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Darling Girl Of Mine

Dear Annabel, At midnight yesterday, you turned two years old – but you already know that because you were still awake. Granted, it was after your birthday party and you were especially amped, but child, your ability to function on almost zero sleep baffles me. Don’t you know how wonderful and amazing sleep is? You…

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Annie Proofing

We’ve decided to give Annie free range in the new house. Yep, the gated community is being left behind. There are a couple areas with steps  that I am wary of (one in the kitchen and another in the front room), but I’m hoping I can teach her caution. I briefly let her have free…

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Go Go Go

We’ve reached the point where the baby gate that creates Annie’s Gated Community is no longer seen as a deterrent, but a challenge. We knew this day would come and we’d hoped we’d be in a more toddler-safe home when it arrived, but alas. As Annie finds new ways to hop the fence (turning her…

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Safety Dance

So this happened: If you can’t see that because you’re, you know, “at work,” here it is in stop motion. First she gets an evil “I’m gonna do something” face on her: Then she basically lifts her foot as high as her shoulder and plants it on the couch: Then she grunts and wiggles and…

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Little Mama

Annabel has all varieties of toys – musical instruments, robots, balls, objects with wheels, dolls, and things that make noise. She has always been very into the loud toys, much to my dismay. But hey, that’s why they invented headphones. On her birthday she received a few dolls. I had them still in the packages,…

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Sweet Annabel

Dear Annabel, A year ago, I woke up and I just knew it would be the day I finally met you. Your due date wasn’t for three more weeks, but that morning you were calm when you were normally very active. Something told me you were resting up to cause a ruckus, and boy did…

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Monkey

I’ve mentioned a few times about our adventures with the baby gate. Well, besides the fact that MIKE fell over it while carrying Annie the other day (but luckily he tripped with his back foot, so he and Annie were fine), it has suddenly become the least of our worries. We’ve figured out how to…

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Certain Disaster

Do you have something in your house where you look at it and you just KNOW that it will injure you? That it’s only a matter of time. In our house, it’s the baby gate. Mike is six feet three inches tall, and steps over the gate like it’s a no higher than a curb….