Saturday, August 18, 2007

Kara with her grandparents

We definitely had to post some pictures of Kara with her Grandma and Grandpa Lang! These are some good ones. We've had a nice time during their weekend visit!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Visiting with family from Ohio

Tim's parents, brother and sister-in-law arrived in town this afternoon. We had a wonderful dinner of margarita chicken, corn on the cob, and a grilled peppers salad (the salad was thanks to Mike). Tim's dad also helped with grilling the chicken. Tomorrow's dinner is all up to John and Mike, and we're sure it's going to be delicious! Everyone has enjoyed holding Kara, feeding her and just generally making sure she's content and happy. The pictures are: Mike (Tim's brother) with Kara, and Zoe (Mike's wife) feeding Kara.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Kara's appointment with Dr. Joe

We had Kara's 1 month well-baby visit today. She is 20 1/4 inches long (over the 50th percentile) and 7 lbs 10 oz (right above the 10th percentile). So that basically means she is average length, but still lower in weight than most babies her age. I say she is long and lean! :-) Dr. Joe seems to think that Kara has a reflux problem that is causing her to spit-up shortly after she eats (small amounts but sometimes through her nose). It may also be the cause for gas pains and her occasional choking when I lay her on her back right after eating. Kara prefers to sit up more in her bouncer or lay upright on her belly on my chest. Dr. Joe gave us a prescription for Zantac. Ironically, Samantha was diagnosed with a reflux problem about 1 1/2 years ago and takes a Zantac pill every day. Kara also has a blocked tear duct in the right eye--this is the same eye that Samantha's was blocked when she was a baby! Samantha had to have surgery on her tear duct when she was 13 months old, and again at 15 months old. We hope that Kara's opens up on her own before she is 12 months old. Dr. Joe gave us some antibiotic ointment to use in Kara's eye once a day to prevent an eye infection from the buildup of mucous that has nowhere to drain. Twelve years ago the doctor didn't do that, and Samantha had constant eye infections which made it look like she had a black eye. The doctor only prescribed the antibiotic drops after the infection was already there. Pretty interesting that Kara and Samantha have these things in common--even though they are not biological sisters. Kara also had her second Hepatitis B vaccination today and it was hard to watch her scream when she got the shot. We were told that next month at her 2 month-old well-baby visit she will receive four vaccinations--uh oh! It's easy to forget those nasty shots 12 years later!

Aunt Anne visits from California!

Tim's sister, Anne, flew in from California today to see Kara for the first time! Kara's middle name comes from her Aunt Anne. Tim's parents, John & Ellen, his brother, Mike, and sister-in-law, Zoe are driving in tomorrow from Ohio. We will have a house full of people this weekend, and it will be great!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

What a cutie!

Kara is wearing a new outfit given to her by the O'Malley's, my sister Karen's in-laws. It looks so cute on her! Kara is lying on a really soft blanket given to her by two of my cousins families living in Illinois. We think Kara looks so adorable whether she is sleeping or wide awake!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Kara's birthday present to Mommy!

Kara gave her mommy the best birthday present last night! Kara, mommy & daddy went to bed at 11 pm and Kara didn't wake up for her first bottle until 2:45 am--she slept for 3 hours and 45 minutes straight! happened to be Tim's turn to feed Kara first. Kara went back to sleep at 3:15 am and didn't wake up until shortly after 6 am. So, that means Kathy got to stay in bed a full 7 hours! For those of you who can remember what it feels like to wake up every couple hours to feed your babies, you know how wonderful it is to get that extra sleep.

We had a really good day today! Kara was sweet as usual, and we all went out to dinner at Outback to celebrate Kathy's birthday. Then we went to Dairy Queen for dessert!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Family Birthday Celebrations

Today we visited with all of Kathy's family at her parent's home in northern Virginia. We celebrated Kathy's mom's birthday (8/22) and Kathy's birthday (8/13)! We had a great time together eating, reminiscing, and playing with our two nephews, Aidan and Sean. They were in pictures posted earlier. Everyone loved holding and feeding Kara. It will be even more fun when Kara can get down there on the floor and play with the toys too! Kathy's youngest sister, Krista, is due to have a baby boy at the end of September. Kara and "baby boy" Jacks will be close to the same age, so they will spend a lot of time playing together!