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Another #thankfulthursday and I’m pretty thankful for my husband 😍
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I’m thankful that he *gets* me. Because let’s be honest - I’m a little weird and a lot sarcastic 😃
I’m thankful that he’s always encouraged me to go for it - whatever “it” is that I want to go for 😬
I’m thankful that he walked the halls with me during labor and would massage my back during every contraction 😅
I’m thankful that he works so hard every day, then comes home and helps me with #allthethings
I’m thankful that he volunteered for the night shift our first week with the baby when I thought someone had to be awake with him 24/7 😇
And most of all, I’m thankful that he’s so good looking {and has a cute booty 🤷🏼‍♀️}
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Yep. A lot to be thankful for!
Another #thankfulthursday  and I’m pretty thankful for my husband 😍 ___ I’m thankful that he *gets* me. Because let’s be honest - I’m a little weird and a lot sarcastic 😃 I’m thankful that he’s always encouraged me to go for it - whatever “it” is that I want to go for 😬 I’m thankful that he walked the halls with me during labor and would massage my back during every contraction 😅 I’m thankful that he works so hard every day, then comes home and helps me with #allthethings  I’m thankful that he volunteered for the night shift our first week with the baby when I thought someone had to be awake with him 24/7 😇 And most of all, I’m thankful that he’s so good looking {and has a cute booty 🤷🏼‍♀️} ___ Yep. A lot to be thankful for!
Basically my life.
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•Things are going great! 🤗
•Things are NOT going great 😐
•Just laugh and keep going because what else can you do 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
Basically my life. ___ •Things are going great! 🤗 •Things are NOT going great 😐 •Just laugh and keep going because what else can you do 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️
Baby’s first nap has been momma’s time to get ready for the day.
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Even though we usually don’t leave the house, I’ve found that if I put a little makeup on, I’m a LOT more productive the rest or the day. Or at least I feel like it anyway 😂
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And let it be known that I randomly got the @traceadkins song “You’re Gonna Miss This” stuck in my head tonight, so I rocked him for his entire last nap. There may or may not have been tears (from me 🙄) but I swear he’s bigger every time I pick him up 😭
Baby’s first nap has been momma’s time to get ready for the day. ___ Even though we usually don’t leave the house, I’ve found that if I put a little makeup on, I’m a LOT more productive the rest or the day. Or at least I feel like it anyway 😂 ___ And let it be known that I randomly got the @traceadkins song “You’re Gonna Miss This” stuck in my head tonight, so I rocked him for his entire last nap. There may or may not have been tears (from me 🙄) but I swear he’s bigger every time I pick him up 😭
Today I sent my husband to the wrong grocery store for our grocery pickup. Not just across town, but an hour and a half away from the store he was supposed to be at 😂😂😂 #mybad 🤷🏼‍♀️
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But y’all... he got them to cancel my online order and WENT IN. ON A SUNDAY. And got our groceries. If you know him, this is a huge deal. He hates the grocery store 😂
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Then he came home and cooked gumbo and I got to do this 👇🏻 which is really the only thing I wanted to be doing anyway!
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(Don’t worry - I cut up vegetables while he had baby time. I wasn’t completely worthless today 😇)
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I hope your Sunday was filled with family and snuggles. Because that’s what Sundays are for ☺️
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And yes, my hand looks ginormous. Because it is ✋🏻
Today I sent my husband to the wrong grocery store for our grocery pickup. Not just across town, but an hour and a half away from the store he was supposed to be at 😂😂😂 #mybad  🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ But y’all... he got them to cancel my online order and WENT IN. ON A SUNDAY. And got our groceries. If you know him, this is a huge deal. He hates the grocery store 😂 ___ Then he came home and cooked gumbo and I got to do this 👇🏻 which is really the only thing I wanted to be doing anyway! ___ (Don’t worry - I cut up vegetables while he had baby time. I wasn’t completely worthless today 😇) ___ I hope your Sunday was filled with family and snuggles. Because that’s what Sundays are for ☺️ ___ And yes, my hand looks ginormous. Because it is ✋🏻
Since I’ve been hunting zero times this season, let’s all remember that year I killed 2 deer with one shot.
Since I’ve been hunting zero times this season, let’s all remember that year I killed 2 deer with one shot.
Doing #thankfulthursday for the rest of November 🤗 and today I’m extra thankful for my parents.
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I’m always thankful for my parents, but these past 12 weeks they have been extra helpful - from my mom feeding us dinner more times than I can count, helping me put sheets on the bed and fold laundry while the baby naps, or riding places with me and staying in the car with baby before he had his shots - to my dad running errands for me, INCLUDING going to get breast milk storage bags when my mom and John were both out of town 😂, and bringing me food when John is working late and I don’t want to cook.
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I hope this little boy knows how lucky he is to have such great grandparents! He even gets to be named after one of them ☺️ Who are you thankful for?! Let them know! Even if you think they already do, it’s always nice to hear 😉
Doing #thankfulthursday  for the rest of November 🤗 and today I’m extra thankful for my parents. ___ I’m always thankful for my parents, but these past 12 weeks they have been extra helpful - from my mom feeding us dinner more times than I can count, helping me put sheets on the bed and fold laundry while the baby naps, or riding places with me and staying in the car with baby before he had his shots - to my dad running errands for me, INCLUDING going to get breast milk storage bags when my mom and John were both out of town 😂, and bringing me food when John is working late and I don’t want to cook. ___ I hope this little boy knows how lucky he is to have such great grandparents! He even gets to be named after one of them ☺️ Who are you thankful for?! Let them know! Even if you think they already do, it’s always nice to hear 😉
Today I’m thankful for hats. Because postpartum hair loss is alive and well 😩
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So much easier to put it in a side pony and throw a hat on rather than picking it off of me and baby allllllll dayyyyy loooooong 😑
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What did you do for postpartum hair loss?! I had read that it usually starts around 4 months pp, but it was definitely more like 4 WEEKS for me 😂😂
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(Also thankful for TJ Maxx AND this Tula carrier given to me by a sweet friend. But why does my baby look so BIG?? 😢)
Today I’m thankful for hats. Because postpartum hair loss is alive and well 😩 ___ So much easier to put it in a side pony and throw a hat on rather than picking it off of me and baby allllllll dayyyyy loooooong 😑 ___ What did you do for postpartum hair loss?! I had read that it usually starts around 4 months pp, but it was definitely more like 4 WEEKS for me 😂😂 ___ (Also thankful for TJ Maxx AND this Tula carrier given to me by a sweet friend. But why does my baby look so BIG?? 😢)
I’m not perfect. I don’t have it all figured out. I fail more than I succeed.
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But every day I try to be a little better than the day before because this little guy literally depends on it.
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And he doesn’t care if I have a 6-pack, he just wants a healthy mommy to snuggle him ☺️
I’m not perfect. I don’t have it all figured out. I fail more than I succeed. ___ But every day I try to be a little better than the day before because this little guy literally depends on it. ___ And he doesn’t care if I have a 6-pack, he just wants a healthy mommy to snuggle him ☺️
Truth: I miss my pregnant belly 🤰🏼
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Also truth: I’m still not wearing pre-pregnancy pants 🙈 (unless you count leggings 🤷🏼‍♀️)
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Could I? Probably. And they might help my pride, but they would sure hurt my gut as they squeezed on it all day 😂😂
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I tried some jeans on a few weeks ago and it wasn’t pretty. But y’all... instead of actually caring that just a few weeks after having a baby my pants from months before didn’t fit already, I decided I was going to rock those maternity jeans for as long as I wanted because they’re stinkin COMFORTABLE.
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So I vowed to keep taking it slow. Keep enjoying every possible second of this baby that’s already growing way too fast 😢 
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And instead of focus all my energy on fitting into old clothes, wear clothes that make me feel good NOW and appreciate what my body has done.
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I took care of my body while it was growing a baby and I’m taking care of it now. With BALANCE. 
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Now excuse me while I go wash down this cabbage with some dark chocolate covered walnuts 😋
Truth: I miss my pregnant belly 🤰🏼 ___ Also truth: I’m still not wearing pre-pregnancy pants 🙈 (unless you count leggings 🤷🏼‍♀️) ___ Could I? Probably. And they might help my pride, but they would sure hurt my gut as they squeezed on it all day 😂😂 ___ I tried some jeans on a few weeks ago and it wasn’t pretty. But y’all... instead of actually caring that just a few weeks after having a baby my pants from months before didn’t fit already, I decided I was going to rock those maternity jeans for as long as I wanted because they’re stinkin COMFORTABLE. ___ So I vowed to keep taking it slow. Keep enjoying every possible second of this baby that’s already growing way too fast 😢 ___ And instead of focus all my energy on fitting into old clothes, wear clothes that make me feel good NOW and appreciate what my body has done. ___ I took care of my body while it was growing a baby and I’m taking care of it now. With BALANCE. ___ Now excuse me while I go wash down this cabbage with some dark chocolate covered walnuts 😋
It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a #funfactfriday so I thought we should bring it back 🙌🏻
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Fact - as soon as I found out we were pregnant, I just KNEW it was a boy. 
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But anytime people would ask (which was basically every day 😂), I would just lie and say I didn’t have a feeling one way or the other 😇
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I didn’t want to make a prediction and be wrong though!! Turns out I was right 💃🏼
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What about you? Did you have a feeling? Were you right or wrong??
It’s been a LONG time since I’ve done a #funfactfriday  so I thought we should bring it back 🙌🏻 ___ Fact - as soon as I found out we were pregnant, I just KNEW it was a boy. ___ But anytime people would ask (which was basically every day 😂), I would just lie and say I didn’t have a feeling one way or the other 😇 ___ I didn’t want to make a prediction and be wrong though!! Turns out I was right 💃🏼 ___ What about you? Did you have a feeling? Were you right or wrong??
Didn’t leave the house today, but decided to put on some makeup just to feel good 💁🏼‍♀️
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Because nothing makes me feel quite as feisty as putting my lips on 💋
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Then little man took TWO 2-hour naps after sleeping a solid 8.5 hours last night, so momma got a few things done 💃🏼💃🏼
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And if you happen to see any Fuscia LipSense, snatch it up for me! It’s my favorite and it’s discontinued 😩 (This is 1x Fuscia + 2x Goddess)
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What do you do to feel better?!
Didn’t leave the house today, but decided to put on some makeup just to feel good 💁🏼‍♀️ ___ Because nothing makes me feel quite as feisty as putting my lips on 💋 ___ Then little man took TWO 2-hour naps after sleeping a solid 8.5 hours last night, so momma got a few things done 💃🏼💃🏼 ___ And if you happen to see any Fuscia LipSense, snatch it up for me! It’s my favorite and it’s discontinued 😩 (This is 1x Fuscia + 2x Goddess) ___ What do you do to feel better?!
Even superheroes poop their pants 🤷🏼‍♀️
Even superheroes poop their pants 🤷🏼‍♀️
Ok, y’all. I’m ready.
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When little man was born, I wanted to soak up every possible second. He changed so fast, and I didn’t want to miss any of it. So the first weeks were full of all the snuggles ☺️
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And after I saw the doctor at 6 weeks postpartum, I did some workouts {3 I think 🤨} but it wasn’t a priority. Baby snuggles were still at the top of my list 🤗 and I don’t regret taking it slow and enjoying all the moments AT ALL.
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But now we are in a pretty good routine and are sleeping better at night (y’all - sleep is pretty dang important for your health, too!!) so I’m ready to add some workouts back into the routine. I even did half of one today 😂
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NOT because I care what my body looks like, but because I care what it FEELS like.
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Nothing crazy. I’m aiming for 3 days a week. And if walking is all we get done, well at least we moved 👊🏻
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Now who wants to help with accountability?! I may need it 😉
Ok, y’all. I’m ready. ___ When little man was born, I wanted to soak up every possible second. He changed so fast, and I didn’t want to miss any of it. So the first weeks were full of all the snuggles ☺️ ___ And after I saw the doctor at 6 weeks postpartum, I did some workouts {3 I think 🤨} but it wasn’t a priority. Baby snuggles were still at the top of my list 🤗 and I don’t regret taking it slow and enjoying all the moments AT ALL. ___ But now we are in a pretty good routine and are sleeping better at night (y’all - sleep is pretty dang important for your health, too!!) so I’m ready to add some workouts back into the routine. I even did half of one today 😂 ___ NOT because I care what my body looks like, but because I care what it FEELS like. ___ Nothing crazy. I’m aiming for 3 days a week. And if walking is all we get done, well at least we moved 👊🏻 ___ Now who wants to help with accountability?! I may need it 😉
Y’all... thank goodness for the @instantpotofficial 🙌🏻 (or the @CrockPot pressure cooker like I have 😬)
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I guess I was on a high all day since baby boy got his first 8.5 hour stretch of sleep 💃🏼 because I don’t think I got anything accomplished during naps other than feeding myself and cooking this dinner! And cleaning up spit up 🤷🏼‍♀️
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Meatloaf and mashed potatoes in one pot in 25 minutes?! Can’t beat it with a stick!___
(And leftover okra and tomatoes for some veggies 😋)
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You NEED this recipe if you have a pressure cooker!! And if you don’t have a pressure cooker... well, you need a pressure cooker.
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Let me know if you want {need} it!
Y’all... thank goodness for the @instantpotofficial 🙌🏻 (or the @CrockPot pressure cooker like I have 😬) ___ I guess I was on a high all day since baby boy got his first 8.5 hour stretch of sleep 💃🏼 because I don’t think I got anything accomplished during naps other than feeding myself and cooking this dinner! And cleaning up spit up 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ Meatloaf and mashed potatoes in one pot in 25 minutes?! Can’t beat it with a stick!___ (And leftover okra and tomatoes for some veggies 😋) ___ You NEED this recipe if you have a pressure cooker!! And if you don’t have a pressure cooker... well, you need a pressure cooker. ___ Let me know if you want {need} it!
There was a guy back in high school that was 2 grades younger than me and really quiet. So quiet that we called him “Silent John” 😬
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I, on the other hand, have never been really quiet. So my teenage self probably would have said he wasn’t my “type” 
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If you would have told me that a decade later, we would be going on a date where there was zero awkward silence and he made me laugh the whole night, I probably wouldn’t have believed you 🤷🏼‍♀️
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And if you said that a few years after that, we would be married with the cutest baby there ever was... well I probably wouldn’t believe that either.
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But here we are. 14 years after high school (for me 😂) living our simple little life that is better than I could have imagined.
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Whatever you think you know... however you think your life is going to be, just go ahead and throw that out the window. It’s probably going to be better 😉
There was a guy back in high school that was 2 grades younger than me and really quiet. So quiet that we called him “Silent John” 😬 ___ I, on the other hand, have never been really quiet. So my teenage self probably would have said he wasn’t my “type” ___ If you would have told me that a decade later, we would be going on a date where there was zero awkward silence and he made me laugh the whole night, I probably wouldn’t have believed you 🤷🏼‍♀️ ___ And if you said that a few years after that, we would be married with the cutest baby there ever was... well I probably wouldn’t believe that either. ___ But here we are. 14 years after high school (for me 😂) living our simple little life that is better than I could have imagined. ___ Whatever you think you know... however you think your life is going to be, just go ahead and throw that out the window. It’s probably going to be better 😉
I hope this little boy loves to read as much as his momma ☺️
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We read books everyday, but today was the first day I was brave enough to get this one out.
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Mistake. I cried the whole time. Poor baby probably thought momma was crazy. (He would be correct 😂)
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Except I did stop crying thinking about the mom sneaking into her grown son’s house. Because #weird
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What are your favorite kid’s books?! I love adding to his library!
I hope this little boy loves to read as much as his momma ☺️ ___ We read books everyday, but today was the first day I was brave enough to get this one out. ___ Mistake. I cried the whole time. Poor baby probably thought momma was crazy. (He would be correct 😂) ___ Except I did stop crying thinking about the mom sneaking into her grown son’s house. Because #weird  ___ What are your favorite kid’s books?! I love adding to his library!
Fist pumping because we survived our first real day out and about! 💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️ (With the help of Cookie 😬) ___
I mean, we’ve left the house in the last 2 months, but usually this little guy stays in the car and away from everyone’s germs 😃 (with someone, not by himself 🙄)
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But yesterday he made it into @target AND @lubys ! And got touched by zero people, so we are calling it a win.
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So yesterday’s workout was running errands with a baby. At least it felt like a workout because I sweated my butt off and it was 60 degrees outside 😂😂
Fist pumping because we survived our first real day out and about! 💁🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️ (With the help of Cookie 😬) ___ I mean, we’ve left the house in the last 2 months, but usually this little guy stays in the car and away from everyone’s germs 😃 (with someone, not by himself 🙄) ___ But yesterday he made it into @target AND @lubys ! And got touched by zero people, so we are calling it a win. ___ So yesterday’s workout was running errands with a baby. At least it felt like a workout because I sweated my butt off and it was 60 degrees outside 😂😂
These breakfast cookies have been a staple in our fridge since the day we got home from the hospital. Seriously. I keep them in stock!
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Actually, they’re lactation cookies 😂 but take out the brewers yeast and you’ve got a healthy breakfast easy to grab on the run (the run to the couch to feed a baby 🤷🏼‍♀️)
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Did you know that dark chocolate is dairy free?! Because it is 🙌🏻 best news ever.
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Also, John totally ate one the first time I made them because he didn’t hear anything but “cookie” and he didn’t lactate, so...
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Let me know if you want the recipe! Super easy and yummy! And I’m sure you could get your kids to eat a cookie for breakfast! Just don’t tell them it’s bananas and oatmeal 🤫
These breakfast cookies have been a staple in our fridge since the day we got home from the hospital. Seriously. I keep them in stock! ___ Actually, they’re lactation cookies 😂 but take out the brewers yeast and you’ve got a healthy breakfast easy to grab on the run (the run to the couch to feed a baby 🤷🏼‍♀️) ___ Did you know that dark chocolate is dairy free?! Because it is 🙌🏻 best news ever. ___ Also, John totally ate one the first time I made them because he didn’t hear anything but “cookie” and he didn’t lactate, so... ___ Let me know if you want the recipe! Super easy and yummy! And I’m sure you could get your kids to eat a cookie for breakfast! Just don’t tell them it’s bananas and oatmeal 🤫