Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Watch Me Grow - A Year in Review

It didn't take very long for our little peanut to go from this...

to this...

You can check out each individual image over on the Watch Me Grow page and I have made a quick view version below (you can click on the image to get a slightly bigger version). Fifty-two - well, probably closer to 47-48 due to vacations and such - weeks of this little bug growing like crazy in front of our eyes.

On to the next crazy super fun year ahead!

Watch Me Grow - Week Fifty Two

**Ok...I know. I know.

I know I am almost TWO WEEKS late in posting the very last photo in our Watch Me Grow series. Can I blame it on the grandparents? Can I blame it on Kaitlin skipping her naps? Can I blame it on... I actually drafted most of this post a few days after her actual birthday, so I'm going to leave that recap below. Now that Kaitlin is a year old I'm going to revise the Watch Me Grow series. While she is still growing like a weed, the changes aren't always apparent from week to week. Aannnddd I don't really have the time to post an update every week ;) So, from now on I will just be posting a monthly update, and am going to try and have a new "posed" shot so we can still track her growth. If I can get her to sit still for longer than .2 seconds I will try and put her in a chair or something...**

Once Kaitlin learned how to stand on her own she quickly progressed in her walking skills. It only took a couple of weeks to go from a few timid steps to almost running. She is still wobbly and falls down quite often, but she gets right back up and goes on her way. She LOVES to be "chased" around - all you have to do is say "I'm gonna get you!!" and she squeals with delight and "runs" away (more like walks really fast).

In addition to hanging out with Grammie and Pop-pop this week she also got a few more visitors - Grandma and Grandpa came to visit! Everyone came to town to be here for her first birthday. She is a lucky, lucky lady and has lots of love in her life! 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Kaitlin's First Birthday

I've decided to do one MEGA post about Kaitlin's first birthday rather than break it up into three parts. Call me crazy. Grab a cup of coffee (or glass of wine if you are reading this tonight) and stay a while.

Kaitlin's first birthday. I've been anticipating it for the last several months. I knew it would come, obviously we all grow older, but it is still shocking that the time is already here. What is it that they say? The days are long but the years are short. Something like that. I've always liked that quote and I am finding it quite fitting at the moment. 

I'm not sure if Kaitlin enjoyed her first birthday or not. I don't think she actually knew what was going on, but she did know that there were a lot of people staying at her house and playing with her 24/7. She knew that she had to keep putting on fancy dresses even though the temperature soared near 90* for a whole weekend. She knew that she was getting A LOT of extra attention - and she loved it!

Both sets of her grandparents came down to visit and help us celebrate. The day before her birthday we held a very, very small party at our local park. We had our family and a few friends gather at the park with bagels and cupcakes and we let the kids run around and play. It was a hot and humid day - Kaitlin's dress managed to stay on for an hour and then we stripped her down to her diaper because of the heat. Her dress was cute but not very cooling! Little Miss was so excited to have Grammie and Pop-pop and Grandma and Grandpa in town that she didn't take her morning nap, which made for a very cranky birthday girl. Add in the uncomfortable weather and she wasn't in the best of moods. She held out for most of the party but there were a few crying spells here and there. (Not to mention a choking episode or two. Suddenly after five months of amazing chewing skills she decides to shove ALL of her food in her mouth at once and try and swallow. I had her bent over my knee slapping her back to get it out. Just about damn near gave me a heart attack. Oh yeah, and she decided to do that four times in one day. Lord help me.) But overall a good time was had by all and we might have even lost a pound or two sweating in the heat!


Sunday marked the big day - her FIRST birthday! We had been waiting to get her baptized until our parents were in town and it just so happened that it fell on her birthday. So off we went to the church to get Kaitlin baptized. My parents and I went ahead to attend the service (the baptism was to take place afterwards) while Brian and his parents got her all dressed up. We met them after the service and found out that they didn't even have us on the list for that days baptism!! They quickly changed a few things around and squeezed us in, thankfully. There were four baptisms that day and Kaitlin was by far the oldest baby there. We all had to stand at the front facing the crowd while the minister baptized each one of them. We were second in line but that was far too long for Kaitlin to be held. Now that she is a walking/running machine she doen't like being held unless she wants to be held (which is pretty much never). We were definitely that family trying desperately to hold onto their toddler as she tried to jump out of my arms. Many cries and tears followed. The minister didn't even try to hold her to present her to the congregation, he let me take care of that. We let her walk around a little bit in front of us during the last two baptisms and we only had to chase her around a little. Thankfully the whole process only took about twenty minutes and as soon as it was over we bolted. Of course, it doesn't help that this all took place during Kaitlin's normal lunch and nap time. Are you starting to get an idea of how critical naps are to our little one's temperament??

After Kaitlin's nap we let her open presents! She took a very long nap and woke up in a little bit of a mood. She had been sweating during her nap too so she woke up looking a little crazy. She did very well during presents and loved playing with her new toys, looking at new books and admiring her new clothes. After all of the presents were opened we took her for a spin in her new wagon!

I wanted to do a Cake Smash session with her on her actual birthday, but with everything that we had been through earlier that day I knew it probably wouldn't go well. We had a couple of cupcakes left over from the party so we gave her those to try after she finished her dinner. 

Let's just say she is NOT a cake person.

(Want to see more pictures of Kaitlin HATING cake? Check out our not-so-perfect cake smash session)

Overall Kaitlin's first birthday was really, really nice. Sure, there was a bit more crying and more tears than I had anticipated, but it was so special to have our families there to help us celebrate. Kaitlin is turning into more and more of a toddler, and less of a baby, every single day. While it is so exciting to watch her grow and transform into a little person it is also super sad. While I don't wish to have the newborn days back, it would be nice to be able to hold onto these "baby" days for a little bit longer. 

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Birthday Cake

I am going to write a few posts for Kaitlin's first birthday (Birthday Party! Baptism! Presents!) but wanted to share this photo quickly. I am going to do a full cake smash photo session with her tomorrow but we wanted to give her a little taste of sugary goodness on her actual birthday. We had a couple of cupcakes left over from her party so we let her go to town on them.

Apparently she hasn't inherited a sweet tooth from her father and I. Her reaction to the cupcakes was a mix of fear, disgust and hatred. I should probably be happy that she didn't immediately inhale an entire cupcake, at least we don't have to worry about sugar-highs just yet :)

Sunday, 12 May 2013

My First Mother's Day

This time last year I was still pregnant and eating as many of these birthday cupcakes as I could. This year I got to celebrate my very first Mother's Day. It wasn't fancy, it wasn't elaborate but it was just perfect. We've had a pretty good streak of awesome weather here in Houston and today did not disappoint. I got to sleep in while Brian took care of Kaitlin (all the way until 7:30am! I felt like a new woman!)

When Kaitlin got up from her nap she and her dad presented me with my Mother's Day and birthday presents! I absolutely love them and can't wait to hang them on my wall!

We spent the rest of the day lounging by the (baby) pool, riding bikes and playing in the park. OK, so most of the day was still centered around Kaitlin - but it was pretty great none the less. Brian and I were able to sneak out during the afternoon and go to one of our local beer gardens for a quick drink. It was nice to steal some time away just the two of us on this very special day!

wish i had remembered to brush my hair before snapping this photo...but i'm glad we got it, none the less
I am so very grateful for this little person that made me a mother. She has opened my eyes and allowed me to love more than I ever thought was possible. I learn something new about her - and myself - every day. Being a mother isn't easy; in fact it's probably the hardest and most challenging job I have ever had, but it certainly is the best job in the whole world. It's loud and messy and happy and sad and smelly and smiley and so very, very exciting. And I couldn't have done any of it without my own mom - by learning from her (when I didn't even realize it) and for her unending support in raising this little one. So many wonderful things I am thankful for each and every day, but maybe just a little bit more, today.