We have not fallen off the face of the Earth. We are, however, enduring another Computer Snafoo. Our house was struck with a Power Surge at the end of July, and our computer didn''t make it...we are waiting for the new one to arrive, and then we''ll have some new pictures of the rug rats for you all to oogle!!
Happy Birthday to my Baby Girl!! I can''t believe Miss Kassidy Joan is 2 years old. Wow! It''s amazing to think how much she has changed in a year, and mind boggling to think about the changes in 2 years.
Aside from the daily "toddler moments" when she doesn''t get another pouch of fruit snacks or another episode of Dora, she is a fun, sweet kid. Unlike the horror stories I heard about terrible two''s, Kassidy is a great sleeper and we have very little trouble getting her down at night. She''s a good eater, and there is rarely something she won''t eat. When needed she can be tempted with a popsicle, and she''ll eat just about anything...even the veggies.
Her vocabulary is massive, and growing daily. Some of my favorite words are Magenta (jenta)Binoculars (knock-lers), and Baby Brother (beebee brudder). There are many many more, but I don''t have time to comprise a Kassidy Kelly Dictionary at this time. She does use the word "too" in context. For example, I may be eating some cheese. Kassidy first asks, "Baby, too?" Then she''ll ask, "Baby cheese, too?" Then she''ll ask "Baby cheese, too? Please, Mummy?" So I ask, "Do you want some cheese, too?" and she shakes her head yes and says, "Baby too." Amazing!! At least to me it is.
Kassidy''s new favorite toy is her Mr. Potato Head Bucket of Parts. This was a gift from her Godmother, Katie, and it''s 2 big potato bodies and one little baby potato body in a big plastic bucket with a bunch of parts. She is in love with this set, and can get a whole potato put together nearly by herself. Of course, most times she does like to put the lips in the eye hole or all 6 arms in one potato, but she still gets it. She''s just playing Frankenstein.
We are so lucky to have such a great kid! She''s fun, polite, smart and considerate...already. I''m really looking forward to the next year when I can have tea parties and conversations with my daughter. Wow, a conversation with her, with real words, not just expressive jargon...now that is going to be awesome!
*Quick Note: I would like to let everyone know that the picture of Kassidy and Liam currently in the left column is NOT staged, or posed (see July album if it''s not there). Neither are any of the other pictures that I have with Kassidy sitting holding Liam. This is actually how she sits with him. I''m glad Kassidy loves her brother. I was worried, but she has adjusted so well and loves him so much. We are so lucky to have two great kids!!
I''ve come up with a new, better way to get Kassidy to smile for pictures. When she says "Cheese" she normally says it and either puckers up her lips, or says it without smiling. Now I ask her to say "Happy". The ''eeee'' sound is at the end, so she can draw it out, and it''s an emotion she understands, so she not only says "happy" but acts happy too. Seems to be working pretty well, as you will probably notice from the latest cheesy grin pictures...we''ll see how long it lasts.
I''m pretty sure we''ve gotten the beginnings of full fledged smiles from Liam. I think we''re gonna have trouble with this one, just like his sister. When I say "trouble" I mean, he''s gonna flash that smile and get away with murder. I can already tell that with those huge brown eyes and a dimple he''s gonna be a killer...
Knock on wood...Liam has been an amazingly calm and laid back kid so far. We''re already 5.5 weeks in, and he has yet to get really fussy or cranky. I''m pretty sure he''s about to enter his 6 week growth spurt because of the amount he''s been eating at night. Hopefully that won''t upset the proverbial apple cart. I''ve got a good feeling though, that he''s going to stay laid back and pleasant. Let''s keep our fingers crossed!!
Hey, Howdy, Hey...okay, I''ve watched way to much Toy Story 2...Anyway, just a quick FYI, seems like when we add a Baby Kelly to the gang, our computer goes Kaput. Thus is the case, and why I haven''t posted a 1 month pic of Liam yet. We just got our computer back from the amazing John Reider (Thank You, John!!) and I should have my camera software loaded again soon.
Free time now, while mostly non-existent, is not dedicated to blogging, and since life at the moment is pretty boring there''s not much to say.
Kassidy is almost 2 years old!!! I can''t hardly believe/stand it. It amazes me every day how big, smart, animated, funny, and cute she is. Today, we had Dan (Dah), Becky (Beh-Key) and new baby Josh over for a visit. I won''t put a "Kassidy Pronunciation" in for "Josh" because she says it perfectly. Anyway, she and Dan were playing and out of no where she comes into the living bear crawling on her hands and feet (not hands and knees) barking like a dog. This is a first, but I have to say very amusing. Today''s new words were "Penny" and "Josh" but that was before 11:30am, so the day''s not done yet...
Liam is well. I believe, he''s found his lungs, and has come to use them at around....11:45pm. Gotta love that newborn cry...right?? He''s been sleeping pretty well, once he does get to sleep, so I can''t complain to much. The lack of sleep seems to be a little easier to handle this time around...however, ask me that in a month and a half and see what I say, if I''m awake to answer!!!
Sorry for the delay in an update!! Things get a little crazy with 2 little ones, and time to blog just isn''t on the agenda. We went in on Friday, and saw our regular Dr. (We saw a different Dr. on Wed.) Anyway, she comes in, looks at it, picks the crusty part off and says, "Okay, he''s good as new. Put some Neosporin on it and it''ll be fine." GRRRRRRRRR. So I was worried out of my mind that my baby''s finger is going to shrivel up and fall off, and it was nothing major. Thank God, though, I know it could have been much worse, it''s just frustrating when you have to see more than one Dr., and they all have a different opinion.
In other news, since I missed the One Week picture for Liam, I posted a Two Week. I''ll resume normal monthly pictures on the 30th of every month for him now.
Kassidy is still a genius. She is talking more and more, and seems to add at least one word to her vocabulary daily. Today was Feather and Peace. She''s started saying her ABC''s if you say them with her. So, yesterday we were watching Sesame Street, and they were doing the alphabet in sign language. Say the Letter, Sign the Letter...repeat. Because of the signing there was a pause after the letter was spoken by the narrator, and this gave Kassidy a chance to repeat the letters. She did the whole thing, leaving out G and L as usual, and replacing the letter W for something that sounds shockingly like "Bush". Her dad is so proud!!
Well, things were going along just great...I knew it couldn''t last. On Tuesday I noticed that Liam had some swelling on the tip of his right ring finger, and what looked like a splinter just to the side of his finger nail. It didn''t seem to bother him until I started messing with it. So, I left it alone, and decided to call the Ped. the next day if it didn''t look better. Well, it didn''t look better Wed. so I called and they told me not to wait until our Friday appt. to come in that night. When the Dr. finally saw us, we were the last of the day, he first said, "I''ve never seen this on a finger before" reassuring, and then told me that he has a Staph Infection, and there''s no real way to figure out how he got it since Staph Bacteria is just about everywhere all the time!!! UG!!!!!!!!!!!! He said that if it were me he''d let it go for about a week before starting any treatment, but since Liam''s only 9 FREAKING DAYS OLD if it doesn''t look better by Friday he''d have to admit him. He also said to call him everyday to give him a update on the condition of the finger.
I''ve been putting Perioxide on it as advised, but it doesn''t seem to be doing anything. I called to let them know, and we go back to the Dr. tomorrow morning. Luckily, he''s still eating well, no fever, sleeping as much a a new born sleeps, and he''s gained back his birth weight +2oz.
When I called the Dr. today, I told them it wasn''t looking any better or worse, and they want to see us in the morning. Keep your fingers crossed that it''ll be a quick and easy fix, and our Little Man isn''t going to make a trip to the hospital!!! Thanks!!!
So, it''s been a week, and it''s been...pretty good. Liam is an amazing baby. He is very mellow, only cries or fusses when he''s hungry, and can usually be calmed for a short time just by being held. He is a very good eater, and while he''s still on Baby Sleep Time, he''s pretty good about waking up every 2 hours at night. I''ve been bringing him into bed though, because he tends to wake after 1 hour in his bassinet.
Kassidy is doing well. She is showing her true Toddler Colors though, and is getting increasingly frustrated with the language barrier. As are Bill and I. It''s especially testy when we know what she wants but tell her she can''t have it. She is very good with Liam though, and has only bitten him once. It was an accident. She saw me biting his nails and tried to do the same. He lived, and so did all of his digits.
The sleepless haze is starting to effect my train of thought, so I''ll be signing off. Enjoy the new pics, and look out for many MANY more!! Take Care!
Hi Everyone!! Thanks for stopping by. Something is wrong with the photo downloading page, so I''ve put some pictures on Yahoo! for you to oogle at. Just copy and paste this link to your browser and experience the cuteness of the Kelly Kids!! Take Care!!
Man, what a crazy 2 days!! Here''s what happened Tuesday: Bill and I arrived at L&D for our scheduled induction in the morning. We did all our paperwork, and waited for them to call us back to our room. I got all hooked up, and they started my pitocin at 7:30. The nurse checked me and let me know I was 4cm and 75% effaced, and they would be breaking my water soon. At 8:15 the Resident Dr. came in and broke my water. My contractions started coming extremely close together, and my Chiropractor came in to adjust my back at 8:45 before I got my Epidural. (I have a minor scoliosis, and the epi. didn''t take on the left side with Kassidy!!) At 9:15 I let the nurse know I was ready for the Epi. whenever they could. From about 9:50-10:25 my contractions got to be about 30-45 seconds apart, and I thought I was going to die, when they finally came in for my epi at 10:30. They got my drip going, and I was in heaven!!! The nurse checked me around 10:45 and said I was fully dialated with just a little cervical lip on one side. The Res. Dr. came in at 11 and said the lip was gone, but we were going to wait about an hour to let Liam''s head come down on it''s own. Around 11:45 I was getting kind of bored, since the TV stunk and things were going so well, when the nurse came in and said let''s try to push. So, they got the bed ready, everyone got into position, and I pushed once. The nurse said, "Okay, stop!" She went and got the Res. Dr. The Res. Dr. came in and said, "Okay, on your next contraction we''re gonna push." So I pushed and she said, "Okay, stop! Call Dr. Peterson and tell her we''re gonna have a baby." So they called my Dr. and she came in, told me to push. So I pushed about 3 times, and he was born!!! I am so amazed how effortless it was. If it hadn''t been for the 30ish minutes of strong contractions it would have been perfect.
Liam was born at 12:30pm. He weighed 7lbs 2oz, and was 19.5in. with 8/9 APGARS.
Bill was great again, although he still couldn''t watch. Thankfully my mom and Auntie Rose were there to hold legs and cheer!!! And, doubly thankful that Grandma Kelly and Uncle Chucky were at home wrangling Kassidy, so we didn''t have to worry about her, except that she may be having to much fun!!!
Liam nursed like a champ, and we only stayed in the hospital one night. There was just no medical reason to stay, and I missed Kassidy way to much.
Things are going reall well. Kassidy and Liam are both asleep right now!! I better mark it down, because who knows how often this will happen???
He''s great, I''m great, we''re all GREAT!!! And the adventure continues!!!
Today was officially Kassidy''s last day as an only child. Tomorrow she moves into Big Sisterhood. It was kind of a rough day for me. Sleeping has been difficult due to the belly, plus I just can''t get my brain to turn off. I was able to take a nap this afternoon since both grandmas, Uncle Chucky, and Daddy where here to wrangle Miss Kassidy.
Bill and I are to be at the hospital at 6am. I have a feeling, with all the contractions I''ve been having, that this delivery won''t take as long as Kassidy''s, which wasn''t long at all.(Knock on Wood!!!)
I''ll post the details and pictures of our beautiful boy as soon as possible. Thanks for checking in on us, and please sign the guest book!! I''d love to know you''ve been here.
I had my 36 week appt. today, and the Dr. said that she wasn''t sure just yet if we''d set a date or not. I was kind of bummed, because I just really needed to have the date to give me some peace of mind as far as getting the grandmas into town for the delivery/watching Kassidy. So, I told her that I''ve been having stronger contractions, and she did the GroupB test & pelvic. She said, "Well, I guess we WILL set a date today. You''re 3cm dialated!" Woohoo!!
Hopefully I can make it to my induce date. I dialated early with Kassidy, so I''m keeping everything crossed that I''ll make it another 2 weeks.
We had, probably one of our last "Family Fun Days" as a threesome on Saturday. It has been pretty yucky here all week, and Bill decided that he didn''t want to sit in the house all day Saturday so we headed to Newport, KY to go to the Aquarium. Kassidy was amazingly well behaved, and loved seeing all the fish and sea life. When presented to the Clownfish display, I asked her who it was to which she happily replied, "Nemo"!! To cute. It was alot of walking for my 8 month pregnant self, but so worth it. We had a great day, even if the weather outside was the pits!!
We had an ultrasound on Friday. Liam is getting big. He was measuring nearly 6lbs (give or take) and with him laying down as much as half an ounce of fat every day that should put him right around Kassidy''s birth weight of 7lb 11oz. There was some question about my fluid levels, which I was VERY upset about since I have been asking for a check of the fluid since the first U/S at 20 weeks. Its not in a dangerous range, but it''s still lower than they like to see. I have a Dr.s appt. on Tuesday morning, and hopefully we''ll get our induce date.
It''s not long now...Only a few more weeks ''til Baby Makes 4!!!
Let me just say that I have the funniest 21 month old ever!! So, I know that Kassidy knows she''s funny. She makes silly faces, and dances crazy to make us laugh, and she''ll usually laugh too, but not like tonight. She was a little energetic tonight at bedtime, but we proceeded with the normal routine. She and I sat in the rocking chair to read "Goodnight Moon". Usually she''ll sit and listen, pointing to the pictures as I read. Not tonight!!!
I start reading, and she starts poking the pages pretty hard(it''s a board book). I start laughing, and then she starts. But I keep reading, and the more I read, the harder she hits the pictures. The harder she hits the pictures the harder I laugh, and the harder I laugh the harder she laughs. It got to the point that I had tears streaming down my face and she hit the book so hard it flew across the room...well, maybe not across the room, but I dropped it!!! It was fun, and I love to hear that baby belly laugh, especially Kassidy''s! I have no clue where this kid gets it =c)
I''m such a slacker, I know, I know. Don''t give me the guilt...we''re already Catholic! I''m gonna talk about both kids, so stick with me...it may be long.
It seems that Kassidy is progressing so fast that I can''t even catch up. Just when we get used to all the "tricks" she does, she''ll through another developmental wrench in the perverbial plan. She can now:
*Identify Blue, Purple, Pink, and White with words, and point correctly to just about every other color when asked.
*Go down the stairs standing up with assistance.
*Eat pretty well with a spoon. Oatmeal seems to be the easiest.
*Follow directions at our gymnastics class, ie: stretch, shake your head yes, tickle your toes.
*Say her ABCs by repeating after a letter is said. She can do just about all the letter pretty well, except for "W" and "L".
*Counting...everything is "Twooooo" "Thweeee"
She''s getting cuter, she getting more stubborn, she''s getting alot faster and she''s getting smarter if that''s possible.
I had my 34 week appointment last Tuesday. The Dr. said my belly was only measuring at 32, but it could have been the way Liam was positioned. She wasn''t concerned. I''m sure he''s dropped, because my belly is very low, and I can see my ribs (if I look for them). It''s also a little easier to move. Anyway, she wants me to have an Ultrasound just to check his size, and my fluid levels since it was such a big deal with Kassidy. I''m happy to be having another US, but I wish they would have done it sooner in case the levels are low. But, whatever, no one seemed concerned up to this point, so I''m not worried.
We have our 36 week appointment on May 16th, and we should hopefully be getting our induce date. I''ll keep you posted. Take Care!!!
Liam Update!! Technically only 2 months to go, I''m hoping only about 7 weeks. Here''s what he''s up to now:
Your baby''s total length is 18.9 inches (42cm) and he is perfectly formed! He measures about 11.6 inches (29cm) from crown to rump. All he has to do is fill out more. Your baby weighs almost 4 pounds (1800g). If he were to be born now, he would still need to be incubated as he has insufficient fat stores to keep it warm.
Your baby can distinguish between light and dark.
Your baby can hear the outside world quite well now, and can also hear the sounds of your heartbeat, your digestion and the blood rushing in the umbilical cord. The pitch of women''s voices are in the range babies are most able to hear over all the internal background noise. Your baby is already familiar with your voice and will be able to recognize it after birth.
Kassidy has appointed her first chore of the house, on her own. Feed the Dog! I let Kassidy carry the bowl of dog food the other day after I''d filled it. Then, a few days later, I showed her how to take the bowl out of the holder (it''s a little one that you can attach a pop bottle to for water). Now, any time the bowl is empty, she gets the bowl, goes to the closet where we keep the food, and knocks on the door saying "Dog Dog Dog". She''s even good at carrying it back to the holder and getting it in the hole. Maybe this will make the dog like her a little more, now that Kassidy always makes sure there is something in Casey''s bowl.
Repeating various things that she sees or hears has become commonplace for Kassidy recently. However, there are some times when the thing that she chooses to pick up are just tooooo cute, that they have to be mentioned.
The first is marching...One of the programs she watches had an episode about rhythm/marching. She''s always had this thing about pulling her pant legs up above her knees and walking, but the other day she did it, and was stomping around the kitchen saying, "March March March".
The second is the phone...for months she has been loving the phone, but she never really got the hang of it. She now pushes 1 or 2 buttons and puts it to her ear and babbles away. Usually something like this, "Meemee, Daddy, Cheese, Juice, incoherent baby jargon, Baby" Pretty funny. If the phone rings while holding it, she looks very shocked and quickly hands it to me.
The third is Rose...Poor Rose has been trying to get this kid to say her name since she found out Kassidy could say Nose and Toes. No luck. We were meeting Rose for lunch 2 weeks ago, and while I was getting Kassidy dressed I said, "We''re gonna see Auntie Rose today". Kassidy replied, "Rose". When we got to lunch, she saw Rose walking toward the car, and she said "Rose". When Rose left the table to go get some crayons out of the van, Kassidy cried, "Rose, Rose, Rose" until she got back. Then yesterday I told Kassidy we were going to the park, and she looked at me and asked, "Rose?" To much!!
The fourth, my favorite, is Oh Geeze!!...Apparently I say this phrase more than I''m aware. I must, because I''m pretty sure I''m the only source for this new favorite toddler work combo. I don''t remember exactly what the situation was, or why she said it, but about 2 weeks ago Kassidy and I were just hanging out and she said what sounded like "Aw Geeze". I said, "Did you say Aw Geeze?" Kassidy looked at me and got a huge smile on her face and said "Awwww Geeze" I about died. So now our new favorite think is getting Kassidy to say it. If you get her when she''s hyper and playing she''ll crinkle up her nose, shake head and say "Awwww Geeze", if she''s just doing it to play repeater, she just says "Oh Geeze" quickly and moves on with her task at hand.
HOUSTON...We have a POTTY!! Woo Hoo!!! A few weeks ago, I bought a potty for Kassidy, just to have it around incase she felt compelled to use it. I wasn''t really up for pushing her, or spending my days running up the steps every 30 minutes to strip her down and sit her on it. The child has followed me into the bathroom since she could crawl, so she knows the business that goes on in there. Anywho...I''ve put her on it a couple times but nothing has happened. She then started going to the bottom of the steps and grabbing her crotch. I''d ask her if she had to go potty, and she''d bolt up the stairs. When we got to the potty and undressed, she would sit there and say/sign "All Done" because she had already gone.
Saturday, she does her "Peepee" song and dance again. I take her up stairs, strip the southern half, and sit her down. Couple of seconds, nothing...she gets up, looks in the tub, flips through an issue of "Parenting" and climbs back on the potty, feet first. I adjust her, and she "USES THE POTTY"!!!! Happy Dance, Happy Dance. It was like 9:00am, but I had to go wake Bill up and let him know!! He wasn''t as thrilled as I was.
She did it again tonight!!! YAY!!! I''m still not pushing it. I''m to tired being 7 months pregnant, and she''ll get it eventually. I doubt I''ll have the only Prom Queen who''s still in Pull Ups!!!
Just to let everyone know, I took my 3 hour blood glucose test, and I DO NOT have Gestational Diabetes!! Yay!! Things are back to being pretty uneventful, except that the "books and charts" say I should have gained about 15-20 lbs by now, and I''ve gained about 7, total. I talked to the nurse today, and she didn''t seem to concerned about it. She said my body is probably just working off the weight, and I''ve only gained baby, but lost my own weight. This is the same thing that happened with Kassidy, so I''m not to worried. I''ll bring it up at the next Dr. appt. on April 3rd.
We are now 28 weeks. Kassidy was born 2 weeks early at 38 weeks, so if that''s the case again, we''ve only got 10 weeks until Liam gets here!!! Yikes, that''s not much time!!!
Here is what Liam is up to at 28 weeks:
Your baby now weighs about 2.7 lbs (1.2kg), measures about 10.4 inches (26cm) from crown to rump, and is around 16.7 inches (42cm) long. He is plumper and rounder, and his head and body are beginning to be in proportion.
Your baby now uses all of his senses. He can see, taste, recognize touch and the sound of your voice.
During the last trimester, your baby will receive antibodies from you through your placenta that will provide immunity from many diseases.
Your baby''s adrenal glands are producing androgen-like substances. Androgens are normally male sex hormones, but in late pregnancy, when they reach the placenta they are turned into estrogen which in turn stimulates the production of prolactin in your body. Prolactin is the hormone needed for milk production. In this exchange, your baby is beginning to stimulate milk production in your breasts so that when he is born there will be food waiting for him.
Just when we thought this was going to be an uneventful pregnancy...I had a 1 hour glucose test last Tuesday. For those who don''t know, you go in, drink a highly concentrated beverage (mine was orange, tastes like SWEET sunkist) wait an hour, and they take your blood. The reason for this is to check for Gestational Diabetes. I did the same test with Kassidy, and had no problems.
I hadn''t heard from the Dr. office, so I figured they would have called me by now if something was out of wack. Well, they called today. Apparently my counts were high, showing a high level of sugar in my blood, and I also had my thyroid checked, and that was low. Double Wammy. Now I''ve got to go take a 3 hour Glucose test, that I have to fast for. I''ll go in in the morning, drink the "Pop" then they''ll take my blood at 30 mins, 1hr, 2hrs and 3hrs. Then, because of the thyroid, I''m being referred to an endocrinologist. UG!!!!!
From what I understand, alot of women fail the 1 hour sugar test, but pass the 3 hour one. I did eat a turkey sandwich on the way to the lab to get the test done, so that probably had something to do with it. I''ve also read that Gestational Diabetes can be controlled, and usually won''t have any adverse effects on me or Liam as long as we nip it in the bud.
So, keep your fingers crossed that I pass the 3 hour, and I can still continue to eat all the ice cream I want!!! Thank You all!!!
Kassidy finished her first 6 week gymnastics class on Thursday!! At the end of the class she got a Certificate of Completion and a balloon. We really enjoyed it, and I''m thinking of signing her up again in the spring. It''s amazing how much more coordinated she got in just 6 weeks! I''m excited to see what she''ll be able to do in another 12 if we go back!!!
As we all know, Kassidy''s one true love is her Hippo. He''s a TY Pluffie, and I just love how soft and washable he is. We decided that Liam should have his own Pluffie. There are dozens of animals, but they had just introduced 3 new ones in February. A tiger, crocodile, and a horse. Bill liked the tiger best, so that''s what I''ve been on the look out for, and I finally found him today!!! Yay!!
I haven''t had an update on Liam for a while, so, I''ll be 26 weeks tomorrow (Saturday) and here is what he''s up to:
Your baby weighs more than 2 lbs (1000g), measures 9.6 inches from crown to rump (24cm) and its total length is about 15.3 inches (34cm). If your baby were born now, he would have about an 85% chance of surviving. Nonetheless, your baby still needs another 13 weeks of in utero development to be considered full term.
Your baby''s eyes, no longer fused shut, are now open.
Your baby''s skin still has a very wrinkled appearance, but it is protected and nourished by the covering of vernix, a waxy coating that keeps the skin supple.
Your baby looks almost like a full term baby, but is still much thinner and smaller than she will be at birth.
There are things we do regularly that we hope will have a positive outcome, but secretly we know they probably won''t. IE: buying scratchy lottery tickets, waiting to buy gas even though you''re nearly at "E" and it''s $2.12 because you think it might go down again, watch Wheel of Fortune to see if your Spin ID shows up and you can FINALLY take that great trip you''ve been dreaming of...you catch my drift.
One of my "Things" is to check all the Cabbage Patch Kids when out and about in the world of retail. Who knows, maybe one day I''ll find a Kassidy with a "K". Those little butter balls have pretty interesting names, and you never know...maybe one day I''ll get lucky. Well...I GOT LUCKY!!!
Now some of you may be thinking, "This Lady is crazy!! Who gets so excited about a stupid doll with the same name as her kid?" A lady who has a kid with nothing personalized unless it''s special ordered...that''s who! Anyway, we were at Target today, and after we got what we needed, Kassidy and I were browsing through the toys. I wasn''t even going to go down the doll aisle, but it seemed to call to me. After glancing quickly at the boxes at eye level I nearly walked away, but I took a quick look at the top shelf and there she was right in the middle!! I nearly fainted...well not really, but it adds to the drama and excitement. I had the box in my cart, and I thought, "Well if I found it this time maybe I''ll find it again," so, reluctantly, I put it back. I needed a second opinion. I called my mom, and she wasn''t available. So, I called Rose, and she said, "You better buy that doll. You are never going to find one again." She was right, so I bought it!!!
I''m planning on keeping it until Kassidy''s 5th birthday. I know it''s a long time away, but right now, toys are just things, and unless you''re a Mint Green Hippo, you rank low on the Plaything Food Chain. I can remember getting my first CPK on my 6th birthday. I loved that doll so much, and it''s name wasn''t Tiffany and it didn''t look anything like me. But I knew it was special. I can only imagine how awesome it is going to be for Kassidy to get a new doll on her 5th birthday with Blonde hair, Blue eyes and who''s name is Kassidy.
Maybe I didn''t win my scratchy ticket, maybe I didn''t buy gas until it was $2.39, maybe I didn''t win that super trip with my Spin ID, but I did hit the Lottery, and I can''t wait until July 19, 2009 to cash in that winner!!!
HOORAY, YIPPY & HALLELUJIA!!! We got new batteries for the camera!!! I was going through serious picture withdrawl. Especially since Kassidy is doing more cute stuff daily. Man, I need to catch up. As you will see in more than one picture, Kassidy now says "Cheeeese" when we ask her to, or any time she sees a camera. It makes for some pretty great shots. This kid is to funny!!!
I''m not sure what''s in the previous updates, but if I haven''t told you already, Kassidy happily points to all parts of her face, her belly button and toes when asked. She has mastered a Dog, Cow and Lion sound. I''m not sure why these three, but the Lion is our favorite!! Kassidy and I started a Mommies & Munchkins gymnastics class. She is the youngest one in it, but our friend down the street is in it too with her son, Dan, who just turned 2. We really like it. It is moderatly structured with about 10 minutes of stretching and a silly dance at the beginning then 20 minutes of free play on various toddler equipment. Funny story: There is a trampoline with a bar to hold on to. The first day of class Kassidy really like it. Wanted to keep jumping, and was actually quite good for a first timer. The next day, Saturday, we put her down for her nap, and Bill and I are sitting in the living room (Kassidy''s room is right above us). We here her up there talking, and then we hear her jumping!!! She was standing, holding onto the side of her crip and jumping like on the trampoline! Ug...she is crazy. She doesn''t do it anymore, it was just so funny to her the crib shaking around up there and her gibber-gabbering to herself. Who knew an 18-month old would have this much personality??? That wasn''t in the manual!!!
Well, I''m sure you can guess what the news was we got today!!!
I am happy to report that the Bill will no longer be the Lone Ranger in his house of PINK!!! After a very early appointment this morning, everything looks great, and the baby looks very healthy. He was very active, and stubborn when it came time to show us a profile, but had no problem confirming to the world that He Is ALL Man!! We ended up not getting a profile of him, which was kind of a bummer, since those are the cutest shots, but we did get the "money" shot, and that''s what we wanted.
All 4 chambers of his heart are present and beating, renal(kidney) arteries showed blood flow, fingers and toes accounted for, umbilical cord connected with blood flow, and the tech said that since his hands were opening and closing you can pretty much rule out any kind of spinal defect. She also checked the fluid, since my drama with Kassidy, and she said it looked good. Hopefully, it stays that way, but I have a feeling the Dr. might send me back around 30 weeks for another level check. We''ll see. I don''t mind ultrasounds.
You may be thinking, "Bill must be thrilled" and I have to say, he''s just the same as when they said it''s a girl...He''s a "Fingers and Toes" kind of a guy (everything is where it''s supposed to be), and he''s happy either way. He was relieved that we don''t have to fight over names though.
His name will be William Clare Kelly, III, but we will call him Liam.
So, you''ll never guess what Kassidy did on Sunday morning!!
I went to get her out of bed, and brought her back into our room. There was a cd laying on the floor. She picked it up, took it to the DVD player, opened it, took out the DVD that was in there, put the CD in (upside down) closed it, and turned on the TV!!! WHAT??!!?? Ug, this kid is getting to smart for us!!!
Then yesterday after her nap, she went and got all the blocks from her activity cart, put them in the middle of the living room floor and started stacking them up, she could only get about 3 stacked, but it was cool to watch her try. And, last night she pulled her Little People dollhouse into the living room, and we sat and played with it for a good half hour. I''m so excited that we can have interactive play now!!! It''s so fun!!!
So, our camera is not being cooperative. We got a new battery, but something is up with the charger. I have enough juice in the rechargable battery, after today''s photo session, to take tomorrow''s "Watch Me Grow" picture, and I''m soooooooo sad that I missed a month. She hasn''t really changed that much though. She just has more hair!
Things have been pretty boring here. We all caught a bit of a bug, and we''re fighting through it. Nothing major, just the stuffies. Kassidy has taken on another "lovely" toddler trait this past week. It used to be that I could give this kid a dropper of medicine, and she was begging for more. Now...Forget It!!! Ug, I don''t think I can take this breakdown of sweetness!! It''s just not fair.
Deuce is good. I can feel him/her more and more, and I can''t wait until our ultrasound. I wish it was sooner than the 31st, but that''s okay.
Oh well, hopefully we''ll get the camera situation taken care of and there will be more pictures for your viewing pleasure. Thanks for stopping by, and sign the guestbook if you get a chance. I''d love to know who''s been around. Take Care!!!
Hello all! Now, before you give me a hard time about not having a new "Watch Me Grow" picture up, our battery in the digital died, and It''ll take about a week to get a replacement. I was bummed, we missed out on some great shots while in Pgh because of that!!!
Something new and cute that Kassidy is doing now, she will share her juice with hippo, or put a play bottle in the mouth of just about any toy that has one. I noticed it the other day when she was playing with her bear that is in all of the "Watch Me Grow" pictures...it has a stuffed bottle, and she just picked it up and put it in it''s mouth. She wasn''t prompted or anything. It was very cute. She is also in love with "Ring around the Rosie". Thank you Malynn Duff!! Now she pulls me off the couch so we can sing it. It''s alot of fun though, until the 15th time, or when she wants to do it in the bank...
Had another "Deuce" check-up yesterday. Everything is moving along nicely, and we scheduled our big ultrasound for the 31st. It''s a little later than I had hoped, but the later I am the better view they can get of the vital organs, which is why you have it anyway...not just to find out Pink or Blue. I''ve started to feel s/him moving a little. It''s not as cool as it was with Kassidy, but at least I know there''s something going on.
So, we are officially a Minivan Family. Bill and I were out yesterday to get a new battery for said camera. He took a drive past a local Nissan dealer to look at a new van he had seen recently. Didn''t get out of the car, just drove through. We (He) decide to go to dinner near a strip of dealers, and take a look at their lots when we''re done...Long story short...I''m now the Soccer-Mommy driver of one Metallic Red Sport 2005 Chevy Uplander!!! I thought we were just looking!!??!! I am very happy with it though, and it''s nice to not have to worry about the leased Malibu anymore. We were starting to get antsy due to the fact that the lease was up in June, and well, I''ll either be in labor or have another munchkin in tow. Neither are fun for car shopping. Surprisingly, Kassidy was very well behaved, considering it was almost 2 hours past her bedtime when we finally got out of there. I guess she was ready for some new wheels too!!!
So, let me just tell you that Kassidy has become an avid sign-baby. She picks up new signs with little or no trouble at all, and they don''t all come from me. Shall I explain..okay, I shall.
I recently thought it was a good idea to use the sign for "Cookie". You''d know this if you read the last entry. She now uses it daily, not only to ask for one, but when she sees one in a book or at the grocery. Okay, so she knows "Cookie" no big deal...
The other day, we''re getting ready for dinner, and she''s watching one of the recorded "Blue''s Clues" while we are getting the table set. Bill goes and turns it off, and brings Kassidy to the table. She takes a few bites, and signs what I think is "All Done" (open hands rotating by ears). I say no, we just started, she has a few more bites, and does it again...then I realize...this kid isn''t signing "All Done" she''s signing "Blue''s Clues"(Hands opening and closing by ears). So I say, Blue''s Clues? And she nods her head yes, and signs "More Please"!!! Uh-oh....Now she''s requesting programs...I''ve created a monster!!! Now just about every morning when we come downstairs she stands in the livingroom and signs "Blue''s Clues" "Please". Today at lunch she did it, and I said and signed "Eat First" "Blue''s Clues Second" and she did the "Eat" sign back and held up one finger. And she was fine with eating, but when she was done she was "Blue''s Clues"ing up a storm. I let her watch one...I like them too.
Now that my child is a "BC" junkie, she has also picked up some other things from it. For instance, we were out to dinner tonight, and Kassidy tends to put her chin on her fists, like she''s thinking. So I say "Are you thinking?" and I sign "Thinking" she looks at me, purses her lips, taps them with her finger and says "Hmmmm" I''m not even kidding. Only my baby.
In other news, we''ve added "Mooo" to our short list of Animal noises. "Kassidy, what''s a Cow say?" "Oooooo" and she leans way back when she says it. Where does she come up with this stuff??!!!?? I love that kid, she cracks me up!
It''s the little things that really make having a kid fun. Here are some of the latest "Cuties" from Miss Kassidy:
1) After about 8 months of reading "Goodnight Moon" she will now point to the mouse when asked "Where''s the mouse?" on the "Two little kittens, a pair of mittens; a little toy house and a young mouse" page. Woo hoo. She also knocks on the "Little toy house"
2) When you say "Where''s Kassidy" she puts her hands over her eyes, then very enthusiastically throws her arms open with "jazz hands" and smiles her big cheesy grin. Some times she even says "Boo"
3) If you ask her if she''s cold she says, "Brrrr" and shakes her body
4) If you tell her to go to sleep she makes snoring sounds
5) If I say "I love you" she gives me kisses
6) She now knows the sign for "Cookie" and uses it frequently...she is also learning that she doesn''t always get what she asks for!!
7) She has started using the "More" sign for things other than food. Her latest fun thing is to lay on the kitchen floor and we spin her around, or drag her around by her ankles. When we stop she''ll then sign "More" "Please". We usually oblige
8) She can offically find her own nose, mouth, eyes, ears (always both, never just one) and hair.
9) If she hears a sneeze, she says "Ahhhh Chooooooo"
Is this girl the cutest freakin'' kid in the world or what??!!??
My poor little baby had her first surgical procedure yesterday!!!
A few months ago I discovered, accidentally, what appeared to be a pimple on the inside of Kassidy''s bottom eyelid. I freaked out and took her straight into the Dr. They told me that they had never seen one so big on the inside that you could see from the outside of her eye. So they sent us to a Pediatric Ophthalmologist. He prescribed some ointment, and we went back for repeated re-checks. At our last visit he said it appeared that the original cyst was beginning to scar over, and the best course of action was to remove it. YIKES!!
So, we go in yesterday morning. You had to be there 2 hours pre-op, so we had to be at Children''s Medical at 6:50am. No Fun!! So no biggy, except that Kassidy hadn''t had anything to eat or drink for 12+ hours. Luckily, our room had a TV with Disney, so thank goodness for that.
After the usual paper work they came in and gave Kass a dropper full of Tylenol that was laced with some "Valium" (not really, but just like it)to relax her when someone other than Mommy had to take her to the O.R. Now, this stuff is supposed to knock kids out...Most Kids...Not Mine! This girl looked like that really drunk guy at a wedding that still wanders around and talks to everyone, but has NO business walking. She would try to get up and walk but she had jell-o legs, and that made her mad. One of the nurses came in before they took her, and Kassidy was crawling all over the bed. The nurse is like, "She had her medicine, Right?" Oh, yes, ma''am, she sure has. But you''ll need an elephant tranquilizer to stop this girl!
Originally, Kassidy was to have one Chalazion (that''s the official name) removed from her right eye, and they said she probably wouldn''t need an IV. So they came and go her, she went without to much of a fight, and we were left to wait. They took her at about 8:45, and the Dr. came in at 8:56 and said, "We''re all done." Now that is service. He did let us know that there was more than one chalazion further under her eye, and he removed those as well. He warned us that there would be some left over blood since he had to cut, and that her eye would be swollen.
We waited for about half an hour while Kassidy was in recovery. The little girl across the hall came back from her procedure and she seemed to be doing really well, then another baby came back. She was good too. Then we heard the Howl!! When Kassidy woke up she was freaking out. They had neglected to let us know that this was pretty normal when kids come out of the anesthesia. They carried her in the room, and she looked like she had just gotten into a pretty serious bar fight(I told Bill we should make her a shirt that said, "You Should See the Other Guy") and she was hooked up to an IV. That was more of a surprise than the eye. They explained that due to the additional chalazions she was given a more potent pain medication through the IV.
They brought a cool washcloth so I could blot her eye and the poor thing was so thirsty she tried to suck the washcloth!! So they finally gave Bruiser some Apple Juice and she got pissed because she can''t hold it due to the IV, and Miss Independence reluctantly lets me hold it so she could finally get a drink. Then she proceeded to wail & flail when the cup was empty. They gave her a little more, and she stayed pretty mad the remainder of the stay. About an hour later she was given the OK to leave and as soon as she was back in her own pajamas and outside the room she her same old self. Talking to the other kids that were leaving, waving goodbye to the nurses...She is crazy!
Today she''s pretty much back to normal, except for a beautiful 2.5 hour nap this afternoon. I''m hoping that will last...but I doubt it. She has minimal bruising and puffiness. She goes back in 3 weeks for a post-surgery check. We''ll let you know if anything changes, but she''s lookin'' good!!
I''m pretty sure Kassidy has graduated to the island of Toddlerhood. I say island, because it is a secluded place where no one really wants to be for long!! One day, my lovely little baby went to bed, and the next day, I''ve got a headstrong diva on my hands. Ug! Don''t get me wrong, she is fun, and funny, and happy. We dance every morning to the radio after breakfast, and have a general good time. However, when something doesn''t go the way she wishes, out comes the little curl!!
The Nursery Rhyme goes:
There was a littl girl who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. And when she was good she was very, very good, and when she was bad she was wicked!!
Yeah, that''s the one. She has taken to throwing things that don''t do what she wants, like the square shape that just won''t go in the circle hole of the shape sorter, or her empty juice cup, or the Mega Blocks that won''t go together! She''s also started saying "No", which sounds like "New", but when accompanied with running away and arm flailing, we know it''s NO!
Luckily, we haven''t had any full blown tantrum yet, but here''s what we do get. Put you arms out your sides. Go ahead, no one''s watching. Bend at the elbow. Now turn your whole torso right, then left (repeat)really fast, flail your hands, shake your head, and say "New New New" That''s what Kassidy has started to do when asked just about anything. HOW FUN!!!!!!!!!! If she''s not in her high chair when she does the "No Dance" she usually runs away, too! Thank the heavens that it hasn''t started when we ask her if she''s ready for bed. That''s still an almost automatic response of going to the bottom of the steps. Whew!!
Had my 13 week check-up today. Everything is swell, and I still haven''t gained any weight. Not that I''m complaining. I know it''s on the horizon. Deuce kept running away from the heartbeat doppler today, buy s/he has a strong rate of 158/minute. Wives tales tell us that the heartrate can predict the sex. Higher=Girl, Lower=Boy. Kassidy''s was 156 at this point in the pregnancy, so I''m wagering that the Kelly Household will continue to be ruled by the Pink Team!!! Hopefully we''ll know for sure mid January.
Here is what Duece will have done by the end of this week:
Your baby measures about 3.2 to 3.5 inches (7.6 to 8.9cm) from crown to rump and weighs about 0.9 ounces (25g). Your baby is now nourished by the placenta.
His face is developing and his cheeks and the bridge of his nose are appearing. His ears are moving from the sides of his neck to higher on his head and his eyes are moving closer together. Your baby''s external genitals are now distinct and may be recognized on an ultrasound. Your baby will move away from stimuli near your tummy, such as noise and light.
Your baby''s eyebrows have formed and a small amount of hair, called lanugo, has appeared all over his body. Lanugo, which will be shed before birth and replaced with the hairs with which your baby will be born, is thought to have a protective function.
Insulin is present in your baby''s pancreas. Some bones may be well outlined. Your baby''s thyroid gland, already developed by this week, begins to make hormones.
Baby boys begin to develop the prostate gland at this time and the ovaries of baby girls descend from the abdomen into the pelvis.
So, okay, I''m totally late with Kassidy''s 16 month picture, but what can I say...it''s there now, so look all you want!
I have to say that Family Christmas pictures with a busy, mobile, active, inquisitive 16 month old are just no fun! Sears took way to long to get us into our sitting, and by the time we actually got in front of the camera, Kassidy was past her prime. Thankfully we got one or two pictures that will do for this year. Maybe next year will be easier because she''ll be almost 2 1/2. Who knows, maybe it won''t. Maybe she''ll be one of those kids that doesn''t smile. Ug!!
I''ve been feeling more and more normal. I forget almost daily that I am pregnant again. I guess that''s a good thing. I go back to the Dr. for my monthly check-up on Tuesday. For those that have asked, we do not know if Deuce is a girl or boy yet. We won''t find that out until our next ultrasound, which should be around the middle of January. I''ve been saying "He" alot more, but I don''t have any "intuition" about it like I did with Kassidy. We''ll have to wait and see.
We are now beginning Deuces 12th week. Here is what Deuce will have accomplished by the end of this week!!
The end of the twelfth week of pregnancy marks the end of the first trimester. Your baby is now almost 2.5 inches long (6.1cm) when measured from crown to rump, and weighs between 0.3 and 0.5 ounces (9 to 13g).
Your baby''s fingers and toes have separated and are getting longer. Your baby can open and close its mouth and drinks amniotic fluid which it passes out as urine. Its head is becoming more rounded, though it is still large in proportion to its body. It has eyelids.
You can now hear your baby''s heartbeat with a Doppler Ultrasound device!
Your baby continues to grow rapidly and has doubled in size in the last three weeks alone.
The face is beginning to look more human, and all body structures are present with a few refinements still in progress. Fingernails and toenails begin to develop this week.
Your baby''s muscles are sufficiently developed to allow for involuntary movements at this time. The messages which control your baby''s movements are sent from the spine, rather than the brain, which is not yet sufficiently developed.
Hear Ye!! Hear Ye!! We are officially announcing, after a very positive ultrasound today, that we will be welcoming the newest Baby Kelly home sometime in Late May or Early June. Everything is going great, and we are now nearly 11 weeks along. We are calling this baby "Deuce" because it is the second one, not because we hope for it to become a Gigalo in the future!!!
Here is what Deuce is up to now (per Fertilityfriend.com):
Your baby is growing incredibly rapidly right now. She is approximately 1.75 to 2.4 inches (4.4 to 6cm) when measured from crown to rump. She will double her length in the next three weeks. Your growing baby weighs about 0.3 ounces (8g).
The neck is developing and the chin lifts up from the chest. Fingernails are also present. While your baby''s sex was already determined at the time of fertilization, male or female genitalia are now visible. Essential organs are formed and most have begun to function. The blood vessels in the placenta are increasing in number to meet your baby''s increasing nutritional needs. Her ears are moving towards the sides of her head, away from the neck. Your baby''s head is still not in proportion with her body. Your baby''s head accounts for about half of her body length.
You wanna know why I have the smartest kid on the planet??? You know you do, so I won''t keep you in suspense any longer!
Kassidy and I went to lunch with our friends Erin, Melynn (pronounced Mah-lynn), and Allie Duff yesterday. I ordered Kassidy the grilled cheese and a fruit salad, instead of fries. When the food came, the fruit salad had apples in it.
Now, let us rewind about a month and a half. I was eating an apple while Kass was eating her lunch, and I showed her the sign for apple. On one isolated occasion I showed this child the sign for APPLE.
Anyway, so the salad has apples, and oranges and pineapples and some grapes. I give her an apple chunk and say, "Apple". THE KID SIGNED APPLE TO ME!!!!!!!! I''m not even kidding. I couldn''t believe it either. She is brilliant!
Here is my VERY far fetched reasoning behind why she could have possibly done this. I have a book from when I was little of Sesame Street ABC signs. On the "Aa" page, Linda Bove, the hearing impaired lady from Sesame shows the signs for "A", Airplane, Alligator, and Apple. Now, Kassidy has really been loving this book lately, and glances through it almost every day, but I''ve never gone through it with her. Again, my Far Far Far out reason for thinking that she knows the sign for "Apple" is that she knows what the word looks like from her Baby Einstein Videos, saw the picture of the sign with the word under it, and her cognitive thinking kicked in. Crazy right?? I know, but that''s all I can think of.
How does one handle being the mother of a genius??? I''ll have to let you know.
WHY is it that when we go to the Dr. this child isn''t doing anything on the list, and 5 days later, she''s an old Pro!!??!! Not that I''m complaining. I''m very proud to be the mother of a genius. Do you have a second? Let me tell you all about it.
As we all know, Kassidy wasn''t quite "Up to Speed" at last weeks Doctor''s Appointment. If you don''t know what I''m talking about, kindly refer to the last entry of October 2005. Anyway, we were up stairs for a diaper change, and Casey (the dog) came into Kassidy''s room. She''s been saying "Ga-daw" when she sees her. Kassidy, not the dog. So, she says it, and I say, "Kassidy, what does the doggy say," and she says, "Rrrfff". So''m I''m like, yeah, okay, good job kid, but are you gonna keep doing it, or what. So we go downstairs, and I say ask her again, and again she replies "Rrrffff"!!!!!! So excited, I can''t wait for Bill to get home. He finally arrives, and we start a "grown-up" conversation, and I''m like "Wait, you have to hear this!" Kassidy is in the kitchen with us, and I ask her what a doggy says. "Rrrfff" she replies, and we both look like 2 proud peacocks! But wait, there''s more...
After dinner(ps.Shake and Bake Rocks!!!) Kassidy and I were sitting on the floor amongst the clutter looking at a picture book. When we were done, I asked her to get her "Belly Button" book. One of the new body part books to help her grasp anatomical location. So, okay, I say get your "Belly Button" book, which I can see under a pile of other "stuff". Now, this is a new book, just got it on Saturday, and I this is the first time I''ve actually called it the "Belly Button" book. There are about 11 other books in the vicinity. Would you believe that the kid walked right over and pulled the "Belly Button" book out from the rubble??? BELIEVE IT, because she did!!!!!!! "You''ve got to be kidding me," I say to Bill. Amazing the things you get crazy excited about when you have kids.
To finish out our pretty eventful Cognitive Thought day, I was laying on the couch before "Wheel of Fortune", and Kassidy walked over. I said where is Mummy''s nose, and she poke me right in the sniffer!!! YAY!!!!!!!!
Thrilling jubilation comes in small milestones these days!! Kassidy had her 15 month check up today, and when the Dr. started in on the list of things she should be doing I was horrified that I didn''t have a list of check-marks. We aren''t climbing, pulling our shoes off, pulling our socks off, or pointing to body parts. Ug I''m a terrible parent for not coaching my child through her anatomy and allowing her to run amuck while pulling of various pieces of clothing!! She did say that signing counts as words, so we''re at like 10 words when there should only be 4 she''s using. CHECK! I''m venturing out tomorrow to find a baby body parts book.
But not to worry. The Dr. wasn''t too concerned; she was just going off the basic list of baby milestones. Height and weight were good. 2 shots, took ''em like a champ.
So, feeling totally deflated by Kassidy lack of accomplishments, we came home to finish her normal day. While sitting on the couch watching a tivo''d show I glanced over to see what Kassidy was up to. She was inside her cube putting blocks and other toys on the platform. A few minutes later, she started to push the toys down the slide. I watched her like I usually do, but she didn''t know I was watching. When she pushed the last block down the slid she clapped!!! For herself!!! Now, for those of you who don''t think this is a big deal, you''re wrong. Kassidy understood that she had completed her task, and she was congratulating herself with our "Yay" clap.
It doesn''t stop there. I kept looking back over at her every few minutes. She had put a few more wooden blocks on the platform and was just sliding them around. The next time I looked they were in a STACK!!!! Kassidy stacked blocks today!!! Three of them. *Happy Dance* *Happy Dance*
There is nothing like the pure joy I felt when I looked over and saw that my baby had stacked up 3 blocks on her own, and that she knew what a job well done was and gave herself a round of applause. To heck with the checklists!!! Kassidy is a Genius!!!