Tuesday, September 21, 2010

9 Month Well Baby Appointment

Today was Tessa's well baby appointment. She did great! She weighs 18lbs 10oz (36%) and was 29 1/2 inches long (93%). She is LONG and SLIM! I can't remember off the top of my head (ha) what her head circ. was but I know it was in the 56th percentile. Pediatrician basically told me my daughter was perfect :-) She was happy with all of her milestones and had no concerns! I am happy to report that the ped is happy with how Tessa's tear duct has been getting better so Tessa doesn't need the surgery for it! I am so happy because I was not really to see Tessa be put under for a surgery all ready! It was scheduled for next Tuesday but I get to cancel it! She said we will revisit the tear duct at her 12 month appt and see if it gets even better! Right now its not a huge concern. Tessa did master waving while she was at her appointment. She wouldn't stop waving at her ped! It was soooo funny! While we were waiting in the waiting room after her appointment she was waving to EVERYONE! She sure knows how to draw attention to her!

One thing that happened today at her appointment that I was NOT prepared for was her getting some blood drawn. Casey has a rare blood clotting deficiency called Factor VII. Tessa's Ped hadn't even heard of that Factor deficiency before. She had to do some quick research and decided to have Tessa's blood drawn to run some tests. HOW TRAUMATIC!!!! I am still not recovered. They had me sit in the blood draw chair with Tessa on my lap. I then had to wrap my arms around her one arm and hold her snug so she couldn't move. The vampire...I mean blood draw dude...then wrapped that tape stuff tightly around her arm and had to find a vein...took him forever and he ended up having to switch arms. Finally he found one and they took THREE vials of blood out of her...THREE! I felt like they were draining her!!! She was literally SCREAMING and was bright red and kept tooting! I could tell she was just stressed out! I felt so bad...I was just shaking because I was so upset for her! Poor thing! Never again...next time she has to get blood drawn I am going to send Casey back to go with her! I just can't do it! BUT Since Casey HATES needles and getting blood drawn he would probably pass out...so its all on me...bummer.
After we left the appointment Tessa was asleep by the time we hit the road. She was EXHAUSTED. Her appointment was at 3pm which is right in the MIDDLE of nap time...and do you think I could get her to nap before her appointment...NEVER! :-) She came home and slept about 45 minutes...the rest of the evening was pretty rough. She was super crabby and just tired. She thankfully went to bed a little early tonight...hopefully that wont backfire on me in the morning.

And no update can be complete without some pictures!

tessa after her appointment. she looked so cute with her little bandage from getting blood drawn. i had to snap a picture before removing it.
i just can't get enough of these daddy/daughter guitar pictures. tessa loves it when he plays his guitar!  it is a special bond they share!
tessa cheesing it up! yeah...about the scratches...thats what i get when i put off cutting her nails. they got cut that night.

love love love her. i will never get enough of her smiles...

these pictures just crack me up. she is just so much fun.

all smiles...most of the time :-)

skyping with nana! tessa loves it when we skype with nana. she gets really excited when my mom sings to her!

Until Next Time...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Big News!

As I'm sitting here completely stopped in morning traffic I figured I would update my blog with some exciting news!

My Tessa can wave bye-bye! It was the cutest thing ever!!!! But also made me realize she is pretty much saying "see ya mom I don't need you". Atleast I still get the big ol grin and hug when I pick her up!

She is getting soooo big sooooo fast!

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cold Weather Cuteness!

Yesterday cold weather in the morning caught us off guard and led is on a search for a winter hat! I knew we had one around the house somewhere! I found it and put it on her and she just looked too cute for words! I had to snap a couple cute pictures! Next we will be on a hunt for a winter jacket and gloves! We may not be a fan of super cold weather...but Tessa sure will look cute dressing for it!

really...does it even get any cuter than this?! I am so in love with her and her cheeks!!!
crawling around rocking the winter hat!
"wow mom...this hat is suuuuuper soft and comfy! I'm just gonna nap for a bit"

9 Month Pictures

Since Tessa was born I have always tried to get a good monthly picture of her sitting upright. It has gotten SO difficult as she gets older! She rarely sits still and has so much energy. Definitely keeps us on our toes!
Here are a couple pictures of us trying to get a 9 month picture!

as always...wanting the camera cord!
no attention span :-) wants to play with her toys!

so i try holding her feet while casey snaps some pictures...still no luck.

and then as always the cats come into the picture...

i know she is thinking "fine mom i'll look at you but only with my tongue hanging out!"
her tongue is always out these days...im sure its because she is feeling her teeth!!!

awww she loves me :-) i don't think i could ever get enough snuggles from her! she just melts my heart!

Missing Pacifiers


We were looking for Tessa's pacifiers and we couldn't find them ANYWHERE! How could we misplace so many pacifiers!?!?

Mystery solved: They were all on the floor near Tessa's crib!!!!!!!

We have found one or two there before but we must always pick them up. This time they just piled up!

Now we know where to look first if all the pacifiers are missing!
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Monday, September 6, 2010


Tessa rarely has shoes on...no real reason for them yet. This weekend is was kind of cold out so I decided to put some shoes on her while we went to the store so she wouldn't be cold. Tessa did not understand what on earth they were! She kept trying to eat them! 

Here are a couple of pics!

ready to go shopping...
wait mom..what are these things on my feet?
do i eat them? hmmm....interesting...

And just because she is too stinkin' cute...
 I LOVE HER!!!!!!

Daddy/Daughter time!

Tessa loves it when Casey plays his guitar for her. It is the cutest thing ever.
Here are a couple pics from their music fest this morning!

Messy Tessy!

One of Tessa's little nicknames is Messy Tessy...last night at dinner she definitely lived up to her nickname!
When I was feeding her her babyfood she would NOT let me feed her at all so I just dumped it on her tray and let her go all out...and all out she went. I am still getting used to this whole messy baby thing.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Funny Tessa!

Tessa and I recorded a video for my mom today and it is just the cutest ever and I had to share!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

New Layout!

I updated the layout of my blog today! I think it looks super cute!!!!

9 Months!

Very hard to believe that my little 7lb 3oz baby girl is now 9 months old and weights probably around 18 to 20 lbs!!! She is so much fun. Crawling EVERYWHERE! Pulling herself up on everything, getting bumps and bruises all the time. She is constantly saying dadadadada....I try telling her to say mama but she refuses....she ends up saying dada even louder. The great thing is that she is always full of smiles. Her smiles just melt my heart!

The last couple of days she has really tried testing her boundries. Today she headed down the hallway, looked back to make sure I was watching her, I continued to tell her no...but all I got was a big ol' smile and Tessa taking off crawling at high speeds down the hall squealing the entire time.

She also goes to my microwave cart and pulls out all of my hand towels and wash cloths...the cat food is about 6 inches away from the towels so for now I am just thankful she is leaving the cat food alone. The other day she was obsessed with it...but I moved it about a foot away and she hasn't found it yet. I am sure once the towels become lame she will move on to the cat food.

She has been teething constantly....it comes and goes but seems to affect her most at night. I am pretty sure she has 4 teeth trying to come in on top. The front two on top are HUGE! I feel bad for her...I think she will be getting my big ol' teeth! She does have two super cute bottom teeth! I took a picture on my phone earlier today that really shows her bottom two teeth. I will post that today also!

Last week daycare was closed for a week and I decided to make the most of the vacation by headed up north for a week! Tessa and I had so much fun (Casey had to work). Most of the week was spent relaxing and spending time with family. We did go to Mackinac Island but Tessa spent 95% of the trip sleeping and the other 5% eating grass in the park.

Here are some pictures from when we were up north. I didn't take a ton because I always forgot my camera! Ooops!

my parents got tessa this toy. its a Leapfrog talking dog named violet. you can go online and personalize it! it seriously says tessa's name sooooo cute! she really likes it and it always makes her smile and laugh!
lacy spent a lot of time laying down next to tessa. i am pretty sure tessa is going to be playing with lacy a lot as she grows.
these stools were a huge headache while we were at my parents house. tessa was constantly pulling herself up on them.
headed over to Mackinac Island! Tessa had a fun time looking around on the boat.
when we got to the island we immediately went to the park to eat our lunch. we let tessa crawl around for a bit but all she was interested in was eating the grass! it was hilarious.
she kept examining it and pulling on each end.
eventually i was sick of taking all the grass from her hands and mouth and we left the park.
mom and i decided to take a walk down past mission point resort. on the way tessa fell asleep and stayed asleep until we left!
good ol' mighty mac! i miss being surrounded by water...the most water i see down here is the mud puddles after it rains :-(
tessa loves grandma red! who doesn't...she is always full of hugs and kisses!
ugh...the dreaded bruises...tessa definitely had a rough week.
this is the toy that caused the bruise! tessa got caught off guard by lacy jumping and running to the door while she was standing up and she twisted and landed face first into the edge of this toy. she cried for a quick second and then went back to her smiley self.
atleast her bruise matches her outfit...my little fashionista!
while we were home we also went out to grandma red's to get some red potatoes from the garden! we also picked up some corn and cabbage while we were there!
mom and grandpa bill digging up red potatoes!!!!
my "little" cousin kellee giving tessa some loving. i can't believe she has her drivers permit! i hope she continues to make smart choices and grows up to be a respectful young lady!

We ended up coming home a day early on Saturday to spend some much needed time with Jessica! I absolutely hate living so far from her and have to take every opportunity possible to see her! Originally we were only supposed to visit Sunday morning but she had some plans change and she ended up staying the night Saturday too! Jessica and I went out to dinner while Casey stayed home with Tess and had some MUCH needed girl time! We went to Chili's and it was soooo good! We also had a good laugh because the waiter practically ignored me the entire time focusing totally on Jess!!! At one point he asked her if she wanted a refill on her cherry coke, which she declined, and he walked away without evening asking me if I needed a refill even though my glass was clearly empty. It was hilarous. It also plays to go out to eat with her because he didn't charge us for any of our drinks or our appetizer! We had so much fun. We ended up heading home and Tessa was still up and Jess was able to play with her for a bit! Tessa sure did love her and was all smiles! Here are a couple of pictures from our visit!
tessa was afraid of this penguin until her auntie jess played with it with her. now she loves it!
tessa kept kissing her reflection in her mirror! it was the cutest thing ever!!!!! haha gotta love jessica's kissy face in the background!
i can't wait for tessa to grow up and look up to jessica...well...now that i think about it...that might not be the greatest idea! hahahaha! :-) just kidding... love you jess!
one last picture before jessice left...who knows when we will see each other again! good thing we talk daily!!!!

Whew! Blog is updated and I am headed to bed!

Until Next Time...