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    My middle name is Melanie, I actually prefer my first name over it, so I guess it's a good thing.

    My girls middle names are Nicole and Rose.


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    My primary doc was a little "blah" when I mentioned my concerns of Lyme at my last appointment. He sorta brushed it off like he just doesn't think it could be. He also didn't seem all that knowledgeable about it, so that could be part of his hesitation. A lot of docs seem poorly educated on it, at least around here.. Probably because it's pretty rare here. I just can't rule it out as a possibility yet. It doesn't help that one of the times I found a tick on myself, I joked that I'd probably get Lyme disease during my pregnancy. If this is by chance Lyme, it is NO joke. Holy crap. My primary doc did actually say he'd be willing to do a course of antibiotics for Lyme, but would rather not if I'm BFing. Dude, at this point I'd try it and just pump and dump for a while. I'm not sure how effective oral antibiotics would be for neuro-lyme anyway. The neurologist brushed off my lyme concerns as well. Ugh. I guess I'll wait and see what happens with the EMG next month and repeat MRIs in (hopefully) October.

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    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
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    Mary - I'd do more research on your own and see if the antibiotics seem worth it. Waiting with Lyme is not fun. I know someone who is just getting over it. (Like I said, pretty common here) She put off going to the doctor for a week and her recovery has been longer because she waited.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    I just did a search for Lyme specialists in Ohio and found this publication from a doctor very close to me. I'm going to call him and see if he will further evaluate me for Lyme.

    http://www.drdemio.com/media/Lyme_Website_Info.pdf

    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    I've thought it sounded like lyme from the get go...but I'm no expert LOL It just sounded eerily similar to a friend who let lyme go due to "negative" tests etc and has been through a lot. I will say (because I am, by nature, a skeptic) there does seem to be a group of doctors who have made a little niche out of being "lyme experts" and do all sorts of crazy treatments. They are fairly common around here b/c lyme is so much more common (and I mean credentialed MDs and DOs). I think it's possible they are a bit out there, perhaps preying on people's fears but hey what do I know.

    Opinion: Be afraid of Lyme disease - CNN.com

    I thought that was a good article. It is a serious disease and those who suffer from it or have a chronic response do feel very strongly the general medical community isn't up to speed on it.

    Virginia - GL with the talk

    A lot of people were predicting George. Not on my list either I'm all for naming whatever you like. I tend to avoid top names but if I loved one I'd probably go for it. I'm not a matchy match namer either but I stuck my foot in my mouth when I said that to my SIL who has kids that all start with C/K. Whoops.

    I love the name Sebastian. LOVE LOVE LOVE. DH is a total no go with it though which makes me sad. I like Calum and Calvin too.

    A girl would potentially be of one of these: Tess, Claire, Adelaide....there are others...
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    Mary - Good luck with the doctor!

    Katie - We have such a common last name that I like to avoid common first names. It would be terrible to end up with the same first and last name as someone dumb who rises to fame when the kids are teens. We discussed a few boy names last night but didn't hit on anything perfect. I think the problem is that we've both realized how little it matters what we choose. It will become special just because it's our baby's name.

    AFM: getting nervous about tomorrow. I could have scheduled it for this morning. Why didn't I?

    ETA: Oliver stayed dry for 9 hours today! Up before 6am (ugh). Put him in velcro cloth diapers (underwear wasn't working for us). He kept taking the diaper off and going to the potty when he needed to pee. I rewarded him with a skittle each time for staying dry. He even stayed dry when we went to the playground for 2 hours! He kept it up until naptime with no pee accidents. He did poop on the floor, though. I wonder why the diapers work better than underwear? I think we'll try switching again in a few days if he keeps this up! The ILs are babysitting all morning tomorrow (for my appointments), and we're planning to spend Saturday at the beach, so we'll see what happens.
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    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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    WTF. So I called this supposed "Lyme specialist" near here and he's freaking cash pay only, no insurance, and the first appointment is about an hour and a half and costs about $500. No way in hell. First of all, by nature, I don't trust any doctor who doesn't accept insurance. They may be fine and just not want the hassle and whatever, but no. I have insurance, I pay quite a lot for it, and I'm going to use it. That being said, if I knew for a fact that he could help me, I'd pay it in a heartbeat. I just don't trust it. Ugh. I think I'll call the neurologist tomorrow and see what he thinks about the hearing issues. He said to call back if I have any new or worsening symptoms.

    Sean's appointment in Michigan was awesome. He was tested for tree nuts and tested negative to all of them. The doctor said that based on his last lab value for egg, he believes whole-heartedly that Sean could tolerate egg baked in stuff like cakes or whatever. He actually was so confident that he wouldn't experience an anaphylactic reaction to it that he suggested we let him try a baked good with egg at home. If he tolerates it well, he wants us to keep feeding him eggs baked in things at least a couple times a week and says it will speed up his outgrowing the egg allergy. He says if he tolerates the highly baked egg (350 degrees for 30 minutes) for a few weeks, then we can slowly try lesser cooked egg foods... He considers scrambled eggs and french toast basically uncooked as far as the protein that causes allergy remaining intact. So we'd work our way up to things like that.

    As far as the peanut desensitization goes, we start TUESDAY. OMG, I'm freaking out. Of course I'm terrified that my decision will not be the best one in the long run. I really truly believe that it is the best, or else I wouldn't do it, but there's just that fear like what if I do more harm than good? But sitting around doing nothing, we're basically just waiting for him to have a serious reaction. It's not if, it's when. And by doing this treatment, his body will have more tolerance for peanut and we will be more prepared for when he accidentally encounters a peanut. I will be a ball of nerves that day. He WILL have a reaction. They're feeding him micrograms of peanut protein, so a VERY small amount.. They'll feed it to him every 15 minutes, he'll get the same dose two times, then increase for two times, increase further for two times, etc. This will go on until he has a reaction. It should be mild... Hives, itchy tongue, etc. Then his last tolerated dose without reaction will be sent home with us to give him twice daily until his next appointment for a dose increase. We'll go back every 1-2 weeks for a dose increase. He WILL have reactions along the way. I just desperately hope it's nothing that requires the use of the epipen. Ugh. So scary, but I will feel better knowing his body has some tolerance to it. He will eventually have to eat 8 peanuts twice a day! Then down the road (this could be YEARS), he will eventually be tolerant enough to go down to 8 peanuts once a day and maintain his tolerance. We don't have to use straight peanuts... We can use peanut equivalents like peanut butter, peanut M&M's, etc. (assuming we make it that far... I hope, I hope!!).

    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    Virginia - makes total sense. My mom knew a student teacher named Jenna James -- she said it was brutal for her. But clearly her parents had no idea a porn star would take their daughter's name talk about a bad coincidence

    Mary - that sounds awesome. I mean scary but good -- I hope Sean is totally helped by it!
    Katie

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    Mary - That is great about the egg allergy, hope the baked goods go well. Hope the peanut thing works too, fingers crossed for you.


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    Mary - GL with the treatment and trying the egg at home! I hope it all goes well.

    AFM... this is a long one!

    I went for my u/s this morning. The tech did abdominal and looked at the cervix first. It was immediately obvious to me that the previa hadn't budged. It looked like it might even be worse. The tech did the rest of the scan and baby looked great. Estimated at 2lb10oz and at the very end the legs uncrossed and we finally learned we're having our 4th boy.

    Then the tech confirmed what I had seen. She said it still looked like a previa and it was so obvious she didn't think it was worth doing the trans-vag. I asked to do one to confirm, so she got the doc. The doc saw the pictures before coming in and told me we could cross our fingers, but it was unlikely to move.

    Then they did the trans-vag. As soon as the wand was in the doc's jaw dropped and she said "now I'm feeling optimistic!" Suddenly, my cervix was uncovered. The placental edge was 0.7cm away. Not the 2cm needed, but definite progress from 1.9cm over! Interestingly, as soon as they got the measurement I have a BH contraction and was able to watch the placenta appear to slide right back over the cervix.

    So, I learned first hand that ultrasound is not a perfect tool. But, as best they could tell, there was also no sign of accreta (I'm low risk for it) and no vasa previa. There is a large vessel near my cervix, but it's maternal. I go back in a month for another scan and, if needed, again a month after that. I also had my GTT, hopefully that went well. My BP was fine, no weight gain in the past two weeks (still up 13lbs).
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12


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