What is a Mumbelli and why did I choose it?

As yal know i’ve been collecting baby items like I’m due tomorrow. I had been researching sleeping options since I was about 12 weeks.

With LB, we made mistakes. We had his crib of course and other than that just a pack n’ play with a built in bassinet. LB hated it. We ended up cosleeping (safely) and I was ok with that – but I want to be better prepared this time.

In my research, I came across the mumbelli. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of these!

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Charlie banana one size diaper review

I didn’t cloth diaper with LB, so this will be my first time. I really wanted to with LB but I had trouble finding a daycare center familiar with them, and also just thought it would be too much work at an already tough time (transitioning back to work). Anywho, this time things are much different since with coaching I can work from home and be with my kiddos all day.

I’ve heard a lot about the popular brands and even got my hands on some other brands. Charlie Banana is one of the most frequently talked about brands I know of, and they were kind enough to send me a couple diapers for our baby girl.

First of all let me say these are SO SOFT. Like ridiculously soft. And very well made/stitched. Continue reading “Charlie banana one size diaper review”

You can do the hard things – 2018 MU Marathon

In January – we all decided to run the Marshall half marathon. I was training. I was NOT runner at any time in the past but I bought some shoes and got out there. 1 mile at a time. I worked my way up to an 8 mile run at less than 10 min pace by May.

My sister IS a runner. She ran last year’s Marshall half marathon in 2:10. HOW SWAY. She used running in the past to control her depression. She lost 80 lbs of weight with diet and running and lifting. She is an amazing inspiration.

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Why I changed from my OB to a midwife practice

Last week I did something I’ve been needing to do for months –

I broke up with my OB.

I’m sad about it for a few reasons. One – I love love love my OB. I came across him by chance (I was going to another gynecologist, she retired, and I was transferred to him). From my first check up I liked him. He’s easy to talk to, listens to my concerns, never cuts my appointments short AND somehow is still always on time. And… let me be honest – he’s a fellow African America. Basically we feel like family. He was excited for us when we had the second ultrasound to confirm we were expecting (the first there was just a sack – we weren’t sure if this one was gonna make it). And I look forward to updating him on every appointment about my workouts/runs/baby movement/etc. His staff is also excellent.

The problem? Something I’ve known from that first appointment I had with him – a year before I got pregnant with this blessing.

His VBAC policy.

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Nanobébé bottles!

So it wasn’t until recently I realized how much baby products have changed in the past 4 years! I always assumed I’d go with the same ol bottles for this baby that I used with my last. However there were things I didn’t like about those bottles (not easy to clean – hard to pump into even with the adapter, hard to find, etc). But I am a breastfeeding mama and don’t bottle feed often. So whatevs…

Until i realized there are bottles made JUST for us nursing mommas to help keep our milk as perfect as it is when it comes out of us!

Enter these odd looking bottles. (Oh, and yes I did cry when I got this package. These are my baby’s first item).

Well, I guess they look how bottles should – like a boob haha. The reason for the shape is it spreads the milk out in a thin layer so it cools down quicker. Cooling quicker = more nutrients are preserved! But that’s not all I like about these bottles.

1. They are easy to assemble. There’s 3 parts – the base, dome and nipple/cap. The base and dome can be assembled one handed (base is just pushed into dome – not twisted). And the base has a rubberized feel so it doesn’t slide around as you’re trying to twist on the cap. Awesome for times you’re holding the baby trying to prep a bottle.

2. With the twist on caps – these bottles are STACKABLE. So yeah – you could store them in the fridge in very little space. No worries about them falling either since the base is not slick.

3. They cool down super fast. I tested this by putting hot water in this bottle and an old bottle I have and placing in the fridge. In 15-20 mins the nanobebe bottle was already cold to the touch. The other bottle was not. I’d assume this means they heat up quicker too! Yay.

4. The bottle set includes an adapter so you can pump straight into the bottles! Always a win.

5. I thought the bottle shape would be awkward but it’s not at all – and I’d think babies could hold these to feed themselves easier than a traditional bottle.

6. They’re affordable! A 3 pack of bottles is only $22.99.

Basically I am all about these bottles and can’t wait to give them a try with the baby. I can’t thank Nanobebe enough for letting us try them out!

They also have a breast milk storage system with the same idea in mind. They freeze flat and are flat bags (unlike others where I had to try to lay them flat and pray they froze that way lol). Freezing flat means they thaw faster. More time and more nutrients! Yay.

Visit the Nanobebe site to grab your own set!

Fitness plans! 17 weeks

Yal. I’m getting big – so people have been asking me about my next fitness plans.

Honestly I still feel great – I haven’t started to feel off balance yet. Other than being sleepy I don’t feel much different. So my plans haven’t changed!

On 10/22 I’m starting a newly revamped program called Shift Shop with some of my new challengers :). We are starting out with a prep week and then going into the program.

What is SHIFT SHOP?
SHIFT SHOP is Chris Downing’s breakthrough conditioning program that has helped thousands of people of all fitness levels see maximum results in minimal time. The program starts you off slow, alternating between cardio and strength workouts-then gradually increases the intensity week by week.

Starting Oct. 22, the SHIFT SHOP will incorporate the Proving Grounds – two new workouts that score your performance against the clock with a series of challenges that test your speed and strength. You’ll swap out one Speed workout and one Strength workout for Proving Grounds workouts every week.

Workouts are from 15 – 45 minutes in length and a modifier is ready.

Not sure it’s for you? Try a free sample workout here!

Contact me to get everything you need to get started on 10/22! There are currently 4 spots available for this group.

transformation pics under the cut

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