Hi everyone. It has been quiet lately. I know we've been insanely busy here with Sean's peanut stuff, back-to-work, etc.
Virginia - Happy almost-30-weeks! I can't believe you're so far already... Time flies!
Katie - How's the job situation? Crazy about your mom's dog...
AFM - I'm nearly 100% convinced of lyme disease now after the last week and a half on antibiotics. Some things feel better and some things feel worse, but the fact that I DO feel different makes me more convinced. That, and the fact that I'm having or had some symptoms that aren't usually characteristic of MS (MASSIVE, unrelenting pain in knees, omg.. and the issues with my hearing, usually vision is affected by MS, but not hearing so much). Anyway, I decided I was ready to bed money on it and made an appointment with the very expensive lyme specialist near here. I just called today for the appointment, and they didn't have an opening until Oct 24th, uggghhh... So I have to wait 2.5 months and continue to get worse (if that's what I have). Good times.
Sean had his first dose increase in the peanut desensitization today. It went well. I was nervous. He had one little hive pop up right between his eyes, but thankfully, nothing else happened. There was an older boy in there in the same room with us... I'm a poor judge of age, but I'd say maybe 9 or 10 years old? He was dosing up to 5 peanuts twice a day (awesome). It was a little sad though, he had severe food anxiety. He didn't want to take his dose and had a little freak-out before he took it (as whole peanuts buried in chocolate pudding). The doctor didn't see that part, so he thought he did well with it mentally... He came in and told the boy that at least he didn't psych himself out this time, so apparently he has done it in the past. On my food allergy groups on fb, there is a lot of mention of food anxiety in the older kids. Sean isn't really old enough to experience that too much yet, which I'm thankful for. It looked really difficult. This boy was being home-schooled due to his allergy.
Mary - that's scary and sad Mary (about the boy -- not Sean's dose that's great). I hope you can get Sean on a path early so that he doesn't have to deal with all of that. I think you were smart to get this all going so early. Do Calvin and Nolan go with you guys to MI? Must be very busy in your world!
30 weeks is crazy Virginia!
AFM my mom's dog didn't make it. She put her down yesterday. It was all rather awful but she's (with my help lol) already found a puppy from a great breeder ready to go home in a couple weeks. We'll head out to Maine to get her. And if a breeder sounds strange I should probably preface by saying I'm a dedicated rescue person but I have no issue with good breeders who have spay/neuter contracts and return policies. Rescues and shelters would never have a problem if all breeders cared about and for their dogs for life (my mom will need to sign a contract that if ever anything changed the breeder would be notified etc). So she has something positive and that's good.
I head to NC Tuesday late and interview Wed all morning then fly home Wed evening. Crazy. We'll see how it goes!
Mary - any chance of going out of state for Lyme treatment? I know your schedule is crazy with work, 3 little boys, and Sean's peanut stuff, but maybe there's someone who could see you sooner and who takes insurance. Or maybe if you talked one more time with your regular doc and explained to him how convinced you are, and that you're thinking of seeing the specialist, maybe he'd take you serious and pursue more treatment? Good luck with everything.
Katie - Good luck with your interview!
AFM: 30 weeks. whew. Another month and we'll be in really good shape.
Oliver has given up the potty. I knew it would happen, but DH was so sure he'd stick with it. And Oliver now tries to change his own poops. Ewwww. Last night he got out of bed and smeared poop all over the bathroom. Thankfully, we were still awake and came up to investigate. It's a pain, but I was surprised that DH really seemed overwhelmed by it. I've cleaned up worse messes by myself.
Oliver has also settled on a name he likes for the baby. At least, he walks around saying it and laughing like crazy. :D We're still undecided.
Katie - Sorry about your mom's dog. :( Glad she found a new one to fill the void. That's when I got Peanut... two weeks after my dog died that I had growing up. She was a boxer... Loved that dog, she lived to be around 13. It's crazy for me to think that Peanut will be 7 years old in a few months... Oh how quickly my babies grow, lol..
Virginia - Calvin is in a super independent stage right now and wants to change his own poops too... He'll rip the dirty diaper off with no warning... omg. As for me getting treatment, I'd consider going out of state if I could find someone to get me in sooner who accepts insurance, but I don't even know where to begin as far as finding someone... ugh.
AFM - This morning was my last dose of antibiotic. The last few days have been my best in MONTHS. Not perfect by any means, but sooo much better than a few weeks ago. I'm scared of what will happen now that my antibiotics are gone. I called my doctor and left a message asking for more on Friday, but haven't heard back. We shall see. I guess if I suddenly get really bad again, then that will confirm it for me that if I can't find another doctor, it will at least be worth the money to pay out of pocket to see this one in October.
Mary - if you can search for providers in a specific geographic area who take your insurance, then I'd start looking in NY/CT/MA. That's kind of the center of Lyme, I think (we used to live a couple towns away from Lyme, CT, actually). I bet chat boards would be good for doctor recommendations, too. Maybe you can find some GPs who know a lot about it rather than a specialist. I know you've tried that, though. I hope you can get more antibiotics or talk your doctor into pursuing more aggressive treatment so you won't have to pay out of pocket.
ETA: DH has swung 180 degrees from pushing for Oliver to potty train to wanting him to have a non-removable diaper all the time. :doh: I'm fine with it when he's napping or in bed at night, because that's when the worst poop incidents have happened. We use a Thirsties snap cover over a disposable diaper because he can't undo the snaps (he takes off cloth diapers, even with snaps). Last night DH actually asked me to order a few more covers (we only have 1). He's never suggested getting any kind of reusable diaper before. So amusing. Of course, I took the offered chance. ;)
Katie - sorry about your mom's dog. :( What breed is the puppy she's getting? I like your take on breeders. The one my parents got their dog from a few years ago required and application and references and then had a first birthday party/reunion for all the puppies and their owners. Apparently 9 of the 10 puppies were there.
AFM: I've been pretty crampy today. Probably because I've been on my feet almost all day. I'm starting to realize I'll be having a baby in 2 months, if not earlier, and kind of have to get ready. We'll have to find all our baby stuff and clean/declutter the whole house to make room for it. Ugh. But, there's no other way we'll fit the swing, cosleeper, etc. At least we have the carseat as of a few days ago. Our other was "expired" and had gotten wet in storage. I picked up some newborn diapers, nursing pads, and milk storage bags today. Yikes. It's going to be crazy, because we're renting a 3 bedroom which is really more like a 2 bedroom designed for a couple with 1 or 2 kids. Fitting 4 in here, even for less than a year, is going to get squishy. I have no idea where we'll find room for the baby's clothes.
Oh, and Happy Birthday to Alex. I can't believe he's four.
Virginia - Happy Belated Birthday to Alex!
Mary - I hope things start turning around for you soon.
Katie - So sorry about your mom's dog, it's been years since my grandma's dog passed (I would say about 12/13 years) and I still sometimes miss her.
I'm still alive, just been tired lately. DH and I decided to check out Netflix see if it was worth having, I've been watching some shows on my computer with it, though I should do it on the x-box since it is hooked up to our "big" TV.
Here are a few pictures I took at the Butterfly Garden in Assiniboine Park during our trip to Winnipeg Manitoba.
Caterpillars, there are two if you look closely.
Monarch Butterfly on Dana's hand.
I love the pictures! We usually find some monarch caterpillars and raise them, but I've had no luck this year. I just can't find any. It's so weird.
ETA: some belated 30w belly pics
I was expecting to look bigger this time since it's #4, but it doesn't seem to be happening.
Love the pics, girls! Virginia, that shirt is cute... Is it one of the ones you made? I like it! Adorable belly.
Just popping in with sad news. I had to give Sean the Epipen for the first time ever today. Feeling like a horrible mom at the moment. It wouldn't have happened if I hadn't subjected him to this desensitization treatment. Ugh. I am stuck questioning my every decision in life. DH acted like I was overreacting with the epi (I don't think so, now that I've had time to step back from the emotions of the situation and think about it... He had a cough, albeit minor... then he got hysterical with stomach pain/urge to vomit... and he turned a scary shade of gray). I've questioned my decision to use the epi a million times over, but I do believe it was best. He is alive and well. I'm left a wreck. What do we do now as far as this desensitization thing goes? I'm terrified that it won't work for him. I still need to call his "peanut doctor" as we call him, but the ER doctors did call him just to make sure it's okay for him to have steroid treatment with his protocol, which it is, so we'll do a few days of steroids. Anyway, just came home to get Nolan some more milk and to pump, so I'm heading back to the hospital. They're observing him for 6 hours.
How scary! I'm sure the doctors doing the desensitization will know how to handle it and whether he should continue. Good luck. I hope he's back to normal quickly!
(and yes, it's one of the shirts I made. :))
Oh Mary I'm sorry. I think you did it right and I think definitely talking to his doc and seeing what they think. They have a lot of experience hugs you have so much on your plate
Virginia love the belly you look great
Amanda pretty pics
I'm at th Philly airport waiting my delayed flight ugh. I am ungodly tired. I got in at midnight was up at 5:30 interviewed from 8-12:30 then started travelling home. The good news is it went really well. I have a two week wait they have two other people but the recruiter (who is the same for all of us) is super optimistic. I loved the company and I'm excited. Nervous but excited. I told her for the right salary we'd def go so we will see what two weeks brings