Monday, July 14, 2014
As a parent, anyway. My 18-month-old daughters applaud for strawberries, love brushing their teeth, and their favorite toys are books. Not to mention that they are happy, healthy, and on track to ahead with their developmental milestones.
But the evidence is pretty clear that I'm better at taking care of them than myself. I still have 15 pounds of baby weight to lose and another 25 pounds after that, I feed them healthier than I feed myself, and I let my workouts lapse. Typical mom, I guess, but it's still a problem. I watched my mom yo-yo diet and binge my entire childhood and I sincerely believe this laid the foundations for my disordered eating and weight problems. "Set a better example than my mom" is even on my daily inspiration board!
This is what brought me back to SparkPeople. Yes, I've said this and tried this before. But this time around the stakes are higher. My girls learn and imitate at a frantic pace - they surprise me every single day by doing something new. This weekend it dawned on me that they're not just watching me put on my shoes and sing "Wheels on the Bus" and that the sooner I start taking proper care of myself the better it is for them. I don't want them to remember my weight loss efforts, just the healthy habits that stuck with me afterwards. This weekend I realized that particular clock is ticking. If this doesn't motivate me to stick with it, I don't know what will!
Monday, July 14, 2014
As a parent, anyway. My 18-month-old twins applaud for strawberries, love brushing their teeth, and their favorite toys are books. Not to mention that they are happy, healthy, and right on track to ahead on their developmental milestones.
But the evidence is pretty clear that I'm better at taking care of them than myself. I still have 15 pounds of baby weight left, another 25 pounds to lose after that, I feed the girls healthier than I feed myself, and I've let my workouts lapse. Typical mom, I guess, but still a problem. Each generation wants to do better for their children than their parents did for them. Healthy living is one area I desperately want to improve on: "Set a better example than my mom" is even on my daily inspiration board on my start page! I watched my mom yo-yo diet and binge for my entire childhood and I think it's a big factor in my disordered eating and weight issues.
So it's time to walk the walk, starting now. This is what brought me back to SparkPeople after a long lull. Yup, I've said it before. But my girls are constantly learning and imitating; they do something new every single day. And this weekend it dawned on me that the longer I wait to set a good example by maintaining a healthy weight, eating right, exercising, and cooking at home the harder it will be and the more potential there is to damage my children. If that doesn't motivate me to do what I know I need to do, nothing else will!
Friday, April 05, 2013
As you may suspect, I've been pretty busy lately and haven't had time to Spark. Or brush my teeth or shower every day, for that matter. :) But I wanted to share a few things with y'all while both babies are napping.
Madelyn and Caitlin are doing great. They have normal baby problems - Caitlin has tiny nasal passages and needs saline several times a day and they both are on baby Zantac for reflux - but they are very healthy and have caught up to average growth patterns. Caitlin is on her fourth size of clothes in less than three months! She needed preemies in the beginning and Madelyn didn't; both girls are now in 3-6 month clothes.
I'm doing better than I thought I would be. The girls routinely go 3-4 hours between feedings and generally six hours after their last evening feeding. That means we're getting a decent amount of sleep. The girls are more or less synched up. Sometimes I do sequential feedings and sometimes I tandem feed. Either way I don't get much time to do anything other than care for babies and make sure the house doesn't fall into utter squalor. I found a local group of new moms whose babies are about the same age as mine and joined a moms of multiples group, both of which are very helpful. I gained back some of the baby weight I lost due to stress eating and haven't been exercising much; the best I can manage most days is a little Wii fit or a walk outside when it's warm enough. I hope to exercise more after I return to work and have access to a gym and non-baby time.
Speaking of work, I'm going back on April 22. I will work part time and probably from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. My boss accepted a new position just before I went on bed rest and the new boss starts next week, so I'm a bit nervous about that. Otherwise I'm excited - I'm ready to get back to work and think 30 hours a week with an early schedule to manage my commute is the best possible compromise between work and family lives. I hired a nanny who is working out pretty well so far. She is coming in for a couple days before DH's business trip to California next week (yup, he's leaving me for 2 nights, but I have friends and family to help out as well as the nanny) so she can learn the ropes around here. She used to run a day care in her home but wanted to focus on working for a single family, preferably with an infant. So she's a very good fit - she knows how to balance multiple children and really loves babies.
DH got laid off when the girls were 3 weeks old but found a new job only 3 weeks later. This position still allows him to work from home but is more intense than his old position, not that that's difficult. :) Still, it's an adjustment and not an easy one.
The renovation still isn't done - DH keeps saying he's very close to getting the structural inspection done but hasn't gotten there yet. The renovation contains small luxuries like the nursery and our master bedroom/bathroom. Currently all four of us sleep in the same room. The girls have little rocking cradles that they won't fit into for too much longer and they can't share a crib (that little experiment failed) so he needs to get a move on. But he's 3 years past his deadline (yes, years - that's not a typo), so I'm not optimistic. Sigh. He won't let me hire a contractor and the last time he hired handymen to help they did a bad job and he needed to redo everything so they hindered far more than helped.
Caitlin is calling for her mommy now so I have to run. I'll post pictures when I can!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
At long last, here's the baby blog! I have been just a bit busy, so getting to the blog took longer than I would have liked. But better late than never!
Me just before my c-section:
Both babies in the OR:
Baby A: Caitlin Clare, 3:46 pm, January 11 2013, 5 pounds 11 ounces, 18.5 inches
Baby B: Madelyn Rose, 3:48 pm, January 11 2013, 6 pounds 7 ounces, 20 inches
Four generations of DH's family:
We caused a gawker's traffic jam while exiting the hospital:
Our brand new family at home:
DH is holding Caitlin and I'm holding Madelyn. Caitlin is sweet, sensitive, and a slow eater and Madelyn is a little feist ball who tolerates no delays in getting what she wants. Caitlin continues to be noticeably smaller, has a fairer and pinker complexion, lighter hair, and attached ear lobes. Madelyn is a bit darker and more sallow but her hair is lighter and her ear lobes are detached. So no matter how much they look alike later, we'll always have a way to tell them apart!
We're settling into a routine and managing to get enough sleep to function. Things get a little easier most days and we're proud of how well we're making it work.
I hope you all are doing well!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Today I did the final blood work, sonogram, and physical exam before my scheduled c-section on Friday. Everything went very well. The babies look great and are both head down, getting ready to go. The doctor asked me if I wanted to consider a natural birth considering both girls' position and I said no. Then she called me a chicken. I told her that I'm willing to accept that label, lol.
She changed her mind, though, upon doing the physical exam. My body is not preparing for labor. At all. Not only am I not dilated, but I haven't had so much as a Braxton Hicks contraction or a flutter of hip pain. Since I'm at 38 weeks I need either an induction or a c-section in the next few days. There seems to be universal agreement that a c-section is preferable, so I'm glad that I'm all scheduled and ready to go.
Right now I'm at Baby Minus 44 Hours and counting. I want to finish a baby blanket, do some grocery shopping for post-partum meals (DH's parents will be in town, so we planned a menu that they can help us with for the first week), and a spot of last-minute cleaning, mostly because I hate coming home to a dirty house. I promise not to overdo it! It looks like I might escape pregnancy without having a single contraction, and that's a strong motivation to take it easy and keep going on this path. :D
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