Bobbi, take the arnica! It can still help much later, and it can't hurt.
Sasha, I'm so sorry you're having so many difficulties. I do hope the SNS will be just what you and the boys need!
You are an awesome mama for pressing on and working so hard for them!
Catie, while I've been blessed with a much "easier" baby this time, you are NOT alone. I know those feelings all too well! My first had the most awful problems with reflux. He screamed hours and hours and hours a day. There was nothing I could do to help him. He wanted to nurse but then he'd reflux more and then he'd scream more, so it was all a catch-22. We were so sleep deprived and stressed because of the screaming and the fact that he barely slept. Naps were nearly impossible to come by. I keep waiting for Eliana to turn into that kind of baby, and it's been 8.5 years since I had one that bad! The Zantac helped a lot with him, though he continued to have reflux issues until he was over 2 years old! I really wished after my 2nd was born and had *excellent* results with chiropractic that I'd known about it with my first. I can't say for sure it would've changed him, but the results I did see were so dramatic that I have to think it would've been good. I wonder if the combination of Zantac and chiropractic care (which, for my 2nd, made him stop throwing up immediately) would be effective for Ian? If it works, he could be a whole new baby. I hope you can find a solution for all of your sakes!
I am SO tired after the late nights and a few "early" (for us) mornings which meant no time to make up for the lost sleep. My MW called again to check on me and is continuing to implore me to take it easy. I really need to. I feel awful and am SO exhausted. I am grateful that Eliana *does* sleep because I can probably make myself nap each day. I am pretty sure I need to do it for my health and sanity. My sister is coming in on Wednesday but won't be any detriment to my resting, because she has similar needs for rest due to chronic health problems. It'll be good to have someone else understanding around! (She's not staying with us, either, so it'll be more like normal. While MIL isn't staying here, she's just WAY stressful for everyone!)
MIL and Dh are working on a mini-Thanksgiving dinner for us. She always comes at Thanksgiving but with baby we made her wait. We were going to do it Saturday, got bumped by the Christmas musical, then they were going to do it yesterday while I was at a baby shower for Eliana, then it got pushed to today. We probably won't eat before 10pm and it's only a turkey breast.
But the house is smelling nice, at least!
We did have a shower/party for Eliana yesterday. It was both great and kinda disappointing and I'm not sure why.
I think I'm mostly bummed because it was a pretty low turnout (which I really expected), and I missed having some very special people like my MW there. She called today and said she was so sorry she didn't make it. Apparently she *was* planning to, but forgot, but I also know she was at a marathon birth that didn't end until fairly close to Sunday morning (I'm not sure exactly but was in contact with my photographer who was at the birth, too). So I knew she wasn't coming but had really, really hoped she could. But, everyone adored my sweet girl and loved her darling outfit (Zutano owls). There was super yummy food and everyone brought gifts. Of course I hate being the center of attention and opening gifts makes it even harder! We got lots of clothes, as expected, and lots of pink, as expected (and rather dreaded). Now, figuring out what to do with all the clothes - what will fit in the right season, where did it come from if we can't use it - etc. is something of a chore. And it's a little disconcerting because almost none of it is stuff I have seen before or would've picked myself, so it feels a little strange. Is that weird?!
I'm trying to sort out the mix of feelings about what was a lovely day, and I'm not quite sure where they all come from! I was exhausted to begin with, though, and that doesn't help things at all! Still, people came and enjoyed meeting Eliana and that was lovely.
And a friend gave me one of her hand-made diaper bags!
That was a big hit at the party and I used it today and love it.
Anyone else completely unready for Christmas?
I do have at least something for all of my household, and we have pictures we need to order for everyone else, but we haven't even begun making our annual calendar, and we haven't designed Christmas cards or birth announcements (which I have thought I'd send with the Christmas cards), and we don't even know where our tree skirt is. I haven't finished decorating inside and haven't even begun outside (though that's DH's realm, really). I haven't gotten (let alone used) an advent calendar (one of my favorite things), and while we got an advent wreath kit from church we haven't even assembled it (it's supposed to be a crafty thing). It doesn't help that I can't buy a thing before Friday and even then it will be on VERY limited budget.
Thankfully, I'm really okay with a small Christmas. And the things I do have for the boys should be good. I just hope I can get the things done that I really want to do, and maybe even in time. Oh, and then it's my birthday. I'm probably more worried about being able to afford the party I want to have to celebrate my 30th.
Maybe we'll do potluck?