I'm not sure why Ella was so fond of the pajama-tutu combo, but it is awfully cute, except for the pizza sauce all over her face. I made the tutu almost a year ago, and five moves later, it's still in use. Actually, the post I wrote on the tutu process is the most popular one that I've ever written. I'm relieved to see that it doesn't fall apart after a couple of wears.
On the dieting front, I'm a pound away from the 10-pound goal for the first half of the competition. The deadline for the first half is in March, so I have some time to lose the final pound. Although I'm not highly optimistic regarding our chances of winning (we're the lightest team by almost 100 pounds!), it's a very good thing that I have the accountability of having the results printed in the local paper. I would have ended the weight-loss process a month ago.
DeLaynie continues to do well developmentally. She is using more sentences, asking more questions, and focusing longer in conversation. She's trying more foods, and sleeping without a pull-up.
Ella is messy, curious, and hilarious. She's always into something, and she's eating almost everything, including Play-Doh and crayons. We're, uh, working on that.
I hope to have more updates soon, maybe with some creatively worded anecdotes. Now I need to get back to mothering, house-wifing, and weight-losing.