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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Back in OKC

I just thought I was up for staying home by myself another week!! But, after a fun-filled weekend, I just couldn't stay put! Friday evening my mom came up to help with Kate while I decorated and prepared for the medical school's annual spook-o-ween! I have lots of pictures that I can't wait to share, but they are on my home computer - so sad. On Saturday we made a mad dash to the city for my sister-in-laws baby shower and back home that evening. Chris was off on Sunday and Monday (yeah, they let him take two days off in a row!!). We had a great weekend filled with lots of fun. On Monday we had Kate's 18 month pictures made - disastrous, but makes it easier to pick pictures and not spend to much money! We also made a trip to the pumpkin patch - so much fun. Kate loved the animals and informed me that she would ride the pony, but I had doubts, so I thought we would try that next year. All in all we had a wonderful time with Chris and I couldn't bare to not come back to OKC for the rest of the week. I had a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, and my mom decided to take off work to help me out and then I rode back with her - aren't moms the greatest! So, here we are in OKC for the rest of the week. On Thursday evening my sister's church is having a fall festival that we are going to attend and on Friday evening we are heading to Edmond to attend the festival at Waterloo Road where my sister in law is the preschool minister. Kate is going to have a blast and we have a full week ahead of us. Probably won't be blogging much this week, but I'll catch back up with you all sometime soon! Have a wonderful week and a HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Look what I found...

I contemplated whether or not I could/should post this picture, but then I decided everything was covered that might be considered inappropriate and this is just to darn cute to pass up. On Wednesday afternoon I laid Kate down for her nap in a t-shirt and diaper. She refused pants after her diaper change, but no longer will refusal work. It took her about 20 minutes to fall asleep which I thought was a little odd, but she was chatting and seemed very happy. When I went to check on her this is what I found....

I cracked up (no pun intended) and I guess she worked pretty hard to get the diaper off because she had some irritation on her bottom from tugging at the diaper. I made an attempt to put the diaper back on - there was no way I was waking her up to do it. I got it half way on and decided to attempt the other half in a few minutes. She stirred with the second attempt, so I hit the ground and after I was sure she was back to sleep due to her breathing pattern I arose from my hiding place and found her diaperless again - I decided she could wint this one. Much to my surprise she woke up dry!! No more naps with a t-shirt and diaper only!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Night, Night

This post is more for me than anything - I don't want to forget the cute little things Kate does. Blogging is the only way I'm keeping up - I don't seem to have time to scrapbook anymore. Anyway, Kate has started a new habit before bed that is tooooo cute. She has to kiss both Parker and Bentley (our dogs) before she is content to go night, night. She is obsessed with Parker and always wants to know where he is at and what he is up to. Bentley on the other hand doesn't rank near as high - not sure why. It is fun to watch them play together, it's what makes me happy we have dogs!

Surprise Visit

Chris was on call Monday night, so he got off around 12:30 on Tuesday and decided to pay Kate and me a surprise visit. Boy were we excited. Of course this was totally irrational, but lots of good things happened while Chris was home for a short visit. We decided to go out for dinner and hit the aquarium since Tuesday they have later hours. Kate did not like our choice of a restaurant, so for the first time in her life, we drove through McDonald's and she enjoyed chicken nuggets and apples. I knew she would love them, but you know I was holding off as long as possible. I took a picture of her cramming them down her throat in her carseat. Kate loves the aquarium and we frequent it often. She especially loved it Tuesday evening because she got to run free - there were not a lot of visitors. I love watching her expressions as though each visit is the first time and the best! We had such a fun time and can't wait for Chris to be home in November!!!

Yummy chicken nuggets!

Wow, can I really touch them? No, wait, I don't think I want to!
Little nervous, but I was finally brave enough to touch his teeth.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Inquisitive Kate

My mommy finally decided to upload pictures and get them straightened out from the silly computer organizing them incorrectly. I wanted her to share some fun pictures that show my personality. I hope you enjoy - I always do!

Playing with play dough at the Parents as Teachers play date. Mommy was a little embarrassed afterwards because I wanted to do things my way - why can't I take the play dough to the baby station and the finger paints to the sand and water area??Don't I look pretty? Granny let me play with her lipstick and I painted my face.
Here I am checking mommy's blog - it seems to be about me a lot. I guess I am pretty great!

Blueberries - mmmm- my favorite. I really like mommy's blueberry pancakes, too!Riding my tricycle with daddy right by my side. He's such a good daddy!Stylin' in my sunglasses a couple of weeks ago at baby Elliana's shower - she'll be here soon and I'll have to share attention!!Here I am acting as a doggy! I just think this door is soooo cool.Grammy is the best. She helped Ava and me make a tent outside. It was a little windy so it didn't last long, but it sure was fun.OU vs. TEXAS - that's all pops was interested in that day, well except Ava and me. He let us listen to the game on the radio with him, until we started fighting - sometimes I hate sharing!!!While I was sick I still found some time to have fun (in between diarrhea diapers - they were so gross, I felt sorry for my mommy and for me, too). Grammy bought Ava and me a bumblee bee and ladybug costume. We love them! We took pictures together in them at Target - aren't we the cutest ever!I was sooo excited to be home, but I miss Ava and ask about her often. On of the first things I did was gather up lots of books and take them to mommy and daddy's bedroom and I sat down on Parker's bed and read while mommy unpacked a little bit - I love to read!

Daddy and Mommy's bible fellowship class had a halloween playdate for all the mommy's and their kids. I love hanging out with my friends from church. I forgot my bumble bee costume, so mommy used this word I didn't quite understand (improvise) - I wore my poodle skirt from my first birthday - I think I look pretty and cute!
And today I loaded up my baby dolls and we strolled around the house. It sure would be hard to have twins - I was barely able to carry both my babies. Mommy says that's it for today and we're all caught up. She says there are a couple more posts, but she has to do them herself - bummer!

Monday, October 20, 2008

What a Week!

Wow, what a week I have had. My last post eluded to what my week was made of - vomit and diarrhea, but man my poor little girl was SICK! It all started Monday night with her first bad diaper and by Wednesday she had vomitted and began her milky diarrhea which continued until yesterday!! A few times I thought we were going to have to take her to the ER due to dehydration, but thankfully pedialite has marketed popsicles - yeah!! Kate just wasn't drinking or eating much - I've never seen her this sick. I just hated it.

We're back home and I think we are both excited. We enjoyed our mini vacation, but there's no bed like your own. Kate grinned real big when we walked in and it took her less than a minute to have her toys strung from the playroom to the kitchen. She was so excited to have her baby's back. We have a busy week ahead of us and hopefully Chris will make an appearance sometime this weekend!

I may be in and out this week - much like last. I've got lots of things to do and people to see - maybe I'll catch up with you! My obsession will be over this week - pictures will be posted!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Someone Loved Me

Hmmm...I'll just say someone loved me lots when I was a little girl and today I learned what a mother's love truly is. It began about 6:00 am this morning when I was covered with vomit from head to waist and poor Kate was scared beyond belief and continued throughout the day as I wiped more diarrhea (that was the consistency of milk people) than I ever imagined possible. Okay, so this is a disgusting post, but if you're a mother you know what I'm talking about. I love Kate and honestly don't mind the vomit and diarrhea - I hate that she is sick! Today I realized how much we moms truly love our little ones - enough to skip a shower for two days despite the lingering vomit smell and merely light candles to try and disguise the scent of diarrhea.

There is a nasty virus going around and Kate caught hold of it and started not feeling well yesterday, but today was hopefully the worst. I got lots of cuddling today (that part I loved), but I am exhausted - having a sick kid is not easy! I'm sure tomorrow will be a much brighter day - and I'll smell much better!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

"Amen"

I have to document a few things Kate has said/done lately - too cute to forget. I cook breakfast each morning for Kate and I and Chris if he is at home. One thing I have learned is that a good day typically starts with a good breakfast. We sit down together at the table and eat as a family, most always we pray before each meal. Kate consistently concludes the prayer with "Amen" - it sounds very much like - oh, boy - Chris thinks this is hillarious. Anyway, yesterday morning I made breakfast for Kate, Ava, Amy (my sister), and myself. We all sat down and began to eat and shortly into our breakfast Kate looked at me and said, "Amen". I grinned and said, we forget to say our prayers didn't we. We stopped and said our prayer and then she was good to finish breakfast! I'm not bragging on myself - we are not the perfect little christian family by any means, but we are trying to train her up the correct way and I was proud of her for knowing what we are supposed to do before we eat.

On Friday evening Chris, Kate and I were eating dinner with my parents. My mom and dad were joking with each other and my mom called my dad an elephant - much to our surprise, Kate made her sign for elephant. We all thought it was hillarious. Before you think we're a big baby sign family, I have to give a disclaimer. Kate didn't take much to signs until I taught her a few animal signs that I made up myself. Now, we have a sign for just about every animal you can think of - I guess you could call it Sara's signs! But, once she realized all the attention she got for communicating with signs, she began to use the signs I had been trying to teach her - it really is cute, but I didn't teach her near as many as I should/could have.

One last story on Kate. I've alluded to the idea that I might have a "stinker" on my hands. I love my little stinker and wouldn't trade her for anything, but sometimes things get a little hairy with my experimenter, climber, pushes you to the limit, takes one last glance to be certain you aren't looking at her when she makes her last attempt to do what she was told not to do, ANGEL! I could tell story after story of her great climbing endeavors, but we all know how those turn out, usually. So far, we have had no broken bones and she actually hasn't fallen that many times, I seem to always look just at the right time, hopefully we continue down our path of safety - said loosely. So how does this "stinker" go from climber to cuddler all in the same day? I tell you it's books. This girl loves to read. Chris and I started reading to her at an early age and it has paid off. Reading is about the only time she cuddles in my lap and sits still. I cherish these moments and always will. She has lots of favorites, but right now she is really enjoying a book I bought at a garage sale for a quarter - bargain. It is titled "When I Go to the Farm". It discusses all the things you would see at a farm and on each page is a pig that is hiding in various places. She loves to find the pig and just cackles when she does. Isn't it amazing that she could read this book over and over and over and over.... and still laugh! How I wish I had that kind of humor and curiosity at times.

Kate - four letters, one word, that means so much to me. I love you!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Weekend Review

Here is a quick recap of the Robertson's weekend. Thursday night Chris and I got to go out - yeah on a real date! My sister and her husband went to the OU vs. Texas game (no rude comments - yes OU, lost!!), so they had tickets to the "Pajama Game" that were not going to be used. Chris and I gladly took them and met up with my brother and his wife. We had dinner and enjoyed the show. My parents kept Kate over night so Chris and I had some alone time - ; )

Friday morning I had the house to myself. I watched Grey's Anatomy that had been DVR'd - how nice it was to watch in perfect quietness and layed around for a few hours doing things that I like to do - nice! I finally urged myself to head to my parents house to help out with the girls. Much to my surprise Chris called me around noon and he was headed home - off early!!! I like these kind of surprises.

Chris built the girls a tent out of blankets and chairs (my little brother started this at my mom and dad's and now the girls expect it when they are there). They played with their baby dolls in their tent - how much fun they had! On Saturday they listened to the OU game on Pops's earphones until they fought over them too much. They helped cook dinner with their kitchen utensils and kept us very busy.

All in all we had a wonderful weekend and things are going much better! Chris has gotten excellent feedback from the program he is at and gained much respect. He was told that he was operating as an Intern well into their first year. I told him he should have mentioned to them it was due to his Osteopathic upbringing (he's at an allopathic program)!! : )

How I miss the pics!

So I've been browsing friends' blogs and looking at all the cute pics and it makes me think - man I really need to upload my pictures and post some. We'll have to play a quick catch up game in one post next week when I return home so we don't have a ton of picture posts. I'll just say my friends have some really cute kids that do funny things!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Breath of Fresh Air

Wow, how so much can change in just a few short days. My last post was a bit negative and things seemed to be crumbling. As much as I wanted to run back home where I knew my beautiful little girl would sleep wonderfully and take three hour naps and I would be in the comfort of my own house, I didn't! People, this is huge for me - I run when things get tough. I decided I needed to stay for my husband and show him how much I cared for him and that I could be a traveler - goodness knows I am not!

After a rough Monday night, we changed things up a bit and Kate went to bed without a fuss and slept until 7:20 the next morning - yeah! All you moms out there know how important sleep is. I think God must give us some extra hormone after a new baby is born because I don't remember it being that hard when Kate was tiny - I'm sure it is just a blocked memory!! Anyway, things haven't been perfect, but Kate and I are adjusting. We are learning that we can do this - live outside of our routine. I am a very routined person - I eat the same thing almost every day for lunch and I basically follow a schedule of my day to day activities. This seems to be the way I have learned to cope with life. Chris's schedule is just plum crazy, so I have overcompensated for that at times : ) In saying all of that, I have created a child who is a lot like her mommy - not a bad thing, but sometimes it is challenging.

Chris and I are making a quick trip home this evening to get our mail, pay some bills, check on the house, and go to our church tomorrow morning. We're heading back down Sunday night for another week of living with my sister. Who by the way has been more than gracious!! Also, Kate has been getting lots of spoiling from the grandparents - don't know what she's going to think when we're back home the 3rd week in October - withdrawals may occur!

On another positive note, Chris is enjoying his rotation now and has gotten positive feedback. He has scheduled six interviews for the month of December and is very excited about this step in becoming a doctor. Our prayer is that we can stay put where we are at, but we know God's plan will be perfect!

Hope to see you all soon!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Where is November?

Hello, it has been a while since my last post and an even longer time since pictures! Life is crazy. I am documenting this for myself so I can remember how crazy life can be at times. I know some of my friends have it far worse and mine pales in comparison; however, that doesn't change the fact that I cannot wait for November to arrive. Chris was out of town in September, but it didn't seem so bad. He really liked the program he was at and enjoyed Pediatric Infectious Disease - enough that he thinks he might do a fellowship in it - 4 years from now, so lots can change! He was home on 3 out of 4 weekends and honestly I kept busy with my committments and Kate and I had lots of fun making memories. We spent time with friends, went to story time at the library and frequented the zoo. We made it and it actually wasn't that bad. This month seems to be a different story. Chris is closer to home and staying with my sister, so I feel like we should spend more time together, but he has far less free time. He only gets 4 days off, with stipulations as to how he can take them, this month (I know that is not unusual for CORE or intern year, but he's a 4th year - it's supposed to be easier!!). Also, he is not crazy about the program he is rotating at. It is not as organized as Chris would like and no one seems to really be in charge - did I mention October has 31 days!!! Okay, so I'm complaining and I need to find the good in the situation. I am thankful for Chris's attitude and willingness to work hard despite his circumstances. I am also thankful for the time I am getting to spend with my family - even though Kate is not a good traveler and my 11 hour sleeper at night didn't go to sleep until 1 am last night!!!

On a positive note - Chris has been asked to 5 interviews and should be getting more soon. I cannot believe we will be traveling to interviews in December and then know where we are going for residency in March and he'll graduate in May - YEAH!! We'll enjoy a few months off and then - boom back into hecticness : )

No promises on pictures - I'll just tell you Kate is getting so big and grown up and beautiful as ever. I have lots of fun things to share with you and next time I'm home with a spare moment I'll catch everyone up (or bore you to tears)!