Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Thanks for the advice. Jack seems back to his cheery self, and gave us no verbal explanation as to why he was acting oddly. :) I still see the spots on his gums though, so the teeth may follow soon.

The doc did eventually call back and just said basically, keep an eye on everything and let him know if it doesn't resolve. It did, so, whatever.

The sigh is just because I'm feeling tired and hormonal lately. All my exercise hasn't been doing much for me - maybe helping me be in a little better shape, but I look exactly the same and weigh the same. Boo. I'm considering dieting, but don't worry, nothing that would affect the milk. I dunno. I'm tired of being chubby, but I'm possibly also too tired to do anything about it.

Post-pregnancy hormones. Am I supposed to get weird skin issues and a huge appetite and mood swings?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Diagnose My Child

Does this ever happen to you? Just when you start to think how great things are - how they could hardly get any better - life smacks you in the face with some challenges? It used to happen with me and Evan all the time. Just when I thought we were blissfully happy and hadn't had a disagreement in ages - WHAM! we have a dumb blow out argument.

Anyway, this sort of happened with Jack this week. Things were great. I was thinking how we were in such a great stage - him all smiley and cute, but can't run away or talk back yet. Me feeling like I'm getting the hang of the basics of motherhood.

Then, wham, he starts being super fussy. So here's where I ask you to diagnose my child. I guess what I really want you to do is to say if you've ever had the following set of symptoms with your own child, and how it turned out. And yes, I've already called the pediatrician and a nurse is supposed to call me back, but hasn't yet.

1) 2.75 month old boy goes from generally cheery to generally fussy. In particular, he fusses when he is laid down on his side to eat. Whereas he used to ALWAYS be soothed by breastfeeding, now he refuses to put the nipple near his mouth. In fact, attempting to breastfeed either on his side or back sends him from mere fussiness to hysterics. However, he will still lie down on his back and drink a bottle of breast milk. 2) He is pretty gassy. Although he isn't easy to get to burp, he very commonly passes gas. Lately it has had more of a foul odor. 3) In the past couple of weeks he has gone from pooping one or more times per day to every other day or three. 4) When he does poop, it is a huge amount of watery orange/brown poop - very foul smelling. 5) He has two small white spots on his bottom gums where his front teeth might be coming in. They do not look like thrush. No other white spots. 6) No fever, stuffy nose or other flulike symptoms that I recognize.

So, what do you think? Is he constipated? Can someone this young use pear juice as a laxative? Is he just gassy? Does he have an earache? Is he teething?

Any advice/anecdotes of unexplained fussiness you have would be appreciated.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Six Hours

It's been six hours since we put Jack to sleep! I'm totally glad about that. But why am I the one awake at 3 a.m.? Weird. Might have something to do with my giant boobs. ;) But seriously, I hope he continues sleeping longer, I just didn't realize it would be an adjustment for ME. Well, I think I'll go try to sleep a little more myself. Oh, and yes, I'm that first-time mom who had to check if he was still breathing. :)

Monday, September 21, 2009

Picture Post

In no particular order, because I am too lazy to change the code, here is a set of pictures of our recent adventures:

Jack and I at the new Asian Forest exhibit at the zoo. You can't tell, but there's a giant Buddah-type head in the waterfall behind us. Jack thought the waterfall was cool. Also note his safari-style hat.

Monica, Jack, and I getting in one last shot as we drop Moni off at the Austin airport. It was sad to see her go, but great to have her here for a while!

Moni and I spent a while before dropping her off at the airport entertaining ourselves by taking self-photos. Believe it or not, this was one of the better ones. :)

Jack and his dad one night when Ev was flying solo for a while while I was at a movie with the girls. I got home and waited to take the pic until Jack was awake for a minute or so and Evan was just waking up, that's why one of Evan's eyes is open.

A few shots of our boy enjoying his new play mat.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Swine Flu Question

Ev and I are having trouble deciding this one. I think I've mentioned it before, but I just want to throw the question out to you: Should we keep Jack home from church, where we know some people have had confirmed cases of swine flu? On the one hand, I don't want to be overly cautious and paranoid, on the other, I really don't want Jack to be sick.


UPDATE: I'm so glad everyone said to keep him home! I went to church today without Jack (Ev stayed home with him) and everyone there was totally cool about us switching off weeks to stay home with him. Yay! For once I'm not the only person who wants to err on the side of caution. Let's hear it for the "better safe than sorry" club. :)

Picture post coming soon.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Few Steps in the Right Direction

Fitness update: While I haven't really lost any more weight, I've been good about getting some fitness in every day. Today was "running." I put that in quotes because it was really a jog/walk that my former self would have laughed at. I did 3 miles in about 37 minutes. Cardiovascularly I felt fine, it's just hard on my hips and abs hoisting this heavy body around.

Still, it felt good. Just getting out and getting sweaty. Oh, and that heat that I've been complaining about all summer may have left for good. It's too early to say for sure, but it's been downright pleasant for a week or two. Bring on the outdoor exercise!

In other news, another friend, Colleen, has pledged a visit to our humble home in October. Things are looking up!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ups and Downs (On the Scale and More)

UP - Well, since my last post I have started doing P90X and eating better, though not counting calories. I was starting to lose a little weight and feeling great.

UP - My best friend Monica gave me a great surprise by letting me know she would come visit me over Labor Day weekend before she leaves the country for Jolly Old England.

DOWN - Even though Moni is typically a healthy eater, Ev and I took her being here as an opportunity to gorge on Blue Bell ice cream and DQ Blizzards. P.S., if you haven't tried the cookie jar Blizzard, you're seriously missing out.

DOWN - I gained back the weight I had lost (and then some).

UP - I'm back on the wagon and back to my earlier weight loss.

UP - While Moni was here we took Jack on his first out-of-town trip to Austin, twice, as well as visits to the Dr Pepper museum and awesome zoo here.

UP - I bought an annual family pass to said awesome zoo for $60. A steal.

UP - Jack turned 2 months old!

DOWN - Jack got his first shots yesterday and HATED it.

UP - He got measured and he's continuing his trend of being a very big boy - 13.9 pounds and 24.5 (or Evan swears 25) inches long. Oh and he's suuuuuper cute. Check out my husband's blog for recent pics.