Raising a Blended Family

Ups and Downs…

Well, I tried to post earlier but for some reason it never posted and it deleted the draft all together.  Weird.  In any case, I wanted to say thank you to all of you for your support and kind thoughts.  Having a sick kid sucks and that 104+ fever was definitely scary, but having a community of other moms to turn to for support and reassurance is invaluable to me- thank you all.

It turns out Thing One has some sort of viral chest/respiratory infection and it is kicking.her.little.butt.  Poor thing- today is day 3 of being sick and it seems like for every step she takes towards recovery, two steps backwards inevitably follow.  For instance, we were hopeful because her fever was not quite as high today- 100ish range, with medicine, totally manageable and unscary- but then it shot back up to 102-103 range an hour or so ago.  Sigh.  Thing One is exhausted, even though all she does is sleep, and dehydrated, mostly because she would rather sleep than eat or drink anything.  Last night, I bribed her with a candy cane in order to get her to drink a cupful of the broth from the beef stew I made (it worked, yay for small victories) and throughout the day we’ve been doing similar things (along with help from the babysitter, since neither Shorty nor I could take more time off work today) in order to get the little sickie to eat.  Poor baby.

We also spent last night in repeated rounds of wake up/ barf everywhere/ get cleaned up/ fall back asleep.  That was not fun for anyone to experience, and the barfing honestly puzzles me a bit because this isn’t a stomach bug, it’s a respiratory thing.  Maybe it was her body’s reaction to her fever being high again (hovering in the high 103’s at the time)? I’m honestly not sure I’ve ever seen her look or be this sick before- it sucks knowing there’s basically nothing we can do for her and that her body has to kick this infection’s ass all on its own.  I hope it starts winning, stat.

Other than Thing One’s sickness, well… there’s not much going on, besides trying to corral the three year old at the same time we’re trying to care for the six year old.  What three-year-old, you say?  Well, funny you should ask.  I posted this post a few days ago, or thought I did, but wordpress ate/didn’t post that one as well and I only just now realized it.  Um, it’s a little bit of a bombshell- albeit a cute, wriggling, laughing, giggling bombshell.

[Also, just wanted to add a comment about the irony of Thing One’s timing (or really, all kid’s timing when they get sick, because it’s never at a convenient time, is it?)… As Shorty so eloquently put it, “of course the kid has to wait until the day after a four day holiday weekend and the first day of my promotion at work to be on her deathbed”.  Ah, timing. Made me giggle anyways.]

[another aside… we just went in and checked on TO… fever down, tonsils HUGE??? Like, ginormous.  Ugh.]

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104.3 fever?!?

Thing One woke up this morning with a scary fever- 104.3 and CLIMBING???

This is after some ibuprofen and after she went to bed last night with a 103.7 fever.  We gave her some ibu then, too, and the fever went down to 101 so we felt comfortable letting her go to bed, and gave her ibu throughout the night (right before we went to bed at 11 and then again at 3).  This morning I gave her some ibu and… nothing.  Fever still high.  I’m sitting here waiting for the nurse line to call back and tell me what to do- Thing One has never had a fever this high before.  It’s scary!

To top it all off, Shorty had to leave for work as this is her first day as a Sgt. and she needs to at least show up (even if she leaves later on)… so I get to sit at home and worry by myself while she goes to work and worries there.  And this damn nurse line has had me on hold for 10 minutes!

Guess we’ll see what they say but I’m thinking a trip to the hospital is in our future.  Poor little girl.


****edited to add: the nurse line sent us to the ER, so we’re here now and the doctor is running a bunch of tests to try to see what it is. She said it could be a nasty case of strep or maybe an upper respiratory infection?


Thansgiving Wishes

Since it seems many of us are departing or on the move today with holiday travel, I just wanted to take a moment and stop in here to wish you all safe travels and a happy Thanksgiving!  I am so thankful to have found this community a little shy of a year ago, and so happy to have gotten to know ya’ll since then!

I’ll try to remember to put up my What-I’m-Thankful-For post tonight. =)

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Day of Memories…

Today is a tough day for me, 3 years ago today my dad passed away suddenly. I had to work today so I spent the day keeping myself busy, so I wouldn’t be upset at work. Now I’m home, the kids are tucked in bed, Amazon is on her way home, and it’s quiet. So I’m taking a minute to remember my dad, the good memories, the funny memories, and letting myself miss him.



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Okay, so the first thing I want to say is that I’ve been an unbelievably bad blogger here lately.  You know it, I know it, the world knows it.  So sorry folks.  Also, I’ve been an unbelievably bad reader/commenter as well- you should SEE how many posts my poor reader has in it!  I’m working away at it, slowly but surely, and I promise I’m still reading- just not commenting, lately.

I also want to say thanks a ton for all the support from my last post, folks.  It meant a lot.  To clarify, the reason I’m worried about my own fertility isn’t because I didn’t get pregnant this cycle.  If that were it, then 75% of women would have fertility issues because supposedly only 1 in 4 get pregnant each cycle!  Moreso, it had to do with these long cycles I’ve been having, the icky half-periods of brownishness, the lack of getting a “peak” on the CBEFM, no EWCM, and the lack of a clearly positive OPK (if you remember, I had one faintly-barely-positive Wondfo test, but never got a smiley.  Same thing last month).  I’m looking at the signs and from where I’m standing, it seems that a lot of them point to “not ovulating”.  But then again… we’ll see.

Only 2.5 more weeks until I can see a doctor, so that’s a good thing.


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Not Pregnant.

Well, the title states the obvious.  I’m not pregnant. No, no AF to confirm, but a whole lot of one-liners staring me in the face and (TMI) gross, nasty, brownish STUFF (like my body is trying to have its period and not quite getting there) going on for the past week.

Although I knew going in that this cycle was a shot in the dark, and that it was really only something to do while we wait for my insurance to kick in so I can head to the ObGyn, it’s still hard to face the fact that I’m not pregnant.  It’s not hard because I’m not pregnant (it was only our first cycle, we can always try again), but rather because me being not pregnant reinforces and aggravates my pre-existing fears that something is wrong with me…  I am worried that something is wrong with my fertility.  Does that make sense?  I was hoping that this cycle would magically be the end of the 60 day cycles going on.  I was hoping that the Ugly Brown Stuff would not rear its head this time around.  At the very least, I was hoping for a nice, normal period at the end of our TWW.  And although we admittedly have two more days left before the TWW is over, AF shows no signs of rearing her ugly (welcome) head, and the Ugly Brown Stuff has been hangin’ out for a week now.  We also only got a faint positive OPK, and never a smiley face.  Sooo….  Maybe (probably) I’ve not been ovulating?  Maybe I have a polyp.  Maybe I have PCOS, or cancer.  What if I’m completely infertile?  What if drugs can’t fix it?

I’m 25.  This should be the peak of my fertility… and yet, I am so so so so sure that there is something wrong going on down there.  We have a month to wait for my insurance to kick in, and I have a feeling this month is going to feel even longer than the TWW has felt.  It’s just so hard not to know.


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