Monday, July 28, 2008

So excited to be clean!

Clara usually takes a shower with her dad after he gets home from work in the afternoon while I start dinner. She usually has a lot of fun as you can see in the picture. Today, she did something new. She usually is pretty quiet in the shower but I could hear her talking and talking! When I went in to help get her dried off, she was very excited! The image below just about sums it all up.
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I like to Stand

Clara has a new favorite game...she stands on the couch and peers out the window...or she stands on the floor and hits her hands on the couch. she definitely is developing a strong desire to stand and bounce. Hmmm if only she were that interested in crawling and tummy time!

I can't get a smile out of her while she's on her tummy anymore! She just looks at me with those big blues like "help me"
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Let's Play!

Welcome to our world Lydia! This is Clara's new friend Lydia, born to Rollie and Megan from our small group. Lydia was 4 weeks old in this picture and already entertaining Clara. She's just happy to have a friend that's a girl! Super cute!
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lavender Dress

How sweet are dresses on little girls? So sweet.
This is Clara in a pretty Lavendar dress that's a hand-me-down from Auntie Rachael. It's so super cute!

In other news at our house, lately things have been pretty busy. We had a group called LIGHT from California Baptist University come and lead a concert of worship at Camelback Bible Church. It was special for me because one of my friends from APU was the leader of the group. It felt like being home even though it was froma different school. Same feel. Thanks to all of our friends and family who came to support!

Owen has been in Las Vegas a couple of times in the last couple of weeks on business. Kind of funny that you can travel so quickly and do a job and be home for dinner (well not really) just in the same day.

Rachael and her family are home. I am glad. We haven't spent a ton of time together yet, but just knowing she's just down the road makes a big difference I think for both of us!

Owen is pushing Clara in the swing outside. I love Saturdays, as I can watch my hubby and my baby enjoy eachother. Clara doesn't like to nap on Saturdays because she is too excited to play with Dad! It's a good thing he's home to help take care of her on those days! Time for breakfast.
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Growing, growing and more growing!

So this was Clara just 2 short months ago when I decided to put her in her high chair to practice sitting up...after a dr. appoinment, in which the doc suggested I do this to help Clara learn to sit alone. Well, needless to say, Clara wasn't too excited about this exercise! She couldn't really even see over the tray. So I set the high chair back in it's special spot in our small house and moved on.

This is Clara this week at 7 months sitting in her high chair...can we say Oh my goodness how she's grown? She not only can sit up alone in her high chair, she seems to comand the space! The high chair is now placed at the head of our table. Hmmm maybe that isn't the right place for Clara who is already pleased to have the attention of everyone and everything in the room!

I alwasy wondered if what everyone was telling me was true...People would always say "Oh, don't worry she will hit a huge growth spurt soon, and she'll put on some weight." Well, most babies do that pretty quick but Clara took her time. Seriously! But now I feel like I finally have that chubby baby I've always dreamed about! Yeah!
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My how she's grown!

This was Clara at 12 weeks, wearing her super cute sun hat...which is now too small!

This is Clara at 7 months wearing her new super cute sun hat! It is so true what they say, they grow so fast. She looks so different in these two pictures. Doesn't even really look like the same baby. Notice that she's rounded out nicely!
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

A Special message to All My Grandparents!

Clara told me today that she had a special message for her Noni & Commander and GB and Grandma Lynn. She misses you, but mostly she just loves you.

A special thanks to Grandma Joy for taking care of Clara the last 3 weeks while I went back to work for a few training days at UMOM. I appreciate knowing that she's well take care of! She loves all the Maurer grandparents here too

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Crazy Rain

I got my girl back! Clara is officially better from her virus...yesterday with vim and vigor she all of the sudden got her personality back. So she was enjoying looking up at mommy and practicing her new balancing skills!

We got our first rain storm tonight. Yes, that is a rain gage, yes my husband likes to read his rain gage. It did rain 2 inches in just 20 minutes and it's still raining! See our flooded patio. YIKES!
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This is the proof for all of our small group friends that Eric has successfully held Clara, and she niether puked or pooped on him. Eric, we're so proud!
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Saturday, July 5, 2008

Anniversary and 4th of July

So I mentioned that Owen sent me they are.

Owen took me out to Roys Hawaiian Fusion for dinner (SUPER NICE AND YUMMY) and then we went and saw Kung Fu Panda. It was a really nice date night. I hate to say it, but it was our first since Clara was born. Grandma and Grandpa watched Clara. We were so thankful that they dealt with a very fussy baby so we could enjoy our night.

Clara wore the cutest outfit to celebrate Independance Day. It's a little big still but too cute to not wear for the day. We stopped breifly at our small group celebration. Since she'd been sick I didn't want to over do it with her. First time wearing shoes too...Gma and Gpa are always buying her shoes saying "we're so sure that these ones will fit!". For some reason Clara's feet are the last thing to grow on her so although these shoes have been in her drawer for about 3 months, this is their first appearance!

Yes, those are carrots in the corner of her mouth. I didn't do as good a job as I thought I did cleaing up her face.
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Friday, July 4, 2008

Just a Virus right?

So it's been an eventful few days in the Maurer household.

Clara had been acting a little funny for a couple of days when she spiked a fever of 102. So we gave tylenol and called the pediatrician. I didn't go to work the next day and took her in. Well of course when we're at the dr. she has no fever and acts like a perfect little doll.

They said it was probably just a virus and to not be to concerned. Because our pediatrician's office is a teaching hospital so as an option they offered to do a catheter to check for a UTI. I opted out seeing that she seemed to have "magically" improved! Of course an hour and a half later when my daughter was asleep 1 hour early after screaming for quite some time I called the dr. back and requested the test.

When I got Clara up from her nap, she was doing some labored breathing thing, but I nursed her anyways. She was still doing it when we got to the doctors office but again, was being cute with the check in folks...10 minutes later it was a whole different story. I was in the room waiting for a dr. to come in when her labored breathing increased greatly and I went to the hallway to ask for a doctor...stat. (funny that I use that word huh?). They came in and said that she needed to go to the ER right away. She then in true Clara fashion vomitted (not puked) all over the place including my cell phone which was in my hand calling Owen. YIKES! Her breathing seemed to calm a bit after that but we went to the ER still.

When all was said and done, Clara was suffering from a virus that caused a very high fever and her body was having a bad reaction to the fever. We did get a catheter test, an IV and blood drawn to find all of this out. I've never seen Clara so lathargic and "out of it". It was very scary. Owen took some photos on his cell phone, but don't have a way to upload. I am sure you can imagine. We were home with a very tired baby at 8 pm. She's doing much better today, but we've stayed in and are only making a breif appearance at our 4th of July party. So, who knew a virus could do that?