Thursday, April 28, 2011

does anna hate cows?

Or their milk anyways......

She's had a runny nose keeping her company since october. Totally not normal. So the pediatrician wants to try eliminating cows milk. Since I am her main source of the bovine protein, i am going 10 days without milk-cheese-yogurt-ice cream-etc.

sucks huh? Well i hope it doesn't help because I would rather that anna just has enlarged adeniods, which is the next thing to check out if a week of milk free proceeded by a week of zyrtec doesn't work.

oh anna.

On a better note, she stopped growing a little bit. Well in height anyways. We weighed her at rich's work a few weeks ago and she was 24.5 pounds. I guess her clothes weigh a lot because here's her stats:

9mo 2 weeks
height 28 inches, 58%ile
weight: 23.7 ounds: 97-98%ile
wt for length: looks like 110th% on the graph

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

quarter of a century

I don't feel that old, maybe it's because the things that make me happy are......

smooching the little peas cheeks
chasing rich around the house with slugs
eating dessert whenever possible (including bfast lunch and dinner today)
notes and surprises from friends
whining about chores (rich is doing the laundry this week as a bday present)
going for bike rides to pick up treats at the store
dilly dallying to look at pretty flowers (the azaleas are in bloom - had to stop and examine them while on my way to nurse anna at work)
playing with new birthday toys (although pizza stones and garmins aren't kid toys - feeling a little old asking for excercise and cooking equipment for my birthday)
bringing a birthday treat to share at school...i mean work (hmmm work...definitally not feeling young)
going to the mall with my friends (and reminiscing about my short short days - wait a second - that one makes me feel old too)
staying up way past my bed time doing something fun (its almost 11 i better get to bed - the fact that i usually go to bed at 9:30 is also making me feel old)

never mind. i have a baby, i went to work today and i made my own birthday cake.

Im an oldy moldy mom and i love that too.

october thru april showers.......

brings late april flowers!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

trip to utah

i've been in utah the past week and 1/2 helping my sister with her FOUR kids. wow i dont know how she does it. she posted some cute pics of the trip here.

Anna loved the new baby Jane. She would laugh and laugh everytime she saw her. It was really funny. Anna's 4 yr old cousin amber really loved Anna. I wish she lived at my house! The most memorable moment of the whole trip was Amber bartering out her easter eggs to her brothers........if you will trade me something special I will give you one egg........she's quiet the wheeler and dealer......

did i mention that i forgot my camera? well, i did, so my mom sent me some pics she took. Anna loves the little car and her cousin Remi (16mo.) loves to smooch her.........but she's not so sure about the kiss'n cousin thing.

Overall it was a good busy trip, but it was hard on anna to be less than the center of my attention for a week and 1/2. She's been amazing at home - sleeping like crazy and just happy to follow me around all day. Hopefully the touch of stranger danger she picked up on the trip will soon subside.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

9 months

(dont mind me in the background in my robe....)

Not much has changed except she babbles more - duh duh buh buh - she sounds like she knows what she is talking about doesn't she?

Still doing the seal scoot to get around, but she's getting pretty good at it. In the past two weeks, she has mastered going from a plank, to her knees, to sitting (as seen in video below). She's starting to pull herself up on things. She can stand unassisted next to the window or couch, but often loses her balance and topples over.

We measured her in her sleep - 29 inches - and weighed her at richards work - 24.5 pounds. Hello, can you say monster baby. I wouldn't have it any other way.

She has serious separation anxiety - crying whenever someone leaves the room. Not just me either! Our sweet babysitter Brittney says Anna cries even when her husband leaves the room - crazy girl. Tonight I left her with a neighbor while i went to work and the neighbor said she even cried when the cat left the room!!!

In the picture below she is doing this thing where she kicks her legs while sitting and flaps her arms like a penguin. She sort of scoots around this way sometimes and does it when she is excited about things.

Anna is a good self feeder and she eats everything. I mean everything! I have to be sure to clean well under the oven or she finds herself some little treats while i am cooking dinner (nasty). She also gets a big kick out of feeding me. Its one of the only ways to get her to laugh. Today for lunch she ate 1/2 cup lentils with salsa, 1/4 cup yogurt, 2 pears and then she scavenged some cheerios off the floor when I put down. Yeah, seriously anna, slow down.

Unlike mom and dad anna now hates being outside. i try to put her on the ground, or in her jumper, or in her high chair with food on her tray - but she just won't have it. If I'm not holding her or pushing her in the stroller she doesn't like to be outside. Apparently from the middle picture below she also sometimes hates being in her stroller.........

Its interesting that anna stays entertained much longer when she is around her friends zach or avrie. This is a bonus for us moms! We have to worry about zachy tackling avrie - but i'm pretty sure anna can hold her own. Last week we had the neilsens over for dinner and anna and avrie both fed themselves while we ate dinner - it was a miracle. We are used to having to juggle babies and eating at the same time - i can't wait until we don't have to give them a bath after every meal.

Anna does not like to snuggle. One morning I really wanted a snuggle from my little pea. I went in her room and got her out of bed and brought her in with me (like 4 am or something). She wouldn't let me snuggle her, even in her sleep. She kept arching her back and crying. So i put her back in her crib. Sadness. I guess I will miss nursing because its the only time i have anna's consent to snuggle.

Anna has 5 - almost 6 - teeth. 2 on top and 3 on bottom. She is drooling a lot today and is moderately fussy - i think number 6 is showing its ugly head.

Funny thing about diaper changes - dont read this if you get grossed out easy. I like to let anna air dry between diapers. So I usually put her on the bathroom floor while I clean out the diapers. Seems that everytime I set her down lately she scoots over to the rug and pee pees. The other day she peed and I didn't see it - but I smelt it - and couldn't find it b/c it was just a little piddle on the tile. While I was attempting to put her diaper on she got her sock off her foot and was sucking on it - I noticed it was wet - and then I put two and two together yanked that sock out of her mouth. Of course she cried - but I just laughed to myself while saying "no anna, you can not suck on your pee peed sock!" yucko.

While we are on bad mom moments I will mention that she has taken her first topple off of the bed. I was right there next to her, i don't know how it happened. ugh. I can't wait until she figures out that depth perception thing.

Circle face, little fish, blowing raspberries - these are a few of anna's new facial expressions. Of course her angry face is the same as it has been since birth - her little stork bite in between her eyebrows gets really red when she's angry. I hope for her sake that that goes away with time. Her circle face is hilarious - she makes her mouth into a circle and raises her eyebrows like what she is looking at is the most interesting and exciting thing in the world. I love it and hope she keeps that excitement for life.

look'n out the window watch'n the clouds go by

a little pea and some cherry trees