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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Madalyn 15 Months Old

Today is not only our 4 year anniversary, but Madalyn is 15 months old today. She has broken out on her tummy now.  So hopefully, she will start to clear up soon.

-Monday when Madalyn went to the doctor she weighed 24.4 pounds.

-Some of her favorite things as of right now:
-Favorite TV show: Blue's Clues (she will almost sit still for the whole show)
-Favorite TV commercials: anything with real animals, especially dogs and cats
-Favorite Vegetable: English Peas
-Favorite Fruit: Any fruit really, but loves applesauce and bananas
-Favorite Starch: Mac 'n Cheese and Rice (white, brown, yellow, with or without gravy)
-Favorite Sandwich: Grilled Cheese and Pimento Cheese
-Favorite Drink: white, organic milk and apple juice or white graph juice
-Favorite Snack: Cheese Its, Cherrios, Teddy Grahams, or Go-gurt
-Favorite Animal: all animals, especially dogs

We have Madalyn on organic milk because when we first switched her over to regular milk, she did find, but developed a rather large knot in her right breast within 2 week of being on regular milk.  I was concerned about it and her doctor said that it was too early for a breast bud to be developing, but one theory was that she was reacting to the hormones in the cow's milk.  So as a suggestion, we switched her to organic milk.  It took about a month for the knot to go down.  Once, since then (that was in March at her 1 year check up) the knot started to get big again, but went back down. So hopefully that's all it was and the knot has stayed small. We will get that checked again next week at her 15 month check up.  She loves milk, and I'm glad she doesn't have to have it "doctored -up" with chocolate or anything to get her to drink it.
Here's what she is up to these days:
-She can open the doors inside the house.
-When you tell her "no" she shakes her finger at you and babbles something (when she gets to talking a lot, I'm afraid she will be quit sassy.)
-She doesn't listen to well at times when you say "no", she can be stubborn and she is very determined to do what she has set out to do.
-If you tell her "no",she will stand on her head ( she will put her head down on the floor and put her rear-end up in the air and go across the floor on her head).
-She babbles all the time
-She loves to push buttons, constantly turns off the TV
-She loves cell phones, and has even called people. (Last night Kevin's phone started ringing and he asked me why I was calling him and realized it was Madalyn. She had my phone and was calling Kevin.  Once, during school, she called my and her Papa at 6:30 in the morning. Bless his heart, he thought something was really wrong. The funny thing was she had hung up and Kevin didn't know she had called him.  Papa called Kevin wanting to know what was wrong.)
-She has almost all of her teeth by now. In May, she had 8 coming in at once, and now the rest have started to come in.  Bless her heart, she sure didn't take her time on getting her teeth in.
-If she sees you do something once, then she will try to repeat it.

-She is always doing something new and makes us laugh. Sometimes it's something she's not suppose to do, so we have to turn our heads so she doesn't see us laugh.

 Love this one!

My Favorite!


She saw Wingo running around.

She saw some birds flying in the sky.

This was our signal that Madalyn was done.

Anniversary Flowers

My sweet husband surprised me this evening with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Happy 4th Anniversary!

"This day I marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, Love."

This was the quote on the front of our wedding program.  It has been 4 years today since Kevin and I said "I Do".  Time has gone so quickly, yet it has been a wonderful journey so far.  We have had four years full of many happy times, sad times, and our share of difficult times, however, with our faith in God, He has brought us through all of our times.  Thank you Kevin for the past 4 years of marriage.  Thank you for being such a wonderful, caring, loving, generous, etc. etc. etc. husband.  I love you more and more each day.  I hope to celebrate countless more anniversaries with you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Meet Wingo

Within the middle of Madalyn's hives, I haven't had a chance to introduce you to the newest member of the McCormick Family...Meet Wingo!  Wingo came to us Saturday evening. (I know what you are thinking, Madalyn is allergic to Wingo...been down that road already, the doctor says no due to us having a dog before and an inside dog at that, plus her testing negative to being allergic to dogs. She has been kept away from him and is still breaking out with hives.)  Anyway...a friend of Kevin's had two puppies that he wanted to give away, so Wingo found his way here. His mom is a full-blooded black, Cocker Spaniel, and his dad...well we don't know.  He is about 6 months old and almost full grown.  I took him to the vet yesterday and he checked okay except for some worms, which with medicine will clear up soon.  He has been in a kennel since he was born, he needs a lot of TLC.  Madalyn just laughs and laughs at him.  He is a sweet puppy and so now I have two babies to train.  His name, yes, he is named after the Carolina Gamecock baseball player, Scott Wingo, and no Kevin didn't name him, I did. The people who had him gave him the name Bear, but we decided he needed a different name, so that's what has just stuck.  We are very excited about the newest member of our family and we think he's going to be a great addition to our family.

Meet Wingo!

Hives Contined

Each morning that I get Madalyn out of her crib, she has more and more hives.  I am ready for them to stop popping up everywhere on my baby girl! This morning, I found that her back is now covered in them.  I called the doctor because she's not getting better.  She said to stay with the benadryl every six hours as long as it's helping the itching.  And it would just take time for the hives to go away.  It just makes me want to cry looking at her.  I wish there was something I could do to help her get better faster.  (I had to run to the grocery store for a few things and I just know the check out lady was thinking that poor child...even though she didn't say anything.)  Pray that Madalyn will stop breaking out.  Another inside day for us. But I can say, I am so thankful and blessed to have a happy baby even though she looks like she's been painted with red spots.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Madalyn's Monday

My poor baby girl...when I went to get her this morning, her hives had become worse. This is the worse break out that she has had yet. They have completely covered her face, arms, and legs and had gotten bigger. Around lunch time, she started biting her hands and I realized that she was itching, so I called the doctor and they told me go come on in.  Basically, we don't know what has set her off this time, but the doctor said it was something internal or viral and it will take awhile to go away.  They normally take a few weeks to go away. To keep her on benadryl every six hours for the next couple of days.  Other than the biting I saw, she doesn't seem to be bothered by then. When we got home, she has been running around and playing like normal.  However, as much as she loves being outside, she has to stay in today. The heat would only make the hives worse, which is okay, since today is the hottest day we have had in awhile.

Wearing my shoes

Playing with my pocket book

Her new favorite place to play

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, etc. out there.  I hope you all have a wonderful day and that someone has told you how much they appreciate you and all that you do.  I think Dads play such a vital role in the family and so many kids do not have a Dad or a "Dad role-model" in their lives.  A Dad is the center of the family and household and without a Dad, who believes in Christ, the family unit just falls apart.  I see it all the time with the kids I teach and they suffer with this lack. And unfortunately "Moms"-are wonderful and can do so much, but it doesn't replace a Dad.  So thank you Dads who have stayed with your family through the hard times and thank you Dads who have led your family by Christian love and guidance. Thank you to my Dad, Papa, Uncles, and my Father-in-Law for setting such wonderful examples of what a father and "Dad" should be and all that you do for me and our family.  Thank you to my wonderful husband, who is an awesome Dad!  I love you so much Kevin, and love you for being such a wonderful Dad to our baby girl.  God couldn't have given Madalyn a more perfect Dad for her than you, and me a more perfect husband than you.  Happy Father's Day!

Even before she was born, Madalyn had her Daddy wrapped around her little finger.

 How much more precious and sweet can you get than this? (but then again I am a little basis)

Step for step, she follows her Daddy.

Madalyn's Hives..Here We Go Again

On Sunday mornings, Kevin and I normally get ready then get Madalyn up. I went in to wake her up for church this morning and when I picked her up, I noticed that she had red bumps all over her face. When I pulled her clothes off to change her, the red bumps were all over her. Some smaller than the eraser part of a pencil, some the size of an eraser and then some like the size of a dime or nickel.  She was broken out at the beach and we were thinking it was due to the irritation of the salt water and sand, or sand flees.  The bumps had yet to go away, but they were there this morning. So I called the doctor to find out how much benadryl to give her.  However, Madalyn is such a trooper, any time she's had hives, she doesn't let her slow her down.  Over the past two weeks, she has had a good many knew foods, and I thought that by now I wouldn't have to watch her that closely with new foods, but apparently I do. There are two new things that she had at the beach and has had a home that seem to show up a good bit so they maybe what has caused this outbreak....strawberries (which we had thought she had a reaction to them in the past) and cinnamon (such a cinnamon french toast and cinnamon waffles.) But we don't know for sure, but for Madalyn she will be back on plain, regular food for awhile until she clears up with no new foods.  As you can guess, due to her outbreak we decided not to go to church to better keep an eye on her, plus we thought it might freak out the people in the nursery or other parents if they saw her.  I always take pictures of Madalyn when she breaks out to have as a record of what has happened. She goes to the doctor next week for her 15 month checkup so we might know more about them then if they haven't cleared up.  I'm glad the hives don't slow her down, but she sure looks pitiful.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Look Mama!

We had our first of many, "Look Mama, what I did!" moments. Madalyn brought her ball into the bathroom and as I was saying "no, no, no..." too late! Splash! The ball was in the toilet.  She thought it was funny at first, then she lost interested and walked away.  I grabbed the camera before getting the ball out. (Which the bathroom is probably the one room in most houses that you don't want to have to post a picture. Oh well..)And just so you know, I did santize the ball very well before giving it back to her.  I know I won't be able to capture all of the "look Mama!" moments in our future, nor will I be happy about all of them, but hey, it should give you a laugh or chuckle for today because I laughed and was thankfully it was something that was too big to be flushed. :0)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday, Hilton Head Day 5

Today is a sad day because our vacation has quickly come to an end and we have to go home. It seems like I blinked and it went from Wednesday evening to Sunday morning.  We greatly enjoyed our time.  It was nice to have cooler weather at the beach for a change, it was very enjoyable and pleasant. I can say that we will have many more trips to the beach in our future because Madalyn loved it so. After we checked out of our room this morning, we went to Harbor Town to spend a few hours there and eat lunch before heading home.

My dad and I climbed the steps to the top.  I have been in several lighthouses and this climb is one of the easier climbs, except for it being hot inside. But at each level they had fans and once you reached the top there was a very nice breeze and view.

Looking down at Kevin and Madalyn.  I was too far and too high for Madalyn to find me.

This was looking down from 50 feet up at the steps and inside of the lighthouse.

Jumping the Waves

Madalyn just loved the ocean! She had a lot of fun jumping the waves and splashing in the water.  Here's a video her and her daddy jumping the waves.

Saturday, Day 4 Continued...

I had so many beach pictures tonight because it's our last night, so here's some more.

I thought this was an interesting little crab.