Just an update

September 16, 2008

I just realized that it’s been a couple of weeks, and I haven’t written an update or posted pictures or anything, so here it is:

First things first:  It was bound to happen.  Zoe has totally spoiled me when it comes to her health.  She’s only had a couple of colds that never required antibiotics, just a little TLC, the humidifier, and some saline nose drops.  So, she caught a cold over Labor Day weekend, and it just wasn’t getting better; in fact, it was getting a little worse with a cough.  We went and saw Zoe’s pal, Dr. Kocmond, and low and behold, we are now on amoxicillin.  Zoe has a little fluid in one of her ears, and since it had been over 10 days (normal wait it out period for a cold), he thought it would help prevent the cold from progressing into a bacterial bronchitis.  When I went to open her medicine and give it to her, I totally had a flash-back of standing by the refrigerator with my mouth open wide, and my mom dishing out the wonderful pink medicine.  Needless to say, Zoe loves the pink stuff, and starts to jump up and clap her hands when she sees me shaking the bottle!

School Update: Zoe is doing awesome at school; she does get a little upset for about 5 seconds when I hand her off to her teachers (I don’t think this would happen if she walked into the class on her own accord, but hey, I don’t want to upset the apple cart).  So far, she has come home with a decorated tongue depressor magnet that has (I think) 3 fingerprints with mom, zoe, and dad written underneath it (the weekly theme was “my family”), and today she came home with her 1st marker masterpiece, along with marker on her fingers, her pants, and her shirt.  Good thing they use washable markers!!

 Tongue depressor art

 Magic marker fun on the red firetruck

2 weekends ago, Kirk, Zoe, and I packed up the car and headed to Tiger country for the 1st Clemson home game.  Zoe was a hit in her cheerleading outfit, lasted for 3 quarters of the game (she loved listening to the fight song and watching all the movement down on the field), and had a grand time “camping” in grand-daddy’s and grand-mommy’s RV.  Unfortunately, there are no pictures…I was the bad mommy and forgot to take the camera into the stadium.  I’ll try to get some good pictures this weekend (if Zoe is awake for any of the game (it’s at 1pm).

Last week, I awarded myself the “mommy-of-the-year” award.  I had been noticing that Zoe had been trying to take her shoes off a lot, so I went on a hunting expedition for 1 more pair of sandals to make it until it was cool enough to wear shoes and socks.  To my dismay (and joy!), Zoe’s feet have grown from her 2.5 size sandals to a size 4!  No wonder the poor girl was trying to take her shoes off!  Sooo…I ended up buying 2 pairs of shoes, neither of which are sandals, but I think they’ll last at least until Christmas time.

 New kicks – a pair of tennys and a pair of mary jane’s. 

On a cute note, as we were driving home from school this afternoon, Zoe decided to have a conversation with her little bear that stays in the car to keep her entertained.  She kept saying, “Hi!” and waving to it, giving it kisses, and then giving it hugs.  I couldn’t help but have a grin on my face all the way home.

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Where did my baby go?

August 24, 2008

Then.I can’t believe a year can fly by sooo fast!  It didn’t really hit me on Zoe’s birthday that she’s no longer a baby, but it did hit me last night.  It’s amazing to think that this time last year, we were at Aunt Melanie’s family’s lake house with Kirk’s brother, Kyle, Melanie, Reese, and Davis, and I was attempting to keep Zoe happy, which wasn’t working.  Also, I was very leery of leaving the house and going into public; not because of Zoe getting sick or anything like that, but because she was so unbelievably fussy/colicky that I never knew when she would get going or what would set her off. 

Now.

So, as I watch my now little girl eat her applesauce and chicken raviolis out of a bowl with a spoon, a fork, and her hands, I really am amazed at how much she’s changed and grown up.  I definitely don’t miss those 1st several months, but wow…

Anyways… Zoe is growing like a little weed.  It seems that almost daily, she’s doing something or saying something new.  So here’s the update:  

Communication: Verbally, she says: dada (daaa..), mama, bear, duck, up (dup), stuck, hot (dot), Ollie (Ah-e), hi, cheese, juice, all done, zeke (see), dog (uf-uf), hat (dat), bad (while looking at Zeke and holding up her 2 index fingers), and this (I think; she says, “dis” while pointing to whatever she wants).  Of course, to a stranger, most of the words aren’t understandable, but I know what’s she saying.  With her signing, she also says: more, all done, eat, drink, milk, please, nap/night-time, thank-you, and bath.  She also shakes her head no and knows that a dog says, “uf-uf”, and a cow says, “oooo”. 

Motor skills: sliding by herself (see previous post), trying to jump, throwing a ball, running (well, it’s between a fast walk and a run now), walking on her tiptoes, stepping up/down while holding onto a hand, occasionally kick a ball (walking into a ball on purpose), scribbling with crayons, and putting lids on and off containers. And, 1 fun thing – she thinks Zeke is for  riding.                                                                                          

Self-help skills: Helps with putting on and taking off her clothes, brushes her hair, if you give her a brush, knows that a toothbrush is for brushing her teeth (she just gnaws on the bristles, though), attempts to use a fork and spoon, and drink from an open cup with supervision.

Cognitive: She can follow simple 2-step commands (go and get a book) or complex 1-step commands (Zoe, your diaper needs to be changed.  Let’s go upstairs.)  Can match up the circle, triangle, and square shapes in a shape sorter.  On an icky note, she’s also throwing small temper tantrums, hitting Zeke (and, occasionally a parent), and occasionally has issues with separation anxiety.  Alas, Zoe is not perfect.

I almost forgot, you can’t see in the pictures,  but Zoe now has 3 teeth!!  YEAH!  Her top right tooth finally broke through the gumline earlier this week.  Maybe she’ll have all of her teeth just when all of her friends start losing theirs. :>) 

 On a more fun note, Papa Joe and Gramma Joanie were here last weekend.  They watched Zoe, while Kirk and I went to the Smashing Pumpkins concert.  (thanks again, mom and dad!)  We had a grand time, and to get us in the mood for football season, the grandparents did a little spoiling.                                                        

Whew…sorry this entry is soooo long, but I’m done now.  Have a great week!

Week in Review

June 29, 2008

Yep!  I changed the look of the site.  I noticed that if I clicked off the main blog page, I couldn’t get back; so, I changed to the “skin” you see now.  Let me know if you like it.

So, as I mentioned a few days ago, this has been a busy week.  Zoe had her 1-year check-up on Monday.  She had some blood drawn to check for anemia (she’s good), and her lead levels (no problem) and then had a booster for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (helps against meningitis).  Her pediatrician does not vaccinate for chicken pox or the MMR at the 1-year check; they generally do it at the 18-month.  So, she got off easy this time around.  Her “stats” are:

Height: 27.25 inches (5th percentile)     Weight: 17 pounds, 7 oz (4th percentile)

My mom, aunt, and uncle also were in town.  Check out the previous post for more info about that.  Kirk went to Chicago for work Thursday and was home Friday evening.  Saturday morning, Zoe decided to sleep in to (gasp!) 8 AM!!  It was wonderful sleeping in, and since she slept in as well, we skipped her morning nap and went to the pool instead.

 

 Amy ready to catch Zoe as she “jumps” into the baby pool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe shows off the elephant watering can.

 

 

 

 

 

Kirk and Zoe playing in the “big” pool.

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe hangs out in her float.  Because of the way the float is made, I can use her float as a kickboard.  Zoe loves motoring up and down the pool watching everyone as I do a little bit of kick work!

Hey everyone!  I’m actually writing from Vegas today.  Kirk, his parents, and his brother are at the wrestling trials, and Zoe is next door trying to go to sleep.  Since this week was spent primarily packing and getting ready to come out here, there isn’t a whole lot to report .  Zoe did excellent on the flight here; she took a short nap and then played the rest of the 4 1/2 hour trip.  Although she has woken up at 4 and 4:30, she has gone back to sleep both mornings until a more appropriate time to wake up (between 5 and 6) and is eating and sleeping at her normal times.

Reviews of stuff:

1.  The hotel: We’re staying at the Flamingo https://www.harrahs.com/casinos/flamingo-las-vegas/hotel-casino/property-home.shtml, which is in the center of the strip.  It’s been perfect so far.  The rooms are nice, clean, and nothing special, and the overall atmosphere is pretty relaxed.  Most people walk around in their swimsuits and coverups or t-shirts and shorts.  I think the casino minimums are kinda high so Kirk and everyone else has gone elsewhere.  The pool is awesome!  The main pool has all sorts of ledges so Zoe can sit on the ledge and crawl around; we haven’t tried the slides yet, but we might do that tomorrow.  The only slight issue: the adult-only pool cranks the music up at 2pm until ~5pm (I can tell what the songs are from the 12th floor), and our room faces the pool.  So, if you think you might want to stay here with itty-bitties, and they don’t do so well with noises at naptime, it’s probably not the best place to stay.  Besides for the noise in the afternoon, the resort is quiet (for a Vegas resort) but bustling and is very child friendly.  In fact, this morning when we went to the pool, there were about 10 kids under the age of 5 playing and swimming around in the little section we were in.  It’s also a great place if you don’t have kids because of the reasonable room prices, the casual atmosphere, the ability to get away from the kids at the adult-only pool, and it’s central locale.

2.  Date night.  Kirk and I went out on a date Thurs night while Grandmommy & Grand-daddy stayed to hold the fort down.  We ate at the restaurant, Shibuya (http://www.mgmgrand.com/dining/shibuya-japanese-restaurant.aspx) for dinner, which was fabulous.  We had a flight of “premium” sake, chu toro (fatty tuna) sashimi appetizer, Alaskan king crab and veggie tempura, snapper sushi, shrimp tempura roll, and the green tea cake.  Everything was excellent; however, I wouldn’t recommend the shrimp tempura roll because the shrimp were overcooked.  After dinner, we saw the cirque du soleil show, KA (http://www.mgmgrand.com/entertainment/ka-cirque-du-soleil-show.aspx), which was amazing.  The show is different from a traditional cirque show in the fact that it actually had a plot.  If you like the cirque shows because there isn’t much of a plot, and you dislike Broadway shows for the same reason, this show probably isn’t for you.  

3.  Girls morning.  Nancy/Grandmommy and I went to Caesar’s Palace spa, Qua (http://www.harrahs.com/qua/) for a 1-hour massage.  Both of our massages were excellent, and it was nice to be pampered without having to worry about the crumb-cruncher.

So, that’s it for now.  We have some cool pics that I’ll put up when we get home.

TTFN.

A

Week in Review

June 8, 2008

I’m gonna try to write weekly; it might not be Zoe related or even family related, if we haven’t done anything interesting, but there will be at least something new to look at weekly.  Here’s the lowdown of the past week.

1.  Daddy in charge. Last Friday night, a few of my friends and I went out on the town while Kirk stayed home with Zoe.  We had a nice relaxing meal at a local restaurant called Upstream followed by watching the movie, Sex and the City.  I had never seen an episode of the series when it was on HBO, but I have to admit, I can see why people enjoyed it so much.  The movie was pretty predictable, but I thought the acting was good, and it was nice to have a relaxing evening out with friends.  According to Kirk, things were pretty uneventful on the homefront.  Zoe ate dinner then had a bath and was asleep by 7:30. 

   Amy and the girls out on the town.

2.  Zoe starts walking.  I’ve already written about this; you can check some of the other posts.  She is now walking ~ 10 steps and is able to take a couple of steps, regain her balance, and keep walking a few more steps.  I’ll try to add a video of her first steps soon.

3.  Holy heat.  Charlotte is in the middle of a heat wave; in fact, we set a couple of record highs this past week, and I think yesterday the forecasters were calling for near 100 degree weather.  We’ve tried to stay cool by going to the pool in the afternoon, but the baby pool now feels like a warm bath.  (I’m sure the pee isn’t helping either!)  

Have a great week everyone!

Amy

 Happy girl