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So I think my last post was about starting a new site and having everything over there. I did!

www.brewrites.com

Even have a new baby post up!

This site will still be up, but everything has been transferred over to the new site.¬† So you’ll have to re-subscribe to be updated, or just check back from time to time, the baby stuff is right on the front page.

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– bre

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so i’ve been dabbling with the idea of having a website.¬† my own for reals .com. not for monetary purposes or anything (that i can think of right now) but somewhere to have everything in one place. baby blog. personal blog. reviews (remember way back in 2009 when i saw a bajillion movies and wrote reviews on them?!). nanowrimo attempts. all that jazz. in one nice little .com.

so i’m gonna do it.¬† i like to blog and i assume every once in a while someone likes to read it. so i’m gonna count up my pennies and hit coinstar and fund me a year of webhosting somewhere.¬† it will still be powered by wordpress so whatever logins you use to comment now will be used there, you just have to change your bookmark or email subscription or whatever cause everything will be at the new place.¬† brownlee’s working on a little logo for me. how fancy is that?! and once i put to use what little i know about web anything i will be posting things whenever i please. word is that wordpress for personal sites is very user friendly (thanks Tottums for the advice!)

anyway that’s about all i got on that for now and plan to work on it this weekend then i’ll report back with my findings.

one time Brownlee thought it would be funny to use his million dollar Call of Duty remote control car that i bought for christmas to tease addy with.  well she never forgot.(exuse the shoddy camera work but she was crawling for the car)

so i’m all “fluke” and reset her on the sheet for a do-over.

i think it’s official.

 

It’s been a while since I’ve done a guest baby blog, but I’m back, I already know you all missed me. ¬†Over the weekend, Addy turned 6 months old, of course she thinks she’s grown now, but that’s not what this blog is about. ¬†Today Addy had her 6 month checkup and got her ears pierced. ¬†For some reason, every time I think of getting ears pierced I think of the episode of the Cosby Show when Theo got his ear pierced and it got infected. ¬†Hope my Addy is not like him. ¬†Well here is how it really went down.

First of all, gender roles are VERY present in a pediatrician’s office. ¬†By this I mean I was the ONLY guy in there that was not employed by Texas Children’s Hospital. ¬† As if that wasn’t enough, the nurse calls for us and as I grab our stuff to head to the back, she politely asks “Oh, where’s mom, the moms usually mark the ears?”, so I replied “She’s at work, so the role of mom & dad will be played by me today.” ¬†Maybe I read to much into it, but I don’t think so. ¬†Are dads really not capable of being a parent? ¬†I mean I used to joke when Addy was about 6 weeks old, that I’m not qualified to be left alone with her, but I keep her everyday while mom is away….I think I got it down now (even though I forgot to feed myself before we left for the doctor’s office). ¬† I wasn’t offended by the nurse’s comments, because like I said, there were no other guys in the waiting area with their kids, but don’t make it sound like I’m not capable of successfully taking my kid to see the doctor.

Now that I’m done ranting about being the BEST DAD EVER, here is how the actual visit went. ¬†The nurse told me to mark her ears, which was followed by me giving her a blank stare, so she did one ear to show me. ¬†I erased her mark because I felt it was little high, but Addy wouldn’t cooperate…at all. ¬†She wanted to see the marker and did not want to be held down. ¬†So once the doctor came in, I still hadn’t marked her, so he called in a nurse to help. ¬†She marked while I held her down…if any of you have ever met Addy, you know she does NOT like to be held down against her own will, so she fought it. ¬†We got her marked up, then the doc was concerned that she’d wipe off the markers, so decided to do the piercing first. ¬†The first stud they tried was too little for the gun or something because it didn’t stay, so we went up a size and tried it again. ¬†So I had to hold her down yet again, then we did the right ear, SUCCESS! ¬†Now the problem came into play on the left ear because I had marked it, then the nurse had marked it, so he was having a bit of trouble spotting the correct mark. ¬†At this point, I was holding Addy’s’ body, a nurse was holding her head, the doctor was holding her ear, then he called in another nurse to hold a light. ¬†Yup, all that for a¬†feisty¬†6 month old girl. ¬†It felt like we were trying to subdue a rowdy prisoner or something, but then we got the other earring in. ¬†She cried a cry that I’ve NEVER heard before, but it was hard to tell if it was from pain or the fact that she was PISSED from being held down or if it was a combination of all of the above plus the fact that she was sleepy. ¬†2-3 minutes later, she was sleep on my chest as we had to wait about 5 mins for the next nurse to come in and give Addy what she actually came to the doctor for….her shots. ¬† She got 2 shots, an oral vaccine, and a flu shot, which woke her up of course, which also pissed her off to a new extreme. ¬†Then I got her dressed and by that time she was somewhat calm, so I carried her out the office until we got to the car to put her in her seat.

I’m not going to lie, I almost called it all off when the doctor messed up the first try. ¬†I couldn’t take it…she was crying so hard. ¬†I almost shed a tear with her, but of course, I’m the tough dad. ¬†Overall, I know she’s exhausted, because she was sleep before we got out the parking lot. ¬†I told her being pretty is painful, but I don’t think she understood me. ¬†She’s still out as I type this blog, so we’ll see how she feels when she wakes up.

Thanks for tuning in…..

BROWNLEE

PS:  Here is the first picture of her with holes in her ears!

She's wore out!

how is my tiny baby 6 months already? (the pic is up on the Monthly Pictures Page)

the doctors appt is in a couple days so i will have the height and weight stats then. i think she’s gaining some weight because her 6 month clothes are actually kinda fitting. what! not like they’re snug, just the fact that she can get into them and they swallow her whole. the only real problem is that clothing companies think that it’s time for fall when in fact it was 109 degrees yesterday so these cute long sleeved onesies are of no use to me right now. i’m pretty sure she can still fit them when the weather gets decent though.

we went ahead to the ImageShots in the mall to get her pictures taken.¬† it was a fairly simple process and very cheap. and then i found out about this super awesome program to “photoshop” my pictures.¬† Adobe Lightroom is fantastic. i had been telling brownlee that i wanted him to photoshop them and he would just stare at me.¬† i wanted the fancy lighting and different tones and hues and etc and he just kinda stared at me and said he could airbrush makeup on. what?! come to find out he had the program all along and now i’m going to spend even more time messing with the kids pics.¬† but at least i don’t need the fancy camera…yet. woo!

go have a peek at what i’ve done so far

 

she is a super pro at sitting up. she likes to use you as leverage to stand just because. still not exactly a crawler but she is very very mobile.¬† lordy.she is also more…vocal? she will just giggle when things are exactly funny but she just wants to make a noise or get your attention.¬† and sometimes she kind of just mumbles to herself.¬† which is a nice change from the screeching i hear when i attempt to comb her hair.

how did we get here so fast?!

edit: i did some research and figured out how to embed the photo slideshow!!!

remember when i was going on about addy and the tags?

feast your eyes on this crappy video shot with my Blackberry. (any background noise is Looney Tunes). the object is one of those keep the paci clipped to the baby thingies.

 

Hey gang, it’s been a while since I brought my thoughts to this blog, so for that I’m back. ¬†Well since I’m in a blogging mood and because I have a question to ask you guys (and gals).

When is it safe to pierce my Addy Boo’s ears?

I’ve read mixed reviews of the topic, from people getting newborn’s ears holed-up to waiting until she’s at least 6 months, which is what our pediatrician recommended. ¬†The problem isn’t the where to get her ears poked, because our doctor does them in his office, we just have to ask in advance and pay them there….all about the¬†Benjamins¬†baby! ¬†Now the debate between her mother and I, is to do it now or wait till she can decide for herself. ¬†Of course I’m the one who wants her to wear them because I have a girl and I want people to know she’s a girl…with her first BLING!

Here is what I’ve found from a doctor:

Some people pierce their children’s ears when they’re newborns and there’s no medical reason to wait. But the procedure is not without risk.
Not all ear-piercing operations have the proper equipment or staff trained to work specifically with young children. For example, ear piercing guns cannot be sterilized, which means that it’s possible to contract hepatitis or some other infection from them. If you’re set on having your baby’s ears pierced, it’s probably safer to ask your pediatrician if she’ll do it for you with a needle. And here’s what else you should know before having the procedure done:

Ear piercing is usually done without painkillers because the piercing itself hurts less than a shot of anesthetic would. (You can give your baby a dose of infants’ acetaminophen or ibuprofen before the procedure if you want.)

Another thing to remember is that your child will be constantly touching her ears and the pierced area can easily become infected. To help guard against this, you’ll need to clean the posts and the area around the ear with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide several times a day (or as often as your doctor recommends). Watch for increased redness or tenderness around the piercing hole and on the earlobe that could indicate infection.

There’s also a chance that your child will have an allergic reaction to metals after getting her ears pierced. If she develops a rash around the piercing, you’ll need to take the earrings out. To avoid this, you can try to make sure that the parts of the earrings that touch her ear are made of surgical steel or 14 karat gold. (This includes not only the posts but the backs as well.) If the rash doesn’t subside, your child will probably not be able to wear earrings.

 

Normally I’m the type of parent that will do what I want with my baby, because she’s mine, but since Bre has been asking everybody that isn’t bald for natural hair advice, I’m going to see what you guys have to say about when it’s safe to pierce Addy’s ears? ¬†Depending on what I learn here, Addy may just get her ears pierced at her 6 month doctor’s visit at the end of the month.

 

 

Thanks for tuning in….

BROWNLEE

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