Monthly Archives: August 2008

A Day at the Park

and a few other random things….

We decided to take Cady to the park today to see if she would enjoy swinging. I think she does

We also experience the slide for the first time

I always forget about the neighborhood park and its only a a block or two from our house. We will definitely be take more advantage of it as the temps start to cool down a little.

Cady is officially pulling up since my last post. I caught it on film a few times. She tends to not pick the best things to pull up on.

Like her bouncy seat or a box of diapers…

And of course, she has found new and different ways to be completely silly. Its definitely what she is best at. She crawled into one of those pop-up hamper things.

I probably won’t have another post until the end of the week. Jason has some work going on north of us, so Cady and I are going to tag along. We are going to *try* to miss some of the rain that Gustav is going to bring our way. Plus its a good chance for us to see our favorite little man, Jack.

I hope everyone has a great Labor Day tomorrow! Enjoy your time off!

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In this crazy life…

I put together a video of some of my favorite pictures of Cady with a fun song. Enjoy! (click the tiny baby to see the video)

View this montage created at One True Media

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I think we’re in trouble

This baby is not even completely mobile yet, and she is already making me crazy.

We have had to put a baby gate up to keep her confined to certain areas, and so the dogs can have some sort of reprieve from her.

She is always getting into the things that I don’t want her to get in to. She loves electrical outlets. Thank goodness for those little plastic inserts. Just kidding Mom, I don’t let my baby play with outlets.

And over the last few days, she has started trying to pull up and climb.

I caught Little Miss Daredevil climbing over her high chair today

I can handle climbing over things like that (although I still think she’s too young). This is what I can’t handle.

She climbed up on the bottom shelf of our ottoman table.

To Mom and Dad: Does this remind you of anyone? I know of a couple of pictures out there of me as a baby doing pretty much the same thing in the kitchen cabinets.

We lowered her mattress tonight because I don’t want to wake up to a baby that has fallen out of her crib on her head.

Her rash is looking SO much better. She hasn’t had any sort of reactions to any of the medication and I think we are finally getting on top of this.

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Good friends and glass of wine

Okay maybe just a glass of wine. The good friends are in another state. But man, do I wish they were around. Its been one of those days that (thankfully, are few and far between) make me pour a big glass of wine as soon as Jason gets home.

Cady’s rash, that I mentioned a few posts ago, is not better at all. In fact, it is significantly worse. We religiously applied the cream the doctor told us to. By Thursday we were seeing a slight improvement. Saturday everything changed. It got worse than ever and started to spread. I decided at that point that regardless of anything I was going to take her back to the pediatrician today.

So we go. First, they can’t find her chart. We’ve only been there like 6 times in 6 months. You would think they would have an “always here” file and put us in there. Her pediatrician looks at her rash and he is honestly baffled. Its not a very comforting thing when the expert doesn’t know whats on your daughter’s skin.

He THINKS the yeast rash has somehow gotten into her stomach and intestines and that’s why she is continuing to break out over and over. He prescribes two different ointments to apply to the rash, an oral anti-fungal, and an oral pro-biotic.

Those don’t seem to scary, right? But I only know all that because I now have the medicines and have read up on them. When the doctor is prescribing four different medicines for my six month old child for something he doesn’t really seem sure about its kind of scary. Plus he didn’t do a really good job of explaining them.

I was scared. The child has barely had four different foods in her life, let alone four different medications that have some scary side effects and reactions. I didn’t know what to do. I felt very backed into a corner. On the one hand, this rash is not getting better on its own and I went to the doctor to get medicine to make it just go away. But on the other, I felt like he was just throwing medicine at it without being completely sure what, if anything, was going to work. For future doctors, it may be a bad idea to tell a patient that you are baffled and then prescribe a ton of medicine. I’m just sayin’

After much crying to my mom and Jason, I went ahead and filled the prescriptions. Knowing what they are makes me feel a lot better. They aren’t super scary. Plus they should go to work within a day or two. If they don’t, its second opinion time.

I’ve just been dealing with all that wonderful mom guilt (that no one but mom’s understand). I only want to do what is best for Cady and sometimes its so hard to know what that it.

Are you still with me? I’m sneaky and put all the things I wanted you to read above the pictures. So here’s what you really came here for: Our weekend in pictures and video

An fun new game in the “Where’s Waldo?” style: Where’s Cady?

She fell asleep while having Cady-Time on her play mat. It was quiet for far too long, so I looked up and there she was zonked out

I caught her and Daddy mid-nap on Saturday

And my little billy-goat destroying the paper on the exam table at the pediatrician’s office

We tried Sweet potatoes this weekend. I think Green Beans may have been replaces as the favorite

She also got to experiment with feeding herself minus the actual food. We aren’t completely crazy. Rice cereal sets up like concrete and I didn’t really want to be chipping it off all surfaces. (P.S. GO VOLS!!!)

She is still working on the crawling. She can officially crawl, she just doesn’t officially do it. She will take two or three little crawls and then belly flop. I’m afraid she is going to be one of those kids that never actually crawls. She will just go from her belly scoots to walking. She is already trying to pull up. Dear Lord, I am so not prepared for this. In the second video you can see her poor little rash. It looks horrible, huh?

 

 

 

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Congratulations! and Green Beans

A huge Congratulations goes out to my beautiful, amazing, and (obviously) talented Sister-In-Law, Melissa, for being chosen as a 2009 Memory Makers Master! If you go to her website, you can see immeadiately how talented she is. I am unbelievably proud of her and cannot wait to see what this year will bring for her. Congratulations Melissa! We love you!

This week has been a bit trying. Cady is still feeling the effects of those shots plus still trying to cut that first top tooth. Needless to say, she has had her moments. Tuesday was the worst day, by far. I would have tossed her out the window, but she does things like this:

That picture was actually taken Monday. We attended Baby Stella’s shower. I worked with her mommy, Bettye, at my last job. Rebecca threw a beautiful shower for Bettye. Everyone is looking forward to Stella’s arrival. Rebecca is one of my favorites. I was able to catch her and Cady being pretty cute together

The Rebecca made her cry

This whole solid foods thing has been going so well. We made our way through peas and have moved onto green beans. I think she’s a fan

 

 

Eating is one of her favorite things. I think she is really enjoying the independence that solid foods is giving her.

Another of her favorite things: Playing Peek-A-Boo

 

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Cady at 6 months

Ok it has been far too long since I have made an actual post with actual information (and most importantly, actual pictures). But I have a good excuse! Cady is 6 months old and is keeping me EXTREMELY busy.

Yes, you read that correctly. SIX MONTHS!!! Its gone by entirely too fast, but it really does get more fun every single day. At six months it is doctor visit time. She is weighing a whopping 16 lbs 7 oz. She is 26 1/8 inches tall. Both of these measurements hit right around the 50th percentile. The doctor also said everything else looked great. He actually said “perfect” in response to her growth and development. He said she is right on the mark developmentally, if not slightly ahead of the curve.

There were two downsides to the visit though. One, was shots. We got 3 more shots and one more oral vaccine. Cady does exceptionally well with shots. The oral vaccine was probably the worst of it. She didn’t want to take it and started crying when the nurse forcibly gave it to her. Obviously she cried during the shots, but after some Mommy hugs and Mommy kisses, she was as good as new and was passed out in the carrier before we were out of the office.

The second piece of bad news is that the yeast rash she had on her bottom (which we finally have under control) has now spread to her neck, her armpits, the backs of her knees, and pretty much any other place she had folds and creases. Her neck looks pretty bad, but it doesn’t seem to bother her. We have started out Lotrimin regimen for the new areas of the rash, so hopefully they will be under control in no time.

Cady, of course, had her 6 month “photoshoot” This was my favorite out of the bunch (you can see her poor little rash).

I’m going to reveal a secret about this child. She is a billygoat. She would rather play (otherwise known as eat) paper than anything else. Jason and I must each have some sort of rare recessive goat gene and they got passed on to her. This makes doing these “photoshoots” with a paper sign a bit of a problem. Because of this:

We celebrated Cady’s 6 month birthday with rice cereal. She finally got to try some solid foods.

You might not be able to tell, but I was excited. Cady…. not so much….

I also got a video of the experience.

*Disclaimer: Please disregard my stupid narration in any video.  Thanks — Managment*

She is not a fan of plain rice cereal. I haven’t tasted it, but I’m pretty sure I don’t blame her.

We started peas today. That has gone over a lot better (despite what her face might look like in the pictures). She is actually opening her mouth and swallowing some of it. I’ve been mixing the peas in with the rice cereal. There is no way I could get her to eat the rice cereal otherwise.

Dad, no fried taters or anything yet, but any day now 😉

Ok, enough about food. On to the crawling portion of this post.

She isn’t actually crawling yet. She does a great little army crawl inch worm sort of thing. This means she is in to EVERY. THING.

She is also going from being on her belly to sitting on her bottom really well by herself. Every once in awhile she will over compensate slightly and fall over the other way, but for the most part she is hitting it every time.

As you might have noticed in the last video she is also learning new “words.” She has gone from “ah’s” to “bah’s” (I’ve even caught a few “ma’s”, so Momma can’t be too far away). She loves to talk and babble. She hasn’t quite figured out the whole volume control thing. She either does it very, very quietly in a sort of whisper. Or she is super loud and yelling. Guess which she does most of the time?

Those jeans she is wearing in the last video and the next picture are pretty special.

They belonged to my dad when he was a baby. That makes them over 50 years old. My brother wore them as a baby and I worse them as a baby. Last time we were back home Dad gave them to Cady. I think babies in jeans is one of the cutest things ever, but these story behind these makes them even cuter.

I know some of you enjoy the “Cady outtakes” and all the silly things she does. I’m never really at a loss for silly pictures of this child. She is always giving me great opportunities for these shots.

Cady is ready for some football

Baby in a basket

Very sleepy baby

She takes after her cousin, Belle, and has a definite Passion for Fashion. Not only does she own “vintage” jeans, but the paparazzi has also caught her wearing the hottest in fall accessories: Stacking rings.

This has officially become the longest post ever, so I’m going to end it. But only after I share probably my favorite picture of her ever taken.

I was lucky enough to have won tickets to see Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Allan, and Luke Bryan in concert. While Jason and I were listening to some great country music this weekend, Cady’s Nana and PawPaw John came down for a visit and were kind enough to hang out with her. They snapped this awesome picture of her first time in her stroller without the carrier. Do you think she enjoys it?

 

 

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Pic Dump

I don’t have much to say, but I do have a lot of pictures.

I will say that Cady and I survived Edouard. We got a lot of rain and a lot of wind. We lost power for about 1.5-2 hours in total. Jason was in New Orleans on business, so we did it by ourselves.

Cady is trying to decide if she wants to crawl and how. She keeps trying all sorts of ways. The newest is her bear crawl.

Showing off the teeth

More of that sweet smile

“What does this onesie say?!?!?”

I introduced her to a bear that friends brought us the night before she was born

I really do adore her bald spot (although I wouldn’t be too sad if it decided to finally fill in)

Doesn’t this baby just look like she’s up to something? This is part of the process of going from her belly to sitting upright all by herself. Yes, she does this. At less than 6 months old. I’m so impressed with this child.

And some After bath pictures. In the second one you can see those teeth again. So cute!

And Cady and her best buddy, DADDY! Shes seriously thinks he is just the greatest. As soon as she realizes he is in a room she is watching him.

And the last one. An outtake from this past weekend that I like to called “Basket Head.” I was in the middle of getting Cady dressed. I got up to get something and she pulled her toy basket over her head. She just laid there and babbled inside the basket. I think this girl is the silliest.

Okay I think I have officially posted every picture there is of this kid.

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My Baby Must-Haves

I have a lot of friends that are currently pregnant with their first child, and since I’ve been through this (by no means an expert) I decided I would list MY baby must-haves. I think these are something that most parents need.

1.

Pamper Swaddlers/ Pampers Cruisers — Yes, these are the more expensive diapers. I have literally tried every major brand of diaper out there. I have not found a single one that works as well as Pampers. I have never had a diaper blowout with Pampers. I specify Swaddlers and Cruisers. They are luxury model of Pampers and well worth the extra money. They feel obviously better. I like to tell myself that Cady appreciates it.

2.

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste and Vaseline — Ever since Cady started teething we have been battling major diaper rash. The only thing that has helped has been a steady regimen of butt paste and then a protective layer of vaseline. It’s the only thing that even comes close to keeping the diaper rash at bay. Buy it in the big tub. It’s worth it.

3.

Boudreaux’s Baby Kisses — Another thing that has been plaguing us with teething is a rash and dry skin around her mouth. Baby Kisses clear it up. I put it on her first thing in the morning and before she goes to bed. It’s great for any dry or cracked skin on the face. Keep one on the changing table and one in the diaper bag.

4.

Dr. Brown’s Bottles — Cady was the Spit Up Queen. Constantly. After every feeding. Massive amounts of spit up. But it was just spit up. She rarely had gas or an actual upset tummy. I truly believe in the crazy venting system in Dr Brown’s bottles. Yes, it makes for about eleventy billion little parts to wash, but a happy baby with a happy tummy makes it worth it.

5.

A swing — The particular one we have is the Fisher Price RainForest Open Top Cradle Swing but any swing you want will work. Its the only way I could get Cady to nap for any length of time for a very long time.

The last 2 products go together for me. I don’t know which one is more dear to my heart. They both were saviors during those first few months.

6.

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp — This method is how I got Cady to sleep through the night. She has consistently been sleeping through the night since she was 4 weeks old. I give full credit to this book and the method within. It honestly saved my sanity.

7.

Swaddle Designs Ultimate Receiving Blankets — These go together with the Happiest Baby because these were the only blankets we could get to work for Cady. We tried all those magic swaddle blankets with the velcro. They never worked nearly as well as this one. They are big and they are lightweight and they are amazing. Put a billion of these on your registry. We only had one when we were swaddling and remember that Cady was the Spit Up Queen. Yeah that meant the blanket got washed at bedtime some nights. You can get them online at Target.

That’s it. Those are my must-haves for any new parent.

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Things we love – August Edition

Things I love:

This smile (and this outfit, Thanks Nana!)

Those eyes

That Cady “helped” me with the laundry the other day (matching Jason’s socks is my least favorite part)

That Cady’s hair is getting just long enough to start wearing big bows (and this outfit too, Thanks Monica!)

Things Cady loves:

Making this noise

 

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