Tuesday, January 31, 2006

New HSer in the house...

Well, my son has been absent from his ready to read program (which operates on a grant from the state) that we have been told he is probably going to lose his spot. I have been working with him at home, and I guess I am OK with it if that happens. I just hope my husband doesn't get upset about it. I know we are on the same page with the keeping him home to let the ear really heal, but DH was really set on having him finish this year in that program. Well, I guess what happens happens at this point. If they can't justify absences for an ear surgery and before that strep throat there is nothing I can do about it. Besides, having him home is nice! We had fun with our lessons this morning. DD actually ran to the table to sit down and get to work rather than me dragging her!LOL

I am also in the midst of planning a 2 week trip to California. Mainly we will be in the Anaheim area doing the Disney thing. And we will make a detour to San Diego as well. Of course we are driving... Which should be interesting to say the least. I am looking forward to it though because we haven't taken a family vacation is sooooo long. And I can't even remember the last time my husband took off work for any reason other than illness. Now if I could just get all the planning done!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Back from Denver

My middle child had his ear surgery on Tuesday.... And they were unable to restore the hearing because the patch of skin covering the hole in his inner ear (from the last surgery) didn't take. So, it looks like another surgery is in the future. I was hoping that this would be the last one... But, Alhamdulilah we are one the way, and fixing the hole in the inner ear is a big thing because it effects his balance an everything. Now, we just wait and do it again in another six months.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

GREAT book

I just got done reading Birth Without Violence by Leboyer... Wow. I think everyone should read this book. I have heard about it before, but I never read it because I always looked at it and said, "Violence isn't that a really STRONG word to use in reference to birth practices?" And of course I have heard about the Leboyer bath, and all that... But the book really made me think about things from the infant's perspective and think how important every little thing in the first moments in the world can be... And I no longer think violence is a strong word.

It really makes you examine the infant's feelings and struggles in those initial moments of life. It was a real ah-ha moment for me. I sat down to read it in one evening. Of course it is a short book, but I really got into it. I am DEFINATLY doing these things when my baby comes, insha'Allah. Of course DH has already expressed a big fear holding a newborn, "You want me to hold that slippery little thing in the water?" Yeah, way to get into it honey!LOL

Friday, January 13, 2006

It's a good thing they are little...

So, we did Eid shopping in Ft Collins and I must admit to staying away from the toy store in favor of more educational gifts... Everyone choose books and school supplies, and I got a phonics set that will work for all of them. Am I getting boring in my old age or what? Well they did get to go to Chucky Cheese...

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Eid Saeed!

Insha'Allah everyone had a happy eid. This was the first year in quite some time that we were unable to sacrifice. Just no one in the area doing it, and DH not feeling up to searching the far reaches this year.

The day before Eid in a mad Eid cleaning spree I did finally tackle the play/classroom. What a relief! Two bags of trash out and some new storage bins, shelves, blinds and posters in... The place is like new. And I actually have all my school/teaching/learning theory books in one place for now, alhamdulilah!

We have been debating the trip that we are planning to Egypt... And it seems that we have come to the conclusion that it would be better to wait until a few months after the baby is born, insha'Allah. I have this whole curve in my back giving me pain in my hip and it is worse during pregnancy because of the weight and the loose ligaments. The good thing is I can get some correction going once the baby is born and they can x-ray the area to see just what needs to be done. So, in theory I will feel better with all the walking and everything after the baby is born. DH just doesn't want me to stay in the apartment the entire time because I don't feel up to walking around all day. He sees the baby as not a big deal as long as he/she is nursing and hanging out in the sling... And I tend to agree. Maybe if it weren't for this hip thing I would be into going before, but right now waiting doesn't seem like a bad thing. In the end it gives me more time to plan. I think I am even going to look into our luggage going separate from us so we don't have to carry it with us. I am worried that might be an ordeal with the kids... So if anyone has any tips on shipping things to Egypt, I'm all ears!LOL

Well, we are off to Ft. Collins to take the kids to Chucky Cheese and Toys'R'us to pick their eid gifts!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Frito Pie

So one of my new things lately is Frito pie. Something I NEVER eat... For those of you who don't know what I am talking about; Fritos on the bottom, chili in the middle and cheese on top. I have been craving it like crazy. Basically I am living on the stuff (of course I am doing the obligatory two eggs, four servings of milk and the leafy greens prescribed in the Brewer Diet too), but how long can I go with chili as my daily protein serving??? I guess since I use healthy chili the real junk is the Fritos themselves. Every one of my pregnancies has been marked by some craving like that. DD it was spaghettios, DS1 lobster, DS2 falafel and foul sandwiches... Hmmm, is there some logic in that? I can't find any.

Anyway, pregnancy news is otherwise pretty dull here right now. I am finally gaining but not too much, masha'Allah. But, my migraines are rearing their ugly head every time I get even the least bit stressed... I seem to be OK otherwise though. I actually feel pretty good (at 19 weeks I am past the nausea and everything). Well, nothing much to say other than that... Gearing up for my son's follow up surgery in Denver next week (he has a hearing/inner ear problem). Insha'Allah it will be the last one.