Friday, June 24, 2011

Head Wound

We made it two years.  Two whole years before we had to take our girl to the ER...

Last night, Addy slipped on our bed and crashed forehead first into the corner of the bedframe.  The bedframe won.

Dusty was just steps away when we heard the thud immediately followed by the ear piercing screams.  We rushed to her and when Dusty grabbed for her, we saw our poor girl's face completely covered in blood.  I had never seen anything like it...looked like something out of a horror film.  I freaked.  We didn't know where the blood was coming from.  Dusty took over and was cool as a cucumber.  He cleaned it up best as he could, but the blood just kept coming.  He bandaged it and we headed to the nearest ER.

Once we arrived, Addy had calmed down a bit.  Luckily they were able to glue it shut without the use of stitches.  The process of them glueing it was tough to watch.  They had to strap her little body down to the bed, hold her head down, lean her back feet in the air, and cover her eyes.  Despite all of that, she was a trooper.  She cried, but didn't try to get free.  She is one tough princess! 

We were able to come home quickly after that and had her in bed by 9:30.  It was truly the scariest thing I have ever seen.  I have seen some nasty stuff and been through some very scary things at work with my students plenty of times and I am ALWAYS the calm one taking the lead.  However, seeing Addy so injured...nothing could have prepared me for that image.  It keeps flashing in my head.  Thank the heavens for Dusty...he was cool, calm, and collected and took care of our girl.

When I was 17, I cracked my forehead wide open in a soccer was pretty nasty and I had to be rushed to the hospital for numerous stitches.  I have a scar to this day that most people don't even notice.  Not exactly what I had in mind when wanting Addy to resemble her Mommy.  ;-)

She woke up this morning at her regular time and was ready for breakfast and playtime.  She is definately tired today and her head is sore.  But she is OKAY and we are so thankful. 

Tough little princess...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

And then she was two...

Our little girl is two.  Two whole years old.  Who knew it would fly by this fast?  I sure didn't believe other parents (especially my own) when they all said "Enjoy it.  Its gone before you know it."  Luckily, I listened to the first part of that statement..."Enjoy it."  I have.  And always will. 

I will say that there have been MAJOR changes in Addy over the past couple of months.... 

She is a non stop talker.  I have to admit, when she was about 18 months, I was concerned that she wasn't attempting 'enough' verbally.  ('Enough' according to other parents' blogs...parenting magazines...websites.  Its enough to make you crazy.)  I probably wouldn't have been as worried on the inside if I wasn't a Special Education teacher--I mean, I work with kids who have speech impairments on a daily basis!  I was worried for nothing.  In the last couple of months this girl has become downright assertive with her language.  She knows what she wants and how to ask for it!  Some of our favorites are "peace out",  "addy, momma, dadda aipane",  "bubba kiss", and "horseeees eat cawwots".  She is a chatterbox!

Can we say social butterfly?  Good lord!  There isn't a shy bone in her little body.  She tells everyone "hiiiiiiiiii" everywhere we go and loves to pass out hugs.  She LOVES her friends and teachers and I'm pretty sure she is a "ringleader" of sorts at school.  She is definately "Little Miss Independent" and very confident.  I so love that about her...I hope that these qualities will stick with her as she grows up.

She also has recently developed some pretty major temper tantrums...we like to call it "Addy-tude".  I'm pretty sure we have entered the "dark period" I was warned about from other parents.  Eating out a restaurants has become tricky at times.  Dusty has more than once had to be that daddy escorting his girl out of the front door during a meal.  Just this week I left a full shopping cart in the middle of Target to leave due to her tantrum.  I was that mom.  It is definately not a daily occurence, but when it does happen I find myself looking for the nearest glass of wine or bottle of beer! ;)

She loves her Mickey Mouse and Handy Manny...bee (her pillow pet) is her bestie...and babydolls are becoming more prevalent.  Unfrotunately, her paci is also still very dear to her.  Dusty and I will be attempting to tackle that this summer.  Wish us luck! 

We love you sweet girl.  You are what our world revolves around.
This song wraps up how we feel about you...

"Daughter" by Loudon Wainwright III.

Everything she sees
she says she wants.
Everything she wants
I see she gets.

That's my daughter in the water
everything she owns I bought her
Everything she owns.
That's my daughter in the water,
everything she knows I taught her.
Everything she knows.

Everything I say
she takes to heart.
Everything she takes
she takes apart.

That's my daughter in the water
every time she fell I caught her.
Every time she fell.
That's my daughter in the water,
I lost every time I fought her.
I lost every time.

Every time she blinks
she strikes somebody blind.
Everything she thinks
blows her tiny mind.

That's my daughter in the water,
who'd have ever thought her?
Who'd have ever thought?
That's my daughter in the water,
I lost everytime I fought her
Yea, I lost every time.
Birth to 2 years...


Sunday, June 19, 2011


Today is Addy's actual birthday, although her party was yesterday. (will post later)  She is the big 2!  And she knows it! ;)

Blogs from 2 years ago...

Happy birthday, sweet girl.  You have our hearts.

Friday, June 17, 2011

2 years ago today...

We were getting ready for the arrival of our little angel.  It is so very hard to believe that 2 years have come and gone...where does the time go?  Miss Addy will be 2 on Sunday...can hardly believe it.  :) 

2 years ago today...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

California Dreamin'...

What a fun filled whirlwind of a week we had in California!  We haven't even been back 24 hours yet!  We spent 8 magical days away from reality with our Cali family.  It is simply too much to tell so I will share our trip with you through a story of photo collages from the trip!

First things first...we were greeted by Nana in the airport and Addy was SO excited!!

This was our first night in California.  We hadn't been at Nana's house longer than 10 minutes and family came bursting in the door!  We had so much fun this awesome to have everyone together under one roof!  Wiffle ball tournaments were played...hugs were was had...and the laughs kept coming!

Addy now has a new affinity for horses.  Or "Horseeeeees" as she called them!  Nana has two horses, Red and Rocky.  Addy was fast friends with both of them, but had a special bond with Rocky.  We got to ride them, feed them, brush was so exciting for our girl.  Midway through the week, it became Addy and Nana time with just the two of them going together twice everyday.  I know it was special for both of them. :)

Addy had a GREAT time with her cousins!  She was smitten with Victoria (8 years her elder!) right off the bat.  (center pic)  I kept seeing Addy just watching what she was doing and wanting to be just like her.  Addy was also fast friends with her cousin, Corey Dain. (bottom left pic)  By the end of the week Addy couldn't stop herself from telling him hi and showering him with hugs!

Mountains!!  Everytime I'm in California I am amazed by the mountains.  Pure beauty.  The drive up to the camp (at 6000 ft elevation!) always puts me at long as I've had my Dramamine! ;)  We spent the day fishing at Dusty's Aunt Pam's cabin.  Addy had a BLAST! That is, until she got carsick on the way down the mountain.  Fun was over at that point! ;)

Addy got her first haircut from Nana while we were there!  We've got bangs in the front and trimmed ends in the back.  Addy did such a great job during the cut--we were SO proud.  And yes, I did bring home some of her hair.  Mommy was a little emotional. ;)

Since Addy's birthday is on Father's Day, Nana surprised her with a fun pool to play in!  It was so cool...had a slide, sprayers, basketball, and rings.  She loved it and played in it all afternoon after the haircut.

Towards the end of the week we did a little searching through Toni's (Nana's) old pictures.  We had a blast and found her baby book and tons of albums and photos from her childhood.  A little bit of Addy shined through in Nana's baby photos.  We also happened upon Dusty's high school scrap book.  These were a few of my faves.  Wasn't he adorable?!

On our last night, everyone came by for one last visit.

We got home late last night and were all feeling pretty tired.  We had an amazing time in California and loved the 'break from reality.'  We happened upon some not so good news when we got home regarding Dusty's job.  We are trying to figure out our next step and welcome any prayers or good thoughts you could send our way.