Since everyone is chatting about the same things, here is how I'm answering:
RE: Juice/Water... I don't give DD juice very much because she is content with water. If I do, I water it down. On days when she isn't drinking as much milk or if we've been really active or out in the heat, I try to make sure she is getting enough fluids one way or another. Just don't do what my SIL did & introduce chocolate milk to your toddler - regular will never be good enough after that!
RE: Names... I'm really the opposite on nicknames; I love names that can be shortened. DH has a name that shortens, but he isn't a big fan of them. Brekke actually would have been just Brekke but the hard "K" ending didn't sound good with our last name so we went with Breklyn to make it flow better. None of our boy name options shorten though.
RE: Baby Fever... I was SO not into DD's newborn stage & totally agree that they are way more fun the older they get. It wasn't until the last 6 months or so that I started wishing she'd grow up slower. Hopefully this little guy will be a little more easy going than she was at least because that was half the problem.
AFM: Found a little outdoor climber w/slide on our classifieds this morning for $20! It has definitely spent a lot of time outside and a bit weather-beaten, but for twenty bucks, I can live with that. They are like $70 minimum brand new. Brekke is in a climb & jump off everything stage and so I thought this might help and so far she seems to really like it. We're supposed to get rain this afternoon, boo. Our lawn could use it though.
ugh. I was supposed to go get an Ergo carrier I found on craigslist, but even though I e-mailed first and was scheduled to get it this evening she had someone come earlier. grr. I hate it when people do that. Of course, now I've read way too much about Ergos vs Becos vs Bobas vs etc. Now I don't know what to get!
I was looking at the dogs lump on her butt today, and realized that it's grown a lot in the past 2 days! I want to get her in for surgery ASAP but the soonest Dr M. is available for surgery is a week from today, I don't think that is really soon enough especially if this thing is growing. I asked the receptionist if there is another vet that can do it sooner in the office but she just told me that Dr M. had seen her and he was familiar with the situation so they'd prefer he do it. I want the lump gone NOW! :banghead:
Ashley - I love some nicknames......my issue is like I like the name Nathaniel a lot but I do not like Nate at all.....soooo my fear would be people calling him Nate and me hating it LOL I love Cal and Calvin/Callum so I'd be happy either way there....except DH hates the name haha Yay for the great find!
Virginia - boo to the CL ergo! I'd like a nice double stroller off CL I just keep looking for the right now.....
Amanda - Sorry about the dog So hard!
As for Evan his ears were just a little red. Typically I'd hold off but....with vacation....we opt'd for some antibiotics (those of you anti-antibiotic folks can be critical I don't mind lol). I want a healthy baby on vacation and antibiotics don't bother Evan at all.....and he's been pretty bad at fending off ear infections in the past so I'm a better safe than sorry in Cape Cod sort LOL
I'm jumping in... I'll do personals tomorrow!
No drama at the in-laws! And Claire said Momma for the very first time on Saturday! I posted a video of it on FB. Here's the video for those of you not on FB!
We flew back home on Tuesday! On Wednesday I had a dentist appointment for my first filling ever. The cavity was small, so small that I didn't even need Novocaine or anything. I was nervous, almost requested some gas, but I was brave! Today I had my annual exam. Those are so not a big deal now that I've been through childbirth. I was excited to see my doc. I hope to TTC again January, so hopefully I'll see her again before my next annual. :eek:
for "mommy!" that is one of the best milestones. Oliver randomly hit on the "M" sound while babbling last night. I'm super excited since my other two said "Daddy" first.
Katie - I am not a strong supporter of anti-biotics but I also know what it's like to be prone to infections, hope he's feeling better soon.
Laura - Yuck on all the appointments, but its good to hear they went pretty well.
:wavehello: Hi everyone
I called the vet again last night, the receptionist told me that the Dr thinks it should be fine another week, but he will call me some time today. I left my work number with him so I won't miss the call. Good news is we got the dog eating again she will eat boiled eggs and that's about it. I am going to get some soft food tonight and see how that goes over, probably going to keep her on that until after her surgery. Any advice on pre and post operation diet would be great from those that have BTDT, we do have to keep away from gluten since she is senstive.
Gotta call doctors for myself too. AF still hasn't showed, so I will call my family docter to get a referal to a specialist. Also due for my Botox injections soon and have to get a hold of my neurologist in Toronto for that.
Yesterday, Dana, Natalie and I took a trip to the mall, I got myself a couple of new shirts, got Dana some new sunglasses and a bit of concealer, for the odd pimple she gets, I envy that kid such great skin. Had a fun day.
Just wanted to share... Free photobooks (20 pages, fits probably ~35-40 pictures) on Walgreens.com through tomorrow, July 9th. Type in promo code CREATEBOOK at checkout and just pay for tax/shipping, around $7 total! I just made one. I just received a free one I had ordered from shutterfly this week, and I LOVED it. I'm so excited to be getting all these free photobooks!
ETA: Forgot to mention, the offer is on the 8.5x11" linen cover ones.
Mary - if you ever fine a free code for one from Shutterfly please let me know! I have one I'm waiting to order.
I'll let you know! I keep an eye out for free photos... I rarely pay for anything other than shipping/tax on my pictures.
Virginia: that's what I do too - make my photobooks then let them sit there until there are good deals
DH did a triathlon this morning. I didn't go watch - it was over an hour from our house and then you had to ride a shuttle (plus I'd be carrying DD the whole time, it isn't stroller friendly) so I decided it wasn't worth it at this point. Tonight we're going to his HS reunion...blah. Looking forward to that being over with.
Today Dana and I were cleaning out the back room in our basement, my sister is having a garage sale to raise money for her sponsored child's community so I figured I could donate some old clothes and toys to the cause.
AF showed in all her wonderful glory, just Dana and I were home at the time so I had to get her to run me a pair of underwear since it had bleed through my pants even, YUCK. Very glad this didn't happen at work, I couldn't even imagine the horror. :eek:
I did schedule a doctor's appointment with my family doctor to see about going to a specialist about my odd periods since the cycle that just ended was 39 days.
I know I shouldn't complain some of you have DH's with far worse jobs, but I really am not happy with the amount of hours DH has had to put in lately, he's on salary (and not the greatest for the work he's doing) so we are not getting anything extra. He is home every night on time but locked in his office till midnight doing work, just makes me feel so alone cause I have to do all the other stuff around here when he is really busy. DH got offered a contract in London, England (with a different company) making 3X more than he does here but it would involve a lot of travel, and I hate that there are no guarantees, if I move I don't want us both jobless. I was tempted to ask DH to see if the company would reconsider the offer as permanent position, this thought came about because my work place is barely staying a float, we are just too small of a niche for today's economy, and DH's job would barely cover our bills.
Sorry to end off on a negative note, hoping everyone else is well.
Amanda - Sorry about DH's crappy work situation. Would you be okay with moving to London if necessary? I can't imagine moving so far away! Good luck with the AF thing... Sounds pretty crazy. AND annoying. Are you still on any form of chemical BC? I think I remember you stopped it, right?
Ash - I hope the HS reunion wasn't too bad. Mine is in August, but I'm SOOO not going. I'm pretty sure DH's has already happened, so I don't have to worry about that... Not that he wanted to go anyway. I'd much rather hang out with my kids than with random people I haven't seen in the last 10 years (they made ours adults-only).
AFM - We went to see my parents today. They had bought him THIS TOY to play with, and he loved it. You fill it with water and it works like a fountain where the water will come out the top, and it's got a little water canon and just lots of various toys. He had a ball with that and got all wet. It was a very hot day, so a good day to play in the water. In the evening, we went to my cousin's party to celebrate her marriage (court house wedding). It was SUPER hot and they live in the woods, so there were mosquitoes and stuff, so it was a little miserable, but Sean had fun playing on the swing set with my cousin's DD. And also, my cousin's new husband has a teenaged daughter (crazy for me because my cousin is younger than me, only 27, and her step-DD is in high school, hahaha).... Anyway, the daughter raises chickens for 4H and has a bunch of chickens. Sean LOVED them... He went to look at them in their little caged in area and then he eventually started to wander away from them, but one made noise at him.. He went running back at it saying, "****-a-doodle" (he left off the "doo" LOL). Anyway, this went on repeatedly with him walking away, them squaking at him, and him running back yelling "****-a-doodle" hahahaha... Too funny.
Mary - so funny and funnier that PG.org bleeped you LOL Too cute
Amanda - sorry about the work issues. Is it three times as expensive to live in London? I'd LOVE to live there for a set amount of time but I'd be worried it was crazy expensive and the raise would be a wash b/c of the cost of living. But I think moving for a time would be super fun.....probably not practical for us with our dogs and our house etc so I doubt we'd ever do it but in my head it sounds REALLY fun
Ashley - I don't think I'd have gone to the tri either sounds like a bit of a pain and not a lot of watching possible at those things
AFM - I went to a wedding yesterday (sans Evan and DH). I saw a few friends from college which was fun. It was a HUGE wedding - 650-700 people. The friend getting married is Indian and it's part of the culture to have everyone at their weddings - it was even streaming life for their family and friends in India. It was also totally dry - not cash bar but dry. So my friends had flasks LOL The music was so loud though it was impossible to hear each other which actually made it rather not-fun. It was blaring even through dinner. We politely asked the DJ to turn it down but apparently we weren't taken seriously. If we could have all sat and talked it would have been much more fun. Oh well. I went, saw some friends which was nice. Now I need to get laundry done so we can start to get ready to leave Tues bright and early!! YAY VACATION!
I didn't realize pg.org bleeped me... TOO funny!! Hahahaha...
Katie - That wedding sounds crazy. I've never been to one that huge. I can't imagine the logistics of that, hahah... Just to organize that many people and feed them and all that, whew!
AFM - I had the plugged duct from hell the night before last. It hurt SO freaking much!! And so I added in one extra pumping session overnight to try to clear it out. It did eventually go away, thank goodness. But... That ONE extra pumping session boosted my supply and it's SO annoying. So since then, I've been full when I shouldn't be and it's sooo freaking obnoxious. Not to mention, I don't like it because it makes me worry about more plugged ducts.
Mary - That's how BFing goes for me, too. The bleeping is too funny.
Ash - you're so close!
Amanda - sorry AF is being such a pain. GL with DH's job situation.
Katie - loud music is so annoying.
AFM: busy busy. Becuase of my mom's health I've taken over the organizational stuff for a full-family vacation this summer. It's going to be a pain, especially since I know someone will make a big fuss about something stupid, but... someone has to do it and both my sisters would insist they don't have time. One has a full-time job and one is a student... I just stay home all day, right? Oh well. I don't mind that much. I just need to complain a little because I really didn't need to take on something additional right now.
So, I made something for Oliver today and it's a hit with all the boys. I'm toying with the idea of trying to improve the quality and finally get on Etsy. I want to make another, then maybe I'll share some pics and see what you ladies think.
Virginia - Just plan the vacation the way YOU want it and tell them all to deal with it, haha.. Do you know where you're going? I can't wait to see what you made for Oliver!!
AFM - Total lazy day here. We didn't even leave the house... Which was fine with me since it was in the 90's outside. We were all pretty tired after Friday and Saturday, so we just relaxed. I feel like I've been eating ALL day though, hahaha... My parents sent us home with a bunch of leftovers from yesterday, and I've been grazing on them allllllll day. It was nice to not have to cook anything though...
Ohh looking forward to seeing pics and hearing what you made! And I agree plan a vaca you'll love and they can suck it up if they don't want to do the planning
Mary - we didn't go anywhere either it was great. Totally beautiful out we were outside most of the day playing with the water table and kiddie pool. Ate dinner on the deck. It was great. Tomorrow we have to clean and organize and pack and then Tues bright and early VACATION
Hey girls. I have to get a few things done before DD wakes up but wanted to pop in for a sec. Still very much preggo :rolleyes: LOL! It seems like everyone on my BB has gone before 39 weeks except me so it's getting a bit depressing to go on there right now. I'm not in a huge hurry for him to come out but I will admit that I'm jealous that they are already done and I'm still baking. Oh well, he'll be here soon enough. Hopefully we'll have a better idea of when after my OB appt tomorrow (it isn't until 4pm MST). I walked and walked this weekend and it didn't do squat - no serious contrax or anything! I'm thinking induction is in my near future.
Ugh... Just a big of a rant about the situation with my gpa (the one who has been sick since around the first of the year). He went to see a hepatologist today (his issues are due to a recent onset of cirrhosis and apparently he has tested positive for hepatitis... we're not sure what type, but we think it's C... not sure how he got it or how long he has had it, as you can carry it silently for years and years, then all hell breaks loose).
So anyway... This specialist has put him on domperidone. It's not even FDA approved in the US, but whatever. You can get it from compounding pharmacies. It's not nausea/vomiting (the main reason I'm familiar with it is because it can also be used to increase milk production, haha). So anyway.....
My aunt (who did not go to the appointment with them today) is now praising God on facebook for this miracle drug from Canada (apparently has NO idea that it's just for n/v) and says that if he has no episodes of confusion (due to hepatic encephalopathy) for 6 months, then he can drive again.
There's just SO much wrong with it all... The whole family is in denial about the whole thing. I understand it's just hard to grieve and watch him get weaker and sicker, but they'd rather waste all this time trying to find a "cure" for him (when he has irreversible liver damage that is just getting worse because they don't give him his meds as he is prescribed) than make sure that whatever time he has left has the highest possible quality of life. My mom is the director of the hospice there near them, has been doing it for at least 15 years and is basically guru of all things hospice... So I might be a little biased. BUT... He qualifies for it (estimated life expectancy of 6 months or less... and my aunt thinks he's going to be driving a car in 6 months??). Their #1 goal is to keep his QOL as high as possible... But the family refuses it because THEY can't face the harsh fact that he will eventually die. They can't bring themselves to have the conversation. It just makes me sick because he's up all night every night vomiting up bile. He's miserable, he's getting depressed... And they won't give him the help he really needs because they're still convinced there's some magical cure that does not exist. It's just so sad to watch. My grandma is a nervous wreck all the time. My dad is too... My mom said he's in or near tears every night. I know my aunts/uncle are the same. Such a sad situation.... :confused:
Ashley - well if it makes you feel any better at 39 W 3 D my doc told me I had no progress and he'd see me in a week. A week to the day 40 W 3 D he saw me....at delivery LOL But hey if an eviction is what little boy needs evict him It gets so hard to wait!
Mary - That is soooo hard. My family really wanted a cure for my Gram too.....and when it was pretty clear to most of us she wasn't going to make it home and certainly not to live in her own again one of my uncles was in total denial. I'm sure it's "normal" but it certainly doesn't make it any easier. When my gram actually passed he of course took it the hardest b/c he really seemed to believe at 92 she'd come through everything. My aunt still blames one of the doctors......it seems she needs a scape goat for it all. My gram was 92.....and had 91.5 really healthy years we were very lucky but sometimes I think the last 3-6 months are all my family really recalls now.
Hm I've spent the first morning of my vacation responding to work e-mails LOL But it's ok, DH is home, we have a few chores to do around the house but mostly it's just nice to know we leave tomorrow and will be on the beach tomorrow around this time YAYYYY! Sad but I was already thinking about what we might want to do next year with 2 kids LOL
ETA - I guess hepatitis is not a definite. Apparently they need a liver biopsy to be sure, and he had declined that. In the chart, it said "probable" hepatitis.
Mary - :bighug: That's rough. I hope people are able to come together and help him live the best he can for the next few months.
Ash - he'll be here soon. Hang in there.
AFM: We know where we're going and when for vacation (a house my family owns and rents out as a vacation home. I have to plan the nitty gritty stuff, not the fun stuff. Figure out who is there when, where everyone stays, what we're doing for meals, etc. Ugh.
Raymond had his first swimming lesson this morning. When it was time to go he said "No! I can stay here forever!" Guess it went well.
As for what I made, it's not too exciting. Just a variation on a Taggie blankie... but it looks a lot nicer than most of the ones on Etsy. Or, it would if my sewing machine would cooperate. I have two. One is a 1950s Singer handed down from my grandmother and the other is a 1970s Singer for MIL. Both are temperamental and need some help (one only does straight stitching and the other keeps inexplicably dropping stitches). I've been considering investing in a modern Singer for a while. We'll see.
Here's a code for 50% off 12x12" photobooks on shutterfly, good through Wednesday:
Thanks, Mary! I was going to get an 8x8, but 12x12 works, too.
Where is everyone today?
I've decided to start enforcing rest time with Raymond this week. So far he's been falling asleep before Alex! :doh:
Here are the pics of the tag toys I've made for Oliver
front/back (the bigger two have hand knit backs)
Okay, so the flower has a pinkish/purple back (way more pink than it looks in the pics) and DH hasn't seen it yet, but the older boys love it. The star was made with a very finicky sewing machine and was my first try, so it's a little rough. The others were made on my better (older) one which only does straight stitch. What do you think? Honestly, is it worth my time to figure out Etsy and try to sell some? Obviously I'd need a better machine so I could actually do a zig-zag or satin stitch around the edges of the lion (or other designs).
Mary - Sorry to hear about your grandpa, hope your family comes around and comes to realize the reality of the situation, and your grandpa gets some proper care before he passes on.
Katie - So exciting you will be off on vacation tomorrow, have fun!
Virginia - The tag toys are definately creative, I think you are in need of a better sewing machine before you sell stuff.
Saw my doctor about AF, not much to report, she's sending me to see a gynocologist since there are no clear answers from my blood work and U/S.
Pretty quiet day here.
Virginia - Love the tag toys! They're adorable. The little lion is cute. Good luck if you decide to try Etsy... I know a few people who do it, and they all say the key is to frequently post new products/designs for the best results in sales.
Amanda - KUP on the AF situation. Hopefully the gyno can help.
AFM - Hmm... Nothing much new and exciting here. I just ordered myself several new shirts from macys.com... they were having a sale. I accidentally ordered two of the same shirt. I apparently just hit the button twice or something :bonkself: It says online that you can return stuff right to the store, so I'll probably just do that.
Also. FOUR days until DH and I go on our first date in over 2 years (since Sean was born!)... We're going to see Harry Potter. I'm getting excited!
ETA: Holy freaking moly... I just realized I've surpassed 12,000 posts. :eek: Addicted much?? LOL
Here's an XP of my post on my BB:
I had my 39 week appointment this afternoon. The baby's HB was a little slow (120s) for a while so we monitored it for about 2-3 minutes and I guess it came back up because he said "that's better" and moved on telling me to just keep a close eye on the baby's movements & to go in if he seems to not be moving normally.
Still not really dilating - he said I'm maybe 1 cm but that's pushing it. Deja vu from my last pregnancy minus the blood pressure issues (my BP was 112/78 or something like that). Since my cervix is still "unfavorable", he is going to have me wait until my next appt @ 40w2d before we start discussing induction. As much as I really want to have this baby, I know that is the best route to go so I'm just trying to be positive and at least relish in the fact that I feel ridiculously good for being 5 days from my EDD.
So I guess it's good that he isn't pushing me to be induced right now, but dang it, I am ready for this baby to be born!!
I'm glad you're still feeling okay, Ash! I hope that LO decides to get moving soon.
Mary - That is crazy the amount of posts you have! Yay for date night!
Ashley - Sorry to hear there hasn't been any progress, good to hear that your doctor is on the same page as you though and you are feeling good.
We arranged for Dana to see the non-3D version of Harry Potter with a friend (she hates 3D) while DH and I see the 3D show (I'm a 3D addict). Natalie is going with Nana (my mom) for the night, that will make her happy since shes been asking to sleep there for 2 weeks.
I had a horrible start for the day, nothing really went wrong just feeling BLAH. Hopefully I'll gain some energy and feel a bit better as the day goes on.
Last night was THE single worst night of my life. Those on fb may have seen it already.
I noticed yesterday evening that Sean was acting unusually tired around 7:30-8pm. He was almost falling asleep on the couch. He never goes to bed before us. We put him to bed when we go to bed so that he doesn't wake us up super early in the morning. So I took him outside to play for a bit to wake him up (stupid, stupid mistake, I can't stop beating myself up for it).
He played pretty well for a bit, but did act a tad fussy and didn't play as hard as normal, but I assumed it was just the heat and feeling tired (WTF was I thinking?!)
We came inside at 8:30 and he sat down with DH on the couch again. DH eventually said he felt hot and he thinks he had a fever. I went to find a thermometer. I was stuck on finding a specific one because I knew the battery was dead in some of the others. (Why did I spend an eternity looking for a freaking thermometer... If the kid has a fever, get him tylenol. period.)
So we determine that he does have a fever, but it's not horrible... 100, maybe 101 (the number is fuzzy now).
We try to coax him into taking Tylenol... He was fighting it. Tried putting it in a little milk... He wouldn't drink it. (Why didn't I just shove it down his freaking throat??)
Within minutes, he was having a seizure. It was the worst, most helpless, horrifying experience of my life. I keep reliving it in my mind.
DH was trying to rouse him from it.. I knew it wouldn't work. I laid Calvin down (almost forgot about him... he was being quiet and content) and I went and dialed 911. I felt like it was taking them forever to answer me, but in reality it was really quick. I just remember screaming to DH that we needed to get in the car (Sean's lips were turning blue... I'll never forget that image as long as I live). I just remember the lady telling me, "No, do NOT get in the car." She connected me with a guy from the medical department who was able to talk me down somewhat.
Then I went into crazy mode. I swear to god I was in that mode where women can lift cars off their babies. Of course I didn't have a car to lift. I got insane energy and my body went numb, like I would not have felt pain. In that time between the 911 call and when the ambulance got there, I packed 4 bottles of milk on ice for Calvin, got the diaper bag, got Calvin in his car carrier, got my pump and supplies packed up, got DH's wallet out for ID and insurance card, and cleaned up some toys that were cluttering the living room.
They brought a fire truck and ambulance... Not sure what the fire truck was for, DH said it's protocol. They came in, assessed him.. His BP was high, like 160/99... I remember them saying that was okay for his age. They took his temp again... 101. His temp really never got THAT high, like the scary high temps that you normally hear of causing seizures. We were later told that it's most often caused by a very rapid rise (or fall) in temp.
I rode in the ambulance with Sean, DH followed us in the van with Cal. When we were getting in it, the men wanted to give Sean tylenol before we left and it took FOREVER. They could not find him Tylenol and then they could not figure out the dose. At one point, I heard a guy say, it's "0.8 per kilogram" (they had found the infant drops). I knew there was 80mg in 0.8ml (1 dropperful)... I know my son weighs 14kg. I knew there was no way I was allowing them to give him that much. They were looking for a syringe to put it in and the guy kept saying, "A 10 will do, a 10 will do"... There was no way they were giving him 10ml of it either. I stopped them and said, "No. He gets TWO dropperfuls." The guy then told me that's what they were planning, so I don't know if I was just so delusional from it all or what, but I swear I heard the man say those things. So anyway, I was NOT adding tylenol overdose to my problems.
DH said we were driving 80mph. It felt much, MUCH slower. I remember passing some things that I pass every day on my way to work that are close to home and thinking to myself, "You have to be kidding me..." It felt like we should have passed those places so long ago. Sean started coming around a little on the ride. They had me sitting along a wall in the back with him on my lap and then a huge seat belt over both of us. Every once in a while, the headlights on the cars driving by would catch his eye and he would whip his head to look at them. I couldn't get him to talk to me though, at all, and that was terrifying. He did ask for daddy a few times, but he didn't even really say it all that well... I think he was just groggy and exhausted and not feeling well.
We had to wait quite a while at the ER. I understand it in one respect... He was stable, becoming more alert, blah blah blah. So from their standpoint, I'm sure they had sicker kids (we were at Children's hospital). But... If a child has a fever that causes a seizure, it just seems to me that someone should want to at a MINIMUM, follow up and make sure his temperature is going back down. So the long wait made me unhappy, but what can you do?
My parents and IL's both showed up, thank goodness. Sean was very happy to see them. By this point, he was really acting normal. So the grandparents were able to occupy him while he waited and they were of course relieved to see him doing so well after getting my scary and tearful phone call. When we did get called back, they stayed with Cal, so it was nice to not have to worry about him. He still looked sickly last night... Pale with red around his eyes. Poor thing.
We got home around 3:30. It had been FOREVER since I had pumped. I wasn't even messing around with the pumping. My Dr Brown's bottles fit perfectly on my Medela, and so I hooked an 8-ounce up to both sides and FILLED those suckers. Whew...
I texted my boss last night in the middle of the night about it and then called him this morning. He was really, really nice about it, thank goodness. I'm always nervous to call off work for some reason, but I really just want to stay with Sean today in case it would happen to occur again. I still need to call his doc to schedule a follow-up.
The EMT's and the doctors were all really reassuring about it. They say it's very common (about 7% of all kids with fevers will have it happen). They did say that since it happened once, he has a 30% chance of it happening again (please, PLEASE no...). They also said they almost always outgrow it by age 6. They all assured us it's scarier to watch than anything, and that it's not harmful (if it doesn't last longer than 5 minutes, or repeat within 24 hours, or require medication to bring him out of it). Right now, I'm just hoping for no repeat... Within 24 hours, or EVER. They gave us instruction on what to do if it ever happens again... I think we probably positioned him poorly... We laid him on his back and I am not 100% sure, but I think DH put his head on the couch cushion which probably pushed his head forward and probably impeded his breathing a bit and caused the blue lips. Most terrifying thing ever. You're supposed to lay him on his side (these things I know, but you lose all common sense when your kid is in danger..)...
So anyway, sorry for the loooooooooooong post, but I'm so traumatized. I just remember my entire neighborhood standing out in the street gawking when they were walking us to the ambulance. It was such a WEIRD feeling, like I just kept thinking to myself, "How can they so shamelessly be standing in the street staring at us?" Don't get me wrong, if it was someone else, I'd probably peek out the window, but I wouldn't be all standing in the street staring. There's only one family left in the neighborhood that we ever even talk to... So I was happy to see her there (she has a little one 1 month older than Sean). I understood her being there and being concerned... She came right up to the outside of the ambulance and was asking the paramedics questions. Of course they wouldn't answer anything, but I saw her ask if my husband was still in the house and he was, so she did talk to him. I was okay with that because I know her and like her. But... There was some other lady who came right up by the ambulance, like close to the door to the back where we were and was all up in the EMT's face trying to get info or SOMETHING, I don't know... But I had never seen or talked to the lady before in my life. I didn't even know what house she lived in. DH knew what house it was... It's like one down from the house right across the corner from us, apparently. It just seemed odd that someone we really DO NOT know was so bold to come right up there like that. I was feeling very "mama bear"... "This is my baby's safe haven right now. You back off."
So all-in-all... Worst night of my life, ever. Before last night, the night of the m/c won. I'm not happy to say that I officially have lived through a worse night than my m/c. I'm just so grateful that he's okay and hoping desperately that it never happens again. He's still asleep right now. I'm torn between wanting to wake him for tylenol and wanting him to get some rest...
Mary - :bighug: I'm so glad he's okay!
Thanks Virginia... Seizures have always been one of my worst nightmares, so it feels really weird and extremely unsettling to have lived through one with my own child. It is one of the most helpless feelings I can imagine. I'm just sooooo glad he's okay, and I'm just hoping for no long-term repercussions. I've read about this type of seizure before, I'm familiar with it, and all the medical staff told me yesterday that there aren't long term effects, but you can't help but to wonder when you see your baby lying there unconscious/unresponsive, jerking uncontrollably, starting to turn a bit blue, eyes rolling back, foaming at mouth... It's not an image that leaves your mind easily, even if they say it's "harmless". He really does fit the description of the "best case scenario" for this though... His seizure was short, 1 minute tops (longest minute of my life). It was full-body tonic-clonic (they're more concerned about different types of localized seizures). He's acting fine now, although he looks a bit pale/sickly. We have a pedi appointment at 10:15 in the morning to follow up. I might hear a little chest congestion today, so I'm keeping an eye on that.
Mary: OMGosh, I was just reading about the ambulance on FB so I came on here for the full story. Yikes, that is sooooo scary!! I'm glad he seems to be doing better now considering what he's been through, poor kid. Sounds like you did a great job doing what needed to be done to make sure he was taken care of when he needed you though. Can't kick yourself for coulda-woulda-shoulda stuff, you didn't know what was going to happen. *hugs*
I'm sure he'll be okay, Mary. Every time the kids have a fever I got worried it'll happen to us. :bighug: Sounds absolutely terrifying. I had a inor scary incident today. It doesn't compare to yours at all. I hope you don't mind if i share it.
Earlier today I got home for a walk with the kids and took them all inside. Wanting to get the stroller in, I put Oliver down on the floor (Alex was elsewhere) and asked Raymond to "take care of him for a moment". I meant keep Alex away and give him has pacifier or whatever. 30 seconds later I brought the stroller through the door and was greeted by Raymond carrying Oliver! OMG. I dropped the stroller and grabbed Oliver and snapped "What were you doing?" Raymond said "I was taking care of him!" :doh: Complete, utter, Mommy failure. At least Oliver is fine, and didn't seem at all bothered (just a little surprised). Raymond was actually holding him pretty well (hands holding the chest under Oliver's arms) but had him facing away and almost at arms' length. I'm really glad Raymond's a strong boy, but I have no idea how he would have put Oliver down if I hadn't gotten there quickly! He and I had a long talk and hopefully he'll never do it again!
So, at his 2m appointment the doc said Oliver needs more tummy time. His head is fine, but he was being lazy and didn't want to lift it up when she put him on his tummy. Well, I tried. Now he's napping on his belly next to me. :rolleyes:
Virginia - That's scary! I'm always scared that Sean is going to try to carry Calvin... He tries to pick him up all the time, but it's usually when he's strapped into something like the swing or his carrier or something, and he can't really pick him up. Plus it's scary because if Sean has something he's not supposed to and you catch him, he just THROWS it... THAT would be scary, haha...
AFM - OMG. MIL RANT AHEAD.
So... MIL calls to check on Sean earlier and DH tells her he's got a doctor's appointment set up for 10:15am tomorrow. Well our street is being re-surfaced and they're closing it from 8am to 6pm... No one can drive on it, walk on it, touch it, breathe on it between those hours. So he told her that he's either going to have to find a way to entertain them for a few hours after the appointment or park in the parking lot of the businesses behind our house and walk over (my preference). I'll be at work from 2pm-10pm if everything is still okay with Sean. Sooo... What does MIL suggest????? THAT HE DRIVE MY BABIES TWO HOURS EACH WAY TO VISIT HER. :WTF: Are you EFFING KIDDING ME?!?!!? I'm trying not to get mama-bear. Muuuust calm down the mama-bear instinct right now. But there is no way in hell DH is driving 2 hours into the freaking boonies with me stuck at work when my child just had a seizure last night and has a fever of unknown origin. WHAT THE #$(@*$(#@%*)!*)%*#) is she thinking?!?!!?!? I asked my mom to duct tape my mouth shut before I said something to get myself in trouble. I'm sure I'm just overly emotional about the whole situation, but of all the stupid-a$$ things to suggest?!?!!? OMG..... Deep breath.
Mary - Sorry to hear about the situation with Sean, glad the doctors think he will be alright. I think we all go through scary situations with our children, I know I have. As for your MIL send her my way I will tell her off
As for your MIL send her my way I will tell her off
You have a deal. After she made a suggestion like that, I'd LOVE to send her to Canada! I didn't say that...
ETA: Still a nervous wreck...
Mary - Sean is in my thoughts this morning, hope the doctors appointment goes well.
Sadie went in for surgery this morning, it's going to be a long day waiting to hear back from the vet.
Amanda - I hope all goes well at the vet. Good luck!
AFM - Sean has been a lot worse today than he was yesterday, so that was really unnerving this morning. I couldn't wait to get to the doc. We showed up like 20 minutes early. We didn't get taken back until 25 minutes after our appointment time. And what pissed me off most is that a woman walked in at the same time as us with a little girl and I heard her tell the little girl that she didn't know if they'd see her because she didn't have an appointment. Well... They got in AND OUT before we got back. Now I understand that there are like 5 other doctors there, so she could have seen one of the others, but still... Made me mad.
Anyway, we got back there and the doctor was actually really great. She had seen the report from the ER visit and said she was actually going to call me to talk about it, but then she was happy to see that we were coming in to visit her. She was very thorough in examining him and talked in depth with us.
She seemed pretty confident that she knows what's causing the fever... Coxsackie virus. It causes hand, foot, and mouth disease, but he does not have the hand/foot rash that goes along with that. She said he does have the characteristic throat bumps and that this virus is a common summer illness. She said the fever could go on for 5 days, so we're going to be on edge until it breaks, I'm sure. The fever has been pretty persistent, so I've got him on a rotation of ibu/tylenol so he can get dosed with something more frequently. He has been the full spectrum today... Super sick acting to just fine acting. He seems pretty good right now... I just gave him ibu at 1. Ugh... The kid is going to give me gray hair...
ETA: Of course it had to be a virus so the only treatment is TIME... And tylenol/ibu. Stupid viruses...
Mary - :bighug: Thinking of your family and sweet little Sean today!
Ash - How are you feeling?
Virginia -Oh goodness! Raymond was just trying to be really helpful, huh? Your boys are so sweet!
Amanda - I must have missed a post, but does your niece still live with you?
AFM - It was a LONG weekend. Claire had her 6m checkup on Friday afternoon. She weighs 16lb, 9oz and 26" long. She's a healthy girl! She had a fever from the shots all weekend. And then Sunday night she was a bear and chewing on everything. The teething monster has hit our sweet girl and she was so grumpy! I ordered an amber teething necklace and I've been stalking the mailbox since. I hope it comes soon! Claire hasn't STTN since I've been off all summer. We stopped swaddling her, then she had that inhaler that made her hyper, then shots and teething... Needless to say, I'm tired! She fought her morning nap so I got out the swaddle, she was out within 2 minutes!
My parents' dog, Mollie (she was 13, so the family dog) got put to sleep on Tuesday. She was just so sick.
How long can I swaddle her for? Obviously she likes it.
laura - i'm full-on for swaddling them as long as they like it! cal likes it too. sean never was a fan of it, so we didn't do it long with sean... but if it helps them sleep and helps you sleep, then there's no harm in it! eventually she'll want to be able to move about and won't like it anymore, and she'll let you know!
sorry to hear about the dog... that's always soo hard... we had a dog that had to be put to sleep at age 13 too... loved that dog, but it was so sad to watch her suffer at the end.. it was better off that way.
eta - a couple new pics of cal (also on fb)
discovering his toes:
and one of my big boy looking SO grown!
Amanda - GL at the vet!
Mary - I'm glad the doc was so helpful! Sorry Sean isn't feeling better yet.
Laura - Glad Claire is doing well! I think our swaddling will have to stop soon. Oliver is finding his thumb.
AFM: today's weather is lovely. 20 degrees cooler than yesterday! It won't last long, unfortunately. I've been reading all the info on Etsy. Not sure if I'll end up taking the plunge. We'll see. I'd love to, but the hassle might not be worth it. DH is being great, though. He's letting me get the carrier I want for Oliver (I think I'm going with the Beco Butterfly) and he's very open to the idea of me getting a new sewing machine! I'm hoping to try some out at a nearby store, maybe even this weekend! I figure after I try a few and get one I can do some more sewing then see if I want to get a store set up and try listing a few things to see if anyone is interested.
I'm still scared... Sean has sorta dropped to the ground twice tonight in apparent pain. I'm just so scared....
ETA: I've asked my mom to come stay with the boys and DH today while I'm at work. I'm so relieved that she's coming. I just know I wouldn't want to be alone if I were DH, and plus my mom is a nurse, so hopefully she can watch Sean for the day and give me a less biased opinion as to whether or not he seems strange at all.
Mary - :bighug: I hope he's okay. Don't hesitate to take him back to the doc if you think something is wrong.
I thought I posted in here yesterday but apparently I forget to hit the "Post Quick Reply" button. :rolleyes:
Laura: I feel pretty good minus some pretty uncomfy contrax I've been having the past few days. But overall, I can't complain! RE: Swaddling, IMHO...I think swaddle her as long as she seems to benefit from it. My DD seemed to give up the swaddle around 9 months & I was thinking that I needed to wean her way before then, but then gave in when it was disrupting her sleep. It seems (if my memory serves me right) that once she started crawling/scooting, she suddenly liked freedom in her bed as well to find a comfy position. I can't imagine her wanting to be swaddled after she got really mobile, so don't worry, it won't last forever!
Virginia: jealous of your cool weather, it is too hot to enjoy the outdoors here (like low 90's), especially being so huge and preggo! GL with deciding on the Etsy thing. Glad you found a carrier you like and that DH is willing to let you get it; I've never heard of that one so I'll have to Google it.
Mary: ITA with Virginia...if you feel at all uneasy, call the dr. So sorry you are going through this, I can't imagine how stressful it is :bighug:
Amanda: hope things went okay for your kitty
:wavehello: to everyone else. 2 days until my due date, yikes :eek: Now that I'm over the disappointment of not progressing, I'm perfectly content being pregnant for up to another week or so if my stubborn cervix doesn't make a move (I'm almost positive my OB will induce at 41 weeks if I get there). So not much time left. I've been having somewhat painful contractions the past few days, but they die off after an hour or two so I doubt they are doing much. It is kind of exciting knowing I could go into labor on my own though at any point! I finally finished (more or less) the baby's nursery too so I'll try to post a few pics later when DD is napping.
Mary - Yuck about the wait at the pediatrician, glad to hear Sean's appointment went well and the doctor was good and through.
Love seeing the pictures of your boys they are such cuties! Sean is getting so big.
Glad your mom is helping out with the boys while you are at work.
Laura - No my niece does not live with us anymore, there was some big time drama leading up to her leaving, to the point that DH could have gotten investigated by child services and the police, even though he did nothing but try to help her out. :eek:
Sorry to hear that Claire is not sleeping well, hope you find something to sooth her and get her sleeping again.
Sorry to hear about the family pet, it is incredibly difficult to say goodbye to them.
Virginia - Good to hear your DH is supportative, towards everything.
Ashley - I can't believe you are almost due. Love the positive attitude so late in the pregnancy.
OK because I have a zoo in my house (though not nearly as much as Katie's), just making it clear that it was my dog that went in for surgery. Anyway she had a mass at the base of her tail the size and length of a banana (didn't seem that big when she went in), it was removed and they are sending it away for a biopsy. The vet said that from his experiance it does not look like cancer but we have to wait for the test results. She was sent home the same day, we have to keep things clean and bring her in to have the drainage tube removed on Monday or Tuesday, she gets staples out at a later date. She is in a lot of pain but the vet tells us she should improve rapidly, if not he well give her stronger medication for the pain when we go in next. Her attitude for the most part is still wonderful, she manages to give us a smile and wag her tail often.
Of course because of all this I am having some trouble concentrating at work, but I am getting stuff done, just a little slowly.
Yesterday Dana and I cleaned out some boxes that have been sitting in our basement to donate to my sisters garage sale, got rid of about 1/2 the stuff, kept some board games (for all of us) and some toys for Natalie for now and later. She absolutely loves her sisters old Cabbage Patch doll, which is in great shape cause Dana never was into dolls.
Dana had her swimming test today, my mom went and watched, told me she did well and passed.
Amanda - I hope all is well with your dog. Did the vet say how long it will take to know the results of the biopsy?
AFM (long, sorry) -
My mom stayed the whole time I was at work (I passed her on the street before mine... I was on my way out and she was on her way in)... Then she stayed just a little less than an hour after I got home. Sean didn't want her to leave. She had worn a hoodie, and she put it on to get ready to leave, and he kept trying to take it off of her and cling to her. I'm glad he had a good time with his "mamaw".. My mom and DH both said he seemed pretty normal today. His fever seemed to break in the middle of the night... He was cool, 97.something, in the middle of the night when Cal got up to eat. He hasn't had a fever today, and no tylenol or ibu either. He seems to have a little more appetite. I was eating some leftover pizza earlier and he grabbed a piece and scarfed it down. After that he ate a cup of applesauce, then he ate some yogurt. It appears as though he's starting to get some color back in his cheeks. I'm just REALLY hoping he's over the hump and that it doesn't decide to get worse again before it gets better... Please, please, please... I've never been so terrified in my life..
I'm still not sure if DH and I will go to see Harry Potter tomorrow. I've already bought tickets to see it in IMAX 3D... It's like 30 bucks... So I'd LIKE to go, but you know... I'm just nervous to leave Sean, even if it is with my parents who are perfectly competent. I guess we'll see. We're supposed to see the 1pm show, so theoretically, Sean could nap most of the time that we'd be gone...
In happier news, my parents are getting me a Nook Color for my birthday (Tuesday), woohoo!! My mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday or suggested some money or something, so I said that would probably be okay because I couldn't think of any new STUFF that I need... Then she suggested a Nook, and I LOVE that idea. It's perfect because it's one of those things that I'd always love to have, but just never buy for myself. So I'm excited to get that.
ETA: More sad news... I guess my grandpa is in pretty poor condition tonight. They're talking like he may not make it through the night. Rough week for this family... *Sigh*...
ETA x 2: He's being transported back to the larger hospital here in my city again, by ambulance this time, rather than helicopter. He's having some bleeding... I'm getting cryptic emails typed from a phone, but it seems as though the bleeding won't be addressed until morning.
As for Sean, he's getting some spunk back. He's currently smacking DH in the chest and yelling "Go get yogurt!!" DH said he's lucky he's sick or else he might hit him back, hahaha.
ETA x 3: Also... I tried to give Sean a cup of breast milk earlier... He's sick, it has antibodies, it seemed like a good idea to me. OMG... He took a swig and SHUDDERED!! LOL, he didn't like it anymore. He got whiny and begged for "milk", hahahaha... Too funny, considering it wasn't all that long ago he was addicted to it and quite fat on it, haha.