Wow, so much to respond to! (That's a good thing... it's been quiet!)
Joanie, I'm glad your dad is feeling better. Hoping he gets to go home on Saturday!
Abra, wow! Can't wait to see more pictures.
Becky, dd1 didn't sit up until 8.5 months. I remember that she was within the range of normal; it wasn't a big deal to her dr.
Katie, nice on the sleeping. Jasper still prefers to sleep with a nipple in his mouth. Pure awesomeness. Sigh. Also, no way to the baby fever. At this point, I have to schedule peeing. Seriously.
J, having to go gluten free is one of my nightmares. That is all.
Nicole, I feel for you. You are a good mom, though. When I had dd1, we were living off 29k. That was 10 years ago. It kinda sucked. Lol. A lot of my meals involved potatoes. How many different ways could we eat potatoes in a week? We never got any new clothes, no cable, no going out. At this point, I am embarrassed to admit how much money we make and yet can't make it. I'd say maybe 70k? It's super variable... that's my rounded estimate. Last year it was 95k I think...?? But we have 4 kids. And the older they get, the more expensive they are. We never have enough to get through the month. But we have smart phones, activities for the kids, $1400 per month rent (4 bed, 3 bath), medical stuff, etc etc. I think once you get used to a certain standard, it's tough to cut back. It was very easy to live simply when I was 21 and didn't know any different. It's such an adjustment to lower your standard of living. I have no idea how to make that happen. I've cut out all the frivolous things I used to do (pedicures, new clothes, eating out), but it's still tough. Blah. Anyway, again I feel you. I stopped working, and we feel every penny of it every month. However, I'm not going back to work anytime soon. Of course, in my situation I'm looking at $1400 a month in child care.
AFM, I've been so crazy busy it's unbelievable. School is out, so my nice quiet routine with Jasper is gone. I finally got in to see a therapist to start family therapy for dd1's issues. Well, said therapist said it sounds likely that dd1 has Aspergers and that I need to get her diagnosed to start with. But that she can help me with coping. So I am back to square one; the family therapist said she can't really help dd1. I'm looking into testing for dd1, but I keep reading how it won't be covered by insurance. Sigh. I'm starting to have a new perspective with dd1, so that's a start anyway.
Tomorrow is dd1's birthday. She will be 10!! Wow. We are having a sleepover party for her, and I'll be taking all the girls to the pool. It will be a stressful day for me. To save money, I'm making homemade mini-pizzas. I'm going to set up a "pizza bar" for the girls. Later, they will have a dessert pizza bar as well.
Okay, random funny example of my dd1's weirdness: I had her pick a movie off Netflix for her party. She chose the 1974 version of Where the Red Fern Grows. I'm sure the other girls will be *thrilled*. What could be cooler?
Anyway, the girls will be picked up from the slumber party at 10 on Saturday. Then, at 3 pm I have the bridging ceremony for my Daisy Girl Scouts. So I'm still trying to put together the ceremony stuff for that. Blah. This is why I am still up at 1:20 am.