Thursday, March 31, 2011


Tonight we were having hamburgers for dinner
Papa:  Do you want ketchup & mustard on your burger?
Caitlyn:  Just ketchup.
Papa:  Do you want pickles?
Caitlyn: On the side please, otherwise, they just squish out.
Papa puts the burger in front of her.
Caitlyn:  Did you cut it in half for me?
Papa: Yes I did.
Caitlyn: Oh, thank you papa!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Bird

Caitlyn:  Mama, I made a bird.  It has a beak, and wings, and feathers.
Mama:  Oh, can it fly?
Caitlyn:  No, it's a craft!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Caitlyn's Letter

A letter dictated by Caitlyn

Dear Caitlyn,
I love you sooo much.  I drinked too much water & I coughed.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

First Haircut

Caitlyn has never had  a haircut because up until a year ago she had no hair:
But, a couple of weeks ago, she started looking a little scraggly, so I decided to take her for a haircut.
There's a fabulous company in town that only does kids haircuts, and here were the results:

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Mature Solution

Caitlyn:  Mama, Alex pulled my hair, so I made a sign.
Mama: What does the sign say?
Caitlyn: It says "Stop Pulling Everyone's Hair"

A few hours later: Alex pulled Mama's hair.
Caitlyn:  Oh, I will get my sign......
Runs and grabs this:

and it holds it up for Alex to see
Caitlyn:  See, Alex, the sign says "Stop Pulling Everyone's Hair"!

Friday, March 25, 2011


Playing restaurant:
Caitlyn:  What would you like for special lunch?
Mama: I would like some chicken.
Caitlyn: Alright, I will make it for you....mmm...this chicken's going to be good!...Here you go!
Mama:  Looks great, can I please have a fork?
Caitlyn: No, we don't have forks at this restaurant, sorry.  You can just use your hands.  Do you want syrup on your chicken?  I have chicken syrup.  It's in the fridge, I will get it for you.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Mama:  Caitlyn, do you want to go to Grandpa & Grandma's on Sunday?
Caitlyn:  Oh yes, they have great crackers there!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Babies of the 21st Century

Mama:  Caitlyn, I'll be right back, I just have to make a quick phone call to set up a play date.
Caitlyn:'s about you play with me now, and later you can send a quick email.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Moment for Alex

They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease; at our house it seems like the verbal child gets the blog posts!  So, I decided to take a moment to update on our little Alex.

Well, first of all, she's not so little anymore.  She's over 15 pounds already!  She's moving like crazy.  She rolls around the house.  I left her on the floor the other day, came back and couldn't find her!

She's desperately trying to crawl.  She can get up onto her hands and knees, or her hands and feet, she just hasn't figured out how to move forward yet.  I often go into her room at night to find her on her hands and knees frustrated because she's stuck and can't sleep!

She's done shockingly well with my return to work.  Somehow, she decided daddy could take care of her too, just in time!  She's started solid food and is doing really well, but, she'd rather have what's on our plates than the traditional baby foods.

All the eating seems to have sparked something:  yesterday her two bottom teeth cut through the gums.

One day last week, she decided to sit.  One day she couldn't sit unsupported, the next day she was sitting for minutes at a time.  

She's interacting with her sister more & more.  The other day, Caitlyn was singing "I'm a Little Teapot" and Alex was giggling.  Today, Caitlyn was playing catch with Alex.  Caitlyn would roll the ball towards Alex, Alex would grab at the ball, which would end up pushing it back.

It's so fun watching our little princess grow up into a person of her own!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Introducing Oneself

Nurse:  Hello, how are you today?
Caitlyn:  I'm good.  My name is Caitlyn Last Name Alyzabeth.  I'm three.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Caitlyn:  Ouch, ouch, ouch....mama!!!
Mama:  What happened?
Caitlyn:  My teeths squished my finger!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Timer

Sunday night we had a friend over, and it was way past bedtime, but Caitlyn was having fun playing.
Mama: Caitlyn, in two minutes, it's going to be time to go to bed.
Caitlyn: Alright, I will set the timer
Caitlyn runs to the wall and set the time on an imaginary timer
Papa: How long did you set the timer for?
Caitlyn: Umm... I think 24 minutes.

About two minutes later.
Mama: beep, beep, beep ,beep.
Caitlyn: Oh, I gots to go to bed now!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Gender Confusion

Caitlyn's Story:
When I was a little boy, I lived on a farm.
And then, I growed up and I was a girl.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Alex & The Globetrotters

In February, Alex finally got a chance to meet her globetrotting auntie and uncle.  Christ had the magic touch with her:

And Auntie Rachel made her do this:
So, when they left, Alex told me exactly how she felt about it:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes

Caitlyn:  The cow jumped over the spider's spout...that was not nice!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Smart Girl!

The first Monday after daylight savings
Caitlyn: Mama, why you getting dressed?
Mama: Because, I have to go to work.
Caitlyn: But, it's dark out, you can't go to work in the dark!

Monday, March 14, 2011


After Sunday school
Caitlyn:  Mama, we went in the singing room, there was yellow stools & white stools, I was so impressed!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

ABCs - The Abridged Version

Caitlyn singing:  A, B, C, D, E, F, G, Next time hope I know my ABCs

Friday, March 11, 2011


About an hour after tucking Caitlyn in last night, there were some strange noises coming from her room.
Steffan went to investigate: "Caitlyn, what are you doing?"
Caitlyn "I'm just oooing, like this ooooo"
Steffan: "Okay, can you ooo a little quieter?  Alex is trying to sleep."
Caitlyn  "How's this?  ooooo"

Thursday, March 10, 2011


At dinner, Papa and I were talking, and I guess we weren't involving Caitlyn enough....
Caitlyn: "Alright, let's talk about our day guys!"

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


Caitlyn: Mama I need a shower, I'm stinky!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Caitlyn's Plan

Caitlyn hands me a picture that she colored for me to bring to the office, then she told me the plan:

You will go to work, and I will call you.
You will say, "Thank you for the picture"
I will say, "I love you mama"
You will say "I love you Caitlyn"
I will say goodbye and hang up, and you will be soo happy!

Monday, March 7, 2011


For some reason, the fact that we're checking out a possible preschool for my little girl is giving me an absolute: "Oh my goodness, my baby's growing up sooo fast" moment!
I always thought that preschool was just for the children of the rich and famous, but it turns out that the government of Alberta has an amazing subsidy program, where, depending on your income, they'll pay $100 of the fees, so really, almost anyone could make it work.  
We've decided that Caitlyn has the personality that will love preschool.  Also, since we're fortunate enough to have a stay at home parent, this will be great for her social skills.  Also, it will let Alexandra & Steffan have a break from the bundle of energy that is my adorable princess.
I think it will be great for everyone, but it certainly makes me feel like my baby's growing up fast!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Geeky Growth Chart


She's the same height at 6 months as Caitlyn was, but she's a pound and a half heavier.

Saturday, March 5, 2011


Today I am grateful for two healthy, growing girls.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Rapid Aging

The day after her third birthday.
Mama: Caitlyn, how old are you today?
Caitlyn:  Umm....four!

Oh sweet girl, even though it feels like you're aging that fast, you'll be three for a little bit yet!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Alexandra Soup

By popular demand:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday!!

Today is Caitlyn's third birthday!

I cannot believe our little princess is already three years old.  It feels like she's grown up so much in the last year.  She's now a budding conversationalist.  She's become a fabulous big sister.  She has a vivid imagination and is learning to play and share nicely with other kids.  One of your favorite things right now is picking your own outfits and dressing yourself.  You generally do an amazingly good job!

You are a quintessential oldest child.  You're very particular about your bed at night.  You sleep with your stuffed puppy on your right, and your hippo blankie on the left.  The other night, you woke up and your dad went in to see what was the matter, you said "please, fix my bed".  He put everything back in the "right spot".  You said, "Thank you papa"and went right back to sleep.

Happy birthday my princess!!

6 Months Old

My darling chunky monkey,
It's hard to believe that you're already 6 months old!!  You are adorable!!  Your smiles light up my days.  You can roll over both ways, but you hate rolling from your tummy to your back.  You love to roll from your back onto your tummy and then complain about it, my silly girl!  In the last week, you've really started to interact with Caitlyn, and it has been entertaining to watch.  Yesterday, she was playing with a balloon and you were laughing your beautiful belly laugh.  You hate pants, you're always much happier with naked legs, and that's fine with my because I'm totally in love with your adorable chubby thighs.  We love you and we're so glad you came into our family.