Thursday, December 20, 2012

The shut down

I'm in Tillamook, OR--an even smaller town than Klamath Falls hanging out at my Papa's house. I spent one evening with my aunt at McDonald's using the free wifi - some kind of connection to the outside world.
For those who don't know my aunt Robin, here's a little brief: As a kid I spent the summers visiting her in Tenakee Springs, AK where she taught me to paint Styrofoam heads, make jewelry with my lost teeth, beat 15 pound fish over the head with a bat, and bathe naked in a public hot spring (that's just the start of everything). I love her.

So the McDonalds employee (we'll call him Chester - because it seems like a good fit even though I technically didn't get his name) kept trying to flirt with me. He tried to strike up conversations about our computers, where we're from, whatever he could think of. Every time he walked by it was something new. Robin never let it go too far. She shot him down so many times. But Chester was persistent.
This time he directed his question right at me, "So, is that a paper you're working on?"

Before I opened my mouth Robin said, "No, that's a screen, not paper."

I couldn't stop laughing. And Chester stopped pestering.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

the doctor

At our twelve month check-up, Dr. Willmore checked Ruby's weight, height, developmental skills, and anything else doctors check.

"She's only in the 5th percentile for weight," he told us, "that could be dangerous." And he prescribed a high in fat and protein diet.

"What words is she saying?" he asked.

"Well, she says 'mama' and 'daddy' but but not much else," I said sheepishly.

"Work with her. If by 15 months she's not talking more, we'll need to get her in for speech therapy," he told me.

As any new mom would, I left the doctor's office worried about my beautiful baby girl.

Then we moved to Oregon and got a new doctor - Dr. Lang. Two days ago we went to Ruby's 18 month check-up. When we walked into the office, she seemed like a stern woman. Her long gray hair was pulled up in a bun and she wore no make up. I almost wondered if she would be too stern for my baby (after all, Dr. Willmore always seemed like a jolly man - yet even he could scare me).

She asked about Ruby's speech.
"Well, she really still doesn't say much. She says a few words, babbles constantly, and has said a lot of words once that she hasn't repeated again," as I said it, I was afraid we'd have to start speech therapy.

"Great," was the doctor's only response. I began to relax.

She looked at the charts for weight and height and marked Ruby in the 75th percentile for height and the 8th percentile for weight. I worried she'd make us do even more crazy fattening diets. Yet she said nothing about it. Instead she asked us if we had any concerns.

"Well, our last doctor was really concerned about Ruby being so little weight-wise," Camm explained.

"Listen, there are ENOUGH fat kids in this world. Ruby is nothing to worry about."

I think I'm going to like this doctor.

VOTE HERE PLEASE! I dropped down to being ranked in the fifties now, my goal is the top 25!!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Everyone has their own set of talents...
I think we'll buy the kit next year:

At least it was a fun family activity, right?


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Poor Roo

We got Ruby all bundled up and went downtown Klamath today.
Poor girl--took a spill off some steps and ended up like this:
Any mom tips for helping her eye feel better? Please?
Or any mom tips for helping me feel better about the whole thing?


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Ruby's favorites

Ruby's almost 18 months, and I think I should write a quick list of her favorite things so that I don't forget. 

Water baby: she loves the bath, the pool, the shower, fountains, lakes, rivers. You name the water--She loves it!

Favorite food: chocolate...there's some nutritional value to that, right?

Favorite Family Member: Papa. But who doesn't love him?

Favorite drink: Milk-she carries that bottle around with her scared someone might take it away.

Favorite animal: Duck. I guess it's her favorite because it's the only animal noise she can say "Quack! Quack! Quack!"

Favorite Book: Amazing Grace about a little girl who plays Peter Pan in her school play.