ohhhhhhhhhh here's where you all are. HI!!!
and congrats preggos!
sihaya, i totally missed your announcement on FB about your loss, and i just posted there now - but i am so sorry to hear about baby pearl.
and healing vibes to you, mama.
jen, glad that everything checked out okay!
as for us things have been really crazy but are calming down. can't even remember the last time i said hi to you all... so at the end of july i started having ridiculous back pain. i've had back issues for 14 years and was hoping that the worst of it might be behind me, but i knew i had a bulging disc and was worried i'd need surgery to really heal. in august things started looking better, but while on our anniversary vacation i ruptured the disc
(cooking dinner for the first time in weeks is what did it), went to the ER, was admitted and stayed for a few days, and had surgery. two days ago, i graduated from my spine rehab program, and i'm feeling so much better! i can't believe that 3 months ago i could hardly walk without crying and needed a walker. this happened to me last year (minus surgery), so i'm trying AGAIN to rebuild life and get back to normal, make sure i can take care of myself and DD and really live life the way i want to again.
DH and i had started TTC early this year, late feb/early march, hoping for a 2-2.5 year age difference. once my back got bad we ended up taking 2 months off, and now we're on month 2 of post-surgical "not trying/not preventing" (mostly for DH's sake mentally - i
most certainly am trying, i'll tell you that right now
). i'm very relieved that i didn't get pregnant earlier this year because then i wouldn't have been able to take the meds i needed, and i probably would have been on bedrest the ENTIRE TIME so as not to rupture the disc, and i likely wouldn't have had my MRI or x-rays or surgery. so i'm very, very thankful that we got my one huge health issue squared away before getting pregnant - i'd like to be able to take care of my kids, thanks! now that things are calming down, i'm hoping that baby #2 decides to find its way to us soon!
if we can have a fall 2010 baby, i will be overjoyed, but we'll see what happens.
DD is doing great... she will be 2 on 12/10. her bday gift is a partially furnished dollhouse by plan toys, and her december holiday gift is a multiracial doll family set - which was freaking HARD to find. no problem finding an all-white or all-black or all-whatever-else family, but i could not find a family where mom, dad, and kids are different colors and special-ordered one. yay for the internet. she talks so much, in such awesome sentences. (earlier today while we were trying to calm her down from a tantrum, she took a deep hiccuping breath and said "i would like to drink mommy milkies, please" - WTF IS HAPPENING TO MY BABY?) she's always been super verbal and the amount of words spilling from her is ridiculous. i noticed today that her artwork is changing too - we've gone from scribbles and lines to circles with dots in them that she says are fish or cats or different animals. she is just such a joy with so much personality, and i can't believe that 2 years ago she was in my belly wiggling back and forth creating a "butt-shelf" that i would rest my ice cream on.
in crappy news, she has a really bad cold and is un-nightweaning from it. nightweaning was really difficult for us - we had been working on it, then i ended up going to the hospital for several days and she co-slept w/my mom. she was doing beautifuilly for a while, usually not waking up to nurse until 5 am and sometimes holding out until 6 (bliss!), but now that she's ill we're back to waking and nursing a few times a night. i feel bad not giving it to her as i want her to have increased fluids and especially breastmilk while she's sick, but i'd really like to NOT get back into the habit of night nursing after that was finally done. anyone experience a setback with nightweaning due to illness or molars and have a story about getting back on the wagon?
anyway i'm so glad that a new thread started; i came to this forum to see where you all were!
p.s., for those of you who missed my name change, it is i, Mme. Muffin