Yesterday was Audrey’s birthday party (more on that later, but for now I’ll just say: it was wonderful). We joked that she should take her first steps during the occasion so everyone would see it. But, she decided to wait…until today! This afternoon, while playing in the den with us and my parents, she stood on her own for a few seconds, then crawled around for a while, then stood again and took one tiny (but very significant) step towards me — with a huge grin on her face, I should add. I was ridiculously excited and happy, and so was she. We just missed documenting it on camera. But don’t worry — we’ll keep our phones/cameras at the ready for when she really decides to walk. It can’t be long now (but there’s no rush, Audrey)!
One year ago, the three of us were at the hospital getting ready for our first night together as a family. One year ago! Everyone always says that you need to savor every moment because it goes so fast. They were right. Luckily, we have.
Each day brings brand new milestones. So many it’s hard to keep up (and we’ve been a little negligent on this blog lately). As of one year, here are a few facts:
- She’s not walking yet, but she’s mastered the art of cruising and crawling, and has begun to push things around as she walks behind it
- No first words yet, but she’s starting to mimic (dada, mama, cat)
- She knows all the hand gestures to The Wheels on the Bus except for the honking of the horn (and her “round and round” gesture is a little suspect)
- She goes to sleep around 7:30/8 and does a pretty good job sleeping until 6, although there is the occasional nightmare induced wake-up
- She loves the cat’s ears, and the cat doesn’t seem to mind her all that much
- She LOVES the cat’s food bowl, but we’ve done a pretty good job protecting it for Nimbus
- She enjoys waving, clapping, and signing that she’s all done with things
- She still loves baths
- The excitement that overcomes her when I walk in from a long day at work fills me with my own excitement
- She bebops to music — any kind, including theme songs on NPR
Happy birthday, Audrey.
Happy New Year! Two-thousand twelve is off to quite a start here.
The Saturday before last, Audrey had a fever that skyrocketed to 104.9. (We had been monitoring her fever, and felt pretty confident in how to manage her temperature given our previous episode, but that was a terrifying number to see.) Minutes after taking her temp, we had her loaded in the car and were headed to the closest ER. Thankfully Audrey did not have a seizure, either at home or once we reached the hospital–though she did break out in horrible hives (we think in reaction to the red-dyed Tylenol they gave her at the hospital).
Despite our poor baby’s sad state, and our tiredness given the fact we were in the hospital 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., we couldn’t help but smile at the sight of Audrey dressed in her mini hospital gown.
The ER doctor diagnosed Audrey with her first ear infection and gave her (or, rather, instructed us to give her) an initial dose of an antibiotic. By the next day, Audrey’s fever came down to a more manageable 102…only to be followed a few days later by a measles-like rash all over her body, in reaction to the Amoxicillin. After waiting eight hours (!) for a call back from our pediatrician, Audrey was put on a different antibiotic…only to be followed a few days later by another measles-like rash all over her body.
The good news is, because she’d already taken antibiotics for a week at that point, she was taken off medicine altogether.
After a week and a half of having her poor bum prodded with the thermometer repeatedly and mouth pried open with medicine droppers (while being forcibly held down on the changing table), I am very happy to report that Audrey is enjoying life as normal again, healthy except for a runny nose and a residual rash. She has even gotten over her suspicion of the changing table and returned to her normal diaper changing antics (translated: squirming without crying).
Now let’s all hope she stays healthy straight through until spring!