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My superhero powers include making adorable, little people and savings lots of money at the grocery store. ♥ Mommy to Lily (03.30.2007) ♥ Mommy to Navy (02.05.2011) ♥

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baby Update

Well, there was another trip to the doctor today.

My hCG levels from Friday/Saturday were compared with the blood the took Monday. Levels are doubling as they're supposed to.

Got another ultrasound today to see what they could see. I was given the regular ultrasound first to get measurements of the baby and my ovaries. All are healthy!

Next, I got a transvaginal ultrasound to get better pictures of my cervix and the placenta.

I have to call the doctor tomorrow to see what our next step is. Baby looks healthy though, so I just need to rest and relax. No lifting. No stenuous activity.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Our newest family member

By now, most people have caught on that I'm pregnant. I had planned to wait a couple of more weeks to break the news to the general population, but events that have transpired recently have changed that.

First off, the baby is due February 23, 2010.

I want on the birth control pill. LMP dating and the ultrasound agree that I'm a little over 9 weeks.

I had a check-up with my doctor for my annual. I was supposed to get my BCP refilled. The PA came in and sat down. Not a good sign. She said that I couldn't get my pills refilled, but gave me another prescription. For prenatal vitamins! What?!

I ran like a mad woman to the lab in the same building to make sure the test in the office was right. Those things have a margin of error! I don't care how minute, they do. Well, mine was correct. My pregnancy hormone level was low, but right about what it should be for as early as it was.

Daddy was told on Father's Day. He took the news so much better than I expected. Then, he freaked out, and still is. He'll get it together, but it's slow about that sometimes.

With everything the last couple of days, I've been under a lot of stress and had some spotting. My doctor suggested that I go to the emergency room to have everything checked out.

They can't find any medical reason for the bleeding and it stopped. Ultrasound showed a healthy baby. Yes, only one. I made the tech promise that there was definitely only one.

Now, just waiting for my Valentine.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Lily's had two really good days!

On Wednesday night, I completely spaced it and didn't give her the night time medicine. In typical Lil style, she was up in the wee hours of the morning. So was Mommy.

Thursday, she stayed with her Papa. He said she was good. Smooth passed out for an afternoon nap when I got there. Sat and talked with Dad while she slept. She woke up fine.

Arby's for dinner!

Thursday night, I remembered her night time pill. She still woke up, but it was more of the tossing and turning, not the get up and play or get up and get a drink thing.

This lead to a great morning!

She was so excited to see her "best friend Papa" for the second day in a row. She didn't fit me at all to get dressed. It was so nice and a pleasant change.

I'm so happy that we're seeing some progress. Still have some great things to bring up to Dr. Mike when we go back in a couple of weeks. See what he thinks for a more long-term solution. Couldn't hurt!

Hoping this keeps up!!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Peaks and Valleys

Lily was up in the wee hours of the morning again. 4:15 this time, and she got me up again. I went back to sleep and slept as long as she would allow, which was 6:30.

She had a good day, minus a meltdown from 5:30-6p. Cried and misbehaved when I picked her up at Bud's house. Threw a tantrum when we got home that landed her in her room for 20 minutes.

Then, she recovered and calmed down. Gymnastics was good.

I'm seeing some progress. It's slow, but I'm seeing some. It gives me hope that maybe this is all sleep related.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No News is Good News

A pretty fun evening, for which I am very grateful.

As far as her sleep cycle/schedule goes, she was up at 2:45am. Which, I was also up at this time. However, she quickly went back to sleep, once recovering all of the comfort objects she takes to bed.

Lily did some "homework" this evening, working on some shapes and letters. She did GREAT!!! Instead of coloring in the shapes, she traced them with her blue crayon and did a really good job. I was highly impressed.

She had a little bit of a tantrum because the TV was turned off when she wasn't watching it. This eventually landed her in her room for 5 minutes. Then, we had a talk about her need to calm down.

After dinner, she played in the pool and the sprinkler. She was soaked, but loved every minute of playing in the "geyser". And, she even got a bubble bath! She had some chocolate milk, then begged to brush and floss her teeth. When I asked her to be patient, she did a great job and even followed directions when helping me with a couple of chores and cleaning up a small spill.

I hope we have more days like this.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Lily's Back to See Dr. Mike

Lily playing on the Sit 'n Spin in one of Dr. Mike's exam rooms.

After our little adventure to the emergency room, we went back to visit Dr. Mike today.

A nursing student came and did the vitals. She even let Lily press the button on the "arm hugging" (blood pressure) machine.

Next, the nurse came in to get more details about the dystonic reaction. It's pretty rare, but the worst possible reaction Lily could have had. She's been off of the medication since the ER visit and she's had no more adverse side effects.

Then, it was time to play with toys and wait for Dr. Mike to come in.

When Dr. Mike came in, he looked at Lily's ears and throat. Then, he "gave her a heart" (listened to her heart with his stethoscope). The reaction she had cut our options in half. So, we're going to try a completely new approach.

Over the next three weeks, we're going to focus on Lily's sleep cycle. Getting her on a regular sleep schedule and try to get her to sleep through the night. No more waking up 1, 2, 3 times in the middle of the night to get drinks, play, watch TV.

Back in 3 weeks...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Lily's Little ER Visit

I know a lot of people want to know what happened when Lily went to the emergency room on Thursday, so here it is.

PLEASE NOTE : My decision to take Lily to a physician for the problems we've been experiencing to NOT up for discussion. It was very difficult for me, and I want to get this taken care of before it gets completely out of hand.

Lily started a new medication on Tuesday night. She was fine. Wednesday was okay, too. Thursday around lunch, she was sticking out her tongue. Thurdsay evening, she was drooling. To the point that she wasn't able to eat her dinner. She was crying.

I didn't think much of it and got her ready for bed. She kept crying, so went I went to her room to check on her, she was drooling and could only whisper. When I asked her a question, she started crying and whispered, "I can't talk."

That's when I noticed only the left side of her face was moving. When she smiled, only the left side smiled. Think about when you do to the dentist and get novacaine. That's pretty much how she looked.

I called the nurse and told her what Lily was on and the sypmtoms she was having. She told me that it sounded like an adverse reaction to the medication, so I quickly packed a bag (just in case we had to stay) and headed to the hospital.

In the ER, after Lily was assetted, I was told that she had a dystonic reaction. The reaction was starting to wear off. She was also incredibly sleepy because it was way past her usual bed time.

We go back to the doctor on Monday.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Mystery Freaking Diagnosis : A Lily Update

Lily had her follow-up with Dr. Dick yesterday. It went rather well. She's back to "normal" for her, which is a relief.

*Flashback* 2 weeks : Appointment with Dr. Dick. Her medicine was making her really aggressive. So, we weened her off in favor of something else. Insurance denied the claim, so the pharmacy couldn't fill the prescription. PharmTech told me that they just had to clear it all with the doctor. (Which never happened because I finally called the office and they had no clue there were problems.) This takes 2-3 days to get cleared up.

Back to yesterday...

We get another prescription for the same thing and the lady that handles insurance claims and such assured me that we wouldn't have any problems, but if we did, to call her ASAP and she would get it taken care of.

The medicine that we were prescribed 2 weeks ago was available. Yesterday.

Talking to the doctor, it's normal for insurance to deny a claim for her medicine when they haven't been contacted by the doctor's office. For one, it's $300 a month. Yes, a month. She gets it in 15 day supplies.

Still no official diagnosis. There are 3 possibilities, but for one, Lily is too young to be diagnosed for what could turn out to just be an aggressive phase or just her way of dealing with all of the changes going on in her life right now. For two, Dr. Dick doesn't want to automatically label her and attempt to treat that, when in reality, we really don't know what we're treating.

As for now, just attempting to manage the major symptoms.

Monday, July 5, 2010

"Not Me" Monday : Skinny Dipping & Ice Cream for Dinner

Mckmama- Not Me Monday

Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I would never allow my preschool to happily wade through a pool of scummy water. I'm just too much of a clean-freak/germ-o-phobe. NOT ME! I'm just not the kind of Mommy.

And even if the pool were clean, there's no way that I'd let her go "swimming" in her underwear. That's just indecent!

I also make sure that each meal is balanced, so she wouldn't get ice cream for dinner. Ice cream may be dairy and have calcium, but it does not have broccoli. It's just irresponsible.