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If you get married, marry a good man who loves you

First off, I woke up this morning in a funk. I just felt down, which never happens to me unless I am pregnant with a female in my womb. I felt like I just wasn’t doing enough and what I was doing I was falling short, in almost everything. I won’t even go down the list with you because it’s kind of embarrassing and I am over it now, but even the surprise gift left at my doorstep full of tutu clothes and pink slippers didn’t make me feel better.

Normally, I would just clam up and say nothing and try to get through it, but this morning my hubby asked me what was wrong and I told him…every little detail…of how I was feeling. And for every silly feeling-less-than story I spewed out, he told me how wonderful I was and how happy our boys were and you know what? He actually got me out of my funk! So ladies, make sure you talk to your spouse even when you know they can’t relate. At minimum, it will help them know it’s not about them and give them information on how to tread that particular day and at most they could actually make you feel better.  🙂

– Kerry


December 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

Sleep Anyone? – Part 1: Exhaustion

Many times I am exhausted but not really sleepy. Exhaustion for me comes from when I haven’t eaten regularly (causing sugar highs and lows), have had too much caffeine early (which sends me crashing), or just really long days. In those cases when I get home, I immediately change into comfortable clothing, hug on my boys and play games on my Facebook for 20 minutes-ish. Usually after an hour I am relaxed and have woken up a little. But I really give myself that hour on tiring days. If people ask me for favors I say no. If people want me to call them, I text them asking if it can wait until later or the next day and leave it until then. Then I drink a ton of water and just make sure the next day I eat properly, take iron if I need to and get a good night’s sleep.

– Kerry

November 15, 2010 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

Gym time, continued!

(Check out my first post on gym time!)

I try to get to the gym at least three times a week and stay active the other four days of the week (running behind my two year old and cleaning house). Before this pregnancy I was going on average four days out of the week so if I can get there 2-3 days now I feel like I am in good shape!

The best advice I can offer is listen to your body! If you feel nauseous or tired, rest. Stretching or yoga at home while listening to some relaxing music can be just as beneficial to your body.

I have had to adjust my workouts since I got pregnant. I used to do a lot of the classes my gym offers, they are fun and really get me to include some good strength training. During my first trimester I tried staying in those classes and for the most part I could, but I noticed that my heart rate would get really fast and it just didn’t feel right so started skipping classes. I tried reducing my weight level and that helped for a little but I got to a point were I just knew I had to find something else. So now I just walk 30-45 minutes on the treadmill at a good pace and at a slight incline, I get a little sweat in and my heart rate stays in a good place. After my walk I either do some leg exercises or a few different back and arm exercises. I always get a good stretch in and make sure I hydrate myself the entire time.

I work out because it makes me feel good and I know it is good for my body and my baby. If I don’t feel good I skip it, no guilt attached! My number one job right now is to take care of myself and my baby so that we can both be healthy come delivery day. Honestly, when I was pregnant with Blake I don’t think I went to the gym once – it didn’t feel right. I would come home from work and just nap until dinner time, that’s what felt right then. Now, although I would love to nap I actually feel good enough to head to the gym so I do that instead.

So, again just listen to your body and do what feels right!

– Carissa

October 12, 2010 at 12:09 am Leave a comment

The Facebook Marriage-Saving Rules

I started on Facebook before my husband did because a long-lost high school friend of mine was searching for me and found my SIL (you all should know this by now but that’s Sister-In-Law — next time you are on your own :)), and contacted her to contact me.

My husband thought it was dumb and lame until he saw there were games, and I think he was hoping to get in touch with some of his old water polo buddies. A while later he joined, BUT I spoke with him about the “rules” I set for myself as a “taken” woman when joining. I thought I would share them because I have seen them being broken by people many times and it has always caused problems. He agreed with them and it has kept our relationship with Facebook a healthy one!

Personal rules for Facebook when in a relationship:

  1. NO exes as your friends. I repeat NO exes. NONE. Maybe like someone you kissed in 5th grade but that’s it. No one you lived with, were married to, with for more than a month or in love with. Period. No exceptions.
  2. NO instant messaging the opposite sex unless a) they are literally your family or b) your spouse is sitting right there and a “part of” the instant messaging convo. I have seen at least three friends of ours get into bad situations from doing this. It’s no bueno and nothing good can come from it.
  3. In your status – You can tease, love on and mention your partner, BUT you may not tell the entire community if they were an ass (you can say if YOU were an ass though) or talk about personal relations with them. TMI (too much information) people!
  4. No posting pictures that are too revealing of either of you
  5. Husbands – Always have a quick and non threatening answer to “Honey who is this girl on your friend list? Do I know her?” Because the real question is “Who the HELL is that pretty B@tch on your friend list?” The answer should be somewhere along the lines of “Oh that’s my friend Dave’s wife. She friended me for Farmville”

So guess who tried to “friend” my husband last week? Yep, an old flame from over 7 years ago. I don’t know what that crazy lady was thinking, but it saved us a lot of irritating conversations had he accepted the invitation OR not told me about it.

How many of you want to guess if I actually looked at her photo or not?

Heehee, I guess I cannot tell…

– Kerry

October 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm 2 comments

Gym time!

Even before I had a baby I loved being at the gym. It’s my time to unwind and really sweat out any stress that I might be having. I always feel better after I spend some time there so even now that I am pregnant I try my best to keep on my routine because it makes me feel so good!

After I had Blake I struggled with the guilt I felt when I left him for an hour each time. I almost got to a point where I wouldn’t go because I felt like it wasn’t right to be away from him all day while I worked and then to leave him again for another additional hour. Lucky for me I had my level-headed husband, who is very active as well, to talk to in this situation. He told me that I shouldn’t feel guilty about going to the gym. He strongly believes that to be a good parent we have to take care of ourselves because if we don’t the child suffers as well.

We are members of our local YMCA, it’s a beautiful facility, it’s a couple blocks from our house and they have the best child care staff!! So when we go to the gym after work we go as a family and that really works for us. Blake has been going there since he was 6 weeks old, he loves it there and they love having him. He likes going so much now that he brings us our gym shoes every night and tells us that he wants to go to the gym and play with the kids, haha!

– Carissa

October 1, 2010 at 11:40 pm 1 comment

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