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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Always Golden.

I’m going to write about my child.  I love being able to look back months/years down the road and see what she’s up to during certain periods of time.  It seems like she grows so quickly.  I look at her and she’s 1” taller and a gagillion times smarter. 

What does Anna look like now?
Jackson2Months 078 Crazy.  A little crazy ball of energy with SO much personality.  Messy hair, bumps and bruises, sweaty – this is what she looks like on a daily basis.  Anna, once again, decided to crash Jackson’s two month photo shoot.  Except instead of sitting quietly while I took her picture, she did her best Britney impersonation and made her mean face.  She also kicked at me for good measure – but in a loving way.  <—Is that possible?


Here’s a photo of my nephew Jackson at two months.  Isn’t he precious?

37740_10150228294120562_742925561_13712168_5726864_n And here he is flipping all of you off.

Back to Anna. 

I’m not sure how much Anna weighs at this point, but when I stood her on my home scale, it looked to be about 27 lbs.  When I pick her up, it feels more like 270, but that’s because I’m weak and should probably start lifting weights.

She’s a tall, sturdy little girl – rough and tumble.  She likes to run and play and act crazy, spin in circles, dance to music, sing, yell, eat eat (that’s how she says she wants to eat, she always says it twice), feed Cosmo the dog.   She’s already in 2T, sometimes 3T clothes and 6, almost 7 shoes.  Her feet were newborn size for nearly a year, then BAM, boat feet central (just like mom).  That’s OK, it gives her more leverage when she dances.

She’s having a word explosion now.  She can pretty much repeat whatever we say, so now we have to be more aware of the words we use.  Then again, we’re perfect angels with a flawless vocabulary, so of course she’ll only learn appropriate words like love, light and charity. 

The cutest words she says are as follows:


Dr. Pepper

Cosmo (maaamo)

Car (caaaaah)
What that? (except it totally doesn’t sound like this, but we can tell from the inflection and the fact that she puts both hands out in a way that we know what she’s asking)
Catch (cak tc)
Oh no (but it sounds like meow meow)
Eat eat
Please (peas)

Thank you (da doot)

Juice (booce)
Milk (meeel)

Laptop (yes, I am serious)
Paw Paw

Lea Lea (her favorite auntie)
Jackson (babakso)

These are the words I can think of off the top of my head.  There are more, but I’ve forgotten them because that’s what good mothers do.  We forget important things like this.  At this point, she can mimic most of the words we say, and there are many words that she says that only I can understand.  She and I have a language.  I speak baby. 

Her favorite activities are dancing, poking me in the butt, watching Golden Girls, riding in cars, wearing jewelry, stealing all of my purses and wearing them all at one time, playing with her cousin Jackson, spending time with her grandparents, hitting (I mean, petting) Cosmo the dog and Harley and Chloe the cats, trying to hack all things technical – cell phones, laptops, television, DVRs.  She can touch something and completely change all of the settings in 1.5 seconds.  You get your phone back, and everything is in Chinese.  It takes 2 years to fix the damage she’s done.  Hopefully she can use this talent for good instead of evil one day.

As I mentioned above, my child loves watching Golden Girls aka GIRRRRLS.  Whenever she’s angry or upset, I say, “Want to watch Girls?  She immediately shouts, “GIRRRLSSS!”  Then she will watch about 2 or 3 episodes with me.  I promise you I’m not making this up.  She’s way too cool for Yo Gabba Gabba.  She’s traded Foofa for Rose Nylund and Brobee for Sophia.  I can’t say that I mind.  It’s far less annoying to chant the Golden Girls theme in your head all day long vs. some of the ridiculously mind numbing music of YGG (although I do admit to loving the song I Like Sandwiches and I Love Balloons).

Here’s an old skool video of Anna watching Golden Girls.  So, her obsession has been long lasting.  I’m guessing she probably became addicted in utero since I watched the show daily.

So, this is my child.  A funny, sweet, crazy, bundle of energy who loves to laugh, run, jump, play and be around people.  We are truly so blessed to have such a precious child in our lives, and I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be her mother.  I am looking forward to watching her grow and learn and be everything she will ever want to be.

I love you, Anna. 


Mrs E said...

and she's super cute too!

Allison aka Half of VAMH said...

I need videos of her talking! And I didn't realize Anna and I had so much in common?

Dancing - check.
Poking you in the butt - check.
Wearing jewelry - check.

Myndee said...

Oh, yes. A playdate in the near future is a MUST!! I have to see them together again. :)

One Pork Chop said...

@Allison - LOL She got it all from her Auntie Allison, that's for sure.

Myndee - So sorry about today! I finally feel like myself again. Saturday and Sunday I will be in Picayune at my mom's house for my grandmother's birthday. We will definitely get together soon, come hell or high water.

Jennifer said...

LOVE this :)

Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy said...

LMAO at both you and Allison. I LOVE reading this entry, Nat! She is just so dang cute and you crack me up!

The Nerdy Katie said...

Anna is adorable. We need more videos of her!

The Martha Complex said...

You just brought back a memory for me. My daughter also would sat "dat doot" for thank you. :) It was the cutest thing.

Krista said...

omg, do we have the same child? I could have written this myself (not as well, though!), and we are also Golden Girls lovers! She's so cute!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Oh my Lordy, I knew I liked her, and now Golden Girls?! A girl after my own heart.

I do declare sir, your sweet words could charm the mornin dew off of tha honeysuckle.

LOVE that show!

Caroline said...

ooh. you tell miss anna when i come to nola i'll bring her some fabulous jewelry and we'll get all decked out and watch the golden girls. she has to supply the purses though!

One Pork Chop said...

@Liz: Oh no you didn't! That's one of my favorite GG episodes - the one where Blanche books the Murder Mystery weekend, and she's accused of killing her boss.

I love the fake cop who guesses that Rose is from St. Olaf when she makes dumb comments. Tahhaha!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

Natalie, lemme tell ya. My obsession with GG goes back to when it was actually on air in the 80s. I used to watch it at my Grandma, Sugar's house while eating sour cream and onion Pringles and Spaghetti Os (that she would microwave for 10 minutes just to makes sure they were really cooked). Then I used to watch reruns on Lifetime when I got home from school (9-12th grade).


G+D said...

:spit at Jackson flipping the bird in that second pic! LMFAO!

I love that Anna says "laptop." Future blogger in the making! She is such an amazing little girl!

JerzeyKatie said...

Paige trys to smack me on the butt, lol, I wonder why??? And yes the word explosion is quite amazing. We are working on colors--everything is pink and yellow.

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