nine months old.

by Janetha on May 22, 2015

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dear fox,

nine months old! so, that means you have been on the outside longer than you were in my belly. crazy. raising a tiny human sure goes by a lot faster than growing a tiny human, that’s for sure.

this month has been a whirlwind! it really seems like just last week that we were taking your eight month photos.. which means you will be 16 and asking for the car keys, like, tomorrow. eep.

i have actually thought a lot about how quickly you are growing. it’s all i can think about when i am rocking you to sleep at night. i hold you tight and i stare at you and i realize that one day you will be old and big and i will tell you all about the nights i would rock you to sleep. and how you would clasp my finger so tightly with your chubby little hand. and, because of this, i will cherish each minute of those nights i still get to hold you and rock you. they are my very favorite.

i always take my sweet time putting you in your crib. i know you won’t sleep in my arms forever, so when you do doze off in them.. i just keep rocking. and rocking. and holding you tight. you’ll be bigger than me before i know it.

so, let’s talk about what you have been up to this past month!

you learned to wave and it’s basically the cutest habit you have. you wave at everyone, even if they aren’t giving you the time of day. when we go to a restaurant, you wave at the table near by and you give them your sweet, gummy grin. you sure are a big flirt!

you have been working so hard at standing up all by yourself. you would much rather stand than sit or lay. in fact, this post is a day late because you simply would NOT cooperate for the laying down photos. you still weren’t too stoked on them today.. you just wanted to stand up and wiggle around. you use your activity table to stand for a real long time. it keeps you entertained and you love to play with it. there was a split second where you stood by yourself, but quickly fell to your bum and got real sad about it. 

while you aren’t crawling yet, you are getting more mobile overall, and it makes me a little nervous. just yesterday you rolled from your back to your belly a few times, for the first time that i’ve known of. you usually hate your belly, which is why you’d never do it.. but i think you have figured out that once you are on your belly, you can move around better. you love to scoot around on your belly and if you are on your bum, you roll to your belly so you can scoot. or you will try to get on your knees and then wonder what exactly to do from there. a couple weeks ago i had you in your playpen and you pulled up from your bum to your knees. i quickly lowered the mattress of the playpen so you couldn’t hop right over the edge and out of it!

you. grab. EVERYTHING! seriously, your arms are always flailing, trying to grab whatever is within your reach. we have to keep a close eye on you so you don’t grab anything that could hurt you.. and so you don’t grab randy dog’s lips.. he does not like that. you love to grab your dad’s hoodie strings and those will usually keep you entertained for awhile.

you are making a lot more noise lately. you love to shriek and giggle. it’s not exactly music to our ears, but at least you are happy and squealing instead of sad and crying. you love to say “mamamamamama”, but you don’t know that i am your mama. it’s just a sound you love to make. you also say “babababa” and “rararara” and i have been trying to get you to say “papapapa”. you have this cute little whisper that you make when you are thinking real hard about something. it’s adorable.

you are growing like a weed! your hair is getting so much longer on top. it’s still stick-straight like mine when it is dry, but when it is wet, it gets a little curl in it like your dad’s. i wonder what it will be like when you get a little older?

you are quickly growing out of all your clothes! i swear, just in the past week, you’ve had a major growth spurt. we’ve had to go out and buy you 12 month pajamas and you fill them out a little too well! your pants have become capris and your belly spills over your diaper. it’s just the best. oh.. and your CHEEKS! they are the cutest chipmunk cheeks around! we have even just started calling you “cheeks” because they are the first things you see when we look at you. they are always so rosy. ahh, i love them.

i can’t wait to see what your stats are at your nine month appointment. it’s not until june 1, so we will have to wait a bit. but i know you are a lot taller and heavier since your last appointment. it will be fun to see.

you love, love, love to eat. it’s your favorite thing. there is nothing you won’t eat. and nobody can eat around you without sharing, or you get super mad. some new things you have tried lately are angel food cake, puffs, cheerios, chex, quesadillas, and spaghetti with meat sauce. but your favorite is still avocado. you would eat a whole one in one sitting if we let you.

i celebrated my first mother’s day as your mom, and it was awesome. you got me some sunglasses (with your dad’s help) and a dr. seuss card. you actually had your best night ever that weekend. you slept from 7:30pm to 7am, only waking up one time to eat at 4am. thanks, bud!

you are sleeping better overall, only waking up once or twice in the night these days. however, we have tried transitioning you out of your heavy merlin’s sleep suit these past few days and we have been putting you in a zipadeezip. i think you are missing the weight of the other sleep suit, and it’s making you wake up more often, but you are getting used to the new one. you will probably laugh at us when you are older.. all these silly things we get you to wear to try to get you to sleep!

you took your very first vacation! it was also your first road trip. we went to boulder, colorado for my blogging retreat. you did so well in the car! it was eight hours each way and you only fussed for a little bit of each trip. you had so much fun in colorado. being outdoors is your favorite and we were able to take you on a lot of walks. you love to look at birds and you REALLY like to watch airplanes and helicopters flying over your head.

you are growing up so fast, fox. you are really looking more and more like a little boy than a baby. it makes me want to freeze time, but i also love watching you learn and grow. you make me laugh and smile every single day. you are the light of my life. i am so glad i get to be your mom.. it’s the best gig out there!

i am excited to see what this next month brings. until then.. thanks for being so sweet. i love you.

love, your momma

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proteinUP with flatout.

by Janetha on May 21, 2015

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i think i have mentioned it before, but it’s worth repeating. ever since my pregnancy.. healthy eating has become SUPER, SUPER hard for me to pull off. i am one of those people that got pregnant and threw 87% of my healthy habits out the window.. and now that i am trying to get back to where i once was, it’s proving to be.. well.. a huge pain in the butt.

i have become accustomed to the ease and convenience of eating out. i love the drive through these days, because who wants to haul a baby inside ANYWHERE when drive thru is an option? plus, most drive thrus have dr. pepper on tap…

i have taken a strong liking to ordering a pizza and having it delivered to my house. and making sure there is enough pizza to feed us dinner AND breakfast and lunch the next day. i mean, does it get any easier (or lazier) than that? no.

and then when i give it the old college try and attempt to eat healthfully again.. my taste buds are like HOLD UP.. what are you doing, janetha?! because, somehow, along the way.. i have trained my palate to not really enjoy those old “healthy foods” i used to love so much. protein shakes and bars, steamed vegetables, and anything without butter is basically hard to swallow these days.

anyway, baby steps.. i am trying to eat better one meal at a time. i used to really enjoy flatout flatbread—i ate it all the time back in the day! so when i was chosen to participate in a campaign for their new proteinUP flatbreads, i saw it as a golden opportunity to get my meals in check.

flatout just launched proteinUP flatbreads. they come in three great varieties: sea salt & crushed black pepper, red pepper hummus, and core 12 (which tastes like their original wrap aka no fancy flavor.) the proteinUP flatbread was designed to help access the power of protein without excess carbs. these high protein, low (net) carb wraps contain 12-15 grams of protein per serving and only 8-10 grams of net carbs.

the protein in the flatouts comes from beans, rather than protein isolates. this means they taste great. the core 12 and red pepper hummus flatouts are made with chickpeas, and the sea salt & crushed black pepper is made with navy beans. each flatout also contains 8-10 grabs of fiber. the protein content paired with the fiber makes these awesome for keeping you full for quite awhile!

something can be good for you all day long, but if it doesn’t taste good, i am NOT eating it. that is one thing i have changed about myself over the years. six or seven years ago, you could probably find me eating something just because it was good for me and not because i wanted to or because i loved it. not anymore! i feel like sacrificing flavor is silly. plus, it IS possible to eat well and enjoy it.

here are three DELICIOUS ways i used the new proteinUP flatouts. one for each flavor!

california breakfast wrap.

i have decided that if you add avocado to something, you can automatically dub it “california”. (and, based on the amount of avocado fox eats, i should probably start calling him a california baby.)

  • 1 sea salt & crushed black pepper proteinUP flatout
  • 2 eggs, cooked to order
  • 1 slice of black forest ham
  • a few slices of avocado
  • a sprinkle of colby jack cheese

cook your eggs how you like them (i did over-medium) and then assemble all ingredients on the flatout, then roll it up and devour!

this wrap contains 360 calories, 32g protein, 21g carbs (11 net carbs), and 18g fat. i eat a lot of fat because i am breastfeeding and because fat is delicious. if you are looking to lower the fat content, you could scale back to one egg or do egg whites!

pepperoni pizza.

i am not exaggerating when i say we order pizza 1-2 times a week. it always has pepperoni. it sometimes has mushrooms or olives or both. this one just has pepperoni, but feel free to throw whatever you want on there!

  • 1 core 12 proteinUP flatout
  • a thin layer of pizza sauce or marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 10-12 slices turkey pepperoni
  • other toppings of choice

spread your sauce on the flatout, sprinkle on the cheese, layer the pepperoni (and other toppings if you are using them) and then broil in the oven (or bake at 500 degrees) until the cheese is bubbling. cut into slices and enjoy!

one thing that sucks about pizza (that is an oxymoron, as nothing should ever suck about pizza…) is that it’s seriously lacking in protein. this recipe is a great way to get your protein in AND satisfy that pizza craving.

this recipe contains 260 calories, 25g protein, 18g carbs (8 net carbs), and 10g fat. not too shabby!

mediterranean wrap.

right when i saw that there was a red pepper hummus wrap, i wanted to do this combo! i love all these flavors and so throwing it together was a no brainer.

  • 1 red pepper hummus proteinUP flatout
  • 2 TB tomato basil hummus
  • 2 oz grilled/rotisserie chicken (i buy it already cooked!)
  • 1 oz crumbled goat cheese OR feta cheese
  • 2 TB olive tapenade

nothing fancy in the directions for this one. layer it on and roll it up!

this wrap contains 365 calories, 34g protein, 22g carbs (12 net carbs), and 12g fat. and a whole lot of flavor!!

as you can see, these new proteinUP flatouts are super versatile. currently, you can pick them up at publix or walmart. they will be in more stores, soon.

take advantage of a buy one, get one free offer by clicking HERE to get a BOGO coupon!

you can find more awesome recipe ideas in this post or search the hashtag #getdownwithproteinup on instagram and twitter. there are so many cool concoctions!


1. how would you use a flatout proteinUP?

2. do you ever try to make a “healthier” version of certain meals?

xo. janetha g.

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Flatout.

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eight months old.

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