Chris was working long hours this past week and I felt like a single mother again. And whenever I had my back turned Ciara made a mess. One day she and Conan literally trashed this house. I was stuck on the couch with a headache (I hate pregnancy headaches). So they decided to get into anything and everything that they could. When the mess was complete this is what I had to clean up: saltine crackers and crumbs all over the living room floor, (I got maybe one cracker and then they stole the rest from me), raisin bran all over the recliner, oatmeal spilled all over the kitchen floor, bread and bread crumbs all over the floor in the dining room, (you think maybe they were hungry?) and kitty litter all over the toilet and bathroom floor. I spent that whole afternoon vacuuming and cleaning instead of resting my poor throbbing head.
That same day Ciara decided that she doesn’t like socks and underware. So she flushed them down the toilet. She was successful at getting rid of one pair of panties and two pairs of socks that way. Now I either have to supervise her when she goes potty or take her socks and panties away from her while she is going potty. Fortunately I found a couple of pairs of socks at Wal-Mart for a buck a peice.
Ciara also decided this past week that her bed is too scary to sleep in. She has been having these reocurring dreams of beds falling out of the sky. So she thinks that her bed is falling if she sleeps in it. So guess who has been sleeping with Mommy and Daddy all week and is in our bed right now? I had to change my clothes this morning because she wet the bed. So, on top of everything else I have to do I have to strip the bed and put clean sheets on it.
So far this post is all about Ciara. I swear about 90% of the activity in this house has to do with her. I am going to start homeschooling her in pre-school today. I can’t wait! Let’s hope that she listens and cooperates.
Conan is becoming a picky eater. I swear the only things he wants to eat are cheerios, yogurt, and peas. In the morning he will eat four bowls of cheerios and a yogurt then half of his lunch will end up on the floor and about 80% of his dinner suffers the same fate. I don’t know how to get him to eat anything else. And I swear some days all he does is walk around in the kitchen saying, “I want cheerios. I want yogurt.” He’ll say this over and over again. A majority of his sentances always start with “I want.” He is so funny and so smart.
The other day we were going for a walk and Conan wanted to be carried. While I was carrying him we decided to talk about colors. We were pointing out colors of houses and cars. I even asked him what his favorite color was. It’s blue by the way. Then we decided to count the trees. He counted 10 trees. It is so strange being able to have complete conversations with my 1 1/2 half year old. He knows his colors and numbers and understands nearly everything you say. It’s kind of scary. Maybe I should be home schooling him in pre-school too.
Is all Courtney has been doing lately is talking about her birthday. She’ll be 12 on February 20. She decided that she’s just going to have a few friends over instead of a large party. She wants homeade chocolate cake. I don’t know what she wants for dinner yet. Hopefully the weather will be nice so they can play outside.
I still haven’t seen a doctor for my pregnancy yet. According to all the pregnancy calculators online I am about 13 or 14 weeks along. This is the longest I have ever gone without seeing a doctor. MediCal is really scruing me over. I can’t stand the process for signing up for government assistance here in California. This is what happened.
I went to the Department of Human Assistance about a month ago with a friend of mine. I picked a number and waited for about an hour to talk to someone. When I finally talked to someone he gave me this phone number to call. I called the number and left a message. Never heard back.
I went back to the Department of Human Assistance about two weeks later with my husband, this time. Again, I took a number and waited about 45 minutes to talk to someone. He gave us a peice of paper to sign and verify that I was pregnant. This was given to our worker. (The kids have MediCal) He said that we could apply for MediCal but it would take 3-4 weeks for the paperwork to be processed. So instead he would make sure my worker approved it right away. He said all we needed to do is call her in a couple of days and find out what clinic I would need to go to. I left with a feeling of accomplishment and relief.
Alright the two days passed. I recieved a letter in the mail saying that I was approved and I would be getting my MediCal card and a list of clinics to go to in the mail in a couple of days. In the meantime I left several messages on my worker’s voicemail. I still haven’t heard back from her. Then instead of getting my MediCal card in the mail I received paperwork to apply for MediCal. What! I was told this takes three to four weeks to process! I don’t have three to four weeks. Are there more families like mine without health insurance? We tried to call our worker again but now her voice mail is completly filled and she still hasn’t returned our calls. I think we are going to have to make another trip to the Department of Human Assistance.
On a positive note, I finally have an appointment to talk to a counsellor so hopefully I can get my depression under control again. My mother suggested that I try Catholic Social Services. My appointment is scheduled this afternoon. She thought that it would be free but they are charging me $50 for the appointment. My mother told me that I should explain my financial situation, maybe I can get out of paying.
Next week Chris’ project that he is working on will end and he will be back to 32 hours a week again. I am enjoying these larger paychecks while they last. I’ve tried to apply for part time jobs with no success. I guess the job market really is that bad. My mother suggested that I go and apply at McDonalds. Are they even hiring?
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