Monthly Archives: September 2006

You Know You Order Pizza Too Much When…

…your 17 month old toddler excitedly announces, “Zsa Zsa!” (Pizza) when she sees the pizza boxes arrive.

Talking on the Telephone

Adrianna still loves the telephone. Whenever she hears one ring, no matter where we are, if the phone is on tv, or what ring tone is used, she will happily exclaim, “Tzsa sa!”

On Thursday, I worked in the evening instead of the morning and called home to say hi to Greg and Adrianna. Greg put Adrianna on the phone and I started asking her questions over the phone and she actually answered back. For the first time, she spoke on the phone to the person on the other end. We were very excited.

Here is a little bit of how our two-way conversation went:

Me: “Hi Adrianna. How are you?”
Silence.
Me: “I miss my sweet little girl. Are you and daddy having fun?”
Silence.
Me: “I love my baby girl so much. I will be home soon.”
Silence.
Me: “What does the dog say?”
“Boof! Boof!”
Me: “That’s right! And what does the kitty say?”
“Aaaahhh”
Me: “Good job, Adrianna! And what does the duck say?”
“Hckk”
Me: “Can you tell me what the cow says? What does the cow say?”
“Bfvoo”
Me: “Well, Mommy needs to go back to work now. I will see you soon.”
Silence.
Me: “Okay, bye pumpkin. Love you!
Silence.

No Rest for the Weary Mommy

Sometimes after a long day of work, I will lie down on the floor while I play with Adrianna or watch her play with her toys. Lately, however, this doesn’t last for long. Apparently, she cannot stand to let her momma lay down on the job. She will “help” me sit back up by grabbing and pulling in an upwards motion – whatever she can get her hands on. She usually goes straight for my hair. Ouch! I cannot help but smile and thank her for her thoughtfulness though, because her sweet smile tells me that she is just trying to help me.

Fever Fears

Adrianna’s fever has just been so scary. There have been two nights where Greg and I were so fearful for her that we got dressed and ready to run to the emergency room, just in case. Such a hard decision! Do we go, do we wait it out, do we give her more tylenol or motrin?

We finally decided to bring her to the doctor yesterday. It was a new doctor’s office for us. Our old doctor’s office is no longer “in-network” for our insurance provider, so we decided to try a new place. And it would figure that Adrianna’s fever disappeared (due to the Motrin finally kicking in) for her appointment. Just like when you bring a car into the mechanics shop and then the car works just fine. I did like that the new doctor’s office specialized in children’s medicine (our old doctor’s office is a Family Practice) and the doctor was great with Adrianna, but I was kind of put off towards the end because I was basically told not to worry and some mention was made towards me that I shouldn’t get “fever phobia” and that she was just experiencing allergies from the recent changes in the weather. ARGH. I was pretty frustrated. No help there.

Last night was one of the scariest nights for me as a parent. Adrianna’s fever spiked up to 105 (for the second night in a row). Trying to cool her down, we gave her a sippy cup of water and put her to bed with light pajamas. At about 4:00 a.m., Greg heard a noise in Adrianna’s room and went to check on her. Turns out her sippy cup had leaked all over her crib and so she was wet, shivering, and huddled in a corner, clutching her bear as tightly as she could.

Greg immediately picked her up and woke me up. I have never seen Adrianna so sick. Her fever was down to 99, but she was one sick little girl. Her eyes were haunting and red rimmed and she wasn’t very responsive to us. We couldn’t get her to chatter or even smile at us. We put on a warm blanket sleeper and brought her into bed with us, trying to warm her up. We also decided to get ready to run to the emergency room. Thankfully she started perking up a little. Then she snuggled closer to her Daddy and laid her head on his chest. She loves cuddling with her Daddy.

After a little more time had passed, she was back to her chatty self and remembered that being up in the middle of the night is fun! That is when we knew we were in the clear, so we put her back into bed. By this time, it was almost 5:00 a.m. and time for me to get ready for work.

Adrianna’s fever and listlessness seems to come and go. She seemed better this morning, so she went to childcare like normal. But Janette called after only a couple hours saying her fever was back and that Adrianna just wanted to be held all day. So I came back home from work. We decided that we wanted to take her to another doctor for a second opinion. Her fever was back to hovering between 101 and 102. We decided to go back to our old, trustworthy Family Practice, in spite of the fact that they were no longer in-network. I am so glad we did.

They were already doublebooked for many appointments when I called. But I think the lady could hear the tears in my voice when I desperately asked her to squeeze us in. She did, so we waited anxiously for 3:00 to roll around.

When I got home from work around noon, Adrianna was perky and even dancing around the music. But it didn’t last long. 10 minutes later and she had pulled off some pillows and a blanket from the couch onto the floor, laid down, and promptly fell asleep. When she woke up about half an hour later, I gathered her onto my lap and there she remained for a good solid two hours. A toddler in one place for two hours. Definitely something wrong with this child.

She was in the same ragdoll form at the doctor’s office. I was glad the doctor would be able to see what we were seeing and believe us and give us some real answers. A mom (and dad) know when something is really wrong with their child.

Our doctor today was great. She gave us answers and it turns out that Adrianna has an ear infection. A dose of Amoxycillin and Motrin later, and Adrianna’s fever is GONE. It has been gone for a couple hours. Adrianna ate a good dinner tonight and seems to be feeling so much better.

A funny story about our ride to the doctor’s office today. As we were driving, we kept hearing a “Boof! Boof! Boof!” coming from the backseat. That is Adrianna’s barking dog sound. She did it over and over and over again.

One final thought: I do not know how single parents do it. I would go crazy without Greg’s love and support on a daily basis, but even more so at times like this.

Soon She’ll be Begging for her OWN iPod

The funny thing is that neither of us have ever shown Adrianna how to use the earpieces. She saw them in her Daddy’s ears and so she just reached up and grabbed one of the earpieces out of his ear in placed it into her own.
Greg and Adrianna

Greg and Adrianna

Fever and an Evening at The Wal-Mart

This evening I made a quick trip to the Wal-Mart near our house in order to purchase a thermometer. (Adrianna is burning up with fever, which has me quite worried and which is why I am still up at 8 minutes after midnight.)

As I was perusing through the fruit section, trying to figure out what type of small fruit tray to buy for our MOPS breakfast tomorrow, I noticed an older gentleman beside me. He was opening up a blueberry tray, picking out blueberries, and rolling them between his fingers. Then, he would put them back into the tray and start over again with another. He must have done this at least 10-15 times while I was standing there, trying my hardest not to just stare at him or make a scoffing sound. And he was there before I had even arrived. I think he went through each and every tray, feeling up the blueberries. I would think that after the first few that you would deduce that all of them were pretty much the same, but apparently this was no Sherlock Holmes. I am not against touching and sniffing fruit, but this was just over the top. I am glad I wasn’t in the market for blueberries tonight.

Then, as I was going through the checkout line, the cashier asked me if I wanted my milk in a bag. As I conjured up the mental image of my already overflowing grocery bag container in my kitchen, I said, “No, Thank you.” But apparently in Wal-Mart cashier land, this means, “Yes, and make it a double-bagger for each gallon (2) that I am purchasing,” because that is what I got.

Just another evening at the Wal-Mart.

Now if only Adrianna’s fever would go away, or at least go down, so I can go to sleep and rest easy. Other than the fever and some extra bouts of cuddliness, she seems fine. She is awake right now too. I can hear her chattering away in her crib. “Uh oh. Uh oh. Uh oh.” Maybe I should go see what she is “Uh-ohing” about.

And…back. Turns out she had thrown her trusty bear out of the crib. I returned him to her, and all is well.

Adrianna and Mr Bear

Adrianna and Mr Bear

Adrianna and Mr Bear

Please get your hand off our waitress’s butt

Add that to the list of something I never thought I would have to tell my 17 month old daughter.

I received some really good news at work today. To celebrate, Greg took me to PF Changs for dinner. I was happily chowing down my Mongolian Beef. It was so delicious that my attention was completely focused on my meal…until I heard Greg say to Adrianna, “No, no, no, Adrianna” as he reached to pull Adrianna’s hand back to her side. Our waitress was talking to some customers at the table behind Adrianna’s highchair and Adrianna had turned around and reached her hand out to touch the waitress’s butt. Oh dear. I am not sure if actual contact was made. Let’s hope not.

On Feeling Appreciated

Over the past few months, Ann and I have had to create probably 300+ test forms for different training classes at work. We spent many hours on this project. Today, two of the trainers came up and asked if we could come downstairs and meet some of the newbies they are training. We gladly accepted since these are to be our new coworkers that we are there to support. These two trainers in particular are also my coworkers that work at different divisions/markets in our company; one out of Georgia and one out of Florida. So even though we have been working “together” for 5 years, I have only met them face to face a couple times during special conferences here in Colorado.

When we got down to the training room, Dan and Kathy gave us a beautiful bouquet of flowers, a card signed by everyone in the class, and some very kind words of appreciation for all our hardwork in preparation for their training class and just what we do for them in general. I was speechless and fighting back tears. I love our team, both those who work here in Colorado and those who work out in the field. They are all such great people. Their kindness and appreciation has really made my day. I could not ask for better coworkers, as they are the absolute best.

I was also glad that they noted our creativity with the Company Names that we made for the forms. We had to come up with many unique company names for the training scenarios, so we played off of popular movies like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, X-Men, and Office Space. So we had company names like Initech, Chotchkies, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, etc. The participants in the class said they enjoyed seeing each new form name and could see our personalities coming through them. 🙂

I was so excited and upbeat, so I emailed Greg to share my happiness. Of course me being happy made him happy too.

When I got home from work, I was greeted by the delicious smell of my favorite type of cake: chocolate with chocolate frosting. Greg had baked me a cake to further celebrate my awesome day of work. Too sweet.

Speaking of sweet, Greg and I just had our 8 year anniversary of togetherness. September 18th marked 8 years from the day he first asked me out on a date. Time sure does fly by.

More on Feeding the Dogs

If you want someone who eats whatever you put in front of him, get a dog. Toddlers, however, are a completely different story.

Our dogs have never had it so good in regards to their mealtime, complements of Adrianna. Not only do they get many yummy tablescraps from Adrianna’s meals that are tossed onto the floor every day, but their food dish simply cannot be empty. Ever. Adrianna simply finds an empty dog dish completely unacceptable.

I have blogged about this before, and it still rings true. As soon as she spies an empty dish, she will drop everything else (or squirm to get out of my arms if I am carrying her) and go straight for the dish. She’ll then pick it up and walk over to the cupboard where we store the food and start babbling away until I come over and fill the dish with dog food. She then carefully carries it over to the other side of the kitchen and sets it down. She hasn’t ever spilled even one little kibble during the carryover. Once the food dish is set down, we have learned that we need to make sure she doesn’t pick it back up, or she will then proceed to dump its contents on the ground. Every time.

Thankfully, the dogs aren’t picky and wholeheartedly clean up the mess. Why do we even bother with a dog bowl?

Uh Oh

Adrianna’s new saying of the week is, “Uh oh.” She says it when she “accidently” drops food on the floor. She says it when she knocks over her stacking toys. And she says it when she takes off her shoes.

She recently outgrew her last pair of Robeez shoes. (Robeez are the BEST toddler shoes ever, by the way. Thanks to Jeff and Jess for introducing them to us.) So, I had to buy her a new pair of shoes. Her new pair of shoes easily unvelcro to take them on and off. Too easily. They are not Robeez. Adrianna takes them off all the time. We have since purchased another pair of Robeez online and are anxiously awaiting their arrival.

Today, our childcare provider called me with a funny story. She had only Adrianna and Lily this morning, so she decided to make a quick trip to Walmart. Adrianna kept taking off her new shoes and dropping them, saying her cute, “Uh oh” as she did so. So Janette would pick them back up and put them back on, only to have the scenario repeat. By the time they got to the register though, one shoe was missing. Adrianna must have taken one shoe off without uttering an “Uh oh” warning. Janette had to retrace her steps and enlist a couple employees to help for about 15 minutes to find the shoe.

Not Your Typical Butterfly Kisses

Instead of “butterfly kisses” I am receiving snot-filled smooches. But I am not complaining at all. I love every slobbery kiss, although I wouldn’t mind doing without the mucous.

Adrianna has a cold right now that has her nose running with a constant drip. This doesn’t stop her from offering up kisses to her Daddy and I though. In fact, she has been almost a little more affectionate than usual. Not wanting to discourage any of her sweet kisses that are so freely and sweetly offered, I try to aim for her cheek or lower lip. Since that doesn’t completely help, I wait until she looks the other way before wiping my mouth of the snot-smooch. Sweet girl. I think it is pretty much guaranteed that I will be catching this cold after these recent displays of affection.

A new bedtime routine we have now is tucking her bear into bed and under the covers. I will lay him down and cover him up with a blanket and gently pat him and say, “Night Night, Bear.” Then, she will wrap her arms around him and lay down so I can cover her up too. Then I gently stroke her cheek and stroke her hair back from her forehead as she looks up at me with her big, blue eyes. As I leave the room, I give kisses and say, “Night Night.” The past couple nights she hasn’t even wished me, “Nigh Nigh” back but has simply gone right to sleep. She is really spoiling us with how well she goes to bed. Does this mean our next child is going to be a terror that never sleeps?

New word:

  • Zsa-Zsa = Pizza

You Gotta Shake It, Baby

By now, you would think that I would have learned that peace and quiet isn’t always a good thing when you have a toddler in the house. This lesson was reiterated for me this afternoon when I found Adrianna had shaken the entire contents of a salt shaker out onto an end table and was happily swiping it around on the tabletop and onto the floor.
Adrianna empties the salt shaker

Getting Involved

Now that Greg and I have found a church in our nearby area, we have been excited to get involved. (Our other church was too far away for us to get actively involved, which is part of the reason we decided to look for another one nearer to home.)

Greg has recently joined the worship team as their bass guitarist. He has been enjoying being involved with the music. I would like to join as well, as they are in need of altos, but someone would need to watch Adrianna during the practices, so I guess only one of us can be involved in the worship team at a time.

Today I joined MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers). It is comprised of moms from all over this general area and just happens to meet at our church. I really think I am going to enjoy it. Since there are 50+ women who attend, they split us up into smaller groups (that we will stay in for the year) so we can get to know some of the people a little better. Each group is comprised of a discussion group leader, an assistant, and a mentor mom who is there to provide experience and support. The ladies in my group are great. We all range in age from mid-20’s to mid-30’s, except for our mentor mom who is a sweet Grandmotherly lady. A couple of the girls attend our church, but most of the others attend other area churches.

Today was just a get-to-know everyone and to learn a little about what MOPS is all about. We had breakfast, those of us who were new to MOPS got door prizes, and then our speaker, which happened to be our pastor, came in and gave a short message. Each group then split off into other rooms for discussion time.

Kids 6 months and up get to go to “Moppets.” Adrianna had such a good time there that she didn’t want to leave. I had to pick her up and carry her out.

MOPS meets twice a month. I am already looking forward to the next meeting. My group has also setup a playdate at a park for next Tuesday morning and is planning a family pot-luck bbq for later in the month.

I was also recently invited to a scrapbooking night at the church next Tuesday evening. This will also be a bi-weekly event and I am thrilled about it. Hooray for getting some scrapbooking done and getting an evening to myself, along with hopefully getting to know some more women at our church a little better.

RSS Feed for Photo Galleries

Well, you asked for it (Jeff), so here it finally is. I have created an RSS feed for our photo galleries. Even though the feed’s code is very simple in that it is not dynamically generated or anything, I am still quite proud to say that I made it all by myself. No help from Greg and with no prior knowledge on how to do this. I love online tutorials.

So, here it is – the official No Reimer Reason – Photo Galleries RSS Feed.

Since this is something that I am manually updating right now, I will probably not list every single new photo as a separate item in the feeds because, well, I am lazy. Instead I will just post that I have updated the galleries with pictures from X date to Y date. But at least you will be able to see when there is an update, along with a link to the page where the update has taken place.

Feed away!

Our week in review

This past week has been a fun one. Adrianna’s Aunt Kristi made the long drive out here and we had a nice visit. Adrianna was thoroughly spoiled. Truth be told, so were Greg and I, as Kristi kindly got up with Adrianna on the mornings where we didn’t have to work, which meant we got to sleep in. Oh, blessed sleep.

Most of the week was a nice, lazy one. We did go out to eat a lot though, which is really pretty normal for us. On one excursion, Adrianna fell in love with this singing animal trio at Cracker Barrel. It was a pig, goat, and cow that “sang” Deck the Halls by mooing, oinking, and baaing. They were all decked out for Christmas caroling and it was a very cute toy. Adrianna quickly learned how to turn it off and on and did so repeatedly. She also gave each of the animals many kisses on their noses (complete with a loud smacking mmm-aaa sound that she can only have learned from her Mommy), stroked their heads, and wrapped her arms around all three of them quite often with big, baby hugs and patted them with her little hands. It was so darling that I was ready to buy the toy for her on the spot, but at $40, Daddy put his foot down. I will just have to see if I can find it cheaper online, because she really did love that thing.

Yesterday we took a nice walk to a park near our house. Adrianna enjoyed climbing through a tunnel and going down the slides.

At the Park

Daddy would help Adrianna at the top of the slide.

At the Park

Adrianna goes down the slide

Aunt Kristi would catch Adrianna at the bottom of the slide.

Aunt Kristi would catch Adrianna at the bottom of the slide.

Aunt Kristi and Adrianna

Even Chloe and Molly were happy to be along for the nice evening walk.

Chloe and Molly

More good news for this week – my team has been moved under a new team/management at work. I love my new manager. I think he does a great job with communication, giving appreciation for hard work, supporting and standing by his employees, and everything else one would expect from a good manager. I am excited for this change and also to be a part of the team that I have actually been working closely with and supporting for 5 years. The team members are also great to work with and I love the relationships I have built with many of them over the years.