Meet Eilidh (Ay-lee) Sultana. Born 12 July in Oxford, England UK.
She has been an amazing addition to our family. I love her squishy face so much. She has turned out to not be very much like her sister at all which threw me off guard a bit. From her dark features, to her nursing habits and sleeping habits. She is a sensitive and sweet and our family has become so enriched for having her in it.
My sweet big girl has turned 2 and is becoming such a little lady. Going from one to two has been an adjustment but I like to think I have handled it fairly well. Kalilah is working on potty training, starts nursery school this week and will be starting ballet soon as well! It's crazy to me. It seems like yesterday I was taking her to her 2 month well baby and now she is a big independent minded girl (it drives me CRAZY).
Another big happening is that we are going through our first deployment! We aren't very far in but it is an adjustment. From my side of things it feels like a TDY (temporary duty assignment) so it hasn't sunk in yet that he'll be gone for awhile. I think the girls can tell the difference for sure. Today a friend stopped by during lunch and when Kalilah heard the door open she jumped up and yelled "DADDY?!?!?!". It broke my heart and made my stomach instantly feel sick. Poor baby. Thankfully she was delighted with who it was on the other side so it was okay. I know we can do it. One day at a time with the Lord to lean on. He carries us through all things.
Lastly though not least but not nearly as monumental I suppose would be that I have started eating Paleo! It's been a bit tough today. I have been stressed and wanted to eat like a big cheese burger and chips with vinegar. Instead I cooked up a steak and huge side of stir fry veg. It hit the spot pretty well. I have pretty much always loved healthful eating (whole wheat, that sort of thing) but I decided to try the Paleo 30 day challenge for the first 30 days of the deployment (because I hate myself, clearly). Okay, not really. I decided that would be when I was most stressed and most likely to binge eat or eat to cope with stress which is a bad habit I need to kick. So if you are going to stress eat, why not make it fruit, veg, and nuts? Oh and meat. I feel really good so far. One of the first times I have changed my diet and don't have a headache (I'm not counting calories, I am nursing after all). I know realistically I probably won't do this forever. I MISS cheese and bread but I am hoping for it to encourage whole food eating and to be how we mainly eat during the week. The hardest part has been lunches. It just hasn't been easy to quickly make food up. Basically I need a day to do prep for the week I think. Slowly but surely I WILL get there.
Anyway that is enough for now. It is getting late and Big Girl needs to school tomorrow which means mommy needs to get to bed!