R’s First Family Reunion

R’s First Family Reunion

Last year for the reunion, I was SUPER pregnant.

This year, Remi was here and got to join in on the fun!

We got ready to go and headed into Oklahoma.

She’s a GREAT baby who happily goes to just about everyone. She spent LOTS of time being passed around and being so fun.

She also pushed a rubbermaid tub around showing everyone her strength. ha!

She loved being outside!


The reunion is next to an old park, and she loved the ride on horse.

She got to see some family and was quite the attraction during the morning.


I didn’t grow up with these people, but Tyler did. And even though he had to work, I know it’s so special for them to hold and play with Remi. They love her as much as we do!

My Post-Partum Weight Loss Journey

My Post-Partum Weight Loss Journey

I’m a year out from having my baby.

It’s been a journey this year.

I was lucky, thanks to gestational diabetes that I didn’t gain much weight during pregnancy. Maybe 20-25 lbs. total? I was down to pre-baby weight by 6 weeks post-partum. The issue was that I had gained like 40 lbs before I got pregnant, so I wasn’t where I wanted to be.

The best I’ve felt in the last few years (in Vegas)- side note: that’s not my lowest weight, which was 20 lbs less than this….but this was just like 2.5 months before getting pregnant:


Plus 30-40 lbs. pre-baby (like this was just weeks before getting pregnant).  Life happens, ya know?  Holidays, life stress.  I eat my feelings (or I did, I’m working on that):


So on we go.  I get pregnant, gain 25 lbs. or so and get back to the weight I was in December 2015. But if you’ve ever had a baby before, you might weigh the same, but things are….different. Things move around. They are shaped differently. They hang differently. ha!

I wasn’t happy.

I tried losing some weight just making better food choices. I tried doing some at-home workouts.

I lost maybe 8 lbs and bounced around.

This was me in May.  I think I had lost maybe 5-8 lbs. here.  But I felt tired. I felt bloated. I felt weak:

In May, I decided to make a change. I wanted more energy. I wanted more of my clothes to fit. I wanted to look better.

I joined a kickboxing gym called 9Round. They are a franchise and have locations across the country. They are 30-minute boxing based circuit workouts. I went initially because I liked the 30 minute format, but now I love the people and the workouts.

I also started eating low-carb/ketogenic. I am not hardcore keto tracking macros, but I lean a little more on the keto carb limit (around 20-25 net carbs a day).

I started losing some weight. I had lost like 10 pounds and felt comfortable enough wearing shorts on the 4th of July.

I lost 15 pounds and was feeling pretty snazzy some days. This was me and my friend Kacee in Tulsa on a mom’s night out. 

I lost 20 lbs and felt confident enough to wear a 2 piece swimsuit at the beach. It’s not where I want to be, but I am working hard and I don’t want to hide. I could have cropped out my legs to hide it. But I didn’t. Yes, I’ve got cellulite. But, I’ll honest, when I weighed 40 lbs less, I had dimpled legs. So that’s not gonna stop be from jumping into the ocean with my baby.

So I’ve hit some milestones. I’ve lost 25 lbs. I’m now under 200 lbs. I can do a real push up. I feel more confident. But I’m not done.


I have several goals. I want to continue on this way of eating to lose 35 more pounds (maybe more, but my initial goal is 35 more). I am sticking with 9Round. I want to hit my 100th workout by the end of 2017. I want to make time for myself because working out makes me feel good. I want to eat healthier because I have fewer headaches, more energy and less inflammation. I want to be the best me.

Stay tuned to see where I go. 🙂

12 Months Old

12 Months Old

Well, it’s official. She’s a year old! I’m a little sad, but I’m mostly happy because I know the older she is, the more fun we can have together.

I may keep doing monthly updates, but they may be a little shorter just to keep track of everything that’s changing and fun.

As of yesterday’s one year checkup, she weighs 20 lbs. 2 oz and is 28.5 inches (finally getting taller! yay!). She’s sized up to size 4 diapers just this week and is now wearing mostly 9-12 and 12m clothing. We do have some 18m items as well (baby clothes are sized so crazy from brand to brand). She’s grown out of her newborn shoes finally, and is wearing mostly 2s still.

She’s still a champ eater. We are struggling a little at meal times with her pushing food off her tray, but we are learning together and working through that. Her favorite foods are bananas, macaroni and cheese, green veggies, and pasta. She started on whole milk and drinks it well. We are weaning off bottles and formula and I’m not the least bit worried about her getting the nutrition and hydration she needs since she drinks well. It’s probably best that we are ditching bottles. She would get so distracted while eating bottles that we were singing songs for the nighttime bottle so she would stay focused and still.

We are working on normal sippy cups (I took the valve out of one to work on), but she does well with straw cups and the 360 cups. We are also slowly working on spoon use, but it’s messy and time consuming, so it’s not as frequent as I’d like (real life, yo).

This month she had a bad diaper rash that required a prescription cream, but thankfully, it healed up well.  She also had another ear infection (eye roll). But tubes are coming!

We took our first beach vacation (and a very long car ride) and she did great. She is a routine kid, but she adapted to a new schedule easily.

She is pushing every toy (and even things that aren’t toys) everywhere. Boxes, baskets, her push walker, her play table….everything gets pushed around. I know she could walk if she tried but she won’t yet. In her own time, I know.

One of my favorite things this month is that she pants when she gets excited. She also checks me for necklaces and earrings in the morning. She will push my face to the side looking for earrings. We are working on being “sweet” and “gentle” and using touch kindly. She has a tendency to be a little aggressive. ha!

She is doing a tongue clicking, which is SO CUTE. She loves it. She does it all the time to us.

She interacts with strangers and almost shows out if they don’t acknowledge her.  We were shopping and the man in the shop didn’t say anything to her, so she was making cute noises and clapping and looking at him waiting for him to talk to her. He never did. Wah wah.

She is now waving hi and bye (more for hi, currently) and is cruising everywhere. She is giving tight hugs, which are momma’s favorite! She still does GREAT at drop-off at school and daycare. No tears, yet! Daycare and school both say she’s just a happy good girl.

Still 6 teeth, but one just cut through yesterday (but it didn’t happen by 12 months! ha) A couple more bulging gums, but I know from experience they can take a while to break through. She still just laughs when I brush her teeth.

She still loves being thrown around for physical play. Upside down, tickles, swinging….she also loves when we chase her. LOTS of giggles when we do that.

Her nicknames are just about the same: Remi, RG, Roo, Bug.

Remington, we can’t believe how fast and slow this year was. They say the days are long, but the years are short, and that has felt true. We have all grown and learned so much together. We love the little person you are becoming! Momma and daddy love you so much, bug! We can’t imagine life without you in it! Happy birthday!

52 Week Update

52 Week Update

It’s the last week of her being a baby. Ok, not really. She’s still a baby. And she’ll always be my baby. But the last week of her first year.

We had so much fun.

On Saturday, she came with momma to work out. She does GREAT sitting in her stroller and watching us work out. It’s only 30 minutes and there is plenty to see.  She cheered me on!


Then we met Daddy for lunch while he worked. We love seeing him during the day! After lunch, he ran her up to dispatch to show her off. 

She is walking ALL over using her push toy (and anything else she can push). I call this stretch behind our couch the Remi Speedway. Back and forth and back and forth.  ALL DAY.

It was nice out, so we went to feed the catfish. She loved when the jumped in the water.

She got one last wear out of my favorite patriotic romper. And the jean jacket? I die.

Daddy was around more in the mornings the last few weeks waiting for his knee to heal up, and she loved seeing him in the mornings!

Grammy taught her how to climb stairs, and she’s putting that skill to use at our house too.

On Friday evening, Tyler was hunting and so I put Remi to bed.  She is usually so independent, but on Friday, she let me snuggle her.  We sat for 30 minutes rocking and praying together. It was special.


Earlier in the week, we were BACK to the doctor for the ear infection that won’t go away. She was happy and charmed the doctor (of course).  We did get an ENT referral for tubes.


And my crazy bed-head girl on her last day of being a baby. 🙂