10 Things I’ve Learned from Motherhood

1. You can fall in love with someone you’ve just met.

2. It is impressive how little sleep you are able to survive on.

 3. That I married my best friend. I never imagined I could love him any more, but deeper and deeper I fall. We make an amazing team.

4. Baby farts can smell really, really bad.

5. How to appreciate my body….finally. Who knew I was so strong.

6. How important family and friends are.

7. Naming another human is difficult.

8. How important it is to stop and appreciate each day (every coo, each smile, EJ’s funny joke, etc)

9. Companies should make soft, plush baby blankets in adult sizes.

10. Pee, poop and vomit aren’t really that gross anymore.

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Fitness Friday

The title of this post is a bit comedic at this point because my fitness level now compared to pre-pregnancy self is a bit of a joke. That being said, I’m okay with and even proud of where I’m at 3.5 months postpartum. I’m back to work and school (ugh! I can’t WAIT to be done with my dumb MBA) and balancing my new role as a mommy.

After a long day, all I want to do is stare at play with and cuddle Z and I don’t have much time either. By the time I get home I have about 2 hours max before she cashes out for the night (unless she tries to get the party started at 3am which is NOT what I consider to be quality time). Then its onto school work or ignoring school work and doing real work work.

I’ve completely failed thus far in my daily attempts to get up and walk/run with Ralphie before work.

Somewhere between 8-10 pm I try and cram in a 20-30 minutes random workout of squats (weighted and non-weighted), lunges, planks, arm weights, mountain climbers, ab crunches, push-ups, and burpees.

I’m trying my best to be realistic with my fitness goals given my work/school load this Fall and the fact that I would rather spend quality time with Z and Ej.

That being said my loose weekly goal will be 3-4 mini workouts and 1 long workout (p90x/hot yoga/running). Anything more will simply be icing on the cake. Hmmmm cake. 🙂

Another fitness related goal is to hang through a deck of cards with a friend of mine. What’s a deck of card? It’s a great and fast mini workout that is fun to do with friends. For the reds you’ll do the corresponding numbers of ab crunches of your choice and for the blacks you do push-ups. The face cards equal 10 and then aces are 1minute planks. My friend absolutely crushed me my first time postpartum and I didn’t like it.

I’ve been doing alot of push-ups and planks in my mini workouts to prepare for my next attempt.

Apologies for the lack of photos, my iphone wordpress app keeps crashing each time I attempt to upload one. Grrr.

Anywho, have a fantastic Friday!

Momversation Monday – Homemade Baby Food

Hello All!

As I mentioned in my “coming back” post, I’m going to try to incorporate posts about my new role as a mom so I thought a mom-themed post on Mondays would be a great balance. I love alliteration.

After my first week back to work, I was thrilled to spend the weekend with Z and EJ. I soaked up every minute of my time with the Z-monster and I was thrilled to be here for her first giggle-fest. It was music to my ears. I swear EJ and I were beaming for hours after the fact and those 5 minutes made my day.

This weekend I was also able to carve out some time to do something that I’ve been looking forward to since we found out that we were expecting, make baby food. I don’t know why but I’ve always been excited (hello dorky lady) to make my own baby food. And I’m here to tell you that it is not only extremely easy, it can also be ridiculously cheap if you grow your own produce or buy it locally while in season.

This was actually my second batch of zucchini and summer squash puree. Our zucchini plant has been working overtime in our garden AND my sister was kind enough to gift us her garden leftovers as well.

I followed the Cooking for Baby cookbook recipe to make both batches and I can’t stress how easy it was.

You will need:
– One big pot
– Veggie Steamer
– Food Processor/Blender
–  2-3 large Zucchini/Summer Squash
– Water
– Ice Cube Trays or Baby food freezer trays (I use Fresh Baby trays but regular old trays will work perfectly)

Step One: Fill your pot with about one inch of water and boil. (I place my veggie steamer into the pot while bring the water to a boil) This took about 3-3 1/2 cups of water.

Step Two: Chop your Zucchini into 1 inch thick rounds

Step Three: Place chopped zucchini into the pot and cover. Let sit for 9-11 minutes. *One of my zucchini’s was mammoth so it took me about 14 minutes. Make sure the squash is soft before transferring it.
*Edited to add: keep the heat on while steaming the veggies. 🙂

Step Four: Transfer steamed squash into food processor and puree/pulse until it reaches a smooth consistency (i.e. no chunks)

Step Five (last one): Transfer puree into ice-cube trays and place in the freezer until frozen (duh!). This takes about 8 hours for me, but I need them pretty firm so I can transfer them into a ziploc bag.

Done.

Truth be told I have zero clue how much this actually yields because Z isn’t eating solids (are we really calling the picture above a solid?) yet. I’ll have to do a follow-up post once she starts actually eating the homemade baby food. Next, on my list will be butternut squash and apples. I’m not sure if we will be able to feed her homemade food exclusively while she is transitioning from puree to actual solids, but I would like to give it my best attempt especially since I enjoy making it.

Now, if anyone has any ideas for what this girl can do with all this basil send them my way. (Not pesto! I’ve used 10 cups of basil already and have enough pesto to last through the rest of the year)

Let me know if you have any ideas for my new posting series, I’m thinking my title might be a tad dork, perhaps we’ll shorten to Mom Monday. Happy Monday ladies and gents!

Weekend Thoughts


I forgot how amazing warm rice krispie treats taste. I’m thinking about making a batch with Nutella soon.

I never imagined I would enjoy staying home (on maternity leave) as much as I have.

I never dreamed I would get so emotional at the end of my maternity leave.

I can’t wait to fill our new chest freezer with homemade baby food. I’ve already made one large batch of zucchini puree and yellow squash puree and the zucchini is growing like a weed in our garden. 🙂

I miss yoga and I don’t know why I haven’t returned yet. I’m hoping to remedy this tomorrow afternoon.

I never realized how much my parents loved me, until I had Zoe. Seriously, go call/text/hug your parents.

I can’t even talk about how sad I am that Biggest Loser brought Anna Kournikova on as a trainer. I get worked up even thinking about it. I was already annoyed with Cara “Yo, I’m a fighter” Castronuova. Maybe I’ll be surprised and Anna will be great, I won’t hold my breath. Yes, I’m a loser.

I really really can’t carry a tune. It sounds like cats are crying when I try to sing Zoe.

I don’t like sunflower butter. Sorry, I’ve tried and it grosses me out. Blech.

Happy Hump Day

As my maternity leave comes to an end and my return to work draws closer, I’m trying my best to enjoy every minute of these last few days with Z. I’m going to be honest, I’m nervous. I’ve done everything to be physically prepared but emotionally I’m going to be a wreck leaving Z.

Okay, enough sad talk….onto the fun and positive.

We are lucky enough to have a Wednesday and a Saturday farmers market within walking distance from our house and with limited produce in our fridge, I knew a trip to the farmers market was perfect for today’s to-do list.

I packed up Z into the stroller and walked the 20 minutes to and from the market. We (meaning me) had a great time and we got alot of loot for very little dinero.

– 6 Yellow Squash
– 1 Melon
– 1 Red Onion
– 2 green peppers
– 1 head of kale
– 1 head of rainbow chard

= $6!!!

Z was sleepy when we got home, so I took the opportunity to squeeze in a mini workout (in addition to our walk…yes, walking counts as a workout these days).

Mini Workout
– 1 minute burpees
– 1 minute mountain climbers
– 1 minute plank
– 30 sec x2 side plank
– 2 min crunches
– 2 minute lunges
– 2 minute squats
– 1 minute biceps
– 1 minute dips

I try to move through these quickly and take as little rest as possible. Some days, I’ll go through this twice and add more arms and call it my workout for the day.  Personally, I hate mountain climbers and burpees so I do those first when I have the most energy and to get them out of the way. 🙂

Once Z wakes up we are off to the pool to spend some time having fun in the sun and visit Daddy while he works. Then we have a “playdate” of sorts this evening. Let’s be honest the playdate is all for the mommies. 🙂

Question: Any quick (and sweaty) workout recommendations? I have a Jackie Warner and Jillian Michaels quick workout DVDs, but I’m always looking for more quick workouts, especially now that my time is limited. My goal is to get back into shape without a gym in order to save money now that we will be a one income family (I’ll save that story for another post). Any recommendations are welcomed.

Hope everyone is having a happy hump day!

Don’t Call It A Comeback

or that is exactly what you should call it. I know….I know. It’s been awhile and that is putting it nicely. While I’ve missed my little blog and creative outlet, a few things have changed since my last post.

I went from growing a baby…..

To meeting my amazing, breathtaking, heart stopping daughter and becoming a mother.

Zoe Elizabeth Johnson

Zoe Elizabeth

It is hard to put into words how amazing motherhood feels. I love waking up every morning to my wonderful husband and smiling daughter. (Feel free to gag) The past 12 weeks (only one week of maternity leave left 😦 ) have been some of the best days of my life and I’ll cherish them. I never really believed that motherhood would come so naturally, but it has and I have the world’s best support system when I do have questions.

And guys, I’m in love with this little girl. < —- Just in case anyone was still wondering. 🙂

I know there are many bloggers out there that want to keep their blogs the same after various life changes, but I’m not one of them. I want to expand my blog musings and share more “mommy” related posts as well as what it will be like to attempt a work/life (oh yea and school) balance starting next week.

I’ve also been kicking around new blog ideas….which would change GG completely. One of those ideas would be to create a shared blog with my sister. We would share our unique perspectives on healthy living. We live very different lives, yet we remain very close and one thing we bond over is healthy cooking, exercise and (now) motherhood. Would people be interested in that? Is anyone even out there? Bueller?

Regardless, I’ve missed writing tremendously and I can’t wait to share my randomness thoughts again.

My next big goal is get back into shape and get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m taking things slow though and trying to keep in mind that it took 9 months to put the weight on. (I’m also debating adding a section to the blog, showing my progress towards that goal. Any interest? Be honest, it won’t hurt my feelings.) Also, I don’t want to do anything drastic that could affect my milk supply. Basically, it is all about balance and I’m trying to navigate my new normal. I hope you stick around .

I’ll leave you with another pic of my Z-monster.

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She is super proud of herself. 🙂

L

Cha-Cha-Changes

I don’t really have an excuse for the lack of blogging the past 8 months. There were a lot of things going on these past 8 months with school and work (I switched jobs), etc that needed my focus. I missed blogging and they are many recipes that need to be shared and stories to be told.

I enjoyed having a creative outlet and I miss it but I’m not sure Glorious Greens will be the same. I only blogged for about 5 months before my long break so I’m not sure yet what it will be.

One of the many reasons that I think, rather that I know this little blog of mine will start to change is that in a matter of weeks (5 wks until the official due date) I’ll be starting a new chapter, life as a mom.

7 months pregnant

I apologize for the awful quality but it is the most recent photo that I have with me, when the urge to blog struck.  I’m so excited (and terrified) to begin this new journey with EJ and I can’t wait to meet Baby J. I can’t find the right words to describe how I feel when I stand in the middle of our nursery and think of what lies ahead, there just aren’t words.

The blog will most definitely include posts about stepping into this new role, motherhood, babies,  etc.  I would like to start including homemade baby food recipes once Baby J is ready for solids. I will continue to post recipes and stories, but perhaps I’ll be more selective and forget about the posts just to post.

Stay tuned.

Leanne