This is my life as it comes hurdling by....

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Fitness Bootcamp

So now that the baby is here and summer is fast approaching, I need to get back in shape!

Thanks to a good friend of mine, I am enrolling in an 8 week fitness class that is going to whip me back into shape. I have no idea what to expect from the class other than I am going to be super sore and super tired from it. The instructor is someone I know from high school and he has a background in martial arts so there may be a little of that included in our workouts. We will have to see! I am a little nervous about the timing though. While it is perfect timing for summer, the class begins just as I go back to work. So, no more napping during the days after being up all night with a hungry baby. Instead I will be spending my days managing kids and my evenings managing my own kids....and still not sleeping though the night. Kinda scary when you think about adding a heavy workout in there too!

I'm sure everything will be fine though and I am looking forward to really fitting into my old clothes again. According to the scale I only have 5 lbs to lose before being at my pre-pregnancy weight. I know this isn't correct though. I can tell pregnancy has changed my body and I have lost muscle and gained fat in it's place. Ahh, the joys of being a mother. Maybe I could post before and after pictures?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Time for a little survey

I stole this from a blog I check and thought it would be interesting to look back at how much my life has changed.

10 Years Ago:
I was 20 years old and a sophomore in college. I worked at Mr. Goodcents which is where I met my two best friends, Ernie and LJ. Our hang out, along with the rest of the Goodcents crew, was their house on College and Market. During my time there, Jay and I hung out a lot and realized we had a lot in common. This is actually what made me realize I wasn't happy in my relationship with my boyfriend of 6 1/2 years. I ended up breaking up with him which was hard but ultimately the right thing to do. Jay and I dated for about 2 seconds before we realized we weren't quite right together. I ended up dating someone else and he got back together with his girlfriend of 3 years.

5 Years Ago:
Jay and I were planning our wedding! Our actual anniversary date is May 29, 2005 so during this time we were finalizing our plans and enjoying the wedding showers people were throwing us. If you ask anyone, planning our wedding was one of the worst times of my life and very hard on our relationship. We made it through because that is what we do and now we are stronger than ever. In fact, I really don't think there is anything that could come between us.

1 Year Ago:
I was in the middle of my student teaching. I had just finished an awesome experience in the elementary school and now I was sent to a high school. It sucked. Big fat ones. I didn't like the teacher I was paired with and I don't think she liked me. The kids were sassy and difficult and I actually think I tried to sell them on my blog. No takers. I wasn't surprised. I was rewarded at the end of my student teaching with a job in the Raytown School an elementary school. whew! To this day I LOVE my job, even on the most difficult days.

1 Day Ago:
I was sitting on my sofa snuggling with the newest addition to my family. Even though there are many things I could be doing around the house, I can't bring myself to put him down! With Caiden, I was able to take 8 weeks of maternity leave. I needed those 8 weeks. In fact, I had planned on taking only 6 and when they were up, I cried to Jay and told him I wasn't ready and I needed to take 8 weeks. He let me. Thank goodness. This time things are different. I have a different job and we have a child in daycare. Because of the financial situation we are in, I can't afford to take off anymore than 5 weeks. I am lucky enough to have Spring Break in there so that helps a little.

I want to challenge those lady friends of mine that blog to take this survey! It is crazy to think of how much our lives have changed.

Monday, March 8, 2010

First trip to the park

So since the weather was so awesome today I decided I would take the boys to the park. I had it all planned out. I would pick up Caiden from the sitters. Drive through Wendy's. Then eat dinner at the park so Caiden could play. I pumped before I left. I fed Lincoln before I left. I brought a big blanket so that he wouldn't get cold. I had everything covered....and it was still a disaster.

Everything was fine until we got to the park. Even though it was 66 degrees I quickly realized I didn't have enough clothes on Lincoln and I worried about him getting sick. It didn't help they he started fussing as soon as we sat down on the bench. He was acting hungry even though I had just fed him. Then, when I gave Caiden his chocolate milk he took one drink and sat it down on the bench only to have it fall off and spill. He didn't have a drop left. Then I told him he could have a drink of mine since his fell. Upon taking a sip he knocked my drink over. Not a drop left in that one either. So there we are with no drinks, a crying baby and completely under dressed for the weather. We decided to pack things up even though it had only been 15 minutes and head home. The plan was to come home and drive his Ford F150 truck.

Even though things didn't go as planned we still had a good night. It helps that I have an extremely understanding three year old. I really didn't think he would want to leave the park but he was okay with it. Normally it would have been a fight getting him off the equipment and into the car. He is growing up before my eyes! He just makes me so proud all the time.

I hope Lincoln is taking notes ;9)

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lincoln Connor Cummings is HERE!

Okay, so really this is week old news. I wanted to officially post about him getting here though. I have to say it was one of the easiest deliveries I have ever heard of (sorry mamas with super hard ones!). Caiden, being my first one, was long and hard and it took me a really long time to recover and feel like my old self again. This time everything happened so fast!
I started feeling contractions around 12:00 on Sunday morning. I woke Jay up and told him I was in labor but I wanted to try to make it until 6:00 before calling anyone and heading to the hospital. I made it to 5:30 before I couldn't take it any longer and we called his parents to come over and watch Caiden. We were officially admitted into St. Mary's Hospital at 8:00 that morning and Lincoln was born at 3:05 pm. I had four pushes in approximately ten minutes and he was here!

We have been home since Tuesday and things are going great. It gets a little crazy from time to time but we have all worked really well together and are getting things figured out. So far our nights have been pretty good. Last night he slept from 12-5! I couldn't believe it! I'm sure I am calling the devil by blogging about it but that is okay. I know this time around there will be good nights and bad nights and there is nothing you can do about it but roll with it.

Caiden is about the sweetest big brother I have ever seen. He just beams when he talks about Lincoln or plays with him. He loves helping me get diapers and wants to hold and hug him all the time. I'm sure he will have his days where he is less than impressed with the attention his little brother gets but so far so good.

Some have asked about his name. Lincoln is something I found online and really liked. It was a popular name in Europe a few years ago but I can't remember which country. We really liked how strong it sounded and that it was a little different without being super weird. Although we don't know anyone whose name is Lincoln, his pediatrician informed me he was the third she had seen this year. Really?! His middle name is a family name from Jay's side of the family. Jay's grandma's maiden was O' Connor so we decided to drop the "O" and keep the Connor. (Otherwise I was afraid his name would sound like a Law Firm- Lincoln-O'Connor-Cummings).
Here are a few pictures we have taken so far. We had Rebecca come Thursday to take his newborn pictures and I can't wait to see them. She posted two shots already on Facebook- one of Caiden and one of Lincoln. They are amazing so you must check them out!