Mother of the Year

Last night after dinner, I suggested going to Dairy Queen. I had been wanting to get the Pumpkin Pie blizzard before our DQ closes for the year on Oct. 31. The DQ is literally 4 blocks from our place, but since it was 6:45pm and Alex had been at school all day, I wasn’t surprised that he fell asleep on the way there.  We ordered him a sundae anyhow – in case he woke up. He didn’t. Instead I carried him up to bed where he slept until 7:04am – the regular wakeup time. By 8:30 he remembered the ice cream. Since he had already had breakfast… I took the sundae out of the freezer and let him have a taste.

Well… Alex would say I’m Mother of the Year for allowing this. Others may look down on me… but really – does it matter? Look at this goofy smile!

 

 

30 for 30 Challenge

I came across a challenge on Pinterest today – the 30 for 30 Challenge. “I Can Teach My Child” is challenging us to take 30 minutes to actually play with your kid(s) for 30 days. Like the challenger, I often sit and watch Alex play rather than getting involved. It’s especially more difficult when you have the routine of work all day, then get home, get dinner, clean up, bath, stories, bed. So I’m going to change that this month. I will be fully engaged, fully present and fully Alex’s.  Anyone interested in joining me?

Oh the fun never ends…

Warning… may be a little TMI… but hey – this is life.

Over the last few months I’ve found that my endo has been rearing it’s ugly head again. I have more discomfort mid month and then at the beginning of each cycle, I’ve been in so much pain that I can’t work. I try to take pain killers, but they affect me so much that I really shouldn’t drive. In all it is really just 2-3 days a month where I notice any pain  – not bad considering how disabling this condition really can be. I just don’t want to be in pain for the next 15+ years.  So I’ve been seeing a new Dr about my options. 

I went into my first appointment with the idea of having some relatively drastic surgery (ovaries removed if not a full hysterectomy), but once there I just couldn’t do it. I’m only 35 – and can’t imagine being in menopause for the rest of my life.  Instead we decided on a 3 month Lupr*n treatment (thankfully it will be during the spring and not in the heat of the summer) – I was on it for 6 months back in 2008 – so 3 isn’t too bad.  Once the drug has done its job, I’ll be having a laser laparoscopy which will allow for the doc to hopefully “clean me up”.  But to add to the fun, I have to go for another procedure before the surgery to ensure the endo hasn’t reached my bowels.  If it has… then it will be a different ball game.

The goal of the surgery is to reduce the pain for a few years. Then when I hit my 40’s I can reassess the situation.

Here’s hoping and praying the next few months are not all that terrible. We have to go ceiling fan shopping this week. The hot flashes will be here before I know it.

 

On the fifth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me…

Snow! After what seems like weeks of rain we have a little snow coming down. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture today, but trust me, it was really pretty.  Now it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I also read a blog post this morning that truly has come to me at a time when I need it.  It’s from Real Zest and was called “5 Simple Ways to Get More Out of Life“.  The tips are really simple and should be something I do already – but I know I don’t.  So tonight, step 1 – no cell phone! Word and Hanging with Friends will have to wait until I’m in bed.

Thursday Tidbits

Missed Tuesday… again.  I’ll get my act together one of these days.

  • Well since I’ve turned the big 3-5… I’ve been falling apart. Some not so fun things going on – nothing serious – but on some antibiotics for the last week and I swear they made me worse than I did before taking the meds.  See the Dr. again on Tuesday – hoping for a clean bill of health.
  • The weekend after my birthday Matt and I went to the US shopping with some friends.  The girls shopped together and the guys sat in the pub for a bit… then shopped. Made a decent dent in the holiday shopping and also bought a few new things for me (jeans, warm fuzzy sweater from JCrew, shirt).   The following day on the way home we went to… Target!  I know it was silly to be excited about Target – but I hear all my American friends raving about the cool finds they get there so I couldnt’ wait. I wasn’t disappointed… but I wasn’t really super impressed either. To me it felt like a nicer WalM*rt.  I did get an Elf on a Shelf there – can’t wait to break out our new holiday friend!  The dollar was pretty much at par so the deals were not super good as we would have liked.
  • One thing that really annoyed me was the price of gas. When converted… we paid about $0.75 a liter. We are paying over $1.18 here – just 3 hours away. Argh!
  • I have my holiday cards all designed… except I don’t have any pictures taken yet to put in them… sigh.
  • Anyone else super excited about Breaking Dawn Part 1 being released tomorrow? Tickets are purchased – can’t wait!!
  • Our basement is almost half done. The drywall is up and primed, the ceiling is plastered and textured.  This weekend we need to get a coat or two of paint on so the trim can go in on  Monday. Carpet the following week… and new reclining leather sofa and love seat comes on December 3rd! We picked it out on my birthday :) Soooo comfy.
  • Just about finished a pretty spoooky book – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. You have to check the book trailer – very well done.
  • We had our first snow last week. It was so fun watching Alex race around the house all excited. Re-living all these special times through the eyes of a child is priceless.  The snow only lasted a few hours, but I’m sure it’s going to be here to stay before long.
  • I’ve been teaching Alex Christmas carols – he likes Jingle Bells, Away in a Manger, and Santa Clause is Coming to Town. He likes to breakdance to them… even though my singing is not even close to rapping.
  • Tomorrow I’m presenting at a conference called KULT – Keeping up with Library Technology on QR Codes. Kinda nervous – wish me luck!  Speaking of smart phones… anyone else get iPhone finger? My pointer is seriously sore – I think I need to give Angry Birds a break.

A few pics of our “Spidy Man”

Guarding the Candy

 

When the boys are away….

This momma is going to sleep!

Matt has gone away until late Saturday with Alex AND Mason, leaving me alone for 4 days.  I must admit – I’m really looking forward to this time alone.  While I already miss my boys – I really need this break.  For the last few weeks we have gotten in to a bad sleep pattern where Alex is in our bed by 1:30am every night – and will only calm down for me, so I’m going to be catching up on some very much-needed sleep.  I had a girls night last night (Wine Wednesday), I hung up some art / pictures around the house, did a little shopping, and have started getting some curtains hemmed for our living room (they have been giant puddles since March). I’m eating the meals that I want (like a whole spinach pizza last night), eating my favourite snacks (Sweet and Salty Kettle Corn), and enjoying a glass or two of wine.

So when my boys do come home, I will be rejuvenated, less stressed, and one happy mommy!

Baby Brain

Do you have baby brain?  I certainly do at times.  I don’t feel baby brain is only for those who give birth – but for all moms.  We adoptive moms are sleep deprived too!  Anyhow – just browsing my Google Reader, waiting for my boys to come home (eta is 10 min), and found a cute article from Simple Mom on Battling Mommy Brain : 6 Strategies to Boost Brain Health.  Hey – can’t hurt can it?  Worth a try.