Sunday, August 31, 2008
"No, he's gone." (In hindsight, I realize this was worded poorly based on the poor doctor's face when I said it) "Wait! I mean he's in Tahoe for the weekend at a bachelor party. He'll be back on Sunday"
She also said that she would run a urine analysis and do some blood work. She said the pee would show if it's the bladder infection that's giving me problems and the blood work would show if there's an infection going on. She said the source of the infection could either be from the bladder or from something else. But, until more symptoms present themselves, she has no clue what's causing the fever. She did try to say that my symptoms could be from fatigue and stress, to which I asked her "a fever!?" She said, no, that wouldn't cause a fever, an infection would, however. Ugh... are you seeing the circular pattern?
So that was on Friday before Labor Day weekend. I was emailed the results (thank you Kaiser!) and the good news is both blood and urine are clean. No infection. The bad news? WTF is up with me!? She said to call the advice nurse once the labs were posted, but I feel like a flippin nut! "Hi, my labs are normal, I'm still not feeling so hot but as long as I take tylenol I feel OK" What will they say to that? "Keep up the tylenol until you feel better, don't take more than 8 in a day." Anyone wanna bet otherwise?
Meanwhile, I'm still super cold at night (when it's hot out!) and then when I bundle up, I wake up dripping with sweat! The sheets are soaked, I'm soaked but I don't regret bundling up as that's the only way I can fall asleep (or I get chills). I think I might just have to chalk this one up to pp hormones.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Which means I will probably be put on another type of antibiotic to take care of whatever this other one is, and I will still have to be diligent about treating the thrush (which has gotten a bit worse with the antibiotics. This sucks. A lot.
And, Nick's going out of town this weekend for a bachelor party. I really hope he enjoys his baby free sleep. I'm jealous.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
In any case, we drive to WC, I park the car and I went to get Jenna out when Nick called. He said the alarm company called. The alarm's going off and the police have been dispatched. Then, he proceeds to tell me to call the house, check the vmail to get the phone number and call them back to see if we can avoid having the police come out.
Then, Jenna starts to cry which quickly progresses to a full blown scream. I knew she was hungry, as we were on our way to a breastfeeding group and I intended to feed her right when I got there. So, she's screaming, I'm calling the house to get the phone number, writing it down, then I have to call the company, remember the password (ugh) and THEN they say "We can't turn it off from here, you have to turn it off from your home". Again, Jenna's screaming. I feel terrible. A fellow Mom came and was trying to calm her (swinging the car seat) and I'm totally breaking down.
When she cries, or screams, or is generally in distress my body surges. I have a massive hot flash. Sweaty, I can't handle myself where is the nearest fan for my face kind of hot flash. Often, my milk lets down and if I can't soothe her immediately, I become a sobbing mess with her. I can't help any of this, it's terrible. Then, if this occurs and we both break down, I tend to proceed to cry the rest of the day over little (or not so little) things. Stupid hormones.
Jenna was calmed by the other Mom as I got a call back from the alarm company. Apparently the police are at the house. The back door is open. I know why. Nick went around and closed the windows and turned on the A/C because it was going to be such a hot day. Well, the blinds were covering the back sliding door. I set the alarm manually and it didn't warn me that the door was open (or, if it did, I couldn't hear because Jenna was fussin). In any case, I had to leave at that moment, as the police were expecting me.
Jenna goes back in the car. I go back in the car. Luckily by the end of the second block, she was out (thank goodness!) There's more, but I'll spare you the details. Long story short, let it be known that I will do my best to "tell you like it is"
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
She's launched her new website and business and I'm such a fan! We'll be going to her for many a session in the future! :)
Monday, August 25, 2008
And this is Dane! How cute is he? He's 3 weeks old here. Clearly, he was great for conversation, too!
One more! In color!
And, here's the Mom's with the babes:
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Anyway, after recognizing that my 'period' that I got earlier in the week was yielding some TERRIBLE cramps I finally woke up at a 3am feeding and realized it probably wasn't 'cramps' after all. I called the advice nurse and she said I probably had a UTI. A few more calls and a culture later, I have a bladder infection. Fantastic.
So, they said "Keep drinking liquids, flush it out, cranberry juice is good". If there's one thing I'm good at, it's overkill. I went out and bought 2 half gallons of cranberry juice and throughout yesterday, I drank one entire bottle. (they can't say I'm not taking in enough liquids!)
This morning, I went to change Jenna and low and behold: Green Poop. Seriously. I'm talking simple green color (though Nick begs to differ, he said it's clearly wheat grass in color). Either way, there wasn't a hint of her normal mustard yellow stuff in sight. (This is where I apologize to my dear childless friends, as I'm sorry for having you get this far if you didn't ignore the post based on the title alone).
In any case... holy cow. This has been one helluva adventure! Any bets on what we have coming up next?
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I'm absolutely fascinated by your hands and feet. I know they're so small now, and they'll quickly get much bigger. Though, this month your grip has improved quite a bit, particularly when you've got a hold of a big chunk of my hair. You won't let go! So, pony tails for me, at least for now.
Now that we've just started to get a glimpse of your personality, we're even more intrigued as to what type of toddler you'll become, what type of young child you'll be. We're not even thinking about you as a teenager, as that scares the living daylights out of us, but we're so in awe as to the little person you're going to be. It's amazing the changes 2 months will make. I'm trying to soak as much of you in as possible before I have to return to work.
Monday, August 18, 2008
I had a yummy glass of Pinot Noir:
And the pork chop (not a normal selection for me! Normally I'd go for the fish, but the grilled peaches and endive sounded too good to pass up!)
Nick got a side of corn. This stuff was yummy! (he also had corn with his main entree and the server said "Unless you just really like corn, in that case, go for it!") I had a side of french fries.
Here's Nick, enjoying his Halibut with a corn succotash.
Sorry for the random shots, the iphone allows me to document my life in a whole new way! In any case, we had a great meal. The food was fantastic! Also, while driving away from the house I said to Nick "Is it bad that I'm excited to step away from her? That I'm looking forward to tonight?" He said "Of course not!". When we got to the restaurant (and found rock star parking after driving around ~ 15 blocks or so) and sat down, I realized it felt good. It was good to know that Jenna was in capable hands (Thanks Aunt Heidi!) and thanks to texting, we knew she was asleep within 30 minutes of our departure.
While eating, I saw a brief glimpse of myself, as me, not as a Mom. I know that sounds weird, but I realized that being a Mom isn't my only title. I'm not "Mom". I'm Janessa. Before having Jenna, I tried to rationalize my "new life" as a Mom. Now, I recognize I'm multifaceted. The Mom facet is just the newest one to my "life experiences". Not only am I a Mom, but I'm also a wife, daughter, sister, foodie, wine snob and employee. I have many different sides to me, and just because Jenna's here, doesn't mean that I'm no longer "me".
In any case, the dinner was fantastic, we weren't stressed at all. Jenna did great and didn't wake up from the time she was put down at 9 until 3:30 am. When we did get home, of course we rushed right over to her crib to take a peek. She was there, sleeping peacefully as if we hadn't left the house at all.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Clearly we have a 'rule-breaker' on our hands.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
That leads me to her TV debut.
She's officially been labeled as colicky and has reflux. Though that's tough to take, I know that she's not as bad as she 'could' be and she will grow out of a large part of it, thank goodness. So, we're hanging in there. Burp rags follow us everywhere and when she screams we've gotten pretty good about calming her down... most of the time. Then, there are the times she just cries. I've learned to accept that I can't always make it better and I just try to continue to soothe her and hope she feels some love and comforting support.
But, with all that, I'm doing well. I love getting out of the house and it's been great to meet a ton of Mom's with babies Jenna's age, as well as meet up with other Mom's too! (and, of course, anyone else that happens to have their lunch hour free). Going out in the evening is virtually impossible, so we avoid that if we can.