Tuesday, February 28, 2017

FIT4MOM MOMMA

I have some V E R Y exciting news! 

So you know how I've been working hard at loosing weight and getting back in shape? Trying to squeeze into those jeans that fit me before Harrison was born?! 

Well I let you know about this pretty awesome program I've been a part of since 2013 a few years ago. 

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And I'm here to brag about this amazing group of moms, friends and program a little more. 


FIT4MOM is a program that prides itself on helping moms make strides in fitness, motherhood and life.  And I can tell you that they have done all of that and MORE for me.  Before baby, they helped me understand what a healthy workout routine looked like.  During pregnancy, they educated me on how to train my body while it worked extremely hard to house that precious little man of mine.  And after birth, they trained me on how to come back from baby and how to work hard towards my goals. 

They have four different programs that allow you to tailor your workout to what you are looking for - Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, Fit4Baby, and Body Back.  


my S T O R Y - I started taking Body Back classes the summer of 2013 when I was trying to get some arm definition for my wedding dress.  My previous high school teacher and friend asked me to join her for a class with all moms.  I of course though this would be a perfect opportunity to network myself and get more babysitting clients.  Not only did I get new clients, but I got an amazing workout that I never left.  

During the summer of 2015, I realized that one day I wanted to be a BodyBack instructor.  Living in Lynchburg for the summer with D.J. and working out with all the other baseball WAGS there, I was in my element creating Body Back inspired workouts while I was temporarily there for the summer.  It was after that, that I realized this was natural for me. I was in the best shape of my life......and then I found out we were pregnant! That's how it always works, right?! 

So I came back from the summer in Lynchburg and started to run the idea of becoming Body Back instructor certified by Erin, my friend and the Norfolk franchise owner.  Erin was on board and I truly believe that she would do anything to help me succeed and teaching. Obviously, the idea was put on hold until Harrison was born and I was ready to take that next step in my fitness journey.  Well, I started working out seriously again in July 2016.  Since then, I have seen first hand how Body Back transforms a mothers body.  It has helped me gain muscles, lose fat, eat healthy and find the balance between momming and being Cayte.  My results are still in progress, but you can see after my first session back post-baby how Body Back is helping me gain control over my post-partum body. 

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body back I N S T R U C T O R - Well guess what - that time is NOW.  At the end of this week, I will officially be Body Back instructor CERTIFIED! I could not be more excited about this opportunity to inspire other moms and coach them to being the best version of themselves. I feel so honored to follow in some of the most inspiring moms I know as an instructor.  The ladies that have taught my classes and taken classes with me are some of the strongest and most empowering women I know. 

So if you are excited about taking your fitness to the next level and want M E to motivate you, let me know, because I'd love to have you come experience the amazing energy for yourself! 




Monday, February 27, 2017

Season F I V E


These past five months have flown by.  Yesterday morning, we dropped D.J. off at the airport to report to Arizona.  I cannot believe that we are starting his fifth full season as a professional baseball player.  The past few months that we have had him at home have been some of the best times as a family of three ( + Stryker).  D.J. has HC have been able to spend lots of quality time together making memories that will never be forgotten.


As I sit here and begin to transition back to only having two hands to help all the time, I think about the exciting things to come this season and how it will be different than years past. Last season, D.J. left when I was 36 weeks pregnant.  We then got to spend most of my maternity leave together traveling around the mid-atlantic/northeast watching D.J. play with the Akron Rubberducks.  Two seasons ago, we had some of the best times in baseball so far in Lynchburg, VA with some of the best people.  I was able to work remotely with Norfolk Collegiate all while being able to watch DJ play ball in the evenings!  That was by far my favorite summer - it was also the summer we got pregnant with Harrison and where I found my passion of teaching workout classes (thanks to the ladies for letting me find that through them!).


So this season will be a bit of an adjustment. No working remotely and no maternity leave.  We are planning to make the most of long weekends and close games when possible. But most of all, we are excited about daddy continuing to chase his dream.  This game is brutal - lots of hours put in on the field, on the bus, in the clubhouse - it takes a lot of dedication.  Decisions to leave your family.  Decision on when it's time to hang up the cleats.  We will continue to support D.J.'s dream as long as someone continues to have him on their team and as a long as he wants to play.  This lifestyle may no be "normal" to most, but it's what we know and what works for us.

Season F I V E - please be good to us.  Put D.J. in the best opportunities to shine.  Allow our friends and teammates to live out their dreams in whatever organization they are with.  Be nice to the wives and girlfriends that aren't able to make it for the season.  Here we go....


Sunday, February 5, 2017

10 Months || Harrison Cole


Happy 2017, Harrison! You have officially been around since 2015, so you have been through a New Year, but being on the outside is so much fun, huh?! January was such a fun month.  You finally seem to have gotten in the routine of sleeping after figuring out how to sit down once you pull yourself up. It really is crazy how fast you have grown and continue to learn new things every day. 


Weight and length: At your 9 month check up you weight exactly 20 pounds and were 30 inches long! Always staying at the top of the charts in length, but no baby rolls for you! Your head is still topping the charts at 46 cm (85%) which needs some more hair on it!

Diapers: 3's during the day and 4's at night. We have stayed true to Pampers and really love that they go on sale at Sam's club all the time!

Teeth: Staying strong at 7 teeth right now.  I know this is so weird, but it annoys me that you have an uneven number of teeth! It's hilarious that you have three on the bottom and the other one hasn't popped through yet.  I know you are still teething because you are chewing on your fingers all the time, but I don't see anything coming in soon.

Clothes: I'm slowly but surely packing up all your 9 month pants that are too short and your Christmas onesies that are a little out of season now.  I cant' resist the summer clothes in the store for you - they are just too precious and we need some warmer clothes for Arizona next month! You can still fit in 12 month clothes and I have started sneaking some 18 month jammies in the mix.

Sleep: I have to say, this month you really figured out the whole sleeping thing.  I know, I'm jinxing it.  It's inevitable though, it will change no matter what I say.  You go down anywhere between 8 and 9 on most nights and sleep right until 7 a.m.  Daddy thinks you wake up because you hear my alarm, but I don't know about all that. Once you started to pull yourself up on things, it took a week to figure out how to sit back down, but once you realized how to do that, sleep was your best friend.  You are taking two naps a day anywhere between one and two hours on most days.

Food: I can tell you are gradually starting to wean yourself from nursing.  It makes me a little sad to know that you are growing up but at the same time, I cannot believe our journey with breastfeeding has been as good as it has been.  We both have really loved it and I'm hoping I can keep it up the next two months for you! You typically nurse twice a day (morning and night), have two 5 oz. bottles during the day, and three meals.  Your meals are slowly starting to move towards real food all the time vs. puree baby food.  You still love everything you eat.  We had peanut butter for the first time this month and blueberries too!

Pacifier: You love them now.  It's not like you HAVE to have it, but it really makes you calm and puts you to sleep easier.

Other 10 Month Memories: 

First swim lessons!


You and daddy have been having great trips to the zoo on the nicer days in the winter.  You love seeing the animals and being outside.


We took our first trip to the aquarium! It was packed, but you still got to see the sharks which was pretty awesome.



We celebrated Mommy's first birthday as a mommy!


Your "trick box" now contains a few more tricks.  You can clap, wave, blow kisses, answer the questions "where's your belly" and "where's your head", and walk with us holding your hands!


At the beginning of the month, you experienced your first snow!


The winter cold finally hit our house and you got your first cold and runny nose.


You have started to pull up on everything! I swear by your first birthday you will be walking.

The entire house is your playroom.  You love opening the cabinet and exploring.  Your go-to spot is Stryker's food bowls....of course.

Mommy and daddy are getting ready to have their first sleepover without you! We are having a mommy/daddy night while you stay with Gigi and Grandpa before daddy leaves for Arizona again.

This is our last three weeks of having daddy home.  It's going to be a really sad day when he leaves. The month of March you will stay with Gigi and we will all prepare for you to start daycare in April.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Snow Storm 2017

It's been a while since Norfolk, VA saw the kind of snow we saw this past weekend. Blizzard warnings came true when we saw about 8 inches of snow from Friday night to Saturday night! It was so much fun to see Harrison experience the sight of snow and what it does.  Saturday we braved the roads and drove the long drive (.2 miles) to my parents house for the day.  We enjoyed a JMU FCS National Championship win and even bundled HC up in the blizzard-like conditions to experience snow falling!






Sunday we went to the biggest hill around these parts with my cousins and pretended to be 10 years old again.  Our hearts may be kids, but our bodies aren't! We were both so sore and tired after climbing all those hills!




Yes...that's D.J....


When we got back, HC had just woke up from his nap. We bundled him up to snap some photos, play in the snow and "sled" around the court at my parents house. Bobby came over for the day to watch some football and have some family time!



Despite the cold temps, Harrison really enjoyed the snow! He was in awe at all the white stuff and the kids running around him! I can't wait to experience this again when he's another year older.





And this was the best family picture we could get with Stryker!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

9 months || Harrison Cole


Harrison,
December was your best month yet, big boy.  You got to experience so many wonderful memories and we feel so lucky to be by your side as you continue to grow into a sweet little boy.  As we start the new year, we can only pray that you continue to be such an easy going, happy and low key baby.  You make our lives so much better and bring joy to everyone you are around.  We love you so very much!


Weight and length: You go for your 9 month check up on Wednesday, but I self weighed you and you were holding steading at 20 pounds.  I'll be interested to see what the doctor says about you leveling out and holding steady.  You love to eat and drink milk still, so I don't know where your weight is going?!


Diapers: Still wearing 3's during the day, but we bumped you up to 4's at night.

Teeth: Bumped up to 7 teeth!!! I cannot believe that in a matter of three months you went from having no teeth to having seven.  For a baby that is "teething" you have been nothing but amazing.  Yes, your sleep wasn't the best, but you had no fever, no diaper rash, no other signs other than chewing on your fingers! Your poor little gums were hurting but you just kept on smiling! Speaking of hurting gums, you are still teething.  Not sure which ones are coming in next, but you are drooling and chewing on everything.

Clothes: Over the holidays, I finally organized all your clothes.  I packed up the 6 month clothes and put them in bins and started to pack up all the 9 month pants.  They are just way to short on you.  It's unfortunate because the 12 month ones are too big in your waist! I'm pretty sure that's going to be the story of your life.

Sleep: Teething is making things a little unpredictable, but most nights we can count on you waking up once or twice.  Some times you sleep through the night (8 p.m. to 8 a.m. give or take) and other times you are up three times a night.  You also learned how to crawl this month, so that really kept you up.  We would find you in the room rocking back and forth and just trying to crawl so bad. But toward the end of the month, you really started to self soothe again and put yourself to sleep in the crib once you nurse.


You are still taking two naps a day that usually last around 2 hours, give or take. You love the pacifier and it really helps you with teething and self soothing when you are finished nursing.

Food: Still getting three meals a day, but we bumped you up to Gerbers #3's.  When mommy is home, we nurse on demand, but you have really leveled out with nursing.  When I'm at work, you still get two 5 oz bottles while I'm gone. When we eat, we try to give you some of our table food.  You love everything - mashed potatoes, applesauce, avocado, and especially our favorite distraction of all, PUFFS!

Pacifier: Still using it as a good distraction, but you really let us know when you don't want it!

Other 9 Month Memories: 

No more teeth grinding, THANK GOD! That was the worst sound in the world!


You can crawl and clap when when we say "yay"! It's the most adorable thing ever.  You also can lean in and give "kisses" aka open mouth drools.


Your first Christmas was nothing but amazing.  To see the joy through your eyes was so cool.

During the holiday season, you were introduced to your friend Elfie and got to meet Santa for the first time!



We got our first Christmas tree as a family and decorated it with a fire going! 


Christmas also brought lots of amazing outfits, but nothing beats the elf outfit that Nana got you.  Can you find the real elf in the picture?!




Mommy, Gigi and Ryan ran the Christmastown 8k this year - my first race and 8k since having you!

You are such a little sponge.  You just look around and soak everything in.  You are really good at entertaining yourself and you know EXACTLY what happens when you sit in the high chair.

On December 17th, you were baptized into the Catholic church.  We were so blessed to have Deacon Derek baptize you and Wyatt and Maria both there to serve as your Godparents.




We met another bestie on our way back from visiting your grandparents in Fredericksburg - Barrett! He's exactly 7 month younger than you and we love having so many friends!


We love you so much little boy and as usual, I can't wait to see what next month has in store!