Friday, May 28, 2010

Visit from the Carlsens

On Wednesday Tom's sister Robyn and her kids were passing through town so we were able to get together with them, as well as Denise and AJ, at Griffith Park for a little bit. Harper LOVED hanging out with her cousins and has been asking for Mia ever since.

We rode the train and then played at the playground for a little bit. Harper loved holding everyone's hands.
And then Robyn came over to see our apartment before heading up to Bakersfield.
We really appreciate them taking the time to stop and see us!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

due date change

I had an appointment with my midwife on Friday and she made a slight change to my due date. The baby is measuring well ahead of schedule, so she has moved my due date from June 21st to June 17th. That is very soon :)

Here is a little video of Harper running around on her new mattress before we got her bed set up. She has been sleeping in her big girl bed for the past two days and it has gone pretty well, but I'll make a post about that later.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

35 weeks

My sister complained that I hadn't posted any pregnancy pictures, and that's because we haven't taken any. It was fun the first time but I already feel huge, I don't need to see the photos. But I guess I should post one. Here I am at (almost) 35 weeks. To compare, here I am at 34 weeks pregnant with Harper:
And here's one of Harper, just because she's cute.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Harper casts her vote

The debate for Jose's name rages on ("Jose" is baby number two's code name). However, Harper seems to have already cast her vote for her favorite. Plus, she already knows how to write his name.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

guess who learned how to climb out of their crib . . .

It looks like we're going to be needing a new bed sooner than we thought. We had planned to keep Harper in her crib for a few more months, but tonight she figured out that she could easily climb over the side of the crib (it takes her about 5 seconds). That little monkey.
This next picture is very classic Harper. She gets really bad eczema on her foot and is constantly scratching and she always get this look on her face.

new stroller

We finally decided on a stroller and a carseat so I am feeling a little more prepared for the baby. Thanks everyone so much for your advice and suggestions.

We went with the Phil and Ted's stroller, which can be a single or a double stroller, after realizing that this was really the only thing that was going to fit in our trunk. While I don't love everything about it, it is pretty cool and Harper seems to really like it. We decided to take it to Santa Monica yesterday to test it out. Now we just need to get Harper a bed . . . (see next post).


A few months ago, after many nights of Tom having to work late, I decided that I needed a hobby so I decided to get a sewing machine. When I was a teenager I was very resistant to learning how to sew and my Mom likes to make fun of me for saying that I didn't have room in my head to know what a bobbin was. But I have really been enjoying teaching myself how to do something new, so recently I decided that I would try to make a quilt. Tom's mother is a wonderful quilter and he really treasures the quilts that she made for him and I love the quilt she made for our wedding and I wanted to do something for Harper. I found some instructions online for a simple quilt as well as several tutorials on how to do each step and started working on it a couple weeks ago.

The finished product is certainly not perfect, but I can't believe I actually did it. Harper calls it her pink blanket (everything these days is pink).


A couple of weeks ago we were very upset to find out that Harper had a kidney infection. You may remember that she has a history of urinary tract/bladder/kidney infections due to a defect in her urinary tract system, but it had been over a year since she'd had an infection so we were hoping that we were past this. Apparently not.

We got in touch with Harper's urologist and she wanted to either repeat the test she has had in the past (which was traumatic and inconclusive) or do a renal scan. We decided to do the renal scan which means we (well, Tom took her since I can't be exposed to radiation) took her to a radiologist who gave her an IV of something radioactive and then took some scans to see how the kidneys were functioning. The urologist was concerned that this infection, and past infections, had possibly damaged her kidney.

Apparently the IV was quite traumatic, but Harper survived it (while watching Finding Nemo on Tom's iphone) and then the radiology tech freaked us out by saying that one of the kidneys looked balled up (which is apparently bad). However, a couple of days later we heard back from the urologist that the differences were within the normal range and it looks like there is no scarring on the kidneys! Yay! We will meet with the urologist in a few weeks to figure out what we are going to do from here, so for now Harper is back on daily antibiotics (boo) but that is better than having more infections that could damage her kidneys.

Here are a couple of photos of Tom and Harper at Arby's between scans (we had to wait a couple of hours after the IV to get the scans done). She was still a little traumatized, but the bag of Goldfish helped.