Friday, August 26, 2011

Crazy weather headed our way!

Well, everyone along the east coast is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Upon hearing that we were in the path of the storm, I immediately sent my husband to Costco to get 10 cases of water, 5 gallons of milk, 3 loaves of bread, 4 dozen eggs, 6 packages of bacon, 2 boxes of Bisquik and a huge lot of toilet paper. Not really! I did send him to Costco, but just for 2 cases of water and a bag of apples. We have enough non-perishable food here to last awhile and I know this storm won't keep us homebound for a week like snowmaggedon did. We did make sure we had enough working flashlights for each level of the house, though. We most likely will lose power, but hopefully not for days. Maybe Pepco has their stuff more together than in the past, but I don't have too much faith in them!

The boys have been asking when the storm is coming and Marcos has been saying he's scared. We told them it wasn't coming until tomorrow night and that we would all stay together in the basement and have a slumber party. Justin was asking if it was the type of storm that goes around and around, and I asked him if he meant a tornado. I told him it was not that type of storm and that we would just be getting a lot of rain and maybe some strong winds. He asked if anyone would die in the storm and I told him no, it wouldn't be that strong. It breaks my heart when he asks questions like that because I feel he's too young to know about death and what it means, but I guess after going through losing 3 baby siblings before they were born, he understands it a little. With my stomach getting huge, the boys talk a lot about the baby in mommy's tummy. All of us can't wait until the time comes for him to be born and come home!

Today was Justin's open house at his school where we were able to meet the new principal, see his classroom and meet his teacher. My husband wanted to take me in the wheelchair to avoid having me walk too much, but I told him I didn't want to deal with it. The little bit of walking I did was no enough to be detrimental to the pregnancy. I was glad to get out of the house for a little while and it was great that we went to the open house because they were giving out backpacks and books. Even Marcos got a backpack and books. It's a Title 1 school, so they get extra funding from the federal government and they use a lot of the money to give the students school supplies and books. Justin's first grade teacher is new to the school and her room was kind of empty and didn't seem ready, but hopefully it will be a great year. Since I've worked for the school system in the past and have been a long-term substitute teacher, I have certain expectations and was surprised that the room didn't even look ready for students. I know it was an empty room last year that was not used, but it looked like it was haphazardly put together that day to look like a classroom.

Last year, I volunteered weekly in Justin's classroom and would love to do the same this year, but unfortunately that is not going to happen. I'm not sure how long I'll be on bed rest and then once I have the baby I'll definitely have my hands full. I really like to be an involved parent, but I will just have to make it happen through the PTA. I really enjoyed helping with the book fair and some of the fundraisers last year and hope to do the same this year. Unfortunately, parent involvement at the school is kind of low and it's usually the same few parents you see volunteering. Part of it I think is due to the large Hispanic population at the school, man of which don't know English or only know very little. I think they may not feel comfortable volunteering because of the language barrier. Being married to someone for 7 years who speaks Spanish, you think I would have learned it by now, but I only know very little. It's difficult to learn a second language as an adult, at least for me it is.

I can't believe this is the last weekend of summer vacation. I'm so sad to see it end and not have been able to do a lot of the things we wanted to do. We did take the boys camping once, but I had so many plans to take them a few more times. We also wanted to take more trips to Greenbrier State Park and the Catoctin Mountains, but once I was put on bed rest all those plans went out the window. There are many more summers to look forward to, and we already have plans to take the boys to Disney World next summer. My husband wants to go by plane, but I told him I would rather drive so we have the comfort of our own vehicle and can go at our own pace. Plus, there's the issue of renting a car in Florida if we were to go by plane and not have car seats for the boys. Not safe! I know we'll have loads of fun there and will even hit one of the beaches while we're there. Hopefully, I will have lost all the baby weight and more by then!

Well, I don't know what exactly the weekend will bring us, but I made plans with my couch again. Oh, so much fun. Not! I don't know what my husband has planned for the boys tomorrow, but I told him he should take the boys out in the morning before the bad weather comes. I hate to have them holed up in the house all day before the bad weather comes. They need to be outside to get some of their energy out. When they're home, it's like a tornado has hit. Marcos came home this evening after being at the mall a few hours and just started running around screaming and laughing. I tell you, the boys can be so crazy at times and drive me up a wall with all their noise, but I cannot imagine it any other way. That's just the way they are and I love them to pieces! I wonder what the next boy will be like. Hopefully, a little less rambunctious but then again, even if he is that will probably soon change when Justin and Marcos teach him to be like them. :)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Crazy trip to IKEA

Well, yesterday, we did end up going to IKEA in the afternoon during the scattered thunderstorms. Traffic was a little heavier than I thought it would be and the boys acted up more than I thought they would in the car. A half hour trip felt like an eternity with the screaming, fighting and throwing things in the car. Oh, the joys of two rambunctious boys!

When we got to IKEA, just looking at the parking lot made me cringe. Okay, so it was a Sunday and I figured it would be crowded but I had never been there before and didn't realize how overcrowded it could be. It was raining when we got there so getting in a wheelchair in the rain wasn't my idea of fun. Luckily, my husband did find an umbrella under all the mess the boys made. We got in the store and went to wait in line for about 20 minutes just to get the boys in the play area. Luckily, they measured Marcos with his shoes on because without them he was too short to stay. I really dislike that they have a height requirement instead of an age requirement. It's really unfair for short children like mine!

After dropping them off, my husband was left trying to maneuver me in a wheel chair through a maze of people oblivious to us. He accidentally ran over a man's feet when he decided to walk right in front of us. I really feel for people who have a true handicap and need to be in a wheelchair all the time. It's no fun and people just stare like they have no manners. I told my husband never again did I want to go out in the wheelchair and would just be homebound until my doctor allowed me to get out again. I really cannot stand being at the mercy of someone else and waiting for them to push me where I want to go. For someone who is used to being in control of so much, this is just too much for me to take.

The boys had a great time in the play area and Marcos cried because he did not want to leave. That's typical for him, though. I'll be glad when he gets out of this crying phase. Funny thing is, Milton's family says that he acts so different when we leave him at their house. They say you don't even realize there's a child there because he behaves so well and doesn't cry. The minute my husband picks him up and brings him home, he's crying. Oh what joy! Also, Justin went right back to acting like a baby as soon as Marcos came home and he started bothering Marcos right away. When Marcos is gone, Justin says he misses him. That's only because he has no one to bother and make cry. Marcos has now learned to retaliate and fights Justin back. They both end up hurt and crying. I wonder what will happen when the next boy is born and old enough to play with them. Three boys fighting and crying is not something I want to look forward to!

Right now it's quiet in the house because Justin is at sports camp from 9-3 and Marcos is upstairs playing with dad. It's much more pleasant when we have the boys one-on-one, which is why I can't wait for school to start again. I love my boys, but there's only so much whining, crying, fighting and screaming I can take. I wish they would learn to get along and love each other and play nicely with each other. Wishful thinking on my part! Hopefully, they will get along better as they get older, but who knows.

We have another mom from the Mom's Club bringing dinner over tonight. We have been so grateful for all the support these ladies are offering us. My husband especially feels better that he doesn't have to worry so much about what to do for dinner, as he has enough trying to keep up with the daily tasks of taking care of the boys, taking them to and from camp, trying to clean up there neverending messes, doing laundry and catering to me. He goes back to work next week, so it will be interesting to see how things go then. Luckily, Marcos is spending most of next week with Milton's family and Justin starts school, so I don't have to worry about doing too much.

Thank you to a friend of mine, Cassandra, I was able to watch a video to learn how to knit, so now I just need the knitting supplies. I'm not even sure which store you get knitting supplies from, but I'll be sending my husband I guess. Since we're Redskins fans, it would be nice to knit a maroon and yellow blanket for the boys. Jason has one in Cowboys colors from his aunt since he is a Cowboys fan. YUCK! I tease him all the time about being a Cowboys fan in the Washington, DC area. When he was younger, he used to cry when they would lose a game, especially when they lose to the Redskins. Now he just makes excuses as to why they lost.

Well, time for me to lay back down for a little while. Sadly, I now really look forward to when the mailman delivers the mail so I have an excuse to get up. When I get one of my magazines in the mail, it's like I hit the jackpot because I have new material to look through and read. Yes, I have a sad and boring life right now. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, though, in about 9 more weeks. Hopefully, it will go by fast!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Initial post of madness

I don't even know where to start. Luckily, tonight was a quiet one because Marcos went to my husband's aunt's house to spend the night. Being 3 he is quite a handful and takes the most energy to deal with. Since I was about 2-3 months pregnant he has started this crying/whining phase that has lasted longer than we would like. At this point, we're assuming it will probably last until the baby is born, and then who knows how much longer after that. Even Justin has started acting like a baby at times with whining/crying and baby talk. Being 6 and going into the first grade, though, this is just too much!

Earlier today Marcos came up from the basement with a reusable grocery bag. I asked him what he had in the bag, so he started taking out the items. One of them was a mallet we use when we go camping. I told him what it was and said it was like a hammer. He said, "Like to hit Justin with." I said, "No, we don't hit people with hammers." He went on to say, "But that happens sometimes." Oh boy, does it ever in our house, unfortunately! I just thought it was too funny, though, hearing Marcos say that.

I have been on bed rest for about two weeks now and am going out of my mind with boredom. I really need to have someone come over who knows how to knit and teach me. I need something else to do to pass the time besides watch tv, read and surf the internet. I could be on bed rest for another 9 weeks, so knitting would be something to help me pass the time. I would love to knit blankets and booties, or whatever baby stuff I could knit. It would also be neat to knit each one of my boys their own blanket. I know of people that taught themselves to knit by watching it on the internet. I think I'd rather have someone personally teach me.

We got a wheelchair off Freecycle a week or so ago, but I have yet to get out and use it. I feel kind of funny using a wheelchair, but tomorrow we are planning on going to IKEA just so I can get out of the house. My husband will push me around in the wheelchair, so hopefully both boys will be able to walk without complaining. We usually have the sit and stand so they both have a place they can sit when they get tired of walking. When we try to go places without a stroller, either one or both of the boys start complaining that they are too tired to walk. Marcos usually ends up on my husband's shoulders and Justin has no choice bbut to walk.

My next doctor appointment is in a week on the 29th. I'm hoping my cervix is holding strong so maybe the doctor will ease up on this strict bed rest. I'll be 26 weeks, 6 days then, so it's a little early for going off bed rest completely, but I would at least like to be able to cook for my family. We've been blessed with ladies from the Mom's Club and friends bringing dinners by, but I feel so guilty like I should be the one cooking for my family. So far, the baby has been measuring right on target, but the last time I went to the high risk doctor, he mentioned that the ventricle measurements were on the high end of normal. I called back later that day to ask what the measurements were and was told 9mm and 10mm. Anything over 10mm is considered abnormal, so I'm a little concerned but trying not to get too worried. I also have high amniotic fluid, but I had that with Marcos and everything was fine. They never did figure out why I had high amniotic fluid with him.

Well, I'm quite tired now and need to get off the internet and try to get some sleep. Lately, I've been waking up at 5:00 and can't get back to sleep. Being on bed rest, though, I just take a nap later in the morning or afternoon, sometimes even both! Yes, I know some of you may be jealous, but bed rest is no picnic. Not long-term anyway. I wouldn't mind it if it was just a week or two, but the enjoyment has worn off. I want to get up and exercise, walk the dogs, do the laundry, cook dinner, play with my boys outside, take a vacation at the beach and so on. Of course, none of that is going to happen right now. My husband is doing his best at taking over my "job." He's realizing it's much more difficult than he ever thought. Sometimes, I think he even wishes he could just go back to work. That's probably an easier job! :)

Well, that's all for now. Goodnight!