Monday, June 4, 2012

Spring Fun

 We have had a lovely spring.  We enjoyed some time away... and had a few doctor's appointments as well.  We saw the GI docs and they said Karsie was growing... "on the Karsie curve."  She is still small and below the growth curve, but she is growing.  They helped us figure out a good option for antacid to give her since she has started to have more reflux.  They encouraged us to slather all Karsie's food with butter and to use heavy cream or half-and-half in place of milk with her foods.  

 We also met with the plastic surgeon.  We were anticipating scheduling her surgery, but the doctor thinks Karsie is just too small for the surgery to be worth the pain and stress to Karsie's body.  She really needs to grow a lot.  So, we still wait.  I am guessing it will be a couple years before she is long enough in the torso.  The goal had previously been to have everything finished by kindergarten.  I think that is just not totally realistic at this point.  Karsie is too petite.  While we were surprised by this news (since we were planning for a summer surgery), we feel good about this plan.

 Karsie had such a fun time at the beach.  She loved playing in the sand.  She did not love the water, and was especially upset when a surprise wave got her wet up to her waist.  

 We also took a trip out to the flower fields.  Some of my favorite pictures of Karsie as an 8 month old are from the flower field.  Karsie had an especially fun time this year because she could run around and play with all the flowers.

 She is also really into smelling the flowers.  Any time there are flowers around, she likes to pause and smell them.  

 We had a lovely Easter with family.  We enjoyed the time away and had a nice time with both sides of the family.

 Karsie had a fun time hunting for eggs with some friends.  She looks like she is ready for diggin' clams!  She really understood the concept this year of finding the eggs and putting them in her basket.  She thought that was super fun!

Hope you have had a wonderful spring!!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

We Are Still Around

We have not, in fact, fallen off the face of the planet! We are still around.

I realized it has been a full three months since our last post, and while not too much has happened around here, Karsie has continued to grow and thrive.

We spent a lovely holiday visiting family and enjoying time off. Karsie loved the idea of Christmas and we embraced both the holy side and the Santa side. She loved playing with her nativity set and talking about the key players. She would sing to Baby Jesus. She also named the wise men. We had Sarah, Muck, and Puck. She enjoyed having her elf, Happy, hide in a new spot each night as well. And, of course, on Christmas morning, she loved having presents... and she was spoiled! Lots of gifts from friends and family to play with.

Karsie has been doing a great job eating and growing. She has discovered, and fallen in love with popcorn! She especially likes flavored popcorn. She also loves hot dogs, chicken, quinoa, tater tots, EGGS, carbs in all forms- especially potato chips and french fries, and cookies.

She is a little jumping bean! She loves to jump... a past-time she learned from her Papa and has perfected in honor of Peppa Pig. Yo Gabba Gabba has been replaced by the British pig (we are quite happy with this transition)! She has also discovered a few classic Disney animated features. She loves Little Mermaid ("yittew nermaid"), Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled. She also loves Toy Story and Monster's Inc. Most of which she was introduced to during a nasty bout of the stomach flu that held our whole family (plus visiting Grandma and Auntie Mandy) hostage.

Karsie loves to do "paints" and "chalking" at home. She is anxious for summer so she can go in the "swimming water" too. She is so much fun to be around, and though she has moments of being two and three-quarters, she is typically a joyful little girl. She cracks us up all the time with the things she says and her little personality.

Happy Spring!