Good news and a white Christmas? (pics)

The good news is that my breast is doing much better today. I’m still treating it until it’s completely healed, but it is feeling so much better already. I remembered last night that I have a rice heating pad, so I had Jody warm it up in the microwave for me and I used it a few times throughout the night. That helped a lot.

The other news is that we are in the middle of a huge blizzard expected to dump up to 2 feet of snow (or more) by tomorrow evening. We already have at least 6 inches I would say and it’s only supposed to continue throughout the day today, tonight and into tomorrow. Jody’s company let them leave early and he’s on a bus headed for home as I type. My parents, who were planning on driving home to MI tomorrow, are likely staying at least an extra day. And my sister, who’s last exam of the semester was scheduled for tomorrow, will probably have that postponed, as the majority of schools in the area are closed due to the weather.

Ava and my mom are decorating a gingerbread house right now, while Julian is sleeping on my dad’s chest. I’m going to jump in the shower while I have the chance. :)

Hope everyone stays warm, and those affected by this blizzard stay safe.

“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…”

Update: At 6 p.m. we have at least a foot of snow and it’s still coming down.
Another update: At nearly 9 p.m., we have about 2 feet of snow and it’s still snowing! This is the most we’ve ever seen while living here (the past 6 years).

Pics (which don’t really do it justice) – taken at 9:10 p.m. – click to enlarge

Our car (a Forester) tonight (after it had been completely cleared off at 2:30 p.m.):

View of the front door:

The aspen trees in the front yard:

The most dramatic pic – The table and chairs on our patio – You can really see how much we’ve gotten so far:

Plugged duct/mastitis :(

It seems I have either a plugged duct (or ducts) and/or mastitis. :( My left breast started hurting last night, and, despite having both Ava and Julian nurse on that side, it wasn’t any better this morning. I talked to my midwife today and she gave me a list of things to do to treat it – including WishGarden Mastitis Remedy – 4 droppersful every 2 hours, drinking Emer-gen-C – 3 times a day, and Echinacea tea (to boost my immune system) – 2 times per day, hot compress (with WishGarden Mastitis Poultice – optional) 4 times a day, as well as lots of rest. I took a nap this afternoon, but am still feeling crappy. (Thankfully, my parents are still in town to help out or I can’t imagine I’d get any rest at all!) She said if it’s not better by the morning, to call her. I’m hoping that since I caught it very early that I can nip it in the bud and not have to go to the doctor for antibiotics and have to deal with the risk of Julian or myself developing thrush after that. So we’ll see what the morning brings. I’m trying to think positively.

I’ve heard that it’s more common to develop these issues with second babies than it is with the first, because you get more lax about positioning and latch, etc. I feel very fortunate that I never had any issues in the 2 1/2 years of nursing Ava (pre-Julian), because, quite frankly – this sucks.

Anyway, I wanted to post about it and the treatment options in case it might help anyone else out there dealing with this. There’s also lots of good info re: plugged ducts and mastitis on


These days I’m wishing I could clone myself – especially in the middle of the night when Ava wakes up upset and wants only mommy. It’s happened a few times in the last few nights and, thankfully, I’ve been able to lie in bed with her while she falls back asleep, without Julian needing me (i.e. my boobs). However, I’m sure a time will come when I need to be in two places (i.e. with her AND with Julian) at the same time.

I’m sure having a clone would come in handy during the day too. The real me could spend time with the kids, while my clone tends to housework, making dinner, etc. In my spare time (ha!), I’ll need to figure out how to swing that. ;)

20 days old pics and miscellaneous ramblings

Three new pics of the boy at 20 days old – taken 12/13/06.

We get our family pics on DVD back from the photographer on Sunday. She said she’s very pleased with how they turned out. I can’t wait to see them!

I decided to mail Julian’s birth announcements out with our Christmas cards this year (saves stamps!). I finished designing the announcement last night and am quite happy with it. :) I’ll probably share it here once I get them mailed out. I think I already mentioned this, but I’m waiting on our family pics before I design our Christmas cards, so they will be getting mailed out late this year. C’est la vie.

I can’t believe Christmas is in 10 days. I managed to do a little Christmas shopping this week with Ava in tow. I was even able to sneak a few presents for her into the cart without her seeing. When I asked the checkout woman to please put them in a bag quickly so my daughter didn’t see them, she acted all put out. Sheesh. I didn’t think it was that unusual of a request and where’s her Christmas spirit anyway? :oP

Grandparents are in the hizzy

My parents from MI arrived on Sunday and are staying with us for the next several days.

Ava is eating up all the attention and enjoying all the books grandma and grandpa are reading to her, as well as the outings they’ve been going on – to the park, library, and museum (for arts and crafts) so far. I’ve been enjoying the help with house and yard work and appreciate that Ava is having lots of fun.

Julian and I have mostly been staying home, hanging out. I did venture out with just Ava yesterday to go to Vitamin Cottage to pick up a few groceries and get pizza from Papa Murphy’s for dinner.

We plan on celebrating an early Christmas while the ‘rents are here, but still need to set up our Christmas tree.

Julian is three weeks old tomorrow. (He’s currently sleeping soundly in the Moby Wrap on my chest.) Sometimes it feels like he’s been here forever and other times it feels like just yesterday that he was born. Speaking of which, I have finally written my birth story. It’s nearly 4 pages typed. I don’t know that I will post it on my blog, but if anyone is interested in reading it, feel free to email me (or leave a comment w/ your email addy) and I can send it along. :)

Grandma and Grandpa enjoy holding their new (and only) grandson. My mom said he looks more like a three month old than a three week old. We often have to remind ourselves that he’s still just a newborn and we can’t expect him to hold his head up on his own (although he’s getting pretty good at it already).

Now that this post has been pretty much all over the place, I’m going to go. I took some new pics of Julian today and I want to check them out. :)


First outing and other stuff

Julian had his first venture outside the house yesterday – which also happened to be my first venture out of the house postpartum. It was a gorgeous day, so we took a walk to the park as a family. :) He slept the whole time and was nice and cozy in the Moby Wrap, which I have to say is damn comfortable. I’m currently borrowing one from the “carrier library” of the AP group I belong to, but I’m going to be buying my own soon. I really like it. :)

Julian in the Moby with mommy:

Sliding fun!:

Julian and I had our 2-week postpartum check-up with my midwife on Thursday. All is going well with us. I was “officially” released from my 2-week recovery/take it easy time. Julian had another weight check and he’s up to 11 lbs., 2 oz! And we thought Ava was big when she weighed 11 lbs., 6 oz. at her 1-month check-up. My midwife said she’s pretty certain he will be off the scale (her scale only goes up to 13 lbs.) at our 6-week postpartum appointment in 4 weeks. I think she’s probably right. He’s already outgrown some of his 0-3 month outfits.

Julian at 2 weeks old:

Our family photoshoot was yesterday and it went quite well. I can’t wait to see the pictures, but I’ll have to wait about a week. Julian got a bit overwhelmed a couple times, but I think we got some good shots, especially since she took over 400 pictures. ;) Ava did really well too and even helped the photographer take a few pictures. :)

And, if you can stand it, here are a couple pictures from Dec. 4 of the fam: