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Friday, March 30, 2007

Playful Little Girl

Hannah has become very playful lately. She likes to chase me around while I crawl on the floor or be chased by Mommy or Daddy as she quickly tries to crawl away. She's started to initiate these games herself and will ask for more playtime by signing when she doesn't want to be finished! The other day I got a video of her playing with Kyle that is really cute. She also likes to climb all over us. She thinks it's pretty funny to wiggle over the top of our belly and flop onto the floor on the other side. Once over her only objective is to wiggle herself right back over to the other side again! As her crawling speed increases she is getting much harder to keep track of. If I turn my head for a second or look away to answer the phone or yell at the dogs she can be in another room when I turn back around! We finally got around to ordering and installing baby gates and I must say that it was not a moment too soon! The poor animals are really taking the brunt of Hannah's new found mobility. She loves to chase them around and pull on their fur. Hannah's grandpa's dog, My, has really been a trooper. Hannah is constantly pulling on her face and tail and loves to body slam her. We were initially worried about how My would react to Hannah's affections, but so far she hasn't seemed to mind a bit. We still keep a close eye on her though. Today Hannah ousted Abby from her crate while she was taking a nap. Poor Abby seemed pretty confused when Hannah came crawling right into the crate with her. If only my camera was ready when she did it!

Since the weather has been so nice we've been taking Hannah out on little adventures whenever Kyle gets home from work. Lately Kyle has been running with Hannah in the jogging stroller and I ride my bike along beside them. Yesterday I finally bought Hannah a bike helmet so we decided to take her out in her bike trailer that she and Kyle got for Christmas. Unfortunately Hannah was not very cooperative about wearing her helmet. We think it was uncomfortable for her because it kept her from resting her head back against her seat in the trailer. It kept getting pushed forward out of position so we had to take it off about half way into the ride. She was much happier after that, but Kyle and I really didn't like her out riding without a helmet. We are going to do some fiddling with the helmet and the trailer to see if we can get them both to be more comfortable for Hannah so she will keep her helmet on. Until then Hannah's grounded from riding in the trailer until she will safely wear her helmet. We've also taken Hannah out in her baby backpack that she and Daddy got for Christmas and she enjoys that quite a bit. This Friday we went to hike at Happy Hollow Park and Hannah even fell asleep in the backpack with her head resting on Kyle's shoulder! It was so cute. One thing I have determined though is that I am unintentionally raising a city girl! Hannah hates to touch grass or dirt! If I set her down in the grass she refuses to crawl or even set her hand down and touch the grass! If she does happen to touch the grass by accident she pulls her hand away quickly and starts to whine. She's going to have to get over that as I'm not having a sissy city girl for a daughter! It looks like she's going to be spending lots of time getting dirty this spring and summer to get her over that. I even bought her some sturdy play clothes!

Lately Hannah has seemed hungrier than usual so we have upped her formula back to wear it was a few months ago and increased her solid food. We are also trying out a new feeding schedule to see how that works. I'll let you know how things go with that after we have a chance to see what happens. We also increased the amount of regular formula Hannah has been getting and decreased the amount of the special formula for her reflux. So far things have been going well and we have NO spit up! YEAH! We will be quite happy if she has grown out of the reflux and so will our pocket books since the special formula is quite a bit more expensive than the regular type.

Hannah continues to really love eating her veggie puffs and still objects to being told she's finished with them, but we are working through those tantrums. The other day I gave her some diced cooked apples and she liked the taste, but hated how they felt in her hand. She didn't want to touch them at all, but wanted me to feed them to her with a spoon! We had this big drama/battle of wills (which I actually won this time!) Where I was having to make her feed herself a piece of apple each time so that she wanted another veggie puff. It was so funny to see her bargaining with me and trying to see if she was persistent enough if I would give up. Eventually she would just immediately pick up and eat another piece of apple and then sign more and look straight at the puffs! She knew exactly what she had to do to get what she wanted and she wasn't eating even one extra piece of apple than she had to! She's also been learning some new signs and one she doesn't like is don't touch. When I was teaching her it she thought it was pretty funny, but now that she's got a taste of what it means in the real world she's not sure it's funny any more!

Wednesday I made and decorated a practice cake for Hannah's birthday. I thought it would take me many tries to relearn my past cake decorating skills, but it all came back to me pretty quickly. I even made my own icing using Grandma Frye's recipe! The only thing I needed help with was knowing what it meant to cream the icing (you all know I'm not a baker) and I wasn't sure how to get the cake out of the pan once it was done. Luckily my friend Sarah who is an excellent baker came over and helped me out. It turns out the cake just plopped right out of the pan with no problems thanks to my over abundance of PAM I sprayed on the pan before I poured in the batter! Oh well, the result was what I wanted-a cake that came out looking like the shape it was supposed to be!

Here are some more videos of Hannah. Just click on the link to watch the video. Enjoy!

This video is of Hannah in crawling position a few days before she actually learned how to crawl.

This is a video of Hannah getting Abby's tail.

This is a video of Hannah up on her hands and feet.

This is a video of Hannah getting into her toy box in the living room. Now she is so good at it that she can reach in and pull out exactly what toy she wants!

Here's a video of Hannah during her early crawling days.

This is a video of Hannah playing with the curtain in the living room.

This is a video of Hannah playing with the cat food cans and using them as drums.

This is a video of me chasing Hannah.

This is a video of Hannah and Kyle wrestling. Be sure to listen for Hannah's snorting and battle cry as she runs head on into Kyle!

This is a video of Hannah and Evelyn playing together.

This is a video of Hannah kissing Kyle. Hannah loves to give kisses with her mouth wide open!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Lots of Videos

Here are lots of the videos that I've been collecting since January! To view the video just click on the link and enjoy!

This video is of Hannah playing with her swing (which is sadly retired now that she is mobile)

This video is of Hannah saying Dada.

This video is of Hannah getting the basket full of blankets.

This video is of Hannah wiggling her butt.

This video is of Hannah eating.

This is a video of Hannah talking to her grandpa.

This is a video of Hannah getting a bath.

This is a video of Hannah playing with Daddy.

This is a video of Hannah talking to me and telling me all about it!

This is a video of Hannah stealing Evelyn's pacifier which she does regularly!

This is a video of Hannah and Evelyn loving on Abby, our dog.

Ok, I have several more, but I still need to upload them to google. I'll go ahead and post this and hopefully I'll get the rest ready soon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

First Hair Cut

Hannah had her first real haircut last night. She's had her bangs trimmed twice by Daddy, but this time she got her bangs cut and the back of her hair (much to my dismay). It about killed me to let Janet (the lady who cuts our hair) do it, but I was out voted 4 to 1 on the subject of Hannah's baby mullet (as Kyle calls it). So, she now has a new hair do that I think makes her look like a boy, but everyone else seems to think looks much better. It's kinda like a baby bob cut. She was very good for the whole process so I was at least proud of her for that.

Hannah's butt is officially cleared up and sore free! YEAH! I've not had to put diaper rash cream on for 4 days! I'm so happy that chapter in her life is over. I hope it NEVER happens again.

Our visit this past weekend to see Tiffany and get all the kids' pictures taken was a huge fiasco. The photo session LITERALLY was a 3 ring circus! Not once during the an almost 2 hour session did all 3 of them cooperate at the same time! It really was a sight for sore eyes. This makes 3 photo sessions in a row that Hannah has not been good at. At least Melissa was able to get some good pictures despite Hannah's objections. The other two photographers were not so lucky (or maybe just not as talented as Melissa). It was nice to get to see Tiffany and the kids and we got to see her mom too. In a few weeks when the pictures are back Tiffany and Mike are going to come up and bring us the pictures and stay for a visit. That should be nice because we will actually be able to let the kids run around and play and we'll be able to sit and talk. Then in May we are going to the twins' 4th birthday party. Tiffany is getting one of those bounce house jumping things for the party and Kyle is wishing he could play in it already! Soon Hannah's birthday will be coming up and I can't wait to plan the party and for everyone who hasn't got to meet Tiffany and Mike and the twins to get to meet them.

Hannah has finally started to use her baby signs to communicate with us. She signs more, drink, and sometimes eat. Her favorite sign is more and she uses it to get us to give her more veggie puffs or to get me to continue to play a game with her for just a little bit longer. She also definitely understands the sign finished and she DOES NOT like it. Lately we've been getting tantrums when we sign finish if she still wants more puffs. Now I pour out a certain amount of puffs and tell her that these are all she gets. When she's down to the last one I tell her that she only has one more left and when they are gone we will be finished. When she's done and I tell her she's all finished and make the finished sign, she immediately signs more and stares right at the jar that holds the puffs. I tell her and sign finished again and she makes the more sign with more force (for her it's a clapping motion) and grunts at me. When I tell her finished again she starts to scream and makes the more sign! It's actually a bit funny to watch, but it gets old fast. I'm becoming the master at distracting her from her obsession with the puffs. She'd eat the entire jar if we would let her!

Hannah's crawling speed is increasing and she's trying to pull up on anything she can get her hands on. She's pulled several things over on herself and flopped back on the floor many times, but it hasn't seemed to deter her from trying. She's quite good at using our arms to pull up on since they are an adjustable height, but so far she hasn't mastered using the furniture to pull up on just yet. She has acquired a few battle scares from her new found mobility though. She cracked her head on the coffee table (we now have a pad around it!) and cut her eye the day before her photo session with Tiffany and the twins and then last night she crawled head on into Sarah and Jason's bed and cut her lip! She's a definite hazard to herself, but I'm afraid it's only going to get worse as she really loves to explore everything. She's figuring out the lay of the land so to speak in the house and now crawls from room to room to come find us if we leave her alone in a room. She always looks so proud of herself when we look down and see her at our feet when it was not where we had left her! She loves to bang on things, open drawers and cabinets, and pull things off shelves. I'm in the process of trying to teach her which books are hers and which shelves of books are off limits to her. This will be a LONG process I think. Let's just hope that there are not too many casualties in the book department before she learns! She also really likes her grandpa's oxygen tanks. I wage a constant battle every day to keep her curious little hands from tipping them over on her head.

She's also learning how to manipulate people very easily. She has her grandpa trained very well to get the things she wants. She knows exactly how to lure him out of his seat and how to get him to pick her up. She also knows how to get him to take her to me! She's a little manipulator already! This does not bode well for her teenage years!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Crawling Machine

Hannah has finally figured out how to use crawling as a mode of transportation and has turned into a crawling machine! Nothing is off limits now, or so she thinks! She's been getting into absolutely everything: pulling books off shelves, tipping over baskets, pulling herself up to her knees on anything she can grab, opening and closing the doors to the dog crates, and getting inside the dog beds!

With this new found independence she has ushered herself into a new (and unpleasant for us) stage that requires much patience from us. TANTRUMS, TANTRUMS, and more TANTRUMS. She throws tantrums dozens of times a day for any reason she can think of and sometimes for no reason at all! If she doesn't want to be burped she throws a tantrum. If I put her down she throws a tantrum. If I pick her up she throws a tantrum. If I put her in her car seat she throws a tantrum. If I change her diaper she throws a tantrum. Do you get the idea? If it's not her choice then she throws a tantrum and these aren't just little things either that we can distract her from easily. She literally throws herself back onto the floor and kicks her legs and flails her arms and screams at the top of her lungs. If you try to touch her she goes stiff and cries louder and harder! I must say that I'm at a loss for what to do. I wasn't expecting tantrums like this for at least a few more months, maybe for a year! I don't know if I should try to distract, voice my displeasure, or ignore her. Obviously there are some things that she has to deal with like being put in a car seat or getting her diaper changed or some things that she just can't do like put her fingers in an electrical outlet, but there are other times when I wonder if I need to do something to snap her out of the tantrum. It's just so hard to tell since she's really too little to reason with and I'm not really sure that she understands what being good and bad means just yet.

Hannah's diarrhea is officially gone and her bottom is healing up nicely. It's still more red than I would like, but at least the sores are no longer open or oozing. Now they are just a darker shade of red than the rest of her bottom. She's back on her normal feeding schedule and eating like a horse. She had her first baby food dinner the other day and it didn't phase her a bit. It was vegetable beef dinner. I tasted it and it didn't taste bad at all.

Hannah has decided sleeping for any reason is evil unless she is in mommy or daddy's arms. We are back to the Ferberizing and hopefully we can get things back on track. I think she is actually moving towards only two naps a day now :( which means that I will now only have 1 hour total to myself to do anything. 3 half hour naps made it hard to get stuff done, but 2 half hour naps will be close to impossible, especially now that she's mobile and I can't let her leave my sight for a second!

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Walk America

Kyle, Hannah, and I will be participating in Walk America this year for the March of Dimes. While Kyle and I have both participated in the walk for several years (Kyle for 5 years and me for 7) it has taken on a special meaning last year and this year. We lost our baby Gabriel to miscarriage 2 weeks before last year's walk and this year we have a beautiful healthy little girl who has benefited already from research that the March of Dimes has funded. So this year we walk for our babies. If anyone feels led to help us raise funds for the March of Dimes (an organization that helps to save lives by educating and researching about preterm birth and various other newborn ailments) you may donate directly to the March of Dimes via my personal Walk America website at

Updates on Hannah's illness, Hannah went to the doctor yesterday and we found out that she DID NOT have pneumonia at all. It makes me angry that those ER doctor's put her on that strong antibiotic which made her even more sick when it was not necessary at all. When Dr. Hendrick redid the chest x-ray there was nothing on the film to suggest that she had even a touch of pneumonia. When he reviewed the blood work further he said that she had a stomach virus. Now that the antibiotic is working it's way out of her system her poop is firming up and the attacks are becoming fewer and further between. Her bottom is still pretty nasty looking, but it is getting better thanks to lots of neosporin and butt paste! Today we gave her a shower (we were afraid to put her in the tub because we didn't want her to poop in the tub and then have it wash back into her girl parts and give her a bladder infection on top of the stomach bug. She's been cleared to eat, drink, and go anywhere she wants which makes us very happy.

I'm back now and it's Sunday. Hannah and I just took a nice walk around the bike trails because it is absolutely beautiful outside. It felt so good to be out in the fresh air after being cooped up inside all winter. Hannah really enjoyed looking at all the scenery for a brief moment and then promptly fell asleep with the warm breeze blowing on her face! Now that is the life!

Next Sunday we are going to go down and visit with Tiffany and her family and have all of kids' pictures taken together for Easter. Kayla was absolutely adamant that she and Hannah have matching dresses so both Tiffany and I have bought sets of matching dresses (but left the tags on for the time being) so that hopefully when we hook up at least one of the sets will actually fit both of the girls! The pictures should be cute and we are really looking forward to visiting with Tiffany since we haven't seen her since Christmas.

Hannah recently started to eat biter biscuits and Zweibeck Toast and she thinks they are absolutely great! When you hand her one of them she just grins from ear to ear and then starts to gnaw away at it! She uses her two bottom teeth to scrape chunks of it off and then mashes it up and eats it. She's getting quite adept at eating table food and absolutely loves to feed herself. My little girl is growing up so fast. It's hard to believe that she is actually 8 months old! It won't be long before I'll be planning a big bash for her birthday!

Well, I think that is all the Hannah updates I have for now. I'll keep you all posted as she learns new things!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

My Poor Baby

I feel SO bad for Hannah. The poor thing has been run through the ringer and it just won't seem to let up. We got the OK to go off the nasty antibiotic and the diarrhea has been cut in half (episodes are now only about 1 every hour), but her poor bottom is still absolutely raw. It's to the point that it's bleeding and every time I even take her to the changing table or start to unzip her sleeper she goes stiff and starts screaming. We've been slathering it with neosporin and diaper cream about a half inch thick and I guess it is a bit better, but not better enough. My heart just wrenches each time I see that fear in her eyes when I go to change her diaper. Even with the diarrhea lessening up, about the only things I've managed to get done in the past week are wash load after load of sleepers, onesies, and blankets (Hannah goes through ALL of her sleepers at least once a day, sometimes twice!), change diapers, push fluids at Hannah, and rock her to sleep. I'm absolutely exhausted and I know I'm a ton more rested than my poor little girl. She always looks just beat. This diarrhea is really taking it out of her. It's so corrosive and explosive that it's unbelievable. Many times we can either hear or smell it as soon as an attack hits and by the time I have her picked up it's already blasted through the diaper, onesie, and sleeper and onto the floor! It seriously happens that fast. The other day we decided to give her bottom a break and let her sit for awhile without a diaper. We spread out some old towels on the floor and sat her down on them. All of a sudden a huge pool formed around her bottom. Kyle quickly picked her up to get her out of it and then a fountain erupted from her backside that shot clear across the towels and onto the floor! She got some serious distance with that poop. Changing her diaper has been quite hazardous because of this particular property of the poop. Anytime the diaper is off you just never can tell when a poop attack might shoot you, the changing table, or the floor. Once it even sailed off the changing table and all the way over to the rocker! Hannah's fever has been going up and down since she's been off the antibiotic, but it has managed to stay just below 100 degrees so the doctor says we are in the clear for now on that. We did have another vomiting incident this morning, but this time it wasn't projectile so the doctor said not to be too concerned about that either just yet. Hannah has another appointment with the doctor tomorrow and hopefully we will get some more answers and find out how to make my poor baby more comfortable.

As far as non illness related updates Hannah has learned a new way to try crawling. Instead of getting up on her hands and knees she now stands on her hands and feet with her butt way up in the air. She looks so cute doing it. She walks her hands forward in a crawling motion, but forgets to move her feet so she eventually collapses back onto the floor, but I don't think it will be long before she will be trucking right along using her new method of transportation. Apparently last night while I was out and Hannah was spending the evening hanging out with Daddy and Grandpa, Hannah had a sweet cuddle session with our cat Penny. Grandpa took lots of pictures of it and I am so sad that I missed it. She looked absolutely precious all snuggled up with the cat and Penny was such a good boy for letting her do it. I just know that she's going to be an animal lover. She just might end up being a vet or something like that she loves them so much. I don't think I've ever seen her happier than when she's petting our animals.

Monday, March 05, 2007

ER and Pneumonia Take 2

We had a very scary Saturday night and Sunday with Hannah. Hannah spent most of Saturday with Mamaw and Papaw and had a great day. She had a blast playing with them while Mommy and Daddy and Aunt Heather worked on Grandpa's house. We took her home and she was happy as a clam. When it came time for her last bottle and bed she was still in a great mood and laughing and giggling. I fed her and she drank all, but an ounce of her bottle. This hadn't happened since we cut her formula back down an ounce per bottle, but it wasn't totally unusual fer her not to take all of her last bottle. We just assumed she was tired and she was certainly acting tired. Kyle took her to her room to read her a story and sing to her before bed and no sooner had he sat down in the rocker than he hollered for me to come quick. Hannah had just projectile vomited pretty much her entire bottle all over Kyle, the chair, and the floor. The puke shot almost 3 feet! Kyle said it was like a scene from the Exorcist! I quickly cleaned up Hannah and got her changed. We took her temperature and it was 99.8. That wasn't a huge fever so Kyle picked her back up and started her bedtime routine again while I tried to clean up the floor a little bit. She threw up again almost immediately and it was projectile again and I got to witness it first hand this time. Kyle got a lot more of it on him this time so he gave her to me and went to change clothes. I got her new outfit off and was about to wash her off when I heard her having diarrhea. When I opened up her diaper there was the most foul smelling and liquidy poop I had ever seen. I changed her diaper and then took her temperature again, this time rectally which she normally hates. While taking her temp she actually fell asleep and was VERY lethargic. Like I said she really doesn't care for having her temp taking so her falling asleep was a huge red flag for us. This time the thermometer was 101.8 corrected for the rectal reading. We got her dressed and started thinking about if we should take her to the ER. Kyle decided to take her temp again under her arm after a few minutes had passed and while he was taking it she threw up again. The thermometer was reading 102 and still climbing when she threw up and the session was aborted. We cleaned her up and high tailed it to the ER. While I was checking her in and Kyle was parking the van Hannah threw up on me and my coat, but that was the last time she would vomit that night (and actually we haven't had anymore up to this post yet so keep your fingers crossed for us). By the time we actually got out of the ER waiting room and saw a doctor Hannah was burning up, but shivering since they had us take off all of her clothes. They took her temp rectally again and it was 104.5! They gave her Tylenol and Motrin and then started to do a bunch of tests to see what was causing the fever. They catheterized her to test her urine, did another awful chest x-ray on her, and then attempted to take blood for some blood tests. There we ran into a road block. Two different ER nurses couldn't get Hannah's veins so they called for the pediatric nurses to come down. Two of those nurses couldn't get her veins either so they then called in the elite special forces from the NICU to try. They ended up getting a bit of blood from Hannah's arm, but it immediately clotted from the damage to her veins and wasn't any good for the blood tests. Eventually they got a tiny bit of blood (they had to prioritize what tests to run because there wasn't enough to run them all!) from a vein in her forehead and started her IV in that same place in order to rehydrate her since she was very dehydrated from the fever and her vomiting and diarrhea. Eventually they came and told us that Hannah had pneumonia and said that that was what was causing the fever and vomiting. They sent us home around 3am Sunday with a prescription for a very nasty antibiotic cocktail and an extremely tired baby. Kyle and I took 2 hour shifts throughout the rest of the night and day giving Hannah her Tylenol and Motrin every 2 hours and Pedialyte every 20 minutes. It was exhausting, but Hannah's fever started to stay down around 8:00pm Sunday without any fever reducer and she started keeping down some formula.

Today her fever stayed down until about 10:00am and then spiked back up to 101 degrees so I had to start giving her fever reducer again because they said to not let her temp start to climb at all. She started back on her normal bottle schedule and has so far kept everything down. The antibiotic has started diarrhea very badly and Hannah's soaked through more onesies and sleepers than I can count. She's been averaging at least 1 diarrhea soaked diaper every half hour! All that pooping has really been wearing her out so she's slept a restless sleep on and off all day. I took her to see her doctor (we LOVE Dr. Hendrick) as a follow up today. The first thing he said was, "Tell me the whole story from the beginning because no offense, but I don't trust ER docs with my babies." After reviewing the ER notes and the x-ray tech's notes he severely questioned the decision made to put Hannah on the strong antibiotic. He wasn't even sure if he thought it was pneumonia given her other symptoms and if it was pneumonia he thought what the report described sounded like viral pneumonia and not bacterial which would mean that the antibiotics would do Hannah absolutely no good and only serve to keep her dehydrated. So, he ordered yet another chest x-ray and said he wanted to personally speak with the technician that read it to see if it was really pneumonia and if so what kind it was. So far the techs haven't sent him the results so we are still having to give Hannah the nasty medicine and change the diarrhea diapers, but if he gets confirmation that it's not bacterial pneumonia or even pneumonia at all he will call us tomorrow so that we can take her off the meds.

As for other Hannah updates, she has managed a few one and two step crawls since her first try, but so far she's not really figured out that she can indeed use it as a means of transportation. Today she did crawl backwards for 5 steps, on accident I think, when she was trying to sit up on her new play mat. It's a bit slippery with her sleepers on and she couldn't quite get the traction she needed and she kept sliding back on her knees. Before getting sick Hannah sampled many more table foods. She's tried chunks of softly cooked carrots, potatoes, and green beans as well as pancakes and whole wheat toast. Hannah got a new rocking chair the other day and she really seems to like it. She moves her upper body back and forth to make herself rock and she thinks that's pretty cool. She used to like doing that in our rocker and my little rocker from when I was a girl, but neither of those chairs were safe to let her sit in without being closely monitored. This new chair has a harness that keeps her safely inside the chair and specially designed rockers that keep her from tipping it over. It even has a vibrating seat which is pretty cool and we can attach a toy bar to it if she wants to play.