the 24 day advocare challenge

August 20, 2014 in 24 Day Challenge, Advocare, Blog, Body, Food by lindsaymwright

Happy hump day, friends!

Let’s skip all the chit chat and get right down to business.  Let’s talk about a new challenge that’s going down over here at the Wright house!

I have a confession.

I’ve been eating WAY too many sweets lately.

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We plummeled through this cake.

I need to reel it in a bit.  We went to the beach where we had nightly bowls of ice cream and treats and I kinda just never stopped having those treats when we got home.  Whoops.  Smile  I’m always game for dessert….I just probably shouldn’t be having something every.single.night.  It’s actually starting to effect the way I feel – sluggish and tired.  My digestion is a bit off.  I’m ready for a change.

Travis too.

As I’ve said, we’re training for an upcoming race and we want to feel GOOD while training.  We want to be at our best.  Eating junky sweets every night isn’t helping.

All this being said, we’re starting a 24 Day Advocare Challenge and I’m going to blog about the journey.

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Correction.  Travis will be doing the full challenge.  Since I’m nursing, I’ll be doing another 10 Day Challenge (read more about that here) and will continue to take those supplement for the 24 days with Travis.  Today I want to share a little bit about the actual products and program design for anyone who might want to do this challenge WITH US!  (it’s always nice to have a team together for support!)

What IS the 24 Day Advocare Challenge?

The 24 Day Advocare Challenge is a comprehensive supplementation and nutrition program that helps with weight management, liver detox and metabolism.  There are two phases within the 24 days: The CLEANSE phase (Days 1-10) and the MAX phase (Days 11-24).  Every Challenge kit comes with a handy dandy guide that tell you EXACTLY when to take each supplement so there’s no guesswork involved.

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The Supplements:

The Cleanse phase is 10 days long and is designed to remove waste, rid your body of toxins, and prepare it for maximum nutrient absorption.  This is a three-part supplement regimen.  The herbal cleanse is taken morning and night and it cleanses the digestive system and removes any accumulated toxins (get the Peaches & Cream!!!!).  The Omegaplex is a blend of fatty acids that help with heart, nerve, muscle, skin, bone, and immune health.  The third part is the SPARK energy drink mix.  It promotes mental focus and increased energy.

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The second part of the challenge (days 11-24) helps to give your newly cleansed body the best tools to achieve your goals.  The Max phase has four supplements:  the MNS vitamin pack, a meal replacement shake, the Omegaplex capsules and SPARK.  012

We also ordered some “companion” products: Catalyst and ThermoPlus (for Travis only – I can’t take this while nursing), along with a few other SPARK flavors (because we couldn’t decide on just one – now that I’ve tasted Mango Strawberry, it’s my favorite!).

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Why are we doing this Challenge?

Like I said earlier, we both just want to feel better.  We have different goals that we hope the Challenge will help us meet.  For me, I want to get the max benefit from all these amazing workouts that I’ve been doing recently and a diet clean-up will help with that.  I want for my digestion to improve (and know that it will with the help of these products).  And lastly, I wouldn’t mind losing a few pounds.   Travis’ goals are similar but he also has a very specific picture that he’d like to take with Porter on his back.  He’s got the muscles for the picture – he just needs to shed a few pounds to make it on point.

We’re doing it together because we know that it will be way easier this way.  No sweets in the house, full support from each other, accountability…I’m excited to have someone to do this with!

But, what about food??

When you order the 24 Day Challenge, you receive a helpful nutrition guide that describes which foods to eat and which to avoid. The nutrition approach is VERY balanced and includes dairy, healthy fats, lean proteins, fruits and vegetables. You get three meals and three snacks a day – you shouldn’t ever feel hungry, that’s not the goal! I’ll be honest and tell you right up front – aside from cutting out desserts and sweets (i.e. cereals, teddy grahams, processed junk), I’m not going to get overly restrictive with any of my food intake. Travis will be doing the Challenge by the book.

We’ll also be drinking around 84 ounces of water a day!

NO COFFEE – Spark will replace that!

When does it start?

We’ll be starting the Challenge on August 30th.  It’s a Saturday.  Travis picked this day because he thinks that psychologically Mondays are the worst days to start diets/cleanses and Saturdays are the easiest.  I don’t have any studies or proof to back that logic up…but it makes sense to me.  Saturday, August 30th it is!

The Challenge will end on September 22nd!

How can I join in?

If you’re interested in joining us during the Challenge, you can purchase your 24 Day Kit here!  I’ll be blogging about our journey together each week and sharing before, during and after shots of our progress.  I’d encourage you to join in with us and recruit friends and family too – it’s much easier to do this with a group of people!

Ready to do the Challenge with us??

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QUESTION:  Have you ever done the Advocare Challenge before?  Thoughts?  Tips??

splendid…lindsay

on overexercising and when it’s time to rest

August 19, 2014 in Blog, Blogging, Body, Goals, Over-Exercise by lindsaymwright

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I’ll be the first to admit:  I need to be more gentle with my body.

This thing that takes me from place to place, child to child, morning to night without very many complaints.  I might have the occasional cold or sore muscle, but for the most part I’ve been very blessed with health and vitality.  I know that a lot of that has to do with the (mostly) healthy foods I put in and my consistency with exercise.

I’ve told you before – I have a tendency towards overtraining.  While I’ve gotten SO much better in this area, I still feel that desire to go run, jump and burpee my way through life, even when I probably shouldn’t.  Ask me to workout with you and I’ll say yes – 100% of the time.  It’s something I love doing.  Sweating is my antidepressant, my quick fix, my drug of choice.  In a society that’s tending towards INactivity, I usually don’t see this passion as a bad thing.  It’s a good habit.  It’s healthy.

…Until it isn’t.

We’re not to that place yet, thankfully.  I honestly don’t have time to overexercise these days but three (even two) years ago, I was in a place where I was exercising 2-3 hours a day.  That’s too much.  Or maybe that was too much for my body – I know that some professional athletes train that long and it probably works for them.  It was too much for me and I’d venture to guess too much for the average person.  I’ve read enough professionally to know that overtraining can be just as detrimental as undertraining.

These days I have time for about one hour and then I’m done.  Yesterday my body ached for a rest day, even though I’d taken one the day before.  I know it’s because I overtrained a bit last week.  I could have pushed through and tried to workout, but I’m getting a little wiser (I know!!!!) so I rested.  We stayed in our pjs all day long, I took a nap…I sat on my butt for most of the day.  My body needed that time to repair itself.

All this to say, I’m patting myself on the back for listening.  For being still.  For putting words into action.  REST.  REST.  REST!!

And that I’ll be on the track this morning, sprinting and jumping, if anyone wants to join.  I’ll be the one looking all refreshed and stuff.

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For more on overexercising:

What IS Overexercising?

Dear Overexercising

So You Need A Rest Day

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QUESTION:  Do you overtrain?  Love exercise?  Hate it?  When was your last true rest day?

splendid…lindsay

beach vacation recap (the workouts)

August 6, 2014 in Blog, Body, Fitfluential, Pinterest, Travel, Trips, Workout by lindsaymwright

My goodness – I’d forgotten the post-vacation blues.

Like childbirth, I think you block it out.  The unpacking, the mail (bills), the return to schedules and cooking.  Bleck.  Good thing I actually like my normal life. Winking smile (and good thing I don’t actually cook)

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As promised, I wanted to share a few more things about our Florida vacation last week.  I was hoping to pile everything into one last post, but there’s just too much so today we’ll just talk WORKOUTS!

Vacation Workouts

I know that some people go on vacation and see it as a chance to take a break from working out.  I am not one of those people.  Not only does it set the tone for the day, but when I have extra hands around, working out is my preferred activity.  Not a chore, not a stress – not something I have to do, it’s something I WANT to do.  I might be in the minority here but I know there are some readers out there who are in the same boat.  Do you work out while on vacation?

I traveled down to Florida with two of my kettlebells (a pood and a 25 pounder).  I’m pretty certain the additional weight did nothing for our gas mileage but I wanted to be certain that I had some weights to throw around at the beach.  Luckily, Blue Mountain Inn has a pretty decent gym.  Three treadmills, two ellipticals, two bikes, a cable tower with two sides and a pull-up middle, plus free weights ranging from 5 pounds all the way up to 50 pounds.  I’m pretty easy to please when it comes to hotel/condo gyms.  Give me a set of free weights and I can plan out multiple workouts.

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082 Some days, Katy and/or Adam joined in and others I was all by myself (Travis does not work out on vacation – that’s ok – he watched our kids. Winking smile).  Even though I’m happy jamming out to music by myself, I’ll gladly take a workout buddy (or two) any day of the week.  Katy and I have been sweating together for years so she’s always fun to partner up with.

Here’s a sampling of what we/I did:

Kettlebell/Goblet Squat Workout via @lindsays_list

Equipment needed:  Kettlebell

Katy and I completed this one together one morning.  I saw Bonnie post it on Instagram (thus the name) – I love trying out other trainer’s workouts.  It’s a good sweaty time.  Especially love that you can easily sub in another exercise for the goblet squats and change the whole dynamic (think pushups, push presses, jump squats, anything!).

I used a pood (36#) for my KB weight and felt it in all the right places (I suggest Russian swings vs. American).   We finished with 5 rounds of condo stair sprints. 

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Bodyweight Circuit Workout via @lindsays_list

Equipment needed:  Your body!

I created this one over a year ago and had it pinned to my Pinterest page just waiting for me.  No equipment necessary so it’s perfect for travel!  Run through this twice for a good 20-25 minute workout!

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Upper Body Hypertrophy Circuit via @lindsays_list031

Equipment needed:  Medium & Heavy dumbbells, stability ball

If there’s one thing I’ve missed while working out in the basement, it’s a seated row and a lat pulldown.  These are two things that I’m finding hard to recreate – any suggestions?  I ran through this circuit 3 times and then finished with a tabata.

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All of these were pretty quick (i.e. didn’t eat into our vacation time) and effective!  I also did a sprint/jog workout but didn’t feel like creating a special jpeg for it – all you do is play with speed for 20 minutes i.e. push a bunch of buttons.  Feel free to steal any of these and try them out yourself!

QUESTION:  Do you work out while on vacation?

splendid…lindsay

on getting beach body ready

July 10, 2014 in #whatsbeautiful, Baby, Blog, Body, ED, Goals, Inspiration, Postpartum by lindsaymwright

I was at Walmart yesterday and saw TWO magazines with the term “beach body.”  As in “get yourself beach body ready.”

Here’s the deal ->  If you’ve got a body, you’re ready for the beach.  Period.  Nobody is looking at you anyway – they’re all too busy sucking in their own stomachs.  Promise.  The whole point is to enjoy the scenery and the food and the people you’re with AT the beach.  Not to be worrying what you’ll look like in pictures.

We leave for the beach in just two weeks and I’m planning to LIVE IT UP!  I’m also planning on leaving any insecurities I might have at home.  I’ll be sporting a baby on my hip and a pink bikini on my body.  I might be skinnier than you.  I might be fatter than you.  I might look like a fool running after her kids on the sand.  I might forget to suck my gut in.  I might have cellulite that shows on my (very white) thighs.  I might just go running on the beach with double sports bras on and some short shorts.  Who knows!?!?

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No matter what, I’m going to have fun.  And as long as my body allows me to run and play and hop and be able to do all the things physically that I want it to do, I’ll be happy about that.  If you ask me, there’s nothing sexier than self confidence.  Why is this concept so hard for us women to grasp?!?  Ask any man and he’ll tell you – confidence goes a long way!  It just looks good on us.

I like myself.  And I like this body.  The one I have right this very second.  And that’s ok to say out loud.

I’m totally beach body ready. 

Are YOU?

splendid…lindsay

my 10-day advocare cleanse

July 8, 2014 in Advocare, Blog, Body, Diet, Food, Goals, Postpartum by lindsaymwright

I’m not sure if the title gave it away, but I’ve been up to something behind the scenes over here.  I’m sneaky that way.

I just finished a 10-day cleanse using the Advocare products.

I didn’t announce it on the blog or social media (or really to anyone but Katy – who did it with me, and Travis) because I honestly wasn’t sure what I thought about the cleanse.  As you know, I’m not a huge advocate of food challenges/cleanses/diets/etc.  They all seem so …short sighted?  Obsessive?  I don’t know.  With my history of ED and food restriction, I have to be really careful when it comes to these types of things.  When Janetha blogged about her Advocare experience last year and how much she loved it, I kept asking and asking questions.  She finally said, “Just do it.  Try it and see how you feel.”

So I did.

Now that my 10 days are up (I only did the 10-day cleanse – there is a 24-day challenge that many partake in), I’m ready to talk about my experience.  If you’re squished for time (this is a long one), I’ll give you the one sentence synopsis.  I LOVED IT and I’ll do it again! 

The 10-day Advocare Cleanse

The WHY?

The primary reason I signed up for the cleanse was to get my digestion back on track.  As I’ve shared before, I struggle with constipation issues and have for most of my adulthood (read more here).  I’ve tried so many things – giving up dairy, using enemas, acupuncture, colonics, etc – and while those things work short-term, I still struggle with “going” daily (it’s more like every 3-5 days!!).  Pregnancy and this current postpartum period have also thrown my digestion for a loop.  Some days are ok, some not.  Going into this cleanse, I just wanted to find a happy balance.

I knew I wanted to try the cleanse for that reason alone.  Having less bloat or better skin would be nice side bonuses, but they weren’t the primary goal.  In fact, as you’ll read below, I didn’t adhere to the prescribed diet during the 10 days.  I also didn’t weigh or take any measurements.  Like I said, I know myself enough to know that I should steer clear of diet plans.  Plus, I wanted to see what the products would do on their own.  If I’m going to be paying for products, I want to know that they’ll at least do some of the work, ya know!?  You’ll see that I did make some changes – but again, those were related to digestion and NOT cutting out food groups for calorie restriction.

The HOW?

As you know, I’m a nursing mom.  Advocare has a special “Nursing Mother” bundle that includes products that are safe to consume while nursing.  After reading some of the literature (and googling for other mom’s experiences, which were all positive), I honestly still wasn’t sure that I wanted to be taking any sort of products.  What if they made Porter gassy?  What if my milk supply decreased?  What if he grew horns?? Joking, but you get the concern here.  I said that if I noticed any sort of adverse effects on my son, I’d quit immediately.  All Advocare products are Informed Choice-approved and undergo the highest safety and quality checks – I found comfort in that but still wanted to use my own judgment.

I’m happy to say that I didn’t notice ANY changes in Porter whatsoever – in his stools, in his gas, in his behavior.  My milk supply didn’t decrease.  I did make one change to the cleanse by decreasing the amount of Spark they suggest from two per day to one per day because this product contains caffeine (the amount in one cup of coffee) and I was more comfortable with that amount.  My sister Katy, who is nursing, also saw no change in her daughter or her own milk supply.  I say all this because I know a lot of nursing moms out there who WANT to do the cleanse but who might be concerned and I wanted to give my experience with these products.   As always, you should use your best judgment and talk to your doctor.

After researching and deciding that I wanted to do the cleanse, I signed up to become a distributor (<-full disclosure here – that’s an affiliate link). This means you pay a yearly membership fee and get 20% off the products. You can also sell products, but that wasn’t (isn’t) the draw.  Just from Katy and my mom ordering things, I’ve already made back my $79 membership fee!

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The “Nursing Mother” bundle consists of six products:

  1. Spark (an energy drink)
  2. Catalyst (an amino acid supplement)
  3. Fiber drink
  4. Probiotic Restore Ultra
  5. OmegaPlex
  6. Calcium Plus

Since I already take fish oil and a multivitamin, I didn’t order the last two products.  My kit arrived a couple of days after I ordered and Katy and I started on a Monday.

Here’s how it works (the “Nursing Mother” cleanse):

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The cleanse comes with a prescribed meal plan. You eat real, whole foods and you eat OFTEN. The products are meant to work in conjunction with a whole foods approach – there is no calorie restriction or starvation. You’re told to drink at least a gallon of water a day (easy) and to avoid dairy, sugar, processed foods and coffee.

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Here’s what I Did:

I tried to track everything using checkmarks (obviously..I love organization).

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Some observations:

  • As you can see, some days I forgot to take all of the prescribed products (woops) but for the most part, I stuck to the suggested supplement intake.
  • I felt like the “no carbs after lunch”-thing was a bad choice for me so I added in a bedtime snack every day (usually cereal with unsweetened almond milk).
  • I ate whenever I felt hungry and while I didn’t cut out all processed foods (teddy grahams, cereal, M & M’s, etc.), my desire for them went down drastically.
  • I DID cut out dairy because I know from past experience that this helps with my poo problem.
  • The Peaches & Cream Fiber Drink tastes amazing!  I like the Grape Spark better than the Watermelon.

I guess you could say that I only half did this cleanse – I just tailored it to my own needs and went for it.  Katy actually adhered to the prescribed diet and had great results.  We took before and after pictures/measurements and she looks AMAZING!  I’m hoping she’ll let me share her story on the blog.

The Outcome

After 10 days, I feel GREAT.  My sugar cravings have decreased significantly (they were kinda out of control).  I have way more energy (I was relying on coffee far too often and I don’t think it was doing much for me).  As for my poo problem – completely gone!  I haven’t had a day that I didn’t “go” during AND after the cleanse (we ended last Wednesday).  For me, this is the BIGGEST benefit by far!

Because I know people are interested, I do notice a difference in the way some of my workout pants fit, especially around the waist.  I feel less bloated, less puffy.  I didn’t do the cleanse for weight loss purposes (nursing Porter is working well in that regard!) but to be able to easily fit into some of my old Lululemon pants is a nice bonus.

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Slowly getting some of those abs to peek back through.

All in all, I’d highly recommend the Nursing Mom cleanse and I already have plans to do another in early Fall.  My mom just ordered the 24-day Challenge to prep for our upcoming beach trip!  If you want to learn more, go here.  If you have any questions or need help creating your own Advocare bundle, just email me and I’d be happy to answer.

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QUESTION:  Have you ever tried any of the Advocare products?  Ever had problems with digestion/constipation?

splendid…lindsay

two months postpartum {porter & i}

June 19, 2014 in Baby, Blog, Body, Goals, Postpartum, Pregnancy, Update by lindsaymwright

Two months in!  I think we’ll keep him.

Life is going well for this family of five!  I was a little worried about jealousy issues (especially from Clara) when Porter came along but I’m SO happy to say that I haven’t seen even a hint!  They love him.  They dote on him.  They ask where he is first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  I just love it. 

Two Months Postpartum – Me

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My Body

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  • I weigh 150 pounds.  If you’ve read for a while, you know that I don’t weigh myself.  Welp…out of curiosity yesterday, I stepped on Travis’ bathroom scale.  I’d love to tell you that I’m 100% happy with where I’m at physically…but I’m not (it’s more like 80% happy).  I know some of you will roll your eyes about that comment (Colleen wrote a great post about this very topic) but I’m just being open and honest.
  • All that being said, I’m not making any drastic changes to lose weight (nor do I plan to).  I’m still eating whatever I want.  I’m working out daily and I feel FIT and STRONG.  I’m getting as much sleep as I can.  Basically, it would be nice to tighten things up but I’m not really doing anything extreme to get there.  My body will take care of itself.  If I really set my mind to it, I’m sure I could get that 6-pack back…but I’m not willing to put in any stressful work.  Does that make me lazy?  Content?  Whatever.
  • Nursing still makes me pretty hungry.  I’m eating and snacking all day long.  Mostly healthy…sometimes not.
  • I’m starting to get caught up on sleep (see Porter’s SLEEP section below!) and it makes a HUGE difference in my attitude.  I’m still getting broken sleep but I’m able to function normally during the day and don’t feel like I need to nap as much as I did the first month postpartum.
  • My hair is starting to fall out.  I remember this happening with Henry and Clara.  I need to start using the hair trap thingy that we have in the shower.

My Fitness/Workouts

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  • I’m getting back to running!  This week, I made it a goal to get out the door for a short 15-minute run EVERY DAY before Travis heads to work.  So far, so good.  Gets the blood flowing and serves as prayer time for me.
  • Katy and I are still lifting weights 3 times a week.  We’ve added “finishers” to each workout and they’re definitely helping my cardiovascular capacity!  (would you like to see a few of these finishers?)
  • I thoroughly enjoyed working out with the other girls at Blend.  There’s nothing quite like group fitness, is there?!  Almost makes me want to get back to the gym…almost.

My Mind

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  • I’m happy.  Content.  And a lot of stress has been taken off of my day-to-day now that Blend is over.
  • Postpartum hormones are still present (and will be for a few more months).  Some days I cry for no apparent reason but I quickly see this as hormonal and not anything wrong with life or the present situation.
  • I’m thinking about taking the month of July off from a lot of things.  I need a summer break – a time to be present with my kids and “put my feet up.”  We’ll see….stay tuned.

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Moving on to the babe…

Two Months Old – Porter

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1 Month/2 Months

Just like the last update, I’ll divide Porter’s update into three sections: EAT, AWAKE and SLEEP.  We use (and have used for all three kids) the Baby Wise method and it works well for us.  If you thrive off of schedules like me, you should look into this book (I also recommend, “Secrets of the Baby Whisperer.”  Both books follow the eat, awake, sleep cycles that work well in my opinion!)

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  • Porter loves to nurse…simple as that.  As my MIL said, he is a little piggy.  He literally grunts ALL DAY LONG but especially when he nurses.  It’s like his most favorite thing to do.  Makes me smile.  I LOVE our nursing time too.
  • He nurses every 2 1/2 to 3 hours during the day.  He cluster feeds at night from about 5pm until 9pm.
  • Nurses on both sides and takes about 15 minutes total to become satiated.
  • Spits up like a champ – after every feeding, you HAVE to sit him upright and just wait for the inevitable spit up.  He’s also starting to drool.

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  • Such a happy baby!  Easy going and laid back…very similar to Clara.
  • He’s SMILING!!  Started about 2 weeks ago.  You really have to work for it (think high animation) but he’ll smile and when he does, you can see his dimples.  Gah – what a cutie!
  • Likes:  Nursing, smiling, his brother and sister, being swaddled
  • Dislikes:  Being hungry, getting OUT of the bath

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  • In every 3 hour cycle during the day, Porter takes a 1 1/2 –2 hour nap.
  • He has cut out one of his nighttime feedings (YAY!!!) – he goes down around 8pm, dream feeds at 10pm, gets up to nurse around 4:30 or 5am and then up for the day at 7:30 or 8am.
  • We swaddle.  He loves it. (here’s the one I use)
  • He’s still sleeping in his bassinet and takes most naps in his crib (in Henry’s room).  He’ll fall asleep anywhere though.

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For more postpartum updates:

One Month

splendid…lindsay