Last night Andrew and I went out to dinner and to see a show for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. I was reluctant to leave Eva as she had been unwell but of course she just loved having the attention of Gran and Pop and took it all in her stride. I just don’t like being away from her and especially miss the evening breastfeed. Eva has improved a lot since Monday but I just wish we could have a full night’s sleep!
I met Andrew at his work and then we headed to dinner. Seeing as we had a short time to enjoy some food we chose Nandos (Portuguese Chicken). Andrew thought that really it wasn’t a very romantic option for our dinner but then we realised that actually Nandos has featured on special occasions before. One of our first dates was at Nandos in London. Now for people saving madly to travel and living very frugally this was a splurge. Nandos also was in the shopping centre opposite us in Bristol so it was an easy dinner one of the first few nights after Eva was born. Also we enjoyed Nandos for our 5th Wedding Anniversary dinner last year (as a default)! So actually it is a special place for us to eat even though it is fast food.
The comedy act we saw wasn’t fantastic but did improve toward the end. Unfortunately it really wasn’t to our taste. The tickets were free through Andrew’s work so we couldn’t complain and it did make us have a date night.
While waiting for the show to begin I overheard a conversation between two women nearby one of whom was pregnant. “How long have you got left?” “Still 9 weeks to go.” For a split second I thought wow still 9 weeks. Quickly I computed that that’s only half the time that Eva was early (15 weeks). It still takes my breathe away to see heavily pregnant women and wonder what that would be like.
Last Friday Eva and I hosted a lunch at our house where there were 3 girls and a boy. Hallie and Ella are 11 months and Joshua is 7 months. Along with their mums Lisa, Cathy and Alison we shared lunch together at our first (non-family) social gathering at our house.
Eva was just so excited to show her friends around the house. Excitedly going up to each of them at their arrival to chat about being here. She then attempted to get them to follow her in a circuit of the house. The girls are all mobile and cruising the furniture. They all had to be in the same place and the same time of course. Thus the photo of them all visiting me above.
Poor Joshua is thinking about crawling but in the meantime seems to get targeted by the girls who are trying to be friendly of course but still need to learn about gentle. Just wait to he can move girls!
It was a fun day where Eva and I enjoyed having people at our house and sharing yummy food too. It is great to socialise with a group of mums who are all still breastfeeding and happy to share tips and hints and babyrearing!
Eva has another viral infection and she is very sad. Saturday night Eva was up for several hours being miserable and unconsolable. It didn’t seem to be teething pain so I was a little concerned but she didn’t feel like she had a temperature. Sunday morning when she got up she was very hot and lethargic.
At church she was still hot after paracetamol and listless, she sat on Gran’s knee without wriggling to get down to crawl which is most unusual. After church I took her to the doctors as I was worried about her. Eva’s temperature was 38.8°C and she let the doctor examine her ears, throat and chest with no protest, most unlike her. The doctor did think that it looked like a viral illness but her right ear and throat were red and inflammed so he started her on antibiotics again. After coming home Eva slept for 3.5 hours which gave me a chance to catch up on sleep also. Daddy enjoyed watching the very fast and noisy cars drive in the Formula One Grand Prix which made him very happy.
Last night was better with lots of waking but she was easily settled with a breastfeed. We need to watch her urine output too which has been down due to her temperature. Today has been an improvement but she hasn’t slept well. Sadly she isn’t eating well
These episodes always bring up my guilt for having given birth to Eva so early. Andrew tries to console me by saying that lots of children get sick but I do feel that her frequent illness is due to her prematurity. Of course we always have to remember how amazing her overall health and development is for a 25-weeker. We are truly blessed.
Well it’s been ages since I’ve updated but we’ve been busy. It’s almost 3 weeks since we started living in our home. During this time Andrew was getting over his illness and Eva and I became unwell the day we moved in. We are now all feeling better and hopefully will be more communicative.
On Monday March 1st Eva crawled on all fours for the first time. It was a bit sporadic that day but since then she hasn’t stopped. Now that she can move quickly she loves to do circuits around the house down the hallway and through the kitchen to get back to the lounge! Eva loves to carry “treasures” with her from one place to another. This is either in her hand or mouth and looks so cute.
Climbing followed that same week when I found her in the fireplace (there are 2 small steps) numerous times a day. Eva loves to climb anything it seems. All steps and stairs look like a fun activity. At Gymbaroo there is lots of climbing so she loves that.
The first time I found her in the fireplace she got down and clapped her hands for the first time ever! As if to try and appease me for the soot all over her she showed me a new trick.
Another trick is door opening and closing (not cupboards yet, just internal doors). I love watching her move the door and then realise that she has to move herself.
This week Eva is at the stage of pulling up on furniture or people or anything. Eva has always been strong in standing so she really enjoys this. Of course all this means that we have entered the busiest time in Eva’s life. When Eva was tiny people would tell me that “newborns are easy, just wait until they move”. I now understand what they mean!
We have set a book shelf up in her room and Eva enjoys pulling the books off (of course) but she also does enjoy looking through them. Spot books are great at the moment as she loves to open the flaps.
I can’t believe how much a child’s brain can learn every day!
All of this while being unwell with a respiratory and ear infection and on antibiotics again! I can’t imagine how quickly she would be developing if she stayed well. Eva’s blood results from the neonatologist visit were all good which is a relief. Sleeping has been a challenge overnight while she was unwell and suffering from teething pain I think. She was up 3-4 times a night, which just makes us all very tired. Touch wood that this has improved dramatically since Tuesday.
On Tuesday (16th March) Eva cut another tooth, her first bottom tooth. I was very relieved to feel the tooth as her temperament had been just horrible for 3 days and I was beginning to attribute it to toddlerhood. We are steeling ourselves for upcoming major tantrums and I am trying to speed read toddler books. It seems today that another top tooth is just cutting too.