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Monday, August 25, 2008

My, what a big fish you have

Let me open with this...Everett caught the biggest fish of his life during our August vacation in Florida. Everett and his Dad went fishing in the Gulf and caught this massive grouper - 26 inches long and approximately 15 pounds. Let me say this: it was yummy!

While visiting Granddaddy and Granny Gill, we also visited the Stephen Foster State Park - yes, that's Stephen Foster of "Oh Susanna" and "Way down south upon the Suwannee River" fame. Only, we learned that Mr. Foster never even saw the famed Suwanne (pictured here). Too bad for him because it really is a nice looking body of water!

The second half of our vacation was spent celebrating Grandma Gill's retirement from 34 years of work! Along with Everett's sister and her family, we traveled to the beach in St. Augustine and had a blast! We rented a condo on the beach and had fun collecting shells, swimming, visiting the Lighthouse and The Alligator Farm, and exploring the historic downtown and Castillo de San Marcos.

Zoe really enjoyed the beach, as did her Momma!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

All good...somewhat

Zoe was a peach last night! She ate her entire dinner of turkey, cheese, a few peas, peaches, and bread. Then we played hide-n-seek and this new "hug game" she's devised. She stands across the room with her arms held tightly to her sides and smiles. Then I say, "Give me a hug!" with my arms outstretched. She runs to me, hugs me tight, squeals with delight, then runs away into the other room. Repeat. So fun!

But this morning Zoe got sad again. She's moving on up at day care from the Infant III classroom to the Toddler I classroom. Unfortunately, not everyone in her class is moving up to the same toddler classroom. Two of her friends (I can't believe she even has friends at 14 months!!) have already moved up to their classroom and we saw one of them as we got in this morning. Zoe went crazy excited! She kicked her legs, smiled real wide, and reached out for her buddy - all while practically jumping out of my arms!

Well when we got to Zoe's room, her bud was not there and Zoe knew something was up. She just stood and cried at the door. I tried to comfort her with toys and books, but to no avail. She only stopped crying for a bit when I said her friend's name.

Now I knew this might be hard on Zoe, but what I did not know was that it would be hard on me! I almost starting crying as I felt her pain of missing her friend. I know how hard it is when a friend moves away, and even though Zoe's friend is only a classroom away and they get to see each other on the playground, it's still hard when a person who you've hung out with, playing with daily, and sharing life's little moments with suddenly is removed from your presence.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


So the doc said "her ears don't look like they've got an ear infection, but something is starting". He gave me a prescription to fill if I need to.

Wait? "If I need to"?

Well the concern is that (1) antibiotics are not always an appropriate course of action for an ear infection and that over-prescribing can lead to (2) drug-resistant strains of bacteria floating around. Some, not all, ear infections go away on their own. The drugs can help speed up recovery by a day or two at most. The more pressing issue with treating an ear infection is pain, which can be managed by administering acetaminophen (i.e., tylenol).

So I have this prescription, and will most likely fill it this afternoon. But I am going to wait and see how she is tonight before I give it to her.

I know this is the right course of action - it's what the doctor told me and what I've read on several websites. But you know, it's one thing to know that what you're doing is the right thing for your child in the long-run, but it's another thing to wonder if what you're doing is the right thing for your child in the short-run.

Getting the pics

Auntie Tara asked for a picture and a video and wanting to oblige, I came home and attempted to get both. Unfortunately, Zoe was not cooperating. I think the poor thing has an ear infection (we have a doctor appointment in an hour and a half) and was not happy. She screamed/cried for almost two hours last night and there was nothing I could do to comfort her. She actually went to bed without dinner, a bath, a sippy cup full of milk, or her usual 5 books. She just cried and cried (and screamed).

Luckily, she's in a much better mood this AM (she's actually handing me things from the tupperware cabinet as I type this) and she's eaten and been playing happily. I managed to get some happy pics this morning:

See her teeth?! She's got about 6 now and more are coming (so it could have been teething pain last night too).

I thought about just posting the happy picture, but you know, you have to get the sad times to truly appreciate the happy times!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


A few weeks ago we went to the zoo with the Zo-ster and for the first time she rode the merry-go-round! We didn't think she was big fan of it at the time (note the expression on her face), but the next day we were proven wrong.

There's a merry-go-round at the Opry Mills Mall and as soon as Zoe saw it, she took off across the mall running with her hands out-stretched and going "uh uh uh uh". Translation: "I want to ride that thing now!"

So now it starts.

This grunting is a milestone for us: it's the first time that she's insisted on doing something right then, right now. And so we did what every parent does: we gave in. She rode the merry-ground at the mall and looked about as enthralled then as she did the day before at the zoo. Apparently smiling during the actual merry-go-round ride is not in her reportoire of behaviors yet.

But at least we have the grunting.