This time around, our routine and schedule and expectations and sleep and (lack of) hobbies and (lack of) time spent together was already 'in place'. Anna was born and seemed to seamlessly snuggle into the fabric of our daily lives. We carted her around and traveled overnight and even ate at restaurants (gasp! I think the Charlie's first time at a restaurant was when he was 18 months old! --don't worry, I'm exaggerating a little...). Anna went garage saling at six days old, watched a soccer game at ten days old, and visited a pumpkin patch at 2 weeks. --And that was just the beginning!
As the year went on, we really did continue to include Anna in all we were doing, and she eagerly participated. Much like Charlie, she was always a very alert baby-- keeping her eye on her surroundings and not wanting to miss out on much. She loves new faces and places and, like her momma, seems to be happiest when she's outside with her bare feet in the grass.
So here we are, twelve months into this journey with our baby girl-- our little toddler-- our daughter, Anna Rose. And what is she up to now? Let's take a peek-a-boo:
-is SO happy! Have I mentioned this before? (note the sarcasm, please) Seriously, this baby is almost always happy--literally rays of sunshine in our day.
-continues to be a fantastic eater. So much so that we were going to have her birthday party theme be "Food Glorious Food!" This kid has been known to eat more than her big brother on more than one occasion. Lately, she's become a bit more picky than before-- even showing skills of separating fruit from veggies (in her mouth) before spitting out only the veggies. I must say, I am pretty impressed.
-is totally okay with eating dirt and rocks and sand and anything else if food isn't available.
-loves games like "Where's Anna?" and "Peek-a-boo!" and especially proud of her "So Big!" party trick. And she also does "toe-thumbs-up"-- look at the above photo to see what I mean. (Rotherts, you'll understand)
-is a climber.... as in, she climbs out of her high chair, climbs out of her stroller, climbs onto step-stools.... climbs climbs climbs.
-is saying goodbye to her morning nap. :( Her daycare provider is convinced she will nap better during the afternoons if she doesn't nap in the morning. I'm not convinced but whatever-- she seems to sleep at night which really, is the most important sleep-related-thing to me at this exact point in my life. :)
-has the cutest little wave-- where she opens and closes her fist, keeping her arm steady. Sometimes, though, she'll "wave" her whole hand/arm excitedly when waving "bye-bye".
-LOVES to "walk" around.
-REFUSES to walk without the assistance of another human. Lately, she'll crawl over to us, grab our index fingers, raise her arms above her head and start walking-- as if to say, "I have somewhere to go and I need you to help get me there." Oh, and she gets pretty upset if we ignore her requests to do this.
-adores being outside and is fascinated by all thing nature-related. She especially loves bees and ants and is cautiously interested in dogs. (This is so crazy to me because Charlie has been around dogs his whole life-- even after we said goodbye to Maddy, his daycare provider had two dogs that he was crazy about. But Anna is rarely around dogs so she is much more hesitant about them. Just more proof that it's time for Spahnville to get another puppy!!)
-is learning that Charlie is where-it's-at. He's got the fun toys and fun stuffed animals and fun room. And he is just fun. She's always by his side and adores playing with him. Lately, she likes to "run" (with her grown-up firmly attached to her fingers, of course) after Charlie when he's playing his running game. She'll giggle hysterically as they bump into each other-- and if he's really accommodating she'll give him tummy zurberts after she pushes him over. (I think they both love this)
Not a day goes by where I don't feel gratitude for Anna and her brother. (Sometimes, I feel lots of other things about them too-- but always grateful when I go to bed at night.) Anna has made our family feel complete-- I cannot even imagine life without her-- even though we've only known her for one short year. As this next year begins, I'm excited to watch her learn new things and see her little personality emerge even more. Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!