Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Good times...good friends

I spent the day with Julie today. We did absolutely nothing, but sat by the pool…oh and we actually went IN the pool at one point.

I have so many good friends, Kathy, Joanne, Franca, Mary, etc. but there is a connection with Julie, Kathy and Kate that is just different. They are like sisters to me. There for me when I need them.

Kathy has been like a sister since Boy Oneder was 6 months old. She is the godmother to Middleman and we are just so comfortable with each other…her fridge is my fridge, my fridge is her fridge. Her kids are like nieces to me and I can’t imagine life without her and her family.

Kate…I have written about Kate before. She has been ther for me when no one else was…I know that I can call her in the middle of the night and she would be here in a heartbeat for me, no questions asked. God put her in my life just when I needed her most and the connection between us is beyond words. We can say ANYTHING to each other and not hold any grudges later. I love her dearly.

Julie and I met a few years ago at our job and we connected from day one. To be honest, the first connection was only that we both smoked! LOL! But our relationship has grown so much since that fateful first day. We spent the day together today and had nice conversation and just hanging out fun. Julie and I can just sit and not be uncomfortable with the silence. We discussed that today. The key word in our relationship is “comfortable”. She has become like a sister to me as well.

I am so grateful for the friends God has blessed me with. Thank you friends…thank you sisters. Pin It

Monday, 28 May 2007

Reaching out...Part Two

This post is not about me, but about a friend who is hurt.

This friend is a wonderful person who thinks of others before herself all the time. She did something kind for someone last week and that person hasn’t even acknowledged the kind deed.

Why are people like that? What would it take to say “thank you” for a kind gesture? Is the recipient of the good deed too busy to take a moment to acknowledge? Pretty sad.

I realize sometimes why people stop doing kind things for others. Like my friend, some times I think, “why bother?” If it’s not appreciated, why waste your time? Why? Because if it weren’t for people like my friend, the world would be a horrible place to be. Imagine if everyone on earth were like the recipient of this good deed…cold, harsh, ungrateful people who can’t be bothered with other people. Yuck…not my kind of world.

So, my friend, you know who you are…you are not alone. I will continue to be a sucker when it comes to doing kind things for others because it’s just our nature, isn’t it? I’ll always be thankful for your kindness…and I will make sure I always tell you so. I just wish others were the same. HUGS to you.

P.S. Remember that karma SUCKS. ;o) Pin It

Friday, 25 May 2007

Reaching Out

Today, someone I have never met reached out to me and in doing so, I ended up reaching out to her.

I received a message at facebook from someone who, through no actions of her own, changed my life forever.

I know she is reading this and I want to say thank you. Although her name and the circumstances surrounding her reaching out will remain private, I want the world to know that I am a better person thanks to her message this morning. I hope that in turn, I can make her world, and the world of people very close to her, a better place for them.

Hugs to you… Thank you for reaching out and for your kindness and courage. I hope we will get to know each other better. Pin It

Thursday, 24 May 2007

In the groove!

With the absolute knowledge that I may jinx myself and a HUGE prayer that I won’t, I am pleased to say that Threepeat and I are “in the groove”! Breastfeeding is going very well and he seems to know the difference between days and nights, as he is giving me anywhere from 4-5 hours of straight sleep at night and he eats every 2 hours like clockwork during the day.

He is a lovely little man…so quiet and passive, only crying when he needs to burp or needs to eat. Evenings are still a bit of a challenge, with him being quite fussy from around 6:30 till 9:30 when he goes to sleep for the night, but now that I know what to expect, I can deal with it.

I made the difficult decision to give him a bottle of formula at about 8:00 each night. Seems stupid, but to a breastfeeding mother, giving a bottle of formula is a very tough decision, even if it is only one bottle. After five weeks, I came to realization that I just don’t produce enough milk between 6:30 and 9:30 to keep him satisfied. He is a very big boy (probably more than 12 pounds now) and he eats every half an hour during this time. I gave him 4 ounces of formula (actually, Boy Oneder did) and he was so content to sit in his stroller while we walked around the block…obviously, by his demeanor, I did the right thing. Not only is Threepeat a happier little guy for a while, but Hubster and the boys can take part in feeding him once a day. I nurse him every other time and he nurses at 9:30 just before bed, so my boobs are not exploding at midnight! I have every intention of breastfeeding him for 18 months just like I did with Middleman, unless he weans himself earlier. One bottle is nothing.

He is smiling and cooing (has been for more than a week and a half) and the boys are starting to enjoy him more because he’s not just a lump on a log! LOL! He absolutely LOVES naked time and kicks and goos and gaas the whole time. It must be awful to have to wear diapers in this heat, so he enjoys the freedom!

He is my little miracle and I am so blessed to have him. Pin It

Monday, 21 May 2007

Happy Victoria Day!

It’s 10:20 pm and I *think* the fireworks outside have FINALLY come to an end…oh..nope there’s some more…(rolls eyes)

We had a great weekend, spending time with family and cleaning up both inside and out. I LOVE weekends like this one…fun and productive all at the same time.

Hubster is off this week, so we will continue where we left off today…we have to stain the fence and the deck and build an interlocked area in the backyard. The weather is supposed to be fantastic all week, so hopefully, we will get it all done! Pin It

Monday, 14 May 2007

What a wonderful day!

Yesterday was Mother’s Day. I expected nothing from Hubster. Wow…did he come through BIG time.

Let me start at the beginning…

Boy Oneder brought me breakfast in bed at 8:30. Then the boys brought me the gifts they had made in school. Boy Oneder had poems that made me BAWL along with an amazing picture he drew of me and some coupons for things like breakfast in bed and one change of Threepeat’s diaper! LOL! Middleman made a beautiful flower with all these promises: “I promise to be more polite.”; “I promise to listen to you more.” etc. SO cute.

Then we went downstairs and they took me to the garage, where a jogging stroller was waiting! What a great surprise!

We had a lovely day with my Mom and MIL came home for the barbeque. She brought my nephews and we had a nice time.

Last night, Threepeat only woke up twice…once at 1:30 and once at 5:30. So even HE gave me a Mother’s Day present!!! WOOT!

Days like yesterday are awesome.

I’m so glad I’m a Mom. Pin It

Saturday, 12 May 2007

A new level of exhaustion

I think I have reached a new level of exhaustion. I am at a point where I literally feel drunk. I stumble and slur and I feel like my body weighs 1,000 lbs. But I’ve had no alcohol.

Threepeat is such a good baby…don’t get me wrong. I just forgot how hard it is to function on 1-2 hours of sleep at a time. I got about 6 hours’ sleep last night, but it was in 1-2 hour intervals. I think broken sleep is worse than no sleep at all!

Boy Oneder and Middleman are at Grandma’s today (they slept over last night) and Hubster is up in Collingwood for the day. Threepeat is sound asleep in his bouncy chair and I am here, blogging, when I should be sleeping along with him. Oh how I wish I could just tell myself to lay down and sleep and that it would actually happen. I just can’t sleep during the day…plain and simple.

Sigh.

I don’t wish these days away at all…I LOVE the early days with a baby. Threepeat cooed and smiled at me for the first time yesterday and that makes it all worthwhile, but man oh man could I use a good night’s sleep. Unforch, that ain’t gonna happen while I am breastfeeding…and I plan on doing that for at LEAST a year.

Yawn… Pin It

Friday, 11 May 2007

Mike and Rosie update

Mike is still in the hospital…Hubster and I are going to pay him a visit this morning. There really has been no change…he’s still on morphine, still not eating and still very sick. We have not heard the results of the lymph node biopsies yet…another few days. Please continue to pray for his recovery and for strength for his family.

I took Rosie back to the vet yesterday for a follow up on her leg. The news is not good. Dr. James was not impressed with her progress…or lack thereof. She is still unable to put her leg down and won’t put any weight on it whatsoever. The vet now thinks that the damage is worse than she originally thought and that her improvement will definitely be slower than anticipated (at least 6 weeks).

She is to continue on strict confinement and rest and will have to continue on the anti-inflammatory medication for 6 weeks. We have another follow up appointment in a month.

Sigh…the saga of our family’s bad luck and misfortune continues. Unbelievable Pin It

Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Yet another Facebook addict!!

OK…this facebook thing is ridiculous. EVERYONE I know who has signed up for it is addicted. I mean, ADDICTED. It’s crazy. It is the first place I check in every day and the last place I check in every night. Do I have anymore friends? Any messages? Have any of my high school friends posted new photos of themselves?

I am beyond addicted…and so is everyone else I speak to!

Gotta run…I might have a post on my wall! Pin It

Monday, 7 May 2007

Prayers for Mike

Mike, my brother-in-law, is in surgery as I type this. The doctors are saying that he has colon cancer. This surgery is to see whether the cancer is contained in the colon or if it has spread to other organs/lymph nodes. We should know in about an hour.

Mike is 47 years young. This cancer isn’t supposed to hit until after 50.

Once again, I find myself asking, “How much can one family endure?” We have truly been through hell and now, it’s starting all over again. Franca, my sister-in-law, is absolutely beside herself with worry, as is my mother-in-law. I can’t stop thinking about them. My nephews are only 14 and 16. They shouldn’t be dealing with cancer so young.

And so, the waiting game continues and the fear of reliving all I went through with my Dad again takes over. My heart breaks for Franca, for Mike and for Anthony and Matthew.

Why can’t our family be spared a little bit? We JUST had Threepeat…we were JUST starting to let our guard down a little, thinking that the black cloud had passed over…and here we are at the beginning of another storm.

God help us. Pin It

Sunday, 6 May 2007

I'm melting....

Away that is!

My pre-pregnancy weight was 160 lbs. My maximum weight during pregnancy was 171.5 lbs. A total weight gain of 11.5 lbs…excellent. Not for any effort on my part though…I just couldn’t eat throughout the entire pregnancy. It sucked during the pregnancy, but I guess it’s a good thing now! LOL!

I stood on the scale this morning. I weigh 150.5 lbs. That’s almost 10 lbs lighter than I was before I got pregnant!!! WOOT! Breastfeeding ROCKS! LOL!

My goal is to get to about 130-135 lbs. That’s not super skinny, but it is a good weight for me.

I’m very excited! Bikini season is coming and for the first time in about 10 years, I just might wear a two-piece WITHOUT being embarrassed! Pin It

Saturday, 5 May 2007

Bad, bad Dog Mommy

The guilt is killing me, so I will blog it all out.

Two weeks ago today, Rosie, our 6 year old little bichon frise, ran like a bat out of hell out the front door and down the five steps of our porch. At the bottom of the steps, she twisted/pulled/hurt something on her left hind leg. She yelped for a moment and I picked her up right away and rubbed her leg. She seemed fine afterwards, other than hopping so as not to put weight on that leg…we figured it was a bruise or something. Over the next couple of days, I rubbed and massaged her leg, trying to figure out where the pain was coming from because she still hadn’t put any weight on it. Nothing seemed to bother her.

On that Tuesday, I took her to the vet. Imagine the shock I had when the vet said Rosie had torn all of the ligaments in her knee. Imagine the HORROR of finding out that in order to fix it, Rosie would need an operation…to the tune of approximately $2,500.00!!! Remember that I was 6 days postpartum at this point. I lost it. I started BAWLING and told the vet that we simply did not HAVE $2,500.00 for an operation for Rosie. I was devastated. The poor vet, knowing that I had just had a baby, was all apologetic and didn’t really know what to say to make me feel better. I asked her to give me a second, composed myself and apologized for my hormonal breakdown. We kind of giggled about it and moved on.

I told the vet that there was no way we could afford this operation and that if it was the only option, we would have to put her down. The vet then said that we could try her out on some anti-inflammatory pills and that eventually, her leg would grow a fibrous coating and she would be able to put her leg down, but would never be the same again. She would be susceptable to arthritis and that eventually, it would be painful for her. But for now, she would probably heal in about two weeks. She was to be on strict bedrest, going outside only to relieve herself and then straight back inside…NO RUNNING. Do you have any idea how hard it is to keep a dog who thinks she is a rabbit still? But we have.

I started Rosie on the pills that evening, April 24th. Today is May 5th and there is NO improvement whatsoever. She still hops on three legs. She won’t even ATTEMPT to climb the basement stairs…we have to carry her up every morning. It breaks my heart. She’s only six and to think that this is the way she will be for the rest of her life kills me. Don’t get me wrong, she is not in any pain, I don’t think…she just won’t put her leg to the ground.

I feel SO guilty that we are not doing the operation. Hubster keeps telling me that I have to remember that she is just a dog. But she is MY dog. I feel terrible that we are not going to fix her leg. I realize that $2,500.00 is excessive for a dog, but it still hurts that we can’t fix her.

My poor Rosie.

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Bad, bad Dog Mommy!

The guilt is killing me, so I will blog it all out.

Two weeks ago today, Rosie, our 6 year old little bichon frise, ran like a bat out of hell out the front door and down the five steps of our porch. At the bottom of the steps, she twisted/pulled/hurt something on her left hind leg. She yelped for a moment and I picked her up right away and rubbed her leg. She seemed fine afterwards, other than hopping so as not to put weight on that leg…we figured it was a bruise or something. Over the next couple of days, I rubbed and massaged her leg, trying to figure out where the pain was coming from because she still hadn’t put any weight on it. Nothing seemed to bother her.

On that Tuesday, I took her to the vet. Imagine the shock I had when the vet said Rosie had torn all of the ligaments in her knee. Imagine the HORROR of finding out that in order to fix it, Rosie would need an operation…to the tune of approximately $2,500.00!!! Remember that I was 6 days postpartum at this point. I lost it. I started BAWLING and told the vet that we simply did not HAVE $2,500.00 for an operation for Rosie. I was devastated. The poor vet, knowing that I had just had a baby, was all apologetic and didn’t really know what to say to make me feel better. I asked her to give me a second, composed myself and apologized for my hormonal breakdown. We kind of giggled about it and moved on.

I told the vet that there was no way we could afford this operation and that if it was the only option, we would have to put her down. The vet then said that we could try her out on some anti-inflammatory pills and that eventually, her leg would grow a fibrous coating and she would be able to put her leg down, but would never be the same again. She would be susceptable to arthritis and that eventually, it would be painful for her. But for now, she would probably heal in about two weeks. She was to be on strict bedrest, going outside only to relieve herself and then straight back inside…NO RUNNING. Do you have any idea how hard it is to keep a dog who thinks she is a rabbit still? But we have.

I started Rosie on the pills that evening, April 24th. Today is May 5th and there is NO improvement whatsoever. She still hops on three legs. She won’t even ATTEMPT to climb the basement stairs…we have to carry her up every morning. It breaks my heart. She’s only six and to think that this is the way she will be for the rest of her life kills me. Don’t get me wrong, she is not in any pain, I don’t think…she just won’t put her leg to the ground.

I feel SO guilty that we are not doing the operation. Hubster keeps telling me that I have to remember that she is just a dog. But she is MY dog. I feel terrible that we are not going to fix her leg. I realize that $2,500.00 is excessive for a dog, but it still hurts that we can’t fix her.

My poor Rosie. Pin It

Wednesday, 2 May 2007

Poor Middleman!

He’s sick as a dog. He has a horrible cold and so he can’t go near his baby brother. Needless to say, he’s home from school today. His cough is the worst part, but this morning, his nose has started to run like crazy as well. Poor guy.

I’m just praying that no one else gets it…ESPECIALLY Threepeat. I have been nagging at Middleman to wash his hands every ten minutes and have been reminding him to cover his mouth when he coughs, but he’s seven…he forgets. At least Threepeat has my breastmilk as a bit of a prevention.

I hope Middleman is feeling better for his party this weekend…Saturday is the party we put off from his First Communion two weeks ago. I am so glad we did that too…I can’t IMAGINE how I would have thrown a party two weeks ago…gosh. Pin It
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