Thursday, June 21, 2012

Trying not to compare the kids

Can someone please tell me how I am not supposed to compare the kids to each other?

This is a picture that Monkey made of her and her daddy.

This is a picture I encouraged Bear to make to put in the journal he is supposed to bring to Kindergarten with him. I am assuming so the teachers can see what they have to work with. It is a picture of him and his cousin Jacob.

When Monkey saw it she asked, "Why are the arms coming out of their heads?" Bear just laughed and said, "I don't know how to make a body, so I didn't." Monkey told him to, "Just make a rectangle next time".

I think Bear's egg people are cute, but I am scared he is really far behind other kids his age. I don't know what to do. He just wants to play and rough house all day. He doesn't want to draw or write his letters. He doesn't want to learn to read. Do I force him to do it?

He is not the type of kid that you can force to do anything. I was happy I got him to draw the egg people and to attempt to draw some words below, that you can't see in the picture.

Yesterday, I made some flash cards with sight words for Kindergarten on them. Monkey saw me making them and wanted to make some too. She made flash cards for all the sight words for 1st grade though 2nd grade. Then she typed stories from Dick and Jane (all of which she can read) and then Good Night Moon (which she can't read) on the computer. She read the first two Bob books to me today and part of the third book and the fourth book. She doesn't quite have books three and four down yet. Bear can't read at all. I feel like I am failing him, but when I look at his egg heads, I smile. I love that kid and his stubborn ways.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Time to diet

Well, now that I am done breastfeeding, I have to go on a diet. I hate diets. Really, really, hate diets.

After I stopped breastfeeding, it took awhile for my body to figure out I no longer need an extra 800-1000 calories a day. I am sure I burned closer to the extra 1000 a day, because I was always hungry and I made more than enough milk for both babies. I had a deep freezer full of breast milk. Enough frozen breast milk to feed the babies 4-6oz bottles a day for a month.

While my body was adjusting to my new calorie requirements, I gained some weight. Luckily, I am no longer starving all the time, but now I have about 10 pounds to lose to be at a weight that makes me happy.

I don't want to be super skinny, like I was before I had the big kids. I wore a size 2 or 4 and xs shirts. Shopping was so much fun. Everything I tried on looked good. I worked out really hard 5 days a week and kept a food diary. It was scary how I could remember each and everything I ate each day. It was a lot of work to be that small.

So, after the big kids were born, I decided I didn't want to work that hard, so I worked out, not quite as hard, 6 days a week, and did diet a little to be a size 6. I am really happy when I am a size 6. Not too skinny, so I still feel like a woman, but not too fat either. I would really like to be a 4, but really not up to the work it takes for me to be a size 4. I am getting lazy in my old age.

So, I just want to be a comfortable size 6. I don't think that is too much to ask, so I have ordered a new food scale to replace the one Bear just broke last week. If you ever think, I should go take that away, do it right away. If you don't, you will find your kid stepping on your food scale and it will already be broken when you go to take it from him. I really wanted to take his Buzz Lightyear and smash it, but I didn't.

Anyway, I have found my old diet plan from LA Weight Loss and plan to start this diet soon. Probably after my sister leaves for home. That means, I have about a week to eat what I want and then the dieting will begin.

Someone please pass me the cookies.