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Monday, September 3, 2012

First vacation without our baby girl

This past week John and I went on our 1st trip with out our little girl...



In the 12 months that Josselyn Grace Alcala has been on this earth I have never left her for more than 4 hours (the main reason is because I breastfed her for a full year). Well, When Josse was only a couple months old John & I decided that we were going to definitely go on an anniversary trip this Summer. In the 6 years that we have been married we have made sure to always go on some sort of vacation each summer. Because I was pregnant last summer & Josse was born in August we did not go on our yearly get-away, so we wanted to make sure to do something special this year. We decided to book a cruise to Mexico with another couple who are 2 of our best friends.


Now, my first mistake was to think that it would be easy to leave my baby girl for 7 days when I had never even left her for 7 hours! WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?! As our vacation started to get closer I did start to wonder if it was going to be hard to leave Josse for so long. My mom and sister were the ones who were going to take care of Josse while we were gone becasue they are already around her so much & Josse absolutely loves her YaYa & Auntie Bethy, but just because Josse is in good hands does not mean that this first time mom was going to be ok...

Josse was having a blast while mommy & daddy were gone!

The Sunday we left Josse was August 26th her actual Birthday (why on earth did we book a trip on that day???) That right there made me even more emotional than usual! I definitely shed a few tears that first day and things did not get much easier on day 2. My heart was so heavy and I wanted to just fall apart every time I saw a mom with a baby. Finally, John said "SheriLynn we are going to be home in just a couple days and Josselyn is fine with your mom. You are sad because you are an awesome mother but even though you miss Josse you have to make a decision to enjoy this time that we have together or just be miserable the whole time." After John said that I realized that in just a couple day I was going to be back with my baby girl 24/7 and it would be a very long time before John and I would have any quality/alone time together. I wanted to make the most of the time with my husband especially since we were already on a ship in the middle of the ocean headed to Mexico (there was no turning back now). Thankfully, my husband smacked some sense into me and by By day 3 I was completely fine & I was having a total BLAST with my husband and friends. We got to lay out on gorgeous beaches, hang out at the pool, eat the most incredible food, shop & just spend quality time together!
 








So all in all, I am sooo glad that I got to spend that incredible week with the love of my life! I will be honest though, had I known how much I was going to miss Josselyn so much for those first 2-3 days I definitely would NOT have booked this trip lol So, if you have an infant and are going to leave him/her to go on a trip/vacation do not be stupid like me & make sure to have a test night and leave the baby for 1 night and see how you do before you try leaving them for 7 nights ;)



Saturday, September 1, 2012

Shedding the Baby Weight!

Drum roll please......

I am proud to say that as of last week I am back down to my pre-pregnancy weight! 




Now before you get too terribly excited for me I must explain a couple things. First of all, I found out in December of 2011 (1 week before Christmas) that I was prego with Josselyn. My weigh-in at my very first doctors appointment was after the New Years. What does all of that mean? Well, I am unfortunately one of those gals who packs on a couple extra pounds during the holiday season. I am obsessed with Starbucks peppermint mochas, Blue Bell Christmas cookie ice cream and I love every single type of homemade Christmas cookie/treat! What I am trying to say is that I was most definitely not at my ideal/perfect goal weight when I first found out I was pregnant. Now, you may be thinking that I am a nut for wanting to be under 108 lbs but please keep in mind that I am only 5 foot 2 inches tall and I have a very small bone structure/build. So I am not 100% happy with how I currently look and I am definitely not one of those annoying girls girls on Facebook who posts before and after pictures and tells the world that they some how miraculously have an even better body after having kids then they did before (I am just being a hater because I am totally jealous of those super moms who look totaly incredible post-baby)  However, it would probably help if I actually incorporated some sort of exercise or physical activity into my daily routine lol

With all of this said I am still totally pumped that after 1 year (which was my goal) I am back in all of my pre-pregnancy clothes. Now, just because I can zip, button, etc those pre-prego clothes does not mean that I am going to wear them out in public! Some of my old shirts are wayyyy too tight still and I will admit I do have to do a few squats and lay down on my bed to zip some of my old jeans haha but at least they zip! :) I am pretty convinced that some areas of my body will never ever look the same again but who knows I guess time will tell. Anyways, I can finally check one of my many New Years resolutions off of my list and that sure feels good!

Now I am just hoping the weight I LOST doesn't some how FIND me anytime in the near future :)