Sunday, December 17, 2006

Well baby, sick baby...

Friday I took Anna to the Ped. for her 9-month well-baby check-up. Thursday night had been really rough. She was up almost every hour crying because her cough kept waking her up. I'd nurse her to calm her down and that would give me a little bit of rest....boy, it brought back some bad memories of the early days. (I don't miss those newborn days!) Since our little one has been sleeping through the night for a very long time now, we definitely knew something was wrong. Anna's had a cold for about 2 weeks now. I thought it was getting better last week, but I noticed she was coughing more and that night she definitely had a fever, though she wouldn't hold still long enough for me to get a good reading. So, the check-up Friday morning turned into a "sick baby" appointment, much to my disappointment. Anna has bronchialitis, which I'm assuming is the same thing as's certainly easier to say. I knew she was sick and would need medicine, but what really overwhelmed me was that we have to give her breathing treatments 3 times a day. So, instead of going to the Wal-mart pharmacy (I blame Wal-mart for the origin of this super bug) to pick up the magical bottle of yummy pink goo that all babies get, we went to an office that distributes nebulizers and breathing machine accoutrements. The friendly lady there gave me a run-down of how to use the machine as I blankly stared and nodded, praying I'd remember all the details. The doc had shown us how to do one, too, thankfully. Then we went on our Wal-mart run to get the rest of the medicine - the stuff we put in the nebulizer. Anyone who's had asthma probably knows about this process.

Friday night I waited till John got home to admionister the treatment, because I just wasn't so sure about it all. Boy was it fun! It's getting better each time as Anna seems more familiar with the process. We also decided that popping in a Baby Einstein and letting her watch TV (gasp!!) also helps her hold still long enough to breathe in what we hope is enough of the vapor. She's not the only one, I feel a little jittery after sitting through it, too. Maybe it's all the crazy shapes dashing across the TV screen at fast tempos.

As with most mishaps in our family, this illness occured just in time for John's block leave. Friday was his last day and we had dreams of booking some last-minute vacation to the Caribbean or Deer Valley. Well, I guess that won't happen. Flying with a baby is hard enough, I can't imagine doing the "baby houka" in an airport! So, now we're thinking maybe we'll do a quick trip to somewhere closer next week. Anyone ever been to Charleston, SC? Then we'll head to VA for Christmas and New Year's.

Oh well, I'm just thankful we can take care of our baby, and hey, at least we're together! We'd appreciate your prayers for Anna to get well.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Fixed links and first words!(?)

Hooray! Thanks KBG for helping me fix my links. I think they work now, but I still have those little tool icons showing up on the screen. Does anyone else see those?

Anyway, since this blog is about Anna and not me, I'll talk about her a little bit. I may just be exaggerating, but I think my little girl is pretty smart. I think she knows some words. Every time Mr. E crosses her path in the house she says, "it-ty!" because I call him "kitty" most of the time to her. I've also noticed when someone comes in the room or she sees a new face, she says, "EY-e" (sounds like "hi" without an "h") in the same tone as I say it to her. She's also been waving bye-bye for a while and lifts her arms up when I say "up." It's pretty fun. Maybe you veteran moms know something I don't, but it seems like she's starting to "talk." Here's a photo of her "helping" me wrap gifts yesterday. I think I'll do the rest of the wrapping during her naps.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

A little Houdini

This morning Anna woke me up with her usual babbling, but a tad earlier than normal. I didn't think much of it and thought maybe she'd go back to sleep. Yeah right. Her morning babble usually consists of some "aahhhs" and "dadaaas" of varying intonations. Today it was her new code for fussing, "yayayaya." It was getting louder and louder, so I decided to go ahead and get her up. When I walked in the room I doubled over in laughter and was sad no one was there to witness the sight with me. I really I could've gone to get the camera, but I figured that in her helpless state she'd be really angry if I turned and left the room. My poor little girl had somehow managed to wriggle out of her fleece sleepsack from the waist up and her daddy hadn't put anything on under it when he put her to bed last night. How in the world she got her arms out of the sleeves, the collar over her shoulders and down to her waist completely baffles me. I guess it helps that she's so teeny, but she was cold and ready to be done with all that. Tonight we'll make sure she has something underneath and I think we'll start her in contortionist lessons soon.

By the way, I switched to the beta version and added the links to our friends' blogs. I'm just curious if my computer is weird since I work on the blog from it. Can anyone else access those other pages from the links I put on? It takes me to this weird HTTP thing and I also see little screwdriver icons by my stuff there on the side. Does anyone else see this? Thanks for letting me know. Still trying to figure all this stuff out...

Monday, December 04, 2006

Link to photos

Here are 2 links to photos of November, and then a separate one from Anna's baptism. I would've done it all on one, but Daddy does things differently. I'll also be sending out the montly invitation on email since not all our friends and family are checking the blog. Enjoy!

We had a great weekend. John was off on Friday, thanks to 82 vehicle fatality-free days. We decorated the tree Friday night and Anna helped Daddy put on his new ornament (her little footprint). BTW, babies and plaster molds aren't a good mix...the directions didn't mention that!

On Saturday we watched Navy beat Army...what's new? It was fun to listen to all the guys make fun of Navy to sooth their injured pride. Then yesterday was church and then more decorating of the house. Happy Advent, everyone!

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Brushing the chompers!

This morning Anna had her 2 new teeth brushed for the first time. They aren't all the way up, but I figured we should start so she'll be used to it for a lifelong habit of good dental hygiene. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of that right? Or is it the other way around? It seems that way sometimes. Ben Franklin should've lived in this millenium. Anyway, I'm digressing. I should've gotten some photos of this, but how can you do that when you're holding a towel-wrapped baby in one arm (she'd just had her bath) and this little plastic fits-on-a-finger toothbrush in the other? She really liked it! I think she liked the baby toothpaste, at least. I'm just glad she didn't fight me like she does when I'm cleaning the rest of her face. So, that's our big news for the day. Hopefully we'll get our tree and the house decorated soon and we'll get those photos up. We made advent wreaths at church last night. I was quite proud of mine. Maybe I'll get one of that, too.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Hooray for the pumpkin pie!

Thanksgiving #1 was a success! Anna was a doll everywhere we went over the weekend and slept like a champ at Grammie's. True to form, we were bad at getting photos. However, we did get a couple of cute ones from our trip to the Peaks of Otter - a favorite place John and I both enjoyed going to with our families growing up.

Anna also got to meet some more cousins, a great uncle, and learned that she loves mashed potatoes. Who doesn't?

On our way home we stopped in the small town of Troy to purchase a rug. Make that 3 rugs, plus a free holiday festive one! Hooray for great deals, too!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Over the river and through the woods...

I miss singing that song in elementary school. It pops back into my head every Thanksgiving, along with "Turkey in the Straw." Yes, I'm a nut. Anyway, tomorrow we head to VA and we literally do go over a few rivers and through some woods. The drive home is quite nice, really. Anna's looking forward to her first Thanksgiving. Maybe we'll let her try some turkey to test out her new teeth. I'm sure her Pa-pa will try to give her pumpkin pie, too. I probably won't protest too much. I've lightened up a little since he gave her ice cream cake at 4 mos.

Here's a photo of Anna with her new chompers. Actually, I don't know if you can actually see them. She wouldn't open her mouth wide enough and hold it for a photo. And then there's one I took of her this morning when Daddy came home for breakfast. We love having Daddy for breakfast whenever he can come!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

A Very Special Day

On Sunday, Nov. 12, Anna was baptized at The Church of the Apostles. Her baptism marks her as part of a covenant community of faith - a faith we pray she will grow into and one day receive as her own. We had many special guests there to share in the event: her friend Caleb and his mommy and daddy, her god-parents, Nate and Lynn, and her favorite Auntie Mary. Here are some photos.
There are more coming which we will probably put up on our Snapfish album repertoire. The dunking (yes, dunking!), must have inspired her. On the way home, as she was trying to make sense of all the excitement, she started using consonant sounds! She was saying Baa-Baa-Baa.... I think she was trying to say, "Baptism." It's very cute and today she has incorporated a Daa sound and some form of "fff" and "vvv." Phun with phonemes!

Today is also her 8-month birthday and Daddy and I have felt a bottom tooth emerging. Finally! Yes, Daddy came home Friday (a day earlier...woo hoo!) He was so happy to see his Bear. I should've gotten a photo of them sweet!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

There's a monster in the house!

Anna has detected a monster in the house. It lurks in the guest bedroom, but sometimes comes out and is very loud and scary. Most people would indentify this monster as a "vaccuum cleaner," but to Anna it's the scariest thing in the world! Her eyes get big, her face turns pale and she literally starts to shake. This has been a problem for a while; one I thought she'd just get over, but hasn't. This creates a dilemma. After all, we can't have E Poofs permanently imbedded in the carpet. When Daddy's home, it's not a big deal. He or I can entertain her in another room while the other runs the "monster" about the house. However, when he's gone, and he's gone a lot, what do I do?? In the past I've put her in the Bjorn or just held her while I vaccuumed. My presence seems to calm her, but my back suffers afterwards. Then there are the steps. Can you imagine how cumbersome it is to hold a baby while vaccuuming the steps?? It's probably more of a safety hazard, really. So, to my friends and fellow mommies...any advice?? Thanks for the tips on the juice, too!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Sippin' and scootin'

Anna is officially scooting now. She can do the low elbow crawl...and her Daddy wasn't even here to teach her how to do it. It's very cute and I'm amazed at how fast she is. I really have to think twice about where I put her down now to play. I wish I had a photo of it, but maybe later. Another recent achievement is she's drinking out of her sippy cup. I had been giving it to her for a long time, but all she'd do was chew on the top. The other day she finally figured out that something's supposed to come out, and when she got a taste of that apple juice spiked with water there was no stopping her! It's funny, she figured out how to drink from a glass a long time ago because every time I was drinking water I'd offer her some and she'll take it, but it spills all over the place. I wonder who invented the sippy cup. Anyway, can any of you other mommies recommend some other juice besides apple?

Sunday, November 05, 2006

These chili autumn days

Yesterday Anna and I headed out early for a trip to Wal-mart. We had some friends coming over later on and I realized I needed some more groceries. What else is open at 8 am and conveniently located 6 minutes away? Before heading out I realized it had frosted the night before, so I brought out the coat a friend let us borrow for the winter (thanks Nicole!). Here's what happened when I put it on Anna and then tried to snap her into her carseat:

"I can't put my arms down!"

I started cracking up as it reminded me of that obnoxious kid in that ridiculous Christmas movie. If only John could've seen it. It was funny, but once we got into the car, she realized she couldn't reach and pull off her socks, which is her usual habit during car rides. This made her pretty mad and so the trip to Wal-mart, though quick, wasn't very pleasant for the little lady.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Tonight we had some very famous people come by our house. They turned to be a lot shorter than I had imagined them. The guest list included, but was not limited to, Darth Vader, Spiderman, Little Bo Peep, some Power Rangers, a kernal of candy corn personified, and I'm not sure, but I think Batman was also in the crowd. Here's a photo of Anna with one of them.

And here she is wondering why everyone else had to dress up to get their candy.

Anyway, I wasn't sure what to do about Halloween this year. I don't believe in it and I know a lot of people who think it's evil. I agree that some people use it for evil, but a lot of people do the same with Christmas. I decided, however, that it would be a good way to meet some folks in the neighborhood...and it was! Honestly, I was also just looking for an excuse to buy candy and I'll admit that I was pretty stingy with the Reese's Peanut Butter Cups...yumm...

We're back!

Anna and I came home yesterday from our trip to VA. It was a great time, except that I got a bad cold. Yuck. Anna seems to have avoided it so far. The other problem was I was seriously ill-packed. I was not prepared for record low temps. I wore the same sweater (the only one I packed) every day....oh well. Here's a photo of Anna and her cousin Haley-anne.

Here's another one of her with her other cousins and Grammie.

And there's one of Anna ready for the ride home.

So I'm no sure how this will look once I publish it. I'm still new at all this.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Anna Log: Anna Log

Homeward Bound

Well, we packed Daddy off to JRTC and he has arrived safely and will start training today. I'm praying it will be worthwhile and that it will prepare them for the deployment. Anna and I are determined to make the most of these 3 weeks. We'll be heading home today after church. We're excited about seeing family and I'm ready for some real fall foliage and more seasonable weather. Somehow flip flops in Oct. seems off. To be honest, I'm also ready for some help with the little girl. It'll be nice to just have someone else help entertain her! We'll have lots of great photos when we return.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Anna Log


I'm just wondering if my fellow parents give lots of strange nicknames to their kids, or if anyone else gives funny nicknames to friends, spouses, pets, cars, etc. Anna has lots of nicknames. Most of this started with her daddy who loves to give nicknames to anyone. Myself and Mr. E being his easiest targets...until Anna came along. His favorite is "Bear." It really suits her too, since she's so huge and scary. But it is cute when you say Anna Bear and she grins really big. Some of her others are Babydoll, Littles, and this is the best, Ninja. I have no idea how he came up with this one...maybe because she kicks a lot??

Mr. E also has a slew of them, but most recently John decided to give him name extensions. Currently his full name is Mr. E. Bustopher Jones - like the big fat cat in "Cats..."or just "Bus." It suits.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Anna Log

Anna Log

Hi everyone! Anna just wanted to say hello to her friends out there in the blogging world today. Not much going on today. We are preparing for Daddy to go to JRTC and Anna and I will be going home for about a week or so. She's very excited to see her grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and everyone in between!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Here I am world!

Hi World,

Well, it isn't exactly right that I am starting in this world today, but is my seven month birthday so it is almost like I am starting! I got a new toy today, some wooden blocks that move around on a metal pole, can't beat that for a good time.