Nine months with our sweet Willow Rose has been the best nine months of our lives. Her smile brightens any room she crawls into, and her snuggles completely melt us. She is learning and growing so much, and it’s blowing our minds in the process. Life with her is simply the BEST. We are so grateful to Kelsey Malicote for these precious moments captured in her new studio, Seed + Harvest. Happy nine months, Peanut!
We did the weekly Bumpdate of Brittany’s belly, so naturally we had to get on a consistent schedule with our photos of Willow as well! We hope you enjoy the monthly photos of our precious little girl, and we would love for you to leave a comment with any tips (or encouragement) on what we should prepare for…
Here we are just a couple of hours away from saying goodbye to 2017 and ringing in the new year. I’ve seen a lot of friends post about their “word” for 2018, so I’m jumping on the bandwagon. In the past I’ve tried to make and stick to New Year’s resolutions, you know the “I’m…
My pursuit of a perfect body has been more like a journey of unrealistic expectations.
I’ve struggled for as long as I can remember with self-image and my assumptions of how I feel others see me. Growing up, I was bullied over my weight and let’s just be honest…I wasn’t the skinniest kid on the block so I was an easy target for fat jokes and cruel comments. As I grew older, my appearance changed but my mindset didn’t.
We’ve shared some blog posts about how our first year of marriage was no walk in the park. A lot of our issues centered around my insecurities, but thanks to counseling and Jesus, we’ve come a long way. Those consuming thoughts of my weight and appearance shifted yet again after giving birth to Willow. I’d be lying if I said that I never worry about my looks, but my thoughts tend to be less focused on what others think and more on Willow, Ryan and my crazy busy life.
In my quest to achieve this “perfect bod” I realized that I really love to exercise. Sure, sometimes it feels like a chore and sometimes I have to give myself a pep talk just to lace up my tennis shoes, but more often than not, working out has proven to be a great stress reliever and makes me feel good throughout the day.
When I was first pregnant, I knew I wanted to continue working out and chose to hire a personal trainer to help me along the way. The personal trainer held me accountable and developed an exercise routine that helped me stay healthy despite the temptation to eat allllllll the things. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy, and I feel it helped me bounce back quickly after the delivery in hopes of getting that pre-baby body back.
But then mom life happened. Exhaustion happened. Ice cream cravings happened and so did the convenience of restaurant-prepared meals. I started having a mindset that I needed to eat a lot because I was breastfeeding and burning so many calories (darn you, Chick-Fil-A strawberry lemonade milkshakes)! I wasn’t eating healthy and I definitely wasn’t spending time rebuilding my body…but then I met Val.
Valerie Smorol is the owner of SmoFitness. She designed and created a program called smoBABY, a program designed with the new mom in mind and has been approved by a myriad of medical professionals, including a women’s specialist, a physical therapist, an OB-GYN, a dietician, and even a lactation specialist. The program combines nutrition with planned workouts and incorporates the important elements of accountability and encouragement as well.
I was hesitant about it at first, but Val convinced me I was a good fit for the program and I am SO glad she did. This past July, I completed the smoBABY six-week program and since then, have completed two rounds of her FASTer Way to FAT Loss program. I have lost several inches, 13 pounds and I am finally fitting back into pre-pregnancy clothes. The program requires commitment and determination, but it’s realistic and legit! I have pictures to prove it (just ask me!).
This program isn’t just about losing the weight, it’s more about being smart with nutrition and gaining the knowledge you need to get your body where it needs to be. I’m still a work in progress, but feel I have come a long way since having a baby. Val’s accountability is great. She will do everything in her power to encourage you, motivate you and help you reach your goals. She’s realistic and she believes in each of her clients. I am feeling more toned and confident and to me, that’s worth its weight in gold.
2017 was a year of answered prayers. Willow Rose is such a blessing and we have treasured celebrating this Christmas season with her and our loved ones. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Love, Ryan, Brittany, Willow, Runner & Rook Photos by The Malicotes
Earlier this week I was in our back yard cleaning up after our dogs when I noticed under a pile of leaves a long string attached to an old, deflated balloon. The moment I saw it, a flood of emotions hit me and my eyes welled up with tears. It just so happens that balloon had…
Adulting is hard. Parenting is harder. One of the biggest challenges we’ve faced as new parents has been finding a way to balance all the things that are important to us, and one of those things we love to do together is travel.
Traveling with a baby wasn’t nearly as complicated as we thought it would be. In our experience, getting through security and boarding the plane were surprisingly a breeze. Here are some tips and takeaways from our recent flying experiences.