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?