Happy Halloween!

Well, after spending the majority of the day peeking out the window and checking the weather radar every hour, the rain let up long enough for us to go trick or treating. We only went out for about an hour, but Julia had a blast. She loved going door to door, saying ‘hi to everyone she passed, and getting tons of goodies.

We had decided to walk around the next town over from where we live, and I’m glad we did. There were a couple of houses all decked out with Halloween decorations, and there were kids everywhere. We stopped at one house that had a strobe light flashing, a fog machine going, and two men dressed up like monsters lurking in the corner of the yard. I got a little nervous so I nominated Jason to take Julia to the door while Joyce (my mother in law), and I waited by the street. Julia didn’t skip a beat, she looked right at the man dressed as Freddie Krueger and waved to him. He waved back then turned to the man dressed as Michael Myers and said “Guess I won’t be scaring her.”  I don’t think he would have even if he had tried.

Despite it being a little wet and chilly, we had fun, and Julia made out like a bandit. I have some pictures I took before we went out, but didn’t take my camera along. My battery was dying and I didn’t have time to charge it. Here are the pics I managed to get, enjoy! And Happy Halloween!!!

 

 

My creepy Jack o Lantern.

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My cute Jack o Lantern

 

 

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Finally.

After 2 1/2 months on workman’s comp Jason finally got the okay from his doctor to go back to work. He went for a re-cert. physical today, and has his first delivery tomorrow. With drivers dropping like flies, the bosses are more than happy to have Jason back, and they are throwing him right back into the swing of things. He has a three stop load in Massachusetts and he has to leave at 11pm tonight.

I think he is a little bit nervous, but at the same time relieved. I know that being on light duty was really getting to him, and the decrease in paycheck was getting to us both.

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I can’t believe in just a couple of days it will be November already. I mean, really, where does time go? It seems like it was just August, and now it’s Halloween. The holidays will be here in no time, and not long after that Julia will be turning two. Golly. It makes my head spin.

Speaking of Halloween, we are all set. Julia is going to be a Pumpkin, and we plan to go out trick or treating on Saturday night. Most would think a 20 month old is too young to trick or treat, but as a social butterfly, going door to door saying ‘hi’ to people will be right up her alley. She won’t be able to have much candy, but that’s why we’ve dubbed her our ‘Candy Bait’ – she gets the candy, Daddy and I eat it. Of course she can have some candy, but not too much.

For whatever reason, our town will have trick or treating on Friday as well as Saturday. Since I’ll be home alone tomorrow night, I’ve made sure to stock up on some candy for any trick or treaters that might stop by. Of course, I’ve already eaten some of it myself, heh. Needless to say I’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth.

Anyway, I’ll be sure to post pictures this weekend of all our Halloween festivities.

 

Moi aussi.

Just as Julia and Jason were starting to feel better, I began to come down with the flu myself. It wasn’t so bad at first. Just a mild fever and some aches. Sunday morning I took some Tamiflu, and within and hour I was hanging my head over the toilet. Turns out the stuff meant to make me feel better only made me worse. After a nap and some Sprite I was feeling much better, but decided against taking anymore Tamiflu. Today I’m feeling a lot better. Hopefully in another day or two I’ll be 100%.

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I talked to my grandmother today and we’ve been making tentative plans for Thanksgiving. I sort of nominated my grandma to have Thanksgiving at her house, but I just couldn’t help myself. My grandparents live a good 3 hours away, and I know with the winter coming, this might be my last chance to get down there before the spring thaw.

I grew up with my grandparents, and I love going to visit them. It seems no matter where I go in life, my grandparent’s house always feels like home.

‘Tis all for now, must go contend with a cranky little toddler.

Oink, Oink.

Julia has been sick the past couple days. It started with just a lot of nasal congestion, and after a couple days progressed into a cough. Yesterday that cough got worse, and she started wheezing. I called her pediatrician’s office, who said it sounded like she had a cold. The nurse recommended Delsym for the cough, and call back if she got worse. Well, boy did she get worse. Last night I put her to bed a little bit earlier, around six thirty. She slept about two hours then woke up with the coughing, wheezing, and was seeming to have a hard time breathing right. I called the after hours line for her pediatrician and got nowhere with the on-call nurse. After an hour of watching her have this little attack, and debating whether to take her to ER or not, she finally fell asleep.

This morning, first thing, I called her pediatrician’s office and made her an appointment for this afternoon. The doctor seemed just as concerned as I was with her wheezing and promptly put her on the nebulizer for a breathing treatment. After the treatment Julia sounded a lot better. The doctor checked her over and said she thought she either had RSV, a type of respiratory virus; or the flu. She did a nasal swab, which we brought to the hospital lab, and it was confirmed that Julia has H1N1, aka the swine flu. Yay.

Aside from the breathing issues, this flu seems no worse than any other ailment a child could pick up. Julia is still running amuck, being a goof. She’s really no worse for the wear. The doctor sent us home with a nebulizer machine, as well as a prescription for Tamiflu and Albuterol. Hopefully we can get this little piggy feeling better in no time.

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Potty Time!!

Julia is just about 20 months old now, and for the past week or so she’s been showing interest in the potty. So I did some research and asked my online mommy friends for tips and advice, and decided to go ahead and start potty training.

I was told by my mommy friends that the best way to potty train a little girl, is to buy her big girl pants straight away. The undies allow her to really feel that she’s wet, and chances are she won’t like that feeling. I also read to sit her down every 45 minutes or so, to increase the odds of her making it on the potty.

Well, today I went to K-mart and I bought her some Elmo undies, and a couple pairs of waterproof pants. She was so excited when she saw them that she carried the package around for a good 10 minutes going “Ehmo, Ehmo.” We put her pants on her, and put her potty seat out. At one point she said pee pee. I opened the lid on the seat and she sat down (with her pants still on), then she made a funny face. At first I though she was just being silly, but then I noticed a little puddle forming on the seat. She was peeing!!! Mind you, she still had her pants on, but she peed on the potty regardless.

I cleaned the puddle up and changed her undies and decided I’d sit her down again a little while later. Well, not even 45 minutes later she goes “Pee pee!” So, I quick got up, pulled her pants down, sat her on her seat, and LO AND BEHOLD – she peed!! I was so excited I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I never thought in a million years I’d be so excited over someone going to the bathroom, but man, it was exciting!

So potty training has officially began. My hope is to have her potty trained during the day by her second birthday, and just have her in diapers overnight (and possibly if we go out somewhere). We shall see, but the first step has been made!!

So, I haven’t posted in a bit, mostly because I’ve been busy dealing with a sick toddler. Julia started with cold symptoms, that did not seem to  be getting any better, so I made an appointment for her with her pediatrician. It turns out that on top of her cold she also had a nasty ear infection. She seems to be doing much better now, but she is still waking up in the middle of the night. In fact, last night she woke up twice.

Jason and I went to bed around midnight. Jason fell asleep almost immediately, like he usually does. I tossed and turned a bit, but just as I was beginning to doze off I heard Julia start to cry. I waited for a few minutes to see if she would settle down and go back to sleep, but no, she didn’t.

I took her downstairs and tried laying on the couch with her, but after about an hour or so, she was still wide awake. So, I decided to get her some water and put her back in her crib. Success. She went back to sleep, and soon I was a sleep, too.

After a brief, dreamless sleep I awoke to her crying again. 5:00am, ugh. This time we went downstairs and I put the TV on. She watched Barney while I fought to keep my eyes open. At 6:30 we went back to bed, and she was up for the day at 8:30.

Needless to say I am exhausted. I have one of those headaches you get when you don’t get nearly enough sleep, and I’m on the crankier side of the fence.  Hopefully she’ll be sleeping through the night again soon.

We had a nice weekend. The weather was gorgeous, and the colors of fall are starting to show themselves. On Saturday we went to Wal-mart and got some Halloween decorations. We spent the rest of the day decorating, and sprucing the place up a bit. On Sunday we went to a local apple orchard and bought a half peck of apples, and a half gallon of cider. Afterwards we went up to the Council Cup Scenic Overlook, and took a little hike up to the lookout point. The view from up there is truly breathtaking.

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