Thursday, July 31, 2008
We've made 2 trips to the ER, one Tuesday night, we didn't end up staying b/c the tylenol had lowered her temp enough that it "wasn't high enough to be alarmed about" according to the ER admissions nurse. We went back last night after I got home from my "play date" with Lisa, whom I met a little while ago. She is super sweet, super talented, and we have so much in common. She had asked me over to "scrap" and chat and eat some delicious snacks and I really wanted to go, but didn't really know if I should. Shayne insisted that I go and he would call me if anything happened. So, I did, and had a great time!!! Thanks Lisa, you are too much fun, and your kids are FABULOUS!
When I got home, Nalley's fever had spiked to almost 103 and I was worried. We set off to the ER, for the second night in a row...I was determined to find out what was wrong and get my sweet baby better. We got there at 12:30 a.m. and left at 5:30...one long night in some uncomfortable chairs, going on NO SLEEP and a 1 year old that is miserable and fussy...it was a totally typical trip to the ER... Nalley has an ear infection and also another possible infection that I can't pronounce, or at least not without it sounding like I'm saying something vulgar. The ER doc said that they've seen lots of these cases recently, so he put her on some strong antibiotics. She seems a bit more chipper this afternoon, but still clingy and totally not herself. Still not eating or drinking very well, but we've resolved that she can have ANYTHING she wan't, if she'll eat it...I probably let her eat straight from the sugar bowl at this point. She did eat a few frozen peas this afternoon...turned down all of her other favorites like apple muffins, cookies, etc...my weird kids. We're crossing our fingers for a non-eventful, ER-free, happy, healthy, sunny slice of summer next week...
Friday, July 25, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Shayne had it set up for his parents to keep Nalley yesterday while we were out. Since I didn't go biking, I wasn't sure if they would still want to keep her or not. But they graciously offered to keep her anyway and give me 4 hours to myself...to do whatever I wanted. I just can't tell you how nice that was. It is only the 2nd time in over a year that I have not had Nalley with me and have not had anything planned...that needed to be done. I mean, I have had breaks from her before, but always to run an errand, go to the doctor, etc...I am soooo grateful to Brent and Wendy (and neighbor Dianne) for that wonderful break. With my mom and dad being 1500 miles away (sniff, sniff) and me not being the type that is very comfortable asking for help, even when I am desperate for it...the day in and day out responsibility of caring for a baby, even a GREAT baby like Nalley, can take a toll. I know that EVERY mother out there has felt overwhelmed before. I guess that's just a lesson to stubborn me to suck it up and just ASK for the help. That is the independant part of me that doesn't want to rely on or burden anyone else...silly, I know!
Nalley ADORES her Grandma & Grandpa!!! She can be in a cranky mood or whiny, or tired but ANY time Grandma walks into the room, she lights up like a lightbulb, throws her arms out and almost jumps to get at her. It is the cutest thing ever! And Grandpa makes her belly laugh with his funny voices and sweet little ways with her, it is precious. They have always had a way with Maybel and spoiled her rotten. She has always spent lots of time with them and been very close. Grandma started taking her to swimming lessons when she was 18 months old, (and to Starbucks around that same time...lol)and Maybel quickly became Grandma's shopping buddy! Now Maybel is scared to stay over night there because she got sick once (over 2 years ago)...and she's getting her indepence now too. But it is adorable to see the process start over with Nalley because at least for now (until she gets to be 8 or so...lol) the world revolves around Grandma and Grandpa.
It also makes me a little sad to think about all that my parents are missing out on with Nalley! They would give anything to be able to see the girls regularly. But no matter what, my kids will never get to spend the same amount of time with them or get to know them as well as they do with Grandma and Grandpa. It was the same for me too...my mom's parents were 10 minutes away and we saw them all the time. My grandmother came to see me everyday as a baby and we stayed with them almost every weekend...they were a stable fixture in our lives. My dad's mom on the other hand, lived 8 hours away and we saw her 1 or 2 times a year. We loved her, but just didn't really know her that well. It is easier to stay in touch these days with internet, digital pictures, free long distance, etc...and we try as much as we can. It is way easier with Maybel because she can call Nana and Papa and write them letters, etc... With Nalley though, I just point to their picture all the time and tell her who they are. I guess that will have to do until she's older. We're all looking forward to the fall when we go down for Thanksgiving. It will be a good opportunity to spend some quality time with Nana and Papa!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
I had fun playing around with this LO and using several of Laura's things along with other stuff from the May Songbird Avenue kit. I have soooo much scrapping to catch up with...I'm feeling a little behind.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Brent and Wendy were generous as usual and offered their backyard as our mainland oasis. They have a beautiful backyard and pool and it was the perfect setting for a wonderful party. We rented a special Barbeque and bought a 70 lb. pig from Danny's Whole Hog, it was highly recommended by several of our friends. Shayne cranked it up at 5 a.m. and there were a few glitches along the way, but all was well for an afternoon feast. We finished off the meal with a gorgeous cake from High Tea Bakery, it was delicious.
My fantastic in-laws helped so much with all of the prep work and things looked great. They gave us a awesome surprise when they flew in Shayne's grandparents from B.C. to share the day with us. Sadly, Shayne had to leave for Toronto on Tuesday and hasn't gotten to spend much time with them, but the girls and I are making up for it...we LOVE when they're around.
We had a great time celebrating our little angel (actually Shayne's grandmother has pointed out that Nalley looks like a little cherub, she just needs some wings) with lots of our friends and family. It was a wonderful party, but as I have said several times lately (and I mean it), Nalley is having hot dogs and s'mores for her birthday next year...this Luau was a LOT of work. But, the whole reason that we did it was because the FIRST BIRTHDAY is a REALLY BIG DEAL...right? She'll never have her first birthday again...so we did it in style.
The girls had matching dresses that we picked up in Maui while we were there in March, they looked soooo cute!!! And look at those headbands...I'm usually not a headband fan for babies...just not, but this was my exception, and OMG...it was cute!
The pig...Wendy kept saying, "can't we just call it pork?"...
The spread of food...mmm...it was good
The hybiscus cake, it was so pretty and sooo yummy...or "num-num", as Nalley would say!
Nalley walking over to open her gifts.
I made 12 gift "buckets" for party favors for the kids...it was a Hawaiian Luau theme, we couldn't just have it in a bag...we needed some sand pails and shovels. I also made homemade sugar cookies to put inside of each bag, they had Nalley's inital...too bad I didn't get a goody bag.
How sad is it that she won't remember any of this? Thank goodness we got so many good pictures of the day...I'll just have to get busy scrapbooking the memories for her.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Around the time I got the camera, Jessica Sprague announced that she was going to offer a Photography 101 class taught by Candice Stringham....yay for that...I was so excited. There were only 200 spots available for this online class, so I registered for it the second that I got the e-mail reminder that registration was opening. It started on Monday and our first lesson is on shutter speed. Our first assignment was to capture a motion shot with a fast shutter speed and one with a slow shutter speed. Here is what I got. Nalley playing at the park in the swings...her FAVORITE. We did it first thing this morning before her appointment for her 1 year check up. I knew we'd be at home for the rest of the day, recovering from her needles. She cried so hard, I felt just terrible. But they're over, no more for another 6 months.
This is slow shutter speed:
This is fast shutter speed:
Still no teeth. Shayne and Wendy said they saw top ones yesterday and I thought I saw a bottom, side one, but this morning her doctor said no...nothing up top and the thing I saw was a gum cyst...nothing wrong, just happens from them gumming everything...what else is she to do without any teefs?
Everything else at her appointment was great...she's healthy and abovc average in both her height and weight. Average for 1 year is 20.5 lbs and 27.5 inches. Nalley is 21 lbs. and 28.5 inches. I weighed her last week on her birthday and she was naked and 20.5 lbs., today she had on a jean jumper and onesie...is that 1/2 a pound? I am impressed, everybody talks about how BIG she is, well not really compared to most, I guess...only in the cheeks!