Thursday, January 20, 2011

Need More Time

I am so, so tired! It is a good tired, but I have never felt so strongly that there are not enough hours in a day. I get my daughter to bed, the boys get busy with their stuff, and it used to be that I'd have a little time to relax, watch TV maybe, clean the house a bit or whatever between 8 and 11. Those were my 3 sacred hours that belonged just to me! And now, they are sucked into a whirlwind of puppy energy, with a bit of training, several trips outside, and a lot of removal of little sharp teeth from various furniture and household items. I seriously do not get to sit down for more than 2 minutes at a time from 8 to 10. I thought my house was fairly puppy-proofed, but unless I want to remove all the books from the 5 bookshelves in my living room and hall, put all the dining room chairs and stools on the kitchen table, stick the trash can and broom outside, and put all the couch and chair cushions in a locked vault, there is really nothing puppy proofed about this area. And even then she likes to eat the coffee table, fireplace hearth stones, and the kitchen cabinet handles. She has even peeled the paint and paper surface off a patch of the drywall in the living room. And she does all this in the 10 seconds it takes me to get up and get over to her! Amazing! Nah, I'm not complaining. She is awesome and I love her so dearly. I wouldn't trade her sweet furry face for anything! And I love burying my nose in the baby soft black fur behind her ears when I carry her out to potty.


As I alluded to in my last post, I've been sort of grabbing things to eat that are not on plan. It's been tough this last week to do the required weighing and measuring of my proteins, veggies, fats and condiments and I did NOT feel like cooking much. I've been reaching for Medifast bars more often because they are so convenient (and yummy) rather than having to, say, get out a frying pan and mix up the batter to make a Medifast pancake. Right now I am soooo thankful for the easiness of Medifast foods because it saves me a lot of time. Faster than going to McDonald's (ew!) I'm getting some of Medifast's ready-to-drink shakes soon too, and that will make this even easier. Now I just need to figure out the dinner part. Well, actually, I *know* it would be simpler if I'd just prep my veggies and measure them into containers on the weekend for the whole week. I have never been motivated/organized enough to do that before but maybe now it's time. One can only eat Steamfresh Broccoli so many times a week.

Right now the pup is asleep at my feet. She crashes around 10 every night, and then and ONLY then can I sit down and breathe. That's why I am blogging! She is doing great through the night. I do wake her and take her out at 11 before I get in bed, and yesterday she slept right through til 6am. That was the first night without a 3am potty break! Let's hope it continues.

Actually I think I am coming down with a cold or something. I felt chilled and tired today, and right now I feel like I could just fall right asleep. Maybe that's what I need... to go to bed early (it's 10:10 now). Yeah, actually, I think I am going to bed now. As much as I relish this alone time when I have peace all to myself, my body is telling me to get to bed. So... good night!

13 comments:

RickGetsFit.ca said...

Hey Lyn, thanks for the mention about the Medifast products. I have a friend that swears by them. I'll have to try them and see if I like them. Cheers, Rick

Ang said...

Don't forget to freeze wet rags for the puppy to chew on for teething. (well that's what we did for our pup)

Take time for you Lyn. I know your running around with your new baby..But remember you. Keep enjoying the baby

Sophia said...

How can anyone be mad with the puppy? It's so cute!

He Took MY Last Name said...

Buy a Kong (http://www.kongcompany.com/) and fill with tasty treats or freeze some peanut butter in it for puppy. Seriously, it keeps their mind on things they *should* chew rather than every thing else. And they even have extreme versions for mighty chewers. And considering she's a German Shepard, she may just need it! I got one for my parent's dog 4 years ago and it's still in perfect (but dirty) condition!

My dog is politely chewing his right now.

He Took MY Last Name said...

Buy a Kong (http://www.kongcompany.com/) and fill with tasty treats or freeze some peanut butter in it for puppy. Seriously, it keeps their mind on things they *should* chew rather than every thing else. And they even have extreme versions for mighty chewers. And considering she's a German Shepard, she may just need it! I got one for my parent's dog 4 years ago and it's still in perfect (but dirty) condition!

My dog is politely chewing his right now.

Diandra said...

Aaaw, puppy times... as with little children, they appear golden in memory. Good thing they don't last forever, though!

Lyn said...

Rick~

I do really like them. You can use coupon code LYNESC for $50 off $275 if you decide to try them :)

Ang~

Thanks, I will try a frozen rag. She's not teething yet tho, just bitey!

He Took My Last Name~

I second the Kong! I put kibble in hers to slow down her eating. When I put peanut butter in it though, she threw it up. Maybe I will try some canned dog food and freeze it.

Marianne~

Oh yes, I would DIE without the crate. She is crate trained and that is the only way I am able to spend time with my kids, volunteer in the school, take my daughter to dance, run errands, shower, etc. She is crated right at night also so she can't get into things in the house. But when I am home and able I have her out with the family. I just use the crate when I *cannot* watch her.

Desert Singer said...

For feeling run down -- mince two cloves of garlic and swallow with a big glass of water. Dr. Andrew Weil's remedy -- and I've been doing it for about 6 months and haven't been sick! I've had a couple of sniffly days, but the minute I feel *that* feeling (I describe it as fragile and a tickle in the back of my throat), I pop in the garlic and it is a wonderful thing.

And the puppy is adorable :-)

lisa~sunshine said...

I agree.. the kong is awesome.. I shove in small milk bones.. I have a small dog.. and she will spend HOURS trying to get it out.. I've never tried the peanut butter or softer items in it.. Thanks for that suggestion..

Erin said...

Tennis balls...our chewer loves tennis balls.

-Ry said...

Lyn! Your baby is so gorgeous!! Such a precious face! Regarding puppy potty training (as I saw in your previous post) - puppy tummies are actually pretty predictable. If she just ate or drank water, then 10 minutes later she's gotta go. We did the same thing with our guy, taking him out every 2 hours... he'd just stare at us like "What?"

Whatever comes in pushes the old out. Until they get to be about 5 months(ish), the digestive system may need a push in order to work.

JoAnne said...

At this age, I always have pupster leashed to me. I loop the leash through my belt and puppy follows me around. This trains the pup in several ways - the most important one - to always watch you! It's a pain at first but the puppy learns so much, like how to get out of the way, to follow when you move, to stay out of things because you are right there to take things out of those puppy choppers before she knows it. It helps so much with potty training as no matter how many times you take a puppy out, some just have to be caught in the act before they make the connection. It's a bonding time, too. Every pup I've trained this way has been much more bonded to me.

I'm thrilled you crate trained her. That is so important and for those who may have skipped this in the belief it's cruel, it prepares a dog for the time when it might have to be crated at the vet's office or if they are injured and have to be confined. It's one less stressor at these kinds of stressful times for a dog.

Salted with Shadows said...

She is super cute. I love German shepherds!