Last week was Annika's four month check up. Both Kara and I went with her this trip. All in all, it was a good experience, AJ is completely healthy. For those of you who want to know the stats: she is 99th percentile for body weight (18.5 lbs), 70th percentile for length (25 inches long), and 99th percentile in head size. The doctor's response was a simple, "Well, looks like mommy is feeding you half and half."
The shots I think were the most interesting for me. It was the first time I saw Annika receive a shot, and what struck me was how happy she was prior to the injection. The nurse is pinning her down, and Annika is just smiling and talking, the nurse puts in the needle, and about a second later Annika stops smiling, has a look like, "What was that?" and then recognizes that this is not a good thing and starts to cry. The tears lasted all of 10 seconds as she went right to mom for lunch and calmed down immediately (she's tough). It just hit me how conditioned we are to fearing pain and how the anticipation is sometimes worse than the actual event. It was over before AJ knew it, and she wasn't waiting in agony for the event to come. It was a good reminder about life, and about how much your kids will teach you.
So this Memorial Day weekend we happened to invite ourselves over to the Tank's pool in Coronado, which turned into a fun afternoon with friends. With six kids around, four under a year, lets just say pool parties are not the same as they were last year.
AJ, Luke and Tessa catching some sun.
Uncle Mike holding the girls, I think they would have been happy on his lap all afternoon.
This was Annika's third pool adventure, she loves it more and more each time. At the end of her time in the pool, I blew in her face and dunked her. This was her second experience with this, and I must say, it was much better than the first. She cried for about 5 seconds and calmed down again. Little does she know how many more times we plan on doing this to her this summer! Hopefully she will thank us some day, or I will be paying for psych bills for a long time.
AJ and Lane after the pool in their sweatsuits.
Kara babysat for Harper (Jeremy and Audi's baby who was born two weeks before AJ) last week for a few hours. The girls LOVED their time on the mat together. It proved to us how social Annika is. She really enjoys being around other babies, it usually calms her down. The girls would hold hands and Harper would try to kick Annika with her leg. Leave it to a Swift to be poking at a Jung! Some things never change :)
Truth be told, Kara usually reads to Annika at night. This night Kara just happened to be out and Annika wanted to read, so we went with the Bible in spanish. She likes the pictures and hearing daddy stumble over his spanish. Pretty soon I am sure she will be helping me with my translations.
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