Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve....

Merry Christmas Eve! Hope Santa brings everyone exactly what they want for Christmas. We headed to Hereford last Wed. to spend Christmas with the Hodges. I was ready to get here after being sick for a week and have someone help take care of the bambino.

Knox has not exactly adjusted well to travel this time around. I don’t know if it’s because his ear still hurts or he’s teething or what but the kid won’t sleep! No naps, not at nighttime…nada. We head to church this evening and I won’t lie, I was a little apprehensive since he hasn't exactly been jolly today. Plus, it was the first time I have taken him in the sanctuary with us. He did okay at the beginning because there were lots of people to meet and lots to see BUT after the songs and during the prayer he started to get fussy. I think okay, I’ll just sneak out while everyone has their heads bowed. Knox and I get up and as we are walking out the door Knox yells, “BYE BYE” to everyone in the sanctuary. I almost tripped when I hit the door because I was laughing so hard. I mean what can ya do?

When we get into the hall he sees someone and says, "who's that?" really loudly about 17 times until I could get him out of earshot of the sanctuary. We probably won't be invited back next year but I figure it's Jesus's birthday and I feel sure he has a sense of humor! 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Miss Me? Knox's Holiday update

It's me Knox and boy do I have A LOT to tell you. My mom has been on the injured reserve list because "someone" might be a little heavy and she got Mommy Thumb. So, I haven't been able to dictate to her. I have been a wreck, jotting down things on diapers, papers, or anything I could find so I could remember to tell Mom when she was better.

Mom got a Cortisone shot on Friday and I'm pretty sure it hurt. She said it kinda felt like someone was grinding into the bone in her hand but after having the worse child birth known to man, it was a cake walk. However, they killed her hand for a day!! I am pretty much a Dr. after hearing Mom talk about it and my experience watching Grey's Anatomy. So I'll tell ya how it went down. They gave her what I am pretty sure is called thumbing medicine (ya, know cause it was her thumb) and it killed her hand but just for 4-6 hrs. Basically it was like when they "thumb" your lip at the dentist but it was from her fingers to her forearm. Pretty much she was working with one injured hand and one limp noodle. Made things for me a bit more challenging! I had to crawl behind her like a puppy because she couldn't really pick me up! The next day her thumbing medicine wore off and oh boy, it was bad. It was really sore and Mom was after lunch I got out of dodge and hung with Dad.

Okay, so on to ME! I have BIG news but I told Mom she couldn't tell y'all before I could. I AM WALKING!!! Watch out world because there is no stopping me now. I can't go super long distances yet but I can make it across a room. Sometimes I still drop down to crawl because let's face it, I'm a super speedy crawler and I got lots of places to go.

*UPDATE... So as Mom was typing for me, I decided to just show her what I meant and took off. I decided to go find Sonia in the laundry room and left Mom with her jaw on the floor. Ha! You should have seen her face!

I also have discovered these super fun things in the kitchen that pull out or some you just pull and they open! They have so much stuff in them!! Mom is not really a fan but I just love taking everything out and then putting it back, or not. Sometimes I get really "helpful" and put it back where I think it should go. I also really like to "organize" Mom's closet. I take all the clothes out of all the drawers and then put them in all different drawers. Next, I pull down all the hanging clothes and just leave them in a pile. It makes a big soft, colorful pile...much better.

Since it's Christmastime, Mom moved the tree into the den and it's magnificent. Now it glows!! Mom hits this little button and the tree glows...AMAZING! Mom went a little skimpy on the decorations because she got burned out decorating it all year but we do have some shiny balls with GLITTER on them. I LOVE anything shiny. However, since I am only 13 months old, Mom only lets me touch it with one finger. So I stand there and touch it back and forth with both my pointer fingers. I can touch any of the ornaments as long as I only use one finger. Mom and I are very diplomatic...we compromise.

On to even bigger news....yesterday, I MET SANTA!!! Yep, the big guy with the beard in the red suit...we are like "buds" now. I won't lie, at first I was a little suspect. Throw me a bone, Grandad was about to put me in the lap of some dude in a giant red suit with REALLY LONG, WHITE hair on his face! The longest face hair I have seen in my 13+ months here on earth is Uncle Chips and Chip doesn't hold a candle to this dude. Plus, Chip's is only white in one little spot :) ... the rest is brown.

The reason I know I am in good with Senor Claus is because I got to have one Christmas EARLY! Yep, met him yesterday and had Christmas last night. Coincidence? I think not! I told him I was going to be in Hereford this year and I was afraid he wouldn't find me. He told me that of course he would find me but since Bebe and Grandad were leaving town on Tuesday until after New Years, he would pull a few strings. Thus, Christmas last night.

Bebe and Grandad gave me lots of fun stuff! I finally got my own Piano!! Gan has taught me to play the piano and whenever I am at her house or at Bebe's I HAVE to go strait to the piano and play. So now, I have my own! I play and dance. I also got a tool bench but mine is way cooler than Dad's. Mine lights up and plays music...sorry Dad but your's does not!

Anywho, that's all I've got time for because I am about to rock Mom's world cause I am ON THE MOVE...ALL THE TIME!

Turns out Mom knows Santa too...she said sometimes she "consults" for the North Pole. 

My Christmas outfit

I love me some red shoes

Uncle Thomas showing me the horses before the carriage ride

Uncle Thomas, Daddy and was quite chilly.

Gracie was ready for the ride!
Gracie's life lessons...

Oh my gosh, it's one of those things Daddy loves!

I totally think I got this down

Bebe teaching me more piano

Guess I am going to have to get used to the paparazzi sooner of later...

SO Excited to show Caroline my new mad piano skills!


Here is me walking today!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Little helper

Someone decided to help Mommy with laundry (by help I mean he likes to throw clean, folded laundry out of the basket.) Mommy made the mistake of carrying the laundry basket to his room WITH the extra cargo.... Now he thinks he at Six Flags. Not good for Mommy.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Zumba Effect

I have come to a scientific's based on one case study so I am sure it's super accurate. This explosive scientific revelation is that I believe that doing Zumba for 8 months of your pregnancy makes your child want to dance ALL THE TIME! It's nuts, I've never seen anything like it. Knox dances in his car seat, his highchair, his crib, while standing, while sitting and even when you hold him. He doesn't even need music. I walked in on him this morning dancing in his highchair to silence. If he feels like it he will hum a tune to give him a little beat. Then kid even danced to Silent Night....not exactly a bumpin' song.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's great...I love to dance as much the next guy. I just think it's
 HI-LARIOUS! We may or may not have around 10-12 mini dance parties throughout the day. My favorite is something that I can only conclude he got from being in my belly during Zumba. It's a bit of a "booty roll." Think Beyonce but a lot smaller, male, white and only four teeth. He basically is standing, bends over and sticks his booty out and "shakes it all about."

I am also partially to blame for this. Yesterday, I am in the car with Knox and R Kelly's "The World's Greatest" comes on. This just happens to be one of mine and Knox's favorite dance songs because "we" made up motions for him. {I also partially blame Sarah Wilkinson for this as it was with her that we made a whole "car dance" to Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now" on a road trip to A&M. That's where I got the idea.} Anywho, he is in the backseat doing his thing and I am driving dancing with him. We stop at a light and that's when Mom can turn around for an above mentioned mini dance party. I start singing to him and doing what I can only imagine looks completely ridiculous to the gentleman in the car next to me who I look up to notice he has witnessed most of "our" dance party. Naturally, I look to the other side coming to the realization that the two high school girls to my left have also seen this. I start laughing, smile and point to the back seat with my thumb to indicate there is baby back there. Then it dawns on windows are so tinted that they probably can't see him. Now I just look like even more of a deranged nut doing some type of "Brady-esque" thumb move at them. In what I can only attribute to God throwing me bone to spare me more people questioning my sanity, the light suddenly turned green and I got to hastily make my getaway. Knox is none the wiser so he starts laughing because I am...this makes me laugh harder.. so the rest of our drive consists of TWO deranged nuts giggling all the way home.

So if you want your kid to be a dancer then I suggest Zumba-ing while pregnant. If you want people to think you are completely certifiable..just hang with me for a while.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Pink Eye

Poor baby... Took Mom about 10 min to get enough gunk out so he could open his eyes.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I'm Baaack!

I'm back..ish. I figured out a way to ghetto type with a brace on so it won't be lengthy but it's an update! Knox is like a whole new kid! Seriously, he took his FIRST STEPS then I got excited and yelled and he fell over...oops. He is all over the place and in EVERYTHING. His new favorite thing is to open all of my drawers, pull out all my clothes and then put them back in other drawers...yippee.

Thanksgiving was so much fun, we spent it here and hung out with the fam and Knox loved getting to play with his cousins. We ate lunch at Bebe's and then went on a sleigh ride pulled by horses that night. Knox loves his Uncle Thomas, he would reach from me so Thomas could hold him...annoying. Saturday after Thanksgiving we went to Dallas to see all the Hodges and of course Knox just hated being the center of attention.

We have been just basking in the Holiday glow until this morning. Slade and I are pretty sure Knox has pink eye. It looked like he had been hit in the face. Poor Kid. I don't know if it's just in our minds but both Slade and I feel like our eyes are itching....oh pink eye.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"New Mom's Syndrome" AKA DeQuervain's Tendonitis

As mentioned in a previous post, my wrists/hands/forearms have been KILLING me. I totally thought I was being a huge weenie then went to see Doc Ruyle and he told me I had something but I couldn't remember the name...until tonight. I was trying to google things to help because for some reason tonight, I am miserable. Don't get me wrong, I felt like a total dip going to the Dr. because my "wrist hurt" but it had been hurting for almost 3 weeks and only was getting worse...turns out it's VERY common, even dubbed "New Mom's Syndrome." I knew I wasn't crazy!! NO ONE ever told me about this, but like I said, it's pretty common SO let me educate you...via the NY Times and copy and paste b/c it hursts to type....Enjoy!

FITNESS; When Mothering Is a Pain in the Wrist

Published: June 06, 2004
FOR Cynthia Frey, the mysterious pain in her wrist started about a week after she gave birth to her son, Jack, in March of last year. At first, she thought she had banged her hand. But as days went by, it started to hurt more and more until the pain was so severe, she had trouble holding her baby.
''It was a shooting pain from my thumb up my wrist and it was constant,'' recalled Mrs. Frey, 34, from Manhattan. After several visits to her doctor and weeks of taking Motrin to no avail, Mrs. Frey consulted a hand specialist. She walked into his office holding her son and, in tears, said she thought she had broken her wrist. The doctor took one look and said, ''I know what it is, I see women like this all the time.''
She had DeQuervain's Tendonitis, a painful condition caused by inflammation of the tendons in the thumb. So common is the condition among women who have recently given birth that it is sometimes called ''new mom's syndrome.'

''It arises from repetitive lifting activities using improper technique,'' said Dr. Louis Catalano III, attending physician at the C.V. Starr Hand Surgery Center at St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan, who treated Mrs. Frey.
In Mrs. Frey's case, as with so many new mothers, and a few new dads, the ''repetitive lifting'' was the everyday act of picking up her baby.
''When you're scooping your child up, after you get fatigued you tend to let your wrists drop to the ground,'' Dr. Catalano said, ''and when your fingers are angled down, that's what's causing those tendons to stretch over the bone.''
There are no statistics on the number of women afflicted, but Dr. Catalano estimates that he sees two to three new patients a week with DeQuervain's Tendonitis.
New mothers are particularly susceptible, specialists say, because the fluid gain they experience during pregnancy causes the tendons to swell and chafe against the surrounding encasement. The tendons and joints also become lax toward the end of pregnancy to give a woman extra flexibility during birth. In this compromised state, the tendons and muscles are suddenly required to pick up and put down a heavy baby many times a day.
Mrs. Frey received a cortisone shot to reduce inflammation and was prescribed a brace to immobilize the wrist. She began meeting with a physical therapist, who showed her exercises to strengthen the area and new ways to pick up the baby.
Still, she said she was distressed and embarrassed to have a condition that nobody had ever heard of and that interfered with the first year of motherhood, which is supposed to be a blissful time. This was a feeling shared by Marcia Comas, 34, of Brooklyn, who developed DeQuervain's Tendonitis two months after her second child was born.
''I couldn't even hold my baby any more,'' Mrs. Comas said, ''but I didn't tell anybody because I didn't want everybody thinking, 'Ugh, she's always complaining.' '' Her shame led her to delay seeking treatment, which only made matters worse.
Even when women are aware of the problem, it can be a tall order to think about positioning your hands correctly every time you have to attend to your child.
''When you have a little kid that's all over the place, you don't think, 'Oh, I should put my thumb this way or that.' It's like, 'Let me get him out of danger,' '' Mrs. Comas said.
As with any severe sprain or strain, there is no magic-bullet cure. Some people find that the pain is permanently eased by a visit or two to the doctor and a cortisone injection. But for many, the pain lingers, returns or even gets worse.
There is a menu of treatments, said Winnie Tsui, an occupational therapist and hand therapist at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Medical Center in Manhattan.
''We can immobilize the area'' with splints, Ms. Tsui said. Another option is ultrasound therapy, during which cortisone cream is applied to the skin, heightening the effectiveness of the treatment, she said. There are also exercises to strengthen the wrist.
But even splints can create a challenge for someone who is holding or breast-feeding a baby. ''One woman was worried about the hardness of the splint,'' Ms. Tsui said. ''We created a special splint out of soft material.''
Despite the treatment options, experts say it is better to prevent the problem whenever possible. Dr. Catalano said that when picking up or holding a baby, it is important to keep the wrist straight, not angled down or in an awkward position. Those who do develop symptoms should seek help immediately, before they get worse.
Just ask Mrs. Frey, whose inflammation progressed, causing her to develop a cyst at the base of her thumb. She chose surgery, which left her pain-free for the first time in a year. ''I felt like the needle was taken out of the foot of the elephant,'' she said

Bad Blogger..

Happy Thanksgiving and Knox is 13 Months!! Yep, I know I'm quite late posting on both these marvelous topics but here's the deal....I messed up some ligaments in my hand/wrist and had to have it in a brace for a while. Well, the awesome thing is that now my OTHER hand is killing me because I have used it double time. Basically it's like carpel tunnel and it's from picking up my bambino so much...yippee. I will blog more later but tonight, they both hurt!