Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sprinklers and Yard Work, Oh my!

Posted by ChristineElaine at 4:22 PM 0 comments
Well, summer is here. It's hot. Sweating down  to your bones HOT. I love taking Cam out and about to places, but we have leather seats and the air conditioner is not super fast, so it really is a nightmare if the car has been sitting even like, 20 minutes in the sun.

Her 1 year vaccine and checkup appointment was... in one word... TERRIFYING. Her checkup itself was fine; her doc said she was obviously thriving, though she would have liked Cam to be talking more. I will agree on that. I wish Cam knew more words than "Momm mommommom" or "Baa baa", sometimes she'll say, "HEYYYYY" like she's channeling the Fonz, but I guess I'm not too worried about her talking just yet. Everything I've read said each baby develops differently and some babies didn't speak any words until 18 months or more. I even read that Einstein didn't start talking until 3 or 4... and while I'm not comparing Camilla to Einstein (lol) it's just an interesting thought. Everyone develops differently. Hell, I didn't start learning English until I was 4/5 and here I am with better grammar and spelling than most people I know. Everyone's different. Take your time Cam, I want you to be a kid forever! Lol.

The vaccinations... ugh. It was brutal watching them hold her down and placing 3 shots in one leg and 2 in the other. Pretty. Damn. Horrifying. The guilt just ate at me while Cam looked at me and screamed while she endured such torture. But what was even worse was the blood draw, see, the nurse who did it was a "learning nurse"... meaning she was slower than a turtle. Of course they had us put Cam on the table, and Cam KNEW she just KNEW what being put on that table meant. Immediately she started shrieking while we held her down, and I just about cried. I had to fight the tears as the nurse slowly, oh so slowly, got the tube and needle prepared. My poor Cam.

Luckily, she calmed pretty quick. And no fever, or sickies, or after-effects from the terrible ordeal at the doc's. I am freaking so so so glad that Josh was with me there during the shots. I don't know if I would have kept myself together watching Cam get stuck with way too many needles. *sigh* I know it's for the greater good, though. She's protected now.. and on the plus, it'll be another 6 months before her next set, so yay! I guess? Lol.

Well. Apart from the 1 year vaccination appointment (that I will never forget, mind you) there hasn't been  a whole lot going on. I have a couple doctor appointments coming up so woohoo! While I'm not excited about dragging my butt down to the hospital, I will be happy to find out more fun things! And while the gender reveal is still some time away (I think) it's always good to know newer stuff going on inside the magic of Child growing. Lol.

I do have some really cute pictures... actually the whole point of this blog was 'cause I took some ADORABLE pictures of little Cam and a certain hat, sooooooooo enjoy! :)

((You're probably like: uh, why is this  titled "Sprinklers and Yard Work, oh my!"??? You'll see! Hehehe!))

Hi Mom!

Camilla Blake, Master of Beasts.

MY FAVORITE ONE!!! Oh that face is so precious!!!!

Right before she threw it down in a fit of annoyance, and then wandered off with a look of, "What can I get into next?"

 I find it pretty funny that the one thing she absolutely will not tolerate (for very long) is wearing some sort of headband/hair accessory/hat. Now, what did I stock up on when I was pregnant with her? Headbands, hair accessories, and hats.

Random picture of sleepy Desoto... because he wants you all to fawn over him, too.
 That evening Cam and I walked down one end of the sidewalk. She walked the whole way and despite it being evening, the sun was still pretty harsh, so I walked her about halfway back. But she wanted down the rest of the way.

We had the sprinkler going in our yard sooooooooo what happens as she walks through?

Boom. Sprinkled.
She got hit! Sprinkled! Of course, whenever water suddenly rains upon you, you duck. That's the obvious choice, as Camilla demonstrates above. Lol. Boy, she was confused. After awhile though, she didn't mind it so much. Of course anytime it started to "get her" she'd duck a bit. She got used to it though.

Help Mom, I think it's the end of the world!
I let her get a bit wet. We both needed some sprinkling!

                                                    Mmmm some macaroni dinner!

                  Awwww daddy was playing peeeeeeeek a boooo! And look at her smiles!

Here's Desoto chewing on one of his new bones.

Here's Cam wondering what daddy is up to.
Then she changes her mind and decides to pester Desoto. Lol.
Both playing with their respective toys. You'd think her bajillion toys would be enough to satisfy her, right?

Nope. She slowly inches over to Desoto. Because duh, she wants what he has.

Lol. She's like GIMME THAT!!

He stops chewing, seemingly amused by her efforts. He looks down at his bone as if to say, "Really? You think you can pry this from my monster paws?"

Her plan is foiled! She gives up... for now...

Oh! But she finds a chunk of another Desoto bone.
Desoto is intrigued...

She quickly becomes bored and would rather slap him like the vagabond he is.

Oho! Look what Cam found.
Desoto looking up at being praised. 'Cause ya know, he was calm and patient the entire  time.
And Cam did eventually get  to see one of his bones. Unfortunately for her, it was taken away rather quickly because... it's gross. Lol.

New development: she really enjoys climbing up on the red futon that sits in Josh's office. She'll climb up on it, sort-of climb down (usually involves a tumble lol), play with her toys on it, and generally just sit on it. As you know, she is a 1 year old lady, as such, her tastes have changed and have become much more refined. Obviously sitting on the floor is for peasants, and she is much too important for that.

Ants and yard story time! Did you know ants totally suck? How do those suckers manage to get their ant hills so fast? Anyway, this weekend we spent a bit of time battling them. Josh with his anti-ant stuff and me with my vinegar solution. I'm pretty sure Josh thinks I'm crazy but vinegar DOES work. It burns them and they can't stand the smell, and it's not bad for Cam or Desoto, so I will wipe down sills and corners of the house and etc with it. 

Also! While I watered the backyard, I also did some weeding and Cam was with me... she had so much fun walking around the yard and carrying around weeds. Lol. I should have put my gloves on because... um.. ouch.. blisters, but whatevs! Josh soon joined us in the weeding adventures and Cam had fun wandering about the yard, and occasionally getting sprinkled!

After awhile she kept tumbling in the grass... it seemed like purposeful dramatic kid antics, but I figured to call it quits and let Josh continue while I got Cam inside to cool off. Lots of ice cold water and AC does wonders! Lol.

Weed Warrior!

Hey beautiful girl!
Well, that concludes some of our recent adventures! Today is a kick-back-be-lazy day, even though Cam has other plans. Mainly getting into everything. Oh, kids. :) Hahaha. Right now she pulled open one of my fabric drawers and is pulling evveeerrryyythhiiiing out of it... but whatever keeps her entertained, right?

See you next time at the next post! Until then, we love you, miss you, and hope you enjoyed! :)

(ps. I'm thinking next paycheck I get I'm going down to the home garden store. no more putting it off, I want to have pretty plants!!! Lol.)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sigh, it's just not working out.

Posted by ChristineElaine at 7:58 PM 0 comments
I've tried so hard to make this work. Really, I have. There are just so many problems, issues, and things that don't seem fixable. Some days are okay, but more are just... horrible. I've tried to stay positive about things, but in the end... ugh. Why bother?

I'm breaking up with my phone.
It just totally sucks! What? What did you think I was talking about?! Hehe, I'm such a devil.

No seriously, my phone is sooooo bad. Do not, I repeat do not ever switch from an Apple iPhone to an Android phone. The dip in quality is pretty big. People say you can do so much more with an Android phone, but there is such a thing as jail breaking an iPhone (which unlocks so much more you CAN do) without also skimping on the quality of the interface. I think people that have never had an iPhone are the ones that are truly Android fans, they have just never felt the lightning quick speed. For me, photo taking, and in general, maneuvering around the phone on an Android is basically the equivalent of a computer running on dial up. It's slow, clunky, and um... SLOW. Whereas my old iPhone (even if it was an older model) was FAST FAST FAAAST. There was no lag time when I clicked things, and especially no lag with the camera. Lol. I know... first world problems right? I'll power through this, though. I have to. It's just frustrating taking blurry photo after blurry photo! When your subjects are constantly moving it's hard to get anything! Lol. Sorry I'm ranting!

Poor Camilla is sick. :( For the first time ever! She finally caught one of Josh's colds (he had a cold last week) and the first night of it was pretty miserable for her. Luckily we had some medicine from when we had her last vaccines. Josh called the nurse and asked if it would be okay and she gave us the clear. I suppose getting sick for the first  time at 12 months isn't too bad of a record, she never got sick or got fevers like the docs predicted after her shots so that was good (and why we had that medicine available, phew!) and it's pretty relieving that she doesn't have a fever either. Her highest temp was 99.5 double phew! Today is  her 2nd day of "the sickies" and she already seems to be bouncing back but last night, oh boy, crying sporadically (wails more like it), and extreme fussiness. It was nerve racking. Til we got that medicine in her.... and on that hilarious note...

Josh had gotten the medicine out and he says, "Ooh it's cherry, she'll love this!"
I look at him like uh, are you kidding me?! Lol. I say, "Are you freaking kidding me?! Cherry flavored medicine is the WORST. She is going to hate it. It's not going down without a fight."
So he attempts, and manages a squirt. Maybe 10mgs, but we had 70mgs to go and the second she tastes the Cherry abomination she is shrieking. I can't help but smirk, after all, it's CHERRY MEDICINE! YUCK!! He keeps trying then just hands the syringe thing to me. I try a couple times then realize the fact she is seeing the syringe going towards her face is freaking her out even more, so a light bulb appears above my head. I quickly cover her eyes with my left hand while I pop the syringe into her mid-cry and get all of it in there. She cries and cries and cries, she did NOT like the treachery and sneakiness of mommy. But it WORKED and that is all that matters. After about 10 minutes of me holding her, patting her back, and apologizing about how much of a sneaky jerk I am, she was calm. And the rest of the night, she was feeling much much much better.

Am I a genius? No. I live by what I said to Cam, that mommy is a sneaky jerk! Lol. And today, both Josh and I are pretty relieved that she is feeling better. While she's been pretty cranky on and off today, at least it was nothing like last night lol. She still has "the snots", I mean it is like rivers of mucus pouring from her nostrils (lol ew!) but we are making sure she's getting plenty of fluids and Josh has been a huge help with all that, too. I'd say overall, for a first cold, it hasn't been TOO bad. We've passed the worst, and for that I am thankful. And even more thankful that it wasn't more worse than it was.... now if only Josh would stop catching colds! Lol.

Another quick story and then on to PICS!: The other day we went to Target because we had a gift card, plus I needed to get some maternity pants from Ross (oh maternity pants, we meet again) and we bought Cam a few pairs of shoes. Well. When we went to Ross, she sure loved wearing those shoes... and walking ALL over the store! She was so busy and happy! She followed people around, looked at herself in the mirrors, was fascinated and touching all the basket weave hampers, she had a BLAST! Anyway, there are pictures. People were so enchanted by the little tiny lady waddling around going about her own business. It was sooooo damn cute. <3

New big girl car seat! Britax is a great brand, it's not only safe but WAY comfier than the other one!

Not sure what to think of her snack? Lol.

                                                             Awwwww my little lady.
Ross adventures! While mommy was agonizing over the selection of maternity pants, Camilla and daddy wandered about!

Awwwwww. Oh. My. Gosh. I love them, I do.

Those are one of her new pairs of shoes, and yes, we know they don't match her outfit LOL.

"Hey, that girl in the mirror has great shoes." - Camilla

"Wow daddy, I'm so beautiful!"

"Okay, but where are the toys?"

"See you later, I gotta find the toys!"

Lol she wandered over to a bin of brooms, and they funnily enough, match her outfit.

"See you later daddy!"

"Follow that lady!" (Josh said she was following around a lady in an orange dress for the longest time LOL)

Home sweet home. ZzZzzzzzZzZZzzzz.

Lol that face.

Good morning blog land!

As you can see I am still a bit under the weather.

But that doesn't take away any of my cuteness!


                                          Hanging out with her dad! And her shoes lol.

So this is why... [OMG THAT FACE]

My Harry Potter book was found at the fireplace. Lol. Silly girl!

                                   On the way home from the hospital (mommy's appt). One thing my phone
                                                   is good for... Pocoyo episodes!

                                         And Josh found out her dryer licking escapade...

We are considering rehab.
Before I leave, I should say that my doctor appointment was on Monday! And it's official, I'm pregnant!!! I HEARD THE HEARTBEAT!!!!! I almost cried. It was very surreal... I just kept thinking, wow, I haven't heard that since our other big surprise.. aka Cam! I remember the day exactly when I heard Cam... I didn't even think I was pregnant, but when the heartbeat confirmed it I was just flooded with a thousand emotions. And I'll be perfectly honest here, I was terrified, and at that point, not that excited because I was INSANELY scared and never thought me and children were possible/even would get along. Oh how naive I was.

Anyway, Josh and Cam came with me to the appointment (and that was an experience in itself Lol) but all is well and good. They think I'm in my 2nd trimester. I really really hate my body for NEVER giving me a heads up or giving me ANY symptoms! Why does my body have to play tricks on me?! Oh well, it's exciting, a little scary, and CRAZY! I can't believe we're adding to our family and that Cam is going to be a sister! How awesome!!!

*sniffle* Trying not to get emotional over here... but it really is something! Can't wait to find out the gender. I have an actual OB appointment very soon, etc. My appt on Monday was basically just re-registering and then the thing where they see if there's a heartbeat... and there was. Anyway, good gravy it was an emotional moment, haha. I still can't quite believe it! Time to prepare like crazy!!

Don't forget! WE LOVE YOU!!! And I literally JUST saw Cam walking out with one of my shop packages in her clutches, so I must bid you all farewell for now! Love you all MWAHHHHHHS!!!!!

P.s. my sister sent me these... and my dad is so funny and awesome. Just don't get bit or scratched! Lol.

I wish I could be one with the raccoons!


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