Monday, November 26, 2007

Happy "2" to Katharine

Our Thanksgiving break marked the "week of KK" as we celebrated her turning two this past Wednesday. She had a very fun week and made out like a little bandit in terms of gifts! All girls should be so lucky!

We started the "week of KK" off with a small birthday party with Nana, who was visiting from Florida, the Sunday before her birthday. We had ice cream cake and presents and she enjoyed the "warm up" for the bigger family party to come the next weekend. Nana gave her a lovely Lily outfit and a wonderful homemade scrapbook of their time together in Savannah. As well as a new desk for coloring and drawing from Mommy and Daddy!

On her "Birthday Eve," Daddy and I took her to Vickery's for a Birthday dinner (last year we went there for lunch on her birthday). She did so well in the restaurant and sat like a big girl in a booster seat! She liked that and I think is slowly becoming ruined to high chairs!

Thanksgiving was spent with lots of extended family and lots of playing! She had a blast playing with all of her relatives. Unfortunately, this was followed by a nasty cold that laid her pretty low on Friday but she rebounded enough on Saturday to have fun at her party.

Her party consisted of Grandparents (the Roofs and the Willerts), and a good handful of aunts, uncles, and cousins. She opened all her presents with some assistance from Mommy (and you can see she is sporting a new pair of mary-jane crocs in the photo above as well as a new pink hair bow). Daddy helped her blow out the the candles on her cake (a very girly cake with lots of hearts and bright pink trim - see below). All in all, I think KK had a great Birthday!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The latest doctor's appointment

Last monday marked another "checking in" with the doctor to make sure Matthew is continuing to grow like he should. It was a quick visit with the basic checks: weight, blood pressure, etc. I'm up 19 lbs now so it will be interesting to see how it will compare to when I was pregnant with Katharine. They have started measuring my belly, and my little basketball is measuring right on track (I promise to post some belly pictures soon). The next appointment is the first (and, hopefully, the only) glucola test to test for gestational diabetes. I'm determined to pass on the first go this time and save myself 3 hours sitting around a lab drinking highly sugared water and then being forced to prove my sugar levels aren't too high. The logic in all this advanced medical technology still escapes me.

But, how is Matthew actually doing in there, you ask? He is busy, swimming and stretching and generally making his presence known on a regular basis. Perhaps he knows somehow that he is the second child and will have to fight harder for our attention. I think he sits lower than Katharine did and perhaps gives me a few more aches and pains in my hips and lower back. But, ultimately, it has been another easy pregnancy with nothing really worth complaining about.

And, the cravings? I don't think I have nearly the cravings with Matthew that I had with Katharine. There was a Combos (the pretzel snack with cheese in the middle) incident early on that I feel certain was Matthew's doing but I don't know how much more I can blame on him. However, I think I still have lingering issues from the love of sugar I developed during my pregnancy with Katharine. That's right, you heard it here first, I am finally confessing that I may have developed a little sugar addiction. Can I kick it? Is it worth it? Aren't we all allowed one vice? I'm giving myself a grace period until my post-partum period is over (around age 50) and then I will have to make a serious decision about how to handle this affliction. For now, it's Thanksgiving, and all I can say is, pass the pie!!


From our family to yours,
wishing you a very
with much to be thankful for!

Monday, November 12, 2007

I love you

This will be a quick post but I didn't want to miss the opportunity to get a special moment documented. This Saturday was the first time Katharine said the words, "I love you." It was just too cute. She was so excited to say it and said "I love you", "I love Mommy", and "I love Daddy" over and over that day. It really was a special day!!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

School Pic Continued - Success!

Some of you may recall from my earlier post of October4 that I had feelings of doom and gloom on the morning of picture day. Katharine was so unhappy with this outfit the morning I put it on that I really thought there was no hope at a good shot! But, lo and behold, she ends up with the picture you see above - does it get much cuter than this? The daily report was that she was one of the few kids that smiled for the photographer that day! I'd like to know how they did it because I seem to be getting more and more pictures of the back of her head or her running full force at the camera! Maybe the toddler years are how the pros get you sucked in!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Our Halloween Report

We had a great Halloween as a family. We had only a handful of trick or treaters but we had fun passing out the candy. Katharine in her tiger costume and daddy as a cowboy (as hard as this may be to believe, it only took daddy about two minutes to convert himself into a very western looking cowboy). [Cowboy costume not shown in picture to the left.]We carved a pumpkin and roasted the seeds and played our scary music CD and waited for the kiddies in costume.

And, of course, the upside of only a few trick or treaters is leftover candy!!

The Halloween Costume - Part 2

As you can see from the pictures, I had some more success in getting Katharine into the tiger costume. I managed to get through a photo shoot with the help of some butterscotch chips (I have no shame, I know) and on Halloween, she actually wore the costume without the use of bribery at all!

So, this time instead of twelve pictures of my child screaming and one use-able shot, I have twelve pictures of her with her hand in her mouth and two pretty good shots! Not bad for age 2, I say!