Spughy - congrats on the normal blood pressure reading! It's such a relief to have normal readings that I'm tempted to ask my MW to take it again immediately afterwards to see if it's even lower now that I'm not stressed about whether or not it's normal. Mine has really gone down this last month (I always have higher readers because I have white-coat syndrome and am so nervous in doctors offices, which apparently carried over to my house when my MW takes it). But this month I've been rocking perfectly normal numbers. So either all the vitamins are working, or I'm actually completely at ease with my MW. Probably both.
Melany - hugs. These pregnancy hormones are quite the trip!! All my belly shots I took myself. DP keeps saying he will, but doesn't, and I'm not one to wait around for someone else to help me.
Everyone - Sleep... Jeepers... I was up 4 times last night to pee. Getting out of bed is getting trickier, especially with a full bladder. And this week I've been waking up 30 minutes before my alarm. I'm already taking Magnesium twice a day. Any other safe things to try? I keep saying I'm going to start listening to my Hypnobabies/birthing CD, but I haven't yet. I shouldn't complain too much, this is the first week since darn-near conception that I haven't been up for 1.5 hrs in the middle of the night, just chilling out.
Forewarning: verbal diarrhea ahead.
DSS7 got in a fight at school yesterday. Then once the fight was broken up and the other boy apologized, DSS started the fight again. When the teachers separated them, he started hitting them (two women). This seems like a fairly natural progression to me and doesn't come as too much of a surprise (other than hitting his teacher, that's a little over the top). But there's been red flags since Kindergarten that his parents have excused.
Even yesterday, DP called the ex to tell her and she completely excused DSS's behavior. She said he was nervous that the new baby wouldn't like him. Okay. Fair enough. However, why are you only telling us now?? At our place, he hugs and kisses my belly and hasn't said anything negative about the new baby. I'm not saying she's lying - I'm saying she needs to let us know if this is what he's saying at her house so we can address his concerns. He's still responsible for his behavior though. Especially since it's not like this is new - just a continuation of disruptive and violent behavior.
He kicked one of my dogs on Sunday, too. He was having a really hard time treating the animals nicely since he moved in (2.5 years ago). He frequently hits the chickens on the head with a bucket, or chases them, chases the cat, or pokes her/pulls her tail until she cries, and kicks at the dogs for no reason. This fall it really seemed like we had gotten through to him that he needed to treat the animals nicer. Then Sunday he boots my Rottie. So we immediately canceled his play-date, drove the little dude home, and watched him have a melt down for an hour. All the while I'm thinking, if you can't be nice to my animals, why should I even think about letting you around my baby??? (Inside voice though!!) And I should mention, the animal thing wasn't new when he moved in. His parents had tried adopting a dog when he was 2.5 and again when he was 4 and ended up returning them because he couldn't learn to be nice to them. Like, WTF?
His behavior is very frustrating to me [obviously] but during this pregnancy, my coping skills are shot and I just want to shake him. Or cry. And he didn't even appear sorry for his actions yesterday.
Then when we dropped him off at school today, I thought we'd be going in to talk to his teacher, and DP just hugs him and tells him to have a better day. I was like, "really? We aren't going in??" He was like, "why would I go in??" I'm like, "because he hit his teacher yesterday and you should have a quick face to face with her, if nothing else to show her you take this seriously and to show him you take this seriously." I mean, why should DSS take this seriously if neither of his parents seem to REALLY care. Don't get me wrong, DP's pissed. But being pissed isn't productive. I'm about to have a baby with this man that knows his kid hit a student and two teachers and can't walk his a$$ into the school to talk to the teacher for one minute??!!
I feel like I'm in some crazy dream where sh%t's hitting the fan and I'm the only one that's noticing [or caring.] AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Sorry for the rant!