Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday in Pictures

Just Keep Swimmin'
Harlow fit into her bigger swim suit, the others were getting to be a pain to get on and off.

practicing her floating.

She practiced getting her face wet.
And practiced lapping up the water too...

Ojiichan and Obaachan came to watch her swim.

She practiced putting her face in.

Going off the big slide.

And the little slide too.
anticipating the water.

face in the water! hooray!
Next Wednesday she is set to join in on a baby class with other students.
I can't wait to see her reaction to having other babies in the water with her.
We were suppose to carve our pumpkins tonight but the little monster didn't really take a nap today so by 8:30 p.m. she was READY for bed.
Maybe tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Ashes

Today was a hard emotional day. We had to say goodbye to our sweet little kitty. She has been very sick for the last week. We took her to the vet on Friday because she had lost a severe amount of weight, wasn't eating or going to the bathroom and laid in the same place all day. She also looked like she was having difficulty breathing.

The vet prepared us that whatever she had was not good. He took X-rays of her chest and found that one of her lungs was almost completely filled with fluid. He drained 8 oz of fluid out of it. He tested her blood and the fluids and told us that she tested positive for leukemia. There is no cure for it but we could either keep her on medication and keep bringing her back every couple of days to have her lungs drained or we could put her down.

I couldn't watch her suffer and I know how stressed she got the first time she had her lung drained. It just didn't seem fair to prolong her pain and add to her distress.

I love my kitty but I never thought I would be so emotional about it. That was the hardest decision I've ever had to make. I feel a lot of guilt but I have to keep reminding myself that we did the right thing and took her pain away.

Buddha and Ashes first meeting. Ashes' first day at home.

She was so white!

Gus Gus was not too pleased with the bee addition. They developed a love hate relationship.

Making herself at home with her new family.

Love and hate.

Buddha's best bud.

She gave herself a little bath in the toilet.

It was dinner time, can you tell?

Cuddle buddies.

Ashes enjoying the new house on move in day.

Helping me recover in bed from a sprained ankle.

This is what happens when I stay in bed when Pete goes to work.

She could be a little weird at times.

Once the baby was born, the kitty became a little jealous, can you tell?

I woke up many mornings to her sleeping in the bathtub.

RIP Ashes. I'll never forget how you sat outside the shower waiting patiently for me to get out so you could get in and play with the left over water. Or the many times I laid in the bathtub soaking and reading a book with you standing on the edge, or the many times you fell in while I was in there. Or the time Buddha pushed you in. I'll miss waking up to you walking across my chest or purring in my ear. Love you kitty kat! I'm sorry you were sick and we couldn't make it better. We all miss you!!

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6 Months

Our little baby is 6 months old! That is half of a year! It doesn't seem that long ago that I was holding a newborn baby, who fit right in the nook of my arm. Now she is so much bigger and takes up all the space in my lap.

It doesn't feel like half a year. It has gone by so quickly.

At her last Dr.'s appointment she weighed in at 13.7 lbs (but I'm sure she has gained weight since then) And she was a little over 25 inches tall.

We have recently started feeding her baby food. 3 times a day.

She loves:

She hates:
Sweet potatoes

She doesn't like to drink from a sippy cup.

She just recently started grabbing her bottle to hold it herself.

She still won't sit up for long periods by herself. Just a couple of seconds at a time.

She has been trying to pull her knees up underneath her.

She can scoot in a full circle.

And can push herself backwards.

She hasn't figured out how to go forward.

Her feet finally touch the floor when she is in her jumper.

Her hand-eye coordination is insanely good.

She also has figured out how to really use her voice to express when she is really mad. Her shrieks are ear-shattering.

She is still sleeping through the night (thank you baby!)

And she still has no teeth! Which has me very surprised.

She has gotten over being shy/scared of new people.

She sure knows her mom and dad's face. When she catches sight of us, she has a huge grin on her face. and always has her tongue hanging out.

I have this itching feeling that in the next couple of weeks, she will be moving faster than we know how to keep track of her. But I can't wait to see her accomplish all these new milestones. She makes our lives full of joy and I wake up every day excited to see her face. I can't believe that I have such a great little girl. She amazes me every day. Everything she does seems to be so important and I don't want to miss any of it.


Harlow's squishy face. So much personality in one small little girl.

Ha! This face makes me laugh out loud every time I see this picture.

Oh! And Happy Halloween - from Harlow!
PS: can't wait to take pictures of her in her costume. She is going to be Sushi!