Thursday, August 31, 2006

Ok, let's try this again

Now that I've calmed down, I'll see if I can remember what I had typed before.

People have been changing their templates. All the blogs I read seem to have gone white and crisp and clean and now I feel far too garish and loud and, well, teal. And I don't particularly like teal. I do, however, really like the monkey. So, my question for you, dear Internets, is twofold and goes like this: A.) Can I keep the monkey and title and stuff, but change the background colour to white and the text to black? And 2.) Since I bought this template (coding ignoramus that I am), is that ok to do? Is it going to piss off the designer? Do I need to ask her permission or is it mine, since I bought and paid for it?


TCBIM and I talked last night. I don't know how sucessful it was, since there seems to be a lot of misunderstanding on both our parts, but the lawn did get mowed, and not by me.

We are both unbelievably stressed these days. Money is so tight that he's taken on side work, which means he's working weekends and may start working evenings, too. I haven't found any paying work and at the moment, don't even see how I'd have time to do it anyway. Plus, I'm not getting much sleep since The Bug is nursing once or twice during the night and The Boo has decided that shrieking is the only method of communication. (and what the fuck is up with that, by the way? Ok, stop. Now. Please.) We're both about ready to snap.


My friend K is having a birthday today. We've known each other since we were five years old but I'm having serious doubts about continuing the friendship. It's been a one-way street for a couple of years with her. She lives north of Boston and I've always been the one to drive to her place. She visited me once in the three years I lived in central Mass. Now that I'm out near the Berkshires, I doubt I'll see her again, unless I drive the 2+ hours to the North Shore.

When my grandmother died, I called her and left a message letting her know. She didn't call me back for three weeks. I left her a message when The Bug was born and I have yet to hear from her. This kind of crap is her usual m. o. and I'm really sick of it.

The problem is, how do you end a friendship? Do you say "I don't want to be friends because of X and Y," or do you just stop calling? Not calling any more seems very cowardly but I'm not sure that I want to call her and say it's over. I'm a big, wussy chicken when it comes to confrontation like that. I'd rather just walk away and let it die a natural death and not burn any bridges.


Did anyone watch Anthony Bourdain in Beirut last night on TLC? It was fantastic. I'm not linking to it because TLC and/or the Travel Channel is what made my computer shit the bed last time, but go look it up. Hopefully they'll re-run it, but if not, check You Tube.

Ok. I think I've remembered it all. If not...oh well. It's lost in the ether.


I fucking HATE this goddamned computer.

I had a huge post typed up and it fucking crashed. AND it erased every fucking bookmark I had. I read a shitload of blogs and every single one of them is gone. All the diabetes sites I had bookmarked are gone. All the school stuff, all the stuff in general - gone. Fan-fucking-tastic.

I swear to god, if I ever meet Steve Jobs, I'm taking this fucking piece of shit he dares to call a computer and I'm shoving it up his ass. Sideways.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Yesterday I had a kick ass post percolating away in my brain, but I never got 3 consecutive minutes to sit at the computer and type it up. And now it's GONE, goddammit. I have absolutely no clue what I was going to say. None. Fanfuckingtastic, yeah? This is what having a baby does to your brain. So, when all thoughts have vanished, what do you do? A bullet post, which is really just another name for the scrapings from the bottom of my brain.

  • The babies are kicking my ass. One or the other or both of them are always crying. Always. Someone needs to be fed or changed or burped or played with or something. I don't even have time to pee any more.
  • I've lost 26 lbs since having The Bug. That's what not being able to eat more than two bites of your meal will do to you. See above.
  • My house is still a mess. TCBIM isn't doing a thing around here. Yesterday morning, he said that he'd be home early last night, implying that he'd be around to help. My answer? "Why bother? You don't do anything when you're here anyway." Which is true. He didn't even have a comeback for it.
  • My back yard is disgusting. Since it's finally stopped raining and since my mother and son are coming over today, I'm going out there to clean it up. I've asked TCBIM to do it, but that's like asking a pig to fly. If the rain stays gone until Friday, I may even attempt to mow the lawn. I wonder if I can do that with The Bug in her sling....
  • I'm going to the library tonight. Anyone have any suggestions for some fun but not too fluffy reading? I don't do romance novels, nor do I do James Patterson and his ilk. I have a list of books that I want to read, but I'm always open to suggestions.
  • I just finished reading The Brief History Of The Dead. Odd book. Really odd. I'm not sure if I liked it, but it did make me think, which is good. I didn't love it, but it wasn't awful.
Aaaand the baby's crying. So I'm off.

Is this what I'm reduced to? Bullet point posts every 4 or 5 days? How pathetic.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

This post has no title

Her Bad Mother put up this post the other day and challenged people to write about the physical love they feel for their kids. It's a difficult subject, since it's easy to make it sound...well, just plain wrong.

I wasn't raised by demonstrative parents. They didn't snuggle and cuddle and kiss and hug. They were reserved, to the point of coldness. I don't ever remember my mother or my father spontaneously hugging me. They just didn't do it. My mother actually discouraged it. She couldn't handle emotions of any kind - tears or joy would make her tense up and get angry. She's still that way today.

I can't say that I felt deprived, since I didn't know any different, but I was a bit fearful of my parents. I didn't feel that they were all that interested in my thoughts or interests, so I didn't talk to them about it. I lived inside my head, mostly, and was slightly jealous of the relationships my friends seemed to have with their mothers.

Then I had children. I couldn't stop looking at them, touching their soft cheeks as they slept, nibbling on their toes as they lay in my lap, brushing their heads as they nursed. I can't seem to keep my hands off them. I hug them, I kiss them, I tickle them. I love the feel of their warm little bodies when they sit next to me. I love to feel O's head on my shoulder when she's tired. I love to brush her hair and feel the weight of it as it falls thru my fingers. I love to blow raspberries on The Boo's tummy and listen to her squeals and giggles. I love how she runs to me and throws her arms around me and says "Hugs, mama! Hugs!" I love her slobbery toddler kisses on my face. I love to rub noses with her and stare into her blue eyes until we both start giggling. I love that The Bug has dark hair and I stroke it constantly, amazed that I finally have a child with my hair colour. I love to hold her against my chest as she falls asleep, to feel that skin on skin contact and to breath in her intoxicating baby smell.

I want to envelop them with affection. I want them to feel unconditionally loved, to feel able to give and recieve physical affection without stiffening up or pulling away. Now that I know what I missed as a child, I want to make sure my children don't have the same experience

I think there's part of me that wants to keep a piece of them with me, too. I crave their presence when they're not here. It's a physical ache when I'm away from them, a desire to get home and hug them, to sweep them into my arms and bury my face in their necks and just inhale them.

I never thought I would feel this way. Most of my friends would tell you that I'm pretty reserved, not given to spontaneous, public displays of affection. But when it comes to my kids, it's a whole different kettle of ball games.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Now he can divorce me

TCBIM got his unconditional residency today. It's good for 10 years and can be renewed every 10 years for life - as long as he doesn't commit an aggravated felony (so, he can divorce me, but if he kills me, they'll kick his ass back to Canada.)

On the way out of the interview, I asked him if he was going to apply for citizenship. "Yep," he said, "because then I can vote."

I am obviously an outstanding influence on the lad. Obviously.


In other news: What the FUCK is up with the Red Sox, man? Can they win against anyone? At all? Swept by the *spit* Yankees, lost to the Angels last night...what the fuck, man? We have no pitching and we have tons of injuries, but still. This sucks.


I have a big, long post that I'm hashing out, on the topic Her Bad Mother covered last week. A day late and a dollar short, that's me. But hey, I'm trying. And I have been kind of busy. I also have a cool book meme I'm working on.

I hate it when I get blog post ideas and don't have enough time to flesh them out. They sit there, in draft format, looking at me every time I log on, saying "Dood, what are you doing? Don't post that, finish me! C'mon! Don't leave me sitting here, dropping further and further down the page! Have some sympathy. Oh, and there she goes, posting something else. Bitch."

What? They do.

Monday, August 21, 2006

The Big Red Kit

The OC people know where this is going....

O had a friend sleep over last night. Sam is a girl she met at camp. They were in the same cabin and she lives one town over from us. She's a very nice girl and I'm thrilled O has found a friend close to home - she's been pining a bit for our old town and her old friends.

Anyway. This morning, O came into my room, stood there very calmly and said "Sam's blood sugar is 41 and I can't wake her up." Well. You never saw anyone move from one room to another so fast. I went into O's room and Sam was lying there, not moving. I grabbed O's emergency kit out of her diabetes cabinet and pulled out the insta-glucose. When I asked her to open her mouth, she did, but I couldn't really get her to eat the stuff. Plus, I was afraid she'd choke. So I got out the glucagon. I have never, in nearly 9 years of dealing with diabetes, had to use glucagon (knock wood, turn around three times, go outside and spit). I mixed it up and drew up half of it into a regular syringe - the needle in the kit is friggin' huge. I'd be pissed if someone injected that into me. I gave her half and checked her again. 31. Not good. So I gave her the other half. During all this drama, The Bug is shrieking, O is pacing back and forth and The Boo is having a meltdown. Made for a very soothing atmosphere. Oy.

Finally, she started to come around. She was still groggy and looking at me like she had no clue who I was, but her eyes were open and she was following commands, like "Give me your finger, so I can check your blood sugar again." I think I checked her eight times in ten minutes. She ate about ten glucose tabs and then a 13g bowl of applesauce. Thirty minutes later, she was up to 227, but dropped to 140 within 10 minutes, so I had her eat a pb&j sandwich and didn't give her any insulin for it. On the way home, she checked again and was 290.

The kid was so calm during all this. I wasn't externally freaking out, but internally, I was all "What the fu-hu-hu-hu-hu-huck? Where's the glucagon? Where's the tabs? Where's the meter? Why can't I get a test strip in the fucking meter? Oooglybooglyooglyboogly."

She said she'd only had to use glucagon once before, about a year ago. She just wasn't fazed. Neither was her grandmother when I dropped her off. If someone had dropped my kid off and told me she'd had to have glucagon, I would have given her the third degree and wanted to know every last detail.

I hope that doesn't happen again any time soon. My nerves can't handle it.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

In Which I Resemble Bill The Cat

So, um, yeah. Still here. I have to check the computer to see what day it is and I have to book time to have a shower, but I'm here. I actually got the living room Hoovered today. I really feel like I've accomplished something, which is sad. When getting the hoovering done is the highlight of your day, something is wrong.

I baked cookies last night. I couldn't tell you the last time I baked cookies voluntarily. I'm hoping I'm not turning into Donna Reed. If I do, someone come and smack me, ok?

And I went to a mom-and-tot group at the library (where I restrained myself and only took out one book - after a $38 library fine, you'd restrain yourself too). The women were nice enough - not the kind of people I'm going to become bosom buddies with, but nice. I really just wanted The Boo to have some kids to play with and she enjoyed it, so I'll put up with it.

I have an article to write by the 27th. I hope to god I'm going to get it done. I get half a sentence written and then someone needs to be fed or played with or put down for a nap or something (damn, there's some needy people in this house). My train of thought keeps jumping the tracks.

TCBIM is on me to find some work to do from home - something I'll get paid for. I'd love to, but when am I going to do it? I'm looking into freelance writing stuff, but I have next to no experience, so anything I do will be for peanuts. Plus, y'know, when? Snatching five minutes here and there doesn't make for a very coherent article (as my current editor will probably be more than happy to verify). The other job option is in-bound customer service, but I can't even begin to tell you how much I don't want to do that. I am not a people person (no shit, Sherlock) and I can really see me telling some jerk to fuck off without too much provocation. A sleep-deprived new mother probably isn't the person you want answering phones for you. I may get just a wee bit cranky.

It's TCBIM's birthday in another 10 days. I'm not getting him anything. First, he said he didn't want anything. Second, he just bought a new flat screen monitor for the PC. Third, I'm STILL waiting for my Mother's Day and my 2005 birthday presents. The last reason is a bit juvenile and snotty, but it pisses me off. I wouldn't be so upset by this, but when my birthday (and Mother's Day) rolled around, he said "I haven't bought anything yet, but we'll go together this weekend and get it." This weekend still hasn't rolled around. Every time I mention it, I get an excuse. I really need new glasses and that's what I wanted for my birthday - I was trying to kill two birds, since my glasses are usually very expensive - and I'm still walking around with the same scratched up, three-years-out-of-date prescription. I'm a little bit angry about this still, can you tell? It really hurts my feelings when he does this shit, but when I say that, I get the eye-roll and the "Well, I'm not a gift person." Yeah, but I am a gift person. It doesn't have to be a big gift - a $5 gift that you put thought into is fine with me. Hell, make me a fucking mixed CD, that'd be great! It's that he doesn't think about it at all. It just never occurs to him to make the gesture. That's what hurts. That's what has me up at night, second guessing my life.

Anyway. Enough whining. Her Bad Mother had a great entry the other day about the physical love mothers feel for their children. I keep meaning to write something about it (and instead I whined - lovely). Go read hers, though. She always says things so much more eloquently than I ever could. And if you're not regularly reading her blog, what the hell is wrong with you? It's only fanTABulous.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

24 Hour Party People

You Are Cordially Invited To

The Bug's

All-Day, All-Night, Dance Party Feed-A-Thon

Location: Floating between the living room and the bed room with special trips to the office, where you can groove and eat by the glow of the 17" monitor!

Date: On-going, thru November.

Entertainment provided by The Shriek Sisters

Rock out in your best duds or go casual - pyjamas and onesies are welcome. No jacket required. Binkies optional, but you must BYOBoob.

Poopy diapers changed by request.

Crying Room Available - No Reservation Necessary

Come on over and party at The Bug's. The lights are always on.


Sunday, August 13, 2006

Take another little piece of my heart now, baby.

Ugh. I'd forgotten the rollercoaster ride of hormonal emotions that happen right after you have a baby. I am a weepy mess.

This morning, I was in the living room, holding The Bug while The Boo rocked in her little chair. "Light Up My Room" by BNL was playing and we were all swaying back and forth to the music. The sun was streaming thru the windows and for one blissful moment, everything was perfect. Then The Beach Boys "God Only Knows" came on and wham! I looked at my two girls and just lost it.

I remember feeling this way right after my other children were born, too. I'd look at that little sleeping face and my heart would just ache and I could barely breathe. It's overwhelming, that love for a child. And it hurts. No one ever told me how much it would hurt. No one told me how ferocious I'd feel about these little creatures, how much I'd worry and obsess and fah-ha-ha-reak out over them.

But I do. I constantly check that The Bug is still breathing. That's my biggest fear right now. I'm such a mess that just the thought of it can make me sob. It's awful. It's not very healthy, but for the moment, I'm chalking this freaking out-edness up to hormones.

I never wanted kids. Really, I didn't. Sounds funny coming from someone with four (holy crap! Four!) kids, but it's true. I got pregnant with A and was prepared to give him up for adoption. I thought it would be the best thing to do, for him and for me. I wasn't married, his dad was not really there and I didn't think I could raise a child by myself. But then he was born and it was like being punched in the gut. I remember the day I was released from the hospital, walking down that hallway with him in his little bassinet and leaving him in the nursery with the social worker. I still don't know how I managed to walk out of that place. It's all a blur. I don't think I've ever had to do anything that difficult. I really thought that I was going to die from the pain of it. I went home and cried for three days and then called the social worker and told her I'd changed my mind. The longing I had to keep him was incredible. I just wanted him - I didn't care that I didn't have much money, I'd figure it out. I hung up the phone and ran out to buy baby stuff and three days after that phone call, I got to pick him up. It was like someone put back the piece of me that was missing.

It's never changed, either. Each child finds their own little space in my heart and makes a warm and cozy nest there. Each time, I wonder why I've let myself become this way, this raw and exposed to the possibility of pain should something, anything, happen to them. Why I've decided to sentence myself to a life time of worry and concern and vulnerability. Don't get me wrong - they are worth it. So, so worth it. But still, there's this part of my brain that says "Why? Why would you do that to yourself?" And I can't really answer it. I wouldn't trade it for anything, I'd do anything to protect my children, but that person who's still inside me, that person who never wanted kids, is still there. And she wonders what the hell happened.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Dolly Parton called. She wants her boobs back.

Hoooboy, I forgot how much it hurts to go from a 38 small C cup to a 40 if-I-try-I-can-squeeze-those-puppies-into-a-D cup. Ouch. I'm so engorged that The Bug is having a hard time latching on. I had TCBIM get my breast pump out of the attic, which should help that situation.

He's gone back to work, so today's the first test in the Let's See If Julia Loses Her Mind extravaganza. So far, The Boo is not a happy camper. She wants to sit in my lap. She wants to squeeze the baby. She just wants. The poor kid. I hope that the stuff I bought for her will help a little with this and that O can entertain her for the next couple of weeks, while she adjusts to this big change.

I'm driving all three girls to the doctor's today so The Bug can get checked out. This ought to be loads of fun. Good thing I got that anti-depressant refilled yesterday, huh?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Home again, home again.

Jiggety jig.

We're home. The doctors saw no sign of infection in the baby, so they kicked us out today. I'm quite happy to be out of there, although, I must say, that was the best birth experience I've had. Almost enough to make me want another one. I kid. I kid. I think. No, I kid.

The nurses were wonderful - only one who hovered a lot, but with the best of intentions and in a nice enough way. They were helpful and nice and friendly. The midwives were outstanding. It was all such a pleasant experience, even though so many things went a little nutty.

When I got to the hospital, my water had broken. They immediately hooked me up to an antibiotic drip and sent me upstairs to labour and delivery. I wasn't all that dilated still, so they started a pitocin drip. For a little while - a VERY little while - I could handle the pain, but it wasn't long before I asked for an epidural. Actually, I asked for the epidural as soon as the midwife said they were going to give me pitocin. I'm no dummy.

The anestheseologist came and did his thing. Getting an epidural is really unpleasant. They're sticking this huge honking needle into your spinal column and it really feels bizarre. You're in so much pain from labour, though, that it almost doesn't matter. Almost. Still hurts, though. Anyway, something in the epidural didn't agree with me and my blood pressure dropped to something ridiculous like 45/19. There was a lot of discussion and I got several doses of ephedrine and eventually my pressure came back up. I felt like ass during all of this. Tired, foggy and totally disconnected from what was going on. But once the ephedrine kicked in, I felt much better.

Because I had the epidural, they had to keep upping the pitocin. Upping the pitocin meant they had to keep upping the epidural. But finally, around 11 p.m., I was ready to push. And I pushed and pushed and pushed for what seemed like forever, but was only one hour, until, finally, at 11:59, she made her appearance. And it was great. She cried, they put her on my tummy and she looked at me and hollered. She looked at TCBIM and hollered. She pretty much hollered at everyone she looked at.

And now we're home. I have a little basket of stuff for The Boo - some colouring supplies, some play doh, some little trucks. Stuff for her to sit and do next to me while I'm nursing The Bug. Hopefully she'll get over some of this pissed off-edness she's got going on. Right now, she's not too happy with either of us. I don't think she's liked staying with Grammy. (and honestly, I can't really blame her...poor little kid.)

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Another update

The baby has something called c-reactive protein showing up in her blood test. This can indicate infection or inflamation. They've taken blood to run a culture, which will take three days before they know what's going on, so we'll be here until then. I technically get discharged tomorrow, but for $35 a night, can stay here with her, as long as they have a room.

I'm really hoping that everything is fine by Friday because I desperately want to go home. My kids are with my mother and while O is fine with it, The Boo is not a happy little girl. She won't give me a hug, she won't sit with me and she's exhausted becase my mother doesn't seem to remember that toddlers need their sleep. I just want to get home and get her back into her routine. I miss my other kids so much that it hurts.

Here's a few pictures. We're having trouble uploading from the camera to this laptop, so we'll have more later, once we get home.

Another Day

It looks like we'll have to stay in the hospital until tomorrow. They are worried that she's going to get the group B strep infection that I had when I came in here and they need to get that cleared up before they'll let us go home. It can turn into sepsis or meningitis, so I'm fine with them getting that sorted out.

I'm waiting for the neo-natal doctor to come down. Hopefully I'll have more of an update later.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Ooh, baby, baby!

Well, she's here. No pictures yet because we forgot the USB cable for the camera, but TCBIM is going home to get it today, so there will be some later.

At 11:59 p.m., Charlotte Jane finally made her entrance. Face up. I REALLY don't recommend having a baby face up. It REALLY hurts, even when you do have huge amounts of epidural drugs running thru your body. She's 7 lbs, 12 oz, 21 inches long and seems perfect. She's currently lying in her bassinet next to me, sleeping away, like the good girl that she is. She nurses like a champion and boy, does she let you know when she's pissed off! She already has a scowl that'll put the fear of god into you.

I have a uterine infection and the midwife had to go back up inside my uterus to pull out a bowl full of blood clots. Loads of fun, that one. But it seems to be getting better - I'll be on antibiotics for the next 24 hours. It wasn't the easiest delivery, but all in all, not too horrible. TCBIM WILL be phoning the urologist today, though. Snip, snip, baby. I've done more than my share, he can join in a little of the pain.

The coolest thing - my cousin in Madrid also delivered her little girl, Chloe, yesterday, so the girls will share a birthday. Barely, but hey, it's the same day, that's all that matters.

And now, I haven't had anything to eat since 9 yesterday morning, so I'm going to see what they offer for food at this place. I'd eat dried linoleum right about now, I'm so freakin' hungry.

Pictures later....

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Not another false alarm

Yay! My water has broken, I'm hooked up to an IV and there will be a baby at some point. Of course, I'm not dilated at all, the baby is way the hell up there and my cervix is not thinning in the slightest. There's a distinct possibility that I'll have to have another c-section, since they don't like to give heavy-duty induction drugs with a VBAC. We'll see. The midwife has to talk to the OB on site and I'm waiting to go upstairs still.

I can't believe I'm blogging from the friggin' hospital. This is bizarre.

Oh, and they don't have NESN here, so I can't even watch the Red Sox while I'm sitting here waiting. And I can't eat anything. So, blogging and surfing is all I got. Thank god they have a wireless connection, otherwise I'd be even pissier than I usually am.

"And then she stood up in the stirrups...."

Things seem to be stirring a bit more regularly - I was up every half an hour all night with contractions. They weren't horrible, but they were painful and fairly regular, although, of course, they've slowed down a lot since I got up for the day. I don't even want to get into the ish-holy-sit-what-is-that?? situation going on, though. I've spoken to the midwife and she wants me to come up to the hospital, so we're heading up there in about an hour - have to wait for my mother to get here. And for me to eat the bacon and eggs TCBIM has very kindly cooked for me.

So cross your fingers that this is it. I can't even begin to tell you how sick and fucking tired I am of being pregnant.

Friday, August 04, 2006

I don't get it

I was just reading this and it pisses me off. What is the big deal about a gay couple adopting? Why does the state of Florida make such a big fucking deal out of this? This woman and her partner want this child, but can't adopt her because they're gay. I. Don't. Get. It.

Why do the people in charge of foster care and adoption in Florida get so fucking bunged up about this? Shouldn't they be down on their fucking knees, thanking every deity they can think of, that someone is anxious, no, dying, to take this 12 year-old girl into their home and adopt her, get her out of the foster care system? Isn't that the whole goal of foster care? To help kids? What the fuck do they think a coupld of lesbian women are going to do to this girl? Convert her? Like that's even possible. Jesus Christ on a bicycle. People get so fucking stupid over this subject. And I honestly don't understand it.


No news on the labour front, either. Which sucks, because I really don't want to be induced.

Thursday, August 03, 2006


Nothing. Everything stopped around 9 last night. At least I was able to get a good night's sleep and hopefully, I'll be able to get O from camp this evening.

Sorry for the false alarm, folks.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Maybe, baby?

I feel like a moron saying this, but I think I may be going into labour. It's been different every time, so I honestly am not 100% sure, but I'll be willing to call it 90 - 95% sure. There's an awful lot of "holy shit that hurts" cramping stuff going on, although nothing resembling a regular pattern of it, and (TMI Alert) a lot of mucusy discharge.

So. I'll update if I can. If not, well, I'll update when I get home.

In which I swear a lot about the heat

This is what's stuck in my head today. Why? Because, sweet suffering mother of fuck, it's hot. The heat index today? One hundred and FIFTEEN degrees. That? Is fucking ridiculous. I can't even go outside with The Boo because I'm afraid she'll keel over. Hell, I'm afraid I'll keel over, especially after hearing about that poor woman at Fenway Park the other night. Such a sad story.

I'm stuck in the house. We have no a/c so I have all the windows and curtains closed. All the fans going. And it's still too hot. I'm about ready to go check into a hotel. Or get in my car and drive until the sun goes down. I can't stand this heat. I'm a delicate, fragile flower. I need cooling breezes and mild temperatures. Not this shit.

I'm hoping they're keeping the kids cooled off at camp. O doesn't do well in this heat either. It seems like I'm going to be able to pick her up tomorrow - I'm just hoping the closing camp fire stuff doesn't take all freakin' night. They aren't starting until 6:30, which is ridiculous, since most people have a lot longer of a drive than I have. I doubt we'll get out of there before 8 p.m.. I don't know why they're holding it so late. I will not be there for the entire thing. I can't stand around for that long. Hopefully O will understand.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006


I've been a royal bitch lately because I've been so down and anxious and feeling all kinds of yucky feelings and I don't know what to do about it except to whine here.

  • I'm terrified of labour. You'd think, being my fourth time, it'd be a walk in the park, but I'm petrified. When I had O, it was awful. The epidural needle moved into my spinal fluid and I stopped breathing. I had to be bagged and I had to have a c-section and it freaked me right the fuck out. One of my biggest fears is drowning and that's what that felt like. When the Boo was born, my labour was fairly uneventful, but the pushing part was long. Over an hour. Her head was sideways, her shoulders got stuck and her umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck three times. It took 10 minutes for them to get her to cry. Scared the shit out of me. So, yeah. This one has me worried, too.
  • I'm so hot. I know, it's hot everywhere and everyone is miserable and I should just shut up because at least I have fans and curtains to shut and I don't have to be outside in this, but I'm just miserable. I'm sticking to myself and it's gross.
  • I'm really afraid of what it's going to be like when I get the new baby home. I feel so disconnected from her, like she's not real. When I was pregnant with the Boo, I was dying to meet her. This time? I'm kind of dreading it. Not the meeting her part, that part I'm looking forward to, but the whole managing everything part. I'm so bad at this mothering thing. I lose patience so easily and I scare myself sometimes. I've never hit my kids, but I've yelled. A lot. And I hate myself when I do it. I hate the look on Boo's face. It makes her cry, it makes me cry and I feel so guilty that it makes me physically sick. I'm so afraid that I won't be able to cope with this, that I will just become this bitter, resentful bitch of a mum whose kids and husband can hardly stand to be around her.
  • I'm being awful to TCBIM. He doesn't have any tolerance for emotions and loses patience with me, so to prevent my crying and depressed side from showing, I'm being a nag. And I hate that. He can be a jerk, but he's not always that bad. And most of the time we get along well - I complain about him here because it's where I vent. I think, sometimes, that I make him out as an ogre, but he's not.
  • I can't talk to anyone about how I feel. TCBIM and my mother just roll their eyes, as if to say "There she goes again." I said something to my midwife about it and she suggested I see a counselor. Which is good advice, but how do you see a counselor when you have three kids in tow? TCBIM can't watch them because none of the counselors have evening hours.
I wish I could shut this stuff off. I hate feeling like this. It's like birds trapped in my brain, scrabbling frantically to get out. Sucks.


Everyone thinks their kid is smart. Smart, bordering on genius, even.

Today, the Boo brought me Harold and the Purple Crayon. She opened the cover and pointed at the name written inside (it's a hand-me-down from O). Then, clear as day, she said "LaLa." That's what she calls O.

Apparently I have created a baby genius. I wouldn't have expected anything less from me, though.