2015 in Review

IMG_75332015 felt Grand. Like not awesome-grand (which it was) but more so like vast-grand. If that makes sense? This post is going to be a thought dump, so hold on!

I stayed closer to home more this past year than I have in a long time, the farthest we traveled was Edmonton or Calgary. Seriously, I can’t think of a year in my entire adult life that I haven’t left the province. So that in itself is pretty impressive 😉

Matthias was also closer to home this year – he took a job in town and has been home every night since February. It’s been a good adjustment. Quinn absolutely loves him and he loves her and him being home every night has definitely helped them bond.

I also feel more disconnected from my Nursing, but I guess that is to be expected as I went off work at the start of February. That means I will be going back to work at the start of February… when Quinn is only 10.5 months old. But we won’t talk about that right now because hello, *DENIAL*. I remained active with CARNA, but not as much as I had in previous years, and I definitely found it harder to make it to meetings. It will be bittersweet when my term is over in September 2016. While part of me wonders “What’s Next?” a bigger part of me says “NOTHING UNTIL YOUR DONE HAVING BABYS” haha.

I lost all that baby weight I gained and then some, which feels good, and I suppose is noteworthy, but in the grand scheme doesn’t really matter. My relationship with food is peaceful. I eat if I want to, I eat what I want to, and I no longer have an emotional connection to eating.all.the.things. That feels really, really, good. I’m no longer at a place where I feel controlled by my caloric intake. I don’t beat myself up if I eat a box of Kraft Dinner (that was today’s lunch in fact 😉 and it was delish). I’m no longer tempted by the ice cream in my freezer. It’s just there. And when I really want some, I’ll have some, instead of obsessing about it.

I found a way to enjoy home workouts! That is also pretty rad. The connection of a Challenge Group has been pivotal to this one, and for that I’m grateful.

I’ve said it before but Beachbody Coaching has made a world of difference in my life. It’s given me that sense of “More Than Just a Mom” that I need.

I continued to teach spin until my 35th week of Pregnancy and then started again in September! I also stepped out of my comfort zone and started instructing yoga. It was both terrifying and humbling, and now its something I look forward to every week.

The pets are getting older, which makes me sad. Our oldest cat is 8 and our oldest dog is 6. How?! Tucker has been dealing with some health issues throughout the year – he’s been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that attacks his nails so he has had multiple infections from that. It sucks. He’s hopefully on the mend now but will be on TID meds for the rest of his life. *cha ching*

I still really would like to buy a different house, but I’ve come to terms that it won’t happen for a while. I sure hope it happens before baby #2 though, because I might lose my mind if it doesn’t haha.

We’ve really worked hard at getting our expenses more under control. And while we are ending the year in more debt than we started it, I feel confident that 2016 will be the year we can make some large strides in turning that around.

The grandest part of the year has been Motherhood. It’s been a ride. It’s also the hardest and greatest journey I’ve ever embarked on. It’s been profoundly transformative. It’s hard for me to even articulate how motherhood has impacted me, but that might also be because I have a cold and its 10pm at night. 😉

Did you make it this far? I know it doesn’t all seem that Grand, but my heart has never been bigger, or more overflowing with love, than it is right now. So cheers, 2015. You’ve been so good to me.

Quinn – 9 Months

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GROWTH

Weight

Not Measured (9 month appointment isn’t until January)

Height

Not Measured

Head

Not Measured

Clothing

Starting to move in to the 12 month stuff. 6 month stuff is too small, 6-12 month stuff stretches out to fit, and 9 month stuff is still good (but hardly any brand makes 9 month stuff haha).

ROUTINE

Eating

This last month I really noticed the need to start feeding more solids to Quinn. She has gotten really good at moving food to her mouth, chewing, and swallowing. I give her mostly little pieces of whatever I am eating. I found that I was kind of lazy about it all to be honest, breastfeeding is just so easy. It seemed like timing meals between napping and breastfeeding was annoying, but then I got over it and got better at it lol. She eats 3 meals a day and breastfeeding 5-7 times a day. I’m thinking this will start to slow down and be less often as we continue on. Anyone know when they are only supposed to be breastfeeding like 2 or 3 times a day? 1 year? More than that? Less? Does it depend on the baby? (I try to avoid googling baby things because of how conflicting the information is haha) She is also a champ with drinking water from the straw cup :)

Night Sleeping

Bed time remains 6:30-7:30pm, Dream feed at 10ish, sleeps until 6:30-7am. REALLY nice. She has the odd day where she wakes to eat at 5/5:30, but now she usually sleeps until Matthias wakes up to go to work and sometimes she even just lays quietly in her bed until closer to 7 despite waking up earlier. I’d like to look at cutting out the dream feed.. but I feel like 12 hours without food/milk is a long time. And I don’t want to mess up the 6:30/7am wake up time. And I also don’t want to keep her up later at night because she is already a little grump in the evenings.

Day Sleeping

2 naps a day. Morning name is usually 1 hour and afternoon nap ranges from 1 hour to 2.5 hours. Sometimes it is hard for her to wind down and fall asleep in the afternoons. The morning nap is her more consistent nap for sure! I feel like we finally have a routine (and now that I’ve typed that up it is going to implode on itself)

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HEALTH

Quinn had her second ever cold this last month. Snot Machine 2.0. Then she shared said cold with Me, Matthias, and Matthias’ entire work crew haha.

No Teeth yet!

DEVELOPMENT

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Quinn’s favorite noises are Mamama, Dadada, Nanana, Lalala, and Tatata. She chats when only mom and dad are around, and shes pretty quiet when warming up to strangers.

She’s definitely going through the whole “If I don’t know you don’t look at me or touch me or I will cry and cling to my mom/dad” phase. I actually don’t mind this at all.. because she isn’t cuddly normally so I’m secretly loving this stage!

IMG_7145She goes from laying to sitting on her own and she can pull herself up to standing but is SUPER unsteady. We had to lower the crib. Standing is now cooler than nap time haha. Her crawling has started to speed up now but she still takes her time. She’s just now starting to get in to things/explore more.

She started waving!! It’s the cutest thing ever. She also can clap, but she is really inconsistent with it.

PLAYING

She loves to bang toys together. Her favorite toys are her cups and her blocks and now that her activity table has its legs on it again she likes to try to pull herself to standing on that.

She likes looking at books sometimes, but IMG_7485she likes ripping library book pages more than anything 😉

I know I’m totally biased, but Quinn makes the FUNNIEST faces. And she knows just how to make Matthias and I crack up. She now does this thing where she constricts her wind pipe and breathes like an asthmatic. It’s hilarious. And she scrunches up her face and breathes all heavy. She is the biggest goof ball. She also loves yelling as loud as possible.     IMG_7490 LIKES

  • Mama
  • Dad (when Mom isn’t around)
  • Cuddle Kitty & Ruby (stuffed animals)
  • Crawling
  • Light Switches
  • The Thermostat
  • Heating Vents
  • Licking the floor (to my dismay)
  • The Pets (particularly Olivia)
  • Yogurt, Pumpkin Pancakes, Cheese, Black Beans, Chicken, Caesar Salad, Chili, Pretty much all food except Broccoli and Eggs
  • Remote Controls
  • Trying to Scratch off Mama’s Tattoos

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DISLIKES

  • Having her water cup taken away from her
  • Finishing all her food but wanting more (this mostly happens with yogurt haha)
  • When Mama passes her off to anyone else
  • Broccoli & Eggs 😉
  • Being in the Carseat for too long
  • Putting on her sleep sack at bedtime
  • Drying off after the bath
  • Diaper Changes

Hello Irene Company {GIVEAWAY}

12342341_684799614990201_9126649432426277904_nMy friend Lisa is an extremely talented sewer. She even started her own little company with her mom called Hello Irene Company, making blankets, bandana bibs, taggie blankies and headbands! They are AWESOME. The bib’s have been so helpful with Quinn [finally] teething, the blanket we have is so soft, and the headbands are adorable. I mean, you can’t get much cuter than this, right?

IMG_7183I’m super excited to be pairing up with HIC to do not one, but TWO giveaways. One lucky winner will win the headband pictured above, and one will win the bandana bib! If your local to Red Deer make sure you hit up the Dentooms market this weekend from 11-4 on Sunday to check out all of their stock!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

IMG_7200She never stays still 😉 Isn’t their stuff beautiful? Make sure you enter the giveaway above! Would you rather win the Bib or the Headband?

CLOSED – Congrats Andrea M. (Bib) & Laura M. (Headband)

Giveaway is open from 17/Nov/2015 till 23/Dec/2015, Open to US & Canada only!

That Time Someone Plagiarized My Social Media Content

I had the weirdest Friday night.

After 2 long days of meetings in Edmonton, all I wanted to do was turn off social media and read a book and relax in bed. I thought to myself “I’m just going to quickly check Facebook and then I’ll be done.”

I saw that someone had shared a video I posted to my Facebook Page. Being the curious person that I am – and always trying to find new social media friends – I clicked on the page as this person looked to be a Beachbody Coach as well.

Her page loaded on my screen and I saw the video she had shared, and then I started to scroll down… and I saw more things that I had posted on my own page re-posted on hers.. articles I had shared, recipes, my weekly meal plan….

The more I looked the more I became concerned. She had copied entire paragraphs from posts that I had taken a long time to write – posts about my own personal journey and experiences. She had taken those posts, deleted the bits that talked about motherhood, and even posted my pictures alongside them. Two pictures of me… with no reference to me whatsoever.

I then saw she had posted 2 blog posts… on her blog called “Running On Healthy”…. one titled Committing, and one referencing what is included in your Challenge Pack. Entire paragraphs were copied word for word, my pictures deleted and hers inserted, and in the case of the Challenge Pack Page – she even used my team logo I created.

I saw she had a link to her instagram page. I clicked it. And sure enough… Shakeology Recipes with my water mark cut off, a picture of ME in childs pose with the benefits listed underneath it (word for word with a facebook post I had put up a few months ago), quotes I had shared… She even has her name written on her instagram page the same way I have mine (with the same emojis).

MY social media content was plastered all over her facebook, instagram, and blog.

I was shocked to say the least. I was absolutely speechless (And trust me – that doesn’t happen often). I ran downstairs to Matthias to show him. He couldn’t believe it. “Only this shit would happen to you” were his words.

The weirdest part of all? She is also an RN, she is local to me, and I’ve actually met her before. It just baffles me that she thought she could do this and not be discovered? Central Alberta isn’t a giant metropolitan with millions of people.. and when you narrow it down further to RN’s… your pool just keeps getting smaller.

I started to get mad. Do you know how long it takes me to create images? To take decent pictures? To word posts? In some cases it takes HOURS. I am not a naturally creative person. I am not a natural with image editing programs. I often create something and then start over because I don’t think it’s good enough. When I create content I want it to do a few things – add value, be consistent with my brand, be positive, spread MY message, and look professional. For someone to just take entire posts, recipes, and experiences and say they are her own… It HURT.

This persons phone number was listed on her facebook page. So after I meticulously took screen shots of all of the stolen content, I phoned her. She answered after the first ring. This is what the conversation looked like:

Me: “Hi, is this ___________?”

Her: “Yes, who’s this?”

Me: “Amie Kerber”

Her: “I don’t think I know you?”

Me: “Um, I’m pretty sure you do based on your facebook page, instagram, and blog…”

Her: *click*

She hung up on me. I called her back, it went to voicemail. I left a strongly worded message. And then I followed up that message with a facebook message. And then all of the content started to be deleted off her social media sites.

Once I drank a giant glass of wine, I started to calm down and think about the situation.

What was the actual problem? It wasn’t ALL of the things she copied that I was upset about… it was the posting pictures of me, taking blog content, and taking long worded facebook posts that take me a long time to craft. It was the “value” stuff – not the fillers, I care about. The stuff that makes my message unique, the stuff that connects me to other like-minded people.

Was her intent malicious? No… she didn’t post anything mean about me. She didn’t copy any of the stuff I’ve written about motherhood or Quinn.

Clearly my health and fitness journey is something she resonates with – and that is the ultimate goal, isn’t it? She just went about it the completely wrong way.

It’s never okay to copy someone else’s intellectual property without linking back and providing credit where credit is due.

So where do I go from here? Well.. that’s a good question. I plan to be a lot more strategic about my posting and my images and who can see what on facebook. I’ll also be watermarking e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g from here on out. I’ve reported her to Beachbody Compliance. I’m not sure what will be the end result of that, but at least I’ve contacted the correct channels and sent my evidence of the copied material to the higher-ups in the company. I’m lucky it has only been going on a month instead of years.

Have you had pictures of you or pictures you’ve taken stolen by someone else and posted to their social media? Have you had content plagiarized without appropriate credit? Any suggestions on how I go forward with this?