ONE….pacifier fairy hell
This week has been a long week. Lets just say that B was not pleased when we took away her pacifiers. Pacifier weaning is not for the faint of heart; but, I finally feel confident that we are on the upswing from the pacifier fairy. That devilish pixie. I will share all the details on Monday, as for how we weaned her and why now. As crappy as it was, I do feel like we learned some things and did some things right. Official potty training next month! We are on a roll and will get this done by the time baby comes! Those words might bite me in the $%#. But I do want to get her officially potty trained by the time Baby T2 comes in late April/ May.
I have been trying to squeeze a couple work outs in from the house this week. They are nothing to write home about; but, I have been taking Camp Patton’s advice and even if it is a 10 minute workout (10 Minute Prenatal Pilates video clips on Youtube), it makes me feel a little less huge and helps my energy levels. I will start a ten minute sequence and depending on how B is doing, start another one if possible. I have also been doing Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project from time to time but the movies are so long, so I have to prioritize doing it during nap time which sometimes is hard especially if B isn’t sleeping. A tip to the wise: watch another video/ Netflix while you are doing the exercise DVD. It makes Tracy Anderson’s workout a whole lot less boring. I have been catching up on Gilmore Girls (again.) I figure if Grace from Camp Patton can do it with four under five and one on the way, with a resident OB/GYN husband, I have no excuses. And if I can’t do it now, then when I am ever going to have time to exercise again?
Did you all watch the Oscars? We did but ended up fast-forwarding through probably 1/3 or 1/2 of it. between the commercials and the musical acts. I just didn’t think it was very funny this year. It probably didn’t help that the only movie we saw this year that was nominated for a bunch of awards was The Grand Budapest Hotel (one of E’s favorites.) If you haven’t seen it, make sure you do. Just the visual design is amazing! I did a post on it here. So I was thrilled when it won so many awards.
I did love Gwynnie’s outfit but in my mind, she can do no wrong. I know she is such a polarizing figure and she gets criticized for her fitness and eating regimen, but I like that she is honest about how much work it takes. And it pays off obviously!
Was I the only one who was stunned by Lady Gaga’s voice? I have always known she was a great performer, but I never knew she had such a voice!
And just for all the starlets who haven’t eaten carbs in months/ years, we had a decadent meal of pot roast, rice, and cocoa brownies for dessert. This brownie recipe is the most amazing and it is super easy! See this post on how we afford pasture-raised pork year round.
We are starting to look at preschool programs for B next fall. It seems crazy to think that she will be ready for a couple days a week program come fall. But it is a long time from now, and she will be almost 2 and 3/4 years old. I sometimes feel like I just don’t give her enough stimulation at home, so we are trying to get out more and more. I know she will love school when it comes. When did your little one start preschool? It will be a couple hours twice a week most likely.
FIVE…pregnancy and stress
Braxton Hicks are no joke. I had Braxton Hicks with B but it started a lot later on. This time around, i find myself getting them more often, especially after being on my feet all day or when I am stressed out. This week on Monday, we had both (pacifier fairy night and big cleaning day) and I had pretty much nonstop Braxton Hicks for over an hour. Luckily, E was able to put B to bed and I headed to bed early. Putting my feet up and deep breathing definitely helped; but man, my stress levels when B is crying are off the charts. I know I am going to have to be better about managing my stress. Thank God we did sleep training when I wasn’t pregnant (we did it initially around 9 months, but really at 14 months when I weaned her.) My blood boils when she cries where it hardly effects E. I have talked to other moms and they all had the same response, that they respond so much more than their husbands.