Health stuff: I took Ike for the ultrasound of his noggin this morning. Of course it will be a few days before the radiologist reads the images and gets the information back to the pediatrician’s office, so we don’t really know anything yet, other than that he is still the offspring of a big-headed father, so I am not too nervous about that. Just glad that his fontanel is still open enough that they could do an ultrasound and not have to knock him out for an MRI. Still no word from the hepatologist’s office in Cincinnati about the latest round of bloodwork. Not sure if I should call them and ask, or assume they just wanted it as a new baseline and I’ll hear from them after we repeat it next month. Again, not too nervous about it since the doctor was so reassuring.
Halloween stuff: Our Beggar’s Night (do they still call it that, or is it back to Trick or Treat?) was postponed due to the icky weather, so we’ll be dressing Ike up to hand out candy on Saturday instead of last night. We did go to a friend’s kids Halloween party on Friday, but it was so warm in the house that he only had his Tigger outfit on for a few minutes. Didn’t even get a picture, so we’ll have to try that and the panda outfit both on Saturday. He’ll surely drool and/or spit up at least enough to justify that wardrobe change.
Mike and I did go to an adults’ party on Saturday. He recycled his Dick Cheney mask from several years ago, and I cobbled together a Toddlers & Tiaras costume using my sister’s tutu from the box of old dance recital costumes in my parents’ basement, the tiara from my bachelorette party, pigtails, excessive (for me) eye makeup and one of Ike’s future sippy cups. Plus my I FUCK LIKE A GIRL t-shirt because, well, seems legit, right?
There was beer, and plenty of it:
Supply stuff: have been having a fairly significant dip in my pumping output, and have been trying many things to get back on track. Thankfully Ike has only had to have one or less partial bottles of formula on really low days to tide him over. I hate that he’s had any, but it’s not enough to diminish the benefits of breastmilk, I’m sure. I ended up breaking down and buying a new pump. The one my friend loaned me had already been through three babies, so I think I was lucky to have gotten as far as I did with it. The new one is helping, though I’m still not ending up with much of a surplus every day. I think it’s partially hormonal (maybe my period is about to come back? Eeeeeeeek!), and partially stress-related, and was exacerbated at first by a failing pump. I started calcium/magnesium supplements, which I should have done while I was off dairy anyway, have been trying to add an extra pumping session at work whenever I can, and am drinking Mother’s Milk tea like a fiend until my fenugreek and blessed thistle arrive via Amazon. Hoping I’ll be able to ramp back up to get a few extra bottles in the fridge again on a regular basis. They never hang around long enough to be worth putting into the freezer anymore, so I just try to rotate FIFO at my parents’ house, and anything left on a Friday, of which there was almost none last Friday, can come home for the weekend, letting Mike take an overnight shift on occasion.
Development stuff: my mom said that Ike’s been showing off a new consonant, and it’s M! He’s been saying MEH, which cracks me up, because…that’s so my kid. Not that I really think he means it like I would like to interpret it, but funny all the same.
So perhaps there’s a chance that Mama will end up being his first word after all. I haven’t yet actually heard him say this myself, but I can’t imagine that my mom would tell tall tales. She also noted that he enjoyed seeing his first snowflakes yesterday. They usually walk her dog every morning, but since it was so miserable outside they just took her out in the yard instead of taking the stroller around the block. A few flakes fell on his face and he smiled. Hopefully we won’t have a totally snow-free winter like we did last year, and he’ll be able to really enjoy some snow as he gets bigger over the next several months.
That’s all for now, I suppose. Oh! Tonight I get to go meet and visit with my friend’s sister’s newborn baby girl. I think she’s only threeish weeks old, and I cannot wait. I have a total newborn addiction anymore. So grateful to be able to enjoy things like this now. There was a time not so very long ago when I would never consider doing such a thing, because it would just have made me too jealous and upset. Yet now I’m excited and looking forward to hearing her birth story and passing on some cloth diaper geekery (and supplies). Fun!
Hope you’re all faring well if you were in or near Sandy’s path.