Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I wish that this post had some kind of theme, but it's completely random.

We have learned that somebody's ticklish!

In other news, I went to the ER twice in two days. On Friday afternoon I noticed that my kneecaps were red and they felt incredibly bruised (for no apparent reason). As the day progressed, the redness and swelling showed up in random blotches on my body: the palms of my hands, my right ear, the back of my knees, my right elbow, etc. By Saturday, I was in pain because the blotches were everywhere and they were very swollen! It was clear that I was having an allergic reaction to something, but I had no idea what. So... off to the Emergency Room we went! I was prescribed an oral steroid and a cream to put on the spots.
(These pictures don't even BEGIN to depict these blotches)
The next morning things seemed to be better, but as I sat through church, they started showing up again and it progressed more quickly! So... back to the Emergency Room we went! I received 2 shots in the backside (OUCH!!!!), and 2 stronger oral steroids. Today I felt much better but the spots are still randomly showing up, then disappearing. I'm about 95% sure that I'm allergic to Gain laundry detergent. I switched to that about 2 weeks ago and I think it just took awhile for it to catch up with me. Now I get to re-wash absolutely everything in my house! The weirdest part of it all is that I'll start breaking out in places that never touch the laundry detergent, like my scalp or my bottom lip. I just hope my prediction is right!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I'm SO sorry that I don't have more pictures to go with this post. I've been terrible at taking pictures of the girls lately, but more will come soon!

Now that Summer is 2 1/2 months, I thought I'd better post her stats from her 2 month appointment!

Length: 23 1/2" (75th percentile)
Weight: 13 pounds, 13 ounces (OFF THE CHART)
We secretly call her "Tank" but she is such a sweetheart! I have to admit that I'm surprised that she's not even close to sleeping through the night yet, considering her size. I thought big babies were supposed to sleep longer stretches! She usually wakes up twice at night, but fortunately Josh takes one of those shifts so I'm at least getting some sleep. Despite that, she's an absolute joy. She is full of HUGE smiles and cute laughs and is pretty easygoing. She recently discovered that her hands belong to her, so she practices opening and closing her fingers and sucking on her fists during her waking hours.

Summer is beginning to look a lot like her older sister. She, too, has blue eyes and her hair is beginning to lighten. It's so hard to imagine hair as dark as hers turning blonde, but we've seen it happen once and I wouldn't be surprised if it happened with her.

Kylie is full of personality, spunk, and energy. She keeps us laughing and keeps us on our toes. One minute she has us SO frustrated, and the very next minute can have us cracking up. She has a very loving nature about her and still has not shown an ounce of jealousy toward her. Quite the contrary. Kylie often requests to see Summer, tickle her, cover her up with a blanket, say hi to "baby Summer" or help put her in the swing. So far she loves being a big sister.To be completely honest-- and in this post I feel I should be-- I have shed many tears over her lately. I'm at a complete loss and many times I feel like an absolute failure. I often lose my temper, react quickly, and say things I don't mean. If a trusted friend treated Kylie the way I sometimes treat her, I would be furious, which leads me to believe that my Heavenly Father must be incredibly disappointed in the way I treat her sometimes. She's not a bad kid-- she's really not. She just has a playful personality which sometimes fosters disobedience. Here are a couple scenarios:

(1) I usually take her to the library at least once a week so she can play with the toys. If another child only briefly sets down a toy that he/she is playing with, Kylie will take it and run away, thinking that the other kid must want to chase her, not realizing that she has deeply upset them.

(2) When I take her out of her carseat and begin heading inside our apartment building, she will just linger outside in between people's cars, throwing berries in puddles or picking rocks up off the ground. This wouldn't be such a big deal if it wasn't freezing outside and I wasn't carrying a carseat, diaper bag, Kylie's blanket that she refused to carry on her own, and fiddling with keys. I often have to run Summer up the 3 flights of stairs to our apartment and leave her there (screaming or not) just so I can run all the way back down to the parking lot to carry Kylie back up. I'm scared that one of the these days she'll dart out into the actual parking lot and get hit.

I mentioned before that mealtimes and bedtimes are always a battle, and I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. When I wake up in the morning, I can predict that Kylie will not eat breakfast or lunch, but instead will have a large sippy cup of milk and will at some point request a large cup of juice. During her naptime (even if she seems exhausted) she will not sleep, but will play in her closet or ceaselessly jump off her bed. At night, she will pick at her dinner, but not eat any of it. At bedtime, she will request a piece of bread and a sippy cup of water (which she will only spit out all over her bedsheets) and will not fall asleep until at least 10:00, sometimes later.

Truthfully, it's exhausting. I strongly believe that parents needs to have quality time together just as a couple, and we rarely get that anymore. I hate that we're often still dealing with 2 overtired kids at 10:00 at night.

I've come up with a basic question: Is she spirited or just overtired? My guess is that it's both. She used to be such a piece of cake, even easy most times, but now I think she just needs more activity. On the days when I'm brave enough to venture out with her for an activity, she may take a nap for me because she's exhausted some of her energy. But I know for a fact she's not getting enough sleep, even with a nap. She'll get maybe 8 hours each night when she should be getting close to 12. She's just full of a bunch of second winds and my attempts to catch her "windows" are often failed ones.

Anyway, I'm not trying to complain or receive sympathy. I'm just telling it like it is-- it is very challenging, frustrating, and exhausting. I'm doing my best to solve these problems and get this girl back on track, but it has taken me months to even come up with the basic question.

I'll do a real update soon (hopefully one with better news and more pictures!)