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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

15 month (almost 16 months) Updates

Maggie has been changing so quickly lately.  I can't believe she is already almost 16 months old!  I've got a few quick updates, and I really want to sit down and do a real blog post sometime soon (Poor second kiddo).

15 month appointment

- everything looked good!  :)
- Maggie was in the 50% for weight, the 50% for height, and the 90% for head circumference (we have some big headed children).  :)
- She got four shots (the normal three plus the flu shot), and seemed to do ok with those (at least until the following Saturday; more on that next)
- She is still not walking, but again, the pediatrician is still not concerned.  He told us that she wasn't delayed until 18 months...so we were to calm down until then.  (ACK).  Of course, none of this is helped by the fact that she is significantly behind the other children at daycare...which caused the day care director to have her assessed by a physical therapist who was there to work with another child.  The PT said the same thing.  She has all of the skills and strength she needs to walk, but she seems timid...so calm down.  Ok.  OK.
- For the record, on her 15 month-aversary, Maggie decided to:
pull up
cruise
free stand (no hands!)
and wean herself....
So apparently when Maggie decides to make progress, she MAKES progress.
(And speaking of weaning, I knew she was getting ready...but to be told "No Mamma.  Night Night" while she did her "all done" sign was just a wee bit heartbreaking...and the child was true to her word.  15 months.  Not a day longer).

The Saturday AFTER the 15 month appointment

- all hell broke loose.
- Maggie had been running a slight fever Saturday afternoon, but that wasn't too unexpected because the four shots she had received on Thursday.  We didn't panic, and the fever wasn't high enough to warrant any medication (plus she was acting fine).  She did become a little fussier that evening, around 6:30/7:00, so I gave her some Motrin, and we put her to bed.
- All of that changed around 11:15 Saturday night.  Maggie woke up quite fussy, and she appeared to be hyperventilating...but not just that, but she also appeared to be hallucinating.  "Look Mamma!  See dat!  See dat!" (while pointing at absolutely nothing and looking around the room like she was seeing ghosts).  She also felt considerably warmer, so we took her temperature...only to get a reading of 106.  106.  I have never in my life heard of a child getting a temperature that high.  We immediately stripped off her clothes, and I gave her some Motrin.
- After about 15 minutes, she still wasn't any cooler, and she was still acting really oddly (plus, she was now periodically twitching...I think she was really close to a febrile seizure), so off to the ER we went.
- The first reading the nurse in the ER got was 107 (and brain damage apparently occurs at 108), so we were immediately taken back.  She was also still hyperventilating (in an apparent attempt by her body to cool off), and her heart rate was ridiculously high (I know babies are supposed to be faster..around 80 to 130 bpm, but her heart rate upon admission was around 225 bpm).  They took her temp again with a more accurate thermometer and got a reading of 104.8 (so it had only fallen 1.2 degrees with 45 minutes of being given Motrin).  They immediately gave her a dose of Tylenol, and they started monitoring her temp every 30 minutes or so.  Thankfully, with the Tylenol, it fell down to 102 within about 30 minutes...and it continued slooooowly falling after that.
- Of course, they then had to figure out WHY her fever was that high.  The possibilities that were suggested were:
a bloodstream infection
a urinary tract infection
a chest infection
meningitis
a really bad (very rare) reaction to the shots
- In order to try to rule some of these out, they tried to get a blood sample.  This was inhibited 1) because she was dehydrated from all of the panting plus the fever and 2) because were were in the ER...and even though the nurses were doing their absolute best, they weren't used to working on babies.
Over the span of 8 hours, they had three different groups of people try FOUR  times to get blood from poor Maggie.  The last group was finally successful.  Of course, they also wanted to start an IV to rehydrate her while we were there, but even the nurse who finally did get a blood sample said there was no way that was going to happen. 
- In order to rule out a UTI, they tried to put a catheter in to collect urine.  Again, the nurses were doing their best, but they weren't used to trying to put a catheter in a baby.  That failed miserably.  The "catch bag" which they stuck to her also failed...the poor kiddo peed everywhere BUT in the bag.
- Her screaming helped convince them that her chest was fine....and meningitis was ruled out by the fact that she could very clearly turn her head and that after her fever came down, she actually had a few moments of playfulness around 4:00 am.
- We were finally given permission to leave around 8:30 am, with instructions to come back if things got worse on Sunday and to take her to the pediatrician on Monday.

- Sunday was ok.  We kept her on Motrin and Tylenol the entire day, and she acted ok (tired, but that is probably not expected).  Monday morning, we tried to skip a dose of Tylenol, and her fever shot right back up to 103 (at 8:00 am).  So, it was off to the pediatrician.
- The pediatrician thought it was actually just a virus...particularly roseola, which is known to cause high fevers in young children and which is actually what caused Nora's febrile seizure a while ago.  The hallmark of roseola, besides the sudden spike in fever, is that once the fever breaks, the child develops a red rash.

- BUT, Maggie never developed a rash.
- We don't actually know what it was. The hospital ruled out a bloodstream infection, and based on the fact that we never actually gave her any medicine except Tylenol and Motrin, that rules out a UTI.  The pediatrician thinks a reaction to the shots is unlikely, as shots almost never trigger a fever that high.  He is sticking with a virus. We ended up keeping Maggie out of a daycare for the full week.  I'm afraid she may have been slightly spoiled during that time.
This is the Tuesday AFTER the Saturday night in the ER.  Poor Maggie clearly still doesn't feel good.
 - I will say that around Tuesday afternoon, Dan developed a fever, which he cycled through each afternoon and evening for the next four days.  He also complained of aches. I'm pretty sure he caught whatever it was that Maggie had.  Nora and I seemed to be ok.

Halloween and Fall Break
- Halloween was lots of fun this year.  Nora declared it to be "her absolute favorite holiday."  I should do an entire post on it, but for now, I'll just show you a picture of Maggie the Bat. :)
- Maggie actually abandoned the bat portion of the costume pretty quickly ("Off.  Off.  Dat.  Off"), so we kept her in the black pants and shirt, and I drew little whiskers and a nose on her with black eyeliner....from bat to cat in 10 seconds flat!  (Tee hee).
- Nora, was QUEEN Elsa from Frozen (and don't you dare forget the "QUEEN" part...this was clearly after the coronation).

- Finally, for Fall Break, we actually went on a vacation.  This also needs a separate post, but for now...let me show you the total relaxation Maggie achieved one evening before we all settled down for bedtime.  THAT is how you relax on vacation.

I hope to update more soon.  We'll see.  :)


Monday, July 28, 2014

A few videos of Ms. Maggie at one!

Ms. Maggie's patented rear end scoot (her non-traditional, but apparently totally acceptable, method of crawling).  I'm not sure what happened to the sound on the first video.

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Maggie LOVES music from almost any source.  Just about any time she hears music, she breaks out in a wiggly dance.  My mom and Dan's mom both got her Little People doll houses for her birthday, and each of them plays music when the right part is manipulated...I'm pretty sure we will be replacing batteries rather often.

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Maggie also watches Nora more carefully than anyone else.  You can bet that if Nora finds something to be funny (like Maggie throwing her food at dinner), Maggie will oblige over and over and OVER again.  In addition, if Dan and I laugh at something Nora does, Maggie often tries her best to mimic her.  Here is a video from the end of dinner one night...Maggie has quite a bit of yogurt in her hair because she decided it would make a much better hair gel than meal.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Maggie!

My my my.  This year has flown by my dear.  I can't believe that you are one!  This post, like most of yours this year, is a bit late...mainly because I wanted to have your stats from your one year well check.

It seems like just a few days ago that I walked into the hospital one evening to be induced....only to be holding you in my arms not even 24 hours later.

You've grown a huge amount in just a year...

You were born at 8 lbs 5 oz and 20 3/4 inches.

At your one year appointment, you were 21 lbs 12 oz (50%) and 29 inches (65%).  Of course, my dear, as genetics definitely play a role...your head circumference was in the 98% (although I don't remember the exact measurement).

I am going to do an actual update post for you soon, but for this post, I want to do the same type I did for your sister.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of you from your first year of life.

July 2013





August 2013

September 2013

October 2013
November 2013
December 2013
January 2014
February 2014
March 2014
April 2014

May 2014
June 2014


July 2014

Happy Birthday Mags!  You bring so much joy to our lives.  We love you Sweetheart!  :)








Thursday, June 19, 2014

11 months!

Growth

- no actual numbers this time.  We'll get those at her one year appointment.
- Maggie is mostly in size 18 month clothing.  She can definitely wear 12 month clothes, but some of them are a bit short (especially for shirts).
- She is also definitely in size 4 diapers.
- Much as I was with Nora at this point, I cannot believe how much Ms. Mags has grown and changed over the last 11 months.



Social Skills

- Maggie's language is continuing to grow.  She is saying "Momma", "DaDa", "bird", "bubble", and "Nora" (RaRa) on a regular basis.  She occasionally says "Thank you" if prompted ("Dan do").  I think it is so cute when she calls for Nora.  She does it first thing in the morning, any time she realizes Nora is not in the room with her while she is playing, after we drop Nora off first in the mornings, and when Nora is upset (if she is, for example, crying in time out).

I think at least part of the "RaRa" calling is that she loves to spend time with Nora (most of the time).  :)

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- She is also still clapping, waving, blowing kisses, and using some sign language ("All done" and "more" are her favorites, but she also does something that looks a lot like the sign for "come here" - particularly when she is on the floor and wants to be picked up).
- We have also successfully taught her to throw both hands up in the air when we say, "How big is Maggie?"  My youngest sister used to do this all the time when she was a baby; I think it is pretty cute!



- She has been more and more clear about her emotions, particularly with frustration.  Maggie has started throwing small temper tantrums when she doesn't get her way.  These include yelling, screaming, kicking her legs, and throwing things.  She has even gone so far as to smack Nora in the face a few times after Nora took a toy away from her.  No No Maggie!

"I'm warning you....tell her to let me go!"

Motor Skills/Physical Development

- Maggie can now roll from her back to her tummy! This was momentarily celebrated...until we realized that can now roll off of her bed.  UGH.


- Maggie also can move pretty much anywhere she wants to now.  She definitely doesn't do a traditional cross crawl, but instead, she scoots around on her bottom.  She actually just puts her arms out in front of her while she is in a seated position, and she pulls herself in the direction she would like to move.  It is actually pretty efficient.  I am really beginning to believe the doctor's assessment that she won't ever do a traditional crawl; Mags HATES tummy time still.
- Maggie has started to pull up a little bit, but she will only do it if she is holding on to someone's fingers.  She also really likes to practice walking while holding on to someone's fingers.  I've noticed a substantial improvement in her balance while "walking" the past few days.

Food

- Maggie has continued to eat almost everything that we give her.  We are still breastfeeding, but she is really starting to space out her day time nursings on the weekends and her bottles at day care during the week.  My little girl is WAY to busy to be bothered with nursing during the day.  Unfortunately, this has meant that she has been increasing her nursing at night again...some nights every 2-3 hours (while she regularly goes at least one 5-7 hour stretch in the middle of the day).  I've read about day care babies reversing their days and nights for nursing, so I am trying to help her get back on schedule a bit (so we can get more sleep).
- I would say that avocado is definitely her favorite food (and the ladies at daycare agree with me).  :)
- She has just recently expressed interest in trying to use a spoon to eat.  I honestly can't figure out if this is because she sees us doing it or if it is because we also give her a bowl, which means that she doesn't have to chase slippery foods like kiwi all around her high chair tray.  :)  Regardless, Maggie doesn't quite have the motion of eating with a spoon down yet.  She attempts to scoop food up with the spoon, but then she dives in with her other hand to actually pick up the food.

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Maggie also has now decided that pretty much any sippy cup is acceptable for drinking water. Whew!

Sleep

- Oh Mags.   As stated above, once you dropped your third bottle at day care (meaning you were regularly going from 12:30 to 7:30 with no milk...only water...you started waking up to nurse a lot at night (most nights NEVER going longer than 2-3 hours at a time).  It took Mommy and Daddy a while, but we finally realized a few days ago that we should try giving you some milk at dinner.  We've done it two days in a row now, and you not only aren't eating less food at dinner, but you have slept 6 and 7 hour stretches at night the last few nights.  Whew!
- You also still aren't sleeping in your crib; you are still on Nora's old bed (essentially just a mattress on the floor).  As stated above, this has become problematic now that you can roll over and over...and over...and right off of the bed.  Daddy found you on the floor in the middle of the night a few days ago.  We are considering trying that stinky old crib one more time; I still have no clue what your problem with it is.

Additional Tidbits

- Maggie has been sick twice in the past few weeks.  She (and Nora) had a 24 hour stomach bug the first time (poor Mags threw up all over her bed in the middle of the night), and then just last week, Maggie had a 102 fever without too many other symptoms.  She ended up developing a runny and nose and cough in the few days following the fever, so I guess she just had a bit of a cold or something similar.
- Maggie's hair has really started growing over the past few weeks; she sort of has enough for a baby hair style now.  :)


- I don't know if you remember this, but when Nora was little, she used to crawl around with a sock in her mouth.  Maggie doesn't crawl, but she regularly pulls her socks off in the car, and then sits around while holding them in her mouth.  What is it with my kids and dirty socks?  :)


Happy 11 months (and 8 days) Maggie!  I can't believe you are almost one year old!  EEP!

Happy girl on a hike!


Monday, May 12, 2014

Maggie's first word (that I heard)

For a few weeks now, Maggie has been saying "DaDa" and occasionally "Momma."  She also has been mimicking "Hi", "Uh oh", and "Thank you" ("dan due") pretty effectively.  She also has been saying "Boba" whenever she sees Nora.

And for the record, Dan and Nora SWEAR that she said both "bird" and "doggy" a few weeks ago (but I missed those occurrences, and she hasn't repeated the words....so I don't know....).

This weekend, however, we were all outside playing, and on multiple occasions while someone was blowing bubbles, Maggie said "Bubble!" (usually with squealing and clapping).  :)

She even apparently was dreaming about bubbles on Saturday night...as I laid her down after a nursing session in the middle of the night, she groggily looked up at me and said, "Bubbles." 

Yay Maggie!  :)

Friday, April 25, 2014

Maggie is 9.5 months old!

Growth

Height - 28 inches (75% - up 0.75 inches from 6 months)

Weight - 20 lbs 4 oz (75% - up 1 pound from 6 months)

Head -  18.25 inches (90.%)

The child is pretty proportional (except for the rather large head - dang genetics)!  :)

Maggie is now comfortably in 12 month clothes, and she is finishing up her last pack of size 3 diapers (I know I predicted this as 6 months, but her growth really slowed).  

Social Skills

We've had a little bit of stranger anxiety set in.  Maggie will still go to some people she doesn't know that well, but it is usually accompanied by sporadic whimpers.  She also expressed some concern about moving to her new "Creeper" classroom at day care.  We had about 8 mornings where she fussed at drop off.  Now she seems happy to go to her teachers, and she is grinning while she waves goodbye to us.

Maggie has started waving, clapping, saying a few words (DaDa and MaMa, mostly - she even says DaDa at appropriate times), and she just recently appears to have mastered the sign language for "All done" and "More" (she will use them at meal time if asked).  It has been a big month!



Motor skills/Physical development

Let's see - Maggie has now rolled from tummy to back several times (still not back to tummy), and sitting up is just an old trick that can be done for as long as needed.  As of her 9 month well check, this was all she had accomplished in terms of gross motor skills....so Dan and I were worried (we are worriers, in case you had forgotten).  Again, the pediatrician told us to CALM DOWN.  He reminded us that the normal age for walking is between 10 to 18 months, with the AVERAGE being 14 months...and he reminded us that some babies never crawl...and then he told us again to CALM DOWN.  (oops).  He assessed Maggie's fine motor skills and again declared her to be perfectly normal if not even ahead in those, so he told us to quit worrying. (Yes sir).

Wouldn't you know....five days after her well check, the ladies at day care put Maggie down for her nap, went to put the other kids to sleep, and then found Maggie 3 feet away from her mat?  We put her down in a seated position and on her tummy at home, and she was able to move both ways that evening.  In a seated position, she puts her hands on the ground in between her legs and then pushes herself backwards across the floor.  When placed on her tummy, she half rolls, half pushes herself backwards (while yelling) while occasionally lifting her tummy off the ground and getting one of her legs up under herself in a partial crawling position.  The kid is starting to move!


Food

We are still breastfeeding (whew!).  Maggie takes 3 bottles at day care, and then she nurses in the mornings, the evenings, and sporadically through the night.

For solid foods, I've lost count of the number of foods Maggie has tried.  Her pediatrician said she could have anything but honey, so we've essentially tried anything we thought she could chew.

I LOVE spaghetti!


Some of her favorite foods seem to be:
yogurt
scrambled eggs
avocado
cheese
ground turkey
cooked peas
spaghetti

She even tried (and loved) kale chips.



The only food I am sure she doesn't like is hard-boiled eggs.  Maggie's response to those is to YELL until I take them away from her.


She is still drinking water out of straw cups occasionally.




Sleep

Still all over the place. Some nights we get a good 7 hour stretch, and some nights she is up every 2 hours.  She is rarely awake for long periods of time in the middle of the night (thank goodness), and she is rarely grumpy in the middle of the night (except for teething and/or illness).


The one catch - Maggie will NOT sleep in her crib.  I know.  I know.  I've read about infant sleep, and every source says that there is NO WAY that the problem is the crib.  I promise that Maggie will sleep for no longer than 15 minutes in her crib, and then when she wakes up she is furious.  FURIOUS.


Our solution has been to have her sleep on a mattress (with nothing but a sheet on it) on the floor.  I realize this could be a problem once she actually becomes mobile, but for now, it works.

Additional tidbits

- Maggie pretty much has had a continuous cold for the past four weeks or so (likely more than one cold that just overlapped).  Two weeks ago, she was also diagnosed with pink eye, which meant she was out of day care for three days and had to be given antibiotic drops in her eyes four times a day.
- After not having any teeth for a long period of time, Maggie's teething exploded with her getting 5 teeth in about two weeks.  This was NOT fun time, and the fact that it seemed to coincide with the worst part of the cold and pink eye meant that no one in our house got much sleep during that time.

Exhausted after a rough night (don't worry - Dan sat with her the entire time she slept like this).


Overall, Maggie is doing so well.  She is a happy and content little girl.  :)

Just a bit of resemblance between these two, don't you think?  :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sippy Cup Saga Take 2 (or in other words, "How we still know nothing the second time around.")

Way back in March 2011, I wrote a blog post on trying to get Nora to drink milk out of a sippy cup.  It was titled "The Sippy Cup Saga", and you can read it here.

In the (almost) nine months now since Maggie was born, we have learned repeatedly that Maggie and Nora are not the same child, and we are constantly taught that things that worked with Nora often do not work for Maggie.  Their personalities are different, their sleep habits are different, their responses to travel and schedule disruptions are different, their developmental patterns are different, etc.  And yet...every time we get to a new stage in Maggie's life, we automatically fall back on trying things that worked for Nora...after all, we have to occasionally get lucky, right?

Ha.
And so, here you go...Sippy Cup Saga Take 2.

As a reminder, here are the categories for analysis that I used in the initial Sippy Cup Saga blogpost:

Leak test - does the cup leak when held upside down or sideways?
Lid test - when Nora throws the cup across the room, does the lid come off?
Mommy test - How easy is this cup to put together and take apart? How often have I cried or cursed when dealing with this cup? How often have I contemplated writing an angry letter asking the manufacturers of this cup if they themselves have children?
Nora test - What will Nora drink out of the cup (if anything)?
Other notes of interest - you know this one. Anything random not covered in the previous "tests".

Ready?

Style #1
Yes, this is Style #6 from the previous post.  We bought a new cup in the exact same style, but it is currently at day care so I couldn't photograph it.
Leak test - doesn't matter
Lid test - doesn't matter
Mommy test - doesn't matter
Maggie test - chewed on the spout.  Threw it across the room.


Style #2

Leak test - doesn't matter
Lid test - doesn't matter
Mommy test - doesn't matter
Maggie test - chewed on the spout.  Threw it across the room.

Style #3

Leak test - doesn't matter (but HOLY SMOKES this thing leaks)
Lid test - doesn't matter
Mommy test - doesn't matter
Maggie test - chewed on the spout.  Threw it across the room.

Style #4

Leak test - doesn't matter
Lid test - doesn't matter
Mommy test - doesn't matter
Maggie test - chewed on the spout.  Threw it across the room.

Are you seeing a theme here?  Let me simplify this for you.

Styles #5, 6, 7, and 8 




Leak test - doesn't matter
Lid test - doesn't matter
Mommy test - doesn't matter
Maggie test - chewed on the spout.  Threw it across the room.

Still don't believe me?

Style #9
This picture is post-spout chewing, but pre-throwing across the room.  :)
Leak test - doesn't matter
Lid test - doesn't matter
Mommy test - doesn't matter
Maggie test - chewed on the spout.  Threw it across the room.


 Ugh.  I mean....really?  I've been wracking my brain over this.  Is this a difference between a formula vs a breast-fed baby?  Is the transition to a sippy cup going to be this much harder?  And by the way - I'm not even talking about a true transition here.  Don't think for a moment we are trying to get Maggie to drink milk out of these cups.  This is water, people.  WATER.  

Then Thursday night, we were eating at a restaurant, and Maggie kept reaching for my cup of water and fussing.  I gave in and offered her the cup, and the child DRANK. OUT. OF. THE. STRAW.  ....like it was no big deal. 

I've seen the straw-style sippy cups in the store, but they all say 12+ months...and Nora didn't really get a handle on straws until she was well over a year old, so it never occurred to me to try them.

Shows what I know.

Style #10

Leak test - doesn't matter
Lid test - doesn't matter
Mommy test - doesn't matter
Maggie test - drinks water out of this like it is HER JOB.





Yay!

And so what have I learned?
I have learned AGAIN that Maggie and Nora are not the same child.  ;)  I have learned that Maggie apparently has no time for super slow spout sippy cups.  AND, I have learned that just because an almost 9 month old is a pro at drinking out of a 12+ month cup...she is most definitely NOT a pro at feeding herself with a spoon!