Saturday, January 28, 2012


After learning, teaching and modeling sign language with Allie for over 8 months...we finally made a connection!  I'm so proud of my Allie!  What a good girl!

Other than MORE, we are still working on PLEASE, MILK, DIAPER, EAT, WATER, THANK YOU, and UP.  We'll get there one day.  Slow and steady wins the race.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Who Says You Can't Eat Noodles With Your Hands?

Allie FINALLY got her appetite back....thank goodness.  She is feeling MUCH better and back to her scrunchy-nose, smiling, self.  Tonight I pulled out my leftovers from Samurai Steakhouse (my dad took us over the weekend...GO DAD!)  Allie liked my meal much better today than she did on Saturday.  I had no intention on giving her any, but thought, "Might as well."  I thought it would be like every other time I give her something that she previously tossed off her tray.  I figured she would hand it back to me.  She did, but then I told her to eat...and she did...WHOO-HOO!  She could use to gain a few pounds.

Allie slurped up every noodle I placed on her tray.  It was a bit tricky at times...but she managed.  Deeeeelicious!

Allie in action with her noodles...

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another First...Ear Infection

I just can't catch a break. January is turning out to be a brutal month. Our new year is turning into one big ball of SICK! My first week of work back after the new year, Allie was sent home from day care two days in a row. She started whole milk and it didn't agree with her so well. I know anyone who is a mom would not mind at all if I gave a blunt description of the monstrous mess that was was coming from my daughter's "other end"...but for the rest of you, I will make this G rated. Let's just say her bottom was not very happy. The advice of my girlfriends who had the same experiences held true. A week later she was fine and back to her happy self...and so was her little baby booty.

Then, last weekend came and all started out fine. Allie was her normal happy self. Todd, Allie and I had some quality family time and ran a few errands...

...and then all of a sudden my happy girl quickly changed into a cranky girl (with a fever). Todd and I figured a new tooth or two would make it's debut into the world very soon. There was no food to be eaten, no milk to be drank, and no full nights sleep for anyone living in the Hammerick house. It seemed every day passing became worse and worse. Allie's fever grew higher, her appetite lessened...and she continued to NOT sleep well. Her nose started to run. She developed a cough and a soar throat. She was a mess and still is. I'm not sure how much more I can take of this. Is it June yet? Allie went to the doctor and was diagnosed with her very first ear infection. A first that I'm not so excited about.

For anyone who is a single mom...I GIVE YOU PROPS! Caring for a sick little one after working all day, completing the daily chores/shopping, and trying to get ready for the next work day...all while holding my now 16 pound crabby, crying helpless friend = EXHAUSTION. Let me just see if I can paint a picture of how my evenings have been this week...

"Honey can you hold the baby while I..." NOPE! No one there!
"Will you go get the medicine off the counter?" NOPE! Still no one there!
"It's your turn to put the baby back to bed at 3 am for the fourth time tonight." HA! HA!! NICE TRY!

It's me...ALL ME! There is no exercising this week for me. There is no getting errands ran. There is no putting Allie down without her sad, watery, red eyes looking back up at am in disappointment. I know, I know...I'm complaining. But, I'm exhausted and I just can't help myself. Everyone deserves to complain a little here and there...right?

Luckily Allie took a couple quick cat naps in her swing
which freed up my hands for a bit.

I come home and Allie is pretty much attached to me for a couple hours. She's cranky, tired and just not herself. I feel terrible for her and wish I could take it all away. I try to find anything that she will eat or drink. We've managed to get in some yogurt, a few crackers and some OJ. Giving Allie any kind of medicine is torturous for her. She hates it all. She hates the Tylenol, the Advil, the anti-biotic prescribed by the doctor, the nose sucker, the thermometer...EVERYTHING! I've gotten pretty good at holding Allie's arms and head down all with one arm while my other hand puts the med's into her mouth. She hates me for it, I'm sure.

She's been on the antibiotic for two days and I was sure she would return to day care tomorrow. It's not looking too promising though. Another week of day care Allie did not attend. Grrr! I'm ready to quit my job and just stay home. If only we were all living in the same state, my dream might be a reality. But for now, it's not happening anytime soon. I'm hoping for a much healthier February.

Our week has been filled with this

I have to say a HUGE thank you to Allie's Grandparents for taking such good care of her. Grandma has spent many hours this week just cuddling and snuggling my Allie. If it can't be Mom or Dad...Grandma is the next best thing. Allie loves her Grandma.

Feeling a little bit better. I set down the bowl of cracker mix hoping she would nibble on a few.
She dumped it out all over the carpet, but at least she is finally eating some.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Proud Momma

Allie has come such a long way in her first year of life.  We've watched her go from a little bump on a a babbling, explorer of the world around her.  Allie's had so many accomplishments this first year.  I'm amazed and very proud of all that she has learned thus far, but I'm also a bit sad to think about all the firsts that are long gone and in the past.  I know this is just the beginning and there will be MANY more firsts (she IS only a year old!) 

Looking back, I'd have to say the most exciting first had to be when she slept through the night (and continued to do so) at 13 weeks old.  Thank goodness...because I had to go back to work!  Sleep deprivation was one of the hardest things I've lived through.  It's worse than labor!

Whenever she plays with her toy phones, she will put it up to her ear and say something in her Allie language.  I wonder where she learned that from???  She now likes to do this with her other toys as well...all the things that are not phones.  At dinner today, she put her spoon that was full of hummus up to her ear...and in her hair too.  Every now and then she'll get a hold of my phone.  I often hear the speed dial go off and I bolt across the room because Allie called one of my contacts.  Just the other day she left a comment on facebook for me.  It went something like this...#$$$%@.  Not sure what she was trying to say.  I'm sure it was something very appropriate though.

Another cute thing that happened yesterday...I gave the brush to her to hold while I dressed her for bed.  Immediately she put it up to her hair and began brushing (or tried to). sweet!

Lately the new thing is the pointing.  From the moment she wakes in the morning until she goes to bed, Allie is pointing and yelling about something.  About 25% of the time I can figure out what she is saying and what she wants.  Usually it's my laptop, or my Blackberry, or the remote for the TV.  However, the other 75% I have not a clue...and she gets so frustrated with me.  Me no speak Allie.  She will point at the computer and say "Dada."  It's hilarious to think that she makes the connection that her dad is in the computer.

Out of all these new and exciting moments, the one I'm most excited about is this...

Allie eats pretty well.  She will most likely try a new food if it's on her terms.  She has to be the one to put it in her mouth.  If she doesn't want it, she will do one of two things...turn her head away from me (I guess she thinks it will go away if she's not looking at it), or she will take if from me and then drop it on the floor.  Why does she do that?  Can't she just put it down nicely on her tray, or just say "no thank you."  When she's done eating, she'll clear her tray by throwing all of the food she doesn't want onto the floor.  She's already got a pretty good arm.  She's chucked blueberries across the kitchen and into the laundry room before.  She's gotten pretty good at the "wind shield wiper" move, as we call it.  She will take her arm and sweep it across her tray and everything on it, sippy cup and all, will end up on the floor.

This is so frustrating.  Feeding Allie takes forever, between getting her dinner ready, making her bottles for the next day, packing my lunch, getting something together for dinner for me (which is usually her leftovers), bending down and picking up whatever she drops twenty million times, and cleaning up her and the floor afterwards...the night is pretty much over. However, until now. 

Allie is soooooo proud of herself and so is her momma!

Todd and I have been teaching Allie to put the food she doesn't want into the cup holder on her tray.  Most days she will do it.  Of course every time she does we immediately clap and say "YEAH!"  In the midst of making my lunch and tomorrow's bottles, I come back to find all her grape peels and rejected blueberries in the cup holder.  It's all about the little moments that make you the proudest.  Way to go, Allie!

However, now she is realizing that her sippy cup fits into the cup holder.  This might cause a slight problem...hmmmmm....

Monday, January 2, 2012

Allie is Walking!

I knew this day would come.  I envisioned it and prepared for it.  But I'm still not ready for it.  It's exciting to see Allie toddle around our house.  I know she is so proud of herself.  When she walks slowly I'm amazed at how far she can go.  At times she gets excited and will go fast, only to fall and smack her head or face on the floor.  Most of the time she will only whine for a minute and then she's up and gone again.

Today, Allie was a tad bit'll know what I mean when you watch.  She had previously fallen on her face and I'm guessing she was still a little bit upset out it.  That darn hardwood floor!

The excitement I have for her walking, also comes with fear.  I had another "I'm a HORRIBLE mom" moment yesterday.  I ran upstairs to grab the computer so Allie could video chat with her dad.  I heard some whining downstairs...but I know that Allie is unhappy when I leave her alone.  I walked out of my bedroom and there she was...UPSTAIRS walking down the hallway!  I couldn't believe it!  I was in shock!  She climbed the stairs all by herself.  I actually had to stop and think a moment...did someone carry her up here?  I was so proud of her for about a millisecond...then my heart sank when I realized what COULD have happened to her.  She COULD have fallen all the way down and cracked her head open.  She COULD have gotten a concussion.  I felt TERRIBLE!  Lesson learned for me...I will NEVER leave her alone again...unless she is in baby jail (aka: the pack-n-play).  I will never forgive myself.  The big guy upstairs was really looking out for Allie.

Furniture is Not for Biting

Allie is beginning to look like a little person with all the teeth she has growing in.  She is looking more like a toddler and less like my little baby (tear).  She now has 4 top teeth and 2 bottom teeth.  I really need to get her a tooth brush of her own.  I don't think chomping on her Dad's toothbrush she finds in his bathroom cabinet (while I try to get ready for work in the morning) really counts as "brushing your teeth." 

When her teeth starting coming in I wasn't sure if she would be a biter or not.  Her crib is wood and I would like it to last.  It transforms into a full size bed.  I really don't want little teeth marks all over her bed when she's a teenager...and yes, I plan on her using her bedroom furniture for a while...a long while.  So, I was on the hunt for a teether for her crib rail.

The baby stores sell something to put on cribs for this purpose, but anyone who knows me would guess that I'm not going to put some ugly, yucky looking plastic thing on her crib.  I looked on Etsy and found some super cute pads for crib rails.  That was great and all, but I didn't want to pay for what they were going to charge me...and it HAD to match the rest of her room decor.  I had some leftover fabric from when I decorated her nursery and I went to work on my sewing machine.  Whaaa-laa!  Cute, huh?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

13 Months Old

Santa really knew what Allie wanted for Christmas this year.  He left her a set of Sticky Bellies for her second year.  What fun we'll have photographing her for the next 12 months.  Check out how fun the new Bellies girly!  We'll have no problem finding the perfect outfit for each month.

It's getting more and more difficult to photograph Allie.  She is on the move at all times.  I'm lucky I got this one good shot for her baby book.

This month Allie and I traveled to Boston to stay with Todd the first week of winter break.  Then the whole family came back to MI to celebrate Christmas.  Allie learned how to walk this month.  She toddled around the house and played with all her new toys she received for Christmas.  Allie started to drink whole milk after her one-year checkup.  Allie's pediatrician wanted her to gain some weight...she's a peanut.  It took a couple weeks for Allie to get used to the milk, but she eventually adjusted to drinking it from her sippy cups.  Allie learned what a phone was used for. She would hold it up to her ear and pretend to talk.  Allie graduated from her infant car seat to her toddler car seat.  Getting to be such a big girl!