weird week

Well, I’ll start by answering a couple of questions left in comments.

1) Yes, I check my gmail account. I don’t have anything from someone named Tanya, though. Should I?

2) I use a Canon Digital Rebel XTi. It’s both the camera and the lens that take such pretty pictures. The lens is a 50 mm f/1.4 lens. The lens is a “fast” portrait lens – it allows me to take pictures without the flash as well as some other nifty things. The camera – as with all digital SLRs – has a much shorter shutter lag which makes taking pictures of moving targets much easier.

3) The turtle picture was taken with one of those cheap throwaway underwater cameras. We were in Maui (several years ago now) on a snorkeling expedition. The panic attack Mr. Hope had during that expedition is a whole different story. Anyway. Everyone was crowded around a turtle that had come up before our arrival – you couldn’t get a good picture, and I just hung back. Well, lo and behold, another turtle popped up right next to me. It was about an arm’s length from me. Everyone else was so busy with the first turtle that I had my own private audience for some time before any one noticed. It was a great moment.

It’s been an exhausting week. BabyHope hasn’t been sleeping well the past couple of weeks, and Sunday night was particularly bad. It’s been better (knocking on wood and crossing my fingers).

I cut my hand really nicely on Monday. Yes, I was doing a stupid thing by cutting a nectarine into slices while holding the nectarine in my hand. I’ve never claimed to have good knife skills. Fortunately, BabyHope was sleeping and I was able to stop the bleeding and get it taped up before she woke up.

BabyHope was weighed Monday morning. They got her weight at a puny 11 pounds even, which put her in approximately the 1st percentile – another drop. So I slowly, but surely began to panic. I started pumping umpteen times per day and feeding her only with fortified bottles to determine how much she was taking in. I called the pediatrician’s office (the appointment was not a doctor’s visit, and it’s a longer story than I’m in the mood for) and she wanted to see BabyHope to do a full assessment. We went this morning. Their scale has been having problems all week, but the doctors weren’t informed until yesterday. So BabyHope really weighed in at 11 pounds, 13 ounces. It might seem like a small difference, but it’s really huge percentile-wise. That puts her at the 5th percentile and means that we’re not worried about her weight gain. We’re still aware of it, and she’s still quite small, but the weight off my shoulders is immense.

Mr. Hope bought me a pair of earrings for Mother’s Day. I intended to wear them yesterday, so I pulled them out. I got interrupted somehow (hmmm…how could that be?) and left them in our little tray thing on our ottoman/coffee “table”. There was only one earring there this morning. Panic ensued. So I looked before the doctor’s visit. After the doctor’s visit. After the assorted errands we ran. I pulled out the trash. Tore apart the couch. Rummaged through the dog’s bed and blankets. I finally, thank goodness, found the earring along the baseboard. Phew.

Last, but not least: solid food poop is gross. We’ve been cloth diapering without a hitch, but this poop is making me quake at the knees. Mr. Hope swore he’d never change another diaper again after his first experience. I’m not totally sure what to do about it right now.

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~ by Larisa on June 12, 2008.

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  1. Hi, I found your blog through a search for “cloth diapering”. Solid food poop IS really scary, but lots of mamas use a diaper sprayer to spray most of it off into the toilet before putting the diaper into the diaper pail. Personally I just shake off what I can then let the washer take care of the rest. Good luck!
    ~Amy Sue

  2. Glad you found the earring you your little girl is gaining weight. Worry is the constant state of the mother (that and heart-bursting love).

  3. So I have left you a comment before that my son Gabriel is almost the exact same age as BabyHope (if you’d ever like to chat I can email you my email address). I’m sorry to hear that she has had some sleeping issues, but can I just say that he has too! I wonder if it is an almost five months thing?? The other night he woke up 5 times in the night! Hoping things get better for both of us on that front soon!
    ~Erin

  4. Solid food poop is gross and funny (like the wonderful textured rainbow surprises you find with certain fruits, vegetables, artificially colored desserts, etc). It gets a million times better once they eat table food- it turns into regular poop. BUT, it still smells horrible. And we did cloth & disposable diapers- it is just as bad either way- washing them or having a stinky diaper sit in the trash (even outside).
    On another note, Ava was a little baby too (<5%, including being off the chart for a little bit). It changed once she started really getting the hang of table food. Now at 2, she is in the 50%! And I stressed (a lot) and they tested her (a lot) and they even tested me (my milk). Not that this will decrease your stress at all, but you aren't alone. Sometimes that helps.
    I think she is beautiful and you’re doing a great job!

  5. I’m curious about the solid foods you’re giving BabyHope. Our girls are close in age, and I’m not sure of the whole solid foods progression. I’m trying to get ideas from people on what is “normal”. Could you tell me what she’s eating, or what your plan is for solid foods? Thanks!

  6. Ah, the solid food poop! Yuck! I wanted to just nurse them forever! Glad she is doing well and the weight gain was better than you thought! I would have panicked about the earing too! NCLM

  7. What in particular is the problem with the cloth diapers?

    You’re using a paper liner that you can throw in the trash (or compost)?
    It can be an icky job to take them out, but usually the corners aren’t dirty.

    I have a pail of water with some vinegar in it standing next to the changing table. I let the diapers soak in it until I wash the next load of diapers.
    Before loading these diapers in the washing machine I sop them in the vinegar water a few times to get most off.

    It’ll get better again. My girl makes pretty solid poops these days. Sometimes a bit too solid.

  8. I kinda thought you’d been cloth diapering, some of the pictures looked like it to me.

    I also have the diaper sprayer on that hooks up under the back of the toilet, but if it really grosses you out, I highly recommend flushable liners. Yes, they add to the expense, but not to the landfills.

    I’m glad BabyHope’s weight is fine. You look pretty small yourself, too.

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