Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One Fish, Two Fish

I had to take Maddie to the doctor yesterday. She started getting a rash on her stomach on Sunday and when we woke up Monday it was all over her body including her neck and face. The doctor diagnosed it as an allergic reaction of some sort. The only thing we could think of is that she ate some pasta noodles out of a seafood dish. Shellfish is a likely culprit for allergies. So, in addition to prescribing Benadryl for the rash, the doctor ordered blood tests to test for allergies. So, poor Maddie had to get blood drawn out of her arm. She had to be poked in both arms before they got enough blood for the test, and both of us were crying at the end of the ordeal. It was awful holding her down while they poked her. Plus I think she remembered being at the doctor just two weeks ago for her check up when they gave her vaccine shots, because she had never been afraid of the doctor before but on this visit she was very upset. Part of the reason why we were very concerned and wanted to get her rash checked out is that we hosted a playdate for 7 babies and their parents on Sunday. We are really glad it was nothing contagious! So, we will update the blog when we know more about Maddie's potential allergies....

Maddie's new found love of pasta...we will stick to plain red sauce though!

I have no idea where the time goes in between posts. It just seems like there is not enough time in the day to get everything done and updating the blog gets put on the back burner. Most nights after Tony gets home from work and we put Maddie down and have dinner, we collapse from exhaustion.

We have had some fun times though. We got a date night two weekends ago and Maddie stayed with Grandpa Randy, Robyn and Jackson while we saw a movie...in a theater!! We also had dinner with our friends Nick and Pallavi who we haven't seen since football season. They have a nice new house in Happy Valley with a "man room" that Tony was envious of!

We are loving our new furniture and big screen HD TV. We had a little difference of opinion on how big and how fancy of a TV was needed, but in the end we compromised.

Tony got another A in his last class!! Then he had "spring break" from school last week, and I kept him busy with a honey-do list. So, the taxes are now done, and the office is getting organized. He has been working insane hours, and Maddie, Grammy and I took a trip to The Dalles while he was working last Saturday. Then we had our play date Sunday which was super fun!!! It has been a lot of fun to watch our friends' kids grow along side Maddie, and support each other as parents.

I had to go to the dentist yesterday after the rash ordeal in the morning. Going with Maddie turned out to be a bad idea, and she didn't cooperate so I had to reschedule my cleaning. However, the x-rays revealed that I have a large abscess in one of my teeth and I need a root canal. So overall yesterday was not a good day. I am also "training" (loosely) for a half marathon walk with some friends next Sunday. Wish me luck! My other project that I am working on is organizing the THOUSANDS of pictures we took of Maddie's first year. I am putting some into frames, and scrapbooks, and the remainder into albums. I also need to finalize her baby book. It is weighing heavily on me and I want to get it done!

Maddie is growing and changing daily. She is in a tough stage where her determination and will to do something often outweigh her coordination. This results in her falling a lot, and/or throwing temper tantrums and flinging herself to the ground. She often has bumps and bruises on her forehead now. She is also constantly testing the boundaries--getting into the toilet, the toilet paper, Daddy's nightstand, the remote control, the garbage etc. She has a very sharp mind, and knows exactly what she wants. She watches everything...there is no fooling her anymore. If we leave one door open or one thing out, she beelines for it and is so proud of herself when she gets it. She is also trying to climb now, so it will just be a matter of time before she can get into uncharted territories. I am hoping that soon her awareness of falling and balance will catch up to her!
These pictures are from our playdate. Unfortunately we didn't get one with all the babies together. Check out our entertainment center in the background.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Go Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Today was Maddie's one year check up at the doctor. It was funny because the nurse commented how cute it was that we were all wearing green....then you could see it dawn on her why. She had forgotten about St. Paddy's day, but we were nice and did not pinch her.

One year ago today was a horrible day....at age 5 days Maddie was re-admitted to the hospital and we stood by while they did awful invasive tests to diagnose her bladder/kidney infection. So it was a little bittersweet to have to go to the doctor today. But, of course one year later Maddie is healthy and thriving!!!!

It was so awesome that Tony was able to join us for Maddie's appt.

Here are Maddie's latest stats from the doctor:
Height: 30.75 inches (92nd%)
Weight: 22 lbs 4.5 oz (70th%)
Head Circumference: 19.02 inches (99th%)
Oh, and by the way she knows karate now!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Ok, so here's the scoop....Now that I am one year old, I am very busy with all the things I like to do, and I don't really have time to write my blog anymore. Therefore, I am handing over writing duties to Mommy and Daddy. I hope they can live up to my expectations. Enjoy! Signing off now....

I caught this series of photos yesterday after Maddie woke up from her nap....She is in the stage where she loves to give kisses.

She gives open-mouth kisses!

It doesn't get any sweeter than that!

Maddie loves her Daddy. She cried on Saturday morning when he left for work.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

O.N.E. Y.E.A.R. O.L.D!!!!!

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me, happy Birthday to me....I am one year old!!!!!

We celebrated my first birthday with a lunch party last Saturday at Old Wive's Tale Restaurant. We had our own private room and lot of people showed up to help me celebrate!! We had so much fun...there were lots of kids to play with, party hats, balloons, presents, and cake!!

Today was my actual birthday. I wore my birthday dress and tiara! Daddy got off work early and Mommy and I picked him up and we went to Blue Lake Park. We had never been there before, but it was so much fun. Now that I can walk and climb, I really enjoy playing on the play structures! And yes, I do have a big bump on my forehead. I got it yesterday when I tripped and bumped into the bed.

After the park we went out to McMenamin's for dinner. I got to sit in the high chair, eat yummy food, and drink real cow's milk out of a cup! I even chose today to dazzle Mommy and Daddy with a new sign....banana!
I am not a baby anymore....now I am a full fledged toddler! Thank you to everyone who has helped support Mommy and Daddy through the last year, and who helped celebrate my big one year old birthday with me. Time for Mommy to finish my baby book....we are on to a new chapter!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Just Playin'

Can you guess who was on bedtime duty this evening?? Daddy just wanted the world to see that I do in fact have enough hair to make a mohawk.

I am in a little bit of a "hoarding" stage. I like to fill my hands with toys, especially doggie, baby, and lovey blanket and then carry them all over the house. I love my baby especially; she sleeps in my crib with me and I have named her "Baybeeee" which I say in a very deep voice.

Now that I am officially a walker, I am much more adventurous in playing with my toys. I can even go down my slide all by myself. On Tuesday I got up from the ground into a standing position without holding onto any furniture!!

I also like to put things in and out of buckets, bins, drawers, etc. I am working really hard on lining up my shapes to fit through the correct shape hole on the lid.

Here is a list of words I can say: mama, dada, no-no, yeah, yay, all done, baby, dog, uh oh

Here is a list of words I can sign: dog, all done, more, milk

Here are games I will initiate: peek-a-boo, patty cake, so big, high 5, blow kisses, kiss on the mouth

Today at lunch I fed myself sweet potatos with a spoon! My next big tasks will be switching to whole milk and using a cup instead of a bottle. I think I might have another tooth coming too, because I feel the urge to bite a lot. I bite whatever is handiest.....my toys, mommy's leg, whatever.

I am also getting really excited for my big ONE YEAR OLD birthday!!!!!! I may have even already opened a few presents. Shh. Don't tell!