Wednesday, December 30, 2009

18 months old

Sanaa is 18 months old today and we spent the morning visiting the doctor for her check up. Overall it was a good check up. The best part was that she didn't need any shots this time. Yea! Made for a much better morning than I anticipated.

Sanaa's stats:
Weight: 23 lbs (35th percentile)
Height: 32 inches (55th percentile)
Head circumference: 18 3/4 inches (75th percentile)

They did a quick vision test on her. Her vision is 20/20. I have no idea how they could tell that from the hand held device they used. I've never even seen a little machine like the one they used before. It was pretty cool.

The only surprising thing that occurred was being handed a pamphlet for ECI because Sanaa is not quite where she should be with her expressive language. ECI stands for Early Childhood Intervention and this is the place where I did my internship a couple of years ago while I was working towards my Master's degree.

About a month ago the doctor's office sent me an 18-month questionnaire to fill out. As I filled it out I noticed Sanaa was doing awesome on the her motor skills, receptive language, and social-emotional skills. Her expressive language wasn't so good. I wasn't too worried about it since she was doing so well in all the other areas of development. The doctor questioned me a bit about Sanaa's receptive skills and what she was saying. In the end, the doctor was not overly worried with where Sanaa is with her expressive language and expects Sanaa to just explode over the next weeks/months with her expressive skills. However, the doctor still wanted me to have ECI's info in case Sanaa doesn't start talking a lot and we get worried. But I'm not worried. She's already trying to add new words to her vocabulary and we're probably up to about 8 or 9 words right now.

This picture was from the Sunday before Christmas. The beautiful dress was sent by my mom.
Sanaa had just said "ta-da" after hitting some balls with her toy hammer.
Sanaa giving me her "I don't want you to take my picture" face.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You know your wife is 4 months pregnant when... get a text message at work from your wife saying:

"Where are my chocolate chip cookies? ME WANT CHOCOLATE CHIP!"


Some assembly required

Those were the words on the box. The day before Christmas Eve Nate and I opened up the box containing Sanaa's new kitchen set. I knew there would be some assembly, but when I opened the box I was not prepared for the "some assembly" to mean "you will create your own kitchen from scratch." Wow! There were so many pieces. We had to make everything from the doors to the little cell phone after cutting each plastic piece out. Thankfully Sanaa is really enjoying her new kitchen.

Most of the pieces. I couldn't get a picture of all the pieces. There were some pieces at my feet as I took the picture.
Getting there. Got the doors made and on the front.
Doing finishing touches.
Enjoying her new kitchen set. The hard work on our part was worth it.
We all had a good Christmas. Uncle Caleb and aunt Sarah drove down from Arkansas and spent about 5 days with us and Nate's parents. It was a lot of fun. I'll have to post more pictures of our time together.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A white Christmas

Early this afternoon it started snowing. I was so excited! Snow on Christmas Eve. How awesome! The last time I had a white Christmas was probably our first year of marriage when we visited my parents for Christmas and that was about 7 years ago. Yesterday our high was about 71 degrees and the last weather report I heard yesterday said we would have a high in the 40's today with rain. So when the weather forecasters started talking about snow this morning I just laughed. It wasn't the first time they had mentioned the possibility of it snowing on Christmas Eve and it never seemed to happened. But this year it did. Yea! I know it's not a lot of snow, but our grass is covered and it's going to stay very cold tonight and tomorrow. So we should be waking up to snow still on the ground tomorrow morning.

After Nate got home from work today we took Sanaa outside to play in the snow and she had a blast. Here are a couple of pictures of her enjoying the snow and cold temps.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Hi there. Nate again.

This is my new cat Merlin. Silver never returned, but he is here in spirit.

Basically he is almost entirely like Silver from a personality standpoint. He does have certain quirks that make him distinctive though.

1. He is definitely a lap cat, but doesn't like being picked up. He freaks out and wants to run away.
2. Silver would play rough, and claw or bite you while you petted him. Merlin doesn't. Definite upgrade.
3. Merlin is very nocturnal, and will take very long naps during the day, and then be wired at night. This makes life interesting.
4. Unlike Silver, Merlin is very kid friendly, and will often rub up against Sanaa. Sanaa doesn't really know what to do with this, but Rosa and I think it is great.

All in all. A great cat. Personally, I've always liked all black cats, so Merlin and I are a good fit.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Quote of the Day


Nate here.

There are certain moments in being a Dad that I will always remember. These moments can look different depending on what they are.

Yesterday was one such moment.

I was working and my phone vibrated, indicating an incoming text.

I looked, and found the following text from Rosa:

"I give up. If Sanaa wants to eat cat food, so be it."

I didn't respond.

I didn't need to.


Monday, December 14, 2009

Packaging peanuts - the best toy ever!

Last week we had a couple of packages arrive that contained packaging peanuts. When the packages arrived, Sanaa was excited and started pounding on the boxes waiting for me to open them. So I did. That was my first mistake. Sanaa completely ignored the contents of the packages (which included some yummy cookies and some Christmas presents) and immediately began grabbing handfuls of peanuts and throwing them around our dining room and entry way. I didn't get a picture of the final mess, but the area in front of our front door was covered with peanuts. Sanaa had a blast! Now I just need to teach her how to sweep up her messes because I did not enjoy that part. Maybe I should invest in a child size broom for Christmas.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sanaa's big news

Sanaa wanted to let you all know that she's going to be a big sister! Her little brother/sister is due June 6, 2010. I'm almost 14 weeks along. Yesterday Sanaa accompanied me to my doctor's appointment where we got to listen to the baby's heart beat, which was going strong. Sanaa was actually quite concerned about the noise and didn't like the fact that we were even at a doctor's office. She refused to smile at the doctor or nurse and didn't give me a smile until we were headed back to the car. Below is a picture of the new baby. It doesn't look like much to me (just a blob), but for those of you who enjoy seeing sonogram pictures, here you go.
As for how I'm feeling . . . . I feel awful. Yesterday the doctor said the morning sickness should be getting better any time now. I'm taking two different anit-nausea meds, but they just help make things a little more bearable. I've been sick with nausea and throwing up since about the 6th week of pregnancy and at this point I'm beginning to wonder if I'll ever have any relief. But I have my fingers crossed that as I begin the 2nd trimester I'll start feeling better.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


This morning we woke up to it snowing! We were pretty excited since it rarely snows down here. I quickly got ready and like any good mother I got Sanaa out of bed (she was beginning to wake up anyway, so it's not like I actually woke her), put her shoes and coat on over her pjs, and dashed outside. We had some large flakes coming down and at first Sanaa wasn't too sure she wanted to leave the door way. She kept pointing at the snow falling and saying, "Da?" However, her curiosity won her over and she left the door way and had a great time walking quickly back and forth on our back patio. By 8:00am the snow began to change over to rain and by 8:30am the snow on the ground was gone. Oh, well. I'm really hoping we get more snow this year so Sanaa can play in it.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Our Thanksgiving

We had Thanksgiving at our house this year. That's where it has been for the past three years. I've been hosting Thanksgiving and Nate's parents host Christmas. I think now I'm actually getting the hang of cooking a turkey and it's not nearly as bad or hard as I always thought. Some of you may wonder why we don't travel to see my family during the holidays and it's not because we don't want to, it's because we can't. Since Nate works in retail, he is not allowed any vacation time whatsoever from Thanksgiving until after the new year. In fact, the day after Thanksgiving every single employee at the store has work. It really stinks, but at least Nate has a job.

Now, back to our Thanksgiving day. It was relaxing. We cooked, we ate, and we watched some football.

Our family picture. Sanaa thought it was hilarious that Aria was sitting next to her and all Aria wanted was to get away from the extremely loud and obnoxious little girl.
Notice Sanaa's sippy cup in the picture. You'd think that if one were thirsty one would drink from the cup. But no, it is way more fun to dip a stick in the cat water and then put the stick in your mouth. Maybe the water tastes better that way.

Playing in the leaves. Sanaa can't get enough of leaves. I'm not sure what she'll do once we rake all the leaves up.
Eating Thanksgiving dinner. I know her expression is one of disgust, but she did really enjoy the turkey, fruit, and biscuits. As for the stuffing, green beans, and potatoes.... well, she didn't like those as much. Last Thanksgiving Sanaa was too young to take part in our Thanksgiving dinner (she was only 4 1/2 months old), so this is her first time to try some of these foods (like the stuffing).

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Trip to Arkansas

A quick update on Silver. He's still missing. It's been 2 1/2 weeks, so the likely hood of him returning is next to none. Aria is still driving us crazy with her meowing, so we're starting to think about possibly getting her a new play mate. However, we don't plan to get a new cat for at least a couple of weeks.

Last weekend we drove up to Arkansas to visit Nate's brother Caleb and his wife Sarah. It was a fun and busy weekend. The best part was that we had no car issues, unlike our last trip in May when we were left stranded about an hour from home. On Sunday we drove back home and Caleb and Sarah also came down for a couple of days. We all had a great time together.

Sanaa and aunt Sarah drawing with chalk.

Sanaa and uncle Caleb playing the piano.

On Saturday evening (while we were still in Arkansas) Caleb and Sarah took us to Fayetteville's town square to watch the Christmas parade and see the lighting ceremony. It was fun watching all the Christmas lights come on. While there we tried to get a decent family picture for our Christmas card and I think we may have one that will work (out of 9). It was most entertaining watching aunt Sarah jump around trying to get Sanaa to look at the camera.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 13, 2009


Our cat Silver has been missing for nearly 4 days now. He is a cat who does not miss his meals, so when he didn't show up for breakfast on Tuesday we started to wonder where he might be. However, it is now Friday and he still hasn't shown up. We called the animal shelter yesterday hoping that maybe he had lost his collar and been picked up, but no such luck. Our other cat, Aria, appears to notice his absence because she is sticking really close to home. This is not normal for her. She's typically the cat that will roam about and we might not see her for two days. But since Silver disappeared she's either stayed inside or hangs out in our yard. It's almost like she's waiting for Silver to return. We're hoping he returns too.

Silver checking out the chalk Sanaa was playing with.
One of the annoying things he enjoyed doing was playing with toilet paper.
Silver and Aria. Good buddies.
A box for each. Neither were willing to share their box.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Playing with Ainsley

This morning my friend Kristen watched Sanaa. Kristen is Ainsley's mom and the girls had a great time together. When I told Sanaa this morning that we were going to see Ainsley she got really excited. I love how Sanaa now recognizes Ainsley's name. Over on Kristen's blog (Sprouting Off) you can find a video of the girls playing chase this morning. It is really cute, so go take a look! Just click on Sprouting Off under my Blog Friends.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A fall day

The weather here in Texas has been quite warm. We've been in the mid to upper 70's for the past week or so. Next week we're suppose to get some cooler weather (in the 60's). I know I should be thankful for the nice weather, but I'm honestly quite tired of it. I would like some cooler weather (not freezing cold), but cool enough to wear long sleeves. For some reason, leaves falling and warm weather just don't go together.

Since the weather has been so nice, we've spent most of our days outside and today was no exception. Sanaa is fascinated by the leaves and loves picking them up and dropping them. She'll even cover our cats with leaves if they sit still long enough. :-) We still have a ton of leaves on our tree, so Sanaa will be able to play in the leaves for quite awhile. I know when it comes time for us to rake the leaves Sanaa is going to love helping us! Here are some pictures from today and us playing in the leaves.

For any of you who don't already know this, black pants and chalk are not the best combination. This was actually one of Sanaa's cleaner moments. You'd think that I would have better common sense than to dress Sanaa in black pants and let her play with chalk. Oh, well. At least I have a washing machine.
Sanaa chilling on the front porch. All the outside activity wore her out and she needed a brief break.

Friday, November 6, 2009


Technology and I do not get along. Just ask Nate. I have the hardest time working the tv, our camera, my computer, etc., and things often don't work for me. It's frustrating because everything seems to work just fine for Nate. Luckily, it appears that Sanaa inherited Nate's ability to work with technology. Take for example our camera. I have no idea what Sanaa did, but she obviously change some type of setting on the camera and now the video I shoot is clearer. Amazing! I really wish she could tell me what she did.

Sanaa has been dancing recently and I've tried to catch her dancing on video, but she always stopped when I pulled out the camera. Today she kept dancing while the camera rolled. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Some fun pictures

Sorry this picture is so dark, but the sun was nearly down at the time. Apparently Sanaa wanted to see what Aria found so interesting. Both Aria and Sanaa were peering under the gate together.
Um? It now takes 2 hands and 1 foot to hold up her milk. I guess I've been letting her watch too much Curious George on tv.

Our unexpected day

Today did not go as planned or expected. As you may remember, back in September our water heater flooded and part of our flooring in the dining room was pulled up. Last week our new flooring arrived. On Monday I called to schedule a time for our flooring to be installed and had asked for it to be installed today because Nate had off and could hang out to supervise the installation and answer any questions the workers may have. Well, on Tuesday I was told our flooring wasn't going to be installed until Friday. I was fine with that. It would make things hard, but at least it was still getting done this week. This morning around 8:45 my phone rang. It was one of the workers calling to let me know that the installation was actually scheduled for today and not tomorrow and they wanted to know what time they could show up. Yikes!

Keep in mind, we had moved nothing out of the dining room or living room and had planned to do that today. I asked the workers to give us an hour. Nate and I hurriedly cleared out both rooms in about 45 minutes. By the time the workers showed up, only our large pieces of furniture were left. The workers moved most of the large pieces into the kitchen, but left our couch and one chair in the living room which they just moved around as they put the flooring down. By 5:15pm our flooring was finished! Wow! It's pretty much the same color we had. It looks great and I'm glad it's finally finished despite the crazy start to the day. Most of our things are back in the rooms. Now it's just a matter of putting books back on the book shelf. I think I might just head to bed early tonight.

Our dining room almost finished.
The living room almost finished. All they had left to do at this point was install the trim around the room.
Finished dining room.
Finished living room. And yes, Sanaa is lying on the floor. Poor thing was quite tired from all the activity today.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Our little butterfly

For Halloween Sanaa was a butterfly. It was a hand-me-down costume from the family I use to work for, but was in great condition. Sanaa did not mind wearing the costume at all and didn't even put up a fuss when we put on her hat. We took Sanaa to an event at our church called Trunk or Treat. We had never been to it before but had a great time. Various members from the church dressed up and decorated their car trunks. The kids from church and the community were able to walk from trunk to trunk to collect candy. It was so much fun seeing all the different trunks and the ideas that people came up with. Sanaa's favorite trunk had a jungle theme and she found the giant stuffed giraffe fascinating.
A shot of Sanaa's butterfly wings.
Nate had to hold onto Sanaa so that I could get a decent picture of her from the front. She was very busy walking around and checking out all the different activities.
Sanaa's other favorite trunk had a dog dressed liked a bee. The dog was actually right next to the giant giraffe, so she spent quite a bit of time walking back and forth between the two trunks. She tried to kiss the dog a couple of times, but in this shot she decided to just sit down and hang out with the dog for a little while.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The newest discovery

This week I introduced Sanaa to chalk and coloring outside. I was getting tired of her pulling the dirt out of my plants, so I hunted around our house and was lucky to find some chalk. She has been loving it.
Sanaa wasn't the only one to enjoy the chalk. For some strange reason Silver was very curious about it and kept getting in Sanaa's way. Silver even tried to grab the chalk and run off with it.
This picture is for all of you who have not met my daughter in person. People are constantly commenting on her curly hair (and her long eye lashes). So I figured I would snap a picture of her ringlets. I took this picture last night after her bath once her hair was dry.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My little helper

I have found that I have a hard time accomplishing anything without a little help from Sanaa. If I'm doing laundry she is right there next to me either sitting on the clothes I need to fold or unfolding the clothes I've just folded. If I try to work on the computer, she suddenly stops what she's doing and makes a beeline over to my side to "help" me work on the computer. This consists of her trying to bang on the keys and most of the time she hits a very random key combination that makes my computer do things I never knew it could.

But the best part of her wanting to help is how she has started to help take care of our cats in her own way. Last week she was snacking on some goldfish when I told her I needed to feed the cats. Silver was driving me crazy and getting under foot, so I figured I would feed him to get him out of the way. I turned my back to get the cat food out of the pantry and when I turned around Sanaa was trying to share her goldfish with the cats. Of course, neither cat was interested. Sanaa also feels a need to sit with the cats while they eat and I can only think that this is because we sit with her when she eats. She also attempted to wipe off Silver's mouth after he was done eating with our hand towel. Isn't she great? I just wish our cats appreciated her efforts more.
This was a rare moment when Sanaa sat in one place for almost 10 minutes looking at her books.
Sanaa loves to be outside. It's raining here today and we've already had some minor tantrums because I'm not letting her outside. She has played outside in our backyard all week, so being stuck inside today is not pleasant for her. The other day while I was getting dinner ready I let Sanaa out on our patio. When I checked on her I discovered that she was pulling dirt out of my plants and spreading it around on the patio. I'm not sure what she was doing, but she was having a great time. Maybe the cracks between the bricks needed filling in.