Friday, September 30, 2011
Poor Duke has been living a rough life recently. We noticed that he started limping a couple months ago, but thought that it had to do with his weight and put him on a doggie diet. In the last few weeks, we noticed that it was getting worse so we brought him in again to see the doctor. The doctor let us know that he ruptured/tore his CCL in both of this knees. The CCL is like the dog ACL ligament in his knee and was the same ligament that I tore my sophomore year at LMU playing soccer. The left knee was definitely worse, so the doctor suggested that we have surgery on that one first and then come back in a couple months for surgery on the right knee.
I'm sure you are thinking that getting surgery on a dog is crazy and also crazy expensive. Well, it is that that is why I think we need to sell one of my kidneys. Anyone interested? Hahaha. Just joking, Duke and Harley mean the world to us and we would do anything to help them have a good, happy and healthy life!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
We are so unbelievably honored that our good friends, Bridget and Ely, asked us to be their daughter's godparents. We LOVE Ilikea and can't wait to meet her and for her and Ke'alohi to be best friends.
It really does mean so much to us that they thought of us! Here is the most recent picture of our GODDAUGHTER with her first doll!
Even though I knew the shots here coming, nothing really makes you okay with or prepared to see your child in pain. They gave Ke'alohi one oral vaccination and three shots in her legs. Lucky for us, Lucas took the day off of work to come with us for support and to spend my last day of maternity leave as a family.
We will be going back in two months for her six-month appointment to get her next set of shots and possibly get Ke'alohi's ears pierced. I'm still working on Daddy!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Ten Facts about Ke'alohi at Four Months:
- Weighs 16 pounds and 4 ounces and measures 25 inches.
- Still sleeps great and mostly through the night in her crib!
- Smiles and coos constantly, maybe a giggle coming soon.
- Still likes to pull on Mommy's hair and necklace.
- Can watch the crib mobile for hours.
- Drinks six ounces of formula at each feeding.
- Harley is her favorite thing to watch move around.
- Primarily likes to sleep on her side or on her tummy.
- Eyes are still dark, but not quite brown.
- Her favorite toy to play with are the toy links.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Well that obviously came and went as I made up more and more reasons/excuses why she should stay with us. We have now reached the point where she is growing out of her bassinet and Lucas made the call that she is old enough to sleep on her own. She did great, only waking up once at 2:30 am for a quick late night snack and went back to bed with ease.
I'm sure it will be too soon when we will need to lower her mattress and convert her crib into the toddler bed.
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
This must be the week of visits and surprises! It might be also because my maternity leave is nearing the end and I want to make sure to see as many people as possible that have loved and supported Lucas, Ke'alohi and I throughout this pregnancy and parenthood. So, we decided to head down to South Bay and visit my hula sisters at practice. They showed us a few beautiful dances (do they ever really dance anything but beautiful) and Ke'alohi had a great time watching them and showing off how she can almost sit up.
We can't wait for her to join the keiki class and start dancing hula!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Hayley was one of my sorority sisters and was also in my "Theta Family." We both got pregnant around the same time and had girls about two weeks apart. Because of all the craziness with being new moms, we weren't able to actually hang out and see each other until now.
It was so much fun watching Hartlee and Ke'alohi play with each other and asking each other the standard new mom questions of "Does your daughter do this?" and "Is it normal for them to do this?" The visit was way too short but gave me a great excuse to dress up Ke'alohi in a cute outfit and show off her inner L.A. Diva!
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Jill is without a doubt one of my closest friends and is truly there whenever I need her. Ke'alohi and I wanted to show her a little love so we surprised her at work with flowers. If you know Jill, she works harder than anyone I know, so we knew that the best place to surprise her or to see her was her office. We were right that she was crazy busy, but she was able to show us her office and hang out for a few minutes.
We love you Auntie Jill!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Ohh, the joys of parenthood! Here is a picture of Daddy and Ke'alohi yesterday at Lobsterfest!
We had a fabulous time talking about Caley's wedding next September and can't wait to see her walk down the aisle to Ryan, looking stunning as always! Hopefully we can make a trip up to them or they can come down before the big day!
Saturday, September 17, 2011
My mom, who I got my love of food from, was in town because she helped me fly back with Ke'alohi from our trip to Missouri. There is no way I would have been able to carry and load everything without another set of hands. They don't tell you how much things you need to bring when you travel with a baby!
We spent the afternoon munching on lobster, the NomNom Truck, cheesecurds (a Midwest staple we actually found here in Los Angeles) and lemonade. I can't wait for next year when Ke'alohi can try some of the food!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar and Grill and the Bagnell Dam which is at the bottom of the lake. It was a clear day and the water was perfect. Puna even took the boat to 43 mph on the way back. It was the fastest she had ever driven in the boat. She made it a point to pass all the pontoon boats along the way.
That smile melts my heart!
Friday, September 9, 2011
That is why my first toy that I bought Ke'alohi was her own set of stacking cups. I can't wait to see my dad play with my daughter and hear the laughter, like my times with Grandpa Bill.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Ke'alohi got to see Uncle Larry, Auntie Lisa, Aunt Diana and cousins Kirk, Krissa, Annamarie, Jason, Dominic, Xavier, Mary Frances and Josephine. It was so great to see everyone!
After Grandma Fran's service, we all went out to dinner and really got to catch up and see how everyone was doing. I got to pick Annamarie's brain on child-rearing because she is a mom of FOUR! I thought having one was hard enough. Jason and Annamarie have four little ones under the age of seven!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We love you Auntie Jill!
Monday, September 5, 2011
We can't wait to see him next week and give him the biggest hugs ever!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Shrimp Daddy's, a restaurant bar and grill and had some of the best food I've had in Missouri. We stuffed ourselves on sea hawgs (shrimp, with a dash of horseradish, wrapped in bacon, served with sour cream/dill sauce), onion rings and the boys had $2 beers that were $1 during happy hour (12pm - 5pm). Tell me what bar serves dollar beers during the busiest time of the day?
After the game, Ke'alohi was pooped from all the cheering and took a nice, long nap. During this time, "the boys" had some fun climbing on her to take a picture. We had a great time rooting for the Hawkeyes and can't wait until next week when they play their rivals the Iowa State Cyclones.
She handled the ride like a champ and actually slept most of the way. She was grumpy when she realized that she had to stay in her life vest the whole time we were on the boat. Since she is so tiny, her life vest is really big on her and kind of looks like the green giant is eating her.
I can't wait for her to get older so she can really experience the lake and more boat rides with Opa and Puna.
Friday, September 2, 2011
We got to the airport about two hours early and spent about half of that time in security. Once we got to the security machine we realized that the line we had been waiting in was actually the easy part. The TSA agents told us that everything had to go through the scanners: the stroller, car seat, car seat base, car seat/stroller bags, diaper bag and baby back pack. In other words we consumed a lot of time and space in the line. Another reason it took us so long was that my Hawaiian bracelet wouldn't come off so one of the agents had to give me a "pat down." That was a great way to start a trip, hahaha.
Once we landed in St. Louis, we picked up the rental car and started the three hour trek to the Lake of the Ozarks.