Virginia - Enjoy the break once the kiddos start school! I don't know what I'll do this year with Sean doing preschool for the first time. It's only 3 days a week, and only half days, but still. It will be weird! I'll be at work during his school about 50% of the time, but the other 50% will be when I work evenings, so it will be strange to have mornings without him. It will be nice to have a little time where it's just the younger two. Hopefully they can bond... Sean and Calvin are very close and I want Nolan to have some of that also.
Lauren - It's SO hard to deal with more than one LO. I'm rarely alone with my kids since DH is a SAHD, but I think I would totally lose my mind if I had to deal with more than one of them by myself at a time. If I go out to the store or something, I'll often take one of them with me and leave the other two with DH. Either that, or the 5 of us all go together, lol... I'm sure that's quite a sight.
Well crap. Yes, I had another MRI yesterday, this time of my cervical spine. It only showed a bit of degenerative change in one disc, relatively minor, and not causing anything to press on my spinal cord. He said there was nothing in the MRI that should cause my symptoms. Next steps are blood tests for lupus and lyme disease. If those are negative, he said he'll refer me on to another neurologist at ohio state to see if they can think of something he hasn't already. Really hoping it isn't lupus, jeez. That's just as scary as MS, if not scarier since I'm having neuro symptoms.
Calvin's collarbone injury sucks. He's not in too much pain if he doesn't try to use his right arm, but the second he tries to use it, he is in a lot of pain. Blah. This kids just need and empty, padded room. He slept pretty well last night, thankfully. The night before (the night it happened) wasn't as bad as I expected, but he did wake up crying a few times. At some point in the night, DH just went in and slept with him, and I slept with Nolan.
Mary - Lyme did cross my mind a couple times as you've described all you've gone through. It's a weird disease that seems to impact different people differently. At least you are actively looking for a cause. Any chance they will extend your disability?! I mean you couldn't possibly do your job feeling like this could you?
Mary - Ask if they think it might be Dystonia, it's a sucky diagnosis but at the very least it's treatable to a degree and not at all fatal. I've had most of those symptoms you are talking about with my Dystonia.
Sorry to hear about Calvin's collarbone, poor boy.
Lauren - Natalie is a year older than Xander and she still has days where "I can't" and "I'm tired" are excuses for not getting dressed, preschool days where she has to get up early are the worst! It can be frustrating. This morning she refused to get changed from her PJ's to her clothes.
Hopefully Xander is more co-operative today.
I'm a bit late getting my garden going, still have some planting to do. I planted my peppers, celery and lettuce as well as transplanted my rhubarb. Want to pick up some fast growing plants to fill out the rest.
Also tried my new ice cream maker yesterday, made double chocolate reeses pieces ice cream, came out a bit soft, even after freezing it for a few hours, tasty none the less. Hopefully the remaining ice cream hardened up over night.
Just scheduled a meet and greet appointment with a local midwife practice! They deliver about 30 minutes from my house. The hospital they deliver at doesn't guarantee you a private room....my old one was smaller and generally speaking DID guarantee that. But I think I can survive. I'm meeting with them the last week of the month. No exam just questions and answers. I'm kind of psyched. I was pretty unhappy with my doc at the end of my pregnancy. He was going on vacation and the NP in the office had a major car accident he had NO office visit coverage and left anyway....there was delivery coverage but I didn't have anyone for one appointment. It was just bizarre. Then he TOLD me I didn't have to have an IV then didn't follow through. Never discussed much. Not a bad doctor at all but not at all chatty. So I'll be curious to see what these ladies are like.....and it makes TTC kind of real I'm really thinking about #3 if I'm looking at a new practice!
Amanda - I did think of you and wondered what sort of symptoms you had with the dystonia. I know it can encompass quite the range of symptoms too, as can all these other neuro problems... I guess that's why it's so hard to get a diagnosis. Ugh. I hate going through all of this, especially right now while all I really WANT to do is enjoy my mat. leave and my babies.
The ice cream sounds yummy. I wish we could make that kind. I miss peanut butter soooo much! I have vowed that no nuts will touch my ice cream maker though. Interesting that it didn't harden up after a couple hours. I made a chocolate mint one recently that still hadn't really hardened after a few hours. Once I left it overnight, it hardened up nicely. Maybe it's a chocolate thing?
Katie - I would love for it to be something treatable like lyme disease. I even joked while I was pregnant that I was going to end up with lyme disease because we went to that property we were thinking about buying and the ticks were really bad... We ended up with them all over us twice. I guess Ohio is generally a low-risk area for lyme disease (per CDC map) and I don't *think* any of them bit me, but it would be nice to get a diagnosis that is treatable with antibiotics. Not holding my breath, though.
Good luck with the new MW practice. I hope you like them! I'm glad I had a private birthing room each time... Not sure how I'd feel about sharing one. I'm just thinking about how much screaming I did when Nolan was born, LOL. It was such a different feeling from my birth with Calvin. It was so quiet in the room, the hospital seemed a little short-staffed that night, so it was really just my doctor and maybe one or two nurses in there, then me and DH. I had an epidural, just a few pushes and he was out. It was night and day difference from Nolan's birth. I was screaming and there were at least a half a dozen random people in there, hahaha. Sean's birth was somewhere in the middle. Not nearly as serene because he was harder to push out, but I wasn't screaming like crazy either. There were several hospital people in the room, but probably not as many as when Nolan was born. I felt like I had quite the audience for him, haha.
But... In the midst of labor, you're not going to be thinking about the person on the other side of the curtain. Once it starts to get more difficult, I tend to sorta blank out on everyone else around me like they're not even in the room.
ETA: Katie - I've been wondering that same thing about extending disability. I seriously don't think I could work like this. I feel like I can barely walk at times. But I'm not sure how it works if they can extend a disability without a diagnosis. Today is my last official day of disability... After this, I'm on FMLA time and only 6 weeks left. Ugh. I'm so scared this won't be sorted out before time to go back.
Katie - I've never been "guaranteed" a private room, but have gotten one every time, even when I had to wait for a room with Oliver. GL with the MW practice!
Mary - I hope it's lyme or something, not that lyme is any fun! We're in a really high risk area, so i worry about it a lot, especially last summer when Raymond and I both got bitten. Do you have any of the other tick borne illnesses near you? I think they're all pretty nasty.
Amanda - the ice cream sounds delicious.
Lauren - pools are so tough with more than one kid. We have a similar thing near us, but we only go to the baby pool, and then only if I have help. I'd do it on my own, but the older boys are potty trained and to get to the bathroom we have to go out the gate, down cement stairs, around a corner near the road, up more cement stairs, and down a hall. It's a terrible design. There's one sprinkler park I'll do by myself because it's all fenced. The one the kids really like is big, busy, and not at all fenced, so I always bring back-up. I used to do a small beach when Raymond was 2 1/2 and Alex was 1, but Alex would mostly just sit in the sand and I always had floats on Raymond. I don't think it makes you a bad mom, at all. It really is just hard to do water things with kids. The bathing suit, sunscreen, etc get easier, but it's almost impossible to bring two little ones out and feel like you can keep them safe around water. Especially if they won't cooperate!
AFM: it's a private preschool, so it starts at 20m, I think. We don't have a "free" public preschool option, so we pay until Kindergarten. It's not cheap, but it's been great for the kids and I think it'll be a huge help if the third tri is rough for me.
I tried to measure my belly today and got 19-20cm. I'm almost 22w. I hope I did it wrong.
Mary - delivery is solo in all the hospitals but it my old hospital you delivered in your own room they stayed there. I think in this hospital you start in a solo delivery room and after delivery move to your room which may have another person in it.
I have a friend who has been battling Lyme and has been out of work for a total of 8 months over two years on disability....we are in a super high risk area and there is a TON of controversy over the CDC's version of the disease and what people say it is like....I don't really know the truth and haven't researched it but my coworker has been through a lot.
There is such thing as non-private birthing rooms? o.O I couldn't imagine. Every birthing room is private here, shortly after you are cleaned up they transfer you that's when you either go to ward (4 to a room), semi-private (2 to a room) or private. I've only been in semi-private and private after giving birth.
I never screamed much until the pushing with both girls and it didn't last long. Most of my active labour with Dana I cursed through, Natalie I just complained repeating it hurts over and over. During Nat's birth I know the number of medical staff was low 3 or 4 people, and none of them were really prepared cause of how fast things went.
Virginia - Here there is no free pre-school either, so glad that Nat goes into Kindergarten for so many reasons this fall. She goes to the same school Dana graduates from this year and I know they are excellent so I am happy about it.
Work day is over in a few minutes I actually really want to stay, looking forward to dealing with a stubborn/moody 4 year old.
Oh, I meant my hospital has semi-private for postnatal. Not for birth. But, even though they were so busy I had to wait for a L&D room I still had a private room for post-natal.
With Raymond I was the only one "active" in L&D (at a very large hospital) during delivery. I guess Saturday night in December is much less busy than Monday night in late April. I can't imagine why.
Did they roll back a day? Cause I was sure there were posts made today... Maybe I'm just crazy.
I'm a bit worried. I had frequent BH last night and thought nothing of it until I started cramping with them. I got it to stop by resting, hydrating, and peeing a lot. But I'm definitely going to bring it up at my appointment today.
ETA: MW was unconcerned and very reassuring. I'll have my next u/s at 28w, and it will be with MFM, which is what I wanted. For now I'm supposed to "just act like it's a normal pregnancy unless there's any bleeding." For now I feel much less concerned. I hope it lasts!
Virginia - Glad you got some reassurance. I hope you don't have any bleeding and progress normally. I really don't think we've got much in the way of tick-borne illnesses (I never talk to anyone about it at work, and I'm sure I'd hear about it at least occasionally if we did). I did find an article about how lyme is on the rise in our state, though. I still am generally convinced it's the start of MS, though. I hate that, but it's the only thing I've found that describes my symptoms to a T, and if this is my first flare and it's still active, it likely wouldn't show up on an MRI without contrast. So I'm going to push for an MRI with contrast when I see the next neurologist.
The hospital where my boys were born had all private delivery rooms and all private postpartum rooms. I really appreciated the privacy. The PP rooms are a floor above the delivery rooms, and when they take you up the elevator, there's a button for the dad or support person to push that plays lullaby music throughout the hospital... It brought tears to my eyes every time.
AFM - I am worse every day. I'm shaking like I have parkinson's... constantly. My arms and legs are dramatically weaker... I'm scared I'll be unable to walk soon at this rate. I hate it... So scared, and just want answers. I want a plan of action. My quality of life right now is the worst it has ever been. I literally feel like I'm dying and it is terrifying. I hate, hate, hate being a constant debbie downer. I think it's wearing on everyone, especially my parents. My DH is the eternal optimist and thinks everything will turn out just fine. He has been wonderful. I honestly think my parents believe I'm being a hypochondriac or suffering from severe anxiety that is causing psychosomatic symptoms. It's hard because no one else can feel what I'm feeling, and I look like my normal self... But ugh. I don't know what to do.
In better news, I've nearly weaned off of the BP med. I'm down to 50mg twice a day (from 200mg three times daily a few weeks ago!). I've been taking this dose for two days and so far my BP's look good. I hope I can get off of it soon. I've also decreased the zoloft again to 50mg, hoping that some of these symptoms were side effects of it, but I don't think so, because the symptoms continue to worsen. Blaaah.
Katie: GL with the new midwife practice!
Virginia: glad to hear your midwife didn't seem to think it was anything worth getting concerned over! I'd be on edge with every little thing too.
Mary: there really are no words to express how badly I feel that you're having to deal with this stress and seemingly random issues. The one thing that makes me lean towards the side of your optimist DH is that everything cropped up postpartum so hopefully it's all somehow related to that and ONLY that. As always Ps and Ts for you :vibes: PS I think you may need to invest in a bubble for Calvin!
Hey everyone else My kids got back from their week with grandma and grandpa last night and they are both so incredibly spoiled and out of regular habits...sigh! And they weren't that excited to see me, more so DH. I think they are both still struggling with the baby being here, especially Dane. Hopefully we'll get into a groove this week and they'll see they haven't been "replaced". Hudson would not wake up to eat last night so he went from 11:30 to 5:30 without eating. That'd be great except he is still about 6 oz down from birth weight so I need him to put that back on ASAP.
Mary - I hope your DH is right. And I really hope things start to improve for you soon. :bighug:
Virginia - that's great news from your MW - sounds like you can relax for now and try to enjoy pregnancy. I hope things continue smoothly.
Ashley - GL adjusting. I imagine if/when we have #3 Rory will take it hard. He is very used to being the baby. Yay for some sleep but it's too bad he could put on the weight then sleep so you could relax
Mary - I'm so sorry, I wish things would just turn around for you already. I'm hoping your DH is right!
AFM - nice weekend here. The weather yesterday was beautiful and we hit the farmer's market then played outside. Today we played out in the morning but it was raining by mid afternoon. Boo to that. I'm so sick of the rain! Tomorrow I'm having dinner with a friend and Thursday DH and I are going out to see an author talk (Neil Gaiman if you're interested...). It should be a fun date night! We haven't had one since...err...September LOL We made plans to go see Wait Wait Don't Tell Me life in August too (it's a radio show on NPR). It will be two dates this summer. Getting crazy Hope everyone had a good Father's Day!
Ashley - It is tough getting the kids to adjust when coming home from grandma and grandpa's house, even my 14 year old (who you'd think would know better) acts out when they have to follow our house rules after being with the grandparents.
Hope that Hudson starts putting on some weight.
Mary - Hope you find some answers soon.
Katie - We enjoyed the nice weather on the weekend too. My DH would be really jealous of you going to see Neil Gaiman, pretty sure Gaiman is one of his inspriations for wanting to write.
My DH is starting his 3rd pass (I think) of his novel, I am reading the previous one and it's not bad, quite entertaining but does still need work. He's had some people read and critique it and all people seem to agree it's entertaining, well written, the plot is complete, but he needs to develop his main view point more.
His blog is here if you want to see what he's up to.Id of an Aspiring Writer
Our weekend was fun Saturday we did our usual errands, dog school then groceries. After the grocery store I finished planting my vegetable garden, yeah a bit late. I did get a deal on the plants though. We then went to my parents and DH and I cooked dinner for my dad for an early fathers day. My mom took care of the girls after we left and we went to see Man of Steel, it was ok but nothing fantastic.
Sunday we picked up the girls and went to Wonderland, after that we went to my parents again for dinner, this time my mom cooked it.
I am not sure how many of you have android phones, I got an invite from my BIL for a game called Ingress, its an augmented reality game, pretty cool though takes a bit of time and lots of walking around to play properly but still neat.
Ohh I will totally check it out! I've been on a Gaiman rip - I read American Gods which probably now ranks among my favorites ever, for me it was just that good. Then in the last 2 weeks I've read Stardust, Neverwhere, Coraline (youth book) and Anansi Boys. LOVED Neverwhere and Stardust really liked Anansi boys. Now I'm reading the novel he wrote with Terry Pratchett. A few cyber reviewer friends who got an early edition of Oceans have said they like it as well or better than American Gods so I'm eager to get it - but will wait for my paid for copy that comes with the ticket Thursday I'll read your DH's blog though! CompuServe has a really nice forum for writers and readers. Diana Gabaldon hangs out there (got her start there) and there are a lot of folks that read and review. I don't write, I have no talent, but I like to lurk for book reviews and to catch up with DG and Outlander info (as I'm addicted to that series too...)
Holy miserable work day....ugh....some days would have been better spent in bed!
My cousin just announced her pregnancy on fb. I was one of the few who know about it because she asked for some of my maternity clothes. It was an oops... She was on nuvaring and it failed. Anyway, I'm actually super happy for her. I love having a bunch of new babies in the family for my kiddos to play with. But I couldn't help noticing that her EDD was my EDD with my m/c. Blaaahhh... Just sorta made me relive that crappy experience for a moment.
10 days till I see the second neurologist. I wish my appointment had been sooner. I can't believe that this was my original appointment... Had I not found the other neurologist, I wouldn't have even had the two MRI's yet. Unbelievable. Not that the MRI's really gave me any answers at all, but you know, it's nice to have them done.
Amanda - sounds like a great weekend.
Katie - I'm a Terry Pratchett fan (especially when I need to destress) and have been thinking of trying a few Neil Gaiman books. Where would you start, since you're the expert?
AFM: fantastic news! We aren't moving this summer! The previa feels so much more manageable now.
busy/fun weekend. We took the boys on an overnight mini vacation with my ILs. They were amazing for the two 3 hours drives and the two meals out (we rarely eat out, it was Oliver's 2nd+3rd time ever). The hotel... well... the older boys did great. Oliver was a disaster. We stopped going away from how overnight after Christmas because he would only sleep if he were on top of me (ouch) and only for short periods of time and liked to nurse constantly. I hoped after 6 months it would be better. He fell asleep nursing (weaning is going great, can't you tell :doh:) but only slept 90min then was up for more than half the night and only fell asleep again after 30+ minutes in the car, woke when brought inside, and fell asleep again on top of me, nursing. Not so much fun, especially 5 months pregnant. Somehow we made it through the 2nd day of the trip and he slept well last night, but... ugh. He sleep so well at home, how can he be such a disaster away from home?
Virginia - I have NO idea. July when we go on vaca it will be Rory's first time away over night since vacation last year. I'm thinking it may be difficult. Luckily we're renting a house so I can let him cry basically if I have to. He no longer will sleep on top of me so I'm not sure what else we'll do.
As for Gaiman....I LOVED American Gods. It's by far my favorite but Neverwhere and Stardust are shorter and quicker reads that I totally enjoyed. I might start with Neverwhere then do American Gods. I haven't read the comics, just not really my thing...
Virginia - woohoo for not moving! Glad you had a good weekend.. Good luck with the weaning.
AFM - On the topic of weaning, I've made the painful decision to stop pumping for Nolan. It makes me sad to even type it, because I made it to a year for the other two. My body is just so weak and worthless at this point that I need to conserve all the energy I can. I physically have reached my limit. Depressing. My MIL is here helping DH clean up our disaster of a house, thank goodness. So scared about return-to-work time.
Mary - you have to take care of you first ever way you can. Nolan will be fine either way and better for you taking care of you. I hope the doctor has some insights, my heart breaks for you
Katie: I'm totally jealous of all the books you read! I love a good book but have trouble prioritizing time to do it (doesnt help that DH hates to read so if I read in bed it makes him crazy).
Virginia: yay for not moving!!! Sorry the weaning isn't going great.
Mary: *hugs* I'm sure that was a very difficult decision to make. Try your best to look at the big picture though that the most important thing is to have a happy mom; that'll make a biggest impact on him over what source his milk comes from. You've pushed through this far and he got a great start! He'll do great! And sorry your cousins EDD is the same as your m/c, I'm sure that stirred up emotions you don't want to deal with right now. :bigarmhug:
Got the kids' pics done yesterday. They did great and cooperated really well, even Hudson. Woohoo! Had a rough night and Dane was up for about 2 hours on and off to boot, thank goodness for coffee! Brekke had her first soccer game last night, it was pretty funny. She was tired by the last quarter and mostly walked around but in all fairness it was really hot so I couldn't blame her! She managed to kick the ball a few times so at least she was trying unlike half the kids on her team who were crying on the sidelines lol. 3-4 year olds are unpredictable!
Mary - Don't feel bad about weaning Nolan off of pumped milk, I think it's awesome you have gotten this far. Both my girls were off the boob (I breast fed) by 3 months. Dana was just a struggle to get to feed on breast and I gave up after 3 months, bottle was just easier, bad excuse but I was only 20. Natalie I went on medication that went in to the milk 1 week PP so had to stop. Both my girls are both strong healthy and active. I did skin to skin contact often when bottle feeding Natalie it helped.
Working today, will try and update more later.
Mary - :bighug: you need to do what's best for you.
Ashley - 3-4 year old soccer? Oh my. I bet that's interesting. We haven't tried any sports yet (other than ballet ;))
AFM: went for a 1.5 mile walk today and I didn't get lightheaded! Woohoo. Maybe my BP is finally getting back to normal.
Thanks girls. I'm still pumping, but that's mainly because my supply is huge and it's going to take a while to wean it down. I've got it down to about 4 times a day, which is pretty good considering I do 7 times a day for the first several weeks. My supply has stayed pretty strong in the past with 4 times daily pumping, but usually gets weaker once I get down to three times daily. I might try to get it down to three times daily and maintain that for as long as I can. That way I won't have to pump at work when I go back (just one more thing to cause me stress, which I do NOT need), but maybe I can continue giving him milk for a while longer. And if we get to the point where demand beats supply, then maybe I can supplement just a little each day, and not to entirely formula.
Mary- sounds like a good plan and not pumping at work would be great it is such a pain
I am on my kindle so not many personals hi all!
I had a crap week at work and have been just generally bummed this week. I was hoping a job prospect might solidify but so far no follow up from them there is still time but waiting stinks. I believe we have survived June tregnancy free...af due in five days...I'm trying to convince dh July would be good enough lol I'm ready....
WooHoo, GL Katie! I hope DH comes around
Mary - sounds like a good plan! If you get a lot of clogged ducts, my MW suggested I take a lecithin supplement to help prevent those. I started it recently and immediately went 4 days without BFing and didn't get clogged. wow.
Virginia - wow, that's crazy! So does that mean you've weaned, or are you still working on it?
Katie - I hope your DH comes around for July... I'm ready for some more TTC'ers to stalk in here!
AFM - I was watching videos on youtube from people who have Lyme disease today, and many of them really hit home and sounded a lot like what I've been going through. I'm not entirely convinced one way or another, but I'm anxious to see what the test says. It's a little scary though because one of the videos was from a person who had severe symptoms for YEARS and was tested like 8 times before she got a positive test. So I'm not really sure what I do if the test comes back negative, because I'm still convinced that it could be MS or something too. But a lot of the pain that I've been experiencing seems to be a common thing among Lyme people and not so much with MS. They're also testing me for lupus, but I don't really think it's lupus. So I don't know what to do if the Lyme comes back negative. I'm still seeing a new neurologist to try to get further tests for MS and stuff, but do I insist on seeing a Lyme specialist? I know I had ticks on me two different times in April, didn't think any bit me, but apparently they can be incredibly small.. So maybe? My fears are that my problem could go undiagnosed, and (b) if I did contract Lyme while pregnant, what effect could it have on Nolan? Ugh.
Mary - I hope either way you can figure it out and get it under control! You deserve to feel good for yourself and those babies!
It has been a busy weekend. DH had Friday off but went to see niece #1 graduate HS. Then we all went to his parent's yesterday for the family party and today DH went back out to see niece #2 graduate. He has tomorrow off though so he can relax then. The boys had fun with their cousins but are way tired and crabby today. FIL looked...ok...DH seemed positive but he seemed off to me still. I'm worried but I'm not sure there's much we can do.
I have been obsessing lately about either the things I want to do to our house or just moving. I swore when we moved here I'd never move again LOL I lie. It's just if we have a 3rd I think I'd like 4 bedrooms and we only have 3. Really I'd like 5 bedrooms or 4 and a finished basement. We could finish our basement here along with doing some other stuff I'd like to do to the kitchen and family room but we'd still only have 3 bedrooms. Or we could move....I suppose I should focus on saving first then decide what we're going to do. but it's much more fun to decide how to spend the money instead of how to save it This is what happens when I have to wait to TTC I decide to move
Mary - I hope you get some definitive answers soon.
Katie - lol at how you're spending your time waiting to TTC! We only have 3 bedrooms and it sucks not having an extra room for guests or whatever.
Everyone else HI! I caught up on the rest days ago and now can't remember exactly what people said and it's too late for me to scroll back now that I'm here, soooooooooo.... Yeah.
AFM - I've been reading, I just keep running out of time to actually post! I took Xander to see Monsters University on Saturday. he did better than I thought he would - he made it through the previews (which took 30 freakin' minutes! mainly commercials for candy) and 15 minutes of the actual movie. I could tell he was getting nervous because it was sooooo dark in there and everything was loud. Two things he does. not. like. I told DH this and said I thought we should wait another year to take him to the theater, but since Xander loves Monsters Inc. sooooo much DH started selling him on going to see a movie months ago before he asked me, so I couldn't tell him no. At least I kept everything cool. When he started saying he wanted to go home I held him for a minute to make sure he wasn't going to change his mind, but he wouldn't let it go and we just left like it was no big deal. I didn't want to scar him or anything by trying to make him stay. And like I said, he did better than I thought he would. I figured the second the lights went out that he'd be outta there! lol
Honestly, the kid is scared of EVERYTHING all of the sudden, so I think it's just a phase and I'm trying my best to just stay neutral about it all and not make it worse. Tonight he was scared of his dresser (?!) and didn't want to sleep in his room. But once I tucked him in he was fine (DH has been putting him to bed). He's also gotten ultra possessive of his things. Well, of any thing he decides is his (like my pepper mill for some reason, lol).
Mary - I did a ton of Lyme research last summer because I was bitten by a deer tick nymph about a week before I found out I was pregnant (with first m/c). And the ticks in our area are 30-50% infected. The ticks can be super tiny and a lot of people never recall being bitten, which is why they don't think of Lyme right away. From what I recall, the timing is right for symptoms if you were bitten in April.
As for an effect on Nolan, I think it's unlikely so late in pregnancy. Most of the problems I remember reading about were when Lyme predated pregnancy or was contracted early on. I'd definitely ask about it if the test comes back positive, though.
Katie - we've got 3 bedrooms, one which doesn't heat well and is used as an office. The boys really love sharing a room at this point, so I wouldn't making moving a high priority right now. Just stick tow kids in together. or three.
Lauren - sorry the movie didn't go well. I hope some of the fears go away soon, too. Alex often says he's scared of "the monster shadow" but Raymond can usually convince him to relax. It's really cute.
AFM: We're doing pretty well. We had a mostly fun weekend visiting family and swimming. It's unbearably hot already and not even 9am, so today could be interesting.
Last night DH mentioned a #5. Wow. If this pregnancy were another easy one I'm sure we'd do #5 someday. But... there's still so much that could go wrong. If it turns out well maybe we'll keep going. DH is really liking the idea of a big family. He grew up in a small, scattered family (his cousins are all across the country and much older) and he's been watching my larger, closer family and thinks it looks better. His grandmother is also dying and his mom is an only child and it's clearly really tough for her because after this she'll have nobody with whom to share childhood memories or anything.
The boys have been suggesting names for the baby. It's really cute. And Alex has decided the baby is his. He'll lift my shirt and ask "can I give my baby a kiss?" Awwww.
How do weekends get so busy? Saturday we did our errands, DH and I got hair cuts (OMG the lady butchered DH's hair) and got groceries, since Dana and 2 of her cousins are all graduating from grade 8 we went out with DH's family for dinner then went to see Monster University at the Drive-in, the girls hung out at BIL's van with their kids and had a good time and enjoyed the movie. DH and I got some time alone in our car.
Sunday we went strawberry picking, I froze a bunch, made some jam, and I am going to make strawberry chocolate chip ice cream this week.
Lauren - Evan gets super afraid of things. Like the Easter Bunny and Santa at daycare - he was a wreck. We went to see a Disney Live thing and the first 5 minutes he cried and wanted to leave because it was dark and loud but then the characters he knew came out and he got all in to it and was fine the rest of the time.
Virginia - Sounds like fun! And that's funny on DH I bet you'll go for #5 eventually.
Amanda - Mmm jam! Hope you had fun!
AFM - Well I met with the midwife today and liked her a lot! Nice practice VERY flexible. I think I'll be really happy there. The extra 30 minutes to the hospital will stink a bit but all in all I think it will be worth it. Now AF just needs to show up so I can decide to TTC or not LOL
Katie - I can't do a 30 minute drive to a hospital, I'd end up delivering in a car O.o, yay on TTCing soon.
Katie: lol to your moving plans, gotta keep your brain occupied somehow. Glad to hear the practice should work well for you. It's always positive to find a good fit.
Lauren: sorry Xander is going through a scared of everything phase. Brekke went through something similar maybe not to that extent but it was really frustrating all the same.
Amanda: strawberry picking sounds like a great time. glad the kids enjoyed the drive in!
We had Hudson''s 2 week appt yesterday (even though he's almost 3 weeks). He's above birth weight by only 2 oz, looks like I have another tiny peanut! In comparison, Dane was a giant! Lol. Took the other two to his appointment and they did great. The doc told me I need to continue feeding him every 4 hours at night which is about when he wakes anyway but bummer that if he is sleeping I need to wake him. The last two nights, I've fed him right before I go to bed around 10:30-11, then he's gotten up to eat around 2:30, up for about 30 minutes, then has slept until 6:30ish. I can definitely handle that. Over the weekend he got up one night every 2 hours to eat and that was not cool!
Katie - just TTC! Go for it! I had a 5 minute drive to the hosp with #1, 20-30min with #2 (ended up going in during rush hour, in labor, and thankfully traffic was light), and 10 minutes with #3 and this one. I don't think 30+ minutes is bad unless you have really fast labors. You've done it before, so you'll have a pretty good idea when to go in.
Ashley - Sorry Hudson isn't gaining fast. I hope you can make some progress so you don't have to wake him at night for very long. Every 2 hours at night was pretty normal for me boys. Enjoy those longer stretched when you get them.
AFM: Raymond graduated from preschool today. Wow. DH's birthday is this weekend and I complete forgot about it until yesterday. Uh oh. Guess I'll be scrambling to come up with something.
Here's a photo of the boys from yesterday. 3 boys + backyard + pool of water = mud, mud, mud. It was quite the job cleaning them up enough for Raymond's graduation today! It took the hose, splashing in the pool, and 2 baths to get all the mud off. (Alex, Oliver, Raymond)
Virginia: such a cute picture! I bet that was "fun" to clean up Happy 24 weeks tomorrow
Mary: hope your doc appointment went well today. Question, how do you always have the hook up for free 8x8 from Shutterfly? I've had one sitting there for quite a while to order but I was hoping they'd send me some sort of offer like they had in the past...no luck so far.
Ashley - I have no idea! I must be on some sort of awesome mailing list. They send me free offers all the time! I have a few free coffee mugs and free magnets, a LOT of free photo books, and several times I've gotten 101 free 4x6 prints. The only thing I've ever actually paid for from there was my photo book with Sean's 365 project, because it's too many pictures for the free offers.
Virginia - LOVE the pic of the boys. They're so cute, and getting so big!
Katie - TTC!!! I can't wait for you to TTC... Need to live vicariously through someone since we're officially done.
Amanda - I wanted to go strawberry picking this Spring/Summer, but it hasn't happened. I thought it would be fun to do with the boys. Although they probably would have no self control and be trying to eat them the whole time, haha.
AFM - Saw the other neurologist today. Basically I can't do anything right now but wait. He said of course his concern is MS with my symptoms, my age, and the fact that I'm a female (more common in females), but that if it is MS and this is the beginning of it, it could take months before it shows up on an MRI as lesions in my brain. He also weakly stated that it could be due to my deficiency of vitamin D or a medication-related thing, but I really doubt it. Ugh... So anyway, he mentioned several tests - visual evoked potential, EMG, repeat MRI's this time with contrast, etc. but we won't be doing them for another 3 months just to try to avoid doing it too soon and missing a positive result. Blah. This is horrific.
Ashley - Glad to hear that Hudson is doing well and sleeping ok.
Virginia - Love the pic of the boys. You are now 24 weeks congrats on viability, hope the rest of the pregnancy is healthy.
Mary - It's just the beginning of strawberry season, you still have a chance to go out. We go every year, Dana has requested doing the blueberries and Natalie the raspberries so we will be out for those too.
Sorry you can't get any answers yet. Unfortunately many neurological problems are difficult to diagnose, so if it is neurological it might be a while before you know what it is.
Natalie's school had a end of year ceremony, the kids had lots of fun showing the songs they learned to the parents. They got progress reports, Natalie is doing really well in all the skills they have worked on.
Wednesday Dana had her graduation, one of the people from the photography forums inspired me to ask if she wanted to wear some Converse runners to grad and Dana was more than happy. After I saw the whole outfit together I thought it worked very well and definitely suited her. Dana did really well she got awards for being an honour student and for having school spirit, a person that portrays a enthusiastic personality and is willing to help out around the school.
She brought her report card home and it has everything above 70%.
Natalie is in ball hockey now, and is absolutely loving it.
I'll have to post a few pictures of all the stuff that's been going on, hopefully I can get through them over the next week.
Amanda - Glad the girls are doing well. Did you take any pics of Dana?
AFM - Just been getting ready for Sean's birthday party. I was hoping to make THESE CUPCAKES for Sean's birthday, but for some reason, they did NOT turn out at all. It was a DISASTER. I wanted to make them because they're eggless, and (b) as long as I didn't use soybean oil for the oil, my friend's son with multiple food allergies could also eat them. I have another type I was going to make tomorrow, so I wanted to get these done tonight. I followed the recipe exactly, and rather than baking up, they just stayed liquid and boiled. This has happened before when I tried to make something eggless. Grrr. It's just odd that I followed the recipe exactly and this is how it turned out. The batter came out into the oven and was ALL OVER the bottom of the oven. And it was just so bubbly and weird. Very odd.
I hope tomorrow's cupcakes turn out better. They're not dairy and soy free, so my friend's little boy won't be able to eat them, ugh... But I did make two sorbets he can eat and he should be able to eat most of the other food.
Now we just really, really have to hope for no T-storms, but it's looking likely.. ugh. I really don't have room inside my house for 30-40 people. I was hoping to throw them all out in the yard, hahaha...
A recent pic of Nolan:
One of Calvin and Nolan - It is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to get Calvin to sit still for a pic with Nolan, grrr..
Recent pic of Sean:
And on that note, I just realized I haven't planned any sort of 4-year pictures for Sean. I'm slacking. Oops. Better get on that.
Mary - Heard about your failures with the cupcakes on facebook, so glad you figured out your problem. The pictures of the boys are so cute, thanks for sharing.
So MIL is pissing me off again, she surrendered the dog she adopted, thankfully it's only about 10 weeks old so should find a home quickly. She then apologized to me for not taking my advice on the dog. But I don't think the apology is true it's more that she wants something from DH and I, along with the apology she asked if we could help her move.
I am half tempted to respond with a "Isn't that convenient? When you want something from me you apologize. No I am not going to help you move."
Mary - I laughed at your adventures in baking on FB! The final product pics looked great I hope Sean has a wonderful 4th bday!
Amanda - ugh! How frustrating. My mother and I are kind of not speaking at the moment. Naturally I love my mother but we can be very oil and water and last weekend we had a bit of a tiff. I'm not really all that worked up over it but she doesn't really let things go so ball's in her court. She'll eventually get over it. On helping MIL move...ugh...I guess it depends on how much drama refusing would cause and would it be less stress in the long run to just do it?
I'm heading to a BABY shower soon. I warned DH that our vacation should fall right about prime time and I'm still in up to him mode. Actually I wouldn't mind waiting until Aug or Sept...just a lot of changes at work and I could use a couple more months to get my feet under me. On that note I have a recruiter from a company in Michigan calling me...I sent him my resume and he called me three straight days but I was flat out at work with no time to really talk. I told him Monday would work. I don't really think moving to Michigan is my dream but no harm in talking to him. Keep my options open and all that. We have also had a week of stomach bugs. UGH. Wed at work it hit me and I soldiered through the day (puking at work...not cool) went to bed about 8:30 and HAD to go to work Thursday b/c we had a huge senior management update meeting so I got through that too and by Friday felt better just in time for DH to get it. Then yesterday morning Rory threw up twice. He seems to have suffered the least two episodes back to back and then he went right on eating and drinking. DH and I felt like death when we had it and he wanted to go out and play, go figure. So far E has avoided it. We'll see if he is lucky enough to miss it. I'm in cleaning mode this morning bathrooms and bedrooms to purge the pukes from everything. Hope everyone has a had a nice weekend
Just a quick one here.
Found out my BFF is pregnant, she's due January/February, has never had regular periods so it's difficult to tell until she gets an U/S. I think it would be so cool if she had a little one on Nat's 5th birthday.
Dana graduated from Grade 8 last week, she's off to high school in the fall. Here is a picture of her, anyone on Facebook can see more.
Natalie also graduated from Pre-School and will be going into J/K next year, I'll try to get to those pictures next week.
Katie: hope you enjoyed the baby shower and so sorry to hear stomach bugs are going through your house...I really hope you can avoid it! Nothing I hate worse than stomach flu.
Amanda: she looks so old and mature! Crazy. Congrats to both your girls!
Mary: love, love those pictures (as usual)!! And I also LOL'ed to your powdered sugar instead of flour incident. Some days I just wonder how we can possibly make it through a whole day and everyone survives when stuff like that happens Sounds like Sean had a great b-day!
We drove 3 hours to a race for DH on Friday then back home on Saturday. Luckily, my mom kept the older 2 kids so it wasn't too bad. Forgot what a pain it is to stop to feed a baby (lol) but it makes all the difference when they have a full tummy! Anyway, we are in this horrid heat wave and with our little guy trying to stay cool and indoors mostly. Today is supposed to hit 102, normal for us this time of year is probably high 80's or low 90's. Four hours south where my dad lives it'll be 114 today :eek: so I'm glad I'm where I'm at!
Amanda - Can't believe how grown up Dana looks! Can't believe she'll be in high school now, wow!!
Katie - Boooo for all the sickness. Being sick at work is the worst!!! Hope you all are better soon.
Ashley - Congrats on driving such a long drive with the three LO's, omg... I'd lose my mind, hahaha.
AFM - Just got a call from the hospital. They scheduled me for a VER test on Wednesday morning. It's commonly used when MS is suspected, but can be abnormal with other neuro conditions as well. They also scheduled me for an EMG, but it's not until 8/19. This all desperately sucks.
Amanda - wow, she's so grown up!
Katie - GL with deciding when to TTC. Sorry you've all been sick.
Mary - Nolan is getting so chubby! I love your photos. They're always so good.
AFM: just a quick post. DH is on vacation this week so I haven't been on my computer in 4 days and probably won't be on again for close to a week. But... I'm thrilled to be 24 weeks. I'm hoping things go smoothly for at least the next 10 weeks, as well.
And... Alex learned to ride a bike today! He's done with training wheels. I'm so proud of him. I'll share a pic sometime when I get a chance.
Mary - I'm sorry there are still so many unknowns... I hope you're able to get some answers soon!
Katie - bummer about getting sick at work, ugh no fun.
Amanda - Dana looks so cute in her dress with the Converse shoes! I had those same shoes when I was in high school (heck I had them in about 10 colors, lol).
Ash - Sorry about the heat! That's how our entire summer was last year and it was soooooooooo rough! I hope you guys get past it soon.
AFM - Just got back from a weekend at the campground. It went okay, but rained for an entire day (of two days). So yeah, that sucked. Otherwise we had a good time. Now I'm trying to get the house in order after we dumped all our stuff on the living room floor last night. lol. It's amazing how much you need for two stupid days away from the house when you have kids!