Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
About a week ago my doctor highly recommended that I get the H1N1 flu vaccine. I have put much thought into it and decided after literally half the neighborhood and 10% of the elementary school got sick I needed to do something to protect my family. (I'm sure not the entire school had swine flu, but at least 170 kids have been out with something.)
After my doctor appointment I called the list of Health Departments across the valley to see if they had any vaccinations. The first several told me that they only had them for children ages 6 months to 47 months. Okay, I thought. I will see about getting Livy one at least. Then the very nice receptionist (Seriously, she was very helpful. It caught me off guard.) Told me that they were having a shot clinic that Saturday. This was perfect and we would all get our shots then. Little did I know!
Saturday morning I wake up at 5 am for the clinic that starts at 7 am. After waking a very sleepy toddler, who was beyond cranky (I told her this is how mommy feels when you wake her up, but I'm sure she wasn't paying attention.) we were on the road. I drove 45 minutes to discover the line.
I was expecting a line, but nothing like what I experienced. The clinic was at one end of the block and the line snaked back and forth through a huge mall like parking lot and down three large city blocks. All of this for one of the 1700 doses available that day! I stood in line for about an hour when the line started to disperse. We were told the vaccine was gone. I can't tell you how frustrated I was that I drove 45 minutes for nothing!
Once home, I search my county's health department website and find that they were having a clinic on Tuesday. "Fine!" I thought, I will try it again. I don't want my family to get sick!
Tuesday comes around and we are in line 1 1/2 hours prior to opening. We waited an additional 1 1/2 hours to actually receive the vaccine. I felt oddly calm afterwards, knowing that at least we were somewhat protected. My next worry is if I can handle standing in line again for Livy to get a booster shot in a month.
Have you experienced the lines to get your H1N1 vaccine?
I feel that even though we received the vaccine we still need to use some caution with illness. Not only will I have a newborn baby, who I certainly don't want sick, but I have a small history of being sick. Last winter I was literally sick every 2 weeks from December to April. I don't think I can deal with that again this year.
So what is my game plan? I wish it was an easy one, but mentally, socially and physically it will be tiring.
Here are some things that I'm going to use to help prevent us from getting sick as often. (I don't think it's possible to avoid everything all together, but at least cut down.)
* I'm going to avoid people! I wish this one was the easy one, but I don't plan on taking my baby out for several months after she's born. After 7 weeks of bed rest, this one hurts the most. I need social interaction, but not if everyone is sick. I guess I could always screen everyone before they visit me or I visit them. But it might be a little much to ask them if they are sick, are their children sick, have they been around anyone who might be sick.
* Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize! I mean this in every way possible. I will sanitize all toys after any play date at my house. I will periodically sanitize all doorknobs, light switches, phones and computer key board. Hey I will even sanitize our toothbrushes regularly if it means I get sick less often!
* Keeping hands clean! When I ran my daycare, I was the hand washing Nazi. Every child had to have their hands washed once they arrived at my house. I had no idea when the last time they washed their hands. I would then set the kitchen timer and every hour everyone had their hands washed. It may sound a little over the top, but I truly believe it helped. We were rarely sick during my daycare years. I am strongly considering using the timer again to help remind us to keep our hands clean.
* Air out the house! Back in the daycare years, I was required to take classes and attend A LOT of training. Some classes I really enjoyed and learned much. One thing that I found interesting was the air quality in our houses. It's actually pretty bad, especially when we're sick. It was recommended for us to air out the house for 10 minutes everyday. I know this sounds crazy in the winter when it's freezing outside and you don't want to let the warm air out, but if you do one room at time for 10 minutes it will help.
What else are you doing to keep your family healthy this winter?
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
I have decided that an update would be a good thing about now. I am hopeful that soon the bed rest will end and I will have more important things to blog about. Namely a baby!
For those who don't know, I was put on bed rest on September 9th for having low fluids (amniotic). I was told with lots of rest (doing nothing) and drinking extra water (gallons upon gallons) that we may see improvement. Of course there was a lot of scary talk of what could happen if I didn't get things up. I did not want a preemie, I was 31 weeks at the time, and knew that I had to behave myself.
So for the past 6 weeks I have spent much of my life on the couch dreaming of fun things like cleaning and laundry. (I really do enjoy cleaning and it's driving me crazy that I can't do anything!) My little girl has had WAY TOO MUCH tv during this time which makes me feel guilty. Not necessarily due to watching tv but because I haven't been able to interact with her how I normally would.
For the past 2 weeks my fluids have stayed in the normal range. This simply means that bed rest is working. My doctor scheduled an induction date for November 2nd which I have mixed feelings.
I had Olivia at 41 weeks. People have commented in the past, why didn't your doctor start you? The reason was simple, because I asked not to. There was an absolute end date that if I hadn't had her they would start me no matter what and I was being watched closely. I wanted to know what it felt like to go naturally into labor, how my body would respond and know that this was the time my baby was supposed to come. I look back now and I would do it all over again. Although I would probably get to the hospital a little sooner. Once I got there I was complete and ready to go.
With this pregnancy I was told that they would not let me go over, too dangerous with low fluids, and I would be lucky to make my due date of November 6th. When I was given the induction date of November 2nd one of my responses (in my head) was that is only 4 days early. I am so done being pregnant, please take me now! Another thought was that perhaps I will have the baby on my own before that. I like that thought! I know it's better for the baby to stay as long as possible, but I am still fearful of some of those scary things I was told about back in September.
I run the risk of having to have a Cesarean, which is worse (in my book) than being induced. But the worse thing is that my odds of having a stillborn are slightly higher than normal. Can I tell you that this terrifies me! That would be the absolute worse thing that could happen. To plan and prepare only to come home empty-handed! With that in mind, I'm hoping to have this baby soon.
At my last NST (Non-Stress Test) Appointment, which I go in for twice a week on top of my regular weekly prenatal appointments, my fluids had dropped from a normal 12 to a low 7, the lowest I have been. I was warned that this could happen. My doctor said at 37 weeks they tend to see a drop in fluid. It means the placenta is starting to shut down. If I get too much lower, they will take me sooner.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Just a few pictures of our Family Home Evening activity from last Monday. Livy was SUPER excited to carve a few pumpkins from our garden. She has been talking about the pumpkins turning orange for months!
Livy waiting for mom and dad to get everything ready. Sporting her new Halloween hair bow that I made her.
Eduardo and I carved the pumpkins. What is the best thing you can do once a pumpkin is carved? Kiss it of course! Livy truly loves her pumpkins!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Don't you love getting surprises on at your front door!? Earlier this week we were "Boo-ed!" If you have never heard of this, you are in for a fun Halloween treat.
I remember doing this once as a child. I believe we called it "Being Spooked" but the idea is all the same. You get to take two treats to two houses, ring the doorbell and run! The people receiving the treats have one day to take two treats out to two different families. The hope is that it will be passed all around the neighborhood (or office if you do this at work).
There is a website where you can print off the poem and ghost along with instructions.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This past week I have wanted nothing more than to reveal my new baby's room! After a lot of work (over several months before bed rest) and a HUGE thank you to my sweetheart for all the hard work the past few weeks, I believe this room is near completion!
Before the reveal, some before pictures from when we looked at the house last year.
Little Boys room with a car theme with blue walls.
Little Boys room with a car theme with blue walls.
Introducing Lucy's Room!
One thing that I wished is that I could get the photos to look exactly how I see it in the room. These photos don't do this room any justice! I started this room by finding the perfect bedding. I love the blue and purple together! The sheets and curtains have a paisley & flower print in them which gave me the inspiration to accent with flowers. I did paint the walls a different shade of blue that matches the blue in the bedding.
Curtains which I made from a queen size duvet that I found on eBay! Rocking chair was used in Olivia's room as a baby. I decided to cover the chair with a King size white sheet and accent with the purple crib quilt and a pillow that I'll use for nursing. The only thing missing here is a lamp and clock. (I still haven't found one that I like!)
I LOVED the butterfly stamp pictures that I made for Olivia's nursery and decided to do something similar but with flower stamps from all over the world!
Above the changing table (Which I love by the way. People told me it would be a waste of money and I used it with every diaper change with Olivia!) is a white shelf that I painted, letters of the baby's name and below that this 8x8 framed picture. I found some pressed flowers in my craft things and knew that it would be perfect for this room.
A small view of white flowers that I painted.
Since this was the only closet in the house without any built-in shelves, Eduardo was determined to build some. I was more than happy to organize them!
I picked up the white fabric baskets at Ikea and knew they needed pretty tags to keep everything in order.
And for fun, just a tease of the beautiful blessing dress my mom picked up for the baby. The fun thing about this dress is that it is roughly 150 years old!
Linking up to Kimba's DIY Day.