Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Almost 15 Weeks Old!

I can’t believe how fast Norah is growing up!!!

Last week I had her weighed at the doctor’s office and they said she was 13 lbs. 13 oz., and today they weighed her again and said she was 14 lbs. 5 oz. She had clothes on both times, and they used the same scale…so I don’t understand how it could have gone up so much in a week! Who knows?

Sorry for the lack of a blog last week…things have been hard…although nursing is still going great!!! I think we’ve finally passed that hurdle once and for all. It feels so good to say that. I even have less pain than I did when I wrote the last post…it is very near nonexistent. I also now have about 70 ounces of milk in the freezer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We’ve had a rough week because Travis caught a bug at school and passed it on to Norah. So she’s been pretty congested in the mornings, and coughing a little bit. She also has felt a bit feverish off and on and has been screaming and crying in the evening out of nowhere. She’s happy one minute, inconsolable the next. She’s more fussy and needy than usual during the day, too, and she has started sometimes refusing to nurse on the right side unless I put her in the football hold (so she’s in the same position as she would be if she was nursing from the left). I suspected that she might have an ear infection which made it painful to lie on one side, but I took her to the doctor today and he couldn’t see anything wrong. He said to give her Tylenol and bring her back if it seems to get worse…

I did that this evening, and she seemed to cry for a shorter length of time, but I just wish I knew what the problem was. I don’t want to just be giving medication “willy-nilly,” if you will. :-P I’d rather treat the cause of the symptoms than just the symptoms. Hopefully, whatever it is, it will resolve itself soon. Anyway, I’ve had a hard time getting much done lately.

I wonder if the nighttime crying could just be because she’s tired…? She goes to sleep as soon as she calms down, but it sounds like a pain cry.

By the way, the doctor also said that even though she appears to be teething, she probably doesn't have any teething pain yet and it will likely take a couple of months for teeth to start coming through. He might be right, but it seemed to me a couple of weeks ago that she was in pain.

She’s been sleeping well once she gets to sleep. For a few nights she has slept for 8 hours in a row, then nursed and gone right back to sleep for a few more hours. I hope it isn’t just because she’s fighting off a cold. I don’t usually do well getting up at 7:00 AM even after I’m on that schedule for a week or a month or more. I’m just not a morning person. I feel the best if I get up around 9. I guess it doesn’t help that I’m not getting continuous sleep for all those hours.

Every night (early morning, really) when I go into Norah’s room to get her, I find that she has spun herself around at least 90 degrees from where she started…and always in the same direction! I think she kicks one leg harder than the other…and she does like to kick! But I’ve known that for about seven months now. J I worry that she’s going to kick so hard she’ll break a toe on the crib slats! She’s already gotten her arm stuck between them twice, too. I finally bought a bumper pad even though they’re not recommended because of the SIDS risk. I haven’t put it in the crib yet. I am such a paranoid person. Maybe I should just dress her in armor and tie her down. (KIDDING!!)

Oh!!!!! NORAH LAUGHED TODAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! She has been making laugh-ish sounds for a long time, but this was a real laugh. Travis was playing with her…he said she laughed at him when he burped! J Then they just laughed at each other laughing for a while! SOOO cute! I missed the actual first laugh, though… L

And my last bit of news is…I have SO MANY students this year! A private school nearby sought me out and asked me to teach private violin lessons a couple days a week during the school day, which is so great! I would much rather teach during the day than in the evening. I have more students in all of my other teaching venues as well…the total is something like 30 right now, but kids are still signing up! Last May I ended the year with 21. Honestly, I hope I don’t get too many more!!! I need some down time!

Ok, it is WAY past my bedtime, so I will leave it at that! Have a fun Labor Day weekend!

Oh, one more small thing:

I have put two polls on the sidebar. The first is asking who Norah looks more like. We've heard a lot of both, but mostly people think she looks like Travis...I think so too!

I also want to know which of the following photos you think would win if we entered a photo contest! Please vote for the one you like the best! Some of them aren't great in terms of lighting, but Travis can fix them up. I'm numbering them so it will be easy to vote. You can also click on them to see them bigger. Thanks!!!

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Number 5.

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  1. So great you are doing so so sooo much better with breastfeeding. :D :D :D Your hard work finally paid off.

    Concerning the pictures. I love picture 5 and 8.