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Here is the new address. I even imported all of the old posts. Its pretty cool. It will start looking cooler and easier to look things up soon. And I will have a real "About me" post for new readers. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
So this blog is my current way to decompress. Let me tell you about my day, starting at midnight. Went upstairs with Donald as I always do. He woke up at 1:40 to eat and then again around 5:30. He went back to sleep easily both times. That is one thing that makes him WAY easier than his brother, especially since he eats directly from the source. 7:45 I wake up again and half-asleep head to the basement with Donald in my arms. Firstborn and Dear Old Dad have been up for 2 hours. (I love love love love love... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Firstborn got a haircut at a real salon from an old guy with the old vacuum clippers. He is adorable and I hope that it is naturally spikey because of the length. His cut is Nat-style (3 out of the 5 readers will get that.) He was a super strong champ and only got scared once. And then he had his first sucker. And I did the boys' pediatrician checkups today. At 2 months exactly, Donald is 13.5 pounds and 85th percentile. Firstborn is 22.2 pounds and 36th percentile. Soon they will wear the same clothes. It was a long... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
So Firstborn's hair still smells like a machine from the honing oil. This afternoon I spent 3 hours laying in bed with Donald laying across me pondering stuff online. I decided that I must attempt to cut Firstborn's hair tonight. Dear Old Dad, in all of his wise niceness, went along with it. What a mistake. It WAS long, sort of poking him in his eyes and covering half of his ears. With my attempt at cutting it with my super sharp huge sewing scissors I have turned him even more into Moe from the Three Stooges, except it is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
So, huh, someday I will also think this stuff is funny, right? I just called Poison Control for the first time in my life. But I must back up and tell the story of the whole day until this point. Today was play group day with the infertility girls. Well, the ones who got pregnant and are no longer infertile and have multiple kids. It was nice to see them. One of them slightly gets on my nerves sometimes but she is a nurse practicioner and confirmed that my dairy elimination is the right thing to do so I liked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
I miss pizza. And ice cream. And almost everything. Last week I discovered some blood in Donald's diaper. At the pediatrician's we deducted that its time for me to do some elminations to my diet and the big culprit is diary. I've been good since last Tuesday, with the exception of 2 gulps of chocolate milk that I had without thinking. But, dude, we eat a lot of pizza and spaghetti in this house. Or we did. And there is a sweet local pizza shop near our house that sells 1 topping XL pizzas for $7.99 carryout. So sad. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
I really like this moment because I have very few of them. Settled on the bed, mid-morning, showered, both babies asleep, half-dressed, with shocky-therapy thing on my hip (have I mentioned I'm old and have bursitis in my hip and it kills). There's the humidifier, an overcast day outside which means 80s not 100s, lingering plans to go OUT for lunch with Dear Old Dad and the boys, and much more. We went to a friend's house who has 2 boys close together like Firstborn and Donald except they are 4 and 5. And she has a third boy who... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
I found myself feeling unexplainably blue yesterday. Or bored. Or both. I was really needing some adult conversation that didn't involve nagging Dear Old Dad over IM or leaving the house that didn't involve the grocery store, but I have so many more excuses not to now. (Heat. Extra kid. Saving money. Can I nurse. Will Donald scream and embarass me. Ug.) And that makes me sound like an ingrateful jerk. I know how lucky I am to have 2 adorable babies, a house right where we want, a supportive husband who is a great dad, and to stay at... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Five years ago in 2007 Dear Old Dad (before he had that name) and I were in London. I was thinking about that today as I read about the Olympics because the Tour de France started there right after we left. It was an awesome trip. We did it sort of as a 30th birthday present for me. And kind of a belated 5th wedding anniversary. And because we could. I'm so glad we did. It was really cold there. We went on to Amsterdam, Berlin and Munich on that trip and Dear Old Dad started his ambition to move... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
I think God made the top of Donald's head smell like strawberries as if to say "Here you go. It will help you survive the colic. Because I know you can." Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Yesterday was another rough day with Donald and his screaming. I went to the pediatrician and begged for Zantac while he tried to convince me it was colic. I have turned into one of those patients that want a prescription to fix everything. He gave me the prescription because it is harmless and warned me it might not work. So I went to Kroger and had to wait for it, again not bringing in the Moby wrap and leaving the baby in the carseat. Firstborn was fine in the store, except for a random episode of smacking me in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
So both boys are asleep and I am not tired. I don't really understand this, but it felt like a good time to write a cathartic blog post. On Donald: I think he has reflux. He cries all the time. And literally eats all the time, snacking really. And pukes curdled milk. Keeps his knees bent to his chest with a tight tummy. So many symptoms of being in pain. So I am going to the pediatrician today and BEGGING for a prescription for some kind of acid reducer. It really is amazing that he is asleep in the cradle... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
When I have caught up on sleep. Donald will soon be as big as this kid. But I will pull him in the wagon. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
So I survived the first week alone with the babies. Survived is the correct verb there. 90 % of the time Donald is a fussbucket and demands to be held. How dare I put him down to do things like eat, pee, feed his brother, etc. I actually slept 2 nights of the past week in the recliner with him on me. We had a couple of nights where he screamed for 2-3 hours. During the most recent one I broke down and gave him formula because the milk factory was in too much pain and Dear Old Dad asked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Today is Donald's due date. He is sleeping right next to me and I'm going to try to get this whole blog post done before he fusses to eat more or lay on my chest. I read something on The Evil FB today about the due date being a psychological torture device or something of that sort. Every conversation about my pregnancy included "when are you due?" I guess we all like to know concrete dates but it is such a joke. I was sure I would go early and I was completely right. I didn't know it would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Donald turned 2 weeks old yesterday. Firstborn was 14 months on Wednesday. The grandparents all left Friday night. We survived just the 4 of us yesterday and even made it to church this morning. We are going to try the zoo today. Here are some things I like: Tigers are beautiful. I have an old and a new set of tiger stripes. I don't mind right now. I am still happy to have a stomach that doesn't limit me so much. Run into people from high school. I never do, except on Facebook, and I avoid most of them too.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
(I wrote this on Wednesday. It was supposed to have a photo but technology wasn't working for me at the time.) Its Wednesday and we have been home from the NICU since Sunday morning around 10 am. I could talk about the NICU experience, the nurses good and terrible, the heartbreak of leaving Donald there and of leaving Firstborn to see him, the trauma of resorting to formula and then the triumph of having enough pumped milk the next day to last through the night. But I won't. Its over. Donald is fine. We do not have a monitor to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Last night I talked to a good friend on the phone who knew I was having Donald on Saturday, hadn't heard from me, looked at Facebook and decided to call because she was confused. I called her back on the way to the NICU and she said absolutely everything I needed to hear. On her advice, I decided to take a break from the Evil FB, and I am trying to convince myself that its ok if Donald has some formula. She cried with me on the phone and offered a slew of good advice, openly admitting that I wasn't... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Donald is in the NICU. At approximately 22 hours old while in the nursery with the pediatrician right next to him he turned blue and was breathing really shallow. They gave him oxygen and involved the NICU right away. He had 4 total episodes yesterday, one of them less major and with us, and one episode this morning. He is being monitored constantly and the doctors are testing every possible thing and I know he will be taken care of. Its still not easy. Sidebar: I have this friend who I have a lot of history with. She is a... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
8:36 pm. Friday, May 18. Have about 2 inches left of a hot fudge milkshake from Sonic. Need to be at the hospital at 4 am tomorrow morning. Man, that milkshake was delish. I lost 4 pounds since my Tuesday doctor visit. I have managed to stay under 300 pounds. I am 5'10". I know the weight loss was because of my movie extravaganza yesterday. My ankles were almost human-sized at the doctor. The nice ultrasound tech told me that his weight was estimated at 7 lbs 3 oz. That's outside of tiny scary preemie size range, which is good.... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Awesome Things of the Day: Shaved legs. Two naps. A 13 month old baby who played well by himself in the basement while I watched Toy Story movies. Feet that are not that swollen. Four pairs of completely finished mittens. And the possible pending delivery of a Sonic milkshake very soon. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
I was just looking back at posts I wrote around the time Firstborn was born. They are so sweet. I'm not sure what happened. I haven't had an uninterrupted night's sleep since then. Maybe that's it. Firstborn has been better at sleeping through the night lately though, but my discomfort and mean angry bladder don't let me. We went to Target briefly today. I made padcicles. And I just repacked and took stock of my hospital bag. I had a good idea today for getting through tomorrow - spend the day in the basement while Firstborn crawls around playing and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
Confession: Yesterday I did not feel good and cheated on myself bedrest-wise. My 24 hours worth of pee needed to go to the Boro to the hospital and I decided to take it by myself, rationalizing that it wasn't worth messing with Firstborn's naps. On the way there I came very close to a wreck on the interstate where some jackhole was travelling my speed in my blind spot for a long time. I had to mentally talk myself into not going into hysterics. My bp was up at the hospital a little and they took more blood, which I... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
I love the sentiment in this blog post. Completely and totally. That advice "sleep while you can" always rubbed me the wrong way, even though technically I am doing that more these days. And this cause is very awesome. I want to coordinate making a bunch of these somehow. Maybe I can drum up something on The FB. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Still figuring it all out
(This is the post I thought I lost. It turns out that I'm just not that observant on which browser I use. Most of the same info is in the post of almost the same name that I wrote last night.) On Friday I had doctor extravaganza with Dear Old Dad. Firstborn stayed with Virginia Slim and we went to visit my Chiro Friend, who I had missed terribly. She couldn't really fix my hip and said I was like elastic, but that's a good thing at this point in my pregnancy. Then I had an ultrasound at a clinic... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2012 at Still figuring it all out