Apr 19

Wed '17

Sick babies

My poor baby is sick. Ezri started off with a runny nose last Wednesday and then preceded to keep us up most of the night. She wouldn’t stop crying and whining. None of our usual tactics to calm her down would work. Peter and I were actually quite worried as we had never seen her act that way before. We actually moved downstairs and watched TV for a bit in the middle of the night. Never has that happened before. Finally she passed out for a couple hours, but it didn’t last long. As Peter had to work, my Mom and I took Ezri to the clinic Thursday morning, just to be safe. We wanted to rule out anything we could. Luckily, we got in to see the doctor quite quickly so there wasn’t too much waiting. There wasn’t much to be done and we were sent home with instructions to try to help her feel better.

Now, it’s been a week and Ezri is still sick. She developed a terrible cough over the weekend and we know her throat is sore. She is very cranky whenever she has a coughing fit. She refused to take any medication for days, but finally took some last night and today. She only sleeps a couple hours at night and then is up coughing and whining again. Naps are barely an hour long before she’s up crying again. It’s been a tough week for sleep, what with being up with Ezri AND Jadzia more than 8x per night.

Ezri has never had a cold this bad before. I am hoping it’s not something worse than just a cold. I’m always worrying. If her coughing is still this bad by Friday, I think we will take her back to the clinic. Thank goodness for our wonderful health care system.

Of course Jadzia has caught this cold as well. She only seems to have the runny nose part and a tiny cough. She’s definitely in better spirits than Ezri is. I am hoping she will recover soon too.

It hurts my heart to have my babies sick. I feel so helpless. Hoping everyone becomes 100% once again very soon!

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Apr 10

Mon '17

Gluten free?

Ever since having babies, I haven’t really blogged about just “me.” Although, babies and kids are now my entire life, I thought I’d write a post about something that is going on with just me. Sadly, when going over different topics in my head, everything I could say seems like I will be complaining. Ah well, I still feel like I need to get stuff out. So I am choosing the biggest change in my life right now.

For the past 2+ months, I’ve been feeling quite ill, on and off. I get nauseated quite often and have been having tummy/food processing issues. It occurs mostly at night and it’s been awful. I have been to the doctor twice already and both times have been told to take some probiotics to try to regulate my system. I have been on the probiotics for over a month and still no improvement. I feel okay for a few days and then crappy all over again. It’s a vicious cycle and I am really getting tired of feeling sick. Between Jadzia getting up 4-6 times per night and then feeling ill at night, my sleep is horrific. I am not feeling healthy or rested at all.

Of course I worry that something more serious is wrong with me. Oh you know, cancer and terminal illnesses go through my mind constantly and those thoughts are not helping me get better. They stress me out even more, which is also a bad thing. I am grasping at straws as to what is wrong with me. I’ve lost over 12lbs in the past 2 months (without trying to lose anything) and I’m at a loss for what could be wrong.

I’ve decided to try anything to feel better. What’s the harm, right?! So this week I was researching and thought that I would try going gluten free for a little while to see if that makes any difference. If it doesn’t, at least I will have ruled something out. I know a lot of people have stomach issues when it comes to gluten and maybe that’s my problem too. It would be weird for gluten to all of a sudden to start bugging me, but maybe it has something to do with being pregnant and my hormones. Things in a woman’s body change so much during pregnancy and post-pregnancy.

I want crackers

So I am learning now that there is gluten in almost everything I like to eat. I look in my fridge and freezer and all I can see is carbs and wheat! It’s in so many sauces as well. I am reading labels really carefully. As much as I want answers, I really don’t want to be gluten free for life. It will be a huge challenge to constantly be on the look out for gluten in everything I eat. Food allergies really do suck! However, if I do feel better after cutting out gluten, then it will be worth it because the past 2 months have been torture. Anyway, I am on day 3 of gluten free right now and haven’t noticed much of a difference yet. I am going to give it a good month (I hope) before I give up.

If the gluten thing doesn’t work out, I might try cutting out dairy for a bit and see if that works. Again, it would SUCK to have a food allergy, but worth it if I feel better.

Does anyone else consume a gluten free diet? Care to share any pointers, recipes, anything?! THANKS


Mar 28

Tue '17

Letter to Jadzia: 4 months old

Jadzia 4 months old

Dear baby Jadzia,

How can it be possible that you are FOUR months old already?! I just cannot believe it. You are growing up so much. Your little personality is starting to shine through and you are truly becoming your own little person. I love you so much! I weighed you this morning and you came in at 11lbs 13oz! I can’t wait to find out your height at your next immunizations!

Oh you love to giggle whenever mommy tickles you or plays with your belly. It’s so adorable. I’ve even caught you giggling at your sister when she does silly things. I love how interactive you are becoming. You LOVE playing with toys. When you lay down on your play mat, you immediately grab for the rings and toys hanging from it.

Everything seems to go into your mouth these days…especially your hands and anyone’s fingers that are nearby. It’s funny, whenever anyone holds you, you can be seen bending to try to get ahold of any piece of fleshy finger to stuff into your mouth. You must be teething!! I took you to your first baby show and I bought you some teething rings. You love them so much. You can grab ahold of them and keep them in your mouth, but if you drop them, it’s a bit harder for you to pick them back up. They have great ridges that you can use to soothe your gums. The tricky part is keeping them out of your sister’s mouth!

You started taking naps in your crib this month. They went pretty well. You would sometimes cry when we first put you down, but went to sleep fairly quickly. After about a week of successful napping, your Daddy and I decided to move you into your crib full time for nights as well!! You have done wonderfully at sleeping in your own room. By wonderful, I mean we don’t have to move you into our room at any point in the night. Length of sleep is a different story altogether. You are still waking up 3-6 times a night. Every night is different. The longest stretch we had this month was 6.5 hours and that only happened once. You are usually up to eat every 2-3 hours. I am getting used to it, but I do wish you’d like to sleep for longer periods. I am sure it will come one day though.

The weather got a little nicer this month, so you have been getting to spend more and more time outside. I like to put you into the baby carrier and keep you snuggled nice and warm while exploring the outdoors. I think you are going to enjoy going for walks as the spring/summer months come along.

As with the past few months, you still do not like to take a bottle. You will eventually suck on it a tiny bit, but to be honest, the milk usually ends up dribbling out of your mouth and all over your clothes. I still haven’t left you for a long enough period to test when you get really hungry though. You hate soothers and will not suck on them. We honestly stopped trying to convince you to take one this month because it’s pointless. If we offer you a finger, you are all over it though haha.

You have started to like having baths! We’ve got you into a bit of a routine now that you get to bathe every other day. You no longer cry when you get into the bath and you are starting to kick your feet a tiny bit. Mostly you just try to eat the bubbles that are all over your hands. If we get you wrapped in a towel quick enough, you don’t cry anymore after the bath either! Yay.

You got your second cold this month. Your poor little nose was so runny and the sneezes came in threes. It was quite a bit harder for you to sleep. Thankfully you got over it pretty quick.

It’s amazing how much you can change and grow in one month. I look forward to what new and exiting thing comes next! I love you around the world infinite times!

Your Mommy

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