Thursday, April 21, 2011


So lately I've been having tons of headaches.  I thought they were just sinus headaches because they're always right between my eyes right where my sinuses are and there's a lot of pressure-feeling that goes along with them.  But then I'm not congested and everything I look up indicates that sinus headaches are when there's congestion in your sinuses.  And the worst thing is, there's nothing I can do to get rid of it except wait it out.  If I go to sleep, I'll wake up and it's still there.  I take 4 ibuprofen (200 mg) and it won't go away.  If I take a hot shower, it alleviates it somewhat while I'm in the shower, but it never fully goes away.  And this morning another one has decided to set up shop in my head.  I'm certain this one has something to do with the fact that Elijah decided to spend last night screaming bloody murder rather than sleeping, but you know, I should still be able to get rid of a silly headache.

I'm starting to think maybe I should go see a doctor, if for no other reason than simply to get her to give me some kind of pain medication that will get rid of it when it shows up.  On the other hand, is that even worth it if I can't take the pain meds because I'm still nursing?  Or if they have to give me wussier pain meds that don't work because of the nursing?  I don't know.  Plus, if you want to talk about pain, it is a huge pain to take Elijah to appointments with me and I've had several over the past couple of weeks (for like eyes and Elijah's 9 month checkup, etc.).  I was kind of looking forward to not having to take him anywhere in the carseat for awhile (except for when we go to Oklahoma, of course).

The very worst thing about these headaches is that they keep me from really interacting with Elijah.  I can go in his room with him and give him toys to play with or lie him down on his tummy to practice crawling, but I can't really play with him because my head is throbbing and so I just lie there on the floor and watch him play or scoot around by himself.  It makes me worry that I'm stunting his development by not playing with him enough.  At his appointment they were like "Is he crawling?  Is he pulling up?  Does he have any words yet?" and I'm like, "Uhhhhhh.... nooooo..."  I'm afraid I'm keeping him from developing as quickly as he could/should because I don't have the energy to play with him while my head is killing me.  Just another thing to add to the guilt list, I suppose.

Anyway, that being the case, I should probably get off of here and go let him practice crawling even if he's still not doing it right and I'm going to just have to lie there holding my aching head.  TTFN.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Day at the Park

So we went to the park this weekend.  Elijah is still a bit too little to do much but he did get to swing by himself and in Daddy's lap.

He seemed to like it.  Mike pushed him first.

Here we go.

Coming closer!

 Mommy got to push, too.  (Try to ignore my giant poochbelly.)

Then we got to swing in the big swing in Daddy's lap.

I think this picture is so awesome.  I don't even remember what they were both looking at.  Probably some other kid at the park or something.

Then we got to slide down the slide.  If you think this picture is comical, you should have actually seen 6 foot 1 inch Mike squeezing himself onto that slide.  I have another picture where his shorts were riding up but I promised him to keep that one private. LOL.

Not much to say, just funny pictures to share.  Next time, hopefully, Elijah can swing and slide down the slide by himself.  Might be awhile before we get there, but in the meantime, sitting in Daddy's lap works out okay.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Congestion, Crawling, and Cysts

Hey, look at that, it didn't take me a whole month to get back on here.  Possibly because there's lots of stuff to talk about.  The three mentioned in the title aren't all, I'm just a nerd and I like alliteration.  (Though, is it true alliteration if two of the "C"s sound like a "K" and one sounds like an "S"?)

Anyway, I'll start with the cyst since everyone loves to hear about those.  I have this bump on my wrist that showed up when Elijah was about 3 months old.  I went to pick him up and I felt something in my wrist pop and it hurt and was sore for quite awhile and this weird bump showed up.  At first I was like "Terrific, I broke my wrist!" but then I concluded that if I had actually broken it, it would hurt a lot worse and since it stopped hurting eventually and I was still able to use it, it was probably not broken.  But the bump didn't go away and I showed it to Mike's sister (who is finishing up her Bachelor's in Nursing this May) and she said it was probably a benign cyst and might go away on its own, but that I should watch it.  Well, it didn't go away but I don't have time to make doctor's appointments for myself for silly things like benign cysts that don't even hurt, they just look weird.  But Mike finally convinced me to go to the doctor and, lo and behold, it's a ganglion cyst (  The first wikipedia picture in the top right is pretty much exactly what mine looks like.  So now I have to make an appointment with a plastic surgeon guy to have it excised.  What a pain.  I'm tempted not to worry about it, but if it keeps getting bigger then I guess it could become a real problem.  Right now it's just weird-looking.  So to the plastic surgeon I will go.  (Maybe he can suck some of this jelly out of my thunder thighs while he's at it.)

On top of that, I got a cold last week, which again, is mostly just annoying.  It started out as allergies, I'm sure, because it was during the super high pollen days and was accompanied by super itchy eyes and face.  But since there is apparently no allergy medicine on the planet to help me and I just had to suffer through, I think it went into a full-blown cold.  It always gets better by the end of the day and then worse again when I wake up in the morning.  The past five mornings in a row I've woken up with a massive sinus headache right between my eyes.  I take ibuprofen but it doesn't seem to help, I just kind of have to wait until it dissipates or something.

But enough about my minor health issues.  Elijah seems to be napping better.  Of course, I'm just cynical enough to fear that if I say that, it will cause a rupture in the space time continuum and ruin his napping altogether.  However, I am also trying to transition him to finger foods and he's working on crawling.  He's actually been trying to crawl for awhile now and he does this thing where he lays on his belly and pushes himself around with his hands.  Unfortunately, it means he can only move backwards and he often gets stuck when he runs into something behind him that he can't see (see the picture below).  He has started pushing up on hands and knees and rocking back and forth but I think he's just so big and weighs so much that it's more difficult for him to hold all his weight up like that and actually move around.  Either that or he hasn't quite figured out that he needs to move his limbs independently, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time.

As far as the food goes, it isn't going as well as when I started him on the pureed food, but that went so extremely well that I probably shouldn't complain.  He doesn't want to eat finger foods that aren't especially yummy or that he has to work at much.  So far I can get him to eat cheerios, blueberries, small pieces of cantaloupe, and pita bread with little to no trouble.  Mike gave him a tiny cucumber piece the other day and he ate that, too.  He's not too fond of peas or broccoli or cauliflower, which surprises me because I pureed cauliflower and he ate it happily.  But I'm going to try to cut up peaches and stuff for him, too.  It's just hard to know how much to give him so I don't waste a bunch.  Any my dog LOVES it because he drops so much stuff that becomes Nickel's snack.  It's helpful to me, too, because then I don't have any floor mess to clean.  That's why you get a dog!

In addition to the crawling and the feeding himself, he has also started giving kisses.  They're slobbery and not at all the kind of kiss you'd want from anyone but a baby, but they're also super sweet.  I couldn't get a picture of it because every time I aim the camera at us, he wants to look at it, rather than focus on me asking him to give me a kiss.  Mike and I have both gotten unsolicited kisses and I think he gave a few requested ones to Grandma, I'm not certain.  I seem to get the most but I told Mike that's probably because he has a rougher face than me when he comes home at the end of the day with his five o'clock shadow.

I hope everyone enjoys the pictures.  I love them but they also make me sad because he's really starting to look like a little boy and not a baby anymore.  Time to go cry and make my congestion even worse. ;)