Wednesday, April 30, 2008

She Did It!!

I put Johanna in her crib for a nap this afternoon. She has been asleep now for almost 2 hours. I am so proud of how well she is doing. She will still sleep in my room at night for awhile.

She looks so tiny in this big bed. Yes, I need to get a cover for the outlet behind the crib. She's far from it.

My sleeping Princess!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

I Tried

I finally got the mattress lowered on Johanna's crib today. I just took her downstairs and sat her in the crib. She looked so tiny in that thing!!! She smiled and looked around. She seemed to like it. I decided I would go ahead and see if she would sleep in there. I got her blankets from my room, laid her down and covered her. Of course she cried. She always does when I put her in bed.
NOPE! I couldn't do it. The night is too long and the nursery is at the other end of the basement from my room. We'll give it a try tomorrow during naptime.
"I'm a wimp," I told Johanna as I carried her to my room.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Big Bawl Baby

No, this post isn't about Johanna. It's actually about her mommy. It was one month ago today that I held Johanna for the first time. That's some background for this post.

Today I took Johanna and some of the daycare kids to the library for Wee Readers. The theme was "People All Over the World" or something like that. We sang a few songs in Spanish and I thought that was neat. During one of the songs the children get to play little instruments. Johanna was playing a tiny maraca. The song was "It's a Small World." I just couldn't handle it. I started bawling!!! On the way home I had to explain to my daycare children that they were HAPPY TEARS.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

First One at Home

Today is Johanna's first "month" birthday at home. She is 9 months old. I held her in my arms for the very first time one month ago tomorrow. It has gone so quickly.

I can't believe how different she is from the baby I got a month ago. She had 3 teeth then and now has 5 and is working on another. She sits alone very well and plays on the floor for quite awhile all by herself. She is scooting on her tummy but only backwards still. She has gained about 1 pound.

I love her more every day and sometimes still can't believe she is actually here. She is a good baby and so precious.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Johanna's Friend

Johanna finally got meet Brynn. Brynn is the adopted daughter of some friends of mine. They live a few hours away but have family (also friends) who live in my town. I was so excited for Johanna and Brynn to finally meet each other. Below are pictures of them playing in the church nursery.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

First Photo Session

Johanna had her first "real" photo session today. She did awesome!!! She wore her little dress from Guatemala and looked so adorable. I can hardly wait to get the pictures but in the meantime I have them on cd.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

First Dr. Appointment

Yesterday Johanna had her first dr. appointment since being home. She was so good. I sure hope that continues. She laid on the table very still while the nurse took her vitals. The nurse said she had never had a baby lay that well.

Dr. Stewart peeked in to say hi and and told Johanna how cute she is. I reminded the good doctor that she was suppose to be talking in Spanish to my baby. (She had told me previously that she would teach Johanna Spanish.) She then started talking in Spanish and Johanna got so excited.

We sat in the little room for quite awhile before the dr. came back - no surprise, huh? Johanna was very good during the wait. She also did well while the dr. checked her out. Dr. Stewart said she is very healthy and doing well developmentally.

Then we were off to the lab. I really think I got the best baby Guatemala had. She didn't even flinch when her tiny finger was stuck. She absolutely loved the Winnie the Pooh band-aid.

Getting vitals checked by the nurse

Checking Johanna's temperature

Being "cheesey" for Mama

Getting checked over by the doc

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Nice Weather & Haircut

We have finally had some nice weather. Monday it got to about 80 degrees and Tuesday about 90. Johanna loved finally being outside. However, the temps are heading back down so we probably won't get out again until next week.

I also cut Johanna's hair. It sort of looks like I put a bowl on her head and cut around it. I didn't though. I love the haircut and think she looks adorable.
I like this new toy and the outdoors.

Hello to my fans!

Mommy, I have had enough of the great outdoors!

Sitting Pretty

Monday, April 14, 2008

Big Weekend

Johanna had her first road-trip last weekend. One of my uncles was celebrating his 90th birthday in Washington, Kansas. We left Friday after daycare and drove to Salina. Saturday morning Johanna got to meet her cousin Felix, his wife Teela and their boys 3 year old Isaac and 18 months old Josiah. Johanna and Josiah really hit it off. We had lunch at Pizza Hut and Johanna LOVES pizza. That afternoon we drove on to Washington. There Johanna meet lots more cousins. Sunday was Uncle Sherman's party. Johanna did very well there and really liked her Great Uncle Virgil. She also got to meet a distant cousin, 16 month old Macy. Sorry I didn't take very many pictures.
Having my morning bottle with Grandma

Ready to go meet cousin Felix and his family

Great Uncle Virgil and Great Aunt Yvonne

Thursday, April 10, 2008

First Time Wee Readers

Johanna had her first trip to Wee Readers at the library today. She liked some of it and got fussy sometimes. She liked looking at the book before starting. She mostly liked the song when she got to play the maraca. Four of her daycare friends got to go too. Cole, Kaya, and Addyson are in the pictures but Nathaniel got cut off.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Granny K.'s Gift - Gonna Be a Fan

I would like to apologize to my blog friend Tami but Johanna is going to have to be a Jayhawk fan. My friend Karen came by today with gifts. She is going to be Johanna's "Granny K." Take a look at what she brought for Johanna.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!!!

That was some game last night! Johanna went to bed at 7:30 so she missed the whole thing. That's okay though. She's going to be a Jayhawk fan anyway.

Monday, April 7, 2008


My nephew Heath and his wife Jenny came to town this weekend from Wichita. They brought their three boys - Jacob 5, Ethan 4, and Samuel 10 months. Heath is actually Johanna's oldest first-cousin but Samuel is closer in age, being about six weeks older than Johanna. I don't know why I didn't get pictures of the other boys but here are some of Johanna and Samuel. My sister Brenda is also in one of the pictures. She is Samuel's grandma and Johanna's aunt.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Living in a Daycare

Johanna loves living in a daycare home. There are lots of toys to play with and lots of kids. I do however, think her favorite time is evening when all the kids go home and she has Mommy and Grandma to herself.

This is from today's local newspaper.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Who's Your Mama?

Johanna does know who her Mama is. She loves Grandma too but if Grandma is holding her and I talk or she sees me, she wants me. It is so wonderful!!
BUT . . . I have a friend whose little girl is in our daycare. This friend is hispanic and Johanna ADORES her!! Monday Adel held Johanna and talked in Spanish to her. I am very happy there is someone who can do this with her. Wednesday Adel held her again. When she handed her back to me and left, Johanna cried. She kept pushing away from me and looking toward the door for Adel. At first I was a little bothered by it. I'm not any more. Yesterday she did fine when Adel left. I understand that there is that attachment to her earlier life and I am glad that there is someone who can give Johanna a sense of that.

Adel and Johanna

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Johanna was TAGGED!!

Johanna was tagged by three blog buddies.
She has to tell 10 things about herself and our daycare friends are going to help.

1. My birth name is Ana Lucia but Mommy is changing my name to Johanna Faith Lucia.

2. I have 2 bottom teeth and am getting 2 on top. I am not fussy about them at all.

3. I wet through my p.j.'s every night unless Mommy changes me by 3:00 a.m. or so.

4. I am going to my first concert next Tuesday night. It is Desperation Band. They are from New Life Church in Colorado Springs. My mommy loves their song "Counting on God."

5. I HATE baby food and baby cereal. Mommy sneaks it in "real" food so I can get the vitamins I need.

6. I love men because I was really close to my foster father. My Grandma says Mommy needs to find me a "Papa" but Mommy says "No way."

7. I have a pink bedroom, pink stroller, pink highchair and pink car seat. My mommy must like pink.

8. I can sort of roll over but still have a lot of trouble. I'll work on it.

9. I pulled up to my knees yesterday. Mommy did get a picture of my miraculous feat.

10. I sleep all night and have from the first night Mommy had me. Mommy doesn't sleep all night though.