One of my boys gets recurrent staph infections. I quit keeping count after 10. Staph naturally lives on your skin. Some people are more pron to it than others. We keep an eye on it. When we notice a spot I always take him into the Dr. They take a sample of the puss and then start him on antibiotics. He has had a case of MRSA. We were like you we had lived in different places when he got it. I was afraid the first time he got it right after I had had his younger brother. The dr. told me to keep it clean and covered. And wash hands like crazy.
On a recommendation that we got somewhere along the line we started having him use anti-bacterial Dial (The gold colored bar that they have made for years.) After he started using that regularlly I noticed that the number of occurances slowed down. Along with us working on him wearing shoes. (he hated them he will finally wear flip flops outside to play.)
My son was hospitalized for 5 days the first time he had a staff infection. It was a Friday night and he just wasn't himself. By Saturday morning he had a 103 temp so I took him to ER because he just wasn't right. The gave him IV fluids and some advil and sent us on our way. 3 hours after we left the ER we were back. His temp was up to 105 and he had a rash all over his body. I will never forget how terrified I was. After some really strong antibiotics he recovered. But for weeks afterward I remember aganizing over every little thing that I saw.
I wish you luck. I know how frustrating staph is.View Thread
We have an English Bulldog. He is perfect for our family. We have a smaller one he only weighs about 55 pounds. He is so gentle with the kids. He did knock over the baby a few times but it was on accident. He will lay there while the baby is pulling on his lips. He is a really lazy dog. That is the breed charateristics though. He sleeps alot. The down side is that they can have alot of medical problems. They also love to chew. He will chew on anything if not supervised. He chewed up a dresser and a bunk bed in one night. The 1st and only time he was allowed to sleep with the boys.
The only time he barks is if someone enters the house that he doesn't know. Other than that you wouldn't know he is there.
Any dog will need training. We got our puppy when he was 12 weeks and he fit in perfect with the kids and our family. It was alot of work training him. It didn't happen over night.View Thread
One of my boys wasn't a premie but he has Asthma/Allergies/and easily gets sick. When he was your LO's age he was using the nebulizer every 4 hours with 2 to 3 medications in each treatment. When he gets sick it is even worse. I remember sitting up nights just listening to him breath. He would sound so bad that I don't know how he was moving any air in his lungs. He still has issues and he is 6 today. They don't seem as bad now as when he was younger but everytime he even gets a "little" sick it turns to something worse.
Keep on top of it. We are now going to an Asthma/Allergy Dr. at the children's hospital and they have helped him so much. If your LO is on prevenitive make sure he is taking it regularly. I remember wishing for an ear infection just so he could get antibiotics so he would feel better.
Good luck!!! Do you know when your apt with the pulmonoligist is yet?View Thread
My kids started asking for a cat when they were 8, 3, & 2. I'm allergic to cats so I kept telling them no. Finally I told them we could have a hamster when the kids were 10, 5, 4 & 2. Thinking that they would grow tired of it soon and we had a back up plan in case the hamster just didn't fit with our family. Well a year later we still had the hamster. I had been wanting an English Bulldog for a very long time and I finally found one that I wanted. So I got the puppy for me. I wanted a puppy so that we could make sure he was introduced to the kids in a postive way. He is so good with the kids. They literally use him as a pillow and he wouldn't have it any other way. I still have the main care for the dog but I'm okay with that. They have learned so much by having to care for the hamster and the puppy that we couldn't have taught them. They like to take the dog for walks. This not only gets the dog exercise but they get exercise as well.
The main thing is to make sure you do your research if you are getting a new pet.. They are going to be a part of your family for years. Make sure that if you are getting a dog that the breed and dog will fit with your family.View Thread
I'll give you my honest opion and you can take it for what it is worth. I have 5 children (DD12, DS 7, DS 5, DS 4, DD 3months). I was also happy when we just had 3. I felt that I was done but my SO wasn't. He really wanted one more. I finally said OK. After I had the 4th I knew I was done. He had a vasectamy. Well 3 years later I came up PG. I changed my OB because I wanted to have my tubes tied. Towards the end I decided not to have it done right after delivery but wait 6 weeks. Right after I had her my SO told me that maybe we should try for another miracle. I knew I was done and I had my tubes tied. I will tell you that to me 4 kids is a big family.
It is tight at our house. I work full time and my SO receives a disability check. I know how to make things stretch. I shop at Aldi's, Sam's and Walmart most of the time. I love my kids but I know that right now they don't get everything they want. They have the most important things (food, shelter, clothing etc.). The one thing that I feel they miss out on is one on one time with me. I try to make sure that each gets some everyday. Sometimes it is just when they are doing homework, or helping me clean up after dinner. I know for me having a fifth child has added expenses that we weren't really prepared for example a bigger vehicle and at this point maybe even needing a bigger house. Along with the bigger vehicle and the bigger house is bigger basic expenses more gas for the vehicle and higher utlilites. I haven't had to cut out all the extra's (cabel,cell phones etc.) yet but it may come to that.
I too think that my SO really liked the baby stage. I finally told him that I am done. If he wants more children then he was going to have to find someone else to have them because I wasn't.
You have to do what you feel is right. I do love my youngest but some days it is pushing us finacially to the breaking point. I more than likely will try to find a 2nd job just so I don't feel so overwhelmed and we can have some "extra" money.View Thread
I just had baby number #5. After I had my DD I always said I was done. Then I met my SO and we decided to have another. After I had him I knew I wanted at least one more. Well here I am with number 5. I felt done after I had my 4th. My SO even had a vascetomy by alas someone else had plans for us. So after baby #5 I am offically done. Yes they are a lot of work but it is all worth it to me.
For me the biggest change was when I went from 3 to 4 kids. I know alot of people say that 2 to 3 is a huge adjustment.
Like UK said we are on a schedule. I truly live by it but can be flexible when needed it. For us we both work. For me laundry is never done. There are always toys somewhere. But I really don't care. Yes I go through spurts where I completly clean the house from top to bottom and it seems it is a disaster 10 minutes later.
Everyone in our house has to help. I don't think this is wrong. They all have "chores" even the 3 YO can help take the laundry to the laundry room. He is so proud of himself when he helps. They don't know any different now and they just help.
It can be challenging but I don't regret having them.View Thread
Lurking... When I had my DD her dad left after he found out I was PG. I gave her my last name. After she was born he came to see her and asked why I didn't give her his last name. I told him he could go to court to get it changed. He hasn't seen her since she was 3 weeks old and she is now almost 12 and she still has my last name. At this point I have let her make her own decision about what last name she wants to use.
For my 3 boys. They have their dad's last name. Their dad and I are not married and probably won't get married any time soon. I am now at a point that even if we were to get married I wouldn't change my last name. I do occasionally get called Mrs. dad's last name but other than that no issues. I will say that if I had to do it all over again I would give the boys both last names.
It is really a personal choice and like a PP said child support enforcement can find him if need be no matter what the LO's last name is.View Thread