Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Long Awaited Words

Last night as I was enjoying some down time coloring while my husband was getting Eily ready for bed the little routine was interrupted by some words I'll soon not forget.

Eily had been quiet for some time.  We had been worried.  For almost three months she has regressed on her speaking and was back to almost babbling.  Then came Christmas block leave.  DH was able to take twenty days much needed leave.  I was finally able to get some rest.  We spent time together as a family and played with Eily together.

We worked together on her language skills.  By the end of his leave she was back to saying her colors when the mood struck her.  We cheered her on.  I still sit with her daily and go over her colors when she hands me a block, any block.  Her new alphabet blocks, periodic chart blocks and colored building blocks add to the fun of her Unico building blocks (knock off Legos).

DH has now been back to work for two weeks.  Last night Eily came into the living room where I was working on my coloring, I chose to use my left hand to build up strength in it for surgical reasons plus I can write and draw almost as well left as what I do with the right, when she said those long awaited words that most parents are shocked to hear.

I always tell her how much she means to me every day, every moment I can.  I tell her how bright she is.  How beautiful, how special, and so on and so forth.

DH was agape when she said, "Mama, I Love You!" to me last night.  I looked up and said I love you Eily.  I wasn't shocked.  I knew she'd say it when she'd get around to it.  I got up from my chair and hugged her.

I did grin.  I'm pleased that she made that sentence with a pause and it came out so clearly too.  I'm so proud since she is only 18 months old.  I'm not sure if this is normal for kids her age but I don't care either.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

18 Months

A lot has happened since  last I blogged.  It isn't that I haven't wanted to blog it is more that my life is getting more complex and I seem to have less time.  With that said I'll be keeping this brief.

Eily's head is measuring large.  49 cm at her 18 month check up.  She'll have to be seen in 6 more weeks for a check up and a possible cat scan of her head.

Her height is good at 32 and 3/4 inches.

Weight is 25.6 lbs.

She is into everything.

She climbs up the stairs to the big slides now. 

Eily likes to help with the housework and can work the carpet sweeper all on her own.  If I left her alone with the vacuum I'm sure she'd have that figured out next!

If I don't watch her she likes to take Daddy's clothing, that was neatly folded and stacked, and put it in the hamper.

Eily is cutting her two year old molars.  She still likes to drink her stage 3 milk from a bottle.  If we put it into a sippy cup she'll drink a little and just leave it there.  Fine if it is water but formula is expensive.  Sure we could just give her bovine milk but it doesn't have all the vitamins that stage 3 Enfamil has in it.  DH discussed this with E's doctor this past week and tried to make the doctor understand why we still give formula.  He said that you either prescribe her liquid vitamins or we are going to keep giving her formula for her age.  The doctor backed down. 

Eily gets enough milk products daily in the form of cheese and yogurt that she doesn't drink much of the milk since she doesn't care for the taste.  I'm not going to flavor the darn stuff and get her hooked on extra sugar in her diet at this age either.

Eily's dental insurance will be kicking in this February so she'll be going to see a dentist hopefully that month.  She already gets her teeth brushed and flossed daily.  We don't put her to bed with a bottle and after a bottle she gets water.  If she is due to go down to sleep she gets her mouth cleaned.

As for the nipple bottle issue.  It takes her about 3-7 minutes to finish 6 oz of formula.  I don't see how 4 bottles, tops, a day is going to mess with her mouth!  It isn't like she sucks her thumb or sucks on a pacifier which would do more damage.

Friday, November 13, 2015

16 Months

Eily loves to color.  I swear it is one of the words most often uttered from her mouth these days.

She drew this just for me this morning.  Not bad for a 16 month old!  I'm not sure when they are supposed to be able to make circles but she has been making them for a couple of weeks now.  This is her best one yet.

She not only takes the crayons out of the box but she also puts them back in the box when she is done.  Smart kid.  I hope this continues to happen with some of her toys but I doubt it.  I know I was messy as a kid and I don't expect her to be a neat freak either.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Little Things Make Me Smile

Eily seems to now have a favorite book.  Shake It Up Baby by Karen Katz is her go to book when she wants lap time with Mama.  As of today she can: touch her nose, rub her tummy, hit a drum, shake a different rattle than the one in the book and so on all upon prompt from readings in the book.  I'm so very proud of her.

New things she has said or says a lot more often:

Daddy Leaving
Kray (she is trying to say crayon and points to them)
Nana and Banana which refer to her lovey toy of which she named banana

She loves to dance to country and 80's music which is done daily.

Legos...she plays with those daily and is building upwards quite well now.  She had some issues before with getting the pressure to make them stick well.  These aren't the mega blox.

One of her new favorite food is fish; she likes fish sticks but real fish is better.  She loved the fish that Daddy ordered at Red Lobster the other night.  She turned up her nose at the chicken breast we ordered for her.  She doesn't like shellfish.  Well it took me years to acquire that taste too.

As for eating with utensils.  She can make short work of applesauce with two num num dippers, one for each hand.  With a metal fork or a spoon she can dig into most anything that is cut down to size as well.  It doesn't mean it will all stay on her plate; we are working on that.  But yes we do feed her off of dinner ware now and not just the tray.  She does drink from a cup, sometimes with a straw and we do hold the cup since if we didn't we'd all wear the contents.

She still gets 3-4 bottles of formula a day.  6 oz each.  It is to make sure she gets her proper nutrition especially on the days she wants to be a picky eater.  After each bottle she gets water.  Before bed she will get her teeth flossed and brushed.

She has 13 teeth right now and is still in the process of cutting the last three canines.  They are being really rough with just points up.  Today she has a low grade fever of 100.1 so Tylenol was given to help with pain and fever.

Eily early this morning.   I'm trying to tame her locks with a barrette.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Verdict

Well I don't have to go to court this coming month.  I thought I'd have to take that trek up to my mom's house and stay over then drive back the next day.  I thought I'd have to stare at my brother or the back of his head in the court room.  Nope.

I finally heard back from the district attorney's office today.  I called a week ago.  I waited patiently when they said they'd call me back immediately.

They called me yesterday and left me a message while I was at a doctor appointment.  I called back today.  I had to leave a message.  I stated I had to know today because I wouldn't be home tomorrow due to back surgery.

The Verdict...


Are you kidding me?

Seems as though my sibling passed the mental evaluation.  Cased is dismissed.  He won't have to do community service.  He won't have to apologize to me or Mom.  He won't have to pay for my hospital bills as far as I know or pay for the cabinet he broke.  So I'll be stuck paying for the almost 2k bill.  Nice huh?   

I asked if he will be allowed to get a gun permit.  The ADA said yes.  Great.  So that means he could get one and hunt me down.  Why not, I mean I live on an open installation.  I humiliated him.  He would want vengeance.

Since he is not nuts that means he tried to kill me while being totally sound of mind.  Wouldn't you think that would warrant a bit of some kind of penalty?????

I asked the ADA.  All I got was a snotty answer from her of "what do you want us to do?". 

I'm more scared now then I was before.  Sure there is still a no contact order in place by the court for life.  He isn't allowed near me or to contact me in any shape, matter or form.  Mom has had it with him too and his nonsense.

Friday, October 9, 2015

15 Months

Eily turned 15 months old.

She has 13 teeth.

She is about 32.5 inches tall.

She weighs 24 pounds.

She went to her very first bounce house birthday party last weekend.

First time down the slide and all by herself.  The look of sheer joy and I was glad I caught it on camera.

I had the radio frequency nerve ablation done to my lower left side of my back on Wednesday.  My back is bruised but it is feeling much better otherwise.  I am looking forward to having the right side done on the 21st.  I do have pain where the bruising is but I am taking motrin for that along with applying ice.  However, I cannot feel the pain down deep because the doctor was successful in burning out the root nerves that send signals to my brain where the problem is in the facets along the spinal column.

Don't mind the two circles in the photo please, they are from the grommets on my yoga pants.  I am allowed to wear some street clothing during the procedure and yoga pants are one of the garments.  You can see the four needles, L5- S1,  where the doctor had to do the root nerve burn out.  These needles were about 7 inches long.  After the procedure I needed help standing up because my left hip had slipped out of joint again!  You can see it is out of joint in the xray too.  LOL.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Endometriosis is Not in my Head, at least not yet

Yesterday I had my annual beg the PCM for referrals and prescription renewals appointments.  I told the good and wise man that I was having pain with my orgasms.  He stated that I could not still be having endometriosis and that he called the surgeon's office that did my procedure, talked to an LPN there, and she said it couldn't be.  I bed to differ.  He disagreed again.  He said I have no organs to trigger an attack.  I have no uterus to cause the bleeding and no ovaries to stimulate a flare up.

According to an article I just read on endometriosis even men can get the disease.  As far as I know men don't have a uterus or ovaries!  I detest a know-it-all doctor that really doesn't want to listen.

So when my referral comes in to see a doctor for my endometriosis I'm going to try to get the one I want in Atlanta.  I realize it is out of network and I'll have to pay out of pocket.  If they help alleviate my pain it will be worth it.

Other things I found out at the doctor appointment, rather I kind of knew this but it took my good wise man of a doctor months to figure out, I'm a high risk for congestive heart failure.  Mom recently tested positive for protein in her urine.  They put her on meds for it.  I tested positive twice during my pregnancy for protein in my urine.  Dad died of congestive heart failure after having numerous attacks of it.  My legs are always swollen.  The doctor finally increased my dosage of Lasix.  Hopefully in a few days the swelling will go down.  I've been able to keep my blood pressure under control with my meds, diet and exercise.  It was 128/60 yesterday.

I've been here for 17 months and my good wise doctor finally realized after all my asthma attacks I might need more than just nasonex and my asthma inhaler.  He put me on Zyrtec.  Yes, I can breathe at night!  One night of no coughing up strings of mucus.  Yes I know gross but well that is life.

Eily now has 12 teeth.  The thought of mucus and Zyrtec trigger the teeth memory.  She is on Zyrtec and drools all the time with the teething.  She cut 5 teeth last week.  The last of the front top teeth popped through and all 4 of the 1 year old molars came through together.  Time to celebrate with her favorite steak J told me...Ribeye.  J and Eily do love Ribeye.