Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mastitis Round 4

Yep, I have mastitis again. Wah!!! The only reason it upsets me is because we all just got over colds and Isaiah just got over fifths disease. Can't we catch a break? I've got things to do! At this point, I'm a champ when it come to mastitis. A fever and infection isn't going to stop me from shopping for our new house...no sir-eeee! :)

I've learned recently that nipple shields don't always properly drain milk ducts. And when not properly drained, can cause clogs which can lead to mastitis (I feel like that's such a dirty word now). That in combination with Isaiah weaning off his afternoon feeding, I haven't been getting fully drained and developed a huge clog on the right side. I'm over the fever/aches but still have the clog/infection. Luckily I have leftover antibiotics to help me fight it off too.

Regardless of what the shield may have caused, I'm still so thankful for it. Next time I will try to avoid using it but if necessary I will use it despite the risk. I'll do anything to be sure my babies get the best nourishment from me.

I feel like the breastfeeding devil is after me but I refuse to quit! Afterall, I don't know what Isaiah would do without his nurse. :)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fifths Disease!

Isaiah's smiley little self...as you can see his cheeks are pretty red. Fifths Disease is also known as "slapped cheek"

His poor little leg! It looked worse in person.

Other leg...

This is the arm it started on. This makes me want to cry!

One thing I absolutely HATE is seeing my baby get sick! I want to protect him with everything I have - take all his hurt, scratches, and boo-boo's but yesterday was a reminder that I can't protect him from everything.

It started yesterday when we were at the fair. We went early so it wasn't very warm yet. In fact it was drizzling at my mom and dad's house. So I dressed Isaiah in a cute little jogging suit. After walking through the barn with all the goats it was getting pretty warm so I took Isaiah's jacket off and he had a small red patch on his elbow (about the size of a quarter). My first reaction was that the hay from the barn somehow got in his stroller and he has hayfever like me. Then I thought that was a little ridiculous (he didn't touch the hay or get of his stroller). I cleaned it off and kept walking around and as we were doing that it seemed to be getting a little worse so I was getting nervous. We decided to pack up and go home.

We cranked the AC in the car (not only because we were hot but we were attributing the rash to the heat). By the time we were home it was almost completely gone. So we thought it was over.

Then it started to show a little bit more on the other arm just before dinner. Hhhmmmm...then after dinner Isaiah was bouncing in his jumper and standing at the coffee table. It was a good hour of playing hard and he worked up a good sweat. Darren gave him some water and stood next to a fan to cool him down but he seemed to be sweating more and more - no fever.

So I nursed him and checked him out head to toe. The rash spread on both his legs and arms and seemed to be starting on his back and his cheeks were bright red but still no fever. We went online and did a little googling on WebMD and came across fifths disease which seemed to fit perfectly. We started to worry and called the on-call nurse. She almost immediately knew it was fifths disease.

Fifths disesase is very common with babies and children. It is a viral infection that simply has to run its course. The rash usually lasts about 10 days and can get inflammed when hot (ah-ha!). Isaiah mostly likely got it from Darren, Isaiah, or me touching something that someone else with it touched (I'm thinking his Doctor's office). It's most contagious the week before the rash appears and can be accompanied by a fever but luckily he hasn't gotten one. Some people get it and show no symptoms at all. The rash is also clearing up quite a bit this morning, still no fever, and he's still a happy boy.

Isaiah feels fine except when he gets hot and the rash doesn't seem to itch or bother him...just me and Darren! Aaahhh, parenting. The worry never ends!

I guess we'll just ride this one out...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Isaiah's Check Up

First off, we love our new pediatrician, Dr. Delgado. He is so great! I really felt like he enjoys what he does and I could tell he loves children. He really took the time to answer ALL of my teeny tiny questions and concerns thoroughly and was very sweet and loving toward Isaiah. Being that he is checking up on someone so very precious to us, I was so thankful he made me feel like I was an important part of his day. Hands down, great doctor!!!

Isaiah is 23 lbs. 4 oz. and 28.5 inches long. He's in the 96th percentile for weight and 88th percentile for height - definitely a big and healthy boy! Dr. Delgado said his motor skills and social skills are excellent and he thinks he'll be crawling in no time. He pulls up on his knees from a sitting position and last night he pulled himself up into a standing position! I can't believe how quickly he is growing up!

Dr. Delgado loves how I'm introducing solid foods and thinks it's great he's already self-feeding. He did recommend starting meat for the iron content. Since he only nurses 4 times each day he may not be getting enough from me. We also started a fluoride supplement for those little teeth he has.

He thinks Isaiah's probably waking up in the middle of the night now because we're staying with my family. The "stress" from the move, living with more people, Darren starting a new job, and buying a house, etc. is probably just causing him to wake up and want his mama. He said to not worry about it until we get settled in our new house and that right now Isaiah just might need a little more comfort from mom and dad so don't worry about him getting into our bed. I love that! And I think he's totally right on.

Just a few more weeks, little man, and we'll finally be settled in our home sweet home!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Family Photo Shoot!

Finally we had one done! It turned out great - I keep wondering why it took me so long. Check it out!

7 Months Old!!!!

...and we're busy, busy, busy!

Isaiah loves to sit, dive, jump, stand, climb, roll, laugh, talk, smile, play, "gimme five", brush his teeth, talk on the phone, drive, sing, eat, nurse, snuggle, yell, watch Mickey Mouse, dance, take off his socks, and eat other people's toes. And his attention span for all he loves is getting smaller and smaller but it's so fun to watch and try and keep up with him.

He's trying so hard to crawl. He climbs up off his bottom and can get on his knees but not with his chest all the way off the floor so he just scootches. :) It won't be long now...part of me hopes he waits until after we move into and paint our new house. But I guess that isn't up to me now, is it?

Isaiah nurses four times every day and eats three meals. He naps twice and is down for the night by 9. He hasn't slept through the night in a month. Ugh. He usually wakes up between 1 and 3, gets in our bed and sleeps til 7. I know I need to put him back to sleep in his crib but it's so much easier and I'm tired. That's my excuse. Plus, he's only going to be this little for so long so I'm cherishing the moments when he snuggles into me, puts his sweet little hand on my cheek, and sings as he doses off to sleep. Melts my heart!

His menu usually consists of baby oatmeal and apples for breakfast, some sort of fruit or veggies for lunch, and fruit and veggies or sweet potatoes or lentils. He also starting to eat whatever we have for dinner just slightly blended depending on what's on our menu. I let him have puffs (hardly any nutritional value) and yogurt melts but it's great for fine motor skills and he can feed himself certain items so that's a lot of fun. It's obviously more messy but that just means more treats for the dog. ;)

Every day we just continue to LOVE this little boy to pieces! :) We are very blessed.