Sunday, January 30, 2011

This is How We Roll

Sweet baby Dell earned herself a trip to Urgent Care Saturday afternoon after a morning of screaming. Double ear infection - AGAIN. Since she just finished her last round of antibiotics last week it's not clear if this is the same infection that just won't go away. She got a shot this time of the strong stuff and by sunrise this morning she was as good as new. Whew.


Lucky for Veda, Mom had another successful Saturday morning of garage sale shopping.

Oh no you didn't... Oh yes I did!

Lefthand - Dishsoap    Righthand - Olive Oil
Yummm that salad I made for lunch Friday was especially tasty with the dish soap I mistakenly poured into the bowl. Of course I didn't notice until my first swallow... blah... I still gag just thinking about it.

Friday, January 28, 2011

I Need to Hold You!

Veda's favorite line. Or sometimes it's "I need your finger." Then she'll sit there and suck her thumb and rub your finger nails. The teachers at school got lots of loving from Veda this week. She was homesick and made drop-offs (and pick-ups) a real chore. Here she is eating school lunch... at home! She refused to eat lunch and just wanted to be held while she watched the other kids eat. Sigh. Hoping we will break her next week.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm Adele and I Love...

Avacado, Cheddar Cheese, Black Beans, Egg Plant, Avacado, Avacado, Cheerios and Avacado. Oh and I REFUSE to eat from a spoon so Mom has completely given up on baby food yet she has a full cupboard of it;) Sweet.

God is Great, God is Good

It has become apparent that Veda is learning table prayers at school. She has been instigating prayer at meal time and then again at bedtime. She always ends with, "Amen, All Done!"

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Funny Veda

Todd shaved yesterday. Veda was sitting on his lap and asked him where his beard went? Without skipping a beat she patted his chest and said "Oh, here it is."

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cutest Hats Ever! Thanks Jill!!!

Jill made these ADORABLE hats for the girls. It's a miracle the girls kept them on their heads - they must really like them too;)

A Day at the Zoo

It was a beautiful weekend and we needed to get out of the house. We headed up the coast to the Santa Barbara zoo. I liked the elephants but I think Veda's favorite was the ride with the animals. She put her hand on the monkey and said "Oh Monkey, why are you so hot?" She was very concerned.


We were on the way to the zoo in Santa Barbara when Veda decided she had to pee. She hasn't been trained long enough for her bladder muscles to stengthen. So when she has to go, she has to go. Todd pulled off on the first shoulder because there wasn't an exit in sight. I knew I couldn't trust her to squat so I held her... and she peed on my foot. Lovely.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Veda Rada

Well school started off well this week. I was going to ease her into it and had planned to pick her up before naptime each day so she could sleep in her own bed. She threw such a fit when I went to get her the first day that I let her stay all day the rest of the week. Now that the novelty of all the new toys and friends has warn off she's not so excited about going. She cried a lot yesterday and then had a potty accident which was probably related to the crying. Makes me sad but I know it's just a transition period.

I love her school. Each day she comes home and tells me the names of the books they read and the songs they sung. She must have really been paying attention if she remembers. She also brings home her art projects.

I'm struggling a little with lunch - I have to pack hers each day. She hasn't been eating much of it. She doesn't like sandwiches so she just gets a bunch of random things like string cheese, tomatoes, blueberries, etc... I need some lunch box ideas! Help!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Veda loves to "go to the mailbox". The trip has been extra exciting lately as Didi and Papi have been sending installment shipments of big girl undies and stickers. How did you know she LOVES ni-hao kai-lan?!!

First, First Day of School

Sob sob. I dropped Veda off at Good Shepherd Luthern Church for her first day of "school" today. It really is more like school than daycare. They have a schedule and activities all day long - V is the youngest child there. She was eager to show off her Tinkerbell lunch box and didn't even look up when I said I was leaving. She just mumbled - "ok". Adele has a new babysitter starting today as well. Pretty sure she's not going to handle it as well as Veda did. I'm looking forward to the new routine!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Pool Day!

It was HOT here today. Baby Dell got to play outside at her water table in her diaper. Tonight Todd took Veda to see Tangled. Here's a pic of her at the movie although I heard she spent most of the time on Todd's lap because she was scared of the witch;)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Little Miss Snot

We made this week's trip number 4 to the Dr. today. Dell was screaming for hours so I finally figured that something more than the obvious was wrong. She has a double ear infection caused by the cold - the fun never ends. Todd and I are both sick now too. I just want this week to be over. I have so much work to do and all the illness is really cramping my style. The good news is that Veda now knows the names of all the Drs and nurses at the office and she looks forward to the visit. She walks in and asks them for a lollipop and sticker before she even says hi.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

10 Months

Adele had her 10 month appointment yesterday and weighed in at 18.6 lbs. She is 30% for weight and 35% for height (27.5 inches) and 75% for her head measurement! She is a Pea and she is a Nut - PEANUT!!! You can't tell by the video but she is SICK! She was up every hour last night screaming because she had a fever and couuldn't breath. I hope she doesn't get slammed as bad as Veda did - I'm over it.

On the Mend... Again

After a pretty miserable day on Monday, we are doing better. Veda's fever kept spiking on Monday so I brought her back in and the Dr. tested for RSV - she is positive. We went back yesterday and Adele is positive too. Veda still doesn't have an appetite. She had about two bites of yogurt and some strawberries and blueberries yesterday. I gave her pasta for dinner and thought she had eaten the entire bowl. I asked her if she wanted more and she said, "yes - for my pocket." Translation - "yes - so I can put them down my shirt with the rest of the pasta that you thought I ate."

I should also mention that we are now 100% potty trained! She had it down by last Friday and the illness didn't effect her at all. She's even asked to go potty in public places... she's a little fearful of falling in when she doesn't have her potty attachment but she's performed like a champ.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy Birthday Papi

Happy Birthday! We were going to sing you happy birthday but the star of the show has a sore throat and doesn't want to perform right now;) Hope you have a wonderful birthday week with Iowa State win.


Veda has been on a downward spiral all weekend. Yesterday I left at 5am for a work trip to Kansas City. It had been a rough night before but I figured it couldn't get any worse so I might as well go to work as she had to be better on Sunday. Wrong. She had a fever hovering around 104 all day. She was lathargic and wouldn't eat or drink anything. Finally Todd took her to Urgent Care - after scrambling to find a neighbor to take Adele. Diagnosis Pneumonia. She got two large shots of antibiotics. I couldn't bare to stay in KC with Veda so sick and Todd dealing with her AND crazy Dell. So I hoped on a flight home last night. I'm so glad I did.

She still had a very high fever through the night last night but by this morning she is doing relatively better. It will be another cartoon and popsicle day.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Love Her

I asked Veda is she wanted to go for a walk in the stroller so Mommy could get some coffee at the coffee shop. She said, "no let's just cuddle."

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Crew

I've taken some vacation this week since Veda's new daycare hasn't opened yet. It's been a pretty great week being home with the girls. Today we had a playdate with Veda's Besties (Collin, Ella, Morgan and Drew)! 

Veda miss Uncle Kiss

And Dell misses her buddy Owen...

Sweet Baby Dell

Funny little hats! Thanks Aunt Kathy;)

Game On!

Inspired by the progress a friend was having with her son, I decided to take the leap and start the serious potty training. We have been diaper free since Tuesday morning.

Day 1 we had lots of minor accidents but once she realized she was peeing and didn't have a diaper on she would stop and ask to go to the big girl potty. The Toy Story stickers were a big help - Thanks Didie! She made it through naptime and the night without incident.

Day 2 we went to Target to pick up big girl undies and in the excitement of the moment while we discussed the process of the big gril undies/potty she peed in the store. Thankfully we were in the carpeted area. She announced what she was doing as the puddle started to form and I scanned the area for witnesses. There wasn't much I could do since it was on the carpet so I tossed the undies in the cart and away we went. I decided to let her finish the shopping trip in her wet pants as a teaching moment. Not a stellar idea as the temper tantrum that resulted was insane. The rest of the night she went bare bottom and several times we went to the bathroom and found her training potty full of pee - she didn't even tell us - success!

Day 3 she had yet to poop. I know she has been holding it back since she hasn't had a diaper on. I noticed that she had gotten up from breakfast and was eating while standing. Sure enough she went in her undies. That was the only accident of the day and she is now celebrating her accomplishments and telling us when she has to go. So if we can get #2 in the hole we will be all set!