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To anyone I haven't spoken to/sent cards to: Merry Christmas!

Our holiday has gone well (if you ignore the whole being sick thing for Princess and I). The kids were pretty darn cooperative about going to bed, though I pre-emptively went to lay down with Isaac to make sure there was no struggle about it, and after a busy day of playing with everyone (my nephews had been over earlier) he went out by 8:00.

Mom and I got all the presents tucked under the tree, got the stockings sorted and filled and then discovered that there was nothing for Princess from Santa. Not that she would know, but I was willing to bet Isaac would, and as naughty as he's been, if he gets presents you can be certain she deserves presents! So, at 9PM on Christmas Eve, Mom and I are out hunting for an open store. We got lucky and the second open store had these cute little trucks for the sand and a steering wheels with buttons that make all sorts of car/truck/ambulance sounds. She makes car sounds as she pushes cars around, so it was perfect. All the boys wanted to play with her little trucks, but she fought to keep them, and when my nephews got their trucks from me, she went to go get those too. She likes things with wheels. She uses them as skates for her hands and crawls really -really- fast with them. :-)

So, the extra trip was worth it.

Isaac, surprisingly, wasn't up extra early and he was willing to lay down with me once he did get up to give everyone else a chance to wake up on their own. He was perturbed because his music player wasn't working (he was afraid he needed new batteries) and he couldn't go back to sleep himself. I could feel him awake next to me and asked him what he was thinking about. "New batteries." there was a long pause and then, "And Santa." But for a very excited 4 yr old, he kept it together with waiting.

We opened Santa's gifts and a few select gifts from each other, but there was no rush. They were content with that and didn'f fuss over the rest, which was lovely -especially since we had to wait a long time for my brother and his family to arrive. To fill time Brian and I left Princess with my parents and took Isaac to Busch Gardens, which was a very busy place on Christmas Day, but it was a beautiful winter day in FL so it was nice to be outside.
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It hasn't snowed, but it isn't warm. Made for a very short egg hunt....

Of course, the day started with him having a fit because his Easter basket was on the floor filled with things. He actually marched back upstairs to check his closet to make sure that was, in fact, HIS basket. He was peeved. According to Brian, the little man did not believe that today was Easter. After I got done with Elly and had time to sit with him, I figured out what the problem was -- when we were talking about "Easter time" and spring we talked about the spring flowers... and how we'd go get some and decorate the house for Easter. This had not happened, therefore it was not Easter.

That it's colder now than it was Christmas week is messing with his head.
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an update on my nephew

They let Ethan go home this morning after a very long night at the ER. He's been pumped full of fluids and new pain meds via IV and he perked up a bit. Today at home he finally showed a little interest in food, and he seemed to sleep well while they were here (they stayed a bit when my SIL came to get James). He's still pretty out of it, a limp sad little rag doll when he's awake, and I think it'll be many more days before we see a big improvement, but the fact that he was willing to think about food is a step in the right direction. Hopefully they'll find ways to keep him taking his medications and he'll be up to at least a little Christmas cheer on Monday.

I had to explain to Isaac why we had James and that his cousin was sick and that was why Ethan couldn't play chase with him. I don't know if he got it all, but he was a (mostly) good boy today. I could have done without the moment when he opened the door and let James out, but at least he announced, "the baby is outside" immediately after having done so. I was just around the corner trying to wash my hands from catching and releasing lizards but apparently that minute was a minute too long to be away.

And I have come to the conclusion that I do not want three. Granted, in my own space, with a routine and everyone knowing what to expect, it would be different, but I think there is a better than fair chance that I would burn out pretty harshly.

Thank you all for the well wishes! I really appreciate it.
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The sun finally came back yesterday afternoon. Which was good because we had plans to meet up with my BiL & SiL for a swim and dinner at the in-laws.

Isaac doesn't see much of Uncle Mike, but he certainly has a blast when he does. Mike's always worried that he's going to do something wrong, but he gets into the swing of things fast. Much to Isaac's delight.
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The last few days with Isaac have been pretty bad. Not sure what his problem is, but he's on everyone's last nerve. Between the hitting, the pushing, yanking toys away from other kids and being a general bully, to his 'bathroom' misdemeanors and tantrums, he can't get in much more trouble. I've revoked his Baby Einstein privileges (which, for a 2 yr old addict is pretty serious) and today at the gym he earned another time-out (even pulled one of the babysitter's hair) and lost his shake. All of this and he hasn't napped in two days which makes the evenings hell and ruins the whole last half of the day. For naps (attempts) and bedtime, I have to attach his diaper with packing tape.

I am so done. :-p

Today he has an excuse for not napping -- there's a couple people putting together scaffolding so they can do the faux finish in the family room and foyer. For this, I am psyched. I know we're on the same page for what I want, turns out the color that works best is one I had originally picked out but then set aside, and with this project done, I can finally start on everything else. So this is good, if a bit noisy to start with.

And at least all of his stripping incidents and not-accidents got a laugh out of my mother, who could really use them right now. My uncle is not doing well and while that's not a surprise it's been really hard. This is the brother who raised her and was like a surrogate Dad. It's been hard on some of my cousins too, because he's been the same way to them, taking care of everyone and helping out and teaching the guys how to fix things. He's very much a guy's guy, a craggy, gruff sort of John Wayne fellow, but with a soft side and always free with the hugs with the kids. He was given six months to live and March will be six months. He had a good Thanksgiving and Christmas and they had a big party for his birthday the other week, and we think that was what he was hanging on for because the day after he started going downhill fast. Mom went out Monday and she'll be there thru the 10th. I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to get there. I don't want to take Isaac if I'm by myself and that means negotiating with Brian and the daycare center where he works. But Mom says that she and Jackie are alone alot and I think it's wrong that you're caring for a dying husband/brother and having to scrounge around for food because you haven't had a chance to go shopping and no one thinks to help. This weekend... maybe I'll fly out with my Dad. He'll be out Thursday for an impromptu dinner, so we can talk then.
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This could get extremely long and rambley because there's just an awful lot to talk about. Over shadowing everything is the disaster at the end. We're still dealing with the fall out from that and I'm so stressed I'm actually ill. Which is a real shame because most of the trip was really good.
Day by Day )

Surprise

May. 15th, 2005 07:42 pm
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The surprise party for my mother-in-law was a success. weekend details )
Hope everyone had a good weekend.
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So we're trying to plan a surprise party. The person most likely to be able to help us is being an anti-social poop who has already deliberately sabotaged our plans once and there is one person I'd really like to find and invite and can't. Other people on the list have tried to help and one came up with a last name, but apparently it's an unlisted number so even with the extra detail I'm stuck. :-p

Very frustrating. If there was something resembling organization on the part of the person getting the party it would be helpful, but that's not going to happen either.

I know I've made the effort, but I still feel bad because this person really should be invited. They qualify as a best friend and they live in the same town. You wouldn't think it would be so hard.
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So far, so good today.  Last night before I put him down his temperature was normal for the first time since Sunday afternoon.  He woke up equally normal, which was good, because I HAD to get out of the house.  One more day housebound and I was going to need medicated.

etc... )

Tanget

Apr. 5th, 2005 04:59 pm
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Still working on ACUS recap, but a sick, very cranky child has slowed that process down considerably. Him following me around complaining is my payback for leaving him with his father for 5 days. I'll pay it. ;-)

In the midst of this, my mother-in-law calls. trials, travails & details follow )

Poor Baby

Mar. 11th, 2005 05:05 pm
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Got a call from my mom this morning to tell me that my nephew is in the hospital. Apparently he'd been sick, the first round of antibiotics didn't work, so the specialist who'd done his surgery (tubes in his ears) prescribed something else. He got sicker. My sister-in-law went to the hospital, they didn't find a problem and sent her home with him. Yesterday afternoon it got more serious and she went to a different hospital (where the regular pediatrician worked) and he was admitted so severely dehydrated they had to make repeated efforts to run an IV. Nadine says he is so weak he didn't even protest getting stabbed by needles and it was so bad they turned off the lights and shone a flashlight through his hand to try and find one.

The pediatrician took him off all medications and is somewhat upset with the other guy. Apparently the antibiotics that the specialist prescribed are appropriate for treating antibiotic resistant tuberculosis and not good to use with 10 month old infants. The specialist has not returned their phone calls from Tuesday or any others.

Ethan is still extremely weak despite all the fluids they're pumping into him and we don't know when he's going to be able to come home yet. So if you have spare well wishes, the little guy could use them.
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Sort of, at least. Brian's brother Michael asked Tracey to marry him on a bridge in Paris and she accepted. Tracey is very cool, so this is very good news. I can't wait to hear the story from her instead of translated through my mother-in-law who has already forgotten the details. Between that, the crocus all bursting through and the flock of robins greedily raiding my holly over the weekend and things are starting to look up.
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Butts Cheerfully kicked. I need that as a logo. eE, you have the cutest icons.

So the baby had another crabby day, but a third canine tooth has broken through so there's only one more to go and then hopefully he'll be consistantly cheerful for a few days. Despite the little grouch we got out and looked at a 2 million dollar house with an outdoor living room and kitchen (in addition to inside counterparts) a 'media room' that was basically a leather clad and comfy theater, multiple bedrooms and these glorious 'closets' since Floridians never have basements. Most of it I could have done without because it was over the top, but the living room/kitchen collection was sweet. With that as inspiration, Mom and Dad are renovating a nook in their pool area into an outdoor kitchen. Work started today and the grill arrives sometime tonight and when I come back in March it'll be done and working. That should be fun and I plan on arriving a few days early to take advantage of it.

I've also gotten boxes and started packing because I have no hope of getting everything into suitcases. Baby made out! And I helped Mom finish her 'Isaac Album', which makes me think of all my pictures that still need to go into albums. A perfect project for a dreary north east winter.

The picture is Isaac after our dip in the hottub. You can almost see where he smacked his head on the pool deck (not sure who felt worse about that - Isaac or mom and I). He's such a funny little guy, even when he's a little bearish. Despite the weather I think we'll both be happy to be home and I don't even have bunches of posts to catch up with. Must be the holidays because most people aren't posting, or they ain't posting much.
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Today was a good day. The baby may or may not agree with this statement.

After Isaac's morning nap we hustled off to Busch Gardens again. I bought a two year pass because as often as I'm down here and go, it makes sense. Now watch, I've just jinxed myself... Anyway, we made as direct a path as we could to the hippo grato or whatever it's called. Giant terrarium with oodles of fish, some neat ducks, and hippos. Funny thing about hippos - they are amazingly graceful underwater. Graceful like whales are graceful. Serene, even. Gliding along effortlessly until their child ends up on top of them and they can't shake them off in which case they dive and dump junior that way. It was fun and when the hippos were too far away for Isaac to pay attention to, there were always fish. Lots and lots of bright fish. We saw lots of other animals too and whether it was a hyena, a lion or a zebra, if it had fur Isaac panted like a dog (his baby sign for dog which apparently now means all animals). It was cute.

We didn't get to go on the train (no way were we waiting in that line) but we saw a lot of the park and Isaac even took a nap in the stroller, which is a very rare event. It was the only other nap he got.

A stop at my brother's to get everyone out to dinner together went pretty well. Nadine thought we could eat at their house since the cats and dog are gone now, but there's still cat dander in the carpet, the couch, etc and after ten minutes I was wheezing. But dinner was good and the babies are such good troupers. Isaac ate a pear, half his hamburger and a large bowl of broccoli, which makes up for the hotdog and fries at lunch. Poor little guy crashed in the car and I didn't have the heart to wake him up and change him, so he's sleeping in his jeans and t-shirt tonight. At least I got his shoes off. Hopefully he sleeps through the night and doesn't get uncomfortable.

Tomorrow should be mellow. Since Isaac was stuck in the car seat or stroller for most of the day, we're staying home, I think. I got all of Mom's picture programs and files straightened out and explained so hopefully she won't have any more problems and the plan is to work on photo albums and crank up the hot tub. I should probably think about packing as well...
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Couldn't resist the little quizzy thingie, mostly because it didn't look like it would take much thought. And now:

You are a SEDL--Sober Emotional Destructive Leader. This makes you a Dictator.

You prefer to control situations, and lack of control makes you physically sick. You feel have responsibility for everyone's welfare, and that you will be blamed when things go wrong. Things do go wrong, and you take it harder than you should.

You rely on the validation and support of others, but you have a secret distrust for people and distaste for their habits and weaknesses that make you keep your distance from them. This makes you very difficult to be with romantically. Still, a level-headed peacemaker can keep you balanced.

Despite your fierce temper and general hot-bloodedness, you have a soft spot for animals and a surprising passion for the arts. Sometimes you would almost rather live by your wits in the wilderness somewhere, if you could bring your books and your sketchbook.

You also have a strange, undeniable sexiness to you. You may go insane.

Of the 70451 people who have taken this quiz since tracking began (8/17/2004), 5.4 % are this type.


At least I'm scoring in a minority? I think I'd rather be an Evil Genius. But the whole may go insane part does seem to fit. So does the trekking off into the wilderness if it weren't for the lack of plumbing and clean beds. ::rolls eyes::

The Husband went back to Jersey yesterday, surviving serious (but not critical delays) and trudged off to work this morning. At least he wasn't stuck digging the truck out at the airport which seems to happen almost every winter time trip we make down here.

Before he left we got all the pictures together (Mom's & mine) so that we each had a complete set. We came to one conclusion: Isaac was a complete pill Christmas day. Not that I needed confirmation of this fact, but we don't have a single nice picture of him. Not one. The normally happy baby boy is grimacing or screaming in every formal shot and even the cadids aren't happy looking. The little grinch. So we still don't have more than a half-way decent family photo and Brian has been informed that this needs remedied. I don't know how, but I want one nice photo of all of us facing the camera and at least looking pleasant. They will do this to make me happy or they will be doing it over and over and over and over.... (see 'Dictator' above)

Mom and Dad hit the store for a gate and the little do-dads to cover the electrical outlets. Ethan is going to be walking soon and the house is just not kid proof. Mom and I went off to get our nails done, leaving my Dad with both babies and Mom showed him how to make a make-shift corral with the furniture. It worked pretty well and they were playing happily and watching Kill Bill with Grandpa when we got back. Get some dinner into Isaac and it was off to go shopping (for the above mentioned items).

So now it's the end of the day and I am once again wrung out. I don't know why this is but it seems to me like it's an issue that needs worked out. :-p Maybe it's the inability to simply get up and go because I don't have a car. I dunno. But I'm all grumble-y and feel out of sorts and would like to just sit and write a few things and just can't quite get to it. And that frustrates me which just adds to the discontent.

But I found my headphones and my cell phone and charger and tomorrow I'm going to call the girls and go for a walk and let the music drown out the noise in my head. It should be good.

It's over.

Dec. 25th, 2004 08:25 pm
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I guess it was a good Christmas overall. My brother and sister-in-law spent extra time at her parents house, so they were several hours late, which would have been fine except that by the time they showed up it was time to put Isaac down for a nap. Attempts at taking pictures resulted in a meltdown and I got jabbed in the eye.

I hate Christmas.

We opened presents instead of putting Isaac down and of course he wasn't much interested in anything except a $2.50 phone my mom and I picked out at Walgreen's yesterday. As soon as I was free to do so, the baby went down for a nap, but all the noise from the kitchen and living room seems to echo into the back bedrooms. Even with the doors closed the noise is almost as clear in there as it is outside. Needless to say, the baby didn't nap much, but we hung out, ate Dad's cinnamon rolls (which are always very good.

Dinner was good, but when Dad cooks it always is. Isaac was at least playing at sleep, so I got to eat before I had to go get him. Then there was the chaos of trying to get Ethan to nap and they wanted to watch Elf which I wasn't interested in so I got to chase a baby who hadn't napped enough, didn't want to eat and was generally cranky. I finally went outside and we walked around in the drizzle so I didn't have to listen to Brian bitch that Isaac was making noise while Nadine was sleeping on the couch. Baby is there, so he grabs him by the arm and calls for me, causing yet another melt down when he could have just gotten his butt up on the sofa, picked the baby up, taken two steps and handed him to me since I was already there. But no, he would rather the baby scream while I'm trying to get in-between things and past him to get Isaac. By then, everyone was up.

And people wonder why I hate Christmas?

Shawn is all pissy, so I obviously missed something and he's packing the truck, though they stay long enough to have dessert, but now Dad is pissed because Mom no sooner got Ethan back to sleep and he starts making all sorts of noise in the kitchen and she hissed at him to knock it off. Too late and now Ethan is up again.

So, there we are. Joy.

Shawn and Nadine have left. Isaac went down for another 20 minute nap and still didn't want to eat much when he woke up and when my father tried to hand me Isaac, I got slammed in the nose so hard I saw stars. It still hurts. And then I jabbed in the other eye when Isaac decided he was done with his treatment. Now both eyes hurt. I get up because we're done and step on the star shape that goes in the shape sorter ball.

I'm done. I yell for Brian and when I'm forced to explain why it's his turn I don't have any trouble doing so.

Now Isaac is in bed. I'm in a crappy mood, my nose still hurts and I'm exhausted but at least Christmas is over.

:-p
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and all through the house, the parents were still talking with mom at the house.

Last night was a looooong night that ended early this morning. Nothing like listening to your baby try to cough up a lung to make sure you don't sleep much. Baby and I gave up around 6:30 or so and once it was a decent hour my Dad called the couple across the street. Amy gave us her pediatrician's #, she knew where the nearest emergency care place was for children, and if that all failed she gave me her cell # so we could reach them and her husband could call ahead to the ER so we weren't stuck waiting forever. In the meantime she gave me a package of Xopenex too (her middle child and husband have asthma as well). Thanks to Amy I was as prepared as possible without have been prepared leaving Jersey.

Not surprising, the pediatricians are closed, but the emergency care place was as quick as it could be once they finally opened. They took his vitals, gave him a treatment with extra oxygen and told me 'yes, he has bronchitis.' So after a trip to one of the few pharmacies still open, I got what I knew I needed at 6AM around 6PM.

Poor baby. At least I know he responds well to the meds and will be his normal happy little self by bedtime tomorrow.

Other than that the day went pretty well. My brother & his family came by and got some much needed sleep on the couch while we were all watching a movie and since they didn't seem concerned by Isaac playing with Ethan, I told myself not to worry about it either. Bronchitis isn't contagious so long as Ethan doesn't catch the cold that started it all. Since I most certainly have the cold, I didn't have much to do with Ethan, but I think once it's this old it's not catching either.... but I never know for sure. It's one of those things I should probably look up.

One weird note: after telling me not to bring Isaac to Brian's cousin's wedding (long story there) Brian's grandmother calls to tell me that I must. Why she is calling me and not her grandson, I am not sure. That she thinks she can tell me what I can and can't do with my child is another story.

Anyway, the presents are all wrapped, the stockings are stuffed and hanging by the chimney with care in hopes that Isaac won't destroy them there.

A Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
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We've survived the trip (flights went flawlessly and all the Christmas presents that were ordered and shipped to my parents have arrived, so I'm all set for the big day, which is a relief.

Poor baby went most of yesterday without a nap (1/2 hr on the plane, 1/2 hr in the car) and then had to suffer all the attention and demands of a dinner party. Nothing like dumping an entirely new environment on a little kid with next to no sleep. He was a real trouper though and made up for some of it with a very long morning nap. I wish I could have done the same, but I can't complain (much) and while he was napping I helped Dad a bit in the garden. I come how many miles on vacation to do yard work in December? Of course, Brian was inside on the phone and logged into work, so I guess it's just some sort of perversion in our lives.

Ah well. Once Isaac got up we all trouped out to lunch and Bush Gardens. The roller coasters did nothing for the headache I've been fighting for two days, but they were a whole lot of fun and I can't wait until Isaac is old enough to take on rides. :-) Brian wonders if Isaac will be afraid of them and I just can't see that. He can't be. It'd be such a downer. If my mother could avoid passing on her fear of them, surely I can pass on my love of them. And SCUBA diving and mountain climbing and all the other cool stuff.

Nothing to do but wait and see.

And that's all for the day. Isaac and I are battling colds and I'm simply beat so we put him straight to bed, watched "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" and now I'm heading for bed too. Tomorrow might be Big Cat Rescue or something else outside. It will depend on whether or not the sanctuary will let us bring Isaac in. They worry about the welfare of the littlest kids around the big kitties....
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All posts in the queue are done. The album pages for my grandfather are done and ready to be sent. Laundry is almost done. Mail is set to be held. The paper is on hold. The house is clean, and the gift to donate from the card I picked out is delivered, which is really the biggest relief of all.

We had a visit with Brian's folks to exchange gifts, though what I ordered for them still hasn't arrived, and this year I got training certificates for the gym instead of truffles, which is also a relief. Isaac needed a little help to open his and of course the paper was the best part. Gotta love little kids (even when they don't nap all day).

So tomorrow after playgroup, we pack. I'll be happy once we're on the plane with the engines roaring and in the meantime I'll be entertained by watching Brian deal with a house full of pregnant women and toddlers.
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The Christmas cards are done. They aren't all quite the way or how I wanted them to be, to it is by no means perfect, but they are addressed, stamped and out the door. Brian chipped a token effort by taking Isaac with him to go buy stamps.

*sigh*

I still have to do something for my husband's grandparents so there's yet another trip to some store or other. I would so rather not bother and just put it all in his lap. I took care of my family, how come I have to manage his as well?

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