April Goals in Review

Earlier this month, I set 5 goals for April. Then I proceeded to try to follow them without actually keeping track of my progress. Just so you know, I wouldn’t recommend this particular approach because then you reach the end of the month and realize that you can’t accurately report to your hundreds tens of followers how you did. Alas, that is precisely the approach I took. However, despite my lack of true goal tracking, I’ll give you a loose update on how I did with my goals.

1. Go to bed by 10 p.m. I know I stayed up past 10:00 every Friday in April, but I did make a concerted effort to go to bed earlier. Still, I’d guess I stayed up past 10 p.m. an average of about 2 times per week. It helped that I am so stinkin’ tired all the time, so I had extra motivation to go to bed earlier.

2.  Read Seeking God’s Face every day. Honestly, this is the one goal I thought I would do really well at, and I probably did the worst at keeping it! I don’t know how many days I missed, but it was at least 10 over the course of the month, which I’m not at all proud of. I am determined to do better at spending time with the Lord consistently. I have no excuse not to, and I need that time to keep me from getting all lost inside my crazy head.

3. Exercise 3 times a week.  I met this goal one week. I didn’t exercise at all last week, but I blame strep throat for that. I exercised twice a week the other two weeks.

4. No eating after 8 p.m. I did really well with this goal, except for on Friday nights, once again. Apparently I like to throw discipline out the window on Friday nights.

5. Blog 3 times a week. I did not do this every week, but I definitely blogged at least twice a week, which, sad to say, is good for me. After all, I only blogged 5 times TOTAL in both January and February!

All in all, it wasn’t an especially successful month, but I am glad that I set these goals, and it definitely helped me to have them in the back of my mind. Though I didn’t do a great job of tracking them, I did remember each of them, and I know I would have been even less disciplined had I not made them. I am planning to make more goals in May, so stay tuned!

How did you do with your goals in April?

Charlotte at 23 Months

I can’t believe my last Charlotte update was 4 months ago! I also can’t believe we’ve had the privilege of seeing this sweet face for 23 whole months:

Charlotte is a busy girl these days. She loves roaming around the house, exploring and getting into everything she’s not supposed to. Her favorite things to play with are basically things that are not actually toys, such as pens, paper clips, my contact case, our phones, remotes, etc. She also loves to color, although most of the time it seems that she enjoys putting the crayons in and out of the bag and watching Stephen or me draw more than she enjoys drawing herself. A few weeks ago I saw a picture that someone had posted on facebook of their child using finger paints in the tub, which I thought was a great way to contain a pretty messy activity, so that very week I got out the finger paints we bought Charlotte for Christmas and let her paint the bathtub. She had a blast, and it’s now a weekly activity. The paint is washable, so it comes off very easily, and Charlotte loves to mix all the colors together.

One of the cutest things about this age is how much Charlotte loves to talk. It seems as though overnight Charlotte’s vocabulary exploded, and she can now form 2- and 3-word sentences, her favorite of which is “I did it.” She’s very proud of anything she is able to do on her own and often says, “I do it” or “I got it” to let us know that she wants to try something. Some mornings when we go into her room, she starts talking before we even pick her up, and she continues to chatter away as we change her diaper and get her ready for the day. It’s easier to understand her than it was a few months ago, but we still find ourselves saying to each other, “What is she saying?” fairly often. We’re teaching her how to say “please” and “thank you,” and while most of the time we have to prompt her to say these, she has said “thank you” to me spontaneously several times recently and in the right context, which gives me hope that she is learning what the words actually mean.

Music is still one of Charlotte’s favorite things, and she can sometimes be very selective about what music she wants to hear. Depending on her mood, not just any song will do, and she will keep saying “no” until we find the song she wants to her. Some of her favorites include “My God Is So Big,” “The Lord’s Army,” and “Somebody That I Used to Know” (yes, the one by Gotye). She also has started singing along to some songs, like “Jesus Loves Me” and “God Is So Good,” and she came home from daycare one day recently singing “Happy Birthday” because one of her classmates had a birthday that day.That night at bedtime she wanted to sing “Happy Birthday” to herself, to Bailey, to Stephen, and to me.  I love hearing her little voice and hope that she grows up wanting to sing in choirs at church.

Playing at the park

Speaking of bedtime, Charlotte continues to be a rock star when it comes to sleeping (with the exception of last night, when she woke up crying around 8:00-something and didn’t go back to sleep until after 10:00). Most nights she is in bed by 6:30, if not a little earlier, and she rarely puts up a fight. She usually sleeps until 6:30 or 7:00 and will nap for 1.5 to 2 hours at daycare during the day , but we hardly ever get her to nap that much for us on the weekends.

We had been dreading weaning Charlotte of her pacifier but were determined to try when she turned 2, but she weaned herself! One night about three weeks ago Stephen asked her if she wanted to throw her paci away (thinking she had no real desire or intention of doing so), and she said “Yes” and marched right over to the trash can and threw it away! We were completely flabbergasted and thought for sure she would want it back at bedtime, but bedtime came and she went down fine without. We decided then and there that there was no going back and that even if she got upset and asked for it again, we weren’t going back. I just knew we’d be facing some long nights over the next few days, but Charlotte proved us completely wrong and has done a FABULOUS job of sleeping without her pacifier. She didn’t have a single bad night after she gave up the pacifier, and we are so incredibly grateful and are also completely aware of the fact that we really had nothing to do with this success, haha.

Having a toddler in the house is never dull, and we are so blessed by our sweet girl. She makes us laugh on a daily basis, and even though she has her share of tantrums and bad moods, we wouldn’t trade her for anything. We love you to the moon and back, Charlotte!

I love how she is looking at Stephen in this picture. She is such a Daddy’s girl!

Daddy makes the best jungle gym.

Charlotte at 19 Months

Let’s ignore the fact that Charlotte turned 19 months over a week ago, shall we? On most days, Charlotte is a little whirlwind, zipping about from place to place, usually with a smile on her a face. She constantly wants to explore and roam around and is rarely content to simply sit still, unless she is coloring or playing with stickers. Then, she’ll sit for a few minutes before moving on to the next activity.

Until the last month or so, Charlotte really wasn’t a big fan of books. When she was much, much younger, I would read to her every day, and while she was too young to show her enjoyment, she at least didn’t put up a fuss. However, as she got more mobile, she grew less fond of sitting still for a story, and before long she would just push books away if we tried to read to her, which broke this poor book-loving mama’s heart! I’m not sure what changed, but now she will latch on to a certain book and become obsessed with it, wanting to look at it over and over again. She especially loves to look at pictures of animals and can now imitate the sounds that dogs, cats, cows, and ducks make.

Charlotte started walking right around her first birthday, and she gets faster and faster on those little feet every day, it seems. I wouldn’t be surprised if she broke out into a full-fledged run soon. She also has become quite the climber, surprising me one day by climbing right up into her high chair without assistance. She now practices this skill on a daily basis and beams proudly when she is seated in the chair.

It’s blurry, but she was so proud to be climbing up in her chair.

Along with climbing, she also is fixated on buckles right now and spends a lot of time trying to buckle the harness on her high chair and her little toddler rocker. She has learned how to buckle these things but can’t get them unbuckled, so she gets really frustrated when she can’t unfasten things. In general, she gets really frustrated when she can’t figure something out and in her frustration will sometimes just throw down whatever it is she’s working on. I hope she’ll learn to keep on trying something instead of giving up so quickly. 

She is definitely all toddler, as she can go from laughing to crying in about two seconds flat. The smallest things can set her off. For example, this morning I had her try on the winter coat I bought for her, and she loved it. What she didn’t love was me taking it off, and she started screaming and crying and was inconsolable for several minutes, right about when it was time to leave for daycare, of course. It is challenging when she starts throwing a tantrum, and we’re not sure yet what the best response is, but we mostly ignore her or try and hold her and get her to calm down.

Charlotte’s vocabulary is growing, and her favorite word right now is our dog’s name, Bailey. She will say her name over and over again, and she loves to follow Bailey around and gets excited when she sees her. Sometimes in the morning when she first wakes up she’s more excited to see Bailey than she is us, which we try not to be offended by.

Never one to turn down food, Char has a healthy appetite and loves to snack on fruits and puffs and graham crackers. Her favorite foods right now are bananas, waffles, and crackers of any kind.

Mmm, spaghetti!

For some reason, however, she has gone a vegetable strike. She used to eat vegetables like a champ, but the past few months she has decided she doesn’t like them. We’ll try to get her to eat them, but she just shakes her head no and swats them away. She will eat them if they’re pureed, but it seems kind of crazy to keep giving her purees when she’s 19 months old! Still, we do give her veggies that way a few times a week just so she’s getting some, but that’s not a long term solution. She’s too young to really reason with, so I’m not sure what to do. Any suggestions on how to get her to eat more vegetables?

Here are a few more pictures of my sweet girl. She makes us so happy and proud, and I can’t wait to see the girl she becomes!

 

February 2012: Week 1 Report

Even though I REALLY don’t want to post my weigh-in for this week, I’m going to. I keep it real here, yo. 🙂

Weight on Feb. 1: 177.8
Weight on Feb. 8: 179
GAIN of 1.2 pounds

I may have ended January on a really high note, but I certainly didn’t start February well. Since last Wednesday, I have exercised a total of 2 times. The good news is that one of those workouts was a 6.2 mile run! I didn’t take any walk breaks, either. Here’s a post-run pic of me in all my proud, sweaty glory:

The run took me 74 minutes to do, but that is a typical pace for me, so I wasn’t surprised. I loved having my Garmin with me because it helped me keep a consistent pace and beeped whenever I completed a mile. It’s such an awesome tool!

The reason I didn’t get more workouts in is because I really slacked off on getting up at 5:30. I did wake up early enough to do my Bible reading every morning but one, but I definitely need to get out of the bed by 5:30 like I was in January if I’m going to get those workouts in. And part of the reason I had a harder time getting up early is because I didn’t do a good job of abiding by my 10:00 p.m. curfew, which made sleeping in all the more tempting. Discipline has such a domino effect. Slip up on one thing, and it causes you to slip up in other areas, too.

I’ve given myself a stern inner talking to, however, and I WILL post a loss for next week’s weigh-in, even if it’s half a pound!