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Back On The Trail

We had such a good time on our Friday date night!! Michael and I definitely need to do more new things like that. It’s so easy to get into a routine, especially when you have a baby, and it’s nice to do something different.

Well, after we got home that night it was time for another first. It was time for Logan to move out of the bassinet. He’s been in the rock n’ play since he was born, next to my side of the bed. It’s been great and so helpful (it vibrates!) and he’s been a great sleeper. But…to be honest, he grew out of it a month ago and I’ve been procrastinating moving him. But it was time. I had to suck it up and just do it.

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So now he’s in the pack n’ play in our room. We’ll do this for a little while and then move him into his crib in the nursery in a few months. I was expecting to not sleep at all that night but honestly he did ok. He thrashed around and thumped in the new bed but eventually fell asleep. He woke up a few times and was able to go back to sleep ok and then woke up at midnight fussy, so I fed him and put him back to sleep and he slept until 7am. I’d call that a success!

Saturday morning we went to my aunt’s house. She asked me to do a photo shoot of her family since the kids were all together for a family party (one lives in California, one in Colorado and another has been overseas for a bit). It was so much fun taking photos! And it was great getting to see my cousins.

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After that Michael and I went home and got ready for another date. His mom and stepdad came over to babysit Logan for a few hours so we could go do something. We decided on a hike with our first baby — Bella!

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We haven’t been hiking since the weekend before Logan was born! We did Powell Butte this weekend, just like last time. 🙂 It’s a nice hike close to home and since I hadn’t been hiking in awhile it was a good beginner try.

It was a hot afternoon after a gray, humid and cool morning. We set out on the hike and I was feeling pretty good! I think going for long walks in the neighborhood hills with the stroller has helped build up my endurance and stamina after taking a long break.

It was so good being outside hiking and it was great being with Bella. We were able to give her lots of attention without the baby interrupting us. I knew Logan was having a fun time being spoiled by the grandparents at home! Bella was ECSTATIC to be hiking again. 🙂

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The trail was really overgrown! Look what we saw:

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It slithered across the trail in front of me. Thankfully Bella didn’t see it! And thankfully it wasn’t anything like the last snake I saw on a hike!

We hiked around the top of the butte and then took the trail down into the woods. It’s a great loop.

There were some decent hills on the hike that got my heart rate up, so that was nice. It was also nice to get some exercise outside of the gym.

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We got back to the car after a decent hike and relaxed in the shade a little bit to cool off. Look how happy Bella is!

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She did great on the hike! There were mountain bikers and lots of people out on the trail with their dogs. I think Bella was happy to be out on the trail again.We really need to get back into a regular hiking routine for her (and us).

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Nice stats for the day! Now for the calorie burn:

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I was happy with my number. On the drive home we stopped and got a cold treat:

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We got home and I kind of hit a wall. I was suddenly really exhausted. Michael went out and got us burritos for dinner (veggie for me) and we watched a movie and I tried not to fall asleep on the couch. Seriously, so tired! Probably a combination of a not-so-restful night, hiking in the heat and probably not drinking enough water like I should have.

Anyways, it was a really fun weekend and it was great that we got the opportunity to go out without the baby for a little while. Hopefully soon we can start bringing Logan on hikes!

Looking to 2016

SNOWMAGEDDEN!

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Sunday morning we awoke to snow in Portland! And not just a light dusting of white, but actual snow! However, it was not a “blizzard”. The above news article is pretty hilarious because people tend to freak out when it snows here. Which doesn’t happen a lot. But it was kind a nice start to 2016!

We had plans to take maternity photos Sunday morning and what’s funny is that our friend, Christi, who did our engagement pictures, originally wanted to go up to Mount Hood to take the baby bump pictures in the snow. Instead I found a nearby park that had covered areas because we were all sure it would be raining when we planned on doing the photos…So it’s pretty funny that she got her wish in Portland–snow. We were going to cancel the photos and reschedule but…it seemed a shame not to take advantage of snowy Portland for our photos. So we did it. 🙂 I’m happy we were able to do them (and get snow photos!) and I can’t wait to see them.

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Since the new year is off to a pretty good start, I’d like to make some goals for 2016 even if I’m a little wary of doing so. I mean, I have no idea what it’s going to be like suddenly being a family of three. I don’t want to set myself up with unrealistic expectations, or feel like I’ve somehow been lax in my goals. Really, my big goal for 2016 is to give birth to a healthy baby, recover and learn how to be a mom.

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But in the spirit of goal making, feeling nostalgic for past New Year’s Eves and wanting to have something on my radar for 2016 I will make a small list.

Run a 5k.

5k’s are a good distance for me. My body doesn’t seem to rebel against it and I can train for a 5k without injuring myself. In 2015 I ran two 5k races (both while pregnant!) and would LOVE to run another one this year. Obviously that will depend on how my body heals and how the training goes but it’s my goal. I like doing the Portland Parks and Rec 5k series so I will probably pick one of those and I’ll do one at the end of summer or early Fall. That seems to give me an adequate amount of time to train. Wish me luck!

Lose the baby weight.

I’ve talked about this a lot throughout my pregnancy–I dislike the pressure that is put on women to lose the baby weight IMMEDIATELY (and to also not gain very much weight while pregnant). I hate it. I hate the pressure, the expectation; I hate the judgment, the side-eye you often get from other people. I do NOT expect the baby weight to melt off the second I give birth.

During my pregnancy I still counted my calories. I was definitely eating more calories but I did my best to be reasonable about it. I was NOT “eating for two”. I was eating for ME and for the baby, who only needed like 300 extra calories a day. I followed my doctor’s instructions and counted my calories (without beating myself up if I did go over once in awhile) and I tried to make good choices about the food I was eating. Which was a lot easier once I got out of the first trimester. I still worked out (even during the worst of the morning sickness). I listened to my body and did what I could. Sure I modified a lot of things and wasn’t going at the same intensity but I was still very active. Overall I am happy with how I’ve maintained my health while cooking this little bug.

Now that I’m in the last few months, I’m trying to enjoy my changing body. I’m looking forward to the “after” too, because honestly, the biggest adjustment being pregnant for me was my body was no longer my own. I’m looking forward to getting that back–in whatever shape it ends up being in.

All that being said, I do want to lose weight because I am healthier and happier at a lower weight. I lost 110 pounds, kept it off for 7 years and would like to get back somewhat close to what I was at before getting pregnant. I’m not going to be crazy or restrictive about it. I’m simply going to go back to doing what I did before: continue exercising and reduce my calories in a reasonable way.

I know it will take time. I’m willing to do the work. The hardest part will be the mental aspect of it. My body shape being different. The weight coming off slowly. Clothes not fitting quite right. I hope I can adjust ok.

This goal won’t start for awhile. I’ll be following my doctor’s advice, listening to my body and not rushing back into anything until the time is right. My goal is to breastfeed and I know that trying to lose weight while that is happening is not wise, so this goal might be for later in the year. I know *I* won’t be the focus for a long time–but at the same time, I think it’s important for mom and dad to be healthy and take care of themselves, too. So I won’t just be letting things go–taking care of myself is important just like taking care of the baby. I will try and find balance.

Don’t forget about my fur-babies when the real baby gets here!

I really really want to give them all attention and love. I know it may not be the same or the same amount of attention but I’m going to try my best. Bella, Fat Kitty and Maya are family and they will still be family.

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I’m really looking forward to getting back into hiking. Bella loves it. I want our baby to be exposed to nature and grow up loving tromping through the woods. I am inspired by the blogger at Trail Snail, who hiked throughout her pregnancy and has THE most adorable little girl who has been going into the woods with them since birth! Love it! I think getting back to hiking will be a good goal for us as a family and a good way to give Bella attention.

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Focus on Slowing Down.

I saw this article:  Healthy Habit Forming Gifts to Give Yourself that suggested practicing things like awareness, forgiveness, focus, patience (I need this one!) and community. Those are good categories to build resolutions around as well!

One thing I want to focus more on in the new year is making time for myself and SLOWING DOWN. I tend to overbook my life, over-schedule activities and then when I do get downtime I am burned out and just want to sit in front of the TV and watch Netflix for hours, totally checked out. It’s not a good cycle. But I find that I struggle with just sitting and doing nothing, so I tend to fill my time. ALL my time. I can’t remember the last time Michael and I decided to forgo a scheduled activity and do something on the spur of the moment. It’s time to learn how to stop and smell the roses.

Learn my new camera.

I love the new features of my camera! Michael got me the Canon 760D camera for Christmas and I’ve been slowly experimenting with the new features. I love the photos I’m getting but I need a lot of practice. I have two months to figure out my camera before baby gets here and I’ll take a zillion pictures. 😉

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Read 80 books in 2016.

I’m sure all the parents out there reading my goal are laughing at me…but…I have to have a goal, right? I may not get there with a new baby but we’ll see. It feels odd to have such a low goal set for myself after last year’s monster goal! 2015 I read 150 out of 140 books. 2014 I read 139 out of 125. Each year I’ve read roughly 10-20 books more than whatever goal I set for myself. Last year was the biggest goal I had and I met it. Friend me on Goodreads! And send me your favorite book recommendations. 🙂

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What about you? Any goals for the new year?