Monday, Aug 11 2008
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Ellen has had 4 good nights in a row. This is what good means to us for her: Evening nap from 8-9pm, up for 2 hours, down for the night at 11 or 11:30pm followed by 5-6.5 hours of no-wake sleep. A fast bottle when she does wake up between 4 and 5:30am and back down until 7:15 to 7:45.
I did Ellen-duty last night, partly because Steve had had it up to his ears with something (he couldnít articulate) and needed to go to bed, but also because I wanted to since I feel so much closer to her in general when I spend my nights with her. I told Steve this morning that I want to do more than 2 nights a week with Ellen. I donít need to go crazy with it, since I still have to work, but I might as well put my insomnia to work feeling close to my daughter. She cracks me up. She is so definite in her opinions and how she expresses them, from lips tight shut against food to discarding a toy or blanket she doesnít want. She doesnít make a sound while doing either, but you are left with NO DOUBT as to her opinion. Maybe my daughter will be as sure of herself as I dream of being.
My solo vacation is 7 days away. Iíll leave from work at noon next Monday, go straight north, and return to the Cities on Thursday evening. I cannot wait. The only bummer is that Iíve finally decided to emerge into the modern era and buy an Ipod Nano, but it wonít be here before I leave. I had hoped to not have to take all my CDs. But Iím going to have to take all my CDs. I donít have that many. StillÖbummer.
If I am going to make any progress towards my w-l goal by the end of October, I need to figure out a better way to deal with weekends and work-from-home days. I think that I can fairly easily make work from home days match workdays from a menu standpoint. The weekends are harder for me though. I think Iíll need to plan them out better. And coordinate better with Steve on what our meals are likely to be. Heís generally flexible to anything I want, but I just donít really make a point of telling him what I want, so I end up just going with the flow, and that never works out to be healthy and low-cal when youíre a woman eating with a man.