Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving and 9 Months

Thanksgiving was the twins' first, and my first hosting! It was so fun to finally be able to use all the wedding china and stemware. We had a small group--just us, Paul's parents, his sister and her friend. I made stuffing for the first time in my life and luckily it turned out pretty good! The girls got their first taste of mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes (of the non-pureed variety) and pumpkin pie. No turkey, though, as they still don't really have the hang of finger foods.

Friday we started decorating for Christmas, and yesterday we made what will be the annual Thanksgiving Weekend trip to the tree farm for the Nelson Family Christmas Tree. It was kind of rainy and the girls got a little wet and fussy, but overall we had a fun time.

Friday was also the girls' 9-month birthday. Olivia is finally crawling and is much less fussy--thank GOD! She's been pretty frustrated lately with her lack of mobility and her frequent whining was grating on my nerves! The last few days she's been much more content. Kayley, always one step ahead (this time quite literally), has mastered stair climbing. The other day I had run upstairs briefly to get something and when I came back down she was half way up! I about died. Good thing she didn't fall! Later that day I let her climb all the way up with me right there just so I could actually watch her do it. It was cute. So, now we gate the bottom of the stairs in addition to the top. But how we're going to keep them away from the Christmas tree we have yet to figure out!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bad Week

Last Saturday we spent the day at the In-Laws. When we got home around 10:00 pm, Olivia was shivering. I thought it was strange, but figured she must just be cold so I put her sleep sack on (which I was going to do anyway since it was time to go to bed). The shivering stopped and we all went to bed.

The next morning we had a wedding to attend at 11:00 am (the couple had availability issues with their site, thus the 11:00-am-on-a-Sunday wedding). As we were getting ready, I thought she didn't quite seem herself but figured I was just being paranoid. We went to the wedding, but while we were waiting for the ceremony to begin, I could tell she didn't feel well. She felt warm and went from fussy to really sleepy. So, when the ceremony was over I decided to run home with her to take her temperature (we were only 5 minutes from home--nice!). Sure enough, she had a high fever. I gave her tylenol, called the doctor and then had to go pick up Paul and Kayley, who were still at the wedding, since we were obviously not going back for the reception (damn--no cake!).

Later, I was trying to give her a bottle and I could tell she was hungry but she would drink just a little bit and then throw up. Luckily, though, when I tried again later she was able to keep it down.

Monday, she still had the fever so the nurse said to bring her in. Everything checked out ok, and they just chalked it up to a "virus". The fever was gone by Monday evening but after going to bed around 7:00, she woke up at 8:00 WIDE awake and HAPPY! Paul's mom was here and we were just amazed at how animated she was being, especially when it got to be 10:00. But then all of a sudden she got really fussy and cried for a long time. She finally went back to sleep around midnight.

Tuesday she was fussy off and on but otherwise ok. But again, she woke up around 8:00 after going to bed around 7:00 or 7:30 and cried practically non-stop until 10:30! 2 1/2 hours of non-stop crying! I called the doctor again but they didn't tell me anything different, just if she gets worse to let them know. Then Wednesday, still fussy off and on all day. She hadn't pooped since Monday night so I figured she was constipated, so after fussing off and on all day I called again and they said to bring her back in, even though we were already scheduled for their 9-month check up on Thursday. Again, everything checked out ok. Thursday was a little better, the 9-month well child appointment went well and today I think she's pretty much back to normal. Whew! It was a rough week.