Nora’s 2 Month Check Up

Nora had her two month check up today. She now weighs 11 lbs and 8 oz and is 23.75″ long! She is getting so big!

She had 3 vaccines today. I think I done worse than she did for them. It breaks my heart when she starts putting that little lip out when she cries. But once they let her go, she was just fine until we got home, and that’s when the fun began. She has been very fussy, and just screamed when I took the bandages off her legs.

Another big milestone today is we started using the very cute cloth diapers that my aunt and cousin got us from Tiny Toots Baby Boutique. They look huge on her, but I am positive they wont look that big for long.

I should have more pictures soon, she just hasn’t been in the mood to have her picture taken recently.

About Nora at 2 Months Old

Nora has started “talking” more, and loves to try to talk to herself in the mirror. She is now completely out of newborn clothes (sad day I know) and almost grown out of her 3 month old sleepers. She loves being in the water for her bath, and we have started to HAVE to give her a bath every day so that she can play in the water. Nora loves to watch World World and Sesame Street.

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Into complex designs
At this point, your baby will begin to move beyond his early preferences for bright or two-toned objects toward more detailed and complicated designs, colors, and shapes. Show your baby — and let her touch — a wider variety of objects. Good choices include plastic cookie cutters, soft balls, and stuffed animals.

Hear ye, hear ye
Your baby can differentiate familiar voices from other sounds and is becoming a better listener. She also can show you that she’s in tune with his environment. Notice how she looks to see where certain noises are coming from.

An ongoing conversation (although still one-sided!) can help your baby develop his sense of place. She may even watch your mouth as you talk, fascinated by how it all works.

Coos are your baby’s way of expressing delight, as well as exercising his vocal cords. You can carry on a “conversation” with your baby now. When he gurgles or coos, say something brief or coo back at him. Then wait for her to “say” something back to you. This kind of conversational turn-taking may not sound like much to you now, but it’s actually the beginning of learning how to talk.

Note: If you have any doubt about your baby’s hearing, don’t hesitate to mention your concerns to your healthcare provider. Even though your baby’s hearing may have already been tested, new problems can arise.

A helping hand
The chaotic first months are over and your baby’s schedule is probably becoming more predictable. If you and your partner are raising your baby, it’s important for both of you to get a chance to care for and bond with your baby. Make sure whichever one of you is not the primary caretaker gets regular time alone with your little one, for bathing her, changing her, and just getting tuned into his needs.

If you’re a single parent, try to find another adult, such as a grandparent or an aunt, to spend time with your baby. This will give your child an opportunity to bond with other loving adults, and give you a welcome break from the hard work of being a parent to a young child.

About Nora at 7 Weeks Old

This week Nora has started “talking” in her sleep, and yesterday she started laughing in her sleep. I can’t get her to laugh while she is awake though. We have discovered that she likes Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs, and that if I can’t get her calmed down all I have to do is go turn on the water in the bath tub.

Weight wise she can still fit in her newborn stuff, but the sleepers are way to short and the 3 month old sleepers are getting that way now too. She is so tall. I keep saying that she is going to be like her Daddy and nothing like me in height.

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Reaching out
Your baby’s hands should be mostly open now — ready to reach out to the world. In the early days of your baby’s life, grabbing was mostly automatic and instinctual and she couldn’t let go if she wanted to. Although she can’t really grab objects just yet, she can hold things placed in her hands. And, once she wraps her hands around something, she might not let go so easily. She’ll also begin to try and bat at objects, so keep potentially dangerous objects far from your little one’s reach. This means not holding hot liquids or sharp objects while you’re holding her.

Learning begins now
You may notice short periods of time when your newborn is quiet and alert. This is prime time for learning: Your baby’s brain will grow about 5 centimeters during her first three months!

Use these calm intervals to get better acquainted with your baby — talk to her, sing to her, describe the pictures on the walls. She may not be able to add to your conversation just yet, but she’s learning nonetheless.

New textures for her hands to feel and new sights and sounds (all in moderation) are all learning opportunities. Even bath time becomes a laboratory for understanding life.

Eyes can track objects
With both eyes now able to follow things consistently and well, your baby can track a moving object much better, something she may have been able to do for only brief periods since birth.

The stores are packed with developmental toys, but you’ll do just as well with everyday objects. Pass a rattle or a bright plastic ladle horizontally in front of her. Then try moving it up and down. This should attract your baby’s attention, though she probably won’t be able to smoothly follow things vertically for another three months and diagonally for another six months.

You can also play eyes-to-eyes by moving very close to her face and slowly nodding your head from side to side. Often her eyes will lock onto yours.

About Nora at Six Weeks Old

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Music appreciation

Now that your baby’s awake for longer periods during the day, you can use these times to support his sensory development. Try singing your favorite lullabies or playing music.

You don’t have limit yourself to children’s songs. Fill the house with the sounds of music — from the Black Eyed Peas to Mozart — and watch as your baby expresses his pleasure through coos, lip smacks, and jerking arm and leg movements.

Your baby might also enjoy the sound of wind chimes or a ticking clock. The more varied the offerings, the richer the impact. Inevitably, you’ll notice that your baby responds to and favors some selections more than others as he begins to develop preferences.

Don’t feel like you need to bombard your baby with music all the time, though. Babies need quiet time, too. An overstimulated child may cry, look away, tense up, arch his back, and become irritable. Try giving your little one time to regroup before moving on to more play.


Your baby may not be able to talk yet, but his face is sure telling you a lot. He’s experimenting with different facial expressions — pursing his lips, raising his eyebrows, widening or squinting his eyes, and furrowing his brow.

Your baby may be trying to tell you something — perhaps a diaper change is in your future — or maybe he’s just exploring his newfound abilities.

Remember, your baby is an individual

All babies are unique and meet milestones at their own pace. Developmental guidelines simply show what your baby has the potential to accomplish — if not right now, then soon. If your baby was premature, keep in mind that kids born early usually need a bit more time to meet their milestones. If you have any questions at all about your baby’s development, ask your healthcare provider.

The Last Few Weeks

Nora is doing well. She is growing a lot and getting a lot of hair. Evie is adjusting. Today we went for Nora’s check up and she weighs 7lbs 12oz and is 21 inches long. She was so good at the doctor, and did not cry until the very end. She goes back for another check up in March.

My doctor appointment went well on Monday. I have lost 18 lbs since I had her! They didn’t check my blood count yesterday, Dr. Brabson said he wanted me to keep my blood. I got back in three weeks.

On another note…. Due to rude and unwanted comments only registered users are able to leave comments on the blog now. To that person… You forget that Michael knows more about computers than you will ever know. We were able to trace your comment, and we know who you are. Can’t you just be happy for me and leave me alone? You all have done enough damage already.

Nora is here!

Nora is finally here!
She was officially born at 2:56PM EST weighing 7lbs 9ounces and measuring 20 inches in length.
She scored a 8 on the one minute APGAR test and a 9 on the four minute APGAR test.
Here is how the test works:

Doctors, midwives, or nurses add these five factors together to calculate the Apgar score. Scores obtainable are between 10 and 0, with 10 being the highest possible score.

Apgar Scoring
Apgar Sign 2 1 0
Heart Rate (pulse) Normal (above 100 beats per minute) Below 100 beats per minute Absent (no pulse)
Breathing (rate and effort) Normal rate and effort, good cry Slow or irregular breathing, weak cry Absent (no breathing)
Grimace(responsiveness or “reflex irritability”) Pulls away, sneezes, or coughs with stimulation Facial movement only (grimace) with stimulation Absent (no response to stimulation)
Activity (muscle tone) Active, spontaneous movement Arms and legs flexed with little movement No movement, “floppy” tone
Appearance (skin coloration) Normal color all over (hands and feet are pink) Normal color (but hands and feet are bluish) Bluish-gray or pale all over

We are very happy to finally be able to hold Nora.

A Little About Nora at week 39!
Week Thirty Nine: Very close now

You are 39 weeks pregnant. (fetal age 37 weeks)

  • The average baby is about 20 inches (51 cm) and weighs about 7.5 pounds (3400 grams).
  • The baby has reached its final birth position.
  • It will be cramped inside your uterus for much movement.
  • Your baby will continue to punch and kick but lower in your abdomen, under your pelvis.
  • The head is about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter.
  • Most of the baby’s downy coating of lanugo has now disappeared.

You are very close now to the end of your pregnancy, just a week or so left. Keeping track of your little one’s activity level may be a good idea at this time. As space in your uterus becomes more cramped, your baby’s kicks and other movements may seem less forceful. You may want to check on your baby’s movements from time to time and do a kick count. If movement drops off considerably, call your doctor or caregiver.

The average baby weighs in at over seven pounds (3kg), but can be as much as one or two pounds (1kg) heavier or lighter. It can vary with each baby, and there is no cause for concern. Your pregnancy is considered full term now (between 37 and 42 weeks is full-term). At birth the umbilical cord will stop working when the child takes her first breaths of air outside of uterus. The child’s breathing will trigger changes in the heart that will force all blood to go through the lungs.

Most Caucasian babies are born with blue eyes and their true eye color may not reveal itself for weeks or months. Baby is restricted in movement as there is no space left in the womb. You should be finding it easier to breathe now that the uterus is dropping away from the diaphragm.

You may be experiencing the nesting syndrome by attempting to clean, cook, shop and prepare for the new arrival. This is very common, just be careful that you do not wear yourself out. You need to conserve your energy for the hard work ahead in labor and birth.

Your body still makes amniotic fluid, but absorption may outpace the amount you make and so levels may decrease a bit. Contact your caregiver immediately if you have any leaking of fluid. The lanugo has mostly disappeared, but you will probably find a bit on their shoulders, arms and legs and in those little bodily creases. It will vanish completely on its own in time.

Pregnancy Today
In the final couple of weeks, your baby has another growth spurt, and new skin is already forming underneath her outer layers, which will already be sloughing off. If she’s born now then you will see that her breasts may be slightly swollen and her labia may be enlarged, and she may also have a tiny bit of blood in her diaper. This is all normal, and is the effect of the high levels of pregnancy hormones that have been circulating around you.

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Your baby’s waiting to greet the world! She continues to build a layer of fat to help control her body temperature after birth, but it’s likely she already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of her skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

The Bump
Baby’s now the size of a watermelon!
Baby’s brain is still developing rapidly, and her skin has taken on a paler shade thanks to a thicker layer of fat around the blood vessels. (Don’t worry; she’ll change color again soon after birth.) She’s now able to flex her limbs, and her nails might extend past her fingertips.

Today’s Doctor Appointment

Went to the doctor today for my regular bi-weekly checkup, and Dr. Brabson says that I am now 70% effaced 3.5cm dilated and at -1 station (which means she is 1cm above the ischial spines of my pelvis). Ultrasound looked great, and Nora is doing just fine.

The big decision today was if I wanted to do a convenience induction. Dr. Brabson is going to be out of town next week, and he asked me if I wanted him to go ahead and induce me so that he would be here. As of right now, I have told him no. My plan for labor is to go with as little medical intervention as possible, and that means not having my water broken right now to induce labor. I just hope Nora decides to come before Friday so that Dr. Brabson will be able to be there.