So yesterday never got better. Gabriella was just not a happy baby, but I really think it has to do with teething.

I thought she was teething before, but this is a whole new level. The teething BEAST is here and here to stay. The only thing that made her happy was chewing on an ice cube. So you know what?? Gabriella got as much ice as she wanted!

And because our afternoon walk & park visit was ruined due to the rain, I decided to improvise.

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I moved her baby pool inside and put a ton of toys in there for her, while I did Jillian Michaels Killer Abs- level one. Normally I do 8 minute abs everyday, but I needed something new to try.  And I had 30 minutes to kill, so Jillian it was. 🙂 More on the wonderful world of YouTube later in this post.

Once I finished, I fed Gabriella dinner. Remember how I thought cinnamon was the magic fix? Wrong. She is actually allergic to cinnamon, but just a SKIN reaction, not something her little body rejected. It’s called contact dermatitis, and it’s just a topical allergy. It doesn’t even get itchy, she just breaks out in a little red rash wherever the cinnamon touched & it goes away in about an hour.  Not a huge deal, but the recommendation is just to re-introduce cinnamon in a few months to see if the allergy has gone away.

She’s still not the biggest fan of eating solid foods, but I have found an alternative. My sister in law told me about Stonyfield’s YoBaby yogurt. Gabriella LOVED it! I got her the blueberry flavor, since her love for blueberries is out of this world.

And just because I think it’s hilarious, here is a play by play of Gabriella’s reaction.

First bite:

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Mommy I LOVE this stuff, gimme more!!

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& Gabriella with a full belly…and a full face of yogurt:

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Too stinking funny!

I also bought the baby smoothies that Stonyfield makes & she enjoyed those as well- got the peach flavor and she pretty much drank half of it in the first minute. Girlfriend LOVES yogurt. She got it from her Momma. 😉

Anyways, more about those YouTube exercise videos. I seriously had NO idea the vast amount of videos that were on their for working out! I mean I always knew about BodyRock TV, and have done many of those exercises, but there is SO MUCH MORE than that!

After my run last week, I was craving a weight workout. (I know, I can be strange sometimes. 😉 ) Since I do ‘8 minute abs’ everyday, I figured I would try the other 8 minute videos.

Here is the workout I did:

8 minute abs
8 minute arms (x 2)
8 minute legs
8 minute buns
8 minute abs (yes, did it again)

I do like the abs video, it’s a good thing to do everyday (along with other ab exercises) to improve your core strength. The arms video is OK, it’s really a good warm up for an upper body workout, that’s why I did it twice. And NO, I did NOT use soup cans, as instructed in the video (haha!). I used my regular weights, and I prefer using heavy weights over light weights. (IE: 20lbs. for curls, 10- 12lbs for shoulder exercises, etc.). The legs video is absolutely terrible, I do NOT recommend it. But the BUNS video, holy ON FIRE buns!! DO THIS if you like to FEEL THE BURN!!!

But as I was on there, I was clicking around on the ‘recommended’ videos on the side bar, and I guess I was just in la-la land, but I didn’t realize how much was out there!!

Here I am actually buying exercise DVDs (just bought Jillian Michaels’ Ripped in 30) and then I found out you can actually get some of the levels on YouTube for FREE. (like the Killer Abs video) Now where they get you is that you actually don’t get ALL of the workouts, or all of the levels, but just enough to ‘tease’ you to want to actually buy the DVD. But with all of the different options & workouts you really never need to buy a DVD again!

I do realize I am probably WAY late to the game on this, but I just thought I would share my new found love of YouTube. 😉

Since most of my weight workouts are now from home I have enjoyed the variety. I try to get them in at least 3-4 times a week either before or after a run.

Today was actually an exception, I asked Craig if he could watch Gabriella so that I could go to the gym this morning.

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(told you, I live in Lulu shorts 😉 )

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(oblique crunches with weight)

& boy was it LOVELY!

I did THIS workout, but not the running parts- I actually finished up with Stairmaster intervals- 30 seconds at level 20 & then came home & ran 3 miles with Gabriella.

‘twas a great start to the morning 😀

Little miss just woke up from her morning nap, so we are going to head out & run some errands. I actually have to return Craig’s father’s day gift. Boo! (more on that later)

This afternoon is also my follow up appointment regarding my Crohn’s flare up. I get all of my test results (they ran a TON), so I will find out if it was more than a flare. Fingers crossed that it’s not! I’ll let you know tomorrow what happens

Have a great day, and thank you for making me feel better about my wine habits yesterday. 😉