Sunday, October 31, 2010

Boo at the Zoo

For Ansley's first Halloween outing we decided to go to Boo at the Zoo. Here she is dressed and ready, not too sure about those booties though. She had to wear shoes under them.

Unfortunately this year you couldn't get in the actual zoo and the line for candy was SUPER long, so we skipped it. Luckily though, there was more to do than just the candy area and Ans had a good time looking around.

I wasn't able to get a single picture of all 3 of them looking at the same time. I guess that's not surprising :)

We promise she's not standing alone in the middle of the road. All the cars were blocked out and she kept walking over there to look at something. We never did figure out what was so interesting.

Do you like the running action shot? After the zoo, we had pizza with friends and then headed home. Ansley wore her fairy wings until bedtime while I passed out candy to trick-or-treaters. I'll post pictures of that later :)

Happy Halloween!

Side note: The candy corn decorations, although cute, are not well suited for southern states. One day in our Florida humidity and I had a melty mess that required hosing off.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Start of the Weeekend!

Friday morning, Lindsey and I took the kids to Sun Country. Both Ans and K were looking very festive (I should have taken a picture of them together in their Halloween shirts). This was the first trip that Ansley walked around the whole time. In fact, she didn't seem to care if I was near at all. Earlier in the week, Linds and I took the kiddies to the library and Ansley kept running away. I'd try to redirect by holding her hand (the only way she used to agree to walking), but she'd snatch it away, collapse to the ground and say, "NO". Oh boy :)

She also has started saying "weee" when on anything slide-like, which is silly. For example, she crawled up this wedge, sat there and said "weee weee". I guess she hoped to slide, unfortunately nothing happened.

And finally, a picture from today at the park.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Painted Pumpkin

This title has more than one meaning :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Funny Kid Videos

Kathy showed me a few silly little kid videos. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Costume Preview

Ansley actually has two costume options this year. This one, and another almost identical, but purple. I think we're gonna go with the pink, because it matches her wand from last year and has a little more sparkle.

She tolerated the headband for a lot longer than I expected. But, then decided it would be better worn as a pair of glasses.

The green wings are also from last year. Not sure if she'll wear these or the pink ones that came with the outfit.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Psychedelic Mary Poppins

That's what Jon calls this outfit :)

Two other things I forgot to mention, this weekend was the first time Ansley has walked just as much if not more than she's crawled (Yeay!). Also, at her tummy doctor's appointment last week she didn't have a meltdown (Yeay again!). I ended up bringing every single comfort item possible (pappy, kitty, blanket, and kept her in the stroller). Well worth the effort!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Kennon's 2nd Birthday

Kennon turned 2 yesterday.

Can you believe it's been a year since this?

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Ansley is doing fine now. No more bm issues anymore, thank goodness! Since we've spent the last few days in, she's become attached to a few new books. One of those is called "Kittens". It was mine when I was little and is a big picture book of, you guessed it, kittens. There's an old youtube video of a 6 year old reading this book. The way she reads it is pretty much the way I read it to Ans. I need to show her the video. I must read that thing 4 or 5 times in a row. Every time I get to the end she says "ehnn" (for again, which is easily confused with done, "uhnn"). Sometimes she even anticipates the end and says it a few pages early :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010


This post is about poo. If you come here for cute pictures of Ans, just skip to the bottom :)

The last few weeks I haven't been using cloth diapers. Mostly because I've had to do multiple bed linen/crib linen loads to try and wipe out the bug being passed around our house. Adding diaper laundry to that seemed overwhelming. Yesterday though, now that everyone seems better, I decided to start them up again. Bad timing on my part. I try not to talk too much about number 2s because we all know babies have them and it's not something I like to dwell on. But, yesterday, Ansley started some sort of bowel issue. Meaning 4 less than solid poopy diapers in one day. Meaning I spent last night in the backyard with a headlamp on and hose spraying those diapers off before throwing them into our practically new washing machine. Gross. She also woke up last night crying as if she were in pain and I finally had to go in. That's the first time in almost a year I've actually had to go in and console her. Luckily, a few minutes of rocking and going through our bed time routine while saying "ready for night night?" had her back in the crib and fast asleep. I could tell she was confused though. As I'd say "night night", she'd furrow her brow like she was thinking, "Didn't I just get up? But it is dark and I am tired... What's going on here?" This morning the issue has continued, so we have a doctor appointment. One good thing in all this is yesterday morning she started telling me when she's gone number 2 by motioning towards her bottom and saying "uh-oh". At first I thought maybe it was because we switched back to cloth, but she's continued doing it today in disposables. Even in her crib, before she got up this morning, I heard her say "uh-oh" and it wasn't because she'd dropped her "pappy" (pacifier) out of reach. Nope, dirty diaper. Then, I thought maybe it was stinging (did I mention yesterday's bm marathon also caused the worst diaper rash she's ever had, welts and all), and "uh-oh" was her way of saying "ouch" without crying. But, this morning, by poopy diaper number 3, there wasn't much coming out and she still said "uh-oh". So, I don't think it's the feeling of having dirty pants, but the feeling of actually going to the bathroom. Now, If I can just get her to tell me right before she goes, that would be amazing.

{Trying on her fairy costume from last Halloween yesterday}

{In the waiting room eating a snack before her 15 month check up}

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

15 Months Old

Ansley went for her 15 month check-up yesterday. It was a rough one. Whenever the doctor or nurse entered the room, she screamed and frantically plead "byebye... byebye". I had to physically restrain her for most of the appointment. She weighs 23.4 lbs (56th %ile), which is right about where's she's been so far. Well, except for the "6 month I've maxed out my formula intake and started solids chub". She was 75th %ile there :) Her length, however, was a little less certain. She jumped up from the curve she's been following to the next (which also happens to be the highest, 95th). The doctor thought maybe Ansley's squirming threw off the nurse's measurement of 33in. I did my own measuring at home last night and got 32in, which is still tall and in the 87th %ile. The doctor also said that her 18 month appointment would probably be just as rough and after that things will get better. Errr...

On a much happier note, Ansley got to see her Great Aunt Sandy and Cousin Deb from Pennsylvania on Sunday. The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun going to the park and lunch.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Woof Woof

Yesterday morning we had to run by Petsmart. It's the weekend, so the rescue dogs and kitties were on display. The moment she saw them, Ansley started screaming, "dog, kitty kitty, dog" (she also tries to say "woof woof" now). It reminded me that this is one of her favorite morning music videos. I bet you only need one guess why :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

As I said previously, we took Ansley to the pumpkin patch yesterday. You can see her first trip from last year HERE. She doesn't really have a reference point for "pumpkin" yet, so she kept calling them "balls" or "apples". The stems were also particularly interesting to her and she inspected every one within pointer finger reach.

I think she would have been happy with a little baby pumpkin. She carried this one around for most of the trip...

But, ultimately we picked this small/medium one.

After the pumpkin patch we went to dinner. Ansley's not quite up to actually drawing with the crayons yet. She just makes tiny little dots all over the paper :)