Monday, February 28, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

I don't want to talk about it.

Friday, February 25, 2011


Blah P90X.  Blah getting up at 5 am.  Blah healthy eating.

You know, I was doing really well in the battle between me and the girl scout cookies.  Then Brian had to go and actually BUY some.  Fortunately he bought two boxes of Samoas and only one box of Tagalongs (my favorite.)  Of course, there's also the box of Thin Mints in the freezer which I'm trying to forget about. Upside: Tagalongs are half gone.  Downside: That's because I ate like half of them.

Pretty sure I'm going to quit P90X.  It's not that I don't like it.  It's a good workout, but I don't love it.  And I certainly don't love it enough to get up at 5 am every day for it.  This has become more and more apparent as the days go on, so I'm changing my tactics.  Starting next week I'll be getting up in the mornings to do yoga.  I'm not looking to win Biggest Blogging Loser, because seriously?  The current leader has lost more than 15% of her body weight.  If I'd lost 15% I'd already BE AT my goal weight.  And that's all I want right now, to be at my goal weight.  I'm not looking forward to Monday's post-girl-scout-cookie weigh in, but I'm still trying to move in the right direction.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Too bad I'm not that cool

It's been nice the last couple of days, so today we ventured out to the park.  We just live a few blocks away so it's a pretty quick walk over.  (It would be quicker if I could cut straight through on our street.  Unfortunately it crosses a busy street with "No Pedestrian Crossing" signs all over, so you have to walk up to the next traffic light and use the crosswalk.)  It was a lovely day to be at the park and the kids very much enjoyed the playground.  Will especially loved the swings, and got to go down the slide for the first time.

What I did not so much enjoy was the fact that, apparently, winter is a popular time for tweens who think they're really awesome to vandalize playground equipment.  Made me glad my kids don't read yet.  My favorite was one from a girl (or a boy with REALLY feminine handwriting who draws hearts after his sentences) written on the slide.  It said "I want to get rich, buy a huge flat in London, get tattoos smoke lots of weed and LIVE" (and then there was a little heart-- cute right?)  Seriously?  If you plan to move out of the country and smoke lots of weed, why not move somewhere where that is legal?  Also, seriously?  Get tattoos is a life goal?  Wow.  Tattoos and illegal drugs.  That's some high aspirations right there.  Good thing this plan starts out with the foolproof "get rich" goal.  And, you know, no better way to make sure these "dreams" come true than to write them on a playground with a sharpie.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Writing elsewhere

So.  I'm officially writing for Food Lush.  This is so I don't bore everyone here talking about food and cooking and the things I want for my kitchen.  Head on over and check it out, I'll be posting every Wednesday and today is my first post.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Weekly weigh in once again

The weight gain happened for many reasons I'm sure.  Let's not even talk about how many times we ate out last week (5) or how many times we worked out last week (0).  But really, I should have expected this.  I usually do well for the first month or so, and then things level off.  Lack of motivation, lack of dedication, life in general.  It all gets in the way of my ambitious weight loss schedule.   

BUT.  Biggest Blogging Loser isn't over, so I'm not giving up yet.  We started P90X again this week and I'm back (mostly) on the healthy eating schedule.  I'm getting SO CLOSE to my goal weight.  Well, so much closer than I've been in a LONG time.  Anyway, it's a new week (do I say that every Monday?) so it's time to get back on track.    

Friday, February 18, 2011

Feeling a little brain dead over here

I don't know what my deal is, but every time I sit down to blog at night my mind is blank.  Empty.  Nothing.  Throughout the day things will happen and I'll think, "Hey!  I need to blog about that!"  And then I open my computer and it's all gone.

I probably need to keep a list.  I'm useless without a list you know.

Anyway, pictures to distract you!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I know reading is good but seriously?

Will is in a phase of wanting to be read to.  Now, I like reading.  I like reading to my kids.  In fact, I specifically buy books I enjoy reading so that I do like reading to my kids.  But Will?  Only wants to read board books.  Which, again, would be fine IF he were satisfied with reading four or five or ten books.  But NO.  He wants me to read to him for like an HOUR.  And board books take like 45 seconds apiece to read.  Which means I have to read like a gazillion books.  Or the same book a gazillion times in a row.  (That's actually his preference.)  So now I spend all my time trying not to sit in one place for too long so he doesn't have time drag his books over and whine at me until I read Little Blue Truck AGAIN.  (And I really like that book.)  I am looking forward to the day where he'll sit happily through a whole Dr. Seuss book instead of yet another reading of Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb.  (I also really like THAT book, but enough is enough.)

On an unrelated note: still watching Greek over here.  And a few thoughts:

1)  It bugs me that the show title uses sigmas for Es.  I know the idea is that sigmas sort of look like Es, but the greek alphabet equivalent of an E is epsilon which, incidentally, looks EXACTLY like an E.  (I'm sure only a sorority girl from an engineering school would care about that kind of detail.)

2)  I am LOVING the Ferris Bueller references.  Loving.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Time for the weekly weigh in!

Still on the right track I suppose.  Although, all the dark chocolate I've been eating today probably isn't the best for weight loss.  ANYWAY.  

We didn't start P90X today.'s Valentine's Day?  I know, worst excuse ever.  Tomorrow.  Because we've got to start again sometime.  

When do you work out?  Right now my choices are: 5 am (our current top choice) while both kids nap in the afternoon (although, that doesn't always happen) or after the kids go to bed (currently the only time I actually get to relax during the day.)  I wish the kids would just sleep until like 8, so we could work out at 6:30 and still be finished before they got up.  Pretty sure that's never going to happen though.  Ugh.  I guess I have to stick with 5 am.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

To make up for the complaining

Nap or no nap, he's still a cute kid.

Bear in one hand and a finger in the mouth.  That's what Will looks like much of the time. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Tell me this is temporary!!

Will has, for the last few days, been refusing an afternoon nap.  And by "refusing" I mean he talks and plays for awhile, then cries, then cries more insistently, and then I get him up.  This?  Is HORRIBLE.  I'm a little concerned that he's trying to transition to one nap, and that he's going to do it the same way Kalena did.

For those of you who don't remember what Kalena did was this: continued waking up at 6, napping at 8, being up by 9:30 and then not sleeping AT ALL until bedtime.  I don't know about you, but for me nine and a half hours is a LONG time to deal with an awake toddler.  By the way, she didn't drop to one nap until she was like 18 months old, so I REALLY hope Will isn't going to do this 6 months ahead of schedule.

Now, I suppose I should be happy that at least Will's morning nap usually lasts from 9 to 11:30 or so.  But I want the afternoon nap!  Both kids nap at the same time!  It's (usually) 2 hours of time with both kids asleep!  BOTH OF THEM!!  How am I going to live without that?  It's just so sad.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Maybe it's just a case of the Mondays

While my health is back to normal, my motivation is not.  After a week of everyone being sick, our house is pretty much a disaster, and I just cannot make myself want to clean.  I don't want to do dishes or laundry or vacuum or sweep and mop or ANYTHING.  It all needs done though.  All I want to do is lay on the couch playing words with friends and watching Greek on Netflix.  Even though I spend half that show saying, "Wait.  That's not what being in a sorority is like!"  And then saying, "Okay, well maybe a little like that."

So.  Anyone have something amazingly motivational to say to me?  Because I REALLY need to get my butt in gear and get the house put back together.

P.S.  For those of you who are stuck on that "want to clean" part up there, yes, I can make myself WANT to do that stuff most days.  Even if I only want to do it so it's done.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Snow time

Kalena woke up a little early from her nap today, so while Will was still sleeping we went outside and enjoyed the snow.

She didn't want to come in, so she assured me that Will was still sleeping.

So.  Now all this snow can melt.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Weekly Weigh In

Apparently the "have a horrible cold, lay around the house all day and live on ramen and fast food" diet worked for me last week.

The plan was to start back on P90X today, but Brian still has his hacking cough, so we're holding off for a little longer.  By the way, it turns out I'm not so good at motivating myself to workout at 5 am alone.  It's hard enough to do when Brian is going to get up with me.  But when I know he's not going to?  Yeah, not so much.  Hopefully we'll be back on track soon though.  I'd hate to have to say that my cold was the cause of my most successful week of Biggest Blogging Loser.

P.S.  That puts me at a total weight loss of 9.6 lbs.  So, almost halfway there!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

You can start with the walking anytime now

Will isn't walking yet.  I'm sure he could, if he tried, but he won't.  He can stand without holding anything.  I've seen him take unassisted steps (1 or 2 about the time he turned 1).  He will walk pushing his little car walker thing.  He cruises like crazy.  But with the walking?  Not so much.  In fact, if you try to get him to walk while holding his hands he'll just sit down on the floor and crawl away.

Probably when he starts walking I'll think, "Why did I want this?!"  But right now I'm excited for the walking.  When did your kids start walking?

Friday, February 4, 2011

An update. Well, a non-update really.

Laura requested an update on how the P90X is going and I am happy to oblige her.  This week?  It's not going.  Between everyone being sick and the lack of sleep and the hacking up a lung every time I so much as laugh too hard, I spend any energy I can muster up making dinner.  Because it turns out these kids still want to be fed like three times a DAY!

I remember back in college when I'd get sick and wish my mom were there to take care of me.  Now I long for the days where being sick meant I could take some nyquil and watch tv from my bed all day.

But back to P90X.  Last week was the "rest" week of cycle one which means no lifting, no ab ripper, more stretching and yoga.  We made it through that and then this week should have been the start of cycle two.  Instead, we decided it'd be more fun if we all spent the week wanting to die.  So I think the plan is to start cycle two next week.  (Please, PLEASE let us be better by next week.)  I guess it worked out well to get sick between cycles, although it will throw off my plan of finishing up with P90X and Biggest Blogging Loser at the same time.  (Well, same time-ish since 90 days is like 13 weeks and BBL is 12 weeks.  But now it's going to be another week off.)  ANYWAY.  I'll do more updating when we're back at it.

On an unrelated note, if Kalena coughs and you ask her if she's okay she'll say, "Yeah.  Miss just have a wittle cough."  Every. Single. Time.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Back to the doctor

Remember at Will's one year appointment when they told me his head is huge and we had to have it checked again?  Well we did that today.  And since today's measurement was a quarter inch smaller than last time (19 1/2 inches today) the pediatrician said the measurement was probably off last time and there's no need to worry.  He does still have a big head though.  Quarter inch smaller still puts him in the 99th percentile.

Anyway, it was sort of convenient that the appointment was scheduled for today since we all have this awful cold.  The pediatrician thought it was convenient too.  She said she was glad we didn't end up just having to come for the head check since that turned out to be fine.  So.  Looks like RSV all around and Will has an ear infection.  Awesome.  She didn't actually do the test for RSV since it doesn't make a difference in terms of treatment for any of us, but she said that's what it sounds like.  She recommended lots of rest (which in this house translates to lots of movies) and fluids.  Anyway.  Good to know what's making us all so miserable.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Weaned. Or: Well that was easy.

At the beginning of January Will was still nursing 4 times a day.  First thing in the morning, before each nap, and before bed.  I figured he'd still be nursing for a few months at least.  But a few weeks into January it was obvious that he was quickly losing interest in nursing.  I dropped the morning feeding with no struggle.  He still didn't seem very interested though.  When he nursed before his naps he was distracted, nursing for only a minute or two before quitting, or worse, biting me instead of nursing at all.  So I dropped those feedings, again without a struggle.  No crying, no asking to nurse (wanting to nurse was pretty much the only time he'd sign) no nothing.  And when it was down to just the bedtime feeding things seemed pretty good.  He was interested and happy to nurse then.

Then one night I had a thing to go to with my mom that started at 6:30, so Brian had to put the kids to bed. Will had some milk from his sippy cup and went to sleep without a fight.  He nursed as usual the next night, but after that he refused.  I offered and he wouldn't nurse at all.  And that was it.  I offered for a few nights but he wasn't interested.  So we're done.  I really expected a little more drama, but I definitely happy things turned out the way they did.  I'm also glad I can take whatever medicine I want for this stupid cough.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Who needs sleep?

You guys.  Last night was awful.  Brian and Kalena both have a nasty cough, and Will kept crying on and off.  So between waking up to someone coughing and waking up to Will crying, I was awake like a million times.  Seriously a million.  (Well, like half a million BEFORE I went to sleep on the couch so Brian wouldn't wake me up anymore and half a million after.  Turns out the kids are a lot louder when you're just outside their bedrooms than they are through the monitor.)  And Will?  Will was crying IN HIS SLEEP.  I know because I checked on him.  Then Kalena spent all day crying at the drop of a hat (as she is wont to do when she's sick) and Will was unhappy unless I was holding him (and his bear) and sometimes not even then.  I'm hoping tonight is better since no sleep + extra whiny sick kids = a LONG day.

P.S.  To whoever gave us this cold?  I hate you.

P.P.S.  If we get the stomach bug that also seems to be going around?  I am going to scream.