Wednesday, November 8, 2017

12 months and a baby

Why hello my old friends. I feel that every time I start a new post, it has that same beginning. I have failed the blogisphere and any faithful followers I still have. At least this post comes inside 12 months. I think the last one was a Thanksgiving post, towards the end of November. I promise that 2018 will be better. Not sure how, given the few other things I have going on now... Oh yea did I not yet mention the little peanut princess that arrived four weeks ago? We have some catching up to do... let's recap the last 12 months, shall we? I won't bore you with too many details.

December 2016

Decked the halls. Made some life plans. Booked the Hartford Marathon Foundation Run Irish O'Races that consisted of four 5ks in 2 weekends in March {yes we're crazy, but yes there was beer waiting at the finish line}

Christmas came and went. Little did I know it would be the last Christmas celebration at the castle. More on that later.

January 2017

Whole30 time! Great way to kick start a new year. 

Whoopsies, Annual Meeting in Chi town happens in January. We won some awards. But when you're in sales, the party don't stop for nothin' - add that to deep dish pizza and I had to start the Whole30 over when I got back to CT. No biggie, tt just rubbed it in my face that he successfully completed it in 30 actual days. 

I don't think January brought anything else that we knew of, other than cold weather and probably some snow.

February 2017

We're pregnant! Yes, you read that right. The first few days of February brought some very happy news that was VERY hard not to share with the world. But, you don't do that until the time is right. 

Also, when they say that during your first trimester "morning sickness" doesn't necessarily stick to the morning, they were NOT joking. I should have known I was pregnant on the sheer fact that I slept for like two days straight. I thought I was coming down with the flu. 

No Incentive Trip for us this year, couldn't risk exposing the little bean to Zika in Cancun. So I took myself to the spa instead ;o) 

March 2017

March. Oh, March. So you know how I mentioned we had signed up for these four consecutive 5k's? And then you know how I said I was sick as a dog? Put those two things together and that was the start of my March. March 11th was O'Shenanigans and it was literally <10 degrees out. I almost threw up about that many times along the course. 

March 12th was O'Putnam. We drove 1+ hours to get there and run and from what I remember it was slightly warmer that day... but from what I also remember I still almost threw up 10x. But I finished. 

The next weekend there were two more races. However our annual St Patrick's Day Celebration happened that Friday... and so we did not run that weekend. I think I had everyone fooled... but acting like you're already drunk when half the people get there is hard. I was clearly not hungover the next day, but likely felt the same regardless. Morning sickness is seriously no joke.

Somehow also survived NCT at corporate without anyone figuring it out. #winning 
On this trip, the baby flipped. In {her} newfound breech position, {she} was causing me very intense round ligament pain. 

April 2017

In April we made our announcements. TT had the best and super creative way to tell the grandparents- we set up an easel with a blown up copy of an U/S in the baby's room in the new house and took them on a tour of the house. Lots of surprise/happy tears {appropriate for April Showers!} and genuine disbelief... everyone had given up waiting for this. ;o) 

We told the world, of course, by incorporating Cecelia into it. This was the actual announcement, but there were some outtakes that were pretty funny, too. 

May 2017

May was another exciting month. We moved into our new home {finally} after many months of planning and preparation. It was even more exciting to finish this project knowing our little peanut was on the way. 

In May we also found out that said little peanut we were expecting was a pink princess peanut!! 

We also went on vacation to sunny SC to get away for a bit. 

June 2017

I think June was a little quieter. Not much happened other than focusing on getting moved in and unpacked. Went to a sox game, which is an entirely different experience sans beer and Fenway Franks. 

I also snapped one of my favorite preggo pics at 24 weeks. I'm not sure why this one made me so happy. I think I realized that this little basketball {she was the size of an ear of corn at 24 weeks according to my app} was really going to be a person soon! 

July 2017

July was pretty quiet also. We traveled to Omaha to see Auntie Erin. It was a very quick trip, far to travel for a long weekend, but worth it. The zoo out there is a-mazing!! Even when it's a bazillion degrees and you're 100 months pregnant! :o)

August 2017

August was a bit more exciting! This month brought the eclipse and my baby shower! 


September 2017

The countdown begins. Final touches on the nursery including DIY closet project. Check. Ducks in a row at work for mat leave. Check. Induction date scheduled... Check! Bring on October!

October 2017

It's baby month! Induction scheduled for 10/10. I'll give a brief explanation of our "birth story" in all it's glory for whoever is interested.

  • Had a nice breakfast at our local breakfast spot since I was told to eat before coming in and I likely wouldn't be eating again. Arrive at hospital for 9:30am induction on Tuesday 10/10 ~ no progress towards labor, so started with a pill to start dialation. Hung out for a while to let that do it's thing... which it didn't really. 
  • At 4pm they told me that I was still only 2cm so if we wanted to opt to go home and wait for labor to progress naturally, because my fluid levels had gone down, we could. Um... thanks for the offer but no thanks. Got to eat something, and then they got me ready to start Pitocin to really induce labor. They hooked me up to that around 6pm on Tuesday. 
  • Fast forward through a few nurses' shifts. Apparently it's a super long process!! Started to have contractions, but nothing too crazy. They wanted to break my water since it hadn't broken on its own, but informed me that contractions would then start getting super intense so if I wanted my epidural beforehand, we could make that happen. We got to this point around midnight and I got my epidural at 2:00am Wednesday morning. 
  • Going into the morning, we were still waiting to get to that magic 10cm number. The final nurse switch left Eileen as the woman in charge and she was absolutely great. I was having a little trouble with my epidural. I was definitely not 100% numb in one spot on my right side and that was definitely not ideal. The anesthesiologist had come in to give me another dose at one point, and Eileen had said if I need a shot, to press the button any time- but just to let her know if/when I do. 
  • Around noon, I had been stuck at 9cm for a while. I was feeling the contractions in that spot, and because I figured I was pretty close to starting to push I was about to page Eileen to ask if I could take one more hit... when all of a sudden the resident came in and said it was time to start pushing!! 
  • The baby was "sunny side up" which can be more challenging to deliver due to the way their head needs to move to get out. I pushed and pushed, and while the baby's head was visible, she wasn't coming out. After 2 long and exhausting hours, the doctor came in. She said that her best guess was that the baby was too big due to my gestational diabetes and was stuck and I could either keep pushing {but they usually don't let you push for more than 3 hours} or we could move forward with a c-section at this point. I said yes, let's do it. And everything is kind of a blur from here...
  • My epidural had been on its way to wearing off already, and within minutes of the decision to go to surgery, I was in agony. I can't imagine what natural child birth is like, if I had some combination of drugs in my system and still felt this way. Eek. 
  • They got me prepped for surgery, and in about 90 minutes, Aylin Magnolia was here!! Born at 3:14pm weight in at 5lb 11oz, 19.5" long. I don't remember much except that I'm pretty sure I slept thru the surgery {I had been up for almost 36 hours!} but when I saw that baby girl and they put her in my arms, the long two days that had just been disappeared.
The rest, as they say, is history. 
And here we are! Four weeks later, we are loving life. 

Next up: a likely quiet Thanksgiving, and then on to December and the first of many Christmases in our home with our families. No recipe to share today, but I promise I will keep up. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I'm thankful for YOU!

November. The month to realize all of the things you are thankful for, and then celebrate them with friends and family. I, like many people, like to think of 30 things I am thankful for, for the 30 days of this glorious month in which I was also born. This year, I forgot.. so I'll go halfsies. I am thankful...

  1. For TT obviously. Words cant describe how lucky I am that he picked me, and I am reminded and in awe of him every day.
  2. That we are blessed with the ability and means to be building a home together that will house our family, always be open to friends, and celebrate many holidays to come. I don't ever want to take what we have for granted.
  3. For my family. I am so lucky to have parents who have always been supportive of me and have let me live my life. I think its because they know they did a good job in making me the woman I am.
  4. For my sister. She is my best friend and confidante. She is someone that I trust with my life and I am so thankful for her. I think I am even more appreciative of her now that I don't see her a lot and I am so proud of who she is and the decisions she has made. They have not been easy ones. She is absolutely amazing.
  5. For Princess Cecelia Jasmine. She is the light of our lives and one of my most favorite people.
  6. For my friends. I am so lucky to be able to call a few select people my best friends. They know who they are, and I know that no matter what time of day I can call and they are there.
  7. That I have been granted the ability to see that in life you are better off having a few best friends, than a lot of half-way friends. I have had plenty of half-way friends and am thankful for the different perspective I have i I my 30s than I had in my 20s. Its much less toxic.
  8. For my in laws. I don't know very many people who have the perfect in laws. But I have so many things in my life to thank them for and be thankful for because of them. They brought up a man that is respectful, hard working, and genuine. There isn't much more I could ask for.
  9. For the health of all of the people I have mentioned above. We are getting older and we take our health and the health of those around us for granted sometimes. I need to be better about that.
  10. For my job. I have a job I love, which not many can claim. TT and I both have jobs that provide us with many luxuries that others don't have and I am so thankful that I stumbled into such a great company that gave me this career 11 years ago.
  11. And proud to be an American. {PLEASE no comments from the peanut gallery on this one. We're all friends here}
  12. For food. Both that we have food on our table and that I am halfway decent at cooking it. And that my husband bakes so I don't have to.
  13. For my coaches and my gym. No matter how long I'm away, I know I can come back. Might get razzed a little when I miss too long, but its all in good fun. I have never had an interest in exercise but I never found the right motivation. I love the feeling of being healthy and strong. And they help me every day. And lets face it, now I can eat more of the aforementioned food.
  14. That this Season is upon us. Thanksgiving is the start of the most wonderful time of the year. We can reflect on the wonders of this life; reflect on the good, bad and ugly of the year we are letting go, and plan for the year to come and what we will make of it. I just know that 2017 will be a very exciting year for us.
  15. Last but not least, very much for dirty martinis. {come on, I couldn't be 100% serious}

Now, I clearly know how truly blessed I am and have so very much to be thankful for. That being said, however, November is also the month to realize that the insanity of this glorious season is about to kick in. I'm already head first in it.

I am so excited to be hosting my first thanksgiving this year and having my in laws over for this celebratory meal. I have been working hard to plan a menu that is traditional for them {and for TT because he doesn't always appreciate my creativity in the kitchen} but want to make it my own. I have a few things up my sleeve, but one dish that will remain in the T family tradition is my FIL's mother's stuffing. I tweaked it ever so slightly because traditionally it went in the bird, but I will be making it an extra special way -- in the CROCK POT!!! {say whaaaaa}

Oh yes. Click on the link at the bottom for that amazing recipe. And yes crock pot stuffing is a thing! And it works! And you can use any stuffing recipe you like! Wee! I think I am most thankful for THAT!

What are YOU thankful for this year?

▽ ROTD ▽
Grandma Martone's Stuffing

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Anxiety, The Princess Bride, and Positive Affrmations

With all that has been going on in my life, my anxiety levels have actually been at a major maximum lately. I think its mostly work and the house, but I need some reprieve that doesnt involve me having to rely on the two Rx I have. I like having them in case of emergency, but I really want to find an alternative way to manage this, since it is pretty much a way of life for me, with no real rhyme or reason as to why, and with no end in sight.

Recently I stumbled upon a blog run by a fitness and wellness coach for women. The post that popped up {a page I follow on FB Girls Gone Strong, had liked it which streamed to my newsfeed} intrigued me. When it comes to blogging, its all about the title. You need to capture your audience in that moment in order to steer them towards your little slice of the web {I really need to get better at this game} and so when I noticed a title that was a quote from my favorite movie of all time, I clicked on it automatically without even reading what the post was about. Girl am I glad I did.

This link led me to a woman named Neghar Fonooni. She is a coach, mentor, personal trainer, and focuses her efforts on women.  What really got me after I clicked on the link to this particular blog post, was that without even knowing it, I was stumbling upon something I needed. The post was about journaling, which again I didn't even kno when I saw the word "Vizzini" and autopilot made me click there. She speaks about the benefits that putting your thoughts and feelings and emotions on paper can provide you; she speaks about self awareness, and that sometimes its not easy. Not exactly the type of blog I would normally follow or read and definitely not what I expected after clicking on the link, but really it made sense. It spoke to me in a way that doesnt happen often. Vizzini said go back to the beginning... so go back to the beginning we go.

Ultimately, as I read more and took what I needed from her words, I realized that I was reading a routine about calming yourself down, creating more productivity, and lessening feelings of being overwhelmed or anxious. Um- my life.

Long story short, I have a plan that will be a new morning routine that will hopefully do the above.

  1. Wake up and drink my ACV tonic {I will need to wake approximately 20 minutes earlier going forward to allow for my new morning routine}
  2. Journal/check-in {I am using the format that Neghar suggests, but will tweak accordingly if needed. This includes physical and emotional check in, actions related to those, intentions, and gratitude}
  3. AM Yoga routine {and/or breathing exercises, and/or meditation}
  4. Shower and pretty
  5. Begin each day with a purpose: I am going to have a weekly mantra/positive affirmation that I remind myself of every morning. 

This journal will include raw feelings. It will be hard to get onto paper and to share it even if only with myself. I will share my progress with you all, and from time to time pieces of the journey. My first affirmation will be: Interrupt anxiety with gratitude. Which I will remind myself of each day this week.

What do you do to keep your inner self at peace? Do you struggle with anxiety? Lets try this together!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

fall, construction + a new routine

My friends, I return. Again. Hopefully this time for good. I've missed you and I've missed this little slice of the www. 

It has been too long for me to try to recap my life over the last {year?} and really, I know you're just wanting a new recipe. 

Let's start fresh. It's 2016. It's fall. It's #allpumpkinerrythang. I am here, healthier, and happy about it.

Fall in New England: I don't know where it is that you call home, but in my little tiny state, fall is really the best. I had a girlfriend relocate to the south and as much as I have always dreamed about moving out of this area, I would miss the changing of the seasons, especially summer into fall. Leaf peeping, beer/food festivals, tailgating at college football games. Flannel shirts, boots and leggings, and PSLs. Chili! It's really the best.

Construction: So speaking of not moving south... we aren't. Because....... it's official! Lot #75 is officially our little piece of this earth. Stay tuned for progress updates on that, as I likely won't be boring the FB world with them. But at least I know if you read this you may care a little more than the casual news feed skim.☺ We break ground hopefully within a week and in six short months we will have a home to call our very own. Squeeeee I am so excited.

A NEW-ish Routine: since February, I have started a new fitness journey. I joined a gym! I know- I still barely believe it either. But I love it. The coaches are amazing, they know their stuff. They push just enough and know how to motivate people to be their best selves. With their help, I successfully lost 19 lbs in 5 months, I feel stronger, I look leaner. The feeling is really indescribable. I have been weighing myself but the real progress is in the pictures I am using to track. Eventually I will share them with the world, but I'm not ready for that yet. I started at my heaviest and those pictures are pretty personal to me.

The last two months have been pretty hectic for me, and I haven't gotten there nearly as much as I would like, and I can feel it. I'm antsy. I can't sleep. I feel "soft" and I don't like it. They run 5 week sessions: 4 weeks on, all the same classes with progressing intensity, and then 1 week "off" for recovery, where they run workshops and stretching classes. This is recovery week, which I unfortunately had little to recover from. I am so excited to get back there on Monday and get back to what I have set out to do! I don't really have a goal weight, but I know that if I go regularly and stay on track with my eating habits, I will be successful.

This little bloggy blog will help with my accountability. I'm so happy for your continued support. Any questions/comments/suggestions/complaints, comment below! Muah!


Spaghetti Squash with Pumpkin Marinara

Sunday, January 3, 2016

It all starts here

Hi Chicklets, hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

I'm sitting here, recipe book open, fit bit charging, meal-prepping for what feels like a mini apocalypse. I, along with everyone else in the United States who isn't already on the "Get fit" bandwagon, will be taking the leap, and promptly holding on for dear life beginning tomorrow. While I'm super excited to get back at it, I'm also experiencing that feeling of dread that everyone feels on the Sunday before they hit the re-start button. 

I've had quite the up and down last few years - throwing myself 100% into a Paleo diet leading up to my 30th, and then going on a downward spiral and yo-yo-ing ever since then. The difference as I am getting older, is I feel older. I feel fat. And I don't say that because I want you to say "oh no, sweetie, you're not fat" -- I say it because my body is telling me that it's time to do something about it. I'm tired of waking up and everything hurts. I'm tired of my stomach being topsy/turvy. I'm tired of getting winded when I'm having a conversation with someone, let alone walking up stairs - fageddabatit. 

This isn't a resolution, it's a promise to myself. I know I can be successful when I put my mind to it. I'm successful at a lot of things, and it's time to start putting my health and wellness at the forefront, so that I can enjoy the life tt and I are working so hard to provide for each other and ourselves. 

And with that, my week:

Upon rising:
25 Jumping Jacks to get my blood flowing, and a morning Yoga sequence
Cranberry ACV energy drink = 4 oz Cranberry Juice + 2 Tbl ACV + Juice of 1/2 lemon + sqidge of honey + water {combine in a mason jar, shake shake shake as you dance around your kitchen, drink up}
Coffee, duh = Unsweetened Almond Milk + Stevia

Protein Blast Smoothie = Greenberry Shakeology + Spinach +.Banana + Water {blend up with ice, internal race to finish smoothie before I get to work without getting brain freeze}


Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Spaghetti Squash with Pumpkin Marinara Sauce 
{stay tuned for these two NEW recipes!! Coming this week on the blog!}

I am committing myself to do three of the TIU workouts this week, along with taking at least one walk around the block with Cecelia.

Before bed:
5 Minute Yoga Sequence for bedtime
Vitamins = Magnesium + Malic Acid + Probiotic + Fish Oil + Vitamin D + Biotin + MultiV

Sunday, September 13, 2015

#FitforFall #CharityChallenge #CharityMiles

Hello my long lost friends of the interwebs. As always, I will announce my return. I'm baaaack! 


I'm really bad at this. 

That being said, though, I have jumped on board with a new fitness/health challenge, and so I want to track my progress HERE, for all of you {although, my guess, is that I have lost my avid following} and am going to work on my health and happiness, all for a CAUSE. 

K+K at Tone it Up {@ToneitUp #ToneitUp #TIUteam} are partnering with Charity Miles for their newest challenge! Fit for Fall will consist of daily workouts, but will also include a 100 mile challenge - raising money for charity

If you know me, you know that currently there's some stuff going on in both my personal life as well as my family life. This really challenge really couldn't have come at a better time for so many reasons. Ultimately, I will be using this 8-week challenge as a transformation for myself, and I am viewing the link to charity as a sign that it's time. The app works with sponsors to raise money for charities, and each mile you log raises money for charity. What?! Yes. I can't make this up. In addition to that, K+K are choosing weekly winners based on your check ins, and will be donating additional dollars to your chosen charity. I will be running my #CharityChallenge 100 miles for ALZ.

{Note: if you want to do a challenge like this one either through TIU or even just for yourself, on your own, these miles are NOT just running! Lots of things count towards your miles, ask me in the comments if you're interested in learning more!}

Follow along with me on Instagram @coleentrombley and check in here, as I will be posting updates on my progress. This is an 8-week program, but TIU is really a community that I'm so excited to be a part of for the long haul. These two women are super inspirational, and really know what they're doing. I love that they have heart, too. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow days + shopping

I'm pretty much done with the winter. Mother Nature has been dropping snow on us week after week and now, she's decided to drop the temps into barely liveable #s. Like what gives? I know, I know, stop complaining. Like I always say, I do choose to live in New England, so it's kind of one of those things. 

I will use this Presidential day off to post about some new things I'm crushing on:
  1. Like to Know it {here} >> I kid you not, this site is amazing. Follow them on insta, and sign up on the site... then the magic happens. "Like" any IG pic that is linked back to the site, and it will email you the product details. I've found myself obsessing over fashion bloggers lately and this has made it worse #DangerZone
  2. Roasted Garlic >> Random, yes, but I never roasted garlic before? How and why I have no idea, but my life has been changed for the better. So easy to make! {here} Delicious, creamy, garlicky heaven. It melts- in such a wonderful way. I've been eating it with kale and eggs {heat EVOO in a pan, smash a few cloves of roasted garlic in it, then saute kale leaves in it. Make sure you get a few of them crispy- fry up an egg or two with the yolk in tact, and enjoy}
  3. Tarte LipSurgence Skintuitive lip tint {here} >> I just bought it, but am already in love. It  is a pink lip tint that changes based on your body's pH and goes with your skin tone automatically. I have found that it goes a little Barbie pink on me, which is clearly a wonderful thing. It makes my heart happy.
  4. Red wine + dark chocolate >> my girlfriends and I went to a little storefront for Breakwater Vineyards in Rockland, ME last summer and we did a mini tasting. They provided dark chocolate to taste with the red wines. It is kind of mind blowing when you do it. I forgot how amazing it is. Recently, I was drinking my yoosh {here} and was munching on some dark chocolate chips- Eureeka! I could taste the cherry, I could taste the black currant. And I could taste the heaven. The complexity of the wine comes out and it really is amazing. This, also, makes my heart and tastebuds happy. {learn more about it here}
  5. My chambray shirt {mine is here, others here and here} >> literally my favorite piece in my closet right now. I have a mid-tone colored shirt, and want a light wash and a dark wash. The best look IMO is the denim shirt, topped with a high-crew neck sweater, with a show stopping necklace over. Like this: 

I just ordered a bunch of new necklaces from {another guilty pleasure... yikes I have a lot} and they should hopefully be delivered tomorrow. Just in time to make it into my suitcase for Costa Rica! One more week!! :)

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12 months and a baby

Why hello my old friends. I feel that every time I start a new post, it has that same beginning. I have failed the blogisphere and any fait...