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.
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!
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.
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 Email Pacifiers Free babysitting Hand-me-downs Our church family My sweet husband Anna June (oh yeah, I already said her. But this is her blog, after all.)
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.
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.
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