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January and February 2009 - In Review

The last two months have been a total whirlwind! 

Ophelia hit her 18 month mark in January. Her doctor was duly impressed with her progress. While still tiny, she is in perfect proportion and the picture of health. She is eating well, 3 meals a day and 2 snacks, drinking whole milk, and still nursing once or twice at night. Her vocabulary is easily 50-60 words at this point and she as about 30 or so signs to add to that. She still loves reading her books and now she's really into puzzles and stacking blocks and playing with legos. She still tries to eat her crayons, but we're working on that!  She sure is a spitfire. We call her Goose on the Loose! 


By the end of January, her vocabulary literally exploded! And at the end of February, her words are multi-syllable and she is making phrases on a regular basis. She knows all of her shapes and colors and can identify all of her letters and numbers 1-10. My mom and dad sent her a toddler table and chairs, so we started again with crayons. She is still tasting them on occasion, but mostly just trying to draw with them! We also introduced Play-Doh. Not totally thrilled with it yet, but we're getting there! 


We have been going to Books and Babies at the library again as well. And the last 4 weeks, we have also been going to Mommy and Me Yoga once a week. She is really flowering socially, and is interacting with the other kids pretty well. She's pretty reserved, but definitely interacting. 

At the end of January after another prenatal visit where I was advised to wean Ophelia from breast feeding, we did exactly that. She was only nursing at bedtime and if she woke in the night (which seemed like most nights since the molars started coming in in December), so I didn't think it would be TOO traumatic. Well, weaning threw sleeping right on it's ear. Several weeks of screaming, a Twilight Turtle (thanks Beeba!), and a new bedtime routine later, I think we are finally back to having a normal sleep routine. Better actually, because she is sleeping through the night 5-6 nights a week now. 

She is still eating like a champ, thank goodness! We usually have oatmeal, eggs, or waffles with fruit and sometimes yogurt for breakfast. She love ham (pronounced 'am'!) and smoked turkey, peanut butter, roast beef, cheese, and all manner of fruits and vegetables. The only things we have a hard time with are the carbs, but she likes O's and crackers and will eat toast and rice on occasion. Oh - and she loves cheesy noodles too!  Here she is on pancake day - once a month I make yogurt pancakes with blueberries. This day she ate 7 pancakes AND a banana! 


In February, Ophelia and I went to the Wild West Winterfest. It's basically a winter fair. There was a quilt show, a 'mercantile', a Chili Cook Off (yum!), lots of animal events, and most importantly, a petting zoo! It's amazingly difficult to capture a toddler at the petting zoo, by the way! Here she is snuggling both a sheep and a goat!


Jim's debate season was in full swing until mid-February. They were undefeated the whole season right up and until the State Tournament, where they came in second. He then went on to qualify 9 kids to go to Nationals in Birmingham, AL in June. 

I've been going up to Big Sky for Volunteer Ski Patrol several weekends a month. I am working in the First Aid Station, and even though it's fairly light duty, it makes for a long day. The rewards are worth it though. I love using my EMT and helping people that need it and we also get free ski passes out of the deal as well!  Jim has been able to ski most weekends and we have been able to give a few passes to some friends as well. 

For the past week I've been battling a cold. Started last Sunday and I'm finally feeling a little better, but not 100% yet. We all know being sick pretty much sucks, but when you are pregnant that also means that every time you cough or sneeze you pee your pants a little. Oh Joy!! Ophelia had a fever on Thursday and Friday, but never developed any of the symptoms that I had. And now she seems to be doing a TON better! 

Pregnancy Update: The morning sickness finally subsided sometime at the beginning of February. Although, I still don't really have an appetite. At my January appointment I got the results of all of the blood work - everything is normal! - and got to listen to the heart beat, which was 160 bpm. I also got the annual 'probe' and everything was normal up in there as well. At my February appointment the heart beat was 150 and my uterus was growing according to the master plan. Everything looking good so far! Also - while I had gained 1 pound from my previous appointment in January, I was still DOWN one pound from my very first appointment back in December. In March I will be seeing a Perinatologist to see if there is any need for specialized prenatal care. This is due to the fact that I delivered Ophelia 6 weeks early. I will see my regular OB that same day for another basic check of weight, heart beat, and growth. The following week we will have a Level 2 Ultrasound, which is used to measure the baby and check that it is anatomically correct in all aspects. We will NOT be finding out the gender at this time, although a lot of parents do. 

Christmas and December 2008 In Review


December started out with another Ski Patrol training weekend. I sold a few more hats! Jim's mom came up again to sit for Ophelia because we were both gone at the same time again! 

Ophelia got her first snow suit from my parents, but it's still so big that it's hard for her to move around in it. And we are unable to find winter boots for her because her feet are just too small at this point! She is still learning new things every day. Her language is evolving at an alarming rate. We can now understand a lot of those single syllable words and a ton of animal sounds!! 

Now that we have an aware little person in our midst, I decided that this year we would really try to have a nice Christmas tree with real ornaments and all. Ophelia and I went and shopped for one the second week in December and found the perfect little tree! I loved having a real tree again. I haven't had one since I was still at home with mom and dad. The tree was a fascinating thing, and ended up looking a bit odd, as all the glass ornaments had to be on the top of the tree where Miss O couldn't reach them! 


It's Montana. Bring on the winter. While you would expect us to have cold and snowy weather out here, it is actually quite rare to have subzero freezing temperatures this early in the season! The two weeks before Christmas were consistently 20 degrees F BELOW zero! The cold snap finally broke a few days before we left for our trip to Casper, WY where we spent the holiday with Jim's family. Unfortunately, the winter weather did not stop. Our drive down to Wyoming on the Monday before Xmas started out OK, but quickly spiraled into, what we thought at the time, was the worst winter driving trip ever. Ophelia did well on the drive down, but the weather was so bad, Jim and I almost had coronaries! Once we were there, we had a great time. It was nice spending the holidays with families and a bunch of stuff going on!! Then we had to come back. Now THIS was definitely the worst winter driving trip ever. It snowed and blowed the whole way back. We didn't have more than about 100 yards of visibility the whole trip! And when we arrived in Bozeman, we arrived to nearly 2 FEET of new snow on the ground. We also discovered 2 molars in Ophelia's mouth! No wonder she didn't sleep well on this trip!

There are photos of opening presents and some blurry shots of the huge snow cornice on the back of our house in the Holidays 2008 photo album! 

Pregnancy Update: I had two prenatal visits this month. At the first we determined that I was definitely pregnant, but not as pregnant as we all thought! The first ultrasound showed only a yolk sac. The second appointment we were able to see a heartbeat and get a measurement and estimated due date of July 31, 2009. I am feeling pretty good except for morning sickness. Luckily it's just nausea and no vomiting at this point, but eating is pretty tough. 

November 2008 In Review

November was a pretty cool month. While not a lot was going on, the few things that did happen were pretty high quality! 

Ophelia continues to advance in her communication and locomotion skills. Her signs are really exploding and she is learning a lot of single syllables that still largely make no sense to Jim and I, but are still really cute! She is a walking pro and climbing is now becoming an accomplished skill. Her willingness to actually help with the laundry has decreased since she discovered that it's way more fun to climb into the dryer than to put wet clothes into it. She loves to read books, stack the rings on her stacker, and listen to music. 


Election day was this month! Wooo Woooo go Obama!! Ophelia and I went to the polls together and voted. See her November 2008 Album for shots of her in her Obama shirt! 

Ski Patrol training started this month. Jim's mom came up from Casper to help watch Ophelia on the one weekend that both Jim and I had to be gone at the same time. It was awesome having her here! 

The week after that, Jim and I found out that WE ARE EXPECTING ANOTHER BABY!!! (As of the time of this post, we are almost 19 weeks in and due at the end of July!)

Then comes Thanksgiving. I successfully cooked my first full on Turkey Dinner, complete with Turkey. I ended up cooking enough food for at least 10 people, so I took a bunch to the boys next door who never seem to have enough to eat. 


October 2008 In Review

I know, I know. I suck as a blogger. I've said it before, I'll say it again. I suck. There. 

Now I will try to update the last few months for everyone! YAY! 

There is an October 2008 Photo Album to enhance your blog reading experience!!! 

October finished out without too much fanfare. We had a lovely Autumn, with crisp sunny d
ays and walks in the neighborhood. Ophelia's walking skills progressed to 'Yes, I can really do this and do it well! Even outside!" We collected leaves, and explored dying flower gardens, and worked on our signing. Alexis and Charlie sent us the cutest cupcake hat! 

Halloween was, of course, kind of fun with a cute little toddler. The first thing we did to celebrate the season was to go pumpkin shopping! There is a local farm that gives h
ay rides to the pumpkin patch. Ophelia and I nearly froze to death that day, but still had fun anyway!
Next: costume! We have had a lamb costume hanging in our closet since she was born. I'm positive it was supposed to be for a baby in the 6-9 month range, but it still fit our wee little girl!! Jim's mom made several tie dyes that looked like pumpkin shirts and my mom sent a pumpkin romper, so Ophelia and several options for dressing up! I made her a green fleece hat to act as a pumpkin stem to complete her look. We were invited to a friend's Halloween party and Miss O was a big hit, even though we only stayed for about an hour. Of course I never took pictures of her on the actual Halloween event, but I took them in November to make up for it! 

On the mommy and daddy side of things: 

Jim was in full swing in another year of teaching. This year brought the advancement to
 teaching Senior AP English - 3 sections. A lot of extra work and a ton of extra grading, but a good challenge nonetheless. Debate is also in full swing at this point with practice 4 nights a week and traveling to tournaments every other weekend.

I decided to start a small hat making venture. I was inspired by the fact that I needed a new hat for Ski Patrol this year. I decided that other people might too, so I made a bunch of fleece hats in both black and red with a white EMT cross on the front. The hats cost me about $3 each to make and I am getting $15 a piece for them. So far (as of this posting) I have sold every Large and Medium hat that I have made. I also made hats for Ophelia (of course!), my pa
rents, myself and Jim, and my neighbors. If anyone needs a new winter hat, let me know!! 


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