Wondering why it’s been so quiet around here this week? This should sum it up for you:
Poor baby girl was on week two of a runny nose that turned into a fever and general crumminess. The I-will-scream-if-you-stop-holding-me kind of crumminess. So you can imagine how much of ANYTHING householdy-bloggy, etc, I managed to accomplish and you can imagine the state of my 30 weeks pregnant back after holding a 22 lb little girl almost non-stop for several days. But I was right where I needed to be, with this little gal.
But that’s not all! Oh, no! That’s not all! In addition to 4-year-old Benjamin, Daniel, and I all having a mild case of whatever this cold bug is, my mom has been in the hospital for most of the week and it’s honestly been very scary. I’ve been updating FB and Instagram with her status and I so appreciate all of the prayers and encouragement you’ve been sending my way! It means so much.
She’s been fighting what seemed to be a flu-like illness for a couple of weeks which escalated into something more at the beginning of the week and her Dr. had her transferred to the hospital for tests. After some heavy-duty antibiotics and a bunch of inconclusive tests, she was symptom free and went home, only to have the pain return worse than ever and was taken to the ER via ambulance Thursday morning. When I arrived at the hospital she was in excruciating pain and could barely move. She is again recovering well due to the antibiotics through an IV, but her Dr. and the infectious disease specialist they have on the case are insistent that she is not released until they pinpoint the source of the infection. And they are baffled! They’ve done everything from a CT scan (she had breast cancer almost 4 years ago, so they ruled that out first) to a spinal tap to an echocardiogram to x-rays looking for a tooth abscess….nothin’. So they continue to run tests. Please pray that they can quickly solve the mystery and help her to get better longterm.
And while we’re on the subject of prayer, I would so appreciate it if you would pray for some very dear friends of ours with four precious kids and 3 babies in heaven who have been waiting almost two years to adopt their sweet baby or babies from a country in Africa (I can’t give the exact location). It’s been almost a year since they were told they would receive a phone call “any day now” to come pick up their little one(s). The adoption agency is sending representatives to meet with the US ambassador and government officials to discover why all the adoptions from this country are stalled March 17-19th. Our friends are asking that folks pray a Novena to St. Joseph (his feast day is March 19th) for his intercession beginning this Sunday:
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt
before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain
for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus
Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly
power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of
Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus
asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your
heart. Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him
to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of
departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
Pregnancy Update: I’m feeling very third trimestery. Waddling has commenced, acid reflux has arrived. Baby Gwen is kicking and rolling beautifully and I have an appointment at my midwife’s office next week so we’ll hope for a perfect, regular heartbeat and none of the arrhythmia we heard last month. And the lighting’s bad, but it’s been way too long since I posted a belly picture:
Almost 30 weeks!
The Quotable Benjamin:
(While watching a ballet competition documentary with me while Lucy napped in my lap):
Me: “Wow, she’s amazing!”
Benjamin: “Well…she doesn’t impress ME much. She doesn’t even have a tutu!”
When I was telling Benjamin sweet things like, “I love you more than bears love honey.” He started coming up with some similar phrases. The best one was, “You love me more than you love going to sleep at night!” How apropos of parenthood, amirite?!
“There was this guy named Lance Armstrong and his job was to climb mountains on his BIKE! But then…well, he started to take DRUGS so…”
“Hi, Dr. How are you? I don’t need anything like…ya know…SHOTS.”
Links: Lots of good stuff this week, but I don’t have time to add them all in for you right now, I have to get back to my sick little one and go see my mama. Maybe later this weekend. So here’s just one I found interesting:
Book Love: Don’t forget to enter the giveaway of Tyler Blanski’s latest book: When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity! Giveaway closes at midnight EST on Sunday and I’ll announce the winners next week. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment saying you want a copy (couldn’t be easier, right?) and you can get additional entries by sharing on FB or twitter and telling me that you did in a separate comment.
Instagrams Worth Sharing:
This perfectly sums up my week. The Rosary and coffee with cream for my soul and sanity. Homemade backyard chicken broth for my cold. Giant pregnant belly.
Sweet girl is much better this morning. No fever and bright eyes are back. Still feeling under the weather but I think we’ve turned the corner. Yesterday, the Dr. gave me a prescription for antibiotics since he suspected a secondary infection even though her ears, throat, and lungs checked out. I’m glad I decided to wait one more day to fill it because I think she is on the mend and won’t need them!
Question 1: At what point do you give your babies Tylenol? I’m of the persuasion that until they are really uncomfortable and the fever is high enough to keep them from resting, you don’t mess with the fever since it’s their body’s way of fighting the bug. Once my kids’ temp reaches 101.5 and up, I give them a half dose before nap or bedtime to take the edge off and try tepid baths during the day. I’m just always nervous about giving young children meds. What’s your method with a fever?
Question 2: What’s your favorite social media app? I continue to fall in love with instagram and feel completely uncomfortable with twitter. I was so thankful for my sweet instagram friends this week and their prayers and encouragment!
Good news: My dear friend IRL, Kaitlin @ More Like Mary gave birth to a beautiful baby boy this week! Because we’ve all been sick, we haven’t gotten to meet the little guy but I’m dying to snuggle him!
Hope you have a healthy, beautiful weekend!
P.P.S. If you send me an email this week and I haven’t responded, please forgive me! I am so behind and will respond whenever I have the chance to catch up. Thank you so much for all your contributions to my upcoming series on NFP! I promise to get back to you as soon as I can!