Friday, December 25, 2009

Baby's First Christmas

CC and Gram
CC unwrapping prezzies
CC unwrapping her Baby Rockstar Band Kit
Grandpa reading to CC
CC on her little car from Santa
CC loving getting tickled
CC with Grandpa
CC and Aunt T
CC giving kisses to Aunt Debbie
CC with her LSU mary janes

CC showing how great she can stand up for Aunt Debbie

Today was CC's very first Christmas. Yesterday we spent the day getting ready for Santa at Gram and Grandpa's with Aunt T. We ate lots of great food and even had a belated birthday party for me, as we were on the road back from Louisiana on Wednesday. Last night we went to Aunt Debbie & Uncle Matthews for a late dinner. Claudia was very excited to get some books and an adorable pair of LSU shoes! Then we set out some cookies for Santa... with a cold Coke... and went to sleep. This morning CC woke us up for her first Christmas at about 6:50 a.m. We went downstairs and found a stuffed stocking and lots of toys! CC was very excited. Then we went to Gram and Grandpa's for some more Christmas merriment. CC got lots of toys, including her penguin bop, a baby band stand, a baby aquarium, and Mommy & Daddy's favorite, a portrait painted of CC by one of Aunt T's friends in California. It is absolutely beautiful. We stopped by Aunt Debbie & Uncle Matthews afterwards and saw cousin Mandi, Michele & Staci, who are all going to Memaw's tomorrow in Shreveport. CC fell asleep in the car ... visions of sugar plums dancing in her head. It was a wonderful baby's first Christmas and we can't wait for an exciting 2010!

CC's Christmas Trip to Louisiana

Mama Kate & Grandaddy holding CC ... who got an early Christmas last weekend in Mer Rouge
Claudia and Briley playing music together
CC sings for everyone... just the high notes. =)
Russell and Otis Lee
Briley helps Aunt Daina feed Claudia her bottle
Claudia inspects Greatgrandpa's glasses
Claudia makes a grab for Greatgrandma's glasses... she loves glasses!
Grandaddy gives CC some sugar
Mama Kate giving CC her bottle
Memaw and CC

The week before Christmas (exactly one week ago) we embarked on our trip to Louisiana to visit our Louisiana family. First stop was in Shreveport, where we stayed with Memaw. Claudia had fun getting a piano lesson & playing with all my childhood toys that Memaw saved. Thanks for saving all those, Memaw! Next we drove to Mer Rouge for some McLendon family time. We saw Julie, Russell's step-sister who is about to have her baby, Julien, in just a few short weeks. It was so good to visit with Grandaddy & Mama Kate, who surprised CC with her very first tea set. She absolutely loves the singing teapot. We also visited with Greatgrandpa & Greatgrandma McLendon & Aunt Jerelyn in Oak Ridge who were also excited to see little CC! Russell's brother Otis Lee was also in town and he took lots of pics of CC at Russell's Aunt Daina's house in Bastrop. CC got to play with her cousin Briley, who CC kept giving kisses. It was very sweet. After a fun trip to Mer Rouge, Oak Ridge, Bastrop & Shreveport, we returned to Houston, right in time for my birthday. What a trip!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Santa Claus has Come to Town!

happy CC
Claudia stealing toys from Audrey
Claudia getting scared at the thought of getting put on the "naughty" list
Claudia and Audrey posing with me and Jessie
Russell, Tanner & Will with Claudrey
Claudia and Jaanya exchange hugs, with Russell & Raj's help
all the McLendons paying Santa a visit
Claudia very excited to see Santa
me, Claudia, Jaanya & Delana

Yesterday we had a Christmas party and Santa Claus paid us a surprise visit! Claudia, Audrey & Jaanya all got to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. All the babies seemed pretty excited about Santa, but they were more excited about the baby "pit," which I created in the living room. It consisted of a big blanket surrounded by pillow walls, with lots of toys to play with. I got the idea from Gram, who also has created a "pit" in her living room. We were so excited to share the afternoon with great friends and enjoy a bunch of yummy food. I also had my first wassail. It was delicious. Claudia had a great time playing with her friends and getting to tell Santa what is on her wishlist. We can't wait for him to make his next visit on December 24th! Ho ho ho!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Creme Christmas Party

CC and Frosty
CC with Miss Kaylon
CC with Mommy & Daddy
CC getting a good look at Santa
CC with her friend, Haley

Today was Claudia's Christmas party at Creme de la Creme. It was a lot of fun. There was a special appearance by Santa Claus and his elves, as well as Frosty the Snow Man and Rudolph! Claudia was quite taken with Frosty and curious about Santa. Apparently though, she's on the nice list, so she was pretty relieved. Santa rewarded her with a toy ball and a toy moose for being such a good girl all year. We had a fun time visiting with Claudia's friends and are so excited about Christmas. Claudia's first Christmas party was a blast! We can't wait for tomorrow!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Feeling Much Better

We took Claudia to Dr. Ho yesterday for her followup appointment. He listened to her lungs and the wheezing has gone down quite a bit. She is still wheezing a little though. The good news is that we don't have to do 15 minute nebulizer breathing treatments 4 times a day... instead we just have to give her 2 quick puffs on an inhaler on an as-needed basis. This is great news, since the breathing treatments can be long and frustrating for everyone involved! We are so glad her breathing is getting better and that she is more playful and expressive than ever. She is talking non-stop... mostly saying "da da" and "pa pa," to Russell's delight. She is climbing, crawling and standing up on her own. Apparently a side effect of the asthma medicine is that it gives her a little buzz. This has made her increasingly hard to keep up with, but definitely has made for some exciting and fun times!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Want to go for a ride?

Claudia riding high in the buggie with Meher
stopping by to check out the fishies

Today when I picked Claudia up from Creme she was going for a ride in the Byebyebuggie with some of her friends. The Byebyebuggie is an eight passenger cart with stadium seating (seriously) that the Creme babies ride around in when they need some fresh air. I found them inspecting all the cool fish in the aquarium. Miss Cindi was teaching them how to sign the word fish. Although she looks kind of out-of-it in the pictures, Claudia was having a blast riding in the buggie. Maybe we should get one for the house!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

CC's Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

CC playing by her tree
the nursery has three pink trees!
trimmin' the tree
pink lady... Winston lurking behind the tree

We've decorated the entire house for Christmas... and that includes CC's room. C has her own little pink tree, which she helped decorate this weekend. Her room has a total of three trees, so its beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We took some pictures with the big tree downstairs, but I wanted to go ahead & post these first. More to come!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Baby's First Snow

CC and Daddy, checking out what was left of the snow
smooches for CC
CC feeling a little bit better, checking out the leftover snow
yesterday, when the snow was really coming down... look out the window!
CC trying on her new winter coat from Gram

Houston got quite a surprise yesterday... a whole day of snow! The whole city pretty much took a snow day since Houston drivers are already pretty crazy and bad weather only makes things worse. Russell & I worked about half the day then came home with Claudia. We played, drank hot chocolate and watched the snow fall. It snowed from about 9 in the morning until about 4 in the afternoon, and it was big fat snowflakes, so it was quite a sight! Claudia got to see her first snow, but we don't think she was too impressed. We couldn't really let her get out much because she's still sick, but we took her out this morning to inspect what was left of the snow. She seemed pretty excited about her snowman hat that daddy got her. I'm not big on driving in the snow, but I'd be pretty excited if we got some more snow on Christmas!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Gobble Gobble ... Sniffle Sniffle ... Cough Cough

my little turkey
sweet girl about to crash after a long Thanksgiving
me, CC (in pjs & ready for bed!) and Uncle Nathan
This is how most of the day went, bless her heart.
CC's first Thanksgiving

Here are some pictures from Thanksgiving! We traditionally go to Oak Ridge and Mer Rouge to celebrate Thanksgiving with the McLendon family, but this year we had to cancel our plans, at the last minute because of work. Unfortunately work has been crazy busy, due to some nasty pretrial deadlines. The silver lining to the whole ordeal is that we were much better off staying in town and celebrating Thanksgiving at Gram & Grandpa's... poor Claudia got really sick on the day of Thanksgiving, running a high fever. If we had been on the road, it could have been really bad. Gram made a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner... CC even snatched a mitt full of corn casserole & stuck it in her mouth before we could catch her. Sneaky girl got an upgrade from her pureed peas! Plus, we got to visit with Uncle Nathan! It was so good to see him & Claudia was delighted with the doll he brought her. Thanks, Uncle Nathan! And thanks Gram & Grandpa for the wonderful Thanksgiving!

So, fast forward a few days, Claudia starts feeling better, then makes a turn for the worse today. We just took her to the doctor & found out she has bronchiolitis (not bronchitis). It causes her to cough so badly she starts vomiting and choking. Poor thing is pretty miserable. We have this little machine that we use to give her breathing treatments every four hours. She breathes in a mist that has a muscle relaxer for her lungs that will help her to successfully cough up all the junk in her lungs. Dr. Injac said she should be fine in about two weeks. She did her first breathing treatment and Dr. Injac said she did very well. We will keep you posted on Princess' progress.
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