6am : I wake up to the alarm. Simon kisses me goodbye. Lizzy is moving in the monitor, so I get her and change her diaper before bringing her back into bed with me to feed her. She falls asleep after about 1/2 hour. I get up to get breakfast & take it back to bed. While eating, I pump and check email and Feedly. Research why Lizzy's diapers are smelling so bad lately, as I thought it was the formula supplement. Turns out it could be a UTI, which would explain her grumpiness lately.
8:20am : Class is so full because it's back to school time. I try not to get annoyed, as I was still able to get a bike in the front row. Try to focus on class. We're doing speed drills. Not my favorite.9:30 am : Finish class & head back to Margaret's to get Lizzy. On the way, I call the pediatrician's office. They make us an appointment for 1:30pm. Want to take a photo of Lizzy and Margaret, but Lizzy is crying and is almost inconsolable. Really solidifies my theory that she isn't feeling well.
1pm : Grab a wrap from Au Bon Pain and arrive at the pediatricians office with 5 minutes to spare. The office is busy & we sit in the well-child waiting room. We wait about 30 minutes before we make it to a room.
3pm : After three attempts at putting in a catheter, Lizzy is exhausted and we're both emotional. I hold her and hope that she can give them a good urine sample to test.
4pm : Lizzy is dressed again & the pediatrician comes in to tell me that the test was normal. Not a UTI. I feel exhausted- mentally & physically. I was so sure that she was ill and I feel terrible putting her through the trauma of this day. Totally degenerated, we pack up and head out. I grab a Starbucks in the medical building lobby on the way to the car. The service was terrible & the coffee wasn't great either, adding to my upset mood.
5:30pm : We are right in the middle of Houston rush hour .
6pm : I put my headphones in so that I can speak to my dad and let him know about Lizzy's appointment. We are still in stop-and-go traffic.
7pm : Get home and cook dinner, but decide to give Lizzy a baking soda bath before eating since she is tired (doctor's orders.) Simon and I eat while I breasted. Put L to be just after 8pm. Clean up dishes.
9pm : Check email and Twitter and go to office to put a package together that I need to mail out tomorrow. Simon is 'fighting' with Toby, a nightly routine for them.
Get into bed at 10pm. Simon is watching Channel 4 news (from the UK) on his IPad. I pump and work on my WITL list before lights out at 11pm.
Lessons: Today has taught me that no matter how confident I am at caring for Lizzy, there are still going to be situations where I have no idea what I'm doing or what is wrong with her.Gratitude: That I am staying at home with Lizzy. It makes last minute trips to the pediatrician so much easier for us. Favorite moment: Watching Lizzy play with her toys in the bath at the end of a hard day for both of us.