Monday, January 28, 2013

Ann’s Baby Shower…and the Sunroom!

ann, mom and me
Steve and I decided to pull the trigger and start building our sunroom and new deck in November.  I had no idea how many decisions there were to make – from the types of windows to the flooring to the color of paint.  It was stressful but at the same time I had a lot of fun doing it.
I realized in early January that it may not be finished by the 20th (when I was planning to host Ann’s baby shower), so I mentioned to our builder that I would love to have the room done by then..He was very kind and had everyone working double and overtime to get the project finished for Ann’s big day.  They finished it on the 19th and we were ecstatic.
Ann is due in April with a baby boy – she looks beautiful!  Here are some pictures of the d├ęcor and food (and the diaper cake my mom and I made- yes, we were crafty!):
Since Ann has lived on both sides of the country in the past few years, she had friends and family from all over drive (and even fly) to celebrate with us.  It was wonderful to see her so happy….
The kids can't wait to meet their new cousin in a couple of months.
Here are a few more pictures of the sunroom (and outside deck) all I need is some furniture!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Catelin at 7 Months

7 Months Old!
Our “Little Miss” is getting more and more personality every day.  She is so happy – she even smiles through her pacifier..and when she is not happy, we hear it loud and clear.  :) 
She’s still sleeping about 11-12 hours a night and takes two 1.5-2 hour naps during the day.   I put 3 pacifiers in her crib so if she wakes up early (around 6:30), she will grab one and put it in her mouth (then she’ll sleep for another 45 minutes – 1 hour).
catelin blocks
If Catelin is in her chair or exercauser and I walk into a room, she expects me to immediately go and pick her up.  If I walk by, she starts to whine until I pay attention to her.  As soon as I get her she wraps those adorable little arms around my neck.  It is so sweet.  The other day, she was whining for me to get her and I swear she said “mama” – I know it was just a babble, but it was as clear as day (my mom even witnessed it)! 
The girl has some crazy hair – it is growing but isn’t long enough to lie down, so it just sticks straight out.  It cracks me up…I am so looking forward to putting bows in that hair!
Are you talking about me?!
She still does not like to roll over.  She can do it and has done it numerous times, but she just doesn’t like to.  She sleeps on her back (where as the boys rolled onto their stomachs and slept that way starting around 4-5 months).  She loves to sit and play with all of the toys surrounding her.  Since she doesn’t like tummy time, there is not much happening in terms of crawling…but I am in NO rush for that.  It will certainly add another dimension to the craziness that is our household. 
Catelin is also BIG for her age- she is very long so she doesn’t look super chunky (even though she is well over 20 pounds).  She is wearing mostly 9 and 12 month clothes right now.  The girl loves to eat and is now through pretty much all of the stage 2 baby foods.  We will probably start some finger foods next month; you should see the way she looks at the boys’ food – it is hilarious how much she wants a real meal!  Her formula drinking is beginning to slow down (now taking roughly 24-28 ounces per day) and she is holding her own bottle. 
As far as MJ and Ty- well, they just love her to pieces. 


Happy 7 months, baby girl!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Happy New Year

Go Bucs!
Unfortunately, our 2013 has not been off to a good start.  On New Year’s Eve, MJ and Ty came down with the flu (as in THE flu, not just a bug)…and before you ask, yes we ALL had our flu shots.  As the fireworks went off at midnight, I was rocking my poor little Ty Ty back to sleep.  Both of them were up all night long- aching from the virus as well as their high fevers.  On New Year’s Day, my poor husband came down with it as well.  It was a pitiful sight- me trying to take care of my boys (who were quarantined in the basement) and at the same time keeping Catelin as far away from them as possible. 
A few days later, everyone seemed to be turning a corner…and then I got it.  I was so hoping that somehow the vaccine had protected me, but my fever started climbing – all the way up to 104.  Just when I hit rock bottom and thought things couldn’t get worse, they did.  Steve started going back downhill- he was wheezing and couldn’t take a deep breath.  He went to urgent care and my fear was confirmed…he had DOUBLE pneumonia.  We were not in any shape to take care of three small children, so my mom (who is now officially an angel) drove down and took care of the kids for almost 3 days.  Thank you, thank you, thank you mom- I have no idea what we would have done without you. 
We did go to the Bucs vs. Falcons home game prior to everyone falling ill.  Catelin stayed home with Ms. Lisa while MJ and Ty came along for the ride.  They had an absolute blast cheering on Uncle Andrew!
We even got to see Uncle Andrew in the family area after the game!

We are all feeling much better- it is going to take Steve awhile to get back to 100%, so please say some prayers!  (And pray that Catelin stays healthy- she hasn’t gotten it thus far!)