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December 31, 2012 ~ 2012 in review

I got my 2012 Year in Review!  It’s fun that WordPress does this, it’s so interesting to see what people are looking at, who is looking and where they’re from.  How strange though, is it that they use hysterical cryingwoman snoring cartoonrocky horror memebeing born cartoon, and hysterical cry to find me.  I don’t think I cry too much…  Though I do love the Rocky Horror.

I guess the big highlights other than the search terms would be who and what post.

My top five contributors were:

  1. Kat
  2. Kris
  3. Lori
  4. Chicken Nuggets & Elmo
  5. Wendy

Thank you, my friends.

The busiest day was on February 12th, with everyone checking to see how the little dot was doing, following her rash and trips to the hospital with dehydration.  So nice to see all that concern, though sad that my sick baby posts are among the more popular posts.


Anyway, below the break is the “official” excerpt and the link to the full report, if you were interested :)



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December 30, 2012

Sugar Cookies!

Sugar Cookies!

Today Teagan and I decorated sugar cookies.  I had found a Christmas package of sprinkles, little trees and sugar.  Glittery!

We didn’t make them from scratch, maybe next year.  Maybe Easter.  I sliced the dough up and Teagan helped pour the sprinkles on.  It was fun, even though Teagan kept wanting to eat the sprinkles off the cookies, not the little pile I gave her.

I tucked the cookie cutters away for next year.  I may try a different season, or no season at all, to do cookies from scratch with her.  The pre-made worked very well for now, especially with a little girl with a very limited attention span.

They tasted lovely.


December 29, 2012

Snow Sisters

Snow Sisters

Wow.  Can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year.  This year has really flown by.

Today was a snow day!  Yay!  We were supposed to go home, have lunch with the ‘rents, get hair cuts, meet up with friends, have dinner with the gang.  The forecast changed plans.  We were expected to get about 6-8 inches.  Right now, I think we have a solid eight.  And who wouldn’t want that?

Earlier this afternoon, we all bundled up in hats*, coats, boots, mittens or gloves and headed out to play.  Or shovel the driveway.  The girls loved sledding down the hill in our yard.  They’re still small enough that it’s a good hill.

We started with the small sled, the one person sled.  Teagan LOVED it.  She wasn’t too sure last year, but she’s bigger now.  She didn’t want to stop.  Ashlin, I think, felt a little left out, and we dug out the bigger sled.  She was very reluctant to go down the hill with her sister and I, but eventually agreed.  She had fun!  Each time, she’d do a “no, no no” but as we started going down, she’d say “yay!”

Teagan enjoyed her hot cocoa today.  Last year, she wasn’t convinced it was a good thing.

I did spell Stu a bit, let him sled with the girls, while I shoveled.

It was a good day.  Even with some of the tears and occasionally turned-off listening-ears.  Both girls were tired, early.  Heaven.


* Somehow, I don’t have a hat!  Oh! No!


December 28, 2012

Cover of the cassette edition of Nicol William...

Stu and I went to the movies today.  We both had vacation days, the kids were in day care, so went to a matinee showing of The Hobbit.  It was a challenge to find a showing that started early enough for us to be able to pick the girls up on time.  It’s a very long film.  Surprisingly, no theaters had any morning showings.  The nearby 3D Imax didn’t have a showing that worked, but we had one 2D showing that did.    We had hoped to go see The Hobbit while we were at my parents for Christmas, but that didn’t work out.  Again, very long movie with no morning showings!

It was pretty good!  Long, with bits that weren’t in the book, but it was good.  An Unexpected Journey.  With dwarves singing.  Some of the “filler” bits were from other stories written by Tolkien, some weren’t.  Some made sense, some were foreshadowing for the Lord of the Rings, some were just nice.  Radagast with bird poo down the side of his face?  Well, that I don’t remember, but I do remember about him and birds.

There were some nice nods to the Lord of the Rings Trillogy in the Hobbit.  I’m looking forward to the next two installments, though I do need to study up on the dwarves.  I could only pull out three or four, though I can’t remember the name of the one in the hat. In the meantime, I may need to pull out my leather bound version, or maybe the unabridged audio…


December 27, 2012

#christmas #tree with #presents. Before

Just after Santa arrived

We had an awesome Christmas, with too many presents for babies, too much good food.  And snow.  We had a white Christmas.

Teagan and Ashlin each got to make treats for Santa, and Teagan dictated a note for him.  Ashlin did a great job making her treats, maybe better than Teagan, who just wanted to mix the ingredients all up.

We went out to celebrate LaLa’s birthday, and came back to change into Christmas pj’s, and head to bed, because of course, you need to be asleep or Santa wouldn’t come.  We were hard pressed to get all the presents under the tree, and not all the stocking stuffers fit in the stockings.  Some extra went into peppermint candy bags.

Teagan loved opening her presents, and as many other people’s presents as would let her.  I gave her some of Ashlin’s to open, reinforcing that she was helping her sister, as Ashlin ran out of steam way before her presents ran out.

After a nap, the girls went outside to play in the snow, and Ashlin loved it.  The first thing Teagan did was make a snow angel on the walkway.  I ran to get my phone, but by the time I got back, Ashlin had walked through it.

The girls had a big Christmas, hopefully one that Teagan will remember.  Hopefully one that will leave Ashlin with some warm fuzzy memories too.

#hat!  Yay for #crackers

Goofy Christmas Princess

#rudolph's replacement

Rudolph’s Replacement

On our way home, accidents and traffic forced us to reroute and we drove through Sandy Hook.  It was heartbreaking.  So many memorials, so many tributes.  Luminaries.  Christmas trees.  Signs.  Stuffed animals and flowers.  Such a beautiful town to have such evil happen there.  We ended up going back onto the highway before the road was clear, it was so difficult to see all the tributes.  And then I snuggled my girls when we got home.  I’m so glad they still like to snuggle

snuggles on the sofa

Snuggles on the sofa

PS.  Teagan did get her copy of “The Princess and the Frog.”   Ashlin is doing much, much better, though still isn’t sleeping well.


December 21, 2012

Shattered Tree

Shattered Tree

I’m such a bad mom. I dropped Teagan’s Christmas Tree.


The first time was before we even left day care.  One of her teachers saw me, she glanced over at Teagan to see her reaction.  Teagan was totally cool about it, even though she was just telling me how much she wanted to eat it, could she eat it before dinner?  No tears, no cries.  My totally cool baby, just helped me pick it up and put it back on the plate, then put her coat on.

The second time was in the parking lot.  I was trying so hard, but it just slipped right off the plate.  You’d have thought the sticky icing would help it stay on, but no.  I picked up the biggest piece, but Teagan was insistent on eating it and wouldn’t let me leave any crumbs behind.

So, it came home, because, of course, dada had to see it, and Ashlin, too.  We were able to distract her enough that she forgot about eating it tonight.  It’ll be gone by the time she wakes up tomorrow, and if need be, we’ll go get some icing and M&M’s and make another.  Or maybe she’ll want to make some rice krispie treats, and that will distract her.

I totally have the dropsies today.


December 20, 2012

One #chest #xray later. Waiting

Waiting patiently after the chest x-ray

So, our little dot has pneumonia.  And an ear infection.  I can’t remember if it’s viral or bacterial, but does it really matter?  It;s still pneumonia.  I’m not sure if I was hoping it was RSV or this…  I’m not sure which is better and which is worse.  The doctors told us that she’d be prone to respiratory illnesses, thanks to her bout with the the croup on her first Halloween.

The RSV test wasn’t fun…  Well, getting the culture wasn’t fun.  Ashlin had no idea, nor did I, about what they were going to do with the long and skinny q-tip.  She was such a good girl, calming down quickly after they swabbed her nose.  It actually took her longer to calm down after being weighed than being swabbed.  For some reason, today, the scale, and stepping on it, really upset her.  Maybe her gaining almost a pound and a half in two months is making her nervous?

The test turned out negative, so we were sent downstairs for a chest x-ray.  She looked so tiny sitting on the table, waiting for the techs to get the film ready.  They had me hold her still while they took the pictures, one face on, one sideways, of her lungs.  We were in and out quickly, and then back upstairs to wait for the results.

Waiting back in the doctor’s office, Ashlin decided to sit pretty, then read Glamour.  Before the x-ray, she was sleepy and cranky.  Somehow, she got a second wind.  She was walking around the lobby, pointing to the fish, calling to them.  Pointing to the train set, the blocks, the tree.  Back in the exam room, waiting for the doctor, I fed her some fruit chews.  Between each one, she’d ask for more please, then thank me for giving her another one.  The doctor came in during this and was amused, tickled with how personable she was being.  But she also noticed how much Ashlin seemed to be working to breathe, although she had heard the lung crackle, she hadn’t noticed the more labored breath.

Anyway, we’re on antibiotics, Azithromycin and not amoxicillin, I almost made a huge mistake and let the doctor prescribe amoxicillin.  I can’t believe I didn’t remember that she had a huge allergic reaction to the amoxicillin.  Thank goodness the doctor caught herself.  We had even joked about it as she came in the first time.

Fingers crossed that the antibiotics work.  If she’s not better by Saturday, we have to move on to a more aggressive treatment.  It would be nice if this one was easy, and not complicated.  Can we have an easy button now, please?


December 19, 2012

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#elephants make good pillows

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My poor sick baby.  She’s doing much better today than yesterday, but she’s still not herself.  Yesterday, she was sent home from day care with a 102ºF temp.  The temperature broke sometime last night, before 5am, when she woke up for the day.  Well, at least the first time she woke up for the day.

sick baby on the swings

sick baby on the swings

Stu stayed home with her, I had to go into work.  Her first nap was as I left at 7:30. When she got up, Stu said she was “contrary,” just wanting to lie on the couch with the stuffed elephant, that’s become her best friend, and a blanket.  No milk, no oranges, no toast, no water.  Every question was answered with a “no.”  The two of them spent most of the day watching “Signing Time” and “Timmy Time” and “Yo Gabba Gabba”.  She had some juice – full strength! – in the evening, but was not really in the mood to eat.  Better, but not herself.

Hopefully, the happy little girl will be back tomorrow.  It’s no fun having a sick baby.


December 17, 2012

I'm melting!

I’m Melting!

Teagan drew a picture of the Wicked Witch of the West before she went swimming yesterday.  I like that she put a smiley face on the witch as she melted.

Over the weekend, we tried to do snuggly things.  I think the girls got a little too much screen time, and maybe too many cookies and tootsie rolls.  It was so hard to not hug them every two minutes.  But watching a movie, snuggling is expected! We also did a little bit of art, went for a walk, or a run if you were Ashlin, and Teagan rode her bike.  She’s getting really good at keeping her momentum going up the long, slow hills of the neighborhood.

But back to the swimming!  Teagan was amazing!  So much progress in just a few days.  In her last swim lesson, she barely let go of the instructor, and yesterday she was spinning in circles without touching a wall or clinging to Stu.  So proud of my big girl.


PS.  Ashlin loves to run!


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December 15, 2012

Letters to Santa

Letters to Santa

The girls wrote letters to Santa today.  Thursday morning, waiting for her flu shot appointment, Teagan and I watched “The Year Without a Santa Claus.”  The picked up on the children sending letters to Santa, and when asked if she wanted to, she said she did.  We didn’t get a chance until today.

So, they colored pictures for Santa.  Teagan tried writing “Dear Santa” and what she wanted.  She asked me to spell out the words Dear Santa, and then she wanted to write her letter, I wasn’t allowed to help.

So, this is her letter.  As she formed each “letter,” she said the word she was writing.  “Dear Santa, can I have The  Princess and The Frog?  Teagan.”  She then drew a frog in the letter.

Dear Santa

Dear Santa, Can I have a Princess and the Frog movie? Teagan

Princess and the Frog

Princess and the Frog

While Teagan wrote and colored her letter to Santa, Ashlin did one too. Ashlin loves to color. And to paint.  There was no keeping her from the kitchen table when she saw the paper and crayons show up.  She didn’t have any pretensions of writing, she just colored, and loved coloring.

Dear Santa

Ashlin writing her Santa letter

Dear Santa

Dear Santa, by Ashlin

I’m not sure what’s in her letter. We do have a copy of the Princess and the Frog movie for Teagan, along with Charlotte’s Web, book and movie