My Little Princess is 8 Months Old!

Here she is at lunch time. Ate all of her meal and half of ours. Love you baby girl!! Posted by Picasa

Thao & Jim's Wedding

Last night we went to a wedding in the city, down by Penn's Landing at Hibachi. Of course, while I was getting ready I tried on the pretty dress I purchased for this occasion and I felt like a cow. Got all depressed and decided to try on the good old standby little black dress. For some reason I felt I looked a little bit thinner in this and chest didn't look HUGE, so this was my outfit for the night. Some of you may or may not know what a process it was trying to find the other dress in the first place... well, it took alot of time, energy and tears. I do have to thank Quang for picking out the matching shoes! Since I did not wear said dress, I will return it... bit I am keeping the shoes!!

Okay, back to the wedding. Don't we look like quite the happy little family? Since everyone was taking so many pictures last I we didn't keep the camera out very much (I know... so unlike me!!), now I just hope that someone got some good shots.

The cocktail hour was nice, I had a few drinks and tried to keep Cait from screaming too much. Met the people that sponsored Q and his family to come to the United States, they are a wonderful family! Of course Cailtyn played her cute act all night, got all shy around people and only wanted mommy & daddy to hold her. It was during the cocktail hour that Daddy was all excited... he got to see the Eagles (I hate this team!) QB Donovan McNabb. Yup, he was a total dork and kept trying to look over to see him. After all of this we head to the dining room for the reception. Everyone takes their seat, not sure how we managed but our table was up front. Caitlyn ate her dinner, every last bit of it and then half of a container of Cheerios.

Our dinner wasn't served till 8:20! Yes, I said 8:20PM. We got there at 5pm, was supposed to ge thte show on the road at 6pm. I can see dinner being served at 7, no problem but anything after 8 is just crazy. Just so you know Cailtyn is asleep at 8pm every night, keeping her out and breaking her routine was a first. She was a real champ and stayed at the reception till 9pm and we decided to leave (food sucked anyways), put her in her PJ's and headed home. I gave her the last bottle in the car and right after she finished it she was passed out. We got home around 10pm, I carried her upstairs and put her to bed. I was amazed that she didn't wake up. Slept well until 4:15am. Q got up and gave her a bottle and played with her while I got some much needed sleep. He was ready to go back to bed at 6am, I took her into her bedroom and put her back to bed... she was obviously tired. She slept from 6 to 7:30 and then was up for the day. Back into her routine!!

Okay, I have rambled on and on... this isn't interesting reading material. It is now past my bedtime.
Just wanted to throw in a HAPPY 8 MONTH B-DAY to Miss Caitlyn Isabella!

P.S. I figured out why I was so moody and fat yesterday... PMS! Posted by Picasa

Saying good bye.

August 18th was Cailtyn's last day at Chesterbrook Academy, it was definitely bitter-sweet. Miss Ruth is holding her in the picture, she was Cailtyn's favorite teacher and the only one we really liked there. If we could have a personal nanny, she would definitely be the one! Although, I am sure Cait will think German is her first language now... oh, well she is speaking yet anyways.

I sit here trying to think of something good to say about the women in the room that Cait was moved to a few weeks ago and quite honestly I have nothing nice to say about those ghetto-azz women. I am glad I don't have to go over there during lunch everyday just to make sure she has had a bottle. So very happy that I won't have to use stain stick on her clothes or wash her shoes EVERY day because the floor was disgusting and my little Miss Cranky Pants needs nice and clean shoes to chew on!

Tomorrow we start a new daycare, need to set them straight from the very beginning. Let them know that I am in control and I will be keeping an eye on them. Tot Spot... here we come!! Posted by Picasa

This is so much fun!

Okay, so our little girl is only in a swim diaper and a t-shirt that her daddy didn't even bother snaping the shoulder but that didn't deter her from having a great time. We went to Tim & Marcie's anniversary party over in NJ and Caitlyn had a wonderful time playing with all of the other kids there and was watching very closely how they were walking. We think walking will be in our very near future. okay, back to the white trash baby look she had going on... if we knew there was going to be a pool or one of these mats we would have packed her cute swimsuit that she has yet to wear.

Last night Caitlyn asked her uncle to buy her one and since he most likely wont, Mommy & Daddy will. Personally, I think daddy had as good of a time on there as she did and you should have seen how very gay he looked when he rolled up his shorts!

She crawled around on here and loved splashing in the water.

Peer Pressure certainly does start early

Okay, so I noticed that Jake has a new post on his page so I go over and check it out and notice that Caitlyn has been tagged. Never knew what a "meme" is but I guess I learned something today... same thing as those wonderful emails I keep getting asking some odd questions at times.

Here we go:

THREE NICKNAMES: Pork Chop, Caitie Cait, Miss Cranky Pants

THREE PEOPLE THAT MAKE CAITLYN LAUGH: Her Daddy, Simon (the Cat) and I guess I do... plus that silly baby she see's in the mirror.

THINGS THAT CAITLYN LOVES: Her Cat, Leap Frog Learning Table, Gerber Puffs and her doll Emily.

THINGS THAT CAITLYN HATES: Naps, long car rides, getting her diaper changed, and not getting her own way.

THREE THINGS THAT CAITLYN DOESN'T UNDERSTAND: Why she has to take a nap, why she has to put a diaper back on, and why Mommy and Daddy want to sleep past 5am EVERYDAY.

THREE THINGS ON CAIT'S FLOOR: All of her diaper changing gear, toys & even more toys.

THINGS CAITLYN IS DOING RIGHT NOW: Hopefully she is taking a nap at daycare since her ghetto azz teacher doesn't watch the kids well.

THREE THINGS CAITLYN CAN DO: Crawl very fast, pull up to standing, climb 1 stair to get out of a room.


THREE THINGS CAITLYN CANNOT DO: Take unassisted steps, babble (we hear a few screams but that's about it) and leave her hearing aids in her ears!

THREE FAVORITE FOODS: Anything from our plate, applesauce and strawberry-apple puffs.

THREE FOODS CAITLYN DOES NOT LIKE: Jars of green beans, avacado, and any of the meats in a jar unless you add apples or pears to it.

THREE BEVERAGES CAITLYN DRINKS REGULARY: Water with flouride drops, formula, and bath (haha, she does this too Jake... I think she pee's in it too, YUCKY!).

THREE SHOWS CAITLYN WATCHES: Hockey games, Little Einsteins, and dumb zombie movies her dad loves.

BABY BOYS WE TAG: Sammy, Aaron, and Mason.

BABY GIRLS WE TAG: Johanna, Lauren, Emma and Sarah.

Cirque du Soleil

Captain's log 8/1/06

As the great parents we stride to be, we like to expose Caitlyn to her environment to allow her to see everything that exist before her eyes. By doing so we allow her to grow and define herself as who she is and what she likes. Whether it is going to the mall, a trip to the zoo or going to a bar with mom and dad, we let her see life for all it is worth.

We were blessed and fortunate to receive front row seats to Cirque du Soleil from a great friend of ours in New York. We could have easily gotten Caitlyn a babysitter and could have gone to the show without her, which would probably have been a little bit easier for us. However, what kind of parents would we have been to enjoy front row seats 3 feet from the stage and not let Caitlyn experience the joy of crazy foreigners doing crazy stuff...OK I lied...children under 2 get in free and I didn't have to pay for her, which meant daddy saved $$$ until moomy spent $$$ buying over priced gifts. Well what an experience it was to bring her to Circus du Soleil.

After we were seated inside the tent at 4:30 PM, we were waiting for the show to start at 5:00 PM. Caitlyn at first was curious and excited about what was going on inside the tent as well as how much cooler it was inside the air conditioned tent. However, that lasted for 5 minutes. 15 minutes before the start of the show we were trying to keep her calm and not so fussy...of course we tried soothing her, letting her suck on a pacifier and even bribing her with puffs. This lasted for 5 minutes and that was enough for her. Caitlyn started to whine and was fussy and didn't feel like sitting in her mom's lap. She wanted to get down and crawl and just play. Right now, you might be asking WHY!!!! Why would we take a 7 month old baby to an event where she may be too fussy and not fully appreciate...well I will tell you why.

At exactly 5:00 PM...while Cailtyn was still fussing and I was paranoid constantly telling Val we can't stay and we had to leave, the lights suddenly dimmed and something happened. What took place was the funniest thing I have ever seen and to this very day it was the highlight of our trip downtown to see Cirque du Soleil. Just seeing that made the trip worth it and made us realize that things like that don't happen very often and they will never happen if we had never taken her with us. Had she been home with her grandparents, we would have missed this memory and we would have probably said "I wish we could have taken Caitlyn with us". Looking back and everything in hindsight of course, I am happy she came and it made having to deal with her being fussy at times when some of the acts were slow and didn't peek her interest tolerable. We had a great system going of puffs, water and a pacifier to keep her calm through out the show. Caitlyn was dancing, smiling, laughing and even started to clap her hands together after she watched the audience applaued. We were only able to see 1 hour of the show but that was more then we could have asked her to sit through for us. The smile on her face was enough and we didn't even miss the fact that we missed the second half of the show.

I am just greatful that Caitlyn was having fun, that Val did a great job at keeping Caitlyn on her lap and eventually I was able to sit back and enjopy the show after the first 30 minutes of paranoia and wanting to leave. Val was strong enough and just did what a great mom had to do so that we all could enjoy the show. So the point here is do we as parents make life easier on ourselves and not take our kids with us to an event where they are too young to appreciate or become too fussy at or perhaps do we deal with the fussiness so that our kids even at 7 month can experince life and their surroundings because life is unepxetced and we have to capture every moment we can with our kids. I am sure everyone has their own opinion but I think Val and I are willing to deal with the bad with the hope that something memorable will happen.

By now you are probably thinking to yourself..."he never told us what that funniest thing that happen was" well I didn't forget. I wanted to tell you that event at the end so that you are forced to read my whole blog. At 5:00 PM Caitlyn was fussy and crying and I was paranoid and saying to Val "lets leave before she gets worst" taht was when the light dims into darkness and only a single light was shining at the front of the stage. Out comes the headless man walking to the front of the stage carrying an umbrella. When this happened I looked over at Caitlyn and she went from a crying, fussy baby to sitting straight up with her shoulders perched up, her eyes wide open, her lips puckered up and here ears pointing straight up in the air. Her bottom mouth droped wide open and it probably would have hit the floor had it reached that far. The look on her face for the next 10 minutes was priceless, she looked like a curious puppy whos ears are perked up when they are excited. Everytime I looked over at Caitlyn, she had a pricless expression on her face, her eyes were still popping out of her head, mouth still wide open, head cocked to one side, and she was hypnotized to the point that she didn't even make one movement. In words she was saying to herself "WHAT THE F IS GOING ON!!!"