One Fish, Two Fish

Toofies! And Sitting! And Scooting! August 8, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Firsts,Month Five — leighnut @ 12:53 pm

Our little baby girl is growing up faster than you can imagine. She has two — TWO! — teeth coming in! Her two bottom front teeth are slowly making their way through her little swollen gums. She remains her joyful self, though falling asleep has been a little more difficult.

Anna is also sitting up by herself. I can’t even believe it. She still falls over if she gets excited or her muscles get tired, but she is doing it! She is very proud of herself.

And. Anna is scooting on her belly. It was a mouth-hanging-to-the-ground-I-CANNOT-believe-what-I-am-seeing moment. She is very slow, but very determined. DO you know what this means? We no longer have a cute little lump. She’s mobile!


Anna, Month Five July 17, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Letters,Month Five,Photo — leighnut @ 9:56 pm

Dear Anna,

I want to apologize for the great injustice that has befallen you this month. I know your feelings for solid food are less than positive. In fact, I don’t know if there’s a word strong enough to convey your intense dislike of rice cereal. The thing is, I thought you were ready to enter the world of solid food. I really did. While we were at the cabin, you started following our forks with your eyes. And that was it — the telltale, “May I please try that?” sign of solid food readiness! Perhaps you didn’t realize that’s what you were telling me when you so innocently began staring at our food. Now, you have to endure a feeding every evening. With a spoon and everything. Oh, how you hate it! You don’t cry or fuss, but I swear you glare at me as I try to shove the spoon into your mouth, above the tongue you so vigorously push out. I promise someday you will like solid food. Maybe when you’re six months old…

Let us talk instead about your whale spout! Your hair can finally fit into a tiny ponytail on top of your head. This is huge news for Aunt Christine, who tried to make one while we were at the cabin. It was so close, but just wouldn’t stay in. But now, now, it’s official. You have a dark brown whale spout surrounded by a sea of blond hair. You can definitely pull off the two-tone look.

You love your exersaucer, Anna. I think it’s fun for you to “stand” and look at the world from a different angle. After just a few times playing in it, you figured out how to do a complete 360-degree turn. Your favorite toys are the smiling sun and the mirror. You just love looking at yourself in the mirror and shrieking at the sun.

Speaking of shrieking, you are officially the loudest baby I’ve ever met. This month, you’ve learned how to grunt and growl, as well as shriek at a glass-shattering decibel. There is no doubt that you are a soprano, given the notes you hit. You are positively gleeful when you hear the sound of your own voice! There are many times that I try to talk to Daddy or Sam, but have to wait until you’re done with your monologue, so there’s a chance that they’ll hear me. You make yourself heard, Baby Girl, there’s no doubt about that.

You are so friendly, Anna. You never fail to charm people with your huge smiles. Everywhere you go, strangers comment on how darling you are. I want to tell them that not only are you cute, you’re smart! You already love to read books, especially books with faces. Your eyes get really wide, you wave your hands in the air, and talk to the baby on the page as if you’re having a conversation. If the book is especially wonderful, you eat it. This is one of the many reasons why board books are so great — you can read it and chew on it!

I am amazed at how much you’ve grown in your first five months of life, Anna. You love to be with people, in the middle of the action. Your favorite toy is us — our hands, our faces, our attention and interaction. There is nothing I’d rather do than hold you in my lap and make faces with you to hear your laugh and see a smile begin in your eyes. I will always remember the imprint of your baby hands pressed to my cheeks, as if to say, “I know you. I love you.” What more is there than that? I know you, Anna. I love you. For all of my days.



Anna, Month Four June 17, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Letters,Month Four,Photo — leighnut @ 1:26 pm

Dear Anna,

This is the month of belly laughs, little one. You are such a happy, squealing little baby! I think you have a good sense of humor, because you crack up easily at little things. Your eyes smile, first, then your mouth, then out pour big belly laughs. Sam is your entertainment of choice. He is your favorite accidental comedian.

This month, you went to the cabin for the first time. I was wondering how it was going to work, juggling you and water time for Sam, but it’s been great! You love to be down at the water and you adore boat rides. This is wonderful news! In fact, you love it so much, it’s your favorite place to fall asleep, with the wind in your hair, the hum of the motor, and the call of the loon. As hard as it was, we kept you out of the water for a while, because there were late-season duck mites. Itchies and babies do not a good pair make! Finally, we dipped you in and — surprise, surprise! — you love the water! At first it was chilly and you tucked your feet up under your body, but finally your feet came down and you kicked. Every time I would dip your tummy in a little bit, you’d gasp at the cold sensation of the water. But you smiled the whole time, my little water baby!

Tummy time is finally fun. You can keep your head up high enough and long enough to play with toys. One of your favorite toys is your crinkle paper. I’m pretty sure it’s your mission in life to see how far you can stuff it into your mouth. You also rolled onto your tummy this month! You were irritated with me that I wasn’t feeding you immediately, and rolled to your side, then flipped up onto your tummy. How surprised you were at the new vantage point!

Your hair is getting blonder by the day, Anna. You have some very nice two-tone hair right now. It’s getting longer and longer, too, with some ringlets starting to curl. Strangers still comment at how beautiful you are and how amazing your crazy hair is. You love to have me run my fingers through it when you’re falling asleep.

Anna, you are so smart and inquisitive, wanting to be at the center of everything. You love to look at faces and stare into people’s eyes. More than once, someone has commented at how intently you watch people. I believe your wise blue eyes are a portend of more wonders to come. You are my greatest joy and my bestest girl. I am so grateful for you, my little Anna-Anna.



Mama’s Boy June 8, 2011

Filed under: Sam — leighnut @ 11:39 am

The other day, Sam and I were reading books before bed. He had chosen Llama Llama Misses Mama from the library this week and we were just cracking it open for the first time. It’s a story about a little llama who goes to his first day of preschool. We love the Llama Llama series and have a few of them at home, but we’d never read this one. As I was reading about the sad little llama watching his mama llama leave him in the classroom, not wanting to engage with the other children in the classroom despite lots of fun activities, I watched Sam’s little eyes grow bigger and bigger. When the story ended — with little Llama happy at his new school and happy that his mama llama came back — Sam turned to me and said, “Mommy, why did the llama’s mommy leave him at school?” I said, “Preschool is for kids and mommies and daddies don’t stay at school with the kids.” This was distressing news for Sam! He said, “I don’t ever want to go to school, Mommy. I want to stay with you forever!” And he fiercely hugged my leg.

Even after we were snuggling in bed, he kept bringing up the poor lonely llama at preschool. I asked, “Sam, are you worried about going to school?” even though he is not scheduled to go this fall. He said, “Yes Mommy, I’m very worried about school.” So we talked about it, about all the fun things he would do at school and how Mommy or Daddy will always come to pick him up when school is over. He seemed slightly relieved. At least he was sufficiently relieved to go to sleep that night.

I know, once the time comes, he will love school and being with friends for a few hours. But, it’s true, my heart melted when his little arms wrapped around my leg, stating with conviction that he wanted to stay with me forever.


Putting It All Together June 1, 2011

Filed under: Sam — leighnut @ 10:13 pm

Today at nap time, Sam and I were talking before settling in to sleep. I’ve just gotten my hair cut and asked Sam what he thought. He said, “It’s not good.” “Not good?” I asked. “No, Mommy, not good. It’s too short,” he explained as he tried to wind his fingers in the back of my hair. I said, “Well, it’s a good thing that hair grows a little bit every day.” He was quiet for a minute, then said, “Mommy, is hair like a plant? Plants grow a little bit every day, too.”

What a smart cookie.


More Milestones May 25, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Firsts,Milestones,Month Three,Sam — leighnut @ 12:51 pm

It’s been so busy around here, between long car trips and birthday parties and life in general. The blog has been low on the list of priorities. But! Lots has happened! Sam is three, he’s working on potty training, thanks to a nice diaper rash that keeps him naked a good chunk of the day, and he’s a great friend to the little kids in our neighborhood. He often says, “I want to go outside and play with my friends.” It’s so cute that he has friends.

Anna is laughing (when she wants to, she’s not a trick pony) AND she rolled from her back to her tummy a few nights ago! I couldn’t believe my eyes. First, she rolled onto her side and chewed on her hands for a while. Then all of a sudden, she swung her leg over. She almost made it on the first try, but rolled back. Then, with a grunt and a swing of the leg, over she went! It was amazing. She pulled her arm out from under her and reached out in front of her to tr to grab a paisley off the quilt. She is so strong!


Anna, Month Three May 17, 2011

Filed under: Anna,Letters,Month Three,Photo — leighnut @ 8:43 pm

Dear Anna,

I ask myself every day, “How did I get so lucky to have two mellow, happy babies?” Since Sam was such an easy-going baby, I was convinced that you were going to be some sort of dragon baby, all demanding and crabby. I couldn’t have been more wrong, Anna. You are delightful! Smiling is your favorite activity, next to staring at your hands. That’s right. You’ve found your hands. You spend a good chunk of your wakeful hours moving your hands and fingers in front of your face. You talk to your hands as if to say, “Look at this! Look at these things that wiggle. And I have two of them. Two! I’m so lucky.” I love this first stage of discovery.

And what a talker you are! In the last two weeks, you have found your voice. You are a champion cooer. It never gets old to listen to you “talk.” Your repertoire of sounds is growing every day: ah, oh, ooh, la, lo, da, ma, ga, goo, er. You’re still too young to connect these sounds and vocalize them with purpose, but you love to practice them! You also mimic me, saying “ah” or “oh” back to me. I have a feeling you will be an early talker.

Your neck is getting so strong, Anna. You tolerate tummy time, but get frustrated because you can’t see much from down there. Your favorite place to be is in someone’s arms, so you can look around. The other day, I had you strapped to my body in the Baby Bjorn while I vacuumed. I don’t know if it was the repetitive forward and backward movements or the sound of the vacuum or what, but you were giggling hysterically. Big belly laughs as we moved around the room. I was laughing so hard listening to you crack up!

You love the sound of Sam’s voice. He doesn’t have the patience to sit and talk to you for long periods of time right now, but he does love to snuggle you and say silly things. Hearing his voice makes you stop what you’re doing, whether you’re crying or wiggling, and pay attention. Sam made up a little song for you. It goes like this: Anna Banana, apples in my tum. He sometimes whisper-sings it to you. I have a feeling that when you’re up and walking steadily, you will follow Sam wherever he goes.

Anna, you are blossoming into a very fun baby girl. We love to listen to you coo and laugh, love to watch you wiggle and wave your arms excitedly, and love to memorize your baby face while you sleep. Someday, when you’re all grown up, I will watch you staring in wonder at the face of your own baby and see glimpses of the baby girl that I marveled at so long ago. Until then, sweet girl, I will soak up your baby smiles and squish those baby cheeks and tell you every day how much I love you.