Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A work in progress...

Soooo, I have officially completed Step 1 of MM and the 30 er 35 day Shred (I may have skipped a day here and there, what can I say, I'm not perfect!). Here are my before stats and pics:

Start of MM - June 25
 weight - 148 (didn't take measurements)

Start of 30 Day Shred - July 24
weight - 144
arm - 11 1/2"
pouch (under belly button baby pouch) - 37"
booty - 40"
leg - 23 1/2"
boobs - 38 1/2"
under boobs - 31 1/2"

*all measurements were taken on the left side and at the fattest widest part.

End of Step 1 and 30 Day Shred - Aug 27 (although I am continuing with Step 1 through Sept. 5)
weight - 132.5
arm - 11"
pouch - 34 1/2"
booty - 38"
leg - 22 1/2"
boobs - 38"
under boobs - 29 1/2"

That's a total loss of 11 1/2 lbs. and 8 1/2"! I'll take it!


As I mentioned above, I plan on staying on Step 1 of MM until Sept 5th, because I know I slipped up here and there over the course of Step 1 and we will be leaving for Wimbo/San Marcos on Sept 6th and I have NO intention on being on any kind of diet while I'm down there - I envision delicious food from the Gristmill, mouth watering cheese enchiladas from Herberts, juicy hamburgers and fries from the Tap Room, stadium/tailgating food at the game, and of course we can't forget the beer, I'm sure I will have my fair share of that as well! So, when we return on Sept 10th, I will do a 10 day detox in Step 1 and start Step 2 fresh on Sept 20th (which I plan to be on indefinitely). Since I completed the shred, I am going to start the Ripped in 30 workout today (gotta love Jillian), so stay tuned for progress pics of that - I think I am going to take one weekly. Can't wait to see the 120s again - I'm so close!

You may also remember that I started the C25K a while back and am now running 3-4 miles on the regular about 4 days a week! I used to hate running outside - heck I hated running period, but now I love the way I feel after running - even if I still hate it for the first mile, every.single.time! But I did run a whoppin 4 1/2 miles last night - woot woot! I'm a work in progress. I have apparently inspired Jason to start workin on his fitness as well, and grrr I just hate men sometimes! He works out for a week and is already all firmed up - guys have it so easy! I want to run in my first 5K, but think I may wait until it gets a little cooler less hot outside. Then I think I may try and work my way up to 5 miles, then a 10K, and maybe even a half marathon in December- we'll see. If Mama Laughlin can do it, then so can I right?!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

DIY Play Kitchen

Lately I have really been channeling my inner Martha Stuart, June Cleaver, and Betty Crocker in an attempt to try and master this whole "stay at home mom" business that I'm in. We can all thank Pinterest for simultaneously making us feel less about ourselves while at the same time fueling our creativity and motivating us to achieve more, do more, and create more, be it skinny dinner recipes, decadent desserts, or diy projects for the home. I really should show you some of the failed attempts sometime, it is really something to behold! Here is my latest (and subsequent greatest) Pinspiration achievement, behold the DIY Play Kitchen...

Jason and I really are quite proud of our little labor of love here! I knew I wanted to get the babies (hmm, I guess at some point I have to stop calling them that, after all they are almost 2!) a play kitchen, but A) couldn't really find one I really liked and B) they are freakin expensive yo! So... enter the awesome power of Pinterest. I typed in play kitchen, and photo after glorious photo popped up with the most elaborate and amazing DIY play kitchens, all with step by step instructions. So, I picked one I really liked and that would fit nicely into our home and went from there. Here was the "Pin"spiration:

I really tried my best to copy it, and overall, I think I came pretty close - what do you think? After everything was said and done, I think we ended up spending about $65 on it - much better than the $300 Potterybarn kitchen! Here are a couple pics of the evolution of the play kitchen:

$15 TV Stand found on Craigslist

Chopped off the top

Sanded it all down (thank you Jesus for electric sanders!)

Jason cut a hole for the sink and I pained on some oven burners

Painted everything (we used paint we already had)

Microwave door - I used stickers for the numbers and slapped on some Mod Podge to make sure little hands didn't peel them off or scratch up the paint!

She's just about ready to be all assembled

Jason got the sink and handles all glued in place

We screwed the stove knobs and attached the doors and shelves

stocked the shelves with some kitchen ware goodies

and voila!

Now we just had to hope that Max and Emma would like it...

Max just happen to be in a "mood" for the reveal :(

Nailed it! :)

Monday, August 13, 2012

My Little Miracle...

No, for once I'm not referring to one of my precious babies! So, I was reading through my daily blogs one afternoon in June and came across this little post on one of my fellow mom of multiples' blog:
Stacee's Pieces Blog - Metabolism Miracle

And OMG - I felt like she was writing it for me! I had to know more info, so I went on Amazon, pretty much immediately, and ordered the book and the cookbook. A few days later they came in the mail and I read that sucker cover to cover and was floored by all the information and how closely it seemed to resemble my issues. In the words of Suz, have you ever found something that just “works” and you want to shout it from the rooftops?…
I believe I have found “that thing” that works for me.

Take a look at these photos of me from the end of May (just before starting MM) and one from today (after 7 weeks on MM - please don't make fun of me, I know I'm fat, that's why I'm doing this):

(Ugh, must tell the hubs not to include my face!)

Some of you know that I have been struggling with my thyroid for a little over a year (I was diagnosed with post-pregnancy hypothyroidism about a year ago), and my doctor finally found the magic amount of Synthroid that works with my body and has kept me in the "normal" range for about 5 months now! What that means is that my hormones will start to level out and my metabolism will speed back up, and theoretically, I should be able to lose the weight I gained from this whole thing. However, I started to get frustrated that what I was doing, and what had always seemed to work in the past (calories in/calories out - working off more calories than you take in) was not working, and it wasn't until reading Diane's book that I finally realized why!
Over the past 7 weeks, I have adjusted my eating patterns based upon the guidelines in the book: The Metabolism Miracle~ written by Diane Kress, RD, CDE, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.
I have had some amazing results--- more than just physical changes---I FEEL better all around (more energy, no cravings, happier)!

Here are some of the KEY phrases that jumped right out at me and slapped me in the face:
  • fatigue & tire easily (like tired all the time, even after getting 7+ hrs of sleep)
  • gain weight easily and find it difficult to lose (only since the babies were born) 
  • diets that have worked in the past fail you (not that I'm a "dieter" but the standard calories in calories out application was not working)
  • people around you can eat more and yet weigh less than you (ah-hem, Jason) 
  • mild depression, anxiety, irritability, short fuse (super fun to be around~ tee hee)
  • cravings for sweets, candy, bread, pasta or chips
  • midline fat around the waist regardless of your efforts (again, I thought this was because I carried twins around for 8 months)
  • decreased libido
  • you feel an energy slump late in the afternoon
  • have trouble sleeping
  • have racing thoughts
  • often forgetful and worry about your short-term memory
  • bright light or headlights at night bother you
  • have frequent dull headaches
  • infertility issues
  • hypothyroidism
If you have the majority of these symptoms, then you likely have something the author calls Metabolism B or Met B (which is different from “normal” peoples’ metabolism).
“Individuals with Met B will never succeed at following a traditional weight-loss diet because their alternative metabolism follows a different set of rules than those of the standard metabolism.”

It is something that you are born with---45% of those struggling to lose weight were BORN with the genetic predisposition to Met B. (Update: The present day percentage has increased from 45% to 55%! YIKES!)

Health conditions that are linked to Met B:
(I have the ones in bold)
  • ADD or ADHD
  • anxiety or panic attacks
  • elevated cholesterol
  • chronic fatigue
  • mild depression
  • prediabetes
  • type 2 diabetes
  • gestational diabetes
  • fibromyalgia
  • GERD (gastric reflux disease)
  • high blood pressure/hypertension
  • hypoglycemia
  • hypothyroidism
  • infertility related to hormone imbalance
  • metabolic syndrome
  • midline fat deposits (a roll around your middle) and increasing weight without increasing food intake
  • osteoarthritis
  • osteoporosis (I have low bone density - a precursor to osteoporosis)
  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • sleep apnea
  • sleep disturbances
If you or a relative currently has or has had several of the medical conditions listed above, then you likely have Met B. Crazy, huh?! Is this hitting home with any of you??? Especially those of you who had trouble getting pregnant. It sure did for me.

I actually cried the first time I was reading this book. For the first time EVERRRRR, I felt like someone actually GETS ME! I just kept telling Jason all the things I was reading. Once I understood what was going on inside of my body (the relationship between my liver & pancreas…how my pancreas overreacts and releases excess insulin) it all made perfect sense. You’ll have to read more about it…Diane explains it beautifully in the book. I think my mom and dad were both pretty skeptical, but when they saw me a few weeks ago after having been on the MM plan for only 4 weeks, they sure noticed a definite difference in my overall appearance.

So, about the plan:
There are 3 steps with The Metabolism Miracle. I am currently in step 1 (Until Sept. 5th).

8 wks~ A low-carb period to rest your overworked pancreas and liver while shrinking fat cells. Your energy will soar and you’ll feel content. You will lose weight and your belly fat will slim down. Cholesterol, trigylcerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure all decrease. Oh, and I LOVE that you do not weigh yourself for 8 weeks! So liberating. I AM NOT DEFINED BY A NUMBER ON SCALE, amen?! (I should also note, that I inadvertently made a few mistakes with some food choices and had 2 planned slip ups and subsequently had to tack on extra days to my step 1 phase.)

8 wks or longer until you reach your desired weight~ Reintroduce healthy carbohydrates in the proper amount and at the right time, to promote continued fat burning and weight loss. Gently restart your rested pancreas and liver.

Lifetime weight maintenance~ Opening your diet to more carbohydrates, including the treats that you may have been missing on Steps 1 & 2. Keeping your health and energy levels in tip-top shape and maintaining your weight loss permanently.

Other things that I LOVE about this way of life:

~ EXERCISE: Intense exercise isn’t necessary! 30 minutes of increased activity (it can be broken up throughout the day), 5 days a week. A light bike ride, walk around the neighborhood, swim in the pool, etc. I actually decided to start the 30 day shred (again), but fully intent on finishing it this time, I am currently half way through it! I also went to my first Zumba class the other day, and have also been working on endurance running. I can currently run about 3 miles before I completely die! I'm thinking of starting the Insanity workout once I am finished with the Shred.

~ SLIP UPS: For a specific party or special occasion (a one time thing), don’t change anything during the day to compensate for the party. Enjoy the party, eat what you want and then return to your plan by eating an appropriate snack before bedtime that very night! (no more than 1 slip up a week) I did this for my dad's 60th birthday last month and just had to add on 3 days to my step 1.

For a long weekend, holiday, or vacation~ eat what you want and then as soon as you get home, go through a quick 10 day detox (Step 1), followed by 10 days of reprogramming (Step 2). SUPER EASY and you don’t have to feel guilty. The trick is PLANNING for the slip up, and planning for the clean up afterward as well.
TOTALLY doable, right?!

~ HEALTHY FOODS: I don’t have to buy any expensive diet shakes or weight-loss products. It is a rounded diet full of healthy veggies, protein, good fats, good carbs, etc.

My fav things to eat on Step 1:
  • nuts (more specifically, Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds, OMG YUM-O!)
  • cheese
  • veggies (you will not believe the versatility of cauliflower and/or spaghetti squash!)
  • meats
  • salads
  • low carb bread and tortillas (no specialty store needed, Sara Lee and Mission made 'em!)
You can also have diet sodas, coffee, liquor and wine! I bought The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook that has tons of recipes. I NEED MY SWEETS and I always make sure to have plenty of the peanut butter cookies on hand. I also joined the Miracle-Ville website, which has been INVALUABLE! There are women (and men I'm sure) that are full of support, advice, tips, recipes, etc! Even if you just joining for 1 month, it will be SOOOOOOO worth it!

By following the steps in this book, I have seen remarkable improvements in my physical, emotional, and mental health~ and I am just beginning! Maybe Suz wasn't trying to necessarily lose weight, but I was, and I wanted to BE HEALTHY and feel better, ya know? Have more energy. Get that twinkle back in my eyes, some life back in my face. The weight loss and shrinking waistline are just an added bonus.

I hope that some of you reading this post will be able to relate to my situation and know that this plan can help you too! It will change your life. I promise.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Photo Bomb 18-21 months

In no particular order, here's what Max and Emma have been up to the last 4 months...

MDO School Pics 2012

Summer fun in the backyard

Just a day in the life

Birthday Party Fun

Chillin at the pool

First time at the beach!!!

My Emma Princess :)

Ft. Worth Children's Museum

Making a bday present for Gram

4th of July Parade

My sweet handsome boy :)

Water table and pool fun in the backyard!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Overdue Update...

Well, it is what it is... I'm just glad that I am at least able to jot down a couple notes here and there on what the babies are doing (obviously not winning mom of the year this year!) ...

In the order of the notes I took here are some of what Max and Emma have been up to 18-21 months:

-Max and Emma's favorite thing to do right now is look for "meows" (especially Emma, she is obsessed!)
-They both LOVE to play ring around the rosy and it's so stinking cute! (5/10/12)

-They have finally stopped crying every time I drop them off at MDO and the kids korner at the gym YAY! (5/10/12)
-They both started out hating the splash pad, but are really starting to warm up to it and are getting more courageous each time we go, however there fav thing to play with remains the water fountain.

-We all took a road trip to Lubbock for Uncle Tim's graduation from Texas Tech and the poor babies were in the car for 9 hours!!!! But they did sooooo good and were so patient. They also surprisingly slept really well while we were there. The hotel (The Overton) did not have a bath tub, so that was interesting, let's just say the babies were not big fans of the shower! On the day of graduation, we all got to go down onto the football field and take pictures, tour the locker room, ect - it was pretty cool. The babies loved to be able to just run around. Of course, they were dressed in their finest raiders gear; I made a super cute tutu for Emma, bought an even cuter shirt for her on etsy and found Max a little raider t-shirt, they were so stylin!

And they just LOVE their Uncle Tim! Emma kept trying to get in every.single.picture with Tim - so stinkin cute! Their cuteness faded pretty quickly at the restaurant that night though - they were a HOT MESS! Which only fueled our desire to never leave the house again! Ugh, such a beating! (5/12)
-Hallelujah! MDO started back up again June 5th! Praise the Lord for MDO, for it is my saving grace! I don't know how I'm going to survive August when they are out of  "school" for 6 WEEKS! They have moved up to the toddler class this summer and will now be taking naps on nap mats (ha! yeah right!) or so I thought, they have actually been doing remarkably w,ell - I was shocked! They also have to be able to feed themselves at lunch, which is making lunches a little more challenging - but mostly just for Emma (she is so finicky sometimes and will often go on a food strike), and most of the time will only eat cheese, yogurt, and applesauce, and since I can't send yogurt, her lunch (or at least the part she eats) consists of an applesauce pouch and shredded cheese (her current fav form of cheese and the only kind she will eat - high maintenance much?!). I so wish they would make yogurt in those little pouches, life would be so much easier - or better yet, sell the empty pouches that you can refill yourself! I'm sure they'll come out with those as soon as the babies have mastered feeding themselves!
-Emma is talking up a storm, picking up words left and right and mimicking everything you say and do. She's turning into quite a little mommy and sooo bossy! Incidentally, she picked up the phrase "oh shit" and has used it quite appropriately I might add - little stinker! J and I didn't even realize that we had said that - oops! Lesson learned! She has since stopped saying it, I guess because she hasn't heard it again, just goes to show how much you as a parent are a model for your kids, their behavior, their morals, their values, and their words! Max is also finally picking up more words too, and finally getting in more teeth - he is such a late teething - even now (8/11/12) at almost 2 he still doesn't have all his teeth, and I'm not talking molars here people, I'm talking the ones up front on the bottom - crazy!
-Max is still my rock star eater, he's my little disposal! I swear sometimes he must have hollow legs! Most nights his little belly gets so full and round that he looks like one of those poor malnourished African babies with swollen bellies! I really don't know how he continues to be on the way low end of his growth chart every time we have a check up, the kid is an eating machine!
-As of 6/26/12, both babies are about 24.5 pounds (I can finally weigh them on our scale at home)
-We went on our first family vacation to the beach June 17-21! We went to Port Aransas with Mimi and Poppi and stayed at the Executive Keys right on the beach. My family has stayed here for years and years and years - I grew up coming and staying here. To practice for the beach, we took the kids to Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie (they have a beach right on Joe Pool Lake), and they did really well - they really seemed to like sitting on the surf and letting the waves roll over their legs. So, as soon as we got to the condo, we unloaded and headed down to the beach around 5p, and... they LOVED it! Yay!! They were so excited and were having so much fun - I wish we could have stayed out there longer.

Max and Poppi

Max walking back to the condo, wet pants falling down and two flowers in his hands!

We couldn't wait for morning to come so we could go back out there and see everything new through the eyes of a child, but alas, morning came, we walked down to the beach and... the HATED it! What happened to the babies from yesterday that loved it?! What could have possibly happened since last night? Very confusing. They were both very trepidatious of the water and waves and very clingy. Max seemed to be a little more accepting to the idea of playing in the waves, but Emma - my supposed dare devil - wanted little to do with it - she was much more interested in chasing seagulls, picking up trash, and chatting with, our neighboring beach goers. We hoped that as the vacation continued that they would warm up to the beach and love it again like they did on day 1, but sadly it just never happened :( But they did seem to have fun playing in the sand, except for when it got in Emma's eye :( Max decided that he was part fish while we there, swimming away in the pool, jumping off the side into the pool completely fearless! (with his puddle jumper on of course) Emma remained guarded and unsure about the pool - hopefully she'll get over her fear and become a little fish like her brother. And I can't forget to mention Max's severe diarrhea which decided to rear it's ugly head (no pun intended) from the time we Dallas, all during the vacation and upon returning home - fun times. Can anyone say poop explosion in the car seat? Yeah, that's just what you want at 10 o'clock at night, after being in the car for about 6 hours. What a greeting for my parents too - and at their new house to top it off! Great way to christen the new house right?! As if that weren't bad enough, just before we were leaving for the coast (we were literally picking up the babies to put them in the car) Max decides it's a good time to puke all over Jason and the floor! Then while eating at a restaurant in Port A - Max once again puked up all of his dinner on the table. We are becoming quite the experts at cleaning up Max's puke at restaurants - I think this was the 3rd or 4th time - we are so good in fact, that I don't think other patrons are even aware that anything has happened - we just spring right into action - we're quite the team Jason and I :) Upon coming back to my parents house in Wimbo, we made the colossal mistake of giving Max some milk (he had only been drinking water and pedialyte for the past 5 days) and wouldn't ya know, as soon as he finished, daddy picks him up as they are saying night night to Mimi and Poppi, and he vomits all over Jason (again), the floor (again), the couch, everything! I immediately spring into action, grab him and start heading for the bathroom for bath numero dos of the night, when he proceeds to vomit yet again, all over the floor - Emma was standing right there and starts freaking out - and now Max is crying covered in vomit, Emma is crying surrounded by vomit, Jason is standing there covered and surrounded by vomit and I just look at my poor parents with the most apologetic look I can muster, so very thankful in that moment that they chose hardwood floors throughout the house! Oi vey! Mimi and Poppi's new house may never fully recover from our stay and I'm pretty sure Uncle Jacob got a MAJOR dose of birth control - so much so, that he may become a celebrate for life just to be safe!Vacations are so much fun! So... after 10 hellacious days, we arrive back home, back to our beds, and back to our sweet Lucy, and we resolve to never leave the house again - ever!
-On another note, Emma is completely obsessed with her Poppi :)
-Lately I have been bringing the babies with me to the bathroom every time I need to go potty, partly to show them what the potty is all about and because they just end up banging on the door and screaming "mama" anyways! Emma is very interested in the potty and has been for a while, but I think she's really starting to "get it" now and is realizing that it's not just a cool place to sit and read books! So, this morning we all crowded into the bathroom, I showed her I was going pee pee, and as usual, she wanted her diaper off , so I obliged (even though she never actually does anything, I humor her) and she runs over to her potty, sits down, and I flush the toilet, say bye bye pee pee, and suddenly hear the potty singing and cheering (which is what it does if you go pee in it), and Emma bolts up out of her seat, clapping for herself with a grin from ear to ear, pointing at her pee pee! I was so excited, jumping and clapping! We poured the pee pee in the toilet, flushed it, said bye bye pee pee, and washed our hands (her fav part) - so proud of my smart little princess! Max was still unsure what all the fuss was about - boys!
-In other news, the babies are both almost entirely in 18-24 month clothes, with just a few 12-18s (mostly shorts for Max) - and we even have a few 2T shirts!
-Both babies are really in to animals these days and cars. Emma can even recite the sounds that different animals make, like a cow, a dog, cat, dinosaur, lion, monkey, elephant, and bear (granted the lion, bear and dinosaur are all the same sound!) Max is getting there, he knows the cow, the cat and the dog, but he's getting there! For our beach road trip, I found a video called Cats and Dogs at Half Priced Books that I just knew would be perfect, and sure enough, they LOVED it!! They seriously sat through the ENTIRE movie in the car, completely enthralled, laughing at different parts, meowing at the cats - it was so cute! So yeah, thank you Jesus for Cats and Dogs the movie!

-They turned 20 months while we were on vacation and aren't teenagers anymore - I can't believe that they will be 2 years old in just 4 short months! But, I think we may have started our terrible 2s early! I guess it's time to start thinking about a discipline plan - boo and I thought maybe I would be the first parent ever to have perfectly behaved kids all the time ;)
20-21 months
-Max is learning so many new words! He is really starting to catch up with Emma!
-They are both picking up sign language like crazy and Emma is starting to put 2 and sometimes 3 words together to form little phrases, for example: momma all done (when I finish my dinner)
-Emma is apparently very much ready to start seriously potty training as evidence by her constantly telling me when she needs a new diaper, always wanting to go sit on the potty and subsequently actually going pee pee on the potty! She's also figured out how to take her diaper off - oh joy! Can anyone say duck tape?! So, I think we are going to try and start potty training the last week in July (after "school" is out) - I hope it goes well! Max still has no interest at all - oh well, it's still early.
-Max is FINALLY cutting his two bottom teeth (the ones beside the middle ones) which have been vacant for some time now! He is slobbering like crazy! I don't think he has slobbered and drooled this much since he was little bitty!
-Max only has to master 4 more goals and he will get to graduate from physical therapy! And as of 7/19 he has been doing 3 out of 4 of them fairly consistently at home. Yay Max! I'll be glad to not pay that outrageous bill every month! $$$
-The mystery of the spider/bug bites on Max has finally been solved! Turns out, it all started with one or two bites, which got infected from Max scratching them, then her would touch or scratch another area on his body thus spreading the infection, which would manifest itself into another blistery bite mark, and so on and so on until they were covering his legs and body. We took him to the doctor and got him all hooked up with some antibiotics and some hydrocortizone cream (the antibiotics incidentally are what caused his diarrhea), and they are magically disappearing!
-Max continues to LOVE the pool and "swimming", and jumping in, and splashing! My little fishy! Emma will tolerate it, but that's about it.
-MDO is out for the rest of the summer - wah!!! I may lose all signs of sanity before September when they go back! Lord give me strength and patience!
-Soooo today, (7/19) Emma discovered while in time out, that she could climb out of her pack n play. Awesome. Of course, this would be the day before we leave for my parents house (yes, against our better judgement, and my parents probably too, we are leaving the house again!). So, after seeing several recommendations for it, we bought a pea pod (child's sleeping tent thing) in hopes that she would be able to sleep in it instead. So far, they think it's the greatest toy ever! I don't think I have ever heard/seen them play with each other, laugh and giggle so much, and for so long! They were both a sweaty mess by dinner time - crazy kids! Let's just hope she'll actually sleep in it!
-Pea Pod = epic fail :( Yeah, so that didn't work out so well. But on the bright side, she has not gotten out of her pack n play again since that one time - so that's good.
-Some days Emma will go pee pee on the potty 6 or 7 times, other days, she just sits there, this potty training business is for the birds! But I guess it's one of those necessary evils! I struggle with how much I should actually push her to do it though - right now I am just kinda letting her take the lead on this and we'll see how it goes, but I'm always open for suggestions :)
-I went to the library recently with the babies, and honestly I couldn't even tell you the last time I checked out a book at the library (with the exception of the school library when I was teaching) - maybe high school? My mission was to check out a bunch of child discipline books and see what the experts had to say on the matter. Jason and I both grew up with spankings, and we're not traumatized and consider ourselves pretty well adjusted, but at the same time, there is just something inside me that feels so innately wrong spanking a child while also telling them that hitting his bad, or hurting people is wrong - sounds like that would be really confusing for a child to understand. Anyhoo - I checked out and read the Happiest Toddler on the Block, and while it did make some good points, I just wasn't feelin the whole "toddlerese" speak business - and I'm pretty sure I would get cps called on me for being certifiable insane if I spoke to my children like that in public. So, I started on book #2 - Love and Logic for Early Childhood.

A very short and interesting read - I was pretty familiar with the concepts already since I read the teaching with Love and Logic several years ago. Good stuff. In fact, I decided that this would be the way to go - or at least try it out and see if it was a good fit for our family. I haven't even read book #3! We started with the "Uh-oh" song and quiet time in their room a few days ago, and so far it's working GREAT! After day 1, all I had to do was sing "uh-oh" and Emma would stop whatever she was doing and say "no" and shake her head because she knew what was coming if she didn't. Things have been much more pleasant around her, less fighting for sure! In my limited experience with L&L - I would have to give it 2 thumbs up! I will give you a fair warning and tell you that day one was ROUGH - I think the babies took turns being in quiet time! But now, it's not uncommon to go the whole day without a single "quite time out"!
-For sooooo long, we did not really let the babies watch any tv, for several reasons, but recently we have been letting them watch a show here and there, and half the time they are interested and the other half they could care less, unless the Bubble Guppies are on. OMG - I don't know what it is about those Bubble Guppies, but they are entranced by this show - it's like nothing I've ever seen! No other show captures their attention, it's only Bubble Guppies, they even cry is cats and dogs is on because they would rather watch the "uppies". We quickly began to regret exposing them to this show because now that's all they want to do! So, we've started telling them that the "uppies" are sleeping - not sure how long they'll go for that though! I guess there are worse things they could watch, at least this show does teach them stuff!

*Well - that's about it. I'll have to do a separate post on the awesome play kitchen Jason and I made for the babies, and the trip to Wimbo for my dad's surprise 60th bday party. And apparently I will have make a photo bomb post of pics from the last 4 months, so expect that in the near future!