I’m exhausted! We had a pretty good weekend for the most part, the scrimmage was super boring and B didn’t want to be held by anyone other than DH or me (I think the crowd was a bit overwhelming for him and that he felt safe with us) which was fine. It was super hot and I didn’t dress cool enough plus B only napped for an hour on the drive there and for the rest of the day he slept for about 20 min then 15 min, needless to say very bad. After the game we met up with my parents ate and then went to BB, my mom and I stayed while B slept for his 20 min stretch then went in to buy some stuff for the husbands. We then drove to the cabin and B was awake most of the drive and only slept at the very end, he looked so exhausted I felt terrible. After we got to the cabin we fed him solids then had a cocktail at Janet & Jims then put him to sleep in the muck room, MIL really wanted him in there room but we both said no. Once DH and I went to bed we tried to bring B in the main room with us, he would have none of it. He kept crying until we put him back in the muck room, whatever. After we all went to bed B woke at 2:30 then at 4:30 and then at 6:00. Between that FIL snoring and the trains I slept horribly. Be was exhausted around 8:00 so I put him back down to sleep more, MIL wanted him to be up and I told her no he needs to sleep. I swear they don’t remember what it’s like to have kids. We left around noon and the IL’s thought we were staying later, hello I have laundry to do along with unpacking and packing to prepare for our trip so no we’re leaving. It was a nice visit overall just rough with B, I told DH never again will we have a night away with a big trip so close.
B slept about an hour on the drive back and was terribly cranky when we got home. We tried to put him down and he would be ok then cry. He got himself so worked up he puked all over DH then all over me and he wouldn’t stop crying. I gave him a bath and let him play since that was the only thing that made him happy. Around 5:15 I fed him solids and he was falling asleep in the highchair so I held him a bit until he was out and put him down around 5:30. At 6:45 I picked him up and fed him a bottle, he woke up at the end so we said our prayers and I put him back in the crib. He talked about 30 min then was fast asleep. He did wake twice before midnight then at midnight, then about 3 more times, this is why I’m exhausted. His runny nose increased over the weekend and yesterday the boogers got really yellow. I also noticed his eyes were watery and he kept getting gunk built up at his tear ducts. DH thinks he has pink eye and he probably does since this morning he had crust on his eyelashes, if so I’m taking tomorrow off since day care won’t want him even though I’m sure that’s where he got it from. He also had a fever of 99.7 yesterday so my fear is that he’s going to get an ear infection and come Wednesday while we’re trying to fly to Portland he’s going to be miserable and cry the whole time. I have an appointment for him this afternoon to have him checked and I’m going to see if there’s anything we can do since we’re flying on Wednesday. I’m a nervous wreck over this and haven’t really stopped worrying, that’s healthy.
I have most of our stuff gathered for the trip, I’m waiting for a sweater of mine to dry then I’ll be ready to pack my stuff. I’ll finish packing B’s stuff (except the toys he uses) tonight and get DH to get his things gathered. I’m planning on going to bed at 8 since the first thing I heard at work today was that I looked exhausted. I just pray everything works out and that B isn’t miserable during this trip, because if he is we are too and I really need time to relax.
DH saw a car he’s interested in, the Malibu Maxx, he was super excited and it’s not a bad car so we’ll see. We looked at trunk sizes of the Camry’s and Corolla’s and either would work, it’s just deciding how much we want to spend on the darn thing. That’s something to worry about next week.
One more thing, Brodie pooped on the big potty for the first time. DH caught him just in time and he was so cute sitting up there. I've been a slacker since we were gone and he was sick but I hope to at least get him on there a couple times a day while we're in Portland.
Well this is a record, 3 entries in one day. Day care called me around noon because B had puked twice and was crying quite a bit. I left shortly after they called and he seemed ok when I got him, I had them give him some Tylenol so that probably helped. He played while we were at home and drank 6 oz and fell asleep on the way to the doctor's office. He's 19 lbs 4 oz, I thought he was at least 20 but oh well, and he had so much ear was Dr. I had to clean both ears out. He cried a lot over that and she never did get to see his left ear drum but his right had an infection. She said as long as he doesn't seem to be in too much pain and have any fits we should be ok to fly. I gave him his first dose of antibiotics and he's happily playing again. I'm just happy we have him on the antibiotics and hopefully he'll be 90% tomorrow. I'm not sure how I'm going to carry the antibiotics since they're suppose to stay cold, that should be interesting.
I haven't decided if I'm going to go to work tomorrow or not, we'll see how tonight goes and what DH thinks.
I didn't go into work today and I hope B can get some relaxation and get healthy. He took a 2 hour nap this morning and I hope I can get the same out of him this afternoon. The boogers are runny but clear, his eyes don't have the goop, he hasn't puked, and there hasn't been a fever. It's amazing how fast those antibiotics work.
I've done laundry, cleaned, packed, pulled dandelion heads, watered the plants, gave B a bath, and prepped the house for Erik (he's going to stay here for a couple nights and help the guys out at the store while DH's gone). I have our big suitcase packed and just have toiletries, toys, and the things we'll use through tomorrow morning. Our carry on bags are packed to the gills, it's almost scary.
I'm feeling much better since B is doing better with his cold and ear infection. He woke about every 3 hours last night but went back to sleep fairly quickly so it wasn't bad. Whenever he's sick I rush in there to comfort him and then I worry he'll expect it once he's healthy, oh well I've got to make sure my baby's ok. I'm so excited to leave, I sure hope this trip is fun for all of us and relaxing (please let there be no drama).
We’re back from vacation and it was a good one. The flights to Portland went smooth (not the turbulence part) and B did great. He was super tired during both and would start to fuss but then eventually gave in to sleeping in my arms majority of the flights. We received a lot of comments on how well he did, that’s always a nice thing to hear. When we were at the airport I let him play on the floor as much as possible so I think that helped out with the confining feeling for the rest of the day. We did have a bit of a headache dealing with installing the piece of crap car seat from the car rental. This thing was so worthless and cheap; it made me feel better about spending as much as we did on the one we use. We got to Steve and Wendy’s around 3:00 and then DH and S left at 5:00 for drinks and a Trailblazers game. W and I took care of the kids and I wasn’t feeling well (puked once after getting there and had a horrible headache) so I went to bed at 10:00 after puking again. The first night B woke every 3 hours and went back down after some cuddling, it was about how I expected.
On Thursday we drove to Cannon Beach and found a great room on the beach for $110. It had 2 separate bedrooms, 2 baths, a full kitchen and living room, it was very nice. We headed to the beach first thing and it was pretty windy but at least not raining. After the beach we walked around the downtown area a bit then had some seafood. Once the babes were all in bed we had some beers and played hearts then crashed out around midnight. I was starting to get a sore throat at this point so I didn’t drink a whole lot. B slept pretty well, he did wake once around 2:00 but went back to sleep pretty fast. I also lost the rest of his antibiotics in a parking lot and I’m still ticked at myself for this move. He did get the 3 days that was needed but I would have appreciated getting the remaining doses.
Friday morning we headed back to the beach and it was gorgeous, no wind and lots of sun. DH walked through the stream that was nearby and about froze his feet off. We then took B and had him stand in the ocean, he didn’t cry and seemed to enjoy the constant movement. DH said the ocean water wasn’t too cold, I didn’t test it for myself. After we checked out of the hotel we headed to the park and played on the swing set and went down the slides. We then had some pizza and headed back to Hillsboro. W and I decided we deserved a girls night out so we left after dinner and had some drinks and appetizers at McMinnimans, the service sucked but that was a theme for us this vacation at least the beers were good. We had a nice talk about motherhood, husbands, work, and religion. It was just nice to be out without any kids to entertain. After our 4 drinks we walked to the movie theatre and watched Blades of Glory, it was a good flick. When we first walked into the theatre I told W we were the oldest people there, it was teenie bopper land and a bit scary. When we got home S was sleeping and DH was on the computer so we headed to bed. B did really well sleeping and only fussed a couple times but didn’t require any cuddling so we were able to stay in bed. DH was also really sweet, he got up every morning with B for his first feeding so I was able to stay in bed and try to kick this cold.
Saturday we headed to downtown Portland and DH spent about an hour in the music store and spent a lot of money while there. W and I got some Starbucks then bought a couple masks at the cosmetic store. The rest of our time was keeping the kids happy by walking around while waiting for DH. We then ate at a Chinese restaurant and headed back home so the kids could nap, though everyone ended up taking about a 2 hour nap so that was nice. We ended the night playing Hearts again and were in bed around midnight, usually we’re up until 2:00 so this was a first when we all get together. B slept great again but my throat was still killing me and I noticed that B also was getting the eye boogers again. They aren’t as bad as before the antibiotics but they’re still there and his eyes are bloodshot, poor baby.
Sunday we all slept in fairly late (excluding the bottle feed for B) and we didn’t really do much of anything. We did go to Target and got some groceries but other than that it was packing things up and getting ready to go. We headed to bed around 10:00 because we were getting up at 4:00 am though B decided to wake up at 2:30 and not go back to sleep so we really didn’t get a lot of sleep in. Getting through the airport in Portland went fine and B slept for about half of the flight to SLC. We get to SLC thinking we had an hour between flights but low and behold the flight to Bzm was cancelled due to mechanical issues. So they moved us to a flight 4 hours later so we were stuck there for quite sometime, oh well it could have been worse. They did at least give up 4 meal vouchers so we didn’t have to spend any of our money. The flight was fine and our luggage was at the airport though the morons cracked the frame and broke the legs off of one piece of luggage (luckily it was the cheap piece). We got home and started laundry and B fought going to sleep but after crying for about 2 min he was out. We’ve been struggling with trying to break the bad habits with his sleep from him being sick and the vacation. He’s use to someone being around and he’s going to have to get use to not having one of us to help him go down again. He woke again and needed some cuddling around 2:00 then he fussed a couple times through the rest of the night but was fine until feeding time. His morning nap required some fussing for a couple minutes then he was out and his afternoon nap DH sat him in the crib to play and he fell asleep within 15 min. I hope things get back on track soon. Shortly after we first put him down last night he woke up crying and was lying in puke so he had an unexpected bath. He was so upset that he didn’t calm down until after his bath, we think maybe he woke from a nightmare and didn’t like lying in the wetness of the vomit. He’s had a rough few days.
I got sick again last night and I hope this cold is going to end soon. My throat still doesn’t feel great but it’s not as painful as it was before. My voice is partially gone so I’ve been trying to not talk as much today, that’s not the easiest thing for me to do either. We are taking B to the doctor this afternoon to have his eyes checked again and I want to make sure his cough isn’t anything to worry about. Since we have today off we figured we might as well get him in without having to take more time off of work. After the doctors appointment we’ll recycle and buy some groceries then I should be set for the rest of the week.
I finished laundry today and we picked some dandelions and goat’s beard out of the yard. Other than that I’ve been trying to relax and give myself a break. It was great seeing S & W and their boys are doing good. Gabe is talking more and listens a lot better to his parents. Evan is in the terrible twos and likes to screech a lot, I could tell W was at her wits end with him at times but it will pass. His behavior is very similar to Gabe’s at that age and I hope it’s just from him learning from his brother rather than him having autism also. B was very enthralled with the boys and loved watching them run around and play, he laughed at everything they did including their whining.
I forgot an important milestone, good grief! We were in the airport yesterday and B was playing on the floor and pulled himself up with the chair. I was so proud and DH saw it too since he was just getting back from the bathroom. He's also getting closer and closer at crawling, it should be any day now.
His doctor's appointment checked out clear so that's a good thing, now DH and I just have to get healthy. He really fought falling asleep tonight and it took about an hour of CIO to get him down. I sure hope he sleep through tonight and doesn't go that long tomorrow. I better get to bed early tonight just in case.
B slept pretty good last night, he did wake around 4:00 and was lying across his mattress so I had to rearrange him. This of course woke him up and made him cry more but he was out within a few minutes. I had to wake him up this morning at 6:00 and I hope tonight goes a lot better. He ate about half his bottle then threw up a good portion of that on me, soaked my work outfit so I had to strip down and try to clean myself up without a shower (no time). He wasn’t too messy so he got a quick wipe down and then finished the bottle. We are back to sitting on the potty, we did it a couple times while on vacation but mostly didn’t bother. DH informed me that he fell off the bed this morning after I had left and I feel very guilty about it. He said he’s fine but that couldn’t have felt very good, thank God these LO’s are resilient. I’m going to set up the Pak n’ Play tonight so he can play in there until DH is out of the shower.
I finally made it through my voicemail and e-mails and I have a ton of crap to deal with. Things that I knew wouldn’t work out easily didn’t so I have to figure out what I’m going to do. Our insurance is also up for re-enrollment so I have to go through all of that info and work through all of the changes, not too fun.
I am so upset right now. When I picked B up from day care today I walked in to hearing them talk about my son to some other mom. I heard her say, he doesn’t say mama or dada and has trouble eating some foods. Ok he doesn’t say mama but he does say dada and I’m not sure what foods they’re talking about. He’s started feeding himself finger foods fairly well and I didn’t notice anything of a problem, he’s not perfect at it but he is only a baby. I know that parents can be blind to these things but it’s really hurtful to walk into a room and listen to people talk about your child to someone that has no need to know anything. She then saw me and tried to make light of everything and said do you know that B’s tongue tied? Yeah, I knew the day he was born and the pediatrician told me it was nothing to worry about and I have still considered having the tie cut but I figured if it’s not needed then why do it? I’m fine hearing suggestions or concerns but not when they’re being told to some woman I don’t even know. I was not happy and I think they could all tell; it was all I could do to not cry before I got to the car. I know it’s human nature to talk but some discretion needs to be exercised. I’ve read up on ankyloglossia and some sources say to not have it cut unless there is a good reason and unless it affects his speech I probably won’t bother (unless he decides for himself to have it done). I’m sure the pediatrician didn’t have any reason to cut it when he was newborn because he was latching on without any problems.
On a better note, B went poo in the potty for me and when I started singing our potty song he smiled and laughed. He helped me carry the potty to the bathroom (by holding on to it with one hand) and waved bye-bye when we flushed and I waved and said bye-bye poo poo. I’m glad he’s still happy about the potty training. He slept great last night but he puked again after having some of his bottle first thing. I think it’s because there’s mucus build up in his throat and he starts coughing hard then gags, hopefully tomorrow will be different. I felt terrible this morning but as the day went on my throat felt better. I think if I’m still not feeling better tomorrow I may go in to get a strep test just to rule that out, or in.
Now that I’ve gotten out my frustration I don’t really feel like writing, not that there’s much to write about anyways.
I’m feeling much more calm and collected about my annoyance with DC yesterday. I also talked with DH and helped me feel better; I need to not be so sensitive. I also feel better because I pulled out my What to Expect the First Year and he’s right where he needs to be at the end of his 9 month mark and he was 3.5 weeks early so I think we’re right on track. I couldn’t find anything that says what sounds babies his age should be making but I’m going to track his sounds and see if there seems to be anything missing (not that I’d really know). We caught a pee in the potty this morning and he did the cutest little shy smile when I showed him the pee and celebrated, he’s such a honey. He also slept great last night, initially when DH put him down he cried for about 30 seconds then was quiet and I only remember him making sounds once last night. Another plus to the day is that he didn’t puke this morning, I thought he was going to when he had a big coughing fit but nope!
We looked at a Caliber last night, I had seen it on my way home from work and since it’s kind of like a station wagon (DH really seems to want a station wagon type car) I figured we’d check it out. It’s a used 2007 and they’re asking about $900 over the blue book value so we should be able to get it down. It is still on the manufacturer’s warranty so that’s a plus also. I think we’ll test drive it tomorrow and maybe also look at Camry’s. I don’t care what we get as long as it’s big enough, gets decent gas mileage, and isn’t a lemon. DH also wants to put racks on the car we get so we can have the option for more storage when needed. It will be nice when this is over with.
My weekend plans include cleaning the house, weeding my native garden (I have a balsamroot that has sprouted and I’m so excited), getting my seeds started for the garden, tilling up the garden, filing, and hopefully catching up on sleep. I need to get DH to mow the lawn and I found a small round patch of dead grass that wasn’t there when we fertilized so I’m going to dig that up and seed. My throat feels a ton better today though it’s still a little sore. I think I’ll ride this weekend out and see how it goes and if there’s not improvement I’ll go to the doctor on Monday.
B is hitting milestones. DH said he said Mama yesterday morning and I heard him say it clear as day today, it made me happy to finally have my name in his vocabulary. He also army crawled today so I was very excited about that also, he’s not going to be my sedentary child for much longer. We haven’t caught anything in the potty the last couple of days but I also haven’t been trying too hard. He really likes going outside too because he throws little fits when he looks outside but we don’t go out there, I’m happy to know that I have a child that won’t hate being outside.
So far it’s been a good weekend, last night I cleaned the house and B and I weeded my native garden (I also found a second balsamroot that has sprouted). He wasn’t shy at all about diving into the dirt and “weeding” like mom. I had to pull him away when he tried to eat a rock and was getting too close to the prickly pear. Today I spent an hour digging dandelions and goats beard out of the yard and I found that my raspberries are spreading so I need to remove some grass so DH doesn’t mow over the sprouts that I want to keep. We also test drove a couple cars today. We first drove a Malibu Maxx and it’s a great car, smooth ride with good pickup (a V6 so it’s expected), ok gas mileage and roomy. I like that it has a removable “shelf” in the back rather than just being open. I met DH at the other dealership after work and we test drove the Caliber. It’s pretty loud and not quite as smooth of a ride, it also doesn’t have the “shelf” that I like. We didn’t see cruise control and that’s a deal breaker for us so on Monday I’m calling about the Maxx (we’re actually going to try to get the one we didn’t test drive but it has fancier options and is worth the 1K extra) to set up a time on Tuesday to drive the other Maxx and then buy it, I’m really excited (I’m going to have a car that’s not over 10 years old for once) and from what we’ve found of owners reviews online people love it. So hopefully we’ll be driving a new car when we go see my parents next weekend.
Tomorrow we have to do some shopping, mow & spray broadleaf killer (DH’s job), do the books, water my plants, do laundry, and till up my garden. It’s going to be a busy day but it will be nice to get these things off my list. I talked with my mom and she had a great time in Vegas and loved the massage we funded so much that she went back a couple days later and had a leg and foot massage (she deserves to pamper herself so I’m glad she did it). L & E are going to be with my parents for the next two weekends so we’ll get to see them when we’re up next weekend. SIL has a bachelorette party next weekend and then a wedding the following weekend and since my brother is working turn around she’s pawning off the kids.
Well I’m going to join DH for some golf online (for the second time ever I can hardly believe he invited me!) so I better end this.