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#31 of 54 Old 02-15-2006, 12:34 PM
 
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Great pics Laurie....so sweet to see the little ones holding her....*sigh*

Hey thanks Teaks you and me both

Bears yes it is for my final treatment..and then I am free! I do not want to kill this thread so if you want an update go here....
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Laurie- Man, what beautiful pics.

TEAKS-I'm with you. Where ARE those condoms???

Seriously, though, ladies, in theory a third child sounds wonderful. But I'm not sure it's in the cards for us. Even my DH can't say NEVER, but lately I've started to look at my family as a family of 4. And it feels good. BUT, (and herein lies the rub), I also can't imagine NOT ever getting to know another child. I see Laurie's pics and I remember those feelings so vividly. Just this other human to love and bring into your family-wonderful. So, sometimes I'm just torn.

Solange-Thank you for the redirection to the other thread. What an amazing group of women going through really trying stuff. Just like you did with us, Traci, your positivity and good outlook are an inspiration to your tribe over there. As always, I wish you ALL THE BEST. You will be in my thoughts today.

Ketilave, christeeny, Jilly-SOOOO nice to see you ALL. I miss the old-timers!
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HUGE Congratulations, Laurie! What a beautiful birth! The pictures are just wonderful. And Krisalyn is beautiful. Gives me baby lust just peeking at your photos. She is a *big* girl! What's her head circ? I'm so impressed that you did so beautifully and no tears!

And, I hear ya about tandem nursing. It is an adjustment. I never really cared for both at once, but did it when necessary. If I can help you, let me know. Do you still have my email addy? I don't come on MDC very much anymore, but I do check my email a lot.

Missing you all. It's nice seeing the little "reunion" we've got going. We're doing well here. Not much time right now, but I'm lurking. If I don't post, just know that I'm reading.
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Wonderful pictures Laurie. She is so beautiful! And chubby!

We are doing well here also. Bash is such a happy boisterous toddler. I never would have guessed what a fun little guy he'd be based on his grumpy high-needs unsettled baby self. He loves trucks and sports and babies and playing with his big brother. Its so awesome to see them playing and laughing together (not that they don't fight sometimes!).

I totally hear you guys on the third baby thing. Bears, I have been feeling like you a lot lately; I love our little family of four and I am very content with my two boys. But still I hesistate to say we are done. I just can't bring myself to say I will never be pregnant or give birth or have a teeny baby again. So for now dh and I are saying maybe someday, in a few years or so, we'll talk about #3.

Solange I took a look at your thread and once again I think you are so strong and brave. I really admire you and will also keep you in my thoughts

once again so nice to see everyone!

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Congratulations, Laurie. Your pictures are beautiful, and they made me get teary-eyed as I remembered my own wonderful homebirth. Happy baby moon! And welcome little one!
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laurie - the pictures of Gabi look a lot like Maillie! You all look wonderful!
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Thank you all for the congrats. Our happiness was shortlived. Since Krisalyn was born at home and not seen by a pedeatrician in the hosp. I took her to our pede Wednesday Feb 15th early that morning just for the routine newborn checkup. She was doing great. Eating, no fever, seemed to be just perfect. I metioned to my doc that I know it was crazy but I thought I had seen Molars comming in in her mouth so she looked. Upon looking at that she assured me no teeth but noticed her throat was really red. So she took a better look with a light and tongue depresser and found 8 to 10 blisters on the back of her throat. Given her age she knew this was very abnormal so she called several neonate docs and was reffered to an infectious disease doc at "The greatest childrens Hospital in this state" Cooks Childrens Medical center. At that office that doc swabbed her throat and sent us for labs. We were sent home. It was now late in the day and I had been up on my feet way too much without any rest for just being 3 days postpartum. So when I got home around 2:45 I nursed the baby and layed down for a nap. It was quickly interrupted. DH came and said that the hospital called and said we needed to get her to the emergency room ASAP. He drove so fast, I don't know if I was more scared for Krisalyn at that point or our safety in the van. We arrived withing 15 min. and they took her straight back. They explained that the swab of her throat came back positive for Herpes. This baffeled James and I since neither of us have ever had an outbreak to our knowledge and my midwife had done all tests and blood tests during pregnancy. They said she did not nessasarily get it from me but could have been from someone touching their mouth or her pacifier. Apparently untreated in a newborn it can cause central nervous system failure and death. Basically if she had been born in the hospital the oncall pede would have done the normal exam and I would not have seen my doc when I did and this would have been missed and she would not be with us today. It's all so scary. They attempted a spinal tap 3 times that first night unsuccessfully. but got it the next morning. All her labs have come back negative. Not one fever either. but since the first swab said positive for Herpes they had to start her on Accyclovier/ sp? And it would be a 14 day stay in the hospital. So far our biggest problems while here have been that her veins are just so small and the IV doesn't hold up for long so they had to decided yesterday to either do a PIC line which involves threading a very small catheter up through a vein all the way in to her chest. or a Central line that requires a trip to surgery, anesthesia and a line directly in her chest near her heart. All the docs were not giving us much hope on the PIC line which was much less invasive but still came with risks. A neonate doc came in and succesfully placed the pic line. It took about 2 hours and was hard for me to have her gone for so long but I am so thankful it worked. She should not have to be poked again durring her stay here. Right now as long as nothing go's wrong we are on Target to come home next Thursday March 1st.
I have been telling them from the beginning that Gabi had a rash on her upper legs that had postules and no one seemed to listen until today. They are researching it and said there is a good chance Gabi had Hand, Foot Mouth and gave it to the baby and would have given the positive Herpes test. Still lots of investigating to do but so glad my little babe is alive and thriving. She nurses really well and go's through almost 20 dipes a day. My other girls Gabi, and Breaunna have been with my sister this whole time. She tries to come up once a day and let me take them to a play room and spend time with them. Gabi won't nurse right now. I hope she isn't finished. Maybe once we are back home, who knows.

Well, My mom is in the room with Krisalyn and just paged me to say she is awake. Hurray, time for a good feeding.

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Oh how scary! I am so glad you guys caught it in time and that she's ok. What an ordeal I hope you guys are back home and healthy asap.

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OMG! Laurie, how totally terrifying. Your poor little baby and poor mama. I am so glad that she is safe. You are all in my thoughts. Much love.
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wow, laurie, what a gorgeous babe and what a wild ride for you! we are all sending little krisalyn our love and best wishes.

hugs and hello to the old gang!

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Oh laurie, loves of hugs and prayers to you, krisalyn and your family!!! How stressful!

I haven't been around much either! I've been busy with work the past few months... lots of moms due the past few months ( i'm a breastfeeding peer counselor for WIC in 4 rual counties). I have also been taking my IBCLC class that was 3 days last month and the next three day to finish it up... I'm so so so so so having the baby tugs every time i go to a home visit with a newborn, every time a preggy mama comes to a bf class, oh how i so would love another baby... i was pregnant with abby when austin was 18 months, with allison when abby was 18 months and now i just feel like i natrual should be again since allison is now 18 months, but she is also the only baby i've had that has nursed this long, and i have an IUD and have yet to get AF back so oh well... i need to get myself back into college, get my RN and IBCLC and get a good job so me and dh can get a better home, car, ect before we have more kids. it will be atleast 5 years b4 i can have more kids to accomplish all that so till then i need to just keep my baby vibes at bay but seeing other babies! LOL I'm only 22 so 5 years to wait is no biggy ... more later!!
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(((Laurie))). (((Krisalyn))).
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Laurie-Just MAJOR HUGS and love to you and Krisalyn. Please keep us posted on her progress. You will be in my thoughts.
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Laurie..oh sweetie..... you hang in there.....

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Do the boards look different to anyone else? Or is it just me?
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yeah, christeeny, no ads and one layout format. also, a bunch of formatting errors that appeared on my Safari have been fixed (funky layout of the smilies, stuff like that). also, it seems to be running much faster (probably the lack of ads, IMO).

ok, bears, you asked for it! my life in a huge nutshell:

life is chaotic here. i flew to NY on short notice for ten days to help my sister... she's a nanny for these two kids that are about the same ages and genders as my oldest two (18yo boy, 16yo girl). she's been with them pretty much from infancy, and even today still works for the family (does all the shopping and cooking, laundry and cleanup, ferrying the kids to lessons and clubs). after going off antidepressants, the boy killed himself (with his father's hunting rifle... the family is big on guns, each person owned several). my sister is devastated. while i knew the boy much better as a little guy, i hadn't seen him in about five years... so while i'm sad, of course, it wasn't as personal of a loss for me. so i was able to go there, with little lincoln in tow, and help her out while she just checked out for a bit.

so of course the trip to NY was crazy (living for ten days in a totally unbabyproofed house, no car, no friends, big ol' blizzard hits and i have NO snow clothes) and when i get back, the house is in shreds. i don't know what everyone lived on while i was gone, but apparently it didn't occur to them to go to the store. laundry was beyond them, too, and the house was knee-deep in animal fur, newspapers, unwashed dishes... i made dinner the first night i was back, and they all were so grateful! nobody cooked while i was gone, it seems (other than noodles).

link was a complete trooper the whole time. he just started stringing two words together (please nurse, read bear, more walk) and even repeats "i love you" back to me! (well, it sounds more like "of woo," but still the sweetest thing to hear!).

it was hard for me to bite my tongue while in NY... my sister, the "professional nanny," would say things like "oh, what a fake cry!" and completely discount link's sadness or anger when he was upset. the technique of brushing off a kid's emotions is so disrespectful to me now, but i know i used to do it before i really understood my kids. i just have to wonder, how much of this boy's pain was brushed off like this, by his parents and caregivers, to push him towards suicide? but of course i couldn't say a word... everyone was just wrecked. but i do have to say, it has completely recommitted me to my parenting style of seeking joy for my kids, not success or money or academic prestige or whatever else it is that is propelling american parents these days.

link is also doing things like saying "ready.... go!" when he jumps off a step, starting to help pick up his toys and books, sitting through an entire book for several readings, recognizing more and more letters (he floored my sister when he went up to a Dunkin' Donuts box, and pointed out and named all the letters in "donuts"!), still nursing like a champ (and thankfully, didn't get sick despite all the exposure to who-knows-what on the planes), climbing up and sliding down the smaller slides in parks... he's such a mimic, my kids have him saying things like "mahna mahna" (think the muppets song), "oendon!" (from a japanese DS game, a call for help from a group of male cheerleaders)... the 12yo is trying to teach him "supercalifragulousthatexpialidocios" but not much luck yet.

he is such a wonderful part of my life! and i'm such a blessed mama. hug those babies, my friends... they are so very precious.

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Samuri: hugs to you and your sister. I have nannied for families, ofcorse never that long and my mom has nannied for several families throughout my life. I know how easily a bond is formed. I am sure this is so hard for your sister. So glad you could go support her.

Toddler Update: Since Krisalyn has been in the hospital and I stay here with her the girls have been with my sister. Shaunna has 4 kids of her own and she teaches them to be quite independant. so Gabi is now trying to dress and undress herself. She and Bre were here at the hospital for most of the day yesterday playing in the playrooms. It was so nice to get to spend time with them. Gabi got her shirt wet drinking from a bottle of water and I tried to take it off and she pushed my hands away and did it herself. I wanted to cry I called my sister and reminded her that Gabi is just 18 months old and still a baby to me. She says more new words everyday and repeats or atleast trys to repeat everything she hears. Could mean trouble J/K Having the new baby also makes me look at her differently and she looks so much bigger now. She has always had a hefty appetite and that hasn't changed. She seems a lot taller to me now and weighs about 22 pounds. Her hair is growing and it is just crazy how much she changes each day.

New Baby: Krisalyn Elise Rose is doing very well. Still no fevers, eating great, not showing any signs of pain or infection. So just have to finish out the days of antibiotics. Doc this morning said we would go home next Wednesday not Thursday. I was so excited to get one less day. I really can't complain though. Walking the halls around here will make you appreciate the wellness of your children. So many kids here have terminal illnesses and have been here for more than 100 days. Just makes you stop and say Thank you Lord for your blessings apon our family.
Thanks again to all of you who are praying. We will be home soon and learning to adjust to 3 kids.

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That's horrible!! Laurie, I'm so sorry that your tiny babe is going through so much. I sure hope the antbx do their job fast.

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Katje: I have a very close friend who is bordering on suicidal right now and we are doing everything to prevent it. But, I know her parents and they have definately by their horrible example increased my commitment to parenting the way I do.

Laurie: I am so glad that Krisalyn is doing so well. Can't wait for her to be home with you.
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Hey ladies, I am glad you all are well...JC, congrats on Krisalyn; I wrote more on your due date board. I hope things have improved even more.
Daphne is 7 months old on the 28th and she stands & babbles a lot!
Darlene will be 18 months on the 27th & really things are about the same.
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We came home on Wednesday March 1st. Life with 3, what can I say, not as horrible as I was anticipating but definetly chaiotic. The very first thing Gabi asked for when I walked in the house and sat down was to nurse. I couldn't believe it. I had asked her several times while in the hospital if she wanted to nurse and she always said no. Well, she is back and loving it. I am not enjoying it so much. She is rubbing her top teeth against me and it is even leaving endentations. We have tandemd several times here at home since Wednesday but I am trying to get her to wait till Krisalyn is finished then let her finish off the breast that Krisalyn had just nursed on. Krisalyn generally only nurses on one side each feeding.

When Krisalyn was admitted to the hospital she weighed: 8lb. 5 oz and 18 3/4 in.
When we left the hospital 2 weeks later: she was 9lb. 21 1/2 in. I was shocked at how much she grew in those two weeks. Gabi will no doubt put on some chubbiness if she continues to nurse the way she is right now. She is absolutly smitten with her new baby sister and my oldest, Breaunna asks to hold her anytime her eyes are open. Krisalyn seems to still be pretty calm unless she is ready to eat or needs to be changed.
I am adjusting to life with three very slowly. I am looking for a window of time to nap with the girls but have yet to find it.

Thank you all again for the prayers.

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February was a short and fast month. So glad to see so many of us this last month. Let's bring ourselves on over to a new thread for the new month.

http://http://www.mothering.com/disc...=1#post4697518

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Hi Mamas,
Just had a minute to check in tonight and I started a new thread. I realized that Laurie did this, too, but Laurie-I don't think the thread works. Guys, correct me if I'm wrong. Please see if this link below works for the thread I started:

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...55#post4702555
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