Monday, March 28, 2011

Weight Watchers

My weight loss is going okay... just okay. In two weeks I lost 5 pounds. I was hoping for more so I started weight watchers online today. I am not too sure about it. At this point it seems pretty confusing and overwhelming but I haven't had a chance to really play around with it. Not sure when I will squeeze that in my busy life but we will see. Bottom line, if you see my chubby ass eating a cupcake kick me.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Our Boy Buster

Dear my Uncle B,

I want thank you for a wonderful 13 years. I will never forget when Mom and I went and picked you out. The funny part was your were the runt of your litter. Little did we know at that time you would be the biggest lab known to man. We instantly fell in love with you.

You stood by me through the high school drama, moving away in college, marriage, loss of family members, and having a baby. I always knew you would be there tapping your tail every time I saw you.

I also need to thank you for taking care of my Mom for all of these years. You two were quite the pair. When Mom and Dad moved away from me I knew you were always by Moms side taking care of her and keeping her company. I know Dad appreciated as much as I did.

You were the best. I mean the very best. You gave our family so many wonderful memories and never failed to make our days better. I love you so very much and I am so happy you are pain free now. I just know you are in doggie heaven catching all the tennis balls you want.

I love you and thank you,
Ash



Monday, March 21, 2011

Man Down

For those of you who do not know I had knee surgery last week. It was just awful. I am slowly recovering now and each day seems a bit better. I am so mad at my parents for doing this to me. I do not know what I did to deserve this.


I still have a job to do so I must push through the pain. My role as a big brother doesn't end just because I am on the bench for several weeks. I find myself making sure Charlotte's paci doesn't fall out because as soon as it does she yells at me for not doing my job. It can make for an exhausting day.

Two Things I Never Thought I Would Do

1. Clean
2. Clean with a baby

Enough said

Friday, March 18, 2011

Finger Licking Good

Charlotte Lillian found her fingers for the first time a few days ago and you would have thought they were covered with chocolate.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy 1 Month Charlotte Lillian

Miss Charlotte Lillian was a month Saturday. Time is already going by way too fast. 

I do not have time to write anything because I am holding her in one arm and writing this in another so I will just share some of my favorite pictures this past month. 

Wide awake at night with Mom
First bath
Nap time with Mom
Nap time with Dad
Happy 1 Month!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chubby Bunny

It is no secret that I have some lbs to shed, okay more than "some". I have no excuses anymore. A big mistake that I deeply regret now is gaining weight before I got pregnant. I was already not fitting in my clothes and then pregnancy came. So now I have pre pregnancy weight and baby weight to loose. It is so daunting to think how much I have to loose but I am SO ready to get this off. I know I will never be in tip top shape wearing a size 4 or 6 but I just want to be my "normal" again. I miss clothes and I miss feeling cute. It has been a good year since I have felt that way and it can really drain of your self esteem. I mean what girl doesn't want to feel cute?

So.... The diet has begun. It is nothing extreme. I am going to Teds for lunch so that tells you enough. I am going to watch what I eat and walk Miss Charlotte when the weather is nice. I feel like it is only fair for her to come because she is responsible for most of the weight. I have my brothers wedding, a beach vacation, and my ten year reunion all coming up in the next 6 months. If this is not enough of a reason to get my ass in gear I do not know what is.

I have 35 pounds to loose. Yes, I said it. Judge away..... Ten pounds is pre preggo weight and the other 25 is pregnancy weight. I need to keep reminding myself; 1 pound at a time, 1 pound at at time, 1 pound at a time. I will keep you all updated on my progress or lack there of. Wish me luck!!

Before



After

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Day 20

Today marks day 20 in the world of motherhood. Is it what I expected you might ask? The answer is no and yes. I have learned so much already and continue to every single day. My friend Jennifer gave me great advice when she said "Even though you have never been a Mom before and not sure about things Charlotte has never had a Mom before so relax and things will work out". I keep reminding myself of this, sometimes hourly.

I've learned:

1. Ask friends and family for advice. They will help you more than any book or blog.
2. You do not sleep when they sleep. Yes, in theory wouldn't that be nice. I would be getting around 20 hours of sleep a day. But the truth is you still have a life. You have to return emails, phone calls, shower, get dressed, pick up the house, take care of the dogs, and have time for yourself.
3. Feeling like a barnyard animal doesn't end at the hospital. With nursing every two hours and attempting to pump in between I relate more to the cows at braums. They are only there for one reason, milk.
4. People used to say before Charlotte's arrival sleep now because you wont be after she comes. I listened of course but you truly do not get it until she is home. I literally do not sleep. Not at all. Two nights ago I got two hours of uninterrupted sleep and I felt like I hibernated all winter. It felt wonderful. Then last night happens, in total I got around two hours of sleep. Mostly in 30 minute intervals.
5. I still get upset thinking about how awful labor was.
6. My life was not complete until February 12th at 2:20 a.m. Charlotte is truly the best thing that has ever happened to me. I cannot imagine a day without her.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Nervous Nelly

I am a nervous wreck! My little sis is home and I haven't slept a wink. Having a baby in the house is harder than I thought it would be. The books I read did not speak about your emotional state of mind when having a baby. I talk to my sweet Charlotte Lillian all day and tell her stories. I am not sure she likes them because she sleeps through them but I am not giving up. Everyone likes my stories even Chloe when she is drunk. I am going to begin mediation tomorrow in hopes it will relax me so I can be a better brother. Nobody likes a nervous Nelly.

A concerned sibling,
Harold Eugene
Charlotte's Big Brother



Meet My Little Sister

Gurl, was I tricked or what. My Mum and Dad left for two nights and me and H.E. went to say at our grandparents house. I just knew Dad was taking my Mum to fat camp because lets be honest, things were not looking good for her. But NOPE... They returned with a baby. Yes, a baby. They could have warned me. At first I did not like this thing they call Charlotte. All she does is pee, poop, eat, sleep, and keep my Mum up all night which means we do not get our nightly snuggle time. But if you promise not to tell anyone, I am starting to like this thing. She is kinda cute and squeaks like a little kitty cat all day. I always wanted a kitty cat. Mum says I am her big sister so I need to be a good role model to her which basically means no dirty dancing, smoking, drinking, and cursing around her. I am not sure who I am without my favorite activities so as I try to rediscover myself I will leave you with these pictures of my little sister and me.

Love to your mother,
Chlo my Low