Thursday, April 23, 2009
It has been a crazed busy week. I have been semi "here" for the last week due to house guests. My daughter called last week and asked for help. She was struggling with Ali, not getting the support she needed from her spouse and wanted to come stay for a bit. She asked for 2 weeks but I had to tell her I already "booked" my downstairs apartment to my brother and his wife for 2 days. So she settled for 5 days and went back home (for now...). I spent those days tending to Ali, loving on the baby, and trying to get her on a schedule of some sorts. Both parents are a bit clueless and my daughter basically took notes on those common sense things that us mothers pass on to each generation. I kept Ali with me upstairs and let my daughter catch up on sleep.
I will admit that I loved every second spent with that baby. It would explain the horrid withdrawal I went thru when I put them back on the ferry home. I am use to not sleeping tons (let alone "normally"). I think part of us (my hubby included in the "us") was prepping ourselves for the what ifs - ie it is very possible we could end up raising Ali for awhile (since both parents are struggling with growing up and being responsible). We can do this and will do it if need be. We shall cross this bridge if it comes - until then we will keep teaching them how to be responsible parents and pray that it takes.
My brother (who lives in Alaska) came down with his wife. I haven't seen him since the picture of my almost max weight (ie the wedding pic on my page). It was a shock for all of us. My brother pointed out that he hadn't seen me this small since, oh 7th -8th grade. And I have never seen him this heavy ever (but he has been this weight right after his divorce from his first wife which I never saw). Both him and his wife had put on some weight. So we spent the time together, catching up and talking about diet, nutrition, and what the hell they needed to do - ie hello, alcohol puts on POUNDS. You can not drink EVERY day more than one 4-6 ounce glass of wine and NOT expect to see the scale reflect it. Sorry - it won't happen. Pick your couple days you want to "chill and relax" and keep it to that. Very odd to give nutritional counseling to your family but then again, not really. I have part of my family who are very self conscious and aware so they are open. And then I have a couple who voice wanting to change but not wiling to make the actual change. Sometimes these things take time.
So after I caught up on sleep, am fighting off a cold (since everyone around me is trying to get me SICK - YES I hate ya all), and once again, battling with major tailbone pain (ie my back is wacked and I need to work on my core to pull it back in place)....I challenged my teams to a 4 week challenge. Because why the heck not?
Ms Ali sleeping comfortably: