Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Yet another ear infection

Yesterday, on a whim, I decided to call my doctor about Hulk's coughing/cold. I was thinking that I would talk to the nurse to see if there was anything else I could do about making him more comfortable, so he could sleep better. When I got on the phone with her, and explained he had this awful cold/cough for 3 weeks, and maybe I was being an over-anxious first time mom - she said 'He's been coughing for 3 weeks and this is the first you've called? You aren't over-anxious'. Lol.

She said I should bring him in so they could have a listen to his lungs. I'm glad I did (even after waiting over an hour to be seen - there is definitely a reason I always try to get early morning appointments with doctors). Hulk has another ear infection. The cold is just a cold - and she says we are doing everything right with managing that, I am happy about it. I would be happier if he was better, but hey, you take what you can get! I feel like we caught this ear infection nice and early - he hadn't started refusing bottles or anything yet - so at least there is that.

In crafty news, Hulk has this taggie blanket that he sleeps with. Every once in a while it will get nasty, and I'm pressed to try and get it washed and dried by bed time. I figured I should buy a new one as a back up. I was SO surprised to find they cost $20! Give me a break. I could make one of these in 30 minutes. So I went to the store, spent about $60 on supplies, and I have enough fleece and ribbon to make at least 30 of the damn things. I made 4 last night, 1 for Hulk at daycare, one for a friend's baby, and 2 extras for Hulk at home. When I have time, I'll just sit down and make a pile so I have some for the twins and as presents for baby showers. When I first saw these things, I didn't see the draw. But Hulk loves rubbing the fleece up on his face, and grabbing at the different textured tabs. And, it's small enough (12 inches square) that it's not a huge thing to be lugging around.

Monday, June 29, 2009

16 weeks, still raining, still sick, and a bit of CIO

Well. This mornings 16 week checkup wasn't very eventful - I'm down 2 pounds, blood pressure is fine, and he found the babies heartbeats with no issue. He agreed that the Nantucket trip at 29 weeks probably wasn't the best idea, and explained a little bit more about my 19 week ultrasound (July 20th!). I asked about it because it includes an appointment with a perinotoligist - and I wasn't sure what that entailed. He explained that they feel that a 32 year old that is pregnant with twins should be treated the same way as a 35 year old with a singleton (I'll be 34 at time of delivery with our twins). They have all twin mama's at least met with her for the first ultrasound, and then they go from there. Seems like all my ultrasounds will be a lot longer than those I had with Hulk! I must admit to getting VERY excited to find out what genders I have living in there.

We really haven't had a lot of sunshine here in the past month. Usually I like rain - but it's starting to grate on me. Sunday, Aaron met his Dad at his house (the center that he is staying at got him there - it was a nice treat for him to get to see his house. He hasn't been there since the stroke). But that had me on my own with Hulk in the morning, it was cloudy - but thankfully no rain. I tried to sleep in with him (HAHA) but gave up on that pretty quickly. I had a few errands to run, so I decided to go to the park and let him swing (Hulk LOVES the swing) and then do my errands. We got home, and took a nap after that.

I was pretty wiped out - Saturday I spent a chunk of time in my yarn room. I got my books and fabric moved... and made the sad realization that this reorganization is going to be a hell of a lot of work. I'm also going to need to cull the stash a bit - there are many things in there that I know I still love, but I need to get realistic about my time on this earth in relation to actual knitting time. I think I may be at what knitters call SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy). I still really want to get things well sorted out within the next week, so I'm going try and spend an hour or two sorting each night so I'm ready to go when Suzanne visits this weekend. It just seems overwhelming to me now.

I'm also still battling this cold - and Hulk is still coughing at night. I decided to toughen up last night and not pop out of bed each time he cries. I would hear him cough, and then start to cry, and when I would get into his room, his eyes are closed, but he is crying. I finally turned off the monitor and just slept. My theory before was if he was crying, he needed something because he was such a good sleeper. But that hasn't been the case for the last month - so a change is in the works. Unless he is FRANTIC (or I'm up going to the bathroom one of my 3 times in the night), I'm just going to let him be. I usually get him to stop crying by giving him back the binkie - maybe it's time he learned to use his thumb or blankie? We'll see how long the toughness lasts.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Nursery Progress

This weekend, I have big plans to make some major progress on the nursery for the twins. Such a difference from my pregnancy with Hulk! Didn't want to even start doing anything until I had the Level 2 ultrasound (just to be 'safe'). That thinking kind of backfired on me - with the whole crib delivery crisis. Also - Hulk's room was 'ready to go'. When we bought this house, it had nasty wall to wall carpeting everywhere and each room had it's own version of 70's wallpaper (the living room had 'tree bark', Hulk's room had sailboats, the dining room had apple blossoms, our bathroom had metallic paper!). We had redone Hulk's room 2 years before I even got pregnant - it already had hardwoods floors and was painted.

The twins room? Not so much. I'll take pictures to show you all, but it's the only room in the house that still has wallpaper. It has a NASTY blue carpet (with no pad underneath, nice touch) and this random track lighting on the ceiling. So, there is a lot of work to do. First step is getting MY junk out of the room. I'm hoping to accomplish that over the next two weekends. We shall see.
But! I called back one of the woman from the mother of twins group - she is looking to get rid of a whole nursery set (2 cribs, a changing table and dresser!) for a steal. This is the crib:
And this is one of the dressers:


I'm pretty excited about this - I was resigning myself to either having to pay big bucks for a decent setup for the twins, or cobbling something together that kind of matched.

She still doesn't have the 'big boy/girl' beds to switch her twins into - so we aren't picking them up right away. But that is fine with me, because we don't have the room anywhere near ready either. That is one thing off my mind!

I have my 16 week checkup on Monday... I'll report back how everything is looking.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Blah.

In bullet point because I feel blah:
  • Hulk is recovered from the cold, his mom? Not so much.
  • I just found out that I get a floating holiday for the 4th of July. So I'm going to work from home instead of taking the day. Goodie.
  • Have I mentioned that Aaron is going for a Guy's Weekend on the 4th? All the way to CA, leaving Friday the 3rd and returning on the 7th.
  • No worries, I have a friend staying over for the weekend - so I will be having a Girl's Weekend.
  • A Girl's Weekend in which I organize my craft room so we can get started on the nursery, but a Girl's Weekend nonetheless.
  • I joined my local Mother of Twins group , and already have gotten some good leads on gently used cribs (hurrah).
  • I have 5 hours of babysitting time that I bought at a charity auction. I'm using it this weekend to go with Aaron to see the new Transformers movie in the IMAX theater. That is true love.

That's is all the excitement here. Whooooopie.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Can't find internal hard drive

That is the message I got this morning when I booted my work computer. I'm working from home today, and that would usually piss me off - because I would need to drive into the office to get my computer fixed. I've decided this is a sign from the computer gods to just take a sick day and relax. Hulk has shared this new cold with both Aaron and I, and it's a super fun one - nasty cough and now I'm losing my voice.

I hate using sick days for a cold, but maybe it's for the best anyway.

Aaron did something REALLY awesome this weekend. When my FIL (remember he had a stroke?) found out that we had a boy - he took about 30 minutes to relay to us that he wants Aaron to take the train he had in his house, and set it up in Hulk's room. After a bit of prodding by me (because it was a lot of work!) Aaron put it up. It is the coolest thing ever!

video


Besides being sick, and waking up coughing several times at night...Hulk is learning some exciting stuff. He no longer likes to sit happily playing. He tips himself over, rolls onto his belly, and pushes himself around on his belly. Mostly backwards. If he wants to get to something in FRONT of him, he goes around in a circle and somehow manages to make froward movement that way. It's fun to watch!

Anyway, I started this post at 8 AM and feel asleep until 3:30 - so I better just hit post.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Little bit whiny.

So, Hulk still is stuffy. Poor guy! Will it ever end? I think (fingers crossed) that we are at the tail end, because he's been coughing a lot. Last night he woke himself up coughing, and it took some drugs and some soothing to get him to sleep again.

I was wondering when I was going to start feeling round ligament pain in this pregnancy - I don't remember when it started with Hulk, but I know it was pretty early. Well, last couple of days it's been bad! Mostly I get it at night when I roll over or sit up to get out of bed. A few times I've just had to lay there and rub my side/belly and wait for it to go away. I'm getting a little nervous - as you can see in the belly picture from yesterday - I feel like I'm going to be HUGE. And there is a lot of stretching going on... I may end up being housebound by my 6th month because no clothes fit me!

I end up in these really awkward position at night in bed, trying anything to feel comfortable... so I have scheduled a massage for tonight. Hope it helps.

And finally, a WWID (what would the Internets do) question:

My MIL, who is somewhat evil, runs a craft 'center' where she lines up people to teach classes. I've taught there several times in the past, and she signed me up to teach on Sept 17 (the day before my birthday). It's a Thursday. So we'd probably end up staying for the weekend. I do get paid like $100 and I get a free ferry ticket. BUT. Aaron pointed out that I'll be 29 weeks pregnant at that point, and the doc said I couldn't travel after 24 weeks. But - going to my MIL's - is it technically travel? It's 2 hours in the car, and then a 45 minute ferry ride. I'm not super excited to teach the class, but by going there we get credit for a visit.... and I'm assuming a chance at a nice birthday dinner, since she will totally watch Hulk while we go out. I will ask my doc what he means by 'no travel', but I know I could lie and make it up too if I really didn't want to go.

What would you do?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Somewhat (belly picture)

This is what your belly looks like at 14w1d when you get pregnant with twins 3 months after giving birth:

Monday, June 15, 2009

Good and Bad

The good is that Hulk seems totally better. I think the teeth are through enough that they aren't bothering him as much anymore. Another good? I'm working from home and I have banana bread baking in the oven. The final good thing is that Aaron and I spent a large amount of time this weekend organizing baby stuff in an attempt to begin gutting the twin's room (well, the gutting is a ways away still - they will be in my yarn room, so I have about 15 years worth of yarn, books and fabric to move into the guest room in a more condensed fashion than it it in currently). We also had a good time hanging out with friends and family all weekend during which Hulk was super happy and cute and his normal wonderful self.

The bad? Hulk has started rolling over at night. Onto his belly. And then forgetting that he totally knows how to roll over all by himself. So he cries and cries until one of us comes to rescue him. And when Aaron went in this morning, for what I thought would be a simple 'roll me onto my back NOW, Dad' - it turns out that he has a stuffy nose AGAIN. Damn it. I need a full night of sleep. I kind of feel like some sort of crap all the time. If I'm not tired, I'm nauseous or have a massive headache. I can't really complain, because I know my body does pregnancy a hell of a lot better then most, but on Sunday I has a horrid headache all day, and I went to the grocery store and starting sweating and feeling faint. It was awful. Although I did rally enough to pick up Chinese food - which helped. And it's raining. AGAIN.

I think warm banana bread will fix all.

Friday, June 12, 2009

So glad.

I'm so glad it's Friday. I'm so glad Hulk seems to be feeling better. I'm so glad I have a husband who did an awesome job staying home with a little sick guy yesterday.

Yep - Aaron survived! When I got home, he did seem a bit dazed and confused... I asked when Hulk's last bottle and Tylenol was, and he had no clue ("2:30? I think?"). Hulk woke up a few times last night, mostly when he needed more meds - but slept pretty well until 7 Am this morning. He was very happy and acting much more like himself... so I took him to daycare. Only thing concerning me is his isn't drinking his bottles again. But he doesn't have a fever. So I told daycare to do their best with the bottles, and I'll call around noon to see how the day is going. If he still is refusing bottles, I'll call the doc AGAIN and see what they think.

Please just let him feel better soon.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Well.

Somewhat random post today!

Turns out you can only push the pregnant stressed out girl so far.

I'm better today. Yesterday was actually fine working from home. Hulk slept almost the whole day, waking up for only for bottles and more meds. He slept pretty well last night (one wake up, solved by a bottle and more meds). I'm hoping that he is just as good for Aaron today. But this morning he seemed happier and more himself. So crossing fingers it's just the shots and we over the hump.

As I drove away this morning, I realized that this is the first full day that Aaron has spent alone with Hulk. Sure, he's taken him at night when I've gone to hang out with my girlfriends, or to the gym, or whatever - but that is like an hour of playtime, followed up by bedtime. Today may be a whole day of Aaron and Hulk time! I'm interested to see what sort of shape Aaron is when I get home from work.

I gave him benadryl last night as he's been stuffy for the last 3 weeks. It was before his bath, so I got to watch it kick in. The look on his face as he could finally breathe through his nose was pretty funny!

With all the time I've taken for sickness/pregnancy/life in the last few weeks, I've been thinking in the back of my head that my boss must be getting annoyed. But he isn't. He is really understanding, and it isn't like a just work 8 hours a day... so it all evens out in the end. But last night, I had one of those all night dreams that seem totally real where I got laid off - because I was pregnant and missing work so much. I even woke up at one point (to pee and give Hulk the bottle/meds) and I was sitting there figuring out what my severance would be. It was crazy! I joked about it to my boss this morning, and he said he hopes that never happens - and if I'm going, it's because we all are. So that was comforting (of course, I work at a bank, so maybe not all that comforting when you think about it).

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Screw Wordless Wednesday

So, I'm working from home, because that is what I do on Wednesday's (it's cleaning lady day and we have two huge dogs that are a bit scary). I also worked from home on Monday (11 AM u/s that had me offline from 10:30 - 12) and Tuesday (9:40 doctors appointment, again offline from 9:15 - 11).

The phone rings. It's daycare. Hulk has a fever.

WTF! The week before Memorial day, they called - we found out he had an ear infection. I worked from home with him that day, and then took the next day as a sick day (he can't go to day care until he is 24 hours fever free without medications). The week of Memorial day, I got a call from daycare on Friday that he had a fever again. Confirmed that the ear infection was still there. Last week we made it through with no issues. Then two days after he is done with the antibiotics, he has a fever AGAIN.

I'm wiped out. I called Aaron in tears, and he tells me that I can't react like this. LIKE WHAT? I'm pregnant, stressed out at work, and I'm facing another work day at home with a sick baby. I do manage to get work done with him here, but I'm managing two projects right now that are major PITA's and the people I'm working on them with are assholes. Aaron said he'll come home - but I know his work doesn't like him to work from home (but I did ask him to see if he could work from home tomorrow, since of course, Hulk can't go to daycare tomorrow).

Anyway - I called the doc. Aaron made the point that maybe it's a reaction to the shots yesterday - we'll see if she calls back. The nurse said that it may be viral, and in that case, we need to give it 48 hours to resolve. Oh goodie. Sick baby again.

Wordless Wednesday - The twins

Twin A:
Twin B

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

6 month check up

Well, the Hulk continues to be a hunk! He is weighing in a 21lbs, 11 oz and 27.75 inches long. That means he is 80% for height and 95% for weight... which the doc assures me is perfect. She admits he is a 'big boy' but he comes from big stock, so I'm not surprised.

I'm excited that he is now old enough for Motrin and benadryl. He's been stuffy for over 2 weeks - so I'm glad we finally have an option to help him feel better. And the Motrin lasts longer the Tylenol (6 hours versus 4) so that is good news for when he is teething and having trouble sleeping.

As for eating, she says to do ahead and keep trying new things - she only wants me to hold off on dairy until 9 months and nuts, shellfish and honey for a year. She also said it was fine to give him lunch again. I had stopped lunch because it was making him not drink all his formula. The doc was fine with him having 30 oz of formula a day, so that would be cutting out a bottle for us.

She also cracks me up, because she says I'm a really laid back mom - and that she is sure I'll be fine with 3 babies! Ha! I guess I am laid back... and I have no idea how that happened, as I tend to be hyper about so many things (um, like when I was trying to get pregnant?!) Oh - and other good news is that the ear infection is finally gone! Hurrah!

She thought she heard a heart murmur but wasn't sure - he's breathing is noisy since he still has a cold. So he is going to go back in a month when he hopefully doesn't have a cold anymore and she can get a good listen. We just want to be sure if there is a heart murmur to tell that to the doctor doing his surgery (for his minor birth defect) in August. I'm not too worried about it - both Aaron and I have heart murmurs and they haven't impacted us whatsoever. Also - this isn't the first time that they've suspected he had one... as a newborn they thought they heard it too (and they found they were wrong).

Monday, June 8, 2009

Celebrating the start of the second trimester with an u/s!

This morning we got to see the babies! Twin A has a heartbeat of 142, and Twin B was a little faster at 150. They actually look like babies now! Of course, Aaron snagged the pictures - so I'll have to upload later. I guess they are stacked on top of each other, instead of side by side, so it's harder for the u/s tech too see everything.

No guesses on the gender - so that needs to wait for July 20th... but Hulk's heartbeat was always in the 140 - 150 range!

As for me, I'm feeling worse. Grrr. I've been either nauseous or feeling faint the past week or so. Which makes me kind of mad, because I'm entering the second trimester - shouldn't this crap be going away? Not starting!?!!? But I'm less tired, at least.

And big news for Hulk! We can see a tooth! The first one is starting to make it's appearance on the bottom. He doesn't seem super upset by it.. but maybe I'm just used to upset baby with the past few weeks filled with ear infections and colds. He woke up on Saturday night freaking out - it took us about an hour to calm him down. Thankfully, last night he slept from 7 - 5:45 perfectly.

We also got some 'new to us' toys this weekend from a girlfriend on my street. Yeah. I kind of feel like a bad mom. He loves them all so much! Guess he needed more 'grown up toys' - he was happily playing with them all weekend.

Tomorrow is Hulk's 6 month checkup - I assume more shots? I'm interested to see his height/weight percentile because he is just so big compared to everyone in daycare. Also going to ask some feeding questions. He is still getting between 30 - 38 oz of formula a day, in addition to 2 meals (cereal, fruit and veggies). He's tried every kind of fruit and veggie available for stage one, and we've even tried pineapple, cherries and apricots. He loves them all. I'm wondering if we can move onto starchy stuff? Or those melt in your mouth finger foods?

Friday, June 5, 2009

6 months old!

Hulk is 6 months old today! How crazy is that?

He is doing great. He now loves being on his tummy (sometimes) and will 'swim' on the carpet. He loves the dogs - they totally crack him up. He wants to be sitting all the time, and anything that comes within his reach (and he has a LONG reach) he grabs and deposits in his mouth. He sleeps through the night (thank god) - Aaron and I have learned that once he starts rubbing his eyes, up to bed or a meltdown ensues. But he'll go to bed around 7 and then wake up between 6 and 7 AM. No complaints here! He is wearing 12 month clothing, and I've think this weekend I need to go out and get some new toys - 'baby' toys aren't cutting it anymore.

For the record, I didn't go back to bed yesterday (although the bad day continued, it just wasn't an option). I did get a pedicure, which helped a bit. Aaron picked up Hulk from daycare, and of course, the night he has him, Hulk fell asleep in the car and continued to sleep in his swing until after I got home. The good news is - one more week of Aaron coaching soccer and I won't be on my own at night 3 days a week anymore! Hurrah! It isn't that I cant take care of him alone - it's just nice to have someone else around so I can, I don't know, go to the bathroom without crankypants crying? Or start dinner before 8 PM?

Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

I should just go back to bed.

My morning in a nutshell:

  • Woke up, played with cute baby.
  • Cute baby poops.
  • change baby, put on outfit for the day
  • Feed baby
  • Baby poops AGAIN. To all limits of diaper.
  • Change diaper, thankfully didn't need a whole new outfit
  • Open frig, glass jar falls out and breaks across floor.
  • Dogs come into 'help'.
  • Try to get glass off the floor before dogs cut paws.
  • On drive to work, realize that I'm nauseous. WTF? I'm almost out the first trimester! This can't start now!!!
  • Go to work.
  • Nausea continues.
  • Get Blue Screen of Death when logon
  • Learn hard drive has crashed. Be thankful that I have everything backed up.
  • Deal with assholes at work.

Heavy Sigh. I'm getting a pedicure after work today.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

All is good

Babies seem to be doing fine - the doc heard two different heartbeats, one at 152 and one at 158! I've lost a pound (trust me, I'm not trying) and my BP was good. We went over a bunch of my questions. A VBAC is an option, but he is concerned about my scar and the fact that he likes to see a year between pregnancies. But he said we won't even talk about that for a while. They can look at my scar hopefully on the 35 week u/s and get a better idea of how it healed. I'll also need to go into labor on my own (which I didn't do with Hulk). So - we will have a scheduled c-section at 39 - 40 weeks (he won't let me go over 40 weeks with twins), and just roll with it otherwise. Which is the best plan. I'm glad he didn't rule out a VBAC completely.

I'm also going to get an u/s next week (maybe we'll find out the genders!) and another in 6 weeks. That one in 6 weeks will be viewed by a high risk doc to be sure everything looks good. After that, I'll be getting an u/s every month to check on the growth. I'll also be getting non stress tests twice a week after 32 weeks. So, I'm off to see the doc a lot in the future. Goodie.

At least the doc office is close to my house, and my boss doesn't mind if I work from home.

Oh! And I also get to stop the progesterone. Hurrah!

Monday, June 1, 2009

12 weeks and I think we finally conquered the ear infection

Thursday night, I got home from running a bunch of errands and Aaron had just gotten Hulk to bed. He was fitfully sleeping, so I went up to re-pacify (you know, putting the binkie back in. The day can't come soon enough that he figures that life skill out). He was HOT. Took his temp - it was 101. Now, he is still on antibiotics - so I figure there is no way he should have a fever. I called the doc - and they agreed. So, Friday we confirmed that the ear infection was still there and got stronger antibiotics. Of course the fever got him a 'no go to school' card - so I worked from home while trying to make a sick baby happy.

Saturday he was still fussy... but on Sunday we finally turned the corner. It's been over a week that he drank a bottle without fussing (I'm sure it was his ears hurting), and on Sunday he was drinking them down every 3 hours in about 5 minutes - and that was the whole bottle! And he finally slept pretty much the whole night - he got up a few times coughing because we are lucky enough to have this ear infection paired with a nasty cold....which he has thoughtfully passed on to me. Such a good son. But at least I can take (limited) drugs for it.

Anyway - I'm glad it's Monday! I know it sounds weird, but I'm thinking a day at daycare will do the both of us some good. I think it was on Julie's blog, a Little Pregnant, that she posted about TGIM - Thank God it's Monday! Not that I don't love spending time with Hulk, but after two weekends in a row of a sick baby, being pregnant and now sick myself... a bit of a break is welcome.

More exciting news!? Aaron and I ordered a new frig and dish washing machine this weekend! We have been in need for a long while (veggies get frozen in our frig and the dishwasher is small and really doesn't actually Dish Wash 100% of the time) but I finally just told Aaron that we were doing it, and we did. They are being delivered on Sunday - and I can't wait. The dishwasher does 1/2 loads (perfect for the days that we are lazy and have takeout all day but still need to wash bottles) and the frig? It's one of those french door ones that has 2 cooling units? So no more wonderful CSA produce will get frozen in the frig! Happy dance.

If you told me 5 years ago that I would have a baby and twins on the way and I would be doing happy dances over new kitchen appliances... I would never have believed you.

Oh yeah. Today marks 12 weeks. Tomorrow I see the doc. I promise to report back how everyone is doing in there. No reason to think otherwise, and I'm hoping to get to stop the progesterone pills.