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

Babysitting

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!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Where is the fall weather? Obviously not in Texas.

What is up with this weather? We're in November and it's still warm enough to be outside in short sleeves! We have been in the mid to upper 70's (and sometimes low 80's) for a while now. I want cool weather. Sanaa's room gets so stuffy during the day, that I have resorted to turning the a/c on in the afternoon just so she can rest. We do have a ceiling fan in her room, which I leave on high, but there is only so much that ceiling fan can do. 

Despite the warm weather, I took Sanaa out on our patio this morning to enjoy the fall leaves. We can't really enjoy the cool fall weather, so we just played with some of the leaves that have fallen. Silver joined us and tried to "catch" the leaves as I dropped them on him. It was quite entertaining.
Sanaa is still enjoying her cereal. On Sunday Nate fed her for the first time. While he was feeding her he commented that he can't seem to keep Sanaa as clean as I do when I feed her. I told him not to worry about that. I have had close to 7 years of experience with feeding babies and this is the first time he ever fed a baby, so there's no way she'll stay clean. 

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The taunting squirrel

I haven't included our cats in a blog post in awhile. However, the taunting squirrel today provides a good excuse to post some pictures of our cats. I heard our cats make their "bird meow" today (kind of a chirping meow that is very staccato like). I looked outside and here is what I saw. 

First a squirrel perched on top of the fence with Aria directly below. The squirrel was chewing on a nut and I could see some of the shavings fall down around Aria.
Then Silver decided he wanted in on the action, so up on the table he went. At this point Aria had given up. 
The squirrel hung around for a good 10 minutes before leaving. However, the squirrel probably should not taunt our cats again because Silver has been known to catch a squirrel and kill it!

Our little lamb

Originally we weren't planning on doing anything for Halloween. Nate had been scheduled to work 12pm to 9pm, but he was able to swap days off and had Halloween off. Yeah! So, on Wednesday we found Sanaa a costume. We didn't have much choice since the lamb costume was the only one left in her size! At least it was a girly costume. 

We spent the evening with our small group at one of their homes handing out candy, eating, and just hanging out. Sanaa did really well and didn't get grumpy until bedtime. She spent most of the time looking at the other couples (probably wondering why they were dressed so weird).

A family shot. Nate and I wore our renaissance outfits. We typically wear these to Scarborough Faire. Like I said earlier, we weren't planning on doing anything for Halloween and this is all we had.
Our friend Chad with Sanaa. Sanaa wasn't too sure what to think of him.