I had a few things I wanted to mention on my blog so I thought I would just throw together a quick wrap up post. If you hadn't heard, Jillian has had a double ear infection for the last six weeks! The poor thing has been uncomfortable and in pain for so long now, it's really starting to weigh on us. As you can imagine, we are so frustrated and feeling so helpless. I want nothing more than to help my little girl feel better and I feel like my hands are tied. Nothing seems to be working. You can always tell when Jillian has an ear infection because she will cry out at night in her sleep for no apparent reason. Typically Jeff or I can get her back to sleep pretty quickly with a little help from her paci. However, we have been dealing with a whole new set of issues ever since Friday night. It's hard to tell if her infection is becoming worse or perhaps she has had enough now too, but Jillian is now waking up every 2-3 hours for and stays awake for a long period of time. The pacifier will simply not ease her back to sleep anymore. She either wants to be cuddled back to sleep or nurse. A few times she has woken up and will just cry out in pain, grabbing at her ears. When this happens, she is inconsolable and Jeff and I just feel helpless, trying everything we can to make her feel better. It's been a rough couple of nights and Jeff and I have been consuming endless amounts of caffeine. The bottom line is that we just want our little girl to get better, we want our precious baby girl back to normal.
We went to the doctor yesterday for Jillian's nine month appointment and for another follow up for her ear infections. The good news is that Jillian is a very happy and healthy nine month old. She weighs 19 pounds, 8 ounces, and is 28 1/2 inches long. Her weight falls into the 50th percentile and her height is in the 75th percentile. This seems to be consistent from her statistics at birth. She seems to be following in her Mommy's footsteps with her body type. The bad news is that her double ear infection hasn't gone away and we are on our fourth antibiotic. If this one does not clear up her infections, then we have to go to a specialist next Friday and talk about the possibility of tubes. I really pray that this antibiotic does the trick, I hate having to give her so much medicine at such an early age. The whole thing is just so upsetting and frustrating.
The weather has been nothing but cold and rainy this past week here in Cleveland so Jeff broke down and put on our heat. He used to have this "No heat until Thanksgiving" rule, however since we now have a baby, that rule no longer applies. Thank God! I hate being cold in my own house. I am not ready to where 18 layers of fleece just yet. It is supposed to warm up this weekend so I am really hoping we can finally live my dream of taking our baby to a pumpkin patch for pictures. Jeff and I used avoid pumpkin patches while we were dealing with infertility and I am really looking forward to finally bringing Jillian. I feel like it's my 'Rite of Passage' into Motherhood.
I also wanted to mention that I am still using my Twitter account but have changed it now to private. I now have to approve all of my follow requests. I thought long and hard about this decision and thought it was for the best. Nothing specific has happened but I was tired of seeing all of these random followers pop up that I had no idea who they were. I also started to have a lot of baby product sales people following me as well which I did not care for. I absolutely love Twitter and love following and "Tweeting" with all of my favorite bloggers/readers so please do not let my decision deter you from sending me a follow request.