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!
“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
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.
Norns was happy to see us when we got home. She’d had a nice afternoon with her Dad and her brudder!
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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)
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!!!!”
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!
And then it was baff time!
“Oh, hi! I’m in da baffs!”
“I’m a little bit stinky…”
“…and a whole lot of silly-sweet!”
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!
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!!!”
All efforts were futile. She puked it right back up.
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?”
Nornor has been in great spirits considering the state of her sweet ears. She’s eating fine, and she’s happy!
She had a quick walk this morning, a nice baff….
… and watched Phineas & Ferb with her big sister.
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!!!
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
(Matthew 6:14 NIV)