Wednesday, August 10, 2011
* I got a job. It's a work-from-home editing job that I thought would be easy. I really like it, but it's been INTENSE. There's a major training period and I've been working every day. For a month. Long hours. Some near all-nighters. It's getting better though. No more crying breakdowns, so that's a start.
* We've been house-hunting. Which I thought involved looking at houses and choosing one. But no, it's a major emotional and mental journey. It's made us question all our priorities, make plans (a major weakness of ours), evaluate finances, etc. It's been tough. We have one offer out and of course we're all sorts of confused about it now.
* My cat Daphne died. Poor Daphne. It's just a horrible, awful story that I don't feel like writing at the moment.
* Annabel has been passing out. It's happened three times. She screams and then turns blue and then grey. Her eyes flutter, she 'sleeps' and then is lethargic. One time she had this horrible 20-second in-breath that sounded like death and made me bawl. I'm told this all is nothing to worry about.
* Nanny crises. It's hard to find someone to trust. It's hard to find child care when we may be moving. It's hard to explain she might pass out if she gets upset but just lay her down and wait for her to return to consciousness. It's hard to leave her all day when she won't take a bottle but needs milk. It's extra hard when you have a babysitter come to the house and your daughter just cries and tries to crawl to where you are working the entire time.
So that's what I've been up to. I need to upload a bunch of videos I've taken. I also need to take pictures!! I haven't taken any this whole month. (I've skipped showers for a few days and missed meals, so seriously I would have if I could have.) Annabel has, of course, changed so much. Last week she started standing, and today she reached some mastery. All day she's lifted her hands up, squealed and sometimes even clapped her hands. She's trying to stand from sitting, though she only usually gets to kneeling. She also a couple times threw herself forward from standing, which makes me think that little munchkin isn't going to waste time trying to walk.
She talks/yells/screams/squeals a lot. She is very loud and communicative. When we say 'clap' without moving she claps. I don't know why but the moment she first did that was so surreal. She understands things! She is like a real little person :)
She loves Gabe's keyboard. We lay it on the floor and she happily plays and plays. She dances too. (Cutest thing ever? Perhaps.) Tooth 5 & 6 are through and she has the cutest toothy grin. She bites her little poofies in half before she eats them. And of course little miss independent will no longer eat any food we feed her. She must feed herself.
Tomorrow I'm home with her (while working) but I will make time for a little 8 1/2 month photo shoot!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
And here is the house:
Friday, June 24, 2011
I LOVE THIS GIRL SOOOO MUCH!
She is waking up really early now and I've been feeling zombie-ish. But I've discovered if I kiss her belly in the morning she erupts in giggles, and that gets rid of my initial reaction of wanting to cry from lack of sleep. She is teething like a champ. Sometimes she has bouts of fussiness, and she puts her fingers in her mouth more, but overall things are going smoothly. Check out her two pearly whites.
This is where she is usually perched these days-
She stands all. the. time. She just hangs out there, building up those little leg muscles. She will spend a whole day climbing up on the couch then getting back down. Sometimes she has trouble getting back down and she'll stare at the floor and scream in frustration. But more and more she'll bend her knees, place one hand down and land gracefully on her tush.
Her cute face that reminds me of an old man:
This is her saying I can't believe you got a bow in this peach fuzz of my head. Furthermore, I can't believe I have sweet potatoes in my ear and you've left it there this whole time.
I haven't gotten tons of pics and videos of her newfound mobility skills because usually I'm spotting her. But now that we have a rug and she's getting more stable I'll post some more.
Here's one of her today cruising on the couch, with a little poop detour.
You are so fun and smart and beautiful little munchkin!
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
She did not like it so much when she was not allowed to eat it.
We went down to Myrtle Beach and Annabel got to hang out with Grandpop & Aunt Neicey.
Near the ocean it was really windy and wavy and loud. I wasn't sure how she would do. I think she liked it.
After a long time playing in the ocean she chilled in the shade of the umbrella:
She is standing up all the time now, which is made especially cute by the addition of ruffles:
Left to her own devices she would have happily eaten a tummy full of sand and then crawled right into the waves like a baby sea turtle. I think this bodes well a family scuba trip in about 13 years!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
p.s. Mama doesn't approve of this variation of the game that includes spinning her around in mid-air.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Even the port-a-potty outside our house looks cool. If you have the app you can follow me at 'alysacantor'. Or you can find pics here. If anyone knows how to put a stream on a blog, please let me know!
Friday, June 3, 2011
The first time she did it I was randomly taking a video:
Here she is two days later:
And another two days later (today):
Thursday, June 2, 2011
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Check out their site if you haven't yet (there are two new rewards, by the way). Or their website. And stay tuned for some pretty cool press coming in the next few days.
These Blocky creatures are popping up around the house:
And I'm pretty sure Annabel is popping up in their next video.
Friday, May 13, 2011
There can be nothing within a 5 foot radius or she tries to get it. And she's got that object permanence thing down. She remembers you taking things away and she will look and look and look for it. Sometimes I feed her on the living room table and our bookend statues and candle are currently covered in sweet potatoes. I should probably go clean them now.
I think it cut out, but in the very beginning Gabe is saying "I need a clock that runs backwards." Typical Gabe.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Which do you like better?
I love to watch her experiment. And I love the screams and bubbles that follow her moments of frustration:
I think it's high time to baby proof, which is Gabe's job as our home's official Safety Officer :)
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
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Saturday, April 30, 2011
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Friday, April 22, 2011
At the end of the little meal Daddy came home and took this video. She was ravenous the whole time but Daddy stole her attention. She loves loves loves when he comes home. Her mama does too.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
And this afternoon I brought the ipod in to record a typical wake-up scene and she was talking and blowing bubbles. Cracks me up.
And I know I'm taking a lot of videos but I figure it's so easy to forget the everyday moments that I'll appreciate it somewhere down the road.
Today I put her in the swing while I made a quick lunch and then I heard this awful noise. She was playing with the mobile, which she can now evidently reach:
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Here's Miss Annabel's response. We're hoping she warms up to it.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I had no intention of starting solids for another month or so, but I bought rice cereal and it lasted two days in the cabinet before I got too curious and just wanted to see her reaction. This is a pretty boring unedited video, just to warn you.
She LOVED it!
I think we’ll take it slow and wait a bit longer for fruits and veggies. I can’t wait to post those pics of a messy baby covered in peas
I have noticed that for the past few months all my posts are about Annabel. This creature has taken over my life, and it is the best thing ever. My days revolve around feeding her, and trying to get her to sleep, and making her laugh and appreciating how amazing she is. I feel really lucky that I have the chance right now to be home with her.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Week 2 (in newborn clothes):
Week 21 (in a 6-month dress):
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Annabel went to her fifth state this past weekend: Massachusetts. I spent 13 years there, and it seemed strange to think my daughter wasn’t born there. We had a full few days there. Annabel met grandparents again:
And met Uncle Aaron and Aunt Chandra for the first time:
And her cousins Bodhi and Jasper:
And then we went to the Cape where she met her great-grandmother. We played Maher trivia and found out that Annabel is her 40th descendent – wow!
Annabel also saw the ocean for the first time. It was a bit chilly near the water:
We also made a stop to visit my hospice co-workers. I miss them!! I miss that work, too. Annabel met our friends Jason & Ricky and Elia & Sarah while she hung out at a Scottish restaurant. She saw her first kilt and watched us eat our first Scotch eggs. Annabel was so excited to see everyone she pooped right up her back and both mama and daddy had to change her – definitely a two person job.
Annabel really enjoyed this toy at Grandmom Anne’s house, and the rug too (she kept eating it).
We said goodbye to Grandpa Phil – his plane left when ours did but he flew all the way to Bucharest. We wish him well and hope he only runs in to friendly vampires.
Annabel was a bit fussier on the plane ride home, and she peed all over while Gabe was changing her in that tiny bathroom.
Bye bye Beantown… We all had a great time and can’t wait to see everyone again!