Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Starting Over...Yet Again

Ha, that was the title of a book Charlotte was embarrassed to buy on an episode of Sex and the City. Anyway, today is a new start for me on the diet front. I finally weighed this morning (I was still too scared last Friday). I am up 6 pounds from my lowest post-baby weight. At least I'm still under (one whole pound!) my pre-pregnancy weight. I did the 30 Day Shred today and hope to take the girls for a walk this afternoon. I'm also writing down everything I've eaten. I'm going to try and lose 5 pounds by our anniversary.

Today is also the girls' 14-month birthday. I'm hoping to do a separate blog entry about that.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Current Daily Routine

The girls are almost 14 months and I haven't documented our daily routine in awhile. They get up way too early but at least they take a nice long nap!

6:00 or 6:30 - Wake (usually just Olivia and Kayley closer to 7:00, but sometimes both and sometimes it's Kayley who wakes first. They're always shaking things up).

Play until 7:30 or 8:00 (depending on when they got up).

7:30 or 8:00 - Breakfast

8:30ish until 11:00 - Clean up from breakfast, get dressed, play, and then I either do an indoor workout while they play or I take them for a morning walk outside.

11:00 - Lunch

11:30 or 12:00 - Nap

2:00 or 2:30 to 5:30ish - Play, snack, errands or walk, start dinner

5:30 or 6:00 - Dinner

6:30 to 8:30 (sometimes 9:00) - Play and bedtime routine (bath (every 3 days or so), jammies, books, brush teeth, etc).

8:30 or 9:00 - Bed

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Goals

So, I've totally fallen off the wagon as far as diet and exercise. Well, not so much the exercise. I still do the Shred a few days a week and walk most afternoons, but eating has been another story. I couldn't stop eating Easter candy! But now that Easter has come and gone, I'm ready to recommit and get back on track. I'm not going to weigh until Friday, because I'm too scared, but then my mini goal will be to lose 5 pounds by our anniversary on May 13th, and my big goal is to lose 20 by the end of September. That gives me 5 months to lose 20 pounds which is totatlly doable.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Outings

Last Friday I took the girls to a free Gymboree class. They loved it and had a blast! It was very challenging for me, however, to get them to and from and manage them during. Normally I would use a stroller but I didn't want to put them in the stroller to walk the short distance from the car to the building, plus it was only a single wide door so it wouldn't have fit through. See, going to Target or Fred Meyer is easy--I park right next to a cart return so I can grab a cart/return the cart without having to take more than just a few steps from the car (I literally can still touch the car as I'm returning the cart). I put them in, go into the store, do our shopping, go back to the car, put them in the car, return the cart. But other places are a little more challenging. For the Gymboree class, I parked, got one baby out, carried her around to the other side of the car and put her down to get the other baby out, trying all the while to hold her in place with my legs to keep her from running off, then tried to carry one while the other walked holding my hand, but half way there she stopped and wanted to turn around so I ended up carrying them both, along with the diaper bag. We finally get inside and the class starts and they have this circle time when they're supposed to be on my lap or in front of me, but there are two of them and only one of me so the teacher had to do everything with one or the other instead of the props (puppets, etc.) she would normally use. Anyway, it was still fun.

Today I was going to take them to story time at the library, but I couldn't quite get everyone ready in time so we went grocery shopping instead. I wanted to use one of those "car" carts instead of a regular cart because when I use a regular cart, I have to put one of the girls in the main basket of the cart because only one will fit in the front child seat (well, they'd both fit but there are only 2 leg holes) so then there's not much room for groceries. So I had to, again, get them out of the car one at a time, putting one on the floor of the car while I got the other out so she couldn't run off, and then walk to the store carrying one and trying to let the other walk holding my hand, but again, she stopped halfway there and I had to pick her up and carry them both the rest of the way and then I had to get them strapped into the cart one at a time while trying not to let the other run off (I guess I could've put her in the main basket just while I was strapping the first one in. Duh. Just thought of that). Anyway, we finally get situated and into the store and I had to pee. Those carts are really long and it was really hard to get through the bathroom door, and then it wouldn't fit in the stall, of course, so I had to leave them outside the stall. While I was in the stall and they were out there alone someone walked in and they started crying! I hurried up and got back out there and they calmed down and then I almost couldn't get the cart back out through the bathroom door (long cart + 90 degree turn). Ugh. I sometimes feel like I'm the only mom of twins that has these struggles (of course, I can't be) because everyone on the message boards I read is always saying how great it is having twins, wouldn't change a thing, blah, blah, blah. I mean, some do say it's really hard and all but I rarely see anyone complaining about all the challenging things I'm complaining about. Maybe I'm just a big whiner and need to buck up and just be grateful I have these girls at all. No really, I really do love them to death and really am very grateful, but there are people out there on the aforementioned message boards that actually want twins and want to know if there's anything they can do to increase their chances of conceiving them, and I just think to myself, "if they had ANY idea..."

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Finally a Nice Day

After a week of cold, rainy and snowy weather we finally have had a few days of warm sunshine! Yesterday I decided that instead of doing my 30 Day Shred workout after breakfast I would move up our usual afternoon walk and then use the afternoon to just play outside instead. Around 9:30 I put the girls in their cribs so I could make the bed and get dressed and when I went to get them Olivia was asleep! Weird, as they have been down to one nap from 11:30ish until 2:00ish for quite some time now. So, instead of going for a walk Kayley and I just had some good one-on-one time and when she went down for her nap at the normal time, Olivia woke up. I thought I was doomed to a no nap-overlap, no-break-for-mommy kind of day, but for some reason Kayley only slept for a half hour, meaning they would both need another nap later in the afternoon. We ended up finally going for our walk around 12:30 and then playing in the yard for awhile after that.

Today they are back on their normal nap schedule and we walked this morning after breakfast and will play in the yard when they wake up. It's so nice being a stay-at-home mom on days like this! I love it!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Why it Takes a Whole Week to Watch One Movie

Seeing as how we rarely go out anymore, most Friday and/or Saturday nights we try to watch a movie after the girls go to sleep. And seeing as how they don't usually go to sleep before 9:00, we're already pretty tired (god, we're old). It never fails--one or both of us will fall asleep 20 minutes in. So we turn it off, go to bed, and plan to resume watching during the week. But since the girls don't go to sleep until 8:30 or 9:00 and Paul has to get up so early for work, we only have like a half hour to watch until he has to go to bed. And on Tuesdays and Wednesdays we watch American Idol so we can't watch a movie at all. Therefore it pretty much takes an entire week watching a movie in 20-30 minute increments to finish one. Sad.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Out and About--or Not

Before I had kids I always just assumed that when I did, I would frequently, or at least occasionally, be using the diaper changing stations in restaurant and mall restrooms. As it turns out, not so much. As I was packing the diaper bag yesterday before heading out to run some errands, it occured to me that I almost never need to do that. I think I did once or twice in the early days, and I remember changing them in the back of the SUV in a Target parking lot after church one Sunday, but for the most part we are never gone long enough to necessitate a public diaper change. Breakfast is usually around 8:00 and lunch is at 11:00 (in order to squeeze it in before nap time) so if we go anywhere in the morning, which is rare because I usually like to work out and shower during this time, we can't leave until 9:00 or 9:30 and we have to be back by 11:00. Sure we could have our lunch while we're out, but then they'd fall asleep in the car right after and usually when that happens right around nap time they won't just go straight back to sleep once we're home which messes up the rest of the day. On the other hand, if we go somewhere after nap, the earliest we manage to leave the house is around 3:00, sometimes not until 4:00. I typically need to be back home by 5:00 or 5:30 to start dinner so again, we have a very small window. I know there are tons of moms out there who are out and about all the time and using diaper changing stations all over the place and while I never gave it a second thought before, now it makes me wonder how they manage to work around their child(ren)'s nap schedules (although just because someone is changing their baby's diaper in a mall restroom doesn't necessarily mean they've been out and about for hours, I realize). And, of course, when they're really little they can sleep in the stroller. Older kids can too, for that matter but not for 2 1/2 or 3 hours, which is how long my girls sometimes nap.

Anyway, it was just an interested observation I made yesterday. I really think my girls will go through their entire diaper-wearing years having very rarely been changed in a public restroom. Weird.