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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ear infections and more.

Terran woke up Saturday night around two with a fever. He had dried barf in his hair and seemed miserable. I was putting him back to sleep when I felt it in his hair and on his pjs and I figured something was up. Instead of putting him back to sleep we put him in the tub then let him snuggle with us. We thought it was the flu and watched his fever and gave him what he wanted until Monday when he was throwing up a little more and his fever hit 102. We went to the doc and found out both ears are infected. On ibuprofen,  Tylenol, and amoxicillin, he started doing much better. I hope this doesn't start recurring.
Terran has also recently had two molars come in, bottom left and top right. He has a fever a little over a week ago but no other issues, so that explains that!

Our little guy puckers his lips into a duck face all the time, but particularly when he is jabbering. I was lucky enough to catch a good pic of it on a Sunday drive when he was cranky and sick so we went out to look for coyotes with Zach.
Terran has discovered his nostrils and loves sticking his fingers up them. I am sure it doesn't help that I laugh when he does it, but I can't help it. I also can't help but laugh when he toots, so now he will immediately look at me with a big smile waiting for me to laugh and then he joins in. It's pretty funny, but may make teaching him manners a little bit harder!
Terran has finally started liking "real" food a little more. He has been liking pasta quite a bit and loves to slurp it up. Everything this kid does is just so funny and adorable. He still nurses a few times a day, but it seems that he may need to be weaned soon. I wouldn't mind continuing, but he has gotten in the habit of gnawing/biting and one night bit me and made me bleed. It was one of the most painful things I have felt in a long time. Sadly, it also gave me mastitis, I wasn't able to nurse consistently, and I think it has affected my supply quite a bit. He is still going strong on the right side, but it never seems to really fill up with enough milk anymore. The emotional aspect of stopping nursing has been so surprising to me. Obviously there is the side of me that is done with the biting and the toddler-constantly-moving-while-he-is-eating frustration, but there is also the side of me that doesn't want to give up this superpower of sustaining life and being able to cure all woes and induce sleep. Not to mention that I think it has really helped me lose the baby weight and keep it off. I was down to ten pounds below my PRE-baby weight. That is lower than I was for most of high school! I am sure training for a marathon and a half Ironman also contributed, but I think nursing played a role as well. Breastfeeding has really been an amazing experience that has included a lot of pain but also has shown me how absolutely extraordinary my body is.

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