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.