4th Birthday Photo Session

4th Birthday Photo Session

Monday, September 10, 2012

The Entertainment

I just turned on Yo Gabba Gabba! to keep Andi entertained and quiet. I am stealing these few minutes to myself.  It doesn't phase me much that I once said I wouldn't use TV to babysit the kid.  Yet, I do it rather often.  It's funny how I said I would or wouldn't do this or that, and then when I actually got into things, all rules were out the window.  I imagine that's true whether or not the kid has health issues.  At least Andi isn't watching Barney or the Tella-Tubbies... or the Wiggles.  I've had objections to those even before Andi arrived.  Right now, Andi is learning about robots and electricity, through song.

I admitted to a friend last night that I awoke in the middle of the night and found myself singing Yo Gabba Gabba songs.  No joke.  It happens more often than I should probably admit. 

This morning, Andi awoke about 3:45 and gyrated in her crib.  After about ten minutes of this, she decided she was time to join Mom and Dad in the big girl bed.  When she stands, I hear her playpen creak, and know what's coming.  So I rolled over and helped her onto our bed.  Usually, she just wants to snuggle and will go back to sleep.  This morning, she thought it would be more fun to "play" and kept us up for a good two hours.  It was really annoying, tiresome, and irritating.  Cory had to get up at 6 for an early morning conference call, and luckily, Andi and I quickly crashed for another hour before I had to get up.  Miss "Play" slept until just after 9, despite our attempts to wake her.  Annoying.  She won't take naps, and gets so dang tired... frustrating when she doesn't comply!

On that note, I think I need another cup of coffee.  Luckily, the entertainment is still going for a few more minutes. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Andi's open heart surgery.  Two years ago was one of two of the hardest days of my life.  But here's Andi today, chatting up a storm, crawling all over, climbing up everything, digging through everything, and basically making me chase her all over the house.  Now when I say, 'she has the biggest heart' - I no longer mean that her heart is enlarged due to heart failure, but, she has the biggest heart full of life, light, fun, and energy.  She's an amazing little girl who has taught me more about living, love, selflessness and work than anything ever could.  She has made me a better person than I was, and yet I hope to grow even better each day.  She's my little miracle.  My little love.  She's my lil' Bean. Andi Bean.

Happy 2nd Anniversary!!!

Live life. Take care of your body, your heart, mind and soul.  Breathe.