Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Naples Zoo and some other stuff

Well, the girls went to their first zoo yesterday. My father and I took them to the Naples Zoo in Florida. It went -- OK. Since my Dad is a veteran, he got in for free that day and I got in for a $11.95 as a veteran's dependent (though I'm NOT, since I'm 26!). The girls were free. That was a plus, since pretty much all the animals were asleep and the girls couldn't see them since they weren't moving. (Or maybe they saw, but weren't interested!)

It was also 94 degrees and BRIGHT and SUNNY. I managed to avoid them getting sunburned, but neglected myself and got a little burned. I also managed to leave their sippy cups in the car, so we gave them each a can of lemonade and they spilled a bit at first, but when it got a little less full they were able to drink well from those.
The girls LOVED the fish and turtles in a pond that you walked over -- of course that was all free since it was at the entrance to the zoo! They also liked the zebras, which moved, and a swinging monkey. The only other animal that they could see was the bears, which started to wake up and move before the bear show. Other than that? Nada.
Here is the ONE good picture we got of the girls peering at the massive fish and turtles just below the pond surface:


Lily is on the left. There is also some video, but not the kind I can put on here. Here are a few other pictures just because...

Lily kissing Evie. Evie didn't complain too much!





Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunny Florida...and Happy Father's Day

Since the girls and I are in Florida, we are going to post a bunch of pictures and videos on here for Daddy back home in New York. The girls are enjoying their kitchen, little red car and the swimming pool. Oh, and the black ottoman box that they can get into...

First up: The Box. Two shots, one of them both sitting and one of them both standing.

And this is the little red car. We have to avoid letting them buy a red car when they are of driving age, otherwise we'll have little speed demons on our hands!

This is Lily, laughing so hard her eyes were closed (I swear...it wasn't my crappy camera skills.)

And this is the both of them with little duckies that my father got from the pool place as a little free gift for Father's Day.



AND lastly, a video.

This is the girls in the pool!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Q9OolGF1Q

Just follow the link, my computer is being stupid...

More to come!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Before-party stomping...

Here is Lily, mostly, before the party. Trying out her new sandals...
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Lily and Eve's second birthday party

The party was yesterday and it went well. We had hoped for better weather, but the rain held off until everyone was leaving, so even though it was window, overcast and a bit chilly outside the kids were still able to go out and play for the most part. And they had a great time, running around in the yard and later on, drawing on the driveway with chalk.

Of course Lily and Eve most enjoyed walking as far away from everyone and the house as they were able, so someone had to basically trail them the whole time. Evie especially. They liked their cakes (each had a cake, instead of one big sheet cake) and they loved all their presents. Here is a slideshow of a few pictures:

http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y159/gwenneth2032/Second%20Birthday/?albumview=slideshow

It'll take you to Photobucket. Everytime I tried to embed a slideshow, it bombed on me...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Another blog...

I've taken the leap.

A new blog.

About my book-writing.

Visit http://battleofthebook.blogspot.com/ if you're interested.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Musical Short

Lily figured out her Dad's harmonica. She didn't do it for very long spurts, but I caught her this one time with the video camera. So here you go, Lily's first harmonica performance:


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And so she isn't left out, a cute picture of Evie I uploaded today. There are a bunch more pictures where it came from, but my headache is making it hard to deal with the computer screen. For those who don't know, I've been working on a book *after spending many years coming up with the idea* and that has meant a lot of computer time. So my migraine today is colossal.

That's the package their Easter present from my parents came in...

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Something for Sunday

I felt like posting something, so here...something happy in the wake of Evie's ER drama. It's funny, but my current obsession with the television show "ER" really did pay off Friday, since I was well aware of everything that was being said and done! It was nice not to be in the dark about things.

First up, Lily being weird...
Lily after we "washed" her hair with a rag. She had all kinds of oatmeal mess in that hair. I had to strip her down, there was so much on her!

Evie peering through a DVD case she got for Christmas.


Evie giving Maddie a kiss at Christmas.


Enjoy!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Evie's ER visit

Friday at about 4 a.m., Evie woke us up whining. It wasn't unusual, but she had a temp of 101, so we gave her Tylenol and brought her into our bed to sleep. At around 8:15, she woke up and was babbling. And she started having a seizure. At first I thought she was just messing around, trying to get out of the bed. But when I looked at her, her eyes were angled up and to the right and she was drooling and twitching rythmically. So I knew it was a seizure.

Because of her history of external hydrocephalus, my first thought was it could be related to that so we called 911. We have a rescue squad literally two minutes away. She stopped seizing when we got her downstairs, so about a minute and a half possibly two minutes later. But she wouldn't look at anything, just stared off into space, and was sobbing uncontrollably. The ambulance came and I went with her to Columbia Memorial Hospital. They took blood, hooked up monitors and took her temp, which at that time was 102.7. So they gave her suppository Tylenol and waited. A few hours later, she was starting to look at me, but not really interacting or anything. The temp was still high, 101, so they had me give her oral motrin. After that, she began to perk up. They took front and lateral chest x-rays, looking for infection to cause the temp, took a cath urine (since she wouldn't pee for us despite drinking two cups of cranberry juice and water). All came back negative, but in the end, she had an ear infection.

The ER doctor diagnosed the seizure as febrile, which means it occured because her temperature spiked very quickly. It doesn't mean it got so high, but rather how FAST it got so high. These aren't THAT uncommon, one in 20 children will have febrile seizures, and they can run in families. I've been told that there have been some in Eric's family. We've been giving Evie round the clock Tylenol and Motrin, we'll be taking her to the ER for a re-check and she's on Amoxycillin for her ear infection.

So right now, all is well, but it was a long Friday morning and early afternoon. I ended up with a migraine from hell since I had nothing to eat, and only a teeny carton of milk to drink from Thursday night until 3 p.m. on Friday. Needless to say, it took until TODAY, Saturday, to squash that monster.

Evie's acting totally normal, for the most part, today. She's eating and drinking, so that's good. The rescue squad guy from the ambulance recognized us at the gas station later yesterday and checked in to see how she was doing. Nice to live in a small village sometimes. And the nurses at the ER wanted to meet Lily when I told them Evie was a twin, since they thought she was so good and cute. *She really was well-behaved, even after she perked up and was awake.*

That was our crappy Friday...thank God it wasn't anything worse and appears to be over.

I do love our new pediatricians though. I called the office when we got home and told them what happened and he got on the phone and talked to me about it, told me what to do if she had another and that he was on call all weekend if it happened again to call him. He also said we'd do an EEG in a few weeks/months just to be absolutely sure it was nothing else that caused it. And then he called back a few hours later to make sure things had calmed down and we were all right. Great!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Suggestions anybody?

I'm looking for kid-friendly vacation ideas. Somewhere in the northeast U.S. We don't want to go far, but we don't know what the kids might be able to enjoy or at least not be a problem at so I'm asking other moms/dads what they think! The girls will be two in May. We wouldn't go anywhere immediately, so we have time to figure it out. I was thinking of going to Pennsylvania, my grandparents used to take us when we were younger to Amish country. But I don't know what there is to DO there other than...uh...look around? We can't afford a big trip or any big amusement parks either.

Is it too early for a zoo of some sort? Is the beach a good/bad idea? Would it be inappropriate to take toddlers to a battlefield park, i.e. Gettysburg? What do you think? If anyone is still reading this, that is!!!

Thanks in advance!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

UH...sorry?

Okay, so a "long time" since my last post would be a bit of an understatement. Ages ago might be more apt...sorry about that. Been a bit busy, a bit lazy, a bit uninterested in blogging. I won't promise that the next post will come sooner either!

The girls are doing fine. Still not really "talking" per se, but they are trying to imitate and they seem to understand a lot more words than before. We 've been hanging out with my mother for a while now, but she's going home tomorrow so we'll be back to just us. I'm assuming the girls are still around 25 pounds, but I have no idea how much they really weigh. They are wearing 2T/24 months clothes pretty consistantly now and a lot of the 18-month stuff is getting too small. They'll be 2 at the end of May, so that's not so bad!

They're pretty good at coloring, stacking, looking at books and everything now. They eat almost anything we give them. And they are doing great with their spoons and forks.

And now some pictures, since that's what everyone wants!

First up, Evie:

And then, Lily:

Here is Evie eating a half a grilled cheese sandwich. We don't do this often, since they take WAY too big bites:

Here is Lily eating her sandwich. They love grilled cheese:

And since I'm feeling generous, here is a video of the girls being...the girls:

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