Anya Makes an Announcement

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on May 29th, 2008 @ 10:24 am

Anya in Concert

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on May 23rd, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

In case you weren’t sure, the two selections she performed for us today were “Five Little Ducks” and “Elmo’s Song” (with a lot of variations, including Daddy, Mommy, and Anya’s song). Her concert was inspired by Elmo.

Anya is 19 months old!

Filed under: baby's progress,doctor,friends,funny,tmi,video — by Lauren on @ 10:07 am

(In case you aren’t fluent in Anya-ese, at the end of that video when she was “reading” Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? she started talking about what each animal says. When she got to the goldfish, teacher, and children and didn’t know what they said, she made up “Ooh ooh ooh!” As her mom, I thought that was hysterical.)

That’s our Anya, such a big girl (although lately, if you ask her, she tells you she’s a little baby – YIKES!). She’s doing so much and she’s so fun to be around, at least when she’s not sick and cranky (this was a TOUGH week).

Anya’s speech ranges from single words to 8+ word complete sentences these days. Most of the time she talks in 2-5 word phrases. You saw her count in the video. Usually she does “1-2-3-3-4-6-11-12-13!” although this morning she got to eight in the right order. We’re not sure why six seems to be the magic number. She can identify several colors accurately, though she still makes mistakes, of course, but she gets them right much more often than chance would allow. She can tell you her full name and her birthday, too. It’s really neat to see her become more aware of how language works, especially when she self-corrects. One of her biggest misuses is “me/you” – she still says “Rock you! Carry you! Help you!” when she means, “Me.” Now, though you can ask her, “Hold you?” and she’ll say, “Hold me!” I’m also always amused when she repeats things we say. The other day we were talking about something, can’t remember what, and she turns to me and says, rather indignantly, “I said NO!” I wonder where she heard that? 😉

I was just talking with a friend of ours (her daughter is about 7 months older than Anya) about how crazy it is the way toddlers remember things from weeks or months ago, even if it was something that only happened once and it seemed insignificant at the time. She told me some VERY funny stories about her kid, and one story I had shared about Anya was how last week I was driving her home from day care and she suddenly starts asking me to sing something, but I wasn’t sure what she was talking about. She was getting more and more agitated, and then I finally realized she was saying, “Sing people’s trash!” She wanted me to sing a song I had made up and sang to her once several weeks ago when I was driving her home during the week when everybody puts out their big items for the spring bulk pick-up. I was astounded she remembered that – I didn’t remember it!

I’m sad that baby story time at the library is going on hiatus until July. Anya has the biggest “crush” on the woman who runs it. She talks about Miss Renee all week long, imitates the welcome song frequently, and when we’re there, likes to stand within a foot of Miss Renee whenever possible. I am glad she likes going to the library, though, and I guess it’s not surprising, because she still loves books more than anything else. She can “read” so many of her books. It’s incredible how much of them she has memorized. She doesn’t know every word, of course, but you can tell from listening to her that she gets the basic gist of a page. Almost always she ends a book with “The end!” She’ll still fill in the gaps with babble. Actually, when she’s “reading” or pretending to talk on the phone are really the only times she babbles anymore, though she mixes it with words (Right now she’s pretending to talk to my sister, and she’s telling her “Hello! Samantha how you doing? Come out!” It’s very funny). Another favorite pastime is singing. She can sing parts of several of her favorite songs, and isn’t terrible about carrying a tune, either (she gets that from Lex).

Baby play is so great to observe. I continue to enjoy watching Anya play with her dolls. She’s very motherly to them. She still loves to pull out a scarf or a blanket, lay it on the floor, and put a doll down to sleep (which now involves a lot of talking about it). We just picked up some cool pretend play toys from a garage sale, so now she also gives her babies a bath, puts them on the potty (along with the directive to “wipe the vagina and tushy”), feeds them, takes them for walks in the stroller, you name it. So cute. She’s developed a recent fascination with taking the clothes on and off of her dolls – mostly off. This week she stripped down her Cabbage Patch doll (with help), and after I suggested we put the baby’s clothes back on too many times, she took them from me, put them inside her toy drum, and slammed the lid down. Take that, Mommy! We’ve had a little art renaissance here as well, so there’s been a lot of requests to use crayons, markers, and most recently, paints. Like she said in the video, she likes to make dots (even with her food – gross).

We had a minor setback in potty training a for a little while this month. I think it was because there was a small incident involving taking her off the potty before she was actually done, and she became terrified of using the potty upstairs. It became problematic because she didn’t want to poop in her diaper but also didn’t want to go on any potty, so she was holding it in for 24 hours (not good when she’s used to going 2-3 times a day). Eventually a new Elmo potty seat and hand stamps whenever she successfully went on the potty got her back into the swing of things. She’s actually started telling us she needs to go potty first thing in the morning, too, even if she just has to pee – that’s a major improvement – but she still has a wet diaper more often than not. Our pediatrician’s advice was not to push it and follow her lead.

Anya’s been getting more mischievous and daring lately. Her climbing skills are getting better, which is how she ended up standing on a stool in the middle of the kitchen two nights ago. We’re used to being able to let her out of our sight for a few seconds without worrying that she’ll get into too much trouble, but it looks like those days are quickly becoming numbered. She wants to open, touch, throw, and climb on everything (but at least with climbing we’re not at the get up on a kitchen chair and climb onto the stove phase yet!). I’m sure she’s got lots more in store for us…never a dull moment!

How we told

Filed under: family,funny,moments,thoughts — by Lex on May 21st, 2008 @ 11:39 am

We’ve been more hesitant blogging about Baby #2 here than we were the first time around, but I’m vowing to change that now. The main reason for me is the health challenges that we’re facing with this pregnancy — Lauren’s colitis flare-up, the subchorionic hemorrhage, more recently a potential amniotic band. But although these are serious and important health concerns that we have to stay on top of, I’m no longer going to allow them to hamper my excitement and enthusiasm regarding #2!

We’ve spent the last week or so informing key family members about this pregnancy. First, we told Grandma Esther — but only because we thought she already knew! Grandma had been using Lauren’s laptop, and Lauren realized in a panic that she had left some pregnancy-tracking websites open. We used the same method to tell her that we ended up using with Grandpa Marty a few days later:

Lex: Y’know, we’ve been thinking about that Bahamas trip you had in mind for this December. We don’t think we’re gonna go.

In-Law: Why not?

Lex: We don’t think the baby will be old enough by that point.

In-Law: Old enough for what?! Why not?

Lex: Well, by then, it’ll only be one or two weeks old.

Hehehe. Credit goes to Lauren, because that was her idea.

Next we told Great-Grandma Evie, since we wanted to give her some happy news before she went in for her second hip surgery in three months. The funny part there was, after Lauren told her the news (and that Daddy didn’t know yet), Ev asked: “So, what are you going to do?” Lauren replied: “Um… Have the baby.”

Ev: Oh, so you’re going to keep it?

Lauren: Um. Yes?

Ev: Are you going to marry him?

Lauren: Grandma, you know this is Lauren, not Sam, right?

Grandma Evie breathes sigh of relief that actually causes a breeze straight through the telephone line.

In between Esther and Marty, we told my parents (Papa Ducky and Grammy, which sounds more like a Saturday-morning cartoon, but I digress) via video-chat. Anya was wearing her custom-made “I’m going to be a big sister!” shirt. Grammy noticed first, and jaw properly dropped, said “I like Anya’s shirt!” to make my Dad spot it too.

Last night, Anya wore the shirt to tell her Aunt Samantha, and today she wore it for Great-Grandma Shirley. G.G., as she prefers to be called, was told to read the shirt, which she did. She thought nothing of it. “Put your glasses on, Mom,” Esther suggested. “I can read it!” Shirley said. “It says, ‘I’m going to be a big sister.'” Pause. “WHAT?!?!??!?!!!?!”

Today, we have four more siblings to notify!

Why I love Motrin even more than Tylenol

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on May 19th, 2008 @ 11:29 pm

Anya started running a fever this morning, kind of out of nowhere. She was cranky and tired, and though the Tylenol I gave her helped her enough to let her fall asleep, it didn’t appear to bring her fever down at all. This evening her fever spiked up to 102 degrees under the arm, and she seemed to be having difficulty swallowing. She was inconsolable (So sad – she kept telling me, “Anya crying!”). She also was drooling like a faucet, and she’s not a drooler. A phone call to the doctor resulted in a potential diagnosis of Coxsackievirus/Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease and directions to give Anya Children’s Motrin.

Well, let me tell you, in the course of about 20 minutes, Motrin turned Anya from a screaming, drooling, exhausted banshee into this lovely, energetic, hungry little toddler:

Motrin, you and I are best friends.

I had hoped to post Anya’s 19 months update today, but it didn’t work out – she needed her mommy’s full attention. Since it looks like I’ll need to call out of work tomorrow to stay home with her, perhaps Motrin and I can team up again and I’ll find some time to put it together. For now, I’m off to bed, perhaps with a little Motrin for myself 😉

Nailed it!

Filed under: the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on May 11th, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

For the first time in I think her entire 18+ months of life outside the womb, I successfully cut Anya’s fingernails while she was awake earlier this week! I kept her distracted by letting her watch videos of herself on the blog, and though it took some doing, I got all ten of them trimmed. I usually wait until the weekend and cut them while she naps, but what can I say? I’ve been a little lazy and let it slide to a point that was dangerously approaching talons. It’s much easier with her asleep, but at least I know I have a backup plan. Now, about those toenails…

Update – 8 (almost 9) weeks pregnant

Filed under: doctor,photos,symptoms — by Lauren on May 7th, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

Baby Friedman the second – I’m sorry we’ve been neglecting you on the blog! We love you and are so anxious to tell everyone about you.

So far, things are going well. We had our second ultrasound last weekend. The baby’s growing nicely (I’m actually measuring a few days ahead) and has a strong heartbeat. The subchorionic hemorrhage is still there, so I’m going to have another scan in two weeks to follow-up again.

I had my second pre-natal appointment with the OB-GYN today. He was able to pick up the heartbeat using the Doppler – not bad for 8 weeks, 5 days. He said we’ll keep my due date at December 12, regardless of variations from ultrasound to ultrasound.

The only major pregnancy symptom I’ve been having has been exhaustion with a capital E. There are some afternoons where it’s nearly impossible to keep my eyes open and I conk out in the playroom until Anya starts yelling “Wake up Mommy!” I’ve had some nausea and threw up once while I was sick with a cold last week, though I blame that equally on the congestion. I don’t have much of an appetite and even when I’m hungry, there’s nothing I’m particularly interested in eating.

Unfortunately, I started having another colitis flare-up during Passover (I officially HATE matzah). I’ve been extremely anxious about how this is going to impact the pregnancy, plus it makes me feel generally lousy. I saw my gastroenterologist today, and he had a lot of reassuring things to say. After his examination, he thinks that it’s only the lower left side of my colon that is currently irritated and he feels confident we’ll be able to get this under control without needing to turn to steroids. I also asked him about the swelling and slight pain I have on my left side. He thinks there are two problems: 1. A small hernia which he says needs no treatment at this time and 2. Possible kidney distention, either from the pregnancy or the colitis pressing on the ureter. He’s sending me for an ultrasound of the kidney to rule out any serious problem. The doctor isn’t too worried, so I’m trying not to be.

There is no question that I look pregnant, especially after I eat. I feel that my friends, family, and colleagues at work MUST suspect something, but no one has said anything yet. I’m pretty much out of clothes that don’t get stretched out by my belly. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to get through the next three weeks without breaking into my maternity clothes!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Filed under: video — by Lauren on @ 9:03 pm

She’s not tone deaf!

Filed under: video — by Lauren on May 6th, 2008 @ 10:18 pm

I swear, we do let her out of the high chair, by the way.

A Potty-Time Conversation

Filed under: funny — by Lex on May 5th, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

After dinner each night, Anya sits on the potty. If her potty trip is to be followed by a bath (it usually is), potty time usually occurs naked. (That is, she’s naked. Lauren and I are normally clothed.)

Tonight, Lauren was at the eye doctor, so it was just Anya and me during potty time. Anya developed an obsession with being held while going potty — an obsession Lauren and I are trying to break her of. So, instead, I gave her a quick kiss on the cheek and then sat down near her. (I don’t kiss too many people as they sit on the potty, but she’s an exception.)

After a moment or two, Anya turned her face and pointed to the other cheek.

Anya: Kiss other cheek? Kiss other one cheek?
Daddy: Of course I’ll kiss your other cheek! He does.
Anya: Thinks for a moment, then points. Kiss belly, too!
Daddy: Sure I’ll kiss your belly! He does.
Anya: Thinks for slightly longer this time. She points. Kiss vagina, too!
Daddy: Um… no. No, I don’t think so.
Anya: Kiss vagina PLEASE!
Daddy: I think we’re all done on the potty. Want to take a bath?

She got her bath. And I promised I would immediately forget that the conversation ever took place.

What conversation?

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