Happy birthday Jack!

Tomorrow Jack is one! I have been meaning to write about his actual birth day for about a year now also. I just don’t want to forget all of the details of one of the best days in my life. I feel like Sophia from the Golden Girls now, but here it is…..

Picture it, Newton Falls, March 17th 2013. At about 7 in the morning my mom and dad came over to spend the day with Ryan. I was supposed to check in at the hospital at 8 to be induced.  I was really crossing my fingers that it would work and Jack would officially be a St Paddy’s day boy!

From the moment I knew my due date, I was really hoping that I would have a St Paddy’s day baby! It’s always been a very fun and special holiday for my family so I knew it would be extra fun to have him then!  And who wouldn't want that as a birthday? So, my awesome Dr agreed to induce me. I was really hoping Jack would be on board with being born on time since my actual due date was not until the 20th.

We made it to the hospital and up to our room by 8 and discovered that I was in the exact same room that I had Ryan- Room #6. Also, interesting to note that 6 has always been my luck number (birth date 6/6). I was feeling lucky, so I was hoping that Jack would be too. I was a little hesitant to pick an induction date because I felt like I was tempting fate, but it was really handy to have it planned so I wasn't going into labor in the middle of the night and needing to have someone come over to be with Ryan at 3 in the morning!

My nurse Gayle was the best!  She helped me thru step by step and we had a good morning with not too much action. When I arrived I think I was maybe 2cm. I knew I had a long way to go. And based on my history with Ryan, I knew it could be a very long wait until Jack made his grand appearance. I was also VERY concerned that Jack was going to be larger than Ryan. Ry was a whopping 9lb 11oz and it took for-ev-er to come out!  My Dr assured me that Jack was smaller, but I was still a little leery.

By about noon there was still not too much happening so Dr D came in and broke my water, hoping that would get things moving along. I now had 12 hours to get Jack out. I had some visitors stopping in to check on me. Mom and dad had dropped off Ry at Thad's moms house so they were there.  Thad’s best friend Jonathan was there most of the day too, he has spent the entire day that Ryan was born with us too at the hospital and wanted to be there again. My bestie Missy stopped in for a little bit too. I also got a visit from a real leprechaun!  I was having decent contractions and I told Gayle that I was ready for some pain meds. So, sometime during the time that Missy was there, I was given Nubain for the pain and things started to get a little fuzzy. The best description I could say was that I was feeling buzzed, It was hard to focus on conversation and I was feeling super sleepy and everything was pretty hilarious. About an hour later, I was given the epidural and I was only 4cm. I wasn't sure at this point if Jack was going to arrive by midnight. It was already close to 5pm, and it wasn't looking good.

An hour later the nurse came in and asked me if I felt any pressure or the urge to push, and I said that now that she mentioned it, I did. She said I was at 10 cm already and they were calling the Dr in. I was there and so so excited to get this show on the road. Thad has just stepped out of the building so it sent everyone in a little tizzy to find him. They turned on those incredibly bright overhead lights that I totally forgot about until that moment and things were getting going. Thad walked in with Dr D and we were mentally preparing ourselves for awhile of pushing, since it took 4 hours with Ryan. 

The nurse said I could start pushing and it took 3 whole pushes and at 6:07pm our family grew by one sweet Jack! We were all so shocked how quickly he arrived and I was surprised at how tiny he seemed. He was only 7lbs and 4oz. So teeny tiny compared to what I was prepared for!  He cried right away and then as soon as they handed him to me he calmed right down.  That moment was very telling of his temperament. This whole first year he has been a very calm little guy for the most part. He has his crazy moments but he is so sweet and we couldn't imagine our family without him.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whole year since he came into our lives and I’m feeling quite nostalgic. But, I’m also so excited to see what this year has in store for us and to see the boys start to become better friends.

Happy First Birthday to our sweet Jack Sullivan! We love you more every single day!  


some fun on a Sunday night

Some Sunday randoms for you to enjoy, or to not enjoy. 
I have no fun "model shots" of myself like the girl i copied this from. So, too bad. Check my instagram feed if you want to see what i look like ;)

Making: no sense, a million holiday related things, cleaning house things, or you know showering right now. But this seems like way more fun. 
Cooking : nothing at all...
Drinking : ice water, you know to balance out all the crap i have eaten in the last 5 days. 
Reading : my bloglovin feed- hence this post.
Wanting : to have all the Christmas related tasks done already. 
Looking: at the new TV in our living room- Thanks Zach and Sarah!  :)
Playing: dumb and not wanting to admit that i really still dont have the Christmas card photo after two photo shoot attempts. 
Wasting: my free time on this blog post. Gotta stay relevant- happy December post 5 people who actually read this blog ;)
Sewing: nothing- maybe next year?
Wishing: that my lunch for tomorrow was already packed and sitting happily int he fridge. 
Enjoying: a DVRd episode of the Voice. 
Waiting: for the kitties to leave the me alone. 
Liking: leggings?!?!  never in a zillion years did i think that sentace would come out of my moth. 
Wondering: what the new year will bring.
Loving: my time with the boys- they are so sweet and i know that 10 years will go by in a blink and they won't want to hang with their mom anymore. 
Hoping: that i can be on time to work tomorrow.  
Marveling: at how we already got a Christmas card in the mail this weekend- what?!?!
Needing: more sleep- always, always :)
Smelling: the cheese nips Thad is munching on. 
Wearing: jeans and a sweatshirt, too lazy to change just yet. 
Following: some new blogs that make me wish i had more time to write on mine. 
Noticing: that everyone in the world on fb and ig has thier tree up already when ours is still in the corner of the basement, covered in dust and possibly cat fur, untouched since last January. 
Knowing: that next weekend, i will be able to tackle the Christmas decorating. 
Thinking: about how tomorrow is cyber Monday and i have no shopping plans, still. 
Feeling: lucky- still not sure who let me have kids, but they are the best. Now is the time, they are so much fun, even when they are driving me nuts. 
Bookmarking: some possible Christmas gift ideas. 
Opening: the fridge, way too much lately. 
Giggling: at the holiday inflatables that people put in their yard. I never say never, but i have a strong hatred for them.
Feeling: excited that they kids have been in bed for a whole hour already and i have time to do some fun things. (like this awesome post).

Go ahead- copy this and tell me what you are up to like i did to Grace. Or don't, and laugh at me for wearing leggings. 



This is the first time i have really tired a link up, but here it goes! Thanks Laura for hosting! hope i'm not too late!

1. What is your morning routine?
My mornings are all about being prepared like a firefighter. Up a little after 5 to pump, get bottles ready, shower, get dressed, feed Jack (7 months) and get him dressed, while Thad gets Ryan (2) up and dressed. Me and the boys need to be in the car by 6:30 to make it to daycare and get me in front of my work computer by 7:30. Phew!  So, glad its Friday!!

2. Are you on Instagram? If so, what is your username? Who are 3 of your favorite IGers?
Heck yes, I’m  @mbix66    I may be a rainy day blogger, but i love being an IGer
3 of my favorite IGers are: @allthingsgd @roociambriello @erinqmcgee

3. Please tell us 1-3 of your daily “must read” bloggers.
Erin- my HI-larious sister, for real- check her out. She needs to do a stand up act or write a book or both! Erin, i LOVE you and your quick wit!
Roo- my BFF that doesnt know it- a MUST READ on this is how i feel fridays!  you will not regret it
Katie- one of the first blogs that i ever started following- love her
Dusty- i can't forget my home skillet, shes the bomb.com and we are bound to be besties at the next Haven conference :)

4. Tell us a little about you and your family.
My husband Thad and I grew up in the same town and knew each other in high school went on one date back in the day (Titanic- oh yeah!). Then met up again in college and have been together ever since. We bought a house in 06, got married in 07, and have been blessed with two of the sweetest boys in 2011 and earlier this year on St Paddy’s day! We are so incredibly lucky and have so much fun with them even if they are generally covered in droll, food, dirt….

5. What are your favorite holiday traditions?
Sounds cliche, but spending time together. With our little family, with our siblings and parents, and our extended families. Its not quite Christmas until we all gather together and share laughs, good food, and fun. LOVE my families. 

6. Tell us one random fact about you! Make it fun! 
My first baby boy was 9lbs 11oz and took 4 hours of pushing for him to arrive. I was scared shitless of #2. He shocked us all and was only 7lb 4oz and was out in 3 pushes! 
I also love the letter Q- it was the first letter of my maiden name. I loved it so much i dropped my middle name and legally changed it to my maiden name Quilty. 


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Happy Birthday Kenzie!

One year ago, shortly after 3:44am i received this text photo from a very proud daddy!

Mom and i were sharing a small-ish blanket in the waiting room and when this text came thru we both cried and screamed and did a happy dance.

How in the world has it been a whole year since you came into our lives sweet Kenzie??

Kenzie Girl, I love you so so much and you have brought so much joy into my life! 
Happy first birthday!  Can't wait to celebrate with you tomorrow!!!


Betting on me

Any mom knows that losing the baby weight is hard. Finding the time, the energy, and the motivation is even harder. And that has been a struggle for me since having Jack. Since I work about an hour from home its hard to even get the necessities in every night, let alone time to work out. It’s the mom guilt! If I go when the kids are awake, I feel like a bad mom for not hanging out with them the few precious hours I actually have with them a day. But going after they are in bed is hard to because it’s the only hour or so I have a day that chores/ relaxing/ and getting prepped for the next day. And the thought of getting up before 5am to get in a workout just is laughable to me.

But, I have lucked out and I do pay for gym access at work on my lunch hour! (Cue the angel choir) I have a whole glorious hour a day to do whatever I want. For the past few months I would use it to relax, to write blog posts, to catch up with friends but I was committed to getting to the gym more often. 

A month ago one of my favorite bloggers Roo started up a diet bet. Check her blog here. You can read more about the start of my process here. I felt pretty sure that I was able to lose the 4% in the allotted 28 days because I was still 10 lbs over my pre-baby weight. So, I started tracking my calories (something that I had never really committed to before) and OMG, it was working!  The first week I lost like 6lbs and I thought it was a mean joke. I think it was water weight, but it was and awesome way to kick it off! Then it was slow and steady the whole time and guess what?  I freaking lost 10 lbs!  And there are pants that I can wear now that I haven’t worn in quite some time and I feel so much better. And guess what?  I am not stopping- i know i can do it again, so i'm starting another one tomorrow!

The start and progress shot.
I'm really not going to make a habit of taking any photos in spandex- but it was required for the site. 

Here are some things that really made all the difference for me that might work for you to if you want to give it a go. 
  • Join with a bud- my LA BFF Katie joined too and we would text each other for support and motivation. It helped soo much! Even if I ate bad for a day, we knew that a better day was around the corner.
  • Use the message board! People are always there- there was a day that I really wasn't feeling like going to the gym and I posted that and people responded and it got my ass across the street and another workout in.
  • Use the money as a motivator. I did this a lot! Thinking of all of the cool workout gear I could get if I won a lot kept me moving and wanting my $30 back, kept egging me on. 
  • Use a calorie counter app. This was BY FAR the biggest eye opener!  OMG, the calories I’m sure I was consuming prior to this was probably scary! And I was able to indulge here and there, but not all the time like I was doing before. And I used this during the day a lot more strict then I did at night. For dinner, I just tried to be more sensible.
  • Get moving. Even if it was a day that I couldn't get to the gym I would go out and play with the kids or go on a quick walk around the block or two.
  • Curb that need for a snack with some water. Not all the time, but most of the time, if I wanted a snack I would have a whole glass of water and then I could have a smaller snack. I ended of with more bathroom trips, but it worked.

This was by far the best diet I have ever tried and i'm so happy that I did it. Round two starts tomorrow! So, here is to another 4% loss!  If you want to join me click here!  If you are looking to lose some lbs, this is totally your chance!