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This week…

Yesterday I finally went to the doctor. I got sick the day after J was born, that was three weeks ago! The first several days were very rough, and then I started to get better. But after that I seemed to ‘plateau’ and not get any worse or better. Then on Monday & Tuesday I started to get worse again. I looked up ‘walk-in clinic’ on Google and found one. When we got there the receptionist said all the doctors were booked but I could see a nurse and she would determine whether I needed to see a doctor. I figured what I had could probably be diagnosed by a nurse, so I signed in. The waiting room was full of people, tiny, and stuffy. I felt like I was breathing in everyone’s sick germs, icky! It wasn’t very well-ventilated.

In addition to trying to keep the four kiddos quiet and still, I had insane forms to fill out! Chalk it up to out-of-whack hormones, if you will, but I really began to find the questions highly offensive and humiliating. Such as, “Are you homeless”, “How many s*xual partners do you have?” “Have you ever smoked crack?” “Do you try to avoid greasy foods in your diet?” I hated being there and being treated as a sub-human. Like someone who had no clue how to take care of their own body. I felt like the clinic was just trying to cover their backside and make sure you were going to pay them. Speaking of which, I was steamed that I was supposed to be paying them for a service and they think they can get away with treating me like that! While I’m going through these forms, a kid came in with some hotwheels and C started screeching and wanting them and I couldn’t get him to be quiet. So after a fruitless hour I finally left. I got everyone in the car and called M up and totally lost it.

After getting myself together, I went to a different clinic and it the difference was like night and day! I was diagnosed with Sinusitis and given a prescription for amoxicillin, flonaise, & sudafed. I so rarely go to the dr, and when I do take meds it’s usually just one, so taking three different things seems weird to me. I just hope it wipes it out! I don’t want to be sick any longer. The dr did say I’m not contagious anymore, so that’s good to know!

I had a headache all day and by the time we were in Walmart getting the prescription I started feeling pretty bad. I just wanted to get home and rest. As the night wore on, I got worse and worse. Eventually I ended up with a migraine. Thankfully, it was mostly after the kids were in bed and I was able to sleep pretty well. C even slept until 4:30am (instead of his usual 1:30 waking time) and they all slept in a bit this morning. I still had a lingering headache this morning that lasted until mid-morning.

This afternoon we headed out to mail a care package to M and grab some milk from the dairy. I also picked up a nearly new boppy swing from Craigslist for $15. J is sleeping in it right now, it seems very cozy. A friend has said I can come over and do my laundry either tomorrow or Saturday. I’m not sure which yet. My laundry is starting to pile up! This will work much better than trying to do a laundromat with four kiddos! Right as I was heading out the door I realized that none of our electrical outlets were working! I looked at the circuit breaker, tried flipping the gfci’s and nothing worked. I called M and told him about it. He said I would have to hire someone to come out and fix it since I had already done everything he suggested and couldn’t really troubleshoot it over the phone. When I arrived home, happily it was working again. However, I’m not liking that it happened in the first place! We have overhead lights that stopped working a couple months ago, then after several days they suddenly came on again. The lights again stopped working while we were staying at the hotel last month. Mr. T looked at them when he came out the other day but couldn’t get them working. Yesterday when I got home they were on! So I don’t like all these things that inexplicably stop working and then start again for no reason!!

On Monday the T’s came to take care of me! They took the vehicle in to get the oil changed, and bought some of that bubble wrap encased in aluminum foil that comes in a big roll. He cut it out and fitted it to the windows so I can put it in at night and keep the heat in and moisture out. It also has the side effect of darkening the windows, which comes in handy for naps and keeps the kiddos asleep longer in the mornings! They also brought Taco Bell for lunch and tried to fix the light problem. I feel so blessed to have the T’s concern and care.

The S’s came by later that afternoon and brought dinner. They visited for a bit and got to hold J. They brought balloons for the children, which of course were a big hit. While they were here there was a knock on the door and J the owner of the trailer park brought a little outfit for the baby and a stand-up sign that says “Slow, children at play” for the children to use when they’re riding bikes in the street. (I always stay out and supervise them.) They have been asking to ride their bikes today but it didn’t work out and I promised they could very soon. We’ve had their bikes packed up since we were at the hotel.

I’m gonna run along now!
JJ

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Finding my New Groove

Welcome back to the blog world! After my hiatus I’m hoping to be regularly blogging again.

We had a very excruciating month of waiting. We felt like our lives were on hold while we waited endlessly for certain things. We waited to hear news about the job, then we were waiting for the baby, who took his merry old time to make his appearance! Thankfully all that is in the past now! It was quite stressful & took it’s toll on us, especially my pregnant nerves!

So, in a brief recap…

M was supposed to start his job training on January 26th. Baby’s due date was Jan 15th, but he still wasn’t coming so M reluctantly called and requested to start a week later, Feb 2nd. As February 2nd approached, however, baby J was still not wanting to come out. So with sadness we prepared for the possibility of having to have this baby while M was gone.  We usually have “unassisted” home waterbirths, so I started the process of finding a midwife who would take me on so late. (42 weeks!) Thankfully I was able to find one and we arranged for her services in the case of M’s absence.

Unfortunately, M did have to leave early Monday (Feb 2nd) and J still hadn’t been born. The W family generously offered to have me come and stay with them and use their house to birth in. While we were on our way up there to get settled in, the midwife called to ask about coming up to make sure she’d be able to find the place when it was time. (The W’s live about 30 minutes from town in a rural area.) When the midwife got there she decided to check my dialation and surprisingly she said I was at 7cm and thin & stretchy. She was able to easily get me to a 9cm!! I wasn’t even in labor yet!! (And on Friday I had been only 3cm and “thick”.) So she realized she wouldn’t be going home!  Everyone suddenly got in a panic to get the birth stuff set up! I was incredulous and a bit in shock!

Anyways, I will write up a full birth story later, but baby J was born at 9:06pm weighing in at a hefty 9lbs, 14.5oz, 18 days past his due date!

On Tuesday I got ill. E had already been sick and C came down with it, too. MJ ended up getting it to a lesser extent later in the week, and we unfortunately infected the whole W family to varying degrees, too. I was actually feeling pretty well from the birth itself, but I was nasty sick for about a week. The help I received both for my own recovery and with the children was invaluable! I couldn’t have done it on my own, that’s for sure.

On Thursday morning, (Feb 12th) I packed up and drove to the airport to pick up M, who had been flown home by the company to spend the weekend with us. We had a wonderful time together, and it was very nice to be able to make the transition to being back at the trailer with M home instead of all by myself. We took him back to the airport on Sunday morning. He had been in Denver, CO for the two weeks, just getting some basic job orientation. He flew to IL to begin his job training on Sunday. He has four weeks there, then another four weeks in Texas. (During this time he will get two flights back over the weekend.) After he graduates from his training he will be in Phoenix, AZ for another 4-6 weeks. If we are able to work it out, we are hoping to take the trailer and go be with him during that time. Then we will all be together in Denver for 8-12 months, and then we’ll be in our ‘permanent’ location, which is TBD, but we’ve heard either Seattle, WA or Portland, OR. Whew!! Lots of moving around, huh? This year is shaping up to be quite the adventure!

Meanwhile, here at home I’m trying to find my new groove, having a newborn, having four children, being alone. Of course, I have a wonderful church family here who are looking out for me. But it’s still lonesome without M around, especially in the evenings. Also, please pray that C starts sleeping better. He was sleeping horribly at the W’s house because he was sick. At home he had been doing better, but the past couple nights have been rough. Having a needy 20 month old who is crying and threatening to wake the whole trailer park, and having a hungry newborn at 1:30am is not a fun experience.

Today the T’s are helping me out, they took my vehicle to get the oil change it needed, so I wouldn’t have to go out. The S’s are coming later this afternoon to bring me a meal. I am very blessed and feel SO loved!

Yesterday was the first time I was able to go to church in two weeks. It always seems like forever! It was great to see everyone again and show off my baby. After church I went to the thrift store and was able to find a few articles of clothing, I desperately need a new wardrobe, none of my clothes fit now! Then I decided we should do something fun so I stopped by a RedBox and picked up Kung Fu Panda and got a Little Caesar’s pizza. The evening didn’t go quite how I had expected, though, I thought we would all watch as a family but I instead decided to get some cleaning done. I’m happy with the progress I made, though. I’ve been working on some organizational projects and getting rid of clutter. It’s coming along quite well.

Well, I must tend to baby J now, so I’m going to finish this up now. I’ll post some pics soon!
JJ

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29 Weeks

I haven’t been blogging much lately because nothing blog-worthy seems to be happening. Sorry! I don’t want to leave my readers hanging!

I have to go to town today, bank, gas station, groceries… I’m kind of dragging my feet. I know it will be an all day, tiring trip so I don’t particularly want to go. I’m starting some soup in the crockpot before I leave so I won’t have to do anything for dinner. It will be a kind of Ministrone soup, I guess. Dried garbanzo beans, zucchini, tomatoes, pasta, and whatever else I can think of to put in it. That reminds me, I was going to boil the noodles & put them in the fridge so I just have to add them to the crockpot when we get home.

I have a ton of library books checked out, most of them educational. I just need to make the time to actually sit down and read them!

I’ll be 29 weeks tomorrow. I dug the doppler out of the storage unit the other day and listened to the heartbeat yesterday. It’s in the 155-160 range. It was cool. My Tuesday Friend got to hear.

Okay, I really must get ready to go now.
JJ

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A Poll!

Okay, I couldn’t really think of anything to post, so I made a poll. I figured you all were tired of looking at cabbage & carrots in my wok.

I want to put a plug in for a cool blog I found… http://crockpot365.blogspot.com This lady made it her 2008’s New Year’s Resolution to use her crock pot every day of the year! I like it because she posts pictures of it and reviews how well it turned out and if her family liked it.  I have been using my crock pot much more since moving into the trailer, but not as much as I want to. I’m even thinking I’d like to get a second one so I can have lunch & dinner or dinner & breakfast going at the same time.

I will be 28 weeks on Thursday. Time is flying! I’m rounding out nicely. At least that is what polite people say. I feel more like a bloated baby baluga. I have no idea how much weight I’m gaining this time around because I don’t have a scale. But I’m afraid it may be more this time since I didn’t have the time to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight between this baby and C.

I turned around earlier to go into our bedroom and saw this on the floor:

E is a very good little mommy!

JJ

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Lovely Weekend

Well, with M being off Monday and all… the weekend seemed to come around pretty quickly!

On Saturday we went to the beach. It was a little cool, and the tide coming in was very strong. The waves really pummelled you where the children normally play. They were out a little bit, but mostly played in the sand. We dug a large hole and MJ worked on a wall in front of it that he was very proud of.

I didn’t have much food in the house so when I went to the store for milk I picked up some snacks to take with us; fig bars, tortilla chips & bean dip. (Which basically tasted like canned refried beans with a little bit of seasoning mixed in.)

When we got home, after a marathon bathing session & a quick shower for myself, I made a “pantry meal” concoction. Why is it that the meals with odd ingredients that I dredge up from the farthest recesses of my pantry always seem to taste good? Or maybe I just have weird tastes since I’m pregnant. Anyways, it was rice mixed with a can of pinto beans, spices, a little salsa, and sauteed red onions & bell peppers. In flour tortillas with lettuce & sour cream.

Sunday was Fellowship Meal at church. Unfortunately, since our fridge was bare & I didn’t have time to shop or prepare anything, I came empty-handed. It was awesome, as always! There was also a gorgeous cake that Mrs. B made for a family that just adopted two children. Another very gifted lady usually makes the cakes and I had no idea that Mrs. B was so talented in that department!

After church I went to pick up a Freecycle item: a Spiderman backpack for MJ. He didn’t know where we were going until I got it. He was thrilled and has been wearing it nearly nonstop. He always begs me for one when he sees them in the store.

Then it was off to WinCo for a major shopping trip. I really don’t know what to do reguarding groceries. We hadn’t been shopping at WinCo for quite awhile, but shopping at Albertsons down the street really breaks the bank. WinCo is sooooo much cheaper! However, I’ll either have to take a separate trip into town specifically to shop, or do it after church, which isn’t the best time to do it. (The store is busy & crowded, the children are tired & usually hungry, and I am physically exhausted by the time I get home.) I had been enjoying shopping alone or with only C in tow.

I got a lot of fresh fruits & vegetables (at about 1/3 the price as the stores here!), several meats, snacks, and a large pack of toilet paper all for $127.01.

I got home and put away the cold stuff then promptly collapsed on the bed. I drug myself up about 10 minutes later. M was going to take all three kiddos for a bike ride, but E didn’t want to go, so she stayed and was my little helper. The trailer was kind of trashed from the weekend, so we swept through it and tidied up. Then I set to work prepping my veggies so they would fit in the fridge.

I chopped a head of celery, four green & two red bell peppers, three bunches of green onions, three brocolli crowns and shredded a head of iceburg lettuce. In addition to actually getting it to fit, it’s handy for meal preps! I may cook the meat today. I have two packages of ground beef, on package of beef chunks and a pack of boneless skinless chicken breasts & pieces.

I have to go to Walmart for diapers later today and I may pick up a few pantry staples there as well, like enchilada sauce, beans, etc. The children were “done” before I was quite finished shopping yesterday.

At the checkout they had a bin with hotwheel cars in it. I let MJ and E each pick one, then realized that C wanted one, too. It’s kind of funny… he’s growing up! He wants to be included in stuff now, too. When we go to the park/playplace, he’s not content to just sit in his stroller anymore, he wants to get out and play, too!

JJ

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Downer Day

Ugh. Today I have accomplished nothing.

Except for a two-hour outlasting session with C during naptime. (“We’re” learning how to stay on our bed and go to sleep!)

I have a headache. I need to get up and take a shower. I have to go out to run a few errands when C wakes up from his nap. I’m tired. I didn’t sleep well last night for some reason.

Enough complaining. Five things I’m thankful for:

1) The A/C
2) Running water
3) Chocolate
4) Friends
5) The promise of Autumn

JJ

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17 1/2 Weeks

17 1/2 Weeks

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