Thursday, January 31

Home Alone


Oh my god, watching Lost by yourself SUCKS! I don't like scary stuff as it is, but this episode is super freaky. Someone come over here and watch it with me!

Oh blah de, oh blah da


life goes on, o-o-oh, la la la la life goes on.

I am back to normal now. As expected the dentist asked me, "How soon are you going to get those wisdom teeth out?" So *sigh* I will be calling to make that appointment shortly.

Today was Leah's last day at her old school. She starts the new school next Tuesday. She was chatting with Ian about it tonight. There is a little boy in her new class who we see at the gym daycare often. So she will already know two kids in her class. Laurie said they just sent a letter home about Valentine's Day and a list of the kids. How cute is that? I need to decide what we can make for her class. :)

Mike arrived in Breckenridge, CO this afternoon. He was so psyched to go he could barely function these last few days. I am glad he is getting the chance to take this trip because he really deserves to spend some time doing something he loves. I just hope he makes it home in one piece. He met Keith Donald out there and they come home Tuesday night. My mom arrives tomorrow midday to hang out and help with the girls. I am excited to have her, as always.

I thought today was going to be rough with having the girls my myself all day but it was no big deal. I bathed them both together. I have this bath seat for Erin to sit up in now that she is getting close to sitting alone. In theory it is an awesome seat. But the suction cups on the bottom don't actually stick to the tub. Is it because the bottom of my tubs are slightly textured? Any suggestions on how to get it to stick? Anyway Erin was asleep by 7 and Leah by 7:30. I got to scrapbook for half an hour before Lost came on.

Anyone else out there watching Lost this season? So excited about some new TV. See you on the other side...

Saturday, January 26

For Brittany


My sister, Brittany, thinks I should fill this out. So here it is...

Q. What is your salad dressing of choice?
If I'm at a restaurant, I order ranch. Restaurant ranch is the BEST! At home I usually use Raspberry Walnut Viniagrette

Q. What is your favorite fast food restaurant?
Taco Bell

Q. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant?

Q. On average how much of a tip do you leave at a restaurant?
Close to 20%

Q. What food could you eat every day for two weeks and not get sick of?
a Fiber One peanut butter bar (these are fabulous!)

Q. What are your pizza toppings of choice?
mushrooms, black olive, fresh tomatoes (I had this tonight!)

Q. What do you like to put on your toast?
homemade jelly or peanut butter

Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
my girls on the picnic table

Q. How many televisions are in your house?
3 hooked up

Q. What kind of cell phone do you have?
no clue

Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
I am about to have my wisdom teeth removed

Q. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
Boxes of books in my guest room closet

Q. Have you ever been knocked unconscious?

Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?
Absolutely not

Q. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
It's annoying to repeat yourself a million times when you are introduced to someone, but I like that my name is unique.

Q. what color looks good on you?
dark and/or bold colors

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item by mistake?
not on purpose

Q. Have you ever saved someone’s life?
have never been in that serious of a situation

Q. Would you allow one of your little fingers to be cut off for $200,000?
No, I am not good with pain

Q. Would you never blog again for $50,000?
But I can still read others' blogs, right?

Q. Would you pose naked in a magazine for $250,000?
You would not want to see my body right now after 2 babies, but if someone wanted to see the flab bad enough, why not?

Q. Would you drink an entire bottle of hot sauce for $1000?
Not worth it for the heartburn

Q. Would you, without fear of punishment, take a human life for $1,000,000?

Q: What is in your left pocket?
I think only pocket fuzz

Q: Is Napoleon Dynamite actually a good movie?
I've only seen it once and it was okay

Q: Do you have hardwood or carpet in your house?
Carpet in most of it, hardwood in dining and foyer

Q: Do you sit or stand in the shower?
Stand, but I sat at the end when I was pregnant with Leah

Q: Could you live with roommates?
I have never loved alone, so I guess the answer to that is yes.

Q: How many pairs of flip flops do you own?
none with the little piece between the toes, 2 without

Q: Last time you had a run-in with the cops
March 2004 when I got in an accident

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Am I grown up yet?

Q: Who is number 1 on your top 8 (this is a myspace related question)
My friends have no order, they are random.

Q: Last Friend you talked to?
Laurie & Bryan were over playing games

Q: Last person who called u?

Q: Number?

Q: Season?

Q: Holiday?

Q: Day of the week?
Duh, Saturday!

Q: Month?
June when the pools open

Q: Missing someone?
my mom

Q: Mood?
getting sleepy...

Q: Listening to?
X-Games in TV

Q: Watching?
The computer screen

Q: Worrying about?
Erin waking up already (she has only been asleep 3 hrs)

Q: First place you went this morning?

Q: What can you not wait to do?
Go to bed

Q: What’s the last movie you saw?
Evan Almighty

Q: Do you smile often?

Q: Are you a friendly person?

Q: What are you looking forward to?
Erin sleeping through the night consistently

Friday, January 25

Prescreening Disney movies


I was just re-reading Keri's posts and I came across one about Dumbo. I do love that pink elephant scene! It made me think about other old Disney movies we have watched lately.

Obviously we watched Cinderella on our trip to La a few weeks ago. That one was a good one for kids Leah's age. The step-mother was mean, but not scary and wasn't actually trying to hurt Cinderella.

I tried to get Leah to watch Sleeping Beauty. That was my favorite from when I was a kid. Leah did not like Maleficent, the bad witch. She is a scary creature. Also, she is trying to KILL Aurora. Not a great movie for a 2 yr old.

Last and certainly the most un-kid friendly is Snow White. While Leah LOVED the scenes with the Dwarfs and Snow White cleaning their house, let me ennumerate the reasons she will never watch it again without me sitting next to her with my finger on the fast forward button:

1. The queen orders a woodsman to kill Snow White and bring back her heart in a box.
2. The dwarfs are constantly hitting each other.
3. When the queen confronts the woodsman, he gives her the heart of a pig.
4. The queen transforms into a very scary witch and kills Snow White herself with a poisoned apple.

Too much blood and guts for my taste. So Classic Disney out. Finding Nemo in. At least until Leah gets older and can understand the fairy tale concept.

Thursday, January 24

Can I ever eat again?


I am over the strep, pretty much. My throat will still hurt sometimes when I yawn, but otherwise it's all good. The problem I have now is my wisdom teeth. See, my wisdom teeth are partially erupted (through the gums halfway). They've been that way for at least 5 years. Long ago the dentist told me I should have them removed soon. Life got in the way and I never got it done. It was never convenient.

Fast forward to now. Mike and I have budgeted for wisdom teeth removal this year, but the dentist said I should wait until I'm not breastfeeding anymore due to the meds I might have to take. So I was putting it off again. I think what happened is the strep infection got into the open gums. So I can't have any food with any kind of flavor (salt BURNS!) or any kind of texture or it kills to chew. On top of that, I have 2 canker sores on my tongue and my gums are swollen. I feel like I just HAD my wisdom teeth out. Now I was on the antibiotics for strep, so I assumed they would help with any other infections I had. Not so far...

I had a dentist appt last Thursday to get 2 fillings but they called me and cancelled it. It was rescheduled for this past Tuesday. Because I was sick all weekend, I didn't make arrangements for child care. So I had to reschedule yet again. I will go next Tuesday and hopefully they will be able to do something about the pain besides just tell me "Get those things REMOVED, for goodness sake!"

In the meantime, I am eating yogurt, applesauce, the occasional noodle with a little butter and cheese. And Slimfasts. My weight loss should be phenomenal.

Tuesday, January 22

A middle school outing


As Laurie has already blogged, we loaded up the kids and went to the local skating rink last night. I think I can safely say that Mike had the most fun, surprising as it was to him. He of course had his own skates that were super comfortable so he was happy.

The smallest skate they have was too big for Leah, so I loaded her up on socks. They ended up okay enough for her to skate a bit. She liked it pretty well. She could goon her own on the carpet. She did the skating rink Hokey Pokey with her daddy and we called the night a success.

They had races right before we left and Mike & Bryan entered the adult race along with another older guy. The race was to be 2 laps and I know Mike thought he was going to kick butt. The older guy ended up being really good! At least Mike wasn't totally spanked.

Some pics for your viewing pleasure.

Mike taking Leah around

This is what the babies were doing while we were skating

Ian looks like he is having fun!

my family tree from


How cool is this? You should totally go to this site and make one! Thanks to Erica for pointing it out.

Saturday, January 19

Nasty throat pustules


Sounds like something that you might get from eating one of Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes. But sadly, no, I have them. I can look in my throat with a flashlight and see them. I may very well lose more weight this week than usual because I can hardly EAT anything. Even the won ton in Won Ton Soup hurt!

Tonight Leah had trouble going to sleep. At one point she was knocking on her bedroom door (this is how she gets our attention quickly as we don't want her to wake Erin up) so Mike went up to ask her, yet again, what was wrong.

"Daddy my feelings are hurt."

"Why are your feelings hurt Leah?"

"Because I have been sleeping too long."

She had not been to sleep yet.

I have noticed that when Leah does happen to nap, she really does not seem remotely tired at her usual bedtime. I suggested to Mike that possibly she does not physically need to nap anymore? He said, and I agree with this, that if she falls asleep at rest time, she needs the nap. So I guess on nap days she gets to go to bed a little later. I can't have it both ways. :)

Friday, January 18

It's official


I have strep throat. :( I went to the doctor this morning because last night it felt like there was broken glass in my throat and I had fever and chills all night. So I will start taking the antibiotic tonight and should be feeling better by tomorrow night.

Mike stayed home from work today to take care of the girls and to shuttle us to our dr appts. We made an appt for Erin because she started coughing last night which is unlike her. After finding out I had strep, I wanted to make sure she didn't have it. So Mike just took Erin AND Leah to the dr AND he picked up my prescription AND he is getting me some doughnut holes. He is the best husband EVER! On the phone just now he told me that he would put the kids in daycare before being a stay-at-home dad and that I better not ever kick the bucket. :) How romantic!

PS Erin's throat was a little red but strep test was negative. Dr said it's rare for kids under a year to get it. Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Thursday, January 17

My favorite thing


My favorite thing in the world is when either of my girls looks into my eyes and puts her hands on my cheeks. It just about makes me melt. *sigh*

I was talking to Mike tonight (who by the way is out in the COLD buying me cookie dough to bake, is he a catch or what?) about how it won't be too long until I have a toddler and a preschooler instead of a baby and a toddler.* I know Erin can't sit up or eat finger foods or talk, but she is already babbling with a consonant and rolling over (both TODAY!). She has tried green beans, peaches, pears, bananas, prunes (her fav), and peas. She is close to sitting up. Where is my newborn baby girl? I am not as ready for her to grow up as I was for Leah. I have already been through the milestones. This time I want it all to slow down. Well, except for sleeping through the night, that can happen any time now. (Are you listening, Erin?)

More on the rolling over...
I put Erin on her tummy with her left arm folded against her chest and called her name from above. When she turned her head to look up, bloop! Over she went! I got her to do it maybe 4 times, then broke out the video camera. Of course no performance. Then when we were putting the girls to bed, I had Erin on the floor while Mike was reading to Leah. I set her up the same way and she rolled over two more times. At least Daddy got to see it.

Also, Erin was saying "A-blah" a bunch of times today.

She is so cute!!!!!

*Although isn't Leah already a preschooler, based on verbal and cognitive ability?

Enjoy the Screeching Eel


Wednesday, January 16

Under the weather


This time it's me! I have that achy head floaty feeling and my throat is sore. So ugh. Leah is watching Cinderella and Erin is napping so I get to rest. Of course earlier Erin woke up right when Leah went in her room for "rest" time. I really wanted to nap, but no such luck. Mike has the laptop with him today so I am typing this quickly on the music room computer.

Thanks for all the comments on the last post. I think we decided to enroll her and see how it goes. The most likely scenario is that it will never become an issue. I appreciate all of your insights...

Tuesday, January 15

Advice, please, people...


Okay, here is the deal. Leah goes to a 2 morning a week preschool. It is from 8:30 to noon and she gets lunch. I drive 20 minutes each way to bring her and pick her up. There are no special programs, just the teacher and an assistant with 12 kids doing art projects, circle time, playing outside, etc. She loves going. It costs us $260 a month.

When I was looking at preschools for her way back when, I had another school on my list to look at, but then I found Kids R Kids (where she is now) and did not look any farther. Well, just last week, Laurie went to visit the other one I never got to look at, First Presbyterian Church Preschool (they do not have a website that I can find). Their program runs 9-12 with no lunch. The place is MAX 10 minutes from me, in downtown Monroe. They do the "car rider pickup" in the afternoons so you don't have to get out of your car. You just pull to the overhang and they put your kid in your car. They have music class every Tuesday (from one of those kids music programs, not just a teacher doing music with them). Once a month, a lady comes to do a hands-on science project with them and she brings live animals for the kids to touch. Oh and did I mention it costs $108 for 2 days a week?

So you say, where is the advice? Sign her up! Well, here is my concern. This is a church-based preschool. If you know Mike and I at all, you know that we are only religious on our own terms. We are not ready for someone else to dictate what our children learn about God. I asked the director if there are any specific religious things they do in class. They sing a prayer before snack. I have no problem with that. Once a week (or month, I can't remember) the two and three yr olds have a Bible story lesson. She said they do ones like Noah & the Ark or Jonah & the Whale. The stories themselves I have no problem with. I am just afraid they will be pushing their own agenda and Leah is so intuitive she will pick up things that maybe I don't agree with.

So here is my dilemma: do I let her go, save lots of $ and just see what she picks up? Should I even be concerned about it? Our personal religious position is awkward because it doesn't fit into the tenets of any established religion. While I don't object to Leah learning about organized religion, I think she is a bit too young to have it thrown at her by strangers. At this point, she believes anything grown-ups tell her. I would prefer that she were old enough to really discuss it with us.


As far as Leah's asthma, the steroids have helped some and she took the last dose this morning. She is now on Singulair, which is a daily medication for asthma. The dr said it will take at least 2 weeks to know whether it is working. Her goal is to completely eliminate the coughing. In a month we will re-evaluate and see if this is the best long term solution.

P.S. Erin pooped last night for the first time in a week! I was already preparing with all the tricks to try to get her to go. She had been eating prunes for 4 days and when I walked into her room at 5am it smelled like prunes so bad! :) I had to take the diaper out to the big trash can, it smelled so strong. So we are better now. I was nervous to have a repeat of Leah all over again but hopefully it was a one time thing.

Saturday, January 12

Pipe Dreams


Despite the many wishes for a relaxing night last night, that was not to be. Erin went to bed at 6:30 and Leah at 8pm. She got a dose of Benadryl at 7 so it would start working before bedtime. The coughing NEVER stopped. Eventually at 8:30, Leah threw up her dinner. At the risk of TMI, it was all clear mucous plus the food. So we cleaned her up and got her to sleep. At 9pm, Erin woke up crying and Mike went in to console her. After fifteen or so minutes, we decided just to let her cry it out. It worked within minutes and the child slept until 5:30am (!) in spite of what happened next...

I go to bed at 9:30 and to sleep at 10. At 1:30 I wake up to the sound of Leah coughing again. I go in and giver her another dose of Benadryl since she probably threw up most of the last one. After a few minutes more of coughing up a lung, she throws up yet again and we clean her up. I spend the next hour or so reading her stories and laying with her in bed talking all the while she is still coughing. Finally I can stand the coughing no more and make Mike take a shift. He brings her downstairs and feeds her because the poor child has NOTHING in her system. She kept saying she was hungry and who can blame her. It's not like she had a stomach bug, it was just the coughing triggering a reaction. Of course, she is not done coughing, so up comes all that food too. She falls asleep at 4:30 on one couch and Mike is on the other.

Upstairs, I can hear her coughing even with my door closed and so I don't actually fall asleep until she quiets down. Of course as soon as I am out, Erin wakes up to eat. Now she had been GREAT for sleeping so long, but I was so dead from everything else. She goes right back to sleep though. At 6:15 Mike gets me to switch with him, so he comes to bed and I go down to sleep on the couch with Leah.

When I get downstairs, she is coughing again, but she is not even awake. After maybe 15 minutes, we are both down for the count. That lasted until 8:30 when we all began our day...

Leah got another dose of the oral steroid this morning with breakfast and has had a WONDERFUL day, cough-wise. The doctor had said that exercise could trigger an "attack" if it really was asthma. Well, we were outside playing and Leah ran across the cul-de-sac a few times. The last time she came back coughing and had a minor fit. Then we had another minor fit in the car. But otherwise, it was all good. The meds were supposed to kick in this afternoonish and Leah just went to bed with NO coughing!!! Hallelujah!!!

So it is looking like asthma because the Benadryl seemed to have no effect. And she was looking better after 24 hours just like the doc said would happen if the steroids were working. At least we know where to begin now...

On another note, we went to Ray's Splash Planet today for a birthday party and Erin got in the pool for the first time! I will post pictures, well I was going to say when I got them off the camera. But instead I got my lazy butt up off the couch and and got the camera. So here they are!

How cutie are these two?

This was AFTER Mike dunked her!

Two Leah's (you know, the OTHER Leah)

Friday, January 11

Crazy afternoon


Well, this afternoon was not what I thought it would be. Erin has been on a napping strike today, so she has not slept more than 30 min at a time. That in itself is super fun. Anyway, I decided to take the girls to the mall so Leah could play in the play place and we could grab some lunch and exchange some Christmas gifts that do not fit the girls.

Now Leah had been coughing all morning and this has been a chronic thing for a while now. She coughs more than any kid I have ever seen. Always has. Finally on the way to the mall, I call the dr's office to talk to a triage nurse about it. But after leaving a message, I decide it's best to just make an appt. They have an opening at 2pm and it is now 12:30. I tell Leah we can't go to the mall and she pitches a fit. I feel bad because I was hyping up how fun the play place was to get her out of the house. So we go to the mall anyway. We play for a bit, eat Chick-Fil-A (Leah eats her entire kids meal of 4 nuggets and a fruit cup). She doesn't like the lemonade she made me order, of course. I change Erin in the changing station and I forget my changing pad on the table.

We head over to the dr. I wait in line to check in while trying to keep an eye on Leah wandering around the room. They call us back quickly, thank goodness. The result of this visit is as follows:

Leah may either have:

A) cough-variant asthma


B) allergies

We were prescribed an oral steroid to try. If it works, most likely she has the asthma. If it doesn't work, we need to try Benadryl. If that works, she most likely has allergies. Either way, we are probably looking at long-term medication. Ugh...

On a better note, Leah has still not had any of her constipation meds and seems fine. The doc said the best "cure" for it is potty training, because BMs on the potty become a routine. They don't have time to get too hard. The problem may resurface when she starts kindergarten because her schedule will be disrupted and she will have to poop at school occasionally. Yay! (said sarcastically)

Anyway, we go to get the prescription filled. I wait at Walgreen's while they fill it. I buy Leah some mini cookies to keep her occupied (meanwhile she is still coughing constantly and it is starting to grate on my last nerve). When we get the meds, I immediately give her one, as per doc instructions. It is in dissolvable pill form. By the time we get to the entrance, it has dissolved. I park the stroller with Erin in it next to the car and start to put things away, when Leah has another coughing fit. This time she throws up all the cookies she just ate. I have to wipe her down and change her shirt (yay for extra clothes in the car!).

Then on the way home I call the dr office back to see if I should give her another one. They call me back when I am pulling into the driveway and the lady has to ask me a million questions like child's name, birthdate, my name, time of appt, etc (seemingly unrelated to DO I GIVE HER ANOTHER DOSE OR WHAT?). I am trying to get the kids into the house while we are talking. Erin is screaming in my ear to get out of her carseat because she is SO. FREAKING. TIRED. The lady tells me we have to calm down her coughing before giving her another one. Um, hello? That's what the pills are for. NO, we have to turn on the hot shower full blast and sit in the bathroom for 20 minutes, then eat a cracker, then the pill, then another cracker (the crackers because apparently the pill is nasty).

We go into the bathroom. I turn on the water. I now have to pee. There is no place to put Erin, so I hold her while I go to the bathroom. As I am sitting there, Leah says "I am pee-peeing!" Mind you, I had just asked her before I sat down, if she needed to go. I wipe, jump off, tear her clothes off with one hand (I am holding Erin, remember?) and sit her on the potty. My pants are around my ankles. So I lay Erin on the rug and fix myself, then clean Leah up while Erin is screaming.

I tell Leah that I need to put Erin to sleep, I will only be a few minutes. Can she please sit in the bathroom and read books while I do this? She agrees and off I go. Just when Erin is falling asleep nursing, Leah bursts out of the bathroom and heads downstairs. I shout her name and startle Erin. Now she is wide awake. I give her another minute and put her in her crib anyway.

I chase Leah down and drag her back into the bathroom, which by now has lost all of the built-up steam because Leah left the door open. I force her to sit in there while I read stories. She gets mad at me and smacks the books out of my hand. I get frustrated and smack her bottom. *Sigh* I am not proud of that. Eventually we come out and I give her another pill. She eats a cracker right after and keeps everything down. The coughing has slowed down, but is not gone. Doc said the steroids will not really take effect until tomorrow afternoon though. She recommended Benadryl tonight before bedtime. I don't know if I can wait that long. She had no nap today, bedtime can be at 5pm, right?

Erin is upstairs screaming in her crib, she was only quiet for like 30 minutes again. Excuse me please, while I tear my hair out...

Underwear a Go-Go


Just a quick note to say that Leah has been wearing big girl underwear for the past 2 days. There have been NO accidents (knock on wood) and she has even pooped on the potty twice! Maybe we've got it figured out. I have not given her her constipation medicine yet because whenever I do, her next poop is not solid and she has not ever done that BM on the potty yet. So I have been holding out because she has been going on her own fairly often. I would LOVE to be done with the meds though...

Erin has been having a little rice cereal and a fruit or veg at dinner time each day this week. Some days she does better than others. She downed bananas and was okay with peas. Pears were not a favorite though (which I was surprised at). After giving her a bite or two the past two nights, she has been straining like she has to go the bathroom. Now I am freaked out because this is how it started with Leah. I am already starting to think about switching to oat or barley cereal and nixing the rice. That is what I had to do with Leah and also cut out bananas totally too. I hope Erin doesn't turn out with that same issue!

Wednesday, January 9

What are leg sleeves?


Why, they're your pant legs, of course! (This from Leah)

Also, this morning when I warned her about tripping over something and hurting herself, she said "And then the am-vu-lance will come and make me all better."

She really likes the adjective "so" and often says things like, "I am so, so thirsty."

As for me, I have been to the gym 4 times in the last 8 days AND went to my first Weight Watchers meeting last night where I lost 1.4 lbs from when I weighed myself on my own scale last week. So 2008 is off to a roaring start for me!

Tuesday, January 8

A Book Tag


I have been tagged by Emily, so here goes...

1. One book that changed your life:

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Dr. Marc Weissbluth made sleep possible again in our house after Leah was born.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:

Too many to name, but I LOVED The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I have made many a middle schooler read it.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:

I will go with Lynn on this one, How to Survive on a Desert Island (I'm sure it's out there!)

4. Two books that made you laugh:

Most of the Dave Barry books cracked me up, but especially Dave Barry's Guide to American History

5. One book that made you cry:

I agree with Emily, any with a parent or child dying.

6. One book that you wish had been written:

How to beat constipation in a child when changing the diet does not seem to help

7. One book that you wish had never been written:

Sorry, I know I will have some naysayers on this one, but Grapes of Wrath. That book was so freaking boring.

8. Two books you’re currently reading:

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Katie Jacobs and the In Death series by J.D. Robb

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:

Not really anything particular on my list right now.

I tag anyone who wants likes to read and wants to participate.

On another note not related to the tag, I HIGHLY recommend reading Expecting Adam by Martha Beck. I almost put it in the "change your life" category because it has affected me that much. But I just finished it, so I don't really know yet how and if it will change my life. So we shall see about that. I have been meaning to blog about it, but I can't quite wrap my brain around how it has affected me. So suffice it to say, it has made me really think about life. Thank you so much, Laurie, for sharing that book with me.

Friday, January 4



I haven't posted many of these lately, so here are two from today:

While plucking a feather into little tiny pieces, she says, "He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me!" (from The Little Mermaid, but still hilarious from a 2 yr old)

Mike walked in the bathroom to begin her bath and he asks her how she is doing. "I am just doing fine," Leah says. (She uses just all the time, not always in the correct way.)

She is the cutest!

My baby


officially slept through the night. Erin slept from 7:30 until 5:20 this morning! I fed her and she went back to sleep until 8am. I got a full night's sleep and am ready to go today. We made it to the gym for the second time this week. Wednesday I took yoga and today I took a step class. The girls have done well both times and Erin has been a fabulous napper the last few days. We are having a great week and I have been keeping to Weight Watchers since the new year. I plan to start attending meetings next week. I am committed this time to losing 30 pounds. So here we go...