Now that G is down to one nap a day (and desirous of near constant attention/interaction otherwise) it is hard for me to find time to read my favorite blogs, much less comment, much much less find time to write myself. Oh, and then there’s Breaking Bad, which we started watching 4 weeks ago today. We have 4 episodes left in the entire series which we’re hoping to wrap up tonight.
We’re still waiting on the final investigative report which is pending the toxicology results on both men involved in what appears to be a murder-suicide involving my uncle and his neighbor. I made the very difficult but I believe right decision to not go to my dear friend’s wedding in Denver (for which I sought out about $1K in EMDR therapy in order to be able to fly to) in favor of going to the memorial being held the same weekend in Northern California. This side of my family is the only family I have a relationship with and I can’t imagine not going. So, we’re going to drive up there, all of us, and we’ll have friends watch the boys while we go to the service.
We are 4 weeks into speech therapy with G. The most notable change is an uptick in his babbling and the kinds of sounds he is making. He is also learning some basic signs (more, all done, I want) which is helpful. That he has been able to pick them up and use them correctly makes it even more baffling to me that he won’t/can’t say their corresponding word (or even try). He will repeat actions but not words.
I have continued incorporating the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle into my own. That essentially means that I no longer eat refined sugar or simple carbs and that I’ve reduced my intake of most processed foods to almost zero. I have grown accustomed to using stevia as a sweetener (mostly in my morning coffee along with a splash of heavy cream) and in other drinks and some baked goods. By and large I feel so much better. I have more energy, am less bloated, am sleeping better and my mood is stable. It has not, however, resulted in a significant change in my weight. I think this is because I am not eating my foods in the proper combination and that will come in time. Just to be off of artificial sweeteners (which began when I gave up Diet Coke many months ago) and off of white sugar and most simple/processed carbs is huge for me. I’m getting nutrition from sources I rarely if ever did before (cottage cheese, unsweetened almond milk, sprouted wheat bread, almond/oat flour, brown rice (if I have rice at all) cinnamon, turmeric, portobello mushrooms (as pizza crust) and zoodles (zucchini noodles).
We are heading to Portland over winter break and will likely make a second trip up in the early Spring. We’ve preliminarily decided to try to lease our home (you know, in case we do come back) and will, perhaps, lease up there for a year before buying (being in the right neighborhood for our family is THE most important decision and I am not sure that can be determined from Internet research and two trips there) although given that property values are likely only going to increase as people migrate there and that interest rates are still low, we may reconsider. We are going to treat it as an adventure, one that I hope improves our quality of life in many ways. We’ve been in an epic heat wave here, of late, with temps reaching 109 degrees yesterday (the record is 111 set in 2010) and remaining at 100 degrees even AFTER the sun went down. I was up a couple of times overnight to let the dog out and it never got below 83 degrees. EIGHTY-THREE degrees OVERNIGHT! It is triple digits again today. Oh, and we lost power for the second time in a week, yesterday. It is UGH at every turn, weather/water wise.
Nothing ever came to fruition with the concierge role I proposed to my RE. However, he just turned 50 and we’re going out to celebrate his birthday next week (with another mutual friend who is also a fertility acupuncturist who’s birthday is today) and it is my intention to see if I can’t make something (part-time, contract or even consulting) materialize. For now, that’s what I need, a part-time gig. I’ve also put my resume out to some staffing firms in the event my skills/expertise might come in handy on a consulting basis.
G is up from nap but I thank him for giving me the time to at least publish this.