Dear Conor - 7 months

Dear Conor – 7 Months

Dear Conor,

I’ll probably say this every month, but I cannot believe you are already 7 months old! Your half birthday came and went, and I am sure these next months will go by just as fast.

Dear Conor - 7 months

At the end of July, your 6 month birthday, you were 15 pounds and 27 1/2 inches long. We went back for some shots at a couple of weeks ago, but they didn’t measure or weigh you since it was just a vaccine appointment. After reading, The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child (Sears Parenting Library) we opted to put you on an alternative vaccine schedule, so we have to go every month. I still get so nervous every time we take you in for shots (that’s a whole other post/issue).


As far as eating goes, well, you love it. You are such a good eater. You are still breastfeeding every 2 1/2 to 3 hours. If it’s just you and daddy you seem to go a little longer between milk feedings.

We’ve been doing our own version of baby led weaning for the past couple of months and you do pretty well. We have had a few times you just stuff too much food into your mouth and end up choking, again, you LOVE to eat! This month we’ve been trying to give you two meals a day, breakfast and dinner, just this week we’ve been adding a little afternoon snack while I eat lunch. A few of your favorites this month have been sweet potatoes, oatmeal, bananas, grits, corn on the cob, Mommy’s meatballs, Daddy’s chili, and Uncle Jimmy’s eggplant.



You have started sleeping through the night most of the time, we have had a night here and there when you’ve been  up at 3am, but it seems to be getting better. After dinner, depending on the mess, we usually have a bath. After a bath we sit downstairs, nurse, and then read a book. You say your goodnight to Daddy and we head back upstairs to the nursery around 8:30/9. I sit and rock you while singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and a couple of songs I learned as a ZTA in college. Sometimes you fall asleep in my arms, others I lay you down in your crib and you go to sleep on your own. Sometimes you cry as soon as I leave the room. You usually sleep until 5 or 6am. Then you get in bed with me, nurse, and fall asleep again for an hour or two.


This month we picked up an Exersaucer at a garage sale and you absolutely love it! You love your bucket of shaped blocks too. You don’t actually get how to put them back in with the lid on yet, but really enjoy chewing on them or banging them on the floor.


You’ve mastered the army crawl, and get faster everyday, and it’s only a matter of time before you are up on your knees! You go right for everything you aren’t supposed to. There are lots of things on low shelves that need to be packed away. You also love going for the the dog’s toys, and the dog too! We’ve started using the Pack ‘n Play aka baby jail, to try to keep you contained, but that usually only lasts a short time.


You are all smiles after a good sleep, and have cutest laugh. Daddy can always get some big giggles out of you! You are very curious and interested in touching the texture of everything or putting it in your mouth. I love watching you, watch the world unfold around you. We say everyday how lucky we are to have such a good, happy baby. I wish time would slow down, but I also can’t wait to see what the next month has to bring.




Fit Mom Confessions

I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, I’ve written this post, and had a hard time hitting publish. I think more than any other health or fitness matter out there, working on my mindset has been the most challenging. Letting go of perfection, embracing my being, meeting myself where I am at, and just taking action is a constant struggle. This is me working on it.

It has been almost 7 months now that I gave birth to the love of my life! Here we are 7 months later and I am still not at my pre-pregnancy weight or fitness level, I’m not the fit mom I dreamed I’d be at this point. I’ve come to terms lately with it. I am learning to love the body I have right now, and am finally at a place where I feel like I can put some real consistent energy into my fitness routine. This is my journey, I hope you can learn from it, resonate with it, or get inspired by it.

Being a mom is one of the hardest, most rewarding jobs I will ever have. Most of the time, being a fit badass is the farthest thing from my mind. This is a hard thing to admit for someone who works in the fitness industry. I took a personal trainer job at 12 weeks after Conor was born. I wasn’t really looking, but it just kind of happened. This was my first time to train in a large gym. I was a little nervous to train, because I still wasn’t trained myself, I didn’t feel like I belonged there. Who wants a trainer that isn’t in tip-top shape? I remember feeling very self-conscious and making sure to tell all my clients that I had just had a baby, and frequently remind them of that. I felt ashamed for not being at the top of my game in fitness. It kept me from writing this blog, from sharing my journey, from really going for what I want.

Recently, my mindset has changed. I realize that I am not training elite athletes, I don’t aspire to train elite athletes. I want to train people like me, people who want to go on the same journey I’ve been on/am on right now. People who want to live a little longer, look a little better in their clothes, have the energy to keep up with their kids/grand kids, want more energy, and just generally want to feel better about themselves. It think anyone out there can agree that they exercise for at least one, if not all, of these reasons. I want my clients to know that I am right there with them, and that I very much understand the struggle. I want to keep them accountable, as much as they keep my accountable.

Like I said before, I am starting to get in a consistent and focused routine as far as my training goes. I’m feeling happier, I can zip up my pre-pregnancy jeans, and I have the energy to keep up with an almost 7 month old who’s learned to crawl. My nutrition isn’t on point, breastfeeding makes it hard. It shouldn’t, and that’s a sad excuse, but working out and breastfeeding makes me want to eat all the things! It will get there, and I work on it a little everyday, and don’t get down on myself. I think punishing and feeling guilty for the food we eat creates 99% of the disordered view many people have with food.

I’ve recently quit my job at the gym and am focusing more of my energy into doing online training and nutrition coaching. I’ve already got a couple of clients and it’s going really well! I am creating programs that really fit and tailor to their busy lives. The added on nutrition coaching is a big hit too! I plan to start doing some in-person small group training in January. In the meantime, I am working on some extra certifications and always learning about how to improve the health, fitness, and lives of those around me.

I don’t want to say that I will ever get back to where I was before, because I’ll never be the person I was before Conor came along. I can only say that I will be a happy, healthy, strong mom who is taking care of herself and her family.