Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
You were never really interested in teddy bears, but about 5 weeks ago, our friend Brie was over and you took her and pointed to a bear, she got it off the shelf for you, and it's been your buddy ever since! We often hear you in your crib after I've put you to bed talking to him. Today, when you were eating snack, you had your stuffed Tigger beside you and you offered him some of your KD.
You've also developed more of an attitude!! Your daddy and I admire your spunk, but at the same time, we need to teach you. It's been tough, but I think we're making progress. You definitely know what the words "time out" mean!!
You've discovered dancing. When daddy puts on the music, you start dancing, it's adorable!!
This is my favorite picture of you from the summer. We were out at your auntie & uncles and you discovered watermelon!!! I think you ate your body weight in watermelon that day, and boy did you enjoy it!!
Caitlyn, we love you. We're so glad you're in our family. Even though you may make us crazy, you also make us laugh!!
(Rachel, I just reread this post and realized I use double exclamation points entirely too much....it's a good thing you're coming back soon!!!(I did three that time, just to break the trend!))
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I'm so grateful that my little girl has such a fantastic dad. I'm so grateful that her dad gets to spend so much time with her. Watching the special bond that the two of them have really makes me smile.
The other neat thing for father's day this year has been watching my little brother become a dad. He's such a great dad to his adorable little girl and it's been neat to watch him grow into his role there.
Of course, I'm also grateful for my dad. My dad has taught me so many lessons that I'm looking forward to teaching my daughter.
My little girl is so lucky to have such an incredible father, two great uncles, fantastic grandfathers, and an amazing great-grandfather so invested in her. With all of these men looking out for my little girl, all her future boyfriends better beware!!
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Thank you for making a mom!
I know I haven't posted in a long time. When I start to write, it feels like nothing's happened, but then when I look back at my last post, it's obvious that a lot has changed! The most exciting thing of course is that you've started walking!! You waited until the perfect time. I was scared that you'd start while I was at work, but you waited until Good Friday, and even your Aunt Rachel & Uncle Chris got to watch, thanks to the internet!!
You're so happy and so proud of yourself. Now you want to walk everywhere!! The only downside is that now, taking you shopping is a bit tricky, you want to walk and take things off the shelf and hand them to me, which will work much better once you can read the grocery list.You've also recently decided that sleeping at night is a good thing, and daddy and I couldn't agree more. You usually sleep 12 or 13 hours a night now, which is a huge improvement from the 4 hour spurts we were getting just a few short weeks ago.
We took you to the park today and you went down the slides and played on the swings. You love to watch the other kids play. I can't wait until you're old enough to play with them.
You love to tickling! You tickle my feet all the time, and when you're sitting in the car seat, you tickle your own legs. You're so fun! You have a great sense of humor. You love to laugh and make us laugh.
Baby, I love you! For the first time, I feel like I wish time would just slow down. I'm loving my time with you. Thank you for making me a mommy. I love you princess!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Today, you are one year old!!!
Who ever thought we'd manage to keep you going this long? I know some had their doubts!!
Looking back at those early pictures. It's hard to believe that that little, tiny, fragile baby has turned into this:
You are such a character already! You already try to play your daddy and me against each other. If one of us gets you in trouble, you go howling to the other one for sympathy. But, we're on to you!
You're not quite walking yet, but you're really close. You love to feed yourself and eat finger food. It's so funny the way you communicate with us. You point at what you want or where you want to go, but when we point, it doesn't mean anything to you!
We love you Caitlyn. In the last year, you've changed our lives more than we even imagined that you would, but for the better. You've changed our priorities and made us a family. We hope your second year with us is full of more smiles & giggles.
P.S. Guess who will be back with us before your next birthday? These two crazy globe trotters!!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
She even helps to fold!
She helps to feed herself:
And then cleans the tray afterwards
She helps put away groceries and organize the cupboards
And, she's fantastic with paperwork!
What better help could you ask for?
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
You had a fun Christmas. We took one day just for our little family of three, it was really nice. It was fun to look into the future and imagine what the next Christmases will be like for our little family. I hope that we’re starting traditions that will give you stability and something to look forward to!
Of course, this year, you were more interested in the boxes than anything else. We took you to the Christmas Eve church service in your jammies, we thought you might fall asleep, since it would go past your bedtime. But, it was like you could sense the excitement; you stayed awake, and even played some more after we got home. We took you out to your great-grandparents, and you did so good with so many people! You loved to sit and watch your 2nd cousins play. By next year, you’ll be running around with them!
Today, for your 11 month birthday, your daddy took you to the wave pool.
You’re such a good girl, but you are curious, and you like to test the limits. You understand lots of words already. You understand “no” and you know where/what you’re not allowed to play with, but you like to push the limits, just to make sure we’re serious.
You’re cruising like crazy, and now, you can pull yourself up on an empty wall, you don’t need to grab anything. You've finally learned that going down the couch or stairs head first isn't the best idea. you've figured out how to get off the couch, but you always wait until somebody's watching to applaud you!
You have 7 adorable teeth, and you’re working really hard on the 8th, but it’s not quite ready to pop up.
This last week has been a bit tough. We decided (again!) that you needed to learn how to sleep. I’m not sure if it was because mom & dad were more determined this time, or because you’re a little older, but you’re doing great! Since last Monday, I’ve only been in your room once a night, a vast improvement from the 4/5 times a night that we were doing! You’re so much happier during the day, and so are mommy & daddy!
At the beginning of December, I went back to work full time, and although I miss you, leaving each morning is easier because I know that you’re with your daddy, who takes the best care of you! Every night, when I’m coming home, and the door opens, I can hear your little palms slapping on the ground as you crawl to the door to greet me. I love the sound of your hands on the floor when you’re crawling.
You love books, but you haven't realized that they're for reading, not for eating:
RW: I'm sorry to tell you, it's Mortimer!
You’re a fantastic eater, but you’re getting sick of baby food, you always eat better when you can eat whatever the grown ups are eating. I’ve been trying to keep the sweets away from you for now, but your daddy sometimes gets other ideas. Don’t worry though; you get to have cake for your birthday! You’ve been working hard to figure out you’re sippy cup, and you’re getting the hang of it.
You LOVE drinking water. You still refuse to hold your bottle, which is funny to me, because you’re such an independent little girl, but with this one thing, you just like to be babied. It doesn’t usually bother me though, because you’re already growing up way too fast. It's already so hard to believe you were ever this little:
You say “mama” all the time, and daddy thinks you know what it means, but I’m not so sure. You’ve said dada a couple of times, but we have to work a little harder for that one! You love to laugh. If people in the room are laughing, you join in, even though you have no idea what’s funny. The sound of your adorable giggle makes me smile every time! You still love to play peek-a-boo. You’ve figured out that you can crawl around the corner to hide, and then sneak up on us.
You’re such a fun person. Your daddy and I are really enjoying figuring you out, especially when we get it right! We love you Caitlyn. It’s hard to believe you’ll be a year old in 27 days! By then, you’re going to have a cousin! I’m so grateful that you’re going to have a cousin, close in age and geography!