I feel a bit like a broken record, but I seriously don’t feel like I can get on top of my life right now. (Nora is happy in her swing right now, but I feel guilty not interacting with her, not talking to her while I type this…) The women who works for our builder is still constantly hounding me to make decisions, all last-minute, I need to start organizing and throwing junk out before the movers come, Nora is obviously a full-time job, and Eric left this morning for two days of orientation for his new job. And that’s just the start of my to do list! Case in point, Lowes called this morning, ten minutes before they were to arrive at our new house with appliances to install. Um, the email confirmation I received said they would call 24 hours before to arrange. Ugh. I’m not even in the same city yet! And our current house is a complete disaster, as I’ve given up on cleaning… And poor Kona is not getting nearly enough attention. She needs her nails clipped so badly I searched online yesterday for someone to come to the house, but came up with no options. Apparently that isn’t a thing here.
In my quest to find more time in my days I’m still trying to focus more on nursing rather than pumping and bottle feeding. Nora weighed 8 lbs 9 oz last week at her high risk appointment, therefore they recommended cutting back on some bottles with the fortifier and seeing if she continues to gain appropriately. She is still only at 11% for weight on the preemie chart, but she’s sticking with her curve, so perhaps she is just going to be a petite girl. Nursing continues to be a struggle though. I have been trying more though, we can usually get in one feeding by breast, and then I try the next, but halfway through the second she is usually quite frustrated. Maybe she just isn’t used to it and needs to practice more. Or maybe it really is an upper lip tie issue. Regardless, I made an appointment this coming Wednesday evening with a lactation consultant to see what help they can offer. The nurse practitioner at her high risk appointment last week really discouraged me though, stating that if Nora hasn’t gotten it yet, she might never, and that lots of preemies never catch on. This whole pumping and feeding thing is getting old though! For the feedings I nurse her I’ve been skipping pumping, but that doesn’t seem to be working either, as then I’m way too full later, as I make way more milk than she drinks. Will I always have to pump after feeding her? If that’s the case what’s the point of focusing on nursing?
Besides the discouragement in regards to nursing, Nora’s high risk appointment was a success. We’ll have these every few months for several years, and so far so good. They basically ‘played’ with her, showed her toys to see if she would follow them with her eyes, made sounds to see if she would look in the correct direction, attempted to make her smile at them, checked her balance and head control, and about 100 other things. She’s right on track for her corrected age which makes me feel great. So far so good. I know there is still a lot of risks for her development due to her meningitis, but for the time being I’m going to try to relax.
I have noticed that Nora is making more sounds, cooing I guess is what they call it. And just a few days ago it seems she found her hands, as they are constantly in her mouth now. Do babies put their hands in their mouths all the time, or is this a sign she is hungry?
Speaking of appointments, last week we also had Nora’s hip ultrasound, required since she was born breech. Before we left that appointment the pediatric radiologist chatted with me regarding the results. Apparently Nora’s hips are immature for her age, even for her corrected age, and are showing early signs of dysplasia. His recommendation was to double diaper in an effort to hold her hips open and repeat the ultrasound in two months. I wasn’t too concerned until her pediatrician called to follow-up and tell me that she wants us to see a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Ugh, like haven’t we already seen enough specialists??? Our appointment is this Wednesday and they want to rule out her needing a harness, which looks annoying, but not painful, from this video. I realize we are so very very lucky with Nora so far. She has been through so much and is doing amazing. And I shouldn’t even think to complain, compared to what some preemies endure, but regardless, I so hope she doesn’t need this harness…
So my plan for the next two days until Eric gets home… Chill at home with Nora, work on breastfeeding, and make a really good attempt at organizing for the movers. Wish me luck!