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Getting Back to Normal

We finally got our power back on Monday TUESDAY evening. [I’m so out of it that I don’t even remember when I got our power back.]  Thank the Lord!  After 9 1/2 long days without power, we finally have it back.  We just got our first snow yesterday and I was frightened we would lose our power again.  We moved all of our crap from my parents’ house to our house Monday night and we were so happy to be home again – in our own beds – and just back at home again. CB was so happy to see his toys again and his playroom!  I was a little sad because we left BB with my parents.  I got a bad cold last Tuesday when we were shivering without power and I spread the cold to my bear cubs and BB had it bad.  My mother begged me to stay for another night but we were so eager to come home finally so my parents are taking care of BB as he recuperates.  He’s doing great and he’s being uber spoiled by his grandparents that now he wants to be held all the time!  Gah!  That’s OK. Poor BB was sick so he’s entitled to some spoilage. 🙂

In the meantime, I get to sleep through the night to recuperate myself.  I’m always a little sad when I pass BB’s room but I know it’s for the better and temporary.  We would both be miserable if we were together and I’d be a Grumpster because I need to trek into work early in the morning.

Meanwhile, CB is totally happy that he’s got both Mama Bear and Papa Bear all to himself.  He surprised me, though. When we got home on Monday from my parents, CB was asking where his little brother was.  It just made me even sadder. 😦 I miss my BB dearly!  I think this is the first time ever I left one of my babies somewhere else. I know he’s in great hands but we miss him! Even CB.  I think I’ll get him back either tomorrow or tonight (if they are tired of him) but something tells that we’ll get him back tomorrow. Hee hee.

Halloween Update [taken from here]

I know that celebrating Halloween may not be a priority to many of you right now given the fact that so many are still experiencing power outages.  But it is in times like these that we cannot forget our children.  They have been hurting also and this is one holiday that they look forward to. 

I want to give them a little happiness and an opportunity to have fun so I am asking everyone to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, November 10.  This is the date I have selected because I am hoping that power will return to everyone by then.  Please note that this date is contingent upon the nor’easter coming our way and the conditions after the storm.  

I will continue to update you if anything changes.  Let us try to put this awful experience behind us and give our children something positive to remember.  Thank you.
                                                              Mayor James R.Barberio

Life is starting to become normal again after the arrival of Sandy.  Power is finally back, commuter buses are running again so I can get into work, schools have finally resumed after being closed for 1.5 weeks.  Halloween for my town has been postponed till this Saturday.  I only found out via the Parsippany Police Department Facebook page.  How do the majority of people find out about these things if they don’t have Facebook or go online to check it out on the town’s homepage?  I don’t want to ring a door only to get stared down at because people don’t know about the “new” Halloween date.  That would be awkward.  At least I’m relieved I won’t be stuck with a Costco sized bag of Halloween candy for the rest of the year.  I was joking that instead of giving out holiday cookies this year, I will be giving out holiday candy.  Hah.

I received my Mrs. Prindables’ Party Package from House Party yesterday.  Meanie had already taken it out of the box and put them in the fridge by the time I came home so I didn’t get to take a picture of the box opening. 😦 I will take a picture of the goodies once I’ve arranged them on Sunday, for the party. Yes, we are still holding it!  I need people to come over and help me eat the goodies!  The Party Package contains the following:

  • 1 Triple Chocolate Gourmet Jumbo Apple with ornament & signature gift box
  • 1 Milk Chocolate Walnut Pecan Gourmet Apple with holiday bow*
  • 1 Box of Chicago-style Milk Chocolate Toffee in holiday gift box
  • 1 Bag of Holiday themed Pretzel Bites*
  • 1 Box of Assorted Truffles (24 pc.)*
  • 13 Mrs. Prindable’s flexible cutting boards for guests
  • 13 Mrs. Prindable’s catalogs and special offer for guests

WOW!  I was totally impressed with what I found waiting for me in the fridge.  These would totally make great gifts for all holidays or just for the hell of it.  Can’t wait to try it all!

>Weekend from Hell

>Ugh, what a crappy assed weekend.  I feel like I need a vacation from the crappy assed weekend we just had.  On top of it all, it was Daylight Savings and we lost an hour! Boooooo.

We were planning this past weekend to go up to Boston since we both took off on Friday for Carey’s 9-month well appointment.  But plans fell through and we didn’t end up going, which might have been a good thing considering the crappy weather we all got.

Carey’s 9-Month Well Check-Up

His stats:

Head:  45 cm (my baby has a big head so it’s hard to put shirts on and pull shirts off.  Forget turtlenecks!)
Length:  27.25 inches
Weight:  17.8 lbs

Wow! He’s grown quite a lot.  Not quite the 25 lbs that Meanie was telling his co-workers that’s how much Carey weighs now. Hah.  He’s so off.  The doctor said he looks great and is doing very well. 

We asked her to check his head to see if he was ok, after his accident from last week (lunging himself out of the crib). And she said that his case was the 2nd one who had lunged out of the crib that week.  I guess it’s a common thing.  So once your baby starts pulling him/herself up a little, lower the crib ASAP.  You don’t want to risk anything! And might as well lower it to the max lowest possible. It’s a pain in the butt to put him/her in/out of the crib but better safe than sorry.

She also mentioned that the right part of his head (the back) is a little flat.  It’s not THAT noticeable and his hair will cover up the flatness but it seems that the doctors like to tell you (and freak you out) when your baby’s head is flat in the back.  Now it’s inevitable because they tell you to keep your baby on their back when they sleep to prevent SIDS.  But if we want (we don’t), we can have Carey put on a helmet 23 hours of a 24 hour/day period to straighten that out.  I think that’s pure torture and I heard it smells.  No thank you.

I’m also weaning Carey off of the Similac Neosure formula onto Similac Early Advance formula.  It tends to make him slightly more gassier but the plus side is that he poops easier and more often.  It even says on the can that the formula is made to be more similar to breast milk so the poop should be more similar to a breat-fed’s baby poop. Awesome!  Hehehe.  I asked to see if I could get an alternate vitamin for him cuz I thought it constipates my baby (one of its side effects) but she told me to change up his diet.  He eats pureed prunes every day so that’s good.  We also need to add more fiber to his diet or we can put a little Benefiber in his food and that should help.  And he can eat meat and table food now.

I got some organic chicken breast over the weekend to make for him but Meanie’s mom brought up a good point and she said to start making his baby food with some chicken stock so he can get used to the taste before he graduates to real chcken.  So I made a new batch of butternut squash puree with chcken stock.  It’s quite good! I want to eat it all! Hahah.

Also I noticed if you make pureed prunes at home, try throwing in a pear as well (steam all first).  It makes the consistency a little more smoother than with a regular apple. 

Why It was the Weekend from Hell:

We were having crappy assed weather since Friday.  Heavy rains and strong winds.  Could you imagine if it were all snow?  We’d be totally snowed in with no way of getting out. Of course when I was going to enjoy my 3 day weekend with my hubby and son, the weather literally takes a dump on us. 

I could hear the winds howling on Friday night and the garbage cans being blown onto the street and stuff.  Freakiness.

Saturday, it rained the whole freaking day.  I have a running brook right behind my back yard.  When it rains/snows alot, it tends to swell alot and triple in size.  When I woke up on Saturday, it wasn’t that frightening yet.  Later in the day, it looked like a river with high waves. Scariness.  We had near power outages all day with the power flickering but then it would come back on.  Meanie was saying soon we’ll have a full blown out power outage.  I was hoping he was wrong.

Around 8pm, we heard a succession of big booms.  We peered outside and saw something burning a weird purplish color. It wasn’t fire but it definitely wasn’t a good thing.  I tried to get it on video but wasn’t quick enuf.  And during the explosions, our power was flickering on and off but it kept on.  And then 2 hours, bam, no power.  *sigh* Luckily the baby was sleeping so I didn’t have to stumble around with him in my arms.  I was prepping for a power outage so I had my flashlights ready – flashlights that supposedly don’t run out of battery!  *crosses fingers*

I don’t really care about the power outage with the lack of electronics and the fridge full of food. My main worry is the pump in the basement – that runs on electricity!  We have a pump down there to ensure that the basement doesn’t flood and when the power goes off for that long of a period and if it’s rainly profusely like it did all weekend, we are guaranteed to have a flooded basement.  There was about 3 inches Saturday night but by Sunday morning, it was about 6 inches.  It was high enuf to dislodge some boxes in the basement.  Our Guitar Hero guitars are totally waterlogged and most likely don’t work anymore.

Our power/heat didn’t come back till around 11:30am on Sunday morning.  That’s like 13 hours of no electricity and no heat.  I didn’t know we had hot water during all that time so we didn’t shower and we were feeling pretty disgusting by Sunday morning. But I had a dilemma, I couldn’t wash my hair anyway because how in the world am I going to dry it in a freezing house?  Ughhhh.

Since it was freezing, all 3 of us slept together. Hehe.  And I had to warm up Carey’s bottles the old-fashioned way – by boiling some water and then dunking his bottle into it to warm it up.  Luckily we don’t have electric stoves!  If so, we would have been doomed doomed doomed!!  Carey woke up in the middle of the night for his feeding because we didn’t wake him up at midnight (his usual feeding) because there was no power. We were hoping by the time he woke in the middle of the night (or hoping he would sleep thru the night), that the power would be back on but nope, it didn’t happen.  He had a look of WTF on his face and was like why the heck is there no light?  Would have taken a pic but not enuf light.  Hah.

And then there was the worry that there was an electric current in the stagnant water in the basement.  We had to flip the switch for the pump to get it running so Meanie put on my Sorel rubber boots (more like shoved his feet in it) and put on rubber gloves and went downstairs to switch the strip on, several times.  Ugh.  All Sunday we spent going thru the boxes – mainly my boxes full of mementos – old pictures, and some sentimental stuff which can never be replaced.  But nothing worth crying over.

So we finally finish doing all the yucky basement stuff and the laundry and everything till around 5pm Sunday.  I go to take a much needed shower – only to find that there was NO HOT WATER. *cue frustrated screams*  So after a few hours, Meanie finally gets the water heater working till around 7pm.  Apparently the flame area was wet from the flooding so with the help of some paper towels and a hair dryer, he was able to get it to work, finally.  I was worried I had to go into work feeling all disgusting and smelly. 

The shower I finally took was probably the best ever!

But yeah, that was my wonderful weekend.  I need a vacation from it.  Blegh.

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