Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Kailey's Birthday Party

Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy 1st Birthday Kailey

Here are just a few pic's of the birthday girl. Her party was on Saturday and we had such a fun time. I will post full details with photo's as soon as I get them all together.
Thank you to everyone who came and sent wishes to Kai..... we are so blessed to have you all.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

364 days ago!

Well, its my birthday tomorrow and for the first time I have not even thought about it (till now that is) Now those of you who know me, know that daily reminders are sent to those around me, reminding them of the day that is about to come. I usually make a huge deal about my ‘big’ day and use it to my advantage to see all my beloved friends all at the same time.

So this year is the first year when I just don’t care. I have been focused on Kai’s birthday party and what she will be doing on Friday

I have come to the conclusion though, that I am going to be much better at 32 than I was at 31…… here’s why.

At my 31st birthday I:

 Did not have Kailey in my life yet
 Had not experienced 26 hours of labor
 Had not yet experienced been a 31 year old full time student
 Did not have my degree
 Was not half as bossy as I am now (motherhood does mad things to a woman)
 Had no idea how much I could do in a day let alone a year
 Had not yet reconnected with my SA friends
 Had not yet had a 24 hour travel experience with a 9 week old on my own
 Had not yet experienced the words Mama
 Had not learnt the word patience to its fullest (thanks to Kai and Deric away for 9 months)
 Had not yet learnt that home is where Deric, Kai and I are (or where Kai and I are, depending on deployments)
 I had not yet learnt that I can operate just fine on 4 hours of broken sleep for 6 months, at the same time as writing a thesis, completing 11 assignments, doing 2 practical exams and writing 5 theoretical exams
 Had not yet spent quality time with my family and parents in SA
 Had not yet experience what it is like to be a single parent - (thank goodness that’s over)

So, what this birthday brings me is that I am better than I was at 31 and much stronger than I was just 364 days ago.
What more could you ask for from a birthday!!!!

Friday, January 18, 2008

We have been in NC now for 3 weeks!!!!

We are settled now and starting to find our grove. Kailey is fine, she goes to sleep now at 7:00/7:30 and wakes at 8:00/8:30 and no more night bottle, I love this routine of hers – I hope she keeps it. We have had only two bad nights so far where she was cutting a molar and was up most of the night screaming. (Yip we are now on tooth number 16) But the late mornings make up for these nights for sure.

I have been seeing friends whom I have missed this past 9 months. Or, Dani and Rachel who is in town for 2 weeks from Texas!
These are photo’s Rachel took – She had her Lorelai 3 weeks before I had Kai. This is how fast babies grow up. Lorelai is 3 weeks in this picture and Kai was 4 days old. (It feels like 5 years ago at least)

But everything is going well – getting ready for Kaileys birthday next weekend. We are having some wonderful friends come and stay with us that we have not seen in ages….. I will update fully on the birthday weekend.

Sunday, January 13, 2008