Happy Friday, friends! I haven’t written a Life Lately post since mid July. I plan continue them weekly again now that I’m back in the swing of things. Obviously a lot has gone on since then but I’ll focus on this week for now, because that’s what these posts are all about.
It was an exciting week because I was finally cleared to exercise and had my first training session with Madison since June. June!!! It was hard and I literally can’t walk normally today. I’m so excited to get myself back into shape, you have no idea.
Because I’m breastfeeding, I’ve been letting myself eat whatever I want, but I think I may have taken it too far. I’m not going to go on a real “diet” because I don’t want to compromise my supply, but I’m definitely going to cut back on the processed sugar and simple carbs, which I’ve had serious problems with lately.
That mixed with no exercise had me feeling pretty down on myself. I have exactly 12 pounds to go if I want to get back to my pre baby weight which seems like a lot of pounds but doable… Or is that not a thing that ever happens? My goal is to hit it by the end of the year but I’m not going to go crazy trying. I plan to make healthier food choices and exercise a few times a week. If it’s not enough, I’ll kick it into higher gear come January. Yesterday’s workout definitely gave me new life.
Speaking of new life (ha!), my sweet girl is getting so close to sleeping through the night. She’s been going down between 8 and 8:30pm every night with a dream feed at 10:30, and every week stretches her night feed a bit longer. For the last five days, it’s been after 5:30am. I’m hoping 7am is around the corner but you never know with these little ones.
Getting longer stretches of sleep definitely helps us a lot during the day, although I still have mommy brain like crazy. I forget everything and feel like I’m losing my mind a little bit, but my doctor said it’s totally normal and when my hormones balance out and I get more sleep, it will start to go away.
In non-baby exciting news, I’m doing my first ever Instagram live Q&A today at 12pm EST. I got a lot of great questions from you guys, but if you have more, DM me on Instagram and I’ll try to get to as many as I can later today. I’m excited slash oddly nervous about messing something up!
Pictured above: My shirt. Amalia’s outfit is sold out, unfortunately.
Around the Web
Stop letting email control your work day. My dad wrote an amazing article for the Harvard Business Review about prioritizing your work day. I need to take a tip or two from him!
September reading list. I haven’t cracked a book since Amalia’s been born, but Grace’s September reading list is inspiring me!
Chicago home tour. I can’t stop staring at the before and after photos of this incredible greystone in Chicago that belongs to The Everygirl co-founder, Alaina Kaczmarski.
Long cardigan. My hips are still wider than usual and this cardigan will cover them perfectly this fall and winter… It comes in five colors and is a great price too.
Is there a right way to eat corn? Anel constantly makes fun of the way I eat corn so this Food52 article made me laugh… I’m definitely a “rabid squirrel” corn eater. It drives him nuts!
How to dress for fall. Jess’s fall looks are on point, especially this cozy outfit.
Sweater blazer. Enough said. I bought two of them…
Justin Timberlake lullabies. I have been living under a rock for the last six weeks, so this is probably old news, but I just discovered that JT himself has an album of lullabies!!! Bedtime just got a whole lot more exciting in my house.
Fashion advice from a very young stylist. This little boss lady cracks me up talking about fall trends!
The September 10. Every month I get excited to see what 10 pieces Tuckernuck will feature. I want every single one for September! Especially loving this leopard skirt (could I pull it off?) and this gorgeous but pricey camel sweater.
Venice acai bowls. All of Kat’s post around Venice Beach make me just want to up and move there! This cute shoot at her favorite acai bowl spot is just the latest.
This week on Lemon Stripes
Have a great weekend!