Saturday, January 31, 2009

AJ's First Award

I should know by now that making assumptions is foolish, but when I saw the sign on the Creepers Room door at daycare that said "Crawling Contest This Friday," I assumed it was for the children in Creepers. Well, it was, but they also had another race for the ones in AJ's class. I am so sorry that I missed it - if I had known, I would have found a way to get there. I am certain that it was the cutest thing ever.

Also, if I had known, I may have coached AJ to go faster. As it was, she won 3rd place in the crawling contest. She came in behind Drew, who is 11 months old, and Sipsey, who is 13 months old. None of my family members who have seen Anna June crawl can believe that she wasn't the fastest. She got a little plastic trophy with a masking tape 3 on it.

But, I guess it is ok. AJ is walking better and further every day. She took 5 steps at daycare, then took several more at her Nana's house where we stopped in to take advantage of their farmer's market finds, as well as for AJ to eat some more mashed potatoes. We are glad she did. That did the trick. She slept through the night! The rest of us did not sleep the whole night, though. Radar started barking and our neighbor's car alarm was going off at 2:30 am. And we probably won't get a whole night tonight, since she's on her second long nap of the day. I hope this signals a growth spurt and not an illness.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Hair

Anna June's hair was frizzy and curly the other day, and I just looked at her and said, "Oh baby. I am so sorry I gave you my hair."

But hopefully, I will have somewhat better hair tomorrow. I won a free cut and style at Sanctuary, a salon in Homewood, from the awesome website SalonFly. A couple in Crestwood has worked really hard at getting Birmingham salons on this site to let people know what they can expect at the various locations. There are promotions like the one I won and reviews of various places. I do love my normal stylist, but I can't say no to free. I will try to take before and after pictures!

Ben will be keeping Anna June. Wish him luck!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Conversation

Although Anna June is slowly learning how to talk, she's still not really doing more than babbling. She does, however, have lots of toys that "talk". There are several that make noise and music, but Elmo stretches and giggles, and there's a phone that responds to the buttons you press.

The other night, the drum got turned on and said, "Play the drum. Make your own music."
Then, AJ touched the baby laptop, which said, "I like music!"

I thought, my goodness, the toys are having a conversation.

I need more sleep.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Eat Mor Chikin

Anna June was feeling better, and we had some errands to run in the Eastwood area, so we made our way to Family Night at Chick-Fil-A, also known as the Gallitz Formal Dining Room. It was fun to see some of our friends, my high school English teacher, and the police officer who patrols in our area. When AJ saw the cow mascot, she was interested. She even smiled. We thought we'd get her picture made with the cow. She sat on his lap, and screamed. So I had to step in to help her get through the photo. You can tell she's uncertain, even though Ben and I were trying to make her laugh. So, we're glad we didn't try it with Santa last month. It may not happen in 09, either.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Back to School

With a note from the doctor saying she wasn't contagious, Anna June was allowed to go back to daycare today. This is good because my supervisor warned that I was out of vacation/sick time again. Too bad that UAB doesn't give you time at the beginning of the year and let you spend it down. Instead, we have to accrue it per pay period. Oh, well - we'll just work something out if she gets sick again.

AJ seems to be feeling fine. She was sad when I left her this morning, but I'm sure that she quickly turned her attention to her banana.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Update on Spotted Baby & Burglary

Sylvia says to bring AJ by the doctor's office, because now they think it's not an allergic reaction, but a virus. The nurse there should be able to tell me what/if anything can be done for her.

The burglary detective called me today, and shortly thereafter, police came to the house startling Beth and Radar. I'm glad they're on the case!

Spots and Dots

If you know me at all, you know I love polka dots. I am/have been obsessed for quite some time. I even have polka dotted bed linens and crystal.

I did not, however, request polka dots on my baby. On Sunday morning, Anna June developed little pink dots all over her body, even on her scalp and toes. I made some calls, and the theory is that she has developed a reaction to the amoxicillin. This is pretty common. I do hate it if she can't take it, though, not only because it's free, but because she likes it! She sees me bringing out the pink medicine bottle and makes a grabbing motion with her hands. She often steals the dropper from me to suck more drops out of it. I knew it must have been too good to be true.

Mom and Beth are keeping her today - I can't send her to daycare like that. Updates later.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

More Pics

Here is the "album" of Christmas pictures. I finally had a free moment at home to upload them. I'm using a new version of Picasa, so I'm not sure why I can't rename this album from "drop box". I also don't know why I can't link to a picture with a URL but I can add any picture from my hard drive. Any ideas? Anyone? Bueller?

I'm off to cash in the IOU for a massage Ben gave me for Christmas. Aunt Beth is graciously going to watch Anna June. I bet they will not have as much fun as I will!

PS - Home phone is working again! Hooray!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ding Dong!

Anna June fell asleep in the car, wearing her coat over her pajamas. Not wanting to wake her up, I put her oh so carefully in her crib just like that. She woke up at 2 am with the coat still on. I felt ridiculous, but it was sort of funny to see her like that- hood with ears and all.

We were proud of how AJ slept so long, but we got a rude awakening around 12:30 - our doorbell, for an unknown reason, started buzzing. Persistently. Poor Ben had to disconnect it, which is harder than it looks.

So we're a little exhausted this morning!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Helping

Anna June was "helping" me with the laundry when I discovered her walking and pushing the empty laundry basket like a shopping cart. It was so cute, but of course I didn't get it on film. Maybe I can get her to do it again. She doesn't realize she's walking when she is playing like that. If only I can get her to let go.

I also saw her take two steps towards my bed from my nightstand, while holding an object in each hand. Again, I don't think she realized she was walking, but she was trying to get something else on the bed. It will be a big deal when she does it intentionally.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Brrr.

It is cold here in Alabama. It was 20 degrees this morning when Ben scraped the ice off our cars. AJ went to daycare yesterday and is back to normal. She woke up only once last night, which is an improvement, although she didn't want to go back to sleep in her bed. I've heard and read so many things about babies sleeping with parents, and I never thought it was a good idea, but recently, she's been sleeping with us more and more. And I never liked the idea of dogs sleeping with people, either, but this morning the whole family, including Radar, woke up in my bed. It was good, though, so we could all keep warm.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Crime Scene

I wish I could say that "Anna June is guilty of stealing my heart" or "Radar caught in pacifier hiest" or even "Mommy charged by fashion police" but in real life, our home was burglarized again yesterday morning. The police and neighbors are on high alert, trying to do everything they can to catch the bad guys, but we're out some more jewelry and peace of mind. Please keep us in your prayers as we once again pick up the pieces, literally and figuratively, and try to get on with things. We are grateful to God that no one was hurt and this time, none of our electronics were taken.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Better

Anna June and I stayed home the entire day today. In a way, it was nice. But I'd rather have had a well child than a recovering one.

She is better, although this morning she was so hot I did not even want to take her temperature, lest I freak out. She immediately got better when she got her antibiotics, Tylenol, and fewer clothes.

Last night we broke down and took her temperature rectally. We'd been given a pacifier thermometer as a baby gift, and I thought it was the best thing ever. Apparently, taking temps that way is not accurate, nor is the newfangled in-the-ear kind, unless it is the fancy one at the doctor's office. On Friday, the pacifier thermometer read 104, which led me to call the doctor. By the time we got there, it was 100.7. We did it the old fashioned way on Saturday night, and it was 103.6. So we started the amoxicillin. By the way, as a nice thing to know, Publix pharmacy has a list of certain antibiotics they dispense for FREE! The popular pink medicine cost us nothing. On the other hand, it is a brilliant marketing plan, because while I was waiting for the meds I bought fifty bucks worth of stuff which we may or may not actually need. They're counting on sleep-deprived, worried sick moms to buy more than they should!

Though she has taken 3 naps of varying lengths, she has been mostly eating and playing as normal. We hope we have another good day tomorrow and can return to daycare after the holiday.

PS - Our home phone is not working right now. We don't know why we have DSL and no phone, but for the time being, please call our cells if you need us.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

And the Diagnosis Is...

An ear infection. Sort of. I broke down and took Anna June to the doctor yesterday when her fever went up and we were facing a long weekend. The doctor said that she has a virus, whatever has been going around daycare that we're just going to call a cold. Her fever and tiny tiny bit of ear tugging are mostly related to that. But she has clear fluid in one ear and the other one is slightly red. He wrote a prescription for antibiotics, but asked me not to use them unless she gets worse. There is a big movement right now not to over-prescribe antibiotics in order to avoid resistance. He told me about studies like this one which treat the pain symptoms but hold off on the antibiotics. Did I read this protocol? No, I do that for a living. Right now I'm off the clock. But I see what he's getting at. Rest, fluids, Tylenol, Motrin. Got it.

In other news she weighs 19 pounds, 9.5 ounces. No wonder my back is killing me!

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Hard Way to Get a 4 Day Weekend

Anna June is running a fever this morning. I had previously secretly wished for an extra day off, but this is not the best way to go about it! We're home resting.

As promised, here are some pictures from this month. There are a couple of AJ eating, a whole series of her last appearance in her Christmas dress, where I tried to get the accessories on her all at once, to no avail, and the last ones are from her room, where she took it upon herself to crawl in and out of my doll cradle that I have handed down to her. The look on her face when she discovered it could be a climbing toy said, "Forget the dolls! I want in that thing!" So in she got. We've been watching her closely, but she's had so much fun, I hate to stop her!
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Spoke Too Soon

After two wonderful days last week when Anna June slept through the night, she hasn't done it since. Oh, well! She's still learning new things each and every day. The latest thing is she's discovered if she makes a "Pffft" sound while she's eating, food comes out. It is hard to tell her it is not funny and not to do it when I am cracking up. That, of course, makes her do it more.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Scale Back Mommy

My friend Jennifer S. asked me to be on her Scale Back Alabama team. In this competition/program, teams of 4 people from all over the state get together to try to encourage a healthier lifestyle. Her friend Meredith set up her own blog to track our progress, and you can find it here. If everyone on our team loses 10 pounds in the 10 week period, we are entered in a drawing for cash. I did this a couple of years ago with moderate success. Back then, inspired by "The Biggest Loser" and other programs, the team that lost the most weight as a percentage won the grand prize. Our team didn't even come close, but we did get some good motivation out of it. Then, last year when it came up again I was pregnant, so I was happy to not have to lose any weight!

I did eat the remaining powdered sugar donuts for breakfast, but after the weigh-in this morning, I will have to keep those things away from me. This will be hard, because as you may know, our family motto is "Just because you ate once doesn't mean you can't eat again." (By the way, Rusty, if you're reading this, that may need to go on the back of your menus at the BBQ restaurant!)

My weight loss goals are simple: to fit in my clothes, to not be the fattest Mommy in Anna June's class anymore, and to be able to avoid weight-related health issues. Our team and some of my friends at work hope to walking during our lunches and I will try to make time to walk Radar more, which will make him happier.

Wish us luck!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bonus Post: Restaurant Review

As exhausted as we are, we decided that we'd visit the Chinese buffet so we could eat a lot fast. New China Buffet has sushi, seafood, a salad bar, and the other standard buffet fare. However, what they do not have is adequate high chair seating. They did have high chairs - the highly polished, pretty, wood kind. And they were much cleaner than the ones found at some fast food establishments in the neighborhood. But there were no seat belts. These high chairs come up to the table, so there's no tray to help lock the kid in. AJ took advantage of this and kept standing up in her seat. Repeatedly. We finally had to hold her in our laps and take turns eating. In this case, "All you can eat" was not the same as "All you care to eat." We were looking for a way to get out of there in a hurry.

On the positive side, the servers were very polite and didn't mind the Cheerios and yogurt melts thrown on the floor. I started to pick up for myself and our waiter told me not to bother - he had kids of his own - and he promptly brought the broom and dustpan. He gave Anna June her first fortune cookie. It said "You will be involved in many humanitarian projects." Ben asked if that fortune was really meant for Jimmy Carter or something. But I hope that's true, following in the footsteps of her great grandmother and to a lesser extent, me. Although right now all I'm doing for humanity is saying if you have a wiggly little girl, don't take her to this buffet.

New Career Plan

When I got to the daycare yesterday, Maddie M's mom said "Anna June has taken her britches off." Yeah, I told her, I had been informed that AJ is quite the stripper. When I got inside, AJ was standing in her crib in just a short sleeved onesie. Over the course of the day, her shoes, socks, pants and jacket (of her adorable teddy bear jogging suit) had been removed, all by her. Ms. Lois said, "She can strip!" But actually, when Ms. Lois said it, it was more like "scrip", which would be an entirely different skill.

We kept talking as we were getting her dressed to go home, and Ms. Lois was once again praising AJ's abilities to drink from a cup, talk, etc. She asked me, "Do y'all dance at home a lot?" I said, yes, we do dance, Anna June likes it. Apparently, she dances often at school as well.

So of course I said, "Well, if AJ is good at dancing AND stripping, then we have a career plan happening. Thanks for teaching her so well at the Baptist daycare!"

Monday, January 12, 2009

Oh, Go Blog About It!

When we were visiting with my family yesterday, I was trying to recount what AJ had for lunch for some reason. Her Uncle Drew didn't want to hear the list, so he said, derisively, for me to just put it on the blog. So here it is:

For breakfast she had a bottle, some baby apple juice and some mashed up banana

For lunch she had a bit of baby food green beans, which she wasn't loving, so I heated them up and mixed them with leftover rice. Then we tried baby food fruit medley dessert. She liked this for a while then started shaking her head no. But I knew she was still hungry. So I fixed a can of low-sodium vegetable soup, which I intended for my lunch. I had been told by the ladies at daycare that she loved vegetable soup. She does! I kept mixing bites with the green bean/rice combo, and she loved it! Who wouldn't?

Nana was in charge of her dinner, but I hear she gobbled up the baby food mac and cheese and was doing pretty well on the other stuff until I got there and she was finished eating.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Look What I Found!


We have pictures! Well, just a few we took this week with the new camera. I was going to take more at church/Dad's birthday party but Rusty, even though I photographed food, requested that I put the camera away. They can be found here.

Anna June had another good night. She stayed up until 10 and woke up at 11:30 needing a bottle and a change, but then slept until 6. Hooray! I hope this is a trend.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Oh What a Night!


I am pleased to announce that Miss Anna June slept the entire night last night, in her own crib. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this.

She went to bed at 8:30. She woke up at 9:00 screaming (maybe gas?) but I rocked her right back to sleep without a diaper change or feeding. She cried out a couple of times, but by the time I got there, she was asleep. She slept until 6:00 this morning. It was amazing.

She is doing well in the "Transition" class at daycare. I figured out why they call it that.
They transition from:
crawling to walking
bottles to cups
pacifiers to self-soothing
baby food to table food
two naps a day to one nap a day

AJ is doing great with the transitions, but I am not. I was not prepared, on any level, for all these changes to be implemented at once. I still can't get over that she gets to eat French fries from the cafeteria at lunch. She's 10 months old!!! I am pretty sure she's the youngest one in the class. But her teacher says she's a good eater, and will eat anything put in front of her, if she can pick it up herself.

Her teacher also reports that she is probably the sweetest baby in the class. The other children will be crying and she will just "go on about her business". She has gotten praise for her good nap-taking, too. (Did you ever have any doubt she'd be a straight A student?)

She does great at school, but by the time I get her, she's hungry and exhausted. She was fussier last night than I've seen her in quite some time. But it was almost all worth it for the good sleep.

I hope she's not too fussy tonight...she's going over to her grandparents' house. The picture above is from her Granddaddy's stash of Christmas pictures, which he is holding until he gets to babysit. She's modeling her new "fur" coat from my Grandma Annette, who asked herself, "What DO you get for the girl who has everything?"

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Granddaddy!

AJ's Granddaddy (Jerry) had a birthday yesterday. We celebrated at our church's fellowship dinner, catered by JT Catering. The food was good, and a nice time was had by all. We did get our new camera, so a few pictures are forthcoming.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Mockingbird

According to her old teacher last week, Anna June has entered an imitation and mocking phase. Pat (her teacher) had been chewing bubble gum and was smacking it exaggeratedly between bubbles. It cracked her up when AJ started smacking, too! I have seen her do this with shaking her head "no", making a sort of popping sound, her motorboat noise, and a couple of other things. She can also, to a lesser extent, do it with words. If I say "ma ma ma" she sometimes will say it back. So not only do we have to watch where she's roaming, we'll have to watch what we're saying, too.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Step One

I wouldn't call it walking yet, but Anna June took one step last night. She wasn't holding on to anything. I saw it myself! She took a step and then fell down.

She celebrated by taking everything out of the cabinet under her changing table and crawling in and out of it, over and over. And over and over. She was having so much fun I couldn't stop her.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Oversharing. It's What I Do.

Ben does not like to read this blog, because he's a private person and doesn't like to read things about himself. But even if he never reads this, I wanted to share what a huge help he was this weekend. He cooked, washed dishes, took the dog out, folded laundry, grocery shopped, entertained the baby, videotaped her, ordered us a new camera, fed Anna June, read to her, fixed bottles, changed diapers, and put her to bed. He even cleaned poop out of the bathtub, and didn't complain! I know he'll be glad to have to work next Saturday, just to get some rest! I do have to say that working together, we got lots done and spent quality time together. There will never be a day when we get "everything" done.

I know that Anna June will not remember the specifics of what her dad did for her when she was very small, but she will always know how much he loves her.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Pajama Party


This picture was taken at my Grandmother's birthday party back in November. AJ, as you can see, had eaten and was getting tired.

Anna June doesn't like pajamas with feet. She seems to dislike them because they take too long to snap, they impede her movement somewhat, and she can't play with her toes. I like them because they're cute and she won't wake up when she kicks her blanket off during the night. In fact, when she's wearing them, I often don't use a blanket. Technically, you're actually not supposed to use a blanket at all these days.

When I was putting her to bed last night I noticed that my purple pajamas coordinated with hers. Aw.

Anyway, Ben had the best opinion on the footy pajamas: "The snappers make it hard to get to the crappers!"

In the future, we'll probably not be using these.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Too Busy to Sleep!

AJ had a long nap on New Year's Day. We took advantage of it and napped, too. Unfortunately, she was still tired at her regular bedtime, and went to sleep great, but woke up at 3:30 raring to go. From her crib, to the rocking chair, to our bed, to her playpen, nothing seemed to work. For a while she was in her playpen with all her toys. She played her baby Pooh that plays lullabies, but it was having no effect on getting her to sleep. She kept playing with her Sesame Street book that makes noise - her Daddy had to confiscate that one. Finally, after 2 hours and a diaper change, she went back to sleep. She woke up so sweet and babbling this morning. Meanwhile, Ben and I are considering taking up coffee drinking - we are both exhausted.

This is a picture of Anna June with Maddie, in town from Mobile on Christmas Eve Eve. This was the only shot I got before my camera ran out of film. Even though it is not a good picture, you can see how the girls were playing with the toys together away from the crowd. (Well, they were there, with the toys. AJ kept stealing the toys back from Maddie. She's a little too young for sharing just yet. Maybe next year.)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We finally got some pictures developed and I will be posting them as I can. For now, here's one showing off AJ in her first blue jeans. This picture is from Kym's graduation party in December. She'll go for her Master's at Montevallo starting right away and finishing Dec. 09. Congratulations again!