Trying to catch up... 53 new posts!
Welcome Xanthos! Glad you found us. We're a crazy chatty group, but much good fun. :) Since I didn't see a mention, you might want to take a look at the "Summer Camps" (links are in the resource thread) and the "Pagan Resource Thread".
Maia- awwww! Love those surprise "I love you" calls. :)
Mo3- Oh My Sweet Mother of MouseTurds! Dear lords! I am so sorry all this is crashing down upon you! I hope you're able to just shut it away for a few days and have that bouncy babe. Then, once babe is safely in your arms, get all righteous mama bear on those agents. It is most certainly their "fault" and they need to accept that and make it right. I'm thinking thoughts of happy birth and justice your way!
Cari- Ouch! Both for the physical arm owie and the emotional school owie.
Liza- oh my! I'm glad he's recovering (and that the adults are recovering too)... is it wrong that I keep getting flashes of Christmas Story and the "double dog dare you" scene? Cold metal is one of those things that doesn't seem scary until you've "been there" and then dear lords! it's amazing what metal and a little water can do.
Well, I'm going bonkers. Absolute Camel/Stick moment. And I need a little rah-rah happy energy. Dh and I are sick, the kiddos have been sick off and on for about a week now and we thought they were over it but Sat they all spiked fevers around 101 and the whole weekend is a blur of fever and stomach ick. I've been trying to carve out the 21 hrs a week I need to keep my work from home job... it's tough and the only hours I've been able to work so far are 8-11pm 7 days a week. So on top of sick littles and biggles I'm sort of sleep deprived. My dad hasn't agreed to the surgery so I'm worried about him. But the big thing is...
Dh is scheduled for a vasectomy, we are having major financial messiness, and somehow... I'm pregnant. The really serious bit, and the reason this has me so stressed I'm about to explode, is that I got pregnant while taking a medication that can cause massive, not-compatible-with-life-outside-the-womb birth defects. It's one of those "special drugs" that only causes damage during the period of time when you don't even know you're pregnant. Conception and the first 4-5 weeks of the pregnancy are when it does the most damage, and that's when I was taking it. My dr added pregnancy hormone checks to the blood work I was getting done anyway (to try and track down the cause on my depression, wonky cycles, strange sensory problems) and... as far as we can tell so far the pregnancy is developing "normally".
I have an ultrasound scheduled for Wed afternoon to see if the babe has any obvious "gross anatomical" defects. If it does we'll have some serious decisions to make. And if no defects are seen then I'll need a second level II u/s some time around 14-18 weeks to see if things are still "ok" (some defects wont be apparent till around then). DH and I haven't told anyone IRL about the pregnancy yet.... which is hard since I'm REALLY sick and dragging and pretending that everything is A-OK is just about killing me when all I want to do is sit down and cry. If this u/s is normal then we'll tell people,... but I'm not goign to be able to really connect with this babe till the second u/s.
The timing is adding extra stress... financially we were in "barely averted meltdown" mode. I found a work from home job but need to find the time to actually get the hours done... adding a 4th? Ack! And I was in the process of getting myself healthy (done with babies, time to focus on ME!) and now that is on hold. I had applied to graduate programs but... they all start more or less on the babe's due date (anywhere from Sept 5 to Sept 21, the u/s should narrow it down) so...no grad school for me this year. Dh is the best man and the girls are the flower girls at a wedding on Oct 8th... there is NO WAY they can miss this wedding but an 8+ hour drive with a newborn? Or being left home alone with a newborn and a toddler for a weekend? Neither seems like fun.
And best case scenario, I mess up my geeky birth order.... so far the kiddos have been born 4/05, 6/07, 8/09.... and this babe misses the 10/11 by a few weeks. ARGH!!!!!!!!1
So anyway, I'm a wreck... emotionally and physically, with a dash of spiritually in there too for good measure. I'll know more after the Wed u/s but either way, I need happy thoughts.