I feel like I'm just waking up-- and in a way, I kind of am. I've been in an anesthesia fog thanks to a couple of scopes I had done earlier. Since my ultrasound showed no gallstones, my doctor wanted to check my stomach to rule out other GI issues before pursuing the gall bladder thing further. Turns out I have an ulcer on my colon. Not a big deal and I'll get results from a biopsy in a week that will let me know if we're dealing with just an ulcer, colitis of some kind, or Crohns Disease. I'm hoping for just an ulcer. We'll see.
We spent the long Presidents' Day weekend with my parents in Northeast Ohio. We finally got some good family pictures (my brother and sister both work and are usually never home at the same time when we're up to visit). It was nice to have family love on our kids for a weekend. Brennan has been super grumpy because he's getting a few molars. He's drooling and chewing on everything! Cate woke up early, but my dad graciously got up with her all three mornings, allowing Eric and I to sleep in until Brennan woke up, which was usually around 8:00.
My mom and I did a little shopping. I broke down and decided to try skinny jeans. They've scared me up until this point, but once I put together this outfit (please excuse my cell phone picture of me taking a picture-- I was trying to text one of my best friends to ask her if she thought I could pull off skinny jeans-- she said I could), I was no longer afraid of them.
I guess that's been the one advantage to all of my issues of late-- I'm down more than a dozen pounds. Although I'd kind of rather have those pounds back and not have gone through any of this.
Eric and I escaped for a date to Starbucks and then to Barnes and Noble, where I picked up Billy Collins' book of poetry, Ballistics. I love his poetry.
Brennan played around and enjoyed his first Oreo. He spent most of his time crawling up and down my parents' steps. They're a novelty to him, just as they were to Cate (our house is one-story).
On Sunday we went bowling. My parents used to bowl a lot. I actually broke 100 my first game-- a rarity for me.
Cate loved it and was surprisingly patient while she waited for everyone else to take their turns. Brennan sat in his stroller and watched with interest while he snacked on pretzels. He didn't get fussy until the last few frames of our second game. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday.
Our trip home Monday was uneventful and quick. Brennan slept for most of it. Cate watched a couple of movies. We hit zero traffic. And we got right back into the swing of things. This arrived for me:
Charley Harper is from Cincinnati and I adore his illustrations and artwork. Brennan has one of his board books. This book is a collection of quite a bit of his work-- everything from the Betty Crocker cookbook he illustrated to posters he created for the Cincinnati Parks. My grandmother (dad's mom) does a lot of needlepoint. The needlepoint shop where she works sells Charley Harper canvases. I may need to learn how to needlepoint just so I can make one of these.
Tomorrow night is conference night at school. It's going to be a long day. And given that I've done nothing but sleep for most of the day, I'm going to be lucky to get a good night's sleep tonight.
I hope you all enjoyed your holiday weekend!