Everyday brings something new here in the Shanahan home. Some of what happens is good, some of it not so good and there are always some surprises, so here's a little re-cap.
Before I get into all of what's happening, I've received numerous emails regarding the comment I made in my previous post about my doctor wanting to test me for Hep A, B & C exposure. My blood tests came back showing no exposure so I'm fine on that front but again my liver function came back high. So lucky needle phobic me gets to go next week to have another blood draw to see if there's any change. I still say my level is high due to all the antibiotics so hopefully I'm right and my new numbers will be normal or at least close to it.
Friday morning Maisie was just adorable and in a surprisingly good mood even though she (and I) had a rough night. It was the first day where my voice was finally sounding just about normal but I was dragging more than normal but I blamed it on being up most of the previous night and just figured we'd make the best of the day. It was a warm day here in Georgia so Maisie was dressed in the cute red outfit you see in the pictures. We had planned to go to a play group but because of a little miscommunication on location we never hooked up so instead we went out and did a little shopping before coming home and playing with her plastic. While shopping I picked up a sample of a Pop-tart and Maisie loved it, ate it and hey even though it's sugar at least she's eating something, so our pantry now contains Pop-tarts.
While we were out I started to really drag and was feeling queasy, weak and achy. Once home, we spent quiet time in the play area but as the afternoon progressed I started getting chills anda bad headache so by the time Eammon got home from work I was so achy I could barely move and had a fever of 102. Are you kidding me, after being so sick for so long, I now had the flu!! By 5:30 I was in bed for the night, well except for all the numerous trips to the bathroom. When it was time for Maisie to go to bed, Eammon brought her in to me where she quickly fell asleep on me but I guess she was uncomfortable with me being so hot as she quickly moved to the bed where she spent the night next to me.
Saturday my day consisted on laying on the sofa watching Maisie play. I couldn't get my fever down, I had a wicked headache and was so sore that I couldn't even lift her up. Late in the morning though she decided that she wanted to lay on top of me and within two minutes was fast asleep for a 45 minute nap! Then later in the day while I was napping in the bedroom she had a bit of a meltdown just before she decided to put her head on Eammon's chest where she took a second 40 minute nap!! This is the girl who doesn't nap and she did two in one day!! Come bedtime I just couldn't have her on top of me with my fever, chills and endless trips to the bathroom so I thought I'd give the pack-n-play (p-n-p), which is next to our bed, another go. Well what would you know, she whinged a few minutes but I kept stroking her back, she stayed down and actually fell asleep, will miracles never cease! She woke a couple of times during the night and all I had to do was put my hand on her back for a few minutes and she was back asleep.
Sunday wasn't all too different from Saturday just a lazy day with me still sick. Because of her naps on Saturday, I decided to try and put her down for an afternoon nap to see if she'd take one and sure enough, after about 30 minutes of complaining she slept in the p-n-p for about an hour. Then that night again she slept the entire night in the p-n-p again only waking a few times and needing a few pats on the back to settle her back down. At some point though I must have picked her up out of the p-n-p as I awoke Monday just after 6am with her sleeping on my chest. I'm guessing that she wouldn't settle back down and so that I could get back to sleep, just unconsciously picked her up and put her where I knew she'd settle and sleep.
Even with all the sleep over the weekend, Monday was not going to be a good day. She's cutting four teeth, it looks like her upper canines and her lower first molars. I fought with her to get Ora-gel on her teeth and medicine in to her, trying to make her feel more comfortable and better but with little success. We did go out for a quick lunch, meeting my friend Judy but Maisie didn't have the patience to be social. Once home all she'd do was cry. When I wasn't holding her she cried to be picked up, when I was holding her, she cried and wiggled away, there was no consoling her. I tried putting her down for a nap but she was having none of it. I even tried to have her sleep for a while on my chest, that too was a no-go. Finally I decided that I'd heard enough crying and the crunch of Cheerios under my feet had to be dealt with so I strapped the Maisie monster into the high chair and started cleaning up and vacuuming. Well would you believe it, while I'm vacuuming and banging toys around, Miss M falls asleep in the high chair!! Are you kidding me, all I had to do was strap her in and turn on the vacuum and she'd fall asleep, shoot I should have done it earlier and she wouldn't have had to do all that screaming!
Monday night I tried to get her to sleep in the p-n-p but Eammon distracted her just as she was falling asleep and with her being so miserable all day, it took three hours to fall asleep and she was up every three hours taking a long time each time to settle back down. At 6am I made her a bottle and after sucking it down she did fall back asleep next to me in the bed for about an hour, but then she was up. We went out for an early shopping trip where I decided to try a few new foods out for her. She doesn't like the feel of fruit in her mouth but she likes the various fruit flavored Gerber fruit puffs so I decided to buy some dehydrated fruit and as she started to whinge in the store I began feeding it to her and she loves it. Also I know that the girl likes chocolate so I bought a couple of chocolate yogurts and she ate a full one, it was a hit!! Now that I know she doesn't mind the texture of at least the whipped yogurt, I'll try her on some flavors other than chocolate. Then to top the day off, she decides that the medicine I've been forcing on her to help with the teething pain actually tastes good and now when she sees the syringe she starts smacking her lips, whew, that's one less battle I have to fight.
Now she sleeps in the p-n-p, I've actually cleaned up the kitchen and play area, folded some laundry and have had the time to write an entire post in one go, life is definitely improving here at the Shanahan home. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this new sleeping arrangement continues and maybe even gets better so that she's sleeping in her own crib, in her own room but how nice it is to finally have a few hours at night to myself!! Now that I've done all this fun stuff, it's time to go to bed. Until my next post, night...