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12/31/19 8:58 A

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Eva: DH has been sick for 2-3 days and he's taking off work today. I was sick for a week before I took off work the first day. Maybe that means he will recover faster, too?

The tech didn't seem like she was very comfortable around him. Like maybe she wasn't really comfortable around babies or something. She was a little aggressive and I felt like I needed to be right near him whenever she was doing anything even when he was sleeping. I just hope he doesn't need another sleep study. I checked his portal for the results again this morning and they're still not posted, but his ENT has requested a blood gas panel so I guess the results weren't too promising.

For New Year's my work is catering in breakfast. They said it was a light breakfast of bagels and fruit, but looking at the tables they're setting up I suspect their "bagels and fruit" is going to be, at the very least, bagels, donuts, pastries, and fruit. There is also rumor we're going to be allowed to leave early. We're heading to my mom's house for a spaghetti dinner tonight. My brother will be taking his family to see some fireworks after dinner, but then will come back to play some games and watch the ball drop with us. My grandma will be joining us. Little man has a sparkly black and gold first New Year's outfit to wear. Tomorrow, if DH is feeling any better, we're supposed to head to the in-laws for a belated Christmas. But he sounded awful croaky this morning so I am not sure we'll be making it.

I had my annual review yesterday. The Firm wants me put on probation for my attendance, between maternity leave, little man being sick, and my being sick I've missed A LOT of days this past year. Close to 5 months I'd estimate. My boss refused to do it, though, saying my son being so sick was completely out of my control and she could see the effort I've been making to get in to work. So she didn't take any administrative steps on the assurance that next year would be better. She's also concerned with the amount of free time I have, but says some of that is on her because she's been avoiding giving me projects because she thinks I've had more important things on my mind so she wanted my workload lighter. But come the new year I'm going to be learning new processes, getting more projects, and starting to develop an in-house training program for the attorneys so she expects to see me busier. I ended up getting a raise and some compliments on the quality of my work.

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12/31/19 8:22 A

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Feline: Oh man. I'm sorry your still so sick! I hope you are feeling better by now. Why do men always act like they have an illness 10 times worse than we do?

That tech sounds like a butthole. Excuse me for saying so. She should have let you comfort your little guy so you could get an accurate test.

New years plans are just to stay home. Miss B and I have made count down activities bags. She's going to help me make a taco/nacho bar for tonight. Oh and we are doing a DIY balloon drop at midnight. We were all sick from Christmas Day until Saturday. So it's going to be pretty low key here.



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12/30/19 9:11 A

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Eva: I am still sick, and I woke up Friday night around midnight with sore eyes so slipped out of the study room to the bathroom and sure enough I've got pink eye for the third time. I think it's a reaction to the virus I am fighting off and won't stop coming back until I am better. I need to change my sheets again and find some sanitizing wipes for my glasses. Right now I am going glasses-less until I find some and it's a bit disconcerting. My eyes feel better, but I certainly can't see very well!

I've been checking the medical portal pretty frequently but they haven't uploaded his study results yet, and the only things they told me at the study were that he's congested and has a lot of nasal discharge. The test itself went VERY different from the first one. The first tech let me hold him while she set him up, then I was able to feed him after and snuggle him to sleep. This tech wouldn't let me hold him, period. I had to feed him laying flat in their crib and let him cry himself to sleep while I patted and rubbed his back. During the last study they lowered one set of rails on the crib and raised my cot so I could be within arms reach of him for easy nighttime soothing. This time my cot was halfway across the room and I had to get up to go soothe him each time he cried. I did very little sleeping, and between the head gear and the nasal cannula he didn't sleep that great either.

DH has my virus now, and of course he's got the "man" version of it. He's found himself incapable of doing anything, and has stolen all my meds so I'm working off just Tylenol today. His parents had rescheduled our Christmas visit to Saturday but of course I wasn't feeling any better, had recontracted pink eye, and DH had caught my virus. So they've re-rescheduled it for New Year's Day. We'll see how that goes, because I've been sick since the 15th I think and DH just got sick, so he's got awhile to go before he's even beginning to feel better.

The stomach virus is the worst. I hate feeling sick to my stomach, I'm glad it was pretty short lived for you, though, and you're recovering. Do you have any plans for the New Year?

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12/29/19 11:22 A

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Feline: Little Man and Grandpa are so cute!

I'm glad your niece was happy with her gifts and grandma too. I suppose DH learned how precious picture gifts really are.

My niece gave me her senior picture for a gift. It's on a block. I think it's beautiful.

I hope you feel better. How was Little man's sleep test?

I've been MIA myself. My whole house came down with a stomach virus. We're still recovering. I was actively sick for about 30 hours. Man it was rough.

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12/27/19 9:27 A

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Happy Friday, all! I am still sick. The urgent care ruled out pneumonia, and since they haven't called me back I think the strep test came back negative. I was thinking maybe bronchitis but I have a dry cough. So it's probably just a nasty virus hanging around. My eyes are watery, my nose draining, and my cough deep. But I do feel less like I am knocking on death's door today so I am at work. Which is good, since little man has his follow-up sleep test tonight so we're going to be spending the night at the hospital. My FIL thinks I should go to the ER to get checked out since my deductible has been met for the year, but I think wasting the ERs resources just to be told "rest and get lots of fluids" is pointless. I can tell myself that! I think he's probably saying that mostly because he wants a doctor to say I am not contagious, since we can't have our Christmas with them until I'm feeling better since my MIL is still doing chemo.

We had a pretty good Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, even though I spent most of the time on couches trying not to cough on everyone. My niece was ecstatic about her gifts - she flung herself at me for a giant hug and told me and DH how proud she was of us for our choice in gifts. Her LOL gift pack came with a special doll that she's now sleeping with and carrying with her everywhere, so it was a good choice. And my grandma opened her photo and started waving her arms around shouting "Finally!!" before getting up to hug us. She immediately found a place to set it up. Christmas with my dad was kind of funny. My dad got him a Fisher Price Puppy Walker, which is a boy puppy walker with sitting toy board. My grandparents got him the Fisher Price Sis Walker, which is a girl puppy walker with sitting toy board! So now he's got two puppy walkers! We have to decide if we want to sell the extra walker or keep it at my in-laws for when they're watching him. So we'll probably break out one of them this weekend and see how he likes it.

I got a lot of cute pictures of little man over the celebrations, and still have one more celebration to go. My brother took a lot of pictures of him, too. This is one of my favorites, though - little man with my dad.


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Kali: How are you and your DH doing? I hope to hear you had a good holiday.

Richard: Happy Holidays! I hear it was a hot one in Australia!

Well, Christmas eve was wonderful. Mom brought her pup, Daisy. Here are Daisy and Miss B. in their holiday clothes.



I won the day with a hoodie. I made Miss B a couple of mystery boxes. One was videogames and youtube stuff. One was art supplies. Well, the one with the hoodie from her favorite YouTuber got me the biggest squeeze you can imagine. I caught her holding it up and mugging in the mirror. She never does that.

Yesterday was not such a great day. Christmas breakfast was mostly fine. MIL started the waterworks until I took her to the side and gave her a pep talk. I told her "Slow down. Think. You've done this for over 15 years. In this family, you are the queen of Christmas. You always get it right. This year is no different." And the tears stopped, she walked right to the card she thought was misplaced (it was with the other cards. they had stuck together). And the rest of the morning went off famously.

Until we got home. And Miss B. threw up. Apparently she had a mild temp and I didn't know it. She drank chocolate milk with breakfast and it soured. So we missed the Chandler Christmas and we had meatless spaghetti at home instead. Miss B. never threw up again and she did eat dinner, just not much. She has had no symptoms aside from a low temp. So I don't know what's going on, but it is what it is. When she gets up, if she still has a temp we may go to the doctor, depending on if other symptoms have popped up.

Jim started to go get her a sprite at the one open store in the area. His fuel pump has died on his van. So he'll be spending the weekend replacing the fuel pump.

This has been a heck of a holiday season.

Oh a funny note. I have a single wrinkle that bothers me. It's the one between my eyebrows. You know the one. I mentioned it about a month ago. I call it my "What the Heck" wrinkle because that's what I'm thinking when my forehead draws together there. Well In my stocking I got little tub. A fancy schmancy firming night mask and wrinkle reducer. Or as my dear dear Jim said: "It's wrinkle release for your face." emoticon

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12/25/19 10:31 P

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Eva - love Jim's reward. I guess the only constant is change and new 'traditions' are part of the mix. It's so wonderful you bake for your neighbors. May be a new tradition I consider next year!

Feline - hope you are feeling well.

Finishing up food shopping lists for a low key family celebration. Looking forward to taking Wednesday off from therapy sessions, but also blessed that progress is happening. Just have to remember we're not 18...
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12/23/19 7:41 A

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Feline: How are you feeling?

Did the photos work?

Kali: no worries, dear lady. you have had a lot on your plate. We are just happy to know all is well. I still have you and DH in my prayers. When you have time let us know how he is progressing.

I think your gift to the family is wonderful. A glimpse into the past is worth more than you know.

Miss B. and I had lunch with my friend and her 2 daughters Friday. We had a wonderful time. She gifted me with a homemade cranberry loaf. I've got to make sure I download the recipe.

Between Saturday and Sunday I made 17 1/7 dozen cookies plus various candy barks to be distributed to the neighbors for gifts. Jim had to work again this weekend. And the upcoming weekend looks like more of the same. It's good money, and we can all use extra, but I admit I missed cooking with him. So if this becomes the holiday norm, Miss B and I will be forming some new traditions of our own.

Jim did get me tickled. I made a couple of big meals since he worked so many hours. He made himself 2 plates of food, one for cold stuff and one for hot stuff, of leftovers to take to work for lunch today. He knows he'll be in the office to eat it. He said he was going to tell his boss that I rewarded him handsomely for taking a weekend shift. Silly man.



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12/22/19 8:52 A

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Hello!

Glad to see December has been eventful, but hope it settles down for you both.
We're staying home for the holiday and ordered a standing rib roast to celebrate. No presents sent to extended family, instead a year's worth of genealogical research and access to any new information I may find in 2020.
Not sure how often I will drop in, but hope to 'see' you soon.

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12/20/19 9:56 A

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Eva: I stayed home from work again yesterday. Got a real good nap in on the couch with Chester, who very much enjoyed a day of couch snuggles with me. My eye is almost back to normal now thanks to the eye drops the doctor gave me, and I am less of a faucet. My coughing isn't as bad and I can breathe a little better. I have hopes for a lunch that consists of more than crackers and Sprite today.

Little man loves chewing on fabric. We have a few washcloths we keep around at all times to wipe his face and he absolutely loves stealing them. He'll wipe his face with them since they're soft, but into his mouth they go! He'll also chew on blankets, shirts, my skirt, his stuffies - anything soft that fits into his mouth.

I talked to Walgreens customer service again, after trying to order photos again (since the last rep told me to just keep trying). This rep actually looked into the problem and said they would open a ticket with their IT group to get the problem fixed. I did find the different shipping options this time, $10 gets me a 12/23 arrival and $7 gets me a 12/24 arrival. I need the photos before Christmas Eve but I can't justify $10 on shipping - that's more than double the cost of the photos! I think I have a solution for the photos for my family members that we were framing. The photo studio included cards with the package, a family photo on front with gold on the back. If they're 5x7 I can just frame those. Then I can just gift little man his book without the photos and we can fill it in later on, without worrying about getting the photos in it before Christmas. Especially since his Godparents still haven't sent me a recent photo of themselves (their only explanation is their photos are on the cloud).

I'm supposed to be at my mom's house tomorrow at 11:00 for a girls day with my moms and my niece (and little man, our honorary mascot). We're going to do crafts and eat lunch. But I got a reminder I have therapy at 10:00, which runs an hour. So I have to decide two things: If I am going to therapy and arriving late at my moms or rescheduling therapy, and if I feel well enough to go to either at all.

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Feline: Are you feeling better? I certainly hope so.

Little Man is using his giant tissue! Miss B use to do that. If he doesn't shove everything in his mouth give him a hand towel. He'll start to rub his nose on that instead of your shirt.

It sounds like your Dunkin' stop was about as good as my last one. I won't even go to the local one anymore.

I'm glad Ghost is better and is home!

I'm sorry you and I have had matching weeks. I hope today and tomorrow are uneventful!

I made 5 dozen sausage balls and 3 dozen snickerdoodles yesterday. Jim's feeding his crew. In the midst of all that I had a BAD pain on my left side. I'm okay it was just gas but it took my breath. I ended up using Alka Seltzer to help move the gas along and it worked. I had weighed yesterday morning. The scale had not moved. Well after I could have given Rocketman a run for his money without a jet pack, I decided to weight again this morning. I literally lost a pound in bloat. I finished 2 of my neighbor's memory pillows yesterday. He's going to be able to get the granddaughter in California hers by Christmas. That made him happy. I have 2 to go. I'll have them done before the kids get here for Christmas.

Today I am going to do the shopping. When I get home I'm likely to choose to do not much of anything. I didn't sleep well from moving that gas along. This indigestion is most likely triggered by the stress and anxiety I've been feeling. It's one of my normal tells, but it's usually just not this bad.

Jim is running again this weekend. He asked me if I would be mad. We had plans but they can be worked around so no one misses anything and he can work too. And get a nap. I don't want to knock a driver out of seeing his kid in a Christmas program, and that's what will happen if Jim doesn't take the run. So I am adjusting course so we get it all done for Christmas.


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12/18/19 12:45 P

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Eva: I am still a faucet, and went to urgent care this morning because to top this wonderful week off I now have pink eye. The doctor said I could still go to work as long as I was careful about washing my hands, but my coworkers are kind of wary of me anyway. Baby is still a mini faucet, not that it's slowing him down any. When it annoys him he just faceplants onto me and wiggles around until it's nice and rubbed in to my shirt or arm. He's got his confirmed solution, I guess. DH is grumpy so I can't tell if he still feels sick, or if he's just getting tired of missing work for everyone else!

Little man had his first solo bottle last night! I adjusted his grip once when his weaker hand slipped, but other than that I let him take the bottle and go from start to finish! He's also enjoying taking the spoon from us and smooshing it into his mouth (or nose).

DH said we could go into the store, but I am guessing it's going to have to wait until Saturday unless I send him all the pictures and the sizes needed for each one and send him on his own after work one night. I didn't even see an overnight option, I selected shipping and it just gave me my information.

Ghost is feeling much better, and his bloodwork is back to normal. His vet called this morning laughing to say he's ready to come home because he ripped out his catheter, chewed off his IV, and began using the litter box. He's got special instructions when we bring him home and has to be isolated for a few days, but he gets to come home tonight.

I have also had an awful week. Monday I woke up full blown sick and my period started to boot. I stayed home sick and Ghost had to go to the vet and have surgery. Tuesday I went into work even though I still didn't feel great discovered the photo problem, then bled through my skirt onto my chair, and the cramps and nasal drainage made me so nauseous I couldn't eat anything other than animal crackers and soup. Nobody could get me home to change so I had to avoid standing as much as I could while sounding like a foghorn as I went through half a box of kleenex at my desk. Then today I got pink eye and was an hour late to work because I went to the urgent care then the pharmacy for the antibiotic eye drops. We stopped at the Dunkin after the pharmacy, even though the urgent care weighed me and I am shamed and horrified by the results of that, and the cashier somehow mixed up "Holiday Brownie Crumble" with "Blueberry" and gave me the wrong donut, and gave me a Toasted Gingerbread Latte instead of a Gingerbread S'mores Latte. I also strongly suspect it was not decaf even though she said it was.

But, midmorning a project I had to do at work turned out to be easier than I expected, and an attorney stopped by to give us some kit kats. So maybe things will turn around? Only 5 hours and 15 minutes until I can go home, anyway.

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Feline: I hope you all are feeling better. Brenna and I both have a runny nose. I think it's a minor head cold.

Sweet potato is a good choice. I'm glad he liked it! Babies are funny when they discover food.

Will you try to make it into the store? I'd be frustrated. They could overnight the pictures. It would cost a little more, but it could be done.

How is your cat?

I have had a crappy week thus far and it's on 5:30 on a Wednesday morning.Well, it looks like I'm in for a week full of "Mondays".

Monday my sewing machine, inherited from my step-grandmother, bit the dust. It was probably purchased in the 1970s based on the color so I can't be surprised. I'll be finishing my neighbor's memory pillows by hand. Miss B's tub drain was clogged so I spent 30 minutes with a short drain snake to remove the clog. There was enough hair in there to build a baby kitten.

Yesterday morning Butters peed on the bath mat while I was in the shower. He was mad about something. Who knows what. While I was in the shower The basket I have mounted on the wall came off. I must have bumped it wrong Monday when I scrubbed the walls. Anyway, the basket almost clocked me one. Tuesday continued to get worse. The basket had to be replaced because it cracked when it fell. So I went to the dollar store and found shower caddies there. I went to MIL's and did her hair cut. I got in my car, the tire sensor was going off. The cold weather made the air contract. So I had to come home and air the tires up. Jim had put my compressor somewhere else. Finally found it and fixed my tires after 20 minutes of poking around in my hatch to find which compartment he'd stashed it in. I came in to install my shower caddies. Found the master bathroom toilet running. Shut off the water and fixed the toilet. Hung the caddies. Then I found where someone had scared Esmerelda in mid poop while I was fixing the toilet. She made a mess on the cat tower. I had to clean that and give her a bath. At lunch I finally said "I quit until pick up time." and I sat myself down and didn't do another constructive thing until time to do homework with Miss B.

I don't do that often but yesterday I had enough.

So I hope today is better. Have a lot of baking to do for Jim's work crew. He's feeding them breakfast in the morning for Christmas. And I'm chief cook and bottle washer.




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Eva: We got our family photos picked up, but I was sorting them out this morning and putting post-it's on them so I'd know who to give each one to and realized because I got an 8x10 of my son for us instead of two 5x7s we're actually two photos short. I thought we got 24 photos but I guess that was just with the online album. I am trying to order copies online through Walgreens but I am running into a problem where their website tells me there are no locations in our state that offer photo services and I have to have the photos shipped to me. This is the third time I've had that problem and the last two times it hasn't been an issue I just shipped them, but this time shipping will arrive after Christmas. Their customer service rep has told me there's nothing they can do about it I just have to ship it or go into a store, which means either getting the gifts late or bundling all three of us up and going to the store in the snow after work when little man needs changed and fed.

We started purees Sunday night, since DH left around dinnertime both Friday and Saturday. My FIL bought us some variety pack baby foods, none of which were the flavor the pediatrician suggested we start with. She wanted us to start with squash and of the three flavors we had we thought sweet potato was the closest to that. He loves sweet potato! He loves wearing it as much as eating it though, and since we don't have a high chair I'm feeding him on my lap so I'm wearing it as much as he is emoticon

Little man woke up with a runny nose on Saturday, by Sunday night I was sick, and DH woke up this morning feeling sick. Then Monday morning we found our cat (who had gone missing) inside our bed frame, on the verge of death. DH rushed him to the vet where he still is. The vet says he'll probably be there until Thursday as they try to get him feeling better. Our other cat looked for him for awhile but is now lapping up all the solo attention he can get.

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Feline: Dryers eat baby clothes LOL!

Baby scooting backward is funny. But you might want to talk to DH about getting a rail for your bed. It slips under the mattress and let's up and down like a hospital bed rail. It's mesh so air flows. I got mine at target.

Did DH really take that cane? If he won't see a podiatrist a chiropractor might help him.

Did you get your pictures sorted?

We're dealing with thunderstorms this morning. The power blinked off and back on. Geeze.



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Eva: He says it still hurts so he's still hobbling around on his Walgreens cane. I told him to make an appointment with my podiatrist to get it looked at, but he'd rather just use the cane. We're going to my mom's house tomorrow for her birthday and she uses a cane because she needs hip replacement surgery. It will be kind of embarrassing for him to show up using a cane because he slept funny!

It did start after the surgery, it's been about a week maybe a week and a half. Yesterday he rolled off the couch (very short fall, probably not even a foot) so I started putting him on the floor on his tummy while I gathered things for his diaper bag. He started scooting backwards! I don't know if it was intentional or not, since he was rocking on his hands and knees. But this morning he was on the bed while I was getting dressed and I had to keep moving him because he was intentionally scooting backwards. He'd lean forward onto his forearms, put his bum into the air and wiggle it around a bit, then start shuffling his legs to scoot. I hope this doesn't mean more bedtime acrobatics!

DH has to do his webinar training and I have to work on my dissertation, so that means little man will probably be learning how to do DHs job, too (or possibly helping him play video games). Our family photos came in so we're going to pick them up after visiting my mom, and then comes the fun of deciding who gets what photo and framing them all. I also have laundry to do. Mostly baby laundry. But I also need to hunt down his clothes - he's got 13 pairs of pants (four each of light blue, dark blue, black, and gray and a pair of jeans) and I can only find one light blue, black, and gray!

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Feline: I'm sorry I'm laughing at your DH this morning. He's a bit overdramatic about a kink, isn't he? Oh my gosh! I hope he's shook the soreness by now.

And thank goodness no overdrafts!

Little man is just growing up. I co-slept with Miss B too. She started turning upside down in the bed at night. She was about 6-8 months old. Scared the pee out of me one night. He's probably just dreaming about stuff at daycare or what he sees on tv. Did this just start after his surgery?

Jim has to work this weekend. Overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning. I'm not used to it but it will be okay. It's short term and we will make the best. Considering it's an extra $200 for one night's work I can afford to complain. This schedule will end when the holiday rush is over. Miss B. will be working on a powerpoint for science. And I will be tackling the laundry mountain.




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Eva: He used to sleep so nice and peaceful, now he gets kind of wild in his sleep. He doesn't wake up but he gets tired of sleeping next to me so starts wriggling and whining until I move him onto my chest, or gets tired of being on my chest and starts wiggling until he's slipped down next to me.

I checked a bunch of local stores and I think the best deal on the first stage food is actually at Walmart. It's not by a lot, but even a little bit helps. I did only look at Gerber and Beech-Nut, though.

I warned DH about the purchase so he's keeping it in mind when checking our bank balance, since one of the items doesn't ship until later than the other two so the cost hasn't come out yet. We didn't overdraft, thankfully.

DH woke up with a sore ankle this morning. He's the kind of guy that sounds like he's positively dying with any minor illness or ache, so he was limping around moaning and groaning like it was the end of the world. While I was at my doctor appointment he actually went out and bought a CANE. Because he slept wrong. I am aghast.

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Feline: Little Man is dreaming. Miss B did that stuff. It's kinda funny. And when they learn to speak you get a good show with it LOL.

We used Target food and diapers. I loved their diapers. We used munchkin soft tip, and they make this really neat net on a ring holder. When he's a little older you can put melon in it so they can gum it to death and not get choked. You have time before you need this but it's a thought for the summer.

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Nebraska looked like west Tennessee for just one day! LOL

I understand your trying to keep money issues out of the work environment. I hope you got the deposit made to cover the purchase and maybe next year they will have a better plan. And I hope there was no overdraft.

Our school is having a PTO "Snowball Express" where kids shop at school. It has never been a fundraiser before. The goal of this PTO activity has always been to break even. It's just fun for the kids. Not so this year. Anyway, they sent home a flyer and an envelope. The parents got a link to help the kid plan. My kid looked at me and asked if she had to waste her money there since it was $5 for something she is sure she saw at the Dollar Tree for $1. I told her it was her money and she could shop where she liked. Then she called her Granny (my mom) and asked her if they could go out shopping on Saturday morning because she was not impressed by the schools' offerings/pricing. Mom said she would. We do support the PTO, but I am impressed with Miss B taking charge of her situation and will let her do as she sees fit since she will be spending her own money.





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Eva: We ordered his spoons online (Munchkin soft tip) and they should arrive tomorrow. I heard Target is the best price for baby food but I am going to spend some time today comparing prices online. So we haven't started him yet, but we'll probably start him Friday or Saturday.

It turns out in our state Frozen 2 is taken out of theaters this weekend, so my brother asked if I was free this weekend instead. We're already celebrating my mom's birthday on Saturday so I had to regretfully decline as I have a lot of writing to do for my dissertation still, and two events in one weekend is a little much for me. DH and I will just have to wait until it is released on Disney+.

Little man has been enjoying some time relaxing in his Boppy lately, so I might bring some books to the couch and try reading to him while he's sprawled out on the Boppy. My current "me" book is in my locker in the gym - I was reading it while I used the recumbent bike, but I haven't used the recumbent bike in a good two months or so. When I do have time to make it to the gym in the mornings I've been doing videos, and my lunches are reserved for research and writing. So I think I will take the book out of the locker and bring it home, and give it a shot with some of his baby books.

The pile up actually went viral in our area, with a meme spreading online from a traffic cam shot.


DH has 6 hours of work to make up for all the appointments we have this week. He doesn't have to stay late or anything though, what his job does is make the IT people do training webinars online from home. So he'll be holed up in the basement watching those sometime this weekend. Although, to be honest, he'll probably let the video run and play video games.

My workmates and I all pitch in $20 at Christmas to get my boss a gift, but this year Amazon changed their gift list policies and you can no longer search for a list, you have to be invited to look at a list. So I am the only one with access to the list my boss makes because I already had it in my Amazon lists when the policy was initiated. Which means this morning I had to pay $88.80 for her gifts so they would arrive in time for Christmas. I don't mind being the one to order them, but this last minute shopping gave me zero time to figure out how to pay and my coworkers were standing around my desk waiting. I knew my personal credit card didn't have the money, and I was pretty sure my husbands personal card didn't have the money. I was uncertain about our Amazon card. So I used our debit card, which will probably overdraft us but will let the payment go through. My coworkers will pay their shares, but since overdraft is immediate their cash won't help that. I'm extremely nervous about this on top of the anxiety I've been struggling with this week but am trying not to let my coworkers see because I've been trying to keep our money troubles out of the office.

On a lighter note, little man talks in his sleep. Just kind of babbles to himself. But lately he has started sitting straight up, too. He'll do it repeatedly, up down up down up down. Little zombie baby.

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Feline: Solids will definitely help him sleep at night. Dinner is the best option for starting new foods. How did Little Man enjoy his first food?

I'm sure DH will be happy if you can arrange for Little Man to be with his grandmothers while you all go to the movie. It might not be his thing, but he's probably just wanting to be included like he was prior to Little Man's birth.

I think starting with Baby's books is a good idea. He might like it now that's he's a little older. I just thought you might like an option for your own too read pile in the future. Each kid is different. He might not like your longer chapters yet. We have a small library here in our home. I need more shelves, to be honest. Brenna loves the smell of the pages now. She hates E-Books.

A 7 car pile up! Your kidding!! Well, it ended up not doing much here, but they still had their milk sandwiches. I grew up in the south and I still think they are crazy.

I found out last night, Jim will probably have to run a truck route this weekend. At least he will get paid for it. he's salary so ordinarily he's not paid for time in the truck. Or any time over 40 hours for that matter. The company over-committed itself and needed supervisors to run in order to keep deliveries on-time. So to be in accordance with labor laws they have told the supervisors they will be paid Linehaul drivers pay for a weekend run. That will be about $200 extra per weekend until it stops if he is asked to take a run. And who can't use extra money at the holidays? But it means Bug and I are on our own for a half-day on either Saturday or Sunday. We'll find something to do.



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Eva: It turns out my niece hasn't seen Frozen 2 yet, but was planning to go with her parents and my dad the weekend before Christmas, so I got myself an invite. I didn't think my husband would want to go since he didn't really like the first movie so I didn't ask for an invite for him thinking it'd be good for him to bond with little man some, but he was disappointed that I didn't ask if he could go, too. Obviously little man is not ready for a movie theater so I'd probably need to ask my mom if she could watch him, then ask my brother if DH could join us.

We tried reading to little man and it just made him cry. But he's older and enjoys being talked to, so maybe he'll enjoy it more now? I don't currently have any YA novels in my pile, it's mostly light mysteries (you know the kind - the series books with recipes and whatnot in the back), but I enjoy YA so maybe I'll have to actually unpack my books and find some of my YA ones to read to him. Or I could start with his books, we've got over 100 baby books for him.

Right now I make just enough that it still makes sense for me to work even with the cost of daycare, but if we have a second child that probably won't be true. At that point it would probably be good for me to find a side gig online to help pay the mortgage, but the cost of daycare would need a second look.

DH is Presbyterian and they baptize and I grew up Lutheran which also baptizes, but I'm no longer religious. His church has had recent pastor troubles so we had considered baptizing just out of tradition, but when his pastor retired and the new pastor ended up being awful and got fired we've ended up becoming unsure about it. We haven't talked recently about what we will do, but I suppose we'll just wait to see how the new new pastor turns out and discuss it again if his parents start to nag about him getting baptized.

Yesterday we had our first real snow of the season, the kind where it actually settled on the ground. There wasn't much of it, less than an inch, but of course people saw it on the ground and forgot how to drive. There was a 7 car pileup!

Little man had his 6 month well visit yesterday. Poor baby got so many shots, his little legs were so sore. But he got approved to start solids! His pediatrician said with his medical history she wanted him starting with purees and recommended we begin with squash. So we'll probably do some purees with dinner to start, give him some yummy squash before bedtime. He's been waking up for a 2am bottle this past week so I don't think he's staying as full as before, maybe the purees will help with that.

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Feline: Your work tradition sounds like fun! I love it!

Definitely take your niece to Frozen 2. It has an excellent ending. The music was better in the first movie, but I like that this one has resolved questions about Elsa.

I like comfort items myself. Lodge socks, fuzzy PJ bottoms, and books.

Your little guy isn't too small for you to read stuff like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson out loud. There may not be any pictures, but it sets a precedent. I did that with Miss B. and she still reads to me and wants me to read to her. It won't last forever but an 11-year-old sharing reading time with mom is unusual. Plus if you have some YA novels in that pile, you'll get the chance to read them for yourself.

I hope you figure out a way to be a SAHM. It's a hard decision. But oftentimes when you figure in the cost of childcare, it's not as much of a sacrifice as people think. Maybe DH will consider a better paying position elsewhere to make it all happen. And maybe you could get a job teaching online if you had to?

DH and Little Man are adorable. Kitty made sure to get loving too. Those are the sweetest moments.

I'm glad Little Man enjoyed the bell choir! Are you planning to have him baptized? I've never had Miss B baptized. Jim grew up Methodist, where they baptized babies. I was raised in a Southern Baptist (We had a Pentecostal preacher so we kinda went out own way. He called us "Bapticostal."), but my particular church did not baptize until age 13. That was the preacher that put on an age limit, not the association. So I'm curious. At the moment we don't go to church. If she ever decides she wants to go, then I'll take her.

Today is the first Christmas lunch the school has hosted in 2 years. I'm going but it's going to be a madhouse. Plus we have some winter weather being thrown in the mix. So no one will be able to drive due to the 1 snowflake they spotted. I bet by this afternoon you won't be able to buy a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread. I'm guessing everyone will have milk sandwiches for dinner tonight.











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Eva: DH made a comment about me staying home this morning, and yesterday about having a second baby, that makes me think he might be coming around to my way of thinking. I know he did used to like the idea of my staying home but thought my education (and the associated student loans) made that unreasonable. He thought for me to stay home I should have either not gone to college or just gotten my BGS, but to get ANY job as a librarian (with the exception of very small towns) you need a minimum of an MLS so I agree I should have stopped sooner, after I got my MLIS. But at the time I wanted to work in an academic library, where you need two masters degrees, so I got my MEd. Then after that I couldn't find a library job - public libraries thought I was too school focused, academic libraries thought I was too public focused, and my only full-time work was in an out-of-state prison library which don't exist in my state. So I pursued my PhD so I could teach...then got my current job. DH agreed at that point I was far enough along into my program that it would be silly to drop out, but is on the fence about me staying home at this point because of it.

My Amazon list is mostly pajamas, blankets, and cat themed trinkets. I'm a homebody who likes comfort. I try to read for fun, but between school and baby I don't really have time anymore. My mom gives me books anyway but my "to be read" pile has gotten quite tall.

I need to see if my niece has seen Frozen 2 yet. I want to see it, and taking her is a wonderful excuse to go! She was absolutely obsessed with the first movie so I am sure she would love the second movie. I've heard good things about it. Did you guys like it?

When I was in high school and in the marching band we performed at the Rose Bowl! We did the parade and the group show. It was a fabulous experience. We didn't win the contest to perform the solo at half time, so our instructor had us march around the building doing our schools songs and dance. We had a nice sized crowd cheering us on. Good luck to your team!

We had a pretty good weekend. I worked on my dissertation on Saturday so little man spent the day hanging out with dad. Dad reports they had a fun time and lots of laughter was had. When I came down after turning the weeks progress in I snapped this photo:

Sunday I was surprised by having to go to church to watch DH play in the bell choir. So we were a bit rushed but made it. Little man enjoyed the service and spending time with Grandpa and Grandma. There was a puppet show and play after the service, followed by a brunch, so he got to see so many people doing so many things! There was a baptism during the service so he even got to see other babies (usually he's the only infant). How was your weekend?

This week I have to get my Christmas cards mailed out, check our stock of wrapping paper, and hit the dollar store for gift bags and candy (and possibly wrapping paper). I need candy for my coworker and daycare gifts, but also my department has a Christmas tradition of sneaking candy into stockings during December. We didn't get the stockings up until this past Friday, so we have a week to make up for, and two weeks to keep on filling! The point is to fill the stockings when nobody is looking so they just sort of magically fill. It's easy for me since I get here so early, and for my boss who stays a half hour longer than the rest of us, but my two other coworkers have to finagle the candy in during working hours.

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Feline: Beautiful pictures! Your little man is so cute! I hope you had a good weekend

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Feline: I get your issue with DH. Every time a trucking company is hiring we weight the benefits of leaving vs staying. So far no offer has measured up to the current benefits.

I'd either get the mom a generic card or find the old ones. It's the fact you thought of her. If you can always send her a loose picture of Baby boy in the envelope if you have one.

I do have an Amazon wish list. Mostly books. Jim ordered all 3 that I had on there. When he saw me wrapping them he said, That's not Christmas. That's books." I said, "Books are Christmas if what I want is books." He could not find a valid argument against against me.

I never thought to put food stuffs on my list. I'll remember that!

Today we are going to to a special viewing of Frozen 2. It's a fund raiser for the Gibson County highschools mass band. The 5 highschools made a mass band for the Strawberry festival. Someone sent in a Rose Bowl parade audition tape! They were accepted for the 2021 parade! We have family that should be in that parade in 2021. I'm so excited to see our area represented in my favorite parade of the year!

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Eva: DH is in IT so he's got a lot of options for work (including tons of from home work, I am in the wrong field), some a lot better than where he works now. But his dad was in the military and worked in IT for a long time then did contract work after retiring from the military, so DH has contacts and his dads reputation to ride on where he is. I keep pushing for him to look for something else, preferably corporate where they would pay him better, but he insists on staying with the government.

Little man is actually formula fed. Breastfeeding was an utter failure - he couldn't latch, I couldn't produce, and we both ended up in tears during every feeding. He loves his formula though, he gets excited when he sees his bottle and when he's drinking he closes his eyes and just thoroughly enjoys his meal. He's eating really well (typically 7oz every 3 hours with 8oz before bed), and while he's not gaining weight quickly he's not losing any weight.

I narrowed the decision on my cards down to two people. It's between a childhood friend and the mother of a friend. I haven't seen the childhood friend since elementary school, but we exchange cards every year and are friends on Facebook. She sent me a gift card when I got pregnant. The mother of my friend I see every year for New Years as she's been paying for my entrance to the bowling alley to bowl with her family since High School (which I can't believe has been nearly 20 years now). I'm not bowling this year so my friends wife suggested a card would be a nice gesture and DH and I thought so, too. DH thinks I should send the card to my friend. My BFF says I should pick up a generic card from the drug store and send it so I can get them both, but I bought these personalized cards with a photo of little man on them specifically for Christmas! I do have some old cards from last year with photos of the cat. Maybe I could hunt those down and send one of those to the friends mother? It's not as nice as the one with the baby, but then at least she'd get a personalized card.

DH said he had something he wanted to get me for my birthday that he might make a Christmas gift, so I am not sure if I should get him something or not. I am considering just making the baby his gift. I worked hard on making him emoticon Every year people ask what I want and I never know what to say, I never really want anything. I have more fun giving gifts than receiving them. But this year I made an Amazon list of things that I might like to receive. My mom was laughing at my list though because it includes things like a bag of cereal marshmallows.

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Feline: I understand. My husband's benefits is mostly why he stays at work. They could be better but they could be a heck of a lot worse.

If your baby is in the normal range I would not worry a bit. Breast fed babies tend to be smaller. He was a little early and he's had some health issues. All that plays into growth. Unless he drops down under normal I would not worry. And that cereal isn't a bad idea but it's best used a a catalyst for the purees. It has almost no taste so baby might not eat it anyway. Miss B wouldn't eat it on its own.

I sent my cards out Tuesday. Some have already arrived. Last year part of them never made it! We have a new post master. Maybe that's the difference.

Jim asked me what I want for Christmas. Why do I have to want something? Isn't it enough that I enjoy watching others happy with what they get? I'm weird I guess.



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Eva: There are far and few between remote librarian positions, most of the remote positions in my fields are online instruction. To do that at most reputable institutions I need a "terminal degree", which for me is my PhD. So if I pass my dissertation and graduate I will have some doors open to teaching from home. The only problem with that is it is, like, 90% adjunct positions which means no benefits. So in order for me to do that my husband would have to find a job with benefits. You'd think being a contractor for the DOD would offer good benefits, but it's actually AWFUL. We looked into it when I had cancer and the lifetime benefit amount was $15,000. One round of chemo would have maxed out his insurance coverage!

DH was complaining this morning that little man is too small. He's on the lower end of average, but he's still in the average range. He wants me to feed him rice cereal, which I think has no real benefit and I would rather wait until Monday to see what his pediatrician thinks in my uncertainty between purees and baby led weaning. I think little man is absolutely perfect. He's adorable, growing, and eats really well.

I actually got to work in enough time to workout this morning, but little man and I slept at a weird angle last night and I can't move my shoulder. I'm looking for a sub for my class this afternoon since the instructor always has us lifting weights and I don't think I can do that today.

I thought I had 4 Christmas cards left so I figured out the 4 people I was going to send them to and got their addresses. But it turned out I had 4 envelopes and only 3 cards! So now I need to figure out who I am not sending a card to, after having got addresses from them all!

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Feline, are there any work from home options for you and your degrees? I'm just curious. You could probably balance it plus you'd be a SAHM as well. Its just a thought. Something to make your dream happen, maybe.

I hope the evaluation goes better than expected.

Jim and I have to make a run to the UPS store to return parts he didn't. Red after all, then I have to step in Old Navy. Brenna is having a growth spurt. I'm about to have to replace all her jeans. I know how many she has and how many she is getting for Christmas. So the rest will go under the tree unless she really needs them.



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Eva: What I want to get her comes in two themes: a pink mystery pet one and a blue winter disco one. She hates the color blue, but the pink is sold OUT. I did find it sold by third party vendors at Walmart (for $121) and Amazon ($104). The blue one still has cute items inside, and limited edition items she can't get outside of the theme bundle. It's sold out at Target and Walmart, it's $198 at Walmart (third party vendor), but it's $71 on Amazon. My mom and husband both think I should just get her the blue one. I'm a little hesitant because the last time I got her something blue she was nearly in tears (it actually ended up being given to her cousin), but it IS glittery and she loves sparkles.

That's one of the reason I love shopping online. I like coming home and seeing packages by the door. It's fun to open them, give the boxes to the cats, and then get ready for wrapping or gift bag prep. I'm kind of sad I don't get a lot of that this year. Just four gifts, which I'm ordering all at once so will probably be only two or three boxes. I'm getting my cousin a utility hatchet, it's a 19-in-1 multi-tool for when he goes camping or hunting. For my mom, who is a Harley mama and has taken an interest in lawn decoration, I am getting a lady biker lawn gnome. The daycare teachers are getting personalized water bottles (Etsy has really affordable ones!) filled with candy and a small tip.

It's review time at work. I've been dreading this since I came back to work after my maternity leave. First is self-evaluations (which are alway a pain), then the one-on-one with my boss. First I had PPD, then I went off my meds and spiraled, and now I'm just not as invested in my work as I used to be. My boss has commented twice on my performance - nothing radical, and no interventional meetings, just checking in with me - but I am not expecting a good raise this year. I have to come up with at least one actionable goal for my review and I have nothing new. I basically just want to go to work, do my job, then go home and not think about my job until some future (probably fictional) time when we are stable enough for me to stay home.

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Feline: if you can swing it get the niece her gift. You'll never regret it. Just maybe adjust gift #2 so you stay in budget.

The santa picture at daycare is usually good. The one here is done by someone that does home school photos, and she takes the time to get a good picture.

My MIL is always like this. She's a drama llama. I love her, but it's true. This was just the newest thing. It just made me uncomfortable because it had to do with her money. She has 3 kids. I steer AWAY from money. But it was settled with 3 questions over a phone call. All she had to do was decide if it should be direct deposit or a live check. I did advise to do direct deposit.

I got all excited yesterday. I had 8 packages come in. I was ready to wrap gifts. Opened the first, it was plug wires for the neighbor's car. The second, spark plugs. The third, brake pads. All car parts for my neighbor.

So I just stopped. Well I should have continued because when Jim opened the big package it contained books, earbuds (mine are taped together because Bose is pricy and I'm cheap) and a few other items to be wrapped.

I'm having to keep up with several deliveries because I shopped online (with free shipping codes!) for a lot. I look like Santa with my list out checking off items as they arrive.

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Eva: I am sorry your MIL got so anxious. Is she usually bad around the holidays? I know the holidays tend to get to me.

I want to share some of the family photos we took, but the website doesn't work on my work computer! I can download them on my phone, but they don't go to my photo album. I have no idea where it gets sent.

The daycare told me that next Friday they're doing pictures with Santa! I had been looking around to see if there were any nearby to get a cute one of him at a time that worked for us, but maybe the daycare one will turn out nice.

I still need to get my mom a birthday gift and to pick up the Christmas gifts for my cousin and niece, since we're not doing photos for them. DH said we can probably get those Thursday when we've been paid. Now I need to decide what to get my niece. I decided what I wanted to get her in May, it was $60 and she was begging for it. But now it's $75 (holiday price jump, bah) and I don't know if it is reasonable to spend that much. I know my mom was going to get it for her but decided not to since I was planning on it, so I'd feel bad if I got her something else. I'm also only getting her two gifts this year (one for each house I see her at) instead of the small mountain of gifts I usually get her, so even the $75 is less than I usually spend on her. Last year I spent about $90 on books alone.

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Feline: thank you for starting the thread.

I'm glad you had a good visit with your friend even if dinner was awkward.

Ours was dramatic. I spent an hour and a half consoling my mother in law. Her anxiety got the best of her. I finally calmed her down and got her to rest.

She surprised me this morning by telling me that she didn't ask for my sizes this year because she remembered them. I've been the same size for 3 Christmases now. I was floored. She never remembers the sizes for the other people.

The rest of the weekend went well. And my poor drive will be a hot road for the next 2 weeks. Yay for online shopping.

I'm tired. Jim will be home from Wednesday
until next Monday. So I don't think im going to have a normal week until winter break is over.

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I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! Mine was rather awkward and uncomfortable as it turns out that even DH didn't know the majority of the people invited to dinner. I was doubly glad that my friend could come, as we were off by ourselves quietly taking care of the baby while the rest of the group was off drinking and gossiping.

Eva: It turns out what I thought was black in the bottle was actually purple on my nails. Oops. I wiped it off and went with the red. I couldn't find my clear polish topper, though, so it looked nice long enough for our family photos and is chipped to heck now, lol.

The breakfast was good. It was actually burritos instead of quiche this time, so that was a surprise! I had a half burrito, some potatoes, and some bacon. Plus coffee, of course.

My adoptees from the school district wanted pants and a Nine Inch Nails CD, lol. Very different people!

Poor baby boy caught his first cold this weekend. We were supposed have some visitors from out of town on Sunday but he was just so miserable I told them we would have to catch them next time they were in town. He slept most of the day, was fussy when he was awake, then slept from about 4:45pm to 5:20am. Baby ibuprofen helped keep his fever down and when he woke up this morning he didn't have a fever anymore. After throwing up his entire bottle (he was drinking very fast so I suspect he just filled his tummy too quickly) he was suddenly perky and happy, wanting to play in his bouncer and roll around the bed kicking like a madman. We decided to take him to daycare, but I told his teacher not to hesitate to call us to come get him if things changed.

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