Thursday, July 16, 2009

This morning we're off to OHSU for an appointment with Quinn's feeding therapist. I have a lot of questions to ask about some of the exercises/feeding steps that she has suggested for us now that we've been "practicing" these new steps. I'm hopeful that it is a good visit and that we continue to be better equipped to help Quinn work through what he eats and how much he eats. Last night we had a middle of the night reflux vomit session so reflux still plays a part in all this though not as much as it did.

We'll see what new strategies we learn today!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Restoring Order

We've been tackling projects right and left this summer and mapping out what we have left to do before Baby Dos arrives! It has been exciting to see what we've been able to accomplish with a few things left on my massive list!

I read on a blog somewhere that organizing is like housecleaning. You don't expect to clean your house once and have it stay cleaned. You can't expect to organize your house and expect it to stay organized. Taking care of what you do have takes some time, energy, and a little planning. While we've been organizing and cleaning, I've been trying to reassess what is working for us and what needs "some love" to make it work for us now.

Here are some things that we've tackled:
  • Quinn's closet and room
  • Sorting through our closet
  • Sorting through the hall closet
  • Sorting through all of the baby clothes
  • Purging all of our books
  • Going through 18 boxes of "stuff" in the garage--this one bullet point really deserves 18 bullet points! Clothes to memory boxes to pictures to old school stuff...I now only have four boxes in the garage
  • Clearing out major items in the garage (linoleum from a bathroom remodel, unused big items, unused little items)
  • Participating in the annual multi-family garage sale with some friends
  • Collecting items we need for Baby Dos
  • Weeding and getting the front yard in proper order
  • Weeding and getting the back yard in proper order (which we hired someone to do because sometimes you have to be honest with yourself and say, "Call in the reinforcements!" and it was the BEST $40 we've spent all summer!!! I wish we had before shots because the after...all I can say is that not a weed is in site and I can see the back corner of our yard because all the ferns and pine cones are gone...)
  • Installed new hardware in the hall bathroom (now the bathroom remodel is complete!)
  • Wash and iron all the curtains
  • Put up fire alarms in bedrooms
  • Wash windows (living areas, kitchen, bathrooms...I just have to finish the bedroom windows inside and out)
Here are some things that we'll be completing in the next two months:
  • A room makeover for Quinn with new paint and ways to organize his toys!
  • The hall linen/storage closet
  • Completing Baby Dos' room
  • Experimenting with some furniture arrangements in the house (for which I'm open to suggestions if you want to have a look!)
  • Scrub all the Pergo in the house (because I'm preggo and want it all scrubbed before Baby Dos arrives :) )
  • Install the master bedroom closet organizer
  • Reorganize the items that remain in the garage for easiest access
  • Paint some bedroom furniture
  • Finish the decorative items that I just haven't put up
  • Touch up the caulking in the house that needs it
  • Keep up the outdoor weeding, lawn care
  • Determine new desk/papers/system for better organization and access
I think we can do it! I'm thankful for what we've been able to tackle so far and there really is a sense of accomplishment when you see order come with completed projects. It makes you want to do some more :) I hope I'll remember to take some before and after shots and post what we're able to complete in July and August!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Baby Dos and Mommy Thoughts

Baby Dos, as we call this little lady, is at 31 weeks as of today and I am excited and nervous and excited and overwhelmed. When you're waiting 40 weeks for something, 9 weeks is a drop in the bucket and every day her arrival gets more and more real. That life will change again and we'll find a new normal with two little ones.

It has made me reflect quite a bit on Quinn's birth, the unexpected surgery, the month in the NICU, learning of cystic fibrosis. While there is a 25% statistical possibility of Baby Dos having CF, I'm not anxious which is a miracle. In some ways, I know better what to do if she does have CF then if she doesn't. We will do another big ultrasound on July 20th up at OHSU to see if there is any blockage in her intestines like Quinn had. 10% of kids with CF present in this way--if it is there, then we'll deliver at OHSU and know that surgery will need to happen to remove it. If there is no blockage then we'll deliver in Newberg, come home, and eventually do a sweat test with her to determine if she does have CF.

As we've made plans for her arrival, I can hear in the back of my head the cautious, "We'll do this when she comes home...if she comes home right away." Embracing her arrival but still realizing that my reference point is Quinn's delivery and experience. Like, I'm not really sure what to do with a newborn. Or, will we be able to nurse because I pumped with Quinn for 9 months and never nursed because he needed added calories to his milk. Or, will we be able to have our friends and family visit right away or will we be washing our hands at the entrance of some double doors, allowing two people in at a time to see a little one. Or, will we have a simple pediatrician visit or start writing down our questions for experts and clinic teams?

And at Quinn's arrival, our lives were changing in so many other ways that my heart and head were on overload. It is a big change to go from no kids to one...bigger than going from one to two. I was no longer a full-time employee or part of a work community I could spend everyday with. We moved off campus. Quinn's arrival had us all in crisis mode. And, as I've looked back on the start of that journey, I can see where post-partum depression made a quick appearance. Dealing with anxiety, taking new medications, working through what it meant to be a mom when I didn't feel "mom-ish", and not understanding who I was in the middle of all this "stuff" was overwhelming.

I know that moms who experience PPD the first time, may (though not always) experience it again so part of planning for the arrival of Baby Dos is to consider how I will be healthy. Setting up a plan now in case my head is too fuzzy or my emotions don't make sense to be able to make a plan for my own health. And recognizing that many of the other transition/changes that were taking place as we had Quinn are settled and really the only major change taking place in September is her arrival. Baby Dos gets the spotlight...

Quinn has been drawing Baby Dos pictures and showing them to my belly. He suggested that we get her bike. He tells me how he will be able to hold himself. And when I tell him that she is moving in my tummy he asks if she is giggling. I think Baby Dos and Quinn will be quite the pair.

Nine weeks...63 baby = family of four.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cutting the Cable Umbilical Cord

We have always been a cable watching family. All the sports and news we could ever want. All the design shows I could possibly watch. All the vegging out that comes with those things. Reruns of Law and Order, Designed to Sell, and any sporting event--those were normal staples. We had been discussing budgets and time and bemoaning the fact that Comcast prices just kept increasing...and finally decided to pull the cord literally and cut cable. A pretty big decision for us--especially since we were saying goodbye to OPB and the Disney channel too :)

Since May 1st the house has been cable free. And, I like it. We like it.

At first it was a bit strange and I asked Ryan through out the course of the first weekend minus cable, "Are you OK?" Of course he was. And me, I was a little antsy. When we had first moved to our house and I was home alone with Quinn, CNN was my friend and background noise. I wondered if I would miss it or miss something important. Instead, I've gained time, money, conversation with Ryan, opportunities to work on projects, and a "new normal" that doesn't include the background noise of the TV. Sometimes the house is just quiet as we're doing things and sometimes we do our iTunes, or or a CD.

And, when we want to watch something...the internet really has options for following Lost or Numbers or the NBA finals. And I still am a news junkie but everything in moderation, right?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Born in the USA

Pandora moment for today:

"Born in the USA"

Bruce Springsteen

Played LOUD...

Happy 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Pictures to enjoy!

Here are some photos from the last few weeks...a ride on a battery powered "motorcycle", time with mom and dad, a new easel, a trip to the water fountains, and all round good times...have a happy 4th and we'll see you next week!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A vacation day

By the end of today we had deemed it a "vacation day"--just a day to enjoy whatever came our way and have fun in the process. We had a great time at our friend Allie's 3rd birthday which was held in Wilsonville at Memorial Park. It was our first time to the water fountains and water play areas--a perfect, hot day for Quinn to hop in the water and SPLASH! We hit Sonic on the way home and I was sure that Quinn would be tuckered out and ready to hit the hay but after about 45 minutes with Quinn laying down doing everything but sleeping, it became clear that a nap was not going to happen. Instead, we met Ryan at REI to have an adventure around Bridgeport.

We were able to find a bike helmet for Quinn, do a little research on bike carriers and double strollers, and explore the playground at Bridgeport. A big winner at Goodnight Room was a butterfly mobile that was hanging as a display. I asked about it and because they didn't have a box for it or anymore in stock, we got it for $9.99! Perfect for a little girl's room that will have birds and butterflies.

A yummy dinner at Fuddrucker's and then home again for a bath and bed. However, Quinn has been in bed for an hour now and is still wide awake! His g-tube connecting cord has come undone from the actual tube twice now and we've changed one set of sheets that had formula on them. This is also after he was sitting in the dark by his bookshelf trying to look at books. How much energy does this kid have!?

In the meantime, Baby Dos (as we currently call her) is moving all around which is great. We are at 30 weeks today--just 10 more weeks to go! She is an active little lady--hopefully she'll get her backflips out of her system before I go to bed!