Tuesday, September 15, 2009

To the West Coast and Back

Wow. Blogging again. Feels weird.

About my long absence: we took a trip to Seattle and California, and thought I'd have time to do some blogging there. Ha! On our second day in CA, both Baby Q (almost 6 months now!) and I got the flu. I got better in a day, but for Q, the next two weeks were composed of 4 doctor visits, 2 ER visits (with 2 bags of IV fluid), countless calls to doctors and lactation consultants, and a pound lost that we are still struggling to regain. We've been home for a few days and are lying low, trying to get back into our routine and make sure he is eating enough. This is the first morning I've had time to set him aside to play while I open my laptop!

On a positive note, Seattle was pretty darn cool, and so was CA (San Fran area). I got to to see my niece and nephews (2, 4 and 6) and they are each so special. My husband flew out after the second ER trip, and Q pretended like he was better, so we got to hit Napa briefly. Of course, the night my husband left, Q vomited 4 times. That was a week ago, and he's been fine since.

As usual, mad props to the lactation consultants at Stamford Hospital, specifically Ellen and Eva, who counseled me over the phone while I was away. They are such a valuable resource, and they are FREE, which is amazing. I highly recommend their Friday Mother's Group to all new moms, breastfeeding or not- I made such awesome friends through it and learned a lot.


mistersquid said...

Sorry to hear you were ill and glad you're both feeling better. Had I known you were going to be in the SF area, I would have suggested we meet up.

Happy returns!

Puhvis Kukk said...

Poor thing.... We are planning to fly to FL this Christmas, my daughter will be 6 mo around then and I am so worried, esp about the flu. So many ppl dont cover their mouths when coughing/sneezing etc.
Have to add that Norwalk hospital had great lactation consultants as welk, b-feeding is tough! (as I am starting to leak...)

Stamford Talk said...

Puhvis, this was my first big feeding snag- it made me understand a lot more about difficulties of b-feeding. Hearing your baby cry and thinking he is hungry is a pretty bad feeling- so a fussy newborn, I can see, would really make you wonder if you were meeting his needs. Help is so essential- I mean, consulting a lactation specialist.

Mister Squid, I didn't know you were in San Fran! We literally only had 1-2 healthy days, and about 11 sick/resting ones, but on my next trip out, I'll get in touch to see if you are out there.