Thursday, June 28, 2007
I have to admit I'm a little confused... it's supposed to be summer. Kids don't get sick in the summer as much, right? I literally feel like Katy has not had more than a 2-week healthy stretch since last fall. I could give you links to all the posts in my blog archive to prove it, but I'm sure you trust me. It seems like she is always sick.
And another thing I don't understand...I had always heard that little kids who are in daycare have this problem, but the child is home with me - where is she getting this? Of course we go out, she goes to the church nursery and to playgroup. She goes to the park and to Target. She goes to my mom's house and to the pool. But am I doing something wrong? Should I be disinfecting her toys more often (ever)? Or just not going out so much? Or getting her to stop sucking her thumb? (ok, if you really think that's the solution, don't tell me, because I just can't go there yet)
So far this round is characterized by a low grade fever and a little bit of fussiness. I'm hoping it will go away before all the wedding festivities in the upcoming weekend.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Because of the incredibly beautiful weather, we had decided that we would grill out for dinner. So Brian had run to the store to get some charcoal, and I was home with Katy, thawing pork chops, shucking corn, and baking potatoes (doesn't that sound like the great American Sunday afternoon? like straight out of a country song). Katy and I were in the kitchen when all of the sudden I noticed something out of the ordinary: the toaster oven - up. in. flames. In my mind, I completely panicked. But somehow, after the initial "KATY! OH MY GOSH! Where is the fire extinguisher!!?!?!" (as if she would know or could tell me), I managed to retrieve the fire extinguisher from beneath the kitchen sink, pull the pin, (haven't you always wanted to do that since elementary school?) aim, and pull the trigger. And it was out. Just like that. Then I looked at Katy, who was completely clueless as to why I had such a spazzy look on my face, picked her up and hugged her like crazy. Luckily I caught it before it damaged anything else, and after a little clean-up and ventilation, we were back to normal. But I've been spooked all evening about how last week I put something in the oven (the big one, not the toaster), and went for a walk, leaving the house unattended. I know we've all done it. But I guess it really isn't safe.
So I guess what I'm saying is, do you have an extinguisher in your kitchen? You should get one.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Most of you know that we own a duplex, live in one side and rent out the other. We've had the same tenant for a while now (she's getting ready to start her 3rd year), and she has a 6-year-old daughter. This is really great for a couple reasons. One is that she is incredibly tolerant of the late night crying and other inconvenient noises that have seeped through our walls over the past year. The other is that we share a yard, so it's really nice that we can just have an overall kid-friendly yard and not have to worry about leaving your scooter in some one's flower bed. This gets even better when we are able to share toys!! Today I found out that her 6-year-old has outgrown the picnic table and outdoor playhouse that are currently residing in our side yard, and she generously offered to give them to us. They just needed a little clean-up. Ummm...let me think about this...free outdoor play equipment that is already in my yard? Yes, I'll take it. So outside I headed with my bucket and scrub brush. What do you think?
Picnic table before:
Picnic table after:
If that wasn't enough, we've been incredibly blessed by our neighbors on the other side of us: Greg and Charity. Not only are they cool (they were just featured in a local magazine for being "hipster parents"), but we've been able to help each other out quite a bit with our families. Today Charity brought their kids, Jack, Sam, and Ella over for a little water play. Ella is 6 weeks younger than Katy, so we're assuming they'll be best friends. :) All of the kids seemed to have a really good time playing in the water. We had a little blow-up pool (that, again, belongs to our tenant) and the sprinkler. Katy was cracking us up with the sprinkler. She stood right in front of it while she got sprayed and looked as if it was nothing. So funny.
Katy enjoys our "waterpark":
Jack and Katy play in the sprinkler 80's-style:
Little Ella, so cute. Doesn't she look like an infant Audrey Hepburn?
Ella's older brothers entertain the little ones:
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
- We just started her on cow's milk - could she be allergic?
- She's had a diaper rash lately, is it hurting her that bad?
- Maybe she's teething (no reason to think that, but any fussy kid under the age of 2 might be teething, right?)
- Am I not paying her enough attention? (i.e. am i causing this?)
- Or is it just good old fashioned separation anxiety?
Question #2: HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? Please someone with older kids tell me that it never extends beyond 13 months. :)
Question #3: IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO TO MAKE IT BETTER? Should I pick her up every time, or will this just make it worse? Resign myself to having a 20 pounder on my hip at all times? Live at Target?
It's probably like every other baby challenge we've encountered so far: time is the best medicine. I'm sure in the future I'll long for the state when she wanted me to hold her.