Sunday, July 30, 2017

Crafty Hog family dinner



















Safe Kids Cobb County

This week we made the switch from Eliza's infant car seat to a convertible one and we turner Nolan forward facing. I debated leaving him rear facing longer but decided to make the switch. He's super happy being able to see the stop lights and all the street signs.
Before the switch
Jasmine helped us at Safe Kids Cobb County.
Getting fitted in his forward facing seat.
Working on adjusting the straps
Eliza in her big girl car seat!
Cheese! 
After the switch.

Jeremy is becoming quite the car seat pro. I liked having the car seat professionals double check that they were good and secure. I take car seat safety very seriously and want to make sure they are good to go. We ended up giving Eliza Nolan's old car seat so that we didn't have to switch both seats. We just adjusted the straps to fit her. It worked out well. Eliza seems much happier in this car seat than the infant one. Now we need to plan a road trip!





Thursday, July 27, 2017

Nursing update

Last week marked 27 months of nursing. (16 months with Nolan and almost 11 months with Eliza). If you had asked me before I was a Mom, I never imagined I would breastfeed for this long without a break. I also didn't think I'd have two babies 16 months apart but life plans change and so I've tried to adapt. I had the goal of nursing each of them for a year, and while there have been many many days were I wanted to give up, where it was painful, and where I felt I had had enough, I powered through. Nursing has been a rollercoaster for me with many highs and lows but the bond I've had with my babies and the health benefits has been worth it to me. I know this isn't a choice for everyone, and I always stand by fed is best. All of us Moms are doing the best we can to feed our babies whether it is through nursing, exclusively pumping, formula feeding, or a mix of the two.

Recently, I got mastitis. I was feeling weak and run down from losing weight while I had hand foot and mouth. I went to the doctor earlier that day and they said I had a fever and my heart rate was a bit high. I attributed it to the hand foot and mouth virus. Later that day the pain and swelling started on my one side and the fever and exhaustion got worse. My heart was also still going fast. I developed a painful mass that was red and swollen. That was when I realized it was mastitis. 

It was too late in the day to call my doctor so I ended up at urgent care so I could get the antibiotic started before the morning. The nurse practitioner examined me and confirmed the diagnosis. The combination of hand foot and mouth and mastitis was not a fun one but I'm glad to be past both now. We are all healthy and feeling back to normal again this week which has been such a relief.

I was starting to feel pretty down after having pain and crying babies for two weeks. These illnesses definitely made me appreciate my generally good health and reminded me that I need to be easier on myself and my body. What my body has been doing is really remarkable. Raising small children and nursing isn't easy, and I need to focus more on my accomplishments than on the challenges I face. I also finally took some time to go to the doctor, to have some bloodwork, and to make sure I am healthy. It's easy to put all of your attention into your babies but to be the best Mom, I need to take care of myself too. I felt better knowing my bloodwork came back normally. Preventative care is just as important for adults as it is for children. Cheers to being healthy again and hopefully staying that way for a little while. Glad we can enjoy the little things in life again. :) 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Nolan 27 months


Another month has gone by, and Nolan continues to learn lots of new skills. This month he has started to speak more clearly while using pronouns like he, she, I, it, him, and her. He's talking in full sentences, and I am enjoying listening to the conversations he has while he's playing and with us. 

He's becoming more self sufficient. He can open the refrigerator himself now, he can pee on his potty, and he's starting to try and dress himself. I've noticed a lot of independence lately and that he wants to try by himself before we help him with something. He likes to negotiate a little more lately and asks to play instead of taking a nap or go to bed but generally he's pretty cooperative. Nolan's continued to be a great sleeper. Typically sleeping 8:30-8:30 and taking a two hour nap around 1:30-3:30. He is a relatively good eater and not too picky.

Nolan is still a reader and loves to look at books himself or be read to. He's into building with his big Legos, playing in his kitchen, organizing things, playing with play dough, and using his imagination. He also really likes taking care of baby dolls. It's fun to see him try to copy what we are doing taking care of his baby sister. He typically likes the pool once he gets in but is hesitant at first.

He can still be a bit mean to his sister at times but I have seen more times were they giggle together and play together sweetly. I hope as they continue to grow together being close in age will give them a good relationship.

This month he had the worst illness he has had since he was born. It was sad to see him in pain from hand foot and mouth but we are glad he's all recovered and back to his generally happy self. His ability to sleep and eat was distrusted but has since returned to his normal routine.

 At times he doesn't want to get dressed or get his diaper changed but eventually he will. Two year olds definitely require more patience than I realized. We try to stick to certain rules and expectations with him (for example we don't allow TV turning meal times) but also pick our battles for smaller less important things. We look forward to another month with our growing little guy!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Weekly update

This was our we all have hand foot and mouth disease photo. It was a painful 2 weeks for the three of us but I'm glad to report all the sores have healed! I had read an article suggesting to document the hard times of raising kids too so Jeremy snapped that picture.   
We went out for milkshakes one night since I was still having a hard time eating. Jeremy's came out a little more elaborate than he was expecting.
Love those moments they play sweetly together.
Making play dough lizards, dinosaurs, and snakes. 
Building forts and towers 
Still a little reader 
Big boy getting his first haircut without sitting on one of our laps.
Enjoying dinner out with live music and a balloon sword 





Monday, July 17, 2017

Firsts!

Amid all the illness in our house the past few weeks, we've had a few exciting firsts for both kids. Nolan peed on the potty for the first time on Wednesday July 12. We usually ask him to try to sit on a the potty before bath time, and this night he sat down and went. We were really proud of him. Once he was in the tub he asked to get out and go again. We thought he might be joking because he wanted the praise again but sure enough he went a second time. That was a positive sign that he's starting to be interested. We still have enough on our plates right now and aren't pushing potty training on him but if he seems willing and wants to try we are all about it. 

Another first for Eliza happened today. She stood up by herself without holding onto anything. I remember this being the next step after tracking around objects before Nolan started walking on his own. She seems to be getting close to taking those first steps. While I'm a little nervous to have two kids that are walking, I'm also excited about her being able to walk around outside and play while walking. It's hard to believe her first birthday is approaching too. 

We are all starting to recover from hand foot and mouth but I still need another day or two until we can resume our usual activities. Since it's highly contagious, we have stayed home and cancelled all our plans. It was a bummer missing our friend's first birthday and a few other things but it happens. Hopefully later in the week we can go out more and start having fun again.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hand foot and mouth oh my

Well it looks like Nolan's mouth sore was in fact hand foot and mouth and not just a canker sore. On Thursday, Eliza and I both came down with symptoms of hand foot and mouth. We both have sores in all three places. I definitely understand the pain Nolan was experiencing in his mouth the past few days and why he didn't want to eat or drink. I'm currently in the same boat and having pain eating and drinking too.

I always heard about other friend's and their children getting hfm but like with other things in life, until you experience it yourself, it's hard to understand what it's really like. Now I know, and it isn't fun. It's a slow healing process too. Some days this week it felt as if time was standing still a bit. All I wanted was for all of us to feel healthy and pain free so that we can get back to all the fun things we like to do together. 

I've spent much of my time at home this week reading parenting articles and talking to other Moms about parenting and how they manage and balance everything. I'll admit lately it feels like I'm sinking and can't keep my head above the water. When I look around, it seems like all these other Moms and their families have it all together. 

My one friend shared this analogy with me and I wanted to share it. She said "My answer to whenever someone asks how I handle work and motherhood and school my answer is always "I'm like a duck. I look calm on top of the water but underneath I'm paddling like crazy". That's exactly how I'm feeling lately. Paddling like crazy to try and keep up with life. 

If this weeks illness and having two babies close in age has taught me one thing this year, it is to let go and realize everything in life isn't in my control. I'm trying to see the positives that the tough times in motherhood teach us. I'm learning to be more patient than I ever imagined I'd have to be. Hopefully after some more rest this weekend we will start to feel better.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Weekly update











Stomatitis

On Saturday morning, Nolan woke up with a big sore on his tongue. He was crying right when we woke up which isn't like him. We weren't sure what it was so decided to take him for a sick visit. The doctor said it wasn't hand foot and mouth but that it was stomatitis which is basically a doctor term for a canker sore.

The next few days were difficult for him and for us. Because of the pain, Nolan wasn't able to eat or drink well. He would try but then he would cry and cry. It was sad to see him in pain. We tried to keep him distracted but it was tough.

He was up much of the night on Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, Jeremy took a PTO day to stay home and help. We started to worry a bit when we were having a hard time getting fluids in him. Fortunately we were able to get him to drink. He's been on a liquid diet all week but is starting to improve.

This was our first time dealing with a toddler that was in pain and he exhibited behaviors we had never seen from him before. The meltdowns were a lot and it often took both of us to give him medicine. He watched a lot of TV this week but if that kept him comfortable and distracted it worked.

Capri sun juice boxes and the tiny straw seemed to be the one drink he wanted. I put some pedialyte in them instead sometimes so he could get some energy back. He would eat a little jello and ice cream but popsicles, milkshakes, smoothies, or yogurt didn't work. It was a lot of trial and error keeping him hydrated. 

On Wednesday, he started to turn a corner, and I think we are through the worst of it. Like anything new in parenting, this was a learning experience for us. 

I think this might have actually been hand foot and mouth disease since Eliza and I just got it too. Guess this is part of having small children. Hopefully we will all be back to normal so we can enjoy the weekend.


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