Wednesday, February 25, 2009
It was a rotten day- mostly. I woke up at 3 a.m. with Billy vomitting. He kept it up all morning and obviously didn't go to school. At about 2 p.m. Ian struck a high fever and vomitted on the way home from the doctor in the car- yuck. Carley is still coughing too and has a runny nose.
My rather large sliver lining on this huge, dark, gray cloud of a day, was Carl's surprise that he's not taking us to my dad's for Spring break- he's taking us to DISNEY! WOO HOO. Without that knowledge I do not believe I could have survived this hellish day. He's been planning it for weeks and come to find out my parents are in on it.
So, sickness, failed transfer, upcoming Disney trip and now a vaginal infection that's keeping me up. It's certainly been a day filled with emotions.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Things are looking good, however I must say the nervousness is sinking in. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love babies. But when Nurse Dee told me I could have multiples of 2 or 3, I wasn't ready for that reality. Of course, I have entertained the thought, but yikes! Anyhow, with lots of prayers and fasting (and maybe a blessing), we'll be hoping for a healthy pregnancy with little to no complications.
Then Nurse Dee explained that in the event they thaw our embryos and neither survive they will call us to cancel our transfer. That was a sad realization that we might walk away with 0. Now, don't get me wrong- the idea of twins scares me immensely, but the thought of having none from this cycle gives me a sinking feeling.
I feel well prepared for the coming reality- whatever it will be. Your prayers are ever appreciated.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
(X+) 1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
() 2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
(X+) 3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
(X+) 4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
(X) 5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
(X) 6 The Bible –
(X) 7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
() 8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
() 9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
(*) 10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
(*) 11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
( ) 12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
() 13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
() 14 Complete Works of Shakespeare –
() 15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
() 16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
() 17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
(X) 18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
( ) 19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
(X) 20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
() 21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
(X+) 22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
() 23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
() 24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
()25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
() 26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
() 27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
() 28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
() 29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
() 30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
() 31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
() 32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
() 33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
(X+) 34 Emma - Jane Austen
(X+) 35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
(X) 36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
() 37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
() 38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
() 39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
(X) 40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
() 41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
() 42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
() 43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
() 44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
() 45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
(X) 46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
() 47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
() 48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
() 49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
() 50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
(X) 51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
() 52 Dune - Frank Herbert
( ) 53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
(X+) 54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
() 55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
() 56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
(X) 57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
() 58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
() 59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
() 60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(X) 61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
() 62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
() 63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
() 64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
() 65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
() 66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
() 67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
() 68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
() 69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
() 70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
() 71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
() 72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
(X+) 73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
() 74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
() 75 Ulysses - James Joyce
() 76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
() 77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
() 78 Germinal - Emile Zola
() 79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
() 80 Possession - AS Byatt
(X) 81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
() 82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
(X) 83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
() 84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
() 85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
() 86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
(X) 87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
() 88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
() 89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
() 90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
() 91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
(X) 92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
() 93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
(X) 94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
() 95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
() 96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
() 97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
(X) 98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
(X) 99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
() 100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
If you read this, you're tagged ;~)
Maybe if they are thinking an average of 6- when including those who don't read...maybe. But if they are asking readers- I think they're way off. Thanks Mary for sharing this list.
Monday, February 16, 2009
- Ian scolded me (quite publicly) for choosing green bananas at the store, because we are supposed to pick the yellow ones. The green ones aren't ready yet. (Geez mom)
- Billy decided to name his baby brother "Captain", so he could be our family captain. (Duh, of course. And no, we're not expecting... yet... embryo transfer is slated for next week)
- Carl was reaching up to a top cupboard to get my Tupperware, when he came back down with it, his foot landed in the trash can.
- Ian's foot accidentally slipped into the toilet when he was climbing up there to go potty.
- Billy gave the weather forecast behind a waterfall at an indoor pool, he said "It looks like it will be a very rainy day out there, so be sure to wear your coat."
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
- Sewed up a toy bunny Billy's been asking me to fix.
- Took a cute family photo allowing no time for changing clothes or combing hair.
- Made valentines with the kids, for the kids grandparents- and mine.
- Held Hartson Family Counsel.
- Discussed our kids' strengths and our parenting strategy with Carl after reading "The Functional Family" in the February Ensign.
- Made positive reinforcement charts for the kids shaped as CTR shields. After 15 stickers the kids can choose a movie at the video store.
- Decided on a solution to end dinner frustration of begging kids to eat. It begins with sandwich bags on the table. We are going to all eat together and when the parents are finished eating the kids may leave the table if they're "full". If they didn't eat, oh well. They can bag up a few things before taking their dishes to the kitchen. If they complain that they're hungry between dinner and bedtime, they can go to the kitchen and retrieve something from their bag. No dessert for kids who didn't make a decent effort on their dinner.
- And, to top all, I have raced to complete my dishwashing after each meal today.
For those who worried about me today, I have a terrible headache and stuffy nose. But these are only cold/sinus symptoms. I'm not terribly sick. Just sick enough that I don't want to share it. The kids' coughs are the kind I usually get dirty looks for when among others. So, we stayed home. Missed you though!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
So, thanks for all of your concern. Please be aware that my hormonal attitude will probably convince me that things are the extreme in nearly all incidents. I apologize in advance for the craziness you are sure to witness. And I only hope you'll forgive me while explaining my irrational behavior to your spouses and children. :) Boy are my friends great!
And don't worry, I'm not loosing faith. I still love my life. It will be better soon.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Now for the frustrating part of my day- It seems I can make no one happy...
I got up at 5 a.m. this morning with my coughing kids. I decided blueberry pancakes and sausage would make for a nice change and proceeded with shuffling around the kitchen half asleep. Just as I was finishing cooking, Billy walks in and says, "I didn't want that, I wanted cereal". Dang it. Then, it was Ian's turn. He complained about taking Billy to school, even though I promised him a playdate with Wesley- he wanted to go back home. Then when getting dressed in winter garb to leave Wesley's he complained that he didn't want to go home- he wanted to stay there. Ah, toddlers, how fun they can be. Carley has just been difficult today. She is sick and has wanted to be held all day and everytime I could not immediately comply with her requests she fell on the floor in meltdown stage. Then when Carl came home after work, he saw my hair. He made the comment that he's not crazy about it- because it's too short. He says it looks okay, but he prefers longer hair. BLAH! Even the dog has been vexing me, he got away and refused to come to the back door. He went right to the front and waited for me to trudge through the snow and open the door for him.
So, goodnight. I am trusting tomorrow will be easier. Couldn't be too much harder, right?
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Billy has been saying "No thanks" to everything I ask or command him to do. I'm so frustrated by it.
I wonder if Carl will take the kids to visit my dad without me. It seems I need a vacation all my own.
I've been feeling shaky and dizzy lately. I'm on some new meds for this embryo transfer coming up this month. My hormones are off the wall.
I want to be my happy upbeat self, but I just feel like crying today. I can't even shake it with reading. I think I'm a lost cause and that I'd better just start over tomorrow. Maybe I'll call it a day early tonight and just let it go.