Saturday, March 31, 2012

Moves like Jagger

Anna's recently taken to dancing when music starts to play and her favorite song involves counting to ten.  Unfortunately she inherited her parents sense of rhythm and is already perfecting her white-girl dance moves.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

It's all fun and games until you have a flower behind your ear ...

Anna's Grandma came in for a visit last weekend and the little Miss had a grand time showing off all her new tricks.  In addition to lots of fun and games, and a big time on the park swings, they walked the "grounds" of our yard and explored all of the flowers that had popped up, literally, with our early Spring.  Anna loved the look of the flowers, but as you can see, we won't be weaving her any flower crowns anytime soon.

"Ooohh, pretty!"

"I bet it tastes delicious..."

"Ummmmm ....."

" .... I thought the next step was tasting, not wearing!"

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Growin' Like a Weed: Month Ten

Someone is literally growin' like a weed and is all smiles about the entire process!  We sure do love our little string bean!

Pure happiness and joy from this little gal! 

I think she was trying to re-create her 5 month picture with this pose ...
I know I'm a broken record, but I CANNOT believe how big she's gotten in just five months!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: A cat and his girl

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Letter to Anna: Month Ten

Dear Anna,
Welcome to double digits! In months that is. You'll be here until you're roughly eight years old, which seems like forever from now, but I know that all of the sudden I'll blink my eyes and you'll be in the third grade. Just please don't be in college by then if you decide to be a child prodigy, I don't think I can handle you being smarter than me before the age of ten.

So much has happened this past month it almost seems like you've grown into a completely different baby than the one I was typing about just 30 days ago. First and foremost, you've started crawling, a developmental milestone we've been anticipating for months now. Notice I didn't say that we've been preparing for this milestone. You'd think your father and I would have used this time wisely, but we didn't, and we're lucky that you prefer to stay close to us during this early stage. You are simply adorable when you get going and your enthusiasm is contagious. You're still thrilled when you realize you can get from point A to point B and let out a little squeal before those hands and feet start moving. You're not completely in sync yet and if often times looks like our hopping or that your legs are just along for the ride. And I love how your little butt wiggles.

You've also taken to rolling over in your crib, which prompted us to lower your mattress and also drop the sleep sacks you've used since your newborn days. You've continued to take hit-or-miss naps at school due to your energetic nature and were cited for pulling yourself up to your hands and knees and rocking back and forth so hard that your crib was moving across the room this month. It was a first for your teachers and I love that you're setting a precedent. Even with "that" type of behaviour, your teachers still adore you and have informed us that you're not going to be allowed to move to the next class; rather they'd like to keep you as a "baby trainer" for their future charges. With your disposition and smile, I can hardly blame them.

Your personality is shining through more and more each day and we can't get enough. You love listening to music and will now "dance" with your hands in the air and are working hard on clapping. Although I was hoping you'd get rhythm from somewhere in the gene pool, I'm thinking you'll be blessed with the same "white girl" dance moves as your Mom. You also love to give kisses now and will do so somewhat on demand. We're working on being discriminate as you're a lover of all things human, animal and inanimate, especially your purple bear. You've also starting to wave goodbye and it's simply adorable.

Along with that little personality come preferences as to where you go and what you interact with; you're no longer simply along for the ride. You have a series of grunts, hollers and whines that we've started to decipher along with your giggles and smiles. You love shoes almost as much as the cats and those are your #1 crawling destinations, even when surrounded by 1,000 toy options. And, just as quickly as you started crawling, you've also started to "perch" on your knees to get a better view at the world around you; I can tell that you're just itchin' to stand up to see what we may be hiding on tables and in bookcases.

We've had an unseasonably warm winter and have been spending as much time outside in the evenings as possible. I'm trying to gently wean you of the 5pm "nurse and nap" session such that we can play together for a little longer each day. Our cul-de-sac is full of kids, literally, and it's so much fun to walk over to a neighbors' driveway or wave one over to ours after we're home and changed. You love crawling around in the grass and are in awe of the bigger kids. And Mom and Dad have gotten several great ideas for outdoor toys, you're most keen on something to use as a cruiser as you inch toward walking.

When your Dad and I look at you these days, it's very common that we'll then look at each other and say "she's gotten sooooo big, when did that happen?" You're long and lean and I'm having trouble finding pants that will fit your legs and your waist at the same time. I've had to buy mostly 12-18 month pants for you, but they're gaping at the waist and I'm working my best to fatten you up. On the flip side, I totally wish I had this problem, but I guess the fact that I don't pee my pants multiple times a day is an OK trade off. You also have long feet and barely fit your 6-12 month socks at this point, but the next stage up may as well be leg warmers on you; I guess it'll be sandal season soon enough. It's so much fun to watch you literally grow and I love the barrage of new outfits we get to experiment with each month.

As I look back at all I tried to squeeze into this letter, I simply can't believe that you're going to be a year old in two months. The changes I see in you each day are nothing short of amazing. Being your Mom has been the greatest gift and has brought me more joy than I could have ever imagined. I'm so honored and blessed that that God picked me to play such an important role in your life. I hardly remember what life was like before you came along and I can't imagine a future without you.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Creepin' and crawlin' and movin' all around

Just six days shy of diving into double month digits, Anna surprised us all with crawling this week. We have a mover and a shaker, and the world really is her oyster now! She went on strike in regard to her afternoon naps this week, so we *may* have taken advantage of her fatigue and desire to nurse after arriving home on Thursday, which prompted her first four or five "crawling steps." After a 45 minute nap on Mom's lap and dinner with Dad, we decided to try again. You'll see in the first video that she wasn't a fan of us plopping her down and then moving 5 feet away. Again, shameless exploitation for the purpose of documenting a milestone. Whoops. I sure hope none of my readers tip off CPS.

Mike asked me to edit out his G&R solo in the beginning, but (1) I can't figure it out, and (2) I love the glimpse into our real life it provides. You can hear me gently let him know that we're recording after the solo wraps. We are constantly changing up lyrics or singing "real" songs to Anna. Baby Einstein, Baby Schmeinstein, I grew up to be pretty successful listening to the Oldies station with my Dad. Aaaand, sorry about the focus issues, I realized too late and didn't want to stop and miss anything.

I love how she keeps the eye on the prize in this one! And was very thankful for the camera focusing, great morning light, a happy subject, and the lack of any nosy cats : )


Stopping for a leg lift

You want me to do whhhaatt?

OK, let me back up and get a good head start ...

Friday, March 9, 2012

Two Teefers

If you look closely, you can see two teeny tiny, itty bitty teeth ...

... but don't blink, they're gone in an instant!
(click either picture to enlarge)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Baby in waiting (for a new memory card)

It "only" took nine and a half months, but we've *gasp* filled up the memory card on our camera.  While I wait for a replacement, I thought I'd pass along a few new pictures and Anna's second feature on Amber's blog (click here for the latest and here for the first).  Anna's demeanor is one of an "observer," meaning that she likes to "take it all in" before deciding if she likes a new person or situation.  This serves us well as she's not had any huge issues with stranger anxiety, but it also means she may "stone face" you for the first few minutes of your meeting.  The latter was NOT the case with Amber's visit.  She was giggling and showing off and hamming it up the second Amber came in the door.  And you really know you're in Anna's good graces when she grabs your face and plants a wet-open-mouth-kiss on your face.  It's the best part of my day!

And, for your patience, I offer the pictures below of Anna sporting her St Patty's Day outfit and her first hair bow, what a cute little shamrock we have!