Hi friends! Happy Thursday!
I hope everyone is having a great week. I went back + forth about what I wanted to post about today. I just kept ending up back at the same thought: I just want to tell you guys about a few things that have happened recently + other thoughts I have floating around in my head. 🙂
Part of blogging is sharing our life with you. Humbly + happily I wanted to share that BalancedAmes has been going through a bit of a growth spurt recently. Lots of new blog readers + Instagram followers (follow me there for day to day inspirations + Max pictures, obviously), so I thought doing a getting to know your blogger/updates/blog subjects I’m interested in post was appropriate. If you’ve been following along for a while now, maybe you’ll learn something new!
- Being me. I’ve learned I do the best when I stay in my own lane + post about things that I’m passionate about. Sometimes when I’m scrolling down Instagram, I’m thinking does this person actually love this or is it because everyone else does? I’m not going to drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte because they are bad for you + I’d rather indulge elsewhere. I don’t drink wine when I’m stressed, so I cannot relate to the movement of “it has been a long day” with wine emoticons. I’m not saying I’m this totally unique person, but I do want to be authentic.
- Body after baby. People have been asking, “how’d you do it? how are you back to normal already?” I had healthy habits before, during, + after pregnancy. My postpartum mindset post can be found here. Basically, I didn’t rush or pressure myself to “bounce back”. I embraced the journey + knew that it was going to take time. There isn’t a magic trick that I can share with you. I don’t count calories, measure macros, or panic if I eat pizza. I try to make healthy decisions MOST of the time + don’t put pressure on myself to be a certain weight or size. With healthy eating, working out, + breastfeeding I’m back to pre-pregnancy weight + more importantly all my clothes fit again 🙂
- Confidence. I love reading other blogs. Recently, I came across posts by two lovely + major bloggers about their body image issues (read: Gal Meets Glam post here + Little Miss Fearless’ post here). It just affirms again that if these gorgeous + successful women struggle with their body image, there are lots of people struggling with the same issue. I wish I could wrap everyone in a big blanket of confidence. I’ve done a lot of reading + posting about this subject (my favorite posts are here + here) + it is another subject I want to continue to explore + blog about. My parents + husband have played enormous roles in making me a confident woman that loves her body, but it also had to come from within. Instead of zooming in on my “flaws”, I always remind myself to see the bigger picture. This body is healthy + strong. When it comes to your body, this is another place comparison doesn’t pay off. I focus on being the best version of myself 🙂
- Is this a mom blog? When I first became pregnant with Maxwell, I did my best to try to make sure I didn’t talk about pregnancy too much. And then he came into our lives + instantly was such a HUGE part of us. Instead of continuing to fight the urge to post mommy things, I’m just going to embrace it. Overtime, I figured out that in order to keep up with the blog + be as committed to it as I want to be…mommyhood will be a big part of BalancedAmes, because it is a big part of me. I’m also listening to the readers/followers + lots of mommas are looking for advice. We all know this is my first little baby, but I’m happy to post what works/doesn’t work for us + what I learn along the way.
- Sick time. The way maternity leave works at the hospital I work at is that ALL of your sick hours are drained when you come back to work. On Saturday morning I woke up + I was having waves of stomach pains. I thought it was eventually ease up or go away, so off to work I went. Once I got to the hospital, it only started getting worse. I made the decision to just try to gut it out + I didn’t want to have to cancel our birthday plans for Drew. Well, I ended up in a puddle of tears at the nurse’s station. It was the pain + the stress of having next to no sick time available to use. My coworkers were beyond sweet. They passed my medications, watched my patients, brought me water + a bucket, + had encouraging words. I ended up going home early + thank the good Lord I did because it only became worse. I think it was likely food poisoning (abdominal cramping, diarrhea, vomiting). Two reasons I share this story: 1) Just like anyone, I get overwhelmed + it can come out in tears. I post a lot of uplifting + positive things, but I also want to keep it real. 2) I cannot stand that America has the worst maternity leave + we need change! Post to come on that!
- Happy birthday to my sweet + handsome husband. My husband turned 31 on Sunday. On Drew’s birthday, he had a sick wife + a baby to care for. The whole day he kept saying he was having a great day + told me to stop apologizing. That being with me + Max was all he wanted anyway. My heart melts for him, he is the most kind + caring person. He always affirms that marrying him was the best thing that has happened to me (+ has lead to other very special happenings). The way that he has taken to fatherhood has floored me, although I shouldn’t be at all surprised. I cannot wait to make it up to him + celebrate at a later date. (Thanks again babe!)
- Maxwell’s 4 month appointment. Our little babe is busy growing! He is nearly double his birth weight, weighing in at 15 pounds 6 ounces yesterday. I had a very weepy day on Tuesday (when he turned 4 months old). because he is getting bigger + older. As so many parents warned us: time goes by way too fast. I’ve spent a ton of time just cuddling, playing, + holding him this week…soaking in his baby time.
- Spreading the knowledge. I was talking to a few of my coworkers at work + one of them said “I want to lose muscle in my arms to make them smaller.” AHHHH! No, not the problem. As Drew has reminded me before: Amy, not everyone has the basic knowledge of health + fitness. This was one of the main reasons I started the blog + I’m committed to posting information to empower people to lead healthier lives + accomplish their goals. More to come on these subjects!
- Go dad! My dad has recently been on a healthier path. He has gout + had yet to make the lifestyle changes that would help to decrease the chances of flare ups. After a bad week, he decided enough was enough. With these new grandkids, he also wants to be able to run around + play with them. He quit drinking soda + quit McDonald’s (he went daily)! He would be the first to tell you that he felt worse before he felt better. His body was addicted to those vices. I’m happy to report after a few weeks without them he told me he feels “young”! haha, yes! Side note: Of course I’ve been trying to get my dad to form healthier habits for a long time. It really takes the person making the decision that they need to make the change.
This post was random subjects strung together, but I wanted to give you an idea of what is to come + maybe some insight into our lives over here 🙂
Have a fantastic weekend everyone.