Thursday, November 30, 2017

Annie at 10 Months

I KNOW I just published Annie's 9 month post like yesterday, but here I am writing all about our littlest meatball at 10 months old!

What's crazy is that someone asked over the weekend how old she was and I was like "oh she just turned 9 months" and then realized OMG SHE WILL BE 10 MONTHS ON THURSDAY!  Where or where is this time going?!?!?!

Annie really is such a happy, chill, cuddly little meatball and is the perfect #3 to our fam bam!  I seriously cannot imagine life without her as part of it!

We don't go back to the doc until 12 months (WHAT!?! ONE YEAR OLD?!?!?) so you're left with a splattering of mom stats.  LUCKY YOU!
  • Annie weighs 21 pounds 10 ounces and is probably 28 inches long.  She is definitely still out little peanut!!  Some of her rolls have started to thin out (tear!) and she's getting leaner and leaner it seems.
  • Annie is rockin' 9-12 and 12 month clothes still!  Actually some 6-12 clothes still fit her too!   It's crazy that she is actually in clothes FOR HER SIZE!  Our first kid to actually do this!  Haha!  But she seems happy and content and even has plateaued a bit in her size so I think she'll still be rockin' this size for another month or so.  Her short torso and length are helping keep her in these size clothes as well.
  • She is crawling!  She can get where she needs to by bending over, rolling, and scooting around.  She is a master at pushing herself across the floor with her hands and bending and stretching to grab anything she needs to get.  And just this week, like 3 days ago, she figured out the actual CRAWL!!  She's as slow as a turtle crawling around but girlfriend is moving like crazy and actually crawling on her hands and knees!! I am so proud of her!!
  • This month she mastered going from laying down on her back or tummy and getting herself up to a seated position...which I have come into her room in the morning or after nap and discovered her sitting up all by herself, even inside her sleep sack! So impressive!
  • She is not really saying any specific words but definitely babbles and talks up a storm!  She loves to hear herself make noise and sometimes in the backseat she just talks and talks and talks (and then sometimes it turns into a scream!) the entire ride home!  She cracks me up.  I'm sure it'll be no time before she's babbling and actually saying real words and not ever shutting up, much like her older sister!
  • We are hoping to try and ditch the bottles this month and go to sippy cups -- wish us luck with that one!  Haha!  I'm a this.close. to stopping my midday pump at school and just pumping in the morning and at night cause I am getting so close to being done with the pump...but Annie gets about 15oz of milk while I'm at school and then nurses 3-4x a day when I am home with her.  Like I said with Rosie, I'll nurse her as long as she wants, but I am ditching the pump around a year!
  • Annie will eat pretty much anything you give her!  She likes her pouches of food but usually has whatever we're having with that as well.  She definitely prefers fruits over veggies, but doesn't seem to be too picky.  She's tried nearly everything and seems to like it!  She's getting better about picking up food and actually EATING IT and keeping it in her mouth and not spitting it let's hope that continues! I hope we can ditch the baby food pouches soon too and just give her solely what we're having.
  • Definitely still holds the title for best Mooney sleeper!  Goes down around 7/8pm and sleeps until 8/9am in the morning!  Still takes one nap, usually from about 12:30/1 - 3:30/4pm and it is wonderful!  She goes down super happy and wakes up just as happy!  She makes it so easy on us and I am hoping and praying this always is how she is and lasts forever and ever!
  • Annie banannie has 4 teeth now (two up top, two down below!) and the other two on the sides of her two front teeth are just about to pop through.  However, I honestly had no idea these teeth were coming in because she is just so chill and relaxed and doesn't seem to let anything bother her! WOOT WOOT for that!  Hope that always lasts :) 
  • Still just a few nicknames -- Annie banannie, Annie girl, baby Annie, and, most recently, Patrick and Rosie call her Gugu which is freaking adorable.  I have no idea where they got that name but it is so cute to hear her called that.
  • Annie is soooo observant and really likes to see what's happening around her and take things in.  She has some serious resting bitch face a lot but I think it's just her being observant and taking everything in.
  • Girlfriend is such a chill, happy, and content baby.  She is the definitely of 'go with the flow' baby and we just love her so much and seriously cannot imagine life without her!  I have loved watching her grow and even more so loved watching her big siblings love on her as well!
Here's your (read: my) favorite: comparison snaps!

And lastly, all 3 burritos at 10 months (and you can read P and R's 10 month posts too, if you wanna walk down memory lane, at the links below).

Welp, that's all I've got for Annie Banannie at 10 months old!  She's gearing up for her first Christmas and I've only got 2 more months of these lovely update posts before she is the big O-N-E and these monthly updates are laid to rest.  Oh Annie girl!  We love you so much and are so happy you are part of our fam bam!

Patrick at 10 Months                  Rosie at 10 Months

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Remembering Goose

Our most favorite bird Goose flew off to heaven late last night. To say we are going to miss her is an understatement! She was the root of our family and so many wonderful memories are centered around her. Her ‘monkey heads’ (Patrick, Rosie, Annie, & Audrey) will miss her deeply. However, this bird lived 90 amazing years and we all should be so lucky to live such a full life as she did! I have about a billion pics of her I’d love to reshare, but I picked my 6 most favorite that I think accurately sum up our Goose: fun, loving, serious, dedicated, and everything in between. We will miss our Goose oh-so-much but will hold her dear to our hearts and in our minds forever, celebrating the incredible life she had and all those that she helped create and shape. We love you so much Goose! I hope you are loving being with Gramps out over us and your monkey heads up there 😘😘😘

(I copy-and-pasted ^^^ that from my social media post cause I felt like I would just be writing the same thing again so why reinvent the wheel when it's already done?!?!)

So late Monday night Goose took her last breath and went off to be with Gramps at 90 years old.  I left school on Monday at lunch because we knew it was going to be soon for her to go and I wanted to go and say goodbye and tell her I love her one last time.

Mike had taken Annie to see her earlier that day and snapped ^^^ this pic and sent it to me and it immediately made my tear up, and heart swell knowing just how lucky we were -- especially the kiddos -- to have Goose around for so long.  My brothers and I went to see her on Monday together and I am so glad we were able to do that together and say goodbye.  She died about 10 hours after we saw her for the last time.

To say I will miss her is an understatement -- I have felt utterly exhausted these past couple days and I know it's because my Goose is gone.  I am fighting back tears sitting here writing this post because she was just so special to me and such an amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, daughter, friend, and all around amazing lady.

On my way to work this morning this ^^^ song came (60s on 6 on SiriumXM, I love my oldies!) on and golly, those lyrics are just spot.on.  I started happy crying because it just spoke to me.

Trees swayin' in the summer breeze
Showin' off their silver leaves
As we walked by
Soft kisses on a summer's day
Laughing all our cares away
Just you and I
Sweet sleepy warmth of summer nights
Gazing at the distant lights
In the starry sky
They say that all good things must end some day
Autumn leaves must fall
But don't you know that it hurts me so
To say goodbye to you
Wish you didn't have to go
No, no, no, no
And when the rain
Beats against my windowpane
I'll think of summer days again
And dream of you
They say that all good things must end some day
Autumn leaves must fall
But don't you know that it hurts me so
To say goodbye to you
Wish you didn't have to go
No no no no
And when the rain
Beats against my windowpane
I'll think of summer days again
And dream of you
And dream of you

So, yeah, this song will now forever remind me of my Goose and probably make my cry happy tears whenever I hear it!

I am SO SO SO SO SO glad we did a 90th birthday photoshoot for our Goose.  I will cherish these pictures forever and ever and I even have my favorite one...

(this one!!) blown up on a canvas hanging in our living room -- it's like she's keeping an eye out over all of her favorite Gone with the Wind plates we have displayed.

I could seriously go on and on and on about how amazingly awesome my Goose was.  I know how lucky I am to have had her in my life for my entire 32 years of existence thus far and that my three kiddos got to know their great-grandma oh-so-well before she left.  I have spent a good part of the past couple days walking down memory lane and looking back at all of the pictures and videos I have of her!  They will always and forever make me smile and fill me with joy and such great memories.  I have loved spending time with my family and resharing some of our favorite Goose moments these past couple days and I hope we never stop reliving and resharing them with each other!  I want to keep her memory alive and strong and want to keep those stories being passed around for generations to come.

I'll stop myself there, cause I could really go on and on some more...and instead share some of my favorite pics of her with you all.

Goose, I love you so much and will miss you dearly.  You have taught me so much and I hope that I get to live such a wonderful and full life as you did!  I'll carry you with me forever and always.  I'm so glad I had this time with you and I hope you're enjoying being back with Gramps up there!  Keep a watch over us always.  We love you so much!!
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