Monday, August 25, 2008

Sorry we've been delinquent on the blog posting lately. E and I have been real busy with a lot of things including, of course, watching the Olympics! Promise to put up new pics of Caro soon. In the meantime, just wanted to let everyone know that C is doing much better and is almost back to her old self. In fact, she even rolled over a few more times last week and is enjoying her new ability to move around a bit. She has also been smiling A LOT lately. We will try to get some good pics soon and post them. Thanks for your patience!


Friday, August 15, 2008

We took Little to the doctor this afternoon, and they said that it could be a virus or bacterial infection (either thing could be wearing away her lung tissue, thus causing the bleeding we saw last night). So, to treat that, they prescribed antibiotics, steroids, extra breathing treatments, and extra fluid to administer throughout the day for about 10 days... fun for us.

It actually will be a lot more fun than a weekend in the hospital - we're relieved that the dr didn't send her to the ER!

Such is life with our Caro...

Bit of a scare

Last night around 10:30, Caro started to have a fair amount of blood coming out of her trach tube and we thought we were going to have to go the er, based on a talk with one of the ENTs on call (not her normal ENT - just another one in his office who's not a pediatric specialist).

But, then we called her pulmonologist, who told us to give her some special breathing treatments, which mostly stopped the bleeding. Then this morning she woke up w/a temperature and a high heart rate. We were told to give her some Motrin and that got rid of her fever until just recently when she woke up from a nap w/a fever of 102.6 and a high heart rate again. She also has some mucous coming out of her nose.

We'll see what happens, but I just wanted to update everyone and ask that you remember her in your prayers - we really hope she won't have to be admitted to the hospital.

Won't be blogging for a few days...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

...but wanted to leave you with pictures of Little working on pushing up with her hands and lifting her head (this was taken the same day as B's bday celebration). She and her boppy are on her resonance board to help give her feedback each time she moves.

New weight: 26 pounds 15.5 ounces

Someday she'll be crawling!

She loves playing with her ball and the Big Mack (that black thing in the foreground - it plays sounds we record on it everytime she hits the circle on top)

She can play while on her stomach now - a big improvement

A relaxed shot - chewing on a stick

Birthday Fun

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bryce had his 28th bday recently, and we had a great time celebrating!

First, we went to a Korean place that has always caught our eye partially because of its lovely door decor (see first pic below) and partially because it's right next to the center of our Thai food universe, Lotus of Siam. Bryce served an LDS mission to Korea, so, because Korean food holds a special place in his heart, he requested Korean food for his bday night out. It was actually pretty good (disclaimer: Bryce thought it was VERY good and he should know because he actually lived in Korea - I think I thought it was only pretty good because I'm still getting used to Korean cuisine).

Bryce next to his Korean twin:).

After that, I surprised Bryce with tickets to see his favorite comedian, Jim Gaffigan, perform at Mandalay Bay. He was hilarious, and it's not an awkward show for our sensi ears because he doesn't use swear words in his act. (I posted a clip from a show of his that's been on Comedy Central - Bryce would like me to disclaim that it should probably come w/a PG-13 rating - not because it's really dirty or anything, but because there's some talk of a drunk person...).

B in the theater just before the show

Us in front of the theater after the show

We also had a quiet celebration at home with Caroline. Per Bryce's request, we had steak, baked potatoes, and grilled corn on the cob, with Peach Shortcake for dessert. I used this recipe from Bobby Flay for the steak (we loved it) and the Peach Shortcake recipe is below. Enjoy!

"Happy Birthday, Daddy"

B's birthday cake - Peach Shortcake - that was SO good - a must-try recipe with all of the fresh peachs available right now.

Peach Shortcake - Cooks Illustrated, July 2008
*This recipe calls for peach schnapps, but I used Orange/Peach/Mango juice and that turned out well.

This recipe works well with any peaches, regardless of quality. If your peaches are firm, you should be able to peel them with a sharp vegetable peeler. If they are too soft to withstand the pressure of a peeler, you’ll need to blanch them in a pot of simmering water for 15 seconds and then shock them in a bowl of ice water before peeling. If buttermilk is not available, substitute 1/2 cup of low-fat yogurt mixed with 3 tablespoons of milk. Orange juice or orange liqueur can be used in place of the peach schnapps. The biscuits may be made up to 24 hours in advance.


2 pounds ripe but firm peaches (4 to 5 medium), peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges (see note)
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons peach schnapps (see note)

2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (10 ounces)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon table salt
2/3 cup buttermilk, cold (see note)
1 large egg
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly

Whipped Cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. For The Fruit: Gently toss three-quarters of peaches with 4 tablespoons sugar in large bowl. Let stand 30 minutes. Toss remaining peaches with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and schnapps in medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high power until peaches are bubbling, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring twice during cooking. Using potato masher, crush peaches into coarse pulp. Let stand 30 minutes.

2. For The Biscuits: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 475 degrees. While peaches macerate, whisk flour, baking powder, 1 tablespoon sugar, and salt in large bowl. Whisk together buttermilk and egg in medium bowl; add melted butter and stir until butter forms small clumps.

3. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir with wooden spoon until dough comes together and no dry flour remains. Continue stirring vigorously for 30 seconds. Using greased 1/3 cup dry measure, scoop up mound of dough and drop onto parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet (if dough sticks to cup, use small spoon to pull it free). Repeat with remaining dough, spacing biscuits about 1 1/2 inches apart, to create 6 biscuits. Sprinkle remaining tablespoon sugar evenly over top of biscuits. Bake until tops are golden brown and crisp, about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire rack and let cool 15 minutes before assembling.

4. For The Whipped Cream: Using hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat cream, sugar, and vanilla on low speed until bubbles form, about 30 seconds. Increase speed to medium; continue beating until beaters leave trail, about 30 seconds longer. Increase speed to high; continue beating until nearly doubled in volume and whipped cream forms soft peaks, 30 to 45 seconds longer.

5. To Assemble: Split each biscuit in half and place bottoms on individual serving plates. Spoon portion of crushed peach mixture over each bottom, followed by peach slices and any exuded juices. Top peaches with 2 tablespoons whipped cream, cap with biscuit top, and dollop each shortcake with some of remaining whipped cream. Serve immediately.

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