Category Archives: Kaleya

Week of the Tooth

Here it is Sunday and I find myself terribly behind in posting our family news of the week.  It’s been focused largely on both of the kids and their teeth.

Last weekend Jihad was complaining of tooth pain, and I know from experience that is some of the most horrific pain to have, so we took him to the dentist on Monday.  Follow-up with an orthodontist on Thursday resulted in his lower lingual bar getting removed.  He was ecstatic! Now, the visit to the orthodontist was an experience in and of itself.

Free advertisement here for Dr. Gluck – his office staff was incredibly friendly, they related well with Jihad and showed a genuine interest in him as a person, and they didn’t even charge us for the check or the removal of his lingual bar! Now, Jihad has one more baby tooth to come out and when that is out Dr. Gluck wants him back in for braces.

Jihad looks through a scrapbook of testimonials for Dr. Gluck

Then, on Thursday night, Kaleya lost one of her front teeth – she was excited! She’d been working it out for a few days and so I knew it was going to happen soon.  Just now as I write this post, she came in to tell me the one next to it is also loose.   Here comes anot
her visit from the tooth fairy 🙂

Kaleya shows her new missing tooth.

Ready 4 School

It’s August and the start of a new school year!  Today was the first day of school for the Kaleya & Jihad.  Of course, Jihad’s well experienced in this, but this is Kaleya’s first year as she is entering kindergarten.  How quickly they grow up.  Of course I had to take a few pictures this morning 🙂

showing off the Disney Princesses backpack
who has school spirit? (more like school rocker spirit?)
Kaleya in the classroom

Back to Work

It’s official.  July 1 was my first day back as a full-time employee at work now that I’ve completed my degree.  I re-joined our team (Knowledge Management) as the Associate Director for Research.  These are big shoes to fill so I’ll have to work diligently to make sure I do my absolute best!

In other news, last weekend we took Kaleya to a “bring your friend” day at a dojo and while she was a little timid at first, she warmed up to it.  You go girl!

at karate class in June. big brother accompanied her on the mat to help with her nervousness.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone.  Hope you are enjoying  your holidays.   Let me go back in time by sharing this video of Kaleya during her first Christmas season when she was 2 months old.  My camera at the time only did video w/o sound and the quality is not the best, but it is too cute!

Christmas Party 2009

Today,  I took the kids to our daycare provider’s Christmas party and we had a lot of fun!  Kaleya & Jihad seemed to really enjoy themselves, even though Kaleya was afraid of Santa!

Here is Kaleya w/ her bestie and you can link from here to the rest of the photos by clicking on the link at the bottom that says “December 2009”

From December 2009

and a video from today

Hunting for Easter Eggs

Today I took Kaleya to the Easter Egg Hunt in town that was sponsored by the Al Menah Shriners here in town.  I went with my coworker and her family and we had a great time.  The festivities began with general activities for the kids; they had dune buggy car rides, motorcycle rides, temporary tattoos, balloon animal, bounce “things” (cuz I don’t know the proper name), and then after all that, the Easter Egg Hunt.  

I was surprised that Kaleya enjoyed the bounce things so much; she even attempted to climb the inflatable wall climb/slide combination.   They had some older kids posted at the bottom and at the top of that one to help the younger kids, so she got some help getting up the wall and over to the other side.  She was at one point upset though when one of the older girls slid down with her trying to help because Kaleya “wanted to do it by myself.”  ah well.   

The egg hunt part itself was fun too – there were way too many sugar eggs though – I have no idea what I’ll do with them all.  Some pictures and and a video clip below.  All the pictures are here.  

From Easter Egg Hunt 2009
From Easter Egg Hunt 2009
From Easter Egg Hunt 2009
From Easter Egg Hunt 2009

How Did She Know That?

Me to Kalonji:  telling him how Jihad took the thermometer that is not intended to go in your mouth and put it in his mouth to take his temperature last week

Me to Jihad:  “Raise your arm. I have to put the thermometer in your armpit to take your temperature. And remember, this thermometer is made to go in one of two places.”

Jihad: “Where?”

Me:  “Your underarm is one place.  I bet you can guess the other.”

Jihad: “No, where?”

Kaleya interjects: “your bum-bum!”

HOW IN THE WORLD DOES SHE KNOW THAT?  Is it possible she remembers the doctor’s office doing that a few years ago to her? She couldn’t tell me how she knew that, but i’m floored! And, good think I’ve never used that particular thermometer for a rectal temp  🙂

Kaleya’s 1st Research Study

At the medical center where I work (Vandy), the staff often get emails of ongoing research studies as they look for participants.  Last week, one came in my inbox that piqued my interest – they were looking for 4 and 6 year olds for a study to understand language processing.  So, I signed Kaleya up.  🙂

We went yesterday and it took about 30 minutes.  The researcher showed Kaleya two videos of people talking about toys and then asked Kaleya some questions about what they saw on the video.  As I observed this, it was clear to me they were asking questions of Kaleya that she cognitively does not understand.  When I asked about it, the researcher informed me that yes, the trend they were seeing is that the 4 year olds do not “get it” and the 6 year olds do. So, it was highlighting the issue that something different was happening cognitively around that age.

From Early 2009

Then,  Kaleya was shown a picture of a robot and asked a series of questions.  Again, I could see that the questions asked were a little bit more than she could grasp.  But, throughout the whole thing, I was very impressed with how well Kaleya interacted with the researcher.   She was downright charming.  🙂

From Early 2009