Saturday, August 22, 2009

Sick kids

Man, we have had a rough go around here lately! We went camping the last weekend in July, and at some point that weekend or shortly after she got bitten by a spider in two places on her foot. :( We didn't notice anything until Wednesday or Thursday, Wednesday night I shooed a mosquito off her foot, Thursday morning we were like "woah! that's a big foot Maya!" It had swollen up a crazy, crazy amount, you couldn't see her ankle bone and went all the way to her toes. I got her some benadryl ointment from the pharmacist, that did diddly squat, called health link that afternoon and she recommended elevating and icing it, and getting into the doctors office the next day. Ian and I went out that night (yes, bad parents) and left her with Mamere (Ian's mom) and she iced and elevated it some more. That night however at 3 AM she woke up screaming her poor head off in pain, so I called health link again, and because the redness of the swelling had spread, she called the doctor on call to call me back to assess, and that doctor recommended going to the emergency room at the Childrens Hospital to get her looked at.

She was crazy at ACH, bouncing between all the toys because there was no one else there. It didn't affect her walking at all, or running, she was so excited to talk to everyone and show them her bug bites (which she talked about for WEEKS and weeks) and the staff was fantastic. So there she was diagnosed with cellulitis (skin infection) and prescribed K-flex (sp?). The doctor said it was bad enough to warrant IV antibiotics, and the doctor on call I spoke to said it was important to get her seen that night because if it WAS cellulitis that it can spread very quickly. Scary stuff! I'm glad we were relatively on top of it. So, we finished up the K-flex Aug 7th, and that totally destroyed her stomach, since then (2 weeks later!) she's had diarrea and an upset tummy. So over that weekend after finishing the medication, her foot was better, but started to get worse again. I called health link who wanted her seen within 24 hours, and called our family doctor to get an appontment and couldn't get we were at the mercy of the walk in clinic. We went to a clinic I hadn't been to before, I don't usually have good luck at walk ins. This doctor prescribed a bacterial cream after barely looking at her foot, and I had a feeling it wouldn't do the trick, but gave it a shot. Sure enough, it didn't do squat, so I called health link again (this is call number 4 I think!) and they got us into the after hours clinic through the Primary Care Network. Thank GOD for the after hours clinic, seriously. So we trucked in there, saw a nice doctor who prescribed us an antibiotic ointment which seems to have cleared things up.

That weekend we were off camping again, arrived the Monday, and then Tuesday she started saying she was going to puke and had diarrea all. day. long. She did puke a few times too. :( She perked up after having some Gatorade and made it through the rest of the trip uneventfully thank goodness! At least until Friday morning, she woke up and I thought her one eye looked kind of puffy. It only got worse as the day progressed unfortunately, by the time we had made the 4 hr trek into Calgary it was quite bad, even Ian was concerned and that's how I know it's time to worry. So as soon as we got home, I called health link again (yay for health link!) and got an appointment for the after hours clinic once again. This time she was diagnosed with pink eye and prescribed eye drops, which SUCK to give as she hates them. We were also asked to get a stool sample (oh joy!) to test for some kind of gastric infection that she may have gotten from the Kflex for her foot.

My poor girl. :( I have a hard time not crying when I look at her right now, it's so hard to see her eyes so puffy, and she's been through so very much in this last month with all her health troubles. The one upside has been how funny she's been about her bug bites, she wants to show eeeeveryone her bug bites, she got on the phone with Papa (Ian's dad) and the first thing she was was "Hi, Papa? I have bug bites!" and points at her foot and nods like he can see her foot. Ah crack me up.

And now Julia is running a fever! I'm hoping it's just teething.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

My smarty pants

Ian and I were lucky enough to escape for a few hours last night to a movie thanks to my mom. As we were leaving, Maya came running up, demanding a hug and then pulled back, shook her finger at us and said sternly "Now be careful! It's raining! Don't get wet!" even thinking about it now makes me laugh.

-- Post From My iPhone

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Weekend fun!

This weekend we woke up early to hit the zoo Saturday morning, we were hoping to make it there before they fed the Koalas so we could catch them moving around. Unfortunately we were about a half hour late, and they were, of course, sacked out already. They were fun to look at just the same, and Maya kept trying to wake them up, yelling "Koala! Wake up Koala!" The lady at the koalas laughed at her. She showed her a Eucalyptus leaf, told her to smell it, and she did. I said Maya, that's called eucalyptus, can you say eucalyptus? And she tried so hard, it was pretty cute. After we left the koalas, we went for a play in the playground area, I was in the bathroom and when I came out I couldn't find Ian in the under 2. Well...little Maya had beelined it for the age 6-12 area! And she had climbed up all by herself! I was amazed at how brave she was. Although in a few spots, she needed help and she found a few kids to help her along the way. She'd say "Can you help me?" and after they gave her a boost up or whatever, she'd say "Thank you!" When she talked about it later too, because I reminded her about climbing up and how brave she was, and how nice it was of the kids, and how polite she was, she'd say "very nice kids! Maya say thank you!" Man she is so cute! She even went down the slides by herself, which amazed me. Even tunnel slides! Usually she's too scared to go by herself, not anymore!

I took her to the park the other day and she was just starting to go by herself on the slides, and killing herself laughing on the swings. :) A little girl came, of course just as we were leaving (always the way!) and she said "hi kid! My name Maya! Come on, come play!"

The day after that day at the park, I took Julia and Maya both, Maya beelined it for the slides, and I took the opportunity to put Julia in the swing before her sister dominated it. I sat her in and gave her a good solid push...well poor Julia basically held her breath and looked like she was struggling to breathe! I stopped the swing and she was OK...pushed her again and same thing! I had to push her really really slowly, I forgot that I think it was actually her first time on the swing, poor thing had no idea what was going on! As soon as I slowed the swing down she started giggling like crazy, especially after Maya slapped her feet and pushed her in the swing too. After I took Julia out, I managed to get her into the baby carrier on my back, all by myself! Well, Maya helped, by clipping the straps for me before they were secured around Julia and I! Thanks, Maya.

One of the other things Maya says all the time- "Maya all self!" (Maya all by herself) Oh and "One second mommy, one second!" or two minutes, or two seconds, etc. Such a nut. :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Giggles and first sickness

Julia's been an extraordinarily healthy baby, she's 9 months old and she's only ever been to see medical professionals for her vaccinations, which means she hasn't been to the doctor since she was born. Public health nurses do the vaccinations around here. However, we had to take her into the doctor as she's been pulling on her ears and smacking them around for awhile. Sure enough, first ear infection! Strangely enough, she's been mostly happy through it all, all of a sudden now she's not feeling super well and she's unhappy...and sleeping in bed beside me again. Tonight she didn't even make it into her crib! My poor kiddo.

Maya has finally figured out how to pedal her trike instead of just pushing it with her feet. I shouldn't say finally, she probably would have figured it out awhile ago but it's been sitting under snow hah. We took it out into the street the other day to go and get the mail, we were eating crackers as we went. Maya dropped her cracker, I stepped on it and it was reduced to crumbs. She was pretty mad, but I said we'd get another one at home and the birds would eat the cracker. She started to get angry at the sky going "Birds! Silly birds! Eat my cracker, hrmph! Birds! Hrmph." It was pretty funny.

Lately she says "You hear that sound?" all the time when she hears a sound. Other things she says "What you doing guys?" and said with an angry tone: "What is going on?" It's funny, I learned awhile ago that Maya is a little parrot of what I say, so I try and say better things. A lot of stuff I don't even realize that I say until I hear it from her. Like "Pretty cool huh?" and "Check it out!" She says those all the time, hah!

Ian told me a funny story too - she was watching him pee, and as he finished up, she goes "wiggle, wiggle, wiggle!" Apparently she used to say "front to back daddy!" until he explained that it worked differently for daddies. :)

Julia's first steps!

Look out world! Julia just took her first steps, two days over 9 months old. She was standing between my legs, and I set her an arms length back, she took 3 or 4 very confident steps towards me, not holding anything! I'm so proud. :D

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What's new these days...

I've been neglecting the blog again, big surprise. I should really try to update daily just what we were up to that day, etc. That way maybe I won't miss anything!

It's March...that means hardcore cabing fever for me. It's about -20, I am lacking inspiration for fun type activities to do with the kids, and we're all bored out of our tree. We need Spring!!

Julia, as I type this, is sleeping in bed next to me. She's apparently not loving sleeping in her crib, as she wakes up about an hour after going down and cries for me. I'm tired of wasting time trying to get her back to sleep so I generally just bring her into our bed, nurse her, she sleeps and I resume my web surfing. :P Or she sleeps on one of us if she won't sleep in our bed. O well, whatever works right!? I remind myself that the baby stage is so short, and this too shall pass. I tell myself that anyways, bahaha.

Julia is also incredibly adorable these days, so adorable! She's getting really close to walking (as I write this, she's 8 months, 3 weeks old), she'll walk just holding one finger. My MIL told me that Ian was the same way at 8 months, I had my doubts but i don't anymore! People are in awe when I tell them how old she is, she is just so sturdy. No more baby food for her either, she's all about eating the same stuff as we are, if it's something different she knows, and she clamps her little mouth shut. Sometimes to get her to eat, i'll put food on the spoon, let her hold it and eventually the food will find its way into her mouth. She does pretty well! She started dancing a month ago, she does this little sumo stomp and wings her head from side to side, little bounces, that kind of thing. She was watching the bath fill the other day, and she kept bending her knees and trying to jump in. So funny!

Maya is in a really awesome spot right now developmentally and emotionally. Tantrums are rare around here, she wants to please us and help out around the house, mostly because it's fun. If something is spilled on the floor (solid, not liquid) she'll run and grab the dustbuster to suck it up! If she spills something, I'll grab her some paper towel and she'll gladly clean it up, and she says "sorry mama!" And man does she love her sister! Lots of hugs and kisses and cuddles for her sister, and of course mom and dad. She picks up on lots of stuff we say, today she was demanding pears just before supper, Ian wasn't going to get them for her but she said "I'm getting very frustrated!! OK!!!" and was very adament about it, so she got a couple of slices of pear.

We had a real awesome moment a couple weeks ago too! I've been taking Maya to a weekly class at the Y called "Twist and Shout", basically a music and movement class with different songs, dancing, instrument playing, finger plays, etc. Maya absolutely adores it! Before the class that week, she ran into the front room and said she wanted to bring her costumes box that she got for Christmas. I tried to talk her out of it, but there was no stopping her. The class is fairly small, so I knew there would be enough to go around. I asked her if she wanted to bring the costumes so everyone could wear one and she said yes, so everyone could dress up. When we got there, I warned her again that if we brought the costumes into class, that we would have to share and everyone would get to wear one. She said "OK mommy!" When we got into class, she opened up the box, and gave everyone a costume. I was amazed! She had no hesitation whatsoever in just sharing all her costumes. I think she really understands sharing now, or is at least well on her way to understanding.

The Twist and Shout class has actually been great for her. The songs from the class she remembers and sings through the week, like "Open and shut" and we've picked up some new songs to add to our collection at home. In class she is quite the character, when we bring out the instruments, she makes sure that everyone, even the parents, have instruments. At the end when it's time to put them away, she collects them from everyone and puts them away. Such a little mama! Her manners have come a long way too, she almost always says please and thank you, and is now starting to say 'excuse me' too!

It's so amazing to watch them grow!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

My girls these days

Julia is getting so very very big! She's crawling everywhere like a maniac, and these days (she's just freshly turned eight months) is clapping her hands gleefully, and smacking our faces. Anything that makes a clapping noise! She is such a loving baby, and is in love with her sister. The two of them love playing together already!

Maya just had her first hair cut, and she did very well. She sat pretty patiently, only squirming when she got her new bangs cut and all her hair was tickling her face. Didn't hurt that they had tv's for her to watch, bubbles to blow, and the whole thing only took about 10 minutes!

Miss crazy pants before:

Julia hanging out in one of the seats:

And after! Much better, she looks adorable with her new bangs. They gave her sparkles and everything!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Maya silliness...

Maya has just stripped all the furniture from her new dollhouse, and piled it all in this play tunnel we have. She's pretending to be the dolls: "Ahhh! Dinosaur scare you! Monster scare you!". And somehow Mister Potatohead has come to save them all. She's saying "great job potato head! great job!"

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


A few things...i really need to blog but have neither the time nor the patience!

Julia - is crrrazy!!! In two weeks she popped two teeth, learned to crawl, pulled herself up on stuff, had to have her crib dropped, and unfortunately stopped falling asleep on her own booo. But is still so cute it's hard to stand sometimes! In the middle of the night she grabs at my face and sticks her fingers in my mouth as if to check that it's really me, although my breast is in her mouth so who else could it possibly be??

Maya - is crazy too hah. She's started saying "good job mommy!" or "good job daddy!" She also says thanks! and you're welcome! all the time. And "i wub you mommy!" with great big kisses. God I love these kids!

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