Friday, May 30, 2008

Not allergies, Just a really long cold

I took Kylie to the doctor today just to get her checked out. Although, she is much better, she is not completely well.

He said her lungs were clear. And her ears are fine (I'm so glad that she's made it 2 weeks with a cold and not had it go to her ears). He did give us some eye drops and that should be a lot of fun. He wants us to give her the drops just because her eyes are still gooky and because she's rubbing them so much. The drops should keep the bacteria level down.

He told me that she's not contagious since she hasn't had a fever in a week. But dang it, she still has that runny nose so we can't go to Gymboree yet. Maybe by Monday, it will have cleared her system.

Here's two funny things that happened this week.

One. Kylie was standing in Karen's lap and Karen was asking her about her day and such. Karen said, "You have such a curly top of hair" and Kylie reached out and patted the top of Karen's hair as if to say, "YOU are the curly top Momma!"

And Two.
Karen and I were sitting in the car with Kylie sitting behind us in her carseat. We were pulling out of the garage to get some Starbucks. We leaned over and kissed one another. And we hear our little girl peal with laughter at us. We turned to look at her and she was just laughing and grinning. It was very sweet.
Here is yesterday's picture of the day.

And here is a fast scrapbook page I made for a Black and White picture challenge.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Some days, all a girl needs is a plastic bowl.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

First steps

Kylie has been walking by holding on to our fingers like this for over a month.

Sometimes holding on with two hands and other times just holding on with one.

But tonight, right before bath time, we were playing with Kylie walking back and forth between Karen and I. And Kylie let go of our hands and took two steps all on her own! And they were proud steps, not just those lunges that she's been doing for a while.

We were ridiculously proud!

It may be days or weeks before she's really walking around the house but tonight she took a leap in the right direction.

Hurray Kylie!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Lots of tissue and lots of rest

As you might have surmised from the title, we are all still sick. Poor Kylie's nose is raw from all the wiping. We just laid low around the house for the long weekend. We wanted to give Kylie lots of rest and we wanted to not spread this incredibly long-lasting cold to anyone else. We are dearly hoping we all get better soon!

I had the pleasure of doing loads of laundry with tissue paper stuck in our pockets. Have you ever done that? Well, shredded tissue ends up everywhere on the clothes. And, believe it or not, I did this twice. It made me want to just lay down in the laundry room floor and whimper.

I took an incredibly long nap on Sunday. Heck. I slept most of the day. The lovely Karen took care of the baby while I read and snoozed. I can't remember the last time I did this for a whole day. I read this book in a day. It was a great addition to the series. I think I've read everything Charlaine Harris has written.

And you know me, I still took pictures for my May photo-a-day project.
Don't you just love these giraffe pj's?

This was taken during our "hold the baby over Karen's head and then throw her on the bed and make her giggle" game.

You can view the entire May photo set by clicking this link.

And I made this scrapbook page:

Click here if you want to see a larger size. And click here for the details.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

A few pictures of the day

It was challenging to pick my May Photo of the Day.

Here were some of my options:

This is the one I picked. I thought it looked enchanting.

And here is yesterday's picture. Kylie kissing her reflection in one of her books.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Cheerio explosion

Silly me. I thought Kylie was playing quietly with a rattle this morning. I turned around and saw this.

What cracked me up was that I grabbed the camera before stopping her or cleaning up. She had a wonderful time--just laughed and laughed.

Poor little darling still is STILL sick. And Karen and I are still sniffing as well.

I did take the time to whip this together tonight.

Details are here.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Photos and such

Library Mary recently asked, "What kind of camera are you using?"

I use a Nikon D50 Digital SLR camera. I keep a Quantaray 2.8-32mm macro lens on it. And I keep the camera on "auto" setting most of the time. Although I have several books on my camera, I'm embarrassed to write that I don't know more about how to properly and fully use my camera. To rectify my lack of camera knowledge, I'm thinking about attending the Creative Photography Retreat held in San Jose, CA August 28-30.

Any of my blogging buddies want to go with me?

I also keep a small Kodak Easy Share M883 camera in my diaper bag. If you've been following along with my May Photo project, the picture of Kylie in the flowers and the picture of her in the shopping cart were taken with that little camera.

I use Adobe Photoshop to enhance some photos and to fix errors. I've learned a lot by taking Jessica Sprauge's classes. Some of her best photo editing tips are in this magazine which you can still find at some newsstands.

These Photoshop tips have changed my photos from this:

to this:

I snapped this picture today as well. It's me focusing on Kylie beyond her crib bars.

Kerry Lynn asked about the May project photo borders.
The beige frame is Vintage Frames 4 by Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals
There is a faint brown edge as well. It's from K Pertiet Edges 7
The white grunge frame is from Gypsy Chicks Artistic photo frames1-4

I guess that is enough camera and photo talk for now. I'll leave you with another scrapbook picture.

Details are here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Pass the bleach

We are on day six of Kylie having a head cold. After wiping her nose every five minutes and wiping my own nose as well (of course I caught her cold), I feel like I need to scour myself and this whole house with bleach. Yuck, yuck and more yuck!

I have to hand it to Kylie--she's a pretty good sport about it all. When I listen to her gasping for breath as she's trying to both eat and breathe though her mouth, I'm amazed that she's not screaming and crying more.

Of course, we have had plenty of tears over the past five days. Kylie's eyes have been leaking constant tears. And then there comes a point when she just doesn't want me to wipe her nose again.

Did you see that sweet photo in the previous post with her sitting at the sink washing her hands?

Well, this is what she really looked like most of the day:

Yep, getting a decent photo each day for my "Photo a day in May" project has been interesting. I have to be fast to catch her happy, smiling moments.

I've deeply missed taking her to Gymboree this week. We go almost every day. Kylie loves to play there and it's a wonderful way to spend part of our afternoon. Because she's been sick, I've been taking her to one of our parks instead. And I'm happy to report that she's fallen in love with the swings.

Before this past week, we had only taken her to the swings a few times. Kylie would grasp her swing seat for dear life and just sort of sit there stiffly, looking mostly at the ground. Now, she's learned to relax her arms and hands in the swing and look around her and laugh. She's really loves it and of course, I love seeing her so happy.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Thank you

Thank you to those of you who gave me your opinion on the gym matter. I'm keeping the gym membership but not planning on taking Kylie. I plan on getting to the gym at least 3 times a week for some heavy cardio and resistance training.

I'll also continue my frequent walks with Kylie in her stroller. We have a lovely neighborhood for stroller walks, with a walking/biking trail just 1/2 a mile away. But I've found that even when I walk quickly with her, up hills and such and even with the extra resistance with the stroller, it's still not enough to get my heart rate in that zone where weight loss can occur. But the stroller walks are great for weight maintenance. I just need to do a little more to get some pounds off.

Karen and I do have a babysitter/nanny who comes for four hours twice a month. But we usually use that time as "date time" or to do appointments like getting our hair cut.

So it's going to be a challenge to get to the gym but Karen's going to help and I'll just suck it up and go at night like so many other people do.

Thanks again for your comments. It really helped me to hear from you.

And now here are a few pictures!

Catching up on Kylie's Milestones.
Her 12 month page for her baby book.

Here are links for the left page and the right page.
Her 13 month milestone page for her baby book.

Details are here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Try again or pass for now

Well, I'm really not sure what to do.

I joined a gym this week in the hopes that I could leave Kylie in the gym's kids room while I get a quick workout. We went for the first time on Tuesday and Kylie made it around 30 minutes before having a meltdown. Today, I worked out for 40 minutes before I was paged. When I ran to the kids room I learned that she had been crying the entire time even though I asked to be paged immediately if she started crying.

The kids room staff seems nice enough. However, English is these ladies second language and when I try to ask questions like, "Did she play at all?" "Did the other kids scare her?" "Can I bring her some of her toys from home?" "Did you play with her?" all I get is a smiling shrug that says, "I only understand about half of what you are saying and please take this screaming baby away".

Kylie starts off well. When we arrive, I sit with her and we play with some toys and she gets completely engaged and pretty much ignores me. Then I get up and leave her and she's fine. I don't know what happens to set her off.

I have until tomorrow to decide whether I should keep the gym membership or not. I've been told (hopefully) that I can get a full refund if I want to but I have to let them know tomorrow.

Karen and I are going to talk about it tonight. There is always the option of me working out at night and then trying again in a month or so during the day with Kylie. But like most people, I'm wiped at the end of the day and I just want to either scrapbook or cuddle with Karen on the couch.

A part of me says to keep trying that I've not given her enough time to properly adjust. But it breaks my heart to see Kylie's face all swollen and red and hear her gasp for breath because she's been crying for so long. And she seems much fussier and clings to me more for the rest of the day after she's been so upset at the gym.

So what do you think? Should I
A. try again tomorrow and then decide.
B. keep taking her no matter what because eventually she will get the hang of it.
C. keep the gym membership and try with Kylie again in 1-2 months.
D. cancel the membership and find another way to get some exercise.
Thanks for thinking about it.

And now, here are a few pictures:

Kylie, all proud of herself because she squirmed away from me before I could finish dressing her after a diaper change. Little stinker!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A few photos

Here's the photo of the day:

Although these were fun too.
Blowing me raspberries. But check out that squat!

Are we drooling a little bit today? Check the chin.

And the scrapbook page I finished:

Monday, May 12, 2008

Milk, formula, bottles and sippy cups

Kylie has a bottle of formula first thing in the morning (this is her favorite bottle). She drinks whole milk from a sippy cup during her meals. She drinks water from a sippy cup throughout the day. She has occassional sips from a cup of watered-down apple juice that we keep in the fridge. And she drinks milk from her sippy cup at night. She still loves to drink a bottle of formula when she's in the car, particularly driving home from Gymboree. We are still using the ready-to-use Enfamil formula bottles and we use around two a day. Overall, I'm pleased with her progress.

How are you doing with this transition with your little ones?

Here is my May 11th picture of the day--Kylie eating jello.

And here is a scrapbook page I completed last night.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Photo a day in May

Jessica Sprauge inspired me by setting a goal to take a photo a day in May. Lots of her students joined in; you can see the gallery of photos here. I decided to play along and jazz my photos up a bit. I have them all in a designated Flickr album.

It was cloudy today but we took Kylie to a park for some fun in the middle of the afternoon. Here are a few park shots.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Highchair Gymnastics

Our next toddler Olympics event will be Highchair Gymnastics. Kylie is showing interesting form here.

"Look Mommy! Food on the floor!"

Let me stretch a bit before I attempt my next dive.

Did you see that Mommy? Yes darling, you made Mommy's hands shake a little with that superfast nose-dive. Well done.

Dude, I'm wiped!

PS- the bacon slice in these photos is plastic. One of Kylie's favorite things to chew on while she's in the kitchen.