Nurse Emily Checks In On Anna Catherine

We love our nurses.  Here we catch Nurse Emily checking in on Anna Catherine.


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Nurse Emily tip-toes up to take a peek.

Awww… Anna Catherine looks so good today,

And she is sleeping sound.

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Emily can’t resist,

Anna Catherine is too cute,

She steals a kiss.

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Smile for the camera Emily,

You are going on our website,

We love you!

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Decorating Trip To New Orleans

This week I took a quick road trip to New Orleans with my Interior Designer, Ellen Young. I have been working with Ellen ever since Brian and I bought the house in Carrington Place. She helped us update Carrington Place before we moved in and ever since we have sought her assistance decorating numerous projects. Ellen is the best and I couldn’t imagine building a new house without her assistance.

On this trip we were looking for gas lamps for the front of the house, a chandelier for the dining room, a dining table, and of course anything and everything for Anna Catherine’s nursery.


Our first stop was Fischer Gambino. Looking for chandeliers in New Orleans can difficult, there are several antiques, and they all have hefty antique prices. Ellen turned us on to Fischer Gambino because they have a fabulous selection of new products, and “new” when shopping for chandeliers means “within our budget”. Brian and I looked here in January, he loved everything he saw, I am a bit more particular. On this trip I still didn’t see a chandelier I had to have. Ellen loves this rocking-elephant and is trying to work it into Anna Catherine’s nursery.

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Next stop was Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights. Bevolo began in the french quarter in 1945 and has been making beautiful historically accurate copper gas lamps ever since then. We will have 3 large hanging gas lamps under the front porch, and another one hanging from the garage. Here is a photo of the style we chose, although ours will be one size larger.


Lastly we stopped at Georgian Furnishing to look once more at the dining room table being made for us. Our dining room is large so we need a grand table that makes a statement and will not be swallowed up by the room. We did not want a dainty table that is never used; our aim is to strike a cord in-between formal and every day.  The photo shows the pattern I chose for the captains chairs.
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Anna Catherine Update 04/27/2014

Hey ya’ll just a quick update to let you know I’m 3 lbs 15 oz and 15.5 inches tall.

Anna Catherine Update

I love to be swaddled up and looking pretty.  This hat and these blankets are extra soft and cozy.  Nurse Shannon gave me a pacifier friend to help me from loosing my pacifier.  He is soft and cozy too.

You can see all of my progress reports and photos on my dedicated webpage.   If you want to send me a message you can email my mommy at and she will relay your message to me when I wake up from my nap.

Stay cute America,

Anna Catherine

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Anatomy Of A Yawn

When you are a baby it is important to master the art of yawning.  Many babies in the NICU take their cuteness for granted and develop sloppy yawning techniques.  Neither baby nor adult onlookers get maximum satisfaction from a hastily executed yawn or a yawn with minimal effort.  Today I have put together a four part guide and photo demonstration to help babies’ worldwide master the art of yawning.

Step one is to begin from a rested state.  A yawn takes a lot of energy when you are less than 4 pounds, therefore it is essential that you begin from a well-rested state.  It also amplifies the cuteness when you frame the event between innocent baby rest poses.

Yawn Step 1

Step two is to start slow.  You don’t want to overdo it, remember you were just born and not as strong as those 10 pound babies swinging from the rafters in dolphin section. Ease into the yawn; make sure no hoses are in the way and that the tape wont pull your cheeks.  An added benefit is that this gives all the mommies a chance to whip out their camera in time for the grand finale.

Yawn Step 2

Step three is where you give it all you got.  Maximize airflow by squinching your eyes, tucking your chin, and mouth open wide.  You know you’re doing it right if you can feel a tingle in your spine towards the back of your neck.  Correct posture here is essential, a last minute cramp once you begin can ruin the whole thing.

Yawn Step 3

Step four is where you hold it.  This is the step when most babies give up, but I find that you can get triple the outcome if you just hold it a few seconds longer.  Remember mommies don’t always get the perfect shot with their smartphone and may need to adjust focus, or take it out of video mode.  That’s why I push my yawn out an extra few seconds; you get more essential airflow and give everyone time to get off the couch and see your performance.  Because I started in a well-rested state I have the spare energy to really go all out, giving mommy 110% during this time.  Step four is a little extra work but it’s guaranteed to maximize results. You’ll feel better and the adults watching you will be twice as happy.

Yawn Step 4

That’s all there is to it, with a little practice you’ll be yawning like a pro.  I hope you enjoyed my four steps to a successful yawn.  Try these techniques for yourself and let me know how they work for you.  You can email my Mommy at, she will relay your messages to me when I wake up from my nap.

Stay Cute America!

Anna Catherine

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New House Photos 04-20-2014

Progress continues on our new house at Lanes End, exterior doors have been installed, stucco on the second floor has begun, and the pre-wiring for the lights, electricity, home automation, audio, and video distribution systems are complete.  Brick should be going up soon, then insulation and drywall.

Anthony has a lead on some old planks from Chicago for the hardwood floors.  If acceptable they will be shipped to the mill and made ready for our house.

Here are the latest photos:

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First up is the front of the house.  You can see all the doors on the first and second floor are installed.  They are cypress and will be stained once we get to that phase.  You can also see the stucco being applied to the second floor balcony area, there are multiple layers of stucco this appears to be an early layer.  I almost forgot about the roof, the shingles are being installed.  Danyale tells me their color in the photo looks darker than in real life.


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Next up we have a view of the living room, we’ve see a similar photo like this before at an angle, this time we are looking straight toward the back of the house. You can see the beginnings of the fireplace box on the left. The wood posts in the foreground will be exposed brick arches eventually.


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Here we have a shot of the beginnings of the fireplace in the outdoor living room.  This area will have a large exposed beam vaulted ceiling.  Anthony is concerned about smoke accumulation coming off the barbecue pit being trapped in the vaulted ceiling.  We’ll probably install some kind of powered vent in the ceiling, Anthony has a call out to our appliance dealer for a solution.


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Lastly we have a view of the dining room and foyer.  This photo gives us a different angle on the front door, allowing us to see how the stairway intersects with the foyer.  Again, those wooden columns will be exposed brick arches once everything is complete.

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Roller-Coaster Face

I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I want to do when I get bigger. One thing that is one my mind is roller-coasters.

My cousins are 5 and 3 years older than me,  so they will have much more experience doing things like eating dipped ice-cream cones, petting puppy dogs, and riding roller-coasters. I’m sure before too long we’ll find ourselves riding roller-coasters together. I don’t want them thinking I’m a baby and don’t know what I’m doing, so I have been practicing my roller-coaster face.

If I understand the rules correctly one must close your eyes and raise your hands in the air and say “weee” when the roller-coaster goes real fast. This creates the appropriate roller-coaster face like an experienced roller-coaster pro. I have been practicing my roller-coaster face when my swaddling gets loose enough.

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Let me know if you see any things I can do to improve my roller-coaster face. Before I know it I’ll be riding them with my cousins so I want to get it right. You can email my mommy at and she will relay your message to me when I wake up from my nap.

Stay cute America!

Anna Catherine


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Anna Catherine Update 04/22/2014

Hey ya’ll just a quick update to let you know I’m 3 lbs 10 oz and 15.5 inches tall.

Anna Catherine Update

I am doing real good this week.  I like to play with my hands and feel everything with my fingers.

You can see all of my progress reports and photos on my dedicated webpage.   If you want to send me a message you can email my mommy at and she will relay your message to me when I wake up from my nap.

Stay cute America!

Anna Catherine


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Easter Dress By Gi Gi

My Gi Gi made me an Easter Dress, actually she made me a couple Easter dresses.  I started growing so fast, before we knew it I was too big for my original dress.  So Gi Gi made me a bigger dress that was purple and full of ruffles.

On Easter Mommy dressed me, and played with me. Friends and family gave me lots of clothes, cards, and stuffed animals. We had a photo party with 7 nurses joining in to help out. I was fussy at first, but we ended up having so much fun. I love all my nurses and I love my Mommy!

Sorry Gi Gi, I know you worked so hard on my first dress.  I’ll make it up to you with big-big kisses next Easter.

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Anna Catherine


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