Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sitting Up

Someone's been sitting up on their own for a couple weeks now...and it needs to be officially documented.  At the time I took this picture, he was starting to lose balance a bit, and since he was on a bed, I put Callie's pillow pet there in case he fell over.  Once I re-positioned him, he was set.  This was a few weeks ago, so now...yes, he's quite the expert sitter.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Callie!

Callie turned 5 this year.  FIVE.  FIVE?  Yes, FIVE.  It's so strange to me.  How does time go that quickly?  Last year we hung balloons on the ceiling so she woke up to a balloon jungle and, in the kitchen, I had 4 balloons with messages inside -- each balloon had a reason we love her.  I'm no genius.  This was all totally Pinterest-inspired.  But this year, the day before her birthday, Callie said to me, "Remember last year all the balloons?  And you had balloons that said why you loved me?"  Oh my goodness.  I was very surprised that she remembered that.  That's when Marcus turned to me and said, "You know, you've officially started a tradition."  And, I was happy with that.  She was so excited.  So, we did it again this year.  Balloons in her room.

Five balloons...filled with reasons we love her.  I'm truly surprised how much she looked forward to this part.   In fact, she was more excited about finding out the messages inside than she was for her presents.  Well, maybe that's not fully true...but she wanted to read the messages before opening her presents.  We didn't though.  I wanted to end the day on oodles of love -- not just fun presents.

I love this picture of Callie and her friend, Lily.  They are best buds.  We sometimes refer to them as ebony and ivory.  Seriously, Lily is so fair, and in summer, Callie gets so dark.  And before Lily moved, I loved seeing them walk hand in hand to Primary.  They are the cutest little girls.

This year, we told Callie she could invite a friend to do something special.  I gave her a few options and Callie decided on this jump-house/inflatable-fun-jump-around-place.  The girls had a lot of fun.  After, we got some frozen yogurt.

When Marcus and I were at BYU, we actually were in the same ward as Mary and Kevin.  Mary was the Relief Society President and I was her visiting teaching coordinator.  Who would have thought that years later, we'd be in the same ward in California, and our kids would be best of friends?  They have moved, but they are still relatively close so Callie and Lily still go to preschool together and have fun play dates.  It's so much fun.  

That night, we had a family dinner.  Callie chose the meal.  On the menu: chicken nuggets, french fries, carrots, apples, and noodles.  mmmm

Oh this picture makes me laugh.  She was eager to blow out the candles and was warming up, I suppose, as she directs me.  hahaha  Ah, I love this one.

Thank you Grandma and Grandpa in Michigan.  She looooooves her rain boots!

That's my birthday girl.  What a sweetheart.

Lindsey and Steve (Bud) were driving through San Jose coming up from Los Angeles, so they called to see if we were home.  It was kind of perfect that they could be there for Callie's birthday.  She was also excited to have Megan there.  Fun time.

The next Monday, they celebrated Callie's birthday in school.  They each wrote her a birthday card.  It was really sweet to see her reaction as I read every card to her.

I just love my little girl.  Here's to being five!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Poor Baby

I'm so far behind and I really don't even know where to start.  So, I will start with today...and work backwards.

Today, I took Micah to the doctor.  And, as I was waiting in line to be checked-in, a man leaned over and said to his wife, "Look at that poor baby."  I looked at the man, and we both smiled.  Why is Micah a poor baby?  I mean, look at him?  He's adorable!  He clearly is happy, well-fed, and well-dressed.

But, maybe he was referring to this?

Ah, yes.  The casts.  On an almost 4 month old.  Ugh, look at those cute little toes!  And that smile, as if there's nothing the matter in the world.  And he's playing with his fingers in typical Micah fashion.  But yes, he is in casts that cover his ENTIRE leg.  BOTH of them.  And, what is the story behind it all?

When Micah was born, he was the picture of health.  Still is.  The only "issue" (and believe me, issues are much different now in my book after life with Samantha) is that his feet has some malformation.  Yes, the pediatrician told me his feet were deformed -- a tad pigeon toed.  He gave us some massages to do on his feet, and when we had our next pediatrician appointment, his feet had improved.  Still, the good 'ole doc suggested we meet with a pediatric orthopedist, just to make sure.

Yesterday, I met with Dr. Godly.  He's the "baby bone" doctor and the head of the department.  He ruled our club foot and said Micah had a mild case of yadda yadda yadda yup.  I have no recollection of what he said.  But, the main this was he said it was pretty mild.  If it was never corrected, in adulthood he'd probably have a harder time finding shoes that were comfortable...things like that.  We're not talking about anything too life altering.  He then said, "It's really an easy fix, though, and now would be the time to do it.  I'd recommend it, but it's up to you."  My mind flashed 13 years.  Shopping.  At the 4th shoe store.  Yep, let's get this taken care of.  No.  In all seriousness, after Samantha -- for a couple years, Sammy only wore her braces when she was wearing long pants because I didn't want people to see them...so obviously (I'm still ashamed about that) -- 3 weeks in casts?  I thought it would be a good thing to take care of any potential problem NOW to help insure he doesn't have problems or discomfort in the future.  (Sidenote: Micah is asleep right now, head on my shoulder, and he's laughing...out loud.  How cute is that?!)  I can't take away all his future problems, but I can try.  And for now, it starts at his feet.

I had no idea, however, that these casts were going to go up the entire leg!  I called Marcus before they did the casting just to confirm he felt the same way I did...and then within seconds of hanging up the phone, Micah's foot was being wrapped up.  He was smiling and so compliant.  So typical.  Everyone is the room came over and mentioned how good he was doing, how adorable he is...all the stuff that makes a mama feel proud.  Anyway.  The casts are just for his foot, to straighten them out, but they need to cast the entire leg because they have found, with infants, the casts come off unless it's up the entire leg.  Bummer.  I went out to Walmart and bought a couple pair of 18 month pants that he's been sportin' for the past 2 days.

Last night the one cast already started to separate a bit.  So, I had to go back in today and they fixed it right up.  It's a pain.  It is.  But, worse things could happen.

The casts will come off January 31.  As much of a trooper as he is, they are uncomfortable, I'm sure, and he wants to be held more...and my back is killing me.  So, we're happily counting down the days!


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