Friday was a busy day and all in all it went ok, though I worked through lunch and didn’t even get to go home early because our meeting went 2 hours (I will make up for it this week). The meeting finally got the truth out, not by anyone giving it up willingly though. D is our direct supervisor and lucky us we get to have both him and T do our performance evaluations. The joke is they don’t even know how we did this last year because they weren’t our supervisor. D is still trying to pawn his responsibilities on us, he wanted me to draft an e-mail to send for rewiring and I told him P always took care of it and he needs to word it as he sees fit. Haven’t heard from him since.
Friday night DH and I did a quick clean of the house and we watched The Squid and the Whale. That show is a bit disturbing but not bad. We went to bed early (DH with me which is not the norm) and he even got up to feed B when he first woke on Saturday. We headed to the cabin to see the IL’s and I were back by 6:45 to get B to bed on time. It was a nice visit though I don’t think MIL liked to hear what I had to say about the old farm. She has a couple buildings that need to be tore down but they have asbestos siding, she thinks she can just demo as she wants because she’s the owner. I’m not sure what the laws are but asbestos is not something to mess with. I adamantly told her she can’t just bury it, it will be in the soil all around the area and anyone that walks/digs/plays in that soil will be subjected to that crap. I stated its well worth paying someone to dispose of it properly. Well she gave me a look that said “I don’t want to hear it” but she needs to realize this is very serious. Oh well, I’m sure she’ll just blow off my input. She did ask me what my experience with asbestos was, well #1 its everywhere that my guys work in and #2 just take a look at the mess up in Libby.
Moving on… DH and I went to bed early on Saturday (a really big shocker for 2 nights in a row) and I got up with B on Sunday though I was still tired so I went back to bed and we skipped church. Once we were all ready for the day we stopped by the store, hit Target the hardware store and then home. I was a bit peeved at Target, I need a new swim suit so I tried some of theirs on but they only had the separates and let me tell you big girls do not look good in those things. No one needs to see my gut hanging out, so I’ll have to try the mall and hope I can find something decent there. DH and I did some yard work, raked the dead grass up fertilized and seeded. Hopefully we’ll have a gorgeous lawn this year. I still need to clean up the garden and hope to do that this coming weekend. My flower beds are starting with the weeds already (I swear I have to weed them every week) so I’m going to look into putting bark down once all of my tulips, crocus, and lavender show up. I’ve got big plans this year!
After B went to bed last night we watched The Cave, not a good flick but we knew that going into it, at least it was short. DH came to bed again with me last night and I figured out what was going on. His online buddies were MIA due to one visiting the other and helping with a move, so I got my hubby all to myself and it was really nice. It’s amazing at how giddy I get when he just pays some attention to me.
B was a happy boy this weekend and quite the show off for the IL’s. He’s moving quite a bit on the floor, lots of rolling and spinning. He also tries to jump all the time, even when he’s not in his jump-up; it’s pretty humorous. He has found his penis so that’s the first thing he grabs when that diaper is off, the obsession begins. We weren’t too successful with catching things in the potty this weekend, a few pees but no poos. We also weren’t as consistent and I haven’t been watching his cues as well as I should so hopefully improvement on my end will help. He did sit on the toilet ring and seemed to like that, the toilet paper was of big interest. He also sat on the folding potty seat and hopefully it will work, I’m a bit worried about the aim issue and that I’m going to get peed on when he’s using it. Time will tell. Oh, there’s a new girl in his room at day care and apparently they were pretty cute on Friday. She would reach over and pat him then he would reach over and pat her, apparently I have a little flirt on my hands.
B’s bottom is so red and sore, I feel horrible. He’s had a red spot for the past few days and I thought maybe it was from the pineapple/pear baby food he has had from the citrus-ness of the pineapple. So I told DH we won’t give him any pineapple to see if it goes away, and it was starting to but we didn’t tell DC not to give him any and they gave him pineapple yesterday. This morning his butt was so red and sore that I’m sure it’s from the pineapple. He had big tears when DH changed a poopy diaper this morning and I just wish I could make it better right now. I think we’re going bottomless all evening so we’ll be hanging out in the kitchen. He did pee for me twice this morning, the first was literally 4 dribbles but I praised him anyway (at least I know he had to push for it). The second pee was quite a bit and we celebrated, I’m just happy we caught something, now if only his poos would be more consistent. He was such a giggler last night when I was reading his bedtime story and saying prayers, it was mostly because I kept whispering into his ear but I love to hear his laugh. He did throw a couple tantrums last night and hopefully we can show him these don’t get him anything so he will put the behavior to rest (for the most part).
Work’s been find today, nothing too exciting though we’re all laughing at D because he’s sending the e-mail he wanted me to draft to every person rather than just the people in charge. Well this is bringing on a bunch more work because their e-mails are different than most everyone else’s. He’s spent hours on this when it should have only taken 15 min total.
DH had a bad start to the day; B was a bit crabby (we’re thinking because of his sore bum) then his one employee called in saying he didn’t sleep well and wanted to come in 2 hours later. He also had a headache customer show up 15 min before open so his day started earlier than planned. He needs a vacation more than I do and that’s sad. I just hope the guys don’t call him constantly while we’re gone because that doesn’t help him relax or give him a break, not that they care.
The diaper rash is getting better though he’s still pretty red. We aired out all evening and this morning while I was home, plus caked on the butt paste. I’ll air him out again tonight and DH is taking tomorrow off so he can air him out for a couple hours if needed. We didn’t catch any pee last night but I did catch a big pee this morning. He has pretty much gotten over whining before and during his solids feeding but he’s been “crying” before his last bottle, DH waits until he stops to give him the bottle and I hope this goes away quickly.
We’ve received about an inch of snow the past 2 days that has all melted by the end of the day so this should really help out the grass seed and fertilizer we put out on Sunday. So far all of my perennials don’t seem to have been affected by the freezing temps at night so I’m relieved about that. I’ve also been going through the plant list from the greenhouse I get my native’s at and I’m hoping to expand my variety in my native garden. That’s going to be back breaking work to dig more grass up. I also need to figure out what kind of border to do around my flower beds, I hate the brick and river rock I have right now. It seems I’m planning to drop a bit of money this year on the yard especially when you add finishing the fence and adding onto the deck.
Today’s been a busy one and I hope to get my billing completed before it’s over. Tomorrow I need to count the inventory and Friday I need to look at our locations in the new building. I hope the construction workers do 4/10’s so I won’t be in anyone’s way while I’m over there. I’m starting to get a bit more “into” doing my work so that’s at least good. I think a lot of it has to do with me organizing the piles on my desk so they aren’t so intimidating and make me feel like I don’t get anything done. I better get back to it.
This week has been crazy and I’m so thankful its Friday and I can slow down soon. My billing is completed but my inventory is not and I was a bit cranky about it yesterday. I went to the storage shed and it was a mess, my guys just throw stuff in there and they took cable that was designated for another job (already paid for) and used it elsewhere. I have to organize the damn thing every time I go there and I’m tired of it. Throw the F word in there a few times and I sounded like a drunken sailor talking to myself. I was brought to tears and how stupid over a messy storage shed. I think I just needed a good cry though I didn’t let myself have it, wasn’t really the best of places. So I *****ed and moaned about it and am now over my anger. DH had the day off only to have to do some on-site for a Dr.’s office, he was in town so he took me to lunch and it was what I needed after my storage shed incident. I also had my performance evaluation yesterday and it went well, about what I expected. I’m the first one I know of that’s done and I’m very happy about that.
Jase and the family stopped by last night and it was good to see them, though like a tornado bursting through our lives. B was on the floor laughing at me spinning a butterfly on his dragon, well the kids just surrounded him and he’d go from laughing to almost crying (I knew it was too much for him but thought I’d ride it out as long as possible). Eventually I had to hold him until he was use to everyone then he was ok with being passed around. I wasn’t feeling very social because I didn’t feel very good. I ended up cutting a conversation with Katie short because I had to puke, that was fun. Tom and Ryan tried my patience they were jumping over things outside and jumped over my Elderberry bush but didn’t make it so the longest branch was broken off. I’m a bit bummed about that but there’s nothing I can do and it wasn’t worth saying anything.
Last time I talked with my mom she said that SIL W has mentioned that she and my brother are going to do counseling, it seems it took someone from her church to convince her to do this. I’m just glad they’re finally doing it. She also has read a book on how to discipline her strong willed child, another suggestion from a lady at church. I laughed because when she heard about the parenting books I was reading she stated she never read any parenting books because she wanted to do things her way. I don’t think she realizes that comments like that make her seem really judgmental to people to who things differently. I guess my mom told her about the potty training we’re doing with B and she e-mailed me saying “Congrats on the potty training.” I explained to her what it was we were doing but knowing how she feels about early potty training (rolling her eyes when she said you aren’t actually thinking about this are you?) I can’t help but believe there was some sarcasm behind the e-mail. I should be nice so I’ll stop.
I’m using the extra hour I worked last Friday today and am only taking a ½ hour lunch so I can go to the mall and hopefully find a swimsuit and a couple pants and tops. My plan for the weekend is to clean the house, clean up the garden, and relax. I’m looking forward to B’s Easter egg hunt but I’m sure he’ll have no idea what’s going on. I don’t know what I’m going to cook for meat, DH wants ham and I do have some frozen so I’ll probably get that out. We’ll also have the jello salad, oreo dessert, creamy cucumbers, and seasoned potatoes. Since it’s just us I really haven’t put much thought into it.
B’s been so giggly lately and has been doing ok with peeing in the potty (usually once in the morning and once at night), no poops for over a week now hopefully I can change that this weekend. His bum is looking much better so I’m happy about that and he’s standing longer at his little play table. He’s now started leaning back against me now and then since I sit close enough to grab him if he falls. He gets really excited about his dinosaur when one of the balls makes the lights and music go off. The minute the ball goes in he smiles, bounces, and puts his hands on his lap.
It’s cold today and I really wasn’t expecting it; cloudy and windy, almost feels like it has a winter bite to it. I’m wishing I would have wore my winter coat but oh well! They say it’s supposed to warm up on Sunday and if it’s nice enough we’ll do the Easter egg hunt outside.
My supervisor pissed me off again today; I’m really getting tired of him. He still hadn’t gotten that e-mail sent out so my co-worker reminded him that it needed to be done and that he didn’t need to send it to everyone. Well the jerk wad put me as the contact in the e-mail and that’s total BS, he should be the one dealing with the complaints. I’m not sure what I’m going to say yet but I’m going to say something, he’s such an a-hole.
I had success on Friday finding a bathing suit and some clothes, that's always a great feeling. I actually don't look bad in the swim suit, as long as you don't look at my thunder thighs. I also found 2 pairs of jean, 2 skirts, and 3 tops. Friday night DH and I just watched tv and vegged, Saturday was my productive day (cleaned the house, paid bills, watered plants, started laundry, did my grocery shopping, and even exercised!) and last night I vegged in front of the tv and went to bed early.
DH and I had another bad parents moment, we have too many of these. He's been turning the monitor on when he's been coming to bed so this morning I woke and knew it was too light out. Sure enough he forgot to turn the montior on and it was 7:20. B was happily playing in his crib so I don't think he minded, still feel bad though. After feeding him I exercised and got ready for church. We went to the service then came home and took some pictures of all of us and had our Easter egg hunt. B was a tired guy so he's sleeping right now while I'm waiting for the darned ham to be done and having a McEwans. Why is it that it always takes much longer to cook meats than their labels say it will?
I've gone over board with the food, especially since it's only DH and me. We're having ham (found a BBQ ham & peaches recipe), scalloped potatoes, cherry salad, cucumber salad, devilled eggs, and an oreo dessert. Someday I may learn to not make so much.
My plan for the rest of the day is to finish laundry, shave my legs, and hem my new pants. I at least found 1 pair of pants that I don't have to hem but the other is about 1.5 inches too long, that's life when you're 5'3". I also want to get our Easter pictures on B's web page, other than that it's more vegging.
B's been trying to pull himself up and I'm really excited about it, he's also been pushing himself backwards for about a week now so hopefully the crawling is coming soon. We only caught one pee in the potty yesterday (more inconsistency on my part) and so far nothing today. I better check my ham again, hopefully it's done.
Easter dinner turned out pretty good, the ham was as good as ham can be. I’m not a big fan of ham, unless it’s Costco’s spiral cut ham with their glaze, so I told DH he’ll have to deal with the leftovers. After dinner we played ball with B then went for a walk. I felt kind of bad, he was playing on the floor with his piano and links (the piano is tied to a bar stool so he can play with it) he was pulling on the links and is now strong enough that he pulled the bar stool over on himself. I caught it before it hit him and luckily he went right through the “holes” but it scared him and we had a cry session for awhile. He was pretty tired and cranky so I played with him and got him giggling then we took a bath and played a bit longer (in our new piano area sans the bar stool) then had a bottle and bed. He was trying again this morning to pull himself up on the dragon; I’m so excited for him to do this achievement. We did catch 2 pees yesterday, one was right before bath and the other was about 3 drips. He was watching the 3 drips go down the toilet and tried to reach in to touch the water, I told him no and a tantrum ensued then he peed on the base of the toilet, it was fun! I also caught a pee and poo this morning so that was exciting.
Laundry is done for the week and I have my pants pinned and hope to do the sewing tonight. DH’s business partner is coming down today so he’s staying with us tonight. We’re just doing burgers and the left over salads from yesterday, it’s at least easy. I didn't get the Easter pictures on B's web page but I hope to do it either tonight or tomorrow night, we'll see how tonight goes.
We caught a poo and a pee this morning, he’s gone about the same time the last two mornings and I hope this stays regular. His poos have always been random so some regularity would be great. DH also caught a pee this morning so hopefully we’re back on track. B’s really been “talking” lately, I’m so use to him babbling that I don’t realize how much he actually does it, but he’s been making new sounds and looking at people and saying things. When we ate dinner last night I gave him some puffs and pulled him up to the table with us, he can now feed himself pretty well and got quite a few into his mouth. He’s growing so much, its fun to watch him hit these milestones and it’s also sad to know my baby is growing up so fast.
I was cranky when I got home last night, the dishwasher didn’t wash half the dishes (biggest piece of expensive crap we own), DH didn’t take his stuff downstairs like he said he would, my counters were a bit dirty, and I was just crabby. Luckily by the time DH and Erik got home I was in an ok mood. After we ate dinner we watched War of the Worlds and then went to bed, pretty exciting. I tried to upload our Easter pictures to B’s website and they wouldn’t take so I’m going to try again tonight. I also didn’t hem my pants so that’s on my list for tonight also. I’m in the mood to buy shoes, very dangerous mood mind you but I don’t foresee having any time to really do it.
I talked with my mom last night, my parents had a good time with E & L over Easter (my brother and SIL sent the kids there for Easter and they were supposed to go to the hot springs but I guess they just stayed in town). My mom is really concerned about their marriage and I told her it’s not worth worrying herself sick because she can’t do a thing about it, they’re adults and will make their own decisions. I guess they’re going back and forth about counseling; they will talk about things and say it’s all better only to be back at the same place again, I think they just need to give it a try. I hope for all of their sakes they can work things out. I need to see if they’ll be in town this weekend, I hope to get together with them after the scrimmage on Saturday but if they aren’t around then we’ll just meet up with my parents. The scrimmage should be done around 1-2 so that will give us a few hours before we need to hit the road. DH has been talking more about looking at cars so maybe we’ll try to do that a bit on Sunday.
I am also planning to start packing for Portland this week, mostly just to gather the stuff we need and note what I plan to buy when we get there. I am so jazzed to get out of here and be on vacation. I guess that means I need to get things off my desk before I leave.
What a day, things have been so busy around here and I have had to hold hands that shouldn’t need holding. Blah! At least my afternoon meeting was cut short so I wasn’t stuck there for 3 hours. I didn’t do much last night, mostly sat on the couch. I did get my pants hemmed so I’m happy about that. I need to do laundry tonight since I think DH is going to have us stay w/ the IL’s at the cabin on Saturday. So we’ll head to Blgs for the scrimmage, hang out with my parents for a few (my brother’s family will be out 4-wheeling so we won’t see them), then drive to the cabin for the night. I’m not sure where we’ll put B since we sleep on the futon in the living room. I’m sure MIL will want him to sleep in their room and that’s not going to happen, they would be up for every peep and wouldn’t leave him alone. Last time we were at the cabin he was napping on their bed and I had just put him down and FIL tried to go in there to check on him. I had to stop him so B would actually fall asleep. Sometimes! Don’t they realize they should check with us on some of these things? B is a talker and sometimes he gets a bit loud but no screaming or anything. Well FIL kept saying no-no when he’d get loud, excuse me but what’s the problem to justify you saying no to my child for talking? Moving on…
B has waved bye to the kids at daycare the last two days, I’m so proud. I think he may have signed potty this morning too, though we didn’t catch anything. He got really frustrated last night after saying something to me and when I didn’t do what he said he got mad, guess I better figure out his “words” soon. Other than that things are the same ole same ole, all I can think about is sleep and this weekend (though this weekend won’t promote sleep I’m sure). I have a huge list of stuff to do before the end of the week; thank God I don’t have any meetings the next two days. Well I’m heading out early because I have no desire to do overtime, that’s a good thing.
It’s been another busy day but at least it’s been somewhat productive, not necessarily all good news but productive. Everyone around me has sick relatives at home and I’m praying that I don’t get anything and B doesn’t get anything so our vacation can be enjoyable. I’m worrying too much about something I can’t control. I’m super tired today and I don’t know why, probably the end of the week thing and feeling like I’ve been pulled in 8 directions the last 2-3 weeks.
I’m up in the air on whether we should stay with the IL’s at the cabin on Saturday night. I’m worried it might be too much for B and I’m not looking forward to packing twice in a few days. I’m leaving it up to DH and whatever he decides will be fine, I’ve been back and forth on this so much. DH did tell me an interesting tidbit yesterday, I guess MIL paid off SIL S’s and SIL C’s student loans with inheritance money from when DH’s grandmother passed away. To my knowledge BIL J did not get anything monetarily and I know we didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great their student loans were taken care of and we never expected any sort of money from GG’s passing but it seems odd to me that only two of the children were helped out. At that time BIL J’s job was up in the air off and on and that’s stressful with 3 kids. DH and I had just started up the business so things weren’t financially guaranteed for us. It doesn’t matter but I know if I don’t get it out somewhere it will bother me and I’ll start making up scenarios in my mind like GG not liking me or something. Maybe she didn’t like me, I thought she did even with the comments she would throw here and there. I think what really made me believe she liked me was the birthday card I received shortly before her death, I don’t remember exactly what it said but it was very sweet, I should look at it again. Do elderly people think its ok to make rude comments just because they’re old or do they revert to a child like state of not really knowing any better? I know FIL was embarrassed by GG one day when they went out for lunch, she thought the waitress wasn’t filling her coffee up fast enough (and as a note it was very busy during this time). So GG started banging her coffee cup on the table until she got it filled. That story makes me chuckle, though I’m glad I wasn’t there for it.
B’s been a cranky pants for the last hour he’s awake the last couple weeks. It wears on me because I’m tired too and just need a break. Thank God for bathes to keep him happy for a bit longer. He moved himself in a circle while sitting last night. I’m not sure what it is with circles and him, but it’s his only mobility for now. We didn’t catch any pees this morning but I’ve found his loves his Once Upon a Potty book. At the beginning whey they name the body parts I point to B’s body parts and the sweetie will touch them with me, it’s so cute. I finally got the web page updated last night. Tonight I need to do B’s laundry, a load of our darks, and shave my legs. I also have to call W soon to make sure everything’s still on track and chat about our trip. I have at least gotten some of the paperwork we need gathered and I’ll start a travel pile soon.
B was in a much better mood last night and it’s probably because I played with him and paid attention to him most of the time. He’s still doing well at turning in circles on his bum and he was trying to pull himself up on his horse. He was improving then got frustrated so I helped him out.
DH decided that we will be staying at the cabin on Saturday night so I have to motivate myself tonight. Last night I did B’s laundry, cleaned up a little bit, and shaved my horrendous legs. Tonight I’m going to do a quick clean, our laundry, pack for this weekend, and start packing for Portland. I just really hope B does ok with being away from home then having 2 normal nights and then off for a week. He’ll almost have 3 normal nights but since we fly out around 7:00 we’ll have to get up early that 3rd night and that may be interesting.
I have my billing completed and now I’m working on consolidating everything. If I could get that done before I leave today that would be wonderful. I’m going to call W over my lunch and chat with her. I really only have one day that I’m working next week because on Tuesday I’m spending most of the day at a Seminar Series, next week will be nice and short (for work anyways)!
Well I best be getting back to my consolidating, the fun is almost unbearable.