Three Tips to Surviving the (Multiple) Holiday Dinners

Sunday, October 30, 2016

I can come right out and say that I am just like everyone else - I really do love the Holidays.  From the decorating to the music to the family gatherings, I love the spirit of the season and the joyfulness that it brings out in people.  This year we will be traveling to spend time with both of our families since Remy is no longer an infant.  It's fun to see everyone, watch the kids play and eat copious amounts of food.  And when I say copious, I mean "so much food I think my eye are going to pop out of my head."  But after doing this for a few years now, I have learned a few things that helped keep me balanced and in check so I can enjoy the good company AND the food at the same time.

1.  Pace Yourself
Seems easy enough, right?  However, my giant sweet tooth loves to get the best of my during the Holidays and my eyes always end up being way bigger than my stomach.  So I have learned to take it easy on the food and do a little at a time.  If I do cheesecake at one dinner then I aim for lighter snacks, like veggies or fruit at the next one.  Checks and balances, people.  I can still enjoy ALL.THE.FOOD. but I have to smart about it otherwise I pay for it over the next few days after we celebrate.

 As you can see, this one struggles with pacing herself.

2.  Bring a Water Bottle
I love my trusty purple water bottle.  This big guy goes everywhere with me - school, car, gym, and now family holiday dinners.  When it's in my face and in the vicinity of my hands, I will drink more than I would with just a glass.  By keeping up on my water, I find that I don't pick and eat when I'm really not hungry.  Plus it helps me stay hydrated and my fingers don't swell from the extra sodium intake.

3.  Stock Up on PEPCID®
Oh hey there, heartburn.  Seriously though, nothing says, "Happy Holidays!" like a painful case of heartburn after dinner.  What I love about PEPCID® is you don't have to choose about hurting now or hurting later because it starts neutralizing acids in seconds.  It lasts all day or night, so it's heartburn relief that will last.  When I'm picking up my last minute holiday essentials at Walmart, I always make sure to grab a bottle to keep in the purse.  By chewing up a tablet or two in between meals, I can combat that heartburn which lets me enjoy the holidays without feeling the burn...literally.

Before we know it the holiday season is going to be upon us!  I mean for real guys, it's almost November!  I'm excited to enjoy it with family but I'm even more excited to have a plan to fully enjoy the meal spread that will be offered.

Don't miss your chance to get your $3 coupon off PEPCID® (or IMODIUM® or LACTAID® too!) in your Sunday paper on November 6th!  Stock up on those products that will help you be prepared for that holiday heartburn.

39/52 and 40/52

Sunday, October 16, 2016

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2016*

So let me start this post by saying I know I'm totally behind in my Project 52 posts.  There are good reasons as to why and I'll write a post with a life update here soon.  But until then, here a few combined pictures of my sweeties from the last two weeks.

Six seems so old to me.  I know it sound cliche but honestly, it really does feel like just yesterday were bringing him home from the hospital.  His itty-bitty self, being new parents, learning how to just survive - how was that all six years ago?  Now he's in Kindergarten - real life school, and playing sports, making friends and growing into such a little man.  When people tell you it goes fast believe them because it really does.

October is hard month for Lola.  Considering her mom, brother and sister all have birthdays in this month, she doesn't quite understand why she doesn't have hers too.  I have heard every day since Cohen's birthday, "Mom, it's almost my birthday."  Yes Lola, in 35 more days it is almost your birthday.

Our newest trick is standing.  Like from sitting to standing right up.  Remy has taken a few steps but nothing that is considered real walking.  But she loves to stand and clap for herself and others.  Then when she knows you are watching, she will laugh and smile that million dollar smile at you. 



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

*A photograph of each of my children, once a week in 2016*

A few weeks ago we hit up the Apple Orchard on a Friday evening.  It ended up being the perfect time because no one was there, the kids could pick apples but still play on all of the stuff.  Cohen had a busy day with his school's fundraiser earlier.  But he really got into the apple picking this year, showing Lola how to pick the apples and telling her to leave the rotten ones on the ground.  He's such a big kid these days.  

The majority of this trip was spent eating apples.  Even though there were a million signs all around stating, "You must pay before you eat,"  this one didn't care.  She ate about three apples and I'm pretty sure two of them were straight from the ground.
I didn't get any good pictures of the baby enjoying the apples.  She was pretty content in her stroller until she realized it was way past her dinner time.  But her new favorite past time is watching the world out the window.  And those wrist rolls. I die.


Happy Sixth Birthday, Cohen Lee

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Six Years.
This big guy is six years old today.

I remember the anticipation and excitement I felt waiting for Cohen to enter the world.  It was like a ball of anxiety, uncertainty and feeling elated all rolled into one.  Being a mother was a new territory for me with no expectations.  It was something that I knew I was destined for and after what felt like forever, it was finally happening.

On Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 at 4:37 pm Cohen Lee Baumgartner entered the world and changed our lives forever.

We could tell he was full of life and spunk from the moment he was born.  Cohen was born at top speed and has yet to slow down.  He has a heart of gold and has started to learn the boundaries and limits that have been set for him.  The first few years of this kid's life were rough.  I'm not sure how I still have hair that isn't grey left on my head.  But as soon as he hit five, Cohen turned a corner and started to grow up into a kind, gentle little man.  It's the little moments that I catch him in, like rubbing Remy's back and calling her sweetie or giving his nagging sister a bite of his cookie without thinking twice.  While he can be a fighter, the kid is really such a lover at heart.

Cohen has the speed of lightning when it comes to sports.  Football season has been a turning part for him and he has grown tremendously as an athlete.  This little glimpse of his athleticism makes me excited about my future as a football/basketball/baseball mom.  His sensitivity shows, however, when things don't go as planned.  Cohen is a perfectionist, like his dad, and he strives to be the best at everything.  So when someone catches up with him and grabs that flag, it kills his spirit.  I admire his effort at trying to be the very best, but it is a conversation I'm sure we will have to chat about in the future.

Cohen is my first baby, the lonely boy and the only child that I can say officially turned me into a parent.  I struggle with the fact that he is six because in the back of my mind, he is still that little chunky baby with the mohawk.  As cliche as it sounds, I truly did blink and he grew up right before my eyes.  My oldest baby is six.  SIX.  That's one whole hand plus another finger.  While I know he's more than ready for this experience of life, I'm not so sure I am and want to hold him down, rather than letting him fly.

But I won't.  I promise not to be that helicopter mom.  Well, not too much at least.

Cohen Lee,
On your sixth birthday here are the six things I wish for you:

1.  Never stop laughing
Don't sweat the small stuff and when in doubt, laugh.  Because your laugh is infectious and sweet and it proves you won't take everything so seriously.

2.  You don't have to be perfect.
You can strive to be the best, but there are times when you will fall.  That's okay.  Just get up, brush off your knees and try it again.

3.  Love hard
Your heart is golden and there is always room for plenty of love.

4.  Experience new things
Look for new adventures and test them out -- but make sure you are being safe! (I have to say that.  I'm your mom.)

5.  Kindness is cool
Be kind to others and make friends with all.  Remember how you felt when people didn't want to play with you or be your friend.  You can be that role model - show others how good kindness looks.

6.  Dream Big
Dream as big as you can and stretch as high as possible to reach those dreams.  You are unstoppable!

I love you to the moon, sun and stars and back.  But I'm sure you will find a way to beat that one.