Thursday, October 21, 2010

AWOL - updates

I've been AWOL lately - too much to do, not enough time to sit & play on the computer. Ah well....

What have I done in the past two weeks? I have no idea. I cannot remember that far back. I think we probably ate some meals, went hiking in Chester, visited a corn maze, dealt with a fussy in-pain baby, wrangled a toddler. The usual.

This week has been full of doctor's appts. Monday I took August in to have an upper GI. I was dreading it as I couldn't feed him after 4am. This kid still eats every 1 1/2 -2 hours so yeah...the appt was at 8:15. Well, he did great! He was in such a good mood. Super smiley, laughing & charming all the people in the radiology dept. He wasn't super cooperative with the whole drinking the barium thing but we got him to drink just about 1oz which thankfully was enough. The good news - they didn't find anything anatomically wrong with him - no twisted esophagus or funky stomach connections. The bad news - there's nothing to 'fix.' He went to the doctor for a follow up yesterday...he's gaining weight (thankfully) & we got some different formula to try (when we give him his one bottle a day) but otherwise he looks great! He is getting another prescription recommended by the GI specialist for something that will 'coat' the stomach lining & may help his tummy pains. I hope so!

I found out my thyroid is wonky - so will start taking synthroid - actually did this week. My family has a history of this & mine's been wonky since I was pregnant with Dahlia (actually before) but it always went back to 'normal.' Not so much now, although *maybe* as he says I'm still in the post-partum phase. Who knows.

What else?

August's baptism is this weekend. Poor kid is suffering from 2nd child syndrome badly - no invites for the baptism, no cake, no birth announcements. I feel like such a loser. :( I'm excited for my folks & my sister to come up. Dahlia is VERY excited to see Grandma & Grandpa Rossow she says "I miss them." It's very cute & a little heartbreaking. Also, when I told her we were having a party for August on Sunday she got SUPER excited, clapped her hands & said "August! You get to be 2 1/2 like me!" I had to explain that it isn't a birthday party - but that didn't really diminish her excitement.

I'm still unemployed & looking for a job....I'd like to find something I can do from home because I honestly don't know how I'll ever find something that will allow me to afford 2 kids in daycare. And I don't really want to put two kids in daycare. *sigh*

I guess those are the updates. November is coming up. Let's see if I can keep up with this year's NaBloPoMo! We'll see.....

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Bayfield Apple Festival

Steve & I hadn't been to Applefest for 6 years! That was the first fall we were together. So it was time to return. The weather was gorgeous & it is always good to get the kids out of the house on such a beautiful day.

It started off great - BOTH kids were ASLEEP in the car within 10 minutes. That NEVER happens. Especially with August (that kid just never sleeps anywhere, except perhaps outside...). Steve & I were actually able to have a nice, quiet, long overdue conversation. The scenery was beautiful. It was really very very nice.

After finding parking (ugh) we headed down to the festivities. Our fist order of business was finding some apple crisp or pie. The line was long but the wait was WELL worth it! The apple crisp torte was fresh & hot! The ice cream & caramel toppings were delicious.

We spent the afternoon wandering around, looking at the booths & people watching. August & Dahlia were very well behaved. Thank God for the double stroller! Dahlia requested popcorn - we got kettle corn which was the WRONG thing. That was 'icky' & she wanted the "other popcorn" Luckily one of the carnival booths had regular popcorn!

Dahlia rode the merry-go-round for the first time (with Steve) but she absolutely refused to look at me for a photo. Hmph.

We ended the day at the festival with Apple brats (for us) & a hot dog for her...On the way back to Duluth we stopped along the South Shore of Lake Superior to catch the last rays of the sunset. It was very beautiful & a little chilly.

All in all another very good family outing!

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Sleep Torture - check!

So last night's schedule was this:

8pm - August 'sleeping' in his crib. Yipppeeeee! This lasted for 3 hours! Wahoohoooo

11:36 - Up to feed August. Nursed him in the chair in his room because I wanted to put him back in his crib after that feeding.

1:36am - the time I woke up still sitting in the chair with August. He was not ready to go to bed, he wanted to eat again. Caved & brought him into bed with me.

3:20am - up again to feed, super cranky, possibly with sore tummy?

4:20am - I had a hacking coughing fit (awesome) - woke August up (if he was sleeping, who knows. Fed him a little again.

5:30am - August awake & cranky. Needs to eat.

6:20am - More feeding/crankiness

7:12am - WIDE AWAKE with a big smile on his face. Shouts of "MAMA!" coming from the other room. And alas, another "night's sleep" is history.

I'm considering starting to wean August. I don't really want to yet...this has been hard fought, this breastfeeding & I'm loathe to give it up but I'm also losing my mind. I have this *theory* that maybe if I'm giving him a bottle in the night he'll be eating more & therefore able to sleep longer. Maybe now he's just getting a 'snack' & we both fall asleep & that's why he's up so often. I don't know. I also don't know why I think that me giving him a bottle will prevent us both from falling asleep. It didn't with Dahlia....

*sigh* I"m just so tired.

(oh also - he doesn't nap. I think he slept for about a total of 1 hour yesterday during the day. What is with this kid??)

Sunday, October 03, 2010


I have a cold.


That is all.


I'm also looking for a good homemade chicken soup recipe for tomorrow's super. Any ideas?