Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cute things

There are the times when your kids do such amazing things that you never want to forget them but they happen so fast you don't have a camera nearby. Here are some of those moments.

Mia has learned "The Lord's Prayer". She loves saying it and I was even able to get it on video (grrr, stinkin' videos). This is how she starts out:

Our Father, You are in Heaven...

Micah has learned to growl. She does it all the time, especially when eating her feet or trying to eat your face. We call her "The Micah Monster". It's a fitting name. She's also "Micah the Lion." Her love is ferocious.


As much as you try not to compare them, it's impossible. Micah, at 4.5 months, give or take, is way, way more talkative than Mia ever was. Sometimes I'm already asking her to "Give mama a minute" or "You are hurting my ears!" She's intense with her love and joyfulness and wants to express it AS LOUDLY AS POSSIBLE!


Now that Micah can roll over both ways, she wants to be on her tummy all the time. No matter that the day before she learned to roll over she hated her tummy, it was the worst place ever, the end. Now it's awesome and rolling over is the best thing ever. Little monkey!


Mia still loves to repeat everything you say, except now she has an even better memory (oh dear!). The other day, I had finished my 30 Day Shred video (Level 2 baby!) and was telling Mark about it.

Me: This level has a lot more arm work. It has been well-established that I have zero upper-body strength. I think my arms are going to fall off.

Mia: Oh mommy! I hope your arms DON'T fall off!

and later...

Mia: Hey Mommy, when do you think your arms are going to fall off?

It probably doesn't help that my Uncle Ed only has one arm...

Mia is convinced that I am on T.V. She has decided that not only am I Vanna White, but I'm also Jillian from the 30 Day Shred. Rock on!

The other day we were going through the alphabet (in random order, cause Mia totally calls me on it) and quizzing Mia on letter sounds. It went something like this:

Us: Mia, what does "Mouse" start with. Mmmm-Mmmmm Mouse?
Mia: M!
Us: Yay! *and falling all over ourselves because of course she's the cutest thing to walk this planet*

So we got to R. She correctly identifies that rainbow starts with "r." Then she informs us:

"R means 'back-up'"

I was thoroughly confused until Mark pointed out that R is for 'Reverse'... as in the car. Duh! She got that one from Granddad.

Micah is still not a big laugher. She laughs, oh she giggles. But she just doesn't think we're that funny. What does she laugh at? Being thrown up in the air! Being held upside-down. And, of course, being scared. As in, look away from her; then turn your head at her really fast and shout "BOO!" or pretend to sneeze. She's startled for a minute and then she laughs.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Isn't It Ironic... Don't ya think?

So, irony of ironies, Guess what is Micah's new favorite pastime?

Oh yes, the baby who would not under any circumstances flip over in the womb now loves to be upside-down .

Stinker. That's my little upside-down baby for ya.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What's up?

So 2 months is a long time to go without blogging. What has been going in that time? Here's a recap:

There was a wee bit of this...

And then there was this (aka, the best night of Mia's life... hopefully more on that later)

Mia wishes there was more of this...

Then Micah had a question... Yes, Micah?

Ah, yes, that's a ceiling fan. You think it's the best thing ever.

And then she started doing this.

There was a lot of this. Still is.

And then some more of this. This is her "I'm sleeping, don't bother me" face.

And now there's lots and lots of this.

And, of course, there is always this.

There's been a lot of practicing. She's still alllllmost there.

Baby dedication day. And Mother's Day. Awesome. And I think that's Granddad's arm.

And if we are good there are special treats

There ya have it. About 2 months worth of blogging. Whew! I'm exhausted!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Outwit, Outplay, Outlast

Survivor. Oh yes, we have been in survival mode around here.

Around the time of our last post... about 2 1/2 months ago now, things started getting a bit hectic around the Davenport House (as if life with a toddler and an infant wasn't enough). Mia started fighting sleep -- naps, bedtime, middle of the night, you name it. Not only was she fighting going to sleep, but she often woke up several times a night. So our nights looked a lot like this:

Get Mia to bed around 8pm. Put her back in bed every 10-15 minutes until 10pm-midnight (or later!). Wake up 2-3 times after that and put her back to sleep. Get up at 7am. Lather, rinse, repeat. And fall asleep in your coffee.

Oh, yeah, and did I mention that Micah doesn't sleep though the night? Like most babies? Yep, we're pretty tired around here.

Anyway, we tried everything -- punishments, spanking, taking away special treats, locking her in her room, sitting by her bedside, short naps, no naps, freakishly long naps, earlier bedtime, later bedtime, etc, and so on and so forth. Nothing worked. It was all a recipe for disaster and frustration on all our parts. Obviously, something was wrong.

We mentioned this to the physicians assistant at her doctor. She said that sounded like she was dropping her nap, to give it a week or so and it'll work itself out. And take this zyrtec.

Nope, nada, zilch. Except now we had to buy zyrtec.

So we went to see her pediatrician and mentioned this all to him. Plus a host of other symptoms (snoring among others). He referred us to an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) doctor in Houston. After some internet searching and asking around Mark and I were pretty sure what her diagnosis would be, but were torn in hoping for it...

We went to the ENT last week and our suspicions were confirmed. Mia has obstructive sleep apnea caused by very large adenoids and tonsils. She has to have them out. (and she doesn't have allergies in his opinion, ditch the zyrtec! yay!)

The surgery is schedule for June 16th. We're still quite torn about everything. Obviously no parent ever wants their child to undergo surgery. But she (and we) can't keep going on like this either. The ENT was great... he pointed out a bunch of symptoms that we didn't even realize were related and promised us a a "very different kid" when it was all over and done with.

We love our Mia. Desperately. But man... a kid who sleeps would be nice.

So we wait in survivor mode. A good night she sleeps though the night (but alas it isn't "good" sleep so she isn't rested by any means). An average night she gets up 3-4 times. Rough nights it's about every hour.

So there ya have it. That's the reason for the lack of posts. It's hard to write when the computer screen is fuzzy from lack of sleep.