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  1. Not closer to work, we realized it was easier to have him commute than me with all my health issues.
  2. A lull sounds lovely, doesn't it?
  3. Thought I would give a quick update. Things here are doing pretty good, actually! Alex is doing well with his job, he just got a small raise. His division did very well but not all divisions hit their goals so it was a bit smaller than prior years had been. It's his first raise since he started and we were excited to get it! Our budget is balanced, we are getting ready to move to a larger apartment and are selling out all that we can from the storage unit. Not that it's necessary, this apartent comes with lots of big closets and even a storage room... but why not downsize and make money on anything we have found we don't need? Family members went in together and all sent small monetary birthday gifts to the twins and early birthday money gifts to Naomi so we could get them new beds for the new apartment. Obviously not a necessity, but when we asked the twins what they wanted they said bunk beds and that was all they asked for. We still get a family member discount at a furniture store my mom's cousin owns and runs so it covers it. They're thrilled! We move right between their birthdays so it is a combined gift and Naomi is also thrilled, they get to share a room again but not share a big bed so they can sleep. We stopped the snowball for the moment and are saving up for the move. It is happening two months earlier than we should have because the friend who rented us this house is selling it. She was approached by a buyer before she even put it on the market! We live in a hot real estate market and I'm thrilled for her that it's such an easy process. Naomi is still having some small hiccups in school with her ADHD but we are working hard to control it. I'm going to have to go to slightly reduced hours for health reasons and I'm hoping I will finally have the opportunity to provide enough stabiity at home to help her. She's doing amazingly well in school, just some impulse control issues. She's got a thing for cutting her hair, we are at the last warning before she gets a pixie cut. LOL The twins are SO ready for kindergarten! Hope is reading some, not fluently at all but she can muddle her way through most my first reader level 1 or pre-1 and she is sounding out words. Ariel is waiting to get evaluated for speech but does very well with counting and math games. Hope has been going to gymnastics and has been invited to the pre-team. It's a little bit more money but we can make it work and not cut into the snowball thanks to the raise and dropping insurance rates. In fact, thanks to the insurance we should still be able to grow our snowball and do it! She shows a natural talent and the pre-team instructor requested her because she is so strong. I'm excited for her, she's thrilled! The other two don't do extra curricular stuff right now but are happy to use our JCC membership to go swimming on weekends. I'm still struggling with my health. I was told recently that I am in complete remission with my ulcerative colitis! That is the best news I have gotten recently, I just need to figure out the other stuff. I feel bad, I don't like taking so much time off of work to see the doctors but there isn't much choice. My heart is doing pretty well on the medicine, I'm also on a beta blocker to try and control the rhythm of my heart. I keep a fairly low heart rate due to it, it freaked out the nurse at the doctor Friday when it was only 44 but I was ok. I see a sleep clinic as soon as my referral goes through and will have a sleep study to try and figure out if my fatigue is more than the fibromyalgia. I will likely be lowering my hours starting when the college students come back to work at the daycare for the summer. Not a ton, down to 35 hours a week from 40. I've really been working less due to doctor appointments anyway so I budget for 30 hours a week to be safe. It's good because it means that when I can work full time we get a bonus in the snowball (or moving fund right now) and when I lower down to 30 hours a week next year when school starts it will be a balanced budget with no issues. Hope everyone is doing well! I'm going to go pack a couple of boxes. We move June 10th but I have so many issues with energy sometimes I don't want to take a chance.
  4. SatinSky

    I'm moving

    I wish you lived near me, my ILs just downsized and have a futon and kitchen stuff to give away. I would have loved being able to help! I'm glad you are giving yourself a space that is your own, I actually think it is really important as you get used to this new phase of life to be able to establish yourself in your own place.
  5. I did not pass the test to do the second job from home. There is another project on that site that would only allow an hour a day of work, it would still be an extra $200-300 a month and is worth it to try. My friend said it was easier, probably more suited to my frazzled and tired brain at the end of the day. So, we keep trucking. I was so happy to send that snowball payment, I will have to update numbers soon. For now, breakfast... I'm starving and need to start my day!
  6. I'm dealing with a lot of health stuff right now. I HAVE to have gluten to find out if what is going on with my body is also Celiac. It isn't just a question of whether not eating it made me feel better but the doctors and I need to know what is really happening to me so I might actually start healing properly. So, I've got headaches and awful dry skin again... my stomach hurts every day again as well but luckily that side effect hasn't been as harsh as I thought it would because the lactose free dairy is helping. Because of all of this, I work VERY hard to make sure that my class is run properly and my health doesn't affect it. I don't know about other teachers (we are for sure having trouble with the other 4 year old teacher) but I run my class the way I would like someone to be teaching my own children. I challenge them, I actually complete my lesson plan almost every day and I treat those kids with a loving but firm when needed demeanor. I work HARD for my kids... I'm actually working on a binder which will have all my lesson plans (I'm still working on them) to the end of the year. I'm worried I will get sick from the gluten or whatever else is going on and my class will fall apart. I'm going to make all the copies, everything. Apparently the parents have been saying really good things about me. Friday I wasn't feeling well (I've got c-diff and an ear infection so I'm on a lot of antibiotics which are hurting my stomach) and Hope got sick. I couldn't take the stress anymore and we were in ratio with both classes combined so I asked the other teacher to come with her kids and let me go talk to the director and assistant director. They are people I would be friends with if I just happened to know them, we have a great relationship. They helped me calm down, chatted with me about what is going on with my health and how they could help support me... and then they told me that they are hearing from parents in other age groups that my parents are raving about me. I have trouble getting compliments sometimes but at that moment it did a lot to help me feel better. I was also sent early on my lunch break and was told to take extra time if I needed it. They said the other teacher could handle both classes for awhile, I carry her class enough. They said they were getting so much positive feedback that they were starting to think they would let me keep my class next year and just work part time, as long as my hours covered the main learning time of the day which they actually would. So, now I'm working on getting the work from home job but considering staying with my current job as well and not just working from home if I can. I love teaching, I'm good at it and if they are that willing to work with me just to keep me that says maybe that is exactly where I need to be. It's all going to depend on my health, I have to get things under control. Right now the c-diff doesn't seem too severe because she said just to make sure I take the antibiotic and come in when it was done to get tested again. Oh, and to top it all off, my sister in law is about to start chemo for breast cancer. She's got 4 kids and I am praying we can find ways to be supportive even if it is just emotionally and providing some dinners. So much to deal with... Sorry this is all over the place, I just needed to get it all out and written down to start figuring it out in my head. I also need to do part 3 of my test for the other job and keep working on my lesson plans.
  7. I tried making mozzarella once, it was not super successful. Haha! I already had a fairly new bag each of vegan cheddar and mozzarella, some goat cheese and sheep's feta when they said to try adding in lactose free dairy. I will just use that up first. I just really miss cheese, I wasn't really missing gluten. I had a shake for dinner made with Lactaid just now. It was so much creamier than the almond milk makes it! Delicious!
  8. I actually have both in the house! They're just saltier than others but I love them!
  9. I grabbed a package of Flinstones Complete at Publix and it was $7 for two months worth. Not too bad! My stomach hurt today... I think I will be less excited about gluten and much more careful from now until the test.
  10. Thanks! I was quite happy to have a big bowl of pasta with shrimp, mushrooms, olive oil and parmesan cheese just now. Accoring to the nutritionist I should be able to have parmesan because it is virtually lactose free and since you use so little of it there is little effect. so far no issues... I'm pretty excited to get some yummy food in me!
  11. So far it has done exactly opposite of what I expected. But that is ok, I will see how the days play out. Hoping to either be told I an continue to eat gluten because it isn't doing anything to me or that I have celia and get an answer.
  12. So, now that I've been gluten free for several months, it is time to eat gluten again! I went to Vanderbilt University today and met with the team that will be taking care of me at the IBD Center. The GI will be doing another colonosopy with an endoscopy right before Thanksgiving, she needs to see if the gluten has an effect on me so I have to eat it again. I'm munching on REAL pretzels right now! The kind that cost $2 for a big bag, not $4 for a tiny bag. They're stale and delicious to me! They also told me to try Lactaid milk or a low or no lactose cheese. She suspects I am severely lactose intolerant but that dairy protein itself is not an issue for me. The psychologist was a trip but he did cheer me up! He thinks I need to stop worrying about what might happen if I get sick again and just enjoy the moment when I'm not in pain. He also told me that he grew up with a Jewish mother and he knows that it is sort of natural for us to worry, so I should do my best. Haha!!!! He was really nice and told me that if I need anything please feel free to call and make an appointment with just him to talk, I don't only need to see him when I go to see the GI. The nutritionist was amazing and very patient. She was impressed when I came in with my list of foods that I can eat. She confirmed that I should try lactose free milk, so I'm going to pick up some in a few minutes because I only have one more serving of the almond milk anyway. She was very specific about how much and what kin ds of gluten to try. I can still only have white versions of things. She also told me to limit myself to 13 grams of fiber or less a day, which sounds difficult but when you can only eat one half cup of cooked veggies a day or you have pain it is pretty easy. So, now I just need to hope I don't get too sick after adding back in the gluten. I had a white slider bun (the only glutenous white bread we had in the house when I got home) and now a few pretzels. I'm about to make myself move again and go to the store. I'm pretty exhausted from a long day... but I should go pick up the supplements she said to get. I am supposed to start taking Flinstones vitamins, haha! Specifically Flinstones Complete, I hope there is a store brand! Just thought I would share what was going on. I'm hopeful this is going to help me on the path to remission. They asked me if I was coming just for a second opinion or to be treated. Originally I thought I would go just for the second opinion but I'm not sure now. I really clicked with all of the doctors and having a full team helping me feel good seems like a really great idea right now. I do need to call them in the morning though, I realized after I left that they never took my copay! Yikes!
  13. All test results were normal! I'm so relieved! Now we can work on her belly aches with Miralax and probably a trip to a pediatric allergist to check for food allergies. At least so far there is no evidence of IBD or celiac!
  14. I have never felt worse as a parent than I did today having to hold Hope down for blood work. Why did it make me feel so guilty? She's being checked for inflammation markers in her blood as well as Celiac. I don't know how to handle my baby being sick like I am. I hear from so many people with IBD that they chose not to have biological children for fear of passing it on. I wasn't diagnosed when I had Naomi but with the twins it was so well controlled I didn't worry about things like that. I am so worried my little Hope is headed towards a life of medicine, constant belly aches, dietary restrictions and possible complications in the future. I know it could be worse, I just feel so bad...
  15. I know, you all said to stop taking them. My coworker said she had another box of uniform clothes, since Naomi stained so much of her stuff I went ahead and took it. The last box of clothes much of it went to donate, I took some clothing for the girls and a good amount of uniform clothes. Then, I sold most of the uniform clothes that were the wrong style for our school. I only had to do 5 minutes of extra work to sell it and my sweet coworker had car trouble this week so I was happy to surprise her with $20 from selling the extra pieces today. The bag she gave me had more stuff for Naomi for the winter (I might have too much but if it's only a couple extra pairs of pants I will just stick them in the drawer in case some get holes or what not) as well as some extra uniform pieces again. But, the best part? I found exactly the one item I really hoped to find for Naomi for winter! A long sleeve, navy blue polo dress. She had one last winter but it got too short. I also found the exact jumper another friend needs for her daughter. Sometimes hand me downs are amazing. Especially if they are exactly what you need at that moment. When Naomi sees her polo dress she will be SO excited! Plus, now there is a small pile of about 10 more uniform items to sell in the wrong colors. My friend thanked me for the very well timed $20 and said we should split anything else I get 50/50 from selling her clothes.
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