Monday, February 28, 2011

Crazy Mom - Anna's Birthday plans in progress

It's true. I've been planning Anna's first birthday party since the day she was born and we found out our baby was a girl! I know. I'm crazy. No, I think every mom does I'm sure. But, I'm so excited and there's only 6 more months! ;) I am NOT rushing it because the past 6 months have gone by so fast but I've already got the theme and everything! I am not into characters and all that really so i thought a simple "Country" pink and yellow party would fit Ms. Anna perfectly.

My grandma kept EVERTHING. I'm talking everything like even garbage bag ties. Seriously. She grew up in the depression and I guess she figured if the world when to pot she'd be bringing the garbage bag ties to the party. Along with 50 year old Tupperware, fabric, clothes pins, EVERYTHING needed to sew an entire wardwrobe for everyone within a 500 mile radius, ash trays, hotel tolietries, etc... I'm talking EVERYTHING people. But, one thing she loved to do was can veggies from their garden. So, needless to say she has plenty of Mason Jars. So, while cleaning out her house I requested a few boxes of them and I'm going to clean 'em all up and tie pink and yellow gingham fabric bows around the jars to serve the yellow and pink lemonade! :) Yay! Thanks Granny!

We'll probably have the party between naptime and bedtime so we will have cake and lemonade and finger type foods. No big meal. My friend Kristin, a culinary school grad, is making Anna's cake and we are still working on ideas for Anna's perfect cake. I also plan on having a candy bar with apothcary jars filled with all sorts of yellow and pink candy for the guests to fill and take home a cellophane bag with cute monogramed "AKK" (Anna's monogram) stickers. I plan on getting pink and yellow jelly beans, lemon drops, yellow gummy bears, pink gummy bears if there is pink (I think there's only red, no?), strawberry and lemon starbursts, etc... and fill the jars.

I'm also on the hunt for those cheap plastic wading pools for kids. I want a pink one and a yellow one (Of course) and I'm going to float yellow flowers in the pink pool and pink flowers in the yellow pool (still deciding the perfect flowers to float)

here are a few of my inspiration photos from various places around the web and let's hope it comes out as cute!

I love the hanging tag on the candy jar. I plan on making/getting those :)

candy bar

I want to cover an A in pink and yellow flowers. I can't decide if I want to just do an A or her monogram or just AK

LOVE this idea. the lady got a children's book and instead of a guest book everyone wrote a sweet message to the birthday girl. Anna LOVES books and this is something she can read and also look back on for many years from her birthday. I think this is the coolest tradtion and we'll be doing this! :) I'll have to find a special book for her. Not Cinderella. ;) I'm sure many more people will be copying this idea but it's such a good one!!!

Flowers in mason jars. GOT plenty of those!! ;)

Pink and yellow goodies on white cake plates

More candy bar jars

Candy bar...

So, I've tracked down a lot of good vendors and suppliers on the WWW through and other sites and now it's just tracking down a cute candy shop for the candy bar and many trips to Hobby Lobby for goodies! I love this stuff and I'm so glad I had a girl! ;) Oh, and I'm not real sure where I found all these. I dont' know if you get sent to "jail" or something but for all of these pictures I google'd "Pink and Yellow Birthday Party" so, none of these are mine....go google that and you'll find these pictures. Sorry, I'm terrible at siting but I'm not claiming these as my own. :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tour de Texas

I've always gotten antsy around the weekends if we don't have something planned to do. Believe me, I looooove my down time and having nothing to do, but there's so much going on around us and whenever I ask Blake to go with me he is not into it. Not at all. Unless, there's beer. Ha! Just kidding. Anyway, I like things like wine tastings and home and garden shows and antique shopping and walking around the square at market days and scoping and trying out new restaurants and pubs. But, Blake doesn't like these things. Not at all. Unless, there's beer. ;) (Again, kidding...sort of)

But, since we've had Anna I really hate just sitting at the house and having Anna waste her little life away. I love taking her to new places and seeing her face in awe of what is around her. The sights and sounds and colors mesmerize her. I love watching her grow and learn. So, it's been nice since she's been out here in the world with us that blake is more excited to get out and do stuff. We tried going to the rodeo, and Blake was willing, but it was impossible to get in so we ended up going to la cantera and shoppng. yay!  love shopping too!

So, here's a list of things I'd like to do here in Boerne/San Antonio and the surround area over the next few months:
San Antonio Home and Garden Show - that's tomorrow. We plan on going.
Sea World - I think Anna will love it, even at this age, to see all the sea animals and times
Market Days - I love walking around the town square
Boerne Business Expo - just to walk around and see what new businesses and "things" there are in Boerne
Boardwalk on Bulverde - it's a food truck park on bulverde road with 7 gourtmet food trucks and free beer (they don't have thier liquor license yet...)
Zoo -
Witte - science and museum
Any park - fun, fun, fun

I know there is more that I am forgetting but...I have add and i'm done typing now. :)

Please let me know of some other cool places around. :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

6 month check up!

Today we went to Anna's pediatrician for her 6 month check up. She was sick last month from RSV and still has a pretty bad cough so he wants to hold off another week on getting her immunizations until she's 100% better. He sent us home with more meds for her breathing treatments and we will go back next Wednesday to check on her breathing progress and get her shots then. I am glad I didn't have to see her hurt from her shots but sad that she still is suffering with the side effects of RSV. Hopefully, she'll get lots better.

Another thing we've been battling with since she was about 2 months old is allergies. I know some doctors, especially the docs we saw in the hospital while she was in for RSV, looked at me like I was crazy when I said babies can't get allergies but clearly they haven't met Anna. She has been congested and snotty since 2 months old. I'm not talking occassional runny nose or congestion but it's every single day. I have allergies and had asthma when I was little and apparently children of parents with allergies are more likely to also have allergies. Sorry Anna, really, I am. But, we've been discussing starting her on some meds for it since around 4 months, when it never cleared up and each of her appointments she was showing the doctor the same symptoms. Luckily, my doctor does believe babies under 6 months can get allergies. He said, "they come from a 100% humid enironment (the womb) and are bombarded by dust, pet dander, mold, cedar, perfumes, and everthing else floating around and they can be more sensitive to it than other children. So, let's see what we can do to help her until she's 6 months and we can get her on an allergy med and send her to an allergist." So, we are starting the allergy meds tomorrow and I pray it helps her. Her eyes also suffer from what I believe is a side effect of the allergies so I'm really hoping that it helps and we can get some "real" answers from an allergiest.

But, her 6 month stats are: Weight 14 lbs 8 ounces, 25 inches long and her head circumfrence is 43 centimeters. She is in the 25th percentile in all three. She was four weeks early so she is perfect for a 5 month old, waht she is really, rigth now, considered to be, and really, not even too little for a 6 month old. She has caught up so well. She is also chunking up which is adorable. She has rolls on her legs and on her ankles where it looks like rubber bands are wrapped around them causing rolls. LOL! She does seem a little leaner in the tummy and arms and legs but maybe she takes after her daddy's body type and not my short and squaty ones. One thing I am excited about is that she doesn't have cankles. LOL! I have them and so far she has clearly defined ankles. Hahahaa! That is something I wished she get from her dad, his long, defined ankle legs. LOL!

Daycare is still great. I love Apple Tree and all the teachers and staff. Anna loves it too. She smiles every morning at Ms. Linda when i drop her off. I really thought I knew that God wanted me to stay home with my babies. I thought I just knew that's what He wanted for my life. However, as time has gone on and I have gotten back into the swing at work I really don't mind working and having Anna in daycare. of course if I could I would stay home, and we still talk about it, and we could probably actually make it work, but I know that even though I would do things educational with her it's not the constant all-day that she gets at daycare. Being at home I know I'd get caught up in doing dishes or cleaning or whatever has to be done and Anna would be sitting in her bouncy while I do those things. I know they read and play and take pictures and paint and talk to her and spend their whole day helping Anna learn and grow. I also like that she is around other babies constantly, learning from them and getting to know how to interact with other kids. I also love my drive home. I smile the whole way knowing I am going to get to come home to my sweet Anna. We have two to three hours before she goes to bed (I wish it wree longer) but she gets my full attention during that time. I have the rest of the evening to get her bag and all of her other things ready for the next day. We play, then I feed her peas, carrots, squash or green beans, then we have bath time (She LOVES bath time), then we read or have tummy time or roll around on the bed, then i give her a bottle and then she lays in her bed and talks herself to sleep. I love our time together so much. So, I guess it's true, God's plan is always better than our plan. :) Duh.

So, for now that's about all. I will keep the rest of the month updated later! :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

5.5 Month Happenings

Another month, 2 weeks and 1 day have passed since I updated this online "diary" and "reference" book of Anna's life have passed. I seriously cannot believe Anna will be 6 months in 2 weeks and 2 days. Wow! In 6 more months she will be ONE! And, if the next six months passed by as quickly as the first I...I just don't know. It's all going by so very quickly. Everyone told us it would be it is crazy that EVERYONE, for once (ha!), was right.

The last month and a half Anna has grown and learned so many new things. She's laughed, rolled from tummy to side, then finally tummy to back, started eating (really well!), and just plain turned into a "big girl" over night it seems. She's sitting up supported but  can sit for a few long seconds by herself. We stopped feeding her for a few weeks in late December/early January because I didn't think she was ready. So, when we started back up, right around 1/19 the 5 month mark, she took to it so much better. She knew to open her mouth when the spoon came towards her and can suck the food off of the spoon and she smacks her veggies down. We haven't started fruits yet, so she can learn to like veggies first, but she does love the sweet potatoes and carrots, which are also sweet.

Anna has been rolling to her sides for a few weeks starting in late December but now she's a girl on the go and rolls around everywhere. She will roll herself to sleep and I'll go in there before we head to bed and roll her back to her back because I'm still worried she'll sufficate. Ha. I know, she's fine but they thouroughly freaked me out in the NICU and in the mandatory CPR class we had to take before we were allowed to take her home. (One of the many "tests" we had to take before we could take her home from NICU)

She still loves reading but is now putting everything in her mouth. She loves her lots of links and we have them hanging on basically anything that is still. She is just at that age where she is taking every single thing around her in. She loves music and sings to me all teh way home from daycare after I pick her up. She also enjoys talk radio (which I listen to because I'm really an old lady in a 29 year old body) but prefers the music. She literally starts to sing along with whatever is on the radio.

Her little personality is starting to come through. I think she is going to be a good mixture of Blake and me. Sometimes she is so serious (daddy) and other times she just starts laughing at absolutely nothing (mommy). She loves her changing table and loves to talk and blow bubbles and "spit" while she's laying there. I hung a little picture on the wall right above the dresser where her changing pad is and it's two little birds sitting in a tree. She loves to talk to them. We've named them Flip and Flap. I think Flip is her favorite but she loves the both of them. Other than Flip and Flap and her lots of links a little doll she named Mindy is her favorite toy. She reaches for her and "hugs" her tight before chewing on her pigtails or hands or feet. Anna was in the hospital early in January for RSV. Blake's Aunt Mandy and her bf Mike came to visit and brought Anna her first doll. (I KNOW!! Almost 6 months old and the girl didn't have a doll! Crazy) But, she named her Mindy after Mandy and Mike. She's a smart little girl.

I love picking her up from daycare. Her face lights up and she gets this huge grin and she immediatly starts talking and telling me about her day.  Anna is learning so much in her daycare class. She loves her teachers. They let the kids "paint" with pudding (in case they put their little hands in their mouth) and they take cute little pictures with different props. Some days when I pick her up I look at all the babies and think, "Where is Anna." It's like she grew and changed during the 8 hours I was away. Somedays I cry about leaving her and wishI could stay with her all the time. But, I realize how much she is growing and learning while she is there and it makes me smile. No matter what I say I know I wouldn't do half the things with her that they do in a day with her. I'm thankful for such a great place in town that takes such great care of her. It is also such an exciting thing to get to come home to! I know her little similing face is going to be so thrilled to see me, no matter how long or terrible my day might have been. I have few crappy days, for which I am thankful, but she makes even the best days 100 times better.

I'm super excited to see what the next 6 months bring but I'm so sad because I know she's going to be grown and leaving before I can blink. Ok, I just blinked and she's still asleep in her bed, but it seriously goes by so quickly. I try and remind each day to slow down and enjoy every second with her. It's going to be the best ride of our lives!

I just threw this together to show just HOW much the daddy and daughter look alike. They are adorable!

This was Anna at 3 weeks and 5 days old. The day we brought her home. I can't believe how much she's changed and grown. however, it would be terrible strange if she hadn't in 5 months. :)

Anna, heading off to school :)

Another school day...

Loves her some peas and carrots!

Playing with her lots of links

In the hospital with her doll Mindy

Anna, during her hospital stay for RSV
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