Friday, September 26, 2008

Oh, baby('s)

We're still alive and well (and busy) here. Our less traveling has turned into errand running, painting and keeping Anna from climbing the stairs. The little girl has found her legs and prefers them mostly to crawling now. We usually encourage her to walk by picking her back up when we're walking around with her. She started out walking around with her little hands and arms in the air like we were holding her hands while she walked. Now she's getting a lot more confident and totting around with toys in her hand or all over the place. It's adorable to see this little half pint wobbling around.
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She still has her 4 little teeth and could be teething again, but I can't see anything yet. And for those of you know Anna, she doesn't like her face messed with! Washing her face off after she eats is the most devistating event 4 times a day for this little girl. This past weekend we started to notice a build up of gunk in her eyes and a drippy nose. So bad that for the past few days, she couldn't even open her eyes when she woke up. We felt horrible! So Monday Gary stayed home with her and I called the doctor. They said to just wipe her eyes with a warm cotton swab. She hated that of course! Tuesday seemed worse and we felt terribly guilty for bringing her in to daycare, so Gary stayed home with her and he called the doctor. They saw her and found out she had this horribly contagious eye cold and that she had to be on drops for 24 hours to not be contagious anymore. So I stayed home with her on Wednesday and she finally started to be herself again (not crabby). Yesterday and today she's back at daycare with her friends and she's doing so much better thanks to those eye drops that she loves so much!


She's eating really well, especially when we give her bigger chunks to chew on and pull pieces off of. She loves her cut up fruit most of all. She does really well drinking from a straw and a sippy cup (and from the cup in the tub where she loves the soapy bath water, eww....). She goes in waves of drinking all of bottle, so this may be her way of telling us she's about done with that. Yay!


Otherwise she's babbling more with mama, dada, daddy, yeah, ba ba, but doesn't always know what to associate them with. She loves reading her books and to climb on our laps for us to read and read and read family favorites such as "I See a Tractor" and "I'm a little teapot". :) She plays blocks with daddy as he stacks them and she knocks them all over. She puts things in the seat of her car and takes them out. She climbs the stairs with such speed and is still learning how to get back down. She loves being outside, going for walks with mom and dad and pulling mom's flowers off, handing them to me and taking them back to put them back on the stem. Doesn't quite get the cause and effect on that one. She giggles hard when we tickle her tummy and she loves to attack daddy when he's on the floor. She's an amazing little girl and every day we feel so lucky to have her in our lives.


Baby Tidd #2: This little baby is starting to get bigger and so is mommy! I think I'm popping a lot quicker with this one and feel more pregnant sooner. It's starting to kick quite a bit and felt some hiccups for the first time a few weeks ago. Gary has been able to feel the baby move a little but it'll be soon enough where it'll be a lot more frequent as it starts to run out of room! I went to the doctor a couple weeks ago and all sounded good. The heartrate was in the 140's and I was measuring a couple weeks bigger (I did with Anna too and she turned out to be a peanut!). After this next appointment I start the every other week appointments again. Crazy how fast this one is going! Speaking of fast, we have to get started on the baby's room! We have the color picked out, some of the furniture, but we have to going or I'll be too big to paint everything I want to! Next weekend is looking like another painting weekend. :) And I checked it out - the baby is just over a 1 1/4 pounds and about as long as an ear of corn. This baby is definitely growing!


Mom & Dad: Work is busy for both of us but we're managing. I'm finishing up a 2 week cold/cough thing, Anna followed and now Gary is getting it. Yay. Good thing the weather is going to cool down and we can open windows again! We painted the rails of the outside steps last weekend with the fronts and sides of the stairs to get yet. Hopefully before the snow flies. We've been trying to get some more side work done so when baby comes we don't have to worry about it so much (or at all I hope!).


We're headed to Chicago this weekend to visit with the fam and to see Uncle Wayne "race" in a trailer race where you purchase a junkie car and a well attached trailer. They go around a figure 8 track trying to knock the trailer off other vehicles. We went a couple years ago and had a blast! Hehe. We're also getting things together for Anna's first birthday on the 18th. Exciting!


We hope all is well and enjoy the photos and video of the Boog. :) Have a lovely weekend!


Gary, Christie and Anna




Photos from the photo shoot for Grandma and Grandpa's 50th Annivesary





Monday, September 8, 2008

August Videos!

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Anna intently reads her book.

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We're taking our first steps!

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The wake behind the Lake Express ferry with an amazing sunset - heading back to Muskegon.

Fall is on it's way!

I can finally sit here and tell you that the craziness that was the summer is coming to a close. We still have weekends planned away, but not what we did this summer! We wrapped up our "vacations" with a trip on the Lake Express ferry to visit Ryan & Angela in Oostburg, WI. We took the 11pm ride across (yes that's PM) Wednesday night and settled in around 3am. Anna was once again a tropper. She stayed awake till about 12am playing with Mr. Frog in her carseat and eventually crashed. Gary enjoyed the brisk upper deck to and from WI - not me, it was too windy and made my hair all knotty! :)

Thursday we took our time with the day. After Anna's morning nap and lunch, we headed to Kohler to see where Ryan worked and to visit the Kohler Design Center. That was way cool! The bathrooms and kitchens that were set up were only things one could dream up. Someday.... We walked the cute shops and had some amazing fresh gelato at a little parlor. Awesome. We rounded out the day with dinner at the Pizza Ranch. It was really good and intersting to see soup, salad and chicken at a place called the Pizza Ranch. That night we stayed up too late being the immature adults that we can be sometimes. :)

Friday we headed out in the Cavalier (usually only for 4 people, not 4 people, a giant car seat and all that is Anna) to Chicago for Grandma Madany's wake and funeral. It was a nice day to see everyone that she touched in her life and a reunion for the family as they are scattered all over the world. The funeral service was a wonderful testimony of who Grandma was and the legacy she left with Grandpa and her family and friends. We bunked at my Grandma and Grandpa Boss's house as my parents house was booked. Apparently Gary's snoring could shake walls and keep everyone but me up all night (Anna woke up due to a wet diaper that we didn't notice till the 4th or 5th time she cried). He didn't hear the end of that for awhile and I half expect Breathe Right strips in his stocking from some people. :)

Saturday night we hung out at the house and visited with Ryan's dad and step mom. They were out for their first time to their house along with the big Harley rally in Milwaukee. It was a good time. Sunday we headed to church and to Angela's parents for a wonderful dinner. Monday was an afternoon trip to the Sheboygan County Fair for delicious fair food and "site" seeing. Anna enjoyed all the animals up close and personal. We headed back to Milwaukee for a stop at Trader Joe's, dinner and back to the ferry for the 7pm trip back. Its was nice to not have it so late, but we still ended up getting to bed around 12:30 only to get up for work the next morning. :) All in all, it was a great time, did a lot and we all survived the road tripping!

Here are the pictures from the weekend: http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=56306&l=052dc&id=501622976

**Update on the kiddo's**

Baby #2: We had our 20 week ultrasound on Wednesday. I'm going to get digital files from the hospital and I'll post the pictures then. All looked well, as far as we could tell, with the baby. This one's a squimmer! Anna was easy to get good shots of, this one is all over the place. The heartrate was 149, but most of us feel that this one is a boy. Things are just a little different this time, but still a breeze of a pregnancy! The baby is currently the length of a carrot -- weighs about 3/4 of a pound. (Length: 10 1/2 inches, head to heel.)

Mrs. Booger: Her little personality gets greater and greater everyday. She's learning what no means slowly but surely. She likes to test mom and dad, especially with the stairs. We were letting her climb them until she fell down 1 stair when I wasn't looking and we said that was it. Now she bolts to the bottom, sits on her butt and looks at us while we tell her no. It works usually. :) She's learned how to get on her little scooter thing and scoot herself around going forward now! So cute. She's eating whatever we're eating, drinking more water, juice and a little milk here and there, so we're on our way to less/no baby food. She has 4 teeth, 2 top and 2 bottom now and grinding them! Ahh! That is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. ((shutters)) She's "talking" more than screaming and trying to form words. It's so fun to watch her be so intent on things, to discover new things, to notice mommy and daddy, she's getting so big already! Here's Anna's 10th month album so far: http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=56305&l=55c5d&id=501622976

Mom & Dad: We are excited to not have any more crazy traveling this year. :) We're moving on to catching up with house projects and neglected side work. We finished our bathroom - the 3rd coat was the charm! It's a beautiful shade of Bear Rug complete with brand spankin' new towels (we were using ones from college days and when we got married). It's awesome! To complete it, Grandpa Boss is building us a custom cabinet for the space between the counter and toilet and a new clock and photo. I'll take pictures this weekend what it looks like right now. We did the mainfloor bathroom this past weekend a bright shade of golden yellow. It's a bit overwhelming with the bare walls right now but with some decor, it'll complete the look. Now onto the staining and painting the front steps and rail (if it'll ever get a chance to dry out!), the baby's room, kids bath and our room. Yeesh. And before #2 arrives, our basement will be somewhat finished! We love to keep busy, can't you tell!? Oye. Work is going fine for the both of us. Gary's in Indy as I write this for a couple days. It wasn't as overwhelming as I thought with Gary gone, but I'm glad it's only 2 days! Otherwise, we're doing well. Both feeling good and liking the little bit cooler weather.

Well that's us in a nutshell for the time being. I'm kind of laying off the posting of pictures as it takes so long and I can just give you the whole album via Facebook which is a lot less time! :)

Have a wonderful rest of the week and I'll be back with more photos soon!

Love,
GCA