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Nemo, for his incredible achievement of 105.3 degrees. We are so very proud of him.
Thankfully he is spent and the fever broke this morning. It was over 105 all weekend. He sat up Saturday morning after the horrible second night of nursing nonstop all night long, pointed to his throat and said "Huwt. Huwt." A more pitiful thing I'm not sure I've seen. So we did the dreaded Saturday morning pediatrician run, which actually wasn't so bad at all. They apparently have a new nurse who we haven't encountered before who was so cute on the phone. "Do you know where our office is?" Uh, yeah. When do you want me to come in? "Well, as soon as you can get here, of course." Very cute.
Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with the dreaded Coxackie virus, nothing they can do for him, keep giving him advil and go around with him attached to your body for the next 48 hours because he is miserable and doesn't want to do anything but nurse. I can't begin to tell you how much fun that was. And can someone please tell me why my kids felt they had to wake me up to tell me that my boob was hanging out no less than three times during the one two-hour non-nap that we were able to take on Saturday afternoon? I was in my own room, for Pete's sake, no one there to see me except them when they came in. Which they had no reason to do at all.
So I've done little but nurse the baby and daydream about my vacation for the past six days. I certainly wasn't doing any sleeping. He was all hot and twitchy and having trouble sleeping and using me as a human pacifier, and we were a bit worried. Only a bit, though, because high fevers run in the family (note that he only received the silver - Trout still holds gold medal status with a blistering 105.6). I'm just exhausted at this point.
So! A little bloggy business! That vacation I mentioned? Because we are Parents of the Year, we are pulling our spawn out of school the second week of school for a boondoggle to the Outer Banks for a week of eating sand and running away from waves. My wonderful next door neighbors will be watching the house, feeding the fish, and watering the plants, but I could use a few blogsitters to keep the Pond lively in my absence. Please let me know if you are interested - I'll need posts by Friday so I can pre-load them. The house we rented doesn't have Internet access (I know!).
In the mean time, you'll have to bide your time for a day or so for me to recover before we get to such titillating topics (HA!) as the fact that Nemo is "still" breastfeeding, my adventure in bus riding following a wonderful lunch downtown, and how I feel about the new school year starting tomorrow.
Okay, so, black it is! I'll post pics when we get the new one. Since I got enough comments, despite Agincourtdb's efforts to render the kitchen completely uninhabitable due to a refrigerator that would cause nausea, vomiting, and seizures, we'll have a giveaway. $20 Starbucks card OR a lovely almond colored non-cooling fridge, take your pick. All you have to do is comment either on this post or have commented on the last one by the end of the weekend to be entered, and I'll have one of the monsters pick a name out on Monday.
Stay cool this weekend - good stuff to come next week, when I can think straight again after some babysitting time.
Welcome, welcome! I am so delighted to see so many of you from Carmen's place. Amazed, and honored. I hope you all find something you like and come back many, many times.
Carmen, I hope you're having a ton of fun, and I'll happily blogsit for you ANYTIME. Thanks so much for letting me hang out over there.
Oh, BTW, you're out of orange juice.
Welcome, welcome, come on in, the water's fine! I'm Mary, otherwise known as FishyGirl, and I think I'm probably the original FishyGirl, but there are others out there. I'm fine with that, just want you to know who you're talking to. I'm mother to four rascally little guppies under the age of 9, and they keep me dashing about. Trout is my oldest, at 8, and she loves science, ballet, and getting as creative as possible in her messes. Little Man is 6, and he's a sweet, kind soul who's a little accident prone, but if you need someone creatively mechanically inclined, he's your guy. Sunny is a pistol. She turns 4 on Saturday, has the gift of gab, and is quite precocious in her language, not to mention mischief making. My little Nemo is 16 months old, and though we are just now starting to see his personality emerge, he's kind and loving and busy. Very busy. BigDaddyFish brings home the salmon to keep us fed, clothed, and housed. We all have a good sense of humor, which is good, because if we didn't, we'd cry. A lot.
We live in a cramped 3 bedroom townhouse in the Maryland side of the DC burbs. We are currently getting our house ready to sell, so that we can move into a bigger house and Nemo can finally move into someone else's room to sleep, rather than in the bed with BDF and me. So, in honor of that, today, we are having this party unplugged. No tv! No movies! No music! Why, you ask? Well, this is why:
This is what the living room looks like right now. Notice the filthy, disgusting carpet. We've had that carpet for 9 years. Nine years of kids and juice and dirt and potty training and a dog with kidney disease will destroy a carpet. About 2 years ago it started stinking horribly every time we steam cleaned it, so we stopped doing it, instead intending to replace the floor when we moved. We're having a party for Sunny here on Saturday, so BDF wanted it done this week. Thank you Empire Today, for having next day service.
So sorry about the lack of electronic entertainment, but there's plenty to witness around here. Sunny made some salad for you, and I've made up some salsa dip. You can find out more about breastfeeding, if you're interested, since I've been doing it
forever for the better part of the last 8.5 years. You can find out all kinds of crazy things my kids have done and continue to do on a daily basis. We love to laugh at ourselves.
We aren't without our serious moments, though. I've talked about my struggles with postpartum depression and the issues surrounding the breast cancer of my grandmother, the multiple myeloma of my grandfather, and their subsequent losses, as well as the loss of other people. I'm quite open about the effects of losing my mother when I was 15 and she was only 37, to a heart attack.
I love comments, so let me know you stopped by! I hope you have fun and I'm looking forward to seeing you at your place. New to the party? Head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom and find out all about the Ultimate Blog Party 2008.
And watch this space - I just may live-blog the carpet installation once they show up. At the very least, I'll update when the new carpet is done.
Thanks for swimming by - ya'all come back soon, now.
Updated to add: AACCCKKK! I forgot about the prizes! They are offering a ton of awesome prizes with something for everyone, everything from cash to gift cards to amazon and target to all kinds of fun stuff. My favorite three are these:
#76 - Aren't these custom tutus from Lily Cait just gorgeous?
#103 - LEGO is giving away free legos in Pink - my kids would just love these.
There are so many awesome prizes, some of which I have already - if I win and my top three are gone, any of these would be great: 11, 14, 18, 29, 34, 39, 47, 54, 55, 59, 60, 61, 63, 80, 82, 93, 96, 117, 119, 138, 140, and 141, in no particular order at all. Be sure to check out the whole list to find out how you can win them, too!
Hey, hey, hey! If you take a look at my left sidebar over there, you'll see this button:
Amygeekgrl, otherwise known as the Crunchy Domestic Goddess, posted on her blog about the Ultimate Blog Party going on for a week, starting today, hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. It sounded like fun to me, so I thought I'd join in, too! Wanna come? Who doesn't love a good party? Last year they had over 1000 blogs participating, so that's sure to bring you some new readers plus a whole bunch of new blogs to add to your feed reader. Plus there's prizes, and you don't even need to have a blog to win them. Woot!
Check it out, and watch for my party post soon.
I have so many things I want to write about, so many posts floating around in the ether of my brain, but both of my littles have what we affectionately refer to as The Hacking Death and between wiping snot, cleaning up puke after the kids cry or cough so hard they puke, doing the ensuing laundry, driving people around all over, and just trying to get some sleep so I'm better able to handle said activities I haven't had the time to write anything. So, please forgive me, but I'm just going to throw some bullets out there so at least some of it can get out of my head and leave me more room to fit in all the information about mortgage qualifying:
Guess Nemo decided he didn't like the salad. Gem that he is, Uncle Orca (agincourtdb) cleaned it up for us when he arrived to babysit so BDF and I could go our for our date. Frankly, I was quite relieved that it had nothing to do with Nemo's diaper.
So, how are you doing? Did I mention we're house hunting? In theory?
As you may or may not have noticed, I have updated my blogroll/links, otherwise known as "Places to Go, People to See" on the sidebar. If you see your name and don't want it there, let me know and I'll remove it. I have to apologize to most of my "new" additions, as I have been reading you for a long time and just have been too technologically challenged (think stupid) and/or lazy to get the damn thing updated. So, sorry, but you're here now.
Also, I've added a few sites for some organizations that are near and dear to my heart (and other parts of my or loved-one's bodies). Check them out if you are so moved.
Next, new pants arrived. They stay up. They are two inches too long, but that's doable. And they aren't totally frumpy, so I'm good for a few months.
Finally, BigDaddyFish has a co-worker whose wife just had their baby at 28 weeks. She weighs 1 pound 13 ounces. Please pray for their family/send positive thoughts if you are so inclined. She's doing fine right now, but she's in for a long struggle in the NICU before she can go home. I think mom had pre-eclampsia. Scary.