Monday, July 31, 2006


My Little Kittens

On both Saturday and Sunday I was able to get the girls to go down for their naps together in my bed. This is no easy feat but it is extremely rewarding.

Trying to put them down together is challenging because they like to play with each other. Specifically, Lexie likes to give Bekah zerberts. If you have ever seen a 12 month old trying to give a three year old a zerbert on the tummy, you know how funny this is. Their giggles alone are worth the extra time.

But if I can manage to get them to both fall asleep, I love it! They snuggle into one another like little kittens. I love peaking in on their damp little bodies, intertwined in baby sleep. When they fall asleep together, I can count on an extra HOUR of nap time! I don’t know what it is, but if they are sleeping together, they sleep a lot longer. I remember how my sister and I would usually end up in the same bed when we were really little. There must be something completely comforting about the nearness of a sibling during sleep time.

Yesterday, I snuck in and sat in the chair and watched them as they were waking. Lexie actually woke up first. I saw her look around and the fix her gaze on Bek. She tapped her slightly on the arm. When Bekah didn’t stir, she tapped her a little harder. Still no sign of waking, so she pushed her pudgy little hand into her big sister’s face. Finally, Bekah’s eyes opened a little and she said softly, ‘good morning Baby Letsi”.

Lexie let out a little squeal and rolled over to her chubby belly. She pulled herself up on to all fours and tried to climb on top of Bekah for more play time. Bekah wasn't waking up fast enough so Lexie aborted the play plan mid-crawl and simply went limp with her upper body on Bekah's torso. Lexie had her head on Bekah's chest and one hand in Bekah's hair. She just lay there, playing with Bekah's hair and waiting for her to wake up.

Those are the moments.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Floppy But Fine

We are back from our visit to Overlake Hospital. All is well.

With the help of Sherry Steckly, the morning went quite smoothly. We dropped Bekah off at her place at 5:30 and she took her to school at 6:30.

I have to say, the Overlake Surgery Center was well equipped for small children and their nervous parents.

For prepping Lex, they put us in a little curtained off area that had a few toys. The coordinating nurse explained the procedure to us. She showed the face mask to Baby Lexie and then put it on both me and Dave and then let her play with it. That was good. It got all of us comfortable with the method of anesthesia. It was good, that is, until Lexie fell on it and the part that gets screwed into the gas tube went in her bum. She cried so suddenly and so loudly that the nurse came running back. She didn’t cry for long though.

There were four people involved in the procedure and each came separately and introduced themselves to us. Each one explained the six steps for the day. 1. Lisa will come in and take Lex. She will whisk her away to the operating room. It doesn’t do anyone any good to say good-bye. Just walk away quickly. 2. Carol will take us to the waiting room. 3. After 20 minutes, Dr. Anonsen will come tell us what she found. 4. After a few more minutes, the recovery nurse will come get us when Lex is regaining consciousness. 5. We will stay in the recovery room with her until everyone is certain she is ready to go home. 6. She will be very agitated and inconsolable. It is because of the anesthesia, not because she is in pain.

I am glad they told us four times. With the sleep deprivation and the nerves and the distractions, it was good to hear it more than once. I felt more in control because I knew exactly what to expect.

The one thing that did sort of throw me for a loop is that all four people spoke to Lexie louder than they spoke to Dave and me. I suppose that is standard operating procedures for an ear surgery clinic, but it was a little disconcerting to me.

We stayed in that prep area for about an hour. All Lexie wanted to do is peer out from behind the curtain and watch the flurry of blue clad nurses scurrying back and forth. They loved her. It would be hard not to. She smiled and waved at each one as they walked by - just her little head peaking out.

When Lisa came to take her away, the six steps went quickly into play. Lex didn’t cry one bit as Lisa whisked her to the other room. Carol took us out and we waited for Dr. Anonsen. When the doctor came out, she said that Lex still had a terrible ear infection. They had given her a super antibiotic ten days ago because they wanted it to go away before today, but she said it didn’t look like it touched it.

She said she couldn’t believe it when she saw it. She commented again (as she did the first time we took Lexie to her) on what a good natured and happy little baby Lexie is. She said that she hasn’t seen kids with such bad ear infections act so sweet. She also said we need to aggressively treat these infections. We have two new medicines and are going back next week for a check in.

Then the recovery nurse came to get us. He warned us a fifth time about the confusion, agitation and inconsolability. The moment he opened the door, I could hear her crying. He walked us quickly down the corridor and they handed her to me. Again, the room was perfectly equipped up for babies and parents. They set me down in a big recliner and put a warmed blanket on us and pillows under my arms. It was the strangest thing. It was like she was a newborn again. “She’s floppy” they warned me. And they were right.

The room had glass doors that closed. That was great because we could cuddle her without worrying about bothering others with her screaming and the nurses could still watch us. Oddly enough, Lexie – who doesn’t talk much and who never vocalizes when she is fussing was saying “DADADADADA!” It was like she wanted to tell us all about it – like she wanted to give us what for for leaving her!

Dave and I tried consoling her and after awhile she took a few hits of her bottle. They came and checked on her again and after a half hour or so, they said we could go or stay. We said go.

Once we got in the car, she was settling down and she was asleep before long. When we got home, all three of us fell into a deep sound nap on our bed. Lexie had her head on Dave’s chest and her feet on my face. It was lovely. When we woke up, there was blood from her ears on the pillow. I am glad they told me four times that that was normal. It didn’t freak me out.

They also warned us that she would be a little floppy for several hours afterward. Indeed, when she tried to walk, she fell down (more than usual). At one point, she tried standing up but keeping her head solidly on the floor. I think she was dizzy. She reminded me of Normandy when she was spayed.

But a few hours, a solid meal and two naps later, she seems to be in great spirits. I think she is talking more this afternoon. Dave says it is just because she has the run of the house (we left Bekah at school so we could devote more time to the little one). At any rate, we all seem better than yesterday. Thanks to all who sent the good karma. We appreciate the help.

Monday, July 24, 2006


Request for Good Karma

Lexie will be going in to get tubes in her ears tomorrow. Her appointment is at 7:30 am. We need to be at Overlake Hospital at 6:30. We aren’t sure which we are more worried about – the procedure or not being able to feed her in the morning.

We didn’t find out the time of her appointment until mid-afternoon today. Thank goodness for our old friend and new neighbor, Sherry Steckly. She has graciously agreed to take Bekah at 5:45 tomorrow morning and then take her to school at 6:00 am so that Dave and I can attend the procedure together.

They said they will ‘prep’ her from 6:30 am to 7:30 am and then the actually tube placement doesn’t take that long – less than 30 minutes. They want to keep her for observation afterward. They said to plan on being there for about four hours.

Dave and I are giving her her last bath for the next two weeks (Bekah will undoubtedly want tubes once she learns it is getting Lex out of hair washing for the next 14 days).

We are also asking ourselves, what does one dress a baby in when they have to go in for surgery?

At any rate, we are sure all of this will be a non-event. But to be on the safe side, send good karma at 7:30 am.

Thank you.

Saturday, July 22, 2006


While We Were Off Fighting Hunger

Last night, Dave and I attended Taste of the Nation. We have gone for several years because our good friend, Cathlyn Nedved, worked for Share Our Strength. All of the best restaurants, wineries and breweries in Seattle have booths with plates of appetizers, bottles of wines and pitchers of great beer. . For $125 each, we ate enough last night that, had we actually visited all of those restaurants, we would have spent thousands of dollars.

We always reflect on the juxtaposition of a night of gluttony to raise money for starving children. But the food was amazing, the music was inspirational and they raised almost $70,000 in three hours. (including $2,500 for the opportunity to tailgate with us and be fed by Tom Black).

Sherry Steckly took care of the girls from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. Then, when Kaylin finished her shift at the Walnut Café, she came over and watched them until we returned.

We haven’t seen Kaylin since she left for college last fall. When we got home, it was a great re-union. She has a new car and we were excited to hear about her first year at Western. After a few minutes of chit chat, I asked her “were you surprised at how much Lexie has grown?” She said she was and then added, ‘I can’t believe she is walking already”

It was like a cheesy sit-com moment. Dave and I looked at each other, eyes wide and mouths gaping and then instantaneously swung our dumbfounded expressions back at Kaylin. “What?!?” we both exclaimed. “She was walking all over the house” Kaylin explains to us.

This morning, when I got into the office, Steckly came by. First words out of her mouth? “You didn’t tell me Lexie was walking so much!”

Apparently, our little angel chose the moments right after we walked out the door to take her first steps. Steckly said she just stood up and started walking, like she had been doing it all along.

So tonight Lexie participated in the Rebekah Drummond nightly tradition of ‘naked running’. Only, she didn’t really run. It was more like she sauntered. Yeah, she sauntered down the hall like a bow-legged, wild west gunslinger – a drunk, bow-legged, wild west gunslinger.

Monday, July 17, 2006


Mommy’s Week Long Pedicure

Seven Haikus

Day One

Glance down at toes. Ack!
Nails are chipped, messy and gross
Dream of pedicure

Day Two

Remove toe polish
As youngest colors on wall
Washable crayons

Day Three
Jump out of shower
Thumb nail to shape cuticles
Running late for work

Day Four
Quickly paint big toes
Kids think I am going pee
Pray for no smudges

Day Five

Think of week’s wardrobe
Need to wear open toe shoes
Time to refocus

Day Six

From necessity
Painting the rest of my toes
With both girls watching

Day Seven
As I promised them
I am now painting their toes
Twenty pink piggies

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Poetry Thursday

Haikus by Nicki Solie

5 4 3 2 1
Days til grandma takes the kids
Mom and dad high five

Jump, jump, balance and twirl
Four year old gymnastics joy
Summer heat forgotten

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Four More Signs You Might Be A Bad Mommy

1. Your three year old has memorized the shift schedule of the guy who wears the Red Robin costume at the local Red Robin burger joint.

2. You knowingly permitted your two kids to unravel a full roll of toilet paper AND pull out an entire box of wet wipes because it bought you enough time for six more sips of your morning coffee.

3. Your three year old knows the words to a Kanye West song and both of your daughters will ‘shake their money makers’ when you ask them to.

4. You just found a jar of salad dressing in your refrigerator that pre-dates the birth of your oldest child.


Top Ten Things I Love About Lexie Being One

10. Daycare tuition goes down by $50 a week.
9. We are one year closer to being potty trained.
8. SIDS concerns are a distant memory.
7. Her first birthday party was a lot of fun.
6. She doesn’t have to drink overpriced formula anymore.
5. She can sit forward in her car seat.
4. She can go to the childrens center at Dave's gym.
3. We don’t have to get wellness check-ups for a full year.
2. She can eat finger foods while I cook dinner.
1. I don’t have to remember her age in months.

With so many great things about Lexie turning one, why do I feel sad? It seems like just yesterday I was baffling the nurses with my strange contractions and fast labor. Was it really a full year ago? I am learning that having children is like reading a really good book on an airplane. It makes the journey go so much faster. Children accentuate the unstoppable passing of time.

Since her birthday, Bekah has been interested in ages. She asked me the other day when she will be two again. I told her she will never be two again. We both sighed a small sigh of sadness.

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