February randoms

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!

 

 

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Snowbird

We enjoyed a few afternoons up at Snowbird.  It is such a fun family tradition every year.  We love it.  Dan somehow was a super human and took all the kids out by himself.  He said Jack and Sophie are doing amazing.  And Luke is well on his way.  I sure love these brave kiddos.

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First smiles

The end of January brought Annie’s first smiles.  I love it so much!  She has the sweetest face!

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January Days

Thankfully we had a very mild January so the older kids were able to spend time outside and play with friends.  That allowed for some calm days for Annie and me.  And it helped the older kids not get the typical January cabin fever.   It also allowed me to get out of the house some days to run errands and try to return to normal life.

Annie hit a bunch of milestones.  We couldn’t take her grunting anymore so she moved to her own bed in mid January.  It helped us all sleep a lot better.  Her belly button finally fell off when she was 3 weeks old so she finally got to take a real bath.  That started 2 months of complete torture.  She screamed and screamed through every single bath, post bath and getting dressed afterwards for months.  It was pretty abysmal.  Baby acne came through in the month of January.  That is always a sad time because her face just looked sad.  I had to document that I did produce a lot of milk but that she was just too stubborn to drink it from me.  Jack attempted to take a selfie with Annie!  I love it because it documents Annie to perfection.  A lot of tears.  We survived one month and we love her to pieces.

Cora was blessed so my parents returned for the weekend.  It also happened to fall on my mom’s 60th birthday so we were able to celebrate with her which was fun.  We love Grannie Jannie.

We went as a family to see the Greatest Showman.  We loved it so much and Annie was a nice lady through the whole show!

Luke loves his buddies.  He drew a picture of him and his friend Olivia.  He is giving her flowers!  I love the attention to detail he puts into his pictures…her brown eyes and curly hair, his green eyes, the scalloped hem on her dress.  He kills me.  And one shot of him and his best buddies playing PJ Masks.

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2 week visit

On January 2 we took Annie in for her 2 week appointment.  I was all set to tell the doctor all about how fussy she was, that she always wanted to eat & never seemed satisfied, that she cried any time she wasn’t sleeping or eating, and how she grunted all night long.  I was convinced from all of my internet research (ha!) that she must have silent reflux since she almost never spits up.  Or that she had a broken collar bone or something!  But I ended up not having to mention any of that because once the nurse weighed her I knew that she probably had all of these problems because she really was starving.  She was down to 7 lbs 15 oz., 9 oz from her birth weight and one ounce under what she left the hospital weighing.  For some reason she was not getting enough to eat even though I always heard her gulping it down, felt my milk come in every time, and felt like it was going just like all the rest of my babies.  Mystery!  So that landed us in the lactation clinic where the nurse there really couldn’t figure it out.  Her final conclusion after being with us for about 2 hours was that she just must be a lazy sucker.  She gave me a bunch of things to try to get my supply going and to encourage Annie to eat.  It was really weird and kind of hard to realize that I was going to have trouble with breastfeeding on my 4th and final kid!  I mean really???  Thankfully with a little supplementing we were able to get her back to gaining weight.  She was up to 9 lbs. by her 1 month birthday.  And with a little bit more food in her tummy she started to have more pleasant moments throughout the day which we were all grateful for!  2 week stats 7lbs 15 oz. (45%), 21.5 in (96%), 14.75 in. head (96%).

I die about this picture of Cora and Annie.  This is exactly how Annie was in the beginning.  The minute you put her down she would scream.  And Cora’s face is so funny like she can’t even believe the noise coming out of this creature!

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Wrapping up 2017

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!

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Christmas Day

Christmas went off without a hitch!  I was happy that I had done almost all of the prep before Annie got here.  The kids were up around 6:30 which is pretty good for this house.  They loved all the gifts and had a fun time opening them.  We loved eating cinnamon pull aparts and bacon for breakfast.  Dan was nice enough to take the kids out and build a snowman in the new fallen snow.  We talked to our Herway cousins which is always such a fun time.  We had visits from Grandpa and Grandma Grossen. The only bummer was that Grandpa Podge woke up with a horrible migraine and had to miss out on seeing Star Wars with everyone else that day.  We couldn’t escape the sicknesses this winter break.  Annie was pretty chill on Christmas day which was the miracle that we all had been praying for!

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Home Life

Everyone was so excited to have Annie home.  We made it home in the nick of time too.  The first snow storm of the year rolled in just hours after we got home.  The only sad thing was that the very day we got home all the kids came down with a cold and cough.  So we were immediately thrown into trying to keep her safe from all the germs.  My mom even got the cold bug too.  It was a major bummer.  Thankfully we were able to keep her healthy.  The kids fast learned that newborns are kind of boring!  Ha!  They kept saying things like “she’s always eating”, “she’s always sleeping” or “she cries a lot”.  But they still wanted to hold her and checked in on her whenever they saw her.

Those first days home are kind of a blur.  Adjusting to a newborn is no small task.  And Annie was a pretty fussy lady those first few weeks.  She wanted to eat all the time.  And as soon as she would get her burp out she would scream for more.  She just never seemed content.  So she was either sleeping or eating.  She did ok at night.  But she was a super loud sleeper, grunting like crazy.  She ended up in our bed way more than any of the other kids because it was the only place she would be quiet!  And let’s face it, I am so old and so tired! Add to all these factors that her bilirubin was running high and we had to take her to the hospital for a blood draw 3 times!  No fun at all.  We learned early on that she doesn’t like to be in the car!

First bath at home went about as well as you can imagine!  Ha!  I love that you can tell that Dan is saying “Shhhh” in that last picture.

Grandpa showed a day earlier than he told us he would be so that was a super fun surprise.  It helped to alleviate my moms concerns about him driving all alone from California because she didn’t even know that he was driving that day.  He brought a box full of their delicious oranges from the tree in the backyard.  They are seriously the best oranges ever.

Christmas Eve was low key this year.  We decorated cookies to leave out for Santa and the kids made sure that their presents were under the tree that they had wrapped for each other.  Dan smoked some ribs and my grandma came over.  We played some Christmas songs on the piano and read Luke 2.  Then we watched a Christmas movie.  Before bed, the kids set out their cookies and some carrots.  The snow started to fall just before bedtime.  I couldn’t believe that we were in for our 4th straight white Christmas.

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