|who's that pretty baby in the mirror?|
We've decided that we'll be better off if we move to Rapid City. There are much better opportunities up there for both of us and I'll be able to go to more Symphony functions without worrying about gas or driving late at night, and if we live up there then my parents will have a place to hang out between appointments or stay the night instead of driving in the dark. It will work out really well for all of us. The trick will be to get up there... we're still poor and depending on my parents to cover some of the bills. The first option would be to move the trailer up there, which would be difficult considering the deck and the front room we're working on, and it's not big enough for the 3 of us now and Amy doesn't have her own room yet. Renting would be a big waste of money and I'd have to leave the cats with Mom, which would be okay but not ideal since Cricket doesn't like Sadie. We want to find a little starter home to buy up there, and there are a lot available, but the trick will be coming up with the down payment. That's why I'm trying to work at the parks this summer, as much as I hate the thought of being away from my baby girl when she's still so little. That also means more formula. I'm still nursing her exclusively when I'm home, but when I have to go to rehearsal or something I can't pump enough to feed her while I'm gone so she gets formula if I'm not around. I'll be pumping while I work, but it'll still only end up being about half of what she eats. She probably overeats from bottles, but that doesn't change the fact that I can only usually pump 4-ish oz at a time and she eats 6-8. If I wait longer and pump when I'm full, I can get 6oz, but it's thin and we need to add a scoop of formula to it anyway or it upsets her stomach. I'm sure she'll be fine, but I'm not happy about it. It's something I just need to deal with while we try to better our situation a little.
Mom's officially healed from her surgery according to the surgeon. She cried when he said that, I think we've all been holding our breath for a year or so. She has 4-8 weeks of physical therapy still to build some strength back up, but she's doing better all the time. She can't watch Amy full time, so I'll need to find a daycare, which will eat a good chunk of my paychecks, thus why I didn't go to work sooner.
I bought myself some Turbo Jam videos for my birthday/Christmas and I've been exercising 4-5 days a week since mid December. I feel better and I've lost a few inches, but I can't really see much of a difference yet. I just need to stick with it, I want to look good this summer!
This year will be better. We'll make it be better. We'll beat 2013 into submission to make sure it doesn't turn out at all like 2012 did. :P Right? Right. Happy New Year!