This week my mantra is simple, but it may be, perhaps, my mantra for the rest of the year. ♥

I’ve mentioned before just how different I feel, postpartum, this time around. But perhaps this time around, I’m also a little wiser. Or perhaps it just comes with age… I don’t know for certain. But I do know that my ‘fitness’ goals postpartum are really just based around being healthy and happy. And content. Yes, content, for sure.

And to love the body that’s served me so well all these years. I don’t want to be a size zero… or even a size two, like I was before Ari.

I just want to be friends with my body… I just want my body to know that I love it for what it is… the vessel that carried two children; the body that delivered two amazing, healthy babies; a body that has stretch marks and wrinkles, but is still so, so, loved. I don’t care that it is aging; because that means that I am lucky enough to be aging, too.

And I know together we can accomplish great, wonderful, and powerful things. ♥


OK, first and foremost there will be some TMI in this post. You’ve been warned. 😛 Perhaps this post is only for people who are totally, totally, OK with the honesty of childbirth. And also, Moms. All moms can handle this stuff. :)

Another note, I’m totally, totally, suffering from Mommy/Newborn brain. Some words escape me and some sentences no longer make sense. Chad came in the room while I was sleeping the other night and asked where Ari’s pullups were… for the life of me I could not get out a clear sentence. That’s just life right now, folks. So keep that in mind as you read through this blog post. Perhaps there are grammatical errors… perhaps some sentences don’t make sense… that’s just the real talk of my life right now!

  • Remy’s head is so perfectly round that she looks like a c-section baby. She was only in the birth canal for a short period of time (like, super, super short), so her head is just so beautifully round! ♥
  • Even though I pushed her out at only 7cm dilated, I didn’t have one. single. tear. Seriously. Not even like a first degree (papercut) of a tear. I’m so grateful for my doctors for helping make that happen (even though I kicked them in the process). Oh, and my body. Because, guess what? Our bodies are A-MAZING. Seriously.


  • It’s amazing how much more flat my belly has gotten in a week this time around versus when I had Ari. I’m guessing this has something to do with nursing versus pumping. Oh, and also? not having much of an appetite because of the sickness I have going on.
  • Little Miss Remy Bea has been a champ at both nursing and sleeping over this last week. Even on the first night in the hospital, she slept for 6 hours straight overnight! Since then she hasn’t quite slept that long… but we do go about 3 hours at night between feedings! Hooray!
  • On Monday, when she was just 2 days old, we went on our first outing to Target and Babies R Us for a few things. It felt glorious to get out.
  • I pretty much stopped postpartum bleeding in just a few days. Which is incredible, considering.


  • In all of Ari’s infancy, we had never been peed on by him. In just one week, Remy Bea has peed on us at least 6 or 7 times. Like, straight in the air, peeing for days, kinda peeing on us. Whoever says boys will pee on you as soon as they hit cold air are very, very, wrong. Either that or we’ve been very lucky (with Moosh) and unlucky (with Remy Bea).
  • The ol’ saying that you have to put your own oxygen mask on first is totally true. I’m learning that, especially as I am struggling to find an adequate time to eat. It seems that every time I need to eat, Remy Bea needs to cluster-feed.
  • I slept on the couch for the better part of our first week at home. We didn’t want to throw too many transitions at Ari at one time… so we let him continue to sleep in “Mommies bed” with Chad the whole week. Plus, I wanted to sleep closer to the bathroom. :)

And yes, her two week post will be up before we know it. Oops!

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The Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Ohio‘s annual fundraiser in Akron, Red & White on Thursday Night, is easily my favorite event of the entire year! Heck, even having just given birth, I desperately wanted to still attend. So last Thursday, at just 5 days old, Remy, Chad and I ventured to Quaker Station at Quaker Square for just a short time!

Luckily, we are very close to where the event is located; so with a babysitter for Ari [thanks, Grammy!], we bundled Miss Remy Bea up, and arrived shortly before 6pm. This was the 19th annual event for the Arthritis Foundation, and I believe it was also our 4th or 5th time attending [mommy brain is real, yo].

The entrance to the event was located at a different part of the building this year, and some new computer software they were using for auction-bidding slowed down the entrance process to a practical halt. My single critique of the event is that they should have set up the credit card/auto-bid process for the auction when people were purchasing tickets presale. Because it wasn’t set up that way, everyone who had a ticket in their hands, still had to wait in a half hour line. And for those of us with willcall tickets, we had to wait in line for a half hour as well. It was crazypants. And people were super upset. I was just super uncomfortable because I was babywearing Remy Bea.

When we finally got in, we went straight for the VIP room to meet up Crystal from EatDrinkCLE. Both Crystal and I weren’t feeling 100% well, but we managed to make sure we didn’t miss the event — even if that meant having to leave a bit early! After saying our hellos, I went straight for the wine and food [recognizing I’m a nursing mother, and I was wearing a sleeping baby, I recognized my ‘window of opportunity’ to taste a couple of sips of wine had to happen at the very beginning of the evening].

The VIP wine selection was beautiful. I wish I could say that I took a ton of pictures, but I didn’t. Because, babywearing an infant [duh]. But, thanks to the VIP section, I did have the opportunity to taste two fantastic wines — a Malbec and a Cab. And that was, sadly, all the wine I had that night. Because, nursing.

[borrowed this photo from Jen at Why? CLE]
One of the awesome changes the organization did make this year was the introduction of a VIP Chef in the VIP lounge! Chef Dante Boccuzzi, of local Akron restaurant, dba, as well as Dante in Tremont, and Ginko in Tremont [as well as several other restaurants], was serving up tasty sushi!

We ate so much of this sushi. Seriously. I mean, I hadn’t really and truly had sushi in about 9 months, so I was pumped to not only have sushi, but really, really, great sushi!

After checking out the complimentary chair massages, courtesy of Massage Envy, and pastry and coffee bar, courtesy of Panera, we headed out to the general admission area. I’m not going to lie, I was super nervous to join the masses. I was afraid of judgment from other attendees for babywearing an infant at a 21 and over event!

To my surprise, people were just super excited to see a newborn baby! No judgment whatsoever. So we made the rounds! I knew I had a very strict food limit. Being postpartum and being sick means my appetite is close to nothing. So instead of hitting up every single place, I carefully planned my ‘attack.’ Ha!

Two places that were ‘musts’ were Nuevo Mod Mex [pictured above] and Melt Bar + Grilled. Nuevo had an awesome taco, but Melt disappointed me a bit. They had dessert cookie sandwiches. Bummer, cause I was totally looking forward to a tasty grilled cheese sample! Also, the cheesecake shooters [also pictured above] from West Side Bakery was awesome!

Chad hit up a few more restaurants while I chatted with Jen from Why? CLE and her husband, Matthew, as well as my longtime friends Cristin and Chris. [above picture also borrowed from Jen! Again, I didn’t have much access to my phone throughout the event.]

We ended up leaving around 7:30pm. I was just… tired. And I wanted to get Remy Bea home so I could feed her before bed. All in all, it was a great first night out and a great event, yet again!


Disclosure: I was asked by the Arthritis Foundation of Northeast Ohio to help promote Red & White on Thursday Night and run a ticket giveaway. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary VIP tickets. As always, all opinions are my own.

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