Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Leaps and Bounds

Um yeah....

So the early steps lady pretty much thought we were insane. Since I made the appointment he now says mommy, daddy, papa, apple, car, eat, toy, dog, ball, and has said "I'll be good" and "I like it". He walks now as a primary mode of transportation, though he does still crawl sometimes (a lot do, I think) and with Daddy he wants to hold hands a lot more than he does with me. We also figured out that he does give kisses - they are just not traditional kisses. He gets right up in your face and puts his forehead on yours. :)

School is going good - I have an A in my finance class. Tax is another story. I thought I was doing well but did not do so good on my first test. ARG. I'll have to make sure I do really well on the rest of the homework/projects and the final test. As it stands I may only be able to pull out a B. I guess that's acceptable. I hate the instructor though - she is really difficult to work with.

Well, tomorrow is turkey day folks - get stuffed.


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

No, I'm Not Dead

Just extremely busy. This new job is a little more work intensive and has seriously cut into my homework/blogging time. ;)

So - husband got the all clear from his doctor - all fragments of removed kidney stone are, in fact, removed. The one in his other kidney is still where it was and NOT free floating yet. This is a good thing because if we can get him signed up for insurance before it does become free floating, they can do the sonic treatment which is much less invasive and much less painful. He has a diet to follow that includes LOTS OF WATER (which he was not drinking before).

Poor Patrick got bit by what we think is a spider at the Grandparents this weekend. He had a huge lump, it looked like someone hit him in the temple. We were told to give him Zyrtec and that should help the redness and such go away. He is now walking on his own more and more and now also says "mommy" (though he still won't address me as mommy) and "papa" - this must be grandpa because Daddy is "da-da". I swear this woman on Friday is going to think I'm insane.

We went to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Saturday - it was really cool. If you've never heard of them you should check them out - you've not heard Christmas music like this!


Friday, November 07, 2008

My Son is a Genius

Most of you who have been reading here a while know that my son was born premature. In fact, he was six weeks early. So even though he will be officially 18 months old in 10 days, his "adjusted age" as far as meeting milestones go is actually 16 months. Even so, we have struggled with the walking and talking.

He walks - and he's good at it - he is just terrified to let go of mommy or daddy's hand most of the time (he doesn't do that at daycare from what they tell me). When we do let go, he sits down and immediately starts crawling. He's been getting better though - especially when we go outside to walk because he doesn't like the feel of the grass so he will not crawl on it. He stands up and sits down all on his own. He tries to climb up on the couch (he loves falling backwards on it).

Anyway - he really frustrates me with his talking. Every now and then, he will say a complete sentence and then we won't hear him say it again for a week. He kind of says turtle and bee, but not consistently. He says dada and momma, but he does not address us as dada and momma, he just grunts when he wants something. The thing is - I can tell he knows who we are. Don't ask me to explain this - I just know by the way he acts. It almost seems like he knows we want him to so he refuses to. He refuses to give kisses. He would not wave bye-bye. He knows almost all of his facial parts - hair, ears, nose, etc. and can even point them out mommy's facial parts. He will brush his own hair (and mommy's hair).

So - despite all of this, or maybe because of it, I am having a consultation with our local early steps program to evaluate his skills. And since I made the appointment - he has made leaps and bounds as far as development goes.

He is starting to let go of our hands more. He is starting to do the "I can make my way from furniture piece to furniture piece and get around the house" thing. He now waves bye-bye - he just started in in the last two days.

We have our first "official" word. By this I mean that when he sees the object he calls it by name, he says it on a regular basis (in fact, he repeats it about 30 times a day randomly).


What a weird first word. I have no idea why he chose this word, but it comes out clear as a bell. Not like some kids who you think are saying a$$hole instead. Maybe he's a perfectionist like his mommy. Who knows.

And the kicker? Last night we were eating - I gave him some diced fruit after dinner. My husband and I were chit chatting while he finished, and I look over, and the kid had built a tower with his fruit. A TOWER. FIVE PIECES HIGH. That takes some steady hands. Especially with slippery diced fruit pieces. And let me tell you. I.was.floored. It literally took my breath away for a second. I got the video camera out but by the time it was on he had dismantled and ate it.

Sometimes I wonder.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Yet Another Reason I Have Ulcers

My boss approached me the other day and said that him and another manager had a proposal for me - did I have time to meet with them.


There was a girl working in another department who was driving from Ocala everyday (about 45 minutes each way) who found a position closer to home, so she left. They wanted to know did I want this position.

The kicker - the reason they were offering it to me is because it's a pretty much guaranteed position (unless we were to go bankrupt or something), and my position is in serious danger of being let go.




Anyway - so basically I have the option of taking this other position (which is not in accounting), or taking my chances with the economy and staying where I'm at.

Considering that we just elected Mr. give everyone money and bankrupt the US.....yea, I took the position. What else was I going to do? I could look for another Accounting position, but everything I was looking at before that I liked required a Bachelor's before they would even look at your resume.

The odd part is - I promised I would not let on that people may be getting let go if things don't get better. Really - I don't feel bad about that. This is the TRAVEL INDUSTRY - it is a luxury - most people cut that out first. If they don't know their jobs are in jeopardy - they are stupid. The problem is people keep asking me if I'm excited and I really just have a hard time pretending I am - because I'm not. I am an Accounting person. I don't make hotel reservations and plan group travel. That's just the way it is.

They did promise if things got to the point where they needed help in Accounting again that I would have the option of coming back before they would hire another person. And I like the company, and the people are nice, even if they are stupid socialists.

So I don't know - should I start looking for something else? I know I will never get to do the kind of Accounting I like here..... but like I said - I like the company.

The other kicker - my husband works for a SMALL mechanic's shop in our town. For a long time it was the owner (who is his best friend and was the best man at our wedding), my husband, and one other person. They had to let the other guy go a few weeks ago. They are getting no business. So not only is my job in jeopardy, but my husband's is too. I know he would give us as much warning as he could before letting him go, but I am still TERRIFIED we will both end up jobless with a baby in the house. No insurance, no nothing. It's a good thing we don't have a mortgage.

But hey - Obama is going to fix all that for me right?

Sorry to Disappoint

I know some people were probably expecting some snarky answer to last nights debacle, but I have nothing to say.

On the outside, I am fine, and optimistic. On the inside - I have ulcers developing.

I will stay quiet because I fear what will come out of my mouth will not be good, and I do NOT WANT TO BE THAT PERSON.

Monday, November 03, 2008

This Sure is Appropriate

See my quote for today in the sidebar - I thought it was appropriate enough to deserve it's own post:

Quote of the Day (November 3, 2008)
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
Hubert H. Humphrey
So true!