Today I had off work since I had to work last Saturday. Whoo hoo! I went and had my hair cut waaaay off Last week I dyed it almost black and since then have been coined "Mrs. Addams", as in Morticia Addams. It's OK though, I have a good sense of humor about it and it doesn't bother me. So last week I had mid-back length brown hair with gray in it and this week I have chin length black hair. My DH feels all special because it's like being with a whole different girl, LOL!
Tonight we grilled hamburgers outside and I made home made fries. It was all yummy.
Tomorrow there is a free Easter egg hunt for our neighborhood so if the weather is nice we may go do that. Then since Joshua had no color changes at school this week he has earned a trip to the movies to see "Monsters Vs. Aliens", so he and DH will do that tomorrow afternoon. That will give me some time to clean the house up or just hang out with my little man.
Speaking of the little man, he is 15 weeks now if I am counting things correctly. I am just so enamored by him and could stare and him and talk to him for hours. He is just SO beautiful in a dozen different ways. I think he'd sleep through the night if I'd just leave him be. But the girls wake me up needing me to either pump or have him nurse. So I do dreamfeeds and he is very content to do so. It's a good arrangement for us.
Today I put some baby stuff up for sale on craigslist so I'm hoping I'll get some bites on it from someone wanting to buy them this weekend. Let's keep our fingers crossed!
No news on the financial front, except that there are still some possibilities that might pan out in the next few weeks or so. In the meantime, it looks like we are going to use my paychecks to pay the mortgage, gas, food, and electricity and hunker down. Our credit is about to be obliterated. Ugh.
Long weekends are da bomb. Yesterday I got some Mommy/Joshua time to take him to see a matinee of "Monsters vs. Aliens" in 3D, which was really neat. Daddy watched Jonah and gave him a bottle while we were out!
We didn't end up doing the egg hunt this morning because it was super cold and windy. But Josh had a play date with the boy next door and so he was a very happy camper. I got a chance to clean the house and made a yummy squash casserole, steamed broccoli & cauliflower, salad, and mac & cheese for dinner. DH grilled some venison sausage to go with that as well (course I don't eat his killings but he doesn't do too well with vegetarian dinners so that is what he decided to make). My mom came by late in the afternoon to visit the boys so she was able to stay for dinner and hang out for a bit.
It's 8:30PM and both boys are in bed for the night. I'm going to finish up with the dinner dishes and get Jonah's bottles ready for tomorrow.
I feel like I got a lot accomplished around the house this weekend. Dishes, all the laundry, including washing the duvet cover and bed sheets. Did all 4 bathrooms, vacuumed, mopped, and cleaned the kitchen table and counters. Even got 1 big black garbage bag of broken and half-lost toys secretly thrown away from the toy room upstairs. Got the spare fridge totally scrubbed down and sparkly (since I did the kitchen fridge last week), microwave scrubbed, and trash taken out. I started but did not finish dusting, and didn't get to vacuum the air vents. But other than that I think it's pretty clean.
The darn doggie door has broken this week. One of the little saloon doors doesn't go back shut anymore. A spring has broken somewhere inside. We are going to have to order a replacement one for $25 (!!!!) and the whole dog door has to be removed out of the big door in order to access the spring. Sounds like a job for DH, LOL!
Jonah has been super happy all weekend long. He is so content to just sit in my lap and watch TV or sit still while I talk to DH or my mom. He is so alert and watchful. Whenever I talk to him his whole face just lights up and it is THE happiest face on earth. I promise it's the sweetest thing I've ever seen. I'm still bent on waiting to start him on solids until 6 months and then will do home made baby food. That will be exciting! Besides using sposie diapers we're somewhat crunchy these days. I will admit the cloth diaper covers are cute, but it's just not for me.
There is a book sitting here on the desk in the office called "God Is In The Hard Stuff". I know he's there but it's still really hard. Still needing that angel.
But then I look at the face of my healthy and adorable sleeping children and I always remember that I'm the luckiest gal around, no matter what our circumstances currently might be. Even if it gets really rough, at least I have a good job, so it's not like we won't get by somehow. Chin up. Grab bootstraps and pull HARD.
Don't let the circumstances dictate how you feel. Keep your joy irregardless. And put to heart Ephesians 3:20: and my God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all I could ask or imagine, according to the power that works in me!
Today was Jonah's 4 month check up. He is 14 lbs, 8.5 oz (41 percentile), 25 inches long (51%) and his head is 16 inches (13%). The head thing is fine since his head is growing along the plotted line chart so all was well. He had a sloo of shots and that hurt Mommy lots. Daycare said he was no worse the wear, but I bet in a day or two he'll run some fever from it.
Still no news on the financial front. Tick Tock. Seems like something has to break loose soon. Currently my favorite show is "Touched By An Angel" and I find myself secretly hoping for an actual angel to appear to provide me with some words of direction and comfort. Is that even possible?
We sold our amby bed today to another mom with a reflux-ish baby boy. I got the whole thing washed in Tide free and clear last night and DH met up with them for the drop off today. Yay! I hope it works great for the new owners!
The pediatrician said today that once Jonah starts rolling over on his own it's OK for him to sleep on his tummy. That reminded me that I never quite got around to telling him that he has always slept on his tummy, so I decided why bring it up at this late date? Hopefully he'll be rolling soon and it will be a moot point.
He also wants us to start solids, but I plan to wait a bit on that, even though I didn't tell the doc that. Jonah seems perfectly content with milk and isn't showing any signs of wanting to eat what I'm eating, he isn't sitting up by himself, and he is really drooley. He can't currently seem to contain his own spit, nevermind solids! I will revisit solids in a month and see where we are. I had planned to wait until 6 months but I'm not set on it or anything. I'm just going to watch for his cues and see where that takes us.
And have I mentioned that my crazy self is going to attempt to make my own baby food? We'll see how it goes but I am hoping it will be really fun and exciting.
I have fabulous news, journal! My parents are going to be in San Antonio for business reasons in a few weeks and have offered for us to join them on the weekend to go to Sea World together! How fun is that??!!! As an incredible coincidence, Joshua told me one morning this very week that he is interested in fish, and although he really wishes he could actually BE a fish, he would settle to learn a lot about them and become a marine biologist when he grows up! So how cool for him that he will get to go to Sea World to see lots and lots of fish and have a great time!
I'm going to go to the resale store to see if I can score one of those SPF sun shirts and a sun hat for baby Jonah and I plan to take our own stroller. Lots of fun planning to do!
In other big news DH decided last Sunday morning (coming up on a week now!) just out of the clear blue yonder to stop dipping (smokeless tobacco)!!!!! Cold turkey none-the-less. I am 100% on board with this as it is very unhealthy for him and he was using a can a day, which is the nicotine equivalent of like 3 packs of cigs a day I think. Not to mention the cost of that. He refused for some reason to go get a pill or patch to help with all of that and you would not even believe how bad his withdrawals have been. Last night is the first time I think he has slept since Sunday without having big panic attacks in the night. I'm very proud of him as he seems really determined to kick the habit for good. On the heels of this accomplishment in-the-works, he has started taking walks each morning to keep his mind occupied and because he is so fidgety he wants to come out of his own skin. We don't currently have a scale at our house but he feels like he is losing weight, so double good for him!
I have been battling the mountain cedar pollen around here and my throat has never really been right since I got sick a few weeks ago. I went back to the doc on Tuesday this past week and got a shot in the rump with some stronger antibiotic and agreed to start on Claritin as my OB gave it the OK with me BF'ing. Two nights ago I had what I believe to be an anxiety attack, which I have not had in over 6 years. Obviously I need to be in a better mental place. My mom brought over a Neti Pot, Claritin, some nasal spray, eye saline drops, and some throat rinse stuff so I should be all set up for recovery now.
DH is really wanting to go ahead and try baby Jonah out on solids. I believe this is in part due to the misconception that they might make him STTN, which I quickly corrected. But I don't think it would necessarily do him any harm, so I may give in and just see if he enjoys it at all. He's 4 1/2 months now.
A bit of news for us financially. For the present time we are in the crapper of course. DH wants to pull Jonah out of daycare and have him stay home to watch him while I'm at work until our situation improves. I have reservations about this. I'm giving it over the weekend to see what transpires before making any final decisions on that. DH is trying his hand at another new opportunity and has made a sale, which would be payable to him on May 8th. So obviously that's both good and bad since we need the money like yesterday, not in a few weeks from now. And that's just 1 sale, he's now got the vigor and oomph to keep the momentum up and do more, so potentially the 8th could be really great if we can hold out until then. Still no news on his really big opportunity he was expecting to have come through for us. It's not off, but no news on when it might happen. Hopefully sometime in May but no promises, of course. So in a nutshell it's not good currently but there is at least SOMETHING in close-range sight coming in and still hopeful about the long term forecast
Tonight was so lovely. My mom called this morning and said my dad wanted to take a look at a spot in my mouth that has been giving me trouble and wanted me to go up to the office in the late afternoon to get an x-ray of it. Afterward we could then go to eat at my MOST FAVORITE restaurant in the whole entire world, which is a Japanese Hibachi place we have been eating at since I was a little girl myself. AND she said that before we went up to the office we could swing by Target and pick baby Jonah up a bumbo seat! Whoo hoo! So needless to say this was an awesome afternoon! We got to get a bumbo (got green since the choices were pink, lavender, or light green), then had a quick dental visit, then got to eat hibachi. Jonah had his debut experience at Kobe's---the first of many visits. Joshua ate his weight in shrimp, mushrooms, and rice w/teriyaki sauce. Oh and his soup.
I ate my weight in their house ginger salad dressing and home made japanese hot chili paste. I did try to take it easier on the hot paste than usual since I'm BF'ing but still ate quite a bit. With the exception of the time I ate an entire bowl of brussell sprouts for dinner he has not had a problem with my diet in the past so I think Jonah will be OK with it. I did hold him for a good bit of the time but I brought the bumbo seat in and he sat in there some also. He looks like such a cute little peanut sitting up all by his own self in that chair. And he is SO proud of his self doing it, too.
DH and I talked for a few minutes about the daycare thing and agreed that I will talk to the daycare on Monday morning to see if they will work with us on letting us pay them on May 8th in arrears instead of pulling him out of daycare all together. Hopefully they will work with us. Yikes.
DH didn't participate in the festivities tonight as he is still reeeeeeally crabby from withdrawals and said he feels like he wants to crawl in a hole and definitely does not feel like being social and going out on the town. I tried to just be understanding and told him that was no big deal and we would see him later. It was probably good for him to have some time alone without the hussle-bustle of me and the kids all being here.
Kobe Steakhouse? OMG. I miss that place. If I ever make it to your neck of the woods, we are so going out for dinner!!! I miss the ginger salad dressing.
Sounds great! Oh ya! Their salad dressing is the best! I always order it plus ask for a side serving so I can spoon on lots more dressing And then I poured the rest of it over my broccoli! Yes (raises hand), my name is Elicia and I am a Kobe's salad dressing and hot chili paste-o-holic. I even make my own hot chili paste at home since there is nothing you can buy at any store or asian market that is anywhere close to how they make it there. Mine is somewhat close though We eat it on hamburgers, hot dogs, and stir-fry, etc. Mmmmmm.
Dare I say I am feeling somewhat positive about our financial future in the midst of being in the crapper? I made a big long list of potential places for DH to call on with his new product starting tomorrow (is that called prospecting?) aaaaaaand there was word that DH's other project/investment may begin to pay something to us in the next 30 days or so. A little ironic since we've been marching steadily to the beat of the "if we can just make it 30 more days" mantra for the longest time. But none-the-less I will TAKE IT! Nothing concrete, no promises, but there is hope. And that is enough to keep my bootstraps and my chin up.
DH started dreaming today that if we were financially able, he would like to be able to start his own restaurant in our local downtown square, which is a very "happening" place around here. It would be a burger place that offers a more unique and upscale burger, including buffalo burgers. Not a stuffy place, but not a sawdust on the floor place either. Somewhere in the middle--somewhere business people can eat lunch on weekdays and somewhere comfortable for the family to hang out on a Friday night. And maybe once or twice a week he would offer smoked BBQ, which is DH's specialty. He loooooves to smoke meat and is really good at it. A friend of mine has even paid him in the past to smoke a brisket for her to serve at her Easter dinner.