Thursday, March 5, 2009

I'm a month old already!

Its mommy's turn to post an update! (of course Eric still had to upload all the pictures and show me exactly how to do this...its amazing that I've gotten through an "online" nursing We missed last weeks update, so we're throwing weeks 4 and 5 together. The picture above is Annika's 4 week pic. On Saturday she was one month old. The other day I tried to put her in the bjorn after I hadn't used it for a couple of weeks and I couldn't get the clasps closed. I asked Eric what was wrong and he just said, "babe, she's grown!" Though I say I don't want her to get any bigger it is really fun to see her interact with us a bit more. She smiles now...but its still a little too sporadic to capture with the camera. The best thing in the world is in the morning when we get her up and lay her in bed with us and she just coos and smiles at us for a while. It is so fun having a little girl! It makes me think about when I was little and my mom would take me and Lyndsay everywhere with her running errands or visiting people...just hanging out...I'm excited to have a little buddy like that!

Our little girl is pretty alert. When she is awake she just looks around at everything and takes it all in. Annika is either really happy or really not. We've recently discovered that she has quite the set of lungs... We were hoping she'd have Eric's temperment, but I'm not so sure that happened...My sister assured me that the fussy evening phase fades out by about week 6, so we've got one more week to go. Hope she's right!

Week 5! The picutre in the card is supposed to be our nephew Ethan. We were talking to my sister and Ethan last night on Skype and he told us we needed to draw a picture of him with his new helmet and kneepads on Annika's week 5 card. Ethan and Morgan are Annika's only cousins and we are so excited for them to meet! When I was pregnant Ethan would always ask me, "where my cousin?...i wanna meet my cousin."

We swaddle Annika every night so that she'll sleep better, but she always manages to get that right arm cracks me up.

Eric took this picture of us before I took Annika to school with me. Everybody wanted to see her so I finally took her down. For those of you who don't know I am finishing up a 14 month accelerated BSN program. I had Annika about 6 weeks before I was finished with the program...yep, that means I only have about a week left! Eric has been a saint around the house keeping everything in order and taking care of Annika when I'm gone. I am finishing up my clinical hours by doing night 7 am to 7 pm shifts at the hospital...only 3 more to go!!! I am so thankful to everyone that has helped us through this crazy month and a half.
It seems like every time we put this "happy" hat on Annika she is anything but...there's that little stubborn streak she gets from me again..."what you want me to be happy? I'll show you happy..."
My friend Katie told me that she'd watch Annika anytime (even though she has 3 kids under 5) because she just loves holding babies when they still scrunch up their legs when you're holding them. I have to agree, it is the cutest thing to see her sleep like this with her legs all scrunched up under her.
Baby tiny feet!
Our friends Joel and Nicole and their kids Drake and Alexis came over one evening to see Annika and bring us dinner (thanks to EVERYONE who has done that by the way!). Alexis liked talking to her and getting her to smile. She is quite the little writer and wrote a couple of poems for us while she was here too. Thanks alexis!


Lyndsay said...

Great update Kara. I love all the pictures. She is such a cutie! I can see a little of you in her more and more:) Now that you've published my encouragement about the fussiness ending, I hope I'm right too:) Can't wait to see her in person!

Tatum said...

I LOVE Ethan's picture on the 5 week card!! I bet he is so proud :) He looks great. love you guys!

Deb VE said...

Good post Kara! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hopefully you will get a laugh out of what I sent you for your birthday. Love you, MOM

strawberrylove said...

Kara, what great blog you and Eric have going! It was so fun to read up! I am so excited for you! I am waiting for you guys to bring her to Hawaii! I am sure she would love turtle bay!
Happy Birthday!

Kara said...

loved the birthday gift mom! it was perfect. did eric tell you that all i eat is sugar these days? love you and can't wait to see you again!

Janelle said...

Kara, (I snagged your blog link off your facebook comment :) I love it, and miss this age, although its so fun to watch them grow. The first year is absolutely amazing! Kyleigh always got one arm out of her swaddle also, it made me smile when I saw the picture of your little one doing the same. SwaddleMe's were what changed that for us, they are great! Its great to see you and see how you are doing, its been wayy too long! Take care!