Sunday Post with Berls | The one where I played hooky

Posted July 11, 2021 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 9 Comments


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Today Dante slept in until almost 9:30!! After the week I had last week, this was a nice treat. I think his Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) is already improving too, thank goodness. We didn’t have to give him any Tylenol today. Fingers crossed!

After breakfast, I decided to watch a little TV. Then I picked up groceries. One item was out of stock – and it was Kiko’s coffee – so I had to drive an extra 15 minutes to get it from a nearby Target. Thankfully they were able to have it ready for drive up pick up still. I also did car wash today.

After I got back from groceries, I felt beat. I’m also itching a lot… is it mental or am I catching Dante’s HFMD? Gah, I hope it’s just mental. Anyway, I really have been very unproductive today and just barely managed to get food prep done for the week. I was supposed to be taking tomorrow off because Dante’s daycare is closed, but turns out Kiko will be off, so I’m going in after all. Especially since I may have to take some time off this week to watch Dante if his HFMD isn’t better.


Work went well today, it wasn’t too busy and I listened to an audiobook most the time I worked. I did notice that my back was hurting a lot worse since finishing my antibiotic yesterday, so I decided to go ahead and pick up the new one for the e coli bacteria. Hoping it will make a difference. I forgot to ask Kiko to put on the crock pot, so I picked up McDonald’s for dinner. No wonder the scale is up 11 pounds since last week – I can’t seem to pull it together, even when I do meal prep.

Dante is doing a lot better and had a fun day with Daddy, but we decided we’d better keep him home another day at least so we don’t continue spreading it at daycare. So I’ll be working from home tomorrow.


I had such a hard time getting to sleep last night, due to itching. I honestly think it’s mental though, because I feel otherwise fine and the itching only starts up when I’m trying to sleep. I woke up at 7 and clocked in and then did a couple of things and that’s it. I didn’t really work at all today besides that. There’s nothing important on my agenda and, frankly, I’m still really beat from last week. So Dante and I had breakfast and then I finished watching Working Moms on Netflix. Then I took him to the park – I kept my laptop with me and logged in just in case my boss needed something. We did the swings (which I wiped down after he used them so no one will catch his HFMD) and then we just ran around on the field. He had such a good time. On the way home I picked up Dairy Queen for lunch (guess who’s clearly not losing weight this week? I don’t necessarily give up, but I’m taking a mental and emotional break from giving a fuck). It was really nice to spend some fun time together.

I also decided that I’m super pissed about the eye doctor last week. After talking to a coupe co-workers, I feel ripped off – not just mistreated. They charged $200 but didn’t give Dante a prescription for glasses or the eye drops and want me to come back and spend the money again in 6 months when Dante needs everything now. The worst part is, they’re pretty much it for pediatric ophthalmology on our insurance. So I called and left a voicemail asking for the prescriptions. I feel like they’re going to say they can’t give them to us because they didn’t do that in the exam, but I feel like then I have every right to come back with, “what did I pay for then?” If they need us to come back, I’m hoping I can at least say I’m not paying. Ultimately, though, I have to do what has to be done for Dante regardless of cost. But not seeing that Dr again — we will go with someone else in the office.


I stayed home with Dante again today. We probably could have sent him, but we decided to err on the side of caution. He slept until almost 9, meaning I was ale to get all my work done – besides a meeting at 1pm – before he even woke up. We did breakfast then he played a bit while I watched the Bachelorette. Then we went to the park again and had a fantastic time. I picked up some Starbucks on the way home and Dante had lunch. Then Kiko came home for lunch, just in time for my meeting. I had my meeting and then Dante went down for a nap and I took one too. I usually work so hard, but I’ve needed these days BADLY. I enjoyed my time with Dante and the rest – I’m incredibly thankful that work is slow right now.

The pediatric ophthalmologist office didn’t call back, so I called and left another message. Then we did dinner and some MasterChef, bath time and early to bed – because I am going to work tomorrow.


Today was good – Dante woke up happy and daycare drop off went great (I was a little nervous after him being home for 5 days). Today they have water day again – splash pads – but they didn’t say whether he was really into it or not. He napped and ate well though, so I’m happy.

At work I talked to my co-workers about Dante’s appointment and they agreed that it was very messed up. They think I should be able to talk to the office manager or something about the cost for NOTHING. If they ever call me back – I called again today and have heard nothing. They also recommended a different doctor for us. I called and the earliest they can get Dante in is September 8th… but I couldn’t make an appointment because they require a referral. So I called his pediatricians office and they DID call back. They said they’d make the referral tomorrow morning – so I will call back tomorrow afternoon and PRAY that the appointment is still available. September is longer than I’d like to wait, but better than going back to these people.

In SUPER good news, I heard back from the Early Childhood Intervention place I called last week and they set Dante up for a free evaluation August 2nd. And if he is at least 25% behind developmentally, he will qualify for services. They do take insurance and then they also have a sliding scale for payments based on income that makes it pretty affordable. I’m very hopeful that this will answer a lot of our questions and concerns.


I forgot to mention that I had my nutritionist appointment yesterday and boy was it needed. Well, one of the things I committed to doing was getting back to my morning routine during the week at least. I’ve been encountering all this stress and ditched my morning routine, which actually helps me to cope with stress (but means waking up a bit earlier). So I’m not feeling well enough to go back to the gym quite yet (maybe Monday) but I did wake up this morning and do my gratitude and mediation practice. I think it did help.

Work was actually busy today – I was in meetings from basically 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and then I had follow up work to do for all those appointments. I also was able to get Dante’s eye appointment scheduled. The September 8 appointment was no longer available, but we’re in for September 22nd I’m bummed because he will be 2 years old before we get him what he needs and I’ve been working on it since March. BUT I feel much better about this guy than I do about the last one – they STILL haven’t called me back. I’m going to tell our pediatrician that I wouldn’t recommend them in the future.

Dante was really fussy at daycare today – the teacher said when she took off his shoes he did much better (But she can’t leave them off all day). So I guess he’s outgrown his shoes? Back on Amazon Prime days I bought him a pair of sandals that were a size 6 and they were still too big, but I suppose he may have grown in that little bit of time. Otherwise he did well and he made this really cute macaroni D (glued to paper).

We watched a movie tonight – Mother’s Day, which considering all the great actors in it was actually not good at all. And I had a Google hangout chat with my brother and my cousin Carly (who reached out last week for the first time in like 17 years, when she was 4 lol). We talked for a couple hours and it was so nice to reconnect.


Dante started to wake up at like 5 a.m. and I was like, “WTF?” He hasn’t done that (except when sick) since he was like 6 weeks old. Rather than going in his room and risking a full wake up, I checked the temperature and his room was 71, so I turned the AC down a couple degrees and BAM he went back to sleep. I, on the other hand, really struggled. I woke up enough that my brain was in full worry, anxiety mode. I contemplated taking more of my melatonin gummies but I took my last dose before bed, so not an option. Thankfully I did finally worry myself back to sleep and Dante didn’t stir again until about 8:45. We brought him to bed with us and cuddled a played until about 9 – he’s at the age now where mom and dad’s bed is really cool and special.

I’m out of a lot of the normal breakfast options, but we did have ego waffles. So it was waffles and eggs for breakfast – no complaints from Dante! Then we cleaned up the balcony – Buffy’s fresh grass arrived last night  and I needed to sweep, clean up toys. Then Kiko took Dante on a walk while I did meal planning and grocery order for next week (which I’ll pick up tomorrow).

Dante is napping now – my plan is to get blog posts for the week done while he’s napping, plus some visiting. Then I have bathrooms to clean, laundry to finish (been working on it all day), kitchen deep clean, and we’re giving Dante his first official haircut tonight! If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure I’ll share a picture.

Blog News

Last week on Because Reading

Challenge update

This week I finished:

I’m participating in 4 reading challenges this year. Here’s how I’m doing:

Backlist Reader hosted by Lark @ Bookwyrms Hoard: 28 books

Library Love hosted by Books of My Heart & Angel’s Guilty Pleasures: 4 books

New Release hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms: 2 books

COYER (Summer) hosted by Because Reading: 4 books

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Berls has
read 15 books toward
her goal of
50 books.

FitReaders (hosted by Jen @ That’s What I’m Talking About & Felicia The Geeky Blogger)

My big goal for 2021 is to get down to my goal weight. It means losing 70 88 pounds this year.

Between the stress, stress eating, and kidney infection of the past two weeks (plus the fact I was already struggling) I reached a new post-partum high weight this week. BUT if I focus and recommit, I can still make great progress towards my goal this year.

I’m keeping it simple next week – here are my goals:

  1. Do my miracle morning routine Monday – Friday
  2. Workout at least 3 times
  3. Focus on sticking to eating plan — and staying high protein, low carb when I don’t
  4. Drink water (soda only on the weekend)

Weight gain/loss: +11 pounds for the year

Added to My Shelf

I’m trying to be more responsible about keeping track of the books I acquire, so I’m going to start sharing them again. If I share them here, surely I’ll remember to add them to Goodreads, right?

How was your week? What are you Reading?

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 1 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 20 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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9 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | The one where I played hooky

  1. Jen

    OMG – when my son had lice in 2nd grade, I felt the itching for weeks after! I never had it, no one else in the house ever did, but always felt the itching! I’m glad Dante is feeling better – how about you? Is the infection cleared up?

  2. Oh no sorry to hear about the HFMD! And ergh the eye doctors- I’m glad you were able to get a referral to a better place though. Good grief.

    Dairy Queen seems like a sensible lunch to me. 🙂 I completely agree with what you said about giving a bleep ha ha!

  3. If you see a request to follow you on Ista from IntrepidAngeleno, that’s me!

    I’m taking a mental and emotional break from giving a fuck — best line I’ve seen in a long, long time

    That is beyond annoying about the stupid eye doctor!!!!

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  4. Sorry to hear Danta got Hand, Foot and Mouth! I’ll always remember when the little dude caught it (I think he was about 2 yo)… He actually handled it quite well but I caught it from him and was super ill! I was told it was strange as it should be less severe in adults but I was wrecked for about a week! 🙁
    Glad he’s better now (and that you avoided it!)

    Good luck getting things back on track with the weight loss. Your goals seem sensible and measured. You’ve got this! 🙂

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  5. I would say that despite frustrations you kept at it and made good progress this week. Doctors are a tough thing. Some are great and some are not. However, we are conditioned to see them as experts and I sometimes have trouble questioning them. I’ve had to get better at it. I was frustrated about a bunch of things this week and got moody because of it. I finally made some progress.

    I’m always so excited to hear about your week and Dante and your work and everything. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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