Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Are you kidding me??

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...


  1. Oh man,being sick when you are a mommy is HARD! I am glad things are going better!!

  2. I really hope you feel better soon. You are making a great candidate for Supermom!

    That is great that Maisie is thriving and taking on new things.

    Keep smilin!

  3. Being sick with a kid is a lot harder than I thought it would be...she doesn't know that mommy's sick and keeps right on trucking. I hope you feel better soon. Sounds like Maisie is doing well and you guys are starting to get a groove going. Take care - hope to see you soon.

  4. Hope you are well for Saturday, you know you must be well again, yes?

  5. oh- man talk about being thrown right into it....I'm so sorry you were sick again- glad Maisie is doing better- and sleeping on her own- that is such a big step- I hope it continues.......she is such a cutie in that red dress!

  6. Anonymous9:45 AM

    I never leave comments, but after reading how miserable that precious baby has been with her teeth I thought I would offer you a little trick that helped my girls.
    When they were cutting teeth, I would give them a frozen wet washcloth and they loved it! They liked sucking the water from the cloth and the cold was great for the gums. Maybe that would work for Miss M too!
    She is such a beautiful baby and you are such a great family! Good Luck and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope YOU feel better soon.

  7. So sorry to hear you're sick (more), but loving Maisie's progress. Here's to some Lisa-time - an hour is like gold when you're a mom, isn't it?

  8. Anonymous10:42 AM

    Geez! You didn't tell me you were sick over the weekend. Glad you felt well enought to go to lunch Monday. Nice seeing you and little girlfriend. She really seemed quite pleasant at lunch - she may have fussed at home, but I thought she was cute, crawling over the table and everything. No joke.
    Judy B.

  9. Oh my gosh, you have had one rough time of it with being so sick. Sure hope you are feeling much better by now! Looks like Maisie is starting to feel a little more comfortable in her new surroundings. Hopefully this will continue too and you'll all be able to get the much needed rest you need.

  10. Hi Lisa,

    Hope you're feeling a little better. :) I forgot how hard it is to be a new mom(but remembering very quickly)! Glad to hear Maisie is sleeping better and eating better for you. Some days certainly are harder than others, keep your chin up and smile! You're doing great!

  11. Anonymous1:20 PM

    So sorry you are sick again...you poor thing. But what wonderful progress that little Maisie is sleeping in the PNP. What a relief for you...soon it will be the crib in her own room!
    A trick i have heard from tons of Mom's for teething is the pit of a Mango. It isn't a real pit, so it can't be swallowed, it is chewy, tasty, and healthy.
    Feel better soon.

  12. I'm so sorry you have been so sick... crummy timing.. huh? Hang in there and get well soon!

    Lisa : )

  13. You've got to be kidding me, I can't imagine that there's anything left for you to get!!! Oh no, I didn't say that :)

  14. Wow, when it rains it pours for you sweetie - so sorry.

    I am glad that Maisie has found a new sleeping pattern. I hope it sticks! Life is so much better with some sleep.

  15. Wow. That is a lot of sleeping, crying and being sick for one family. Hope that things keep on looking up 4 the Shanahans!! XO

  16. Lisa -
    So glad you are feeling better now! It's one of the hardest things about motherhood; when you get sick, you're still the mom!

    And when my daughter used to nap and I couldn't get her to fall asleep, running the vacuum cleaner always worked. So glad it works on Maisie too!

  17. Wow I am exhausted just reading this post! You poor thing you have been through a lot. I bet you will really appreciate feeling good. Maise is adorable!

  18. Once you finally get healthy, this mom is going to seem like a breeze for you after doing sick for so long.

    Glad to hear that Maisie is starting to sleep in her pnp and nap. That is great.

  19. I hope you are beginning to feel better soon! It has probably been forever since you've actually felt normal (not sick). So glad to hear that Maisie is doing better!

  20. OY! Talk about the Mummy test. This sick thing isn't fair. Hope you feel better soon.....really better not just a bit better for a few days better!

    So glad Maisie is doing so well.

  21. AWE! Love the picture of her asleep in the high-chair.


  22. Glad to hear that things are better with Maisie. I can't believe you're sick again! I hope you recover fully soon.

  23. Sounds like Maisie Mais is really beginning to trust more since she's sleeping without being on your chest!! I'm so excited that she is trying new things, too..I only hope that your doctor figures out what's going on with you REALLY soon, so you won't have that annoying fever and everything else :-(

  24. Oh Lisa - I hope you are feeling better by now. You've certainly had your share of illnesses to last you for a LONG time.
    What great news that Maisie is starting to "like" the porta crib. Looks like progress is coming, slowly but surely.
    Thanks for the update, and of course the pics of Ms M - after all, that's what we really want to see!

  25. Bless her heart. She sounds like she's going through a growth spurt too. They always sleep and eat more when they do.

    I hope you're feeling much better Lisa.

  26. How ya feelin' sister? Just wanted to stop by and let you know I was thinking about ya! :)

  27. Hi ya Lisa! Just catching up on the posts I missed while overseas! Man, oh man! You have received a fair beating from the sick-stick, hey?!! So sorry that the flu, has now captured you too. Maisie looks amazing! Lovin those trainers!
    Stick with the sleeping in the cot thing. She'll get used to it, and you need a break! My kids loved noise, and actually sleep better when there is noise. The vaccuum is hypnotic.
    :) You and Eammon are amazing! You can see it in Maisie's smile!


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