Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Year of Gratitude #91

A Year of Gratitude #91: A Day of Rest

I am sick. Extremely ill actually. I don't know if I have walking pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, or just a really bad cold (these are all top of the list of possibilities from logging my symptoms on WebMD).

I have been feeling bad since Wednesday night, and it's progressed and just gotten worse. I SHOULD have gone to the Georgia Clinic today while I had the opportunity, but I couldn't find the motivation to go. 

I feel weak. I can't do much without feeling like I'm going to pass out and having a wave of heat and chills pass over me. I've been coughing so much that my back and sides, and stomach literally hurts from muscle contractions.

I'm a hot mess... and laying down only makes it worse. I'm so extremely tired, but I can't sleep. Not even with Nyquil. I wake myself up every few minutes with a coughing fit that leaves me out of breath and gasping for air.

Yeah. It's bad.

So, while I feel awful, I am so thankful that Steve is here to help me with Gus. I finally fell asleep around 4ish this morning, and I was able to sleep in until 9:00. Those five hours were solid sleep... I didn't wake once.

I was able to spend the day in my pajamas, doing nothing and it felt great. I didn't change a single diaper... and didn't have to go upstairs at all today. Steve called and rescheduled my nail appointment for next Saturday, and I tried to relax as much as I could.

I do feel a little bit better... I don't have as bad of a headache, and I think my coughing has diminished a bit. I'm about to head to bed, so we'll see how my coughing is tonight. I pray that I am able to get a solid night of rest, and that Steve is also able to sleep. I'm so sorry that my coughing fits wake him up.  :-(

A Year of Gratitude #90

A Year of Gratitude #90: Patience

I don't know how I managed to get through the day yesterday, but I did. I felt awful. Miserable. Gus was in a mood and just was not a happy boy. He threw an epic tantrum at lunch over nothing.

I'm thankful that even though I felt awful, I had patience with Gus and while I wasn't playful and fun like I usually am with him, we made it through the day alive.

I'm so thankful that the weekend has arrived and I have help for two days.

Friday, March 30, 2012

A Year of Gratitude #89

A Year of Gratitude #89: Taco Thursday

I think I've blogged about this before, but maybe not. Every Thursday, the local Mexican place (El Porton) has a taco special. They have unlimited tacos for $1.25 each. You can get hard or soft shelled, and beef, chicken, or bean. They come with lettuce and cheese, and they are delicious.

Last night, we headed out and while I wasn't feeling well, I was well enough to not make dinner and enjoy tacos. Our meal (with tax) came to less than $10. That was Steve, Gus, and me all having a nice, filling dinner. Unreal.

I'm thankful that at least once a week, we can afford to eat out and not feel like it's killing us. Sometimes we splurge and get the cheese dip, and I usually get a Coke, but even with those splurges, it's still around $15 for all three of us to eat. 


A Year of Gratitude #88

A Year of Gratitude #88: Glimpse of the Future

On Wednesday, Gus and I met Michelle and June at Once Upon A Child for some shopping, and then we headed to The Olive Garden for lunch. Shopping was fun, Gus was ready for lunch so he was being a bit rowdy... after I purchased the shirts that I got for him, I told Michelle that I was taking Gus to the car and for her to just meet me outside.

We decided to head to The Olive Garden for lunch and I was excited because there aren't any Olive Gardens near us. We got seated and ordered drinks and then Michelle decided that she needed to go and pump while June was sleeping. She wanted to have something ready for when June woke up. She said, "It'll take like less than five minutes."

I figured, I can handle Gus and June for less than five minutes. So Michelle left, and just as she did, Gus decided that he did NOT want to sit in his highchair anymore. He started screaming and throwing an epic fit (they are becoming more and more common these days).

As Gus was screaming, he woke June. So Gus is to my left, having a fit and trying to stand up and escape from his highchair (is it just me, or do ALL restaurants have high chairs with lousy buckles to strap them in?!?!?!?)... June is screaming in her car carrier. I tried to rock the car carrier, but she was too upset to cry. So I unbuckled her, and held her. 

It was in that moment, of trying to take care of June, and getting her to calm down, while dealing with a tantrum-throwing toddler that I realized that I am NOT ready for baby number two. No way Jose!!

I'm thankful for the opportunity to see what life could be like if there was another child in my life. Talk about a challenge! I think I'm more determined than ever to wait until Gus is at least 2.5 (November) or even three before we bring a baby into our family.

I have several friends who have multiple children, and family members with kiddos very close in age. I don't know how they do it. I hardly lasted five minutes!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A Year of Gratitude #87

A Year of Gratitude #87: Keurig Vue House Party

I'm a member of House Party and I apply to host parties quite often. Some I get picked to host, and others I don't. Usually though, if I apply for two parties, I will get picked for one of the two.

I've hosted quite a few parties in the past-- Gerber, Velveeta, Philly Cream Cheese, Shutterfly, and now I'm hosting the Keurig Vue party on April 28th.

When I applied to host this one, I (as usual) had to answer a bunch of questions, one of them being, if I owened a K-Cup brewer (we do). I didn't know how the Vue was different, I just assumed it was a different name for the K-Cups.

I was wrong.

I was on Facebook this afternoon when I noticed that the House Party peeps made their selection of hosts and notified everyone who was selected. This party was different from any party that I've ever hosted. 

As soon as I checked my email, a timer popped up and it told me that I had exactly 30 minutes to log into the site, invite my people, and pick the date/times for the party. The clock was ticking away and there was something that said, "What if I don't complete the party registration in the time allotted?" The answer said that due to the popularity of this party, anyone not completing the registration in the time given, would lose their party, and another person would be selected in their place. YIKES!!

Fortunately, I was able to get my registration completed in time and I am now a host for this party!!

So I was curious about what's included in the party pack and when I looked, it said I'd be getting TWO party packs. HUH??? TWO??? I never get two... hmmmm... I read on and it said I'd get a bunch of coffee for the party (people are coming to try the different coffee flavors), some mugs, an apron, disposable cups for the party, napkins, peppermints for after drinking the coffee and then there's a separate party pack coming directly from Keurig. I'm getting the NEW Keurig Vue coffee system!!! 

This thing is AWESOME!!! It's like $250 at select Bed Bath & Beyond stores, and not on sale anywhere else until May!! I am so super duper excited!!! I can't believe we're going to get this amazing system for FREE!!!

So I am thankful and grateful for being selected as one of 1,000 people across the U.S. who will be hosting and getting this awesome new coffee brewing system!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

A Year of Gratitude #86

A Year of Gratitude #86: Gus Getting Sleep

Gus is currently on hour number three for his nap today and while he was up at midnight last night, he slept in until 9:00 this morning.

For the sleep that my baby gets... I am so incredibly grateful.

A Year of Gratitude #85

A Year of Gratitude #85: Mild Temperatures

I hate super hot or super cold weather. I prefer temps in the 60s-70s year round. However, that's not where I live, so when it is nice outside, I love it.

Yesterday, we had a gorgeous, sunny day, and we took Gus to the park to play for a bit before dinner. He had a blast. 

I'm sure the mild days are not going to last now that we're heading into April, but I am grateful for the awesome day that we had yesterday! Here are some of my favorite pictures from the park:


A Year of Gratitude #84

A Year of Gratitude #84: A Strong Partner

This weekend was a crazy one. Gus was sick, had a double ear infection, teething, a cold, and a sinus infection. Could I have handled it all on my own? I'm sure I could have, but  am oh so thankful, and grateful to have my husband there to help.

It started with screaming Thursday at like midnight. Gus cried and cried and nothing soothed him. We were both up with him several times Thursday night, and Steve got up and went to work Friday feeling exhausted and just wanting sleep.

I took Gus to the doctor and learned of the cause of his pain. We started the Amoxicillin Friday, and while we had hoped he would start to show signs of feeling better, he was not sleeping and Friday night was another horrible night.

More screaming, pulling on his ear, and just miserable. Saturday we took turns napping because we were both exhausted from being up with Gus numerous times Friday night.

The weekend got better... and Gus started to feel better late Saturday night. I am thankful that I have a strong partner to stand with me as we handle situations like double ear infections. Parenting isn't always fun, or pretty, but the hard times are few and far between. When we do encounter the challenging times, it's nice to have someone there by your side to help with the challenge.

My husband is the best.