Wednesday, January 21, 2009

19 months old!!!

Ella turns 19 months old today! This means that she is closer to 2 years old than she is to 1 year old! I'm happy and sad all at the same time. I am so excited to see her grow up and learn new things, but I feel like the past 19 months have flown by and part of me wants them back. At least this is a great excuse to bake a cake! Although I already made her sugar cookies with frosting and she doesn’t like them (whose child is this?). I guess she’s a strictly chocolate chip girl.

Anyway, the days leading up to Ella’s 19 month birthday were rough. The poor girl is getting teeth, which means that she is sleeping even worse than usual and isn’t eating nearly as much as her mommy wants her to. Add to this the typical fussiness that comes from getting teeth and things around the Murray house haven’t been fun. Luckily Tylenol was always close by to help out and make her feel better.

Monday night Ella and Joe were playing and she was walking all around downstairs having a great time. Unfortunately, she slipped on a rug and fell. Initially Joe thought it was nothing out of the ordinary. She falls a lot…she’s a new walker. Our biggest concern in these falls is new blisters on her hands and legs. However, after this fall she wouldn’t put any weight on her right leg. We examined her leg closely during her bandage change, and there was a little bit of swelling, but no bruising, so we decided to give her Tylenol and wait to see how she reacted in the morning. Well, it wasn’t better. In fact, when she woke up and wanted to stand up she lifted her foot and started crying and saying “boo boo.” So we called the doctor.

Of course the only time they had open was at 11:00 am…right before the inauguration. So we missed the entire inauguration and instead spent the time getting Ella’s leg examined and x-rayed. Luckily she just has a sprained ankle and the doctor told us to let her take the lead on when to start walking on it. By last night she was walking on it and seemed to be doing fine.

When we got home from the doctor Ella was tired, not feeling so good, and had spent the day surrounded by strangers poking her (her regular physician was out of the office) so we were taking it easy in the basement watching cartoons. All of a sudden she looked at me and said, “Blues Clues.” Oh no, we don’t have any Blues Clues videos and the show isn’t on anytime soon. So I tell her that Blues Clues isn’t on. Our tired, cranky, teething, and hurt foot baby burst into tears. My first thought was that on my next trip to Target I was going to buy a Blues Clues video, along with any other video she might possibly want to watch, just in case she asks for it when she’s having a tough day. After all, she’s gone through a lot today and all she wants is to watch Blues Clues…and I can’t help her! I was able to distract her with her favorite Elmo video (the Country songs video) and everything ended up ok. She even ate a ton of spaghetti while watching the video…twice…the things parents put up with for their kids.

Last night she slept much better and this morning she wasn’t as cranky. Hopefully the teeth will be in soon and the leg will be healed, then she’ll be back to her normal, happy self.

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