Monthly Archives: January 2009

Shorty got low, low, low, low, low


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I don’t know Kelly from Kelly’s Korner. She is from Arkansas. We have a few mutual friends in common. I just happened upon her blog through my friend, Robin’s blog.But I feel like I know her.

Kelly tried for a very long time to become pregnant. She finally did and she has documented that pregnancy on her blog. She had her baby, Harper, yesterday. Harper is very, very sick and had to be flown to Tulsa late last night.

So, if you pray, please do so for Kelly, Harper and the rest of their family. If you don’t pray, please send all the good thoughts and love that you possibly can to this family.

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11 Months

Happy 11 months Cady Cupcake!

I cannot believe my baby is 11 months old. Its all gone by way too fast. She is 1 month away from being a 1 year old. Its not really been one whole year already, has it?

So Cady at 11 months:

She is walking. She doesn’t crawl at all. She loves to walk. Thats all she does. At Kindermusik this week she just walked in circles around the group. Its makes some things a little more difficult. She finds new things around the house to get into every day. But its also kind of nice. Chores around the house are somewhat easier. She follows behind me and “helps.”Let me tell you, she is a big help, too.

She is starting to move to more normal foods. Gerber Graduates are our friends. She loves pastas and pretty much anything she can feed herself. She is still a little dangerous with utensils so she is just using her hands for now.

She can say Dada. Dada refers to that guy with the goatee and glasses. She says it with much enthusiasm and joy. She says “bye-bye.” She uses this when we leave some place or when she randomly feels like it. “Bah” her is favorite word. It refers pretty much everything else. I think she is trying to say “Doggy.” When I ask her to say it she will say “Dah.” I think it counts.

You might notice a word missing from that list. I sure so. She doesn’t say “Mama.” Ocassionally, as she is crying, she will whine out a “Mamamama.” If I’m lucky. She will not say “Mama” for anything. I ask. I get “Bah.” Jason asks. He gets “Bah.” I’m really trying not to take it personally, but its kind of starting to hurt my feelings. Thats what I want for her birthday. I want her to say “Mama.”


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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Cady loves to sing and dance. She is starting to learn hand movements to different songs. We have mastered “Pat-A-Cake.” And we are working on “The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.” Her favorite thought is “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”

We have sang this one since she was tiny. I sit her up against my knees and move her arms along to the movements. She loved it.

I love it now that she can do the movements herself.

She has also gotten very good at the “Bye-Bye” movement. She acutally will say “Bye-Bye” most of the time, but this day she just wanted to whisper. Who knows why. She is pretty silly.

11 month Post up next.

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Bathtime Fun

Cady has always been a big fan of bathtime, but she has been really enjoying herself lately. I think these pictures tell the story on their own.

She is also the master of faces. She has a coy one… or maybe skeptical…

I’m not sure what this one is all about. I promise I wasn’t singing or anything.

Several of you have asked about the napping issue. It is going GREAT! She still cries for a few minutes but then she is out. She has developed a connection to this little pillow. Its her lovey. She will carry it around the house after her nap

We also bought her a Rose Petal Cottage for her birthday. Since we are having her birthday back in Arkansas we decided to set up the cottage now. She is not going to know the difference, plus if I know her grandparents she will have plenty to open while there.

She loves it. The best part is that I can put all her toys in there when she isn’t playing with them and it SEEMS like our house isn’t overrun with baby stuff. Yippee!

I’ve been keeping up with the running somewhat. It was hard to get in my run when I had to work around Jason’s unpredictable schedule. I was checking out Craig’s List and I lucked into a jogging stroller that was FREE!

We took it for a spin today. It wasn’t bad. Its definitely different to run with the stroller, but it will work for days when Jason is traveling or isn’t going to make it home before dark.

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Project Nap-On-Her-Own

Cady is a great sleeper. We started swaddling her at night around 4 weeks of age. Since then she has consistently slept through the night. When we finally stopped swaddling, she didn’t even skip a beat and still slept through the night. She goes to bed around 7:30 every night and I usually don’t have to get her out of her crib until 7 or 8 in the morning.

We have been extremely lucky.

Over the last few weeks we have been rocking her less and less at night. We started rocking her to the point of drowsy and then putting her down. We are now to the point where, at night, she can be put down in her crib right after her cup of formula is done and she falls asleep on her own. No rocking.

Once again, extremely lucky.

Naps are a different story.

She takes a one nap a day about an hour after lunch time. I always have to rock her to sleep for the nap. All the way to sleep. Every day. Every nap. Rocking to sleep.

So I’m sure you know where this going. It has to stop. She has to learn to nap on her own.

So as the title says, Project Nap-On-Her-Own is underway officially.

We went into her room with her pillow and her paci about 30 minutes before her nap. We read a couple of books and rocked while we read. Still awake, I put her in her crib. We are 15 minutes in and she is standing in her crib screaming.

Someone tell me this is going to work. Tell me that a day or two of this is going to make her fall asleep on her own.

I know she can do it. She obviously does it at night. What makes the day different.

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New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t know that I have ever really made New Year’s resolutions before. Not officially at least. But this year I have several things that I definitely want to do and to work on. So what better way to keep myself accountable than put it all out there on the web.

1. Run. I ran competitevly from the time I was 11 or 12 year old until my Senior Year in high school. I was burned out and felt like I was missing out on things by having to make sure I was in bed early ever Friday night for my early Saturday morning Cross Country meets. So I stopped running. Anyone who has ever stopped running knows how hard it is to start back. So, nearly 10 years later I am going to get started again. To make it a little easier for myself I have set a goal. I want to run a marathon. I told my dad this and he is going to run it with me. So we are looking into the end of this year or the first quarter of ’10.

2. This goes along with number one, but I want to Get in shape before we have another child. A second child will likely be our last and I think it would make it easier to get the body I want back if I am in good shape before I get pregnant.

3. Another cliche resolution is to work hard on cooking healthy and tasty meals for my family. I really want to focus on keeping us all healthy, and since I am the one who does all the cooking I have complete control over what goes into our bodies in our home.

4. I want to learn how to sew. I have tons of crafty projects that I know I could do (and possibly sell) if I only had a sewing machine. Techinically, I know how to sew, but my last experience with it was in 8th grade home ec. I made a walrus pillow and got a “C” on sewing on a button (I got an “A” on my walrus pillow, by the way).

5. Something I am already doing, but need to re-focus on is saving my family money as my monetary contribution. Since I don’t work outside the home I feel like my job is to save the money my husband makes. I am going to focus on finding the best deals and doing what I can to lower our costs on things.

6. Probably the hardest on my list is to actively work on making new friends. Not that I have bad friends. I just don’t have friends that live here. I have amazing friends all over the country that I love dearly, but for some reason they don’t want to fly in on a whim to see a chick flick with me or to grab lunch with me. Its hard to make friends with women, but I need to find people who have things in common with me and who are at the same spot in their lives (having young children).

7. Finally, Remove my eye makeup every night. Ok I know this is a silly one, but I really need to do this. We spent a lot of money on LASIK surgery so my eyes would be perfect and I’m just risking infection by sleeping in mascara and eyeliner every night. Plus, I’m sure my pillow cases would thank me.

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Breakfast with Paxtin (and Kelsey)

While home we were able to get together with our friends, Kelsey and Paxtin. This was the first time during our get togethers that Paxtin got to sit in a big girl chair. The girls finally got a chance to really check each other out.

Although Cady seems pretty apprehensive in that last picture, she really was excited to have her friend sitting next to her. She even wanted to hold her hand.

As always, we had a great time with the girls and are looking forward to seeing them again in February when we are home for Cady’s birthday.

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Christmas Trip continued

The weekend after Christmas, we traveled to my paternal grandparent’s. Once again, none of them had ever met Cady. It was held at the local gym, so there was tons of room for Cady to walk around (Oh yeah, she is walking. Like for real. Walking. But I will talk about that a little later).

Her younger cousin was also there. She thought he was pretty cool, but his walker and the toys on it were even cooler.

She got to run around and play in the gym all afternoon. She discovered basketball.

She got to hang out with Poppa more

Now the walking thing.

She had been taking a few steps at a time. Occasionally she would make it across a room. It was very hit or miss.

The day after Christmas, she decided it was time to walk. So she did. And she does. ALL. THE. TIME.

It was unseasonably warm one day, so we were able to take her outside and let her walk around. She loved it. She got to meet Casey, a dog at Nana’s house.

And she got to walk

And walk,

And walk.

I feel like these are the only shots I am going to get of her from now on. Its all I ever see:

I was able to get a video. This was when she first decided to be a full time walker. She is even better at it now

Thats really all I have from the Christmas trip.

Our current update is that Cady has a cold and is miserable. Poor thing. Because of that we skipped Kindermusik this week. We are just trying to get settled back in our routine. I’m actively working on planning her big first birthday shindig. Other than that, its the same old stuff around here. Hope you all have had a great start to 2009. I know we have and we are definitely looking forward to all the great new stuff within the next year.

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The long delayed Christmas Post

We are alive.

We were back in the ARK for 2 weekd over the holidays and I just never had the time to get a post up.

We had a great time. But we are also SO SO SO happy to be home. We love all of you back home, but 2 weeks is a very long time to be away. Especially on top of the week over Thanksgiving.

While home we were all extremely spoiled. Some of us more than others *Couch*Cady*Cough* Regardless, all three of us were blessed by good company, great food, and thoughtful gifts. And we are extremely appreciative.

We spent the weekend before Christmas with my mom. I left my camera at my Mother-In-Law’s house so no pictures. But be assured that we had a great time. We went to my grandmother’s house for the big family Christmas. No one there had met Cady yet, so it was very exciting. Cady was a little shy, but otherwise did wonderfully with the amount of people and the caliber of crazyness (we tend to be a loud group).

I don’t know if I wrote about it, but at the beginning of December I got sucked into the Twilight series. I read all four books in a matter of 2 weeks. If I wasn’t watching Cady, cooking, or sleeping, I was reading Twilight (and many times I chose reading over sleeping). I resigned myself to seeing the movie after it came out on DVD. I had made Jason see Sex and The City with me, so he had met his chick flick quota for the year. Luckily, Kelsey wanted to see it again.

We spent Christmas Eve with my Dad. He and Cady had a great time. It wasn’t too awfully cold, so they took a walk outside. Cady found an awesome toy…

Too bad we had to take it away because she wanted to eat it.

Cady’s favorite cousin, Belle was also at Poppa’s for Christmas. Cady just thinks Belle is the coolest. And really who could blame her.

And here is a cute one of Poppa and his two girls.

Later that night we opened up Christmas presents at Cady’s Nana’s house.

She thought opening presents was a lot of fun, but climbing on top of them might be more fun

A few boxes into it, she got pretty good at the whole unwrapping thing. She is going to go pro after her birthday in a few weeks

Cady got tons of great toys and a few books.

Jason got an awesome UCA Baggo game among other cool things.

I FINALLY got a kitchen aid stand mixer! Finally. I also got some oven mitts (I didn’t have any). Cady thought they were pretty cool too.

But I got the best present of all way back in February. Who knew she woudl be wrapped up for me on Christmas 😉

I will make another post with the rest of our Christmas trip pictures, so this one isn’t forever long. Stay tuned.

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