Badass Chicks and Daybeds

by laury on January 8, 2013 · 16 comments

Good morning! I have a little quit time before my little sleep devil wakes up!

I added an egg to my grain-free breakfast porridge this morning. Also didn’t add any coconut oil (nor bananas because I was out) and an extra Tablespoon of hemp hearts. Oh and a little stevia to taste since there were no bananas. It tasted the same but there was some added benefit of more protein! All you do with the egg is whish it in and continue to whisk for a minute or two. You’d never know it was in there!

Grain Free Porridge

Here was the workout I did today:

Badass Chick HIIT Workout

Burpee Bosu push-ups—just hold the bosu ball upside down and perform your push-up on it. Then when you jump up and land follow it by pressing the bosu overhead for an overhead press.

High plank to dolphin plank press looks like this without the elbow taps (you can add them if you’d like though Winking smile )

Perform this workout at a nice pace with good form! No to minimal rest between for three sets total. Badass.

the rest of the moves you can google or as your trainer to show you. Make sure you are keen on the form before you persorm any movements! Check with the appropriate healthcare provider before trying new exercises and always rest and seek out a doctor if you are injured!

As I said in my last post…Ella has not slept in here in well….I can’t remember the last time. She used to nap in her crib and start in her crib them weasel her way into our bed. Now, she refuses to go near the crib.


I don’t even have the energy to go into it all but we tried everything. She hyperventilates and screams for hours no matter how long we check on her or how long I sit in there with her. One night I sat in the chair and she lied in her crib, so exhausted, staring at me. Every time she’s close her eyes I would wait 20 minutes to leave and I made one movement and the eyes opened and the process of screaming and staring would start again. It got to the point where I was spending 4-5 hours, no exaggeration, of my night in her room. We gave up and she would sleep on one of us now on the couch until we went to bed. What do you do when you have no downtime though? Bad bad bad.


Despite all of this and how tired she is she’s still such an awesome baby. Er, toddler. So well behaved and sweet—despite the sleep issues. Which I blame us for, for not being persistent earlier. You can’t live in the past though. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. Sometimes it works out with no sleep training—other times you may end up in our situation! We actually both loved having her in our bed. Nothing like waking up with that little girl! I think I always rationalized that as she got older we could tell her it’s time for a “big girl bed” –or just wait until we moved. Which unfortunately isn’t going to happen until I find more work. So we have to try and tackle it now! Mainly because it has started to effect how much sleep she gets! It never did before, until the holidays when Mike was home. That’s when she decided she didn’t want to miss anything!

She’s even been sitting in on my bedroom yoga sessions and coming to assist with in-home personal training to try and tire her out  Winking smile

persona trainer ellayogiella

Anyway, originally our Pediatrician said no toddler bed yet—but now that she’s climbing out he said we have to because obviously her safety is priority. That’s why we threw sleep training out the window last week because well, no way we risk her getting hurt.

Ella’s crib does four things, one of them being a daybed:



She has French doors in her room so we need to figure out a creative way to block her in, that’s also safe and accessible quickly for us. There’s also a few other safety things we need to do to make sure her room of in her room when for she gets out of bed. Not looking forward to it. Last night I tried lying there with her, her sound sleeper on high, reading books and nursing– and halfway through for no reason she got upset and insisted on getting out, running to Michael and hiding from me. Her normal is to be with us at this point when she sleeps. Accidental attachment parenting as I like to call it!

Poor thing. Love her to pieces.

The weez is ACTUALLY asleep right now! Not in her room, but in ours. I’m off to enjoy the tiny bit of downtime we have! Until next time…


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1 Maria@heathydiaries January 8, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I’m so sorry that Ela’s having sleeping problems. Wish I had some advice from experience, but I obviously don’t:-/ I hope she’s just going through an attachment phase and slowly transitions into sleeping in her bed. You’re a smart Mama so I know you’ll make it work!


2 laury January 10, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Thanks, Maria


3 Wendy January 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I feel your pain. Tonight it took almost two hours to get our tot to bed. If we deviate from our nightly routine even a little we are toast. Rather than Daddy put her to bed, I read with her in her bed and that made her want to “go in the other room.” There is a lot of trial and error, but the main thing is to be consistent, which is sooooo hard. Especially with phrases like “I’m so sad” or “hold me” or “I love you” while rubbing our cheek.


4 laury January 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Oh my goodness I would die! Ella just screams now but if she said all of that I would never get it done!


5 the delicate place (@misathemeb) January 9, 2013 at 11:08 am

aww i hope lil E gets some zzz’s but more importantly you too ha! i need to star this workout! i pulled my hamstring (i actual heard it tearing right under my ischial tuberosity) during my last week of pure barre–which i soldiered through with the assistance of motrin. i had a bruise too that is mostly gone but the pain is still there when i do certain motions (jogging is totally out obviously). i tried to do a burpee yesterday but it hurt so i stopped. looks like walking and modified yoga are in my future lol. it’s funny bc i feel like i’m doing the reverse of january resolutions. i’m walking like 2-3x a week and being sedentary lol.

i need to take my own advice though and let this thing heal! it’s been 3wks already and i’m surprised that it still hurts but hammy’s take a long time to heal.

enjoy your little bit of downtime!! x


6 laury January 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Oh no! I hope you feel better soon! Just give it a rest!


7 thehealthyapron January 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

Thanks for the workout! I don’t have a Bosu at home and can’t make it to the gym tonight since brandon is working late BUT I might just try this from home without it.

SO so sorry for all the sleep troubles. Keep us posted! I hope everything eventually works out! As much as we love our lil ones…we all need that break!


8 thehealthyapron January 10, 2013 at 9:42 am

Just want to know your thoughts on my baby “food rules.”


9 laury January 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

LOVE them!!!!


10 laury January 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

You could always just use dumbbells and hold them for the burpees


11 Lisa January 9, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Great workout! Saving it to try out. And that grain free porridge sounds absolutely amazing. Aw, I’m so sorry for Ella’s sleeping troubles. I’m no help, I’m the worst sleeper ever! My parents must have hated me haha. I got maybe 4-5 hours per night even when I was around three years. I was always up at 4 in the morning in kindergarten and even younger and would wake my fam up. I sound like such a gem, don’t I?;)


12 laury January 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Let me know if you try it!


13 Kristen January 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Can’t wait to give this workout a try.

Love the pics of your little sidekick trainer! So cute.
I know it has to be frustrating dealing with the whole sleep issue but from what I’ve gathered you and Mike are damn good parents and it doesn’t even matter what you should’ve done or could’ve tried. It is what it is and you guys are dealing with it. I know some parents have methods they swear by and it’s the “right” way because it worked for their kids. That’s BS. Every child is different and even if you guys did do strict sleep training when she was younger, who’s to say she still wouldn’t be going through this phase? I commented on your last post about my 10 month old all of a sudden having issues falling to sleep on his own and we had a pretty good routine going with him. So, there ya go.
At the end of the day (your exhausting day!) just remember that this stage won’t last forever and even if she does end up sleeping with you guys more than she “should” who cares? There are worse things that could be going on. When she’s older, you won’t look back and regret this time.
That being said, i really do hope you guys get back on track soon. Just hang in there. Like I said, it WILL eventually pass.
Sorry for the long rant. 🙂


14 laury January 10, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Kristen thank you so much! Your words mean more than you’ll know! You are so right. I look at it too like she won’t be little forever, having her in our bed isn’t the end of the world! It was just much better when she at least started in her crib so she got enough sleep! Thanks again for your support! I hope things get better for your LO’s sleep troubles as well!


15 Heidi Kinnally January 9, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Im so sorry you’re having sleep issues with Ella! I was horrible when it came to this with my kids. They all went through a phase where they slept with us for a while. My youngest, who is now in kindergarten, was the worst. I think he was almost four before he started to consistently sleep in his own bed (embarrassed and blushing). I hope you all get some rest soon!

Heidi 🙂


16 laury January 10, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Thanks Heidi! It does help to hear from other moms who have experienced the same thing!


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