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Baby Log: 1 Year and 17 Weeks Old

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Nada pictures again. You'll have to settle for my vivid prose. :-)

It's been a comparatively uneventful week for Marlie. This week she managed to...
  • break her boom box. It won't play CDs anymore. This is what I get for bragging that she knew how to operate it.
  • walk down the stairs while holding our hand. No more scooting on her but, she can actually lift and plant each foot on the stair below. She has been practicing on the toddler bridge at school. She is so proud of herself and insists on walking down the stairs instead of being carried.
  • spin around so fast that she got dizzy, stumble about like a drunk and walk smack into a wall before falling down. It's her new favorite thing to do.
  • try cooked oatmeal and soup. She's a fan of both.
  • sleep through the night on Thursday and then wake up a lot on Friday. what gives?!
We are off to see Yo Gabba Gabba in concert today so I will hopefully have pictures for Wordless Wednesday.

I had a pretty eventful week...
  • I entered over 200 giveaways last Friday-Sunday as part of the Holiday Gift Giveaway Hop, but only scored one win: a $25 Starbucks gift card from Mom's Musings.
  • But all was not lost. I started to rack up big time as the week progressed. I won a quart of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil from Giveaways for Moms. I also won an EMAB Angel Baby Kit and 3 Kissaluvs Marvels OS Fitted Diapers in the Nation of Moms Merry Fluffy Christmas event. Next, I won the Nescafe Prize Pack at Mommygaga and the Biokleen Prize Pack at To Spend or Save. Gimme the loot, gimme the loot! ha, ha!
  • On a more serious note, I received my lab results at the doctor's office on Friday. I never blogged that I was having health problems because I didn't know what was wrong, no doctor could tell me what was wrong and, honestly, I was starting to think it was all in my head. After F-I-V-E freakin' years of unexplained symptoms, I finally have a diagnosis (thanks again Quiana for that clue). The good news is that I am not dying from a terminal illness, but I do have a auto-immune disorder, which can be managed with treatment. The bad news is that I am not comfortable with nursing while being on the pharmaceutical drugs that I have been prescribed although they have been classified as safe. I have to make a decision soon about weaning Marlie. This is more devastating to me that my diagnosis because I wanted to breastfeed her at least until age 2 or at least let her self-wean. I appreciate any advice on how to best transition her. Oh, and I'm planning to write a post all about my mystery illness and how I finally got a name for it because I believe shared knowledge is empowering.


Maureensk said...

I'm so sorry to hear that you have been having health problems and that you are having to force wean. At least you made it this long. I had to forcibly wean my son cold turkey at age 11 months for the same reason, I was put on medications that were not safe for him. It was hellacious, but he was still used to nursing pretty much full time. Later we would learn about all of his language issues and realize that was why he had so many troubles with solids, which is why he didn't eat many solids at 11 months (he'd gag and so forth due to oral muscle coordination issues). During the day, I could keep him distracted, but at night, my husband took him down to the sofa sleeper and slept with him. It took two horrid nights, but that was it and it was over with. I still worry he will be in therapy for years as an adult because of it, but so far he seems reasonably normal. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I had no idea that you weren't feeling well! Lots of Atlanta love and hugs being sent your way and I'm happy you have put a name on what was troubling you. We'll be out your way for Christmas-if you're not going anywhere for the holidays I would love to see you guys!

Tee Nealy

Darcel @ The Mahogany Way said...

So sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well. I hope your able to have a great Christmas with your family.

Carol E Wyer said...

Hi what a busy week you had. I too am really sorry to hear you have been unwell. As for weaning well, I had to let my son go onto bottles seven weeks after he was born as I dried up! I was as we say 'gutted'. The doctors told me that the first six weeks were the most important though for giving the child the best start you can. Hope the meds help you and enjoy the precious one...soon you'll be like me getting texts saying they've just bought their first Christmas tree. Hugs. Carol x

Kim @ What's That Smell? said...

Sorry to hear about your health problems, but so glad they are getting to the bottom of them even if it means you have to speed up the weaning.

Abby would FLIP to see Yo Gabba Gabba, i can't wait to see pictures!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you finally have some answers about your health issues.

Kellymom has some info about weaning that might be helpful if you do choose to make that transition: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/

Also, the Infant Risk Center might be able to help you with your decision: http://infantrisk.org/

Chocolate Mom aka Blupoetres said...

Wow, just happened on your blog from another blogger's page and my heart went out to you. As a mom who nursed until my son was one, and then pumped for another 2 months, I feel for you.

Best transition advice, if you have a pumped supply ((I had a 6 month supply in the freezer) you can start mixing it with organic milk (which is what I did). Start with a 3/4 breastmilk, 1/4 organic milk for 1 month. Then 2/4 & 2/4 the next month, and so on. I let my son's night time bottles be full breastmilk. By 15 months he was full on organic milk and never realized what was happening. We kept our nighttime routine exactly the same minus the nursing. It was hard for me but he was just fine.

Good luck and hope you'll pass by my page.

keyalus said...

Good for Marlie learning to come down the steps. I was curious as to what age they might start to be able to do that. Lewis has been crawling up the steps for a while and is just now attempting to step up. He won't step down though.

So glad you have a diagnosis for whatever is going on. I'd imagine having symptoms for 5 years with no answers could make you think you were nuts!

Anonymous said...

Ahh the stairs. Jasmine loves walking up and down stairs. It still freaks me out tho!

I'm glad you have gotten a name for ur illness. Got a name for mine a few years ago. Alopecia areata multilocularis. Nice right? Lol means I have bald patches in my scalp that may or may never grow back. Great disorder for a woman to have huh. Such has been life for me for the past 9 years or so. We learn to live with it.

Betty Manousos said...

So sad to hear that you're not feeling well...
I'm glad you've gotten a diagnosis of that disorder.

Glad to hear that Marlie has learnt how to come down the steps.

B xx

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