Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Brian did one of these challenges last year with a friend, and he had some pretty good success. Their competition got derailed, though, sometime after a month in which the "winner" was the person who gained less over the past 30 days! I like to tease him about that, but both of the guys did pretty well most months.
But we all know how easy it is to let the number on that scale slide back up. Brian and I are both prone to stress-eating, especially from the candy bowls in our respective offices. And in Brian's job, there's a lot of other temptations like lunches out and "Den pops," which are half-gallon-sized sodas sold for around 75 cents on campus. I can understand the allure of the "deal"... but I also know that hundreds of calories hide out in a drink that size. I also have some temptations to avoid around the newsroom, including cakes from a co-worker who likes to celebrate almost every employee's birthday by baking. It's a sweet gesture, but I've had to learn to decline the frequent slices.
The stakes for the competition Brian and I are in are as follows: The winner each month gets to pick a weekend day and basically rule our schedule. The winner gets to choose what we do — projects and fun stuff — and what we eat all day. We all know how much compromise is involved in every day of a marriage, so the prospect of being the final say for a day is enticing. And we have grand prizes on the horizon. We're planning to run the competition until Nov. 26 — our anniversary and the seven-month mark in the challenge — at which point the winner of the most months gets to choose a high-priced electronics "toy." Right now I'm pushing for a GPS watch, but that may change, and Brian is working toward a Wii game system. (And before you chime in that his prize is something we both can enjoy, I'll point out that he could use the running watch, too. AND he had the opportunity, and still does, to pick a Kindle as his prize... but he changed his mind.)
So, today marks the end of Month 1... and the winner is: We don't know.
We forgot that it was a weigh-in day until after Brian had already eaten breakfast this morning. We're trying to keep the weigh-ins fair by doing them first thing in the morning... so we'll find out tomorrow. But Brian hasn't tried very hard this month, by his own admission. He's not expecting to win — and is already strategizing how he's going to get ahead next month. I've been doing pretty well over the past month, thanks in part to the half marathon I finished training for and ran. Hopefully I can keep the pace up!
Our competition is pretty good-natured. But we're both competitive, so I'm expecting to see some major results in those scale readings over the remainder of the year. I just need to steer clear of that dang candy bowl!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Ellie started crawling tonight! This video doesn't even do it justice. After we shot this video, as we were playing before bath time, she started crawling all the way across her room! We are just amazed at the progress she made overnight. Man, what's next?!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010
The ENT looked at her ears and found, as expected, two full-blown ear infections. I asked about options, but he said our only other course of action would be to continue antibiotics. Those just aren't working. And there are risks associated with letting these ear infections continue. Not to mention that Ellie's speech and development could be impacted by having fluid interfering with everything inside her head.
We have the surgery scheduled for next Thursday morning. I got pretty emotional when he talked us through the risks — potential damage to the ear drum, infection or bleeding.... These potential side effects seem to only impact less than 3 percent of cases. (Somehow that doesn't make me feel great, but I'm trying to be rational.)
I know our little girl is strong. Ellie IS going to be fine.
We really appreciate all the support, as we freak out more than necessary about all of this! We're first-time parents at our worst right now.
Ellie has another/or the same ear infection in her left ear. And another one in her right. I am just amazed that she can develop more infections while still on the antibiotics! Just this morning we gave her the last dose of medicine from the previous round of ear infections.
So here is the new plan:
-The nurse practitioner sweet-talked the ENT into fitting Ellie in today... instead of waiting for the appointment we had scheduled in June. We hopefully will know more after the 1:30 appointment.
-She was going to get an antibiotics injection at the dr's office yesterday, because the oral ones obviously aren't working... but they decided to have us wait and see what the ENT thinks today.
-The likely treatment plan is going to be putting in ear tubes.
And here's what I'm thinking, and by "thinking," I mean *freaking out* about.
Our baby might need surgery!! I'm not sure what I thought went into ear tubes, but I've heard so many people talk nonchalantly about the procedure. I hadn't thought about the baby having to be put under general anesthesia, but I doubt the doctor would want to attempt putting microscopic tubes through the ear drum of a wiggly, awake baby.
Still, when I started doing online research on the procedure yesterday -- BIG mistake -- I got more and more nervous. Yes, it's the most common surgery done on children under 4... but there are still risks (as there are with any surgery). And this is our baby!!
I'm really hoping to get some good information from the doctor this afternoon. And maybe all my worrying is premature. We'll be asking about alternate options, as neither Brian or I want to rush into a surgical solution. BUT, knowing all that isn't making me any less nervous/sad/scared for Ellie.
The only silver lining of her illness this week is that mom and dad are getting more time with her. Brian took off work yesterday to stay home with her -- since she's not allowed at day care with a fever. I'm home with her this morning and we're having a fun, cuddly good time.
Anyone think I can hug these ear infections out of her? Seems like a medically sound course of treatment.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Ellie and Rosalie "playing" together — i.e. on blankets near each other. Ellie was eating a piece of roll, which helped distract her from trying to pull Rosalie's pretty hat off. Silly girls.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
I finished the race in 2:03:50, which is only about a minute slower than my PR. I had no plans to set a new best time at this race, so I was thrilled to come as close as I did. My training was far from perfect, thanks to all of the added responsibilities in my life these days. But I take great pride in being able to run as fast as I did!
And my little brother, Ben, did amazing in the full marathon — as usual! He didn't hit his goal time, but still finished 11th place (out of 7,000 runners) with a time of 2:30:40. He's awesome.
(I'll add pictures later, but our camera is being weird...)
Here are some of the highlights from our family trip up to Green Bay this past weekend.
A few firsts:
- My first time hearing "Go mom" from the race course sidelines — and having it apply to me, and not the other, older women running nearby! Kinda weird and awesome. Brian and Ellie (and future sister-in-law, Candice) really pumped me up by cheering at miles 4 and 10.
- It was also the first race in which I had to budget extra early-morning time to nurse before heading to the starting line... That meant a 5 a.m. wake-up call, but Ellie is worth it :)
- When I really started to hurt during the run, it was the first time I could think to myself with real assurance: "My body can do something much more painful than this and get by!" After experiencing childbirth, I think a lot of things sound easier.
- The first race where I really felt like my dad was running alongside me. He's the main reason I work so hard at running and to stay healthy. And he's certainly the reason I cheer so hard for the Packers! I know he was looking down from heaven and, in a way, was with us at the race Sunday. He was such a Green Bay fan that I know he would not miss it.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Brian, Ellie and I are off to the race tomorrow. We're making the trek up to Green Bay for the half marathon I'm running on Sunday morning. That's right, we're going to Packers country!
I'm very excited, especially since I've never been to Lambeau Field -- which is where the race finishes :)
I'm sure this will be quite the adventure. I'll post more when we return. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
We were lucky to get some help last night from a friend, Holly, who I work with at the newspaper. I had a special nighttime assignment for work that I couldn't get out of and Brian had his monthly Science Cafe, a program he organizes for Purdue. We had originally set up for Ellie to go to the neighbor's for a couple hours, but we didn't want to expose their son to Ellie's germs. So Holly came over at the last minute and watched Ellie. It sounds like they had a pretty good time, considering that Ellie was sick and cranky. And we were SO grateful for the last-minute help! Last night was one of those times that we realized how hard it is not to have any family in town. We're lucky to have friends we can impose on in a jam :)
Ellie's fever is still raging today. It was 101.8 this morning, but seems to have gone back down with a new round of Tylenol (generic, since the name brand stuff has all been recalled).
Not only is it heartbreaking to see Ellie hurting, she's not allowed back to day care until she's been fever-free for 24 hours. I'm at home with her for a couple hours this morning and then will head into work when Brian gets done with a meeting he had to attend. He's taking the rest of the day off to run daddy-day-care.
The new ear infection means we have an appointment to see an ear, nose and throat doctor at the beginning of June. Ellie may have some tubes in her future... but we'll see. Since we're at or near the end of the cold season, there's still a chance she might not need them. But we hate seeing her with all these ear infections.
Here's hoping for a quick recovery for our baby girl.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I haven't had time to get Ellie in for new professional photos anywhere recently, so I tried to do my own photo shoot with her in our front yard last week. I absolutely love the photo above.
And these next ones are just fun and cute. I'm going to keep working on my photo-taking skills with our new camera. It's not super fancy, but it takes good pictures and I just need to keep experimenting with different light and settings.
I've set up a photo page through Shutterfly that I believe anyone can visit to view/buy prints of our pictures. Hopefully it works. The site is: http://schneiderheimer.shutterfly.com
Oh, and we had a great Mother's Day weekend. I had to work Saturday, but still had some fun with Brian and Ellie before going in to the office. And on Sunday we met our friends Rob and Mary for a great picnic. I'll post pictures later. Hope everyone else had a great weekend and made sure to say "I love you" to mom! Ellie hasn't quite mastered the phrase yet, but she said a lot of "ma-ma" yesterday. I'll take it :)
Friday, May 7, 2010
I got to spend some time at Ellie's day care this morning because the teachers in her room hosted a Mother's Day brunch for the moms. It was very sweet! And I got a painted flower pot from Ellie as a gift. I'm pretty sure Ellie painted it all by herself :) I love it and already showed it off to my co-workers.
I've been thinking a lot this week about how much I feel like a mom — which I suppose is good since I've been one now for quite some time!
It really hits me sometimes, though. One such occasion was last week when I was battling a cold. As I fished a Kleenex out of my purse one day I thought, 'Wow... I'm officially there.'
I will forever associate Kleenex with my mom because she is never without one! If I went into her house right now and borrowed a coat, I could almost guarantee I'd find at least one tissue in the pocket. Even most of the sweatshirts probably have a spare tissue hiding out inside the cuff of the sleeve. I guess she's always had bad allergies — and had a lot of kids' noses to wipe! — so Kleenex became her constant companion over the years.
I had another mom moment last night as I shared food with Ellie. We're trying out new finger foods with her, so I cut up a few pieces of banana for her tray and then ate the rest of the banana myself. I know it's not a big deal, but I felt like I'd "arrived" as a mom who eats her kid's leftovers while running around trying to do a dozen other things at the house. I know, how exciting.
I'm sure this will probably change over the years, but I'm still in the honeymoon phase of mommy-hood right now. I don't mind having to wipe Ellie's nose, hands and hair. And even when I'm starving, I don't usually mind having to figure out her meal before getting to eat my own. OK, there are times when I get frustrated — usually when I can't even find a moment to hit the bathroom. But the rewarding and "wow" moments of being a mom FAR outnumber those frustrating moments.
Right now I can honestly say that being a mom — in all of its unglamorous glory — is about the best role I've ever had. And I'd probably say that even if Ellie hadn't given me the flower pot this morning.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Even though the reception was too late in the evening for Ellie, she came with us to her first wedding ceremony on Saturday. Linda took this family picture for us before we left and I think it turned out so cute! I love the look on Ellie's face — like she's thinking, 'Yeah, I know I look good!'
We went to St. Louis last weekend to visit Brian's family and attend a friend's wedding. It was a very fun weekend. Ellie got some quality time in with her grandparents and great-grandparents, although she is still a little fussy sometimes when Brian or I hand her off.
Still, she was a great traveler in the car and had some good visiting time. Above she's playing with great-grandpa Joe's hand.
And below she was playing in Grandma Linda's wash basket. Ellie is lucky that her grandma and grandpa love her so much... because she was very fussy on Saturday night when Brian and I left her to go to the wedding reception. I believe the report was that she cried and screamed basically until she passed out for the night. Not exactly the fun night of babysitting that the grandparents were hoping for. Sorry again, Linda and Bob!
Monday, May 3, 2010
2. She's right on the verge of crawling and walking. Ellie can rock and hang off the edge of furniture with the best of them :)