Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Saturday 7: Flu Edition

What a terrible, disgusting week.

1. The flu/stomach bug descended on our house on Sunday. We went to church as usual, spent our afternoon as usual, then I went to a movie with my sister. I got a text from Justin as I was leaving the theater that said, "Lucy just puked her guts out." It's not totally unusual for Lucy to puke just because she ate too much or coughed too hard, so I wasn't overly worried. But she puked again before I got home, and then for about every 20 minutes between 11 pm and 3 am. I finally brought her downstairs and let her sleep on the towel-covered couch. I curled up on the love seat and held the puke bucket under her chin every 20 minutes.

2. I was hoping Lucy got whatever Levi was recovering from and he'd be in the clear, but he threw up twice Sunday night and then a few more times throughout Monday and Tuesday. He handled the flu like a man, though, and acted like his normal self most of the week. Lucy, on the other hand, spent a few days like this:

She couldn't stay awake, had a fever for two days, and didn't eat for three days. Anytime she ate something other than popsicles or marshmallows, she puked it right back up. The poor girl always gets these bugs the worst. She missed Monday through Thursday of school.

3. I started to feel bloated and nauseous Monday evening, and was puking by 7:00. I can't remember the last time I threw up, but I'm definitely not a fan. I spent a few hours laying on the bathroom floor alternately trying not to pass out and hugging the toilet. Lucy was still puking, too, so we slept on the couches again, sharing the puke bucket. Of course she insisted on taking the full sized couch, so I had to squeeze onto the loveseat. My hips started hurting so bad I finally just slept on the floor (wrapped in an electric blanket because I was SO cold).

4. Lena didn't get it 'til Thursday, but she's the worst at making it to the toilet/puke bucket, so I did a lot of cleaning (and a middle of the night bath) with her. At one point, I thought, "I'm just going to wrap her bed in a plastic tablecloth and shove all her hair in a shower cap, so I can throw them away next time she pukes instead of picking half-chewed food out of her blankets and hair!"

5. Justin held out 'til Thursday night, but eventually succumbed. And Friday, I disinfected. That's it. That's all we did all week. Watched a lot of TV, laid on the couch moaning, puked and cleaned up puke, then started coughing. Everyone I've talked to has had the same experience: this stomach bug is either preceded or concluded by a cold/cough. Lucy and I are hanging on to our coughs of course, because that's how we roll. I was up 'til 2:30 am last night because I couldn't stop coughing long enough to fall asleep. But everyone else seems to be on the upswing. Here's hoping we never have to repeat this awful week!

6. One positive from this week: Lena is doing awesome with potty training. She wore undies all day for two days and even made a trip to Meijer today with undies. So we've pretty much crossed the undies hurdle. Now we just have to tackle using a public restroom, pooping on the toilet, and doing it all herself before she goes to preschool in the fall.

7. Our pathetic week in pathetic pictures:
My amazing mom went into work late on Tuesday so I could sleep for a while. So I was only alone with the kids for like 4 hours until Justin got home. The girls are pretty self-sufficient, and Levi was in a great mood - he just scooted around and played and I occasionally threw food to him on the floor. Haha.

Who looks this cute with a 102* fever?

I love those teeth.

And that dimple!

Finally some nice weather! We hit 60 on Friday and had some family outside time to get some much needed fresh air! (Lucy thought it was summer and broke out the shorts and tank top.)

Daddy photobomb

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Super Fast Saturday 7

1. I didn't read any books this week! I've been obsessed with watching Hawaii 5-0 on Netflix instead. As I texted my sister one day this week, Steve McGarrett is a beast and I love him. (And my husband kind of looks like him, so it's ok for me to say that.)

2. Lena had preschool testing this week. I didn't even know that was a thing. Is it like a pass/fail thing? Do you have to know stuff before you actually go to preschool? Isn't that what preschool is for? She was not happy about it and did not want to go until the morning of the testing. All of a sudden, she couldn't stop talking about how excited she was. When it came down to it, it took a tiny bit of coaxing to get her to go down the hall with the teacher (without me), but she did awesome. If I can ever get her potty trained, she is going to love school.

3. I got to catch up with some long lost friends on Tuesday. Kristy, Karen, and I have a tradition of meeting at El Burrito Loco a couple times a year to catch up. Kristy moved to Florida in September, but is home for Spring Break, so we revived the tradition. I polished off a serving of queso and a burrito and enjoyed talking about childbirth and potty training with good friends. #momlife

4. Levi was a disaster this week. After 5 days of the fever, it broke on Tuesday. He had a doctor appointment that day, where he was diagnosed with a double ear infection and slight bronchitis. The doctor also said he thinks he was recovering from influenza! Yikes! He got put on a strong antibiotic and we went on our merry way. He started feeling better after a couple days, but then he blew a blood vessel in his eye. It looks disgusting, but is harmless and will heal on its own. He's almost totally back to normal now. He has a lingering cough and a constantly crusted nose, but other than that, he's his happy self.

5. My mom came home from Florida this week after a month of vacation! We are all thrilled that she's home. I'm actually amazed at how much Levi remembered her. He's already back to following her around the house crying to be picked up. Haha.
The sign Lena made. 
My dad actually flew down to pick my mom up, and they drove my brother's car home . . . because he's moving home next week!!!! A week from today he and his wife will be headed back to Michigan soil where they belong! We're so excited!!!

6. We finally bit the bullet and put the girls together in one room this week. The first night, they didn't fall asleep until 10, and it hasn't gotten a ton better since then, but it's been a pretty easy transition. I'm giving them a week or two to settle in and get over the novelty of it before I move Levi up there. And I'm waiting for him to be healthy and back to sleeping through the night. And I'm waiting for the sadness of my baby moving upstairs to go away . . .

7. Pictures!
Before the antibiotics kicked in, this is how Levi played. He just sat by his toys and stared into space. Lol.
The blown blood vessel
Less creepy picture showing his eye
Reading her science book at KFC
Two sleepy boys watching basketball amid clean laundry

Lucy's sweet homework.

These are the moments. Even when Levi's sick and Lena's clingy, I love that they find comfort in me. I love that they're snuggly. I don't want to forget these days.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

The Saturday 7

1. On Monday, I went to Bible Study for the first time in a couple weeks. Up to that point, I'd been nursing Levi once in the morning and once before bed. But Bible Study is at 7, and he doesn't go to bed 'til 8, so I wasn't sure what to do. I decided just to skip the feeding and see how he did. He slept all night! So I tried it again on Tuesday and the same thing happened! Woohoo! Down to one feeding a day, now. 

2. We had a crazy wind storm this week. Our whole area was under high wind warnings, but because we live in the middle of a field, we feel it even more intensely. It was insane. I could hardly walk out to my car. Lucy legitimately got knocked down by the wind trying to get into the house after school (it was traumatic). I couldn't get my car doors open. And things were blowing everywhere! This is our neighbor's silo that blew across the field!

3. So it was pretty inevitable that we'd lose power. It went out at 11:30 am on Wednesday. The kids and I went to the library, Wendy's, and Meijer (they all had power), picked up Lucy from school, then came home and started a fire in the fireplace to stay warm. It is hilarious to see how the girls react to not having power. It boggles their minds that they can't use the Internet. Lena kept saying, "I want to watch Netflix. What about YouTube? Ok, fine, I'll just watch TV." When I explained that none of those things would work, she exclaimed in frustration, "Well how am I supposed to watch?!" Haha. #firstworldproblems Fortunately, they had AWANA at church so they didn't have to sit home and be bored all night. We debated going to Justin's parents' house for the night, but decided to tough it out at home. It's really not that bad. I just hate not being able to flush the toilet, and the fireplace can only keep the house so warm. But we piled on the blankets and slept fine all night. On Thursday morning after dropping Lucy off at school, we headed to my sister's house for warmth and wireless Internet. But our power came back on at home by noon. Woohoo!

4. I read two more books this week: The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep and Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren. They were both good. Much better than my failures of last week. The craziest thing was how similar the storyline in Wild Montana Skies was to A Carol for Kent that I read last week. They both had to do with a famous country star finding out he had a kid from a one night stand years after the fact. And the reason he didn't know was because the baby's grandparents had lied to him, so the mom thought he willingly abandoned them in both stories. Wild Montana Skies was much better done, though.

5. I've been struggling with depression again this week. I am so, disgustingly lazy. I hate myself for it, but I feel powerless to change. I sit in my chair with the computer on my lap while Lena watches her 4th episode of Strawberry Shortcake and think, "Wow. I'm a miserable excuse for a mother. I should get up and do something." But I don't. And then I just fall into my downward spiral of, "I'm never going to change. I'm a worthless human being. My kids will only remember me as the woman who yelled at them from behind a computer screen. My husband must hate me. God is so disappointed in me." Blah, blah, blah. Logically, I can recognize it as depression. But I can't figure out what triggered it . . . or what to do about it. The weather has been decent, my circumstances are unchanged, I've been sleeping. I don't know what is causing the sudden onslaught (could dropping one nursing session wreak that much havoc on my hormones?). And I'm terrified that my Zoloft isn't working as well as it used to. I'm already on 100 mg. I don't want to take more. I already feel a little bit numb. There have been some really sad events in the lives of my loved ones recently, but I don't even shed a tear. I've been joking that I'm too highly medicated to cry, but I'm worried that it's true! And if I'm 100% honest, I'm a little bit frustrated that God doesn't change me. Haha. How sacrilegious is that? I'm just annoyed that I've been fighting this same battle for so long. I've been a SAHM for 4 years now, but it's still a constant war of telling myself, "Get up off your lazy butt and play with your kids. Shut your computer and go fold the laundry. Clean your bathroom more than once every 3 weeks." Why doesn't it get easier? When I beg God to change my heart and take away my laziness, why doesn't he? #scaryhonesty

6. In more sad news, Levi has come down with some kind of awful sickness. He woke up from his nap on Thursday an absolute wreck. We couldn't figure out why he was crying or what he wanted. As the night wore on, I noticed he was feeling warmer and warmer. He was up most of the night whimpering and coughing. Yesterday, he was feverish and coughing/snotty, but still played with his toys and had happy moments. But today he has been absolutely miserable. He can only stay awake for about an hour at a time. He won't eat or drink (I think his throat hurts from coughing so much). His fever is hovering around 102, despite ibuprofen. He just wants to lay on me and moan. :-(

He actually fell asleep on me, which never happens!

I finally got him to take a couple sips of juice and eat some blueberries and a squeezy, so hopefully he won't get dehydrated. I'm hoping this is the worst of it, and he'll be on the mend soon!!

7. And now a few pictures to redeem this depressing entry:

Saturday afternoon TV time


Post-bath curls
Sweet action shot on Niki's trampoline. (And check out the awesome outfit she picked out for herself. Haha.)

Lena desperately wanted to go outside at Niki's, but I didn't bring a coat for Levi. So she let him wear hers. Haha.
Coloring in the sunshine

Niki's house is not very baby-proof. Haha.

My new favorite picture. Lol!
And my Meme of the Week brought to you by this weekend's temperatures in the 20s!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Saturday 7

1. I did something spontaneous this week and got a perm! Haha. I've been so annoyed with my hair and wishing I was more adept at curling it. But I don't want to put the time into actually doing it. So I decided to just stuff my worries and get my hair permanently curled. I had a perm in high school and loved it, but was worried about looking like I came straight out of the 80s. So I requested a "wave" perm. And I'm very happy with the results!
Channeling my inner teenager with the peace sign. (They probably don't call it that.)

2. I read four books this week. Most of them were pretty average, but they all kept me up way too late. I am entirely incapable of spreading a book out over more than one day. I have to read it all in one sitting. My favorite of the four was An Aria for Nick by Hallee Bridgeman. I started it at 9:30 pm, thinking I'd just read a few chapters before bed (Seriously - do I not know myself better than that by now?) I finished it at 2:00 am. Oops . . . But it was really good. I loved it. I also read the last two in the Song of Suspense series by Hallee Bridgeman (A Carol for Kent and A Harmony for Steve). Neither of them was that great. And I have serious issues with her name choices. Then last night I read An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter. It was fine, but nothing special.

3. Levi officially turned one this week. To the girls' chagrin, we didn't do anything big to celebrate. We got a $5 pizza from the local pizza place and had donuts for dessert. That's about the extent of the festivities.

Timehop has since been tormenting me with newborn pictures and making my ovaries hurt.
I forgot to take off the automatic frame Timehop put on the pic. I have no idea what is "Making History" Sundays on Fox. Lol.
4. Good news, guys. Despite my procrastination, I got my kids enrolled for school in the fall. Kids, plural. Lena is officially signed up for preschool 2 days a week. (They're full days.) She does not want to go, so I have 6 months to convince her. Haha. I can't imagine life with only one kid at home, though. What am I going to do with all my free time?

5. Now that Levi is pretty consistently sleeping through the night, I think it's time to move him out of our bedroom and into his own room. But I'm having a really hard time pulling the trigger. For one thing, that means the girls are going to have to share a room. They're already terrible at bedtime, so I am dreading bedtime with both of them in the same room. But I'm also unreasonably sad about Levi moving upstairs away from me. Logically, I know it will be so nice to turn on lights when I want to, to not have to tiptoe around the bedroom, to be able to watch TV with Justin in our room. But emotionally, I feel like we're abandoning him all the way upstairs! #sapalert

6. Well that's all I've got. Here's a few pictures that didn't make it on facebook this week:
Perm in process. It doesn't smell any better than it did when I got my last perm 17 years ago. You'd think they could figure that out!
Benjamin Button?
Happy boy in the bath.
Meme of the Week

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Levi: 1 Year!

Yeah, right! I'm not wearing this sticker!

Ok, I've put off writing this entry long enough. It's time to admit that my baby is one and write his update.

He had a doctor appointment this morning. He weighed in at 18 lbs, 8 oz. (10%) and measured just over 28" long (4%).

He's just starting to grow out of his 6 month clothes. Haha. But most of the 12 month stuff is still too big.

He has 4 teeth (although his 5th is so close to popping through) - 2 top and 2 bottom.

I've weaned him down to nursing just twice a day - once in the morning when he wakes up, and once before bed. I was done nursing the girls by this age, but I'm not in a hurry with him for some reason. #lastbaby? I'm going away for a weekend at the end of the month, so I'll be done by then. I'm kind of dreading the pain on my part and the crying on his, so I'm putting it off. Haha.

He loves to eat table food. He's not a big breakfast eater (probably because of that morning nursing session), but he can pack away lunch and dinner. He likes pretty much everything. Some of his favorites are bean burritos, cheese roll-ups, pb&j, chicken nuggets, pasta of any kind, pea crisps, squeezies, yogurt, and fruit of any kind (except bananas - he doesn't like those for some reason). He usually eats whatever I make for dinner - chili, meatloaf, chicken, potatoes, etc. He's a big snacker and would graze all day long if I let him.
He's also a big fan of donuts. (And check out that sweet mullet.)

He smacks his lips together as soon as he sees food, and makes an incessant "eh! eh! eh!" noise when he wants more. Haha. And I think he signs "all done." Usually, he just starts throwing food on the floor so I know he's done. But sometimes, he'll swipe all his food down then start waving his hands.

We haven't made the transition to whole milk yet. He won't take a bottle and will only use one specific kind of straw cup. He likes to guzzle water (with a splash of apple juice) out of it, but we haven't tried milk yet. I'm not too worried about it while I'm nursing. We'll start working on it in the next few weeks.

He is finally sleeping through the night! He's the first of my kids to "sleep train" himself. I made both the girls CIO before they ever slept through the night. He just slowly transitioned on his own. For a while, he was nursing before bed, again around 11, then not again til morning. He dropped the 11:00 feeding on his own and now sleeps from about 8-6. If I don't have to bring Lucy to school, I put him back to bed after feeding him at 6 and he'll go back to sleep 'til about 8 (another reason I don't want to drop the morning feeding). He doesn't sleep through the night 100% of the time. There have been a couple nights recently that he cried for a while in the middle of the night, but I don't get him up or feed him, so I guess we are doing a little bit of CIO.

He takes two naps a day - usually 8-10 and 1-2:30ish. Occasionally he'll take an evening nap, but I'm trying to phase that out.

In the past month or so he has started sleeping on his belly. I lay him down on his back, he immediately flips over onto his stomach and puts his fingers in his Binky holes. Lol. Most of the time, he goes right to sleep when I lay him down. Sometimes he cries for a few minutes.

Movement and Mobility
In the past two weeks, he has really become mobile. He has perfected scooting on his butt to get where he wants to go.

But he does not pull up on anything, he doesn't cruise around furniture if I stand him up next to it, he cannot stand on his own. He doesn't even attempt to crawl. He will pivot on his belly, but can't figure out how to move forward. And he almost never rolls over. He does it in bed, but not on the floor. If he tips over or I lay him down on his back on the floor, he's pretty much a turtle. Haha.

So his doctor is referring us to "Early On." They suggested it at his 9 month appointment, but I decided to wait it out. Now, at 12 months, they don't mind that he's not walking, but the fact that he doesn't even pull-up or cruise around furniture means he needs a little bit of intervention. Honestly, he will probably do it in his own timing and I'm not that concerned. But it's free for us and they come right to my house, so why not?

Milestones and Personality
Levi is seriously the happiest kid. He's so laid back and smiley. He plays happily by himself much of the day. Now that he can get around, he's even happier to move from one toy to the next. He loves people and rarely shows signs of stranger anxiety. He smiles at everyone and has the best giggle.

He loves being outside.

He plays peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake, and giggles when I threaten him with the tickle bug (even before I start tickling him). He loves balls and cars and can spend 10 solid minutes driving anything with wheels around him (or on him) and making his "car noise":

He can say uh-oh and hi. I think I've heard him say "bye" a few times. I also think he tries to say "all done." And he says "dadada" all the time, but I'm not sure he knows what it means.

He has recently learned how to screech when he's mad, which is super fun. But he also learned how to dance.
That's it. The side to side motion. Lol.

My number one nickname for him is "Troublemaker." I must call him that 100 times a day. Haha. #badmom. He loves exploring and getting into things.

He brings us so much joy and we love him so much!! Happy birthday, Levi William!

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