My talk with S went really well and I hope I made my point very clear. M was up with the babies on Friday and will be staying there until she’s hopefully let go at the end of the month. I know S is concerned about finding a replacement but with this economy I don’t think she’ll have much of a problem. I chose to really focus on spending time with the kids and enjoying them while reminding myself that I will get my chores done in time. I have this thing where I want everything done right away, so if I’m going to clean the house I want it all done at once but realistically it happens in phases and that’s OK. So we had some play/cuddle time when we first got home then I made tacos and enjoyed those with a beer with DH. It really was a nice way to end the week. After the kids were in bed DH and I watched Tropic Thunder and then I went to bed. B slept great and woke around 6. I went in there and gave him cuddles for a couple minutes. I then laid him down and he did his classic hands behind the head pose while falling back to sleep. He was up again shortly after 7 and I got them both out of the room at 7:30. We had a nice relaxing morning with some German pancakes for breakfast. I then jumped in the shower before DH left for work, always a good thing. B and I cleaned (he did the windows) and played then had lunch before we headed out the door. We stopped at Rosauer’s for baby food and I picked up a few extra things. B was being such a good boy that it was easy to do a little browsing. He did spot the apples and wanted one but then had a little fit because I told him we had to pay for it before he could eat it. He did get over it but was very concerned about the apple once it was on the conveyor belt. We then went to C’s house and he was very clingy at first and sat with me while he ate his apple. He was a pretty good boy with only a few interruptions. L was cranky as all get out (not enough sleep) so she was a bit of a struggle, oh well. We had a nice time at the party but I didn’t get home until 4, an hour later than what I wanted. B was so tired and I really had to fight to get him to stay awake, suckers, singing, and tickles were my main help. He fell asleep around 4:30 and I finished cleaning the house. I hadn’t planned dinner and DH wanted hot dogs so that’s what we had, I believe they also are the reason we both were stinking up a storm yesterday. I need to read the ingredient list on those things, scary but necessary. B and I played with robots and light up toys the rest of the evening (he got a couple boxes of toys that D no longer wanted) then it was bed time. My evening ended with reading on the couch for awhile. The kids slept great though L did wake around 5, luckily she was quiet and fell asleep on her own.
We were up around 7 and I decided we really needed to go to church so at 7:30 I gave B his breakfast and jumped in the shower. DH was so tired he didn’t even budge when I went into the room to get my clothes so I figured I’d let him sleep. We went to church (working on our quiet voice even while in the cry room) then stopped at the grocery store before heading home. It was beautiful out and L was sleeping so B and I stayed out to shovel the inch of snow we had. B was very helpful and he’s so cute saying “I got it” as he’d pick up his shovel. DH joined us once everything was done (sleepy guy) and then he got suckered into sledding with B off the snow pile by our driveway. B was all over in the snow and loving it, of course he didn’t have snow pants or boots on because I didn’t expect him to be rolling in it. I then went into the house and it was non-stop for me at that point. I did DH’s books, 5 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, made French toast for lunch, made lasagna for tonight, made steak fingers for dinner, made breadsticks to freeze, made the refrigerator dough I’ve been wanting to try, paid bills, and played with the kids in between everything. I thought I’d have some time to sit down for a bit but it was 8:30 before I was finished with everything (including getting things ready for today) and then MIL called. I was on the phone with her until 9:30 and at that point I knew there wasn’t any time to exercise and I just needed to go to bed. Busy days like that make it hard to get up for work on Mondays.
B was up a little before 6 and l was still sleeping so we had some cuddle time before getting her up. She’s really been dawdling during her bottles, maybe she’s ready for a bigger nipple or just distracted with things. She has started doing this screech that sounds like a wild animal, it’s pretty funny. She’s such a cutie and I loved cuddling with her this weekend. She’s been leaning in for kisses lately and at one point I was coming in to give B kisses and I looked at L since it was her turn (she was sitting next to B) and her smile was so excited and expectant of what was coming, it was adorable. We’re having DC feed her solids during lunch now, I hope it goes well and fits into the schedule nicely.
I’m going to try the refrigerator dough tonight to go with our lasagna. I hope it’s tasty & works well with getting some fresh bread fast. Most of my to-do things are taken care of so I hope to just hang out with the kids and have a nice evening. I also need to exercise my bum off so that’s on the agenda too.
B had a hard time last night, I think he was really feeling some competition with L and I felt bad. He was a good boy but kept accidentally hurting L (like doing a somersault with his butt landing on her head) and then he’d go off feeling bad and would pout. It’s hard to comfort both of them at the same time. At dinner when I was holding L on my lap he kept saying daddy should hold L and he needs to be on my lap. So he got lots of one on one time after dinner and I hope he felt better. The refrigerator dough turned out really good, I need to perfect my baking of it but it tasted great, even DH said so. And the lasagna was tasty too, you’d never know it was GF. The kids slept great again, it is so nice to have B on track and I hope it stays like this. I got in my exercise and was huffing and puffing when I was finished, that’s always a good thing. I have decided that since I’m just stuck at my weight right now I need to cut out my snacks during the work week. On the weekends I don’t feel starving for snacks but at work I do, so I need to remedy this and get use to not having snacks. I can do this with lots of water and tea.
Happy news is DH’s skin problems have really cleared up. He mentioned that he thought his arms were better but didn’t know if it was just in his head. I looked at his arms and for the first time since I’ve met him they are actually somewhat smooth. The dry bumpiness isn’t as pronounced and has really softened up. I think this GF diet is working. We discovered we can’t have the hotdogs we bought at Costco, I’m not surprised by any means. They have Partially Hydrolyzed Beef Stock, the stock alone probably has gluten but hydrolyzed = bad for us because it results in MSG. It also contains sodium nitrite which can lead to the formation of small amounts of potent cancer causing chemicals. Wee! Who doesn’t want a tube of that? So I’m bringing in our massive amounts of hotdogs to pawn off at work, Fred is always happy to take our stuff. I’m wondering what does the FDA protect us from? If they allow all of this additive crap (some of which to just make the meat more pretty) then what do they keep out of our food? Is it only the things that money can’t pay to keep in our food even though it’s terrible for us? The food companies are completely out of control and it’s frustrating. How can I feed this **** to my child once I know it’s there? I just can’t. Oh, I had to bring in some hot cocoa packets because they had 2 MSG containing ingredients. What is MSG doing in hot chocolate?
I’m realizing that I’m a little bit hurt about no one in the family having a baby shower for L. All I wanted was a gathering so everyone could meet her, presents aren’t necessary, but it never happened. If it wasn’t for the ladies at work she wouldn’t have had one at all. It bothers me that people don’t see the importance of second, third, etc children. They are just as precious and important they should be celebrated also. I’m sure I’m taking it more personally than needed but the bottom line is I’m hurt by it and I can’t change my feelings right now.
I’m going to try a chocolate banana bread recipe tonight and I think we’ll have pancakes for dinner. We have so many leftovers from the lasagna that I need some non-leftover meals for a couple nights. I may have B mix up some pudding so he can be helpful in the kitchen. Maybe tomorrow night we’ll try the “good for us” hotdogs, as good as a hotdog can be I suppose. I need to stop talking about food because it’s not helping my morning snack craving.
I want to say that Barbara's Peanut Butter Puffins cereal is super good. DH and I both really like it and they're a nice big size with great peanut flavor, mmm.
I had an uneventful day at work yesterday, today will make up for that with all the meetings I have. The kids both had a good day at DC and L fell asleep as always on the way home. B and I played outside for a bit since it’s been warm and it’s finally light still when we get home. We ran a lot of circles on the drive way. We then went inside and I started dinner then made the chocolate banana bread which turned our horribly. After I made it I realized they didn’t call for any sugar, well no wonder it didn’t taste good, it needs sugar. DH got home and we ate our dinner, raspberry pancakes are really delicious, then played for a bit before the kids went to bed. I got in a 50 min workout and I’m feeling it a bit already today. B work around 2 calling for me, I went in and laid him back down, he wanted the empty box in the living room that he’s been playing with. I need to try to get to bed early tonight so I can catch up on my sleep a little bit, I’m struggling in the mornings.
I had some great cuddle time with the kids this morning, it’s the best way to start my day. B snuggled in on my right side and L on my left side eating, it’s a little piece of heaven. We’ll have to stop at the grocery store on the way home tonight but B seems to like those trips now so it’s not too bad.
The fireplace guys put a new top on our chimney and I really hope it fixes the problem. We’re just waiting for it to get cold again so DH can try it out. My mom called with some great news. C & W told L that C isn’t his biological father, thank God they didn’t wait until he was 13. L said he didn’t want to meet the biological father and he didn’t know why they were making such a big deal out of it. W had been praying on it and it was weighting on her the last 2 days, worked out pretty good too. I’m sure he’ll have more questions with time but at least this gives him the honesty he needs and time to process everything. So now I’m waiting to see when they’ll tell us or if they’ll just leave it for L to tell us, I really would like to be over this secretive crap.
DH posted our Pontiac on craigslist and he’s had several people contact him. I think he’s going to post pictures today since people keep asking. I just hope we can get rid of the darned thing soon, 4 cars at our house is too many! We’re also asking only $750, but with the work that’s needed I just don’t feel right asking more than that. I must say I am surprised by all the inquiries.
I ended my day with a terrible headache and it didn’t go away until I fell asleep, blah! I’m not sure if it was the meetings or what but I did at least get a bottle of wine from one of the meetings. The kids and I stopped at the grocery store on the way home, B pushed his little cart around and helped me shop. He needs to learn to look up when he walks otherwise he’s a danger to all in his path (mostly my ankles). Once we got home I moved him into the house so I could hopefully rest a little, that didn’t happen with dinner being made and L being fed. Then the kids were swept away for baths and I let B play for quite awhile because I needed the break. We read our stories early and I drug him to his room (after stories he lays on the floor near the kitchen so I can drag him by his ankles to his bed, he loves it and it makes things fun for both of us). B impressed me with his alphabet knowledge, he was naming the letters and then making their sounds and/or stating words that start with the letter. For instance he said, “K, kkkick, like that” as he was kicking the wall. He did the same thing with J and jumping. He’s a smart little bugger. Once the kids were in bed I went straight to the kitchen to prep bottles, sippies, breakfast and lunches for today then headed to bed. DH came in and gave me a massage then I zonked for the night. 8.5 hours of sleep was wonderful and worth not getting some exercise in.
I woke up feeling great this morning and I again had to rouse both kids. I love cuddling with those two in the morning and it makes any lack of sleep I may have worth it. We’re doing hamburgers (bunless too) tonight and then I’ll get the pizza dough and bacon prepped for tomorrow night. We have a play group at the CM tomorrow night and a pretty busy weekend ahead of us. We may be going to K & D’s on Saturday for the kids to play and then on Sunday we’re going to S & G’s for A and B to play while the guys watch the first playoff game. I have some baking to do (a brownie with faux cookie dough on top and then a peanut butter/chocolate ganache on that) and I’m looking forward to it. At some point I hope to clean my house and earlier in the weekend the better, but we’ll see. I have Monday off and will have the kids go to DC so that gives me time if needed, I would love to have a lazy day and then do a little shopping and end it with my hair cut.
I tried the Glutino honey nut cereal (like Cheerios) and it was not good, hopefully the kids will like it. I think it just had too much of a corn flavor for me, bleh! Maybe it wouldn't be too bad made into a rice krispy bar treat, I may have to try that.
B is doing better now that T is downstairs in his room, it’s amazing how much cleaner it is and how many more activities they’ve done in the last week. It just goes to show M is not cut out for this line of work. B played outside for a bit when we first got home then I got him settled him in front of a Lazy Town while I started dinner, prepped dinner for tonight, and fed L. B joined me in the kitchen and recycled for me, he likes to call it recyclings. He’s not perfect on getting things in the correct bins but he’ll learn. We ate dinner before DH got home because he was late and poor L was so tired I fed her early and she was in bed shortly after dinner. After B was in bed I did my kickboxing workout and DH decided he was cold so he turned the thermostat up. I’m pouring sweat and almost over with the workout when he does this, and it ticked me off that heat was blowing everywhere. I let him know I wasn’t happy and once the workout was done I skipped the weights because it was too damned hot. I’m so glad he doesn’t get it. I then went to bed and slept so-so, B fussed once at 4 but I didn’t have to settle him at all. DH also woke me up at 2 when he came to bed, thank you so much for not keeping the door from squeaking.
I have a meeting all morning and plan to work through lunch so I can go to the Co-op before getting the kids, I hope they have everything I want. Then I’ll get the kids and go to the CM for our playgroup. We won’t stay too long since we’ll need to go home to eat dinner, one bummer to not being able to get the pizza there. I need to exercise tonight and I may try to do some cleaning also, we’ll see how the evening goes.
Another weekend has just zoomed by, it would be nice if the days went a bit slower on Saturday and Sunday. I worked a bit through lunch on Friday so I left early and was hoping to do some shopping at the Co-op, that was until there was absolutely no parking anywhere and after driving around 3 times I just decided to leave. I called DH on my way to pick the kids up and he said he was going to wait around the house until 6 for the guy that wanted to look at the car, then he’d join us at the CM. I told him not to bother joining us (a bit PO’d at this point too) because by the time he got there we’d be getting ready to leave. I did stop at the house to grab a bite to eat and use the bathroom before getting the kids, and even though DH was cleaning the house I still managed to be PO’d at him (I’m such a *****). I picked the kids up and headed to the CM, we had a great turn out for the play group and a lot of fun. Everyone left around 7 and once we got home I was rushing to get the pizza and breadsticks made. The guy showed up to look at the car around 7:45, he had a 2 hour drive so that explained why he was so late. He wanted the engine (woot for that supercharger) and we got the full $750. We then ate dinner very late and put the kids to bed. I had a couple beers with DH and then hit the hay myself.
The kids were up around 7:30 and we had a pretty good day, though I was cranky at first (a bit PMSy). The breakfast I made got a bit overcooked and DH was just annoying me, once we left the house everything went fine so that was good. We got the title notarized then did our shopping at the Co-op and Target. Target had some killer sales going on so we got a few clothes (DH found some shirts for $2.75) and we found a tall dorm fridge for $32! We had to buy it for the basement when it’s finally finished, though it is already in use. We should have been smart and bought all of them so I could sell them at the beginning of Fall semester and make some money. After shopping we went home for lunch and naps then went to D & K’s for dinner. The boys played really well though B was pretty shy at first and we had some great food and conversation. Once we were home the kids were put in bed and I wasn’t too far behind.
Sunday we got to really sleep in until 8:30, which was good since the kids got to bed late two nights in a row. We slowly motivated and were out the door shortly after noon to go to S & G’s house so B and A could play while we watched the football game. DH and G seemed to get along really well and it was nice to meet him finally. We had more great food and S and I took the boys to the pond to feed the mallards. We didn’t get home until late so I had to whip together a delicious dish of mac & cheese and hotdogs, so healthy! B didn’t have a nap the whole day so he passed out quickly in the van and didn’t want to wake up even once we were home, I felt bad for him. We had the kids in bed at a decent time but sleep was hard to come by. B woke around 9:20 crying and calling for me, it wasn’t his normal and ended up being a night terror. I was trying to calm him and then L woke and was crying so I hollered for DH, this is what woke and scared B so I then had to cuddle him for awhile until he was calm enough to go back to sleep. After this he kept coughing which was waking L and then she would cry out waking him, it was a vicious cycle. I had DH set up the PnP in our room and when it happened again at 10:45 he just put L in our room and they both slept great after that.
Since I had Monday off I got to sleep in a bit and I had a really hard time waking up. Initially I was going to get up at 6 but then it was pushed off until 6:30 and I didn’t actually get out of bed until 6:45. L was out cold so I woke B up and we did some cuddles and get ready for the day. DH brought L to me when he woke up and I got her fed and ready for the day too. DH left at his normal time with the kids and B was precious waking bye to me and telling me to have a good day since that was what I was saying to him. I started my day slow and enjoyed being able to shower and shave in the nice quiet of the house. I did quite a few chores, moved the bassinet and my maternity clothes downstairs, did laundry, took care of the dishes, cleaned the floors, made bread (which I must say the Namaste bread mix is not my favorite, it’s OK but nothing like Anna’s breads), and finished Big Love since B’s night terror interrupted my viewing. I also stopped at Costco to do some shopping (I forgot a few things so I’ll have to pick them up tomorrow when I’m there for my eye appointment) then got my hair cut and stopped at the grocery store before picking the kids up. DH came home early so we had a nice evening together and were able to have dinner a little earlier giving us plenty of time for baths and an early bed. The kids slept great again so I’m feeling pretty rested after this weekend.
B was pretty cute at the dinner table last night. He kept singing “you are beaubibul, you are beaubibul”. I think he’s trying to sing “you are so beautiful, to me” but I’m not sure where he would have heard that song. So I started singing with him and he’d say “to me” in a really high pitched voice and then say, “like that mommy?” I got some of it on video, it was so cute.
L is doing so well sitting up, she rarely falls over now. She’s also getting quite the variety to her solids options and I am amazed at how much she can eat. We get so many comments on how good of a baby she is, she’s just very content and as long as you have her food ready once she knows its coming you won’t hear too much complaint from her. She’s doing really well jumping in the Johnny jump-up and her giggles are so precious. I can hardly believe she’s 6 months, I feel like time has gone too fast and that I just don’t have enough time with her in the baby stage.
DH's uncle J had unexpected brain surgery on Saturday, he had fallen skiing which was followed by a migraine a few days later and they found a blood clot in his brain. He is recovering well so that is a relief. With Janet's stroke and now Jim's brain surgery they need a break.
Also FIL had a physical and his PSA #'s were too high so he went to a specialist yesterday to have a biopsy. I pray it's not cancer and that he can get his levels dropped. My dad had told him at one point to take DIM, it helped my dad's PSA #'s drop drastically though I don't think FIL paid much attention. Anyway, we should hear in a few days I guess.
B seems like he’s back to himself with DC, he’s happy when I pick him up and he asks about seeing his buddies regularly, it’s so nice. He’s getting more molars and he didn’t eat well yesterday, I sent him with a very soft lunch today with lots of fruit so he will hopefully eat well. I guess at one point he cried so hard over the pain in his mouth that he puked, poor little guy. We’ve made sure DC is set to give him Tylenol if he needs it. L was sleeping soundly in Nicole’s arms when I arrived, she was so precious I hated to disturb her. We got home and DH was already there, what a great surprise and I’m glad he’s able to get out this week since he will have to work straight through for almost 2 full weeks. I tried my hand at a GF tuna noodle casserole, it was pretty good but needed some spices (garlic and onion for sure next time). I stocked up on a lot of fruit at Costco on Monday so we added fruit to our dish and enjoyed a great dinner. L seems like she may be teething also, her cheeks are extremely red and she’s been struggling with her bottles. She ate well for DH at her last bottle but then spewed most of it up, poor girl. B was very “helpful” with cleaning up afterwards, he’s such a sweet soul. Even though she lost most of her bottle she slept great for us, B seemed to have a fitful morning and was up hollering for me at 5:30 while I was trying to shower. He of course woke L up but she didn’t seem to be ready to get up so I left her in the crib for another 45 min and she got a bit more sleep.
I noticed that I was starting to feel sick last night, I could feel the cold creeping into my sinuses and sure enough I coughed a lot and had a runny nose all night. My sinuses are just miserable from my ear drums to my nose, I just want to crawl into bed but that’s not in the cards for me today. DH started getting a sore throat last night and I hope whatever we have goes away quickly. He at least has the day off and as far as I know only has 2 errands to run (deposit to the checking and taking my phone in to see if they can figure out why it keeps shutting off on its own). I did also ask him to marinade some steak for tonight, we have too many leftovers right now so we need a non-leftover meal. I still managed to get some exercise in but I took it easy, something is better than nothing. I did 45 min on the Wii starting with balance games then did step, hulahoop, and running. Tonight I plan to do my indoor walk, it gets the heart pumping but doesn’t push me too hard.
I’m working through lunch today because I have an eye appointment this afternoon, I hate eye appointments but really like this doctor so it should be OK. I then need to do some shopping at Costco since I somehow managed to not pick up half of the things I needed on Monday. DH said he would pick the kids up for me so I can just go straight home once I’m done. It may need to be an early night for everyone.
SIL W has had some problems lately with constipation and has had some blood work done along with an ultrasound yesterday. Her doctor thinks it may be IBS, I hope whatever it is they can help her feel better soon. FIL’s PSA #’s got me looking into DIM and I purchased some for both DH and me, it not only helps with prostate health but also with breast health, and from our families history we both need all the help we can get.
I had a really hard time focusing on work yesterday, my head was just fuzzy and unhappy. I wasn’t looking forward to my eye appointment but it went fast and I got my Costco shopping finished. DH picked the kids up and after I got home we loaded everything into the house then put a movie in for B, we both needed some down time. DH barbecued the steaks and I packed up cheese for the freezer and restocked the pantry. After dinner DH gave the kids a bath and I cut and rinsed the rest of the cherries and grapes then prepped everything for today. We had the kids in bed 30 min earlier than normal and after a little bit of cuddle time with DH I then went to bed. I’m feeling better in ways today but worse in others, I also don’t feel like I got any sleep last night. We’re just doing hamburgers tonight since I need something easy.
B was precious yesterday morning cuddling with L and giving her kisses while saying he loves her, those two are so cute together. L is enjoying her jump-up and was doing some fancy moves the other day. She’d jump up and then kick both of her legs out at the same time, it was too cute with those chunky legs. DH and I called it her cheer leading practice.
We were given a new phone since mine shutting off is not normal. The only bummer is everything in my calendar was lost so I need to re-do all of that. I have it reset to what I want so the calendar will just come with time.