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Thursday, January 31, 2008


We have been brushing Kaitlynn's gums with a wet wash cloth. We just realized that we should probably start brushing her teeth with a toothbrush and toothpaste, since she has 6 teeth (4 on top and 2 on bottom). Duh!! The toothbrush is the infant toothbrush/gum stimulator which has bristles like a fingerbrush and we are using Orajel tooth and gum cleanser toothpaste (fluoride-free). Kaitlynn seemed to like it! I couldn't get the toothbrush back from her. Hopefully she will continue to like getting her teeth brushed. I bet it feels good on her gums.

Sooo Helpful

Monday night I had to get the vacuum out because Kaitlynn ripped open a ziploc bag of crackers and had crumbs all over the family room. She really likes the vacuum cleaner. She can turn it on and off.

Last night Kaitlynn helped me with my Avon shipment. She likes to get in the boxes and get products out. It can turn into quite a mess, but she has fun and I am able to get the shipment sorted.

Not too Happy with one of our Furry Kids

We have 3 cats (and a dog). Our cats names are Tiger, Pumpkin and Jasmine. Tiger is 18 1/2 years old and is the grey and black stripped tabby on the right. Pumpkin is 4 years old and is the caleco in the middle. Jasmine is 3 years old and is the grey and black stripped tabby on the left. One of the cats has been pooping in the basement (not in the litter box, but on our new carpet). They keep doing it in the same spot. We don't have furniture in the basement yet, because we need to paint the baseboards and a few other things first. Well, tonight I figured out which cat was doing it. It is Pumpkin. I was downstairs in the office printing out Avon invoices. Dave had just cleaned poop up from the usual spot. When I walked out of the office I saw Pumpkin walking away and there was poop back in that spot. So I put Pumpkin's nose in it and hit her. I don't know if this will work, but it sure is frustrating that she keeps doing this. Their litter box is clean. I guess she is doing it because of Kaitlynn, but Pumpkin gets a lot of attention and plays with Kaitlynn. So needless to say, I am not too happy with Pumpkin right now.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Cry Baby Matinee

Dave, Kaitlynn and I were going to go to the Galleria today to see "Juno" at the Cry Baby Matinee. I was so irritated because we drove all the way to the Galleria and when we got there, found out that the movie started at 2:10 not 2:30. I told them that I called yesterday and the man told me the movie was at 2:30 and that was the time on the website, too. She said they changed their movie times. How the hell can they change movie times the night before?! I don't know if I am going to waste my time going to the Cry Baby Matinees anymore. I was so excited to see this movie and was really frustrated about the time change. Several other moms got there after us and were told the same thing. They were frustrated too, but ended up going in to see the movie. I was not about to pay $6 to see a movie that was already 10 or so minutes in.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Don't Want to Sleep All Day or Cry All Day

On Tuesdays, Kaitlynn has a playgroup. I didn't sleep well last night and then after the news of my cousin's death this morning, I didn't think Kaitlynn and I would go. Kaitlynn ended up waking up at a decent time, I gave her a bath, and then decided that if we stayed home today we would just end up sleeping all day and I would be thinking and crying about Tina. So we went to playgroup. On the way there I called my parents. They were at Tina and Randy's house. Randy and the kids just got back from planning the funeral arrangements. Tina is going to be cremated. Her funeral is on Saturday.

There was a good turnout at the playgroup. There were 4 other mommies and 4 other babies. Kaitlynn had a good time at first, then she got tired and her teeth started bothering her, so she got fussy. Thankfully, when we left, she fell asleep right away. It's funny because when we go to the Tuesday playgroup, Kaitlynn wants to crawl and cruise around, but when we go to the group on Thursday, she sits by me almost the entire time. I guess because Thursdays group is much bigger.

She Lost Her Fight

My mom called this morning to tell us that my cousin Tina passed away. We don't know much at this point, except that she was at home. Tina was only in her 40's and way too young to die. Cancer doesn't care about your age. I thought she had more time, so I am still in shock. Cancer doesn't care about time. No one is guaranteed time. I just can't imagine how her husband and kids feel. The sorrow they are going through, but at the same time the peace of knowing that she is not going to be in pain anymore. Their 2 kids are between the ages of 17 and 20. No one should ever have to go through loosing a mom. I think it has to be sad and hard at any age.

President's Club

I received an email from my Avon district manager on the 24th stating that I am close to making President's Club. My sales have really increased this last year since I am staying home. I really need Avon to work for me, so that I can continue to stay home with Kaitlynn. I have been selling Avon for 6 or 7 years now, but just to family and a few friends. In May or June I signed up for an online shop. This way I can sell to customers in my area and in other areas (and states too). I have received several new customers from the online shop, which has been great. Anyway, I am just a few thousand dollars off in sales from making President's Club. I have 5 more campaigns to make that in sales. I think I will, because I just submitted my campaign 3 order and had over $800 in sales. I am pretty excited about this and just wanted to share.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Before I Was A Mom

I got an email from my friend Carol and I really liked it, so I am going to post it here.

Before I was a Mom I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn't worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations. Before I was a Mom - I had never been puked on, pooped on, chewed on, peed on. I had complete control of my mind and my thoughts. I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so doctors could do tests. Or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn't want to put him down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn't stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom -I didn't know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn't know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn't know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn't know that something so small could make me feel so important and happy. Before I was a Mom -I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay. I had never known the warmth, the joy, the love, the heartache,the wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much, before I was a Mom.

This Totally Sucks

So last night I went to take a picture of Kaitlynn wearing these cute shoes my mom bought her and the camera starting acting up. At first it wouldn't turn on, so I changed the batteries and it turned on. Then the camera screen started flickering like it was taking pictures, but it wasn't. I finally got it to take a picture, but then it wouldn't take another one. I don't know what we are going to do about that stupid camera. We have only had it a year. So here is the last picture I took with the camera.

I also wanted to take a picture of Kaitlynn helping take her shirt or onesie off. I take her arms out of the shirt or onesie and then she pulls it up over her head. She is so smart!

Look What She Is Getting Into Now

Friday Kaitlynn started getting into the kitchen cabinets / drawers. I guess we are going to have to get serious about baby-proofing the house now. We typically don't let her crawl around in the kitchen because there is so much for her to get into. She had fun playing in the drawer with the lids to our plastic containers, but she didn't make a mess!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Prayer Needed

My cousin Tina was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago, she went through chemo and things seemed to be fine. Well, a few months ago, she was diagnosed with bone cancer. She has been doing chemo, but now it is not working. They have been doing blood transfusions, but apparently her body isn't taking well to it. They are going to try one more transfusion and if her body doesn't take to it, there is nothing more they can do. Hospice has come in to talk to her. And if having cancer isn't bad enough, she also has the burden of no health insurance. Please pray for her, her husband and their 2 kids.

My aunt Tommy (real name is Mary) and my mom are really taking it hard. Tina is my aunt Tommy's daughter-in-law. Cancer is just a terrible thing. Cancer sucks!

Friday, January 25, 2008


Kaitlynn has developed a new fondness for her socks. Last night she was sitting in the floor and took one of her socks off. She put it in her mouth and was cruising around the furniture taking it in and out of her mouth.

Then Monday the 21st Kaitlynn was up really, really early in the morning due to teething pain. She was in her room playing, I left her for a second and when I returned, she was playing in her sock drawer. She had so much fun taking the socks out of her drawer, one by one.

Another Sign

I keep being amazed at how much sign Kaitlynn actually understands / comprehends because I do not sign with her very consistently. Wednesday the 23rd, while I was giving Kaitlynn a bath, every time she would see one of the cats (Pumpkin), she would start hitting her hand to her knee or on the side of her infant tub. I wasn't sure if she was just playing or if she was really trying to sign "dog" (and call the cat to her). Then last night, she was playing with my mom and Bailey and she kept hitting her hand to her knee. This is the sign for dog (hitting hand to thigh). I have heard that babies don't differentiate between animals, which I guess is why she is signing dog when talking about the cat.

I Love You

Yesterday early afternoon, Kaitlynn was sitting in her highchair eating lunch before we went to the Nursing Moms Group. I was feeding her and talking to Dave, who had just got back from grocery shopping. Kaitlynn looked at Dave and said "I Love You". She didn't pronounce the L so it sounded more like "I Ove You". She has been trying to say it for awhile, and finally got it out. We tell her we love her a lot and most of the time she seems to try to repeat it. After she said it, she smiled at Dave, like they had a secret from me. It was so cute (but of course I wish she had said it to me)! I kept trying to get her to say it to me, but she wouldn't, she just kept smiling at Dave. What a little stinker! After the Nursing Moms Group, my parents came over. While I was holding Kaitlynn, she looked at my dad and said "I love you dodo dada." So maybe "dodo dada" is her name for Paw Paw. Then Kaitlynn started saying "I love you" to everything (yes she even finally said it to me).

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

More Teeth

Today Kaitlynn and I took Avon to a new customer, then we went to a playgroup at Kangaroo Kids. Some of the moms from the Nursing Moms Group started a playgroup on Tuesdays for the babies that are 6 months and older. At playgroup, there were 3 other moms and 3 other babies. Kaitlynn had a good time crawling and cruising around the play area. Kangaroo Kids looked different since the last time we had been there (which was a week and a half ago). They have a coffee shop called Mocha Joe's inside the store, but they are going to open that as a cafe next month so that they can serve food. The front of the store now has all kinds of comfy seating and they are going to add a play area for the babies, to make the cafe comfortable for mommies and daddies (and babies too). Anyway, at the playgroup when I was nursing Kaitlynn, I noticed that a few more teeth have broken through the gums. She is getting her upper lateral incisors. Then tonight when I was showing Dave her new teeth, I saw that an upper canine (cuspid) on her left side was starting to come through. No wonder she has been getting up in the middle of the night crying and gnawing on her toys.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Kaitlynn's Birthday Party Update

The playland place called this afternoon and said they were booked on the 23rd. I asked about the 24th and they said they still have it available, but there were going to be 90 other people there. I really didn't want to have it on the 24th and when I heard how many other people were going to be there, I said forget it. We are estimating 40 people (5 to 10 of them being children) at Kaitlynn's party. I guess we are back to having it at our house. This afternoon I was pretty bummed about it. Now I am feeling more comfortable about having it at our house. I ordered the plates, cups, napkins, invitations, thank you notes, balloons, hats, etc. tonight from Celebrate Express. The theme is Lil' Princess 1st Birthday.

Kids Eat Free

Last night Kaitlynn and I went to Denny's Restaurant with my parents. We were going to order Kaitlynn some french fries and then I was going to give her some of the breakfast I ordered. The waitress said that if we ordered from the kid's menu she could eat free. So I ordered her the Moon & Stars chicken nuggets with french fries. This is the first time we have ordered from the kid's menu for her! My baby is a big girl now! She didn't eat much, so it's a good thing it was free. I think she ate maybe 2 or 3 fries, a little piece off one of the chicken nuggets, and a few bites of my breakfast. She was too busy flirting with everyone in the restaurant to eat. Of course I have to add some pictures of my big girl. I love this outfit. It makes her look like a big girl.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

1st Birthday Party Planning

Tonight I went to check out the possible location for Kaitlynn's birthday party. It looks like a cool & fun place. My only concern is that Kaitlynn and her friends will be playing in the ball pit (it's for kids ages 4 and under). Is this safe (regarding germs)? Do they clean the balls in the ball pit? I am going to ask the place if they do, but my husband said he doubted they cleaned them. I am just worried because Kaitlynn and her friends put everything in their mouths. I would hate for one of them to get sick from the ball pit. So now I am back to wondering if I should have it at our house or try to find another location. I think everyone would have a fun time if it was held at the playland place because there are things for everyone to do (even the adults and older children). But like I said I don't want any of the babies to get sick from the ball pit.

If anyone is wondering about an update regarding my concerns over the guest list, I think I am going to put an invitation to the party on the Nursing Moms Group's webpage and send invitations to my friends that I haven't seen in the last year. This has been the consensus of what other moms thought when I posted this question on one of the mom boards I frequent.

Planning Kaitlynn's First Birthday Party

This week I started planning Kaitlynn's birthday party. We are inviting a pretty good size crowd because we only want to have one party. We are combining family and friends, adults and children. February is a very busy month for us. Dave's and my birthdays are in February and so are about 10 other family members' birthdays, plus Valentine's Day. We know for sure we are having it on February 23rd, because that is Kaitlynn's birthday and it is a Saturday. So my first concern was about where we were going to have the party. Our house is a little small to accommodate the number of people that we are inviting. I realize not everyone will come, but our house is not that big and I want everyone to be comfortable and the children to have things to do. I posted a few messages on some of the St. Louis mom boards I am on asking for suggestions of places to have the party. Some of the suggestions were the zoo, Museum of Transportation, Science Center, Carousel Room at Faust Park, YMCA, local rec center, and Incredible's Pizza. I looked into almost all of those places and either they weren't appropriate for the main age group or they were too pricey. I was finally thinking that I was just going to have to make it work at our house. Then my parents were talking to some people at a McDonald's and the people told them about this place that they are having their daughter's birthday at. It has a playland and so far looks perfect. We are going to have to talk to the place first to make sure it will work out, but I am feeling pretty good about it. So then I started on the guest list. Oh gosh, who to invite?!! I attend this Nursing Moms Group and am not sure who I should invite from there. There are a few moms (and babies and daddies) that I will definitely invite because I consider them friends. But for the rest of the group, I am not sure. There are a few moms that I talk to, but I would consider them acquaintances, not really friends. I don't want to invite someone and them think it's weird that I invited them or that I only invited them to get a gift for Kaitlynn. I also don't want to not invite someone and them expect to have been invited or get their feelings hurt that they didn't get invited. The group is also online (we have a web page with, so I don't know if I should just post an online invitation and just let them decide for themselves if they want to attend. I also have a few friends (not in the Nursing Moms Group) that I haven't really talked to in about a year. We have just emailed and sent each other Christmas cards. Should I invite them? I would love to invite them because I would like to see them and catch up in person, but again I don't want them to think I am only inviting them for a gift. I don't know why I am so worried about that gift thing, but I am. I need some help with this guest list, any suggestions or advice would be great.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

I am so tired of

these damn sex offenders (s.o.) preying on our children! The 2 recent cases that are in the news make me sick (as all of these cases do). This s.o. went into a school in Illinois and took a 7 year old girl out of the school to attack her, thankfully neighbors were around to stop the attack. This bastard was on house arrest, too. Yeah, that really worked - it didn't stop him. Then in Florissant at a recreational center an s.o. went into a locker room and exposed himself. I am so sick of society letting these bastards harm our children. Our children are precious miracles and gifts from God and we don't even care enough to protect them. When is enough enough? When will society realize that we can not put these scum bags back out on the street? When will society realize that the current laws are not working - they are not protecting our children? There is no rehabilitation for people that prey on children. We need to lock them up and throw away the key or better yet give the bastards the death penalty. Yes, I am for the death penalty when it comes to protecting our children. I mean you can't even send your children to school without worrying about them. What has this world come to? I would love to help make the laws stricter on these sick bastards, but I don't know where to start. I think there should be a "one strike and your out" rule. It is very clear that these monsters continue to prey on children, no matter how many times they are caught. That is something I would love to be part of - making the laws stricter against s.o. to protect our children. Hopefully, one day I will be able to put my skills to work to help make that happen.

Kaitlynn's P.A.T. visit

Kaitlynn had a Parents as Teachers visit. Our P.A.T.'s name is Amy. We signed up with P.A.T. last summer and we had our first visit on July 31st. Since then, we have had a visit on September 25th, November 13th, and January 16th. Kaitlynn seems to like Amy and I do, too. She used to be a teacher and has at least 2 children (I can't remember these details very well - mommy brain). We have also done several activities with the Parkway P.A.T. at the Early Childhood Center. We went to the Bubble Picnic and the Baby Fair and Fun Time in September and Baby Boogie in November. The first 3 pictures are from the Bubble Picnic (which was held inside because it was raining). In the 3rd picture Kaitlynn is on the right. The last 2 pictures are from the Baby Fair and Fun Time (my parents went with me). My dad is one of these pictures with her.

Kaitlynn's First Signed Word

Before and during my pregnancy I said I was going to teach my baby sign language to aid in communicating. After Kaitlynn was born, I was still interested in teaching her sign language, but didn't know much. I only picked up a little bit when I ran the adult day program at Judevine Center for Autism. Then it kind of got put off and I kind of forgot about it. Kaitlynn and I attended this New Moms Network at St. John's Mercy on July 25th and that day they had someone there to talk about signing with your baby. New Moms Network is a group St. John's Mercy offers to first time moms. Kaitlynn and I only attended once because the time the group met just didn't fit into our schedule. Anyway, the speaker that day was a lady named Ann Gray. She teaches Baby Sign classes at Gymboree. I learned how to sign several words that day (some I already knew) and learned to sign "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". My sign vocabulary consisted of more, nurse, milk, cracker, cookie, mommy, daddy, dog, cat, drink, and eat (I know a few more words from Judevine, but these are the words Ann taught). She also recommended checking out I was so excited about signing with Kaitlynn and I probably consistently signed with her for a week or so. Then I would sign a word every once in a while, but definitely not consistently enough for her to sign words back to me or to make the connection, for that matter. Well I was wrong about that! Dave, Kaitlynn, and I were in bed on January 14th and Kaitlynn was crying and doing something with her hand. Dave said she is signing she wants to nurse. I looked at her and was like "Oh, my gosh, she has been doing that for a few days to a week and I didn't realize that's what she was doing." I felt like a total idiot. It was the sweetest thing. We use the sign for milk to mean nurse. She won't do the sign every time, but will do it. She also says "na na" which means nurse. When she was about 4 months old she would say "ne ne" every time she wanted to nurse. I would nurse her every time I heard "ne ne", but eventually she stopped saying it. So now she says "na na" or signs "milk" or just lifts my shirt up or just cries until I nurse her. She likes to keep me on my toes! For Christmas, a friend (Patrick) bought me the book "Baby Sign Language" (and a vegetarian cookbook). He knows me too well!

Monday, January 14, 2008

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

Have you read this book yet? It is by Kim Edwards. I first heard of the book in September or October when some moms from the Nursing Moms Support Group at Kangaroo Kids that I attend were talking about it. The group has a book club / playgroup and this was their October or November book of the month. I borrowed the book from the library and well it has taken me this long to read it. I just finished it last week. Believe me, it was not because the book was hard to read or not interesting. I really enjoyed the book, but trying to read a book around the holidays was not a good idea. It is such a great book. It is about this couple that have twins, one of the twins has down syndrome. The husband decides to have the baby with down syndrome taken away and lies to his wife about the baby. This deception / lie torments his marriage for years and years. This lie also comes to hurt his son (who did not have down syndrome). It's amazing how one lie can destroy a whole marriage and poison your children, too. This is a great read and I highly recommend it!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Sleep Deprived

Kaitlynn is not sleeping well. I think she is trying to kill me or drive me crazy! Last night she wouldn't go to bed until after 10PM, then woke up a little after midnight. Then was up until 4AM! She slept about 4 hours and was up bouncing off the walls. When she sleeps, she is not sleeping very soundly either. I don't know if it is a growth spurt or if she is cutting more teeth. Whatever it is, I don't like it. I am so exhausted when she is up, then she goes to sleep and then I can't fall asleep. I am not a fan of the CIO method and refuse to do it. I think I am going to have to get the book "No Cry Sleep Solution". I have looked at Dr. Sears' website ( for help and have followed some of his advice this last month, but that doesn't see to be working. I know part of the problem is that we have to stick to a routine, which I am trying really hard to do. Last night was a killer though. I can't have another night like that. A friend from the Nursing Moms Support Group I attend at Kangaroo Kids ( has said that this is how her baby sleeps all the time. I don't know how she does it.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Year of New Rugs

We got an area rug for our front room on Wednesday. Dave took a half day of work and went and bought it. He did another great job on picking out the right color rug, too. It is beige, which looks good in the room. You can't go wrong with that color.
Also, Kaitlynn started doing a different crawl Wednesday. She has never been much of a crawler, she has always preferred to pull up on things and cruise. She was scooting, but now she has started doing a few different crawls. She now does the normal type of crawling and she also does this thing where she has one leg wrapped around the other and moves with her hands and the other leg. She is all over the house and will follow me around or come looking for me if I am not in the same room with her. She crawls, cruises around things, anything she has to do to get around the house. It's so funny!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Clap, Clap

Kaitlynn was awake very early Sunday morning playing in bed and she started clapping her hands. She has clapped before, but not with both of her hands open. She normally would have one hand closed (at least a little). Now she is clapping all the time. It's really cute because now she claps her hands anytime she is happy about something. She sees a food item she likes, she starts smiling and clapping. She sees Bailey (our dog) and starts smiling and clapping. She is growing so fast!

Kaitlynn's First Steps

Kaitlynn took her first few steps without assistance on Saturday the 5th. My parents were over and we were in the family room. Kaitlynn was standing up to the futon and then let go and walked to my dad. We knew her first steps would be coming soon because she has been trying to stand by herself a lot lately. I can't believe my baby is going to be walking soon!

Monday, January 7, 2008

One Last Christmas Gift

Saturday early morning, I was up with Kaitlynn and noticed this envelope on our mantle with my name on it. I remembered seeing this envelope there before Christmas and couldn't wait to open it. Well, Christmas came and went and the envelope got forgotten about / unnoticed. It was a Christmas card from Dave - a very sentimental one. Dave knows I love cards, giving and receiving them. I am glad that this card was just opened because I think it might have gone unappreciated if it were opened on Christmas Day. It was a nice last thing to open.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Late Night Snack

Last night after we got home from dinner with friends, I did some laundry and decided to grab a snack before bed. Kaitlynn fell asleep on the way home from dinner and woke up while I was doing laundry. So I took a box of Cheez-its to the bedroom because I wanted to eat some before I tried to get Kaitlynn back to sleep. I had a few in my hand and Kaitlynn grabbed one. She didn't put the whole thing in her mouth, she bit little pieces off. It was so funny! So the 3 of us had a late night snack together.

10 Month Pictures

I took Kaitlynn to have her 10 month pictures taken at JcPenney on December 29th. She turned 10 months on December 23rd, but with the holidays I didn't take her until the 29th. We have her pictures taken every month at JcPenney. Anyway, her pictures were sent to me via email yesterday and I just had to post some of them. She wore her Christmas Eve dress and did such a great job while getting her pictures taken and posing for the pictures. This made my job of selecting which pictures to purchase that much harder. I was so happy that day because she finally got over her fear of the flash (or whatever had been bothering her). Kaitlynn did a great job with getting her pictures taken until she was 8 months old. During her 8 month and 9 month photo sessions, she cried the entire time. We actually had to reschedule them and she cried during those sessions, too.

Obsession With Dada

Thursday night Dave did his usual overnight at work. Kaitlynn went to sleep for a few hours, then woke up, went back to sleep for about 15 minutes, and woke up again. When she woke up she was saying "dada" and trying to sit up. I helped her sit up and she pulled herself to a standing position and kept saying "dada". She leaned over me and was feeling the bed where Dave normally sleeps. Then she climbed over me and sat on his side of the bed looking around the room saying "dada, dada". I told her dada was at work, but she kept saying his name. I picked up the phone and told her I was going to call dada. She said "hi dada". It was so cute! So I called Dave to tell him that she was looking for him and wouldn't stop saying his name. I put the phone up to her ear and she kept moving it away from her ear. She wanted to push buttons and try to eat it, but of course wouldn't talk. Then she started looking at the phone with a very confused look. I think she was wondering how her dada got in the phone.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

New Year, New Rug

Dave came home from work with an area rug for our family room last night. We have been needing to purchase one because the family room floor is ceramic tile and Kaitlynn is pulling up to and cruising around everything. He did a good job picking the rug out because it really matches with the colors in that room.

I had to include these next photos because I thought they were so cute. This is after Kaitlynn's first bath of the New Year. Dave has her all bundled up in her duckie towel.

New Year's Eve Part 2

Kaitlynn woke up a little after 11PM and so did Dave. The 3 of us rang in the New Year, which was great. I couldn't think of a better way to end the year.
After Kaitlynn woke up, she played in her activity center for awhile. These pictures totally cracked me up. Her toes are sticking out of the feet of her pajamas.