Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cute Stories

We tried to push the binkie on her as a newborn. We probably bought 20 different kinds / brands trying to find one she liked because I was so worried about her sucking her thumb. She wouldn't have it though. Wouldn't you know now she terrorizes the other babies and takes theirs? She doesn't suck on them - she just wants it because she doesn't have one. The daycare really has their hands full with her!

The other day I was volunteering with a coworker selling tickets for the O What a Duck Race for the Omaha Food Bank @ the grocery store. My sister was there and I brought Caitlyn with us because Jared had to work. Caitlyn was tired and I was trying to cuddle her and get her to fall asleep in my arms. This wasn't happening. She hates to cuddle. The only cuddle time I get is when she's taking her bottle. Doesn't matter how tired she is. I kept telling her I wanted her to be a cuddle bug for me. My co-worker just looked at her and said she's more like a squirmy wormy. So true!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

First Trip to the Zoo!

June 9th, 2009

I took the day off for my birthday! Beth and I planned on taking Caitlyn to the zoo. Jared decided he didn't want to miss this, so he took the day off too and we made it a family day! Caitlyn really didn't get what was happening. She wasn't too interested in seeing the animals.

She really didn't like petting the goats in the petting zoo. She's not much of a texture feeling baby!

She was way more interested in people watching. It was a little chilly out for a June summer day. I can't remember the last time it was cold on my birthday! We also got rained on a little bit. Luckily we got to see most of the outside stuff before the rain started. Once it started raining we went to the Rainforest Cafe for lunch. Then we did inside stuff for the next couple of hours. Her first trip to the zoo was definitely more for the adults! But it was a fun day.
She fell asleep within minutes of getting into the car. But woke up once we were home and decided that napping was for the birds! So she only had a 20 minute nap all day! Aunt Beth and Uncle Josh watched her that night while Jared and I went out for drinks with Colleen and then to dinner. Beth said she fell asleep in the highchair and went right to sleep when she laid her down. My little angel!
On a side note: Jared bought me a ring for my birthday. It has 2 heart stones with my and Caitlyn's birthstones. He called it a hand-me-down ring. Someday I'll give it to Caitlyn - maybe for her 16th birthday! God I can't believe I just said that....the time moves quickly enough as it is!


Written June 10, 2009

Our baby girl fell down the stairs. I had taken the dogs outside and was out there making sure they went to the bathroom. Caitlyn and Jared were in the kitchen. Jared thought I was coming right back in. He decided to take our plates of food downstairs real quick. He thought he closed the gate behind him, but it didn't latch. As I was coming back inside I heard a thump and her cries. My heart was in my throat. I screamed for Jared and we both went running. I got to her first and picked her up. We looked her over, moved her arms and legs to see if anything was broken. Jared wanted to lay her back down flat to check her, but she would scream each time I put her down. As long as I was holding her she would calm down a little. He wanted her to crawl for us, but she wouldn't do that either. She calmed down after about half an hour. I then gave her a bottle and put her to bed. She slept all night. I checked on her a couple of times throughout the night. The next morning she woke up happy and smiling and babbling...just like normal. I cried the next day each time I told someone about it. My heart still aches 2 days later as I'm writing about it. Parenting is hard.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Aunt Beth's & Uncle Josh's Wedding Day

Written 6/3/2009

Caitlyn was a real trooper the weekend of May 23rd! I took Thursday and Friday off from work to do last minute wedding stuff with Beth. I took Caitlyn to daycare on Thursday while we ran errands and got pedicures and manicures. I picked her up early on Thursday afternoon and met Christy and Kim at the mall so that could hold and snuggle her (as much as she would allow)! Thursday night was the bachelorette party. It started at our house at about 7. Right before Caitlyn's bedtime. But she took her bottle and went to bed right on time. Even though we were being kind of loud...she went to sleep like our perfect angel! We had a great time out Thursday night. This was my first girls night out since having Caitlyn. Actually since finding out I was pregnant with Caitlyn!

On Friday I decided to keep Caitlyn home with me while we did our running around. I probably should have taken her to daycare so she could have some kind of schedule...but it's so hard when I'm off to not keep her with me. I miss her so much! So on Friday she went with us to get our eyebrows waxed and to the reception hall to help decorate. Then we were off to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. She and Melanie (the other flower girl) did great in the wagon being pulled by Ian and Noah. She was up a little past her bedtime and since she wasn't in her jammies when we got home I had to wake her and change her. She didn't like that much and didn't want to go back to sleep.

Saturday...Wedding Day! Jared had to work in the morning so we took Caitlyn with us to get our hair done. She was awesome while we were there. We got our hair done in 2 groups so there was always someone to hold and watch her! She took a nap on the way home and actually napped in her carseat for an hour after we got home while we all got into our dresses. Those carseat naps are few and far between anymore. We all got dressed and the other girls did their makeup. Beth and I got our makeup done at the salon. Then we all piled into the cars to drive down to the park for pictures @ 12:30. Once at the park I got Caitlyn into her dress. The weather was wonderful! It had rained a little bit while we were getting our hair done and this was the only time that Beth showed any signs of nervousness. Even though we told her that rain on your wedding day was good luck and that it wouldn't last long and the rest of the day would be beautiful (and we were right!). The guys were running late so we started with pictures of Beth and the bridesmaids and flower girls. I am so excited to see these pictures - I can't wait! The guys showed up and we finished doing pictures. This lasted about 2 1/2 hours. Caitlyn was hot and got a little tired throughout this. I tried to get some pictures of Caitlyn and Melanie together, but Caitlyn didn't like the grass and then didn't want to sit even on the blanket. She was such a trooper! She did great riding in the wagon with Melanie down the isle as Ian and Noah pulled them down. She then fell asleep in Jared's arms during the ceremony. And continued to sleep for awhile in her stroller. It was so adorable! After the ceremony the wedding party left in the limo and Jared took Caitlyn to the reception hall. She was passed around all night from person to person and loved all the attention! She ate mashed potatoes and stuffing for dinner from daddy's plate. She danced with daddy (unfortunately mommy had too much wine and not enough food and didn't think about dancing with her baby girl). She finally fell asleep around 10:30. We left for home around 11. Once home she went right to bed - our perfect princess!

Congratulations Aunt Bethy and Uncle Josh!!!

8 Months

Written 5/27/2009.

We are feeding her more and more table foods vs baby food. She only gets about 50% of the food into her mouth and I usually end up helping her so that I know she's getting some food in there! She's doing really well though and so far she likes everything we feed her! I'm getting braver with her. I still worry that she's going to choke on something, but I have to let go sometime....this won't be the only thing I worry about.

Last Friday (5/22/09) Caitlyn started crawling forward! We're in trouble now! She's drawn to the bookshelf so that she can pull all the books off the bottom shelf and chew on them. She's also drawn towards the tv and all the gadgets when we're downstairs. Doesn't matter that she has her tub full of baby safe toys sitting right there in front of her! She's starting to pull herself up on furniture but only on her knees so far. She hasn't pulled to a standing position yet. On Sunday she was trying to pull up on the coffee table and bonked her head. Poor thing. I hate those tables...way too many corners for her to hurt herself on. I told Jared we should shop for new ones! :0) She's also started clapping! I LOVE it!!! She's loves playing patty cake. Now we're working on hi & bye.

Mothers Day was wonderful this year! Jared was out of town for Josh's (my sister's new husband) bachelor party which was in Des Moines that weekend. He left Saturday afternoon and came back on Sunday afternoon. Before he left on Saturday he went and got me flowers from him and Caitlyn. They were beautiful! On Sunday we went to breakfast in the park with Jared's family (even though he wasn't there). I had debated on going because Caitlyn had been sick with a cold and ear infection. But it seemed nice enough out when I took the dogs out, so I decided to go for a little while. Of course when we got there the wind picked up and it was pretty chilly. Total bummer. So we only stayed for about 30 min. But it was still fun and some good food. And they all got to pass Caitlyn around. Then we went home and just hung out the rest of the day. It was an awesome day and one I've waited to celebrate in this way for a very long time!

The ear infection that I spoke of in my last post reared its ugly head again. Apparently she had a very stubborn infection. So 2 rounds of antibiotics...a very painful antibiotic shot...5 Dr. office visits in 6 weeks...lots of $ out of pocket...I'm told it's finally gone. Hopefully it doesn't resurface again. Poor baby girl.

Her 9 month Dr. appt will be coming up in about 2 weeks. No shots at this appt so I am very excited!!! I'll also be getting her 9 month pictures done. I'm very excited about this as well! Lots of things to look forward to!