Saturday, January 29, 2011

Anna Lately

Anna is a hoot.

So she is 6 months now (well almost 7)
Where has the time gone?
I don't want to forget anything about her right now because I know she's changing so fast!

At her 6 month appointment she was 21.5 pounds and 26 inches.
so that's like 120% weight for height. Fat and happy!

She loves to jump in her jumperoo.
Aside from paper, plastic bags and anything resembling a cord, The barn her grandpa gave her for Christmas is her all time favorite toy. She pulls the barn down on top of her and sucks the heck out of the animals. She has a particular taste for lamb (as seen in picture above) Like most normal people, she doesn't really like to eat horse.

Anna is really into eating now. I feed her rice cereal mixed with prune juice. The corner market had old wilty squash for 50 cents a piece. So I bought it all and boiled it up for her. She loves it! Can't get enough. She also eats sweet potatoes and peas, but doesn't like the texture of either of these. Oh yeah, and she's a bit like a goat (as in she puts everything she can in her mouth), so I have to watch her close to make sure she doesn't choke. Anna is sure proof that vegetarian diets aren't the way to get skinny!!

Her main mode of transport is me - but can also roll everywhere she wants to go. When she doesn't like the direction she's headed she just gets on her tummy and rotates herself like a clock until she's aimed in the right direction. Sometimes she gets up on all fours, but it only happens when she's sort of angry. I tell her to learn from her friends that crawl, but she's really into doing things her own way. She still likes the sling even though to fit she has to have her toes to her nose. And anytime she is grumpy all you have to do to cheer her up is to take her for a stroll in the bob. Best purchase ever.

If you have to give her personality a color I would say it is a yellow. When people are around, Anna is happy. Right now she is jumping behind me in the jumperoo and everytime I turn around she laughs and laughs. She laughs when you tickle her. She laughs when you pop her up in the air. She laughs in her bed as she pulls her blankets over her head. ( see movie below) She laughs at daddy when he comes home. You can't even imagine how much she laughs when you put her in front of the mirror - especially when naked. If she was an adult you might think she was a plotting supervillian with all of this laughing.

Like most yellow people, anna is also a chatter box. She talks during baby time while the librarian is reading. she talks during our stoller rides. Right now she is chit chatting with the elephant and toucan on the rainforest jumperoo. I'm pretty sure she's going to be one of those people who talk with their hands when she grows up - because she gets really animated while squaking as seen in the picture above (she's flapping her arms like a penguin). She talks herself to sleep (when she is finished laughing) and she talks to herself when she wakes up in the morning. I simply love her goos and gaaas and doo daaas.

Anna used to sleep through the night. But when she got bronchiolitis, she had a hard time breathing and waking up several times coughing. So glad that is now over. Our trip to Utah/Colorado also messed with her ability to sleep on her own - but hopefully that will be fixed as now we are home. The night we got back she started crying at 3 or 4, so I went in there and her arms were stuck between the crib slats. She just looked up at me like MOM! SAVE ME! It's rough being a baby! Last night I went in there at 4 after she'd cried for about an hour, and as soon as I picked her up she was tooting and tooting. She's gassy like her momma! I felt bad for her so she spent the night with us. Farting it up every 15 minutes...poor baby.

I've made her sound perfect, but she is definitely not. She wines and cries like all babies. When angry or frustrated she blows raspberries. She makes lots of poopy and wet diapers and tries to roll away when I change her. She tries to roll over in the bathtub and cries when I wash her hair. Sometimes she wants me to hold her all the time and sometimes she wants nothing to do with me. Most of the time she will pay by herself, but lately she freaks out when I leave the room. She's getting better in the car, but will cry and cry sometimes which makes driving anywhere too far away a pain. Going to church is a pain these days! You know, she's pretty much just a regular old baby. And we couldn't ask for anything better. We just love her and are so glad she's stuck with us forever.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

trip continued.

Anna Loves her Grandpa! Aren't they just twins? When she was born I thought....oh my goodness it's a mini paul!
Anna likes me....sometimes. Actually i think she likes her feet the best.
Finally home. We had a long wait in the Denver airport and Anna was so good. She's always good when there are people to watch!

oh this is a picture of the best part of the party - the 6 - 0 pinata. Or pinAAtAA as Paul says..

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party continued

Great Grandma snitch'n on cookies in the kitchen. She's a real hoot.

hmmm what's there to eat around here? Actually I was looking for a place to put the salad in the fridge.
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Joyce's 60th birthday party.

anna and auntie joy having a good time. Anna loves her aunt. I don't know how she remembers her since she only met her once before, but she definitely does.
anna and joy napping.

steven napping.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

sick baby sadness

I think as soon as you think your baby is the most awesome thing in the world they will prove you wrong, get sick, wake up every hour when you have to go to work the next day and cry about everything nonstop. I hate it when anna is sick.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

6 month photo shoot

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anna is really talented. she can jump sideways.
to explain the movie - gma and gpa gave this to anna for christmas
she loves and i love it
i think the longest she has lasted in there is 1.5 hours.
that is a long time for a baby!!!
At the end of the movie the blanket on the couch moves from the heater air and she was pretty scared of it. she would look at it and then back at me with this petrified look. hilarious.
thank you gma and gpa b.

Friday, January 7, 2011

new year new baby

I was just thinking this morning about how anna never used to smile or squeak. She would just stare and scowl. Now she's crazy pants! She likes to jabber and jabber and squeek and squak (which is what she is doing in the picture above).

I go to baby time twice a week. Anna used to just stare and scowl at everyone. Now she's a smiling chatter box. Both of the teachers mentioned how she was in a good mood this week! And she was trying to read the book along with the teachers.........hope that doesn't continue throughout her whole life. Anyways I'm loving it. She also jabber and jabbers while I am running in the morning. My own personal drill sergeant!

She has started to collect a lot of toys. Which is nice because she can entertain herself for quiet a while these days. She does, however, get frusterated when she pushes the toys out of her own reach and can't crawl to them (she rolls but no crawling). so now I just stick her in a drawer with all of her toys. They don't get away too easy that way......

Feeding her has been a real challenge. Which is crazy considering how much I love food! She gets really really constipated when we feed her rice cereal or peas, or bananas and well I have been too lazy to try much else. But I have a friend who's baby has the same problem and her pediatrician told her to put prune juice in with the cereal - so we're giving it a go. Anna really likes eating anyways. I have decided that shirtless is the way to go when feeding li'll monsters.
another picture of anna in her drawer.

the INSULATION - our house is less stinky since richard started.

another picture of anna singing (she's in her happy drawer).
baaaaa leee laaaaa (anna saying good bye)

New Years Eve

I had to work new years eve. It was actually a pretty slow day at the hospital (because no one WANTS to be there on new years, including doc's) but I was still pretty tired when i got home. Richard was pretty tired too because he and his brother steven worked in the crawl space all day. He has been insulating our floor to keep the cold and SMELLY air out of the house.

So we just stayed home and turned on the boob tube to watch the ball drop. We laughed our heads off at the entertainment. There was some lady wearing a big poofy coat and a leotard with rainbow hair! She had background dancers with foo foo hair that danced real silly like. Then there was this man who we SERIOUSLY thought was a woman. seriously. but he was a man. And we just laughed and laughed and thought - how do these people take themselves so seriously? Oh yeah and we rang in the new year while sleeping - we hit the hay at 10:30.

We also talked about what gift we could give to christ this year - and Richard came up with the idea that we should strive to do a really good job teaching the new testament in sunday school. I agree. Later on I decided that I want to make the resolution to only say nice things in our house. Sometimes its hard to always be positive, but I want Anna to be a nice girl and how can she do that if I am not a good example?

more of a journal

So my sister makes these books that are like scrapbooks but better. its more of an open journal really. but she says you can make them out of your blog and so instead of scrapbooking this year, im going to make a blog/journal/book. Just so you know I'm probably going to start writing more on the blog. I've had a few discussions with people about how we like more pictures less words....well......... crap im a hypocrite. i might start using more words and less pictures (: sorry.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

more christmas

anna and steven. they are look similar.
trying out the new camera's features. oh and i got contacts, but probably wont ever wear them because they make me dizzy.
anna enjoying her farm toys. a john deer rattle thing and a barn.
who says babies don't get excited at christmas?
reading a book with grandma sideways. so much fun!