Thursday, December 31, 2009
After 3 doctors' visits, 5 physical therapy appointments, 1 dentist appointment, and countless other attempts, including Tylenol, Aleve, Motrin, muscle relaxers, Hydro codone, warm baths, a heating pad, ice packs, 3 massages, acupuncture, tens unit therapy, deep heat ultrasound, the stuff you roll on your forehead, and prayer, I think the headaches are finally manageable. They aren't gone, but I can deal with them. Before trying the above remedies, they were getting to the point where I couldn't function. I was taking 1-2 Hydro codone a day just to get through. I think I was almost getting depressed about it. And, I'm sure Darrin could have screamed listening to me say "My head hurts" everyday.
So what worked? On the way to my first physical therapy appointment, I prayed that God would please take away my headaches. I'm not sure why we always wait until a situation is unbearable to turn to God, but so often we do. I prayed that therapy would be the answer, or that God would point me to the answer. During that first appointment, the physical therapist asked if I grind my teeth at night. I don't, but I do clench them during the day, and therefore probably at night. Many times when I would say my head hurt, I would actually be rubbing my jaws. Darrin even asked me one day why I was doing that if my head was hurting. The physical therapist recommended seeing a dentist about a mouth guard to wear at night. I made an appointment for the next day. Over the last few weeks, I have found that a combination of the stretches I learned at physical therapy and the mouth guard has helped. I have only been having 1-2 headaches a week, and they will usually go away with Motrin.
The first couple of days the headaches were gone, I was cooking/baking one night, which is something I love to do, but hadn't felt like it lately. I was enjoying it so much when it dawned on me just how bad I had felt for so long. I am so thankful to God that my headaches are better.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Uncle Dave decided he was past the fragile newborn stage enough to hold him....
Here's a good laugh. And, the best part is....he asked for this. After realizing it takes an army of people to get Miles strapped in, we decided to return it the next day. I was getting nervous he might want to shop for a minivan next (no offense to you minivan drivers...I'm just not there yet).
My cousins' kids....Spencer, Hunter, Lauren, and Cody (clockwise- starting with the cutie with glasses).
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
He's been spitting up a lot and his appetite has decreased lately, but Dr. Bates thinks it's just a phase. No sign of congession or ear problems. As you can see from the following pic, his appetite hasn't decreased too much :)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Miles had a play date with Hunt Clark on Saturday. You can't tell in this pic but Hunt had his arm around Miles. It was adorable. Right after this picture, Miles spit up carrots all over Shara Lynn's new carpet. I was scrambling to clean it up and laid Miles down...not so gently....under the tree. I scratched his face with a Christmas tree branch in the process. Bad mommy.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We named her Power. I must have been out of it when she was born b/c when I realized we named her Power, I insisted that we change it to Blair. We also forgot to tell our friends & family that we had a baby. So, we sent out a text to everyone. At the end of the dream we pulled up to a hotel and Greg Gunter was our valet attendant. I'm not sure where that fits in the dream....
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Miles spent the night with Granny & Pa (Darrin's parents), along with his cousins, Ava & Olivia. This was his first night away from me. I handled it much better than I thought I would. Surprisingly, it wasn't that hard. Darrin was ready to get him first thing the next morning, but we had a full day of Christmas shopping first. We enjoyed our day together and then picked him up around 5pm. We were very ready to see him.