I’m happy to report that Nora and I had a really good week!
We’re getting into a groove with the nannies. I still have four different ones that are coming at different times throughout the week, but I kind of like it that way… I have four people I now trust should we need an evening out! The four come here in total 15-20 hours per week. And honestly, I don’t think I need them here that much, so I might consider rearranging and/or cutting some of the hours. We’ll see.
This is one of the nannies with Nora…
Last week a dear friend encouraged me to check out MOPS in my area. And I’m pleased to say that I was brave and signed up online and went to the first get-together Thursday morning. The group meets at a non-denominational church here in town, pretty close to my house, every Thursday morning from 9-11:15. We sit with the same people each week, and thankfully the table I was added to is awesome. The girls are so so sweet! We all chatted like we’ve known each other for years. The tables take turns bringing breakfast, and wow, what a spread there was. And every single flavor of coffee you can imagine! Childcare is offered, or you can keep your child with you, which I did, as I’m not sure it’s a good idea to expose Nora to germs just yet, being we were told to keep her out of daycare for a year. I’m thinking of maybe having one of the nannies watch her here those mornings instead of taking her. She seemed to really enjoy it though, as she’s the nosiest baby I’ve ever met! It seems like the more stimulation she is exposed to, the happier she is. I’m anxious to see all the ladies again next week!
Speaking of the non-denominational church… Well, maybe that needs a post all its own… I probably have too much to say about my faith and my thoughts on baptizing Nora to add here… More to come 🙂
I can’t believe how much Nora changes, as in, every single day! She’s getting more hair! It’s still really hard to see, as it’s super blond and really fine, but it’s there! She’s just starting to discover her toes, reaches for them and grabs in their direction. She is still chewing on anything and everything. I actually feel bad for her, as you can tell she really want to chew on certain things, but her coordination isn’t always there yet… She gets frustrated when she can’t quite get an object into her mouth to chew. Our ped told me to wet a dishcloth and put it in the fridge before giving it to her to chew. So far though, she’s a bit scared of the cold feeling. I’ll have to try again in a few days.
All of the nannies have told me what a good baby Nora is, and I’ll trust them, since I don’t have many experiences with babies for comparison. She’s still sleeping through the night, from roughly 9pm to 7am. Sucks that I still get up to pump, but such is life. Oh, side note, I set an end date for pumping! December 16th, 74 days from now, Nora will be 9 months actual. I have a freezer FULL of milk, so I figure I can depend on that supply beginning then. How long it will last, I have no idea… I guess I’m hoping it lasts until her 1st birthday. I love providing her with breast milk, but honestly, exclusively pumping is SO MUCH WORK.
I wouldn’t say we have a routine really… Should we? I kind of just go with the flow, feeding her and allowing her to nap whenever the mood strikes her. She is not a great napper. At all. I feel like she is awake for the better part of each day… And happy pretty much the entire day. Until around 5pm. From 5-9pm when she is usually in the bed for the night seems to be our struggle time. I can’t complain though, it’s only a few hours, and its not even every night that she’s crabby. The nights she is crabby suck though, and tonight was one of them. I get the feeling that she is just so overly tired from not napping well that by the end of the day she’s just had it. And even though she is so tired she struggles to actually allow herself to sleep. We tend to alternate between her in bed crying, trying to feed her again, cuddle her, bringing her back out to the living room, feeding again, rocking her some, basically whatever it takes to get to 9pm when she usually just passes out for the night. And even when she’s crabby she’s cute!
Alright, more later, so tired, and piles of dirty laundry are everywhere!