Halloween-Purrrfect Kitty

Hey everybody!   I’ve been so focused on busting out of the NICU,  I completely forgot about choosing my Halloween costume.  My cousins are known for having the best ideas like a Spider Princess and a Bat Princess.  They are so smart like that, and Aunt Jenni is very creative.  I stayed up all night fretting over my costume but all the good ideas I came up with needed my Daddy’s participation.  He is working far away so those ideas will have to wait until next year.  I finally threw my hands in the air and said  “Mommy, you’ve gotta come up with something for me.”

So Mommy said “Anna Catherine you are so perfect, I have a Purrrrfect Kitty costume just for you.  Its black and orange, we can paint your nose like a kitty and give you kitty whiskers and a big orange bow”.  But the real big surprise was when the nurses took me Trick or Treat’n around the NICU riding in a big red wagon.  The whole operation was under the guise of “testing my portable equipment” but it was really all about having fun and visiting all my NICU friends that I’ll miss dearly once I’m discharged.

Zooming around in a speedy red wagon had me scared at first.  But I found my courage with the help of my Wubbanub friend.  After a while I was having a great time looking around and seeing how tall everyone was.  Adults are funny looking with their big people pants.

I had such a wonderful time seeing all my NICU friends.  Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this day special.

Here are some photos of my Halloween Trick or Treat adventure:

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Before you know it I’ll be bigger and  real good at picking out Halloween costumes.  I’ll probably be so good at it that I’ll even pick out costumes for Mommy and Daddy next year.  Email my mommy and me at ThibodeauxMom@live.com and tell us about your Halloween costume.  When I wake up from my nap she will read your messages to me.

Stay cute America!

Anna Catherine


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New House Photos 10-31-2014

This week we see the gas lamps are installed, and the kitchen cabinets and fireplace is in progress.  Next week we should see the upper cabinets complete, fireplace complete, and hopefully the start painting.

Below are our latest photos.

The Bevolo gas lanterns are installed.  Danyale and Ellen chose the French Quarter 24″.


These two photos show the lower cabinets being installed in the Kitchen.  In the second photo you can see they have made the cut for the pass-through between the Appliance Pantry and the Kitchen. Our cabinet designer, Rodney, has designed a sliding shelf where heavy things like a kitchenaids or gumbo pots can be slid from the Appliance Pantry into the Kitchen.  It will all be concealed by the upper cabinets which Ellen and Rodney have designed to fold up and out of the way when in use.


Fire place is still under way.  Its being build by the same Romanian masons who created our balcony columns.  I believe all they have left to do is create the leaf scroll work on the left and right sides.



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New House Photos 10-10-2014

Its been a long time since our last update on our Lanes End construction project.  Things were going slow for a while. The tile floors are installed; cabinets are installed in the office, bathrooms, master closet, living room, food pantry, applicant pantry, mail drop, and laundry room. The iron railing on the balcony and stairs are complete.  So is the exterior paint.  This coming week should see the gas lamps installed as well as the kitchen and bar cabinets… If we are lucky maybe even the fireplace.

Below are our latest photos.

The balcony railing and exterior paint  is complete.



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These photos show the tile pavers for the exterior floor.


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Here we see photos of the master bath, specifically the entry, the shower, Brian’s vanity and Danyale’s vanity.



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These photos are not the best, but they try to show the two built-in dressers in the master closet.


Here are the stairs.


Entertainment center in the living room.  Still under construction.


We are very pleased with the french scroll legs for the cabinetry in Anna Catherine’s bathroom.


Mail drop area between the garage and kitchen.


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Food Pantry.


Appliance Pantry


Office built-in credenza.



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Anna Catherine Update 10/19/2014

Hello everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick update on my progress…  I weigh 9 pounds and 23 inches long.

I started smiling recently and I began playing with my activity center. I love watching my mobile and rubbing mommy’s hand.  The doctors are getting everything in order so I can go home in two weeks.

Here is a recent photo:


Stay cute America,

Anna Catherine


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Anna Catherine Update 09/01/2014

Hello everyone!  I wanted to give you a quick update on my progress…  I’m now 7 months old, weigh 6 pounds 15 ounces and I’m 20 inches long.

As of today I am back on the vapotherm to help me breathe.  I like listening to my Mommy and GiGi read to me and I like when friends hold my pacifier for me.  I’ve been doing a lot of sleeping and growing.

Here is a recent photo:

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Stay cute America,

Anna Catherine


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Anna Catherine Update 08/28/2014

First of all I want to apologize for the delayed update.

Anna Catherine is now weighing 6 pounds and 9 ounces… she is on her way to 7!!! She now smiles from time to time, she still loves her pacifier, hates bath time, and she is tolerating tummy time a little more.

We were told a couple of weeks ago that Anna Catherine would be coming home by the end of this week, so I started packing up things so her stuff could fit in my room, that baby of mine has a lot of stuff!!! Well, the Dr spoke too soon…Anna Catherine had a breathing spell and she had to be placed back on the ventilator (she is now off the ventilator) so the surgeon brought her back to scope her and her esophagus had narrowed a lot since he reconnected it. So now we are set up for the surgeon to look at her esophagus and dilate it weekly. Hopefully we will not have any more set backs and we will be on our way home!

Please continue to keep her in your prayers



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Anna Catherine Update 08/04/2014

Anna Catherine is having surgery today at 2pm. Please keep her in your prayers.

The NICU celebrated Anna Catherine’s 6 month (1/2) birthday on Friday.  I cannot believe that Anna Catherine has been with us that long.  Seems just like yesterday when she was born.

Anna Catherine now weighs 6 lbs. 4.5 oz and she measures 18.9 inches.

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New House Photos 07-05-2014

Its been a long time since our last update on our Lanes End construction project.  Exterior columns are up, wood floors are down, interior brick arches are complete, tile is being installed in all the bathrooms, cabinetry for the whole house  is being designed.  Ellen and Danyale are working on colors and fabrics.  Its all starting to come together.

Below are our latest photos.

The balcony columns are complete, one layer of color coat has been applied to the front stucco.  Ellen and the iron guy are working on the iron railing for the balcony.

Here is an exterior shot of the Master Bedroom sitting area.

Another shot from the back yard looking at the outdoor living area.  Antique beams are up, brick fireplace and arch are complete.  Danyale and Ellen decided to paint the back doors instead of staining them.

Here you see the outdoor fireplace, and towards the right you see the large brick arch.  Eventually we will have a grill and smoker built into a brick counter under the arch.  Work on that will not begin until much later.

The brick arches between the Dining Room and Foyer are complete, and the antique pine floors are down.  The floors will be sanded and finished closer to completion.

Here is a shot of the Dining area that shows the brick and floors coming together.  The shot also shows the interaction between the Foyer, Dining Room, and Kitchen.

This is a shot coming down the stairs looking towards the Kitchen.

Here is an inside shot of the sitting area inside the Master Bedroom.  Danyale and Ellen have big plans for the window treatments and fabrics for this area.

Its hard to take photos of the Master Bath.  This shot shows the arches between my area, the tub and shower area, then Danyale’s area deeper into the photo.

Here is the wall at Ellen’s Office where the girls are choosing and coordinating all wall colors, fabric, tile, etc. for the whole house.  When I took this photo we were still driving around with Anna Catherine’s fabrics in the car.  A day or so after this photo was taken, Ellen pinned up all the choices for Anna Catherine’s room.  They were very pretty, I wish I had a photo including her colors.


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My Daddy and Me

When I was little I had a replogle in my mouth.  All I could think about was how to get it out.  More drool to soften the tape, wiggle my tongue round and round to cork screw the replogle out.  My nurse would spend all day thinking of ways to tape it down real good,  and I would spend all day thinking of ways to get it out real good.  It was a fun game we played daily.

But now I am a big girl, with no more replogle, so I have more time to think about big girl things.  Recently I was thinking about getting into college.

You can’t get into college unless you have good grades.  You can’t get good grades unless you write a paper for school.  School papers are not easy, so I don’t want to wait until the last minute.  Therefore I decided to get started while I am sitting around waiting to bust out of the NICU.

My paper is called “My Daddy and Me”.  I am sharing my rough draft with you today hoping to receive some constructive feedback.  Remember its a work in progress, and is not due for many years, so be gentle.


My Daddy and Me

by Anna Catherine Thibodeaux


My Daddy works far far away.  My Daddy came home to visit me this summer.  My Daddy and Me took pictures when he was home.  Here are the pictures.

My Mommy loves my Daddy:




My Daddy makes sure Mommy does every thing right:


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Mommy thinks its funny when My Daddy tells her what to do:

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My Daddy loves to hold me:


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I love to sleep in My Daddy’s arms.

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My Daddy plays with my toys and makes them do silly things.

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I love it when My Daddy reads and talks to me.

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My Daddy loves to take my photo.  My Daddy has a gazillion photos of me already.



My Daddy holds my hand all the time:





My Daddy loves me:



I love My Daddy!

The End


So there you have it America; the rough draft of my first school paper.  Its about My Daddy so I think its pretty good.   I haven’t been to school yet so I’m am not sure if it needs more work.  Send me your feedback and I’ll make the necessary adjustments.

Stay Cute America!

Anna Catherine


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