Catching Up

Business: Every free computer moment for the last two weeks has been devoted to a project I’m working on for a client. I finished it today, and will be sending it off as soon as the check arrives. I’m happy to say that business is going really well. In the meantime, I’ve got three new clients that are referral cases (i.e. they need an expert, I find one, I take a cut of the final bill). While those types don’t bring in the big bucks, they are very easy to manage and require little of my time. Finally, with this latest big project I reached a milestone: I have surpassed my startup costs and am “in the black” now with my business.

Family: the events of the past few days have made me more thankful than ever for the support of family with raising my kids. On Saturday evening I fell ill with a horrible stomach bug that left me “praying at the porcelain alter” every hour for six hours throughout the night. By morning not only was I exhausted, but I felt pain in muscles I didn’t even know I had. It was like the ab workout from hell. For 36 hours I didn’t ingest a thing except a half a cup of milk and some water. And all this began the day before DH left for California on business. Not only did he take good care of me all day Sunday, took the kids out for a few hours so I could rest, but he arranged for my mother to come over the next morning. Mum fed the kids and looked after them while I cranked out the last major section of the report for my client, and then my father-in-law came by to take the kids to the playground. Mum came back with groceries and cooked us all dinner. It’s times like this when feel so grateful for my wonderful family. I’m feeling fine now, and the up side of it all is I lost 5 lbs!

Health: I wrote a while back that I started power walking in the mornings. Unfortunately that fell by the wayside after only two weeks – I was regularly up late at night working on my project and just couldn’t drag my butt out of bed early enough. With DH away this week I decided to throw in the towel and start afresh next week when he’s back. This time of year is fantastic for morning exercise and I don’t think I’ll have much trouble motivating myself. I’ve put on some pounds (see below), and while the stomach flu gave me a good kickstart, I’m determined not to go back up there.

Lactation: On a related front, DS is almost entirely weaned. I’d written before about wanting to daywean him, but wasn’t sure how it would go. Once again I underestimated my children’s ability to do without the boob: DS took to the “distraction technique” like a duck to water. It went something like this:

DS: “Tee Tee, Mama!”
Me: “I don’t have Tee Tee, would you like some apple juice? milk? fruit snack?”
DS: “Yeah, fruit snack!”
Me: “Well, okay then!”

Yes, folks, it was that simple. He has not nursed during the day for over a month now. He nurses at bedtime, and sometimes in the early morning, but I’m happy to announce that he is sleeping right through the night most nights, and if I didn’t have such a shitty mattress I’d be dancing through my days (I always thought my back and shoulder pains were from nursing, but no, it’s our cheap mattress; I’m saving up for a new one now).

Two things have happened as a result of him being “almost weaned”. First, my libido has finally revealed itself fully after almost 5 years of “so-so”. Yes, I’m actually having sex like normal married people now, with the caveat that opportunity is the limiting factor most of the time, not interest as used to be the case. Which isn’t to say that I had no libido at all, it just wasn’t up to standard. Things are getting fun again with DH, and that’s having good effects on our relationship, too. The other thing that happened was that I gained 8 pounds. Thanks to the bug I’ve lost 5, though I suspect a couple might creep back on in the next few days as my appetite still hasn’t been completely up to par. It’s a true testament to the power of breastfeeding to burn off those calories, but it appears the long honeymoon is over now. My chocolate-bar-a-day habit must come to an end. It’s been fun, Ben. I’ll miss ya, Jerry. But you and Cherry Garcia need to find another babe to hang with.

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