Thursday, February 7, 2008

Killing Mommy

Caleb went with me to the doctor's today. It was kind of fun, since I had the same doctor that Caleb normally sees. Caleb just stared at him in awe the whole time, not really sure why the doctor wasn't paying as much attention to Caleb as he normally does.

We went because I've been having this tingling in my foot for a long while now. It feels the way your foot/leg feels when it's fallen asleep and then is waking up again. That sort of tingling. Well, lately, I've been feeling it all the way up my leg, so I figured I needed to get it checked out. The doctor thinks I have sciatica, which means the sciatic nerve in my lower back is pinched or something and is effecting the rest of the nerve all the way down my leg. The fact that it's gotten progressively worse means that if worse comes to even worse, I'll have to have surgery on my back to get it fixed. We're hoping it doesn't come to that. In the meantime though, I'm not supposed to lift my baby. I'm allowed to carry him, but lifting is bad.

This is the third disease I've been diagnosed with that I've been told not to lift my baby. Seriously. I don't know how they expect me to not lift him. But, we really do like the doctor we saw today, and he gave me detailed instructions on how to pick Caleb up without really lifting him. We'll see how it goes.

While we were at the health center, I thought it would be fun to see how much Caleb has grown. He weighed in at a whopping 20 pounds 4 ounces! But that was with all his clothes on, including a sweatshirt and a poopy diaper. So who knows how much he actually weighs. But he's roughly 28 3/4 inches long (I say roughly because he's really very squirmy), which, according to a growth calculator I found online, puts him in the 41st percentile for height. Way to go baby! In fact, we were babysitting Naomi earlier today and we think Caleb might be just a smidgen taller.

Speaking of Naomi, it turns out that it's not just my own baby that doesn't like me anymore. Naomi wanted Brandon the entire time she was here (until her mom got back). When Brandon left the room, she started crying. I'm starting to get a complex. Why don't babies like me? I'm fun. And nice. And I don't smell bad. What else could a baby really be looking for in a person? And I feed them. That should totally seal the deal.

Oh, I just remembered. The last time we were in St. George, my nephew Trevor, sat in my lap and gave me hugs. So maybe there's hope. At least once my baby is a toddler. Maybe then he'll like me again. (But Caleb is good for me when Brandon's nowhere to be found, so it's still manageable.)


Virginia Collinwood said...

You'll get to see Trevor again on Sunday... he's coming up with M & G. I hope you know about that- otherwise I am the bearer of bad news. I am sorry to hear about your foot and leg. Bummer. Total bummer. Hopefully Trevor will give you lots and lots and lots of hugs and kisses. Oh- and can you do me favor? Make sure MIL doesn't feed him junk or put him down to bed later than 8? Hehe. You can be my secret spy.

I miss you- V

Patti said...

I'm hoping your mil doesn't read this blog on a regular basis or there goes the whole secret spy thing for Virginia.
I'm so anxious to have you come stay with me. I will pick Caleb up for you all day long! Hooray! But, please get better. I know about that whole leg thing. I had it for years from the time I was a teenager until I was pregnant with Danny. Magically, he fixed it! Maybe you need to have another baby to fix it. Hmm. Better teach Caleb to talk soon!

Barbour said...

There are several exercises that you can do. I'll try and show brandon some for ya. It has to do with your pelvis being moved so much pregnant and being in an anterior pelvis tilt. You need to do sit ups and ones with your back completely flat. Like I said, I'll show brandon. If you keep pelvic neutral and strech you should be better. They should of gave you some PT sessions.

kristymccray said...

my friend's dad has bad sciatica, and he does 45-60 minutes of yoga stretching every morning. he started doing this a few months ago, and is better shape now than ever (and he's pushing 60). try yoga and/or stretching. :)