I left work early yesterday and picked B up, I called DH seeing if he could come home early (those plans went down the tube) so we could see Santa at the Post Office and he says unless I meet him there there's no point in driving home then back to town because he's going to Specs with his co-worker to watch the game. So at this point I'm still flipping tired and I just break down, of course not on the phone with DH, and poor B is just looking at me like "what's wrong?" so that pulled me out because I did not want to see a look of worry on my baby's face. We had an uneventful night, fed him cereal, gave him some naked time (his bum is so red it just breaks my heart), had some tummy time, fed him again and went to bed. He was passing out at his last feeding and the burping didn't even wake him up so there was no bed time routine and that was fine because I was right behind him.
I fell asleep around 9:00 and DH called me to let me know he was on his way home, I'm guessing it was after 10:00 but I was sleeping so I'm not sure. B woke up once last night at 4:00, took a pacifier and went back out until 6:00. I'm starting to change his feeding a bit, when he has his first three bottles I'm going to give him cereal at the same time, then his last feeding will just be a bottle. For breakfast I did the bottle then cereal and he only had about 1 T of cereal. For lunch he had 1/2 a bottle, cereal (about 3 T with sweet potatoes mixed in), then 2 more oz from the bottle. That seemed to work better for him so I'll keep trying that. He wasn't too sure about the sweet potatoes at first but he ate it all, in a few days we'll try some green vegetables.
So DH went into work because one of the guys has on-site and he doesn't want his other worker to get over whelmed, he said he's also going to buy the rest of my Christmas present so I probably won't see him until later this afternoon. He'll be home by 5:00 since that's when his on-line tournament starts, at least the tournament for tomorrow is cancelled and I may actually see my husband this weekend.
B is napping and I'm going to take a shower then make some fudge and get the peanut butter balls going. I also want to do a quick clean in the house and get my donations organized. Then I plan to read, I'm about halfway through BabyWise II then I'm starting the Baby Whisperer. Tomorrow is reserved for visting Santa then finishing my Christmas letters, I may start the envelopes today, we'll see.
Another Monday and I’m still tired, what a shocker huh? Well the IL’s stayed with us again on Saturday night on their way back so I didn’t get as much as I wanted done this weekend. I cleaned the house up, made fudge, and labeled my Christmas envelopes before they arrived. We had a good time with them and since I was refreshed from the 11 hours of sleep I got on Friday I wasn’t too sensitive or crabby. We ordered Chinese food and played 99, I was the first loser and that was fine by me. DH worked the whole day since the on-site W was on took the whole day. He got home a little before his parents arrived and played his on-line tournament until about an hour after they arrived, I was fine with that since he states that he never gets to play his games anymore. I do want him to have his own time and do things he enjoy I just wish the same was done for me.
Sunday morning I was up with B at 6:00 am and he had explosive poo up the back of his diaper so I had some cleaning to do. We were out the door at 8:30 am for church and MIL and FIL left the same time since they needed to get back home. After church we fed B (he’s doing really well with his half a bottle, cereal, the rest of the bottle and he’s enjoying the sweet potatoes still) then we headed to Costco and Target. We took him to see Santa and the line wasn’t too long so that was nice and he did really well, I’ll have to post a picture when I’m at home. He was a little crabby this weekend from teething but all in all did well. He wakes about once a night but that’s understandable when he’s in pain.
After we got home DH just headed downstairs to play more games and left me to take care of B all on my own while trying to get things done, I was pretty miffed and he doesn’t ever consider that I need a break, it’s always only about him. These men are so selfish and don’t stop to think and we’re tired, we’ve been taking care of EVERYTHING, we need time to ourselves, we need time with our husbands, we need a break too. I’ve been pretty upset this last weekend with him starting with not receiving a thank-you for the work I did on Thursday for his parents to stay with us, I received no help on Friday when I was literally exhausted and needed help (granted I was glad he was able to get out with the guys and enjoy himself because it’s important for everyone to do that now and then), then on Sunday he doesn’t even take our son so I can get things that need to be done accomplished without distraction. Him helping me consists of feeding B then putting him down at a play center, that’s great until he needs to take a nap, have a diaper changed or needs some attention. DH’s gotten so lazy he won’t even put his dishes in the dishwasher, I feel like a maid, a nanny, and a cook but mostly I don’t feel appreciated. So I’m going to try to talk to him tonight to let him know how I feel, I just need to organize it in my head so I can be sure to cover everything. I just don’t feel like our marriage is as strong as it used to be, we need to get “us” back because I miss “us”. I also need to find out if there’s something I’m not giving him that he needs because I know this isn’t a one way street.
I did get the peanut butter balls made and finished the Christmas letter (I have some embellishments to put on the letters tonight and then pack them in their envelopes) and got all of our laundry done so at least my to-do list was mostly taken care of.
B slept ok last night, around 2:00 am he fussed a little but never woke up, I still went in to check on him because he made a really wet sound and I wanted to make sure he didn’t puke on himself. He woke again at 4:00 am and once that pacifier went in his mouth he was out until 6:00 am. We had another explosive diaper, thank God his pajamas didn’t have to be pulled over his head, there was poo everywhere. I got him cleaned up, put his sheets and clothes in the washer, and then fed him. He ate 4 oz of formula, 2 T of cereal, then 3 oz of formula, I was pretty pleased. His diaper rash has cleared up, I think the naked time helped this weekend, but now he’s got a really runny nose from teething, poor baby. Poo and snot, that’s the story of our lives. I better get to the grind and see what financial reports I can get off my desk, oh happy day!
I talked with DH last night and I didn't feel like it did any good and I felt liek he was mad at me. This morning was fine but that's because of the night we had we B.
When I picked B up from day care they said two of the babies in his room and the woman that usually takes care of them all have a viral respiratory infection that is very contagious. It's not RSV but it's related and the two babies are on inhalers. So we were put on the alert to watch him for coughing, wheezing, and greenish boogs. He went to bed without a problem but at midnight he woke up crying, he usually fusses/talks first then start wailing but last night it was wailing from the beginning. I got up checked him and he took the pacifier and went out with some soothing. An hour later he was up again and we went through the routine again. 2:00 rolls around and DH gets up and soothes him, at 2:30 I get up and hold him until he falls asleep then I put him down again. 3:30 I got up again then at 4:30 I noticed he felt warm enough to take him temp and he was at 100.1. I gave him Tylenol and brought him to bed with me since I hadn't gotten much sleep and I told DH I was calling into work today. His temp came down and he was happy for his breakfast and playtime afterwards. Around 11:00 his temp was up to 101.5 and I gave him Tylenol but it didn't seem to do anything so I got him out from under the covers and stripped him down to help him cool off. He's now at 99.9 and isn't so out of it but he's crankier. He's coughing a bit, not wheezing, and his boogs are yellow. I called the doctor's office and they think it's likely an ear infection so if he's the same tonight DH is suppose to take him in tomorrow. The day off is nice but I'm not getting squat done, except for what I'm suppose to be doing and that's babying my baby.
I finished Babywise II and have started the Baby Whisperer, so far it's a good read. My Christmas letters are ready to be stamped and mailed but I'm not going to make it out of the house today to get that done.
B did a lot better last night. He fussed a bit within the first 3 hours and then only woke once at about 4:30 am. His fever was still there this morning but DH said he’s normal now. DH took him to the doctor’s at to see if he had an ear infection but his ears and lungs are clear so he just has a little virus. I’m at least happy to hear it’s nothing major.
Work’s been crazy today and I have so many meetings it’s unbelievable. I have a few phone calls to return from yesterday and have been at meetings all day so not too much is being removed from my desk. Thank God DH has tomorrow off so I can make sure I’m here to get my billing for the month completed and finish up the projects I know I’m not going to get to today.
DH and I sat and watched tv together last night and it was nice having him spend some time with me. He’s such a good daddy and does so well with B, I hope I tell him enough. He took B to day care for a couple hours today because he’s getting 5 moles removed today, 1 on his shin and 4 on his back. That means we’re going to go through band aids like there’s no tomorrow. At least this doctor stitches them up, the first time he went in was terrible. The doctor was new in Msla and he removed 3 moles on his back then cauterized them. One of the moles wasn’t cauterized enough and it was pouring out blood so I had to remove the bandages and there was fatty tissue hanging out of the wound, it was so gross and I panicked a little, so I made DH call the hospital to see what we were suppose to do. After applying pressure for 15 min and re-bandaging it was fine but I remember it took forever to heal. I love stitches!
Well my boss is riding my butt, I can’t wait until she retires she’s so high strung and really stresses me out.
B was up a lot last night and since DH took today off he only got 2 hours of sleep because he was up with B so I could sleep, what a honey. I feel so bad and hope he can sleep when B naps. The fever is still there and he has a little cough, I just hope it breaks soon. I was hoping it would break last night so I could come into work tomorrow but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Oh well, at least I can prepare and get the necessary stuff done today. I’ll probably bring a few things home and see if I can get them done there; it’s at least a good thought.
My boss is still stressed out and she easily stresses everyone around her. I just have to keep reminding myself that I only have 7 days left with her and then we can all relax. She’s a great person with a wonderful heart but she just gets too worked up about things that she has no control over. Mistakes can be fixed and she needs to remember that.
I have only gotten 2 things on my list completed today and now I’m working on billing, the big thing for the day. Then I’ll return some phone calls and try to dwindle down my list.
When I got home yesterday I relieved DH of B and DH went to do some errands around town, it was good for him to get out of the house. I'm home today and last night wasn't as rough as I expected. B still have a fever, 102 yesterday and 103 at midnight last night. I slept on his floor with him cuddled next to me, we got a few 1.5 to 2 hour stints of sleep in during the night so I'm not too tired today. It was hard getting him comfortable and happy and it breaks my heart to see him in pain. I did sleep in bed with DH for about an hour then B woke up so I went back to him, on the plus DH got a full nights sleep and he needed it.
I called the doctor's office this morning and they got us in at 10:00 with another Dr., he was good and he'll now be my second choice for appts. The wait took forever but it always does and it turns out B has an ear infection in his right ear and a sore throat. He gave me some Rx for tylenol with codeine to help him sleep at night and some antibiotics. B did pretty well while we were out so I stopped by the grocery store to get his Rx and I got a few groceries while we waited. He slept until the end then he fussed and cried but there was nothing I could do and I didn't feel bad about people having to hear him, he's sick not bratty. I gave him both Rx when we got home, he had a fever again and since his sleep hasn't been prime I thought it would do him some good to get a few hours (hopefully). I held him for a bit then put him in his crib and he's still napping.
I de-cluttered the house, put groceries away, got the mail, shoveled the sidewalks, and decorated my wreath. I'm going to jump in the shower next and try to feel human again.
The weather was crazy this morning, the wind was blowing really hard but it was in the 40's at 6:00 am. At 8:30 when DH left for work it was blowing snow and I think we got 1.5 inches in an hour. It's nice to have the snow again though the interstate was horrible when I drove to B's doctor's appointment.
I may try to do some work from home today, I'm not really feeling up to it but that's no excuse. If not then I dust the house and maybe clean the floors, that bathroom needs to be attacked also but I still have the weekend.
Friday night went better than Thursday, B slept in his crib until around 3:00 then I tried him in our bed and when that didn't work we were on the couch. He wasn't happy if I laid down so I had to stay upright for him, it was fun! He was very clingy on Saturday and I think I had about 15 min of alone time, I did at least get a few things done. He did a lot of whining and slept almost the whole day plus hardly ate anything. I was lucky if I could get him to take 4 oz at a time.
Last night he slept pretty good, DH had to go in and calm him down twice before 1:00, he woke at 3:00 to talk and then he was up at 5:20 wanting to eat. He went back to sleep until 9:00 so I did get a decent night's rest. He is finally himself today, talking, laughing, smiling, cooing, it's wonderful. He ate good this morning but didn't do so well for lunch, oh well it's better than nothing. I'm going to see if he'll eat some vegetables for me. He did have quite a bit of junk crusted on his ear this morning so we at least know the antibiotics are working.
We skipped church today because we're both tired and B's sick and cranky. We did go to Target today and bought a few stocking stuffers and some necessities. I had had enough of the people, everyone was just standing around taking up the whole aisle so you can't get through. I'm not a fan of the Christmas crowds and how cranky people get but it's good for me to see every year so I can remember why I do my shopping early.
I got most of the house cleaned after DH got home from work yesterday, I still need to clean the floors and the bathroom. I also have to get my Christmas candy boxes packed, gather my presents for people at work & daycare, and hopefully organize my stuff to be donated. I've been in the cooking mood (didn't cook yesterday because of my clingon) but Friday I found a great recipe for potatoes and kielbasa. DH kept telling me he really like it so that's a keeper. We did left overs for lunch and I thought we could share the chicken strips (DH thinks my homemade chicken strips are the best thing ever and honestly they aren't but I'm happy to make them for him) so I told him to take what he wants and I'll have whatever's left, well there's nothing left so I'm making an egg salad sandwich for myself. Tonight I'm making spaghetti so that should be an easy one.
I talked with my best friend W last night and they're doing really well. Her oldest is doing great in his classes and I'm so happy to hear he's making progress. Her youngest is showing a tendency towards autism so they're going to start him in a class in January to help him with the language skills. I pray he isn't autistic and that her oldest has it only mildly, that's a lot of responsibility for W and she's a strong woman for handling it.
I accomplished cleaning the house and getting the Christmas packages for people ready, what a nice feeling. B did ok last night, he went to bed without a fuss then woke at midnight and every 2 hours after that. He just wanted a pacifier and to be soothed so it was fast getting him calmed but I don’t feel like I got a whole lot of sleep. He was pretty happy this morning and ate a little bit of cereal; I think I may just do straight veggies again because he took those down without a problem last night.
It’s so nice not having the college students around, parking was great and traffic was pretty minimal. I’m sure it also has to do with it being the week before Christmas but either way I love it. My boss is taking all of us to lunch today but I have a meeting up to when we’re leaving so I’m sure I’ll be a little late. I hope the meeting goes well and isn’t too big of a PITA, you never know with this group of people, they’re fighting charges that were caused by their mistakes and incompetence, I’ll keep my comments to myself on this one.
Well I have a ton to do today so I better get going; I just love Monday’s after missing a day!
My boss’s retirement party is this afternoon and I have to work 45 min of cutting cake and pouring punch, yippee! I’m also going to help with clean up so my afternoon is going to be shot.
I think the transmission is going to go out again on my car and I’m not happy about it. In May we put a new transmission in the car ($2,500) and about 3 months later it was slipping and froze up on us, turns out the people who installed the transmission didn’t hook a hose up and that’s what caused the problem. Lately the shifting has been rougher than usual and this morning when I accelerated on the interstate it jerked and was not a good feeling at all. I’m nervous because we have road trips planned the next 2 weekends and our other car has over 200,000 miles on it, pretty sad when that’s the reliable car. If it goes out I hope it does it before Friday and if it doesn’t I’m going to worry the whole way to my parents house. We need to go car shopping, we can afford it so I’m not sure why we keep putting it off, I won’t know what it’s like to drive a car with less than 100,000 miles. We have a 3 year warranty on the transmission but if we break down away from here I’m not sure how that works. I would assume they’re still responsible especially when their negligence has caused problems already and I know it damaged the transmission big time. I guess if nothing else we’d be taking a trip to small claims court to be reimbursed for whatever out of pocket loss we have. If we take the cavalier we won’t have nearly the room and we won’t be able to bring B’s presents from my parents back, this just sucks.
B didn’t sleep too well last night, he was quiet from 8:00 until 11:00 and the same thing happened last night that happened the night before. DH was still up but instead of taking the monitor down stairs with him to listen for B he leaves me with the monitors and when I get up to calm B he comes up stairs to “help”. Heaven forbid he take the monitor and let me get 3-4 hours straight of sleep, he’s up anyways. Last night I grabbed the monitor in the kitchen and shoved it at him then went to take care of B, I hope he got the hint but these men are a little dense at times. B woke around every 2 hours wanting his pacifier after the 11:00 waking so I didn’t get as much sleep as I would have liked, oh well. He hasn’t been eating very well and I’m worried he’s gotten use to snacking with being sick last week. It’s a chore to get 4 oz down and if I get 6 it’s a miracle. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s still fighting the infection or if he’s formed a bad habit, he at least still keeps the 4 hours between feedings so maybe he still just doesn’t feel good enough to eat normal. It’s always a guessing game with these little ones.
Well I need to prepare for a meeting tomorrow morning since I probably won’t get to it any other time today.
The retirement party was nice, she had a really good turn out and after 28 years here I would have been disappointed with the community if they hadn’t shown up like they did. I can’t believe she’s going to be gone in a week, I am going to miss her she’s got a great heart and is a straight shooter, that’s what I liked about her at first because my last boss was a sneaky behind the back kind of person and I can’t tolerate that. I hope she really enjoys retirement and can relax for once.
The transmission didn’t give me as big of a fit today so I’m hoping it will hold out for our trip to Fsyth, if not we at least have family every hour down the road. My biggest concern is having a little one so I think I’ll pack some warm blankets just in case. The parking lot was wonderfully empty this morning, I got a spot in the front row and that never happens.
B slept pretty good last night, before DH came to bed I guess he fussed a little but was still sleeping and then he woke at 3:00 wanting a pacifier, so I got quite a bit of sleep and feel refreshed today. B did wake up at 5:00, right with my alarm, and he talked for about 30 min in his crib then I put him in the bouncer while I finished getting ready. He also ate 6.5 oz, yeah!, but I didn’t try cereal with him because DH had to leave with me so he could do some on-site at 7:30. He chowed his cereal and vegetables last night I just wish I could get everything back on track with him eating cereal in the middle of each bottle. Hopefully this 4 day weekend will help me help him. He likes sweet potatoes, carrots, and yellow squash so my next will be peas then beans. I hope he likes the greens, I may start them tonight if we have time.
The day care’s Christmas play is tonight at 5:00 and I’m excited to see B dressed as an angel. I’m leaving work a half hour early so I can get home, get the camera, and be there in plenty of time. Santa will be there afterwards and he’s passing out presents to the kids and there will be treats for everyone. It’ll be nice to meet some of the other parents because I rarely see the other baby’s parents.
My stomach has been aching off and on for the last 3 days and if it gets as bad as it was last night I may only put in half a day. I hope it’s tolerable because I’ve taken too much leave lately with B being sick last week and I’d like to build it up not use it all, oh well it’s that time of year to be sick.