Thursday, March 31, 2011

Almost Time

My bathroom got finished Wednesday, and the mess is finally gone out of the yard. My house is full of stacks of boxes, ready to load on to the U-Haul tomorrow. I'm really close to being done with packing. I've got to run one more load of dishes then pack them up, and the kitchen will be pretty much empty. I've started packing our clothes into suit cases, trying to keep things for the apartment separate from things going into storage. Poor J. has spent all day running around in the rain trying to find a dump that will take some of the trash the douche bag contractor left for us to deal with. He never was successful. One place was closed, one place wouldn't take it, and by the time he'd done all that, the place that would take it, was closed for the day. He's gone to take his boat to leave with a friend, at rush hour, in the rain. We'll be lucky if he makes it back by bedtime. For me this afternoon has felt like the calm before the storm. I've done about as much as I can today. A lot of what's left has to wait until tomorrow. So I've been trying to rest up a bit. Baby girl is really uncomfortable today. Yesterday was a little better, but today I'm back to aching hips and pelvis.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Corn Chowder

Made something new yesterday that J and I both liked. My version of corn chowder.

Corn Chowder

1 stalk of celery, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2-3tbs butter
1.5tbs flour
dried onion flakes

saute the carrots and celery and onion in the butter for a few minutes on medium heat, then add the flour, stir constantly for a couple more minutes, then add:

32oz chicken stock
2 cans whole kernel corn-drained
1can cream corn
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1tsp bacon grease for flavor (optional)
small dash dill, red pepper, salt, and garlic

allow to boil until veggies are soft. then add

about 1/4 to 1/3c half and half, or more depending on how creamy you want it
1/2c shredded cheddar cheese
about 6oz precooked bacon bits (or cook your own, maybe 4-5 pieces)

allow to cook for 5-10 more minutes, until cheese is melted

Enjoy!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Down to the Wire

Well, it's Sunday again, and my bathroom is *almost* done. And there is still a huge mess in my back yard. We move in less than a week. Saturday is At this point, I won't get to paint and decorate the new bathroom, we're going to have to leave it primered white. I got 9 doors painted. It's about killed me. And I am about to kill my husband. He insisted on replacing the doors, even though I didn't want to, and it wasn't something we could really afford to do. He got his way in the end, because he always does. So of course, he did absolutely nothing to help with painting them. Didn't lift a damn finger. He's watched me make myself sick trying to get this house ready and get us packed, without the slightest hint of appreciation and more than a little criticism. He expects plenty of praise for everything he does though. grrr. Feeling a little huffy and resentful this morning. It didn't help that he rolled out of bed at 11 and made himself something to eat (didn't offer me any), an hour before lunch time, leaving the mess for me to clean up. His lack of sympathy is really, really irksome.

I did magic erase in R.'s room, and it looks like maybe I wont have to paint in there, which will be awesome. I will still need to paint our bedroom, and I'm not sure yet when or how I will manage that. I think it might have to be done in stages. Like one wall at a time, since we still have a lot of stuff in there that's not packed, and probably won't get packed until actual moving day (like our bed, and a couple other larger pieces of furniture).

Baby B is doing well. We had our 36w visit this past week. We're both healthy. I'm pretty much miserable all the time at this point though. My hips ache, my pelvis aches, the round ligament pain makes it hard to walk. I have these sharp pains sort of in my cervix, and my crotch aches from the pressure of the baby's head. I've been having an increase in nausea due again. It really hard to get comfortable at night. My feet swell most days. Yesterday was the first day I haven't had any significant swelling in several weeks. I drank enough tea to float a battle ship, and had to pee every 30 minutes all day long. But that seemed to do the trick. The contractions have slowed down a little. I was having lots and lots of b/h contractions, with some of the real ones thrown in there for some extra fun.

I haven't talked much about how R. is doing lately. He's in full blown 2.5 year old mode. He's defiant, and throws tantrums, and learns funny new things every day. He's frustrating and wonderful. We're potty trained during the day, with few accidents, but still in diapers at night. He has been staying dry at night about half the time. He was sleeping through the night, in his own bed, for about 3 blissful weeks. But that came to a crashing halt in the last week. Two of the last three nights have been insomnia nights. He- and by association me- was up for about 4 hours last night. Just ya know, to make my life more fun right now.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

panic time

Well we finally got back in our house Friday morning, but it's Sunday and the bathroom is still not finished, nor have the doors been hung. Now they are saying they'll be done Monday. Every time they talk about it, it gets pushed back another day. I'm trying so hard not to feel panicky, but it's nearly impossible.

We found a temporary pay by the week efficiency apartment place in WR that we'll probably have to live at for the first few weeks. Of course baby B will likely be coming along very shortly after we move, and that's a large part of all my stress. That and the financial side it. The amount of money we've spent already is a little staggering. Trying to have faith that it will all work out in the end. Somehow. My instinct right now is to bury my head in the sand and wait for it to all disappear. Unfortunately life doesn't work that way. So instead I've ended up being far too grouchy and short tempered with R. and J.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stuck

Still suck in remodeling hell. We've been living out of a hotel for a week and half now while the contractor tries to get our repairs done. We had a good trip to GA last week, we found a house we really love and want to buy. But we came home to lots of delays with out own renovation, and it's gotten dragged out all week due to one thing or another. First the bathroom shower proved to be nearly impossible to rip out, then we needed to replace the flooring, which meant more tile to be chiseled out. Then halfway through the hardwood floor refinishing, he got the stomach flu and there went another day. So now our floor will be done this evening, but not really in time for us to move back in to the house. And the bathroom still isn't finished, and then, finally, there are the doors to hang. We've got two weeks left until we move, and I still have so much painting to do. The bathroom, R's room, our bedroom, then all 9 of the doors :( Plus the rest of our packing *cry* We still need to have the home inspection done too. And they haven't shown the house since it was listed, mostly because it's been full of workmen and tools and mess for the last two weeks.

As far as I can tell Baby B is still doing fine, we haven't had another visit since last month; it's next week. She kicks and wiggles and gets the hiccups. I'm really miserable though. I can hardly walk a lot of the time, I have so much ligament pain in my pelvic area. My feet have been swelling up by mid-afternoon. Anytime I'm up on my feet walking or doing much, I get contractions. I've been getting nauseous again too. And I'm tired most of the time. 5 more weeks until the expected due date.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Marching Forward

Less than a month until we leave Fayetteville, and North Carolina for our new life in Georgia. The projects on the house are coming together. Every day I am closer to seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Today the shower came. Yesterday we purchased new interior doors and shower components. Tomorrow our hens and our doggy are going to live with J's mom while we move (I'll miss them). Monday, we're packing as much as we can fit into a small Uhaul and going to GA for the week to move things into storage and try to find a house. While we're gone, the contractor is going to come in and refinish the floors and remodel the master bathroom. Then when we get back, I'll have another round of painting to do. And the final packing. We got the house officially listed one day this week which was a huge step forward. Hopefully they can start showing it soon.

I should be packing now, but I'm taking a break. I've been sick, and have had a really hard time kicking the infection. Even after a round of antibiotics I'm still coughing up green snot all day. Baby B is making me really uncomfortable pretty much all the time. It seems too early to be having this much pelvic discomfort and pressure. But then she's carried lower the entire pregnancy. My hips ache, I have contractions any time I am up moving around (which makes painting and pack FUN). Some just braxton hicks, some more like early labor contractions. The slow painful cramp that starts low and radiates upwards. Something like a cross between a menstrual cramp and a stomach cramp. Bending over is nearly impossible without feeling like I am going to puke. I have a hard time being comfortable at night. I hope she doesn't decide to come on out early. I need for her to bake in there as long as possible! My big fear is that I'll have her before we're moved into a house, and we'll have to bring her home to a motel room, or a weekly rental sort of place. I'm trying to take things one day at a time and not worry about what lies ahead, but as we get closer and closer to April, it's getting a lot harder.