Monday, January 25, 2010

10 Month Update

Kaitlin has been very busy this month trying new foods and exploring the world around her. She is crawling and walking very quickly these days! Kaitlin is fearless and is learning the art of falling and catching herself. It makes our days very exciting and action-packed chasing after our curious girl.

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Kaitlin was in her excersaucer yesterday playing away and looked at the picture of a duck and then said “DUCK!!!”! Kory and I were SO amazed!! It is the little things that are so special seeing your child grow up right before your eyes. We are able to communicate more and more with her and it seems we’re beginning to understand each other.


We’ve been experiencing a “heat wave” in Central Virginia recently.  Its been in 50+ and sunny over the past week which has been nice aversion from the 28” of snow we received in December.  Kaitlin & I have been strolling around the neighborhood lately which has been so much fun & such a blessing to be able play outside again!  She’s not so much a fan of the panda hat as you can see below I got an action picture of her tossing it to the floor!  Roses, pandas, AOP!!!

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Just another day at the office

My favorite game to play as a child with my sister was Travel Agent. We would play for hours and I am sure poor Rachel was over it but she was such a good sport. Kaitlin Grace loves to play with all her office toys so we set up a mini office for her to get all her baby work done. She is set with her mailbox, phone, and baby laptop. As you can see she is very serious about her work!!!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

9 Month Check-Up

Kaitlin had a wonderful 9 month check up with Dr. Joe today. Kaitlin weighed in at 20 pounds 14 oz 29 inches long and is now in the 80th percentile for both.  She was not thrilled being weighed and measured and was quite angry with Dr. Joe. Kaitlin gave him quite a smack on his nose after he checked her ears and nose.  He said it was only fair since he was messing with her nose and she just giggled at him!  He says that she is growing perfectly and ahead of her milestones.  Kaitlin only got 1 shot so it was a great visit.  She was so worn out after all the excitement she was fast asleep before I even got the car out of the parking lot.  We are so thankful for a great visit!!

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Say cheese

Kaitlin loves to feed herself and we are exploring the world of table food. With only 2 teeth I have been very cautious of what she gets but cheese has been a hit!!! She wants to eats puffs and cheese but we insist she eat other foods as well. At this point, these first time parents need some help. Any suggestions for baby's first table foods???

Look at that smile!!!!
ummm what is on my hand???
Yum!!! This is great!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!!! (Thanks Vols)

While Kory was burning up the road back & forth between Knoxville, Virginia, & Georgia over the holidays (he topped 1,800 miles on the Jeep Cherokee in 7 days), Kaitlin & I played at Gigi’s house in Knoxville!  It was a great with 2 extra set of hands & really felt like my own 2009 vacation.  We went shopping & bought Kaitlin’s first pair of shoes!!! 


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Kaitlin also made her 2nd visit to Long’s Drug Store with Gigi & G’Daddy for lunch to visit her favorite waitress, Ruby!  Kaitlin was staring at everyone during lunch & Ruby decided that she was NOSEY & wanted to catch up on all the gossip … funny, that’s what Kory says about me!

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Also, Kory & I were fortunate enough to spend our first night out together ALONE since March 25th.  We traveled to Atlanta on New Year’s Eve for the Chick-fil-A Bowl to watch the Vols play!  Kaitlin was a little sad she didn’t get to go but we had to remind her of the rules, “You can’t go to the game until you carry a 32 oz coke up 39 rows to your seat by yourself.” 

The ATL was BEAUTIFUL when we arrived (NOT).  Thankfully, the skies cleared by next morning.  We had a nice view from the 35th floor of the Westin at the Peachtree Center when the fog lifted.

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Our friends proved that you can start good road trip stories with “Remember that time at Taco Mac” and thankfully, we didn’t receive a “yellow card” like others at the GA Dome.  We had a great time with friends but thanks to an inept 2nd half, the game was lousy.  The Vols tried to ruin our New Years Eve …

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But having a night out to ourselves for the first time in 9 months was priceless!  Thanks again to Gigi & G’Daddy for taking care of Kaitlin!


Christmas 2009

So I haven’t updated the blog in about 2 weeks now because we’ve been in Knoxville since Christmas Eve.  We had such a great trip, spending time with family & friends!  Its true that “there’s no place like home for the holidays.”

Before we left VA, we introduced Kaitlin to A Charlie Brown Christmas.  To date, this is the only show/movie to hold her attention for more than 5 minutes.  She loved it!


She was also excited about all the presents under the Christmas tree & even posed for a picture with her very own stocking!

IMG_2976IMG_2930We spent the week at Gigi & G’Daddy’s bed & breakfast for Christmas.  Kaitlin made the “nice” list this year & Santa came to visit.   He left Kaitlin her very own GREAT BIG BAG!!!!!!!!!


She especially loved spending time with G’Daddy & loved her Elf on a Shelf from Cool Aunt Rachel.  Will her Elf be naughty or nice next year?


Then Kaitlin went to visit Kiki & Pop’s house on Christmas afternoon.  She had NO idea that she would be the center of attention!

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Kaitlin had lots of extra hands from her cousins opening presents!  Kiley & Hannah were especially helpful!

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All in all, it was a wild & fun Christmas like we’ve never seen.  Kaitlin’s first Christmas was so special &, once she got adjusted, she had a great time!  We are blessed to have such a wonderful family to come home to each Christmas and are truly thankful for the birth of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.  Finally, we’ve included Kaitlin’s favorite Christmas present (from Aunt Gina), demonstrating the true reason for the season …


(Please forgive the panda, who we’re pretty sure was not at the birth of Christ … but Kaitlin really wanted to include him).