Last week at the end of a play date….
Me: Look guys!
I’m standing there with my purse on the shoulders and making jazz hands to show my sister and our friend that I have nothing in my hands.
My Sister: I have to carry an extra diaper and wipes for the little boy I’m watching. But in another 3 months I’ll have a diaper bag, too.
She is getting ready to have her 4th baby early next year.
My Friend: Screw you!
She says this as she’s juggling her diaper bag, sippy cups and phone while trying to wrangle her 3 year old daughter and almost-2 year old twins. Although I keep telling her that her life will get easier in another year or so, she doesn’t believe me (I wouldn’t have believed anybody that told me that, either). She doesn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Things they are a changin’ in my world. The kids all recently started going to school – even though it’s only 2 days a week for the girls. Everybody’s potty trained. I’m trying to get the kids off sippy cups so that I can get rid of them all. They all play upstairs even if I’m downstairs. Lila wants to learn her letters. Ethan wants to talk a Spanish class after school.
Don’t get me wrong, life isn’t perfect. There’s still incessant whining and lots of sibling fighting. They toys are getting more expensive. My point though is that the baby stage is gone from our house. Life is getting easier. The kids are getting more independent. I can leave the house with nothing but a purse.
It’s really bittersweet. They are growing up and time just keeps to go by faster and faster. This year flew by at the speed of light.
I’m so glad that the baby stage is gone…I don’t miss it. And the other night at my mom’s house, my other sister was there with her 6 month old and her friend brought her 10 month old over. The babies had to be held, fed, changed, and entertained the entire time. I don’t miss that either. I love being able to go to family and friends and having the kids take off one way while I go to hang out with the adults.
I also love that while things are total chaos still, I seem to be finding a bit more time to myself here and there. I’m totally wasting it right now on watching TV and playing games on the computer. That is going to change.
Remember earlier this year when I decided to get my sexy back and dedicated one month to getting in shape? By doing the Brazil Butt Lift, I lost almost 7 lbs and over 9 inches…in just one month. To keep me motivated, I actually posted before and after pics and my measurements on my blog because I knew I had to do something drastic to make me actually stick to it. As soon as I completed the month, I totally stopped. I’m not kidding when I say I stopped the next day.
My weight is just a few pounds shy of where it was before I lost the weight. I haven’t measured myself, but I can tell by the way my clothing fits (and what doesn’t fit again) that I am probably back up to almost where I was. In just 4 months I undid all that hard work.
So starting today, I’m at it again. It’s the first day of October so I’m dedicating another month. We all know I have every excuse in the book for not being able to get in shape. But I have no excuses. There’s no vacation on the horizon. There’s no more summer barbecues and beer. There’s no anniversaries, birthdays or other reasons to celebrate and eat and drink to excess. This is as good as time as any to try it again.
I need this. I deserve this. I want this. Again.
I know I will never be one of those people who enjoys working out. It will always be a battle for me. So I’m gonna take baby steps. Be on the lookout for my weight and measurement post later this week. I’ll take before pictures again, but won’t post them until the end.
And I’m hoping that by the end of the month, I’ll have another reason to do jazz hands.
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