this thread is blazing, y'all! I'm having trouble keeping up, so I can't do personals right now. I'm also posting on the sly instead of writing six articles I need to finish by Friday. Shh!
First, diaper bags.
I got one at my work shower that's made for guys- I think it's Eddie Bauer. We use it for day care pretty much exclusively, because she likes to have changes of clothing for him, extra crib sheets, burp cloths, etc etc. Since my DS still rides in his bucket seat, I can't take him in and out well once he's already in the car (my back is wrecked, I'll be getting a fusion when DS is walking and a little older). So it's the bucket on the stroller when we're out and about, and the diaper bag kinda gets in the way.
What we *do* use is one of those teeny little bottle transport bags that's shaped like an old-school brown paper lunchbag (just about the same size, too). It folds into the size of a wallet when empty, and it has a clip to attach to whatever. We don't CD (we use 7th gen sposies), and we can fit 2 dipes, a travel wipe pack, a couple of bottles of EBM, a pair of socks, and butt paste in that thing.
That's all we take on quick trips, and it's SO much easier. We don't often take a change of clothes for him, although we probably should.
on my husband's job front.
He talked to HR at this new company, and they're going to be sending out his formal job offer between now and Friday!
w00t!! So, assuming it's the right salary, we'll be moving from pricey DC to cheapy Colorado Springs (outside of the city, actually)- hooray! I'll be able to take a few months off (or more, maybe?) with the babe, which is what all of his doctors are now recommending. Which leads me to:DS's health and immunologist appointment.
The immunologist did skin-prick tests for dog, cat and dust mite allergies because of our critter herd, since she said a baseline allergy to something at home could be making his respiratory tract inflamed and more likely to trap viruses and bacteria. All negative- the dogs and cats had a
for that, as they didn't want to get kicked out. She ordered blood work for immunoglobulin deficiencies, but I can't take him til Saturday for that (I need to stay employed til I intentionally resign, KWIM?). She said there's only about a 5% chance his problems are something genetic, and she thinks the mass in his neck is just a badly infected lymph node. Her hypothesis is that he got exposed to a terribly drug-resistant bacteria very early on at day care, it settled into a massive ear infection, and that's left him defenseless against all the other viruses coming his way. The constant onslaught overwelmed his lymph node, which became infected.
She thinks the root cause of his poor immune response is prematurity (his regular pedi disagrees with that), and the only way to keep him healthy is to take him out of daycare. I told her about our intended move, and she said if I weren't planning on doing that she would be telling me to find a way to do it anyway. She also said we'll likely need to get tubes in his ears very soon, but I'm hoping me keeping him home with me can allow us to put that off for a while. We have a follow up with his regular pedi tomorrow, so we'll see if he thinks another course of IV antibiotics are warranted. Personally, I would rather do that and know we kicked it to the curb than let it fester and then spring back up, y'know? We'll look at his ears to see if they're still infected. I don't think so, but he's teething, so it's tough to tell with all that general crabbiness. So- it looks like things are improving on that front. Finally!
Last little comment- he tried to nurse! Twice!!
He's been taking it from the bottle exlusively since he got sick, as it hurts him to suck, but Monday night he actually latched on THROUGH MY SWEATER! So I obliged him, lifted up my shirt, and he latched again, sucked once, and passed out.
Last night, he did it again- this time, he stayed awake, but wasn't too coordinated with his efforts and did a lot of kicking and squirming. No worries- he hasn't nursed in well over a month, so he has to relearn, I think. But
that he remembers at all! YAY!
OK, time to do actual work for a while. I'm so sorry some of you mamas are having such huge night time issues.
DS woke up at 3, 4:30 and 5 this morning after we went to bed at 1, and I'd forgotten how tired that makes me. I can't imagine waking up 10 to 12 times a night anymore! Hugs to all you mamas!