Arden will be 2 one week from today. That is insane. Where did 2 years go?
She is just in a really hilarious phase these days. The other day I was sitting on Dora''s couch...when D got home Arden, per usual, went upstairs while D changed out of her work clothes and then came back down. She walks over and sees me on that couch. "mommy. move. other couch!" -- so I played dumb and she heaves a sigh at me and grabs my hand, "mommy, come, other couch" and walks me over to where she wants me to sit.
Then last night we were playing and I was spinning this little container with a duck on it on the coffee table. Well, I spun it too hard and it went off the table. She comes over to me and takes my face in her hands and says to me "Mommy. Listen. we don''t throw the duckies." HA. Well okedoke then, boss.
As evidenced by a number of pictures, she had a blast at the amusement park. This child has no fear when it comes to rides, she went on every ride she was allowed on and had a huge grin the entire time. She also had her eye on the grown-up freefall ride and said to me as we walked by.."Mommy...I want to go on that!" Indeed, our hands are full with her.
Our camera has disappeared. We think our sweet cherub was kind enough to place it lovingly, and without our knowledge, in the trash. One day it was there, the next gone. Alas, it''s not fun as we had just purchsed in a couple of months prior.
We will have some sort of picture taking device in time for vacation on July 28th.
Arden just had a visit from Grandma and Pops, and then Grandma and Nonno arrive in a week. July is just a very busy month for her.
It started out with a daycare move which has been a really great decision on many levels.
She is counting to 10 and singing her version of the ABCs. She also does her version of Barney''s theme song, which in Arden''s world is not "I love you" rather it''s "I love me...I love me..."
Another favorite is Happy Birthday. We sing it to Mama and Lucy and Arden. Never to Mommy though, I wonder what that''s about!
Her vocab is off the charts, we''ve stopped counting because she says, well, everything. She counts from memory but can also look at objects and count how many.
She went riding again this past weekend and put on quite the show for Grandma and Pops. Oh how she loves it. The minute she''s on the horse shes''s asking to "jump" -- good grief.
We''re preparing for our weeklong vacation at the beach and are so looking forward to getting away and spending full days with our firecracker of a daughter.
Oh and our not quite 2 year old has developed quite an interest in Harry Potter, and requests that we watch it. We''ll take that over Boohbah any day!!
(Background: Arden''s daycare thought yesterday that she might have pink eye. Therefore, she wasn''t allowed back without a note from the doctor. We saw no sign of it but off we went to the ped this morning!)
We saw Tina, one of our two favorite nurse practitioners. She immediately said nope, no pink eye, but let''s take a look at everything, ears since she''s had a history of infections.
As she''s getting ready to look in Arden''s ears she says "let''s look for the birdies!"
She starts to look in Arden''s ears saying "where are the birdies?"
To which Arden responds..."outside"
With a tone that I''m sure we will hear many times when she is a teenager...i.e. ''outside, you moron, why would they be in my ears?''
There is photographic evidence on this site that she likes to wear her mothers'' shoes. However, apparently she also enjoys all other people''s shoes. A favorite daycare pasttime is to remove the other children''s shoes and to put them on herself.
She brings much laughter to her teachers.
Yesterday morning when we arrived at school, Arden dressed in a fabulously adorable summer outfit, appropriate for the 90 degree weather...she promptly went to her cubby, removed her winter boots, sat down on the floor and proceeded to take off her green shoes in exchange for the winter boots.
Well, lots of changes in these parts. I have a new position that is requiring some fancy footwork in terms of where Arden spends her days. And, being that she has incredibly picky parents with high standards....we''re not making any quick decisions!! We''ve been meeting and exploring and we have a couple of top contenders but another that I feel really good about I will swing by on Friday.
We''ve also just sent in Arden''s first college application ;-). There is a wonderful, wonderful school located at one of the local universities, but there is a wait list and to get in children must be 2.9. Another year for us to wait but we''re on the waiting list.
We are forever practicing letters and numbers. She''s learning the letters of her name and will talk through it if we''re writing it for her. She forgets a letter here and there but at 20 months, I suppose we can let it slide ;-).
She LOVES to read, now more than ever. A current favorite is "There''s a Monster at the End of this Book." Last night I was reading it and I didn''t say "shhhhh" and she stopped me and looked at me, put her finger to her lips and said shhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Everyone''s a critic!!
We went to her first dance party..."baby loves disco" this past weekend. Aunt Annette joined us and Arden had a good time. We think it was a bit on the overwhelming side for her, but overall she had fun and was just exhausted by the time the dance ended. I have a few pictures to post from the disco dance party so check out the photo album.
She''s been showering us with I love yous and hugs and kisses these days. It''s not to say she doesn''t have her toddler moments but since Grandma Mary thinks she walks on water, we''ll leave her thinking that :-).
D left for a quick trip to Seattle for work today. I had hopes Arden would go back to sleep after D left (6AM) especially with the treat of being in our bed. She did lay there for awhile, just resting. I had my eyes closed and all of a sudden this little voice whispers in my ear "I love you mommy." Does it get any better?
She has a huge vocabulary...I''m one of those parents and recently compiled a list of her words. She''s at around 150 at this point ... according to her ped, who we saw this week, she''s speaking at a 2yr, 3mo. level.
Her imaginary play, as she demonstrated at her appt, is also very advanced. Genius ;-).
She''s at a very fun age right now...starting to have conversations with us. Of course, we have our challenges with the little princess...who knows what she wants, when she wants it.
We spent Easter at the Museum of Science, before sending Grandma Mary and Nonno off to the land of sunshine! They now live just a few minutes away from Grandma Joanne and Pops, and we can''t wait to go visit everyone!
So, lots of new pictures are uploaded and now that we have a working camera we''ll be sure to keep up with the pictures and the site. Honest!!
Happy 18 Months to Arden today! My how time flies...
Her second three word sentence is "where is it?"
She has figured out how to put on her shoes. Well, her brown shoes anyway. On and velcroed at that! Usually she just puts one on and then goes around the house with one shoe and and one shoe off for the rest of the evening. And boy are we no fun when we make her take that shoe off to put her foot in the foot of her sleeper.
I''m proud to say she''s a lover of Broadway. We are currently listening to "Wicked" in the car and oh how she loves it. And Dora rode with us and heard the love...haha! She always cheers and claps at the end of each song. Ah, she is my child after all! :-)
We are the house of sickness. Going on THREE WEEKS. I finally started to feel better this past weekend, then Monday night started to feel it on the attack again. It''s Friday and I''ve got no voice and am congested beyond belief. What fun this is.
Arden was banned from daycare from Tues at 11 through Wednesday because of a stomach bug. If it''s not one thing...
She''s just a little chatterbox these days. I''ve lost track of everything she can say, but she answers questions now when you ask her things. It''s hilarious. And she''s been stringing two words together for awhile now. "Up please" is one such phrase. Now we just need to work on thank you ;-).
We also spend a lot of time dancing around the house. She''s VERY good at following directions. A couple of weeks ago I started saying up, reaching my hands up...and "down" and squatting. Now she does this as part of her dance routine. Gifted...no? :-) She has whole repetoire that involves turning, kicking, up/down and then of course, the usual shaking of the groove thang.
We''ve got video and now that Uncle Clay has built us a new computer (he can do this...and he''s starting a business -- BAKU TECHNOLOGIES), we can upload A''s dance videos. I will do that this weekend.
Still no new pictures thanks to our broken camera. Ay ay ay!!
This is mostly for Joy, because I know she has been hearing about the shoes from Grandma Mary!
We love, love See Kai Run shoes. They just released their Spring/Summer line and each style is cuter than the next. They are the best shoes...so great for early walkers and as she''s now a professional walker they are still exactly what we want. Very flexible yet with a nice, thick sole to protect her tootsies.
They are also stylish, super cute, and the company has great customer service.
Arden is doing fabulously. She was pretty sick for a couple of weeks (bad cold that turned into an ear infection, but the tubes did their job). It screwed up her sleep a bit but she''s on her way back to normal.
She has also settled back into the daycare routine. Every morning she runs for her classroom and gives her teachers bear hugs and runs off to play with her friends. She''s absolutely a little girl now. She greets her friends when they walk in the door...she tries to comfort the new, younger toddlers with her words of wisdom. One little boy was so upset yesterday and I told her to go help Dante, he was sad because his daddy left for work. So she went over and spoke to him in "Ardenese" as we call it. She''s very serious about what she''s saying, even though some of it we just can''t make out!
This morning her friend Ana walked in and Arden was the first to say "Hi Ana." When did she become this little girl??
She and I had a trip to Chuck E Cheese this week while Dora was traveling for work. OH how she loves the big rat.
She''s just growing by leaps and bounds...we were looking at one of her newborn pictures last night, it''s hard to remember when she was so small.
Thanks for checking in. Pictures will be on hold until we get our camera fixed. I hope to get it dropped off this weekend so we can resume picture taking.
Is that considered a milestone? Monday night Arden was whining/moaning in her sleep. We let it go on for awhile to see if she''d quiet down, but she didn''t. I went in to get her around 10 I guess. She was sort of asleep but shaking...that stopped when I picked her up and covered her under our blankets for a bit, figuring she was cold since she''d scooted out from under the blankets.
She went back to sleep and back to her crib, but woke up upset around 12. I went to her room, got her and she was burning up. Took her temp, 103.9. Then she threw up, all over the comforter (but missed the new flannel sheets, good girl ;-) ). We called the ped, since that was a very high fever. She said something was going around, to give her motrin and keep an eye on her, if it didn''t go down, call again. Fabulous.
We stripped off her fleece sleeper, gave her motrin and then I took her downstairs so Dora could attempt sleep since she''s at her new job this week.
I turned on Elmo (of course) and she fell asleep on me and woke up when the fever broke, around 1AM. After it broke she wanted to get up and dance, I kid you not.
She ended up spending the night on my chest, and then from about 5AM until 8 in our bed. I stayed home from work yesterday but she was fine all day, so is back at school today.
I hate when she''s sick, but she sure was cuddly yesterday and it''s so rare to get those cuddly moments these days.
Thankfully last night she didn''t fight sleeping in her crib ( i worried she would) and slept all night long, not a peep.
We are sadly behind on our photo updating, as usual. We are without a home computer right now, an excuse that doesn''t not fly well with Auntie Nette ;-). I will upload pictures if I can get our camera to turn on. I''m hoping it''s just a battery problem, but seeing as how it started smoking while we were in Vegas, I fear there is more to it.
We had a wonderful trip to Nevada to see Grandma and Grandpa (who is now "Pops"). Arden reminded them what fun a toddler is. Each mealtime was accompanied by Elmo, the only meal partner Arden believes is worth having.
Christmas was fun, Arden got into after she opened her first present. Of course, each toy had to be played with as soon as the paper was off, so the unwrapping took a long, long time. Her favorite gifts include Leap Frog magnet letters (she knows A, B, I and we''re working on "N"); and a tractor that lights up and makes noise (of course).
We visited the Las Vegas Children''s Museum, which was great fun, and discovered the joys of Chuck E. Cheese.
We have pictures of all of these events and the MOMENT we can get the camera turned on near a computer they will be put on the site.
She did so well on the flights, especially the flight back. She slept the entire way. In fact, she didn''t wake up until we were in baggage claim! That was a red eye flight, and I think I''m all for those now. Much less stressful than trying to keep her happy on a 6 hour flight when she is only willing to sleep for 1.5 hours.
Things she recently discovered she loves: books; Pops'' Cal hat; saying "tada"; baths in Pops and Grandma''s big tub; and Grandma Joanne''s reading abilities (if she was around, no one else was asked to read to her, apparently we don''t do it right.)
She''s definitely a full fledged toddler. She''s wonderful and brilliant and we no longer try to go out to restaurants with her. Except maybe Cracker Barrel.
Must run off to get the child from her first day back at school.
Just a quick post -- Arden''s 15 month well baby visit was this morning.
She is the picture of health and is verbally advanced, as she now strings 2 words together (bye mommy, hi lulu, bye lulu, all done, belly button; and a few others).
She is currently 33 inches (97th % in height!) and 24 lbs 9 oz (75th % in weight!) and just great.
She had 3 shots, which were not at all fun, but she recovered quickly. We finally made it to daycare, she clung to me for about one second before spotting the legos and dashing off to play with her friends.
I have pictures to post from last week''s Thanksgiving festivities and a wedding this past weekend, and if I can wrangle the computer away from Dora will do so tonight.
As another holiday nears, we find that Arden is sick, again. It is becoming quite clear that she is allergic to holidays. Christmas, Easter...and now Thanksgiving. We are thankful this year for ear tubes, which have made it possible for her to have a cold that is not accompanied by a raging double ear infection and several trips to the doctor for yet another round of antibiotics.
Tomorrow she turns 15 months old. It''s hard to believe.
I have just a couple of new pictures that I will post tonight, and I''m sure we''ll take lots on Thanksgiving since Nonno will be here!
What, no kudos in the guestbook for actually uploading new pictures??! ;-)
When last I wrote I believe I talked about Arden''s transition to the toddler room. We''re two weeks in and she is doing fantastic.
When I arrived at daycare on Friday, I noticed that there weren''t many kids at all. With it being Veteran''s Day many folks had kept their kids home. Because of that, they were combining the 3 infant rooms into one. Arden was only scheduled to be in toddlers until 1, but I asked that if they had the space, and if she seemed to have adjusted, to please leave here in toddlers all day. Well they did and what a grand time she had. She was covered in paint, she was working on another beautiful picture when I arrived, she just had a blast. She''s sleeping well there (on a cot, at that!!), and eating and doing much better with her move from the bottle onto sippy cups. (She tried to outlast us for nearly a month, but with the dedication of her great teacher Jocelyn, we''ve gotten her to accept the sippy as an okay form of a milk vehicle.)
I''m hopeful that because she has done so well, we can move her full time toddlerland residency up to this week, rather than next. We shall see what they say.
On Saturday we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and visited a friend''s horse barn. Arden loved it. She just loved it. Sigh. We always say "nay" when we point to a horse. She ran up and down the barn aisles saying "hi nay nay, hi nay nay" -- a phrase she put together all on her own. She''d stop underneath the head of a horse (one peaking out from its stall) and raise up her hands, signaling me, her servant, to lift her so that she might plant a kiss on the nose of this creature. She clapped her hands with utter joy at the sight of them. And much to my chagrin, she did not break out in hives, or develop a horrible asthmatic attack when coming in such close contact with these tremendously expensive animals.
I will upload a picture tonight of the aftermath of the barn.
As you can see, there are a few more pictures posted...that''s all I could get before the site crashed, and it''s just now returned. Will work on more uploading tonight!!
Arden began her transition to toddlers this week. So far it''s gone very well. Tuesday she was a little unsure, but as soon as they started playing with pumpkin guts, she knew she was in the right place. She also gets to spend an hour outside every morning now, and both days has returned to her regular infant room filthy and exhausted.
They say some kids have a very tough time and don''t end up spending their full transition time in the new class. Arden, rather, has been there for 3 hours rather than the normal 2. She''s adjusting very well :-).
We also seem to have turned a corner with the separation anxiety, which is fabulous. She still has her moments, but today she watched me leave and was absolutely fine. Hey, she was getting a bagel and that was much more important to attend to than my mere departure.
We had a nice Halloween, with a trip around Charlie''s neighborhood in a wagon, and then a stroll through our neighborhood with a couple of trick or treat stops. Arden had a blast and was very good at walking beside me and holding my hand. She doesn''t usually approve of the whole hand holding thing, but no fuss was made on that night. We had between 150 and 200 kids trick or treat at our door. Thankfully we''d bought enough candy! It does promptly end in our neighborhood at 7pm though. Arden was wiped out from her time in toddlers and then all the walking, and was down for the count by 7:30. She somehow managed to sleep through some reveling that was going on across the street.
I vow to update pictures tonight. If for no other reason than to get Arden''s aunt off my back ;-). We''ve just located where Arden hid the camera cord, and so once again can upload pictures to the computer.
Arden is well on the way to toddlerhood. In the coming weeks, she''ll be transitioning into the toddler room at daycare. Sadly, they are breaking up "the troops" -- Arden and her friends Tayla and Isaac. Those three have been together since their first days of daycare. They greet each other with a kiss every single day. It''s incredible to see them forming relationships with each other at such an early age. I do think that daycare has been phenomenal in terms of helping to build relationships and promoting interaction. All the books say that kids at this age will be "parallel playing" rather than playing together. It''s evident to us though, that the kids are playing together. It''s also quite possible that these three children are just fantastically advanced and in line for a couple of MacArthur awards (http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.959463/k.9D7D/Fellows_Program.htm).
As hard as it is to see these three separated, it is our understanding that the room Arden will go into is the one that Dora and I will be the happiest with. The two teachers have worked together for a long time and are great together. They''ve come to know us as parents that will speak up, and I think they know what we are looking for in terms of care. We''re very keen on her getting education and it sounds like this particular room will be just perfect.
As a pat on the back, we made the discovery about a month ago that they were feeding the kids chocolate chip cookies for morning snack. This isn''t something that we think is appropriate as a regular snack, and especially not for a 13 month old and especially not in the morning!! Arden no longer gets school snack. To be exact, we didn''t realize she was getting it at all, because we pack her food, breakfast, lunch and snacks every day.
Now, they tell me each morning what the breakfast is and let me make the choice of if she can have it. Yesterday was french toast. I said okay, but not with the syrup. They have just recently decided, apparently, that they will no longer offer syrup to any of the kids! :-) One small step, right?
What kills me is that this is government sponsored meal planning and they get very little so they buy the cheap stuff. Arden goes to school with fresh fruits and veggies that take just moments to prepare. She takes cheese and wheat crackers. Those are no harder to set out for kids than the cookies, and such a better choice. But, we had a win with the syrup and hopefully soon we''ll see them offering the other kids the healthy choices that we think they should have.
Last night when I picked Arden up, she dashed down the hall to the gross motor skills room. We played for about 30 minutes before I could finally coax her out to head home. She knows exactly what she wants, she knows how to climb into their push cars, to go up the stairs to go down the slide on her own (yes, I stand right next to her with my hands out). Case in point, I opened the door to the plastic car to try and get her to leave it and she grabbed the door and shut it. Hint hint. Her teacher told me today what a good kid she is and how well behaved she is. That''s not to say that when we''re at home she doesn''t try to challenge the powers that be (ok, the rule makers), but overall I think we''re raising a pretty fine human being.
Charlie''s (future hubby) coming over to hang out with Arden tomorrow while Dora and I go to the annual human rights campaign (www.hrc.org) gala. I''m sure they''ll find trouble together!
Well a month later the assumption is that Arden''s noggin has healed. The black eye was gone within a week. She seems to have suffered no ill effects from the entire ordeal.
Her language continues to explode, and I owe this journal a list of her words. Last weekend she started saying her name, and this morning we said, we''re going to school to see Tayla and she said "Tayla." Over and over. She''s full of love and kisses for her friends at school -- Tayla and Isaac specifically. This morning we walked in and Tayla and Isaac were at the table eating breakfast. Arden walked up to Tayla first, gave her a kiss, then over to Isaac and gave him a kiss.
She prefers running to walking and she is working on another tooth (we''re still at 4!). We went to the Topsfield Fair the first weekend of October and Arden had a blast. She loves animals so this was right up her alley. She also rode her first horse. She liked it. Let''s not even talk about it, sigh.
On a sad note, Arden attended her third funeral this past weekend. Dora''s grandmother passed away on October 5th. She loved babies and we brought Arden to see her in the hospital many times. We''re glad we were able to provide her with some happiness towards the end with her 15th great grandchild.
Picture this...a peaceful Sunday morning in our home. Arden woke up her usual happy self. We played downstairs for a couple of hours and then she turned into the "i need a nap" child. She refused to relax, and sometimes when this happens, most times, really, she goes up to her crib and is out within two minutes.
Sunday was different. She whined for a bit, but we figured, it''s normal and she''ll settle. She stopped whining and started talking. Mama. Mama. Mommy. Mommy. Again, nothing to think twice about. Right? Wrong. Thanks to our broken coffee maker, I had to make a run to ol'' faithful, Dunkin Donuts. As I am walking down our sidewalk I hear loud crying. Then I hear what sounds like D running like lightning up the stairs. Back in the house I go.
The child had decided that it would be a jim dandy idea to climb OUT of her crib. And land, of course, headfirst on the hardwood floor.
Not much of a mark on her face when it happened, but we called the pediatrician who said to just keep an eye on her...she wasn''t unconscious or vomiting or anything. Also, we were to bring her in the next day. When she woke up from her nap on Sunday, her face was a bit swollen. When she woke up on Monday, she looked like a prize fighter. We made an appt first thing, and saw a nurse who basically said that she''s probably fine, just to watch her. I pushed her on the point that her attitude was irritable (something that they say to watch for!) and that she''d spit up in the car. Didn''t really elicit a reaction from her.
We already had an appt scheduled for her ear follow up, so we headed there and mentioned our concerns to her surgeon (ear tubes look great, btw). He said, take her back to your ped. We called and were able to get in with one of the two top NPs, one who knows her quite well thanks to all of her ear infections. She did a thorough exam, and really listened to our concerns. She said, "you know, I want to be safe, let''s get a picture of the head, I''m sending you to Children''s."
So off we went to Children''s Hospital. Because we are delusional, we thought she was right, we''d be whisked right in, they''d take a picture, and we would go home.
How wrong we were. We spent a lot of time waiting. Arden spenting a lot of time wandering around the waiting room, we did a lot of coloring, she did a little dancing for the others that were waiting. After a bit we were taken into the back, into the hallway. Busy day in the ER. After a first look at her, the dr. wanted to have the opthalmologist take a look at her very swollen eye. Up we went to visit a nice young doctor, who fast became Arden''s worst enemy. To get the best look at her eye, they had to dilate them. That, readers, is not a fun task. The child can clamp her eyes so tight that a crowbar couldn''t open them. Eventually they got some of the dilating spray in, but in the end her eyes never dilated as well as they''d hoped. The attending came in and took a look and her eye looked okay (on the inside!). She was tracking the objects they were showing her, all that stuff went well.
A good hour later we were back to the ER, and into what would be our room for the next several hours. She was looked over by several doctors and a couple of nurses. She was entertained by clowns. She fussed a lot, she was hungry but was not allowed food, water, or nursing before the CT scan, because of potential competitions with the meds they were going to use to sedate her. Eventually, she fell asleep on my shoulder. She slept for a good 30 minutes, woke up, and waited. We kept hearing her CT scan was happening right away. And yet it didn''t happen until 8pm. 7 hours after our arrival.
I gave her the sedation medicine, she didn''t want to sleep easily on it, and fought it until she collapsed on my shoulder. And then we waited. And waited. And asked...how long will this stuff last?? Finally, we were taken to the CT room. I placed her very asleep little body on this big machine, she was none the wiser, thanks to these meds. It took about 15 minutes, they snapped several images. We were then taken into recovery to let her wake up. And then the doctor came in. "Good news, and bad news"
There is no bleeding, YAY! However, she has a skull fracture. Apparently, if one has to get a skull fracture, this is the good kind to get. It will heal on its own in the next month. Until then, we are to keep her calm. Right. Our active, the child who walks from the moment she wakes until the moment she sleeps...calm.
Overall, she''s okay. She was very irritable yesterday, which is one of the reasons we were pretty sure something wasn''t right. Her walk is off, she kind of sways to the left, but we are relatively certain that is because her left eye is almost swollen shut. Poor kid.
Today she is at daycare, where they have strict instructions that she is not to be on the slides, not to climb on furniture (or anything else!) for the next month. They must keep a very close eye on her.
She was a happy little girl when I dropped her off today. She walked in and kissed her little fried Isaac on the head (sorry Charlie!).
A crib tent is on order. Until then, her crib, which was at the time of the incident lowered as much as possible, is turned to face the wall. The one small side where she could get out, if she felt the need (which we hope she will not) has 5 pillows under it, covered by a fluffy down comforter.
Meantime, she goes into her crib sound asleep and we get her the moment we hear her stir. We do not trust our curious little creature to not try freedom again!
We will get a picture of the eye...we must commemorate this "milestone" -- sigh.
Do all the other parents get daily calls from daycare with incident reports????????
Yesterday she scratched her face when she was in the gross motor room. Today she fell and now has a cut under her eye. Her teacher said "she didn''t really cry, she cried more when I put the ice on it." Ha, sounds like Arden.
Ever since this child started walking, she''s been even more of a daredevil. Last night she tried to go up the stairs outside (yes, I was right behind her), not her hands and knees, but picking up her feet, like the grownups do.
She continues to be a very verbal child. The last 48 hours brought two new words, banana, and diaper ("di-di"). She can''t quite get the p, but last night when I was distracting her during a diaper change she was repeating the word, with the same inflection I was using.
We promise to update pics soon, and I''ll post her word list too!
Quickie (or not since I''m at the keys) because we have so much to share about the PTown family week and I don''t have that kind of time now (if that gives any indication of how much there is to share)...
BUT the Buglet has ear tubes!
What a day...Let me start off by saying we''re LUCKY that breast milk is considered a ''clear liquid''. I have no idea what we would have done if I had to deny nursing her. I probably would have had to stay with my parents. Seriously... 100 lb dogs trying to attack me just makes me stare them down harder...22 pounds (confirmed today) of pissed off quasi toddler has me diving for cover.
Especially since she stomps her feet now.
But that aside...
Arden was happy enough with nursing and didn''t notice having to go without solid food. Liquid breakfast suited her just fine and once we squeaked out of the house she was in a FANTABULOUS mood.....as long as I kept leaning into the back seat to play peek-a-boo with her. I think my neck is forever bent.
Once in the waiting room the Buggy decided to flirt and entice the entire waiting room into playing with her. I''ve decided she really does love blond men (she had one husband playing and playing with her)...which is great since her future hubby Charlie is a blond hunk of love.
The staff was quick about calling us into the back and Arden donned a mini hospital gown...her diapered butt peaking out the back was too cute for words...if my mind wasn''t in a state of panic at this point I would have taken a picture...but like I said I was in a state of panic and rapidly traveling into the capital of said mental state.
Therefore in between keeping Arden entertained and occupied (WHY IN THE HECK DON''T MOTHERS COME EQUIPT WITH 8 ARMS? After all I firmly believe Arden has at least 4, she is just adept at hiding the extra set.)I was amused by a Where Is Waldo book. Some people drink…I apparently wallow with Waldo.
One of the decisions we had to make was which one of us mommies went into the operating room until the Buggy was drugged and out. Erin ended up with honors because we figured I was already doing the two-step (and I CAN''T dance) keeping her away from nursing. Read above if you need a reminder as to my thoughts on dealing with denying Arden.
We were warned that children fight the going to la-la land part of the procedure... Arden once again decided that since they said black she says white and just went to sleep.
The procedure on its own was quick and shocked me with how fast the doc was out and letting us know she was in recovery.
Now he said we''d be called back in 10 minutes...and Erin says it was 10 minutes BUT in my head we then had to wait…oh I don''t know...too long will have to suffice...before they came for us...
Them (rushing out and nabbing us): "We were told you were going to nurse her"
Us (rather quizzical at the bedside manner): "Oh is she looking to nurse?"
Them: "She is looking for something."(as door opens a familiar voice echoes... ummm…with strength…. from the walls)
And that was it in a nutshell. She was happy to see us, happy as heck to run around when we got home. Took her regular nap...pigged out on lunch and dinner....
Not affected in the least.
Her moms on the other hand fully realize why so many moms joke about valium stashes and have decided that we need one also.
I know, I know...no pictures. But we''re going on vacation next week and plan to have the camera out at all times, so expect an onslaught then! :-)
I just wanted to give a quick update about Arden''s ears. We had the appointment with the pediatric otolaryngologist yesterday. She will be getting ear tubes in two weeks. He was ready to do the surgery next week, but we''ll be away.
The bottom line is, she constantly has fluid in her ears. The low dose antibiotics is working well enough to keep the fluid from not becoming infected, but she still deals with the fluid in her ears day in and day out. Not comfortable.
The great news is that her hearing is wonderful still. She''s so verbal, we weren''t overly worried, but we were thrilled when she did so well during her hearing test. She did present quite a challenge to the audiologists though. After the first few times she heard the sounds from the sides of the room, she would anticipate it coming and just watch and weight for her little bear friend to light up. They ended up switching to give Arden a new face to look at, and the second audiologist was much more adept at getting her attention. She had them pulling out all the tricks. What can we say, our child is a genius!
The procedure will be quick, and while we know it is a common surgery, it is still scary for us to have her under anesthesia. She couldn''t be in better hands, with the doctors at Children''s Hospital, so we take solace in the fact that we are near such a great institution who specializes in kids, not grownups!
Please keep Arden in your thoughts on August 7th. We know that the tubes will provide her with relief, and that she will feel better, so this is entirely, 100% worth it.
I''ve come with a much belated update! Of course, the update is currently not accompanied by new pictures, but as I''ve said before, I''m banned from the photo page as I will (apparently) screw it up. ;-)
Arden is almost 11 months old and is growing like a weed. She has mastered the crawl and is extraodinarily quick, especially when she''s on her way somewhere she''s not supposed to be. Like when the dog opens the kitchen door and slithers through, Arden, with a glint in her eye, charges for the opening.
She''s not content to cuddle these days, it''s all about being idependent. Most days she''d rather feed herself than be fed, which Lucy the pooch is LOVING, as she knows this leads to leftovers. She has learned the click of the highchair tray and dashes downstairs to sit patiently at A''s feet, waiting for the heavens to open and release the food.
She pulls up on everything in sight, resulting in 2 incident reports last week because she kept falling. See, she thinks she can stand on her own, and while she can for a second or two, she''s not at all stable. Hence many, many tumbles.
Last night she invented a new game, called put the flip flop on mommy''s foot. She found my flip flop and brought it to me, and set it on my leg. I showed her where to put it. Over and over we did it, she''d take it off, and put it back on, we''d cheer and she would bubble over with joy at her accomplishment. It was one of the sweetest moments we''ve had thus far. After she tired of the game, she crawled over, pulled herself up on me and hugged me. She''s so neat.