Dusty and Brianna's Blind Date

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After much absence, we returned to ARC after hours today. Someone at Haley’s day care had hand-foot-mouth (a viral infection, that results in sores on the body and in the mouth coupled with a fever and general irritability) and now Hailey has the symptoms.

Our fears were confirmed. Hailey has also caught it. There is nothing to do except wait. Tylenol can help with the fever and some of the irritability. We look forward to a fun week at home.

A Blind Date

Four years ago today, Brianna lived with two roommates Jeremy and Lyndi. I also had two roommates Michael and Frederick. Jeremy and Frederick worked together at Structure.

Frederick and I had just returned from a trip to Kansas City where Julie had convinced me to lose the polo shirts and to color my hair blond. She also talked me into a wardrobe of ‘Sexy Pants’.

Jeremy lost a bet with Brianna and needed to arrange a hook-up for the single Brianna. Frederick thought that someone should be me. Photographs were exchanged followed by phone numbers. I called Brianna and arranged for our first date on Tuesday July 27, 1999.

Our first date consisted of dinner at Carrabba’s and desert at Amy’s Ice Creams at the Arboretum. A year later, on this day, Brianna and I again went to dinner at Carrabba’s and desert at Amy’s Ice Creams. After desert we walked around the park at the arboretum and I asked Brianna to marry me.


No Physical Therapy

The Easter Seals people came by today to evaluate Hailey’s need for physical therapy. Back when Hailey was taking medication her physical development seemed to lag. Her muscle tone appeared underdeveloped and the pediatrician recommended the Early Childhood Intervention Program, which is designed to help premature babies catch up with full term babies. In the three or so weeks that Hailey has been off of her medication, she has been busily catching up all by herself.

Most of Hailey’s development is progressing on schedule when you account for her corrective (minus 10 weeks) age. Hailey can make vowel sounds, roll over, follow sounds and objects, gum her food, cry differently for different needs, place weight on her legs, coo, and hold her head up. These are all good things for her.

One of Hailey’s skills is progressing at an advanced level, her social skills. They rate Hailey’s social skills at the 8 to 8.5 month level. Brianna is quite relieved that Hailey is taking after her and not me in this area. Hailey loves people and strangers and will play and talk with anyone that is interested in playing with her.

Hailey’s improved development in the last three weeks since we have been waiting for her appointment means that Hailey won’t be needing the early intervention program. They will follow up with us until Hailey is three to make sure she continues her growth and development on schedule.


She's a Moving

Today when I picked Hailey up from day care she was sitting in their walker. Their walker has a few more toys than Hailey’s walker, so she was sitting playing with the attached toys.

I got Hailey home and Brianna came in just behind me, Brianna was playing with Hailey and decided to put her in her walker in the kitchen so Hailey could play while I was unloading the dishwasher. I turned around to see Hailey scooch forward about 3 inches. That was amazing enough, but with some encouragement, Hailey began laughing and moved from one side of the kitchen all the way to the other, amazing. She just started doing this today and she can already move across the kitchen. We are going to be in some serious trouble when she becomes more mobile.


Impending Doom

The hosting company that I use, sent me an e-mail this evening offering a free upgrade to their new service plan. The costs are the same but the benefits are greater. First, the new plan will be faster. The hardware is newer and faster, the software is newer and faster. Linux 2.4 running Apache 2, instead of Linux 2.2 running Apache 1.3. Second, I get more bandwidth per month and cheaper additional bandwidth. Finally, I get more storage space.

The only downside is that I have to move from the trusty server that I have used since I signed up with this provider. My ip address will change sometime in the coming week and my web-site will be unreachable while the DNS changes propogate. Anywhere from 12 to 24 hours depending on your DNS server configuration.

If you can’t find this site in the coming week, be patient and try back later.


Ms. Independence Day

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Independence Day

Time once again to celebrate the independence of the country by allowing all the neighborhood children to run around unsupervised with small explosives during the late hours of the evening.

We start our celebration of the 4th of July by dressing Hailey in a stylish patriotic ensemble. To accessorize Hailey’s outfit, Brianna attempts a white bow in Hailey’s very fine hair. The bow lasted only long enough to capture the video.

As you can see, Hailey is sitting up in her walker quite nicely. She has also discovered that if she bangs her left hand on the star, the walker will play a touching rendition of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. The touching part of that rendition wears off somewhere near the 1,000th playing. As soon as I find the battery it is becoming lost.

We spent the afternoon in Thorndale, Texas eating good old American food. Hailey stayed for the night and Brianna and I returned to our home. The entire neighborhood put on quite a spectacular fireworks show. I went outside around 9:00 p.m. and in every direction I looked I saw exploding ordinances.