Monday, December 21

As Promised, Even if it is a Little Late

Sorry for the long delay, things have been very busy around here. Getting ready to spend two weeks away from your house with Christmas and everything else is very time consuming. I can say that we are almost done packing, etc., so now I have some time to blog! And I have gotten many comments about how I promised pictures about a month ago and still haven't done it! So here you go!

Rease is 7 months now and changing so fast. She has been crawling since Thanksgiving Day and talking more and more. Tonight she sat in the kitchen with Chris while I made dinner and said "dadadada..." like crazy. Chris is pretty excited she chose that sound to make first. Although, I keep telling him she doesn't yet understand what she is saying. :)

I took Rease back to the doctor today..ugh. This was our 4th appointment since right before her 6 month check up. So yes, 4 appointments in about 6 weeks - not a streak I want to continue. The last three appointments have been for ear related issues. After two antibiotics her ear infections are still there and very much an issue for her. So we got referred to the Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist today. Our dr. said it could take a week for them to even call us and make the appointment, but I am really praying that it happens sooner than that. For 1 because Rease is miserable while she is sleeping (during the day it doesn't seem to bother her so much) and 2 because we have already met our max. out of pocket for the year and who wouldn't like a "free" visit. Oh well, I just hope it is soon so she can feel better soon.

She loves her food and eats pretty much whatever is put in front of her. I don't think there is anything we have fed her that she doesn't like. She eats puffs whenever she can and picks them up and puts them in her mouth like she has been doing it forever. I have yet to give her any other "solid" food because I am terrified she will choke. I realize this is a fear I am going to have to get over, but I think she is fine for a little while longer :)

We finished up all of our Christmas shopping this weekend and had a few unexpected encounters. First was when I was in The Children's Place getting a shirt for Rease to wear under her Christmas dress. I was waiting in line behind a lady that was nit-picking over every price, changing her mind about what she was and wasn't going to buy and going back and forth between the check out and the clearance racks. I am all for getting a good deal, but this lady was taking forever! All I wanted to do was pay for my couple of shirts and get out of there. So I am waiting, waiting and I see a guy and girl walk in with clipboards and they are walking right for me. I am thinking "Seriously, I do not want to be part of some survey or something - maybe if I just pretend to ignore them they will pick on someone else instead of me". Didn't work. Here is how the conversation went:

Them: Merry Christmas

Me: Merry Christmas to you too

Them: We are with xyz radio station* and would like to wish you a Merry Christmas by
giving you a free $50 gift card.

Me: Huh, what do I have to do if I take the card.

Them: Nothing, just sign here to say you accepted it and have a good Christmas.

Me: Oh, thanks Merry Christmas

*I don't remember the name of the station (hope they weren't expecting any publicity from me...).
Somewhere during that conversation, probably while I had the dumbfounded, man I was a jerk to you and you just gave me 50 bucks face they snapped my picture. It's probably up on the website or something and I look terrible. I told Chris they probably gave it to me because I looked like I could use it (I hadn't exactly gotten "ready" to go to the mall that day). (This is Chris and for a picture of my lovely wife looking at the guy that is about to hand her a free $50 think "Don't even talk to me" go here click on the Northwoods mall $50 gift card give away. She is about the 4th or 5th picture.)

Any way - the second encounter was when we were in Farm & Fleet (similar to Rural King) on Sunday after church. We were walking around finishing up some more shopping and I had Rease in her ring sling on my hip. I noticed a couple of middle aged guys kind of looking at us and following a safe distance behind for a few aisles. Then we stopped to look at something and they came up to us and asked where I got my sling. I am pretty sure Chris and I just looked at them like "what in the world do you want to know that for" because they quickly said "our wives have been looking for one of those". Lol. I refered them to the Maya Wrap website and told them to also check out One of the guys was perfectly content with that little information, but not his buddy. He asked me to turn around so he could see the whole contraption, asked how Rease was sitting in it so she didn't fall out, asked about the rings, how one could be made, asked if he could touch it, and on and on. I didn't mind in the least but I could tell his buddy was more than ready to go. Then he said to him, "hey get out your phone and take a picture". The poor guy that just wanted to get away kind of looked at me shyly and asked "do you mind?". I just laughed and said no and Rease and I posed in the middle of the automotive department for some guy's cell phone shot. It was hilarious. They said thanks and went on their way and as they walked away I could here Mr. 20 questions ask his friend if he was embarrasing him and he said "Yes you are VERY much embarrassing me right now". Lol. It was hilarious.

So, before I go and finish up some dishes and packing up some cookies for the pediatrician's office (have to say thank you for taking such good care of Rease over the last few weeks :) ) I will leave you with some pictures and videos! Enjoy! And we can't wait to see everyone in a few short days for Christmas!

Rease was so tired one night she fell asleep when I was burping her.

Cranking out some tunes on the Baby Einstein piano

Crazy look on her face, but had to show Micah her boots!

A total cheese for the camera

Hilarious, I love her and her crazy hair and drool

Rease and her 4-legged friends (Colby looks hilarious)

Mom made her that Santa hat.
She was totally posing for the camera, it was so cute!

Enjoying the wrapping paper on a present from her
day care teachers.

I am pretty sure she was making some pretty loud
sounds during this picture.

So cute, this was on Saturday last weekend.

After she opened her gifts from us on Sunday,
she keeps thinking all of the ones under the tree are for
her as well. I caught her chewing on this gift.
Sorry Mom, some of the paper is missing off one of
your gifts...

Caught, red handed....

Enjoy these videos. One of her crawling across the living
room (sorry for the mess...), and one of her laughing
while we are playing (ignore Chris passed out in the chair, he had
just gotten his eyes dialated and wasn't good for much....).

Thursday, December 10

A Day in the Life....

I have a lot of cute pictures and videos to catch up with since Thanksgiving, but things have been a little hectic around here. Let me elaborate...

Last Wednesday I picked Rease up from day care and I could tell from across the room she had some nasty pink eye going on. Her eyes were so bloodshot and had all the goop oozing out of them, it was terrible. We got the drops and got a refill on her ointment (since we couldn't find the tube from the pink eye she had last month) and figured it would be looking better by the next day. We were wrong, I think it looked worse. So I stayed home with her and got her in to see the doc to make sure all that drainage coming out her eyes (and nose by this point) wasn't moving in to her ears. It was, dang. Ear infection

She was looking mostly better by Friday so she went back to day care and I had to go to work...bummer...

The weekend rolled around and we had big plans of getting Christmas shopping done, putting up the Christmas decorations, getting the house cleaned up (because we were supposed to have visitors off and on this week), and making dinner for said visitors.

Well, Saturday rolled around and Chris had an eye appointment (yes, we are procrastinators and wait until the very end of the year to use our eye benefits...) and they dialated his eyes. Chris with dialated eyes = worthless for the rest of the day. I can't remember the last time I had my eyes dialated (well, I guess I can but it was after work already and I am always worthless after work) but I didn't think it was so bad. Saturday was also exceptionally sunny. Not a good combo. So Chris came home and sat in the chair with all the curtains closed and his sunglasses on for the majority of the day. I managed to get some cleaning done and some online shopping but that was about it.

Sunday I woke up feeling like I was getting all kinds of sinus trouble coming my way and didn't really feel well at all. I mustered up the energy to get out of bed and ready for church and off we went. Rease didn't take a nap before church and was fighting the thought of one after. I finally got her to go to sleep and we got the tree up and then she woke up. Chris and I both tried numerous time to get her to go back to sleep and she wasn't having any part of it unless one of us held her. So Chris sat with her asleep in his arms in the chair and I tried to find the energy to decorate the tree. I usually love decorating the tree, but this year not so much. I felt miserable by this time of the day and I just wanted it done. Does it look good, not so much - but it is up and decorated. That in itself is more than my big ol' pregnant self did last year for Christmas!

Sunday night Chris and I did find the energy to make 2 9x13 pans of shells and 2 loaves of french bread. One pan and the bread was for a couple in our church that just had a baby a few weeks back and the other was for a dinner we were supposed to have at our house with another couple from our church on Wednesday.

Monday I still felt terrible and Rease had since picked up a fever which meant she couldn't go to day care. I knew I couldn't handle being at home with her all day feeling like I did so Chris stayed home with her while I went to the doctor and was told I had H1N1. I really don't believe that I had it because I didn't have a lot of the symptoms, but whatever I guess. It is what it is.

So I called the guy from church and told him of my illness and said we wouldn't be offended if they didn't want the food, eventhough I was sure the oven would kill any germs. He kindly declined the offer at the looming threat of H1N1 and a new baby and said we would have to do it again later. Then I called the other couple and told them we were all sick and dinner would have to wait on Wednesday. So there it is 2 9x13 pans of shells in my freezer. Holy cow, that is a lot of shells! And no one to eat them!

Fast forward to today, we are finally getting healthy around here and spent last night making 3 batches of cookies for Chris to take to a carry in at work today. So, we were looking forward to a relaxing night tonight (except the double batch of rolls I had to make for Chris to take to another carry in tomorrow....they like to eat at Cat).

I picked up Rease and about died of laughter and humiliation when I read the note on her sheet for today that said "We had to give Rease a bath after her blowout today, there wasn't another option!". Oh gosh, my beautiful blue eyed, army crawling, talking baby girl had pooped all over the place to the point of having to get a bath at daycare. Sheesh. I guess she was just living up to the "pooping machine" nickname they gave her a while back. So we got home (she was alseep from all the excitement of the day I guess :) ) and I started the rolls. I let the dogs out and thought I smelled natural gas outside, but got side tracked by the time I got back inside so I forgot. Then Chris got home and he asked if I smelled natural gas and it hit me that yes I did and I had forgotten. Oops. So I called the provider and told them. In the mean time we realized our furnace wasn't working. Urg.... So Chris was trying to take care of that and I am trying to feed Rease dinner and make rolls. Busy place tonight. We got the furnace working (hopefully for good) and the guy from CILCO came about the gas smell. Turns out the neighbors furnace was causing the issue and he made them turn it off until they got it cleaned. We then felt terrible about it, but I guess being cold is better than dead....

The neighbor did talk to Chris and give him a big hug for calling and tell her how thankful she was that we called because they could have all gotten really sick and such. Turns out today was the first day they had even turned their furnace on (guess they didn't get the message that the low last night was a whopping 5 degrees!). She said they had just been using space heaters and could get buy one more night like that until they could get the furnace cleaned.

So, by the time that was over it was time to put Rease to bed and roll out the rolls and make dinner while they rose. Dinner is now over, the rolls are cooling and I realized that I forgot to call Riley to wish him a happy 3rd birthday!!! I am very saddened at this because I have been thinking about it all day and because I was sick I didn't get his present sent out in time for his party this weekend! I guess I won't be winning Aunt of the Year this year...

Anyway, I have a lot of pictures to post about Rease this weekend. And a few videos of her too - did you catch that I said she is an army crawler. She is all over the place and loving it. She thinks she is pretty cool stuff. But, that is another post. For now I am going to try to rest a minute before it is time for bed!