Updates Oh My

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So many things to add this week. First of all Eli is crawling and sitting up. He actually started crawling a few weeks ago (more like the army crawl) but now he’s starting to fly along. His six month appointment went off without a hitch. He’s growing like a weed (19 lbs 1 oz) and has discovered how much he really loves his feet. At the beginning of the month his sleeping took a turn for the worse, but is slowly coming back to normal again. We finally moved him into his own room. The first night was harder for me than it was for him. He slept better than usual, so the transition is going to stick. I go back to work on Monday, so it’s time to make the change. Going back to work is bittersweet. I love my job and love my kid. I mean can I really love this guy anymore than I do. He’s my warm gummy bear.

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Monday is the day I drop him off at day care. I would rant incessantly about the daycare situation in San Diego but I’m truly tired of talking about it. Basically, more than a year waiting list for decent places and expect to pay not just an arm and a leg but a gallon of blood and plasma. I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown. But I finally found a place with an opening that I feel comfortable about leaving him in their care. There needs to be a whole post about daycare in San Diego.

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Mama has been getting fit. I literally couldn’t wear anything in my closet but maternity clothes. I finally broke down and bought pants in a size I’d rather not type. This motivated me to join Weight Watchers. I really thought it was going to be like a cult but it really is so cool and inspirational. My first day I enrolled with a woman who came with her mom. The mom had lost 75 pounds and was no longer diabetic. From that day every time I ran I thought of her. I also completed a 8 week fitness challenge on Fitness Blender and then started a 13 week Jillian Michaels Challenge. Since December I’m down 20 pounds. But this is a drop in the bucket compared to how much I gained trying to get pregnant and then being pregnant. I remember days of salads drenched in ranch dressing and chocolate for breakfast. Well the 60 pounds later I popped out my little guy. Okay, he was cut out of me. But that sounds terrible doesn’t it. Anyway, I had a whole lotta love after he came out. Breastfeeding did not melt the pounds. I think it added more. Anytime, you give me a reason to eat, I’m there. So diet and exercise are the only way to go for me. I still have 15 pounds to my goal weight. But I’ve had to work so hard. I literally exercised every day for 3 months and watched every morsel to pass through my succulent lips. Yes, my lips are succulent.

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Back to the kid. I’m so enthralled with watching him grow. Every day he learns something new. And he learns so quick. I became worried a few months ago that he wasn’t turning over because all my friends kids seem to be. I know, ridiculous, right. Every kid is different, blah, blah, blah. So I watched youtube videos on how to teach him to roll over. We practiced for a week and suddenly he was doing flips. Then we practiced crawling and he started crawling. Now this could be coincidental but I swear it’s because Eli is brilliant. Now, I’m worried he might start walking soon. I know this is ridiculous but I don’t know if I can take it just yet. I want to keep him small and squishy. My mom told me that I didn’t walk until I was 18 months, so I thought Eli would follow in my footsteps but today he tried to pull himself up.

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Grandma Vennie came to visit and took all of these great photos in this update. She’s a great photographer and always captures everyone at their best. She also watched Eli for two days while the hubby and I got away for a weekend. The first night I couldn’t sleep (yes, that’s my luck) and the second I slept for 7 hours straight. The first since Eli was born. So we love Grandma!

Okay, those are my condensed updates. My fingers were flying as I was typing. Please excuse any typos!

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