Our cats eat a really high quality grain-free dry cat food. He's generally healthy and only 6 1/2. We don't know what triggered it, but hopefully he'll get better. It's not a UTI, because the antibiotic didn't clear it up. Mostly likely, he has crystals forming in his urine. He could get over it on his own, or he could could form a urinary blockage, which is quickly fatal without (expensive) emergency surgery. I briefly worked as a tech at a veterinary hospital before having Raymond and I saw people pay way too much to save their cats, especially as it's something which has a pretty highly likelihood of recurrence. DH and I talked it over last night and if the cat gets blocked we'll put him down. He's had a much better 6 1/2 years than he would have on the street (he was a stray) and we've enjoyed him. We'd love another 6-10 years, but we'll see how it works out.
We are getting a pet fountain and adding some wet food to his diet. And I'm trying to get a urine sample for the vet, but it's not an easy task! Hopefully he'll recover, and we won't have to deal with this again.
What is too much is always subjective - what is to one definitely isn't to another, glad you and DH agree though that makes it easier. Hope he is ok. I can't believe you are at almost 18 weeks!! Time flies in other people's pregnancies
Oh, I meant too much because they clearly financially couldn't afford it. The place where I worked was a 24-hour care animal hospital in a low income area. There were a lot of people whose pets needed care they couldn't afford. I hated knowing that in an emotional, emergency situation they had agreed to pay and would be facing debt because of it. I just felt so sorry for them. Especially when the pets didn't make it in spite of the care.
Even knowing that we made the decision for good reasons doesn't make it easier when the pregnancy hormones are raging. Poor kitty. Hopefully he'll pull through on his own. Based on a urine sample it looks like either bladder stones (expensive) or a tumor (untreatable), so it's not looking great for him. Thankfully, he's still eating, drinking, in no apparent pain, and happy.
We have removed bladder stones in many rescue dogs, definitely pricey. It is so hard with cats because they are so good at hiding discomfort. The whole survival thing. Dogs are ok at it but cats are definitely better. My cat is 15 and I would probably be one of those crazy people haha at least I know it. We have had two dogs with bladder cancer. The first lived a pretty long time with some meds from the specialist the second we didn't find it until it likely had metastasized to his spine. The ultra sound of his abdomen found an inoperable tumor in his bladder and he had lost all feeling in his hind legs, the vet said bladder cancer does metastasize to the spine so we didn't do the mri. 8 dogs and 2 cats is pricey enough but all ten are getting older so I am sure we are in for it.
Tgif tomorrow I am beat!
Just checking in. I read everything, but too drained to type much. My BP is out of control... I can get 115/70 and 170/115 within an hour. It is not helping my anxiety level at all. I talked to my doc for almost 20 minutes on the phone the night before last, and he said to go from 100mg twice daily to 200mg twice daily. In spite of that, I still ended up with 150/100 last night, so I talked to the on-call doc who recommended going up even further to 200mg three times daily. I have all these symptoms, and I don't know if they're related to the BP, anxiety, or something else. I wish I could just sleep through this post-partum period and not have to deal with it. In bed at night is the only time and place I feel reasonable safe. I hate it so much. I can't enjoy Nolan, I feel like I'm failing the other two. My DH is amazing and very supportive, thank goodness. He's really carrying the whole household. Thank goodness he is a SAHD, because I'm scared to be along. I get terrified when he goes to the bathroom. I've had my mom come and stay the last two nights and my dad will come stay tonight. I just feel better with them here. I realize that I sound all-out insane. I hate feeling like I'm losing my mind and unable to control it. I think the stress of having health issues in combo with PP hormones is just entirely too much for me. When I visualized my mat leave, I pictured family trips to the zoo, the park, etc. I didn't picture sitting at home every day, convinced I'm dying. Today is day 8 on the zoloft. I'm still hoping it will begin to calm me a bit sometime soon. I went up from 25mg to 50mg starting yesterday. I'm happy that I sought it out early, but at the same time, I'm a bit discouraged that it doesn't seem to be helping at all yet. I know it takes a few weeks and I'm trying to be patient. I've considered stopping BFing, thinking that if I got my hormones back to normal, maybe all this would be a bit better. And if not, at least I could take better anxiety and BP meds. Of course that's not really want I want, but I'm just at a loss right now. Ugh. I hate struggling like this.
:bighug: I hope you get your BP under control soon, Mary.
AFM: Had my u/s. Baby is still a surprise for a little longer. s/he actually had legs crossed until the very end of the u/s, but the tech saw enough to write something down for us.
And I have complete placenta previa. Sh!t. I am so scared right now.
Virginia: sorry about the kitty. And yikes to placenta previa...what are the odds that it'll resolve itself?? That really sucks. Congrats on keeping the surprise for now!
Mary: so sorry you feel that way. Crossing everything that the meds do their job and you are back to your normal self soon. :vibes:
Amanda: finally got [most] of my hospital bag packed. I need to put a few more random things in there but I'd be okay to go for the most part.
:wavehello: to everyone else! I was supposed to be headed OOT today to watch DH's race tomorrow but we decided after talking with my doc that it would be better if I stay home (it's 4 hours away, only major hospitals are here and there w/nothing in between). I'm bummed that I didn't get to go but it's probably for the best. A long car ride doesn't sound super fun at this point anyway and I have a hard time rotating around to help the kids in the car so yeah... I have been having a lot of BH's the last few days, not that I'm banking on them doing anything whatsoever, but all I need is for this baby to not come in the next 24 hours and then DH will be home so it makes me nervous that he'll try to make a break for it at this inconvenient time. DH has also told me I'm not allowed to have him between May 30-June 3 because of stuff he has going on at work so we'll see how that goes. As of now, I'm not really progressing or anything so I should make my EDD (June 4th) no problem.
Virginia - Boooo for the placenta previa. That suuuucks. When do you plan to look at the gender?
Ashley - I still can't believe how close you are. Yay!
AFM - Trying to remain calm. Did a bit of yoga with Sean and Calvin today. That was interesting haha. It was somewhat relaxing, though, so I'll probably make it a daily thing.
The placenta is 1.9cm over the cervix, so it might move, it might not. I'll have another u/s around 30w (if I don't bleed before then). If it doesn't move or I have bleeding I have a high risk of dangerous hemorrhage, preterm delivery, and all kinds of other complications. Risk of stillbirth is pretty high, too. I'm likely to end up on bedrest and/or in the hospital at some point, unless it moves.
Oh ladies! Too much scary stuff! Mary I hate hearing how hard this is for you! I'm hoping the meds start kicking in and you can enjoy your leave I am thinking of you.
Virginia - I hope your placenta moves and all is well with minimal stress! How scary I had minor PP very early on with Evan and I found that a little scary (however irrational) so big hugs!
Ashley - I can't believe how close you are to baby! Sorry you have to miss the race though
Nothing exciting here, glad it's the weekend. I need a break. Next week is just a 3 day week so yay for that too!
Ugh, Virginia - That all sounds terrible. Take it easy (as easy as possible with three little boys, omg, I now understand how insane that is). I hope none of those worst-case scenario things happen.
Katie - A 3-day week sounds awesome. Enjoy!
AFM - Well, the only good thing I have to report is that my PP bleeding seems to have stopped. I was getting a little worried after having two large clots and some heavy bleeding a few days back, but it seems to have been one last hurrah before the end. No bleeding for the last couple days now.
The anxiety is still severe. WTF is wrong with me?? I'm an anxious person by nature, but this is above and beyond anything ever. I've had my parents taking turns spending the night at my house for the last three nights, and my mom is coming tonight. Mainly because I'm terrified that we'll have to make a hasty run to the ER because I'm convinced I'm dying and we won't have anyone to watch the kids, but also because I just feel comforted by their presence. *Sigh* My blood pressure has been a little better since increasing to 200mg three times daily. It was still a bit elevated last night, like 148/88, but that's still much better than it has been, so I'll take it. And actually, I only took 100mg for the midday dose yesterday because I was a little scared to increase from 200mg/day to 600mg/day so quickly... Afraid I would bottom out. So today, I'll take the 200mg for all three doses and hopefully that will help.
When do you get to see the neurologist Mary? Hopefully that might put your mind a little at ease. Glad the bp seems to be responding. Nothing wrong with your parent's being there to help do whatever you have to do. How is little nolan? What kind of baby? I am always amazed at how unique they are from the start
No word from the neuro yet, but the referral has been sent. I should hear something this week or next. Unfortunately, I called them last week and they didn't have appointments open till July. I was just looking at a picture from when we were still in the hospital and wondering how I went from feeling normal and healthy to feeling SO abnormal in just a few short days... ? I just feel SO weird with all the tingling and twitching and shaking. I hope some of it is just anxiety.
As for Nolan... He's somewhere in the middle of my other two. Sean came out of the womb with a BIG attitude, and Calvin was zen baby and rarely cried. Nolan is peaceful for the most part, but has had some episodes of crying at bedtime... I think it's usually related to gas or having to poop... seems like he'll eventually get that out and be happy. He's otherwise sweet and cuddly and still mostly eats/sleeps/poops. His skinny little face and butt are starting to fill out and he's starting to get a belly on him. He wants to be eating CONSTANTLY... He's probably going to be a little porker like Sean was.
Virginia - I love that bath pic of your boys!! I picture a 4th boy face in there too.
Mary - I'd love to see more photos of Nolan whenever you feel up to it. He is so adorable and your photos are always amazing.
AFM: I'm feeling a little calmer now.
Some stats I've found. 90% of all complete placenta previas (CPP) found at 18-20w resolve before birth. But, it's less likely to resolve if the overlap is greater than 15mm. Mine is 19mm. If it doesn't resolve, baby has a 96-97% chance of survival but a 50-60% chance of prematurity. I have only a 10% chance of making it to term without bleeding. Average time for bleeding to start is 32w. Obviously I want it to resolve and make it to October and have another vaginal delivery, but my real hope is to at least make it to September and have an uncomplicated c/s when necessary. Right now I'm counting down to viability. Only 5 1/2 more weeks. DH and I are trying to figure out how we would handle bedrest and then a preemie. I need to find out the cut-off for starting Oliver at school in September instead of January. I might have to ask to have the follow-up u/s at 29w instead of 30w so we can tell the school in time. And we've been trying to move all our summer plans to June/July in the hopes of getting them in before anything happens. Currently, my only restrictions are no DTD and try not to lift Oliver. I've been given the okay to keep BFing for now, but think I'll start weaning so we can do it at our own pace. It's so crazy to be facing something like this after 3 completely uncomplicated pregnancies.
Oh, and some photos from the u/s:
and the best gender pic: her guess is boy. It's nowhere near as clear a shot as it was with my others, but she's probably right.
Virginia - glad you've found some reassurance. I hope it ends up as uncomplicated as possible. Yay for another probable boy! I have a few pics to share when I get to my computer. I hate that I haven't felt like taking many.
AFM - back in er for blurred vision
Turns out I now have protein/ketones in urine. Ugh.Will kup as I learn more.
good luck, Mary. I hope they figure it out.
Mary - biiiiig hugs! I really do think a lot of the tingling you're having is from labor, delivery and other wonderful PP stuff. I had the same thing going on and I spent nights awake in bed convinced something horrible had happened... But then it started to get better and eventually stopped. My poor DH had to talk me out of going to the ER soooooo many times! Your body just went through a huge ordeal and now you've got the raging hormones on top of it all. I wish there was a way to hit the fast forward button for you. How sweet of your parents to stay with you! I loved having my mom here after Benjamin was born - like you said, the presence was so calming. Oh, I just read about the ER trip after I wrote all the above stuff... KUP! I hope everything is okay.
Virginia - oh no! I hope your placenta moves a little so you don't have to worry!
Amanda - sorry about Nats school. Hopefully they can get their act together.
Ash - stay in baby! My DH insisted Benjamin stay in the week he had off of work for christmas (so he'd get an extra week paid), but the little stinker came one day after it started! haha
AFM - Just chugging along here. I've been deeeeeep cleaning my house room by room to take care of all those stupid dust mites. Allergies blow. Now I just need to maintain. Boooo!
Xander has a cold, croup actually. WTF is that about?! I know it's because we had a playdate on Wed with a kid that's in preschool, so he probably got attacked by a billion germs. Anyway, it's basically just been a mild cold, but last night he had definite croup coughing. It was horrible sounding. luckily today he seems pretty great, just a little bit of a runny nose. We'll see at nap time if he's still croup coughing or just a little regular coughing.
Home now. Still no real answers as to what's going on. I have a f/u appointment with my primary doc tomorrow (hopefully). They left me a message to call them earlier while I was napping. They wanted me to call them, so I hope they aren't cancelling on me. The doc at ER said I have a "lot" of protein in my urine. My bp was nice and low while I was in there so he didn't do anything about that even though I told him it spikes every night. They said my potassium was low, so they supplemented that. Despite my bp being out of control, the blurry vision, and the protein in the urine, he said he does not think it's PP pre-e because my clotting tests and liver function tests were all normal. He said I did have hyperactive reflexes, but not to the degree he usually sees with pre-e. I hope he's right, but something needs done here! I really hope the primary doc can help.
ETA - the neurons appointment is set for June 27. That's a long time from now and of course it's probably just an intro appointment. Will take forever to have any tests/answers.
Oh and for the first time ever, I sent Sean and Calvin away to my parents' house overnight. I feel bad but I'm too stressed to handle them right now.
Virginia: Congrats on another [probable] boy! Such a cute u/s pic Hopefully your placenta will get the memo and move itself
ASAP...you guys don't need that added stress on top of 3 kids, but at least you know what to expect if it doesn't.
Lauren: LOL that is funny he decided to come at the inopportune time. That just seems to be how it goes! Sorry about Xander having croup, yikes! My kids got a wicked cold a few weeks ago (me too) and they are FINALLY not coughing themselves awake at night. That was so annoying. But we have easy 10 episodes of one of them coughing hard enough to make themselves puke...lovely.
Mary: Oy, glad that everything looks good aside from the protein in your urine. But seriously, you need to catch a break!! Thinking positive thoughts for you :vibes: I bet Sean and Calvin will have a blast with their grandparents, don't be too hard on yourself.
AFM...so I woke up this morning just not feeling right, really groggy and disoriented. I sat down at my computer and noticed my vision seems to have a lot of bright spots in it making it nearly impossible to read the screen. I ate some food and try to relax for a bit, and the spots did go away after about an hour so that's positive, but I've still had a raging headache all day. I ended up stopping by the store to check my blood pressure just to be safe and it was slightly higher than my norm but only by a bit and well within the safe range so I'll just mention it to my doc tomorrow and see what he thinks. Kind of freaked me out though.
Lauren - Rory had croup earlier this year and it sounded so awful. His was labored enough we went to the doctor and he got a treatment and steroids (which make him throw up) and some shot it was miserable! Hope he's feeling better soon!
Mary - definitely seems like it's time to push docs for some answers. I'm all for being your own advocate - maybe it's not MS or something debilitating (certainly HOPE NOT!) but if you feel like something just isn't right then fight to get answers! And let your parents help, that's what family is for!
Ashley - Hope it's nothing much - 38 weeks crazy! Baby boy so soon!
Virginia - glad you've had some time to read and feel better, I hope everything resolves itself on its own
AFM - 3 day week here and I'm so excited for a little extra time off with my boys. It's been too long and I need some extra family time!
Ashley - I hope it's not BP issues, but at least you're 38 weeks already!
Mary - KUP on how your appointment goes. GL.
AFM: lovely. I've been exhausted/weak/lightheaded all day. I think I'll ask to have another blood test for anemia at my next appointment. Or maybe I'll just increase my supplemental iron to twice a day. Or it could be the low BP. That was fine at my last appointment (108/66) but they took it right after telling me about the placenta previa. I'm sure the heat and humidity aren't helping. And my BH are frequent today. I'd blame dehydration for everything, but I'm drinking plenty of water.
Maybe the 2 miles I walked yesterday and the mile and a half this morning weren't a good idea. But, the kids have activities and the car is at the mechanic (more lovely timing)... ugh. Looks like it'll be the couch for me this afternoon.
On the phone again. Basic gist of appointment was... my bp was 105/70 and I was having dizziness so he doesn't want to increase the bp med. He thinks if we can control my anxiety, that my bp situation will improve. He increased the Zoloft to 100mg (from 50mg) and gave me Ativan to take for acute panic (ugh). I really do need it with all this going on, but I've always been against taking this type of med bc of the habit-forming nature. I'll just try to only use it when I'm in full crisis mode and hopefully the higher Zoloft dose will start to help. I am still having a lot of weird tingling. He is going to try to talk the neurologist into squeezing me in sooner than June 27, and also said he'd like to send me to a cardiologist, just in case. My hands were cramping badly today when I woke up. I hope due to potassium being low. It was low yesterday, but they gave me a pretty big dose in ER. Ugh.. what else?
In happier news, I ordered a cute summer dress today. I got cute new sandals recently, so maybe they will boost my morale enough that I'll want to get out.
Mary - I'm glad the doctor is doing everything he can to help. I hope it works! And I think a med for acute anxiety is a good idea. My sister has one she uses for that (after a bunch of panic attacks).
AFM: car's home. The mechanic couldn't find anything wrong. Iit's been making a horrible clunking sound periodically. And he couldn't get it to make the sound. :doh: But, he didn't charge us, just told us to bring it back if it starts again. He's really amazing.
In other good news, the nest in our backyard appears to be a non-aggressive and beneficial type of bee. It's in a tough spot, but if possible we'll leave them in place to help our vegetables this summer.
The no lifting Oliver thing is already driving me nuts. I can't do the freaking grocery shopping because I can't lift him into the cart! Ugh. At least he had good timing when he decided to start climbing out of the crib this weekend, so that's one less place to lift him (once we solve the sleeping arrangements for the boys, anyway).
weaning is going well. Oliver has only nursed twice since Friday. I'm sad to have to do it, but it would have to happen sooner or later. I'm not entirely sure it's the right decision since I was told I could BF in spite of the previa, but I'd rather not have something go wrong and feel guilty later.
Mary - Don't feel bad for sending the kids away, some time to yourself is good, Dana spent the first week of Natalie's life at my parents.
Virginia - Yay for having the car back too bad they couldn't find anything wrong.
Glad the bee's nest is non-aggressive, I put up a fake hornets nest to keep the stinging bugs away (we get a lot of wasps and hornets), the one down side is I love the honey bees and now they don't come around.
You've done great with BFing all your boys, don't feel bad that you are stopping now with Oliver. You have to take care of yourself first.
Had a long weekend here, did lots.
Saturday we got our shopping done, visited my dad and then went to see Star Trek Into Darkness, enjoyed the movie a lot. Yeah I'm a bit of a Trekkie, not the overboard type but enjoy the Original, TNG, Voyager and Enterprise. Liked early DS9 but it died after a while. Seen a bunch of the movies too, though the ones pre-TNG I haven't seen in AGES!
Sunday we went to Canada's Wonderland (we are season pass holders), it was kinda boring cause we hung out with my BIL and his family, their kids are chickens so we didn't go on much. The park had fire works for the Victoria Day Weekend, those were great.
Monday I cleaned up my garden, Natalie "helped" for a bit but then went inside to play, Dana was inside doing her own thing when she came out to see what I was up to she found a snail and played with it for a bit, 14 year olds can be weird. Went to dinner at my MIL's wasn't a good time, nuff said.
Yesterday I just took things easy, then Natalie had her sports program, they are doing ball hockey and though she's not the fastest she does things exactly as she's told, so her stick handling is excellent for her age.
My biggest issue lately is i've been TIRED! Summer time I often go to bed too late and wake too early. I'm in the office today and just want to lie down and nap.
Oh my goodness. I just found out our landlord wants to sell the house and we might have to move this summer. We were counting on another year before moving! Ack. And there are so few rentals in our area. We'll never find something near our current rent, let alone with a fenced yard. Like I needed more stress.
Virginia: oh man, sorry to hear about the landlord wanting to sell your place. What a huge inconvenience!! And also sorry about the car, but sounds like you have a great mechanic! And I completely ditto what Amanda said about BFing. You've done a great job :vibes: Lastly, I couldn't live with bees in my yard. I freaking hate bees.
Mary: I had issues with my potassium after DD was born so that could definitely be related. I hope the new dress helps your mood!! I get weirdly giddy when I get new clothes for at least a few hours.
Amanda: sounds like a fun, productive weekend!!
I had my 38 week appt yesterday and no progress still (not surprising) and the doc thinks my issues with my vision and whatnot were low blood sugar related. Hopefully we'll have some progress by next week, even if it's just a tiny bit so I feel like things are going in the right direction. My doc will likely want to talk induction at my 40 week appointment so I'd love to go before that but am not too hopeful that will happen.
Mary - Big hugs, girl!! I have been reading along with your PP journey, and it is a rough one!! You will get there!! I do hope they figure out what is going on!! I had a lot of tingling in my feet after Owen was born, but RLS runs in my family and I'm pretty sure I have it. RLS is bad when your iron is low, which it was after delivery obviously, so it was pretty bad for a few months. I hope they can get you in to see the neurologist sooner than 6/27! Having to wait for a specialist is rough.
Virginia - I obviously don't know what your situation is like, but have you thought about buying? Interest rates are so insanely low, you can almost get a mortgage payment for lower than some rental rates! It's crazy out there right now. Either way, that sucks they may force you to move out this summer! I hope something can be worked out and you get another year out of them!
Ashley - 38 weeks, whaaat?! Sorry there is no progress, but you know it'll sneak up on you when you least expect it! I'm glad they think the vision thing was just low sugar! It's always scary when crap like that happens, especially when you're pregnant!
Amanda - Sounds like you had a busy weekend!! Summertime makes me tired, too! I think it's because in the winter it gets dark so early, you go to bed early.
Lauren - Owen had croup last winter, it was awful! He had a really high fever and that crazy cough. I ended up taking him to the ped and they put him on a steroid for 2 days. It cleared up ASAP with that! My ped explained that croup is a cold virus that attacks the upper respiratory tracts. In adults it doesn't do much beyond your typical cold, but because small children have such tiny throats, that's why it constricts so bad and makes the crazy-sounding cough. It was interesting when he explained it to me like that! Hope he's feeling better!
Katie - Yay 3-day week! I'm so ready to have DH home for a long weekend this week!! Too bad the weather will be much chillier than it's been this week!
AFM - I am so over trying to sell this house! It's only been 2 months, but I am sooo over it. Other than that, same old same old. I think Owen has Roseola or something. He had a 103 degree fever out of the blue all weekend, and was pretty listless. The fever was gone by Monday, so I just assumed it was some sort of virus or whatever. Well then he broke out in this rash all over his belly yesterday, and it kind of dawned on me that all those viruses (like Fifth's and Roseola and stuff) start off with fevers, then a rash appears. From what I've heard from other moms, it sounds like Roseola. But that's just a guess. He's back to his crazy self, now, so hopefully Sam doesn't catch it!
Virginia - ugh that is definitely NOT what you need! I've definitely seen the downside of owning as we've lightly considered moving in the last year and selling would be such a huge hassle (we lucked out the first time we sold it went in a week, this house would likely take longer). But it is nice not to have to worry and rent and move. GL, hopefully he won't sell at least not right now!
Jen - That is exactly how my doc described croup when Rory had it. Their small airway constricts, she mentioned in adults it would typically be laryngitis but in babies and small kids it's croup. Steroids and a breathing treatment (not a typical one, it had to be done in the office then we had to wait like an hour to be sure there was no reaction) cleared Rory right up too. It's such a sad sounding cough! Evan had roseola over Christmas 2 years ago. Kids and their bugs! Hope your house sells!
Mary - Hope you're doing ok!Loved the video on FB man those little boys are cute!
Amanda - How's your dad doing? Hope he's on the mend. Sounds like you're really busy!
Ashley - Maybe your body will cooperate this time! Glad the doc wasn't too worried about the vision etc
AFM - I'm off today and tomorrow YAY! I'm so annoyed apparently one of my dogs has learned to open one of our baby gates. It's just one you lift up b/c the latch broke years ago. She sticks her head under it and pops it up, lovely. Well she did it the other night and someone pee'd upstairs on my carpet. The dogs are not allowed upstairs, the carpet is new, the dogs aren't supposed to even walk on it let alone pee. SOOOOO I've been steam cleaning it and trying to get it washed out and dried which is not easy with the humidity. TOTALLY annoying. They have no normal access to rugs for this reason! BAH! First world problems I suppose. It's really nice to have 5 days home all together, work has been draining and I'm feeling burned out.
Jen - sounds like Roseola to me. I hope Sam doesn't catch it. The rash isn't bad (just looks bad) but the fever can be nasty. Alex had roseola right around 11m and did just fine.
Ashley - sorry for no progress.
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And I backslid on the BFing. It had been 3 days, but when I woke this morning I had the kind of itchy clog-like feeling, so I let Oliver nurse before his nap. I'm pretty sure he cleared something on one side, but he fell asleep before finishing the other and it still doesn't feel quite right.
Virginia - GL on the nursing....Rory still nurses before bed. I've gone up to 4 days (when traveling for work) w/o then I go to put him to bed and he asks (now verbally lol I've never experienced a kid that can say it!) and I figure why not. We'll probably wean completely soon I'm not making much but it's sweet and it's the ONLY time I get real relaxed snuggles now that he's talking, walking, running crazy pants! I hope you can make it another year, UGH to the stress!
Ashley - I can't remember were you induced with the other two? Hope this one comes on his own.
Jen - I hope someone buys the house soon. Also hope Owen gets better fast.
Katie - Animal mess sucks! Our older cat is prone to UTI's and can be quite gross because of it. Vinegar does a good job of neutralizing the smell, it's the only thing I have found that works on cat mess.
Hope you have some nice relaxing days off.
Virginia - That is frustrating about the rental place. I'm sure the weaning will happen in it's own time.
Went into the office yesterday, the power went out, so it was really quiet, found something to do to occuipy my time.
The hospital is doing some trial time with my dad at home, he gets to come home today but then goes back at night. If today goes well by the end of the weekend he is home full time, just has to go for regular check ups at the hospital for a while.
I go for my injections today, I am so tired of going and getting them done every 3 months.
Amanda: yeah I was induced with both of the other two. I'd love for this guy to come on his own but I'm not holding my breath. That being said, my last induction was cake so I really won't complain if I get a repeat of that. Still though, it'd be nice to know he came on his own time! GL with the injections today :vibes:
Virginia: glad he at least helped unclog one side. Thanks for reminding me about clogged ducts...ugh. Me and BFing don't have a loving relationship sometimes and after nonstop plugged ducts with DD and then on and off thrush the entire time I nursed DS, I'm not exactly looking forward to what this baby will bring! Maybe he'll be the easy one
Katie: smart doggie, but what a pain for you! Hope you're enjoying your time off!
Jen: glad whatever Owen did have seems to have cleared up. I hate random weird illnesses like that, they are so frustrating and a little scary.
Woke up to pee in the middle of the night and had a TON of pressure down there when I was walking, laid back down and had slightly painful contractions for the next 45 minutes or so, then I fell back asleep and when I woke up later they were gone. Feel perfectly fine this morning though...so weird. Hoping my body is trying to do something but I doubt it. Most likely just trying to annoy me. : PS: posted a new belly shot in the belly pic thread but it isn't showing up on the main screen?
Ashley - crazy that it could be any time! I really hope the nursing is easier this time. I was lucky and had fewer clogged ducts with Rory, I think I knew the signs and got on top of it more quickly. I don't miss the wild over production though. I have about 200 oz in my freezer still I need to chuck.
Amanda - Ugh no fun on the shots Glad your dad is doing well though. I think I'm going to try vinegar in my steam machine, someone said it works well that way and you mentioned it too
AFM - We tried to take Evan to get his hair cut but he went so crazy we just left. UUGGHH He totally loses his sh!t when we try to cut his hair. BLAH it's so not fun. I should probably just give up and give him an all over buzz at home and be done with it. Embarrassing moments in parenting It is rainy and cold here today, so not a beautiful day off! It's ok though we mostly had errands to run anyway.
Katie - the best hircut Raymond ever got as a toddler was when my mom came with me and distracted him with an iphone. They've all done terrible haircut meltdowns.
Ashley - that sounds a lot like the night my water broke with Oliver. I got up, had the pop and pressure, then painful contractions... went to sleep and they stopped. ugh.
Amanda - GL with the injections.
AFM: no word from the landlord yet. 19 weeks! I'll post a pic sometime. I'm going to take them weekly since I don't know how long the pregnancy will last.
ETA: found one I want to look at! It's a duplex (ick) and is smaller than what we have now (and less expensive), but the location is perfect: right next to the kids' favorite playground!
ETA2: I'm so sick and tired of "sorry, we don't want little kids" which is usually phrased as "we're not sure it's deleaded" but this is the first time I've heard "the owner only wants same-sex roommates." Are you serious? It's blatantly illegal, but at the same time, I'm glad I didn't waste any time or effort with a realtor/landlord pair who would say something like that, let alone try to live in a duplex where they only want roommates. I had enough of college kids when I was in college. Insane. I forgot what a hassle it is to try to rent with small children and cats.
Just popping in to share some recent pics, taken Wednesday for his 3 Week birthday.
This one just made me laugh. He was raising his head to look at me.
A couple older ones, 13 days old:
The second to last one is so full of sweet new baby awesomeness!
those are wonderful, Mary. Thanks for sharing!
ETA: add one more concern for me. At 18w my placenta was a "grade 1" meaning it's developing calcifications and may be aging prematurely. Normally a placenta is grade 0 at first and changes to grade 1 at 18-29 weeks. So, 18 is on the early end. I'll ask about that at my next appointment. woo hoo.
Virginia: just when I think I pretty much know "everything" about pregnancy, you bring up grades of placentas. Never heard of it. I've heard of them aging too quickly obviously but I didn't know they had an official scale. Interesting.
Katie: sorry Evan doesn't want to get his hair cut, but I totally understand because Dane HATES when I pull out the clippers to do his!! I actually did his in 2 phases, the sides and back on Thursday and then finished the top this morning. I like him to have a bit of a faux hawk so I just do the sides about a "4" and then the top a "7" although today I did a "6" in hopes of it growing to the perfect length by the time we do pictures with baby brother But yeah he goes nuts and cries the whole time like I'm torturing him which makes for less than perfect cuts but I figure no one cares so why should I? It's good enough for now.
Mary: I saw most of the those on FB but I love, love them!! It makes me excited to meet my little guy
Pretty boring day so far, but we have a soccer match to go to tonight so that'll be fun. I've been cleaning a ton and trying to get organized..pretty much ready for him to come anytime at this point although I'm sure I'll be pregnant at least another week or two depending on what my doc has to say on Tuesday. In the meantime, I need to get on his blanket that I've been meaning to work on... I don't really want to do it but since I made one for the other two I figure he shouldn't get stiffed.
I need to learn how to cut the boys' hair.
AFM: yeah, not too worried yet. I plan to ask at my appointment for my follow-up to be a color doppler u/s to check for vasa previa (placenta previa raises the risk) so I think that would be with a high-risk specialist. I'd love a 2nd opinion, especially right around the end of the 2nd tri, which is when the follow-up should be.
We moved Oliver to a toddler bed a few days ago. He had climbed out of the crib. It has mostly gone well. Today he even went up for a nap without any suggestions from me and climbed into bed and went to sleep. Bedtime tonight isn't going as well. 3 little boys running around their room screaming and giggling. Argh.
Oh my goodness. Raymond has 2 adult teeth coming in! Wow.
Wow, adult teeth! Crazy! GL with the nighttime routine getting your boys to settle down. I have a hard enough time getting ONE boy to stay in his bed
So last night I totally thought my water broke while I was up peeing in the middle of the night, but seems as if baby just decided to play a good trick on me and kick or headbutt my bladder really hard after I thought it was empty and got a ton more fluid out. But it stopped immediately after and nothing else ever happened so obviously it was nothing. Major let down!
Did you get checked out? I've had two high water breaks and there was a gush then not much after. With Oliver I had a little gush and then almost nothing the rest of the day. When I was induced that night they eventually had to break my forewaters (or whatever it's called) which was still intact somehow.
So, Raymond somehow injured his knee. We're trying rest and ice right now and hoping it's not sprained (no visible bruise or pain when prodded after more than an hour). And I'm not supposed to be lifting any kind of weight, so it'll be really interesting if he needs help getting around for a few days.
Poor kid! Hope he feels better soon and that is was just something minor! I have a doc appointment today so I'm planning to mention it to him just to be safe.
GL, Ashley! Let us know how it goes.
Raymond is still limping, so we're off to the doctor this afternoon.
KUP on his doc appt! I hope it's just a pulled muscle or something, knee injuries can be pretty ugly.
My appt went the same as they have been - good BP, good HB for baby, and no progress! LOL. After never progressing with a baby before my 40 weeks (I'd gone from "less than 1" to "a good 1 or so" with Dane @ my 40 week appt so that counts right?), I wasn't expecting much. He said if I make it to my next appointment (thanks for the optimism Doc, haha!), then we'll schedule an induction. I'm fully expecting to make it until then but maybe he'll surprise us... If not, I'm fine with being induced after my EDD.
Ash - Can't believe you're 39 weeks!
Virginia - I hope Raymond's knee is okay.
AFM - My mom found a neurologist that can get me in tomorrow for all this numbness, tingling, twitching, vibrating, etc that I've had since 5 days after birth. I'm still convinced I have MS and am horribly depressed and anxious. My original neuro appointment wasn't until June 27th, so I'm very happy to find this doctor who had a cancellation for tomorrow. I know I won't have answers tomorrow, but at least I'll be on my way.
Good luck tomorrow, Mary! I'm glad you have someone who can fit you in.
Ashley - I hope he doesn't keep you waiting much longer.
AFM: we can wait and watch and it it doesn't continue to improve he'll need some xrays. He just had xrays for his wrist a few months ago, so I want to avoid more if at all possible. He has improved a lot since yesterday, so hopefully it'll continue.