Friday, February 23, 2007
So close and yet so far
So we had a bit of a labor scare on Wednesday. Honestly, I've never experienced natural labor. What I felt was pitocin induced labor with my son. It never felt like anything more than mild cramps. So on Wednesday when I was having this constant, never ending pain that started in my back and radiated around to my belly I thought maybe it could be labor. It started around 10:30 in the morning.

I went through the morning feeling very uncomfortable with this constant pain but didn't act on it until after I'd put my son down for his nap at 1:30. I thought if I could just make it to then I could lay down and it would go away, proving that it was indeed not labor. Wrong! It only got worse so by 2 I called my doctor and they wanted me to go to the hospital.

Lots of scrambling had to be done to get someone to stay with Aiden, get DH to come home and drive me, and I had to pack a bag just in case it was the real deal. I was in so much pain that I could barely keep my seat in the car for the 50 minute ride to the hosptial.

Finally I'm triaged and brought into a room to be monitored. Of course the pain diminishes when you get to the hospital. That is a given for these situations. I had a few contractions on the monitor but nothing to indicate labor. Internal exam showed no progress, everything was locked up tight. So it turns out that I've thrown my back out. I'm not having back labor but muscle spasms. I can't take anything other than tylenol for them either but heating pads are helping. They told me to avoid as much lifting as possible, easier said than done with a 32 lb. toddler.

I've been getting back rubs from my husband every night. He is being really great at picking up the slack because I can't even unload/load the dishwaher without my back spasming. I'm going early next week for a nice massage and I can't wait. I hope that this heals itself and I don't have to go through this for the rest of the pregnancy. Hopefully I'll realize its labor when it finally comes and not more back spasms.

Sunday, February 18, 2007
Could this be nesting?
This morning I was having contractions five minutes apart for 40 straight minutes. Then suddenly they just stopped. Then about 40 minutes later they started again, five minutes apart for 30 minutes. I was starting to get a little excited. Now, I kept telling myself this can't be it really though. I'm only 34 weeks, its way too early for this to be real labor. Still, it was very exciting because I never experienced this with my first pregnancy.

I experienced a lot of things with my first pregnancy that haven't or have hardly reared their ugly heads this time. No swelling, no high blood pressure, some RLS but not like last time, a few charlie horses but not like last time, and no feet in the rib cage pressure all the live long day. This pregnancy has been pretty great by comparison.

Anyway, tangent over. Yesterday I was mad crazy to get the babies room all set up and that is done. Today I got it in my head that I had to take out all the clothes my son has ever worn that I've been storing in bins and organize them by size just so that I can put them back in bins, this time neatly, and labeled so I will have an easy time finding what I need in the coming months. Am I driven to do this because of the contractions this morning or could it be nesting?

This may sound like bragging
I just can't help but share how proud I am of one of my sons accomplishments. Where he has always been a little behind a lot of kids his age when it came to crawling, walking, eating, and talking there is one area he has suddenly shone. He knows his alphabet! I can't help but think all that reading we do has rubbed off a bit. I also want to give credit to the Leapfrog Fridge Phonics toy and foam bath letters.

He can recognize and point to each and every letter of the alphabet when asked. We're currently working on his numbers now and he is doing really well with that. Now he can't say every letter but he has been behind on speech for a long time so we take what we can get. Currently he says B, C, D, E, F, G, H, M, N, O, P, S, T, V, X, and Z.

This has made Aiden more aware of his world in such a great way. Some examples are that he now picks out letters and says them when we're driving like if he sees them on a tractor trailer truck or a road sign. The other day I found him checking out the warning label on a baby toy and pointing to all the letters he can say as he looked at me and said them. I am so proud of him and I just wanted to share it.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
What is it with boys and their penises?
My son has taken to pulling down his diaper just enough to check and make sure its there at every opportunity he has. If he his going diaperless say before or after or during a bath its pretty much all he looks at. Its really amusing actually to watch him bend over as far as he can to get a good eye view. Its even funnier to watch him walk into walls and things because he is too busy checking out his peter.

Thursday, February 08, 2007
Pardon my dust
We are in the throes of the worlds longest lasting head cold. Aiden has been sick for going on 12 days now with this endless cold. He is mostly better but still has a runny nose, which is occasionally still yellowy snot (yes, I know you care so much about the color of his snot) and a cough. Yellow is bad so I assume he still got some infection left to fight.

I also have it and its been a week for me. I'm hoping that it doesn't last as long for me as it has for Aiden but not much I can do about it. I haven't been sleeping so I'm very zombie like besides the whole stuffed head feeling. My OB gave me some Ambien to try and it got me about 5 straight hours of sleep last night but really I'm craving a full 8 with no break. I think it will do a world of good in helping get over this if I can just get a good nights sleep. So maybe I'll take two pills tonight. We'll see.

Lets hope we recover soon. I'm going stir crazy in this house and its constantly a mess when your toddler has free rein.