Lots of things are going on around here lately. Most of them were unexpected or last minute, but either way, it has been quite the past few weeks to say the least.
Both kids have gone from this...
In a matter of minutes.
Sam got it first. He was playing around one night, being silly and laughing. He was in a great mood. He was making his way up the stairs, laughing at something, and he just stopped in the middle of the stairs, grabbed his head and started sobbing. He cried and cried and cried. It scared Ben and I to death. He ended up with a fever hovering between 102-103 for the next two days. We had NO idea what could be wrong. Then he started saying that his teeth hurt. We figured he must be getting some random molars or something, so we fed him lots of medicine, Jello, pudding and yogurt for the next three days. We also had a lot of snuggle and movie time. Aside from lots of diarrhea a bloody noses, he seems o.k. now.
Mary was in the middle of gymnastics class on Monday and just started crying. She came up to me and her body was on fire. By the time we got home she was close to 104 and was starting to get delirious. The next two days we alternated motrin and tylenol and could barely get her down to 102, if we were lucky. Mary and I got 3 hours of sleep in 2 and 1/2 days. I spent an entire night kneeling on the floor next to Mary holding a wet cloth on her forehead, giving her medicine and calming her down from one nightmare and hallucination after the next. I cried right along with her. It was horrible!!!! Yesterday Mary said she couldn't swallow and then started bawling every time she swallowed. I took a look in her throat. AAAGGGHHH!!!
We took her to the doctor where they swabbed her throat and came back with a positive strep test. No surprise there.
The doctor was probably 80 years old and he spent literally 5 minutes just filling out the prescription for her. He made each and every letter perfect. I was about to rip my hair out. The whole visit was over an hour long, and we were the only patients there!
He moved slower than mud. By the time we got out of there and made it to Walgreens, they looked at the prescription and informed us that the medicine he prescribed was taken off the market 10 years ago!!!
We spent the next 45 minutes at Walgreens with them on the phone with the doctor getting her a new prescription. The new prescription was penecillin, which Mary is allergic to, so it was back on the phone again. gggrrrrr
Mary just lay there in my arms and whimpered the entire time. It was awful.
Mary is still incredibly sick, and it is breaking my heart, but at least we have something to help her now. The trick is getting her to take it. I am not kidding. She HATES medicine with a passion, and it takes her almost 40 minutes to get 1 1/2 tsp. of medicine in her. It is a constant battle and it is exhausting to say the least.
I have tried pill form (in a piece of candy), I have tried a syringe, I have tried putting it in Jello, we have forced it down her throat, I tried bribing, I have tried it all. Nothing works.
The prescription tastes terrible and it took us over an hour to get it in her last night. Mary was sobbing and exhausted by the time she took the last sip. I could hardly stand to watch such a sick kid be so miserable. And I HATED being the one to make her keep drinking the nasty stuff. She even had nightmares about taking medicine last night. I went to bed crying, feeling like the wicked witch and feeling so frustrated, I just wanted to scream. Mary finally slept through the night, right next to me. Thank Heavens.
I have since looked in Sam's throat. It is really red, but it does not look like it has or had pus pockets all over it. I really hope he didn't have strep too and we just missed it. I would feel terrible.
Next item of business.....the Ultrasound.
I had my ultrasound yesterday. The one the doctor prescribed without telling me why it was so "necessary." I have been pretty nervous for this.
The only thing the ultrasound tech commented on were his cheeks. My little guy has some massive cheeks!
Mary and Sam both had enormous cheeks and I have really been hoping that this little guy would follow the same path. I am pretty excited.
The pictures are hilarious. There is this cute little face and then these extra large circles protruding out either side of his face. It is ADORABLE!!! I am in love.
The wait for my actual appointment seemed to take forever. It was only 4 hours, but it felt like forever.
When I finally got in to see the doc, he said the same thing. He walked in the room chuckling and then proceeded to tell me that our baby has some serious cheeks on that face of his.
I then learned the reason for the ultrasound.
I guess I have lost 7 lbs since I have been in the 3rd trimester. When they weighed me yesterday, I had lost 4 since my last visit. I had no clue! I don't pay attention when they weigh me. Who wants to see the scale when you are carrying a bowling ball in your tummy...not me. Believe me, I feel plenty big.
The doctor was worried that the baby had stopped growing.
No worries there, my little guy is pushing 4 pounds already! He is just dandy. One lb. of which (according to the ultrasound tech) has got to be his cheeks.
I am measuring fine and the baby is fine. We aren't sure why I am losing weight.
I do work out several times a week, but I am careful. I stay within normal pregnancy guidelines. The doctor said I am o.k. to continue my workout program.
I was just told to eat when I get hungry.
Again, no problem there. I already do that.
My gallbladder is most likely the reason for the weight loss, and there isn't much we can do about that at this point.
So..all is well. Baby is fine, I am fine, and I got to see our precious little guy again. It was great.
Our ward boundaries were changed this past Sunday. Every ward in the Stake was effected. Our family was not effected, but some friends in our ward were. Change is bitter sweet.
We found out Monday that Ben has a business trip in Utah this week. We decided (before Mary got sick) to make a family trip out of it. After she got sick, I have been very back and forth on whether or not we should all go, or if Ben should just fly. We are SOOOOO ready for some sort of trip/break though. I decided to bite the bullet and do it. It will be fun once we get there. It is just the getting there part that is so hard for us mommas. It is a lot of work to get the whole family packed and out the door, especially when all time and energy has been spent with sick kids, and when the husband has to work up until the last few minutes before it is time to go.
We plan on doing some fun things in between work meetings, and it really does sound like a lot of fun.
We will also be able to see my family! We didn't decide on this until yesterday. We will get to see my sister participate in the Jr. Miss pageant, we will celebrate my dads Birthday, we will see my newly engaged brother, and we will also be able to spend Easter morning with my family, before we head back home. I am so excited for this added detail to our trip!
We are actually leaving today. Yup, today.
Like I said...this is a very last minute trip.
And here I sit blogging, when I haven't even begun packing. The laundry is not done. The house is a mess. The kids need a bath, and I need to go shopping. All before 4:00. Boo!
I just want to go to sleep and wake up in Utah tonight. Where are you fairy godmother????
I am excited though, and I can't wait to see my kids healthy and happy and enjoying some of the things we have planned.
Before Mary got sick, she nailed 5 solid cartwheels on the olympic size high beam in gymnastics the other day. It was awesome! She has since done them at every class. She and her coaches are pretty excited.
Last, but not least.
A good friend of mine (who already offered to make a carseat cover for me, and who watched Sam yesterday while I went to the doctor) approached me on Sunday and offered to do a baby shower for me (some weekend in April). This girl is incredibly selfless and so ready to serve.
It took me off guard for a second, because I hadn't planned on having a shower, but for whatever reason, it really touched me. It has given me something to look forward to and it is the perfect reason to get together with my friends. I feel like I haven't hung out with them in forever, and I really miss them a lot. It meant so much to me that she thought to do that for me. So, thank you Adri. You made my day.
So there you have it. Maynard moments for the past few weeks. I really better start doing something productive. Peace out.