Sorry for my complete lack of blogging. I feel like I have little to say, but here's what I've been up to:
Night weaning. Yeah, not fun. The other night on like round seven of middle of the night nursing I was just like, oh my god, I'm DONE. I've basically been night nursing for four years, minus a very small chunk of time when I was severely pregnant and waking up every twenty minutes, anyways. So I'm done. In 100% honesty, I'd like to be done nursing all together, but I'm not ready to take on that task yet. We're actually still working on nursing only at specific times (ie surrounding sleeping times) and I have been working on THAT for quite some time. So now we've moved on to night weaning. Tonight will be night four and each night is getting a teensy, tiny bit better than the night before.
The issue with Eloise is that she wants what she wants. She doesn't take no for an answer, and if your answer happens to actually be no, well, then she'll scream bloody murder. And scream. And scream. So there you have it, weaning and screaming pretty much sums that up.
Iris has been a test, as well. I swear she often just wakes up in a terrible mood. I don't get it. I wish I did, but most days I feel like saying "what the hell is THAT bad?!? You're four! Lighten up!" I've been worrying a bit about how bossy she is, as well. I was watching her and her classmates the other day when I was the working parent at her school and was struck by how much this age group really can be kind of harsh with each other. Both verbally and physically. It was interesting to watch the teacher diffuse the situations that would arise. Though it often feels like you're just a broken record. "We don't use those names. We don't hit. Please use your words to explain what you would like" etc etc ad nauseum.
I've been putting off writing the thank yous for our wedding as, wow, there are like a million. We are beyond grateful for everything people have given us, of course, but it's overwhelming! I am hoping to work on them while we are visiting my in-laws over the weekend.
My dear friend Julie and I have been walking together quite a bit. It feels good to be back on the exercise train after jumping clear off right around the time of the wedding. I wasn't even at my goal weight/size before the wedding, so I'm working on it again. Julie and I like to walk to get our coffee, but my new rule is that I can only buy coffee out if I've walked a mile each way to get it. Alot of days our walks are three miles total-- and I do these with at least 35 lbs of child and pack on my back and some times, like today, also pushing a preschooler in a stroller!