Me vs. 20 lbs: July Update

June 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

June rocked. But I fear it was the last of my easy-peasy weight-loss months. I’m within my pre-baby weight range and am happily slipping into most anything I want to wear. Which is awesome of course, but also slightly de-motivating.

Now, the focus shifts to “better than ever,” which probably means more gradual, more sloggy. It will be good to know I still need to report back here, so thanks for letting me use you as motivators.

This past month we’ve stepped it up, adding a speed training element (I’m using this term loosely) and a longer bike ride on the weekend. My stomach strengthening exercises are getting harder too. Recent weekend days — filled with running, biking, swimming and push-ups — leave me tired like I was when I was in high school cross-country and still couldn’t drive.

Here’s my progress through June.

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Am I Making Myself Clear?

June 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Since Eldyn’s earliest days, I’ve been able to understand much of what he wants or needs by the sounds or looks he makes. This phenomenon had me wondering: is understanding babies is just something I’m getting better at? Or does Eldyn have an actual, real knack for communicating.

I’m leaning towards the latter. As Eldyn gets older, he continues to make himself more and more clear. It’s time for me to admit even a rookie mom would be able to decipher clues like these:

  • The extremely animated, attention grabbing grin when we’re acting otherwise occupied: “Pay attention to me.”
  • Biting and pulling (hard): “I am done eating milk.”
  • Spray spitting food 4 feet across the kitchen: “I am done eating green beans.”
  • Screaming at the top of his lungs, but not crying (yet): “I’m ticked. You have 14 seconds to make it right.”
  • Punching me in the face and screaming at the top of his lungs: “Stop burping me and put me to bed, already!”

Sigh.

Barrows Weekly: 6/27

June 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

OK. Back by popular demand. Pictures!

Only now it’s not just e-Lew. It’s everybody. It was a good week to start because it was Brad’s birthday. Here’s how the week went down.

Say What? House Cleaning

June 26, 2012 § 3 Comments

Last night when I was putting Hiram to bed, he asked me what I was going to do after he went to sleep. I told him I had a little bit of cleaning to do to get ready for Megan’s shower. After sorting out that the shower we were having for Megan wasn’t going to get her hair wet, he looked at me with his huge brown eyes and said, “The house is dirty, mom.”

“I know,” I said.

“After nap,” he said, “I’m going to wake up daddy and we are going to be very quiet and we are going to clean the house.”

This. From the kid who can’t be bothered to put his dirty diaper in the garbage after taking it off.

I love him.

To My Old Dentist: I Miss You.

June 25, 2012 § 4 Comments

My old dentist and his wife (a.k.a my dental hygienist) retired. I’m having a hard time with this.

After all.

When I went to my old dentist, I was a star patient. My teeth were “beautiful” and my flossing technique, “on par.”An honest-to-goodness no cavity kid!

And, they knew me.

Before I even knew I was pregnant with Eldyn, my dental hygienist pointed out that my gums were “sensitive like they were when [I was] pregnant with and nursing Hiram.” Immediately following that appointment I stopped at Target, bought a test, peed on a stick and saw this: +

My old dental hygienist knew I was pregnant before I did.

Now they’re retired and they referred me to a Dragon Dentist.

I should have known I was in trouble when Dragon Dentist asked me about my family and then, when I smiled, cut me off mid-cute-baby-story to say, “I can see when you smile that you have completely rubbed the enamel off your teeth.”

The Dragon Dentist tricked me into smiling so she could investigate my enamel.

She also didn’t believe me when I told her my gums got sensitive when I nursed. While I was strapped to the chair in the Dragon Dentist’s office, I was subjected to a level of torture no single human should face alone.

  • She spent 85 percent of my visit suggestive selling an electric toothbrush she happened to have available for only $350.
  • She taught me how to floss.
  • She reinforced my poor flossing skills by cleaning my teeth with some kind of jack hammer contraption while saying, “Your gums shouldn’t be bleeding like this!”
  • Just to be sure I understood, she flossed my bloody pulp gums (again!) to within inches of their lives.
  • Then, she handed me a mirror. I guess this was so I could see what she had done. When I “smiled,” it looked like I had just lost a fight. Which I had.

I’m still flossing blood clots out from between my teeth.

Oh, and Dragon Dentist wants to see me again in 6-8 weeks. For another “cleaning.” Yeah right.

Huh. That Worked.

June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

Two weeks after Eldyn and my television debut, I thought a little media round-up might bring some closure to the whole breastfeeding at the library debacle. I must say, the campaign to bring awareness resulted in a bit more media coverage than I was expecting. Not that I’m complaining.

Here are the places I’ve seen our story run. I might try to keep this list current but I also might just move on.

CBS News, obviously

Huffington Post

Perezhilton.com’s parenting blog, Perezitos

Daily Mail, UK

KS95, Twin Cities

Care2.com

Mama Breastfeeding Blog

Gather.com

Babble.com

WRNB, Philadelphia

WTSB, Tampa Bay

ThinkProgress.org

Your Jewish News

Examiner.com

Plus, numerous other blogs including my favorite write-up on Angry Black Lady Chronicles called, Silly Woman, Titties are for Titillation and Selling Cars! This is the post I re-read whenever I forget my rule and start reading the comments below the story in many of the links above.

What’s Your Summer Flower Soul Mate?

June 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

I just spent ridiculously way too long (a.k.a. days…no, weeks) “figuring out” how to put this flower quiz together for Commemorate the Date. It seemed like an easy idea when I thought of it…

Anyway, it turned out pretty good. Not anywhere near what I dreamed it would be. But still. Kind of cute.

What’s Your Summer Flower Soul Mate?

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