Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Much ado About Nothing

Well, Halloween was kind of anti-climactic, as is my entire life.


Mila got sick with some respiratory flu, which of course I caught, because having the flu three times in a two month period just wasn't enough. My immune system is clearly a winner.

So, Brandon took Cade trick or treating while Mila and I stayed home and handed out candy. I'm kind of glad it worked out that way though, because I had fun meeting some of our new neighbors and kids that came to our house for candy. I didn't have the energy to dress up, but if I had, the neighbors would have been scandalized with a skin-tight Avatar costume that is a full-on UNITARD. Pry best I keep that puppy packed away! Maybe next year. ;)

Photo - A flower, a Captain America, and a Brandon on Halloween.  :)

Mila is still Miss Grumpy Pants, so I fear there is an ear infection a'brewin, but what can ya do? Aside from even that, I am worried about my little chickie. She is not gaining weight, and has dropped from the measly 5th percentile in weight to practically off the charts. I am taking her to see her pediatrician on Tuesday, but I have a feeling a high fat and calorie diet are going to be in order. I KNOW she is not gaining weight because she doesn't have any teeth to eat enough to meet her nutritional demands! Her little body is trying to grow so fast and needs all this energy, but she just can't take in enough food with no chompers. :( That's the main reason I haven't weaned her off her bottle yet...if I did, she'd be getting even way less cals than she is now. At least now, with her Vitamin D milk, she gets calories. Freaking teeth just come in! I need to stop worrying about my baby now. :(

Photo - nursing a sick baby and a sick mama...

I am kind of obsessed with Instagram. I'm basically favoring it over Facebook at this point...especially with all the political posts. From both parties - just stop! I myself am a Mitt lady, but I will support Prez Obama and hope that he leads our country out of this crisis. I don't judge others for their political views and affiliations. I just hate all the political drama on Facebook now. At least I don't have to deal with all this for four more years!! Phew.

November is a hard month for me. Coming up next week is the 3rd anniversary of losing my Kendall. At least in April, when I celebrate her would-have-been-birthday, I can think about her life, and what might have been. But in November...on her death day...there is nothing but sadness and terrible memories and pain and loneliness. I am dreading this day. But, I will get through it, as I always do. It's always more painful than I remember it is going to be.

Photo - my GRAND PURRRFECT BEAUTIFUL LADIES.  I take far more pictures of them than I dare post.. ;)

How do I survive during the summer without primetime television? I am a television whore, and I am proud of it! I don't discriminate - intense dramas, comedies, smutty reality tv, come to me, come to me, and I will watch you! My faves are pry "Criminal Minds" (though I fiercely miss Paget Brewster) and I also love "Modern Family" but omg "Homeland" and "Dexter" top the charts. Oh, "ANTM!" And "Biggest Loser" is coming back in January and JILLIAN WILL BE BACK ON THE SHOW. See, my life can suck, but I have things to look forward to!!! :)

I've kind of not really updated you all much on ED stuff, and I think I'll keep it that way, for now. Just know that I am simultaneously plugging along but also struggling. Does that make sense? I'll get through it, but it still sucks and is hard.

Photo - Mila killin' me today with her outfit.  She is taking after her mama and loving the long cardi, but...those teal skinny jeans...she looks so cute!

Okay, time to do something, like you know, clean my house or some other frivolity. My damn cats lay in my bath tub and get it all furry! It drives me insane! I'm throwing a baby shower for my dear sis-in-law Ang tonight, so I have lots of guests coming over tonight, and I doubt they want to smell the litter box or see this morning's syrup stuck to the counter. Off to clean I go!


simonattic said...

I love reading your updates! : )

Sorry you guys have been sick...that's never fun, and always exhausting. Halloween was a bit anti-climatic here too. Only about 5 people were home where we went trick or treating. Totally lame.

I'm sure you've already gotten loads of advice on how to help Mila with food, so take this with a grain of salt if you'd like. We did what's called Baby Led Weaning with James starting at 6 months. It has nothing to do with nursing or even weaning, for that matter. In a nutshell, we barely gave him any baby food at all. He got exactly what we ate, albeit softened a heck of a lot more. He knawed on corn on the cob, sucked on steamed broccoli trees, stuffed mashed potatoes into his mouth, sucked on huge and softened chicken chunks, etc. he never choked, not even once. He ate real people food in huge chunks with zero teeth. Babies don't need teeth to eat. That is a huge myth. They use their gums to "chew" and break down food. It's kind of scary to think of doing it, but I'd encourage you to google it and see if it might be something you'd like to give a shot. She can totally eat normal food now...teeth or just might be a little tricky at first. Like a said, if this isn't for you, just disregard! But it worked super well with our family and cost a heck of a lot less than buying baby food all the time. Oh....and lastly, they make toddler formula too...and toddler ensure (shriek!). Maybe that'll help too.

Hang in there Brie. You're a great mom and its obvious how much you love your kids! Have fun at the shower!

Krista said...

We use carnation instant breakfast in whole milk for C. It's a much cheaper alternative to Pediasure and has the same calories/nutrition. I buy it at Walmart in the cereal isle and it's like 5 bucks for the kind that comes in a container.

I love Mila's flower costume.

Still waiting for a house picture tour!

ania said...

Ugh...sorry that you and Mila were sick.

You know, one needn't (and can't) always be a Flashy Recovery Glam Rockstar - but there's much to be said for the Plugging Along Amidst the Struggle of Every Day Life Improvisational Slow-Jammer. And it's okay to skip writing about it (I know you needed my sanctioning, right?) as long as you're hanging in there as best you are able.

I think about you frequently with compassion and care, and will be thinking about you and your family even more next week.

Arielle Bair (Becker) said...

Yeah so I've been completely MIA from blogger, but not MIA from communication with you. So ha. Anyway... I too am obsessed with instagram, and I too dislike heated political discussions. I respect both sides, even when I cannot agree with something. Your photos are always so cute. Kids and cats. What could be better. I love it all. You know I do. :-) Just wanted to pop in and say hello.