Monday, August 11, 2008

Starting a New Blog

If you would like to continue reading about our wonderfully exciting life :-) please email me at and I will send you the address and password to our new family blog .  If not, thank you for reading about Claire and her CDH journey this year, and for all of your kind comments!

Thursday, July 31, 2008


Claire is walking around all over the place now and rarely crawls. She has also taken up dancing...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

New Hairdo

When I give Claire a bath, she gets clean. When James gives Claire a bath, hilarity ensues...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rashy and Skinny

On Sunday I noticed that Claire had a rash all over her body. I thought it was a food allergy and gave her Benadryl, which had no effect. She didn't act like it was bothering her or itching, and she wasn't acting sick and didn't have fever. The rash seems to be getting better and drying out, but since it is still there today I took her to the pediatrician to have him look at it. I was supposed to take her in for a weight check soon anyway.

The doctor wasn't sure what the rash was. He didn't think it was a food allergy, said it could be a virus but she's not acting sick otherwise, and said it could just be eczema or dry skin. He told me to try switching soaps and putting lotion on her more often, and to bring her back next week if it's not better.

She weighed 17 lbs 10 oz on their scale today. She has gained 14 oz since 5 weeks ago, just shy of a pound. The doctor didn't seem overly thrilled by that and wants me to try to get her to drink more PediaSure and eat more. I have no idea how much she is supposed to be gaining, but she at least seems to be heading back up again on the chart.

Monday, July 14, 2008


The morning that Claire took her first steps she was bold and kept trying to walk without holding onto anything. But I guess she fell enough times to become more hesitant, and by the time her daddy got home from work that evening she wouldn't even try anymore. Since then she has taken a more cautious approach to walking. She will take a few steps between furniture if the distance is short, will walk for miles if you give her a push toy or hold her hands, and is able to stand without holding onto anything. One of these days she will get brave again and let go.

Last weekend James painted Claire's room yellow and decorated her walls. It looks much cheerier now.

She goes to the pediatrician next week for a weight check. I weighed her today on our bathroom scale and it said she was 18.4 lbs! That was with her clothes and diaper on, but I think she is at least 18. The PediaSure is working and she is gaining again. We have also been feeding her more fattening foods, like lasagna...

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

First Steps

Claire took her first steps today! I picked her up off the changing table and stood her in the floor and she shocked me by walking five or six steps across her bedroom. I cheered and clapped and she looked very pleased with herself. Now that she has it figured out she has been practicing all morning. She is wobbly, but swiftly getting the hang of it. Look out world!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Smoky Mountains

It has been a LONG time since our last vacation, so we decided to get away for the weekend and go to Gatlinburg.

We did lots of hiking, including Clingman's Dome and Laurel Falls trails.

After hiking we picnicked in the park, then went back to the hotel to swim in the pool. In the evenings we strolled downtown and Claire waved and said "hey" to everyone we passed.

Here are some more pictures from our trip.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

12-Month Portraits

Since we don't have many photos of Claire (Ha! Only a bajillion!) I took her to Portrait Innovations to get her 12-month portraits made...

She did great and was all smiles and didn't even rip the bow out of her hair. But towards the end she got tired and let us know she'd had enough of this picture-taking stuff. I would cry too if someone made me wear this getup...