Sorry, for not blogging in a while. The reason why I have taken a blogging hiatus…I’m sleep deprived. What I’ve done in my spare time (which is little and far between), sleeping! Gabrielle will not sleep through the night. Gabrielle won’t sleep for more than 3 hours at time! It is worse than when we first brought her home from the hospital! I don’t get it. I am not a fan of the cry it out method, well mainly because it breaks my heart to hear my baby cry. However, I’ve tried it. She cried for an hour one night. Yes, I said an hour. Don’t judge me. I’ve run out of things to do. Oh, and by the way, after she cried that long, I gave in and went and got her. I can’t stand it! If it were up to Jared he would have gone in and got her after 5 minutes. I tried to be the strong mommy…that didn’t work. I’ve thought maybe she is teething, but I don’t think that it is it. I’m sorry for the complaining post, just thought you’d like to know where I’ve been. 🙂
That’s right. Gabrielle said and is saying Mamamamama. Now, she has no idea that I am her Mamamamama. But, I don’t care! I am so excited. WooHoo! 🙂
Ok. So here it goes. I have started running. Let me rephrase that. I have started jogging very short distances. I am very out of shape, and it was very apparent when I went for my first jog. I am jogging, and hoping to get up to very long distances. My goal is to buy a jogging stroller, and jog with Gabrielle. This is one of these things that I am motivated to do for my girl. Being a mommy has put some very high pressure on me. I feel the need to be perfect. Perfect at everything. But, since that isn’t possible, I am trying my best to set a good example. I want Elle to be healthy. I want her to make good eating/exercise choices. And, I don’t want her to struggle with her weight like I have. Jared and I have already starting eating better. We really never ate terrible. But, we did/do go out to eat more often than we should. I am bound and determined for my family and I to live a healthy lifestyle.
I called this post Operation: Get Fit. At first, when I started I was going to call it, Operation: Get Skinny. But, then I realized. I will never be really skinny, I never have been. I will never have the body that I had when I was in high school, one because, I have some really serious scars and stretch marks on my belly, and two I’ve had a baby. But, I realized that that is alright. I shouldn’t worry if I am skinny, I should worry if I’m healthy. (But, if I do lose a few pounds, I’m not going to complain…lol) So, that’s that. I want you all to know, so that it’s out there. I have posted it for the world, a.k.a. my close family and friends, to see. I want this to hold me accountable. If I look back here in a few months and haven’t been keeping up with what I said I was going to, hopefully it will get my butt in gear. And, if I see you out and about, and you ask me about jogging, I’ll constantly be reminded of it. Please blog readers, help me to keep my word. Hold me accountable!
If you can believe it, Gabrielle is 7 months old today! 7 months! For me 7 months has been the hardest milestone. I guess it because she is now closer to a year. I don’t know. It just makes me sad that my baby is growing up way too fast. I know that’s what everybody says, but it is very true!
Today was also a very special day for another reason. Elle rolled over! I never thought it was going to happen. She decided that she needed to sit before roll I guess. I had put her in her bed, while I went downstairs to do laundry. I came back up, checked on her, and she was busy talking to her bears on her mobile. About 5 minutes later, she was crying. I got up to get her, and she was on her tummy!! I probably scared the crap out of her, because I screamed and was so excited. We danced around the room. 🙂 Then, I actually got to see her do it. It was awesome. Yay for rolling!
Gabrielle had a great 1st Easter. We got to spend the day with family and friends. It was fantastic!
Today is World Autism Day! Today I am wearing blue in honor of all the children and adults that have autism. Even though I know very well what autism is, I googled it and found the “technical definition.” Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.
No two children with autism are the same. Autism in one kid doesn’t look the same in another. It is such a mind-boggling disability. The way that people with autism’s minds work, is amazing. I wish and say multiple times a day, that I wish I could get in each of my student’s minds. Even if it is just for a few minutes. I would love to understand how they think, not only for me to understand, but also for me to help them. People with autism, are amazingly smart, wonderful, and loving people. They are fun to be around. They can also be very challenging, because they have a hard time with communication.
I just read a new statistic. It use to be 1:150 children are diagnosed with autism. Now it is 1:110. Think about that. That probably means that you know of someone personally that is affected with autism. That is SCARY. No one knows what causes autism. There are many theories out there. But, as alarming as the statistics are, my wonder is how and why don’t we know this. We need to know, for our children’s sake! I think it is very easy for people not to think about autism if it doesn’t directly affect your life. Well, we need everyone to think about it! We need to find out what causes this mind-boggling disability.
It is so great having Spring Break! I can’t wait until summer! I don’t think I could ever have a job, where I am not off in the summer. I have been spoiled for the past 2 and it has been great. So, I am sure this time with my girl, it will be soooo much better! Anyway, I better get back on track. Yesterday I had a fabulous day! I had lunch with two girls that I graduated college with. Gabrielle and I had so much fun with Sarah, Grace (Sarah’s niece), Jessica, and Maurice (who is a week and a half older than Elle is). We went to The Olive Garden, and had a good time catching up. It was hard to believe that it had been 3 years. After we had lunch, Elle and I went on a shopping spree! I mean we were already in Fairview Heights, how could we not go to the mall and Babies R Us? We also hit up the Easter Bunny. I am so glad that she isn’t afraid yet. She just kept looking back at him, like who the heck are you? We probably bought out St. Clair Square, but we do have a lot of pretty things to show for it! We had a great girls day!
Today we went to the park with Ashly, Ashley, Abby, Daniel, Zelda, and Tess. Well, let’s just say it was the shortest trip to the park in my life. I had put sunscreen on my child, who unfortunately takes after me, and is the palest child alive. So, trying to be a good mommy I lathered her up. Well, we found out that she is allergic. Her face got a really bad rash, her eyes were swollen and watery, and her nose was like a faucet. It was not cute. Anyway, I got her home and washed her from head to toe. In the mean time I called the doctor just to be safe. She fell asleep, and magically the rash was gone. When she woke up her eyes were still a little watery. The doctor called me back, and told me to use Neutrogena sunscreen next time and that is it. So, before next park trip, I will be making a Walgreens trip to make sure to have the right sunscreen. 🙂