Monday, April 30, 2012

Day 1

Today I began.  I woke up and wanted to quit already.  I had spent so much of last night waking with anxiety, similar to starting a new job.  I suppose it's not a new job, but a new life.  When faced with great adversity, what do I do?  PRAY.  I was glad I had planned what I was going to eat for breakfast, and didn't have to think about it.  You'd think I could boil water and pouch an egg.  The pot wasn't rinsed well and started filling with suds as it warmed.  Round 2, I spilt 1/2 my egg whites.  Yeah, my eggs got it cooked, and it didn't taste half bad.  Today was my day with the B boys.  On the way there Sam and I picked up some cottage cheese, wholewheat bread, and ham.  I was planned out and set up for success.  With my food, water bottle, and baby in tow, we were off.

Anyways, I made it (clearly).  I followed the eating guidelines 100%, and wasn't starving.  As I would start to get hungry, it was literally time to eat again.  I can handle this.  My weight training however... there's LOTS of room for improvement.  I have to start somewhere.  I looked ridiculous lugging my 5-15 pound weights doing reps, as the girl next to me was benching 90 lbs.  I'm sore (already) and pushed my muscles to exhaustion.  I followed what I was supposed to do.  That's all that matters.

Onto day 2... cardio :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Body for Life Beginning

Last week I was texting a friend, and told her I was tired of being fat, and needed to start doing something to shed these extra pounds I'm lugging around.  She mentioned a friend who had done Body for Life and had great success with it to shed her pregnancy weight.  I knew that I needed a plan that told me what to do, what to eat, etc.  I needed something that didn't have much agency in it, just straight up what needs to be done.

I ended up contacting Ashley and asking her a bit about her Body for Life journey.  She sent me to her blog and sent me a copy of the book via dropbox.  I began reading and was excited.  I really liked how the book was written and easily understood what the objective was, and how to get to my end results.

The momentum was there, the ball had started rolling.  I went and signed up for a 3 month membership at a local gym.  I printed the workout routines, planned my meals for tomorrow,  and took my starting, or before pictures.  Looking at those pictures is pretty good motivation in itself.  I can do this.  I WILL be thin!

Off to bed now.  7am comes early, and I've got to be out the door by 7:30 for my workout.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Flash Back

Today was special day for me. Samuel is working on cutting his top 4 teeth He has one through, and has been a bit grumpy, but not too bad. This morning I could tell he just wasn't himself. He was so sad, and I could hear the pain in his cry. I held him, rocked him, and nursed him. He didn't want me to put him down. When he was asleep, I tried to lay him in his crib, but no luck. So, what did I do? What I would want someone to do to me. I pulled him in my bed, and we napped cuddled up to one another. Each time he would wake up, I'd place my hand on his little body, and he'd drift peacefully back to sleep.

Today took me back to the earlier days of Sams life. Today while he slept he cooed, snored, smiled, etc, all of which reminded me of when he was a tiny baby. He wanted me all day long. He needed to be held or close to me for the majority of the day. He was pretty warm (feverish) and very calm. He would just sit on my lap, which he doesn't do anymore. He's too busy. We watched more Baby Einstein than we have ever watched in his entire life (we don't watch cartoons or anything with him, but today was special).

Tonight he was having a rough time going to sleep. He doesn't know what is going on, and doesn't know how to react. I have finally gotten into the Twilight books, and was excited to have an excuse to lay in my bed, and read. Shane came in to check on us, and snapped this one for me.

We haven't napped like this in months. Like, since the beginning. I have soaked up all the love and snuggles today. I know he doesn't feel good, but I have enjoyed the flood of memories that have come with today.

Here's to those darn teeth finally cutting through and Samuel feeling a bit better.

Monday, April 16, 2012

I'm Allergic!

Several weeks ago I had strep throat, remember, this post. I went to the doctor to get a prescription since that's what I had been taught. Strep can lead to Scarlet Fever, which can affect your heart, so get on an antibiotic and prevent it from getting worse.

I was prescribed Penicillin, which I started taking, along with a great probiotic, and didn't think much of it. 5 days after I started taking the penicillin I noticed a rash started on my arms. It looked like a bunch of little zits with no heads (gross, I know). I was a bit worried, but pushed it aside. Over the next couple of days it spread to my chest, and got worse. My mother in law had come to visit for the afternoon and insisted that I go and see the doctor. I went in to Dr. F, and was his last patient on a Friday (yeah, I'm pretty sure they were thrilled to see me then). He said the timing was bang on for an allergic reaction. Great. I left the office and as I was driving home I was baffled. How could I have 7 IV doses of Penicillin in my labour and not have a reaction? I was stumped. I called my friend who was a doctor, but no answer. I got home and called the pharmacist. She explained how you don't react your first time exposed to something you are allergic to. She proceeded to tell me that the penicillin in my labour was my exposure to penicillin and my body worked up the antibodies which caused the reaction this time.

early stages of the rash

Fast forward to Monday. I went to zumba and came home to watch the rash spread that evening. I started to panic a bit. I hadn't been taking the penicillin for the last couple of days, how could it be spreading?!?! Tuesday was back to the doctor to confirm that it was just the penicillin.

It's been 4 weeks since this rash came to be, and guess who still gets comments like, "Mumps?!?!, or What is that?! Chicken pox?!" Yes people, I'm retarted and have come out to infect you. Anyways, from head to toe, I'm covered. They are healing, and not super itchy anymore, but still rather annoying. The bumps look more like a scab that is healing rather than a blister or zit. Lovelly descriptions, I know.

how it looks now, great angle, eh?

Maybe in another month I'll be healed... maybe.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


This past week we were dog watching for a family in our ward. We have toyed with the idea about getting a dog when Samuel gets a bit older. Having Beaux around our house has been a good "test run." He is a really good dog, but I've come to terms with things, and having one more mouth to feed, and butt to clean up after is not what I'm looking for. He took to me best, he wouldn't poop for Shane, and even when Shane took him out he would come sit by my side of the bed and whine to be with me. We were happy to have him, and I miss him already.

Isn't he cute? Samuel sure enjoyed him. He'd giggle every time he got close to him.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


We had a great Easter here at casa Gallup. I woke up at 3am and played Easter bunny. I had been working on the Easter surprise for a couple weeks. Shane had a meeting at church and had to leave early, but I made sure we had part of the Easter egg hunt, and chocolate before he left. Here is a picture documentation of how our day went. I couldn't resist doing a play by play of Samuel getting into his basket. Yes we put chocolate in it, No we didn't let him eat any of it. All for looks.

Samuel got a darling Easter outfit to wear to church. We spent the evening at the Gallup farm and had a delicious Easter dinner, even if it was turkey and felt more like Thanksgiving. I am a ham and funeral potatoes for Easter girl. Samuel even got to spend the afternoon with Great Grandma and Grandpa Pedersen (pictured below).


Monday, April 9, 2012

Colouring Easter Eggs

I have enjoyed colouring Easter eggs ever since I can remember. One of the things that made me excited to have kids are holidays and having that excitement again. Shane and I didn't dye Easter eggs the first 2 years we were married, but last year I made him, and this year particularly since we have Samuel, I want it to be something we don't miss.

I like to take the frugal way out, and wasn't about to spend $3 on a packet of dye, so we made ours out of food colouring, and vinegar. We had a lot of fun. Here's how it went down.

I look forward to the man years to come to dying Easter eggs.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!

From our front porch to yours.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Birthday Boy

Can I win the worst wife of the year award? 2 years running. I was just reading through last years posts and realized I didn't even give details of his Birthday last year. So, here in one big post, I will give the details of last year, and this year.


Shane turned 25! He opened presents (books for Samuel), and we played things low key. The next day happened to be a Friday, perfect for a surprise party. The Michels had offered their home as the venue for his party. I spent the day over there blowing up helium balloons, filling their freezer with ice cream, and their storage room with treats. Some of my friends had brought some food to share. The hardest part for me; keeping calm and quiet.

Shane got home from work and thought we were going to "dinner" at their home. Since his Birthday had already passed, he didn't think anything of it. Shane was on the computer and we were running a bit late. I was glad to have the "pregnancy" excuse to demand we leave because I needed to eat. lol. We pulled up, and I was sure the surprise had been blown, but nope, nada. We rang the doorbell, were let in, and all of the sudden, the SURPRISE came rolling from the living room. I was surprised by how many people came. The boys played foosball, and the girls chatted, and we all ate. I had made a chocolate mousse cake. It was DELICIOUS and a hit.

Shane was surprised, and best of all, enjoyed the evening.


This year Shane and I went and watched the Hunger Games on the eve of his Birthday. Donna came and watched Samuel for us. As a result of going to a late night movie (so Samuel was down for the night), Donna spent the night at our house. We woke up, and I wrapped his present. We had a mis-mash breakfast, and then Shane opened his gift. I got him a hockey stand to dry his sweaty gear on.

Sunday, yet again the day after his Birthday (I am a celebrate your day, on the day and haven't been able to do it for my man). Shanes parents and Travis & Breanne came. We had sweet and sour meatballs for dinner. As requested, cupcakes with lots of butter-cream frosting were served for dessert.

My man is now closer to 30 than 20 now. One year older and wiser too. I sure love him! Happy Belated Birthday babe!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pillow Talk

Last night was a funny. Shane and I often chat before we go to bed. Here is how last night went down:

M: "Well well you never can tell, you might go to heaven... you might go to hell."

S: "No, I think you can tell. I think that you'll know."

M: "hmmm... (in deep meditative voice) yep, Heaven for you."

S: Busts up laughing

M: "I'm going to put that as my job on facebook. Heaven or Hell, I will tell."

S: You should post it on our blog

M: I won't remember it in the morning, I need to go and post it now.

Yes, Shane stopped me from posting last night, so it's not perfect. But is was hilarious!