May 31, 2011


I can't believe Malea is 5 months old already, but it is so!

She is getting so big and can sit up when she wants too. She sat in this pillow for about 10 minutes without any issues at all!

She is mellow for the most part and just watches what is going on, but when she decides it is her turn for attention she wants it right then and not one second later!

Summer Surprise

A few weeks ago we came home to this awesome surprise on the front porch:

It simply had a note on it that said "For Kaidrei Happy Summer" We still have no idea who it is from, but Kaidrei has loved it already. We brought it in and since it was actually warm I decided to set it up. As soon as it was done, Kaidrei climbed on in and started exploring it.

Malea started getting really upset about this time during the adventure and when I went to see why I found her eating the pole on her play mat and was mad as could be that she couldn't get it all in her mouth!

When Brian got home, we took it outside and filled it up with water.

Malea enjoyed the sunshine too.

Kaidrei had so much fun. It is so fun to see the looks of pure joy and discovery on her face. I wish I could capture every little look and hold on to them forever because she is growing up so fast!

We need more water!

One side of the table is for sand and we finally got some, but it has been cold ever since. Hopefully it will warm up and we can see what she thinks of the sand too.


Last month I made a fishing set for Kaidrei's best bud - Aidan's birthday. I used felt and freehanded the fish pattern. In the nose of each fish and in the fishing hook there are some tiny powerful magnets.

Kaidrei had fun testing it out, but she leaned toward fly fishing and flung the fishing pole everywhere. I think I'll wait a while longer before I make her a set of her own for everyone's safety!


I have had a struggle with Kaidrei and bibs for the last 6 months or more. We used to use the ones that velcro around the neck. She figured out long ago that she could pull those off. So I made one out of a towel that goes of the head like a shirt. I was so happy that she couldn't get it off and it lasted about one day before she figured it out. A few weeks ago I came across this pattern. It is a baby apron. It is longer so it covers more and it has holes for the arms to go through and ties behind the neck. She can get it off if she works really hard, but usually she doesn't put forth that much effort. I'm really glad too because since every shirt she had was stained we got her a few new shirts this last month and I've been very diligent and keeping bibs on her so I don't have to try and get stains out.

The only way I could get a picture of her sitting still was to give her food...she still loves corn on the cob! She ate the whole thing!

I broke out the creative juices and made one for Chayla's first birthday. They are doing a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme, so I made my own appliqué and I think it turned out great!

Budding Photographer

Remember this sweet little picture of Malea around Easter?

Here what was happening all around her - and she was totally intrigued by watching Kaidrei!

Taking a picture of Mommy

Taking a Picture of Malea

Smiling so Mommy can take a picture of her!

As soon as she saw me with my camera she ran to the toy box and got the old camera out and came to join the photoshoot!

May 25, 2011

What do you do with a drunken toddler?

First off I must say she is not drunk! Today Kaidrei had a sedated ABR hearing test at Primary Children's in Riverton. It was a rough day for everyone involved but most especially Kaidrei. Her appointment was at 9:30 this morning and she couldn't eat or have milk after 3:30 am, then she could have clear fluids until 7 then nothing. Last night woke her up at 11:30 and got her to drink a Carnation Instant Breakfast so she would hopefully not be horribly hungry. I'm sure it helped but she was pretty mad this morning when she got a popsiscle for breakfast and that was it. She wanted her milk and probably anything else. She did really good until we got in the car to go and then she screamed for 15 or so minutes because I wasn't getting her milk and I felt horrible because she was in her seat signing milk with her hands like crazy.

We got to the hospital and checked in and she was in heaven. There were fun things to do and new toys to play with. We were actually there a half hour early because I figured it would be easier to distract her from being hungry there than at home where the kitchen was close by.

Her Grumpy Face

A huge lava lamp with fishes in it that Kaidrei thought was awesome.

There was a craft set up to make butterflies using pipe cleaners and coffee filters. She did really good at coloring the coffee filter and made it very bright.

She had just seen the nurse in this picture and was very unsure about her. When I got her out of the car she leaned away from me and shook her head and made it very known she wasn't game for anything that was going to happen.

This is the point in the story where Kaidrei stopped cooperating at all. She didn't want to get weighed, she didn't want to stand so we could see how tall she was, she didn't want to get her heart rate or blood pressure measured, and most especially she wanted absolutely nothing to do with anyone wearing scrubs! We were in an exam room about 40 minutes before she was sedated and all but maybe 5 of those were filled with her screams. She tolerated and sort of warmed up to the nurse who blew bubbles and brought out toys to play with, but that was it.

When it came time to give Kaidrei an IV to give her the sedative, I sat in a chair in the middle of the room with her on my lap facing me with her arm pinned under mine. Even with me holding her with all my strength it took 4 other nurses to get the IV in! I've never seen such kicking and screaming in all my life. The sedative kicked in quickly and within a minute of her getting the IV she was asleep. I think this was the most unnerving thing to me. To see and feel her suddenly go limp totally unsettled me.

The IV

Sound asleep.

I have to say that after an hour and half of listening to the heartbeat monitor beeping and watching Kaidrei lay there so still, I am so glad that I knew she would wake up. I can't imagine being in a hospital with a child and not knowing the outcome. My heart goes out to anyone who has had to go through that.

During the test

Kaidrei actually woke up in the middle of the test and had to be given more sedative. Then as the test was she woke up again. They wanted her to sleep for two hours since I guess if the kiddos sleep less than that they are very irritable when they wake up. The second time she woke up it had only been an hour and a half. Luckily I was able to rock her to sleep that time since she was done with the procedure and we were on the way to the recovery room. While I was trying to rock her to sleep the audiologist came in to give me the sum up of the test. I'll get the full report in a week, but the basics are that she can hear the middle and high tones fully. If there is hearing loss at all it would be in the low tones, but this test didn't fully test that range. There is another test we can do to test for those tones, but at this point I'm not sure what we will do about that.

- Cool Random Fact -I found it very interesting when I was informed today that medications (in this case sedatives) wear off more quickly in people who have red hair because they have a higher metabolism and it wore off fairly quickly for her.

We got her woken up and let her have a drink and a little bit to eat without any problems so we were discharged. Then we had to go to Provo to pick up Malea from her aunt's house. *Thanks again Carrie for watching Malea. There would have been no way to handle them both today* Kaidrei did good on the drive and was eating little snacks and drinking some. When we got to Carrie's we went in and I realized why they told me she needed total adult supervision for the next 24 hours. Until I set her on the couch at Carrie's I had been holding her or she was strapped into the carseat and only then did I realize just how loopy she was. She had trouble keeping herself sitting upright. I think Malea could sit up just as well as Kaidrei at that point. Kaidrei really wanted to go play with Lexi and tried to get up and walk several times with no avail. She had a couple close calls between her head and the piano and floor, but came up smiling every time. She had no balance at all. She could stand up if she was holding on to something. She couldn't take more than a step or two without wobbling like she had been spun in a circle for 5 minutes and was dizzy. At one point she tried to crawl but just kept face planting into the carpet! It was a moment where you feel horrible but at the same time it is so funny to watch (I really wish I had a video of it). She was amazingly happy - I'm sure I'd be frustrated trying to do something that I KNOW I can do but not having my body cooperate.

At this point I began to realize that it was going to be extremely hard to keep her safe at home and take care of Malea. We stopped by to see Brian at work and he said that it was like she was drunk. She was pretty happy but totally out of it and had very little motor control. After seeing Brian, I decided that the best thing to do would be to take a walk around Provo since it has a lot going on for Kaidrei to watch (in hopes of keeping her awake so she'll sleep tonight), she'd be strapped in and safe, plus the weather was perfect.

We walked over to Smith's and she was falling asleep so I got her a snow cone from a little shack in the parking lot. I got her a grape one, but she decided pretty quickly that my strawberry one was better...and personally after trying her grape one I agree with her. She wouldn't let me have the strawberry one back even for one bite! We stopped at a grassy place and ate the snow cones then headed back to the car. At this point Brian was able to come home too, so it worked out great.

Kaidrei in all her snow coned glory. She slept the whole way home.

Tonight she was walking better, but she fell multiple times. After every fall she would hop up with a smile and laugh. We watched Toy Story 2, had dinner, and she was falling asleep so we put her to bed at 6:30. She is peacefully sleeping. Brian and I both hope she'll sleep soundly tonight, wake up happy, and have a fun day tomorrow. I think we are going to come up with something fun to do to make up for the miserable day it was today.

May 23, 2011

First Food

Malea got her first taste of solid food this past Sunday - though the rice cereal wasn't all that solid! She did pretty good with it.

The video isn't action packed or anything, but I know some grandparents will love it. It definitely is a glimpse into daily life at our house. As soon as the attention is focused on Malea, Kaidrei finds some way to get the attention back or entertain herself...I'm not sure which is better! ;)

As a side note - Kaidrei did erase the writing on the walls today with some help of course!


Add VideoIt amazes me how good natured these two girls are most days. This was taken when they both had if only the fevers would go away. The doctor said it's a stomach virus and that we have to wait it out.


What happens at bedtime at our house? Well, I guess bedtime is synonymous with playtime in any toddlers head because that is just what Kaidrei decided last night and she didn't want to play alone.

She pulled out the princess pop up tent and went inside. Then she got out of it, lifted it up and set it over Malea. Then climbed back in to play with her!

Then she was off to cook something in her kitchen,

but was nice enough to give Malea a block to play with so she wouldn't be bored!

We did eventually get her in bed after reading some stories!

May 21, 2011

Figuring it out

Even though Malea doesn't have a bottle very often she has got it figured out! Yesterday she was determined to do it all on her own...its no wonder that it took an hour to feed her! :)

I just can't believe how quickly she is growing!

May 18, 2011

Expect the Unexpected!

What a day it has been today! It started out great. Yes, I was actually slightly happy when Malea woke up at 6 this morning to eat because it meant I could feed her and work out before anyone else was up. I've been doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred workout DVD the past few days and it was so nice to be able to do it without Kaidrei wanting to be held. I'm positive that the workout was not intended for one armed jumping jacks while holding a toddler!

Brian went in to get Kaidrei when he got up but she was still asleep and wouldn't get up. He opened the garage door and came back in to see if he could say goodbye but she still wouldn't budge. About a half hour after he left, Kaidrei came out of her room and I was shocked to see that her pajamas were covered in throw up! After a quick look at her bed I realized that the reason she was curled up on the foot of her bed was that the pillow and the rest of her bed were wet and dirty. Poor Girl.

I won't go into detail, but I'll just say that at 6 o clock this morning, I wasn't planning on haveing two girls sick with fevers, washing mulitple loads of blankets and pillows, giving multiple baths to both girls, having my computer die, or burning dinner!

Writing it out makes it seem like it was a miserable day, but really it has been a pretty good day too. We spent a lot of time cuddling while reading stories, we watched a movie, we played with some new toys that we were able to check out from the library yesterday and my favorite moment was when Kaidrei and Malea played peek a boo.

I just love that this was all Kaidrei's doing! She just gave Malea her blanket and saw that Malea smiled so she kept doing it and it got more and more animated as it went on. As usual I only caught the end of it on tape because I sat there and laughed with them for the first 3 minutes of the game.

This was the best 5 minutes ever! I absolutely love seeing my girls playing together already and I know they are going to do it more and more as they get older. I can't imagine life without them. They are both so precious to me.

Girly Girls

On Monday, Char and her friend Aubrey came out to do a craft day. We had a lot of fun playing and crafting and so did the kids! Aubrey has a 2 1/2 year old girl and a 7 month old boy. Char has a 12 month old, and then my 22 month old and 4 month old. It was a mad house but so fun! I only wish I had got a picture of them throwing balls and toys down the stairs (the entire bottom of the stairs were covered) and when they dumped every toy in the house out in the living room!

Here are a couple videos of the two older girls playing. We were working with curling ribbon and they wanted some so I stapled some to a drinking straw to make a "princess wand". Both girls ran around shaking the wand and shrieking! It was like having a glimpse into my future in a couple years when Malea and Kaidrei will be playing like that!

Giggly Girl

Malea has gotten so giggly lately. This video was catching the tail end of it all, so she is winding down, but you can still hear how squealy she gets!

May 13, 2011

Photo Shoot

While in Idaho, my sister Julie, took some pictures of the girls for me. These are the few I took while playing with my camera settings. The settings weren't quite right, but it was fun to experiment.

Kaidrei did okay for the first little bit, then decided she was done. I gave her a sippy cup of milk while I helped get Malea situated. In the midst of this I hear my niece, Brooke saying, "um, Kaidrei is dumping her milk on her dress." Well, we turn around to find it isn't just a drop or two, but she has chewed a hole in the nipple of her cup and is literally pouring the cup of milk on her dress!

I didn't get many of Malea since I was trying to keep Kaidrei out of trouble and keep Malea from slipping off the couch. I'm super excited to see Julie's pictures since I know they will turn out amazing!

After we got done/gave up, with the pictures outside Malea fell asleep and Julie wanted to test out some of her newborn props, so we did another session with Malea inside. It was a lot easier to be able to play with camera settings while she was asleep and still and Kaidrei was off playing with Brooke. It was so nice to be able to have Julie show me the basics. I feel a lot more confident now and have found myself preferring shots I've taken in Manual over the auto ones in some situations.


The Saturday before Easter we went out to Julie's house took pictures, dyed Easter eggs, and then did a great hunt!

Kaidrei had fun running around and finding eggs to put in her basket.

I love the two photos below. Kaidrei is picking up an egg and before she gets the one egg picked up, Brooke has run in and is off again for another egg!

She found lots of eggs until she realized there was candy in them...then she stopped and just wanted to eat her treats!

After all the eggs were found, Kaidrei played on the swings...

and had her first time on a trampoline. She loved being able to bounce, but wasn't too keen on it when others joined her and she couldn't keep her balance.