Friday, January 9, 2009

I should be studying for my 2 huge exams tomorrow

. . . but I'm not. I have a cold, and as the day wears on, I seem to be feeling worse. My bones ache, my throat is scratchy, and I'm exhausted. Plus, I am reading a novel, something I haven't done since the summer of 2007. A friend of mine recommended it, and it's a tear-jerker! It's called "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards, and it's about a girl with down syndrome growing up in the late 60s early 70s, during a time when people with disabilities were still institutionalized at birth. It's really tugging at my heart-strings, and I want to finish it before Monday when the craziness of the semester starts up again.

I had Teagan at the doc today for a weight check, and I brought the book to read while I was waiting. The nurse saw it in Teagan's carrier when she called us back, and we began talking about it. The book was published in 2005, so it's not new, and I guess it's also a movie. The nurse said she read the book and saw the movie, and the movie was pretty true to the book. I think I'll see if I can rent it; the book is clean so hopefully the movie will be, as well.

Teagan, Teagan. What can I say about her? She is still just a wonderful, happy baby. . . but has stopped taking a bottle. As a result, she is not gaining enough weight. She only gained 4 ounces in 17 days, 1 pound in 5 weeks. That's not good. She's dropped from the 50th percentile to the 25th. She only wants to nurse, and with me beginning my student teaching and being away from her all day, I fear her weight gain is not going to improve much. I pray the Lord will intervene and she'll go back to taking a bottle. I have to now give her formula and rice cereal in the bottle to try and boost her caloric intake. We'll see how she does.

Well, I guess I should review my notes for my exams in the morning. Say a little prayer for me!