Friday, January 29, 2010


I saw my baby's heartbeat yesterday! So exciting.

We called Annabella Baby G. I'm thinking I'll call this baby BG2, at least until we finally come up with a name.

Besides seeing the heartbeat, my first baby appointment was refreshingly simple. I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, because it was one thing after another with my first pregnancy. And yes, I'm not nearly far enough along to see a lot of the problems that could lie ahead, it was still nice to have an appointment that showed that I have one baby who's heart is beating, right on schedule.

And yes, I do mean one baby. The doctor verified that I will not be having twins. So yay! Not that I had any reason to believe that twins were a possibility, but still. One baby was hard. One baby with a toddler I imagine will be much harder. Two babies with a toddler...well, I don't even want to go there. And now I know I don't have to.

Besides that, Annabella has been sick with RSV, which is really just a bad cold. She's been miserable and grouchy, but I think she's coming out of it. Cross your fingers that Jas and I don't get it.

Jason most likely has torn his ACL the rest of the way through and will need reconstructive surgery on his knee. He's getting an MRI this week to confirm and to see what other damage is in his knee, but the test the doctor did for a torn ACL is there's little reason to think he could have been mistaken. That will be tough, and Jason is not happy about it. Not that I can blame him. If you know my husband well, you know he's kind of a wuss when it comes to things like blood and such. Plus the rehab from this surgery is pretty intense. If all goes well though, he could be rid of the knee problems he's been battling for the last 8 years.

Annabella turned 16 months old yesterday, which is kind of a scary time for me. I was in a pretty horrific car accident when I was 16 months old; so I'm holding my breath waiting for her to make it to 17 months. I know that this is not really rational, that there's no reason to really believe that she's in more danger this month than any other. And yet it doesn't matter. 17 months can't come soon enough.

Time to run. Gotta get home!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Pink Lemonade

This past Sunday was my birthday. I'm now 29. I wish I could say that I was growing older gracefully, but I'm not. Something about approaching 30 is making me painfully aware that I am in fact mortal and will in fact die one day. I'm guessing this is just a stage of life and that I'll get over it, but right now I'm freaking out about having less than 1 year left of my 20s.

I did get a couple pretty awesome birthday presents though, which certainly softened the blow.

The first awesome gift: Annabella sorta slept through the night! Sorta because she did wake up a few times and make some noise, enough to wake me. But by the time I got upstairs to her door, she was back asleep. This was only the 3rd night ever that I haven't had to visit her in the middle of the night; so it was super exciting.

Annabella's unexpected gift was all the more exciting when I got my second awesome birthday gift, which was a positive pregnancy test! So yes, it's super early, and yes, a billion things could go wrong between now and September, but I don't care. I'm singing it from the rooftops anyway. Jason and I are going to have another baby!!!

When I was pregnant with Annabella, I craved pink lemonade ALL THE TIME towards the end of my pregnancy. This was especially odd given the fact that I don't really care for lemonade, pink or not. So I'm curious to see what it is I'll be craving this time around.

Right now though, the one thing I'm craving more than anything has nothing to do with food. I'd be the happiest girl on the planet if Annabella would repeat her birthday gift. Momma's already oh so tired...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Pictures

Our friend Justin took some more pictures of Annabella for us in early December, just in time for Christmas. As always they turned out wonderfully. Here are two of my favorites:

We have more pictures from the set as well as some of our favorites from 2009 up at

Lions and Tigers and Molars, Oh My!

Annabella is seriously teething right now. She's got 1 full molar in, another one almost completely in, one about half-way in, and one just pushing against her gums with little spikes pushing out. And for the most part, she's handling it like a champ. We've had a couple rough patches with the sleep and such, but really, after stories I've heard and nights we've had with ear infections, it's so much better than I expected.

What else is new with Annabella? Well, just about everything. Everyday it seems she's learned something new, and everyday we get a new glimpse of her personality. I'm a little afraid that she's going to be a wild one. It's not really that she's more that she runs instead of walks, climbs everything in sight, and has quite the stubborn streak.

Her newest thing that I'm just loving is she'll just walk around and then suddenly burst into giggles. I don't know what it is that's cracking her up, but I know it's her giggles that are cracking me up. So much fun.

And last night I hid behind a book. I'd peak my eyes out to see her and then gasp and yank my head back behind the book. Annabella was laughing so hard she cried.

We had her 15 month checkup yesterday, and it went well. The doctor assuaged my fears about her small size, better convinced me that she's doing just fine and might just be tiny. What really made me feel better though was her height measurement, which at just over 29" put her at the 15th percentile. This is quite the improvement from last time where she was stuck at the 5th percentile. So yes, I might end up with the only 2 year old I know who still is required by law to ride in a rear-facing carseat, but at least she is growing well in height, even if her weight leaves something to be desired. And hey, at 15th percentile height, her 50th percentile head doesn't look as big!

I know I haven't updated this very frequently, but it's because I've been busy at work. Which if you've heard me talk about my job, you know that being busy at work is quite an exciting thing for me. I'll try to remember to post though even if this busy streak continues.