Monday, September 25, 2006

A few weeks ago, I bought Abby an adorable faux suede coat with a fur lining. It terrified her! She'd stroke the fur lining and say "Shah!" (soft), but she'd run away screaming any time I tried to put it on her. I cried when I returned it because it was so cute! I so wanted one for myself.

I should've learned my lesson.

I bought her this duck costume for Haloween thinking she would look adorable and it would keep her warm. After several laps around the house, I've given up. It's going back tomorrow. She thinks it's a neat toy, but I couldn't get anywhere close to her to get it on her.

Abby made a liar out of me. I tried again after her bath, and she let me put it on her with no problem. She LOVES it! I thought I was going to have a fight on my hands when it came time to take it off.

I took a bunch of pictures outside this afternoon. You can see them on flickr.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

First Haircut

Abby's bangs were to the point that they got in her eyes. Since she refuses to keep anything in her hair that would keep it out of her eyes, she got her first haircut today. I just take took Damon's eyebrow scissors to her bangs.



Saturday, September 16, 2006

We ended up back at Urgent Care this afternoon. Abby's been doing much better the last couple days, but her face and chest were covered in a rash when she woke up from her morning nap today. I called first this time, and they told me to bring her in. The pediatrician on call said she has roseola, which is what triggered the high fever. There's nothing to do but wait it out. It doesn't seem to bother her even though it's now spread all over.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Our night in the ER

When I opened the car door yesterday afternoon, Abby walked toward it at the same time and bumped her head. Once I got her calmed down, she was fine the rest of the day. She only has a small bump and a scratch; she's definitely had worse. We got her to bed like normal, and I left to run a couple errands. Damon called me later and told me to come home now. The worst thing you want to hear when you're out! When I got there, she'd stopped screaming and was sitting next to Damon on the couch drinking milk. She started up again when she saw me, though. She was burning up, and acting weird. Very limp and sort of drunk. Damon told me he heard her whimpering, so he went in to check on her, and she barely acknowledged he was there. He lifted her arm and it just fell limp, but he thought she was probably half-asleep. He stayed until she fell asleep (which is strange for her because she can't have an audience), but she suddenly started screaming about 20 minutes later. She was completely unconsolable and weird. When I got there, I went straight into "Mom Mode." I gave her some Tylenol and stripped off her sweatshirt and put her in a t-shirt. Since she'd hit her head earlier and she was acting strange, we decided to head straight to our doctor's Urgent Care. The pediatrician had just left, but they talked to him on the phone. The nurse told us he said she was going to need a CT scan, so we'd have to take her to the ER. WHAT?!?! This is when I started to panic.

At the ER, they checked her vitals (whle she screamed the whole time), and the doctor there said she would definitely need a CT scan to be on the safe side. The nurse came in and gave her a shot to sedate her, and we waited for it take effect. It never did. She got a little stoned, but never fully sedated. The doctor finally said to just go ahead and take her into the scan. She sobered up quickly when they put her in the machine! That was the hardest thing ever to watch. We could only see the very end of the machine, but we could hear her screams and several nurses come in to try to hold her down. It was horrible! They managed to get a couple images, so we hoped they would be clear enough that we wouldn't have to try again. Luckily, one was, and the doctor said she was fine, so finally got to go home after midnight.

The thing is that Abby's teething too. She's cutting a bunch of molars and canines at the same time. If she hadn't hit her head and acting weird last night, we would have figured it was from teething, given her Tylenol and did our best to make her comfortable. It was the other stuff that had us running to Urgent Care. She woke up this morning with a fever but definitely alert, so I gave her some more Tylenol and we laid on the couch together. Abby doesn't usually sit in one spot for more than a minute, so I knew she wasn't feeling well when she wanted to cuddle with me on the couch. About an hour after she woke up, she even fell asleep next to me! She's doing much better now. Still a little warm, but running around like normal. Damon stayed home with us today. I think he needed that reassurance that she's ok; he needed to see it for himself and be here for her. They're now taking a nap together in our bed.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

We have dirt!

Labor Day weekend, we went out to where we're going to be building to walk around a couple of the completed versions of our house. They have a couple for sale, so we go and dream about where our furniture's going to go someday. While we were there, the sales office told us that we now have an address! Before, we had a street, but the house number was our lot number. Now we have a real house number! On our way out, we drove by where our lot is going to be and were surprised to see the lots and streets clearly defined. Since our lot sits at the edge of a culdesac near the road that will lead into the neighborhood, it wasn't hard to find. We were so excited we went back Monday and took pictures. They should (hopefully) be breaking ground toward the end of this month/beginning of next.

The view from our backyard. That's Cheyenne Mountain hiding in the haze.

The view to the west from the side of the property. Eventually, there will be houses there, but our house sits high on the hill. One of those mountains is Pikes Peak.

This is looking into our backyard from the lot behind us. That hill is where our house will be. We have the highest lot in the neighborhood.

We have a street...sort of! I think I was standing on the western edge of our property for this one.

She loved it out there.

The poles on either end mark our property lines. It's shaped kind of funny. It's narrow up front, then the western side widens out quite a ways, and the eastern side goes out just a little more. At the widest points, it goes straight back to that wall.

Saturday, September 2, 2006

Our laptop, and only computer, died earlier this week. It shut off without warning, and when we restarted it, the screen was dark but you could just make out that it was running properly. I took it in to get fixed and was informed that the backlight went out on the screen. Apparently, this is an $800-$1200 part! Since I'm in school, and my classes are online, I can't be without a computer, so we bit the bullet and bought another laptop. Sadly, I've lost everything on my old computer. All my pictures are gone! I might've backed them up to cd's in late March when we moved. If I didn't, I've lost everything from November on. Thankfully, between this blog and flickr, I have a good chunk of my pictures, but I've still lost a ton of them.


On my way to meet my running group this morning, I get a call from Damon. Normally, Damon bathes Abby and I get her dressed and ready for bed in the evenings. Last night, however, we switched. Damon couldn't find her usual long-sleeved top and pants pajamas, so he put her in a zippered sleeper with feet. When he went to her room this morning after she woke up, he found her standing in her crib COMPLETELY NAKED and holding her diaper! Her diaper was completely dry and the bedding was soaked, so she must've gotten out of her sleeper pretty early in the night. After he called, I remember her crying maybe an hour after we put her down, but it only lasted a minute or two so we never went in to check on her. I'm betting that's when she stripped down.