Friday, April 30, 2010

6 Months

My boy turned 6 months on Wednesday. I cannot believe it has been 6 months already. It feels like yesterday I had that 34 week OBGYN appointment, which led to an emergency caesarean - he was born 2 hours after my appointment. I am still surprised at how quick things moved once the extent of the PE had been determined. And it is a day I will never forget. I was not really sure what to expect, whether I should cry or not, how worried I really should be, or anything for that matter. I was worried, the trip over to the maternity ward could potentially have just been a 24 hour monitoring along with a round of steroids, with the possibility of a birth later that evening / night. But once the blood had been drawn and I had been seen by another physician they started prepping me for surgery. In the end everything turned out ok - my boy breathed on his own from the start, had pretty good APGAR scores too! And mom got better too... I spent the first 24 hours in the ICU, and my boy on the floor above in NICU, so I only got to spend very limited time with him.

And now he is 6 months! All caught up in growth, and I just cannot believe how much I love him!

This week also marked my return to work. I started yesterday, and to be honest it has gone better than expected. The cold dark early mornings have not been fun though! I am happy with the daycare so far, but I do miss having him with me. Needless to say I am looking forward to the weekend!

My Endo appointment went well. I did have an increase in my A1c, but it was expected. We have decided to give a CGMS a try over a 3 day period. Just waiting to settle back into a routine now that I am back at work before.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy 101

I was given an award by Saffy, over at Motherhood, with a side of sugar.  Thanks Saffy - and yes, I probably need to be thinking of some happy things now that the days are really numbered before my return to work...  So here goes:

 And the rules are as follows:

1. copy and paste the award on your blog.

2. list who gave the award to you and use a link to her/his blog (or hyperlink).

3. list 10 things that make you happy.

4. pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know about the award.

10 things that make me happy, in no particular order:

  1. When I go into his room and my boy wakes up with a smile on his face
  2. Realising that despite diabetes and pre-eclampsia I have a lovely healthy happy boy - I am just so happy that things turned out as they did in the end
  3. The smile of freshly baked bread.... I know, I am easy to please
  4. When things work out as they are supposed to, especially when you have to / or overcome some obstacles in the way
  5. Chatting to and spending time with new and old friends, and making new ones along the way
  6. Pajamas - again, I am easy to please.... But I love pajamas and warm slippers - My Uggs being my favourite by far!  And it makes me particularly happy if every now and then I can spend the day in them - either reading a great book (this will have to be no.7...) or watching a nice movie
  7. Finding and reading a great book
  8. Saturday mornings - and yay! when I go back to work next week, they will once again make me happy, and probably more so than before
  9. My husband, always :)
  10. My son, forever :)
And now to tag:

Shannon at LADAdeeda, who is battling infertility, fighting diabetes, and coming to terms with her sisters cancer diagnosis.
Bee at BeeMusings - kick those high BGs in the butt!

Monday, April 19, 2010

in preparation

For the past week we have been working on a "routine" in preparation for my return back to work - next week!!  I needed something that would give me time to get done in the mornings, and some sort of idea of what would happen when I got home in the evening.  We have been just prodding along up until now, with the only "routine" followed being his feeding.  So now we have more of a "schedule", which includes his bottle feeds, his meals, and "potential" naps.  I say "potential" because as babies go they tend to have different plans to what you have when it comes to their sleeping!

He is now having 3 meals a day - I cannot believe this!  My boy now has fruit and a little yogurt for breakfast, and veggies for both other meals.  Cereal was a pain, he cried, did not want to eat it at all, and after some discussion with a nurse/midwife we decided to drop it.  She also mentioned that due to refinement most of them will anyway aid in constipation - something we definitely do not need more of!  So, to help him a little in this department I have been adding a little bit of prunes to his breakfast every couple of days.  The meals are going great - he loves it!  Uses both his hands to pull the spoon into his mouth.  I must say that these feeds are a lot more interesting that those boring bottle feeds (or thinking back to tube feeding in hospital!), but damn they get messy!  I finally know what bibs are for :)

This week  we will also do a little trial at the daycare for a few hours - some of the time I will spend there, and then I will also leave him there for an hour or so.

Tomorrow is my dreaded Endo appointment - results of not only the A1c expected, but also some other levels I am nervous about!  I am really hoping that it is not as bad as I think it is going to be....

In other news - two baby girls born to friends in the past week.  Two very different stories, but with two healthy babies at the end of them.

Monday, April 12, 2010

how am I going to do it?

I woke early this morning for the bathroom, and walking back to bed my confused mind thought I had only one and a half more weeks left at home.  I nearly had a heart attack right there!  I don't have that much more left though - just 2 and a half weeks, and now I am wondering how on earth I am going to do it!?  When I started my maternity leave (well, before I started it), I thought the 6 months would go by much slower than it has, that I would be looking forward to going back to work.  The 6 months has gone by in a flash, it feels like only yesterday that my boy was born...  I am looking forward to going back to work - just for some "variety", adult conversation during the day, less "baby", and some mental stimulation.  But how am I going to manage without my boy!?  This little person has really become such a big part of my life, more than I probably ever could have imagined.  So, now I am starting my count down...

Friday, April 9, 2010

home sweet home

It has been three weeks - three weeks with limited internet access, and not sleeping in my own bed.  I am glad to be home, but not looking forward to loads of unpacking, cleaning and laundry awaiting me.

My boy and I got back from our holiday Wednesday last week.  We had a great time!  He was such a good boy on all the flights, but traveling with an infant, by yourself, is hard.  Our journey there was much easier - the first domestic flight of two hours was pretty easy.  He slept some of the flight, and did not cry at all.  Our onward journey was about 12 hours, and due to a major screw-up by the airline we were upgraded to business class!  Now that was a good flight :).  He slept some of the flight, but those bassinets on the plane are not the most comfortable.  Adjusting to the time difference was also much easier than I expected, for both of us.  But I had major blood sugar issues for the first few days, and then most nights for the duration of the stay. 

It was such a great trip - I got to see quite a few additional people, but is was so nice seeing my friend, and meeting her boy for the first time.  I was lucky enough not to see any spiders, at least not ones that count...  Sydney is a beautiful city, but I have to admit that I prefer my own city a hundred times over!   After the two weeks though I was more than ready to come home.  It was sad saying good bye, it always is...

The flight back was slightly more difficult.  The international leg on the return is 14 hours, and then we came back economy class - wow what a change!  I really could get used the business class :).  I had no sleep whatsoever on the return journey, so by the time I got home I had been awake in excess of 24 hours.  I flight utterly crap!

And then I had a few days of really bad fluctuating blood sugars to deal with.  I am pretty sure those highs are going to cost me dearly when I go for my HbA1C in a couple of weeks.

Well, now I need to catch up on all the blogs and stuff I have missed out on.  Back soon.