Monday, May 31, 2010

Baby Beluga

Karrington has figured out how to stand in the bathtub. Though she thinks this is a great feat, it is very stressful for mommy. My stress was reaffirmed when she slipped and fell into what looked like a tiny beached whale. Her hands and feet were in the air. After we got her repositioned to the sitting position, she looked at me and smiled. She thought that it was fun. It seems that bath time just became a little more dangerous.

Walkin' Around

The last few days Karrington has become more eager to take her first few steps. She is able to stand up while holding onto things, but is also figuring out how to stand up all by herself (with no support). It has become her regular routine to pull herself up on the coffee table, walk around the coffee table, while holding on of course, and then let go in attempts to stand and take a step. Up to this point her steps have ended in a glamorous fall to the floor. I am very sure that a successful one is on its way.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lookin' like daddy

The moment we laid eyes on Karrington, there was no doubt that she belonged the Bossio family. In the beginning, we were certain she resembled her Uncle Dominic (Anton's brother). She was all cheek. Last night, we were looking through some pictures and ran across a picture of Anton when he was 1 1/2. OH MY GOODNESS! Karrington is nearly a mirror image of Anton. We will have to wait a few weeks until I can pull out some of my own baby pictures. They are hidden away in storage somewhere. It will be great to see if she resembles me in any way. But, for now, we definitely know she looks like her daddy.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Mommy Bug

Yesterday I picked up my Shutterfly photo book from our mailbox. Gretchen had sent me a coupon code for a free photo book and I just happened to have a coupon code for free shipping. Since, I'm not really the scrapbooking kind, I have found that photo books are the way to go. They are cute and creative, like a scrapbook, without any where near half of the work. Our photo book is a series of pictures from Karrington's birth and first few months of life. As I looked through the pictures, I realize how much Karrington has grown and how much I miss cuddling a sweet little baby. Not that I don't love cuddling with Karrington now, she just wiggles a lot more than she used to. It kind of makes me want another little baby around the house. Since that isn't possible for us at this time, I am thankful that I have two niece/nephews on the way. My sister-in-law Gretchen is expecting and due in early October and my other sister-in-law Deborah is expecting and due in late November. Yay for babies!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Can Babies Have Nightmares?

The night before last Karrington woke up screaming and crying. I attributed it to the thunder and lightening that was happening outside. When I went in to see what was going on, she grabbed onto my neck and would not let go. She was absolutely terrified. What an awful feeling! After a few conversations with different people, I have come to the conclusion that she might have had a nightmare. I did a little research online (What did moms do before the internet?) and sure enough babies can have nightmares. I found some good info on nightmares and night terrors on this website. Though I am not 100% on if it was a nightmare, it does make sense and I will now know how to comfort her in the event something like this happens again.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Don't mind me...

The other morning I set Karrington's bottle on our coffee table. She had pushed it away from her mouth in efforts to communicate to me that she was finished drinking. After setting the bottle on the table and placing her in front of a pile of toys, I walked into the kitchen to pour a cup of coffee. As I walked back in to the living room, I saw Karrington propping herself up on the table with her elbows drinking her bottle. Though I did not capture the moment on camera, she offered a similar situation this evening. I laughed and think that she is innovative and creative. What a funny little girl.

My Favorite Bibs

 My sister-in-law, Gretchen, blogged a couple of days ago about a Mama Must Have: Ikea bibs. I love my Ikea bibs and they are a great price. For under $4, you get two bibs that offer complete coverage. Tonight I fed Karrington blueberries for dinner and there was no sign of anything blueberry on her clothes. Now, the tray of her high chair was a completely different story. I highly recommend the Ikea bibs!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mommy and Me Injury

Karrington and mommy have matching boo boos. When I was little, my dad was lifting me over the back side of the couch and pulled my elbow out of the joint. Anton wasn't pulling Karrington over any couches, she managed to pull her elbow out all by herself. I am not exactly sure how the injury occurred, but I am pretty sure it was the result of a fall. She was pulling herself up on a cabinet in my room this morning and fell, but didn't let go of the handle. Thus, her elbow pulled out. I didn't see the whole incident and when she started crying I simply though that she had hit her head. It took me getting her in and out of her car seat a couple of time to realize that she wasn't using her arm. We took her to the doctor and they immediately knew what was wrong. The doctor twisted and bent her arm and popped it right back into place. Karrington screamed a little, but after a minute or so she was back to being her normal self. They called it Nursemaid's Elbow.

Where's my camera?

Sunday morning I was sitting on the couch drinking a cup of coffee and reading the Sunday paper. Karrington was crawling around and playing with her toys. I heard some rustling and then everything was suddenly quiet. Knowing that quietness usually means trouble, I looked up from the paper to see Karrington sitting on the floor. She had gotten into a Target bag that was sitting on one of the tables in our living room. The only thing that was in the bag was a new box of Biter Biscuits. (We had already opened the box and given her a few while out shopping the day before.) She had gotten into the box and dumped out the bag. There were Biter Biscuits all over the floor, 3 or 4 of which had bites taken out of them. The picture is an excellent description of what I saw. Needless to say, it was a great time to have a camera on hand. 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Toy Box Favorites

Walking through the toy aisle today was a fun experience. Karrington is beginning to notice toys and all of the fun possiblities they bring. As be browsed the baby and toddler toys, Karrington 'ooo'ed. It was extremely cute and it was difficult for Anton and I not to fill up our basket with the toys in which she was so interested. Though we didn't buy anything, we did decide that Fisher Price Little People would be apart of our toy box. We both played with Little People when we were kids and both have great memories.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Good Snackin'

Last Saturday, Anton and I were out running errands. It was nearing dinner time and Karrington was getting cranky. As most moms know, when babies are hungry then they get cranky. I had some cheese cubes in the diaper bag, but that didn't seem to be enough to hold her over. It just happened that we were at Target, so we headed over to the baby section to see what kind of snacks we could find. There were Puffs, but we have tried those before and wanted to get something new. Looking over our options, we came across Biter Biscuits and thought they looked interesting. So, we opened them up and gave them a try. Karrington loved them, so I will definitely be purchasing those again. Thanks Gerber for making delicious treats for my little girl!

Let's Move Together

Tomorrow Anton, Karrington and I will lace up our walking shoes and join the Let's Move Together campaign. The Arthritis Foundation is promoting physical activity in efforts to prevent or treat arthritis. This touches us a little more on the personal level. Anton's mom, Jan, deals with the effects of arthritis on a daily basis and tomorrow we will walk in honor of her. For Lubbockites, we will be walking at the Texas Tech Recreation Center beginning at 9 am. There are walks all over the country, so please join your local walk if you can. Find a walk in your area

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sunscreen Fiasco

There's nothing like sunscreen in the eye to make you feel like an A+ parent. I was trying to be a good mom by putting sunscreen on Karrington. Her skin is fair and, like most moms, I don't want to have a sunburned little baby. I am sure that would be miserable. I didn't put it near her eyes or on her hands, but somehow when she rubbed her eye there was a reaction. Both eyes puffed up and she was squinting and crying. I felt terrible. Now I am on the lookout for different sunscreen. Suggestions are completely accepted and appreciated!

Here a tooth, there a tooth...

Today we had to break out the teething tablets again. Karrington has been drooling and drooling for a couple of weeks now. If that didn't tip me off, then the runny nose should have. or maybe the fact that she has been gnawing on her fingers. I felt around in her mouth a couple of times and didn't feel anything. This morning, though, was the final clue. Karrington was up and at 'em at 5:30 am. She usually sleeps until 6:30 or 7, at least. I felt around in her mouth again and, sure enough, there is a tooth coming in on the top. This will be #9. I am not sure how normal that is, but she is a toothing machine. The teething tablets are great and she loves them.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Sippy Cup Saga

As an overachieving mom, I am trying to plan ahead for bottle weaning. The weaning from the paci was entirely too easy.  And for some reason I have it in my head that using a bottle after 1 is unacceptable. We started trying sippy cups at 8 months. Since that moment, I have bought at least 5 different types of sippy cup. A couple of them have handles, one is a straw, one acts like a glorified bottle. The brands vary as well: Nuby, Gerber, and Munchkin. Karrington is nearing 11 months now, so the pressure is on. Any ideas or tips on how to make this transition a little easier?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Just a thought

What would life be like without technology? As I write, (on a computer might I add), Anton is sitting across the couch on his iPhone. We are watching TV, but not just any show. We are watching previously recorded shows on our TiVo. It seems as though we might be bored to pieces without all this technology. And to think that this is our normal. So sad, but so true.

Monday, May 17, 2010

What every diaper bag must have

With Karrington's recent sickness we have discovered Boogie Wipes. The concept is simple, but after wiping her nose with a tissue for a couple of days she was developing red marks under her nose. After using the wipes for a day, her nose and lip were back to normal. Boogie Wipes are now a must have product for the Bossio diaper bag.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Goin' to the Outback

For mother's day, my daddy blessed me with a gift card to Outback Steakhouse. Considering I desperately need to go to the grocery store and I had no desire to cook lunch, Outback was where we went after church today. I just happened to remember a commercial I had heard at the movie theater yesterday that said if we brought the ticket stub to Outback, then we could get a free appetizer. After sitting at our table and being greeted by our server, we asked if this was true. She informed us that it was and asked how many ticket stubs we had. Fortunately we had two. So, we were able to share a two appetizers and a steak for under $20. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Babies R' Us is the winner

Yesterday we stumbled upon a coupon for 20% off of a baby gear purchase at Babies R' Us. Considering our need for a new seat, we decided that this might be a good opportunity for us to take up on. So, we loaded up in the car and headed out to Babies R' Us. As we browsed the car seat isle, we were overwhelmed by the amount of options. As we neared the end, we spotted a seat with a fairly large markdown. This caught our attention and we were quick to investigate the reasons for the markdown. The seat was a discontinued model and was the last one. It was marked down from $159.99 to $99.90. We were then able to use our 20% off coupon and still have all of the warranties we would have had on the brands newer version. It has all the same safety features; there is just a different pattern. Sounds like a good deal to me and she fits in it just fine.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Walking for a Cause

This morning the Bossio family is gearing up to walk a 10K. Benefit walks have become a new part of our weekend routine. Never have we been so aware of opportunities for community involvement. Our involvement began with pure incentive from Anton's work, City Bank. City Bank has a wellness program through which we are able to earn extra money and awards for losing weight and working out on a regular basis. The point base is capped each week, except for a few things and benefit walks are one of those things. So, we have researched out all the benefits walks in our area. After going on our first walk, we felt a bit selfish not really being there to walk for anyone we might know. It prompted us to look into our circle of influence and walk for those we know and love. At Tommy Tubberville's Walk for Autism, we walked for a dear family from Vancouver, Washington. When we participated in the Relay for Life, we walked for my dear cousin Heidi who has been battling cancer for years and years. Last Saturday, Anton participate in the March of Dimes and walked for Isaac who was born last July at 28 weeks. And now this morning we walk for CF. As we contemplate who we would be walking for, Anton was reminded of the mailman that came to the main office in Adair ever day. His daughter had cystic fibrosis and passed away. Anton, along with others from the office, were able to show support and attended her funeral. Today we walk for them.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Movin' on Up

We are in the market for the next car seat. In fact, we probably should have bought one a couple of months ago. There is no doubt about it, though, Karrington has definitely outgrown her infant carrier. I think I have put this off for several reasons. I hate making new decisions for baby stuff. There are so many options out there, how do you know if you are really making the best decision? Am I getting the safest option? Do we get a gender neutral color in hopes that there will be another baby Bossio someday? Or do we buy the cute pink seat for an adorable little girl? Do I shop on ebay or do we pay full price at Babies R' Us? Does the price reflect on how safe the seat is? If that's the case, then we need to get the $300 dollar seat. But...really? So many options...what to do.

This is one of the seats we are looking at. It is at Sam's Club and is fairly prices. The brand is Safety 1st. If you know anything about this brand or have any suggestions, let me know.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Chick chick here, chick chick there

Never did I imagine that Karrington would be so mobile. One moment she can seem occupied by her Leap Frog play table and then all of a sudden he is attacking our media center. I know that kids grow up, but it really is crazy to see her holding on to the coffee table and then letting go and standing on her own. She is so proud of herself too. Every time she is standing on her own, she glances around the room, proudly, to see if anyone is witness to her accomplishment. It wasn't a month ago when she was waving her arms and legs around in the air in efforts to move somewhere. Then tonight, she crawled through the living room in order to come see me in the kitchen. Now, instead of sitting in the living room and crying for me, she can crawl after me. I must admit, it feels much like a baby chick clinging to the heels of a mama hen.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Bye Bye Paci

Is seems as though Karrington has weaned herself from the paci. For the past several weeks, Anton and I have been discussing when and how we were going to say "bye-bye" to paci. That answer came easy as Karrington has now decided not to take it anymore. The paci denial started when she was diagnosed with an ear infection. Clearly the sucking was painful for her ears and then there was the stuffy nose that made it difficult to breath with paci in mouth. Apparently through this series of events, she has discovered that she no longer needs paci to sooth her to sleep. Though this was an easy weaning, it is kind of sad that she is ready to move on. Our little girl is growing up. Now if she could just master the sippy cup, things would really become a lot easier.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

With a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there...

Karrington is learning new sounds everyday. Today, she finally told me what a cow says, "ooooo." It was great. She is paying attention. It encourages me that I am making progress in my ridiculous ramblings of animal sounds. Our next animal sound is a monkey. Ooo-aaaaa. We'll see how quickly she picks up on this one. She picked up 'meow' and 'roar' pretty quickly, so I am sure with hard work and dedication she will learn.