Thursday, December 31, 2009

Nora's First Birthday

Grammy Tina and Mimi Terri came up to help us celebrate Nora's birthday today. We kept it a pretty low-key event because we're all exhausted, the house is a mess, and Nora is in a weird phase where a good belly-laugh upsets her.

In case we hadn't mentioned it, Nora fits in her high chair. Erin really didn't test it when we brought Nora home after her cast was put on, but decided to give it a better shot a few days ago, and hurray! It works! The high chair reclines, which allows Nora's legs to end-up where they're supposed to be in the high chair. So, hurray! She appreciates this, because it was almost impossible to allow her to feed herself without the high chair, since it has a tray she can pull food off from.
Got some good pictures! Some are by Grammy, some by me!



















Tina: "This is my new profile picture."

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December 30th, 2009

Bought some white cake mix and white frosting for Nora's birthday cake(s) tomorrow. I think the plan is that we're making a small one just for her (I have a little heart-shaped baking pan that I bought a few years ago), and a larger one for the adults. We're doing plain-ole white because it will probably be best for her stomach. First cake!

Pepere' Lee came up with Patty a couple days ago, and brought with them Nora's new rocking horse that he made. It's awesome, looks like something you'd find in a fancy high-end toy store. He put a lot of work into it, and it's beautiful. He's now building us a TV stand for the living room that should be sturdier and have more room for storage and knick-knacks than what we have now. Wonder if I could put my Sea Monkeys on it?





Also, Great-Aunt Terry (Terri's sister, it's an interesting story) sent us a very cute "Baby's First Christmas" ornament that I'll grab pictures of later. Hmm...come to think of it, I should take more pictures of presents Nora got!

This afternoon, Nora has a follow-up appointment with her pediatric orthopedist to check on the cast and see how our first week is going. Three more to go!

In a couple days, I'll be getting the blog ready for upload to the book site. If anyone has anything to add that they'd like to see in the book, better do it soon!

Oh! That reminds me: if anyone has pictures of themselves and their family that they could send to us electronically or as a 4x6 photo, Nora has her own photo album that we'd like to add pictures to of the various important people in her life. It's a clear plastic, so she can chew on it if she's so inclined, without ruining the pictures. I'd never seen them before, but Erin found one and got it for Nora as a Christmas present. So send us pictures!

Yea I know, want want want.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Emily and Jeremy's Blog

Most of the viewers of this website will also be interested to know that Emily and Jeremy have set-up their own baby blog, http://adayinthelifeoffirsttimeparents.blogspot.com/ and that I have linked to it in the Links section to the side of this blog. Congratulations again guys, and sorry to hear about your ralphing, Emily.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

Nora's First Christmas was an almost-complete success! The weather held-out well for travel, right up until we left for home - a little earlier than anticipated, as freezing-rain was expected later this evening (the 26th).

We left for Waterville yesterday afternoon - Christmas Day - after doing our own Family Christmas morning and Christmas Eve, leisurely making our way south without any stress. Nora did surprisingly well, sleeping for just about the entire trip down (and later back). We spent the night at Grammy Tina's, after having an informal dinner and getting a chance to meet a good number of Erin's extended family (thank you all for the gifts and well wishes, it was good to see everyone!). Today was about relaxing, and catching up on sleep. I slept late, got up late, then watched some cable while Ms. Nora and Erin took naps, then kind of threw everything together at the last minute so we could beat the bad weather that we were expecting (sorry Aunt Jeannette).

I may be on the market for a new (or new to me) digital camera soon, the Sony that I've been using and had pretty good luck with in spite of - and not because of - it's abilities and issues, is finally dying. The screen has been wonky, a problem with the series and subject of a class action suit that we haven't been invited to yet (probably didn't register the warranty card), in addition to killing batteries incredibly quickly, shutting itself off at random intervals, and lately the inability to use flash - making indoor shots very dark.

Here are a couple of the pictures that Tina sent us that she took with her camera:



Thursday, December 24, 2009

Nora's Birthday Plans

Nora's birthday celebration is being pushed-back a little. Between planning for Christmas, Erin's work, my school, all the associated events of the season such as visiting family and shopping, and of course medical drama, Nora's birthday plans have been postponed. We didn't want to just spring invitations on everyone at the last minute either ("hey, here's an invitation to Nora's party which would be two days after you receive it!").

We're still working on specifics such as date, time, and location. We'll probably end up having it at Grammy Tina's a weekend or two after New Year's Eve, when Nora's birthday is. Plus, people won't be quite so burnt-out from Christmas by then.

If anyone interested in coming to a little party for Nora will drop us an email RSVP with number of guests, that will help, so we know how many people to expect. I can understand no one wanting to travel in January!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December 22nd, 2009

Ok, so here goes:

After months of being told "oh babies are resilient, stop worrying, I dropped mine a thousand times and she still went off to college, no damage done" by a thousand different people, Nora had an accident that resulted in a broken leg. It's no one's fault, and we feel worse about it than she does. For the next month she'll be wearing a "spica" cast, because that's just how it's done in infants. Looks horrendous compared to her size, like a full body cast, but ultimately the damage was just a 5-degree bend in the bone just above the right knee. The doctor doesn't even think it will ultimately affect her in any way, it's so minor, but it does need time to heal. Ultimately, it looks worse than it is, and caring for it will be a big pain in the butt.

She's now too big to fit into a car seat, so there's a special harness she wears to be strapped on the seat of the car, laying-down. It's....an odd method of transportation, but she seems to tolerate it well enough, and we plan on doing as little of it as possible.

Nora ready for a trip outside


Nora busy doing paperwork

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Baby Lapointe

It's official: Nora will have another cousin, with a due date of July 2010! Congratulations to Emily and Jeremy, you guys will make great parents. It's going to be a lot of hard work, sleepless nights, worry and paranoia, and sometimes you may think that you'll go insane, but just then a little hand will reach out to you, their eyes will light up at your presence, and a little giggle will instantaneously make it all worthwhile, refilling you with hope, strength, and courage, like nothing you've ever experienced before. I get it now, it's crazy stuff, and I'm happy for you both.

I had a thought while on Twitter I'd like to share, and expand upon, since the character limit is ridiculously short sometimes. Deciding to have a baby, was a lot like deciding to jump out of an airplane without a parachute, because while everyone else tried to convince me that I could fly, I for the longest time didn't think I could, it was ridiculous to think otherwise. But someday, I just decided that it was something I wanted enough to take that risk, to see if I could fly. And I did. Maybe the analogy is crazy and doesn't make any sense, I don't know. What I know is that after years of worry about being a good dad, and worries I still have about being a good dad, I look back over the last few months and realize that I am.

Oh, and Jeremy - I keep wanting to capitalize the P in your last name, but noticed that you didn't do it in your Facebook, so kept myself from doing it.

December 16th, 2009

Little over a week before Christmas! Got your shopping done yet?

I got the NextGen information for anyone who would like to make a contribution to Ms. Nora's College Investing Plan. Basically, you write a check payable to "NextGen FBO 50V-91064" and mail it to "College Plan Services, PO Box 1518, Pennington NJ 08534-9987" Make sure you write "Participant Name: Eric Taylor" and"Designated Beneficiary: Nora Taylor" as well. My name is the participant, as it had to be an adult administering the plan. Coupons are available on FAME's website here: http://www.famemaine.com/nextgen/pdf/Contribution_Coupon.pdf

I'd also like to state that money will not under any circumstances be pulled from this account for any purposes short of Nora's education. It's her money, not mine, and not ours.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

December 13th, 2009

Erin and Nora went to see Lee and their family yesterday, they had fun. I stayed home to work on projects and relax to try and get over my pneumonia/bronchitis/nasty cough that just won't go away.

So no picts of that (sorry) but here's a couple good ones from just a moment ago:




Proof that Olivia can be a very good kitty: Nora went to reach for Little Monkey (that trouble maker, always causing problems), and fell-over, onto the cat!

Olivia didn't even flinch, which for her is impressive, since it seems like looking at her funny can make her jump. Loud, strange noises? The cat becomes a complete spaz. But Nora lay half-on, half-off the cat for a few minutes, using her as a pillow, quietly playing with her toys, and Olivia just continued to lay there. That cat never ceases to surprise me.



Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Very Nora Christmas

Nora at the daycare Christmas party


Present!


Santa!


Didn't cry at all!




Home!

Can't seem to photograph the tree very well. I think the lights confuse it.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Nora's First Christmas Party

We went to the daycare's Christmas party tonight, it was nice. Nora got a new present, and was held by Santa for quite a while, allowing me to get plenty of pics, all without getting upset or crying. I'll upload them in a bit, there just might be some video in there too!

Also! I received the paperwork back from FAME/Merrill Lynch confirming that Nora is now enrolled in the NextGen College Investing Plan, and have an account number that anyone can use to make deposits into the account. I have information on where you can send checks directly to FAME with Nora's account number on them, if you're interested. Erin and I are contemplating asking for contributions to Nora's college fund in lieu of toys for Christmas/birthday, since she's been so incredibly lucky to have so much support from friends and family all year long (i.e. - she has lots of toys and clothes!).

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December 2nd, 2009

Nora loves wheat germ. Go figure. She's intent on eating finger foods now and drinking from sippy cups, which is great except that it sometimes makes feeding her more difficult. Erin discovered though that coating pears and peaches (cut up into small squares) and coating them in wheat germ a la Shake n' Bake makes them easier for Nora to pick them up and eat. So she does. And she likes the wheat germ itself, as she licks her fingers afterward.

We've both been pretty miserable the last few days though; she yacked-up her lunch a couple times in the last week. Erin took her to walk-in care yesterday, and while the doctor isn't concerned yet, he did advise us to keep an eye on her. No fever yet, but if she gets one, then re-consult. Me: cough, exhaustion, eye-stys. Same as last month. Blah.