My Whole30 Experience

Chris and I decided over the holidays that 2019 was going to be the year where we really prioritize our health, fitness and overall wellness.  We decided to kickstart this resolution in January by doing the Whole30 Program from Jan 1-30.  We just finished and (spoiler alert) we feel amazing!  However, that was not the case from Day 1 of the program.  (Not gonna lie – those first 2 weeks were pretty rough.)  But, having now come out the other side, we both can unequivocally state that it was all worth it and we feel better today than we have felt in YEARS.  I documented my experience below, and included a Q&A from both Chris and my perspectives along with some helpful tips that I wish I had known beforehand.

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Casa Hyder

The afternoon before the wedding, all the guests got to take part in a fun mexican tradition – a wedding parade!  We all gathered by the cathedral in the main square (picture of the whole crew below!), where the staff handed out flower crowns to all the ladies (dream!) and then we followed a giant papier mâché bride and groom and a mariachi band and a tequila donkey (why not?) all throughout the town, ending in a beautiful park where they played music and we danced around a pavillion.

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San Miguel de Allende

Back at the beginning of December, Chris and I spent a long weekend in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the wedding of some dear friends.  I was so excited when I heard they were getting married in San Miguel, as this had been a place I had been dying to visit for years.  Not the easiest place to get to, San Miguel de Allende is located basically smack dab in the center of Mexico (about 4 hours north of Mexico City by car).

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Jack’s Nursery

I am so excited to share these photos of Jack’s nursery for two reasons: 1) I love how cute and cozy the room turned out (Chris says it’s his favorite room in our whole apartment), and 2) because I put this together using all of our old nursery furniture (same crib, side table, glider, storage ottoman, rug and changing table (not pictured)) that both Declan and Arabella used, with just a couple decorative updates (new bedding and wall art) to make the room feel new and fresh and special for Jack.

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Lots of Feelings

Hormones, sleep deprivation, and gut-wrenching TV choices aside, I have really been struggling with the fact that this is the last time I will be doing this: last pregnancy, last birth, last newborn phase when they are all sleepy and snugly and smooshy and LITTLE and just so so sweet.  It’s hard to think about closing the chapter on this part of our lives – to go from the early days of building a family to the task of actually raising that family.  To being a young mom of young kids to  . . . well, an older mom of older kids.

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Family Pics Before Baby

Photos by Lindsey Belle The last 4 weeks since baby Jack’s arrival have been full of a lot of wonderful things, but coherent thoughts have not been one of them.  Hoping my newborn mama brain fog lifts soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share these family photos that we took a couple weeks before his arrival (I was…

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My Pregnancy Wardrobe Staples

I’ve gotten a bunch of questions over the last several months about favorite maternity wear, so I wanted to share some of my top maternity-friendly finds that I basically lived in over the last 8+ months (yep, I started wearing maternity pants around 10 weeks, and am still wearing them 2+ weeks postpartum as they are the easiest on my c-section incision while it heals).  With each of my three pregnancies I have discovered new brands (both maternity and non-maternity) that work well with a growing bump, and more flattering ways to wear things for my body type and the way it changes when pregnant.

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