Five For Friday: An Update!

Hey all! It’s been a crazy three weeks since Bear joined our clan and as spring starts back up, I figured it’s time to give you all a little update again. I usually only do these once a month or every other month, but this time around, I think I should try to give you a second update in April! So, five things to be updated on in the past few weeks:

1. Life with a new born is 100% more exhausting this time around. 

Bear is a much harder baby than Bug was. I’m trying not to compare them, but it’s impossible not to acknowledge how different they are. Bug was a great sleeper, he was totally okay with being put down. Bear wants to be held all the time. I’m not exaggerating, it’s all the time. He’s lucky he’s so darn cute, or else I may be less happy. He also nurses great and is mostly docile, minus the screams when I dare to not hold him. His siblings adore him though, and I’m still smitten…even with how exhausted I am.

You can catch his birth story here!

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2. I got the okay to start exercising again and I am so pumped!

One of my long term goals is to be able to lift well and run quick. While I try not to focus too much on weight and numbers, I do have the goal to run a mile under 10 minutes by the end of the year. My dad’s offered to help me lift correctly and in the best way to healthily build muscle mass and I’m excited to begin both these endeavors. I can’t start real lifting for another few weeks, but as long as I feel okay with it, I can walk as much as I want and start some easy arm exercises. I’m considering writing something about how I let my body heal after a cesarean, since this is the second time I’ve been told I’m a great patient and heal quicker than anyone else knows.

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You can follow my Instagram to see the exercise and healthy moving and eats more often!

3. I’ve been leaning on my village a lot more and it’s been such a blessing to have them. 

Not everyone is as blessed as we are when it comes to family and friends having our backs and being this supportive. The past few weeks have been rough, yes, but we’ve been able to lean on each other in the busyness and craziness of this new life. My parents have sent us a ton of frozen meals, my mother in law is hoping to take Bug for a day this next week so I an do that crazy “sleep when the baby sleeps” thing, my sisters have been stopping by to hang out and our church has been there every step of the way. And I am so thankful for them. I’m especially thankful for our church group and the friends in there who have reached out with all the emotional support and prayers too. We’re all fine; it’s just exhausting! And this mama does not do well with very little sleep.

4. I’ve been jumping back on the blogging bandwagon. 

I’ve missed writing so very much the past two weeks. I had no time and very little chance to. This past week I’ve found my own time to write and brainstorm for the blog. I’m not sure if it will be back to the regular again any time soon, but I’ve been writing and that’s good enough for me for now. I’ve also managed to practice somewhat with our camera, which is an area of blogging I’ve been meaning to get much better at! After all, now I have the perfect subject to practice on.

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5. Speaking of perfect subjects, Josh and I are super proud of Doodle right now.

Not only has Doodle stepped up to help out around the house with this new baby, but she’s become so involved in things she enjoys and it makes us so happy to see. She’s been taking part in Minor’s Combat at Miner Combat, which is a boxing class for her age group. She’s also super involved in our youth group right now and is going to spend her April vacation on a mission trip with them. Recently she told us she wants to be baptized; which is a huge thing to hear! Doodle has been an amazing older sister lately.

That’s pretty much all that’s happening here! We’re sort of boring, despite being exhausted.

What have you all been up to?

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