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Fall has Arrived!

Monday, September 15, 2014

My favorite season has commenced. It has been VERY fall-like weather. We went to the fair for a little bit yesterday, which was nice. Sunny and cool! Bella had a fit while we were there so we left after a little over an hour. She was so tired. Then, we get home and she is put for her nap and starts chatting happily up there. I bring her down, feed her a snack, and then she is ready to rock and roll for hours until bedtime! What a peculiar little angel. She must not have liked the smells and sounds. She missed her toys!

I am back on the Nutrisystem wagon today. I was derailed terribly with the move. Could not find anything for the kitchen for a week - still missing essential pots and pans. I cooked a whole meal in one pan the first few days and then just made a feast and had to make the mashed potatoes in two pans since I can't find my pots. Nice to have a dishwasher now, though! Definitely getting used to that!

The house is great. I love it. It is a lot of cleaning - has wall-to-wall white carpeting. I vacuum every day and if not, it looks like crumb city somehow. Bella eats and crumbles stuff everywhere and she is SO mobile. She tracks things all over! She is cruising holding on to the couch and coffee table now. I think her therapist is going to be amazed when she comes in a couple days! She was just starting to crawl a month ago, although she was pretty much a pro within a week. The physical therapist didn't think she even needed to see her until a month later! She usually was coming twice a month. She hadn't seen her since June, though, as they had the month of July off.

Bella likes the house, too. The basement has a huge play area for her and I let her roam the main floor most of the day. She is doing great! She had a ton of shots at her one year check up... the scary kind. She seems fine, so I am relieved. She seems to be trying to say more words and she definitely knows a lot of the things I SAY. It is amazing to see her respond to "Where is your milk?" "Where is Lambie?" Lambie is her best friend now, she carries this lamb everywhere. It is a beanie baby she picked out herself and she crawls around, dragging lamb face down along the floor for hours. It is SO cute!

My sister visited the past Friday and saw the house for the first time. She loved it, and Bella had a blast with her! They played for hours. B now has both front teeth. They seem so far apart! I am trying not to worry about her having a huge gap! I am sure the other teeth will push them together. She looks like an adorable baby beaver.

Anyway, my next issue to tackle is exercise. I really need to get back into it. I am anxious lately, my MIL and her MIL with dementia are coming to Ohio again for a week+. Thank goodness they are finally staying with her daughter. I couldn't handle 10 days of that right now. We JUST moved, don't even have our bed yet, and are sleeping in the guest room ourselves. I have tried to be so welcoming in the past, despite all the things that inevitably happen when they come stay with us (pooped in shower, smeared around, pooped on our mattress through the mattress pad last time and on carpeted floor in living room, peed through everything on another bed). She has gotten worse and worse every visit, and it has always been left to us to have them stay with us for up to two weeks. The MIL of my MIL has gotten so bad, she can't walk as well and they are bringing her a wheelchair. She is to the point where she can't answer any question at all, doesn't know anyone or where she is. She has stopped wandering. She could really be helped by the routine of some home health care aides or even staying at a facility while my MIL visits out of state, the traveling sends her even worse into confusion. Friends who I have had on here for a long time will remember sad visits of the past.

Needless to say, a lot going on right now. Even more, as it has been a while since I have written! I am off to get something done, but hope everyone has a great week!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/15/2014 12:19PM

    What a lovely photo of Bella .Don't worry about the teeth they will be fine !

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FITGRL124 9/15/2014 11:05AM

    Great to hear from you!! Glad that you like your new home! emoticon Bella sounds like she is a ball of fun! =)

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Moved in.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Moved into new house. Not all unpacked. Lots to do yet. Haven't weighed in for weeks. Probably not good indication of my progress.

Updates later.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/10/2014 9:05AM

    So glad to hear you are all moved in you might be surprised all that work moving you may have lost lots !

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 10:19PM

    Congrats on your new house.

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RYDERB 9/6/2014 11:11PM

    emoticon on your move. Hope you're settled soon.

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RAINBOWMF 9/6/2014 9:56PM

    emoticon good luck with unpacking.

Enjoy your new place

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Anniversary Trip & Back on Track. (w/ Pics!)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We had a blast going to Put-in-Bay and Kelley's Island for the weekend. That being said, I didn't take Nutrisystem with me and we just ate whatever. I have faltered the past two days, but today I ate well within NS and stayed on track! Here are some pics from the trip One is at the Glacial Grooves on Kelley's Island! Very cool.

Bella on swings at Put-in-Bay park.

I have been super stressed planning Bella's 1st birthday party, which is this Saturday, and closing on the house. There have been issues with the house that have really been overwhelming, but it looks like we will be closing on Aug 29th now. I am excited! I am also terrified. It is a huge step and a big commitment, but we are ready. Now, to finish packing. I have been looking at everything with anxiety for weeks, having only packed some books and picture frames and put some winter clothes in bags.

Wish me luck!

Also, Bella took her first steps today! Now the crib is in lowest position. Having had her therapy last week, they said she would probably try walking within a couple months, but she has only been crawling 2 weeks or so, maybe 3. She is pulling up all day long now and took a few steps while holding on to the couch today, then a toy! BIG news!

I am so proud of my baby. Love her so much! She stood at baby gate today and it was so cute, her first time standing up without the couch!

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 10:18PM

    Sounds like a fun time.

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    Looks like a great trip and Bella is beautiful! Enjoy her party and congrats on the house

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STEPH-KNEE 8/21/2014 6:39AM

    Glad you had a great time!! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/21/2014 12:38AM

    She is a gorgeous baby!

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JAMBABY0 8/20/2014 8:36PM

    very nice thanks for sharing

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One Week & Down 4 lbs.

Monday, August 11, 2014

I completed a week of Nutrisystem. I am down 4 lbs, to 163 this morning. I had one day where things were not good - day 4. I am back on track and doing good, though! I feel motivated. I even did some exercise today - calisthenics and some elliptical time. Probably 20 min total, but it is something!

I am looking forward to moving. I hope we get to move in on time. There are some issues on the seller's end that need resolved.

Bella is crawling so well now. I am somewhat dreading her birthday since it is so many people, but I did it so that is what it is. Had a good visit with ym dad and his wife yesterday.

My hubby's birthday was yesterday. We went out for lunch with my dad, where I got a salad no dressing, cheese, or croutons, with grilled chicken and then I took a NS entree to his birthday dinner at my mom's. I was proud of myself. And NO alcohol involved!

Anyway, just popped in to check in. Off to do some packing!

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 10:13PM

    I'm so happy for you happy dance time.

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IRON_RESOLVE 8/26/2014 7:02PM

    Go Whitney. Even 1/2 pound a week adds up!You can do it!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/23/2014 1:25AM

    Good luck with the packing !

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DSHRUBS3 8/11/2014 12:38PM

    Way to go with the nutrisystem! Keep up the good work!

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FITGRL124 8/11/2014 11:30AM

    You're doing emoticon

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Day Three, Plans & a Princess. (w/ Pics of Bella!)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

I am having a photo cake made for Isabella's birthday in a few weeks. This is the photo I am using...

I think she looks cute, plus the dress she is wearing will go with the Disney princess theme colors (pink, purple, white). I am looking forward to stuffing my little munchkin in her birthday dress!

Therapy is coming for her today, they have been off for the past month. I am wondering what they'll think of her progress. She had just started to scoot on her booty last time, and pivot while on her tummy but wouldn't crawl or drag herself yet. Now she can crawl traditionally, and fast! I hope they think she is almost caught up and will be on track. I am not sure what I have disclosed, but Bella was diagnosed with a developmental delay (not mental, just physical) at 6 months old. She has made a lot of progress in the past 5 months. She is about on track, in my mind, and very social. I hope they have good things to say. Here is my angel again:

Also, I'd mentioned going to the park with her the other day. I took a video and a photo. Here she is:

One more, just because. My little princess!

Ok, done showing off my baby. I just love her sooooo much! She is my heart. It is so weird to be a mom. Sometimes I feel like I could cry just thinking about her. It really is like watching your heart crawl around out side of your body.

Anyway, today is day 3 of Nutrisystem. I am doing ok. I almost caved last night. If it wasn't for carrots and salsa, I'd have eaten this really unhealthy BLT salad I made for my hubby. It has a jar of mayo in it, a pound of noodles, pound of bacon, green onions, tomatoes, sugar, milk. That is it, but it is so delicious. I made it one other time and ate most of it over a few days. Talk about pure fat and carbs!

We are doing a cookout for Bella's birthday in a couple weeks. Gosh! I am making a ton of macaroni salad, we are grilling burgers and hot dogs, having sloppy joes too, and potato salad, veggie trays, fruit salad, chips and dip, and cake. Maybe ice cream. My mom is making this hot bean medly to go with it, like baked beans but it was a recipe from her late mother who was an excellent cook. I hope there is enough food. Pretty much everyone I invited said they'll come, which is like 50 people. About 10-15 are kids, though. This is overwhelming, but I couldn't NOT include some of my hubby's relatives and I wanted a few of my friends there, too, if they wanted to come. I just hate the thought of running out of food. Or people being bored. I don't know, it is only two hours, mostly eating and then gifts and cake and done. We purchased the princess plates, balloons, napkins, pink cups, and forks and spoons. Now we need to get the meat and buns, and I need to buy the stuff for the macaroni salad. I am just going to buy two large pre-made veggie trays from Sam's Club.

Anyway, have a good day!

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JUMPINJULIE 9/7/2014 10:16PM

    Sounds like she is caught up to me.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/10/2014 12:19AM

    Bella is beautiful !Most physical delays work themselves out with a little time and effort.

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CHEETARA79 8/7/2014 1:59PM

    How'd she get diagnosed with a delay? Felix is 6 months old today.

Happy birthday Bella!

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