A Little Bit About MAV – 7 Months

Two plus years ago I found the time to not only take pictures of Evan but blog about him EVERY single month what he was up to, what we were up to how my fitness stuff has changed, house updates ETC.   When I became prego with MAV they all said “you will have less and less pictures of your second baby, it’s just how it goes” – this is totally off base for me because I have almost 9K pictures on my phone alone (Apple LOVES me… Such a loyal spendy customer) and I have an amazing DSLR case that is exploding with full SD cards.  But I really haven’t carved out the super important time to write about his milestones, his amazingness.  But life happens. You get busy, you “prioritize.”  I just so happen to be guilty of mis-prioritizing from time to time.

However – Drum roll please…….

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Mr. MAV is SEVEN MONTHS OLD!  I thought time passed quickly with Evan’s babyhood but it has passed much much more quickly this time around.  I simply cannot imagine life without MAV.  It has been the best seven months.  Here are a few things he is up to:

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Being perfect.  Yeah yea, I know we all say this but he is the most laid back sweet calm easy baby I’ve ever seen.  I said this a lot about Evan, because he was a great baby too but Michael is just – always happy.  Until he is hungry or tired.  There is no guessing with him.  His favorite things to do are laugh, smile and scream.  His least favorite thing to do is eating solids (and you’d never guess by looking or holding him, dude is SOLID).  We’ve been working hardcore on solids and he just isn’t having them.  He will gag until he throws up sometimes (most times?).  He’s just into mom’s milk. ha. MAV is lightening fast.  For instance, we tried peas the other day (our most successful feat yet!) I turned around for not even a second and he decided he’d rather play with the bright green stuff:

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And so fun with food continues.  One thing we all point out is MAV’s adorable right side dimple.  My happy dude shows it off quite often:

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Michael is super strong, master roller, and beefy.  Solid guy, he is almost twenty lbs and has two front bottom teeth that started poking through right before his seventh month of life.  He has handled teething SO MUCH BETTER THAN EVAN did.  So that’s been great.  We aren’t crawling yet, backward scooting.. but no crawling:

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He’s mastering cat-cow. I see it happening soonish but I’m in zero rush to have two mobile dudes.  Michael LOVES the bouncer in small doses and is really starting to just enjoy sitting an taking toys out of baskets, his hand-eye coordination is incredible and he’s starting to use his fingers to pick things instead of full double hand grab.  Everything naturally goes straight to his mouth.. he chews on everything.  He isn’t amazing at naps because EVERYTHING wakes him up but at night – he is almost always AMAZING.  We have a few nights where he wants to party at 2am but mostly he really sleeps from ~8 to 6.

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To summarize:  He’s just freaking fantastic.  Solid and amazing.  Really I couldn’t ask for a more laid back happy loving guy.  Happy SEVEN MONTHS!!!

How’s Evan?  Also great and ALMOST 3!  Dude. How is this possible?  He absolutely loves his brother “baby Michael.” We do have some jealousy moments but he really does well overall with lil Mike.

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GO BLACKHAWKS!

Train Thoughts: Thursday Check In 6/11

My life feels like a series of oxymorons.  Longest short days ever, for example. Haha.

Time bandit strikes daily.  I’m so full of things to do I’m busy nonstop – I’m always doing something but nothing feels done.  I’m still trying to excel at too many things and have to learn to stop putting so much on my plate. QUALITY >QUANTITY (I’ve never been awesome at math..)

The reason for pushing myself constantly?  Wanting to grow.  Wanting to grow professionally (not necessarily up, horizontal… Learn what I can and share, knowledge is power).  Wanting to grow in my yoga practice (which seemingly always takes a backseat yet it’s the best way for me to achieve balance #repriortize).  Wanting to grow as a mother, wife, sister, daughter, friend.  To be a better person spiritually, physically and mentally.   

(My home grown peonies make me so happy-good pic for a blog break up #lovepictures)

My babies keep me so grounded. So thankful and so focused. I need to be the best I can be, not only for ME but for them.   

To teach them light and love.  The importance of relationships, hard work, dedication, family, and unconditional love and devotion. To be faithful to God.  To pray daily.

Michael is 7 months old. How unreal.  Evan will be 3 YEARS young next month.  I’m so incredibly blessed, stressed and blissful. So thankful for my supporters… They will never know the peace they give me.

 Like those too handsome dudes.  

This post is just a check in to show how intensely chaotic things are but peaceful too.  How scary a day can be and how beautiful… Hector had a work scare a BIG one, one that reminds you what is important in life: each other. Health. safety.  Things we take for granted. It’s so much easier to commiserate than to see the good.  Try to be the light in someone’s day, not the darkness.  

That’s all for today folks. 

#trainthoughts 

Friday!!!! Friday!!!!!!

friday is here!  Friday is HERE!!!! 

Did you know? Probably. Today was nuts. A blink and your workday is done, kind of nuts. It was so many things good, not so good (Sorry Bill!) and a I get to spend two days of awesomeness with these dudes:  

  

My life is exactly where it needs to be. Completely chaotic but full of love and life.  Somehow my love and o still figure out time to do home projects!  

At night and in the dark. 😉 

Friday is here, literally smiling ear to ear.

 

I love us 😍😘 

  

Ten Things Tuesday 4.28

1. I’m obsessed with the Sia album.  Listening to it now. 🎶🎧

2. Going out of town with my littlest love soon, and have anxiety over it.  It will be such a good experience but they have SO MUCH STUFF. 

3. Hector and I haven’t been out alone overnight since our honeymoon. I see white sand beaches and waves in our future 🌊🌞

4. I’m obsessed with Ashley Horner.  She is such a badass and proves that you can be kickass with strechies.  The best battle scars ever.  Mine are so minimal but it’s no secret I was devastated over them.  Every day my core gets stronger and they fade they grow on me.  

 

We get one body.  Gotta own it. #ashlete 

5. Owning my goals.  Huge for me right now.  My days are filled with work, mom duties, wife duties and trying to be the best I can be.  I want my kiddos to be proud of me.  That said, my goal is to rock a bikini feeling badass by my birthday. It’s out there now. My first progress picture:  

6. Michael will be six months in about a week so I’m prepping for solids: 

Note: anything labeled baby is immediately priced at a premium. Glass mason jars 9 bucks for 12. 

7. Loving Lush Ultra Bland right now.  My face thanks me every night.

8. 6 months exclusive breastfeeding.  So proud of us and thankful for my love to hate relationship with my pump:  

9. My other woman crush? Joanna Gaines.  I love her style, her devotion to her family, and her IG.

10. Baby wearing, bob and dinosaurs:

   

 

  

Train Thoughts 4.24.15

my goal in life is to inspire.  Why?  Likely because I think people are amazing.  I think the world is filled with overwhelming beautiful things and people and we too often let darkness cloud the light.  I’m totally totally guilty of this. But these guys bring me back to the beauty in .3 seconds.  

Media is so incredibly powerful.  I’m so out of tune with it because since having my boys I’m incredibly sensitive to life.  I cry at beauty.  Cry at pain.  I feel so intensely everything around me.  I love being in touch with those feelings but they also terrify me.  Anxiety?  Sure. But it’s making me a better person.  Being emotional is not a bad thing.  It drives me to do push-ups and pull ups when I’d rather be sleeping.  It drives me to smile vs pout.  It drives me to give hugs to Evans tantrums over throwing my hands up and yelling.  

We only get one shot at life. My advice is simple: do what makes you happy, drop people who make you feel anything but awesome, stop and soak up the vitamin D, thank God for everything, love hard, be grateful, listen to good music, and find your happy place… Go there often.  Treat your body like your most prized possession because its yours and it does wonderus things. Bad days happen.  Push past it. Own your life.

I’m still figuring out things everyday but everyday I’m grateful and smile and my boys are healthy and happy and safe. I’m winning. The best things in life really are free. My sister asked Evan “Evan would you save Micheal from a skunk? “

Evan: “uh huh.  And ghosts and monsters and dinosaurs”

My heart.  My soul.  I’m so proud of you.

  

You are my everything.

#rambleonfriends #streamoftrainthoughts 

Oh and do yoga folks #lifechanges #namaste

Morning Rituals

I am a morning person.  I wasn’t always for some reason in college and high school I thought it was cool to be a night owl.  So not cool (for me, I’m so unproductive in the pm). I’ve definitely switched up and enjoy early mornings.  It’s nice to see warmer weather because I’m hoping it will motivate early runs with my favorite bear-Oso. We both can use the stretch. 

My best mornings have the following highlights:

Breakfast in a mason jar usually to go:

   

 

Coffee a plenty.

Warm lemon water.

Stretches on my Mat, some ab work and attempts at pull-ups. Flashback to my skinny self pumping them out NBD right now I’m working my way back. 

Shower.

Folding at least half a basket of laundry.

Snuggles with my littles:

   

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Putting a preped lunch in my bag with a cooler for my liquid gold. 

Pumping sesh before work. 

More snuggles. 

Frantic panic to find keys, run to my car, get to the train station.

Phone call to my mom.

Train.

  Union.

Workflow.

Ten Things Tuesday

1. I love to read but it’s the first thing that gets cut from my crazy days. #reprioritize 

2. My favorite smoothie is still: spinach, celery, lemon, banana, pineapple, Cheyenne pepper 😍 in my life factory bottle, please:  

3. I’m self diagnosed seasonally depressed.  I get soooo blue after the holidays and wish the weather warm during the coldest time in Chicago.  

4.  I’m a lululemon addict.  I have a problem I check my app 100x a week put things in the cart, take things out, put things in, take things out. That said I’m a workout clothing addict, actually. But LOTS of lulu

5. I walk into the Gap for me, walk out with something for Hector and lots of things for the boys… Nothing for me.  I blame sales.

6. I’m an Amazon prime member, their app is the devil. 😈 I mean I love my fedex angel. 😇

7. I have the biggest crush on Dr Reed. Can I have his brain? He can read a whole 1000 page book in 5 minutes #lovetheNerds

8. I love lifting. And tell myself I love running although the thoughts when I run are too often “why do I tell people I love this?  This sucks. One foot in front of the other.  What an awful song.  Why won’t my earbuds stay in.  Why do I feel so uncoordinated” I get through the run and feel so good… That’s it. That high, that I did good feeling.  That’s why I run.

9. I treat myself when I hit fit peaks. I set small goals and treat myself accordingly (excuse to finally buy something waiting in the lulu cart). 

10. I’m madly in love with my husband.