Thursday, November 30, 2006

Sick little peanut

Lilli is sick. I took her to the doctor today and she has pneumonia. I couldn't believe it. So, she is taking some hefty antibiotics and is supposed to get lots of rest and fluids. She has been running a fever off and on since Monday. I figured it was just a cold or something and gave her some Tylenol. Then, when she stopped eating I knew something was wrong. Being sick has made her a Cranky Crabcake. Nothing appeases the dragon and everything ticks her off! Mama said there'd be days like this!

Lilli had her hearing test on Wednesday and everything is fine. She has no hearing loss so that is not contributing to the fact that she isn't talking. Her vision is also good and she will not have to have surgery on her eyelids. We went to the eye doctor on Tuesday and he feels that she will grow out of the eyelid thing. Her bottom eye lids roll over into her eyes and the lashes lay against the eyeball. Sometimes this causes irritation, but in Lilli's case it doesn't seem to be causing a problem. In fact, Todd and I both feel it has improved since we've been home. We have to go back to this doctor in six months for a review but I think all will be well.

I go back to work in a few weeks. I still haven't made any childcare decisions. I know she will be fine and I will be fine, but I am having a problem with the thought of someone else being with her for most of the day. It just doesn't seem right.

I went to school yesterday for the first time in a few months and met one of my classes. It felt surreal walking into my classroom. The kids seemed so much bigger than I remember. I'm sure that has to do with me seeing Lilli all the time. I was able to interact with that class a bit and it felt good. I have certainly missed being around 9th graders.

Alrighty, I'm babbling and don't have anything interesting to say. Until next time . . .

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Home at last

We are finally home from our LAST trip of the year. I will not be going anywhere else unless someone calls me and tells me I have won a cruise or something. I'm so ready to be in my house in my bed and Lilli is, too. We have had a great time, but our routines are all askew and there is much to be taken care of here at home.

Nothing much to report. Everyone here is doing well. I put Lilli to bed tonight (fully asleep) and she didn't cry or anything. It was heaven. The last couple of nights have been trying to say the least. Being in a strange place is very hard on her. It probably wasn't the wisest of decisions to make all of these trips so close together. I think her attachment to Todd has suffered as well as her progression with the English language. Having some down time for the next several weeks will give us the opportunity to get back to work on the above topics.

I start back to work in January. I'm trying to figure out how I will get myself ready and get Lilli ready in the morning and still make it to school on time. As soon as I find childcare we will practice our morning several times to get us used to the routine. Hopefully when the real day comes we will be quasi-prepared. I know nothing can prepare me for leaving her that first day "for real", but it was going to happen sooner or later. I still have 5 weeks so I'm not going to dwell too much.

Well, I'm going to go watch Desperate Housewives.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Travel update

I promise I will write more tomorrow, but I just had to share what an awesome weekend we had in Birmingham and New Orleans. The baptism went well and our visit with the other "Spice Girl" was such fun! I will post a few pics and then write more in the morning. I've got to get to bed soon because the spicy dragon will be up before you know it!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Travelin' fools

Well, we took another trip and Lilli did really well. This trip was 3 hours long and we only stopped once for her. She did exceptionally well. The real test is Thursday when we travel to New Orleans for our nephew's baptism. We are excited about stopping in Birmingham to visit some of our travel-mates. It will also chop the trip in half (more or less) so Lilli won't have to be in a carseat for 12 hours. I am NOT looking forward to those 12 hours at all. I know it will be fine, but I am still dreading it.

We visited Lilli's Godparents this weekend in Northern IN. It was a great weekend. Their kids are 4 and 2 and Lilli played very well with both kids--most of the time. Their daughter liked Lilli as long as she wasn't touching the toys she was playing with. Their son and Lilli are cut from the same cloth. They are both aggressive kids who don't take crap from anyone. There were a couple of times when hitting, scratching, and throwing toys happened, but nobody has any bruises. I have to laugh when those two are together. They are a hoot to watch!

Nothing much else to report. Lilli is on antibiotics for a sinus infection. I probably need to be on them as well. This cold we have been passing back and forth is a doozie! We just can't shake it. I've disinfected every inch of the house, but it doesn't seem to be making a difference. I can't complain because this is the first illness we have experienced with her since we've been home from China. She still has the same attitude and the sniffles don't seem to be wearing her down.

Hopefully I will get to post again before Turkey Day! Hope everyone is well!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

It's official--we're parents

I think we had a rite of passage this evening. We were finally initiated into the "Brown Log" Club in the bathtub. Something new is always happening here!
I posted a few more pics of Lilli Halloween night. She had a blue sucker that kept her busy the entire night. It also created a HUGE blue stain on her face. Too cute!