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(no subject) [Oct. 23rd, 2010|08:25 pm]
*waves* Sure... it's been almost 6 months, so, sorry about that. This is a quickie update with a couple of pictures.

After apparently being in labor all day long on Monday, the 18th (didn't know I was, when I got to the hospital after work, turns out my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart!)... Our new son, Finnegan William Dawson Cain was born at 10:07pm! He weighed in at a hefty 8lbs 10oz and measured 22 inches long! I *knew* he was going to be a big baby! Although, I totally thought we were having a girl. I can truly say I am *SO* excited having TWO little boys!!

Baby Finn ended up aspirating enough amniotic fluid to cause breathing problems... so he had to go to the NICU about 15 min after being born. He is still there, 5 days later. BUT, he is significantly improving every hour... so, Finn should be home within the next 2-3 days. We are very fortunate... Finn is a very healthy baby. The fluid in his lungs, no matter how minimal, caused his respiratory rate to be accelerated which causes the other problems: low oxygen saturation and inability to take anything by mouth. Therefore, Finn had to have a CPAP machine that was downgraded to a nasal canula which was just taken off today... He had to have an IV of "sugar water" to keep up his calorie needs which was just downgraded to being taken out today... and he had an OG (feeding tube in the mouth) tube which was downgraded to a nasal feeding tube which *is* being downgraded maybe tonight to nothing! He was able to take a bottle (regulates how much feeding and therefore his breathing) this morning... I've been pumping breastmilk as much as my boobies can take! This morning, I supplied ALL of his feeding need. Then, I average about 15-20cc's of breastmilk that then is supplemented with formula to bring up the total to 60cc. Tomorrow morning, Finn can take directly from ME... which will not only get more milk out of me (pumping seems to only get half of what's in there, from what I feel) but will be super great for Finn!

I am feeling pretty good overall. I'm still on my narcotic pain med with ibuprofen supplemented. I feel GOOD with the medicine and really sore without... so, I'm just taking them for now. I just gotta move slow and remember to take breaks.

Ian is doing pretty well... he has his moments, but he was only able to "meet" Finn today through a window of the step-down NICU. He "knows" he's a big brother and seems pretty excited overall to have a baby.

Tim is awesome. He's been taking care of spending quality time with Ian... which we decided was a priority for us. He's also been organizing stuff at home to prep for Finn's arrival.

My mom has been up here since the day after Finn was born... spending a significant time in the hospital with me and now, at home. I can't even express how grateful we are to her... and how much BETTER I am with her caring for all of us. She's fantastic with Ian and me and cooking and cleaning. :-) My brother Rob was also up here for Ian's birth and spent a lot of time with me in the hospital, too. He actually brought me Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice every morning!!!! YUM. Because both my mom and brother with me, that really relieved Tim to take care of everything else... How awesome is my family?!?!?!

Well, time to go for Finn's 9pm feeding. Since I was discharged on Friday, I've been going back to the NICU for feedings. I pump and feed and change and take Finn's temp. Then, we put him to sleep and go home.

My heart really goes out to other moms that have had a baby in the NICU. Mine isn't even critical and my heart breaks being at home without him. I can't imagine what they're going through...
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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2010|01:47 pm]
Since Tim unplugged everything before we left for vacation... and I *thought* the pizza was cooking... I now have a few minutes to write before the pizza actually gets done with a plugged in toaster oven.

I've been incognito the last month due to being the busiest I've ever remembered being... Seriously, I don't ever remember a time like this. Work, family, vacation prep, new job prep, household, etc. Anyway... this'll be a quicker update.

Work: It's official. I resigned, over the phone, to the company I'm at the high school with. SO. No more high schoolers to keep me amused. BUT. I start my *NEW* job on Tuesday the 6th. I'm still an Athletic Trainer, but my official title is "Physician Extender/Sports Medicine Coordinator." Part of being busy was that I literally didn't have time to sit down, type a resignation letter and either mail OR deliver it. Hopefully, that's ok? Hmmm... I better check that. I told the varsity football team the day before my last day with them and that was really, really hard... I had to tell myself over and over that there wasn't any crying in football! I will miss the daily interactions with them SO MUCH. Luckily, one of my best friends is actually taking my place at the high school! I couldn't be more relieved that I'm leaving them in great hands. So, I'll have 2 of my closest friends working across the street from home... looks like I'll be visiting a lot, eh?

Family: Ian's doing great! I think he's doing better this summer than he usually does during the school year. The biggest difference: fun and young babysitters (one high school, one college). He DOES things like play and be outside and have Adventures (whenever they go somewhere... library, the mall, other errands that are just fun when you're not with mommy!) and just be a KID like he should be during the summers especially. Tim's doing pretty good. He is unfortunately falling into a bit of his old self... thinking he needs to do ANYTHING to keep his current contract. Which included working THE ENTIRE FREAKING VACATION. I'm a bit bitter, can you tell? Other than that... he's been working from home more often, which has been nice but he's really busy and because he puts more pressure on himself to perform, it's like he's working 12 hour or MORE days. Suck.

Extended Family: My SIL, Gerry, flew in almost 2 weeks ago to have a good visit... too bad my brother couldn't because of vacation time. Sigh. BUT. Gerry came with us to our week long vacation and honestly, she made it worthwhile! It was so FUN to not just catch up with her... but just to BE hanging out with her. I will miss her! My youngest brother is on a 2 month business trip... thank goodness I had the vacation busy-ness to keep me occupied. Otherwise, I would have sobbed like a baby when I had to say goodbye to him. I'm going to miss him a LOT since he's usually the one that is the closest in mileage! Can't just text him or call him... sigh...... My other brother should be home soon-ish from his business trip. He said in a recent email "the powers that be seems to make sure none of us siblings are ever on the same continent!" What a true statement.

Vacation: It pretty much sucked with just a couple of highlights... Tim literally worked the entire time, my mom was acting weird, it was horribly hot the last couple of days, and I had to juggle Ian, who only wanted to be outside, pretty much all by myself. On the plus side... it was nice to get away, I always LOVE Minnesota, got to hang out with Gerry and my beloved grandma, got a few cute things at the cute little shops. That's all I'm going to say 'bout that.

Baby: I'm almost 6 months along now (will be in less than a week)! I can't believe how much I've grown just over the past WEEK. I feel he/she kicking and moving... more subtle now, but definitely with consistency. Tim's felt the baby move, too. I still feel really great... sometimes, I don't feel pregnant at ALL! The only thing is in the evenings, I feel the stretching and pressure and just need to lay down for 10min-10 hours and it's fine. :-) I'm so lucky!! As of yet, no swelling and my weight gain has been just the amount that I'm happy with it. Although, I'm going to weigh myself in a little bit here after not doing it while away on vacation... I'm a little scared!! Ah well... I've been eating well if you don't count the Cheetos addiction. In the naming department, we have a few names for both girl and boys... I don't think we'll hammer something down until the kid is actually born? I sort of like that idea actually. Since we don't know what we're having, we might as well wait for the name, too!

I think that's all for now. Time for a shower and getting ready for BBQ at The Grands!

Happy 4th of July!!!
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(no subject) [May. 5th, 2010|11:30 am]
Ok, ok... I know I'm not even 4 months preggo... but I'm a little bit nervous. Nervous in the sense of all the "stuff" we need. Now, we are notorious for being perfectly happy with the bare minimum of baby gear... My MIL was always commenting back in the day when Ian was a baby how LITTLE we actually had. We didn't have any money 4 years ago and a really small apartment ... but we found that we didn't NEED a lot of stuff. ANyhoo...

We donated a lot of stuff of Ian's... but kept the big stuff. I think. I need to raid my mom's house and my MIL's garage to see what we actually HAVE from Ian. I think: baby bath, boppy, pack 'n play (which, if I remember correctly, Ian put a largish dent because we had him in it until he was pretty old.. we couldn't afford a crib and the in laws finally just bought us one... ha!), infant car seat and stroller (which, I don't like... Ian was allergic to the actual material which = PIA).

I've been looking online at stuff this morning... I created a wish list just so that I have a list to go on!! I'm not expecting or relying on a baby shower... it's the second kid, kwim?

Just being able to prepare properly is one MAJOR reason towards finding out what we're having. :-) But, I'm trying to be strong.

Argh!! I need to calm the heck DOWN. The internet at my fingertips is not helping.

I did really like the fact that we used the pack 'n play for the first few months with Ian. He was in our room at the foot of the bed... This time, I'm pretty sure I want it right next to me to help with night feedings and such. Kinda like a co-sleeper/sidecar but with multiple uses... I would like a rocker this time around, too. A Nursing Station, if you will. We have plenty of room in our master BR so it'll just be a matter of getting it all. WHICH I want to start getting stuff here and there.

Another worry: What if I end up in the hospital again? It would be much easier this time around already... but still! I want to plan and BE a part of the getting ready. While it isn't a do-over from when Ian was born, it is an opportunity to make good decisions and prepare MUCH better.

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Possibilities [Apr. 29th, 2010|11:53 am]

Thought I would get these down while they're in my mind... I'll add as the time comes closer.

Girl Names:

Boy Names:

Middle Names (all mixed together):
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(no subject) [Dec. 23rd, 2009|11:04 am]
Merry Christmas, everyone!!!

I know I haven't been updating at ALL... but know that I still care and am still reading. I'm thinking of those that are in need and/or going through rough times... I'm cheering for you, too!

I hope this new year brings everything you are hoping for... :-)
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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2009|07:38 am]
Holy Smokes!!! Where has July, let along June, gone?!?!?! Just under a month until our fall football season starts!!

I've been completely absent lately... vacation combined with significantly more work than I expected to be doing over the summer has made SuperLindy an exhausted girl. It makes me sad that Ian is wondering why mommy has to go to work ALLLLL the time! Luckily, he's had quality time with daddy, The Grands, and the couple of really great babysitters (a couple of my wonderful high school girls!) to have a really great summer. That's one of the reasons why I'm excited for the school year to start again... My hours will be regular!!!

I'll post pictures eventually from vacation but in the meantime... We went on our yearly trek to northwestern Minnesota for a week filled with family, lake, and beer. This year was rather special in the fact that my wonderful brother and SIL from London joined us!! We had them for an entire WEEK!!!! Every single person I love most in the world was in Minnesota that week... and the pictures are just the icing on the cake. As with small children, "vacation" doesn't always seem like the right word... One day, Tim and Ian and I will have a "real" family vacation that we can allllll enjoy, not just survive. :-) Ian was really super good and delightful and FULL of joy at playing outside, with his uncles and grandma, and the beach. It was just so NICE to just BE with family!

Work has been busy... I'm gone a lot more than expected but this month, I do have most Fridays off. The last 2 weeks, I have Thur AND Fridays off which is going to be NICE. I have a couple of things household-wise I want to do before the hustle of the fall sets in... painting, organizing, day trips with Tim and Ian.... stuff I feel like I never have time for!

Tim has a potential LONG contract coming up. We get the final word on Friday... the company had to "create" a position for him. It's a contract, of course... but a really great one. We are *thisclose* to having everything but the mortgage and our student loans PAID OFF. That's right. I said it! We are really excited about the potential... I'll let you know. IF he does indeed get this contract and maintains for at least 3 months... there might be another little one in the works!!

On that note... I gotta get ready for work!!

I assure you all... I'm reading and trying to comment as I can... but I'm rarely even able to! It'll get better and better... really!!
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(no subject) [Jun. 13th, 2009|02:21 pm]
Just a quick disclaimer...

My laptop at home BROKE and I've been offline at home since then (now going on 3 weeks!!)... AND, I haven't been at the school hardly at all... hence NO ONLINE time for Lindy!!!

I care still!! I just haven't even BEEN online to read or keep up with everything... argh!!!

We're hoping to buy a new laptop within the next couple of weeks!! We'll see you then!!!
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(no subject) [Apr. 4th, 2009|09:31 am]
This week has just flown by! I'm sitting here at the high school, enjoying everyone just practicing... which means I'm sitting in my office just waiting for kids to need help... all day. Well, until about 2pm. Got here just before 8am. I've been dorking around online but I'm really needing to do a project that is HUGE. Hm... procrastination much??

Tim and I had a huge sigh of relief... our tax return came!! It is SO big (thanks to buying a new home) that we're able to do a TON of good stuff: pay all our late payments, pay OFF one ENTIRE credit card (one of the two we have), make our mortgage payment ON TIME, and finally, pay the massive fine Tim had so he could renew his drivers license (it's been over a year, seriously). HUGE relief!! As long as Tim gets a full time job within the next 4-6 weeks, we'll be ok.

Speaking of jobs... There's been 7-9 applications this week alone. Total interviews so far: 3. Tis the biz. We both look daily at new postings and just apply. There's gotta be something that comes out of it. Preferably a COMPANY full time job, but we're not going to be picky if a contract comes our way!!

I am trying to schedule an "intervention" with Marci here at the high school. It's myself, her, and Larson that are the Athletic Trainers. Marci is totally burned out... and it's really effecting the way things are here at the high school. Management of the training room, the kids, everything. Larson and I really like Marci a lot.. but we're tired of her professionally. Does that make sense? We want to bring our concerns to her in a comfortable and loving environment.... I'm finding myself being just CRANKY towards Marci and talking about her to Larson and that is NOT the way I want to be. The sooner we take care of this, the better everything is going to be! Well, I hope so that is.

I've fallen off the running wagon. Completely. ALthough, I did bring my running stuff today. I WILL get on the treadmill!!!!!! I have officially committed to running the Chicago Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon on Aug 2nd. I have numerous people that will be running it and if I don't do it this year... I doubt it'll happen. Turning 30 is the perfect motivation! I just joined a running group from meetup.com in my area and I really hope that helps. At the very least, I'll probably have someone to do my longer runs with (which I count as over 4 miles... doesn't even start until the end of this month). My other motivation for committing is that since running is my body's best weightloss solution, I'll be losing the final number of "baby" pounds along the way (ideally, 15 pounds or 5-6% body fat). JUST in time to become preggo again. ha! Also, I'll begin the next school year in much better shape... which always makes the hectic fall schedule easier. Whoo hoO!!! Now if I could only consistently motivate my butt to get moving!!!!

That's all for now... I'm going to read my book right now. It's called "Nefertiti" by Michelle Moran. WOW!!! It's so freaking good... and a nice long one, too.
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(no subject) [Jan. 26th, 2009|09:46 pm]
I think Ian just fell out of bed (I heard a thud and he's now on the floor. Just call me Nancy)... and didn't wake up.

Does that really happen?
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(no subject) [Jan. 8th, 2009|02:05 pm]
Whew! It's just downright cold outside!! Nothing like January in the Chicagoland area. Well, when it was raining it was weird but now we're back to normal.

I'm the last one in the family to catch the cold... first Tim, then Ian... it's getting harder to breathe as I'm sitting here. Nothing a little Dayquil won't take care of I think. I'm just glad Ian isn't dripping snot anymore. While long sleeves in the winter are a must, it gets a little gross when they're used for a kleenex and you can't get there fast enough to wipe it first. Ah well.... colds and kids. I WISH it was an oxymoron.

I'm glad to be back to "normal." School started up again this past Monday and I MISSED going into the high school for work. The kids are crazy and a huge source of amusement... I just had my own family and adults at the clinic for amusements over the holidays. HA! Not nearly as fun....

Let's see. We've had our house now for six weeks and we're already refinancing! A good friend of mine's husband pointed us to their mortgage guy. We met with him but then went through the builder for the incentives. We had such a great experience with the guy, Brian, that we've kept in contact with him. He just emailed Tim and said we could get 5.0%!! We're at 5.875% right now... but it'll make a big difference! So pumped!

Tim is looking for full time work. Over the past 2 years now, he's been working solely with a graphic designer doing all the web based jobs. While it's been consistent WORK, it's been inconsistent pay. Not good. BUT, the situation was ok while Tim was doing it... the added stuff for his resume is great. We've just come to the end of the arrangement now... time for Tim to go on his way somewhere else. SO. We're writing (which means me) resumes and cover letters... which, by the way, are all emails now. Weird. I can't even IMAGINE what it would be like to have Tim have a regular paycheck. It would almost seem like winning the lottery. I might be able to actually get clothes! *gasp* It is just a foreign concept for me... as the financial person in the family... to wrap my head around.

I'm really into baby fever now. It's going to happen. I'm 90% sure it'll be this year. I am finding that there are 3 things that need to happen first: 1) I have to have a procedure done, 2) we have to save at least 4 months of living expenses, and 3) I need to be at a healthy WEIGHT and fitness level. Since I *know* these things need to happen... it's been easy for me to be calm with the fever. Luckily, I have a lot of pregnant patients that I openly live vicariously through (I tell them and they're ok with it!).

Ok... that's all for now. I am going to Starbucks and get an oil change and then go to work.
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