Rough Times, Fall Fun, and Holiday Planning

Pretty Libby

It has been several months since I blogged.  With an eight month old, life can be crazy.  You read correctly.  My Elizabeth is eight months old!  Boy has time flown.  She is growing so fast I can’t keep up with all of her milestones.  She had her first hair cut on September 5th, 2009 at seven months old.  She is laughing and babbling so much.  She is so close to crawling.  She can now get up into the position but just doesn’t know how to take off yet.  I say she weighs at least 16 or 17 lbs by now.  She goes back to the doctor next month so we will get the exact poundage there.  She is eating 5 5 oz bottles daily with a morning snack of cereal and fruit and evening dinner of veggies.  She is sleeping 11-12 hours a night.  Everyone else says that she sleeps so well because she is a good baby which is true but if I hadn’t let her learn to put herself to sleep, we would be in a much more sleepless state right now.  With me working, not getting any sleep is not an option.  That week of letting her cry it out at about 4 or 5 months was the hardest yet best thing I have ever done.  She has consistently slept more and more hours as she has gotten older.  That is great for mommy and daddy also, I’m not going to lie!  She loves playing with all of her toys and especially playing in her exesaucer.  We got some great video of her playing in it this past weekend.  Check out my facebook page for that.

With all the good that I have in my life, I have been having a rough go of it.  I really don’t know how to describe what I have been going through.  I’m just tired.  I’m tired of the daily grind with no break.  I’m tired of having to budget every last cent, but who doesn’t these days?  I just feel alone.  I have Stephen don’t get me wrong, but someone else I can truly go to and just vent all of my frustrations, I don’t have that.  All of my good friends are married, some with kids, but all with lives of their own.  My mom is very ill.  I can talk wit h her but she is too sick to be able to be there for me when I need her.  It takes every ounce of strength she has to take care of herself and she doesn’t have much left for me.  I’m not complaining, I just miss my mom.  I miss the girl dates, movie dates, and dinner dates.  I don’t hear from some of my family anymore since Libby has been born.  Everyone came to the hospital when she was born and then many don’t even call to even ask about her anymore.  I don’t understand what I have done to make them go away, but I wish they came around more.  My mom’s family has been great.  They love Libby to death.  They see her as much as they can and I take Libby to my grandparent’s at least once a month.  It is good to have family interested in my life and who call to find out and don’t hold it against me because I can’t call right now because I have to take care of my daughter.  Work is going good, I’m just in need of a break.  Besides the weekends, I have not had a period of more than two days off from work in over 6 months since I went back to work.  I have a week long vacation the week of my birthday, which is October 19th so I am looking very forward to that.  I have started working 4 10 hour shifts and off on fridays.  It has been great to spend an extra day with Libby.  I have been enjoying it so very much.  I hope I can continue to do it and it works out for all involved, including me, stephen, libby and my work.  Please pray for me as I am going through this tiring time.  I’m doing my best to work my way through it and count my blessings in the process.

Sorry for such a long post.  On a lighter note, I planted some fall mums and tulips this weekend to get in the fall spirit.  I also put all of my fall decorations out.  I love this time of year.  The crispness in the air, football (roll tide!), and my birthday!  Stephen and I are trying to get out as much as we can with Libby to enjoy this beautiful weather.  I’ve also got about 50% of my Christmas shopping done.  I’m so proud of myself.  I want my little girl to have a good first Christmas.  I also have other plans for my bonus at work so the shopping needs to be done before I get that next month.

Again sorry for the long post, but I needed to blog.  I will update you all next month after Libby’s 9 month appt with Dr. Meredith.


October 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm 1 comment

Libby’s Six Month Office Visit

Well as promised I told everyone that I would update after Libby’s six month check up.  We went to the doctor yesterday.  Libby is 15 pounds and 13 ounces.  She is 25 1/2 inches long.  She is in the 50th percentile on her weight and in the 45th percentile on her height.  Considering when she was born she wasn’t even registered on the chart in her weight and only in the 5th percentile on height, she is making great progress.  Dr. Meredith was very pleased.

We can now begin stage 2 baby foods.  He said that we could also start feeding her veggies/fruits twice a day.  We will also continue to feed her the cereal in the morning as well.  She is growing very well and we are all happy with her progression.

The best news though we got today.  Libby had her final hip ultrasound this morning.  The looseness that was in her hip joints is totally gone.  We do not have to double diaper her anymore.  She has been double diapered for 4 months, so Stephen and I are very relieved that we don’t have to do it anymore.  I’m sure she feels like a new girl!

Well this is all for now.  We have a busy weekend ahead of us with a baby shower and a wedding, so time to go get rested up.

August 21, 2009 at 9:36 pm Leave a comment

Kelly’s Update

What a busy six months.  It has been so long since I have updated this so here we go:

Libby is six months old as of August 4th, 2009.  She is eating 5 oz per feeding every 3 hours.  She is eating oatmeal cereal in the mornings and beginner baby food in the evening.  She has liked everything so far EXCEPT green beans!  She does not like them at all yet.  She is sleeping between 11-12 hours at night.  She sleeps from 8:00 pm-6:30 am during the weekdays because I have to get her up to take her to Mimi and Papa’s.  On the weekends she sleeps from 8:00 pm-7:30 am.  She is such a wonderful baby with a great personality.  She is so happy all the time.  The only time she fusses is when she is hungry or sleepy.  She is beginning to cut teeth now, her first tooth broke through last night.  She is growing up so fast!  She has her six month check up with Dr. Meredith on Thursday 8/20/09.  We will have definite weight and length then.  We think she is between 15-16 lbs.  We were supposed to have our checkup last week but Dr. Meredith had to leave early, so we had to reschedule:(  I love being her mother and cherish every moment with her.

Stephen is back in school so the Carmichael’s get back in school mode:  work and rest all week and play on the weekends.  I like to take Libby right home on the weeknights so I can spend time with her before she goes to bed since I have been away from her all day.  Stephen is in his third semester of graduate school and has a 3.5 GPA.  I’m so proud of him especially doing that well with all of the other responsiblity he has on him already.  One year to go and we will be celebrating!

On a personal note I am on a quest trying to lose weight.  I am still having some problems with my blood pressure since Libby’s birth so my ob doctor is giving me two months to lose weight and reduce my salt.  Do you know  how hard it is to reduce salt?  I feel sorry for anyone having to be on a renal date, mainly my mom.  I am proud that I have lost all of my baby weight and 5 lbs beyond that.  I have a goal to lose another 15-20 lbs.  I have been walking in my neighborhood with some neighbors 3 nights a week.  It is really making a difference.  I already have more energy and endurance.  My neighborhood has some large hills so that is helping a lot.  Please pray that I don’t have to go on blood pressure meds for my 27th birthday in October.

Well that is the main updates for right now.  Got a busy week ahead with a baby shower and wedding to go to as well as getting through the rest of the work week.   I will update again after Libby’s appt and hopefully last hip ultrasound.

August 17, 2009 at 9:06 pm 2 comments

Six Months! Where does the time go…

Hard to believe, but our little angel is officially six months old today!
Libby’s starting to sit up on her own, but still a little wobbly.  She’s grasping at just about everything, including the dog, but he doesn’t seem to mind too much.  Scout just licks her and seems to enjoy the attention.

A few weeks ago, we started baby food.  We’ve been through the veggies and now we are on to fruits.  So far, she’s liked everything we’ve given her, but I think Green Beans are going to take a little longer, because she doesn’t seem to like them as well as the others she’s had.  This week is bananas, and I don’t know what we’ll move to next.

Still double-diapering her and Kelly and I are both hopeful that that will end after her next appointment, which falls in a couple of weeks.

School continues for me.  Just finished the summer sessions and, while I’m not really thrilled with the final grade I got in advanced auditing (my own fault), I still pulled a B in that class and an A in Info Systems, so my GPA is still higher as a result.  Taking 2 classes this fall and then I become a true candidate for the masters (currently I’m a probationary student due to a less-than-stellar cumulative GPA).

Now that classes are out I get to do some cleanup work around the house.  Pressure wash, paint the concrete on the porch, and probably paint the back gutters white again (the previous owner let them become a nice shade of moldy gray).  Next major project is the back deck, which is going to require a LOT of work.  That will probably take the next year to complete, as our budget doesn’t allow for a lot of spending right now.

On a tech note, I will be moving the pictures off Flickr and onto another hosting service that isn’t blocked here at the office…probably Picasa from Google.  I aim to have that completed before I go on a rafting trip this weekend.

August 4, 2009 at 9:37 am 1 comment

We’re Home!

After what felt like an eternity, our family is finally living at home again!  The repairs aren’t 100% complete, as we are still waiting for the carpet to be replaced in the living room and hallway, but its nice to be able to sleep in our own beds and get back to 0ur normal routines.

On the school front, I have officially started graduate school and its going good, but there’s quite a bit of work.  We’ve had all of 4 classes and we have our mid-term on Wednesday.  Needless to say, I’m living in textbooks and notes from here until mid-August.  All I can say is I need as much prayer as possible, as I have to maintain at least a 3.0 in order to stay enrolled and with all of the house stuff and the baby, that’s a tall order.

May 19, 2009 at 8:10 am Leave a comment

It has begun…repairs, that is..

Well, after having to call Allstate and more or less chew them a new one for about 20 minutes to a manager’s manager (I think he was a regional director), the claim for house repairs was approved and our contractor has started the repairs to the house as of this morning!

Here is the list of repairs (for those who may be curious how much damage the house actually received):

  • 6-9 full sheets of drywall
  • all carpet and padding in the living room and down the hallway
  • 1 4ft dormer with window
  • entire roof of house
  • 60 ft length of gutter
  • 1 new couch (sorry Granny…the couch didn’t survive)

On top of this, Kelly and I are now going to shop for new insurance coverage, as we have had it with Allstate.  It took WAY too long to get the repairs approved, they have fought us on just about everything, and they have treated this claim as more of a nuisance claim ever since this whol debacle started, AND I start grad school on Wednesday.  Kinda funny, Christopher finishes tomorrow and I start the day after…

Anyway, will eventually get around to posting pictures of the repair work and more pictures of Elizabeth, because you just can’t post enough pictures of our little angel…:)

May 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Designated Homeless

This past Friday, our area was battered by a line of very strong thunderstorms that produced incredible damage around the Chattanooga area.  Unfortunately, that damage included our house!

In our front yard, we HAD a large oak tree that sat about 10 or so feet from the house.  A strong downburst hit right over our neighborhood and, as a result, toppled said oak tree onto our house!  I will post pictures of the damage later this evening, but here is a description of the damage:

  • 4 holes punched into the roof by branch stumps.
  • 1 dormer completely flattened
  • top roof gable crushed in several places by tree branches
  • front gutter ruined by tree trunk
  • 3-4 rafters broken by tree, one of which came through the ceiling in the living room, opening a large swath of the ceiling and drowning the living room with water
  • 1 couch ruined by water and drywall damage
  • carpet ruined in living room (which had to be cut out to get the water soaked up before it ruined the subfloor)

With all of this damage, Kelly and I are not living at home and are staying with my parents.  This has been slightly stressful, but we’re all making it.  Hopefully after we get the construction estimate today, we’ll be able to get the repairs started soon and our lives can get back to normal.

April 15, 2009 at 8:15 am 5 comments

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