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Archive for February 2015

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Holy moly, I did it!  I finished the alphabet.

I really liked this little project.  I used the alphabet to take a snapshot of my current state of life.  Looking back, I can see an overall theme of just adjusting to this new chapter of our lives.

I liked that I did this in the month of February, where it just all fits into the entire month.

Being able to finish this series at the end of the month is a huge accomplishment since it’s not easy trying to find the time to write posts… but it did it!

I hope you enjoyed this little blog series and I hope that you try to do something like this for your own lives.  It’s a great brain teaser AND a great way to capture your life in a specific point in time.

I’ve included links to each of the “ABC” blog posts.  Clicking each letter will take you to that specific post.

I can’t wait to see what my ABC’s are going to look like next year!

 A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L , M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

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We live in an area with two zoos.

One of the zoos is about half an hour or less away from us.  In the four years I’ve lived here, we’ve only gone once.

That needs to change.  As soon as K is old enough to tolerate her carseat and stroller for long periods of time, I plan on getting zoo passes for the family.  The price isn’t too steep.  In fact, the cost of a two-adult zoo membership is only a few more dollars more than ONE adult one-park pass to Disneyland…

I also know that a lot of the mommies around the area meet up and walk around in the mornings.  It’s a great way to get some exercise AND the kids have a great time walking around and seeing all the animals.  I really got to get into that habit.

I live so close, I have to take advantage of the wonderful places to see in my area…

Do you have a zoo membership?  How do you like it?  Does it get boring after awhile?!

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The energy of youth, it’s something that I definitely don’t have anymore.

M can run around non-stop for hours and hours on end.  I’m almost tempted to attached my Fitbit to her to see how many steps she can accumulate in one day.

Has anyone tried it before?

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Yesterday, I talked about how I have the Xbox hooked up again and how I’m using it to help with my weight loss.

I wish I were using it more than I currently am.

I have the game Dance Central 2.  I purchased it around the time I gave birth to M for the same weight losing reason.  I remember Hubby sitting M on his lap while I danced around in our old apartment.

Now, he’s holding K on his lap while M is dancing right next to me.

It’s super cute watching M following the dance moves with her own toddler interpretations… super cute.

Dance Central 2 has a weight loss setting.  So far, I’m using the Easy Mode.  It’s eight songs with easy dance moves.  I thought it was going to a breeze.

Wrong!

It was pretty tiring.  Eight songs and the dance moves weren’t too complicated, but I was pretty tired by the third song.  I think it has a lot to do with living sedentary for almost a year due to the bedrest.

It’s the best kind of exercise can think of at this moment.  I’m at home.  I’m with the kids.  I’m playing games.  I’m dancing.  It’s the perfect workout for me.

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I’m finding it hard to shake this weight…

Yes, I know, I know… I only had the baby eight weeks ago..

I really don’t know what it is with me, but after this pregnancy, I’ve been really wanting to get rid of this weight… I think it’s because I gained waaaaaaay more weight than I expected to due to the bedrest I was on for a majority of my pregnancy.

I’m still at about 170lbs and I’m a loose size 14 jean.  I say “loose” because the size 14 jean is pretty loose on me, but I know that the size down is still too tight for me.

My Fitbit is on me constantly, and it has motivated to move more.  However, I had to lower my daily steps goal from 10K to 5.5K.  I’m finding it nearly impossible to make 10K steps a day, especially with my life right now.  Honestly, I’m finding it difficult to even make 5.5K right now!  I push myself, but most days, I just don’t make it.   I just refuse to lower my steps goal anymore.  In fact, my goal this week is to hit my steps goal every day, Monday thru Friday.

Pending the weather and how K is doing, I try to take the girls out around the neighborhood in our double stroller.  The path I take is about a mile, and really puts a dent into my steps goal.  I wish we could go out and do that more often, but sometimes the newborn is just not in the mood, and I can’t force it.  I try to substitute it by walking aimlessly around the house, but I don’t seem to be getting as many steps in.

We’ve plugged in the Xbox 360 Kinect back in and I’ve tried to do a workout session with our Dance Central game.  It’s definitely a workout, and I really need to try to make time to incorporate that more into my week…

I know this weight is going to go down.  I just wish that it would go down faster than it really is…

I’m just so impatient.  Summer is coming soon (because this is Southern California and we have no real seasons…) and I want to look somewhat decent for the many trips to the beach I promised M we would go on..

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It’s been FOREVER since we’ve taken a vacation.

The last time we actually went to a hotel was last year in May when we went to Disneyland.  I was pregnant, but didn’t know it.

Because of our eventful pregnancy, we couldn’t go anywhere or have a babymoon.

I have to admit, I’m itching for a vacation.  I just want to stay at a hotel and have someone clean up after us every day…

I’m really missing Vegas.  Is it just terrible of me to miss how my trips to Vegas were without the kids??  I miss the late nights, walking around the strip, randomly sitting down to a slot machine, eating tons of food, drinking…

I think I’ve been watching too much of the Travel Channel and all their various shows about the best vacation spots and the best places to eat all over the country and the world.

A vacation does sound really good right now.  Maybe Disneyland, maybe Vegas, maybe Hawaii…

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Being a parent and watching your child grow up is truly unbelievable..

During the day, sometimes I just sit and watch M while holding on to K.

M used to be as small and helpless as K, now, she’s this spunky, talkative, affectionate, opinionated young girl…

All of this occurred in the span of three and a half years… unbelievable.

Then I look at K, only eight weeks ago, she was this super tiny preemie.  She slept all day, cried all the time… completely helpless.  Now, she stays awake longer, and likes to look at her baby toys.  She kicks her legs like she is trying out for a soccer team.  She waves her hands towards objects and sometimes can touch them.  She can look at me and coo.  She smiles.  She holds her head up.

Unbelievable.

I know that I’m still just beginning.  I know there are so many more milestones I have to witness.  There are so many events that I will be a part of.  They still have to grow up and be adults.

Unbelievable.

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So I knew coming into this that becoming a parent of two kids was going to be hard.

I thought that it would take a few weeks of chaos, then everything will click and life will go back to normal..

Wrong… so very, very wrong..

It’s not that it’s hard, ok, it is hard.. but not because we can’t handle it.

Having M and figuring out how our lives functioned as a one-child family took some adjusting too, but in the end, we survived.  We figured out our roles, we figured out how to function.

It also helps that M is growing up and much easier to manage.

Getting out of the house with M is a breeze.  Bedtime with M is a well defined routine.  Meal time with M is a somewhat scheduled and easy.

We had everything under control.

Enter K, a newborn.  She has no routine.  She lives off her instincts.  She’s hungry when she’s hungry.  She’ll cry for reasons only she knows about.  She is the wrench that got jammed into our well-oiled machine… in the cutest possible way..

It makes life hard.

What I thought would be just a few weeks of adjustment is definitely not.  It’s going to take months, maybe even a years, before we find our groove again as a family.

I have to remember that it took us awhile to figure out how our groove when M came into our lives… I’m sure it will take just as long to figure it out with K…

In all honesty, as difficult and chaotic as I may be sounding lately, my family has never felt more whole..

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I’ve been home since July of last year when I was suddenly put on bedrest due to my subchrionic hemmorhage early in my pregnancy.

Now that I have the baby, the big question is whether or not I’m going to go back to work.

It’s been a subject that we have been discussing for awhile.

I’ve been away from work for about 8 months now.  It seems almost normal being a “stay at home mom.”

M has thrived so much since I started staying home.  Even if I was under limited capacity, M seemed to just love that I am around 24/7.

I can’t imagine going back anymore.  It just seems…. mean.

I hated being a working mom… I felt like I was just a part-time mom.  I missed out on a lot of the daytime with her, only seeing in the late afternoon and evening for dinner and bedtime.. It didn’t seem fair to her.  It didn’t seem fair to me.  I wanted to parent her, not anyone else.

I also couldn’t balance life.  Cooking, cleaning, laundry, parenting.. I couldn’t find the right balance.  Everything was a mess because all I wanted to do was be with M.

(Ok.. so things are STILL a mess around here.. but that’s because I have a newborn and I’m still figuring things out… the excuses just never end, do they?)

Millions of mothers CAN do the working mom thing and do it successfully.  I just felt like I couldn’t.  I felt chaotic.  I felt like I had no control.

Once I stayed home, it’s like my world suddenly made sense.  Ok, so I was on bedrest.  Ok, so I was very limited with what I could and could do.  Ok, so staying at home during my pregnancy seemed… easy.

Now, I’m staying at home with two kids.  It’s hectic.  It’s chaotic.  Sometimes I don’t shower.  Sometimes I forget to brush my teeth.  My hair is constantly a mess.  I wear the same clothes for several days until they smell so much like baby spit-up that I HAVE to change.  I have NO time to myself.  The only adults I talk to are Hubby and my parents.

Staying home seems so much harder than working…

But I want to stay… I want to stay home.

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Doctors, nurses and other mothers with more than one child always warned me that once K would arrive, M would regress.

They were right.

When K arrived, suddenly, she was interested in bottles.  She didn’t start drinking out of them, but she would occasionally try to put her mouth on them.

When K arrived, M suddenly wanted to be carried more.

M also started using baby talk and baby grunts to try to get what she wants.  That led to some frustration because neither of us knew what M wanted to communicate.  We told M she needed to use her words.  It fixed the problem, but every once and a while, M will still points, but it’s mostly a playing thing.

M’s potty training regressed almost to the point where she was completely dependent on diapers again.  Luckily we were able to fix this issue relatively quickly.

M’s regression issues have subsided, although there are times when she wants to be “baby’d” a bit.  I know it’s natural.

I just hope this is the full extent of it.  We are trying our best to help her adjustment to the new family dynamic as comfortable as possible.  I think we’re doing ok so far… I hope!

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