Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Little Hostess

Anna put on her party dress and helped host her first party yesterday, at a baby shower for our friend Jamie! It was a long day with an early wake up, long drive to and from Chattanooga, and meeting lots of new people, but Banana handled it like a champ (well, for the most part, haha...she conked out pretty quickly when we got home!!). My mom happily tagged along and she was a huge help- I had really been debating whether or not to bring Anna but separation anxiety won out, and bringing my mom was a really smart decision.

Anyhoo here are some pictures from the party- Jessica and Laura helped host it too and we had the shower at Jessica's house. Between getting everything set up and talking to everyone and playing with Anna I didn't get too many pictures but my mom managed to snap a few!

Anna playing the nursery rhyme game. She didn't win but she sure had fun with that paper. Also she had socks and shoes on at some point but those didn't last too long.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

5 Months Old!!!

Our sweet baby girl is 5 months old today- it sounds so surreal to say that! This has been the most fun month yet (you think I'll be saying that next month too, and the one after that? haha)...Anna is so much more interactive and her personality is coming out more and more. Plus the weather here has been fantastic, so we've gotten out of the house a lot more. I think Anna likes getting out (and so does her momma!).

So what's new this month? Well, for starters, Anna is now sitting up like a big girl in her stroller. It certainly makes our walks at the park easier to not have to use the car seat and the stroller, and she LOVES being able to look around at everything.

She has also started rolling all over the place. She can't quite get from her back to her belly yet but she's got the side roll down perfectly. And she's quite the wiggle worm- she will move all the way around 360 degrees in her crib and play mat. Steve was quite amused watching her one night on the video monitor.

She's not sitting just yet but I think we're close. She loves doing baby sit-ups on the floor or my lap. And yesterday she grabbed her foot for the very first time. She's actually in my lap right this minute playing with her feet.

We've also been playing some new games. She LOVES bubbles. She also loves "this little piggy" and the tickle monster. She lets out the most delightful little giggles and peals of laughter. Steve finally got to hear one of her big giggles the other night and the look on his face was priceless. Most of our energy nowadays is devoted to trying to get her to laugh more and more. Being out in public doesn't change that, so we're now the crazy people that people either try to avoid, or point and laugh at. A lady at Target yesterday was even treated to a round of "Oh My Darlin' Banana" (sung to the Clementine tune, of course) in the card aisle. Complete with swaying.

Another funny thing she's now utterly entranced with is my mouth. If she's in my arms or lap, it's just a matter of time before she grabs my lips or shoves her whole hand in my mouth. Talking, eating, or drinking speeds up her interest in reaching up and grabbing. And nibbling on the baby hand leads to baby giggles.


Anna's also doing the infamous "lunge and stuff" trick that babies are so good at. Anything and everything that catches her attention needs to be lunged at and then crammed into her mouth.

One last cute story from this month is that she and Kingsley have started really paying attention to each other. If he is within reach, Anna will reach out and pet his fur. And if she is within reach, she will get a big slobbery kiss. Captain K wants to be everywhere that she is, whether she's in her bouncer watching me do my makeup in the mornings, in her jumperoo or play mat, or even if she's napping in the nursery. I'll walk in there to put away laundry and he will be curled up on the rug while she snoozes in the crib. He is surprisingly gentle with her...hopefully that lasts up through the tail-pulling stage too!!

See you later, alligators!

Monday, February 21, 2011


Daddy's coming home today!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Catch Up/Ketchup/Catsup

Whew- it's been kind of a hectic week but my plans for today cleared up, so I enjoyed a productive/lazy day at home (if that combination even exists). House is clean and happy, Baby is clean and happy, Captain is clean and happy, Husband is happy but probably not clean....order is restored and all is well in my little world.

Anna's had quite the social week. On Monday, we had a Girls' Day Out Valentine's Lunch with Lisa, Blakely, Emilie, and Callie. We sat next to Emilie, and Anna gave Callie a big baby hug. Callie is only 3 days older than Anna, and Blakely is just a couple of months older, so it's fun to have friends with little girls all around the same age!
Anna is also trying to steal Callie's pacifier, apparently.
After lunch, we came home and baked cupcakes and cookies for Daddy for Valentine's Day. Anna loves sitting in her rocker and "helping" in the kitchen, especially if I sing her silly songs while I bake. Then Steve cooked us dinner while I gave Anna her bath.

Tuesday we had the house pressure-washed so most of my day was spent dealing with the cleaners. Anna was SO entertained with the water spraying the windows. When the guy was up on our back porch (we've got a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows there in the breakfast nook) spraying the windows, she just sat there and watched and even threw in a couple of her baby giggles. The guy saw us watching so he waved and hammed it up for her and of course she loved it.

Wednesday we spent a good part of the day getting Steve out the door for his big guys' trip down to Disney World. He made a last minute request for "as many chocolate chip cookies as I could make", so Anna got to be my sous-chef again. Then the three of us went down to Steve's office to meet Pam (hi Pam!) and to have lunch with Susan. It was fun to see Steve's office fully decorated, but Anna thinks it could use a few more toys. And now my car is full of camping stuff...I think the plans to fit 5 guys, their stuff, and all the camping gear into one car was a little ambitious  :-)

Umm....I don't remember Thursday.

Friday we had Anna's baby music class and then frozen yogurt and a walk at the park with Lisa and Emilie.

Today we went on a long, leisurely walk in the neighborhood to enjoy this BEAUTIFUL weather. And I cleaned my house and played with my baby.

Wow, wasn't this a riveting post, haha. Here, have some pictures. Nothing like a cute Duck Derriere to make this post interesting!! These are Anna's early attempts at learning to crawl. She waves her legs, sticks her bottom up in the air, and then face plants onto her blanket.

Whew....hard work!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Something to Always Remember

Song for a Fifth Child

Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
(pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
and out in the yard there a hullabaloo
but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
(lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

By Ruth Hulburt Hamilton, 1958

Monday, February 14, 2011

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue...

Anna is sweet, and so are you!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sunday, February 6, 2011

What, you mean like on vacay? Let's all go...Road Trip!!

We packed up the Banana this weekend and voyaged to the pretty city of Raleigh to visit the North Carolina branch of the Forbes clan. Aww...Anna's first road trip :-). I was a little nervous on Thursday morning when Anna felt really warm...her temperature was a little elevated, and I wasn't terribly worried, but the nurse asked us to come in because she had had her hands up by her ears a lot this week. Happily, her ears looked fine, so we gave her a dose of infant Tylenol and she seemed to do well the whole weekend. But, she did in fact have her very first cold, just as I was feeling smug that she hadn't been sick yet! But yeah, I was "that mom" at the pediatrician's office with the giggling baby. Awesome.

It was great seeing the NC family- we don't get to see them often so it's always nice to be able to spend some time with them. I was assured though by everybody that they are faithful blog readers, even Anna's great-grandfather Jack! So a big wave to everyone- hello!

Anna did great in the car- I had an entire arsenal of toys (including Sophie, Lolly, and Sammy of course), Stevo now knows her entire baby song repertoire, and we played this video at least a dozen times on Steve's iPhone when my brain gave out. Thank you, Youtube.

For a self-proclaimed Mommarazzi, I got embarassingly few photos...I guess we'll just have to go back at some point ;-). I did wish we had remembered to get some with Steve's cousins- hi Lauren, Emily and Amelia!! Here are a few that we did manage to snag:

Steve making up a coffee cup game so I could sleep for a just a little longer.
Great-Grandpa Jack and Great-Grandma Joan
Some of the fam- 4 generations in one room is pretty special!

Anna primping for the car ride home
And apparently Captain K had a good time at camp!