Monday, July 19, 2010
Happy Birthday Mikey!! My oldest is 14 today. I can't believe it. So much has changed since then.
I was 28 and a full-time hospital pharmacist at the time. Brian and I had been married almost 2 years. The pregnancy went well, no real problems. I did look pretty big in July. He was due the end of August. I had planned to quit my job four weeks before my due date. Two weeks prior I had gone to a Huey Lewis concert sponsored by my husband's employer. It was a cool company back then. The concert was free and for employees and their families. In hindsight, I probably jammed out a little too much for my size.
I remember July 19, 1996 like it was yesterday. I was working on Pyxis (like Atms for medications) and had to keep going to the bathroom. I had an appointment later that day, but another pharmacist said that I didn't look so good. I moved my appointment up and had my hubby come get me. My doc was at another hospital, although I was going to deliver where I worked. My doc had just finished telling me that late in the pregnancy the baby pushes on the bladder a lot, when the test strip for amniotic fluid turned bright blue. Yep, my water had broke. Okay, back to my work hospital. The first family member I could get a hold of was my dad who said, "You can't be in labor, your baby shower is tomorrow." Well dad, apparently the baby doesn't know that. I had a friend driving from out of state to come to the party. This was before everyone had cell phones. She ended up getting to see Mikey and hold him the next day. I had to have one of my brothers at my house to accept gifts and explain what had happened.
Now it's fourteen years later. My little preemie boy who was 5 lbs 7 oz at birth is now taller than me and stands 5'10". His voice has matured and is quite deep and he takes on a lot of responsibility around the house. Thankfully, he is still very much a kid, and lets his mom hug and kiss him.
I am very blessed to have him in my life.
Friday, July 16, 2010
July 16th, really? My kids go back to school in a month! I can't believe I have to start thinking about school supplies and clothes again. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to get ready. I've taken on extra shifts at work since I have a 14 y/o who can babysit. This really throws off my schedule since I go in at 12noon or 2pm and get off work at 10:30pm or 12:30am. It's hard to get up early enough to beat the heat and do C25K. These extra shifts will help us pay some bills, though.
Swim team is just about over. We only have the end of season party left. Our last swim meet was Wednesday in Logan, IA. Yes, the night of the intense storms. They waited until they saw lightening to cancel the event. We got through the IM races and the team medley races. I got to see my three kids swim one last race each. For my 14y/0, it was really exciting. The 13/14 boys medley team hasn't beat the 13/14 girls team all season. They swam their hearts out, screaming for each other the whole way. The boys finally beat the girls (normally I would cheer on the girls, but my son is swimming). The four boys did a four way chest bump. My 10 y/o daughter swam a fast backstroke in her relay, and my 8 y/o son (who always goes fast) did great with his freestyle. I think the coach will have him doing IM's next year. The storm hit, and all the kids were panicking. My 8 y/o was screaming, "I don't want to die!" We got him calmed down, gathered each other up and one more kid whose parents weren't there, alerted the coach, and left. Hubby was home with the three other kids and he told me the route home was clear. He was right. We made it home before the front hit our town. Thankfully, there wasn't any damage in our town.
Now, I'm getting ready for yet another extra shift. I'm a hospital pharmacist. It's been busy every night I've been there. I'm not used to working all these shifts, and my kids miss me. Please don't give me guilt trips. We have bills.
Oh well, that's how my week has gone. I hope we can do something fun to finish off the summer. Any ideas?
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Summer's half over already. I can't believe it. Swim team only has two weeks left, this one being the critical week with the conference meet on Saturday. This is the second year in a row I have to miss the conference meet since I'm scheduled to work. Maybe I'll drive out to Avoca for some of the meet. I don't have to be at work until 2pm. We'll see. The kids are finally getting better. Mary's inner ear infection is going away after two courses of antibiotics. Mikey's swimmer's ear is better. He was in pain for over a week. Patrick is the only one not getting better. I have to take him to his pulmonologist to adjust his asthma meds. Something is not working right now. He presents with coughing, not wheezing, and his cough is not going away.
I'm still working at Couch to 5K. I did my first day of week 4 today:
Walk 5 min
Jog 3 min/walk 90 sec
Jog 5 min/walk 2.5 min
Jog 3 min/walk 90 sec
Jog 5 min/walk 2.5 min
and I added an extra 60 sec jog to finish my first two miles. I walked another 2 miles. I've been jogging slowly, so I can finish it all without dying. I feel like I can do this, especially if I start waking up earlier to avoid the heat. I also spend two weeks doing each "week" of C25K. That keeps me from advancing too quickly. I hope I can do a 5 K event in the Fall. That would really motivate me!
We had a fun Fourth of July, despite the rain. The kids played with their cousins all day and then the dads and older kids lit the fireworks. No injuries, but lots of mosquito bites. I ate poorly, and feel pretty stupid for that. I've made so much progress. I shouldn't sabotage it like that. Oh well, I'll chalk it up to lack of sleep.
I hope everyone else had a great Fourth!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Although this story has a happy ending (well, middle actually, I've got more weight to lose), it's been a frustrating ten days to this point.
Ten days ago we went camping for the weekend. I was active, but ate horribly. The last few times on the scale have been disappointing for me. I had hit a plateau. I only weigh myself at our doctor's office, same scale every time. One of my kids was sick, so there I was Thursday, only a few days after eating like a pig. I'm obsessive and couldn't help myself. I got on the scale.
Not only had I not lost, I had gained two pounds by that measurement. I was so angry, I didn't even log it on Spark People. Hubby has been great boosting my spirits. I know clothes fit better and some are actually getting loose.
That brings us to today. Two more kids need to see the doctor. I've eaten perfectly since we got back from the camping trip. I've also gotten some workouts in. I'm obsessive and couldn't help myself. I got on the scale.
I'm really obsessive, couldn't help myself, and got on the scale again.
I almost started screaming right there. Now I'm home and I've done my measurements:
Hips down 1.5 inches
Waist down 0.5 inches
Thighs down 0.5 inches
Arms are the same, but they are pretty muscular anyway.
Pretty sure my chest is down too, but that may depress me a little to measure.
I guess I'm chalking up last week's heavy measurement to water weight and all the junk I ate camping. On the way home from the doctor, Mikey was talking about the movie "Independence Day." In it is a scene where they talk about the fat lady singing. I let out an opera note to imitate the fat lady singing, during our conversation. Mikey said, "Mom, you can't do that imitation anymore. You're not a fat lady."
I LOVE MY KIDS!
Monday, June 21, 2010
Well, we did it. We took our first camping trip of the summer up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Some people up there were surprised that Sioux Falls was our destination. I guess it's the spring board to go to Mount Rushmore. We got up there early enough Thursday evening that we could set up camp, eat a few snacks and go to bed. We have a crazy tent, a 20 ft diameter dome tent. You can see pictures at shelter-systems.com. Inside we put four bunk bed cots (disc-o-beds) so the eight of us can sleep in one tent. It's kind of like an army barracks. We're still learning what we are doing. Hubby and I never camped as kids. The kids really loved the Jellystone Campground, especially the pool and jumping pillow. Even my almost 14 year-old was going crazy on the jumping pillow, bouncing off all the smaller kids who happened to be around him. This campground is large, and needs more bathroom facilities. The trip to and from the bathroom was 1/3 of a mile total, to and from the jumping pillow, 1/2 mile total. I sure feel my legs today and am icing my feet and knees. I had to explain who Yogi bear was. The kids have never seen his cartoons. The twins really enjoyed the wagon ride with Yogi and Booboo. Sean gave Yogi the sweetest hug afterward. I'll have Brian download some pics for me.
We really love the city of Sioux Falls. Falls park is beautiful. We had a lot of fun climbing the rocks and taking pics by the waterfall. Every night there's a laser light show, a 45 minute history lesson on the town and falls. I loved how the falls lit up in different colors. It was a beautiful night and all the kids loved the show. We had a conversation with the spokesperson for the show before it started. She announced our name and welcomed us. The kids think we're famous now, even though she said our town was in Nebraska. Nothing against Nebraska, but we love our little Iowa town.
Sioux Falls also has a wonderful bike trail system. We ended up taking a ten mile ride. I was pulling one of the kid trailers behind my bike with Bridget and a bunch of Powerade. I was pretty tired by the end and had to walk up a few hills. I hope hubby gets in better shape soon to help pull the kid trailers. The trail we were on started at the Outdoor Campus which has a beautiful pavillion and about 5 or 6 playgrounds. We ended up going by several parks along the Big Sioux River. Much of the trail is shaded, only a small portion was on a levy with no trees. There seems to be some trail construction going on up there. I believe the trail will eventually connect to Falls Park.
We took a little side trip up to Garretson. There we took a pontoon boat ride on the Split Rock river. The tour guide was funny and included all the kids in his fun stories. The rock formations were beautiful, and I really liked the cliff sparrows too.
Today, I'm recovering. I ate horribly all weekend, way to many carbs and poor carbs at that. By Saturday night, when I had a chance for a protein meal, I felt like I devoured a cow. I was that hungry for protein. I'm back on the wagon today, but probably won't track my food for the weekend. I don't even remember most of it, but know that I was way over on carbs. We'll see if I'm up to a C25K session tomorrow morning. It will have to be early, it looks like a hot one.
Anyway, that's my weekend in a nutshell. It was a wonderful vacation.
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