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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ellowyn is 11 months (and one day)

Ellowyn is 11 months old!  It's strange how it feels like she has always been here.  I can't seem to remember life without her.

A few weeks back, she went through a month-long phase of getting sick.  She caught one thing right after another for four weeks solid.  It was miserable.  But since then, she's been much better.  She's now sleeping 12 hours straight through at night, no night wakings, and also taking one nap a day for an hour and a half.  This has taken some work and time to achieve, but it puts her on the same sleep schedule as her sister, which is SOOOO nice.  She's eating like a trucker; I have to plan extra food for her at every meal (as opposed to Mira at this age, who could just share a little off of our plates).  And she's still nursing 4-5 times a day.  But despite all that food, she remains a skinny little thing.  She must have the metabolism of a hummingbird.

In the last week she's learned two new skills: waving and walking behind a push toy.  I don't have a good video of the waving yet, but I'm hoping to get one soon.  In the mean time, here's a video of her walking with the push toy:

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weigh in - 2 months

In the month since my last weigh in, I've been pretty busy.  

In the first part of the month, I did really well.  I was working out 4-5 times a week, 45 minutes to an hour each, and making good progress.  I was up to 30 minutes on the rowing machine (rowing about 6000 meters, burning about 400 calories) and I was mixing in an occasional workout class.  In the first two weeks of the month, I lost 3 pounds.  I was really happy about that.

The last two weeks of the month are another story.  We travelled to and from Dallas twice in those two weeks, once for Thanksgiving and once for a training conference I attended.  The trips both ended up being great, but I'm sure you know (or can imagine) how stressful and time-consuming and exhausting it is to travel with a toddler and an infant.  In those last two weeks, my workouts were sparse and my diet was shot, so I didn't lose any weight.  And really, I'm just happy I didn't GAIN anything.

So there it is: I lost 3 pounds this month.  Since I started 2 months ago, I've lost 7 pounds, putting me 23 pounds away from my goal of losing 30 pounds.