I am miserably behind on my blog (happens from time to time, doesn’t it?!) so I’m going to do one good long catch-up post … uh-oh, apparently later – he’s just woken suddenly and doesn’t sound very happy about it! OK, I’m back …
Aug 28 – What a night! I worked until 2am and then was woken up at 4am by a very hot little boy with a temperature of 37.4C. Nothing to get too alarmed about, but I then spent the next hour and a bit nursing him. He was hot all day, with very little appetite and nursing constantly, and then hit 39 C the next night. Tylenol only worked a little bit (1 degree). We visited our family doctor who said it was just a virus (ears and throat looked fine) and to check back if he still has the fever after 2 days.
Aug 29 – The fever is gone, but a mild rash has developed on his torso – classic Roseola. Our friends from Calgary arrived for a visit – we’ve got a houseful with 4 adults and 4 kids!
Aug 30 – Patrick noticed that Nicholas has his seventh tooth coming through – his 1st molar on the bottom left. The tooth has come through very quickly because now the whole top surface is showing, not just the four points. On that same day, he tried to sign “mummy” for the first time – he didn’t quite get his hand to his chin, but he was quite clearly making the effort. He also signed “lechita” (milk) for the first time, proactively. He has been copying me do the sign, while he’s been nursing, but this was the first time he asked for it on his own. We’ve used this sign exclusively for breastfeeding and haven’t decided what to use for cow’s milk yet … perhaps “drink” because we don’t plan to offer juice for quite some time yet.
Aug 31 – There always has to be a “poop” comment, doesn’t there?!? Very strange stuff coming out of my child today – his poop looks like coffee grounds. I checked online and called the Nurseline – both assured me that blood in the vomit looks like coffee grounds, but not in the stool, so I’m pretty sure it’s not blood. (This continued for a couple of days and then disappeared, so we’ll never know what it was.)
Sep 1 – Lovely picnic at Belcarra today with a nice walk afterwards. As we were walking, Patrick and I were sure we heard Nicholas say “dog”. It hasn’t happened again since then, so now I’m not sure. I was at the time, though!
Sept 7-9 – Weekend visit to the island for a wedding and a visit with friends and family. The bride’s mother was so thoughtful – she had bought little toy bags for each of the kids who attended the wedding, so they had stuff to play with during dinner and speeches. Nicholas was very taken with his Dora doll and beach ball.
Sept 9 – Four milestones today: (1) Nicholas signed “yes” for the first time, (2) he also signed “food/eat” for the first time, (3) he called “mummy” to get my attention instead of just crying in the crib, exactly the way I’ve been asking him to do, and (4) shoot, I can’t remember what the 4th was and I didn’t take good enough notes! Hopefully Kim will help me remember.
Follow-up note: Well done, Kim, the 4th milestone … he (almost) said his first word in Spanish – “ga” for “agua” (water). Turns out he’s using the same spoken word for any drink other than breast milk, but that’s because he’s mostly only getting water with the occasional sip of milk (no juice yet).