Liz' s Musings's

Liz's musings on life – mostly her kids though.

02/28/08 Three Weeks Old! February 28, 2008

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Sarah had her 2 week well-baby visit a week late (she’s 3 weeks old today) and here are her stats:
Height – 22 inches (up 1.5 inches)
Weight – 9 lbs 3 ozs (up 1 lb 2 ozs from birth)
[edit] Thomas wanted me to add that she’s in the 90th percentile for height and 50th percentile for weight.
The doctor is thrilled with her progress and doesn’t need to see her until she’s 2 months old.
I, on the other hand, have a bladder infection. I don’t know how I got that. I tried cranberry juice (the real stuff too) and it helped but it didn’t go away. So now I get to have antibiotics for 5 days. And to stem the tide of post partum depression (for those of you who don’t know, I had it with Christopher), I got happy pills also. It’s only for a few months until my hormones get back into alignment. I am lucky that I have a doctor who really listens to me. I can’t believe I just picked her from a list after I moved up here and she turned out to be so great!
Tomorrow is Leap Day. I think it’s my aunt’s birthday too. I think she’s 86 today or tomorrow. I come from a family where the women sure do last a long time! The men not so much though.
Since only one of you lives here in Eugene, the rest of you don’t know what a lovely day it is outside. I didn’t really want to come home. I could have driven around in the sun all afternoon. Sarah wouldn’t be too keen on it though. She is going to want to eat soon. It’s amazing how well she naps during the day!

02/26/08 What a cutie! February 26, 2008

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For those of you who have known me for a long time (like longer than I’ve lived in OR) will know that going to a logging conference is not normally something I would have done back in CA. Well you have to understand the circumstances. I am married to a fourth generation logger and I spent three years working for a company that exhibited at the logging conference. It’s sort of a February Eugene happening thing. Saturday is family day and we all go to look at the big manly equipment. I also get to see a couple of my old co-workers, which is nice for me. There is a Family Pavilion where there are activities for kids and this year there was a guy (Sam the Artist) doing caricatures. We (meaning me) stood in line for over 45 minutes for the priviledge and I have to say it was well worth it! The guy doing these did them at our 2006 company holiday party and he is really good! Thomas told Sam that Christopher loved Thomas the Tank Engine and Sam really incorporated it! He even got the number right on the engine! To keep Christopher occupied during this time, Thomas got crayons and a piece of paper from another table. So at the end Christopher traded pictures with Sam. It was really cute!!!

Baby update – She’s still adorable and is having her 2 week well baby visit (a week late) on Thursday. So I’ll have more stats then.

Mom update – Well the weekend was a little touch and go with not getting much sleep. It’s a lot easier on me (probably not Thomas) when Thomas takes Christopher to day care in the morning and I can grab a couple more hours sleep. It’s not as easy when he’s home and there are two tired parents around. Thomas & I just took turns sleeping for Sunday morning.


02/20/08 The end … what does that mean? February 21, 2008

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Well, right after I typed “The end” in the title, Sarah woke up. Now it’s the 21st and I can’t remember what I was going to title this post. Hell, I don’t even remember what I was going to say.

News – Sarah is now off the biliruben blanket. Her count is still high for an infant, but it’s low enough that she will process it out on her own. I am cleared to drive but not lift more than 10 – 15 lbs.

Mary came over the day before yesterday and she set up Christopher’s iMac. He loved playing on it with her. I tried to get him to push the “glowing button” last night so he could play with it and he was afraid of it. Since I was feeding Sarah I couldn’t play on it with him. Maybe tonight, since his brothers are here.

Today is Sarah’s 2 week birthday! And it’s not even her due date yet! I had to update my profile to say that she was born so I would quit getting pregnancy updates. Finally in week 38 they gave up the food comparison!

Sarah has decided that she doesn’t want to sleep from midnight to 3am. That’s a long time to be awake in the middle of the night, for either an infant or a mommy. It was easier for me to deal with last night because I was able to sleep from 8 – 10:30pm. So I had a head start on sleep, got an hour from 3 – 4am, then got more from 5 – 8am (interrupted, but still sleep). I feel tired today, but not so mental.

Micah has to pick his small learning group for high school and they are having a Curriculum Night tonight at the high school to explain all of the groups to the kids. You’d think having an older brother who just went through high school that he would have an inkling about the SLC’s, but no he is oblivious. I am betting he chooses Science or Technology (I can’t remember if they’re one or two separate groups). We’ll see.


02/17/08 At the mercy of others … February 17, 2008

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Because I am not cleared to drive (and we don’t have a 2nd base for Sarah’s car seat), I am at the mercy of another to get around. Not that Thomas won’t take me some where, but he does work during the week. And he doesn’t always want to go where I want to go, however he has been most accomodating this weekend. It is frustrating that there are things I want to get done but can’t because I am basically housebound.

Even though we haven’t heard from the doctor about her blood test on Friday, it seems that Sarah is mostly over her jaundice. She’s been pooping neon yellow poo – and that’s good because that means she is excreeting the biliruben. And her colouring is much better.

Christopher is having a little trouble with the fact that mommy can’t pick him up so he gets up on the sofa and asks for lots of hugs. Thomas has been great with him. They played a “game” of stop-and-go to get Christopher responding to the word “stop”. I was in bed when they did it and it was so cute to overhear. We played it this morning. I say stop and he tells me when he wants to go.

So my list of things that need to get done has dwindled over the weekend and I am thankful.


02/14/08 Envelopes and 2ozs February 14, 2008

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Well I found the envelopes I needed for the Christmas cards. They were hiding in plain sight. Sigh … Now I need a 4 x 6 envelope. Anyone know where they are in this office???

I am producing a whopping 2 ounces of milk per day. Woohoo! Oy! It’s a good thing Sarah is on formula or she’d be starving like Christopher was by this age. While I applaud the nurses for encouraging me to continue to try to breast feed, had I been them I would have also suggested supplementing Christopher with formula. It would have saved both of us a LOT OF F*CKING GRIEF!!! Not that I have an opinion on the matter or anything. Sarah is a much happier baby who sleeps when she is supposed to because she has a full tummy. She gets as much milk as mommy will produce and then gets the rest from formula.

Sarah’s biliruben count is down and we go in for her to give more blood on Friday. Her weight has also bounced back and is now on the upswing and this is great! Sarah should be off of that funny biliruben “blanket” this weekend.

I seem to be doing better than most people expect. Two friends who had c-sections said that I am doing better than they were at the point they saw me. I walked one to the NICU the day after the surgery and she was amazed that I was walking that well. Well I felt a hell of a lot better than I felt on the day of the surgery, that’s for sure! Besides I was on percoset! Then another friend visited me at home on Monday and she was really amazed. I don’t know if it’s me or them but I don’t feel all that bad. It’s hard to sneeze, cough, laugh and blow my nose and I get tired faster but if I pace myself it all seems to work out.

Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


02/11/08 Home at last! February 11, 2008

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Hey everyone! It is nice to be home! Sarah is currently sleeping and I am working until mom shows up with lunch. We took way better pictures of Sarah than the hospital did so I just need to get them off of the camera and upload them. This will happen one of these days 🙂

Sarah’s sugar levels are fine but she developed jaundice. She is using something called a biliruben light that goes in her clothes and rests on her skin. We have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon to see if this is helping. She eats, pees and poos a lot too. So pretty much a typical newborn in every respect.

I am doing as well as someone should who got fileted (what is the past tense of filet?) like a trout. I was more comfortable with the staples rather than the “stay strips” they used after they removed the staples. I am still not convinced my milk will come in but the lactation consultant said it could take up to 10 days. Thank goodness she has forumula or she’d be one hungry baby!

Christopher came home from grandma and grandpa’s yesterday afternoon. I think he was more out of sorts because he was gone for a few days than because of Sarah. Sarah slept mostly so he got a lot of our attention. I am sure this will change though. He was a little upset that Sarah was getting “his bed” downstairs. It’s the pack-n-play that he sleeps in at the grandparents. I had to tell him that he was sharing with his sister for right now. I have been trying to get him used to the idea of a “big boy” bed. He keeps saying “no” to that.


02/09/08 Greetings from the hospital! February 9, 2008

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Apparently they do have wi-fi at the hospital! And Jonah was nice enough to bring in his laptop for me to log on and post here.

Sarah is getting out of the NICU this afternoon. Her blood sugar is stable and they took her off of the IV a little while ago. Hopefully they’ll take my staples out tomorrow and I can go home.