Let’s Catch Up….

by Lauren on March 26, 2017

Hey there!

I am just ending a lovely Sunday with a sleeping baby on my lap and figured I had a few things to catch up on with you guys.  So pour yourself a glass of wine and let’s chat…..

Grayson Update

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Oh this little ball of energy!  We hit the official 2 1/2 year mark with this one last week and he just keeps us on our toes more and more each day.  We’ve completed two full months of therapy (speech therapy and occupational therapy) and are still so impressed by how far he’s come in that short time. It may not seem like huge steps to some, but to us, they are gigantic gains. Some examples of how he’s improved through Early Intervention:

  • Eye contact and engagement is so much less an issue than it ever was
  • He is saying more words/communicating so much better
  • He is engaging with his therapists, not just me and John
  • He follows commands/directions a lot better
  • He stays engaged in activities for longer periods of time

We’ve been getting great reports from his therapists and also his Sunday school teachers who work with Grayson each week as well.  Today they told us that he actually sat and listened to the whole story during story time, which has been a HUGE goal the past few months. Grayson never wants to sit down for anything so we were thrilled to hear that.

The next steps with Early Intervention will be another evaluation in a few months to see where he qualifies for the next program, I.U. I’m also enrolling him in a part time preschool program this fall where he will possibly have his therapist attend with him to make sure he is adequately learning and socializing appropriately.  I really can’t say enough about Early Intervention! They have been so incredible in helping Grayson and us navigate the journey to best help him learn.

We are still going strong on the Gluten Free/Dairy Free diet along with the supplements. We’ve really only seen improvements so there is no sense in stopping. I did start a few tests this month to check for some gut issues I thought may have been going on, but so far, his tests are all coming back normal which is great.

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Isaiah Update

So this little peanut has suddenly turned into a perfect little marshmallow overnight!

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First, my baby turned three months last week. 3 MONTHS?! I know, it’s unreal how fast this is all going.

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Second, he is no longer that fragile little preemie he once was.  Now he is a beautiful little chubby ball of love and I can’t get enough.

I have no idea how much he weighs now, but I’m guessing over 10 pounds.  He is already growing out of his 0-3 months clothing, which is blowing my mind because I feel like I JUST changed out his newborn items.

This boy is thriving! For having a rough start to life, he sure is on the fast track now.

Most of the time, he’s rather content, but I’m realizing how the two boys can fight for my attention, especially during meal times. It always seems like if Grayson is hungry, Isaiah wants to eat or the other way around.  Mommy hardly ever gets to eat a full meal so I’m doing what I can to ensure I’m not the one left without food either.

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Life with two boys is a wild ride, but I’m loving every second.

Life Update

For those that joined my Health Group Facebook Group, thank you! I’m so happy you did. 🙂  For those of you that have no idea what I’m talking about, well I mentioned a few weeks ago that I started a Facebook group geared towards overall health, nutrition, and fitness.  If you’d like to check it out, feel free!

-> https://www.facebook.com/groups/healthinspirations/

Okay second big thing…..

I’ve been working towards putting together an online wellness program for months now, and I’m so excited to tell you I’m finally ready to share!

I’ll be leading a 4 Week to Wellness Jumpstart Program starting April 17th that includes weekly meal planning and fitness planning, kitchen make-over tips, weekly newsletters, healthy and easy recipes,  email support, a separate Facebook group for accountability, and more! This is not a weight-loss program! It is designed to give you the essential foundations of living out the healthiest life you deserve!

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Ok here is the best part…since this is my pilot program, I’m offering it for dirt cheap! If you’d like more info or to receive a program overview, just comment with your email address or send me an email to lauren.roy410@gmail.com and I’ll be in touch with more details.

 

Well that’s all the updating I have for now, but it was nice to check in with you all! I hope you all enjoyed a fantastic weekend and have a lot to look forward to in the week ahead.

Talk to you soon!

 

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Getting In Shape With A Baby In Tow

by Lauren on March 17, 2017

The following is a contributed post. I hope you enjoy! 🙂 

It’s no secret that when you have a baby your body changes, which can leave you feeling less than happy with your new size and shape. Although changes to your figure are completely normal after having a baby, it’s natural to wish that you looked like you did before getting pregnant. The truth is that your body may never be exactly the same as it was before, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn to love your new figure.

The fact is that getting back in shape after giving birth can be difficult, especially if you’ve got a baby in tow, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. To help you start to get back to feeling good about your figure, below are some ideas for getting back in shape with a baby in tow. These are all ways of working out that you can do when you have your little one with you, so there’s no need to worry about booking a babysitter.

Do lots of walking

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Walking really is one of the best forms of exercise and a great way to get in shape after having a baby. Get yourself a pram that’s got good suspension so that you can take it pretty much anywhere and start walking each day. Whether that’s walking into town, to the supermarket or just walking to walk, it doesn’t matter. Aim to spend at least an hour a day out and about walking, ideally at a fast pace, as the faster you walk, the more calories you will be burning. If you start walking on a daily basis, perhaps you could invest in a step counter so that you can track the amount of steps and milage you are doing each day.

Go to mother and baby yoga or pilates

For toning up in a gentle way, yoga and pilates are both a great option because the workouts that they offer are adaptable. This means that you only do as much as you can comfortably do and won’t end up pushing yourself too hard. As well as normal yoga and pilates, there are also mother and baby classes that you can attend with your baby in tow. If you’re nervous about trying out yoga for the first time, here are some easy beginner yoga poses to practice before you attend your first class. You can find similar poses for Pilates online on sites like Youtube, along with step by step instructions for each pose.

Do at home workouts

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If you want to attend a workout class but it isn’t baby-friendly then perhaps you could consider doing at home workouts instead. While you could opt to buy an at-home workout DVD, there are plenty of free workouts that you can access on YouTube for free. From Zumba to aerobics, there are plenty of tutorials for working out at home while your little one naps or plays in their playpen.

Getting back into shape after giving birth can take time, but with hard work and dedication to working out, you can get back to looking and feeling great.

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Lately

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Know Your Fiber: The Best Recipe On Earth

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A Grayson Update: One Month In

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The Vitamins & Nutrients That We Need More Of!

February 23, 2017

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It Gets Easier…But Does It?

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Gluten Free / Dairy Free Meal & Snack Ideas for a Toddler

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