Friday, November 30, 2012

Growing up

When you have your first baby especially, everyone tells you how fast the time goes and how quickly they change.  Scarlett's first year did not go quickly at all although she did change quite a bit!  At the end of her first year, I looked at pictures of her and thought she did change a lot but it wasn't a shock.  The changes taking place that first year are so blazingly visible and obvious.  The second year, a little less so, but still pretty visible.  This last (third) year, I'll admit, her growth kind of snuck up on me.  I was looking at pictures of the three years we've gone to the same place to get our Christmas tree since she was born.  It seems like no time has passed since last Christmas and when I looked at these pictures it hit me...I only have one baby now and its not Scarlett.  (We all know she'll always be my baby, but you know what I mean!)  She's a little girl and I adore the person she's becoming.

Christmas 2010 - Just a little 9 month old baby.

hating Santa Claus

 Christmas 2011- Still a little tike toddling around with chubby little legs.

loving Mickey and Minnie

Here it comes...


Christmas 2012 - A sassy little girl sauntering around to wherever her heart leads her.

checking out Frosty

giving her, "I'm getting kind of bored, let's ditch this place" stance

Still not crazy about Santa

but loves her Daddy and Desmond and train rides.

 finally old enough to play on the inflatables (you have to be two)

"Ready or not, here I come!"

"That was awesome!"

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Meal for Desmond

"This is a fun change.  What's this chair called?"

"Hmmm, I don't know what 'high chair' means, but I love being this high off the ground...oh wait..."
"What's that you got there?"

"What's Oatmeal Cereal?  Where's my bottle?  Quit messing around!" 

 "I can't focus with everyone staring at me like this."

"I haven't really decided about this "solid food" thing, but it IS fun having Sister and Daddy hang out with me!" 

"Hey Scarlett" 

"Listen Scarlett, the more I eat of this, the less I like it.  Will you tell Daddy to stop?" 

"Seriously, this is disgusting!  Make it stop!" 

"Maybe if turn my head like this, he'll forget I'm here.  (Look at how it clumps and clings to my finger!  Milk would never look so disgusting.)" 

"Nope, didn't work.  Scarlett, I need your help!  Sibling to sibling." 

 "No more, no more.  He doesn't like it!"

"Are you stopping Daddy?  He doesn't want anymore!" 

*Hack*  *Cough*  *Gag*  "What's the matter with you people?"

"At least I know you've always got my back."

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Just keep swimming...

An interesting fact that you may not know about Scarlett is that she sleeps only in her crib.  I can't think of a time she's ever fallen asleep on the couch or playing in her playroom or wherever other kids may fall randomly asleep.  Once in a blue moon, I mean like once every few months, she'll fall asleep on the way home from somewhere if we've pushed too far past her nap.  The last time she did that was when we were coming back from the Zoo at 5:00 pm with the Alstons last July.  The point is, if she's fallen asleep out of her crib, then she's seriously exhausted.

Last week, we all hit such levels of exhaustion.  Scarlett had a little cough on Friday, but it wasn't too bad, so I didn't worry about it.  Friday night, she woke up and coughed so much she threw up a ton of mucus.  It was gross, so I brought her into our bed for the first time in her little 2.5 year old life.  She curled up next to me and fell asleep.  She would sleep for 30 minute increments before she started coughing, hacking, wheezing, etc.  Finally around 3 am, Wes took her downstairs and they sat on the couch and watched some Dora while she drank some water.  She went to bed and slept until morning.

The next day, her fevers were getting really high, around 102 degrees.  She was pretty miserable most of the day and we let her watch whatever she wanted all day long.  She would only drink the occasional sip of water and wouldn't eat anything.  Saturday night, was probably the 2nd worse night of my life, right after the first night we brought Scarlett home from the hospital and weren't feeding her enough and she cried ALL night long.  This night she just hacked and cried insanely all night long.  She was out of her mind.  She wouldn't listen to anything we said, she wouldn't calm down.  Her fever hit 104.4 at one point.  If I had never experienced what a joke the ER was, I would have brought her there.  But I knew all we'd do was sit in a waiting room for 4+ hours, while exposing her to who-only-knows what other germs.  So, we sat up with her, alternated medicine to keep the fever down and tried our best to keep her calm.  I have never seen her look this sick before and I pray that I never will again.  Her eyes were glassy and sunken in.  Her skin tone looked horrible, she just looked really, really sick.  This picture doesn't do it justice.

I took her to a Rediclinic on Sunday morning, because I figured she had to have some sort of infection, this was not normal cold behavior.  They said she had a sinus infection and an ear infection.  They gave us some cold medicine that tastes horrible but works great and some super powerful antibiotics.  I gave her both when we got home (thank heavens she's such a good medicine taker, it did take some bribing though) and put her on the couch to watch some Monkey (as she calls Dora the Explorer).  I went into the kitchen to clean up and when I went back this is what I saw.

She eventually woke up, started whimpering/crying and laid on the floor by the couch in just sheer exhaustion.  It was as if she wanted to cry about how bad she felt and then just decided she didn't have the energy.  She promptly fell asleep, on the floor, seconds after having laid down on it.  Here she is asleep.

The good news is her energy and smiles are back and her fever hasn't been over 100 since Monday.  Yay!  She still has a nasty cough, though.  The sad news?  Desmond caught her cold on Monday, this is what he looks like today.  He's right pitiful, but i'm hoping that we can fight our way through his cold without any infections.  So far, no fevers, so that's good.

Poor little guy, he hadn't even been crying.  This is just how he looks from all of the coughing and congestion.

It's been rough going over here at the Harris household for the past two months.  We appreciate any prayers and positive thoughts sent our way.  I'd love for us to all be healthy by Thanksgiving and keep it that way through Christmas!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Halloween Time with Scarlett

Scarlett was Dorothy for Halloween.  I posted some pictures on Facebook, but I thought I'd post this little video on the blog.  She's so cute!  I love listening to her talk more.  She wears these red shoes all the time and still refers to them as her "Dorothy Shoes."

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Sweetness that is Scarlett

Today, Scarlett was sitting on the couch playing some game app on Wes's iPhone and Wes was sitting next to her holding Desmond.  I was laying on the love seat reading a blog on my phone and occasionally looking over at my family.  Wes decided it would be funny to horizontally stick Desmond's head between Scarlett's head and her phone blocking her vision of what she was doing.  You know, the kind of thing that would drive you mad if it was you.  Desmond looked up at his sister, beaming.  For a second Scarlett tilted her head to look around him at the phone and then she moved the phone up above Desmond's head so she could see it better.  Wes assumed she was not going to give him the reaction he wanted of squawking or whatever at him, so he started to bring Desmond back onto his lap.  However, what Scarlett was doing was moving the phone to turn it off and then she set it down on the couch next to her and turned to Desmond with such excitement and love.  She made a little high pitched noise to him that always gets him laughing and started playing peek a boo with him.  She just put her phone/game away and played with him.  She was happy to do it and was immediately just in the moment with her little brother.  Why is it so hard for me to do something that a 2.5 year old can do so gracefully?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Pumpkin

This last Monday, we were at a friends house doing a joint Family Home Evening with four different families.  We do this the last Monday of every month with the same families.  It's fun to shake things up and socialize with more adults.  This month, the activity was carving pumpkins for Halloween.  Scarlett was very diligent and excited while helping me empty the pumpkin of all it's guts.

Sorry for the horrible quality photos.  Everyone else I know takes amazing pictures with their iPhones.  For some reason, Wes and I can only take blurry, dark, junky pictures.  Anyway, so, when we were done I gave Scarlett a black sharpie and told her to draw a face on the pumpkin.  I was mostly kidding because I was just trying to keep her interested and entertained while I thought about what sort of face I wanted to make on the pumpkin.  Then, she drew this.

I said, "Scarlett, what is this?"  She then pointed out the below labeled items, naming them one by one.  And finished it off with, "See, a face!"

Ok, is it just me, or is she a genius?

Maybe, it's because I haven't spent much time drawing with 2 1/2 year olds and they're all easily capable of this, or maybe it's because I don't spend enough time drawing with my own 2 1/2 year old and she's been drawing little faces for a year now and that's totally normal, or maybe she's a 2 1/2 year old prodigy!  I'm thinking it's the latter.

I just hope she doesn't try to cut off her ear.