Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Friday, January 27, 2006

Vrrooom vrroom...

Sleepy Nessa

Had to share a few Sleepy Nessa photos. Of course there a million more precious moments that never got captured ...

The first couple are from today when she fell asleep on my back when we were out walking (gorgeous warm day!) and I snapped a photo quick before removing her hat and coat and putting her in her bed. Of course the cats were right there checking it all out too. I think William and Nessa are already becoming good friends.

The last photos was taken yesterday morning during Nessa's naptime. Of course, later that afternoon she was even cuter because she was also cuddling with her small Pooh in addition to her blanket.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Please sign your name to comments -- Thank you

Just a gentle reminder to please sign your name, especially if you do not have a blogger account that will leave your name there for you.

Thank you,

Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Nessa loves to play peek-a-boo. If you put a cloth over either her head or your own, she will reach over to pull it off and wait for you to say "peek-a-boo" and then reward you with a smile! This past weekend she crawled all the way over from the other side of the living room to "find Daddy."

And here's the story in photos...

Puff girl

Nessa likes her puffs (Gerber finger food). Sadly, she likes them much better than her Os (organic cheerios).

Every Sunday we make sure the diaper bag is properly stocked before leaving for Church, including filling her snack cup with puffs. When we come home from church the diaper bag gets set in the living room. Sunday afternoon Nessa was crawling around the living room and decided to help herself to some puffs. Mmmm.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Inquiring minds want to know...

... what the heck we've been up to.

I could say that I've joined a fitness club and have been working out every day (mostly true) and that I've been indulging in reading really great books during my "free time" (again, mostly true). And what a wonderfully tranquil domestic picture that would begin to paint. Adding the facts and photos about how we delight the giggles and adventures of our girls daily (100% true) would seem to complete the picture. Sometimes the "rest of the story" is the real story of how one is doing though ... and that's what this post is about. Then I'll make time to get the cute photos and stories posted.

So, if you're going to continue reading this post, sit back and get comfortable. I'll try to update you a bit today, and then maybe Shawn can chime in soon with everything I'm sure to forget.

When I first started this post over a week ago I was going to report on how everyone in the household was now healthy -- or at least there was a absence of active viral infections in the house. What a difference a week makes. We all seem to be battling colds and such of one form or another, and at the present moment we seem to be holding ground (Megan now asks to take Airborne when she feels it coming on) against all those nasties. I'm not sure if Nessa's runny and stuffy nose is indeed a cold or simply a side effect of all the hard work she's doing to get those top two teeth to come through.

So, while we have been fortunate enough to not need to visit the clinic for any nasty cold or flu bugs, we certainly seem to be there a lot lately. Jan. 17th Nessa had her 9 month well check and the final word is that all is well and I like our Doctor's laid back attitude about baby development and wellness. (9 month details to follow.)

The same day that Nessa went in for her well check, I went in for mine. The care practitioner I went to made it easy for me to be honest with how things have *really* been even when it's not so easy to talk about. See, so many things have been SO, so good and I want it all to be good of course so it was easy to go along and pretend that it all was good and to make excuses for fatigue and bad days. (Fatigue? -- just picture me constantly whining "why am I so tired?!?!) Pretending wasn't helping any of us though and the rough weeks of January brought that to light even though we seemingly had no light (was it 23 or 24 straight days without sun that we had?).

So, during the last couple of weeks I've struggled to get honest so that I can get well. With a history of Post Partum Depression I knew I was at risk and really we've been watching closing for several months now. Early on I was able to get through the touch of it here and there OK ... since November things have been spiraling downward but the activity of the holidays and the fact that I've had enough "good days" to make the not good seem not that bad kept me/us from thinking it was time to seek help. In January there's no such distraction ... and there was no sun either ... and I was terribly sleep deprived and never seemed to be able to get a good rest even when I tried ...

I joined the fitness club because I know that exercise helps in so many ways and it has. I also began using full spectrum light bulbs, seeking the sunlight whenever possible, and implementing dietary changes (including trying to correct my low iron levels). It's all helping, but not enough. On Jan. 17th my care practitioner and I talked about some options and than Shawn and I talked honestly about all of my "symptoms."

Monday I went back to my wonderful therapist that I saw through my previous depression after Emily's death and then the divorce. She's wonderful. We had a lot of catching up to do.

After much thought and examining the options I also began taking Zoloft (again) to assist me in this process.

So far I see the most immediate benefits when I exercise. I feel better both immediately afterwards and apparently also in general. I didn't force myself to the gym after the girls were in bed last night and I feel REALLY sluggish again today. Ugh. NO excuses today!

So what have I/we actually been spending time doing these last weeks when we were NOT blogging? Well, I have mostly been thinking of lots of things to blog along with a million other things I want to get done, but instead I find one thing or another to help me in putting things off. I've been spending much more of my daytime hours asleep (loved naptimes) and a lot less of my nighttime hours asleep for lots of reasons (up late reading, Nessa waking up a lot with those teeth coming in, and wanting to stay up and finish books rather than go to bed when or at least within a reasonable time after the girls go to bed).

This post isn't nearly as clever as the ones I thought up while exercising various times throughout the last couple of week... I better finally publish it anyway so I can post those cute pictures you're all really waiting for...

Monday, January 02, 2006

Want to see more photos?

I actually tried uploading more photos to the last two posts, but not all of them appeared in the final post. It's fast and easy to share a few photos here in the blog, but when it comes to sharing LOTS of photos other photo sharing sites are better.

My plan was to share the Creative memories site with you all since I uploaded 116 Christmas photos to that site and took the time to add comments to many of them ... but then I discovered that you need to sign up in order to look at those shared photos, so while I'll still share the link for these photos, I won't be using their site for this in the future. Those not wanting to join anyplace to see more photos, I've also included a link to Shutterfly where you can look at Christmas morning photos plus a few others from the holidays.

The Creative Memories link is: http://tinyurl.com/dehf8 (copy and paste if clicking doesn't work). You do need to click for the larger photo and any comments (who's in the photos, etc. ... Available on about 1/3 of the photos)

The Shutterfly URL is: http://brooksgroth.shutterfly.com/

You can also see various fall photos as well as a few Christmas photos on the Fotki site here: http://public.fotki.com/brooksgroth/christmas_2005/ I don't believe there is any type of logon required at the Fotki site and as of right now they are a front runner for my new favorite online and print photo service. And hey, the site address is even short enough that I don't have to use tinyurl to shorten it! :-)

I imagine you can tell by now that I'm running a little experiment of sorts ... if you have any feedback on these or other online photo sharing AND photo printing sites, let me know. I'll let you know what I think after I get the prints back that I ordered from the various sites.

Happy New Year!!

P.S. More actual writing should be seen in this space soon. :-)