Tuesday, August 31, 2010

And then she was crawling...

Mommy documentation time! Maren's 8 1/2 months old and started crawling everywhere within the last week. What's funny is I feel like I have been way more laid back with her and happy to just let her reach her milestones on her own, but she is crawling sooner than either of my other two kids. Kelley was 10 months old and Tyler was 9 months old. I don't think she'll walk for a while though. She doesn't have a whole lot of interest in standing at this point. My other kids loved to stand up on your lap and were all over by the couches and other things at this age, but until very recently she really wouldn't let you just stand her up and play with her. She tries to just sit back down. Now that she's a little more mobile I think she's starting to see how standing might be more beneficial for her and has started to do it a little more.

She really does love books. She gets really excited when you pull one out to read with her. She also can say mama, dada and hi. I think mama and hi she says with intent and understanding. I think she's still in the process of connecting "dad" with Dad. Oh and she can sign "more".

I have to pick a new pediatrician and am not happy about it. Ours moved away. I am trying to decide between staying with the current practice he was with or moving to a family practice doctor I've been seeing. It's to the point now I have to schedule her 9 month exam. (((Sigh))). I hate making decisions. I mostly want a doctor that cares and will listen to me. I want someone who is more interested in helping my kids be healthy verses just treating the symptoms. But I don't have time to think about it and where can you actually find that information anyway? Most parents are happy with who they have, but for no particular reason.

Anyway, back to Maren....

I love this picture because you can kind of see the scrunchy thing she does with her nose. She does it all the time, and can show you different expressions by varying details slightly. She does it when she's really happy or excited, but also when she wants something or if she's about to cry. She scrunches up her nose and then breathes in and out of her nose really fast. It's hard to describe. I know it sounds like I'm talking about a bull or something, but for some reason it still melts my heart every time!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You should have seen the looks on people's faces...

For the 24th of July our ward did a float in the Cedar City Parade. Maren and I rode on the float and the rest of the family helped pass out candy. It was really funny to be in the float and watch people as they tried to read and process our sign which reads: A New Pioneer Face Born Every 8.8 Days, Cross Hollow Ward doing their part to populate Cedar City.

Hard to believe...yes. But the week Maren was born, four other women in our ward also had their babies. That happened again less than 6 months later (five babies born in one week). So when you add all the others in between...that equals a lot of babies. We have 3 nurseries and 3 sunbeam classes. I think the number was close to 200 kids under the age of 12 in our ward at last count. Welcome to Utah. However in all the wards I've lived in here, I don't think one has equaled the craziness that is our birth rate. Maybe we should adopt a rabbit as a mascot....

Monday, August 23, 2010

Family Pics

So we got family pics done a while ago. But of course we bought the CD and so haven't done anything with them since then. We are busy like that. Here's a sneak peak. I'm really happy with the pics we got, but it might be a while until our favorites make it off the computer and onto our walls, or even our blog. So here's one for the moment...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

I'm a triathlete and I have an injury to prove it!

So this is a little late. It's been over two months since Joey and I swam/biked/ran the Utah Summer Games Triathlon. But I'm here to say now I finished... and I wasn't last. Those were basically my only two goals. However I guess I thought I might be somewhere in the middle of the bottom half. I've gotta set my sights higher next time. I wasn't last...but only barely ahead of the 72 year old woman that was! Kidding...there was also a 50 year old behind me too. (((Sigh))) Oh well. I did have big plans to do another one in the fall and improve on my times. I had all sorts of plans in place. I was going to do the Cedar City Relay race that is coming up this weekend with a group of 5 girls from my ward. Then in September Cedar City is hosting a 1/2 marathon and I was going to do that. I even had a 12 week training plan. I was going to become a runner over the summer. I was so excited. Not that I really love running, because I don't. But I love the idea of being an athlete and being in better health. The week after the race I even jumped right back in at the gym.

But my knee wouldn't stop hurting. So I decided to give it a rest at the gym. And it still didn't stop hurting. After a few weeks I went to the doctor. He told me that I might have a small tear, but that the main problem was likely patellar femoral syndrome. So he sent me to physical therapy to learn exercises to improve my knee functioning and told me to come back in four weeks if it didn't stop hurting. Of course I put off going to PT for a few weeks because I'm so dang busy and it's expensive. Even with insurance it costs me $25 a pop. So I was hoping it would just go away. Well it didn't and I finally broke down and went to physical therapy. Two weeks and $150 later and my knee was worse than ever. The doc agreed to send me over for an MRI.

And not only do I have a torn meniscus (cartilage in the outside part of the knee), but I also have damage to the joint - which the surgeon informed me is a type of arthritis and that my knee will probably always bother me. Fabulous. So anyway, now I get knee surgery. Depending on what they find when they get in there the recovery will be 2 - 4 weeks or 4 - 6 weeks. But they won't know which until the actual surgery. Most like it will be the shorter recovery...here's hoping!

So surgery was scheduled for this week, but Joey's really busy at work. So it's set for the 8th and he should be able to take at least a few days off then. In the meantime I will survive. It really stinks. It hurts to bend down. I can't put any pressure on that leg to stand up (so my left leg is getting really strong ;). I can't plant my foot and turn. I can't run, I can't play soccer with my kids. When I sit or bend my leg for more than a minute it gets all stiff and painful when I do stand up. The worst pain has come when the dog has pushed up against the side of my leg. But I can walk without pain and so that's a blessing.

As a side note (and back to the point) I'm including the nitty gritty details of the race. For posterity sake. You really don't have to look at them. It's kind of embarrassing. But here it is anyway.

Joey and I did the Sprint length. It was a 1/2 mile swim in open water at Sand Hollow, a 14 mile bike and a 5K run. Going into it I was pretty confident I could complete all that in 2 hours. I did that length of swim earlier in the week in 30 minutes at the pool, the bike would probably take me 40 minutes or so and I could do the run in 30 minutes. Two hours still left me time for transitions and such. And I did better than I thought I would last year when we did the "mini" one at SUU, completing a 3 mile run and 12 mile bike (or was it 10?) in under 30 minutes each. My swim was slow, but I've improved a bit so I figured my expectations were realistic. I did it in 2 hours and 22 minutes. Joe did his in 1 hour and 54 minutes. Just for the record, it was a lot harder than the mini one at SUU, even though it wasn't THAT much longer. SUU's was a 3 mile run, 10 mile bike and 1/4 mile swim. I did that one in an hour and 15 minutes. But the bright side is if I ever get my knee working right again there is a TON of room for improvement...ha ha!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Copy Cat Explanation

Kristy and I were early to Cats at the TUACAHN so we sat on the lawn and chit chatted while we were waiting. I noticed this guy who was sitting with his leg and posing for a picture. I thought it would be kind of funny to copy him. What do you do when you are bored?

Sunday, August 15, 2010