Romantic Getaway

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Joe had a possible business trip to Branson, Missouri, later this year. We’ve talked about me and Lucy tagging along with him and staying an extra few days for a little family vacation, but now I’m thinking that it might be fun to leave Lucy with her grandparents for a few days and make it a little romantic getaway. It’s been a while since we’ve done anything like that, and I think it would be nice, especially since time like that is far and few between now that we’re parents. I’m not sure yet what hotel Joe’s conference is at, but there are a couple of hotels in Branson that have special romantic getaway packages. The Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel offer in-room sparkling wine or cider upon arrival; access to the hotel health club, pool and whirlpool spa; a full, in-room American breakfast; among other things. The hotels also offer a Hilton Bed and Breakfast Package.

I think this trip would be a perfect trip for the two of us. We can combine our romantic weekend with a trip to Branson, which is a city we’ve both wanted to visit. And did I mention that there’s a baseball stadium only a few hours away? Perfection!

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Lucy the Dinosaur

It’s been a long few days, but I think Lucy is starting to turn the corner. She was diagnosed with RSV on Thursday afternoon, and a few hours later, Joe sent me a text while I was reading the 5 p.m. news and said he thought her breathing was getting worse and that she was pulling in on the sides of her belly even more, so we headed to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. Luckily, the hospital has several satellite locations, so we were able to get in and out of one much faster than we would have had we gone to the main hospital.

Lucy’s oxygen level was 100 percent, which was great, and she didn’t have a fever. The doctor gave us a nebulizer and told us to do treatments with albuterol 3-4 times a day, which we’ve been doing for the last two days. She’s also been on an oral steroid since Thursday afternoon. We were told the albuterol might cause her to tweak, and boy has she been tweaking. This afternoon, her feet and arms have been twitching like crazy. It’s kind of freaky yet kind of humorous. Our baby’s getting high.

We’ve had quite the time with her breathing treatments. She’s not a fan of having a mask put over her face with mist streaming in at her, but she’s been pretty good about it. Sure, she’s put up a fight at times, but there have been a few times when she’s slept through the entire treatment. They try to make the nebulizers kid-friendly by making the masks look like animals. Lucy’s were shaped like a dinosaur and a fish.




This morning, she napped for a little bit after her breathing treatment, which was nice.


And, of course, with the sickness comes extra fussiness. She’s been crying constantly and will only stop if we hold her. The minute we put her down, she starts to cry. She also hasn’t been napping much during the day, but she slept for 14 hours on Friday night. We ended up waking her up this morning around 10 to get started with her meds.

We’ve noticed Lucy sounding a bit more rattley today, which we were told means the albuterol probably is starting to loosen everything up. She’s been coughing more, too, which also supposedly means the medicine is working. We’re hoping we’ll start really seeing improvements by Monday. I’m ready for her to start feeling better. I hate seeing her like this. The good news is that apparently, once a baby has had RSV, it won’t get it again. And, next year she’ll be 1 during RSV season, which means it’s not as serious. We have two more doctor’s visits scheduled for next week, and then hopefully that will be it until her 4-month checkup.

Tax Credits for Home Owners

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Boy, do I wish I qualified for one of the 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits. I don’t think there was a tax credit for new homeowners when we bought our house, and that plus the current housing market really makes me wish we had waited a couple more years. New homeowners get an $8,000 tax credit, and there’s even a tax credit this year for current homeowners. Those who have been in their current homes consecutively for 5 of the last 8 years can get a $6,500 tax credit to be used to purchase a new home. We have been in our house for two years, so we don’t fit into that category either.

I’m hoping the tax credit for current homeowners is still around when we decide to sell our house and upgrade. We are planning to do so in about three years, which would put us at the required 5-year mark. I guess it depends on how the housing market fares in the next several years, since the tax credit for current homeowners was spurred by the economy and created as a way to entice homeowners into upgrading to new homes.

I know a lot of you own your homes. Are any of you able to take advantage of either of these tax credits this year?

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Sick Baby

Lucy has RSV. I’m sure glad I went with my gut and had Joe take her to the doctor today to have her congestion and coughing checked out. I thought the coughing was caused by dust from our ceiling collapse (more on that later), but I guess I was wrong. She hasn’t eaten much in the last day or so, something I chalked up to the trouble breathing through her nose, but I guess that’s one of the symptoms. She’s also been wheezing. So, she’s on steroids twice a day and every third bottle needs to be Pedialyte. If her breathing gets any worse, the doctor said we need to take her to the children’s hospital in Atlanta. Just the mention of that has me freaking out. I know that RSV is common, but that doesn’t really make me feel much better right now.

Working Mom

I went back to work this week. It’s been hard. I cried a good bit after Lucy went to bed Sunday night, and I, obviously, cried when I left for work on Monday. Having Joe home this week as helped ease the transition, but I’m sure next week will be even harder when I leave her with the sitter. In a way, it’s nice to have a bit of adult interaction during the day, but I really miss spending all day with Miss Lucy. What’s been really weird has been not having my diaper bag with me or the car seat in my back seat.

Yesterday, Joe brought Lucy by to visit me at work. She was as excited about being at a radio station as a 2-month-old could be. She was actually pretty annoyed that I woke her up when I took her out of her car seat. 🙂


I’m pretty sure she’s the cutest radio announcer ever. She’s pretty sure putting those big headphones on her constitute child cruelty. 🙂 I’m hoping going to work gets easier as time goes on.

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