* Charlie in the morning: He's still tired and groggy and sometimes a little irritable. (He is his mother's child.) One look from his little sister and he's all smiles. He pulls her close to him and murmurs, "Huggy, Sister. I love you. I'm gonna hug you so much because I love you sooooo much. Good morning Baby Sister!" (Someday I'll write a blog post about this sweet morning routine that we've developed.)
* Me during lunchtime: This is my most dreaded time of day. Is anyone else with me on this? I despise figuring out what to make for lunch-- especially since the only thing Charlie wants to eat mid-day involves jelly or granola bars. And just about the time when I think I'm going to stick the pb&j covered knife in my eye, I glance over at Anna sitting in her high chair. She's focused so hard on picking up her bits of avocado and mashing them into her face/mouth, but then she spots me and laughs and pounds her tray with her tiny little palms. Avocado splatters to the floor which makes her giggle and do it again--and in my opinion, there's not much cuter than a happy avocado covered baby-- which lessens the pain of preparing lunch just enough to get through that hour.
* Mason after work: He's tired and sometimes stressed and instantly bombarded by Charlie with requests to play catch or basketball or race. All the poor man wants to do is change his clothes (and probably sprawl out on the couch with a frosty mug and the remote) but instead he dives straight into Daddy-mode. But as soon as Anna sees (or hears) her dad, it's over. She smiles a wide, gap-tooth smile and her whole body goes into excited bouncy movements. She squeals and claps her hands and shrieks "Da Daaaa!" and Mason is done for. The frost mug is forgotten about and that girl is all his.
But aside from keeping the three of us completely under her spell, this is what she's been up to:
* Can crawl! She does not like to be left alone in any room and will quickly crawl to wherever we are. Once there, she'll reach up or try to pull herself up by grabbing our legs or pants. But of course, the instant that we pick her up, she wants to be put down again-- and the cycle continues.
* Is a great eater. I think we're phasing out of the totally prepared baby food and I'm wondering how this is possible. Didn't we make baby food for Charlie for one hundred years? Anna really loves bits of our food and we're letting her try more and more of our meals. She loves salmon, toast (with jelly-- per her brother, of course), and tiny pieces of soft fruits. Her old favorites are still avocado, sweet potato, and raspberries.
* Has FOUR teeth! I have been terrible about recording when those little suckers popped through but they all came in about the same time. One day she had one and then before we knew it she had four. The top two seem huge (Mason endearingly calls them "Chicklets") and have a big gap between them-- which I think is adorable in that Michael Strahan sort of way.
* Is a great napper and becoming a great sleeper. She currently prefers to wake up between 4:50-5:00, which is just too damn early. I've recently implemented a "no milk before 7:00 or maybe 6:50 if you're really starving" policy and while she voices her dissatisfaction about being denied her early morning snack, I think it's helping her overall sleep. I'll keep you posted.
* Gets into everything. While Charlie obviously got into things when he was a baby, he never got into things the way this girl does. Anything with drawers or handles or strings or cords and she's all about it. Anything that can and does fit into her mouth and it's a goner. The choking hazards are ridiculous.
* LOVES being outside. We take several walks and she very rarely falls asleep in the stroller. She loves to swing and play in the grass-- although most of it ends up in her mouth. The pool is another favorite outdoor location-- and she happily splashes in the water and plays with her toys.
* Is a pretty good little traveler. We've needed to spend some overnights away from Spahnville and so far, she's done really well. (Knock on wood!) Let's hope this continues into the future as we have several little "events" planned in the near future.
|She's like, "Seriously Mom? Every month you need to do this?"|
Little Miss Anna,
We just wouldn't be the same without you. Thank you for brightening up our lives for nine whole months, and counting. ~Love, Mama Daddy & Charlie