Sorry it's been so long since my last post. Things have been busy busy busy around here and I've been so exhausted at the end of the day that most of the time I don't even have the energy to pick up my wine glass...Yeah. It's that serious.
I can't remember what happened last week which means it was probably nothing important to catch you up on, so I'll just skip ahead to this week.
Unfortunately Papous wasn't feeling very well again. So Monday my parents in law took him to the doctor to get checked out and the doctor said to immediately go to the hospital. It's his heart again so to hear that he went straight from the doctor's office to the hospital was a bit scary. He's totally fine and back home again now but he stayed at the hospital from Monday until today so the doctor's could monitor him and make sure there wasn't anything serious going on. I've asked a few times what the problem was and I've just been told he had water on his heart....I've never heard of such a thing but then again I've never known a 90-something year old man with a pacemaker so I just took it as that and didn't ask anymore questions. My mother in law was of course the most worried out of everyone so she stayed with him in the hospital. She slept on a chair beside his bed for nearly an entire week! I really don't know how she did it but she called today to check on Eleni and she said she was fine. I asked her if she was tired and she said "No no no, I'm fiiiiine"....how is that even possible? I'd be comatose for at least 2 days. She's either super human or she's lying. My guess is she's lying but not in the bad way, just in the way that she doesn't want anybody to make a big deal out of the massive sacrifice she just made to be there for her Dad. So we won't tell her this but I think we should all give her a little nod of respect for being amazing.
Since Olympia was in Mytilini with Papous that meant Antonis and Lefteris were opening the restaurant every morning at 9am. That doesn't sound like such a big deal but when they're just closing up at about 2am, 9am arrives way too soon. And since Antonis has been leaving for work early in the morning, that means I've been doing double duty in the Mommy department.
Needless to say, we all have massive dark circles under our eyes and any one of us could snap any second. I did snap actually, but I'll tell you about that in a minute.
Anyway, we're all fine and healthy so that's the most important thing.
Speaking of health, Antonis and I took Eleni to the doctor on Monday as well. She'd been really fussy and just not her usual happy self so I thought something had to be wrong. On top of that, she kept rubbing her right ear so I was kind of worried she had an ear infection. Either that or we're beginning the teething phase. Lovely!
Our usual doctor wasn't on duty on Monday so unfortunately we had to see The Nursing Nazi. I can't stand this woman. She's rude, she's not good with Eleni and all she ever wants to do is talk about is breast feeding. Unfortunately (to use that word for the 500th time) I haven't been breast feeding Eleni for about 2 weeks now. Just after 3 months she started refusing to nurse and unfortunately (501 times) my breast pump decided to stop working at exactly that time so I couldn't even pump bottles of breast milk for her. So we made the switch to formula, which I absolutely hated doing and I cried for 3 days. I know it's not the end of the world, I know plenty of very healthy babies who were formula fed and I absolutely don't judge anyone that chooses formula over breast milk, but I really thought I'd be able to feed her to at least 6 months, maybe even a year. So I had a very hard time dealing with this. Eleni on the other hand is perfectly happy SO, life goes on. Anyway, when The Nursing Nazi found out about this she just couldn't let it go. "Oh what a shame this baby isn't being breast fed. You have to do what's better for the baby and the bottle is never better. You have to try! You have to try!"........
Seriously? As if I didn't feel bad enough already and then I have this evil bitch making me feel worse. So I did what any level headed person would do in my situation. I stuck my finger in her face and ripped her apart! "Of course I tried! I tried everything I possibly could try and it didn't work! I didn't want this! I didn't ask for this! But this is how it is and I'm dealing with it the best way I can! I'M DOING THE BEST THAT I CAN! And how dare you even for a SECOND think you can put me or any other woman down about giving formula to their baby! HOW DARE YOU! A good doctor would be supportive and understanding in this situation! Now do your job properly and look in my daughter's ear so we can get the F*@% out of here!"......
I think Antonis was a little worried we were going to get thrown out thanks to my sudden hostility but he stepped back and let me do it anyway. He's a good husband like that. And besides, she totally deserved it and I don't even feel a little bit guilty about it. But unfortunately (502) I think I might have rattled her a little too much because after she checked Eleni out she told us what we needed to do to take care of her nose.....idiot.
We left. There just wasn't any point after that. We had an appointment for Wednesday with our regular doctor anyway so we just packed Eleni up and went home. When we saw Eleni's doctor on Wednesday I told her that I've had to switch over to formula....she said, "That's ok. Don't worry about it, you've done very well."
I love her.
She said Eleni's ear is totally fine, there's no infection so it's possible that she's starting to teethe a little early or she's just been feeling fussy and the rubbing the ear is just her funny little habit. We'll have to wait in see but it was good to know that she's perfectly healthy.
Other than all the health stuff going on we put our Christmas tree up finally!!! And just as I'm typing that I'm realizing I haven't even taken a picture of it yet. I'll do that tomorrow so you can see it. Eleni loves it! She's amazed by anything sparkly. Her future husband better have a good job to support her obsession with sparkly things.
I also somehow found time to bake some Christmas cookies. The house smells like Christmas so I'm finally in the holiday spirit. Now if only we could get some snow......
Well, I'm done for the day. I can't even be bothered to edit this post so hopefully you all manage to wade through the typos and run-on sentences and various other grammatical errors.
Here's some pictures from this week
Eleni with her Papous in the restaurant. I nearly snapped this day as well. This stupid woman thought it was a good idea to dip Eleni's soother in honey and give it to her. I kept it together though and instead gave that woman a good healthy dose of passive aggressive snobbery.
She won't be doing that again.
This is from last night when Antonis got home from work.
Miss Eleni decided it was playtime instead of bedtime.
We shouldn't have done it but we allowed it just this once...she's just too darn cute to say no to!
When Antonis sat her like this on his leg I started killing myself laughing because she looked like she was driving a motorbike.
Ohhhhhh how easy it is to amuse the sleep deprived.
Eleni got to sit in her 'big girl chair' for the first time today! She thought it was pretty cool.
Here's a little video of it...she's so serious when she's trying new things