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Katherine’s 1st Birthday Party!

30 Jun

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We celebrated Katherine’s first birthday this past Saturday.  I can’t believe how fast the time has gone.  In 6 days she will be one!

No birthday theme, just an afternoon full of color and fun and lots of hot dogs and ice cream and cake.  And a bounce house of course.  We had about 45 people in attendance, lots of family and some close friends.  All in all it was a fabulous day!  Kath has been teething lately and has been off for a few weeks sleep-wise (damn you leap 7!) but thankfully she was well-rested for receiving guests.

We did a hot dog bar with all the fixins’, pasta salad and potato salad (courtesy of my mother-in-law), a sundae bar, and delicious cupcakes and sweet treats made by Corey’s cousin.  I think I spent five minutes total talking to people – it’s time consuming hosting these gigs!  But…well worth it.  After all, your baby girl only turns one once!

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Halloween Times

9 Nov

A bit late, I know, but we had a fantastic Halloween week!  The day before Halloween was the NICU Pumpkin Patch reunion at Katherine’s hospital.  It is an annual event, I believe they’ve done it for about 20 years now, and it is a great opportunity to see how all the former preemie babies have grown and changed an flourished.  It was so lovely to see Katherine’s doctors and a few of our favorite nurses.  They had live music, a buffet, balloon animals, and caricature artists.  It was awesome and I cannot wait to go back again next year!

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For Halloween night, we loaded up the girls and went over to Corey’s aunt and uncle’s house.  Gary and Tanya’s neighborhood is a crazy wild hot spot of trick or treating.  The street is packed with kids, it is nonstop.  Every house sets up a fire pit in the driveway and passes out candy.  They had appetizers and pizza and drinks; it’s a whole big event – they usually give out about 1,500 (!!) pieces of candy.  The police patrol the area and hand out glow necklaces.  It’s crazy.  We had so much fun and I can’t wait until next year when Katherine is old enough to walk around and really participate in the holiday.  🙂  We finally got a family photo, too…I guess I need to step it up in this department.  In case you can’t tell from the picture, Audrey was a peacock and Katherine was a lamb.

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Hope you all had a fabulous Halloween!!

13 Weeks/3 Months Old

7 Oct

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Katherine turned 3 months old this weekend!  I can’t believe how fast our girl is growing.  She has changed so much since she was born and especially in the last couple of weeks.  She has started smiling a lot more and I am getting quite a few coos and even a belly laugh on Friday!  It was so awesome.  I couldn’t stop grinning.  There is nothing like hearing your baby laugh, I can’t even describe it.  So amazeballs.  I love, love, love waking up my happy girl every morning.  She’s always ready to start the day with smiles.


We have fallen into a pretty steady routine here at home.  She wakes up between 6 and 7am, naps in the early morning around 8 or 9, then is up for most of the late morning and early afternoon.  Naps again in early/late afternoon.  It’s 2:30 right now and she’s been snoozing for about the last hour.  She naps again in early evening (she naps a lot).  We give her a big, fat bottle (4-6 oz) between 7:30 and 9pm and then she’s down for the count.  Baby Girl will sleep anywhere from 3-4 hours at a time throughout the night.  We do get the occasional 5,6, or even 8 (!!!) hour stretches but 3-4 seems to be the average.  I am okay with this.  It’s long enough to actually feel rested when I do have to get up.

What else, what else.  We are working on our tummy time.  She does great with tummy time on me.  I lay her on my chest and she pushes and pumps and holds her head up super high like such a big girl!  I mean…what’s next?  A car?  I love seeing her hold her head up and looking all around and taking in the world.  Everything is so fresh and new for her.  I love it.  Anyway…tummy time.  I have seen other moms do tummy time on the boppy so I thought we’d mix it up and give it a go.  You can see it started off well.  Looking around, super curious:

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Then, about two minutes later, the shit hit the fan.

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She was PISSED.  Like, inconsolable pissed.  Like mama what did you do to me pissed.  She scream-cried for about ten minutes straight then passed the fuck out.

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It was awful and I felt like the world’s biggest asshole.  I have not attempted boppy tummy time again.  Regular play mat/mama belly time will have to do for now.  I also failed to realize that she was lounging in her bouncy, all vision-impaired and shit, because of the bow I insisted on her wearing when my cousins came to visit.

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Uhm yah.  Mama’s on a roll this week, huh Katherine?

This last week was full of meet and greets as well.  Baby Girl’s dance card was FULL these last few days.  My cousins Gionna and Chandra and Chandra’s girls came up to visit on Thursday.  We hung out at the house and got all caught up on each other’s lives.  This weekend we went to three birthday parties!  First stop was Boomers for a classmate of Audrey’s.  It was insane, the noise, and she actually slept through the first twenty minutes or so.  Saturday night we attended a family friend’s 30th birthday party, and Sunday afternoon we headed down to Vista for my cousin Adam’s son’s 5th birthday.  It was a crazy fun (and hectic) weekend.  It was awesome to introduce Katherine to so many people but I think we were both ready to get back to the steady grind.  Amen, sister.  Amen.

32 Weeks. Wah Boo Hiss.

26 Jun


Me this morning.

How far along: 32 weeks, 2 days.  8 months pregnant!  What what.
Baby is the size of a: honeydew melon, about 4.5 lbs and 19 inches long.
Weight Gain: 18 lbs…see above for visual reference.
Maternity clothes: Yup.  About half the time.  Although today I am just wearing yoga pants and a tee shirt.  Lexie for the win.
Sleep: crazy wack, yo.  I am back to waking up covered in sweat and out of bed every hour to pee.  And I cannot get comfortable.  I am a terribly whiny baby right now, FYI.  Like…I cannot get comfortable for decent sleep at night but I am down to nap for, like, five hours in the middle of the afternoon.
Best moment of this week:  I’m going to say I don’t know.  I have been sick as a dog since Saturday night.  I have a crazy bad cold on top of the typical zero energy that comes with third trimester times, and it is really all I can do to not bitch and moan at everyone (Corey) about everything (my body).  Yesterday for example – I spent about half an hour at the grocery store and had to lay down for three times that long just to get comfortable again.  Then once I felt comfortable…I moved from the couch to the bed and passed the eff out for like three hours.  I am also terrified of sneezing (whichI have to do all the freaking time with this cold) for fear of pissing myself.  So sad.  I feel like my body is so not my own anymore. Baby Girl has completely, officially, monopolized her mama.  At least for this week.  Actually wait…there a couple little things that have saved me from going off the deep end.  Mostly Corey.  Grabbing me for a big, “I love you!” smooch in the morning then grabbing my belly and saying “love you, too!”  Or telling me that I am glowing (which I think may have been night sweats but you take what you can get 32 weeks in.)  Either way, these little things make a big difference and fill me up enough to keep on truckin’.  I love my guy.  So grateful every day.

Miss anything: my people (even more than before, if that is possible), and Wasis.  Also BEER (but I am very, very grateful that God made O’Douls).  I TOLD YOU THIS WOULD NOT CHANGE.  I also miss being able to breathe and smell things and paint my own toes and not sound like an 85 year-old 3 pack-a-day smoker every time I talk/cough.  So attractive.  It is probably pretty obvious to all of you at this point how irresistible I am and how it was impossible for Corey not to knock me up.  Because I am so sexy and everything.
Movement: still very active.  She is starting to hurt me, though.  She’s posted up in my ribs and every movement is either hiccups or a slow grind.  Like she is in there doing her own prenatal yoga or some shit.  I have no idea.  Gold star for being physically active though, baby.
Food cravings: nothing really.
Anything making you queasy or sick: nope – heartburn is here with a vengeance.  No matter what I eat/don’t eat I get wicked heartburn.  And it’s never within a logical time frame of when I eat…it’s always, like, three hours later.  Or randomly in the middle of the night.  Tums are my new bestie.
Have you started to show yet: uhm yah. (again, see photo above.)
Gender: girl, girl, girl.
Labor signs: uhm…no.  Braxton Hicks but nothing unusual.
Belly button in or out: in but still flattening out.
Happy or moody most of the time: It has been a rough week.  Basically I have been miserable.  I think it is mostly being sick which has just made my regular tired so much worse.  I promise not to be a moody little bitch next post.  Although, my feet are no longer swollen!  Back to normal for now thank you baby Jesus.
Looking forward to: our Baby-Q this weekend.  It will be nice to hang with friends and grub, and I know Corey is looking forward to the diaper poker tournament too.  Sunday we are doing family/maternity photos and I am excited about that as well.  Should be good times and since it is a professional photographer I am hoping they will be able to airbrush out the sweat and make me look like one fine-ass mama.  We shall see.  Also I bought “World War Z” and have made it all the way to page 5!  So…looking forward to reading a book also.  FYI.

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