Archive | May, 2009

Look at me

31 May

standinghadLook at me, I can totally stand up. Obviously with a little help but Hadley is getting really strong and loves when we hold her up like this. And, just for the record- she totally balances on her left foot.

Our Friday trend now is we say, ‘let’s have a nice quiet relaxing weekend, ok?’ and then Saturday morning arrives. This weekend was no different. We had a nice, quiet Friday evening- watched a movie, went to bed early and Hadley slept all the way through the night. Saturday started with a long walk, then a trip to Annapolis, a great lunch at the Greek Festival, Kerry and I finally seeing a movie (Angels & Demons was very good), Hadley hanging out with Grandmom and friends and then running a bunch of errands today. Not such a quiet weekend but it was nice.

Hadley was fascinated with the music and people at the Greek Festival.


Ever since Kerry and I started dating, we would go to the movies almost every Friday night. We even went the Friday night before Hadley was born. And, yesterday was the first time we had been to the movies since that Friday night! Mom volunteered to babysit (and we have been told by our friends who have kids to never, ever, ever turn down babysitting). Hadley had a great time with Grandmom and we hear that she entertained several of her friends as well. When we got back from the movies- Hadley was sound asleep.


And, tomorrow is my big return to work day. Wish me luck!

The dreaded ear pull

28 May

earpullYesterday morning Hadley started pulling on her right ear and then would let out a screech. I was not worried at first because at the same time she was trying to stuff her left fist into her mouth and when she would do this she would gag and then make the same screeching sound. Most of my morning yesterday consisted of trying to keep the fist out of the mouth- it went something like this: left fist in mouth, gagging sound, shrill cry, me pulling her hand out of her mouth, giggle, smile, tugging on right ear, screeching sound, try to put pacifier in, spit pacifier out, left fist back in mouth, gagging sound, shrill cry, me pulling fist out of mouth, BIG smile, try to distract with book, rattle, holding on my lap, tummy time, pulling on ear, shrill cry, fist back in mouth, rinse, wash, repeat. All morning. Then she just started pressing her ear with her hand and crying. Hadley rarely cries so this was considered ‘abnormal and fussy,’ behavior that I was told to watch for after her shots last Friday. So, make the call to the pediatrician and immediately the nurse says, ‘Oh no, she is pulling on her ear? She probably has an ear infection. Could you bring her in?’ Now, my side of the family has a long history of multiple ear infections so off we went to the doctor. Hadley continued to repeat her ear-fist activity from the morning for the nice nurse and doctor but once they could look at her ear- there was no infection and all was clear. The official diagnosis was either her slight congestion was putting pressure on her ears or she just discovered she has ears and is enjoying pulling on them.

While we were at the doctor she was weighed and is now 11 pounds 3 ounces. Also, she displayed her array of noises for the doctor- including humming and growling- and both the doctor and nurse were laughing. The doc was impressed with these and her early ability to roll herself onto her stomach and then freak out because she does not know what to do next. After all this excitement- this was Hadley for the rest of the afternoon.


Hadley now has more Tennessee orange gear (thanks to Jay and Tiffany). She has a whole set of socks that look like high top sneakers and Kerry was happy to discover the ‘best’ colored ones. They are pretty cute and are a perfect match to her UT onesies.

bootiesOtherwise all is well here. Kerry is back at work and his hip is feeling much better and I am going back to work very soon! More on that later.