Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Also, for those who care...

It WAS the dairy causing the uber explosive, nasty poops. We cut dairy out of Andrew's diet when I made that post a couple weeks ago and now we are happy to report normal, solid toddler poo.

I know you were all waiting in anticipation... :)

But thanks for all the advice, and I have to credit Musical Daddy for suggesting the dairy.

Sorry I'm so boring lately!

I guess nothing new has been going on. Andrew has been saying some cute things, including "pazzi" for pizza. We got a new oven (it's a convection oven, yay!) and the first time we used it, we made a pizza. He kept looking at it going, "pazzi? pazzi?", practically in tears because he doens't ever have the patience to wait for food.

I love our new oven. We had a gas stove before and I hated cleaning up DH's messes on and aruond the burners (you ladies with messy hubbies know what I'm referring to here), plus we are silly and wanted a black appliance to match our other kitchen appliances (like our black fridge we got 3 years ago). DH is also quite the cook and wanted a convection oven for some time. We found it at Sears (good price because it was a discontinued model)--it got great reviews. Plus, do ovens/stoves ever really break? I don't think I ever hear of people having problems with them, not like refrigerators and washing machines.

In other Andrew news, I was going pee the other day and he walks into the bathroom (because moms can't go alone) and said, "butt" as he pointed to my butt. It made me laugh. He's so cute.

Oh yeah, and he kisses my belly and calls it "baby". I KNOW he's still going to be shocked when he sees mom and dad holding an actual baby, and he'll be upset when he realizes this baby is coming home with us, but for now, I'll let him in on it easy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Urgh!!

So, Andrew was supposed to have his appointment yesterday with the infant and toddler behavior specialist (in regards to his head hitting). The appointment was at 2:30, so I left work early at 2:00, picked Andrew up at home, and off we went. We had the hubby drop us off there. First, I thought it was in Peds, but it wasn't, so I had to go up the elevator to the third floor, run across the skywalk, and take another elevator up to the 4th floor where Pediatric Specialties is. Then I get to the desk to check-in and the receptionist tells me the doctor had to leave (this is as Andrew freaks out because I wouldn't set him down and he was having a temper tantrum). She had to pick her son up from daycare because he had a fever, and it had JUST happened. She says she can reschedule me for Friday, but I tell her I can't do that because I can't get off work early (I already left early Monday for the ultrasound, and then this the very next day).

So, since the hubby was going to pick us up in another hour at 3:30, I had to chase Andrew around the clinic. Yeah, for an hour.

I missed two hours of work all for nothing. We're not even going back. I'm sure he'll grow out of this anyway. I'm just frustrated because I was really looking forward to the appointment. Guess it wasn't meant to be.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Back from the ultrasound (Updated: added pics)!

The baby is measuring perfectly healthy and on track.

It's a.........................




GIRL!

More pics!




Now we just need to name her. I have one name I really like (Elise) and I think DH likes it too, but I have to feel him out a little more on it. I just need to come up with a middle name. PS, if you are Facebook friends with me, please don't mention that you know the name. Family (including my own mother!) doesn't know what I've chosen, and we are keeping it a secret until birth. I figure my blog network is "safe" since nobody in real life comes here. Thanks!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Scary guy!

I was out for a walk with Andrew earlier this evening, and this scary guy in a green Dodge truck drove by me FIVE TIMES! He was following me on my route. He looked to be late 50s and was just gross and creepy looking. EW. I memorized his plates and the 5th time he drove by me, I waved my arms around and shouted, "WHAT THE F*** DO YOU WANT?!?"

I am having my husband call his brother (sargent at the police station) so they can run his plates and go talk to him. It was so creepy. I ran the last block home, and he wasn't around anymore, so he didn't see which house I went to.

DH was PISSED and we drove around looking for him so that he could try and figure out where this creep lives. He said he'll go buy a gun tomorrow (he won't, but that's how protective he feels right now of us). Also, no more walks by myself, he said.

I was so scared!

I love having my own office.

I have hardly done anything today for work. I ran the reports I have to run, but other than that, I'm slacking today. I can see out the door, so I just have to minimize whatever I'm doing in order to prepare myself if my boss should happen to walk in.

The big thing I'm doing is trying to find the Oktoberfest medallion with my mom and husband. Last year, we (my mother and I) were ONE FREAKING BLOCK AWAY from it the day before it was found. That made us want to try even harder this year. So, I'm on Google maps/satellite trying to get an idea of where it could be. I have the past four years' worth of clues printed out, to see how they played into the location of the medallion. I also have some other historical stuff printed out.

Oktoberfest is huge here. It's a week-long festival, encompassing two weekends of drunkenness. People come into town, our hotels get booked, and the local economy gets a boost. That starts next weekend (the 25th). The medallion hunt I spoke of started Monday. They put out one clue a day until the medallion is found, or until it reaches 10 clues, whichever comes earlier. The prize is $500 cash, plus all kinds of other goodies. The real treat is holding that coveted medal in your hands.

Wish us luck!

Monday, September 14, 2009

25 Firsts!

I am stealing this from Nancy. :)

"25 Firsts"

1. Who was your first prom date? Brian. I just adored him. I had a crush on him for several years, and when he asked me, I was over the moon. Silly girl, I should have known that he really wanted to go just as friends! He is now married with kids and works as a dentist.

2. Do you still talk to your first love? We are Facebook friends, but he is hardly on there--too busy.

3. What was your first alcoholic drink? Smirnoff Ice. I refuse to drink beer or straight-up hard liquor. I am such a lightweight. If I have two margaritas, I am pretty darn buzzed! Because of my migraines, I was never able to get too drunk, but there is apparently a picture of me at my 5 year reunion, "pole dancing" by this big tent. People could not believe I was the same person because I was pretty quiet in high school; after my parents' divorce, it's like I opened up and just spoke my mind.

4. What was your first job? Age 17, working at Quillin's (grocery store) in the deli. Yes, complete crappy job, minimum wage included. I had to clean chickens (get the guts out) and put them on spiggots in the rotisserie spinner. I also had to make salads and do dishes. I only worked there for three months before quitting to spend time with my boyfriend (now hubby) but I told them it was to "focus on school".

5. What was your first car? Interesting fact about me, I didn't get my license until 23! My first car was a 1997 Nissan Sentra. I just sold it to my brother this summer, actually. It had been our 2nd car, but we hardly used it. The reason why I waited so long to get my license: sort-of a long story. I went through driver's ed in high school (paying for it myself, at the insistence of my dad), got my learner's permit, and then when it came time to practice driving, he would not let me. WOULD NOT. So, my six lessons provided by driving school were not enough for me to pass the test. What an ass. So, I gave up. Eventually met my hubby (then BF), who picked me up every single day after school, dropping me off at curfew time. I spent every single weekend with him too. Basically, I didn't even live at home my senior year (Dad told me if I did get my license, I'd be paying for the increase in his car insurance, and no, I would not be allowed to ever take the van). So, college came. I always lived within walking/biking distance. Finally, after I graduated college, I decided to get my license.

6. Who was the first person to text you today? We just added more minutes to our Tracfone last night; nobody has texted yet today. I leave it home with the hubby during the day because I can't use a cell phone at work anyway, so what's the point?

7. Who was the first person you thought of this morning? Andrew. He woke up at 3:30 a.m. and was in his crib saying, "more? more? mama? more?", which means he wants boobie. I am trying to wean him, but it's hard.

8. Who was your first grade teacher? At my first school, it was Mrs. Flury (she was nice), then we moved to a different town and I had Mrs. Prunty (she was mean).

9. Where did you go on your first flight in a plane? 20? We took our first cruise in 2001, and that would have been January, so I didn't turn 21 until summer.

10. Who was your first best friend and do you still talk? Heather, and no, we lost touch. I still think about her and I have seen her once or twice in the store, but I am always afraid people won't recognize me and then they'll think I'm a stalker freak if I say something.

11. Where was your first sleepover? Heather's. My mom had to come get me in the middle of the night because it was storming and I was scared. They had this ship in a storm painting in their bathroom and I thought the storm meant a tornado was coming. I had this irrational fear of tornadoes as a kid.

12. Who was the first person you talked to today? Andrew!

13. Whose wedding were you in for the first time? I would have been in my friend's wedding, but she asked me in January, after I had found out I was expecting the first baby, and the wedding was in May and I didn't want to be a bother with dresses and not knowing what size to buy and all. EDIT: I was only thinking bridesmaids and after reading friends' posts, I was like, "doh"! I was a flower girl in my uncle's umteenth wedding (the guy is a womanizer and an embezzler; thank goodness he's on my dad's side so I don't have to see him; he's a creepy "check out your niece" uncle) when I was 5. I was also in my aunt's wedding right around that same age (with my sister).

14. What was the first thing you did this morning? Fed Andrew.

15. What was the first concert you went to? I went to a Faith Hill concert before she was even big, back when I actually listened to country.

16. First tattoo? Tattoo virgin here!

17. First piercing? Just ears at age 9.

18. First foreign country you went to? Our first cruise we went to The Bahamas, St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico.

19. First movie you remember seeing? Our aunt and uncle took us to The Land Before Time. I think I was 8. My dad would never pay for us to go to a movie, so I didn't see a whole lot of them unless I was with friends.

20. What state did you first live in? Wisconsin, then Minnesota, and now Wisconsin again. However, we are literally right on the border.

21. Who was your first room mate? Rob, I moved out at age 18 with him (again, not wanting to pay rent to my dad to stay in the house when I was "an adult".

22. When was your first detention? I never had detention, but I did get a yellow slip in 6th grade for yawning during class! I did one of those loud yawns out of habit, not even realizing I did it. The teacher thought I was doing it to be rude. My mom just laughed when I showed it to her to sign. I was not a troublemaker!

24. What is one thing you would learn, given the chance? I'd love to be able to dance better.

25. Who will be the next person to post this? Hopefully all of you!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Thank you for all your suggestions--I think we found the culprit.

Andrew has been eating a yogurt a day, cheese curds, and string cheese (not every day, but enough). Two of my brothers are lactose-intolerant. It's a very good possibility this is the cause of Mr. Andrew's loose stools. We're starting a dairy elimination diet to see if it helps. If it does get better, then that's probably what it is. He can get his calcium from his Gummy Vites, but this nasty peanut butter poop has got to go! He has 3-4 loads a day and his little bum is red.

I'm wondering now if his reflux he had from newborn to 7 months was maybe related to the dairy in my diet. :(

If he is; indeed, lactose intolerant, hopefully it's not a lifelong thing. I'd hate to think a kid in Wisconsin has to grow up without the wonderfulness of WI cheese curds!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Reason for concern? Moms, help me out...

Andrew hasn't had a solid, formed poop in probably a month. It's not quite diarrhea, although sometimes it is, but more really mushy, peanut butter-like poop. Really gross.

He is acting fine--no fever, no irritability. No weird new foods that would be the culprit.

His poor bum was all red after his fourth poo of the day. I slathered his junk and bum in California Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream (the best stuff ever).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

16 week belly pic!

Wow, I can't believe I'm 16 weeks today! I have a feeling everything is going to be just fine with this baby. :)

Look at the difference between now and just four weeks ago at 12 weeks.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Some cuteness!

We took Andrew for a boat ride this evening. This was his second one, and he was certainly less scared than he was last time. He had a lot of fun, pointing to the "birds-uhs" (birds and/or ducks), and making quacking noises. He also identified other boats ("boa"). He didn't even mind when we went fast, going over some big waves. His hair was blowing straight back--it was so funny!



Winter will be here before we know it, so I am glad we were able to enjoy the last weekend of summer.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Not complaining, but..

I have had a lot more headaches this pregnancy than I did with Andrew (I think I maybe had one or two with him). The past 2 weeks, I have probably had a headache 5 out of 7 days a week. I had the nurse at my work check my BP, and it was fine (105/69, which is normal for me). I have no clue, so I'll just say it's the hormones!

I used to get migraines ALL THE TIME, starting in 2nd grade. In college, I kept a headache log and realized that in a month, I was getting 20-25 headaches. I was finally diagnosed with migraines at age 19 or 20, and went through some prescription trials. What finally worked for me was Topamax daily (an anti-seizure medication) and then Imitrex 100mg on the onset of the migraine.

Then, when we got married in 2006 and started trying for a baby, I went off all medications, including the birth control pill. My headaches magically disappeared. Eight freaking years on the pill and I think that was the culprit (but it doesn't explain my childhood headaches, which I think were stress-related).

Anyway, these headaches I have now are very mild compared to the ones I used to have where I begged DH to just kill me (thanks for not listening, honey!).

On a positive note, I have been feeling more movement here and there. It's about 3 weeks earlier than I felt it with Andrew, so yay!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Back from the tonsil appointment!

Update: So, we went to the doctor today and he said both his tonsils and adenoids are a 3+, so he'd definitely like to take them out. BUT, he said, it's a 10 day recovery and they're pretty miserable afterwards. So, the other option is to wait another year and see where he's at. Some kids grow out of the snoring issue, and there's a possibility that in another year, he could just take the adenoids out, which is a very quick and easy recovery. So, we're going to wait. It's not like it's life-threatening--he'll just be a loud snorer.

He also said that at his age now (2), he'd have to stay overnight, because he likes to observe them when they're so young. If he was older, he'd have a same-day surgery.

I think it'll be easier (for me and him) if we wait until he's older and more mature. He can talk in complete sentences and whatnot.

Oh, and while we were in the doctor's office, Andrew banged his head on the floor a couple times because he wanted to run out of the room; he also hit at the doctor (he kind of hits at the air in front of people). Oh, and he was trying to steal sharp medical instruments off the counter. At least he's cute and the doctor said he's a typical 2 year old.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Andrew's appointments are scheduled

Tomorrow morning (yes, tomorrow already!) he sees Dr. C in ENT. I hope we can get some answers. Either he has large adenoids and he'll need to have them removed, or he just snores and he'll outgrow it. Either way, we should know more tomorrow. I have heard from a few people that he is very good and thorough. I like that I got right in with him tomorrow! I was expecting a month (or more) wait. The receptionist (or HUC) I was talking to on the phone asked if he snored and if he had other issues; I told her it was just the snoring and she said it sounds like her son, who had surgery and then did much better.

On September 22nd, he sees Dr. H, the specialist in infant and toddler behaviors. She should be able to help us with his head hitting. I am thinking, maybe the two are related. Maybe he is tired from not getting restful sleep as a result of the snoring, which is causing him to be tired and act out during the day.

Hopefully we get him all fixed up! I don't think there is anything "wrong" with him. He is very social--he smiles at people, says "hi" and "bye" to people in the stores (complete, random strangers) and is very affectionate.
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A question for all of you parents out there, just to find out how normal this is: does/did your toddler snore? I have always thought it was normal, but am finding out that co-workers' toddlers do not snore.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

2 year well check today

Andrew weighs 25 lbs and 12.37 oz.
He is 34.72" tall

Basically long and lean!

I plugged his numbers into the growth percentile calculator, and here's what I got.

At 24 months:
your child is 25 pounds, and that is at the 14th percentile for weight.

your child is 34.75 inches, and that is at the 56th percentile for height.

I asked his pediatrician (who is so awesome, by the way--I love him!) about Andrew's head banging, and we have an appointment on September 22nd to see a pediatrician who specializes in infant and toddler behaviors. Hopefully she will help us find a way to redirect or curb this behavior of his (during temper tantrums, he will bang his head as hard as he can, causing bruises and goose eggs--not cool).

I also asked about his snoring and the Ear, Nose, and Throat people are going to call me tomorrow to set up an appointment for him to see someone. Dr. M. said that it's rare for them to have problems at this age, but if it's anything, it could be large adenoids. (My little brother had his tonsils--which were a 4+ and his adenoids--which were bigger than his tonsils--removed at age 4 because he snored and had trouble swallowing; he was in the 5th percentile for weight and height--just a tiny guy.) We don't know that there is anything wrong, but Dr. M. said it's not normal for a 2 year old to snore the way Andrew does.

Oh, other than that, he was very cute--cheesing it up and smiling for the doctor and nurse.