Monday, March 28, 2011

9 Months Old!

Clara is 9 months old already. As always, I am at a loss as to where the time has gone. I am AMAZED at all the things she can do now and how much she grows and changes everyday, not only physically - but developmentally as well.

When we went in for her pneumonia follow-up appointment, they did her 9 month check-up as well, since there are no shots at 9-months.

Here are her stats:
Weight: 18lbs - 50%
Height: 28 inches - 75%
Head: ? not sure on the number, but 50%

She is doing all the things she is supposed to be doing at this age, which is good to hear. She did not want to have her ears checked, but I think she was more mad at the fact that we took her away from the mirror to do it. Her hemangioma looks good and hasn't gotten any larger.

In the time since her appointment, her pneumonia has cleared up and she is happy and healthy once again. And eating like a horse! We feed her baby food, but also off of our plates and she just can't seem to get enough. They told me she would make up for the lost appetite when she was feeling better, and boy has she ever!

Her army/half crawl is looking more and more like a true crawl everyday, it's so fun to watch her try to figure it out. She was all over the living room and her room this weekend chasing after toys and the cats.

I haven't had a chance to snap any 9 month pics yet - I'll add one when I get a chance!

Happy Spring!

Ok, so it's cold today... and there is snow forcasted for tomorrow... but it technically, it IS Spring - so I thought I would share these cute springish photos with you all.

We added to Clara's Cluckers last week with a new batch of baby chicks! We got 21 (Paul may have grabbed an extra) baby layers - Buff Orpingtons, Black Sex-Linked, Barred Rock, and Black Australorps... and another kind, but I can't remember the name! We are excited about the Barred Rock (so you KNOW they're all gonna die), since we've never had that kind before.

We also have 4 chickens laying on eggs right now, so we figure in a week or so we should have some more "free" baby chicks as well. We aren't really sure what they're going to look like, since we have a variety of roosters that have been getting "busy" lately... and they aren't necessarily the same breeds as the hens.

Paul wants to get some Americaunas too - they lay green/blue eggs. They are hard to find and kinda expensive (compared to other chicks) but would be fun to try a few. If we are successful in our attemps to get some, I'll let you know! :)

Lots of baby lambs on the ground too - our second batch of ewes are starting to come in. These are bred to a Hampshire ram, so they look funny with their wooly heads and legs - much different than the Suffolk babies. These will be too young for 4-H lambs, so we'll keep the ewes to breed back and sell the wethers as feeder lambs.

Spring has sprung around our farm - what signs of spring are there in your backyard? :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

So close...

We were so close to making it through the winter sickie-free. Ok, so a few colds, but nothing major... nothing that even required medication. Until now.

Starting Saturday night, Clara started getting a stuff, runny nose... Sunday she was stuffed up, cranky, and kinda listless... Monday more of the same and she started weezing... Tuesday - off to Urgent Care we go!

She had a chest x-ray (ugh... no fun) and it was determined she has pneumonia. Great. Nebulizer treatments, amoxicillin, and steroid shots. We are on day 2 of treatment and seeing pretty good improvement already. She is much more active and happier, although her appetite hasn't really returned.

Here is a pic of the big girl getting a neb treatment. She does pretty good for really having no idea what's going on. Mom and dad just keep putting this thing in her mouth and since she like to suck/chew on everything anyway... why not?!?

I am happy to report that we haven't had any ear infections... (knock on wood!) Hopefully she didn't inherit that tendency from dear mommy!

Friday, March 4, 2011

More Firsts

It's been a busy month... both for us and for Clara - she has been learning up a storm! Several firsts have been achieved!

She claps. and it is so darn cute! She claps when you clap, she claps because she wants to clap... she claps all the time!

She has started reaching for the things she wants. Like me. She reaches for me. And it makes my heart jump and go pitter-patter!

She is up on hands and knees. and rocking. Nothing is safe any more!

She sleeps like a turtle... you know, with her butt up in the air. Too. Cute.

She is drinking out of a sippy cup... not her favorite thing yet, but she's getting the hang of it!