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C is just getting to the age where he’s afraid of the dark. He likes to turn off the lights and say, “It’s dark in here.” But just moments later, he’ll follow that with, “It’s scawee! I’m scared!”
I introduced him to Monster Defense, a brave spray that scares away monsters and helps cure children’s fear. C laughed when I sprayed the monsters away. I smiled, too, because it smells fantastic. It’s made with ingredients like mandarin essential oil, vanilla extract and maple syrup fragrance – so it smells like oranges and french toast!
I like to pretend that all the monsters congregate near the diaper changing table…
Matt and Whitney Hardesty, the creators of Monster Defense, will also have a book coming out in January called, “Monsters, Beware!” Sounds like a great companion to their Monster Defense spray!
Click here to find out more about Monster Defense.
Here we go again! I’ve decided to wean off of my SSRI that I’ve been taking for postpartum depression. I started taking Zoloft when I was about 34 weeks pregnant with Baby Jo, because I was experiencing intrusive thoughts and anxiety reminiscent of the PPD I experienced with C. I was put on 100mg, and it helped a lot but it also gave me weird side effects. It makes me sweat, randomly and profusely. Night sweats, day sweats, all the time.
At this point, I’ve decided that the negative side effects outweigh the benefits that I’m receiving from Zoloft. Under my psychiatrist’s direction, I’m weaning from 100mg to 75mg, then going to 50mg before I see him at my next appointment in January. The withdrawal process is something I’ve experienced before. I went through a violent withdrawal from Effexor in summer 2012 before I got pregnant with Baby Jo.
My Zoloft withdrawal is not nearly as difficult thus far, but it’s still withdrawal. I was doing pretty well the first couple of days, most likely due to the half-life of Zoloft; however, I’m starting to feel the withdrawal now. Stomach cramps, headache, irritability and a general feeling of being off-balance. I’ve heard about muscle twitches and brain zaps, and I’m hoping I won’t experience those!
Have you weaned off of an SSRI? How was your withdrawal experience?
Whenever C hears his sister wake up, he excitedly says, “Ooo, baby sister’s up! Let’s go get her! Hi baby sister, hi!” Baby Jo lights up when she sees him and they make each other laugh. I absolutely love watching their bond grow. Oh, these two. My heart is full.
Disclosure: As a BzzAgent, I received this product complimentary for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions below are entirely my own.
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C and I are a little too much alike. And by that, I mean that he’s basically me in male form.
With his sensory processing disorder, health problems and the terrible twos, we’ve been dealing with some pretty intense behavioral issues. I’ve started to really crack down on the bad behavior. The result is an epic battle of wills between two people who are basically the same.
When he dumped out his cup of Cheerios all over the couch and floor this morning, I’d had it. I started with a calm, “Pick up your Cheerios.” It escalated and suddenly there I was, frenzied and uncaffeinated, running around picking up all of his cars and trucks to take them away for the day. I really thought that would work, considering his unreasonable devotion to his vehicles.
Somehow, we got to the standoff. There he was, all 28 pounds of him, sitting defiantly on the couch. I was right in front of him, staring him down. “C, look at me. I’m YOU, 25 years later. You will not win. I will wait you out.”
And there we sat. For two hours and fifteen minutes, we sat. There was a lot of this:
Ultimately, I offered to help him clean up the Cheerios. We cleaned them up together and went about our day.
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Riddle me this: What is the problem with having three GI doctors within three months?
Answer: You don’t know what the heck is going on!
So we showed up at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin this morning, prepared to take C to the surgery department for him to undergo anesthesia while a surgeon switched out his g-tube. Imagine our surprise when the welcome desk told us we had an appointment in the surgery CLINIC – he wasn’t going to have surgery today!
One of the several times I’d asked a GI nurse about this procedure, I’d been told that he would be sedated for it. I anticipated we’d be in the hospital for a few hours while C was in recovery and a nurse taught us how to use his new tube.
Instead, we were taken to a room in the Surgery Clinic with a little child-sized table. A wonderful, helpful RN walked us through the specifics of the new tube, the process of taking out the old one, and had us practice changing the button on a doll. Then C laid on the little child-sized table and – without medication or sedation of any kind – the PEG tube was yanked out and the new button (AMT button with a balloon) was placed. After experiencing the horror of holding C down while they put the NG tube into his nose in early August, I opted to step out of the room. Hubster held C, and our brave boy did better than either of us anticipated. Oh, he cried, but it wasn’t anything like the screaming horror of the NG tube placement. Then we headed to radiology so they could ensure it was in the proper location.
And now it’s over. We were out of the hospital less than two hours after we arrived. C is experiencing some bleeding due to the removal of the old tube (which didn’t inflate/deflate like this one – they just had to yank it out). Other than that, he’s doing very well. He enjoyed this celebratory cookie at the hospital before we left, with his buddy Mater close by.
Thank you for your prayers, positive thoughts and love!
Hubster was home for lunch today (a wonderful, rare event!) when his mom called and asked if we were okay. She thought we were at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin for C’s surgery today. Apparently, a felon was apprehended and shot there today. He was visiting his baby and fled when officers arrived. When he threatened them with a gun, they shot him in the wrist.
Thankfully, there wasn’t a shooter trying to kill children and parents at a Children’s Hospital, like we originally thought amidst the media frenzy. It still scares me, though. I cannot imagine being there – which we would have, if it happened tomorrow – and hearing those words, “Code blue: Hospital lockdown.” OMG. I can’t imagine the terror, especially if C had been in surgery and we weren’t even with him.
Authorities and hospital staff did an excellent job of keeping everyone safe. No one was in danger during the suspect’s apprehension.
My sweet little tubie.
We’ll be there tomorrow for C to have surgery on his g-tube. He will have his tube switched out for a button. That means he will no longer have his PEG tube, approximately 12 inches long, protruding from his belly. Instead, there will be a button port that we can attach a tube to in order to give him his tube feeds. I’m a little nervous about learning how to use a new apparatus, but I think it will be much better for him. The tube bothers him often. I’m eager to see how he responds to the change.
Please send your prayers, positive thoughts, love. We are so thankful for all of your support through this journey!
I started the She Sweats 12-Week Transformation (At-Home) today! I’m excited to get this program started. It’s broken down into five phases to promote muscle growth. In addition to that, I’ve started another Whole 30 journey!
So really, it’s Day One for a couple of life-changing things. After realizing that I’ve been floundering under a mountain of stress and haven’t been taking time to take care of myself, I decided that it’s time. It’s time to make the time for myself.
I’m excited to update you all on my progress with both programs! I’ll be taking before and after pictures for the She Sweats 12-Week Transformation, so look for those in…12 weeks.