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Thursday, March 30, 2006

shhh! baby sleeping

So today while Dylan took his afternoon nap, I set out to give his two most beloved stuffed animals (Bear and Monkey) their first bath (ok, so really I was washing dried spitup off of them in the kitchen sink with woolite). Funny part of the story: while I stood over the sink dunking them in and out of the sudsy water, the monkey we jokingly/lovingly refer to as "Katie" (for how it makes a funny screaming-monkey-noise which coincidently sounds just like her cry) started up out of the blue with it's high-pitched screaming as I stood wringing it out at its neck. It cracked me up. There I was, bathing stuffed animals in the sink, whispering to this sopping-wet monkey to "hush up" so as to not wake the baby sleeping upstairs.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

dental work

Tonight while waiting for Ryan to come home, I sat with Dylan watching a baby einstein dvd. Next thing I knew, he was poking around at my teeth, in my mouth, thinking of his future as a dentist or something, I don't know. It was so cute. There he was, just sitting on my lap, contentedly poking around in my mouth, smiling at me as he felt over the rough and smooth surfaces of my teeth, wide-eyed. Precious little explorer.
I wouldn't have traded those 15 minutes for the world.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

seeing more clearly

"I can see clearly now that the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way."
That's how the song goes, right?

Well, now I too can see more clearly. Without glasses.

That is right. I no longer need glasses.

Why you ask?

Well, last Thursday I had Lasik surgery. And for someone like me who is totally eye-phobic, that was one heck of a personal feat. It wasn't easy to endure, but now that I'm on the other side of the surgery (glad to not have to do it again, let's just say) I'm glad I went through with it. And I'm really glad that my mom was there to hold my hand and take care of me through the first couple of days. She was wonderful. Thanks mom!

I went up to visit my parents for a week and had a "consult" appointment with the opthamologist on Wednesday with my mom during one of her follow-up appointments down in Santa Barbara. During the consult, the doctor told me that I was an excellent candidate and thought I'd be really happy with the results. When I asked when they had time to do it (being that I would have to make another trip up north to have it done), they said, "how about tomorrow night?" I gulped (hard) and agreed.

After the surgery, many people (including the lasik cordinator herself) admitted that they didn't think I'd go through with it because of how freaked out I was about eye surgery itself. But I went through with it and am glad I did. It was worth it.

The next day only about 20 hours after the surgery I had my post-op appointment. The results? 20/25 in my left; 20/20 in my right. And while my vision still fluctuates a bit each day, it will keep improving over the course of the next few months. Truly amazing.

And now if only I could quit finding myself hunting for my glasses!

Friday, March 10, 2006


Cutting teeth

Today our little dillyweed cut his first two teeth. Yes, thats right, TWO teeth. So that explains the fussiness factor these past couple days.
Earlier during breakfast, he was acting all disinterested in eating, and so I let him play with a linkadoo for a minute. Next thing I knew, blood and crying. He had blood on his lip, highchair, and linkadoo. Enter mommy freakout. I thought he cut or pinched his lip, but after calming him down (ok, calming ME down) and further investigation, I found traces of two bottom teeth just under the surface lurking back at me. Pesky teeth cutting at my baby's poor mouth. Poor little Dilly.
Anyhow, I guess his mouth is just super tender right now and apt to injury. You live, you learn.
So two teeth. He waited a good 8 months before getting any teeth and these aren't even really through the surface yet.
My new friend: Oragel.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Strolling Along

Dylan in his stroller, humoring his mommy during their long walks the past couple days. We went yesterday to Lacey Park and today to the Huntington Gardens.

Lacy Park

Together at the Huntington Children's Gardens. Dylan had a blast playing in the water bells (see link above)! He was all smiles and giggles.

Last night I discovered that the first Thursday of each month has free admission to the botanical gardens, so today we HAD to go. It was fun for Dylan to be around other little ones again.
While playing in the water bells today, Dylan kept reaching over to touch this cute toddler next to him and trying to hold hands. I think he misses his Mama-Roos friends too... (the past couple of days have been increasingly more difficult for me with missing my friends back in St. Louis).

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