Wednesday, February 22, 2012

So What! Wednesday

SO WHAT! Wednesday

I am linking up with Shannon from Life After I 'Dew' (or L.A.I.D - even though my immature mind always chuckles when I see this) for the first time. She is one funny blogger (this coming from the girl who won "Most Funniest" of her graduating class - true story, one day I will scan the picture from my yearbook)and I read her blog on the reg. She keeps it real and tells it like it is, which I absolutely appreciate.

So here is my list for SWW - 

So What if:

- I spent $15 on mascara last week - it was SO worth it! And since that and lip gloss are all I really wear most days, I am totally justifying it!

- I am so over the whole "nice car" thing. I am looking to trade my Lexus in for a Honda. I told The Husband that if me driving a <much> less expensive car means I can stay home - or even work part time - I will do it in a heartbeat. And with gas being predicted to be $5/gal by summer, its a no-brainer. As always, praying on this one.

- I am completely procrastinating  working on my essay revision that is due today, even though all I have to do is rewrite the abstract. (And for anyone who is familiar with APA writing, it is not hard or time consuming) I think I just get a thrill out of doing things at the.very.last.minute.

- we skipped Avery's bath last night. When I got back from class at 7:30, I was tired, she was tired, and we both just needed to go to bed. Tonight, though? No class. So bathtime it will be! And maybe I will squeeze in a shower - you are welcome Husband, co-workers, and fellow students.

- I may have reestablished my eBay addiction. But not for clothes for me...for Avery, of course! I have a $10 or less rule on buying clothes for her. I HAD to give myself this rule or I would have gone bat shit crazy (and into serious debt) buying her anything and everything I come across - because really, little girl clothes are the CUTEST! I have found some great things for her on eBay, and consignment, and ALWAYS for under $10, usually that includes shipping too. 

- I practically inhaled my kitchen last night. I'm am seriously PMSing (sorry if any guys read this) and totally making an excuse. I did fine all day then as soon as I walk in my front door after work, it is like some wild beast is let loose. Here is the list of my transgressions: HUGE bowl of Frosted Flakes w 1%milk, 4 Reese's eggs, glass of Iced Tea, and 4 Mint Milano cookies. Then I went to class and thought it was over. Nope. When I got home from class, topped myself off with a Ham & cheese Hot pocket, some chips, a tall glass of iced tea and 2, yes, because 1 just wouldn't be enough, Fiber One Brownies. I will be tallying up the points from that binge last night as soon as I am done writing this post. I am expecting it to be cringe worthy. And leave me with little to no extra weekly points. Looks like I am walking my arse off the next few days, luckily we are in for some fabulous weather here in southeastern PA. Oh and maybe a spin class on Saturday morning to really torture myself. 

Well, that is enough honesty for today! Check back next week, as I am sure I will have more so what's to divulge.

Happy Wednesday!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

WHOA! 9 months old!

Little lady, you are so not a baby anymore! This past month you have made some amazing milestones. The most exciting/unbelievable is you walked - at 8 1/2 months old! You have been cruising along the couches (and sometimes a pug or two if they stayed close enough to you) so it was only a matter of time before you got the confidence to do it on your own.

The best part is that you waited until both Daddy and I were home to show us your new skill. I was sitting in the living room, playing with you; you were at one end of the couch and I was at the other, and you just pulled yourself up, turned, and walked to me.

I yelled for your dad, who came running in from the kitchen and then we just sat in the living room as you walked back and forth between us. And, of course I had to blog about it here.

After that, you had a whole new confidence about you, not that you were afraid of much before.

And now? You are ALL OVER THE PLACE. And fast! Daddy calls you E.T. because of how you waddle around.

You babble and "talk" all the time. Your favorite word is 'Dada', of course. And when I ask you to say "Mama", it's automatically "Dada". Stinker!

You can give the best kisses, mouth open, full of drool!

Aunt Amanda taught you how to "high five" and it is way too cute.

Lately, you are shy to new people and you will hide your face when first meeting someone. But don't worry, not much later you are your adorable self, charming anyone that looks your way.

You are an excellent sleeper - 8pm-7-8am - straight through. And for that, my girl, Daddy and I won't forget and will buy you a puppy as soon as you are old enough to ask for one! Promise. We will just have to find a way to break the news to your father. You are definitely getting better with your nap schedule, too.

Your 2 bottom teeth are out and you are working on the TOP 4...can't wait to see your toothy grin, but I will definitely miss the gummy one.

At your 9 month doctor appointment, you weighed in at 23lbs, 11oz (which means you have almost tripled your birth weight in just 9 short months!) and you are 30.5". Basically, little lady, at 9 months old, you are the size of a 15 month-old! Above the 95 percentile for both height and weight. Which explains why you are wearing 18month clothes, for the most part. Some 12-18mo still fit, but barely. You are perfect.

We took a trip to Pittsburgh in January, to visit your great aunt and uncle and cousins. You had a ball being the center of attention (as you usually are) and particularly enjoyed our incline ride.
Since you entered this world, you have made time move at warp speed. I am trying to keep up on documenting everything, and I am so so sorry if I leave stuff out. I am sure there is other things I am forgetting as I write this...

You are a busy girl and you love life - I pray that this spirits stays with you and follows you throughout yours.

My sweet, sweet baby girl, I love you more then I could ever tell you.

You are kind.
You are smart.
You are important.

Yo Mama

Weight, measurements and such

I am sure everyone has been eagerly awaiting this weekly post...<HA!> and I have not avoided it for lack of any losses I have just been bogged down with school work and work work that I haven't had a chance. And honestly, the fleeting moments that I may have had, typing on a computer was the last thing I really felt like doing.

The good news is I am all caught up on school work and feel like I can breath a little bit. So now it is time to catch up in blog world. I have not only been a negligent blog writer, but also a blog reader.

But that is not why you are reading this post, you want to know how I am doing with WW.

So here we go...

I'm still on the bandwagon, although last week I think I had a leg dragging off the proverbial wagon, which, of course, slows you (me) down.


I was being weak. Letting myself be tempted by empty promises of "good" food (good as in taste, not nutrition). Making bad choices. And you know where that got me?

Z.E.R.O. weight lost. (on a positive note, I didn't gain but I still get frustrated because I NEED to be LOSING) I also think I may need a new scale because mine is acting a little crazy. I can step on it and it will say one number, step off, take a whiz, and then it says I lost 11lbs. I know I did not just pee 11lbs (even though that would be pretty awesome). Then I get off and get back on and it is up 5lbs from my initial weight. Any recommendation on a trusty scale?

Somehow, I did manage to lose 2.5 inches from bust/waist/hips. (still keeping my man-arms though)

Yay Me.

This week is going a little better, although it is Thursday and I only have 13 weekly points left - YIKES! Looks like I will be stuffing myself with lots of points free fruits and veggies.

So there it is. And here is to a much better, and successful, week ahead!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Midweek Confessions

Once again, I am linking up with E over at E, Myself, and I to do some needed confessing. Every time I do these I am amazed at how fast the week has gone because it always feels like I just did them.

- I think I enjoy Disney movies way more than the average 31 year old. And I am talking the old school Disney  The Gnome Mobile, Parent Trap, Polyanna, Lady and the Tramp, Pete's Dragon...I could go on and on. I cannot wait until Avery is old enough to watch them with me.

- In my effort to "wean" myself off of my asthma medication, I have had 2+ weeks of horrible sleeping and even more horrible breathing. Straight up, asthma sucks. I have had asthma since I was young and as I have gotten older and not treated my body as well as I should have, it seems to have gotten worse. I am praying that as I lose weight, it will help with my breathing. Because you know, they are intertwined somehow. Reason # 5327238340 to lose weight and get healthy.

- I love Instagram and check it way too much throughout the day. I get an odd sense of satisfaction when the little, orange notification bar appears telling me I have a new "Like", comment or follower. So lame, I know.

- Even though we did not have any extra money this week, I still bought Avery the Foofa stuffed animal from Yo Gabba Gabba. Sacrifice for your kids, right?

Time for another breathing treatment, working from home today so that makes it a little easier.

Happy Wednesday!


In between Tuesday

Since I am waiting to post (and maybe write) Avery's 9 month update until her Dr appointment on Friday, I thought I would write about everything else.

A Few Random things:

-You may have noticed I changed my blog name...3 Pugs and a Little Baby was kind of BLAH...and Avery will not always be a little, she already doesn't seem like a baby to me...and I want to get my blog redesigned as I am just using the boring Blogger template. And I know from experience that I will stick around a blog longer if I like they way it looks and it is easy to read. I need some major help since I am new to this whole thing. Any suggestions, send 'em my way!

- When people misuse the correct usage of THEIR, THERE, and THEY'RE makes me CRAZY!!! I have read a few bloggers that always do this. Same goes for YOUR and YOU'RE. TOO, TWO, and TO. I do not think it is a very hard concept...

- This past weekend was good. We did a lot of hangin' at home, schoolwork, taking cute pictures, napping in the CRIB (Avery not me). It was nice to not have to be on the go since that is what it feels like all week.

Here is some cuteness from the weekend: (and again, sorry for any repeats to my Instgram friends)

Belly-up puggie and diaper clad baby:
Big girl dinners:
Sunday morning Pug snuggles:
Impromptu photo sesh:
 Sunday afternoon swinging:
- I have stumbled upon the wonderful world of Picasa....hello? where have I been???
- I learned about Photostory 3 in my computer class tonight...again, what the H, do I live under a rock? It's free and pretty easy to use. Wonderful time suckage - because we all have so much time on our hands, right?

Ok, it's 1am and I have to be up at 5am for work - that means I will probably get about 3 hours of sleep, thankful I do not have class tomorrow (today?) night so maybe I can take a nap when I get home.

OH! And how is this for a mini-me:


Monday, February 6, 2012

Week 5 & 5lbs goal met!

YEE-HAW! My first official 5lb goal was met!...but I lost a point...oh well, guess I should get used to that as I continue to lose weight. Only 4.6lbs til I meet my first goal weight. 

Baby steps, Meg, baby steps. 

Total inches lost = 2.5, 1.5" from my bust, .5 from my hips (hello, better fitting jeans), and .5 from my legs. 

I have not lost one inch on my arms since I started this. So weird. I hate big arms. Makes me feel like a man. I know I should me thankful that I have arms, strong arms that can lift a 20+lb baby and carry groceries into the house and hoist fat pugs. I still don't like their unsightly-ness. And how they do nothing for me while trying to rock a tank top or any short sleeves for that matter. 

Next week, I will be getting back into spin after my 18 month hiatus (I stopped about 4 months into my pregnancy). I am really looking forward to it. I know spin isn't for everyone - some say its "boring" - but I love it and I saw great results last time I got into it. And a weird thing is happening to my body, as I am losing weight, things are starting to sag - and look kind of deformed. So in efforts to slow this down, spin will begin with a vengeance. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Midweek Confessions

- I hate taking showers. I try to take one every other day. Sometimes in the winter - when I do not sweat a lot, it might be longer. UGH. I cannot believe I really admitted that to anyone else besides my husband (and only because he lives with me & I can't lie to him). I have super thick, coarse hair (my hair stylist cousin say its like Spanish hair - even though I am 90% Irish) and I only need to wash my hair twice a week so that isn't much motivation.

- I gave the pugs a bath on Saturday. In our shower since we have a removable shower head. The last time they have been bathed was when I took them to the groomers. That was right before I had Avery. She is 9 months old. I know, I am a bad pug mama. I do try to keep up with their wrinkle cleaning - those suckers can get funky (and can get infected if not taken care of regularly, I learned that from experience) and I clip their nails when needed. So they were not completely neglected.

- Since I am on the cleaning confession kick - I cleaned our ceramic tiled floor in the kitchen/hallway this weekend. The last time these floors have been thoroughly cleaned was when I had Stanley Steemer come in and do it. Again that was right before I had Avery. And again, she is now 9 months old. We did spot cleaning here and there but not as good as it needed with 2 people and 3 dogs walking on it daily.

Please don't judge and think I am a dirt ball with a soon-to-be-condemned home. Ryan does A LOT to help me keep this place livable. ANd with Avery into everything, it has prompted me to make more of an effort to keep our house clean.