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A Week of Doctors (18 weeks, Friday Catch Up 6/1)

Between Ridley and myself, we basically spent this week at the doctors. And tomorrow, we fly with an infant for the first time! Spread the joy with the Friday Catch Up.

Did you see my post about our Anniversary Weekend?

Friday Catch Up 6/1

1) First off, can I get some applause for Alex, who FINALLY has more than 36-48 hours off at one time?!!! Thanks to his hard work and our scheduling following Emmie’s birth, we were able to combine his one week of scheduled vacation with his other week of paternity leave for 2 full weeks off for him. That means that he can go from being a full time (over time) doctor to a full time daddy! lol. And right into traveling with an infant 😀

And that is what we are up to this weekend–traveling! We are taking Emmie to Alexandria to meet her aunt and uncle and cousin (Alex’s brother, SIL, and nephew) and great aunt for the first time, one of my best friends, and to see my dad for the first time since she was born and my brother for the first time since mid-February. 

I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous.

Alex somehow captured this last week…

Not because I’m feeling social anxiety or that the thought of everyone together is overwhelming, but I just am nervous because she vacillates between being totally fine and then going APE. Whatever, we will be with people who understand. Except for the fellow travelers. I’ll just give her to Alex. lol

I’ve been making lists of what we need to take with us, and we are planning to get to the airport early to make sure that we get through with the stroller etc without feeling rushed. Emmie is going to sit on our laps, and I’m just going to try to nurse her (which may or may not go well) and keep her distracted. Once we get to the east coast, I might demand that she take a nap (if she hasn’t already) before everyone goes nuts on her. Otherwise, we aren’t going to make it very far!

I’ll be ok once we get there and I know what I am dealing with (with regards to her). Until then….

2) Ok, let’s look back at the week! The big news is the continuation of Emmie’s big news from the weekend–solid foods! We continued to work on avocado, and she definitely got better and better, but NEWS FLASH FOR MOMS FEEDING SOLIDS a) she always choked a little per feeding (I only needed to assist her in clearing her airway 1x) and b) I am so glad we started with avocado and not food number 2, banana. 

a) The choking is to be expected (within reason, obviously) as she learns how to clear her airway and also how much is acceptable to swallow. Also, she just isn’t used to food. Even giving her a small amount, she would have a gag reflex at times. b) Ripe avocado mashes up so much more smoothly than banana, which still has a decent amount of chunk. We will get to purees before long, but she is still only having a few bites, so there just isn’t enough food to puree.

By the final day of avocado, she was pretty into it, but I think she was more into the spoon than anything–she would jump on the spoon! And then be like, oh, wait, what is this food… Banana, on the other hand, she actually wasn’t so keen on! I think it might have to do with the strong taste and the texture. But she definitely got better and better at eating each day (with help from mimicking Alex and I as we “chewed”). 

3) You might have seen that Ridley, Emmie and I took a trip to the emergency vet on Monday. Because why would she have an issue on a day when the vet is open? Since Emmie has been alive, Ridley has chosen the off days to need to go in. This time, it was her eye. On Sunday, we noticed some colored discharge from her eye and some weepy-ness. On Monday, though, I saw that her eye was swelling, there was much more discharge (not obscene, but I didn’t want it to escalate), and she was starting to poke at it with her paw. Everything I read said not to play with eye issues, so I loaded Emmie into her car seat, grabbed the diaper bag, and got a Lyft to the E-vets. Which was packed.

My travel buddy

Luckily, we were greeted by a vet tech at the front desk immediately, and after she looked at Ri’s eye (and the fact that I had a baby with me), she told me that the wait was 3 hours and, honestly, we could go home, get a cone of shame, and go to the vets in the morning. So, long story short, I turned around, called another Lyft, and we headed home!

I took her in to our vets the next morning, and THANKFULLY, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with her eye. So my dog, who likes to divebomb into the grass like a ninny, has seasonal allergies and is on allergy medicine and an eye antibiotic/steroid. OH RI RI.

So she got to go to the doctor Monday and Tuesday. I got to go to the doctor Wednesday and Thursday.

4) I went to the GI on Wednesday and the dermatologist on Thursday, and the abridged version is that I’m doing well digestively but we are going to need to do labs and surveilance (aka colonoscopy) before long. It was great because Alex got to go with me! That was an unexpected treat 😀

The dermatologist was just me and Em, though, and it was a little more frustrating. I’m having some skin issues that flare and subside, again and again, and nobody really seems to know what to do about them. So we are trying a new course of treatment with oral and topical antibiotic and steroid to see if there is some underlying issue that we can nix. So I’m on an antibiotic for the next 2 weeks, which will make me super sun sensitive. And I spend hours outside a day. OY #firstworldproblems, I know, but they are still problems. 

I just want to get to the point that my nostrils and belly button don’t hurt. The skin is so inflamed that it can hurt to wear Emmie and so crusty at times I can’t breathe through my nose. 

So. Charming.

And now it is 2:30 AM and I am finishing this post after feeding Emmie. And my eyes are shutting themselves so it is probably time to go…

Yup, just had a micro-sleep.

Wish us luck this weekend!

Any big time secrets for traveling with a baby? 

What are you up to this weekend?

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  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    You poor thing! I hope your skin issues clear up soon. Bodies can be so crummy when they don’t work the way they’re supposed to

    June 1, 2018 at 6:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Mine’s a lemon. I’m pretty used to it by now haha

      June 11, 2018 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe’s mommy, Clare

    Traveling with a baby…….. first time do, in all honestly……
    You might make lots of plans, but expect everything to take twice as long and be able to “wing it!”
    Yes, you’ll be visiting family…..a lot of family, so feel free to let them play with Emmie and get your own rest.
    Lap babies. ( you and your brother) had the typical baby-ears) the change in air pressure makes them pop so keep a my-my, and “the boob” available, a bottle, a few prayers, the blankie and a sense of humor!!!
    You’ll all make it through!
    Feed her as you take off and land, it helps a lot! The sucking action helps her ears.
    Extra easy-on clothes for you and her, a couple of burp cloths for Ems and a crying towel for you!!
    If she needs to be swaddled, do it and don’t be surprised if I swaddle you and her together !!!!!
    You are her mom, but I’m still yours!
    If Emmie gets wound up, give her to Alex and let him be the daddy and you chill somewhere.
    Breathe, breathe, breathe and trust me— don’t take anything personally— we all love you and you’ll be fine!!
    It’s the traveling itself that can be hard, but it’s much harder if you worry.
    Wear Emmie when she meets a lot of people, she will feel more secure and you can wrap your arms around her from behind.
    We Love You, so let us!!

    Suzlyfe’s mommy, Mommy

    June 1, 2018 at 6:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think Emmie was glad to be rid of me–she had way more fun with you guys! She didn’t need me for anything (even for feeding, which she resisted, haha)

      June 11, 2018 at 11:18 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Good luck traveling this weekend! I have no specific advice but I know you can do it… just take it one step at a time. I hope she doesn’t scream on the plane for you but try not to feel too bad if she does. xoxo

    June 1, 2018 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will say that the roar of the plane does cover up much crying

      June 11, 2018 at 11:17 am
  • Reply Kimberly

    I hope you guys have an awesome trip! Good luck with everything.

    June 1, 2018 at 8:10 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Cora

    Geez louise. Can I just hop over and take some of these, er, “inconveniences” off your shoulders? Or at least micro pack send you over some (decaf) coffee and an egg white omelette? I’m SO happy to hear Alex is getting some real, solid time off. You guys get to travel! This is going to be a new experience for all, but I hope its exciting for you. ALL THE BEST TO YOU this weekend. And I sincerely hope you continue to get some answers and treatment for your tummy and skin. Oh – and Ridley! Dear Ridley! Sending him my best <3

    June 1, 2018 at 9:06 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know the way to my heart, sweet Cora… xoxoxo

      June 11, 2018 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Maureen

    Good luck with traveling!! I hope it goes smoothly and unfortunately I don’t have any tips for you. Maybe bring a bag of candy to pass around to people sitting near you when they arrive and just say it’s our first time flying so we apologize if Emmie is disruptive. The gesture could help?

    Enjoy family time 🙂

    June 1, 2018 at 10:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Hahaha I might do that for the upcoming flight to see if they will help me out!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Rae

    Oh man, good luck with all your travels! I’m sure you’ll be just fine, and the joy of seeing family will help outweigh any negatives you might encounter.

    June 1, 2018 at 11:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Or the joy of being like HERE TAKE HER ;D

      June 11, 2018 at 11:13 am
  • Reply Sarah Rosenblatt

    Oof, good luck traveling with Emmie! You three will make it through, one way or another.

    I hope you get the skin stuff under control, too, that sounds like no fun. Be careful with topical steroids, though. If you use them for too long, your skin can actually get addicted to them. My cousin is going through TSW (topical steroid withdrawal) because nobody (not even docs) warned her about that and now her skin is basically “detoxing” – not pretty. Anyway, I’m of course in no way trying to tell you what to do, but it’s just something to be aware of, in case you hadn’t already encountered that in any research you may have done.

    Enjoy all you time with Alex, that’s fabulous that he gets 2 weeks!

    June 1, 2018 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Um thanks for the heads up! That is insane!

      June 2, 2018 at 8:45 am
  • Reply Emily

    Good luck with the travel! Our baby trips were all car trips, so no air specific tips, but in general, just give yourself plenty of time and take snacks (that is a most for me and the kids, we all suffer from the hangries).

    June 1, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe


      June 11, 2018 at 11:14 am
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    I don’t have any good tips for traveling with a baby because I don’t have a baby, but I hope that it goes well Susie!

    Thanking the LORD that Ridley is ok, and I’m glad that you’re such a good mommy/fur mommy. It’s always hard to know what’s wrong with dogs because they can’t verbally tell you, so sometimes you just have to take them to the vet to figure out what’s wrong.

    June 1, 2018 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aw, thank you, Emily. You are so sweet! I am so thankful Ridley is ok as well.

      June 11, 2018 at 11:14 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    I’m reading this late because just got back from a road trip with my husband and Squish. You’ve probably finished your flight but if you want tips on your next one I wrote a post on flying with a baby. I’m not posting it here because I don’t want to be spammy but check it out if you’re interested. I took my daughter on 12 flights by the time she was 18 months old (and I’m someone who doesn’t love flying! Lol). If you’ve already gone, hope it went well!

    June 2, 2018 at 8:28 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I will definitely check out your post–now who is late to the party! ha! 12 flights by 18 months?? You are brave!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Kat

    Safe travels and good luck! I’ve gotta say, I’ve always admired moms and dads who travel with young children. My sister has had to do it several times with her two boys [alone] and each time I am amazed at how she does it. I was able to go with her one time to watch her oldest when her youngest was born and she literally was up walking with him on the plane every chance she got to keep him from fussing. It was a 5 hour flight and she barely sat! It further convinced me that mothers are indeed superhuman.
    Praying for your skin issues and hope that you find resolutions soon! <3

    June 3, 2018 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The skin stuff is getting better, which is such a relief. I think that I will be walking Emmie this upcoming flight. Getting my steps in, at least!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Laura

    DAMN girl! You need a vacation. Come down to ATL and I’ll feed you Oreo-beets. 😉

    June 4, 2018 at 7:50 pm
  • Reply Neil

    I’m wondering how your flight went with little Emmie? Hopefully “OK” and she didn’t go “APE”? 🙂

    June 7, 2018 at 3:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Only a few times 😀 but really she was a champ!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:12 am

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