Saturday, December 3, 2011

Feeling yucky...

I'm really surprised the vomiting hasn't started yet- (except for the terrible stomach flu a week ago.)
Trust me, I am ever so thankful to still be in the upright position. But I've been a little nervous too. I'm totally pregnant, which was confirmed by me crying at a Hallmark commercial a few days ago. What is it about that solider Dad who gets the book from his kid who just started to read- that gets me every time???
The past few days I have felt really gross. I have been reminded to keep several plastic bags with me for vomiting after I almost had to dump out my diaper bag to throw up in. I want to throw up I just can't yet, but boy, am I close when a sweet old lady walks by with her nasty perfume! it's just the normal 2 month mark where everything feels off. I feel tired and achy, my bre*sts are sore, and what is up with the smells these days? Why does that happen and so fast? I am really starting to struggle with:

*Our fish food. I have to crumble it and it smells terrible!
* Rubber tires. They smell awful.
*Cooked noodles. I wanted to gag.
*Hot dogs grinding up in the disposal. So gross folks.
*Cleaners. A very sad day.
*The holiday section at Fred Meyer. It's so strong!

*Tide laundry soap. And I love that stuff!
*My super yummy berry soap from Bath & body works- it's all off to me right now. Food is starting to be a problem. I want to eat, but I don't. Nothing sounds good, but I have to eat something or I'll feel worse- you know the story! Although very grateful to have another child- I am not excited for 7 very long months of pregnancy.
I am beyond thankful to still be up so I've been trying to keep up on laundry, more wrapping, sending off packages and more organizing. I just got the kids down after letting them stay up late to finish a movie- and I am tired. Trav is at a friends finishing the football game & I'm off to watch The Office and drift off to sleep. I had to get a few posts done before it gets any worse and let you know we are still surviving and very much pregnant!

A few stops today:

I thought while I was still standing- we should make our rounds and drop off our food and toy donations around town today. So today was the day. We loaded up bags of toys & food for the fire station, Fred Meyer: Stuff the bus, the women & childrens shelter & the Mission.
I pray that 1 of the things my kids learn is the sprit of service and giving. I know I could do so much more, but I think Trav and I do a pretty good job at involving the kids in activities. We try to help our neighbors, we volenteer in community events, we help at church, the kids help deliver meals to those who are sick in the ward, help clean the church, help people move and we are always trying to find ways to life people up. I think it's one of the greatest things we can do- to help those in need and remind people they are loved.
We had a tour of the fire station today which the kids loved and a tour of our local Women's shelter. It was really cool to have the director take us around and show us the supply room, the kitchen, the donation area, food pantry & he intoduced us to residents and we talked to volenteers cooking in the kitchen. It was a great experience to involve the kids in and we hope to go back soon to serve a meal or make crafts with them. I took notes on what they need so if you have anything to donate they need: cereal, dish soap, laundry soap, shampoo & conditionor, newborn & size 1 diapers. Anything is greatly appriciated.
I taught a coupon class there a year ago and every time we drop stuff off- I have such an overwhelming sense that I need to be apart of an organization like that. I want to help people and because I don't have a lot to give, I know what I can give is my time. Mom has always told me to find a place to volenteer and do it.

Preparing for the storm...

Let me advise you not to brown 12 pounds of hamburger when you are entering the gaging stage of pregnancy! It had to be done though. I took one for the team, let me tell you...shredded chicken was A LOT better!

Here's to preparing food for the weeks to come...

How do you serve dinner???

These days, if I make it, it's a good night. I just laugh though because I line up all the plates and feel like the lunch lady at school serving up a thousand meals. And please don't judge me- tonight's dinner was: Mac N Cheese, potatoes, cottage cheese and milk! Amazing over here, let me tell you!

Daisy gets the B.U.G. award- don't laugh...

So, I thought this was hilarious when Daisy handed me an invite to her school because she won the BUG award! Yeah, I know darling!!!
No, it's not a lice award- it stands for:bringing up grades (or keeping up the great ones!) We went to her assembly yesterday where she was 1 of 6 to get it! We are So proud of her- I swear, her teacher loves her too. He ALWAYS comments on how sweet she is and advanced! She is so smart, so sweet and such a doll. We love her to pieces.

Little traditions...

Growing up, my Mom ALWAYS had these chocolate calendars for the month of December and I LOVED them! So, every year I get one and the kids love it too!
We also set the tree up & decorations last week. I've been playing Christmas music, wrapping presents and trying to get in the spirit!

Thanksgiving Pictures...

We had a great time at Aunt cammy's house. We ate dinner at the church and it was heavenly! Emmy was baptized that morning too and it was a great day!

Lice Update: 8 weeks...

Just a little update. About a month ago we thought we were nearing the end of our terrible lice experience. We were still VERY careful, but we were excited to have our egg removal count be zero for days! I went to Lara's b-day party and that night, WITH MY HAIR DOWN, thinking I was fine. After returning home, I had Trav check my head becasue I had been really itchy. (Remember I was using TONS of stuff on my head so it was difficult to tell if my scalp was irritated- or if something was in there- but I honestly thought I was fine.)

To my horror, he found several eggs in my hair that night. I ALMOST DIED. I had been in Lara's truck- in her front seat, in her back seat, we picked up Rosie and she sat in the front where I had been too. I was mortified. I wanted to curl up in a ball and just die, but instaed I had to call my friends after 10:00 PM and tell them I still had eggs and they needed to have themselves checked. Not fun at all. I was so embarressed. I felt ill.
The good news was that the eggs honestly looked mutaited. They didn't look normal (probably due to all the homemade stuff left on my head for 12 hours straight for days & weeks)
***P.S. I COMPLETELY burned my scalp and behind my ears. It was honestly peeling off in sheets and clumps. So my advice, make the homemade/natural stuff but don't leave it on for 12 hours straight for weeks!)

So, the cr*p continued for weeks. A few were found on the other kids, and we were all still wearing shower caps and washing EVERYTHING under the sun, still using chemical shampoos and every precausionary measure possible. We found a few more eggs before Thanksgiving, had shampoos and went to the cousin's for a few days to be with family. The plan was: I was going to stay home with Willow, but after finding zero the night before, doing a shampoo treatment & calling my SIL for her honest feelings with me being in her home- I decided to go. We had a great time too. The cousins had a blast, Cammy, Ellen & I went black Friday shopping, went to a basketball game and felt pretty good.
Sadly we caught the stomach flu while we were there and delt with Willow throwing up 5 times and Tristin throwing up once. We knew it was time to get home. After arriving home, I started feeling AWFUL, but thought it was pregnancy stuff starting. The vomiting was HORRIBLE and I just layed on the bathroom floor crying to God saying: "I'm not ready for this!" (Meaning the pregnancy sickness) It was over in about 48 hours but I was reminded how awful it gets, so the next day, I hurried and got my Christmas shopping done, made a Costco run and bought prepared meals and organized everything I could. After a glimpse of the awfulness, I was scared.

So- back to head lice. I pray we are done. It was been 8 weeks and 2 days and I am so worn out I don't know what to do anymore. Although hopeful, I know not to get too excited. We haven't found anything in my hair since before Thanksgiving and 1 of the girls 8 days ago- so, we are praying we are done. The kids will get another shampoo treatment tomorrow just for fun and we will continue to look like cancer patients with our shower cap/pillow case heads around here. Here I am with lice shampoo on my head- patiently waiting my 10 minutes!