I’ve taken a break for a bit while my mom & sister were visiting last week. It was great and I’ll post some pictures soon.
I’ve also been really sick and it’s taken me quite awhile to get over it. What started as a cold that all my kids had, turned into a raging sinus infection that lasted for almost 2 weeks and required two rounds of antibiotics (I’m still on them) to clear it up. I finally started feeling better on Saturday. I also developed ear blockage/pressure that turned into a really bad ear infection last week. I haven’t had an ear ache since I was a kid! It was so weird that it happened while my mom was visiting too! Mom was great and helped out a lot – she let me sleep in and took care of the kids first thing in the morning, which really made a difference.
Thankfully the pain is gone but I still can’t hear out of my right ear. It’s been almost 2 full weeks of that annoying blocked-up feeling in my ear. You know how it feels/hears when you get water in your ear? That’s what I’ve had (and worse) without a break for 12 days now. I am sick of it. I’ve done all the recommended things – antibiotics of course, decongestant, neti pot, garlic ear drops, steamy hot rooms, etc. And probably a couple more things that I can’t remember right now. I talked to the doctor on Monday (10 days into it) and they said it sometimes takes awhile to get hearing back after an earache, but I definitely still have fluid/blockage behind my ear drum so this is different. I am SO annoyed and I don’t know what to do. I really don’t want to go to an ENT because they’ll probably end up lancing my ear drum (ouch!) But at this point, I’m almost ready to do anything to get rid of this ringing/lack of hearing!
Despite being sick, I had a wonderful time with my mom and sister, and I can’t wait to share pictures! It was so great visiting with them and especially catching up with my little sister, who is so grown up and sophisticated now. I haven’t seen in her way too long and it was fantastic. I am so proud of her – she’s a freshmen in honor’s college and along with that strenuous course load, participating in activities like mock trial, and doing extremely well to boot. Not to mention, she now has a serious boyfriend too. Nothing like seeing your “baby” sister all grown up, you know! She’s 8 years younger than me, so she’s 19. It was so great to see the kids with her too, they adored her.
This visit was especially fun with my mom because Nathan & Emily were so excited to see Grandma and remembered her immediately from her visit last April. And of course, my mom & sister met Joshua too. He took a couple days to get used to them, but once he did, he loved them, especially Grandma. Grandma “rescued” him from his crib most mornings and fed him, so he was very fond of her. I think he is still looking around for her every morning when he wakes up!
There’s also nothing like watching your mom read to your own children an old favorite, like Winnie the Pooh. Or reading a favorite children’s Bible Story “Poor Bartimaeus, his eyes were sick….” (Are you laughing, Mom & Kristen? 😉 If my brothers read this, than you know exactly what I’m talking about too!) Fond memories!
It was also great to get some homeschooling advice and tips from my mom, the expert homeschooling veteran. (You don’t get a whole lot more expert than homeschooling 4 children all the way up through highschool and have them all be very successful – well of course I didn’t go to college, but I’m doing pretty well just the same. And I certainly could have, I had the grades to get good scholarships too. 😉 ) Mom is so encouraging & is really one of the reasons why I continue to homeschool Nathan & quite probably will the other kids too – I couldn’t do it without her!
We managed to get some shopping done – can you say outlet deals?! Yes indeed! Oh and to add one more “you know you’re a mom when” – You know you’re a mom when your little sister gives you fashion advice and you’re only 27!
We also were able to visit some old friends too. It’s so fun to go see all these wonderful people who knew me when I was growing up and introduce them to my children.
I only wish I had been healthier so I could have enjoyed their visit more, but it was still great. Good times!
Joshua has a couple new milestones going on now too:
Oh and Daddy has to fix that missing door on the tv stand, because Joshua has found all of Daddy’s electronics and is very excited about it. He crawls over and pulls up, so he’s kneeling and starts touching various buttons and knobs, all the while squealing “Da Da! Da Da!” (Which is 100% without a doubt his first word.) He knows it’s Daddy’s stuff. So Daddy, one more reminder – hurry, hurry, hurry!!!
Joshua also waves and claps now – it’s so cute.
Last week, he turned 9 months old! I weighed him at some point and he’s almost 22 pounds! He’s getting so big and is now such a happy sweet baby. I know it was only a couple short weeks ago that I was discouraged but I think we have finally turned the big corner with him because he is doing so good.
We’re still not doing a lot with solid foods (applesauce, avocado, pears, & bananas) and I’ll be discussing this with his doctor at his 9 month checkup next week. I gave him a couple crackers last week and about 12 hours later I noticed a slight rash on his head and he was quite cranky > definitely a bad reaction. I had given him those crackers before, but something triggered a reaction that particular time, so no more of those crackers for him.