Baby planning

I have yet to tell anyone in my family, other than our parents, that the Hubs and I are planning on starting a family any time soon. I really would like for it to be a surprise. My mother is the oldest daughter and I am the oldest grandchild, which will make our child the first great grandchild. At Thanksgiving I couldn’t help but look around and wonder what the dynamics will be like with a new baby around here in a few years. The youngest child now is 5 years old and the second oldest is 21 years old (big gap huh? and I’m the oldest with an additional 6 years on the 21 year old) As I thought about it I became more excited for this whole process to begin. (Can’t we just go ahead and start?!?!?) But the gentle voice of the Hubs in my head reminds me, “It’s not long to wait.” This is true and in that time I can begin planning and preparing the way for baby.

The only problem is that there isn’t that much out there about preparing for baby. I wonder if this is because everyone is not married to the most wonderful and most planning Mr. Hubs. Before he even said yes to starting in the late spring of 2014 he wanted to chat and research how much everything would be and have a plan for child care (gosh its so expensive!) I read things that say “go to the doctor and get a check up” other things say start taking prenatal vitamins. I want a comprehensive list of everything I need to do and when. (I like list) Maybe like one of those you get when you get engaged and begin planning a wedding. So here goes my attempt of what I’ve done so far and maybe it’ll help someone else out there like me.

The Making of Baby

Preparing for The Making
4-6 months

*Budget: Start thinking about budget. How will you pay for everything you’ll need for before and after baby is born? (ie. hand-me-downs, coupons, gifts, saving money) Set a monthly budget for how much you will spend in your efforts to stockpile for baby. Think about a nursery budget to design your heart out within reason.

*Sleeping plans: Plan for where baby will be sleeping your home. Will there be a nursery? Are you adding a crib to your bedroom? Where will you be with baby most of the time?

*Health: Do you have illnesses that run in your family or maybe in your partner’s? Go to the doctor and talk to them about any health concerns you have now. Go to the dentist too! You won’t be able to have some things done while pregnant and your hormones will make you more susceptible to decay. Here’s more info about that from everydayhealth.com.

*Nutrition: Nutrition and exercise are always important, but might change or add something to your routine right now to help out later. There are a million articles about what foods are best to eat that make you more fertile but I have grown fond of babycenter.com’s article.

*Dream: No really, dream big. Make a pinterest board (they even have secret boards if you want to keep it a surprise) of everything you love and like. Be inspired and dream. Then, decide what is most important out of all that wonderful dreaminess.

Feel the Burn

level 5

Ok its been one week since the beginning of my journey. I have been keeping up with my journey on Noom Coach and recommend downloading it. I reached level 5 and was so excited (I love games and being able to level up). This week has been pretty interesting. I have learned so far that:

*I think I am younger than what I am

*Encouragement can come from unexpected places

*Exercise videos on youtube should be pre-watched so that you don’t just stop and say “yeah no body can move like that in real life”

*Motivation and attitude are everything

I’ve tried my best to keep up my motivation and have a positive attitude. I have done a little better on my food choices this week and hope to continue. I realized that I have a tendency to not think about vegetables when it comes to meals, especially lunch time. So I’m trying to figure out how to incorporate them better for my health. I am pleased to announce that I have lost 2 lbs this week. But even though I had a small victory this week I did have a weak moment and ate the rest of the cookie dough in the fridge, which was like 1/4 of the tube. It was fantastic.

I started this whole beginning hiit training thing and got to day 3. I was trying to do too much after not exercising for about 10 months, therefore I had weak wobbly legs for 3 days straight. I worked through the first 2 days but just rested and stretched the last day. Now my legs are back to normal and I am feeling less than inspired to go work out again. I just spent about 2 hours reading pregnancy articles and setting up a new pinterest board for nursery ideas. So i should really have more motivation….

The days that I was most successful with exercising were days that I had already planned out, as an appointment with myself. With this in mind I am going to make a weekly workout plan so I can hopefully keep it up! So Sunday, Monday. Wednesday, and Friday I will be walking for at least 30 minutes. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday I will be doing yoga for 20 minutes and a core workout. Other than that I going to stick with simple for right now. I need to get into a new schedule of life before completely rocking my world. So when this episode of Pretty Little Liars goes off, I’m off to go for a walk. Hopefully I can report another 2 lbs next week!

(encouragement and suggestions or advice is welcomed!)

Lose a person to gain a person

It’s been a while since I posted. I had a whole season of middle school volleyball with some goofy children. Now the season is over and I could almost say the same for this phase of my life. In just a few weeks it will mark one year of marriage to my husband. We’ve been together for 5 and a half years in all. We’ve decided that we are ready to start a family. We have had many discussions about what type of family and when but it has never seemed closer or more real than now.

I grew up knowing that I was here for two reasons to love others and to be a mom. More than anything it’s all I’ve ever wanted. I’ve been teaching for many years and most recently in a elementary/middle school which has led me closer to my career of teaching, but I still have a void. So as I begin to finish my bachelor degree in education I will also begin the life changing steps to become a mother.

I have a few things that I want to work on before we start trying for a child. One of them is my health. I am overweight and pre diabetic. I don’t want to have the same health concerns that I do now, while pregnant or with children. So my husband and I decided to implement our own little plan for getting healthier. Lose a person to gain a person. (Thanks for the title hubs!) I estimated the average person weighs about 150lbs. (Wikipedia says in America it is 164.7) Therefore if we both lose 75 we will have lost 1 person’s weight and would be more prepared to make a person. I am very excited about this plan we have devised. Now my husband and I both have decided to walk 3 days a week together, eat better portions and make better food choices. We are both different in our approach to exercise. He wants to be able to do it and enjoy something he likes. Yesterday we walked around the local shopping center and then went in the stores on our way back around. We spent about 20 minutes walking and then got to reward ourselves with a little shopping. This is my husband’s idea of what is most motivating.

I on the other hand like a competition. I like to see I can go further or faster or do more reps than the last time. I myself was an athlete when I was younger. I played AAU basketball for several years as well as rec league ball and school ball (sometimes all at the same time). In that time, I also played volleyball and was a trainer for the football team. I know what it takes to be an athlete and have stamina. I also know you have to continually push your self to be better than the day before. I know I have to continually reward myself with something I want and keep track of my efforts. For myself I am doing my own regiment outside of walking with my husband. I am going to put a $1 in a jar every time I lose a pound. I also intend on doing a variety of exercise so to get my body ready to carry a child. (I’ve heard that having good core muscles are important) I was playing around on my phone last night and came across an app that I like pretty good so far called Noom Coach. It keeps up with my food, exercise, and steps per day. I started late last night and found that it gave me options for reminding me to log my food. It also levels you up per activities that you complete. Also it gives you advice on picking out meals, exercising, and healthy choices. It automatically adjusted my calorie intake when I exercised yesterday. So far today it has given me information about finding time for yourself that does not including sitting in front of the tv. It also gave me information about what makes a great workout. Lastly, it gave me information about how I don’t have to go hungry to lose weight.

This is a great journey for me to embark on and I want to have the best for me and my children. I hope to bring you some entertainment and great deals as I go. What do you think? Any advice from already parents or others on a weight loss journey?