Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Do You Even Lift, Bro?

I realized I need to be lifting in addition to running, so my plan is to lift on Mondays and Wednesdays and run 5-6 miles on the treadmill on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This leaves me a full weekend and I can do long run with Claire if I want.  Or not.  (Usually long runs are just when I'm training.)  I realize this isn't what most people think of when they think of someone lifting, but I am a newbie and lazy, so there's that.

I even prepped my meals for the week like those juiced up meatheads on Instagram.  This is what I have been eating:
B. Naked Juice protein smoothie
S. Tunacado and crackers
L. Chicken and rice
S. Carrot sticks
D. Fish and veggies

It's easy knowing that my food is there.  The best part of my day is eating the tuna salad - I use mashed avocado in place of mayo and it's SO delicious.

I know it looks gross, but with s&p, it's so yummy.

The whole menu isn't a lot of food and it's only like 1500 calories, but it's filling.  Plus I eat bites of whatever everyone else in my house is eating.  (Yeah, "bites" of...)

"Claire, are you gonna finish your quesadilla?"

I really want to start out like this to kind of give me a kick start, then gradually go back to normal with better habits.  I've always eaten fairly healthy, I just eat A LOT, and when I'm not running, I drink A LOT.  So I think my main problem is moderation.  I don't have any issues with just running except that I need an added layer of fitness post-baby.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Potty Surprise

I was scanning Claire's daycare sheets from last week because DP had picked her up every day, and on Wednesday it said that her first peepee was in the potty.  Apparently, I was the last to know.  So I angrily confronted DP and demanded an explanation.  He was like, "Ohhhhhhh yeah!"  Grrr.

I guess the daycare teacher was getting Claire her cup of water, and when she turned around, Claire had taken off her diaper and was sitting on the potty.  I could totally picture it because Claire does this is at home, her little potty is in our toilet room and she sits on hers when I use the toilet.  But always playing around and she NEVER takes off own her diaper.  On random times she's sat on there without a diaper, like when we're getting ready to shower, but she never pees.

So DP and I were laughing about it, like "wtf Claire?" and joking around about how Claire is like the responsible party in this relationship. No lie, she made the decision at 5 months to sleep in her own crib.  (Claire slept in between us exclusively until one night when she cried and tossed around for hours, until I put her in her crib for the first time ever, it was like 4am, and she never looked back.)  She tells us when she's ready to nap.  She puts her toys and books away when she's finished, without me telling her to.  She carries a baby around in her purse, but we overlook that because she doesn't really know babies don't belong in purses.  And she always remembers to say please, thank you, and love you.

So we're like, is our baby telling us she's ready to start potty training?  I didn't want believe it though, because she's too young and frankly, it seems like a difficult task. 

Then that night when we got ready for our shower, I told Claire to go in without me while I finished undressing.  When I went to pee before getting in there, I noticed there was pee in the potty from Claire doing the same thing.  Ok so now she's basically potty training herself at this point.

Is there a way to stop this?  I'm not ready.  Plus I read that if you potty train too early, kids tend to regress.  And changing a diaper is just so easy when we're out and about.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Karovic Wedding


Chrissy and Eddie got married!  I was so honoured to have been a part of their special day, especially since Claire got to participate too.  I would say she was the prettiest little flower girl in all the land, but my cousin Mariah and Eddie's niece, Makayla, were absolutely adorable as well.


 
We started the day at my aunt's house for hair and makeup.  I did my own because my hair is easy and I don't trust people to do my makeup.  I always end up looking like a clown and my skin takes DAYS to recover.  It's the curse of my 30s.


















The ceremony was lovely and the reception was intimate, befitting the couple.  I feel like I'm just going to throw all the pictures up here because there are so many good ones.  It was truly a magical day!  (Sorry for the crappy pics, DP took photos with my camera for most of the night and I stole some from IG so they are filtered beyond belief.)

The Groomsmen.

My family, all in purple.

The kids.
My uncle walked Chrissy down the aisle, and I wish I could have gotten a picture from my point of view because it was hilarious.  Maybe because I had never him smile so big in my entire life.  Chrissy looked so beautiful, I love her choice to wear a hand-made fascinator rather than a veil.


Claire walked down the aisle between the two other flower girls, who supposed to hand out orchids to the other guests.  But they didn't because they were busy leading Claire.  And she didn't throw her rose petals on the ground either.  But then when they got to the front, the other flower girls took their seats, and Claire walked right up to the front and took a position there for the whole ceremony.  I think she thought it was her wedding.

 

 
The reception was at a French restaurant overlooking the lake.  I don't know how the weather was perfect, since all week has been a sweaty 90 degrees and the forecast for the day was rainy and cold, yet we had a perfectly mild-weather evening. 

 


 




 



We dropped the kids off with my mother-in-law and had an after-party at Blue Martini.  Which was truly a perfect end to a perfect day.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Indian Night

My cousin got married on Saturday and, following tradition, we had an Indian Night the day before the wedding.  I was so excited to eat yummy food in celebration of my cousin and her new husband.  Plus look at Claire in the little outfit my parents brought back from their trip to India in 2010.  Bangles are from my aunt, total coincidence that they matched perfectly.


I dressed Gigi and I up as well, her in an outfit of mine that she wore as a dress.  I put kajal (black eyeliner) on her and said that she's only allowed to wear it on special Indian occasions.  She thought that was so cool.  DP looked good in his Indian shirt too.  Here are some pics of all of us.




 
 
 
Ramses was embarrassed to not have an Indian outfit,
so I gave him a Bindi to wear and he was happy.
That will only embarrass him later on.

My cousin gave Claire a flower girl present - a lovely music box with a necklace and hairclip for the wedding the next day - and of course she was enthralled. 




Saturday, April 26, 2014

What a Week

Things have been a little crazy since I've be going to the gym on evenings, but we are getting the hang of it.  Here's a little synopsis of our week, in pictures.

DP can't even go to the washroom.
Claire is always there.
Always waiting.

Here she is watching Monsters, Inc.  It's her favourite movie, she brings me the remote and says, "Mosters?  Mosters!"  Then she won't look up at me, and if I get in front of her, she looks around me. So I stand off to the side and remind her to eat.  (She had killed her steakburger but was lagging on the fries.)


 
Claire was ready to go to the splash pad for a bit one evening, DP loves to take her there, so here she was waiting for him to pack up.  The one time I went with them on my day off, I sat on the bench and DP followed her around the park.  Even though it takes her a long time to warm up to it, she is very independent and is really good playing by herself.  Yet he was like, hovering.  (Helicopter Dad.)  At one point I growled at him, "Seriously, leave her be!"  He was like, "But she needs me."  Oooooookay DP.  Okay.





















And here we are going to school on Thursday.  She pitched a giant fit for this banana, which is how I know she's throwing tantrums just to throw them.  Who pitches a fit for something she's getting for breakfast anyway?  An almost-2-year-old, that's who.




Friday, April 25, 2014

It's a Splash Pad Kind of Day

I love having Mondays off, I don't know what I'm going to do when I have to go back to a regular work week.  This past Monday we all slept in then went out to breakfast at Denny's.  I hadn't gotten my Moons Over My Hammy after the race last weekend so I was owed one.  Then we decided to make an impromptu visit to the bigger splash pad in my neighbourhood.

Well, not exactly impromptu because we were walking there and realized that all the other stay-at-home parents had their kids in swimsuits and had brought like, towels and stuff.  So we went home to get supplies (DP said) "so we don't look like trashy parents." 

Claire took a minute to warm up.  She actually refused to leave her spot on the bench between DP's legs.  But once she did, she was off!