Monday, June 24, 2013

Week 25- Fever!

I got a call from Tracy on Friday  morning saying that Nora had a fever of 102.7! I felt awful that I sent her to daycare sick like that. She had been whiny that morning, but she hadn't slept well the night before, and I just assumed she was tired. I have to believe that she was not that hot when I shipped her off that morning. Surely I would have noticed if she was burning up like that. Right? Brad picked her up and brought her home to rest. Then, I met them at the doctor's office shortly before 11. The doctor swabbed her throat, and thankfully, she did not have strep. She had a regular ol' virus. We were told to keep the tylenol and ibuprofen to her, and if the fever wasn't gone by Monday, we were supposed to go back in.

We got home just in time for Nora to hurl all over me and our front steps. Better outside than in, I guess.

Once I got us both cleaned up, she spent most of the afternoon curled up on me like this:

Thankfully, by 7 p.m., her appetite was returning. She requested 2 blueberry waffles and some applesauce, which made me feel better. By the next morning, her fever was gone, and her appetite was back in full swing!

Earlier in the week, Momma had a different kind of fever. NKOTB fever!

Allison, Camelia, and I made our way to Nashville on Tuesday afternoon to see Boys II Men, 98 Degrees, and NKOTB. We were just a wee bit excited. As usual, my boyfriend, Joe Mac, did not disappoint. ::Swoon::

Brad and Nora survived the night without me, though Nora does seem to have taken over our bed a bit....

No Daddy! My bed!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Week 24- Father's Day

This weekend was Father's Day. I found this gem of a picture of my Dad and me. The caption on my Dad's Facebook says it was my first time on skates. I'm guessing I was about 3 or 4 years old, which would make it about 1980-1981, but I'm not 100% sure.

I talked to Dad for a few minutes today, which was nice, but it would have been better if I could have visited, too. There are many things that I love about living in East Tennessee, but the distance from home can be really hard sometimes. Last week, we lost Blannie- my father's father. I hadn't seen my grandfather in probably 18 years, and it makes me really sad to think about how infrequently Nora will get to see my Mom and Dad. Mom and Dad: Skype! Passports! Chop chop! xo

Anyway, nostalgia and homesickness aside, we had a really nice weekend. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Nora has the best Daddy. The things that make him the best sound ordinary, but when you piece them all together, they are the every day things that happy childhoods are made of.

We spent a lot of time at Dede and Grandpa's house this weekend. Yesterday, Brad and Nora spent some time in the pool.

At first, it looked like we were going to have a repeat of last year, but then Nora got to watch her Daddy do some sort of cannonball type dives into the pool...

She thought that was hilarious, so she decided to give the pool a 2nd chance.

She would get into the pool and let Brad swish her around a little bit. Then, she'd fuss to be let out. She would run around the patio a little bit and then back to the pool with her arms outstretched to be carried back in. It was a much more successful attempt than any previous attempts. We're hoping by the end of the summer, she'll be a little fishy.

Last night, we had a Father's Day dinner at Bo and Lea's. Nora ran herself ragged and slept like a log all night, which was exactly what Brad and I needed because she is still not completely past this weird sleep regression that we have all been suffering through.

Today, after church, we stopped by Dede and Grandpa's again to let Bella dog out because they were on a little half-day road trip. While we were there, we had lunch, and I got this adorable picture of Brad's Father's Day tie that Nora finger painted for him at church today.

Here Nora is cheesin' for the camera on our way to the car.

After our little miss had a nice afternoon nap, we headed back one more time to bring Grandpa his Father's Day cards and a few pictures we had printed off for him. While we were there, Nora was being her usual busy little self, but she was also being very sweet, giving out lots of hugs, kisses, and tickles to not only her grandparents, but also to Bella the dog. We snapped just a couple more pictures on our way out.

I hope all the Dads in our life had a Happy Father's Day. They are all loved very much.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Week 23- Friends and Cousins

This week, Nora did many typical things.

She played in her yard.

She played with her dogs.

She read with her Daddy.

This week, we also celebrated Amelia's 2nd birthday. It was a Peppa Pig birthday party that included a giant bounce house!

Nora had fun playing on "Amelia Land" (a big wooden play house, sliding board, swing set) and eating happy cake.

Also this week, Nora's cousin, "the other Sarah Lyle", became Mrs. Sarah Harris. Since there was a family wedding, Nora's Ohio cousins were in town. She got to play with them for just a little while at Dede and Grandpa's house this afternoon, but Nora loved seeing Matthew, Jack, and Adelle!


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Week 22- Gymnastics

On Monday, we made our annual trip to place flags at Uncle Spott's grave for Memorial Day. Nora doesn't yet understand grave yard etiquette, so she wasn't too happy to be held down. My mother-in-law says not to worry about it, that Spott and her mother and all of the other Prestons, Pratts, and Rogers would be tickled to have her running over top of them, but I'm not so sure.

This week we were pretty excited to take Nora to her first gymnastics class at The Little Gym, and it was so much fun that we signed her up for the 10 week season. The class begins with some jingle bells and a song. Then parents help their "Beasties" do some stretches before the teacher blows up a big air mat. The kids get to bounce on the mat while the teacher shows them how to do a specific jump. After bounce time, the kids get some free play time around the gym while the teacher teaches 3 different skills that the kids can try out whenever they are ready. Finally, students are moved back to the big red mat for "balls and bubbles" before singing their goodbye song.

Nora ran herself ragged, and by the time we got back to the car, she was begging for a snack. I was glad I had some apple chips with me.

The only other thing worth mentioning right now is that we're going on 4 weeks of Nora's sleep being out of whack. She started by waking a little earlier each day. Then she started insisting on being rocked to sleep at night. Finally, she started waking up in the middle of the night with blood curdling screams and refusing to go back to sleep in her own crib. Brad has been spending a few hours on the couch each night, and we're both a little tired. I know that it will pass, and each night we try to get her back into her regular routine of going to sleep in her crib without being rocked, but this child is stubborn like no other. She actually almost lost her voice for a couple of days because of all of the screaming. I know her last 2 molars are coming through, and as usual, they are taking their sweet time. Here is little missy asleep on her Daddy tonight before being transferred to her crib.


Here's hoping she sleeps through the night, but I'm not holding my breath.