Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Cheek Update

If you have been around Lauren lately you know that she has developed some (or what look like) bumps on her cheek. They developed before Thanksgiving and almost look like pimples or baby acne.

This is Lauren at Christmas and you can see the two bumps on her (left) cheek.

At her 15 month checkup we asked the doctor about them and she thought it was some kind of bacteria. So we were instructed to put some sort of ointment on them for ten days but that yielded no results. Wondering what in the world these things were (because they were not moving, changing in size and had been there two months) we made an appointment with a dermatologist.
We learned that they really aren't "bumps". They are flush with the skin, you can't feel "a bump" it just looks like there is "a bump." They are actually the result of a dilated blood vessel that is close to the skin. So I guess we could call them two little red spots. There is no treatment unless we want to get them lazered off (which would require her to be put under anesthesia). Um yah, no thank you. Fifty percent of the time they disappear by age 15 and at that time if she still has 'the spots' she can choose to have them lazered off (since she would be able to hold still for the procedure it wouldn't require anesthesia). So for now, it just adds to her uniqueness...and maybe they will go away on their own... or maybe not. She's still the cutest little chunky-munk that I've ever seen! :)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Newest Family Member

We took our first road trip as a family of three, one week before Christmas this year. It was quite the adventure but traveling with a toddler does have its perks. Number 1, you don't have to stop every 5 minutes for them to go to the bathroom. All you have to do is put an overnight diaper on them and they are fine the whole ride! And number 2, cheerios still make them happy.
We started driving around Lauren's bedtime and drove through the night. It was amazing! Lauren is not a lover of her car seat but when she's tired, she doesn't care.
We had a great time in Colorado. We visited with some of my cousins, aunts, and uncles, some of which we had never met. It was wonderful.
On our way home from Colorado we stopped in North Platte, NE to pick up our new furry friend. Nick and I had been wanting to adopt a larger dog...he wanted a German Shepherd but I really wanted a Chocolate Lab. They were just so cute and family friendly and I dreamed about teaching him to swim, fetch and catch frisbee's. Well, Christmas was fast approaching and Nick asked me what I wanted...a Chocolate Lab, of course!

Nick and Diesel moments after we picked him up.
7 weeks old.

Diesel at Christmas, 8 weeks old

Lauren loves Diesel. She loves to hug him, pull on his extra skin, and take his bones away. We are constantly saying, "Lauren, leave him alone, he's sleeping!" Diesel is very patient, he is going to be a great dog. One thing we find hilarious is she loves to sit right next to him while he is sleeping and flip his ear back...and then forth. Back... and then forth. I don't know, maybe you'd have to see it, but it is hilarious!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Blogger

Starting off 2011 one of my goals this year is to create a blog. We want to keep our friends and family (both near and far) updated as to what is going on in our family. I have no clue what I am doing so... come along, as I learn. :)