Thursday, August 21, 2008

All stressed out ...

The auditors are in - the baby just got shots - my kitchen is on its way to being torn apart - we've paid for the cabinets already (gulp!) - the dining/toy room is empty - the living room only has dog crates and a couch in it - there is painting, carpentry and who knows what else going on downstairs. And - my hair has decided to fall out. Not all of it - yet.

I suffered from this after I had the other two kids too but nothing to this extent. I called Dr. C. He told me that I could stop taking the birth control pills or go to a dermatologist OR do nothing and see what happens. (like wait for all of my hair to fall out??) Ok, I know, its a little on the vain side. But hey, what can I say, I liked my hair. The way it was. Attached to my head!

So - I'm not stopping birth control (I know everyone just sighed a collective breath of relief!) and I'm sitting around waiting for the rest of my hair to fall out. Today, on top of the kids annual exams, I took myself to the dermatologist. Not any dermatologist - a "bicoastal" dermatologist (she told me this herself today). She pretty much walked in and said "yup" - you've had a major stressor in your life. You've just given birth and your hair is falling out. "I can see it from here" she said. Goodness. I thought I was hiding it pretty well. Obviously she has a fantatic eye for this OR I really am not as good as I thought I was. She called this loss something of course, I cannot remember the name. Anyhow, about 25% of my hair will fall out (I think more than that has fallen out already but who am I to assume these kinds of things - I pulled so much hair out of the drain the other day, it surely could have sprung legs and walked away!) and will grow back in. The entire process takes about 6 months. What did my sister say? 9 months up, 9 months down? Oh geez . She's right. Again. Shhhh! If this issue hasn't corrected itself in a few months (meaning we don't see any new hair growth) I am to go back for more "agressive" treatment.

On the good side, Dr. Buck did tell me that I need to destress a little too. Okay, a lot. Does it show? I guess I'm just not good at hiding things anymore. She recommends at least a massage or a hand/foot treatment a week. Yippee - can she put that on a prescription pad? She did give me the name of the multivitamin that she takes and recommended that I use that (don't worry, I stopped at the vitamin store on the way home and had the nice lady behind the counter order it up - it will be in next week.) We'll see how it all plays out. With soccer starting, school starting and all of the other stuffs in life going on, who the heck will have time to de-stress?????

The kids, on the other hand, are fantastic (when they're not fighting!) SweeTart went for her 4 month check up on Tuesday. She weighs a whopping 16 pounds 11.7 ounces! She is in the 85%. She is in the 50% for height and 75% for noggin size. So, she has a big brain! Wahoo!! DinoBoy and Twinkletoes went today for their annual physicals. Dino boy is only in the 50% for height and the 19% for weight!!!! At 7, he only weighs 50.9 pounds. Dr. SpongeBob told him (and Twinkletoes) that they both need to concentrate on eating healthy things -- fruits and veggies. Yay! Can he come feed them too? DinoBoy said okay but he's not looking too keenly on the fruits I brought home from the supermarket toda. Twinkletoes, on the other hand, is 49.7 pounds, and in the 67% for both height and weight. Not too shabby! He was impressed with their sports activity and their swimming - and also told them that that they need to wear their helmets when they ride their bikes. CHECK. These guys wear their helmets when they go to play on their itsy bitsy tricycles!!!

Guess that's it for now. SweeTart is not wanting to take her afternoon nap, DinoBoy is antsy to get on the computer to play Webkinz, and I need to cook dinner for the Husband. Let's hope he shows up before 8 o'clock tonight. We need to get back on some type of school-based schedule - soon!!

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