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Eliza Wren – 2 Months Old

October 1, 2019

10 pounds 10 ounces

22 inches

Things she loves ~ cuddling, white noise, her paci, sleeping, being on her tummy, bathtime, laying the grass, her daddy (oh. my. goodness.), camping!

Things she hates ~ The carseat, a dirty diaper, getting her clothes put on, being alone.

This month she hit one of my favorite milestones…baby smiles! There is nothing in the world like them and I had so much fun taking her pictures, she gave me and her sister so many gummy grins.

She has started doing baby pushups, so strong for her age!

I thought her eyes might stay blue, but looks like I might be wrong, some brown flecks have started to make their appearance this past month! Three brown eyed girls – my gracious.

I went off of dairy this past month due to some fussiness and other symptoms in Eliza, she seems to feel much better, so we think we have found the culprit. She is sleeping better and finding her own little rhythm as are the rest of us as we maneuver having a baby in the house again. Overall going from 2-3 kids has been a much easier adjustment than 1-2 and we all are managing quite well (other than the car rides). I am so thankful for these sweet days.

 

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Eliza Wren – One Month Old

August 26, 2019

8 pounds 12 ounces

21 Inches

Things she loves ~ cuddling, being carried, looking out windows, white noise, her paci, being on her tummy, watching her owl toy on her mat, and of course… her sisters.

Things she hates ~ the carseat, being on her back, being in one place for too long.

She is already holding her head up, she has rolled from her tummy to her back twice now (not kidding) and she had her first bottle of pumped milk a couple of days ago.

She has so many different adorable faces it was difficult to narrow the pictures down.

I love to watch my babies grow, but it is getting harder and harder as the reality of time passing hits me!

We are all so in love

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A New Chapter

June 1, 2019

I’m sitting here in bed at 9:15 am feeling like a teenager in the summertime again. My husband is on an overnight fishing trip and the girls are with their grandparents who are in town from Peru. I binge watched Grey’s Anatomy last night and slept in until 8 am. I am taking full advantage of the quiet, because being alone overnight in my own house is literally something that NEVER happens anymore! So now that I’ve painted a blissful picture of my current situation let’s get to the point of this post.

My goal to write has not been quite as successful as I had hoped so far this year and we  are already halfway into 2019, unbelievable! I have been journaling privately a little bit, but, sadly the blog has once again been neglected. That being said I won’t make any promises that there will be biweekly posts from now on, just so I don’t have that commitment hanging over my head. However, for at least the next month, I will have more free time because there have been a lot of changes in my life lately! Our third baby girl will be here in July, so naturally there will be a lull in many areas of life for at least a few months!

My biggest update that I want to process here is a change in my career. I have been working at a hospital located an hour away (on good days) for over 3 years now. I spent the first 2 years of my nursing career on a busy postpartum unit, and I have spent the last year as a lactation counselor with an amazing and advanced lactation department at the same hospital. I have also spent the last year studying and preparing for my IBCLE exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I took the exam April 1st, which explains part of my absence here, the only extra thing I had time for was studying. It was a 175 question, 4 hour exam and I am still waiting on my results. They make you wait 3 long months! I will find out at the end of June. I have learned, stretched, changed, and grown so much over the last 3 years, but as we near the birth of our third daughter, we knew that we needed a change to bring more peace to our family. So, after some childcare issues and very little support in our area, we made the difficult decision to go ahead and have me hand in my two weeks notice a little earlier than planned. Today marks one week since my last day. Although I will deeply miss my coworkers and mentors and the community in I which I worked, I feel such a sense of relief. Our family has been running in circles to allow me to grow in my role as an RN for the last few years. We knew this would be necessary after I got out of school, but we didn’t realize what a toll it would take on our lives, even with me just working part time. I do not regret the decision to enter the workforce, in many ways it has been good. The girls have been proud of their mommy and they have seen what it takes to meet goals and fulfill an important purpose in life. Giles has had the opportunity to bond with the girls and get a glimpse into a full day, from dawn to dusk as a parent. As I reenter a season of being a SAHM, he will be able to have a much better understanding and appreciation of the work I will be doing that is impossible to see until you do it yourself. This time in the workforce has also allowed me to see how important my role as a mother at home is and to feel much more appreciated.

I know that Everyone has different opinions on this topic of working moms vs. staying at home. It is such a sensitive area. I know for a fact that I have been judged for going to work and I know I will be judged for choosing to put a hold on my career to stay at home with my family. I’ve grown up enough to realize, it really doesn’t matter what other people think, because they don’t live my life and know the ins and outs of our family and why we need what we need. I don’t judge those of you who work or stay at home because I have walked in both of your shoes. I know some of you have to work and realize I’m blessed to even have the option. From working with mother’s for the past 3 years and being involved in a very vulnerable time in their lives where these decision are real and hard, I realize we each have very different needs. There is not a one size fits all solution and even in an individuals life it won’t always look the same. I realize that every mother is different, every mother has different needs and different energy levels, the important thing I’m realizing, is to figure out our own needs and follow them. For some of us, we know what we need from the beginning and stick with it from the birth of our child until they leave the house. For others, like me, seasons eb and flow, changes in the families needs determine changes in our careers. The most important thing I’m finding is to be open, be aware of our needs, our families needs, consider our spouses opinion, pray, wait, listen, and then don’t fight it. Change is always scary and it is always a risk, but sometime it can be the best thing for you. I won’t act like this was an easy decision. In a way I feel like I am peeling a layer of myself away, leaving behind such a significant chapter of my life, but that’s motherhood, giving up pieces of yourself or putting them on hold to enjoy and nurture what really matters. No matter how you do this as a mother, we all do it in our own way. In our case, despite the fact that this was a hard decision, it was the right one and already I am seeing positive changes in our life.

I know my career is not done, it may change slightly after this time at home, but it’s not over. This is just a break so I can stay home with my girls and rest, so I can develop more routine and consistency in our lives and bond with each of my children, so I don’t miss those first milestones that you don’t ever get back. I am so thankful for my families support over the last few years as I have developed myself as a nurse. I look forward to this time of nurturing myself and my family. I look forward to the changes we will experience and what lies ahead for my future as the children grow. This time is temporary and I don’t know when I will reenter the workforce or how I will do it, but I do know I will know myself even better when I do and it will be the right time. To all of you mamas out there, I know how hard it is to find the right balance. I know you often question your choices as a mother in all areas, and a lot of it has to do with outside influences. Take time to listen to yourself, your family and God’s voice and silence the other’s, because at the end of the day the people closest to you are the one’s that really matter.

Raw Reflection

December 31, 2018

After a year of few to no goals I knew my goals for this year needed to be something different for me to feel enough excitement to reach them.  So, my theme this year is going to be in line with the words create, innovate and imagine. I have deeper personal reasons for these goals that I won’t delve into right now. In order to maintain this theme I decided that writing/journaling will be my main goal for the year of 2019. I feel writing is a good goal for my theme because it is creative in the moment but it also provokes creativity for the future. It is also something I can do in which I can create specific, doable goals while living under the same roof of two screaming banshees !  I hope to write on the blog biweekly, you, my reader, can hold me accountable! Looking back here on the blog I was really surprised and disappointed to see that  it has been nearly 2 years since my last post! How appropriate then that I plan to improve in this area. I don’t plan to improve in this area because I think I have something really good and enlightening to say (although I hope that happens on occasion). Really, as unselfishly as I can say this, I plan to improve in this area for me and my personal health. Writing or journaling frequently really helps me to live in the present and remember what is important. This last year has had a lot of good in it, but it has had a lot of hard too. I think writing would have been very beneficial to help me process circumstances and I hope that whatever the future holds in 2019, journaling will help me cope better than I did in 2018. In reflecting on why my journaling and blog entries have been so sparse I have come to a very honest conclusion. I don’t like to write what isn’t real. But sometimes I don’t feel like sharing what is real because it can be ugly. I’d like to think of myself as a genuine person and so if I’m quiet it might be because I’m navigating difficult waters. There have been a lot of hard months in this last year and I don’t want this to be an outlet for Eeyore. But, we all know that not every week is filled with an elaborate vacation for two or the perfect handmade trinkets while maintaining glitter free floors and not everyday do little girls act like the smiling little angels with big ribbons and curls in their hair that never get tangled. Sometimes social media presents life this way and it can be even more discouraging. I don’t want to be that person that makes you think my life is all butterflies and roses. I have a hard time posting pretty pictures or writing eloquent posts while in the background it really looks like a battle zone or 5 minutes prior my kids were yelling and I tried to solve the problem only to find myself acting just like them (please tell me I’m not alone here). I will focus on maintaining gratitude in my writing and being present in the moment , I plan to share beautiful and happy moments throughout the year of which I hope we have many, but I also hope to be real and share moments that aren’t so great too so that you know we are real here and we are anything but perfect. In the coming week I hope to post a Reflection of 2018 and share with you some of the good and the bad our family weathered through together.

A Look Back at 2016

January 8, 2017

I have never written a “family newsletter” but they say there’s a first time for everything! I did not send out Christmas cards this year and I really didn’t even have a sentimental facebook moment about all that the past year has been for our family. A year in our life always seems so filled that it is hard to fit it into one sentence, this past year especially.

2016 was a year filled with ups and downs, waiting and a lot of adjustments for all of us. The biggest news for me personally was a new job! In January I was hired at Spartanburg Regional on the Labor and Delivery floor. I began my orientation in February and by March I realized that the job wasn’t really fitting well for me. I went to my manager with my concerns and she was kind enough to offer me a position on the postpartum floor which I was relieved to accept. I finished up my orientation there in June and have been working as an RN independently since then. I work mostly with moms and babies after delivery. Occasionally I will have an antepartum patient (still pregnant) or a post hysterectomy patient. We are a very busy floor and I have been getting a lot of good experience. I work with a wonderful team of ladies who have been very helpful during this transitional time and I have amazing management! There are good days and bad days just like anywhere but for the most part it is a very rewarding job. I especially love that our hospital is going baby friendly which means we are promoting breastfeeding and I get to do a lot of education with mom’s in the area of breastfeeding, which can be more intensive than you might realize! This part of my job is especially satisfying to me. We have an incredible team of lactation consultants and I feel like I learn something new from them everyday, they are kind of my hero!

Of course part of mom getting a new job has also been an adjustment for the rest of the family. Giles has really stepped in and taken over my role when I am away. He makes dinner and puts Scarlett to bed (Audrey usually waits up for me). He usually has the house cleaned up too. He’s pretty amazing and the girls have really bonded with him. I know it is not always easy for him to do all of this, especially on the days he works and comes home to do it, but he rarely complains, he just does it and loves his girls. We usually try to work it out to where we have a babysitter one day a week and he and I switch off the rest of the week so that the girls have at least one parent with them the majority of the time. Childcare was an issue at first but things have settled down as we found a great in home babysitter and are in somewhat of a routine now. I’m really thankful that the park Giles is at is more laid back and he gets the major holiday’s off which counterbalances the randomness of my job.

Audrey turned 4 in March. She got a scooter and Anna dress! We had a pink princess themed birthday at a nearby playground. She had sparkly pink cupcakes in honor of her favorite book (at the time) “Pink Cupcake Magic.” Several of her friends came and Grandma and Grandpa Kay drove up and joined in the fun. They are only about and hour in a half away now and we try to see them at least once a month. My mom was very helpful in filling in the gaps with childcare for us when we needed it until we got everything figured out.

In April we went on a random 4 day trip to Boone and Blowing Rock, NC. We explored the quaint towns, did some shopping and eating and hiked several waterfall’s along the Blue Ridge Parkway (some were easier than others). Scarlett was about 10 months old and rode in the hiking backpack  most of the time and Audrey led the way with her “leaf map” for one of the hikes! She did great.

May was our anniversary and Giles and I had a city date for the day in Charlotte. We had oysters and got a couples massage, it was a nice to time to reconnect and relax. It was probably one of the most low key months of May we have had in the history of our marriage with no school to compete with our anniversary.

June was Scarlett’s 1st Birthday! We did a much smaller party than we did for Audrey’s first ( I learned my lesson). It was a strawberry theme and Scarlett loved her cake. We got her a water table, since she loves the water so much. However, her favorite present was probably her stuffed frog from Grandma and Grandpa, she sleeps with it almost every night now. She has developed so much this year. She is a beautiful, spunky little thing with the will of a lion. She never stops moving and she knows what she wants. She is fairly outgoing, although her sister is hard to beat in that arena, but she does love people and does her best to keep up with her big sister on all levels. She started walking around 11 months and is always on the go! She has a sweet but serious disposition and can be very temperamental if she doesn’t get her way. It is so true that every child is different and she has been so much fun to get to know and a wonderful addition to our family.

As I mentioned this year continued to be a a year of waiting. We did not make a lot of big plans because we were waiting for the building to be finished on our house and to make the big move. We lived in a rental most of the year which was a house we arranged to live in through our builder. It was not an ideal setup for our family and most of our belongings were in storage. It was difficult to live in for nearly a year when we had planned to be there only 4-6 months. Our house took 16 months to be built and it isn’t anything out of the ordinary or extremely large which is what most people ask, just some difficulties with the builder keeping his word unfortunately. So, we did not move until the end of August, but boy were we grateful when we did!! Despite the frustrations we love our house and the location. As we knew it would be, it was worth the wait. We are in a more rural area, although we do have neighbors, but we are not in a subdivision and have a little over an acre to play with. We hope to bring out goats to our property (they are living with my parents right now ha ha! ) and hope to get some chickens in the spring.

Audrey started school (pre-k) only a few days after we moved. She absolutely loves it as we knew she would . It is a full day (7:30 -2:10) which is a lot for her age. We have had some adjustments and have had to work on making sure she gets enough sleep and eats enough, otherwise melt downs are imminent. She has learned a lot this year and is working on sounding out words and trying to write them. I got a note one day that said “I Luf u.” She loves to play restaurant with me and try to take my order. She has always been a wordy girl and seems to really love language and letters. I expect that she will be reading or at least starting to by the end of the year. It is really amazing to watch her mind grow and expand. Her favorite part of the day is still recess of course. She has made a lot of new friends and even informed us the first week of school that she had a husband, but by the next week she had given him away to her “sister” at school. (apparently they had created a pseudo family ha ha ha. ) Her teacher tells us she is a leader and the “mother hen” in her group of friends. We are proud of her and only pray that we can lead her into what God means for her to be.

I think it was a week after we moved (it’s all a little blurry now) that Giles got called out to a fire in California. He was out there for about 2 weeks doing security. We missed him and Audrey had a hard time adjusting to a new school with her daddy gone, but thankfully it wasn’t too long and we had help from Giles’ sister who came down and helped us for a while. In September when Giles got back, we were all ready for a vacation. Instead of continuing to unpack like we probably should have, we went to the beach in Oak Island, NC for a week. It was wonderful and the girls really had a blast playing in the sand and water. The weather was perfect and Oak Island was just the right pace for us!

The rest of the year continued to fly by. For Halloween the girls were a pumpkin (Scarlett) and a Unicorn Princess (guess who!?). November was Giles birthday. He turned 32 and I made him a pumpkins spice pound cake. It was yummy. He got a deer stand for his birthday (requested by him) and shot his first buck of the season shortly afterward.

My parents came over a day early for Thanksgiving as I had to work my first holiday for the  real thing. It didn’t really matter what day it was celebrated on though, we enjoyed spending it with family. Giles and I did something crazy and took on the Whole30 challenge on the day of Thanksgiving (ending update on the blog pending). You can read more about that on my last post.

December was an incredibly busy and somewhat stressful month as we were busy making Christmas preparations and trying to finish our bonus room (which we left unfinished intentionally so that we could make it what we wanted for less money). We were hoping to have the room finished in time for my in-laws stay, but with two children and two jobs that was a pretty unattainable goal. We (well mostly Giles) are still working on it though and getting close. It is going to be awesome! Giles sister came in early December and his parents came in mid December. We got a surprise visit from his Grandmother shortly after his parents arrived. After about a week visiting with her, Giles and I made a quick trip to help her back up to WV with out the kiddos. We made a detour to drive through Shenandoah on the way back. It was beautiful but we didn’t do much sightseeing/hiking as it was a very blustery and cold day with a snowstorm headed in. Just after we got back Giles Aunt, who is also a midwife, came to celebrate the New Year with us. I really enjoyed getting to talk to her and hear some of her birth stories. Whew even writing all of that makes me tired. It was a crazy way to end the year!

Last year was very full and we made some wonderful memories and our family grew stronger together. We all had a lot of changes to adjust to and challenges to work through. I am so thankful for the growth we have had, but I am really looking forward to the new year and hopefully being a little more settled in and able to just experience a bit more peace.

May your year be filled with blessings and peace as well! We welcome 2017 with open arms!

Halfway to Whole30

December 11, 2016

I’m getting to this post a little later than I had hoped and part of that is because a lot of my free time these days seems to be spent prepping the next meal. Yes, Whole30 takes a lot of effort, but anything worth doing usually does . We are now on day 18 of the Whole30. Apparently we are in what is called the “Tiger Blood” phase where your cravings start to subside and you feel on top of the world. I have to say I am feeling pretty good! I am for the most part experiencing everything I had hoped for. My thoughts seem clearer, I am functioning at a higher level, I generally have no afternoon slump (unless I just haven’t gotten around to eating soon enough), and my mood seems more stable. ‘

My biggest challenge has been eating out. I have gone out 3 times since day 1 and 2/3 of those times I have “slipped.” For me it wasn’t a big enough ‘slip’ or concern to start all over as the program guide suggests, I am pretty hard core but there are some places I draw the line. For the most part I still stayed in the lines, the first time I went out (dinner with a friend) I really messed up and ordered edamame forgetting that they are soy beans (duh!). My stomach did actually feel a little funny after that dinner. The second time I went out (lunch at Christmasville with the girls and a friend) I was lucky enough to find a place still serving brunch and had a delicious sweet potato hash with eggs on top, perfect! The third time which was actually just a couple of  nights ago (we took Audrey to see the Transiberian Orchestra), I ordered a chicken salad. They didn’t have basalmic dressing or any dressing with out sugar and so the chef made a basalmic vinaigrette especially for me. Our server told me that because of my request they would now be putting that on the menu! Wow, I helped a restaurant place a healthy option on their menu – I felt pretty cool ha! Anyway, my chicken salad was like tuna salad, you know the kind of mushy chicken they put in a ball on top of your lettuce. I assumed it would be chopped bbq chicken as we were at a bbq restaurant, but I am always confused by chicken salad on the menu (not my first time for this mistake.) Am I alone on this one? Well, you know what they usually put in chicken salad right? Mayo and depending on the ingredients it is usually not Whole30 approved. I ate it anyway, I do not like to be the picky person at a restaurant and send things back (it is hard not to be that person on Whole30), so that was that.

Other challenges have been not snacking, time for meal prep, and not eating Audrey’s leftover pretzel at the concert the other night. My cravings for the most part are non existent except for when something is right in front of me. Also I am underweight already so I haven’t really been following the no snacking rule, I eat almonds with organic apple chips and sometimes I’ll have a boiled egg or almond butter with apple slices midday. Snacks especially occur when I’m at work and I know I will be getting a late dinner,  but it’s been great to have healthy snacks prepared for the times I know I will be getting a late meal instead of eating something I know will make me crash. Ok, I feel like this is becoming confession time or something, let’s get on to what my meals have looked like at home and how we as a family have been approaching this.

First of all the kids are not doing Whole30 with us, they still have milk and some bread for lunch and treats now and then. Maybe next time. We do not however cook separate meals for them, so at dinner time they usually eat Whole30 approved meals with us. I have the Whole30 book which I think has helped me tremendously in food prepping and planning. I love to have something tactile in front of me I can flip through with beautiful pictures of food, plus they have so many tips and tricks to make things easier! I am using some helpful meal templates which have been very helpful to keep me on track (If I ever take the time to learn how to link things in my blog I will update this post with that link, for now if you need a meal template google is your friend) . I almost always double my recipes like this chili I made – img_0073This way I will have leftovers for the next day for either breakfast or lunch. It is helpful to prep at least one thing ahead for the week incase there are days the leftovers are not enough. This week I made a bunch of boiled eggs and roasted a chicken to make chicken salad with.

Here are some meals from last week that we enjoyed –

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Chili in an acorn squash bowl, this is one of my favorites and great for company!

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To be quite honest, this steak was a bit over done, but the rest was good and at least it looks delicious!

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A typical Whole30 breakfast, I haven’t gone without my eggs since day 1.

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Thai coconut soup, this was yummy!

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The girls enjoying a Whole30 breakfast made by grandma who decided to play along for a half day to help us stay on track.

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Don’t forget all of the water we drink!

 

The biggest thing I have learned so far is that there is really sugar in everything! I did read labels before but I wasn’t consistent. When I thought there might be a lot of sugar in something I would turn the box over and decide whether it was too much for my liking or not. Now, I have to check everything, even breakfast sausage, to make sure there is no sugar in it. I found a good looking package of chicken sausage that I thought for sure would be approved by Whole30 and I didn’t think anything of it until after I ate  it and checked the packaging (don’t ask me why I thought of it afterwards maybe it was a subconscious thing) 5 grams of sugar – oops! I just chalked it up to a learning experience and knew better for the next time. We also really miss bacon – yes that’s cured in sugar too unless you special order it and I just haven’t taken the time or money to do that.

I have also learned that cravings really can be controlled and I don’t miss as much as I thought I would. There are the special times I would like to have a treat, but this has definitely been worth it. I have learned to recognize the times when I was mindlessly eating treats that really were not associated with a special moment or time with family that could have definitely been skipped over.

My goal is to update you at the end of this journey which will be December 23rd. Good timing right ? Part of the program is to do a “reintroduction” phase to see how your body reacts to individual food groups, such as dairy, after you are done. I’m not sure how this will look for us since there will be some celebratory moments shortly after we are done but I definitely plan to update you with some after effects. Stay tuned!

What is The Whole30?

November 30, 2016

I sat down to write about what I’ve been doing for the last 7 days and then I realized I actually needed to write an entire post about what The Whole30 is because if I didn’t this post would be waaaay to long, so here you go.

I am still perfecting a short description of the program as it is a question  I am asked a lot lately since everywhere I go it becomes obvious I am doing something different, maybe even radical or extreme! As you can probably tell by now I’m not good with short, I am rather wordy, but here goes my attempt. Whole30 is very similar to Paleo which we have done before as well, but wait you might not know what that means either. Ok, Whole30 is really pretty simple. You eat whole foods. Eggs, Meat (yes even red meat), vegetables, fruit, annnnd that’s mostly it. None of these foods can be processed and it’s ideal but not required (because lets face it’s just not realistic for a lot of people out there) that you do organic for 30 whole days.

The idea behind the program as I have gathered is to help you quit bad habits in 30 days that you may have aquired over a life time. Like, having a coke to keep you awake during a 12 hour night shift, or grabbing a latte every time you go to target, or grabbing a piece of candy from the “candy lady” at work because it’s 2 pm and you haven’t eaten yet and you just need something to get your blood sugar back up (which will send you crashing and burning soon after and even though you know it you don’t know what else to do because you didn’t have a PLAN which is essential on Whole30). Can you tell I might have had a few bad habits?

Another reason for Whole30 is to help you identify food allergies or intolerances you might have. For those with skin problems, digestive issues, or even arthritis or anything related to inflammation this can be very helpful and I have read many testimonials from people stating that they reversed many problems with Whole30 including diabetes, and high cholesterol. There is a 10 day reintroduction phase at the end in which you are guided on how to slowly reintroduce all of the foods you have not allowed in your diet for the last 30 days, a few days at a time to figure out what’s causing said problems or may be even making you feel bad and you didn’t even realize it!

Did you notice I didn’t mention weight loss or positive body changes!!! That’s because that is not the main reason behind the program, but it is a benefit!

So, why am I doing Whole30? Well, most people look at me and the first thing they say is you don’t need to lose weight, why on earth are you doing this? (I’m nearly 5’6 and 102 pounds. Your right, I don’t need to lose weight, I actually need to gain weight, it’s a genetic thing). Remember, this isn’t about losing weight. Did you know that a thin person can actually be very unhealthy? Sugar and I have had a very close relationship for years. I mean, I was raised in the south, Sweet Tea anyone? Since I’ve had kids and started working it’s probably only gotten worse. It’s nap time, why not have some chocolate? I have some seriously bad habits. I also started drinking coke more frequently this year which is a habit I broke a long time ago, but when your stressed and you have a lot of changes going on, bad habits start to pop up again. So, for me I am looking for Whole 30 to be a health reset. I am also looking for my blood sugar to stabilize, to minimize my mood swings, and just be at my highest quality of functioning (no more brain fog). Who wouldn’t want that!?

Short synopsis: Whole30 is a plan to help you retrain your brain to eat healthy, whole foods. It is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change.

When it’s over:  When it’s over you can make your own big girl or big boy decisions about what your body reacts well to and what is not worth the pain or brain fog or mood swings, etc…

When it’s over you can still splurge once in a while and have that mug of hot chocolate with your 4 year old because you want to share a memory, or you can choose not to. But, hopefully when it is over the majority of the changes you have made in your food choices will remain . Hopefully, you will realize you don’t really need that extra piece of candy, your body was actually just thirsty so you grab some water instead!

If your interested in Whole30, just know that what I have written here is minimal information compared to the 2 books I’ve been scouring here at home and I’m not getting paid for any of this. I really just want to track my progress and maybe inspire someone along the way. I didn’t go through what is not allowed on the program because let’s face it, most of you would look at that and never would have read this far. So here are the 2 books I recommend if you want to look into it – “It Starts with Food” This is the book for the people who are like a 4 year old and ask Why ALL of the time. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that – that’s how you learn! And The second option is for those of you who just want the basics, some tips and tricks,the guidelines, some why, and mainly recipes! This is simply entitled “The Whole30”

I know this whole idea might sound crazy to some of you, but seriously, who doesn’t love a challenge? Well, I guess some people really don’t, but if you do this is for you! It can’t hurt anything. Maybe wait till the holiday’s are over unlike we did because let’s face it, that really is crazy. If you want to know what Whole30 looks like in the real life of a busy mom and dad stay tuned for an update on week 1.