Monday, December 29, 2008

Back to your regularly scheduled insanity, already in progress...

Whew. It's been a couple of weeks. My new nephew is here, home and doing great, minus a trip to the ER for my sister, and jaundice and weight checks for the little guy. My sister ended up with what she thought was a spinal headache, extremely high blood pressure, and a ride in the ambulance to find out she had the mother of all migraines. The baby boy weighed 9 lbs 1 oz and was 22 3/4 inches long. I've been spending a lot of time overe at their house helping out, getting up with the baby at night, and just playing with the other 2 boys. I spent several nights with them, but as my sister begins to heal, I'll be spending the night at home again. Last night I just came in and crashed. I love that little dude! He sleeps through everything -- 2 screaming little boys, lots of extended family, W!!-playing, quiet middle of the night, you name it, the babe sleeps. He only gets up a couple of times each night to eat, and goes back to bed easily. Rarely spits up. PERFECT little guy.
How is everybody's favorite aunt? Better than expected. No tears through the hospital visits, no tears after leaving their full house and coming home to my empty one. Still glad I didn't put that Christmas tree up (my mom isn't so happy about it), but overall, everything is wonderful. I almost hesitate to say it, but I think I'm finally content with just being the aunt. Ya know, it's certainly not a bad job to have. ;) The only reason I hesitate to say it is because usually once you get used to something, things have a way of changing. I'm holding my breath to see who is gonna make that next announcement that throws me for a loop, or wake up to find out the whole world is putting an end to adoption, or something. "Cautiously optimistic" is what I would call it on a good day, or "Waiting for the other shoe to drop" on a bad one. We shall see, dear, we shall see.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Keep your sick, pukin' kid at HOME!!!!

Since when is it okay to take your puking kid out ANYWHERE???? Okay, so kids get sick sometimes when you're already in town. I get that. Sucks, but you don't always know when they're gonna lose their lunch. No big deal, as long as you take them home ASAP. But when your kid has a virus, PLEASE keep them @ home!!!!
My aunt called today and asked me if I could pick up my 4-year-old cousin and take him to church with me tomorrow night... I said sure... Then she proceeded to tell me they've all had a virus. The little dude is feeling fine today, eating normally again, but she's still "a little sick"... Who's to say he won't get it again? Or that he's not over it?
It's one thing to give ME, an adult living in a house with only another adult, a virus. But this weekend, I am playing Mom. My sister is having Baby Brother on Friday morning. I am keeping her 5-year-old and 2-and-a-half-year-old Friday afternoon-Sunday night, much to hubby's, um, we'll just say delight hahaha. I understand they or any of us could pick up a virus or who-knows-what at preschool or while we're out shopping or whatever, but to knowingly place them (or me) in a room with puke-face, well, that's just unacceptable!! Especially with a mom who will be sawn in half, and a newborn baby brother.
In other news, the weekend was fabulous... We had fun at the reunion thing, even if I WAS the oldest person in the room... There was only a handful of summer staffers there from when I was on staff, but all the full-time staff remembered me, and I did get to catch up with a few people. Still no Christmas tree in my house, still fighting my mom on that one (so far I'm winning, b/c she's too tired to come do it herself!!), still not planning on putting it up... We did put up the outdoor nativity scene, which has received lots of compliments. If I didn't have dial-up, I might think about loading one on this little blog.
Cruising through this week (it's half over already!!), trying to get ready for the weekend. So far the plan is for me to be @ the hospital @ 5am Friday morning with my sister, her m-i-l is bringing the kids when they get up, then we're going to get lunch when they (or mom) need a break from the hospital, go back for a while, go to their house to sleep... Saturday we're going to sleep until they wake up, then go to the hospital for a while, then hubby and I are taking them with us to finish our Christmas shopping. Sunday, I guess they're going to church with us, too, and if everything goes well, Mom will be coming home Sunday afternoon. Then Monday, I'll go to work to rest for 3 days. :)
If you don't see me for a few days, it's quite possible I checked myself in to my former place of employment hahaha.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The weather matches my mood....

....Kind of... It's pouring out there right now, and we're supposed to have storms and possibly tornadoes during the night.
...I didn't want to admit that I knew what was coming (so little changes it seems), but let's just say there will be no Christmas miracle again this year, or at least not the one I was hoping for.
...And where in the world are we gonna get $30,000 in another year and a half or 2-3 more years? I don't really talk finances a lot, but I make roughly half that in one year. Hubby makes about $12,000 more than the 30,000... We live in a small, but comfortable home, and of course have a mortgage. For the moment, both vehicles are paid for, but my poor little car is on its last leg. It has had a tough life, full of travel and lots of commuting. It is currently leaking (water? coolant?) from (somewhere?) but this man that looked at it said the transmission is okay, but there might be a busted head gasket or leaky tube. We are looking at buying something else for me to drive, something reliable yet cost-efficient (ie, good but cheap), that will hopefully stay with us for the long haul. Gotta be a 4-door, prefer something small enough to do 3-point-turns in town, but big enough to be safe, with my history of not-my-fault-left-hand-turn-collisions. Short story long, while we're getting by just fine, there's not really a lot left over to save. So that's got me a little bummed tonight.
...And this weekend is the "busy weekend," where we are running crazy. I'm not at all prepared, and tonight I watched a movie and did NOTHING... Not exactly what I should have been doing, but I cut myself a break. And after this weekend, I have a four-day work week, because MY NEPHEW WILL BE BORN IN 10 DAYS!!!!!!!!! So, there's preparing myself for that. I'm using the distraction tactic -- go to hospital, see/hold/hog baby, then take 2 other nephews away from the hospital. I'm Mama for the weekend, spending the night at their house or mine.
...And there was a baby found in a paper bag not too far from our town. Alive, but ugh...

...Overall, just "blah".... I watched a sad, sappy movie tonight just to top it off. But it's not all doom and gloom, I promise. I actually thought about dragging out the Christmas stuff tonight. I'm definitely putting up the outdoor manger scene. Hubby got out the snow-couple. We'll just take it one thing at a time, K? I really am excited to see and hold and touch and take care of my newest nephew, and he's gonna be just as spoiled as the rest of 'em. And if I'm not gonna be preggers for Christmas, well, at least I'm getting AF out of the way before Christmas and New Year's!!