Friday, September 12, 2008

Getting this blog up to speed...




I have neglected this blog and so much has happened in my life. I feel the need to do a "dear blog, I am sorry I have not written on you in a while, you just would not believe what has happened to me..." However I am not going to recap, because the only people reading this know the basics. I do want to update on some of the current craziness of my life. First off my aunt Judy is in the hospital. That is a huge statement, because the truth is that she put herself there through her abuse of drugs and alcohol. She has lied, stolen, and betrayed every family member that I love, and I am having a really hard time feeling the least bit sympathetic for her state. Ironically, I have been memorizing 1 Corinthians 13, because I feel like part of the reason God has seen it fit to place me in Texas is to learn to love people that are difficult for me. How can you love someone, and be totally disgusted with their actions? We are living next door to Judy, which could be considered immersion therapy to some. I sigh a heavy sigh, and move on to the next thought. 

My baby slept through the night last night, and there was much rejoicing, however I felt like my boobs were going to pop, and that is not even fair! I actually woke her up so that I could get some sweet relief, because there was no was that I was going to sleep with those swollen watermelons affixed to my chest. We are working on the 'let her cry herself to sleep so she can figure out how to self-calm' thing, it is less easy than I had believed it would be. She does okay sometimes, but always seems to wake up after about 30-45 minutes which is totally frustrating, because then she is hungry and still has quite a bit of time before the next feeding. Oooh wise mothers that have gone before me, what do I do about this? And how long should I let her cry before I go in there and save her from her bed, I have such a stubborn Irish baby....I need some wisdom here. 
On a very positive note, we are FINALLY through with thrush! Praise Jesus, that stuff is awful! Camille now has a lovely mouth with no white spots. She is totally enamoured with her tongue, though, and is constantly sticking it out, it is cute for a little bit, but then leads to copious amounts of baby drool. I am hoping this is a phase that passes. With the resolved thrush, and ear infection, we are getting quite a few more baby smiles, which have an amazing property of making everything better. I am totally looking forward to the laughs to come! 

Matt has been working on my parents roof, actually he just finished it today, and has found a possible business partner for the time being. They are talking about picking up several more roofs in the next month or two, which will give Matt time to figure out what he wants to do here. He still wants to do the training, but is also interested in doing some construction stuff, so we will see where God leads us. I am in the process of getting my therapy license in Texas....actually, I am procrastinating getting my therapy license in Texas....because I REALLY do not want to go back to work. I love my job, but staying home is so nice. I am glad that I do not have to work full time, or I would really be depressed. I am thinking about opening my own business here, where I do home evaluations for fall prevention and home modification assessment for those who want to age in place. I think if I could do the consultation and Matt could do the construction, we could have a lovely little moneymaker on our hands. I have to do quite a bit more research, but my goal is to start doing the consultations by the start of 2009. 

Okay...that is enough updates. This blog is officially up to speed and I will hopefully maintain at least a once a week topical post schedule. Here's to hoping!!

14 comments:

Kim said...

Yeah! So good to hear something from down there. Yes, the drooling and weird sleep things are stages; hang in there. And I hear you on the watermelons.

Rachel said...

Embrace the drool! And yahoo for money-makers!

derdsgirl said...

I may be way off base here b/c I don't have my little one in my arms yet, so I don't have first hand experience. But, from what I have read about breast feeding, this sounds like a cluster feeding. Evidently baby wakes up every 30 or 40 minutes to feed so that it signals your supply to boost, then a week or so later they go through a growth spurt. Kellymom.com has a lot of info on breast feeding, and one page on cluster feedings if you want to take a look.

And yay on sleeping through the night!! I am glad you got some well deserved rest!

Williams Family said...

I know how hard it is to get children to sleep. Addyson still wakes up at night and wants to nurse and she is 15 months old! Samantha and McKayla never had this problem like Addyson.
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Regina said...

I know I haven't talked to you in forever! Matt (my brother) sent this link to your blog and I read it - very curious to see what's up with you these days. Camille is a doll - so cute! She's got really big lips. I want to recommend a book that changed our lives as far as sleep patterns. Alexandria didn't sleep through the night until the end of June this year (she was 19 months old then) - we were losing our minds not sleeping and being crabby. This isn't the place for huge talking, so here's the book, "Good Night, Sleep Tight" by Kim West. It's never too early to teach your kid how to put themselves to sleep and this book taught us in a matter of 3 weeks. The "cry it out" method - we couldn't handle that either. Get this book at your library or, seriously, just buy it - you'll refer to it for years. As far as the watermelons, well, the demand just has to go down...it will over time. I'll have to talk more with you later!

Rob said...

Hi, this is Erika, Rob's wife. I was just browsing your blog and I highly recommend the book "Nighttime Parenting" by Dr. Sears. Rob actually read it when Gabriel was a baby and it made us understand babies and their needs so much better. That was our life saver. I have been b-feeding for 4 years now... need advice...I'm glad to help! #3 due in 7 weeks!!!

Jonathan Erdman said...

Hhhhhmmmmmm.....I didn't know that about my aunt Judy.....but suddenly things make sense.....

Jonathan Erdman said...

btw....good to see you blogging again.

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