Originally Posted by rootzdawta
I've been a little hesitant to share with anyone . . . I don't know if I'm being silly or what but I'm down to a size 6 from a size 14. I started Weight Watchers towards the end of December. It feels awesome! And was a whole lot easier than I imagined. Now I'm focusing on getting in serious shape (like maybe competing??) which is something more productive (for me) to focus on (as opposed to wanting more kids!).
Congrats! That is a big deal and as you know from my own weight loss journey I know how you feel. I went fron a 14 to a 6 myself, occasionally 4's but mostly 6's. Did you stick with WW the whole time? I know you had been ambivalent because of the cost but I really feel WW is a great program, its been 2 years since I hit my goal and stayed at it. Congrats again. I found when I went down in size it worked out well thrifting, I have a fabulous collection of thrift store skirts..
Originally Posted by purplegirl
I have been dealing with some challenges over the past couple of weeks. My dad went in for a simple cataract surgery. The procedure went well except the very next day he was in intense pain. He saw the doctor immediately who discovered a "horrid infection" in his eye. For two weeks he has gotten injections, drops of very expensive medication all to no avail. Today he sees the specialist who said he needed to have emergency surgery. Fortunately, I had accompanied him to the appointment and was able to ask questions. Her prognosis for him is 'guarded' and she indicated that he has months before they will know if his vision will return at all. We go quickly to the surgicenter where the eye surgeon does a quick examination. During this examination,my dad was unable to see any light at all. The surgeon turns to me and says, "this is not a good sign" and left the room. I read that as an indicator that it is worse than initially thought and that the chance for getting his vision back was hopeless. Of course, that remains to be determined and I'm trying to be hopeful. I'm scared and very concerned for my folks. They are quite active and my dad will have a difficult time accepting the loss of his vision if that comes to be. I told my mom she needs to be prepared for the worst case scenario and though she didn't want to hear that, I'm being realistic.
So while this is extremely difficult, I am more disappointed in my 'friends'. Earlier today I text my childhood friend, whom I've known forever. In fact, her dad was at the hospital with us. Her reply was... 'BUMMER'. WTH? That's all the consolation she has to offer. She lost a relative a few weeks ago. I was emailing, calling and texting her daily to see how they were holding up and all she could say was 'bummer'???
I told another friend when it happened two weeks ago and I've not heard one word from her. She went through a financial crisis, for which I not only offered assistance, but I stayed in daily contact with her to support her through a tough time. No emails, txts or calls from her at all.
I'm angry about my dad's situation but damn, I am pissed at my 'friends'. Michael tells me I'm being too sensitive and that I shouldn't expect people to act the same way I do. Maybe he's right but if you can't count on your friends during a time like this, when can you?
I am so hurt, scared and overwhelmed. It's hard to know what to do because truthfully, there's nothing to be done.
Thanks for listening.
Hugs to you Lisa. I am so sorry that you and your father are going through this and will lift you both up in prayer.
Sadly I am not surprised to hear your girls are not there, I feel like as a society we are getting so selfish. Its like people do not know how to connect anymore...I wish you were closer to me if nothing else to get together over a drink.
Originally Posted by Sorin
Hey, everyone! I just wanted to post a little update on me (it has been a while since I posted, but I do read all the time--hugs and support to everyone who needs it!)
I'm in the home stretch. Baby girl is due on April 19th. I'll "officially" be 38 weeks on Monday, so I know that she could come at any time. I'm not feeling any signs, however, and the midwife said that 70% of first time moms go 7-10 days late, so I just have to be patient. This week coming up is my last week at work, and I just received my "Yes, you can go on leave" FLMA paperwork, so I feel good about that. My job threw me a surprise shower, and my mother had a shower for us last Saturday, which was so fun. We've got all the essentials (car seat, place for her to sleep, stroller) plus tons of totally non-essential but absolutely adorable baby items, so I think that we are about as ready as we are ever going to be at this point.
I went to my first La Leche League meeting today; unfortunately, there were no nursing moms there, just another pregnant woman who is not due until July! The leaders were nice, though, and I have their contact information in case I need to call someone.
I think that's it! The weather here in the Chi has instantly become wonderful. As usual, we went from 40s last week to hitting 80 in the past two days. It is days like this one that causes us to remember why we endure nearly 6 months of bone-chilling winter! I can't wait to meet this little one and take her for strolls along the lakeshore.
Oh, and to speak on the school discussion--I went to a private grammar school (non-religious) and private (Catholic) high school, and DH went to a public grammar school and the same private high school that I attended. We both had great experiences. We already know that we would like for baby girl to go to the same high school we went to. I don't think that we will be sending her to a non-religious private grammar school; they are just too expensive. Some of them have higher tuition than our high school! We are looking into Catholic grammar schools and magnet schools because the neighborhood Chicago Public schools are . . . well . . . to say "not good" would be an understatement.
I am from Chicago, granted I haven't lived there in 8 years but I still have family there and am a product of CPS. I hear ya about the schools, when my son started school when we still lived in Chicago I sent him to a catholic school. I used to daydream about schools like Parker and Latin but those places were way out of my league.
Funny thing is even in a good area and we lived in Andersonville the public schools can be sketchy.
Anyway I am well, getting ready to have hernia repair surgery in 2 weeks, had to postpone it because I had no one to help with dd
. Since dh wants to be with me at the hospital so I need someone to watch her, think I may have someone lined up..I am hoping.
My son graduates from high school in 2 mos and well we really don't know where he is going for college. He only applied to 4 schools and well the safety schools said no, and he was waitlisted at University of Vermont. I am scared because he is in love...first love. Guess what honey is taking a year off and I fear this is what made him only apply to 4 schools and not all of the schools we discussed. I have heard getting into schools this year is tough...funny thing is this kid is the frickin senior class president, president of the thespian society and captain of the debate team. He has a solid ACT score but his freshman year he goofed and it brought his gpa down and while taking honors classes was good, getting B's in them was not.
I don't know, he is 18 and a good kid he is here on spring break so we will be talking about his future. I have a few tricks up my sleeve as far as schools we can apply late to, but he needs to decide what he wants.
Right now I think he wants to take a year off...when the babies are young you plan their lives but they reach an age where you have to take the training wheels off and let them decide their course.