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Thursday, March 10, 2011


I feel like my blog is so boring because the blogs that tend to get a lot of hits and comments have a lot more exciting stuff going on -- either that or drama. I am not a dramatic person, so what you get is the girl next door who happens to be a mom!

So, I will just continue to update my loyal followers on what's going on in my everyday Wisconsin mama life. :)

I am doing well. I am 15 weeks + 3 days today and am starting to feel a little bit of
Round Ligament Pain (RLP). It's nothing to worry about, but I do notice from time-to-time. It's mild at best, so nothing that hurts. I finally talked to my boss yesterday and told him I was expecting. It was one of those things I was putting off because I feel like I'm talking to my dad or something (not my dad, because he's not in my life, but I feel like I'm having the conversation you see on t.v. when a girl tells her parents she's expecting). He's very quiet and he's older and a GREAT boss -- I adore him -- but I see him as a father figure, so it feels weird. Anyway, he's happy for me. I'll take 12 weeks when the baby arrives, working up until that point. He said, "just don't deliver that baby here!" LOL. The woman I supervise will work full-time during my maternity leave, and the HR Director will also come 2 days a week, so between the two of them, they will cover my duties.

My big ultrasound is on Monday, March 28th, and I'll be 18 weeks then. The plan now is to not find out the gender, but rather, wait and be surprised at the [water!] birth!

Andrew is doing so awesome! Since he had his
tonsils out in October for Obstructive Airway Syndrome, he has gained five pounds and a few inches. He looks so grown up now! I did mention to the pediatrician when I had Elise in for her 1 year check that Andrew had grown so much, and he said that it could very well be due to the fact that he's getting better quality sleep at night, allowing those growth hormones/receptors (whatever they're called) to do their job. He's so sweet, and last night said, "Mom, I love you. You're the best mom in the whole world". For how hyperactive and out of control he can be, he sure has his adorable moments. When I tuck him in at night, I think he's the sweetest little man in the world.

Elise is doing awesome! Like I mentioned, she had her well check this past Tuesday and She is 21 lbs, 2.6 oz and 29.53" long. She's in the 50th percentile for both! She has slid down a little on her weight curve, but she also started walking 6 weeks ago and has been super active. Her appetite is awesome -- she eats anything and everything. She only eats table foods -- no purees or anything (she never really cared for them). She still nurses 7 times a day, and even more on the weekends. The nurse asked when we started the appointment if she had any allergies to medications, and I said, "well, she's never been on anything yet!", and she thought that was really good. Of course, we all know that breastfeeding dramatically reduces the risk of ear infections, and neither of my children have had one. Elise had a slight cold once, but it was mainly just a runny nose that lasted a few days. Not too shabby! As I mentioned, she started walking awhile ago and goes all over the house. We have to keep our bathroom door shut because she LOVES the toilet and thinks it's just a fun place to play, not knowing how yucky it is!

The only other thing is that I have spring fever so bad! I cannot WAIT for this snow to melt so that we can see green grass and experience warmer weather again. Winter just SUCKS a fat one here.
Here's my 15 week belly pic, taken with my crappy cell phone. You get the idea. I'm basically showing pretty good now.


Patty said...

YAY!!! Sounds like everyone is doing really well. I remember Stephen grew a lot after he had his surgery too. You really never think about all of the different developmental areas that are affected by sleep until it becomes an issue, I guess.

Your little baby belly is too cute!

Elana Kahn said...

How did they figure out that Andrew had obstructive airway syndrome? My son is super skinny, doesn't care for eating and is off of the growth charts (in the wrong direction). The doctor's never said anything about his tonsils being enlarged, but who knows. I do know that he snores, though...

Sarah said...

MommyP, thank you! I love that we can kind-of relate and ask each other questions since our sons went through the same thing.

Elana: I brought up Andrew's snoring to the pediatrician when he was 2, and he referred us to an ENT. The ENT took a look and said his tonsils were definitely enlarged, but to give it a year. We gave it a year, they were still large (a 3+), and he was still snoring. I also noted times when he would stop breathing when he was sleeping (he would just stop and then start again about a minute or two later, without ever gasping or anything). I took video of it and shared it with the ENT, who agreed he was a good candidate for tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy. This doctor doesn't just nilly-willy say "yes, surgery", so I know that he was looking for the best treatment option for Andrew. Definitely bring it up to your pedi if you have concerns! The #1 reason for T&A is Obstructive Airway Syndrome, not recurrent infection (as it used to be). For whatever reason, it is a risky surgery to do on adults, so if breathing is going to be a continual problem, it is recommended to do it young.

Musical Daddy said...

I figure, if The Boy needs a tonsillectomy... we'll just do it at home. I've got a wet/dry vac, antibacterial hand lotion, a nice pair of scissors... all the tools we need. No muss, no fuss!

JessicaB said...

I nursed my younger 2 boys till 18 months old and they all had cronic ear infections from 6 months on. So nursing doesnt always fix ear infections. In fact ear infections are more of structural problem than an infection problem according to my kids ENT at Childrens in milwaukee. Because of the eustation tubes in children that have cronic ear infections are too short and cant drain. So its not cause of nursing. In fact, I nursed my older son the shortest (just a month) and he was the only one that only had 4 ear infections compared to my other 2 that had 8 before they turned 1.

Sarah said...

Jessica: true, nursing will not PREVENT ear infections, but in multiple studies, it is shown that breastfed babies have less ear infections than their bottlefed counterparts. The way formula is swallowed and the way breastmilk is swallowed is different, and formula can back up into the Eustachian tubes, causing infection, especially in those with shorter tubes. My cousin (now 5) is one of those who was nursed, but did experience ear infection.

Overall, breastfeeding is proven to lower the RISK of ear infection.

There is also a link to ear infections and vaccines -- in fact, before vaccines were introduced, ear infections were incredibly rare. There is research on this out there, if you know where to look. ;)

By the way, congratulations on nursing your children for so long! Those immunities can't be found anywhere else.

Sarah said...

The other thing I should add is that Andrew's ENT was extremely amazed that he had never had an ear infection, because most kids with enlarged tonsils and adenoids experience several ear infections. He attributed it to him nursing for so long (25 mos).

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the kiddos are doing so well! And what an adorable baby bump you have! :-)

Anonymous said...

It's better to have no drama :) Sounds like everyone is doing well- love the baby belly!