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I Heart My…

So, I’m falling in love.

And, it’s not with my husband or my new baby.

It’s with my FitBit.

Love it.

Do you have one?

I have the FitBit Zip

I wear it on my bra every day.  It syncs to my iPhone 5, my iPad and my computer.  It tracks steps, miles and calories burned.  My favorite part is the week overview which gives you your week broken out into Sedentary, Lightly Active, Fairly Active and Very Active.  I’ve been slowly bumping my step goal up to 10,000.

Some days I hit the goal and some days I’m short, but wearing the FitBit has really helped me stay motivated and active!

Plus, it appeals to my competitive side, and let’s me track my steps against friend’s weekly steps!  This really motivates me to fit in extra steps where I can!

I’m hoping that I can use the FitBit to get back into the swing of exercising, while getting back to work and balancing Mommy-duties.

Do you wear a pedometer?  What’s your step goal?  How do you fit in a few extra steps?

P.S. The FitBit One is already on my Christmas List… if I don’t buy it for myself before that!

Mommy and Maddie Update: 3 Months

Wow.  3 months.

I can’t freaking believe it.

Sometimes, in the middle of the night, with a baby screaming her head off, 3 months seemed so very far away.

Now, looking back, it’s flown.

I’ve been back to work for a few days now and it’s crazy how some things are exactly the same, yet some things are so different from 3 months ago!


This is a tough one.  I’ve always been a pretty level-headed, reasonable, responsible person, yet these last few months have taken me on an emotional, hormonal roller coaster that seems to never end.  And, just when I say to myself “OK, I’m starting to feel like my old self again”, something changes and we start all over.

I’m more emotional about going back to work then I expected.  I’m terrified that I’m going to miss her milestones and have to learn about her development through daycare reports. I feel frustrated with my post-baby body and the slow trek back to ‘normal’.

So, I guess the report is SNAFU.

Looking back, I think I’m feeling A LOT better then those early days.  Traveling with her definitely built my confidence and that helped substantially to make me feel more ‘in control’ about motherhood.  But, we are at a time of rapid growth and change, so I’m working on adjusting as quickly as she is changing!


Argh. Body.

Here’s the thing.

My abs are rock hard.

And, not in a 6 pack sort of way.

More in a “my uterus is a swollen bitch” sort of way.

I think the best description is that my body is stalled at about the 3-4 months pregnant point.  Everything that fit me into the early weeks of my second trimester, fits me now.  Anything that fit perfectly pre-pregnancy is not appropriate for public consumption.  Spanx are a staple for my work clothes.  Body parts that felt flabby and lumpy pre-pregnancy, feel flabbier and lumpier now.

So, we’ve got a ways to go.

But, let’s be honest.  I had a ways to go before I got pregnant!

My goal for the month is just to survive.  I’m returning to work and starting a new routine entirely.  I’ll do my best to fit in exercise whenever I can, and I’ll make healthy choices whenever I can… but, I’m probably going to need a glass of wine or two to help me through.

I’m ~2lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight (this varies by day!), so it’s more a toning/redistribution/uterus issue.

Here are some photos for comparison sake:






This is a really tough part of the whole ‘healthy’ puzzle.

I will admit that this has been the last thing on my mind lately.  And, I’ve got the highs/lows to prove it.

I think getting into a regular routine with work/daycare will help greatly.  It’s been more a ‘grab and go’ lately for meals, which makes it hard to count and manage carbs/insulin appropriately.

I also have to admit, that after the INTENSE management of the pregnancy, that I’ve swung in the exact opposite direction.  As much for mental health then anything.  It was very difficult to maintain the control that I had to maintain over 9 months (and the year before to get ‘permission’!) and I’ve gone a little wild, crazy and carefree.

Time to rein it in.  And, I will.  I’m getting to the point of frustrated with myself, so that’s usually the point where I get control and get things back in order.



Moving on to a much more exciting topic!

Maddie is doing fabulously.  She had a 3 month check-up and here were her stats:

Weight: 11lbs 6oz  (Birth: 7lbs. 15oz)

Height: 23.75″ (Birth: 19.75″)

Head: 39.4cm  (Birth: 34.5cm)

She’s cooing, giggling, smiling.  She’s not afraid to let us know when we don’t do things up to her standards.

She’s eating 5-6oz per feeding and sleeping from 7:30pm-5am (with a brief feeding at 10:30ish!  Dream feeding, if you will).

She’s wearing 3-6 month clothing and 60cm in Hanna Andersson.

And, she’s just plain amazing, fun and keeps on our toes every. single. day.


That’s all I’ve got for now!

We’ll see what the next month brings!

Now What?

To be honest, my days are kinda filled with ‘now what?’ moments…

When Maddie screams her head off and has a full belly and a clean diaper…

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Now what?

When the dogs destroy three knitting projects and all of the yarn I had purchased for upcoming projects…



Now what?

When your pregnancy is over, you’re not really ready to think about weight loss programs and you have no time to needlepoint… oh yeah, and you have no idea what to blog about…

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Now what?

More then 100,000 of you have read Mer’s World since I started this little hobby, and so I ask you- now what?

What do you want to read about?  What do you really enjoy?

Do you like every day posts, once a week?

Talking about post-baby life?  Needlepoint?  Cooking? Shopping?

What has kept you coming back for more?

Give me some inspiration, friends!

Workout Music!

So, I’ve been trying to get onto the treadmill, or walking around the neighborhood at least once a day, but honestly, I need music.

It’s part stress relief and helping me tune out the day, part motivation to move a little faster, and part fighting boredom!

I need that right mix of songs I know and that keep me moving, and songs that I’m not so familiar with but have a great beat!

I did a quick google this week to try and find some new music and here are some of the sites that I found:

Shape’s Playlist Page

Music to Keep You Motivated from Women’s Health Magazine

Remixes For Your Workout from Marie Claire

Top 100 Workout Songs from FitSugar

Here are some that I’ve recently downloaded:


Healthy Eating And Saving Money

It’s not called ‘Whole Paycheck’ for funsies…

Eating healthy and making good, more natural choices can be expensive!

I started searching around to try and find some tips for saving money, and figured I’d share some of my finds!

Here are a handful of Articles that I found to be the most interesting and/or helpful:

11 Ways to Save Money on Healthy Food (from Tina @ Carrots n’ Cake)

10 Ways to Save Money on Food Shopping

How You Can Save Money on Food and Still Eat Healthy 

Here are a few things that we try and do each week:

1) Eat what’s in season or on special!  We’re not too picky about veggies, so we often end up picking what is good at any particular time, or what’s on special.

2) Coupons!  We make a point of trying to clip coupons for products that we use or want to try.  Then, using the weekly ads, try and figure out how to get the best prices.

3) I like to try new products- particularly things designed for healthy living or more natural products, BUT, I try and go for the smallest size possible, use a coupon or find a sample before committing to the purchase!  That way I know that I’m spending money (even on an expensive product!), that I know I like and will use!

What are your tips or tricks for eating healthy and not breaking the budget?



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