November 2007 Archives

What a Day!

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No photo today.  You don't want to see it.

Tuesday night, Samantha got up at 2:30 am.  Carl got her to sleep for about 1/2 hour from 5:30 to 6 am.  She didn't sleep again until a 30 minute nap at 4:15 (15 minutes before we were supposed to leave for her swimming lesson).  Then, she was up until 10 pm, with a massive vomiting event at about 9.

Needless to say, her physical therapy appointment was less than stellar, and we didn't make it to swimming or the play gym.  Argh.  So we go back to therapy again next week.  She wouldn't roll over on her own.  In fact, she  just laid there, face down on the mat, for a substantial portion of the session.

Even on a day like this, she lights up my world.  After she got sick in her pj's,we put her in her little bathtub in her diaper just to hold her somewhere while we cleaned up, before we could get her bathed.  She sat there, in the tub with no water, kicking her feet, giggling and squealing.  I think she has a sense of the absurd.  The idea of being in a bathtub, dry, in a diaper, just cracked her up.

Mom's Favorite Outfit

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It finally got cold enough for Samantha to wear this owl sweater she got from Grandma for her "first" Christmas - last year!  Thankfully, it's still plenty roomy.  She's wearing it with a miniskirt from Auntie Carolion.  And socks from Gwen.  Heaven help me when she finally outgrows her baby gifts.  I have no idea where to shop.



More Updates

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I can't believe I forgot to mention Samantha's advances over the holiday weekend. 

First, she got her 2nd tooth (the front lower left, next to her first one).  And, she rolled from her back to her tummy several times.  This is a big relief.  We were scheduled to double her therapy frequency until she made some progress in her upper body strength and activity.  I am hoping this new skill means that she will be able to forego the increased physical therapy.  It really does help, but I think we both find it a little stressful.

We put up the Christmas tree last night - just the tree and lights, so far.  Samantha seems delighted, if mystified.  She just beams while she plays with the branches.  Tonight I will add the ornaments.  I can't wait to see how she responds tomorrow!


Photo for the day:  here's Samantha with Nanny Jamie.  We are so lucky to have found her!  Jamie comes every Thursday and Friday to stay with Samantha and keep Mommy sane while she works.


More Thanksgiving Photos

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We had a really nice trip to Palmer and enjoyed the holidays with the Friddle/Mentzer side of the family.  I wanted to share a few more of the photos from the trip.  I think the most memorable thing about the whole holiday was Samantha's first Thanksgiving dinner.  The going strategy for me and my mommy friends was that we would share anything from the table that the baby seemed interested in.  To be perfectly honest, Samantha seemed interested in none of it, but I would not be deterred.  We all gathered round (Carl, Helen, Larry, Cal, Buck, Pam, and their three kids) and stared at poor Samantha as she tried one horrible thing after the next.  She liked NOTHING.  Not turkey, not sweet potatoes, not mashed potatoes, not broccoli/rice casserole made primarily of cheese, and certainly NOT gravy with black pepper.  She got a big fleck of pepper, we think, and started to cry hysterically, which ended the experiment.  That was the worst response.  The other foods were received as illustrated below. 







Samantha really enjoyed a little time with Cal.  They really seem to connect.  Maybe it's all those late nights in the hospital???  THANK YOU, Papa!




Auntie Caroline never hesitates to talk to Baby Samantha on her own level.  Maybe that's why Samantha always smiles so much when she's around.palmer-4.jpg

Looks like Sam and Papa G weren't expecting the photo opp.  Papa G is the BEST about holding Sam no matter the hour.  Last visit, he even got up and hung out with us in the middle of the night.  What a cool granddad, huh?


As you can see, Samantha thinks Farmor is lots of fun.  She especially likes her sparkly jewelry.  Sorry about the broken necklace, Farmor.  Now we know what to buy for Christmas!palmer-1.jpg



They'll hate me for saying this... but don't they look right at home with a baby?  :-)











A great visit was had by all!  Thank you, Farmor and Papa G!

Happy Thanksgiving

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We're spending Samantha's first Turkey Day in Palmer, TX with Farmor and Papa G.  Cal is going to drive down for dinner, too, to see baby Sam eat her turkey dinner.

Grandma and Grandpa bought Samantha an adorable little "first Thanksgiving" outfit with a turkey on the front.  It has little dangly legs that Samantha finds quite interesting.  Daddy likes that the patch on the sleeve says "Gobble".









Sam seems to be enjoying the trip much better than last time. 

We got to Palmer Wednesday afternoon.  She actually went to bed on time, around 7.  She was up and starving at 5:30 am, then went back to bed, and didn't nap until 10.  This is an interesting shift in schedule, and I'm wondering if it's due to the travel or if it's just time for a change.  She was also up by 5:30 on Tuesday, clamoring for a bottle.  Tuesday, I tried to treat it as time to get up for the day, but all she wanted to do was go back to bed.  She clearly saw it as a midnight snack, while I was aiming for breakfast.  Every timeI think I have her figured out, she changes again.

For those of you who visit the site heavily, I have made a couple of changes on a go-forward basis only.  In future, I will be tagging all my entries, so you'll be able to search the site.  For instance, you could input "Thanksgiving" or "Palmer" and find all the pictures and the entry from today. 

In addition, you can right click on any photo - from my prior entry forward - and download the full-sized image.  This way, you can have any photo you like printed at your photo center of choice.

Visit from Grandma and Grandpa

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This is a long-overdue entry.  In late October (while I was re-doing the site), my parents came to visit.  Carl and I were planning to go to San Diego for a long weekend, but that plan was pre-empted by the wildfires out in California. 

That dildn't stop our quest for a good night's sleep, though.  Oh no.  We -- really, now -- spent the weekend at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott, about 20 minutes from the house (max).  It was a fantastic experience for everyone.  Samantha got some dedicated time with her grandparents without Mom (who tends to hover), and Carl and I got some dedicated time, too.

While we don't have pictures from the whole visit - since we were lounging on the Waterway - we did have an extensive photo session while Miss Samantha opened the presents Grandma and Grandpa brought.



The Perfect Princess

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On Saturday, we took Samantha to the Texas Rennaissance Festival.  I have been looking forward to this for such a long time.  Last year, while I was still pregnant, I bought Samantha's dress for the festival.  It was a little bit loose, but it worked.  Next year, she gets wings!

















She was so sweet and pretty -- complete strangers were complimenting her, taking her picture, and even asking to hold her.  Samantha's eyes were like saucers the whole time -- just taking everything in.  She didn't fuss at all, even when the girls below passed her around.  What a great photo opp - Three Princesses.



























And at the stroke of midnight -- or actually, 5 pm -- Cinderella left the ball and collapsed in utter exhaustion.

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Speaks for Itself

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Courtesy of J Fudge.  If you can't read it, the red circle says "Press Here to Burp".  When she arrived, we could have used something like this.  The nurses had to teach us to burp her.  And diaper her.  And bathe her.  Really, those birthing classes get you through the first 12 hours and that's IT.


Rice Homecoming

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I can't believe it was the big 1-5 for Carl and many of our friends this year.  Seems like we were just there, although those students really do look pretty young.

Samantha got to meet many of her long-distance friends for the first time.  Here, she's getting to know Mel and Ali while Danielle and I look on.  Sherry, note the hat!  We still put it on her anytime we get the excuse.  We missed you guys!













The Copeland/Johns clan also made an appearance.  I managed to get no pictures of Cokie or Sabine -- sorry! 

















I wasn't even there for this photo, and it doesn't include any babies, but it did really make me smile.  Photo credits to Mike Lorenz, btw.

















We used Chez Garsin-Lorenz as a staging ground for much of the weekend.  Mike and Danielle were great hosts for everyone all weekend, and even arranged for a group sitter to watch the kids so we could all enjoy the reunion dinner and a short visit to Kay's on Saturday night.  EXCELLENT.























Below is a nice shot of Danielle and Baby Matt (again, I steal from Mike).  Check out those gorgeous baby blues!



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Well, it's come to the moment of truth.  Carl had to make a choice, and fortunately for him, he chose wisely.  That's right, he gave the car to Sam.


No, really, it's on the lot now at Star Motors.  If you know anybody looking for a really fast car with no back seat, send them to the website below and help us build Samantha's preschool fund. 


After dropping off the car, we went out to Cyclone Anaya's to celebrate, where Samantha struck a favorite pose.


My first Halloween

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Grandma bought me 3 new Halloween outfits.  Mommy was so glad there were so many, because she still had to wash them in the middle of the day.  I just don't make neatness a priority.



Here I was going for a walk.  I have the special Halloween toy I got from the volunteers at the hospital a couple of weeks ago.  I had a really hard day that day.  It involved a lot of bleeding, and mommy felt bad.



Here I am hanging with Truffles the Pig.  Good times.















halloween2007-4.jpgOn Halloween morning, mom bundled me up and took me to the baby gym.  It was so chilly, she almost went to Old Navy and bought me a flannel penguin costume, but by noon it was 83 degrees.  Bummer.






On Halloween night, we sat out in the driveway, and I helped give candy to the boys and girls in the neighborhood.halloween2007-6.jpg