Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday Salon - September 21

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Wow, it has been 1 1/2 months since my last Sunday Salon post! I love blogging, and reading what my blogging friends are up to, but I found I just needed a break for a while. In retrospect, I think it was the craziness of the last few months finally getting to me: moving, unpacking, adjusting to hubby's new schedule (and the fact that most days he leaves for work before Maya gets up, and returns after she goes to bed), and beginning to chase after my little bub who started crawling, and is now close to walking. 

We have also been plagued by Maya's unwillingness to eat solids, and her slow weight gain and drop from her growth pattern (already on the smal
l side, in the 3rd-5th percentiles), which has spurred v
isits to a gastroenterologist, and a host of blood work and other tests. Her pediatrician diagnosed her as failure to thrive, "not because I believe she is, but I need a diagnosis number for insurance purposes". In all other ways she is thriving, but seeing FTT on paper just makes me feel ill. So far, all of the test results have come back fine, and my gut feeling is that nothing is wrong medically, especially since she meets all the milestones far in advance. She just isn't all that interested in food. We will be going to a speech pathologist that does feeding therapy, I'm really hoping that helps more than our meeting with a nutritionist, who failed to tell me anything I didn't already know.


In all other ways, Maya is a happy, healthy 9-month old baby. She has been crawling since June, and currently her favorite activity is cruising around with her Brio walker wagon. In the last few days, she has been briefly standing on her own, so it looks like walking is in our near future! She says a few words now..."ma ma", "da da", and "ne ne" when she wants to nurse. She has also learned the "milk" sign I use to ask her if she wants to nurse. And she has finally learned how to go both up and down a step, so I don't have to worry as much about the step between our living and dining room. And, her toothless grin is almost gone! She has two budding lower teeth, with one ready to erupt any day.


With all of that going on (how I digress from books!), I haven't had as much time to read as I usually do. I have finished a few books in the last two months: Independent People by Haldor Laxness, Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella, The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart, You are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin, Sing Through the Day, compiled by Marlys Singer, and House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. All of those reviews will be forthcoming throughout the next week or two.

And now, having finished House of Leaves yesterday, I am having a hard time deciding what to pick up next. I could read Remember Me, by Sophie Kinsella, my mom's book group pick for this month. Although I like Sophie Kinsella, I'm not expecting the book to generate much discussion, and having just read one of the Shopaholic books, I'm not as inclined to pick this one up. I also have The Blue Jay's Dance by Louise Erdrich on my TBR pile, but I don't know if I'm in the right mood for non-fiction. What I really want to read next is the second book in Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy...but my hold isn't available at the library yet. More than likely I will be picking up something small and quick, an Agatha Christie or Barbara Pym book, to tide me over until The Hollow Hills is available at the library.

Happy Sunday, fellow Saloners!

16 comments:

Joy said...

It's great to see you back! What a precious little darling! :) Did you know that you won The Gathering?

gautami tripathy said...

Reading is not important. Maya is!

Interesting blogs, links and books

Nyssaneala said...

joy - Oops! I forgot all about that! Sorry, I'll send you my address. And thanks again!

gautami - You are so right...but reading does help keep me sane. ;)

Table Talk said...

No time to read? I wonder you have time to breath! I wouldn't worry about Maya it sounds to me as if everything is happening at the right time and she certainly doesn't look as if she's not thriving. A friend of mine has a very tiny child who has nothing at all wrong with her and who at six is definitely Queen of her class.

Callista said...

Maya is so cute!! I've read You Are Your Child's First Teacher. I reviewed it here if you are interested. Great Sunday Salon.

Literary Feline said...

You have had your hands full lately! I hope things go well with the speech pathologist and things start improving with Maya. It is definitely a good sign though that she is thriving in all other areas.

I hope you have a good week!

Eva said...

I'm so glad you managed to check in! :)

Like the others have said, Maya is adorable and certainly looks thriving to me; I hope she starts eating solid foods soon so you don't have as much worry. And yay for small & quick mysteries! ;)

Laura said...

Nice to see you back with us! Maya is gorgeous! Hopefully this is just a phase (should I tell you about my 15yo and vegetables?!!)

Kathy said...

aww your little girl is such a cutie.
I enjoyed reading your blog and have you bookmarked to check back.

beastmomma said...

Welcome back to the blogging world. Your daughter is lovely!

Kristina said...

Glad to see you back. Maya looks so precious. Ethan is 10 months now and he doesn't eat solids yet. He is having a hard time transitioning to 3rd stage foods. He blows raspberries in a spitting response lol it cracks me up. I'm not worried tho he seems to be more interested in big people food! He eats pizza crusts lol. He has two bottom teeth but nothing on top yet. He says da da but I've not heard mama yet :( Keep us up to date on her progress!

Kristina said...

Glad to see you back. Maya looks so precious. Ethan is 10 months now and he doesn't eat solids yet. He is having a hard time transitioning to 3rd stage foods. He blows raspberries in a spitting response lol it cracks me up. I'm not worried tho he seems to be more interested in big people food! He eats pizza crusts lol. He has two bottom teeth but nothing on top yet. He says da da but I've not heard mama yet :( Keep us up to date on her progress!

Wendy said...

Maya is adorable! Thanks for sharing the latest photos of her :) Hope you are finding YOU time now and again!!

Iliana said...

It's so good to see you posting again! I can imagine all the craziness and think that bit of a break was much needed right.

Maya is adorable! I hope all goes well with the follow up doctor's visits.

I'm enjoying a Christie book at the moment too!

Bookfool said...

Maya is a little beauty!

As frustrating as that FTT diagnosis is, your doctor was honest with you about the diagnosis being strictly for coding purposes and that's good. She certainly looks healthy! I wish you the best.

BTW, it's great to see you posting, again!

Rodger Bailey said...

Hi:

Sometimes there is a 'normal' reason that children don't grow and develop like the charts say.

We have a unique spin on FTT in our Failure To Thrive Social Network. Come by and check us out. Would love a review of my site. I'm adding a link to your blog.

Rodger Bailey