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A Worrying Week

Hello again mathematicians! Even though I just posted last Friday, there has been a lot that has happened since then in our household. We had to take Arthur to the doctor again, and Paula is over being pregnant.


Last Friday we mentioned that Arthur had an ear infection and that we had started him on antibiotics (amoxicillin). However, after starting the dosage, Arthur didn’t seem to be getting better.  He also didn’t get drastically worse, so we continued to wait.

On Monday morning, however, Arthur just didn’t want to get out of bed and he looked miserable. We took his temperature and it was high. The thermometer read 102, but I’m not convinced it was quite that high.  It was an ear thermometer, and he has an ear infection. It was concerning enough to get him a doctors appointment, though.

I had go to work and lecture all day.  While doing so, it was difficult to focus, since I was worried about Arthur. When I got home, we went to the appointment right away.

At the doctor, Arthur’s temperature was down to 100.  It was a little high, but not as bad as our thermometer had said. However, the doctor looked him over and told us that the ear infection had indeed gotten worse. The doctor gave him a prescription for augmentin, so we started him on that last night. Today (Tuesday) he seems to be doing better, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully his ear infection will clear up so that he can finally feel better.

As a note, I wasn’t sure if we would be doing a Tuesday at the Park or not. But, was I walked in the door, I Arthur was ready to run out the door to the car. He was clearly excited to go, so we did make the trip. Between worrying about him and the weather holding out, we decided to stay close to home and went to Deep Run Park. We had a wonderful time and even got to see some ducks, check out the video if you’d like to know more.


Teddy’s due date is November 9, so we still have over two weeks before he should get here. However, today is the day (according to due dates) that Arthur would have arrived (he came at 37 weeks and 3 days which is how far along she is today). Because of this, she has been extremely worried for the past week that she was going to go into labor at any minute.

With Arthur being sick, she’s been fretting over bringing home a new baby and having a sick child. She’s also worried that she’ll go into labor while at work, while I’m at work, or some other inopportune time. As such, she’s been running through all the possible scenarios and making sure we know exactly what to do in any situation.

To make matters worse, she is extremely afraid that she will end up having to deliver the baby in the car. When Paula told my mother this, my mom tried to be comforting by telling her to keep blankets in the car just in case. However, she had the exact opposite of the desired effect. Paula is now completely convinced that she will be delivering Teddy in the car on the way to the hospital.

I am now trying to calm her down so that she doesn’t freak out too much. Even though I try to remain calm so that she doesn’t have a panic attack, I know full well that when she does go into labor, I am going to completely freak out. All these plans, yeah, I won’t remember any of them. My mind will say, “GET HER TO THE HOSPITAL!”

As we continue to wait for Teddy to decide to come, we’ll keep you informed and we’ll be sure to let you know when he arrives.

Thank you

Thank you for reading about how things have been going in our life. If you have any tips for staying calm during pregnancy, I’d be happy to hear. If you have any scary pregnancy stories, you’re welcome to share them below, but I’m not going to let Paula read them until after Teddy comes 🙂 Please watch our park video and subscribe to the YouTube channel as well.

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