I'm going to try this method...even though it is Saturday. :) Might help me get some random thoughts out there...
1. I might have strep. Not officially...but all the signs are there...coughing, low grade fever, no appetite, sore throat. Caroline most likely does too. She was home from school all week with a low grade fever and coughing. I should have taken her into the doctor. But it just did not seem urgent enough to get it checked out. And wouldn't you know, I look up from my fog of visits to the Special Care Nursery, homes for sale, bills to go through, and all of our kiddos have these symptoms. HELLO?? Did I mention I have been a single mom for the past 8? 9? days/??? Gino has been working awful hours. So... here I am, in bed, and Gino has the pleasure of taking four sickies to the doctor this morning. By the way, (this is for Mom...) I DID call my doctor and I am on antibiotics now and I really am in bed right now...drinking plenty of fluids. (Muuuwa! -that's a kissy sound, Mom)
UPDATE: IT'S THE FLU... Caroline tested positive- she's on day 7, we all received a prescription for Tamiflu.
2. Marianne is doing really well!! She weighs 8 pounds, 3.8 ounces... the nurse said she lost 24 grams... (really? chalk that up to a bm??). She has to have a total volume of a minimum 400 mls every 24 hours. She has kept to her minimum taking in between 420-480 mls since Monday. The nurses are starting to talk about "when she goes home"... one even said to me on Thursday, I hope you are gone by the time I get back on Tuesday!!" (this sounds ugly, but it is a GOOD thing around the Nursery!!) I told her that I did not think I could hope for that right now and she nodded, very understanding and said, "that's okay, I will hope FOR you". I LOVE the nurses up there (most of them) and am so grateful for their care for our baby. Her doctor and I spoke yesterday, she knows that I am sick and she said, "you better get lots of rest this weekend because you are going to need it for when the baby comes home!" This is hospital speak: no exact day (they don't want you to get disappointed), but just laying down little hints of what's next.
Her total volume for today looks real low, so we'll see what the weekend doc does. I spoke with her nurse, she knows we are all staying away right now, and she said she was trying very hard to get her to take all her feedings, but the baby has been sleepy. She'll get there. Time and patience.
3. OUR HOME... well, we are officially under contract!!! I could never imagine what this side of "selling your home" would look like and it is very peaceful...no more calls from CSS (Central Showing Service) to make appointments, no more cleaning it "show ready" before we left, or at the end of the day so we could get out of here earlier, no more figuring out what to do with the children and myself while a showing is going on. No pumping in the car because I didn't have time! No anxious feeling when the phone rings. Just back to living in our home.
4. AN OFFER... we put down an offer on one home. It is a much lower offer than what they are asking and they have only been on for a week...so, kind of a longshot. It has four bedrooms and a study, a playroom and a big backyard. The backyard backs up to a field and a creek. It is in a cul-de-sac. Has a really great space over the garage that could be finished out for an additional playroom or better yet...girls dormitory!! Really a great layout and fit for our family. We haven't heard back.
5. BUDGET... tight. really tight. Any tips? We (the me of we) are thinking of canceling our cable and just using netflix. Do you do this? Any other ideas to slash some things from our budget? Moving to Coppell means no more school uniforms. I am really not jazzed about that. Clothes and school just bring back bad memories for me.
6. A picture....
7. Can I just say that it REALLY ANNOYS me when people act like it is the most pitiful thing in the world that Tommy is the only brother amoung ALL THOSE GIRLS. I mean, how sad is that? Poor thing must get so tired of those sisters. This is most effective when said in front of Tommy and his sisters. UGH. Judging by the above picture alone...I don't think he minds after all, until someone reminds him again of how AWFUL that must be for poor Tommy.