Wednesday, September 30, 2009

15 months old

Today Sanaa is 15 months old and she decided to walk! She's been taking steps here and there, but her main mode of transportation has been crawling. Tonight after her bath she decided she was done with the crawling. She began walking and had a great time carrying a ball around. Below you'll get to watch Sanaa walking and playing ball with grandpa and grandma Lind. Sanaa was having so much fun playing she threw a mini tantrum when it was time for bed (and it was nearly an hour past bed time!). It is amazing how she has suddenly taken off with walking these past two days.

Monday, September 28, 2009

She's walking!

This morning at Little Gym Sanaa took 12 steps! Woohoo! She walked half way across the room. Now, while she's not walking consistently, I'm going to say that she's walking. :-) All day long she's been letting go of furniture and taking a few steps over to the next toy she wants. It's amazing to watch and exciting! I'll try to get some video of her walking. But until then here are a couple of pictures from the weekend.

Sanaa giving Peggy Sue a ride. Peggy Sue is a lamb that was Nate's very first gift to me after we started dating (and yes there is a story behind Peggy Sue, you'll just have to ask us).

Hanging out behind the bench. She did not want to come inside and figured out that if she stayed behind the bench it was much harder for mommy to grab her.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sanaa riding her bus

I haven't figured out how to load two videos on the same blog post. I tried, but it wouldn't let me for some reason. Oh, well.

Sanaa has recently learned how to ride her bus and can propel herself forward. For awhile she could only go backwards, but now that she's figured out how to go forward she is having a lot of fun! We also take her little bus outside, but when we're outside she won't ride it. She will only push it. Weird.

Playing outside

This week we have had some great weather. It's been an awesome break from the 100 degrees we've had for the past few months. Sanaa and I have spent most of our days outside. Here is a brief video of Sanaa going in and out. She's still not walking all by herself, but is doing a lot of practicing. She has taken more steps and seems to be getting close.

Monday, September 21, 2009

15 month check-up

This morning Sanaa had her 15 month check-up. Seriously?!?! Where is the time going? She'll be 15 months old next week, but it's a crazy week and so we got her check up done early. She did get three shots and screamed any time I had to lay her down on the table. Poor thing.

Her weight is 21.4 lbs (25th percentile).
Her height is 30 1/2 inches (50th percentile).
Her head circumference is 18 1/4 inches (50th percentile).

A new nurse, that I had not seen before, took Sanaa's measurements and plotted it out on the graph. When the nurse gave me the 15 month check-up paper, Sanaa's weight and height were listed as being in the 10th percentile. I was really surprised! But then the doctor came in and said the nurse had plotted Sanaa's statistics on the 18 month chart instead of the 15 month chart. Wow, that makes a difference! I thought Sanaa was shrinking!!

Sanaa is a healthy little girl. I was able to get a good look at all her teeth while she was busy screaming. (What a mean mom I am!) The bottom 2 molars are in and her top 2 molars have broken through. This gives her 14 teeth (8 on top and 6 on the bottom). I believe she has 6 teeth left (but don't quote me on that!).

We also left the doctor's office with a prescription. It seems I'm making a habit out of this. Sanaa had some fluid in her left ear and has been sick off and on for the past month with what seems to be a cold. But it's been hard to tell because she's also teething. Oh, well. I really need to stop leaving Sanaa's check-ups with a prescription for an antibiotic.

Friday, September 18, 2009

What she says and what she means

Yesterday I stopped by Starbucks for a much needed pick-me-up. As my drink was being made, one of the employees asked how old Sanaa was and if she was talking. I wanted to answer, "Yes, she's talking a ton!" But, she doesn't say much that you can understand. Sanaa will have long phone conversations where you hear a string of constants and vowels thrown together. When we're eating, Sanaa will jump in on the conversation Nate and I are having with more babbling and some vocal inflections thrown in. But what words does Sanaa use? Here is a brief list of what she's saying and what it means.

"Da" - Her universal word that means, dog, cat, what's that?, what's this?, dad, cup, light, fan etc. The only way to figure out what she means is by the context and what she's pointing at or holding.

"Uh-oh" - Hey, look, I just dropped something!

"Hi" - this is probably her first word and the only word she uses in the correct context. However, she typically likes say "Hi" to strangers as we're walking through the aisles at the grocery store.

"Meow" - seriously, just this week she started saying "meooo" when she sees our cats

Panting - she pants like a dog when she sees a dog, when we pull up to the pet store, or when we arrive at a friends house that has a dog

"Na" - I'm honestly not sure what this means. My guess is that she is referring to herself because she always puts her hand on her chest when she says "Na." Her friend Ainsley calls her "Na" and I think Sanaa picked it up from her.

Those are the main things I hear on any given day. I'm sure as the weeks move on, she'll be saying a lot more!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

House update #2 and other stuff

On Friday all the fans and the remaining dehumidifier were removed from our house. Yipee! Everything but the bathroom cabinet was dry. The bathroom cabinet wasn't expected to dry so that was not a surprise.

That evening (Friday) we had some storms and heavy rain roll through. Nate was at work (he had the closing shift) and I was just getting ready to take Sanaa upstairs to bed when I heard a dripping sound. I looked over at our fireplace and saw that the water was coming from the ceiling. Just great! One leak has been taken care of but now we have another.

Yesterday the insurance adjustor came out and right now we're in limbo waiting on the flooring figures to come in. But, it looks like we are going to get new flooring not only in the dining room but also the living room. The two rooms are connected and while I had hoped we would just be able to replace the dining room floors the insurance is going to pay for both room. That's great! I anticipate it will be a busy few weeks as we continue to get everything sorted out and then line up workers to come fix our poor broken house.

Sanaa was helping me sort through some clothes for a friend.
Gramma Carol introduced Sanaa to coloring. I've been hesitant to color with her because she is always putting things in her mouth. If she can get a pen or pencil, it ends up in her mouth. But surprisingly, she won't stick crayons in her mouth. She'll start to, but if you tell her no, she'll stop and return to coloring. She loves to color! I'm going to have buy more paper with the rate she's going through it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

House update

Yesterday a technician with the water removal company came and removed half of the fans. Yea! Our house is much quieter. The fans in the dining room, behind the washer, and one fan in the bathroom have been removed. This just leaves one remaining fan in the bathroom, two fans in the garage, and one giant dehumidifier in the garage.

A different technician with the same company came out today and asked if I was ready to get all the equipment out of here. I said "Yes!" As he began to remove the fans in the garage he yelled out, "Ma'am you have another leak." I headed to the garage and said, "Please tell me you're kidding." But he wasn't. The brand new extension tank (not the actual water heater, but a smaller tank off to the side that helps pressurize the hot water) was leaking. The technician put the fan back and scheduled a time to come back out tomorrow. I called the plumber and am now waiting for him to arrive and fix this new leak.

I'm ready for this to be over. But at least this time the water stayed in the garage and didn't come into the house.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Labor Day

Labor Day was not a good day in our household. The morning started off fine. Nate had off and I planned to use Labor Day as my craft day. I really wanted to learn how to sew. But that didn't happen. Shortly after lunch we discovered our water heater was leaking out into the garage. Not good. We have no idea how long it had been leaking, but it couldn't have been for all that long because Nate had been mowing the yard that morning and was in and out of the garage. It's entirely possible that the water heater was leaking into the house before we noticed it in the garage. Anyway, to make a very long story short, we had a plumber and an employee from a water damage removal company come out. The water had leaked into our laundry area, our downstairs bathroom, and water was even detected in our dining room. We now have six fans and two large dehumidifiers set up in our house. Part of the flooring in our dining room has been torn out, our cabinet in the bathroom is a total loss, and the baseboards in the laundry area, bathroom, and dining have been removed. Ugh.

Below are some pictures of our house in its current state.
My poor dining room.
Our lovely bathroom with its two fans.
Fans and dehumidifier in the garage drying out the area around our water heater.
Our washer is also pulled slightly out into the kitchen and there is a fan behind it drying out that area as well. We are thankful that we were actually home when this happened, but what a pain. I've been trying to stay positive about this, but it's hard. All I see right now is all the work I have to do once things are dried out. The fans and dehumidifiers run all day and night (and are quite noisy!) and we've been told it could take 4-5 days before everything is completely dry. I'm hoping for a shorter time frame. Luckily, Sanaa has not found the fans and stuff very interesting and has stayed away from them.

Next week the insurance adjustor will come out and hopefully we'll get our home owners insurance to help cover some of this. I am thankful that I do have my new business to help cover these costs. But I had other plans for that money! I'm not sure when I'll get my craft day either and I was really looking forward to it! The dining room was going to be my sewing area but since it is now under construction, sewing is going to have to be put on hold. Tomorrow will be better, right?

Hanging out with friends

Last week was busy and this week is going to be just as busy. Two days last week Sanaa and I hung out with Dylan (Cole was at school, so we didn't get to see him). They were two fun days, but exhausting because Sanaa refused to nap at Dylan's house. Sanaa was grumpy and I was grumpy by the time we left. But Dylan and Sanaa had a great time playing with each other. Below, Dylan was pretending to be a doctor and poor Sanaa got stuck being the patient.
Sanaa riding a Plasma Car. These are fun to ride! (Yes I've tried them).
Last Friday Sanaa spent the morning with her friend Skyler while I played my flute at a funeral. Then this morning Skyler spent some time with us while her mom went to work. The two pictures below were taken this morning. The girls played really well together. Skyler is one day younger than Sanaa, so the girls have been growing up together at church.
"What? We aren't doing anything."
And finally, last week (Thursday to be exact) Sanaa took her first two steps without holding onto anything. Yipee!! On Sunday, she seemed to lack some confidence and had to hold onto a balloon as she took a few more steps. I find it funny that a balloon gave her confidence, but whatever works is fine with me.