Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Anna and I have officially started our weekly Mama and Daughter dates while Alan is in preschool on Thursdays. We usually just go play in the YMCA Open Gym for an hour, but she just loves it! I enjoy spending time focusing on just her too, it is quite special to us both. I love that I get to spend individual time with both of my children! That way, both Alan and Anna have the chance to develop a personal relationship with me, something that is very important to me. My mother and I have a special relationship together, that is different then with April or Natalie or even Kalvin. We are all our own individual people though, so why wouldn't we? :) I hope to have that with both of my children. Alan usually gets his time with me while Anna naps, we read together or play with his action figures and Legos, he just loves it too. It makes me so happy!
Aunt April had her first formal dance for high school this weekend. I cannot believe that she is already that grown up! I still remember when she was Anna's size, running all over the house, wanting her picture to be taken... Not too much has changed, huh? :P I kid! She is a great girl, so smart and just so beautiful. She has grown to be quite the special young lady. And her date? We had a talk lol. I know she is just my sister, but hey, I am very protective of all of my siblings! I made sure they knew to be safe, have fun and most of all, be smart about things. You parents know what I am talking about! And she was good, she came home at a decent time and "nothing happened, they are just friends". Good, I think she needs to stay friends with ALL boys until she is 25! I guess I only have Instagram photos of her, but here are some pictures with her date! And because its IG, her dress and hair look different colors in all three photos lol! But still... Good looking kids!
We made her a big photo collage for her birthday, full of pictures of Uncle Kalvin, Lon, Aunt April, Grandpa Kevin, Alan, Anna, Benton, Aunt Natalie and of course, me. She just loved it so much! I should have taken a photo of it for her, but I totally spaced lol. Oops! The other thing that I just loved was that my youngest cousin Avery played with Alan, Anna and Uncle Kalvin the whole party! They played ball with the dog, played in cousin Sophie's doll house, played Legos and just ran everywhere terrorizing with the other cousins. I loved it so much, those are things that Nat and I used to do when we were kids, it means so much to me that my kids can enjoy moments like that with their cousins! I love my family so much! We are all so good to each other. No one can love you like your family can, I always say. <3
We had such a wonderful weekend and are preparing for an even better week, with Aunt Natalie coming to town and Thanksgiving! I just cannot wait! I will do my best to post more this week, at least for Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a fantastic week, Alan only has one day of school this week. But I work all week long, gonna spread some Thanksgiving cheer around the YMCA! Even though my family doesn't have a lot, we are rich in things to be thankful for!
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Man, I haven't posted something in so darn long! I have been so busy now that we have the car back. We had to take it back in again to get the alignment re-checked. Alan broke his glasses at school again, so I had to go to the eye doctor to replace them. Uncle Kalvin has been sick off and on lately, we have had to avoid the house to make sure we didn't catch what he has. Then it snowed today, and got really icy out. Especially on this one hill in town, there were several cars banked on the side of the road and when we drove past, I figured out why. We hit the darn patch of ice and slid right into the curb too! :/ No one was hurt and we had someone help us move out right away. So thankful for them!
We also had cousin James' first birthday party this past weekend. He has gotten so big since we had last seen him, walking and talking everywhere. He is just like Anna, they are good buds lol. We had a great time!
They had just moved into their first own house, we are quite happy for them! We brought them some towels as a house warming gift because well, you can never have enough towels lol! I love their little house! Maddie decorated it and painted the walls so nicely! She is so creative, most of the walls are striped! You've got talent, girl! :) I also want to give my cousin Blake the Cousin of the Year Award for playing with my kids at his own kid's party! I caught them all sitting together while James was eating cake, opening all the kid toys and playing with Alan and Anna. Thanks guy! You are so awesome!
Miss Anna was everywhere, chasing James and the other kids, exploring the house, trying to sneak outside. She is a wild one! This was the only good pic I could get of her! She is growing so much still and her bite is almost fully healed. The Steri Strips are still on there, they should fall off in the next few days. She is also working on her two front teeth at once! She will be our little mouse girl with only the four middle teeth lol. And she can sing "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth" lol! Yes!
I made several attempts to get a photo of all three cousins together, it did NOT happen lol. Here are my four attempts, Anna isn't in 3 of them. But Alan has one good shot lol! Oh I hope Maddie's camera was faster! Silly kids!
What did you do this weekend?
Monday, November 11, 2013
Its been two days since all the stitches have been taken out and a whole two weeks since the incident, Anna has been doing great ever since! The area is still bandaged with Steri-Strips (these things are amazing) and has stopped bleeding. She will probably have a small scar that will fade away with time. Our beautiful, strong little girl! We are so proud of you, everything you went through! Man! We are so blessed to have you in our lives! I thought I would finish out this blog post by doing a progression of Anna's healing process from the bite.
She has gone through so much these past two weeks, we have one of the strongest little girls ever. I am so grateful that we are almost done with all the doctor appointments and visits to the Emergency Room Walk in Clinic. I hope we don't have to do another one of those for a long, long time! We love you Anna Ariel, and will always think you are beautiful. No matter what. We are just so blessed to have you in our lives!
Friday, November 8, 2013
At 16 months, Anna Ariel:
*Is 22 pounds and 8 ounces and is 32 inches long. She gained two pounds in one month, you go girl! Doctor Yontz will be so proud of you!
*Is officially in size 18M only for shirts, pants and skirts. She is still in size 3 for diapers though, although there may be a change next month. :)
*Has auburn colored hair, just like her mama. :) She has some red streaks that run through the top layer of hair, but its mostly all auburn now. Her eyes look more like her daddy's now though, a hazel color with some blue in it too. She is just gorgeous!
*HOUSTON!!! We have a third tooth!!!!! You heard us correctly, this month she has grown another tooth! The top left tooth in the middle has started poking through, making this little girl quite the grumpy, growly bear lol. We are so happy those teeth are finally coming in though!
*Eats everything we do now. She is so happy that she does too, I think she thinks that sitting up at the table with us makes her a big girl lol. She is getting the hang of utensils now too. She is a total weirdo though, and will only eat food when everyone else is. I kid you not! She will refuse food over and over again, until you take a bite first, then she just HAS to eat lol!
*Has officially been done breastfeeding for a month now. Although it makes me sad to think that we are really done with that special time of her and I's life, I am very proud of myself for fighting through the issues we had at the beginning and actually being able to nurse her for fifteen months total! That is six months longer then I nursed Alan! I am quite proud of both of us!
*Had many milestones this month, some good and one not so good. She has started talking more, responding with words to everything you say now. She started playing with toys, walking little people around and having them talk with each other. Totally makes me flash back to when Alan started doing this! I love playing with Miss Anna! :) She is totally into dancing now, loves to watch people dance and will even get down a little herself. She is such a cute little dancer! She also got her first set of stitches in, eight total. This milestone makes me sad, but it is an important part of this month, nonetheless.
*Has yet to have much improvement in the sleep area. She still keeps waking up every hour or so at night, fussing. And in the daytime, she is now trying to cut out naps too. She will go to sleep around 8 or 9 at night and sleep all the way until 10 or 11 the next morning. But then, she will fight her nap time for so long that usually by the time we do get her to sleep, she will only get a half hour or so. Silly little girl, already trying to be just like big brother! He stopped his naps at 18 months.
*Can now say, "Mama, Dada, BruhBruh (Alan), Kitty, Bobba (Bottle), No, Yeah, Eat, Hi, Nigh Nigh, ByeBye, Boo, April, Gramma, Papa, GumGum (Thank You), Pwease (Please), Ball, Play, Icky and What" She is still a total mimic too. If you talk to her, she will always respond with something. She talks when she plays with her toys too.
*Likes dancing with Mama and Aunt April, Princess Sophia, being allowed to walk everywhere with brother and mom instead of being carried, all animals, being outside, playing with Alan or Uncle Kalvin, kisses and hugs, her family, running (she does it EVERYWHERE now lol), clothes and shopping and being a big kid now!
Happy 16 months Anna Ariel! Daddy, Alan and I love you so much! We are so blessed to have you in our lives, we don't know where we would be without you!
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Miss Anna is now fitting into all of Alan's old clothes, I am just loving it! For some weird reason, I didn't start saving Alan's clothes for our next child until he was 18 months old. With Anna, I started a little earlier, at 12 months, but I don't know why I don't save any darn baby clothes! They were always so cute too! Oh well, I gave the two Montana onesies from both Alan and Anna to Baby Benton to wear, so that counts too! This shirt Anna is wearing is from my good friend Ashley and her kids. They live in Saskatchewan, Canada so they gave this Canada shirt to Alan for his second Christmas. I loved it so much, I had to save it! I love my Canada babies lol!
We just had to go play out in the leaves last Sunday, it was so beautiful out and the kids were just itching to get outside in the warmth. Probably one of the last warm days of the year. It was so bright and sunny out, I just loved it! I did my best to rake the yard up, but as you can imagine, it was quite impossible with two kiddos who wanted to play. I would rake one pile up and Alan would destroy the first pile lol. Over and over again. :P We all had a wonderful time together, playing in the leaves. I was also able to snap some cute fall pictures too! All around success, if I do say so myself. Except for the leaf removal part lol, there are still semi-piles laying all around the yard.
We also had Trent's first birthday party to celebrate. Trent is Anna's buddy, Alan is friends with Trent's older sister and I am friends with his mama. :) We went to Kid's Klubhouse to celebrate, I love that place! So much for kids of all ages to do! Alan and Anna both love going there! Alan was able to meet up with his best friend Kelton, who he hasn't seen in so long! They followed each other everywhere (pictured top left)! It made me so happy! Anna enjoyed exploring the floor level area, she wouldn't go up to the upper levels even with Mama. :) Her favorite places were the Ball Room (pictured top right) and the Baby Room (pictured at the bottom). She loved the slide in the Baby Room, but refused to figure out the stairs. Instead she insisted on climbing up the slippery slide lol! Crazy determined girl! Thank you Trent for inviting us to celebrate with you! We had a wonderful time!
Miss Anna went in to get her stitches removed on Tuesday. We went back into the Emergency Room Walk in Clinic (a much calmer place then the actual ER) to get them removed. We were both quite apprehensive about the visit, so we brought Grandma Amber with us for support. It took five people again to hold her down, she is so darn strong! They only ended up removing 3 of the 8 stitches (we were all off by one stitch I guess, doctor reports said she received 8 stitches that night) due to the scab not fully being healed. Every time they tried to remove a stitch, the scab tried to come out too.
We finally got Alan's preschool pictures back this week! Oh they are so adorable, we have the most handsome little man ever! We got several individual photos of him and the class photo as well. He is squinting from the sun in the class picture, but still is so cute! And his picture is the sweetest, handsomest thing ever! Oh my goodness, he just looks exactly like his father! I have seen pictures of Lon that look so close to this one, its freaky! :P Oh I love my two handsome boys so much!
How was your week? Did you make a point to take some pictures?