Day two…my 21 day challenge

So today is my rest day. I usually have clients but as its half term I had the day off so I’ve been chasing after Lacie all day and spending quality time with her.

After a high protein breakfast (I usually grab a protein bar or some eggs) I took her swimming at Virgin Active and then had coffee (sparking water) in their gorgeous community cafe with my swimming buddies and babies. They slept, we chatted. Perfect!

It was then home around midday and I had homemade tomato soup with chicken pieces on the side followed by a handful of almonds…I always buy pre-cooked sandwich chicken from Waitrose, as its easy to pick at, while I prepare Lacie’s food.

We then went to soft play with my nephews for a few hours then I munched an apple in the car to my hair appointment.

I then rushed back to bathe the babe and have salmon with veggies for dinner before seeing a regular client. She had a fab session. We did three exercises back to back followed by three minutes of cardio. We did three rounds of this then finished with abs and boxing. She was totally exhausted – in a good way of course!

I was hungry when I’m came back from PT so had a frozen banana with almond butter and some lemon in warm water to take the edge off.

Again I stuck to around 1400 calories today, had lots of water, stayed active and I’m hoping to get an early night. Before I hit that hay though I must watch The Apprentice! You’ve got to love a bit of Lord Sugar after a crazy day!

Roll on day three. So far, so good!

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21 day fitness and diet challenge

Ok, I’m now on a MISSION to get down to 58kg. Lacie is 9 months now, and I have my sisters wedding in about 4 weeks. I have a gorgeous dress to wear and I want to feel simply amazing!

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I’ve been hovering around 61kg for the last few months…it’s so annoying, so I’ve written myself a 21 day eating plan that I’m going to stick to and see if I can sort this out once & for all.

I started yesterday and day one went really well.

I did a met-con session in the morning based around 400m sprints & high rep (50 to be exact!) squats, press ups, deadbugs and back pulls and ate well too.

I had a high protein breakfast with a handful of almonds, some soup and chicken pieces for lunch, a Slender Blend protein shake and 1/2 banana with coconut milk  and then salmon and veggies for dinner. My whole day totalled around 1400 calories – not that I’m a big calorie counter but it’s good to check in every now and then as it’s easy to not realise how much you are eating!

Keep checking in to see how I’m getting on. I will be posting every day for 21 days….

Aptaclub Quiz – win a Nutribullet kit and a Babybullet kit worth £200!

I’m a huge fan and advocate of nutrition for health and wellness, especially when it comes to fertility, the recovery after your birth and feeding your baby. I’m a great example that you can positively influence your health through your diet before and during pregnancy. I’ve also discovered through feeding Lacie the right things from the word go, that what you feed your baby can make a huge difference to their mood, energy and development – which is why I LOVE the new Aptaclub website.

The infant nutrition company has designed this helpful website to give you all the nutrition advice and expertise you need to help you make the right decisions to support your pregnancy and baby’s development at every stage. Whether you’re trying to feed your growing fetus the best foods possible, you’re breastfeeding, bottle-feeding or weaning, there is an extensive range of features to help you along the way as well as videos and experts on hand 24-hours a day to answer all your nutrition questions.

So my question to you is how much do you really know about nutrition in pregnancy? For example did you know that you don’t need any additional calories when pregnant until you reach 27 weeks? Me either! Eating for two – I don’t think so!

Here’s the quiz – it will literally take a few minutes of your time, and once you’re done you will automatically be entered into a draw to win a Nutribullet and a Babybullet kit, so both you and your baby can eat healthy food without the fuss!

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The Nutribullet is perfect for making smoothies and soups, as it completely breaks down your food and mixes it together without losing any nutrients.

The Babybullet kit  includes 1x Power Base, 1x Cross Blade, 1x Flat Blade, 1x Batch Bowl, 2x Short Cups, 2x Stay-fresh Re-sealable Lids, 1x Spatula, 2x Batch Trays, 2x Batch Tray Lids, 6x Date Dial Storage Cups, 1x Storage Tray, 1x User Manual & Cook Book, 1x Pocket Nutritionist

The Babybullet kit includes 1x Power Base, 1x Cross Blade, 1x Flat Blade, 1x Batch Bowl, 2x Short Cups, 2x Stay-fresh Re-sealable Lids, 1x Spatula, 2x Batch Trays, 2x Batch Tray Lids, 6x Date Dial Storage Cups, 1x Storage Tray, 1x User Manual & Cook Book, 1x Pocket Nutritionist

Enjoy the quiz and I hope you learn something new. I certainly did!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pregnancynutritionfitnessandthebump

KX Pregnancy Programme

You’ve probably heard me talk about Gideon & KX Life a few times now. KX is the most amazing gym in Chelsea with great staff, a great atmosphere – and a great spa!
Gideon, my PT there has always been on hand to give me top-notch advice, whether it’s about pregnancy, working out post-baby and even the best formula to try when bottle feeding Lacie. He’s a walking health & fitness manual and someone I’ve trusted with my training pre and post baby.
As soon as I had Lacie and got the go ahead from the doctors to exercise again, I saw Gids straight away and have been seeing him on a monthly basis ever since. He’s given me a fantastic workout plan to follow three to four times a week, and although it’s nothing like what I was doing pre-pregnancy (we’re working up to that!) I love doing it every week and can really notice the difference with my posture, muscle-tone and weak areas like my glutes and shoulders. He’s one of the only trainers that truly listens to me and truly knows my body and A-type personality – and knows how to keep me occupied training wise. I certainly don’t want to overdo things again and get stuck in the ‘Over-Training, Let’s Abuse My Body Rut’!
Since training with Gids throughout my entire pregnancy, KX have launched a Pregnancy Support Programme, which not only looks after your nutrition and training but also physiotherapy and osteopathy; things tend to move a lot in during pregnancy due to a surge of relaxin and the extra weight your body has to handle.

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The programme took over a year to get together, as, as usual they wanted to collaborate with the best experts in the industry and provide the best information and service possible. Not only are they working with nutritionist and author of ‘The Health Delusion: How to Achieve Exceptional Health in the 21st Century,’ Glen Matten but, also Simon Rice and Boniface Verney-Carron, who can provide private spa-based physical therapy sessions.

So what type of exercises does Gideon have me doing?
A Turkish Get Up is the move that starts my programme off. This helps switch on my nervous system, switch on every single muscle in my body and helps me warm up and ease myself into my session. I’ve gone from using a 8kg Kettlebell to a 12kg and we’ve since progressed it so I do an internal and external rotation and a press in each position. It’s so challenging and I really have to connect my body to my brain during every position but I love it and once I’ve done this move a few times, I feel soooo ready to start my session!

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I’m also doing side lunges with a gliding disc to work my entire lower body, including those pesky inner thighs, back pulls with a resistance band to help pull my shoulders back (I feel so hunched over since having Lacie), lunges with a Kettlebell press for shoulder stability and a toned bottom and thighs side planks, one-legged Kettlebell deadlifts and renegade rows. Each session takes about 45 minutes, which is perfect for squeezing in the morning before Lacie wakes me up and generally keeps me busy for the rest of the day!

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I would urge anyone in the Chelsea area (or beyond) to contact KX if they are pregnant and scared to train or really want to be well looked after. Not only will you be trained in a fantastic environment but you can also indulge in the spa afterwards and have anything from a pregnancy massage to a Hydra facial. Their changing rooms are awesome too….there’s big fluffy white towels, dressing gowns, hair brushes, toothbrushes, candles and gorgeous toiletries. It makes going to the gym a real pleasure even if I do miss my little cherub….

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My day……..

I haven’t given you an insight into my day for a while now so thought I would share my day today. It’s been a fun one, full of smiles, training, good food and of course quality time with my little angel!

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To start my day off I had scrambled eggs with broccoli and a sprinkle of goats cheese.
I’ve really taken charge of my eating lately as I’ll be weaning Lacie in a few weeks time and won’t have the whole breast feeding excuse to eat what I like anymore. I thought if I rein it in now then it won’t be so much of a shock to the system. I don’t like change…and I’ll be honest the whole weaning process is scaring me slightly!

I then ventured to my local Virgin Active – my second home!
Today I played around with this interesting looking ball – also known as a Weightedi Ball, a functional piece of kit that’s a but like a medicine ball but squishy! You can kneel on it to do core moves like bird dogs or put your feet on it and use as a platform for things like glute bridges and lunges. I used it for a which warm up to help me engage my core and switch on my glutes and  away I went.

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I love my local Virgin Active – I only go once a week (twice as I take Lacie swimming on Tuesdays) as all the other times I use the great outdoors and my home gym in my garden whilst Lacie is sleeping or in the pram,  so when I do go, I really go to town. After my warm up I did a metabolic circuit compromising of a push exercise, followed by a pull exercise, a lower body exercise, plyometric jumping move and then finished off with a isometric exercise to really burn my muscles out. I repeated this circuit three times and Jeez I’m aching already! Yay! Feel the burn! They have a great selection of kit in the gym, so I found myself a spot and kitted myself out with a barbell, plyometric platform and a TRX. The hour flew by!

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When I go home, I fed Lacie and then made myself a chicken salad followed by some sparkling water with lemon, which helps to take the edge of my after meal cravings..

In the afternoon as Lacie cat napped I then caught up on a few emails and features before taking her to a school that I teach gymnastics at to meet all the children. Needless to say, they loved her and she enjoyed the attention. I then came home and had a few of my favourite RawLicious Raw Artisian Bread Crackers spread with Organic Butter to take the edge of my hunger whilst Lacie played in her favourite Fisher Price Sit Me Up Floor Seat and attempted to eat a carrot. I’m trying to give her things to experiment with at the moment so when it comes to weaning putting food in her mouth isn’t totally alien. She definitely seemed to like it!
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For dinner I had a salmon fillet (lots of good fats!) with broccoli, carrots, sweetcorn and green beans. I love filling up on vegetables at dinner time. I then had a few RawLicious Date & Cashew Snackaroons, which by the way are sooooooo delicious and free from wheat, gluten, sugar, refined salt or anything artificial. You must give them a try they are made from coconuts, dates, nuts, raisins, ginger and vanilla powder. No nasties in sight!

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CO YO hits Tescos……

 

I’m a huge fan of CO YO yogurt. I had it throughout my pregnancy and ever since. It’s dairy-free, sugar-free, Gluten Free, Lactose Free, Soya Free and is made from 99% pure coconut – I can’t wait to give it Lacie once she starts eating food, there is so much you can do with it and it’s simply delicious!
So you can imagine my delight and everyone else’s when CO YO announced yesterday that it will be stocked in 416 stores around the UK. I only tend to buy it when I’m in London, which is not very often at the moment especially as I’m on maternity leave.

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After some digging around I managed to get the list of stores that CO YO will be stocked in. It will be available from 16th June and online at http://www.tesco.com too! How exciting!

Here is the list of stores… I really hope there is one near you!

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Nuna IVVI pushchair review

Last month, my review for the Nuna Pipa carseat was published on Made For Mums, a fast-growing online community where all parents and parents-to-be can share info, support, fun stuff and friends. I feel so privileged to part of a great site, and just love reviewing all these amazing products. 
Since then I have been lucky enough to review another Nuna product, this time a super duper pushchair also known as Nuna IVVI. It’s an exclusive to Kiddicare, another website that I regularly contribute too. Here’s my review…if you are a company and would like me review one of your products, then please email me at miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk

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Nuna IVVI
Nuna, a smart, Dutch inspired brand is run by a father of two who wanted to combine style with durability and functionality. All their products are made using incredibly high end and durable materials and most-importantly are created to grow with your child – there’s nothing worse than having to change your pushchair once they get too big.  

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Nuna, a smart, Dutch inspired brand is run by a father of two who wanted to combine style with durability and functionality. All their products are made using incredibly high end and durable materials and most-importantly are created to grow with your child – there’s nothing worse than having to change your pushchair once they get too big.  

The Nuna IVVI, is a luxury pushchair system and has been designed exclusively for Kiddicare. The best thing about it is that all components are sold separately, which is great if you are short on space and don’t want to have to store something that you may not need or use for the time-being. With its space-age looks, the Nuna IVVI is practical and simple to use.

That said, it will set you back £600 for just the stroller – and will cost an additional £200 for the carrycot, but is it worth that sort of cash?

I tested this with my 3-month-old daughter, Lacie.

Optional extras

  • Carrycot
  • Footmuff
  • Car seat

How was it out of the box?

I was really impressed with how simple it was to put together. You simply pop it out the box, click on the all-terrain wheels and you’re good to go. Changing from forward to rear facing couldn’t be easier, it just clips out and you turn it round and slot it back in, although with a new-born rear-facing was the order of the day. 

What about folding?

The Nuna IVVI’s folding mechanism, like all the other adjustments, feels crisp and precise and the pushchair can be folded with or without the seat attached. It folds simply by sliding two clips either side of the buggy towards you before neatly lowering down, making a neat parcel, which you can then wheel to and fro like a trolley. It stands safely on its own too, so no tough carrying or balancing when loading the car. 
To unfold the buggy, you just pull the handle towards you and flip it open. You can also remove the airless tyres at the click of a button.

Did you like the style?

The buggy comes in four colours, ‘Caviar’, ‘Safari’, ‘Ruby’ and ‘Graphite.’ All colours are lavish yet understated making each of them?perfect for both boys and girls.

How is it to push?

The Nuna IVVI’s is comfortable to push. It glides along swiftly, and is easy to steer even on uneven terrain – but tight turns were tougher due to the size. The lockable front swivel wheels handle the bumpiest of surfaces beautifully, whilst its suspension technology also helps to absorb the biggest of bumps, making it perfect for even the lightest of sleepers. The pushchair can be pushed easily with one hand too – and the adjustable push bar made it comfortable for my 6ft 2 husband. No excuses now!

What about the hood?

The hood is fab too, it folds right down to cover your little one, and has an extendable canopy with a flip out eyeshade, which is extremely easy to use when baby needs shading from the sun. There is also a ‘peek-a-boo’ window at the back, allowing you to check on your sleeping baby. This, like everything else, has been well considered and is held in place easily with discrete magnets.

How comfortable was it?

The chair is lengthy and I’ve no doubt it would be suitable for my baby for a long time. My 3-month-old went off to sleep quickly and looked so comfortable with the well-padded and luxurious liner. Her head was also well supported by the head hugger and although she looked small in such a big seat, I was satisfied that she was extremely snug and secure. The lap restraint bar seems to be pretty low, but like everything else it can be easily tilted, opened, or removed completely with a few clicks.

What did you think of the storage basket?

I loved the well-structured shopping basket at the base, too. It has two compartments, which are easily accessible and huge…perfect for holding shopping and her change bag yet secure enough for holding my handbag and purse.

How compact and portable was it?

I found it pretty awkward when shopping in small shops and getting in and out of doors. The back wheels are very wide and I got caught up on something or crashed into things very easily – my steering probably didn’t help!

At only 5ft 2, I also felt the pushchair was very dominating and got lots of “Gosh that’s big” comments. It was also difficult putting it into the boot of my small corsa. It was easier to pop it on the back seat, rather than take the wheels off each time I wanted to go in the car, meaning my back seats had to be protected from any muck that had accumulated on the wheels. I also wouldn’t be comfortable getting on and off of trains and buses with it, especially in busy cities like London.Thankfully, I live it Kent with big quiet footpaths, which made it perfect for walking with.

Is it good value for money?

It’s pretty expensive too. At £600 for just the pushchair, you’ll also need to fork out for a footmuff in the winter, which retails at £70, the (see review: http://www.madeformums.com/reviews/car-seats/from-birth/nuna-pipa/review/1617.html) carrycot which is £200 and if required the Pipa carseat , which is £150 and comes with adapters that fit on the pushchair’s frame, again very easily.

Who is the Nuna IVVI best for?

Parents who love to walk everywhere, and want a smooth, plush ride for them and their little ones.

In a nutshell

The Nuna IVVI has been thoughtfully designed. It’s a joy to push in spacious areas and the great outdoors, but it’s expensive. You do however get what you pay for and will benefit from a robust, long-lasting pushchair that looks modern and comfortable for you and your little angel. Just don’t expect it to be pretty. It’s more contemporary than attractive but has lots of user-friendly features, which don’t require a manual to utilise. 

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Nuna Pipa Carseat Review

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to do some writing for Made For Mums. I am one of their reviewers and for my first project tested the Nuna Pipa carseat.

Here’s what I had to say about it, which can also be found on the Made For Mums Website.

The Nuna PIPA was created by a team of Dutch designers with the aim of designing products that not only look good, but are also super functional. As parents themselves, the idea behind the brand is that they want to help take some of the hard work out of parenting, so it can be enjoyed with as little stress as possible. They certainly did this with the PIPA car seat.

Since launching at the end of 2013, the PIPA has won a whole host of prizes including a silver award in the Best Group 0+ Car Seat category for the UK’s 2014 Prima Baby Awards, a silver award in the Best Specialist Car Seat category for the UK’s 2014 Mother and Baby Awards, a red dot award while also being named the Most High-Tech car seat in the USA’s 2013 The Bump: Best of Baby Awards. It was also a nominated finalist in the child restraints category for the USA’s 2013 JPMA Innovation Award.

These awards are well-deserved in my opinion as the car seat is chic, sturdy and most importantly safe. It felt bulletproof yet comfortable for my precious 11-week old daughter, Lacie.

What safety features does it have?
The first outings in the car with a newborn can often be stressful. Have I put the car seat in correctly? Is it secure? Is she comfortable? All these questions can dampen your trip home from the hospital when actually you should be on cloud nine. With the Nuna PIPA, you can rest assured that the toughest safety standards have been met; it has a five-point harness to keep the little one in place and has a heavy duty shell made out of super resilient, top of the line plastics. The upper portion of the seat is also covered with energy absorbing foam, whilst the seat also boosts side impact protection.

How easy was it to fit in the car?
The instructions were easy to read with numbered images helping to explain everything you need to know, and the car seat came fully assembled in the box, so it was all ready to go. I loved how easy it was to fit into the car using the seatbelt, plus how easy it was to get in the right position – there is a blue line on the side, which needs to be horizontal to the chair. This stops the baby’s head falling forward, which not only looks incredibly uncomfortable on their fragile neck, but could also constrict their airway and cause a breathing issues. To make things even easier, you can but the PIPA ISOFIX base, which allows you to fit the seat into to car in less than five seconds with two easy steps. This comes at a cost though…

How comfortable was it?
My daughter looked super cozy and seating in a nice position and for once I wasn’t stressing if she was comfortable. The UV shield was also handy for blocking the sun out of her eyes, and just simply flips out without you having to stop and fiddle with it, plus the adjustable handle bar was nicely positioned which meant I could hang some toys of it. This made me, and her happy, as they distracted her and swung too and fro with the motion of the car.

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Was it good value for money?
It’s not cheap. The seat itself retails at £150 and if you go for the ISOFIX base option, then that’s another £130. But there’s also lots of features that will blow your mind, like the three crotch buckle positions, the padded insert, which is designed for newborns and can be removed when necessary – and the three different handle positions.  However, don’t be daunted, this chair will seat your baby until they reach 13kg so you don’t need to know everything straight away. You can adjust things as they grow and keep referring back to the manual as and when you have more time.

Who is the Nuna PIPA best for?
Safety-conscious parents who want a few extra features and don’t mind paying for them. It’s also perfect for those looking for a chair that will last and grow with their child.

In a nutshell
The Nuna PIPA is a solid all-rounder. Yes, it’s a brand that you might not of heard of, but lots of thought has gone into this car seat; the dream drape is perfect for sleepy newborns, which magically tucks away into a zipped compartment on top of the hood, the UV sun protector is perfect for sunny days, which you simply flip  out from inside hood and the fact that it fits little ones from 4-32 pounds, makes it a pretty good investment.

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Five tips to lose your post-baby weight

Last week I was flattered when MACOM, specialists in post-pregnancy compression wear asked me to provide them with five tips on how to shape up post-baby. 

Lacie is now 13 weeks and although its very rare that I have a minute to myself in the day, I have managed to fit in exercising around her naps and around our daily walks, plus I’ve also managed to get my diet back on track (well most days anyway :)).

So here are my five top tips on how to shape up post-baby. I do run online nutrition classes and I can also design personal training programmes that I can email over to you so please get in touch if you need a helping hand. I know how difficult it is to get motivated when you’re tired and hormonal but please believe me just 30 minutes of walking or exercising can make such a difference to your mood and self-esteem. Enjoy my tips!

Ok my five tips are;
* Plan ahead – when baby is sleeping or your partner is home and having a cuddle, nip out to the kitchen and plan the next days meals. A few boiled eggs and some chopped fruit can be life savers when you’re hungry but haven’ got the time or hands to whip up a decent meal. 
* Always have breakfast. It will set you up for the day and help stabilise your energy and blood sugar levels so you aren’t starting the day hungry and therefore craving instant sugar hits throughout the day. 
* Drink plenty of water. Its easy to confuse hunger for thirst, and you will need extra fluid when you are tired and breast-feeding
* Walk. Don’t stress about getting back to the gym or exercising too soon. Walking with the pram is great exercise and will help get your baby to sleep too. Stand up tall as you walk, pull your abs in to activate your core and let the fresh air re-energise you as you take some time for yourself.
* Have protein with every meal. This will help to keep you fuller for longer and is great for helping to produce quality breast milk if you are breast-feeding. Research shows it can help with weight loss too as you will crave less junk food due to more stabile blood sugar. Think boiled eggs, nuts, beans, chicken, fish, cheese and protein powders like Sunwarrior or Be Skinny Drink Me.
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My 6:30am Post-baby Workout

Last night I got seven hours sleep. Yay! It felt amazing!

I’ve tried a new bed time routine, which means I split feed Lacie at 6:30pm so she’s happy to be bathed, and then watch us have dinner, then I take her upstairs around 8ish, we draw the curtains, put her in her sleeping bag and then I do another short feed, where she usually falls fast asleep. We’ve been doing this little routine for a week now and she sleeps upstairs on her own until 10:30, then I wake her for a feed and we both go to bed. It seems to working really well. There’s been a few seven hour nights! It makes such a difference.
So after such a ‘long’ sleep, I got up at 6:30 and got a workout done. I had a good hour until she woke so I crammed in all I could whilst she slept.

I warmed up with 60 seconds of;
Glute bridges
Prisioner squats
Resistance band back pulls
Then
Disco lunges.

I repeated this circuit three times.

I then did 2 minutes of step ups on my powerbag  to get my heart rate up followed by 60 seconds of
Light kettlebell swings
Followed by
Tricep dips.
Again I repeated this three times, followed by another burst of step ups on my powerbag.

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I finished with
* Tabata goblet squats with my powerbag
* a 30 second plank with my knees on the floor
* Tabata Powerbag thrusters
And lastly
* 60 seconds of tube walking with my feet internally rotated.
Phew!

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It felt good to get my workout done then run upstairs pop my head over her crib and get the biggest morning smile in the world! I love it when she wakes up so happy, it makes my day!

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