Here’s the thing

The thing about one year olds is that they are very needy. They needy you to read stories to them, they needy you to stop them from climbing into toilets, they needy you to keep your eyes on them ALL THE TIME! What about when they sleep, you ask? Ella does sleep, doesn’t she? Yes, she does. But when she finally sleeps, all I want to do is collapse on the couch and do nothing but watch the complete and utter foolishness that only the Real Housewives of Atlanta can provide.

I must say, though, that I am quite pleased with how my little girl is coming along. She is determined but not incorrigible, playful but not naughty, affectionate but not clingy…ummm….scratch that last one, she’s clingy. Very clingy. Like, attached to my hip – clingy. I was told to expect some clinginess when she started walking but, hot damn! I never expected THIS level of ‘if you leave me in this church nursery I will holler until all the saints really do come marching in’ clingy. Apparently, separation anxiety is part and parcel of this developmental stage. Oh, joy.

In other news, I recently decided to give up processed, store-bought snacks and breads. I thought that this would lead to dramatic weight loss but I was sorely mistaken. I think I underestimated my body’s need for carbohydrates. In giving up bread, I inadvertently took up an assortment of homemade pastries. I bake and then eat, on average, one large loaf of pumpkin bread per week. If it’s not pumpkin bread, it’s banana bread or lace cookies or some other form of sugary, buttery goodness. But! Rome wasn’t built in a day, was it? No, it was not. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. And though I neither plan on building a city nor journeying for a thousand miles, I am bent on taking a bit by bit approach to healthy living.

We’re almost done with the first month of 2012, people! Can you believe it? I can’t. Happy new year! Can I still say that? How is everyone doing? What’s going on?

12 Comments on Here’s the thing

  1. ThatDivaFarydah
    January 27, 2012 at 1:07 am (6 years ago)

    Glad to see you back babes!!!

    • greencalabash
      January 27, 2012 at 9:21 am (6 years ago)

      Glad to be back! Thanks for remembering me and stopping by 🙂

  2. Sienna
    January 27, 2012 at 2:01 am (6 years ago)

    Glad to know i’m not the only one battling with the baby’s separation anxiety (at just 10months) and the damn weight that’s become too clingy
    You should blog more often 🙂

    • greencalabash
      January 27, 2012 at 9:25 am (6 years ago)

      Hi sienna! These babies, huh? I seriously don’t even remember the last time I peed without an audience.

  3. Ciku Njuno
    January 27, 2012 at 3:04 am (6 years ago)

    Love it…..lil miss clingy huh!!! heh i can already imagine her first day of school. Is she clingy with her papa??! If not then she’ll probably be aight, you’ll just have to go to jobo or somewhere where she has no otherwise!!!….Otherwise allz well and yes….it’s too late for New yearz wishes…huskii some of us were sending messages 30 minutes before the clock struck 12;) but any other wishes are all vey welcome:))teehee.
    Luv u cuuz.

    • greencalabash
      January 27, 2012 at 9:30 am (6 years ago)

      Hi couz! She’s not as clingy with daddy, imagine, the lucky bugger. We can’t wait for you to come for an extended visit so she can get attached to you too!

  4. enelesi
    January 27, 2012 at 3:57 am (6 years ago)

    Well that explains alot. Coz my babes turned 1 last week but she has a tendancy of being a cry baby when I or her dad are around. But I hear that she is all good in our absense. When we are there she wants either one of us to hold her. Its really frustrating when you are trying to do something like decorate a cake for HER or clean up after HER. I keep telling my baby that she needs to switch it around coz I’m supposed to miss her when Im gone and not feel relieved. But I suppose its the new clingy-ness you are talking about but its embarrassing when she even refuses close relatives to hold her.

    • greencalabash
      January 27, 2012 at 9:43 am (6 years ago)

      Refusing to go to relatives is the worst! And there’s nothing you can do to force it! Ella takes a while to warm up to all new people except my sisters and smiley brunnettes.

  5. Bee
    January 27, 2012 at 5:45 am (6 years ago)

    Welcome back mama Ella. That’s part of growing up. Embrace it coz when she gets a lil older and won’t want to cling on to you. You will surely miss the needy stuff. The grow up to fast.

    • greencalabash
      January 27, 2012 at 9:50 am (6 years ago)

      Hi Bee! Even though I can’t imagine it now, I’m sure when she gets older and wants nothing to do with me, I’ll miss these days.

  6. Sue
    February 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm (6 years ago)

    Have you tried oatmeal to substitute for the bread. I assume you are eating it at breakfast? It’s filling, I make mine on the stove top as in boil it in water, with a dash of cinnamon and then I add fruit, usually some kind of berry. With bread, I’m hungry by 10 or 11 am, oatmeal takes ame all the way to lunchtime. You can add other toppings as well, search for some recipes online. You can also switch out other things like white rice and go whole grain i.e. brown rice. Same goes for pasta etc.
    Snack on fruits, nuts and yogurt in moderation. Make small changes, exercise and in time you’ll see a difference.

  7. EK13
    February 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm (6 years ago)

    aaaauuuiii….I didn’t know you were back here Mama Ella.

    Happy New Year (never too late).

    DS did the same thing of crying when I was in the room and when I left he was ok. So when we visited people I often left him in the other room. Now that he is mobile, he can easily walk to the room I am in just to check I am around. This also poses it’s own challenges.

    Just when you think you are done with one milestone, another one appears from nowhere.

    Next, potty training….

    *off to buy bleach and plenty of cloths*


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