Nora is sleeping, Eric is at a work meeting, and I’m relaxing, enjoying Corn Chowder and beer bread I just finished making. A double batch of the chowder, as I was really craving it. I highly recommend you make it, but I changed it just a bit. In my double batch I used 10 small to medium potatoes, and an entire pound of bacon. The rest I doubled as the recipe called for.
I don’t feel like I’ve been writing about Nora as much, and since I really do want to be able to look back at these posts someday, I wanted to document how she’s doing at 11 months adjusted, 13 1/2 months actual…
- Nora’s two bottom teeth came in maybe two months ago already, but just this past month one front eye tooth, the pointy one, you know, and one of her front teeth popped through. So far, that’s four total. We have a long way to go!
- She’s been walking for a couple of weeks now. She still trips over everything in her way, but she’s getting faster and better everyday. It’s so funny to watch her toddle around, usually carrying her pink blanket, my cell phone, or some other random item she picked up along the way.
- As for words, we’ve heard mama, dada, I think hi, and possibly dog, but that’s about it. Today though I noticed she was babbling way more than normal… Does that mean something? More words soon maybe?
- Nora can clap, raise her arms above her head for so big, and a few times has actually waved, but that is still hit or miss. She is still ignoring me when I call her name 90% of the time. Selective hearing I assume!
- Her new favorite things involve Kona, our chocolate lab… Playing in Kona’s food, rolling and crawling on Kona’s bed, which is currently on the floor in our living room, using the dog bed to climb up onto the couch, pulling Kona’s tail, laying on Kona, chasing Kona, dangling food over the edge of her high chair for Kona, you get the idea. I’m shocked at how quickly kids learn certain things, like the other day Nora held her hand over the edge to give Kona whatever she was eating, and when Kona got close to taking it she would pull her hand back up and giggle. Like where did she learn that??
- Nora loves books, being read to, during which she insists on turning the pages, carrying around her books, looking through them on her own, and of course, pulling every single one off the shelf. I’m not sure why I bother putting them back every night.
- Diaper changes are a struggle. Does every kid hate them? I assume she hates them because she often has diaper rash, no matter how much cream I cake on her behind. Even the Pamper’s Sensitive wipes must burn. Oh, and getting dressed is just as much of a struggle.
- Nora still hasn’t really gotten the hang of a sippy cup… Don’t most kids use them by the time they are one? I know, I shouldn’t compare, right? All kids are different…
- Eating solids is still a struggle, for me and her. I feel like it causes me soooooo much anxiety. I’m beginning to hate meal times. I feel like I’m supposed to be offering her solids, and different varieties of solids, three times a day at our meals. Which in itself is hard since Eric is rarely home for dinner much less any other meal with us, and I don’t see the point in making big meals for just myself. So thinking of what to offer her is hard. And then she mostly spits out everything I offer, so in the end I clean up messes 3+ times a day, and end up giving her a bottle to make sure she’s getting enough calories. As she is still only 16 pounds. How long do kids take bottles? I have in my head she needs to be finished with them in a month when she is officially a year, but if I was breastfeeding her I wouldn’t necessarily stop at 12 months. Or should I just be focusing on switching her formula into a sippy cup by 12 months? Ugh, where is the manual for kids??
Sometimes I can’t believe that Nora isn’t technically one yet and I’m already 14 weeks pregnant. Oh what have I done??? I saw my therapist again today and of course she said it’s normal to be anxious and nervous about adding baby #2 to the mix. Just with Eric working so much I often feel like a single mom. And granted, I don’t work outside the home, but it still feels like a lot when I pretty much take care of everything at home, not just Nora.
Speaking of baby girl #2… I’m feeling pretty good. I still feel sick, especially when in the car, if I don’t take my unisom and B6, but if I do take it each night, I feel pretty much normal enough to forget I’m pregnant sometimes! And I’ve only gained 6 pounds so far, so still in my regular clothing, although pants are getting a little tight. I swear all 6 pounds is in my behind.
I was looking online for cribs and crib bedding a few nights ago, but then got scared. What if this baby is born at 20 weeks, or even 23 weeks… We all know babies don’t survive when born that young, and if they do, they have severe health issues which last a lifetime. I feel so lucky that Nora is doing so well, after everything she’s been through, but what if we aren’t so fortunate with the next baby? Do I wait to order everything? I’m so freaking jealous of the people who just assume they get a healthy baby at 40 weeks and don’t even worry about it coming early. Or the people who beg to be induced before 40 weeks, just because they are uncomfortable and sick of being pregnant. I now realize how everyday inside counts! Our bodies are a much better incubator than any technology the NICU offers.
Okay, before I get too deep into thinking about this baby not surviving, I better go and clean up the kitchen. I hate cooking for this reason… I hate cleaning up!
This picture of Nora was taken this afternoon 🙂