Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mummies Group BBQ today!

Perfect day for a BBQ! Aussie summers are the best for a yummy BBQ and a swim in the pool and today we've been blessed with 30 degrees and sunny! Having around 5 mummies, their husbands and of course, our babies! Should be fun! Will post some pics soon!

Tomorrow is the start of the JFDI campaign... my legs aren't nearly as sore today, so I will be waking at 5:30am and hauling my butt to the gym for a pump class. JFDI JFDI JFDI!!!

Food wise, my aim for this week is to eat salad for lunch every day. They make great salads at work, a bit pricey, but if I get desparate I can always get a salad there... also there is a shopping centre down the road from work and I'm in desparate need of a leg wax, so might pop over there at lunch tomorrow and grab this amazing salad from sumo salad (pumpkin, feta and pinenut salad!! Y.U.M).

Also, drink more water!

Finally to breastfeeding. I have managed to exclusively BF my little boy for 4.5 months. With starting back at work and travelling, I had no choice but to supplement with formula when I was away. I had a small freezer stash from when I was on maternity leave, but that only lasted a little while. In hindsight I would probably have done some more pumping sessions while at home on Mat leave (god knows I had enough milk!!), and frozen more of it so that there was plenty on hand for when I returned to work... Now, I am nursing once a day (if that..). He's just not interested in the boob anymore... I'm going to continue my ad hoc nursing until he's 8 months then stop I think... I'm OK with that! :)

Peace Out

LBG xx

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sore.. so sore!

Farken Pump Class making me Farken sore! I feel like a little old lady hobbling around today. Everytime I have to get up I grunt in pain and I can barely lift my 9kg little boy!

Really really really want to do spin and pump tomorrow morning, but I really don't think I'm going to be able to, my legs are still so sore! I know, my previous post was titled JFDI, but I would prefer to do something lighter tomorrow just to get everything moving.. so I *will* still go to the gym, but it will be a light workout..

I've had a few people who I know both IRL and through blogs give Birth over the past couple of weeks. One blogger was pregnant through IVF and just had her first baby on 18th January. Those kind of stories makes me so happy! My heart breaks for those people who I know who are trying to fall pregnant through IVF and I see it fail month after month.

I thank my lucky stars every day that I am a mummy to a beautiful baby boy. I know how lucky I am... I was up at 1:45am this morning nursing my little man because he was all snotty and blocked up from cold and I thought to myself, this is exactly where I want to be and I was so happy to be awake nursing my child.

OK, random blog post over! Have an awesome day!

LBG xx

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Just Fucken Do It!

Hi all,

Feeling much better today so I went to a pump class followed by a Zumba class today. I know I'm gonna hurt tomorrow.. I can feel it now. The class itself wasn't too bad, fun even, but I knew that with that first class back comes a huge amount of pain. There is no "good" day to take the class... I just had to suck it up and JFDI!

JFDI has become my mantra for exercising. Suck it up sunshine, it ain't gonna be a walk in the park. Yes, it's gonna hurt, yes you gonna get sweaty, yes you may possibly cry... but it will get you results.

So I went to pump and zumba today. Let me tell you, if you haven't done a zumba class, get your butt to one! It is one of the most funnest classes at the gym. All you do is dance and sweat for an hour. You shake your booty, shake your boobies have a laugh and come out burning 400 cals! I am doing it twice a week at the moment (as in, I've done it twice over the past week).

I've been thinking more about my exercise committments now that we are well and truely into the new year.

Monday: 6am Pump
Tuesday: 11:30am Body Jam
Wednesday: Probably pump but I need to check the timetable
Thursday: 6am Pump and 6:30am Zumba
Friday: Not sure but someting with cardio
Saturday: Depends... either 8:30 Spin and 9:30 Pump, or.. 4:00 Zumba and 5:00 pump
Sunday: Rest day or something cardio..

Anyhoo, baby is awake so best go see what he wants.

Ciao for now!

LBG xx

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sick Mama, sick baby

Hi peeps!

Whats new in your world?
Me? I'm sick, baby is sick. I blame the kindergarten flu germs! Had to go and pick up my little munchkin from kindy today and take him home as he was grizzly and spiking a temp. I'm not feeling crash hot either. L spent the day sleeping (3 hours! He's usually a 45min napper) and I had a nap and did a bit of work from home. Once he'd woken up from his marathon sleep, we went to the shops and ran some errands.

I *was* supposed to start back at pump this morning... but I was in no shape to drag my sorry sick gluteus maximus out of bed this morning. I'm working from home tomorrow so will go for a long walk in the morning once DH and DS leave for work/kindy.

DH and I are buying a new car too! SO excited! We test drove the car we liked yesterday and both fell in love with the pearl white colour... and the best part is, that we will be fitting the baby seat into this new car, so guess who'll be driving it the most??? Me! That's who! The other good thing about having a 2nd car is that I'll have alot more freedom. If DH needs the car for baseball or golf on the weekends, then I still have a car to get out of the house!

As for the band...
... I'm in two minds about getting another fill. Part of me thinks I should, but part of me doesn't. I am pretty much at a good restriction throughout the day until dinner time. Then it's a free for all. I dont' want to get a fill so that I am just on liquids until 4pm and then can only get down a small meal for dinner. That's not how I roll. I've had this band long enough now to know what I can and can't do. I think I'm going to give 12wbt a good go this time round and if that doesn't see me shift at least 6kg in 12 weeks then I'm going to get fill. The crazy part is that I haven't had a fill since JUNE 2009!!! And I've still got good restriction!

Anyhoo, Master L is down for the night so I'm gonna make myself a decaf coffee and wait for DH to come home from his massage and then I'll think about making dinner for us both.

Thanks for reading!

LBG xx

Want another photo of my monkey man?? Here you go!!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Life as a Mum.. 7 months on...

Howdy Y'all,

I was reading back on some of the posts I had written since becoming a mum. I wished I'd blogged more over the past few months as I found it interesting to read about how I was feeling, what I was doing etc and of course, what was happening with my LO.

Well, Master L will be 7 months old on Sunday. I can't tell you how much I LOVE motherhood. I mean, I LOVE it. I could write a list a mile long about what I love about my baby boy...

I love..

.. the way his toes curl around my finger
.. his fat rolls on his thighs
.. his one freckle on his thigh
.. the way he tries no to laugh when I "nom nom" his thighs but then bursts out laughing
.. the big big smiles he gives me every time I pick him up from day care
.. the way he nuzzles into my neck when he's tired
.. his silky soft hair
.. how his gums squeak on the bath toys when he chews on them
.. the way he strokes me with his hand when he's nursing
.. the way he flails his arms and legs when he's lying on his tummy
.. his beautiful blue eyes and long dark eyelashes
.. the way he makes me feel towards my husband
.. how he gets really excited when he knows he's getting his dinner
.. how he says "mmmm" when he tastes custard (his favourite!)
.. that he said "mama" first
.. how he reaches out for me
.. his beautiful soft flawless skin

omg I could go on... :)

What's happening with Master L?

Sleeping? He sleeps through the night. 6:30pm - 6:00am. We wake him up at around 10pm for a bottle which he drinks and then falls quickly back to sleep. Then he's out for the count until early morning. Sometimes we hear him stirring a bit before 6am but we don't get him until our alarm goes off. From 6-12 weeks he was waking once sometimes twice for a feed. It was only since he was 3 months onwards that I could safely say I could get a good 8 hours out of him. Unfortunately sometimes that 8 hours was from 7pm - 3am... !! But it's all good now. He's a great sleeper! Slept in his own room from 10 days old and now he sleeps in a big cot. He is a tummy sleeper, but only started sleeping on his tummy from around 5 months old when he started rolling over. He used to get frustrated cos he could only roll one way but now that he's a little rolling machine, he's fine!

Movement? My son is a little fatso, tipping the scales at 8.9kg today. Consequently he finds it easier not to move... but he does get very frustrated that he hasn't quite mastered the art of crawling. Give it a couple more weeks and I'm sure he'll be on the move!

Daycare? Master L started daycare when he was 3.5months old for my sanity more than anything else. He loves the girls who care for him and they think he is just the cutest. One of the girls, Amy, says that he is her favourite! I always see her with him when I come to collect in the afternoon. So I know he's been well taken care of. The beauty of my daycare is that it is in the same building that I work in, so I was able to visit whenever I wanted to breastfeed in the early days. Now I go and visit for a cuddle from time to time. It's nice to know he's close. For the first 3 months he was there 3 days a week, and now he's there 4 days. I still get a day off on Friday which I love. We're doing swimming lessons, mummies groups etc.

Food 'n' Drink? He started solids at 4.5 months cos he was waking up during the night again wanting more boob. I also started weaning him onto formula at 5 months so that I didn't have to take my pump when I travelled for work. So now he's on 1 breastfeed a day usually at night and the rest formula. As for food? He is a guts.. favourite is custard so we only give that to him as a treat. There are some great organic baby food pouches out there and I try to cook my own when I have some time on the weekend and freeze for the week. But the baby food currently available on the market is quite good and convenient! He has just started on more chunkier food such as cheese, banana, avocado .. he enjoys yoghurt, different fruits and loads of veges!

How's mum doing? I am doing great.. Really I am! I have an AWESOME work life balance at the moment. I LOVE being at work.. and I LOVE when I have time with my baby boy. I'm slowly getting back to the gym, now that I can workout more intensely since I've virtually stopped breastfeeding now and I'm looking forward to the start of 12wbt next month. My relationship with my husband has been all over the place. Mostly good, but we have been snapping at each other alot because of our sleep deprivation. He also got diagnosed with mild depression just after L was born so that didn't help matters. Our sex life isn't where it was... because we're both so bloody tired, and because of DH's depression his libido isn't great but now that we're getting more sleep, it is on the improve... and it better be, because..

.... we're going to try for number #2 soon!!!! More on that later :)

OK, enough from me. Thanks for your comments. Good to see some of you are still reading my lil ol' blog.

LBG xx

Another Photo of my little man... for your viewing pleasure!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I'm baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!

Did ya miss me?

I needed a break... a break from blogging. The lap band wasn't (and still isn't) my focus at the moment. My baby boy is! Can you believe it? He is 7 months old now!!! Lots of things have happened since my last post.... mainly I went back to work and am super super super busy now I barely have time to blog anymore! I was contemplating closing my blog for good... but I realised that it was helping me stay focused when I needed it. But at the moment, as I said before, my band isn't my priority, and to be honest, losing weight isn't either. It will be, eventually... but life got in the way... and I am HAPPY!

I did the 12wbt challenge... half heartedly... it was hard with a 3 month old. I lost 5kg, but have regained most of that over Christmas. I am going to do round 1 2011... will be alot easier this time round.. why?

1. L will be older
2. we will FINALLY have 2 cars, so I can go to the gym without having to worry if DH needs the car
3. I'm not sleep deprived anymore!
4. I'm not breastfeeding as much so don't feel so drained.

But my main reason for wanting to get back on the band wagon? we want to have baby #2... YAY! more about that later.

Thanks for all your messages over the past few months! I hope you are all doing well.

A big shout out to Em who is up the duff and expecting a little girl in March!

Here is a pic of my little (or not so little) man. Look how he's grown!

Yeah, I know he's cute! But I'm biased :)

LBG xx