Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Recently, I agreed to do a fitness challenge with my roommate Megan. We joined LA Fitness and we currently have a 6 day gym schedule. Since I started going to the gym, I feel AWESOME! I lost 7 pounds in the first three days. We meet with a personal trainer twice a week and we have been trying all kinds of classes like cardio kickboxing, cycling class, and tonight it is Aqua fit and Latin Heat. It's gonna be great. Although I hurt in many places that I didn't know existed, it's a hurt so good kind of pain.

Since going to the gym, I have noticed that my thighs are shrinking (!!) and I have a lot more energy. In the same beat, however, I find myself to be ravenously hungry all the time because my metabolism is increasing and my muscles need some food. I have learned that I am becoming more flexible, I sleep better and I can do things longer that I was previously able to. All around I feel great. I really like the set up of the gym too. It is a lot easier to go to the gym when you like the gym you are going to. I had a membership at 24 Hour Fitness once and that was not the gym for me. I hated their layout and they had huge membership and cancellation fees that I do not have at LA Fitness.

I was never able to justify spending the money on a gym membership previously. Going for myself was never a good enough reason for me to get my ever widening butt in the gym. Now that I have a little one, I realize that I am now doing this for the both of us. I want to watch him grow and become old. If I am overweight, can hardly breath, suffer from arthritis, have face cancer- whatever, I am not going to be able to be the type of parent that I want to be to him. Hail is more than enough justification now to be willing to paying the membership so that I can spend a longer, healthier life with him. After seeing how easy it was to lose the first ten lbs, I have set myself a very specific, realistic goal and hopefully kickboxing and latin heat will help me get there. Ole!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Move Out!

Lately, Hail has been waking up early in the morning. Sometimes as early as 4 AM. Since moving, we have been sharing a bedroom and although he currently has his own dungeon bedroom in my spacious walk in closet, he still wakes up way too early. Only this morning did I realize the source of this problem, me.

I am not one to really toss and turn much but every time I do roll over or move, my mattress springs creak a little underneath me and Hail wakes up and thinks it's time to play. After picking him up and putting him in bed with me in the wee hours of the morning in hopes of him falling asleep again to no avail, I got up to go brush my teeth and start the coffee. When I opened the bedroom door to bring him to the front room with me, I realized that he was almost asleep again!

So, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for him to move out. He is going to go to the kids' room and hopefully he will not be woken up by Serena nor him wake her up. I really hope that this works out because this momma could use some sleep!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mommy's Need a Break too!

As many of you know, Hail has been teething. Anyone with a child knows the pain of teething.... They scream, cry, throw fits, they want up, they don't want up, they don't want to be on their back, on their tummy, or play with any of their toys. they hurt, and because of it, you hurt too. It's painful to be the single mommy of a teething child. to make matters all the worse, he is also having growing pains.

For me, this means that I was up off and on all. night. long. I strongly believe this is the possible cause of shaken baby syndrome, SIDS and child abuse. When mommy doesn't get sleep, nobody is happy. I don't like being unhappy, it makes me feel like a shitty parent. Yelling at my kid doesn't do any good, although I did it :( Leaving him to cry in his crib to take a nap doesn't work because he screams bloody murder and sounds like I'm beating him savagely. Overall the last few days have been beyond stressful for me!

Thank god for parents! my mom is taking him for the night. This is his first over night visit as well as my first night without him. Sadly, instead of going to do something kid free, I'm staying at home to work.. I'm lame I know :) That's okay though, Thursdays are usually my day off so anything I make today is just bonus for Hail and I. The real fun comes this Saturday when I have a date!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Social Butterfly

Anyone that knows me knows that I love to meet people. I am a social butterfly that flutters back and forth between groups of people talking, laughing and making jokes. Being social is not really something that I have done in awhile. They always say that jealousy is a green eyed monster that can eat you alive and I have found that it is very true. This was partly why I have only now begun to be social again.

In the last month, I have met some amazing new people. My roommate is AWESOME- I love her! She has been an encouraging reason in opening up my limited social circle and has even invited me to go out with her and her friends the next time that she goes out. No, we don't go hang out at clubs getting tanked like college kids- we both have kids ourselves! But it will be nice to have social interactions with people my own age that can speak full words and don't just growl and grunt at me, although there will always be the few that do :)

I hope that I will be able to continue to meet new fantastic people and keep my social circle growing. You never know when you are going to need a friend for something and who can be your helping hand. The more people you have that surround you with support and the potential help that you need, the better off in life you will be.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mirror, Mirror on the Floor

Lately, I have been trying to get Hail acquainted with recognizing himself instead of just seeing himself as a separate baby in the mirror. This has provided me- as well as him- with a lot of entertainment. He hasn't quite figured out that the baby in the mirror is him, but he has learned that the baby does what he does. He really enjoys a good conversation with that baby too. It's cute to watch him babble to that baby as if the conversation is ever changing. His doctor says that he will learn to recognize himself and I believe that he is getting there. Any time we walk by a mirror, he has to stop and say hello. If I ask him if that is my handsome Hail, he smiles and laughs. He's really working on it. He's developing like crazy and it's such an amazing thing to watch how quickly he grasps things.

The other day, he learned cause and effect. He stuck his foot in his mouth (literally) and bit his toes. He was stunned because he didn't know why his foot hurt. Then when he did it again, he realized that he was doing it to himself. I was shocked at how quickly that sunk in. But then again, a little pain teaches a quick lesson :)

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