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Too Quickly

17 Sep

How does this:

Become this:

So stinkin’ quickly? Dude…where’s my pause button!

~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

Wild Ride

19 May

The title actually covers two topics for today’s post…yay for having material to blog about!

The first is the weight-loss ride. Granted, the past few weeks have been AWFUL for my diet, but this is getting crazy. I was 282 when we left for Chicago, 287 when we came back (that’s what eating out every.single.day will do for you!), 279 (!!!) 2 days ago, 281 yesterday, and back to 282 this morning. Are you freaking kidding me?  I’m determined to do this without making major changes right away, but I’ve GOT to get back into things. The first thing…water. I can tell I haven’t been drinking nearly enough. So back to 4 bottles a day. And exercising…I have to start being more accountable. Thankfully Cat (of nutsinanutshell.blogspot.com) is doing a 120 miles in 3 months challenge and I’m determined to do this. I’ve also got rollerblades, a bike, and a gym membership that I damn well better be putting to use!

Speaking of my bike…that’s the 2nd wild ride. I finally got a bike trailer for Paige and decided to get it all hooked up. While she was napping, I took it for a quick spin up and down our little road. Thankfully, I can’t really feel it behind me, but man…I am so out of shape! So when Paige got up from her nap, I strapped her in and off we went. The good news is that it rides incredibly well. The bad news is that I was huffing and puffing like crazy within 5 minutes. Not to mention the sore tush…definitely will be needing to upgrade my seat as well. I probably only went about 1-2 miles and let me tell you, it was not easy! Tomorrow, I’m going to take the bike and trailer to the bike path where it’s slightly more level. But Paige liked the trailer and tolerates her helmet (a Paul Frank monkey helmet!), so we’re good to go.

Oh, and while I’m at it, where are the infant/toddler helmets?! The helmet I got for Paige is for 3+ years and while it does the job, it’s still a little big on her head. Thankfully, she’s encased and bucked down in the trailer, so I’m not *that* worried, but it just drives me a little crazy that they market these trailers for babies around 1 year and up and yet don’t make helmets to match.

~kel~

PS Crystal better win. I’m just not (nor have I ever been) on the Lee band-wagon. Go Mamasox!

17 May

A while ago, I asked my parents for my bike. My thought was that I could ride it around the subdivision and eventually trade up to a new bike (preferably soon!). Little did I know how much work it needed :-/. But today, I finally decided to get off my tush and get to work. I spent about 3 hours just scrubbing the bike down…got rid of probably 90% of the rust on the bike (that’s what happens when it sits in a shed for 6 years). This bike….is around 17 years old. Yeah, I know.

So…I scrubbed it down and made it look pretty. I put new brakes on the back wheels, moved the back brakes to the front (they weren’t that worn down and I didn’t realize I only bought one pair, so I’m making due), and re-aligned everything. Once I have a few minutes with Dave, I’m going to replace the chain and inner tubes. I should get all new tires, but don’t exactly know what I would need. So we’ll start with the inner tubes and get the outer-part later. For $25, I have a functional bike. MUCH less than the $200 I was looking at spending.

I got to ride for a whole 5 minutes and now I can’t wait for Paige’s trailer to show up so we can go riding. Biking, roller blading (I got new ones!), and walking…it’s going to be a active summer!! 🙂

A New Carrier

13 Apr

Since Paige was about 5 days old, I KNEW I needed to find a baby carrier to match our needs. She was one to need the constant attention and snuggles, it was draining (even though I loved it).

We started with a sling…one of those adjustable, pouch-type slings (not the one that’s recently been recalled though). It was great. Paige could sleep away while Dave played WoW, I could *gasp* do laundry or cook dinner…and then child got too big for it.

(Similar to this one, but not the same)

We moved to a different sling. One where it’s just a single piece of fabric…and while okay, I never fell in love with it. Sure, Paige could be carried in multiple positions (the facing out was her favorite for a few months), but I think we needed a bigger size. Unfortunately, I wasn’t really willing to buy something over the internet without trying it out.

Our next carrier was the hiking carrier…it’s absolutely amazing for long carries. We still use it for when we go to the ball park or for when the stroller just won’t cut it. But because of the huge frame, not exactly ideal for every day situations.

Carrier #4 was by Infantino, the front-to-back carrier. It was the MOST UNCOMFORTABLE carrier. Everything hurt after carrying her in it and it’s not like my child weighs very much (at the time, she was barely pushing 22 pounds). The buckles never worked right, Paige’s legs just dangled (proper carry for babies is with legs at about a 45 degree angle so they are dangling by their crotch). Needless to say, that one got returned and I tell everyone to stay away.

I then bought the Over the Shoulder Baby Holder ring sling. I have to say, I honestly haven’t really used it, I just bought it because I happened to see it at Once Upon A Child for $10 (they sell on Amazon for $50 + shipping). I know I can use it with Paige, but have a feeling it’s going to be more beneficial with baby #2.

Another Once Upon A Child find was the other backpack style carrier I purchased. I like it for the fact that it does have some “frame” to it and protects the child, but isn’t a huge backpack. Again, haven’t really used it much, but we haven’t gone anywhere that we would need it since the weather has just recently started being nice often.

It’s similar to this, but has no storage options. Hey, it was $8 instead of $300 (yes, that’s how much that carrier costs!!!!)

The reason I bring all this up is because I just got another carrier (yes, know!). It’s a new one out by Infantino (and I got it at a steal) and is their version of a Mei Tei carrier. In the ten minutes I’ve had to play with it, I LOVE IT. I tried the belly to belly hold, which Paige loved (since I carried her to bed that way :-P), and the backpack hold. There was no strain (but 10 minutes really doesn’t give much telling), her legs were at the proper angles, and she actually cried when I took her out.

So if you’re in the market for a baby carrier, I highly suggest the Infantino Wrap & Tie. I’m not sure how much it’s going to cost in store, but I got it for $15 and it was worth it. It will hold up to 35 pounds and let’s face it, chances are you’re not going to be carrying much past 30 (at least for any length of time!!).

Love! Why didn’t I get a Mei Tei before this?!

(Oh, and as an aside for those counting, I’ve spent about $120 on all of my carriers combined, so even on a tight budget, you can own a quality carrier! Seriously, Once Upon A Child is my bff…that and Craigslist. 🙂 )

Happy Easter!

29 Mar

My baby girl at almost 19 months and my BRAND NEW niece at 4 days old. Yes, I have much to blog about in the next week or so. 🙂

~Kelley~

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

17 Mar