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Nov. 20th, 2016 09:06 am
melcena: (Warm sun)
So, last night there was a minor monkey-mergency. Basically, he was too asleep to make it to the bathroom, so he peed in his doorway, stripped off his clothes and face planted back on top of his blankets. Naked.

This caused much panic from the spousal unit who was still awake. Which led to me being woken up and shoved toward the monkey room. I checked the bed for wet spots, got fresh jammies on the monkey, grabbed up his wet clothes, all while Jens was sopping up the puddle. Then I sprinkled baking soda liberally, because children and puppies are not so different no matter what most folks say, let's be honest here.

And before I went back to bed I had a chat with Jens, along the lines of, "Why did you need to get me up for that?" Apparently, the way I can't see what needs to be done when it comes to electronics and the fixing thereof, he can't see what needs to be done with a naked monkey and a pile of pee soaked clothes. That's MOM STUFF.

Fast forward to this morning, I'm juggling all the breakfast stuff to get a hot breakfast to the monkey and spouse. Eggs, maple bacon, croissants, and coffee for Jens and I. They're eating while I'm fetching milk for monkey and pouring coffee so that I can sit down to my considerably cooler breakfast of eggs, bacon, and croissants. And I come back in with the awesome mug my bestie, Liz, got me. It says, "I'm a MOM. What's your super power?"

Monkey reads this and immediately goes, "Being a mom is NOT a super power." And Jens pipes up, "UH. Yes it is. Last night when you were naked and on top of your covers it looked like one to me!"

And I am pointing out to this child that I do a lot that he doesn't notice, he just thinks things magically happen around the house (much like Oma's perma-stocked cupboards I had to educate him on the other day). And he, remembering what I told him before, says "Nothing happens by magic!"

"That's right! People do it! I do it! There's work that gets done that you don't notice!"

And Jens says, "A sufficiently advanced mother is indistinguishable from magic." <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Some days, there are huge perks to being married to a geek. Also, I need this on a mug. NEED. IT.
melcena: (Warm sun)
Sammy had a blast at the zoo today. He was thrilled about riding on the train, though he wanted it to go faster and make fewer stops. LOL

He was nervous about the tram, but was eager to get back on it the second time around.

He had a lot of fun at the Zoo, we did a few laps around and saw all of the animals we could find. He was excited about the elephants, but did not want to see them any closer. He went on every slide we came across, climbed on a few things and got to pet some sheep. He really liked the exhibits with fish, and of course the penguins are always a favorite. He tried to help an adventurous kid get back to his mother, which the kid didn't want to do. And he played with some other kids as he came across them. He also begged money off of me and Oma to play on the coin operated digging machine and the coin operated bumper cars. He tried to boss Oma into crawling around on hands and knees and playing with him a few times, that was a no go, but I got down and crawled around because I thought I was still young enough. Dude, I know now why my mom had kids in her early 20's. Holy crap.

We didn't make it to the little train in the Gro├če Garten, it was too much for one day. We did hit the gift shop and picked out a post card for him to take in to Kindergarten when he goes back, and some animal stickers to put on his wall. Oma said he couldn't have a stuffed animal because he has enough, she then got him a fire engine. *shakes her head*

On the train Sammy kept saying he wasn't tired, as he was yawning and trying to keep his eyes open, I was amused. He's been running imaginary trains since we got home, in the tub he was driving the Octonauts around and everywhere the Gup-A stopped he made train announcements. He wants to go back tomorrow. Oma suggested we do it again for his birthday, I think that may be a solid plan.


A WTF from our fun day at the Zoo in Dresden: From the top of a little tower, Sammy is trying to convince another little boy to get out of his rented zoo stroller and join him. Having just watched the kid be put in the cart a few minutes before I discouraged him, then I noticed Random Boy's Oma who had put him in said stroller was on a bench several feet away playing on a smart phone. The boy was obviously bored and when he sees a little bird on the walkway he gets excited and starts calling out to his Oma for her to share in this exciting bird experience. Her response was essentially, "Yeah yeah, I see it." Followed by a short glance up and a very short, "I saw it." To hush the kid up. Poor kid went back to looking sad and bored, and we walked on leaving Oma to her terribly important phone fiddling. Who does that?! Poor kid.

THE F WORD

Aug. 10th, 2013 08:14 pm
melcena: (Warm sun)
*Me, Jens, and Sammy T, in the car, In one Ear - Cage the Elephant playing on the iPod*
Me: (to Jens) I'm really glad Sammy isn't paying attention to the music or he would have just learned the S-word and the F-word.
Jens: *changing the song* (to Sammy) Do you know the F-word?
Sammy: Ja!
Me: *Thinking: Oh god, I'm a bad mom!*
Jens: What is it?
Sammy: Flughafen! (Airport in German.)
Jens: And the S-word, do you know the S-word?
Sammy: Ja!
Jens: What is it? What is the S-word?
Sammy: Me! Samuel!

We then stopped trying to keep the laughter in. Best kid ever.

SO ADORABLE

Oct. 4th, 2012 08:01 pm
melcena: (Tea Time)
Since Disney Junior started up a little Pooh bedtime story show we've been watching the evening sign off song. OMG SO ADORABLE. LET ME SHARE IT WITH YOU!

What's new?

Jun. 4th, 2012 02:51 pm
melcena: (Fair days)
I never posted how my first class went! I got there a couple minutes late because I got lost, even having given myself 30 minutes to reach a location 10 minutes away. This should shock absolutely no one. I helped with the class and had a lot of fun. And afterward I talked with the regular teacher, and she thinks it would be better if I just came in and helped, and let her handle the pedagogy and all of that. Which is fine! I am looking forward to learning and having loads of fun with the kids.

Speaking of the kids I promised them cookies for Tuesday, so I have peanut butter raisin oatmeal cookies baking. This recipe makes 5 dozen. Sammy may be taking them to Kindergarten for breakfast for a few days. THEY'RE LIKE AMAZING OATMEAL IN COOKIE FORM! THEY EVEN HAVE EGGS! THAT'S PROTEIN! DON'T JUDGE ME!

Other than that things are going fairly well. The things I can control anyway, sweaters should not be needed in June. Stupid weather. I'm still trying to come up with 100 things to change. And working on getting myself motivated to lose weight again. And since the pumpkin is now up from his nap, that's your lot!

Long night

Mar. 21st, 2012 03:04 pm
melcena: (Glass house)
Sammy has been getting off and on sick since the 6th of March. We thought it was from the cake he ate on my MIL's birthday. Horrible diarrhea. Then the next week after watching what he's eating (but still letting him eat at the Kindergarten) it happens again, this time with vomiting. We went to the doctor and she was very concerned about his hydration. If he hadn't perked up and started drinking and stopped with the diarrhea and vomiting we would have needed to take him to the hospital. So we've kept him home and resolved to make him lunches instead of letting him eat what the other kids are eating.

Last night at 11pm it started up again. He's been home. I know what he's eaten. Nothing should have set this off. But we were up most of the night battling the poor boy's diarrhea and vomiting. He was refusing to drink and looking awful. So around 3:30am we head off to the hospital in Chemnitz.

We get there (about an hour drive) and he immediately starts perking up and wanting to drink. The doctor sees him and says he looks OK keep doing what you're doing and talk to your pediatrician.

After napping, Sammy and I head off to the pediatrician. She is baffled and concerned. So she took blood to test. We'll find out if he's got genetic lactose intolerance, and if not then we'll be going to a hospital for more tests.

I'm happy we're going to get this sorted out, but I don't know if it's just lactose that sets off his stomach. He had not had anything this week that came from a cow. *throws her hands in the air*

... Goat.

Jan. 8th, 2012 05:35 pm
melcena: (Ducks of the Apocalypse)
Sammy comes back from Oma and Opa's living room for a refill on his drink.

Me: OK, do you want milk or tea this time?
Sammy: MILK!
Me: OK, do you want goat milk or vanilla milk (soy)? *holds out the two cartons*
Sammy: GOAT! That's a goat!
Me: Yes it is, you want goat milk?
Sammy: JA!

Half a cup full of goat milk is poured and handed over. Sammy is excitedly headed back to Oma and Opa's while drinking from his cup. He suddenly stops and holds the cup out to look at it.

Sammy: ... Goat. *walks solemnly down the hall*
Me: *DIES LAUGHING*

A new year.

Jan. 1st, 2012 11:04 am
melcena: (Winter Days)
I settled in to type up a post about things from last year, and my resolutions for the new year but I go to type and all the thoughts I want to put down just vanish. Where to start ...

Weight loss:
I had some success in the last year, I actually got under 200*. I'm back up over that now. I sort of lost all my will power and motivation. I stopped weighing in. I stopped working out. I stopped cooking and started eating frozen foods. Also, Sammy has been given more chocolate for christmas than any two year old should have in a year. Jens and I have been helping him out with that. Because we're good parents you understand. Really. *shifty eyes*

Which brings me to my health/weight loss resolutions.
1) Start cooking! I have healthy cookbooks, and I will use them.
2) Start exercising! Sammy will be going back to preschool (aka Kindergarten) and I will have my mornings to myself again. Mom got me the DVD box set of Louise Solomon Yogalates and I'm looking forward to telling her that it was not money wasted.
3) Start weighing in weekly! It really helps me to stay motivated, and prevents weight from creeping back on.

Around the house:
I am not a great housewife, I try to do the best I can as a mom. The mom thing has gotten better with the introductions of Venlafaxin (aka Effexor) and a half to a whole sleeping pill** every night for a couple of weeks now. The housewife thing has gotten worse. Apparently I relied on my anxiety to compel me to keep the house in decent shape. Who knew.

Which brings me to my around the house resolutions.
1) Make a regular cleaning schedule! My goal is to spend a total of one hour a day cleaning. With Sammy in Kindergarten I should be able to do that.
2) Get Sammy into swimming lessons this year.
3) Be more consistent with potty training.


Annnnnnd that's all I got. Happy New Year! :-D


* Technically by being ill, but it should have been maintainable.
** Sleep makes a huge difference in the way I feel and the things can do with Sammy.
melcena: (He's been Keelhauled)
I took Sammy to kindergarten for the first time in more than a week, my MIL has been doing it because I have been really ill. And I notice a sign on the door that says (in German of course), "WE HAVE LICE." It advises that any child who gets lice has to go to the doctor and can't come back without a note saying he/she is lice free. Fucking A.

As far as I know, Sammy doesn't have lice. But since we'll be at the doctor anyway I'm going to have her look to be sure. I've never seen them, much less had them, so I'd feel more comfortable with a professional opinion. And I'd like to know if I could get some sort of preventative shampoo or spray to make sure he doesn't get them.

But wait! Why will we be at the doctor anyway?! Sammy seems to be back at 100% (which cannot yet be said of me) EXCEPT he has this nasty lingering cough. I want to make sure it's nothing serious and maybe get something that can knock it out, because what we're using now doesn't seem to touch it.

Sammy loves going down there. He loves playing with all the other little plague monkeys, and he's learning all sorts of new things like songs, sharing, sitting nicely at the table, oh and BITING. I'm just getting really annoyed with the constant influx of contagion, and now bugs.
melcena: (Quiet days)
So, apparently despite thinking about this and discussing it ad nauseam at home, I didn't manage to let folks know about getting my tubes tied! Yeah. They're tied! I'd do a little dance but I'm not up for that yet.

I am VERY HAPPY with this decision. :-D I do however, have more fun stories to tell about German medicine and medical personnel.

The surgery took place at the doctor's office, not at a hospital. The visiting doctor who would be doing my surgery seemed, well, brusque. But that's not unusual for Germany. She* seemed peeved by my difficult veins and I got stabbed (the woman was NOT gentle) in the hand multiple times while she bitched about my veins and barked at me in german about making a proper fist. I got the distinct impression that it was my fault she was having trouble, I mean surely I was rolling my veins ON PURPOSE.

The surgery iself went well, though I have some lovely bruises on my hand and, I noticed this morning, some bizarre marks on my upper arm that must have been left from the blood presure cuff.

I got home and realized after a while that they had forgotten to give me the follow-up painkiller, for you know, the follow-up pain. I took a couple of advil since I couldn't reach the doctor (male/neighbor) and when Jens went over to ask since he saw the doctor's wife outside ... the painkiller IS Ibuprofen. 600mg. You know, 3 Advil.FFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

So I supplemented that with some tylenol to be able to sleep and move without agony. I told Jens, next time there's a surgery he's up for it. I'm so done!

Now I'm trying to recouperate with a sad, sick, clingy toddler. Oh the joy.


*When I had the presurgery talk about DO YOU REALLY WANT TO DO THIS ARE YOU SURE???? The doctor was wearing pink scrubs, I am assuming that it was the doctor trying to get a vein because without my glasses on all I could distinguish was the color of the scrubs!
melcena: (Quiet days)
Waiting for the doctor to pop by to have a look at my throat, as I am ill with the snot plague. This would be way overkill except that I am supposed to have my tubes tied next week and we need to know if I need an antibiotic or if we need to postpone it.

Other topics of interest:

Sammy.

Sammy is sick with snot plague and may need antibiotics if he starts running a fever. He will be home from Kindergarten until Tuesday. Otherwise he is loving it. He plays with the other kids now. He is still excited to go every morning. He eats his food, he sits on the potty. The teachers are thrilled.

The New Doctor Debacle.

The nice new doctor here in town pulled a stunt that had us thinking of finding a new new doctor. Hitting the highlights: She told us she was writing me a prescription for a stronger herbal blend to help with my sleep problems/anxiety. It was NOT. It was homeopathic sugar pills. Jens had made it plain to her that we do not go in for homeopathy ... yeah Jens was pissed and I was not pleased. I mean she listens and I like her but I need my issues addressed and telling me you're giving me one thing and then giving me something else entirely, not cool.

The feng shui advice for the bedroom was quirky and ineffective, also not very doctor-ly.

Any way. Jens popped down to see her and got an apology, he also brought me a prescription for Effexor*. Which we need to run by the doc who will be doing my tube tying.

Better Living Through Chemicals.

Last night was night number one of Effexor. Miserable failure. Nausea. Insomnia. Got up feeling like death warmed over this morning. Looks like it'll be fun getting acclimated. It would probably help if I could shake this irrational anxiety over taking it. BUT THEN IF I COULD SHAKE MY IRRATIONAL ANXIETIES I WOULDN'T NEED TO TAKE IT NOW WOULD I?!

Diet And Exercise.

The doctor also said I am taking in way too much meat/protein. She says it could be taxing my kidneys/gall bladder/and liver and could be causing some of my anxiety. It's hard to tell where sound medical advice stops and where flaky-whateverness begins but I'm doing a Mon-Fri vegetarian thing now to cut back/cut down on my meat/protein intake. Also, I can't eat anything that comes from a cow.

Before Sammy got sick I had started up my daily Yogalates again. It felt good to be getting back into it. But I can't do it when he's home, because I am not a jungle gym. And I don't do it when I feel like death warmed over, because no. I may have some trouble getting started back up after the tube tying but I wanted to get in a few days of it before then.

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Doctor has come and gone, I have a prescription for an antibiotic for my throat. If I'm not better in 5 days I need to postpone the tube tying. Also, I should wait to start the Effexor until after.


* It's actually venlafaxin which is the generic and sucks to type.
melcena: (He's been Keelhauled)
Alright. Sammy T has been going to "Kindergarten" which is the German equivalent of preschool for about a week. Since he's getting used to it he has only stayed for about an hour WITH me per day. This week was supposed to be one hour by himself with the teachers and kids. Now, his lips have been looking funky for a few days and I thought they were just chapped but since he won't leave the chapstick on I had planned to take him to the doctor to have them looked at. Maybe she could tell me what to do for him.

This morning, I was a mess. Seriously. I took him down there and got him settled in. He was happily playing and I was gestured at to slip out. I had no idea what to do after that. Was I supposed to sit and wait out in the coatroom in case they needed me? Go home? I had no idea. I went and got my coat on. Stepped outside into the drizzly rain. And turned around and came back in a panic. WHAT IF. What if I was supposed to wait? What if they needed me back? WHAT IF SAMMY WAS CRYING INCONSOLABLY? I sat in the coat room until one of the teachers ventured out for something. I asked, what do I do? She said I could wait or maybe it would be better if I took a walk. I probably looked like a nut-job, I could tell I was on the verge of tears.

So, I went home got a couple of things together since I was supposed to take Sammy to the doctor right after Kindergarten. Drove down to the post office on my way, only to find that they were not yet open. Picked up baked goods because, let's face it, in the face of panic-y tearful insanity not much soothes like pastries. Drove back to the Kindergarten and waited quietly in the coatroom until they were ready for me.

Now, Sammy had a great time without me. He played nicely, helped pick up toys, ate his fruit and drank his tea. He even sat on the potty for five minutes with no pants on, without having a fit. The teachers were thrilled that it went so amazingly well. I was relieved. I also felt stupid for panicking and felt a little bit sad for no sane reason. He took his medicine for the car ride and played with the kids for a few minutes more giving it time to kick in.

We get to the doctor's office (having popped in at the post office on the way) and I realize I forgot his little yellow notebook I'm supposed to give them every time we go in. Luckily I was already tired from the earlier frothing and ridiculousness, also I had eaten half a raisin pastry covered in sugar, so I was able to take it in stride. We go in, get seen after nearly an hour's wait. Sammy has Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease. Apparently this has been a going thing at the Kindergarten and no one bothered to tell me. I mean, is it too much to expect a teacher to give you a heads up, "Hey there's a contagion going around if you see these symptoms take your kid to the doctor!"

Do you remember the part where I said he wouldn't leave the chapstick on? Guess whose chapstick that was? Guess who was still using it? MINE. Fucking A. No kisses. No more Kindergarten until next week. We may need to start over again from scratch meaning I need to come sit in again for a week.

We had to make a few stops on the way home, had to hit 2 pharmacies to pick up the mouth gel prescribed by the doctor since the first place didn't have it in stock. Popped back in to the Kindergarten to drop off the sick note. This wouldn't be a big deal if I didn't have a hell of a time getting Sammy in and out of the car seat. He hates the car seat. But then again if I had a tendency to vomit every time I got in the car* I'd hate it too. On the plus side, no vomit today!

Got him in the house, fed and off to bed. Now I can have a cup of chill-the-fuck-out herbal tea and hope the rest of the day gets better.


*Motion sickness. Hence the medication, which only works so-so.

Short post!

May. 9th, 2011 05:30 pm
melcena: (Life)
I started writing out an very angry post about my morning, but since I got to rant to Liz about it the urgency and rage dissipated quite a bit. The bare bones overview was waiting 2 hours to see the doctor, essentially have my concerns dismissed and be told I eat too much and need to exercise everyday. Since she's saying 1200-1500 calories is too much (WTF FOR SRS) I think I'll be looking for a second opinion.

And on to happy stuff! Sammy T had his playgroup today and made a couple of friends. A boy named Daniel and a girl whose name I did not catch. Daniel's mom was very nice and invited me back to the church run group she goes to (it's not really an ideal fit for her either but she says it's good for the kids). She and I may have some play-dates with the kids in the future. She's not from around here (West Germany) and is always looking to make new friends. :-D

My life

Mar. 1st, 2011 10:24 am
melcena: (These Dreams)
The boy woke up at 4:55am this morning and decided it was time to get up and get the day under way. He was given his pacifier back, told to lay down and go to sleep and I pulled a pillow over my head. I think he went back to sleep. I did. At 6ish he was back up and carrying on. Lather, rinse, repeat. Almost 7ish he was up again. Jens fielded that one as I was trying to hide under the pillow again. After that I had the most beautiful dream.

My mom came in and got the baby up. She said she had changed her mind about waiting until April to visit, she decided to come over now and stay until the end of April. She told me to go back to sleep, she would take care of him and I could sleep in. I was filled with joy. I was sleeping blissfully, when DUN DUN DUN

Sammy T Pumpkin said it was time to get up. And he's not kidding around this time. 7:20am. I was all confused. WHERE IS MY MOMMY!? Boo hiss, I say. BOO. HISS.
melcena: (Life)
It's been pointed out to me that I don't post very often. Or you know, at all. And I should. So here goes.

Trip to VA in October was good! I got to see people, and had fun.

Went to the Baltimore Aquarium with Lara, Jens and Sammy and had a great time. She got to meet Sammy T, and I hope she had as much fun as I did! On the way home I almost got us killed in Baltimore. Next time someone else will be driving and Sammy will be old enough to walk on his own and hopefully be potty trained. Because we so rarely go anywhere I often forget how stressful it can be to travel with a small child. BUT WE HAD FUN WHILE WE WERE THERE AND THAT IS WHAT COUNTS!

Went to KD with Jens and Dan, left the baby with my mom. That was my first whole day with no baby. In a year. OMG It was awesome. We wore Dan out. I got two jingly jesters caps for 3$ a pop! I want to go again.

Saw Marilyn a couple of times but didn't get to spend any real quality time with her, which made me a little sad.

Hung out with Kelle and Misty at Rosa's. Great fun! Got to hang out with Kelle again at her house where we ordered Chinese that made us both very ill.

Went shopping in W'burg with Jenny. I would kill to be that skinny, I swear. We hit some super trampy shops for fun and she even made some of that stuff look good. SO JEALOUS!

Got to spend a lot of quality time with family. A whole day at Aunt Jan's, much fun. We discovered Sammy does not like sand. Time with Grandma. Time with my nephews. Time with my parents. SO much time spent shopping and strolling.

Since then ... um ... lots of things. I have a fully mobile toddler so I hope you don't expect me to be able to give you a re-cap. He's chatty. Loves to climb. Prefers apples to just about anything you could think of to feed him.

We've decided to get a dishwasher.

Jens is home today. Sick. Asleep on the couch. Sammy started coughing a little earlier and was out of sorts yesterday. I have a slight sore throat. Frankly, I'm shocked. Usually it's the other way around with Jens and me.

In April my mom will be coming to visit, I am really looking forward to it. I'm not looking forward to tackling the guest room but hey, it's a small price to pay to have my mom here. And we're gonna put Sammy T in there this year anyway.

In July we'll be taking a real family vacation. Going up to the Baltic! Should be fun!

And in May or August LIZ WILL BE COMING TO VISIT AND IT WILL BE FANTASTIC! THERE WILL BE FUN TIMES HAD! I WILL TAKE HER TO ALL THREE OF OUR GROCERY STORES!

And that's about all I can think of to say! Got ideas for future posts from me? Drop them below.
melcena: (Hush Little Baby)
Sammy came down with a cold a few days after getting his MMRV. He, of course, promptly gave it to me. He's nearly 100% again, Jens got teency case of sniffles which he promptly kicked, while I'm STILL laying on the couch trying not to die.

And just for fun, today the left side of my jaw decided to swell. Eating is painful, talking is unpleasant. At least it doesn't feel like I got hit by a truck and stuck in a freezer anymore.
melcena: (He's been Keelhauled)
My son. My one and only offspring. Is having a ball sitting with his Oma and Opa, listening with all appearance of joy and fascination to German Volksmusik. This song amongst others.



Why are ears not removable?

[Poll #1614625]
melcena: (Life)
Holy crap. I just decided to take a walk with Sammy. In his Hug-a-bub. Facing forward. And then I figured, my hands are free let's bring the puppy since he's so freaking excited and wants to come with. BAD IDEA.

On the plus side, I got a full body workout. I like to call it the "Tied the Hug-a-bub wrong and didn't notice until about 3/4 mile away from home and couldn't fix it because of the dog, had to use both hands for the baby and the dog and oh the walking uphill trying to drag the dog and hold the baby" workout. I don't think it'll catch on. NEVER DOING IT AGAIN.

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