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First Tooth!

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

There was a lot of crying, drama, and a diagnosed earache for Sarah this week.

And two days this week, including on Halloween, Dad, and Mom, respectively, even had to pick her up early from daycare after getting the first-ever calls that she had a temperature and wasn’t feeling well.  

But the day after Halloween, Daddy found a little Tooth in her mouth!  Her first one!  It;s still short, but definitely through the gum.

A check of the records shows that she got her first tooth at just about the same age her older sister had gotten hers.

She’s feeling better now.  And now we know that a lot of the fussing this week was probably about that.

Congratulations baby.  We’re proud of you!


Saturday, October 11th, 2008

So Sarah’s over the ear infection that I last blogged about.  But who knew – the antibiotics caused her to have a ‘yeast rash’ on her bottom!  I’d never seen that before, but Sarah broke out in the worst-imaginable-looking red, almost blistery, diaper rash, and I figured out, thanks to some Googling, what the problem was.  A lot of lotramin and a Dr. visit later, and she’s fine again.

But that seems like a minor happening in light of all the other things that have been going on around here.

It’s going to be a Christmas letter for the record books.  Almost everything about our lives has changed since the last holiday season.

New house, new daycare, new bi-weekly housecleaner, new tenants in the old house, new status as long-distance-landlords with respect to the old house, new baby, new degree (Paul graduated from law school), and now, new job for Kelly(!) and, as of today, new (well, used) minivan for Kelly, too.

That’s right, I said new job for Kelly.  Life is full of surprises, and this was a good opportunity. 

So now I’m a newly initiated member of a subculture of Milwaukee people (when I show up at the station in the early morning, I tend to think of us as ‘the bedraggled masses’) who travel on the 6:15 a.m. Hiawatha Service Amtrack train to Chicago (I come back on the 3:15 p.m.) occasionally for work.  (My new firm has a large office in Chicago that need to visit sometimes).  It’s a new situation for us, but a good one.

All the changes are good, even if they all require some adjustments.

I think I’ll be fine if we don’t have too many other changes this year, though.  We may just be up to our quota for the year!!

It’s Applesauce All Over Again!

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

(I can only hope that Yogi Berra would be proud of the title).

What I mean by it is that history is repeating itself – and that the Applesauce is, literally, getting all over the place again. 

The Pink Stuff

Once again, we have a little, four month old girl with an ear infection.  (Well, maybe Emma was five months).  And once again, the attempt at getting the Amoxicillan down via the drugstore-provide syringe was a total bust.  So I’ve got to sneak it into some applesauce and spoon feed it, as best I can to a girl who’s still figuring out how spoon feeding works.


Better Together

I’m willing to do anything, though, to get the little gal feeling better.  She’s had a cold, but was getting over it, and then, suddenly, got extra cranky, and her fever spiked up to 103.1.  It was a little slow on the uptake, but finally connected all the dots this morning when I saw her tugging at her ear.  (All this, is textbook ear infection by the way).  So we went to the Dr., and got that ear diagnosed.  Infected, indeed.  (Not, incidentally, on the side she tugged at this morning, but the Dr. says it’s common that babies pull on the non-infected side – I don’t know why).

A spoonful of sugar

We also got some pain drops to put into her ear to keep her more comfortable until the antibiotic kicks in.

But I’m having flashbacks to January of 2006 (which is when I took the pictures in this post – no current ones yet), when we went through this with then small Emma.

Except that I feel much calmer, and generally much less worried than the first time around.  I now know that this just happens with babies, and that all will be well…  The first time around, I was never 100% sure on that last part.

Pink Applesauce Mouth

Two Rights Don’t Make it Right!

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Two Right Feet!

Paul had been eagerly awating a replacement pair of shoes in the mail (the eariler pair had been defective).  But when he opened the box, he discovered that he had been sent two RIGHT shoes!!!  So now he’ll be waiting a little longer.

By the way, check out that ‘Marquette Law’ t-shirt he’s wearing.  Our new J.D. in the house has been busy picking us various legal work over the summer under his own, virtual, ‘shingle,’ but is still looking to land the right firm position.

He had an interview today for a nice possible position.  Everyone’s good mental vibes are welcomed – we’d be thrilled if this one would work out.  (The call-back interview should take place a couple of weeks from now).  I’ll post any significant updates on the blog.

My Pediatrician Says….

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

that parents can’t help themselves but to compare thier children to one another.  And yet, he tells me, and we are already learning, each child is unique, behaves in her own way, and develops according to her own timetable.

Still – we can’t help but compare the pictures of our two little tots, as Sarah keeps growing…

Here are a couple of our side-by-side comparison collages, with Emma on the left, and Sarah on the right:

Head Shot Comparison

Eating Comparison


Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Emma just sat down and wrote her name all by herself this past weekend!

Let’s hear it for her teachers at pre-school!!!

We’re so proud of our little speller!

Emma writes her name!

Fuzz, (semi-solid) Food, and Fun

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Our little cutie has had her first couple of tries at eating rice cereal now.  So far, most of it gets spit back out, but that won’t last for long.

Rice Cereal Meal # 1

She also seems to be growing in some more fuzzy baby hair!

And Big Sister LOVES to spend time playing with Baby on her play mat!  Recently, she joined Little Sister on the mat to share both a reading of ‘The Little Engine That Could’ (including the quote “Me pull the likes of YOU??!? Indeed NOT’), and some toy trumpet playing.  Baby seems to enjoy it.

Big sister reads 'The Little Engine That Could' Big sister plays the trumpet


Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

My Family Sisters!

Over the Seven-Month Hump?

Monday, July 14th, 2008

So maybe we’ve finally gotten past, and started to recover from, the packing to move to the new house, the move to the new house, the fixing up of the old house to get it ready for tenants, the gentle eviction of the upstairs relatives (tenants), the finding the baby things in the packed boxes in the basement of the new house, the preparing the nursery in the new house, Paul’s last semester of law school, Paul and Kelly’s full-time working, the switching of Emma to a new daycare, Kelly’s wrapping up a lot of projects to get ready for maternity leave, Sarah’s birth, Paul’s graduation, and Paul’s job search.


The evidence in support of this postulate comes in the form of a Netflix viewing.

“Little Miss Sunshine,” specifically.

We watched it last night.  But Netflix delivered it to our (old) house on January 15, 2008.  Only seven months ago.

We’ve been doing all of those other, above-listed things in the past seven months – the first few months of that being in a record-breaking cold and snowy Wisconsin winter. 

But I think we’re finally starting to get back to normal now.

Tales from the nursery

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Nine and a half weeks.  To some, that’s the title of an adult-themed movie.

But at our house, it’s how old our little Sarah was when (1) she started drooling, and (2) rolled from her side to her tummy.

Yay, baby!