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8/31/15 4:57 A

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Oh dear...what a really rough night you have had, Pat. Poor Melanie..what a nightmare to have to go through at this juncture!

Take it easy Pat and keep us posted. I leave for Singapore tomorrow but I will definitely check on messages from you.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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8/30/15 12:28 P

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Oh what a night. DD called last night around 10:30 pm to say that she was really sick with a fever and possibly an infection. This close to giving birth, they worry about sepsis. They told her to go to the ER. She asked me to take her so she could leave the baby home with dad. They put her on an IV, did blood work and monitored her vitals. They gave her a strong antibiotic through her IV to help with the UTI they determined she had. I finally got to bed at 4 am and woke up this morning at 11:30 am. She said she had a rough night and that she still had a fever this morning. Her doc on call said that she should go back to the hospital and be admitted, but she said that she could not leave the baby again for that long a time. She will be going back to the doctor again tomorrow.

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8/30/15 10:49 A

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Hi Pat. You have set a new benchmark for the phrase non-complainer!!!

Okay. It took having a baby for me to see that both your daughters have your strong genes. I will forgive Daughter 32 for her choice of daddy for her baby but apart from that, in every way, she's just like you...getting things done without whining and complaining. What a trooper...like her mum!

I had a good run today and and a good day of doing nothing but studying, reading and watching TV...felt really good...

Have a good Sunday, my kawan-kawan. Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

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8/29/15 9:03 A

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Prema, I caught on to the furniture moving too. It's to be expected of Kathy's grandkids. Hopefully Nolan, and even Stella, can take over for Kathy real soon. She may have to hold off a little on the piano moving though, after swimming, Nolan would be too tired to get that done. You are right, I am not a complainer. I could be having a heart attack and ask someone if they could take me to the hospital if it would not be too much of an inconvenience. LOL

Kathy, it's going to be in the high 80's here for the next week. No signs of fall here. I'm not complaining though, we'll take advantage of pool time after school.

My youngest daughter is acting like she never had a baby last week. She is up and around and doing so much. Driving is not problem and if possible, I would think she would be able to get back to work already. I'll be going to Donovan's football game this afternoon, the first time I will see him play in full pads and tackling. He's come a long way from flag football which he started at the age of 3.

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8/29/15 6:17 A

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Pat, did you read Kathy's post...the napping was just a red herring to throw us both off from the real item in her writing...Nolan has genetically acquired the grandmother's trait of moving furniture around. Either that or he has seen her do it enough number of times to think it's fun!! And she did not tell us cos we would have nagged...at least, I would have nagged. You are just too kind.

Anyway, Kathy, that was awesome amount of napping...to be expected after massive swimming and furniture moving!!! Hope you got a chance to nap too!

Pat, you had knee problems almost 20 years ago...whoa! Amazing willpower and strength...guess you are also not the complaining sort...join my club...be a whiner! emoticon

Have a good weekend, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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8/27/15 10:32 A

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Prema, I first went to a knee doctor in the '90's, but he said I was too young for knee surgery and kind of dismissed me. I retired in 2010 so that Donovan could go to pre-school. I've had good times and bad, but the bad days are closer and more intense. I got some new sneakers (Nike) with good traction and padding. I'm breaking them in so that when I have the operation, they will be ready to go.

Kathy, that is an awesome amount of napping. I hope you were able to get some rest too. The temps and humidity are going to increase here too, but not until tomorrow and into next week. Too bad the kids are in school and have to miss prime pool time. The pool doesn't open until 4pm on school days.

Davis is already tired after playing outside for an hour this morning.

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"Air you can wear" is the description from the weatherman this morning, so the moderate temperatures are gone!! I'll forego my walk this morning and go to the Y after I take Stella home this evening.

I had a chuckle yesterday as I watched Nolan pick up his chair and relocate it. He's going to be quite helpful as he gets older.😁 He had a great time in the pool yesterday, though there weren't many others in the pool. Classes resume next week. He slept 3 1/2 hours yesterday morning and 2 1/2 hours after swimming.

I'll get into the yard this morning to gather weeds....

My Zip pedometer stopped working Tuesday at some point. I called customer service and the display returned momentarily, then just went away. They had me remove the battery and move/adjust some things, but it made no difference. They're sending me a new one. Funny thing: It's been working fine since I got up yesterday morning. I may call them today to see what they want me to do.

Enjoy your day!!

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8/27/15 4:26 A

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So you blew your knees out...for how long now?? Pat, my kawan....words fail me!

Managed to get a run today - the weather was fine and there was no haze. It's now 425pm and there is a major haze out there!

Tomorrow, I train in the gym - so that's okay....

Have a good one, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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8/26/15 4:02 P

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Prema, I think I already blew out my knees with grandson # 1. Numbers 2 and 3 should benefit greatly if surgery is going to happen. Back in the day I had a desk job that involved very little walking around and I think after retiring, I was abusing the joints.

It's a cool day here, too bad that a nice walk is out of the question.

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8/26/15 5:12 A

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Pat, you have no idea just how relieved I feel about you fixing your knee before Max and Davis enter into a battle royale over toys and grandma's arms...Donovan may end up acting as an assistant referee every now and then!! Maxwell is a fairly large baby...not surprised that he needs more milk!

Kathy, you are on a slightly different page from Pat. Your Nolan will be, in the coming weeks, making you move more and more. How are the legs going to be able to cope with that and the mowing and the moving around of stuff!! And by the way, apart from being very cruel to your legs, you are a very kind person to take your friend out for lunch before her quality of life deteriorated!! Kids sometimes have no idea that when they see their ageing parents, it's merely a reflection of themselves in about 30 years ahead in the future!!

The weather is really hazy today. Some prediction of rain tonight. Hopefully, this happens and tomorrow morning, I can get in a run before work.

Take care and beeeeeeeg hugs, Prema

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8/25/15 6:27 P

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Kathy, little boys can do that to you. I know that when Davis takes a nap, that's my favorite time of day. LOL Now that Donovan is in school, my days should get easier.

Baby Maxwell went to the doctor today for his first check up. The doctor recommended that he get a little more food in him. From 1 oz every four hours to 1.5 oz every 4 hours. He was here for an hour and did not open his eyes once.

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8/25/15 12:04 P

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Nolan kept me pretty busy yesterday....quite active, that little one.

Our temperatures have moderated substantially...I could have used a jacket this morning on my walk.

I'm taking my friend Stacie to lunch, a restaurant her son told her about but hasn't taken her to. She's due to have brain surgery before long...while she's awake.

Good day, kawan-kawan.
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8/25/15 9:56 A

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Prema, Davis is well and enjoys the baby. No signs of jealousy yet. I just asked him if he liked Melanie's baby and he said "no, that's mommy's baby". I asked if he liked mommy's baby and he said yes. I like Max. When the baby starts walking and taking his toys, he may have a different opinion. The knees are not enjoying this lovely weather. Cool mornings and comfortable days with low humidity.

Today was the first day of school. The bus stop was filled with a lot of kids just waiting for a fresh start. That should wear out by about 3:30 pm today. LOL

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8/25/15 5:17 A

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Pat, I am very glad that Davis has recovered completely - do you see any signs of jealousy over the new baby?

Knees doing okay? My run was not very great this morning as the weather was very hazy. I hope it clears by tomorrow - but I have my doubts as even last night's rain did nothing to get rid of the haze this morning. Quite a few runners were out early this morning and all of them had complaints.

Kathy, if I don't hear from you, I end up thinking that the mower got the better of you...all okay, my kawan?

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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8/24/15 9:56 A

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Prema, the baby is a natural with "selfies". Donovan has always been a poser and Davis is still working on it.

We got a little rain last night. It was needed so much. Donovan starts school tomorrow, so we are going out to lunch this afternoon. Maybe Maxwell and Melanie want to go too.

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8/24/15 5:46 A

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I would be very very very delighted to have you both here in Malaysia. I will spoil you rotten with travelling holidays and spas and delicious food (spicy and non-spicy)....I hope all these tempt you both to come to Malaysia even without me becoming a grandmother...

By the way Pat, that photograph of your 2 Ds holding Baby Maxwell and smiling into the camera was absolutely precious. And almost at the same time, Kathy, I saw the picture of Nolan napping on you...the word "cute" here does not even come close to describing his look and yours!!

Me jealous??? You got to be kidding!!!!

Have a great start to the week and may the mowing be kind to your knees!!

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8/23/15 3:43 P

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Kathy, count me in. We'll give Prema some top notch lessons in grandparenting. They are so much better than kids. You get to spoil them and then send them home.

Donovan starts school on Tuesday. Maxwell came home from the hospital this morning.

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8/23/15 1:42 P

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As much as I don't enjoy sweating, I do enjoy working in my yard!! There's something about a job well done...even if it's not completely done in a single day.

Stella spent the night and went to church with me this morning. She changed into one of her daddy's t-shirts after church--quite a sight, but she loves it!! I would love to have more grandchildren; unfortunately, I think I'm maxed out at two and definitely grateful for both.

Prema, I think Pat and I should come to Malaysia for the birth of your first grandchild...probably not going to happen, but a threat on the horizon should keep you on your toes!!

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8/23/15 8:44 A

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Prema, I just could not wait and got out and mowed last night. It wasn't all that bad. The back yard was completely shaded and I took my time. Felt good to get back out there again. I have some baby pics on facebook, my favorite being the one with the 3 boys. Love them to pieces. Maxwell comes home today.

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8/23/15 5:12 A

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Kathy, clarification time again...from me...in my dreams, I am a cougar...big-time. Almost like Joan Collins in Dynasty...how about that for a lofty ambition??? I don't mind the kids...but what happens when they start whining for their mum? He will run back in double quick time to them...no guy I know can take care of 6 kids let alone one kid!!!

Pat, congratulations on becoming a grandmother again...Maxwell...like Maxwell Smart from Get Smart. By the way, did you know that the Hindus believe it's good luck when a newborn boy looks like his mum and the girl looks like the dad? I personally find this weird...but I am glad that kids change their looks as they get older...as both my kids now look like me! How's you daughter doing? Is she all okay too?

And by the way, the two of you are nuts. Behind the mower? Seriously? Seriously??? Pat, you are headed to see an orthopaedic surgeon and Kathy, you did a gazillion steps on the pedometer very very recently...you are both officially nuts!! How about handing over the task to a kind neighbour? I can hear you...loud and clear...NO PREMA - WE ARE OKAY..

Have a good Sunday, my dearest kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I'm going to get behind the mower tomorrow. Just the back yard though. The weather has been dry so the front doesn't need to be done.

Going up to see the baby again today.

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8/22/15 9:41 A

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Clarification: Stella is driven to school by one or both parents. There is a 4-digit code she must enter to enter the building and then swipe her identification badge to enter the classroom area.

It felt good to get behind the mower again. I spent a few hours in the yard yesterday clipping and snipping!

Glad to hear Maxwell made it; glad he looks like mom!!

Prema, you're a cougar!!??!! I'll take Liam Neeson or Sean Connery any day. I'm guessing you're not in favour of Brad bringing along his offspring.

I've been to the Y...it's currently raining.

Blessings, my kawan-kawan.

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8/21/15 10:58 P

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Baby Maxwell was born this evening (8/21) at 8:26 pm. Mom and baby are doing fine and luckily the baby looks like mom. I don't have a height or weight yet as they have kept the baby on mom's chest to get him to try to breastfeed. He hasn't tried yet. I was the only one they wanted to come to the hospital to visit. I'm sure there will be plenty of people up there tomorrow. Mom and baby will go home on Sunday.

The orthopedic doctor has recommended me to an orthopedic surgeon. I see him on September 4th to see where we go from there.

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Prema, the baby's heart rate is being constantly monitored for any signs of distress. No news on the baby front today. Today I go to the knee doc to see what's next.

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Hi Kathy. Stella's almost a young lady...when did this happen? I thought we were all communicating about her some 6 months ago or something on giving you the world's best hugs??WOW...time has really slipped by...
By the way, please go easy on the mowing...seriously...

Pat, does this mean that the doctors will opt for a vaginal delivery for as long as the baby is not in distress? I suppose your daughter will be okay for as long as her contractions are mild...is her pain tolerance as good as yours or are you the only one in the family whose tolerance is completely off the charts?? Ihope Davis recovers quickly...he will have a tough problem understanding the amount of attention his grandma has to give to the new baby!

Have a good weekend, my kawan-kawan. Tomorrow, I will be the MC at my friend's wedding. This is her second marriage and she has found love again at 58 with a guy who is 60...he seems okay and we are all praying that all will augur well for her in the days to come. Do you think Brad Pitt is ready to leave what's-her-name for an older woman yet? Will he end up taking his kids with him if he moves in with me.... emoticon ..... emoticon

Have a great weekend, my dearest kawan-kawan...

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

PS..how is it that I ran 4.4 miles today without any pain to my legs but end up with a crick in the neck and shoulder??? Sucks to grow old....

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8/20/15 8:49 P

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Kathy, I hope you enjoyed your new mower. Wow! Stella walking to school by herself, I don't know if I could do that. Davis had a much better day today, but was still not up to his usual eating. I think his resistance was down when he went to the doctor on Monday for his 2.5 year check up and may have picked up a bug there. I went up to the hospital for 3.5 hours this evening and just got home. They are now trying plan C. Plan A was a tampon type medication to try to induce labor. Step B was petosin. Step 3, which she is now on, is a pill every 4 hours to soften the cervix and if that doesn't work, they will combine steps 2 and 3 tomorrow morning. Their goal is a vaginal delivery. She has been having mild contractions for the last few days, but nothing big. Today around 7pm we had to call the nurse's station because the ceiling was leaking a lot of water onto the bed. They moved her and all her possessions to the room next door. They said the room above hers was the ICU. Very strange. The baby's name will be Maxwell.

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Back from the Y. I'll mow today as soon as the dew dries...I do miss doing that, as sick as that may sound. It will be the first time I've fired up my new mower.

Nolan was under the weather yesterday. I kept him late because Pat and Kelley had a dinner for Kelley's job, but he was out by 7:15. I called Kelley when I got home from the Y to see how he was this morning, and he's fine--probably a teething issue.

Today will be the first time I won't have Stella....a new sad.😢 She's loving school and walked herself into school yesterday...pushing in the security code and scanning her identification badge for admittance. Where has the time gone??

Hope Davis keeps improving. Keep us posted on that new baby, Pat. I forget, do they have a name picked out?

Blessed day, my kawan-kawan.
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Davis is feeling much better today. DD was admitted into the hospital last night to start the labor and delivery process. No news as of 8 am.

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8/20/15 6:47 A

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Prayers, prayers and more prayers. Keep me posted....

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Davis is still sick and is being brought over after SIL could not get the day off and DD has her first day of school. Fever this morning was 102.0.

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I accepted both of you, Kathy and Pat, as my friends on Facebook.

Pat, you have no idea what a blessing it is to be able to sleep on one side and not have the other side hear any snoring....Anyway, I did try using ear plugs but as my husband likes to sleep on his back, rather than his side, the snoring sounds like a train. This is the description given by both my children to him...and he remains in total denial about this aspect of himself!!!

Adam must have a low level of awareness if he cannot see for himself, what a wonderful hubby his sister-in-law has...if he had a slightly higher level of awareness, he would have picked up valuable lessons from your older SIL on how to be present at all times in the life of his family as well as his extended family (that's you!) especially since they are perpetually helpful! Duhhhh!!!

Hope Davis gets better soon and no one else catches his bug. It will be no fun having a household of sick people plus a daughter about to deliver and a new baby in the house. This situation could floor anybody, my kawan. Prayers coming your way that the remaining days until the birth of the baby, get better!

Kathy, my kawan, 18,000 steps is equivalent to about 8 miles and with your legs, this is a frightening number. I hope you iced your feet and legs and continue to do so for the next few days before you undertake even light exercise!! You, inadvertently, tortured your lower body...hope the parts associated with your lower body forgive you quickly with minimal fuss!!

Kathy, you and Pat, in addition to being my grandma mentors, are also my guide on how to be an effective MIL. Pat has one good SIL and one not-so-good SIL and she is handling both effectively. You have a DIL with a questionable mum and you have never thrown this in her face. I have seen too many people berate the mums of their DILs and SILs and that too, in front of them. A case in point is my MIL...and now that she has reached 80, she wonders why her grandchildren rarely visit her!!!

I had a good workout today and I had to forgive my trainer for his torture cos he was able to get rid of the crick in my neck and the knots in my shoulder. So, the assassination of my PT has been postponed...yet again!

Have a good Wednesday, my kawan-kawan!

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, I accepted your friend request. Thanks for adding me to your list of friends. You are lucky to have a great DIL, I remember once my daughter told me the TV show Family Feud was on and one of the questions at the end of the show was rate your MIL on a scale of 1 to 10 and he said 10. How special was that? Did Stella enjoy her first day of school? I bet she feels special.

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You should both be receiving friend requests from me on Facebook...Kathy McGuire-DeCesaro.

We celebrated Stella's first day of school with a meal she chose. Justin moved into a hotel on base. After the house cleared, I decided to head to the YMCA. On my way home, my left front tire blew just as I crossed the bridge into Haysville. I pulled into an empty lot across from the fire station; I didn't have my phone with me, so I walked home so I could call AAA. My neighbors' lights were out, so I walked back to my car. AAA came about 11:45 to change the tire. By the time I got home, there's no way I was going to sleep--though I did try. Morning came too soon. I ended up with over 18,000 steps on my pedometer yesterday. I hurt today because my workout at the Y was lower body...in addition to the walking.

I am blessed to have a great daughter-in-law!! I admit I had some reservations before they were married, but I told her that being honest with one another would be the best way for our relationship to thrive. At first, most requests came through Pat, but eventually she began to trust our relationship. I'm glad she trusts me, since her mother is so unpredictable.

You two make my heart smile!!

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Prema, I have one SIL and he is great. The father of Davis and Donovan. Adam aka loser boy is just a boyfriend and nothing more than a sperm donor and a co-habitator. It's too bad about your having to kick your husband out of bed, but good for you getting the extra space. I am actually 100% deaf in my right ear, so I can usually block out the noise.

Davis has been sick, yesterday 2 really bad bms and last night at home he vomited. Today he has a fever and has taken 4 naps. I have tried to keep him hydrated and have gotten about 12 ozs of water in him. I didn't feel too great either, but am recovering and hope to feel well enough to go out with Dh for my birthday. If not, it'll have to wait until Saturday since the baby will be induced tomorrow and probably born on Thursday. Dh works on Friday and Sunday nights.

Hi Kathy.

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Yes, Kathy, I am on Facebook. I'm Prema Mehrotra-Pillai and I am soooo excited about seeing the pictures of Stella's first day at school. I guess Pat is right - this has to be kindergarten, right??

By the way, did I tell you girls that I asked my husband to sleep in the guest room (which is almost as big as the master bedroom) until he saw a doctor about his snoring? The thing is, despite all our statements about his snoring, he is in total denial about this matter...just like he's in total denial about his diabetes type 2. He agreed and only yesterday said that he would see a doctor "real soon" (whatever that means!) as he finds it more comfortable to sleep in the master bedroom. Well, I have just gotten so used to relaxing in the bedroom at night and reading quietly before sleep overtakes me that I now find myself hoping that he would do his usual and procrastinate about making the appointment!! I know I am being cruel but it has been wonderful ever since I got the entire bed to myself!!!!

At least Kathy, you could kick out your son. Not sure that I can do that with my husband. Or maybe I can... emoticon ...

Pat, now I am really worried about you. With your knees, having to deal with a baby and a possibility of post-partum depression coupled with a "not very useful" son-in-law, you could be facing challenges beyond expectations!!! Kathy, you and I need to fly and be by her side if this happens. And you have to make sure that I do not kick the s-i-l in the backside if I see him behaving less than useful after the birth of the baby.

Had a great run this morning. Nice and cool. Also saw a handsome guy running and pretended that I had more energy than I really did and only started panting after he waved goodbye and ran out of sight!! emoticon

Beeeeeeg Hugs to both of you, Prema

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Prema, I worry about post-partum depression with this daughter. She has always had problems with mental health, and I will be keeping a close eye on her and her little one. God knows that dad needs help!

Kathy, yes, I am on Facebook. If you want to friend me, I'm patmasters927@gmail.com. I hope you get to see some great pictures of Stella's first day of school. Is this kindergarten?

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I walked a couple of miles early and then went and picked up Nolan. Pat & Kelley wanted to take Stella for her first day of school. I thought maybe she'd be dressed in her uniform when I picked up Nolan--what was I thinking? Pat will probably post a picture of her on Facebook. Are either of you on Facebook?

I'm going to see if I can make buttonholes with my sewing machine today. I couldn't get it to work last time. I can do them by hand, but it'd rather not. I could finish up Stella's dress...IF I can get it to work. That lets me get the sewing stuff off of the dining room table, which I'll have to clear off today anyway.

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Hi Pat. Kids will always be jealous of one another when there's a grandma involved. It's one of the rewards of being a great grandmother which you and Kathy both are. I can't help but think that you may have to deal with your daughters instead on this matter...I have always imagined that a grandma's heart expands to hold the love for every additional grandchild that comes into the family - but I have also heard siblings accuse their mum of favouring one set of grandchildren over another. Maybe your girls are both past it but on the days when looking after a baby becomes the most overwhelming responsibility around, then you may be on the receiving end of this situation yourself. Post-partum depression.....maybe...

More concerned about the knees, Pat. Please keep us posted about the doctor's opinions after you see him on Friday.

Hi Kathy. I must apologise for being so mean about Theresa. I just cannot imagine how cold anyone can be when it comes to their own grandchildren. And both Stella and Nolan may have their moments...but they are lovely children and both of them know how to give a good hug...that's worth flying over to America any day, any time... Hope you had a good night's rest and here's a toast to getting your space back...

Have a great start to the week, my kawan-kawan....

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Kathy, you deserve a great night's sleep. Sweet dreams my kawan.

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I've been in the yard and also to the store. Now I'm tired.

Justin will move to a hotel tomorrow. I don't mind having him here, but I do miss my truly alone time. He'll be with us tomorrow evening for Stella's first day of school celebration.

I'm about to doze off...benadryl for my mosquito bites.

Much love to you both,
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I should be in the yard, but I'm not. I need to make a trip to the store to get some Italian sausage to make meatballs...The kids will come for supper tomorrow on Stella's first day of school. I guess that's a new tradition.

Back later.

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Prema, I don't know how Davis will feel with the new baby coming. My daughter asked me the other day if Davis knew she was having a baby. I told her that I did tell him and asked him if he knew where Aunt Melanie's baby was. He said, at home? I said no. He said in the car? Me: no, the back yard, no he's in aunt Melanie's tummy. He said, oh, okay. I guess until he sees him, it won't be real to him. The knees are not great, I go back to the knee doc on Friday. Bee stings are gone with no side effects.

Kathy, wishing you a happy Sunday. Let us know how the "other" grandma's play date turned out.

Today will be a pool day. This is the last week it is open on week days and then it will only be open on the weekend until Labor Day.

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Kathy, it's the old "if you don't have it, then I don't need it either" syndrome and the opposite of that is...if you have my mama's lap, then I will also have my mama's lap and I want more space than you...there will come a time when you, Kelley and our kawan Pat will not be able to balance even one child on the lap, let alone two!! By the way, it's Sunday and cynical day...Kelley wants the children over cos someone is coming over with her grandkids and all the children can play together?? Really?? Did Kelley tell Theresa that playtime is usually supervised lest one kids kills another unintentionally...okay, so I am being mean...I'm just saying that if one has never taken care of kids, one should not start when others are around as they will all see that the kids have much less attachment than expected to the caregiver! I agree I am being mean and I apologise in advance!!!

Pat, keep us posted about the bite near the eyes, the ears and the knees?

Have a good Sunday, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, my grandkids have the same problem with wanting attention. When I have them both together, they are both trying to be the center of attention.

Today I took DD for her non stress test and all was well. Next visit is Wednesday when labor will be induced.

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Prema, Stella is vascillating between big sister and "I'm no longer an only child" syndrome. It's amusing (yet frustrating) to watch them vie for mom's undivided attention. Kelley had them both in her lap, and Nolan kept trying to kick and push Stella off. Of course, both can be otherwise occupied but as soon as one returns to mom, both are there!!

Stella told me yesterday that Grandma Teresa was "begging" her parents to let her pay for Stella's school. Interesting remark for a 5-year-old. That's what Grandma Teresa told her. Wednesday was the first time Teresa had the kids since she walked out of the baby shower--she asked Kelley for the kids because someone was coming over with their grandkids, and she wanted the kids to play with them. It's the first that Kelley had spoken with her mom.

Justin isn't going to Las Vegas. The broken foot changed the plans. He's been here all week, but the Air Force will be putting him in a hotel until September 4th...starting Monday.

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Prema, the icing did work. You can't tell by looking at me that I had been stung. I have an eye doctor's appointment this morning, so while he is looking at my eyes, I'll have him take a quick glance at the bite that was close to my right eye.
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Pat, please update us about your condition.

How absolutely painful this must be for you. I know I am allergic to bee stings...and I live in the tropics! I hope you are not allergic to the sting cos it can be very frightening when you are allergic. Did the icing work?

Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Hi ladies, had a really busy day with the kids yesterday . Went to a nature preserve with Bison, fish pools and other wildlife. Later we went to the pool. This morning started out on a bad note. I was outside watching Davis play and I was reading the newspaper. A bee was buzzing around my head and then stung me, not just once, but 3 times. Twice in the ear and once on the face. I tried to shoo him away with my newspaper, but I just aggravated him I guess. I wanted to get Davis in the house, but he didn't want to come in, so I had to get him and fight off the bee at the same time. I couldn't find the stinger, so I am just icing the areas.

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Pat, how is DD doing?

Kathy, how is Stella today?

Weather in Malaysia - the usual kind as well as the political kind - is far worse and more unpredictable than a man!!!!

Beeeeg Hugs, Prema

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It's official...Kathy and Pat hold the world record for having the sweetest blood. Mine must be bitter or maybe too spicy for the mosquitoes?? emoticon

Pat, the GOP is, like many debates around the world, a joke. However, this time around, with Donald Trump, at the helm of the noise level, it has turned into a circus. He has mastered the art of putting both his feet in his mouth at the same time...and leaving them in there to ferment!! I saw one of his "The Apprentice" programs once and I wanted to throw up...he is a chauvinist and politically, the most incorrect person in America!!

I hope DD and her guy do not unpack the boxes when the baby is in the apartment - the dust will set off all sorts of problems for the baby and they may not really understand how this small bundle can actually take their entire routine and bin it!! Thank God for you and your other daughter!!

Kathy, is Stella going through a phase of sorts? Is it her brother? Has she found out how hard it is to love a sibling and be jealous at the same time??

My trainer was a little under the weather but still turned up for my session. emoticon . OHMYGOD!!!!!

Have a good one today. Beeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, the mosquitos are at an all time high here too. I was out back for 2 minutes and came in with 3 bites. Yuck! The kids played outside most of the day and I don't think they got a single bite.

Prema, the GOP has to be the biggest joke world wide. It beats the Democrats though. I don't know if "dad" will be much help. With all of the moving, he has lagged behind. Living room is filled with boxes and with a little one on the way, the nursery would not have been set up and ready without me and my other daughter. He did put together the crib though.

DD was supposed to be in the hospital for 24 hours, turned into 30 hours. I have to take her back to the hospital Saturday for a stress test and then next Wednesday night when they will induce labor.

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Mower assembled and mosquitoes fed!! Whoever mowed, mowed the front and side...not the back. Think I'll let it go, since the mowers (gift from the kids) are due on Friday. Although I should mow a strip or two to make sure the mower works. They said not to throw out any of the packing material until I know it works, and the trash gets picked up tomorrow.

Stella's school was without power yesterday too, so Kelley actually worked from home. Stella was wound tighter than a drum by the time they picked up Nolan. I guess I could have volunteered to watch both kids, but I didn't.

Pat, the baby would certainly be a special birthday gift. Keeping fingers crossed.

Need to climb into the shower...have a good day!

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Kathy, happy new mower day from me too...and a big thanks to God for ensuring that you did not use it by getting someone else to mow the lawn for you. God rocks!! And you were so whacked that you did not even hear the alarm - got to listen to the body, Kathy. You cannot fight fatigue without some repercussions headed your way. Take it easy...

Pat, 37 weeks is already considered full-term so that should be good. Hope the baby has all your genes and your DD's genes and as little from the father as possible. However, we could all get a huge surprise... and he turns out to be a great daddy. That would redeem him in everyone's eyes, including yours, Pat. Right???

And by the way, the GOP and the news about the Republican candidates had far greater coverage than MH 370 in Malaysia...go figure!!!!

Take care everybody. Take care, my kawan-kawan.

Beeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Kathy, happy new mower day! We must have gotten your storm today because we had really high winds this afternoon and a tree from next door fell and shattered into pieces. I must have been about a 40 foot tree that was dead. Branches fell in our yard, but no damage to any houses, sheds or fences.

Prema, I think that if a paper towel was found on the island that we hear about that. They talk about MH 370 almost as much the Republican candidates for president. Today DD was admitted to the hospital again for a 24 hour urine and BP check. Her doctor came in today and said that they will probably induce labor next week which will be at 37 weeks. It's also my birthday week, so that would be a nice surprise if he came on the 18th. I went to the hospital to bring her some real food after I went to PT. My other DD went with me.

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My new mower should arrive today, BUT someone mowed my yard yesterday.

Justin woke me this morning to let me know the power was off because of the overnight storm. I slept through his phone alarm which usually wakes me up...it's really annoying. I guess I was all tuckered out last night. Pat's out of town for work until Thursday evening, so I'll pick up the kids each morning ; otherwise, Kelley's coming south then haVing to go way north and west to get Stella to school.

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We are now getting news of MH 370 but more about the debris and looking for the debris than anything else!

The flight steward on that flight was a cousin of a good friend of mine and this friend holds a very high position in the Malaysian civil service. She told me when we met up for dinner that her cousin's wife was still in denial about his death as there has been no sign of a body and no word from the government about why the plane diverted so far from its original course. And she is not the only one in denial. Some of the others have accepted the inevitable but feel helpless watching our government muddle through this whole thing without dignity and minus common sense (which we now realise is not so common!)

Oh dear...your poor DD and the family definitely went through a scare. Thank God she is all okay...have you had the heart to tell her that she will have very little time and very little energy after the baby comes...does she know that she may have to depend on Mr Loser to do the necessary management of the rest of the apartment?? Too soon. Don't tell her anything. Let's just stay focussed on the upcoming happy event - the birth of a new baby!

Have a good week everyone.

Beeeeeeeeg Hugs, Prema

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Prema, not a day has gone by without news of MH370. It's crazy. Too bad you have to miss out on all of that. Yesterday DD had a scare with pre- eclampsia with elevated BP, swollen fingers and feet, and a bad headache. Doctor recommended a hospital trip. We spent 2.5 hours with them watching her BP and the baby's BP. She was dehydrated. All is well today. Yesterday after that she wanted to go by a crib and mattress. We got that done. Today it was more of the same with going out to get other necessities. I did 5 loads of baby clothes, towels and blankets. Now most of the baby's room is done but the rest of the apartment is still in shambles after the move.

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