Sick Baby = Tired Mommy

August 28, 2008 at 11:15 am (Baby, Colds, Family, Sleep) (, , , )

I realize I haven’t posted in a long time, but I haven’t been up to it.  A recap of the last several days in our lives.

Friday – I finally felt a tooth coming through the bottom gums after Alexis had clearly been teething for a few days.  I also noticed that she had a stuffy nose which I attributed to the tooth.  She slept a bit restlessly but again – tooth.

Saturday – She was more stuffy and congested and sneezing so I was still thinking tooth but I also began to think maybe it was a cold.  She wasn’t napping well all day and I had a very hard time getting her to sleep.  She was so congested that she kept waking herself up.  I used saline drops and the nasal aspirator several times and she finally fell asleep but only for a few hours then woke up and I did it again.  She didn’t sleep very long so I went and got her and brought her into bed and she fell asleep but was restless and I don’t sleep well b/c I’m so conscious of her being there.

Sunday – we drop Marc off at the airport for his trip to Dallas and head to my mom’s house.  I was hoping Alexis would nap in the car b/c she hadn’t slept well but no such luck.  At this point it’s clear that she has a cold.  I had managed to avoid her getting a cold for 6 months but it finally happened.  So she was in good spirits and smiling and laughing and acting happy but sneezing and sniffling and not really being able to breathe.  She went on some errands with my mom and I and we all went to lunch to celebrate my grandparents 58th wedding anniversary.   She napped for a little in the afternoon but I could tell she just wasn’t herself.  Then nighttime came.  I had a feeling it would be a bad night b/c the night before was pretty bad and she had gotten worse so I was prepared.  She drank her bottle and then fell asleep while I was holding her.  I went and put her in her crib as usual and left.  A few minutes later she starts crying.  I go in and clear out her nose and she falls asleep.  Not for long.  15 minutes later she’s awake again.  I can hear that she is so stuffed up she just can’t breathe through her nose at all and she just doesn’t know what to do.  I pick her up and bring her downstairs.  She is miserable.  She keeps closing her eyes and putting her head on my shoulder but then she starts crying b/c she can’t breathe.  It was awful.  By this point she has also developed a cough.  My parents are both downstairs with me and we’re taking turns trying to soothe her and walk around with her but nothing is helping and she is just getting more hysterical b/c she wants to sleep so badly.  I decided to call the Dr after hours line to see if there is anything at all I can give her to help.  They call me back and they said to get a humidifier but that’s all that we can do.  So it’s after 11 by now my mom and I put her in the car and go to the 24 hour walgreens.  After a few minutes of driving she falls asleep – I think the heat and humidity of being outside helped clear her out enough to fall asleep.  I get the humidifier and some soft kleenex and we head back home.  I take the car seat out of the car and set up the humidifier in the room and we put the entire car seat in the crib.  She sleeps like that until about 3am.  I did not sleep b/c I hear every sniffle and cough and I keep checking on her.  So she starts crying and then she ends up in bed with my mom and I taking turns holding her.  Obviously no one got very much sleep.

Monday – I had her 6mo well visit appt that day which I was happy about.  My grandmother comes with me.  Good news.  She’s doing very well.  She’s exactly where she should be developmentally Dr says she’s strong and will probably start crawling soon.  18lbs (75%) and 26in (50%).  Bad news in addition to the cold she has an ear infection.  Lovely.  So we get antibiotics.  We head home and she naps on and off.  Dr says we can use a little bit of Vicks on her chest at night and to buy  Vapor Bath from Johnson’s that will help clear her out a bit.  I do all of those things but she is still miserable and I think she had gotten worse.  Same thing at night she was so so tired but could not fall asleep.  We put the Vicks on her chest and it cleared her up enough to fall asleep.  We decided to keep her elevated and I put her in the swing and I slept on the couch.  I again was barely able to sleep b/c of her sniffling and coughing and moving and making noises.  I dozed on and off until 3 when she started crying and wanted out of the swing.  I picked her and she fell asleep on me and we “slept” like that until 6:30 when my mom came and got her and let me sleep for an hour in bed.

Tuesday – More of the same except now the cough is getting worse and she has a low grade fever and her tummy is bothering her a little from the antibiotics.  Napping is sporadic and she’s not drinking all her milk b/c it’s hard to swallow when you can’t breathe through your nose.  Towards the end of the day I start hearing a wheezing when she breathes.  At first I think it’s from the congestion but the more I hear it the more it’s definitely a wheeze.  Growing up with a father with asthma I’m familiar with that sound and just hoping its not what I think it is.   My dad gets home from work and listens and he hears it too same with my mom.  My aunt comes by to visit and she hears the wheezing as well.  She’s not short of breath so I’m not thinking of going to the hospital but I call the after hours # for her Dr.  They said as long as she’s not short of breath to take her to the Dr the next morning, otherwise she needs to go to the ER.  And to keep her upright.  Ok, so sleeping was more of the same.  She finally fell asleep and my mom says she will take the first shift since she’s not working the next day.  Neither of us wants to put her down b/c we were so nervous about her breathing.  My mom sleeps with her on the couch while I go up to bed.  I was able to sleep for 4 hours then it was my turn and I held Alexis the rest of the night.

Wednesday – I still hear her wheezing so I call the Dr and they said to bring her in.  My mom and I go to the Dr and she hears the wheeze also.  She says asthma is genetic and in addition to my dad having it, my mom did when she was little.  Great.  So the Dr says some babies wheeze like that one time and never again but this could be asthma and we need to watch her.  They give her a nebulizer treatment in the office and send us home with a prescription and to do it 3 times a day.  Alexis is able to take almost a 2 hour nap thankfully b/c she needed it.  The rest of the day is about the same – congestion, coughing, sniffling, whimpering, wheezing.  She is still smiling and in a generally good mood most of the time though which is good but I just feel so bad for her.  So she is still wheezing at night and had some of the same issues getting to sleep.  Once she does, I put her in her swing and lie down on the couch.  She was restless so I knew she wouldn’t last.  She woke up after a couple hours around midnight.  I held her until she was asleep again and then I decided to try and put her in her new bouncy that I just bought (newborn to toddler rocker b/c she outgrew the other one) I recline it back to the newborn position and she seems comfy.  I put it right next to the couch.  She was able to sleep there fairly well.  She woke up a few times and I was able to soothe her back to sleep.  My mom switched with me at 4am and i went up to bed until 7am when she needed to get ready for work.

Thursday – no news to report yet.  She’s napping. 2 hours and counting.  She is obviously tired I am just keeping my fingers crossed that she improves.  She was coughing a lot when she woke up and still very stuffy.  Marc comes home tonight and we go home.  In case you’re counting I have now not slept for 5 nights in a row.  I am exhausted.  My eyes are bloodshot.  This is why I haven’t had the energy for the internet in days.

I will update again on her progress but having a sick baby sucks.

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Happy 1/2 Birthday Alexis!

August 21, 2008 at 1:06 pm (Baby, Family) ()

Alexis is 6 months old today! It’s crazy! I can’t believe half a year has gone by so quickly since she was born.  She is such a little person now and not just a blob.  She does things and changes every day.  She knows me.

So, what is she doing now?  She rolls over from her back to her belly constantly, but still does not roll the other way.  She is trying to get up on all 4s, so I assume crawling is not too far away.  She is really good at sitting up and can play with her toys while she sits.  She reaches out to me to pick her up.  She sat up in the shopping cart at Publix which was huge for me b/c now I can do groceries with her and not have the car seat in the cart!  She babbles all the time.  She reaches for toys – and everything else.

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This weather makes me lazy

August 19, 2008 at 11:13 am (Baby, Random, Sleep, Weather) (, , )

I really have nothing to say.  I have no motivation.  If it wasn’t for Alexis, I don’t think I would get out of bed!  I love storms.  Growing up in Miami, I’ve had my fair share of hurricanes and tropical storms.  The worst being Andrew and that I don’t love.  But storms like Fay, just wind and rain are great.  I could sit by my window and watch the trees blow for hours.  As long as the storm is not bad enough that I need to either A) put up shutters or B) lose power I’m happy.

The only downside is that my satellite has been going in and out which is putting a crimp in my Olympics watching!

There is no point to this post.  I just hadn’t written in a while and felt that I should at least say something!!

If you’re bored, there are new cupcakes over at my other blog.

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Friday Reading Fun

August 15, 2008 at 9:44 am (Books) (, , )

From the National Endowment for the Arts.  I C & P’d this from my friend CaneWife’s Blog.

The NEA estimates that the average adult has read only six of the following books.

1. Look at the list and bold the ones you have read
2. Italicize those you intend to read
3. Mark in red the books you love
4. Reprint this list in your blog

1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
2. The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien
3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling
5. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
6. The Bible
7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
8. 1984 – George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
11. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
12. Tess of the D’urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
14. The Complete Works of Shakespeare
15. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
18. Cathcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audry Niffenger
20. Middlemarch – George Eliot
21. Gone With the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens
24. War & Peace – Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Graham
31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis
34. Emma – Jane Austen
35. Persuasion – Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe – CS Lewis
37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis de Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne
41. Animal Farm – George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Mean – John Irving
45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery
47. Far From the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
50. Atonement – Ian MacEwan
51. Life of Pi – Yann Martell
52. Dune – Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons
54. Sense & Sensibility – Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
60. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck
62. Lolita – Vladmir Nabakov
63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
66. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones’ Diary – Helen Fielding
69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens
72. Dracula – Bram Stoker
73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgeson Burnett
74. Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses – James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows & Amazons – Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal – Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackery
80. Possession – AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance – Rohinston Mistry
87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White
88. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Album
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90. The Faraway Tree Collection
91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93. The Wasp Factory – Ian Banks
94. Watership Down – Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute
97. The Three Mustketeers – Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare
99. Charlie & the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

I’ve read 30 of them, so I guess I’m above average according to the NEA, but I’ve got some reading to do!

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3 years ago today / olympics are killing me

August 13, 2008 at 9:46 am (Baby, Marriage, Sleep) (, , , )

That’s right 2 for the price of 1 – 2 topics, 1 post!

First, today marks the 3 year anniversary of my and marc’s engagement.  We got married exactly 9 months later – to the day.  I can’t believe it’s been 3 years and how much has changed in that time!! This is one of our “engagement” pics.  It was taken the night of our rehearsal b/c we never did them earlier, but it’s one of my faves of he and I.  Plus I get to see how skinny I was then!!!!

I don’t know about you, but I have been staying up way past my bedtime lately to watch the olympics.  I’ve been going to bed around midnight every night!! Usually I try to be in bed by 10:30, asleep by 11.  I’m tired.  It’s worth it and I love watching every minute of it, but boy is it exhasusting!!!  I’m sure next week I won’t be up quite as late, once the swimming and gymnastics are over b/c those are my 2 favorite sports to watch.   When Alexis wakes up in the morning, I struggle to drag myself out of bed to go get her!  Oh, well, it’s only every 4 years, right!?!

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When did I become a mom?

August 11, 2008 at 5:08 pm (Baby, Parenting, Uncategorized) (, )

Was it when I was pregnant?  When Alexis was born?  Or some other time?  Well, I guess technically I was a mom when I got pregnant, when I started doing things for the yet-to-be known human growing inside me.  I changed the way I ate, what i drank, medicines I took, and I was always a bit more careful with my actions.  Once I found out I was having a girl, I was able to connect more and really begin to “see” the baby.  Then when Alexis was born and it was a real baby, a baby I could hold then I really was a mom.  I had to sign papers that said so!

But I really think it happened later than that.  The first few weeks are crazy.  I had no idea what I was doing.  I was feeding and changing like I was supposed to.  I would pick her up when she cried, but I really didn’t know what to do.  I had no confidence, when she cried I had no idea why she was crying, I was guessing.  She thrived and got bigger and did what she was supposed to be doing so I guess I was doing things right.  But boy I was not sure back then.  I could not look on that time with the perspective I have now and think it will get better, things aren’t always this crazy.   So, recently I realized that I’m a mom.  I know what I’m doing.  I’m confident in my decisions.  I have gotten Alexis to sleep through the nigth sucessfully.  I have gotten her moved to her crib from her bassinet and I got her to nap in her crib when previously she would only nap in her swing.  I make decisions based on my knowledge of my daughter.  I don’t feel like I need to ask my mom / friends for their approval on whether I’m doing things right.  Not that I don’t still ask b/c I still like having advice from those who have been there.  I know what I’m doing is right.  When Alexis cries these days, I can *usually* tell why – hunger, tiredness, grouchiness, etc.  Not always of course, but more often than not.  Alexis has become a central part of my life and I can’t remember before she was around!  Now, I feel like I’m a mom, not just someone with a baby.  She knows me, looks for me when I’m not around.  I’m sure it’s different for everyone, I ‘m sure there are some who feel like the minute they find out they’re pregnant.  But for me, while I loved her from the moment I knew she existed, I didn’t feel like mom until later!

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Dinner IHO Olympics Opening!

August 9, 2008 at 12:29 pm (Cooking) (, , )

In honor of last night’s opening ceremony of the Olympics, I decided I would be thematic and make a Chinese dinner.  As a side note, the ceremony was fantastic and I’m definitely looking forward to watching the water events and the gymnastics!!

Anyway, I made pork fried rice and pot stickers and I got some frozen spring rolls also.  The fried rice is something I’ve made a bunch of times and its pretty easy.  Make white rice per your usual method. I have a rice cooker so I used that.  I made 3 cups of rice so that I would have left over b/c its yummy!! If you have a wok, use that otherwise any deep and wide sautee pan will do.  Pour oil into the wok, just enough to coat the bottom and scramble some eggs.  I used 5, but whatever works.  No liquid in the egg, just beat them lightly and pour them in.  When they’re cooked, remove them from the pan.  Next cut whatever meat you’re using (if any) into cubes pre-cooked.  Pour a bit more oil into the pan and add the meat, cook until slightly brown, then add chopped scallions and whatever other veggies you like – water chestnuts, bean sprouts, etc.  Cook for a few minutes until wilted.  Add 2 teaspoons (ish) of ground ginger and a few splashes of soy sauce and let it cook until combined.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Add the cooked rice to the pan and break it up then add all the pre-cooked ingredients – eggs, veggies, meat and stir to combine.  Add soy sauce until desired color and taste are reached and allow to cook over low heat for 5-10 minutes for flavors to combine.  Easy.

Pot stickers were new for me, but my dad had made them so I asked him.  Cut up cooked pork and pulse in food processor until its in small pieces but not pulverized.  Chop mushrooms very fine – I used Baby Bellas but you can use anything – Shitake, white, whatever.  Also chop scallions very very small.  Combine the pork, mushrooms, & scallions in a bowl and mix together.  Add minced garlic – 2 cloves, about a teaspoon of ground ginger and a splash of soy sauce.  Add S&P to taste.  You need wonton wrappers for this, small squares.  Place a spoonful of the mixture in the center, wet the outside of the wrapper and fold the 2 corners together and press the sides firmly to seal.  Repeat until you  use all the mixture.  In your largest sautee pan, put oil to coat the bottom and turn the heat on to medium.  Once the oil is hot, add the pot stickers in a single layer, flip once after they have begun to brown slightly.  Add enough water to the pan to come up just to the bottom of the pot stickers and cover the pan.  Turn the heat to low-medium and allow to cook until the water has steamed off.  Thats it!

2 easy and yummy Chinese dishes!! I don’t measure when I cook, I eyeball so all measurements are approximate.  The good thing about this meal is that it’s even better left over so make you make enough to last for more than one meal!!

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Baby food and my weight

August 8, 2008 at 9:29 am (Baby, Cooking, Parenting, Weight Loss) (, )

Two separate subjects, both with the underlying theme of food.

First, I’ve been giving Alexis baby food.  I started out with fruits.  Bananas then Applesauce.  She tolerated them but didn’t like them, she would shiver a few times and make faces.  I gave them each for 4 days and she really didn’t get much better.  I had a feeling they were too sweet for her.  I switched to the veggies – sweet potatoes and carrots.  She loved them! Both of them!! She would open up her mouth big and wait for more.  They were a huge success.  I figured I would switch to sweet peas so she could get a different color – they were gross! They smell like puke, I couldn’t smell them, I had to have the bowl next to me.  Ick!  She didn’t like them at all.  She made awful faces and shivered and shook and spit it out.  I couldn’t blame her, the stuff was disgusting.  After about 3 spoonfuls, I decided I would not torture my daughter like that and I switched to pears.  Those were a hit.  She loved the pears!! I may try and make my own peas and see how she likes those.  I can’t wait to get through all the stage 1 flavors so that I can then experiment with making my own baby food! I’m excited about that!!  Next, I think will be peaches then green beans and we’re done!

Now, me.  I hit a major milestone -20 pounds!!! Yay!!!! I am definitely not losing as quickly as I was at first, but I’m also not being as strict with the diet as I was.  I am still going down so I’m thrilled.  But I still have 10 pounds to go.

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Home Improvements

August 5, 2008 at 9:09 am (Home Improvement, House, Shopping) (, , , , )

Since Marc and I are thinking of selling our house and moving to Broward we have started doing some minor home improvemetns that we think will improve the look of the house without costing an arm and a leg.  These are also things that if we decide notto move for now, will just make the house look nicer for us!

This weekend we added hardware to our kitchen cabinets.  They never had them.  The cabinets were the kind that could be opened without a handle but there were many times that my hand slipped and I chipped a nail.   So they were needed. We installed them ourselves – I did the measuring and marking and Marc did the drilling.  I think they came out great! I am really happy with how they look.  Also in the kitchen, we bought a garbage can that  goes in the cabinets and slides out so that’s one less thing that needs to be out making it look cluttered.

We also changes the knobs in our bathroom and the guest bathroom.  I don’t have pictures of those but we replaced the plastic ones that were the same color as the cabinets with nice chrome ones that have some detail on them.  Not a huge change but a nice one.  Along the bathroom front, we very badly needed to organize the area under the sink and the catch-all drawer in our bathroom.  I went through and got rid of junk a couple weeks ago but we still needed something for organizational purposes.  We went to The Container Store (one of my favorite places) and got these really neat Rubbermaid storage bins that you screw to the bottom of the cabinet and they slide in and out and they’re stackable.  So, now I can slide it out and grab all my stuff instead of having to bend down and reach all the way to the back.  Very innovative!

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George Michael nostalgia

August 4, 2008 at 9:17 am (Concert) (, )

2 tickets lower level – $280

Dinner  – $60

2 beers – $16

Seeing George Michael shake his ass – priceless!!!

Ok, cheesy I know but that’s how I feel!!!!! I love George Michael, I am a HUGE fan.  I truly never thought that I would get to see him live b/c I didn’t think he’d tour in the US again.  I am so glad that I got to see him, he was amazing.  He sounded great and he looked great!  I knew all but 1 song and sang along to all of them! Hearing some of the oldies from Wham! like Everything She Wants and Careless Whispers was great and then he sang songs from all his solo albums, including Faith, Father Figure, Freedom ’90, Spinning the Wheel, FastLove, Too Funky, and Amazing.  One song after another was greeted with cheers from the almost sold-out crowd.  I went with 2 other huge fans – my BFF and my aunt and our 3 hubbies, not huge fans but they went along with us anyways and were good sports, I think they even enjoyed the show, they just didn’t know the music.   The big screen behind him was filled with images from music videos and other graphics.  The videos were great b/c they brought me right back to where I was so long ago watching them on MTV!

I really can’t say enough good things about him, but it was well worth getting home at 12:45am and being  tired today.  I would absolutely see him again and will be singing George Michael songs all week long!

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