Friday, April 17, 2009

A Winner

Just had to share this photo of Asher. By the way- he took his first steps to me on Easter Sunday!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Young and The Restless, my daily soap...

At times I can despair
Of getting it all done
The housework, all the chores
The race I have to run

Up early and down late
With so much in-between
Finding peace within the chaos
Often remains to be seen

Dirty diapers, runny nose,
The crying spells and such
Move me in fast-forward
Of "stop", there isn't much

But ever in the forest,
I forget to see the trees
(Interrupted from my musings
By a most unpleasant breeze...)

I hear it in their laughter
And even in their tears
A life in need of nurture
And love throughout their years

Too simple to be sage
Life's not about the "done"
The joy is in the journey
The walk is twice the fun

Thursday, April 2, 2009 every day!

I made cookies this morning. Sometimes I wonder why I choose to do something that makes a mess and is so time consuming but...
some people think it is worth it!!!

The boys played while I finished up the cookies. I had decided to get out the next age and season of clothing for each boy yesterday. So, I had cookies going in the kitchen this morning, bins and piles of clothing throughout the house, and our landlords doing work in every room of the house for several hours. Smile.
"I love you, mom!"

He looks so grown up in this shot...

and so eccentric in this shot!

Naptime + work being done in his bedtime = a tired little boy

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Status Update

I have had a pain in my chest for some time- off and on, but pretty steady for the past several weeks. Ummmm....what is going on? It is the kind of thing where you want to pass it off, but in more lucid moments you realize you would really like to know (and probably really should find out) what is going on! I found myself worrying about it, so I made an appointment for yesterday.
I hadn't intentionally kept it from my mom- I just didn't want to make a big deal about it. My mom found out through my sister and called, concerned. My mom knows all about having odd symptoms. In her life, it has meant one of two things- pregnancy or cancer. Each have occurred several times for her- and this was obviously not pregnancy. So- she was understandably shook up.
So, I went to the appointment, not sure what to expect. The doctor checked me out, then told me I have costochondritis. This is the Mayo clinic definition:
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint — where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.
Your doctor might refer to costochondritis by other names, including chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome and costosternal chondrodynia. When the pain of costochondritis is accompanied by swelling, it's referred to as Tietze syndrome.
Most cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause. In these cases, treatment focuses on easing your pain while you wait for costochondritis to resolve on its own.

Basically, it is nothing to worry about- just some discomfort that, since I know it is harmless, doesn't really affect my daily routine. The doctor recommended Aleve twice a day, and laying down with ice on my chest several times a day until the discomfort goes away...and again when it returns- in a week, a month, or several years.
So- I'm okay, I'm relieved to know, and I'm going to go put ice on my chest! :-)