Baby girl is making strides. I had 3 meals today without crying!!!! She was even super chatty all day, which is unusual in her behavior towards me. Maybe we're stepping towards the less crying zone. Also, craft projects keep The Dude happy, so I'll need to stock up on more supplies.
In other Dude news, I've been teaching him to read this summer. I have another level of respect for homeschool parents, but maybe it's a wee bit easier when the kids aren't 3? As usual, probably depends on the kid. Anyway, he's doing an awesome job and is reading small, easy sentences (we're on lesson 16). The hardest part is getting him to sit still and actually do the lessons. The first day we argued for over an hour about it and the lesson was only 5 minutes. Good stuff! But he eventually does it and is pretty proud when he's finished. In case you're wondering, we're using the book "Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons."
About 6 weeks ago I purchased an iPod app called Home Routines. It's a FlyLady-based housework type app. HOLY FUCK, THIS THING IS AMAZING! I thought I was doing a pretty good job keeping things together before, but this has taken the cleanliness of my house to a whole new level, with very little effort on my part. The biggest deal for me is having all the detail cleaning tasks listed out. When I have 5 minutes to clean, or just feel like listening to screaming for a while, I do one or two super easy tasks and mark them off my list. By the end of the week, everything is done and I don't feel like I've put effort into it at all. A++++ worth twice the price!
I'm finally off my weight-loss plateau and have 4 more pounds to go before I'm at the "official" pre-pregnancy weight. "Official" because the month before I got pregnant I put on my usual 10 summer pounds. Trying to lose weight in the summertime is super difficult for me, it's just too hot to go out and do anything. I'm doing c25k three days a week and working out with a kettlebell 2 days. And keeping the food plan going. Overall, I feel more fit than I have since The Dude was born, so that's a plus. My Plan is to get my weight between 155-160. I was down to 160 May 2010, so this is very do-able.
On the food front, I read "Disease-Proof Your Child" and started implementing a new eating plan for the family. Namely, dinners will be a salad (not yet, have to do extra medical stuff for clock before we start), the vegan entree and one of the delish desserts from the book. Desserts are all healthy, and just a tasty extension of the meal. I'm also leaving out a plate of fruits and veggies for The Dude that he's allowed to eat whenever he feels hungry and wants a snack. This has stopped much fighting in the house as his natural mealtimes are about 2 hours off of when the rest of us eat.
And now my diary time is over, and I must sit with a little girl.
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