Showing posts from October, 2013

Halloween 2013

This was a different Halloween for us.  We split up -- I went with Willow to a friend's house to go Trick or Treating and Michael and Chewy went out, bought a pumpkin, carved it and watched a scary movie.

Michael is now old enough he doesn't want to go out really--but still wanted a scary mask.  Willow is prime Trick or Treating material.

I went out with her and three of her friends.  It was a bit wet (it was a bit rainy) so there were a few slips and slides, and shoes being wet.  There was a point where I told them about being the Four Musketeers so that they would hopefully try to stay together...but there was always one straggler.

At one point, someone had to go potty in the middle of the route--no where near the host family's house.  A very kind couple who had their house decked out let her go in to use their bathroom--and then let Willow and another girl also use it.

We got back to the house, had some candy and went home.  Where we got to see a pumpkin Michael carved…

PAIL Bloggers - Monthly Theme - October: Birth Story

I thought this was an interesting theme to participate in as I am definitely far away from the experience of the Birth read other stories, please click HERE.
I have always felt like Birth Plans are a waste of time. Which is ironic for me--since I am usually an organized "planning" type of person.  But I think that perhaps I my feelings on this particular issue is because any plans I had for the birth of first child....well, they all went out the window!
It started on a Thursday, three weeks before.  It was supposed to be my last "once a month" check up with the Doctor.  After this check up, it would be once a week.  Everything seemed to go fine until the blood pressure check.  Our plans for the evening (having people over) were abruptly changed as I spent a night at the hospital to see if they could get the BP in check.  
The diagnosis was pre-eclampsia.  The week or more left of work was no more. I was on strict bed rest.  
Considering that my husband and …

False Sense of Security/Wits End

This year seems to be the year that things fall apart.  Whenever I feel like we have a handle on something, my grasp is taken away from me and I find myself at my wits end.  I am usually good under pressure.  I usually can keep my emotions in check (at least in public).

But.  The last few months, the last few weeks, the last few days.  I just don't know anymore.

I am trying to deal with various issues and things going on.  I am juggling and dropping the balls.  I am trying to keep it together, but crying in public.  I am trying and failing.  And trying and succeeding.  And failing.  And succeeding.  And falling again.

I am just tired.  I want to give up.  But I know I cannot do that.  I know that people need me.  My children need me, especially right now.  But I am tired.

I feel like we just do not have the support we need--and I know it is within our grasp--but it keeps being just out of reach.

I hope that this is just a phase. I hope that in two weeks I will feel differently.  …

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The Picture from Back to School Night...

Willow's teacher put the Back to School Night Slides up on the website.

So, I was able to capture something I wouldn't normally be able to.

For those times when I need reminding...that is my little boy.


Okay.  Our life has gotten a re-boot and now we are trying to get used to a new normal again.

Seems like it has been a while since I have just written about how/what we are doing individually.

Michael:  Tough transitioning aside, he is in the school band and seems to be enjoying it.  He will be marching in the Halloween Parade next weekend. He is studying the Civil War and Tale of Two Cities, among other things, in school. He is still obsessing over Batman and other superheroes. Has ordered another hand held 80s computer game based on Batman.  Is still eating us out of house and home.  Sometimes you can tell he is maturing, other times, not so much.

Willow: She sings a lot, asks questions a lot and has opinions on EVERYTHING.  She is frustrated to not be able to READ already, although she is learning sight words and how to spell and is well on her way.  She is also frustrated that her almost-loose-tooth has not come out yet (her best friend Kayla has already lost 4 teeth).  She loves &…