That’s not me singing a pop song, that’s just me talking about the only thing on my mind these days. My brain is completely worthless for anything else.
Hazel’s still got day and night mixed up. Last night I decided to try to put her to bed at 8 PM. About six feedings and 5.5 hours later, I got her to sleep at 1:40 AM. (She did then sleep until about 7 AM, so that’s good, but I’m still zombified.) It seems like her pattern is to sleep for 5 hours, then nurse for 5 hours. (And I’m here to tell you that even a 5-hour break isn’t enough for me to recover from 5 hours of nearly-straight nursing.) Then today she slept peacefully all day in between a few nursings. It almost made me want to disturb her sweet slumber and tire her out before night, only I really didn’t have the energy to do that.
I did just get her to sleep in her cradle at only 10 PM, so I hope that bodes well for tonight. I guess we’ll see.
I have something worrying me some. When Henry was an infant, our doctor rotated his hip at his first checkup and found it made a clicking sound, so he sent us to Primary Children’s Hospital for a sonogram to check for hip dysplasia. Henry’s hip was fine. Now, when I change Hazel’s diaper and move her leg, I can hear a distinct click in her right leg. (I’m not making it click on purpose, but it just does.) Also, from my research when we thought Henry might have dysplasia, I remembered that dysplasia (which means the ball of the joint is not properly in its socket) is most common in small premie girls who were breech. It’s also common in oldest daughters, so at least Hazel doesn’t have that correlating factor, but I did learn today that another factor is low amniotic fluid (which I did have with Hazel.) Of course Hazel’s not really a premie, and she wasn’t breech at birth, but she WAS breech in all her sonograms through about week 34. So she does have some risks. (Hip dysplasia occurs in about 3 or 4 of 1000 babies.) If she did have dysplasia the treatment would be to have her wear something called a Pavlik harness for at least several weeks while the hip forms into a better position — the harness holds the baby’s hips out at an ideal angle for this to occur. Obviously, I’m hoping Hazel won’t need this. It’s also true that the mom’s estrogen can cause babies to have loose joints for a while after birth until they work the hormone out of their systems, so ideally that will turn out to be all that’s causing Hazel’s hip click. She has her 2-week checkup on Thursday and I guess I’ll know more after that.
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(She’s still astonishingly sweet and cute and a warm cuddly irresistible little bundle. The kids are all still in love with her. I know, I need to put up more photos. One of these days . . . especially if it’s a day that’s actually a day and not a night.)