A Few Things

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


I had a few things I wanted to mention on my blog so I thought I would just throw together a quick wrap up post. If you hadn't heard, Jillian has had a double ear infection for the last six weeks! The poor thing has been uncomfortable and in pain for so long now, it's really starting to weigh on us. As you can imagine, we are so frustrated and feeling so helpless. I want nothing more than to help my little girl feel better and I feel like my hands are tied. Nothing seems to be working. You can always tell when Jillian has an ear infection because she will cry out at night in her sleep for no apparent reason. Typically Jeff or I can get her back to sleep pretty quickly with a little help from her paci. However, we have been dealing with a whole new set of issues ever since Friday night. It's hard to tell if her infection is becoming worse or perhaps she has had enough now too, but Jillian is now waking up every 2-3 hours for and stays awake for a long period of time. The pacifier will simply not ease her back to sleep anymore. She either wants to be cuddled back to sleep or nurse. A few times she has woken up and will just cry out in pain, grabbing at her ears. When this happens, she is inconsolable and Jeff and I just feel helpless, trying everything we can to make her feel better. It's been a rough couple of nights and Jeff and I have been consuming endless amounts of caffeine. The bottom line is that we just want our little girl to get better, we want our precious baby girl back to normal.


We went to the doctor yesterday for Jillian's nine month appointment and for another follow up for her ear infections. The good news is that Jillian is a very happy and healthy nine month old. She weighs 19 pounds, 8 ounces, and is 28 1/2 inches long. Her weight falls into the 50th percentile and her height is in the 75th percentile. This seems to be consistent from her statistics at birth. She seems to be following in her Mommy's footsteps with her body type. The bad news is that her double ear infection hasn't gone away and we are on our fourth antibiotic. If this one does not clear up her infections, then we have to go to a specialist next Friday and talk about the possibility of tubes. I really pray that this antibiotic does the trick, I hate having to give her so much medicine at such an early age. The whole thing is just so upsetting and frustrating.


The weather has been nothing but cold and rainy this past week here in Cleveland so Jeff broke down and put on our heat. He used to have this "No heat until Thanksgiving" rule, however since we now have a baby, that rule no longer applies. Thank God! I hate being cold in my own house. I am not ready to where 18 layers of fleece just yet. It is supposed to warm up this weekend so I am really hoping we can finally live my dream of taking our baby to a pumpkin patch for pictures. Jeff and I used avoid pumpkin patches while we were dealing with infertility and I am really looking forward to finally bringing Jillian. I feel like it's my 'Rite of Passage' into Motherhood.


I also wanted to mention that I am still using my Twitter account but have changed it now to private. I now have to approve all of my follow requests. I thought long and hard about this decision and thought it was for the best. Nothing specific has happened but I was tired of seeing all of these random followers pop up that I had no idea who they were. I also started to have a lot of baby product sales people following me as well which I did not care for. I absolutely love Twitter and love following and "Tweeting" with all of my favorite bloggers/readers so please do not let my decision deter you from sending me a follow request.






10 comments:

  1. I feel so bad for poor little Jillian. My nephew is on antibiotic number 3 for his double ear infection. He's had his for 3 wks. I hope this one works for y'all so she doesn't need tubes.

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  2. Hey friend! I'm so behind on my readings...blame it on the yucky bug that had me down and out for the past few days. Anyway, so so so sorry to hear about poor Jillian. My heart just breaks for y'all and that sweet lil' thing! I CANNOT imagine what that is like...six weeks is an eternity! Those docs need to get her something that works! On the other hand, yay for Miss Jillian and her super healthy awesome 9 month check up! Y'all are getting ever closer to the big 0-1! Oh happy day! Y'all take care of yourselves and sweet Jillian! Our Gillian sends love and best wishes for her Cleveland playmate! Hugs!

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  3. Good luck with the next antibiotic. I will tell you that tubes have been the best thing ever in regards to my children. Hunter and Owen both had multiple ear infections. Hunter got his first set of tubes when he turned 3. His last set (the 3rd because they do fall out) was the last time he needed them at age 5 and at that point, he had his tonsils and adenoids removed as well. No ear infections since. Owen got his tubes just after turning 1. He would get ear infections ever since he turned 2 months and then would be on an antibiotic and off every two weeks. Ever since he had his ear tubes, no infections. As you know, Quinlin is dealing with her first ear infection. Hoping we dont continue the trend of the infections, but if not, I wouldnt hesitate. When I used to live in Mentor, we saw Dr. Ken Vito- excellent Ear Nose and Throat doctor. He did Hunter's tubes and I highly recommend him. Owen's ENT is in Independence which is a bit further from you, but is phenominal... anyway- hope this helps!!!

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  4. poor, poor jillian! i feel so badly for her (and you!) i know it is so hard when your baby is hurting and you feel like you can't do anything about it! :(
    praying that this next round of antibiotics does the trick!!

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  5. Hugs to Jillian and you. I wish that you lived in Central Ohio, I'd send you to the best ENT ever.

    I hope she gets better fast.

    I'm CLK98 on Twitter...what are you?

    Christi

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  6. you'll just have to change your heat rule to 'canadian thanksgiving' which is this weekend. have fun in the pumpkin patch!

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  7. Poor Jillian!!! Hope you get some answers soon!!!

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  8. Oh no! That sucks about the ear infection, poor thing! I hope she feels better soon. Karen, this parenthood thing is amazing!!! Can't believe Maura is going to be a month old on Friday, the time is flying by! We've had a rough couple of nights the past few, she will stay up for hours on end and just cry...so I'm starting to know how you feel. Except I don't have to go to work the next day like you do, I can't imagine. Good luck:)

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  9. Oh Karen, I'm so sorry to hear about sweet Jillian's ears! Praying for all you guys and I'm sure it's a very trying time. Hope she's feeling better soon! :)

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  10. Oh poor Jilly, I really hope this antibotic does the trick, that poor lil' sweetheart.

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