A Little Update on Quinn

As of today, we are on ear infection number 5 for this year alone.  Yes, in the span of less than 3 months, Quinn has had 5 ear infections.

This past weekend I noticed Quinn getting a cough, her nose running and incessant whining.  We've allowed her to sleep in our bed throughout the night a couple times throughout last week into the weekend and if she doesn't start out in there, she winds up in bed with us at some point during the wee morning hours.  


I am not a co-sleeping type mommy but I've got to do what I've got to do to get everyone a least a wink of sleep.

I attributed all of her symptoms to teething because she has been in fact teething.  She has two little teeth on the bottom through.

This morning, I just decided that the symptoms were enough and I had a feeling, I guess it's a mothers intuition that it was a little more than just teething so I took her into the pediatrician yet again.

He confirmed that her right ear was infected again or rather is still infected (none of the antibiotics we've been doing over the last couple of months have gotten the job done) and she has an ear infection in her left ear as well.

So the count is 4 ear infections in the right ear, 1 in the left.

Today we started shots of Rocephin.  Here is a little bit about the antibiotic:

"Rocephin isn't a new antibiotic. For years it has been the most common injectable antibiotic used in doctors' offices. This very effective, very broad-spectrum antibiotic is the one we often turn to for seriously ill children (such as those with sepsis or meningitis, which can be life-threatening), or when the bacteria are resistant to oral antibiotics."

Rocephin is equivalent to 30 doses of amoxicillin.  The antibiotic itself can be painful so they have to mix it with a pain medicine.

We have three days worth of this antibiotic so Quinn will get her second dose tomorrow and her third on Thursday.  To administer the antibiotic, I have to hold Quinn down by her arms while 2 nurses hold her bottom part and give her a shot in each leg simultaneously.  It's not fun to watch to Quinn go through it knowing the only thing I can do afterwards is to hold her, console her and give her a bottle.  It's way, way suckier than well-baby shots.

Next week we go see the ENT (Ears Nose Throat Specialist) to talk about tubes.  Our pediatrician was worried if he didn't refer Quinn, she might fall behind in hearing and essentially speech compared to other children her age.

I just want this all to end and have a very healthy, happy baby that sleeps all the way through the night again.

I'll keep you posted on how the ENT goes.

What Not To Do The Night Before A Race

You don't leave the house in skinny pants and high heels expecting to come home by 9 especially when it's your first night out since ever-ish without your husband and baby.

You don't go to a jewelry party filled with fabulous ladies and lots of vino.

You don't drink the wine like you're a crazy dehydrated fool.

You don't have thoughts of going to a bar and drinking like a fish out of water.

You don't actually go to the bar and drink like a fish out of water.

You definitely don't stay out until ONE in the morning, having to run in a few short hours.

You don't convince one of your girlfriends to run a race with you and have that girlfriend back out on you last minute....AHEM!

You don't actually still have a goal to run your best 5K yet at a pace of 7:30 after the night you've had.

No, YOU would never do any of that.  You're too smart for that.

BUT, if you do...

You should expect to be considerably dehydrated the entire race even though you ate a banana, had two bottles of water and an Advocare Spark that morning.

You don't wear socks up to your knees with fun, green tights underneath if it's going to be hot as balls out.

You should expect to fully suck ass all the way.

Your legs will be extremely tight even though you fully stretched right before the run started.

You'll feel like throwing up nearly the entire way but the fact that the sun is shining right in your hungover face, it will multiply the need to throw up tenfold.

You don't go by yourself.

You'll feel like death.

Actually this picture pretty much sums up how I thought the race went.  

(This is the exact reason I watermark my photos.  Don't need this hottie working it's way through the interwebs without giving me due credit.)

But even after all of that, you somehow pull off a sub 26 minute 5K.  8:18 pace baby!


(Taken from results website.  Last name removed.)

Moral of the story....don't drink and run.

Date Night

My dear husband asked me out on a date this week.    
His plan was to take me to a movie.  
First off, you all should know that 
1) this never happens - a date out with the man without the babe 
2) taking me to a movie.
I told him which movies were playing at our "local" theater.
To my surprise, he picked "This Means War".
We "pretended" to be on a first date which is actually not far off because it has been a long time since we gone on a real date.

He blocked me from the popcorn bowl so I had to go get a container of my own to fill.
He said some raunchy things that cannot be repeated on here.
You know, things you would never do on an actual first date.

The best part was that there was only 10 people in the entire theater, so we were able to get real cozy in our seats.
(But not that cozy you perverts!)

Sample of part of the night:
R: leans over and puts her hand on top of his in an attempt to hold his hand
B:  looking at her, What?
B: still staring, What?
R: Oh my god, I was just trying to hold your hand!
B: Oh.
We really need to date more.

Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.

I loved this movie. 
It's the perfect date movie.  
There are many action scenes for the men, it's chick flicky for the women and hilarious overall.
The banter between the men was very funny.
Chelsea Handler is in it so duh, it's going to be good.
Chelsea's husband in the film is the exact man I think she would end up with in real life.  Exact.
I think the best part is the premise of the movie - 2 guys, 1 girl.

I'll give 4 out of 5 stars.
It would be 5 out of 5 but the beginning started out a little slow and for a second, I thought the men were in love with each other.  

So, skip The Hunger Games this weekend and go see this!  

Ben, The Bachelor is a Douche

I'm currently in the process of watching the overnight stay episode of The Bachelor.  

I know I'm a little behind and I know that Courtney wins but I just have to see how it plays out.  

I definitely need to watch the Women Tell All - always a good time.

I really didn't care who Ben picked and he's probably a match made in heaven for Courtney because they are both in love with themselves.  The other girls are just too good for him.

Plus, you really want to marry someone who looks like this??

This all I can think about when I look at Ben's face.  The saddest part about all of this is that Francine is much cuter and a bit more fun to watch on television.

I don't mean to be vain but...

I'm 100 percent certain I'm in love with myself...

Dang, I look good!

Crap!  I've been caught!


P.S. I'm officially on the move so watch the devil out!

Dear Quinn: 7 & 8 Months

Dear Quinn,

You are now 8 months old.  You turned eight months, on Tuesday, February 28th.  Eight months, since we brought your sweet little being into this big world of ours.  Eight whole months!  Can you believe that baby girl?
A lot has happened over these eight months.  I’m sorry I never got around to writing your 7 month post.  Your mom is a procrastinator but let’s really call it what it is…its laziness.  I hope you don’t inherit this “trait”.  
So much has happened over the last couple of months! 
In the last couple of months we’ve expanded your palette of foods.  We now give you a fruit mixed with oatmeal for breakfast, a vegetable for lunch and a dinner, well for dinner.  Your favorites are anything fruit (you LOVE fruit), carrots, sweet potatoes and corn, macaroni and cheese, turkey & rice and chicken noodle.  You also love yogurt which we love to give you on occasion.  I hope you love it this much as an adult.   

We have started giving you finger foods.  You understand the concept of picking it up with your precious little fingers and putting it to your mouth, but food tends to get lost in your little fists so mommy and daddy always help to get in your mouth.  We’ve tried Yogurt Melts, banana and sweet potato puffs, Baby Mum Mums and small chunks of banana.  You are already a messy eater!  Sadly, you get that from me.

Between meals, you usually take around 4-6 ounces of formula and we always get your belly full of formula before you go to bed.  We’ve also been giving you a sippy cup more often.  Once you grab on to that cup, there’s not letting go!  You absolutely love apple juice.  We’ve also given you pear and white grape juice.
You usually want to go to bed anywhere between 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. depending on the day and sleep until 7 a.m the next morning.  You make little noises when you sleep but not enough to wake mommy.  Daddy hears every sound though.
Bath time is one of your favorites.  You love the freedom of splashing around in the water and boy, can you splash!  Your little smile is the prettiest when you’re bathing.  That’s how we know you love it! 
You are now 17 pounds 4 ounces and 26 ½ inches long.  You are in size 2 diapers, ready to move on to size 3.You still wear 3-6 month clothes but they are starting to get a bit snug and a little short so it’s time to start putting you in 6-9 month clothes.  I just bought you a bunch of 6-9 month clothes for the spring/summer since you are about 2 months behind in the growth department.  I’ve heard that the smaller you are, the cuter you are! 
You’ve had a few bad colds over the last couple of months and two have resulted in ear infections.  The first ear infection was discovered on January 6th and the second was on February 27th.  Even though we know you don’t feel good, you still seem to have a big smile on your face most of the time.

You’ve been talking a lot more and thankfully have gotten out of your happy screaming phase.  The last couple of weeks you’ve discovered the B sound.  Daddy took you to see great grandpa on February 16th and you were really chatty the entire time.  Everyone thought that you said mama!  MAMA!  Can you believe that?  I can’t wait to hear it.  The only other word that we think you can say is “Yeah”.  You say it at appropriate times, like when we’ve asked you a question so I don’t know if you really understand it or not and if you’re actually saying it or just sighing with a little noise.  Either way, we’ll take it.

You are quite the mover and shaker.  You are an expert at rolling.  You roll everywhere!  Sometimes I have mini heart spasms when I walk in the living room and I can’t see you.  It’s only because you’ve rolled away from the spot I’ve left you and are “hiding”.  Speaking of hiding, you love to hide your pacifier and toys under blankets or the couch. 

Crawling is a different story.  You are able to get up on your knees, rocking back and forth and scooting backwards.  Just this past Sunday you made your first couple movements forward.  It’s only a matter of days until you really change our world.  Thankfully, we’ve had the house baby proofed for a few months now so we are ready for you!

We officially put your baby swing and bouncy chair away this past weekend.  While it makes me a little sad, I’m also happy because you’re becoming such a big girl.  I attempted to put you in the swing a couple weeks ago and it looked like you were on a carnival ride.  You were having a lot of fun but that kind of stuff is dangerous!  You love, love, love your Jumperoo and nothing us happier than watching laugh, talk and have fun in it! 

Speaking of laughing, your belly laugh is the cutest and funniest thing I’ve ever seen and heard.  You laugh at the weirdest things but there is nothing we wouldn’t try to get a giggle out of you.  The other day, you thought it was hilarious watching me work and sweat it out.  It’s so hard to concentrate on my workout with you giggling at me.

You give the best little kisses and by kisses, I mean you take my face in your hands and slober all over my cheeks.  For some reason, you don’t give daddy these types of kisses but I think that has to do with his facial hair or maybe it’s because I’m always giving you kisses and blowing on your chubby little cheeks.  You do love squeezing daddy’s nose though.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last eight months watching you grow and learn every single day.  You’ve made our lives so much better and I don’t know what our life would be like without you in it.  You literally make our world go round and we cannot wait to continue to watch you grow.

Happy eight months baby girl!  We love you!