After much deliberation yesterday it’s true the Kozlowski’s are expanding to a family of four!! We are thrilled (and slightly terrified if I’m being honest). Apparently talking about trying for a second and Mike looking at me funny was about all it took for us this time around. 😳 Needless to say Mike isn’t allowed to look at me anymore. 😜 I’m already 12 weeks and shocked at how fast this second pregnancy is going. I suppose I don’t have much time to sit around and think about it since I’m chasing Adler, who is almost 14 months old, around. Yes, we will have two under two (SEND HELP and any advice you have). The past few months I’ve been quite sick with the flu and then two colds which have slowed me down a lot, but I am slowly starting to come out of the first trimester fatigue fog and am feeling stronger and healthier. Fingers crossed I stay that way. 🤞🏼It is my intention to share openly about my pregnancy journey as I do most other aspects of my life. I am curious is there anything you want to know more about? Please feel free to shoot me a DM if you ever think of something. In another post I’ll share more about how this pregnancy is going to look much different for me because of Adler’s 8 weeks premature arrival. ❤️ Thank you all for humouring Mike and my odd senses of humour yesterday. We thought it was a hilarious announcement. I was laughing so hard at some of the responses we got. What can I say I do love a good 🌯, but this bump is pure 👶🏻. Lots of love. xoxo. Photographer: @stephaniemoorsphotography.
When I first looked at this photo I almost opted to post the version where my face was hidden. Why? As I get older when I smile I now have crow’s feet and smile lines. The thought to quickly cross my mind after a small but harsh superficial judgement was who forking cares?! I spent far too many years of my 20’s trying not to laugh or smile because I thought people should have to work to earn my joy and happiness. Once I realized that the only person I was robbing with that mindset was myself I slowly started to soften my icy demeanour. I now smile and laugh liberally hence the crow’s feet and smile lines and I wouldn’t change that for anything. I hope your life is full of an abundance of love, smiles and hugs and if you’re lucky like me one day your face will show proof of it. Sending anyone who needs a smile some extra love today. Today let’s all practice being a little less harsh towards ourselves and others and instead practice loving more openly. Photographer: @lenaigdelisleweddings Wearing: @aloyoga leggings and a @yoga_medicine tank.
Mamas still got it. 💪🏼 The truth is that I spend less and less time on my mat these days. In a good week I’ll make it to one public class which is nice because I like the feeling of being surrounded by community. The reality is that my postpartum body craves a lot of strength work. Many movements like plank holds and pushups don’t feel good anymore thanks to my DR so most of my physical work is done with weights like kettlebells and my main focus is posterior chain and TVA strengthening. Today I did a workout at home which I’ll post on my story. After my workout I got upside down. My inversion practice is mostly forearm balance these days. My left wrist and elbow are constantly aggravated from holding and carrying Adler around so handstand isn’t calling my name as frequently. Regardless of what I can or can’t do I’m so grateful for my body. My body (and yours) is a true miracle. Thanks for following me along my journey. Anyone else strangely fascinated with watching the human body move? 🙋🏻♀️ Per usual I’m wearing @aloyoga! Has anyone tried their their new soft material?! This color and the material is to die for.
If you’re having a bad day it’s nothing a smile or giggle from Adler can’t fix. They say babies laugh more than 300 times a day and adults less than 20. If motherhood has taught me anything it’s that we should all try to be more childlike. Adler keeps me laughing all day. This little human is my little miracle. As you can see he clearly loved his first time in a sled. He’s definitely a good Canadian and doesn’t mind the cold at all. ⛄️
Today was a good day. I got to be MacKenzie more than mom. Don’t get me wrong I love Adler and being his mom. Like he is the manifestation of my heart outside of my body, but boy did it feel good just to be me, get outside and move my body in the fresh mountain air. The best part yet is we still have yoga and dinner!! What?!!! Is this real life? 😂 Now if only I could get someone to rub my feet in bed. Hint, hint @beemcintyre! 😜😭 For all the mamas out there how do you take time for yourself? What do you like to do on your free time? For me it’s a tie between nature/food/coffee. 🌄🍲☕️ Rocking my @aloyoga down jacket and leggings.
Tomorrow night I spend my first night away from Adler ever! 😳 Before having a child it was easy for me to be judgemental of mothers who never leave their children, but I now see how challenging it can be. Motherhood is humbling and has made me a lot more empathetic. I’ve decided it’s a priority for me to maintain some of my previous autonomy and independence, so I’m thrilled that I’ve arranged this night away. My friend @beemcintyre and I are headed to the mountains for a day of snowshoeing, yoga and all the tasty food. Watch out Canmore here we come. #mamasgonewild Photo taken by @yogabeyond at the @aloyoga retreat.
Today I’m grateful...❤️ for this beautiful snow that made me slow down and be more mindful today while driving around town. ❤️ for the roasted garlic that I baked and ate straight out of the oven. Not to mention that my incredible husband @steelponyfarm grew it. Let me tell you when you love food as much as I do being married to a vegetable farmer has major perks. ❤️ for Adler’s music class that we attend every Monday. We get to see our friends and also practice musical skills. It’s incredible how much he has progressed since we began the class. The instructor commented today that she was impressed with his ability to feel rhythm in his gut and that she thinks he has a really healthy attachment to me since he spends most of the class exploring the room, but always checks back in with me. It certainly warmed my heart to hear that. ❤️ What are you grateful for today? Share three specific and preferably non-obvious things in the comments below. Let’s create a wave of gratitude. ❤️ Decked out in my @aloyoga beanie, jacket and leggings. There’s even so much snow outside that I had to pull out my heavy duty @sorelfootwear boots. Although it’s really freaking cold out I not so secretly love winter and it’s coziness.
Hugs. Give me all the hugs. Have you gotten or given a hug today? Comment a ❤️ if you have. I’m fortunate to have already received hugs from four people and it’s only 9:30. It’s going to be a good day. @steelponyfarm and I start every day with what we call a sweetie hug, which is a hug between two people who are sweeties. Physical touch is so important. Make a hugs a priority today. 📸: @stephaniemoorsphotography.
Want a quad cramp? Try these moves. I love compression exercises because I tend to be more backbendy than front body strong. Try them out and let me know how they go! ❄️ 1) Wide leg forward fold. Take the legs wide into approximately a 90 degree angle. Begin to extend forward. It’s important in this stretch that your pelvis is perpendicular to the ground before you fold forward. Feel free to elevate your hips on a blanket to make that accessible. Stay for 1-3 minutes. 2) Plant hands shoulder width apart in front of your pelvis. Lean forward grounding the hands firmly into the mat and begin to lift your bum as high as gravity allows. Insert quad cramp #1. 😂 3) Single leg leg lift. From your upright seated position will one of your legs away from the ground. It helps to stare at your leg and give it a mean mug. Then attempt the second leg. Insert quad cramp # 2 & 3. 4) Active wide leg forward fold. Set up is the same as number one. This time as you lean forward you’ll activate the legs firmly into the ground, so that within your range of motion you need little to no assistance from your hands. 5) Now it’s time for the grand finale. Plant your hands shoulder width apart in front of your pelvis. Lean forward weight bearing into your palms. Begin to lift the pelvis away from the ground while simultaneously lifting the legs too. Have you survived these movements without cramping? Congrats!! If you’re like me you were a cramping machine which tells me I could stand to do this more frequently. ❄️ Staying cozy on this chilly day in Canada wearing @aloyoga.
So grateful for these two. Life is a fuller adventure with them by my side and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Best buds for life. 👪 Thanks to @stephaniemoorsphotography for capturing my sweet family. ❤️
Being in Arizona has given us an incredible opportunity to get outside as a family everyday. I’d be lying if I said it’s easy for me to get motivated to go outside every day (especially at home during winter❄️). Once I’m out in nature I never regret it. I’m not sure why I resist it so much when I feel so much better after. 🤷🏻♀️ Anyone else feel me? This trip has inspired us to do some more hiking and camping as a family. I’d love to hear what some of your favorite family vacation spots are. Especially if you have camping experience with little ones. We will need all the help we can get. 💞 Aren’t the cacti behind me so incredible? 🌵 Wearing @aloyoga.