Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weight Loss Journey

I always hated that almost every woman I knew would always say "lose weight" when asked if there was anything they wanted to change about themselves... I hated that weight had such an impact on how females thought of themselves... and then it happened... someone asked me what I would change about myself if I could... and I said "lose a few pounds"!  I couldn't believe my ears... did I just say that!?!  I was never incredibly skinny, but I was happy with my "normal, average" build and weight... but apparently I wasn't anymore.

Then a few weeks later I saw a mom from preschool and she looked AMAZING!  I definitely never thought she looked bad before this, but she really did look INCREDIBLE now.  She told me she lost 20 pounds doing Weight Watchers and I immediately thought... wow, only 20 pounds, that made a huge difference!  She did it for me... because of her I decided to really try to lose some weight.  I wasn't heavy but had been feeling lately like I didn't look the way I wanted to.  Of course most people put on a little weight here and there over the years so I felt normal... but I wasn't happy with it.

Well, I looked into Weight Watchers and I am just too darn cheap to pay for that... so I did a search on the iPad for weight loss apps and found Lose It!  I installed it and signed up, for free :)  It was the last week of May and I set my current weight of 143.5 and my goal weight of 120.  23.5 pounds seemed unrealistic to me, but I was determined to try.  I started documenting everything I ate, which was actually kind-of fun as I am weird and LOVE tracking things.  I stopped nibbling on junk food and I was watching my calorie intake very closely.  I didn't feel like I had extra time to incorporate "actual" exercise, granted I played at the park, rode bikes and went on walks with the kids, but I wasn't wanting to take time away from the kids or hubby to go on speed walks or to do the elliptical, so I was focusing solely on calorie intake.

The first week I felt so hungry... it was hard to only eat about 900 calories a day!  I was eating cereal for breakfast and trying to skip lunch so that I would have enough calories for dinner, but I was starving.  I starting eating a smaller breakfast and then a fruit or veggie for lunch and then a normal dinner and that was working so much better.

Weekends were by far the hardest.  During the week, I would do housework in the kitchen while the kids were eating lunch so that I wouldn't feel like munching on their lunches, but on the weekends, hubby wanted me to "sit with them" at the table and it is really hard to sit with people that are eating and not eat too.  Once I explained this to him, it helped and yes I miss out on sitting with the family during lunch, but we always sit and have dinner together so its okay.

So, today, about 9 weeks later, I am down 19 pounds!  I can't believe it!  I feel better and I feel like I look better... but I still have 4.5 pounds to go... but I am so close and so proud of myself!  Thank you to the mom at preschool that inspired me!  You have no idea the impact you had on me!

Monday, July 28, 2014

To have another baby... or not to???

Hubby and I agreed before we even got married that we would have 2 kids, ideally a boy and a girl... but if we had 2 boys or 2 girls we would try a 3rd, but that would be it.  With Little C we did not find out what we were having... and I totally recommend to any pregnant women out there to NOT find out!  It was so fun and exciting to wonder and dream and have it be an amazing surprise when that little one is born.  Hubby wanted to know but agreed to my wishes of neither of us knowing and to this day says he is so glad we didn't find out.  With Cookie M we did find out, mostly because I am such a planner and we needed to know if we needed to buy a new bedroom set (as C would be using the new set we got him) or if we could use my set from when I was a child (which has flowers all over it and could not be used for a boy).  If I had to do it all over again, I think I'd not want to find out and just use the girl set either way for a newborn... but as it was... we found out.

The minute they said "girl" in the ultrasound room I felt a mix of emotions.  Little C had said from day one that it was a baby sister and not a baby brother in my tummy, and he said that is what he wanted :)  I was so happy because I really wanted a little girl and had it been a second boy there of course was no guarantee that #3 would be a girl, so I was thrilled and relieved that I was having a girl.  But... I was a little sad too... and maybe even a little disappointed... I really wanted more than 2 kids... and now that we had a boy and a girl on the way, we were done, per our decision from years before.  Any time someone asked if we were stopping at 2 kids... I would think "how??? I want more!!!".  Our daughter was born happy and healthy, just like her brother and I didn't give baby #3 a thought, as we were very busy with a 2 year old and a newborn.

The older Little M got, the more content I felt with our family exactly the way it was.  I started feeling like things really were perfect for us the way they were.  Not that I would be disappointed or upset in any way if baby 3 happened, but we really are just so happy with the way the things are.  This feeling of being content and happy with 2 hasn't changed.  My hubby and I both feel confident in our decision to not have any more of our own children... but I will, hopefully, be pregnant again...

Friday, July 25, 2014

3 years old!

Cookie M turned 3 last month... and although she acts like 13 most times, she can also be a very sweet little girl.  She basically potty trained herself back in April, it was maybe 1 week of me wondering how much I should "help" to get the right balance of taking advantage of her wanting too and not pushing too hard, but really she did it all on her own!  She also threw away her last pacifier within a week of the snipping of the tip every morning.  We warned her that it was the only one she had left and if she threw it away she wouldn't have a paci anymore, she said "I know" and tossed it in the garbage and never asked for it again!  Both kiddos also had their car seats adjusted that day back in April last year and it was great, they were so excited to both be forward facing and it just got better as now they both even climb in and strap themselves in on their own!  Where did my babies go!  I know that last week of August is going to be so hard when Little C starts kindergarten and Cookie M starts preschool... this Mommy is going to be a basket case!  But at the same time, I am so excited for M to experience preschool just like she saw her big brother do.  I know she will LOVE it as much as he did.  We really belong to an awesome and incredible preschool and I am so lucky that we found it.  So many changes to come this year... although I could have said that (and probably did) about every other year in the past... and will probably say it about every year moving forward... how amazing life is!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

5 years old!

Yes, Little C is not so little anymore, but he'll always be Little C to us.  He LOVED preschool and is so very excited for kindergarten in just over a month!  Here there is either morning or afternoon half-day kindergarten, which I love, because that's how it was when I was growing up.  Where we used to live, it was 2 full days and 1 half day, which I did not like, so I'm happy we have all half days now.  We opted for afternoons mainly because there are no midday buses, and the pickup time would be too close to Cookie M's pickup at preschool.  The more I thought about it, the more I loved the idea of afternoons, this way I get one-on-one time with Little C while Cookie M is at school 2 mornings a week.  I get time to myself too, to do housework and stuff, while Cookie M naps or does quiet time in the afternoon.  And, best of all, since I have such late sleepers (10am for these two sleepyheads sometimes) I won't have to wake Little C everyday for kindergarten, only 2x a week for Cookie M's preschool.  All around, I think it will be great for everyone!  I am so very excited for the teacher assignment and the school supplies list to come out.  Shopping for school supplies was always my favorite thing to do growing up and I am so excited to do it with my kids!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Where have I been?

It's been a whirlwind of the past year and a half... and although I have not been the best (ok, I've been the worst) at blogging, I do think about it often.  "No time today, I'll work on it tomorrow"... and days turn into weeks turn into months turns into a year and a half!  I am vowing to be better.  So, this is my not-so-New Years resolution... be better at a lot of things, including blogging.

There are tons of changes going on and I'll blog about each one in its own post... but here's a little sneak peak:

~Little C is 5 and starting kindergarten this fall!
~Cookie M is 3 and starting preschool this fall!
~Updates on the "big changes" and how well they went from my last post in April 2013 (eek!)
~Our decision on whether or not to have any more kids
~I've lost almost 20 pounds
~A new very exciting journey we are about the start!

Stay tuned... I promise to be better :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Potty Training, Getting Rid of Paci, Flipping Car Seat... It's a BIG Week!

Okay, so we're not really doing all of these 100% cold turkey this week, but they are all on the radar.  When we went back to Ohio for Easter we brought back with us our toddler potty from Little C.  Well, Cookie M wishes she could sit on the potty all day.  I turn my back for one minute and she has her pants off and is trying to get her diaper off.  I figure... why not work on it if she wants to.  So, when she wants to try, we try. The other day she went 3 times on it.

Big Deal #2 - we are getting rid of the paci.  Little C willingly gave up his paci around 7 months.  He just stopped taking it and I thought... why are we trying to give it to him if he doesn't want it?  So, that was the end of the paci with him.  Well, Cookie M was not so easy (go figure).  She has always been more attached to it then he ever was, although she has always only been allowed to have it at naps and bedtime.  She only has 4 pacis, so its not like she has them all over the place... 1 in mom's car, 1 in dad's car, 2 in crib.  Well, the one in my car started cracking, so garbage.  Then we lost one this weekend at my parents somehow.  Down to 2.  I cut the tip slightly of both remaining 2 pacis... she didn't like that and threw one away on her own.  1 left.  We don't take it in the car anymore, which she doesn't like but deals with fairly well.  Every day I cut a little more off the tip.  There's no turning back now... hope it works out okay!

Last thing - turning the car seat forward-facing!  Both her car seats hold an infant rear-facing until they are 35 pounds.  We kept Little C rear-facing until 3 months before he turned 2.  She'll be 2 in early June... and she really wants to be forward facing.  It is getting harder and harder to put her in rear-facing, she doesn't seem as comfortable and she is almost 2.  It's a decent day today, so after Daddy gets home I'll go out and switch the car seats.  I also have to switch Little C's car seat to be connected with the seat belt instead of the LATCH anchors as him and the car seat weight combined are getting really close to the car's LATCH weight limit.

My babies are growing up!  I'm sad about it, but also so excited for the fun and adventures ahead!