Thursday, January 31, 2008

Here are a couple of pictures just because she is so cute. She loves to sleep with her hands over her head. She is so funny. She is a really good sleeper which is really nice for me. She has been going about 5 hours lately, a couple times this week she has just been shy of 6 hours. What a good girl. I wished that I wasn't such a freaked out first time mom or you would have all died at what she looked like last night. Kelsi was a little off schedule last night and ended up drinking about 12 oz. of formula within a 3 1/2 hour timeframe. I had given her a bath and was feeding her the last bottle of the night and she was gulping it down. I pulled it away when she was almost done to wipe off her chin and when I went to offer it to her again she projectile vomited I am pretty sure all 12 oz. She has projectile vomited a couple of times since she was born, but this time was unbelievable. It went in all directions, mainly over her head. Her whole face was COVERED with formula. I freaked out and rushed her to the sink as John tried to assure me that it was "just milk" in her eyes and it wouldn't hurt her. Kelsi didn't seem to care that she looked like I poured pancake batter all over her face. Seriously, a picture would have been hilarious, but at the moment I thought she was going to have to go to the emergency room. Oh well. On another note, I started back to the gym about 2 weeks ago and finally had the courage yesterday to go to a "Body Pump" class. It is a 50 minute class where you lift weights for a specific body part (squats, chest, back, biceps, triceps, shoulders, lunges and abs) to a song each. I used to love this class, but today...I cannot walk without looking like...well let's just say it is funny. Every muscle hurts, but I am going back tomorrow. I know I just have to push through the first couple weeks of the class. I have 11 lbs to go to get back to pre-prego weight. I was very excited that the weight came off so fast, but I don't think my body will ever be the same. Good thing Kelsi makes up for all of that and then some!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Kelsi and I had fun taking pictures today. I got a couple of her smiling too. It is so hard to catch her smiling because I don't want to take my eyes off of her. The awesome blanket she is laying on was made by her Aunt Tamar. Thank you so much! Kelsi loves all of the different textures of it. She can't wait for the day that she can thank you in person.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

OK, so the last one is a little indecent, but her face is so cute. John took over bath duty last night and we couldn't resist pulling out the camera.

Happy Birthday to ME!

I celebrated my 27th bday on Friday. It was a wonderful day. My birthday celebration started on Thursday night when my friends took me out to dinner and a movie. We saw the newest chick flick "27 dresses". John stayed home with Kelsi and it was my longest stretch without her. I missed her SO much that I was so excited to go home to see her. Friday morning, John woke me up and told me that he wanted to give me my present. He scheduled a day spa package for me and arranged babysitting for me. It was amazing. I was treated to a 1 hour massage, 30 minute aromatherapy steam bath and a foot scrub massage and a hand paraffin wax/massage. It was awesome. He is such a great husband. Much love to you honey. Later that night we went out to dinner at our favorite restaurant and then we went home and changed in to comfy clothes and ate cake that my friend Lacey made for me. You can see that I blew really hard to make sure that I got all the candles out. I am usually really bad at it...but I did it this year! It was a great day. Thank you to all the well wishers.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


We sold the Titan today to a really nice young couple from B.C. We had so much fun with that truck we are sad to see it go. What are we NOT sad to see go? Titan car payments, that's what! We are very greatful for Mom and Dad Calderwood for giving us their spiffy car for 2 years while they are in Cambodia. We will take great care of it! As for the Titan, we will miss you our friend. You have given us safety, warmed our bums with your heated seats, housed our many possessions in your 1000 compartments and I think our dogs will miss you the most, especially on those hot summer days when they long to go for a swim in the river. So, enjoy your new adventure in Canada, we think you are in good hands.

Monday, January 21, 2008

I have been tagged Tamar.

My favorites:

Book: I am with Tamar on this one. My newly favorite books are the Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer with my favorite book being Twilight. I had a hard time with New Moon, but only because I missed my secret crush Edward (ok, so it's not really a secret, my husband knows that I have a crush on a vampire).
Movie: I have different favorite movies from different genres, but I really enjoy the Bourne series
Color: Red and Blue in general. But I really like to decorate with greens and golds
TV shows: The Amazing Race. The office. My husband sent in an audition tape for Amazing Race but if we don't hear anything by the end of this month he didn't make it to the semi-finals.
Guilty Pleasures: Twilight Series and Bourne
Outfit: Nothing really at the moment. I guess it would have to be my gray sweats from H&M. John likes the way I look in them for some reason and they are super comfy.
Body part: I used to like my shoulders and my waist, but not right now. I also used to like my feet until John made fun of my toes (one of my toes is bigger than the other) I guess I will say my Clavicle (spelling?)
Kitchen tip: My Grandma told me that it is best to set the dinner table by the time your husband comes home that way he will think that dinner is almost ready even if it is not. I haven't done this, but I think it is good advice.
Life lesson: You are stronger than you give yourself credit for. Just let go of the things in life that hold you down (even though you may not think it is holding you down) and just breathe and let it be.
Activity: I love to sing.
Food: Dark Chocolate
Child raising tip: I am really new to this and I don't feel that I can give anyone advice at this point. I guess just breathe.
Pet peeve: Being late (only when I am late. I forgive others for being tardy but I can't STAND to be late to anything)
Game: Cranium
Tattoo: I don't like tatoos
Element: I hated Chemistry. I hate all the elements. Ok, selenium because it is fun to say. Tamar cheated by adding two elements together to get water.
I tag Lacey, Elise, Amanda, Jocelyn & Jen(or Lulu)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

So, I went a little camera happy this week. I know my mom will be happy. Thanks to Ali and Mike for the Baby Einstein mat. She likes to look at herself in the mirror. It is really cute. I wonder which parent she gets that from? I know I am her mom, so I have to think she is cute but I really don't think I am just biased. She is so stinkin adorable.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Kelsi had another doctor appt today and she has hit the 9 lb mark. I was so worried about her weight so I was so relieved to hear that she gained a pound and a half in the last week and a half. She is 21 inches long and is just a really good baby. We still feed her two times during the night, but she goes right back to bed 95 percent of the time. She is able to hold her head up pretty well especially when I am burping her and she pulls her head back and looks at me as if to say...hey lady did I say I was done eating? Tomorrow marks my 6 weeks from being on maternity leave, I can't believe that I have hit my midpoint in spending my days with Kelsi. She continues to be just the best thing ever.

Friday, January 11, 2008

I am trying to make up for lost time. Since I haven't been feeling well, I spend a lot of time in front of the TV. This is such a funny clip! I hope this works.

My friend Tara did this and I thought it was great
1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?Went on a cruise;got pregnant;had a baby
2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?I didn’t really have any resolutions last year that I can really remember. I haven't set any in stone yet, but I would like to lose my last 14 lbs of baby weight and read the scriptures more often.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?Oh cousin last January, college friend last spring, Amanda had Wyatt, Trish had Grant,Nicole had Cole and Brittany had Nicholas..and of course I had Kelsi.
4. Did anyone close to you die?No, thankfully.
5. What countries did you visit?Puerto Rico, British Virgin Isles, St. Kitts, Aruba, Bonaire and Greneda.
6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?Better finance skills
7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?12/8 because it was the birth of my first child
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?Pushing a human being out of my body
9. What was your biggest failure?Not taking care of my husband as much as I would like to
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?Pregnancy stuff only
11. What was the best thing you bought?tickets to see my sister
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?Tamar for having so much patience for my never ending questions about pregnancy and motherhood.
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?Appalled by Britney Spears and Paris, Lindsay and all those other young hollywood starts but not depressed.
14. Where did most of your money go?John's interests
16. What song will always remind you of 2007?That song from Grey's Anatomy "How to save a life"
17.Compared to this time last year, are you:a) happier or sadder? Happier because of my daughter b) thinner or fatter? fatter.c) richer or poorer? richer, but not for long with this baby
18. What do you wish you'd done more of?Travel since it will be possible but harder with kids
19. What do you wish you'd done less of?Stressing, throwing up.
20. How did you spend Christmas? With John and Kelsi and then over the Ports for Christmas dinner
21. Did you fall in love in 2007?I continued to be in love with John. I fell madly in love with my new baby.
22. What was your favorite TV program?Amazing Race
23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?Nope.
24. What was the best book you read?The Twilight Series. All of them. Thanks Tamar!
25. What was your greatest musical discovery?Hmmm don't know
26. What did you want and get?A baby
27. What did you want and not get?normal post partum health
28. What was your favorite film of this year?Bourne Ultimatum, hands down
29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?I turned 26. I went to dinner at my favorite restaurant Henry J's, movies with friends and babysat for the Folsom kids
30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?More money (paying off some debts).
31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?Maternity
32. What kept you sane?Family and friends
33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?I’m not so much into that.
34. What political issue stirred you the most?I get my years mixed up
35. Whom did you miss?My parents and sisters and my friends...especially Ms. Emily - thanks for coming back into my life!
36. Who was the best new person you met?My daughter
37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007. Breathe
38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year."All that I am, all that I ever was is here in your perfect eyes they're all I can see".

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Ok, I am feeling pretty decent at the moment so I pulled out the camera and took a few shots of Kelsi in her bouncer. The picture of her looking surprised cracks me up. She has some of the funniest faces.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Kelsi hit her one month mark yesterday and sadly she is only back at her birth weight. However I know once she starts gaining weight that I am going to miss my tiny baby at the same time. I will update with more pictures very soon, but I have been pretty sick the last week or so and have not been able to pull the camera out...or give Kelsi a bath in the last 4 days. For those of you that remember what my health was like a few years ago, it is back. Not as bad as last time, but it seems that my mystery disease or what the doctors like to call "Lupus" is back. They have run tons of test and so far the indicators are pointing in that direction, we are just waiting on one more test results. Poor Kelsi has not enjoyed the antibiotics that I have been on as they are making her tummy hurt and she has been wanting to be held ALL THE TIME over the past few days. I do not know why they are making me stay on them when there isn't any cause of infection that they can find. We spent a few days in the hospital last week and one of the nights John took Kelsi home with him so I could have a night of uninterrupted sleep (minus the annoying nurses trying to do their job at all hours of the night). I was really worried when he took her for the night and a few of the times I woke up and freaked out wondering where she was before I remembered she was with John. I cannot believe that she is already a month old. I can't believe how fast time is flying.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year everyone. Kelsi has been having a lot of fun with her Aunt Shayla and Aunt Kaylee and Grandma and Grandpa Manderino this last week as they have been visiting from California. She is being spoiled as she is being held all the time. On Sunday Kelsi received her name and blessing and it was wonderful to have so much of the family together. Grandma and Grandpa Calderwood as well as Aunt Melanie and Aunt Jalyn came down to visit as well for the day. We are doing pretty well, still tired but getting a little more used to the lack of sleep. Kelsi is still an iddy biddy and we have to go in to the doctor this week for another weight check to make sure she is gaining weight. She was still below birth weight at her 2 and a half week appt last week and if she hasn't gained weight by Thursday we are going to need to start supplementing her feedings with a special breastmilk formula with added protein and calories. She has been through a lot so far, but overall is a very happy baby.