She's Here!

My daughter has arrived! She was born Oct 17, 2006 at 4:36pm via c-section after 13 hours of labor and no engagement. Yes, it was painful. She was wedged up near my ribs and would not descend. But she is here. She weighed 7lbs 13.5oz and was 20in long. She is the cutest thing ever, but of course I’m biased.

Eventually, when I find some time, I’ll update the site design to something more appropriate. I spent an extra week in the hospital following her delivery because they though I had developed a uterine infection. Turns out it was fluid buildup behind my incision and my body overreacted to it. This was my first ever surgical procedure so I guess my body didn’t know how to handle it. Mom was a lifesaver. She took care of Amelia at night while I was in the hospital and brought her to me so she could spend the day with me at the hossy. I was fortunate to be able to stay in the mother/baby wing so I was able to have here with me as much as I wanted. DH stayed with me at night every night I was there so that was great too.

Mom leaves on Sunday so I will be officially on my own as of this coming week. It will be nerve-wrecking but nice at the same time. I’m looking forward to establishing a routine of my own and handling things myself. It has taken me 3 weeks, but I finally feel like I can do it.

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Today Sucks

Today, it seems like everything has gone wrong. I wake up to runny poo all over the hallway. Clean it up and before I leave for work, I end up cleaning up crap 2 more times. Apparently one of our dogs has a sick stomach.

At work, my database crashes and I might have to build it from scratch. Then while trying to fix the problem by uninstalling some software the computer crashes and I get a blue screen of death. Not the first time this has happened either.

I get home after work and have to clean up more shit. I have a pile of dishes in the sink. I put them all in the dishwasher then realize I have to wash a few because I need them to cook. By this time my back is hurting so bad I can barely move. I finally eat dinner and take a shower. I lay down for a while then get up to get a drink of water and find more shit all over the kitchen floor. God, I’m sick of cleaning up shit…that’s 5 times today.

Dh gets home as I’m cleaning up and helps. Then he puts the dog food above the fridge. We don’t want her to eat any of it in case it’s what is making her sick. So I go to open the fridge and the bowl of food falls on me and all over the floor.

Then I go to hang up a pair of pants so they can dry and the hanger I was going to use breaks. And to top it all, I’m trying to get rid of a UTI all while 7 months pregnant. No it definitely hasn’t been a good day for me. This day really needs to be over already!

Can't get Snacks

I get so upset. We have a little snack shop in our building at work. It is supposed to be open from 7am – 5:30pm. It’s even open on the weekends, at least for now. Well, why then is it closed at 3:15pm? There is only ever 1 person there, but how will they ever make any money if they seem to be closed a lot. It’s so frsutrating because I need to get snacks and most of the time when I go down there they are closed. I can’t leave work to go to the grocery store.

It’s really annoying. They probably won’t be around anymore after this month. The biggest company in our building is moving out. That will only leave one floor with people and that totals less than 50 people! So I doubt they will be able to stay afloat once they all leave and it’s just the few of us left.

Cooling down the pool

With this incredible heat we’re having this summer, the pool quickly gets unbearably hot, that it’s not enjoyable. We filled it up on Saturday and by Sunday afternoon it was getting warm. Not too bad, but give it another day or two of being in the direct sunlight and it’ll be almost as hot as a steam bath.

After a bit of searching, I think I might need to dump the ice from our freezer in there and see if it helps. It’s actually close to being balanced. I need to get some Alkalinity stuff, I went yesterday and they were out, but the chlorine levels are good and the pH is coming up. I’m using the fish tank trick…just add baking soda to increase pH. 🙂 So now, if I can get some Alkalinity stuff, then it will be just about balanced. I’ve been checking it everyday, sometimes twice a day. It’s still cloudy, but I’m hoping that once I get it balanced with the alkalinity, that hopefully I can add some water clarifier. We also changed the filter yesterday. Holy cow, from all the algae that was in it before, the old filter was literally blue with a bunch of slime on it. Once we put a fresh filter in, the water pressure coming through the pump was much better. And it looked a little clearer.

I’m just worried about the heat. It’s what causes the aglae to grow. Wal-Mart has like 4 shelves full of nothing but gallon jugs of algaecide! It’s a problem for everyone with this crazy heat. I’m praying that keeping it balanced and possibly cooler with the ice every few days, that I can keep the algae in control. But I’m okay with having to drain and refill it once more before it gets put away in Oct. I just want to be able to enjoy it.

I spent the whole day in it yesterday. I got in around noon, after adding baking soda and shocking it. I got out and dried off for good around 6pm. That’s pretty much the entire afternoon. It was heaven. I cranked on the radio and put the wireless speaker outside so I could hear it from the pool and chilled out. It was a perfect day. I can’t wait to get in it tonight. I’m going to try to spend as much time in it from now till delivery. 🙂

Pool Cleanup

Well, I’ve drained the pool about 98%, then refilled it. It’s cloudy, but I’m trying to do it right this time by making sure to add the chemicals to get it balanced. I’m working on it and the chlorine is just about right. I added stuff to shock the pool and bring the pH up because it’s cloudy, so we’ll see what happens. I really want it to be right this time, so I don’t get the algae buildup like it was. I had a great time in it yesterday and I’ve already got my swimsuit on and am waiting the 15 min after shocking so I can get in today.

I love having a swimable pool. Especially since it’s been so extremely hot lately and I’m 7 months pregnant. It’s such a relief of the heat and the extra weight.