February 26, 2012

More ramblings from an obsessed Mom

Around 5 months, someone asked me how old Shelby was, after I replied, they asked how I liked it so far. I said that she was at my favorite age so far! She was so much fun! To which they replied, "every age will be your favorite age".

This has proved to be so absolutely, completely true. I look back loving where we've been, and look at where we are now, loving it more than words.

That's all. Just some Shelby love.

February 15, 2012

LOVE. love.

We tend to keep things simple in the Anderson house. Now of course, with yesterday being Valentines, and love in the air, I'm not one to skip out on a holiday, but we are simple folk. So in keeping with our simplicity, I grabbed some chippers from Paradise bakery, Shelby signed her first card for Daddy and we left it on the You are Special today plate.

We met up for a triple date lunch together, and then celebrated the day with a BBQ together with Leslies family and the Meisenbachs.

And Dave brought these lovelies home for me. He's a good guy!

It was a good day, filled with the ones I love. I hope that yours was filled with the same.
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February 13, 2012

{7 months}

I think in terms of growth & development, month 6 to 7 has been the least full of changes. Yes, there have been some, and you're always making us smile, but it's been mostly continual developments of things you've already been doing.

7 month Shelby:

  • You will wear sunglasses if it's sunny. And you keep them on!
  • You became a lil' traveler, as you went to the Caribbean with us. 
  • You roll over all the way now, and roll around the room quite quickly!
  • The baby swing went away for good. It was the end of an era. 
  • But Aunt Leslies borrowed bouncer is your new favorite activity. And mine too...it keeps you occupied forever!
  • Six o'clock Shelby has toned down the craziness. Thanks in part to above mentioned bouncer. 
  • You are back to sleeping through the night, and I thank you SO much for this continual gift. 
  • You're quite the gymnast, check out those baby splits!
  • Changing your diaper is getting tricky, you try to roll over now and have to hold things to keep you occcupied. 
  • Peas ended up being welcomed with an open mouth, but green beans got the gag. 
  • We gave you carrot sticks to suck on at dinner. They were a hit!
  • Gunner and little doggies make you giggle. You love your Gunner and his licks.
  • Still no teeth. Maybe by our 8 month update?

February 8, 2012

Destination: Caribbean

These past two weeks we had the opportunity to go on an Anderson family vacation. If you know Dave's family, then you know their preferred method of vacationing is cruising. And really, I must agree, they are a wonderful way for families to vacation. Accommodations, food, destinations, entertainment...it's all included. So away we went! We flew to Miami and spent a few days there to get used to the time change and hopefully get the kids back on a schedule, which was such a good, generous idea! We took a very fun boat tour of the bays and harbors in Miami, saw lots of gorgeous houses! On Saturday we headed to the port and boarded the ship. Now, I must pause and explain this ship. I was SO excited to go, and mostly because of this boat! We went on Oasis of the Seas (Royal Caribbean), which is currently, the biggest cruise ship in the world! When Dave and I were on our honeymoon, our waiter told us about a ship they were building that was going to blow away all other ships, and it was going to possibly have a mini zoo, go-karts, etc. Well, Oasis didn't have a zoo or go karts, but it does have Flowrider, a zip line, a mini-central park-like area, a carousel, a mini-golf area, ice skating rink and so much more! After 7 days on board, i still hadn't seen all there was to see!

Now back to the cruise...
We went to Nassau, Bahamas, St. Thomas (where we took a taxi, then a boat, then another taxi, and went to a beach in St. John) and St. Maarten. The beaches were beautiful, the sand was so soft, the weather was a good 80 degrees, not too hot, but not cool. The days at sea were windy, but even though, days at sea tend to be my favorite! You can sleep in (or not, since we now have Shelby), lay out, go get a late breakfast, wander the ship, do nothing, do something or do everything. I feel so much more productive during days at sea. We had some great times, and despite Dave and I's serious lack of sleep, Shelby was wonderful during the days. She even fell asleep in her highchair during dinners. She was such a super trooper!

It was so nice to be able to spend time with the family. Shelby got alot of time with Aunt Rachel and Uncle Mikey, who she doesn't see as much since they're at college, and of course, her cousins loved up on her tons! She especially likes it when Raegan dances for her. 
Now we are home, relaxed, with good memories, but I've never been so glad to have all of us in our own rooms, our own beds, and back on our schedules!