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I’m SO Glad Daddy Taught You That

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My husband is a wonderful father and has a great time playing with Joey. I am so thankful that he takes such an active role in being a parent and love watching them bond. However, there are some days (especially on days when I work and he watches Joey), that I have to wonder what exactly he was thinking.

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Joey is at that age right now where he wants to imitate everything you do. I love it and think it’s adorable. However, we do have to be cautious in what we show him how to do, since he will, without a doubt, try it on his own. Joey’s a climber- he tries to climb everything. So when daddy showed him how to climb up onto the couch (with assistance since he isn’t tall enough to do it on his own yet), it was cute. What wasn’t cute was the next day, when daddy wasn’t there. Joey would walk over to the couch, lift his leg to try to climb it, and scream in frustration until I helped him get up there. And this repeated itself over and over again, day after day. The best part is that he also tries to dive off the couch head first after getting up there. Hey- at least I am getting an arm workout!

Another great trick daddy has taught Joey took a little while to train him. But now, after a week or so of teaching him, Joey now growls and laughs with delight anytime he passes gas. Even when I lay him down to bed at night, if he passes gas, he opens his eyes and laughs. It is pretty funny now, but I am thinking it’s not going to be so cute when he does it in public at daycare, or say a place like church. Oh well, I guess boys will be boys right? I will just “unteach” him that one when he gets a little older and understands me better ☺

Workout Wednesday: Rocking and Rolling with Your Baby

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This exercise is not only fun, but it’s a great way to strengthen your core while cuddling your little one.

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To get started, sit on the floor with your baby in your lap, facing away from you. Keeping your back straight, balance on your tailbone as you bend your legs and bring them up off the floor while keeping your heels pressed together. Slowly roll to your back, roll back up to your tailbone, hold the position to balance while keeping your feet from touching the floor. While balanced and sitting upright, straighten your legs (continue to keep them off the floor), bend them back to the starting position, and then roll once again to your back. Repeat the exercise for 10-15 repetitions.

Motherhood is So Glamorous

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Before becoming a mother, it was rare I would have a day with three to four wardrobe changes. However, since having my baby, this is a regular occurrence. I feel like some sort of celebrity, constantly putting on one outfit and an hour later changing it entirely, and repeating this over and over again. Except I am not changing into glamorous outfits or making repeat changes for a photo shoot. Instead, these wardrobe changes are a bit more impromptu if you will. For instance, let’s take yesterday for example.

I woke up, got ready for the day, made Joey breakfast and was instantly covered in mashed banana. A few hours later, after a wardrobe change, I found myself covered yet again in banana. But this time it wasn’t thanks to Joey testing out his throwing arm from the highchair. No, this time was much, much better. He vomited the banana (and cereal and eggs) all over me. As I stripped both him and me down and ran around the house practically naked (and hoping no one was coming to the door or looking in the windows), I was able to at least take solace in the fact that I would yet again be able to try out a new outfit.

After quickly selecting another ensemble to wear, I realized maybe I should just have stayed undressed as I was quickly covered in poop thanks to an exploding diaper. After yet another load of laundry, a new outfit, and a quick dinner, it was finally bedtime for Joey (and bath time for me!).

Just another day in the land of motherhood – and yet, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Refreshing Spinach Berry Salad

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Since it’s about zero degrees outside and the ground is covered with snow, I wanted to make a meal that reminds me of warmer weather days and sunshine! And what better way to do that than with an easy spinach berry salad!

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This salad is so simple to make, tastes great, and is packed full of iron, folic acid, and calcium- all nutrients essential to new moms (and pregnant moms too!). It’s originally my sister’s recipe and has always been a huge hit at parties, so I figured why not scale it down a bit in portion to make it for just my family today.

To make it, you need the following ingredients (makes 4 servings):

1 large bag pre-washed organic spinach leaves
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup feta cheese
¼ cup slivered almonds
Dressing of your choice (I love using a light raspberry vinaigrette with this or a poppy seed dressing pairs really well with this salad too).

Directions:
Toss together spinach, strawberries, almonds, and feta. Top with your favorite dressing (or leave the dressing on the side and dip each bite to help cut additional calories). And serve! It’s that easy!

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