Sunday, April 2, 2017

Happy 9 months, Anna!

I tend to find 9 months to be a particularly poignant age. We have now had sweet Anna in our lives as long as she was in my tummy! It is also a very fun age, as she is starting to move and babble more and more. I see a determination in her spirit that may be a little like her sister Lydia's. I'm not sure how 9 months have already passed, but we can't imagine life without our Anna girl!

Weight: 24 lbs 14 oz (99%)
Length: 29.25 in (93%)
Head: 44.5 cm (64%)
Diaper: size 4/5
Clothing: 12 month

Likes: reaching for things, being tickled, kisses, her fingers, making funny faces when she tries new food, patting things (her tummy, the table, my arm while I'm burping her), a favorite plush giraffe
Dislikes: mom leaving her with a stranger (sometimes)

Eating: We added green beans to her repertoire and she didn't to mind the lumpy texture. She made a pretty funny face, but she ate it! Anna is doing better with the bottle this month (finally!) and is eating from the spoon very well. She continues to be a great nurser and I am so thankful she is becoming a good eater too.

Sleep: Anna contines to improve. She seems to sleep well for a week or two, then get in the habit of waking for a week or two. We are making sure she gets plenty of solids so we can be sure she isn't hungry. She tends to go to sleep very easily and will still sometimes fall asleep in her carseat on the go. (Definitely a perk of having the 30lb limit infant seat!)

Routine: An ideal day-

7:30 First feeding of the day
9:00 Nap
11:00 Wake
1:00 Nap
3:00 Wake
7:00 Down for bed
9:00-10:00 Nurse and back to bed for the night <--- still doing a dream feed

Physically: Her eyes are still blue! We may have a blue eyed baby. Anna's hair is the same dusty brown she was born with and it is continuing to fill in nicely. She has delectable arm rolls that we can't get enough of. We are in a phase where she is very grabby. If we aren't careful, she will clear the table if we put her chair close enough. She mostly likes to hold her table conquests moreso than put them in her mouth. She is sitting up quite well now (though has yet to get herself into a sitting position) and is beginning to pull herself around a little (though has yet to get herself into a crawling position).

Communication: Anna's is repeating more sounds. We've heard dadada and mamama. She is delighted when she waves at someone.

Next appointment: April 12, 2017 10:15am <--- had to change it to accommodate travels




she continues to be a big fan of hook 'em horns




Spider Man loves babies!

oh brothers :)


Anna on Sarah's school community day

she isn't lacking attention :)

Anna's first time in the grass! She was fascinated!




The progression of Lydia giving kisses . . .



she sits in a big girl chair sometimes

Anna and Josiah turned on the charm after church 








We got to see Uncle T and Aunt Laura Kathryn on her 9-monthiversary!



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Happy 8 months, Anna!

We are having such fun with our smiley Anna. Gone are the stoic days of old and in are spontaneous giggles and smiles just for glancing in her direction. She is a people person and continues to have a sense of curiosity about all that is happening around her. We are savoring every minute as she grows!

Diaper: size 3 & 4
Clothing: 9, 12 month

Likes: going after a toy, rolling, holding/grabbing things, sucking her fingers, tickles, kisses, the kids dropping something in front of her or popping bubble wrap
Dislikes: BOTTLES, squished legs, having her nose wiped, mom walking away (we'll see if this sticks!)

Eating: I was really worried about Anna not being very good at spoon feeding. While she still doesn't prefer it over nursing, I found that if I catch her when she is hungry she is much better at eating from the spoon. Just knowing she can do it is a huge weight off our minds! She has had rice and oatmeal cereal, sweet potatoes, squash, and prunes. Lots of prunes per the doctors order, as she tends to stay pretty backed up. We also give her puffs and she is just starting to figure out that she can swallow them. Most of the month if she got one in her mouth she would spit it right back out!

Sleep: We did much better the past month! Anna slept through the night for about two weeks straight and then started waking again. I suspected an ear infection, but the doctor gave her a clean bill of health. The past couple of nights she has slept through again and hopefully we are back on track!

Routine: An ideal day-

7:30 First feeding of the day
9:00 Nap
11:00 Wake
12:30 Nap
2:30 Wake
4:00 Nap (sometimes- usually a shorter one)
7:00 Down for bed
9:00-10:00 Nurse and back to bed for the night <--- we don't seem to be able to kick the dream feed

Physically: Anna is soooo giggly this month and we are having such fun making her laugh. She doesn't get much peace during the day! Her eyes are beginning to get a hazel ring around the middle, so this may be the last month of our blue eyed baby. Time will tell! She is rolling, spinning, scooting, sliding and using all available means of slowly maneuvering around a space. She currently loves to have something in her hands, but what she's holding doesn't go instantly to her mouth. Her fingers, on the other hand, are often in her mouth. We have named her preferred sucked position "hook 'em horns." She is holding steady at 2 bottom teeth with nothing else currently peeking through. (But for the record, both Lydia and Sarah have molars breaking through!) Sitting up is going well, but I'm not confident enough to leave her unsupported.

Communication: She is saying "dadadadada" and starting to wave goodbye.

Next appointment: March 29, 2017 10:45am

I had almost as many videos as pictures this month- evidence that she is becoming more active!

Receiving a valentine from Sarah

"Seriously mom, prune mustaches aren't cool."

Wearing a hat made by Gigi

Her first Mardi Gras.
Josiah said, "Mom got the baby!"

"Puffs, please get in my belly"
(But seriously, Anna, you didn't even like to swallow them?!?!)

Hook 'em horns

Big Four on Valentine's Day

Receiving her special card from Dad

Anna came out on top . . . I think that made her the winner

Just chewing on the table



Monday, January 30, 2017

The Doc Is In

When a show pops up about a child doctor and stuffed animals, you can bet Sarah is going to notice. Doc McStuffins has become a favorite show for a little girl who doesn't watch all that much TV. The kids all love singing the songs and watching a sweet little girl practice medicine on her lifelike stuffed animals.

So for her Christmas present we took Sarah and her siblings (who also love the show) to the Indianapolis Children's Museum to see the Doc McStuffins traveling exhibit.

The museum was well crafted and full of wonder. But we were a little nervous when we pulled up because disaster had struck. Yes, all the dinosaurs were escaping.




 This was a great way to signal to the children that we were somewhere fun. I especially love the detail in the way the building is crumbling.

our big doctor with her real stethoscope

Lydia knows how to wait in line better than the rest of us

The big kids watching the water clock. It fills with water steadily through the day, such that the left tells the hour and the right tells the minutes. 


a special baby play area


at the Doc McStuffins exhibit learning how to check vitals


Sarah with our excellent exhibit presenter. She walked our children and others through all the steps of a proper check-up.
learning about trains by pretending to ride one