Sunday, December 9, 2007

Feeding herself!

So Kati Ann has been eating solid foods for a couple of months now but she has now decided that she wants to hold the spoon herself. So this is the product of her trying to feed herself. It doesn't get much more adorable than this!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Say "Bye Bye" to the Infant Tub

We've now moved from the infant bathtub to an inflatable bathtub that will fit in the real bathtub. She thinks its great because she can play in it with her toys. She's becoming more of a joy everyday. One day she'll die to know I posted a picture of her hiney on the internet!

Monday, November 5, 2007

First Halloween & Youth Trip

Wow! This has been a week of firsts! We celebrated our first Halloween by dressing Kati Ann as Raggedy Ann. She was absolutely adorable!

This week also marked Kati Ann's very first youth trip. Most kids have to wait till they are about 13 or so but not when your daddy is the youth minister! You get to go on your first youth trip at 6 months!! She had such a blast with 40 middle schoolers at Shocco Springs in Talledega, AL. She loved the loud music and games not to mention all of the attention!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Getting so big

Kati Ann is growing like a weed! In the last two weeks, I think we've got a totally different child. She's taken off. Its hard to imagine that she will be 6 months old on Thursday! She just gets more fun with everyday!

Friday, October 19, 2007

Daddy-Daughter time

Jared and Kati Ann have a favorite book. Its called the Peek a Boo book and it allows Jared to make lots of funny noises! So, mainly Jared has a favorite book to read to Kati Ann. She's really started getting into it instead of sitting with a blank look on her face. She is growing up so fast!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dark Side of Motherhood

Disclaimer: I hesitated to publish this blog because there are some that might misinterpret my intentions. However, I believe there are some that will read this with a sense of validation and others that might have a clearer understanding of what every mom goes through. So, to clarify, I love being a mom. I love Kati Ann and consider myself richly blessed to have a healthy, happy child.

I have been sick since Monday night. I'm not exactly sure what I had but I was running a pretty continuous fever for 3 1/2 days. As you might have read in previous blogs, KA hasn't been feeling very well either. Not the best timing because well neither of us are feeling good and that doesn't leave me with the option of being sick.
But reality is that I was. During the day, my body ached and I was exhausted yet I had a 5 month old to take care of. KA was continually cranky with hurting gums and her daddy still has a job to go to. I was waking up at night drenched with sweat from fever and at the same time being woke up almost every hour by KA not feeling good herself. Jared is very sweet to help and in fact he did. He would take KA in the living room and try to calm her so that I could go back to sleep but as long as I could hear the crying my heart would hurt and I would lay there trying to keep myself from jumping out of the bed to take care of things. How is a body to heal when it gets no sleep and is still constantly in demand (still breastfeeding, mind you)?
It is at this point that I realize that there is a dark side of motherhood. A point when you are so tired and so sick that you're body has nothing left to give yet is still being demanded upon. You realize at that moment that it never ends; the responsiblity. Thankfully, I'm starting to feel better this afternoon and I do truly enjoy the responsibility b/c it comes with such a sweet joy attached but there was a moment when I got a glimpse of the dark side.

P.S. I took KA to the dr. and it turns out she didn't have an ear infection. In fact, she just had a little cold and teething. Guess I knew more than I thought.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Officially sick!

So, my baby came back from TX last week with a little bit of a runny nose. My mom thought she might have a cold but it was clear so I decided it was just associated with teething. I gave her some medicine and it cleared up no prob.

She continued to be fussy though and restless every night. We weren't getting much sleep at all. Still, I thought this was part of the teething process and well...this too shall pass. We woke up Sunday morning and there was more snot and it was thick (you can tell I'm a mom...who talks like this?). I worried they wouldn't take her in the nursery at church with a runny nose but they said that as long as it was clear we were okay and it was probably just associated with teething. She threw a massive fit in the nursery and they paged me to come try to calm her down but to no avail. My child was in pain...those darn teeth.

But today I may have discovered the true ear infection. I took her to the sitter still singing the "teething song." I get a phone call around 2 while shopping at Wal-Mart saying that KA has been miserable all day and that she's afraid that she has an ear infection. So, I leave my cart at Wal-Mart and hop in the car calling the pediatrician as I drive. Busy signal. So, I keep trying and eventually call Jared who trys while I'm picking up KA. We can't get anyone at the dr.'s office. How frustrating! So what do I do? I pick KA up and drive straight to the pediatrician's office because I can't get them on the phone. Of course, they won't see you w/out an appt. but at least I got a message to the advice nurse and an appt with the pediatrician at 8:30 in the morning. Sometimes it takes walking in when they won't answer the phone to actually get something done!

So, I talked to my friend that is a pediatric doctor in the NCU at Huntsville Hospital and she told me the dosage of pain medicine I could give KA to make it through the night. Right now she's laying next to me sleeping and I'm praying for some sleep tonight for all the Allens that have had a rough last week with very little sleep.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Crawling Lessons

So Jared has decided that he can teach KA to crawl with "crawling lessons" It is really sweet to watch them on the floor practicing to crawl. Jared puts her on one side of the room and he gets on the other and he tells her to crawl to him. It is kinda funny since she's barely rolling over!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

There's nothing sweeter

I've been feeling a little down the past couple of days. I think its just exhaustion but there's nothing like taking my sweet little girl in my arms and just loving to make a heart warm. She just loves me. Her smile warms my heart and she is always so excited to see me.
Exhaustion is worth it when you have that sweet face looking at you adoringly as if to say, "Mom, I'm your biggest fan!"

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Daddy comes home today!!

Its been 11 days since we put Jared on a plane to Japan and he finally comes home today. We are very anxious to see him especially his little girl. She's crazy about her daddy. So much so that she's starting to chew on the furniture in anticipation! We've talked to him on the computer with Skype and she lights up when she hears his voice.

She's become more interactive since he left so I know that he will enjoy playing with her more when he gets home.

Just a few more hours and we'll pick him up from the airport. We're so excited.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

So you wanna know what it was like to be pregnant with KA?

I was watching KA in her bouncy seat this morning and I realized that the way she played in that bouncy seat was much like how she played in my tummy. She managed to get herself in all kinds of positions and was constantly moving...both in the bouncy seat and in me. Anyway, it made me think how glad I am to enjoy her outside of my tummy instead of in!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tummy or Teeth?

KA has been a little less than happy the last few days. Well, that's not completely true. She's happy during the day but at night time she's had fitful sleep. Saturday and Sunday night we got up every hour!! Where is this coming from? and where is her daddy to help me?

I can't figure out exactly what's going on? We started cereal so that she would sleep better and she did the first night but then I think it may be bothering her stomach some. I can't really be sure.

Someone also suggested to me that she might be teething. That could be it. I'm not sure. Anyway, she did sleep well last night for which I'm very thankful. She is such a joy and no matter how many times I get up I'm so blessed to have a sweet little girl to get up with during the night. We have a blast together.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


So, we made it through the day with the shots. She didn't sleep nearly as much as I had expected her to but that's okay. She was pretty cranky but who can blame her? Somebody poked needles in her thighs. I think I'd be cranky too!

So, we ate cereal again last night. It was fun and she did well and slept better last night too. What a relief for Mom. I'm starting to get tired from Jared being gone. We miss him terribly.

I went to the store this morning to get her some apple juice because she's having some tummy troubles. I brought it home, diluted it and put it in a bottle and offered it to her but I'm not sure apple juice is going to be a favorite. Everytime I offered it to her she made a yucky face and pretended to be choking. Silly little thing.

Anyway, I'm going to fix me some lunch while she's still napping. I probably won't blog tomorrow with it being Sunday but I'll keep you up to date with what's going on.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Cereal & Shots

So, we tried cereal last night and I couldn't believe how well it went. I expected that she would get really frustrated and that there would cereal everywhere. But its wasn't that bad. By the third time I brought the spoon to her mouth she was opening her mouth really wide for me to shovel some more in. She only woke up once during the night so I'd say that it worked. We'll give it another go tonight!

So, we just got back from her 4 month check up and the child (I know her name is Kati Ann) is HUGE!! She was completely off the charts. She weighed 15 lbs 11.5oz (89th percentile) & 25 3/4 inches (off the charts). What is so funny is that she's really not huge. She's still kinda skinny but solid. She got her shots so I'm guessing she's probably out for the rest of the day. They make her really tired.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

We're trying cereal today

So, I've decided its time to try some cereal. With Jared gone I realize how much she gets up during the night. It was starting before he left but I think its worse now that he's gone. I guess she's hungry so we're going to do something about it! We're starting cereal tonight before bed. Momma needs some sleep and getting up every 2-3 hours really isn't cutting it.

I'm imagining that this certainly will be an adventure. We'll have to let you know.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Daddy's gone to Japan

So, Jared left for Japan on Tuesday and its just me and KA. Its no fun because now I have to get up with her at night. Jared usually gets up...I had gotten to the point that he heard her before I did!!

Anyway, we do miss him for more reasons than that.

KA rolled over for the first time today. I've been so guilty of not giving her enough tummy time or opportunity to roll over so I decided that today I would do better. She laid on her tummy for about 2 minutes and rolled right over!!

We go Friday for our 4 month check up...lots of fun because they give you yucky shots.