Smiles for days! And doesn’t she look like a different person in each of these pictures? Funny girl.
She isn’t all smiles though. I had to document that sometimes (ok a lot of times) she screams a lot!
This boy is such a fun guy. He has the best time at school with his buddies. I conquered my first time teaching preschool with Annie around. The first day was a little touch and go because she would not let me put her down without screaming. But somehow we made it through. But the second day she was an angel and the kids were obsessed with her. Luke loves his sister and is always willing to sit by her and try to make her happy. One day he brought her a bunch of his toys. He’s the sweetest.
Sophie is often saying “Oh I want to go play (or read, or color, or watch a show) but I just can’t take my eyes off Annie. She is so cute.” Such a good big sister. She loves to read her stories and play patty cake with her.
Jack loves her. He calls her ba-bas. He tries to take care of her in the car when she is losing her marbles. One car ride he bounced her seat the whole time to keep her quiet and then said “Man this girl is exhausting.” Wonder where he heard that from?
Giving her encouragement during tummy time!
Super Bowl snuggles with Daddy.
We started sleep training more aggressively this month. She cried a lot in her bed. But she has gotten much better at putting herself to sleep. I love sleeping baby faces!
I had my first girls night out to celebrate with my bestie Kari on her birthday. Dan texted me this picture of Annie’s worst blowout and it came on his watch! I gave her a high five when I got home. Dan had to bathe her and everything so it was quite the ordeal. Bless his heart for tackling that one.
Cousin besties–Cora and Annie.
She found her hands and her voice this month. The cooing is too adorable for words!
We closed out the year in a calm fashion this year. There was a lot of yawning, napping, puzzling, playing with friends, diaper changing and relaxing. Dan was able to join my parents at a BYU basketball game with the kids which was as fun outing for them. Annie and I did a lot of laying low. She was not a very happy baby those first few weeks so I could never even imagine leaving the house with her in tow honestly. But it did give me time to just cuddle her and take it easy which honestly I did not really do with my other babies. I was up and at it really quickly with the others. It was kinda nice to take it slow.
We are still amazed at how much dark hair she had when she was born. More hair than our other 3 kids combined. Love that I thought to document the first blow out! And why do all my babies come out knowing how to hold up their heads. They all have had the strongest necks despite their heads being ginormous!
My mom asked Luke to come sit on her lap and give her a hug. He refused but Jack obliged and it was a very funny scene. He is about 6 inches away from being taller than my mom!
Best picture of 2017!!! I die over this one!
These days seem like a distant memory now. But we did do a few things before the baby arrived that need to be documented!
Luke’s little preschool group is so fun! We went down to the BYU Art Museum one day. They have a little preschool program where they took us around to different paintings and talked about them and then we did some art projects of our own. It was very cute. I love BYU. Also one day they told me that they all needed to take a nap. I told them I thought that was a brilliant idea! Ha! It only lasted a few moments.
We went and picked out our Christmas tree the first Saturday in December. We say this every year but we really believe this was our best tree yet! And I just love the fireplace at Christmas and we were pretty excited to put up 2 stockings on the last hook depending on if we had a boy or a girl!
Dan and I had a date night every weekend leading up to the baby being born. Kind of like our last hurrah! One night we went downtown with our friends to dinner. Afterwards the husbands went to the Jazz game (where Todd hooked them up with seats in a courtside suite) and us girls went shopping and desserting around City Creek. We have made the sweetest friends here in Lehi. We just love them.
We had the Moody boys over finally. It made me kids the happiest. And they just played and played for hours with no problems. We sure miss Sam and Harvey.
Santa paid a visit to Grandma Pett’s house. Sophie and Luke were happy to sit on his lap and make their requests. Luke wants an orange two wheel scooter and Sophie a guitar.
We had Christmas at both Grandpa and Grandma’s. It is always fun to be together with cousins. At Grandpa’s we decorated gingerbread houses. Bless the grandparents for orchestrating such things cause I don’t think it would happen otherwise! Sophie loves her Shopkins mall she got from Grandma.
My mom arrived on the 15th and we enjoyed a weekend of fun before the baby came on Monday. Right before we put the kids to bed on Sunday night my mom said we should take a final family photo and a belly shot of me. I was hesitant because my pregnant self was huge! But I’m so happy to have these photos now. We had a great ride as a family of 5 but it was time for a bigger and better life with our new addition.