August 3, 2017

Hi there! I'm back!

Oh hi! Remember me?!


I've never neglected my blog this long and it makes me SO sad. But I have a good reason... in case you don't follow me on social media I'll fill you in... 

Since I blogged last we...

1. (May 1)
Put an offer on a new house.

2. (May 7)
Listed our house.
3. (June 14)
Everyone got lice.


4. (Mid June)
I became obsessed with Rae Dunn Pottery.


5. (June 30)
Sold our house.

6. (June 30)
Bought new house.

7. (End of June)
Moved everything we owned into our new garage.

8. (Beginning of July)
Remodeled new house and lived with my parents for two weeks.

9. (July 4th!)
Moved in and settled in the new house.

10. (July 14)
 I cut my hair off.

11. (July 15)
Went to Disney world.



12. (July 24)
Started Whole30.

13. (July 26)
Hudson lost his first tooth.

14. (July 31)
Sawyer turned 6 months old.


Which brings me here... August 3rd. FINALLY settled in our new house and I can't wait to do several posts show casing what we've done! I PROMISE more soon.


April 26, 2017

Listening When God Whispers.


My four year old was looking for me while I was working out. When he turned the corner and found me he ran at me full speed and gave me the biggest hug and kiss and said "I love you, mama! I wanna sit with you, mama."
I'd just gotten done with a series of planks and push ups and was {passed out-ish} on the floor, covered in sweat and ready to finish my workout, which normally I'd do with him sitting there watching. But for a brief second, God whispered in my ear- "Soak him in."
So I did. I held him and kissed him and told him how proud I was to be his mama. And I told him I wanted to take his picture so I'd remember him how he is today. Right in this moment. Sticky fingers and peanut butter face and all. 
I hear a lot that my weight loss and fitness journey is motivational and inspiring to others- and I'm so glad. But I never want to be so wrapped up in that or myself that I miss these moments to be an inspiration to my boys. Sometimes they get the tired and run down mama. Sometimes they get snapped at and pushed to the side. But today God showed me a glimpse of my relationship with Him through Rhett. 
It hadn't been ten minutes since he'd seen me. But he was looking and when he found me he was completely filled with joy and just wanted to be with me. And isn't that what God wants of us? Just to search for him and find Him and just BE with Him? Not to be pushed aside for our own prerogative? 
I don't know a lot. But what I do know is that this messy, sticky four year old boy loves me. And wants to be with me. And as I sit here in tears, I know that these days are but a blip on the radar. Push ups can wait til nap time. I've got some stories to read.
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I posted the above on my Facebook yesterday, but I wanted to post it here for my future memory and to expand upon it. I've been dealing with anxiety and worry and stress. I've always had it to some extent but I feel like it's gotten worse since having Sawyer. God has really been pressing on my heart to deal with it. So here I am, dealing with it. Ha! It has really stuck out to me that by me WORRYING and not giving my cares up to Him, I am basically telling God that I don't believe Him or trust in Him when the Bible says that He will take care of my every need. I am depending on Jenna to take care of things... and well... that's just not going well for my mental status. 

"But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!" (Matthew 6:30) 

So I've started listening to that whisper more. Paying attention when God is trying to tell me to STOP and live in THAT moment. I've stopped trying to be so "busy". I nap with the newborn and try to savor every moment with him, I stop my workout and read to Rhett when he wants my attention, I put my phone in the other room when I homeschool Hudson. We've recently gotten rid of iPads and the TV in our living room and since then we've spent every single (non-raining) evening outside playing and getting to know our neighbors. God's teaching me that by being INTENTIONAL, I'm not missing these moments with the boys, my husband, my friends and my neighbors, and by being intentional and IN THE MOMENT, I am not worrying about tomorrow. Am I perfect? NO WAY. Not even close. I still worry and try to fly on my own... but I am working on it, and God is molding me, I can feel it. 

It's just been on my heart, and something I have really struggled with lately and wanted to share. If you're there too, I hear you and feel you and I know the struggle.

April 23, 2017

What we've been up to... and lots of pictures.



Oh my Sawyer Anthony. How you're growing! You are such a light and joy to us and a perfect ending to our family. You've finally started sleeping through most of the night and are getting on a schedule.


We had a great Easter with our Narrative family. It was a yucky rainy day but that didn't stop me from getting a pic of my three cuties.
I've been consistently working out for about three weeks now, you can see how Sawyer feels about that above! hahaha!


This muffin is my love bug. He has had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the baby but we are starting to get along better! He loves to pick flowers for me so I snapped this picture to remember.


 We did Easter eggs on the patio! 

Daddy and the boys went to the opening night of the Arkansas Naturals- one of our favorite summer pastimes!
This boy is getting ready to graduate from Kindergarten. How is this possible?!?! We only have two weeks of school left- and we are both ready!!!
We are finally OUT OF STUDENT LOAN DEBT! I'll do a whole post about this soon.
I'll never get over this sweet bundle of joy.


Bryan's been doing stitch fix for men, did you know that was a thing?! And we've loved what he's gotten. Entire outfit above is SF! Here is a link to check out more info! 

I may still be in maternity jeans, but I did put on real clothes ONE day last week- ha ha ha ha!!

Thats all for now! I promise to start blogging more consistently soon- maybe ;)

April 21, 2017

Mommy Bootcamp!


So here we are again. I've been here before, in a postpartum body that doesn't feel like mine, but this time I am not discouraged. This body of mine grew a healthy baby boy for nine months- what a miracle- and I won't be down about that. I will give myself grace, and TIME, to get back to where I was. So above is my reverse transformation. In the best shape of my adult life at this time last year, to 36 weeks pregnant, to now, postpartum and up 40 lbs.

I've been following 21 day fix for just over two weeks, with a three day Easter candy break, oops. I've lost over 5 inches in my waist in that short time and almost 5 lbs. while exclusively BF Sawyer with no drop in supply and I'm continuing this round until the end of the month where I will share my results from this first round. But this program works, if you do the workouts and watch your nutrition.

All of that to say, I am hosting a Mommy Bootcamp, starting on May 1. You can be a mommy of littles, of bigs, a grandma or a dog mama. Or not a mama. I don't care, but I'd love to have you join my first postpartum group! You'll get workouts (program of YOUR choice), nutrition program with the containers, Shakeology (if you want it) and accountability and support. I've started doing one-on-one check ins with my challengers too if you feel like that's something you need because I definitely need that accountability. You can email me (jennachoosingjoy@gmail.com) for more info.

I've done this before, I know the programs work, I will do it again. And I want YOU to join me.

Top half is my very first before and my 3 year after that I maintained!

April 7, 2017

NWAMB Posts! And an update!

Been playing with the postpartum fashion! Loving LuLaRoe these days!
Hey guys!! I think I am back for good! I am planning on working today and Monday to get caught up on all of the blog posts that are floating around in my head... a fitness and weight loss update, a post about my favorite baby products this time around... and what its really like being a mom of three! Plus lots of pictures of my cute little guys!!

In the mean time I thought I would leave you with links to my latest posts on Northwest Arkansas Moms Blog! I love blogging over there and I thought you might enjoy reading some of my posts!!

The Last Newborn Diaper
Top 3 Beauty Products for New Moms
A Letter to my Third Born
Things I Never Thought I'd have to say before becoming a boy mom

Happiest of Fridays to you all!! I'm glad to be back!




April 1, 2017

Rhett is FOUR!

Y'all. Rhett turned 4 a month ago. And I've had this post in my head but haven't been able to sit down and write it out. So Rhett, I'm sorry when you're reading this later in life that it's a smidge late!


Oh my Rhett Joseph. So much love and mischief in one little body. You're the peanut butter and jelly between our two pieces of bread. You're the good stuff in the middle. You are sweet, and yummy... but you can also be sticky and messy! And you're throwing mommy and daddy for a loop because the older you get the more we realize you are nothing like your big brother.


-At your 4 year old well child you weighed 33.5 lbs and were 39 inches. A full two inches shorter and 5 lbs lighter than Hudson at the same age. You're our tiny boy.

-You're still settling into being a big bother. You love Sawyer, but mostly don't pay a whole lot of attention to him, except when Mommy has him and you want me or my attention.

-You look up to Hudson so much. You want to do anything and everything that he does. He is your best friend. You moved into his room right after Christmas, and you guys love sharing a room.


-You basically love Paw Patrol and all things Sugar. Hudson is my healthy eater and you are my sweet tooth sugar eater. Every morning when I wake up and you're already up you've been in the candy drawer or the snack drawer eating fruit snacks.

-You are hilarious and have the best sense of humor. You make us laugh ALL of the time. Mostly when you're getting in trouble and trying to get out of it. You got in trouble a few weeks ago, and you and I duked it out. Later when we were talking about it, and I had apologized for losing my temper with you, I asked if you were going to make good choices. You said yes, and then asked "Mom, are YOU going to make good choices too?" You've made me question everything I know about parenting, but you've also made me grow. 
-You love to draw and have learned how to write your name (thanks to your preschool teacher, Ms. Tiffany). You go to preschool two days a week and have your own little friends and it cracks me up the things you tell me about your day. 
-You've just started outgrowing naps, and it hurts my heart to see nap time go... but you and your brother play so good most of the time, when you're not fighting, and I love nothing more than having you so close in age.

-Molly and Sadie are your best friends. You are actually playing with them as I type this. You really love all animals! If you see a bird outside you'll open the door and yell "HI BIRDIE!".


Rhetty Joe, You're my snuggle boy. You keep me on my toes. I get worried when you're too quiet and its not usual to find you hiding in the fridge, or sink or... really anywhere. You love your mommy and don't really love being away from me right now, even though you SAY you are daddy's boy. (You really love your daddy so much too!) We love you!!

XO,
Mommy



March 31, 2017

Sawyer is TWO months old!

Oh, hi there! Me again! (I promise I'm going to get better at blogging-- soon!!!)

Y'all. My baby is two months old today. How is time passing so quickly?


Oh my sweet Sawyer Anthony,

-You are two months old today. That signifies 59 days outside of my tummy and in my arms. And 59 days of me not sleeping, but that's besides the point.


-You are by far the best nurser of all of my babies. You latched on from 30 minutes post c section and we've never looked back. You would nurse 24/7 if I'd let you. Right now we are on a 2-3 hour schedule during the day and we are working towards at least 3 hours at night. But right now, although I am very sleep deprived, I know that the sleepless nights will end soon enough.

-At your check up this week you weighed 10.17 lbs and were almost 23 inches! That means you're getting close to doubling your birth weight.

-You've outgrown newborn diapers, even though I am still cramming your tiny hiney in them until we run out so they don't go to waste. Which is causing blow outs... so that might end soon.

-I put the preemie and newborn clothes away for the last time last week. And even though in our hearts daddy and I both feel like we are done with biological babies, it did make me sad to think I'll never have a baby in those sweet outfits I got to enjoy with all three of you in your littlest days.

-You're in solid 0-3 and 3 mo clothes now. We are rocking 2-3 outfits a day because you really like to spit up all over me, and like I mentioned above, the blow outs.

-You really like your mommy and like being held. And I don't mind. You sleep with me in the early morning hours when you wake up and it's not quite time to get up yet. There is nothing sweeter than hearing you breathe and feeling your sweet baby breath on my cheek. Before I know it, you'll be wanting to bunk up with your big brothers and I'll be wrangling you to nap. So for now, I'll enjoy those early morning snuggles.
8 weeks
-You have rolled over a couple of times unintentionally. You're getting good with your head control, and do pretty well with tummy time.


-The older you get, and the more your face fills out, the more we see Hudson in you. We think you're going to keep your blue eyes, just like Rhett, but everything else reminds us of Hudson as a baby. And you also really look like me as a baby, which I kind of love.

-You got to meet Lucy in person for the first time a few weeks ago. Nothing made my heart happier than having you all under one roof. I can see your G-Ma smiling down at all her grand babies.

Everyone adores you. Daddy and your brothers are smitten with you. You are the perfect ending to our family. I'm cherishing every moment with you and I absolutely love being your mama.

Xoxo,
Mommy
 
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