Thursday, July 30, 2009

21 months old





We cannot believe Isabelle is now 21 months old. The fact that she's now only 3 months from her next birthday is absolutely mind-blowing. Each month seems to race past us even faster than the last month did. She's just a ball of energy, enthusiasm, curiosity, and fun. She's speaking sentences frequently now and rarely comes across something that she doesn't already know the word for. It's absolutely astonishing how quickly her language has grown. She feeds herself her cereal with a spoon with almost no help at all (except the "towel" she requests for cleanup as needed) and has been enjoying attending a summer session of music classes this past month where she's learned to dance "ring around the rosie" and loves helping put the storytime blanket away.

We have had record heat here in Seattle (103 degrees yesterday was the hottest Seattle has ever gotten) all week, and we've been lucky enough to stay in our a/c house as much as possible to beat the heat. However this has meant that we've been doing indoor errands and lots more playing inside rather than outside. The upside of this is I've gotten to enjoy dressing Isabelle in all her skirts, without fear of her tearing up her legs on the concrete outside. Here are various skirt shots of Isabelle.

Isabelle "hula-dancing" around the room:


She's enjoyed playing "Mommy's piano" every day lately:


Practicing sitting on a ball and of course winking with Elmo (note Elmo's diaper and bow):



The past few weeks have been filled with even more sickness in this house, if that is even possible. Poor Isabelle has been fighting some tummy problem that has caused some serious diarrhea (and rash) for 2 weeks now. They tested her for all sorts of parasites and bacterial infections, but all came back negative. Since she has gotten significantly worse in the past few days, her doc is starting her on some antibiotics today in case some of her "normal bacteria" have gotten out of whack and are causing her to be sick. On top of that, she also got a cold for the past week, which she's luckily over now. Phew! It's been a lot of chasing after poor sick Isabelle to wipe her nose and for zillions of diaper changes. Poor thing was a better sport about her cold and fever than her sore diaper rash, where she cries in pain for changes. We are seriously crossing our fingers that she gets better really soon.

Yes this picture is without a diaper :) and Isabelle's favorite "wink":

Here Isabelle's enjoying her new "table and chairs" set:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Buddies


Isabelle has enjoyed more frequent playdates with her neighborhood buddies, Ella and Charlotte. You would not believe how excited she is to see them, running and squealing with delight! We feel so lucky to have some other little girls so close by that she has become friends with. And it's great for me to spend time with their moms as well!

Here are some cute pictures of Charlotte playing in our splash pool with Isabelle recently:




Isabelle looks for Ella all day long- knocking on her door, and sitting on the sidewalk in front of her house if she's not home yet to wait for her. They are so cute together it's unbelievable!

Here are some cute shots of them playing together in our house:


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A few silly pictures


One night Paul went kitesurfing with his friend Mark and this is what Isabelle got up to before bedtime with me. She literally ran around the house like this for 20 minutes. Too too cute!


Here's Isabelle showing off Daddy's bluetooth earpiece.


The other day Isabelle got curious about having a ponytail like mine when I work out. Here's a few pictures of her very first "real" ponytail!



More fun with sunglasses:




A few weeks ago when Isabelle woke up from her nap, she kept pointing at her toes and saying "Shishi" (her name for Shari, our sitter). I look down and her toes had all been (professionally!) painted pink!! It was adorable and ironically they were almost the same shade as my toes. Here are some pictures of her showing off her first pink toes:

Recovering... finally!

Phew it's been a busy time since I last posted about our trip. I'll catch up on the rest of our summer activities in another post. For now we're just barely catching our breath from a long week and half of sickness. Unfortunately it put a major damper on our 4th of July plans (to golf early and then join some good friends for a bbq party) since I was very sick all that weekend.

Weirdest sickness yet for me, as it started with pain in my neck (like I slept weird) and then the pain spread down one leg, down another arm and into the fingers so I couldn't bend them. By the next day, neither arm worked, the pain in my fingers was intense, and both legs hurt so much I had to hold onto both railings to even walk up or down stairs. Day 2 the fever started and got above 102 before I stopped checking during the night. Of course this weirdest illness had to happen over a long weekend when my doctor wouldn't be around! I talked with the doctor on call, who suspected nerve involvement given how the pain affected both hands and sent me directly to the ER where they gave me an IV and did a bunch of blood tests. They ruled out meningitis, mono (which I've had before) and some other scary stuff and concluded I probably had a virus affecting my nerves, but couldn't rule out MS (my biggest fear).

Although the fever broke after 2 days, my pain and weakness had worsened to the point I couldn't open a bottle of water or squeeze my toothpaste tube. I was completely nonfunctional and it was awfully scary to lose the ability to really do anything. There was no way I could pick up Isabelle, as I couldn't lift a plate easily. Poor Paul was struggling to fight off the sickness, as he felt weak and tired as well and was having to take care of Isabelle almost entirely. He ended up having to take 4 sick days from work to stay home to help and we were concerned if it went on longer we'd have to fly some family member here to care for Isabelle.

I met with my doctor (best doctor ever by the way!) who ran some more blood tests which confirmed that the virus was attacking all of my muscles (not nerves) and causing "inflammation in the muscles." There is some blood tests showing this type of injury to your muscles and my tests showed my levels over 10 x that of a normal person. This was such a relief to actually have an explanation (albeit weird and unusual) for my strange illness. My doctor agreed that it is an unusual virus that causes this type of problem.

The last several days I've been feeling more and more normal, but still more tired and weak, but at least funcitonal! I met again with my doctor who was relieved to see my improvement and thought I'd be 100% in another week or two.

Yay no more sickness! So Paul and I are celebrating by him taking the day off tomorrow to attempt golf (we'll see if we're strong enough) while our sitter watches Isabelle.