Thursday, February 11, 2010

I have a son

Dear Timothy,

You are loved. Daddy and I went to the ultrasound today and first got my gallbladder and nearby organs looked at since I was violently ill last night with what we think are gallbladder problems. When the technician got done with that, we were so excited to be able to see you. I asked her to first show us your goods and let us see if we can tell if you're a boy or a girl. Well, she did and we IMMEDIATELY knew without a doubt that you are a boy! We had known anyway, thanks to "mommy intuition," but we were so excited to know.

When we first glimpsed you and realized you were our son, daddy stood there grinning from ear to ear and said "I always do it right! A girl and a boy!" Yeah, okay, dad...you've done it "right" all two times you've done it. ;-) I was so happy that I had to wipe some happy tears away. Of course, if you were a girl instead, I think we would have still both been as pleased as punch.

True to form, you wiggled, kicked, and waved your arms everywhere possible the entire time. You were moving so much that it took extra time to find things on you since the technician would have to first find the location of that part again because you had moved! The only thing you didn't do was roll over so we could see your face. Of course. So the pictures of you are a little goofy looking. :-)

We tried to video tape the whole thing, but the machine wasn't working. We'll hopefully be able to go back soon for another gallbladder scan and then get a video and 3D view of you then! I'm sitting here smiling just thinking about it. Oh man, you are going to be so perfect. I am the luckiest, luckiest mom to have two beautiful, good natured babies. What more could a parent want?!

Your big sister is crazy about you already. I don't know how much she really understands, but she is always oogly-eyed over babies (and puppies and kitties). We tell her that there's a baby brother in my belly, and so she kisses you, sings to you with her mouth pressed against me, rubs my belly, and pats you. Pretty cute. We can't wait to see what she does when she sees you for the first time!

I can't tell you how much we love you and want you...and are so excited about you! I'm even more excited for this pregnancy/birthing/newborn time because after LoveBug, I know how awesome it is. The anticipation is wonderful. You can thank your sister later for that. :-)
So, my dear monkey boy, we know now. We love you. And we cannot wait to meet you.

Love,
Mama (and Daddy and Big Sister, too)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

life sucks and I'm sick of it.

I'm in a pretty bad mood today and I just want to complain and choke people until my heart feels better. If I tell anyone how I feel, though, I'll be complaining about my husband and that's just not something I like to do. In fact, I sometimes even lie to people about things like his lack of helping around the house just so he doesn't look like a male chovenist to them. I guess it's more for me--I don't like it when people tell me negative things about my marriage.

So in an attempt to get some of this off my chest, I'll share some of my heart without too much detail and within the semi-anonymity of cyberspace.

I'm five months pregnant. I work all day at a boring job that I don't like and that doesn't pay me enough. I come home to a disasterous house that only gets worse while I'm gone during the day. I then spend the 2-4 hours I have at home before getting LoveBug and then myself down for bed cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry. I also sneak some nursing and snuggling time in there. :-)

Needless to say, I'm exhausted. I'm achy. I'm in pain. Then, on top of everything else, I have to get up and nurse LoveBug during the night and put her back to sleep if she wakes up. John used to be more helpful with getting her back to sleep during the night as I've explained to him that I can't be the one to get her back to sleep or else she will have to nurse and I can't keep nursing her during the middle of the night...but the last few weeks, he spends about 5 minutes with her before bringing her into our bed. Then I'm up for the next hour nursing her until I can carry her back to her own crib and wait for her to sleep through me opening the door to leave her bedroom.

Last night, when he brought her in at 1:30am, I took her back to her bedroom, kissed her and talked to her, and then left her to "cry it out." It lasted for 15 minutes before John went in to get her, and then about another 10 minutes before he came in asking me where the Tylonal was. She didn't need Tylonal. I ended up with her again, totally fine and happy, and just endured being yelled at about not giving him any warning about choosing tonight to let her cry. Um, yeah...

So I spent the night in her room, getting her back to sleep. I was able to sneak out at 3:30am. I fell asleep on the couch after 4am, and then had to get up again at 6:30am. My life sucks.

I am sick to death of putting up with selfishness, and that's all I can blame this on. I feel like a single mother with a nagging husband who has no compassion or desire to do anything unless it's causing an inconvenience for him. I can not keep up. I have not been able to keep up since going back to work after LoveBug was born. He knows this. He knows I have struggled with depression so badly the first year after coming back to work that I've injured myself and wanted to kill myself. He knows that I get very stressed out by the house being such a mess. He knows that I'm tired, pregnant, and feeling crappy when I have to do all of this. I comunicate my needs very clearly, but none of this matters.

Somehow, I'm supposed to do everything. What's going to happen when I have two babies, a house, and have to still make an income while taking care of these three things? It's obviously not working for us now, so I don't know why it'd start working for us then.

I need to figure out some sort of coping mechanism before going home today, because we'll end up fighting, John will break things, yell and swear at me (yes, in front of LoveBug), won't let me leave until he feels things are resolved somehow, and then everything will be my fault because I caused him to do these things via my attitude. *sigh*. I am so over all of this. It's ridiculous and I'm so sick of it, yet don't know how to make it stop...

So I'll just try to focus on coping. I have 6.5 hours to figure things out before I go home. Lots of time, but not an easy task when your eyes are swollen, you're crying, and your whole body aches from laying awake on a wooden floor for hours during the night.

Ideas:
1) After John comes to bed and wakes me up with his snoring because he's overly tired (but no, that doesn't stop him from staying up until all hours of the night), I will just move to the couch. He'll never know, and I'll get more sleep. And then he can't swear at me when I wake him up during the night to ask if he can move his head so he'll stop snoring.

2) Pray, pray, pray, pray. Although I did that all night while I was awake and it didn't fix anything yet.

3) Don't answer my phone if he calls me today.

...and all of my other ideas are pretty negative, so I probably shouldn't post them. Maybe the best way to deal with this is just to shove it down in my soul with the rest of the crap like this. Who knows.

Oh, and just in case someone does read this and desires to comment, I'll probably just delete all of the comments and definitely if any of them tell me how horrid of a husband I have. I don't want to hear it.

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