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 cure...is 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 reuniting....so 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.