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Weeks 37 & 38
~ Sickie Central - Still

Week 37 was a complete bust. I was still sick, Ally was still sick. We just snuggled and slept. It was a miserable week. By the following week, Maddie was finally back to 100%, and frustrated that no one felt well enough to play with her. She's a physical kid - loves to play outside. She misses her playmate (Ally, of course!) Geesh, we've been sick since Halloween. I still have the sniffles and feel really run down. Tom is still sick too. Enough already! And, poor Ally. She had me originally thinking that she was getting over it. Her congestion was less but she kept spiking fevers. I actually thought it might be her ears since her behavior was consistent with how she is when she's had a whopper of an ear infection. It was weird because she would spike a fever, respond well to Tylenol or Motrin and then seem to get better, then the fever would show up again. This past weekend was rough though as she was seeming to get worse - that's always the case, isn't it? They always seem to get sicker over the weekend. I already had my 38 week appointment scheduled in the morning, but I really wanted her to see her pediatrician too, so it made for a crazy morning running here and there, dropping Maddie off for school, but I'm so glad I took her in (I'll talk about me and my appointment in a minute). So, her ears are fine, but my poor baby has PNEUMONIA!!! I totally did not expect that diagnosis although I was concerned when the doc was spending so much time listening to her breathe. She's on a heavy duty antibiotics - she's a lot better now. Oh, the guilt I felt!! I should have taken her in last week, but my fear was that they'd pick up something else and get sick all over again. Honestly, she didn't seem that bad. There were periods where she was lethargic and just wanted to snuggle but after a little Motrin, she'd perk up and want to play. I think it's going to take her awhile to get her stamina and strength back. I've noticed a big difference in her energy level in the morning, but by lunchtime, she's just pooped. I feel so bad for her!

So, what's new with the baby? Well, my 38 week appointment was about as disappointing as they come from a progress point of view. There 'ain't nothing going on here. Bubba - I'm calling him bubba because Tom and I are still at an impasse regarding his name. We're at another significant impasse too and I'll get to that. The news is that this little guy has moved himself into an oblique position. He's not straight up and down anymore and my Ob won't even consider inducing until he's back into position. I suppose this is his way of saying he's nice and comfy where he is and not ready to come out yet. I dunno. My cervix is completely closed. They did an ultrasound to measure fluid and get a weight check. He's at 7 lbs 2 ounces (what Maddie weighed at 40 weeks) give or take a pound!! The good news is I dropped another 2 lbs. I'm not trying to lose weight, just watching carbs/sugar. It's still going to take me forever to lose it all. So, I guess we'll just wait and see what happens next week.

Okay, back to the name thing. Can you tell me what's wrong with naming your child Jack? Not John and nicknaming him Jack. Not Jonathon and nicknaming him Jack. I want to name him just Jack and Tom thinks that is dumb. He pointed out several Jack's whose formal names are John. That's fine, good for them, but I don't want to name him John. He'll get called John. I don't want that as his formal name. I just want to name him Jack. Tom isn't in agreement, so we may use our back-up name, Grant. Arrghh! The other little issue is circumcision. I am so frustrated with my husband. I saved all sorts of research for him to look at months ago when I told him my feelings. He just now tells me that he feels extremely strong about having him circumcised. The American Academy of Pediatrics acknowledges that there are certain health benefits, but those benefits are not enough to recommend the procedure. I talked to my Ob about it at my 38 week appointment and she said, "It's a cosmetic procedure!" That's all I needed to hear. I just don't see the point to put a tiny baby through that and I'm really angry with Tom for waiting so long to tell me that he disagrees with me. It is his baby too, and I need to consider his feelings. He's got the equipment, I don't and that accounts for something. At least that's how I'm rationalizing it my head if we agree to disagree and I concede to have him circumcised. I am not a happy girl with my husband right now!

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