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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nighttime Parenting

If you know how nighttime parenting was the bane of my existence for the first two years of Samuel and Levi's lives, then you'll really join in my overwhelming joy at my upcoming announcement.  Wait for it...wait for it....

Isaac has slept through the night in his own crib for three nights in a row!

First night: 7 hours
Second night: 7.5 hours
Third night: 8 hours!!!
As it turns out, this bed ain't just for show!  
He is such an easy baby.  I'm sure it's a combination of me being WAY more laid back with him than I was with the others as well as him not having ridiculously bad reflux like the others did.

I can put him in his crib for naptime or bedtime, wide awake, and guess what - he'll fall asleep on his own!  What!  Life is good, my friends.  Life.Is.Good.  :)

Now I just need to learn the art of being more laid back with Levi.  Maybe once I can do that he'll start pooping and peeing in the toilet.  He's got my number!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Post-Partum Weight Loss

[[[sigh]]]  Okay, so this weight loss journey is taking much longer than I expected it to.  But it's okay; it really is.  I've averaged less than a pound a week of weight loss on Weight Watchers, and I'm good with that, especially since getting to the gym has still posed quite a challenge (and I've cheated quite a bit).

ETA:  Let's just remember the craziness my body went through to have this precious miracle of a boy.

35 weeks pregnant

As promised, here are my progress pics.  Ugh, they're so embarrassing.  Why am I doing this?  Oh yeah, because I said here that when I got to my first goal I'd give a progress picture.  Damn.  It keeps me motivated to stay on my diet, though, to know that I have to show these pics!

You can click the image for the gory closeup.
And please note that I did not leave home in any of these totally hot outfits.  
My next set of goals are in 5 pound increments until I get up to 15 more pounds of weight loss, and then I'm stopping (going into maintenance mode).  I'm pretty happy, though.  WW has been really good for me this time around - much healthier than it used to be.  

Gotta good WW recipe to share or your own progress pics?

Healthy Easter Baskets

I wrote a post for Today's Mama about giving your kids healthy treats for their Easter baskets and keeping the junk at bay. I hope you enjoy it! Check it out.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wanna Vote For Me??

I usually never win these kinds of things, but if you want to vote for me, that'd be cool. :)

Junk Food Soap Box

OK, I'm about to get on my soap box; just let me for a minute - I need this.  When I was a kid, I don't remember there being a snack after every single thing we did (I did go to a pretty poor elementary school on the southside of San Antonio, though).  The only time we ever really had a snack was at a birthday party.

Today, however, there just seem to be SOOOO many opportunities to fill mine and my kids bellies with empty, nutrition-less calories at every corner.  During Easter alone there are dozens of opportunities for egg hunts, and what do you think fills most of those eggs?  Sugar!  I'm guilty, too, ashamedly so.  But for the record, I'm filling the kids Easter eggs with:
  • bubbles
  • Annie's Bunny Crackers (get it?)
  • yogurt covered raisins
  • temporary tattoos
  • money

And when they get candy from other sources (which is fine), I'm just going to put it in their candy jar and only give them a piece as a treat every now and then.  

And then there's tee-ball.  Do the kids really need a snack after being away from home for an hour and a half.  I mean, seriously.  They're not really burning many calories out there.  I'm not being heartless; it's just a fact.  So it's my turn to bring the snacks and drinks after the game this Saturday, and I'm boycotting the sugary mess that is usually served.  No offense to you if you've participated in said mess; I certainly have, too.  And it's not as if I don't allow my kids to partake; I do.  I'm just tired of it.  You know what I'm serving at Saturday's game?  Fruit, muffins, and 100% juice boxes (not thrilled about that, but it's better than HFCS drinks).  I mean, it's a sport!  Sports are supposed to promote a healthy lifestyle, right?

And for the record, I'm not being unloving or too strict or mean if I do not allow my kids to eat junk food all of the time.  try to limit their junk food intake because I LOVE them and I take childhood obesity very seriously.  When this generation of kids is predicted to live shorter lives than their parents, that makes me very sad, especially because it's our fault.  And I know from experience that we as parents don't intentionally give our kids crap; we do feel bad about it.  But it's just default.  A default diet for an American kid is full of sugar and fat and lacking in nutrition.  It takes a bit of effort to get out of default.

OK, I think I got it all out of my system now.  Whew!  I needed that.  Stepping down now.  Sorry about that.  ;)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Breast and Bottle

We went to a really awesome fun run with the kids this morning.  I say 'awesome' because it was.  I say 'fun', though, and I lie.  Samuel was a stinker the whole time making it the opposite.  I say 'run' and lie, as well; we walked the whole time with said grumpy kid crying the whole time.  The event, however, was set up to be really cool.  Michael's work puts on this 5k every year for a cancer charity, and one of these years we'll actually run it together.  One really cool thing did come out of it, however.

I guess the race got me thinking about how it would be nice to have a babysitter so that we could actually participate in stuff like that, not to mention have a date night from time to time.  Then while we were on our way home I was thinking about how that would never happen if I get myself into the same predicament that I did with Levi, where he wouldn't take a bottle.  So even though we were going to have a busy morning I told Michael that I was going to pump when we got home and give the baby a bottle.  It would take some fancy footwork because the baby would be pretty hungry at that point, but if I didn't make it happen, then I would just keep procrastinating it, letting the weeks and months float by...dateless.

So step one was complete.  I pumped, and Michael was able to hold the baby off and distract him from being hungry.  Then, the moment of truth...would he even drink it from a bottle?  Well, guess what!  HE DRANK FROM A BOTTLE!!!!!  OH GLORIOUS DAY!!!  PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY!!!

I was so excited that I started looking for babysitters right away.

This might not seem blogworthy to some of you, but that just means that you have never had a baby that was never more than 2 hours away from you!

So anyway, now my plan is to pump and bottle feed him every few days so that he gets more and more comfortable with it.  And in May I'm actually going to get to go on a date with my husband without having to breastfeed a baby in the beginning, middle, and end of the date!  (May because dates weren't budgeted for this month, hehe.)

That's all.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Demystifying the Produce Co-op

So pretty much all of my food posts are going to Today's Mama (since I get paid for them - hehe).  So check this one out.  View the page as many times as you need to.  >:)

Demystifying the Produce Co-op

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Recipe: Low-Fat Banana Pumpkin Spice Bread

Here's another post for Today's Mama.  It's a ridiculously delicious recipe that will satisfy your sweet tooth.  Click away my friends!  ;)

Recipe: Low-Fat Banana Pumpkin Spice Bread


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Recipe: Sweet Potato Fries

I shared one of my all-time favorite recipes - Sweet Potato Fries - on Today's Mama.  Check it out!  It's yummy, and I get paid by the click.  ;)  (What's that?  No shame, you say?) know you want some!


Monday, April 11, 2011

Rockin' What I Got

I don't know what's come over me, but ever since we have decided to buy a new house in a couple of years I have been so motivated to do all of the little projects around the house that I never got around to before.  I guess I just want to be able to enjoy them for a little while at least before we hand the keys over to someone else.  (I sure am going to miss this little house.)

Since we don't have a garage (OMG, can you believe it), we walk from the sidewalk to the car and usually cut through the grass.  This has bothered me for the 6 years that we've lived here.  So I finally decided to do something about it.
As I've said, I don't want to spend anymore money on this house (significant money, that is).  So I decided to rock what I got.  We had taken out these scalloped cement borders last year from our flower beds and saved them (which is uncharacteristic of me since I'm the opposite of a pack-rat).  I decided that they would make the perfect "rocks" for my pathway.

Here's what I did:

First, I dug up the path enough to get all of the grass out.  I piled it up there to the left because I thought a little elevation would look good there once the grass grew in.

Next, I laid down some paving sand, 3 bags.  Then, I broke up my cement with a hammer and laid it out like a puzzle.  The boys loved helping with this part (with safety glasses, of course).

After that I put two more bags of paving sand on top of the path and swept it into the cracks and joints.
This is how it turned out.  I like it, but in hindsight, here's what I would have changed (and all of my rationalizations for doing it the way I did):

  • I should have dug down another couple of inches.  It's hard when you have a three month old needing attention, though!
  • I should have used steel edging to keep it together more, but I was trying to keep it cheap.
  • I should have just used 1 1/2 bags of sand on top because I don't like the way there's so much on the sides.  But I figured the rain would wash away the excess.  It stormed last night, though, and it's still too sandy.  Oh well.  *_*
  • I should have waited to take the final product pictures until grass grew in on the hill, but I'm pretty sure it will look great.  I was eager to blog about it.  :) 

All in all I'm pretty happy with it. It just feels good to create and burn calories and be outside.


Friday, April 8, 2011

Veg It Up!

I have a new post up at the DFW Mama blog.  Go check it out!  It's all about how to develop a taste for veggies for you and your kids by adding them into your go-to meals.  I hope you like it!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Red Door

In the six years that we've lived in this old house, we have completely changed the inside of the house but have not made one single update to the outside of the house.  With the idea of our house going on the market in the next couple of years, however, curb appeal has been on my mind.

We kept on procrastinating it because we were going to get the exterior painted.  We have since nixed that idea since we don't want to put any more money into this house.  So here's my latest $60 investment.
I took off the storm door, added molding to wood door, painted it red, painted the mailbox, added new numbers, and painted the trim.  I love it.  :)


A Marvelous Mess


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