A turn around

14 03 2011

Last week was pretty much a rotten week for me.  I struggled every day and then we had a nice little turnaround at the end of it all.

– We spent last Saturday at Urgent Care.  Four sleepless nights, three colds, two ear infections and countless coughing fits made for a not very fun weekend.

– Last Monday, we learned one of my co-workers passed away over the weekend.  In my tiny department of 9 people, it was a huge blow that we are all really struggling with.  Top it off with being understaffed and overworked and work has been really rough.

-R is really challenging me right now.  I know part of it is that I am already stressed and we are all sick (and she’s two), but I have lost my patience with her more than I care to admit.  She is one willfull child.  God knew what he was doing when he made her so stinkin’ cute, because even when she literally SCREAMS at me for 55 minutes, I can’t help but think she’s adorable.

-My sister left for Germany and I haven’t had my biggest confidant there to talk to during all of this. I miss her.  I miss her voice like crazy and all I really want to do is talk to her on the phone.

On the bright side, I found $7 on the ground. That helped a little.

But the best thing came on Friday afternoon.  We got a call from our social worker that we are ready to move to the active list.  I have no idea how this is possible being that less than a month ago we were #4 of the wait-to-wait list, but I don’t question things!  I am equal parts excited and terrified for all sorts of reasons, but I have faith that this will all happen at the perfect time (whatever that really means!). We are excited to be waiting and no longer waiting to wait.  I personally think an October, November baby sounds wonderful and my bank account would really like it if it didn’t happen before then!  🙂  Either way, we have evaluated everything and can make it work tomorrow if we have to.  I am feeling SO blessed to be in that position.

In other news, we are starting potty training on Friday.  Here is the plan:

-New big girl panty shopping friday night

-Sat morn, wake, on potty, new panties, sticker chart/reward system

-Byebye diapers celebration

-using timer every 20-30 minutes to go sit on potty

-lots of salty snacks and drinks to keep things moving along

-7 days of nothing but potty training on the agenda (I am only slotted for the first three but my grandma is coming to fill in.  It will only take a few days with her because she is pretty much there already). 

-The following Saturday is somebody’s second birthday!  That will be the big test to see if we did it.

-I don’t care how long it takes, I just don’t want to fail.  🙂

Any other tips?

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9 responses

14 03 2011
Lisa

I am so sorry that you had such a tough week.

I hear ya about the tantrums…thank God we have such cute little girls, huh?

Yay for going on the active list…so excited for you!

14 03 2011
Faith

Wow, hard week but great news at the end! Hey, do you know J through the blog “Her Womb, Our Hearts”? She is on my blogroll. She lives near you and just got on the active list too, so I assume you are both going through the same agency. I figured I’d put you two in touch if you weren’t already:). Can’t wait to see where this new state of “expecting” leads you. Cute baby pictures to come I am sure:).

14 03 2011
BB

Thanks, Faith. Yes, I do know J very well and we are very in touch. We actually even had the same SW for awhile!

14 03 2011
Melba

Wow! What a post! So sorry to hear about all the bad stuff but the $7 on the ground is awesome…and the other news is even awesomer!! 🙂

I can’t believe you are actively waiting again, that’s super exciting! How does it feel? Is it as stressful as last time? We are only just beginning the process for #2 (as you know) and I already feel somewhat overwhelmed by it but not totally consumed the way I was the first time around. I think partly it’s because I’m too busy to be consumed and partly it’s because things are just different now. Curious how you’re feeling.

Anyway…congrats, that is fabulous day-making news!! Hang in there with the other stuff. This too shall pass.

Hugs,

Melba

14 03 2011
BB

I started to tell you how I was feeling, but it became a super long post that you’ll see tomorrow.

14 03 2011
Angie

Wow. I’m really sorry to hear that you had a loss at work. I cannot imagine what it would have been like when I work with 60 nurses whom are all friends, let alone one person of 9. Thinking of you. And, having my sister away from me would SUCK. I cannot imagine how that must feel. Her and I talk every day, many times. I hope she gets settled there so you guys can get on a schedule to talking/skyping, etc very soon! As for you all being sick, GET BETTER SOON! That sucks big time! Holly was sick yesterday but seems to have turned a corner today. I am worried that Hannah (or us) will get it but I pray we don’t.

Now, for potty training… good luck! Holly was easy to train because she was already nearly there (sounds like R is too). That’s a good thing. Once she was pooping on the potty, it was two days and I had her trained! I didn’t use any rewards, or charts, or timers, or buy special undies (had already gotten those), or encourage water or salty snacks. I just went with it and Holly got it. She just knew what to do. After about a week, she was asking to go and we were no longer making her go when she woke up, or before/after meals, etc. She goes now before we head “out” somewhere but other than that, she’s in charge. No accidents in months! Good luck, something tells me R will take to this quickly!

Hope things are looking up and congrats on waiting! I’m very excited to see what God has in store for your family now!!

14 03 2011
Jamie

Whew! Rough week 😦 I’m so sorry for the loss of your co-worker….that really hits hard. And I can’t imagine what it would feel like not to be able to talk to my sister when I wanted to. I’m here for you! 🙂

Congratulations again on being active !! 🙂 We’ll see where we are financially when we get the call to go active! Hope we can join you on that list!! 🙂 I can completely understand the being excited and terrified all at the same time. The awesome thing about doing it a second time is that you KNOW things happen the way they’re meant to in perfect timing. 🙂 So exciting!

14 03 2011
Cristy

I am sorry about the loss of the coworker. So sad. We been dealing with a lot of illness around here too. Good luck on the potty training. It sounds like you have a nice plan but remember she is the boss! Congratulations on the exciting news of moving to the list of waiting families. Do you wish for a boy or a girl?

14 03 2011
BB

Cristy – I want another girl because then Hubbs will allow us to adopt a 3rd! Other than that, I really don’t have a preference!

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