Saturday, August 27, 2011

The one in which I whine like I actually have it bad...

Can I start by saying that I know a lot of other have it worse than me? I know I'm so blessed and please don't think I'm losing sight of that. But, man, it has just been a rough few days.

Today, Gage has a cold that he likely picked up when we were at the doctor's office, where we found that we should have a speech evaluation done for him. I think it's likely there are no real issues with his speech, but I don't mind having him checked out just in case. We kind of knew last night that we might wake up to a sick kid today. We kept hearing little uncomfortable coughs through the baby monitor, and Gage isn't a night cougher. Sure enough, he woke up this morning with a seriously runny nose and stuffed up head.

Yesterday, we had a great doctor's appointment, where we found out the new baby is healthy and has a strong heartbeat. Then I came home and called the insurance company to find out about co-pays and whatnot, and found that we are going to be SO screwed monetarily through the process of having this baby. I won't give you specifics, but our payout will be in the neighborhood of $3k. Seriously. We are probably going to pay more out of pocket than the insurance company will. So that's pretty crushing!

I got a prescription to help me with the crippling nausea I've been experiencing with this pregnancy, and it sure takes the nausea away. But it gives me crippling headaches. Go figure. On top of my horrible headache, I'm getting a stye in my right eye and ooooh, it hurts! Speaking of pregnancy symptoms, it has been a rough pregnancy. I won't harp on it too much, but suffice it to say the nausea, light headedness, abdominal stretching pain, acne, exhaustion, heart palpitations, and constant thirst are all normal, all miserable, and all things I didn't have much with Gage. Well, I had some acne, a tiny bit of exhaustion and a little nausea after eating, but nothing like this. Definitely goes to show all pregnancies are different!

It's just been a little rough. Thanks for letting me vent. I know it will all be ok, and I know we'll get through it. I can count my blessings and know that I'm in a lot better situation than so many other people. Just sometimes feels like a lot piling up.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Gage update

As promised, here's a little bit about Gage. He is awesome. That is all.

But seriously. He learns more every day and accomplishes so much. He is currently teaching himself to catch, which is so cute. Tuesday he has a doctor visit where we will get some tips to hopelly get him talking. He doesn't talk much yet, but communicates very well. He does get frustrated when he can't get certain things across, so if we could get him talking, it would be good for us all. Tomorrow I will spend the day logging all the words he says, so that should be fun. It'll probably mostly be animal sounds, as that is his primary conversation, verbally anyway. The doc wants an accurate picture of his verbal habits.

This will likely be my last update on cry-it-out. We are essentially done, I'm sick to death of blogging about it, and I imagine everyone is sick of reading about it. Suffice it to say... It worked for us. Once we got CONSISTENT with it, every single night, the process worked like a charm. Within a week, Gage was sleeping through the night. And I mean within a week of our restart. We weren't consistent the first month and that screwed us. Now, Gage smiles and waves when we lay him in bed and tell him goodnight. He is excited to go to bed, loves his routine, and even looks forward to "laying in his bed" after our bedtime stuff. It is really rewarding to see how he loves having his own bed to sleep in. He naps in there too. We are still working on nap duration but we will get there. And even better? He is weaned! We are on day 3 and he hasn't asked for it at all, which is amazing. We talked a lot to him about being big and how he doesn't need nutrients that way anymore, he eats from a plate and drinks from a cup like a big kid. Seems that may have helped ease the transition.

Guess that's really about it for now. Things are going great for Gage and we are cherishing this short time of him as an only child. We see the doctor at the end of this week about #2, so we are hoping all is well there. We are both feeling some apprehension that something may be wrong, but that isn't grounded in any reason, just what parents do I guess.

Hope you had a nice weekend, we did!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Where in the world?

Right here in CO as usual... But haven't been up to blogging much recently. I promise I will give a few updates one day soon. I want to tell you about this pregnancy, how cry-it-out ended up working for us, and how weaning went. I want to update you on my life.

But I am oh-so-tired-and-nauseous. I will be back soon, though, I promise!

Monday, August 8, 2011

WTH, Etsy sellers?

I'm trying to kill the battery on my phone to reconfigure the battery charge capacity. I would've done it tomorrow except I can't sleep. So I'm browsing Etsy on it, hoping that the large quantity of picture loads will suck down battery juice. I am looking in the children's stuff, for obvious reasons; current and future Littles. 

Have you ever been browsing Etsy and seen something that just strikes you as wholly inappropriate? It doesn't happen to me much, because I'll be honest, I ordinarily LOVE Etsy. Most things that I look at on there are quite wholesome and nice. But there are always exceptions.
Anyway, first I see a onesie that has a large slogan printed on it. It says, "I'm with the M|LF." FIRST of all, my honest opinion is that vulgarities, or the implication of, don't belong on baby clothes. Babies are brand new and pure... They don't need a mockery made of them. But really-"I'm with the M|LF"?! I doubt the seller thought it through, but the "I" in M|LF does stand for "I'd" so that makes for an extra disgusting connotation. What was the person thinking when they printed that onesie? So tasteless, creepy, and disturbing. On multiple levels, really. 

OK, so I kept browsing. Then I see a onesie set; one is white with a tuxedo pattern (like a tux t-shirt) and the other is purple with a faux pearl necklace attached. What first caught my eye was how odd to attach a necklace to a onesie, what with the possibility of a baby getting hung up in it. .. Then I read the description. "Carrie and Mr. Big's night out," it read, "Matching onesies for twins or siblings." Let's pretend for a minute that Se.x In the City is your favorite show. It isn't mine by a long shot, but whatevs. It isn't appropriate for kids by a long shot. But didn't Carrie and Mr. Big date or get married or something?! Do you want to act out some romantic relationship from a show about se.x with your sweet, sibling babies?! I sure wouldn't, how creepy!

So that's my WTHeck this evening. If you've never checked out Etsy, don't let these two bizarre items sway you. Etsy is generally a great place to find all manner of beautiful handmade goodness.

I'm off to bed, having successfully killed my phone. Another day of nausea and exhaustion lies ahead of me. Just wish I could sleep.

*Lest you think this blog is laden with typos, please note that I made specific changes to certain words that may, in a search engine, bring the wrong type of attention to this blog. I think the post is still clear. And honestly, I'm giving some thought to taking the blog private, anyway. I have very few followers but since I do post a good bit about my little fella, I'm just not sure I want it public. It would be email invite, rather than altogether private. Thoughts?

A brief update

I'm doing OK, trying to get used to the newness of a second surprise pregnancy.

As I write this, it is 6:47 AM, and my little fella is still sleeping! That is a huge step in our sleep process.

The sleep process is really important now they we'll have a new baby in a while. It still hasn't quite hit me yet, although I do have moments where I think WOW, we are having another baby! I really look forward to my doctor's appointment at the end of the month. Maybe it'll be real to me after the ultrasound?

ETA: this was supposed to post 8/6, but apparently it failed. So I'm trying again.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Please excuse me for my distance

So, I've been a little absent recently. I just haven't really felt like I had much of anything to say. I haven't been feeling all that great, have had day after day of killer headaches, and just generally haven't felt much like myself, let alone writing. Gage is doing great on cry-it-out, at least at night. Maybe next week we'll get him crib napping. Thus far it's been largely couch napping. But he is still out of our bed altogether.

A couple days ago, I sort of felt like blogging and thought maybe I could come up with something to say. I didn't feel very well though, really light headed and nauseous so I ended up scraping the idea. Yesterday I totally felt like blogging, because I had something I needed to get out. But it was premature, and so I had to wait until today to make my point. If you are friends with me on facebook or Google+, you totally already know what was wrong with me and why I haven't been feeling that great. In fact, you might know by now anyway! But in case you've missed it, here's why ...

I'm pregnant! Yep, that's right. Not too far along, but enough to get three positive at home tests. We'll see the doctor at the end of this month to try to nail down the actual due date. I can hardly wait. That's about all I've got right now. Hooray!