Thursday, August 25, 2011

Five Months!

(Considering Aniston will be six months old a week from today, I'm incredibly behind.  Better late than never, right?!)

Aniston Louise turned five months old on Thursday, August 25!

Weight:  13 pounds 14.5 ounces (as of 8/9)

Height:  24 inches (as of 8/9)

Clothing Size:  She's wearing 3-6 month clothing, but can still fit into a lot of her 0-3 month outfits. 

Diapers:  Size 2

Feeding:  Aniston usually eats six ounces of formula every three hours.  She also has two tablespoons or so of cereal, fruits, or veggies twice a day.  So far we've tried rice cereal, oatmeal cereal, bananas, green beans, and apples.  She loves oatmeal and fruit.  She tolerates green beans, but makes terrible faces while she eats them.

Hair/Eyes:  Aniston's eyes are still blue.  Her hair is a light brown with a reddish tint. 

Sleep:  Aniston is on a more structured sleep schedule now since I've gone back to work.  She wakes up around 7:30am and her bedtime is between 8 and 8:30. 

Likes/Dislikes:  She loves to watch anything that moves!  She pays attention all the time now to what's going on around her.  She loves bath time now (yay!).  As far as dislikes go, I really can't think of anything right now. 

Fun Stuff:   
--Aniston started blowing raspberries on August 15.  It's really precious....if you don't mind lots of spit. Ha! ;)

Mommy's Point of View:  
    This month has brought some changes for us.  After being home with Aniston for nearly five months, I went back to work on August 18.  I am so thankful that my dad (who retired last year) is able to keep her while Bradley and I work.  I couldn't imagine dropping her off at daycare right now!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Catching Up

Remember when I promised to blog daily?  Needless to say, it didn't happen.  Honestly, I just don't have time.  I really wish I did.  I feel like every day with Aniston needs to be recorded, and I would love to share it with all of you, but I just never seem to get around to it.  Life is just so busy and, with school starting back next week, I'm afraid it's going to only get busier.  Sigh.  I'll keep trying to blog more often.

What's been going on around here lately?  Lots!

--Aniston went to the pediatrician on Tuesday afternoon for her four month well-check.  (I would love for her well-checks to be on her actual monthly birthday, but that's another post entirely.)  She weighed 13 pounds 14.5 ounces and was 24 inches long.  She's in the 50th percentile for both weight and height.  We were given the go-ahead to introduce her to cereal, fruits, and veggies!  So exciting!

--We gave her rice cereal for the first time on Tuesday night.  She hated it.  (Really, though, can you blame her?)  She actually shuddered every time we gave it to her.  We kept offering it to her, and she continued to shudder and spit.  Finally, we gave up on the rice cereal and moved on to bananas, which she loves! She's only eating one tablespoon of food once or twice a day. Since they recommend waiting a few days between different foods to make sure there's not an allergic reaction, she has only had bananas at this point.  I'm looking forward to her trying different things!

--Bradley's 30th birthday was Friday!  I had been planning for months to have a big party, but he declined my offer so we celebrated with dinner out instead.

--Aniston started blowing raspberries today!  She thought it was so funny and did it constantly.  (Funny story--My grandparents live behind us.  Bradley was working in the yard this evening and Papaw walked out to talk to him.  Bradley tells him that Aniston is blowing raspberries and he should see her.  A little while later, Mamaw and Papaw are knocking at the door because "Aniston is blowing blueberries" and they want to see it.  Thinking that they've made a mistake in the wording, I tell them it's called blowing raspberries, not blueberries, and invite them in.  They're playing in the floor with Aniston when Mamaw says, "Well, I don't see any raspberries, either".  Then I understood--they thought I was feeding her raspberries (well....blueberries) instead of her nightly bananas!  I had to do some quick explaining!)

I'm trying to soak up the last bit of summer before I go back to work on Thursday.  I can't believe it's nearly over!  Where has the time gone?!

Friday, August 5, 2011

One Year Ago

One year ago today, we found out we were expecting Aniston. 

As Bradley and I snuggled with her this morning, marveling once again about how absolutely perfect she is, we talked about that day.  Everything about that morning is still so fresh in my memory, and I hope it stays that way.  I remember the feeling of utter despair I had when I thought the test was negative.  I remember returning to bed, tearfully telling Bradley it was negative, and desperately trying to think of some way we could afford another month of treatment.  I remember how amazed I was when I glanced at the test later on and saw that it was positive, and the feeling of nervousness as I waited for the results of a second test.  After the second test was positive, I made three phone calls--the first to REACH, the second to my parents, the third to Kesha.  I remember exactly where I was standing when I talked to each person.  I got ready quicker than I ever have in my life, and we made it to REACH for blood work in record time.  Bradley and I went to work on my classroom while we waited on the results, and Kesha was there, too.  After working in my room for a while, Bradley and Kesha were moving furniture in her classroom when the nurse from REACH called with the results.  As I smooshed myself against the window to get a cell signal, the nurse told me the best news of my life--I was pregnant!  After that, things are a bit of a blur.  It's funny to me that everything up until that point is crystal clear, but after...not so much.  The next day I wrote this post for the blog.

What an amazing year it has been!