Sunday, March 30, 2014

this time last year...

One of my goals for this year is to completely organize my five gazillion pictures/videos files. Ultimately, I want to have all our photos printed into photo books and our videos saved onto DVD's. I've started the process by slowing transferring everything off my desk top to an external hard drive. I am simply amazed at the sheer quantity of photos/videos we have accumulated over the past few years. It's like the amount of picture taking quadrupled after the babies were born! It might seem a little overkill, but I am so thankful that we have captured all those moments. I get so nostalgic flipping through all the albums. Today I stumbled across these gender reveal ones that were taken exactly a year ago! I can't believe how much has changed already. Life is flying by literally right before my eyes. I'm so thankful that i'll have these to look back on someday and I know our posterity will enjoy them too. I love that I can capture our little piece of history through these photos. 
^^What a little nugget! EEEEEEE!!!!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

7 Months

Dear Olive,
This month you have hit some fun milestones.
At 7 months old are finally mobile!
You learned how to scoot around on your bum and it is ridiculously cute.
You can roll a lot better now but still prefer to be sitting up or holding our hands while you stand.
You lunge forward and get on your knees from a sitting position and try so hard to crawl.
You are determined to keep up with your big brother so I know that you will get it in no time.
We have noticed that you are starting to slim down a bit due to your new found mobility.
It will be a sad, sad day when your rolls disappear...
You said your first word this month and it was "Momma!"
I love hearing you call for me and watching your little mouth form words and sounds.
Every time you babble your cheeks bounce up and down, it's so cute!
You weigh just over 31 pounds and are getting taller and taller by the day.
You are wearing 24 month clothing and can fit into a couple 2T outfits.
This month you cut your first top tooth and the second one is currently making it's way down.
That a total of 4 teeth!
You are a teething champ.
We have learned that you do not like to be rocked to sleep, rather swaddled tight and put down by yourself.
It's still a weird concept for us to grasp since your older brother still hates going to sleep alone!
You are such a easy baby, I am so grateful for that.
Since introducing solids last month we have found that you hate the texture of pureed baby foods.
You like things like avocado, bananas and cheese sticks, things that are chunkier in texture and that you can gum on.
You are still super ticklish, very giggly and love your big brother so so much.
I love spending my days with you baby girl.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


The house is quiet for the first time today. 
The babies are asleep and tucked into their beds. 
They went down easier than expected, probably because their afternoon naps were skipped. 
There is string cheese and chocolate chips mashed into my carpet and a rather large pile of clean laundry on my bed waiting to be folded. 
Today was hard. 
Sometimes being a Mom is hard. 
These babies teach me something new about myself everyday. 
Today I was reminded again that it's ok to let it go. (cue the Frozen soundtrack)
"it" being the super momma, domesticated goddess standard that I try and hold myself to. 
There will be days like today where naps will be refused, dishes will pile up, toys will be scattered, diapers will forget to be washed, too much TV will be watched, and the only nutritious things that will be eaten are frozen eggo waffles and diet coke. 
Yes, there will be hard days. 
But i'm learning that with-in those hard days, there will be perfect unscripted moments like the ones pictured above and below that will remind me how awesome it is to be a mom and that it's ok to let it go once in a while. 
I sure love the babies of mine.
And even after days like today, I still have it pretty dang good. 
For that I'm thankful. 
^^the most perfect bum cheeks! 
^^I spy some wispy hairs
^^"Really Momma, another picture?"
^^Those curls though...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

body after babies

^^ 39 weeks, the day that Olive was born! There was a 9lb baby in there!?"

Over the last two years I have had two healthy pregnancies, both of which resulted in the birth of two large and beautiful babies. That being said, I am fairly confident that I know a thing or two about how hard it is and how much it sucks work it takes to get back in shape after having babies.

But here's the deal, before I could do that I had to come to accept a few things-

1st- I gain a crap ton of weight when I'm pregnant (76 lbs with Remington, 63 pounds with Olive)( I know...I told you it was a crap ton) 
2nd- Because of said weight gain, I do not "bounce right back" after baby is born. 
3rd- The whole "Oh, all I do is breastfeed and the weight just falls right off" is a bunch of crap. (Way to go if it works for you. I banked on that happening after I had Remington, waiting for the weight to "fall off". Now that I'm currently nursing both kids I am still waiting. I have accepted that I am not one of the lucky few haha!) 
4th-It is possible to get my body back, It's just going to take a lot of work and time. 

I wrote a post about pregnancy and body image shorty after I gave birth to Remington. I had a really hard time accepting the changes that were going on with my body during that first pregnancy. Then we found out I was expecting again when Remington was just 8 months old. I hadn't lost all the weight from the first pregnancy and I was terrified that I'd quadruple in size! Although that did partly come to pass, my body image and attitude while carrying Olive was completely different that it was the first time around. I thoroughly enjoyed being pregnant. I was more positive and welcomed the changes. I felt so blessed that my body was able to grow another baby so soon after the first one. (Our bodies are AMAZING!!!!) 

On the other hand, I weighed the most I had in my entire life while pregnant with Olive. I remember stepping on the scale at each appointment and cringing as I watched the number rise. My Dr. was so awesome about it though. He didn't scold me for the number on the scale. I'd always bring up my concern with my weight gain and he'd tell me that baby and I were perfectly healthy and to not worry about it. So I didn't. 

Then Olive was born I dropped 30 lbs in the first couple weeks. 30 lbs gone, just like that. A few months later the weight loss stalled and the scale didn't budge. I wasn't bothered by it at all. I was so busy learning how to adjust to life with two under two that I didn't have time to worry! I was eating a lot though. I felt like I was starving constantly. (I figured it had something to do with providing nourishment for both babies). 

It wasn't until 4 months postpartum that I decided it was time to get back in shape and get healthy. It just so happened that a guy in our ward opened up **CrossFit Rexburg  at the same time, so I took it as a sign to join up and pay someone to hold me responsible to reach my goals. I am so happy I did because It has certainly paid off!

Since I started I have lost 21 pounds and 7.5 % body fat. I have lost inches all over my body and my clothes are literally falling off. I have gotten so much stronger and my energy and confidence have increased immensely. I haven't felt this good in a LONG time. At 7 months post-partum I am 10 lbs away from my 30 pound weight loss goal and my pre-pregnancy weight! I am SO close!!!! 

I have learned a lot about myself in the past couple months. The biggest thing I have taken away from this experience is that there is power in positive thinking and positive self talk. I used to look in the mirror and think horrible and negative thoughts about my body. I wasn't happy and it was holding me back from reaching my goals. I am happy to say that I have come a long way. I am proud at what I have accomplished. I am proud that my body is able grow and create life and provide nourishment for for that life. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed this weight loss journey. I know that when I lose those last 10 lbs I will celebrate because I did it...
...and then the next baby will come and I will get to do it all over again!!
Hooray for babies!!!
**In case you were wondering this is NOT a sponsored post. I just wanted to put in a plug that Rexburg CrossFit is and I contribute a lot of my success to them because of the support and encouragement I have received from my CrossFit family.

Monday, March 10, 2014

the thing about having babies close together

^^ Valentines Day photos! My mom sent me this gorgeous dress for Olive and I'm happy it still fits her.(It doubled as her Christmas dress too.)^^

These two are my whole world.
At just over 16 months apart they are already the best of friends. 
I love how much they love each other. 
Olive is obsessed with Remington.
He entertains her all day long. 
When he goes down for nap and she's still awake, she gets so bored with us, fast!
All she wants is to play with her big brother. 
They are at a fun age where I can just sit them down together with a bunch of toys and they will jibber-jabber and play for an hour!
Remington has taken over the big brother role very well. 
He is so kind and gentle and will do things to make Olive laugh when she's upset. 
I love seeing their personalities shine through as they interact with each other. 
Olive is a bit feisty and Remington is more on the sensitive side.
They are quite the pair. 
I hope as they grow up they will continue to stay close.
 One my favorite things about being in a big family and having a lot of siblings close in age, is having all of my brothers and sisters as best friends. 
If all goes as planned, these two will have a dozen more siblings to bond with over the next couple of years! ;)
^^her "not impressed" face^^
^^the way she looks at him....kill me now!
^^one of my all time favorites^^

Friday, March 7, 2014

Remington turns 2!

For Remington's 2nd birthday we had a little family party. 
We celebrated a day early so that auntie "doh-dee" (Josie) could come. 
While everyone was taking a nap, Josie and I quickly put up some decorations and frosted the cupcakes.
 Remi was so confused when he woke up! 
After he figured out what was going on, we partied hard. (well as hard as a two year old can party :)
This year he blew out his own candles and like last year, didn't care too much for the actual cake. 
Afterwards he took his time opening up his presents and was SO excited to try out his new bike. 
He's been outside riding on it everyday since. 
I can't believe my big boy is already two!

~Happy Birthday Remington~
^^Olive Lou, looking slightly ginger here haha^^
^^The just-woke-up-what-the-heck-is-going-on face haha!"
^^adorable shirt made by Kate! She made his last year too ^^
^^His very own harmonica from Grandpa and Grandma Olsen!^^
^^be still my heart^^

^^new bike!!^^

We love you Remi!!
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