Thursday, July 14, 2016

Ten Months: Annabelle

Somehow, our sweet baby girl is ten months old already. This actually happened ten days ago, so it's even crazier how old she is getting!

Annabelle is growing like a weed, both in size and personality! She is the sassiest, funniest baby, and we just love her so much more than we ever thought possible.

She's still calling me 'mum' and calls Dan 'dada', and her biggest news this month: SHE'S WALKING! She had been taking steps since about 8.5 months (just 2 or 3 steps at a time), and somewhere just after turning nine months old, she started taking more steps - LOTS more. Her personal best that I have counted is 23 steps in a row before falling down. It's so fun to watch her walk, but she still chooses to crawl a lot as well. She's only slightly faster while crawling, but we don't think she realizes how quickly she walks since she's so focused on staying balanced.

Annabelle still has teeny, tiny feet, so we don't have any shoes that actually fit her for walking. She wears mocassins sometimes, and we have a pair of shoes that's at least one size too big, but they work when they need to (ie: when we're outside and letting her practice walking). 

She's the happiest baby and is becoming such an adventurous eater. She loves yogurt (yoyo) and everything we are eating. She isn't a fan of super spicy foods, but I guess that is to be expected. She giggles so hard for her daddy when he gets home from work, and she loves walking down the street with him to check the mail. 

We go on one or two walks each day (we have to break them up into smaller walks since it's so hot outside here in Texas), and she waves at everyone she sees on the street / at the park. 

Annabelle went swimming in a big pool for the first two times when family was in town and staying at a hotel - she LOVED it and kicked the whole time - AND she slept great both of those nights. 

I've started planning Annabelle's first birthday party. I can't believe it's less than two months away. I am looking forward to it (hello, end of pumping!) but also dreading it because it's so sad to think this teeny, tiny baby stage is already behind us. We are looking forward to seeing what this month brings! 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Fathers' Day 2016

Yes, I'm aware that Fathers' Day was almost a month ago. Oops. I haven't blogged since then, and I'm not even going to apologize. This unplanned break was just what I needed with so much on my plate right now. Something had to go, and blogging was my lowest priority.

We celebrated Fathers' Day by starting the day with (semi) homemade apple cinnamon muffins for breakfast - yum! Dan, Annabelle, and I went to dinner at Logan's Roadhouse (his choice!) for dinner, and Annabelle was SO sleepy for some reason. She could hardly stay awake at the table, and we were approached by a lady who thought she was such a "handsome little boy" - so awkward because Dan always corrects people... but seeing the looks on their faces once corrected is hilarious.

As for gifts, I ordered a keychain for Dan that includes the coordinates of the hospital where Annabelle was born - at the Wright-Patterson AFB Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. It also has her birthdate and a cute, cheesy little quote. I think I love it more than he does, but that's okay.

I also took a few pictures for Dan, and he has them all in his office near his computer / work station now. The photos I adore - Annabelle sitting inside Dan's flight suit and wearing the outfit I gave him in his New Dad Survival Kit for Fathers' Day last year - Dad is My Wingman with some sweet camouflage leggings!

It was a great day to spend together, and I'm so excited to be able to make a fun craft with Annabelle next year for her daddy's special day!