Friday, May 31, 2013

ginger and lime is a mom!

While checking in on fellow blogger ginger and lime, I found the following written in the comments section of her last post:

A quick note of thanks to all of G&L’s wonderful followers. G&L gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy on Friday evening just shy of 37 weeks. Birth weight of 7 lbs, 4 ozs. Mother and baby are doing well. I’m sure G&L will be blogging about her experiences after she has regained her strength.
-Mr. Lime

Yea!  Stop by and congratulate her, if you're of a mind to.  :-)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PAIL Bloggers Monthly Theme Post May 2013: Body Image

(This post is part of PAIL's Monthly Theme Post for May.  You can find other posts on this topic here.)


  • How do you feel about your pregnancy / post-partum / post-adoption body?
I dislike my body now more than I ever have, and not only because it looks worst post-twin pregnancy and post-c-section (and believe me, it does).  I also dislike my body because it seems incapable of doing the most basic functions for which it was designed.  It couldn't get pregnant, couldn't stay pregnant, couldn't breastfeed, couldn't continue my medically-assisted pregnancy to term without developing gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

  • Did you have weight gain in addition to pregnancy gain because of depression, fertility meds, etc?
This is one of the several ways in which my body is weird. I never really gained any extra weight due to fertility treatments or really, at all during our three-year struggle with infertility.  My weight went up and down within about a 10-lb range, but that's normal for me and wasn't related directly to infertility-related stress or meds.  Also, I weighed 16 pounds LESS at my 6-week postpartum check than I weighed on the day I got pregnant, so I actually LOST weight while pregnant with my twins.  For the first trimester, people kept saying to me "Wow, you're losing weight."  And I was.  (Don't hate me because none of those weights are enviable.)

  • How do you / have you made time to focus on your health/body since becoming a mother?
I have made several starts at this since my twins were born 16 months ago but have done nothing consistently.  I am working on this. . . I am continually working on this, both pre-kids and post-kids.  Also, I have recently gone in for my annual gyn exam and made an appointment for a mammogram, as I was overdue for both.

  • Do you focus more on healthy food, good exercise, or a mix of both?
Exercise is something that I have found very difficult to fit into my schedule.  Between work and my sons, the only realistic time I have to fit it in is before work, early in the morning.  I'm not gonna lie: it's hard to make myself get out of bed before 5:30 a.m. to work out, and most days, I don't.

I have had a bit more success focusing on the healthier eating aspect.  Yes, I do slip up from time to time and eat candy or fast food, but overall, I make pretty healthy food choices.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Few things about me (a meme)

(Stolen from Jodi in an attempt to get motivated to write something here.)

1) What were you doing 10 years ago?
I was taking finals for the spring semester of my second year of law school.  On this exact date, I would've either been studying or taking my first exam, can't remember for sure.

2) What are five things on your to-do list?
1.  Fill out a corrected W2 form for my nanny.
2.  Mail check for a donation I promised a friend for a charitable organization.
3.  Add texting to my mother's line on my cell phone plan to avoid paying overage charges for her texts (gah, that sounds like I'm the parent and she's a teenager, when she's actually 68 years old today).
4.  Hire a new house-cleaning service since the one I hired two months ago stood us up.
5.  Decide whether to re-enroll AJ and MJ at The Lit.tle Gym for the summer.
(I could go on, and on. . . but these are the most pressing, apart from work and childcare.)

3) What are five snacks you enjoy?
BBQ potato chips

4) Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire.
Donate a lot of money to charity.
Pay off all our debts.
Hire a full-time, live-in nanny and cook/housekeeper.
Buy a new, bigger house (with quarters for the live-in nanny and cook/housekeeper).
Establish trusts for our sons, for my nephew, and for each of my parents.
Give cash gifts to family and friends.

5) Name some places you have lived.
New Mexico, Texas, California, Connecticut, Arizona

6) Name some bad habits that you have
I'm a procrastinator and have a tendency toward laziness. . . as in, I want to try to do things the fastest and most efficient way possible most of the time.  I also use too much profanity--something I am especially mindful of now that our sons are starting to talk--and always have to work on controlling my temper (I'm a yeller).

7) Name some jobs you have had
Fast food worker
Pizza delivery driver
Tutor (math and science)
Tax clerk
Dormitory desk attendant