Old Pictures from Clemyjontri Park

More good news with the new camera.  Our memory card from the old camera did not malfunction, so I was able to upload these older pictures from a play day at Clemyjontri Park with Rebecca and Julia.  Annabelle and Julia crawled through the many firetrucks, trains, went on the swings, and rode in the race cars.  Those are two busy baby girls!  Phewy!

September 28, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day in Leesburg

Yesterday Annabelle and I took a little field trip out to Leesburg, Virginia where our friends Rebecca, Craig, and baby Julia live.   Here we are in the historic part of Leesburg, where Annabelle found an admirer in a local tailor who came out of her shop to take a photo with Annabelle.  Then, two women who walked by us offered to take a few pictures of Annabelle, me, and then the two of us with Rebecca and Julia.   Annabelle looked at the fall flowers and crawled around in a park beside the W&OD trail.

September 28, 2007. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Our Lake Anne Neighborhood

Some of my favorite parts about living in Reston include Lake Anne and Lake Anne plaza.  Above is a picture of Lake Anne which I took as Annabelle and I walked along a path that goes alongside both the Lake and Wiehle Rd.  Second down is our front door and walkway to our house, which is a half mile from the lake.  Last is the Lake Anne plaza where I take Annabelle to look at geese, old books, people walking their dogs, and of course, the other kids.  She loves to pet the animals and folks stop and always chat with her.

On Sundays, Matt and I bring the baby here to grab bagels and coffee at the Lake Anne cafe.  A nice Korean family owns the cafe and has gotten to know us, or perhaps, Annabelle.

September 28, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

My Two Babies: Annabelle and Toby

Annabelle the mischief queen.  Here she is terrorizing poor Toby and his tail.  Matt and I continue to remind her, “Gentle with Toby Cat, Gentle.”  Then we show her how to pet him.  Still, Toby remains one of Annabelle’s favorite creatures.  Whenever she sees him, her entire face lights up and she giggles.  Toby, on the other hand, usually runs in the other direction.  Some days though I catch the two of them playing together.  Annabelle holds Toby’s toy up for him to swat out.  I have hope that my two babies will get along soon.

September 28, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Day One with the New Camera

On our first outing with the new camera, we met up with new friends Abigail and her mom Christina.  After a hot day at the park, we headed home for Reston.  Above are a few pictures of Annabelle and me at the Reston Town Center, in front of the fountain.  We wrapped up our play day with lunch at Panera.  Aqeela and Ayaan joined us.  Annabelle and Ayaan are good buddies who love eating together (literally).

September 28, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

The New Camera is Here!

Yah!!  Woo hoo!! Our new camera has arrived!  Here’s Annabelle having a great time being up to no good with the packaging materials that the new camera arrived in.  We were both excited as I snapped these photos.  Of course, Annabelle was more enthralled with the new piece of technology than I was.  I think we have a baby who may be following in her daddy’s technical wizard footsteps.

September 28, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

My Mama’s Body is My favorite Play Gym

Annabelle loves to climb over her mama and use her body as play gym.  She also loves thinking that she’s up to no good.  Just watch!

September 28, 2007. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Annabelle’s First Cold and a bumpy ride to see waterfalls

Phew!  We survived this past week.  And no, sorry, I didn’t take the photo above.  But I did take video of the same site (it’s Great Falls National Park), and once I figure out how to finalize the video and upload it to UTube, I plan to post it and other videos we’ve been taking while we await a new and working camera.;

Okay, so this past week, Annabelle has had a bad cold with congestion and so has her mom and dad.  Actually, her dad just caught it and I have been fighting it off since this past weekend that we spent in Connecticut.  I took Ms. Belle to the ped’s office on Monday and she’s on a decongestant.  While there, we learned that she’s up to 19 lbs!  I was a bit surprised because she doesn’t look so big.  In three short months, she’ll be one year old and able to face forward in her new Britax Decathlon carseat (thanks Gramma and Grampy!).

The reason I posted the above picture (compliments of latherblather ) is that I decided that some fresh air and a change of scenery would be good for both me and the belle.  I drove out towards Georgetown Pike, a scenic road with huge estates, through the center of Great Falls, and out towards Riverbend Park where you can rent rowboats.  I planned to take Annabelle for a walk in her jogging stroller along what I though would be an easy paved trail.  The ranger I spoke with assured me that a trail connecting Riverbend to Great Falls was flat and easy terrain for a stroller.  Well, I thought so too until we reached what can only be described as a ledge beside the Potomac River.  Other hikers crossed our path here and expressed their concern about our going further on the trail.  Well, I’m stubborn, so onward we went.  Until we crossed a bigger ledge.  This time, another hiker helped me carry Annabelle and the stroller up the ledge to the other side, where there was a pretty flat though rocky trail to the trail’s end.   All and all, it was quite the adventure!  Annabelle slept through much of the bumpy ride, except in places where she awoke to practice her voice–she likes to hum and say, “A-wuh-a-wuh-a-wuh” as her voice hits each bump with the stroller.  It’s actually quite funny when she continues to play this voice game even as we cover smooth ground.

Well, like I promised, once I finalize the video and upload it to the computer, I promise to post more.  We have neat clips of Annabelle giggling, eating spaghetti, pulling herself up to standing to attack my laptop, and now looking at the waterfalls at Great Falls.

Until then, have a great weekend,

Jess & Annabelle

September 21, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Infant Massage

Last week Annabelle started to fully crawl, and a few days after that, she started pulling herself up on our couch and is walking along it as she holds onto it.  Her motive?  I’m pretty sure it’s not Toby, and is my laptop.  She loves to bang her little hands on the keys and she looks so proud of herself as she mimics her mom and dad.

So, here’s a little story about Annabelle the crawling baby.

Yesterday I brought her to the Ashburn library for a workshop on infant massage.  At almost nine months old, Annabelle was an old lady among seven week old to three month old babies.  Still, I thought, why not give the workshop a chance?

First we removed the baby’s onesies.  Then we lay them on their backs and said, “Do you want a massage?”  I should have known right from this moment that infant massage was not going to be Annabelle’s forte.  She answered me in her monster voice, a scratchy tone that she uses when she wants to be heard.   To my surprise, the baby next to us (who was also nine months old), reached out for Annabelle’s hand and started talking to her with a similar monster voice.  The woman leading the workshop began instructing us all to make heart shapes on our baby’s chests.  Annabelle gave me a dirty look as I rubbed oil into my hands and made three heart shaped strokes over her chest.  “It clears their lungs,” said the instructor.  Annabelle just glared at me and slapped my hands away.

I decided to bring out my keys.  My keys always work in making a fussy Annabelle a little bit happier.  I think she considers Mom’s keys a forbidden toy.  Anway, I hand her the keys.  She sits up.  I attempt to rub her shoulders and stroke her under her arms.  She ignores me and continues to chew on the keys.

Then she notices the paper instructions that another mom had propped up beside us.  Annabelle decides to crawl over, grab the instructions, and starts to eat them.  I apologized to the other mom, returned the instructions to her, and laid Annabelle back down to try and continue with the massage.

Annabelle then crawled back over towards the other mom and her baby and started to poke her fingers in the baby’s face.  At this point, my optimism for infant massage was deflated.  The other parents made comments like, “She’s an active one, isn’t she?”  I nodded and laughed, but could tell that my sweet little baby and I were not cut out for infant massage.

In any case, if anyone wants some infant massage oil, let me know.  I don’t think we’ll be using ours.

September 13, 2007. cute. Leave a comment.

Our Camera has died

Yikes!  My camera has died!  It’s health was fading over the last month or two, and then last week, it took its final toss and suffered the curiosity of Ms. Annabelle.  Matt attempted to fix it yet again, taking out his mini screw drivers and tinkering around inside the casing.  But alas, the camera has died.

I am pretty bummed, since as you can probably tell, I love taking pictures of my little girl, but the good news is that once Kodak sends me a coupon for my broken camera, I can purchase a new camera with more megapixels.   In the meantime, I will just have to post written updates about the Belle, and hopefully a new camera will arrive soon enough.

September 13, 2007. Update. 1 comment.

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