Happy Halloween!

The monkey in the middle is Carolyn, and mom and dad are Mr. and Mrs. Zookeeper.

Carolyn watches Kristen take the innards out of the pumpkin.

Kristen carves the pumpkin.

The final product. Spooky, right?

Phillies win World Series, Carolyn and Mommy sleep, Daddy cheers in whispers

The Moyer family experienced the first World Series victory for the Philadelphia Phillies in our collective lifetimes last night. For Carolyn it only took 159 days. For me, it took 9,849 days. (Kristen only had to wait 9,848 days.)

I was walking Carolyn back to sleep just before 10pm last night when the final out came. Kristen was fast asleep in bed, having slept only 2 hours the previous night while on call at the hospital. So my celebration merely consisted of a few barely audible "yeah"s, an extra half hour of celebration coverage on the news, and listening to a the distant sound of some fireworks and a few stray cars honking their horns as they drove by, before I too gave in to sleep at 10:30.
Next up: The World Series parade down Broad Street on Halloween.

Month in Review: Carolyn's fifth month

Today Carolyn is five months old. And just like I say every month, I can't believe it's happened so fast! Remember when I said she measured 24 inches tall? Well, go ahead and forget that, because we measured her the other day at 27 inches, which puts her in the 95th percentile. She grew 3 inches in a month! Or, she was measured incorrectly at the doctor last time around. Either way, she is her mother's baby when it comes to height.

Let's recap the past month:

Chompin' on a cookie

Nummy nummy.

Our pumpkins, in order according to weight

The other weekend we took Carolyn to Linvilla Orchards to pick out some pumpkins for her first Halloween. She didn't quite know what to make of it. Kristen then made some pumpkin soup and pumpkin cookies this weekend. Yum.

Do you think she likes sticking out her tongue?

(Faithful readers of this blog will have noticed by now that there hasn't been a Picture of the Day in a few days. I've decided to discontinue doing these, because it's getting hard to keep with. However, I will continue to post great pictures whenever I can.)

Video: Laughing

Picture of the Day for October 10, 2008

Picture of the Day for October 9, 2008

Video: Carolyn at four months old

Picture of the Day for October 8, 2008

A hacking cough, lots of snot, a sleepless night, and a gas mask

I suppose it was bound to happen sometime: baby's first sickness. And boy is it a doozy. It started about 2 weeks ago. Well, for me anyway. (Yes, here's the spoiler: I brought home the cold and gave it to my baby. We share.) It started the night Kristen's flight was delayed 2 hours coming back from Toronto. Yeah, that post sure made things seem easy. Anything but! I woke up with a paste-like feeling in my throat and it only got worse from there. Carolyn decided that night to stay awake from 1am to 2am to wait for mom to come home. I should have sensed the impending doom.

At any rate, last week I noticed a familiar sound: my own hacking cough, but this time coming from Carolyn (and Kristen too). And then the stuffy nose kicked in. This went on for a few days until last Thursday when Kristen took Carolyn to the doctor. As it turns out, she has Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), which apparently can get pretty serious for an infant. The doctor sent them home with a nebulizer, with instructions to hold this gas mask contraption over her face every 4 to 6 hours when we heard a wheezing cough. (Carolyn's Aunt Sarah had to use a nebulizer in her early youth. She couldn't decide whether it was a breathing machine or breathing treatment, so she called it "breathing ma-treatment", and in her honor that's what we're calling it too.)

All well and good up until this point, and in fact, the next day I stayed home to be with her, but she was acting pretty normal. Then Friday night hit, and it became pretty clear that she was not going to sleep very well. It started with incessant and inconsolable screaming, and then continued with incessant and inconsolable screaming. She spent nearly the entire night in bed with us, because that's the only way she would sleep. (Have you noticed that I spend a lot of time complaining about sleeping? I'm such a whiner.) The next day she proceeded to nap for nearly the entire day in either Kristen's arms or my arms.

By Sunday she was feeling much better, and now she's pretty much back to normal. But jeez, it really sucks giving a cold to a baby, and I feel terrible about it.

Picture of the Day for October 7, 2008

Picture of the Day for October 6, 2008

Picture of the Day for October 5, 2008

Picture of the Day for October 4, 2008

Picture of the Day for October 3, 2008

Picture of the Day for October 2, 2008

Picture of the Day for October 1, 2008