Sunday, November 30, 2008
To add to my already existing hysteria about "getting sick" - the past week or so, I have been light headed/dizzy on and off, tingling and numbness in my hands on and off, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. I am convinced I have a brain tumor growing in my skull and I'm having a stroke. Today I looked up these symptoms and turns out that all of them are symptoms of acute anxiety and panic attacks. Time to go back on the lexapro for me? I've been looking at the circumstances surrounding each mini attack (it doesn't even feel like an attack, I just get the symptoms and when they don't go away, I panic) and I can't quite find a trigger. The first time it happened I was in the middle of Twilight. The second time was during the boys' parent/teacher conferences. Then, another one while I was cleaning out the garage. Yet another while I was sitting on the couch watching TV. No thread of similarity runs through all of these events besides that I felt light headed - got panicky about it and more symptoms appeared - then eventually it went away (but not after I had almost convinced myself to go to the ER so they could do a CAT scan to see the large tumor in my head).
Honestly, it is a really good thing I have a great husband who listens to my concerns and then calms me down. And my mom who came up to Salem this past week to help me out with the kids.
Okay I need to sign off, but I will catch you again real soon. Oh, and remember how my baby wouldn't sleep for two weeks? He has all four of his top front teeth coming in at the same time. He has four white buds ready to pop on his gums - ouch!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Blake does all the artwork and then tells me the storyline while I translate his story into the written words on the page. I try not to correct his grammar or storytelling, so most of what we read is directly from his mouth. It took me a few hours every night after the kids went to bed for a few nights. I don't know if the effort will be rewarded on Christmas morning, but I'm sure he will appreciate it afterwards.
Another factor involved with my fussy baby is that he simply will not stop crying or whining long enough that I can make dinner. I spend most evenings with this at my feet.
And I let him play with whatever he can get his hands on in order for me to whip up a 15 minute meal. (a 30 minute meal feels like luxury at this point in the game).
(A little sideline note - I wrote this post a few days ago - and somehow miraculously - Chase started sleeping again through the night and today had two very good naps. Please let this be a trend because I'm tired!!)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
This week I need to get these things done:
- Finish my free Oprah-show Snapfish photo books.
- Sand the kids' bathroom vanity
- Paint the kids' bathroom vanity
- Find the fabric to recover living room couch pillows
- Sand/Paint master bedroom end tables
- Lose five pounds
- Get my baby to freakin' sleep through the whole entire ten hours of night
- Help Jer install premium vinyl tiles in the laundry room and master bathroom
- Find and purchase faucets for the bathrooms (so maybe my Thanksgiving guests can help me install them)
Am I forgetting anything? Oh yeah, did I mention that I need to get my wonderful lovely baby boy TO FREAKIN' SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT!!! Y'all I am pretty tired these days. He goes to bed at 6pm, wakes at 9 for a bottle, goes to sleep until 2 or 3am for another bottle, and then wakes at 6:30-7am for the day. I am so done with this and it is making my usually cheery and delightful personality go away and be replaced by mean, nasty, bossy, cranky mommy who scares all three of her boys and makes her husband want to work extra long hours. Chase has been my best baby in terms of adaptable personality and easy to travel with, but the most difficult of my babies in terms of sleeping.
So off I go into the wild blue yon. See you soon. Until then, want to see some projects I did complete?
- Installed vinyl tiles in kid's bath, took out old toilet, installed new wax ring (thus getting rid of eternal PEE smell in bathroom) and re caulking everything - see the dated oak vanity? that's what I need to repaint.
- Cleaned out and reorganized my bedroom closet (getting rid of FIVE huge bags of dated clothes that don't fit or aren't right for me) thank you Tim Gunn for inspiring me.
Research all our stock options, bought and sold several of our investments and re-invested much of our portfolio. (not a small task, I tell you)
Sanded and painted front door, spray painted kick plate, reinstalled new door hardware. It used to look like this:
Now looks like this
Found these chairs at a consignment store. Now need to get fabric to recover and an inexpensive reupholsterer.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Mid-Spring - I use this picture to see where the bulbs come up
Early Spring, bulb placement and hydrangea bush
Summer, hydrangea in full glory (my favorite flower and plant)
Pull out all annuals and trim off all dead leaves and branches from plants.
Give my Japanese forest grass a shaggy haircut. I decided to experiment today and see what sort of new growth it gets with this shaggy pruning job I did.
Avoid this huge garden spider that has taken residence next to the standard rose bushes.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
They go ALL DAY when Jer has the day off (like Sundays) - the Church of the Fish has three followers that day. Then he waits until the boys get home from school at 3 and they immediately leave to go fish until well after nightfall. I'm happy about it because the house stays a lot quieter and cleaner, but I also feel a little alone. I keep telling Jer that he is the luckiest guy around - three boys to play with all the time.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Jackson - who is in third grade - had his sharing time last Friday. He wanted Chase to come so he could "share" his awesome baby brother with his class. (Chase is wearing the requisite 'visitors' badge on his front if you look closely)
Isn't he the best big brother ever?