We went to the pumpkin patch and hay bale maze last weekend, it was beautiful out and a lot of fun. I had to coax B to get on the hay ride to the patch and once he was on he was OK with it. We picked a pumpkin and a few gourds. They didn’t have any apple cider yet so that was a disappointment. After the pumpkin patch we went to the hay bale maze and B had a lot more fun than I expected. They had 4 balloons to find and mark on the postcards and he enjoyed looking for them. We did get a call from MIL right before arriving at the pumpkin patch saying DH’s aunt J had bleeding in the brain (not known why) and was probably not going to make it. That was a call that could have waited until after our outing. It then changed to her being stable and having a hemorrhage. The next day it was confirmed she had had a stroke, is coherent and doing well with some partial paralyzation on her left side. We haven’t had an update in a few days so I’m assuming that’s good news.
I started work on Monday and was pretty peeved when I first showed up. My office was in the same condition it had been in 2 months prior, no phone, no computer, and an absolute mess. I was also told (not by my boss of course) that I had to pack everything up and move before Wednesday though no one knew where I was moving to. Right back to the old swing of things I guess. I’ve started digging into things and have some stuff to clean up and a lot of billing to do, this is going to be interesting but I don’t think it will take too long to get caught up.
B has been struggling with naps at DC, part of it is that he’s not use to napping there and they’ve moved him to a mat on the floor rather than a PnP so he has some things to get use to. L has done really well, she hardly slept at all the first 2 days and Wednesday was perfect for her schedule. Yesterday she slept too much and was fussing around 4:00, I hope DH told them to wake her for her feeds so we can prevent that. I feel like I’m back into the swing of things and have a good routine. I wake at 4:40/4:45 to do 20 min of yoga then I am ready for the day by 6. I feed L at 6 then get B up at 6:30 and on the perfect mornings I have both kids dressed by 7 with L fed and B sitting down at the table when I leave. In the evenings I pick the kids up and spend some time with them then pop dinner in. After the kids are in bed I prep lunches, breakfast, and dinner for the next day and then I exercise. This week I did my 5 day time saver workouts and they truly kicked me in the arse, I’m so sore but also weigh less so they’re working. I feel pretty good about the schedule and I’m not as tired as I expected to be, another good thing. I was wanting to get a workout class punch card for the gym here but the only offer it to students, as staff I would have to buy a full membership to take the classes and I’m not willing to spend $276 when their weekend and evening hours suck so bad and there’s no DC for the kids. I’m hoping to maybe walk during lunch when it’s nice out and I know I won’t get any exercise in that evening.
B impressed me on Tuesday by counting to 6 while he walked up the stairs at DC, he’s also really been enjoying the alphabet and is getting more letters correct. We have a play group scheduled for tomorrow but so far no one has RSVP’d yes and if no one does then I’m not driving to town for it. I need to clean the house, decorate for Halloween, and make oreo balls for next weekend when my parents are up. Of course I need to get in some one on one time with my LO’s, the downfall of working.
I’m leaving work a bit early to look for new adding calculators for me (since mine was killed in the flood) and the accountants because they hate the layout of theirs. After that I want to run by the grocery store to get a few necessities then I’ll pick the kids up. That way I’m not dragging 2 cranky kids that want attention around with me and I won’t have to do my shopping this weekend. I do need to visit Costco but I think I’ll make DH take me this weekend.
Things have been busy as always but good overall. I’m not as tired as I expected to be so that’s been really nice. I’ve also been getting in my cardio and I think that plus my Yoga in the morning has really been helping me combat exhaustion. I’m also losing weight steadily and I’m trying to not be too impatient. 1 pound a week is great progress and I have to keep telling myself that.
B is talking so well and he’s saying the cutest things, I feel like he’s turned a corner on his talking this last week. One day he looked down at L and said, Lily’s cute, I could just eat him up. He’s also been into hugs and more hugs from me, we’ve been getting a lot of cuddle time in. L is doing great with lifting her head and she’s going to be a talker, loves to coo with me. We have her 3 month pictures this afternoon and I’m looking forward to that plus picking up our family pictures. My parents are coming up this weekend and I think we’ll try to go to the pumpkin patch tomorrow. I am also looking into doing some mold testing in my office, I don’t trust that they aren’t replacing the dry wall after the flood and I’m not going to stupidly believe they have my health in their best interest. Well I better get to my billing since my day will be cut short.
L’s 3 month pics on Friday went really well, she did great lifting her head except she kept rolling over. Her first rolling to the side without any help from inclines. She was so darling and now I can’t wait to see those pictures. I picked up most of our order from the family pictures, now I just need to get them organized for family and mail them out. By the time I picked B up my parents had called to say they were in town, B ran to the car he was so excited. He and my mom played hard, like always. My parents couldn’t believe how much L had grown. Saturday we started the day at the pumpkin patch and since it was in the 70’s it was busy. The line for the hayride was too long so we did everything but that. DH and I celebrated 9 years together and went out on Saturday. We first tried a local Italian restaurant and I should have made reservations, didn’t think it was necessary. I was a bit peeved with the greeter because she had us stand around for 10 min before really talking to us. First she asked if we were going to have pizza, like we freaking know when we haven’t looked at the menu. I told her at this point we could go somewhere else if it was a problem and she said it wasn’t (when it so clearly was) and then asked if we could eat in 45 min when the reservations were set for the free tables at that time. I just told her we’d go somewhere else and left. I was more pissed that she had us stand around for 10 min and wasted that time. We ended up eating at Famous Dave’s then went to Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, it was a decent show.
We did our normal out for breakfast before my parents left, I think B is use to that because he said bye to them as soon as we left the restaurant. We then headed home and B played outside while I worked on weeding my native garden. He was a pill though and kept hitting us all morning so there were a lot of time outs going on. He played with K down the street until lunch and while he napped I finished weeding then snuggled with L and tried to catch up on Desperate Housewives. When B woke up he cuddled in bed with me while I fed L then we were back outside to play until dinner time. I had a nice day of not doing anything productive other than laundry. I ate terribly this weekend and the scale showed it, a gain of almost 3 pounds! I sure hope some of it was water weight gain. I at least got back to exercising last night.
I have a chiropractor appt this afternoon then I’m going to do a little bit of shopping before my massage. The one downfall is I’m picking the kids up 45 min later than normal so I’m sure B won’t be happy about that. It will be worth it to be so relaxed right?
I got a lot done yesterday and it was really nice. My chiro appt went well and it was nice catching up with Dr. A. I then bought some tennis shoes but didn’t see any snow boots at FFW so I went to Bob Wards. They had an ok selection on boots but only 2 pairs that weren’t made in China, it then came down to the one that had my size. Good news is I have snow boots that go to -25 though I wanted a pair that went to -40, oh well. I then stopped at Target for a little bit of shopping got gas at Costco and went to my massage, which was heavenly. DH even left work early to pick the kids up so dinner was in the oven when I got home. B’s teacher at DC is leaving tomorrow and she gave us the sweetest card saying how much she has enjoyed B and what he does that is her favorite, like his sideways look when he’s mad. I got a card and picture frame for her as a going away present, of course I put one of B’s sneaky pictures in there.
B has been amazing with his numbers (counted to 13 the other day) and letters (can say the whole alphabet but I haven’t heard it all together yet). He even sings the “now I know my ABC’s next time won’t you sing with me.” It’s not really clear as to what he’s saying but you can hear the song and catch a word here and there. This morning when I opened his bedroom door he said, “morning mommy”, good grief he’s growing up. L is precious when she watches you and once you look at her she gives a huge smile and looks away, I love her chubby cheeks.
I’m meeting DH after work to look at cell phones and possibly even a plan renewal. I doubt we’ll buy anything tonight but we’ll at least get an idea of what we want. It’s been raining/spitting snow all day so we probably won’t get to play outside, total bummer. A is coming over on Saturday for a play date, it works out perfectly since his mom is packing to move into their new house next weekend. He and B are so cute together and I think we’ll all have a great time. It will help that DH has the day off, I hope it’s nice out.
I’m starting off with a brag on my boy, he counted to 13 and can say/sing the whole alphabet. I keep being told he’s smart, and I know he is but I guess I just don’t think of him as being advanced for his age. When I gave H her going away present she commented that we must work with him a lot, maybe we do compared to other people but I just spend time with him when I can and those are basic things to go over. In my eyes it’s not above and beyond, it’s what parents should do. I’m so proud of my big boy.
DH and I bit the bullet and got new phones, we’ve also joined the world of texting. I got a fancier phone than I need but I’m determined to use all of the features I can (justifying my purchase and all), I’m not paying for the internet connection so I won’t be using that. It’s going to take some getting used to. DH is going to give B his old phone to have, of course not usable. B was pumped when he found out and wanted it right away heading for DH’s coat to get it out of the pocket.
I have lost a total of 12 pounds, another 3 pounds and I’ll finally be to my pre-pregnancy weight for B. I would like to lose at least 25 more pounds and hopefully more like 30-35. I’m not sure what my healthy body weight is, the weight where I don’t have to starve myself and I’m healthy all around. In HS I was a step from starving myself and I was only in the 140’s, I’d like to hit 130’s but I don’t want to set a goal that may not be achievable for my body type. I guess time will tell and I’ll just continue with making healthy food choices and getting my cardio in.
We had a great weekend. Friday I did some Costco shopping before picking the kids up and I spent the evening doing a quick clean of the house. I must have been exhausted because B woke a couple times and I never heard him, not even at his normal waking time. He must have still been tired because he went back to bed and when I woke at 7:30 he was out cold. I fed L then we cuddled for a little bit before I jumped in the shower. B finally woke at 8:45, his latest time ever. A came over for the play date at 10 and we had a good time playing, lots of outside time and I learned 2 year olds lose focus about halfway around our block. DH and I watched the Strangers then I headed to bed.
Sunday the kids slept in again, not as late but we weren’t up until 7:30. I had to rush to get them ready and fed and get me ready so we could go to church. They showed me the nursery and B seemed to really like it but I don’t know how he’d do with me leaving him up there and half the time there’s not anyone up there for the early service since we’re really the only ones with LO’s. After church we ran to town for some errands then it was home where B played outside and I started raking the yard. After lunch and naps I finished raking and chatted with the neighbors. Our evening ended badly, B was misbehaving at the dinner table and he ended up in TO so much that he was just send to bed. It broke my heart not getting some cuddle time with him and I know DH felt bad because it seemed like he did a lot of disciplining all weekend. We’re going to try a couple things different to see if it gives B more time with his daddy and hopefully nips these issues in the bud. First off DH is getting up an hour earlier to have more time in the morning to give B some attention and we’re going to put dinner of 15 min so he can play with B before we sit down to eat. I hope it works and I hope DH can feel like he’s not always disciplining B. After B was in bed I shortened his costume and it really isn’t a very good sew job but it will work for trick or treating.
I have a lot to do this week and hopefully I can be really productive tonight. I need to bag up the last pile of leaves, do laundry, RSVP for B to D’s party, and pack up Ryan’s b-day present to mail. I would also like to get the Halloween goodie bags for DC finished tonight. We’ve decided to carve the pumpkins on Wed since DH has the day off so we’ll have more time in the evening. I started my Christmas shopping this weekend and I know what I’m getting most everyone except my mom. I have a few people to narrow things down but hopefully I can be done with this in the next few weeks. I’ve been debating whether to take the kids to DC on my 2 Tuesday’s off and I think I may use those days to make Christmas candy. B would be fun for the cookies but I could save a little bit of dough for him and then let him do a little bit of frosting, I know he’ll mostly just eat that but it’ll still be fun. I’ll have to think about it some more.
I was more productive than I expected last night and got most everything taken care of. DH was home when we got there so that was nice & made it easier for me to bag up the leaves. I need to put laundry away tonight and I’m going to clean out the pumpkins and get the seeds ready for roasting. Hopefully Brodie will enjoy helping me. I had a killer headache last night and I think it’s from the new carpet fumes I breathed all day. I did force myself to clean up the kitchen and get everything ready for today but after that I was in bed, I didn’t even get up and do my yoga this morning so I’m slacking on the exercise this week. I will get back to it tonight.
L was crabby yesterday at DC and she had a temp of 99.4 shortly after we got home, the Tylenol seemed to do the trick and she was happy as can be this morning. Hopefully she won’t be one to get ear infections, that would be so nice. B was a really good boy for us and I think DH’s efforts are paying off, it’s the whole give positive and good attention to avoid the bad attention.
L had a fever of 99.9 yesterday at DC but she was fine all night and this morning, poor little thing. Hopefully that was the worst of it. The kids were great for me last night and it was just a good evening. We went to the grocery store and B was perfectly behaved (I think mostly because he was buckled into the car). It was gorgeous outside when we got home but I needed to get the meatloaf put together and in the oven so we went inside to do that. I gave B the option of going outside or making cupcakes and since he’s been asking for cake for days now he went with the cupcakes. We put our aprons on and got to baking. He did a great job helping me stir the batter and he was very careful with being clean. He also put the paper cups in the tins and helped fill the cups. He was at first concerned about the batter that was on the counter but I told him we’d clean it later, then he discovered that the batter tastes good. We watched the cupcakes bake and let them cool while we ate dinner. I wanted him to help me frost them but he was dawdling at dinner so I just did it on my own.
After the kids were in bed DH and I cleaned out the pumpkins so we can carve them tonight and I cleaned off the pumpkin seeds. Tonight I plan to roast the seeds and then tomorrow night I can hopefully relax a little bit. I hope to have time tonight to get some exercise in because I know on Friday it won’t happen. DH told me I was a nerd last night because I am making a chicken and rice mix that you bake in a pumpkin so when you scoop it out you also scoop pumpkin with it. I told him I was going to use one of my pumpkins from the garden because I wanted to eat what I grew; apparently that makes me a nerd.
I swear I attract a-holes, it’s like I’m a magnet but more likely that God is testing me and I fear I fail more often than I pass. I went to my car after work to leave and some jack-*** had parked about 6 inches away from my driver’s door. I was peeved. I first thought about writing a note telling how big of an a-hole they were and then I really had to fight the urge to key the truck, I was good and squeezed my *** into the car then drove away. I’m so tired of the self centered attitudes people have and I just am tired of people in general. I then got home to find another bill from AMR and I was peeved about that, this one is for L while the one I already paid was for me. It’s a total crock what they’re double billing us for and then there are 2 charges on there that they’ve billed twice the amount for L compared to me, not pleased at all. I’m waiting to hear back from them and hopefully it can be cut in half, a $500 savings if so. To add to it L had peed through so she was wearing different clothes and DH said DC says we don’t have a change of clothes there for her. That is a total crock and if they don’t have them then they lost them. I told DH that and he said he remembered spare clothes too, it’s not my fault they’ve misplaced them and this is why I only give cruddy clothes for the spares. Then B had also peed through and instead of putting his spare pants on him they put pants that are 4 inches too short so he either has high waters or they’re off his butt. I think we’re having the same issue here of them more than likely losing his pants. This just added to my annoyance and I had a hard time pulling myself out of my “I hate people” mode but I did it.
The neighbor kids were outside so B played with them for awhile. Once we went inside I roasted some pumpkin seeds and we carved pumpkins. I carved an L for Lily, a B for Brodie (this didn’t survive and is now just a big hole since B wasn’t very gentle on carrying it to the porch), a bat, and Dracula. DH carved a funny face and B very seriously drew on his pumpkin with marker and then DH cut out the shapes. His pumpkin is really cute and I hope to get a picture of him with it tonight. He was very excited to light the candles and watch them glow and then he saw the stars and that brought on a lot of excitement, it was a beautiful night last night.
L had a temp of 99.1 yesterday around noon and that was it for the day, they didn’t even give her Tylenol. I hope this means she’s at the end of whatever it is she has. Two nights ago she ate 8.5 oz before bed and last night she ate 8 oz, still sleeping like a champ too. She’s been so easy with night time sleep, now we just need to master her naps.
Tonight I don’t have anything major to do so it will be nice to relax a little bit. I do need to get dinner prepped and I’ll exercise again but that’s nothing compared to the other nights this week. Oh I also found out that the registered sex offender living next to day care moved (yeah) but now another one is living on the other side (boo). He also doesn’t have the street address spelled correctly so I’m going to call the police tonight to let them know. I’m also going to question whether it’s safe for him being that close since he’s a tier 2 sex offender. If it’s not one thing it’s another.
The days have been beautiful and really too warm for this time of year. High 60’s to low 70’s is unheard of but I’m also enjoying it. We should have a busy night with trick or treaters because it’s so warm. I was surprised the neighbor kids weren’t out when we got home but B and I played outside for a bit. While I was making dinner I managed to drop a jar of maraschino cherries on the floor and of course had to clean up all the juice, it’s still a bit sticky so I’ll be doing a good scrub this weekend. I’m interested to see how my dinner tonight turns out, the pumpkin I used is way too big so the filling only filled about 1/3 of the pumpkin, it’s not as pretty as the picture.
We gave B his Halloween baggie this morning and he was really excited about the ghost flasher (proudly showed it off to L and stated what all the colors were). I hope he’ll cooperate with putting his costume on tonight, if not he’s not going to trick or treat. I’ve been trying to tell him what it’s all about and I think once he gets it he’ll be excited. It’s pajama day at DC and then they’re changing into costumes, I want to put the costume on him and I don’t want it to come home filthy (he’s such a messy eater) so he’s changing into jeans and a Halloween shirt. I’m working through lunch today so I can have a bit more time before everything gets busy and then I’m leaving a bit early so I can purchase a couple step stools for work on my way home. That’s always a good excuse to get out of here earlier.