We’re still here! It’s been 6 months since my last update and so much has changed.
Maya is 18mos today and she is a firecracker. She is strong-willed, opinionated, and stubborn as hell. She challenges me daily with her tantrums and fits but she also brings so much joy with her contagious giggles, her ongoing chatter, and the pitter patter of her little feet as she hurriedly toddles around the house.
She’s the kid who wants to turn left when everyone is going right. She wants to sit on the table rather than at it. She won’t sit in the wagon because she has to push it. You hand her milk and she throws it and then whines because she’s thirsty. It’s draining at times. But it’ll do her good in the face of peer pressure at 16…right!?
But compared to just a few months ago, she’s an angel. I swear some version of her colick lasted for 14 months. Now, she’s just kind of a badass 🙂
Toby-roo is freakin’ awesome. God I love that kid. He is still so sweet and sensitive. He asks me all the time if I’m happy. He says, “you are loved, mommy.” He loves to cuddle and to share a long kiss while making the sound, “Mmmmmmwa!” He’s also super competitive and gets angry when he loses races with friends. And he’s got a hefty control streak in him and can fall apart when friends don’t want to play the game his way. We’re working on it. All I can say is parenting is emotional, tiring and so hard. Each kid is so different from one another and so different from you. But my god do I feel so lucky to have them both in my life.
I’m really enjoying being home with the kids (Toby is in school 3 half days per week) and have put off going back to work full time for the forseeable future. I have some contract work that’s bringing in some extra money which has been nice and makes me feel like I still have my head (a little bit) in the game. We’ll see where life takes us this next year…
I also started the new year with a desperate desire for self-improvement. I’ve been working at it, but I’ve struggled. But I’m still working on it. I’ve completed two rounds of the Whole30 – a 30 day elimination diet – and it has had an enormous impact on me. I have learned so much about food science and nutrition, how much my body responds negatively to crap food (of which I still eat too much of!), and how good my body feels when everything I’m putting into my body is healthy, whole foods.
On Wednesday, I am to begin a 67 day course called Go Sugar Free that i hope will help me kick bad foods, namely sugar, out of my diet once and for all. The course is $399 but I was one of four lucky winners of a scholarship based on the submission of a personal statement about why I wanted to be a part of the program. I’m really excited about it but know it is going to be hard with lots of challenges so I plan to expand this blog to include my journey throughout the course and hope a few people may find it interesting.