How I got my body back with FIT4Mom

 

So as most of you know I am huge fan of at home workouts.

Doing workout videos is how I lost the initial baby weight and it gave me some of my initial tone back. After awhile it was getting harder and harder to squeeze in a really good workout during Blakely’s morning nap, thats is when I found FIT4MOM Chula Vista.

It was through FIT4MOM  that I got my true body back, I am more toned and lighter than I have ever been! FIT4MOM is an incredible fitness group for moms who don’t want to leave their babe(s) behind at a gym daycare.

At FIT4MOM you will find a community of women who are all there to support one another, have some fun and get fit. I love that their workouts have a level for the novice and a level for workout veterans. You can alway count on instructors to give you different options to fit your fitness level. Here is what you can expect when you attend your first class. We always start in a circle and introduce ourselves while warming up. We then leave the park and go to 2-or 3 different stations. At those stations we might do strength training with bands or some cardio activities.

FIT4MOM is more than just fitness to me, I have found an amazing community of strong women and some incredible friendships. It has given me the support system I needed as a new mom, and it has helped me find strength in myself and in motherhood. If your interested in knowing more about FIT4MOM Chula Vista  or another FIT4MOM  around the country please contact ambercarroll@fit4mom.com , she will connect you with the correct franchisee for your area!

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Lets Talk About Real Life With A 15 Month Old

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetProcessed with VSCO with a5 presetLets talk about life with a 15 month old child. SO many people said to me before Blakely was born, treasure every moment, every stage, every second. At that time I was like yes.. I know I will. I heard them say it but you don’t realize it until it has already happened that OMG my baby is already 15 months old. I now think about about all those times I wish I could have froze in time. If only we could! I will be the first to admit lately I know I cannot stop time, but I have been making an effort to slow down my days and learn how to treasure even the crazy moments Blakely and I have together.

Around 14 going on 15month I noticed big changes in Blakely. It was like “OK I am here I have arrived in the world, and I am ready to share all my feelings with you Mom and Dad.” We really saw her independence start to develop, she went form helpless in ways to independent. And yes… as a result we started to see extreme swings and “not so good” behavior. We really had to have a “Come to Jesus” moment and realize that the behavior often happens because she think she has the world figured out but she doesn’t yet and her getting frustrated about that is all apart of her developing her identity.

The next big change that is happening as we speak is the transition from two naps to one. I am proud to say we are still doing two naps (most days), thanks to the plan we got from Cara sleep expert from Taking Cara babies. Check out my post all about our sleep training experience here.  My major take away from sleep and a 15 month old is having a plan/routine (from birth) and sticking to it. Once we got on the plan from Cara, Blakely gets all rest she needs to make her and me happier throughout the day.  I am dreading the day of having to FULLY transition down to one nap but we can do it!

The other difference that has happened is just how active my little B has become, obviously I knew that this is going happen so each day we try to get outside and do an activity. Three days a week we go to FIT4MOM workout group and other days I try to have a play date or we go to the park to feed the ducks. This summer she has loved playing in this inflatable pool or playing with chalk and bubbles(the hurricane is awesome). Oh and the bubbles…. I never thought I would see this many bubbles in my life. BUT– it’s so much fun being with her and watching her enjoy and explore the world.

Okay- there is my gushy mom post about life with a 15 month old.

What are some of your favorite activities to do with your toddler, let me know in the comments below?

Xo- Whitney

 

 

Things I’m glad I knew before having a C-Section, Let’s Talk About It All

Hey Friends and I have been wanting to write this post for awhile but I have been putting it off because there is just so much information to share with you.

First, I should tell you I had a little bit of an advantage going into my c-section being a nurse. However, I don’t specialize in woman’s health so a lot of things were still new to me.

I want to share with you things I knew and/or learned throughout my c-section journey, so if you end up needing to have a c-section you don’t feel completely helpless and overwhelmed with whats to come.

I’m also sharing my personal photos leading up to and in the c-section in hopes to take away some of the fear that comes with having a c-section, for me it was best (meeting B) and easiest day of my life.

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How can I prepare my body for the C-Section

As a nurse I knew that the pubic area is going to need to be shaved and prepped for surgery. They will help you shave prior to surgery or for me I felt more comfortable taking care of that at home by myself. Another issue post c-section is that constipation. I hear SOOO many woman tell me how awful pooping was post vaginal birth/c-section. I addressed this early on in my pregnancy with my doctor and my little trick (**Obviously, I’m not a doctor so talk to your doctor and get their approval before starting any medication**) was to take 1-2 Colace (stool softener) 1/2 weeks prior to surgery. This was a lifesaver for me and saved me from being in a lot of pain post baby. Lastly,

ONE VERY IMPORTANT TIP during the prepping stage. ***  there’s controversy and studies happening around this next tip but I am still going to tell you  about it and then you can research it and have a chat with your doctor. In the past if you had allergies to shellfish (fish, crab etc)  it was important NOT to be prepped with iodine. IODINE is a solution that is commonly used as a skin disinfectant to prep the skin before surgery. It was said and known in the medical world that people with allergies to shellfish often had a reaction to iodine. Again, talk to your doctor about any ALLERGIES prior to surgery, better safe than sorry! 

Anesthesia tell me EVERYTHING

So I’m gonna break this down into simple lingo. TWO main possibilities for anesthesia when having a baby 1. Epidural which is most commonly used in vaginal births, they will leave a tiny catheter( *you can’t feel it or notice it) in your back, that way you will receive a constant infusion medication for as long as your labor lasts 2. Spinal (which is what I had) is a one time injection that that kicks in quickly, but will only last a few hours. It was a super weird sensation when it kicked in, from my belly down. Everything was super warm and all of the sudden heavy and numb!

TWO MORE IMPORTANT TIPS

  1. Tell your nurse or anesthesiologist if you are prone to getting nauseous or itchy with anesthesia. If you let them know in PRE OP they will give you a couple medications to combat those.
  2. Lastly, you will have a catheter placed because you obviously don’t have control of your bladder when you have your epidural or spinal. I made it known that I wanted it to be placed after the spinal was done, that way I didn’t feel anything. The more you are educated about the c-section process it allows you to be your own ADVOCATE and to be VOCAL about what you want throughout the entire process. The hospital staff will then do their best to accommodate you!

Will I be strapped down? 

I asked about this right away because that is something I am not comfortable with, and some doctors do prefer it. I knew that I wanted my hands free because it gave me a sense of control and I could hold my husband hand if I needed too!

What is the incision like? 

I spoke with my doctor in her office prior to the c-section about what I was hoping for and I was very firm about needing to know all the details regarding the incision. There are a few different types of incisions, so it is important to clarify what your doctors prefers. I had a super low transverse aka horizontal incision. This is what I asked for probably 100 times, give me as “LOW and SMALL” incision. Also remember to get the 411 on your stitches…. I think that was the oddest part of my incision, I could feel the dissolvable stitches under my skin and it was kind of “knotty”. I was soooo worried that I was gonna have a lumpy incision.  My doctor told me that those stitches will dissolve and when she gave me the go ahead I would use light heat and soft massaging of my incision. And after a month or two the incision is perfect and smooth!

ONE MORE TIP

Once I was cleared by my doctor I used Scarguard to help my incision scar be as flat and noticeable as possible. Scarguard definitely helped my scar flatten out and I think it is worth the $25.00.

Can I do skin to skin with my baby in the OR? 

This was the hardest part about having a c-section, letting go of that image of snuggling and holding my baby right away. As you can see from the photo they let Blakely stay cheek to cheek with me for 10-15 mins after the birth, while the doctor was still working on me. I still was able to hold her and to be honest it was the most special moment of my life, I am tearing up just writing this. So work with your doctor and the nurses at the hospital to come up with a plan to have some form of skin-to-skin contact. It is said that skin- skin between moms and babies directly following birth has a ton of benefits, including an increased likelihood of breastfeeding success. unnamed-10.jpgunnamed-9.jpgImage 5.jpg

These are just a few of my tips I learned from my c-section journey. I encourage ALL mamas even if they aren’t planning on having a c-section to still be educated on the process, talk to your doctor about everything. You never know what will happen and it is better to educated yourself so you can be prepared for both a vaginal or a c- section.

If you have an questions please leave me comment of DM me on Instagram, I am an open book and always willing to chat about this.

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xo-Whitney

Have You Heard, The Amber Teething Necklace Is A Mama Must Have

Life with a 13 month old can be crazy, then add teething on top of that it. Life can be a rough you guys!

Blakely started teething at 6 months old but she didn’t cut her first tooth until she was 11 months WTF. Luckily I was educated early on about Baltic Amber Teething Necklace and since then that necklace rarely comes off of her neck.

What the heck is a Baltic Amber Teething Necklace, you ask? Well I’m here to share with you what it is and our experience. So lets get into it!!


What is Baltic Amber?

Baltic Amber is known for it’s healing properties and has been used for thousands of years. Baltic Amber contains a higher percentage (8%) of succinite, know to be a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory properties. When your child is teething their gums are swollen and inflamed as the tooth tries to cut through the skin, the succinite properties are said to help reduce the inflammation during that process.  When it is worn against the skin the warmth helps release the (succinite) from the Amber and then the body absorbs the healing element.

Our Experience

As a nurse the whole Amber Beads will provide my child comfort was a little weird for me. But as you can see Blakely is 13 months old and still wearing her beads!!  I have truly noticed a difference when she doesn’t wear them, she was much more fussy and all of the sudden she was drooling everywhere. I would say the MAIN thing these Amber beads helped was to reduce the drooling that happens with teething.

SO WHY DO BABYS DROOL well according my pediatrician and many others babies drool because the saliva helps cool their inflamed gums. So I have to believe that Blakely’s gums and mouth were not as inflamed due to the necklace. Don’t get me wrong I did my best not to give her Ibuprofen or Tylenol but when I felt like it was appropriate she did medication. I’ve heard from other people how awful the whole teething process can be, but for us truthful it has been a breeze. I give a lot of credit to the necklace, like A LOT of credit.

Things to Remember

Your baby shouldn’t chew on these beads. I personally put them on Blakely in the morning and she wore her necklace (against the skin) tucked under her clothes all day.

It is said that to maintain healing, you must put the Amber around their wrist or ankle for sleep time. But Blakely never wore it to sleep overnight (yes, she did wear it during naps). I just didn’t feel it was necessary to have it on her at night.

If you are interested in purchasing a Baltic Amber Necklace please read all the DO’s and DONT’s and speak to your pediatrician for any other advice. I am not a doctor, this is just what I experienced as a new mom so I wanted to share it all with you.

AND make sure you buy your necklace from a reputable suppliers that is selling genuine Baltic Amber Teething Necklace For Babies

** UPDATE Blakely is almost 15 months old and for the first time she started touching and playing with the necklace. So I decided that instead of taking it off I would put a loop in necklace (so it would sit on the back of her neck) to make it just a little bit shorter. This makes it so she can’t get the beads in her mouth. There is always the option of taking if off of her but I with how much it has helped in her the past, I  want to keep it on her! PLEASE beware if you child is playing with the necklace or can get the beads in their mouth, that is a NO NO!

Hope this helps you guys, let me know if you used the Amber Teething Necklace with your kiddo! If you have any questions leave me a question in the comments!

xo- Whitney