Well, I’ve been writing a lot of journal entries in my head, but they’ve not been getting any further than that. Frustrating.
We’ve just spent an awful couple of weeks with the family trying to make it through a horrendous round of colds, sniffles and, in the case of Sam, upset tummies. Sam has been a trooper throughout but he had me worried for a while. He obviously had picked up a bit of a runny nose cold while my parents were here and from there it just seemed to escalate and linger for far too long. Add to that crescendoing horrific tummy problems coming out of both ends and I’ve had quite the mess on my hands. When one morning I had already had to give him four baths and instead of happily playing as usual he was clinging to me, refusing to let go, whimpering and telling me “hurts Mummy!” I finally gave in and took him to the doctors even though I was sure all she would diagnose would be a bug with nothing but plenty of rest to cure it.
Yes, she did diagnose a cold but she also informed me that Sam had an ear infection too. Probably brought on by the cold in the nose, and likely to be the cause of the tummy issues. Oh! Come to think of it that would also explain his accidentally falling over and into the wall and doorjambs lately too! Her advice was what I had expected really, plenty of fluids and rest, but at least I now knew what I was dealing with and that was worth the copay itself. She did prescribe a little wafer tablet to help staunch his nausea but recommended against antibiotics as they could exacerbate the diarrhea and the infection should clear on its own anyway. Two days worth of that nausea tablet were wonderful for Bill and I though as it put Sam straight to sleep and while he got much needed rest to recover, so did we. Come Monday he was much brighter and able to go back to school again. Hoorah!
Oh, and during all his tummy trouble I had Sam in the bath when he started complaining that his bottom hurt. I was quite horrified when he turned around, spread his cheeks and requested that I kiss it better!
Of course, as soon as Sam was better I finally succumbed to the lurgy too. This was extra frustrating as I have so few days left in Atlanta now and really wanted to make the most of seeing my friends and their children while I still can. Bah.
Bea also became quite the snot monster and has been oozing green goo from her nose and eyes. Breastfeeding such a creature was quite the experience as she snorted and left a snail trail all over my front.
With Christmas (and several birthdays) fast approaching I have been frantically trying to scrabble together presents and be organised. I’ve ben scouring Craigslist, Ebay and random websites looking for inspiration until my eyes bleed. On Nanna and Grandad’s behalf I hope I got Sam a good present on Ebay yesterday. I won a bid on a Thomas the Tank Engine wooden train set lot which included some buildings and lots of track. He still loves his trains and some extra pieces should make him really happy on Christmas morning. I’m also on the look out for a reasonably priced roundhouse and any other track and buildings for him to go crazy with but I feel happy knowing that he has an expansion pack winging its way to us as I type. I hope it’s good and as described!
I’ve also started adding more fun stuff to Sam and Bea’s Amazon wish lists to help me decide what Santa ought to bring them for Christmas. It’s so easy to think of great ideas for Sam. I think he would love a play parking deck or airport, or even fire station that could be used with his trains or also be useful when he gets into dinky cars. Bea I am struggling with. I’d like her to have some gifts that are for her alone as she will be the hand me down child playing with a lot of Sam’s toys, but then I find myself in doll and kitchen territory and that seems too stereotypical. Still, I have seen a really cute dollhouse on Craigslist and am trying to decide if it’s too far out in the sticks to look at or not!
After a good examination of our finances as we were trying to work out how we are going to manage a mortgage on this house and rent in Charlotte we were shocked to see how much we were spending on food every month, specifically eating out. A new budget has been drawn up and must be adhered to! Today I can proudly say that we are on day 14 of solely eating home cooked meals. We’ve also been really good about buying ingredients for multiple meals and letting nothing go to waste. It’s also become apparent that Bill must think my cooking is pretty bad because he’s complained he’s already sick of stir fry and even jumped into the kitchen a few times himself. Last night I was going to cook but he had this sick expression on his face as I peered into the refrigerator gauging left overs and admitted that he’d rather have a go himself! I’m wounded! Oh, and he’s just barred me from entering the kitchen again tonight as he can’t face my cooking! Well damn!
Bea is going great and has ever such a pretty smile that she shows us often. She’s quite a happy little baby girl and gives us the nicest grins. She’s looking prettier by the day and soon I suppose I shall have to stop calling her Spud.
She’s shocked us this week by being a mere whisker away from rolling over already. She can haul herself over onto her side and once she figures out where to put the arm that she gets stuck on she’ll be flipping over in no time. When you put her down you can no longer expect her to stay where she is. She is also now beginning to take great interest in her surroundings and stays awake for much longer stretches. She’s currently in her swing looking up at the dog chasing the rabbit above her head and concentrating deeply on whacking the dangling toys with her hands.
Thanksgiving was spent in Milledgeville with Bill’s folks. While Sam tried to make sure everyone played diggers and blocks with him Bea even showed off her attempts at a roll to Bill’s mum. She was also suitably impressed. We enjoyed a lovely meal with them and stayed overnight before heading to Macon to visit Bonnie, David and Jacob at their gorgeous new house.
Sam and Jacob had a good time together for the most part. After his friend generously pushed him around the house on a truck for a while Sam didn’t do too well when Jacob asked for a turn himself. I ended up pushing Jacob and eventually David solved Sam’s tears and tantrum with ice cream. Jacob also showed off his amazing gymnastics skills. Sam was very impressed with Jacob’s forward rolls, but when asked if he wanted to try too, shook his head, muttered “No manx” and returned his attention to riding the truck.
I’m feeling very loved right now. I was feeding Bea on the sofa while typing this and Sam just joined us for hugs.