25 March 2012

ER Sunday

Our Sunday started at 3? 4 this morning? I'm not sure, all I know is that we left the Emergency Room in Kahuku around 5:30am, two tired parents and one feverish sleepy baby. Since Friday Mahie was having some high fevers off and on, a runny nose at times too, but since she was always drooling, we assumed it was from teething starting up again. In the middle of the night I heard her moaning and getting restless, and then she started to shake all over and breath quickly. That scared me the most because it took me back to the delivery room when the nurses snatched her from my arms and put her on a breathing machine. We piled into the car like zombies....it couldve been nothing, it couldve been anything too...we didn't want to take any chances and regret things later.
The nurse and doctor on duty were very welcoming for it being the middle of the night. In fact, they were funny, especially the nurse who started to play with Mahie as she checked her in. Their humor caused me to relax, and it also helped with Mahie's fever, shakes, etc, to drop quickly, weird. It was also surprising to see how good a patient Mahie was. Usually if someone she doesn't know touches her, she whacks their hand or pushes away. She let the nurse and doctor do their thing, and kept yawning as if to say HURRY UP. lol. That's what made the staff laugh the most. That is, until the Doctor tried to open her mouth with a popsickle stick, and she tried to bite it (of course she's teething), and instead she gagged and up came her last bottle all over herself, James, the Doctor, the bed and the floor. Lol, the Nurse went off at the Doctor and helped to clean Mahie up right away getting towels and wiping her down. It might be a viral infection, but the Doctor said her body just needs to let it pass, but to bring her in if the symptoms get worse or continue.

Mahie doze off right away as they discharged her, while James and I dragged our feet back to our TVA apartment. I feel bad for my husband right now, as we were both suppose to give a talk in sacrament on, "The Blessings of Giving". We had our talks ready and everything, but our poor baby needed our attention more. So we decided James would go & I'd stay with Mahie since I was starting to not feel so good either.

That's our Sunday so far. I feel so groggy from sleeping and then waking up on an off schedule because of Mahie being uncomfortable, and now being surrounded by a messy house is not putting me in a good mood either. But, I need to be grateful that our daughter is okay. She just went down for another nap. Happy Sunday.

17 March 2012

hulahula overload

For a while I didn't have anything to blog about, well I did, and thought THOSE ideas would be better for upcoming posts....and then I got lazy......and then midterm projects kicked in.....and then all that heavy rain & storms......and then I stayed lazy. But today we got up and headed to town, just for Mahie. Since January I've had her first birthday at the back of my mind, along with a ton of jumbled ideas. Thank goodness by the time my birthday came in February, I decided on a theme. It's not really a theme theme, like a movie, Disney princess or cartoon....I just always adored dancing hula, and hula girls for that matter and thought, hmmm "a hula girl theme" would be cute. What's a hula girl theme? Well I'm making it up as I go. Everyday I've been finding inspiration, so the Swapmeet for sure supplied all those crafty ideas in my head. Anyways, I'm trying to keep myself as far away from stressing out as possible....why does all this planning seem so similar to my reception, weird. Hard to explain. And then some days I feel like 'Super Mom Party Planner' ready to tackle anything, and other days I could care less and would rather pay my Mom or Sister to do it all, lol. Really. We're still deciding if it will be at our local stake center or at Kualoa Ranch since my brother Eric can get it for free, woohoo. All in all, I need to remind myself to keep things simple. What's a party if the Mom's a hot mess? lol. But I think stress is just a natural part of me, geez.

So we went to the Swapmeet for some decorations and such....a really nice chinese lady sold me some "hula girl skirt kits" lol, for cheap, and I think it'll be cute to hang it somewhere at the party. My Mom of course put it on Mahie as soon as we got home, but NO, NEVER, would I let my daughter wear that forreals in public, no matter what age. It was funny though, until she started to chew on everything.

I also started to work on goodie bag ideas. I've had a ton of brown lunch bags in storage since I worked for Laie Summer Fun a couple years ago, and thought it was time to use them up. My Mom always has all sorts of crafts from collecting cheap from garage sales and also because she's been Primary President. She had some green sparkly tissue paper and zigzag scissors. We decided to make simple "hula girl" bags. On Pinterest I saw that a lot of Mom's had used brown lunch bags too (thank goodness not just ME being thrifty) and just folded the top with a secured laundry pin. So at the Swapmeet I bought a ton of those clip fake flowers to secure the top of the bags. I didn't expect how cute they'd turn out. Simple, but totally cute. And the boys can just give their clips to their sisters or Moms, lol. They look better in person, especially the "grass skirts".
The 'mahalo' stickers were leftover from my reception. In a few days we're going to look at hula dancer balloons. Hula this, hula that.

And now here's the reason why Mahie was so fussy and OVER tired....finally rolling over and knocking out because of all the sugar she had today! Shave Ice and my Mc Donald's parfait.
I've got a lot on my plate for the next couple of weeks: A power-point presentation ALLLLLLL in SAAAAMOAN, my sewing final that's due first week of April that I've been procrastinating on (I hate necklines), getting rid of things to move out, Senior deadlines for Graduation, work to keep finances running, internship paper to get credit, all of Mahie's birthday stuff......and just some other random stuff that will pop into my head right when I start to doze off for the night. To top it all off, I'm starting to not feel well. Tomorrow is Sunday, and I'm ready to rest! I'm glad James made dinner tonight: Shoyu Chicken and yummmmy potato salad.

08 March 2012

bundled in hawaii nei

Here is Mahie ready to leave with Grandma to the playground just outside our TVA apartment. By the look of her clothes, you'd think it was FREEZING outside. Well, by "Hawaii standards" it has been totally freezing the past few days. Heavy rain, strong wind, yucky weather....causing cold little feet and toes crawling around our apartment floor. Good thing no sniffles have come home with any of us. However, it hasn't been all that bad. Some days it makes the bed, couch, pillows and warm fuzzy blankets that much cozier. (And also leaving to work a little harder.) It has also inspired a variety of hot and hearty dinner meals that have satisfied and warmed the belly before bed. Trini Kaopuiki says to expect more rainy days to come with this storm passing through. Well, at least we aren't getting poured down with hail like on Big Island.

04 March 2012

Weekend with The Lorax

A very rainy, but relaxing weekend. And I've welcomed the chilly breeze blowing through our bedroom windows. Since we've been seeing that short, fuzzy orange cartoon online and on tv, we thought we'd take Mahie to see The Lorax in Mililani, and then fill up on house goods at Walmart after. That movie is a definite must see! Of course, since its by the same producers of Despicable Me. We were surprised that Mahie sat up and watched the entire movie AND ENJOYED IT! Clapping her hands, and laughing, lol, even waving and blowing kisses to the screen. She loved that it was also a musical and started dancing when the characters would sing.
Here she is at Target chilling out. We think she's happier because we bought her a 'big girl' forward-facing car seat. You can also see a quick second on how bad I 'impulse shop', as I toss things into the cart and move on to the next aisle, lol.
 I hope the rain cancels jogging tomorrow since we're schedule to run the bike path, I'm gonna freeze!

02 March 2012

What's the Current?

....well as of this past week, and 1/2 of yesterday, and all of today...James and I have made it through half the house: getting rid of junk, selling things & packing/sorting the lucky few. If you read my Facebook status yesterday, I was blown away when it came to Mahie's clothes! She has tooooooo many. And it doesn't help that they ALL are cute. Hopefully I have a little girl for baby#2. Anyways, we know whatever we can't get rid of (actually we know we don't really NEED to get rid of a lot)...we'll give to my parents. The true test will come when the international move comes. Until then, de-clutter!

We're thinking, The Lorax tonight??
Aloha Rainy Friday

01 March 2012

10 Months-Mahie

Our little girl is 10 months....and turns our house upside down everyday! She is everywhere and in everything. I should've seen this coming, as she was a very active baby while in my tummy.
Doc. Schlacter stat's:
20.16 lbs (didn't really gain weight, however it made up in her height!)
31 1/2 inches tall! She has really long legs, and she uses them when her hands can't reach, lol.
Hair is still growing like a weed.
The drool has made its return, so we may be expecting a tooth or two soon. Hopefull not 4 at once like last time.

Mahie is very smart. She points at things she wants or is interested in and mumbles at it. When we answer her, she mumbles back in response, its cute. After a while though, she points at a million things! She drinks tons of water and baby apple juice from her Nuby. We still give her bottles when we need her to calm down or knock out (like in a movie). She is always standing up against something, hence all of our lower shelves are empty because we are tired of putting things back. She has a little cushion giraffe friend, and so when she's tired she'll crawl over and sleep on him.We also bought her one of those infamous Sophie the Giraffe 6-senses teething toy, but it freaked her out with its loud squeaker. Considering how expensive it was, James wanted to return it but maybe next baby will enjoy it.

My Aunty works for Alu Like and they were awarded a grant to send their workers to homes of Hawaiian keiki to "encourage parents to use daily activities and play to help their children be successful before school starts." Not only is it awesome, but free, and the Alu Like workers bring toys, visuals, everything! You don't have to leave your house. It's pretty interesting since we as adults ignore our child's perspective of the world from their level. It's usually for 1-3 year olds, but since my Aunty is in charge, well Mahie was the exception, haha. Some of the best toys/activities for great cognitive learning & interaction: blocks & peek-a-boo.....and yes, allowing Mahie to take things off the shelves, but also helping her to put them back on. Mahie loves her blocks. While we were at Whole Foods at Kahala Mall, we stopped by Thinker Toys and loved their selection of 'learning toys'.

One more thing, hide your food from Mahie. She'll want whatever you put in front of her and whatever is on your plate. She is constantly snacking, but never gains anything! Thats the life! haha. We love you Mahie, not so much your stinky diapers, pre-tantrums, or when you try to crawl away from us under the table....but we love you nonetheless! 10 months & counting the single steps she takes on her own before tumbling down!