- that sitter sucks! I worry about the same thing happening- living around here has totally eroded my trust in people (I'm a southern girl by birth and upbringing).
We should definitely try to get together for coffee sometime- I actually work in ballston, but I'm putting in my 2 weeks' notice Thursday. Yay!
We're moving to CO at the end of the month, but I'd love to try to meet before then.
Speaking of CO- acp,
I know you're from that area (those posts were amillion years ago, and life has been a mess here)- but which part? DH is working on Ft. Carson, and we're hoping to rent a house further out around Divide/Woodland Park. He doesn't want to live too close to the base, as he hates military towns (after being stuck in them while he was in the military).
Any good colorado advice would be most welcome!!
So- we decided to take the plunge. We're going to be living off of my husband's income at first, and hopefully for a while. It'll take some convincing to get him to sign on to me being a SAHM for anything beyond RSV season, but I think I can make the numbers work. If not, I'm going to try to get something either part- time, or a WAH job doing case management or utilization review (I'm an RN).
Life with Lucien has been a bit rough. Friday before Christmas, we had another followup at the pediatrician, and saw a new doctor. He decided Lucien's ears looked fine, but his severe torticollis had reappeared, and he still had a fever. This new doc freaked a bit and sent us to the hospital for a stat ultrasound of DS's neck and more bloodwork. I'll spare you the details, but we were there all day and lots of screaming was involved.
The reason he freaked out, I think, is that he was worried there might be a tumor in DS's neck causing the fever and head tilt, along with his feeding difficulties. He never said this, but that's what I gathered from the ordered tests. We found that he has 8 enlarged lymph nodes now (instead of the 1 that the CT a few weeks ago showed), and his labs were relatively normal. Dunno if I mentioned this before, but one of his immunology labs came back abnormal, so it's looking like his immune system could be the culprit in all of this. Whether it's an actual immunodeficiency or just another result of prematurity has yet to be seen. I have a follow-up with the immunologist on the 7th, which the regular pedi is routinely calling to make sure I know about. I'm a mite worried about lymphoma, but his white count isn't nearly low enough.
His anemia is getting worse, which prompted me to start giving him cereal, which I swore I'd never do. But if ever a kid was to benefit from it, it's him. The only good thing about the stuff is that it's iron-fortified. We're doing the disgusting poly-vi-sol with iron, too, but he manages to spew that out every time, and won't take a thing if I mix it in something. I'd love to do the more natural BLW, but it's not in the cards for us right now, I think.
Anyway- with a week off from day care, he's been feeling better, at least. He still has the torticollis, but the only thing left (and this will probably happen next week) is putting him in the hospital to start over finding out what's wrong. Ugh. Lucky for me that I'm giving notice at my job, as missing that last day before Christmas infuriated my boss. (she didn't even ask why we had to take him to the hospital. lovely.) Oh, we did 3 days of IM antibiotics, which didn't clear up the infection- it just gave him diarrhea (12 times a day, what fun).
I'm working tomorrow, although I expect they'll let us out early. DH is staying home to take DS to his follow-up appointment (let's hope they don't send him straight to the hospital). I'm tired, I hate my stupid breast pump, and I find myself getting frustrated with DS sometimes- I'm hardcore stressing about moving with him, especially the idea of flying with his ear issues and infection susceptibility. At least he's eating more, although we used the last of our frozen stash and may need to dip into a little formula tomorrow (if he'll even take it, which I doubt).
I *so* love being his mama, I really do. But I'm also really, really tired.
Sorry to pop in and rant so much, y'all.