Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Propét Shoe Review

Although this blog post is sponsored by Propet, the opinions on the shoes are entirely my own.  I would not post a review on a product I truly did not enjoy wearing or using.  Thanks for the support surrounding sponsored posts!

Back in late November a representative from Propet Shoe Company reached out to me about trying out some of their shoes.  She had read my pregnancy post (week 24) and thought that extra support for my feet would help me out during the rest of my pregnancy. 

The Rejuve product line has been known for providing great support for your feet while pregnant, particularly during the third trimester (according to the representative)

She sent me a pair of the "Morgan" shoe along with a pair of slippers, "Convertible Bootie."

from their website, "It's the perfect package. A cozy velour slipper with a soft faux fur lining complete with our Rejuve Motion Technology. The patent-pending U-shaped design built into our advanced sole system is biomechanically designed to promote a natural gait, indoors or out!"

I wore these shoes outdoors, when I was doing errands or just out and about.  I wore them to numerous of my doctor's appointments and would always get complimented on them.  They provided my feet tons of support and the fuzzy inside was perfect for those cold winter months. 

The Convertible Bootie has been my favorite pair of slippers EVER!  They are super comfortable and totally cute.  I love the "slate blue" color.  The booties kept my feet super warm and cozy during the winter.  Our house has wooden floors downstairs so I would always slip them on as soon as I headed down there.  No one likes cold floors when its less than 10 degrees outside!  Although they can be worn outdoors I kept these for indoors only since we have a strict no shoes inside the house policy :)

from their website, "What an adorable little slipper this is. Your feet will be covered in cozy warmth when you slip this on at the end of a long day. The faux fur collar can be folded up or down, but either way, you'll love the comfort. And the indoor/outdoor TPR outsole makes the occasional trip outdoors super easy."

Neither style of shoe comes in half sizes so I received both pairs in size 7, up from my usual size 6.5.  Both fit well ... the booties were slightly roomier which is great when you're looking for slippers.  The Morgans were a little more form fitting, which I think aids in the support.

You can find these shoes on websites such as zappos.com and even dsw.com! 

Thanks to Propet for providing me two pairs of comfortable and supportive shoes to wear during the rest of my pregnancy and especially during the cold Charlotte winter we experienced!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Postpartum #2 - week 3

Don't worry these postpartum updates will finish up after my doctor's appointment in early April.  Just trying to keep myself accountable ... especially with the amount of desserts, chocolate, candy, and ice cream I've been having.  Birthdays aside (mine and Mason's) there is no excuse for the amount of sugar/calories I've been ingesting. 

I'm about 6-7 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight.  If I ate better I could probably be down more but I'm ok with losing about 1 pound a week. 

I'm still really flabby.  Hoping the skin around my midsection tightens up at some point. 

I still have my linea nigra in full force.

I've been running almost daily but have been going at a slow pace.  I haven't run over 3 miles.

I haven't done any other sort of work out, aside from some free weights. 

I am very grouchy and cranky ... I'm blaming it on hormones and lack of sleep. My parents left yesterday morning and I had my first outing with both boys on my own.  I took them to the library and the grocery store.  Mason ran out into the parking lot which is a major No-No, unbuckled his car seat on his own (also very bad), but other than that I think we did well for our 1.5 hour errands. 

I've done well with the caffeine intake ... just trying to keep it at one cup of coffee in the morning.  One LARGE cup of coffee that is. 

I've been eating oatmeal almost every morning to assist in milk supply.  I still haven't regulated my supply which leads to breast milk soaked shirts most of the day.  I've been using those reusable cotton breast pads but they get soaked quickly and the lingering smell of dried breast milk nauseates me.

Looking forward to updating everyone on Anderson when I do his one month post on April 5th.  I may wait until the 6th when he has his doctor's appointment. 

Happy Friday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sub 9's are possible

Well. After jogging for the past week and a half, I've finally averaged a sub 9 minute mile. I only ran 2.25 miles today but it felt good seeing the average pace be 8:59. Yesterday's 5k averaged 9:05 minute/mile so I knew I was close.

And yes. I know I haven't had my check up with the doctor after having Anderson but this delivery/labor and recovery has been way different than with Mason. I feel ok and am not pushing myself too hard, trust me.

Anderson doesn't even mind my sweatiness.

On a family related note I ventured out with both boys today. We hit up the library and grocery store.

We shockingly survived. Maybe there's hope for me yet!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Postpartum #2 - week 2

Week 2 of having baby Anderson has been rough ... all of the exhaustion has finally set in and I am not feeling like myself.  I am angry, impatient, grouchy, emotional, and tired.  Oh.  So.  Tired. 

I'm lucky to have gotten outside for a couple of jogs this past week.  Those couple of miles have been my only free time; away from both kids and general life stuff.  I've even managed to take Mason to the gym daycare twice in the past week in order to give all family members a break from him and his toddler antics.

I'm about 8 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight.

Most soreness is gone from "down there"

Still some bleeding (lochia) but nothing crazy ... its been tapering off like it should be

I smell like dried breastmilk ALL THE TIME.  it's terrible.  waiting for my milk supply to regulate itself.

I'm still eating sweets and desserts like crazy ... hoping my sweet tooth subsides soon

I can't expect to lose all of the weight gained during pregnancy in such a short time; after all it took 40 weeks to put on.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The best birthday ever!

I can't believe I have two gorgeous sons.

This year my birthday has truly been a blessed day and it's only 8:30am! I woke up a little earlier than usual due to a finicky newborn and a nightmare ridden toddler. But as I laid in bed watching Curious George I realized how lucky I was.

The rest of my birthday will include lunch with my love Ryan, a run in the gorgeous spring weather, pizza and cake with my parents and cute family, and going to bed by 8:30pm.

Sounds pretty perfect to me.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Bumpless at the gym

Today marks the first day in a loooooong time that I was at the gym without my baby bump. Whoa it's pretty crazy.

School was canceled for Mason today so I decided to give the household a break and take him to childcare at the YMCA. Everyone knows I couldn't just sit here and not do any exercise so I went through an easy 30 minute workout.

Good news is that I still feel great. I could've tried to do more around the indoor track but knew better. There is plenty of time to do miles once I am fully cleared by the doctor.

A very major part of my postpartum weight loss has been breastfeeding. I am so happy that it's going well with Anderson. I've also started to eat better ... No more eating for two excuse.

Lately it's been oatmeal for breakfast, a big salad during lunch or dinner, and a major cutback on meat (no real taste for it right now). I'm having lots of yogurt and fresh fruit as snacks and have curbed some of the dessert eating.

Hope everyone is having a good Friday!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Postpartum #2 - week 1

I'm pretty sure I glossed over my postpartum period with Mason and fortunately got back into shape relatively quickly.

This time I wanted to document the process a little bit better ... mainly to have some accountability.

Since my last weight check was at 38 weeks, I'm going to say my final weight was probably 133.  My weight on 7/22 was 108 which I think was week 10.  So for argument's sake, let's say total weight gain was 25 pounds. 

As of this morning I'm about 10-12 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight.  Today I took my first walk around the neighborhood (roughly 0.65 miles).  I'm feeling good but didn't want to push myself too much.

I'm thinking of heading to the gym tomorrow (need somewhere to take Mason) and figured I could do some more walking and maybe some weight training. 

I think I'm still riding the high of having a new baby and haven't really stopped to realize how extremely exhausted I truly am.  I am really lucky to have my parents in town to help with Mason ... lord help me when they leave.  I've gotten the chance to focus my energies on Anderson while still maintaining a quasi normal role in the household. 

There's definitely a belly left ... and I'm fitting into size 3 shorts at this point.  Slowly but surely I'll get back into shape.