Monday, August 27, 2007

Breathe or Blog?

Because the month of August has been unusually hectic, my poor blog has been neglected. I've barely had time to breathe, let alone blog. OK, that isn't really true, I've found time to read other blogs. Reading doesn't require the energy that writing does. Reading the words of others helps me relax, writing makes me think to much.
Three of the four Things started school this month. Original Thing and Girl Thing started on the 1st. They started a new school that I am pretty happy with. Thing 2 started his second year of preschool on the 13th. Thing 1 will start preschool later this week or next Tuesday. They will both be in Special Needs Preschool for speech therapy. They were evaluated last year and Thing 2's speech delay was much more pronounced than Thing 1. I asked the school district to reevaluate Thing 1 a few weeks ago and they determined that he barely qualified but that he could benefit from preschool as well. So now they will both be in school but in separate classes. Thing 1 will go in the mornings and Thing 2 in the afternoons.
The day after Thing 2 started school, we moved. We've been looking for a bigger place for a while now but of course I didn't start packing until everything fell into place. We found a house that is just a mile from where we used to live. It's much bigger and will cost us a lot less monthly. We found it 10 days before we moved so everything was last minute. We are adjusting to being in a new place and trying to find time to clean out/up our old house.
The new house is almost perfect. The only problem is the people who lived here before us must have had a cat. My house smells like cat pee! The carpet was cleaned right before we moved in but the smell was still there. I tried this, this, and this but the last two only seemed to make the house smell worse. I even bought several Method Aroma Pills (mmm, the cut grass fragrance is nice, and was on clearance at Target). I think the carpet just needs to be replaced. My mother in law bought me a black light so that I can find the source of the nasty smell. Now all I have to do is find something to get rid of it, something that actually works.
In between the move and the children starting school, I have been attending more than my usual amount of births and going on interviews like crazy. I am a 1 (2 at the most) birth a month kind of doula. I had 2 August clients and 2 September clients. So far 1 of my August clients gave birth (my first twin mama!) , both of my September clients had their babies (one was 5 weeks early) and my last August client's due date was last Wednesday.
Hopefully I will make the time to blog about these births. I have lots of thoughts about them. I have learned so much from these women and their experiences.
Girl Thing was also in a pageant this past weekend. Yes, one of those. Sigh, I feel a bit of shame every time I tell someone about it. That whole experience is definitely a blog post waiting to happen.
Wow, I feel like I'm talking to a friend I haven't seen in a long time. I've got so much to talk about. I'm looking forward to finding my inner writer again and keeping my readers (if I have any left) updated.


Leigh said...

I'm sooo grateful for the update. Yes, you must blog about the pageant. And photos of your new home are a must. I can't wait to see it in person.

Fat Lady said...


Doulala said...

Fat Lady,
That's the first thing I tried. It works for a little while then the smell comes back. Ugh! Stinky cats!

Doulala said...

Leigh, come on over!

leaner said...

I am so glad you are back in the blog world! I just started reading your blog and you went on hiatus.

I hate the cat pee smell, and we have 3 cats, but they use the litter box and never had accidents, that I know of. I know that it isn't just the carpet, that stuff sinks into the carpet pad and the concrete or wood or whatever is UNDER the carpet. It is nearly impossible to get rid of that smell.

Doulala said...

You are right, that smell is deep down. We used the black light the other night and that cat must have used that whole room as his own personal litter box. It was even on the walls! Gross!!!We are getting the carpet replaced next week. I can't wait.