Thursday, October 29, 2009

Icky Sicky

So, Annie has been sick.

She actually has been coughing off and on for several weeks- since before the beach. But it would be bad, and then get better, and then get bad again, though never really enough for us to worry. Until it did, and so we did (worry, that is!). Added to the fact that I was planning a trip overnight, away from the kids, with Todd in charge....well, we decided that she needed to be checked out.

So, I brought her in on Friday afternoon, and the pediatrician (not her usual) said she had a sinus infection, gave us an antibiotic, a steroid for her lungs and liquid Albuterol because she was wheezing. And off we went home.

That night she slept very little because she coughed so much.

She coughed off and on Saturday...when she woke from her nap, she was miserable and we missed a birthday party because she was coughing and just not happy.

And then she didn't sleep on Saturday night....really, not at all.

And she coughed, and coughed, and coughed...enough that she vomited several times (and all over me) and finally I had enough.

So, I packed her up and we headed to the ER, just she and I. We waited for 2 1/2 hours in the waiting room. She was actually good- she played with me a bit, watched a little TV and then fell asleep in my arms.

When we were finally seen, the doc did an x-ray to rule out pneumonia and checked her oxygen levels (both were ok- although at one point the nurse almost didn't let us leave b/c her O2 level had decreased, but turned out it was just because Annie was hysterical from having the cuff on her foot)....

And they told me she had bronchitis, not a sinus infection. In fact, as it turns out, babies do not HAVE sinuses until they are older!! AND, he also told me not to give her the liquid Albuterol- it is only for ADULTS!!! SERIOUSLY!!!

So, she had a breathing treatment, and a prescription for the machine, which they dropped off the next day...and has been getting better since then.

It was a rough weekend....but she is feeling much like herself now and I am so glad. It is hard to have a sick baby.....really hard. But I am soooooo sooooo grateful that she is healthy- that both of my girls are. Just one night in the ER makes you realize how different it could be if they were not.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Riley rides the bus!

Riley had her first field trip last week on Friday. They went to an apple farm not too far from here, where they picked apples, went on a hayride, walked through a corn maze and a pumpkin patch. She had a great time- she came home with a bag of small apples and a little pumpkin, which she wants to paint.

But, the most exciting part for her- the BUS RIDE!! There are 8 kindergarten classes at her school, and 4 of the classes were supposed to go on Thursday, and then the other 4 on Friday. But, it rained on Thursday, so they decided that all 8 classes would go on Friday! Which meant that they had to cram onto the bus, but it didn't bother her...they sat three in a seat and off they went.

I wish I could have gone, but the timing was off and they only let 2 parents per class go...maybe next time!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Annie has some fun....

Annie had two days off of school last week for a teacher work-day and parent conferences, so Ms. Donna came to stay with her last week.

I think that they had a good time- Annie liked being home and taking it easy and playing with her own toys all day.

One day Donna brought her little doggie, which Annie enjoyed:

Then she had some fun- I think she kept Donna busy and I am pretty sure that Donna earned every penny we paid her :):

And even had a little rest (she wouldn't take her afternoon nap in her crib, but decided the floor would work just as well):

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Riley- what a difference 2 years make....

Ok, so check this out.....I knew I had the same pic somewhere...

This is Riley this year at the Jaws store (basically a store at the beach that sells all beach stuff- you have to walk through a shark to enter!):

And this is Riley 2 years ago at the store:

See how she only comes up to his the first pic, she is almost as tall as the bear! Wild! She is getting so big- her legs go on forever and ever....I look at her sometimes and wonder how she got so big so fast.....


Not sure why I do that to myself- I should have learned from when she was a baby- as soon as I started to think that we were making progress with the sleeping thing- she turned around and did the opposite....

So, yeah- we had a rough night with Annie last night. The girls and I spent the afternoon at Grams and Gramps' house since Todd was golfing all day. Annie fell asleep for about 5 minutes in the car on the way there, and I should have known that was a bad sign. She didn't want to sleep in their crib, and then I finally got her to sleep, she only napped about 45 minutes.

So, last night, I knew she was tired and tried to get her to bed early- but that was a no go. Then, just as she was falling asleep, Todd came home, and then she was done! He tried to get her down twice, and finally I just rocked her until she passed out, by this time about 8pm- Riley was already in bed!

Then, she woke up about 9pm, screaming. She was standing in her bed, screaming, but as soon as I picked her up, she was out again. Not sure what that was all about- she isn't sick- maybe teeth???? Who knows....she slept ok after that aside from some coughing (from her and Riley- seriously- they have been coughing in bed for WEEKS), I am tired and hoping it was just a fluke!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Some beach pictures.....

Annie and sleep

Annie has become a pretty good sleeper, after all of the trouble she put us through for the first 9 or so months of her life!! She naps now pretty consistantly for an hour and a half each day, both at home and at school, and she goes to bed usually around 7 or 7:30 each night, and usually wakes up when we are getting ready during the week about 6:30am, and then on the weekends, occassionally she gives me a little present and sleeps until 7 or sometimes, rarely, 7:30!

Most nights I put her in her bed awake, and she fusses for a minute or so, or less, and then she is out for the night.

We have a new little bedtime routine that she seems to like. I put her in her sleep sack, and the three of us (me, Annie and Riley) go down to the playroom and Riley starts her movie and Annie has a little bit of milk from a sippy cup, and then she says good night to Riley and we go to her room, where we read her two night-night books and then I rock her for about 5 minutes, just to get her drowsy, lay her down and get out of there as fast as I can!!!

No more bottles, no more rocking to is really, really nice!!

A few weeks ago, we sold my breast pump and all of it's parts on Ebay....I have a few bottles left that I need to toss, and then we are DONE....feels weird, but it is just another phase of life we are moving into....

Here she is in her "bedroom" at the beach house- her pack-and-play fit perfectly in the closet, and there she slept for the week- it was great!! Of course, she didn't sleep the best while we were there, but since then, we have worked out the kinks and she is doing really well- at least- until the next cold, but that is another story!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009


We are plugging right along her in the Hildebrand household- nothing really new to report!

I have a few new pictures from Annie's school:

Making quite a mess during her snack, apparently. If you look closely, it looks like she was also eating some sort of Styrofoam bowl, too???

Again, making a mess! Seems pretty happy about it!

Annie's school was closed this week on Thursday and Friday, so Ms Donna watched her at home and she had a good time. No big plans for the weekend- we were thinking about going to the pumpkin patch/apple farm place, but it is supposed to rain, so not sure now what to do....

That is about it from here! Sorry for the boring least you got some pictures!

Monday, October 5, 2009


As I said before, Riley is very much enjoying her kindergarten experience so far! A few weeks ago, they had "Grits with Grandparents" morning at the school. The kids were allowed to invite their grandparents for breakfast in the cafeteria. So Riley and Grams and Gramps left the house at the crack of dawn and made their way to the school, mostly without incident, to have breakfast. She had a great time introducing them to her teachers and then showing them her classroom and the table where she sits. I was happy to get these pics, since Todd and I haven't really even been there during the day!

Here are a few more of Annie at school- I have been saving them to put up here. The first one is me and Annie that was taken for a family book they were making with all of the kids and parents. The second one is shortly after I dropped her off one day. She is going through the separation phase, which is not much know, start screaming when Mommy or Daddy leave the room...yeah, that one! So, on this day, she was a little screamy, so I think that Ms. Cyndi sent it to me to let me know that she didn't scream the whole day!!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Annie at school

Wow- I am on a roll here lately with posting! Go me!

One of the (many) things I love about Annie's school is that each room has a camera, and they are forever taking pictures of the kids. But, even better, they send them to me!! So, about once a week, as I am sitting at my desk, working away, I get an email from Annie's teacher that makes my day! It is pretty cool that I can see what she has been doing or working on, and then sometimes get a clue about why she looks and acts the way she does when she comes home- mostly filthy and exhausted!!!

Here is what I mean:

And then.....SURPRISE!!!!!!!

Apparently Annie had a REALLY good time painting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Now that Annie is a (mostly) walker, she is having a good time doing some of the things she has seen Riley do. We have been been playing outside quite a bit since the weather is cooling down, and Annie has fallen in love with the playhouses in the yard. Since they are small, she can walk around in them and still use the walls to balance. It has been great for me- I just put her in one of them, and then I can go and sit down and not have to be right there with her.

It was a bit of a mistake, though, to think she couldn't still ger herself in trouble!! This is what I found after leaving her to play on her own for a bit:

She had a great time, eating the dirt!!!!