i started feeling yucky last wednesday, had some serious flu on tuesday, and spent wednesday recovering. on thursday atticus woke up with a cough, on friday he woke up with a runny nose and a fever. by the weekend, whatever he has was in full swing; he spent saturday vegging on the couch watching march madness.
(please ignore the hairdo - i was going for 'the geraldo' but until my mustache comes in, that doesn't really come across.)
he is still cruddy. he's got a major cough, gross nasal congestion, and he can hardly breathe when he sleeps...meaning he doesn't sleep. at 5:30 this morning i brought him into our bed and he (thankfully) slept another 2 hours, otherwise it would've been an early morning.
so here's to hoping that a) it's not RSV like i suspect; b) even if it is, he starts feeling better and we can come out of quarantine; and c) todd doesn't come down with something next.
and in pregnancy news:
1) i have an ultrasound thursday morning
2) i just caught myself putting a mug full of pens in the microwave and hitting the start button.
a while back i switched from using rinse aid in our dishwasher to just filling the dispenser with white vinegar. i couldn't even tell the difference, so i admit i got a little bold. because of the phosphates in dishwasher detergent, i thought i'd feel more comfortable using more natural (read: edible) ingredients to clean the dishes. it worked for laundry, why not for dishes, right?
so i found a bunch of recipes online, but most of them called for borax, which is poisonous and hazardous to male reproductive organs, so what could be the harm in just leaving it out?
well, i don't know if it was the lack of borax or the concept of homemade dishwasher detergent in general, but it was HORRIBLE. everything came out with food still stuck on it, plus a layer of powdery grime, and it all smelled like watermelon (since the recipes called for straight citric acid, which i would have to special order, or invisible kool-aid for its citric acid content). gross.
so there you have it. sometimes splurging for target-brand dishwasher detergent, phosphates and all, is worth it. (don't get me wrong, i still use way less than the box calls for and use baking soda for the missing detergent.)
on to happier homefront news, i'm loving the cloth wipes i made. since i've been using cloth diapers for a few months, it's SO NICE to be able to just throw the wipes in the diaper pail and wash them with everything else as opposed to having to throw them in a separate trash can and having my bathroom smell like old poop.
i keep the dry wipes in an old wipe box, and the solution in a spray bottle. then i spray it on the wipe or directly on his butt as needed. i feel like they work better than store-bought wipes!
here's the recipe for the solution:
half a bottle of water
some almond oil (or olive oil or normal baby oil would work)
a few drops of tea tree oil
some castile soap (or baby wash)
not super scientific, but that's how i roll. (maybe that's why my dishwasher recipe flopped.)
call me crazy, but if it's not flea market montgomery (see below), when i hear 'flea market' i think antiques and crafts...not bubble shirts and beanie babies. yikes...both megan and i were a little overwhelmed.
luckily, in the far back corner, there were a bunch of more antique-y type dealers (including the one selling the exact same vase that megan bought at pier 1...sketchy). i was super excited to find a precious little yellow quilt and a pillow made from an old quilt topper for penelope, as well as a couple old hankies/napkins/whatever to make a cute little pillow. atticus was very excited that i bought him a peanut butter cookie.
when i brought my loot home and showed todd, though, his response was: 'how much did you pay for that ratty old blanket?'
me (thinking he'd be proud of my steal): only 12 bucks!
todd: you spent 12 bucks on that?! what would it cost new?
ahh, yes. the recurring difference of opinion on what is cute for a baby girl's room: in todd's words, he likes 'classic' whereas i like 'old lady.'
i have no arguments. he's exactly right. it's like naming a baby 'jim' or 'esther' or 'carl' - how funny is it to pair old people stuff with new babies? i just keep telling todd to wait until the nursery comes together...i think he'll like it. in the meantime, i'll have to just enjoy my 12 dollar ratty old blanket in solitude while i watch flea market montgomery.
as you can see, i'm getting bigger (and this was taken almost 3 weeks ago). since i've had a little more difficulty getting around the house and keeping up with things, atticus has stepped up to help me out.
he gets up and gets ready for the day. someone's got to bring home the bacon (or really, just cook it) if mom's not up to the task.
after a long day of eating and playing, there sure is a mess to clean up! with a smile on his face, this little ray of sunshine gets down and dirty.
the second time around, this will not be the case. while penelope is sleeping, atticus will be awake. while penelope is awake, atticus will be awake. and chances are, during the rare times atticus is sleeping, penelope will likely be awake.
which leaves little down time. (nothing compared to the 20 hours a day with atticus...ahhh)
so, to save myself some time and effort on the back end, i'm going to try cooking some of our meals in advance. don't get me wrong, my freezer is often stuffed and overflowing, but not typically with pre-made meals. i'll occasionally freeze some soup or something, but since i'm not a big 'casserole' person, freezer meals haven't really been my thing.
so this should be interesting. yesterday i put together a list of meals that i can make in advance and freeze...however, i will be spending the next few weeks trying to actually make room in the freezer, so i won't be cooking them right away. i'm a little intimidated, so any advice from veteran freezer cookers would be welcomed. (anastasia...)