Wednesday Thru Friday

Wednesday

This baby is an eating machine!!! She’s been downing entire bottles like its nobody’s business and still only about 2 hours between feedings. With the larger bottles I added a higher flow nipple. I’d always kept the low flows on because I was so afraid that she was going to choke! Come to find out she does perfectly fine with the higher flow and now she’s not having to exert as much energy to get the milkies!!! Duh, Mommy!!! Now watch she’s going to start gaining a pound a week. Poor baby’s Mom don’t know nuthn bout nuthn!!!

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She crushes these bottles on her forehead and then throws them over her shoulder after she chugs them. 😉
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One of my many sightings of 3 birds today!
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I also saw my 3 turkeys again!!!
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Sisterly love exchanged before bed time.
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Thursday

“Mmmehhm. *smack smack smack*”
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“Wwwww!??? What TIME is it!!!????”
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Big stretches!!
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“Would you look at my fat little cheeks? I’m SO cute I pinch my own cheeks!”
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“You’re probably wondering why I’m in a different outfit now.”
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“That’s cuz it was time for puking earlier. Mommy held my hair back for me. I feel much better now.”
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“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
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“Mommy tested me out in the Baby Björn. I’m a little uncertain about that whole get up. It is fun to walk around to see new things in the house though! Maybe I’ll like it better outside. Bye for now! I love you!”
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Lots of 3 birds this evening! There were 3 doves out on our deck at one point. Missed that awesome photo op! That totally took my breath away.
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Friday

I am pretty sure I’ve had just about enough of the germs already. Last time I checked, anyway. “I feel like I’m going to puke” is not one of the top 10 things I was hoping to hear out of Greta’s mouth this morning when I went in to wake her up for school. Apart from feeding my family Germ-X soup, I don’t even know what to do here anymore.

No fever and no actual puke. Hmmmm… Sick? or hooky? I had Greta come down to breakfast and was dismayed when she turned it down. If she were trying to pull a Ferris Bueller on me I didn’t think she’d get that sophisticated as to turn down her favorite meal. So back upstairs she went. She’s used up all of her sick days and would need to get a note from the doctor in order to stay home. I gave her another opportunity to fess up, “If you’re not sick they will know at the doctor’s office and then Mommy is going to be FUMING!!” I also mentioned that there was going to be no sick nest in front of the TV this time. If she’s sick then she needs to sleep. She still insisted that she didn’t feel good. I hurriedly got Gavin out the door to the bus stop after a brief argument about whether or not it was cold out because he didn’t want to wear his coat. Sorry, but 22°F (-5.5°C) is not a matter of opinion, kid! (EVEN THOUGH IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE SPRING!!!!!)

A few minutes later I went up to check on Greta and she was happily reading on her bed with her feet propped up on the wall, “Look, Mommy! I’m already on page 47!!!”

“That’s awesome! How about we get you on up to school. You don’t seem very sick to me and you still don’t have a fever. That definitely would have showed up by now if you were going to be sick! (*wink*)”

She agreed that she was feeling better and continued getting ready for school and also ate her breakfast perfectly fine. In one last ditch effort to stay home she asked if she could just watch a movie first. There’s that rat I smelled…

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(or was that just Notorious P.I.G., Piggy Smalls??)

I bundled up Nora and we drove Greta to school. I was too entirely relieved to be mad at her! Thank you, God for miraculous healing, hooky attempts, what ever that was there!!! No more germs, PLLLEEEEEAAAAASE!!!!

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Fortunately, there were no calls from school throughout the day!!

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Greta arrived home from school happy and in good spirits, obviously not at all sick! What an absolute relief!!!

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“Captain Hooky”

Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
(Jeremiah 17:14 NIV)

Silly Fingers

Another beautiful sunrise! My 3 birds are in the top left of the v-shaped tree on the left! 🙂
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Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
(Psalm 90:14 NIV)

I’ll let Nora tell you about her busy day:

Oh, tank you very much, Mommy! Yeah. I had a busy day today, alright! I had physical therapy first thing. I really like therapy. They always come up with some fun things for me to do! Today I got to play with some pencil grippers. I know that sounds strange but I didn’t think so at all! I got to wear them on my fat little fingers and they were soooo interesting!
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Yeah, let me get a closer look at things here:
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That’s kinda funny, huh!
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I think I could place orders with these things.
“Um, I’d like TWO milkies please?! TWO.”
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I was worn out after therapy!
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I got my last Synagis shot this afternoon!! I wasn’t at all happy about someone poking my fat little leggie with a needle and I don’t understand it when Mommy tries to explain it. I cried a lot until I got myself all sleepy again. Before my shot they weighed me. I’m a 14 lb. 4 oz. big girl if you can believe that!!!

What else is hard to believe is that when I woke up from my nap I was the happiest, squealy-est little thing anyone’s ever seen. A much better state than when went down! I just made everyone smile all day. I’m THAT sweet!!

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Upper GI Results

Nora’s G.I. appointment went extremely well! We couldn’t have asked for it to have gone better. We were delayed a little bit because of some technical difficulties with their X-ray computers, but fortunately were still able to be seen!

Nora hadn’t eaten in 4+ hours and was hungry for some delicious barium! They put an adorable little peach hospital gown on her and she was completely 100% cooperative. She’ll lay on a cold hard surface shifted sideways and drink barium, which looks and probably tastes like thick chalk water, but don’t you DARE try and sneak yogurt into her bottle for probiotics!

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Based on what the radiologist was able to see, there are no outward abnormalities!! Thank You, God!!!

“Oh, good! We get to go home! Did you get any barium bottles to go? Those are delicious!!!”
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“Oh hi, sister!
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“Did you see me up in those top pictures? See how big I am?
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“And look at me here! Look how cute I am!”
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That my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.
(Psalm 30:12)

11 MONTHS OLD!

Saturday

Went on a beautiful date-hike with my hubzbind along the creek and through the woods behind our house. I’m so glad we did that. We can’t wait to all go down as a family once the weather figures out that it is actually March and not January!! We’ve got the Baby Björn carrier dusted off and all ready for Norns!

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The trees along the edge of the creek are incredibly beautiful.
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I am reminded to be like these trees:

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
(Jeremiah 17:7, 8 NIV)

Earlier in the day William and I went to Target to get new bottles for Nora and a couple of other things. Yes, Nora seems to be outgrowing her little bottles and needs the next size up!!! She’s eating a TON lately, so we are following her lead and giving her more volume. (“Pump up the volume! Pump up the volume! Dance, dance!” she says.) She takes it down like it’s nobody’s business! Anyway, as we were checking out, the cashier handed me a $10 register coupon for milkies. I was reminded that we needed more milkies!! William offered to go get the car while I went back in to make another purchase. I also remembered that we needed more diapers so I grabbed those too. I did a quick assessment of the checkout lanes and chose the one that seemed fastest. A couple I had seen earlier in the store happened to be in front of me. I recognized her from Facebook and know we must have met somewhere before! We said hello again. Marlene reintroduced herself and her husband and asked how Nora was doing. We talked a little bit about Nora and the blog before it was my turn to check out. It was then that Marlene and her husband told me that they wanted to pay for my (Nornor’s) things. (!!!!!) I smiled and graciously allowed them to bless me. I’ve seen how God has put me in the right place at the right time to be a blessing to others, but now here He was putting me in the ideal place and time to be on the receiving end and it all started with a register coupon! I got a little teary and emotional over that thought and also because there was no way Marlene could have known about my little random, anonymous act of kindness toward a stranger just the day before!! I was nudged so “loudly” by the Holy Spirit that there was no way I could ignore it. The only reason I even bring that up is to prove:

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
(Luke 6:38 NIV)

God is absolutely completely amazing and that is just that. Thank you, Marlene and Dan for listening to your nudge. You too will be blessed!!!

Sunday

We have an 11 month old little leprechaun on our hands today! I’m so incredibly thankful for the gift of this perfect little girl. To think there was a time when we weren’t sure if we’d even get to bring her home. Wow, God. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
(2 Corinthians 9:15)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.
(Psalm 28:7)

Nora is having an upper G.I. done tomorrow morning. It’s just exploratory to ensure everything is working as it should be. Please pray that goes well and that Nora tolerates her barium bottle as well as she did for her swallow study way back when! 🙂 (I think that’s how they’re doing this — ?)

Busy Fun

Thursday

Gavin made it back to school for a single day this week. (They’re off school Friday.) It was so strange not having one of them down in the “sick nest”. I was on the verge of getting up to go check on someone all day long!!

Gettin my baff on!
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Bounce wit me, bounce wit me!
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Friday

What a pretty morning. I couldn’t help but smile back at God as I looked out the window.

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The big kids and I had a busy day! They’ve spent enough time cooped up in the house so we decided to get out. First stop was Daddy’s office. We picked him up and went to lunch up the street.

Throwing salt over your shoulder is good luck. Throwing salt over your shoulder and into someone’s hair is bad luck.
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We dropped William off at his office and headed across town to visit Papa at his office. We were several many miles away when William realized he’d left his drink in my car and texted me to see if I’d bring it back to him. My response, “Awww!!” and attached picture:
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Poor hubzbind with the mean Dr. Pepper guzzling wife (who was at a red light)!!

We had a nice visit with Papa. I always have visions of a wispy-headed little toddler boy running as fast as his little legs could carry him to go visit his Best Buddy in his office at the end of the hallway. Little toddler boy is going to be 10 in August. My, how time just flies right on by!

The next stop was to a pottery place where you paint your own pieces and then they fire them for you. (You’re FIRED!!!!!!!!!!!”)

Greta chose a kitty cat to paint in memory of Patches.
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Gavin chose a football helmet bank that he painted as a Bengal’s helmet.
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I made something for Nora’s first birthday next month. Shhh! It’s a secret!

We got this picture texted to us from Nornor and Abby while we were painting:
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We were very excited to get back home and squeeze her!!

Here is another song from her Smelly album called “What Time Is It” She wrote this song about her affinity for milks. She was inspired to write it while looking at her watch this morning. She hopes you like it!

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
(2 Corinthians 9:8)

Ready-Whip!!

Nora and I had a nice relaxing morning just laying around, cuddling, and of course a baff.

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I was so excited to get out a new toy for Nora that is on loan from Aunt Sarah. This activity center has been sitting upstairs from practically the moment I found out I was pregnant. After we received Nora’s diagnosis I couldn’t bear to look at any of the baby gear. It was a searing reminder of what was “supposed to be” and I was influenced by the notion that she’d probably never get to use any of it.

It was such a joy to place her in that little seat today. Her eyes lit up at all the fun new things surrounding her.
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As if that weren’t enough excitement… Nora got “whipped” in physical therapy this afternoon!! (and now hopefully the proceeding pictures will show up to explain!!!)
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“May I have some more, please?”
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We revisited the rice cereal again, but Nora got all gaggy and puked up half of her bottle and ruined an outfit. We wanted to determine if it was the taste or the texture that she was having a problem with. After a couple of well-received squirts of whip cream, we determined that it was the texture of the cereal she wasn’t so crazy about. The whip cream was delicious!!! We placed it on HER hand, as opposed to a spoon so she could be the one to put it in her mouth. She readily and regularly puts her hands in her mouth.

Much to Nora’s delight, we have now added whip cream to our list of therapeutic strategies!

Gavin enjoyed another day off school. He’s completely better. Were it not for doctor’s orders, I’d have sent him back today. He has to be on the antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school, so home he stayed!

We assisted Nora in making her very first music video, which she would like to debut here on the blog. From her latest album Smelly we would like to present “I’m Kinda Stinky*

* We don’t mean “stinky” in a bad way! Nora “stinks” delicious!!!!!

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Snowflakes! 🙂

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.
(1 Timothy 1:12)

Big Baby!

“Time to wake up and be sweet!”
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Nora had a record day of eating today! Her usual intakes are around 600 mL (give or take) per day, maybe 700 on a really good day. Today she drank 940 mL! The dietician visited today with her scale and this sweet little chunker chunk weighs THIRTEEN POUNDS, TWELVE OUNCES!!! She’s getting to be such a big, big girl and getting closer and closer to the typical growth pattern!

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Gavin is definitely on the mend, but complaints of neck pain and headaches with a fever set off some shrill alarms after I googled those symptoms. He hasn’t had the fever since Monday evening but the nurse I spoke with at the pediatrician’s office suggested I bring him in to be seen just to be on the safe side.

It was noted that his throat was a little red, but Gavin insisted that it didn’t really hurt too much. The doctor decided to do a strep test just to rule that out as a possibility. There were no other outward symptoms to be alarmed about. His sore neck could have been from sleeping on it wrong or straining it somehow. (snowball fight?)

While we were waiting for the results of the strep test, Gavin and I were playing around with a photo app on my phone. This is one of our creations that we thought was particularly hilarious. He didn’t want his picture taken, so we had no choice but to turn his hand into a face:

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Our silly interlude was interrupted with the announcement of a POSITIVE strep test!! I was completely taken aback with that news, but relieved that it was something treatable! Another positive is that strep is extremely unlikely in infants. Still being extra careful though.

Gavin is being pumped up with “delicious” bubblegum flavored amoxicillin and is able to return to school on Thursday.

Later, back at home Greta summoned me to the kitchen to see something(s) very cool. Maybe there was a third one nearby! 😉

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“Um… Excuse me… It looks like it might be time for milks.”
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“Did you hear me??”
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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
(James 1:17)