Oral Surgery

Tomorrow morning I have oral surgery to have my wisdom teeth removed – finally. I was supposed to schedule it after Rhett was born, but life has been so hectic since then. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out. I’m really hoping I have a high pain tolerance with this.

In other news, Rhett has become so much more vocal and mobile. He is crawling SO fast now. This past weekend, I spent a majority of the time spent doing housework stopping every 10 to 30 seconds to move him back to a safer location or to remove something from his mouth. Everything goes in his mouth. He also will not sit still for a diaper change anymore. He claps, loves to play with any kind of ball, scrunches up his shoulders with a huge smile on his face, nods yes, shakes his head no when he starts eating, can tell us when he is done eating, and follows me around the house like a puppy. He really is at such a cute age. I wish I could stay home and play with him all day.

Elle is getting very excited about her ballet recital. Her instructor has been telling her class a lot about it and preparing them for it as well. We had photos taken on Sunday. She had a swollen eye due to a bite, but I think they came out great. We placed the order today, so keep an eye out for a treat in the mail.

Elle is still constantly cracking us up with her silliness and logic. Tonight when I was trying to bribe her with nail polish to try a slice olive or a mushroom, she said, “I will eat those when I’m older, okay?” She still expected her nails painted. haha.

Ted has been on a diet for about a month now. He and his partner at work are having a competition to see who can lose the most weight. All the years that I’ve been married to him, I’ve encouraged him to make healthier choices in his diet, learn portion control, and also not load up on the main course while forgoing the essentials like vegetables and fruit. Almost five years and all it took was about one month with his sales partner engaging him in a competition for him to finally take his own initiative to eat healthier. Annoyed

Sorry I’ve been slacking on pictures. As always, most of them are on Facebook. We have our video camera back, so you may start to see more snippets of the kids.

Illnesses Abound

I got a stomach bug and started showing symptoms of it Saturday night (4/9). It was not fun to say the least. I was soothing Rhett back to sleep when the urge to vomit rushed over me. I set him down on the bed, he started crying and ran into the bathroom. I called for Ted to help soothe the baby as my body was in the process of expelling my dinner from earlier that day.

Fast forward to Tuesday night (4/12), the kids and I arrived home after work and daycare. We went through our normal routine of bathing, and feeding Elle dinner or a snack depending on how much she ate at daycare. I also usually give Rhett a small dinner, but we didn’t even make it that far before he started vomiting all over his bedroom. He ended up vomiting six times in three hours. 😦 Poor baby.

Wednesday I stayed home with both children. I kept Elle out of daycare in case she was carrying the bug also. I didn’t want anyone at daycare to get it because it’s not been fun. Rhett and Elle did well the whole day stomach-wise. Rhett got crankier as the day progressed and I noticed that his lips looked chapped. I was worried that it was because he was dehydrated since he wasn’t eating very well (and I don’t blame him because I didn’t eat a full meal until about the third day after started vomiting).

As the afternoon wore on, I noticed the spots on his lips were turning white and my spirits immediately sunk. He has thrush. Ted took him to the doctor the next day (4/14) since it was already too late in the day to get him to the doctor. Luckily, I had the medication we needed to start treating the thrush.

This poor family has been through so much this year already with the illnesses and doctor visits. Ever since we got out the of the hospital from Rhett’s attack, we’ve seen our pediatrician at least once a week. Elle saw her about a week before Rhett this time around because she had a sinus infection. I’ll be glad when we are all illness free. 🙂

Shingles

That’s what I have. Some key points about shingles:

  • It usually happens in older people. We’re talking 50+ due to a weaker immune system at an older age.
  • It’s the adult version of chicken pox.
  • And from an except of a really great article summarizing shingles, “After a person recovers from chickenpox, the virus that caused the illness does not completely go away; it lies dormant in the nerve cells that run parallel to the spine. For reasons not fully understood, the virus can become reactivated after a long period, sometimes decades. When that happens, you’ve got shingles, also called herpes zoster.”

I have a feeling that stress of an infant and toddler, lack of sleep compounded by recovering from a few colds led to a weakened immune system that wasn’t able to fight off the infection.

So I’m on medication for seven days as of Tuesday and hope to be fully recovered very soon so that I can get back to “normal.” I’m just praying that I didn’t pass the infection onto Rhett or Elle as chickenpox. Elle has been vaccinated against chicken pox, but Rhett has not as the vaccine is not usually administered until 12 to 18 months.

New Beginnings

So sadly the fortune cookie that I got last year that said that I will move into a new home by the end of the year was wrong. :\ The good news is that we are not giving up easily. We are putting our house back on the market for a third time. It looks like with the market the way it is right now that we will have to sell for pretty much rock bottom price just to unload it. The other good news is that we will be buying at a really low price when we do.

Rhett and I started the year off with colds. I thought I was having major allergies to the record-breaking mountain cedar pollen we had recently, but it actually was a cold. I think Elle is starting to come down with it as are my brother-in-law, my nephew, and my sister.

So in addition to a cold, I found out today that I have folliculitis. I have these small bumps around my ear and hairline by my neck that are swelling and very painful. I have been put on antibiotics since my doctor believes it is a bacterial infection. All I know is that it is very painful and I have never heard of this condition before today.

Our projects for the this week are to pack up some of the belongings that we no longer use to help make the house more presentable for showings and for me to get back to the doctor’s office to get tested for allergic reactions to dog dander. I’ve been getting hives whenever I touch Gunner, not fun.

In kid news, we set up a play area for the kids in what used to be the dining room. It’s the only area of the house that Gunner is absolutely not allowed. Up until we created this room, I had expressed my frustration in the fact that we cannot set Rhett down on the floor and let him explore and develop his motor skills because of all the dog hair that our vacuum is incapable of removing from the carpet. Side note: I have to brush my hand over every inch of carpet that we have in order to pick up all the dog hair and I have to do this almost daily. Anyhow, Rhett and Elle really enjoy playing in this area of the house dedicated to them and I’m happy that Rhett gets to sit on the floor to play with his toys and explore.

New year’s resolution: to update this thing at least once a week. Wish me luck!

Reflections on Motherhood

A friend shared this video with me and I totally teared up on the “He will get sick and you will stay up all night watching him breathe.” The things we do as mothers… I honestly never knew love the way I do with my children. I gave up the years when most of my friends were still bar-hopping and buying the latest fashions to have the most wonderful gift ever, my little girl. That little girl is now 3.5 years old and the sassiest thing on the planet, but no matter how sassy she gets I absolutely love her and it melts my heart when she tells me she loves me out of the blue. Now I have a little boy whose smiles can turn a horrible day into the best day ever.

This video, sponsored by Nummies.com, asks women to go back in time and give themselves advice they wished they’d had before motherhood. The top five nuggets of advice I would give myself are

  1. Your heart is always capable of more love.
  2. Your husband will be your best friend, biggest supporter, and the best help ever.
  3. The love that grows during those middle of the night feedings is well worth the sleep deprivation.
  4. The first time your child tells you “I love you Mommy” out of the blue, you will cry.
  5. Enjoy every moment because they really do grow up too fast.

Rhett Starts Going to Daycare

Rhett officially starts going to daycare on Monday, but he went for a few hours today to transition him. He did great and only cried once when he was getting his diaper changed. He will be going with Elle so he’ll always have his big, protective sister with him – at least until she starts going to elementary school. She is so in love with him and I love it. She gets so concerned when she doesn’t know where he is and gives him kisses first at bed time. Anyhow, it’s great to know that he’s in good hands.

The transition of Rhett going to my parents’ for two weeks while I was at work really helped too. It made me not feel so bad leaving for work and it’s softened the blow of leaving him at daycare.

In other news, Rhett is a major smiley baby in the mornings. He wakes up and smiles these huge smiles and they totally melt my heart. He really is a good, easy baby and I’m so thankful for that!

Saturday marks the 4th ballet lesson that Elle will attend and I get to watch the last 10-15 minutes of her class. I’m so excited to see what she’s learned and how she’s doing so far!