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.