Sunday, June 28, 2009

Aiyana 11 Months Old

It is getting more and more difficult to get good pictures of Aiyana because she is more interested in exploring than sitting still, but I manage. This time I grabbed an old antique chair for her to sit on. It sufficed for a little while. I like this one of her sitting on the chair and looking down at the wicker, it looks like she is deep in thought. I used Adobe Photoshop to change the contrast in the picture on the right.

I thought I would throw these in to show how frustrated Aiyana gets being put in different poses. Sometimes these are my favorite shots because they make me laugh.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Growing Up and Into Everything

Aiyana is eating big people food now. Her first meal was spinach ravioli with chicken and small pieces of garlic bread. Most of it ended up on the floor, as seen in the picture below. Needless to say, Shiloh is very happy about all of this. He gladly cleaned up the mess after we finished eating.

Getting into cupboards is her favorite past time these days. Here I caught her in the kitchen cupboard rummaging through crock pots and mixers.

Thought I would throw in a picture of Aiyana and Shi Shi playing. Aiyana hasn't said "dog" in a long time, but now she says "hi hi" for "Shi Shi".

My Hungarian Goulash Recipe


1/2 of a small Onion finely chopped
1 Bell Pepper finely chopped
1 tspn Diced Garlic
1 tbl spn Olive Oil
1 lb Ground Beef
Onion Powder
Garlic Salt
Ground Pepper
Caraway Seeds
1/2 of a small can of Tomato Paste
1 can of Tomato Sauce
1 can of Diced Tomatoes
Sea Salt to taste
Hungarian Paprika
2 tbl spns Brown Sugar
1 Bay Leaf
Egg Noodles
Sour Cream

Finely chop the Bell Pepper and half of an small Onion. Add to 1 table spoon of Olive Oil and let simmer until the Onions turn translucent. I made this for my dad for Father's Day and he doesn't like Onions so I diced them very small so that they would practically melt with the sauce.

Once the onions are almost translucent add a tablespoon of diced Garlic and saute for a few minutes. Next, add 1 pound of Ground Beef and season the meat with Onion Powder, Garlic Salt, Cracked Pepper and Caraway Seeds

When the meat is almost thoroughly cooked, add 1/2 of a small can of Tomato Paste, a can of Tomato Sauce and a can of Diced Tomatoes. Authentic Hungarian Goulash is not made with all of this tomato sauce, but I tried to combine the authentic with the kind my dad grew up eating.

Season the sauce with Sea Salt, Hungarian Paprika and Marjoram.

I did not have authentic Hungarian Paprika which is sweeter than regular Paprika so I added a couple of table spoons of Brown Sugar to make it a little sweeter.

In a pot of salted boiling water, add Egg Noodles and cook until tender.

This is the final sauce product.

Oh, I added a Bay Leaf since I combined many different recipes, most of which called for a Bay Leaf. I am a fan of seasonings... if you can't tell, but I have never understood the bay leaf. What does it do for the dish? It smells like, well... nothing. I added it anyway.

I did not get a final picture of the sauce on the noodles with a dollop of Sour Cream on top because we were so anxious to eat I didn't want to take the time to snap some pictures so maybe next time I make Hungarian Goulash I will add a final picture to this post.
My dad came over last night to celebrate Father's Day since we were out of town last weekend. When I asked him what he really liked that his mom made when he was younger he said Goulash. So that's what I made.
It was yummy.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Belated Father's Day Pictures

Me, the "picture nut" didn't take a single picture this weekend during our trip up to Page. So with that being said, I do not have a picture of Dana and Aiyana on Father's Day. I feel terrible about this so I am hoping to get a good picture of the two of them sometime this week. I will add a current picture to this post at a later time. In the meantime I collected some of my favorite pictures of Dana and Aiyana during Aiyana's first days of life. The collage of pictures were all taken the day of and the day after her birth. He is so proud of his little girl and Dana is the best Dad a kid could ask for.

We spent Father's Day in Page with Dana's family. On Sunday morning, Dana's sister and his niece made some yummy french toast with whipped topping and strawberries. We all enjoyed lunch together Sunday afternoon and then it was time for us to head back to Phoenix. Friday and Saturday night Dana played in an all night softball tournament and on Saturday we lounged on the beach at Lake Powell. Dana is currently exhausted from Saturday's winning spree which earned them (he and his brother's) the title of Consolation Champions. They were pushed to the consolation bracket on Friday because their pitcher injured his achilles tendon and couldn't pitch the rest of their last game on Friday. I guess they really kicked some butt on Saturday though. I was in bed by eight all weekend so I didn't see any of the games... this first trimester is kicking me in my butt.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

She's Back!

The little stinker is back! Aiyana woke up from her first nap and I could hear her talking on the intercom... talking... not moaning like I have been hearing lately when she wakes. Yay!!! I quickly ran upstairs and she smiled at me when I peered over her crib. I snatched her up and brought her downstairs for a bottle... a whole 6 oz bottle (she's only been taking 2-4 ozs at a time). When she was finished with her bottle, she rolled over on her tummy and started to play. I played with her for a good hour before she got tired again and needed more rest. I went crazy with the pictures so I tried to limit them to some of my favorites and, of course, the ones that show her being interactive.

I also thought I would include this one. Dad took this picture at Aiyana's doctors visit yesterday. Just yesterday Aiyana was still feeling very sickly.

Then walla! Watch her little legs move ever so slightly to the music... she eventually gets into her groove. Not like she normally would, but trust me this is a great improvement after a week full of sickies.

To celebrate we went outside and got some fresh air...

Aiyana had some fun in the sun. It's really been beautiful out for June in Phoenix... not too hot.

Hey... I know you

Lemme see this stuff you tall ones call grass

Now as you know, Aiyana hates grass, but she decided to crawl towards it and check it out today.

By the looks on her face... I think she re-confirmed that she still doesn't like it.

She's been trying to stand up lately and I am happy to see that she picked up right where she left off a week ago.

Mommy loves you Aiyana and I am glad that you are feeling better.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Lesson Learned

Don't drink a glass of orange juice while you are in your first trimester, feeling nauseous and taking antibiotics... you WILL throw up. I am proud to say that I never threw up while I was pregnant with Aiyana and despite all of my nausea I haven't thrown up with this pregnancy... until today. I swallowed my last gulp of orange juice and about a minute later I was running to the toilet, hair in my hands. I think I heaved about eight times until my eye balls felt like they might pop out of their sockets. I don't know how some women can handle throwing up every day... I would have to give up everything and become a hermit until the nausea passed if I was throwing up on a regular basis. So I am not sure what caused this episode, but I think it was the combination of the three; nausea, antibiotics and orange juice... they don't mix.

I guess this is the first time I mentioned that we are expecting on my blog so SURPRISE!!! I wanted to post an ultra sound picture for our big surprise, but the fetus was only 6 weeks 5 days on my last visit so the ultra sound picture wasn't that great, I didn't even ask for a print out. Maybe I can convince my doctor to give me another ultra sound at my 10 week appointment. I am about 8 weeks along right now and this pregnancy has already proven to be much different than the last. Sigh... I got lucky the first time around, we will just leave it at that.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Second ER Visit

Aiyana woke up around two AM moaning and crying. I went into her room, scooped her up and brought her downstairs to give her a bottle. I laid her on the armrest of the couch to start giving her the bottle and I noticed something dark under nose. I looked closer, as it was dark in the room, and I saw that she had blood smeared across her face. Her nose was bleeding. I was mortified, but I quickly calmed down and told myself that it was okay... a bloody nose shouldn't mean anything horrible. I cleaned her up and she took about an ounce of formula before pushing the bottle away. I brought her back upstairs and laid her down in her crib and went back to bed feeling sad, distraught and overwhelmed. About an hour later, just as I was drifting off to sleep, Aiyana was moaning again. This time, when I got her out of her crib, she was soaked in sweat and running a fever. I brought her back to our room and laid her in bed with us and that's when I noticed she was panting. It was about four AM and I couldn't take it anymore, she had been running a fever for too many days. I got dressed, Dana got up and we headed to Goodnight Pediatrics. She was briefly seen by a doctor who rushed us out of the clinic sending us straight to the ER. Aiyana had a temperature of 104 and she was clearly dehydrated, he felt that she needed to be admitted. So on to Phoenix Children's Hospital we went. This visit was much shorter than Sunday's visit and we had a nice nurse who took the time to get a urine sample, as was requested at her first visit. Thank goodness we got it this time (the urinalysis wasn't successful during the first visit) because Aiyana had a bladder infection and she needed different antibiotics than the ones that were previously given to her. So now we have the correct antibiotics and I just cannot wait for my baby to start feeling better. This has been an emotional journey for me having just been sick myself and still not feeling up to par. Dana and I have been taking turns staying home from work with Aiyana. Tomorrow is Dana's turn, but the last place I want to be right now is at work... not when my baby feels so rotten and all she wants to do is be in her mommy's arms. I will be taking Aiyana back to her pediatrician on Friday to see if the infection is clearing up. Now can we finally all start to feel better?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hand Tricks

So after my last miserable post I figured I should post about something positive to brighten up my blog a bit. Dana and I were fortunate enough to have my mom stay with us for a month and during that time she was proudly taking care of Aiyana while Dana and I were at work. Nana got Aiyana on a wonderful routine consisting of a nap at 10:30, a nap at 2:00, lots of fruits and veggies, a nighttime bath, a bedtime story and tons of love, hugs and kisses. This of course is what we try to give Aiyana every day, but I am not sure how consistent her naps are at daycare and I am not sure exactly what she eats at daycare. It was so nice having my mom here caring for, and loving, Aiyana. Nana worked with Aiyana on some fun hand tricks too. You know, the usual... give me five, clap, patty cake, bye-bye and peek-a-boo. Nana and I are proud to say that Aiyana can successfully do all of the above. Translations... "Give me five" is more like give me 10 hand slaps; bye-bye is done by turning her little wrist and bending her fingers so as to say goodbye to herself (she does it right in the video though) and peek-a-boo is accomplished by placing her two little hands anywhere on her head, not necessarily over her eyes. Last week Aiyana also learned how to crawl and then move onto her feet although I think it will be a while before she walks on her own.

Here's a video of Nana feeding Aiyana and teaching her how to wave bye-bye.

Aiyana was also spoiled with some cool toys that Nana bought for her while she was here. Amongst her favorite is a vtech Baby Tunes Music Player which she LOVES. This thing plays all kinds of music and she just loves dancing to the music and pressing all of the different buttons. Here's a picture of Aiyana with her new toy.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Will Life Ever be Fun Again?

This is what I find myself asking a lot recently because I seem to have a never ending sickness that I have now passed on to my mom, my husband and my unsuspecting 10 month old daughter. The only thing worse than being sick is having a child that is sick. Today I struggled with whether or not to take Aiyana to the ER as my options were limited to... well... the ER. All Urgent Care clinics are closed on Sundays so apparently there is no such thing as urgent sickness on Sundays, only emergent sickness. I'll have to remember that next time I am on call. When I get called in, I will only come if it is an emergency...not if it is an urgency. What is fare is fare, right? Anyway, the ER on a Sunday is like prison on any given day. Not that I have ever been to prison, but I can imagine the cells are much like the ER rooms. Actually, the ER doesn't have rooms... they have closets with gurneys and a sink. Poor Aiyana cried the whole time we were there and they managed to poke and prod every orifice on her body. Both attempts at giving her medicine failed due to her vomiting it back up. The only medicine that happen to take were the drops they gave her for her ears and the suppository of Tylenol they put in her bum. Five and a half hours later we are home and Aiyana is sound asleep in her bed after a warm bath. Dad is sick on the couch and I am ready to crash. Will life ever be fun again?