Friday, September 25, 2009

She's just petite.

I have Mondays and Fridays off, and it seems that we have something planned for just about every single one for the whole semester. We are always having to do something! This week, we went to the GI. Brad was going to take her next week. (I almost fell out when he agreed to take her...WHAT?!) But, they called and had a cancellation on a day I could go, so I snatched that up. I could just see Brad trying to tell them what week gestation she was born, what she eats, or who her doctor is. He loves her to pieces, but you know how men are. Plus, I enjoyed hearing the nurse's interview questions. After all, I am taking Health Assessment right now!
The appointment went well except for the part where we sat in the waiting room for two hours with an 11 month old who knows no speed other than just plain busy and a mama who refuses to let her touch anything in the doctor's office much less crawl! Ew! Blair was good though. We didn't hear a cry from her the whole time. By the end though, we were letting her play with chapstick, hand sanitizer, the tylenol bottle, and nebulizer ampules!
The GI said that Blair looked fine to him. He was "shocked" to see how good she looked! Yes, she is small, (she weighed 14 pounds 8 ounces on his scale) but she is proportional, and she doesn't look malnourished. She's got a few dimples in her hiney and legs! I was terrified he was going to give her an NG tube, especially when I saw a 13 year old boy come in with one, but he didn't make a mention of it. He said that we would just try to increase her growth curve a little by adding calories. He put her on Pediasure, like Ensure -- 240 calories in 8 ounces, and polycose powder supplement to mix in her food. I'm actually impressed in her eating lately. This week she once at a whole jar of third foods broccoli and carrots in one meal! Yaaaaay! And, she ate a whole regular sized jar today and some yogurt. Another almost unheard of occurrence. Go Blair!
On a sidenote... I ended up scrapping using the breastmilk from the freezer. And I say using because I haven't brought myself to throw it out yet. I suspected that it was giving her thrush again (there was a chance, since it was milk from when we had yeast issues for so long back at the first of the year), so I decided that it wasn't worth that battle. So the GI appointment came at a perfect time, and we'll just hope Miss Blair grows big -- but not too fast!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pop Visits

Blair's great granddaddy Pop came to have lunch with me and to visit and play with Blair. They played peekaboo...

Where's Blair?

I see you!

Blair checked out Pop's mustache. She thought it was funny!

And they played and ate (surprised me!).

And made faces at each other!

We all had a great time!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Good for Me Food

It's dove season! Dove, grits, and biscuits with honey is probably the meal I most look forward to all year long -- probably more than Thanksgiving, and I love Thanksgiving! Brad didn't hunt on opening weekend, but a sweet friend gave me some birds, so I fried them up. I made grits with cream cheese, which are out of this world, and I made biscuits. I was in a hurry, because I was supposed to be studying for a test (I love a little procrastination in the form of a good meal!), so they're not the prettiest I've ever made, but they sure were good! This food may not be good for you, but it's good for me because it makes me happy!

If you like grits, you should try them with cream cheese. Use about 1 or 1 1/2 ounces of cream cheese per serving of grits. Put the cream cheese in the water to boil along with the salt and continue as usual adding grits after the water boils. The cream cheese make the grits super creamy and delicious!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Eleven is one away from twelve.

Miss Blair is eleven months old and quickly approaching her first birthday. The girl is a trip. We just don't know how we could love anything more than we love her. She'll even give us a kiss or two occasionally which makes it all the better! And she likes to give us other things, books, toys that aren't toys... Maybe she'll be a good sharer! If she finds something or I tell her to get a certain toy, the first thing she does is try to hand it to me. She's doing this jaw thing lately though where she moves her chin forward. It's the funniest thing!

She seems to be enjoying getting to see her grandmothers on a regular basis now that I'm in school. I don't think Blair minds the new routine at all. She's still sleeping well at night, and her bedtime is still around 6pm or 6:30pm depending on the day's schedule. She still takes two good naps too.

This girl LOVES some Baby Einstein -- Baby McDonald to be exact. She's not much on the others that we've seen, but she'll watch McDonald over and over. Glued. Mesmerized. She bounces when the music plays, and she points the remote at the tv like she knows what she's doing!

Another favorite is reading books. She likes to turn the pages. She also loves to stick her little finger out and feel textures in the books. We have a book called I See a Monster that has the best textures. That left index finger is getting lots of action; she points at everything!

From the day she found her feet, Blair has loved them dearly. She uses them like hands sometimes and props them whenever there's a prop available.

It seems like she's talking more these days, but it could be my just wanting her to talk! She's got the "uh" part of "uh-oh." She still talks to Gus a lot, and she "loves" him by patting him when I tell her to. And she pats herself! She talks to Mona the kitty too. Meow is her favorite animal sound. We've just started teaching her the Itsy, Bitsy Spider, and she smiles every time I do it.

And she loves the phone. She even grabbed my mom's cell phone out of her purse and put it up to her ear. You think she might see that on occasion?!

She's just got to weigh 15 pounds by now. I feed her as much as she'll eat. She's likes Yo Baby yogurt and knows what the container looks like. She likes the baby on it. She points at him (or her?!) and kisses him. She's pretty much in 9 months clothes, and size 2 diaper is still a good fit. The third tooth appeared the first week of September without much ado. She's grabbing food (at least a cracker or two) with her thumb and index finger. She's still timid on the cruising, but her balance is really good. She'll be running before we know it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Roll 'em over...

I know every baby learns to patty cake, but Blair's learning it has given us extra joy in that she begins clapping when she hears the rhyme,
without being shown. That's so exciting from a hearing standpoint. And, she's just as cute as pie when she does it. During the last week in August, she learned to "roll 'em over" at the beginning of the week, and by the end of the week she was clapping too. She "rolls 'em over" with her little fingers spread wide and her palms facing out. She makes her mommy and daddy melt a million times a day.

She's a little delayed on this video, but this is the absolute best I could get after many many tries. You know, you turn on the camera, and they don't do a thing like they're supposed to! And, with Blair I have to get a video right when she learns to do something, because she gets out of the learning phase of a new trick, gets bored with it, and won't do it again for a while!

Monday, September 7, 2009

...with the rearview mirror torn off...

I used to love Jo Dee Messina. When I was on foreign study in college, I sang two of her songs over and over at night listening to a cassette walkman. That was forever ago it seems. The lead foot on the accelerator still applies though.

I hate to admit that I have a speeding problem.
I like to think that I'm rehabilitated, but I'm not sure. I've done better lately. (Except for one time recently. It way past my bedtime, I was distracted, and I went through a local speed trap of which I was not aware and turned off my cruise control, which was supposed to keep me from speeding, too late. Well, of course I got stopped. It didn't matter that I sobbed (not on purpose), which I had never done, I still got a ticket -- for speeding and having an expired tag. Lovely.)

No matter how fast I drive, I'd never make it in NASCAR. Those boys drive fast, and those cars are loud! It sure is fun to watch though! This weekend Brad and I went to the inaugural NASCAR night race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. We had a really fun day with lots of neat experiences. We got there in the early afternoon and went to the Farm Bureau hospitality tent in the infield.

We had a really nice day spending time under the tent, touring the pits, eating good food, and exploring the "scenery."

My bag is huge! It was full of clothes for both of us to change into after the pit tour.

Farm Bureau pit guy getting tires ready.

Busy, busy!

Coach Joe Gibbs owns the Farm Bureau car. He came by to chat for a minute.

I got to put on one of his Super Bowl rings!

The Farm Bureau car is driven by Denny Hamlin, who also came by to say hello and explain some racing terminology.

Here's some of the more inventive scenery we saw. Looks like fun!

Complete with cabinetry, a deck, and a viewing area.

With bunks and all.

Later, we headed on up to the grandstand for the race. Farm Bureau had radios for us, so that was really nice. We were going to have to rent them otherwise.
Denny Hamlin did pretty well for a good portion of the race, so it was fun to pull for him. We got home really late, but I would love to go again sometime!

Double chills with the National Anthem and a fly by!

Best one of the day -- Brad walking to the car.

I'm going to explain this picture by quickly mentioning the ordeal we went through trying to exit the race, because it wasn't at the time, but it's now quite comical. We left early so that we could get started on the drive home. But, to turn in the radios we had to exit the opposite side of the track from which we parked. We couldn't find a shuttle to take us around to the other side (even though people in empty golf carts kept passing us by). We asked the medics outside the track for the best way to get to our lot. There answer: "by car."
But we walked. Brad insisted. It had to be like two miles. AND, as we left the track, Brad said he was was getting a blister, so I let him wear my flip flop while I wore his tennis shoe -- yes, singular. We walked nearly two miles with two different shoes on.

But that's not all. Thirty minutes later when we got to our lot, they wouldn't let us go to the car! I was so frustrated! All around me I had drunk folks stumbling and yelling at the police who were barricading the parking lot so that the Atlanta Motor Speedway could shoot FIREWORKS. The crowd trying to go home grew, and most everyone was upset. It seems like the AMS could have found a different spot from which to shoot fireworks. We had to wait another thirty minutes until the race was over for them to shoot the fireworks. By the time we got to the car around midnight (over an hour after we left the track), we sat there for almost another hour trying to get out of the lot! On that trip, Brad put in some serious quality time with his wife. He's good for a few weeks, at least!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Bye Bye Bessie

As of this past week, I am no longer a dairy provider. I am very proud of myself for having provided breastmilk for Blair for this long, but I feel liberated. What I was doing is just not the same as actually breastfeeding -- timewise at least. I couldn't go anywhere without having to make plans to pump or pump in the car (not while driving!). The Lactina, the car a/c plug adapter, and I were good friends, I have to admit. Pumping became a routine, but it was a very convenient one. Now we will be using up all of the stored milk I have in the freezer -- it'll last a month or so. When we got home, I used most of what I froze while she was in the hospital and then froze the newer milk until I changed to just using fresh milk each day. I'm hoping the freezer stock will last until we go to the gastroenterologist. Maybe he will have a new plan (hopefully not including an NG tube) for putting some weight on this baby!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Old Standby: My Favorite Cheeseboat

I adore many things, and lots of those things are food related. One of my very favorite things is cream cheese. Cream cheese makes everything so yummy. I like it sweet, spicy, and just about any way you can use it. I used to even eat grilled cheddar and cream cheese sandwiches.

There is a delicious cheese boat that folks make around here.
I never get tired of it!

Cheese Boat

4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, room temperature
3 packages corned beef or dried beef (in the jar), chopped
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 (8 oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 large tomato, diced
1 bunch green onions, diced
1 jalapeƱo, diced
1 or 2 loaves French bread, hollowed out
Fritos Scoops

Mix all ingredients together and put into hollowed out loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until well heated through. Serve with Fritos Scoops.