My one year old could play this game all day long. I happened to ask myself out loud where my keys were. She was the only one to answer me when she pulled her blanket over her face and gave me a huge smile. I will admit it made me giggle.
I just brought her (along with my other two as it was winter break) to her pediatrician suspecting a food allergy. I have a hunch that it’s celiac. My mom has celiac, my oldest has Type 1 Diabetes, and my other daughter has hypothyroidism. So far the little one was the “healthy” child, but who wants to be left out?
Luckily I grew up used to my mom’s diet, so this isn’t culture shock to me like the initial counting carbs was when my son was diagnosed. It does, however, have me reading more labels and rethinking our diets at home. I’ve realized gluten-free products are insanely expensive and most stores have a limited stock. But, luckily, her favorite foods are fruit, cheese, and yogurt. There aren’t any glutens in those! And if it turns out that it’s not gluten, then we’ll go from there. And my mom will be thrilled to have some extra food;)
I enjoyed the holidays. I loved watching my children open their gifts. We built Legos, put together a princess castle, read new stories, colored new pictures, and danced to new music.
I also enjoyed all the holiday food. Turkey, cookies, fudge, mashed potatoes, gravy, bourbon chocolate pecan pie (yes, it is as fantastic as it sounds). My pants feel snug enough that I considered the maternity jeans with the giant panel I have buried in the basement. But even I’m not that desperate.
I did manage to get in a long walk in the cold, and I do consider all the laundry, cleaning, and chasing of my daughter some exercise. My husband did the grocery shopping today and bought a few bags of salad. That was perfect for dinner. As he said, we need a bit of a detox after this weekend.
It was a lovely holiday. Now it’s time to get back to reality.
I love diet soda. It is my one weakness and addiction. I don’t smoke. I don’t really drink alcohol. I have never touched other substances (no, not even in college). But every morning I love my Diet Mountain Dew and I’d drink it all day if I could.
Last night my one year old had another awful night of sleep. Or should I say, lack of. I even got up with her, tried rocking and cuddling, even tried an extra snack, but she continued to scream. She has these nights every now and then. My 9 year old is the only one in the house lucky enough to sleep through it. I even pulled out our hide-a-bed and crashed there with her for the night as when she’s sick it seems to help to have me nearby. She still screamed. She did fall asleep in between fits (and so did I), but it was a night of little sleep. I think she slept better as a newborn.
When the time came that she was climbing on me, her five year old sister was yelling for me in her room, and it was time for my son to get ready for school I dragged myself up and poured myself a large cup of Diet Coke. A few minutes later my five year old poured it out into the sink. And I was annoyed.
However, later on when she kept pointing to the bottle of soda and asking me for some, I realized that I’m a bit of a hypocrite if I say no, but I’m drinking it all day long. So today’s goal is to drink water. And since I’m unemployed I can save a few dollars a week by drinking what comes out of my kitchen sink.
But, I’ll be honest, I’m finishing my last glass of caffeine for the day right now;)
As I was on Facebook the other day I read a friend’s link “Everything happens for a reason.” That pretty much sums it up right now. My previous place of employment is closed. Thanks to that I found an opportunity to apply for a copywriting job. Thanks to that opportunity I rediscovered something beautiful in my life: writing. Thanks to being home every day now with my children I also found the time to start working out again. And thanks to the extra time reading my emails and following Facebook I also discovered my blog. And here I am–writing again.
So..absolutely everything happens for a reason.
Somehow I got to an unhealthy weight in life. I have no one and nothing to blame, but myself. It happened. I had kids, I got lazier, I happen to love all those bad-for-you foods. It is what it is. But there’s an incredibly high risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity in my family. I have three gorgeous kids I’d like to see grow up and a great husband I’d like to spend some more time with in life. That said–I need to get healthy. And what better way to be accountable than to involve my kids and to make it fun.
I live in Wisconsin and it snowed last night and today. It snowed a lot. So today’s workout–shoveling our two driveways and sidewalks. An hour and a half of shoveling. I feel like my arm is about to fall off after that. I wanted to quit, but as I was shoveling I was thinking about this blog. I’ve started writing them, never felt like finishing it, and like so many things it just got shoved in the closet. (If you’ve ever seen my closet you’d understand why there’s a lot;P)
I have so many blessings in life. I want to be there to see more of them. Why wait until New Year’s to start a new resolution that quite easily could also be shoved under the rug. It’s time right now.