Snug in bed.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Claire and Jen, 1 day old.
Tim and Claire, 2 days old.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Into the bedroom to find Kate's snowsuit and boots. Time to play outside!
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Us, we're enjoying the weekend. It's sunny but cold (20* when we woke up this morning). For lunch Tim fed Kate some V8 Picante - she loved it. And he somehow taught her to make a few new sounds while I was napping. She can say 'boom' (thunder from Mr. Brown Can Moo), make a 'smooch' sound, and cluck her tongue like someone knocking on the door. We took her to Buffalo Wild Wings last night for dinner, and she flirted with all the men around the table.
Here's a video of her laughing at me last week:
Click here to watch 'Mommy-is-so-funny'
Oh, and don't forget: tonight is the 2-hour premiere of '24'. Jack is back.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Photos. Finally. I think there must be something weird with my computer; I restarted it and blogger finally let me upload some pictures.
Anyway, top o' the morning to ya. I couldn't sleep, so thought I'd get up and try to post some photos again. Kate finally slept soundly all through the night last night; no waking up at 2am to talk to her dolly and bunny, no crying out for a minute and then going back to sleep. Wonderful.
It's supposed to be a blustery week here. Woohoo! Cold, windy, rainy, even snow in the mountains. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some snow flakes around Tucson, but I won't hold my breath this time. But I will, of course, post photos if it does happen.
Friday, January 12, 2007
I have photos from yesterday, but can't upload them, so will update the blog again later.
In lieu of photos, here is some pilot humor from my Dad:
A DC-10 had an exceedingly long roll out after landing with his approach speed just a little too high.
San Jose Tower: "American 751 heavy, turn right at the end, if able. If not able, take the Guadeloupe exit off of Highway 101 and make a right at the light to return to the airport.
Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7."
Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure ...by the way, after we lifted off, we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway."
Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on 124.7; did you copy the report from Eastern?"
Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff roger; and yes, we copied Eastern and we've already notified our caterers."
O'Hare Approach Control: "United 329 Heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o'clock, 3 miles, eastbound."
United 329: "Approach, I've always wanted to say this...I've got that Fokker in sight."
The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one's gate parking location but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a PanAm 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747 (call
Sign "Speedbird 206") after landing.
Speedbird 206: "Top of the morning Frankfurt, Speedbird 206 clear of the active runway."
Ground: "Guten morgen! You will taxi to your gate!"
The big British Airways 747 pulled onto the main taxi way and slowed to a stop.
Ground: "Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?"
Speedbird 206: "Stand by a moment ground, I'm looking up our gate location now."
Ground (with some arrogant impatience): "Speedbird 206, have you never flown to Frankfurt before?!?"
Speedbird 206 (cooly): "Yes, I have, in 1944. In another type of Boeing. I didn't stop."
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Yesterday's doctor I could barely understand. Very thick accent. He looked at Kate's rash and said that it was just viral. Um, is that why it started after she began her last medication you guys prescribed? Oh. He paused and said he should probably look at her chart. Which he didn't have. "Let me go get that, I'll be right back." Looks at chart. "We really need to get the results of her urinalysis before I can make a diagnosis." Me: "You should already have it; it was here yesterday. The hospital faxed it to you." Him: "No, I don't have it. Let me fax the hospital. I'll be right back." For the love of God, Tim went through that the day before with Kate's actual pediatrician. Fifteen minutes later, and pushing very close to Kate's naptime, he came back declaring that she did have a UTI. Some typing on the computer. "You can go home if you want. Do you live on base? No? Oh, then maybe you should wait here. I'll prescribe this medicine to her. It does not taste good, so you might want to mix it with food or drink, or get it at Walgreens so they can put flavoring in it." Yeah, like Kate's going to dig that. Finally, after more back and forth, the doctor yet again leaving the room for what I don't know, I wandered down the hall with Kate in search of him. "Is it okay if we leave now? She's exhausted. My husband will pick up the prescription." Sure, he tells me.
Tim brings home the meds and I start reading the sheet of info they give you. Here are my favorites:
- (some) side effects: nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache, dizziness
- possible side effects you should notify your doctor about: eye pain, vision changes, mental/mood changes, severe headaches
- seek immediate medical attention if any of the following rare but very serious side effects occur: numbness/tingling of the hands/feet, unusual muscle weakness
- this medication may rarely cause very serious (possibly fatal) lung problems
This is just a small excerpt of the list of craziness that could happen if you take this medication. Ask me how you're supposed to tell if a 15-month old has any of these side effects. Needless to say, we put her back on amoxicillin and will be pressing for an appointment with her new pediatrician asap. I think I would like a 4th opinion.
Other than that, things are great. Kate's getting better (we think), it's been nice and warm, and I've gotten lots of little things done that I wanted to accomplish before the baby is born. Hopefully the next post will be more cheerful! And maybe I'll even break out the camera again so you can see the darling Kate.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I had my 37 week OB appointment yesterday and everything seemed fine except the baby wasn't moving much. So he sent me home to do some kick counts and told me to go to the hospital if she didn't move 10 times in 2 hours. She moved 3 times. To the hospital I went. This was the same time as Kate's doctor's appointment on base, so I drove myself to the hospital, and my sister met me there. They hooked me up to the monitors for about 2 hours, finally determining that she seemed fine and that I could go home.
We are all exhausted and tired of flourescent lights. Tim has been so helpful throughout this; I don't know how single moms do it. Kudos, Buji!
Since we've spent so much time visiting with hospital staff lately, there really hasn't been much else going on to report about. I did have a lovely time on Saturday with some friends who got together with me for lunch to celebrate the new baby - thank you all for coming! It is great to be surrounded by such a good group of people.
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
You'll be happy to know that Kate is now in her new room, in her new crib. Most of her clothing is in her new room, as well. Unfortunately, so are most of our books and pictures that were in there before it became her room, so I still have some work to do. But the futon guest bed is in the den, the baby clothes are washed, the carseat for the baby is in the house waiting for me to put the clean seatcover on it, the new master bath is half-painted, and the only big thing that really needs to be done before the baby arrives is raising her crib back up to newborn level. And that's Tim's job. Woohoo! He also gets to take the Christmas lights down, remove the Christmas tree, rearrange the living room back to pre-Christmas layout, and finish removing all the cardboard that is sitting on our back porch because our recycle bin was overflowing last week. Sheesh, sounds like Tim has a busy weekend ahead of him. I'll try to be supportive. =)
I had my 36 week appointment on Tuesday. All looks good, according to my doctor. Of course, he'll be out of town again for the next 3 days, so no worries for him if I deliver early. We do not have a name yet, for those who are interested. We are down to 2, but are struggling with the middle name. And every time we bring up the subject, something else more important happens and we get nowhere. She'll get named someday.
One other interesting note: if you have an infant carseat, check out this article to see if Consumer Reports gave it a good rating.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
But, that game was followed by the Fiesta Bowl. Boise State vs Oklahoma. The announcers had their script in hand, as did the cameramen. Lots of shots of Oklahoma fans in their burgundy sweatshirts, lots of comments about how great the Sooners were, yadda yadda. Us, we're big Boise fans. Would love to live there. Love. So of course we were cheering for the Broncos. They were kicking butt for most of the game, but then seemed to lose hope and/or ambition towards the end, and I nearly turned the game off in disgust when they let Oklahoma score a touchdown and extra point with just a minute to go. GAH! They had blown an 18-point lead and were now down by 7. But then, on fourth-and-18, the BSU quarterback scored a 50-yard touchdown. Bea-u-ti-ful. They went into overtime and Oklahoma scored quickly. I thought the Broncos were done for. Again, they waited until the 4th down to score. And they did! And then they decided to pull a Mike Reilly and go for the win with a 2-point conversion. Wowza. What a game.
As for New Year's, it was pretty lame. We're old. We're parents. We're expecting a baby soon. Jessica came over for dinner and games, stayed till 10pm when we watched the ball drop in NY, and toasted bubbly (apple-grape cider). After she left, Tim and I played another round of 24 the game and after struggling with it for about half and hour, I got online to read some reviews about it. Sure enough, everyone says don't buy this game. Don't do it. And we second those opinions. The game is horrible. Totally useless. We still love 24, just hate the game. We ended up staying up till midnight, but were in bed right afterwards.
Hope y'all had a Happy New Year celebration!