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Two.

9 Jun

Two years ago almost at this very moment, my water broke. We are hoping we don’t have a repeat today or tomorrow of that as her brother is coming soon – but two years ago our lives were about to change so much for the better.

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Sweet Newborn Girl (Photo Credit: Galati Photography)

The past two years have been full of growing and learning as parents and as a kiddo.  I do know that I have the best job in the world – being her mom. I still find my footing here and there, but it’s definitely what makes life worth living and I am grateful for each and every day I get with her and my family.  Seeing the world through her eyes is just simply amazing.

We’ve had lots of changes over the past year.  We switched daycares (which was the BEST decision we ever made), our jobs have changed, but mostly we’ve gotten to see our little girl grow and she grew a lot.

What are her favorite foods? She will try almost everything. She loves condiments – especially ketchup, noodles, ice cream, yogurt, any kind of fruit (and I do mean any!). She had some steak and sushi recently again and she loved them both.

How many words does she say? Probably close to a thousand. She talks a TON. She’s constantly amazing us with words and short sentences. Her latest one is, “Coming Soon.” We think she picked it up from the movies she’s asked to watch. Best thing she says “I love you, Mommy” or “I love you, Daddy.” She says these on an almost daily basis.

Current Obsessions? Finding Nemo (Hank the Octopus), Beauty and the Beast,  Word Party, and Bambi – along with anything Mickey Mouse/Fab 6 related when the mood strikes her.

Developmental wise? Right on track from the quizzes and ahead in some areas. She can count from 1-10 some days solo, other days with assistance. She knows her shapes and a lot of colors. She has fantastic fine and gross motor skills.  She runs, jumps, plays, and is an extremely active two year old. Switching her daycare was the best decision we ever made as watching her grow this past year is such a blessing. I’m constantly amazed by the social, educational, and emotional skills she’s learning.

Favorite Toy? So many – bubbles, balls, her bikes, Mickey Mouse Fisher Price House, her play kitchen. She also loves airplanes and trucks/trains.

Tantrums? They happen – they are a part of life. They are really just her struggling because we misunderstand or she can’t communicate with us what she wants. Through her school, we found a great way of dealing with them through conscious discipline and it actually works and helps us move on.

Favorite things as a family? She LOVES water (agua), so we’ve spent a lot of time at the Disney Water Parks and the beach over the past year. We’ve traveled to Disneyland and gone on a lot of adventures around home to Theme Parks, playgrounds, and picked a lot of fruit – blueberry, strawberries, and peaches. I can’t wait to go back to the farms next year.

Favorite activities?  Anything outside – bubbles, going to the park, playing on her new play structure outside, visiting Disney World, trains, and going on adventures with Mom and Dad.

Favorite Books? She LOVES to “read” and have us read to her. She loves the Carl Books, Where’s Spot?, Sandra Boynton books, any books about animals, and still loves doing You Are TuTu Cute.

Favorite Character? Nemo, Dory, Hank, Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, Goofy, Pluto

How do we think she will adapt to big brother? To be determined. We don’t have any expectations for her. The next few months will be a big adjustment for all of us. She calls for baby brother and knows he’s in my tummy, but how she reacts when he gets home will be determined by her. I’m not trying to set any expectations so she can just be herself.

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Photo Credit: Lady Blue Photography by Nerissa Johnson

What do we expect for the next year? Keep being yourself kid. The next year will be full of adjustments for all of us.  We will struggle, we will learn, and we will find our new normal.  You bring us so much joy and teach us so much. Keep dreaming, keep learning, and keep living – I can’t wait to see where the next year takes us through the struggles, the happiness, and the small moments that really added up make amazing moments as we are together as a family.  You are what makes my heart sing with happiness.  I love you so much sweet girl and I always will.

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Happy Birthday Sweet Girl. (Photo Credit: Lady Blue Photography from Nerissa Johnson)

 

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9 month thoughts on Motherhood…

8 Mar

In a few days, I will be the mom to an amazing wonderful nine month old.  I can’t believe it as time is flying, but it is amazing to see her grow, watch her little personality develop, and see how she learns.  Since she went to bed relatively early and I finished making her some more baby food, I figured I’d take the time to update my blog.  She’s still trying to figure out crawling forward, but she can crawl backwards and will look around – see where she wants to go and then position her legs that way.  Smart little cookie!

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Lately, it’s been all about Mom (ever since the cruise it seems). It’s gotten to the point where if she wants to be held by me, she’ll fuss as poor Daddy is holding her while I’m trying to quickly eat my food next to him.  It’s gotten quite silly, and I’m afraid we’ve been giving Daddy a bit of a complex – however, she made up for it with her first word.

What was her first word? Da-Da, of course.  She was looking around and babbling and then said “Da-Da” and looked at him, so of course, I passed her over to him and she said it again!  She has said it a few times since then to her Daddy and it melts his heart. He’s been trying to work on saying Ma-Ma with her, but it takes time.  She tries, and I love that they have this little bond.

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Our little Princess at Bok Tower Gardens

She still loves her food – and eats a lot of it.  She ate 90% of a banana at lunch today and had some pineapple and apple with it.  I still can’t figure out where she is putting all this food, but as long as she’s happy and healthy that’s all that matters -she can eat eat eat.

We’re still making all of her baby food fresh from foods. It’s been an adventure.  I’ve learned how to puree many things – what works, what doesn’t work. I’ve learned how much water I need to use if any as we’re getting into more solid type foods.  However, with how much she eats I’m definitely spending a fair chunk of my time once she’s asleep making baby food.  She’s almost to the point where I’ll just be able to blend up what we’re eating for dinner though which will be an odd adjustment. Until then – I’ll keep making her food.  (Favorites so far would probably be Sweet Potato, Banana, and Avocado with Pears, Apples, Carrots, Asparagus, and Oatmeal as a close second).  I’m definitely glad that I am making her food and with her Baby Bullet it makes it easy.

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Since she is almost nine months, I’m starting to think about her first birthday – with her first birthday there will be changes which is good as it means she’s growing.  However, I realize that our Breastfeeding journey is almost 3/4 of the way over.  When I started breastfeeding, my goal was to make it six months. In those early weeks, I struggled as it was all that I was doing. She loves to eat and wanted to eat all the time. Her cluster feedings drove me crazy, it made me wonder if I was cut for Breastfeeding. Then suddenly without me even realizing it, we made it to six months. Months three through six seemed to fly by breastfeeding wise.  I made it through pumping at work and getting my supply for her. I was proud of my accomplishment and now I realize I’m going to have a new struggle of figuring out how to wean.

Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and not everyone can, but I am so grateful and thankful that we have this bond. I’ll soon have to learn how to parent without my boobs as it is so easy when she’s fussy or wants to fall asleep to give her some milk which is what she wants and makes her happy. It will be an adjustment, but a good one once I’m through the emotional part of it as it means she’s growing which is the best gift ever.

I’ve learned that as a parent, I’m a big fan of letting the housework wait and spending time watching her play or cuddle.  She naps well at daycare, but one day a week when I could be getting stuff done, I hold her for a nap while I catch up on some DVR’d shows.  It’s our tradition and we both know it and we love it.  I won’t be able to hold her like this forever, she’ll only be little for so long and I plan on getting in all the cuddles I can.  The house will always have to be cleaned and I put her down enough to do it, some days all you need are Mom/Baby cuddles.

We’ve managed to go out for our Anniversary and we realized that we’re okay with how little we get out without her.  Yes we have some wonderful baby sitters since we don’t have family close, but at the end of the day since it is mainly the three of us we like spending that time together.  We’re going out as a family to the Theme Parks a bit more or to Bok Tower Gardens – in fact, i just ordered a travel play yard that we can take to Bok Tower or on other adventures as we continue to watch her explore. (I feel a Beach Trip will be in order soon!)

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Is Motherhood what I thought it would be? Yes and no. There are moments where I have a headache or when she pees on me and I spend the next hour getting her ready for bed in wet clothes that I struggle and I almost wish I’d have a moment to go get medicine or change my clothes and shower.

However, I didn’t imagine that I would lose myself in this amazing little girl and that seeing the world through her eyes is better than anything and warms my heart. Us being together as a family – that is the best gift in the world.

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37 weeks…

25 May

We are getting down into the last month.  Soon Baby Girl will be in our lives and we will be a lot tired but so in love with her! (At least that’s the plan!)

We are pretty much as prepared as we can be. Her car seat and our hospital bag are in the car.  We have a baby swing our living room, a sleeper set-up in our bedroom, her room is complete, and we are just trying to enjoy these last few weeks (or however much time she gives us) just the two of us before she’s here.

37 week. Don't mind the messy hair.

37 week. Don’t mind the messy hair.

We hope to take the next few weeks early and maybe do some fun stuff if she doesn’t come early.  We’ll see what happens as we have also entered the time of weekly doctor’s appointments! They will now start checking her for labor and make sure that everything is okay with her for her big debut.  I’m not too nervous about labor at the moments, but I know it will be unlike anything I’ve done before but have the support of my amazing husband to get through it with.

My work surprised me and threw a surprise baby shower this past week. I was completely shocked and just cried for a good chunk of time once they surprised me.  I am incredibly thankful to work with such a great group of people and was in shock.  Apparently they had been planning it for a few weeks and were amazed that I had no clue.  It’s the little blessings in life that make you smile!  We had  Figment themed sign (which is being hung in her room for the time being) and a Figment cake.

Our Cake!

Our Cake!

My main complaint is that my feet are swelling a lot. We went out yesterday to get me another pair of shoes in hopes it will make it until the end of my pregnancy.  I officially got a wide type shoe. I can’t wait until the swelling goes down and I can fit until the dozens of pairs in my closet. My feet definitely don’t look like anything special in them, but they don’t hurt (at the moment), I think I got them big enough to swell a bit more, and they hurt less than my previous ones.  So hopefully it works out.  If they keep me a bit more comfortable for the next few weeks, the $25 is worth it!

I’ve spent a good chunk of today with my feet up on the couch.  I believe the swelling is going down a tiny bit which is good for work this week.  I’m still sleeping through the night although I find it harder and harder to get up.  And I will end this rambling with the random questions that I’ve been filling out:

Must have items: Bigger Shoes; no shoes, some place to elevate my feet and a pillow for back support when I sit most of the time.

Sleep: I’m still good thankfully. Apparently Baby Girl L and her Daddy were playing a game last night while I was sleeping with them poking each other. I slept through it!

Cravings: Nothing specifically. I’ve been getting sick of water and craving more liquids with flavor, but I’m still focused on my water intake.  Other than that, I still eat Mexican, but I was craving cottage cheese this past week.

Baby movement: She’s moving.  I haven’t seen a foot or anything stick out yet and am curious if I will or not.  However, I just am thankful that I feel all the kicks.

Challenges this week: Foot Swelling. My feet just hurt sometimes. They’ve made me not want to do my yoga or much of anything anymore.

Best moment this week: Surprise Baby Shower at work and Hitting Full Term! She’s officially considered Full Term at 37 weeks and I am extremely thankful that she seems to be doing okay.

33 weeks… and baby shower…

3 May

It’s been awhile since I blogged.  My amazing husband is putting together our many boxes of baby things (swings, rockers, play yards, strollers, car seats) while I sit on the couch.  I was attempting to help, but I proved myself to be completely unhelpful and useless as I couldn’t put the first thing together that I picked up (apparently I lacked arm strength).  I just ordered a few last minute essentials off of our target registry.  (We are registered at Target and Babies R Us and still have plenty that we will need/want if anyone is feeling generous!)

We have the necessities for our little girl who is due to arrive in less than 7 weeks!  Our goal is to get everything set up and ready so we have a few weeks of being just us – as we totally understand our lives will change.  I’m going to pack our hospital bag a bit later today.  We will basically be done and prepared for her and hopefully have a few weeks to do silly things like go to the beach, go to Bok Tower, walk around Disney, relax at home and do nothing… all the good things!

We had our baby shower a few weekends ago.  We were lucky enough that our parents were able to come in, help us set up for it, and contribute to have a grand celebration with our Florida family.  We are very thankful and blessed that we were able to celebrate with everyone!

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crib sheet set-up

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corner of her room

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We had our Guests decorate onsies. I didn’t post all of them (they are all really awesome), but above is a small sampling of them! Our favor theme was “mini” items which is what the little boxes are filled with.  It was super fun to make! Thank you to everyone who attended!

And now…

Must have items: Preparing for baby items!  I’m wanting to get stuff done. I also picked up a bunch of nursing clothes to get myself prepared for the first few weeks after baby. I’m loving my slightly bigger shoes although my feet do swell throughout the week.

Sleep: It depends on the night. Some are better than the other.  However, if I prepare I can still get about 8ish hours a night as long as I allow extra time for my five bathroom breaks!

Cravings: Nothing too specific. I still crave Mexican, but it gives me more heartburn, so I am avoiding it a bit. I still love all varieties and sweets and I’m eating more things my husband eats than I normally do!

Baby movement: She’s moving and grooving! Lots of movement throughout the day.  She doesn’t like anything on my stomach. I was resting my phone on my stomach while reading during my lunch break and she flipped it onto the floor when I wasn’t paying attention. My arm is over my stomach as I typed this and I just got a big kick.

Challenges this week: Back pain. It’s getting worse as she lowers. Yoga helps thankfully.  Bailey also barked at the pack and play and growled so I’m worried about him with Baby Girl, but we will adjust and make it work.  We will keep everything up for a bit so he can get used to it and I know we will introduce them and they will all hopefully love each other!

Best moment this week: The baby shower was wonderful a few weeks ago.  I’ve also enjoyed getting stuff done and preparing. Our lives are going to change a lot over the next few months, and I just want to make the most of every moment and enjoy everything! “Live in the moment.”

33 Week Bump Shot!

33 Week Bump Shot!

One big happy family…

7 May

In December we adopted a cute little doggie named Bailey and added him to our three cats.

Now, over four months later they are all one big relatively happy family. Bailey still loves being the center of attention and chases the cats away from us when he doesn’t want them near us, but they are happy.

Snickerdoodle and Bailey are as happy as can be. They still get along the best.  She will always be our little ambassador.

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Oreo runs away the most. She has to really want cuddles to ignore him, but it does happen and she’s hissing a lot less!

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Butterscotch lets Bailey know that he doesn’t like something by just hitting him on the nose. Bailey just wags his tail and doesn’t mind. It’s oddly adorable.

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Bailey’s worried eyes are finally still gone. He seems happy, loving his yard, his house, and being Bailey, the doggie with the butt wiggle!

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9 Apr

We recently purchased some patio furniture for our enclosed patio.  Definitely needed and we are slowly saving up to make our home more enjoyable and do some home improvement.   We cleaned up our patio some thanks to my amazing husband.  We power washed it and did some other improvements thanks to my parents help over the last few months.

We allow our kittens to explore when we are out there with them.  We would never leave them out there alone as the screen has a few tiny holes in it for lizards to get in.  They couldn’t escape unless they tried and I doubt they would but better safe than sorry with our family.

cuddles with Dad!

We will obviously add more over time but it is super nice to have a seating area and now that there is furniture out there the kittens are so much more comfortable! Probably since it feels more like a room inside than outside.

We spent about two to three hours out there today with our cats with them chasing lizards and occasionally getting in trouble for trying to eat the plant we have out there, but as long we supervise they are happy!

I can go the distance…

8 Nov

When I was 18 I made the decision to move to Florida. It felt right. I wanted to go find myself.  I wanted to find somewhere where I felt like I belonged.  In many ways, it wasn’t even an option for me, it was my destiny. Something that I was always going to do without even thinking about it.  So, I moved.  Although, I knew that if I moved I would miss out on some things.

My family which I was always close to, I wouldn’t get to see as much.  You learn to adapt.  You learn to make the best of what little time you had.  As hard as it is, I knew, know it still is, the right decision for me.  It found me my romantic happily-ever-after, and while I may still be finding myself, I am happy.

However, it is still difficult to deal with missing my family.  You always have a thought that it may be the last time you see someone.  You never know whats going to happen, but its a thought.  The past few weeks my Dad has been sick.  He caught a nasty infection and it’s going to take him awhile to recover.  I’ve been nervous. I can’t help it. He’s my Daddy.  Turns out, he should be fine as long as he keeps on taking care of it, but it reminded me once again that I am so far away.  In order to get to someone I love that is that far away it is a two day car ride or a few hour plane ride to get home. It’s a scary thought.  The best way to deal with it is communication.

Luckily for me, I have an amazing husband who supports me and understands.  I also have a few friends who are amazing.  Unfortunately though, some of my “friends” disappointed me a lot this last few weeks too, but it really opens your eyes.  And for that I am thankful, and attempting to slowly make appropriate changes.  However, the amazing support system that was here, I am forever thankful for.

“Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”

– Sex and the City

I am also thankful that I was able to see my Dad last week! My parents had a trip planned, and his doctors deemed him well enough to travel even though he is still recovering and not one hundred percent.   It was SO good to see him and to be able to wrap my arms around him.  Even though we didn’t really do much besides eat some meals together, it was SO good to see him and my mom.  I am forever thankful that they have the flexibility to come visit me.  Somehow it makes the distance seem a little smaller.