Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pictures, Pictures, and MORE pictures!!! - December 10-16, 2011

Kaetlyn's Thoughts
The best thing that happened this week was that my Sissy was home!  And it was a good thing, too, because my Mommy had to work late three nights this week and Sissy was able to help Daddy take care of me and Baby Sister Grace.  I really love my Sissy.  She's pretty much my favorite person EVER.

In school, we played dress up and I got to wear a REAL Santa hat (it was on loan to Mrs. Linda from the big guy).  I thought dressing up was a LOT of fun! :)
Bein' silly while borrowing the big red guy's hat!
We have lots of visitors coming next week, including my Uncles and my Grammy and Grampa Ward.  I can't wait!

Grace's Perspective
My big news this week is that I'm *really* trying to sit up by myself.  Mommy says I have STRONG stomach muscles.  I can sit in the boppy and hang out for several minutes!

Yeah.  That's right...buildin' my core...

Also, I love my Sissy.  I got to spend some really good quality time with her this week while she was here.  I love her.  She makes me smile!
Sissy and Gracie by the tree

We've had two major photo sessions in the last week. We got to have Ms. Nathania (from Bella Baby) come to our house and take our Christmas pictures AND we got to have Aunt Jen (Jen Minnich Photography) take our pictures one (really cold) morning! We decided to share a few of our favorites from both shoots...

Aunt Jen's Pictures:
Kaety, Daddy, Mommy and Gracie
Mischief and mayhem at the park...

Gracie was not a fan of the hat over her eyes!
Apparently, neither was Kaet...helping Gracie out with the hat?!!!
Mommy, it's cold!
Kaetlyn LOOOOVES to walk!
Mommy love....
Kaetlyn...poised for takeoff!
Silly Daddy!

Ms. Nathania's Pictures:
Gracie's trademark grin


This is FUN!!!!

Mommy thinks I'm beautiful...

What's going on, Daddy?

Now, there's trouble!

Gracie deep in thought.

What's wrong with my little sister?!?!

Pacifiers ROCK!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Straws, Bottles, Coloring and Life.... November 26-December 9, 2011

Kaetlyn's Thought's
We've had a LONG two weeks.  Mom's been busy at work and Baby Sister Grace and I have been sick (we've been to see Dr. P FOUR times in the last two weeks!  Mommy says...<SIGH>).

On the positive side, I seem to be *mostly* better, and Mommy says Baby Sister Grace is "coming along"...

The big news in the last two weeks for me is...BUSY.  BUSY BUSY BUSY.  I have MASTERED the art of walking and am trying to run, pick things up off the floor (dog hair!) and generally get in everyone's business.

Here's an example of my bein' busy...we had pictures taken from Ms. Nathania this past week.  Afterward, Daddy tried to take some other pictures.  I couldn't sit still!
See me?  I'm the blur!
And here's the face when I am MADE to sit still!
No, Mommy!  This is NOT fun!
When I've been playing, here's what our family room looks like...Daddy says, "Hurricane Kaet has been here!"

Other things I've learned in the last two weeks include:

- Straw drinkin':  this was a two-month goal at my last feeding therapy.  Yeah.  I've got that. :)

- Colorin':  Mommy wasn't sure how this would work out, because in the past, I've mostly really wanted to eat the crayons.  Recently, I have a much different outlook...I like to see the colors on the page.  I think it's fun to color!  I have a unique way of coloring, using BOTH hands.  I can make TWICE the colors, isn't that cool?  (And I like to offer the crayons to the dogs to eat, but who cares, right?!)

- Sittin' with my Friends:  I've gotten very good at school about sitting to wait to go back into our classroom with my friends.  They're all so shocked that I am walking everywhere that they will sit nicely by my side.  Mrs. Linda thinks that's pretty nice!
Peyton, Ashwin and Kaet patiently (?) wait...
- Playin' with Baby Sister Grace:  I don't really love when Mommy spends time with BSG; however, I'm starting to "get it".  I like to come up to her and hug her while Mommy is feeding her.  I am also very interested in talking with her when she's trying to practice head control, tummy time and sitting.  In fact, at school, I've decided I really like the Baby Wet and Play.  She's awesome.  At home, I practice putting diapers on my baby dolls while Mommy is changing Gracie.  Mommy and Daddy think that's pretty cute! :)
Showin' my sippy to BSG...
See my baby?
Loving my baby...I can do this with Baby Sister Grace, Mom...I promise! ;)
- Puttin' toys in a peg board:  This is really good Fine Motor work.  Ms. Colleen thinks I'm doing really well in this area.  I just think it's good ole' fun! :)

And here's just a picture of me being curious that Mommy thinks is cool!

Gracie's Perspective:
I have not been feeling well the last two weeks.  I do NOT like having a cold. And also, I'm having troubles pooping.  Mommy can't believe she got two kids with problems in that area!

Despite my not feeling well, Mommy and Daddy are still making me do my "exercises" and work on tummy time and sitting up.  My friend, Ava, at school is already rolling over, and Big Sister Kaet was already rolling over at this point.  Mommy says she's too soft on me 'cuz I'm the last baby.  I don't think she's too soft! :)

That said, I'm excelling in certain areas...I like to hold my own bottle a little...

And I'm doing great at working on sitting....
Don't know if you can tell, but my eyes are starting to change...Mommy and Daddy think they are going to be green or hazel.

Sittin' on the couch...look at me rockin' it!

And, well, I excel at sleeping!  I can sleep up to 7 hours at a time at night!!!  Big Sister Kaet never did that...Mommy thinks that's pretty cool!
Gracie sleepin' in Mommy's arms...

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dr. Visits and Scares, Thanksgiving and BIG Milestones... November 19-25, 2011

Kaetlyn's Thoughts
It's been a week of up's and downs.  As you can see, we got my new school picture, re-takes back, and they rock.  That's an UP!  But...the week started with me feeling really really ickky and having a pretty rough cough.  Mommy and Daddy decided I should go see Dr. P, and guess what?!  Not only did I weigh in at a WHOPPING 26.5 lbs, they found out I had croup!  As if that wasn't exciting enough, while we were in the dr. office, Mommy and Daddy both got calls on their phones from our home alarm company.  It turns out, it looks like someone was breaking into our house while I was at the doctor's!  Daddy left with Gracie, mid-appointment, to head home to meet the police.  The police were gone by the time Daddy got there, but our back door had been ajar when they arrived, AND they were scared off by Kaia and Elliott.  Mommy says they're the best dogs EVER.  Daddy says he's so proud of them!  In any case, nothing was taken, but it was a wee bit stressful...what with my sickly diagnosis and all!
Yeah...I'm a ham.  This guy was FUNNY!

Then, later in the week I had to go BACK to the dr. because I wasn't at all better and was sporting a fever.  We found out I have a double ear infection and sinusitis on top of the croup.  :(  BUT...antibiotics are my friends and by Thanksgiving, I was feeling MUCH better and my fevers were gone.

Mommy, Gracie and Me...Thanksgiving morning
Speaking of Thanksgiving, we had a WONDERFUL one and I hope you did too!  Several great things happened that day.  1)  My family came over, including my awesome Sissy and her boyfriend, Nico.  I love them.  2)  I learned how to use my rocking horse!  I am a ROCKING HORSE RIDER!  I rode my horse, practiced my walking, and generally ate some really good stuff.  I love Thanksgiving!
Sissy and Me

Enjoying you see my newest addition...a TOP tooth!!! :)

Speaking of walking...Mommy's calling it...I'm a Walker!  After Thanksgiving, I started movin' and groovin...I am ALL over the place and I've decided that it's pretty fun.  First, I walked across the living room.  Next, I walked from the living room to the kitchen.  Finally, I walked all around.  I've learned how to use my walking toys and turn them to go where I want.  AND I've learned I don't need them (except when I want to be a speed demon) to get where I want to go.  Mommy and Daddy are so excited!  Heck, I'M excited! :) 

I hope you all had a really nice Thanksgiving.  I know I sure did.

Gracie's Perspective
Me and Aunt Rachel O. at Thanksgiving
My big smile is melting hearts all over town...but the big news is I am talking up a STORM.  I love to talk to Daddy and Mommy and throw in a few smiles while doing it!

Unfortunately, when I had my first school pictures, I didn't smile.  Apparently, the photographer was upset because I wouldn't sit up.  HELLO!  I was 2 1/2 months old!  I don't sit yet!!!  That said, Mommy thinks I still look adorable.  I do, don't I!? :)

My first school picture!
I had my first Thanksgiving this week.  It was pretty cool.  I didn't get to eat any of the yummy smelling food, but I got to help cook (with my Dad) and play with my cousins and my Sissy and, well, that's what it's all about!
Daddy and Gracie...getting ready to cook!
Sissy and Gracie
Also, this week, Mommy got me a Bumbo (via Aunt Rachel L....thanks Aunt Rachel!).  I've started to play and sit in it and I'm really doing better with my head control. 
I am concerned about this new Bumbo thing...
Look at this head control!

Even Big Sister Kaet likes to get in on the action...
Big Sister Kaet watchin' me grow :)
Kaety taking a break from walking with her stroller and baby to show Gracie how sittin' is done...

Watch out I come!
Kaety teaching Gracie about the big ole' world...