Thursday, September 20, 2007

Oh, Hi!!!

That's right, I have a blog, don't I? And I haven't posted in quite a while, eh? So I guess some of you are wondering what the heck happened to me (or not). You see, I have a very good reason... a super great reason, actually.

It's called being a mother to two kids who are only 18 months apart. That combined with the numerous trips to the doctor (more on that in a minute) and a serious lack of sleep have made time on the computer a rare treat, and time to blog a rarity. So please forgive my absence. I really am okay.

As to the doctors visits, poor little Colette seems to have developed a nice little milk allergy, complete with bloody stools that have sent me climbing the walls with worry. Do you guys know how awful it feels to change your daughters diaper, and see blood, and know it's your fault because you drank dairy? Granted, I know that it's not really "my fault" because I was unaware of the allergy, but still... it still sucks. So that accompanied by her reflux (our family has a history of GERD, something Shepherd had too) has had us at the doctors quite a bit. Thankfully, both problems seem to be getting better. After only 3 days on Zantac, Colette began packing on the pounds (she'd only gained 4 oz the week before, and gained 5 oz in 3 days after Zantac). Also, in the last few days, she has begun to pass stools without blood in them, which makes me feel a million times better. I've been off dairy for almost a week now, so it looks like we're seeing some improvement.

As to how Shepherd is doing, he seems to have hit a weird stage. He's Jekyl and Hyde.... one minute pleseant as can be, and the next, he's thrashing on the ground in a fit of rage because how dare I deny him a cookie!!!!! The world must end now!! God save us!!! *sigh* I'm chalking it up to the whole transition with the baby, even though he absolutely loves the baby and hugs her and kisses her all the livelong day. My hunch is that he's missing out on attention, and he's not quite able to pinpoint why that is (which, duh!! the baby!). Hopefully, things will settle back down.

But despite all of that, I feel that I've been able to transition from a parent of one to a parent of two fairly easily. Yes, we have our moments, but honestly, it hasn't been that bad. I may be exhausted, but it is so worth every minute of sleep that I'm not getting to have both of my children. I wouldn't trade it for anything in this world...


indogunters said...

hey there,

so sorry to hear about the dairy allergy! our fam has struggle with that, too. do you have good support through your doc, other mamas or La Leche League? I found those three things super helpful in negotiating breastfeeding stuff. You are probably an ole pro though by now.
Uhm, so...when can we hear the rest of the birth story? did you post it and i missed it?
soymilk hugs,

Alicia said...

Dairy allergies suck. My daughter has it, all though it took 3 months to figure that out. (our pedi was crappy to say the least, I've since switched) Glad to hear all is well.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there. I have no experience with milk allergies, but we did battle eczema for a long time. You just take it a day at a time, I guess.

Shepherd's behavior sounds exactly like Drew's when I had Nick. It took him about 5 months to really settle in, and that's when things really started looking up.

Lisanne said...

Hi there! Congratulations on your two children! Ours are 19 months apart, so I understand!