Monday, September 29, 2008

Hiking cut short by rain.

Just a little rain, but we decided to turn back 15 minutes into hike.

we have another tooth!

It broke through yesterday. It's Molly's top right and it's just breaking the surface. Last week I had noticed it looked like that tooth had shifted down some (you can see the outline of all of her teeth) and thought it might be making an appearance soon. It looks like the top left is right behind it. I will try and get a picture today.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Molly the trucker.

I press every button and command the wheel with authority.

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I finally picked up some more plastic bins and cedar blocks so I could pack up all of the clothes Molly has outgrown and move them up to the attic. I got one bin for all of her 0 to 6 month clothing and another for the 6 to 12 month clothing. Yes, I'm retiring most of her 12 month clothes. Even some 12-18 month items. There are a few brands that still fit, but for the most part she's moved on to 18 month and 2T clothing. I couldn't believe how tiny some of the clothes were that she used to fit in. She was pretty much wearing 3 month stuff when she got home from the hospital, but even those items seemed small compared to the little moose we have crawling around now.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Molly took us down with her...

N felt it earlier in the day, but by last night I was sneezing too. Molly gave us whatever it is that she's fighting. N was supposed to head down to LA today for a day long stint in the data center down there, but had to cancel last minute. Trust me when I say a data center is that last place you want to be when you have a head cold. Of course, other than a snotty nose, Molly seems to be in great spirits (aka high energy) today. This should be fun. Not only is Molly a little under the weather, I also have her daddy to deal with. Right now he's sleeping. Hopefully, he'll be spending the better part of the day doing just that. I only have the energy to take care of one patient today. :-)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Snotty McSnotterson

Molly, Auntie Kim, and I went to the Renaissance Faire on Saturday. Apparently there was a little too much going on as Molly could not fall asleep no matter how much she rubbed her eyes and I kept her stroller moving. A little after 1 pm (and several laps) we decided to just head out. Of course Molly completely passes out on our way to the car. She slept on and off on the drive home and kept coughing. At the time I thought it was due to the dusty grounds of the ren faire, but looking back it was probably the first signs of her cold. She was overly tired all day and more than a little manic. We kept trying to put her down and she would konk out for 20 minutes or so and then wake up screaming. She woke up every 1-2 hours after we put her down for the night and finally slept for a good chunk between 11 pm and 4 am. When she woke up at 4 am I gave her some boob time and she went back down until a little after 8 am. She woke up snotty and bleary eyed, but in much better spirits. Poor little one had a head cold. She was too snotty to really get some good boob time in (I even got a lovely *heavy* sneeze while eating that ended that session). However, she did have two naps yesterday so that's the up side. I can probably count on my fingers how many second naps she's taken in the last month. She's in pretty good spirits considering how poopy she looks. Molly has already started the lovely habit of wiping her snotty nose on her sleeve. Apparently that's an instinct. Need to pick up more filters for her humidifier today so we can get that running.

Friday, September 19, 2008

pics 09/16/2008

Since A) N was out of town this week on business, B) I desperately wanted to get some new music, and C) the best record store EVER is Amoeba I decided it was time to head back up to the city. N's not a big fan of SF, but I LOVE it! First we headed to Haight Street and Amoeba for some shopping. I'm so very happy they separated Punk out of the Rock section and gave it its own section. Much easier to browse this way. So many choices. I could spend all day here. Molly and I then headed down to Escape from NY Pizza for a yummy slice of their pesto. Well, Molly just enjoyed the crust. So good.

After that we headed downtown and hit the mall with the huge Nordstrom's. They have this insane new food court that's pretty fancy schmancy (also where the family room is located) that also has this upscale market (Bristol Farms) with one very kick ass prepared foods section. Banana and Old Navy were having some major sales so we did some shopping and hit a few other stores. After that Molly konked out in her car seat so I took advantage and did a little driving tour of the city.

More pics

Jenn posted two great albums on their blog that I wanted to make sure everyone saw.

Park time - The Jodoins came over last Saturday for some park time in our neighborhood and there are some really great shots of Robert and Molly in Robert's wagon.

Bonfante Gardens - Some pics Jenn took this last Sunday at Bonfante/Gilroy Gardens.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

pics 09/11 to 09/14/2008

Molly and I went to Bonfante Gardens on Sunday with the Chouns, Jenn, and Robert. I didn't take that many pics (that's a lot easier when there are two parents), but I did get some nice shots.

Molly's first ride

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Jon's dinner at Giovanni's

click here for photo album

Last night we got together with Bree, Jon, and Logan (and many many more) to celebrate Jon's at his absolutely favorite pizza place Giovanni's. Bree took some great pics so click on the photo or link above to see them all.

Friday, September 12, 2008

On. Off.

pics 09/04 to 09/10/2008

Molly poked mommy's eye out!

OK, it's not *that* bad, but the little stinker did poke me in the left eye when I was side feeding her. Hard to see those fingers coming from that angle. Anyway, she got me good on Wednesday and yesterday it was definitely red and irritated. I woke up this morning and had gotten worse during the night. I called my doc and he could see me this morning. Thank god for grandmas because my mom was able to head on over to watch Molly. She went down for her morning nap right before grandma arrived and I was able to head off to my doc solo. Turns out Miss Molly gave mommy some Conjunctivitis (aka pink eye) and a small corneal abrasion (tiny scratch). Luckily the scratch wasn't that bad so I escaped having to wear an eye patch. I was prescribed some medicated drops and sent on my way.

Now, the very first time I ever had an eye drop was a few months back when Molly had once again poked me in the eye. That time I didn't get an infection, but it was a little red and I wanted to make sure there was nothing in there. N looked at me like I was crazy when I tried to get the drops in. I kept blinking *right* as the drop went in so I kept missing my eye. Then he tried and I kept doing it. Even yesterday my mom was holding my eye open with her fingers and I still managed to blink. I suck. I've never had to deal with eye drops before and hopefully this will be the last time. I wonder where I can purchase a mini straight jacket so I can get through this last month of breastfeeding without injury...

11 months

Hard to believe one month from now Miss Molly is going to be turning one. Time flies!

Molly is a crawling machine and loves to pull herself up on things and even take some steps (furniture surfing) while holding on. She hasn't taken any steps on her own yet, but I'm sure she will when she's good and ready. The Little Gym has been great at exposing her to new things. She loves to do somersaults and loves to explore all of the equipment in the gym. This week we did some peekaboo on the high bar and she balanced herself on the balance beam. She's great at doing the skills when she doesn't realize she's doing them. If it's a game she laughs and laughs and has a great time. If you just try to get her to do the skill and she knows it she sometimes gets upset.

Molly also loves to study every little thing. She watches everything you do and once she's figured it out she'll mimic you. She's also a great mimic when it comes to sounds. I've had several people stop me while we're out and about to comment on Molly's "talking". Oh yeah, she's going to be a talker. There's no doubt about that.

Molly also has some pretty fine motor control skills. She doesn't just grab the remote to drop it and make a noise (which she sometimes *does* do). She grabs it and presses each individual button with her fingers. If we're not careful one of these days she's going to reprogram our entertainment center and lock us out!

Molly still loves bath time and any time she gets to spend in the pool. N recently lowered the temp in our hot tub so she could go in. He went out to check on the levels and Molly saw the water and practically threw herself in. I'm pretty sure we'll be signing up for some winter swim lessons once her current Little Gym session is over.

Another thing that Molly does that warms my heart is read. Well, it *looks* like she's reading. She'll take one of her hard board books or soft bath books and will sit there and study each page. Then when she's done she'll turn to the next page. She also has the book right side up about half the time now. :-)

The very best thing she has learned so far has to be the word no. It takes about three times for her to fully realize something is off limits, but one that registers she usually won't go back to it. The exceptions are night lights (shiny) and the new entertainment stand and tv (shiny *and* bright). Those are her temptations. She knows she's not supposed to, but she'll try when we're not looking. Still, a stern "Molly" usually does the trick and she'll back off.

Another thing that cracks me up is that she loves to close doors, but then cries the second she does. Even when you're on the same side as her. It's hilarious!

Molly still just has the bottom two front teeth. She gnaws on everything, but nothing new has broken through. Which is fine by me since she's still getting boob time about 4-8 times a day. I stopped pumping in the mornings about a month ago when she really kicked her eating of solids into high gear. I used to get a solid 8-10 ounces each morning, but then it dropped down to about 4 and it was starting to get a bit more uncomfortable since I was no longer getting really engorged so I just stopped. I still have plenty in the deep freeze downstairs when she needs a bottle and I'm not around. She usually feeds first thing in the morning, right before her morning nap, right before her afternoon nap/quiet time, and then right before bed. Some days she wants it more often, but at the bare minimum it's those 4 times.

As for eating she still loves her veggies! Freeze dried peas and corn are always a favorite and she goes through jars and jars of sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, squash, lentils, and rice. I got a butternut squash and pureed it for her, but I think there was still a bit too much texture. I added some more water and liquified it and that seemed to do the trick. I'm going to try doing this for a few more veggies to make sure she'll take them that way and then try to back off on buying the jar foods. Still, they are handy when out and about and I'm sure we'll always have some veggie ones on hand.

Another new favorite are graham crackers. She had her first one when she stole it from Robert when he spent the day and now she's hooked. I think they might have surpassed even her love for cheerios. I try to use these as a last resort or dessert after a meal, but once she spies them she will *not* be deterred. Still, they were a life savior when we were driving back from Santa Barbara and she was done being in the car around Gilroy.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Shopping with daddy.

Showin him what to get!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Best. Quilt. Ever.

Molly's quilt

Auntie Amy finished up Molly's quilt over the long weekend and it is awesome!

pics 08/28 to 08/31/2008