B had been crying when I showed up at DC. He thought A’s mom was me and was upset when she wasn’t; he’s not use to her picking A up before he’s picked up. I guess he cried about it for awhile but sure didn’t seem too excited to see me. DH was home when we got there since he had his stitches removed and it was really windy outside so I didn’t want to stay out too long. B was fine once he got in the house. MIL called so I talked with her for a bit then I made spaghetti & meatballs for dinner and that’s when our evening went downhill. B has been misbehaving a bit at the dinner table and last night was horrible. He didn’t want to eat the spaghetti, wouldn’t even touch it, so he kept played with the place mat and plate. After warnings I then started to “baby” feed him which resulted in spaghetti flying onto my tablecloth so we put him in the highchair. DH and I were done eating so we left B to eat before we’d let him be done and then next thing we know that little terd had figured out how to undo the tray and it was dumped all over the floor. DH had told him prior that if he kept playing with the tray and dumped his food he’d go straight to bed, so DH takes him off to bed and I cleaned up the mess. B thought he had gotten his way be getting out of the highchair and was pretty happy until DH turned on the sound machine and put him in bed. He of course cried for a bit since he was in bed an hour early and it really sucked losing that hour with him but he made the decision. DH went in once to calm him down and explain he was being punished, he said OK. DH then went downstairs so I was left to time the crying, I went in twice and tucked him in with kisses and hugs reminding him why he was in bed so early. He fell asleep around his normal time in front of the door. I spent the evening watching tv then listened to my Hypnobabies and went to bed.
B was up a little early this morning and we had a nice morning, it’s windier than heck today and it’s a cold wind. Spring still feels far away. I’m starting to work on my healthier “diet” today and am mostly focusing on keeping excess sugar out of my system. That’s really hard since I’ve been loving Otterpops but I also realized my sugar issues may have stemmed from eating too many the night before my doctor’s appointment. A pregnant woman just can’t win. So I’m also pushing fresh fruits and veggies for myself, I should be doing it anyways. I’ve gained 2 pounds putting me at a total gain of 8 pound at 25 weeks pregnant, not too shabby since I really haven’t been doing anything but eating when I’m hungry. The 3rd trimester was when I really gained with B so we’ll see how it goes.MIL e-mailed us with a name suggestion and I’m not sure why she’s doing that, especially since I really didn’t like the name. I’m not even sure if Treva is a girl or boy name and it just reminds me of a shortened name for Trevor. DH really likes Latigo for a boy with Lat for short. I’m thinking about it and not quite sure where I stand yet.
My day ended cruddy and I’m a bit bummed. First I received a call about my massage on Saturday (which I’ve been waiting for for 2 weeks). I could only catch some of what she said but she has to cancel the appt and hopes to reschedule. The cruddy part is I don’t want to take more time off work for this but I really need/want a massage. To try and get it the same day as my next doctor’s appointment would put it out 3 weeks and I can’t get it on a weekend since all of May either has us gone on the weekend’s DH has off or DH has to work. I’m just really bummed and I need to call her today to see what time slots she has available then see what I can get to work, I really wanted to cry about this last night (silly I know) but I didn’t. B and I get home and DH is there since he’s still sick and wanted to get in some rest. I checked the mail and my next cruddy moment hit. It’s a bill from the company that came to our house in DECEMBER to check on our piece of shit dishwasher (and a very expensive piece of shit at that and I would never recommend to anyone to buy an ASKO) and since it’s always sucked and just doesn’t clean properly (it does a worse job than the $250 machine that came with the house) we had them send someone to check on it again. Well according to the invoice we owe $70 because ASKO didn’t pay for it claiming it wasn’t under warranty. This threw me into a rage because #1 the appliance place should have let us know months ago that they were having problems receiving payment and #2 the a-holes at ASKO should have told me when I talked to them in January (about the problems still being there) that the work wasn’t being covered under the warranty. So I grab my phone and call the wonderful customer service reps and get a girl saying that it’s etching (Now does etching put a black grime on dishes that were cleaner when they went in? And does etching leave peanut butter on knives?) so it’s not covered under the warranty. I explain to her that it is not etching and it’s never worked properly and she says their notes say we claimed the dishes came out beautifully after using citric acid. Never ONCE have our dishes came out beautifully from that hunk of junk and I explained that to her and even check with DH to see if he had ever said such a thing. She then goes on with, well there’s nothing I can do about it blah, blah, blah and I told her I wanted to talk to a supervisor. She fights me on this saying they’ll just say the same thing so I yelled at her, give me your damned supervisor. I was immediately put on hold and talking to a supervisor about 4 min later. He seemed to listen a bit more to me and was equally put off that I’m just now getting the invoice from the appliance place and at least gave me something I can do, which I’m still pissed off about. I am to write a letter to corporate explaining all of the issues we’ve had with this thing from day 1 so they will be receiving a 5 page ***** letter on how crummy their fricking appliance is. I’m just so peeved about this thing and I’m going to lay it all out on the line, I truly believe we have a lemon of a machine or ASKO plain ole sucks ass. Ok, rant over.
After the phone call I then hung out with B and DH and wasn’t in the mood to cook, I wasn’t really hungry either, so we just did some quick dinner which consisted of DH and I having cereal and then I had a protein shake. B was a big boy at the table and then DH put him in the bath and it was then bed time. I watched Ghost Hunter’s with DH and laughed so hard I cried over them investigating a pipe that had air blowing out of it and it turned out it was the bathroom exhaust which they realized after taking in full breaths of poo air. It was truly hilarious. I then went to bed and listened to my Hypnobabies and other than not really sleeping too well it was a typical night.I woke up this morning to about 2 inches of snow, it was quite surprising but the roads were decent so I can’t complain. I have another chiropractor appointment this afternoon so I should be able to get home a little early, that’s always nice. I am tired today so maybe I can motivate myself to get to bed early tonight. Oh I was also bad with my no sugars yesterday, I had 2 cookies and a reeses peanut butter cup at our staff meeting.For some reason I’m feeling weepy, not a good thing when at work and I hope it passes. Maybe I should have gotten a good cry out last night. It seems people are noticing my mood also since I was asked if I was OK and got a hug by a guy no less!
My chiropractor appointment went fine and I’m scheduled for 2 days next week then should be able to move on to 1 day a week. I also scheduled an massage for Tuesday at 4 so it looks like I’m working through lunch a lot next week so I can leave at 3:30, darn! B and I played outside when we got home since it was really nice out, very wet with snow and I had to strip him down once we got in the house but he at least had some outdoor time. We then watched some movies and I fell asleep, which didn’t last long since my little turkey kept pushing the horn key on my keychain making the car honk and he would pull on me so I could pay attention to the show. We then read some books and played until DH got home at which time we just had leftovers for dinner. B then wanted to color so I sat with him for a bit and before I knew it it was time for bed. He didn’t want to get in bed and as he was throwing a fit and I was trying to get him to laugh he swatted at me, so I just got up and left with a love you, sleep tight. DH did have to go in a little while later since we heard him playing with the nasty diaper pail. DH and I then just cuddled on the couch watching random things on tv, before I knew it it was 10 and my tired bum went to bed listening to Hypnobabies. It was really hard getting out of bed this morning but I managed and soon realized DH and B both were struggling since DH took forever to turn his alarm off and B was still out cold at 6:40. He was precious when I woke him up, he sat up and reached for his milk with his eyes closed. I cuddled him until he was ready to move and then we went into the living room to cuddle some more while getting dressed. He can be such a snuggle bug. He did see my birthing ball (signed purple and said purple so I was proud) so he played with that until I left. He gave me a nice big hug before I left for work then hugged my leg while I was hugging DH goodbye, my little sweetheart. Since DH has the weekend off I think we’ll have a really nice weekend at home. I hope to finish my spring cleaning (better since MIL will be up the next weekend) and maybe get some work done in the yard too. My rhubarb is looking so pretty, I should have a great harvest this year and I’m really going to have to scour rhubarb recipes. I’m thinking rhubarb jelly sounds good along with rhubarb sticky buns, mmmm I can’t wait!For a pregnancy update, my sciatic nerve hasn’t bothered me all week and my heartburn is mostly gone, I haven’t had a TUM for days. My face has broken out, mostly around my chin, and I did heave this morning but I think it was from the goober build up in my throat since this cold is still sticking around. I have found a couple maternity shirts that aren’t going to last much longer than another month, I know I wore them to the end with B. My belly felt really heavy yesterday and I could feel my ligaments stretching with lots of moves. My crotch also felt sore and that never happened with B, I hope that goes away soon. I was talking with some guys at work and commented that I was much more *****y this pregnancy than I was with B, my fuse is just a bit shorter than it should be and I’m very vocal about things. One guy said it would be interesting to see if I have a girl since I’m moodier, maybe I have too much estrogen in my body right now.Well I best get to my work and try to make my desk look a bit more presentable, I need to remember that I do have maternity leave coming up so I need make sure things are tied up and taken care of before I leave. So much to do!
I was so productive this weekend it was almost scary. Friday night I didn’t really do much, talked with my mom and then fell asleep on the couch shortly after 9 while DH was watching basketball. I managed to drag myself to the bed around 9:45 and slept great. B was really quiet when he got up (he was busy tearing apart his room) and I didn’t get out of bed until 7:40, it was bliss. DH had offered to get up with B so I could sleep and he was planning on getting up but since I had gotten so much sleep I felt great so I let DH sleep. B and I cleaned up the house and did little things here and there until DH was up. I then cleaned the bathroom and after B was napping (3 hours of a nap, woohoo) I cleaned up my flower beds and helped DH rake the yard. B was able to help us put some of the grass in garbage bags so he wasn’t completely left out. We spent our evening watching The Mist which I did like but I wish the ending would have been more like the book, they just gave up too quickly I guess. I then called W and we chatted until midnight and then it was time for bed. I was dreading not getting enough sleep since we planned to make it to church but I didn’t wake up until 8:30 and B was just quietly playing in his room, yeah for the sleep.
We spent Sunday running errands in the morning and when B was napping we moved the stove and fridge so I could finish cleaning the kitchen. DH and I got into a bit of a tiff over moving the stove so he went outside and finished raking while I scrubbed all of the floors. We went for a walk after B was up, played outside for a bit, and then had dinner. DH gave B and bubble bath and I continued the fun chore of laundry. All in all we had a great weekend and B was a doll for us.Monday went really fast at work and I had a chiropractor appointment so I got home early. It was absolutely gorgeous outside so B and I went for a walk then we played outside. The neighbor kids came outside so he of course b-lined to them and I chatted with P & B for awhile before deciding we needed to get some dinner going. DH got home shortly after we went inside and our evening went fine but was a bit rocky here and there. After B was in bed we played some Mario Cart then I shaved and went to bed. B didn’t sleep too well and the one time I went in he was halfway off his bed and crying, he then threw a tantrum in his bed and was hitting his blanket and took a few swats at me so I just left. I don’t fell as rested as I should so maybe tonight I can make up for my loss.B can count, not all the time but he can do it when he’s thinking of it. First he counted 4 birds outside and this morning he counted to five for me. I know it’s just memorization right now but I’m very proud of him. DH also taught him to say I’m the man, which is more like I’m man. He likes to add some attitude and bob his head when he says it while pointing at himself. He also says here it is and there it is a lot and he’s getting his colors correct more and more.I have my massage tonight and I’m really looking forward to it, I’m expecting something blissful so I hope I’m not disappointed. I’ll be picking B up later than usual so hopefully he won’t be upset when his buddies leave before him.
Things have been so stinking busy lately that I haven’t had time to post hardly at all. Lets see…. My massage was really nice and it went by too fast. I loved how she had everything decorated and she was really nice, it was just a great atmosphere. Wednesday I spent the whole morning at training and just didn’t seem to have enough time to get anything done (that was the general theme last week) once I was back in the office. Thursday was busy with meetings and trying to get things wrapped up plus I had a Chiropractor appointment at the end of the day. Friday morning I had my 1 hr GD test and even though I was feeling pukey I did get an egg down before the test. I sat around for 20 min before the lady showed up and I don’t think I had to drink as much of the orange stuff as I did last time, she gave it to me in a paper cup. I had that down in about 15 seconds then sat in the main lobby and read until my hour was up. Once I got to work I couldn’t find a parking spot anywhere so I ended up parking way out, the walk was nice but I had so much to do that the extra time taken was annoying. B only had an hour and 20 min nap so I was expecting a cranky boy, though he was very sweet as we were leaving DC. I said bye to the bigger kids and the two boys came out to give him a hug then the girl came out to give a hug (she seemed a bit shy since I was standing there) and B gave her a big hug while saying hug, too cute. DH was home when we got there and the neighbor kids were outside so B headed straight for them. I chatted with the neighbors for a bit and watched B figure out how to ride their play 3-wheeler, he was very pleased he figured out how to make it go and for the most part his steering was OK. DH and I then decided to go out for dinner so we went to MacKenzie River and B was surprisingly good since he was so tired. We then went home for a bath and bed, and DH and I finished the night playing some Mario Kart then I went to bed.
I was up at 7:30 on Saturday with B and we cuddled for a bit then I started cleaning up the kitchen. Once DH was up he was ready to leave for town and I had told him I’d like for us to go along but he then went on and on about how he wanted out the door at a certain time, we could just take 2 cars (how does this mean we go together), and he has to do payroll, blah, blah, blah. Basically I got a big no without him actually saying no and I was a little saucy in my reply so he knew I wasn’t happy. He then followed me around saying he’d wait for me and that we could come along and he finally picked up on my brush off and left. So B and I wiped down the bathroom, took some things downstairs and prepped the guest room for MIL, threw in a load of laundry, and loaded B into the car so we could run our errands. We first went to the nursery/greenhouse and B enjoyed walking around with me looking at things (still too early to buy what I want but we’ll be back in 2 weeks). I did get potatoes, a bag of bark, carrots seeds, and a great pumpkin kit for B. We then stand in line and that’s when the fun began. B didn’t want to stand next to me and kept running off, which led to us losing our place in line (well really the rude as-hats just kept going in front of us because heaven forbid we think the pregnant woman with her arms full and a 2 year old should be able to check out when it’s her turn), and we ended with me paying for the stuff while B laid on the floor at my feet and threw a tantrum, gosh it was lovely. After that we headed to BB&B to look for some Mother’s Day presents then we ran over to get a drink from the coffee shop nearby. Our last stop was the grocery store and B played outside for a bit with DH then had lunch and nap. I jumped in the shower at this point then went outside to start weeding my native garden and this took me about 2 hours and I walked away with beat up hands from my prickly pear. They at least don’t sting anymore. DH came out and sprayed the crabgrass while I was weeding and helped me put bark in the garden when I was done. The neighbor kids were all outside since it was gorgeous so B joined us when he was up and we ended up with all the kids in our back yard playing. It was fine but they sure don’t like to listen and tried their damndest to go into the house :eyeroll: B was in heaven having all of the kids over and once they left it was after 6, I had been outside for over 4 hours at this point and really hoped my sunscreen and sunhat did their jobs, luckily they did. We then had dinner of cereal, continued laundry, and B and I planted his great pumpkin seeds and played until it was bed time. Once he was in bed I vacuumed, dusted, finished laundry, paid bills, and went to bed. DH wanted to play MK but I was just too tired.B was up at 6:40 on Sunday which was a boo because I was really tired but it was also good because I needed to motivate to get us to church. B and I snuggled for a bit then I got him dressed and headed to the bathroom to shower. For some reason the whining started and it was constant for some time and it ended up waking DH up 15 min earlier than he planned, oh well. We then did the morning thing of getting ready and eating breakfast then we left for church. DH and B started in the cry room and he’s just so loud, I kept hearing him holler mama and toward the end DH brought him out. This was fine for about 2 min and then he started talking, not in a quiet church whisper but in a 2 year old with things to say voice. First he starts writing the letter A, this is of course mostly just straight lines, and loudly announces A to me and kept doing it. We get over that by me giving him his Halloween book and he then starts saying boo! over and over, at this point DH just took him out to the lobby since church was almost over. I think it’s time for him to try out the nursery. After church we went back to the greenhouse to buy more bark (I should have known 1 bag wasn’t going to do it) then we did some shopping at Target and stopped at the mall to get my ring checked and buy my mom her Mother’s Day and birthday presents. Once we were home I wrapped presents and filled out cards then B had lunch and took a nap. MIL didn’t leave the cabin until noon and she planned to do some shopping in town so we figured it would be around 3 before she showed up. I actually ran out of things to do, it was truly amazing, so DH and I played MK then B woke up and MIL showed up. B was a show off for MIL and very busy entertaining her. I chatted with her off and on as she had time and then made tacos so we’d be ready for when Sue showed up. After dinner & clean up we headed out for the Wilco show and MIL stayed with B. First off I have to say the show was awesome, they rocked and were just top notch. We had 2 encores and we thought we were going to get a third but it was just a tease. We had a spot on the side 6th row and really the seats were just perfect. The Emerson annoyed me with their process. We first get in line with our tickets and then after 5 min hear that you have to first turn your ticket in for a wrist band then you can stand in line, WTH? Why is no one working that area to let people know this? So we leave annoyed to get our wrist bands and I noticed the girl is keeping the ticket stubs, not removing the end like normal venues do but just keeping the whole thing. So I ask for my stub and she said I can’t have it, they’re keeping all of the tickets. I told her I keep my ticket stubs for all shows and that it’s ridiculous I can’t have it. She then said that after the show tickets will be available to take, how stupid. So we go back to the line and the guy initially behind us let us back in line so that was really nice. We didn’t get home until midnight and I didn’t fall asleep until almost 1 so I’m a bit tired today. I will be going to bed right after B tonight.I have a chiropractor appointment this afternoon and then I need to pick up some iron supplements since my iron is low. That’s not the worst of the phone call I got from the doctor’s office, I came in at 142 on the 1 hour test and the cut off is 135. So tomorrow morning I’m heading back to the doctor’s office to do the 3 hour test and I just pray that I pass this test. I don’t need any additional stress in my life and I really don’t want this looming over my head for the next 3 months. I’m now second guessing the egg I had that morning but really I don’t think that was it, it’s just always hard not to second guess. I’m feeling mopey now so I better just go.
Monday evening started out horribly, I was still in a funk over not passing the GD test and when I picked B up he was having the mother of all tantrums. Kicking, crying, screaming, hitting, blah! He was mad that they brought him inside since I arrived and he would not calm down at all. I finally just carried him to the car as he was and held him down in the seat to try to get him to calm down. This resulted in me being hit several times and I told him flat out that he was going straight to TO because hitting, kicking, and his behavior are not tolerated. I then started to cry as I was getting in the car so both of us were crying but I at least wasn’t flailing like he was. After his TO I really broke down and cried, he was at least sweet to me at this point and cuddled with me and didn’t give me a hard time. I was exhausted so once he was in bed I followed suit. He didn’t sleep too well, kept waking so I did too. I slept in until 6:00 on Tuesday and was at the hospital at 8:00 to start my 3 hour test. She did the initial draw and then gave me the full glass bottle of the orange stuff to drink. I sat in the main lobby and read though this was the hardest hour for me. I kept feeling like I was going to puke the drink up and then I had horrid heartburn on top of it and had a couple moments of thinking I was going to pass out. After that 1 hour draw I felt fine and just read while I burned away the next 2 hours. I now look like a drug addict. Work was busy and it was nice to go home. DH had the day off (he offered to sit with me but I figured why ruin both of our mornings) so we all went for a walk once I was home and then played outside for a bit. Dinner was leftovers and then B was in the bath and to bed. I fell asleep on the couch before 9 and then went to bed once I woke up, we had another fitful night of sleep and I just wish B could get over whatever is causing this.I received the call from the doctor’s office earlier yesterday than I expected, I did pass my 3 hour test so I’m really happy about that and relieved! That’s been the great news for today my bummer news has been my supervisor’s comments on my yearly eval. It’s not big and I’ll be calmed down once we meet tomorrow but I’m a bit peeved. The first was a comment on me using my opinions too much to make decisions, well what the hell else am I supposed to use? He says I’m not objective enough so I’m going to ask for a specific example so I can see where he’s coming from. The second comment was in regards to me visiting with people and to guard against the drain on time and efficiency. Again I want an example of when visiting with people has kept me from getting my work done on time and I’m going to explain to him that I’m a social person and in order for me to be happy in my work environment I get to know my co-workers and show interest in them (something his cold attitude is unable to do). I have the meeting with him to discuss this in an hour so that should be fun.The rain had let up by the time B and I got home yesterday so we were outside for a bit while I talked with my mom. Once DH was home I made a quick dinner and then we played until bed time. B was really tired and he went down without a problem, didn’t even get up his 1 time for DH to put him into bed. He also finally slept all night so I hope his nap today is better too and we can get back on track. DH has the day off so they’re doing errands and fun guy stuff. I think they’re going to look at guitars (tars) and probably go to the park. DH also set us up for the sprinkler system, they think the beginning of June is when they’ll be able to install the system so that gives us a little bit of time to get things where they need to be before they show up. My main thing with the yard is getting holes filled with dirt and seed, clean up the garden and get it planted, and get my strawberry patch planted and covered in bark. The strawberry patch will take the most work I’m sure but it will be so worth it and I can pull up the grass before I have the strawberries. Oh to have our yard where we want it.
My eval went fine but I walked out of there with as little info as I had when I went in. I asked him for examples and he couldn’t come up with any stating “it’s not a criticism it’s just an area for growth and expansion”. What the hell kind of cop out is that? He needs to grow a set! Then when I asked about who would be covering for me when I was on maternity leave he first stated T & A (not tits and ass but they act like it) hadn’t made a decision yet (which is another cop out because he always says that when he’s the one that hasn’t done his part in a timely fashion). He then started rambling about another job open in the dept that he has to fill (like it has anything to do with me and really he seemed to act like he can only deal with one issue at a time) and said it won’t be until the end of July before they can get a person hired (this is another thing he’s put off for months when it should have been finished in December). He then asks me what my “time-frame” is and I told him I’m due the end of July and hopefully it has spurred him in the butt to get a decision made so I can do the training needed. I’m done bothering with it and just can’t care anymore. I had a chiropractor appointment and I need to ask her to move me to once a week since my insurance will stop covering after 12 visits. I then had to stop by the grocery store and went home to be happily greeted by my smiley boy and DH. B saw freedom with the garage door open so he took off and I went to get him and had a very uncoordinated pregnant lady move on the way back. Somehow I managed to step wrong on the sidewalk and almost twisted my ankle which also caused me to stumble and lose my balance all the while carrying B. Well I went down and did my best to protect B but he went down with me. I don’t even remember what I landed on because I was so focused on him. Luckily he caught himself (on the sidewalk of course) with his hands so I think the crying was mostly from fear and I felt just horrible. DH saw the whole thing and was worried about both of us but I just couldn’t get over dropping B. The cherry on top was that I had to pee when this happened and since my ability to hold pee in has drastically gone downhill with this pregnancy I of course peed myself a little bit and had to change. We spent the afternoon playing and looking at the “tar” books DH picked up for B at the “tar” shop, it was great practice for our colors and I’m really impressed with how well B is doing. We then had BBQ hotdogs with watermelon for dinner. B was all over the watermelon and ate like a champ so that was good to see. DH gave him a bath while I did some clean up and after B was in bed (another night of him going straight to bed) I did some DDR but quit after 30 min since my tummy was starting to get a bit crampy and I didn’t want to push it. My i-pod was dead when I tried to listen to my Hypnobabies so that was a loss.I’m tired today and happy it’s Friday but also a bit surprised it’s already Friday. I just have too much to do at work and it feels like not enough time. Tonight I plan to do some clean up around the house along with laundry and packing. Tomorrow morning I scheduled a playgroup at the CM and then when B’s napping I hope (as long as it’s not raining out) to do some more yard work & get some blue bunch wheatgrass and Idaho fescue ready to transfer to Sue. I guess we’re picking DH up from work and will leave for the cabin to set up B’s PnP though I have no idea if we’re staying at the cabin or the guest house. To me it depends on where everyone is gathering after dinner since B will need to be in the opposite location so he can actually sleep but again this is a decision so no one has made one. Then we get to drive back the way we came (makes paying for gas even more fun) for the reservations at 7. Now I’m sure I’ve *****ed about this before but do we really need to have reservations so damned late? By the time the 20 some of us eat it’s going to be 8 and we are leaving to put B to bed (an hour late might I add) at 9 I don’t give a hoot if we’re done or not. I then have a great night to look forward to of trying to sleep and not really getting any due to the trains and B not usually sleeping too well away from home. I then get to get up really early with B because after all just because it’s Mother’s Day it sure doesn’t mean I get the privilege of sleeping in. DH said he’d get up with B and I asked him what good does that do me when there’s only 1 room for all of us to be in? I didn’t get a response. I’m just really peeved I don’t get to sleep in or really even get a good night of sleep on one day that it should be a given for me. I’ve already told him we’re leaving relatively early because I have things I want to do when we get home. I’m tired just thinking about it. I was hoping to stop by one greenhouse in Big Timber to look at native plants to add to my garden but I don’t even know if that will happen because trying to work it around B’s nap time and when MIL will have planned for lunch and us to get out of there (again as late as she can possibly have it) it just may not work. So I guess the two things I really would like more than likely won’t happen, I’m so glad DH cared enough to ask me what I’d like to do for Mother’s Day. OK, I’m done with my complaining for now.
We had a nice weekend and I’m tired so hopefully tonight I can catch up on my sleep. Friday was a regular night and after B was in bed (another night of him not needing DH to go in and put him to bed) DH and I played MK until my eyes were too droopy (10 pm I’m quite the wild child) and then I went to bed. B was up earlier on Saturday than I had hoped, I was out of bed at 6:45 and lazed around for a bit until I decided I better get a move on. B and I were ready for our play group and out the door on time, though it seemed like forever for us to get there. K & D were there and the boys played for about 2 hours then it was definitely time for lunch and a nap. While B was napping I did some clean up around the house, folded laundry, and packed. B only slept for about 2 ¼ hours but he was a happy boy so it worked out, he was very excited to pick DH up from work. The drive to the cabin was fine and we ended up staying at the guest house which I was a bit leery of since the b-day cake and decorations were in the dining room. After we set up our room we headed to the cabin and everyone was at least on their second drink (great example for the kids to show them that everyone drinks before driving) and we chatted for a bit then left around 6:45. B was hungry and not only signing eat but saying it also in the car. I made sure his food was ready to go once we sat down and he did pretty good eating. The bad part was he was saying all done before we had even ordered our food, I knew it would be a bit of a chore to keep him happy. I had him color, read books, go through flash cards with me, and took him for a couple walks. The area we were in is fancy so I didn’t want to ruin anyone’s dinner with him being a turkey. I was starving by the time the salad came out and I could have eaten more after my shrimp but at that point I just felt the need to get B to bed. We left shortly before 9 and I laid on the bed while he was playing with his flashlight and checking things out in the room. After about 10 min he whined for me and I tucked him in and reassured to receive the cutest, “luloo mama, luloo daddy, bye bye”. That was my hint to let him be so I left the room and he was out fast. Everyone was at the house by this point and we just sat around and talked then cake was passed around. I had killer heartburn from the sauce for the shrimp so I passed on cake. We headed to bed shortly before midnight and I fell asleep fast. B woke about 4 times through the night, usually just telling him he was ok and it was still night-night time took care of it but both DH and I got up once. I knew he wasn’t going to sleep in when he was up at 5:30 but he was at least able to fall asleep again until 6:30, not ideal to lose at least an hour of sleep. DH got up with him so I could sleep in and I was out of bed around 8. They were just getting ready to go for a walk and look at the geese and goslings next to the pond. I chatted with the SIL’s for awhile then we all decided to motivate and get ready for the day. I shortly thought about a shower until I was rinsing my mouth out and almost puked from the smell of the water. It has so much iron in it the smell was horrendous. Once we got to the cabin it was slow starting on breakfast, which wasn’t good since I was very hungry. Once the pancakes were started we fed B, really just a snack for him since he already ate breakfast. I knew there wasn’t going to be enough pancakes for everyone so I limited myself and added a sliver of cake to my plate so I wouldn’t starve. I also did most of the cleanup which wasn’t a big deal and DH tried to take over. B was busy playing with the cousins and crawling in the dog crate all morning and as we were getting ready to leave MIL got out the samples of things she’s putting in her kitchen. She’s going with bisque cabinets which wouldn’t be my preference but they don’t look bad. She’s also planning a cork floor which is cool and she’s undetermined on counter tops. I think she’s having fun redoing her kitchen. She also loved her Mother’s Day gift & I hope she gets a lot of use out of it. I then hunted down DH and B and B gave everyone hugs and then kisses right before we left. He had a great time with everyone. We were in the car around noon and I tried to keep B up for the nursery by giving him cookies but he fell asleep before we even got to Big Timber. DH stayed in the car with him as I looked at plants so I didn’t dilly dally too much. I only found a few plants and wasn’t too blown over with the options of natives but it was still fun. B woke as I got back in the car and he was up the rest of the day, a 45 min nap is not enough. At this point we were all hungry so we stopped by the Frosty Freeze for lunch and a really good shake. We then hit the road again and after dropping DH off to get his car B and I stopped by the grocery store then went home. We tried to put him down for a nap and he maybe laid in his bed for 15 min but then he was up and playing quietly. I figured if nothing else the quiet time is good for him and us. DH and I played MK while he was “napping” then we got him up around 4:15. He wanted to go for a walk which I wasn’t too sure about since it had been raining but we did it anyways and I’m glad we did. The walk ended up longer than planned since it was nice out and then we played in the yard. DH filled & seeded holes and bare spots in the lawn while I dug up dandelions and goats beard. After an hour of that we went inside and ordered Chinese take out for dinner. B was really tired and I was going to put him to bed around 7:30 but after he snuggled with me and started watching King of the Hill I just couldn’t give up that snuggle time. He went down really fast at 8 and I watched some TV before heading to bed. I did have to move B from the floor to his bed and I think it bothered him since he woke shortly after and cried. He woke again after I was in bed for DH and I heard him around 2 for a short cry. He did sleep until 6:15 and woke up happy so I hope today has a good nap and he’ll be back on track for the week.If it’s nice outside this afternoon I want to start digging up my strawberry garden, yesterday didn’t allow it with the rain. Then this weekend (or week if I decide to go to the nursery after my doctor’s appointment on Thursday) I can pick up my veggies and annuals and possibly plant them on Sunday when we get back from Fairmont. That will all depend on whether I feel it’s warm enough yet, the nights are still getting cold and Saturday I woke up to 28 degrees outside. B’s pumpkin seeds have all three sprouted and we’re both excited about it. He gets pumped when I show them to him daily and I’m really looking forward to his reaction as we plant them and watch them grow this summer. He’s going to be my little green thumb I think and I’ll enjoy the company while I work in the garden. We had a made up song yesterday while in the back yard and he was signing through a flowering shoot from the rhubarb last year while I had the hose. I loved how he kept signing it. Just for the curious people it was a rocking song that went like this, “Mommy, mommy, Brodie, Brodie, daddy, daddy, baby, baby, that makes up our family”. Yes I know, very creative. He also likes to do the arm movements with me to the Wheels on the Bus song, I need to get that on camera.DH gave me the sweetest card for Mother’s Day, I had to fight the tears back. He also did a great job on the card from B. I am so blessed to have them. As for my present DH got me a bread machine and this one is even nicer than the one I wanted. It has the horizontal loaf and gluten free option plus it makes jam and can work as an oven making meatloaf and lasagna. It should arrive today and I can’t wait to look over all of the options and start making bread. I’m so pumped & spoiled!
B napped great at DC yesterday and he slept wonderfully last night (not 1 waking) so I think we’re back on track. Just in time to throw him off again this weekend when we’re away from home. It was snowing/raining all afternoon so when we got home it was too wet to really play outside. B seemed OK with coming inside but he wanted to bring his trike inside, that was fine but I had to have him first go inside before I could carry the trike and that’s when disaster hit. I explained what I was doing but he threw the mother of all tantrums the minute he was in the house. Running back and forth from the kitchen sink to the garage door crying and screaming. At this point I told him unless he calmed down and acted appropriately he wasn’t going to get his trike, this didn’t change a thing and I closed the door. He then started throwing himself on the floor and wound up with a little bit of a bloody nose from it. There was nothing I could do so I just let him be until he calmed down enough for me to talk to him, it was bundles of fun. After that he was an angel so I don’t know what the heck was going on. I chatted with my mom a bit then made dinner. B was beyond excited when DH came home and after dinner they played trucks for quite awhile. B initially wanted me to play trucks but the muscles in my leg kept cramping to the point where I couldn’t walk. After B was in bed DH and I played MK then I listened to my Hypnobabies and fell asleep. I slept great but 5:20 came really early and I could have slept longer.
Today is absolutely beautiful so once we get home I plan to get into some cooler clothes and pull the weeds from my strawberry plot. I should also have my bread machine, egg cooker, and a package from my mom waiting for me when I get home. I’m so excited! I needed some Mary Kay things so my mom sent that to me and I asked her if I could have the cake book she used to make our birthday cakes from when we were little. I remember the cakes so fondly and I guess that’s why I want to make B’s cakes every year. I will need to come up with a theme for B’s party and I’ll just base it off whatever cake I choose to make, I’m really getting excited for all of this planning. I also need to write out a grocery list since I have a few new recipes I want to try and I’ll need to get ingredients for my bread machine. I’m impressed I feel like cooking since I’ve really been fighting it lately. I just had a little bit of a panic thinking that if this is a girl I’ll want to have made a flower hat for her, so I guess I’m going to have to bust out my crochet stuff and get to work just in case.
B had a tantrum when I picked him up at DC yesterday, he wanted to get into some things the older kids were playing with and I wouldn’t let him, hence the tantrum. I guess he threw himself around earlier in the day for them and she was worried he may have a bruise on his leg from it. These tants have got to stop, I’m completely over them. At times he does great controlling himself and calming down before it escalates but when he doesn’t it’s a nightmare. He’s also talking back to us and telling us no a lot, of course this is normal and hopefully he’ll get it all out of his system before the baby arrives. After his tant he was great for me, we colored on the sidewalk when we got home, blew bubbles, and then went for a walk up and down the street. The beautiful day we had had went away once I left work and it was cloudy and windy when we got home. We then went inside and I started dinner, which B wouldn’t touch even though he was hungry. I had 4 things waiting for me when I got home last night, it was quite the surprise. 3 of the packages I expected but there was a really big box and I had no idea what it was. Turns out it’s 3 of the chairs we ordered for our patio furniture which really confuses me since a few days ago I got a notice saying it was on backorder again through the end of May and I needed to send this post card in saying I still wanted it our they’d cancel my order. So why are they sending me some of the stuff then? I’m confused and am going to call them today. After B’s bath DH cut 2 windows and a doorway in the box for B so he played in his fort for a bit. Once he was in bed I read the instruction manual for my bread machine and DH watched the basketball game then I went to bed.
I’m tired today and barely kept my eyes open for a meeting this morning, it was brutal. I’m working through lunch since I have a chiropractor appt today and then I plan to stop at the grocery store, get some laundry done, and make my first loaf of bread. It’s been sprinkling all day so I’m not expecting nice weather for us to be outside but that’s OK since I have plenty to do inside (like clean up some).
DH said DC told him that B likes to play with the dollhouse they have but they will make sure he doesn’t play with any dolls. DH said he doesn’t care if B plays with dolls (I don’t either) so they don’t have to keep him away from it if he wants to play with it. We’re not naïve enough to actually think that playing with dolls will cause him any harm and as DH puts it, what do people think GI Joes’ are? They must have had some upset parents in the past over their boys playing with dolls because that’s something to get your panties in a bunch over.
My chiropractor appointment went great yesterday and when I left I stopped by Party Time to see what they had for decorations for B’s birthday. I was greatly disappointed as everything seemed to be movie based so I guess I’ll have to do some searching and get creative. DH wants me to make a lion cake (should be really easy so that’s a plus) so I want to have some lion themed decorations. We’ll see what I can find. I then went to the grocery store to buy 10 things and came out with a cart full and $90 poorer. Oh well, hopefully I won’t need to do a grocery run other than milk for awhile. I then picked B up and he was such a good boy for me, didn’t throw any fits and I really appreciated it. Once we got home I put the perishables away and then B and I went for a walk. The rain had let up and I wanted to take advantage of the pleasant weather. I did have to cut the walk short though because it started raining on us, I at least got 20 min in. I then tried to get the kitchen cleaned up while B wanted my attention, I had a bit of a meltdown too but I got over it. We had a quick dinner since I wasn’t able to get as much done as I wanted but I did get my first loaf of bread made. It sunk a bit in the middle so I need to check and see if I have to make some high elevation changes, but it still tastes good! The rest of our patio furniture arrived also and we have to look it over today to make sure everything is as it should be, I’m really excited to be able to eat out on the deck this summer.
This morning has gone fast and my supervisor is avoiding me because I sent him an po’d e-mail yesterday and since he hates confrontation I’m sure I won’t see him the rest of the week. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, he needs to grow a set! I’ve gotten quite a bit done today and hopefully can finish off a couple more projects before leaving for my 30 week appointment. I can’t believe I’m at 30 weeks, I really need to get on the ball with some projects so I’m prepared for this LO’s arrival both at home and at work. After my appointment I am going to buy the perennials and veggies to be planted this year, I would love for DH and B to join me but I’m not sure if DH will be up for that. We then need to set up our patio furniture and I have to do laundry tonight. Other than that if I get things done great if not oh well.My goat's rue pills are supposed to arrive today and I'm pretty excited about that, I sure hope this helps me with BFing even if I can only do it part time it will be better than nothing. I don't remember if I mentioned this earlier but I first tried the tincture this week and it was too alcoholy for me, I felt like crap the rest of the morning and wasn't even able to get the whole thing down. The pills I've ordered don't have any alcohol which makes me feel better while pregnant and they will make it easier for me to take during the day when I'm on the go.
It was great getting out of work early yesterday and my doctor’s appointment (DH joked that they cleared out the waiting room for me) went really well. My weight was the same as last time according to their scale, this is because I was on the “lighter” scale this time and last time I was on the “fat” scale. According to the scale at home I’ve gained about 4 pounds this last month and I’m at a total of 10 pounds. My BP was great, no swelling, nothing abnormal with my urine, baby’s heartbeat was 144 and I believe this LO is head down. She said my iron was pretty low from the blood test, in the high 80’s, and hopefully the iron pills will take care of this. I’m also measuring at 31 weeks not 30 and she wants to do another ultrasound in 2-4 weeks to check on the baby’s size. I’m now at 2 week appointments and have scheduled up to my due date, that really puts time in perspective and makes me feel like I need to get motivated. After all I won’t be pregnant forever!
After the appointment DH headed home and I spent almost $100 on veggies, herbs, and annuals for my gardens. Can we say I have no control when it comes to shopping for plants? I then went to pick B up figuring he would be up from his nap, but no he was still sleeping and they hadn’t been able to rouse him yet. We gently woke him up and then headed home. B played in the back yard while DH put our patio furniture together (it fits perfectly and I love it, now we need an umbrella though so next time we’re at Costco we’ll look there) and I started tilling up the grass where I’m going to put my strawberries. I am about halfway done and hope to finish it up tonight. I also need to till up my garden but that will probably be a Sunday job. The rest of our evening was nice.DH found someone that will dig the egress for the chimney. They are going to do the work this afternoon and are leaving the dirt (mostly river rocks with where we are) piled and we will dispose of it ourselves. This will keep them from tearing the lawn up due to the weight and I figure we can fill in the garden with the dirt, I’ll use the larger rocks for the border around the strawberry plant, and the smaller rocks can be thrown under our front porch. This is another chore that we’ll need to get taken care of quickly so this will be top priority on Sunday when we get home. It will be nice when all of this is done.
How is it already May 20th? Where exactly have the last 3 months gone and do I realize how much I need to do over the next 2 months? I’m trying really hard not to feel overwhelmed with things and so I’m writing list after list. I just want to get everything that needs to be done taken care of plus get a few extra things done and I just don’t know where all of the time will come from. Anyways, we had a nice weekend all in all but it was way too hot, I’m sorry but it’s not time for temps in the 80’s. Friday afternoon the guy came to dig the hole for our egress, the tire damage to the lawn was minimal so I was happy about that. I wasn’t too pleased that DH didn’t have the foresight to put a tarp down where the guy dumped the dirt but he had enough on his mind that I didn’t give him too hard of a time. He spent the evening struggling with trying to drill the metal egress into the concrete and after 2 trips to the hard ware store (one of which he bought me a roto tiller), calls to Brent and my dad for advice, and lots of frustration it was dark enough that he called it a night.
Saturday we were all up before 7. DH wanted to get working on the egress again before we left and I spent the morning packing for the trip. DH had more struggles with the egress and he found out what tool he needed to make the thing happen, that was at least a bit of a relief for him. We left town shortly before 10 and got to Fairmont a little after 11. Our room was ready so we got settled then had lunch. We were planning to swim before B’s nap but he was really tired (so was DH) so we all took a 2 hour nap and then went swimming. B was excited but I think there were too many kids and too much going on for him to enjoy himself and not be so nervous. I’m sure he didn’t like being splashed so much and I don’t know what it is but some kids think they can just push him wherever they want when he’s in his floater and that’s not going to happen. We were in the pool for a little over an hour then we played at the playground and went for a walk around the petting zoo. We then had dinner, gave B a bath, and put him down for the night. Both DH and I fell asleep before B did and once he was finally out we were too tired to bother staying up so we went to bed too. He slept great until 2:30 then it was fussing off and on until he was up for good at 6:40. We could tell he was really tired because he was a little monster all morning. Nothing we did was good enough and he just whined about everything. At breakfast he tried to hit (stab) me with his fork and that resulted in a TO and talking to before we went back to eat. Then at the room he didn’t want to get changed in his swimsuit but he wanted to swim and DH was really close to having us pack everything up to leave early. We finally made it to the pool and it was very quiet, just old people out at that point, and B really enjoyed himself. I walked around with us a lot, sat on the edge and jumped in to us, and had me pick him up out of the water then splash him back down. He did great and I was really proud. We did have a scare though. I was swimming short laps and when I was swimming back to DH and B I noticed B was walking toward me on his own and DH wasn’t close behind. I thought this was very brave of DH when all of a sudden B went down. He had walked into the step and it made him fall. He got himself above the water and I thought he was good but panic must have overcome him and he went down again. I was rushing to get him and he clung to me after that, poor little kid. It took some time to get him feeling safe enough to walk without holding onto my hand. Once we were done swimming I showered and we packed everything up and headed home. B was passed out within 10 min and we were home before 11:30 so that was nice. B and I dug up dandelions while DH called to see about renting a hilte (sp?), he then left to pick the hilte up and B and I had lunch then went outside to put the annuals in planters. Once DH had the proper tool everything went really quick for him so we returned the tool and stopped by the grocery store. I resumed my planting and realized I needed more potting soil so after a meltdown from B we went to the hardware store to pick up more soil. We then went for a walk once we were home and with several meltdowns under our belt I decided to try to get him to nap a little bit more. Once he finally calmed down we snuggled on the floor with our heads on the body pillow and he was out within a minute. DH had filled in the area around the egress at this point so we laid grass seed and grass chunks from the hole in the bare spots. We then got B up since we didn’t want him to sleep too long, it was already close to dinner time, and ate dinner had a bath then put him down. He was pretty happy to be home since he kept saying home with this dreamy sound to his voice. He also slept like a champ so he was really tired. After he was in bed DH tilled up my garden for me then we started pulling rocks out of the dirt pile. We then played some MK before going to bed.Monday was one of those days at work were annoyances happened left and right and when I left for work traffic was a pain since things were gearing up for Obama’s visit. B had cookies and milk while watching a movie when we first got home so I did some clean up around the house then we went outside to work. B didn’t care at all about the dirt pile, he just wanted to play with all of the tools. I cleaned up the borders for my garden and strawberry bed and dug up some dandelions in the yard. B must have needed some extra loves because he acted scared when he heard the train whistle and cuddled with me for a bit. We also looked at different spiders around the garden and played with rocks. Once the garden was finished we went to the front yard to water plants and B was at first nervous about the sprinkler nozzle but once he realized it’s just water he was very excited to play in it. He was trying to drink the water and kept putting his face in it, then he’d laugh and laugh. It was so cute to watch and he was soaked. DH then got home so I started our dinner and gave B his dinner. DH started constructing a sifter so we could sift out the rocks and I gave B a bath then put him to bed. We then started the fun task of sifting and it actually went pretty fast and the dirt pile diminished a lot. We worked until about 9:45 then relaxed a bit before bed. Once DH is home tonight we’ll go back out and hopefully get rid of the rest of the pile. It’s supposed to rain the rest of the week so we really need to have it taken care of before the rain comes. I’m actually excited to see how small the pile is since it was really hard to see last night when we finished up. The work wasn’t too hard, my hands were a bit sore and my hips were hurting but other than that it wasn’t grueling. The plumber came today to do the initial plumbing for our sprinkler system and the system should be installed within the next few weeks. DH has mentioned he’d like to get a storage shed (our garage is tiny and it’s hard to get everything in there plus our two cars) and I think we need to do it before the sprinkler system is installed so we’re going to look around on Saturday to see what we can find. My anniversary gift also arrived yesterday. DH got me the canning set that I wanted and I’m so excited to read about it and can some jelly this summer. Plus my rhubarb plant is huge already so we will be set.
One more thing I forgot to add. DH ran out to his car this morning (after I had left) to get some laptops and he saw our neighbor Jim so he said hi. He then realized that Jim was walking to our garbage (which is outside of the garage for the moment because we have too much junk in the garage) can with a garbage bag to throw away. DH watches him open our garbage and he then says, oh it's really full. DH said yes it is and we have more to put in there. So Jim says, well I don't have garbage service anymore so I guess I'll have to take it to the dump. I knew he was using our garbage and I'm seriously ticked off about it. For starters, it's his choice to cancel his garbage service but that does not mean he gets to use ours (which we pay for) for free. When they asked us 2 summers ago if they could put overflow from their garbage into our can (we rarely have a full can each week) we said that was OK but that's completely different than him canceling his service and then only using ours. I'm completely peeved about this and if I find anything in our can that does no belong to us I'm returning it to his front step. I can't wait until his house sells and that's really disappointing since he used to be one of my favorite neighbors.
The dirt and rock pile is gone, what a great feeling that is! B threw a fit when I picked him up from DC. They have been outside and he hates that I interrupt his fun. Once we got home he wanted milk, cookies, and a movie so we cuddled for a bit and I talked with my mom. After his movie we went outside and I started pulling big rocks out of the pile. DH was home shortly after that so we had a quick dinner (aka cereal) then we decided to start the sifting and dumping. Our neighbors had just gotten home from a vacation so their kids were out playing and we kept B in the back yard so he wouldn’t join them and then hold up our progress. He stayed plenty happy and busy helping DH put rocks on the sifter, dumping dirt, and raking so he wasn’t too deprived. At 7:30 we went inside to get B ready for bed then I put him down, we didn’t hear one peep from him and he slept solid all night. Once he was in bed we went back outside and continued our work and were done (with everything cleaned up too) by 9:30. I was a bit worried toward the end because the wind had really picked up and we could see storm clouds coming but luckily the rain stayed away. We then measured along the house to see what size of a storage shed we’d like and we’re pretty much looking for something 2.5-3.5 feet wide and about 8 feet long. DH has the day off and he was hoping to mow but since it’s been raining steady since I got up that’s not going to happen. I am going to ask him to put some grass seed down just to try and help out the damaged areas in the lawn. He took B to DC so he could get things done around the house and he’s going to take me to lunch today so I’m excited about that, I figured since he’d be in town anyways to look at storage sheds he could spend some time with me. He also hooked up the receiver I bought him for our anniversary and he thinks he needs a new subwoofer now. I know he wants a new surround sound system and hopefully I can get that to him for either Father’s day or his birthday.
DH bought me a Wii Fit yesterday and I was so excited to try it out. He also asked me to stop by Costco on my way home since he wasn’t able to get the subwoofer to work with his new receiver to pick up a new surround sound system he wanted. Since I was going to do that I asked him to pick B up from DC, that way I wouldn’t feel so rushed. I’m really impressed with this new receiver because #1 we will no longer have to deal with the sound switcher when we go from watching tv to watching a movie, #2 it will play music directly off our I-pods, and #3 we’re hoping the issues we’ve had off and on with the receiver just shutting off (we assume when it would get too stressed) will be done. So I called my mom as I was walking to my car and my dad answered since he left work early and my mom wasn’t home yet. We chatted for quite awhile (up to the point where I was ready to check out at Costco and so we hung up since I think it’s rude to talk on the cell phone while at a check out register) and it was just really nice talking with him. I did get a lot of pissy looks from people in Costco and I don’t know why, it’s like they didn’t think I could shop and talk at the same time, whatever I guess. Granted when I first got there I was quite the sight to see. First off I was having a hard time finding the surround sound system DH wanted, he had sent me a picture so I had an idea of what I was looking for and the only Sony thing I saw just didn’t look right. So then I turn around and there it is. So I grab the only one they have left, I’m talking on the phone, and I try to put the box in the cart. Of course the cart starts to roll away from me and I’m about ready to drop the box so I had to put it down and run after my cart. I did get it in the second try but hopefully no one saw me, I would just blame it on the big belly though. I seemed to find a lot of stuff at Costco and most of it was fruit so that was good and I bought myself a little piece of heaven. They had body pillows so I picked one up (I thought B was going to steal it from me since he wrestled with it all night) and it was great between my knees because I don’t think I hardly moved all night, yeah! Anyways, I had mentioned to my dad that I thought my geographic tongue reacts when I eat something with msg in it and since he’s been getting these burns from the inside out on his skin from msg this got him going. He went on and on about research he’s done on msg and he seems to think it burns his tongue also, it was pretty interesting and I guess if nothing else it forces his diet to be healthier. Once I got home B was pretty pumped to greet me, then he saw the body pillow and I was old news. I had picked up a rotisserie chicken for dinner and prepped some fruit so we had a really healthy dinner. B was all over the grapes but still not too sure about the cherries, I think once they get sweeter this summer he’ll really like them. We had a nice normal evening and B went to bed without a peep, he tore his book area apart but he was quiet about it. DH and I watched some of the basketball game then we hooked up my Wii Fit. It was a lot of fun and I like that it has you work on keeping steady during the yoga moves. I also enjoyed all of the cardio games and I plan to try some more tonight. After I got in 30 min of working out I went to bed. B woke once around 2 crying and I figured I’d have to go in there since it was pretty hard but after I went to the bathroom he had stopped and I didn’t hear him again. I can’t complain about that and I hope this weekend doesn’t ruin the great sleep he’s been having.
I have a chiropractor appointment this afternoon then I’m stopping by the grocery store to buy snacks and lunch fixings for our trip this weekend. This will give us more flexibility on when to eat and where we are plus it’ll save some money. Hopefully YNP won’t be completely snowy and cold so we can picnic outside but time will tell. I need to start doing laundry tonight and do a quick clean, the house is in shambles. I think we’ve decided on the storage shed we want and I’m waiting to get the go ahead from DH so I can order it. We’ve been spending a lot of money lately but it’s long term items that we’ve been wanting for quite some time so I’m not going to feel bad about it.
I was tired last night when I got home and started to fall asleep on the couch while B was watching his movie, he didn’t let that happen. Then I had major heart burn and once DH got home we just had leftovers since I had been worthless up to that point. I took care of the dishes while DH gave B a bath and then it was bet time for B, another perfect night, and then I went to bed since I was beat. Today has been extremely busy and I’m so tired I had some caffeine to try to keep me awake. Hopefully I can get things taken care of early tonight so I can catch up on my sleep. Still lots to pack and do before we leave for YNP. We have a high chance of rain while there and I know there’s still a lot of snow so I have to get all of the winter duds out. I’ll be happy as long as we can have our picnic lunch outside of the car.
We had a fantastic weekend and I’m glad we got out of the house otherwise we would have been penned up due to the rain and cold. Saturday morning I finished packing and we hit the road shortly before B was due for a nap. He slept for about an hour and then woke up but we were almost to Gardiner so it didn’t matter. Our hotel room wasn’t ready when we got there so we walked along their little shopping strip and had ice cream before checking it. We then went swimming and the shallowest part was 3’ so B had to be held the whole time and he did great. We swam, jumped in the pool, and DH threw him up in the air. I was impressed he did so well. Once we got back to the room DH fell asleep and B and I played then we went out for dinner. He was a perfect angel at dinner and went to bed without a fuss. He did wake a few times after 2:00 and around 1:30 I was struggling with bad heart burn so DH went out to the car for me to get my Tums, I didn’t even have to ask him.
We were on the road around 8:30 and first stopped at Mammoth and then headed to Steamboat Geyser. When we first got to Steamboat B was sleeping so we let him nap for another 30 min then woke him up so we could continue our day. The cool thing was that Steamboat was going off and that’s the first time DH has seen it, I guess recent quakes in the area must have made her very active. This hike was nice though a bit long since I really had to pee. B did a great job of walking with us and holding our hands but when he’d get tired he’d just drag his feet and then DH would carry him. I think he felt pretty special on DH’s shoulders. The rain wasn’t bad either, mostly just a really light rain but it did pick up a bit for about 5 min, not enough to melt us though. We then stopped at the Artists Paintpots and that was a nice hike but my BH’s were kicking in so I didn’t do the uphill climb with DH and B. We then started the drive to Old Faithful and all was well until about 15 miles from OF we were at a dead stop with slow movements forward. DH was worried it was traffic into OF and I told him if it was we weren’t stopping to see OF. We also talked about whether it was from an animal and said if it was it better be a bear or something worth looking at. After 20 + min of this slow moving traffic we finally came upon what was holding all of the tourons up, a freaking buffalo and a calf. I know people get excited when they’ve never seen something before but these are animals we see regularly and the bottom line is if you want to look at it PULL OVER so those of us that don’t care can go on our way. We were so ticked off and then watched as the morons got as close as they could to get a picture, hello buffalo can kill you! We honked at the dinks in front of us that pulled the same crap as everyone else and they finally got moving. This was just a nice reminder of why we avoid YNP. We get to OF and of course it’s just gone off so we have about 1.5 hours to burn (thanks people that can’t pull over to look at things). We had an ice cream then got our seats. B was getting tired again so he was acting up some, nothing too bad though. After we watched OF we went back to the car and B fell asleep almost immediately. Yellowstone lake was gorgeous with all of the ice still on it and once we got to Mud Volcano (DH’s favorite) B woke up. That hike was so pretty and it was my favorite on the trip. We would point to things for B and he was stick his head under the railing and check it out. I think he liked all the bubbles in the water and mud we saw. We then headed up to Canyon Village and wanted to get a bite to eat but everything was closed so we decided to do more picnic food. The rain was coming down pretty hard at this point but we found a picnic table under an awning to use and it was right next to bathrooms. After eating we had to do some back tracking since Dunraven Pass was closed and that was a bit annoying since it was getting late. All went well until we were on the bridge outside of Mammoth and some danged buffalo were on the road crossing the bridge. We were fine with that until Nebraska (the car in front of us) didn’t try to get them moving or get around them once we were past the bridge. After travelling at 3 mph with some buffalo it is soon time to motivate the things. Finally DH honked and the buffalo moved a bit faster then slowed down. Nebraska still couldn’t figure it out so we honked again, this time the buffalo cleared our lane but Nebraska still wouldn’t pass them. Finally the third honk was for Nebraska being such pansies and luckily an elk spooked which moved the buffalo off the road, do you think Nebraska is moving around them yet? Nope, we finally had to yell at them to get them going. WTH is wrong with people? They pulled over after a bit so we could pass them and that was at least appreciated. We then come up on cars stopped and this time it was worth it. A grizzly was grazing on the side of the road and I’d say he was about 2-3 years old, not really big but fun to see none the less. Do you think this took us a full 20-30 min? Sure didn’t, we got our pictures and went on our way so others could enjoy, and it was pretty easy to do too. Of course there were the morons that got out of their car to get closer and better pictures, again wild animal people! We were on our last stretch enjoying the Lamar Valley and making a little bit of fun of the wolf watchers (they’re a special breed all their own) when about 2 miles past them I spot a wolf and DH pulled over. He was collared and just digging around in a field, it was fun to watch and unfortunately our pictures didn’t turn out too well. We then hit the road again, B was doing great for moving on 13 hours on the go but he was starting to let us know it was time to be done. Once we got to Silvergate for our cabin the stupid general store was closed and that’s where we were supposed to check in. DH went to a restaurant across the street since we needed to call due to the store being close (15 min early at that) and our cell phones have no coverage up there. The restaurant isn’t even nice enough to let us use their phone, nope we have to drive to Cooke City and the gas station they sent us to was also closed. DH went into another restaurant and they sent us to a hotel that had a pay phone. DH calls and gets a message machine, perfect! During our drive back we were both pretty peeved and just ready to be done with the day, we get back to the store and now there’s an envelope on the door with DH’s name. We got everything set up and put B down then we were out right after him, I was exhausted. The cabin was really nice though and would be great for an extended weekend.Monday morning we were ready to go around 9 and B had a bit of an accident before we left. He was running around by the car and he tripped but caught himself. This would have worked perfectly if moment and the downhill slope weren’t working against him. He face dove right into the rocks and came up bruised and scratched. I felt so bad for him and he luckily bounced back quickly. Unfortunately the Beartooth Pass was still closed, not surprising with all the moisture. We thought about going over the Chief Joseph Pass but since it was snowing we figured it may just be best to drive back through the park and head home. At this point we’re beyond leisurely drive mode and just want to get home, apparently we were the only ones. We got behind Utah and they would randomly slow down for nothing and stop (in the middle of the road) to see what everyone on the side of the road was looking at. Well they were all looking at NOTHING! Once we finally got around him it was blissful. We did have another stop when there were buffalo on the road and the nice part is that DH spotted a wolf in with them. I don’t think most people saw the wolf otherwise we would have been there forever too. Oh and my favorite person for the day was the guy that had to get out and take some pictures of antelope, hello antelope are everywhere what’s the big deal? He was in a car with Wyoming plates but I’d put money on him NOT being from Wyoming. You can see more impressive antelope in the plains. It was close to noon when we got home and it was just nice having some time to do a few things around the house and relax. It was really cold and windy too so I think we had better weather in YNP than we would have at home. B also fell right back into his sleep routine so that was helpful.Tuesday was a typical day at work and I left early for my doctor’s appointment. I had lost 2 pounds (she didn’t mention it so I don’t think she cared) and my bp was 117/70. The baby’s heartbeat was 139 and its head down. Everything looked great and I mentioned my Hypnobabies with her a little bit. I’ll be her first and she didn’t seem opposed so that’s nice. I then went to Costco to get gas and did some shopping at Target. I caved and bought a little dress in case we have a girl so I would have a take home outfit for her. I also bought newborn diapers and saw that Target actually now carries premie diapers, hopefully we won’t need them but it’s good to know they’ve finally progressed. After Target I went to my chiropractor appointment and then picked B up from DC. As we were leaving he was wondering into other rooms and I put my hand out to grab his hand and he turned right when I did this and I hit his nose with my ring. He didn’t seem too bothered so I apologized and we went on our way. Out by the gate he said nose and started to fuss so I picked him up and headed for the car. When I looked at him he had blood pouring out of his nose and it had even got in his mouth. So we headed back to DC since I didn’t have anything in the car and got him cleaned up, I felt horrible. DH had just gotten home so we stopped inside quickly to finish cleaning up blood and then we went outside since Megan was out playing. I talked with the neighbor for a bit and then we went inside for dinner. I was really tired by the end of the night so I just went straight to bed.Wednesday morning I puked almost as soon as I woke up and then when I puked 2 more times before leaving the house I was wondering if it was more than just morning sickness. I felt fine on the way to work and after 1.5 hours at work I knew I needed to just go home and take it easy. I crawled straight into bed and took a 1.5 hour nap then stayed in bed until DH and B got home. Around 2:30 I took my temp and I was at 100.0 so I took some Tylenol and that had me down to low 99.0’s for the rest of the day. Needless to say I went to bed right after B was in bed and I think I probably fell asleep before he did.I’ve felt pretty good this morning, have had a low grade fever and called the doctor’s office just to see if there’s anything I need to watch for. I think it’s almost over so I’m not too worried and the baby has been moving a lot. Most of the movements are now big body part movements and it’s crazy to think this LO is getting big. I’m so excited but still not ready, I want another 2 months please.
Thursday went really fast at work and when I picked B up from DC they said he had cried for me a lot. That was strange since he loves DC. He looked exhausted when I picked him up and I realized I needed to get some groceries so I braved it with my tired boy. He was OK but a bit more whiney than usual and I had to hold him while checking out, that does not make the process go any faster. Once we got home we played outside for a bit and I heard the neighbor kids talking about B. Jessica said he was her friend and Taylor agreed but Tray said he was not his friend. This doesn’t surprise me since Tray seems to be very possessive around B even with B’s toys. Luckily my son doesn’t pay it any mind right now. We rode on his bike up and down the sidewalk and then went inside for milk, cookies and a moonie. Once DH got home we ate dinner and B was pretty cute saying prayers with us. He will fold his little hands by his chin and prays with us (I’m sure God at least knows what he’s saying) and ends it with a sweet little amen. He even reminded DH and me two nights ago when we didn’t pray that we needed to, he then said again so we repeated our prayer and I made him stop at 2. When he wants me to sign and sing the alphabet he just says again and that’s my cue. He gets a couple of the letters and tries really hard at signing, he does have z down. After dinner I did some cleaning around the house and once B was in bed I followed suit. I felt great this morning and was happy my darned bug had passed. When B woke up and joined me in the living room his cheek was bright red, sure enough he had a fever of 100.9 so I gave him Motrin (after searching for it for 10 min) and DH said he’d stay home with him this morning. I’m working through lunch so I can leave an hour early and then DH has to go to work to finish the day and close the store. I rescheduled the playgroup for next weekend since I don’t want to expose everyone to this bug, seems like it was a good move since more people have RSVP’d yes. This weekend I need to finish planting, clean the house, do DH’s books, and we have a little bit of shopping to do. It’s just nice to have a weekend at home and since my mom and aunts will be up in 2 weeks I need to get some things taken care of and ready for their visit. Time is just going by way too fast.
The weekends lately have been great and I think it’s because DH has been more involved with us, I don’t feel so “left” with B and thus overwhelmed. When I got home ELM was locating in our yard so I figure we will be getting our underground sprinkler system this week, yeah! DH left for work as soon as I got home and B and I just cuddled and watched movies for a bit. I chatted with my mom for a little while and then B found some energy and the whining began. I don’t even know what all he was whining about but nothing I did seemed to be good enough so I just gave up. I did some major work in his room, packed up clothes that are too warm and/or small for him, rearranged his closet and dresser drawer, organized his toys, set the crib up for the baby, and unpacked newborn diapers. I think the set up I have should work fine as long as I stay on top of moving out the clothes that are too small. DH picked up a take-n-bake pizza on the way home and we didn’t eat until almost an hour later than usual. B didn’t have much of an appetite for the day so he didn’t mind. Once dinner was over we got B into bed and then I did a little bit of organizing around the house before playing some MK with DH. B slept OK, he woke around 2 am with a 101.8 fever so DH gave him Motrin and he was out until 6. I wanted him to sleep a bit more so I told him it was still night-night time and we laid on the floor (he did not want in his bed) and he fell asleep within 2 min. I went back to bed but wasn’t able to sleep so at 6:45 I got up and organized/cleaned the pantry. B was up around 7:30 and we cuddled for a bit and then I continued cleaning and organizing the house. DH got up while B was having a melt-down (he’s been very clingy with my lately and is a major mama’s boy most of the time) and he luckily had the patience I was losing. B was on the potty and he was crying so hard he puked (which I caught in my hand, mmm) and then after that he let me hug him while he was on the potty. I got him calmed down and he was patting my back too so all was OK. We thought about running our errands in town before B’s nap but since he seemed exhausted we decided to wait until after. DH spent the morning mowing and I finished cleaning everything except the floors. B took a great nap and DH and I played some MK before continuing with our chores. I was just finishing up the hard floors when B woke up and then we had an unexpected visitor. M showed up since he was on his way through and while on the one hand it was nice seeing him (we had a nice visit) it was also just awkward knowing that he was abusive to J. I feel so conflicted with being friendly but I think that since J is handling things so well and not holding grudges to him maybe it’s OK that I was friendly. I just don’t know. After M left I finished the floors and then we headed to town. We bought pavers to put under the BBQ, a new cover for our fire pit, an indoor plant to replace the dead one in the bedroom, a few things from Target, and an umbrella and stand for the patio. We’ve been great for the economy lately, our credit card bills show that nicely. Once we got home B played outside for a bit and I went inside to get dinner started and cut up fruit. B didn’t eat hardly anything (except for lots of watermelon). He was fine going to bed for us but he did let me know his teeth hurt. He’s getting his 2 year molars and the poor kid is a bit sore from it. He had a great night of sleep but was up and ready for the day at 6. Once B was in bed I made raisin oatmeal cookies and then did the Wii Fit for 45 min and I love the boxing game, it was a ton of fun. DH got on it once I was done and I headed to bed. He’s been great at using the Wii Fit and he’s been working on not snacking at night, that’s a hard one for him. He’s going to cancel his gym membership since he hasn’t been in a long time and is using the Fit regularly.
I had a hard time getting up on Sunday and B and I lazed around for a little bit then I jumped in the shower. I woke DH up to see if he wanted to go to church with us and then it was our normal mad dash to get out of the house on time. It of course ended up being a Sunday where they didn’t have the early service so we promptly turned around and headed home, blast! We went for a walk then sat in the backyard for a bit and I then started working in my garden. DH ran to town while B and I worked. It was hard keeping B out of my strawberry bed after I planted the strawberries but he did put his pumpkins in the ground and helped me with the peppers before finding out that throwing dirt is more fun. He was at first concerned about getting dirty but I explained to him that it’s OK to get dirty when working in the yard. DH got home as I was finishing up and we then had lunch and put B down for his nap. We again played MK for a bit and then DH wanted to play around, which I was more than happy about. I must say I’m jealous of women that are able to O while pregnant, normally I’m a one minute wonder but when I’m pregnant I just can’t O during sex, it’s quite frustrating. But I did finally fess up that I needed some help in the lube area (it’s just been too painful lately and not enjoyable at all) and I was able to enjoy it even though I didn’t get to O. I only have 2 more months to go, I can live with this. We then took a short nap and got up when we heard the wind blowing pretty hard. We had a short lived storm blow through and I of course decided that was the best time to plant my herbs. When I came back inside B was up and cuddling with DH watching Lazy Town, this kid loves that show. Once the show was over we went for another walk then it was play time with the neighborhood kids. DH stayed outside with B and I went inside to take care of dishes and fix dinner. One odd note, our neighbor (the one that is abusing our garbage) had an open house with a lawn that was looking horrid. It needed to be mowed, has dandelions all over it, and his flower beds look terrible. Who in their right mind shows their house when it’s in such poor condition and the house for sale across the street is the same price and looks great? Crazy. My legs were so sore that I had to make the chicken strips while sitting on a chair, it was pitiful. DH and B came in a bit before dinner was ready, I guess B had had enough outside for the day. We had dinner and I was so proud because B actually ate a chicken strip, I could hardly believe my eyes and I guess we’ll have to try him with chicken strips more often. DH then gave B a bath while I cleaned up from dinner and continued doing laundry. Once B was in bed I was done moving for the day so I read some Hypnobabies (plan to finish reading it tonight) and then crawled into bed. I could have used lots more sleep last night and it was really hard getting out of bed this morning. Tonight I need to shoot for 9 but that’s always so hard to do when I have other things I want to get done.I’m doing lunch with Chris today and once I get home if the weather is nice I want to work on weeding my flower beds. I figure if I can work on them in the evenings while B plays I won’t feel so behind. I also need to water the plants, finish laundry, and finish paying bills. DH made a deposit so I can pay our estimated tax and credit cards, it feels like I just paid the damned thing. Next weekend I plan to do DH’s books (just didn’t have time this weekend) and I’ll clean up the house again so it’s ready for just a quick clean before my mom and aunts arrive. Company is the best motivator for me to get things done, maybe I’ll even get the basement cleaned up a bit this weekend. I think our storage shed will arrive today. It’s in town and the company that’s supposed to deliver it is supposed to call me to set up a delivery time but I think they’ll just drop it off and that will be that, fine with me. If it’s delivered today we’ll have to get it put up tonight, I’m really excited about it and looking forward to cleaning up the garage a bit so it’s not so cluttered. This may even mean I’ll have some room to put a fridge in the garage so I can have more freezer and cold storage space, and get a new black fridge in the kitchen. Have I said I’m great for the economy?Since I should update on the pregnancy I’m 32 weeks 3 days with my July 24th guess date. My heartburn is kicking in more and more but it’s nothing like it was with B and I don’t have the acid reflux issues so far. I’m still not snoring and still not swollen, unless I eat salty soup and that’s now off limits for me. The baby is really active and I love the full body movements, I can sort of tell what is where so that’s fun. DH told me on Saturday that since we’ve worked so hard for a boy’s name and have found one we really like he’ll be a bit disappointed if we don’t get to use the name. Maybe this means that even if we do have a girl we still have a little Gus to bring into the family afterwards, that’s a happy thought. I just feel so good and not at all in my 3rd trimester, it’s wonderful.
B was an angel when I picked him up from DC, why can’t all days be like that? I gave them a lot of plastic bags for diapers and talked with S about bringing the invitations for B’s birthday party to DC for them to give to the parents. She said that’s fine and so now I only have to get a map with directions printed out and they will be ready. It seems there’s a biter in B’s area (I’m not sure if he’s in B’s room or not but age wise he looks close to B so I’m sure they interact since he interacts with the 4-5 year olds at times). I walked in behind a mom (I think they’re new to the DC) and she said to S “Is that who he bit?” and S was putting B’s shoes on and said no he’s not (thank God!). I just really hope B doesn’t get bit AND he doesn’t pick up biting from this kid. It’s typical because just last week I was thinking to myself that it was nice there weren’t any biters in his area. The rain storm that went through was done once we got home and it wasn’t too windy so B and I played outside for a bit. He rode his bike up and down the street and I followed him, he was going fast too so I had to hustle butt a few times. He then played with bubbles and I put our recycling back in the garage then it was inside for juice. As I was prepping dinner J called me and we talked for almost 2 hours, it was great chatting with her. I told her about W & C and what W has done to C over the years, she agrees with me (she should know since her ex is bipolar) that W’s actions sound like those of someone with bipolar. B went down without a problem but we of course found him sleeping on the floor surrounded by books and stuffed animals. He’s so silly. I paid bills and did some clean up then went to bed, of course not as early as I had hoped but I didn’t feel too tired waking up this morning.
I have a busy day at work and am starting my FY prep by organizing inventory today, I better not find any mice or I will freak. I’m really not looking forward to it but it has to be done and won’t be that bad. I’m also forcing the guys to do some of it since my pregnant butt can’t move and organize the cable boxes that are in huge stacks. This is my major stressor at work right now and if I can get it cleaned up over the next 2 weeks then I won’t be so stressed the following 2 weeks. For my work stuff other than FY billing and inventory clean up I just need to get a few estimates completed, make sure I have switches ordered for projects that are coming up, and work on the handouts for whomever may cover for me while I’m gone. Really it’s not that bad I just need to buckle down and do it. I have a chiropractor appointment this afternoon and then I need to grab some groceries before picking B up. DH will be home all afternoon waiting for someone to service the AC and also for the delivery person that’s bringing us the storage shed. We will do our best to get the storage shed set up tonight (it’s supposed to be easy but still take awhile so we’ll see). The sprinkler people didn’t show up yesterday and hopefully they won’t show up today either, I’d just like to have this shed up before they do any work.I bought DH his Father's Day present and I spent almost twice as much as he told me I to spend. Why he gave me a limit I have no idea but with the reviews, options, and emissions this lawn mower has I just couldn't resist. Hopefully Amazon will get it shipped to me in time, I'm a bit nervous since they don't expect it to ship until the 9th. I never thought I could get so darned excited about a lawn mower but here I am excited.
My chiropractor appointment went well and it felt great to get some areas massaged. I could have laid there forever. B had a major tantrum when I picked him up from DC and I expected it since they had just gone outside to play. He avoided me as long as he could and then he cried the whole way to the car, once at the car he swatted at me with his lunch bag twice and I forced him in the seat and said we were going straight to a TO once we got home and that’s what we did. We’re now doing his TO’s on his bed rather than his crib and he’s doing well with staying put. After the TO he wanted milk and a movie so I cuddled with him and chatted with my mom. We finally went outside when the door bell rang and some guys were selling meat (I can’t remember the name of the company) so I bought the steak package and filled our freezer. B then played outside for a bit and I did some clean up in the garage. DH had to run to town to get wood to make a base for the storage shed so he didn’t get home until 6. I then made dinner and got B bathed and in bed. Dh had to do another run to town to return the truck and pick up some projects at work so I did the Wii for 20 min and went to bed. I had a big snuggler in bed with me last night and it was a nice surprise. He kept saying really sweet things too so I’m not sure if he was sleeping for all of them or was awake, probably sleeping.
DH has the day off but he’s taking B to DC so he can work on putting the shed together. It looks time consuming but not difficult so that’s at least something. It’s raining here so I’m not sure how much he’ll get done, that’s a bit of a disappointment but it seems to be how our spring is working this year. I motivated myself yesterday and made some needed phone calls. I first called to get the info I needed regarding my leave without pay for maternity. I have the paperwork I need in beforehand done so I’ll get that handed in and once I have the baby and come down to get my timesheets and insurance set up I will get my LWOP paperwork handed in. Wee! I also need to gather all the paperwork & info I need to take to the hospital with me and I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to get my hospital bag started. I’m still in denial that it’s coming up so soon. At least if I can get some of this taken care of then it’s done and off my mind. My other phone call was to set up an appointment to get my driver’s license renewed. I’m working through lunch today and have my appointment at 2:20. After that I need to buy some groceries and then I’ll pick B up and see how DH is doing with the shed. I discovered a neat feature the Wii Fit has, DH and I had talked about how it would be nice if it did it and then it was given to me as a tip by the Wii. Anyways, you can track activity not done on the Wii on their calendar so you can keep dibs on everything you do. I think this is awesome and I’m going to enter my info in it from here on out.
I must say the DMV having it where you can set up appointments for license renewal s is the best thing ever! I got there about 5 min early and they got me in right away, I was out of there in under 10 min, yeah! DH needed me home right away so I could help him with the shed so I decided to wait on groceries and picking B up until later in the day. It definitely took 2 people at times to put that darned thing together but it worked. I discovered that rocking on the walls from above helped them to snap into place, I guess I’ve watched my dad do enough random jobs that it’s just second nature to me. We had all the walls up and started on the door handles when it started to rain harder and it was 4:30 so we decided to pick B up. We went to the grocery store first and I was very disappointed when they didn’t have any roasted chickens out yet, this is not something to tell a pregnant lady when she’s CRAVING a roasted chicken. I pouted for a bit to DH and finished my shopping then we picked B up. He apparently thought every mom through the door was me and kept signing and saying mama, the little terd is always so indifferent to me once I do show up that I’d never guess. I was craving some Mexican at a local restaurant but didn’t really want to say it so we went home and I made tuna noodle casserole. After dinner DH went back outside and B and I played then went to bed. I had to join DH because he was having problems with the doors, I think he was just over thinking things and needed another perspective. Anyways, we got the doors on and started the roof and hit our first problem with only 3 pieces left. Instead of getting 1 front piece and 1 back piece for the roof we were given 2 back pieces, this doesn’t quite work. I called the company this morning (they were closed last night because I did call them right away) and they are sending us the part we need but we won’t see it until Tuesday, WTH? I could see if we had broken the part but it was a mistake on their part and we shouldn’t have to wait 5 days to get it. I really wanted to get this damned thing finished and the garage organized this weekend. I did e-mail their customer service online and told them I wasn’t pleased (in a really nice way I promise) I had to wait so long due to a mistake on their part. I doubt it will do any good but at least I got it off my chest. After that I went to bed, I was exhausted.
Tonight I need to do some recipe searching for the various visits I have this month. It shouldn’t be too bad and will be nice to get it taken care of. I also need to exercise tonight so that’s a priority also. Never enough time is there?
My e-mail has paid off! They changed it to overnight shipping so I should see the roof part tomorrow, I'm so happy because I really wanted to get this taken care of this weekend before we have company. Our garage is just a disaster and really needs the help.
I keep forgetting to write about this so I better do it before I forget some more. The other day B was playing on the floor in the living room and I was on the couch. The baby was kicking up a storm so I asked B if he wanted to come over and feel our baby kicking in my tummy. He gets up and crawls onto my lap and faces me (his bum is on my knees) and he starts to gently kick my tummy. I couldn’t help but laugh and I tried to explain to him that the baby was kicking from inside mommy’s tummy and that already had his go round when he was in my tummy. It was pretty cute.
B had some good play time outside because he was OK with me showing up to get him when I did. I also was greeted by 4 kids all talking to me at the same time, it was hard to focus but I did my best. The neighbor kids weren’t out when we got home but it was beautiful so we went in to get milk & cookies to enjoy outside. I weeded and B played then sat on my lap and we watched a bee collect pollen from our flowers. Shortly after that the neighbors got home and B and Megan played together and B chatted with me while I weeded. I’m going to give her a copy of my rhubarb sticky buns recipe, it’s so delicious and I’m going to put it together tonight so we can enjoy it tomorrow morning. After the neighbors went inside for dinner B and I went to the back yard and I watered plants, I also saw little B footprints all over my poor cucumber hills and I think I’m going to have to buy more cucumber plants because they look horrible. DH then arrived home and we had leftovers for dinner. B got his bath and I then read to him and put him to bed. DH wanted to play MK so we did that for about 30 min and then I gathered all of the recipes I need for the next month, I even found some fun new recipes to try. I just now need to make a shopping list and I should be set. I went to bed later than I should have and today I feel out of it and really tired, I even got to heave this morning!B cried around 4:40 and I had to go in there, I think his teeth are still bothering him. He was then up around 5:20 and I think he just stayed up at that point, he’ll be tired come nap time today. I have so many things I want to do this weekend and we should be able to finish the shed since the part arrived in town this morning, yeah! So at this point my list is: finish shed, organize garage, drop off donations, clean the house, write up grocery list, do DH’s books, organize the basement, get guest bath & bed ready, buy Father’s Day presents, weed native garden, put bark down, clean out freezers, and finish B’s invitations. That doesn’t seem like everything but I hope it is. I also have a play group tomorrow afternoon and it looks like we’re going to get a pretty good turnout, now let’s hope the rain stays away.Our kitchen sink has had the worst smell the last day, which doesn’t make any sense since I’ve been staying on top of dishes, etc. I ran the disposal and the smell was still there this morning. DH thinks it’s the scrubby so I threw that thing away and I’m going to run disposal cleaner tonight hoping it gets rid of any funk. It’s so bad it’s starting to spread through the whole house, gag a maggot!We received our AmEx bill yesterday with a bit of surprise. They claimed we didn’t pay our last bill and after digging through all of our paperwork I realized we never received the darned thing. DH also didn’t receive a Rolling Stone so now we’re wondering if someone took our mail or what. I can’t think of anything else that seems to be missing so hopefully that’s all that is MIA. DH called AmEx and explained that we didn’t receive the bill so they removed the late & interest charges so that was good. I hate it when things like this happen. I also was stopped by Jim and he talked with me about the Homeowner’s Association meeting that I forgot about on Friday. I’m on the Architectural Committee and they want us to be more involved so I guess at the next meeting I better remember to show up. DH thinks I should be the president, I think that means I complain too much about things. It mostly sounds like we’ll be responsible for making sure everyone has their yards up to standards and that shouldn’t be too bad. I’m more than happy to be active with our Association. Well I best motivate myself and get some more things off my desk, I don’t have forever!
I’m going to start this by saying I have a head cold, am stuffy, feel light headed, and am not a happy girl about it. The worst part is I don’t feel like I can do the work I need to with our inventory today so hopefully after lunch I’m feeling better and can handle standing out there and working.
We had a nice weekend, too fast and not enough sleep but thus is life. Friday I pulled a little bit more in the native garden but I still have a lot to do in there (my plan is to work on it in the evenings this week). I did talk DH into taking me out to eat at the Mexican restaurant in town and by the time we got out of there it was B’s bed time. DH finished the shed & I prepped the cinnamon rhubarb rolls then went to bed , not as early as I should have but not too late either. B was up around 6:30 on Saturday and I felt pretty good so we had our cuddle time then started cleaning. I baked the rolls and did a major stupid by not baking them enough so they were doughy. Part of my problem was I was dealing with B on the potty when the buzzer when off and then he was running around naked and my attention wasn’t 100%. They were a bomb and it was disappointing. After DH left for work I loaded up the 2 light fixtures and overhead vent and drove to the Habitat for Humanity Restore, after standing there for 10 min waiting to be helped I was informed that they weren’t taking donations because they’re getting new asphalt. OK, it would have been nice to have seen a sign up that stated this before I wasted my time standing around with a toddler. I then went to the second hand store and they won’t take them because they have no way of testing them to guarantee they work. I was so frustrated at this point and apparently hormonal that I drove home crying and then cried some more once I got home. I swear my luck is just crappy when it comes to things like this. Once I got over my hormones I trimmed around the raspberry bushes and then gave B lunch and put him down for his nap. I was able to finish cleaning the house while he napped and then we had to hustle bum to get to our play group on time. We had a great turn out, 5 families total and everyone seemed to have fun. Storm clouds started moving in so we left after 1.5 hours at the park, it was plenty of time. B and I then stopped by the grocery store and went home. DH was finishing up mowing and weed eating so I put the groceries away and chatted with my mom. B was so cute, DH and I were using the binoculars to identify some birds in our yard so B grabbed the charged for rechargeable batteries and put that up to his face like it was binoculars. We both got a good laugh out of that. We did a quick dinner and then put B to bed. I should have been productive at this point but just didn’t feel up to it so we watched Cloverfield, which by the way isn’t a bad show and I enjoyed it but it was just really a cover up for a love story, and then played some MK. I didn’t go to bed until after midnight and I felt it the next day.B was up at 6:45 and I was dragging. I laid on the couch dozing in and out while B played and then around 8 I started to motivate myself. Once DH was up we went to town to do a little shopping, got the Father’s Day and birthday presents we needed to pick up along with the other do-dads. Once we got home B needed lunch and a nap and I worked on DH’s books and organized the freezers (wow did we have a lot of old stuff to throw out). It rained almost all day and was cold so we were stuck inside, not too fun. I fell asleep on the couch after B was up and woke right before B and DH left for a walk so I decided to join them. Once home we made dinner (steak, potatoes, watermelon, and blueberry muffins Yum) then DH gave B a bath and I cleaned up. I was exhausted at this point and played with B until bedtime then played MK with DH until 9 and went to bed. I could have used another 8 hours.
Another thing I want to write down before I forget, I noticed that B’s first incisor broke through on Sunday, now we only have 3 to go! He’s been pretty good with it but we had another night of him waking a lot and just fussing then going back to sleep. Poor kid, I finally got up around 3:30 and gave him Tylenol. What do you think he says to me as I go in his room? Mess. He’s made it a nightly routine now to get out of bed after I tuck him in to strew all of his books around the floor and some of his toys. He then usually falls asleep in the middle of the mess but that wasn’t a possibility with this mess since it was gigantic. I told him we’d deal with it in the morning and to go to sleep. I slept horribly last night, well I slept great until about 1:30 and then I was waking at least every hour. I feel a bit tired today but my head cold is a bit better so that’s nice.
I dropped the b-day invitations for B off at DC yesterday, I’m about 3 weeks ahead of time but it’s at least off my plate. It turns out B napped for a total of 30 min yesterday, wonderful! He was laughing and talking for a long time so they took him out of the room so the other 2 could fall asleep, which they did. He was then put back in the room and he proceeded to rock the PnP so much that he moved across the room. He was then put in a high chair and he wanted a snack, of course it wasn’t given to him because it was not snack time and he proceeded to get his 30 min nap there. Surprisingly he was a very happy and good boy for us so that was nice. DH went home early since he’s sick also and he joined us outside once we got home. B was busy playing and I had a bit of a fit over our garbage again. DH was taking the garbage out and asked me if I put this in there. I go to our garbage and see that there’s several HUGE dandelions in there that have already seeded and they haven’t been bagged. This put me in a very pissy mood and for several reasons. First off, you put weeds that have seeded in there and once they pick the garbage up loose seeds will fly all over our yard. Second, I’m sure seeds fell into our yard as he was walking through it to use our garbage. Third, he needs to pay for his own damned garbage service, we aren’t a charity garbage on the block. So in my anger I bagged up all of the dandelions (as I watched seeds fly around in the garbage) and wrote a note (nicer than I was feeling) stating my above concerns (DH talked me out of telling him to take care of his damned weeds before they seed) and asking him to please stop using our garbage. I’m pretty sure he also heard me *****ing about it since I was going off, I’m not too quiet in these situations, and he had come out to leave. Bottom line, I don’t give a damn. Once that was over B rode his Radio Flyer with the neighbor boys and he learned a bit of a lesson. He was going really fast and wasn’t keeping his feet out enough to not interfere with the rear tires. Sure enough he bit it and he was fine but crying about it (tear free cries). DH picked him up and we told him to brush it off and he got right back on. He fell a second time and got up on his own, there was a little bit of whining, and then he had his feet far enough out that it didn’t happen again. I can’t wait for him to learn how to pedal his trike so he can keep up with the big boys, it will happen soon I think.Once the neighbor kids went in for dinner we also went in and I made soup and sandwiches then B was put in his pj’s and after lots of running and some play time on his own I put him to bed ½ hour early. He still didn’t fall asleep until his normal time but we at least tried. I was exhausted and started falling asleep on the couch so at 9 I was in bed.
I have a chiropractor appt today and will stop by Costco on my way home to hopefully get gas (they were redoing the asphalt yesterday so the pumps were closed) and for sure pick up a roasted chicken since I’m still craving one. I hope to get the rest of my native garden weeded and some more bark put down but we’ll see how it goes.
I've noticed that when people talk to me about my pregnancy they all seem to think that I can't wait for it to be over. I get lots of "I'll bet you can't wait until it's over" and I tell them I'm in no hurry and want more time. I'm bigger than I was with B but I'm still not huge and really I feel great. I do forget that I'm pregnant, that's how great I feel. It makes me sad that our society just assumes pregnancy is miserable & women can't wait for it to be over. I know with some pregnancies it is miserable and you can't blame those women for wanting to be done but overall I think people make pregnancy to be more of a burden than it really is.
It's snowing! I sure didn't expect this as I sit here in my birkenstocks, good thing I have back up tennis shoes at work. I know the temp is supposed to drop to a high of 45 tomorrow but I did not expect snow today. My poor, poor garden. Guess I'm covering things tonight, I'll also cover my rhubarb just in case.
I’m starting this off with a brag, a mom has to do that now and then right? DC pointed this out to me but I already knew he was capable. Hope was really impressed that he was able to name all of the colors on the wall and he was playing with her phone and said two 5’s. She looked at the phone and there were two 5’s on the screen. She said she could hardly believe and had him repeat it so she knew he was saying what she thought he was saying. I told her he also knows his shapes and most of his numbers (he still struggles now and then with a few of them). She said they can hardly believe he’s only 2. I was pretty proud of my smart little pumpkin.
After my chiropractor appointment on Tuesday I headed to Costco to get gas and a roasted chicken, mmm it was delicious and hit the spot. DH was home when B and I got there but B wanted to ride his bike so we headed down the street before saying hi to DH. The neighbor kids were down the street so B played with them and I chatted with Becky and Heather (at least I think her name is Heather). I’ve been wanting to get to know her a little bit better and she seems really nice. B told me he had to poop so we headed home and didn’t get a poop but we did get a pee in the potty. I then started dinner and DH played with B. He’s been doing so great at trying to eat healthier (fruit and cottage cheese for lunch) and I feel like I sabotage him because I’m craving lots of bad food. Root beer floats were my thing and then last night I made no-bake cookies. As DH gave B a bath I cleaned up the kitchen and after B was in bed DH did the Wii Fit and I read my Hypnobabies and practiced the finger drop. I really need to buckle down and get things rolling. I then went to bed and slept pretty good, I only heard B once and it was very short lived.DH took Wednesday off and I forgot about that so I had B’s lunch and breakfast all ready to go when I went in to wake DH. That’s when I remembered he had the day off. B was still sleeping so I let him sleep and left for work at my normal time. I guess B woke right after I left and played in his room for a little bit. DH then heard something in the living room around 7:30 and thought it was me and that I was really going to be late for work, well shortly after that he heard B outside our bedroom door so he realized B had gotten out of his room. I don’t think I closed the door well enough. They then watched Lazy Town (T Town according to in bed and then started their day. We had snow again and this time there were big fluffy flakes that stuck for a short while. Lots of moisture and I’m feeling OK about it since my plants are covered. My cucumbers are completely dead, good thing I bought more. After B was in bed I laid down since my stomach was feeling upset and the next thing I knew it was 10:30, there went any plans of exercise for the night. I suppose it was good to try to help me get over this danged cold.Thursday was a busy day at work and I didn’t get near what I wanted/needed to done, doesn’t help that I had a 2 hour meeting shoved on me. It was very dramatic and entertaining at least, I’m so glad I was just a viewer. My afternoon went to the crapper though, things just weren’t working out how they should and I encountered another annoyance of no one giving me copies of paperwork I need and pregnancy hormones hit me hard. I left about 5 min early and was doing OK until we got home. DH’s Father’s Day present wasn’t delivered because they require a person their and a signature, this started pushing me down the hormonal slope and then when B wanted inside but then cried because we were inside I just lost it. I bawled for what seemed like forever, it didn’t help when B unrolled the entire full roll of toilet paper onto the floor. I also cried again when I called to arrange to pick up the package from UPS, they sure as shit better put the thing in the car for me or there will be an angry pregnant lady raising hell. I was just in a funk and I warned DH about my hormones. I did at least get the house cleaned up and after B was in bed DH helped me get the basement set up. I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon and after that I have to stop by UPS, Costco, and then the grocery store. Hopefully I can also finish weeding since it’s not raining today and get the bark down. I need to also do some prep for meals this weekend and clean the floors, it should be a day full of fun.I don’t think DH is going to make it to my appointment this afternoon and for the third time I gave him the rest of my appointment times and he’s now saying he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to make them. That’s fricking great that he’s bailing on me because he couldn’t write the damned things down a month ago when I first gave them to him. My concern is that there will be bad news at an appointment and I’m going to alone to deal with it, I just can’t emotionally handle that. I really feel things will continue to go fine with this pregnancy but there’s that fear in my back of my mind that I’ll have a repeat of what we went through with B and I can’t handle that on my own. He says he’ll come immediately if something is wrong but I’m just really let down right now. Plus to add on to it, he has to work the day of B’s birthday party so he’ll be leaving early. Real nice especially since I wasn’t even planning a party but he said he’d be there to help. Yup, sure followed through on that one, thanks from your very pregnant wife.
My appointment on Friday went well, fast but well. DH didn’t make it and that was fine. I gained a pound and my BP was 128/74. The baby’s heart rate was 146 and I’m scheduled for an ultrasound in their office on the 26th, the day before my next appt. I hope DH can make it to that one. We’re going to check on the size and amniotic fluid, I’m hoping all is well and feel as if it is. After the appointment I went to Costco and stocked up on fruit then went to pick up the mower from UPS. It took awhile to get help because of the line and then she had to find someone that could lift the 90 pound box into my car. I really hoped it would have fit into the back but 1/3 of it was handing out. The guy says to me that as long as I take it easy it should be fine. Should be? You want a pregnant woman to take a chance of losing the damned thing in the middle of the road so she can get out of her car (crying of course) to try to pick up 90 pounds of mower and put it back in the damned trunk? That’s a great idea! I told him flat out that I had to drive to Blgrd and I didn’t hear any dumb comment from him after that. I had to remove the car seat and drop the back seat down to fit it in and then called DH (mad, hormonal, and on the verge of tears) to inform him that I can’t pick B up and he needed to. I was a mess and I hadn’t even lost a mower in the street. I then picked up the groceries I needed and headed home. DH arrived with B and then we weeded until we went inside. I was busy the rest of the night with dinner, prepping the fruit, making ice tea, cleaning up the last of the house, and putting laundry away. I was tired once I finally made it to bed. On Saturday B was up at 6:30 and I was struggling to get out of bed which took too long for DH so he just got up instead. I felt bad but still slept for another hour. Once I was up DH went back to bed for an hour and B and I got dressed and started cleaning up the house (it’s amazing how fast a toddler can mess up a house). My mom called around 9 so I jumped in the shower and DH got up and got ready for work. After he left B and I went outside and played while waiting for my mom and the aunts to arrive. We had walked to the stop sign when they drove by and when he saw Mimi waving and I told him that she’d meet us at our house he started running, it was pretty cute. He was very happy to see Mimi running toward him too. We had a great day visiting. We had lunch then put B down for his nap and sat outside at the table chatting. Once B was up my mom was busy playing with him and the rest of us talked for another hour or so then we started prepping everything for the kabobs. B loves cherries, he ate so many I could hardly believe it. We had dinner outside and B ran up until bed time and then he went down without a problem. Well he did call out for me at one point so I went in to tuck him in and then he also wanted his daddy to give another hug and kiss. My dad ended up coming up too since he was heading to Helena to look at some tools and hoped to buy them. We all chatted until close to 10 and then everyone filed away to bed. There was a horrible accident at my dad’s work and he needed to talk it out. I know he feels terrible since he’s a safety guy and there are a lot of questions surrounding this death. I’m heartbroken for the guys’ family and hope his death was quick, though it sounds as if it wasn’t quick enough. I also prepped the rhubarb cinnamon rolls and then went to bed.I woke on Sunday at what I thought was 5 to go to the bathroom but I noticed it was really light out for it to only be 5. Turned out it was 6 and since I didn’t hear B I fell back to sleep until 6:30. I listened again for B and it sounded like he had just woke up so I got up. He was happy to see Papa and we finished the Father’s Day cards then gave Papa his present. He wanted my mom so we went down and woke her up and I then started breakfast for my dad. I at least gave him a great Father’s Day breakfast, 3 WF/GF waffles, 3 scrambled eggs, and Nitrate free bacon. I then popped the cinnamon rolls into the oven and as they neared being ready I made DH some bacon and made a really tasty coffee drink for all of us. My dad was out the door before the rest of us ate breakfast and everyone seemed to really enjoy the rolls (plus they weren’t doughy). After breakfast we did a lot more chatting while my mom ran around outside with B. When they came in around 10:30 B was sporting his first pair of skinned knees. I put some medicine and bacon Band-Aids on him and he seemed to do a bit better. He was very clingy with me and I think he was just exhausted. My mom and aunts left then we gave B lunch and put him down for a nap. I decided that I was going to relax for the day so I started boiling the chicken for dinner and sat outside doing crossword puzzles while DH used his new mower and mowed the lawn. We then played some MK and B was up so we decided to head to the park. We brought along his swim stuff just in case the water park was open and sure enough it was! B did pretty good, he didn’t really get wet but enjoyed putting his hands in the water. He was cold though so that may have had something to do with it. After we played in the water for a bit we headed to the play equipment and he did great climbing up some of the ladders. We then headed home and played outside some more while I cleaned up the bubble machine. I want it to work for his party so I figured there was no better time. Speaking of his party A is coming so we will have at least 2 buddies there. We then headed inside so I could get dinner ready and then it was just a normal night of bath & cleaning. DH did the Wii so I went to the bedroom and watched some tv, practiced my finger drop and went to bed.Today has been a typical day so far and I’m still battling the sinus issues, not as bad as I have been but it’s still there. I even had the pleasure of heaving up all the water I drank this morning, that was pleasant and means I’ll be washing the floor mat from the bathroom. I’m leaving early for my chiropractor appointment then I have to stop by Target to get a few things before picking B up. Not sure what I’ll do once I’m home, maybe I’ll be good and start organizing the garage.
My chiropractor appointment went well and my shopping at Target resulted in some great deals on some clothes for B, not too shabby. B wasn’t excited to see me at all and he just wanted to play outside, we did get home without too much of a meltdown. Once we had something to drink and were in sandals we went outside to play with the neighbor kids. B did fine for awhile then started breaking down over the little things, though some I could understand. He was upset when Megan drank his juice and then upset when the older boys took his watering cans and then sprayed him (not always on purpose) with the hose. After he just kept crying and crying I asked him if he wanted to go inside and he said he was ready for a movie. We then cuddled and started a movie only to be interrupted by the doorbell, the neighbor boys I assume wanted to come inside to play but neither one of us was up for that. B started whining again and I told them we were going to take it easy and maybe be out later. We got some good cuddle time in and then DH arrived home. We decided on leftovers since we have a ton and B was running a low fever of 99.3 so we gave him Motrin. We then got him in his pj’s and played hoops. He’s also enjoying running at me to give me a big hug so he did that for awhile. Once he was in bed I really had no motivation so I watched a little bit of tv then went to bed myself.
B was up right at 6 and he didn’t seem to be running a fever so I hope it was just from teething, we’ll see if I get a call today or not. I slept great but feel a bit tired today. DH has asked me to not buy a few snacks I keep around the house, that’s fine with me and I’ll try to keep healthier foods available for him. He also thanked me for keeping fruit around the house so I guess my weekly fruit visit to Costco will keep going. I need to take advantage of this and work on making healthier meals. I want to see him succeed and physically feel better, maybe it will lead to more hanky panky for me.Father’s Day brought up the sore spot for DH, I hate that this happens every year. His dad always goes to YNP Father’s Day weekend with friends to fish, they have all brought along their sons that are fathers and FIL has brought BIL J. Well DH has never been asked to join his dad for one of these weekends and it really bothers him. I don’t know if FIL just doesn’t consider DH to be worthy, if he just doesn’t think about it, or if it comes down to the way they view DH and me. I feel a lot of times like we’re just these young stupid kids in their eyes, the babies. They make comments that are uncalled for and undeserving. DH and I have made good decisions and done well without their help so I have a hard time understanding why they can’t view us as able bodied adults. It’s like we just don’t get the respect that they give to DH’s siblings. For one thing MIL is so anti computer games, she acts like it’s this horrid thing that DH plays games. She has made comments to me several times and I tell her that it’s a stress reliever for DH and it’s a heck of a lot better than him going out to the bars. She still just doesn’t get it and if it doesn’t bother me then where’s the problem? I guess I just wish they would accept us for who and how we are and give us a respect that we deserve. Oh well, nothing I can do about it.
The sprinkler people had out yard marked again yesterday and we should see them either today or tomorrow. I’m so excited to have a sprinkler system installed. Our wood burning stove has also arrived so they will be at the house on Thursday to set everything up and then mark where the hole needs to be cored and then A-core will drill the hole and they will seal it until they can come back to do the actual installation. I’m so excited that things are getting close to being done. After all of this we can forget about projects until we decide we’re ready to get moving on the basement. That will be a great feeling.
I had some unexpected news from work yesterday, I’m getting a $1,000 bonus in my next pay check and I’ll happily take it. B was busy playing outside when I picked him up from DC and he was a sweaty little boy. He at first didn’t want to come home with me but then gave in easily. The sprinkler guys were still at the house when we got there so I had to make sure B didn’t take their flags out of the ground, he did really well and would just touch them. The neighbor kids came over and played while I talked to Becky and then B was ready to go inside and watch a movie. I sat with him for a little bit because he asked and then I started dinner. As I noticed his diaper had completely leaked through the sprinkler guy was at the door saying he needed to run to the basement one more time and then show me how to use the controls. I changed B and finished that up just as he was ready to teach me the ropes. The system is really easy and I was able to show everything to DH without having to look at the manual so that was nice. DH was home right as dinner was ready so we ate and then he gave B a bath while I did some clean up. It was then play time for DH and B, B loves running with his daddy and being thrown in the air. They were also swinging in circles and B looked like a little drunkard trying to get his balance back. He didn’t help me clean up his room before bed so we didn’t have any night time stories, it still didn’t stop him from destroying his room even more before going to bed. After he was in bed DH and I checked out the yard and some areas are a bit more tore up but DH is going to work on getting them filled with soil and seed today. For the time being we’re going to run the system twice a day for a couple weeks to get things looking good again. They did a great job with the drip system in my front flower beds and my garden system is perfect for keeping flexibility, I’m pretty excited. Once we were done playing with the new system I did the Wii for 30 min and then went to bed.
B was up at 5:50 and after a long hug he was ready for the day with a smile. I wanted to let DH sleep/rest as much as possible so I brought B into the bedroom as I was leaving so they could watch Lazy Town. DH was cute trying to sleep more and B was cute with his ducky and milk propped by pillows with a big grin. That made it hard to go to work but I have so much to do I have no options. I need to do more work with my inventory today and hopefully get some of these other projects wrapped up and off my desk by the end of the week.DH and I talked last night about how I'm bigger this pregnancy and how it's a good thing considering B's IUGR. He mentioned that maybe we should have been more concerned when I was so much smaller than other women and I realized that I was more worried with B's pregnancy than I am with this one. I don't know if I just had more time to focus on everything or if I intuitively knew something may not be right. He was perfect for being so small and that's the important part.
My stupid ankles swelled yesterday and I was not happy at all. It’s such a yucky feeling and gets me worrying. DH and B had a nice day together, B was very helpful with picking up rocks and he worked hard for his daddy. DH was tired once I got home and on a short fuse so I did my best to keep B out of his way. Once DH was done with the yard work we stopped by the hardware store and then went to Pickle Barrel for dinner. B ate a whole pickle while we were waiting for our sandwiches and he requested that we pray while he was eating so we did. He's very good at keeping us on track with praying before eating. After dinner I played with B and then put him down for the night. I then did some watering and put my feet up so I could hopefully get rid of the swelling. DH rubbed my feet and ankles then we did the mini-script for the first time. I think it went well and we’ll just have to keep at it every other night.
I’m still a little swollen today but I think it’s from the food I’ve been eating, I’ve been really good with salt today so we’ll see how I am tomorrow. I’ll probably do steaks and potatoes for dinner tonight so that can be salt free. I’m hope to go for a walk with B tonight when I get home but it will depend on his mood and what he wants to do I’m sure. The fireplace guys arrived today so I’ll get to see what it looks like, DH said it’s plain and I’m not going to comment on the fact that I wasn’t asked what I wanted. We should also have the hole in the foundation by the time I get home.
I need to get back to my hectic day at work and hopefully get some estimates off my desk. I hate FY end.As we were eating last night B said "I'm the man" and then thought for a little bit and said "Brodie the man", it was pretty darned cute and great to see him associating I with his name.
Yesterday felt wasted at times, I did a lot of waiting around so I didn’t get out to the storage shed like I needed to, it’s what I’m doing after lunch though come hell or high water! When I picked B up from DC he was in their clothes since he had leaked through, I also noticed that he had a bad rash on his neck and I’m not sure if it’s from the heat or from the collar on the shirt. Once we were home I wanted to change him before he went outside to play and that was a battle. It also took so long that he decided he just wanted to cuddle and watch a movie. The hole for the chimney looks good and the stove is really basic but not ugly. I know I would have chosen something a bit more aesthetic but it really doesn’t matter. I think they’ll be back on Monday or Tuesday to do the installation. They left every light on in the basement and that was a little annoying. We had BBQ steaks and potatoes for dinner then I did dishes clean up while DH gave B a quick bath. I got another rub down on my ankles since they were still swollen, they still have some swelling today but it’s not quite as bad. I also read quite a bit of the Hypnobabies and then went to bed.B was up early this morning and the first thing he said to me was “broke it”. Yup, he sure did. Somehow he pulled the doorstop out of the screw so the screw is still in the wall. I told him that wasn’t acceptable and hopefully DH can get it fixed. He was in a cuddly mood this morning and after awhile I had to finish getting ready. My weekend will consist of cleaning and doing some work in the gardens. We have a playgroup tomorrow afternoon so that will be a nice break. I also need to organize the basement, it’s horrible right now and just seems to get worse.
I’m feeling stressed and annoyed and I hate inventory and FY end! OK, with that off my shoulders I can now properly move on. We had a nice weekend though I feel like I was lazier than I should have been. I didn’t really do much on Friday night and B was a sweetie and slept until 7:00 on Saturday. I did 4 loads of laundry and cleaned most of the house on Saturday before we headed to the water park for our play group. We had a nice time at the park and B was a bit clingy not wanting to get into the water. We then went out for Mexican with D & K and then it was home. Once B was in bed I laid on the couch and fell asleep, DH woke me when he came inside from mowing and we then played MK and watched part of Beerfest before going to bed. I went to bed way too late and was struggling on Sunday morning when B got up. I mostly dozed on the couch while B watched movies then we were up and at it before DH got up. We then did our shopping for the week and DH bought Rock Band. Once we were home I did some more cleaning and DH filled in holes in the yard. B took a great nap and once he was up we had to get dressed and out the door for Arron’s wedding reception. We almost forgot about the thing. When we arrived no one we knew was there so we walked around with B and after an hour of the bride still not arriving (with no indication in sight that she would anytime soon) we left and we left hungry. It’s pretty typical of her to not be prompt but over an hour late is pretty bad. At this point we’re all hungry and DH was meeting Aaron to go to the Super Suckers and Nashville Pussy in Livingston so we picked up McDonalds. I was hungry for it but it’s been a loooooong time since I’ve eaten there and I sure paid for it digestively later on in the night. DH also got a double cheese burger without the meat, everything else was there including the cheese so I’m not sure how they screwed that up. A arrived while B was in the bath and he and DH hooked up Rock Band to get a couple songs in before leaving for the show. The drums look really hard but I haven’t tried them yet. They played a couple songs then I got to play and A did a great job entertaining B while he was singing. B joined right in and was giggling up a storm. They left as I was getting B ready for bed and that resulted in a meltdown because daddy wasn’t around. He’s so funny because when he really wants one of us he will cry our name and sign it. He finally got settled (I had to go in twice before he finally fell asleep) and I read my Hypnobabies then went to bed. Around 11 I woke to some violent thunder, it was rocking the house to the point where my kitchen computer rattled “awake”. About 30 min later B was up crying because the thunder woke him, we had that happen another 2 times so I would just fall asleep and then wake up to him. Then at 2 I woke up to a horrible (TMI warning) puke/reflux from the damned McDonald’s. I got up to pee and took some Tums and DH was home so he talked to me a bit about the show. He said it was really good, had sweat pouring off his shirt it was so hot, he got a set list, and A’s beer bottle was used by the guitar played on the guitar so they kept that momento. Oh and the guitar player from Nashville Pussy was the female version of AC/DC’s Angus, he said she was rocking. Around 3 B woke again fussing and saying daddy, DH didn’t budge so I went in and told him it was OK and that daddy was sleeping. I finally had my longest stretch of sleep, 2 whole hours, then the alarm went off. I was struggling yesterday to say the least.
We had a pretty quiet Monday, I wanted to be more productive when I got home but it didn’t happen. B was full of energy and both DH and I were tired but since DH was cranky I forced myself to move and play with him. I was slightly annoyed since he’s gone tonight for Reverend Horton Heat in Msla and thought he’d like to be with B as much as he could but whatever. I’m not sure what B and I will do for dinner tonight but I do need to be somewhat productive once we’re home. I also need to call MIL, I’ve just been too busy and tired and I’m sure she’s getting a bit peeved about it. They are thinking of staying with us on Friday night which means I have to figure out where to put the air mattress for them. I also need to get things around the house taken care of so I’m not so stressed come Friday night and Saturday morning. Add all of this onto a busy/stressful week at work with 2 doctors appointments at the end of the week and I’m questioning what I was thinking adding this all to my life.
Things have been so busy, I’m looking forward to them quieting down again. B and I had a nice night on Tuesday, he asked about DH a lot but was content with my answer that he was in Msla. After he was in bed I called MIL and worked on cleaning up the house a bit. They aren’t staying with us on Friday and I’m a bit relieved since it means less for me to do before tomorrow. I did offer for them to stay on Sunday on their way back but I haven’t heard back about that. I was running a little late yesterday morning trying to get B out the door with me, thankfully DC does breakfast. I’m not feeling stressed at work so that’s a good thing, I still have a ton of billing to do but for some reason I’m pretty relaxed about it. I met DH after work at Great Clips since B needed a haircut and that was a disaster. B was hysterical and nothing was calming him down. He sat on DH’s lap and I helped restrain him while trying to talk to him, I thought he was going to puke he was so worked up. She did a great job with his hair though and she used the clippers so it’s nice and short. He looks to handsome. He was very clingy with me after that so I drove home with him and spent the evening playing. I was as little peeved at DH since he decided to play Rock Band the whole night and just ignored both of us. I then ignored him right back because I figured if he’s too damned busy with a fricking game to spend time with us (especially after he’s been gone) then I’m too damned busy for him. After B was in bed I fell asleep on our bed then got up to clean the floors.
I was late getting out of the house today because B fell off his toy bench and hit his head, I enjoyed the cuddle time and didn’t care at that point if I was going to be late. I’m working through lunch today since I have an ultrasound this afternoon, I hope all looks well. I really don’t think DH will be there and I’m not going to remind him again, if he shows I’ll be shocked, heck if he remembers I’ll be shocked. Once I get home I need to do some weeding and then bake B’s cake. Tomorrow after my appointment I have to stop at Costco for a few things then decorate the cake, decorate the house for the party after B is in bed, and then make the WF/GF cinnamon rolls for breakfast. My parents are bringing the motorcycle up and they’re leaving early on Friday so they will probably beat me home. My mom called me yesterday saying a large mass has been found on my cousin Carrie’s ovary. She’s going in on Tuesday for them to look at it and I’m sure surgery is pending. The doctor said he doesn’t think its cancer and that if it is it’s early. To add to it my uncle Bill is going in the same day for a pre-dementia test because he can’t remember anything. I’m sure my aunt Linda is a bundle of stress right now.
My ultrasound went really well yesterday. My amniotic fluid levels are perfect, my placenta looks healthy and is functioning, the baby is head down (we got a picture of a foot and the sweet little face) measuring at 36 weeks and has an estimated weight of 6 lbs 2 oz. Oh, and it also has hair. DH thinks the baby looks like a girl and B popped into my head when I first saw the face so I think the baby looks like a boy. We were out of there 10 min after she started and I picked B up then we headed home. I weeded in my strawberry garden then B wanted to watch a moonie so we went inside. I did a quick clean in the kitchen and bathroom, prepped the board for the cake, baked the cake, and weeded a bit in my native garden. I also talked with my neighbor for quite awhile. We started out talking about our pregnancies and it was great hearing her talk about her 2 homebirths. The good news is if things go too fast she and her husband both know how to deliver a baby. She also said she’d take B if my mom wasn’t around and we needed to head to the hospital, that’s a big load of my shoulders. DH was running a fever last night but he had so much to do with work that he wasn’t able to take it easy.B woke up cranky this morning, just really touchy I guess. I think his teeth are hurting him so that’s probably the culprit. I have all of the billing that I can do done, I’m waiting on one billing number and I’m not sure if it will come in on time, oh well if not. DH is home resting and he met with the fireplace guys because I had a huge concern last night. The hearth that they have for the fireplace is too damned big, it goes over the doorway to the storage room by at least 6-8 inches. This poses a big problem when we finish the basement and want to put a door in that room. I guess they have a few options and DH is going to go over them with me tonight. My mom called to say my brother and his kids are coming up for the party tomorrow. I’m glad she told me otherwise I wouldn’t have been prepared. I’m excited to see them and it should be a lot of fun. I have my 36 week appointment in an hour and I can’t wait to get out of here. After the appointment I need to stop by Costco and the grocery store, then its home to decorate the cake, decorate the house, and make some WF/GF rolls for tomorrow.Some good news on my cousin, they believe the mass is a pocket of blood so hopefully that’s the case since it will be less invasive.
My doctor’s appointment on Friday went well, I had the GBS swab and then an internal exam and I was/am 1.5 cm, 80% effaced, and -2. The baby’s heart rate was at 150 and my BP was up a little bit but still good. I think that mostly was due to a woman staggering and then falling down in the waiting room, she apparently had a shot earlier and it made her pass out. After the appointment I went to Costco then picked B up and stopped by the grocery store. DH was still feverish, had a temp of 100.2 the night before, so he was home when we got there. My parents arrived shortly after we got home and B was enthralled with Mimi. I started cutting up fruit and DH and my dad made an interesting discover while looking at what can be done to fix our negative pressure issue in the house. It turns out the stupid way they hooked up the furnace and hot water heater to exhaust CO from the units had CO blowing into our house rather than exhausting through the “pipe”. So DH is looking into tankless hot water heaters now. We also looked at the fireplace location and we’re just going to move the door way to the storage room, that’s easy enough. I did decide that I don’t like the piss poor job they did on the outside, no clean lines and just shabby looking, so DH had them over today to fix that and do it right. We also have the sprinkler guys coming back out on Thursday since we have a couple spots that aren’t getting watered and the hoses keep blowing out in my garden. Someday this will all be done right?DH went to bed really early on Friday and I stayed up putting the cake together, I had major issues with the frosting and cooked the sugar too long so it because a hard clump of sugar. I then ran to the store and found some made WF/GF frosting so I just used that and it turned out really nice. I then made the cinnamon rolls and went to bed. B was up on Saturday at 6:30 so we got Mimi up and then I started decorating the house, put the rolls in for breakfast, and cleaned up a bit. B was so excited and surprised to see Aidan at the house, it was adorable. He was also given a signing helium balloon and he got such a kick out of it that he took a nap with it. Kelly, Dan, & Darren showed up after we went to the back yard and those boys were very cute playing together. My favorite was when they played with the water spraying ball and D decided to scream and run so the other joined in. My brother and the kids even showed up, I could hardly believe they did the drive and it was really nice to have them. DH ordered the pizza and he left shortly after it arrived. Everyone ate really well and the fruits & veggies were a big hit for the kids and adults. We then had cake and B’s face was precious when everyone started signing, he had this surprised and intrigued look on his face. After a little more play time everyone was ready for a nap so the kids left and I put B down for his nap. My mom played with the niece and nephew and my dad and I took a ride on the scooter (which needs a new battery). We then looked at the Pontiac and have discovered that its 7 month old battery is shot; damned thing won’t hold a charge. I need to take that in at some point to get an exchange. When DH got home we headed to the Oasis for dinner and B was being very naughty at first, I had a talk with him and he was great after that. My crab legs were delicious and I’m so glad we went there. Once we were home we had B open presents, he loves the drill and tools we got him. Mimi & Papa got him a bubble blowing lawn mower (one big favorite), a Tonka truck, and a flashlight (this is the new bed time toy). C, W & the kids got him some bubbles and a travel Aquadoodle. He was very excited. After he was in bed I opened my presents and I got some great things. B got me the new Mudcrutch cd, and DH gave me a new blender and a tea pot with flowering teas. My mom was so intrigued by the flowering teas that she opened it up and we had tea right away. C & W gave me an outdoor plant (not sure where I’m going to put it yet), and my parents gave me a food saver vacuum sealer. I still need to break most of this stuff in!Sunday was a big sleep in day. I initially heard B around 5 and then shortly after 6, I didn’t wake again until 7:30 and couldn’t believe he wasn’t up yet. I checked the video monitor and he was crashed. I dozed for another 15-20 min and then he was up. We went out to get his bubble mower working and he and Mimi went for a big walk. Once DH was up we went out for breakfast and then my parents left. We recycled some big boxes and then DH mowed while I cleaned the house up a bit. We did a lot of relaxing on Sunday and that was nice. The IL’s stopped by around 3:30 and we opened presents, I got a gift certificate to the mall and B got a cute outfit that is too big and that’s good because it’s pants and a long sleeve shirt so much more suited for fall/winter. He also got some sand toys, 2 cowboy hats and 2 lassos, the cowboy hats are too small for his head but still very cute. We then sat outside for a bit and when we came back in the house I could smell gas. I checked the stove/oven and that was all off so I then asked if anyone could smell it. Sure enough we all could and it turned out the pilot light went out on the hot water heater and the whole house reeked strongly of gas. After we aired it out for 30 min it was better and we relit the pilot light :eyeroll: After the IL’s left I started laundry and made dinner then I made the ice cream cone cupcakes. These turned out really ugly, I put too much batter in the cones so we had cake all over and they just looked terrible. B also ate like a champ, he had so much for dinner and kept asking for more that we could hardly believe it.I had my chiropractor appointment on Monday then did some shopping at Target. It was hot and the kids weren’t even outside at DC. B did want to play when we got home so I sucked it up and luckily cloud cover gave a little bit of relief. He spotted the neighbors pool and wanted to get in it really bad, I made him wait until the neighbors were around and he had asked to go in. He sure was happy to get in it. I talked with Becky until DH got home then we went inside and had dinner. I frosted the cupcakes (used lots of frosting too to make them look decent) and put sprinkles on them and B had a fit because he couldn’t have one. He was happy with a spoon of frosting and sprinkles so that worked out. Once he was in bed DH rubbed my swollen feet and then we did our miniscript and I started packing my hospital bag. I guess the kids at DC were excited about the cupcakes when DH brought them in, good thing they don’t care if they’re ugly. I had some BH again from my walk out to the storage shed and back, I really had to move slow at the end. My feet are also swollen and the shoes I wore are very uncomfortable, I need to just stick with my Birks. I need to do B’s laundry tonight and sterilize my breast pump and SNS stuff then finish packing my hospital bag.
Things have been so busy lately, it’s just that time of year I guess. Wednesday we did our inventory count and I was able to get most of my estimates started, I should be able to finish up all of the FY end stuff by today and hopefully the rest of my work stuff can be done by the end of the week. Wednesday night I did laundry, packed, and started cleaning up the house. It was nice to sleep in on Thursday (even if it was only 40 min) and once I was ready to roll B and I had the oil changed in the car. We then played at the park for awhile and he took a really good nap for me. I finished packing and cleaning up the house then dozed on the couch for an hour until I had to get B up so we could make it to my doctor’s appointment on time. B panicked when we first went into the waiting room because he thought we were there for him, poor guy. He clung to me a lot. Once we were taken back I put our stuff in the room and then we went to the bathroom to be weighed. He was enthralled with the scale and he saw that it was me that was being checked so he was comfortable after that. He even came and checked me out while I was peeing in the cup, that was fun. My BP was good, the baby’s heart rate was around 140 (lower than it’s been), I didn’t gain any weight and I was at 2-3 cm, 50% effaced with the baby still high. I’m happy I’m progressing but a bit surprised since I’m not really feeling any practice waves. B was a bit concerned when I first laid down but once he saw I was OK he went on with his playing. He had a sucker and was flirting with himself in the full body mirror on the door, it was pretty cute. Once we were done with the appointment I pre-registered and then we headed home since Cass was there and the sprinkler guy was on his way. Cass and I visited for a bit while B showed off for her and then the sprinkler guy fixed our issues and showed me how to adjust the sprinkler heads. We then left to gas up and pick DH up from the store then hit the road. B stayed awake almost the entire trip and fell asleep at 10, 30 min before we got to my parents house. I was hoping he’d sleep in a bit the next day but nope, he knew Mimi was around and she’s much more important than sleep. We had a great visit with my parents and my mom completely spoiled me by doing everything. I sat a lot and felt pretty lazy. She took B in the mornings, made all of the meals, and entertained B almost constantly. I did help with clean up at least. Friday we went to the school so B could play at the playground and DH practiced riding my mom’s motorcycle in the parking lot, he did really well too. We also watched Jumper and the lit off fireworks around 7 so B could get to bed at his normal time. Something from a firework hit my lip so I have a nice burn now, it’s really cute! I did have some cramping for about an hour but it went away and I haven’t had anything since. DH and I also went to watch the firework display, we mostly talked about C & W and we’re both a bit peeved that we are the only people that aren’t supposed to know about L. My parents know, all of W’s family knows along with all of her friends. Why the hell don’t we know? It just drives me nuts.Saturday I slept for 9 hours and it was heavenly. B did just as terribly with his nap, cutting it as short as possible, and he was a crabby patty by the end of the day. DH and my dad went for a motorcycle ride out to Vananda, DH was a bit nervous but he did well and my dad enjoyed having someone to ride with. Grandma came over to have dinner with us and she looks really good. B would watch the digital picture frame and when a picture of him and great grandma came up he’d look at her, it was pretty cute. He also gave her a big hug and lots of kisses before she left, he even waited for a nose kiss. DH and I then went for DQ and put B to bed once we were back. He got up even earlier on Sunday with his first word being Mimi. He would stand at the foot of the stairs with me and copy what I’d say when trying to wake my mom up. First I’d say mom and he’d say the same thing just beaming. Then we’d say Bev and then we’d say Mimi, his excitement when seeing her is just ridiculous. They played hard all morning and we left shortly after noon. B was passed out not 5 miles into our drive but he woke at Blgs and was up the rest of the trip, again not enough sleep.I dropped DH off at the store around 4:00 then stopped at the grocery store before heading home. We had a nice spider hatch on the front deck to welcome us home, it was disgusting. There had to be hundreds of spiders and I hope the spray DH used worked. I unpacked everything and started laundry while DH prepped the guest bedroom for Erik. I also did DH’s books and organized our bills so I need to get caught up on everything and stay there. This LO could come at anytime and I don’t want to feel like I still have things hovering over my head when my birthing time comes. All of my pumping and supplemental nursing stuff is sterilized and my hospital bag is packed. I have B’s big brother present ready for him and after my chiropractor appointment today I’m going to stop by Target to pick up some formula (just in case) and an I-pod docking station. I think that will finish everything up for me. I also bought brownie mix so I could make some brownies for the nurses to have when I go in, a bit easier than doing it from scratch. I’m feeling really nauseous lately, on Wednesday I puked after I got home from work and I was able to hold off my waves of nausea until last night. Right after dinner the stench from the dishwasher made me lose everything I had eaten, odd thing was my lunch came up before my dinner. I also heaved this morning for quite awhile, I really won’t miss this symptom. My fingers are starting to fall asleep during the day and my acid reflux (still not as bad as with is rearing its ugly head. I’ve also hit a point where my back starts to really hurt by morning, I’m going to look for a good pillow at Target today and I hope it helps me. I think I need to schedule a massage again, I should call and see if she’s available on Friday since I’ll have the day off for B’s 2 year check up in the morning and my appointment in the afternoon.
My chiropractor appointment went well and then I stopped at Target and bought a Boppy pregnancy pillow and a few other necessities. I then ran to BB&B to get an I-pod player that I can take to the hospital with me and after getting gas at Costco I picked B up. I was 10 min later than normal and he was excited to see me, that was a nice change. Once we got home B played in the car and I talked with my mom for a little bit then we lazed around until DH called me. Erik stayed with us again so I did some clean up around the house and prepped dinner. DH gave B a bath after dinner then I put him to bed. After that I was lazy and stayed on my bum while DH gave me a foot & leg massage then made me chocolate milk. I even started to read the romance novel Sue gave me for my birthday, not something I usually read and it was an odd gift from her but I may as well enjoy it. I then listened to my Hypnobabies while I cuddled in my new pillow and I will add that my back felt great this morning, yeah!
I thought the baby had dropped a bit this morning but we’re right back to normal so I guess not. I think this weekend I will start to do things to encourage my body along, I just don’t want to be faced with an induction and I’m nervous because I don’t know how my body does things on its own, I really feel like a FTM in ways.DH sent me an IM saying that B pooped in the potty this morning and he saw a heart shaped poo and got really excited about it. I would have loved to seen that, he’s such a little love. He’s talking so much and is really putting words together. This weekend he said “I love you daddy too” it was so sweet. Semi truck and motorcycle are big words right now for him. He’s such a little man and I love his personality, it really makes me look forward to seeing what this LO will be like.My back is starting to feel achy, maybe I can get this chair to help me out a bit more, probably not since I just feel uncomfortable all the way around.
On Tuesday evening I had some period like cramping in my back for a little over an hour, DH asked me if I was in labor and I told him no. It at least feels good to know that my body is starting to prepare but I still have moments of panic where I’m sure I’m ready. The cramps of course occurred while I was making dinner so I didn’t really get to sit down for any relief. I did a little bit of cleanup around the house and after B was in bed I sat on the couch and vegged while DH mowed the lawn. He then read the miniscript to me and I went to bed.
Yesterday I was able to finish up everything that’s needed to be done at work, it’s a good feeling and today I’m working on updating last FY’s charges for our billing number. I had a really big sense of urgency to get everything done yesterday and I’m not sure if its intuition saying things will happen soon or if it was just anxiety from having things piled on my desk. Time will tell. I had lunch with Chris yesterday and she told me that I’m definitely lower than I was last week, so I guess I was right that I dropped a little on Monday but I still feel like we’re more high than we are low. DH had yesterday off and he and B lazed around for a bit in the morning then he dropped B off at DC so he could spray weeds. B bee-lined to his buddy’s playing outside but when DH was in the car ready to leave B was crying for him at the fence, after a hug and a kiss he was OK with daddy leaving. I was shocked as I got to my car to leave work to see a parking ticket, for $45! I noticed my parking permit wasn’t on the mirror and I knew it was from B playing in the car and removing it. I did find the thing and went to campus police to have the ticket removed, she was pleasant :eyeroll: She told me this was my one free pass (the guys I work with say it’s 1 a year so that’s not terribly bad but still annoying) and told me that the next time I let my son drive my car I need to make sure the parking permit is returned. The fact that she implied I look old enough to have a 16 year old son at the minimum pissed me off a bit and I informed her that my son is 2 and he doesn’t drive my car. I was *****ing as I left there, they are such a-holes! We went for a short walk after I got home and the heat was terrible, B ate some steak with us but he really didn’t dig into his food like he has been lately. DH gave him a bath and I cleaned up around the house. B loves to dance and he was really getting down last night, his moves are so cute and I had DH record him bee bopping away. He fought going to sleep and I went in there twice to cuddle him and remove the tears, after DH went in he was quiet the rest of the night. I did enjoy sweet talking him and telling him how much I love him and will still love him after the baby is here. He’s such a treasure and it made me cry to think of how things will change, I know it will be for the good but I guess part of me needs to grieve (in a way) the loss of what we currently have. It doesn’t help that I was emotional last night. I held back the tears when I told DH that I will be sad if this is my last pregnancy, I will be happy with either a boy or girl but I know if it’s a girl I will be partly sad that this is it. I’m all teary eyed again so I better move on to another topic.B was very cuddly this morning and he didn’t want me to leave for work because he wanted to sit on my lap. He even tried to sit on me before I could get up from the floor. His personality is really just shining and I love and like who he is, I hope we can help him continue to be himself. I am taking tomorrow off since we have appointments all day. B’s 2 year check up is at 10 then I will drop him off at DC and I have a massage scheduled for 1 and then my doctor’s appointment scheduled for 2:45. I’m interested to see if I’ve progressed this last week, I think that I have but even if I haven’t it won’t bother me, I still have plenty of time.During our walk yesterday DH asked me when they recommend we go to the hospital and I went over the 4-1-1 rule. He said he’s not too worried about it because I’m so in tune with my body and will know when we need to leave. It feels good to hear him be comfortable with me but I tell him about my worry on whether I’ll know when we need to leave (I know I will know when it’s time but that doesn’t remove the what if’s, I guess I need to do some Fear Release tonight). I told him what my worries were with not knowing how my body will progress naturally on its own and it did feel good to get it out in the open. I’m so blessed to have such a supportive husband, I love that man.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and that’s because my little girl has joined our family, now I really have no spare time. I’ll post the birth story later but now I just want to catch up on what’s been going on. It’s been really busy with guests and appointments and just trying to get things caught up and finished.
The Sunday before I had Lily B and I went downstairs to prep the guest bedroom. As we got to the bottom of the stairs a bird flew at us and then the fun started of trying to get the thing out of the house and cleaning up bird poop. B informed the bird that it needed to poo outside and kept telling it no, no! It came in through the chimney because they hadn’t finished it off so I was peeved. When they came to do some more work on the chimney the guy found 4 dead bird in it, good thing we covered up the hole inside the house. They put a screen around the top so that should keep this problem at bay.
My mom stayed with us for 2 weeks and my dad came up twice during her stay to visit also. She mostly kept B entertained while I took care of L. My dad did a lot of work for us and we got him a $200 gift certificate for helping us so much. First we installed some new air returns to correct our air pressure issues, they work great by the way. He also dry walled the “utility” room downstairs and put a door in, plus I had him change our outdoor lights and he put up crown molding in the bedrooms upstairs. Lots of work was done in a short amount of time and it’s motivating me to do some paint touchups on the main floor.
My brother and his family came up for a night and we had a great time with them. Beth is doing better communicating but it’s a lot with her actions (not a bad thing) and small improvements with her speech. We made smores in the backyard after B was in bed and then the next day we went to the MOR to look at the costume display, they have Darth Vader, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, etc costumes on display and C & L loved it. The same day they were up we had a new hot water heater (tankless yea!) installed and the plumbers informed me that our sewer waste wasn’t to code. There’s a surprise in this house! I had them fix it so that’s all taken care of.
B has hit full on terrible two’s though they have improved a bit from 2 weeks ago. He just doesn’t want to listen and will had a tantrum over nothing, not too fun when we’re actually trying to do something fun with him. Oh well, we explained his bad behavior means no one has fun, including him. He’s great with Lily though, gives her lots of kisses and hugs, puts butt paste on her, helps us burp her, he’s just a great big brother. A few days ago DH saw him hit her on her body so he put him in TO, when I talked to him after his TO was over he said five. Turns out he was trying to give her five so I explained to him that she’s too young for that and of course we felt bad for punishing him when he did nothing wrong. We had a play group 2 weekends ago and it was a lot of fun but we had a devastating moment. I was wearing L and feeding her while B was climbing up a ladder to get to a slide and he fell. I tried to catch him and I think I made it worse, either way he ran off crying and bleeding so I had to pass L over to another mom so I could catch him and see if he was OK. His nose was bleeding and that was all, I sure felt like crap though. Our trip did end well since a fire fighter let the boys go in the truck they were admiring. B wanted in but didn’t want the fire fighter to lift him up, once I put him in there he was on the go.
That same weekend we had Kari (our niece) baby sit the kids while we went to see One For The Team. We had to go since DH was responsible for the band playing in Bzmn (they had something on their MySpace page saying “have us play your town” and DH pressed it since he really likes them, the next thing we know they’re scheduled to play at the Filling Station). We were going to have MIL come up but then remembered that Jason and family were going to be up visiting so we asked Kari if she’d like to baby sit. I think it was her first real babysitting job but she did great, especially with one so little. She stayed with us after the rest of her family visited and headed to the cabin and there was a lot of Wii playing going on. We left after B was in bed so she only had to really take care of L. The Filling Station was my kind of bar, it felt a lot like Jay’s Upstairs but classier (not that that’s a hard feat) and the bathroom was super clean. The turn out was disappointing but the show rocked and DH bought some stuff and we chatted with the two singers. They knew who he was but asked what his e-mail was to make sure they had the right person, my music geek. DH took Kari to Livingston to meet up with Katie and then we went up on Sunday to visit with them more. It was L’s first road trip and she did great.
MIL wanted to come up and help for a couple days so she came up a week ago. I think she was feeling left out since her two girls aren’t going to have babies and she’s never been able to do the mother thing of just being there to help. I ran errands the first morning she was here and it just helped having some extra hands though I think she wanted to do more. We had a nice time but she didn’t seem to think much (just in her face expressions) about Hypbnobabies or that we would use the birth center if we have another baby. I figured I wouldn’t tell her about DH saying that we should just have a home birth next time since she felt it was too risky to use the birth center. DH had said if we had a girl we’d be done and I just don’t feel done, for some reason 3 seems like the right number for us. After we had Lily, and let me tell you DH is head over heels for his little girl and she is in love with him, I asked him first what we were doing for birth control and he said he figured I’d just get back on the pill. I then asked if we’re done or not and he said we’ll have to see, yea!
Our last guests were my parents again, our Cavalier had the tensioner break for the serpentine belt and DH was feeling apprehensive about doing it himself so they came up this weekend. We had a nice time with them and now have 3 working cars again since we finally got a new battery in the Pontiac.
L had a struggle with gaining weight at first, due to my body again not cooperating with producing enough breast milk. We had a few weight checks and she was a bit jaundice so we had to do a heel prick which she thankfully passed. At her 3 week appointment she was 8 lbs 1 oz so she’s doing great and her face has really filled out. She did one night of 6.5 hours the first week and I knew that was too long so we’ve been waking her after 4 hours at night. She’s now waking on her own around the 4 hour mark but last night she did 4 hours 45 min so that was nice.
B is such a big boy and he sure grew up fast in my eyes the first time I saw him after we were in the hospital. He is really into singing right now and makes up his own songs, he also can do a somersault (falls to the side but has the main concept down), and was trying to do gymnastics with the Olympic players last night. We were playing with an alphabet puzzle the other day and he picked up the Z and said zebra, he also did the same with B and Brodie. I’m so impressed with that little munchkin.
The ladies at work had a baby shower for us last week and that was a lot of fun. We got tons of cute cloths and toys and it was just nice to show off a bit. For more work news the week after I had L I stopped by work to fill out my time sheets and add L to my insurance and discovered that my office had flooded, horribly flooded too. We had a really big storm roll through with lots of hail and a roof drain that went right by my desk wasn’t secured properly at the 90’s so it vibrated loose and sure enough a waterfall appeared above my desk. My phone, monitors, and computer were destroyed and all of my paperwork was soaked. This just means I have an even bigger mess to go back to after my maternity leave, boo! I was also informed by a couple of people that my supervisor told our director that I never mentioned to him that we would need someone to fill in for me while I was gone. I’m not a happy girl and will be talking to our director about this, not that it will do any good. Plus even if I didn’t mention needing someone to fill in for me he’s my supervisor and should be smart enough to figure this out on his own. What a mess.
On the home front we were informed last Thursday that on Tuesday our city water may have been contaminated (due to negative water pressure and every one being at a picnic when the problems hit so no one was there to stop it) with E coli, fecal matter, and chemicals. So they say don’t drink the water, that’s great knowing that for 2 days we’ve all been ingesting it including L in her bottles. DH stocked up on water and I had to throw some stuff away, not happy. We then find out Friday afternoon that the water tested fine but I’m not happy that it took the morons around here 2 days to tell people there could be a problem. Our other issue at the house was the arrival of a ground squirrel in our neighborhood that dug a hole right next to our lawn. DH and I first tried to drown it but it dug another hole so we put poison down last night. DH saw it this morning so he took the pellet gun and after about 4 shots hit it enough to walk up to it and finish it off, of course on our neighbor’s sidewalk. He wanted me to scoop it up but I just couldn’t do it so I got to hold the bag open, I then had to make him pick the bag up because the weight of the dead animal freaked me out. I’m such a girl when it comes to these things. I did go over and cleaned the blood off the sidewalk so that was something.
I’m going to start getting up by 6 every morning so I can be showered and ready for the day by the time DH and B leave the house. B is going to DC part time in the mornings while I’m on leave so I’m trying to spend my morning’s as productively as possible. Plus I have a ton of things on my to-do list (thank you’s, birth announcements, pain touch-ups, organize the basement, crochet a few hats) and the only way I’ll get them and the daily things done is if I motivate myself. I’m also working on getting into better shape and losing weight, I’ve lost all of my baby weight but now I have my baby weight from B to lose along with my pre-baby weight. I’ve read the Diet cure and will follow that plan starting Monday, I still need to figure out my game plan and buy some groceries so I’m well prepared. Well this is long enough so I’ll shut up now.
Yesterday was a realy nice productive day. I did the Wii for 35 min then I did my step workout later on in the day. DH came home early to work on installing the screen door, we decided to finally get rid of the cruddy one that was there and that would always bang shut really loud. Of course there was a damaged part in the box and we had to contact the manufacturer to get a replacement but that's just typical for our luck. I also weeded my native garden and I only have around the prickly pear left, and then B and I played outside for a bit with the neighbors. The neighbor kids sure have been stinkers lately, we now have to keep our garage door closed when we're not outside. Twice they have taken Otter Pops from the box and opened them splattering juice everywhere, plus they knocked over the bubble machine spilling bubbles all over. They need to learn to stay out of people's garages.
L slept a lot yesterday and she only went 3 hours max last night so I was up at 2 and then again at 5, I'm thinking a growth spurt may be here. After the 5 am feed I decided to just stay up and I'm going to head to Target soon to get some shopping done. I plan to work on thank-you's and the birth announcements today, plus finish weeding my native garden. Hopefully I'll have some time to visit my veggie garden to do some weeding there also.
We're heading out for the weekend so I've been spending my morning preparing for our first trip away with both kids. We're heading to the cabin tonight and it will just be us, yea! Tomorrow is DH's 31st birthday so he'll do some fishing and relaxing then we'll head to Blgs when B's nap is due. We are going to visit B & A to see their new little bundle, Calla. She and L are bound to be good friends. She was born yesterday, 6 lbs 7 oz, 20 inches long. After that visit we'll have dinner and swim at the hotel then Beth's birthday is on Saturday then we're driving to Fsyth to visit my grandma. I think DH and I will go out on Saturday so my mom can watch the kids, they don't have a good movie at the theatre so dinner will probably be it.
I'm a little annoyed with DH right now, I just never feel like when I talk about things that bother me he just sits there silent waiting for me to shut up or he defends the other side. I told him it bothers me that he never validates what I'm saying and of course he says he does, but I don't feel like he does. I need to just get over it or our weekend will suck but I'm frustrated because when I do try to talk to him about something that repeatedly bothers me he comes up with excuses and doesn't try to understand.
My to-do list is getting shorter and that's a great feeling. I have the birth certificate, organized the basement, finished my thank-you's & birth announcements, ordered L's baby book, spent our gift cards, decorated the kids' room, and the SS card was automatically sent to us so that saved me some work. I'm really close to being finished with Calla's flower hat and I plan to use this week to clean the house, weed my veggie garden, and crochet more.
Our first road trip went really well, L did great and B was more of a turkey during the drive than she was. Our night at the cabin was really nice and DH got some fishing in on his b-day and he even caught 3 fish. Once we arrived at the hotel in Blgs we met up with B & A and got to see little Calla. She's so long and so adorable. We all went out to Fuddrucker's and it didn't fail they screwed up my order big time, didn't give us B's meal and then didn't put bacon on DH's burger. After dinner we went swimming and then to bed. We got another swim in before doing a little bit of shopping around town and then we went to E's b-day party. The party was nice and SIL actually made cake and lunch that my dad could eat, this was a first and really nice to see. Her step sister (which I never even knew she had one but she just recently moved to the area) was there and I'm not being a ***** but when her family is around I feel like I'm on a different level. The things they say & do just really baffle me and white trash is all I can think. Their values are so different from ours, I don't blame my brother for not wanting to spend a lot of time with her family. OK, I'll just stop there. After the party we headed to Fsyth and DH and I went out to eat at a new restaurant they have. It was really nice and is in the old restaurant that my grandpa cooked at. Sunday we slept in because my mom is a saint and took the kids then we had lunch with my grandma & aunt Linda. We hit the road later than DH wanted but all in all it was a really nice weekend.
Last week we all got haircuts, mine looks pretty good and B's is horrible. We thought it would help to have DH get his first so B could watch but that didn't really help, neither did the DVD player as a way to distract him. He fought a lot and the haircut looks awful, I had to do some fixing since she left a damned widows peak in his hair. I have my 6 week check up tomorrow and I have to take both B and L and it will be right during B's nap time, that should be fun. We then have pictures on Wednesday so I've made sure to have the clothing I want ready to go, I'm excited and hope it goes well.
My 6 week check up went fine, DH actually came home since the store was slow and watched the kids for me, yeah! My BP was 110/62 (wow!) and everything looked good. She gave me a prescription for BC but since DH and I DTD this last weekend I have to wait for my period to show before I can start taking them, so hopefully it will show soon. Since I didn't have the kids with me I ran to work and dropped off thank-you's and picked up my parking pass. I avoided my office and don't plan on stopping in again until I have to be there. I then recycled some card board and stopped by the grocery store before heading home.
Tuesday I cleaned the house which took me all day with two kids and I mailed off the flower hat to Calla. Wednesday we had our pictures and we haven't had the sitting yet but I think we should have some good ones in there. B fought being in the pictures so I didn't get the combinations I wanted with him but we did at least get a good family picture so that's the important part. We then met up with Ed since he was driving through on his way to a wedding and had lunch with him and his roommate. I spent my evening working on organizing my to-file pile and today I organized our island and put up the shelves DH bought to help keep me organized, it's scary how in order things look. I also got the baby books out so I plan to start working on them tomorrow. I want to finish weeding my veggie garden tomorrow and since our weather has been in the 60's to 70's it's easy to find myself outside more. I feel like what I have left on my list is fun things that require my creative side so I'm looking forward to working on them. I still need to clean the carpet but that is going to be put on hold for a little bit longer.
Lily has slept for 8 hour stretches at night for the last 4 nights. DH started trying a dream feed with her the last 2 nights but it hasn't gone too well, she's ony taken 1 oz at each feed and still wakes at 4 am for me to feed her. It's really not too bad but I'm looking forward to getting her to sleep until 6 am. My goal is to have her up at 6 for a feed then B up at 6:30. That way I can get up around 5 am when I have to go back to work and I'll have time to devote to both of them in the morning.
L has also been sleeping a lot latley and she's got some cute rolls all over, especially on her legs. She's growing much faster than B did but that's expected. She's quite the squeaker too and does the same struggled breathing thing I did when I was a baby. The only difference is I don't worry about it and my mom was so worried by it at first that she kept calling the nurses in to check on me.
B is doing well, he's screaming and threatening with hitting when he gets angry but I'm trying to stay calm when I talk to him at that time while acknowledging his feelings and reminding him of consequences. It's working a bit but I also have to make sure that I devote some time to him so he doesn't feel ignored. We received the kitchen set we bought with the gift certificate to Walmart and B loves it. I'm surprised with how much he enjoys playing with it as he's "cookin". He really impressed me 3 weeks ago when we were playing with an alphabet puzzle. He picked up the Z and said zebra then he picked up the B and said Brodie. He's also signing ABCD so we're on our way.
I have been really good about exercising and I feel more energized because of it. I'm also doing better with my eating habits and I figure if I stick with this healthy eating long enough I'll crave it. I'm glad I read the Diet Cure, it really is working for me and I never thought that taking some amino acid supplements would mostly eliminate my chocolate and carb cravings. I've been doing well the last 2 days at taking my supplements and I hope that as I stay consistent with that my cravings will completely go away. It almost seems too good to be true.
Tomorrow I plan to finish my filing, finish weeding, and start the baby books. I think it will be another nice day out so we'll have to take advantage of that. Today we were outside for quite awhile. B played with the neighbor kids and I chatted with Becky and Nicole. I had to take one thing away from T because he kept digging it into the dirt after I told him not to, he at least will now know that I'm true to my word. He was also picking my elderberries and just throwing them on the ground, not too pleased about that since he was just being destructive, he's a little **** as DH likes to say.
We've been busy but what's different about that?
Labor Day weekend was nice, DH closed the store for the 3 days so we had our first 3 day weekend at home without company in a long time. We had a nice time and the first day tried to potty train B, he did great that morning but after his nap it just went to piss, literally. He would soak his trainers (all cloth by the way too) and sit in it without any concerns, it was like it was normal and just comfy. He also started to really fight us so we decided to just throw in the towel for now. I think it was also hurting us that he was in top 2 year old rebellion so maybe in a few months we'll try again. The only other thing that happened was I came to a late realization of something that happened to me my Freshman year of college. I think I always knew what really happened that night but when I was watching a show with a very similar situation and the psychologist flat out said what happened, it hit me really hard. I cried for awhile and then had to tell DH since I needed to get it off my shoulders, he was very supportive and sweet and it felt good to get it all out there. I've also done a lot of talking with God to try to remove the guilt, and I know this guilt is something I shouldn't feel but I do. Anyways I'm feeling a lot of healing over it and it can only get better from here on out. I may not be as far as I think though since I can't even really type what it is but I would think most people can take a good guess.
B had his first play date at Aidan's house on the 6th, he was so excited and had a lot of fun. I talked with Shannon for awhile then went to the mall to do a little shopping before picking him up. I'll have to reciprocate and have A over one of these weekends, they are just 2 peas in a pod. On the 7th we went to the cabin so DH could cut firewood. B and I were watching them cut a tree down, keeping our distance, and when the tree fell it bounced off a wire fence and did a see saw movement. I looked over at FIL and DH after it bounced and watched the bottom of it come down on FIL's head, it scared the crap out of me. DH didn't realize it had happened so I hollered down asking FIL if he was OK, once DH turned to him, there was blood already showing, I turned with B in my arms and ran for the cabin. B thought the run was fun which I was happy about since I didn't want him to panic at all. I found MIL right before she and L were going to join us and she took the med kit to them. They did go to the ER and DH felt horrible about it, it was just a cruddy situation. FIL is fine, he had a big bump and the skin was scratched off but they couldn't really stitch it. It put a damper on things that's for sure.
L had her 2 month appointment on the 8th and she's a big girl. 21 inches long, 11 lbs 1.5 oz, and her head was 15.5. She did really well with her shots, screamed and cried of course for a bit but no fevers so that was nice. She also did a laugh, only one so far, after I had kissed her under her chin on the 3rd, it was so sweet. She's such a smiley girl and she's doing so well. Yesterday she weighed in at 13 pounds and her EAS routine is perfect for the most part. She's even doing 9 hour stretches at night so I can't complain about a thing.
On the 10th B and I had a date night. I was hoping this would help with his tantrums lately and I've found I just need to spend a lot more time with him to keep him feeling happy and fulfilled and thus behaving. We met up with A & S at McD's to have dinner and let the boys play for a bit. I then dropped L off with DH at work and we met up with A & S at the Veggie Tales show. Those two were dancing up a storm and just wild kids. It was a lot of fun.
We started our vacation to Springfield on the 12th. We had 3 flights to get there, first to SLC then to Minn and then to Branson. It ended up being about 14 hours in the airports and then another 1.5 hours until we got to Mark & Regina's. B freaked out for 5 min (it was painful) when we first got on the plane. He screamed, cried, hit, clawed.. it was just a bunch of fun. The second flight this lasted for about 2 min and the third flight it lasted for about 1 min. We were all just happy to be done for the day. We didn't fly in until 11:30 pm so it was late once B finally fell asleep. Our vacation was really nice, we did sleep recovery on Saturday then Sunday we went to Lambert's. I was pretty good controlling my eating while there so that was nice. Monday the guys went to the batting cage so B and I did some putt-putt then we headed to Chuck E Cheese and B was in heaven. He was dancing around before we even got checked in. He had a lot of fun but I think M & DH had even more fun. We flew back on Tues having to get up at 4 am our time to get there on time. B did well until DH had L in the bathroom for a diaper change and he just freaked out, cried up a storm and I'm sure I know what everyone was thinking because I was thinking it too. I almost burst into tears over the ordeal but he eventually calmed down. This time we boarded first and he did fine with the planes, I think the cramped quarters and all the people freaked him out. He was an angel for the rest of the flight and he's been so sweet and well behaved since our vacation, I'm working hard to maintain this by giving him lots of attention.
On Saturday we had a BBQ at our place for the play group and once the rain let up we were able to enjoy the back yard. The kids are all so great and I had a lot of fun talking with everyonee. We then had a Pregnancy to Parenthood Reunion at Kimmelin's house last night and that was a lot of fun too. B was running around playing well without me, this is something else I'm working on, and he did great with the other kids. We've been working on not letting the neighbor kids walk all over him but I've been trying to get him to stand up for himself. He's doing a lot better at not letting them take things from him unless he's done playing with them and he's also still sharing really well so I hope he's found that delicate balance. He's at least not crying when they take things from him so that's a good thing.
Well Kelly just called to do a walk around the mall so I'll be back to finish this up later.
The IL's just left so I'll finish my update. My AF is keeping me quesitoning and I don't really like it. Since DH and I DTD before my 6 week appointment I had to wait for AF to start before starting the pill. On the 10th I started some light spotting so I started taking my pill, well it was so light I never even needed a pad and it was gone that day too. Then on the 13th the same thing happened and now yesterday and today it's been the same. It's so light I can hardly even call it AF and I'm thoroughly confused. DH said I had the same types of issues with B but I don't remember them being quite like this. Part of me is worrying that I may be pregnant again, I guess I could just POAS to put my mind at ease.
I've been working hard to lose this weight also and so far I'm down 5 pounds. I feel great, my clothes are fitting better, and I'm feeling motivated. I really feel like this is it and since I'm not on a diet, I'm just making healthier choices with food, it's something I can keep up forever. I need a lifestyle change not just a temporary diet.
I'm going to work on finishing my birth story since K asked if she could have it, I'm more than happy to share with the world.
I POAS this morning and it said what I expected, it was still a relief though. I would happily welcome another LO but I'm just not ready yet and I really want to give L her time before we bring another baby into our lives.
Some cute things B is doing lately. When he finds something he's been looking for he says "There it is, I find it". It's just too cute. He helped me dig up carrots yesterday and was taking bites out of them with dirt still on them, his dirt covered mouth was pretty precious.
Here's my birth story for L, it took me long enough.
As my second pregnancy I did a lot of research into natural child birth and came across the Hypnobabies Home Study course which I decided to try with this birth. I was determined to go into labor on my own with this pregnancy and I knew if I could avoid an induction I could handle the rest without medical interventions. I was also planning to not go into the hospital until I was close to pushing, I figured the less time I was there the less time they had to intervene with my birthing time and I was nervous about the hospital trying to force something on me that I was not comfortable with.On Friday July 11th I had my weekly appointment and I was where I was the week before, 2-3 cm & 50% effaced. I had had a few days of mild cramping lasting only an hour each day so I wasn't surprised I was in the same place.
Sunday afternoon I noticed a slimy discharge when I’d wipe, it continued through the evening and had a very light red tint to it. I was hoping it was my mucus plug but didn't really know since I never lost mine with Brodie. I also knew that even if it was my mucus plug it didn’t necessarily mean I’d be having the baby soon so I didn’t get too excited. Early Monday morning I woke around 3:00 am to some cramping that was more intense than I had previously had & there was now bright red when I’d wipe. I went back to bed since nothing seemed too serious and I turned my internal light switch off so I could catch some more zzz’s. At 3:40 I woke to a small gush of water. I jumped up thinking it was my water breaking so I sat on the toilet and did what I thought was peed but didn’t notice anymore spurts or a trickle. I grabbed a towel and went back to bed not sure if it was my water or not. I woke a few more times to cramping until my alarm went off at 5:25 and I got up to get ready for work. The shower felt great but the cramping continued and I kept visiting the toilet after each cramp so I decided to skip work for the day figuring I wouldn’t be too productive going back and forth from the bathroom to my cubicle. When a wave would hit I would give myself the Peace cue to help direct my anesthesia and breathed deeply.
Brodie was up shortly after 6 and I cuddled with him for a little bit and got him some breakfast. When a wave would hit at this point I continued my peace cue and was on my knees on the floor leaning on the couch cushions. My regular journeys to the bathroom continued and Dave was up at 6:45. I told him that I was having pressure waves and was not going into work for the day. He thought about going back to bed for a little bit longer but he saw that I was feeling the pressure waves quite a bit so he decided to shower. I remember him asking me if he’d need to come back from work and I told him at some point he’d need to be with me.
As Dave was showering I started making brownies for the nurses and when Dave came out to the kitchen I was doubling over with the wave’s and strongly using my peace cue and deep breathing. Most of my waves I would get on my hands and knees while tucking my tailbone down. Dave asked if I had timed anything and I hadn’t so he started timing me. I reminded him of the 411 rule and the next thing I knew he told me that they were lasting about a minute and were about 4 minutes apart. This put him in a bit of a rush because he dumped out his cereal after 2 bites got Brodie dressed and started heading out the door to take him to day care. I felt the need to go the bathroom again so I gave Brodie kisses before he left and told Dave I was going to go to the bathroom. I called my mom to let her know that I believed it was time and that she’d need to pick Brodie up from day care anytime after 3. I then sat on the toilet and quickly realized I was feeling pushy at this point and did not need to have a bowel movement. Then transformation hit me with full body sweats & this was when I realized how far along I really was. I knew Dave was still a ways out and there was no way I could travel in a car like this. I contemplated getting our neighbor but realized I didn’t have it in me to put my pants on to go over there and panic entered my world for about 5 seconds before I told myself that panicking isn’t helping. I didn’t know where to be in order to have the baby (I knew my current location on the toilet wasn’t ideal) so I put one foot in the bathtub and it just didn’t feel roomy enough. I sat back on the toilet to collect myself and reached down to see if the baby’s head was there, it was. This was a surprise since I hadn’t felt the baby move down. I put the towel I used to wipe the sweat off my face and body on our bathmat and got on my knees. I remember thinking I’m going to have an unplanned unassisted homebirth, this both frightened and exhilarated me. The wave’s kept pushing the baby without my help and I knew there was no stopping this freight train. I reached down again and felt the head crowning even more so I started pushing with my hand cupping the head the whole time. I remember 2-3 pushes and the head was out (this was an easier position than the normal stirrup position I had with Brodie) then the body slid right out. It was empowering catching my child and an experience I will never forget. I did not feel the ring of fire with Lily but I wish I would have pushed her out a bit slower in an attempt to prevent the tearing, I think if someone would have been there to help guide me this would have been more feasible. I said a prayer at this point that the baby would be breathing and OK, and thank God the cries followed shortly. I wiped off Lily’s nose and mouth and she gave a little choking sound so I patted her back and she was fine after that. Looking back I now know that my water did break at 3:40 but it must have been a high leak with Lily’s body blocking it from releasing. Since my water’s weren’t released until I pushed her out (there was a huge gush of liquid when she came out and Dave said the floor was soaking wet) I believe this kept me from feeling her moving down like I did with Brodie. I was also “fooled” by how far along I had progressed because I was expecting more intense waves because my only other experience was from an induced labor which had very strong and close together contractions.
I wanted to somewhat contain the mess so I got into the bathtub and held my sweet little baby to my chest. About 20 min had passed since Dave left with Brodie and he showed up about 1 minute after Lily was born. He heard me talking in the bathroom and figured I was on the phone, when he walked into the room and saw the two of us he said “Holy crap, holy crap” and ran out to get his phone, he did heard her cry so he knew things were OK on that manner. I hollered that we were OK and he was next to us pretty quickly. He asked what the sex was and I didn’t know yet so I looked and saw we had a baby girl. The 911 operator told him how to tie off the umbilical cord (which he did with my hemp rope) and then said I needed to deliver the placenta. He told her that that was up to me and asked if I felt the urge to push, I didn’t, so he told her I wasn’t ready. The EMT’s then arrived (5 min was pretty impressive) and checked both of us. Lily had an Apgar of 8 about 10 min in and was doing great, her color was wonderful. We deducted at this point that I delivered her around 7:40. I lost a bit more blood than is normal with a vaginal birth but my stats were also normal. Dave was asked if he’d like to cut the cord and I was surprised when he did it because I knew he had no plans of cutting it. He later told me that he felt a little pressured with 5 guys standing around expecting him to do it. They asked if I wanted to go into the hospital and I told them I should be checked so they helped me out of the tub and took me away on a stretcher in the ambulance. I did get Lily to latch on in the ambulance and as we were arriving to the hospital my uterus started contracting again. The EMT’s were really excited to be involved with this call & they went on and on about how happy they were, I was happy to start everyone’s Monday on such a good note. They even stopped by later on to bring me flowers and Lily a blanket. Dave grabbed our hospital bag while we were on our way and took care of a few things around the house (like turning the oven off since my brownies never made it in there). He threw all of the linens in the washer and the EMT’s cleaned up most of the mess (there were a few splatters here and there but otherwise they did a great job).
At the hospital Lily went to the nursery and I was taken to the postpartum section to be checked, we were the talk of the nursery and PP unit and I think every nurse visited me at least once for the story. Since I had lost more blood than typical they hooked me up to Oxytocin and once the placenta was out the doctor saw that I tore along the same place I tore with Brodie. These stitches weren’t nearly as bad as Brodie’s were, that was good. After about 2 hours sitting in the room still covered in blood and not having seem my daughter I had had enough and told Dave (he’d been spending most of his time with Lily) I wanted to see Lily. I got to hold her for a little bit and then they moved me to a shower and my room, this is the part of the hospital experience that I was not happy about.
Lilian Mae was born July 14th, 2008 at 7:40 am weighing in at 6 lbs 14.9 oz and 19.5 inches long.