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2010 October » The Adventures of Noah and Lia
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Oct 312010
 

So, yesterday morning I walked into Noah’s nursery to find him on his knees chewing on his crib railing! I could hear his teeth raking across the back of the rail and instantly pictured the destruction that would ensue if I let that continue. But how do you keep your little one from using their crib rail as a teething toy really? Lowing the mattress only goes so far (now he just pulls himself up to standing – gah!). Then I remembered a post I read over at BabyRabies.com. She’d had a similar problem with her little one and came up with this crib rail guard that was sooo much prettier than the plastic things you get at BRU (plus, who wants to let their baby eat plastic?)

I followed her instructions pretty closely and totally agree that grossgrain ribbon, though more expensive, would be easier. I hated making the ties because you had to turn the tubes right side out and now my thumbs are really sore. All in all it took me about 4 hours to do. I got most of the cutting done during Noah’s short nap in the afternoon and then finished it all up the evening. Honestly, if I’d used ribbon instead of making ties it would have been 2 hours tops to make both.

Oct 292010
 

Alright, now I know why I don’t keep junk food in my house – I HAVE NO WILL POWER (when it comes to snacks and chocolate)! Thanks to that lovely bowl of Halloween candy downstairs, I’m up a little bit. In the scheme of things it’s not horrible but still…I purposefully fill my cabinets with low fat, low calorie snacks and food because I know I can’t resist the sweets. Single handedly polishing off a bag of peanut butter cups over the week is not exactly on the low fat diet plan.

Next, Stats by the month:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 16 – 136.5 – taken on Monday. NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 24 – 133.6
Week 28 – 130.1
Week 30 – 130.7 (remember last week I was at 129 even!)

In other news:

– The job is going great! The product is sooo cool and I’m really excited to dive in. I do have to head to Cali in two weeks for a few days leaving DH alone with Noah again but we’ve called in reinforcements – his dad! I think we’ll put him on puppy duty since he and Macie get along so well. That will take some of the pressure off hubs (having a dog that demands exercise twice a day is tricky when it’s just you and Noah. In the AM’s I generally stay back and get started on the morning routine with Noah while DH takes the dog for a spin. If she misses that exercise she’s a nut case all day.)
– A rodent (we think it’s a chipmunk) has decided to take up residence in the wall by or in our bedroom (we haven’t pinpointed it yet). At 3am it decided that it was nest building time and you could hear the scratching and chewing. I just pray it’s not chewing the wires in there (ack!). I’m hoping that we don’t have a repeat performance tonight but if we do, tomorrow is going to be a fun day trying to track it down and get it out of there (how it got i there in the first place is a mystery). I’m a bit skeeved out.
– They’re doing Halloween day at daycare today. Kinda bummed I can’t be there to see Noah in his costume for the first time with all of his little friends but they promised pics! Plus we’ll put him back in it later so I can take lots of pics of him! Our little monkey is going to be a monkey:) (next year I’ll get more clever and do a coordinating costume with the dog).
– We’re carving our pumpkin tomorrow with Noah – avalanche of pics to insure I promise!
– Steelers are actually televised in DC this weekend! Wooohoooooooooooo! DC friends – Chili at my house, be there for kickoff!

Okay, that’s it. Must get to work now – break time is over!

Oct 272010
 

Little man turned 8 months over this weekend. Since we weren’t home, I didn’t get a chance to post his 8 month post on time! Better late than never I suppose:) So….

Things Noah’s up to now:
– He’s mobile! His crawl varies from an army crawl, a lunge and a fully on crawl. The remote control is what gets him going the best but the cry fest that ensues after we stop him from drowning it in drool is not fun. Thank goodness his great grandma found a toy cell phone which makes him SUPER happy (and totally drool proof).
– He has teeth! The bottom left tooth has cut thru the gum a few weeks ago. It’s still not fully emerged but the hardest part is over for it (and now he can bite and cause discomfort – oh joy) and just the other day the second one popped up.
– He was sleeping from 7:30ish to 7ish but this tooth thing has put a cramp in that. We’re still generally getting from 7/8ish until 7/8 ish with maybe a quick bit to eat at 5 or 6am.
– He’s offered 4 bottles over the course of the day. Generally it’s 8oz, then 6oz, then 4oz, and then finally 8oz before bed. Mixed in there are 4 meals of solids. We’ve been doing more finger food to help him work on his pincher grasp and fine motor skills. I’m proud to say that he can pick things up and they eventually make it to his mouth:)
– Based on our home scale he’s 21.5 lbs. About the same as last month. He’s wearing 9 and 12 month clothes and a few 6 month shirts.
– He’s got a new carseat! It got to the point where carrying him in his infant carrier was just too much of a PIA, plus his shoulders didn’t fit all that well anymore so we decided to upgrade to the Britax Boulevard.
– We’re feeding him table foods like strawberries, avocados, noodles, asparagus, and anything else I can cut up small enough or mash up enough for him to eat. Aside from the bread from the other day, he’ll eat anything you give him (so not my child!).
– He’s got the hang of the sippy cup! Usually I give him a cup of water with dinner and his snacks. He doesn’t get a ton of water out of it but he gets enough to make a mess. We have the valve-less cups that he has to bite on to get the water out. Most days he just likes to chew on it.

I had a quick oppy this AM to try to take his pic. Let me tell you – that was nearly impossible! I just sat there for awhile and watched him explore then watched as he nearly tumbled over the arm of the rocking chair because he wanted to see what was underneath (No worries, i was right there to catch him and no one tumbled anywhere)

Oct 252010
 

Ahhh…time has gotten away from me! I meant to do this over the weekend but we didn’t get back from the grandparents until late so….anyways, I did weigh myself on Friday and we’re down another pound this week somehow. I could have sworn that number was going the other way.

Next, Stats by the month:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 16 – 136.5 – taken on Monday. NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 24 – 133.6
Week 28 – 130.1
Week 29 – 129.0

Even though I’m only about 4lbs from my “normal” pre-pregnancy weight, my clothes still fit oddly. I’m starting to get back there but no amt of sit ups is taking care of the little mommy pouch in the front and my skin is rather loose (so, i look good with clothes on but it’s another story when I don a bikini). I’m hoping that it will firm up over time (or else I’m heading for one of those mommy makeovers after we have #2).

Anywho, now that I’m back to a normal schedule (ya for a new job) I’m more conscious of what I eat and how much exercise I get. Hopefully I can knock off those last 4 or 5 lbs before the holiday binge starts:)

Oct 212010
 

It’s been a busy week in the Little Kloep house! Momma has a new job so I’ve been trying to get all my last min activities (things I’ve been putting off but really need done like switching out my summer for my winter clothes and weeding thru to find what goes to Goodwill). In my head-down frenzy I never got a chance to post the pics from our weekend!

We had a really busy but fun weekend! Saturday started with a consignment sale with two of my gal pals. I scored a bunch of 12-24 month clothes and a few toys for just over $40! I can tell that these sales are going to be a habit – a very bad but good habit!

Then we headed out to the pumpkin patch at Cox Farms. I was really worried that it would be completely overrun with people and just a total hassle but ended up being a lot of fun! We met up with my gal pal, Brenna, her hubs and their little one Kayla. We topped off the night with dinner out.

Sunday we all (DH, Noah, and myself) headed out to Shenandoah for a short hike. We figured the fall colors would be in full force or at least close and we were right. Noah did well on the hike in the Ergo although it because very clear that we need a hiking backpack for him. He’d rather look out and around than into daddys chest. I think I know what we’re getting for Christmas:)

Here are a few pics from our weekend!

Oct 212010
 

So I stumbled upon this recipe a few weeks ago over at Scary Mommy and just have to share! It’s so simple –

Mix the ingredients in a food processor :

2 c. ricotta cheese (drain water)
1/2 c. confectioners’ sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Hand mix 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Scary Mommy suggests serving it with cinnamon pita chips. For some odd reason my grocery store didn’t carry those so I had to improvise. I found unfilled piroulines that I worked perfectly! With a little more effort deep fried won tons would work too.

I wish I had pics of it but we ate it too fast:) And if you run out of things to dip, just use a spoon (or in a pinch, your finger!)

Try it this weekend – you won’t be sorry!

Oct 202010
 

Today I’m guest posting over at The Domestic Wannabe. I’ve been following Ashley for a while now. Her little one, Ryann, is just a bit younger than Noah and oh so adorable! She’s been doing a series called “A day in the life” where new moms (and not so new moms) chronicle their day with their little one. It’s always so interesting to see what their days are like.

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Hey there! I’m Lindsay from A Little Kloep. DH and I have been married for 5 years and have one little man, Noah who’s almost 8 months old (gah!). We have a 4 year old Vizsla named Macie to round out our little family. We’re back in Northern Virginia after spending 5 years in Northern California (although, we hail from PA originally). Up until September 1st I was a workin momma but my previous employer had other ideas:) Thankfully hubs is gainfully employed and I’m trying to enjoy my forced time off. Unfortunately I can’t enjoy my little man full time due to that lovely thing they call a wait list at daycare – bring him home, lose my spot. It all works out though because I’ve taken an aggressive approach to job hunting and need all the time during the day to network, interview, and convince people that they just can’t live without me at their company. Noey (as we affectionately call him) appreciates the consistency anyways (or so I keep telling myself to make it feel better that I’m home without him). Today I’ll share what our days look like right now…

6:30am – I wake to hear Noah babbling in his crib. Usually, he’ll talk to himself for about half an hour so on most days I catch a few more zzz’s. Today however, I go in and grab him because this is the first time he’s woken up (hello 7:00pm to 6:30am sleep!) and he’s hungry!

7:00am – 8 oz’s down, fresh diaper, time to play! Noah and I head back to bed to hang out. He spends his time just talking and rolling around. He loves to roll over on to daddy and pull his hair or pat his face. Daddy’s trying very hard to pretend to be asleep, but duty calls. Daddy rolls out of bed at 7:30am to relieve the whining dog.

7:45am – Mommy needs a shower so Noah hangs out in his exersaucer chewing and drooling on just about everything. He’s cutting his first tooth and I think by the end of the week it will finally be thru the gum (you can see the gum broken – poor little man!)

Exersaucer Fun!

8:00am – breakfast! We alternate fresh fruit (strawberries and bananas mostly) and purees. How much of each really depends on his mood. Some days he’s all about the puree and will finish the entire 4oz container, other days I can’t get but a spoonful or two. You can almost always get the fresh stuff in him though!

Breakfast!

8:30am – back upstairs for a diaper change and getting him dressed for daycare.

9:00am – time to pack the daycare bag. This means rounding up 5 diapers, wet bag, 3 bottles and 2 jars of food. Today I had to sit down and stuff all of his diapers since I did diaper laundry last night. Noah’s on the floor rolling around and trying to figure out how to crawl!

Daycare Bag

9:30 – everything is ready, time to play some. Today I sat down with Noah at the piano for some banging and singing (him banging, me singing…). I was raised in a very musical family so I hope that all the time I sing and play to him when he’s little will help him develop an ear towards music.

Learning to play

9:45am – we’re off to daycare. He’s always gone in late because my schedule at work was flexible and I wanted all the time I could with him in the AM. I’m not looking forward to losing that when I get this next job.

from 10am to 5:30pm he’s playing away at daycare while I slave away trying to find another job. Today I’m going to try my hand at making baby food too! At daycare he generally takes two naps that last anywhere from 30 min to 2 hours. He has two bottles (6 oz each) and two jars of food. And lots of fun playing and learning:)

5:30pm – DH calls and asks if I can grab Noah since he’s running late. Luckily daycare is just a few min away and off I go.

6:15pm – We’re back home and ready to dive into the evening routine but first some play time with mommy on the floor. He’s soooo close to crawling I want to give him as much time as I can on the floor. Plus, he’s supper happy right now and so much fun to play with. Lots of tickles and tummy raspberries get him giggling. I really wish I could bottle that sound – so amazing!

Crawling maybe

Evening Play time

6:30pm – Dinner, mmmmm! Dinner is usually 6 oz of purees, sometimes if I’m on the ball and have the adult dinner ready he’ll have some of that too but I’m not that on the ball – even with the whole day to get things together.

7:00pm – Daddy arrives home right as we’re getting out of the bath and asks to do the last feeding. Mommy’s off to make dinner for the big people.

7:30pm – Daddy comes back downstairs with an empty bottle proclaiming himself the miracle worker and that Noah’s asleep. I haven’t the heart to tell him that Noah’s been putting himself to sleep for a few weeks now.

Lights Out!

Now it’s time for mommy and daddy to relax! Sometimes, Noah wakes at 2 or 3am wanting to eat. We oblige but then skip the bottle first thing in the AM and go straight to breakfast. Otherwise we wake and start things again at 6:30am the next day!

1. What is the most surprising thing to you about being a mother?
The strength of the emotions I feel. I’ve never been much of a crier but now everything is view thru my mommy lens and it affects me differently. Every single thing I do, I do with Noah in mind. Odd how quickly you become second, third, or last in your own life.

2. What are some tips you would give to new moms, or soon to be mommas?
This has probably been said time over time but it bears repeating….everyone (EVERYONE) will have advice. What worked/didn’t work for them. Take that with a grain of salt. This is your child, you know what is best for them and what works for them. And yes, it is a lot of trial and error to figure it all out. If your mommy gut (no, not the pooch left over like some of us – but your intuition) feels funny, something is likely amiss. Trust it!

3. What are your top three baby products?
Today? (this changes monthly)
1. Ergo carrier – we use this all the time! I love how soft the straps are and how quickly we can switch it between me and DH.
2. Teething raspberry. Looks like a giant raspberry made out of paci material. Noah’s not a paci kid but the bumps on this sucker must feel sooo good on his gums because he won’t put it down (and it keeps him from wailing!)
3. Fleece sleep sacks – it’s kinda cold in our house so instead of cranking our heat all the way up only to have it just fly out the terrible windows, we all dress warm. So, Noah gets his normal PJ’s and then a fleece sleeper over everything. Keeps him nice and toasty.

Oct 192010
 

(no I’m not pregnant)

Since I’ve told everyone involved and have made it Facebook official I can say it here – I’m gainfully employed!

I accepted an offer Sunday evening at a California based company that is allowing me to work remotely again (so all those pretty office clothes are kind of going to waste…aside from client meetings I suppose). In the end I had two offers that were very compelling. Two different sets of responsibilities where one had a 45 min commute and the other had no commute. Since money wasn’t the factor (the offers were exactly the same), it came down to being able to be closer to Noah and not having to deal with a commute. Plus, the position I accepted should be less stressful than what I’d been doing prior to my layoff.

Funny how things happen. Going into Friday I knew there was a good chance that I’d had an offer by the end of the day (for the company that had the commute). What I didn’t expect was to have two! See, as expected, the offer came in. I gave the other companies that I’d been dealing with a call just to let them know and to thank them for their time. Well, one guy was not about to give up on me yet! He asked for an hour and he’d try to get me an offer too! Sure enough, he called back 20 min later, made me talk to his CEO, and then verbally offered me the job! It was an ideal situation really – good pay, less stressful, and I get to work from home. I couldn’t turn him down. So, on Sunday when the letter actually arrived via email I was quick to sign and send it back. That was it! I start on the 25th!

Letting down the other company is another story entirely. I felt like I was breaking up with a long term boyfriend who was putting up a fuss and begging me not to. It was awful. I already felt bad doing it because I was genuinely excited to work for them and made it clear that I was during the interview process. Their insistence, promises, and sales pitches just turned the knife a little bit more. But in the end, the work from home opp was too good to be true. I tried to explain to the recruiter (and then his boss when she called 10 min later) that this other offer came out of left field for all of us but was in my best interests at this point in my life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining! Having two offers at once is a fantastic outcome to my job search and not something that happens to every one and I’m very appreciative to have had at least one offer this quickly. It’s just that I really felt awful having to let them down and they didnt make it very easy. She said she would do whatever it took to get me on board. I told her that what I would need from her is not something I’d actually ask her to do (work from home 100%) because it affects the effectiveness of the position and wouldn’t be wise to put anyone in that situation. It was a really uncomfortable 10 min…

But, it is what it is and I think we left things on okay terms. She invited me back if this new job doesn’t work out so….

Bottom line – I HAVE A JOB! WooHOOOOOOO….

Oct 182010
 

Yesterday we headed out for a hike in Shenandoah and as I’m packing Noah’s diaper bag I remembered these cool little pouches of baby food that I bought at Target the other day. The pouches are from PlumOrganics and come in a bunch of yummy flavors. Today’s selection was pumpkin and banana!

I bought them because I thought they’d be good for on-the-go type situations and I was right! Check out Noah having his lunch on the trail:

The little pouches are quick to open and easy to reseal. The spout on them actually works well without a spoon (Noah even figure out how to just suck on the spout to get the food out). I saw on their website that you can attach a Boon spoon if you have one but I found that not necessary.

They’re a tad bit more expensive than the jars of food but the convenience of them is unbeatable so it’s totally worth it!


I was in no way prompted or compensated for this review – I just really thought these were cool and that my mommy friends should know about them!

Oct 152010
 

I should have known I was on to something when I finally got my e-ring on this week!!:) Another pound down! This past week I ate more junk than I normally do but still managed to keep my calories in check and evened whatever else out with a couple of walks with Noah and Daddy.

Next, Stats by the month:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 16 – 136.5 – taken on Monday. NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 24 – 133.6
Week 28 – 130.1

I can’t believe it’s Friday again! These weeks are just flying by! The job front is looking up. I’m going to keep mum now for fear of jinxing things! Hopefully this time next week I’ll have some news!

Oct 142010
 

So there are days when I’m just not motivated to eat right or exercise (heck, lately that’s been most days but that’s another topic for another day). Those days I need an extra bit of inspiration to get my tush moving.

Enter the older neighborhood lady that I saw running in the rain this AM!

Not just running to get out of the rain but really running, like she was on mile 6 of her 10 mile loop. I love this lady! When DH and I would walk the dog in the AM (B.N. aka before Noah) we’d see her almost every day – rain, snow, or shine she was out jogging on the path by our house. Some days it looked like more effort than others but never fail you would see her plodding away with a smile on her face! And what do I mean by “older”? Well, my best guess is that she’s in her late 70’s.

How’s that for inspiration to get your tush off the couch and do a little exercise?

Oct 122010
 

So, I’ll spare you pictures because I was in too much of a rush this AM to stop and take them but I have to tell you guys about our poosplosion (why? well, because I think it was funny and you’d get a chuckle..see, i’m nice like that!)

I have to say first that I believe this poosplosion was due in part to an error on my side during the security portion of this AM’s diaper change. We’ve been VERY lucky not to have encountered this thus far and I believe that’s mostly due to my fab cloth diapers (okay, CD plug for the day…*check*).

..Okay, on to the story…

This AM when I was getting ready, Noah was in his exersaucer like normal. I had an interview so it was taking me longer than normal to get ready (gotta look perfect although I know it’s not my looks they’re hiring me for). Anyways, I hear the tell tale grunts and sighs that are associated with – um well…”evacuation”. I look back and yup, sure enough he’s got that face. Fine, I’ll change him before we head down for breakfast and I continue with curling my hair. After a bit I start to notice the stench and think to myself, “wow, that’s a ripe one! Oh joy”. I didn’t really think anything of it though, he can be a stinky little boy sometimes! It wasn’t until I bent down to give him a kiss that I noticed. I noticed that he was standing (and now stomping with glee) in poop.

So, here I am in nice slacks and a silk shirt wondering what to do with my now-covered-in-poo child (DH was out walking the dog so reinforcements were a no-go). My first thought was to take him to his room and use the changing table but as I pull him out of his exersaucer I knew that wasn’t the wisest idea. There was poo the whole way down his leg. So, I carried him airplane style to the other bathroom (belly over my forearms), used the sink to wash the bulk of the poo off his feet and then plopped him in the tub to get him naked and change that diaper.

As I pull off his pants a good chunk of poo comes rolling out. I have no idea what happened, it just shot out the side of his diaper! I guess I didn’t get it on tight enough! But that must have been how he was able to step in it…the kicking that he loves to do in that toy dislodged a piece and it rolled down his leg and out the bottom of his pants (how’s that for a visual??!). Me, not knowing that we had excrement present, had him giggling and stomping his feet which only served to spread the poo around in the bottom of his exersaucer.

Ugh…anyways – I got a new diaper and outfit on Noah and DH finally arrived back home. He took little man from me so I could finish cleaning up (how did I get stuck with the poop clean up?). A quick assessment and I decided that the only option is to hose the toy down! So again, dressed to the 9’s, I very gingerly carry the exersaucer out one door, down two flights of stairs and out two more doors to the back yard (did I mention that is thing is rather large and needs to be turned on it’s side to get out some of the doors. I was praying that the poo wouldn’t fall on my foot!). Safely outside and after good thorough hose down it’s now all clean – phew! Just in time for us to leave to get Noah to daycare and me off to my interview (which went well I think..btw’s).

Anywho…first poosplosion and I just had to share:)

Oct 112010
 

So, working from home has its benefits but one of the draw backs (if you see it that way) is that there’s no motivation to get dressed in the morning. PJ’s or Jeans and a t-shirt with a ponytail is completely appropriate attire. After 4 years the only time I ever got myself ready is if we were going out somewhere (which, after Noah, was not very often!). Since realizing that I’m heading back to the office world, I figured it was time to get back into the habit of actually taking time in the AM to beautify and you know what I found? That I actually feel better about myself! Sure, it’s more work and more time in the AM and I actually had to go out and buy some clothes that weren’t t-shirts and pajama pants but even if I’m just sitting at home applying for jobs or cleaning the house, I feel better about myself and feel more productive! DH even commented that he’s excited to see me actually getting ready in the AM (but quickly added that I was beautiful before too).

Then I got to thinking, how often do we just fall into what’s easy or get so involved with taking care of everyone else (husband, house, little one) that you forget about yourself? For me, it’s just about every day. My needs are always last. Showers don’t always happen and I generally grab what is quickest to put on. The hair gets pulled back and hopefully the teeth get brushed (ew…i know). I realize everyone says that’s the reality of being a mom. But, I think to be the best mom you can be you have to also feel good about yourself and that means taking care of yourself. It doesn’t have to be some big drawn out production (although spa days are nice:) ). A few minutes to yourself in the morning to reflect and affirm, some eyeliner, blush, and a new sweater, or a nice cup of coffee and the news before everyone else wakes will do. It’s the little things that we can do daily to remind ourselves of who we are and that we matter too. If nothing else, it’s nice to soak up the calm before the storm of the day:)

See, a little makeup and a sweater can go a long way:)

Oct 092010
 

Noah was hanging with us during dinner the other night (he’s usually in bed by the time I get around to making dinner…that night I was actually on the ball and got it done early!). Even though he’d eaten his dinner already he was staring and reaching for our plates so i handed him an asparagus spear to nom on. I did think he’d like it but lo and behold he was happy as a clam nomming away. So much so that he went thru one spear and reached for a second!

Oct 082010
 

Okay, no change this week. I’ve been bad about my eating but have been out walking with DH and Noah so I guess it evened out. Not much to say other than that:)

Next, Stats by the month:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 16 – 136.5 – taken on Monday. NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 24 – 133.6
Week 27 – 131.4

We’re kind of back to the drawing board with the jobs thing. The one that looked uber promising (that had given me a verbal – “you’re it”) fell thru. They decided to take it a different direction and evaluate some internal folks that had what I was missing – healthcare industry background and figured they’d teach them the other skills they need to do the job. The guy said he has two other positions he’s interested in me for so now I get to go interview some more with them:) At least it’s an interview. I have a few others lined up for next week too so we’ll see what works out. I’ve tackled one of the biggest hurdles by just getting in the door at these places, now to just stay on top of them and keep pushing them along:)

I really want to be back in a job before the holiday season hits. Hiring tends to slow during that time and not pick up again until after the new year so…keeps your fingers crossed and I’ll keep mine (and my legs, arms, hairs, and anythign else I can cross:) ).

Oct 042010
 

….when Noah no longer needs me like he did when he was a baby and let me tell you it was heart wrenching! My big boy put himself to sleep all by himself. I tried to rock him and snuggle him like we do every night but no, he kept looking to his crib like “c’mon mom, just put me in my bed, I got this…”. No sooner had I put him down than he flops twice and is out cold.

*Sigh…he’s growing up:( Next thing I know he’s telling me that kisses from mom are uncool and then gasp – he’s driving…before I know it some other gal has stolen his heart and I’m no longer the first lady in his life….*sniffle sniffle* Okay, now I need to go up and kiss him again while he sleeps…

Oct 022010
 

I noticed that I have a ton of videos of Noah eating. I don’t know why, he’s just cute when he eats maybe? Or maybe it’s the only time I can get him sitting still these days. Anywho, I thought I’d share because well, he’s just darn cute!

Oct 012010
 

So things are finally progressing. Not sure what I did but we’re down a little bit more this week. I still have a ways to go (as evidenced by my shopping spree the other day because I had no work clothes:) ) but progress is progress.

Next, Stats by the month:
Week 1 – 142lbs (7 weeks postpartum)
Week 4 – 140lbs – ouch…no excuses, I have a new workout regime and a new resolve for eating healthy…we should start seeing that number drop.
Week 8 – 135 – Hallelujah! Real progress now! I don’t expect it will continue at this rate but we’ll see.
Week 12 – 133 – time to get back to counting calories:)
Week 16 – 136.5 – taken on Monday. NOTE: this is on a new scale which disagrees with my old scale so we’re kind of resetting a bit.
Week 20 – 134.5
Week 24 – 133.6
Week 26 – 131.4

On other fronts, I’m still waiting to hear on the job. Hopefully I’ll hear from the company on Tuesday with positive info. They told me everything is great and everyone loved me so I guess we’ll see. I’m continuing to “work my pipeline” just in case this one falls through.

And I finally managed to get a hold of a human at the UI office! I found out that I’d filed wrong to begin with which delayed things. All’s well now apparently so I should see my checks soon but it would have been nice to actually hear from someone when my original file was wrong. I can’t imagine being a single income home where you rely on those checks for food, rent/mortgage, and daily living. We’re lucky enough to have another income and some savings that could hold us up if necessary. These checks just make sure we’re not dipping into savings (and don’t even get me started on COBRA!)

Oh, and for hanging with me…here’s a cute Noah pic:)

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