Halloween 2017 (and whining)

Halloween 2017 (and whining)

Grammy Fleeta sent us some fun Halloween presents. 🎃
Hey blog. Do you have the time to listen to me whine?

Gorgeous day today. The most beautiful red dragonfly just landed on my sweatshirt but when I reached for the camera it flew away. You'll have to take my word for it. ❤️✨✨
Four urine tests, three doctor visits, one urology visit, negative STD/UTI/bacterial/yeast infection, and nothing showing up on the ultrasound except a small uterine fibroid that “shouldn’t” cause any symptoms.

I wish Fall days were always like this! 🌞🌲🍁
The urologist helpfully narrowed down my issue to two possibilities, and started me on medication for one of them. Overactive Bladder Syndrome was the one we decided to treat first. I started the med just yesterday…it has some unpleasant side effects, like HOLY MOLY dry mouth galore.

Baby's official first word? "Dog". 😂
I’ve had to go from almost exclusively breastfeeding to pumping and dumping due to all of these different meds in my system, and the first week it was incredibly hard. Emotional. I cried many many times.

Posting this amazing tree again because I have a crush on it. 🍁
But…my sweet baby is drinking lots of formula, eating plenty of foods and last night even slept through the night (!), so I’m feeling less emotional and more resigned. We did last 9 whole months of breastfeeding, that was an accomplishment.

Whoops, got distracted at the fabric store again...💜✨✨✨
I’m feeling like a medication guinea pig right now, and hope hope hoping that someday this resolves. It has been really hard.

Haven't been feeling so well this past week. Taking the baby and dogs on this walk today was definitely the highlight of the day.
Due to my mysterious ailment, one baby with diarrhea and another baby with a fever, it was unanimously decided last Thursday to cancel our Saturday Halloween “baby” party that I had planned to co-host with two friends and their babies.

At the fabric store this week I let the baby feel all of various faux furs...especially the one with silver spangles. ✨✨✨
Okay, that’s all the negative stuff out of the way (blogging as therapy). Now let’s talk about the GOOD stuff! Like taking the baby to the fabric store and letting him touch various faux furs.

At the costume shop last week, trying to find a new fun pair of glasses. These were great...but immediately made me nauseous. 😝
We went back to the costume shop and tried on some craaazy sunglasses!

Love the way the ivy climbs up the trees. 💛💚
Going for drives (with 15-30 minute potty breaks) has been immensely therapeutic.

Boy am I glad we got out the last couple of days and explored nature because the weather forecast is all ☔️💦💦💦💦💦❄️😳
October you are beautiful.

Along with the embarrassing teenage poetry and drawings my mother sent to me yesterday was my high school graduation photo. I remember I had a cold that day.
My mother has been on a cleaning/organizing mission with all of the old paperwork and photos for weeks now. It keeps her busy while she’s mending from her second back surgery and dealing with daily pain. She’s currently in California for her follow-up appointment, and was planning on coming to visit us afterwards. I hope she does! Here’s my high school senior yearbook photo. I remember I had a cold that day.

Googly eyes and blood spatters in the window. I kept the spider spray out too as an extra "spooky" touch
At least the house was fully decorated for Halloween, too. At Josh’s suggestion I made the googly eyes to go in the window. The spider spray added just the right ambiance, eh?

I’m feeeeeling the black glitter decorations against the aqua wall. Everything looks good on that wall!

Phyllis got another Halloween make-over...Josh thought this one was creepier. 😂
Josh thought this mask worked better on Phyllis than the Frankenstein, and I’m inclined to agree.

Baby M. and Grampy Bob. 💙
I had such a bad day last Thursday–ongoing symptoms with little relief, no diagnosis AND sleep deprivation–that my in-laws (God Bless Fleeta and Bob) drove over from Spokane to help out. They are the sweetest in-laws a girl could hope for. I’m so, so grateful for them.

Do you ever have crushes on houses? I seem to have a thing for this blush-pink house. 😍
I took Fleeta on a scenic drive and showed her this blush pink house I’m weirdly obsessed with.

Trying to get baby handprints on the baby pumpkin last night. How do people do it??! With a sleeping baby? 😂
With their help Josh and I were able to do more prep for Halloween. Like trying to capture baby handprints on a tiny baby pumpkin…much more challenging than we expected!

Met up with the cousins at the pumpkin patch this afternoon. 🎃🎃🎃
Brenna and her kids hadn’t picked out their pumpkins yet, so on Sunday we met up with them at the pumpkin farm.

Ronia shows off some sweet moves on the bouncy pumpkin.
It was fun watching them bop on the giant inflated pumpkin.

Finding hearts at the pumpkin patch 💛
I’m always finding hearts.

Bear Cub, Maggie and Mr. Bennett romping in the sun today. 🌞
On Monday Fleeta and Bob drove back home–Fleeta had Halloween commitments and I didn’t want her to miss them–so Brenna came over and spent a couple hours with me and the baby and the dogs. And she brought donuts and Mr. Bennett!

Aunty Brenna paid us a visit today. 💙
Again, how lucky am I to have married into this sweet family?

Happy Halloween from Morticia, Gomez, and Pubert Addams!
Well, NEVER DOUBT MY COMMITMENT TO SPARKLE MOTION because even a mysterious horrible bladder problem wasn’t gonna keep me from celebrating my favorite holiday, dammit! We dressed in our full Addams Family splendor at the pumpkin farm. We had photo requests from families!

Cara Mia!

"I'm just like any modern woman trying to have it all. Loving husband, a family. It's just, I wish I had more time to seek out the dark forces and join their hellish crusade." 💀
Some day I’ll look back and be deeply impressed that I went into full Morticia drag when I was feeling so bad. Hey, that rhymed.

"So, you still desire me after all these years? The old ball and chain?" "Forever!" "I'll get them."
I knew I wasn’t going to dress up again so we took the family photos on Sunday. One of Josh’s uncles suggested we use this for our Christmas card this year. I’m not against it!

Currently: pumping and getting ready to do 2 high-powered hours of handing out candy before the baby's bedtime 😝
Last night was Halloween and I took this self-portrait while pumping. The stickers were for flair. We handed out candy from 6:30 to 7:15 pm and then it was time to put baby to bed! Ohhhh the times, they are a changinnnnnn.

The Halloween sunset last night was really beautiful. 🌄
Last night’s sunset was really beautiful.

Welp. I was able to type this out because Josh took the baby to Costco tonight…he’s teething and was a hot mess all day long! Here’s hoping next time I blog I won’t be burning burning and yearning to pee constantly. Sigh.

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