This left Anna Claire and daddy to a weekend by themselves. It looks like they had a good time and he did a good job of dressing her in cute outfits :)
Anna Claire update:
As you can see from the Month 7 pics, she's now sitting up well on her own. She's very close to crawling and even though she's not quite there yet, she still manages to move herself around on the floor.
You can also see from the pics that she's now eating babyfood. So far she's had applesauce, prunes, green beans, squash, carrots, peas and papaya.
She has also started cutting her first tooth! We first felt it a week or two ago but now you can actually see it coming through!
At our last pediatrician's appt. she weighed just under 16 lbs. and is 24" long.
You can see the other pictures in the Anna Claire Month 7 album on the right.
On Sunday, we did Anna Claire's 6th Month sitting with Diana. Click on the link below to see those pics:
Here's some video of Anna Claire eating rice cereal for the first time. We've also created a Month 6 album on the right.
Of course we have the other Texas pictures in an album on the right. (If we take 1 pic, we take 150 :))
We have had huge accomplishments since Father's Day:
- Anna Claire is sleeping through the night!
- Nana came and visited for a week or so.
- Mandy & Eric had their first mountain bike ride.
- Anna Claire saw her first 4th of July Fireworks.
- Mandy started back to work.
- Anna Claire started school (not really, but Daycare does not sound like much fun)
- We had Anna Claire's 3 month pictures with both sets of Grandparents.
In my opinion, the biggest step of these is Mandy going back to work. We had grand plans of giving "school" a dry run for a day or two prior to Mandy starting back, but never made time for that, so on Monday, July 7, I put Anna Claire in the car and headed for her school and Mandy headed to work. We are through week 2 and things are going well...no big troubles or mishaps. Not too shabby for a new set of parents!
I have finally added a link to a Month 3 photo album on the right...
In the meantime, you can see the slide show that our photographer, Diana Simpson, put together from the shoot last weekend.
You can click here to see it.
We will be back soon!
I drew the short straw and got the dubious honor of taking her to school on her first day. She was a trooper, as usual. I got to school where Dreama and Carolyn were anxiously awaiting the newest member of their class. She was an instant hit with her killer smile.
We added a few more pics to the month 3 album...check it when you have a chance.
She had rolled on her side and was so content. Up to this point, we have been wrapping her snuggly in a sleep wrap. I guess we need to think about wrapping her arms outside of the blanket so that she can move her head around.
It won't be long before she is propping herself up. She is really getting good head control.
This is awesome!
a clean closet...
She's now up to 9 and 1/2 lbs., growing at about a half a pound every week. She is becoming more and more alert everyday. We love it when she gives us one of her "full mouth" smiles! She is also discovering her voice and doing a lot of "cooing". We're having a lot of fun with her!
We took Anna Claire to church for the first time. My mom and the Graus joined us and then came over to our house to enjoy a delicious meal that Eric made.
After lunch, Anna Claire and I hopped in the car with Nana to go spend a week at her house. Eric had a conference in Charlotte this week so Nana graciously volunteered to take care of us :)
Anna Claire comes from a family of shoppers so we decided it was time to introduce her to the mall. She enjoyed it quite well. This was her reaction when I told her that we were going shopping :)
Click on "Anna Claire - Month 2" on the right, to see more pictures from Mother's Day and our trip.
Here are some pictures of her on the cute swaddle blanket that Ali got us.
Keep checking the Anna Claire album to the right...we will continue to add to it.
to Anna Claire Grau on April 8th at 1715 Eastern. Mandy and Anna Claire are doing
wonderful right now...tired, but wonderful. Anna Claire weighed 7lbs 1oz.
We will be at the hospital for another day or two and will get some pictures
out as soon as we can.
Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers during the pregnancy.
Since we've ended up with a little extra time on our hands, we decided to play around with some pregnancy photos this weekend. You can see our work under "Pregnancy Pics" on the right.
Here is a close-up of one of the birds that Blair made...she was able to exactly duplicate the birds in the bedding!
I think the $15 changing table turned out to be a great find! (not sure if Peepaw Grau would agree or not :)) Nana got us the baskets and pink gingham liners that we needed to finish it.
Our little girl already has a pretty full wardrobe :) These are her dresses and jeans for the first 6 months (her onesies and gowns are in the dresser). These include shower gifts and clothes from Emery (the daughter of our friend's Joey and Steph, who was born at the end of February 06, so the size & season should line up pretty well!...Thanks Em!)
I thought this dress was appropriate for the occasion since it kind of made my belly look like an Easter egg :)You just can't take a picture with Daisy without her sneaking in a couple of kisses! I bought her a new bed yesterday so she would have something new to lay on when we have to continually tell her not to lay on all of the baby stuff in the floor (we've already discovered that she finds the Boppy pillows as comfortable as everyone else :)) We are trying to ease her transition from being an "only dog" to a "big sister"!
We worked hard all weekend and got the nursery completely ready before the end of the day (our last step was getting all of our shower gifts organized and put away). So, we're still on track for having nursery pics up by the end of the week but first we've got to get our hospital bags packed! (We decided that really should be a higher priority for us at this point!)
This picture is from one of my favorite memories of the day. I really wish we had video footage of this: As soon as I sat down with my plate of goodies, Anna Claire started moving. At first I just felt it but then I could actually see my stomach moving. It seems like most of the times when I've noticed her moving, by the time I'm able to tell someone, she's stopped. But not today! She was moving so much that anyone who was in the living room could see it. It was like she knew she had an audience and wanted to perform!
I decided that this pic can be my 34 week belly shot. I really wanted to stay on top of taking those to watch the growth but we have been so busy lately! Eric has planned a "babymoon" trip for us in Asheville this weekend (we leave on Wed.) to make us take a break from all of the baby preparations and relax a little bit before the real work gets here! Now that the trip is here, I'm so grateful for his persistency in making sure we take time to relax.
The other pics from the shower are posted under Photo Albums on the right.
That was the most interesting part of the visit...everything is still coming along smoothly!
Mandy remembered a story that her dad used to tell about the first time that his little girl was visiting her paternal grandparent's house and wouldn't go to sleep. Mandy's dad knew immediately that his little girl was desperately needing a rocker so that her mom could rock her to sleep, but the only problem was that Mandy's grandparents didn't have one. Well, when Mandy's paternal grandfather found out that his granddaughter didn't have what she wanted, he got up in the middle of the night, woke up the shop owner of the local furniture store and went down to purchase a rocker! It was such a simpler time then!
So, Mandy thought that a glider would be a very appropriate gift from her dad :) As the nursery started coming together, we decided that a yellow glider would be a nice compliment to all of the pink and green. We ordered this glider about 3 weeks ago and got it this week. We're very happy with how the color and fabric pattern turned out and also very excited that the glider is super comfortable to sit in!
My OB added little comments to some of the pictures.