Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cough cough OINK!

I'm sorry for the lack of posts. We've been ill. Actually, we were all recovered before the whole swine flu scare. It all started with Ronan developing a high fever just before Easter. He suffered from that illness for about a week, the poor guy. Just as he recovered, William's temperature shot up. At the same time, so did mine.

It's really hard caring for sick twins while sick yourself. I was trying to avoid medication because I'm still breastfeeding and pumping. It got too difficult, though, and I was no good to the boys feeling the way I did. I ended up taking Theraflu. I would pump prior to taking the medication then wait 6-8 hours before pumping, then take it again after pumping. I guess it's a good thing my supply is down.

They aren't breastfeeding much, just early in the morning. The milk I pump goes into their bottles mixed with formula. I used to be loathe to do that, being concerned about wasting any, but when I started producing so little I started doing it and discovered something amazing. It takes away all the foam from the formula!!

Foam, you ask? We use the Kirkland formula. The boys love it. We tried many different brands in the beginning and fortunately, it turns out the boys like the less expensive Kirkland better than most anything else so that's what they get. Unfortunately, it tends to be the foamiest formula we've tried and it's annoying. It makes it tough to decipher how much they've had from the bottle when there is all that foam. Well, no problem anymore now that I discovered the foam antidote. I just add 1-3 ounces of breastmilk and bye-bye foam! It's great! It's reason enough to keep lactating, though the antibodies is the best reason of all.

Now we have the swine flu in our county and it leaves me wishing I could be supermom and provide 100% breastmilk for the boys. Well, they're 7 months old and I am doing what I can. We aren't panicking about it, just being cautious. We're going to continue to go about our usual plans. We'll go to the library on Friday morning, just as planned. There is an infant program there that is a lot of fun. I bet attendance will be down, though.

William now has 2 teeth! He popped the first one out not long after Ronan got sick. In fact, we thought he was coming down with the same thing because his temperature went up a little, but not nearly as high as Ronan's. He also was drooling a lot and a bit snotty so we were sure he was sick, but it only lasted a day and didn't get nearly as bad as we expected. Within a couple of days the tooth was very obvious. After that he did get ill and did get it pretty bad. It was tough to fight his 103 degree temperature during our mini heatwave when the temperatures creeped up to around 100 degrees.

He recovered after a few days but then the last few days he has been really cranky and needy. Night before last Dave said he thought William felt hot and sure enough, he had a low-grade fever. I saw his 2nd tooth the very next day.

Ronan should be popping a tooth soon, I think. He seems to be close.

This morning William figured out how to pull himself all the way up in his crib and stand in it! He also figured out how to use the crib as a teether. Now that he can pull himself up to standing there is no stopping him. He wants to do it at every opportunity. Ronan has been watching him all day and this afternoon he started trying to do it, but lacks the strength and skill. William's been working on this for several weeks. Ronan just started to try today so he has some work to do.

William has also been crawling, fully crawling for a couple of weeks now. For several weeks he did his own modified crawl where he would crawl a few steps, rock a bit, then lunge forward. He got around really well that way so I started to wonder if he'd ever fully crawl at all or just move straight to trying to walk. Now that he pulls himself to standing a lot he now wants to practice walking.

They get along really well, too, for the most part. William keeps trying to crawl over Ronan and they have even fallen asleep a few times one on top of the other - William always on top. Funny, because William was "bottom bunk" in the womb. He's actually started to obey me when I say, "William get off of your brother!" William is so busy and into everything, I find myself saying, "no William," "Stop it, William," "get off your brother, William" a lot!

William just loves his brother. He often reaches out to him to hold his hand while in the high chairs and in their stroller. Ronan obliges him. They smile at each other when they are together. They cry when I separate them.

It's so fun watching these little guys grow and discover new things!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

We went to see the Easter Bunny on Thursday afternoon. We didn't go to Big Nasty Mall (aka Westfield, aka Valley Fair - why do they keep changing mall names?). We went to Vallco this time, which is being changed to Cupertino Square.

Mr. Cottontail's helpers were so friendly and took several shots in an effort to get one where the boys were smiling. William and Ronan, however, were just wondering who the heck the big furry one was with the big ears. They were even more dumbfounded when Mommy put ears on them.

There was no waiting and the others who were there for photos were all so friendly. There was a cute little girl about 4-years-old there with her grandmother. William really liked her and enjoyed holding her hand. Ronan was just really super tired and he was wondering why he couldn't just nap. Prior to seeing Peter Cottontail we were at Sears having portraits taken.

Nick, the Sears photographer, was baffled by our William, who would not allow him to position him for the photos. When Nick tried to get William to sit, William stiffened up like a board with his elbows jutting out behind him so that he would end up lying propped up on elbows, but very unnaturally so with his legs so taught and in line with his tightened stomach. This boys is strong!!

We did manage to get a few good shots at Sears and there will be many more. I signed up for their super saver program which grants us free sittings any time we want, provided they are open, and a free 8x10 with every sitting. We intend to take full advantage of this. Obviously, they're hoping to sell me a lot of photos with those sittings, but I figure with free 8x10 photos, we can just keep going back. I can bring others, too, so if any of you want some photos just let me know.

Of course, the Sears photos aren't nearly as nice as the ones by my good friends Monterey Jack and Heather Hunt.

Later that night, just as I was about to go to bed, I heard Ronan over the baby monitor. He was coughing and sounded like he was struggling to breathe. I checked on him and he was burning up. His temperature was just shy of 103. I used an aspirator to clear his breathing passageways and then put some saline in his nostrils. Because he is so young and the temperature was so high, I held off giving him Tylenol (he'd never had it before, nor had he ever been otherwise medicated). I called the advice nurse at Kaiser who told me he had to go to the ER. We finally were seen by a doctor at about 2:30am and they gave him some Tylenol then sent us home about an hour later.

The Tylenol helps but we have to keep up the dosage or his fever goes back up. It was 103 again this morning, the poor little guy.

William may have had a touch of it, or maybe something else. His temperature was 101 last night but is just shy of 100 this morning. Both are of good temperament through all of this.