Tuesday, March 25, 2014

23 Months!

Weight/Length- Still no idea.  I totally forget to check.  We'll know next month at your 2 YEAR doctor's appointment though!

Eating- You snack... a lot.  And you'll eat large amounts of things that you really like (macaroni and cheese and applesauce) and not much of other things.

Teeth- No sign of those 2-year molars yet.

Sleep- You sleep like a champ (knock on wood), though I wish your afternoon nap was a bit longer (you only nap for about 90 minutes in the middle of the day).

 Clothes-Same problem as last month... you're too tall and too skinny for pants to fit you right.  For the most part you are wearing 24 month/2T sizes.  And, either I'm really back up with the laundry (which could very well be the case), or we don't have as many pants in that size as I thought.  May be time to make a trip to the consignment store again.  =)

Personality- So so smart.  And such a sweet heart.  You love your friends at day care, "talk" about them constantly, and give them hugs and kisses when we pick you up in the afternoon.  You are definitely a social creature.

  • You like to play with dolls.  You'll cuddle with them, get their shoes on, and, I've been told by day care, even change their diapers.  =)
  • You like to go outside.  We've had a couple nice days of weather and you love to be outside playing in your sand box and the garden. You also like to color with sidewalk chalk and chase bubbles that mommy blows.
  • You like looking out windows and observing things.
  • You like pretending to talk on the phone... even if you don't say much.  =)
  •  You don't like being told "no"... but I think that's kind of a given for a toddler, right?  ;)
  • You don't like daddy waking you up in the morning for day care.  You roll over and pull the blanket over your head.  lol 
  • You don't like eating with your fork... you prefer one of mom or dad's big forks.  You're too big for the baby fork I guess.  ;)
  • Oh my gosh!  I can't think of any!  This month was pretty mellow... aside from your vocabulary increasing daily, I can't think of any other significant milestones.  Some things you like to say this month are:
    • "Come" (when you want us to follow you somewhere)
    • "Go" (while pulling on the door knob... generally when you have your shoes and coat on in the morning and dad and I are still trying to get ready).
    • "Hi _____" (you'll say hi to mommy, daddy, your day care friends, the kitty, etc... ditto with "bye".
    • "Airplane" (your kind of obsessed.... you can see/hear them when they are really far away! lol)
  • Thought of a milestone!  You can open your snack cupboard by yourself... uh oh!  You remove the hair-tie child-proofer, open the cupboard, grab the crackers, close the cupboard, and put the hair-tie back over the knobs. lol  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Best Two out of Three

Saw this image on Facebook this evening and felt it was the perfect writing prompt.  =)

I have two full-time jobs (being a mom and working outside the home) and two part-time jobs (unfortunately I think being a wife and taking care of myself fall into this category).  I was not about to take on a third full-time job and try to be a housewife who (somehow) keeps the house running seamlessly as well.  I just don't feel like I can do it without losing myself and giving up any sort of me-time that I can find for self-care. 

Keeping up a house has NEVER been something that appealed to me/that I was any good at.  My mother LOVES to clean.  She'll actually do that as her me-time.  Me?  Nope.  Didn't get that gene AT ALL.  My room as a kid was a mess.  My room as an adult is a mess.  There is just so much more that I'd rather be doing that cleaning the house.

About a year ago Jacob and I made a couple of household-life-change decisions.  The first was that we would hire someone to come in once a month to give our house a nice cleaning.  The second was that we signed up for an online meal planning service.  Both of these decisions have been EXCELLENT.

Now, don't get me wrong, we still clean the house throughout the course of the month between professional visits, we don't live in a pig sty, but that once a month break/deep clean has been great (especially since the cleaner comes when I'm at work so I could home once a month to a spotless house after work and didn't have to lift a finger!).  I feel lucky that this is an expense that we can afford right now.  I doubt we'll be able to keep it up forever, but, for now I'm a happy wife.  =)  (especially when, even days later I run across things that were cleaned unexpectedly... like, for instance, the inside of our kitchen trash can!)

Using a meal planning service has also been amazing.  Before we would shop with no real list (except what we needed for the house), and then it was a constant battle every night after to work to figure out what to cook for dinner.  And we often had the same things over and over again.  And, while Jacob and I are both capable of cooking, I wouldn't say that either of us are particularly creative/adventurous in the kitchen.  In other words, it got a little boring.  Now, we get a weekly shopping list and dinner recipes via e-mail (I signed up for recipes for a family of 4-6 so that I'm sure to have left overs for lunch).  We just have to get to the store (or order from Safeway... we have definitely simplified our life by using that service every now and then, too!), get the things on the list, and then make one of the recipes each night when we get home.  Everything is laid out for us nicely and I don't have to think about a damn thing (except for doing any sort of pre-marinading or crock pot prep work that needs to happen beforehand).  Generally the meals are delicious and include healthy foods that we would not have even known what to do with before.  We've been VERY happy.

If I have to pick the best two out of three of that graphic above, it's going to be happy kids and my sanity every time.  I'm just blessed right now that I have the benefit of making that choice and can afford help in the other area.  I know that others don't have the same luxury, and to those women (and men!) I say "you are amazing."

Thursday, February 27, 2014

22 Months!

Finally getting a moment to sit down and get this thing written!

Weight/Length-No idea... tall and skinny.  Does that work?  =)

Eating- You eat a lot and often.  Mostly during the day.  I think you are pretty stuffed by the time you get home and you don't usually eat much of a dinner.  You have the reputation of being the kid at daycare who is always eating though... and who doesn't like to share her food (I think you get that one from your mom).  =)  You love all things carb-y.... crackers, bread, toast, pizza, tortillas, etc, etc.  Also, you could LIVE on applesauce.  I honestly don't know how your digestive system is not completely out of whack with the amount of applesauce that you consume.

Teeth- Same as last month.  No sign of those 2-year molars yet.

Sleep- Sleeping is pretty much the same.  Though, it's getting more and more difficult to get you to settle down long enough to get your pajamas on at night... but you never really put up a fight for the actual bed/sleeping part.

 Clothes-Mostly wearing 24 month/2T sizes... but the problem is that you are two skinny for the pants, so all of your pants either sag, or continue to be too short (18 month sizes).

Personality- You are o smart.  You are trying to talk a lot now, and sometimes we don't understand what you are saying, but you are awesome at "showing" us what it is that you want and/or getting it yourself.  You are also a little daredevil.  Your favorite thing to do now is jump off of things.  You are going to be the kid that injures yourself jumping off the top bunk one day.  Hopefully the amount of time we spend reading to you about the five little monkeys that jump on the bed will help deter you from that specific stunt!

  • Curious George.  I feel like I could begin and end this category with Curious George! lol
  • You also like sitting at the dinner table in a "regular" chair.  You rarely, rarely sit in your booster anymore.  You much prefer to be up on your knees in a big chair.
  • You love tending to your stuffed animals.  Whether that is sitting them at the table with you to color, making sure they have a bowl of cereal for breakfast, too, or helping them learn how to use the potty... you are a great little caregiver.  =)
  • You like to bring us items to help us get ready to leave the house in the morning.  If you are ready to go, you feel like we should be, too.  So you'll bring our shoes, coats, and bags and then go and try to open the front door... all the time shouting 'Go! Go!' =)
  •  You dislike t when we can't understand what you are saying.  You can get pretty frustrated with us.  I don't blame you, it's got to be pretty frustrating to know what you want to get across and not have the ability yet to do it.  I feel really  bad sometimes and so try hard to encourage you to "show" us (though, I will admit, I think your Daddy is better at figuring out what you are saying that I am... not sure how he got that gift, but I'm glad that he has it!)
  • Sourdough toast... tried to switch it in for the honey wheat stuff you usually get because we had a loaf that we needed to eat... you took one bite and threw it at us. lol  You definitely have your dad's "adventurous" pallet.  ;)
  • You started "gymnastics" classes!  I'm so impressed at how good you are at sitting still and following the teacher's directions!  So much better than some of the other little kids in your class!
  • You learned the chicken dance. You're all set for community dancing at festival this year.  ;)
  • You spent the night on a houseboat! (Nana and Papa's new house)  I don't even know that I've done that yet!
  • You are putting more and more words/mini sentences together.  Such as:
    • "Mom cook dinner"
    • "More Pizza"
    • "More Applesauce"
    • "More crackers"  (See?  You love to eat!)
    • "Up please"
    • "Love you"
    • "Nigh' Nigh'"
    • "Get this"
    • "Bye Silas" (her daycare friend)
    • "Got it"

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Mirror, Mirror...

The start for this post has been sitting in my drafts for weeks... I keep meaning to get to it, but keep finding other things that I need to do.  Between work, being a mom/wife, and an online class that I am taking this term I have so little time to myself... oh... and also trying to get some exercise.

I want to talk a little bit about body image. The idea of "body image" seems to be all over the place right now. Between the super-fit mom, Dove's 10-year "Real Beauty" campaign, all of this stuff about Lena Dunham and Gabourey Sidibe, the Aerie "Real You" ad campaign... the list goes on and on.  Or, maybe it's not all over any more than normal... but I just started following the Huffington Post and I see it everywhere.  =)

I have always had struggles with my weight and have never really felt physically attractive (because, really, that's what it comes down to when you're young).  I wish that I could have a heart to heart with that 16 year old me who was gorgeous (I look back at photos now and realize how cute I was. lol).

I came to a realization and made a decision about a month ago... and the two may seem somewhat contradictory.  I realized that I was comfortable in my own skin.  I was not as fit/thin as I would have liked to be, but I wasn't unhappy.  My body has done some pretty remarkable things, and I was a healthy, smart, caring, awesome wife/mother/daughter/woman.  I am a good person.

At roughly the same time that I came to this realization, I decided to lose weight.  See?  Seems contradictory doesn't it?  But, here's the thing, I didn't make the decision because I wanted to wear a different size or look good in a swim suit, I made the decision because I wanted to challenge myself to get down to pre-pregnancy weight before having another kid... and then see if I could make healthier decisions with my second pregnancy.  (I have lost all of the "baby" weight from my last pregnancy... it's the "brownie" and "milkshake" weight that is still sticking around).  I'm not doing it for image, I'm doing it for physical health and to reach a physical goal.  I've reach several academic/life goals over the years, but the physical aspect of my life has always been lacking.  P.S.  Just because you're tall, doesn't mean that you are any good at basketball/volleyball!  =)

Right around the same time eMeals came out with a low-calorie meal plan, and I started going to the gym a couple of times a week and started (for the 3rd time) a Couch to 5k workout (ideally I would like to be able to run a 5k this spring--I was never a runner in school and would love to be able to say that I can do it!).  I have always had success when coupling low-cal options and food journaling with cardio.

Like I said, I started this whole thing about a month ago (it was NOT a New Year's Resolution... I started right after Christmas.  Resolutions never work).  So far I have lost somewhere between 10-15 lbs. (and can fit into most of my pre-prego pants!  Score!).  The other day I decided to plug my height/weight into a BMI calculator and see where I stand... and I was pretty damn shocked to say the least.

According to the powers-that-be via the BMI, I am obese.

Now, I know that I have a little extra padding and some junk in my trunk.  But "obese" is NEVER a word that I would have used to describe myself.  Contestants on The Biggest Loser maybe, but it was not a word that I associated with myself.  I am a tall woman.  I carry weight differently.  And, honestly, I was really, really taken aback by this label.

If I would have gotten this "news" as a 16 year old girl, I probably would have cried for days and felt just rotten about myself.  Is this really the message that we want to send?  That just because you hit at a certain point on a chart that there is something to be ashamed of/concerned about?  What about the fact that I don't smoke, have never used any "substances", drink only occasionally, and have never had any issues with blood pressure or anything else concerning to my doctors?  Except for a little roundness, I am a healthy person.

But, apparently, an obese healthy person.

Something needs to change in the way that we express "health" from a weight/body mass point of view.  Heart disease is still the leading cause of death in women (the cause of which has several other factors unrelated to weight... such as family history and smoking), however cancer is trailing behind by less than 2% according to the CDC... and that bitch of a disease doesn't care about a few extra pounds. 

We need to start defining "health" differently.  For the sake of ourselves and those coming after us.

OK... now I just feel like I'm rambling.  I hope that I got my point across... but, at least I got my thoughts out... finally.  =)

21 Months!

(Almost a week late... I need to get better at this. lol)

Weight/Length- Yup... still going to hold off on this as I can never remember to weigh/measure you.  You're tall enough to pull things off the kitchen counter... so, yeah, we're in trouble.  =)

Eating- You love food.  You eat frequently.  Camden's mom at day care says that you are eating every time she's there! lol  You used to really like these breakfast bar things, but then you got a stomach bug and they came back up... and after that you weren't interested any more. lol

Teeth- Same as last month.  No sign of those 2-year molars yet.

Sleep- Sleeping like a champ.  Bed at 8, wake up between 7-8 and down for one nap of anywhere from 1-3 hours (most likely 60-90 minutes).

 Clothes-Same as last month.  Slowly starting to take out the 18 month size from your wardrobe as I realize that the pants are now capris and the shirts show off your belly.  =)

Personality- You are a giant sweet heart.  You say "thank you" frequently (even when it's not really an appropriate time for it. lol) and you like to say "goodbye" to everyone/everything and given kisses.  Every now and then you'll come up to me and say "hug" and then go about playing after you get a little lovin'.  =)  You are definitely a momma's girl right now.  After Christmas your daddy and I switched up the bedtime routine so that now he reads you stories and I put your pajamas on.  We did this so that you could get some cuddly time with dad... as you only seem to want mom right now.  We wanted to make sure that you could also see Dad as someone to provide comfort.

You are also getting a lot better at leaving day care.  You used to not be much of a happy camper when it was time to go, but now you get your own shoes and socks on and are saying goodbye to everyone before I can even manage to get your coat on... the you open the door and start walking out to the car as I'm trying to grab your diaper bag and rush out with you!  =)

  • In addition to Elmo, you are now a big Curious George fan.  You'll say "George" and lead us tot he TV after dinner. lol
  • You like doing your puzzles and playing with your legos.
  • You like working with playdoh and flubber.
  • You like getting piggy back rides... especially if mom or dad is moving really quickly.  =)
  • You like looking at photos around the house and pointing out different people:
  •  You dislike sharing your toys.  You have learned the word "mine".  I'm not a big fan of that one.
  • You dislike not having mom's attention all to yourself.  It's getting more and more challenging to cook with one hand.
  • You dislike riding in a shopping cart.  I worry that this may be a direct link to the "baby wearing" that your dad and I did with you... now you just want to be carried everywhere.  (Or, in the case of the shopping cart, push it or climb on to the front and hang off of it as we go up and down the aisles).
  • You threw up for the first time... and second... and third.  Ick!
  • You started art "classes".  Really just a free-for-all 30 minutes of art fun.  =)
  • Your vocabulary is constantly expanding.  And you are getting really good and repeating back words that we say (we have to start being careful, now!)
  • You're tall enough/stable enough now that you can play in the shallow end of the pool at the community center without mom/dad having to hover over you.  You like to sit in the water and/or jump from standing to sitting and splash everywhere.  And you love to go down the slides!  =) 
  • You said "grandma" and "GG" (great grandma) for the first time... and in their presence!  =)