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48 Hours In…

25 Aug

Well, we’re now 48 hours into cloth diapering and I couldn’t be happier. Granted, the dealing with poop has almost triggered the gag reflex a few times (the diaper today smelled SO BAD), but at least it’s all been easily cleaned up. I’ve got the first load of dirty diapers in the wash, so hopefully it will all wash out and we’ll be good.

I ended up having way more than I need for a 2 year old, so we might not have to buy too much for the new baby. I did find that I now LOVE flats. I like the idea of just having the diapers with the pads you change out, but by putting a flat on her (folded to catch poop) when I know she’s going to poop (yes, I usually know which diaper will be a poopy one), I make it so much easier to clean up and I don’t stain the pads. I’d rather replace flats (that I can get at Target for cheap), instead of the pads for my Flip diapers.

I was able to purchase a huge bag of stuff from a lady on craigslist which included about 8 covers (mostly Thirsties), almost 24 prefolds, a couple snappies, and a wet bag for $60. Granted, not everything is in great condition, but I can always replace as we go and I’m sure they still have lots of life in them. I still really like the Flip and Thirsties systems…just so easy to use. I’m sure an AIO would be fantastic, but not knowing better, I like the system I have going.

So all in all, I’ve spent a total of $270 ($60 on the Flip; $120 at Amazon for Thirsties, trash can, and reusable diaper pail liner; $60 off of craigslist; $30 at Target) to get us going. And like I said, we really don’t have much to buy for baby #2. I probably will try to get about 6 newborn/small diaper covers, but we’ve got enough prefolds and flats. Of course, I can see buying 1 or 2 more packs of flats….so we’ll say I may spend about $100 more. So $370 on two/three kids for diapers/training pants.

I love that I can use Melaleuca products since they are all natural. I’m really hoping that they work out completely and I don’t have to purchase extra detergent. I did have to buy (which was added into the Target amount) a different  diaper rash medicine. I ended up just getting California Baby spray stuff that also helps you clean after diaper changes. I’m not comfortable getting an ointment, so we might end up having to put the babies into disposables when they have a rash…don’t really want to risk getting something on the diapers that won’t allow them to soak up fluids anymore.

After changing a couple of poopy diapers, I’ve also decided to just do cloth wipes as well. It just makes sense, you know? I can just throw the wipe in with the diaper to get washed instead of having just two little things to throw away. And it’s not like cloth wipes are anything special…you can pretty much just use a baby wash cloth with water (or the CB spray I purchase). We don’t wipe Paige after every diaper change (it actually helps keep the diaper rashes at bay), so it’s not like I’m adding tons of laundry.

Okay…enough on diapering. Can you tell this is the focus of my every day life right now? Well, when I’m not concentrating on not puking. The meds work, but I can’t just pop a pill, especially if I’m out and about. They kind of take me out of commission for 20 minutes, so I don’t take them as often as I probably should. It is nice to be able to get out and about every now and then…but I can’t be in a store for more than 30 minutes. Apparently, it’s a trigger for me and I start feeling just absolutely horrible. I have thrown up on the meds, so they aren’t a perfect remedy.

And speaking of nausea, it’s time for me to end this because it’s been a bad evening for it and staring at the computer screen doesn’t exactly help.

~Kelley~

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July 21st

21 Jul

I’ve been lacking in updates lately and it’s only going to get worse. My apologies and I hope that most of you still read me when the fall finally hits.

So first off….the bank will give us our money back, but we have to dispute the charges ourselves. Which stinks, but hopefully we can do that soon and get this behind us. As of 2 days ago, the larger charges hadn’t hard hit our account and we have to wait until then. The good news is that we may not even have to worry about over-draft charges since Dave’s paycheck got put into the account the day after this happened. Thank GOD it happened when it did or we’d be out 3-4 THOUSAND dollars. It’s actually rare that our account only has $500 in it, so the fact that that was all they got away with was a blessing. And my new card showed up within 2 days, instead of the 7-10 business days I was quoted. It’s nice when things work out like that.

We have been trying to not concentrate on Mom’s cancer, mainly because it’s easier to scare yourself than it is to have hope when you’re searching Dr. Google. But here’s what I know: Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common and most treatable cancer. Usually, they can just take the thyroid and the cancer is gone. However, the best cases are when the patient is under 40 (Mom is 49), it’s only in 1 or two lesions (it’s in all 4), and the lesions are all under 1.5 cm (the smallest is 1.1×1.1x.0.8 and the largest is 2.2×2.2x?). At this point we have to just wait and see what the surgeon has to say. The best worse case scenario is that it’s only spread to the lymph nodes, which they can take out as well. The worst would be if it spread to other areas of the throat or even to the lungs. She’ll most likely have to go through Radioactive Iodine (RAI) treatments to make sure all of the cancer cells are killed. It’s much less intensive than chemo or even radiation therapy, but she’ll have to be in seclusion for over a week. From what we’ve read, she’ll have one treatment at 6-8 weeks out from the surgery and then another at 6-8 months. But that’s dependent on what the surgeon thinks is needed. Thankfully, Mom has about 16 weeks of sick leave saved up and also has disability insurance that kicks in at 2 months (and I think back-pays…) so she won’t have to use all of her sick leave. She’ll probably still end up taking a good chunk out of it, but this is why she’s saved it for so long.

Me? I’m okay…this pregnancy is making me incredibly sick and tired. Lisa passed along some ginger chews that help, but nothing has worked more than an hour or two. The good news is, I’m not actually throwing up. But the level of nausea I have almost makes me wish I would just throw up and get it over with for the day! Paige has been great, but I think she’s moving to get rid of her naps. That, I’m not happy about. Even when she gives up sleeping, we’re still going to have “quiet time” in the afternoon. I think it’s a good practice for all involved. When she gets older, that can be her reading time.

My aunt is driving down today from Wisconsin. I need to give her a call to see how they are doing and get an approximate arrival time. I’m thinking it will be around 9 tonight, but it would be nice if they could get here earlier. Not only because I know the drive is seriously long (especially with 2 toddlers and 1 adult), but also since Paige goes to be at 9:30. Won’t be the end of the world if she’s up until 10 or so, she’ll just sleep in tomorrow. Child’s schedule is already messed up, so I feel like I’m fighting a losing battle anyway :-P.

Okay…I’ve been upright too long. Maybe laying down will help with the sickness. How much longer?!

~Kelley

From July 14th…

21 Jul

1) My mom has thyroid cancer. From what I’ve read, this is the “best” kind of cancer to have because it is pretty treatable. However, there are quite a few things that could be problematic and I’m sure I’ll get into it at some point. I’ve been pretty broken down today, but I keep telling myself that it WILL be okay. We’re just in a holding pattern right now. She sees the surgeon to get her thyroid out on the 29th and then we’ll hopefully know more.

2) Someone stole my debit card number and cleaned out our checking account. They got away with almost $500. Thankfully, we have savings, but it’s still embarrassing to not be able to pay for the meal you just ordered. I was given our food for free (I’ve already sent the girl a thank you note because I knew her in high school), which made me about cry. You don’t know what that little bit of kindness does to help a person…in this case, it got Paige fed (which is the important part). So thank you Jennie. And screw you whoever stole our money. I hope you get yours.

To say it’s been a crappy couple of days is a real understatement.

~K~

Fat Butt Fridays (early)

24 Jun

I’m doing this early because tomorrow we have a doctor’s appointment for the baby and I’m doing the single parent thing until Sunday (Dave’s coming back for the appointment, but only for the appointment…so that makes me even more exhausted). Thankfully, Paige is a wonderful child and even though we have our moments where I want to just pull my hair out (Hello terrible 2’s), she’s really not bad.

Now that I’m pregnant (woohoo!), I’m not really dieting. With Paige, I gained a whole 10 pounds and I hope to do the same with this pregnancy. So while I’m not dieting, I’m still watching what I eat and exercising. I’m not going to try to lose weight at all, but to need to eat over 3000 calories a day (I think the total was 3150 or something like that) after eating 2200-2500 is kind of difficult to do. I know, I’m complaining about eating more…who am I?! I refuse to stop exercising though…and I don’t want to fill up on junk, so we’ll just see what happens. I’m sure my doctor will discuss it with me if there’s a problem (and I plan to discuss it with him tomorrow).

I’m sitting right around 280 right now, so I DID make my goal for the month. I’d like to not go over 290 for the pregnancy, but we’ll see what happens. I know weight gain for someone of my size is generally 10-15 pounds.

I’m still doing the 120 mile challenge, which is actually a great thing. Having that hanging over my head has really motivated me to get out of bed in the morning and get to the gym. It’s also motivated me to go farther. For instance, I know I need to be at 40 miles by Wednesday, so I went to the gym this morning and I was just EXHAUSTED when I woke up. I told myself that I would go for 2 miles on the elliptical (about 30 minutes since I need to keep my heart rate at or under 140) and take it from there. I did a full hour and 4.5 miles. I’m still tired, but I feel better about what I’ve accomplished. And I’m that much closer to the goal.

(Even though I’m not keeping up with the weight-loss, I’m going to keep it in this form so all is ready to go :-). Plus, I like to keep track of my weight because I did lose a bunch of weight at first with Paige and I want to make sure I stay healthy)

So here are the updates:

Starting weight: 312 (yes, I know)

Goal Weight: 180

Goal loss: 132 pounds (not in play until March 2011)

Current weight: 280

Current loss: 32 pounds

Last Week’s mile total: 23

This Week’s Miles: 14.5

Total Mileage: 37.5

Little changes

13 Jun

Today, Dave and I took Paige to the Reds game (we’re pretty big fans and try to hit a few games a year. We’re up to 3 or 4 so far and I’m sure we’ll hit more!). We park in the garage where he works and walk down to the game, since it’s already paid for, but it’s about a 1/2 mile walk for us one way. Last year, I dreaded the walk.

And honestly? Still not a fan after the game when I’m hot, sweaty, thirsty, and just generally tired from wrangling the child and dealing with the heat. (BTW, I totally resemble a tomato after today’s game. I REALLY need to remember sunscreen for myself…I spray Paige just about every inning, but usually only spray myself down once)

But today, Dave and I were walking up the hill, chit-chatting when he says to me “Do you remember last year? Man, we huffed and puffed like crazy just walking up this one hill!”.

And it’s true…I would be so out of breath that I had no chance to talk and feel like I was going to pass out. But now…I can carry on a conversation. I was still tired, but I was beginning to border on heat exhaustion, which more than explains that.

It’s a minor thing in the long run. The hill isn’t that big compared to others that I’ve walked/run in my life, but it just shows how things have changed. How I’VE changed. This is great, I love how much better I feel and I love how it’s also effecting Dave. Maybe this will rub off on Paige and she’ll grow up more active than we were. I can only hope.

~k~

Fat Butt…erm, Mondays?

7 Jun

I have an excuse.

No, really!

I hurt my arm cleaning (Yes, I’m that woman) and this is the first I’ve been able to type without being in tremendous pain. Still not horrible, but not pleasant either. I would love to stab the doctor in the eye who said that I didn’t have a bad enough case of Carpal Tunnel (it wouldn’t wake me up every night) to justify. Here’s a big old middle finger to you sir. Thanks for not fixing my problem when it was minor or offering advice on how to deal with it….now when it flairs up (because it’s ALWAYS an issue, but there are times when it just hits that REALLY.BAD. point) I’m incapacitated for days.

*grumbles*

So anyway….I did nothing for miles last week (the 120 mile challenge started on the 1st) and ate horribly, so it wasn’t a surprise to find that I’m up 4 more pounds, which puts my weight GAIN at 6 and my loss back at 27. *sigh* I knew I was in trouble when I’ve gone out drinking 3 nights. That always just seems to sent it over the top. (Please note: I am not an alcoholic. I rarely drink…it just ended up that I had three different nights of fun already planned and they all fell in this week)

But today, I was back to eating correctly, writing everything down, and working out. So things will (hopefully) start going in the correct direction again.

I did about 30 minutes on the treadmill (2 miles) while rubbing ANOTHER blister in my heel, so I switched to biking for about 15 minutes. At least I could take my shoes off and bike in my socks, but I can’t count those numbers for the challenge. I also did my weight-training and core exercises, so I got a good work-out in. And I KNOW I can do more on the treadmill, I just need smaller socks :-P.

Stay tuned…once I give my wrist a few minutes/hours to re-coup, I’m going to tell you all about Melaleuca. It’s my new love 🙂

Starting weight: 312 (yes, I know)

Goal Weight: 180

Goal loss: 132 pounds

Current weight: 285

Current loss: 27 pounds

Current Miles: 2

Fat Butt Fridays

28 May

After being good all week…watching what I eat, exercising, all of that fun stuff…I stepped on the scale with hope that I would be down at least a pound. But NOTHING.

*sigh*

I will NOT get discouraged. The 120 mile challenge starts soon, so I’ll be doing that – along with other exercises (like biking and weight-lifting that doesn’t fall into the challenge). I’m not asking for a miracle this summer, but it would be nice to drop 30 pounds in the next 3 or 4 months.

But I’ve been stuck at this weight for a month. Granted, there’s been some gaining and re-losing (thanks to vacations), so I haven’t been truly stagnate, but I sure as hell haven’t been losing.

So next week, hopefully there will be a loss to report 🙂

Starting weight: 312 (yes, I know)

Goal Weight: 180

Goal loss: 132 pounds

Current weight: 282

Current loss: 30 pounds