The Boog

Category : Blogger Posts : 2007-2010

Aww…. she looks so peaceful.

Reading with mom – the attention span is very small. :)
Family bowling and pizza night! Alex always has this look of confusion.Again….
Aren’t we cute? :)
See that letter “C” – yeah, that’s me. I whomped everyone that game with a 180.
Easter pictures! A photo shoot soon to come with this outfit. Hehe. :)
Isn’t she the cutest?
Dad feeding Anna, but what she really wants is a place to put her foot.
This was hilarious. I finished feeding her and almost immediately her eyes got real heavy.
Eating an orange with grandpa. She liked them almost too much.
Fiber may be a better way to go.

Anna is certainly showing her personality these days. She always rolling from her back to her tummy and back over again. She’s almost to the point where we could walk away and come back a couple minutes later and she’d be across the room. We need gates ASAP. :) Most of the time now she ends up on her tummy when she’s sleeping. We hear her struggle a little at night when she’s finding a comfortable spot and she’s down for the count. She’s talking loudly quite a bit, laughing, giggling and of course, showing off her flirty smile to anyone looking her way. Gary said he’s going to have a talk with her. :) I think the next few weeks she’ll start to put sounds together a bit more than screaming.

She has figured out how to make noises with her mouth, like boat sounds and thinks it’s hilarious. In the meantime, she drools like a sive and should be wearing a bucket around her neck. No teeth yet, but I’m sure those are on the horizon as well. I thinks she’s finally outgrown all her newborn clothes (hehe) and most of her 3 month clothes. I discovered last night that she has a giant Rubbermaid container full of clothes for 6-9 months. Yay! This weekend may entail going through the clothes in her room and replacing them with a new wardrobe. I wish I got a new wardrobe every 3 months. :)

Despite trying to keep her clean from all her drool and dribbles, her daily bath may have given her a case of eczema on her legs. So we bought a vat of Euciderm and it seems to be doing the trick. What else… she holds her own bottle most of the time and doesn’t want to when she see’s moms hand by the bottle. Still sleeps through the night. She sees something from a bit of a distance and puts her hands out to get it. Still loves to put everything in her mouth. And this weekend begins baby food: round 1. Not sure what yet, but it’ll be veggies. She enjoyed the juice from an orange last weekend with grandpa, but we’re going to hold off on other big people foods for awhile yet. She’s also gained yet another nickname of Booger or Boog, probably b/c of all the runny noses we’ve had in her short 5 months.

As for Anna’s entourage: Gary’s been dealing with a cold like sickness along with most of his office. Oh the joys of working at a college and coming home to a child who’s been in daycare. Hopefully we’re on the mends now. Work is going well. I’m keeping busy at work as our busy season is starting up soon – good thing I’m getting another graphic designer in here to help! We’re both doing quite a bit of side work this year – a couple of big websites for local builders. I’m also doing some of my own graphics stuff while Gary keeps fixing peoples computers. We’re trying to develop a routine and designated nights to work on side work. We’re getting there! We are so ready to get outside – we’ve been looking at strollers/carts to attach to our bikes so we can all go out on a bike ride. And I’m ready to get some flowers and maybe veggies in too! So many things, so little time.

We enjoyed the Easter weekend in Chicago with my side. We had a trecherous drive in. It took us 4 hours instead of about 2 1/2. Saturday we went bowling and I cleaned up with a 180 and 140! Then we had pizza and finished up the night with a round table discussion of homework and planning a baby shower. Sunday we went to church and saw a lot of Anna’s little friends. We had a good dinner with the Tiemens and Madany’s. Then scooted home in the normal amount of time and got Anna back to her normal schedule. It was a great weekend!

I hope this finds all of you well! Have a great rest of the week and pray for no more snow!

Gary, Christie and the Boog

Spring is in the air!

Category : Blogger Posts : 2007-2010

My goodness, it’s been so long since we’ve seen the sun or the grass or heard the birds chirping. 40 degrees sure feels like summer from what our winter has been like. We even were able to get out on Friday night for a walk! She loved it, checking everything out, head held high.

Let’s see, where did we leave off from last post? Gary has since gone and returned back from DC, I think with a bit more knowledge than when he left. Anna and I managed without him, but loved to have him back! Gary and I do a lot of things together and when he’s gone I realized how much I do value all that he does. I don’t want to say help b/c we do it together, but his portion of what we do, I appreciate him doing it. :)

Anna is starting her 3 week of rice cereal and we love it most of the time. She has even gone up to 2 Tbsp of cereal and usually eats most of it. This week and next of the cereal, then we can throw in veggies. On to multi-color surprises in the diaper! She is talking up a storm, sometimes with her tongue other times really finding her range of voice and noises. She especially likes talking to her hands – they are wonderful company. :) She has successfully figured out how to roll on her tummy, get hand she always got stuck – unstuck and somewhat enjoys it. She, of course, did that when daddy was out of town. So you leave her for 30 seconds on her back and you come back to her groaning on her tummy. She also enjoys sleeping on her tummy much to our nervous and paranoid first parents dismay. I know that she’s now strong enough to get her head up and fall asleep or cry for us. But still. She can grab for things that are sitting in front of her and of course, eats them. Her new favorite toy as of today, Pink Peep Bunny from Grandma Carol.

She had her first (early) Easter with Grandma and Grandpa Tidd today and a special basket from “Grandma” Carol. She got socks, PJs, hats, headbands, toys, a book and shoes all in a pink purse and a oinky pig basket. Way too cute. She’s the sparkle in all their eyes and they spoil her rotten. :)

I’m keeping quite busy at work now that our busy season has arrived due to trade shows and new advertising campaigns. Gary and I are also keeping busy with website jobs and me trying to work on my Etsy shop ( It’s fun. We’re also in the midst of my “declutter” resolution. We started going through the basement as it’s becoming a bunker for all of our stuff. I’m letting go of things that I’m just holding onto for no good reason. I’m excited to get the house back into shape and get rid of all the stuff weighing us down. Gary is doing well at work – keeping busy there. We’re always on the go, here there and everywhere, so we’re trying to slow that down, but it doesn’t always work. Sigh.

That’s the low down on what’s going on with the Tidd’s. We’re excited for spring, to get the yard all beautiful with new landscaping and flowers. To go to the beach, take walks and get outside! I hope everyone has a great week!

Here are a bunch of pictures to look at. I’ll upload a few to the blog, but for now here’s them all for the 5th month of Anna!

Love to you all!
Gary, Christie and Rolly Polly Anna


What a beautiful day!

Category : Blogger Posts : 2007-2010

Mmm…. rice cereal, not too sure about it but it’s wonderful to wear!

This is her new way to talk – looking slightly unsure and using her tongue.
Aww… so precious on daddy.
What a cute family. :)
The proud grandparents
What a beautiful day today was! It was sunny, warmer than it’s been, together with family and friends to celebrate Anna’s baptism. In our baptism class a couple weeks ago, Pastor Mical explained what the sacraments meant in a unique way. God gives us all a check with our names on it when we are baptised. Written out to us, with today’s date, paid in full and signed by God. From there, we decide what we do with it. When we decide to profess our faith and understand what God has done for us through his Son, that’s when the check is signed by you to cash in. Sometimes the check gets lost or torn up, but He always give us another one when we feel it’s time for us to profess our faith.

It was also very special that Anna was able to wear my mom’s baptism dress as she’s named after her (Deanna Lynn) and wear the locket her great grandma and grandpa gave her. We were also surrounded and supported by our family and friends on such a special day!

On the other side of things, Anna had her 4 month shots on Thursday. She screamed something horrible when they did it, but a switch turns when she gets Tylenol and she’s out. She did pretty well considering – she woke up at 4am that night, but went back to sleep when we gave her her pipe. The next day at daycare, she was running a fever but Grandpa Tidd saved the day and brought some Tylenol to her, gave him a quick smile and shortly there after took a 2 hour nap. Poor little girl. She’s still stuffed up and on to coughing quite a bit. My guess is that it’s draining into her throat and hopefully we can get over this sickness we can’t seem to get over!

Saturday was another big day for Anna. She started on rice cereal. She wasn’t quite sure of it at first, but after she realized it was ok, she wanted more. So for about a month we’ll give her some twice a day and then start introducing veggies. We also found out that when she’s in her walker, she loves to talk! After dad and Martha arrived, she carried on for about 15 minutes. It was really funny b/c she uses her tongue to do this kind of talking. She’s really developing her own personality. She’s now a hefty 11 pounds 14 ounces, 23.75″ long and has a large melon (50th percentile). She’s getting so big considering how small she was when she was born.

Gary and I are still doing well. Both of us are fighting different sicknesses still. Getting rather old, but we’re managing. Saturday Gary heads off for a few days to Washington DC. Anna and I are going to hack out together for the couple work days Gary’s gone. Work is certainly picking up for me and Gary is keeping busy as well. We’re ready for this snow to be gone and we can get to spring.

Well off to bed to start another week!

Love to you all,

Gary, Christie and the Babbler