Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kara is feeling much better!

Kara hasn't had a fever in almost 24 hours! She is getting back to her 'normal', sweet self, and we couldn't be happier. We definitely feel like we are on the 'other side' of this stressful time. The first picture is when Kara was still not feeling her best, but really liked playing with her butterfly balloon. :-) The last pictures were taken today while Kara was playing with her new birthday toys and feeling much better!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Kara holding her own bottle....

We've told several friends and family members that Kara uses her feet almost as much as her hands. We've also said that she can hold her bottle with just her feet. The proof is in the picture!

Birthday cake video!

Tim took a short video of Kara enjoying her birthday cake. She loves purple frosting!

Happy 1st Birthday Kara!!!!

Kara had a wonderful 1st birthday party at our house! We were thrilled that she seemed happy and enjoyed all that was going on, considering that she's been fighting fevers since late afternoon yesterday. Kara had a febrile seizure at Martins grocery store while Tim was picking up formula yesterday afternoon. It scared him to death, as I'm sure you can imagine! Kathy was in DC at the Women of Faith conference, and felt completely helpless for the 2 1/2 hours that it took her to get from DC to the hospital where Kara was taken by ambulance. The good news is that the blood and urine tests and x-rays came back normal, and her fever dropped from 104 to 99.5 degrees after being given Tylenol and Motrin in the ER. The fever has been up and down since we've returned home, but not as high as it was when Kara had the seizure. The ER doctor told us that Kara would be fighting the fevers for the next few days, so Tim and Kathy will both be staying home with her.

Kara's grandparents, Nana & Papa, her two Aunts and Uncles, and her three cousins came up to celebrate her 1st birthday with her. Kara also had friends, Tristan, Kyra, Chase, Alyssa, Rebecca, Megan and Kaitlyn (as well as their parents) come celebrate with her too! We had a house-full to say the least. The young kids had a great time playing in the bubblegum ball pit and on the bouncy house trampoline! Kara really seemed to like her birthday cake, especially the purple frosting--as the picture shows. :-) Everyone else chowed down on burgers and hotdogs, salads, chips and dips before eating the delicious 'fish in the aquarium' cake that Kara's babysitter, Dawn, made. It was a beautiful cake and it tasted great! Kara received many fun, cute, and age-appropriate gifts from all of her family and friends. Her baby toys just weren't stimulating enough anymore! :-) Enjoy the pictures!