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June 1st Timeline
1792Kentucky becomes the 15th U.S. state
1796Tennessee becomes the 16th U.S. state
1880New Haven, CT is the site for the first pay telephone
1926Norma Jean Baker is born and raised in an orphanage, the world learns of her as Marilyn Monroe
1938The first issue of Action Comics featuring Superman appears
1958Charles De Gaulle becomes the premier of France
1961FM broadcasting begins
1968Helen Keller dies
2001Nora Sheehan is born
2002Nora Sheehan walks on Mount Pakachoag
Bear. Nora Marie Sheehan arrived in this world at 9:41 PDT on 6/1/2001 in Spokane, WA. Pat and Janet arrived at the hospital about 20 minutes prior to her birth.

We know that most of our fellow east coasters will insist that due to time zone differences she was born on June second, but official records dictate otherwise.

At birth she weighed 7 pounds and 15 ounces and she was 18 and three quarter inches long. All tests that have been performed so far show her to be healthy, and personal experience shows her to be almost as happy as her new parents.

Updates --
July 3, 2001: Nora now weighs 9 pounds and 2 ounces and she is 21 and a half inches long!
August 2, 2001: Nora now weighs 11 pounds and 2 ounces and she is 23 inches long!
October 1, 2001: Nora now weighs 14 pounds and 4 ounces and she is 25 and 1/4inches long!
December 4, 2001: Nora now weighs 17 pounds and 8 ounces and she is 28 and a half inches long!
March 5, 2002: Nora now weighs 20 pounds and 5 ounces and she is 28 and a half inches long!
June 19, 2002: Nora now weighs 23 pounds and 5 ounces and she is 31 and 3/4 inches long!
September 4, 2002: Nora now weighs 24 pounds and 7 ounces and she is 31 and 3/4 inches long!
December 3, 2002: Nora now weighs 25 pounds and she is 34 inches long!
January 24, 2002: Nora now weighs 27 pounds and she is XX inches long!


The charts below show the average growth rates for female newborns. The darker, center line in the lightly-colored areas shows the average figure. Nora's statistics are plotted in black.

This chart shows length on the top, and weight on the bottom. Nora is a VERY tall girl. She's in the 97th percentile for height. She's in the high 70's for weight, but given her height she's actually very lean (see next chart).
Nora Chart One.
This chart shows head circumferance at the top and length/weight ratio at the bottom. Nora's head circumference is slightly smaller than average and her weight is on the low side of average relative to her height.
Nora Chart 2.

Nora's Firsts
First FlowersArrangement from Judy
First VolcanoMount St. Helens
First GiftNew Testament from "Aunt" Kim
First Fast Food LunchKemper's
First "Sit-Down" DinnerEl Porton
First Insult"She's dinky!" (shopper at store)
First OutingYakima Arboretum
First Interstate TravelThe Dalles, OR
First Ocean SplashAtlantic
First Father's Day GiftRouter
First WeddingMike and Leslie's
First National ParkEverglades
First StepsA "controlled fall" in the tall grass
First WalkTo free a baloon at the Holy Cross reunion
First IllnessThe Coxsackie Virus
First Boat RideAcadia National Park
First Trip AbroadNew Brunswick, Canada

Nora's Words
(in order of appearance)
as of 12/09/02
daddy, baby, bye bye, momma, mommy, uh oh, ball, bear, hi, bobo (all stuffed animals), hot, bidey (birdy), bardie (dog), up, see, ánana (banana), keys, breezy, woof woof, all done, mailman, mail, ribbit, meow, quack, Nicky, wadu (water), whoiszat (Who is that?), whazat (What is that?), pwish (fish), cheese, doat (goat), nadu (monkey/mango), adey (elephant), happy, nine, bup (book), apple
additions as of 12/16/02
star, I see!, busy
additions as of 1/16/03
watch, eight, socks, toat (toast), mih (milk), down, boom (spoon), umbehbeh (umbrella), dow (cow), dahdo (cracker), pem (pen), alzati (glasses), I see a (as in "I see a baby"), it's a (as in "It's a baby"), busy, bottle, Aunt Cathy, moo, bowl, hat, lady, please, lamby (toy lamb), on
Nora's "Ins" and "Outs"
Sleeping during the daySleeping at night
SwaddlingDiaper changes
CuddlingSponge baths

BathsSponge Baths

Sleeping all night2:00 a.m. feedings
Playing with toysStaring at toys
Making cute soundsCrying

Dropping the ballThrowing the ball
CrayonsAfter dinner boredom

I'm hungry!

The baby book says that Nora should eat 2.5 ounces for each pound that she weighs. Because she was having trouble digesting formula the folks at the hospital said to feed her only 25ml at any one time.

When she was released from the hospital she weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, that would mean she should eat about 19 ounces of formula each day. That's 534 ml, so at 25 ml per feeding that'd mean 21 feedings a day, or one feeding about ever hour!!! Not very practical.

So, for her first days home we've been gradually increasing her "intake volume." Here's "Nora by the numbers."

July 24, 2001 Update: My how her appetite has grown. Nora now averages 180ml at each feeding (more than she'd eat each day in early June), and she's averaging almost 800ml each day!

December 2, 2002 Update: Those were the days! Yesterday's intake was pretty average let's see... cereal and applesauce for breakfast along with a fruit breakfast bar; yogurt and half a mango for lunch, a banana for a snack along with some crackers, squash risotto for dinner along with some bread. Did we mention the three cups of orange juice and one of milk?

8:30 - 25ml

12:30 -25ml

3:00 - 23ml

8:15 - 28ml


11:25 - 25ml

1:30 -25ml

4:15 - 28ml

10:00 - 30ml

2:00 - 30ml

8:00 - 35ml

11:45 - 28ml


3:00 - 31ml

5:45 -15ml

10:15 - 20ml

12:30 - 35ml

3:45 - 40ml

7:45 - 30ml

10:00 - 33ml


1:10 - 40ml

3:30 -45ml

7:50 - 35ml

11:30 - 40ml

3:00 - 40ml

6:15 - 40ml

9:50 - 43ml


12:50 - 43ml

4:45 -48ml

9:00 - 43ml

11:55 - 60ml

2:30 - 20ml

6:45 - 50ml

9:15 - 50ml

11:40 - 53ml


3:45 - 48ml

7:45 -50ml

10:50 - 60ml

2:30 - 53ml

6:50 - 60ml

9:40 - 30ml

11:45 - 47ml


2:30 - 60ml

5:45 -42ml

9:30 - 60ml

1:00 - 45ml

4:35 - 58ml

8:15 - 56ml

11:45 - 55ml


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