Friday, October 5, 2012

A Quarter Dropped....

Good morning Friday!!!  I love to say those words to my girls, they get so excited knowing that the next day is Saturday and they don't have to go to school.  I'm excited because we don't have to set the alarm clock for the next day.  Don't get me wrong, they both love school but they are McCain's and love to sleep so it's just hard getting them up some mornings.

As the title says, I have lost over 25 pounds!!!!   26.7 pounds in fact!! I'm a little over 2 months in and I'm super ecstatic about my progress.  Although, my little tracker fussed at me for losing too fast.  Oh well, it'll just have to fuss.  I want to be at a certain weight before we go to New York so it'll just have to fuss away!!  I'm loving the fact that some of my clothes don't fit anymore, I've given some away.  My watch is loose around my wrist, my wedding rings are loose.  I can finally fit into my old scrubs again and I'm not wearing the ones I wore at 8 months pregnant.  I can fit into some jeans that I wore before I got pregnant with Brooke.  Just good things are happening and I'm super stoked.  I'm far from my ultimate goal but reaching these milestones in between are little victories in themselves!!

Everyone is doing well.  Both Lauren and Claire had their interim reports sent home this week and they both are doing great!!  I'm so excited for both of them.  Lauren has finally got the routine of 3rd grade down pat and is focusing and paying attention a lot more.  Her grades are awesome as of right now so hopefully they'll just get better for the second part of the first 9 weeks.  Claire is doing just fine.  No problems whatsoever just like we all knew.  She just had one S- and that was because she sometimes writes her name with some capital letters snuck in there instead of the normal first letter is capital, the rest is lowercase.  Not that big of a deal, she already has corrected that problem:)

Brookie is leaving the baby stage and moving into the toddler stage.  She can say "mama, dada, juice, uh-oh, box, lala, bye-bye, baby, cat, woof-woof."  She said her first sentence last Sunday when I was leaving for work.  She said, "Bye-bye, Mama."  I was so excited!!  She is cutting 4 molars, two have already popped through on top and the two on the bottom are just before erupting.  Last week, I had to take her to the doctor because she was just covered in hives/welts from some kind of reaction.  We had been dealing with it for over a month and our remedies were just not working.  Dr. B seemed to think that she was still have some residual reaction to the virus/infection she had back in August and that it was just her body's way of getting rid of whatever was left.  He suggested giving her a long lasting antihistamine and sure enough, it worked!!  She is no longer covered in welts!!  Although, this week she has run an fever and not felt well but I'm contributing that to her teething.

I had a teacher conference over the phone yesterday with Lauren's teacher and she told me something that brought me to tears and made my heart swell so big with pride that I thought it might burst!!  We were ending our conversation and she told me she had something to share about Lauren.  She first started off by saying that Lauren is such a kind hearted child and that she is just so sweet.  She told me that Lauren reminded her of her grandma, my mama, by how kind she is and how she treats other kids. In 3rd grade they get what's called "eat with a friend" pass if they have good behavior.  Two students from another class received those passes.  Lauren's teacher told me that no one ever sat with those kids. She asked Lauren to go and sit with those children and instead of protesting or saying no, Lauren immediately said "Sure!!" and off she went like it wasn't a favor but a blessing to go sit with those kids.  She had no qualms about doing that at all.  I cried.  How wonderful it is to know that your child treats everyone with compassion and kindness and that she doesn't discriminate at all.  She doesn't care what you look like, if you are popular or not, if you wear awesome clothes, have dirty hair, what ever.  She is friends with everyone.  I have always prayed that God would give my girls kind hearts.  That they would always treat others the way they wanted to be treated and to never be ugly to others and Lauren does.  What a blessing!!!  I just cried and cried and thanked my Jesus for my sweet girl and her precious heart.  As soon as I got off the phone with her teacher and I found Lauren and told her how proud I was of her sitting with those kids and how proud Jesus was of her for being so kind.  She immediately wiped my tears and told me to quit crying.  She said, "Thanks, mama.  Now can you help me with my math homework?"  So humble.  I am so blessed.  My prayer is that she stays that way!!