Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I have so very much in my life to be thankful for; it seems trite to try to sum it all up in a blog post but I am going to try anyway.
I am thankful for my home. I am thankful for all the love that is contained within these walls and the joy of those who live here. I am thankful that I come home every day to arms that are ready to hug and a little angel who exclaims "mommy, mommy, mommy! Mine, mine, mine!" when I come through the door. I am thankful that we are healthy and fed and truly we want for very little. I am thankful that we both have steady jobs and have had very little turmoil during these tough times when so many have had to go without.
I am thankful for my family; the family I was born into, the family I gained when my dad and step mom married and the family I married into. Together, they form a support system I don't know what we'd do without. They are happy to babysit when we need a break. They keep me fed and sane when I am on my own with a toddler for the first time. They are here every weekend to play, to go to the park or walk for ice cream. I have parents and sisters, aunts, uncles, grandparents and nephews who I adore and I am thankful that Kayla will grow up in such a large, loving family.
I am so thankful for these two. Without them I'd be wandering, lost and lonely. They really do complete me, and I am ever so grateful that I have them.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
One of the silly things I always look forward to is sending and receiving Christmas cards. I love getting cards from friends and family in the mail and putting them on the front door. It’s one of the few times that I actually look at the inside of our front door. Even more than that I love going on a search for the perfect card to send out, and now taking the perfect photo for our cards.
Last year we went the route of a traditional card with a wallet-sized photo inside. They were nice, but somehow I can’t imagine finding the time to address and sign cards and write Kayla’s name and age on the back of each photo again this year. This time around I am definitely going with a photo card from Shutterfly. Now my hardest decision becomes which one?
I love the simplicity of this one:
Just as I love the whimsy of these two:
Be sure to check out all the holiday card, invitation and new year’s card collections too and tell me what your favorite is!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Well, after Halloween we had a few busy weeks. The first week of November was relatively normal but ended with Shaun and I at Lincoln Financial Field to see the Eagles take on the Colts. What a great game it was! It was a little bit more fun for me than Shaun, but we both enjoyed some good cheesesteaks and yummy beers while we were there. I did my best not to brag too much that we came away with the win that night. ;-)
The next day Shaun left for Oklahoma City for the week. I wasn't sure I could keep it all together here, but truthfully the week went really fast. I have my parents and in-laws to thank for helping so much to keep me fed and sane... but really I almost enjoyed it. Being home with Kayla that Thursday (Veteran's Day) and Friday was a nice treat.
Last week was a little crazy for me since I was on the road for work on Wednesday - Friday. I had to drive to King of Prussia and back for training on the software that I am our administrator of. I hate training (so boring!) but I try not to undervalue time NOT spent at my desk. I am dreading finding out what my inbox looks like right now, but that's a bridge I will cross tomorrow morning.
This weekend we got to take my mom to lunch for her birthday, which was great. Today I cleaned the house... not so great, but I feel like I actually accomplished something. Every day life is really all that's happening here, and I'm 100% OK with that.
The holiday season is just about ready to kick off and I am so excited. I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving with our families. Then it's just 1 week until we start our Christmas preparations. The weekend after that is our 4th anniversary and hopefully when we'll get our Christmas shopping done. We're pretty focused on just getting stuff for Kayla this year; the Wii was our gift to one another. I know me and I will still get something small for Shaun to open on Christmas morning, even if it's just stocking stuffers. But I'm getting ahead of myself... turkey first. You must respect the Turkey.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
- Mouth (moves her jaw up and down)
- Tongue (sticks it out)
- Teeth (grins)
- Belly and belly button
- Belly Button (sounds like baby)
- Bye Bye
- Green beans (guh buh)
- Uh oh
- Oh no
- I don't know
- I did it
I just crossed three things off our baby bucket list. I'm a little surprised at myself that I have nothing to add to it right now - but I'm sure more will come as she gets older and is able to do more. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. I'm still enjoying her being little.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
My mom and I took Kayla to the park on Saturday. We met some friendly dogs and Kayla chased the ducks.
Then we carved and colored our pumpkins for the front porch.
We're quickly coming into my favorite time of year. Halloween is right around the corner and then it's on to Thanksgiving - from then to New Years I am in full out holiday nerd mode. We're slowly but surely starting to establish our little family traditions and it's so much fun. This is exactly what I'd hoped having a family of my own would be like.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
On the up side, her growth is right on track (21 lbs, 12 oz and 30.5") and she's hitting all of her milestones. She got 3 shots and mommy got 1 (flu shot), so we are all set for winter.
She is slumbering peacefully in my arms right now. Hopefully we will be all clear to go to the zoo when she wakes up.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Wednesday of last week, Kayla had her hair trimmed for the first time. Her bangs were just too long, so we asked Grandma to trim them up for us. Much better!
We've had some great times though while the time flies by. Last weekend we finally made the trek up to the Lititz Farmer's Market. My dad and step mom came up to walk with us and we enjoyed a sunny Saturday together. We shopped and went to the park and did a TON of walking. It was great to watch Kayla climb and explore, and a perfect photo op.
Later that day my mom came up to visit. Kayla apparently had enough exercise because she all but darted out the door when Nana said "walk."
Sunday we had a relaxing day at home cheering for our favorite football teams and hanging out with friends.
This weekend was another busy one. Aunt Paula came home to visit and she and Nana came with us to visit the local Alpaca farm.
Today was much better. She was up early again, but took a longer than usual afternoon nap, and we had zero fit pitching.
I'm hoping to get to bed early tonight so tomorrow I am ready to dive headlong into one more week of hell before things slow down a little bit at work. I hope. I hope. I hope.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
She's starting to use Mama more, but not Dada so much. This morning she said it when Shaun came downstairs, so I think she's getting it. Her most frequently used phrase is "na na" which in combination with some gesture seems to translate to "I want that." She walks over to the fridge and smacks her lips when she wants a drink. She's also learned to throw her hands up when one of us says "touchdown!" It's so cute.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
She knows "where her shoes go," and can point to her toes, ears and nose when asked. She knows what a doggie says (though it sounds more like wuh wuh) and in addition to "cracker" she has picked up "baby" (when pointing to herself in a picture) and "duckie." She babbles all the time and I'm always listening in for more words coming through.
She's walking really well now, and loves to hold my hand and walk up the path at daycare. Last weekend she started taking little steps sideways and backwards. She's getting really quick at going up the stairs, and knows when we go up. If I say anything about bed time, bath time or nap time, she scurries over and waits for me to move the gate so she can climb up. She will normally run right into her room, pull some PJ's out of her dresser drawer, and run up and down the hallway with them. Sometimes she will go straight into our room and bounce on the bed. As soon as she hears the water in the tub though, that becomes the sole focus. This girl still loves bath time!
When in front of the mirror, she gives herself kisses when we tell her to; she's also giving us kisses when we ask again (she had been doing that but stopped for a while). The other night Shaun had her in his arms and he told her "I love you" and she leaned in and gave him a kiss. I nearly died of the sweetness of it all.
The most recent thing has been trying to put her own socks on. She used to just hold them up to her feet, but in the last few days she has started stretching the opening out the way I do when I put them on for her. She's also recently started to feed herself with a fork and spoon. It's a little messy but she gets the job done!
Every day is an adventure seeing what else she's going to pick up or say or do. I love it. I didn't think I'd love anything as much as the cuddly newborn phase, but there is just nothing like coming in the door after work and hearing the squeal of joy just before she comes around the corner and runs into my arms. What a great feeling.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
I’m wondering where I put the keepsakes from “Baby’s first ER visit.”
Before I go any further, don’t worry – Kayla is fine. But I absolutely had to record this one for posterity.
Last night I took Kayla upstairs with me so I could try to get changed and ready to hang out for a little while before giving her a bath and putting her down for the night… after which I had tons of work to do (we’re getting ready to paint the living room). I didn’t realize that my mug full of change was back down on my nightstand, and before I know it I am sweeping her mouth and getting two quarters out. She didn’t seem too bothered at first but then she threw herself to the ground. At first I thought tantrum, but when it continued downstairs I started to worry. Normally Shaun’s Blackberry will solve any problem; not this time. She screamed and writhed and arched her back… I didn’t know what to do.
Assuming that she was in pain, I called the doctor first. Since I couldn’t state with any degree of certainty that she didn’t swallow a coin, they said to take her straight to the ER. So I packed up the diaper bag and off we went. By the time we got to the hospital, she was calm. She even smiled at me while I was getting her out of her seat.
We got checked in pretty quickly. A nurse brought us back to check her O2 stats and get some basic information. Then we were shown to a room where we sat on the bed and I tried not to worry. Within minutes we were back in X-ray. Kayla actually laid pretty still for that ordeal. I was surprised and pleased; as we were walking out, I heard “I don’t see anything.” Reassuring, even though I knew we’d have to wait for a doctor to confirm. We went back to our room and sat for a while before the doctor came and gave Kayla a quick exam. He said she seemed OK, but he needed to look at the X-ray and then he’d be back with us. So we sat. And sat. Kayla tossed my cell phone on the floor, sending the case in one direction and the battery in the other. Twice. I managed to keep her entertained until the doctor came back and said the X-ray was clean and that someone would be by with discharge instructions. A nurse came by to check Kayla’s O2 stats again – she screamed bloody murder the entire time. You could tell the poor guy was really uncomfortable dealing with a baby. I felt bad for him; he took off running as soon as I could free my left hand to sign the discharge sheet.
So I guess it was just a tantrum after all – I’m waiting to see what driving down to LGH for a little peace of mind is going to cost us. I’m going to be sure to tuck that bill right into her baby book with her admission bracelet and the parking garage ticket with the date and time…
And the mug full of change is now up on top of a dresser, where it will stay.