Wednesday, December 30, 2009

1 Year Old Pictures...

My uber-talented sister took these while we were in AZ. Amazing, right?

The really amazing thing to me is she created these using a Canon Rebel and none of the fancy editing about raw talent!

Thanks Brookie Babe, I luf them!

Idaho and Arizona

We were so lucky to be able to head home for the holidays despite the fact we were just out there a few months ago.

First we went to Idaho. I didn't take many pictures for some reason, but we did a ton while out there. Some of the un-photographed events were playing with cousins, attending Jared's brother's wedding (HOW DID I NOT TAKE ANY PICTURES OF THAT?!?!?!?), hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa, wedding preparation and meeting Santa.

I did manage the take pictures of a few things. The first day we were there Jared says he needs to shovel the driveway before church...what the heck?!?!?! I was baffled, the driveway is HUGE! I also wasn't sure why he felt the need to do manual labor before church...until I hear the 4 wheeler fire up. Ooooohhhhhh, there it is. This wasn't a case of work, Jared was in HEAVEN plowing the driveway and playing with the dogs.
Kerrigan watched the whole time through the window. We attempted to go outside, but the 2 energetic black labs were enough incentive to stay safely in the house!

Experiments on Kerrigan's hair were frequent...pigtails were spotted numerous times on her head. Also, we tried sponge curlers in K's hair. The first attempt went horribly awry (see the Who picture below), but we managed to save the day with some unreasonably cute pigtails.

She also got to open birthday presents from Jared's family.

Then we rented a car and drove to Flagstaff. Again, not many pictures were taken. I was lucky enough to capture this moment, though:
Poor Jan got played for a fool : ) jk Jared stuck his prize badger (complete with teeth and nasty claws) pelt on her bed while she was sleeping. When she woke up, she thought it was a skunk (apparently color blind in the a.m.) and fell to the floor in fetal position. Poor girl has zero fight or flight reflexes.
Kerrigan discovered her love for sports, and was frequently spotted carrying footballs and basketballs around. She also got to spend quality time with Grandma Great who was down taking care of my "recovering from surgery" mother.
Since our video camera was used more than our picture camera Christmas morning, I only have a few pictures from Christmas. Soooo, I paired those with the temple lights.
Can you believe we are wearing COATS in PHOENIX?!?!?! I realize it is December, but really, COATS!
Now all I need is a New Years post, and I will be all caught up...or mostly caught up : )

The Birthday...

No, not mine- I believe I have sufficiently expressed my feelings on my own increasingly old self.

Kerrigan turned 1 on December 5th. The lucky girl was able to share her birthday with her BFF Kate (I assume they are BFF, it is kinda hard to tell at this age).

So many people showed up to support the birthday gals, and they both scored a lot of loot- thank you so much everyone!

First we opened gifts, I love that they are old enough to enjoy this:

Then cake was consumed. This was my first attempt at cake decorating, and I am fairly certain a profession in the cake decorating industry is NOT in my future (in case you were wondering, it is supposed to be a lady bug with flowers around it...not a red and black blob).
I think next time I will copy Tina and do scrapbooking decorations...isn't it too cute?!?!?!
Kate was a little more into the cake eating than Kerrigan, who acted surprisingly prissy when it came to getting a little dirty. I thought through our own examples we had taught her better : )
And finally, the birthday attire (no, they were not in their birthday suits). Check out these sweet threads. They looked cute in their coordinating tutus!

I can't believe these little ladies are so old!
While in AZ, my ultra talented sis took K's one year old pictures. Can't wait to show them off!

A Little Catch Up While K Sleeps...

Let's rewind almost a month and a half ago and play a little catch up.

We will call this portion "The Eve of the Day of Thanks and The Actual Day of Thanks".

That is right folks, I am only now writing about Thanksgiving, HOW EMBARRASSING!!!!

We decided to go to see the floats for the Macy's Day Parade the night before the actual parade. We thought we were SO smart to avoid the crowds and stand in the cold for hours just to watch a parade.

Unfortunately, we did not take into account the thousands of people who experienced the same stroke of genius!

It was soooo crowded. We waited in the rain for a really long time to get onto the streets that contained the balloons (are they called balloons?). At one point, I swear they were herding us like cattle, which really bodes well with a child in a stroller.

The first street was so jam packed full of people, I nearly reached my claustrophobia limit. Luckily, the second street was much better, and had my 2 favorite floats...a smurf and the Pillsbury Dough Boy.

Afterwards, we partook of the goodness known as the Shake Shack. While there, Kerrigan and Ben perfected the fist pump, or the pound as we call it. She discovered if she held out her fist, Ben would pound it...a game she thinks is hilarious!

Thanksgiving Day: The menfolk played a game of football...the womenfolk huddled near cooking ovens to prepare food and keep warm. I had every intention of going to watch the game- that is, until I felt the frigid temperatures from my balcony...NO THANK YOU!!!!

Kristin did a beautiful job with the table settings. Kerrigan represented the Indians, while I guess the rest of us represented the Pilgrims. Gotta be politically correct (or incorrect, not sure)!
Good food, good friends, more good food...the end!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Boy I Have Some Catching Up to Do...

...but this is all ya get until the suitcases are unpacked, sleep patterns are restored, my house resembles a home more than a tornado disaster area, groceries are bought, mountains of dirty clothes are laundered and put away and colds caught during travels are beaten:

Isn't returning back to real life soooo fun? It is DEFINITELY a multiple Dr. Pepper day!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I am officially closer to 30 than I am to 20....gross!

That's all.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Little Revelation

So earlier today I was complaining about my finicky eater (thanks for all the advice-keep it coming!), and tonight I hear the song, "It Won't be Like This Too Long" by Darius Rucker on the radio.

I had never heard it before but immediately fell in love with it. It talks about the little moments we have with our children that seem hard at the moment, but when they grow up they are the moments we will miss.

Yes, it is hard to take her to a restaurant when she is throwing food in all directions. Yes, my carpet is looking very sad/disgusting these days.

Yes, sometimes I get tired of saying, "Use your nice voice please" and the sound of whining.

Yes, I struggle sometimes doing chores while holding a child who refuses to be put down. Yes, I am never on time anywhere due to diaper blow outs and spit up.

Yes, sometimes being the mom of a one year old is HAAAARD!

But someday I am going to have to beg her to eat a meal with me. Someday it will be like pulling teeth to try to have a real conversation with her. Someday (it is already starting) I will wish she would snuggle up with me on the rocking chair. Someday she will be way more independent than I will want.

I don't know if I will miss the blowouts and spit up, but I will miss them as an excuse for my tardiness : )

My heart absolutely aches to think when I look down someday, I won't see this face staring back at me (please note the cute piggies, they made their first appearance today) :

This phase will not last forever, and I can guarantee I will miss it when it is gone!

Here are the lyrics, kinda long but worth the read!

He didn't have to wake up
He'd been up all night
Layin’ there in bed listenin’
To his new born baby cry
He makes a pot of coffee
He splashes water on his face
His wife gives him a kiss and says
It gonna be OK

It won’t be like this for long

One day soon we'll look back laughin
At the week we brought her home
This phase is gonna fly by
So baby just hold on
‘Cause it won't be like this for long
Four years later ‘bout 4:30
She's crawling in their bed
And when he drops her off at preschool
She's clinging to his leg
The teacher peels her off of him
He says what can I do
She says now don't you worry
This’ll only last a week or two
It won’t be like this for long
One day soon you'll drop her off
And she won’t even know you're gone
This phase is gonna fly by
If you can just hold on
It won’t be like this for long
Some day soon she'll be a teenager
And at times he'll think she hates him
Then he'll walk her down the aisle
And he'll raise her veil
But right now she's up and cryin
And the truth is that he don't mind
As he kisses her good night
And she says her prayers
He lays down there beside her
‘Til her eyes are finally closed
And just watchin’ her it breaks his heart
Cause he already knows
It won’t be like this for long
One day soon that little girl is gonna be
All grown up and gone
Yeah, this phase is gonna fly by
So, he's tryin’ to hold on
‘Cause it won’t be like this for long
It won’t be like this for long

My Plea for Help!!!

As I mentioned in the previous post, Kerrigan has started becoming a picky eater...what the HECK?!?!?!

She used to eat and enjoy all foods. We started giving her nibbles of our food early in, with the hopes of avoiding this very problem. Jared gave her mashed potatoes 3 days after we brought her home, for heaven's sake!

Up until 3 weeks ago, we thought we had succeeded...boy were we wrong!

She either refuses to try stuff (waving her hands in front of her face, knocking food out of my hands) or if she does take a bite and doesn't like it, she just lets her mouth hang open until it falls out.

I can't seem to find the common factor in what she doesn't like.

She never has a problem with chicken nuggets, french fries, bread, tacos, burritos, (usually) quesadillas, cheeseburgers and baby food. She always eats her baby food, but I don't want to have to carry a jar around with me all the time!

I have tried baby spoons and forks, my spoon and fork, finger feeding, letting her feed herself, making it fun and cheering at obnoxious decibels when she does take a bite and swallow (which usually works for a few bites, if I can get it in her mouth).

I have tried different textures, flavors and temperatures.


So, anyone who has dealt with this, I am in desperate need of advice! How did you get your picky eater to not only eat, but also eat a well balanced meal?


Monday, December 14, 2009

I forgot to mention she has 10 teeth...hence the weaning ; )
I decided I needed to document some fun Kerrigan facts for posterity's sake.

At 12 months Kerrigan...

Is 21 lbs (front facing seat here we come) and wearing 12-18 month clothes, although occasionally I try to squeeze her into my favorite 6-12 month clothes : ) Her hair is finally long enough to sport pigtails, which she is debuting for the first time today!

...Loves to play games. Among her favorites are the thank you game (you hand stuff back and forth, saying thank you to each other), giving high fives and pounds (fist bump), Lego's (essentially the same as thank you, but with me stacking Lego's, then she takes them apart), playing tag around the ottoman and of course throwing stuff on the floor so I get to pick it up!

....Sleeps usually 11-13 hours a night. She also takes either 2 1.5 hr naps or 1 3 hr nap. BEAUTIFUL!!!
...Hates shopping (how did that happen), when I am on the computer and snuggling unless she is really tired- boo!

...Loves meeting new people. Also loves Dr. Pepper...please don't report me, it is always in small doses. Loves to be independent! Loves babies and pictures of babies. Also, loves playing with other kids, we still working on how to be soft with them. Loves animals, but is afraid of them at the same time. Has a crush on Braden, and often prefers Megan over me (some of our friends we spend alot of time with).
...Is officially walking all over the place. Yesterday she walked around her Grandma's kitchen for 15 minutes without falling down! She is also starting to run...well, more like a power walk, but very quick for such a beginner! You should see her face when she is walking, she thinks she is pretty hot stuff!

....Is talking NONSTOP!!! Her vocabulary includes hi (pronounced hiiiiiiiiiii), bum (I dunno where it came from), ohhhhhh, Bob (for Braden), mama, dada, cookie, ya (for yes), out, this and that, pretty (if prompted), go (when she is walking or someone says, "ready, set...") and di (drink). My favorite is when she is whining I say, "Can you ask me in a nice voice?" and she changes to a really high pitched "nice voice" babble...soooo funny!

Also, she says "day do" for thank you. Almost every time someone hands her something she says it. However, she struggles with the concept, and also uses thank you in place of please and here you go (when handing something to someone). BASICALLY she is a child prodigy : )

...Eating almost exclusively table foods. We are SLOWLY beginning the weaning process, and she still has Gerber fruits and veggies. Other than that, she basically eats what I eat. Just recently she has started to become a picky little eater, which I could live without. If she doesn't like something, she makes the goofiest face and either throws it across the room or spits it out, which is extra fun considering we have all carpet in our apartment! Foods she loves are pizza, chicken nuggets, Taco Bell chicken soft tacos and cookies (sometimes I trick her into eating something by calling it a cookie, is that bad?).

Basically, we adore her...who wouldn't?!?!?!?!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What a Year Can Do...

One year ago (plus 3 days, I am running a little late : ), we received this blessing :

Now, just 368 short days later we have a rambunctious, ball of energy whose favorite past times include running and unrolling toilet paper in the bathroom.

How does a tiny 5 lb newborn grow so quickly? I am glad you asked!

I have put together a little visual presentation to demonstrate this phenomenon to you. I tried to include momentous firsts, such as eating solids, sitting, meeting know, the important stuff!

(side note: I was not going to put this many pictures on. I had every intention of cutting out many of them. However, I uploaded them backwards, and it took me so long to fix- didn't want everyone to view K's life Benjamin Button style- I decided to leave them all on. I realize in doing so I am breaking my own blogging rule, and opening myself up to Jared's ridicule. I have accepted this, and so should you! : )

1 hr

2 days (look how tiny she is, now she barely fits in the dang thing!)

3 days (exactly a year ago today)

1 week
2 weeks
1 month
2 months
3 months
4 months
5 months
6 months (you are 1/2 way there)
7 months
8 months
9 months
10 months
11 months

Happy birthday, sweet girl! It has been the best year of my life, I can't wait to see what many many many more years bring!
I will have to post pictures of her actual birthday later, it is a CRAZY week. Just a little tidbit to leave you wanting more: I made coordinating tutus and shirts for the 2 birthday K's (Kate and Kerrigan) and they looked GOOOOOOD!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

One year ago today...

Exactly one year ago I wrote this post, demanding my unborn child make her debut to this world SOON!!!!

I still had 10 days left until my due date, but I was BEYOND ready to meet her!

My feet looked like this (had to include this picture because it cracks me up...unpainted toenails-yuck, purple- double yuck and so swollen even loose socks leave ridges- YUUUUCK!):
The rest of me looked like this:

Little did I know that in a mere 4 days, Kerrigan would perform her first act of obedience (to me) and defiance (to the Dr. who said I would go late) .

Little did I know that 3 days later, I be holding this in my arms.

Exactly one year ago, I had no idea how much my life was about to change!

*Sidenote: I am absolutely BAWLING looking at all her newborn pictures...ahhhh! *