Yep. I did jinx us by mentioning Charlotte's sleep habits. There were lots of wet sheets and crying episodes last night, followed by a refusal to stay in bed for naptime. I had read awhile ago that one way to keep your kid in their toddler bed was to put a crib in their room too and tell them that if they didn't stay in their big-girl bed they would have to sleep in the crib again like a baby. Well, as is usually the case with Charlotte when faced with an ultimatum, she happily accepted my "threat" as an "offer" and spent the second half of her (sleepless) naptime in the Pack 'n' Play. Tonight she chose it over her toddler bed so she's snoozing in there, wearing a diaper again. Two steps forward, two steps back it seems.
It was cute when she wandered bleary-eyed and bed-headed into our room for a snuggle when she woke up for good at the reasonable hour of 7:30 though (instead of shrieking "MAMA! MAMA! MA! MA! MAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"). We'll get there again soon, I hope.
I tend to be late getting downstairs for breakfast, but it's because my girls are such snugglers in the morning and I hate to waste those moments. Before long they will be teenagers who hate me so I take advantage when I can. The fact that taking time to snuggle also provides a couple additional minutes of laying down in my bed doesn't hurt either.
But I always eventually make it downstairs for breakfast.
|Egg with salsa, 2 biscuits Barbara's Bakery Shredded Wheat with blueberries, 3 pecans, skim milk and a sprinkle of erythritol plus KONA COFFEE!|
Of course he's absolutely right. I hate it when that happens :-) The only nuts lower in protein and higher in fat are macadamias, which we also have because my in-laws brought those back for us from Hawaii too. I am mostly giving those to the girls because macadamia nuts bought around here taste like hard wax but macadamias straight from Hawaii are buttery-soft and AMAZING but so naughty.
I did not fizzle out halfway through spin class though, so I think the (nutritionally sub-optimal) nuts DID help a little. I really didn't want to go to spin this morning. Like REALLY didn't want to go. But I forced myself up onto that bike and as usual I was glad I did. I say it every week but I also forget it every week...nothing makes me sweat like spin! And everyone should get super-sweaty once in awhile. I will at least twice this week because I plan to take Lauren's spin class on Sunday :-)
After spin I headed downtown while snacking on a Babybel Light to get a cup of free coffee! The FNP is doing Coffee Madness, and I am taking it very seriously. I may not make the drive all the way out to Emmitsburg or Mt. Airy, but I think it's a really cool idea that will give me a reason to check out some places I've never even heard of before and of course I love free coffee. I tried out Common Grounds today...tasty, but they're not quite as good as Baltimore Tea and Coffee, who they're going up against. I don't know how any other place could be as good as a shop that roasts its own beans, but I was surprised to find that Common Grounds brews their coffee fresh, cup by cup using a glass drip coffee maker so they get points for that in my book. My free coffee ended up costing me 25¢ though because I had to feed a meter to park nearby and I accidentally gave Charlotte a quarter instead of a nickel to pop into the slot. Oops.
Lunch was rushed, as it always is on Tuesdays, but I managed to make AND eat my whole salad at home today. That might be a record!
|Greens, cucumbers, orange bell pepper, 1 oz smoked blue cheese, balsamic vinegar, a blob of hummus, about 1/3 cup leftover quinoa salad|
We spent our early afternoon at the dance studio, but Emily's class ended early so that all the girls could try on their costumes to make sure they fit. I CAN'T WAIT to see Emily dancing up on the same stage that I danced on when I was her age. I know Will would rather gouge his own eyes out than be forced to watch another dance recital (he was unfortunate enough to start dating me back when I was still performing in them and he feels like he has already suffered enough!) but I expect many of the theater's seats will be filled with Emily's family members, including her Daddy.
|My tiny dancer|
|1 orange, 1 banana, skim milk, 1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt, 12 almonds, vanilla extract, ice, nutmeg|
|No volcano is complete without some food coloring|
|Adding dilute acetic acid, I mean white vinegar|
|Getting a bit more hands-on|
|Getting a lot more hands-on|
As the afternoon wore on, I had a snack. We are lousy with Hawaiian foods around here these days.
|Peanut butter, made with peanuts and hazelnut skins|
|Greens, black + pinto beans, 4 oz chicken breast, corn kernels, salsa, 1 oz Cabot 50% light cheddar, nonfat plain greek yogurt, sautéed red and orange bell peppers and onions|
We don't have any peanuts, and my typical dessert was not as good with pistachios last night so I decided to simplify while reducing calories tonight and just had some dark chocolate.
|Theos mint dark chocolate|