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July Chat Thread!

Happy July! I can't believe I turn the big 3-0 this month... Yikes.

We had Sean's birthday party on Sunday. It went very well, aside from the weather sucking a bit. The kids got to play outside in the water toys for a while before it hit, though, so that was good. He had a great time, although he was a bit shy at first and kept telling me he wanted to eat his food under his table, lol. That was early on when only some of our older relatives had shown up. He warmed up once there were some other kids there.

This weekend, we'll be going to a little girl's 4th birthday party... They were born only a week apart, she's affectionate and a little social butterfly, so my shy boy warms up a little faster around her. Smile

Today was my visual evoked response test. We had to get up really early for it. It gave me a headache, omg... I had to stare at a circle in the middle of a tv screen that was filled with small black and white checkerboard print, and the blacks and whites alternated rapidly. I had to do it with one eye at a time. I'm not sure how long the doc will take to read the results and call me, but she was sending the data to him today.

Sean and Nolan had their 4-yr/2-mo appointments Monday. Sean was 38.75 lb and 40.25". Nolan was 12lb 5oz and 24". They were both 75th %ile for weight and 50th for height. Sean has apparently chunked up a bit, but she said he was well within the normal BMI range. He got his MMR shot and is having a reaction to it. We just noticed it today. He complained of arm pain in that area yesterday, but I just assumed it was the usual post-shot pain. I feel bad now, because I never even looked at it really. Didn't expect it, I guess. His whole upper arm is swollen, hard, hot, and red down to the elbow. I called the doc and they weren't concerned, just said to watch it, ice it, and give benadryl/pain relievers if needed. We have him benadryl and he has been passed out for 3 hours.

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Mary - I hope the tests give you some answers - some POSITIVE answers. Glad the party was fun!

HAPPY JULY! CRAZY! I have tomorrow off, work Friday, one more week then a week at the beach with my family Smile YAY! I'm so stressed at work. Like today I think the anxiety was building to unhealthy levels. I'm trying to calm down tonight. There's just a lot going on I have a bunch of crazy deadlines, there's no way to go on vacation with out getting ahead and I'm struggling to write a program that gets to my budgets. We have a new VP and I was thinking Friday I might bring all my crap in with me to his office lay it all out and see if he has any brain storms on a way to arrange funds to hit the targets. It can't hurt. I'm damn good with numbers and I just don't see a path to hitting it. And then if I can't actually hit the budgets I need some guidance on what to go after. Oh well I'm going to just enjoy tomorrow. Have a nice day with my family and try to unwind Smile Work is just work...

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Mary - that sounds like it'd hurt to look at for too long!! I hope you get your results quickly! Sorry Sean is having a reaction, poor guy.

Katie - Sorry work is so stressful right now. I think you're due a nice vacation!!

My goodness how is it July already!! Birthday and wedding anniversary month for me, woo hoo! Not that I want to turn 32. *gulp* This shouldn't be happening! lol

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Mary - Great to hear Sean's birthday was good.

Hope the testing turns up something that isn't so bad with you, or that your problems clear up.

Your kids are growing fast, Sean is bigger than Natalie now, not sure on her height but she's under 40" and she weighs 29.8 lbs.

Katie - Try to get some good R&R in tomorrow so you are ready for Friday.

I have one more week till I go on vacation and lots to do too.

Looks like there are lots of birthdays in this month you can add me to the list, am I the oldest turning 34?

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Amanda - Woohoo for vacation coming up! I dread knowing that I won't have vacation for a loooong time after this maternity leave. It doesn't help that my company is redoing its vacation policy starting next year... We used to start the year January 1st with all of our vacation time for the year, but they're changing the system and everyone will have to start accruing hours at the first of the year and they'll build slowly over time. You could start out the year with more time off if you banked days this year, which is what most people are doing, but since you have to use all your time off for maternity leave, I won't have any days to start the year off. It really screws over anyone who has a baby this year. So I probably won't get a vacation until sometime in the Spring of next year, if I'm lucky... Ugh. I wish we got a year off for mat leave like you do in Canada. SO jealous!

Lauren - Happy birthday/anniversary month! Another year older, another year wiser... HAH. I'll keep telling myself that, anyway. Wink

Katie - Boooo for work stress. That's exactly why I refuse to take a position higher than the one I've got at work, LOL. I don't want the responsibility. In some fields, I can see it being beneficial to do it, but in mine, they only get paid marginally more for a LOT more responsibility. Definitely not worth it. At least you have a week at the beach to look forward to!!

AFM - Yesterday was a decent day. After my test, we came back home where my mom was watching the kids for us. DH, my mom, and I took the kids to a park nearby and let the big boys play for quite a long time. They loved it, and it was nice to be outside among the trees and fresh air. It was kinda hot and humid, but I had my new special sweat-wicking capri pants on, hahaha. Sean played hide-and-seek with some random kids there, and it was all-around a good time. Today isn't too exciting, considering it's a holiday. It's rainy and cool so we're just sitting around not doing much. DH did cook burgers and brats on the grill, but that was the extent of our festivities. I wanted to take the boys to some fireworks tonight, but they're calling for T-storms all day and night, so we're just going to skip it. I wonder if the neuro office is open tomorrow? I'll bet they're closed for the holiday, so I probably won't hear back about my test this week. Boo!

I'm excited for this weekend. Saturday, we have that birthday party.. It's at a place near here that has putt-putt golf and a big indoor play area with a ball pit and things for the kids to climb with slides and stuff, as well as video games. Should be a good time. Then Sunday, we're taking Sean to the movies for the first time to see Despicable Me 2. I hope he likes the experience!

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Woke up this morning with very blurred vision in left eye. It has since improved a good bit, but may still not be perfect. Not sure if it is optic neuritis, but thinking pretty good odds. Will be anxious to see if optic neuritis was detected on my VER test the other day.

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Ugh Mary I am SO sorry you continue to have all these crazy, awful, scary symptoms! I take it you didn't get any results today? Sad Thinking of you!

I'm 31 so you've got a couple years on me, Amanda Smile I'll be 32 in January.

Happy FRIDAY! YAY weekend! My family is getting together tomorrow which should be fun. Then just relaxing Sunday. Taking a break from the grind Smile

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Hi, all!
July. wow. I should have my follow-up u/s later this month, right around our 7th anniversary.
I might be the baby of the board. I turn 30 in November. Wink

Mary - Your boys are growing well! I'm guessing Alex will have almost 10lbs on Sean. Wink And maybe a couple inches. I hope you get answers soon.

Katie - any news on TTC?

Hi, everyone else! I have to take Alex to a birthday party in a couple minutes.

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Katie - Have fun with the family! Smile No, I didn't get any news yesterday. I didn't bother calling because I know a lot of doc offices were closed both Thursday and Friday for the holiday. Maybe I'll call Monday.

Virginia - We have a birthday party today too, but not until 5pm. I'm excited because the boys will be able to run and play and climb a lot... Which equals awesome SLEEP! Wink So question... With complete placenta previa, are you destined for a c-section, or is there still hope that it can move out of the way?

AFM - Calvin has peed in the potty twice now! :party: Today, he did it completely on his own. Like he went into the bathroom, took off his diaper, and peed in the potty on his own. He peed on the floor too, haha, but I'll still call it a major success! Smile

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Yahoo for potty success! You should totally look for toilet decals. I got some on etsy. They're little vinyl stickers which go just above the water in the back of the toilet bowl so boys can aim for them. We have trucks in both our toilets. It helped a lot with getting the pee to actually go in the toilet.

The previa doesn't mean an automatic c/s yet. I have a 50-80% chance of it moving enough for a vaginal delivery, which is usually considered to be 2cm from the cervix. I found an article, though, which claims women have a 75% chance of a successful vaginal delivery if it's 1-2cm from the cervix, so I'll put that out if it falls in that range. So, I'm really hoping for movement at my u/s.

I just ordered a great toy for the kids. I saw it at the house where the party was. It's overpriced for what you get, but probably worth the price for what the kids will get out of it. It's called blutracks and it's a long, flexible track for little toy cars (matchbox, hotwheels) and you can make hills, loops, etc just by bending the track over or around furniture or boxes or whatever. I hope it'll help keep the boys busy this summer.

I think Oliver is weaned. It's been 8 days since he nursed. He still asks for it every morning, but I've been telling him he's a big boy and doesn't need it. I'm a little sad, but we did make it to 26 months.

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Virginia - No TTC yet Smile I debated about this month but I think we'll hold off. I think this should be my fertile week vs vacation week based on my body which helps in the oops department LOL I also got an unexpected call from an executive recruiter about a position I'd be very interested in Friday. It was totally random she saw my Linked In and thought I'd be a fit for the position and it's a company I've kept an eye on (this position isn't currently posted on their site so they must just be using the search firm). So I sent her my resume and we'll hopefully talk. If that was a real opportunity it would change everything regarding TTC but it may not turn in to anything at which time Aug or Sept are game on Smile I haven't weaned Rory yet, he nurses once a day before bed and he asks for it and every night I think it will be my last LOL it doesn't really get in the way of anything and he can go to bed just fine with out it (as can I I'm not making much) but when he asks and snuggles in I just go with it Smile

Mary - I hope you get some info Monday. But YAY for Calvin using the potty! I think Rory will train earlier than Evan did b/c he seems to already grasp the general concept. He tells is when he poops, if he's not wearing a diaper he'll tell us (like a split second) before he pees. And we just talk about potty a whole lot more b/c of Evan. Diapers are one part of baby-dom I don't love at all LOL I miss lots of parts of little babies but moving on to potty trained is all good in my book

Last year Evan was mostly afraid of water/pools etc. This year he's a FISH. Jumping in and out of my mom's pool and laying in the lake. I think the ocean next week will be so much fun! I can't wait!

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Katie - good luck with the job! Rory sounds like Alex was with PTing. He was ready to PT at 18-20 months, but since I was due with Oliver we held off until 2y 3m and it was really easy. We're going to try to PT Oliver in August if the previa has resolved. If it hasn't, we'll just wait until things calm down after the baby is born. Maybe around Thanksgiving or something.

ETA: several hours later...
apparently, while we were at another birthday party, DH got Oliver to pee in the toilet three times. Wow. And Alex can now write his own name! We were drawing with chalk and I, jokingly, asked him to write it and he did!

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Katie - Good luck with the job opportunity! Woohoo for Evan liking the water. Sean was not having it when we were at that splash park thing, but I think it was just because too many people were there and he was overwhelmed. He loves it otherwise.

Virginia - Sean can write his name too! Smile He wanted to write Calvin's name the other day also, and knew that it started with CA, so he did that on his own, but I had to remind him how to spell the rest. I'm so excited to watch as he starts learning how to read. It's just amazing! Smile

AFM - Sean did so great today at the movies! He got a little antsy and asked if it was almost over a couple times and did take two bathroom breaks, but otherwise was great and very well-behaved. He sat on my lap for most of it and I think he had fun.

In other good news, Calvin asked to go potty again today and peed again, a full big pee! So excited!

Oh and in other good news, my cousin is in labor right now! She wasn't due for about a month, but her water broke today. She was only 2.5cm at 9pm, but was 80% effaced and was getting pitocin (boo).

And lastly... I just ordered two large tie dye kids, each with 12 different colors, and a bunch of white stuff to dye for the boys... Can't wait!

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Good luck to your cousin! I hope baby does well. And enjoy tie dying! Make some matching shirts for them. Wink

Two photos to share: Alex riding his bike all by himself and a 25 week belly pic which Alex decided to join (in just his underwear, because he had been playing in the kiddie pool in the back yard)

I am so, so thrilled to be past 25 weeks. I have my next appointment Friday and hopefully I'll get the date for my u/s. I'm ready to find out how things are going and come up with a plan for the next steps, if necessary.

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Virginia - Love the pics, you look great! Alex is doing great on his bike. Sean can't really even do his right with the training wheels on, lol..

AFM - My cousin's baby girl arrived at 3:08am, and was the exact same size as my Calvin.. 6lb 8oz and 18".. Mom and baby are doing well. She was 36.5 weeks, so just a few days from that 37 week mark. This little girl is 9 weeks younger than my Nolan, and her sister has a little girl who is 9 weeks younger than my Calvin. It will be lots of fun at family parties as they grow. Smile

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Katie - Can't wait to hear what your future has in store, both options sound great, TTC soon or new job.

Virginia - Great milestones from both your boys!

You look great, very cute belly. The boys are adorable, I can't believe Alex can ride a bike without training wheels. I have to get Nat out and practicing.

Mary - Good to hear that Sean did good at the movie, we are taking Natalie tomorrow (if she's well).

Yay for Calvin and his potty success.

Tie Dye kits sound good.

Congrats to your cousin. Mildly jealous that your kids have family so close in age. Dana is pretty close age wise to her cousins (2 born about 6 months after her) , but the closest to Natalie is 2 years older.

*AFM*

Natalie woke up sick today, she has a cold and hasn't been blowing her nose so I think it's just mucus in her tummy being sent back out, yuck!DH is on vacation so he's watching her.

If Natalie is feeling better tomorrow we'll go see Dispicible Me 2 with the girls.

I'm in the office working today, it's quiet but I have lots to do. I am happy there is only one more day in the office till I go on vacation.

Not sure what the plan is when I get back (from being away) since right now I don't have care for Natalie July 22 - 26.

Not sure if I annoucned it yet but my BFF is pregnant, so excited for her. She's due February 4th, I know it sounds silly but it would be neat if her little one came on Natalie's 5th birthday (January 25th). She's doing really well, there was concern since she has some health problems, she does have a specialist to keep an eye on everything, she isn't very far along and has had 2 ultrasounds already, everything looks good.

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Amanda - I hope your friend's pregnancy goes smoothly.
Mary - any news? I wish my kids had family close in age. They still have no cousins or anything. None of my cousins have kids, either. Nor do any of my parents' cousins kids! I'm the only one reproducing at all.

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Virginia - love the pictures! WTG Alex riding a bike! Xander has zero interest in riding a bike or tricycle! He'll peddle twice and declare he's done, then just push the dang thing around. Sheesh. haha. Oh well...

Katie - GL with the job opportunity!

Mary - I'm glad Sean did well at the movies. I took Xander to see Monsters University, but he only made it 15 mins (and the previews). I still consider it a success.

Amanda - sorry Natalie is sick. Yay for vacation!

AFM - I can never remember what I last posted here. haha. Did I mention that I started Benjamin on solids a few weeks ago when he hit 6 months? He's loved everything I've given him, though a few took a day or two to grow on him. He's always had "issues" pooping and getting backed up, which results in harder difficult to pass poops. Solids have made it a little worse, well sometimes. The usual offenders like rice cereal, banana, etc. make it worse, while prunes help. That's why I introduced prunes super early! haha, now I have something to give him if he gets backed up. I just wonder what makes him this way, he had this happen when he was 100% breastfed a lot too and that's pretty much unheard of, so I always wonder if it's his body or something. He never seems in pain or anything, at least, so I guess time will tell if there's truly an issue or not. Ummmmm, what else. Oh we finally got Xander swimming in the big pool! He was a total fish last summer, but up until this weekend we couldn't get him in the big pool at all! I think he thought it was too cold and then got it all worked up in his head that it was scary... I'm glad he's finally back to swimming!

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Virginia - LOL at you being the only one reproducing. Good thing you're on your 4th one now! My cousins and DH's cousins all pretty much have kids, but we rarely see them... Just a few times a year for holidays or the occasional birthday party or whatever. I'm an only child and he just has one sister who lives about 8 hours away and doesn't have any kids. I had a dream she was pregnant recently, though, so hopefully soon?! I'm getting restless waiting for her and BIL to reproduce, haha.

Lauren - I struggle to remember what I posted here last, too, haha. Glad to hear solids are going well. Woohoo for prunes, LOL.

AFM - No news on me. I put in a call to the neuro office to ask for the test results, but no word from them yet. I swear I feel worse by the day. Less than 3 weeks until I have to go back to work. I just can't fathom standing there all day. Uggghhhh... I am so weak.

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Virginia - adorable picture! Alex is so cute and you look wonderful! Cutest pregnant lady ever Smile I hope the doctor has good news for you but regardless I'm glad things are going well now

Mary - I'm sorry you still feel so badly. Working like that sounds awful Sad I can't wait for my sister (who isn't even married yet haha) to have babies!

Lauren - I can't believe he's 6 months already! I'm glad solids are going well!

AFM - just the same old. I have an initial conversation with the executive recruiter Thursday morning. That will be interesting. We'll see if it goes anywhere. If not I'm giving up on the new job thing for a while and TTC Smile For now I'd really like a new job...

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Katie - GL with the job! KUP

Mary - I hope they get back to you soon.

Lauren - weird that he has trouble with poops. Just feed him tons of fruit, now that he's on solids! Hopefully it'll improve as he gets older. Alex has been a fiend with his bike for the past year. As soon as he learned to pedal he just wanted to ride it (or his balance bike) all the time. Raymond still has a ways to go before he gives up the training wheels. They're like that with swimming, too.

AFM: I found out yesterday that Oliver is a fish! We were playing in the town baby pool and he kept sitting down in the deepest water so half his face was submerged. He'd come up sputtering a little, but grinning. Oh my. And he was resting his hands on the bottom so his body would float, too.
At least I know my sister is TTC, but since she's been at it for more than 18 months having a 4th makes me feel kind of guilty. I'd love, for so many reasons, for her to finally have a baby.

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Virginia - Ugh, that's gotta be hard with your sister struggling to TTC and you're clearly blessed with massive fertility. Have they had any testing done to find the cause?

Katie - Good luck with the job, but I won't be too disappointed if you just go on and TTC instead, lol. Wink

AFM - OMG, as I typed AFM, I heard DH yell from the bathroom that Calvin pooped in the potty the first time ever!!!!! Happy dance!!!!!

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Yahoo we've had trouble getting our boys to poop in the potty, so that calls for a big celebration!

Well, just over a year ago my sister had an ectopic which ruptured and lost a tube. Because of an illness she had as a kid there's a good chance the other tube is scarred shut. In September they'll be at a year TTC since she recovered from the ectopic, so hopefully then they'll be able to pursue testing. I really just wish it would happen for them, though.

AFM: I haven't had any help with the kids the past two days. DH got home at 1am this morning and won't be home until pretty late tonight. It's exhausting especially because they've been mostly stuck inside because of weather. And the older two have swimming lessons daily. It's pretty exciting getting them all ready and out the door. And then I take Oliver to a kiddie pool next to the lessons and the older boys join me there afterwards until I feel like it will be less overwhelming to try to leave than it is to stay... it's pretty crazy. Thankfully, the ILs have offered to play with Oliver during the lesson tomorrow. It'll be a break.
whew.

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Virginia: sorry to hear your sister is struggling Sad I have a close friend who had trouble TTC and it broke my heart so I ant imagine a sibling going through it. That's great Oliver is a little fish! And cute pics, you look great!

Mary: yay for Calvin!! I don't even want to think about potty training Dane right now but it's definitely in the foreseeable future...ugh!

Katie: GL with the job possibility :vibes: hope it works out for you!

Lauren: that's great that Benjamin likes so many foods!! Makes life so much easier when you don't have a super picky baby.

Amanda: hope Natalie is feeling better.

Doing well at our house. Spent the 4th at the lake - DH played with the older two on the beach a ton and they had a blast. Hudson took his first boat ride and did great wearing his life jacket. All the kids did reasonably well on the six hour drive too so can't complain. It's still 100 degrees here this week so haven't been doing too much outside. I also started working out again this week and feel so much better to be at it again. I'm still stuck at the same weight I've been at since 2 weeks postpartum and its really frustrating but at least I feel like I'm doing something about it now.

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Ashley - You're so good about working out, I'm sure you'll be back down to PP weight in no time Smile Glad the 4th was good

Virginia - I'm sorry things are so hectic and DH is working so much. No fun at all. I hope it slows down for him soon

Mary - YAYYY for poop! Poop was hard for Evan so I think that's HUGE! Man do I want to get to no diapers!

AFM - talked to the recruiter today. It felt good. She said she was going to strongly recommend the company speaks with me. They may push back some b/c I lack managerial experience and I'd be a director in this role but my experience is pretty autonomous, I reported to a director but did my own thing mostly. I have to take a personality test and she needs to verify my degrees which is no issue then we'll see. We did it all on Skype which was cool....we'll see where it goes! Smile

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Sounds great, Katie!

Ashley - After Oliver I didn't drop all the way down until I got pregnant again. I was 126 fully pregnant, left the hospital at something like 120 (after having a 7lbs baby :doh:) and eventually got stuck at 107-109. Then when I got pregnant last summer I dropped right back down to 100-102 (like during the 2ww, before the m/s even hit!). I'm now up around 111 again.

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Good luck, Katie!!

I haven't weighed myself in a few days, but I was still up about 10 lbs. I'm not too upset about it, considering I gained almost 50!! LOL. My normal clothes mostly fit, so it's ok. I usually hold onto the last 10 lbs until I go back to work, then it comes off quickly. I actually think I look better with the extra 10 lbs, hahaha.

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I've never been able to figure out where my 10 extra pounds were hiding. I honestly couldn't see any difference with/without, which is weird considering it's 10% of my weight!

I just gave Raymond and Alex their first ever home haircuts. Here are some before/after. I hope I did a decent job.

Raymond with the clippers (so, amazingly easy!)

Alex with scissors on top and clippers around the back. (pretty darn hard). It always breaks my heart to trim his curls, but they were getting so long and getting in his eyes when wet.

I really like how Raymond's turned out (but I bet DH will think it's too short). I'll have to wait a few days and see what I think of Alex's, whether it's even, etc. The bangs ended up shorter than I'd like, but they always get cut too short at a hairdresser, too. Maybe I'll get it next time. I also think I need some practice so it doesn't take 45 minutes with a wiggling little boy. Raymond's took maybe 15 minutes and I bet I can get it under 10 with a few tries.

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Virginia - they look great! Hair cuts with Evan are awful. He cries, he screams, he thrashes. Somehow they turn my really normal happy little boy into a hysterical monster. I'm looking forward to him out growing it!

100 lbs LOL I think I was 100 lbs in like 6th grade Smile Not that I'm a huge girl but 135 is my norm....and like 190 preg...god I gain weight like a whale on steroids when I'm pregnant

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It took me until college to break 100lbs. I was 95-98lbs (at 5'4"!) throughout HS. I had every doctor after me, convinced I had an eating disorder. I've had at least 3 doctors "prescribe" a daily bowl of ice cream. Wink Normally it's great, but I wish I had more reserves in case I get sick. I also wish I had more mass (and blood volume) in case I have a bad bleed. I've been taking iron 2x a day because I figure that's all I can do to help.

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I always hold an extra 5-10 while nursing so that doesn't bother me too badly because I expect it.

Katie: your whale on steroids comment cracked me up! And thanks for the encouragement Smile Skype is one of the best inventions ever. Good luck!

Virginia: one of my close friends has had the same experience with everyone thinking she was anorexic and it took until she was in her mid 20's to put on some weight. She's still very thin but not so much that people question it. Nice job on the haircuts! I do Dane's at home too.

Mary: my opinion is if you fit in your clothes, then who cares what the scale says! I'm several inches from fitting in my normal pants.

This little guy and I just can't seem to get in a good feeding groove. I swear he eats every hour during the day. He does seem to be filling out so it isn't like he's starving to death but I don't get why he can't fill up during the day then will sleep an initial 4-5 hour stretch at night. Hopefully he'll space it out soon, it's making my days really tough dealing with the other two kids.

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It will get easier, Ashley. I know what you mean, though. I really missed naps when Oliver was little.

AFM: 26w appointment went well. BP and weight are fine, baby sounds great. And my u/s is scheduled for 9am on the 26th. eek. I'm excited/nervous to find out what is going on with the placenta. And I'm totally going to forget to ask baby's gender. I really don't care, and it's not going to be at the top of my mind. Maybe the tech will remind me.

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Great news that things look great Virginia! Hope you get more good news at the u/s with your placenta!

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I have mastitis... ugh. I am SO miserable. Thank goodness the on-call doc is calling me in a Rx. omg, misery. The body aches are worse than the breast pain, and the breast pain is bad. Woe is me. In related news, my OB officially left the practice. I wonder where he's going next? He knew I was done making babies so he quit... lol. Wink

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We are just packing and getting ready for vacation!! WHOOHOO! Cleaned up the house, finishing some laundry, packing and on the road bright and early! I've decided the Friday before vacation is a working adult's Christmas Eve Smile I am SO ready for a break!

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Mary - :bighug: Mastitis sucks. Mine always responded pretty quickly to pain meds and antibiotics. I hope yours clears up quickly, too. Were you still pumping?

ETA: Yesterday I noticed Oliver had a tiny mosquito bite on his temple next to his eye. This morning his eye was pretty swollen and he kept scratching it. I've been giving him benadryl. Since he got up for his nap it has been completely swollen closed. Poor kid (although he seems perfectly happy). Of course, DH has Alex out for a fun day together so I have nobody to help calm to irrational pregnant worrying. Hopefully it'll start to improve soon. We'll probably take him to the doctor tomorrow just to confirm there's nothing we can do but wait.

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Katie - Woohoo for vacation! Enjoy!

Virginia - Yikes, that's scary about the bite. I hope it starts to come down. Yes, I'm still pumping, although I've cut way back and plan to stop before going back to work (only two weeks left Sad ). I just can't take all the neuro problems plus work plus pumping. I've been sad about it, but I'm getting used to the idea of doing formula. I was a formula baby and I turned out okay. At least he will get 3 months worth of BM.. That's more than many get, I guess. The mastitis is clearing up nicely. Yesterday, the fever and body aches were mostly gone, but I still had massive boob pain. Today, the pain is MUCH better.

AFM - I finally weaned off my BP med 3 days ago and my BP is holding steady at a good number... YAY!! Yahoo I hate to say it, but I think I'm going to have to give up coffee... It makes this tremor I've developed a LOT worse. And I loooove coffee and had just stocked up on a bunch of delicious k-cups... *Sigh* I have another f/u with my primary doc tomorrow... Ugh. He'll be happy about the BP, but I don't know what to say about the neuro problems. I think he thinks I'm nuts because all my tests keep coming back normal. Ugh.

ETA: I need "get the milk back" vibes! I've decided I will NOT stop pumping, as ****ty as I feel. I tried giving him formula twice just to get it started even though I have frozen milk... I had a sample can and I figured I'd try it out. Well, he spits it up EVERYWHERE. He has literally never spit up the BM. So I've decided I can't go out like that. Between trying to cut back and the mastitis, I'm going to have to work hard to get the supply back, but I will do it! Wish me luck. Smile

ETA x 2: I just pumped and got 8-9 ounces, woohoo! I haven't been pumping midday at all, just morning and night. So that's pretty good for a midday pump. Maybe it won't be as hard as I thought. And my goal is not to make an excess to freeze, just to make the "just right" amount for him.

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Mary - did I miss a post about the results from your eye test? Was that normal too? I mean I hope it was but I wish you'd get more/something as an answer. As good as NOT getting a horrible diagnosis is I wish you'd get something...especially if you could treat it! Well GL with the pumping your supply loves to respond right? SO I bet you'll be back at it in no time but boo to not being able to wean off it with no guilt. It has to be hard to feel awful to think about going back to a high octane job and to pump.

Virginia - I hope it is coming down and it's just a bug bite.

AFM - It's been a beautiful day. We got up around 7 (ok DH and Evan were up at 6:30 Rory and I around 7 haha), got breakfast by 8 at the best little place in Dennis, MA (the plus of being up and out early is by 8:30/9 the place has a long line, we never contend with that) then by 9:30 we were at the beach. It was low tide in the morning and at the bay side beaches low tide is so much fun so we got out early. Both boys LOVED it. Evan was a totally different kid than last year he was in the water NON stop. So much can change in a year. By 2 both boys were beat so we headed back, took outdoor showers (omg best thing EVER for a beach vacation) and now I'm enjoying a beer and we'll go get some ice cream and dinner. We wound up with a new house/dog sitter (someone comes and lives at the house with the dogs while we travel) and she said everything was going really well that is always a big relief. Vacation is my favorite Smile

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Katie - have a great vacation! You're at the Cape, right? You have an awesome week for it!

Mary - yay for mastitis clearing up. Sorry the formula won't work, but i bet your supply will be back in no time. Mastitis actually usually increased mine because I worked so hard to clear it. I hope cutting coffee helps. Maybe you could try decaf? That way you could still enjoy it.

AFM: Oliver's eye is mostly back to normal. He's on frequent benadryl (they had us increase the dose) and an antibiotic "just in case". They really must not mess around with eyes, because usually out ped is pretty hesitant to prescribe antibiotics. Saturday it was completely swollen closed so we could barely see his (really long) eyelashes. It looked terrible. Today it's just a little squinted. Whew.

and 11 days until my u/s. Not that I'm counting. Wink

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I hope everyone is having more fun this week than I am! I'm so done with this week. It's way too hot and way too humid. I've had to take the kids to swimming lessons daily, which is great for them, but miserable for me. I'm worried I'll faint one of these days. And DH has been working late. And I'm tired of wrestling Oliver's antibiotic into him (7 more days. ugh.) DH just told me he has some company event tonight and so won't be home until after the kids are in bed. It would have been nice to know a few days ago. I'm sure he knew. It just makes it so much tougher when I have to do bedtime. It's usually his job, but I've done it something like 8 of the past 10 days.

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Katie - Glad vacation is going well! Yes, my visual evoked response test was normal. Which is a great thing, but still I am not left feeling too hopeful. I wish I could put into words how much I hate it when I am walking and I feel a random numb patch in my leg. I'm still pretty convinced I'm dealing with early MS, and every time I feel a numb patch like that or the pain in my hands, I think to myself... How long will it be before I can no longer walk without assistance? How long until I can no longer type (which would essentially mean I could no longer work, as I type all day)? I could go on, but the questions that race through my mind get more depressing as the list continues. Ugh... Right now I'm stuck in a rut because I can't tolerate the side effects of the zoloft at 75mg, but when I decrease it to 50mg, it doesn't help control these crazy fears and emotions. If you can't tell, I'm currently on the 50mg. Ugh.

Virginia - It is desperately hot here as well. Yesterday, I decided to go outside and play with Sean when it got dark, and it was still HOT. We had so much fun, though... I honestly think it was the first time he saw lightning bugs (or maybe saw them when he was too young to remember). So we chased them and I caught one for him. He wanted to hold it, but when I tried to put it on his hand, it flew away. We got a jar to try to put one in, but I couldn't catch anymore... Grrr! It was getting too dark for me to see them when they weren't lit up. We also played with glow-in-the dark bubbles. Finally, after around an hour, Peanut started barking and I decided we should come in because I didn't want him disturbing the neighbors (it was like 10:30 by this point). I went to get the dog, and I saw what he was barking at... a SKUNK in the neighbor's yard. Thank goodness it did not spray! My dog that I had growing up got sprayed by a skunk, not once, but TWICE. I can't even begin to describe the smell up close... It's nothing like the smell of one from a distance, and it just fills the house like a poison. So anyway, I rushed the dog and Sean inside.

AFM - I spent most of today tie-dying shirts for the boys. I did two for myself yesterday using some pink, purple, and maroon... They actually turned out really good! I was surprised because I've never really tie-dyed. I'm excited to see how the boys' stuff turned out. Smile

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Ugh Mary that is so hard. It is too bad more meds for anxiety/depression etc aren't safe while BF'ing. I've seen too many friends helped tremendously by taking a medication that was the right fit to poo-poo the importance of the right medication. I hope you can figure it out. And I hope your fears of MS don't come true Sad And someday this whole episode is just a crazy blip that has no explanation.

Virginia - it is CRAZY hot at home. It's hot here on the Cape but not nearly as bad as home. It's in the 80s here but breezy.

We were super active the first few days but by yesterday both boys seemed really tired, crabby etc so we decided to spend a couple hours at the beach then come back to the house and give the boys a real nap. Rory hadn't had a real nap since Friday and he's still too young to go on taking cat naps in the car. Both kids napped for over 2.5 hours so we braved a real restaurant for dinner. We sat outside and there was a guy playing some music which thrilled Rory. They were both good. Today Rory slept until almost 9 which is unheard of for him so he's still tired so we're just relaxing in the house for the morning waiting for the tide to go out some before hitting the beach for a bit. My skin get red no matter what SPF I put on so a little break for it is necessary. I need a swim shirt like my boys have....

Oh and the company wants to have a call with me! EEP! Tuesday at 7pm, fingers crossed!

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Mary - :bighug: I wish you could try some other medication! I hope the boys' shirts turned out really well, too!
Katie - GL with the call

AFM: to top of my week, Oliver spent yesterday with a terrible stomach bug. He couldn't keep anything (even water) down for most of the day and had a pretty high fever (and it was in the mid-80s inside because we only have a/c in the bedrooms). And the heat makes me exhausted and dizzy, so it was a miserable day. Thankfully he's doing better today. I really hope nobody else catches it.
And he's PTing. eek. He's been taking off his diaper and using the potty. So this morning I just put him in underwear. I've reminded him a few times, but his only accident so far was after his nap when he took off his diaper then couldn't open his door. I'm putting in almost zero effort (maybe I'll try harder tomorrow) but it looks like he might PT himself. I was feeling really lazy a little while ago so I just asked him whether he wanted to pee in the potty and he went to the bathroom, took off his underwear, peed, and came back naked. Oh my. I'm sure poops will be a disaster for a while, but changing poopy underwear is no worse than changing a cloth diaper.

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Katie - Sounds like lots of fun in the sun. Hope the job thing works out.

Virginia - That is great that Oliver is PTing himself. How is the pregnancy going?

*AFM*

Got back from vacation yesterday so I have 4 days to recover, it's funny that I need a vacation from my vacation.

The trip was good we stayed with DH's father and his step-mom. We got to see lots of sights around Winnipeg including The Forks (a market), the Assiniboine Park Zoo and the Children's Musem (a science musem). Our last night there we got to have dinner with some of the family, his step siblings, whom DH haden't seen since he was 16 and DH's sister.

I'm thinking I might need to book myself in to see my family doctor, pulled my hip in early June and it's still sore, the amount of walking I did on the trip didn't help.

Not sure what everyone elses weather is like, I haven't read back more than a day. But here the day started sweltering hot, got some severe thunderstorms, DH and I on our way home from the pet store saw a tree with a broken branch dangling from the decorative lights, we had all sorts of tornado warnings and watches, thankfully nothing happened, now we just have thunderstorms that should be done by midnight (according to Environment Canada). The weather did some damage to my rhubarb, but most of my veggie garden looks okay other wise, haven't checkd out my flower garden in the front in detail, most of it should be fine since the plants are all pretty short.

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Amanda - I hear you on the vacation from your vacation! We got home this morning (we left at 5:30 am b/c the traffic coming off the cape can be terrible if you wait too long and the trip can go from 4 hours to 6 easily). We flew home with no traffic but after a week of chasing the kids left and right I'm ready for another vacation Smile It was fun but taking both boys totally off their routine, skipping naps, eating out etc it's just time to get back to routine, get Evan back to listening to us etc. He's had a bit too much freedom. My dog sitter did an awesome job she even swept, vacuumed and left the house totally cleaned up. LOVE that! We're having a low key weekend getting the boys back on a routine and just relaxing. Today is HOT tomorrow should be a bit cooler.

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Ugh. So, it looks likely the kids have hand, foot and mouth disease. But, the symptoms don't really make sense unless there's another bug (or Oliver ate something he shouldn't have) It all started 4 days after Oliver was at the pediatrician with his swollen eye (and was put on Augmentin)
Thursday: Oliver: vomiting and fever
Friday: O decreased appetite, fever (PM)
Saturday: R+A complain of sore throat, O+A diarrhea in PM
Sunday: O rash on feet, maybe hands, face around mouth. R+A fever and decreased appetite

Sounds like hand foot and mouth, but the vomiting and diarrhea don't fit in at all. Since the diarrhea was only 1-2 episodes close together my guess is those were related to something the kids ate. I'm wondering whether Oliver's vomiting was from the antibiotic. I brought him in for it (worried about dehydration) and the nurse said it might be from the antibiotic. The ped thought it was a bug, but stopped the antibiotic in case. Hmm. Sure is puzzling. I hope they're all better soon.

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Oops... I wrote a long post a couple days ago and just realized I never posted it. So I just deleted it to make sure I was up to date on reading posts, haha.

Virginia - I hope the boys feel better soon. Mine have never had the V/D with HFM, but like you said, it could be coincidence. I hate, hate, hate HFM... It's what caused Sean's fever that led to the febrile seizure. So now I eternally hate it.

Katie - Glad vacation went well! I hear ya on needing a vacation after vacation. I can't imagine trying to take all 3 boys on vacation, as much as I'd love to. Maybe in a couple years. I really want to do a big Disney trip in a few years. Smile

Amanda - Crazy weather.. Glad it didn't end up too bad. Our weather has been really annoying. It has either been in the 90's and super humid with heat advisories, or it has been t-storms. It makes it nearly impossible to enjoy the outdoors, grrr. I've been taking Sean out to play in the late evening after dark, haha.

AFM - I turned 30 on Friday. Fun stuff. I go back to work a week from today. More fun stuff.
On a more upbeat note, I was going to put this off another 6-12 months, but for several reasons, I decided to try to do it sooner rather than later. I'm going to contact a doctor about starting Sean on an oral immunotherapy treatment with the goal being to desensitize him to peanut proteins. In some cases, the treatment has allowed people who were severely allergic to peanuts have been able to incorporate them into their diet like normal people. I'm not even hoping for that... I would just be happy to know that I could send him to school or eat at restaurants, do things where he could potentially be accidentally exposed to peanuts and not have to worry as much about a severe reaction. I would still carry epipens, but it almost feels like a little safety blanket knowing that if he completes the treatment, he can eat like a handful of peanuts without any bad problems. Smile

My tie-dye stuff turned out pretty good. Here are some pics!

Mine:

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Mary - I hope the immunotherapy works for Sean, I think it would be fantastic if you could even lessen then severity of his reactions.

The Tye-Dye shirts are awesome.

*AFM*

Nothing exciting here, back to the usual work grind.

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Okay, I got a bit impulsive and made the call. I first called a doc here in Ohio who supposedly offers OIT, but the chick on the phone had no clue what I was talking about, even when I explained that it's the treatment to desensitize people with peanut allergies. So I went ahead and called the doctor in Michigan that I was leaning towards anyway, and I was SHOCKED when the lady on the phone said that they have an opening on THURSDAY. So yeah, in a few short days, we'll be on our way to Michigan. I'm nervous because it's really a newer treatment, so I feel like I'm making my kid a guinea pig. But they report like an 80% success rate and it just feels better to try something sooner rather than later.

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Mary - I read about that treatment. Very cool that you got Sean in! However, don't you have to give him peanut dust (or whatever) several times per week? Are they going to have you do this at home? Because if not, obviously you wouldn't want to drive 8+ hrs per day twice a week to do treatments... I just know for my normal allergy shots for crap like dust, grass, dogs, etc. I have to be monitored for 20-30 mins, so how would it work for his treatment? Still, I'm totally interested in this. Does he have a severe allergy? Do they even know? He just had hives when you introduced peanut, right? And not breathing problems, etc.? Speaking of, have you read
Food Allergies: A Complete Guide for Eating When Your Life Depends on It by Scott Sicherer? I just did and it answered a lot of questions for me and alleviated a lot of anxiety I had about food allergies. I was having some SERIOUS anxiety about my soy allergy because my dumbass allergist pretty much said "you have a soy allergy. See ya!" and left. No other info! But hopefully yours was/is better. haha.

Love the shirts!

Katie - I hear you on needing a vacation after vacation! Ugggh that's the worst!

Virginia - I hope the boys are feeling better!

AFM - Yay birthday! And sharing a birthday with the new prince! haha. I know I know, everyone's sick of hearing about him... Blah blah blah. I usually would be in the same boat, except that he shares my birthday and that makes it a little more personal for me. heh.

Anyhoo, not a ton going on. Just normal summer stuff. Pool, rollie pollies, parks, etc. Today was a long day since no one took good naps and I'm soooo happy I bought myself some champagne for my birthday! It is much needed after all the kiddos are in bed!

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Lauren - Your allergist sounds about as helpful as ours!! I am so excited to see this new guy. The people in my facebook food allergy group who have been to him just rave about him. Smile

So the food allergy treatment goes something like this:

Thursday is just a consultation. So I don't know for sure if he'll even be accepted, but other than his age, I don't see too many reasons why they might reject him.

Treatment day 1: This is an 8-10 hour day, they call it a "rush". They'll come in periodically and give him a dose of peanut solution, monitor his vital signs during it all, and make sure he doesn't react. This will determine his dose for home.

Then at home, we'll give him a dose twice a day. He's not allowed to sleep for an hour after his dose, and he's not allowed to exercise for 1-2 hours after his dose (this will be tricky because he's hyperactive).

We'll return to the office every week or two for increases in dose (doing it weekly gets the treatment done faster, but with my work schedule, we'll probably have to do every other week). They'll challenge him with the higher dose in the office, monitor vitals, and send us home to do it again.

If at any point, he begins to react, they cut the doses back and basically slow down for a little while, then gradually increase it again as tolerated.

As far as Sean's reaction to peanut, we don't know for sure... They say you can't judge potential future reactions from what happened in previous reactions. However, he hasn't really been exposed to peanuts since the initial reaction that prompted us to have him tested. That was about 2 years ago. He basically had a small lick of PB off of a spoon and got hives around his mouth. His blood allergy tests continue to show high numbers and he had the skin test done again and it swelled up pretty big for peanut. It's amazing to think that tiny little bit of peanut protein on the end of that scratch thing can cause his skin to swell up so much... So it is scary to think about what might happen if he reacts again. The allergist says when he goes to school, he'll need to eat lunch at a separate peanut-free table, which breaks my heart. His reaction to egg was similar, so if this goes well with the peanut thing, I want to do it with egg also.

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