Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Saturday 7

1. We got back on the bandwagon with CIO this week and Lena has been doing really well. She usually sleeps 'til 4, then cries for a little while before going back to sleep 'til 7ish. And a few nights this week, she actually slept all night without a peep! Woohoo! Maybe she'll be sleeping through the night by the time she's 1. Ha.

2. [TMI breastfeeding point.] On Sunday night, Lena screamed from 4:30-5:30 and I couldn't take it anymore, so I got up to nurse her. She sucked and sucked and nothing happened. I switched her back and forth and kept trying, but my milk never let down. It was so weird! I finally just got up with Lena and fed her some pancakes because she refused to drink cow's milk. I attempted to nurse her again at 8, and my milk did let down, but Lena was not interested. I took it as a sign to drop the morning feeding and we haven't done it since then. So now we're down to just the bed time feeding. And here's another weird tidbit: my left side has totally dried up. She's always preferred the right, and it definitely produces more. But as I started cutting out feedings, my left side started producing less and less until it was totally done. So if you see me in person and I appear a little lopsided, now you know why. ;-)

3. I felt my depression creeping in a little bit again this week. I think part of it is because this is the first full week without a holiday in a while. And I think weaning is wreaking havoc on my hormones. Plus the weather has been abysmal. There's a little SAD thrown in there for good measure. I feel a little trapped in my life. Every day is the same. So I ask myself what I want. Do I want a job? No. Do I want to be away from my girls? No. I finally decided I'm just bored. So bored of playing house over and over and over again. So sick of picking up pieces of food off the floor after Lena sweeps them off her tray. A lot of this is the cabin fever talking. (And it's only January!) So imagine my surprise when this blog popped up in my reader this week: Bored, Bored, BoredI just started reading this blog by Sally Clarkson and love it. I ordered her book The Mission of Motherhood on Amazon this week and can't wait to read it.

4. I was much more productive this week than last. I decided to focus on doing at least one chore a day and at least one craft or activity with Lucy a day. My rough idea for Lucy is Monday: fun craft, Tuesday: letters, Wednesday: library, Thursday: numbers, Friday: Bible lesson. I also started cracking down on Lucy's screen time. I decided to allow her 3 hours a day. So every morning, I put 3 tally marks on the chalkboard, and erase them as she uses them. She's done really well with it, and loves checking the chalkboard to see how much time she has left. We're all so much happier when we're productive. I have to remember that when it's so tempting to sit on the couch letting Lucy watch hours of TV.

5. Lucy had a fun first last weekend. She went to Niki's while Justin, Lena, and I went to small group and Aunt Niki took her to her first movie! They went to see Frozen and Lucy loved it. She has recapped the movie for me like a hundred times since then. My favorite part is at the end when she says, "And then the sisters loved each other again!" It is so cute. I've never taken her to a movie because she's so sensitive about loud noises, but Niki said she did great and was mesmerized the whole time!

6. Thanks for all the TV suggestions. I decided to start watching One Tree Hill. So many of my friends love it and it has 9 seasons, so it should keep me busy for a while. I love how all teeny-bopper shows are the same. You have the 4 friends: 2 girls, 2 boys. The jock, the rebel, the tortured artist. One always has a dead mom. Then there's the friend who's a slut, someone with a drinking problem, and parents with big secrets. Haha. And it's funny to see Sara from White Collar as a teenage girl with awesome curly, blonde hair!

7. I've done really well with my New Year's Resolutions. I've consistently been doing my One Year Bible readings. I haven't missed a day.  And I haven't had one drop of Dr Pepper since January 2nd. It's been brutal. I had a headache for 3 days despite drinking coffee and lots of water. And I really really miss the taste. I crave it pretty much non-stop. I drink about 50 ounces of water a day, which is huge for me. And I have gained two pounds! Seriously. It makes me so angry.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you've been feeling down! I also find that we're happier when we are more productive/active and watch less TV... so WHY do I spend almost every day sitting around with my children watching TV/computer/tablets/game devices!? I have the same daily schedule (the chores one) brewing as you do, so as soon as I get over being sick I want to get that rolling... theoretically...

    Way to go on your resolutions! Keep it up! The absolute hardest part about any weight loss/diet thing (for me) is the lack of instant results. And it SUCKS to go UP instead of down. Try weighing yourself only once a week if you don't already... that helps me, because weight can fluctuate so much from day to day. I've already gained 10 lbs since getting pregnant, which is much more than my previous pregnancies, which means I'll be right there on the weight loss train with you in a few months... :/ Hang in there!!


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