Tuesday, Jul 8 2008
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I have a mental image of a body builder flexing her biceps and blowing on them. That’s how I feel after the last 84 hours alone with Will and Ellen. It was so empowering. And intense. So often I thought, I want to write about this, but what little personal time I had I wanted to use for other things. I was calm, mostly serene, fun, and active. It wasn’t perfect – Will had to have some timeouts/quiet times and Ellen did her usual poor sleeping, but I navigated it successfully.
I really appreciated how close I felt Ellen after this time. She’s become a little diva (in both the charming and demanding sense) and I say, “You go, girl!” I swear she is saying “Hi” sometimes. She’s become a fan of sweet potatoes and squash. She has very good fine motor skills – and not-so-developed gross motor skills. She loves stripes. She practically ripped Will's shirt off his back in her eagerness to eat the stripes. It made Will and I laugh.
And Will, even at 2 and ¾ was a big help to me. He’s good fetcher of things, which is very handy. I’m working on teaching him to put his own clothes on. He’s doing about 85% of it himself. He’s so anxious for approval that I worry sometimes. I’m also trying to do make sure he does his puzzles once a day since he gets so frustrated with tasks like that, that I want/need him to gain self confidence in this area. He’s always been incredibly frustrated when can’t fit something into or onto something else (lids/caps/puzzles,etc.) I'm going to look at Montisorri (sp) preschools in our area over the next few months.
What confidence booster the last 4 days were for me.
Now that Steve is back, though, I’m exhausted. The 5-6 hours of broken sleep a night is catching up with me.
We decided to start potty training Will in August. I need to read up on it more, but we both like the idea of good-bye to diapers event, and have that be it, except for pull-ups at night. I’ll load up on some thrift store shorts and shirts and we’ll just plan to have him on the potty every hour, and dealing with the accidents if/when they come.
I’m doing some mental pre-planning for the set of pounds to come off. I’ve been maintaining now for a while, and am starting to feel the urge to get the rest of weight off. I want to be very mindful/planful about it, though, so I’m not starting in just yet.
My dad is coming to visit soon, followed by my sister. Yippee! Then I have my 3-4 days of personal vacation up north BY MY SELF to look forward to. I can’t wait.