Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Anna June's Balloon

The day of my birthday party, Ben brought home a cute mylar balloon to tie to the mailbox. In the words of Cleveland from Family Guy, "A balloon tied to the mailbox is the universal sign for PARTY OVER HERE!"

After the party, we brought it inside. Anna June loved that thing. One night I let her hold it to distract her while changing her diaper. She didn't let go. She kept looking up and smiling at it, so shiny and colorful. She held it all through her dinner and would have held it through her bath if I didn't make her let go of it when I took her clothes off.

This morning when I was leaving the house, I must have bumped it in the kitchen. Shortly after I left, we got a call from the alarm company saying our alarm had been set off. It was a false alarm, and upon further investigation, the balloon had floated in front of the motion detector. Whoops. That was the end of that balloon. I guess we'll know for next time!

The good part of that story is that the Birmingham Police Department did respond right away. The officer was friendly and didn't make us feel like idiots...he guessed it was Radar, but Ben figured it out right away.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Sorry we haven't posted any of our pictures lately.* Sadly, we've lost our digital camera. We had just traded in our old one (the one that didn't get stolen) to Canon and then it disappeared. So we've been trying to find a great deal on a good camera. This has required some shopping. Anna June has been wonderful while we've been out and about at places like Target and K-Mart. She's so patient and so far, doesn't really throw fits. She loves looking at all the brightly colored merchandise and all the people, especially children. The only trouble is that now she can sort of twist her way out of the seatbelt in shopping carts. I think people with small children were the ones who invented e-commerce. I think we're going to try to shop online more in 2009, because I am sure that she'll figure out how to unbuckle herself pretty soon. She's so smart!
*Reminder - if you have any pictures of AJ, please email them to me!!!

Monday, December 29, 2008

Please Hold Your Applause

Ben and I have been discussing letting Anna June "cry it out" at bedtime until she learns how to fall asleep on her own. I know she falls asleep on her own at daycare, but I am having a hard time with letting her cry, whine, and fuss at night, mostly because I want to sleep. Last night I decided to try a couple of times. When I finally got to my breaking point, not just once but on two separate occasions, I went back to her crib. Both times, Anna June was so delighted to see me that she laughed and clapped her hands. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

I stole this picture from Jyl's blog. The cute snowman bib was sent by her Granny Annie. More pictures taken on Christmas Eve Eve by Jyl can be found here.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Yesterday was really good. We had breakfast with my parents, Kate visited us from Michigan, we got a new car seat, and Anna June showed us that she knows how to clap her hands. Hooray! It is just about the cutest thing ever.

This picture is from Christmas Eve. We killed time waiting for Santa at Aunt Connie and Uncle Tim's house. Photo by Connie. I hope to fix it later so it is clearer. (It was a printout I scanned, and then I cropped it but it doesn't look good. Hopefully, you can see the curl in her hair.)

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thanks for pointing that out

Anna June and I went to go see my friend Sally and meet her baby Jacob last night. They're in town from St. Louis. Sally looks awesome (like she never had a baby)! And Jacob sleeps for 5 hour streches at night. I am so jealous.

While we were eating, AJ pointed at the ceiling fans. She must have been showing the baby, because suddenly he got interested in them.

AJ's Granddaddy (Jerry) claims he taught her how to point, because he's been pointing out the Christmas tree and its lights to her. Whether he did or nrot, it is still cool. Soon, she'll be pointing at what she wants, which may be more helpful than the crying and whining we get now.

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Day After Christmas

Ben and I are working today. The daycare is closed today, but that gives my mother an excuse to keep Anna June all day on a day when she's actually healthy. I think they'll enjoy it. They plan to play with her new toys, including the rocking chair Santa given to us by our cousin Judy. He sings "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". She loves it so far. Maybe by next Christmas she'll know what the man in the red suit is all about.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Santa Came!

Anna June has really put the joy and excitement back into Christmas for us. She was all smiles and very delighted when we pulled things from her stocking that Santa filled. She loves all of her toys, and can't decide which to play with first. She also likes the stacking cups toy that Mommy and Daddy gave her. So does Radar. It took him approximately 30 seconds to steal the little ball that sits on top. Luckily, it was recovered without damage. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Eve! Santa is coming tonight! I am so excited. I hope everyone else is, too.

Anna June was the hit of the party last night. Of course, she shared the honor with her new friends Jackson and Isabel Moore, and Maddie Brown. There was also another teeny tiny baby named Jackson. I can't believe AJ was ever that small. Time passes so quickly. I'm glad everyone has been reading the blog, because I feel like I didn't get time to talk to anyone, as I was chasing down AJ the whole time.

If anyone has pictures, please email them!

We had a great time, and a pretty good night.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Eve Eve

Today is Christmas Eve Eve, the day when we celebrate Christmas with all our friends at my parents' house. Unfortunately, Ben and I have to work today. But we'll be all set to go over there as soon as we can.

We hate that we're missing out on the preparations. It is a true family tradition to work together to get everything ready. When Anna June gets bigger, I am sure she'll help decorate, cook, clean and run errands. But for now, she's at daycare with all of her friends.

Since we can't be there to help, we'd like to share this video sent by our cousin Ginger. I don't know who sent it to her, but it is really cool.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2008

If you want to sleep, don't have a baby. Or a dog.


Anna June is still teething. I've been up since 3:45. She would fall asleep in my arms, and as soon as I put her in her crib, she'd not only wake up and cry and/or scream, but also stand up. It is hard to get a tired baby to sleep, but even harder to get one who is practically walking around to go lay back down.

I also think she wanted the warmth and comfort of being held in order to sleep. She ended up in our bed at 4:50, just before my alarm went off at 5:00.

Radar, meanwhile, didn't want to wait to go out in the 18 degree weather this morning, and he temporarily forgot his house training. I was up with him once and AJ twice before the big changing/feeding/rocking/changing/rocking escapade. I can usually sing her to sleep, but I am so hoarse from this cold that I couldn't even emit noise on some notes.

Is it Monday or what?

Sunday, December 21, 2008

New car

We are buying a Kia Rondo to replace our beloved Scion XB. Anna June went with us to the dealership in Gardendale. Of course, it took longer than we expected. She made friends with Gwen the receptionist, a church nursery veteran. They both had a wonderful time. At some point, though, AJ wanted to get down and crawl, pull up, and stand, so we let her. She crawled everywhere, even testing the tires on the showroom models. By the time we left, she was the dirtiest she has ever been. Her feet were black.

I bet those salesmen didn't expect a baby to get her diaper changed on the desk in the spare cubicle! (They should have had a changing table, like at Penney's!)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas Shopping

Anna June was a sweet little angel on our massive Christmas shopping trip on Saturday. My new favorite thing is the family restroom at the Trussville J.C. Penney. I don't know where these things were when we were kids. It is a big bathroom where you can fit a large stroller right next to the toilet. And there's a changing table and a car seat type thing that's attached to the wall, so if you need to secure one kid while changing the other you can. You would think I couldn't be so excited by a bathroom, but it really makes a difference. I spent much more time there after our potty break.

It was also fun to see A.J. looking around at the colorful merchandise, lots of people, and lights on our shopping trip. I'm enjoying this, because next year, she will be more interested in getting out of the stroller and touching everything. Maybe I should just plan ahead and shop online.

Friday, December 19, 2008

(Almost) 31 flavors

I know that this is Anna June's blog, but I wanted to show off the cute Baskin-Robbins-like logos that Ben made for my birthday party invitations. He swears he's not creative, but I beg to differ.

We had a small "31 flavors" ice-cream potluck for my birthday, and Anna June did great. She ate right before everyone arrived, and held out for bedtime until they all left. She was exhausted. She showed everyone how she can stand up, cruise, crawl, get into everything, and even get her feelings hurt when things she wants are taken away. She even let go while standing a few times for her audience. Her curly hair was a hit. And her motorboat noises were hilarious. Spending time with my family and friends and showing off my sweet baby was the exact way I wanted to spend my birthday. Thanks to everyone who was a part of it.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Mommy!

This is my first birthday as a mom. When I dropped AJ off at daycare this morning, there was a sign on the door that said "Happy Birthday Laura Gallitz, Anna June's Mom. We love you!" Isn't that the sweetest thing?

I'm enjoying my day so far. I hope you are, too.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


It has been raining here in Birmingham, and it always makes my hair frizz and curl worse than usual. It looks like Anna June is going to have the same problem. Her hair is getting longer and when I picked her up yesterday afternoon you could see little sandy blond curls starting to form in a few places on her head. It is so cute. Her teacher commented on them this morning. I hope to get a picture of them soon.

I was starting to think we'd get to call her "Curly" in an ironic way, like on The Three Stooges, but now, we may be able to call her that anyway.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Moving on Up

Anna June got her letter yesterday saying she'd be promoted to the Transitions Class on January 5. Our time in Creepers has been good, but short. Two other girls are moving up as well. They can all pull up and are about ready to "transition" to walking. Time is moving so quickly.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Gift

Anna June is getting two more teeth, just in time for Christmas. Hopefully they will go ahead and erupt soon because she is just not feeling well. She was up from 4 am to 6 am today. (Me, too.)

AJ also opened her first Christmas gifts this weekend. The first one, at Kym's graduation party, was a baby laptop. The second one, with her Grandpa and Grammy Pammy, was an inflatable baby pool, a sprinkler, and two bathing suit sets. It makes me look forward to summer that much more! Anna June really enjoyed the wrapping paper, ribbons, boxes and tissue paper.

We had a lot of fun this weekend at the parade, the shopping brunch, the graduation party, visiting with grandparents and the church Christmas music program. We're exhausted! Thanks to everyone for the fun and gifts.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Parade Hit

Last night we attended the Leeds Christmas Parade and the annual Christmas gathering at AJ's Granddaddy's law firm, Barnes, Tucker and Barnes. We had a great time. The food was wonderful, and it was nice to see the whole community turn out for a great event. The firm even sponsored a float, but it was too cold to stand outside the whole time, and we missed it. Everyone was glad to meet Anna June...her Granddaddy only has one photo displayed in his office and it is of her.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I knew I had taste!

When I was reading some celebrity news the other day, I stumbled across this picture of Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney's sister. In this photo, according to the caption, she took her baby, Maddie, on her first trip to Wal-Mart this summer. I guess we're all being affected by the recession. The fact that she's 17 and doesn't look like she had a baby is what the tabloids were remarking upon, but I couldn't get over the stroller/carrier combo. It is the same one as Anna June has! I knew we were classy!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

AJ Takes a Stand

For the past couple of days, I've been watching as Anna June pulls up, stands, and lets go for a couple of seconds. This is amazing to me.

But last night, she stood up from the middle of the floor, without pulling up on anything. Ben got it on tape. I couldn't believe it.

Pretty soon she'll be walking.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tater Tot

Anna June ate mashed potatoes for the first time last night. I had good intentions of cooking at home, but I have to admit that they were from the drive through at Kentucky Fried Chicken. It may have just been the salt and fat content, but she LOVED them! I ended up giving her far more than I intended, because she was crying for more. In case there was any doubt, she gets her appetite from the Tucker side.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

9 month checkup

On Sunday, Anna June turned 9 months old. According to the pediatrician, she is doing great.
Her stats:
Height - 29.5 inches (95-97th percentile)
Weight - 18 pounds, 4 ounces (50-75th percentile)
Head Circumference - 17.5 inches (75th percentile)

She has been going through a growth spurt of late and her longer legs mean that she is too big for her carrier. We are sad to see this go, as it has been convenient to just take that part in and out of the car. We'll be shopping for a big-girl car seat, so if any of you parents have any recommendations, we'd be glad to have them.

Last night Ben's birthday was celebrated by the family and a couple of friends at my parents' house. It coincided with the series finale of Boston Legal. I don't really watch the show (except when it is on when I'm over there). I think Captain Kirk was in trouble, Murphy Brown was getting married to Dan from Night Court, and nobody liked the guy from Benson. It has been a while since I was into TV.

We didn't take any pictures at the party but this one from our now-famous photo session shows her crawling.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Anna June's Daddy

Anna June's Daddy is OK, but he's having a tough time. He was in a car accident yesterday. We're asking that you keep us in your prayers as we get through this ordeal.

Today is also Ben's 30th Birthday. Happy Birthday!!!!!!

You can see from the picture (another one of Ruth's) that Anna June absolutely adores her daddy. As she should.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Little Rascals

At the neighborhood meeting Ben and I attended shortly after our burglary, the detective addressing the gathering said that a thief will strike whenever there's an opportunity. This morning, already, Radar has proven that once again. He found Anna June's Velveteen Rabbit stuffed animal again. I had just washed it in the washing machine to get doggy germs off it yesterday. There were too many toys in the playpen, so Ben sat a few of them (including this one) on the floor. Radar had this bunny in his grasp so quickly I didn't even see him come in and leave. By the time I got to him, not 5 minutes later, the poor bunny was missing an eye. I finally gave up and threw it away...I can't have AJ dragging around eyeless toys.

Anna June is just as fast. Yesterday around the house she took off with plastic hangers, a diaper, the outfit I changed her out of, a spoon (but I think I gave her that on purpose), and the dog's toy. Maybe Radar took the bunny in retaliation. All I know is that they're both little rascals and they have to be watched constantly!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Name Game

I feel the need to clarify. We are calling the baby ANNA JUNE. Not Anna. Anna is a very pretty name, and we like it, but we always intended to call her both names. I know. It is weird. But it is not any more strange than the other people with double names that we know: Anna Kate (and Anna Cate), Leigh Anne, Mary Ann, Mary Hassell, Mary Alton, Sarah Jane, Jane Evan, etc.

Also acceptable: AJ, Junebug, Juniebug, the baby

If she really, really wants to be just Anna when she gets older (like my cousin Laurie Ann became Laurie), that is OK. I understand people don't get it.

It is really just my family members who keep calling her Anna. We usually only call her Anna when rhyming: Anna's Nana or Anna's bananas. There are other Annas, but she's the only Anna June we know.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Shameless Plug

Tonight, Anna June will be helping her grandmother bake cookies to serve at the Crestwood Antiques open house. It will be tomorrow from 10:30-5:30. JT Catering, Rusty's catering service, will be bringing most of the food, but Mom is baking cookies, too.

We hope you can come! AJ will be by at some point that won't interfere with nap time or lunch time. A fed and rested baby is a happy baby.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


In the Creepers class at daycare, they have a table with child seats set inside of it. (It is really neat- several kids can sit together at once.) A few days ago when I dropped AJ off, and her teacher told me to make sure to strap her in, because Anna June can climb out of the chair. Apparently, none of the other children can do that yet. Miss Ann said, "That child is fearless!"

When I picked her up yesterday, her other teacher told me that she had climbed out of one of the floor toys. They call it the castle - it is like a baby corral that goes in a circle, complete with a door which they had closed to make sure AJ didn't run free. But she decided she wanted out, and just climbed right over the side. She wasn't hurt. I feel like it won't be long before she'll get her notice it is time to get promoted to the next class.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Happy 24th Birthday, Uncle Rusty

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday Dear Rusty
Happy Birthday to you!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ready for Our Closeups

On Sunday, Anna June sat for her official Christmas pictures with my good friend, Ruth Kennedy. She is a very talented artist and photographer, and her work can be found here. We met each other back in our middle school days. She has the unique distinction of having been a classmate of mine in middle school, high school, and college. I am eager to share these pictures, but first I want to select the right one for our Christmas cards. I just can't help it, though. Here is one I love, but I know we're not using.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Light One Candle for Hope

The Gallitz family was asked to light the Advent candle at church on Sunday. It was a little awkward, but we made it through. Walking up to the front during the fellowship time, I pointed out the Christmas tree to Anna June. She looked where I was pointing and her eyes got big and her little mouth dropped open. We weren't close enough for her to reach out and touch it, but it made me start getting excited about putting up our tree, hopefully later this week.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Roll Tide

Anna June attended her first Iron Bowl party at her grandparents' house. In attendance were Granddaddy, Uncle Patrick (an Alabama fan) and Uncle Drew (an Auburn fan). Luckily, AJ is too young to imitate the bad words she may have heard during the course of the game. But Alabama won. She was wearing her elephant slippers, although Ben and I have decided to let her make up her own mind when she gets older about who to pull for. She and Ben made it a point to wear UAB green on that day. UAB, more importantly, beat UCF 15-0.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Champ in Training

At daycare, periodically, they have a crawling contest for the babies in the Creepers class. They put a cookie down the hall and see which baby can get to it first. Since AJ has been in Creepers, they haven't had one. I asked last week if they'd PLEASE call me when they do, because I want to see it. Anna June is crawling so fast now, I just know she'd win. Yesterday morning, Dad said "I'm gonna get you!" and she crawled away from him faster. Then, yesterday afternoon, I had the baby gate to her room off and she crawled all the way from the nursery to the kitchen, which is basically the length of the house. She had a break in the hallway to watch me play with Radar, but if she had not been distracted she would have gone all the way!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thankful for Beach Pictures

Thanksgiving at my Grandma Hazel's house was fantastic, not only because the food was good and we got to see relatives we don't run across every day. But Uncle Dennis made me a CD of all his pictures from our beach trip in October. Hooray! I still don't have any of Anna June on the beach, but here are some from that weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

What are you thankful for?

At daycare, there was a bulletin board you were supposed to sign with what you were thankful for. The directions said to get creative and draw a picture, etc. Well, I cannot draw, so I printed out a picture of Anna June saying we were thankful for enough food to eat, a loving family and our sweet little girl. Here is the picture I used. I thought the other parents would follow my lead, but they didn't. So now it just looks like I was trying too hard. D'oh!

Here are some other things for which I am thankful:
Indoor plumbing
Central heat and air
Washers and dryers
Disposable diapers
Drive-through windows
Ice cream
Free babysitting
Our church family
My sweet husband
Anna June
(oh yeah, I already said her. But this is her blog, after all.)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Back by Popular Demand

Anna June's uncles have all demanded that I create an Anna June blog rather than send out emails with all of the details of the poor child's life. So, instead of emailing 34 people at once with information they don't need, I will offer it to the world instead.

I began this pursuit in the summer, but abandoned it quickly when I couldn't get pictures to link. And I don't know how to make things show up in past tense. I also got really busy at work, which is when I have my "free" time.

If I can figure this stuff out, it will be shown here. Otherwise, it will be all boring text to satisfy Drew, Patrick and (to a lesser extent) Rusty. Pffffft.

Today's update: AJ's Nana and Granddaddy were nice enough to keep her for a while yesterday evening right after daycare so I could go to the grocery store. How exciting! (Aren't you glad we have a blog now?) They had fun together. Ben was thought he was well enough to come with me, but he wasn't. It's hard to walk through Publix having chills. AJ came home and had carrots, a bath, and went to bed. She only woke up twice last night, wich is an improvement.

Picture above is of Radar, and his good friend Marly, Ruth's dog. Just because I like it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

The 8 month old update

Hi Everyone,

Anna June is doing well these days, but she was a little sick for a while. At the end of October, she had had a cough for 6 weeks, and we were assured that it was just normal drainage due to teething and the change of seasons. She was fine. A couple of weeks later, she ended up with a fever that went up to 103. We went back, and she did not have an ear infection, or strep throat, or pneumonia, or a urinary tract infection. She did have some sort of other, random, bacterial infection, though, so we did antibiotics for 10 days. On the 10th day, her coughing got a lot worse and she wasn't resting well at all. So we went back to the doctor. Still, her ears and chest were clear. It was declared a cold, a separate illness from the infection. She's on the mend, but still a little snotty and coughing.

She has learned to say Mama and Dada pretty well. I suppose about half of the time she gets it right as far as two syllables and when she wants us or sees us. It was just about the most pitiful thing ever, though, when she was sick and actually called me from her room. "Mama!" She can also say Bye-bye, but that's not as consistent. She can totally wave hello and goodbye though.

On the day she last went to the doctor (Tuesday) she busted out with her first "real" word - "Dog." Mom was here to witness it. She was looking at Radar and waving to him. It was so cute. She's said it a few times since then, and she'll get better at it.

She's pulling up well and starting to climb. We're constantly removing things from her hands and mouth. She is going to give Radar a run for his money in the mischief department.

Her granddaddy gave her some tastes of ice cream at church yesterday - so I couldn't actually scream at him in public. She of course loved it. I can't say anything, though, because I caved on Friday night and gave her part of a french fry when we were at Chick-Fil-A. She loved it too. It's a good thing she'll be tall. She weighed 18 lbs 3 oz at the doctor this week. So I've tried to stop carrying her in her carrier, but I still lug her in it when she's asleep.

We bought a digital camera, but had to send it back because it wasn't quite refurbished perfectly. But before we got rid of it, we saved the pictures we took. Here is a link - they're all of AJ eating.

Which reminds me - Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


PS - Ben is recovering from his tonsillectomy, but AJ was sweet and shared her cold with us. He has it way worse than I do. Hopefully he will be better by Thursday. Neither of us have any more sick days for the time being.

Monday, October 27, 2008


This was a big weekend for Anna June. Not only does she have 6 (well, almost 6) teeth now, she can pull herself up to standing and is more adept at crawling every day. We went to the library and she played with the toys and helped pick out books. Then we went to the grocery store, and she sat in the shopping cart without the aid of a carrier for the first time.

Last night, we were at my parents' house to celebrate Mom and Drew's birthdays. I was taking AJ around to say goodbye to everyone, and she intentionally waved and said 'Bye Bye!' Actually, it was more like 'Ba Ba!' but it was witnessed by nearly everyone and so cute!

Our big news is that our house was burglarized on Wednesday during the day. No one was home. We are fine. They got our laptop, jewelry, camcorder, and digital camera, which had pictures of the baby's first trip to the beach that weren't downloaded yet, and are irreplaceable. I'm sick over it. We're getting the alarm hooked up and the window they broke replaced. Radar is fine, too, although he's been very clingy ever since.

In other news, Ben has had strep for two months and may have to have his tonsils out. He's been trying to participate in family life and work, but he's just miserable.

Above is her school picture from a couple of weeks ago, in case you haven't seen it. I hope to download pictures from Mom's camera to send out soon.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

I know it has been quite a while since I sent out any pictures. I have been taking them, but I haven't been doing anything with them. About a month ago, I uploaded the pictures of her 5-6 month stage, including Labor Day, but my internet connection was down. AJ woke up from her nap, and 4 or 5 weeks later, here I am with two seconds to try again to upload them.

At present, AJ is seven months old. She has mastered the army-style belly crawl, and can occasionally "really" crawl. At first she did better going backwards, but now she can pretty well get where she needs to go. She also did something last night I had not seen her do yet - she went from a crawling position to a sitting position, all on her own. She can sit up for long periods of time by herself. We've graduated from the baby bathtub into the kitchen sink or regular bathtub, because she needed more room to splash and play. And now she has 4 teeth! She's eating stage 2 baby foods and wearing size 3 diapers! I can't believe it! She can also "eat" broken Cheerios. She's so cute: she will pick up each piece and put it in her mouth, although more than half of them drop straight out. It is great for her to have something to entertain her while we eat, instead of having to take turns.

We went to the beach last weekend for my granddaddy's 80th birthday, along with 24 of our relatives. We had a wonderful time. Ben and I enjoyed the free and willing babysitters while we went to the beach for a while. Everyone had a nice time, and the weather was beautiful. Anna June got her toes in the water, which she didn't care for (well, it was cold!) and ate some sand, which she also didn't like. This time next year she may enjoy it more.

Unfortunately, I don't have any teeth, crawling, or beach pictures uploaded yet. Maybe I'll get those out before Halloween, and I may get the Halloween pictures up by Christmas. It is just like having a baby book that never gets updated (we have one of those, too). You get so busy living life and doing things that you don't take the time to stop and record it or reflect on it at all - it is just go, go, go! Anna June already does not sit still.

She is a sweet girl, though. One of her teachers commented this week that, of course she's not sure, but she thinks Anna June may have the most pleasant disposition of any of the babies she's ever taught. And our waiter at a cafe in Grayton Beach said that she was the happiest baby he's ever seen. This morning we went to the doctor's office to get the first of her two flu shots, and she cried for about one second when the needle was in, and she was absolutely fine after that - even cheerful by the time we got to the elevator.

Here is the link, as promised.

Let me know if that doesn't work for you.

I am sorry I have so many takes of the same thing. (I really am a poor photographer.) I was trying to get a good shot of AJ with the words "thank you" spelled out on our refrigerator, but we finally decided the glare wasn't going to work for us. It is still fun to see her different expressions, and how intently she's playing with her toys, pacifier, walker, etc. She absolutely loves playing with toys - we dare not get in the car without one for her to chew on and play with.

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend, and we'll see you soon.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Professional Pictures

As promised, here is a link to Anna June's new batch of professional photos. They're amazing. Ruth does a great job. If you need photography in Birmingham - hire her!!!

In other Anna June news, we went for a weigh-in about a week ago and she was 15 pounds and 8 ounces. The cereal and fruit seem to agree with her. We started pears last night - I'm not sure if she likes those as well as bananas and apples, but she ate all I gave her.

Also, on Friday, AJ got her second tooth! It is coming in really well now. I hope to capture it on film soon.

I hope all of you are doing well. If you've emailed me or called and I haven't responded, please don't take it personally. I've been busier than ever at work and at home. I hope to have time to catch up soon.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

We've had a very busy couple of weeks.

Most importantly, Anna June is cutting her first tooth. On Sunday, she put my finger in her mouth like she's been doing (it seems like FOREVER since she started teething!) and I felt a tiny bump. Later in the week, I felt it again and it is sharp! I have showed it off to a few will get more and more clear as the days go by - I can't wait to get a picture.

Anna June learned to suck her toes. She also learned how to flip from her back to her stomach. Now she just twists, turns and flips whenever she wants.

She has become really interested in our dog, Radar. She smiles when she sees him, and tries to pet him whenever she can. He, so far, is being sweet to her, but he growled at her when he thought she was trying to kick him. She wasn't kicking him - she was just kicking! Poor Radar just got back from the vet with an infected mosquito bite. He's OK but he doesn't like medicine!

Radar does love Anna June's messy dinner time, though! AJ has been eating rice cereal very well. This week, we mixed it with bananas for the first time. She didn't know what to think at first, but I think she ended up liking it. We started feeding her in her high chair, although she can't completely sit up on her own yet. She's fussier at dinner time now, having to work so hard to stay upright, but I'm not breaking my back feeding her in my's a trade off.

Last Wednesday, we went to the cardiologist for a re-check on her heart murmur. He couldn't hear it anymore, but did see a very tiny hole on the ultrasound. He said for her to come back when she's three, and he expects it will be completely grown closed. She still isn't quite 27 inches long, but had gained a little and weighed 14 pounds, 8 ounces.

In other news, we bought a car. Smurfette, my Cavalier, retired after 10.5 years of service to me. The new car, a silver 2008 Kia Spectra, works great and has good mileage, safety features and air conditioning. Ben's work is pretty much not air-conditioned, so he's glad to have a car with A/C again in the Alabama heat. As for me, my boss got laid off, but I got promoted, so work right now is full of mixed blessings. But nobody cares about the grownups! Show us the baby!

Here is a link to some more recent pictures. She had others made on Saturday at Aunt Connie's birthday party, and when my friend Ruth (the photographer) came over, but I don't have those yet. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

I just wanted to let you know that Anna June is fine. We scooted up her 4 month checkup by a day, because on our way home from Milwaukee she ran a slight fever. But she is absolutely fine. The doctor thinks she picked up a virus or else just hated to be in the car seat so long. It was a long drive - Ben drove the whole way!

AJ's latest statistics: Weight: 13 pounds, 14.5 ounces (60th percentile). Height: 26.75 inches (>90th percentile)

She is most likely teething, although no teeth are imminent. She's been pretty fussy, which is disappointing since this is going to go on for years.

Here are the latest pictures from our trip to Milwaukee.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wedding Mania

Rusty and Beth's wedding went great. For not having a wedding planner or coordinator, they did very well. The hairdresser was late getting started, and therefore the ceremony was late getting started, but everyone was a good sport. The musicians kept playing, the guests stayed hydrated from a brilliantly inspired water cooler. Friends are still talking about what a good time they had.

For her part, Anna June was an angel during the ceremony. She only had one little "Amen" to say when the pastor was giving the benediction. Then she ate and fell asleep, so we went on to the reception. She woke up when we took her out of the carrier for family photos. It was all downhill from there, as it was getting on toward time for our bathtime/bedtime routine.

All in all, everyone had a good time.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Rolling, rolling, rolling!

Yesterday, Anna June rolled from her stomach to her back all by herself. We were sure it would happen soon...the doctor predicted it would be before she was 4 months old, and he was right. She's so strong. None of the other babies in her class at daycare are rolling yet, and two of them are older than AJ.

This past week was also Rusty and Beth's wedding. It was also very exciting. Here is a link to some pictures of the family and baby. I didn't get any of the wedding party on the wedding day, as we were preoccupied with making sure the baby was content during the ceremony and reception. She was an angel at the church! She ate, and then fell asleep for the first part of the reception. We took her out of her carrier for the professional family photos, though, and that was the beginning of the end...we had to leave as they were cutting the cake because nothing was going to calm her down, not even her granddaddy.

Here are the pictures.

I hope you have a good week!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Maybe I was wrong

The folks at daycare say Anna June is fine! No cold has really developed. I did catch another baby coughing, though, and that worries me. But she seems ok. We'll keep an eye on her for possible ear infection. Sylvia, our pediatrician's nurse/family friend, referred to having frequent childhood ear infections as "having ears". "Did you have ears when you were little?" she asked me. Why, yes, I did. And I had frequent ear infections, too.

Sylvia also told me at Rusty's wedding that she thought I was such a good, laid back, calm mother, like my mom. She is so sweet, but I told her I didn't really feel that way. If I'm calm, I'd hate to see the other mothers! She probably thinks I'm so easy going because when we go to the doctor, AJ is just screaming and I can't really hear her, so I'm just smiling and nodding until we can go.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

First cold

AJ is coming down with her first cold. This is very sad for us. Last night she screamed for an hour, which seemed like several hours. A bath calmed her down, but only temporarily. She didn't really have a fever, but she was uncomfortable. It was hard to go through. Hopefully, tonight will be better.

Monday, June 16, 2008

At Nathan's Birthday/Pool Party

Here are a couple of pictures of AJ in the water at her friend Nathan's 1 year old birthday/pool party last weekend. Nathan really likes the water and was in a float and playing with his daddy and other friends for quite a while, but AJ wasn't sure about the whole thing... Plus she didn't have sunscreen on, since she's just 3 months old, so this was a very short dip in the pool. (We lost her hat just before she was ready to go in, so Nathan's parents graciously borrowed AJ one of Nathan's).