Everything’s coming up roseola

Filed under: doctor — by Lauren on March 11th, 2008 @ 10:28 pm

Well, the results are in, and this time Anya officially has roseola. We suspected that she was about break into a rash last night, and sure enough this morning it was all over her stomach, back, arms, neck, and face. I hadn’t realized how bad it was, even though I checked her when she first woke up this morning. However, she was vigorously scratching the same spot on her scalp that she had been rubbing last night and she told us, “Hurt…hair,” so we decided to call the doctor. The nurse I spoke to said given the fever she had over the weekend, we needed to bring her in to be checked. When I took off her PJs to get her dressed for her appointment, I could see just how extensive the rash was this time.

We’re not sure what the deal is with her itchy scalp, since there doesn’t seem to be anything there, but she has a follow-up appointment on Thursday to re-check her rash (and her ears, since one was a little red). If it’s still bothering her then, we’ll have the doctor look at it again. She’s been rather grumpy and prone to tantrums for the last few days (especially with me), but hopefully that will improve as she gets better…my sanity depends on it!

Tylenol is THE BEST

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on March 8th, 2008 @ 12:28 am

I didn’t feel like the best mom ever today. Anya had a 101 degree fever, and I didn’t figure it out until about 10 minutes before we were going to leave to take her to day care. Poor baby girl; she really didn’t feel well, but I just thought she was a little tired because she woke up at 5:45 this morning. Luckily, my sister Sam is home from school this week and she was able to watch her so I could go to work, since there’s no way I can get a sub if I call out an hour before I’m supposed to be at school.

I do want to give a big thumbs up to the makers of Tylenol. The first dose didn’t help too much with the crankiness, but then again Mommy wasn’t there and Anya needed more sleep. However, the second dose was amazing! After an hour that included a short nap on my shoulder, Anya was laughing, playing, making jokes, and eating enough to feed a horse. It really is a great medicine. They should market it with the slogan “It’s the Anya you know and love, now in concentrated infant drops.” Of course, that might limit their marketability some, but I’d still buy it!

Language is SO cool

Filed under: baby's progress,moments — by Lauren on March 5th, 2008 @ 12:47 am

As Anya’s language skills continue to develop, I become more and more amazed at her ability to express what’s going on in her mind. Two recent examples:

1. Tonight while Anya was finishing her dinner, Lex brought his laptop into the kitchen. After requesting to hear one of her new favorite songs, she said, “Hat? Hat? Hat? Ducky? mmmBack (come back)!” She was asking to video chat with Papa Ducky (Lex’s dad, for those who don’t know)! She remembered that we had talked to him on the computer the previous day and that he wears a kippah (which she calls a hat). I just find it so neat when she remembers that something happened and that she liked it, and then that she is able to formulate the words to ask for it. Luckily he was near his computer and we were able to have a very exciting conversation with Papa Ducky, Grammy, AND several hats!

2. This past Friday when I picked her up from day care, Anya was very excitedly telling me something that sounded like “Big girl! Amanda!” as we walked out to the car. I had no idea what she was talking about or who Amanda might be. Today when I picked her up from school I asked her teachers if they had been talking about anything like that last week, and it turns out they were! One of the girls who had recently moved up to the next classroom had been back in Anya’s room on Friday because of understaffing, and apparently the teachers had said something about Alexandria (not Amanda) being a big girl. What makes this particular story exciting to me is that it’s the first time I became aware that Anya has the ability to tell me about something that she has experienced but I have not. I suppose she might have been able to do that for a while, but I didn’t realize it until today.

I took several developmental psychology classes and a few linguistics courses throughout my undergraduate and graduate programs, and I always found learning about the development of language highly interesting. However, getting to observe it firsthand with Anya is just thrilling. Somehow when I wasn’t looking she became a person, and not just my baby.

Anya Quotes of the Week

Filed under: funny — by Lauren on March 3rd, 2008 @ 11:25 pm

“Farted, ha ha ha!”

I think that can only be topped by what she said later in the week:

“Farted! Hear it? HEAR IT?”

Kisses and hugs

Filed under: moments — by Lauren on March 2nd, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

This morning Anya woke up bright and early at 5:30 am. Lex went to get her and told her as he was bringing her back to our room that she needed to be quiet because Mommy was sleeping. That worked for a few minutes, then as usual she crawled over to me and starting bopping me on the head – “Wake up, wake up!” Of course she immediately began begging for milk, but as per my new policy I don’t nurse her before 6 am. I can usually get her to at least lie down next to me or on my stomach, even though she won’t go back to sleep, especially if I give her two pacifiers (because one just isn’t enough). At one point she started to fuss again, and with my eyes closed I told her “Shhh, I’m sleeping!” Suddenly I felt a little, slobbery, smooshy kiss smack on my lips, followed by another one. I opened my eyes up to a huge, satisfied grin. It was just so sweet! I grabbed her and gave her a big hug, and she whispered “Ooh eee (Ooh squeeze).” Not a bad way to start your morning, even if it is before 6 am!

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