Wednesday was also mommy's first day home with both kids. Alex worked 2-10 so really it was only a couple of hours. It went really well! I even got them sleeping at the same time so I could study up on Usborne Educational Consultant (so I can host book fairs, and sell to schools & libraries).
Thursday morning at 2am I woke with some pretty intense cramping in my lower abdomen that was all but gone since Stella was born. It was rather uncomfortable so I was not able to go back to sleep. After trying for a while, I woke Alex and told him I was really worried. He got up, I called my mom, and we had my mom come over to sleep on our couch so Nolan could stay home and we would take Stella with us to the ER. We were in the ER 2am-6:30 and after suffering through an ultrasound, a vaginal ultrasound, a pelvic exam, and blood work it was decided I was to go home and take tylenol for the pain. There wasnt really anything wrong that they could see based on all the tests. We were walking out, literally in the hallway, when someone stopped us to say our Doctor (my OB) called back and wanted us to wait. We went back in our room only to find out he was concerned that I was at a higher risk of a uterine infection-endometritis due to the extra bleeding I had after birth. That being said, I was put on a vigorous round of 3 antibiotics one of which was a painful injection in my hip muscle, I was told they weren't sure I could nurse on these antibiotics. I would need to consult my pediatrician and ask about what to supplement. THAT is when I lost it. I am not one to care how other people feed their child as long as they are feeding their child....but nursing is SUPER important to me. I sobbed and sobbed. We finally left at 8am. Alex went to work, he had no more paid leave, and Alex's dad came and got Nolan so I could sleep. I woke when Stella woke, fed her, and then we both went back to sleep. I hadn't taken my meds yet because Alex was bringing them home from work so I was still nursing and then pumping after to try and have some to give her instead of formula.
Friday, I called the pediatrician and asked about supplementing and such. They needed to call me back. I gave bottles alternating between formula and pumped milk. I packed both kids up and went for a walk down our road and to some rummage sales. The doctor finally called back and we found out I WAS able to nurse on my meds! No more supplementing needed (but good news, Stella takes a bottle of both formula and breastmilk if needed)! I was ecstatic! Now it was time for Alex's class reunion!
Alex was class president so it was up to him to plan (with the rest of the
team) the class reunion. I really wanted to go with him so we dropped Nolan off with my mom and took Stella with us. There were severe storm watches and far north of us there were tornado warnings, but they did not come as far south as us. Stella and I were having a good time, but at 8 I was tired and ready to go home. That was a busy day for us! So I kissed Alex goodbye and was walking to my car when the tornado siren started going off. I am in the middle of a park with an 8 day old baby. Crap. So I turn around and go back with Alex to the kitchen/shelter in the park. I call home and Nolan was
Saturday was a scorcher with a heat index of above 100*. We decided to beat the heat before it got at its worse by going to the splash park. Nolan loved it and Stella did really well. I planned on wearing her in the Moby, but we forgot it in my car. We ALWAYS take my car to events, but we took Alex's because it had all the soda in the back from the reunion. I didnt think of that and the Moby and the stroller were both in my car so I had to hold Stella. Thank goodness my new CoverMe Poncho came in. It is super light weight and it worked great to cover us and to be used as a nursing cover. It worked great to cover her carseat as well! This thing is awesome! Afterwards, we went to a brat fry. Nolan is such a big boy eating hot dog like a big boy! This kid makes my heart swell with pride and makes me feel like I am doing a great job after all!
Sunday we decided to take a day trip up to the cottage. It was a lot of fun! We made a list of all the things we forgot to put on our list for our long camping trips, but we made it! Stella slept almost the whole time under her CoverMe Poncho again. It lets the air in but it keeps the sun off. Mommy is all about this multi-use thing!
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Our friends, the Wundrows, were moving this weekend so we had a pool party and did art projects for father's day!
We celebrated Father's day with a photoshoot for daddy! Daddy was working so we went to Grandpa Gloudemans' with out him...but sent him photos while we were there!
Construction has begun on the 2 houses across the street and Nolan is in pure heaven. He spends a majority of our morning cuddles in the window watching now!
Nolan is watching what mommy and daddy do and talking more and more. Here he is learning how to shoot the hose water by putting his finger over it and then says "water flowers" and then watering them!
Stella had her 3 week cardio check up! She is doing very well. She gained a pound since her 2 week check up (8 days before!) and she is a pound over birth weight. Everything sounded good but because of the hole in her heart they cannot clear her until 6 months when they can see better on an echo. She was a cheerful little girl during the appointment though!
We went to Mascot day at Memorial Park in Oshkosh. After the Easter bunny incident of 2016 ;) and then the chicken at chickenfest, we weren't sure if this would be his dream day or his nightmare...it really could go either way. We decided to try it anyway. He had a blast! He gave high fives to everyone, hugged Minnie, tried a s'more from hu-hot, and LOVED riding the train!
Sunday was Festivus (for the rest of us) at the Vanden Heuvel cottage! Water fun, food, and family!
|We all fit! 2 rear facing kids, 2 dogs, and 3 days worth of stuff!|