The Zyrtec is working!
Ada slept so well the past few nights. One night she went to bed at 9:30 and didn’t wake up until 4:45 in the morning, and that was only because one of the cats woke her. Amazing.
But I think it might be making her too drowsy. She’s been complaining of being tired all day, which is unlike her. I gave her Claritin tonight instead. We’ll see if it works. If not I’m going to give her 1/2 tsp of the Zyrtec instead of the full 1 tsp to see if it helps without making her sleepy. I know Zyrtec makes me feel like I’m in some sort of fog when I take it. It also makes my throat dry and sore.
After sleeping for a few consecutive hours several nights in a row the world has come back into focus. It’s no longer a fuzzy dream state like it’s been for the past several years. I may be able to regain some sense of normalcy! Thank goodness. I was starting to get concerned that I might actually become insane. Not joking.
Now if only I could get my own allergies under control. I’m allergic to tree pollen, various grass pollens, and mold. I was also allergic to cats, dogs, horses, and rabbits, but I’m not anymore after taking allergy shots for years throughout middle school and high school. Animal dander would give me red itchy eyes and a runny nose. Now the cats can sit on my face and nothing happens. The only time I have an allergic reaction to a cat is when my outdoor cat comes in and rubs on my face, then I get red itchy eyes. I think it’s because she has pollen from outside on her fur.
I stopped taking the allergy shots when I was pregnant with Ada and my allergies have gotten so much worse. I’m going to start taking them again when we have better insurance, sometime in the next few weeks.
I’m terrified to research allergy shots because they work so well. I think the benefits for me outweigh almost any risk. I don’t have minor allergies. Natural remedies do nothing for me. (I have tried many of them out of desperation!) I need the big guns. I have horrible, life altering miserable allergies where I’m choking on post nasal drip and feeling sick all the time, and getting repeated ear and sinus infections. Lucky me!
It’s not from food intolerances. I’m super allergic to the freaking outdoors, which sucks because I spend every possible moment outside or with animals! I am the hay fever queen. It’s hereditary. My dad has the exact same allergies, so do my cousins. I’m afraid Ada seems to have them too. I hope when I restart the allergy shots things will settle down like they did when I took them before. I’m also going to try the chiropractor when we get on better insurance because I’ve heard they are great for opening up the sinuses and ears.
Speaking of getting on better insurance, TONIGHT IS TYLER’S FIRST NIGHT AS A REGULAR EMPLOYEE! He’s no longer a temp at Toyota.
How exciting is that!!!
HR called him on Saturday (randomly) and offered him a permanent position starting tonight!
We’re still trying to get our house ready to sell. This weekend we repaired some drywall where there was a leak in the bathroom and did a lot of painting. I’m hoping to finish painting this week, and then we will clean out the garage this weekend. We’re almost done!
I’m having trouble finding someplace I want to live. I just don’t know. We want to have a large family and some land. It seems impossible at the moment, yet continuing to live here seems impossible too.
Between the house and homeschooling I feel so busy! I wonder what I used to do with all of my spare time. Funny how that goes. After I had Rosie I marveled over what life used to be like when I had no kids. Then I had Ada and I thought back about how easy it was with just one kid and wondered what I did with all that free time. Then we started homeschooling and I look back and wonder whatever I must have done before this. What next??
This weekend we went to the Cincinnati Zoo, which is two hours from here. I went to my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower. And we did chores all weekend.
The girls are going to be flower girls in SIL’s wedding. The wedding is on 10/11/12 at Holden Beach. (Near Myrtle Beach.) We’re flying down there on the Monday before–I’m flying alone with the kids because Tyler has to work until Wednesday. It will be the kids’ first time flying and also Ada’s first time at the beach. Rosie went to the beach when she was 12 months old, but of course she has no memory of it. I’m nervous and excited!
The girls tried on their flower girl dresses at the bridal shower this weekend. They will also have red sashes. (SIL is in the white shirt standing up.)
Zel is the little girl on the right. She is SIL’s niece.
Rosie thought she looked like the bride. She was very pleased.
(Yes, that’s a bubble wrap veil.)
The weather outside has taken a distinct turn towards fall now. Even when it’s warm out the air just feels different. The light is more golden, the air is more…something I can’t quite put into words. Rosie says it smells like Halloween outside. This weekend I saw a few leaves beginning to turn for the first time this season.
These pictures are from Sunday afternoon.
The baby ducks, safe from their murderous father in their own little pen.
Lazarus Duck is so tiny. He eats well. I have no idea why he isn’t growing. At least he appears to be starting to feather out like the other two.
He’ll probably be fine.
Laz, as I have started calling him.
They are all afraid of us now, since they’ve spent so much time in their pen. Oh well.
They’re still cute to look at!
(That orange extension cord goes to the baby ducks’ heat lamp and the random board on top of their pen is to cover up water drips onto the lamp when it rains.)
He will kill me if he finds out I posted these. Bahahahaha!
Here’s me with Ada. I look like a hot mess because I just scraped and shoveled chicken poop from both coops for the past hour, plus cleaned up a lot of stuff outside.
I even have paint on my arm from working inside earlier. Ada looks so goofy!
Ok. I’ll stop now. Zoo pictures later.