Tuesday, July 6, 2010

An update finally!

We had a great time celebrating Kaylee's 1st birthday in San Jose! She adjusted to CA time perfectly and loved meeting and being around so many new people.

Annika, Bridget and I made Kaylee's cake and cupcakes. I had researched and practiced ideas for several months (poor John had to eat all my creations haha), but I could not have pulled this off without Annika and Bridget!

As always she prefers the things she isn't suppose to have...wire antennas for example.

YAY!! It's my birthday!

Kaylee wasn't sure of her cake and preferred to eat it with a fork. But even with a fork she spit out the cake. She's never eaten anything with a consistency like cake or sugary stuff so she was very unsure of it all.

So we gave her a cupcake instead since it was smaller and less intimidating than a huge cake. She still wouldn't eat the cake, but figured out that she likes frosting! Still not a drop of cake or frosting on her dress though.
Yay for frosting!!

Silly Daddy, this is MY frosting!

The rest of the trip flew by. We enjoyed every minute but it went too fast.

Driving Grandpa Rowe's tractor

Grandpa and Kaylee found an old bird egg!

Grandpa Woertman!

Kaylee swam in a real swimming pool for the first time and she loved it! We went swimming another time while we were out there and she is a natural in the water.

And we had a playdate with Sofia! Kaylee and Sofia are 3 days apart and seem to rival for the most updates on our monthly blogs. We had a great time playing with Sofia and Amy at the park where Sofia showed off her crawling skills. A few hours later Kaylee started crawling! Thanks Sofia for being such an inspiration!

So for our monthly/year update:
It seems like Kaylee really matured during month 11. She is very lady like, preferring to eat with forks and spoons rather than her fingers. She eats with a fork almost perfectly and handles a spoon well as long as the food can't fall off (ie. oatmeal). Although she still likes to eat spaghetti with her hands. She spent the month trying to crawl but realized that rolling is so much faster...and boy is she fast at rolling! She currently does the GI Joe crawl to get places and is working on perfecting a real crawl. Her top 2 front teeth are working on their appearance. She nods her head for yes and shakes her head for no to answer questions. She is learning to stop doing something when we say "no". And she perfected her clapping to finally make noise when her hands hit each other! Of course, that means we clap for everything now. When we say "Kaylee, wave bye bye" she claps instead.

Poor girl caught pink eye and a sinus infection as soon as we got home (I think it was from the gross people surrounding us on the plane ride home), all while those top teeth were breaking though. She's been a trooper through it all though and hardly fusses. Really the only time she cries about being sick is because of the dreaded aspirator. She's getting over it all quickly.

Aunt Mandy and Uncle Seth are here for a week and Kaylee is really enjoying them. She wants to give Aunt Mandy kisses all the time...way more than mommy and daddy ever get! I'll update their visit later.

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During the last few weeks of pregnancy, Kate listened to Brad Paisley's new song "Then". She didn't just listen to it a few times, she obsessively played the song on repeat, learned every word, and sung it at the top of her lungs while driving. Then one day a few weeks after Kaylee was born, Kate was driving with Kaylee by themselves. Kaylee began to cry...then scream. It didn't matter how much Kate reassured her, pulled over to make sure something wasn't wrong, or attempted to hold the pacifier in place with one arm backwards while driving. It finally occurred to Kate that maybe Kaylee wants mommy to sing to her (although no one else would want this!). So Kate put track #4 on and began to sing. Kaylee immediately calmed down. Low and behold, it's not even mommy's singing that Kaylee likes! It's Brad's!