Tuesday, December 30, 2008

6 months old

Sanaa is 6 months old today. It's amazing how quickly the time passes. Because of the holidays Sanaa won't get in for her check-up until next Wednesday. So you'll have to check back then for an update on her stats. 

But, here is some of what she is doing. She is able to sit independently for a short while. If she gets distracted, she topples over pretty quickly. She loves to play on her tummy and will rotate herself around to get to a toy. She also loves to scream . . . at the top of her lungs. I try to ignore her when she screams because I don't want to encourage her, but it startles me every time and I end up looking. She is also teething, which has led to some grumpy days lately. However, I don't feel any teeth poking through. 

Sanaa is still not a big sleeper. She does much better at night, only waking up once. The days are much harder. She typically takes three 30 minute naps. Some days I'm lucky and get a longer nap out of her (today I got 1 1/2 hours!), but not often. She has also begun the whole separation anxiety early. Way early. It actually started about 2 months ago and has continued, which means she gives the church nursery volunteers a hard time.

Here are some pictures:

"Helping daddy."   
Sanaa loves our cats. Anytime they meow she looks around for them. When she gets a chance to "pet" them she squeals with delight. Thankfully both of our cats have been very patient with her.

Sitting practice. Right after I took these pictures Sanaa was so excited she toppled over. Oh, well. We'll continue our practice sessions. 

We hope you all have a wonderful new year!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas #2

We had a great Christmas. It was relaxing and quite nice spending a laid back day with Nate's parents. I even got a 30 minute nap in. It would have been longer except Sanaa doesn't like to sleep for more than 30 minutes. I even waited a good 10-15 minutes before getting her in the hopes she would fall back asleep, but no such luck.  

Here are some more pictures. The first two were taken by aunt Sarah on Sunday. Aunt Sarah and Uncle Caleb have a dog name Sadie who stayed close to Sanaa the entire time we were there. Sanaa really likes animals, so didn't mind Sadie licking her fingers or sneaking in a face wash. We tried to keep Sadie from licking Sanaa's face, but Sadie kept finding ways to sneak in a quick lick. 

Here are some pictures from Christmas Day. 

Aunt Karen (married to Rosa's brother) knitted this adorable hat for Sanaa. Unfortunately we had a warm Christmas here so Sanaa didn't need to wear her hat, but hopefully we'll get some cold weather back and Sanaa can wear her hat some more. 
Opening presents at Papa Gene and Gramma Carol's house. Sanaa loved the sound the tissue paper made. It is always the simple things kids enjoy the most. 
Daddy playing with Sanaa's new train. Nate had a lot of fun with this. When different cars are connected to the engine, it will tell you what color car was just connected and the number associated with that car. I'm not sure who is going to have more fun with this. Maybe next year I'll have to buy Nate his own train to play with. 

Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas #1

This weekend Uncle Caleb (Nate's brother) and Aunt Sarah drove down from Arkansas to have an early Christmas with us. Sanaa had a great time and is quite worn out today from all the excitement. Below are some pictures from the weekend. 

Playing the piano with Uncle Caleb. Sanaa loves music! If she is cranky, we just start playing music and she'll calm down
Eating lunch with Aunt Sarah.
A Pond family photo. We had the camera on a timer and Sanaa actually looked! She was looking at the flashing red light on the camera.
Opening a present. Sanaa would actually grab the tissue paper and pull on it. I guess this shouldn't surprise me since she now tries to grab anything within her reach. This was her first present to open and of course all of us were hovered around her with our cameras. She probably had a hard time seeing her gift with all the flashes going off in her face.

Christmas #2 will occur on Christmas Day. That's when we'll have our family Christmas and then head back over to Nate's parents house to spend the day with them (or more likely the afternoon since it takes so long to get out of the house). I'm sure we'll have more pictures for you all to see! 

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

My favorite time with Sanaa

Welcome to another edition of Notes with Nate.

Hmmm.... I'm not sure I like that name. Forget it. Scrap it.

Let us never speak of it again.


This week stunk. I was out of action for most of the week with food poisoning or a stomach virus. Take your pick. Not sure what it was. All I know is that I actually got to scratch "Being Violently Ill for Two Days Straight" off my list of Things to Do in Life. 

Which by the way... if that IS on your list of Things to Do in Life... Don't worry about it. Really. Not a treat. Go have some Ben and Jerrys. I suggest the Colbert Sundae. Much better.

Ahhh, that Colbert. Hahahaha..... mmmmm.... heh.

Well anyway. Now that I'm well I actually get to spend time with Sanaa again. I really missed her. I was so drugged up that I couldn't really do anything with her at all, and didn't want to get her sick either.

I'm catching up now. My favorite time with Sanaa is...... what is that you say? My favorite time is feeding her? Didn't you read my previous post? I mean honestly.

Silly reader.

Anyway. My favorite time with Sanaa is when I read Goodnight Moon to her before she goes to bed. Yep. Same thing every night. I've done that since she was even more wee than she is currently. Since she was maybe a month or something. Once she was at 3 months or so she started looking up at me midway through the reading, making eye contact and smiling.

Now I point out the various objects in the book and her eyes follow my hand as I point at each one.

Occasionally she makes a little "GEH!!" during the reading. By that I assume she is commenting on the intricacies of the room itself, or the psychosocial metaphor of having bunnies represent real people, or most likely the anagogical reference to the bunny needing sleep referring to the frailty of the human condition.

Or she might like green. Not sure yet.

Regardless, I can't get over during that time how much I love this little girl, and how much I love being a daddy.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Prune Apocalypse

Greetings friends, this is an exceedingly rare post by Nate.

I've been away from this blog for some time, so I had the desire to post tonight to sate the hunger of my legions of adoring fans who have been left wanting due to my absence.

What I have to tell you tonight will chill the blood of all, for tonight friends, I was home ALONE with Sanaa. ALONE I SAY!

And that is not what makes tonight significant. No, not by a long shot. For tonight my friends, I bring you tidings of what I can only describe as...

The Prune Apocalypse.

As words do not do it justice, I have left a picture.

Nothing survived the Prune Scourge. Not the I Love Daddy bib. Not the tray. Not the I Love Mommy onesie. All were consumed.

As this is a family blog, I will not go into the more horrific events of the evening. 

The Sordid Tales that followed this event will go untold. The things that came later, including: The Godzilla Sized Poo and, The Spit-Up of Doom That Consumed the Carpet and Daddy's Pants will be left to your imagination alone.

That is all.

Good night... and good luck.

Silver a.k.a. Chip Thief

Nate made us lunch; a sandwich with some chips. While I was eating my lunch I was also feeding Sanaa her cereal. That was mistake #1. Apparently I should have been focused solely on eating my food and not feeding Sanaa. Mistake #2 occurred when I turned away from my dish to wipe Sanaa off. I suddenly felt claws go through my jeans as Silver leapt up into my lap. As I hollered "Ouch!," Silver grabbed a chip in his mouth and jumped off my lap. He ran over to the door where he dropped his prize and began eating the chip. So what did Nate do? Nothing, he just laughed really hard.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Flute tootin'

For those of you who don't know it, I am a member of a flute ensemble called Flutes of the Spirit. We play where ever we are invited. We typically play for various churches in the Dallas area, but we have also played for weddings, wedding receptions, the Texas Can Academy graduation, in retirement homes, and even at a minimum security prison. We mainly play sacred music, although for weddings we'll do some classical pieces.

This weekend our church is doing its annual Joy of Sharing Christmas. It is for the community to come and take a walk through the Christmas story. The people from the community are taken on a "tour" and visit four different scenes where actors and actresses from our congregation reenact part of the Christmas story. After the tour the people are led into the fellowship area where there are lots of yummy cookies to eat. The children can even decorate their own cookies. We also have live animals that the kids can go and see.

Before the people leave on their "tour" they are ushered into the sanctuary where they can sing and listen to Christmas music. During the two nights there are various groups that sing and/or play instruments. Each year the flute ensemble I play with has participated. It's a fun evening and a relaxing atmosphere to play in. Below is shot of the flute ensemble. Seven of us were able to play. We actually had four members who could not make it, so it's a rather large flute ensemble. The ensemble has been together since 2000. I've been playing with them since 2003 and enjoy it a lot.
This is Lainey and I. She is one of the flute ensemble members. The past two years we have also played some duets at the Joy of Sharing Christmas with my mother-in-law accompanying us on the piano. 
And finally, a shot of Sanaa. I know most of you probably check this blog to see pictures of Sanaa and not me. So here you go. :-) Sanaa quite enjoys tummy time. It allows her to reach her toys better. If she's not on her tummy then she wants to be sitting up. Nate and Sanaa also came along and listened to me play with ensemble. She was a real trooper even though we didn't get to leave the church until well after her bed time. 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Raising Sanaa the right way

Nate and I go to the same Starbucks whenever we have time. The employees are quite familar with us and know what our usual drinks are. One employee there is pregnant with her 4th boy (she was hoping for a girl this time). She is always excited to see us walk in and Sanaa often gives her a huge smile. This morning the employee gave Sanaa her first Starbucks cup. Of course it was empty, but Sanaa had a great time chewing on it and playing with it. 

Here's Sanaa enjoying her Starbucks. There was a window directly behind us, so I'm sorry about the glare in the pictures.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

O Christmas Tree!

On Tuesday Nate, Sanaa, and I got our Christmas tree. In the past we've made a long drive out to a tree farm with Nate's parents to cut down our tree. We didn't do that this year. Instead we made the short drive to our local Home Depot to buy a pre-cut tree. I wasn't sure what to expect tree wise, but the trees at Home Depot are pretty nice. 

It didn't take us very long to pick out a tree, but we did have to wait for the employees to figure out how to put the netting on. So, how many Home Depot employees do you think it takes? 

At first only 2, but then they called for a 3rd to come help. When the 3rd employee didn't know anything they called for a 4th employee who also didn't know much. I was trying hard not to laugh. Sanaa was quite content watching everything, so the wait wasn't that bad.
A great outfit I found that says "Mommy's little joy." We have way to much "I love daddy" stuff around, so I thought it was time we got something for me!

This week I also did some Christmas baking. This is something my mom does, which she learn from her mom. My mom bakes a big variety of Christmas goodies. She often makes gingersnaps, sugar cookies (in different holiday shapes), 2 different kinds of fruit filled cookies (usually apricot filled and raisin filled), peanut butter balls, and fudge. Yum! With this being the first year I've actually had time to bake I decided to start that tradition. Now, I did not make nearly as much. I only made sugar cookies, gingersnaps, and peanut butter balls. I didn't realize how hard it would be to bake with a baby around. I was only able to make one thing a day. But I think I'm done . . . for now. Nate has already placed an order for more peanut butter balls once this first batch is gone.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

5 months old

Today Sanaa is 5 months old. We went out for lunch with Nate's parents after church and the waitress asked how old she was. I about to say 4 1/2 months, but realized that today she is now 5 months old. Wow! The time is passing so quickly, but I'm sure many of you have thought the same thing about your little one(s). 

Just a little while ago, Nate was trying to put Sanaa down for a nap. He didn't have much success. Sanaa just discovered Nate's goatee. Sanaa kept reaching up trying to grab his goatee and would then giggle. What fun she will have pulling that!

Here Sanaa is in her new toy. Well . . . it's actually not new. It's a hand-me-down from my former boss, but Sanaa doesn't know that.  
Hanging out while I got her cereal ready. As long as she can see what is going on, she's happy. Although, when a camera comes out she stops smiling. I don't understand that. 
Doing a little bird watching. She was suppose to be eating, but our tree was filled with little birds and she kept looking outside at them. 

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving pictures

Thanksgiving was at our house again this year. Nate's parents came over to enjoy the day (and food) with us. This was also our second year to cook the turkey and it turned out quite nice. Very moist! We had a good day. Sanaa was in a good mood and she took some really good naps! 

Here is Nate stuffing the turkey! He has never stuffed a turkey before and did quite well.
Grandma Carol making some gravy.
Nate and Papa Gene preparing to cut the turkey.
Papa Gene, Grandma Carol, and Sanaa. 
Sanaa and I. 

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Friday night Nate, Sanaa, and I went to babysit the kids I use to nanny. It was so great to see them again. They are growing up so fast! Dylan is adorable. She turned 2 about a month and a half ago and she talks a lot. She is also into everything! While we were there Dylan was climbing up onto the chairs at the counter and then climbing onto the counter. Her parents were constantly taking her off, but she would turn around and do it again. 

And then there is Cole. He is in kindergarten now and is so tall! Below is a picture of Cole helping Nate feed Sanaa her bottle. I also let Cole hold Sanaa. He was so nice to her, even though she was crying at the time. I wanted to get a picture of Dylan, but grandma put her to bed shortly after we arrived. And that was fine with me because I don't think she would have gone down very easily for me. So next time I see them I'll get a picture of her.
Sanaa in her flower pants. The flowers on these pants are so bright in color that Sanaa kept holding her legs up just to look at her pants!
Even though Sanaa is smiling quite nicely in this picture, we have entered a new stage in life. She has started going through separation anxiety. And yes it's early for that! I remember talking about this in school. It typically begins around 8 months (not 4 months!). I even went back and read up on it again. But Sanaa is showing the signs early. She has been crying in the nursery the past four Sundays after we have dropped her off. She has also started crying when strangers or people she doesn't see very often hold her. The worst part is that she has also been crying when Nate's parents watch her. I know this is a stage that all babies go through, but I was not prepared for it to begin this early! I was really hoping we would at least get through the holiday's before this began. But no such luck. Maybe since she started early, she'll end early.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A busy week

On Friday my mom flew in from Oregon. She was here for a conference. The conference began Monday and ends today (Wednesday), but my mom flew in early to spend some with us. Well, actually, I think she wanted to see Sanaa more than us!

We had a great time with her here. On Saturday, us girls, went shopping. I had a gift card to spend at a place called Lone Star Baby and Kids. It's a cool store and I had never been there before. I wasn't sure what to get Sanaa at first, but lately Sanaa has been trying very hard to sit up. When laying on the floor (on her back) she will raise her head up as high as possible. So, I ended up finding her a bumbo seat. Luckily my gift card covered the whole amount. Yeah! 

On Sunday the flute ensemble I am a member of played at a church about 30 minutes from where we live. My mom had never heard us play in person. I sent her a CD we made a few years ago, but that's not the same thing. After church we went out to eat with the flute ensemble members and Sanaa did quite well. She ate her cereal while the rest of us ate our lunch. 

Monday we took my mom to the Gaylord Texan where her conference was. The Gaylord was all decorated for Christmas and it was beautiful! So, Monday night and Tuesday night Sanaa and I drove over to spend some time with my mom. Tuesday evening we decided to take some Christmas pictures of Sanaa, but she wasn't the most cooperative. I think there was just too much for her to look at. Here are some pictures from the past few days.

Sanaa and I in front of the Gingerbread House at the Gaylord. (Yes I had socks on her. I was lazy and didn't feel like putting on tights because most of the shots of her were going to be waist up.)
Grandma Lind and Sanaa before we left Sunday morning.
Sanaa checking out her new bumbo seat. I wanted purple, but decided to go with a more gender neutral color because I don't plan on buying another one if we end up having a boy in the future. So, it was either this color or lime green and I didn't like the lime green.
Trying to get a shot of Sanaa. She would smile only when she wasn't looking at the camera.
Each time she looked at the camera she stopped smiling. We also had a hard time keeping her fingers out of her mouth. It was really funny.
While here, Grandma Lind also reinforced a bad habit that Sanaa has started. Sanaa will now try and blow raspberries. Both she and grandma Lind spent a lot of time doing this together. Now, Sanaa waits until she has food in her mouth and then sprays that food all over the place! I can't wait until I'm a grandparent so that I can reinforce bad habits and then give the baby back to her parents! What fun I will have. :-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Moments with dad

Sanaa is a daddy's girl. She loves hanging out with Nate. Here are some shots I took over the past couple of days.

A short story:
Last night I had to go to flute practice. I had Sanaa's "dinner" (cereal) and our dinner ready shortly after Nate arrived home. My plan was to feed Sanaa while we ate. This is what I've been doing just about every evening (I eat while she eats). The only thing that was different about last night was the fact that Nate was eating with us. Nate has worked a bunch of closing shifts, so he hasn't been around at dinner time. 

For some reason Sanaa began fussing right after I sat her in the high chair. I took her out and checked her diaper. It was fine. I put her back in the high chair and tried to give her a bite of cereal. But she started fussing again. I had no idea what was going on. She had been acting hungry, but now wouldn't eat. Then Nate stands up, walks around the table, takes the spoon from my hand, and Sanaa immediately stops fussing and opens her mouth. What?!?!? That was so unfair. She ate for Nate quite nicely . . . until we introduced her to pears, but that's another story. Of course Nate thought it was great that she would eat for him and not me. What a little daddy's girl she is!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Our week in pictures

It has been a fairly uneventful week. We just go through the cycle of sleeping, eating, and playing. Sanaa is now eating cereal twice a day. The once a day feeding of cereal wasn't enough. She continued to wake up twice during the night wanting to feed. However, the last two nights she has only woken up once and I think it's because we've increased her cereal intake. 

She is still really enjoying the cereal. In fact, I'll sit her in the high chair and she'll open her mouth (like a bird) and wait for her food. So I have to make sure I have everything ready before sitting her down. Here are some pictures from the past couple of days.

Apparently whatever is under the tray is much more interesting than eating.
Her toes are really yummy because they are in her mouth a lot. Maybe they taste like chocolate.
It was funny face time. I was trying to feed Sanaa, but she kept making the funniest faces. I was able to catch this one. Maybe she was trying to tell me she was done . . . I thought she working on a present in her diaper, but it was empty.
Enjoying the outdoors. Is the blanket for Sanaa or Silver? He plopped down almost before I could finish spreading the blanket out. At one point Silver was laying on his back with his legs in the air. He was fast asleep! What a weird cat!