Preview of newborn photo shoot! My most favorite model ever.
How is it possible to be so completely in love with someone you’ve only known for 9 days???
Shea is obsessed with his little brother.
Logan Christian was born on 8/8! He is perfect and we are totally obsessed with him!
When B is not home - I have a snack buffet for dinner. Almost every time. I try not to. But last night for example:
Appetizer: Trail Mix - the delicious kind with M&Ms in it.
Dinner: The majority of a box of low-fat Triscuts, with Cheddar cheese cutting right off the block
Dessert: Cheetos. Yep.
Dessert #2 like an hour later: 1 mini kit-kat, and 1 mini bag of M&Ms.
Um, he’s out again tonight, and even though I have a lot of chicken and veggie options, not to mention 10000 places that deliver at my finger tips, I am scared that history might repeat itself.
*please note I am 300 months pregnant and ready to pop. Even though this has nothing to do with it - it makes me feel less guilty!
NoSauce Book Review: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
I have to separate my review into two parts to clearly convey how I felt about this book.
Part I - his story. Truly amazing. What a hero - it’s unbelievable what the human body can endure physically and emotionally. It’s also unbelievable what POW go through - I remember being in Vietnam and walking through the War Memorial (remember this was their side of it as I was in their country) and it almost brought me to tears. I can only imagine what it is like to endure this torture not knowing when and if it will ever end. He truly is an amazing soul.
Part II - the book. Ugh. I thought it was just okay. Like for example - while I wanted to read what happened, in detail, the book was peppered with so many statistics that while I totally got that the author wanted to convey a point, it was distracting away from the actual story, and uninteresting. I didn’t really care about the statistics in the middle of a chapter - I cared about the story, what was happening next. Also parts of it were very long and drawn out. Like make your point, be done, and move forward. Stop beating a dead horse. We get it already. Third, a lot was unbelievable - as in, if you are an alcoholic for years and years, I don’t think you can just up and quit one day without a single side effect. Physically I find this impossible to believe. Unless your alcoholism was exaggerated or you are lying about your withdrawal. Lastly, I am not into Televangelists - and that kind of religion. I respect to each their own, but it was a little hard for me to swallow.
I think the story is amazing - I just am disappointed that Louis Zamperini couldn’t find someone better to tell it for him.
2.5 out of 5 stars.
I have been on restriction during my pregnancy which for a fitness-finatic like myself has been really hard. Like I even had to keep track of the miles I walked to not overdo it. It’s been a huge mental challenge for me.
Luckily I am pretty tall (5’11”) so I have a lot of room to spread out the weight gain - and at what’s considered full term (37 weeks) on Wednesday - I am proud to say I am in a very healthy, normal weight gain range according to the dr - I was freaked out I would gain like 50lbs or something. But luckily that is not the case - hooray!
Anyway - this was an amazing learning experience for me.
In the past, when I felt I am “carrying extra weight” like 5ish - 10ish lbs I want to lose, I use MyFitnessPal for the diet, go even harder than usual at the gym, and with focus, drop the weight. It’s easy math - follow the rules - get the desired results. Break the rules, the formula doesn’t work. Not so hard. Anyway - this is totally different. I can’t do that while pregnant as it isn’t healthy. And I can’t workout. So I am trapped dealing with weight gain.
However, I am glad I went through this maybe in hindsight (or am going through it since baby is not expected to be here for another 3ish weeks give or take). As I have become so much more compassionate to people with extra weight they want to lose.
My back hurts, my feet hurt, everything hurts, as my body is not used to being out of shape (for my 16th birthday I asked for a memebership to the local Gold’s Gym in my hometown. Most people ask for a car at 16….I have always been gym-rat crazy). And going forward I think I will be so much more compassionate to anyone that is working hard to lose weight. Instead of thinking, well they aren’t following the rules with a smug sort of superior attitude that I didn’t even realize I had until now (what a jerk apparently I am?!?!) - I will be so sympathetic. It’s hard. You can’t move comfertably. Everything is more difficult. Laziness leads to, well, more laziness. It’s hard to motivate when you don’t feel spry.Self-discovery is an interesting somewhat painful process when you realize you were secretly sort of a judgy a-hole at certain times in your life. Sucks.
This has been such a learning for me. It’s an experience that has been mentally as challenging as physically.
I think I will be a better person - and a more patient gym-person if that’s a thing - forever after going through this. Not just with other people I observe or talk to - but I will be much kinder to myself and to the body I live in.
When your husband joking around calls you GRIMMACE.
NoSauce Book Review - The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
First things first - Michael Connelly made fun of himself at least twice in the book having the characters give Mickey Haller a hard time about having a movie made about him! HA! You have to love an author that can make fun of himself!
I felt that this book was a little different than the usual Michael Connelly - it was full of unexpected twists. As in main characters getting the ax, things not going as expected, surprises up until the end. Usually he is a bit more predictable so I was really into this book as everything I thought would happen did and didn’t - but always in a different way than I expected.
As usual our boy comes out on top - because if he didn’t what kind of book would that be? But at what cost….
One of the best Haller books yet. Read it in about 4 days.
4 out of 5 stars
So um, I totally forgot that I needed one of these with a kid on the way. Oops.
Just wondering if anyone had a recco of something they love? ALL advice would be appreciated!