Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Well it's almost the new year. This has been a strange year, from thinking things were working out with Jon, to my trip home, to the pregnancy, failing classes, to the birth of the most AMAZING part of my life- Juliet. I figure the New Year is a time to "start over", so I wanted to start 'clean'. I've had a very very productive day. I FINALLY vaccumed and mopped my floors (haven't done that since before Juliet was born), I washed, dried and folded two loads of laundry, I finished the work for one of the classes I had incomplete and did the final revisions on my history thesis. The only thing I have hanging over my head is my anthro thesis. Hopefully I can finish that in the next week and can pre-read my books for the classes I am taking this semester. Overall, I am VERY satisfied with my work today :)
Oh and Juliet finally pooped this AM. Forget wipes- she needed a bath!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I'm obsessed with baby poop. Or rather the lack thereof. Juliet hasn't pooped in 8 days now. The paint is peeling from the walls from her farts, and she's REALLY uncomfortable when she tries to pass gas. The lack of a bowel movement for this long is not unusual for an exlusive breastfed baby, and when I talked to the Pediatrician she said that as long as her abdomen wasn't hard then she was fine. I just hope she goes soon, then I can stop thinking about it.
Monday, December 29, 2008
I saw this onsie at Walmart and had to get it... It says "this is my little black dress". She wasn't real happy when I stopped her meal to take a picture as you can see :)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I can't believe that Juliet is almost 2 months old! She's growing so fast... and I have to go back to work :( She looks more and more like her father- at least in the face. She seems to have kept the blue eyes, at least for now, and she has a redness to his cheeks, which could either be from the acne/dryness or from him. I also think she has his ears- they flare out at the tops- mine don't do that. Overall though, she is a LOT like me. Her hair gets a kink in it when it dries from wet... so it might be curly like mine.
She's doing really well.... she's TRYING to roll over from her stomach, and though she won't do it for a while, she sure is trying. She's fascinated by the objects on her gym mat- eyes wide open and staring. She's still not reaching yet, but she does grab at stuff if I put it in her hands. I've been making her "pat" the cats, and she seems fascinated by them. Thankfully she hasn't tried to grab their fur, and they have been very patient. Her first smile was for Ninja, which was pretty cute. Maybe I'll get one next. She's following things with her eyes- if I move an object from left to right she follows it, although she still doesn't turn her head for sound. She's also scooting now. She'll lift her bottom up like a cat stretching when she's on her belly and use her feet to push herself. She doesn't go far yet. She also has benn scooting on her side in bed. If I roll away from her, she'll wiggle until she's right next to me again. Last night I got up to pump and she scooted a good 2 inches looking for me. Note to self: leave my sleepwear next to her before I get out of bed!
As for me, I'm doing ok. The leg is starting to feel better, much less pain. The steriod side effects were not as severe- maybe because we split up the doses. I still had the skin sensitivity, and the headaches... but I only fainted once (thank god I wasn't holding Juliet!). I'm sleeping ok, but I still feel drained.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Well... for everyone really. Mum demanded pictures... so here you go! Mostly of Juliet, and one of the random bruises on my left leg.
So Juliet officially gave her first smile. But guess what- it wasn't at me. It was at Ninja of all things. Ninja was curled in a ball on the couch, and I was making Juliet pat him (as I've been doing for a while with bot cats) and she grinned. Very cute- I wish I'd been able to take a picture.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I choose to breastfeed Juliet mainly to give her my immunity to the cats that Jon didn't have. While many struggle to bf due to sore nipples, poor supply, or a myriad of other problems, I've found it very natural and easy. Even breastfeeding in public is no big deal. Basically I'm lucky. While I was on the steroids I couldn't breastfeed- I had to throw my milk away. This was the biggest Pain in the Ass EVER. Not only did I have to keep milk in the fridge to feed her, I had to take it out of the fridge before she was hungry to warm, but not so long before that it would go bad. Then I had to find time to express in between feeding her. Plus cleaning all those bottles! It was very convient being able to feed her in public without having to fight with my shirt/bra/covering, but the inconvience of leaking breasts far outweighted any benifits. Having to get up in the middle of the night to pump, she would wake up when I fed her at night....
Yeah- I'll jump on the "breast is best" bandwagon- because i'm too lazy to go the other way!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Yup, it's snowing. Big time. We got 12 inches on Friday, 2 yesterday and we are supposed to get 9 today. It's been snowing all day, and shows no intention of stopping. Here are some pictures- keep in mind that It's been snowblowed three times!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Juliet has started making noises other then crying. He first "coo" is an Ah or Eh sound... the way she does it, she sounds like a monkey! I'm trying to get my cell phone to record it and if I can I'll post it for you all- it's TOO cute.
You never forget how much steriods wreck your body... but you tend to forget the overall gucky FEELING that steriods give you. Your exhausted, but have so much ENERGY you can't sit still. Apparently I was whiter then the snow and just as unsteady. I had a killer headache, and felt nauseated, but wanted to eat everything in sight. I was somewhat productive, I reorganized my living room. I moved the two big bookshelves into the library, and put the TV in that spot, then I moved my desk to where the TV was. I made a "sitting area" in the back near the fish tanks where I put the two shorter bookcases, and put the other couch in front of the TV. The whole purpose was to get stuff away from the walls a bit and open up the heating vents- seeing as the couches were blocking all of the heat. I got two of three vents unblocked, the one between the fish tanks is still blocked by the couch, I may move that to where the short bookcases are.... put the bookcases where the rocking chair is (behind the tv couch), and put the rocking chair under the window..... but it might look funny. Never mind... another day.
Before and After pictures:
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I feel very very very positive today. Apart from the pain today was a very successful day. Juliet took her first bottle. I just gave her an ounce, to get her used to taking a bottle while I'm on steriods. She fussed a little, but once she worked out it was "booby juice" she latched on and sucked. She even comfort nursed! YAY. We also had our first successful bed time today... we changed into PJ's at 7.30, washed face and hands, I read her a story (today was snow white), and fed her... she burped, I swung her and she was down and out by 8.30 YAY YAY YAY!
Lets see if she does it again tomorrow!
I HATE Insurance companies. Ok, let me modify that, I don't hate them personally, I hate the way they are run. I'm having a relapse, a bad one, and I am in a significant amount of pain, and I have to wait TWO DAYS to get the medication I need (steriods) to get any relief. Why should I be in this much pain because you have to "approve" the medication I need? *sigh*
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Well Juliet went down for her FIRST nap of the day at 5.30. It's nearly 8 and she's still asleep.... I actually got STUFF done... I shoveled my steps and sidewalk (if I don't I get fined) - but not the driveway. Typed an essay that's due, cooked AND ate dinner, and washed dishes..... now what do I do??? I should take a nap, but it's so close to bed time. Plus I have some reading for school I should do. Maybe I'll put my feet up and do that.
Juliet did not sleep well again last night. She was up every hour, and it was taking her forever to go back to sleep. She had a lot of gas last night (She ended up having a HUGE bowel movement) so I think that was part of it. But of course it happened the night I started excercising and I've had ANOTHER relapse. I don't know if I could call it a relapse- more of a reoccurance. Last year my left leg started burning and I ended up on steriods for it... well it's back, and it's bad. So not only is my entire skin sensitive, now my leg is burning. The likelyhood of me staying of drugs is getting slimmer.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Wow Juliet is 6 weeks old today. The time has gone by SO fast! I only have 2 more weeks before I go back to work- I have mixed feelings about that actually- excited to be back with adults again, but sad to not be with Juliet all day.
I had my 6 week checkup today- and I got the all clear yay! So I pigged out today, and tomorrow I am going to start back at the gym. Thursday is my next Neuro appt, so hopefully it comes back just as positive.
I lost one of my fish in the power outage, and so now I have an empty 10 gallon tank. I'm trying to decide what to do with it. Do I get another fish? Or leave it empty? I have yet to decide, we'll have to see.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Well it's been a while since I have posted. Juliet keeps me busy, and I am finally getting out more. She's actually a bit fussy today, and sounds a bit nasally, so I am worried that she is getting a cold. We'll have to wait and see.
So lets see... what's been happening?
My mum came to visit. It was nice, but I worry. I know my Mum reads this, so I won't say much- I said what I felt I needed to say to her, and I hope her future plan works, for her own sake, and the sake of my daughter. Anyway, the visit was nice, and I got my thesis retyped (thanks mum!). I got a bit "visited out" over Thanksgiving. So many people, so much advice.
We had an icestorm the two nights ago- 2 inches of ice- causing havoc on the roads and the power system. I lost power about 3am. I figured they would have it on soon and that Juliet and I would just snuggle under the covers until it did. Around 11.30 I started feeling distinctly chilly, and so check the thermometer- It was 55 in the house. I knew I couldn't stay there any longer so I called all my friends (none of whom had power either), when a friend who lives and hour away called and said he was running heat on his generator I told him I'd be right there. It's over an hour to his house, Juliet is sleepy soundly, when my car starts to shake violently. I pull over, and I've blown the sidewall out on my tire- and I'm in the middle of nowhere with no cell phone service. Of course, this is the moment Juliet starts to cry. Luckily a nearby farm was running a generator and they let me come in, use the phone and feed Juliet. I get to my friends house, and he gets me a new tire.
I get a hold of my neighbour to see if we have power yet, and he says it won't be until Tuesday. I didn't leave the house with enough supplies for that long and I'm again panicking. But then my neighbour says he has a generator running now, and that I can plug my upstairs gas heater into it. So with new tire on, I head home again to get the heat on. It's food time when I get home, so I change Juliets diaper, and feed her to sleep, and put her in the crib (with a bunch of blankets to keep the warmth in) and attempt to get my heat and fridge plugged in before it's too dark to see. Unfortunatly, my cord got tangled and then it didn't want to work, and the tempreture in the hosue is falling steadily.
Of course Juliet wakes up and starts to howl again. I pick her up, check the diaper, attempt to feed again (she refused), attempt to burp, and then put her back down. She cried again. At that point I had to just leave her crying becuase I HAD to get us heat. It broke my heart, and I kept talking to her, trying to let her know I was there but couldn't pick her up. Of course the more she cried, the more stressed I got and the longer it seemed to take. Of course it was slippery, and I slid down my front steps... you should see the bruise on my tuchas (ass). My shoulder and back hurt too.
Luckily the power came back on yesterday, and by about 8pm the house was warm again.
Lets see, Juliet has learned to roll onto her tummy, but can't yet roll back of course. Ho boy. She also found her fist today and was sucking on it. I'm not sure if I am excited about this or not. It will give my nipples a rest when she wants to 'comfort nurse', but it's a habit I will have to break later. Anyway, well have to see.
Friday, December 05, 2008
Well today was court for custody and child support. Of course Jonathan didn't show up. I wonder if he thinks by ignoring me I'll go away? It just makes me more irritated because I bareley got ANY sleep last night (Juliet nursed for HOURS), and now I have to go back AGAIN in a month and a half. *sigh*
Well the court will supeona (sp) him and he will have to show up on Jan 30th, or get arrested. But I am damned if I'll let him not give the best care to my daughter.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The cats are finally getting used to Juliet. Ninja curled near her last night, and today Baby curled on my lap while Juliet was on my chest. I even got a picture:
Monday, December 01, 2008
So my family has this facination with farts. We all think farts are funny. (Of course they are!) The night after Thanksgiving we all got together for pizza and we were sharing our embaressing fart stories (My uncle getting blamed for my aunts farts, metal chairs, SBD etc). The next morning we went to temple for Juliet's Hebrew naming ceremony. During the service there is a silent prayer.
Picture this... A congregation of about 50. All silent. No movement. Suddenly a long LOUD fart.
It was Juliet. She's 3 weeks old and already has her own embarressing fart story.
Edit: just for Lyndall, her Hebrew name is Yichaela after my Gradfather :)
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