2010 A YEAR IN REVIEW
We started the year with the huge bummer of Gus getting diagnosed with cancer. Then moved on to the excitement of Ellie’s first solid poops. In mid January we had a new refrigerator delivered and installed. The next morning we woke up to a flooded basement, and flood damaged kitchen. This led to a nice little kitchen and basement renovation that we have always wanted to do, Thanks Sears!!. During all this we also found out I was finally pregnant with baby number 2. I was rocked by ragging morning sickness, but I would have put up with anything, we were so excited to be pregnant again. I think this made loosing Gus in April a bit easier to deal with.
We struggled with hydration for Ellie through the end of the spring into the beginning of summer. We finally got things under control just in time for the Oley conference in NY. This kicked off a great summer with Ellie taking to swimming like a fish. We spent a week on the
Ellie was on the beach and in the water everyday. We managed to get our routine for covering her dressing down so well that she went the whole week on the beach, and in the water, without her dressing ever getting wet. She had such a blast she has been talking about going back ever since.
I loved the last part of my pregnancy and loved making it all the way to my due date. My pregnancy with William was much easier and I felt much better thought out the whole thing. This just made us realize how sick Ellie was in utero and how much of a toll that took on me. William was a breeze in comparison.
William was born via C-section because I went into labor but never progressed. We called the ball a bit earlier with William than we did with Ellie and that made my recovery much faster with William.
She doesn't like chocolate so that made the candy easier to deal with. And after the first few days she forgot that she had candy and that made it easier for Gib and I to finish it off.
She spent 5 days in the hospital getting hydrated, doing bowel prep and getting a scope of her bowels to see if we could see anything that was wrong. We were also able to sample some of the fluids that they found in her bowels and culture it see what bacteria we were dealing with. They typed it out and then tested different antibiotics on it and found that Bactrum was the new antibiotic that we should try.
We did a week of Bactrum right before Christmas and it finally stopped the cycle of SBBO that we had been seeing. We also finally started probiotics (VSL3) after talking to another family that has been using them for years. Our team at Children’s was against this decision but they understood why we wanted to try them. And so far so good, it has been just under a month since we saw any signs of SBBO. (knock on wood now)
We spent the week following Christmas and New Years in
All in all William has been so easy and laid back that if we could afford it I would be pregnant again. It has been great for Gib and I to have the chance to be typical parents. There is nothing like a very high maintenance baby to make a typical baby fell like a cake walk. Although we did have to remind our pediatrician to treat us like first time parents because we have no clue what to do with a baby that is under 8 months old and at home. All the typical kid stuff throws us for a loop. Things like… eating and pooping, those are things we didn’t have to deal with in Ellie’s first few months.
Today we are spending the day inside watching a true Nor’easter dump close to 2 feet of snow on our house. We have been out playing in it once already today and will head out again as soon as our mittens dry out. We promise to make more of an effort to keep this blog up to date this year. I know you have heard that before, but this time we really, really promise!