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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Baby Alisa's Visitors

 Spencer doesn't hold Alisa very often, but when he does it is so incredibly tender & sweet. I sometimes forget that all of the kids got a new sister when Alisa was born.
 
 Nick & Savi & Matthew came by to say hi and love on the baby. Matthew liked seeing Baby Alisa & he's getting so big. It will only be a matter of a few weeks until he's full on walking!
 
 3 pretty girls
 
 We got a surprise visit from Karri & Craig. They came by to drop off a homemade lasagna, salad, & garlic bread. They are so thoughtful & we appreciated them stopping by. They loved getting to meet Baby Alisa.
 
Frank had just finished feeding the baby & I captured this picture of her just staring up at him as if he's her whole world. Too TENDER!!!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Julian's Graduation

Mom texted and said that she was needing to see her baby girl, so I sent her this picture. I'm so thankful for modern technology & that even though they're on the other side of the world they can still be in touch.



Sweet baby snuggles are the best thing in the world. I love feeling her breathe while she's asleep on my shoulder or asleep on my chest.
 
As soon as Spencer got out of school, Frank picked him up and they headed for Oklahoma to attend Julian's graduation from junior high. Austin (their cousin that we love) also graduated.
 
Awwwww ... good lookin' Anderson family. We're so proud of Julian!
 
Meanwhile at home, Baby Alisa was contemplating the deep mysteries of life. LOL. It's funny to see the cute way she moves her hands & the poses she does that are not on purpose at all.
 
She's just the cutest little thing when she's asleep. Pretty soon we won't be able to put her on the changing pad to sleep b/c she'll be able to roll off. I LOVE the big burp rag underneath her that says "Baby Spit" on it that GrannyMom put on there.

Monday, May 7, 2018

First Trip To WalMart

  It has been SO NICE to work from home. I'm able to get a lot done. It's also been great to get to spend time w/ Frank. For lunch today we were both craving Chick Fil A so he went & got us lunch & we ate it together in the living room in our jammies. So many perks from working at home!
 
 Baby Alisa had her regular baby wellness check up today, and everything looks great. After her appointment, I had to stop at WalMart to get a few things. This was her first (of probably thousands) of trips to WalMart. So sweet & cute!
 
 When Autumn got home today, she put Baby Alisa in this little thing we're going to use to bathe her in, laid down on the floor next to her, and covered her up w/ a blanket. Autumn is asleep under that blanket next to Alisa.

 Since Alisa was sleeping so soundly in that, we just brought her in & put her right on the table so she could be with us while we ate dinner.
 
Autumn LOVES to dress up Baby Alisa & wanted us to get a picture of her wearing these booties that GrannyMom made! So precious & GrannyMom is so talented. Yes, that's a HUGE flower in the middle of Baby Alisa's onesie. We were laughing at how massive that thing is compared to her little body.

There's nothing more attractive than seeing the man you love taking care of your new baby. I can tell in Frank's eyes how tired he is in the picture, but he's so amazing and LOVES holding & feeding & taking care of Alisa.
 
  She was holding onto his finger tonight before bed, and I love so many things about this pic. How dark his skin is compared to hers, how big his hand is compared to hers, and how you can see his wedding ring.
 
We like to put her in between us and snuggle w/ her before going to sleep for the night. Then we put her in her crib so that both she & we can get some good rest.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Stay At Home Sunday

 Frank was so wonderful & made me breakfast in bed this morning. This omelet was super delicious b/c he put in fried onions & provolone cheese. It tasted like something you'd get at a restaurant.
 
 Autumn dressed Baby Alisa in this super cute Indian looking outfit. Alisa is part American Indian after all. We are loving this Boppy. They didn't exist when I had Autumn over a decade ago, and it's super convenient and great to have.
 
 I felt well enough to go to church today, but we didn't want to expose the baby to any germs. So, we went on a walk instead. I needed to get out of the house & get some fresh air. We had to take it nice and slow b/c my hips have been hurting so bad & one felt like it kept popping out of joint.
 
 Autumn & I are big nature lovers & we had to keep stopping to take pictures of all the beautiful flowers that are in bloom in the neighborhood yards.
 
 I need to go on walks more often, b/c you miss beautiful things like this if you just drive by. There's a gospel or life lesson in there somewhere, but I'm too sleep deprived to try to come up w/ it now. LOL.
 
 This picture of Frank showing Autumn how to hold the bottle go minimize air bubbles is so precious to me.
 
 Autumn wrapped Alisa up in a blanket to look like a nun or Mother Teresa. LOL! She is pretty stinkin' cute, though. I just love those chubby cheeks & blue eyes. I wonder if her eyes will stay blue or if they'll get darker as she gets older.
 
 Sean stopped by to say hi since he's back from Colorado. Cheryl & Tricia & Stacey came by too once they heard Sean was here to say hi & love on the baby.

 Sean had come over on his motorcycle and once Frank found out, he hurried to get his helmet and go for a ride. He wants a motorcycle so badly. He said it was thrilling to drive up and down the neighborhood streets.
 
Babies are just too precious & adorable when they're asleep. Alisa's actually sleeping pretty well. We try to keep her up until about 11:00 when we go to bed. Then she'll wake up around 2:00, eat, go back to sleep, and be up for a few hours at 5:00 am.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

First Outings

Autumn & I are having a blast dressing Alisa in new outfits every morning. This one that says "little sister" is too cute. Frank posted this on Facebook & my Mom said that she looks like she's 4 months old instead of 2 days old. I think it's b/c she's just laying on the bed & there's nothing next to her to compare how little she is.
 
We had to go back to the hospital this morning to have her bilirubin/jaundice levels checked. Our pediatrician said he likes for babies to stay at the hospital for 48 hours, but we didn't know that yesterday when we had already decided to go home. He said we could still leave as long as we came back in this morning. Everything checked out just fine and she doesn't have any jaundice.
 
 Spencer had a basketball game today, and they lost again. They haven't won a single game all season, but he's had a lot of fun playing. They've definitely improved & started gelling better together as a team.
 
We went & had our usual Braum's burger after the game to celebrate & bond. It was Baby Alisa's first time. It's crazy to think that one week ago she was in my belly & now she's here in the flesh in her car seat! 

 Sis. G from church stopped by to say hi & love on Baby Alisa. She's so wonderful & has always had a special bond w/ Autumn. She brings Autumn cute beaded bracelets that she makes, or she'll give Autumn little gifts from her many world travels.
 
Notice how blue Baby Alisa's feet are. I asked the doctor's about it and they said it's fine and totally normal and will go away eventually.
 
 Bonnie is my new "ministering sister" so she came by to love on the baby and also brought us dinner.
 
 She brought us pulled pork sandwiches, homemade fry bread (by Kendra ... my other ministering sister), corn bean salsa, and then popsicles for dessert. It was all so delicious and totally hit the spot.
 
Autumn has already been a huge angel girl helper. She wants to hold & love on Alisa all the time. I was even able to go and take a quick & much needed nap while Autumn snuggled w/ Alisa on the couch.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Welcome Home, Baby Alisa

 Last night went pretty well w/ minimum interruptions & being woken up by the nurses. This morning Mary stopped by to check on us. She's the one that did the Cervidil for me. She reminds me of Mary Tyler Moore and for some reason we just hit it off & were kindred spirits. That was so sweet of her to come say hi this morning & meet Baby Alisa. She was by far our favorite nurse, although all of them were great and took good care of us.

 Riannon texted to see if she & the kids could come by & say hi. Nick & Savi just happened to show up right before they got there w/ Matthew. It was a full & crazy room, but I'm so thankful for our family and that they wanted to come meet Baby Alisa. We tried Facetiming Mom & Dad but they are on the road traveling to Cape Town for a mission president's conference. It was fun to say hi for just one minute & show them everyone that was there together.

Spencer & Matthew were SO CUTE & Spencer kept giving him hugs. They all stayed for quite a while so everyone could get a turn to love on Alisa.

Since we are going to be leaving this afternoon, we ordered our "celebration meal" for lunch. It includes steak, asparagus, roasted potatoes, a salad, a decadent chocolate cake, & either lobster tail or shrimp. Since I don't like seafood, we got one of both and I gave Frank my seafood. It was DELICIOUS!

I have a feeling this is the first of MANY pictures of us holding the baby while falling asleep. I think we've both forgotten what it's like to have a newborn & not getting much sleep through the night. But she's more than worth it!

We were finally released to go home around 4:00. Sweet Baby Alisa in her going home outfit & decked out car seat. People will for sure know she's a girl from all the pink.


 This is the first picture we took at home w/ Baby Alisa.
 
 Sweet sisters
 
 Our angel

Nate came over after he got off of work to say hi & love on Baby Alisa. He said it's surreal that he & Riannon will have their own baby girl in a few months.

The Activity Day girls had a fun event tonight. It was a pancake & pajamas Mom & Daughter party. I wasn't able to go, but Autumn went with the L family & still had a blast.

A few families offered to take her with them since they knew I wouldn't be able to go. I'm so thankful for such a loving & incredible ward family. 

Frank brought back some Oklahoma soil from the last time he was up there. He planted some okra & a zucchini plant. We have a lot of rabbits that live in our neighborhood, so he put put a little chicken wire fence around the zucchini plant so the rabbits wouldn't get it.

Autumn couldn't wait to snuggle w/ Baby Alisa as soon as she got home from the activity. I LOVE this picture of our sweet girls together.

We're so excited to dress Baby Alisa up in all the outfits that people gave us. She has enough clothes to wear something different every single day for several months! We put her in her first set of jammies for bed time. We also got a picture next to this pink bunny so we can see her progress as she grows & gets bigger and bigger.

This picture makes my heart melt. I had finished feeding the baby & Frank took her to burp her. After she burped he put her on his chest & they both fell asleep. Look at how big his hand is in comparison to her little head. So tender!!! We did good for our first night home w/ our little bug.