Friday, April 8, 2016

C'est Vendredi!

I figured it's been a while since I wrote, and kind of loads has changed at this point, so an update post is in order!  I have a lot on my mind, so this post might be "all higgeldy-piggeldy" (bonus points if you legitimately know what that's from).  Let's pretend it's one of those "Thoughts for Friday" posts that bloggers do.  Here we go:

1. Rosalind is (sort of) toilet training!  Yeah, I don't really care either for when people publicize this kind of thing, but I'm a little bit excited.  I'm not super consistent (I know, I know), and sometimes we only do it about half the day, or just when we're in the house, but it's going okay.  Sometimes she does that thing toddlers do where they lie about needing to go so they don't have to stop playing, but that's okay.  We're using training pants that still allow her to feel wet, so she knows right away when she's had an accident, and I'm confident this will help her learn a little faster because she's got to get tired of wetting her pants eventually...right...?  #noob  Anyway, she loves her training pants (they didn't have white in her size so we got these patterned ones).  I also got her some real underwear and she keeps asking to wear it but I told her she has to be ready.  She's excited.  We will see.
Deer + dinosaurs
2. We moved out.  I mentioned this on Instagram.  We had a cockroach infestation (and several spiders) that was getting out of hand.  They took over the kitchen and started in on our bedrooms.  I found a couple crawling in Remy's bed while he slept.  I have permanent willies.  Anyway, the exterminator came and killed them with something non-innocuous that liquified their insides and made everything in the house sticky.  We were told not to clean with anything but water for two weeks.  I really didn't feel comfortable bringing the kids home to that, considering they lick the floor and stuff.  When they said they needed to do a second treatment in a month, it sort of clinched it, and we made the call.  While packing, we discovered a huge growth of black mold in our bedroom, possibly from water draining into the crawl space under the house, which is beneath our bedroom.  Imagining cockroaches crawling on us in our sleep while we inhaled black mold really made me feel sick and very sad.  At the moment, we are staying in my parents' basement again.  We have a little privacy and our own space, to an extent, but I am really looking forward to finding a new home (though all the stairs are really toning my thighs...).  We feel a little optimistic about that, because...
For all those people who keep asking if she ever cries: yes.
3. Sam is planning on teaching at a new school soonish!  I'm not sure how specific I can be, just in case people from his current school are lurking in the shadows...  I'll let you guys know more when I know more about that.  Anyway, we are hoping that this means we can find a new home that we can be in a little more permanently!  I don't know if this means we can buy a house, but I'm personally hoping so.  Wish us luck!
Playing outside
4. Remy is cute.  He's getting bigger and stronger and older.  He is almost ready to move into his own room at night.  I cannot tell you how wonderful it has been to have his sleep mature.  We have actually been able to get 3-5 hour stretches at night for the past little bit!  Rosalind was incredibly difficult to comfort and had trouble getting to sleep, but she didn't wake up that often.  Remy was more of an every-one-or-two-hours kind of a guy.  Ugh.  Anyway, he's doing much better now (knock on wood).
And I love his outfit.
5. I'm SO EXCITED I'm doing a garden this year!!  I planned everything and started seeds while we were still in Orem, so I was originally planning on doing a container garden on our back porch, but since we've moved, my dad just so happened to have a garden box in their garden that he hadn't quite made plans for, so I get to use it!  I've done tons of research on companion planting, and I've tried to plan everything I'm planting to be stuff we can use fresh or store for later.  I'll probably be posting regular updates on this on Instagram, so get excited because there is nothing more exciting than plants (except maybe rocks).  Kidding.

6. So, remember how I mentioned I had that cancer scare when I found that huge lump in my abdomen?  Well, we finally (sort of) got answers on that.  It turns out that you have lymph nodes in other places than the ones I knew about (duh), including the abdomen.  In fact, you have lots of them there.  This is partly why your gut health has so much to do with overall health.  Anyway, I have at least one lymph node in my abdomen that is constantly enormously swollen.  It's not as creepy as it sounds.  The problem is, it's only swollen because something is aggravating it, and that's the real question.  They drew 5 vials of blood and checked all kinds of things-- for celiac, for pancreatitis (again), for elevated white blood cell count, and for 45 different food allergies, and I think a couple other things (I am not looking forward to this doctor bill, that's all I can say).  I was beyond relieved especially to hear that my pancreas is fine, but pretty surprised to discover everything else came back clean as well.  What??  They offered to refer me to a GI, but considering I have seen almost every half decent GI in Utah County (and one in Salt Lake), and they are all clowns (except the one in Salt Lake), I decided to pass on that.  I have been seeing GIs since I was like...14.  And I know what they will say: it's idiosyncratic, it's a syndrome, it's [insert fancy term here that basically means they have no idea].  So I'm trying to make some changes myself.  I'm starting a stronger probiotic, and I'm going to try making a few changes to my diet, which will be hard, because I already eat fairly well-- when I feel well enough to eat-- and the things I'm sensitive to, besides sugar, are considered "healthy" things.  So we will see.  If I really decide to get into this, I might do a longer post on it.  But trying to get well has been a lifelong struggle for me.  I jokingly call myself the runt of the litter (it helps that I'm also 3-4 inches shorter than all my siblings).  If I can get into a good wellness routine that really makes me feel good physically & emotionally, I will be very happy.  Oh, and if anyone has any tips (I can't guarantee I haven't already tried them) on improving long-term gut health, I am open to them :)

7. On a similar note, I think I've decided to go more chemical-free in my body products.  I've been mulling it over for a while, and with a handful of questions to my sister, and a lengthy conversation with one of my sisters-in-law, I have a handful of new (inexpensive!) products I'm excited to try.  I might do a longer post on this topic as well, if that interests anyone.
Another cute baby picture because babies
You guys, I feel like even though some crummy and stressful things have been happening lately, we are on an upswing.  I'm really excited for the changes happening in our life, even if they're going to be hard.  And the weather is starting to get warmer!  Hooray.


Melissa Kunz said...

I don't know how I just saw this, but I did! I am curious about your chemical free body products...I've been thinking about that in my spare time (HA!) too. So if you ever feel like writing something about it, I'd be all ears! (or eyes...)

Shannon said...

Done! Haha. I started writing it but never finished so now I will because at least one person will read it :)