Tuesday, January 27, 2009

0 for 5 - OUCH!

We got up early this morning to have my kidneys checked out. The day started out great, I was in a good mood and it was fun to see snow in Maryland.

However, the procedure never happened. The good people at Hopkins could not find a good vein to stick my IV in. They tried on both my feet, my left wrist and both of my arms - thats five sticks and they found nothing. I cried with each stick but I somehow found a way to smile every time I saw my mom. I even smiled at the crazy people who kept sticking me. Its a bummer that I have to go back in a month and do it all over again.

The day got better because Dad didn't have to go in to work. Can you believe that they closed the university because of only a few inches of snow? Holy Cow - I definitely 
want to go to school in Maryland if they close down for this stuff. I can't wait to learn how to snowboard.

Here is a picture of all of my IV attempts.

Monday, January 26, 2009

My historic week!

I have been busy this past week and lots has happened. First, mom left me for the day so she could go to the Oprah show. Since it was just Dad and me, we went to his work and I got to look at all of the toys that I can't wait to play with... bikes, snowboards, kayaks. Dad, pulled a doozy and forgot to pack my diapers so he had to make an emergency run to CVS. Surprisingly, CVS stores in college towns don't have a great selection of baby diapers.

Tuesday was historic for everyone. We inaugurated our new president. Dad didn't want to miss the opportunity to witness history so he headed to DC and joined the crowds. He was even on the news in Chicago. Dad kept thinking about what this day means for me and for all of the other little ones in our country. He doesn't expect the new president to have magic fairy dust that will make everything perfect for my generation, but it seems that the whole country is looking for change and improvements. How Exciting!

Other big events this week... I really started laughing with giggles and chuckles. Mom can make me giggle by snorting. Dad pulled a page out of Aunt Katie's book and started singing the cowboy song. Good times.

I can now roll over both ways from belly to back and back to belly. I love it, but it freaks my parents out. Dad can't leave me on the couch anymore while he makes his coffee - sucker.

I will admit that I really don't like to sleep more than 45 minutes at a time. I think my batteries charge faster than most. I also don't want to miss the big parties that mom and dad have together without me. Actually, I think this is when they eat, clean, shower, and sneak in their own naps. 

Other thoughts... the IL governor seems cookoo,  today is the 23rd anniversary of the Bears Super Bowl, tomorrow is my last (let's hope) kidney test - I have to get IV's in my arms and then they are going to shoot dye into my body and watch in drain until I pee it out. Lets hope I can pee it ALL out of my body. If I don't then something in my kidneys isnt working and they are going to have to fix it. I feel pretty good that my kidneys are just fine. I pee freely and often - just ask my parents.

That is all for now. I will update you on the sleep, the kidneys, and my giggles.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

My Fun Game... Hide the Bink

Here's the deal... Mom or Dad will put the bink (aka pacifier) in my mouth. I will wait until the appropriate time to either spit it out or just drop the bink out of my mouth. At this point, it will most likely get hidden in my blanket or drop to the ground and bounce around and then roll across the floor. 

This game is so much fun because I will then start fussing or crying. Mom and dad will then go into a mad scramble trying to find the green little gem that was once in my mouth. This game keeps them focused on me and does not allow them to forget the fact that I am the most important person in their lives. (Note to other babies: this game is best played in the dark - they will never find it and buy you new ones).

I promise to not play this game forever. I just want to be sure that they don't forget about me at this young age. 

Monday, January 12, 2009

Daddy DayCare Begins!

For the past few months (three to be exact), dad has left during the day while I get to stay home with Mom. He went off to work and left Mom all alone to feed me, change my diapers and keep me entertained. I think of myself as pretty low maintenace, but I do come with a bit of work. Mom made it look so easy. I am guessing dad will be surprised at how tiring it can be... and he gets to use a bottle to feed me. 

So, today was Dad's first shot at a full day of watching me without any assistance. Sadly, that meant that Mom had to go back to work today. I was not looking forward to this day, but I knew it was coming. To prepare, yesterday we spent the entire day together as a family. It was a lot of fun.

Back to daddy day care. Overall, I think Dad did a pretty good job but he has some work to do. I actually threw him a few curve balls to keep his attention. Mom hid my socks so when daddy tried to dress me he made me look like a rodeo clown with all sorts of different colors. To be fair, he did let me wear my "Mommy Loves Me" shirt. Dad failed the "use a burp cloth after bottle" test. I missed her already.

Mid-morning, while taking my bottle, I decided to make a mess so big that it leaked out of the side of my diaper. After a short debate about what is more important - food or a clean diaper - dad yanked the bottle from me to change my diaper. He has got to learn to never mess with my meal time... no matter how bad the stench or dribble of poop down my leg.

I decided to ease up on him and we played some games on the floor. He tried to teach me how to grab for toys. I love Freddy the Firefly and my moroccas.  I have even started to let out a little belly laugh -mom and dad love it. Before mom came home, dad and I laid on the floor for tummy time and we looked at all of the photos in our album while listening to Jack Johnson - and then mommy walked in the door and I was very happy. It was a good day. Its going to be tough not having mommy around all of the time, but I am pretty lucky.