I can’t believe that Annie is 6 months (sixpela mun) old today. Matthew and I have been in PNG for 9 months, but that’s for a different post. My life has changed so drastically because of this sweet little girl, and I want to share some of the happiness that she has brought to my life. So…if you don’t want to know all about Annie…stop reading now. 🙂
Her milestones thus far: Rolling over (both directions), sitting up, sleeping through the night (Mommy is very tha nkful!) 1st tooth, and smiling at most everyone. She is even starting to roll the ball some!
Annie is one of the most outgoing babies I have ever seen (and working in childcare, I have seen a lot!) Of course I am biased, but honestly…she will be fussy at home and as soon as we leave the house, she is all smiles! Often times when people come over, I can’t carry on a conversation with them, because Annie wants to talk too (very loudly I might add!).
Overall Annie is a happy baby. Matthew and I say she will be an encourager because she makes everyone around her smile. No matter how upset I get about things, I just look at her and she grins so big, that I can’t help but smile back. Annie LOVES to laugh, and does so when thrown in the air, tickled (she is incredibly ticklish!), danced with etc. etc.
Her favorite toys are her pink soccer ball, and her green frog. She prefers to sleep with her blanket, and does not like to be swaddled. Even though she knows how to roll over, she can’t stand to lie down…she would rather sit up. She likes pumpkin, green beans and papaya…and doesn’t like banana.
Don’t get me wrong, I definitely know that Annie is not perfect. I often can’t get things done around the house because she wants me to play with her or hold her, and I know that this won’t last long, so I gladly give in :). She is very opinionated and knows what she wants, and like most babies, wants it right away!
One of hardest things is that living in PNG, we don’t get to see family. We are able to Skype often (and do just a few minutes of video) but I greatly desire for our families to get to hold her and love on her. I want her to be able to play with her cousins and spend time with everyone. In the moments that I am overwhelmed with the desire to be “home”, I set my eyes on the task the Lord has set before us, and I am grateful that I am able to serve Him.
So for those of you who don’t get to spend time with Annie, I hope this post has helped you know my precious daughter a little better.
Rachel, what a sweet tender article about Annie. One day she will be able to read this and know just how much her Mom loves her. I’m so blessed to have you as my daughter-in-law and Annie’s Mom. Praying the Lord will continue to bless you, Annie and Matthew with perseverance, encouragement, hope, and most of all the knowledge that your call to serving the Lord will be blessed beyond measure. Lots of Love, Carrie (Mom and BuBu)