This is my happy place…
My lifegroup from church. I love these people. They, collectively, make up my happy place.
Oh my word.
How did 12 years pass already? How did this chunky monkey…
turn into this beautiful young woman????
12 years ago today, at the moment this post is set to publish, this girl came busting into our lives and they have never been the same.
She has made everything in our lives better. Somehow her arrival sped up time…and I know in the blink of an eye, I will be posting a photo of her high school graduation. And that almost makes it hard to breathe.
Jenna is getting close to being as tall as I am. She is wearing the same size shoes as me and she’s turning into a wonderful young woman.
Jenna is the kind of big sister that a parent only dreams about. She has experienced things that most people don’t in a lifetime. I can easily envision Jenna and I being best friends in her adult life. I love her like nuts…
And today as we celebrate everything about her, I can only savor every second of the day today and the days to follow because all too soon, they will be memories.
I can’t express how happy the above photo makes me. I love to read and I wanted so badly for Jenna to love to read. And she does! And I am forever thankful. It wasn’t that long ago that I couldn’t get Kylie to sit still for a book but now, she loves her books and we read at least 3 before bed at night.
Back when we were struggling with sleep issues, we were told to pick a couple books and read the same ones every night. We ended up with Goodnight Moon, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and usually a Bible story. Over time, Goodnight Moon has been retired and in it’s place is Llama Llama Red Pajama. We went through about 3 Bible story books and then retired those. Now, we do Alexander, Llama Llama, The Kissing Hand, Here Comes Trouble, There’s a Mouse About the House and Just In Case You Ever Wonder with some variations. If she falls asleep before we get through them all, I stop.
Anyway, she really likes to read and point to pictures and talk to me about them. The other day I didn’t think I could take another night of Alexander or Llama Llama so I put them back in the bookshelf buried between all the other books so she can’t find them. A few nights later, she finishes getting her PJs on and walks over to the bookshelf, finds BOTH books and pulls them out. Then proceeds over to the stack of nightly reading books, pulls out the ones she doesn’t like and put the replacements in there. My girl is SMART!
I love that Kylie likes to be read to. We try and talk about the pictures and drawings in the book and they all facilitate her speech progression. The girls in this house love to read and it make my heart happy.
We always knew our girl was sweet, but apparently the mosquitoes know too! A few weekends ago, Jenna noticed a mosquito-esque bug flitting around the car. We managed to shoo it out without too much trouble and didn’t think another thing about it. That is, until we got out of the car at our next stop and I noticed Kylie had a little bit right under her eye. We ate dinner and it never seemed to itch or bother her, so I didn’t think much about it.
Then Sunday she woke up and the bit was red, angry and it was spreading down into her cheek. Jenna had something like this happen to her when she was 3 and the pediatrician had us bring her in and gave her a shot of antibiotic because the bite she had was on her cheek and they didn’t want it to get infected being so close to her brain. Kylie’s looked way worse, but I didn’t panic…just gave her a dose of Benadryl and went to church. This is after the Benadryl (so you can imagine what it looked like before!)
After church it really didn’t look any better than this, so I called the dr. on call. She was totally not worried and said to keep dosing the Benadryl so I did and went on my way with the day’s activities.
Later that night, I was out with a friend and Steve texted me the following photo which was after a full day of dosing Benadryl.
He dosed her one more time before bed and then put her down for the night. I was out late that night and about 9:30, I got a text that he’d checked on her and didn’t think the Benadryl was doing any good. We decided to wait and see what the morning brought.
The next morning I was off work for Memorial Day and things had definitely not improved. Not only had they not improved but she now had a runny nose which was yucky green. With no symptoms leading up to that, I decided to visit our new local ER.
Clearly she can put on a sad face when needed. Is that not the most pitiful looking baby?
And she wasn’t impressed with the blood pressure cuff they were using on her. However, we were in an out from the TriStar Spring Hill ER within an hour and was armed with prescriptions for broad spectrum antibiotics and anti-nausea meds just in case. Later that afternoon, we got a dose of antibiotics in her and she was clearly feeling fine.
24 hours later and the difference was amazing.
A week and 1/2 later and the bite is gone but she still has a little bit of a dark circle under her eye. Hopefully she’ll build up her immunity soon.
Kylie has always enjoyed music. And dancing. But lately, she REALLY likes to dance. And she really does like music. I was spring cleaning the bonus room recently and I found two pan lids. I put them near the trash since there were no matching pans and a few minutes later my ears were ringing…this is what she discovered all on her own…