Tuesday, February 28, 2006

More Teeth

Morgan has started getting her 2nd molars. The two bottom ones have poked through and we are waiting for the tops. Then she will have all her teeth. Finally!

Most of her teeth have come in pretty easily. A little runny nose and fever, maybe. Some sleepless nights. But nothing a little Tylenol couldn't handle. But these molars really caused havoc. (And this is whey we had a 12 day blog absence. Sooooo tired....)

Morgan had a fever spiking to nearly 105 for two days! We took her to the ER the first night when Motrin wouldn't bring the fever down, but they said she had no infections. She had a runny nose too. At least she was happy to be able to carry a "tee-zoo" (tissue) in her "pock-tet" (pocket) to blow her nose. She wouldn't sleep either which is the worst part of being sick. Then the third day all her symptoms disappeared. No fever. No congestion. Appetite back. She had two more sleepless nights but I think she just liked getting out of bed early.

Then next day, Morgan opened her mouth and pointed in. "More teeth, mommy", she said. And sure enough! There they were. Grrrr. At least there are only 2 more to go!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Messy hair

I guess with two parents with very fine, mostly straight hair, Morgan was destined to have problems. But the rat's nest she wakes up with every morning is getting out of control. I have to use practically half a bottle of detangler on it (which ends up making her hair look greasy) but it still hurts to comb it out. There is just no way to gently tame this mess! It seems to have gotten worse since her haircut, but that doesn't make sense does it? Maybe its just my imagination. Friends have suggested trying to put her to bed in a do-rag, but I don't think she'd keep it on. (Though it would be awfully cute.) Anyone with suggestions feel free to post in comments!

Monday, February 13, 2006


Inspired by this post at Blogging Baby, Morgan & I made pretzels to day. Here are some photos of the results.

We made some heart-shaped Valentines pretzels for Daddy. The ones on the left are salty and the ones on the right are cinnamon and sugar. Yum!
We made some regular pretzel-shaped pretzels and some twisty pretzels too.
Then we made some pretzel shapes. Morgan wanted to make complicated shapes like "shopping cart", "firetruck", and "pig", but I had to stick with the basics.Here is Morgan enjoying her pretzel.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Potty Training Update

I haven't blogged much about Morgan's potty training efforts. This is mostly because its been going really well and I haven't wanted to jinx it!

Our goal is to have Morgan daytime potty trained within 6 months. I don't mind keeping her in a diaper at night for a while longer. But she's getting bigger now, and bigger diapers= more expensive diapers, so...its time to start using the potty. After a false start in December we decided to try for real just after Morgan's birthday.

Jon & I had read several advice books and articles describing the various expert-approved methods of potty training - or "toilet learning" as they like to call it now - and we decided to go with the classic: straight bribery. When you use the potty, we told Morgan, you will get a jelly bean.

She peed five times between 7 and 8pm the first night. Holy cow, I can't even do that! We started to get a little worried that at this rate she would be potty trained in no time, but her teeth would rot and fall out.

But she slowed down to a normal pace the following day. We put her in her training pants and she did a pretty good job. She'd go through all three pairs every day for a while, but she'd also pee in the potty every time she sat on it. After about a week she could keep her underwear ("big girl pants") dry most of the time they were on. We still put a diaper on her when she left the house and when she was sleeping.

Just last week we got to the point where I felt we could leave the house for short trips while Morgan was in her undies. I got a potty topper for the big scary public toilets and off we went. We've been on about 8-10 outings since and she has only had one accident (the mall playground was just too much fun to think about the potty). We still remind her to use the potty every so often, but she also tells us when she needs to go.

So, I think we are making some good progress. We're down to one jelly bean for every 3 pees and sometimes she forgets about the jelly bean all together. I am afraid to get too excited - I'm sure there will be setbacks - but we've made a good start.

Here are some of the milestones (in no particular order) we need to reach before we'll be at our goal:
  • Move the potty to the bathroom (Yeah, its in the living room. Since that is where we spend most of our time, it seemed easier to start with it out there.)
  • Use the potty at school.
  • Go #2 in the potty. (The thought of this terrifies Morgan. We have no idea how to convince her to do it.)
  • Stay dry for naps.

Wish us luck!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Ear Infection


So Morgan woke up the other night crying and crying and rubbing her ear and telling us that she "hear fire truck". This is not the first time this week that this has happened. Not a good sign.

Motrin. Warm wash cloth. Finally back to sleep after 4 hours.

The sun comes up and Morgan is completely back to normal. Still no fever. Happy. Energetic. Hungry.

I hate to take her to the doctor unless its absolutely necessary. But I fugured that if she was really sick, it would become absolutely necessary on Sunday when nothing is open and it would be worse to end up in the ER.

So she has a little ear infection in her left ear. We have 10 days of Amoxicillin and it already seems to be working. Morgan slept like a log last night and so did I!

The best thing to come of this is that we found a great new doctor for Morgan. Nurse Practicioner Jackson was great with her so we'll be trying to back to her every time!