Happy (almost) New Year!

Well, it’s not all balloons, confetti, and roses at our house this New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, the little man is not the only sick person in the house. Now, all three of us have the COD (cold of death). Fortunately, the Sudafed is actually working and I don’t feel like passing out from lack of oxygen anymore. The hubby is feeling the ick coming on. What a way to celebrate. At least we have one special item in the house – an entire bottle of champagne that Nate and I will be consuming all by ourselves tonight. I’m going to try to convince him to get a second bottle while he’s at the store.

I have to admit, for our family, 2011 wasn’t too bad. The first half was pretty stressful. There was a lot of uncertainty about it. I didn’t love working with a weird schedule. Nate was stressed at work and traveling a lot. We were kind of flailing. There is a great C.S. Lewis quote that describes my life at any given moment. “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, “All right, then, have it your way.” I believe that I fall into the second category most of the time. Usually I do it my way until I’ve become completely lost in the brambles or I’ve completely messed up everything. Then, I pray for God to intervene. I’ve been very blessed in my life that there have been very few times when He has not intervened for me. Fortunately, we were blessed again and God intervened for us and put our life back on track or, at least, offered a little boost and some clarity.

I’m definitely one of those people who look at the New Year like a new start. Not necessarily a “do-over” but a chance to reset my mental clock. From fixing what I’m eating, to starting yoga again (yep, I did sign up for a class that starts in mid-January), to setting some goals for myself, I feel ready to explore all of the possibilities. I’m taking this opportunity, this “break” from the world of work, to figure out (amidst the work of a stay-at-home mom) to figure out what the heck I want to do with this life I have. What’s next? I’m not really sure. We’ll see what 2012 holds.

Here’s to a happy, productive, and fulfilling New Year. “May you live all the days of your life.” Jonathan Swift.

Day 2 of the diet…and my monster is sick.

And by my monster I mean my little guy. Fynn has been sick for about 7 days now with a pretty nasty cold. He’s been particularly strange today. Crying and screaming for no reason and being downright difficult. I’ve been trying to figure out what the heck is going on, and then when he got out of the bath tonight he started tugging on his left ear like crazy and crying. Uhg. So I’m thinking he has an ear infection. We gave him a dose of acetaminophen, and we’ll call the doctor in the morning. Seriously, with this parenting thing if it’s not one thing it’s another. I’m hoping that I’m wrong and it’s just the stupid cold.

On another note, day 2 of the diet is going much better. I’m not feeling as run down and weak. My energy is actually increasing – likely from the healthy foods and green tea. So, it’s probably just the caffeine kicking in. Today was, of course, dark chocolate day in my Dr. Oz plan. I’d been doing that already so nothing big to report. Apparently the natural ingredients in dark chocolate improve your eyesight and circulation. To be honest, I have absolutely no idea if that is working. I mean, let’s face it, I’m the mother of a toddler. I’m lucky I’m still standing up-right.

Apparently I’m running a day ahead on this plan because tomorrow is “Cook for your Heart” day and I’m supposed to try salmon. I ate that for dinner tonight, so I can check that off my list. The story is that all of the omega-3s in salmon lower triglycerides (which can cause plaque build-up in your heart) and o-3s can reduce clotting. Also on the list of heart-healthy foods are tomatoes, garlic, and lima beans. I’ll have to eat one of those tomorrow in honor of the official day 3 of the plan.

Cross your fingers that Fynn does not have an ear infection for me! I’ll be saying a little prayer for a healthy 2-year-old.

I’m so hungry. :/

While I appreciate the results from a good healthy diet, I really, really hate the first three days of any diet. No matter how many good things I eat, I’m still craving those carbohydrates. Sugar addictions are really nasty. No wonder it’s hard to lose weight when you start a diet and your body is literally going through withdrawals. It’s a mental game. I know I’m not hungry. I’m sure of it, but my mind is saying, “Eat, eat, eat!” The good thing is that I’ve done this a number of times, so I know the first 3-4 days are the worst and then it gets better. I just have to make it these next few days.

Speaking of diets, I started Dr. Oz’s 28-day thingamajig. Today was the “Go Green” day, meaning drink green tea. So I’ve had a cup of green tea after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I do like green tea, so this one is really easy. Apparently green tea has a number of interesting side effects. It lowers risk for some cancers, it can lower bad cholesterol, and it can promote weight loss – all awesome. Tomorrow is “Indulge in Dark Chocolate” day. I’ll let you in on a little secret – I started this one a day early. Yum.

One more funny side effect from the first day of my “cleanse” is that I have had to pee like 50 times. I must have been retaining about 5 gallons of water. Holy cow!

Is it almost January again? More goals.

Wasn’t it just January 2011? It is truly incredible how fast these years are flying by. It’s true, the little ones don’t stay little for very long. It seems like Fynn is doing one more “big boy” thing every day. I’m not so sure how I feel about that. On one side, I’m very excited to see what new thing he’s going to do/learn next. One the other side, I’m feeling very sad that these years go by so quickly. The quicker it’s going, the more I want to make sure he’s got a happy little childhood. Whew. That’s a big responsibility. I feel really blessed that my little family has been doing so well. So far, so good.

Seeing as it’s almost January, I suppose I should work on some New Year’s Goals. I actually did pretty well last year. I do have some free time while Fynn is still napping, so I better be good at using that time wisely and not just watching television reruns while lying on the couch. I’ll be pretty bored in another 5 weeks if that is my only plan. Then I might get ideas. Oh, don’t get me started on the ideas I get when I’m bored. So here are my goals:

1. Read at least one book a week. I think that’s a pretty easy goal. It will mean watching less television. BTW – we did end up cancelling cable about 8 or so months ago now. But back to the books. Instead of just reading the book, I’m planning on blogging a little about them. No spoilers, just a few opinions and whether or not I recommend them. I figure that should keep me motivated. Also, I seriously need to get involved in some sort of book club. It’s kind of depressing reading a book and then having no one to talk to about the book.

2. Health. Uhg. This one is never ending. I’ve fallen off the wagon in several ways. But, my plan is to start logging again in Loseit! after the holiday. Logging before is just kind of depressing. On the same note, I’m going to try the “Dr. Oz 28-day Plan” that I read about in Oprah magazine. Yes, I read Oprah magazine. I like it, okay!  I like the one-day-at-a-time plans. For example, on the first day of this plan, I have to drink green tea. I love green tea. Easy. On the second day, I have to eat dark chocolate. Done. I should blog the details and let you know how it’s going. Also, I need to start yoga again. My back is doing a lot better, but it’s not going to stay that way without some pretty regular exercise. Stay tuned.

3. Create a good schedule. So far, Fynn and I have been on a pretty good schedule. We go out on an adventure in the morning, he naps in the afternoon, and we chill out until Nate gets home. But, I’m a little freaked out about winter. There will be days that I will be stuck in the house. I need a good bag of tricks for those days for Fynn’s sake….and for the sake of my sanity.

4. Writing. I do need to stay fresh while I’m at home. I already feel the ability to turn a phrase slipping from my brain. Too much toddler talk and I’m going to lose my ability to speak to adults. Must write a little every day. It’s one of those things that does go cold and does get tougher the less you do it.

Well, that’s it for now. I’m now a little more excited to start the New Year. Ah, the possibilities. I’m ready for you, 2012!

Losing my schmidt.

I’m sure many of you have read “Rants from Mommyland” . If not, do, it’s awesome. Thus, I’m honoring them with the title of this blog. I haven’t written in this darned thing since June. Kinda a lot has happened since then. I decided to quit my job in October and be a stay-at-home mom. It certainly has been an interesting ride. I decided to describe my experience in a pros and cons list:

Pros: I’m at home all day with my toddler.
Cons: I’m at home all day with my toddler.

Pros: I’m building on my already excellent repertoire of toddler songs.
Cons: I can now sing every song in “Blues Clues” and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”

Pros: My house is reallly clean.
Cons: I’m a little bored so I’m cleaning my house, a lot.

Pros: I have more time to read.
Cons: I spend most of my time reading nonsensical diatribes on comment boards.

Pros: Toddler kisses and hugs whenever I catch him.
Cons: I’m tired after a long day of chasing him.

Pros: My Christmas presents are already purchased and mailed by December 15.
Cons: I probably spent more money this year on Christmas presents.

So that’s my list so far. I’ll be sure to add some more as my stay at home continues. :

Hope all is well everyone.