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  • Tuesday, October 31, 2006

    Today's A Holiday For Me...

    I rode my broom to work today, but that's nothing out of the ordinary. Later on today, Hubby and I will take our little ghouls trick-or-treating. I'll make sure to take pictures of Her Chubbyfat Goodness in her pumpkin costume and His Banjo Belly Self dressed as a puppy.

    And now that Java is getting fat from all the food The Boy throws at her from his high chair, she'll have no trouble filling out that pumpkin leaf bag she'll be wearing later.

    I hope you have a bewitching day!

    P.S. And, yes, I'm wearing all black today. Isn't that a rule?

    Monday, October 30, 2006

    Hubby Bought Me A Present...

    ...socks.

    I know what you're thinking...socks? And you're excited?

    Yes, I am. They are very cool looking socks...sexy, in fact. They're several shades of gray, thick stripes that go horizontally across the foot and leg, with a couple neon green stripes thrown in for good measure.

    And they're very pretty and warm. Yeah, I don't normally get too excited about socks, but you gotta see these. They're probably the cutest socks I own and they're from The Gap, no less.

    I must be getting old if socks are the wittiest thing I can write about on such a fine Monday morning. You can stop laughing at me now.

    Sunday, October 29, 2006

    Halloween Costumes...

    What will my kids be for Halloween? Since you asked, Baby Jack will be a puppy and Baby Liv will be a pumpkin (The Boy's costume from last year). Java will be a pumpkin, too, I guess (Buddha's old leaf bag "costume"). It's a day of family fun, you know.

    And me? I'm actually going to take OFF my mask this year and scare the hell out of anyone who looks at me.

    And then I'm going to steal their candy. Heh...

    (SIDENOTE: Having two children under the age of two is the sweetest deal for any parent on Halloween, literally. You get to take their candy because they can't eat it. In fact, that's the whole point behind taking them trick-or-treating. What's theirs essentially becomes mine. I'm such a bitch; no need to point that out to me.)

    Saturday, October 28, 2006

    Brrrrr...

    Sorry for the late post, but our furnace broke. It was terribly cold in the house when we woke up, so I took the kids to my Mom's after they ate breakfast. We didn't come back home until after 6pm.

    The furnace is fixed temporarily, until we can get some estimates from three places; we don't want to get screwed on the price of a furnace since they're several thousand dollars of money we don't have. It could go any minute, though. And that's not a good thing, especially given the unpredictability of Chicago weather.

    So, that's what's new today. Isn't that fucking great?

    Friday, October 27, 2006

    Motherhood Changes Everything...

    I have a student who calls me "Mom" everyday before he leaves. I suppose it's partly because I keep telling these kids to eat their vegetables and fruits at lunch. But could it be more than that? I don't know, but I think I'm getting soft.

    When the hell did THAT happen? I seem to have lost a little bit of my edge. I used to take pride in being that untouchable, unreachable, stubborn mule-of-a-woman that I used to be. I look in the mirror and I don't see her much anymore.

    Yeah, I can still be stubborn, but I think having children has softened those rough edges I was so proud of before.

    My students look at me and they see a Mom. They see someone who loves no matter what. They see someone who they can trust and they also see me as human. It's not a bad thing; I feel as if I've added another dimension to myself through Motherhood.

    I love being a Mom. I love my children and I love who I am because of them. My son and daughter have made me a better person; kinder and more forgiving, both weaker and stronger in the best of ways.

    Every once in a while, though, I catch a fleeting glimpse of that piss-and-vinegar woman I once was and I miss her...but not enough to invite her over for cake and coffee on a daily basis. Maybe I'm wrong, but I seem to have grown up a bit.

    She's still in there, though. And she's mad at the world. However, one look into the eyes of my sweet little babies makes her melt like butter and it's just enough to make her retreat. And when I feel like she's about to make another appearance, I just look into my babies' eyes and I see a future pregnant with bliss.

    My children bring me hope for the future. Without them, I am nothing. And I honestly don't remember my life before them. It's as if my life began when theirs did. It's a whole new ball game...a much better one.

    Thursday, October 26, 2006

    Music To My Ears...

    Last night, Baby Jack and Baby Liv were babbling away to no end.

    Baby Liv has recently started making some strange comments about the service around here. She doesn't just coo anymore. She's emphatic in what she's saying. She pauses for you to answer her and she makes accompanying faces with each response. She makes demands, which makes her a whole lot like me. She's saying "Da da da" now and she moves her mouth when we speak. She's figuring out that language has meaning, the budding realization of common sentence structure. These sounds coming out of our mouths actually mean something!

    When Baby Jack hears Baby Liv saying "Da da da," he launches into a litany of his own "Da da da." It's music to my ears to have a home full of such noise. It's not really noise, though. It's a symphony, music to my ears.

    Life can be sooooo good sometimes.

    Wednesday, October 25, 2006

    Give Me Chocolate...

    The other day, I told my students they didn't love me. They, of course, disagreed and asked me why I thought so. I simply told them that if they really loved me, they would bring me chocolate to keep me happy.

    Did they tell me to go to hell? Not a chance. They asked me what kind of chocolate I liked. I made sure to let them know that I like dark chocolate.

    So far, two girls in my homeroom have brought me dark chocolate. I'm still waiting for others to follow suit.

    Isn't it funny that sometimes all you have to do is ask for the things you truly want. Or lay a heck of a guilt trip. Heh...

    (SIDENOTE: No, there's no extra credit involved in bringing me dark chocolate. There's only the promise that I'll get off your back and smile more often. And my students are fully aware that they have to share their Halloween treasures with me, as well.)

    Tuesday, October 24, 2006

    This Is A Good Thing...

    Hubby's surgery is scheduled for November 7th. He won't be able to work for a month. It's a good thing that he still hasn't found a job. He wouldn't be able to start it or get time off for the surgery.

    I've said it before; blessings come disguised sometimes. With this surgery, he will feel better. Recovery won't be easy, but the end result will be a great thing. No one should ever live in constant pain, like he is now.

    We're all nervous, with good reason. You only get one back, after all. Cross your fingers.

    Monday, October 23, 2006

    Why Is It So Hard...

    ...to take a picture of both kids happily sitting TOGETHER? They really DO sit nicely and "play" with each other (using their secret language that only THEY know). Out of 32 pictures I took of the two of them together yesterday, this one was the only half-decent one. You wouldn't know that they adore each other, but they REALLY do.

    Sunday, October 22, 2006

    NaBloPoMo...


    I'm going to try this. It shouldn't be too hard, since I post daily anyway. Fussy is doing it (and many, many others) and that's how I found out about it. You should try it, as well.

    Good luck!

    Saturday, October 21, 2006

    Happy Birthday, Bubba!...



    Today is my youngest nephew's birthday. He's five years old. Give him some birthday lovin'! He's my Mr. Man. He's wild; he's Nature Boy; and he's the one who made my biological clock tick so loudly that I just had to give him some cousins!

    I love you, Bubba! Have a super birthday!

    P.S. I'm so glad you like your present from us. A boy always needs a metal detector and a set of binoculars, you know.

    Friday, October 20, 2006

    You Can Thank My Niece, Blondie, For This One...

    On that note, have a great Friday! Heh...

    Thursday, October 19, 2006

    How Many Of YOU Are There?...

    I saw this done on several other blogs lately, so I figured I'd try it, too.

    There are 676,429 people in the U.S. with my first name. My first name is the 68th most popular first name. There are 1,200 people in the U.S. with my married last name. It's the 23,273rd most popular last name (tied with 794 other last names). However, there are only 3 people in the U.S. with my first and married last name, combined.

    There are 330 people in the U.S. with my maiden last name. It's the 75,677th most popular last name (tied with 13,123 other last names). However, there is only 1 person in the U.S. with my first and maiden last name, combined. I guess that would be me.

    I'm not sure just how accurate these results are because I've seen some people's results come up and they supposedly don't exist. See for yourself. Go here. And let me know what comes up for you.

    Wednesday, October 18, 2006

    She Was The First Baby I Ever Held...

    ...and she's 23 years old today. My niece Blondie is many things to me. Let me elaborate.

    She's smart, funny, and witty. She gets me. She's the love of my son's life. She's compassionate and giving. When you need her, she's there 100%. She strives for something better all the time. She's kind and she has a big, big heart. She loves animals and Arby's (where she gets a discount from Dewayne). She actually bought Paris Hilton's perfume. She's a Chicago Bears fan and has her heart set on being Mrs. Brian Urlacher. She's also a Chicago Cubs fan, even though this was the first year she didn't get to go to a game. She's also got the hots for Peyton Manning. She's sloppy, but she'll clean up if you ask her to do it. When she loves, she loves with her whole soul. She's a sucker for the color pink. She likes bagels, White Castles, and dark chocolate. She's addicted to Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and America's Next Top Model. She dates jerks, but I love her. She's recently become a fan of the dog park.

    Blondie has lived with me for over a year now and I love having her here. She is a ray of sunshine on dreary days. And when she needs a pep talk, I can make her feel better. She's my Target shopping buddy. She loves sudoku and crossword puzzles. She tends to leave lights on when she leaves the room. She's a medical assistant with a future in nursing. She loves to help people. And she hates irresponsible parents, like some of the ones she sees at her clinic.

    She loves me, Hubby, and our kids. She loves Java, too. And we love her more than she knows. If you look at the stars in the sky at night, one of them is her. That's how bright she is...you can see her from millions of miles away and she's just a dream. A lucky guy will find that out someday.

    Happy Birthday, Blondie! You are an amazing lady and I've had the pleasure of knowing you your entire life. I still remember the first time you fell asleep in my arms. It was heaven, you know.

    I love you!

    P.S. You'll never be old to me. Heh...

    Tuesday, October 17, 2006

    The Manogram...

    Heh...

    Monday, October 16, 2006

    Green Beans...

    Before...

    ...and After.

    Baby Liv just loves the highchair!

    You can't tell from the photos, but she's caught Baby Jack's raging cold. She still tries her best to be pleasant, whether she can breathe out of her little nose or not. That's my girl!

    Sunday, October 15, 2006

    Duh...

    I'm an English teacher. Do you have any idea how this makes me feel?

    Saturday, October 14, 2006

    Go On Over...

    ...and give Cubmommy some congratulations! She's expecting her third baby!

    ...and tell Beans it's going to be okay...ALL of it.

    ...and tell My Sister that everything always works out. It really does.

    ...and give Paul a huge congrats. He's expecting his first baby this December! Hooray!

    ...and tell ME that Baby Jack's cold will one day go away and we'll all be able to sleep once again!

    On that note, have a great Saturday!

    Friday, October 13, 2006

    Reinforcing My Beliefs...

    I love BellaOnline. This article just reinforces what I already know and do. It makes me feel good about what I do and reminds me why I do it.

    Ya gotta love attachment parenting. It's sooooooo worth it.

    That's my two cents for today.

    Thursday, October 12, 2006

    Blue Is The Color Of The Day Today...

    Baby Liv is six months old now and she nurses less frequently now. It makes me sad, really. She eats a wide variety of solid foods and will be starting meats any day. It seems she needs me for sustenance less and less and that's why I'm blue right now.

    It's not like I didn't know this would happen eventually. I just didn't want it to happen so soon. I figured I could continue nursing her until she was in her thirties and it would be PC by then. Heh...

    Seriously, though, she's become so efficient at nursing that she doesn't even have to nurse as long as she used to before. My boobs feel it, too. They aren't as full because she isn't nursing as often anymore. She does, however, tend to nurse A LOT in the middle of the night. I wake up so much at night that I don't even realize how much I'm getting up. I just tend to sleep with one eye open and it doesn't really bother me. And she only gets one bottle a day while I'm at work. I feel she doesn't get enough, but her weight and height say different. She's definitely doing well.

    I know I should be overjoyed that she's growing and happy. I just can't seem to get past the blue feeling about it. Since I've noticed a significant decrease in her nursing, I've felt sad. I know she needs me in many ways because...duh...I'm her Mama. I just wish she could stay little forever.

    I guess that's why I'm blue; I don't want her to grow up. And I always want to have a baby in the house. Forever. Babies are good and they make you forget about the bad. And some days, I wish I could just put my babies right back inside me to protect them from the cruel, outside world.

    Blue is the color of the day today. Now you know why.

    Wednesday, October 11, 2006

    Important Drug Recall...

    I received this in an email from my mother-in-law and figured it would be a good thing to pass on. Check it out:

    All drugs containing PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE are being recalled. You may want to try calling the 800 number listed on most drug boxes and inquire about a REFUND Please read this CAREFULLY. Also, please pass this on to everyone you know.

    STOP TAKING anything containing this ingredient. It has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain)
    among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use
    of medication. Problems were not found in men, but the FDA
    recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative
    medicine.

    The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:

    Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant
    Acutrim Plus Dietary Supplements
    Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control
    Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent
    Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or or ange)
    Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original
    Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent
    Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine
    Alka- Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent
    Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine
    BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder
    BC Sinus Cold Powder
    Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief
    Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules
    Contac 12 Hour Caplets
    Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus
    Dexatrim Caffeine Free
    Dexatrim Extended Duration
    Dexatrim Gelcaps
    Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free
    Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets
    Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels
    Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir
    Dimetapp Elixir
    Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels
    Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets
    Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets
    Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops
    Permathene Mega-16
    Robitussin CF
    Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal
    Congestion
    Triaminic DM Cough Rel! ief
    Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head
    Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy
    Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough ....

    I just found out and called the 800# on the container
    for Triaminic and they informed me that they are voluntarily
    recalling the following medicines because of a certain
    ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures in children:

    Orange 3D Cold & Allergy Cherry (Pink)
    3D Cold & Cough Berry
    3D Cough Relief Yellow 3D Expectorant

    They are asking you to call them at 800-548-3708 with
    the lot number on the box so they can send you postage for you
    to send it back to them, and they will also issue you a
    refund. If you know of anyone else with small children,
    PLEASE PASS THIS ON. THIS IS SERIOUS STUFF!

    DO PASS ALONG TO ALL ON YOUR MAILING LIST so people are
    informed. They can then pass it along to their families.

    To confirm these findings please take time to check the
    following:

    http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/ppa/

    PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO YOUR CHILDREN IN CASE THEY GIVE IT TO THEIR CHILDREN OR TO FRIENDS WHO HAVE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

    Tuesday, October 10, 2006

    And How Was YOUR Dinner Last Night?...

    My niece Blondie came home from work last night and we all ate sloppy Joe's together. What's so odd about that? Nothing at all. What was strange was the topic she brought up during dinner...

    "So, today at lunch I dropped tuna fish right out of my sandwich and onto my crotch." she said, with a matter-of-fact straight face.

    Hubby and I were speechless, slightly disgusted, and completely humored that she had to go the rest of the day at work smelling like THAT...down THERE!

    Heh...

    Monday, October 09, 2006

    Baby Liv's Six-Month Check-Up...

    Baby Liv had a well-baby check-up today. It went swimmingly well. She had two shots, the first one went undetected by her. The second one made her very may-ad.

    Weight: 15 lbs., 8 oz.
    Height: 25.25 inches
    Head Circumference: 16.5 inches

    Compare it to her check-up at almost five months old:

    Weight: 14 lbs., 4 oz.
    Height: 24.5 inches
    Head Circumference: 15.75 inches

    Now, that's what I call a well-fed baby! Do you see why I call her "Chubbyfat?" Heh...

    Sunday, October 08, 2006

    Happy Birthday To All Of My Babies Today...

    Baby Jack is 20 months old today.

    Baby Liv is 6 months old today.

    And, of course, Java is 3 years old today.

    Mama loves you!

    Saturday, October 07, 2006

    Any Of These Phrases Can Be Heard In My House...

    ...on a daily basis, dozens of (who am I kidding, some maybe a hundred) times:

    "Don't bang on the glass of the door."
    "We don't put that in our mouths."
    "Don't play with the dog's bowls."
    "We don't hit."
    "We don't stand on the couch.
    "Don't touch that."
    "Don't play with the phone cord."
    "Stop spinning. You'll fall down and hurt yourself."
    "Quit throwing your food or you won't have anything left to eat."
    "It's time to rest. Go back to sleep. It's four in the morning."
    "Stop screaming!"
    "Don't grab the dog's tail."
    "Stop throwing your cup."
    "LIVIEEEEEE!"
    "Stop barking!"
    "No kicking!"
    "Don't hit your sister."
    "Did you have a good day?" (followed, of course, by a high pitched scream...I'm talking about my husband)
    "Get out of the dog's water bowl. You're soaking wet."
    "Stop slamming the toilet lid!"
    "You're going to hurt yourself."
    "Don't roll your eyes at me." (said to me by Hubby)
    "How do you exist by eating nothing but thin air, Jack?"
    "Good morning, Sunshine. The earth says hello." (from me to Baby Liv, every single morning before I nurse her)
    "Hi, Peanut Butter!" (from me to Baby Jack, anytime he stops what he's playing with to notice me)
    "It's a brand new day. The sun is up. I missed you while you were sleeping and not fussing." (from me to Baby Jack, every morning)
    "Hey, Chubbyfat (or Jelly Bean or Butterball)!" (from me to Baby Liv, anytime she looks at me)
    "Have a great day." (from me to my niece Blondie when she leaves for work)
    "Did __________ go poop? What did it look like?" (from me to Hubby)
    "It's only 8:30pm and I'm beat." (can be heard coming out of my or Hubby's mouth)
    "Goddammit, Java!"
    "Are you playing 'Chase the Corgi' again?"

    Is it painfully obvious that there are dogs, a toddler, an infant, and adults about to go insane in this house? Yeesh.

    Friday, October 06, 2006

    For The Sake Of Time...

    ...this entry is in bullets. Here's what's going on:

    *Baby Jack has taken to waking up at an ungodly hour in the morning. And when you don't take him out of his crib when he DEMANDS it, he screams his ever-lovin' head off and wakes up most of the neighborhood.

    *I think Baby Jack may be teething again. The "books" say that toddlers get their second molars between twenty and thirty months old. I kept thinking that he had his hands in his mouth for the last month because we took his nummy away, except at bedtimes. I have a feeling that this boy is about to get another four teeth...and MOLARS, at that! A dead giveaway was the fact that Tylenol would help. Remember when he cut eight teeth at once not that long ago? Yeesh. Here we go again.

    *Baby Liv is still chubby, and smiley, and happy, and lovey. She goes to the doctor on Monday for her six-month checkup and we'll see just how "chubbyfat" she is. Heh...

    *Baby Jack, Baby Liv, and Java all have birthdays on Sunday, so make sure you come back that day and wish them well. Baby Jack will be 20 months old; Baby Liv will be 6 months old (*sob, sob, weep); and Java will be 3 years old.

    *I still miss Buddha. Hard.

    Thursday, October 05, 2006

    Do I Know You? What Is This?...

    The other day, I received a very strange email from someone I don't even know. I'm sure it was cleverly sent SPAM, too. I've received another email just like it from someone else I don't know, so I'm pretty sure these spammers are getting shiftier each day. I wanted to post a part of the email here to see if maybe YOU could figure out what the hell it means. I don't get it.

    "An accidentally flatulent class action suit indicates that a mating ritual inexorably buys an expensive gift for a pathetic senator. A turkey prays, and an infected line dancer sweeps the floor; however, the mortician writes a love letter to some seldom purple tabloid. When a skyscraper inside a skyscraper trembles, a greasy plaintiff earns frequent flier miles. Now and then, a ball bearing secretly befriends a knowingly alleged insurance agent. The wheelbarrow living with a fairy, a paper napkin related to the cowboy, and another smelly freight train are what made America great! Another mitochondrial particle accelerator."

    This was from a Peggy Something-Or-Other and the beginning was urging me to watch a certain company's stocks...Konisberg...blahblahblah. The paragraph above is just one of three or four in the email. Ridiculous, at best.

    Peggy, do I know you? Hardly. So don't send me anymore emails or you'll be picking up your teeth with broken fingers. Heh...

    Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    I Feel Fat*...

    Do I need to say anymore? Forgive me, but I need to have a pity party today. Will you join me? Bring some snacks so we can all sit around and be fat together. In fact, I'll go to GrubHub and find a place close by who'll deliver! We can't go wrong.

    I feel like a cow. Really, the title says it all and I should just stop writing now. Maybe it's all in my head. Maybe I'm just imagining things. Whether I am or not, I still feel that way. And I hate feeling that way.

    Doesn't everyone have days like this, where you feel as if you're twice as big as you really are? Before I had kids, I still had my "fat days." The kids are not the issue. The feelings are. I feel fat.
    Fat. Fat. Fat. Fat. Fat.

    I'm not fat, but I still feel like it. And I cringe when I look in the mirror lately. Okay, so I'm not rail-thin like I was prior to having my babies (two, fourteen months apart, thank you), but I'm not massive. I'm just a little curvier now. Curvy is okay, but some days I wish I still looked like a little boy. This womanly business is strange to me.

    It's like my whole body has become someone else's since I had kids. My hair was bone-straight; now it's curly. I had boobs before, but now they're BOOBS. My once-washboard abs are now encased in a layer of what I feel is mush; they're still there, but I can't bounce a quarter off them anymore. I was a size four and now I'm an eight. Gah! I guess I'm just not used to being a little rounder, a little curvier, a little softer...more womanly.

    Even my teeth feel fat. Is that possible?

    I guess it could always be worse. I could've died giving birth and my figure wouldn't have mattered anymore. That is such an Eatmisery thing to think. The silver linings I find in clouds are not normal silver linings, people.

    I'm going to trim my fingernails now. They look fat to me.

    *Not that there's anything wrong with that...

    Tuesday, October 03, 2006

    A Privacy Act...

    Last night, as Hubby was preparing Baby Jack's bath, Baby Jack was screaming in the living room. Hubby had to get a new washcloth and he left the bathroom. Baby Jack always screams when Hubby leaves a room and he can't see him, so I figured that's why he was throwing a fit. He was really, really going apeshit. Why?

    Believe it or not, he actually wanted to take a bath. (Gasp!)

    So, I let him go into the bathroom and he tried to climb into the tub. It was no big surprise that he wanted to climb because he climbs on everything now. It was, however, a big surprise that he wanted to climb into the TUB which had WATER pouring into it...the root of all his baby fears.

    Hubby came back into the bathroom and he and Baby Jack watched the tub fill up with lots of bubbles. And then Baby Jack did something he's never done to me before.

    He turned around, looked right into my eyes, and slammed the door on me. Was I hurt that he didn't want me to be a part of that? Hell no! He was just trying to get a little privacy and he knows that the door gets closed during bathtime. Plus, he really likes to slam things now (e.g. cabinets, doors, baby gates, etc.).

    And then he continued to slam the toilet seat lid until Hubby put him in the tub. THAT'S my boy. Heh...

    While he still doesn't like to get his hair washed and he still doesn't sit for a bath, him standing in the tub is fine by us. The best part of last night was him wanting to go in the tub in the first place. That's a big step for him and I am so very proud of my little guy.

    *Sigh*

    He's becoming a big boy, you know. It both elates and saddens me at the same time.

    Monday, October 02, 2006

    Is It Monday Already?...

    I can't believe the weekends go by so fast. I wish they were longer. In fact, I wish we had all week off and only had to work on the weekends. That would be cool. Better yet...I wish we didn't have to work at all. Heh... That would be waaaaay cool.

    Hubby sees the primary care doctor today for a referral to his back doctor. He needs a referral or the visit isn't covered by our HMO. Red tape, as usual. Once he sees his back doctor, we can make plans on having his back surgery sometime soon. Cross your fingers.

    We didn't find the Benadryl Quick Dissolve Strips, but we did get the Triaminic ones that do the same thing. And guess who didn't have a stuff nose yesterday afternoon? And guess who went to bed right away last night? Yep...Baby Jack! He's onto me, though. He knew after the first strip this afternoon that there was medicine in it and he tried to spit the first half of it out. So I stuck the other half into a piece of his PBJ and he never knew. That's what I'll have to do from now on...fold it up and stick it into a food he likes. He likes cake, so that's where it'll be going. Cross your fingers on that, too.

    We had quite a busy weekend. My niece from Kansas came in for a visit and we saw her on Saturday and hung out at my parents' house with the kids. I wish I'd been able to see her for more time, but I'll take any time with her I can get. I miss her. She's been through some rough patches lately and I just wanted to hug her and hold her for all the days. My in-laws had a birthday party for two of their grandsons, so we were there yesterday afternoon. We did, however, make it home in time for the Bears game. Heh...

    Have a happy Monday, if you can! And if you can't, go ahead and give Monday the finger. You'll feel better if you do.

    Confidential to my friend whose favorite color happens to be brown: The only regrets in life are the chances we did not take.

    Sunday, October 01, 2006

    Where Can I Get This Manna?...

    As you know, I currently have a dilemma. I'm looking for meltaway Benadryl tablets for children and meltaway Tylenol tablets for children. I'm also looking for those meltaway Benadryl strips, similar to those Listerine Pocket Packs thingies. Do you know where I can get any of these or do I have to go through my pediatrician? Does anyone know if they also make those with an added decongestant? Woe is me.

    Thanks to all of you who have given me tips on this issue already. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated, now and in the future. I accept any and all advice regarding this issue and I will forever be indebted to you. (Translation: If you help me find this manna, you won't have to read about my bitching about it anymore.) Heh...

    Sincerely,
    The Management