Thursday, July 30, 2009

July 30th, 2009

Tina dropped-by the other day with some presents from Grammy and Aunt Emily. In addition to some new outfits, Tina brought Nora (and I) a new putt-putt railroad from Mardens. She got a really good deal (even better than online), and didn't even know that it was part of Lionel's Heritage Collection, which is fairly expensive otherwise. It's a wooden railroad much like the Thomas series, only based upon American prototypes instead of British. One of the locomotives even makes chugging noises, it's awesome.

It will be a while before Nora can really enjoy it, but its a nice thing to have and share together when she's a little older. I'm hoping Nora will join me in my love of trains, both big and small.

Here's a picture of myself with my own wooden railroad:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July 28th, 2009

I had just received the mail and brought it into the house, when something I was reading in it caught Nora's attention and she reached for it. Grabbing it, she crumpled it all up and played with it for the longest time, interested in the texture and noise. It may quite possibly be the first time anyone truly enjoyed their "Consumer Information About Your Electricity Supply" letter.

Today's a real scorcher: 78 at the moment and rising later to 84. Blah. Hopefully it's a dry heat, yesterday was awful.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fishy Day

Nora had a busy day yesterday - she and Erin went to Ricia's to help her with a lawn sale, then on the way home they stopped at one of Erin's friends whose husband owns a tropical fish store. Nora got to see turtles (who I'm told were also very interested in seeing her), and was very interested in the tropical fish. We're going to take her to Petco sometime soon so she can see hamsters, rats, birds, lizards, and more fish!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 21st, 2009

[edited July 22nd]

Nora had a follow-up doctor's appointment today, they wanted to check on her weight. She's up to 12.2 lbs, still on the lite side, but they're not quite so worried about her. She's healthy, she's happy, and she's gaining weight. She may even have a grown spurt of huge proportions sometime in the future so that she catches-up to her peers. Ultimately, she's the product of short parents, both of whom were fairly slim children (I had virtually no body fat all through high school), so it's unlikely she'll ever attain Brooke Shields size anyway.

Grammy Tina is in Memphis, Tennessee visiting her daughter Emily, both of whom were here just a few days ago! Emily's husband Jeremy (Uncle Jeremy) can be found on this webpage for the restaurant he's a chef for - look for the video at the bottom. He's not apparently in the video, but you can see him in the picture for the video. He's the one on the far-left of the screen:

Me being a big google-nerd found an interview that Aunt Emily did with Memphis Channel 3 News:

June 18, 2009,0,7930890.story

"Right now, full-time students pay for 12 credit hours and any credits over that are free. But if the Board gets rid of the tution cap, starting this fall full-time students will have to pay a little more for every credit hour they take over the 12 hours."

"Music major Emily LaPointe says it unfairly penalizes students who choose to take on a bigger class load."

"The rates of student loans are going up, it's harder to get grants from the state. So it seems it'll be harder to stay in college, and there will be more debts to pay when you graduate," she said.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

July 19th, 2009

Lee and Patty visited for a while today, and we all went out to the park for a walk and to spend some time outdoors. It's been a cold summer so far, so simply seeing the sun is a bit of a treat for all of us.

She's still cranky at times from teething, but she's usually in good spirits. As long as Mommy or Daddy is around (usually Mommy), food arrives quickly when demanded, and she gets her naps.

I found some old coupons that we had printed from JC Penney Portrait Studios; they had expired, but it looks like the offer has been renewed on their website, so that's good. I think it would be nice to have some pictures made up of Nora (and her family).

Here's Nora and Pepere Lee

All my pictures of Patty and Nora came out blurry and smudged though (sorry Patty!)

Nora in her stroller

A beautiful day in Bangor

Saturday, July 18, 2009

July 18th, 2009

Nora's been cranky, her gums are super-sensitive today. We also started her in her crib last night; she slept fine for a few hours, then became unconsolable and we took her back into our bedroom with us for the rest of the night. I still consider this a success though. We're going to try again tonight and see if she's a little more ready to spend the night there.

Erin also started Nora on a second solid meal per day this morning, this time with oatmeal cereal for breakfast, and tonight rice cereal for dinner. She did ok with that new routine.

Tina sent us more pictures that she took of Emily's visit to Nora:

Friday, July 17, 2009

July 17th, 2009

Erin's family made a visit yesterday: her mom Tina, sister Emily - up from Tennessee - and cousin Lauryn with her son Kyedn (hope I spelled that right). It was good to see everyone, got some picts for you!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 16th, 2009

Nora has a distinctive laugh; Erin says it's a belly-laugh, a real "guffaw", and not a dainty little-girl laugh. It's a honest, "I think that's wicked funny" laugh. Still feminine, but genuine.

Diapers: Erin is preferential to Huggies, I think I mentioned that before. I was out for diapers a few weeks ago, and in addition to a "regular" box, I bought a small bag of the Huggies Pure and Natural, thinking "eh, why not try a few?" They worked out well, Erin was a little hesitant at first, there's a time and place to experiment, but as far as anything that could leak baby-pee on your shirt, she prefers to stick with what she knows works. In this case she did try them on a limited basis and found that they do work just as well as the regulars, without falling-apart or leaking.

So, six thumbs-up for Huggies Pure and Natural!

Yea, that's right, I'm a big dork, and I just did a review for diapers. The transition to Fatherhood is complete [in my head, I heard Darth Vader saying this and the Imperial March playing in the background].

Also: We're approaching 5000 hits on this web-page! Yay! So I've decided that whoever it is that sends me a screen-capture showing that they are the one that reached that milestone, I will send them a special gift or some sort of recognition. Haven't decided yet.

In any case, to do this: when looking at the website and finding that the web counter at the bottom reads 5000, hit the button on your keyboard that says "Print Screen." Go into your Paint program (or other program you can paste images into), paste the image, then save it to your harddrive, and email me a copy as a .jpg

Sunday, July 12, 2009

July 12th, 2009

Spent the day in Waterville, Erin's cousin Matt is up from Texas and hadn't had a chance to see Nora yet!

Nora and Tina

Super Baby!

Nora and Mommy

Nora, Erin, and Cousin Matt - up from Texas!

Matt, Mimi Terri, Nora, and Erin

Nora is strong and stands up on her own! Well, sorta, we still have to help her balance, or she'd fall down.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 11th, 2009

We took Nora (and Olivia) for a ride in the park. Olivia rode in the basket underneath, attached via harness and leash. Neither really enjoyed themselves apparently, so we made just the one lap. Nora perked-up a little once we got back inside, so I took some pictures while she seemed content. Her teeth have been bothering her something fierce, so we take what we can get!

This is a video taken last week of Nora eating her first "solid" food:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 9th, 2009

In any case, Nora is fine. She doesn't think she is, but she is. She's teething, worse than ever. Her cries earlier tonight sounded like a wounded banshee, and she could not be consoled for the longest time. I think that the Baby Tylenol will be our best-friend for the next few days.

Erin started school again this week, so between working again, Nora's teething, and of course late-night feedings, my wife is exhausted. The original plan was for Erin to take the summer off, but that didn't quite work out as hoped.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

July 5th, 2009

(Random Cat-in-the-trash picture taken recently)

Got back from travelin' a little while ago; we went to Oxford to visit some of my family for a bbq this afternoon. Spent last night with Erin's mom Tina to try and break the trip up a little bit so it wasn't quite so long, plus today is Tina's birthday and she liked waking-up to some Nora-time! They had a little nap together in the living room before we headed out, and they both seemed to enjoy it.

Saw a lot of family I hadn't seen in a while, and they got to see Nora for the first time!

Didn't take a lot of picts (sorry). Just not much of a picture-taking mood recently, you know? Did get some new entries in the journal I've been keeping for Nora, my mom and Mee-mah each wrote something.

If you're interested in writing in the journal, let me know, and I'll be sure to bring it with me when I visit!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

July 2nd, 2009

Another crib recall, this time for Simplicity brand. Ours is a Storkcraft, which had it's own issues earlier this year, but weren't as serious. This recall though is huge, all Simplicity drop-side cribs are effected, over 1 million units. Yikes.

Nora had her 6-month check-up today; she's doing well, gaining weight and length, but not as quickly as the doctor's would like, so we may be spending a little more time with formula again to supplement breast-feeding. Erin may simply try spoon-feeding more often, with formula mixed into the cereal, like she did yesterday.

We also have a referral to a pediatric ophthalmologist in Waterville, there's concern that Nora may have a bit of "strabismus" (2) and that her left-eye is a little "lazy." It's not a huge concern, and if there is an issue, it's not as bad as it could be. It's common in newborns, more so in preemies, and in most cases it's grown-out of before 3 months of age; however, since Nora is a little older, and the earlier it's taken care of the better, it's prudent for us to get the opinion of a specialist to see what they think.

Her eyes don't "wander", and she doesn't open just one or other, but it sometimes seems like the left one isn't quite "there" with the right side. But, it could just be that optical illusion thats discussed on one of those sites. In any case, I'm convinced that with use, she'll be fine, she just hasn't had a lot of time still to use her eyes and get them strong.

Not to mention, the phenomenon I've noted over the last few weeks was that it's not so much her eye, but her left eye-lid that seems to be a little problematic.

Either way though, if this is the price of having been born a little premature, I'll consider it a bargain. She's a beautiful little girl, and things could have been a lot worse.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

First Food

We're headed south at some point this weekend to visit family; much of my family in particular has yet to see Nora for themselves. We're having a bbq at my aunt's home, everyone will be able to catch-up!

We're also stopping in Waterville for a little while on the way down and plan to hit-up some of Erin's family that we haven't had a chance to see in a while.

Nora's become a television addict already. Our TV isn't on very often, but she loves watching anything with a screen, including the computer. Nora's fascinated by the people moving around in the little box, it keeps her entertained when mommy and daddy need a break; but don't worry, it's not a baby sitter, she gets plenty of 1 on 1 time with actual people!

In the meantime, how would you like to see some pictures of Nora's Adventure with Solid Foods? Ok, so not exactly solid - it's mostly rice cereal mixed with formula and breast milk. And when I say rice cereal, I'm not talking Rice Krispies (my first meal after my intestinal surgery, and it was GOOD), it's much more powdery to aid in baby digestion.

[will post them soon!]