The weeks are flying by! How it is the middle of July already???
Nora is doing really well, I’m guessing around 8.5 lbs now. We have her high risk infant follow-up appointment Thursday morning so I assume they will weigh her then also. Today was her hip ultrasound, required since she was born breach. I’m not sure exactly what they were looking for but the radiologist told me Nora’s hips are immature, even for her corrected age, and thus he wants to repeat the ultrasound when she is 3 months corrected. I assume this has more to do with her pre-mature birth and not so much the fact that she was born breach. For the time being her doctor recommended having her wear two diapers so the thickness keeps her hips open and prevents her knees from touching one another.
Saturday morning, in the mist of trying to do 17 things at once, I spilled the milk I was warming for Nora. Oh, and breast milk is really sticky! Anyway, I decided I was just going to stick my boob in her mouth and forget about thawing frozen breast milk. Well, it went okay I guess. Not great, not awful. If she is really hungry she was find a way to latch and does quite well once all settled. She still pops off often and thus we start the entire process all over though. Two feedings in a row I nursed her, but I’ll admit, neither time did she seem satisfied. Maybe I’m just so used to her fortifier filling her up for hours at a time. The other thing… I swear there is something wrong with her latch and suck. She seems to have a lot of space on the sides of her mouth. She leaks milk out, and I assume takes air in these spaces, which could be the cause of all her gas. I did a little research online and came across some pictures of upper lip ties, and call me crazy, but I seem to think Nora’s upper lip resembles some of the pictures I found. Below is a picture of Nora if any of you have experience with this. And also below is a list of symptoms, and we have almost all of them. I could hardly stand the pain from her latch Saturday evening, after only two feedings! It’s almost like she bites down, with her gums, when she stops sucking to breath, I assume to try to maintain her latch. I’m all ears for suggestions. I’m going to ask about all this at her appointment on Thursday.
I’m sick of washing bottles so I bought some of the Playtex Drop-Ins. Not sure what I think of these yet, as they seem better geared for formula. With breast milk I either have to thaw it and then pour it into these, or warm in from the fridge already in these, either way some work. I’m trying to cut down on steps and dirty parts but with pumping and storing and feeding, well, I’m not sure the drop-ins solve my problem. Willing to try them though!
The house is coming along, check out these pictures which were taken this past weekend.
I’m happy so far, but very anxious for another walk-thru tomorrow. I have to say though, the individual who is supposed to help me pick everything out… sucks. She emails me almost daily with a new task, each time acting like I was supposed to be working on the selection for weeks. For example, Friday it was stone for the fireplace, yesterday it was tile for the kitchen back splash. Her emails are always like, what did you decide for such and such, and I’m like, lady, those weren’t included on your instructions for me! How am I supposed to know everything we need?? Isn’t that her job?? And then of course everything takes forever to order and then she acts like it’s my fault if I take two days to pick something out! And it’s not like she gives me examples or any direction. This builder does complete custom so she’s always like, oh, you can look anywhere, online, wherever, just tell me what you want me to order. Ugh… Thursday I have to pick lighting, and gosh, I’m seriously at a loss. Tonight I attempted to order all my appliances, which I’ve picked out, but the website crashed three times and emptied my shopping cart with 11 items, and honestly I’m just too tired now to add them all again. And the sale ends tonight. I might have to go to Lowe’s tomorrow.
Movers have been arranged, although we still don’t have a firm date. Tentatively we are planning on the movers for August 7th and 8th as they want two days to move up, one to pack and the next to unpack. Maybe that is next week’s task, to organize before they arrive. Ya know, in-between picking out stuff I have no clue about. Oh, just got another email, they need to know what I want for the railing down to our lower level… This house is seriously supposed to be finished in two weeks and she is just now asking what I want for the railing??? I might lose it on her! Notice my backyard in these pictures… I was told sod would be in by the time we closed so I could get the yard fenced ASAP for our dog.
I’m sure there is so much more to share with all of you, but I’m tired and tomorrow will be another long day with the walk-thru and picking out the kitchen back splash. Thankfully my mom is joining me to help with Nora!