Gasp, I am actually blogging

Life is busy, busy right now and the next few weeks are going to be even busier.

We are doing well.  William’s lip has healed up very well.  It is still sore to him sometimes, but most of the time it doesn’t seem to bother him at all.

I have been wanting to take him to the doctor for a while, since I suspected that he might have exema, we needed to discuss more of the concerns with his walking, his slow speech, and since our doctor retired shortly after we established in the practice we needed to meet the new doctors in the office.  Well for those concerns — he does have exema.  I was right in my guess.  He is being referred to an orthopedic surgeon, as a second oppion, to make sure we are doing what needs to be done for him with physical therapy and that he doesn’t need any more treatment.   As for William’s speech, she did feel like he needs to be evaluated, but instructed me to contact the local health department for a hearing test and the intermediate school district for an evaluation for speech therapy.  I tried to contact both today, but was unsuccessful so I have to call them tomorrow.

I really liked the doctor we saw today.  She works for Covenant, like I do, but actually lives in Midland, where we live and did her residency in Midland, so she knows the Midland doctors and who to reccomend for us to see so we don’t have to go to Saginaw for everything.  That is great news to me, since I don’t like driving to Saginaw anymore than I have to.  She didn’t blink an eye about my homebirth plans and actually has done a fair number of deliveries herself and has been told that she does deliveries like a midwife.  I think we have a new doctor we can work with for our family.

The next few weeks are very busy for me.  Next Tuesday our family has 4 appointments, 3 for me and 1 for William.  That Friday, my mother-in-law is having knee replacement.  The next week my best friend is getting married and I am in the wedding.  Because of a scheduling conflict the rehearsal is on Thursday and the wedding is Saturday, so I have Thursday, Friday, & Saturday off work.  I always have Tuesdays off because of William’s PT.  Those 2 weeks I still have to get my 3 days of work in, so everyday is scheduled with something between now and the wedding.  Our wedding aniversary also falls right in the middle of the craziness. I am actually working that day so I could get all my hours in.  I am really looking forward to maternity leave, since I won’t have as many doctor appointments, I hopefully will be sleeping a little better, and will have a new little one to snuggle.

I also have a new stressor starting.  My grandma has an appointment with a surgeon tomorrow.  She had a routine mamogram done last month and a mass was found, so who knows what that is going to bring.  I guess I will know more tomorrow.  Thankfully not all the care falls to me, but most of it actually goes to my sister and my dad does what he can.  Toi and I try to split the drives between us as we can and each of us have our own things that we do for her, though Toi does more than I do, but then she is not working full time and doesn’t have kids of her own.

So if you could pray for us over the next few weeks, the bullets would be

  • whatever is going on with my grandma, that we as a family will know how to deal with it and make wise decisions
  • energy for the next few weeks
  • a safe birth
  • wisdom in decisions about William’s speech and physical concerns

Praises

  • Russ and I like the new doctor
  • our household is primarily at our normal state of health, Russ has his daily issues with his health
  • the main concerns with this pregnancy have been laid to rest

8 days off and crazy time ahead

Well I just am finishing and 8 day stretch off work.  It wasn’t supposed to be 8 days.  It should have been 3 days off, work the weekend (2 days), 3 days off, but William got pneumonia and I got bronchitis.  We are both done with out antibiotics, thankfully, just 5 days for both of us and are both feeling much better.  Tyler is still not feeling the best, he had a fever over the weekend, but not other symptoms that I was going to run him to the doctor for.

The next 2 – 3 weeks are going to be very busy.  I work the next 2 days.  Saturday has nothing scheduled, but we need to go grocery shopping badly and the kids will want mommy time.  Sunday my grandma as an MRI that she has requested that my dad, sister and I take her to.  Then I work again for 3 days.  Then 3 appointments — well checks for my boys and a consultation with my grandmas doctor for my dad, sister and me.  Then I get to go to my first ladies retreat with my mom and sister overnight!!  First time I will be away from William overnight.  Then Sunday off except the normal Sunday church.  Then back for 2 more days of work.  I think I will be very glad when May 1 rolls around.

I did get some things accomplished even though I was sick – laundry, kept the kitchen up for the most part.  I even did a knitting project from start to finish (just needs a button).  One day we had a sewing bee at my moms and I got 3 pairs of sleep pants completed with my mom’s help and have 1 more that just needs the waistband and hems done and 2 more that need the inner leg, crotch, hems and waistband done.  Hopefully after May 1 I will have time to get them finished.

Is anyone sick of the illness and Winter???

I know that I sure am.  The last week hasn’t been fun around the house.  First both boys got upper respiratory infections and looking back I “stupidly” took probably didn’t need to take them to the doctor who put them both on antibotics that I am not convenced now that they needed.  William wouldn’t take his inital without puking and fought with us to take the second, thankfully the 2nd one was once a day for 2 days.  The antibotics gave Tyler diahrea so bad that on Sunday (day 4) I dedided to take him off the antiboitics, since he went through 4 pairs of underware in about 3 hours.

Friday I came down with a nasty head cold, but still worked on Saturday and Monday (becasue it was slow got to go home early both days) and did our plans for Easter on Sunday.

Because I hadn’t looked at my calandar I didn’t think I worked on Tuesday and I woke up not feeling much better, and William had been vomiting since Monday.  I called a friend about someting else and she mentioned that LaLache League was that night and I knew I was supposed to work the day of LLL for March.  So I called into work.  I am so glad I called her, otherwise I would have been a no call-no show.

I ended up spending almost the entire day in bed yesterday and vomiting myself.  I didn’t even do any knitting until evening and did NO laundry even though it was really starting to pile up from all the vomiting from William.

Today I am feeling a lot better.  My cold symptoms are almost gone.  I am not nauseus anymore.  William is doing better though the vomiting is not gone yet.  He has vomited twice so far this morning after nursing so I don’t know if it a positioning  thing with the continued upper respiratory infection symptoms he is having or is he is still not quite over this bug.

I really missed being able to go to playgroup yesterday.  If I had been feeling better and not puking myself I probably would have left William with Daddy and Tyler and I would have still gone.  I enjoy the time I spend with those ladies.  It is a highlight for my week when we can go.

Sickies – the whole house & coupon information

Well it has to be spring since the spring colds are here.

Both Tyler and William are on antibotics.  I have come down with a cold and Russ is probaby starting to get a cold as well on top of his Chronic Fatgue Syndrome.  I thought about staying home for work today, but if you call in a on weekend you have to make it up and I would prefer to work only feeling about 75%  than to make up working a Saturday.  Depending on what area I am working I might see if I can change my assignment for a lighter work area.

I am on a yogurt campaign for the boys since they are on antibiotics and I want to keep them as healthy as possible, ie diarrhea free.  A friend from high school posted on her blog a link for a coupon for free Organic Yo-Baby yogurt.  I figured it wouldn’t hurt to get the coupon for our house as well and pass it on to you.

Long time without a post

or should I say Life is Crazy Busy!!!

My class last week went very well.  I never did finish reading the text.  I just about gave up after my procrastination post.  I learned a lot just through the lectures and the testing we had to do.  Made me want to brush up on the growth & development stuff I studied in college.  I still have my textbook, so someday I will sit down and look over it again.

Since more than 50% of the class was lecture (and I really do not enjoy just sitting and listening to lecture, there really wasn’t much to take notes on and what notes I need to do I did with a highlighter in the book) I had my knitting along and totally knit 1 sock for Tyler in the 2 days of class.Tyler's socks The second sock is coming much slower since I have normal activities and not 8 hours of straight sitting in lecture.

I worked my first 2p-2a shift on Monday.  The shift wasn’t bad, but after I got home life got interesting.  I got home about 3 was just crawling in bed about 4 when Tyler told me his tummy hurt.  He tucked his blanket up his shirt and I told him I would check on his tummy in the morning.  About 5 -10 minutes later he came and crawled in bed with us next to Russ.  Next thing we knew he vomited all over our bed and Russ.  William was already having a hard time falling back to sleep (he was awake when I got home).  So  I ended up sleeping with Tyler in his bed and William slept with Russ in our bed.  Tyler puked several more times during the night.  I had a lot of laundry to do come Tuesday morning on top of the fact I was already behind on laundry.

Even now on Thursday Tyler is not 100% better.  We went about 24 hours without vomiting then he vomited in bed last night.  So far he is going slow with eating today and is cuddling more than normal.  William has an upper respiratory infection and Russ more exhausted than normal and I have been fighting a headache and nausea for the last 2 days.  I am on day 2 of calling into work because of everyone being ill at our house.  I am hoping a trip to the chiropractor this afternoon will help me feel better and maybe the boys as well.