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Aug. 12th, 2010

kinkmeme
I'm alive, but tired. Mouse keeps taunting me by sleeping 5 to 6 hours one night, then staying up the entire night for 2 or 3 nights in a row. I think he's trying to keep me from being complacent :P

Fox is doing well, but not getting enough outside time since it's been so hot the past few weeks. 90+ degrees and 106 in the afternoon make it hard to do anything outdoors, even swimming. Thank goodness for his gymnastics camp days!

It's very strange knowing the school year is about to start, yet not having to go buy supplies for my classroom or redo my lesson plans. I'm very grateful to be able to stay home with the baby longer (hopefully the entire year) but I will miss my work and students. It hasn't quite hit me yet and I already miss losing such a huge part of my identity by leaving my job for this past 6 years.

That said, breastfeeding is going wonderfully. Still a few issues with the baby's latch, but overall he's doing well and gaining lots of weight. He's over 12 lbs. now!

I'm looking around for a small job to do from home and thinking about selling some small nursery paintings on etsy. Right now I'm trying to teach myself to crochet baby hats since I will otherwise spend a fortune buying cute ones on Etsy ;) I keep telling myself I need to go back to writing some fanfiction but I just haven't had any inspiration yet to continue some of my WIP fics. I'll have to try to change that...

Jul. 12th, 2010

kinkmeme
I'm curious as to how this works...

When I used "Juniper Tree" as an example, I got this result:

I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




But when I used "Hidden Memories" I got this:

I write like
Stephen King

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!





Obviously my writing style is inconsistant ;)

Just an update

kinkmeme
Sean is getting bigger - over a pound heavier now- and stronger. He has a growling noise he makes whenever he doesn't like something (Seriously, I just moved to place him in the bassinet and he growls like a little bear cub ;)

He's less mouselike all the time, having discovered he has lungs and they are very capable of loud noise. He likes being held and listening to Fox talk to him. He does not like - being cold, being bathed, being diapered or anything else that consists of not being held and nursing constantly.

My bleeding is under control, most of my stitches have dissolved and we're doing well. If my car was just working and I could leave the house once in a while. Tomu is working long hours so he doesn't have the energy to take us around.

Augh!

kkmpants
Went to the emergency room with late postpartum hemmoraging two days ago. After exams and ultrasounds, I was told it was likely just due to a hormone surge and to rest as much as possible and take some iron pills.

Tonight it just began again. I'm waiting 'till morning and just going to my OB/Gyn instead - although I have a child and newborn who are not allowed at the dr's office (no kids rule) and I'm technically not supposed to drive myself but Tomu can't take off work. I'm so tired of having abnormal things happen with this pregnancy and the aftermath, I swear!

Baby Sean is here!

kyoko
Just a quick update since our internet is being turned off later today (changing to a new company)

Sean was born last Friday at 2:15 pm at 6 lbs and 12 oz - which is decent considering he was born two weeks early. The induction went well, and my OB did a heroic job of keeping me from tearing much - just a few 2nd degree tears as opposed to the 4th degree tearing I had with Fox. I'm so glad I was able to have another vaginal birth because the recovery hasn't been bad at all.

That said, although the delivery went great, the aftercare did not. Sean was born hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) and his overproduction of insulin took several days to correct in a hospital that doesn't usually deal with babies who have medical issues. He was on IV's and I spent most of the first few days fighting nurses who didn't want me to breastfeed and who insisted on bottlefeeding Sean the formula he needed to keep his blood sugar up no matter what I requested (the formula I was fine with since my milk took a while to come in - it was the bottle feeding rather than using a syringe or supplementer I objected to.) It didn't help that the pediatrician never once met with us until discharge or that the hospital had no lactation consultant. We were so relieved to finally get home late Monday night...

Now Sean is doing well. He hasn't lost any weight and is starting to learn to breastfeed rather than bottlefeed now and we've stopped supplementing with formula. He is very quiet still, and Fox has taken to calling him "Mouse" because in his words, "He squeaks!". Overall he is a very good baby, and he looks so much like Fox as a baby that I can't believe it.

We're home and happy and healthy. I couldn't ask for more :)



May. 27th, 2010

kinkmeme
I'm being induced early tomorrow morning, but I'm just amazingly grateful to have made it to 38 weeks in this pregnancy. Baby boy isn't as active as the dr. would like, and won't let us wait any longer to have him. I'm tired and ready after a long, difficult pregnancy with HG and diabetes.

I did resign from my job. I'm not sure yet how we will manage financially, but in the next few weeks I plan to start looking at some ways to work part time, maybe even from home. We have a little savings to help and we'll manage since we have to. I've never wished so much for paid maternity leave though. Someday America will become civilized :P

That's all. I'm just praying all goes well tomorrow and I bring home our new son soon...

Mar. 21st, 2010

hips
It snowed last night - in Texas - in MARCH! Is the world coming to an end?

Oh well, Fox is thrilled ;)

just an update of sorts

kinkmeme
So far this pregnancy I've had to deal with hyperemesis the first 20 weeks (I was so lucky mine ended halfway), then low blood pressure and now I came up very positive for gestational diabetes and anemia. I think this is God telling me that I better not even THINK about having more than two children.

I so wish I could take maternity leave these last few months before the baby is born, but I have to make it all the way to the end. I'm just tired and ready to be home, holding my baby...

Mar. 1st, 2010

kinkmeme
Nothing is as fun as waking up to a child crying and gasping "Mama, I'm sick!" before they vomit all over you and your bed. Except maybe giving them a bath, changing the bed and having such strong contractions start that you time them and call labor and delivery for advice.

He's vomited twice more since then, and managed to hit carpet and bed every time @_@ Poor Fox. I can't decide if he has a stomach flu or food poisoning though, since I ate off his plate at a restaurant last night and I feel a bit ill myself. Ugh...

Jan. 24th, 2010

kinkmeme
Isn't it strange that any article promoting circumcision appears on CNN and other American newspapers the same day? Yet the only reference I could find to this study showing circumcision has little or no benefit can only be found in British and Canadian news?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/circumcision-health-benefit-virtually-nil-study-finds/article1427972/

Sometimes I wish I lived in a civilized country... Y'know with universal health care, real maternity leave and national health policy that isn't pushing genital surgery for newborns.

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