They’re multiplying like, um, snails

We got two snails to help eat the icky stuff in our fish tank. Apparently we got a boy and a girl because within a few weeks we discovered several others in various sizes. Now there are quite a few snails in the tank. They are doing a great job of cleaning it.

Jamie’s mom said they once got a plant to go in a fish tank when Jamie was young. Apparently there were tiny snails on the plant when they got it because from then on the tank was overrun by snails. Those things are really prolific in the reproduction department. Even better at it than rabbits!

Another long night

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of illness. Jamie has a few chicken pox now and the rest of us are getting through these nasty colds, but we seem to be headed in the getting generally better direction. I’m still holding my breath that we’ll catch something else, though.

Last night Fritz was having some trouble breathing. I am sure it is just his sinuses being clogged like mine, Ani’s, and Jamie’s. For whatever reason Fritz does not like to breathe through his mouth and so between laying down in bed (even propped up on pillows) and the post-nasal drip he’d choke a little every so often. I’m continually amazed at how much I can sleep without going into deep sleep when the little one next to me isn’t feeling well. He never needed any real help breathing (no more apnea episodes like Friday night’s thank goodness), but I still spent a lot of time just listening to him breathe.

Hopefully in a couple days he’ll be just fine. The worst of it seemed to pass for the rest of us in just a couple days. I’m really looking forward to going back to a normal sleep pattern again!

It takes a village

It takes a village to raise a child, but I believe that village is rather small and generally consists of people related to each other. Those not related to each other are generally tied through religious beliefs and groupings.

I think it is very unfortunate that our society has gone from family staying near each other to family being spread out all over. I have a feeling society in general would benefit from closer family ties.

I greatly appreciate the advice and input my parents give about raising my children. I also appreciate their direct contribution to raising my children. They did a great job raising the three of us and am glad they can continue being my village in helping to raise the four of mine.

Not revising anymore

I’m 21 weeks today. I’m not revising my no more morning sickness goal anymore. I’d like to say it’s because I’m not nauseas anymore (I am) and not throwing up anymore (I am). But, it’s not bad anymore. The nausea comes and goes and I only throw up every few days. As long as it’s livable I don’t feel the need to just make it another three weeks. If it doesn’t go away until 30 or 33 weeks or even later, that’s okay. It’s just not so bad anymore so I can take it just fine.

How is it possible?

I haven’t been out of the house in over two weeks, and still I managed to get yet another bug. I have an ear infection, a sinus infection, croupy sounding lungs, and a sore throat. I blame Cameron. He’s coughing some again and has a stuffy nose and he went to church on Sunday. This is totally and completely ridiculous. I just hope the antibiotic kills all the nasty germs running through me.

Oh, and Fritz has chicken pox now. The spots he had before must have just been a random rash.

She’s so vain

Cameron couldn’t have cared less about me posting a picture of his pox. Ani on the other hand has told me in no uncertain terms that I will NOT be posting any of hers. So I asked Ani if she doesn’t want me to post any pictures of her and she said no. Just no pictures with the pox. She is not pleased at all with how she looks right now and only wants pretty pictures of herself shared with the world.