Monday, October 22, 2012

The Endless to-do List

Happy Monday! It's nap time here at the Tullar household and so far I picked up the living room and worked out. I probably should be doing laundry and dishes but instead I'm taking the time to write down all the things I need/ want to do.

Lately I have been feeling so motivated and excited to do so many things. Like I mentioned before, I really think that having a newborn takes up so much time that you don't take any time for granted. I've recently been sucked back into pinterest so of course there are millions of ideas swirling around in my head every time I look at it.

So here it goes, my to-do list begins! :)

  • start a garden (i already have sweet mint, chocolate mint, & spinach)
  • make diy cleaning supplies
  • make diy toiletries (ie shampoo, deodorant)
  • sew a bandeau bra
  • fit into my old jeans ;) 
  • up my running milage 
  • workout everyday
  • start cloth diapering full time
  • make diy cloth diaper detergent
  • bake some fall treats 
  • go completely gluten free 
  • clean/ reorganize my house one little section at a time (this may take me foreverrr)
  • run a 5k 
& of course spend lots of time with my hubby and baby boy in this gorgeous weather! 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful monday!

xoxo Jessenia 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Nap Time Projects: Natural Orange Cleaner

Recently I've noticed that I do more housework/ projects now, with a newborn, than I did when I was pregnant. One reason is probably because at the end of my pregnancy I was so big that I didn't want to move lol but I think it's also because newborns take up so much of your time that the time you do have when they are napping becomes a mad rush to get things done.

My husband got a great deal on one of those video monitors at Target that connects with your Iphone so when Connor is napping in his room I just carry around my phone and watch him sleep. Sometimes I catch myself just staring at him because he's so darn cute. 

my view from my phone
Today I decided to start a project that I recently discovered on Pinterest (which has by the way sucked me back in again!). It's a natural orange & vinegar cleaner and it's super easy to make. I've always known normal cleaners have lots of chemicals but I never really took enough time to think about it and plus the "natural cleaners" that you can buy are expensive. 

Since I found this idea I figured if it works I can get rid of the cleaners I have and not have to pay the money for the expensive natural ones. 

So here it goes - super easy explanation: 

First you get your ingredients - oranges, vinegar, & a canning jar - you can also lemons. 

Next you peel your oranges and save the inside to eat later.

Put your peels into your canning jar and cover completely with vinegar. 

Let this set on the kitchen counter for about 2 weeks and then pour into a spray bottle. You can leave it concentrated or add water. I will probably try a 50/50 mix. Also, I read that if you are using it to clean windows or glass tables you can add a few drops of dish soap and it won't leave any streaks.

Now I just have to wait 2 weeks to try this out. I will follow up then on how it works! 

Have any of you tried this or any other diy natural cleaners? 

xoxo Jessenia 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

5 Weeks Post Baby

I'm pretty excited about writing this post because I love to read about other women's postpartum progress. Pregnancy is such an amazing experience and it's crazy what our bodies can do. God created us to put up with a lot of changes but it also takes it's toll on our bodies.

A few weeks pregnant 
On the day Connor was born - I look like a whale!
Since Connor's birth I have felt like my body is unrecognizable to myself and naturally it should be. It's not the same as it was before because it grew a human being inside of it. Just writing that sounds crazy! At the beginning I definitely had the baby blues and was emotional about everything and especially my body. I have always taken pride in my physical fitness not because I care what people think but because I care about how I feel about myself. I love working out and feeling and seeing the results of my hard work. 

As anyone who has ever had a baby knows, after giving birth your body is a strange place; from jello-y stomachs to huge butts and thighs to leaking boobs. It all comes with the territory. It's not so fun but it all serves a purpose in the nurturing of our babies.

 As of now, at 5 weeks postpartum, I look pretty normal, just not normal for me. My boobs are enormous which makes it hard to fit into my pre-pregnancy shirts but I'm not complaining haha. My stomach is almost flat again. In the morning its pretty flat but shows bloating by the end of the day. Unfortunately, I won't be able to do any ab work for a while because of the c-section but honestly it doesn't really bother me that much. It's not even bathing suit season anymore. ;)

My butt and thighs are the major problem areas. These are the places that my body naturally gains weight. As long as I can remember anytime I have put on any weight it goes straight there. I still can't fit into any of my pre-pregnancy shorts or jeans because of it and its killing me but I know it's only a matter of time if I keep up with working out. 

As far as weight goes I am still about 7 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight and honestly I could care less about the number on the scale. All I care about is what I look like and how I feel, not how much I weigh. I don't really expect to go down to my pre-pregnancy weight anyways because my boobs are at least a pound heavier each lol. 

5 weeks 2 days postpartum - feeling much more like
myself but still have a ways to go!
I have been calculating my postpartum progress in inches; inches around my thighs and my hips. I don't know what my measurements were before I got pregnant but I measured about a week after giving birth and since then I have lost an inch in my thighs and 1/4 of an inch in my hips.

One week postpartum - I look so tired - I still could
barely walk

I haven't really been able to work out until just recently because of my c-section (which also caused a lot of emotions on my part - knowing if I had a natural birth I could have been running sooner) but I'm just learning to go with the flow and I have started running with walk breaks and it's amazing to be back out again. Running makes me feel like myself and it's done wonders for my mindset. Next week I will be at the 6 weeks point and will start full running and adding in some squats, lunges, & other activities such as pilates and yoga. 

As far as food goes I've cut out all processed food (shouldn't be eating these anyways) & bread. I've still been eating a lot and wouldn't call this a diet since I am breastfeeding and need to keep up my calories. I've been eating lots of fruits & veggies, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, nuts and beans. 

Overall, I'm content with the way my body is currently because it's all a part of the process that God designed for pregnancy - the milk's gotta come from somewhere! But I'm not accepting of the way my body looks and that's why I have been doing whatever I can to change it. I'm not the kind of person who can look in the mirror and be okay if I don't like what I see. 

That is what this blog has always been about. The name If It Jiggles comes from the quote "It's simple, If it jiggles it's fat" from the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger. The reason I like it is because to me it means that if we aren't okay with our current level of fitness we have the power to change it! This does not mean I am going to take drastic measures it just means I'm going to work hard within what is allowed at this point and look forward to the results I want to see! :) We are all capable of success if we put in the work. 

I'm looking forward to being active again and hopefully running a 5k next month!

What were your experiences with postpartum weight loss/ exercise? 

xoxo Jessenia 

Monday, October 8, 2012

1 Month

Today my baby boy is 1 month & 4 days old. I've been meaning to write this post for the past four days but time is becoming more and more scarce around here! Connor basically decides how much and when I have any free time but I don't care because spending time with him is mostly all I want to do anyways and like the baby detergent commercial says "you have a child forever but a baby for just a year!"

As our boy is growing & growing we are seeing his personality shine. He is just like his mom and he is a handful! He knows what he wants when he wants it so he constantly keeps mom and dad on our toes :)

Some of his personality traits are:

loving to move - kicking his arms & legs, riding in his stroller and the car - he's an athlete I tell you!

making adorable baby noises - my favorite is the sigh after sneeze - so so sweet

being a momma's boy - i have to either lay him on my chest or right next to me and pat his back at night for him to fall asleep - i know it's a bad habit but how many times in my life will i have a tiny baby boy pining for my attention?

loving his new baby seat - he loves to look up at the colored animals - however his content state only lasts about 15 minutes before he wants me to hold him or to be fed

loving to eat - all the time - although this is great for him, it's exhausting for me - breastfeeding is no joke!

smiling for daddy - somehow my husband always seems to get the big smiles - he says they are having "guy time" :)

loving listening to daddy's "good" music in the car - my husband is convinced it makes him fall asleep (apparently taylor swift & justin bieber don't count lol)

loving his car seat - he takes 99% of his naps in it either by falling asleep on car rides or walks or i just lay him in it when we're at home - unbuckled of course - he hates the buckles 

having tons of gas - this boy is a farting machine

hating his own bed - i have his crib side-cared to our bed and apparently he doesn't know grandma bought him an organic mattress because he ends up in our bed most of the time

I'm sure there are many other things I can write but my time is limited! Overall, my husband and I have been feeling so blessed to have such and amazing baby boy in our lives. Even with the lack of sleep we are both staying sane and loving every minute spent with our little guy.

I was also going to write about my postpartum progress but haven't had time too take pictures so I'll post about it soon. Hope everyone has a lovely week!

xoxo Jessenia