Christmas 2014

Way. Too. Early.  


Cate - 4 Months

Things are really getting interesting around here!  This month, Miss Cate found her voice.  Between here and brother, Mommy and Daddy can hardly have a conversation.  They are both very chatty.  Cate also started laughing which has got to be oe of the most delightful sounds on earth.  Of course Daddy gets most of her giggles!

She still gets some pretty mean hiccups at least once a day.  I think it's mostly due to worsening reflux. We had to switch her medicine and she pretty much spits out the entire dose of the new stuff (Zantac).  I'm crossing my fingers she grows out of the reflux soon.

Cate has mastered grasping objects this month.  She is really starting to play with her toys.  It's a lot fun watching her to manipulate things in her environment.

Cate's first Thanksgiving started off by being dethroned as youngest grandchild.  We welcome another sweet baby girl to the extended family around 2am on Thanksgiving day.   Baby Everly was almost exactly the same size (height and weight) as Cate Bug.  I told myself I wasn't going to forget how small she was - I lied! I cannot fathom that Cate was every that small!  Good thing I have so many pictures to prove it.  :)

Weighed in at 16 pounds, 1ounce and was 25.25 inches long this month.  Did great with her first round of shots!  Still loving her momma milk.  

Dear my Blue Eyed Girl:  Please stop growing. 

Love, Mommy.

Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween!  We celebrated this year with Captain America and his sidekick, Rosie the Riveter.   I'm a nerd and I wanted Cooper and Cate's costumes to kind of go together.  Cooper was set on being Captain America - cool.  I just didn't want to put Cate in a super hero costume with a bow and a tutu.  Not my style.  I saw a chambray romper in the baby boy section of GAP and thought it would make a perfect  Rosie costume.  Throw an old school red headband and BAM!  Adorable! 

Cate - 3 Months

Our little Cate-bug is 3 months old!  She is becoming quite a ham.  She is very expressive (see exhibits A and B below).
Exhibit A
Exhibit B

A few weeks ago, I had noticed that Cate's reflux seemed to be worsening.  Her latch also seemed a little tight.  I started checking around in her mouth and found that her tongue tie had reattached.  After weeks of stretching exercises and a much improved nursing relationship, you can only imagine my disappointment.  I called Dr. Coleman and got an appointment.  After examining Cate's mouth for herself, she agreed that Cate tie had reattached and would benefit from a second revision.  She said sometimes they just grow back regardless of how diligent you are with the stretches.  

Dr. Coleman completed her second revision the same day and we began another recovery period.  Luckily, the second time around was much easier.  Aloe, Tylenol, momma milk and stretches.  This time around we'll be doing 6 weeks of stretches.  Oddly enough, because of increased scar tissue, each time a tongue reattaches and is revised the more likely it is to reattach.  Dr. Coleman rarely does a third revision, so this is pretty much our last shot.

Cate discovered her hands and feet recently.  She holds her pudgy little hands together and it's the sweetest thing ever.  She can't reach her feet yet.  She just stares at them.  I'm not sure that she realizes yet that they belong to her. 

We got Cooper and Cate all dressed up for their first Halloween together.  Click here for a post all about it.  And now, I'll just leave you with this...