Life After Labor

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Thank you so much for all the kind words on Cole's Birth Story.   Life after labor. We are incredibly blessed...and tired! I'm certainly making good use of this mug. Spencer and I have been adjusting to life as parents of two beautiful kiddos. Thankfully, my mom is here to help us out. All hands on deck needed when a newborn is involved, am I right? Jada is slowly adapting to the big sister role. We are trying to include her in appropriate activities, but … [Continue reading]

Cole’s Birth Story: Part II

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I didn't mean to leave you hanging, but I barely had time to squeeze in that post. Mom life. Cole's Birth Story Continuing where we left off, the pitocin drip was slowly increased to help my contractions come every 2-3 minutes. The pain was more discomfort than pain, but I was becoming nauseous. They gave me some medication, but I still threw up all the liquids I had in my tummy. The nurses said this was my body getting ready for the main event. At this point, I was sooooooooo thirsty, … [Continue reading]

Cole’s Birth Story

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It's been 6 days since Cole arrived, and I'm feeling elated, exhausted, overwhelmed and blessed. Life as a mom of two is busy. In fact, it's taken me over an hour to even type this sentence! Cole's Birth Story A week ago today, I went in for my 39 week check-up. Based on previous appointments, I had resigned myself to the fact that Cole was quite comfortable. Accordingly, I expected him to go up-to or past his due date of December 16th. Because I'm over 35, I had non-stress tests done … [Continue reading]

Here He Is


Well, it's been quiet over here, hasn't it? If you follow me on social media, then you know we welcomed an addition our family last Thursday. Introducing: Cole James "C.J." Allen Weight: 6 lbs, 12 oz. Length: 20 3/4 in. long Birth story to follow soon. … [Continue reading]

Holiday Sweater Party

Ugly Sweater Party

No baby here yet. Just celebrating the season with a holiday sweater party. Keeping it classy. My best friend also pointed at that my sweater shows all bucks. Holiday Sweater Party Before hosting the holiday party, Jada helped us decorate the tree. At almost 2.5 years, she was really interested in the ornaments. She especially likes to sort/organize things. Do most toddlers like that? Or, is that a compulsive trait she inherited from me?! We held a holiday party for the … [Continue reading]

38 Week Pregnancy Update


I'm sharing my 38 week pregnancy update. So, now we begin the countdown, right?! To catch up on past pregnancy updates, visit my pregnancy page. Due Date: December 16th Baby’s Size About 6.5 lbs and 20-22″ long, the size of a Swiss chard based on the WTE app. Gender: Boy!  Weight Gain Around 18-20 lbs, but it fluctuates quite a bit depending on the time of day. I do weigh less than I did with Jada, but my belly is measuring on time. Baby boy is still gaining half a … [Continue reading]

30 Day Training Plan

I'm so excited to offer you 30 days of constantly varied, high intensity workouts! I want to help you hit your fitness goals by offering a challenging program using a combination of body weight & gym workouts. EQUIPMENT Because half of the workouts require equipment (kettlebells, dumbbells or a barbell), access to a training facility or home gym is recommended in addition to cardio options like a treadmill, rower, or spinning bike.   My goal is to maximize your time … [Continue reading]

Thanksgiving 2015

Family Picture Thanksgiving 2015

We enjoyed a leisurely Thanksgiving holiday, celebrating with friends. Hoping your weekend was just as blessed! I hit the jack pot with Spencer. Not only is he a devoted husband and father, but he can cook with the best! I don't love to cook. Cutting and arranging are my things. But, he did the turkey, dirty sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and stuffing! Our friends brought additional side dishes and dessert, so we had plenty of food. I totally failed to get a picture of the … [Continue reading]

It’s My Birthday!


Normally, I'd do some themed workout to celebrate my birthday. Photo credit: Honeybrown Photography But, burpees aren't happening this year with that belly! My family never went over the top with birthdays, so I really don't expect or do much. The best gift was knowing Spencer could be with us all weekend, uninterrupted! Normally, he has recruiting commitments or speaking engagements, so this was a special treat. Above he is with the Mets' outfielder, Curtis Granderson, a … [Continue reading]

36 Week Pregnancy Update


Sharing a 36 week pregnancy update today which means we have less than a month! To catch up on past pregnancy updates, visit my pregnancy page. Due Date: December 16th Baby’s Size About 6 lbs and 20-22″ long, the size of a cantaloupe based on the WTE app. Gender: Boy!  Weight Gain Around 18 lbs, but I've fluctuated quite a bit. Some weeks I'm more, others I'm less. Baby boy is still gaining half a pound per week, and I feel all of the 36 weeks of pregnancy … [Continue reading]