What???

Saturday

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Real pretty Nornor hung out with her Kelly for the evening while the rest of us went to a surprise birthday party for a friend of ours. I was busy taking pictures on the big camera and neglected to take any with my phone, unfortunately! But we did see the THREE birds on the way there! It was so so nice to see friends that we hadn’t seen in a very long time, and the sketchy weather even held out for us!
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Wardrobe change!
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“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”
– C.S. Lewis

Sunday

Greta had a very busy weekend! Friday night she lost the remaining top front tooth just before bed time. The tooth fairy brought a $2 bill and left a sweet note. She even left a picture of herself with (get this!!!) … 3 birds!!!

Sunday we met up with Greta’s cousins Gracie, Keira and Aunt Sarah at a mall. Sarah and I decided right there and then that the girls were old enough now to get their ears pierced!!!! 😉 Kelly came with us and went first to exemplify expert bravery.

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Both girls did awesome!!
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Aren’t they beautiful??!!
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Norns was happy to see us when we got home. She’d had a nice afternoon with her Dad and her brudder!

Here is a video that WordPress and/or YouTube will no longer allow me to embed: Nora Fixing Her Hair

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She’s a kicky little gal!
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The evening came to a close and Nora made her rounds to say goodnight to her people.

“G’night, brudder! I love you!”
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“G’night, sister! I love you!
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In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
(Psalm 4:8 NIV)

Monday

We had a nice morning walk all the way to the top end of the neighborhood. How DARE Mommy stop to take pictures??!!

“Go, Mommy!!!! Go!!!!”
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Brudder and Sister were awake when we got home. Lots of sweet cuddling and rolling around ensued. This baby loves her little people! It’s as if she knows she’s one of them!
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And then it was baff time!

“Oh, hi! I’m in da baffs!”
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“I’m a little bit stinky…”
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“…and a whole lot of silly-sweet!”
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Nora had an ENT appointment this afternoon to check in on her little tiny ear canals. We’d made the appointment back when her fevers were happening, but we were not able to be seen until now. We almost canceled a couple days before, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to have her ears looked at even if (in our opinion) there was no longer anything going on. Well, turns out we were once again in the right place at the right time! Much to our surprise, Nora’s ears both had fluid and inflammation inside! The anatomy of her ears are especially prone to infection. It is almost certain that her previous fevers were ear related. The doctor cleaned out some gunk and vacuumed out some fluid. She definitely seems to be responding more alertly to sounds and has been squealing more! Poor thing!!!

She was absolutely worn out after all of that chaos!
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So now what? We were sent home with a prescription for an antibiotic (omnicef) that we are to give her once a day. This, however, has proven to be no easy task. Her largest medicine dosage is 1.1 mL, the other is .3 mL. The antibiotic dosage measures in at a hefty 4.5 mL. That is a LOT of volume to expect to get into a gaggy baby’s belly, especially when it is flavored with an intense strawberry syrup that literally smells up the room when the lid is off. There was no disguising that stuff in her milks so William went back up to the pharmacy to see about an unflavored option. In the future we will need to go to a compounding pharmacy, but the pharmacist was able to rig something up for us. Something that instead of thermonuclear strawberry now smelled like motor oil. 😁 With extraordinary painstaking care and utmost concentration William and our night nurse administered the 4.5 mL to her in teeny tiny little increments over the course of an hour and a half. Barnum & Bailey had NOTHING on the distraction efforts. “You got trapeze artists and flaming motorcycles on tightropes? Well we’ve got a spinning rattle wheel and a nubby worm friend that lights up!!! Bam!!!”

“Um… I think you’re all trying to pull something over on me, so I’m just going to go on ahead and puke this all up then.”
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“I know what you people are up to!!! I’m watching you!!!”
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All efforts were futile. She puked it right back up.

Tuesday

We traded emails with Dr. B. this morning to try and figure out what our other options were as far as the antibiotic was concerned. Our choices were a higher concentration which would mean less volume or a series of three shots. We weighed our pros and cons and eventually concluded that 3 days of quick pain were way better than 10 days of long drawn out gagging sessions. Three separate trips to the pediatrician’s office sounded like an all inclusive dream vacation!

“Um wait a minute here. What?”
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Nornor has been in great spirits considering the state of her sweet ears. She’s eating fine, and she’s happy!
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She had a quick walk this morning, a nice baff….
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… and watched Phineas & Ferb with her big sister.
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We just got back from the first of three shots and she tolerated it quite well! She cried for about 5 minutes and then quickly forgave everyone. She’s been in a great mood since! Poor sweet little thing!!!
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For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
(Matthew 6:14 NIV)

8 thoughts on “What???

  1. Wow, God is good! Glad you were able to keep the appointment and gain that insight. I will be praying her little ears are feeling better! I just had my first ear infection, as an adult, about 3 months ago and man that was painful!!! LOL to the thermonuclear strawberry….been there a few times. 🙂

    Love the pic of her crazy baff hair and that white headband is adorable!

  2. for future reference….your pediatrician can prescribe the adult capsule form of ommnicef, and you can put whatever the correct proportion of the powder inside (probably about 1/5 or
    1/4 of the powder each dose, it really is OK to approximate… ) into her milk, and it’s nearly undetectable… far easier and cheaper than a compounding pharmacy. email if you want to discuss further esdehority@aol.com or elizabeth dehority on facebook….

  3. Our son had repeat ear infections (thanks to no drainage and constant inflammation) and ultimately had to get tubes. Before that, though, he had to get the series of 3 injections on multiple occasions due to an amoxicillin allergy and the alternate stuff (cefdinir) not working. If this continues for her, are tubes an option? Elden got them a month ago and he hasn’t had fluid or an ear infection since! Total relief from being on antibiotics basically all of 2013. Good luck!

  4. Oh my what a squeaky little girl! Perfect how she covered her eyes when you said it was time for sleepies. Greta is gorgeous

  5. I hope the shots work the magic that the sweet baby deserves. May we hear her squeals soon!!! I know she loves me maybe it’s my lotion maybe I smell like medicine!!! I feel an experiment coming on Nora!!

  6. WOW, WHAT A GREAT BUNCH OF PICTURES. I SURE ENJOY ALL THE PICTURES YOU SEND. NORA SEEMS TO BE GROWING SO FAST. MY SON WAS AMAZED WHEN I TOLD HIM SHE WAS IN THE TOP 10%. SHE IS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL. OF COURSE SHE HAS BEAUTIFUL SIBLINGS, AND VERY BEAUTIFUL MOMMY AND HANDSOME DADDY. YOU ARE ONE GORGEOUS FAMILY. THE GIRLS LOOKED SO SWEET WITH THEIR NEW EARRINGS. SO GLAD THINGS WORKED OUT THAT NORA COULD GET A SHOT, AT LEAST SHE CAN’T SPIT THOSE UP. HA! HA! I THINK I WILL CALL IT A DAY AND GET SOME SHUT EYE. LOVE YOU ALL. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.

  7. I ‘d have done the same if it was my daughter ( shots rather than oral ).
    So the mistery of the fevers has been solved . Poor thing, ear pain is terrible.

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