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Tuesday, May 31, 2005
 
Weekend Wrap-Up:
- Saw Grandma Lona and Grandpa Dale
- Went to zoo
- Puked on Mom
- Took first unassisted steps (walked from Auntie Krystle to Mommy)
- Saw Grandpa Dan
- Bounced on trampoline
- Chased the cat
- Walked from Daddy to Mommy
- Took some more wobbly steps
- Slept for almost 5 hours straight!
Yep, that about sums up our holiday weekend. It was great! What, you want more detail? OK, here we go...

Saturday was a lazy, hang around the house day for us. Grandma Lona and Grandpa Dale came over to pick up one our extra computer monitors and stayed for a while to play with Annika. That afternoon, we ran a couple errands before settling in for the night. Sunday we went to the Minnesota Zoo. We had a great time and it was an absolutely beautiful day outside. Annika particularly liked the fish because there is constant motion for her to watch. She also enjoyed the tiger because he was moving around and making noise. The rest of the animals were fairly tame so Annika watched the people around her instead. When we arrived back home, Annika and I sat down to nurse. She nursed well on one side. When she sat up, she coughed a couple tiny little coughs. Thinking nothing of it, I laid her down to eat on the other side. She coughed a little and then she threw up all over me. It was on my clothes, her clothes and the recliner. At least it was just the milk she had just eaten, but still, eeewww! Kris came and cleaned up Annika while I cleaned myself up. Then, Annika and I went to a different chair so she could finish eating while Kris cleaned the recliner. I don't know why she got sick, but she was fine the rest of the evening. I'm wondering if she didn't just have a gas bubble or two that needed to come out and so everything else came out with it. She didn't cry or even fuss after doing it. Weird. Anyway, Auntie Krystle came over that evening to play with us and while playing in Annika's bedroom, Auntie Krystle stood Annika up and told her to go to Mommy. I was sitting just a couple feet away and Annika walked from Auntie Krystle to me! Sure, they were tiny, wobbly baby steps, but she did it!

Yesterday we had a very nice afternoon at Grandpa Dan's house. Uncle Mathias set up the trampoline and Kris put Annika on it. Then, he bounced the trampoline around her. She loved it, laughing and smiling the whole time. It was a beautiful day once again, so we grilled and ate outside on the deck. Annika had bun and baked beans for lunch with some strawberries and whipped cream for dessert. :) After she was done eating, Kris put her down on the deck. Uncle Mathias' cat was on the deck and Annika kept crawling after the cat. The cat would just stop and let Annika get her. Annika would then grab the cat's fur. I was worried the cat would hiss or swat at Annika but it never did. We made sure to keep a close eye on it though. The cat would run away and Annika would crawl over to it again. Annika thought that was a fun game. Later that afternoon, while playing inside, Annika walked from Daddy to Mommy! Then she took a few steps with Uncle Mathias and Grandpa Dan. Annika only had about a 1/2 hour nap that morning so by 5pm she was pretty tired and we headed home. Annika slept the entire way and then slept for another hour at home - until 7pm! I thought bed time and night time were going to be horrendous. Instead, we played with toys and took a bath and when Kris put her to bed at 9:30pm, she went down just fine. I finally went to bed at 11pm, after doing some Pampered Chef work. I told Kris to bring her to me (she was in her crib) when she woke up. She didn't wake up until 2am! Dang! I wish I had gone to bed earlier so I could have had more uninterruped sleep! I think that is the longest Annika has slept in months. She has been a 2-3 hour girl for as long as I can remember but lately it's been 45 minutes to 2 hours because she was teething. I hope, hope, hope that she'll start sleeping longer now. Of course, she was then up at 3:30am, 4:30am and was still sleeping when I left at 6:30am.

OK, that's enough for today. Have a great (short) week everyone!

Posted by Kristina at 5/31/2005 08:17:00 AM

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Thursday, May 26, 2005
 
Yesterday Annika discovered her tongue. When we woke up yesterday and went to change her diaper she was sticking her tongue out so I stuck mine out too. Then I would make sounds or make goofy faces with my tongue out and she started mimicking me. At random intervals yesterday, she would all of a sudden stick out her tongue or have it just barely sticking out in between her lips. It was pretty funny. She's such a silly little girl.

Posted by Kristina at 5/26/2005 08:22:00 AM

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Monday, May 23, 2005
 
Happy Birthday Daddy! I hope you had a good day on Saturday!

Annika has a third tooth! It popped through yesterday. I felt a tiny little bump when ran my finger on her upper gum. Her top right incisor has broke through. She's going to have a goofy little grin now!

Annika slept like an angel last night. I went to bed around 10:30-11pm and Kris brought her in to me shortly after that. (She always starts sleeping in her crib, for safety, and then joins me after I go to bed) She only woke up once, around 1:30-2am and the next thing I knew, my alarm was going off (at 5:30am, however)! She slept through it as she always does and was still sleeping when I left this morning! Hopefully her tooth was bothering her sleeping and she'll sleep for longer stretches now.

Annika did the funniest thing yesterday. We were at Granmda Pat's house visiting and Grandma and Annika were playing on the floor. Annika was crawling after the remote that Grandma was moving across the floor. Grandma was sitting on the floor with her leg outstretched but bent up a bit. She moved the remove under her knee and Annika got down on her belly, pressed her ear to the floor and searched for the remote under Grandma's leg. It was hilarious! Then, when she saw that it was on the other side, she went up and over Grandma's leg to get it. She's one smart cookie, my girl is!

Saturday, Annika went to Uncle Dusty and Aunt Kim's house to play with them and Aunt Carrie while Kris and I went to see - what else - Star Wars, Episode 3. Afterwards, we spent the day at their house and then they, plus Grandma Lona and Grandpa Dale joined us at our house for a barbecue. This was all in celebration of Kris's birthday.

Posted by Kristina at 5/23/2005 07:20:00 AM

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Friday, May 20, 2005
 
Annika has not had a fever since Monday night. She also doesn't have any new teeth yet.

Yesterday, Aunt Carrie flew into town. She spent the day with Kris and Annika. From what I heard over the phone, they sure were having fun! I had to work late last night so Auntie Krystle came over to babysit Annika while Kris went to work. Annika was so tired from her playing all day that she fell asleep in Krystle's arms at 6pm. She woke up when I came home and was up for about an hour before going back to bed for the evening. I brought a whole bunch of balloons filled with helium home with me (from my work event). This was the first time Annika has seen helium filled balloons. Her eyes were huge and her jaw dropped open. She just stared at them. Krystle laughed so hard at her. Annika was a little scared of the balloons at first. After she warmed up to them, she let me bop her on the head with them and she'd bat at them. When Kris came home, he held her and had her kick the balloons. They should have fun playing with them today.

Posted by Kristina at 5/20/2005 07:55:00 AM

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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
 
I think it's teething time at our house! Annika has had an off and on fever since Sunday night. A dose of Tylenol has knocked it down. Annika has also not been sleeping well the past week or so, waking every 1-2 hours. And you'll probably remember the drool monster we had last week. Poor girl also has a touch of diaper rash. I'll have to keep sticking my finger in her mouth to feel any sharp little edges coming through.

Posted by Kristina at 5/17/2005 11:13:00 AM

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Monday, May 16, 2005
 
Once again, it's been a while since I posted. I will try and update more often. I'm also going to try and upload a bunch of pictures tonight.

Annika is starting to say a lot more consonances. Saturday, she started saying da-da-da-da and dee-dee-dee-dee. Then she would string them together and say da-da-da-da-dee-dee-dee-dee. Right in the middle, Kris would say, “She said Daddy!” Kidding, of course, because while she technically did say “da-dee,” she doesn’t know she’s saying “daddy” yet.

Annika is also doing very well with balance. She can go from standing to squatting to standing again when holding on to something with one hand. I have even seen her stand and squat while not holding on to anything but she hasn’t stood back up again then. She can also stand while not holding on to anything for a good 10-20 seconds before toppling over or sitting down. One of these days, she’s just going to take off and leave the crawling behind for good.

Once again, we had a busy weekend. Saturday, we cleaned the house to get ready for the open house we were having that afternoon. Then, Kris and Annika went to play with Uncle Dusty and Aunt Kim while I got a facial and hair cut. Late that afternoon, we went to Mommy’s cousin Laura’s graduation party. We got to see lots of family that day! Yesterday was a hectic day. Annika slept in late (9am!) so I slept in with her. Then we had to leave the house quickly for a 10am showing. Too bad they cancelled the showing at 10:15am and rescheduled for 5pm. We arrived back home a little after 11am to find this out. Oh well, we all had a nice breakfast out together anyway. Then, Annika and I laid down for a nap together and didn’t wake up until 12:55pm when Daddy woke us! We again had to get up and leave quickly for a 1pm showing! Daddy went to work and Annika and I went to our 2nd play date with Mommy’s work friends. It was at Lisa and Emma’s house and Michelle and Brianna and Robyn and Jessica (and big brother Gavin) were there. Annika had a great time. I will post pictures soon. After the play date was over, Annika and I met Daddy at Uncle Dusty and Aunt Kim’s house where we celebrated Uncle Dusty’s promotion! Yay Uncle Dusty! Annika was worn out by 7pm (must have been all that playing!) so we headed for home shortly after so she could go to bed.

And here we are back at Monday.

Posted by Kristina at 5/16/2005 08:33:00 AM

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Monday, May 09, 2005
 
Happy Mother's Day to me! And it was a good one. Thank you to all who wished me a Happy Mother's Day. And now - a recap of our weekend:

Saturday was a busy, busy day. We had a showing at 10am and an open house form noon-4pm. This was not a problem, since we had more than enough going on to keep us busy. Saturday morning, we went and picked out our laminate flooring and ceramic tile. We got some really terrific deals too! After that was done, we grabbed some lunch and picked up Auntie Krystle and then dropped Kris off at the new house. He was going to wire the ceiling of the living room for surround sound speakers with his parents help. Annika, Auntie Krystle and I went shopping and ran some errands. After a whirlwind trip to the Mall of America and Target, we dropped Auntie Krystle back off at home and met Kris and his parents at the horse racing track. It was opening weekend with free admission. Kris's cordless drill's battery had died so while it was charging at the model home, he and his parents headed to the nearby track. We stayed only long enough to watch the Kentucky Derby be run on the big screen (and whoa was that a race!) before heading back to the house to finish the last bit of wiring. Then, we headed off to have dinner together with Uncle Dusty and Aunt Kim. Busy! Busy!

Yesterday was a wonderful, wonderful day. We woke up early (really early, like 5:30am early) to head to the Mall of America for the Race for the Cure. We had to pick up Michelle and get parked and to the starting line for the 7:30am gun. We made it with about 15 minutes to spare. Nice. :) After finishing the race, we wandered about for a bit. After dropping Michelle off back at home, we returned to our home. After playing with Annika, showering and relaxing, we ran to the grocery store for some last minute dinner fixings and fresh flowers for me. Then, Kris and Annika took a short nap while I read a book. Auntie Krystle came over around 1:30pm to play with Annika while Kris and I took a motorcycle ride. I haven't been on my bike in a year and a half! I was a little nervous but took to it like, well, like riding a bicycle! I guess I'm just a natural! Ha! We took about a 2 1/2 hour ride, running some errands along the way. When we got home, Annika and I took a long nap together while Kris made dinner. Kris made the most wonderful dinner for us, his parents and brother and sister-in-law. He made prime rib with potatoes and green beans. And he made a grasshopper square ice cream dessert as well. It was so yummy. After dinner and after everyone left, we shared a glass of wine before heading to bed. It was a wonderful, wonderful day.

Two things that were not so wonderful about it though: 1) Annika falling out of bed at 2am. She's fine but Kris and I were scared something fierce. 2) Annika cyring her eyes out when Mommy and Daddy left. We stood in the garage and I cried, until Annika stopped crying a few minutes later. That was so hard to leave my baby when all she wanted was her mommy and daddy. My head knew that she was tired and needed more of a nap but her little head didn't know that. Krystle reported that she and Annika did just fine with only one additional freakout a little while later. Otherwise, they played and cuddled together the whole time. I was relieved to hear this. I would have felt like the WME (Worst Mother Ever) if she had cried the whole time we were gone.

Posted by Kristina at 5/09/2005 07:47:00 AM

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Friday, May 06, 2005
 
How about some Annika highlights!

We have a whole bunch of the Peek-A-Blocks (love those!) and Kris and I will stack them up one on top of another. Annika loves to gently, oh so gently, knock them all over. Then Kris and I cheer and Annika bounces. Then we stack the blocks again, etc. We also have the stackable cups from Discovery Toys and we do the same thing with those. She thinks it's a great game.

Another game Annika and I play is roll the ball. We sit facing each other and I roll a ball to her. It lands in her lap and she "pushes" it back to me, not to gracefully at this point, I might add. When she pushes it back though I clap and cheer and generally make a goof of myself. Annika loves it though. She has even started to "clap" back! She kind of bangs her hands together when I do. Pretty soon she'll have the coordination to slap her palms together. I'm just proud that she has the cognitive ability to even clap back!

She has also started to wave bye-bye a little bit. She doesn't do it very often, but I think she does get it. Someone will wave bye-bye to her and she'll wave her arm back sometimes. I'm still not certain she's just not flailing to flail and that she's actually waving, but I'm sure she's close to figuring it out.

Last night was a bad night for Annika though. We took a walk yesterday to get some lunch and Annika was a drooling monster the whole time. She had these huge drools that would hang down 10+ inches from her face! I'm not kidding! Then yesterday afternoon when she woke up from her nap, she was so crabby and crying for no apparent reason. And she was still a drool monster. My monther instincts (ha!) told me she was teething. So, Kris and I gave her some cold teething toys and some baby tylenol and rocked and comforted her. She had a pretty rough evening though. My poor baby girl. She slept pretty well though. She didn't wake crying at all, just every 1-2 hours to nurse. Kris and I poked around and looked in her mouth but couldn't tell where the tooth was coming in. She was chewing on her pacifier on one side of her mouth though. And she bit me a couple times while nursing. Hopefully she'll have a better day today.

Posted by Kristina at 5/06/2005 07:40:00 AM

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Tuesday, May 03, 2005
 
Long time, no post! I wonder what got into me! Hold on for a long one then. When we last left our heroine, she was crawling, standing and not sleeping through the night. Since then...nothing has changed. She is still the absolute cutest crawing, standing and not sleeping baby that ever lived, and I'm not biased at all. :) I'm still convinced she's going to be walking by 9 months. Her balance is getting better all the time. We have some video of her now too. I'm so happy we bought a video camera. Now I don't have to worry so much about forgetting each stage. I'll be able to replay it when I want!

Last week was Aunt Carrie's birthday. Happy Belated Birthday Aunt Carrie! We'll have a present for you when you come visit in a couple weeks. We can't wait to see you!!!

On Friday, we had our cabinet and electrical walk through at our house. We moved a couple outlets and light switches, confirmed where we want our lights placed and made our cabinet selections. We've upgraded our cabinets to 8' tall since we have 9' ceilings on the main level. There's no need to waste all that space! But I still have room to display things. They were about 75% done shingling our roof when we were there on Friday. Problem was they were the wrong color shingles! Yesterday (Monday) they removed the wrong shingles and the correct shingles arrived. They should be shingling this week with the correct ones. Also, all the windows but 2 were in. The plumbing is done and the electrical is being wired today. Before we know it they'll be to sheetrock! Uh-oh! We need an offer on our house pronto or they'll stop work at sheetrock. Somebody, please, buy my townhouse!! We're having another open house on Saturday. Of course, seeing how our lives are so busy, we already have plans for that time! Never a dull moment around here!

Saturday, was Cousin Rachel's wedding. I wish it had been warmer since Annika had the cutest little yellow daisy dress to wear. As it was, it was cool and she had to keep her sweater on the whole time. Oh well. She was still adorable and there was lots of attention paid to her by the relatives. I have yet to download the pictures off the camera but I'll try and do that tonight. Look for an update to the photo album tomorrow. Great Grandma Shirley commented that Annika has red in her hair. And she does, especially when the sunlight hits it. This pleased Great Grandma Shirley to no end since she's almost 100% Irish.

Annika has a little temper on her. If she's not getting her way, she wrinkles her nose and "snorts" through it. We laugh at her and do it back to her but really she's mad at us about something. She's also the sweetest little girl who loves to cuddle and give "kisses".

As I alluded to above, Annika does not sleep through the night. She's not even close. She sleeps usually 2-4 hours at a time but the last few nights she's been up every 1-2 hours. I have a book with some great recommendations for helping babies sleep longer without resorting to crying it out. We're going to give some of those ideas a try. She may also be teething or going through a growth spurt. She's still my precious. I wuv her. :) Also, I have to keep in mind that not all babies sleep through the night when under a year old. My cousin, Stacy's, son just started sleeping through the night at 14 months old. It will come - all in due time. :)

Posted by Kristina at 5/03/2005 10:48:00 AM

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