Mom Life

International Bereaved Mother’s Day

International Bereaved Mother’s Day was created by Carly Marie Dudley in 2010, to honor Mother’s Internationally who have loved and lost. This day is observed on the first Sunday in May. This day was created to uplift and celebrate Mothers who often feel left out on Mother’s day. As a Mother who has suffered losses I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of this day to honor us. I believe that we become Mother’s at conception and acceptance (biological and non-biological). Whether your children are living or have gained their wings, each are counted for.

With Mother’s Day approaching next Sunday I want women to be reminded of what “motherhood” truly is: the state or experience of having or raising a child. Mother’s day should celebrate all women who have conceived, birthed, lost, adopted, raised, and/or trying to conceive. Being a Mother develops in your heart and is far greater than what we observe on Mother’s Day.

FLWE ❤

Adventures, Parenting

The McKinney’s Week/Weekend in Review 4/29-5/5

Cheers to another successful week and weekend! On Tuesday, we celebrated Abby’s 5th birthday and she even had her physical completed for the year. A good bill of health for a very smart girl. Abby is officially registered for Kindergarten in the Fall; she is excited and so are we. (Proud Parent Moment)

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On Thursday, we enjoyed bedtime story time at our local library and picked up some new books for the week and week to come. Abby was even able to sign up for her very own library card and was very proud to sign the back of her card. This moment was sacred to her, as if it was a passage to her independence.

I have created a Goodreads account for myself and Abby to log our books for the year. Abby’s goal is to read over 100 books for 2019 and my goal is to read at least 50. Goodreads is a good site to log your books read and add books to your list in which you would like to read. The app even allows you to write a brief review on each book. This is perfect for tracking our books read for the year.

Be sure to check out the app and website: http://www.goodreads.com

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This week I have been connecting with other local runners in my group, Moms Run This Town. I am too pumped to begin training for my first run. I was recommended to use a app, Couch to 5k. This app is designed to condition you into shape starting off walking- jogging-running in order to build your endurance to complete a 5k run. I have preregistered for a few upcoming races in July and will be creating a section here on my blog to log my races and run data.

I have even challenged Andrew to participate in this years 2019 Great Cycle Challenge USA in order to ride to fight kid’s cancer. It’s about 4 weeks left to go until this challenge kicks off, so he has plenty of time to condition his bike for the season. This challenge will be continuing throughout the month of June and you can ride from whatever location you like and just log your mileage.

If interested you can register at: http://www.greatcyclechallenge.com | Join us in the fight against Kid’s cancer.

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There will be no meal prepping for the upcoming week. I will cook each day to prevent waste. For those wondering why, it is because Jr. still has not arrived and it can be any moment/day now.

I have been following doctors orders and increased my walking and squatting but Jr. is simply not ready. I don’t know how much lower he can drop at this point since he is already sitting in and over my lap. Contractions are becoming more frequent but I am not too bothered by the intensity. I shared with my followers on twitter that my biggest fear is not being able to detect that I am in active labor. My pain tolerance is pretty high and with Abby she was crowning and delivering herself before I mentioned to the nurses that I felt some pressure. I hope my mother’s instinct kicks in and indicates to me that something is not right so we can be settled in at the hospital before he makes his debut. Even though, I think Andrew manage delivering baby boy at home. He is such a expert in so many areas I am confident that he could master delivering a baby. He is a great coach. =)

I will continue to keep you all updated as the week progresses. Wishing everyone a successful week ahead. Conquer those goals. Each day is a fresh start. Take no days off!

FLWE ❤

Fitness Journey

Fitness Goal: Run a 5k

I have felt so helpless in the past 8 1/2 months since I have not been able to be as active as I would like. This pregnancy has also made me even more aware how important it is that I recondition myself and get back into my fit lifestyle once I am cleared after delivery at my 6 week check up.

This past weekend I made a list of my fitness goals that I am prioritizing as I prepare myself to get back out there. I am going to commit to walking 2-4 miles per day and gradually work myself back into running. I recently joined a local running club for women called, “MOMS Run This Town” (aka MRTT). Those ladies are inspiring and is just the support that I need to accomplish one of my biggest fitness goals– to run a 5K before the end of the year.

This group has chapters is various states and if you are interested you can visit the main website https://momsrunthistown.com/local-running-club/ and locate a chapter to locally join.

I am really looking forward to preparing myself for running a 5k. I have the support of my Husband Andrew who also has already began training for our first marathon. It makes it so much better when you have someone to do things together with. When I first shared with him my goal he was thrilled and wanted to do it as well.

I am writing this post to share with you my fitness goals. For those of you that know me and or have come to know me through my blog, you should then know that I am constantly encouraging my readers to set goals for themselves (health, fitness, and personal goals). In my efforts to be as trasnsparent as possible with my journey, I will be sharing with you my goals. I will continue to keep you updated on my progress while on my health and fitness journey.

FLWE ❤

Pregnancy Journey

Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition- Week 38

At 38 weeks and a few days I am only 1 cm dilated. Doctors appointment are twice a week, as we are anticipating for Jr. arrival, potentially earlier due to his size. I have come to the conclusion that my husband Andrew and I have another stubborn Taurus on our hands. Our oldest, Abby was delivered at over 40 weeks (scheduled induction) because she just was not ready to bless the world with all of her greatness.

With every contraction with our first we always ended up in L&D (Labor and Delivery), as my husband was determined that he was not going to be the one to delivery a baby at home. With baby #3 there will be no false alarms. I will not be going to the hospital until I know I am well into active labor. It is recommended that I increase my walking, stair climbing, and squats to help me along with dilating. I am going to try these recommendations. I will keep you updated on the progress.

We have already passed a lot of predicted dates on our calendar. There are still many dates to come prior to baby’s due date. Still looking forward to see who comes close to predicting Jr. arrival correctly.

FYI: Eating 6-8 Dates in the last 4 weeks to soften cervix is a myth in my opinion.

38 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a Spaghetti Squash
  • Measuring about 20 inches long and weighed 7 lbs and 1 oz (per ultrasound a few weeks ago)
  • Baby is fully developed and continues to practice breathing and swallowing
  • Mommy is experiencing increased hip and pelvic pressure
  • Sleeping is becoming a harder task as it is difficult to get comfortable
  • Cravings: Powerade, Dates, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Milk

At 38 weeks, I weigh in today at: 181.4 lbs. I should be hitting a plateau soon with my weight gain as baby is preparing for delivery. However, he is still packing on his baby fat in the meantime. This weight is definitely challenging to carry since it is all belly and not evenly distributed. I find that it is so easy to lose my balance. I am being very cautious when I walk.

13 days left until 5/14/19- keep checking back and follow me on social media for updates. I will more than likely post first on social media when Jr. arrives. Thank you all for continuing to follow me on my pregnancy journey.

FLWE ❤

Monthly Goals

New Month, New Goals: May 2019

I am welcoming the month of May with lots of positivity and love. This is the month our son will be making his debut and as I prepare I have created a few goals for the month:

  1. Read More Books (downloaded the goodreads app and challenged myself to read 100 books before the end of the year- already 8 books in)
  2. Walk a minimum of 1-2 miles per day up until delivery and will walk daily as tolerated postpartum
  3. Begin logging my meals/calories again (slightly took a break during these past few months)
  4. Check in daily in my fitness apps to ensure my activity and progress is being logged (It’s about showing up daily)
  5. Blog more about my active fitness journey as I recover and prepare to run a 5k in the coming months
  6. Be more involved in my groups (It has been difficult for me to attend meetings and events as I prepare to delivery in the coming week)
  7. Transition to reduce my carb intake (Will return to low carb diet after delivery)
  8. Complete a trail run with Hubby
  9. Increase Water Intake
  10. Be more interactive with other WP blogs

Monthly goals will be a new category on my blog. With each month I will blog about my monthly goals. I encourage everyone to write down their goals for the month. This is a great exercise to motivate you to accomplish your goals. When you write out your goals you are writing them into existence. Reflect on your written goals daily. Check each completed task off your list. It feels great to accomplish your goals.

Share below in the comments one goal you have set for this month.

FLWE ❤

Mom Life, Parenting

Happy 5th Birthday to Our Wild Child

Today, we celebrate you- Abigail Joann (Abby). Our Taurus baby. Our wild child.

For those of you that do not know Abby, here are some words to describe her character:

  • Stubborn = Determined
  • Loud = Rambunctious
  • Animated = Passionate
  • Hyper = Exhilarating
  • Chatty = Conversational
  • Wild = Free
  • Independent = Self Reliant
  • Personable = Charming

That’s just a few words to describe our powerhouse of a child. While some of her traits are as sweet as honey they can also be as sour as vinegar. Yet, every piece of her attitude and personality is what makes her, Abby. There is a positive behind every trait that she poses. However, sometimes at the age of 5 you haven’t quite figured out how to use your traits for the greater good. With continuous moral coaching and developing Abby will be able to use her traits in all positive ways in order to make the world we live in a better place. Her charisma will be inspiring to others as she exemplifies being determined, rambunctious, passionate, exhilarating, conversational, free, self reliant and charming.

Again, Happy Birthday to our powerhouse! Mommy and Daddy are oh so proud to be your parents.

FLWE ❤

How To, Personal Development

6 Tips on How to Become a Morning Person

Are you struggling to get moving in the morning? While, you may refer to yourself as not a “morning” person- you are very capable of becoming one. I will be sharing 6 tips on how to become a morning person. Routine is everything! Training yourself does not solely relate to working out. We also have to train our body, especially if we are seeking to make changes in our lifestyle.

6 Tips on How to Become a Morning Person

  1. Create a schedule: Having a schedule in place is essential. Create a morning routine and stick to it! A schedule will not only hold you accountable but it will keep you motivated. I recommend for you to select a time and commit to waking up and eating breakfast at the same time daily. This includes weekdays and weekends. You can even include a morning workout or morning stretch into your routine which will help get you moving after your slumber. You will notice after a week that your body time clock will have adapted to your new schedule and you may find that you are waking up before your alarm.
  2. Use a Smart Alarm: Opt for an alarm that does not have a snooze button. I have overslept so many morning by accidentally selecting the snooze button. Some of those mornings were not accidental but definitely resulted in me running late to work. I personally hate to hear abrupt and annoying alarms in the morning. I was lucky enough to find a application, “Sleep Cycle” in my app store (Apple). Sleep Cycle allows you to select the time which you need to wake up by and will gradually wake you within 30 minutes prior to that time, depending on where you are in your sleep cycle. Studies report that there are stages of sleep when you should not be interrupted. This app monitors your sleep cycles and wakes you at the most appropriate time in order to wake you up when you are feeling optimally rested.
  3. Open your blinds: Allow natural or artificial light into your bedroom and throughout the house. Lighting signals to your brain to stop making melatonin which is a hormone that encourages sleep. Waking up before the sun rises can be a challenge especially if you are trying to wake up and get ready in a dark or poorly lit room. The darkness and poor lighting will promote sleepiness.
  4. Exercise: Opting to exercise or stretch first thing in the morning is a perfect routine to help wake up your body. It has been reported that morning exercises assists with lowering blood pressure, reducing stress/anxiety, and encourages you to sleep better at night. Recommended activities: morning walk/jog/run, walk your dog, yoga
  5. Enjoy a protein-packed breakfast: Avoid heavy breakfast items such as biscuits or bagels. Instead opt for high protein items such as eggs and yogurt. Protein encourages wakefulness and will help in keeping you full longer. Protein is packed with nutrients to keep your energy levels elevated which will further help you feel better in the mornings.
  6. Avoid naps: Fight the urge to nap throughout the day. Naps can definitely through off your schedule and destroy all your progress from your newly developed morning schedule. Naps make it harder to fall asleep at night. If you are noticing that you are feeling sleepy towards the end of the day, use this as an opportunity to go to bed earlier at night.

I hope you find these 6 tips useful. Please comment below your experience and feedback. Let me know what worked and did not work for you. Your insight can help others. If you are a morning person, please share any advice you have regarding what keeps you grounded and motivated.

FLWE ❤