Wednesday, February 18, 2009


A small, typically nocturnal creature that emerges from its den in the evening. Defining characteristics include flailing arms, red face, and ear-piercingly loud wail. To date there have been no known fatalities caused by a crankalotomus attack however scratching, hair pulling, and head butting are common. Occasionally a crankalotomus will come out of its cave early in the day and remain out all. day. long. If this happens the public is encouraged to seek shelter. Immediately.

For reference the following pictures have been included.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

Keaton got so many Valentine's Day cards in the mail and I'm feeling like a total slacker because I didn't send any this year. In lieu of a card, will you accept this rose?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Last week was a big week of "firsts" for our little stinker.

First bottle
Last Wednesday when I had my dermatologist appointment I had taken some milk out of the freezer thinking I wouldn't be home in time for Keaton's feeding. In the end, because the appointment went so fast, I was home in time, but because I am NOT going to let 3 oz of liquid gold (right, Ryan?!) go to waste we decided to go ahead and see how he did with the bottle. As daddy put it: of the 2 oz. that made it into the bottle (don't ask!!) he probably ate 1 oz and had 1 oz all over him. We've used it a few more times since then and he is getting better and better each time.

First Ride in the Baby Carrier
This picture cracks me the hell up - this is what he does every time he's in it, holds onto his nuk for dear life as if someone is going to come steal it. Anyway, shortly after Keaton was born we got the Ergo Baby Carrier. I'd had my eye on this thing since before we found out we were pregnant but at the last second I almost bought a sling instead. I mean I was - this close, I put my credit card information in and everything! But for some reason I will never know the website I was going to order the sling from wasn't working. I tried 3 times and after the third failure I sat back and thought...hmmm....maybe this is God's way of telling me I'm not supposed to order this sling. The next day I ordered the Ergo instead. I am so, so happy I made this decision, or, err, this decision was made for me :) The sling was pretty and all but in the end it wouldn't have been worth it, Collin would have never used it and we would have eventually needed to buy a backpack anyway and with the Ergo all you have to do is get the infant insert and ta da! it's a sling too!! Me and the Ergo, we're BFF's.

So, you're probably wondering why the hell it took me almost 6 weeks to test it out?? Yeah, well, lets just say patience isn't a strength of mine. The day we got it in the mail I tried putting it on but the infant insert was confusing me so I took it off, set it on the table, and there it sat. For weeks. But last Thursday Keaton was crying and wanted to be held and I really needed to get some housework done so I said enough is enough, I'm figuring this damn thing out. Right here. Right now. And it took all of like 30 seconds to put it on get him in place. And the best part?? He loves it!! I can put him in asleep or awake and he is content. Ahhhh, my life just became a whole lot easier. Do you know how difficult it is to fold clothes one handed??

First roll over
* Pretend video here *

I am so ticked off - I have a video of Keaton rolling over but I can't get the damn thing to upload. I've been futzing with this stupid thing for 2 days. The file type and size seem to be okay so why is it not uploading? All I can think is that it is because our connection is too slow?? Anyone out there able to help a computer illiterate out??
Last Friday night Collin was doing a little tummy time with Keaton and he yells from the other room: Kate, he just rolled over! I thought for sure it was an accident so I came in right away, we set him back on his tummy and sure enough, he did it again! Hopefully one of these days I can figure out this video thing and I'll show you.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Did you watch the Grey's/Private Practice cross-over last night? What did you think? I was disappointed, I'm sorry but:

"Derek, I need you."

Does not a cross-over make. What the hell? I know that the hype was supposed to get you to watch so that next week we are all caught up, but still, give me a little more than 4 words.

Also did you see the scene where the baby girl that Del delivered was crying and the parents were so confused and he says "oh, she's hungry"? And then he hands her to the mother and the baby is all whahhh, whahhh, whahhh.....latch.....quiet......that one??? Yeah, I call BULLSHIT on that scene. If anyone has had an experience like that while in the hospital I'd love to hear about it. Here is how my feedings went in the hospital:

3 am nurse rolls in with a little baby in the movable bassinet and announces "someone's hungry." I can hear that little someone going ehh, ehh, ehh...we try to latch but we're both learning and the angle isn't quite right.....he starts to squirm so the nurse comes over grabs my boob and shoves it in his mouth at the correct position. Yeah, ours was much more like this:

ehh, ehh, ehh....manhandle, manhandle, manhandle.....ahhhhh mama and baby relax.

I got so used to people seeing and grabbing my boobs during my two day stay there that Collin had to remind me that I should probably cover up when the flower boy came to make a delivery.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


I was talking to Jenny, Collin's cousin, last weekend and she reminded me that I never told you guys that we finally got the results back to Keaton's repeat newborn screening. Normal!!! I am so happy and so relieved. The morning I got the call it was like a huge weight was lifted.

And speaking of test results, I might have told a few of you that while I was pregnant my doctor referred me to a dermatologist to have a couple of moles looked at. It was something I'd been meaning to do but it just never made it up to the top of my to-do list. Well yesterday I had my appointment and I'll be honest, I was a little nervous. As most of you know I love having a tan and the only thing that makes up for the humid Midwest weather is the heat of the sun while sitting on the dock. I've never been good about putting on sunscreen. Thankfully, after closely examining each one the doctor declared they all looked normal!! Yay for more normalness :) I like normal.

Last weekend was a busy one for us with lots of visitors. I've been meaning to write a post and get some visitor pictures up here but I feel like I'm still getting myself collected from it - and it is already Thursday. Thankfully this weekend should be quiet. I'm looking forward to it. In the meantime I've been slowly uploading some "visitor" pictures from the last month to flickr (on the sidebar).

Monday, February 2, 2009

Monday is currently my favorite

Is anyone else watching The Bachelor this season? I don't know what it is about this show; I'm either addicted or couldn't care less. This season I'm addicted. Here are my thoughts after tonight's show:
  • Out of the 4 girls remaining my favorites are Melissa & Molly
  • I've always liked Melissa and tonight I really started to like Molly
  • I wonder though, if they are too young for him
  • I hate it when people say things like that.....age doesn't determine a person's maturity
  • I wish I was more like Stephanie - she is just so nice
  • I wouldn't mind seeing Steph as the next Bachelorette

What are you thinking?