Friday, January 30, 2009


Just when you think she is finally recovering from a tooth coming in, it's time for more! Kamryn's back teeth are coming in, and she's had quite a time with it. It has caused her nose to be runny and she is basically just really irritated. Lately, it seems like nothing is making her happy. She wakes up in a bad mood. Then, when I pick Kami up from daycare, she comes home in a bad mood.

Usually, I can put her straight to bed for a nap after daycare and she just konks out. Not any more. Her teeth are bothering her so badly that she can't seem to get comfortable. Plus, she is congested. So, I have to give her some "little noses" so she can breathe. She had been sleeping through the night so well. But that came to an end this week. Lately, she has been getting up around 3 in the morning and fussing.

But here's some good news! It seems to have finally come to an end! Yesterday, she finally woke up in a great mood. She got home from daycare, konked out, then woke up as happy as can be. I think those teeth have finally pushed through. When Kami is in a good mood, she is such a joy to be around! She truly brings out the best of me and Josh. Those of you who know Josh know that he can come across as the alpha male, man's kind of man. But when he gets around Kami, he truly melts. It is so awesome to watch those two bond. Kami truly adores him. She's always saying "daddy, daddy, daddy!" over and over. She only says "momma" when she's ticked off!

This weekend we are going to see Josh's dad, Kami's paw-paw. The last time Kami saw paw-paw, she cried and was scared of him. How embarrassing!!! Those of you who have had babies know what I am talking about. You know, when your child is petrified by someone you love. You just want to crawl in a hole and hide. My mother said I was afraid of a sweet man with a bushy mustache when I was little. There was something about that mustache that frightened me! Well, pray we will have a good visit with paw-paw and Kami can behave herself. If the weather is good, we will take her outside to look at the horses. She loves the outdoors, although she is scared to be placed in the grass. Hopefully, she will have a great time this weekend! I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I Like Wild Game!

On Wednesday, Josh cooked up some delicious deer backstrap. He marinated it overnight and grilled it. Well, we weren't the only ones enjoying the delicious dinner. As soon as we sat at the coffee table to eat, Kami came crawling over to check it out. She couldn't keep her eyes off of the steak as we put it in our mouth. Finally, I gave her an itsy bitsy piece. She loved it and whined for more! So we tore off itty bitty pieces and fed them to her slowly. I couldn't believe it! My 13 month-old was eating deer meat and loving it!

She is starting to not like her baby food now, which is great, but now I need to figure out which table foods are appropriate and how much I should give her. It's just another new adventure for all three of us! Miss Karen at daycare told me I didn't need to bring bottles anymore because Kamryn was drinking out of her sippy cup so well. I guess she is really growing up!

By the way, any food suggestions from parents would be wonderful.

Friday, January 16, 2009

New Foods for Kami!

Well, now that Kami has passed her one year mark, it's time to ease up on the liquid foods and get her more on solids. This has been quite a challenge because she does not handle different textures very well at all. But persistence has really paid off. In this picture, she is eating lasagna and green beans! As you can see, she's fighting it. But at the same time, she is still eating it. Sometimes, she turned her head away and the spoon hit her face, hence the messy food all over her. She used to hate chicken noodle. Now, she likes it! For the first time ever, she ate little pieces of chicken. She watched me eat chicken and she looked like she wanted to take the food away from me. So I gave her little bitty pieces and she ate it! But if the piece was too big she would spit it out. This is the age where I really need to watch with the choking. I took a CPR/First Aid class last week, which taught us how to handle a choking victim. I pray to the good Lord above that I never have to use this knowledge.

The other pictures are of Josh taking the binky away with his mouth. I thought it was too cute!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mommy Update

Sorry it's been awhile since I have blogged. This has been a rough week at the Rowell Household. It seems my stomach virus has returned with a vengeance. I have been pretty sick most of the week. It's probably the worst I have ever felt. The good news is Kami and Josh are both spared from the illness. But the picture has been far from pretty at our home. It is very difficult taking care of a little one when it sometimes hurts to move. Thank God Josh has done a great job playing Mr. Mom. We also had some help from Grana Pam.

Here is some more good news. Josh is now a permanent federal employee! For the past couple of years, he has been in a term position at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But thank the Lord, a permanent position came open and Josh landed it. God is good! Now, we are feds for life!!!!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Back Problems for Mommy!

You will not catch mommy lifting Kami like this!

Well, it has been a rough couple of days at the Rowell household. Kami is great! Momma, not so much! I woke up a couple of days ago with excrutiating lower back pain. I could hardly get out of bed. I had to walk hunched over. It killed me to try and stand up straight. I went to a chiropracter, who did some "adjusting." But I was still in excrutiating pain and had to go home for the day.

The next day, I went to a doctor who said my back was very inflamed. My blood pressure was also high, she said, probably because I was in such pain. She gave me a steroid shot and anti-inflammatory. The culprit? Kamryn! Apparently, momma needs to lift more with her legs instead of her back. I am now on medicine and feel much better. Naproxen in really helping. But if I sit for too long, I start to hurt. I guess I just have to be more careful when lifting Kami. So, I'll leave the "superman" lifts to daddy!