Coupon Mom to the Rescue! I've been watching Oprah. Who doesn't when they're stuck at home on the couch all day. In fact, her show starts in 19 minutes, so I'll have to make this quick! Yesterday she had a helpful show about saving money. One of the features was couponmom.com ,of which I am a member. But I never use it. Because I don't get the newspaper. So every so often I am sent an email with a list of coupons in my area and I just delete it. Not anymore. I'm buying a subscription...Sunday at least. Today I spent a few hours searching tghe website and learning how to use it. It's pretty great if I do say so myself. I highly recommend it. I can't wait to watch our grocery bill plummet! Well, I guess I won't be watching it, Eli will. But I'll reap the benefits. :) I'm excited about this. We'll make it work!
On another note:
I must give a shout-out to my wonderful mother. She has been working herself to the bone around here. Not only does she cater to my every need and desire, she is cleaning, cooking, Fall Decorating, and running errands-that-don't-last-too-long-'cause-what-will-I-do-if-I-need-something-while-she's-gone?? She is amazing, and so helpful. I keep thanking her for every little thing, even though she told me not to, but I can't help it. I am thankful. What would I do without her? Thanks Mom.
And on another note:
On Tuesday I had my frist doctor's appointment since getting out of the hospital. Everything went well. I had my blood glucose levels tested for gestational diabetes. Let's hope I don't have that, as it contributed to a hefty 11 lb. baby boy in the form of my future husband! If I don't hear in the next day or two, I should be good to go. Other than that, Melillo just listened to the babies' heartbeats as there had been no problems since leaving the hospital.
However! As I was waiting to get my blood drawn, I began to hear (faintly at first) what sounded like a child crying. I thought it sounded like a toddler who had badly injured themselves. A few seconds later, the shriek was accompanied by a decidedly infant cry. "That's so hard," was my first thought. Then, as the patients in the waiting room started to strain their necks, and then the receptionists started to strain their necks for a better view of this mother who can't seem to calm her children, I thought, "What is wrong with you people?! How rude can you be?" So I sat there and listened, but did not try to see who was responsible for the noise. About one minute later, they called my name to have my blood drawn. I stood up, turned the corner toward the commotion and ran head first into the culprits. A mother with her 5 1/2 week old twins! A boy and a girl. My life flashed in front of my eyes. That is me in a few months!! By this point, a woman had taken an interest in the mother (though not in a helpful way) and as I continually repeated, "excuse me, excuse me," she would not let me pass. I had to slide behind her with my back up against the wall, watching this new mother try desperately to calm her children. Finally, I made it to the door I was headed for. I wrenched it open, feeling the relief wash over me, and the nurse greeted me with a warm, "Man! Someone out there is NOT happy."
"Two someones," I said.
"Oh, poor woman," she said.
"That'll be me in a few months," I said.
"Oh. You're having twins?"
Then she walked away to get her supplies ready. That was when my pregnant hormones kicked in and I had to fight not to cry. I'm hitting that part of my pregnancy when I am realizing just what life will be like for a while. Not that I hadn't realized this before, and I'm not really scared, just not sure if my sleep-deprived body will be able to handle it. I'm praying that it will. After the nurse drew my blood, I went back out to the waiting room and had a chance to watch this new mother of twins feed her babies. Now I was staring. Of course, they were now quiet and drinking happily and I thought...yeah, I can do this.