Friday, July 31, 2009

Aiyana's First Birthday

Happy Birthday Aiyana!!! Aiyana's first birthday was on Wednesday and Dana and I had to work that day, but we made up for it when we got home. After work we showered Aiyana with lots of love, a birthday gift and a yummy princess cupcake. This is a picture of Aiyana before heading to daycare on Wednesday morning. Notice how proudly she is holding the comb I use to do her hair. She likes to take the comb and try to comb her own hair. Aiyana looks like Pebbles most mornings because I use a rubber band to get her long gorgeous hair our of her eyes. That evening we introduced Aiyana to her Kangaroo Climber which she really loves. Her favorite things to do on the climber are open and close the door on the back side and stand at the top, to the right of the slide and laugh at me while I peek my head through the various holes and say "boo" at her. She laughs so hard. She hasn't quite figured out the slide part, but she will get there. For dinner Aiyana devoured some chicken nuggets and for dessert a princess cupcake. She was more interested in squishing the cupcake between her fingers than eating it, though. It was a fun evening. Tomorrow we celebrate with friends and family.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

She Turns One Tomorrow

Here's a look at Aiyana's first year.

1 Week: You smiled

By 1 Month: You were holding your head up while on your tummy

1 Month: You laughed

1 1/2 Months: You slept through the night... ahhh

1 1/2 Months: You responded to our voice

2 1/2 Months: You started sucking your fingers

2 1/2 Months: You rolled on your side

3 Months: You tried baby food (rice cereal)

3 1/2 Months: You faked a sneeze after you already sneezed twice... it was hilarious.

4 Months: You started saying "ma ma"

4 1/2 Months: You rolled over

4 1/2 Months: You laughed loudly

5 Months: You held a bottle

5 Months: You started mimicking our motions

6 Months: You started bobbing your head to music

7 Months: You said your first word "dog"

7 1/2 Months: You sat unsupported

7 1/2 Months: You said "da da"

8 Months: You started army crawling

9 1/2 Months: You took your first step with help

10 Months: You started crawling

10 Months: Was the first time you got sick

10 Months: You waved bye bye

11 Months: You are climbing the stairs and walking with support

Easy Salsa Recipe

3 medium cans of Stewed Tomatoes
1 table spoon of diced or minced Garlic
½ of an Onion, chopped
2 roasted Jalapenos
3 roasted Serrano Peppers
chopped Cilantro (to taste)
Garlic Salt (to taste)
Cracked Pepper (to taste)

Bake the peppers at 350 until the skin starts to peel, about 15 minutes. Peel the skin off of the peppers. Blend all ingredients in a blender. I typically taste the salsa before adding all of the peppers. You can use less peppers for a more mild salsa.

I made this for a pot luck at work and everyone really liked it. This recipe was given to me from Aurora Lopez.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Almost a Year

I am so sad... you are almost one year old. Gosh the time has gone by so quickly. You are still a baby, but you are becoming a little girl. I love you so, so much Aiyana.

Such a cute smile you have...

Constantly learning...

Touching your shoes...

Being silly...

Look at those teeth...

Your Nana asked me on the phone today... "How long is Aiyana's hair now?"

You are ALL girl...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My New Cut

Here it is!!!
I had my hair cut and I donated 11 inches for Locks of Love in July of 2008. I have let it grow out since then, but I was in dire need of something new. This Phoenix heat and pregnancy forced me into another short hairdo. I couldn't hold out for Locks of Love, but maybe next time.

Monday, July 6, 2009

New Things

I thought I was done posting for the day, but as I stopped to run upstairs and put some clothes away I glanced down the stairs to check on Aiyana who was playing in our laundry room and what do I find? The little booger is crawling up our stairs. Recently we have tried to teach her how to climb the steps so she learns and doesn't hurt herself if we are not around. She had no interest in doing it at the time, but apparently she really wanted to get to me today. I guess we will be blocking those steps until we are confident she can do it on her own. I also found her standing in her crib after waking from her nap today. She had just one hand on the railing and was balancing herself really well.

11 Week Ultrasound

I had this done on Friday at my OB's office. Just like Aiyana's 10 week appointment, Dr Thompson couldn't hear a heart beat so my doctor decided to do a quick ultrasound to see if the little one was okay. I wasn't as worried this time around because I still have bad nausea and there has to be a reason for that ;o). At the very first sight of our baby, I saw a waving arm. Dr. Thompson said "oh, it's saying hi". Then the fetus rolled over on his/her side so I could see the back side and then rolled over again and kicked his/her legs. The heart was beating strong, but the ultrasound doesn't measure the rate so I didn't get a heart rate. I scanned the above picture from a paper print out that wasn't the greatest quality. It scanned with a rainbow of colors and I thought it looked neat so I kept it that way.

Fourth of July & Aiyana's 1st Birthday Celebration

This weekend we celebrated the fourth of July weekend on Lake Powell. Dana rented jet ski's for his friends on Friday as part of his grooms men's gifts for our wedding. We spent Friday and Saturday on the beach and camped on Friday night. On Saturday we celebrated Aiyana's first birthday with Dana's family and Saturday night we watched the fireworks in Page. Dana and I had a bet going on whether or not Aiyana would cry for the fireworks and I lost. I thought she would cry, but she really enjoyed them. I guess it's only tactile things that bother her because she isn't fond of the swimming pool, the lake or the sand and we all know she hates grass. Sunday we attended our nephew Kellen's baby blessing and a lunch prepared at Sam and Emmy's house.

I must say that I was a bit teary eyed putting that one candle on Aiyana's first birthday cake, in fact, it was pretty difficult to choke back the tears. I think I held it together only because Aiyana actually has a few more weeks until she officially turns one. I can't believe she is almost one. She was such a happy baby, eating ice cream and opening her gifts. It was a prelude to her big day... a practice to her official first birthday ;o).