Liam is One and A Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday Party

As I reflect over the past year, I feel so blessed to have this little guy. I feel blessed for his health, his personality, and blessed to have his father/ my husband Ben by my side. The past year has been a learning experience of going with the flow and transforming into a mother. It is transitioning to not only from being a wife, but caring for another who needs me more. Being a mother has many challenges and you have to adjust to a new life, a new way of thinking, and a new way of approaching things. It is appreciating your life even during the darkest moments in the middle of the night. It is being happy even when your little one is not. Being a mother has its joys and proud moments. When you see your child learn something new for the first time is the best feeling in the world. The cuddles and the kisses. The laughter and the smiles. The soft skin and little toes. The silliness and the goofiness. It is the little things that make the day amazing. The quiet moments that create the bond. My life the past year has changed so much and I am so happy to have this little family of mine.

Liam at Birth and Now

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What I have learned this past year

  1. I am stronger than I thought.
  2. Patience does not come naturally to me, however this past year has shown me I MUST work harder to have it.
  3. The motherly instinct does kick in when you have your child.
  4. Babies do not get spoiled, they are loved.
  5. Babies will sleep however they like no matter what you do.
  6. The bond or love you have for your child is stronger than any other love.
  7. Motherhood is a crazy ride of emotions that brings out the worse in you if you let it, but brings out the best in you to.
  8. Having a life to take care of is the scariest thing and you try not to think about the possibilities.
  9. You will worry about your child for the rest of your life.
  10. I have never been more proud of myself because taking care of a child is hard, amazing, and confusing at times!
  11. Making it a habit to not look things up on the internet and just go with your gut.
  12. Listen to my husband because he is smart and is usually right.
  13. Balance is key to surviving life.
  14. Hardships make you better if you let it.
  15. Children are in awe of you and watch your every move!

 

Liam’s Development This Past Month

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Walking

  • Liam is a full time walker now. He does occasionally crawl, but it up running around exploring!
  • He does fall all the time, however has pretty good balance.

Teeth

  • His two top teeth finally cut through this past month.
  • He has been cranky because of the teething.
  • He had some rough times crying because of teething pain.

Exploration

  • He loves to walk all over the place and find rocks, shoes, cords, or anything that he should not put in his mouth.
  • He crawls under things and hide.

Listening to Mommy and Daddy

  • Liam does a good job most of the time listening to a command or when being corrected.
  • Liam does have more of a tantrum moment when he does not want to leave something or when I have to take something away he should not have. But it only lasts a few seconds.

Personality

  • He is usually a very happy guy and will make silly faces.
  • He is so sweet and also can be a crazy monster to; as in growl and whack you for fun.
  • He is adorable when he sees Mittens the cat or his cousin Aria. He makes the cutest sound when they are in sight.
  • He dances to music and loves it when we sing.
  • He hums to himself often especially when he is tired.
  • He cuddles a little more now, but is usually on the go.
  • He is getting a little attitude when being corrected, however is quickly gone when I distract him.
  • He is so silly per usual and will make the funniest noises or faces.

Sleep

  • He still does not sleep through the night!
  • Most nights he is up about 2-3 times.
  • He is up about 1-2 times before 12am and then usually wakes maybe once after and then up between 6-8.
  • He still nurses at night.
  • He takes really great naps that are usually about two hours. He takes 1-2 naps a day depending on the day.

Breastfeeding

  • We still breastfeed. I use to use an app called Baby Feed that currently says I have been nursing on the left side for 1050:35:05 so that just shows how long I have not been using it to track the feedings and left on the tracker since July 11th. I do not know how long he goes between feedings anymore. I nurse on demand and he does nurse less.
  • I do not know when we will officially stop breastfeeding, but I will be slowly weaning him.
  • We just introduced a sippy cup to him a few days ago with water and I am going to start giving him cow’s milk soon. A large part of me is sad and does not want to transition him, but it will be nice to have my body back.

Milestones

  • Liam learned to clap this month! He finally mimicked me when singing If You’re Happy and You Know It.
  • He also started to stomp his feet during the song to!
  • He also waves, but does not always do it on demand.
  • He follows directions sometimes. He “gave” food to Paw Paw during FaceTime when he asked him to.

Things that interested Liam this month

  • When walking outside Liam loves to touch rocks.
  • Liam prefers to walk on the sidewalk or rocks rather the grass.
  • He loves to play in the dirt and feels around with his hands.
  • When he feels something crackle or make noise on the ground while he is walking, he stomps on it repeatedly.

Other

  • He has not been to his one year appointment yet, but I will edit his size and weight here.
  • He may be growing out of his size 4 diapers because he leaks at night again.
  • He is in size 12 months clothes. He can fit into his 9 months, but I use 12 months.

 

Liam’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar 1st Birthday Party

Decorations and Food

Family and Friends

Opening Presents

Special Present from Grammie and Grandpa McPhail

This is the rocking chair I got on my first birthday party. My parents put it back together for Liam! The padding is new and is so soft. Thank you again, mom and dad!

Eating cake

A special thank you for all of those who helped, hung out, and made Liam’s First Birthday fun and memorable!

Gifts from Nana and Paw Paw Stone & Uncle Bert and Spencer

They sent two packages of gifts full of 18 months clothes, toys, and a Olive Garden gift card for mom and dad. The note said, “For surviving your first year” haha.

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This whole year has been a fun ride as well as a learning experience that will keep on going. Thank you to all who have helped us throughout the year and made Liam happy. We love you all!

-Kristina 

 

Milestones at 11 Months Old

This past week Liam has shown us two things that are new to his development! He surprises us every time. He puts smiles on our face and reminds me that he is not a baby anymore. He is transforming into a toddler!

Waving

Liam starting waving last week. It is not always on cue. It usually happens when he is playing or sitting. He will mimic sometimes. It was so adorable when he did it for the first time. He is catching onto things so fast now!

Following directions

The other day, Liam, Ben and I were on FaceTime with Ben’s parents. While Nana and Papa were talking with Liam as he ate sitting in his highchair, I believe it was Papa who asked Liam if he could share. Liam held up what he was holding up to the phone. It was so sweet and shocked us all. He is doing little things like this now and it is amazing watching your child develop.

He makes us smile all the time by how smart he is and the new things he does. Can you believe he will be ONE in just nine days?! I sure cannot.

What are some new things your child has done recently?

-Kristina

 

Teething the Second Time Around

Teething the second time around is like hitting your funny bone again, on the same exact spot. It hurts more and you are Mr. Jackel and Hyde.

That is how teething for Liam has been the second time around. The symptoms are the same, yet enhanced. Liam will go from all smiles to a crying mess within seconds. He has more crying fits that are longer and needs more physical interaction with me. Nursing is more often in small intervals.

The interesting thing this time around is that he actually sleeps better than he has been in a while!

Here are some of my tips that have helped us through this difficult time: 

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  • Nursing always helps when Liam is crying and cannot calm down.
  • The Nuby Teething Keys that have been in the freezer help a lot.
  • We use Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets-these take a bit to kick in, but does the trick.
  • Distractions help a lot.
  • Taking him out of the house for walks or another environment besides the house helps!
  • Night times are when it is worse, right before bed or after his nap, so have your teething aids ready beforehand, like teething rings in freezer a few hours before.
  • He likes to chew on textured toys.

Symptoms that he was teething again:

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His two top teeth are cutting
  • Excessive drooling is the first to show
  • Eating his hands and always having something in his mouth
  • Very moody going from happy to upset in seconds
  • Grumpy
  • Sensitive
  • Has a hard time going down for bed
  • does not listen has well as he once did when correcting him

Common things that we did not experience:

  • not sleeping well
  • fevers

When did he start teething again?

Ten months old and has been trying to pop these teeth for weeks but less than a month

What are some things you use to help during teething?

-Kristina

 

 

Beachbody Insanity Program Results and Review

*I will first point out that I am a Beachbody Coach. You can watch THIS video about why I became a coach. Today’s post is my honest opinion and results. If you are in need of motivation or accountability with exercise or nutrition, email me at kristinadstone @ gmail dot com or message me on my facebook page HERE. You can also find me on my facebook fitness page, Coach K Fitness. I can set you with a program that meets your lifestyle and needs. Do you want to look back with regret or with a new found confidence? 

Insanity-What is it all about?

*Information from Team Beachbody

Trainer: Shaun T

  • Creator of INSANITY and Hip Hop Abs®, he’s a former track and field star.
  • Graduated from Rowan University, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Science with a minor in Theater and Dance.

Insanity

  • Transform your body in 60 days with the hardest workout put on DVD.
  • You’ll push yourself to your limits with this extreme cardio challenge. No weights or equipment required, just the will to make it through.

How Insanity WORKS

  • Get into shape in record time with Max Interval Training. You’ll perform long bursts of high-intensity exercise, followed by shorter periods of rest—the opposite of traditional cardio methods.
    • Adding high-intensity exercise, during which your heart rate increases to 80% or more of its maximum capacity, forces your body to use fast-twitch muscle fibers not normally engaged in cardio exercise. These fast-twitch fibers continue burning extra fuel even during lower-intensity exercise.
  • You can burn up to 1,000 calories per workout, and get lean and ripped without any weights or equipment.
  • Shaun T explains the moves very well and challenges yet encourages the viewer.

Insanity is FOR

  • Anyone who is ready for a fitness challenge and wants to get into the best shape of their life.
  • It’s an advanced program that’s meant to challenge even very fit athletes. But anyone can go at their own pace until they’re ready to meet this ultimate challenge.
  • Anyone who wants to improve their cardio.

Insanity is NOT for

  • Beginners, pregnant women, obese people, people who aren’t willing to work hard, people who don’t consistently do high-impact exercise.

What do YOU need to be successful with INSANITY (space/equipment/supplements)?

  • Space: Just enough room to perform cardio in place, move side-to-side, jump, and do floor exercises. A small living room space should do the trick
  • Equipment: No equipment is required but a jump mat is helpful to make for a more comfortable workout. (A jump mat is included in the Deluxe Kit.)
  • Supplements that are recommended include:
    • Shakeology®: This ultra-premium nutrition shake promotes digestive health, energy, and even weight loss.*
    • Beachbody PerformanceTM Energize Pre-Workout supplement with key ingredients to help boost your energy, sharpen your focus, push harder, and last longer.*
    • Beachbody Performance Recover Post-Workout supplement, with key ingredients shown to help combat exercise-induced muscle soreness and speed muscle recovery to help you accelerate your fitness results.*

Insanity Resources

  • Fitness Guide includes your Fit Test and gets you working out fast.
    • The fit test is every two weeks and you write down your reps and compare.
  • Elite Nutrition Plan provides tips and recipes to fuel your intense training.
    • if you are breastfeeding like me, you adjust accordingly
  • Wall Calendar helps you track your workouts.
    • takes the guess work out and easy to follow

What to do BEFORE you start the program?

  • Talk with your Beachbody Coach(if that is me contact me, I will be in contact with you) and go over your goals and WRITE those down
  • Take your BEFORE photos-back, front, side and you can flex as well as the three basic photos. Keep in mind these should be the same workout clothes you use in the AFTER photos. ALSO, try to be in just shorts and sports bra to SEE all changes.
  • Take your MEASUREMENTS and the program has instructions on how to do so.
  • Throw out any junk food, soda, or food that will keep you off track.
  • Go grocery shopping and make meals that go with the nutrition guide.
  • Get good workout shoes and get workout clothes if need.

What to do AFTER you finish the FIRST round of 60 days of the program?

  • Take your AFTER photos in the SAME POSES AND CLOTHES as the BEFORE photos to get the BEST photo results.
  • Take your AFTER measurements.
  • SHARE your results with your Coach, family, and friends to motivate others to live a healthy life!
  • Go onto your Team Beachbody account(it is the one you sign up with when you order) and go to the Beachbody Challenge tab, then the Take the Challenge and do STEP TWO and INSERT your results to receive a FREE Insanity t-shirt and be in the drawing to win MONEY!

 

My Thoughts

Why I wanted to try out Insanity

  • Improve my cardio because I get winded very easily
  • Get in even more shape
  • Prove to myself I can complete this extreme program

Did I accomplish these things?

  • My cardio did improve and each week I was better than the last
  • I am in way more shape than I have ever been in my life and I had a baby last year via c-section; and breastfeed! It can be done.
  • I finished and feel proud. I can say I did that crazy Insanity program!

How did I feel after?

  • Stronger
  • More energy
  • I feel firmer and my clothes are too big! I see a Target stop soon.
  • Happy!
  • I am more flexible and can carry Liam more comfortably because he is over 20 lbs!

 

Tips to keep in mind during this program that I learned personally

  • ALWAYS have water at hand-you will NEED IT or you will have a hard time finishing.
  • EAT something before the workout in order to NOT feel winded or dizzy.
  • Remember, even the trainer NEEDS to take breaks. Just jump back in when you can.
  • Keep FORM always! When you cannot, take a break until you CAN.
  • If you are feeling down, just TRUST the process! You WILL see RESULTS after the initial 60 days. You can do it AGAIN and AGAIN for desired results.
  • Remember, COMMITMENT is doing something even when the motivating feeling you had in the beginning goes away. Nothing hard comes easy, but the life you will have is WORTH it!
  • INVESTING in yourself is a long mental progress that is scary or hard, however it is the BEST thing for your family, your self image, and your health.
  • You WILL FAIL sometimes, and that is OKAY. You learn what to do next time and KEEP GOING!
  • Look at this as a LIFESTYLE, not a diet or just working out to loose weight. To MAINTAIN all your HARD WORK, you must keep the habits. It does not mean you have to be EXTREME all the time. I was/am NEVER perfect with any of these programs. It is learning to portion control, moderation, and adding HEALTHY habits and food into your life. And letting go of other habits. BALANCE. I am taking a break on the more intense workouts right now. It has been two weeks. However, I am starting another workout program soon. Give yourself some time to refocus. You can wear yourself out or you can get overwhelmed.

My Results

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STARTING weight: 129.8 lbs

ENDING weight: 124.4 lbs

Total weight loss: 5.4 lbs!

Measurements:

Chest:

Before-36 in

After-35.5 in

Waist:

Before-27.5 in

After-26.5 in

Hip:

Before-36.5 in

After-26.5 in

 

Right Arm:

Before-10.75 in

After-10 in

Left Arm:

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After-10 in

Right Leg:

Before-20.5 in

After-19 in

Left Leg:

Before-20.5 in

After-19.5 in

Fit Test Results:

Day one: from first move to the last

86, 46, 60, 20, 5 circles-stopped at 11 mins

Last Fit test: from first move to last

75,50,65,26,10,19,19,57-finished the fit test!

 

Let me be YOUR Beachbody Coach!

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You can either contact me HERE, email me kristinadstone @ gmail dot com, or if you want to do it on your own, click this LINK to order. After you order I will contact you with the email you provided and we can discuss your goals and needs. If you do not order through me, you will be placed with a random coach. Let me be your coach today!

Why choose me as your coach?

  • I have been a coach for two years.
  • I have personal experience with many of the programs and shakeology.
  • I am a mother, had a c-section, and breastfeed and can help other mothers achieve success and happiness after baby.
  • I LOVE to help others and see them succeed and be there when they fail. I am YOUR pick me up!
  • I strive to be that positive thing in YOUR life.
  • I am committed to CHANGE in not only the physical, but emotional, spiritual, and mental. It all works together to achieve health.
  • You will help me stay home with my son and help our family.
    • if you are interested on working at home, contact me!

Who am I looking for?

  • People who are interested in changing their life and sticking to it
  • People who stay committed and consistant
  • People who want to be coached and be checked up on
  • People who need help with nutrition and portion control
  • People who want to work at home and help others
  • People who need help with what workouts they should do

 

Not sure what a Beachbody Coach is? We simply provide you with solutions to create a healthier lifestyle such as Beachbody products and programs, answer any questions you have regarding Beachbody programs or products, and is your accountability partner that you can count on. Each coach is different and has different backgrounds. We are not fitness or nutrition experts, we simply represent Beachbody and living a healthier lifestyle. You are also placed in a challenge group on facebook or the Beachbody app to get inspiration and motivation with other like minded people. That is the key to success!

What is stopping you today?

-Kristina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasty Tuesdays #2: Roasted Garlic Mashed Turnips

Last month I decided to try out a Mashed Turnip recipe. Ben wanted to try it out as an alternative to potatoes. I am all for a healthier, light version of something I love. I searched through Pinterest, my favorite place for inspiration, and found a simple recipe from nourishedny.com.

Thoughts

I had to tweak the recipe a bit. I will also add things and do things better. Over all I liked this, but it had a little too much garlic taste for my husband so I need to create a better version!

Roast Garlic Mashed Turnips

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lbs turnips, peeled and quartered
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • salt and crushed black pepper to taste
  • Bold is my experience/thoughts with the recipe 

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Peel off outer layers of your head of garlic and slice the entire head in half lengthwise. Place the garlic halves cut side up on top of a sheet of aluminum foil. Pour 1 tbsp olive oil across the cloves and completely wrap the foil around the garlic. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes––or until fragrant.
    • I did this but did not use enough garlic and I did not even go to the minimum time frame, so I did something wrong. So the garlic was slightly burt and had too much of the roasted taste for my husband. 
    • Our 10 month old son Liam loved it however!
  3. While the garlic is roasting, place quartered turnips into a pot and cover with water. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Let turnips boil until fork tender, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove turnips from the pot with a slotted spoon and transfer to a food processor or blender. Add the roasted garlic and process until smooth. With the mash blending, pour in olive oil and season with salt and crushed black pepper to taste.
    • We personally did not like how it turned up as more of a apple sauce consistency rather than mashed potatoes, so I will be using a fork to mash it all up next time.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

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What I will add to this recipe

I want to add cheese or instead of garlic, onion-that is what my husband would prefer.

 

What are you favorite healthy recipes? Share!

 

Orglamix Monthly Glam Box Review July2016: Hello Sunshine

*I want to first say I received this for free by Orglamix and ALL thoughts on these products and service is my honest thoughts. This was a surprise actually because we originally corresponded in April and I received a May box for free via email. Thank you for sending me another AMAZING box to open and try out great quality, natural beauty products. You can read more about Orglamix and their boxes in my first review HERE.

 

Thoughts

This month’s box was a delight to open. The first thing I noticed was the “beauty blender”.  Second, their new boxes are cute!

The most I took out of this box are the following:

  • great selection of products
    • takes care of your skin, makeup, and well being.
  • no repeats from the previous box
  • presentation is perfect once again

Products

Beauty Sponge

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Beauty sponge

 

This was exciting for me because I love the brand Beauty Blender and I do want to try other products that compare to it. I have tried a few other brands, and they never compared. This one however, I was impressed. It gave me flawless skin using it and it was a smooth and easy application with liquid foundation. I even used it for powder. Lastly, this is slightly larger than the Beauty Blender.

 

 

 

Splash Mask

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This spray is so refreshing and cooling! It is the smell of citrus heaven. It is great for waking up and needing a pick me up! I love this and recommend to anyone seeking a high quality spray that not only takes care of your skin by brightening it up, but wakes you up! It even lightly exfoliates. Say what?! It provides everything you need.

 

 

 

 

 

Rise and Shine 100% Natural Essential Oil Roll On

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Beauty sponge

This is AMAZING. It truly does wake me up a bit without caffeine. I tried it without my morning coffee and following the instructions, I felt great. It is not going to completely replace your daily caffeine intake at first, but it is a nice pick me up!

How do you apply it?

  • roll it on your temples, behind your neck, and lower back.

 

Banane 100% Natural Mineral Retouching Powder

This is very yellow, however it is meant to touch up areas of your skin to help it cover up blemishes or discoloration.

A few tips when using this:

  • A little goes a long way and it is very pigmented!
  • You must have a light hand when using this.
  • Lightly brush on or use a beauty blender on the areas you want to cover.
  • It works great all over as long as you are careful.

Happy Sparkle Sunshine Vibes 100% Natural Mineral Eye Shadow

 

This mineral eye shadow gives a nice glow and shine to your sunny day. See what I did there?

I put this shadow all over my lid in the above photos as well as three other mineral eye shadows from the previous box! Check out the other colors in that review HERE.

The application with these mineral shadows are amazing and I use it three ways:

  1. with my finger like I did above with the lid color Happy Sparkle Sunshine Vibes
  2. a makeup brush
  3. apply with a WET makeup brush to add more shine and metallic feel

 

Last Thoughts

Orglamix is hands down the BEST vegan, Cruelty-Free, and natural beauty brand. Their beauty boxes offer a wide variety and you get a great feel for what they have to offer.

I feel you would not be disappointed in their values or quality. Check them out and tell them Kristina from Love at First Kick sent you their way.

What is your favorite brand?

-Kristina

If You’re Clappy and You Know It

At 11 months old, Liam has learned something new this week! I have been working on this with him since he could give me eye contact. I would sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and clap. He always loves this song and will smile or laugh while I sing it. This week he has finally clapped as well! Today, he would do it on cue every time. These small milestones are so exciting and adorable!