January 13, 2011

The Good and The Bad of the Past Week

The Good

A couple of weeks ago I saw on another blog ~ I'm sorry I was blog surfing and I didn't mark what blog ~ I was so excited by the idea that I jumped right to the site Blog2Print.  It is a site that will turn your blog into a book.  I had heard about the site long ago and completely forgot about it.

If there was ever a year of blogging that I wanted to preserve it would be last year.  Heavens!  What a year!!  It didn't take long for me to decide that I wanted a book.  The first thing I did was move over some of the posts from my old blog.  Then I followed the prompts on the site.  It is so easy!

At first I put in every post for 2010 and every comment.  When I was finished my book was over $100.  I didn't think Bear would go for that.  What is neat about the site is I could go through and delete what I want to right there while making the book.  At first I tried to just cut out some of the 'fluff' posts, but that wasn't enough.  Eventually I, sadly, took out the comments, and the book was down to just over $50.  Done.

I think it came out great!
The cover of our book.

You can even add a dedication page.
Promise ~ it looks much better than this picture.
The book chronicles our entire journey from right before referral, to referral...

...through our trip...

...to Nuggets firsts, all the way to the New Year.

The paper quality is marvelous.  The pictures look wonderful.  I am really happy with how the book turned out.  My hope is to make a book every year for Nugget.  I think that would be a neat gift for him one day.

The Bad

The last few months have been rough for all three of us as far as colds. Poor Nugget has had bronchitis at least three times. Bear has been to the doctor for a nasty virus he had and couldn’t shake. I caught the same virus back in September, and had been on antibiotics twice before Christmas.

For the life of me I have not been able to kick what ever it is I’ve caught. I know I have not been taking care of myself very well lately.  I haven’t been sleeping, I don't walk or swim right now, and I don’t eat healthy like I used to. There are some days I’m so tired I am lucky to eat a bowl of cereal for dinner.

All of this has caught up with me. Last Saturday I began to feel lousy ~ AGAIN. By Sunday I was dragging. Poor Bear even had to finish the cooking projects I started while I crawled back into bed. I thought all I needed was a nap. Monday I woke up feeling tired and achy, but I thought it was because I was up singing “Up On the House Top” longer than normal. By the time I got to work I had a full on sinus head-ache and it was getting increasingly more difficult to breathe. I thought that was because it was really cold outside.

At 10:00AM I called the doctor.   I decided I better get another antibiotic before I end up with bronchitis. I was hoping she would call in something, but nope she wanted to see me. My plan was to run to the doctor’s office, get a prescription, and get back to school all in an hour.  I HATE going to the doctor and I avoid it at all cost.  I have to feel pretty awful before I make that phone call.

Well, not all of my trip to the doctor went as planned. I did get to the doctor’s office and I did get a prescription, but I never went back to school.  I went home.  The doctor gave me a strong (it’s gonna kick your ass) prescription. Why? Because I bypassed the bronchitis stage and moved right on to pneumonia. Yeap! I have the big one. I have been home from school all week trying really hard to not cough up a lung (sorry if that's too much info). One minute I’m doing better, the next I’m down and out again.

It’s been hard for me not being able to take care of Nugget like I usually do. I help when I can, but poor Bear has had to pull most of the load around here this week. I feel guilty, but Nugget has still gone to day care three days this week. I don’t have the energy to keep him home with me all day. Thankfully my parents and Bear’s mom have gone to pick him up early so he doesn’t have to stay at day care until Bear can pick him up at 5:30.

I don’t know if it’s because now I know that I am have a sickness with a name, or if it’s because I am more sick than I’ve been in last few months, but what ever the reason this has knocked me down hard. I have been on the medication (that is supposed to be the same dose as getting an IV) for four days. Aren’t I supposed to be well by now?  I have six more days of meds and one more day home plus the long weekend.

I’m over being sick.


  1. I am going to check out that link asap. I have been wanting to turn my blog into a book somehow. Thanks for the link :-)

    I really, really hope you feel better. It sucks being sick, but when you are sick AND trying to take care of a child, it double sucks.


  2. Girl... you better get plenty of rest. Let whomever can help, help you. If not you'll never get back too 100%... Pneumonia is nothing to fool around with... please rest.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the book... what a great gift to nugget!!

    Miss you XOXOXO

  3. I love this book idea. What an awesome way to document the trip to China and your first few months at home. I'll have to bookmark the site.

    I really hope you start feeling better soon. Pneumonia is serious stuff.

  4. Sorry that you all have been so sick and I know from way too much experience, take good care of yourself, rest and allow yourself to get completely well before you go back to "real life" as you don't want a relapse.

    The book looks great.

  5. Hi gorgeous! So sorry to hear you've all been so sick - that sucks!

    **HAPPY (belated) NEW YEAR!**

    I'm not even sick, and I can't keep up with life!

    Love the book!

    :) Lee-Anne

  6. Your book is awesome! I can't think of a better gift to give Nugget. He will cherish those someday and be able to share them for many generations.

    I wish I was down there to help you out. I know you've got great support, but wish I could help. The only disadvantage to a new little one in the house is all the new germs from daycare, etc. It will get better, but take care of yourself in the meantime. By the time Nugget is in K-garten, you will all have amazing immune systems :)

  7. Loving the good! I've been thinking about doing that for awhile and I just might need to do it now for 2010 most definitely!

    Now the bad...not liking that at all! I so hope you are getting better now and getting the rest you need. I know exactly how hard it is right now to take care of yourself right now. It is so hard to find the time to take care of us. Wished I lived closer so we could take care of each other! :) Hugs momma! Get better!!!!!

  8. just catching up to the blogs. So sorry you were so sick. I feel your pain as my entire family seems to have the same things going on. I remember going through this last year between October and Feb.
    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing that link for printing a blog! I just ordered a book for 2006 to 2007 (our wait) and I can't wait to get it! Once I get it, I'm then going to order books for when Bri was home.

    Hope you feel better soon!