Ears or Belly?

Thursday

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Nornor has been chewing on her hands like crazy as usual, and still no teeth! She’s gotten into the habit of pulling down on her lower lippy with her index finger and went and scratched the inside of her little mouth! We had to put socks on her hands! She’s going to have to stop that or she’s going to end up with a lampshade collar around her neck! πŸ˜‰

“🎢I’m gonna knock you out…🎢 Mama said knock you out…”
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“G’nite, brudder n sister! I love you!”
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“Eenen I go n get in da baff!”
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Friday

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Norns politely slept in while I packed lunches, made breakfast and saw the big kids off to the bus stop.
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Nora had a morning appointment with ENT. It was just a follow-up from a previous appointment, but I was glad that William had the opportunity to meet the wonderful Dr. E. who will be doing Nora’s ear tube surgery. Based on Nora’s happy demeanor and the fact that she wasn’t exhibiting any outward symptoms, we didn’t feel that it was necessary to subject her to the “tortures” of the microscope, especially since tubes are on order relatively soon (September 20th).

The rest of the afternoon was uneventfully relaxing. I enjoyed a long overdue, therapeutic lunch with a dear friend and then cuddle-loves with someone sweet and little in the evening ~
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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)

Saturday

As the day progressed, Nora grew more and more uncomfortable. We have a hard time differentiating gas pains from ear pains. She is adept in conveying when something is bothering her, but she never comes right out and says what it is. She likes to keep us guessing. Nine times out of ten, it is just gas pains. The discomfort associated with her belly troubles is usually short-lived. Today there were only short intervals of smiles.
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Her moans and groans, mucus in the back of her throat, and gagginess all pointed at an ear infection as the day drew to an end. She did enjoy her bedtime baff ~
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OF COURSE we had just been to the ENT the day before, and OF COURSE it was now the weekend. We treated her with acetaminophen and kept a close eye on her through the night.

Sunday

Nora had a restless night, still not comfortable and she may or may not have had a low grade fever. It’s one of those thermometers (a temporal) that I don’t entirely trust. It will give 3 different readings in the same minute. Her heart rate was a little high, but that would be expected no matter what the source of her troubles. As soon as the sun was at a reasonable point in the sky we put a call in to the on-call pediatrician. We were hoping to get an antibiotic called in, but the doctor felt better about seeing Nora first just to make sure there wasn’t anything else going on. We would continue to treat her with acetaminophen until Monday.
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As the day progressed Nora seemed no worse off. I’d been to church by myself in the late morning. When I returned, she was really pretty happy! I was relieved that the pain medicine was working! Or perhaps Daddy really cheered her out of a funk!
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With Nora’s pains under control, I decided to take the big kids out for awhile. Nana & Papa had invited us to go swimming now that “summer” had finally arrived just in time to be almost over. We had canceled because of Nora’s ears, but decided to surprise them with a texted picture of our car on the ferry, obviously en route!

Professional rock thrower returning back to the car from a trip down to the river while we waited:
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Treachery lurks beneath the waters ~
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My smile grew bigger and bigger with each photo that William texted.
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“She’s being as sweet as I can ever remember,” her Daddy reported.

Nora was as happy as ever and was really going to town showing off her new rolling skills!!
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So much so – that she ended up all tired. She fell asleep right there in the middle of the floor!
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Oddly enough, it appeared as if though Happy Baby were back!! She didn’t need anymore pain medicines throughout the day either! Perhaps it wasn’t her ears after all!?

The only thing we can think is that her belly was really disagreeing with the coconut oil supplements. We’ve started off slowly making it up to only two 2 mL doses — 4 mL for the day. We’d hoped to increase to a total of about 15 mL per day (equivalent of a tbsp.) but I’m not sure her little body can handle all that – even broken up throughout the day. πŸ˜•

Just glad she’s feeling better and that we avoided an unnecessary antibiotic!

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It’s been brought to my attention by a few of my readers who subscribe by email that you aren’t getting your updates by email. I’m still looking into the matter, but for now I’m guessing they don’t come through when I backdate a post with the purpose of keeping them neat and orderly. Whatever the case may be I will do what I can to remedy! So sorry!

6 thoughts on “Ears or Belly?

  1. So glad happy baby returned quickly! I was using coconut oil in Brodie’s feeds for awhile, and I could definitely notice a difference when I tried to increase the amount–I had I go SUPER slow or he fussed at me about his belly hurting. Don’t be discouraged–go back to how much you know works and icrease bit by bit. You’re doing great!!! I loved seeing you when we walked last week–let’s run into each other again! πŸ™‚

  2. Dr E did a great job with my Henry’s surgery, so glad someone else thinks he is amazing! I am excited for sweet Nora to get those tubes!

  3. Hehe, pics are lovely as always, specially the one with the socks and the one with the 3 of you.

    So happy to see her neck and head control and rolling skills. I’m a very proud Auntie !!. And her spine looks very straight in the photo of her back.

    I’m almost sure the teeth are under her gum, even though they can’t be seen. πŸ˜‰
    Can you notice some little bumps on her gum as you rub her finger on it as if you were rubbing teething gel ?.

    Xoxo

  4. NORA REALLY THOUGHT THOSE SOCKS WERE BOXING GLOVES. I LOVE THE PICTURES OFF YOU, WILLIAM AND NORA. BET NORA COULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE TO WATCH, DADDY OR MOMMY. THE PICTURE OF GAVIN, GRETA AND NORA IS SO SWEET. NORA IS LOOKING AT “BIG BROTHER” AS IF TO SAY, HEY I AM HERE. LOVE THE WAY THE BIG KIDS ARE SO GOOD ABOUT GIVING HER LOTS OF LOVING. LOVE THE PICTURE OF MOMMY AND THE KIDS ALL TOGETHER. SHE IS A LUCKY LITTLE GIRL HAVING A FAMILY THAT LOVES HER SOOOOOO MUCH!!!!

  5. Love reading the updates as usual. My niece Payton, who is 19 months old, also really enjoys looking at the pictures. She would point to each one of Nora and say “Baby.”
    I hope happy baby has continued for these few days since last update. πŸ™‚

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