Monday, November 30, 2009

Totally Tube-ular!

They work!! The ear tubes work! Eisley has had a runny nose off and on for about 2 weeks now (it started out because she was teething I think, and now she has a sinus infection. We went to the doctor today and got a prescription, so the infection should clear up in a couple of days)-- and besides the fact that it's kind of a drag having a runny nose for days on end, we've discovered that the ear tubes are working.

Pre-tubes Eisley would have for SURE had an ear infection by now, after 2 weeks of this much drainage. But today the doctor said her ears were completely dry and free of fluid. Yea! I also got to look into her ears with the doctor's otoscope (is that what the tool is called that is used to look inside ears?) and see the tubes- kinda cool. They are made of plastic and are bright blue. Somehow I thought they were white.

Anyway, Eisley feels fine-- the sinus infection hasn't slowed her down even for a second. And we are very glad to free from ear infections...for now. I know there's always a chance she could still get one. But so far I'm feeling hopeful.

In other news (sorry), Eisley is using the big girl potty on a semi-regular basis. We are not actively potty training her or anything, since she's just 16 months old. But for the past couple of weeks she's been telling us that she needs to potty BEFORE she actually does anything in her diaper. So we thought, "Hmm. Why not see if she'll use the potty?" And she totally does. Not every time or anything, but a couple of times a day at least. We are very proud of our big girl and look forward to the day we eventually get her out of diapers for good.

For Thanksgiving, my brother and his family, along with my sister, all came to Wilmore to spend the holiday with us. They got here on Wednesday night and left on Sunday morning. It was a real joy to have them here! When we moved to Kentucky, my niece Kayla was 15 months old-- and now she's 5 years old! My nephew Logan wasn't even born-- and since our trips to Texas are so infrequent and such whirlwind trips, it was nice to actually have some real time together where I got to really love on my niece and nephew, and for everyone to get to know Eisley. The best part was getting to Eisley with her cousins. She grew up so much while they were here I think, because she was just so intent on being one of the big kids. She followed them around and did what they were doing, she laughed with them and chased them and let them chase her. She jumped on the bed with them and played in the kitchen with them, and just had an all-around good time. They left Sunday morning before Eisley woke up, and when Eisley woke up, she went running down the hall, expecting to see her cousins still there. She walked around saying, "Go-Gee? Go-Gee?" (what she calls Logan) and then had one single tear running down her face when she couldn't find him. It was the saddest, most precious thing ever.

Here's a picture of all the kids together:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Go Big Blue?

Four years ago, when we announced we were moving to Kentucky, I remember a warning I received: Kentuckians are crazy about basketball. They go nuts. You've never seen anything like it!

When we moved here, I suppose I found that to be sort of true. I compared it to Texans and our love for football. For Kentuckians, it was the same sense of commitment and passion, but for basketball.

But I didn't necessarily think anyone was CRAZY about it. Until now.

For the past 4 years, the University of Kentucky men's basketball team has not enjoyed the level of success they were accustomed to for many years. The last National Championship came in 1998, and people have been discontent with lack of success over the past few seasons. We moved here during Coach Tubby Smith's last season as head coach. I remember the news stories about his leaving, and I did think at the time, "What's the big deal?". But of course it was a big deal. Smith coached here for 10 years, and was the one that coached the wildcats to their 1998 National Championship.

Then came Billy Gillespie. He came here from Texas A&M University. I am guessing that this was his problem all along. Kidding. Sort of. His tenure was filled with disappointment and scandal. He lasted just 2 seasons.

That brings us to now. We are 3 games in to the season, under Head Coach John Calipari. Kentucky is today ranked #4 in the nation and there is an excitement about Wildcat Basketball I haven't seen before in the 4 years we've lived here.

Excitement is an understatement. A severe understatement. I now understand the warnings we received before we moved. The crazies are out. It's all Big Blue all the time.

The sheer craziness of the Wildcat Craze became most evident to me last night as I watched the news. The Big Story last night on the local news? You know. The leading story? The one deemed most important by the powers-that-be at the news station? The UK win last night at Rupp Arena, against Sam Houston State University.

The second, less important news story of the night, was about a strip mine explosion. Yes. An explosion. That sent rock falling into people's lawns and onto their houses and through the roofs of their cars.

I guess since no one died in the explosion, that made it easier to make the Cats' win the big story of the night.

Go Big Blue!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Spring Forward, Fall Back

This most recent time change-- the one where we "fall back" an hour, used to be one of my most favorite days of the whole year. I mean, what a gift! An extra hour of sleep? Especially since the time change happens on a Saturday night, and I've got church/work super-early on Sundays. I've always loved Daylight Savings Time.

Until I had a kid. Clearly, whoever came up with the idea didn't have a child. This time change has totally messed up our sleep here at our house. Eisley still hasn't adjusted. Her internal body clock just does what it does, and has no regard for the time on the clock.

She was an early riser anyway. We were lucky if we got to sleep until 7. Now we're lucky if we sleep until 6. Oh, she still isn't allowed out of bed until 7. But there's a whole hour in there where she's awake and talking (and by the time 7 rolls around, she's generally pretty irritated that we haven't come in her room to get her). Our house is small. The walls are thin. There's no sleeping through her early-morning chatter. We keep thinking that like we've trained her before to sleep past 6, we'll be able to do it again. But now after a couple of weeks, I'm not so sure.

Anyone have any tips/suggestions for getting her adjusted to the time change? Adjusting bedtimes hasn't ever really seemed to work for us.

We may just need to face the fact that we may have to wake up at 6 for half the year, while the other half of the year, we wake up at 7. This is just less than fun because it's sometimes just not possible for me to adjust MY bedtime to make up for the lost sleep. Sometimes I have to stay up late to get the homework done. And there's no sleeping in to make up for it. Ever.

Your turn. What ides do you have?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Warning you: Boring Update!

2 things...

- A few days ago I wrote about possibly having Rheumatoid Arthritis. Interestingly enough, the bloodwork came back negative for RA. That is good news. However, as I type this post, the joints in my hands ache, and my feet do, too. Not sure what is causing that, but I have a follow-up appointment with the doctor in a couple of weeks, so we'll see what other possibilities there are.

- Eisley's procedure to get the ear tubes on Thursday went well. No problems at all, and she's doing just fine. The only thing is that twice a day, for a week, she has to have these special ear drops. That in and of itself is just fine-- except, she has to lie still for 4-5 full minutes after the drops go in, for EACH ear. If you've met my daughter, you know why that is a particular challenge. She is far too busy to be still for any length of time. We're managing okay, but there are occasional fits of anger about it. But now she's getting the hang of it, and will lie down in one of our laps, while the other sits in front of her and reads a book to her (it has to be a REALLY interesting book!) to pass the time.

I'll leave you with a picture of Eisley-frog from Halloween (though if you've been on facebook, you've surely seen Eisley-frog by now):