Hosted at Mommy’s Green Mamma Site

Hello there, the Annabelle Baby blog is now being hosted at mommy’s Green Mamma blog.  Daddy has been working long hard hours making this change.  Make sure you tell him how awesome he is next time you see him, ok?  Now that I can talk, I make sure that I tell him he’s awesome at least once each hour.  It is doing wonders for him.

Okay, so to see Annabelle Baby over at Green Mamma, go to

Right now, visitors will not need a username or password.  If one should be needed, Mom and Dad will make sure that they e-mail you.

See you over there!



November 22, 2008. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

New Blog

Due to space issues at, Matt and I have decided to start another blog for Annabelle.

It’s called BelleMina:

I plan to keep the same username and password for current readers.  Thanks!

Jess & The Belle

October 30, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Zoo pictures

For some reason, Annabelle and I have been hitting the zoos lately.  Aside from the picture of the zebras, all the other wonderful animals are at the Reston Zoo.  We met up with our friends Suzanne, Jake, and Kyle and took a hayride with them.  Annabelle has a genuine affection for animals.  She loves petting and cooing at the sheep and goats.  She kept saying, “Bahhh!”  And I would agree with her and say, “Bahh!”  I have to say, it is a lot of cooky fun with the little one.  I can’t believe she’s already 10 months!

October 23, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

After Pary

After the party, we three Montes had varying levels of energy.  Annabelle and I were still on an excitement high.  She was having fun having me all to herself again.  But that was mainly because her poor, old Dad had collapsed next to us and just about passed out.  He fell asleep at 8:00 that night, which is basically like 2 in the afternoon for a night owl like Matt.

October 23, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Little Monsters’ Bash


So our Little Monsters Halloween Bash finally arrived!  I was happily surprised at how many kiddos dressed up to attend our party–and that includes the moms and dads too.  After the party, Matt and I tallied up how many monsters made their way through our hopping house: 26 adults and 24 children.   We were both grateful that Matt’s pool table had not yet been delivered and assembled.  In its place was plenty of space in our downstairs for little feet to slide up and down our new hardwood floors.  Everyone, including my DH, kept approaching me to ask whether I was okay with all the kids, all the chaos, and in my eyes, all the adventure.  Of course I was!  It was such an energetic afternoon.  As an afterthought though, I am glad no one got hurt.  I bet when Matt and I become grandparents we will look back on this party and remember our youth and insanity, but why waste our youth on being wise or cautious?

In any case, I bet you all would like to hear about the cutees pictured above.  Our first little guy is Harry  Potter, or four year old Avery (we just attended his b’day party a few weeks ago).  The next cutey is little Daniella dressed as a ladybug, who I believe is about two years old.  Then there is Eli holding Justin and Christina’s little one month old baby Abby, who looked adorable as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz (her mom handcrafted Abby’s little ruby slippers, er booty socks).

The pretty green fairy is our new neighbor Emily.  Her little sister Abigail isn’t pictured, but Annabelle loves her and I think Abigail is motivating Annabelle to start walking.

The next pink fairy is Ella with her dad Mark.  I met Ella’s mom Jessica at my breastfeeding group, and we started a Baby Reading group a few months ago.

Next are two cute dinosaurs.  First is baby Meera with her dad Jeremy.  Raki and Prasanna are pictured next.  Raki had such an amazing costume.  Oh, Prasanna is my weekend walking buddy.  She’s a riot!

Below the dinosaurs is a little duck.  Doesn’t she look familiar?  Our dear friend Megan is holding her.  Megan was in the delivery room with us before we hatched the Belle.

Under the duck is a very cute Moo Cow named Mikey.  I met his mom Courtney at my breastfeeding group too.  She’s a wonderful gal and an excellent baker.

Then we have our eyecatching Bundies with their little fairy princess Julia.  Rebecca is dressed as Peg Bundy and Craig, of course, is her Al.  Rebecca did remember to bring her bon bons.  We usually meet up out in Leesburg or at the Dulles Town Center for playdates.  Rebecca is a Connecticut girl too.

And last but not least is the cutest little duck I have ever seen.  Don’t you agree?  Annabelle was actually pretty good about keeping her bill-hat on for much of the party.  I felt too mean to keep putting it back on, so most people thought she was dressed like a fat chicken.  In fact, her buddy Alec (who loves the ladies) kept coming over to squeeze her fat duck costume.  His parents better watch out.  I think we have a little ladies man.  Alec was kissing Annabelle on the cheek and then turning around to smooch her friend Ella when Annabelle wasn’t looking.  What a player!

All and all, it was an awesome day of time spent with the kids and good friends.

October 23, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Halloween Decorating

Ooh, haa, haa, haa!  Happy Halloween!  A few days before the party, Mom and I decorated the kitchen, living room, and dining room.  We hung black garland, pumpkin lights, spider webs and spiders, and we baked witches’ cupcakes.   I practiced my standing and pant gliding while Mom put things together.  Pant gliding is when you hang onto your mom’s pant legs while she is walking and moving around.  That way you don’t lose her.

October 23, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.


Hi Gramma!  Hi Grampy!  Hi Nanna!  Guess what, I miss you guys!  So, I made Mom and Dad promise to bring me to Connecticut this weekend!  Yah!

October 23, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Annabelle’s Room

After two weeks of work, Annabelle’s room is just about finished!  I refinished Matt’s old childhood dresser and painted Annabelle’s room a softer shade of purple.  The tall standing flower power lamp was a nice touch–it’s so girly.  Someday I hope our little girl will appreciate what is essentially her reading room, play space, and changing table room.   Oh well.  Someday, it will be her “bed” room.

October 23, 2007. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

No More Videos

Until I figure out how to keep a privacy setting on You Tube, I will no longer upload video of Annabelle to this blog.  I feel sick to my stomach right now.  A strange person commented on one of our videos of Annabelle, and when I clicked on this person’s site, there were many videos of children.  Needless to say, I do not think Matt nor I will continue to use  You Tube.

October 21, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Baby Diners

Ayaan and Annabelle play with a menu, a doorstop, and keys at the diner.  Oh, the fun babies have!

October 10, 2007. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

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