Thursday, June 28, 2007

Yep, I peed my pants...

And I have the emergency room receipt to prove it.

Let me explain:

*Note: This may be TMI for most of you, but I haven't posted a juicy preggers story yet, so I feel I'm due!*

Last week started out to be a good week. Emma's meltdowns had slowed down, and we had a great Father's Day. Then Tuesday hit. I felt like total crap. Flu-like symptoms all day and totally exhausted. And I felt like I was peeing EVERY.TWO.SECONDS. I felt like I was newly pregnant again, but yuckier. I even asked Jeff to come home early from work (read: on time for once). He didn't, but that's another post...

Anyway, Jeff comes home, lets me take an hour nap, and then is off to job #2. I start to feel better, put Emma to bed, and get a little work done. Around 10pm, I headed upstairs to go to bed, but stopped on our main floor to pee for the millionth time. Then I made my way upstairs, and by the time I reached our room, I noticed my underwear was soaked. Not just a little wet, but soaked. I had felt nothing come out, and what was there didn't smell like urine. I couldn't get a hold of Jeff, so I called the doctor.

Now let me preface this by saying that I normally would have written this off as a weird pregnancy thing, but because I felt so yucky all day, I got a little nervous. I had flu-like symptoms a few days before Emma was born, and my water broke before I went into labor. Now with Emma, it was the stereotypical gushing tidal wave they tell you will never happen. But, as most of you know, "they" say it is USUALLY more like a constant trickle of water. So, the wet undies and flu symptoms made me extra cautious. Our baby wasn't even 1 pound yet!

Long story short, the doctor told me to go to the emergency room, but said it was probably urine. Jeff got home, my mom came over to sit with Emma, and a long night of waiting, tests, and an ultrasound (bonus!) told us Baby B was just fine. The diagnosis was a urinary tract infection, and antibiotics were prescribed.

Four days later I find out none of it was necessary. Apparently my bladder has a mind of its own (even when I don't sneeze!)

So that's the good news. But then Emma got sick. And not sick with a mild summer cold. Nope. Weeeeee got another one of those good ole viruses!

As you saw from Friday's post, we were getting temps in the 102-103 range for a few days. That, I could handle. The next few days, however, have totally sucked.

Zero sleep Friday night brought us to the doctor on Saturday, who informed me that Miss Emma had stomatitis, which is basically the mouth version of hand, foot and mouth disease. Our poor baby had sores all throughout her mouth. She was miserable, wouldn't eat, and wouldn't drink anything other than cold milk. We even tried rice ice cream and milk shakes for the first time, but she was too afraid to try anything new.

Yesterday was the first day she was able to have a full meal without wincing in pain. That has been the hardest part, watching her be soooo very hungry, try to take a bite of something soft, and then make this horrible face and spit it all out. We have honestly been living on scrambled eggs, oatmeal, and milk.

The nights have also been pretty bad. Most of the time, there was nothing I could do to comfort her. Motrin wouldn't even help. I've never felt so helpless or heartbroken in my life. And this was just a stupid virus!

Anyway, we are on the road to recovery, and Little Miss is already back to her old opinionated ways. I think we both have been cooped up for too long and are way overtired. A few nights of good rest and a fun morning at Grandma's today should hopefully get us over this hump for good.

So there you have it. For now, I'll leave you with the little bit of fun we managed to have during our 6-day house arrest.

As any good mom will tell you: When in doubt, make cookies!



Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Wish me luck!

I've entered another one of Stephanie's contests, and I really hope I win this one. I have officially been sold on the whole babywearing thing, and I can't wait to start building my carrier collection. I recently got a water sling from Ashlee over at Nest, and Mama C-ta gave me a brown carrier that is so comfy I wish someone would carry me around in it.

Anyway, if I win a sling from KimzKreations, I get to design my own. How fun is that?! I'll keep you all posted!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Fahion Friday: Calling in Sick

Miss Emma's been fighting a 102 temp the last two days, so no FF for us this week.

BUT, it's times like these that I literally thank God for Tylenol and Motrin, which can turn my sick baby who woke up clinging to me for dear life into her (almost) usual self...


Have a happy -- and healthy -- weekend everyone! :o)

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Daddy's Girl


One of the greatest joys of my heart is when Jeff comes home from work. Emma hears the garage door open, runs into the kitchen, and jumps into her Daddy's arms for a big hug and kiss. What's even better is watching Jeff's eyes light up and his heart melt. I know it is his favorite part of the day.

Babe, you are an amazing father, and I know Emma feels very special every time she is with you. Whether you are reading her books, wrestling with her on the ground, letting her help you, or playing "rock-a-rosy" (translation: ring-around-the-rosy), she knows Daddy always has time for her.

Thank you for being such a great Daddy to our little bunny. I know your love will only multiply with this next one. And so will mine.

Happy Father's Day. Love you!

Christmas 2006

Quiet time with Daddy

Easter 2007

"She just ate!"

Daddy's little helper

Feeling safe in Daddy's arms

Kisses in the sun...

Friday, June 15, 2007

Fashion Friday: Who needs clothes...

with a face like this:



...and eyes like this!



Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sneak Peek

Now that I've built up these ultrasound photos so much, I know you're going to be disappointed. I know I was. But posts like yesterday put it all in perspective -- my baby looks healthy!

Here is our attempted profile shot:
babyb2 20 wks

I was so spoiled after Emma's first ultrasound photo. Isn't it just too perfect?

Unfortunately, Baby B #2 decided to get all snuggly with Mommy's placenta during the photo and video portion of the visit, which means we got great photos of the back of his/her head, an ear, and an arm.

We did get a quick grin, but I admit this photo is a bit scary without all the baby chubs:

babyb2 grin1

The good news is Baby cooperated fully for the measurements. Everything looks right on track and there wasn't "anything suspicious." I saw a little heartbeat, piggy toes and very busy legs. Daddy claims to have seen something else floating around, but he said that last time too. We both did, and now we have Emma! I guess I'll let him think what he wants... ;o)

My doctor's appointment was the day after my u/s, so we had lots of reassurance that all is well. I gained 2 lbs, which puts me at 8 lbs so far, and I measured at exactly 20 weeks. Heartbeat was strong at around 144. I remember Emma's heart rate being faster, so I don't know if that indicates sex or not, but I have to admit I'm getting curious. My "gut" says boy, but my girl name just feels right. That's exactly what happened with Emma, so I don't trust my instincts at all.

Any guesses?

Monday, June 11, 2007

Please Pray

Hi everyone!

My girlfriend Erin called me last night to ask that I add some friends of the family to any prayer lists that I could. A young family of five recently found out that their 4-month-old son has stage 4 cancer and has to undergo chemotherapy. This little angel has a huge tumor wrapped throughout his intestines and liver, and they can't do surgery for fear that he may bleed to death. The doctors are not hopeful about the chemo, so they are preparing for the worst.

The parents, Adam and Megan, have two other children. Please pray hard for this family and 4-month-old Seth. Pray peace for the parents and for a miracle to occur during Seth's chemo. Adam was just ordained, so praise God that this family knows the Lord!

I know I promised an update and photos of Baby B, but after hearing about this, it just didn't feel right not to mention this first. Having healthy children is a blessing we all take for granted. I can hardly think about this family without breaking down into tears. How can a 4-month-old get stage-4 cancer? He's been alive for such a short time.

So please take a few minutes to say a prayer. And then go give your kids a big hug!

Friday, June 08, 2007

Fashion Friday: Runway Baby


As much as I'd like to, I can't take any credit for this little trendy number. These hip duds were given to Miss Emma by the always trendy Cricket, whose Mama owns a nice little online store called Urban Baby Runway.


You can check get the shirt here, and the pants here. The bangle bracelet on Miss Emma's right arm is mine and was totally Emma's idea. I love a girl who understands the importance of accessories! Which reminds me... although we didn't win the shoe contest, don't think I'm not shopping for some shoes for this outfit. I'm thinking brown sandals, eh?

*Stay tuned for ultrasound update and photos of Baby B #2!*

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Did you say free shoes?

Okay, so Stephanie is having a contest with free shoes involved, so why wouldn't I enter? The only thing I have to do is tell you about it, and I have a chance some free Vincent shoes.

So if I win, what would I chose? Here are a few options:

  • These in brown or navy

  • Love these in blue

  • These and these are so fun, but we'd have to go shopping for some new outfits, which kinda defeats the "free" aspect

  • And finally, the "safe" option I know we'd get lots of use out of (in purple of course!)

  • Wish me luck!

    Friday, June 01, 2007

    Fashion Friday: It's a good thing she's cute!


    The whole outfit... and the world's smallest ponytail!