Haiku Friday

In-Laws here all week
They go back home tomorrow
Wish that wasn't so
It sure has been nice
Having extra helping hands 
Casey's on cloud nine
Wish they would move here
Michigan's so far away
Cali's much nicer


Christa Tuesday - 7 Weeks

Christa got the pleasure of meeting her Michigan Grandparents this week! She is the 8th of their grandchildren. I imagine by the time they leave she will not want to be put down because she is getting lots of cuddle time in right now. Casey is home from day care as well so she gets a lot of attention from him too. He loves to hold her but it's rarely for more than a minute at a time. He can't stand when she has her socks on so I hope she doesn't mind being barefoot.
She's growing very quickly. Her 0-3 month clothing is getting to be quite snug. She's staying awake for longer periods of time during the day so that's fun. She has a little jungle gym and that's where she "talks" the most. She still loves to kick the dangling lion but now she's trying to grip the thing it hangs on with her toes. She's getting quite generous with the smiles these days but I sometimes wonder if it's not just gas because she usually lets out a fart when she looks the most happy.
She's getting better at taking a bottle but she still screams at it. I guess we need to find her when she's more hungry. I think mostly, though, before bedtime, she nurses for comfort and my nipple does a better job than that imposter nipple. She slept for 5 and a half hours the other night and then for another 3 after nursing so that was awesome. Wish I could figure out the trick that would make that happen more often!


Haiku Friday on a Saturday

So... baby acne
Christa got it really bad
And it made me sad
I stopped using soap
And lotion. Water only.
Just used lanolin
It's so much better
Not sure if it was just time
Or all my efforts
After (one week later)


Christa Tuesday - 6 Weeks

I can't believe we are at the 6-week mark, five more weeks at home with her until I go back to work. I go to the OBGYN today for the first time since having her so let's hope I get the all clear. Christa is trying to smile these days and is awake a lot more than usual. For the most part at night she sleeps for 3.5 hours, then 2.5 hours then about an hour in a row. I would like those to be longer stretches but c'est la vie.We took our first out of town trip with her last weekend down to LA. She did very well considering she sort of hates the car seat when we put her in there. We sat outside most of the time and she seemed to be in a bit of a coma most of our visit which was lovely.
She no longer has her terrible diaper rash so that's awesome. She's also no longer having the little squirt poops in every diaper. Now, she seems to take pride in taking poops that spill out of her diaper. My goodness. I don't recall that happening with Casey but it's happened at least twice in the last week with Christa. Way to poop, Sis. Her baby acne seems to be clearing up but her cheeks are still pretty red and dry. It makes me very, very sad that her pretty face is covered in blemishes. I stopped using soap and lotion on her and am just giving a warm bath with water on a wee baby facecloth. I'd skip the bath altogether to let her oils get back to normal but there's that whole poop situation I just mentioned. Hopefully her face is all cleared up by the time her Michigan grandparents arrive this weekend.
This little girl really loves to be held and kind of fusses when we put her down but she is loving her little jungle gym pad more and more. She likes to kick the dangling lion and smack the giraffe and the monkey around. We get the most coos out of her when she's doing that. She is consistently rolling from tummy to back so that wasn't a fluke. Now she seems to be working on rolling from back to tummy but has successfully made it from back to side. Little monster.


Weekend Pictures

We took a quick trip down to see BFF and company down in L.A. for a delicious brunch on Sunday. I can't recall a time I ate so much in a single sitting. Goodness! The photos I took there are just too much for me.
 Here's Casey having a tea party for one.
 Words I never thought I'd utter: "That's enough lipstick, Casey."
The boy is pretty in pink, what can I say?
Sasha has met Christa once before but this time she got some real face time in.
She also did a great job holding Christa. Note her rad rhino tattoo!
 This was a selfie I took at the park on Saturday when we were enjoying the weather.
Casey cannot get enough of holding Sissie's hands or toes.


Goodbye March Haiku Friday

I don't remember 
Much about the month of March
A bit of a blur
Lots of visitors
And doctor appointments, too
Just no working though!
Tore down the sunroom
So now we have a nice porch
Wanna come over?


Weight Update

I guess I sort of can't believe this but yesterday, for the first time in a long time, the scale read 190 pounds which was my wedding weight and the goal weight I wanted to return to. I was looking back at pictures from when I was doing the weight loss challenges with Jessica and found this one that was the least flattering angle and closest to my heaviest weight of 224 pounds. I am down 34 pounds from around this time last year. I was 224 when I got pregnant, lost a bunch of weight because of morning sickness and was 224 when Christa was born. I was sick and tired of being in the 200 club and now I'm out and I just can't believe it.
I stopped by work on Tuesday to chit chat with my boss and he was telling me about a weight-loss challenge he and the other guys were doing. I told him I should have jumped in because I totally would have won! When I told him how much I weighed at my heaviest, he told me that was what he currently weighed. I wasn't trying to be a dick but I said "You mean no one told me I was as fat as you?" He said, "Well, you were pregnant." But no. I was that big before. There was no excuse. I am stunned and maybe just a little bit disgusted.
Here are some things I have realized I'm doing differently:
  • I had a baby so I lost her and all that fluid weight. That's obviously given me a jump start.
  • I'm constantly nursing so that's a real calorie burner. 
  • Also a calorie burner? Chasing after a three-year old and doing laundry and cleaning house. Because I'm home all day, this is what I do. All day. Clean and do laundry. And keep up with Casey. And Christa. Stay at home mom stuff.
  • I have stopped eating out every day at lunch. Now I just eat a sandwich and some chips or something comparably small. I don't feel "full" but I really don't think I need to. I'm also really trying to work on portion control with dinner because Husband is not afraid to dish out some piles of food.
  • Because I go to sleep early with Christa, I pretty much stop eating after dinner. So long, nightly snack of ice cream. Now it's just a few spoonfuls with Casey if I get the urge.
  • I stick to only one beer a day with dinner as opposed to the several a night and heavy weekend intake I was drinking before. Because of nursing, I have like two tops if I have more than one.
  • I drink lots and lots of water.
  • I also just eat what I want when I feel hungry so I snack on little things more often throughout the day.
  • I have no access to the candy dish at work but will still have a handful of M&Ms or Mini Eggs should the urge to have something sweet strike me.
  • I'm not on my butt at a desk 8 hours a day.
So that's that. Can't wait until I can start working some sort of exercise back into my day! I'm not ready to set a new goal weight yet but I would love to get out of these sort-of-loose size 14s and into maybe some 10s again? Baby steps. Right now I'm just enjoying this.