She’s happy, and so am I with her in my life. She has been very needy and “attached” the past few days. I’m trying to get a break by introducing some solids. She has been very receptive.


First “Week” Back

I have survived my return to work after maternity leave.

My first day back was Wednesday. I got an hour of sleep before I had to get up and prepare for my day. Surprisingly I worked my full 10 hour shift without feeling tired at all. I did get very sore as the day went on.

When I got home I could barely move. I iced my right arm, and passed out on the couch. I was so sore I didn’t even want to snuggle my babies.

I got a bit more sleep Wednesday, but after waking up to get ready for work I realized I couldn’t do it. My whole body hurt. I still felt like I had shin splints this morning, but my arm was much better. I decided I would go in today. It went well. I’m doing much better today regarding my exhaustion and pain. I have only dozed off for a few moments while watching TV with my family, and I didn’t feel the need to ice my arm. My wrist has been sore, but not terribly so.

My 3 little ones have been quite snuggly since I’ve been home too. I think they missed me a little.

I’m happy I have 4 days to recover before my next shift, but Wednesday morning will come before I will be ready for it.

Here’s an updated picture of the newest addition to our family.

And one more. 🙂

Looking forward to my return to work

When a two year old announces they have pooped… stop what you are doing and change that diaper.

This could happen to you…..

I had my feet up nursing my 9 week old daughter when my two year old son comes to me and announces he has pooped. (verbally and with odor) I told him to give me a few minutes to feed his sister. She was almost finished, and about to fall asleep. He walks away, and comes back without pants. I told him not to take off his diaper. He walked away again, only to come back smelling much worse. Oh no! My power seat could not possibly be slower… there he was at my feet with his covered in poop!

I had to put the baby in her bouncer, then snatch him up to get him in the tub. I also had to find his diaper. I found that with his pants on my bed. Somehow the diaper was open poop side toward the comforter, but didn’t appear to get anything on it. I am washing it anyway, but at least I don’t have to worry about a stain.

I had planned on bathing the 3 little ones today, but not like this.

So, once the two year old was hosed off by the shower I got the tub ready for bath time. The four year old was happy to hop in and play, and the baby got a wash before her nap. I don’t like bathing a baby right after a nursing session, because in the past that has lead to puking. This time I lucked out. If she had puked in the tub with her brothers I would have had a disaster to take care of.

Hunting for poopy footprints was no fun. Luckily most of the flooring he could have been on was laminate. The unfortunate part is the floor and rugs he may have walked on are all brown!

Yup, I might be looking forward to going back to work. I did warn my hubby to take the two year olds announcements seriously. 😛

Possible Thrush and HFMD

Recently we received information from my son’s school regarding an out break of Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, or HFMD. My son is in 8th grade, so I didn’t expect that he’d catch it and bring it home to share with us. Of course he did!

He had a high fever around 102 for a couple of days, and pretty much felt terrible with a sore throat. Then he started complaining that his hands and feet were sensitive. He tried to show me spots on his hands, but honestly I didn’t see anything abnormal…. until a rash developed. Then it spread like crazy!

I read up on the illness, and there is no treatment for it besides taking fever and pain relievers. It is also contagious long after symptoms are cleared up. It’s so frustrating to know that kids are allowed to be in school once the fever is gone, even though they are still very contagious.

Having a newborn in my house, this isn’t an illness I want to deal with. My baby has already struggled to gain weight since she was born, if she gets painful mouth sores that make it less likely for her to eat that could lead to serious issues. As it is, my now 4 year old (as of Tuesday) had a fever of 104 last night and has been refusing to eat and drink much due to his sore throat.

My feverish four year old

Throw in what I am pretty sure is a case of thrush for the baby…. and the risk of possible eating problems for her increases greatly.

I called her pediatrician as soon as they opened today, only to wait an hour for them to call and tell me to contact my OBGYN since they can treat both of us. So, I do that right away. Here I sit typing this post 5 hours later without hearing back from them! I tried calling back only to be put on hold for more than 5 minutes, so I hung up. I am doubtful I will have answers to whether we need to be seen or if prescriptions can be ordered any time soon. I hate to feel like I am pestering them, but being Friday with a Monday holiday I really want to get this settled soon.

I suppose another call is about to be made.


I called my OBGYN, only to be told they can’t treat the baby, and won’t treat me until she is diagnosed and on treatment!

Of course I have to call her doctor back and explain what I’ve been told. The person who answers was surprised they weren’t treating the baby and that it was suggested that my doctor treat her. SERIOUSLY!

Now, the doctor who was given my original request was with a patient and so is the doctor who last saw my daughter. I am now anxiously waiting a call from someone from the pediatrician so I can call my doctor back before closing time to get my own treatment. I just wanted to take care of this first thing this morning…I even set an alarm to do so, but yet here I am wondering if a trip to urgent care is my only hope for treatment.

What We’ve Been Up To

Definitely not sleeping!

Our newest addition has struggled to gain weight nursing alone. She has a tiny mouth, lip tie, pushed in chin and shallow latch. She dropped from 7 pounds 6 ounces at birth to 6 pounds 12 ounces before she started gaining weight. She didn’t lose more than the 10% babies are “allowed” to lose after birth, but put her weight back on slower than the doctor likes to see. She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces at her 2 week check up. A little low, but not alarming. We have to go back for a weight check at 3 weeks.

I can nurse her for an hour straight, but she’ll still act hungry and need a top off of either milk I have pumped or formula. So, usually I need to nurse and pump a few times a day to make sure I keep my production up. This leaves very little time for sleeping. She will cluster feed most nights, but even so I have to wake up the hubby so he can bottle feed her at least once during the early morning hours.

When she takes a decent nap (3-4 hours), we have the other kids to care for. There is no napping when you have 3 kids under 4!

The boys have taken to her quite well. They are curious, gentle (usually), and loving. Our almost 4 year old who definitely did not want a sister, doesn’t want to change her into a boy with his green laser anymore. 😛

They aren’t acting jealous of her at all. It’s especially surprising since they’ve been sick with colds, and I’ve refused snuggling to limit her contact with the germs. She is congested now, so my efforts weren’t a complete success.

The past few weeks have just flown by. We had a list of projects to complete while on our leave, and we hoped to get out and have a few fun outings too. Right now it seems as though we look at the clock, and half the day is gone before we have really woken up. Hopefully once the sickness leaves our house, and the baby figures out how to nurse better we will get more rest.

False Hope

I was hopeful that my discomfort last night was the start of labor.

Nope. Just more of my body getting ready.

I have always felt at some point during my pregnancies that labor was starting, only to be disappointed every time.

Being scheduled for induction before my due date has always been a bonus for me though. I hate the discomforts nearing the end of pregnancy and once the baby is considered full term am more than ready to be done.

My first full term pregnancy was induced 4 days prior to my due date and I delivered the next day. So I was 3 days early, then induced and delivered 5 days early for my next term pregnancy, and my last one was scheduled for 39 weeks but moved up a day due to some low blood sugar readings with negative side effects. I delivered my last son 8 days early.

This time around I go in for induction at 38 weeks 6 days again, but in the evening. Unless by some miracle my body has actually started dilation and effacement on its own, I will most likely deliver at 39 weeks exactly.

Her movements inside me have become quite painful, so I’m ready. Going into labor spontaneously last night wouldn’t have been terrible, since our friends were willing to take our 3 sons. If it happens sometime in the next couple of days it will be more challenging. My oldest and their oldest start school Wednesday, and we live about 40 minutes away from each other which would lead to problems with transportation.

So, at this point if I don’t go into labor today, and make it out of the hospital by Tuesday our best scenario would be for my body to respond as usual and be forced into labor as scheduled Thursday evening. My oldest doesn’t have school Friday, so it works out perfectly for our kids to stay at their house.

Only time will tell if things stay on schedule.