Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Happy 1/2 Birthday Anna!

Mom trying to take a new picture with Anna, instead I get spit up down my shirt and in my hair and she has a smile on her face. Take two. Much better.
Anna's New Ride - Day One
End of ride 2. :) Note: Wally the Walrus in upper left corner. She's sitting on the other side of the tub now as she'd much rather sit up.
Love that smile!
Jumping is hew new favorite pasttime.
What a killer smile she has!
The end of mommy's photo shoot.

Hard to believe that Anna has been apart of our lives for 6 months already! It seems like such a long time ago that I woke up to know that this was the day we'd be bringing our baby into the world. And here we are, a short 6 months from that day and Anna has grown and changed so much!

She's quite a character these days. She giggles when you tickle her neck and tummy with a gruffy voice. She will eat anything from her shoes and socks to prunes and sweet peas. We've moved on for the most part from 3-6 months clothes to 6 month and some 6-9 month clothes. I'm still trying to put her in as many warm new clothes I have before spring and summer truely get here. So she may only wear an outfit once at this point. I've loaded her closet up with her new 6-9 month clothes and have to put her clothes away in shifts as they don't all fit very well. She has a turtle in her crib that plays music and lights up. Now that she can shift her body all over the place, she gets rough with the turtle and starts kicking it with both feet. At bath time, we have Wally (the purple walrus) and if he takes a dive or is out of her sight after she has him, the world has ended. She scrunches her nose up like I did when I was little when she laughs or smiles, she blows bubbles and rattles her tongue. Those big blue eyes don't miss a thing. She is starting to look for us if we get out of her sight, like whips her body around whoever is holding her to see the other. Everyday is a new experience, exciting or scary, but she's more than amazing.
I hope we've ended the boughts of sickness, for awhile anyway. Last week we brought Anna in to the doctor to have her checked out. She seemed to run a slight fever on and off and pull at her ears sometimes. She's at the stage where she may start teething, but it ended up being an ear infection. So I brought her back in a couple days later to see if it was on it's way up or down. It was getting better, so we didn't need to do antibiotics. The doctor applauded us. :) She's such a trooper.

We continue to introduce new foods to her and she takes them all, some with a slightly sour face, but ends up whinning for more with her mouth wide open. On the right, I've made a list of what she's eating these days. :) She rolls all over the floor now, trying really hard and sometimes succeeding in reaching her scattered toys. She can stand up by the couch, but doesn't know how to move her feet or hold her balance. She loves it! We're practicing sitting up with some success. It usually ends in a reach to whatever she wants in her mouth and back on the floor we go.

The weather has finally cooperated for us to go outside! We invested more into our darling daughter with a bike trailer so we can all go on bike rides. Gary is currently the lucky recipient of pulling her. The first trip, a bit brisk, resulted in crying and a short ride. Tonight, it was beautiful and we had a half hour trip. She started out hanging out with scary hairy guy and ended up crashing for the duration. Along with that, we put shoes on her. She didn't know what to make of those things on her feet. It's almost like she forgot how to stand. It was hilarious.

I could gush more about the amazing Anna, but I think that's all the excitement for the past week or so. :) Gary and I are doing well. Enjoying the outside and seeing Anna really experience it for the first time. We're still in the midst of spring cleaning (the basement right now) and am still working my theme for the year of "decluttering". So far, doing alright with that. :)
I hope this finds you all enjoying the beautiful weather!


Gary, Christie and the Baby Boogarino (yeah, we call her that sometimes)