Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Mighty Blackhawks

Seeing the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup last night for the second time in my lifetime really put things into perspective for me/us.  When they won in 2010, only three short years ago, we were living in Chicago.  Adam and I were still a few months away from getting married.  We had watched most of the games at bars with our friends and there were many, many playoff beers consumed.  We watched the last game on the second floor of a bar overlooking Wrigley Field with a big group of friends and as the Hawks won, we were part of the group that poured out onto Clark Street.  We finished the night at our favorite tavern and stayed out waaaay too late.  I remember it being 4 am and still hearing people partying in the streets as we went to bed.  The next day hangover was totally worth it.

This year, we went to dinner with a friend from out of town and came home to watch the game.  We put Owen to bed during the second intermission and Adam had to contain himself as not to wake the baby when the clinching goals were scored.  We texted with our friends in Chicago who were holding the tradition for us.  We live in a different city, have been married for almost three years of many big life changes, the most important being that we have a baby now.  Owen was born on the day that the first playoff game was played so it's even more fun and special that the Hawks won the Cup.

The thought occurred to me this morning as I was getting Owen dressed that it was so appropriate that we had a boy since we are both big sports fans.  I've always thought it but every so often I'll get an extra reminder that this baby was 100% meant for us and we were meant to be his parents.  He's worth all of the lost sleep, tears, hard work and sacrifices.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

6 week kidney update

We saw Owen's pediatric urologist on Monday afternoon.  Little man did awesome during the visit.  They weighed and measured him and he was 11 lbs, 8 oz and 23 inches long.  For those keeping score, he's gained 3 lbs from his original birthweight and almost 4 lbs in 4 weeks since his low at his two week appointment (7 lbs 10 oz).  He dominates food almost all day long so none of this came as a surprise to me.  In fact, I often look at him and think that he has grown overnight!

The urologist is a funny little man, I suppose one must be to be a wiener doctor.  He made a couple of weird comments about Owen's circumcision.  Awkward!  HA!  Owen had an ultrasound and he was great, just kind of laid there in wonderment.  His right kidney got the all clear that it looks good.  The left kidney has just a little bit of extra fluid and they hope it will go away by his checkup in 6 months.  Most of this extra monitoring is just so that Adam and I will be more aware and diligent of any illness issues possibly relating to this.  Most pediatricians will assume ear infection but we'll always be on the lookout for UTIs with Owen.

Other than that, he's great!  We had some fussier moments in the last week but he hit a huge growth spurt, obviously.  This week, he's back to his happy self and we get to see smiles now and then.  He had his first big road trip(s) to San Antonio this weekend and even made two separate drives to Austin. Good thing Mr. Bear likes car rides!

I saw my OB and got the all clear to resume all my normal activities and I can't wait to jump back into my workout schedule.  I will probably be taking it easier until after Owen gets his 8 week shots and then I'll be more comfortable taking him to childcare at the gym.  It was hard to hold it together during all of my OB's questions about post-partum depression.  The hormones were not a fun thing for me to deal with and baby blues took me by surprised with how severe they were.  The only thing that makes me feel like I don't have PPD is that I am fully aware of my insanity but just unable to control my emotions.  Every day gets a little bit better and Adam had his first overnight work trip last night and I didn't feel like I was going to fall apart or lose my mind.  Things are pretty ok around here!