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a newborn photo shoot

April 23, 2014 in Baby, Blog by lindsaymwright

….that took FOUR hours!

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So Travis is an aspiring photographer.  The man who in years past would spend his free money on guitars (I believe we had 8 or 9 in our house at one point) is now buying all.the.camera.crap.

And I get to benefit from it.

Pretty much anytime you see a picture with a lindsayslist photomark, Travis has taken it.  He’s getting SO good – it’s quite the hobby for him.  Katy brought Charlie Ruth over last Friday and was here for four hours (I chuckled when T told me that newborn shoots take 2-3 hours – I guess we beat that!).  Porter was super chill the entire time…Charlie Ruth, not so much.

I think she just didn’t like those super large objects on her head.

We’ll take more pictures when their umbilical stumps fall off.  I can’t wait to show them these pictures when they’re in high school.

splendid…lindsay

best decisions…by domi

April 22, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Body, Guest Post by lindsaymwright

Though we’ve never met, I really love this girl! Domi is the blogger behind Eat, Pray, Lift and she’s been a wonderful “blend” for a while now. Listen as she tells you one of the best decisions she ever made…and MAKE this decision if it’s a problem in your life!! Thanks, Domi!

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The Best Decision I Ever Made:

Choosing Health Over Aesthetics

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Hey yall!  I’m Domi, the writer behind Eat, Pray, Lift.  I’ve been reading Lindsay’s blog for about 2 years now, and I look up to her not only as a blogger but as a sister in Christ.  Lindsay has generously let me guest post for her before, and when she mentioned needing guest posts for when little Porter arrives, I jumped at the chance!

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One of the suggested themes for these guest posts was “Best Decision I Ever Made.”  At 23, I have my fair share of decisions that I am thankful to have made (as well as those that I regret), and I am hopeful that the years to come will bring opportunities to make even better choices ahead. So far, though, one of the best choices I have made in terms of health and fitness has been taking ownership of my health.  I’ve been living a “healthy lifestyle” (i.e. training/working out regularly and eating well) since I was about 13, but for the majority of that time, my “healthy” actions have always been driven by vanity.  I know that body image and self-esteem could warrant their own post (or series!) entirely, so suffice to say, those factors were major driving forces in my workouts and my diet choices.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good, but it should not be the sole motivator behind anyone’s fitness endeavors, let alone a consuming focus or obsession, as it had become for me. It wasn’t until the past year or so that I began to reorient my focus from aesthetics to health.  By looking at my lifestyle choices as an investment in my wellbeing rather than a means to an end, I found a new level of enjoyment in my training and diet, and I discovered a new appreciation for my body.

There are a few particular ways that I’ve been able to reorient my focus from fitness for vanity’s sake to fitness for health’s sake.  It started when I stopped using hormonal birth control.  I had been on the pill for years as a matter of convenience, and I finally realized that it was silly for me to still be using it when I had not practical need for it and I was not enjoying any of the side effects of hormonal supplementation.  (Birth control can be a very personal issue, so obviously my experience should not be taken as prescriptive. You do you, you dig?)  About 6 months after stopping the pill, all my lady matters were quite self-regulating, and I felt a much-improved sense of overall wellbeing.

After realizing how much better I felt being off of birth control – when I had been taking the pill out of habit for years – I started to wonder what other ways my health might be improved with a little more attention.  I requested a full lipid panel from my doctor, and then put some serious effort into studying up on the numbers I got in my results. For me, this was fun, because I’m a huge geek like that.  But more importantly, this was really valuable knowledge – heart disease runs in my family, and I realize that to be proactive about preventing heart disease in my own life, I need to start now.  By consciously keeping up to date on my test results, I know what improvements I need to work on, and I can tailor my workouts towards those goals.

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Perhaps the most impactful change I’ve made has been incorporating more of a mind-body focus into my approach to fitness.  For years I avoided yoga because I knew it wasn’t going to be something that burned enough calories to “count” as a real workout. More recently, I started incorporating a home yoga practice once or twice a week as a means of giving my body (and especially my joints) a break from the more high-impact/high-stress training I typically do.  What I’ve found is that yoga can actually be quite challenging in its own right, and the physical benefits – flexibility, a better mind-body connection, etc. – translate into my workouts and my everyday life.  It’s also been very helpful in rehabing some chronic overuse injuries that I’ve nursed for years.  In addition to practicing yoga, I started to put more priority into mental health “exercises” such as journaling and simply taking the time to read a good book for an hour a week.  I found that by setting aside time to invest in my mental/emotional wellbeing, I was able to make better choices in relation to my health.  For example, rather than working out as a means of self-punishment, I could choose workouts based on what would benefit my body best.

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I could go on for awhile about all the ways that my workout and diet have changed since I switched my focus from aesthetics to health, but the bottom line is that it has been more than worth it.  It’s ironic – my body has definitely changed for the better since I started working out to improve my health rather than my pants size, but what’s changed even more is how I see myself.  I think it’s important to recognize that there is a difference between caring for your body as a temple, and treating your body as an idol.  I have an incredible appreciation for my body now, one that goes beyond how I look on any given day.  It took me years to realize this, but our bodies are incredible gifts.  To be healthy and have the ability to move, dance, run, squat, swim, jump, and live the way we do is an amazing gift, one that we take for granted far too often.  As recipients of such a gift, we have a responsibility to take care of our bodies and our health, and the more consciously we do so, the more we are able to appreciate and reap the benefits of our health.  By putting my efforts towards maximizing the health I’ve been blessed with, I have become so much more appreciative of my abilities and confident in my potential.

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QUESTION:  Tell me, friends, what is your main motivation behind your exercise and diet choices? Do you try to keep tabs on biomarkers like cholesterol, A1C, triglycerides, etc?  What’s one thing your health enables you to do that you are grateful for today?

postpartum weight loss

April 21, 2014 in Blog, Body, Diet, ED, Pregnancy by lindsaymwright

I woke up this morning to a completely flat stomach!!
















Just joking.

You really hated me there for a second, huh.

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Which brings me to a topic that I need your input about.

POSTPARTUM WEIGHT LOSS.

What are you thoughts about posting a journey online about this?  I’m kinda mixed about it.  On the one hand, I want to provide my readers the inside scoop about various facets of my life.  And let’s be real – everybody is interested in a postpartum weight loss journey (InTouch taught me that.  Among many other important things…).  But then…I think that some people might be discouraged if their journey doesn’t look like mine.  OR I could become discouraged if my body doesn’t bounce back how I’d like.  Would sharing place more “pressure to perform?”

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I wanted to see what YOU guys want to know about in regards to this topic.  I’ll tell you this much – I WON’T BE WEIGHING MYSELF.  Aside from leaving the scale out of it, I’d be willing to measure myself, post my current workouts (which won’t start for another few weeks), and just talk in general terms about struggles and successes.

Thoughts??

splendid…lindsay

**Working on the birth story – some teeny, amazingly cute guy is taking up most of my time…guest post tomorrow!**

labor and delivery {a photo journey}

April 17, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Pregnancy by lindsaymwright

Lindsay In Labor At Hospital Imitating Sleep

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Sisters In Labor Together

Baby Right After Being Born

Nursing For The First Time

Newborn Being Weighed 8 Pounds 10 Ounces

Newborn With Dimples

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Funny Newborn Hearing Test

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Mom Day After Giving Birth

Family Meets Newborn Brother

Child Counting Newborn Baby's Toes

Children Holding Newborn Baby Brother

Nan holding Newborn Baby

Both GrandMothers With Newborn Baby

Brother Holding Newborn Baby

Newborn Baby Hat

Newborn Baby In Carseat Ready to Go Home

After 24 hours of labor, Porter Killian Wright was born at 1:17am on Monday, April 14th.

Weighing a whopping 8 pounds, 10 ounces and being 20 inches long, he is by far my largest baby!

He shares a birthday with his cousin, Charlie Ruth.  Yes – my sister and I gave birth on the same day!

We’re totally and completely enamored.

splendid…lindsay

delighted

April 16, 2014 in Baby, Blessings, Blog, Faith, Family, Kids by lindsaymwright

One of the neat things about blogging is that you can regularly see your analytics – what posts are most viewed, shared.  What day of the week most people read, where they’re coming from, etc.  It’s actually pretty cool (and something I used to obsess over – I rarely look at numbers these days).

Since November 15th, 2012, one of my TOP THREE most viewed posts has been this one.  Titled, “Devastated.”

It still hurts…

It also pained me to write a second, very similar post last April 30th, 2013.  Titled, “Devastated 2.”

When I tell you that Porter is a blessing, that he’s been WANTED and PRAYED FOR…I hope it makes sense.

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This child…he’s my beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

delighted…lindsay

**Tomorrow I’ll have more pictures and in the days to come, a birth story!  Thanks in advance for letting us settle in as a family of 5.**

not yet

April 12, 2014 in Blog by travisvwright

Travis here with a quick, ‘not yet’ post.  You didn’t miss the big news.  Porter hasn’t made it yet.

 

Follow Lindsay to instagram or twitter or facebook if you don’t want to miss the latest.

 

For now enjoy the vocal styling of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers:

the waiting game

April 10, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Pregnancy, thinking out loud by lindsaymwright

The anticipation…..

It’s killing me (…not really).

Third time in, I’m realizing that I am a completely, hopelessly, horribly IMPATIENT person.  Luckily I married my exact opposite.

It’s the not knowing when labor will start. 

It’s the not knowing how it will all go down.

It’s the not knowingThe loss of control.

002I’m reminded that patience is such an important virtue to have…in fact, it’s a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22)!  Patience (endurance) produces CHARACTER!  And I can always use more of that!

So…..I’ll just be over here WAITING for this sweet babe to arrive.

Waiting and praying and cleaning the crap out of my house.

QUESTION:  Are you a control freak (like me)?  More relaxed?

splendid…lindsay

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pregnancy – 39 weeks

April 8, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Update by lindsaymwright

Yowza.  I honestly didn’t think I’d be writing this update.

The end of pregnancy is just so interesting to me.  There’s this whole waiting game (which Type A me cannot stand) mixed with emotions of wanting to hold off the change that’s inevitably coming.  Overall though, I’m pretty miserable, feeling large and crampy and heavy and I’d gladly welcome labor at any time.  With Henry and Clara, I’ve gone into labor in the middle of the night so lately I’ve been laying down just KNOWING that tonight could be the night.  Erm…it hasn’t been.

Be sure you follow on Instagram (lindsays_list) and Facebook to stay in the labor loop! Smile

What is baby up to at 39 weeks?

(from BabyCenter.com)

  • Baby is waiting to greet the world!
  • He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it’s likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, about the size of a mini-watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.)
  • The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

How is mama feeling?

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Fitness

Still trucking along.  I’ll tell you this – People get REALLY uncomfortable working out around a third trimester pregnant woman….like they’ll have to deliver the baby themselves, on the spot, or that I’m going to keel over at any moment.  I’m pretty sure I’ll have a little more warning than that.  As long as I’m healthy and feel well, I’ll continue going.

Here’s the rundown from last week:

  • Monday:  Bootcamp
  • Tuesday: Full body strength on my own
  • Wednesday: Bootcamp + 15 minutes bike
  • Thursday: REST
  • Friday: Bootcamp + 15 minutes bike
  • Saturday: REST
  • Sunday: REST

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Sleep

Really horrible.  Takes an hour or so to fall asleep and then I wake up most nights to contractions.

Gender?

BOY! Porter Killian

Belly Button?

OUTTIE!

Rings?

On.

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Stretch Marks?

NONE!

Movement?

Starting to slow down – he’s running out of room.

Symptoms

  • Nausea
  • LOTS of contractions and cramping.
  • Pressure.
  • Restless legs before bed
  • TMI – lost my mucus plug last week!

Cravings

Nothing new or interesting.  Still snacking all day long.

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QUESTION:  BTDT mamas…did your water break before labor started? <-no to both previous pregnancies – it’s been broken for me. 

splendid…lindsay

reebok skyscape – because #styleneverstops

April 7, 2014 in Blog, Fitfluential, Review by lindsaymwright

**The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.**

Alternative title:  “Reebok Skyscape….because I need all the help I can get.”

Seriously though.

I’m about the LEAST stylish person I know.  Chalk it up to the fact that I haven’t gone shopping for myself since before I got pregnant (…with Henry…) and that I pride myself in not caring what other people think about my clothes (my fitness level, my parenting, my cleanliness…those things I care about what others think).  All in all, when it comes to style…I need help.  Bad!

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As part of my ongoing relationship with Reebok and Fitfluential (remember these adorable shoes!?!), I was recently sent a pair of Reebok’s new Skyscape’s to try out.  When I opened the box, my honest first reaction was, “That’s a whole lotta pink!”  But then I tried them on!  I realize I over use the word, “SOOOOOO,” which really isn’t even a word but the Skyscape’s are SOOOOO comfortable.  Made from the same materials and soft molding process used to create lingerie (!?!), these 5.0 ounce shoes are ultra lightweight and flexible.  The pink has grown on me (they come in a few other fun colors like gray, purple and blue) AND I love that you can easily toss them into the washing machine when they get dirty (which I found out after wearing them to the park on a rainy day)!

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Other Skyscape features…

  • Foam material in the upper for softness and flexibility.
  • Low cut design for added mobility.
  • Seamless construction for minimized rub and irritation.
  • Minimum rubber accents only where needed for traction.
  • Skyspring technology – features a unique design architecture designed to help support the foot and provide all day comfort.

I kid you not….these shoes might come with me to the hospital for labor-walking!

Many thanks to Reebok and FitFluential for the review opportunity!!  If you’re interested in buying a pair of your own Skyscapes, go here to purchase online or they can be found in stores (Reebok FitHubs or outlet stores, and select Kohls – find a store here).  If you need help styling the shoes (because don’t we all), Reebok set up a cute page to help.

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QUESTION:  When’s the last time you bought a new pair of shoes?  Do you have any tennis shoes that are functional AND stylish?

splendid…lindsay