Month 12: Walking Strong, Growing Fast – Day 334 to Day 364

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Scientific Experiments

Scientific Experiments

1/22  Day 334 T:  Mini Moose is 11 months old!     He weighs 20lbs now and is  inches.    My baby boy!

Two for two last night!     One of those was a mutual potty break in the bathroom for both of us.    That’s where our briliant EC morning ended.  It was bitter cold, but I had to go to work to pick up paperwork.   I admit I got sidetracked and totally spaced and forgot to take Mini Moose to go potty before we left the building (sometimes I get so busy I forget to take myself to pee).  He had been dry, but by the time we got home the poor thing was soaking wet.

Once we got resettled at home, right back into training pants and we were on track for the rest of the day even getting a small poop.   Though, I was a little miffed that it was a small poop!   That means I have to be on alert for the Big Papa that I KNOW is still hiding in there somewhere.  The moment I turn my head I know it is going to appear.

Mini Moose is walking a lot.  Today he spent most of his time on two legs rather than crawling on all four.    My pride is swelling, yet my Mommy Heart is breaking.      You understand I’m sure.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned but I have solved part of my “Toy Blackhole” problem.    I took a piece of thick poster board (the kind with like a foam sandwiched between poster paper) and cut it to fit underneath our TV unit like a kick plate.   Voila!   No more toys sucked underneath it.      I then stuffed a rolled up thin fleece blanket under the hold under the toy box and that solved that Bermuda Triangle of toys.    I am going to need to find a solution for under the couch and a few other furniture gaps.  I did mention this right?   I have the strangest feeling that I did…

This is one thing NO ONE ever mentions about having little children.  When you buy furniture and you know you are going to start a family buy that $hite so that it is flush to the floor.   Seriously.  If it is flush to the floor no toys can disappear under it and you don’t have to clean under it.   Win Win!    That same goes for the couch.   Yeah, our recliner couch is awesome.   For reclining.   Not so awesome for when it eats toys and sucks them underneath to swirl in the whirlpool of crumbs, dust, and fur even if you cleaned under it yesterday.     You want the boring couch.  The one that is flush to the floor with cushions that come off so you can easily vacuum under them, wash them, and find that missing puzzle piece, Leggo, block, or what have you.    Save the fancy couch for when the toys have a lot fewer pieces.

1/23  Day 335  W:    Story time!     Man it was cold out and I had to fill up my tires before we left because two were very low again.      Daddy Man was home today becaue he is taking a night shift at work for the next three weeks to get a project done on deadline, so I had him help me by having him fill the tires while I got the kids layered and packed in.   I hate winter.   It takes thirty minutes just to get dressed.

EC last night, by the way was all misses except for one. It was three or four misses, but I can’t remember exactly.      Then we missed again at story time when we arrived, and then again just before we left.    We blew through 3 training pants at home before we had some steady catches.   Daddy Man took Itty Bitty to the kid’s gym to let he blow off some steam and Mini Moose and I caught some Z’s and had some good potty catches.  Missed the poop.  Or, I mean to say, TWO poops.    Messy messy messy.      I still haven’t gotten a chance to buy bananas though Daddy Man said he’d pick up some apples for Itty Bitty tomorrow because the girl seems to be lost without apples.  LOL

Tomorrow is my first day with a new group at work and I’m nervous and it is a different location and I hate driving a new route in the dark.    But since Daddy Man will go to work especially late after I get home it will allow me to leave a little earlier than usual so that I have extra time to get settled.

1/24  Day 336 Th:    Okay.  Wow.    What a day!

It started off fine.   I got a little miffed that Daddy Man wanted to sleep until 10 because he worked late, but when I work late (same hours) I get up at 7 or 8 with the baby.    Don’t you just want to smack your spouse with a pillow sometimes?    Or is that just me?

Night EC was quite successful with only one miss and two catches.  The day was pretty good.  We were in training pants all afternoon with success with pees until the leaky poops.   I haven’t been diligent with giving Mini Moose a daily half banana or much in the way of solids other than a few nibblers here and there and this week I’ve been especially lax and have been rewarded with gigantic breastmilk poops that flow out both sides of the flat (when he’s not in trainers he is in the belt and flat system).    THREE times today.   Yikes.   Where do they store it!?

Mini Moose has been walking non stop, barely crawling.   He is toddling like he is on a mission and does not like to be left behind the gate even for a minute so a person can pee in peace.   The bathroom is three steps away from the gate that he can see through and he gives me much grief if I don’t take him with me.

The poop-fest was bad enough but then I was feeling nervous about the night drive and the first day with a new group and after Daddy Man bought us subs (hoagies, grinders, submarine sandwich) I really felt off.    I arrived early and my fingers were frozen by the time I got inside.  Brrrr!    I had a wicked headache but considering nerves and being half frozen I brushed it off.    I then had a nauseated feeling and a thought nagging in the back of my mind that I wanted to puke and feel better.   I brushed that thought aside, sat in a bathroom stall for a bit to take some calming breaths, and then got set up.    I felt really parched and was nursing a small cup of water while I began lecture.  About 10 minutes into my lecture I had to excuse myself.  I walked calmly out, headed to the ladies room, and sprinted the last three feet with my hand over my mouth.  Up Chuck in the sink.   I considered moving to the toilet but then puked again.  And as I thought about the gross chore of cleaning up the sink I yacked a third time.    I was sweating a little, but felt much better.   I cleaned up, splashed my face, rinsed my mouth, sucked it up and went back to work.   You do what you gotta do, right?   I had to stop on the way home to get some ginger ale to settle my stomach.

I get home and relay my tale of woe.   I warn Daddy Man not to eat the sandwich he saved for himself, but he ate it anyway and spent a good deal of time with intestinal troubles after.   Mini Moose and Daddy Man had one big catch in my absence, another giant poop miss, and lots of mini pee misses.     As for me, thankfully, no more vomiting thus far.

1/25  Day 337 F:    Daddy Man has a fever.   I don’t, but don’t feel all that fantastic either.     But, as you know “Mommies can’t get sick” (primary care provider technically) so this is not going to put me in a good mood.    The Littles seem to be fine.

Mini Moose peed a bazillion (okay five) times last night and I caught just one and though our morning catch rate was pretty good, I kind of lost the groove as the day wore on.   Just being tired and not up to par and still having to make food and maintain the house.   I did have Daddy Man pick up some hamburger while he went out to get crackers so that I could make something quick and easy for Itty Bitty to eat.      We haven’t got much in the house and I’ll need to go to the grocery store tomorrow.   I feel very off.

The rest of Mini Moose’s new training pants came today.  Wow, they make the old ones look really raggedy!   He isn’t quite at the level Itty Bitty was as far as reliability but he is far ahead of where she was with bipedal locomotion that’s for sure!

Daddy Man still has a low grade fever.  I’m awfully run down and wrung out.  The kids are tornadoes on speed.

A Climbing Fool

A Climbing Fool

1/26  Day 338 S:    Pee-a-thon last night and I missed 5 or 6.  When it is an all night nursing marathon, then the pee is crazy town!     Anyway, the day started as normal with Mini Moose up at 7:30 or 8:00 and we went downstairs to join Daddy Man who slept on the couch.   He is still not feeling so great intestinally and has a low grade fever still.    Unfortunately, Itty Bitty got up ten minutes later which means she’s going to be Destructo Girl sometime late afternoon.    Oy.     I was feeling so drained and wouldn’t you know every time I drifted off on the couch for a much needed cat nap somebody woke me up!  Itty Bitty, then Mini Moose, then Daddy Man!     I was so ANGRY!

EC was pretty off too.   There were catches, of course, even a half poop catch, but there were a ton of misses and we blew through six training pants really quickly.       Then a lot more pees were missed while I went to the grocery store.   ALONE.    Daddy Man wanted me to take one of the Littles but I said no.   I am not feeling 100%, it is really cold out there, and I wanted to shop without having to keep an eye on anyone.   I was gone an hour and a half.  I went to two stores to replenish depleted staples.   I scored some good deals.  Daddy Man looked a bit haggard by the time I got back.  But since I did the shopping, unloading, putting away, and cooking and feeding of the toddler all feeling not so good, I didn’t have much sympathy.

Mini Moose was so desperate to get to me in the kitchen that he learned how to open the gate (we don’t usually ‘lock’ it tight just latch it so Itty Bitty can get to the bathroom easier or come and go.   He worked on it and worked on it until he figured out how to lift the latching bar and push it open so he could toddle to the kitchen to find me.   Once learned it cannot be unlearned and we now have to make sure it is latched properly.

1/27  Day 339 Su:  Daddy Man is still running a low grade fever.    Mini Moose was a nursing dynamo and peed four or five times and I missed all of them.   I caught the wake-up pee and then missed all four of the day’s poops.  EGADS!    At least the banana is having the desired anti-lava effect.     I’m getting pretty run down.    I didn’t do much today except miss pees, catch one or two, and just wrangle the Littles.

Mini Moose walked all day today rarely crawling unless it was to bulldoze through toys to get to the open gate, which he knows now if it isn’t all the way latched even if he is across the room.   Itty Bitty had a small pee accident from waiting too long but put 75% of it in the toilet and cleaned up the small miss on her own, put her wet pants in the laundry, and fetched herself fresh ones without prompting.

1/28  Day 340 M:   Still the house of Patient Zero.    I am waiting for the other shoes to drop and you know they will.

Missed all the pees last night.  I kept offering at the wrong times and Mini Moose is awfully restless.    Itty Bitty is adapting to the new routine quite well though her activity needs are draining.    Daddy Man, who is not used to day time interactions in such large doses says, “Is she always like this!?”    Yes.  Yes she is.   From the time she opens her eyes until they are closed she is on the go either with her feet, her mouth, or her mind.   If you are lucky, it will be a day for the mind where she sits quietly.     Usually it s mouth and feet or mouth and mind.   Hah!

Now…Now he can see why I am not Molly Sunshine when he gets home and why I am so tired.   It is very draning for an introvert such as myself to be ON all the time.     I can not wait for spring or at least some decent weather.   I don’t want to bring the kids anywhere though when our contagion status is up in the air.

I managed to make some pot pies today with homemade pie crust.   It shouldn’t have taken that long but…I misread the recipe and messed up the crust.  I managed to fix it by doubling.  The filling was tastey but too loose for a pie with no bottom and just a crust on top.   Anyway, Daddy Man asked me a few times when I’d be done and judging by the feeling that I wanted to eat his head off like a Praying Mantis — I can tell I’m going to need a break very soon.    Anyway, it should last us a couple of days since I know Daddy Man won’t eat it.  Texture issues.    The chicken was a dollar a pound so it was a budget filler.  Itty Bitty and Mini Moose also got to have some strawberries as a treat — finally they were on sale!  Mini Moose approved of the tasty fruit.

EC today was hit and miss.   Missed all the poops but we persevere.    The positive side of the missing poops is that literally seconds after the poop he lets me know with body posture and silence that he has a situation and he will wait for me.  No protesting either when he gets cleaned up.    There is always communication even when the output doesn’t exactly get to where it is supposed to go.

1/29  Day 341 T:  It was a typical night last night caught 2 missed 2 and Itty Bitty and I have readjusted our one nurse a day to accommodate us not having one on one time.  I nurse her earlier in the evening or earlier and then when it is time for bed I nurse Mini Moose while she curls up against my back, sometimes wanting to hold my hand.    I miss our one to one sessions at night, but this is working well for now.

I finished making pot pies with the repaired crust and I thickened the sauce with more roux.   It came out pretty well, but I realized that with a pot pie in a full crust top and bottom a looser base is better.  Live and learn!

I got so raging mad at Daddy Man though.  I asked him to keep an eye on the Littles so I could take a ten minute shower.   It’s been over 24 hours since I had a breather.    He didn’t have to interact, just make sure no one tried to climb anything dangerous or start a fire.  Just sit on the stairs and watch them play.     He hemmed and hawed and he said something to Itty Bitty when she asked him what he was doing and he said , “Apparantly I am watching…”  I didn’t want to hear the rest.  I was so angry that I told him to forget it and go to bed.  It was either that or shove a sock up his nose.       I hate Man Sick.       I banged some things around to make me feel better and put on my grumpy face.

I spent the rest of the day holding very clingy baby and reading and playing with an attention starved and physically cooped up toddler.     I can’t take them anywhere when there is a halo of sick in the house and the weather is just horrible cold and rainy and windy.

EC was hit and miss though we did catch 3/4 of a poop in the toilet!   Mini Moose has been liking to sit up on the insert and I like it because he can’t stand up mid stream.     We missed the three other poops and had moderate success with pee catches.   He’s not fully releasing again so he does a little in the potty and then wets trainers or a flat and belt later.    Now that he’s a pro-walker I’m hoping we can find a new groove.

Itty Bitty wordisms I’ve enjoyed lately even though they aren’t new:   Diamond Room (Dining Room)    and her random bursting out into song and making up lyrics.   BahBah boo zxhoo zxhoo (It is supposed to be the Gummy Bear song Baa Baa Baa-doobie doobie yum yum)  is popular as well as “I go outside I go outside the sun is out”.

Oh!   I am not sure exactly when it happened but Itty Bitty hasn’t called for assistance for a non-messy number 2 clean up in ages.

1/30  Day 342 W:    Well, the bug finally caught the Littles.

Just after Daddy Man left for work last night Itty Bitty was hungry so I heated up leftover pot pie and put on a movie while I nursed Mini Moose.  Itty Bitty was transfixed and was not talking…at all.  No Mystery Science Theatre-like commentary, she didn’t move a muscle, and left the food untouched.  She got up at some point, got a pillow and blanket, put it on the floor where she had been and laid down.    I asked her to come sit on the couch beside me, having suspicious feelings she was not feeling well, and as soon as she was near my body I knew she had a fever.   Low grade.   Damn.

I didn’t treat it but had her potty and I took the kids and supplies upstairs to bed.   She curled up in a ball and went to sleep.  Mini Moose resumed dozing and appeared fine.   I waited and sure enough around midnight Mini Moose woke up with a fever of 101 and creeping up.   I treated it with Ibuprofen to keep it at 99-100 while I slept  and when Itty Bitty woke up I did the same for her so she’d be comfortable.  She slept all night.  Mini Moose slept, peed, and nursed.   I didn’t sleep very much obviously.

The day was pretty run of the mill when we woke up.   I’m so beat.   I got over my anger yesterday and today told Daddy Man that sick or not he needed to watch the kids while I took care of myself.     I checked fevers, medicated Mini Moose to manage his fever to keep him comfortable and nursing, and left Itty Bitty with some water and her fever was still low grade so I left it alone.    When Mini Moose was comfortable and perky Daddy Man took over and I spent 30 minutes in the shower.  Ahhhhhh!

It is amazing what a short break can do!

That was our day.  Itty Bitty watched a movie later with Daddy Man and Mini Moose stayed with me nursing, napping and at one point his fever got too low and he was all over the place!   Itty Bitty’s fever needed managing one more time in the evening making it hard for her to rest.  But she ate fine, wanted baked beans and seems no worse for wear.  Mini Moose is nursing just fine and has cycles of activity and non-activity.

EC was mostly miss but we did have a few good pee hits.

1/31  Day 343 Th:   It was a day of managing fevers.  Itty Bitty vascillated between being subdued to wanting to play so we usually could tell when her fever was up or down.    For both of the little we used Ibuprofen and Tylenol to manage the fevers so they would stay between 100 and 101 and not go above 102-103 for their comfort (Mini Moose is under a year so I am more watchful of his fever fluctuations and want to keep him comfortable enough to nurse without killing the fever).    I am not feeling quite right either and I’m sure I’m going to be next.  I just need to get through work tonight.   Mini Moose is nursing non-stop and is peeing quite a lot so it’s been a hit and miss day though we did manage to get a half poop even with the sickness.      We just rest and watch TV.  I am just happy Mini Moose is well hydrated.

2/1  Day 344 F:    I was right.   I have officially the highest fever in the house at 103.     This really is the pits.   I’ve got the Littles to focus on and having a high fever is really making me run down.   Sometimes it gets to 104.    I can’t each much and am trying to stay hydrated but it is an effort because I don’t feel thirsty.    Itty Bitty and Mini Moose needed more fever management today–if it gets too high they don’t want to drink.   That is my main concern.     We are quite lucky that Daddy Man is feeling better and can pick us up food and drink because I just have no energy.    We don’t have the gastro intestinal issues Daddy Man had so that’s a good thing!   Mini Moose had some very liquid poop about three times but I’m not sure if that is due to the illness or due to going back to an exclusive no-solids diet.  Itty Bitty has wanted to nurse more too so I’ve upped her to twice a day at least.

2/2  Day 345 S:

My fever stayed 102 to 103.5 all day and I’ve had to take Ibruprofen just to take the edge off so I can focus on the kids.    I rarely take meds so they worked pretty quickly.  Mini Moose is nursing constantly (yay!) and I haven’t put him down in two days except for a minute here and there when he’s feeling good enough to want to play for a few minutes.   He’s still interactive and smiley despite the fever.   Itty Bitty is the most energetic only slowing down if her fever gets above 101 and getting uncomfortable if it gets to 103.    Itty Bitty has enjoyed the TV marathon since I usually don’t let her watch cartoons during the day.     Right now anything to keep her sitting is our motto.

Mini Moose has lost his voice over the last couple of days and Daddy Man noted that we should keep an eye on it.   He sounds very phlegmy and can’t screetch when he wants too.  Itty Bitty has been insistent on nursing at the most inconvenient times.  Unfortunately, I can’t let her nurse as much as she’d like but I try to get in at least one or two sessions for those antibodies.  AS far as pottying, we catch some and miss some at random.  Mostly it is changing out the flat as soon as possible.

2/3  Day 346 Su:  Mini Moose nose started running like a sieve.  Since Daddy Man’s nose did the same thing after his fever broke I thought this was a good thing.    The end of this long road.    Unfortunately, it is starting to interfere with Mini Moose nursing and he’s peeing okay but not quite as much as usual.     Around late afternoon I had to start doing steamy bath to try and unplug his nose.  He’s really, really crabby and frustrated.     Finally, in the evening he decided to take some expressed milk, water, and some orange juice by mouth. I tried spoons, cups, room temp, cold, a spout cup and he finally tolerated a syringe feed and a little bit of applesauce.     Even though I am still quite sick with a high fever of 102-103 I went out to get a warm air humidifier to help with the blocked nose.    Itty Bitty seems to be on the road to recovery.  Her fever was low grade to normal all day and she’s back to her old energetic self.     She had a slight fever between 101 and 102 at the end of the day but I left it alone since it seemed to be working itself out and doing its job.      If it weren’t for Mini Moose’s nose I think he’d feel so much better.    He still has a fever though it seems to be staying low grade, but it did spike in the evening like Itty Bitty.

Cool compresses together with medication helped keep Mini Moose comfortable enough to keep trying to nurse even though it was really hard.  It has been a juggling act since Mini Moose needs so much attention and Itty Bitty is starting to chafe.  Even this sick I try to get us to have one on one time at night.   Besides, her nursing should help my supply and she can tell me if anything is coming out – which it is, just not in the blast as usual.    I’ve got to put in much more effort to hydrate myself enough though this flu (what else could it be?).

2/4  Day 347 M:   Last night was horrible.  I was up all night with Mini Moose trying to take any advantage in the lull in his blocked nose and to make sure he had liquid of some sort every 20-30 minutes.  My breasts feel really, really soft and I think I’m getting dehydrated so I’ve tried to ply myself with more water.   Though, with my own nose getting stuffed, I can’t seem to drink as much as I want and food is just unappetizing.   The steamy bathroom isn’t working for Mini Moose like it was and the breastmilk up the nose I’d done yesterday isn’t giving any snot relief.

His fever was low grade in the morning and when I called the pediatrician for advice on how to proceed they said to keep doing what I was doing and if his fever wasn’t gone by tomorrow to bring in him.    He peed several time before his afternoon naps, though not the epic pees he usually has,  so at least the oral liquid strategy is working to keep him  hydrated.      When he woke up from his nap his fever spiked to 102 again he just didn’t seem him himself – not lethargic just un-energetic/tired.    I decided to call back and bring him in today because by now his fever should be done.    Itty Bitty seems recovered though feeling quite cooped up.

I explained how long we’d been sick, the progression of the fever and then the dripping faucet nose and the stuffiness that just isn’t getting relief.      There were no other symptoms and though Mini Moose is obviously crabby and unwell he was responsive and really trying hard to nurse and crying when he couldn’t.     It broke my heart.   There is not much we can do for his nose except saline and what we’ve been doing.     We got amoxicillian for whatever is causing the secondary fever – likely an infection in the sinuses because his lungs were clear.         Normally, we wouldn’t go right to the antibiotics but with the number of days and the likelihood that the fever was no longer flu related but infection related it seems the best thing.    My instincts were quite the nag.

I continued to try and keep Mini Moose hydrated and watching his output.   He seems to be okay with eating and had a little bit of applesauce and beans.  He is likely very slightly dehydrated but we are staying on top of it.   It’s going to be another long night.  I’ve tried really hard to pump but can’t get out more than an ounce but I keep pumping to stimulate.   I know my supply is low but Itty Bitty says she can get milk, it is just slow.

2/5  Day 348 T:

Thank goodness Daddy Man has been working nights.  It is nice not to be alone during the day.   I’ve tried to take it easy doing only necessity laundry and trying to keep the kitchen clear in between fever lulls.   My fever is still 102-103 most of the day and the Ibuprofen I take helps.     Daddy Man and Itty Bitty are fully recovered so I’ve got all my focus on Mini Moose.    Twelve hours after starting the antibiotics I see improvement and he can nurse for 5-10 minutes after we get his nose unblocked with saline.  Nose sucking just doesn’t work and I have to wait for it to drain and then nurse.   I’ve had to put my mouth on his nose and suck a few times to help.   Yuck!  But I will do anything to help him nurse.   I’m a bit worried about my milk supply because he can’t nurse as often or as long and I’m still having trouble drinking all I should.

I had to risk taking half a dose of a cold medication just to function – unfortunately Daddy Man got one with a decongestant so I dared not take it more than once and only half dose.       It did give me a few hours of much needed relief and I was thankful for that.       Mini Moose didn’t poop yesterday but had three big ones today from all the baked beans and applesauce I’ve encouraged him to take along with the little bit of expressed milk, water, and diluted juice.

Our routine is the same:  nurse when we can, syringe fluids at least every 30 minutes, solid food whenever he seems amiable.    Itty Bitty is stir crazy but is playing and watching TV with us so I hope she can just bear with us while we get through this.   I ave take mini Moose to the toilet or potty when I go and it helps me to see the color and amount of his urine; so EC is still very helpful even though we have tons of misses.

2/6  Day 349 W:   Daddy Man is back to working days and that is going to make it tough to be alone during the day especially with almost no sleep.  Mini Moose is doing much better nose-wise today.  We are still having nursing issues but it is better since after his nose drains he can nurse for longer before it plugs up again.  He gets so frustrated and angry!      I continue to give him oral fluids though because solid food doesn’t taste all that tasty he has refused to take anything but liquid today.

I’m feeling better today than I have in a week and I think my fever is finally gone or at least stays around 99 to normal rather than 102-104!    I was beginning to think I was getting a secondary infection.  If I did, I seem to be fighting it off.     My nose feels horrible but I’m working through it.      My milk supply still seems to be low but I’m confident that in the next day or two it will be back up to normal especially now that Mini Moose can nurse better and his fever seems to be almost gone and staying low grade …not requiring any medication except one dose of Tylenol today which also seemed to help his nose.   He coughs up phlegmn okay and swallows it. Eww.    So his lungs continue to be clear…it is just all that post nasal drip that is the trouble.   I imagine his throat is really sore.

2/7  Day 350 Th: The light is at the end of the tunnel.   Mini Moose is still very stuffy but his fever is gone and he is fussing less at the breast.   I stopped the oral fluids by mouth as he seemed to be peeing almost normally.     I haven’t had a high fever for close to 48 hours, no fever today, and I feel good enough to go to work and I know I’m no longer contagious.     Mini Moose slept a lot and Itty Bitty is stir crazy.

When I got back from work I was drained drained, drained, and Daddy Man said that Mini Moose cried just about the whole time and as having trouble producing tears.      He didn’t want to take liquid from Daddy Man so I syringe fed him the 5 ounces of expressed milk, brought him to the steamy bathroom after saline drops in his nose to clear him out and tried nursing him, then more liquid by mouth (water and juice), more expressed milk, more nursing and then he seemed lively and had a couple of really good pees in the potty that looked a nice pale yellow.      I stayed up with him all night again (I can’t tell you how many episodes of Golden Girls I’ve watched over this past week!) making sure he was nursing after I cleared his nose or taking liquid by syringe.     After a good long sleep he seemed to be his old self.

Nemo's Gift

Nemo’s Gift

2/8  Day 351 F:  Today Mini Moose seems to be over the worst.   His nose is so much improved today I only needed to use saline drops a few times to keep the inside moist and keep the snot flowing.   He should be finished with the antibiotic course tomorrow.       He wanted to play on the floor quite a bit today and its been the first time in at least a week he’s spent more than a couple of minutes out of my arms or Daddy Man’s arms.

Blizzard Nemo is on the way and I am glad we are on the road to recovery rather than just starting out!

I don’t have a fever but my nose is driving me crazy and the dripping makes me cough.  On a good note Mini Moose is back to being able to nurse without his nose causing trouble and that takes a load off my mind.   My boobs are still floopy but Itty Bitty eases my mind when I can see that she’s happily getting milk and Mini Moose is peeing normally again without need for any supplements.  This has been a very long week!

2/9 Day 352 S:  We continue to recover and are back on the consistent EC track.  Daddy Man used the snow blower to clear the 28 inches of snow we got and made Itty Bitty a sled run in the backyard and then took her out to run off some of the energy she has cooped up.  She hasn’t been out in like a week and a half poor thing.     Mini Moose I am happy to say is fully recovered.   I am still very tired and it is just going to take a while for me to get back to my full health.

My brother and his expectant wife (twins!) are okay and the baby shower for them has been postponed until next week, though our Mom didn’t want to postpone because the babies are fine but Mommy’s blood pressure is a concern.  The weather had other plans!    We are glad we don’t have to travel tomorrow though.

2/10 Day 353 Su:  Grandmama came by today to take us out for an early dinner and to spend the day outside with us playing in the snow.  It is the first time all of us have been outside in like forever.   It was good to get fresh air and to watch Itty Bitty play.   Mini Moose didn’t like his ski suit and was Mr. Serious nearly the whole time as he pouted, dozed, and watched his sister eat snow.

We’ve done as much EC as we could under the circumstances!  Our night groove is off, but he still wakes me for a pee or change out.   And I can’t emphasize enough how reassuring it was to see the color and amount of pee when we were having nursing trouble.

2/11 Day 354 M:  SIL is in the hospital to manage her blood pressure and to get steroids for the babies lungs since tomorrow or Wednesday they’ll take the babies early for her health.  They are just about 34 weeks so it was longer than they expected her to go.   I’m still coughing though the Littles seem fine;  Itty Bitty sounds stuffy with a snot ball.

EC last night was epic miss and it was a hit and miss during the day.   I’m just so done with snot and sick.

2/12 Day 355 T:   I’m an auntie!   Babies are here!   Each just under 5lbs and doing well and are on oxygen.    I told Daddy Man yesterday that they probably wouldn’t be sent to the OR right away because she was stable and I was right.  It wasn’t until late evening and they were bumped out of rotation several times.    My SILs blood pressure stabilized and she was under observation.   My heart broke for her though because she didn’t get to hold her babies until the next day.  That’s got to be so hard.   I can’t imagine being separated in those first precious hours.     They are so squishy in that newborn cute-ugly way.  Why couldn’t the hospital have done more kangaroo care?

We seem to be well back on track with EC like nothing ever happened and we have a new groove.   Mini Moose’s top two teeth are coming in quite well and he seems less drooly.   Oh yes, my poor baby was teething at the same time he was so ill.    When we have a miss he really lets the whole neighborhood know his distress!   Missed the poop and it was epic.  Yikes.   Everything he ate in the past 24 hours was identifiable.  Just thought you should know.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

2/13 Day 356 W:   I decided to skip story time today since Itty Bitty slept late.  So far we all seem to be doing very well.   We are back into the daily grind.

Daddy Man surprised me by bringing me roses when he got home!    He couldn’t find my favorite lavender ones so he got a dozen fuschia and he brought Itty Bitty her very own rose. And we all shared delicious chocolate covered strawberries…except for Mini Moose who just got strawberry and not chocolate.  Being Mommy sometimes has nice perks like getting extra chocolate.

2/14 Day 357 Th:   Happy Valentine’s Day!   Last night we had one hit and three big misses.   But the day seems to be consistent with Mini Moose making efforts to empty his bladder completely during a potty opp.  I stopped to get the Littles some little shirts and a necklace for Itty Bitty for Valentine’s Day.  Mini Moose stayed dry the entire outing and we had two parking lot pees (always out of the way of foot traffic and near a grate or drain area).     He makes efforts now to really push out pee to get it all out.  Now even if he has had a miss and I pee him anyway he will squeeze out a few drops.    Progress!

I still have a bit of a cough that is annoying.   I went to work as usual and things were calm when I got home.  They had a lot of misses but both Littles were fast asleep.  Mini Moose curled up on Daddy Man’s chest and Itty Bitty curled up against his side totally in a deep cycle of sleep.   I told Daddy Man that I think Itty Bitty is going to outgrow something with her increase in appetite and paying a visit to the sandman for such a long 3 hour naps!

2/15 Day 358 F:   We all seem fully recovered so we went to the Kids Gym to let Itty Bitty release all that pent up energy.  It was really busy and Mini Moose didn’t seem so keen on exploring as usual so he pretty much stuck close to my leg or wanted me to pick him up.     Itty Bitty was in her element and didn’t stop running from the time we got there until we left.     It was still quite warm for winter so when we got home I let Mini Moose nap in his carseat and Itty Bitty played in the side yard and when Mini Moose woke up he joined her for a while.     We had two pee opportunities outside…Mini Moose really likes to be held in a squat again.   He must feel stronger and more secure I guess and he doesn’t like to sit on the little potty any more.   Whatever he wants is okay by me as long as we catch it!

Because I had to work Valentine’s Day we went out for a family dinner today at the place just down the street from us.   We happened to see our neighbors there.  The kids charmed nearby diners and since we had a corner table it was perfect because when Mini Moose had enough of food exploration and table banging he amused himself with walking circles in the corner.   We even managed a public bathroom pee opp.   Not a romantic dinner but it was still a nice outing with all of us and I made chocolate chip cookies with Itty Bitty when we got home.   It takes three times as long to make anything with a little helper, but doesn’t it always get twice the love in every cookie?

2/16 Day 359 S:  Lazy day.  This cough is really starting to piss me off.   And my nose is starting to run again.   WHY!?    ARRRGH.

Anyway, last night we had our usual 50/50 catch and miss rate.   I seem to catch the first two and then miss the early morning ones which makes sense.  As he grows and we grow together we’ll get better and better.

Our day was great we were dry most of the day until the evening.  Usually when I get preoccupied inevitably there is a poop or gigantic pee.   Isn’t that always the way?  The second you turn your secondary radar to something else…BAM…your “is that poop?” alarm is going off.

2/17 Day 360 Su:  Mini Moose’s nose is leaking clear again and Itty Bitty sounds snuffly.   Dagnabbit!   My cough is getting worse now too.  And last night I got woken up out of sweet slumber by intense  intestinal cramps and I spent the night in the loo.   WTF?   So much for a breather.   What is it this time?  Cold, allergies, or gastroenteritis?

Grandmama invited us over for dinner and she ordered the delicious steak and rice dish from Daddy Man’s birthday party.  So, so delicious.   She came by earlier to pick up Itty Bitty so that the two of them could have quality one on one time together.   Daddy Man and I spent the afternoon napping with Mini Moose.  Or rather, Mini Moose napped latched on my boob and Daddy Man snored while I stayed wide awake and nap trapped.     Oh the irony.

We had a good time and Grandmama’s and had great EC success even with the diaper cover (which we never use unless we are out)

2/18 Day 361 M:  Coughing, snotting, blowing nose.   Will this month never end?   So far 2013 sucks donkey butt.    Made cookies with Itty Bitty.  EC was hit and miss and last night was a big bust, one catch and like 3 misses.

2/19 Day 362 T:  Got a headache.   Ugh.   A 50/50 night last night and this cough and the drippy noses of the Littles has worsened.   We had a pediatrician appointment at 1:00 and he said that we are all suffering from allergies likely dust or mold.   Great.    My dusty house is making us sick.

I have been doing the necessities and the main living area but have neglected the bedrooms, den, and dust hot spots like behind things.    He is a holistic allergy specialist as well as a pediatrician and though he’s brilliant I am sure, his bedside manner sucks donkey balls.  Sorry, it just does.

I’ve got the Littles on a selective delayed vaccination schedule because Daddy Man wants them vaccinated and I don’t want unnecessary doses and too many at once.  It is a great compromise.  When I mentioned we would likely do IPV (polio) next I got a lecture on “there’s no polio in the US” .  No shit Sherlock…not since 1978.    If it were my sole decision I likely wouldn’t get the polio at all, but this delayed schedule is not unreasonable and Itty Bitty is over age 2 and hasn’t had a vaccination in a year.  Polio and Hepatitis are the ones I left for last and we aren’t doing that ridiculous chicken pox vaccine.   Anyway, I just didn’t like being talked to like a moron.

Mini Moose:  18lbs   28.5 inches long  34 cm head
Itty Bitty:  33lbs   38.5 inches tall.

So back home and we had pretty good success rate, missed the poop and I just didn’t feel well.   I spent the rest of the day cleaning noses.      When Daddy Man got home I took a shower, felt like my brain was going to push out my eyeballs, and decided to go upstairs and curl up in the fetal position and fall into a fitful nap.       After about an hour and a half I get interrupted.   Oh well.     Mini Moose didn’t want to nurse more than a few minutes – he just wanted mommy – so I handed him back to Daddy Man and concerned myself with cleaning the bedroom and de-dustifying.

It took two hours to vacuum, dust, change the bed, and wash everything down including under the bed.   Dust hot spots were really terrible.   My cough got worse, but everyone else including Daddy Man seemed better when in the clean room.   Itty Bitty couldn’t help me so she amused herself by jumping on the bed and going in and out of the room and she managed to irritate her brother by waking him up three times and subsequently made Daddy Man mad.    Man the girl should not have this much energy.

My head really aches.   I’m not going to take anything, just make myself rest.  I’ve been neglectful of myself because I’m so busy taking care of everything and everyone else.

2/20 Day 363 W:   Mini Moose is very clingy today and I just didn’t have the energy to do a deep clean as I wanted.   I did some laundry and some light cleaning.  This cough is really getting on my nerves.    I had to saline Itty Bitty’s nose so we could looses the snot ball and she was very distressed.  I tried so hard to get her cooperation but I finally had to make her lay down and force it.    I hated to do it but it really helped so much.    Mini Moose has just accepted the nose drops and complains but doesn’t fight.  So after that I just didn’t have any energy left.    I didn’t think it was a good idea to go to story time in our state of snot.

Our day was sit, food network marathon, eat, pee opps, snuggles, naps, more TV.   Our catch rate was quite high, go figure!

2/21 Day 364 R:  This cough I have is dreadful, Itty Bitty’s nose is a snot factory and Mini Moose still has a cough and wheeze, though both of them sound much improved since the bedroom cleaning.  I still think we have colds on top of the allergies.   Itty Bitty hates the nasal saline but it helps and she was more cooperative today about it.     She slept until 10:5am!   I cancelled our play date.

Last night we had two catches and two misses.    I’ve noticed this week that if Mini Moose takes advantage of a potty opportunity to have a very big pee he’ll stay dry for longer at night now.   His pees seem to cluster in the morning.     We had a miss in the morning while I tackled cleaning behind the refrigerator.  He was very upset but I just didn’t want him near all that dust which was really, really bad.  I tried to keep Itty Bitty away but she insisted on helping and I only managed to get her to keep a distance.  I used to do it every spring but haven’t done it in at least two years so I even had to wash the wall.

I comforted a very upset Mini Moose and left off the belted flat and left him free. I even wore him bare butt in the Mei Tai while I vacuumed and washed the floor with a rag.   I know this whole “get on your knees and wash the floor thing” is so 100 years ago but it is surprisingly faster and I can get the sneaky corners easier.       I let Itty Bitty help me clean bottles – she was very very careful and dusted them carefully before putting them back – and do the recycling, picked up stray dirt with the dustpan and brush, and I gave her the task of washing off some mystery syrup off of the Deacon’s bench near the door.     She surprisingly made the tasks go pleasantly with her company.   I had one incident of losing my temper when she went to touch the nasty, dirty, black bucket of water.     I scared her when I yelled.   I hadn’t meant to do that, but I didn’t want her to touch that nasty water.  I barely wanted to touch it with gloves!      I had to spend a good 10 minutes hugging and kissing and apologizing and I explained that I shouldn’t have yelled like.   We had a talk about how important it was to listen when I told her important things to keep her safe.

I washed baseboards, over windows, top of the fridge (eww), corners, and four buckets later I stopped exhausted.  Mini Moose slept through most of it and I took him down to pee twice.   No poop today…that’s scary!      Had to run to the grocery store for supplies in the bitter cold with the Littles.

I have to work tonight and I feel so tired.   I’m hanging in there.


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