Wednesday, December 31, 2008

happy new year - january 1, 2009

2008 has been an amazing year for us!
Everyday we are so thankful for the joy, excitement, and purpose Kate has brought into our lives!
We are looking forward to all the blessings, milestones, and challenges that 2009 will bring!
Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

forty-six weeks - december 28, 2009

It's official...
Kate is a total HAM!
Kate loves to "ham it up" and keep us laughing!
She has also realized we are not her only captive audience...
she had a whole table laughing the other day at lunch!
Look out world...
one silly girl is heading your way!

kate's first Christmas - december 25, 2008

Kate had a WONDERFUL first Christmas!
Her Grammy from the Springs, her Grandpa and Grandma from Missouri, AND her Aunt Kim all gathered at our house to celebrate!
Kate did a great job at trying to unwrap her gifts... she enjoyed tearing the paper and playing with the bows!
We all enjoyed spending the day together and watching Kate take delight in the simple things of the season!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

forty-five weeks - december 21, 2008

Can you spy Kate?
We have had some bitter-cold weather in Colorado this past week. Every time we went out we would bundle Kate up in her coat, hat, and two blankets. She was not too happy... mainly because her hands had to be tucked in.
Kate has a new trick... she likes to "dance" to music. Whenever she hears music she starts "dancing!"
It is so cute to watch!

forty-four weeks - december 14, 2008

visiting santa - december 19, 2008

Our first visit with Santa Clause went well.
Kate was a trooper as we waited in line for over an hour. She was smiling and talking with those around her.
The minute she saw Santa the smiles stopped.
Kate does have some "stranger anxiety" so we decided to do a family photo.
She did pretty well and only got upset once... then once she realized Eric was still holding her she calmed down.
We are looking forward to more visits with Santa for many years to come!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

ten months old - december 10, 2008

It's hard to believe another month has gone by!
Kate is still amazing us (I believe she always will!)
She has started to point. She will point to either something hanging (mainly her mobiles) or lights... it is so much fun to watch. Sometimes she is pointing at something but has forgotten to get her little finger out. Kate loves her finger food!
At the moment Gerber Puffs are her favorite.
She also likes Cheerios, Chex, Goldfish, and crackers. She even tried waffles!
By far one of the neatest things Kate is doing is sharing.
I noticed at daycare she was just taking the toys out of the kids hands... so I thought I would work on the concept of sharing. She wants to share everything.
Now she gets upset when others take things from her.
I am sure we will have to revisit the concept of sharing often
(and what to do when someone upsets you.)

a beautiful picture - december 6, 2008

I caught this moment by chance...
I love how it captures Kate sense of wonder, delight, and innocence all in one breath.

forty-three weeks - december 7, 2008

My heart melted when Kate waved good-bye to me this week for the first time!
It made me want to put down my school bag and stay!
Now that Kate understands the concept she is waving good-bye and hello every chance she gets... even to strangers at Costco!
Kate is also starting to stand on her own. She loves to stand at the ottoman and play with different things we place on it.

kate's first holiday program - december 5, 2008

We were surprised and delighted to find out that Kate would be "participating" in her daycare's Holiday Program.
Kate's class shook bells to Here Comes Santa Clause. Kate, of course, just looked around and absorbed what was going on.
Eric and I were pleased that she did not get upset or scared during her big performance!
(Kate is the little one in the wagon on the left hand side. These pictures are not the best... next year Eric and I are going early to get prime, picture-taking, seats!)

forty-two weeks - november 30, 2008

Kate is our little turkey!
Her newest trick is shaking her head, saying no, and then smiling.
It is truly amazing how she can grasp concepts and ideas!

kate's first thanksgiving - november 28, 2008

Kate spent her first Thanksgiving in Colorado Springs.
Kate was recovering from the flu so she did not get to enjoy all the trimmings. She did try some of her Grammy's mashed potatoes but was not a fan.
Kate did enjoy getting to spend time with her Grammy, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.
And in family tradition...
when it was our turn to share what we were most thankful for
our response was

forty-one weeks - november 23, 2008

forty weeks - november 15, 2008

Here is Kate enjoying her favorite book, Peek-a-Baby, upside down!
Kate is really starting to enjoy books. She loves to listen to you read to her, turn the pages, and look at the pictures. The book above has flaps that you lift on each page... Kate bubbles with excitement when you get ready to lift the flap! Pulling out a book is our secret weapon when she gets fussy... she will instantly calm down.
I do hope her love for reading continues... it's one of the best loves to have!

nine months old - november 10, 2008

It is hard to believe that Kate is nine months old! These past nine months have gone by much faster than the nine months of pregnancy. Kate continues to amaze us every day. She has added a few more words to her vocabulary... uh-oh and no. She is also starting to wave at random things during random times of the day. No crawling yet... everyday Eric asks her if today is going to be the day she crawls... we are just waiting for the moment she takes off (then we are in big trouble!)

thirty-nine weeks - november 8, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

thirty-eight weeks - november 2, 2008

Kate seems to be learning something new everyday.
This week she has started to wave!
It is so cute to watch her try to wave... she will watch her hand then look around then go back to watching her hand.
She also loves to do SO BIG (as shown in the picture) and give high fives.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

kate's first halloween - october 31, 2008

Kate had a great first Halloween!
Kate had her costume made by her Grandma Donna. My sister and I always had homemade Halloween costumes (I still do!)... so it only seemed right that Kate's first costume was made by my mom. Kate was very interested in her costume. The minute I put it on her she would start to look at all the "fancy touches" and play with the beautiful skirt. She even tried to figure out what was connected to her back... she kept turning and looking over her shoulder.
Kate's daycare had a Fall Fest the Friday before Halloween. She did a great job of leaving all the pieces of the costume on the whole time. Kate was a little overwhelmed by all the commotion at first but started to warm up to things. She even laughed and clapped at some kids who were playing games. I think her favorite part of the evening was walking to the car in the dark!

thirty-seven weeks - october 26, 2008

Kate is starting to scoot! Kate's main way of getting around has been by rolling but now she has figured out how to scoot.
Now nothing stops her from getting what she wants!
Kate is a morning baby. Most mornings she wakes up happy. She will talk and roll around in her crib until someone comes to get her. She has figured out that if she gets down to the end of her crib she can "spy" to see who is going to come get her. When she hears footsteps coming she pulls down her bumper and greets you with a big smile!
It's a great way to start the day!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

thirty-six weeks - october 19, 2008

On Saturday, we took Kate to get her very own library card!
She seemed to love the time we spent at the library... she got excited when we showed her different books. We hope to make a family tradition of visiting the library every weekend.
Kate has spoken her first words!
She has said both Mama and Dada. She tends to say Dada more. We have enjoyed listening to her practice her new words at all hours of the day (and night.)
Kate is also moving up in the world of solid food.
She is now eating mixed grain cereal, cheerios, puffs, and turkey!
Our little girl is getting SO BIG!

thirty-five weeks - october 12, 2008

eight months - october 10, 2008

Kate is eight months old! It is amazing to look back at the past eight months... she has grown and changed so much!
Kate weighs 15 pounds 1 ounce now. She is still a tiny peanut but has steadily gained about a pound a month.
Kate has had two double ear infections this past month. She recovered from the first one rather quickly... the cold from the second one seems to be hanging on. We are staying hopeful that she quickly builds up her immune system and these colds will be a thing of the past.
Kate has continued to learn new tricks and skills! Her newest trick is being about to clap! She has been practicing non-stop... even at one-thirty in the morning!

thirty-four weeks - october 5, 2008

thirty-three weeks - september 28, 2008

Kate continues to LOVE her solid food! She has started to try to feed herself... more of it ends up around her mouth than in it. It is such a joy to watch her explore and develop at each stage!

thirty-two weeks - september 21, 2008

thirty-one weeks - september 14, 2008

Kate has been spending a lot more time playing on her tummy. We are hoping one of these days she will start scooting around and going for things just out of her reach.

seven months - september 10, 2008

Kate continues to amaze us everyday! She can sit up by herself and only looses her balance every now and then. She loves to bounce up and down and is constantly banging her toys on anything and everything. The sweetest thing Kate has started to do is give hugs and kisses! It makes our day when she wraps her arms around our neck and pulls us in for a big wet kiss on the cheek!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

estes park, colorado - thirty weeks - september 7, 2008

On Saturday, September 6th, we headed up to Estes Park for the day.
Kate had a blast! She really enjoyed being outdoors and breathing in the mountain air. Eric and I also enjoyed the chance to get away and visit a very sentimental place!
Kate got her second tooth this week!
She has continued to take the process of teething in stride.
The sleeping through the night was short lived... she has gone back to waking up at least twice a night. Oh well, I keep telling myself it won't last forever.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

our little hawkeye - august 30, 2008

I could not wait to get Kate in an Iowa outfit! Isn't she the cutest Iowa Hawkeye you ever saw? I believe so! I continue to tease Eric that I only breed Hawkeyes. Only time will tell if that is true. For now I will enjoy dressing her for game day and hope she will bring good luck and fortune to my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes.
Go Hawks!

twenty-nine weeks - august 31, 2008

Kate is teething!
Her first bottom tooth has popped through and the other is on the way!
I had braced myself for a cranky, unhappy, baby. I had the Tylenol ready and was prepared for some sleepless nights. But amazingly Kate did not seem to be too bothered by the process of cutting teeth. She even started sleeping through the night!
Eric and I are SO thankful that Kate has eased us into parenthood and has continued to be such a sweet, easy going, girl.
The pictures above are Kate playing in a box. She had the best time sitting in the box and moving the flaps up and down. She even cried when we took her out! Don't you love how the simplest things bring a child endless entertainment?