Sorry for the long hiatus. I knew it was coming but forgot to warn you!
I'll bring you up to speed here. I have the most amazing husband I could have ever asked for. Shuky gave me a week to myself. He stayed home with Benny and I journeyed away for a week of peace and quiet, and most importantly, sleep! I was in bed by ten every night that I was away. The most exciting thing I did was a movie and dinner. I didn't even need that. The traveling itself was amazing! I didn't check any luggage, just rolled a small carry-on around with me. I actually slept on my flights! I was through security in about thirty seconds. Mothers everywhere, if you are ever given this opportunity, run! Don't walk, lest you change your mind. You get out that door faster than ever before!
That's not to say that I didn't miss Shuky and Benny terribly! We spoke quite often, did video chats through out the day. Most nights we said Shema together on the phone. It was a very difficult thing for me to do, but oh so worth it!! I stayed off of Facebook (for the most part) the entire week, no one needed to know where I was. I was running on my own schedule, at my own pace. It was absolute perfection. Bring on Baby #2!
A few hours after I got home, we left to Postville for a long weekend, a nice visit to my father and brother, take some of the excess boxes back to our 'storage'. Was a nice visit! We came back yesterday, ready to tackle the rest of the week!
Potty training is going pretty well. We are really pacing ourselves with it. No rush. As long as it's done in time for April and I have only one diapered butt to wipe, I'm happy! We're not really doing the charts for reward sake anymore. They are still on the wall and from time to time he likes to add stickers to them. But, truthfully, we are just rewarding him at random for a job well done! If he's having a hard day making it to the toilet on time, we show more rewards. If he's done great for a while, we toss something his way. No rhyme. No reason.
This week our goal is to get the apartment more organized before the new semester begins. Today we tackled the kitchen, which was no small job! We emptied out the pantry and rearranged everything more efficiently. If you can't see it, you don't know you have, and you don't use it! Shopping is also killer when you're not exactly sure what you have! No longer an issue! We cleared out the end of the kitchen that somehow became our bulk storage area. Nothing on the floor anymore! Phew! We also spoke to someone about how to kasher our oven without a self-clean so we've begun that process. No more crappy convection oven that takes forever! Yay! Going to put a microwave in its place, instant food is awesome!
Tomorrow is bedroom day. Both. Should be fun! I've already done the closet in our room, one night I just got fed up and tackled it. Which works out well as that took me a good two hours or so, leaving me with that extra time to get the rooms done tomorrow! And I've been slowly working on Benny's room. Got all of the storage boxes out of there (as mentioned above) so his room shouldn't take as long. Scouring Craigslist for some dressers for his room. Mentally rearranging things to prepare for a baby, G-d willing.
Once the bedrooms are done, we can do our living room, which is not going to be too bad. We've been slowly working on that too over the past few weeks. Also looking for more furniture for that room!
So, to sum it all up, I love Shuky!