Yesterday mid-morning I started having some back pain. I have had back pain intermittently for probably 15 years. Yesterday it hit full force.
I could barely get up off the sofa, pick up the baby, move, walk, etc. I could not bend over to save my life. Yet, as a mother, I had to keep going.
This morning it was a little better, with the help of Motrin. At least I can walk and move.
So as I'm running around this morning (actually limping around hunched over) trying to get the three older boys off to school, I put Sawyer on the sofa. He wasn't happy to be left there, but it was only going to be for a few minutes. He was crying when I put him down and when I went to check on him, he was lying on the floor between the sofa and the ottoman with Spenser standing above him saying, "come here." He didn't appear to be hurt, as he stopped crying shortly after I picked him up.
Then we're running out the door to take the baby to his one-month checkup and Mason to preschool. Things went okay.
First, Spenser spilled her cup of water in the waiting room. Then I knocked it over. And then she spilled it in the triage room. Then the doctor told me that the lab screwed up his PKU and it has to be repeated. Then, Spenser climbs under the chair and emerges minutes later with a wad of green, spearmint gum in her mouth!!! And it wasn't hers! I was so grossed out, yet I couldn't stop laughing!
At least no one forgot to take his lunch to school today! Or forgot his clarinet.
The doctor checked out the baby and didn't see any injuries from his 'fall' today. My little man is 10 lbs. 4 oz. (birth weight was 7 lbs. 7 oz.). He has been gagging a lot lately, which we are suspecting is reflux. I am to keep an eye on him and keep him upright (even while sleeping) to see if it improves. If it continues, he may have to take medication to control it.
Reflux in babies can be very scary. My youngest brother (who is now 20) had it when he was born and had to be hooked up to a SIDS monitor for a year because the reflux made him stop breathing and it lowered his heart rate. It can be very scary for moms, too! Every time he starts gagging, I jump and (while freaking out, of course) and try to roll him over to his stomach or sit him up. Nothing ever comes out, though.
One good thing that happened today was that I checked the mail and received a birthday present from my long-time friend, Kathie. (We have been friends for about 32 years!)
A book on making children's clothing patterns! I have been wanting to learn how to make patterns (children's and adult) and I can't wait to get started. Thank you, Kathie!