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I am a 29 year old teacher of fourth grade. My husband and I began TTC in March of 2008. We conceived our first month, but unfortunately it only ended in an early miscarriage. 8 months later we finally conceived again, and she was our take-home baby! Norah Jane was born on July 16, 2009. 7lbs 0oz 19" long and amazing. We recently had our sweet baby boy, Miles! He was born on June 12, 2013 at 3:37pm, weighing in at 8lbs 4oz, 20 inches long, and PERFECT! We are loving every minute of parenthood (even the frustrating minutes!). This blog is an attempt to chronicle the baby steps, foot steps, leaps, bounds, and milestones of this journey.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ugh...Ear Infections.

I was really hoping that we were going to dodge the ear infections with Miles, unlike we did with Norah, but so far, no luck. Miles got a double ear infection a few weeks ago. I talked about it in a previous post. I was so thankful that he got on antibiotics, and I just knew that it would go away in a matter of days.

Again, no luck.

He got the nice, pink, bubblegum tasting medicine, and he would take it fine in the morning and in the evening. We went back for us check up, and he still and them. Ugh. So then we had to start a more potent antibiotic-- augmentin. HE HATES IT. Like hates it, with an undying passion. He spits it and refuses it. He leaves it in his cheek so just when you think that he swallowed it, he spits it back out at you.


So frustrating. So here we are, seven days into the antibiotic, and he is hopefully getting better. We have to take him back soon to make sure that it is gone. I really hope it is.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

4 Month Doctor's Appointment!

Miles had his 4 month well-baby check up. I had a very frustrating time trying to get the appointment. I set up one months ago, but then we decided to go out of town, so I had to cancel. Well, Miles had also been to the doctor last Friday (literally one business day before his appointment), and his doctor wanted to do a follow-up because he had a double ear infection and bronchitis. :( So, when I called to reschedule, the lady was super rude and said that his doctor didn't have anything available until November. So I said, "You want my baby to have his 4 month appointment when he is 5 1/2 months old?" She said, "Well, they don't do physicals all day. They can only do a certain amount each day." Didn't answer my question. So she said that she could get me in for his sick appointment follow-up next week. I said, "Um... can we just do his physical at the same time they check his ears?" Apparently I asked for the MOON there, because that was just impossible.

So, I ended up taking the sick appointment for this past Thursday. At the appointment I just happened to have my favorite nurse there. She is amazing, and she loves us too. So I said, "Is there annnny way we can just do his physical right now, too so I don't have to come back?" She went back and forth, but eventually said, "You'd better be glad I like ya'll so much!" Then they did his physical. :)

So... Drumroll for the percentiles!

Length- 75th! Waaaaaaay taller than Norah ever was!
Weight- 75th! Chunky butt!
Head- 90th! We went DOWN from 98th! YEAH! :)

The ear infections are on their way out. Just got to finish the meds. His doctor said that he looks perfect. :) He just played and cooed and talked and was happy the whole time!

...then the shots came.

Sigh.

I held him down. That was the very first time I did that for either of my kids. It was better than not holding him, I think. I was able to comfort him. He had to get FIVE shots. Five separate shots. :( It was awful, but he stopped crying within 30 seconds. He was a trooper.

I was told to wait closer to 6 months to give him solids, which I was going to do anyway. I told her I was going to skip cereal altogether. She was totally cool with that. I was also told that at 6 months, we could try to reintroduce dairy to see if he is still reacting. I so so so hope not. I miss cheese!


That's all for now! I need to write soon about our 6 year wedding anniversary trip! It was SO fun!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

4 Months Old!

I can't believe there's only been 2 posts between my 3 months and this one. I hate getting behind on blogging because I really do consider it a priority. Here's some choppy things I want to remember:

*I spoke too soon in my "Sleep" post. He started waking up 3-7 times a night for several nights in a row. Don't know why. Then he went back to sleeping mostly through the night for the last two nights. He will wake up between 4:30-6:30 to eat, then go back to sleep for about 2-3 more hours. It's awesome.

*Miles has bronchitis and an ear infection (his 1st one) right now. He's had a fever for three weeks straight. It won't last all day, but every day he has one. It is usually around the 100.7 range, but sometimes gets up to 101.2. I took him to the doctor twice in those 2 weeks, and they couldn't see anything wrong with him. Yesterday, when he woke up with a ton of eye drainage, I took him in again. Fortunately his actual doctor got to see him. She immediately diagnosed him and put him on antibiotics. I'm so thankful they finally found something. I just want him to feel better. He's had this cold for forever it seems.

*Norah gave Dr. Ragsdale a huge hug when she walked into the room. It was so sweet. I love our pediatrician and all of her nurses. They are wonderful.



Ok, so Miles is 4 months old now!
He is adorable, wonderful, chubby, and so sweet.
His smile melts my heart.
He laughs like crazy if I kiss his neck really fast.
He is eating 6oz bottles at daycare, which is insane. I can hardly keep up.
He is still exclusively breastfed, still hasn't had a drop of formula, but it is still a VERY hard road.
He loves his exersaucer. We have to put a blanket behind him so that he doesn't fall over. :)
He LOVES sitting in a high chair-- at home and at school.


I'm going to put his stats up on Monday after his appointment. Until then.. gotta go sew. Got orders to fill!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mastitis.

It's a good thing I love Miles... this is the worst.

On Wednesday night, I was fine. Totally normal. On Thursday morning I woke up with the most painful clogged duct ever. It felt like a horrible bruise, not like a regular clogged duct. I was up at 5:30, so I nursed Miles and put him back to bed. The clog was still there. So I went to the pump. From 5:47 to 7:05 I tried to get the clog out with no luck. I cried and cried because of how painful it was, then I went to school.

Thankfully I had already taken a half day off because my parents were coming into town and I needed to pick them up at the airport. I felt horrible at school, and it took everything I had just to make it to 11:30. I called my OB and made an appointment to come in as soon as I left. I definitely suspected mastitis at this point since I was just getting worse and worse.

By the time I got to the doctor, I was miserable. I was almost in tears in the waiting room, and I was absolutely in tears in the doctor's office. As soon as she came in I started crying, and I couldn't stop. I was in so much pain. I was also so worried (and still am) that this was going to turn into thrush. Mastitis + Thrush were the things that caused me to stop breastfeeding Norah at 6 months. I don't want to stop at 3 1/2 with Miles. She took a look and said that she definitely thinks I have mastitis. She gave me a 10 day supply of antibiotics and combined it with a 14 day supply of Diflucan to combat Thrush. I am also taking a ton of probiotics in hope that it won't develop into full-on thrush. I just can't handle that. She also gave me a prescription for APNO, which I was so thankful for. I am hoping that it helps with the constant nipple pain.

So I came home, pumped, then left to get the kids from daycare and go pick up Moo Moo and Papa at the airport. By this time I'm not sure how I was functioning. They got here, and once I got home with them I just about passed out. Thankfully Miles was wonderful. Everyone ended up going to get some dinner for a while and left me at home with Miles. I was able to just chill for a bit. They got home around 8:45 and I went to bed. That's when everything went bad.

I got the chills super badly (just like I did with Norah), so Daniel put his massive sleeping bag on top of me in bed. Then after about 30 minutes of sleeping, I got super hot and nauseated. I threw up twice, and spent most of the night willing myself to not throw up again. The antibiotic coming back up tasted horribly. My head felt like it was splitting into two the entire night. It was absolutely miserable. Daniel did everything he could to help me, but there wasn't much he could do. Miles needed to be nursed twice during the night, so Daniel went and got him for me, which helped a ton. He also got me water and a cold rag for my head in the middle of the night at some point. I was in so much pain.

The next day (Friday), I needed sleep. I slept as often as I could while my mom cared for Miles. She woke me when he needed to eat, and then I'd go right back to sleep. I was useless on Friday. I slept almost the entire day. Towards the evening though, I started to feel a little bit better. When I went to bed for the night, I was praying that I wouldn't have a night like I had the night before. Thankfully, I didn't. Miles slept ok-- he woke up 2 times, and both times Daniel brought him to me, which helped tremendously. Mostly though, I got a decent night's sleep.

I began to feel a whole lot better on Saturday, and by Sunday I was back to myself. I couldn't believe how awful the whole experience was. I remember it being bad with Norah (Christmas Day was spent in the ER), but I just sucked.

**Fun fact: On Sunday, while I was boiling the parts of the bottles, I managed to get boiling water right below my nipple and all over my stomach. My stomach didn't burn, but my boob was a 2nd degree burn at least. Sigh... I can't be trusted around hot liquids.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sleep.

Wahoo!!!!!!!!!!!! Miles slept through the night last night!! For the first time since before I even had him, I  was able to sleep from 11pm to 6am without interruption! It was everything I thought it would be and more! Much more... I woke up in a TON of breastmilk! When I had to get up for work, Miles still wasn't awake, so I went ahead and put in my contacts and brushed my teeth. While I was doing so, milk was practically pouring out of both sides. I had to put a towel on the floor because of how bad it was!

But... it was worth it. Sleep is great!

Let's talk about his sleeping. I fear that if I do talk about it, it will change, but hopefully not! Miles is a ::whispers:: decent sleeper. :) He usually goes to bed around 6:45pm, and he usually wakes once to eat before I have to get up for work (around 6:00am). It's great. Of course, I'm still breastfeeding, so only I can get up with him, but it works. Last night was even better!

Things Miles needs for sleeping:
-a good swaddle. We use The Miracle Blanket. It has been worth every bit of $30.
http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Blanket-Baby-Swaddling-Blue/dp/B000G0KQWQ/ref=sr_1_3?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1380646146&sr=1-3&keywords=miracle+blanket

-His seahorse.

Seriously... Fisher Price knows what they're doing. Every night he stares at this thing in wonder. Norah had one too, We bought one for our niece, Scarlett, and she used it all the time, and now Miles has one. So worth it.

- -Sound machine. We have a homedics sound spa, and we leave it on the waterfall setting at the loudest level. Love it.



Naps are tricky. I don't have a set nap schedule, so I don't really know if he is a good napper or not. He always takes a longer nap in the morning (avg 1.5hours), and a few naps here and there during the daytime.