Monday, December 15, 2014

Hello Aerochambermajig

This past Shabbos was nice, though kind of a bust. The weather got chilly, I got lazy, and the food was subpar (by my perfectionist standards anyway.) It really didn't help that I'd found the last of the potato blintzes in the freezer and fried them up for shabbos lunch - then in Saturday morning after pulling them off the plata I promptly dropped the entire tray upside-down on the kitchen floor. It was a real letdown.

This past Shabbos was nice, though kind of a bust. The weather got chilly, I got lazy, and the food was subpar (by my perfectionist standards anyway.) It really didn't help that I'd found the last of the potato blintzes in the freezer and fried them up for shabbos lunch - then in Saturday morning after pulling them off the plata I promptly dropped the entire tray upside-down on the kitchen floor. It was a real letdown.

Yesterday we met with the lung dr. - he was super nice and agreed that from all signs/symptoms that we described (and that were listed on the collection of notes from the pediatrician) that Buzz has a pre-asthmatic condition triggered by weather-changes and exacerbated by repeated-viral-infections. So basically - what that means is that he's got the exact same thing that most of the kids in my FamBily grew up with and he'll be juuuuuust fine. The combo of weather-shifts and exposure to germs this season in particular (since it's his first time in a 'social/school' setting) is what has made the episode drag on for so darn long. A new regimen is now in place and we are treating his continued wheezing with an inhaler for the next month. The good news is that he doesn't mind it too much since it looks super cool and only takes about 20 seconds (as opposed to 15 minutes on the nebulizer) also because after just breathing he get chocolate. Sounds like a pretty good deal, no?
Yesterday we met with the lung dr. - he was super nice and agreed that from all signs/symptoms that we described (and that were listed on the collection of notes from the pediatrician) that Buzz has a pre-asthmatic condition triggered by weather-changes and exacerbated by repeated-viral-infections. So basically - what that means is that he's got the exact same thing that most of the kids in my FamBily grew up with and he'll be juuuuuust fine. The combo of weather-shifts and exposure to germs this season in particular (since it's his first time in a 'social/school' setting) is what has made the episode drag on for so darn long. A new regimen is now in place and we are treating his continued wheezing with an inhaler for the next month. The good news is that he doesn't mind it too much since it looks super cool and only takes about 20 seconds (as opposed to 15 minutes on the nebulizer) also because after just breathing 5 breaths he gets chocolate. Sounds like a pretty good deal, no? Hopefully he will grow out of this just like we all did (for the most part anyway) - we will be returning to the dr for a reassessment in about a month. As things stand we may need to use the inhaler seasonally until further notice, but it really isn't a big deal.

Buzz's vocabulary is expanding. The progress is slow but he is positively identifying people at gan - which is super cute. The paperwork for speech therapy is more than halfway done and pretty soon we'll be getting an assessment. *fingers crossed*

It's hard to believe that chanuka starts tomorrow night. We decorated the apartment the other day and you can see the colorful chains and decorations from out in the parking lot. It's so festive! Buzz had a blast helping and was very proud and excited to have his creations included in the fun - since they've been doodling on dreidel shaped papers for the last week or so, which means they fit in perfectly with the decor.

Today I've got to polish the menorah. I've also got to sift flour and mix up cookie dough since its time to bake some holiday cookies! Yay! I was going to premake latkes then just pop them in the oven to reheat, but am definitely thinking it will be most awesome to have them fresh in the first night - so I'll just fry up enough for the week then and put them into the freezer.

Z took his gift two days early, my gift is somewhere in the mail, and Buzz's gift is safely hidden in the trunk of the car. I know chanuka isn't really about presents - but it's as good a reason as any for us to get things that we've been meaning to get anyway. (Yay warm fuzzy slippers!)

Speaking of getting things - we are sooooo close to getting that stamp of approval on our house plans. I know it seems like I've been saying that for a long time - but the process is ridiculously convoluted and complicated with a few dozen hoops to leap through and obnoxious bureaucrats who change their mind every time we meet with them making it almost impossible to please them. I'm praying for a chanuka miracle that will give us va'ada approval so that we can make a trip to Jeru for the three final signatures. (Then we just need to prepare the technical blueprints for the contractor, hire a contractor, and start moving dirt! Yayyyy!)

Alright the washing machine just sang its little song which means it's time to put in another load. I've also got to get moving on my to-do list. Let's have a great day!

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