Sunday, May 31, 2009

Long Blog

Okay, it is 5:15 in the morning, I am tired...no, I am exhausted. After getting up at this time yesterday and then just getting ready for work, working all day, going to Target and spending A BUNCH of money (explanation later), going to bed at 11:00 and then getting back up this morning to do it all over again...yep, I am exhausted!!!

I am going to post until I am done pumping. Hopefully I can get everything in and up to date before going back to bed....

So...last weekend (Memorial Day weekend) Brice's brother, Brannan, came to visit us from Little Rock. RACHEL LOVES HIM!!!! I mean, LOVES him! It may actually be her favorite person (aside from her Daddy)! He plays with her and picks on her and is essentially the only person that can throw her in the air and hang her upside down more than once without getting exhausted! =) She refused to take any pictures with him, though. I got some of Uncle B meeting Lauren for the first time. She, of course, will love him too.





This past week was pretty uneventful. We spent most of the days at the house, outside. It was pretty warm out...okay, it was HOT! Rachel and I went to Toys R Us on Tuesday night to buy her a new pool. Hers from last year was a little small for her and it has been outside for all winter, so it was yuck. She really likes her new pool and insists on playing in it daily. So, for the past 3 days, she has gotten to play in her pool. Lauren loves being outside too so it works.



I am frustrated about something....I cannot find the black headband and black and white daisy flower that Lauren was wearing in a picture a few posts back. When I had only 1 child, I could leave things on tables and come back a week later and they would be there. I saw Rachel playing with it and then now I cannot find it anywhere!!! I am so aggravated. Of course, if I ask Rachel she says, "I don't know, Mommy!" *sighs*

My camera had a delay in shipping...it should be here on Tuesday and I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!

We finally have a trip planned to Arkansas in the next several weeks. I am not excited about seeing how long it will take us to get enough stuff packed for a week for TWO kids and then how long it will take us to get there!!!! I am sure we will have to stop to feed the baby at least once. It should be an interesting trip.

I worked yesterday...it was very busy! I really like my job most of the time. I am not super crazy about my co-workers but good thing is, on the weekend, you don't have to worry about that....I am the only one there!

I am happy to report that Melody and the Clark gang are doing well! Krista's mom and dad are in town still and helping out. Melody is sleeping very well and Krista always sounds so rested on the phone...I talk to her everyday! =)

And the last thing....pumping is about finished....I have been in the midst of planning my high school reunion! It is a PAIN! For some reason, when I wanted to be Senior Class President in high school I knew that this would roll around as one of my duties and I actually thought I would enjoy it. I think it is exciting that I have this huge responsibility but I also didn't envision myself having a newborn and a 2 1/2 year old 10 years ago either!!! =) It is set for October....right before we leave for Orlando but I don't have all of the details worked out yet. There isn't a ton to do in the big city of Hope!!!! I am hoping that my classmates enjoy it and that it comes together for everyone.

Well, it is back to bed for me....for a little while anyway. It seems like this has been a marathon post and I am sure I have left out something. Lauren is doing fine. She is growing growing!!!! I think she gets prettier by the day. Her eyes are SO blue and I really really want them to stay that way. She has about a 25% chance of having another color eyes besides brown since the husband and I both have brown eyes and brown is dominant. But her eyes are a beautiful shade of blue....check my last post for an adorable picture!!! =)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Still...

not a lot of time to post...need to be sleeping, but look at this picture of my baby that I took today outside! I just love her!!! AND, I really hope that her eyes stay blue!


Trying

I have been working on another entry but can't seem to finish it.....more to come, I promise!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pictures

Here she is...I think she is beautiful!!!





Baby Melody is here!!!

Krista had her baby!!!

I am so super excited to announce that my best friend, her husband, and their first daughter have welcome Baby Melody Elise into the world!!! She was born at 11:15 PM May 22nd and weighed 6 lbs, 11 oz, 18 inches long!!! From what I hear mom and baby are doing well and I will go to the hospital later today to see them. Pictures to come.

Is it weird that I am sitting here bawling like a big BABY (no pun intended)!!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

No More Shade

I had to call some "tree guys" to come and cut down our only tree in the front yard. And...they did. It is gone. I am sad.

About 6 or 7 months ago (I guess) we had a large branch crack and break off our Bradford Pear tree in the front yard. Since then, it has had a crack down the center of the trunk. It has gotten worse and worse. The tree was still growing green foliage and was still as beautiful as ever. I love the tree. Now, if you will recall, I posted about "Stinky Trees" while I was in the hospital on bed rest and it was talking about this very tree. They are beautiful but do not smell good. Anyway, the tree was going to damage something or someone if we didn't have it cut down.

So...our only shade tree is gone. This tree that was gorgeous (but stinky) and towered over our house; that grew for 14 good, long years....gone. It is going to make our house so much hotter in the morning because it won't be blocking the sun.

I think we are going to plant a Magnolia Tree there in its place. It will take a long time to grow but should be really pretty when it gets big.

Death

I haven't experienced a great deal of death in my life and for that, I am glad. The past 3 years have been the worst that I have had to deal with - losing my grandfather, uncle, and my grandmother. But, the loss of a child....I can't imagine. I have said before that it has to be the worst pain and although I don't know this first hand, I would say it again.

It seems as though in the blogger world that, for some reason, I gravitate toward blogs with sick babies or babies that have died, etc. It is so incredibly sad. I usually just happen upon these stories that are so heartbreaking. I have read of so many illnesses and loss of babies since I have been blogging. Sometimes it makes you wonder if healthy babies are even born anymore....well, I know they are because I have two!!!! Two babies that I thank God for everyday...that they are healthy and that they are alive and with me. When I hear these stories, I feel a knot in the pit of my stomach as I think of all the times Rachel has gotten on my nerves in the course of the day or how frustrated I have gotten with my children. I have so much to be thankful for!

My friend, Krista, has some friends that lost their baby yesterday. She was born term with no prenatal complications and died when she was something like 8 days old because of an infection in her spinal fluid. It is so sad! I do not even know this family but I can look into the face of my 9 week old baby and imagine the pain. I just can't begin to know how it feels and I don't ever want to. I have had a handful of personal friends who have lost babies during pregnancy and after birth and I have a special place in my heart for them. I am drawn to families who have lost babies and so incredibly afraid of losing one myself.

Please join me in praying for the families who are experiencing this loss. My heart hurts for them.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Took A Little Break

From blogging....BUT I AM BACK!!!

Actually, the break was not planned or intentional; I am just a mommy of two little girls and I got busy!!

As an update to my last post....work was good...not much going on. AND, I was not late, I was actually 5 minutes early!

Well, what have we been doing? Um...let's see...

Lauren's first official day of church was May 17th! (OUCH...for some unknown reason, Rachel just came and bit my arm!!!! She has never done that before!) Anyway, Lauren did really well. I actually missed the sermon because I had to go feed her...we will get schedules figured out eventually! =) Here is a picture from that day...yes, I know my face is shiny - I need to switch my face wash back to combination to oily skin - my skin changes so much when I am pregnant...anyway, here is the picture....


Rachel has been sick. She woke up on Monday Tuesday morning with 103 temperature. She was complaining of her back hurting. I took her to the doctor yesterday and she has a virus. They did an in-and-out urine catheter on her which she HATED and it all came back normal. The doctor just said she probably has a virus that causes fever and should go away in a few days. She did say to give her Claritin to see if it clears up her yucky nose. I gave her 1 dose yesterday and her nose was clear for the remainder of the day! Maybe she just has allergies! That's good news!!!

I ordered a new camera and I am SOOOO excited!!! I have been looking at a few because mine just isn't a good camera..not for taking pictures and it doesn't have video capabilities which I really wish it did so I could download videos here and on dropshots. SO....I got the Canon Powershot SX110IS...pictured here...

I ordered it from a website that had GREAT pricing (thanks, Krista!). I am just waiting for it to arrive....can't wait to play with it.

Brice switched cell phone carriers to AT&T so now we are both with the same providers which makes things a little more convenient. He got a new phone and I was not eligible for an upgrade yet...BOOOOO!!!! I want a new phone so bad! I HATE mine! It is pretty but that is about all it has going for it! I can upgrade again right before my birthday so maybe this time I will get a cool one! =)

*Baby crying....I'll finish later*

Okay, this baby refuses to take a nap during the day in her bed!! She will sleep in the bouncy seat and the swing and in bed with me but not in her bed. SO FRUSTRATING! But as I have said in the past, she sleeps all night so I really need to stop complaining!!! But, isn't she cute?

I have been having migraines lately...I had 3 in one week and never had them before. I need to visit the doctor to see what is going on. I am thinking it might be because my back is in such bad shape. My neck is hurting REALLY REALLY bad...I can't even move it in a certain direction because of the pain. I did the same thing after I had Rachel...childbirth is hard on the neck and back!!! I am thinking about checking out some massage places....

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Back to Work!

Welp, it is 6:27 am, Saturday, May 16th (but you already know that because the date and times show up on posts, duh!) and I am sitting here, pumping and thinking about how late I am going to be to work today. I just know that the first day is going to be difficult trying to get all of the timing down. Lauren hasn't woken up yet and so I haven't been able to feed her. I set my alarm for a decent time but thought that I would already be awake feeding Lauren since she has never slept past the time my alarm was set for. Not the case; I woke up and she was still snoozing in her little swaddle blanket in her bed. She was stirring but I decided to go ahead and pump since it is faster than feeding her and I am already running short on time. I really hope that I am not too late because that would suck being late my first day back. I guess I can only do so much and I will time it better next time.

So, I have all of the frozen milk packets set out to thaw and there is a bottle warming up for when she actually does wake up. I am so sad that I wasnt able to feed her this morning but I certainly didn't want to wake her up. I am hoping that this day with pumping doesn't totally mess up my milk supply....YES, I KNOW, I AM WORRYING TOO MUCH but isn't that what you are supposed to do when you go back to work...even if it is for just 2 8 hour shifts a month and the best person in the world (my husband) is in charge of my (our) kids??!! This is normal, right??!!

We had a late night last night with Candace's birthday party and Rachel was showing off...she didn't get into bed until 10:30 so I am hoping that she sleeps at least until 8:00 so that Brice can get the baby fed. I know today is going to be challenging for him. Men have a hard time multi-tasking when it comes to children, I think. He told me one time after I had returned home from somewhere (before Lauren) that he hadn't eaten and I asked him why...his response: "Well, I was taking care of Rachel!" Um...okay, man, if I followed that logic I would be really skinny because I take care of Rachel and Lauren now. I will say that somedays it is not easy and I hope that they are cooperative for him today. He is perfectly capable but I just hate doing this to him after he works all week. He has WAY more patience with the kids so maybe it will all be fine. He keeps telling me it will! =)

We went out the other night to a new fancy bowling alley that I will blog about (a review) soon but pumping is complete and I gotta get a move on before I am SUPER late!!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Two Months Old!


My sweet baby girl is 2 months old!!! She is such a joy as is my first born! I love my girls.

We went to the doctor today and Lauren is healthy as can be! She weighed 12 lbs, 6 oz (80th percentile) and was 23.5 inches long (90th percentile)! She is a big girl but that is expected...she came out big! =) She has an umbilical hernia but Dr. Hull said she will likely outgrow it and it should correct itself but sometimes it takes several years. Basically her belly button looks kinda funny. She screamed the ENTIRE time we were at the doctor's office. It wasn't very pleasant and it had the doctor feeling kinda sorry for me! We go back for another checkup on July 9th which is 4 days before our pedi will have a c-section to deliver her 2nd baby!! So, have I ever told you how much we LOVE our pediatrician!?? Well, I DO!

Life is rocking right along for us. Brice started his new job on Tuesday and seems to like it pretty well. I think he feels pretty important which is always good! =) We are in the midst of scheduling our next vacation as a family and trip to Disney!!! YIPPEE!! We didn't go last year and I was a little bummed about it but we hope to go sometime in October or November. I am excited for Rachel because I think she will really enjoy it this time.

Babies, babies everywhere!!! My two best friends are pregnant and I am so excited for both of them! Krista will have her baby anytime now as she is 37 1/2 weeks. She is pretty miserable but looks pretty cute! I am ready to meet Baby Melody and have her in my arms. I can't wait to see her! Heather has a ways to go but we are excited for her too.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

What a Day!!

...and I don't mean in a good way. First of all, last night Rachel got up at 3:00 and decided that she didn't want to go back to sleep. She was up until 4:00. Lauren got up at 4:30 to eat. After feeding her, pumping, etc, I was back to bed at 5:30. Rachel was up at 8:00 and actually I was 30 minutes past needing to feed Lauren anyway. So, my only hope for the day was the anticipation of a nap.

Lauren woke up in a good mood and was fine until about noon. Everything went down hill from there. Brice did a little shopping this morning and then we ate lunch and I put Rachel down for a nap. She slept for MAYBE an hour...MAYBE. This is my child who takes 2 1/2-3 hour naps...when she slept fine the night before. I tried to feed Lauren and put her down for a nap...she was protesting the breast...why, not sure!! Yesterday she had some diarrhea but I think it was from me taking the Fenugreek...or perhaps, Cipro...not sure. So, I quit taking the Fenugreek thinking that my milk supply is back to normal...maybe it is, maybe it isn't...not sure. So, I finally got Lauren to sleep and Rachel woke up. Brice made her stay and play in her room for awhile but she kept coming to her door yelling something or other...so...no nap for me today.

The evening was AWFUL!!! Lauren screamed and screamed and screamed. She barely slept all day. I think she had a tummy ache. I fed her pretty much when she wanted to be fed which is very unlike me...I usually stick to the 2-3 hour mark. She would eat, spit up and want to eat some more. Finally, I gave her a bottle at 5:00...still didn't calm her down. She cried right up until I gave her a bath at 9:30. Maybe she will sleep good tonight. As I type this (it is 10:52) Rachel is still screaming from her bedroom. We put her to bed at 9:20.....

TOMORROW TOMORROW, I LOVE YA TOMORROW!!!!! I hope I will love tomorrow better than today....

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Got Milk?

I couldn't resist the title of this post.

We are back in business. My milk supply is sufficient for the nursing baby in my life! It isn't back to what it was but it is better...we didn't even supplement with any expressed milk yesterday...it was all me! =) I am not sure if it was the marathon feeding/pumping day or the fenugreek or both but we are doing good again. I can tell it isn't what it was prior to the illness because I am not pumping as much as I used to after feedings. I only pump after the early morning feeding because I am usually so engorged but I wasn't this morning. O'well...as long as she is getting enough during each feeding...that's all that matters. I am happy.

We are planning a trip to the zoo on Friday! YAY!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Trying

I am working like a crazy woman to get my milk supply back up. After being sick and not eating for 2 days it has decreased really bad. Yesterday (it is 2:00 in the morning) was marathon feeding/pumping. I fed Lauren every 2 hours and pumped right behind it in order to get my body to produce more milk. I ate just about all day long and drank a lot of water. I also went and got some Fenugreek to boost supply...it tastes like maple syrup...but not as good. Anyway, I am going to take that tomorrow and continue the supply/demand and if it doesn't work, Dr. Parrill's nurse said that she could call in some Reglan. I am hoping this works because I really don't want to take any prescription medication for it. I also set my timer to wake up and pump during the night (why I am up right now). Lauren is still asleep and I didn't want to wake her but I did want my body to continue producing milk. I won't get up again until she wakes me...this time getting up was hard especially since I am extra tired right now anyway with this flu mess.

I am feeling better by the way. I am just still very very tired. The nausea is gone for the most part.

Brice is finished at his job. His last day was yesterday and he starts with the new company sometime next week. He will be home the rest of the week and hopefully we can go to the zoo by the end of the week if I get more strength up. I think that Rachel will really enjoy it at her age now.

Pumping done...must get a little more rest before Baby Girl wakes up wanting to eat!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Good News

Neither of the girls have the flu! We visited the pediatrician today and both of the girls tested negative. That is great news! I guess I am the only sicko in our house!! Brice has no symptoms at all....yeah!

After thought, discussion with the husband, research and talking with my nurse friend I have decided to not take the Tamiflu. The benefits are that is decreases flu symptoms and the main side effect is nausea and diarrhea. The only symptoms I am having is nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and some weakness...feeling run down and tired. So, I can live with feeling tired and if the medicine is going to make my other symptoms worse, I decided that it wasn't work it to quit breastfeeding. My supply has already decreased over the past couple of days just because I haven't been eating and drinking well and I was dehydrated. I will be pumping and feeding like a crazy woman over the next few days until my appetite is back to normal and I am off the antibiotic which is supposed to decrease milk supply some too.

So...that's the update!

NO FUN!!!

Swine flu Pictures, Images and Photos

Swine flu Pictures, Images and Photos

I haven't blogged in a couple of days because I have been ill! I was so sick yesterday...woke up at 2:30 throwing up. My first thought was that I caught what Rachel had. The only difference, that I could tell, was that Rachel's was over very quickly. After she was done throwing up, she starting eating little things and did not act sick AT ALL! She never had a fever or anything. Well, when I took my temperature yesterday it was 101.8. After laying in bed all day and just feeling lousy, I decided to go to the ER. Now, I work in the ER and I would not normally go for nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea but I have a 7 week at home and I am breastfeeding. My biggest fear was that I would get dehydrated and my milk supply would diminish. So, I went. My pulse rate was 131 which clearly indicated that, yes, I was dehydrated. So, they gave me two liters of fluid and some Zofran to help with the nausea. I complained of a headache which I had all day and he wanted to retake my temperature (at first when they triaged it was 99.8) and it was 100.8. He decided with the fever that he would do a swab to just rule out the flu. Anyway, to make a long story a little longer, I HAVE THE FLU!!!!! I cannot believe it. I have no congestion, no cough, no runny nose, nothing like that. He said that since I was having the diarrhea and vomiting as well that is is likely the swine flu. I was totally dumbfounded. If you will remember correctly, I have been basically in my house for 7 weeks that Lauren has been here because I am trying to keep her from catching anything!! I have no idea how I got this. OH, and then the doctor comes back in the room and says, "Oh, by the way, you also have UTI!" WHAT??!!! I haven't even had any symptoms. CRAZY! I was just shocked...I even asked Dr. B. if he had the right chart. He laughed. So, anyway, he gave me 3 prescriptions - Phenergan for the nausea, Cipro for the UTI, and Tamiflu for the flu. He said I have to "pump and dump" and not breastfeed for a week. I AM TOTALLY BUMMED ABOUT THIS!!! Like, so much that I cried. I am so worried that after a week Lauren isn't going to want to breastfeed again. Brice just said that we have to do what we have to do. Since I don't have flu symptoms I am tempted not to take the Tamiflu but again, Brice said if I have flu and it was prescribed that I need to take it. I guess I will call the pediatrician in a little while to let them know I tested positive and see if they want to see the girls...since Rachel had her episode of throwing up and Lauren is congested and coughing a little.

UGH!

Friday, May 1, 2009

First Time For Everything

I knew that I wouldn't go Rachel's entire childhood without her getting a tummy bug but I certainly would have preferred it to happen AFTER Lauren gets a little bigger. Last night we had a rough night. It began at about 11:00 when Rachel started SCREAMING from her bedroom. I was feeding Lauren and so Brice attended to her. I saw the light in the hallway on and I heard her talking but I wasn't sure what was going on. Rachel has been having a hard time going to bed but I knew she was tired last night and didn't figure she would give us any problems. So...Brice comes in the bedroom and tells me that she just threw up her entire dinner. Rachel has never thrown up before. She was a HORRIBLE spitter as a baby but has never actually thrown up. So, I went in to check on her and she was laying down and trying to go back to sleep. I held her and cuddled for a little while a little leary as I didn't want to catch whatever this is and especially didn't want to pass it on to my other child. She threw up about 4 more times in the span of about 2 hours after she had emptied her stomach. Anytime we would give her anything to eat or drink it came back up...we tried Sprite, water with baking soda, a cracker...nothing...nothing stayed down. The last time we got her cleaned up (one time we had to put her in the bathtub) I was holding her and I just lost it. It is so hard to see one of your babies so sick.

We had the question of what do you do when your child gets sick so many times??? Do you continue to change the sheets and pajamas? We were about to run out of sheets. So, ultimately we put towels down in her bed and put her to bed without and p.js on..just a diaper. Anyone have any tips???

She went to sleep around 2:30-3:00 and is still asleep now. I have fed Lauren and hope that she stays asleep a little longer so I can lay back down. Surely Rachel will stay asleep a little longer. I just hope today her tummy is better...not sure how I will handle a sick toddler and a newborn! My hands have been Germ-Xed and washed so many times, they are going to be so dry. I am just trying so hard to not pass this along to Lauren...if it is something that can be passed.

*sighs*



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