And we're off! I can't believe we are already firmly into February - the days sure are flying by.
I'm still recovering from a weekend of traveling. J and I took the baby out to the west side of Phoenix to hang with some pals (with two kids of their own) that we don't often get to see. We had a great time, but I have to admit that a huge part of that has to do with the fact that their home is completely baby proofed. Josh and I were mostly able to relax the whole time we were there while the kids ran around and entertained eachother. My best friend has a 3.5 year old boy and a 20 month old girl. We've always joked that her little girl and my little boy are going to get married someday so we can finally be "related." Of course, her little girl is all about kissing, and Mikey is too, except he doesn't quite understand the concept of closing his mouth to make the kissy face, so he just comes at you with his mouth wide open, drool spilling everywhere. Lovely. Ohwell, my friends sweet daughter didn't seem to mind his drooly kisses.
After watching Mikey interact with these kids over the weekend, I have no earthly idea what the baby sitter is talking about. She has recently let us know that other parents have been complaining about Mikey leaving MARKS on their children because he hits them with toys. She said the behavior isn't malicious - just some kids are hitters and some are biters, and apparently Mikey is of the hitting variety. But yikes - marks? On the other toddlers? Thankfully, it hasn't been an issue in about a week, but everyday I dread picking him up and hearing about him being a 13 month old "class bully" (seriously? are you kidding me?).
So - one benefit to having a friend that has a little boy 2.5 years older than yours? HAND ME DOWNS! Holy heck! We were gifted with 4 trash bags full of clothes AND a rubbermaid container full as well, along with a bag of boy's shoes of various sizes. Not that Mikey's fat baby feet fit into any of them, lol. Of course - best friend to the rescue - she bought a pair of Skidders for Mikey that work like a charm. They are technically socks with rubber bottoms, but they really do the trick. Plus, they help him from sliding all over the tile! Thanks Val!
Since it is early in February, I thought I'd post here what my ambitions are for the rest of the month. First - I would like to get all the rest of the boxes unpacked so we can start parking our cars in the garage. Second - I want to do a $500.00 makeover on the house. We are dealing with a pretty blank slate, and since we are living in a rental I don't feel like painting walls only to have to paint them back - so that means I'm going to need to get creative. Plus, $500.00 for a whole house isn't a heck of a lot. I'm going to be scouring the internet for ideas, but I have a feeling that a lot of my budget will go to vinyl wall art that I can peel off when our lease is up, lol.
And what about those goals I made in January?
Well, in terms of physical improvement, I ended up shifting weight loss strategies during the month,and settled on a diet of the low carb variety. After losing and gaining the same 3 pounds, I finally have found something that is working for me and I'm down 8 pounds. Only 73 more pounds to go to reach my goal weight. Boo. I will dedicate a whole post to my diet/exercise program on February 25th when I have a month's worth of data to write about. I am doing terribly in all other aspects of the physical goal. My hair sucks. I hate the color. I hate the bangs. Doesn't having awful hair suck? Anyway - my bangs are almost long enough to start flipping them back into a "pin-up" esque type do, and I'm going to go ahead and dye my own damn hair since paying to have it done isn't getting me anywhere. Just going to slap some super dark brown on it and keep it up at home, which should save me $100.00 every 6 weeks. And makeup? Makeup... Makeup... Oh, I'm dolling my face up about once or twice a week. Not all 5 days. Really need to work harder at getting out of bed at a time that actually allows for the application of makeup.
The goal of loving my family? I am doing much better at this, but as always there is room for improvement. I've been loving the crap out of my baby, but I'm pretty positive that the Husband could use some more attention. This is something I'm always striving for - so I will continue to strive to improve in this department.
Finally - the 3rd goal of working towards becoming a SAHM has flown out the window. Husband and I have some serious goals to work towards in terms of providing for our family (college, cars, weddings, etc) not to mention retirement, and it isn't going to happen on one income alone in our case. So - I've converted my 3rd goal and redirected myself to becoming a super star at my office again.
There you have it. February should be filled with fun posts!