Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Little Bit of Everything

I feel like somebody pushed the paused button on life while we were trying to survive life with Jillian's chronic ear infections. It's been two weeks since Jillian received her ear tubes and we finally feel like we are getting back on track. I wanted to write a quick post to pretty much wrap up a lot of loose ends that we have been dealing with lately and provide a few updates on what has been going on with us.
  • First of all, Cleveland received it's first snow this weekend!!!! Where did this come from? I am so not ready for this! Wasn't it just August? It's amazing how time just keeps zipping on by. I haven't even set a date yet for Jillian's first birthday party, I really need to get moving on that! In honor of said snowfall, Mix 106.5 here in Cleveland kicked off it's non-stop Christmas music which will play through Christmas. I have actually been enjoying listening to Christmas music this week even though the weather has returned to sunny and fifties all week.
  • Even though time is flying by, I feel like I wrote this post YEARS ago. I finally decided that Sunday would be my last day to nurse Jillian. The decision had been a long time coming. I wanted to do it right around the time I wrote that post and was trying to talk myself into it, however once Jillian's ear infections wouldn't clear up, it was one of the only things that would get Jillian back to sleep at night. Just the thought of my last feeding with Jillian would make my stomach hurt and I would get tears in my eyes. I don't know why I was having such a hard time with this. But I knew I had to do it. I only nursed her once every other day and sometimes at night if necessary. I was producing just enough milk to mix with her rice cereal, barely enough for full bottles anymore. So Sunday morning when Jillian woke up, I nursed her for the last time. It was so hard, I felt badly for her too because I knew how much she enjoyed our time together too. However, I am done and now enjoying life breast pump free! I do have one final hurdle to jump through in this breast feeding journey. It's trying to deal with the girls drying up! Oh. My. Lord. I am in some serious pain! If anyone has some home remedies on how to make this transition any easier, I would love to hear them. I can barely move and I am pretty much stuck sleeping flat on my back all night since trying to sleep on my side is impossible.
  • I had my last HcG blood test on Monday. The nurse called today and my HcG results are back to zero. I am no longer technically pregnant. All we have to do is wait one cycle and we have the green light to start trying. Now that we know we are able to get pregnant on our own, we are going to aggressively start trying for Baby #2! I hope we are blessed again soon. Since the miscarriage, I now find myself feeling those familiar twinges of sadness again when I hear pregnancy announcements. It just saddens me knowing that I could of had another sweet baby in June already.
  • Can you believe that Jillian already has another double ear infection? While I was at the MOPS meeting yesterday, I went downstairs to check on Jillian and was surprised to find her crying hysterically. So unlike her. I felt horrible. So I scooped her up as one of the women explained that she noticed a lot of ear drainage coming out of her right ear. Sure enough, Jillian's ear was coated in a waxy, crusty goop. Jeff, Jillian, and I have all been battling colds so I am sure that triggered an ear infection. Now that Jillian has tubes, dealing with an ear infection is now easy peasy! I ran up to CVS and filled the prescription for antibiotic ear drops that the ENT wrote after her surgery. No more oral antibiotics, no more visits to the pediatrician. All we have to is administer 5 drops in each ear for several days and she will be as good as new!!! Jillian was very cranky yesterday and not quite herself, however, she seemed to be in a better mood already today. She also slept great last night. I was a little nervous because I wasn't sure on what to expect for her first ear infection post-tubes, but she was great! Not one peep last night.
  • Sleep training is still going very well. I would no longer call it sleep training, it's now a part of every day life. She still cries as soon as I put her down in her crib at night but she is normally asleep in five minutes. Sleep training has been such a great thing for our whole family. Jillian is now going to bed every night at 8:30pm and without any night awakenings. If I hear Jillian get up, I will just watch her on the monitor for a few minutes as she changes positions or searches for her paci, and then I fall back to sleep knowing that she is OK. It's been wonderful!!!!
So what have we learned these past few months? Ear tubes + Sleep training = The Promise Land!!!!!


  1. I'm so glad that the ear tubes and sleep training have allowed you guys some sleep! If only I could really get on board with sleep training over here.

    After two hours of trying to get Ryann to fall back asleep last night, I finally let her cry it out. 30 minutes of absolutely horrible screaming. Only to have her wake up 45 minutes later with the same screaming. I lasted about 20 before I couldn't take it. And she woke up screaming pretty much every hour after that.


  2. I was wondering what you guys were up to! I felt incredibly guilty when I stopped nursing Owen, but it turned out to be the best decision I could ever make. I did it so gradually too so I never dealt with the pain of the drying up either. You should have just the first few days of discomfort. Your body was so used to doing it less and less anyway. Good luck! I'm here if you need anything!

  3. Oh gosh, Karen! Another ear infection? Really? That's just horrible.

    I felt guilty when I stopped nursing too although I didn't stick with it nearly as long as you have! Best of luck with it all!

    Snow? You've got to be joking! It was 79 here yesterday! I'm ready for cooler weather, it just doesn't feel right Christmas shopping in shorts!

    Stay positive and remember it's all in God's hands, regarding baby #2...just relax and enjoy the ride (whoops, in this context that could be interpreted as a little dirty...hehe)!

    Continue to be glad and thankful for you that sleep training is going well! Woohoo!

    Take care and have a blessed Thursday! (Oh and I'll email ya back later today...)

  4. I'm so excited about your news of trying for #2. I can't wait to follow you on your journey.

    SNOW? Oh my I can't even imagine snow of course I haven't lived in it in 13 years, but I do miss it sometimes at Christmas. (But only a little)

  5. I went to the mall at lunch today & one of the stores was playing Christmas music. LOVE IT!! So glad that Jillian is doing well!

  6. I can't believe your hubby didn't get the fact that you "knew" me! Hahaha Cody doesn't get it either. He will come up to the computer when I'm reading a blog and say, "Who is that?" I say, "I don't know." He just shakes his head too. :)

    I can't believe y'all got snow!

    Good job on the sleep training! I did a little baby boot camp when Westin was about 4-5 months old for nap and I'm so glad. Now, if I could just get him to sleep through the night again! ugh! He was sleeping through from about 10 weeks-6 months but the past two months he wakes up at least once, sometimes twice. I am such a weekling and nurse him every time. I know I have created a monster. :)

    Good job with the weaning too! I know I will probably cry like a baby when I nurse W for the last time.

    Sorry for the LONG comment! LOL!

  7. im so glad cio is working for you, stick with it i know its rough, the weaning also, ive been following your twitter updates.. i remember doing all the same things with Jaelyn and you ARE DOING AMAZING!! go girl! have a good night!

  8. SNOW??? Ahhhhhh!

    Good for you on giving the MOPS another try but at least know you can say for sure it just isn't for you and hopefully no one will take offense to that!

  9. Wow, so much stuff int this post! I can only imagine the freedom that comes with being done breastfeeding, but I know how sad it must be to not have that special time and "connection" anymore. So excited for you that the sleep training is over and now its just become your normal bedtime routine, that is awesome, and encouraging! And Karen, you got pregnant on your own?! AMAZING! I'm so sorry that it ended before it had really begun, but you have to look on the bright side. You guys can do it!!!!! Good luck:)

  10. Just wanted to let you know I'm now following!! Sorry it took me so long to get here :)
    Poor Jillian with the ear infections... I know how awful it feels to have sick little ones.


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