Saturday, February 16, 2008

Where'd My Baby Go?

Exactly one year ago, I was lying in a hospital bed listening to air guns, hammers, and saws while trying to recover from a very complicated delivery. During our four day stay, Anna was the only one who got any sleep. Here's some well-meant advice to expecting moms - never choose a hospital that's in the process of remodeling their Women's Center if you actually want to rest and recover while you're there.

Yesterday was Anna's first birthday, as you can see from the posts below. I can't believe my baby is no longer a baby. She's developing quite the attitude. At a year old, she let's her older brothers and sister know when she's tired of playing with them - usually by growling or smacking them away. She's also a little chicken doodle when it comes to walking. She likes to let her older siblings hold her hands while she walks around or to use her walker but will she walk on her own? Oh no. She's too afraid to take those first steps. It's fun watching her take things out and put them back in like her toys from her rubbermaid bin or the plastic lids from the kitchen drawer. She'll amuse herself for quite a while taking them out, putting them back in, over and over again. Anna also enjoys music and dancing. She's a very cute dancer! While these are all things our other kids enjoyed around this age, Anna also has her own unique personality.

Anna is an observer. She watches other kids and adults, curious about what they're doing and watching for their reactions. She's not the bubbly, laughing comedian our other three kids have been. You really have to work to get a glimpse of Anna's pretty smile. I think Anna is going to be the one to keep the rest of her nutty family planted firmly on solid ground. She just seems to be that type of a person so far.

So, our youngest and last little one is a year old . . . and is just going to keep growing and getting bigger every day. Part of me is rather sad because I want to keep my little snuggle bug just the way she is forever . . . but another part can't wait to see what's in store for Anna as she grows and experiences more in life. I excited to learn about her passions, dreams, and talents. So I'll try to nudge away that bit of sadness and look forward to a bright and beautiful future for our baby girl!

Be sure to check out Anna's First Birthday album below. If you click the play button, it will play music and automatically turn the pages for you. I would recommend using the page turning arrows the first time through though as I've found using the play button doesn't give you enough time to read the text on each page. Enjoy!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Danyelle,
She sounds like a sweetheart. I'd like one just like her! Well, I'd like one as long as I can send her home at the end of the day. :)

I would love to have seen the photos, but it seems to require an ID that I don't have?

~ C. L. Beck (Couldn't get blogger to let me in, so had to do this as anonymous)

Danyelle F. said...

Hi Cindy

Hmm, I'll have to figure out why it didn't let you play the album. Thanks for letting me know.

Sometimes I wish I could give the kids back to someone at the end of the day, too. But hey, that's kind of what a babysitter is for, right? Some time to get out of the house and not be Mommy for a while.

Danyelle

Danyelle F. said...

Hi Cindy

Just wanted to let you know that I fixed the Scrapblog albums. I had set them to private instead of public - oops! Enjoy the pics!

Heather Justesen said...

The scrapbook album is so cool, you'll have to write me and tell me how you did it!
Heather

Danyelle F. said...

Heather -

It's a site called Scrapblog. You can upload pictures and they have all the backgrounds, stickers, frames, fonts, etc. It's free and easy to use, too (two of my very favorite things!) I'll email you more about it.

Danyelle

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