Friday, December 31, 2010

Week 7 PP

I'm totally feeling fat and bloated this week. Ugh! Anyhow, I'm back to my old workout schedule with the addition of Zumba 3-4 times a week so I should start seeing results over the coming weeks.

Weight loss doesn't happen overnight. You just got to keep working hard and you will begin to see the payoff each week as those pants fit a little looser than they did the previous week.

I'm still trying to recover from the Holidays. I'm pretty sure I didn't gain but I sure didn't lose.

I bought myself some new workout clothes. Those always make you feel better.

Yep. Definitely bloated.

Other than the el bloto, I'm feeling really good about myself and optimistic about getting back into my jeans by valentines day.

My reward
Once I can fit back into my 8's, I'm buying a pair of Zumba Fusion cargo pants and a new tank.

Here is a look at Jackson at 7 weeks old who is really showing his vocal abilities this week. This is his favorite sleeping position and my favorite Pj on him. I love him in red!

Also, one last thing. Do yall know what Pink stands for?

My husband does. A womans vagina. That's what he says. Would yall agree?

(pink in regards to Victoria's Secret line)
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How I style maria's hair

I only use Kinky-Curly hair products on my girls hair. It is an all organic line for curl care.

I shampoo maria's hair once a month with the come clean shampoo. Washing any more than that with a shampoo is extremely drying to ethnic hair.

I condition twice a week with the Knot today leave in. It's very important you apply a generous amount an that the hair be soaking wet. It needs to be combed through and hair needs to be tangle free before rinsing. I always lightly rinse with cool water and apply more for good measure. We then get out of the tub to apply the curling custard. I use a generous amount of this product as well. I apply to small sections at a time stretching the hair down as I saturate each strand of hair all the way to the end of hair. As hair becomes dry, I re wet with a spray bottle. I do not comb hair. I combed The hair in the tub. I just finger comb at this point. Hair should already be detangled. Small sections nets the best results. Once applied, we air dry but you can also diffuse on cool air setting. Before bed, I put marias hair in a pony on top of her head. It's usually frizzy in the morning because she is a rough sleeper. It looks like this.

This pic is actually two nights of sleeping. I didn't touch her hair yesterday.

The only thing I do is re wet the frizzy sections with a spray bottle and apply more curling custard.

Getting ready to re wet in below pic. Hair is still n a pony.

Hair just taken down from pony. No combing. No brushing. I will now rake through curls with fingers and spot treat as needed.

She isn't happy with me and not cooperating. Once wet hair dries it will be really cute and fancy free!

I missed a spot of frizz up there but I'll get that. The rest of her hair is soft and bouncy!!

As the days go by the curls get looser and hair becomes longer. We will condition again in two days probably. Depends on how the hair starts to look. Right now it is looking great.

And some more angles of her hair

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Week 6 PP and your feelings

If any of you ladies are like me, your husband might be getting on your last nerve and the last thing you wanna do is back that ass up.

Week 6 is supposed to be the week in which you may resume sexual activity. "May" being the operative word. I "may" not want to resume sexual activity and that's ok.

First of all, I'm nursing a baby 24/7. This does not lead to visions of orgasms dancing in my head. It does not lead to visions of me giving you head. The only visions I have are sleeping for 4 hours straight. My husband seems quite understanding of this...... I wonder how much porn he is watching on his cell phone??

How many of you ladies just let your man get his so you can go to sleep? I'm guilty! Oh so guilty.....listen, if he wants it that bad he will take it and be happy about it.

I've got my sexy Victoria Secret panties ready for when I'm ready but these suckers come paired with an ugly nursing bra stuffed with nursing pads! Hello sexy!

I am also suffering from blurry eye/headache syndrome from not enough sleep. I quietly shut it up with large amounts of caffeine which may be a reason my baby doesn't sleep very well.

My husband is suffering from lack of sex and I'm suffering from lack of sleep. I think that's fair.

It's 10:53 am and I'm yawning and I've had two cups of Joe. The baby is passed out on my boob and the second I move him he will wake up so I will just let him be. I found out he likes the swing yesterday while I was working out. I'm gonna search the consignment for a cheap one. They never stay in those for long so I'm not paying over $40 for one.

*yawning again* I'm glad to be working out again. It feels delicious. I can't wait to share my results with yall each week. I'll see u next Tuesday with a new pic. Hopefully a small change can be noted.

The flabby is still there. I've not been eating very well. Christmas cookies are a bitch.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

One more reason to breastfeed

Fabulous boobs!

If my breastfeeding offends you, YOU put a blanket over your head!

Breastfeeding provides the best food for your baby!

Breastfeeding does not hurt if done correctly. I never got chapped, bloody, sore nipples I have read about.

It really does lead to an intense bonding with your baby. The baby loves nursing and it's the most natural thing in the world.

I am proud to be one of those mothers that will whip out my boob in a moments notice while walking the mall to feed my baby if he is hungry. I usually try to find a place to sit down, but I will carry and nurse him while walking. Nobody has ever said anything to me and they betta not. Feeding your child is not perverse. It is the way you were intended to feed your baby. I will not duck into a restroom to feed my baby. Yuck.

If you are on the fence about breastfeeding, please educate yourself and at least give it a try. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I will gladly reply.

It's been 6 weeks breastfeeding Jackson. He is yet to touch a bottle. I love that I am giving my baby the best food the way god intended.

I also have tips that worked for me to prevent engorgement.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Calling all perfect moms..if there is such a thing

Its just me and the kids Sunday through Wednesday. My husband is on the road to Canada every week so we can give our kids the best. By that, I apparently don't mean discipline. Let me explain. My children get everything and I guess they think that entitles them to doing whatever they want while I'm pinned down with a baby on the tit. Me- "girls, sit down and quit fighting (calmly at this point). Them- *ignoring me*. Me-(a little louder this time)"GIRLS!! SIT DOWN". Them- *still fighting and ignoring me*. This goes on and on. I just give up after a while and resign myself to watching House while they dive in front of the TV, bend fingers, poke eyeballs, and wrestle with the now excited dog.

Last night at 7 o'clock, I announced bedtime because the baby had went to sleep and this became the perfect opportunity for me to get out a book or two and read to them and then lay in their beds and listen to what they wanted Santa to bring them for Christmas. They were playing with their magnetic "paper dolls" and ignored me. I even went as far as to begin reading the story and still they ignored me, favoring the dolls and each other instead. I felt rejected as I glumly walked out of the room and went back to my spot on the couch where the baby lay nestled and picked up my respiratory study material. An hour passed and Reese decided it was now a good time for me to lay with her and read her a story on my phone. I tried to rationalize with her after I told her No way Jose! She started in with her infamous screaming/crying fit. I remained calm. She kept crying. I threatened with the belt. She took off like a scalded dog to the bed only to come back again. I told her we are on mommy time, not her time. I explained they were being taught a lesson for ignoring me and not going to bed like I asked. She cried and screamed some more. This went on for an hour. I eventually succumbed to her pitifulness and laid in the bed with her all the while telling her we weren't doing this again tomorrow night. When I say bed, I mean bed. Get in the bed, be quiet, and let me do my mommy duties.

I wonder what the perfect mommies do???

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Week 5 postpartum

I accidentally deleted week four postpartum post but I still have the week four pics so here u go

And here is a pic with the shirt up

This has been a tough week for me. I ate a whole box of white fudge dipped oreos. My kids had two so that means I had ten. They are a 100 calories a piece. You do the math. We also ate at Tokyo hibachi for my birthday and alex got me my favorite chocolates. This means not only did I not lose any weight, I probably gained. On the bright side, I've been ice cream free for months and I passed up Ben and Jerry's today at the store with barely a glance.

Ignore the pads if you can. Lol. I'm a nursing mother. I love this nursing tank by the way. It lifts up under the breasts instead of snapping down.

My legs need major work. They used to be IMO my best feature. I'm getting those babies back though. Best believe that.

I'll c yall next week for week 6. I begin working out again Monday morning. I'm hitting the gym hard. I'll be back in shape by summer. Weekly posts will show more of a change once I get my workout on proper.

I wanted to give a shout out to my girl, Tishaunda Higgerson who has lost a whole person since last year. Look at her transformation since she started Zumba. She is now a very busy instructor and still dropping. She wants to be a size 8 I think and she used to say she would never be under a 14. I never looked at her as being overweight. To me, I saw a curvalicious woman. She is inspiring me to whip my ass back into shape and become my perfect size.

And here she is now!!

Like a tall ass drink of kool-aid on a hot summer day. She kicks ass! Her ass is probably gone too. I haven't seen it in months!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Maniacal musings

holy shitballs! I got a bath

I was lucky to be able to hop into the tub and get a bath before the 5 week old baby boy demanded my boobs for his feeding pleasure.

The girls behaved quite nicely and I didn’t have to yell at them once from the tub. I might have been able to enjoy a glass of wine if it wasn’t 12:30 in the afternoon and if I had any wine. Instead, I managed to shave a few select places while examining my c section scar and pulling out a white, supposedly dissolvable staple. Well that sucker didn’t dissolve. I had to pull it out and it left two tiny little puncture marks in it’s wake. At least I couldn’t feel it because I’m still numb. Someone could hack off my stomach and I wouldn’t feel it. That left a nice mental picture huh?

Twenty minutes out of the tub and baby is still nursing. Hair is still wet and face is dry and in need of moisturizing.
(45 minutes out of the tub. Baby finally quit nursing. Hair is frizzing on my head and face feels like a statue. )
quarter inch of snow = no school which = crazy mommy
I do believe my other two kids who will not go to school this week because of snow and freezing temperatures are messing up my bedroom playing a game they aptly call twirly twirl as I type. I’m going to need lots of coffee and lots of patience to endure this week and the next. If only they weren’t girls, I might have it a little easier. If they were boys, I would ship them outside bundled up with the dog and sled in tow.
I would very much like a bottle of water and an extra wide mug of coffee and a nice book to read and maybe a nap but we all know the latter two probably won’t happen. I'm so simple it's sick.
For your sanity
Pretend like you enjoy being inside today and do whatever it takes for your kids if they are home as well to be entertained. I bought brain quest books for my kids to work on. I’m playing teacher today. I make for a rather short fuse type of teacher. I don't think the kids like me for a teacher. I'm like an evil substitute.

The modern mother plays a million roles and I’m happy to say that besides my somewhat maniacal musings, I love being a mom and my kids are the peanut butter on my whole wheat ritz crackers. Mutters to self....(now where are those damn brain quest books?)

This is always good for a smile

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

3 week postpartum

We all know it.

The dreaded postpartum belly.

We can somewhat disguise it
with spanx, but after the spanx come off, it still remains.

A lot of us women, myself included, believe the belly should just go right back to where it used to be within a few weeks of birth, but that sadly isn't the case. It takes patience and lots of working out to get it back to where it used to be. On top of that, we have to wait 6 weeks to resume working out, which can leave many a woman depressed which is why I recommend Prozac or a similar antidepressant.

I don't recommend looking at your belly for the first few weeks after giving birth. Have you heard of post traumatic stress disorder?

After the first few weeks, especially if your breastfeeding, it's safe to take a peak. It might look like you tacked a pancake onto your belly but that's ok. That's the way it supposed to look.

Focus instead on your sensational boobs. You know their fabulous. Flaunt those puppies and nobody will be staring at the pancake that has now become your belly. And now, the moment we have all been waiting belly at 3 weeks. I'll be 4 weeks postpartum on the 7th and I will post another blog with picture.

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