Friday, January 30, 2009

7 months old

Sanaa is 7 months old today and growing fast. I keep finding shirts that don't seem to fit as well as they use to. Earlier this week I tried to put a shirt on her and discovered that it wouldn't go over her head very easily. Oh, well. 

Sanaa's new favorite activity is pulling the baskets with her toys off the bottom of our coffee table. It doesn't matter what she was playing with, if she notices the baskets she tries her hardest to reach them. Unfortunately, she has done a couple of face-plants in her attempts to get the baskets. Luckily she hasn't hit the low shelf on the coffee table. Once she gets one of the baskets she then proceeds to pull out every single toy. What fun! 

Today was a fairly nice day, so Sanaa and I walked to the park. Well . . .  I walked and she sat in the stroller. Sanaa really enjoyed the swing and playing with the giant tic-tac-toe. I'm fairly sure that as the weather gets warmer we'll be making more trips to the park because she loves to be outside. 

One thing Sanaa has started doing with more frequency is screaming at the top of her lungs. Is this just a girl thing or do all babies go through this phase? I don't remember any of the children I took care of when I was a nanny going through a screaming phase. Sanaa isn't mad when she screams, she just likes to use her vocal cords to their fullest extent. Our poor cats don't like the screaming and have been spending more time outside. I don't blame them.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

An update

Proverbs 16:9, "The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his step" (NASB). This is SO true. We can make plans and set goals, but the Lord is the one directing our steps. Our pastor talked about goals and used Proverbs 16:1-9 to reinforce his message today. The message this morning hit Nate and I particularly hard as our plans and time in Pennsylvania did not go as expected. We were reminded this morning that the Lord continues to direct our steps, even when our plans do not work out as we had thought.

The last time we posted we were still in Pennsylvania. The very next day we flew home to Texas. That was not our plan. We actually were not planning on returning to Texas until tomorrow. We laid low last week and took a short family trip down to Fredericksburg, TX to regroup and refocus. We had a great time in Fredericksburg. It's a small town with numerous bed and breakfast places to stay at and a lot of stores on Main Street that you can shop in. 

Now it is back to reality. We continue to have the same long term goals, but as Proverbs 16:9 states, the Lord is the one directing our steps, even though those steps don't make sense right now.

Here are some pictures from the past couple of weeks.

Sanaa loves books. We read to her before bed each night. She really enjoys "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" and "Goodnight Moon." This picture was taken in our hotel room while we were in Pennsylvania. It was hard sharing a room with Sanaa. Once she went to bed we couldn't really do anything because we didn't want to wake her. 
Sitting on the couch in Fredericksburg. She almost looks like she's posing. 
While in Fredericksburg, we ate at a pizza parlor. There was a little girl named Della (5 years old) who was there. Her mom works at the pizza parlor (possibly a manager there, not sure). We walked in and the waitress was really busy, so she asked Della to seat us. Della walked us to a booth and then went and got her doll. She handed her doll to Sanaa and said Sanaa could play with her doll while we were there. But Della did ask (very politely) that we give her doll back once we were finished eating and had to leave. Della was absolutely adorable!
The bed and breakfast cottage we stayed at in Fredericksburg. You can rent cottages as well as rooms. We went for a cottage so that Sanaa could have her own room. This cottage had 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen, and a small living room. It was so cute and we'd love to stay there again.
Sanaa and I sitting on the front porch of our cottage.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Snow, new teeth, and exhaustion

What a week it has been and it's only Thursday! This morning we woke up to it snowing! Yeah! I love snow and was so excited to see it. However, we didn't have time to take any pictures and now I'm worried the little snow we did get will be gone before I can get a picture. I really wanted to get a picture of Sanaa with the snow.

Then later this morning I discovered that Sanaa's first tooth has broken through. No wonder she has been so grumpy! Even though I knew she was teething, I thought most of her grumpiness was due to being over-tired and in childcare all day long. I would have given her Tylenol much sooner had I realized her grumpiness had more to do with being in pain than being tired. 

This week has been very exhausting . . . mentally, emotionally, and physically. We have had so much information thrown at us and very little time to process it. I'm physically exhausted because Sanaa has not been sleeping well and last night she woke up three times. There is also very little down time during the day, so I haven't been able to get in any naps. We're in sessions from 8:30am to 5:30pm each day. Most evenings (after dinner) we're free to do whatever, but the past two evenings we've had places that we needed to be, so that just made the day even longer. But our time in PA has also been wonderful as we've been encouraged by many people who are currently going through the process with us or have been through the process already and understand how draining the days can be.

Thankfully, Sanaa has been doing extremely well in the nursery. In the four days we've been here she has become a different baby. She is now much more comfortable being passed around and will smile and sit on just about anyone's lap (she even let the head honcho hold her and smiled and giggled for him!). She smiles at the nursery volunteers and rarely cries when we leave her. The way in which Sanaa has adjusted so quickly to her new surroundings has been a huge answer to prayer. 

We continue to need your prayers. Pray that the exhaustion will ease up in week 2. Pray that the Father will show us what we need to do. Pray that Nate and I's relationship is strengthened through this whole process.

Monday, January 12, 2009

So Far, So Good!

Well Hi!

Its Nate again. Just checking in to see how everything is going over here. The whole family is here in Pennsylvania right now. We'll be here about 2 weeks.

Thus far, everything is going great. Well.... hang on. This next section is for Texans only.

***** TEXANS ONLY ******

So I went out today and there was all this white stuff on the ground. Not quite sure. Kinda sandy lookin, but awfully cold. I asked around and they said that it had something to do with cold weather and rain and something silly like that.

Didn't really understand.

I asked if it was like cold sand. They said no.

I asked if there was a beach nearby that brought it. They said no and started looking annoyed.

I dropped the subject. I'm not sure how one could live in this state and not have a grasp of such things. Silly Pennsylvanians.

********* END TEXAS SECTION **********

Anyway. Sanaa has been a joy! We were imagining that this time with her would be roughly akin to running naked through a sleet storm, but thus far she has been amazing!

She actually:

1. Went to sleep for a Child Care worker for the first time IN HER LIFE.
2. Played the ENTIRE DAY without having to have the workers call for Mommy.
3. Was happy for like..... everybody.


Oh yeah... and we're doing well too.

Thanks for asking.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

6 month check-up

Poor Sanaa had her 6 month check-up today and what a rough time she had.  She does not like the doctor's office.  Any time a nurse or the doctor came in, she started crying. Once they walked out of the room, she was fine. Sanaa did receive 4 shots and one oral vaccine. She got so worked up over the oral vaccine that she started coughing and gagging. Oh, well. The whole ordeal did wear her out pretty good and she took a nice long nap afterwards. In fact, we all took a nap. (Nate had off today, so he came along to the check-up as well).

Here are her stats. 
Weight: 15 1/2 pounds (25-50%)
Length: 26 1/4 inches (50-75%)
Head: 17 inches (50-75%)

Sanaa has really started to enjoy the touch and feel books. She got this book for Christmas and squeals when she sees the kittens. 
Sanaa "helped" me put this toy together. One of Nate's co-workers gave it to us. She's had a lot of fun spinning the blocks on the wire. 
Sanaa is starting to enjoy the "dropsy" game. She kept throwing a rattle on the floor and then laughing really hard. 
I was going to get Sanaa's bath ready, but we found Aria in the tub. I have no idea what was in the drain, but apparently it was very interesting.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

6 years

Today is our 6 year anniversary. The years seem to be passing quickly. It really doesn't seem that it was all that long ago that Nate was proposing to me out at the Oregon coast. It's been wonderful being married to such a great guy and I'm looking forward to all the years ahead of us. Here are some pictures from our honeymoon (and boy do we look young!). We took a 10-day cruise in the Caribbean. What fun!