Sunday, February 01, 2009
Brian worked the last 3 days in a row, so with sick whiny kids, doing breathing treatments, cleaning up runny poops, both crying at the same time, I said to myself last night: "Calgon, take me away". I at least said it with a laugh, thinking about moms in general, and how darn amazing we are...
Way too much going on (I guess that's the usual for me)...
So here is a recap
I went to Monterey last weekend for a Women Council of Realtors Conference, the weather was incredible and I got to spend 3 whole nights in a hotel room sleeping all night long!! I went jogging 2 times in a tshirt (it was 75+ outside), got a pedicure and even got a massage. It was the first Liz time I've spent in oh, well since I was pregnant maybe...
I came back very relaxed, but with a lot on my plate, yes, I know I either can't say no, or I'm crazy, or something else I don't know, but here's what's on my plate:
1. I'm the President Elect for my chapter of Women Council of Realtors (WCR) wcrmarin.org
2. I do our chapters website
3. I'm the State of California Web Committee Chair for WCR and am taking on trying to do a redesign on the current outdated website: wcrca.org
4. I am the founder and co-moderator for MicroPreemies.com a support group for over 400 moms/parents of Micro Preemies.(global)
5. I am a very active member (my sanity savior) of a San Francisco Tube/feeding disorder support group, and now that many of our kiddos are eating, we still get together, to share ideas, help new moms and go out for dinner and drink wine after our "meeting." 2 of our moms our doctors, and these moms have become some of my closest friends.
6. I started a neighborhood moms group, MarinwoodMoms.com
7. I am the web master for the Ross Valley Mothers Club online membership data system
8. I belong to: Marin Multiples Club, San Francisco Multiples Club, Ross Valley Mothers Club, San Rafael Mothers Club
9. I am the founder and moderator of the BayAreaPreemie Support Group
10. I am the founder and moderator of a Feeding Therapy Support Group (national)
Oh, and did I mention that the Bay Area March of Dimes just asked me to:
11. Be the Family Teams Chair for 2009 AND
12 to be the March of Dimes Ambassador Family (ie: poster child) for the Bay Area.
13. Oh, I do work full time, I'm a realtor, but of course the real estate market is needless-to-say, interesting at the moment. (I do have help 4 or 5 days a week, I couldnt do any of the above without my life-savior nanny)
Wow, I'm exhausted just typing all of that.
Now, I know what you are thinking, "Just say No, Liz!"
I know I know!
Well, beyond that here are some family updates:
We are obviously very happy that the Steelers won the Super Bowl tonight. Things were a little touch and go during the game for a while.
When I got home from an open house today, Dad woke kaitlyn up from her nap wearing a jersey and Kaitlyn immediately wanted to "play steelers" also. so dad had her all dressed up in her Steelers cheerleader uniform....so darn cute. She was in her typical fashion and flopping, rolling, literally bouncing off the walls, and hit her head on something, I have no idea on what, but when she came to me crying (which is rare, so I know she's really hurt) and I was comforting her, I discovered blood pouring out of her head and started freaking out. Good thing dad was home and evaluated the situation and felt all was ok (head cuts do bleed a lot).
Not sure if I mentioned it, but when I took Quinn (and K) to the GI a few weeks back, I had them test Kaitlyn's poop. I'm concerned that she has really loose stools, which have basically always been like that. Occasionally she'll have a formed one, but rarely. When she's on antibiotics, watch out. runny poop down her legs. Everything in the test came back ok, except that she had very little fat, and we give her a LOT of fat (butter, cream, etc).
Doc wanted me to retest. So I spent the week taking poop samples, taking it to the lab, discovering that they needed frozen poop and more than I provided and wanted samples from more than one poop, so more poop scooping and driving around.
Hmm. what else.
Well, starting last Friday Kaitlyn started coughing. By Sunday night she was sick. Really sick. Oh not again. Cough, snot, breathing treatments around the clock. You know the drill. I'm still always so worried about RSV as well as being re hospitalized due to her lung disease, but at the same point, feel so grateful that she has so far escaped being re hospitalized.
No school for her all week. I kept thinking she'd get over it, but by Thursday she started crying and wanted to be held (which never happens, K is NOT the clingy type). so I immediately called the doctor (they are so great at getting us in immediately) and lo and behold she has yet another ear infection. By this point, she was a round-the-clock whiny mess, poor little gal.
Antibiotics yet again (Oh, I hate all the antibiotics, more extra runny poop)
last night as I went to tuck her in I smelled horrible poop smells coming from down the hall, and sure enough she had loose/diarrhea pooped in her sleep. Poor Baby.
Sunday night I too started getting sick last week and by Wednesday I felt horrible! I lost my voice all week, but am on the mend now.
Quinn might have the crud a little bit, but he's doing decently well.
BUT, as far as Quinn goes, as I dropped down to 1 breast milk pump a day, we are now giving him frozen milk almost exclusively, and I feel that his reflux symptoms got worse (not as bad as before, but definitely worsened) and his cheeks are red. I believe that this can confirm that he has a milk protein issue. As for the last almost 2 months I was on almost completely dairy free diet and with the new meds, he was doing really well.
My older frozen milk was not while I was on a diary free diet (lots of ice cream!). So I tried him on Good Start (yes a milk formula, but it's somewhat broken down milk) ( mixed it 50/50breast milk) and his cheeks got even redder and he got patches on his head too.
The next day I went cold Turkey and switched him to 100% soy formula, and he was spitting up a lot. I gave up at that point, as I couldn't take the increased reflux screaming (and being up for 2 hours between 12-2 for 3 nights in a row) so went back to frozen breast milk.
I'm now totally regretting almost being done with pumping. I guess I'm now going to see if I can increase my production back up. With the cold I had, and cold medicine I was taking all week, I'm only now producing about 3-4 ounces a day. sigh. I was stopping pumping due to my crazy life schedule (see above).
Last bit of really sad horrible news....
My Uncle Bill (my father's sister's husband) has just been given a few weeks to live. He's the most wonderful, amazing man, and this has been a shock for the whole family. He was diagnosed with very advanced cancer. Please pray for his days to be as pain free as possible and for my Aunt to be strong, my heart is just aching for her and my cousins.
I'm thankful that Kaitlyn seems to be improving, I'm thankful that Quinn loves to smile and giggle, I'm thankful that we have our health, that the weather is so nice here, loosing a loved one helps put life and priorties into perspective.
Hmm, I think that about brings you up to date!
I do still promise to post on the alternative therapy Kaitlyn is doing. - I hope you can see why I haven't yet!
Posted by liz.mccarthy at 2/01/2009 09:10:00 PM