She's going through another little phase of separation anxiety. She doesn't like to be taken to people's homes, and she clings to me thinking I'll leave her there. She also didn't like it when I left her at the church nursery during Delaney's Christmas program, but she only cried for a few seconds. I peeked in on her a few minutes later, and she was contentedly playing with some dolls. When Tim went to pick her up later, the babysitter brought her to the window to hand her over, and as soon as she saw Tim, she burst into tears. I gave her lots of hugs and kisses. Maybe I should've just let her squirm on my lap through the Christmas program.
Guess what? She finally got a couple new teeth! She now has one more bottom tooth, and another tooth coming in farther back. I try to remember to brush them at least twice a day. I don't know if I mentioned in her last update, but she's got bad teeth. If you look closely, her enamel is thin, and there are some dark spots on her teeth. It looks like baby bottle rot, but she's never taken a bottle. I have an appointment for her to see a pediatric dentist next month, and I'm worried about what they'll say. I look at Delaney's pearly whites, and I wonder what went wrong? I treated them both the same, same (sometimes lax) tooth-brushing habits, same food and drink. I've never put either of them to bed with juice or milk. But Delaney has good teeth and Annie has bad teeth. The nurse-practitioner at the naval health clinic told me that I wasn't taking good enough care of her teeth and that's why they were the way they were.
|My smile is pretty, but if you look closely, you'll see trouble.|
She continues to talk more and more, and says, "Yeah" a lot in that deep, breathy voice that is so funny. She loves to talk on the phone and on Skype, although she doesn't like to talk as much as smile a lot, so Skype is really best. Here are the girls and their daddy Skyping with Grandpa. At the end of that conversation, she waved and said, "Bye, Grandpa." (At Tim's prompting) she said, "I love you." It melted my heart.
I will leave you with this photo of her taken by Delaney. It is not a view of her that is normally photographed, but I think it's beautiful.
A year ago today: Annalise at seven months
Also: White Christmas All told, we ended up seeing 30 plus inches of snow last year in Quantico. Incredible!