple weeks ago at a doctor’s appointment, so I have a pretty good idea.

Length: This one I have no idea. I think she is a bit on the shorter and chubbier side. I am curious where she falls on the percentile chart.

Clothing: She is almost exclusively in 12 month clothing. She has a few 6-12 month items that fit too. This girl has been growing out of her clothes like crazy.

naked in crib

Nicknames

As you know, I am the queen of nicknames. I am surprised how many have stuck since she was a newborn. Lately, Lochlyn is usually referred to as one of the following:

  • Baby
  • Princess
  • Lochlie, Lochlie Broccoli, Lochlie Broccoli Boo, Broccoli, Brocklyn, Brockie – you get the idea
  • Chubberz
  • Lochie
  • Josh calls her “Little Girl” (no change here!)

valentines pooh

Words

Most of these words Lochlyn has been saying for a couple months, but she has learned a couple new ones this month.

  • Dad/Dada
  • Mom/Mama
  • Hi
  • Bye (this is her favourite!)
  • Kitty (pronounced “k” “t” – she makes the “k” sound and then the “t” sound”)
  • Uh-oh (new!)
  • Done (new!)

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New this Month

Lochlyn has finally learned how to pull herself up to standing! She has been trying to get it for quite awhile, and I think it’s safe to say this skill has been mastered. Her favourite way to play is to wander around and find things to pull herself up on. After she pulls herself up, she tries to get our attention. We will smile and clap and she gets so happy!

standing wave

Lochlyn is also now climbing the stairs … at least she has climbed up one the bottom one a couple times. I think she will be all over this within a couple days when she really “gets it”. Time to get another baby gate!

stair climbing

Although Lochlyn has been sick in the past, this month was the first months she was sick with more than just a cold. She had a really bad cough for about a week, so I took her in to see the doctor. She ended up being diagnosed with Pneumonia. It sounds a lot scarier than it was. Lochlyn is a tough little girl, and she was still eating and sleeping like a champ, and was pretty close to being her normal self. She was prescribed some antibiotics, and recovered within a week. She absolutely loved her taking her medicine!

At the beginning of February, Josh and I took a marriage course in Calgary. We stayed at my parent’s house, and they babysat Lochlyn. It was the first time that anyone put Lochlyn to sleep at night besides Josh or I, and it was the first time I wasn’t there when Lochlyn woke up in the morning. This was probably a bigger deal for me than it was for Lochlyn. She did really well, and she loves her grandparents!

I am noticing more and more how much Lochlyn mimics me. she has started shaking her head a ton, as if to say “no”. Funnily enough, shaking her head doesn’t mean “no” to her. I couldn’t figure out why she was doing it at first, so I started paying attention to see if I shook my head a lot. I do. I shake my head to nuzzle her while we are cuddly, I shake my head while talking baby talk, and I do it while giving her eskimo kisses. I think Lochlyn shakes her head to copy me, and does it in an affectionate sort of way. Whenever I am holding her and she wants a cuddle, she presses her head into me and shakes it. So funny!

mom and baby kisses

Lochlyn has known how to make a mess for quite awhile, but she is now learning how to put things back in their proper spots. She loves pulling all of her books off of her bookshelf, and now I have caught her trying to put the them back. This makes me happy – maybe I can teach her to clean up after herself (haha yah right!). Another thing she does is take her sippy cup off of her shelf, take a sip, and then put it back. I think she takes a sip just so she can put it back after!

Another new skill that I am loving, is that Lochlyn has figured out how to tell us when she is thirsty or hungry (without crying!). She smacks her lips together when she wants to eat or drink. It is too cute, and lets me know I better feed her, or give her a drink ASAP. Since I have been weaning her off of breastfeeding, I have been worried that she might not be getting enough liquids. I love that she can tell me when she is thirsty now.

time to eat

I bought Lochlyn a shape sorter toy for Valentine’s Day a few weeks ago. When I bought it she had no idea how to put the shapes through the matching slots on the lid. Now she can put the triangle, circle, and square each through it’s matching shape. Sometimes she does need me to point out which slot each shape goes in though. It is crazy to see how much babies can learn in a matter of weeks!

Peekaboo! Last month Lochlyn was playing peekaboo by putting her hands on her head instead of over her eyes. I am happy to say she has finally mastered covering up her eyes to play. Sometimes she forgets though and covers her head instead.

walk with dad

Sleep

Bedtime: I am so blessed. This little girl knows how to sleep! She usually sleeps just under 12 hours a night. Before bed I have been giving her some milk in a sippy cup, and she guzzles that right down. Afterwards, I put her pyjamas and sleep sack on (I feed her the milk naked so she doesn’t get milk all over her clothes) breastfeed her, change her diaper, brush her teeth, read a story, cuddle and say bedtime prayers, and then lay her down in her crib and rub her back for a minute or so. This seems like a long process, but she falls asleep within a matter of minutes after I lay her down, so it is totally worth it!

We did go through a rough patch with sleep this month. When Lochlyn started antibiotics for her pneumonia, she stopped sleeping well. We ended up having to rub her back until she was in a deep sleep. She also woke up at night a few times, which is hard when you aren’t used to it! I ended up bringing her to bed with me twice, and we got some good cuddle time in. I liked having her close to me when she was sick and up coughing so much.

Nap time: I don’t know when Lochlyn napping on her own  will stop feeling like a miracle. she learned to fall asleep by herself at nap time a few months ago, and it has been amazing for me! I follow a nap time routine very similar to her bedtime routine, without the milk or nursing. I lay her down in her crib nd she usually falls asleep within 10minutes. If she is still awake at the 10 minute mark, I will go in and check on her, rub her back, and leave. She rarely ever misses a nap, or cries much when I put her in her crib. Not trying to brag, or make other mom’s feel bad. I know what nap time drama is like – I have had my fair share!

Lochlyn naps twice a day. Her first nap is about two hours after she first wakes up in the morning. Her second nap is around 3 hours after she wakes up from her first nap. She usually ends up napping around 10:00 and 2:30 give or take half an hour. Her naps last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours (told you – it’s a miracle!).

playing in crib

Nursing and Eating Solids

Nursing: I am a little sad (but mostly happy) to say that Lochlyn is almost fully weaned from nursing. She is down to one feeding at night before bed, and I am planning to drop that one in about a week. I haven’t been able to pump fora few months now, and it has made breastfeeding a bit of a challenge. I haven’t been able to leave Lochlyn with a babysitter for more than a couple hours at a time. I can’t wait until she is done breastfeeding and Josh and I can go away for a weekend! I know it will be hard for me to leave Lochlyn, but it will be so good for Josh and I too.

When I decided to wean Lochlyn, I was breastfeeding four times a day. I usually ended up nursing around 8:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 4:00 PM, and 7:30 PM. I started by dropping the 4:00 feeding, and then after 10 days, I dropped the 11:30 feeding. After two weeks I dropped the morning feeding, and that is where we are at right now. I am hoping that my milk supply will dwindle and dropping the night feeding will be easy. I am not sure that it will be though! Lochlyn still really likes nursing and I am going to miss all the cuddles.

angela lochlyn fireworks

Solids: Lochlie Broccoli loves her food. As you can tell by her growing belly, we don’t have any problems getting her to eat, and that makes me so happy! Lochlyn eats three meals a day, and a late afternoon smoothie. She doesn’t snack at all, but she sure makes up for it with her huge meals. Breakfast is her favourite, and she often has a bigger breakfast than Josh. I usually feed her eggs or oatmeal for breakfast, and she often has an adult-sized serving. Most of the time she eats whatever I am eating, with a few moderations. She still hasn’t tried most nuts/seeds, and I eat a lot of nut butter!

I still have yet to find a food that Lochlyn doesn’t like. Some days she definitely likes food more than others, but she will eat anything. Lately she likes to see what is on her spoon before she allows you to put it in her mouth. I have noticed that she likes to eat the same thing as what I am eating. The other night we had salmon, wild rice and asparagus. If I was eating rice, she only wanted rice on her spoon too. If I had asparagus, she was all about it. So funny!

I always want to include Lochlyn’s favourite foods in these posts, but that is so hard to determine what her favourites are since she eats everything. I would say some of her favourites are banana, blueberries, sour raspberries, smoothies, oatmeal, coconut curry, pumpkin, quesadillas, eggs, wild rice, cheese, zucchini, egg plant, baby carrots, tomato sauce, and the list goes on…

messy smoothie

Favorite Things

Lochlyn’s favourite toys continue to be things that aren’t actually toys. She is starting to get into everything. It was cute at first, but it is starting to get so hard to get anything done! Some of her favourite things are:

  • Eeyore. Lochlyn loves that cat. Whenever she sees Eeyore she lights up, and then proceeds to follow her around trying to grab handfuls of her fur. Eeyore actually is quite taken with Lochlyn too. If Lochlyn is playing, I can expect Eeyore to turn up before too long, and want to play too. I do have to be careful though. Eeyore scratched Lochlyn in the face the other day while I was doing something on the computer, and I felt so bad for not paying more attention! Eeyore felt bad too. Lochlyn started crying so hard. When I picked her up, Eeyore started crying to, and circled my feet, blocking my way from taking Lochlyn upstairs.

playing with eeyore in playpen

  • Cupboards. This isn’t new, but Lcholyn is getting more and more into playing in the cupboards. Her favourites are the tupperware cupboard, the cereal/baking cupboard, and the bathroom cupboard that has some of my old makeup. The other day while I was getting ready, Lochlyn found some of my old eyeliner and started drawing on her foot. I really need to just throw that out. I also need to get safety locks put on my cupboards. I think I have been saying that for a few months now.

playing in cupboard

  • Pulling the baseboard off of the walls. We live in an older house, and the baseboards have been taken off the wall one too many times. They aren’t attached very securely and Lcohlyn has figured this out,a nd likes to pull them off. This is not cool because there are sharp nails holding them in and I don’t want  her to get hurt. This si something else that needs to be taken care of!
  • Ears. I think this is always on the list, but Lochlyn loves ears. I think they are a security thing for her – like other kids like blankets. Whenever Lcohlyn is upset and crying, if you pick her up she immediately reaches for you ears, and everything starts getting better. Do all babies do this? Lochlyn also likes to cuddle and play with ears. Good thing I don’t wear earrings often, because I could see that being a big problem.
  • Pulling herself up on anything and everything. When Lochlyn plays, she looks for whatever she can find to pull herself up to standing on. AFter she pulls herself up, she gets so happy and smily, and bounces up and down. It is cute to see her so happy with herself, and I am proud of her determination in getting this. She also likes to get up on her knees and push items around the room. Laundry baskets, toys, and boxes are some of her favourites!

playing with boxes

 

Yes, Eeyore is in that box

  • Favorite toys: Like I said, anything that isn’t a toy. Some of her favourites include a  ziploc baggie full of hair clips. A small sample pack of baby lotion, old makeup (yuck), baby nail files, and socks. Once she finds one of these items, she carries it and crawls all around exploring. Eventually she will let go, which means that I find random little things all over the house! Lochlyn also likes her toy xylophone and mallet. The xylophone is obviously fun because it is so loud, the mallet is great to hit on just about everything, including people’s faces. Other favourite toys include her musical walker, books, and her shape sorter toy.

baby monitor play

Dislikes

  • Uhhh… what dislikes? I guess there are a few. Lochlyn doesn’t like waiting in her crib after she wakes up for someone to get her. She is usually happy for a few minutes, but then she starts to get pretty cranky.
  • Getting something that she shouldn’t be playing with taken away from her. Josh and I are mastering the art of replacing what she is playing with, with something safer and just as interesting. It is a talent.
  • Getting her diaper changed. This is new, and she only protests sometimes. Lochlyn used to love getting her diaper changed, but now she is getting so busy, I don’t think she wants to have her playtime interrupted. She often fusses when we change her, so I try to have a few interesting things for her to play with handy for while she is getting changed.

sunglasses play

Happy first birthday Lochlyn! It has been so amazing getting to know you. You brighten even my absolute worse days. I love you so much, and I will love you forever no matter what. I promise to do whatever I can to make your life great!

Intuitive Tuesday: Book Review and Giveaway!

It’s time for another round of Intuitive Tuesday. If you are new to the blog, you can learn more about what I am talking about here. This Intuitive Tuesday post is going to look a little bit different. I have a book review and giveaway coming your way! Before we get into that though, I want to fill you in a little bit on how giving up distracted eating is going.

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If you read this post a couple weeks ago, you would know that I gave up distracted eating for Lent. I love eating while reading, looking at my phone, or doing something on the computer. This is a habit I have seriously had for well over 10 years. At least I have read and ate for over 10 years, my phone wasn’t too entertaining a decade ago. I have wanted to break this habit for quite some time, but have never put that much effort into it … before now anyway.

I don’t feel like I need to give up distracted eating completely, but I would like to get it under control, so that I can eat more mindfully, and set a good example for my daughter. I would say that for the most part, giving it up for Lent has been going great. I haven’t eaten in front of the computer, or while reading at all. I have glanced at my phone a couple times before remembering to turn it off, but it literally has only been a couple seconds. I do eat while I am feeding Lochlyn, but I want Lcohlyn to get used to eating meals with the family, and she isn’t very good at feeding herself yet. I am okay with this, and I try to eat slowly while I am feeding her and still pay attention to what I am eating. I think the hardest part is to stop eating when I am full and not when she is full. She sometimes takes an hour to eat a meal, so I need to listen to when my body is full, not stop eating when she does.

At first the no distracted eating thing was REALLY hard. All I wanted to do was sit down in front of Netflix with a slice of the cheesecake Josh bought me for Valentine’s Day, and forget about everything else that happened that day. Now eating without distractions is starting to become a habit, and I don’t think about grabbing something to eat while I am at the computer, or picking up my phone at meal time. I am hoping that after Lent, I can stick with this, and eating with distractions will become a once in a while thing instead of an everyday occurrence.

Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, we will resume Intuitive Tuesday, with a fun little book review…

Disclosure: Emily generously sent me a copy of this book for free. It was not in exchange for a review. As always all opinions are honest and my own.

beauty in christ book

 

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Emily sent me a copy of her book Beauty in Christ a few weeks ago, and asked me to read it. I have to admit I was hesitant at first. Honestly, I was worried this might be a condemning Christian book that would make me feel bad about my past eating disorders, or my present eating habits. I decided to get over myself, and give the book a chance, and I am glad I did. It is very far from condemning. I actually found it really encouraging!

As you can tell from the name, this is a Christian book. I hope that if you aren’t a Christian, you can still read this post with an open mind, and I will write this review with an understanding and respect for your beliefs, I promise.

One of my favourite things about this book, is simply its subject matter. Beauty in Christ is about Emily’s journey with disordered eating and exercising habits and how God is helping her overcome them. The book uses biblical scripture, along with personal experience, to share Emily’s story, and the stories of three other young women.

When I was dealing with an eating disorder, I felt very much alone. I felt like eating disorders were a taboo subject in church and I felt ashamed and embarrassed that I was even dealing with it. There was no way that I would go to my pastors or church friends to talk about my problems.  Emily’s book fills a gap that I think many Christians haven’t acknowledged. I have yet to read another book with the same subject matter as Beauty in Christ. I would have loved to read a book with a Christian perspective while I was at the height of my eating disorder. I believe this topic needs to be given more attention. Christians, and non-Christians alike should be comfortable talking about it. I love that Emily was brave enough to approach this issue, and share her experience with the world.

Beauty in Christ is a narrative of Emily’s personal experience. She shares how her disordered eating and exercising habits sneakily took over her life, and how she relied on God to help her find herself again. Emily doesn’t have an extreme experience with an eating disorder. She shows how they can sneak in and slowly take over your life, without you even realizing it. I believe that almost anyone will be able to relate to Emily’s story, regardless of whether they have suffered from a diagnosed eating disorder, or have just gone on a couple fad diets.

Emily approaches the subject of unhealthy relationships with food and exercise very humbly. As I was reading this book, I felt like I was getting to know her as a friend, and that I had an advocate in my personal fight against dieting and disordered eating. I was able to sympathize and relate to Emily, and be happy for her that she is overcoming her own battle. I love that Emily openly admits that she isn’t fully recovered. Recovery is a journey, and she is seeking to heal her past every single day.

My favourite chapters from the book are four and five. Chapter four is titled “Do Looks Matter?” and Chapter five is “What is Healthy?” I think that these are two questions that a lot of women (and men!) struggle with answering. A few of my favourite points that Emily makes from those two chapters are:

 “If a woman lives only for outward beauty, it is vain and empty. Even if you are the most gorgeous girl on the planet, when you die, that body will fade away into dust”. (p. 61). 

Our purpose in life isn’t to be attractive. If we attempt to use our looks to please people, we will always fail as we can’t please everyone. (p. 61)

“If we are thinking about how we can best edify and build each other up, our friendships will be more encouraging, joyful, and fulfilling”. (p. 64) AMEN!

Our definition of beauty should come from God’s word and what he says about us. God created each of us as an individual, with different genetics than any other person on the planet. He never intended us to look like anyone other than ourselves, and He made us the way he did for a reason. Each of us is absolutely perfect!

“So many people think that health is only shown in the way someone’s body looks, but these people have a healthy body and attitude that shows in the way they treat life and others”. (p. 73) This is one of my biggest pet peeves! I get so mad when people equate being thin with being healthy – so not true!

Beauty in Christ quote

I am sure you have figured out at this point, this is an overtly Christian book. If you aren’t comfortable with that, this book may not be for you. Also, a few numbers including waist size, etc. are mentioned in the book. If this is something that may be triggering for you, I suggest you think twice about reading it. I personally didn’t find the numbers to be used in a way that was triggering to me at all.

If you are interested in Beauty in Christ, or want to learn more about Emily and her journey, make sure to check out Emily’s blog; Beauty in Christ. Her book is also available on Amazon!

 

And now it’s time for a giveaway! Emily has generously offered to give away a copy of her book to one of you!

To enter, simply comment on this post and tell me …

What book you have read that helped you fight disordered eating habits, or something about Beauty in Christ that interests you!

 

Back to Blogging!

Long time no see! I haven’t actually fallen off of the face of the planet, I just wasn’t feeling the whole blog thing last week. I ended up getting mastitis, which is an infection often caused by breastfeeding. I was tired, and not feeling too great for most of the week and felt more like sleeping than blogging.

I am almost back to my usual self now, which is great because I have a lot planned for this week. Lochlyn turns 1 on Thursday and I am so excited!

sunglasses babe

I still have to do a few things to plan for her birthday celebration. We ended up deciding not to have a big party for her (we aren’t big party people) so instead we are having a couple people over, and we want to take her to do something fun! On Saturday we are going to go take her to the wave pool, but we want to make plans on Sunday too. Any ideas for fun things we can do with a one-year-old? Keep in mind the that it is cold and snowy here. There isn’t too much we can do outside!

view from work

Today I plan on going to a baby clothing swap in the morning (so excited, I love baby clothes!). In the afternoon I will be at the gym, and this evening will be the usual cooking dinner and cleaning up. I need to start getting the house ready for this weekend!

I started typing up this week’s meal plan on Friday, but it didn’t get published, so here it is today. We are still trying to spend less money on groceries, but this week I wasn’t too successful. Why is food so expensive?!

Breakfast Ideas

Lunch Ideas

Dinner Ideas

Snack Ideas

  • Fudgy dark chocolate no-bake cookies (recipe coming soon!)
  • Smoothies

Lochlyn’s New Foods

  • Celery
  • Egg whites
  • Sunflower seeds

Meal Prep

  • I wasn’t feeling the meal prep this weekend. Hopefully I will get a chance to chop some veggies today
  • I did make some no-bake cookies on Saturday – they literally take less then 10 minutes to make!

 

Any ideas for fun things to do with a one-year-old?