July/August G2K Cindy and Cathy

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July/August G2K Cindy and Cathy
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Re: July/August G2K Cindy and Cathy
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 8:01am
I've been praying for you and your kids. I hope the Skype is still working and everything is going smoothly at home!

Andrew used to LOVE the pool. In the city pool, he'd walk in water as deep as his shoulders. And he coudln't get enough time in my parents' pool. This year, he's afraid. I don't know why.

We keep our schedule as consistent as we can and sacrifice having summer fun for it. I just feel like my kids do better when they have stability in their nap schedules, but then we are penned up as a result, so maybe that's not so good. Yesterday we went to the library, but because DH got busy installing a new car seat, and Andrew woudln't poop again, we left late, got home late, and then Leah was a bear to nurse because she was so tired.

Day 1 of extra caffeine seemed to go well. Leah didn't notice, and I wasn't as sleepy.

Two prayer requests for me. First, pray for my DH as he still struggles with what he should do work-wise. I really feel like he should be content being home with the kids, since I have a good job, and he values the kids being home vs day care. And he doesn't want to get any old job - he wants to try to work from home. Yesterday he actually considered the idea of blogging. Also pray for my energy and stress levels. I have a lot to deal with at work and I'm so tired. I've been asked to go on a trip in Sept and I'm not sure how that will work with nursing Leah (pumping etc).
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Thu, 07-26-2012 - 7:27am

I am so thankful for that Skype!  It has made this week bearable.  Dh has been reading bedtime stories, and just seeing daddy's face makes it easier.  I can't wait until he comes home tomorrow!

I am very strict with our sleep schedule.  To a point that dh sometimes gets aggravated with me when I say we can't do something because it will interrupt nap or bedtime.  I also have people say to me all the time, "you make them go to bed at the same time in the summer as in the winter.  That's no fun."  I usually tell them the kids need their sleep for the busy summer days, and that mommy definitely still needs some time to herself at night no matter what the season is.

Woohoo to the extra caffeine working for you.  I couldn't make it through my days without my coffee.

I will be praying for dh to be patient while God reveals His plan to him.  I will also keep you in my prayers for energy and stress levels!


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Fri, 07-27-2012 - 9:49am
I really need to discuss this Skype idea with DH. I haven't left Andrew for an extended period of time (other than the hospital with Leah) for a long time. He might have a hard time when I'm gone for a week in Nov. So glad its working out for you!

My DH also gets a little annoyed with my strictness with the schedule. Last night, DH was a little too laid back with bath time, and so Leah got overtired. I will change that routine from now on.

Its looking like I'm going to have to fire someone. That is going to be so hard, because he's a nice guy and has a good work ethic, he just isn't right for the job. We should have figured this out a while ago, so that makes it worse. I have a lot of new responsibilities at work, and when I work from home, DH doesn't relieve from the kids much, and I'm kinda getting annoyed with telling him that's a problem. At least yesterday he thanked me for giving him time to exercise. So thanks for your prayers in that area.

Any exciting weekend plans? None for me! And that's just fine! Maybe we'll venture to the city pool, but I'm looking forward to a weekend where we don't have to go anywhere unless we want to (and the kids comply)!
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Sat, 07-28-2012 - 7:39am

I definitely recommend looking to see if you can hook up Skype.  It made the separation a little easier on us all.

So sorry you have to fire somebody.  That must be very difficult.  I don't think I would be able to do it, and pray for it to go smoothly for you.  Sorry you don't get to work from home without interruptions, but woohoo for dh saying thank you.  I hope things continue to smooth out for you all.

Lets see.  Today dh is going to take the dogs to the vet to for their yearly check ups and shots.  Then one or both of us, (not sure yet) is going to take Julia, (maybe JJ too) to a birthday party from 11 - 2.  Dh may go visit his grandmother in the hospital if he has time after getting his car to the shop!  Crazy day.  Tomorrow I am in the nursery at church.  That is always fun, but I ALWAYS leave with baby fever.  I have been good about keeping that under control.  

We need some prayers here.  I don't know how much you have read, but a quick back story.  A year ago dh's grandma went into the hospital for surgery on her heart.  The surgery went fine, but the anesthesiologist messed up and punctured her lung.  Being older, she was never able to recover.  Her lungs got worse and worse, now her body has wasted away.  It is truly very sad to see.  Yesterday, dh's grandpa decided to sign a DNR.  If I understand correctly, she will not last long once taken off the respirator.  She is a very important part of dh's family, and they are all taking it very hard.  So they all need your prayers.  My grandmother is also back in the hospital.  She has had several mini strokes.  Her left side has been weakened, and she can barely see.  If she has no more strokes, and cooperates with the physical therapy, she should be ok.  So prayers there would be appreciated also.


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Sun, 07-29-2012 - 3:47pm
Sounds like a busy weekend. Funny, but when we work the nursery at church, it makes us NOT want more kids! God has blessed us with really easy going babies, and some of the babies in our church cry ALL the time.

Praying for both your grandmas. That is so sad about what happened to your DH's grandma and the DNR. Its also hard to see your grandma deteriorate after all those strokes. My grandma had a mini one and recovered okay, but then she had a big one and never did recover. Its hard.

Speaking of grandma's, my DH's (Dale) grandma is in the hospital. She wasn't feeling well, and they found out her kidneys are only working at 25%. I guess her kids (DH's dad, uncle and aunt) were thinking about putting her in assisted living, but are now thinking about a nursing home, and she doesn't know yet...

This has been a hard weekend. I somehow strained my back on Friday, and then Saturday I woke up and could barely function. It hurt to lift the dog's water bowl or a jug of water. Fortunately, DH was around to help me, and I did some stretches and took some ibuprofen, and am doing mostly better. Now my arms hurt, probably from compensating for my back. I'm hoping I recover and don't have to go to the chiropractor.

I was just thinking the Skype thing wouldn't work because I'd have to buy two webcams, one for travel and one for home, and now I'm looking at my laptop and it looks like there is some kind of web cam pic on it. Hmmm. I wonder how hard it will be to figure that out.

I better go - Leah is probably awake. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 12:31pm

I ended up staying in the toddler side of the nursery anyways.  JJ didn't like it when I was over on the baby side.  I did get to hold one little guy for a little bit though.  :smileyhappy:

Sorry to hear about dh's grandma being in the hospital, and possibly needing to go into a nursing home.  I hope she doesn't mind going in there.

Oh no to hurting your back!  I'm glad to hear that is feeling better, but boo that your arms are hurting now.  Praying you can recover without a chiropractor's help.

I know our .laptop has the built in camera.  Do you have a smart phone with a front facing camera?  Those usually work for Skype as well. If not, I don't think the cameras cost that much.

I took the kids and the dog to the park this morning.  We stopped at the playground for a little while.  But Julia was really excited to ride her bike.  So we walked the perimeter of the park, which is very large.  We stopped to have a picnic lunch along the trail.  The dog had a blast, and is now passed out.  

JJ had his speech therapy this morning.  He is frustrating me!  He is being so stubborn, and doesn't want to cooperate with the therapist.  He won't even repeat words to her that he will use during the day.  For example, he wouldn't repeat the word ball this morning, which is one he uses almost daily.  AAHH!  The therapist said he is the toughest one she has ever had to crack, and is going to try to think of something new to reach him.

Ok, JJ is rolling around my acorn squash.  I guess that means I have to go.  Have a good day! 


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Mon, 07-30-2012 - 2:44pm
Andrew didn't like it when I cared for babies in the nursery at church either. I was worried that didn't bode well for when Leah was born... and I was right. He got over it eventually.

I'm not sure how grandma will feel about the nursing home. Hopefully she'll realize its for medical reasons, because she and grandpa resisted assisted living (grandpa passed away right before Christmas)l.

I looked at my laptop and it doesn't seem to have a built in camera. At least it isn't listed under devices where it should be. I don't think lugging something like that on travel is a good idea either - I'm afraid I'd lose or break it. I don't have a smart phone either.

Today seems like a nice day to go to the park (well, here in OH). Too bad DH was probably stuck at home with the kids. Maybe we'll head out this evening.

Oh, I hate it when kids won't repeat things to other than that they can do for you! How frustrating for you!

Today I had a conversation with an HR lady about the guy I have to probably fire. Yuck - it makes me sad. However, I learned that another guy that was laid off (lack of funding) was able to find another job, so maybe there's hope for my guy.
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Tue, 07-31-2012 - 7:24am

JJ doesn't mind sharing me with babies.  I think the fact that I babysit, and Ariana is only 4 months older then him.  So I used to hold them at the same time a lot.  He just didn't like that he couldn't get to me.  The rooms are separated by a half wall with a half door.  He knew I was there, but he couldn't see me.

My grandma may need to go to a nursing home also.  Especially if she doesn't cooperate with the physical therapy.  I have to call my mom today and see how it is going.  I feel so torn.  I want to go down to visit with my grandmother, but at the same time I want to stay near dh and his grandmother.  Dhs' grandma is in worse condition, and I am not close to my grandmother.  I am actually closer to dh's then my own.  Sad, but very true. Mine didn't treat me very well, and his treated me like one of her own.  She treated her own extremely well.

I love our trips to the parks.  There are three all within 15 minutes of me.  The one we went to yesterday is even closer then that.  The second has a splash pad with the kids love to use.  The third we tried once, but it is kind of crummy.  We won't be back to that one at all.

I hope the man is able to find another job.  This is obviously not the one he is meant to have.  So hopefully God leads him to the correct one.

Julia and I worked with JJ last night identifying pictures from a book.  He did really well.  So I hope he carries that over to his speech therapy today.  I'm hoping if we celebrate his successes the same as we did last night, maybe he'll want to cooperate.  After that, I am hoping to make a quick run to the library.  The kids need new books, and I have 3 on hold.

I hope you have a great day today! 

 


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Thu, 08-02-2012 - 6:29am
Sorry for my delay. I'm so busy I feel like my head is spinning.

I read your post a couple days ago but couldn't respond. I've been praying for your grandmas and for wisdom for you on how to deal with the two situations. That's all so hard.

We tried to go to a park on Saturday, and online it said it was open "daily", but when we got there, it was closed. So I sent them an email telling them to fix their website. They were very apologetic and offered me free tickets to a play! We can't go to the play, but good to know the place should be open when we can go!

I hope JJ's therapy went well. Try not to get too frustrated - even little gradual progress is good.

Tonight I have singing practice at church. Its been a whlie since I've had singing practice - I think the last time was when Obama was in town and I ended up missing most of the practice because I was stuck because the whole town shut down. Now, Leah is much more mobile, so I'm not sure how she'll do. I hate leaving her with DH any more than I have to (he deserves breaks), and I hate having to pump... maybe I'll see how she does this time.

Today is suppoesd to be hot again :smileysad: maybe we'll let Andrew use his kiddie pool - hopefully he won't throw a fit when pool time is over.

Have a good day!
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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 8:12am

Oh I am so frustrated with my grandmother!  She is a very strange lady, and I don't want to go into the entire crazy situation that has been going on between her, her one dd, and my mom and uncle.  But my aunt and cousin secretly stole almost all her money, but she still wants to be stuck up their rear end.  (No nicer way of putting it.)  I told you that just so you understand the next part.  She seriously pretended to have another stroke, and that she was completely blind, so that my aunt would stay right with her.  She has been busted pretending to be blind.  She "can't see' when somebody comes to visit, or when she wants somebody to FEED HER, but she was able to see the athletes while watching the Olympics on tv.  We all thought she was having more strokes, thought we were going to be losing her, and she is faking.  I am so frustrated, especially with what is also going on with dh's grandma. 

I don't get too frustrated when JJ doesn't cooperate with the ST.  At least he sits there and doesn't scream and have a fit.  I just so badly want to be able to talk to my little boy.  I'm usually ok, but sometimes I get so upset that I can't.  I know it will all work out, and trusting in God that it will happen at the perfect time.

It must be fun to sing at church.  I wish I could volunteer more at church, but it just isn't possible right now.  Dh's work schedule is so unpredictable with the over time, and if I had JJ with me, I wouldn't be able to do anything besides chase him.  Hopefully when my kids get older.

It is supposed to be hot and humid here as well.  I want to sneak out before it gets too hot and mow my backyard.  The front and sides are ok, but the back is really long.  During the drought, it got plenty of water from the kiddie pool, sprinklers, and slip and slides.  So it is very long, and now attracting bees.  I got stung yesterday, so this is a high priority for me today.

Have a good day today!


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