Thursday, June 30, 2011

Daisy Daze {epic photo dump}

I love this dress. Tana doesn't have any other green clothing so I wasn't aware of how adorable she looked in that color! It's my new favorite and it makes me want to run out and buy all the green things I see. Oh and we had to put a pillow behind her because it was really windy and she kept getting almost blown over haha
All these photos were taken in front of my Grandma's house. The idea was to get her daisies in the shots but they were too tall so only one actually ended up in any of them haha. We did give her one to play with though and got some photos before she ate it

I know these are all pretty overexposed, and I hate that! I need to learn how to use my camera in manual setting again because I've pretty much forgotten how to since my high school photography class. Plus I never learned on a digital camera anyways, I learned on my Minolta Maxxum 70 (love that camera, by the way, I need to buy some film for it!)

I love those little clips pictured above. I bought a pack hoping they'd stay in her hair because none of the other kind do. Her hair is really fine just like Johns and it bums me out! Hopefully they'll stay once it gets a little longer (and I can finally get a little ponytail in there, too!)
As you can see, she started getting grumpy and tired towards the end of our little photo shoot. This was the last photo we took and it's definitely one of my favorites. I really love when she gets all sleepy and starts rubbing her eyes, it's beyond cute!! And I'm loving having impromptu photo sessions with her, too. It's so fun.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

{photographic evidence} The!

It's been a busy week over here in Kaetana's mouth. She sprouted two, read it TWO, teeth in just a few days! After lots of crying and biting and over all miserable-ness it's over and they're out. They still have some sprouting to do but at least they've broken the gum and they're the cutest little teeth I ever did see. And now for the photographic evidence!:
Hope everyone is enjoying their week so far!
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Learning Sounds

Kaetana has been learning so much so fast lately! The other day we were hanging out and I thought I'd try and teach her a new sound, 'bah'. She hasn't really gotten in to the babbling stage yet and I wanted to scoot her along in to that because I really want to hear her say Mama and Dada! haha so anyways, we were working on it and she wasn't really understanding (she kept starting the 'b' sound and transitioning in to blowing raspberries instead.) We did it off and on for about 3 hours until she finally got it! She was so proud of herself I had to take a video. Unfortunately it's sideways because I always forget that about my phone, so I apologize for that. I really need to get a video camera. Here she is being really proud of herself!
She's obsessed with making this noise now, and it cracks me up!
I love her so much. :)

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Your Best Shot

I love The Paper Mama blog, it's one of my favorites. Chelsey is so fun and creative, and her little Ruari is ridiculously cute! I often enter her photo challenges, and this one's no different. It's her "Your Best Shot" challenge, and I'm kind of excited about it. I looked through my photos of Kaetana for a really long time before I decided which one I would consider my best. 
I love everything about this photo. 
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A tooth!

Well, it's official. Kaetana has her first tooth, and I'm totally freaking out at how fast she's growing. It's so cute, on the front bottom right side. (Does that make sense?) She's not too thrilled about the whole situation, though. She has been a total crab the past 5 days or so and the poor dear might have a few more days of discomfort as the tooth makes the last of its trip out of hiding. She's been chewing on everything she can get her hands on - including mine - and that little sucker is pretty sharp. We have this cool teether, though, that's shaped like a star and vibrates when she bites on it. That's her favorite thing as of right now, second only to a little smear of baby orajel. ;)

I can't believe she's over half a year old, and I still can't get over how much she's changed. She has begun eating a lot more "people" food and is loving it! We got her one of those mesh feeders a few weeks ago and she's obsessed with it. She's had strawberries, cantaloupe, raspberries, grapes, watermelon, black and red plum, apples, banana, pear and mango in it. This girl loves her fruit! I am going to put some cut up steamed carrots in it today and see what happens. She loves vegetables in pureed form so I'm sure she'll be just as happy. And now with that little tooth it will make food eating that much more enjoyable for her. :)

p.s. I'll try and get a photo of said tooth soon, but as of right now she's not cooperating with me.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

sun time is fun time

Today Kaetana and I spent a couple hours at our local park. It was so hot and sunny and gorgeous outside, we had a blast rolling around in the grass and Tana was a smiling, giggling, growling fool and had quite the time trying to eat all the grass within her reach.
It's days like this that I cherish the very most.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011


Today was my first day of work, and I am freaking exhausted. I worked open to close training with the assistant manager and it was jammed packed with all sorts of information to learn. I am the store's keyholder, which means I'm the only person outside of management with a set of keys to the store and everything in it (duh). It's kind of stressful having to learn everything in such a short time - I only have my shift today, and a 3 hour shift on Tuesday for training - but I think it'll be okay. It's less work than I was doing at my old job, and I think it will be easier once I get the hang of it! For now it's nice to be out of the house for a little while, although I did miss Kaetana all day and was bummed when I got home because she went to bed about a half hour after. I did get to give her her bath, though, and rock her to sleep. :) I'll be sure to start updating more around here soon, too, just as soon as I get used to this new schedule of mine!

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Happy 1st Father's Day, John!

Kaetana is such a Daddy's Girl. She's cool with me during the day, but the second John comes home she wants nothing to do with me and is all about him. She lights up when he walks in the room and he always gets the best smiles and giggles from her. We are both so very lucky to have him in our lives, and he couldn't be a better father. Watching him grow these past 6 months has been wonderful and I can't wait to see him learn even more as time goes on.
 I love you, John, you're the best!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I am so happy to say that after almost 5 months of looking, I finally found a job.
Even better? It's somewhere I'll actually enjoy working at and with people I like.
Plus, I don't have to worry about covering up my tattoos,
dressing nice every day or really having any sort of constriction put on me.
Hooray for me!
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My parents bought Kaetana a pool and it's the coolest thing. 
It's shaped like a gigantic crab and sprays water.
It's been too windy to put her in it until a few days ago,
so we did and she loved it.
 Ghetto pool toys, anyone?
She always get really sleepy in the water, though, so of course after this she took an epic nap.
Which is awesome, too.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Kaetana - 6 Months Old

6. Months. Old. I can't even take it. That's half a freaking year! I have no idea how this much time has passed already, because it feels like maybe a few months tops. Madness. And this month has been the best, and biggest, as far as change goes. She really is the most amazing little girl. And hilarious, let me tell you.
Like I said before, she has really changed a ton this month and it's definitely my favorite thus far. Her personality is really shining through and she's become the most hysterical person. She makes me laugh all day, every day, with her antics. She has also perfected the "army crawl" and is extremely mobile these days. I can't take my eyes off her for a second, and when I do she's suddenly somewhere crazy! I think she'll start crawling pretty soon!

This month Kaetana:
- is close to crawling
- eats solids 4-5 times a day
- has tried apple slices, strawberries and avocado (she loves them all)
- can sit unsupported for long stretches of time
- has been working on getting from a sitting position to a laying position, and vice versa
- started laughing (but it's still tough to get those giggles out of her!)
- is teething
- squeals and shrieks at everything
- has developed an intense case of separation anxiety with me!
We went to the doctor on the 8th for her 6 month well check, and she was just happy as a clam until her shots. Her pediatrician's office starts giving them a book at every visit now, so she was thrilled to pieces when they handed it to her. She is truly obsessed with books! Like mother, like daughter. :) As of right now, her stats are:
height - 25 3/4" (45th percentile)
weight - 16lb 11oz (62nd percentile)
I'm glad to see her going up in percentiles now. Before now she's always been in the low 30s, but this last growth spurt has bumped her up a lot! I think she'll be a small girl like me but hopefully a little bit taller. Short girls are so much cuter than tall amazon women, so that makes me happy!
We have been experimenting some with Baby Led Weaning, and so far it seems to be really productive. Kaetana loves trying new foods and is always happy and excited when we give her something to eat like a big girl. She is very interested in everything we eat and seems kind of offended when we give her purees (even though she still eats them enthusiastically!) Her favourites are definitely sweet potatoes and peas still though.
She didn't take her shots all that well this round, and for the entire day after she was fussy and upset. The next morning was worse when she woke up with a 101.5 degree fever! She got Tylenol every 4 hours, and stayed in the Moby Wrap the majority of the day asleep. Poor thing, but she is definitely a much happier camper now that it's passed.
 I am forever grateful that I have this little sweetie in my life. She is absolutely the best thing that's every happened to me, and I truly couldn't be happier with these past 6 months and am looking forward to the many more to come!

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Friday, June 10, 2011


Wow, I've been MIA for a while. Sorry about that. Honestly, I've been kind of obsessed with Tumblr and have been spending a lot of my internet-ing time over there. Plus, I haven't been on the computer that much the past couple weeks anyways because I've been enjoying Summertime! But! I'll be back tomorrow with Kaetana's 6 month update (4 days late, I might add) and a few other update posts. :)

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

winner winner chicken dinner

I won a giveaway over at The Paper Mama and I'm really excited about it! I won that really cute camera necklace below, in fact. If you like it, go check out the Bellezamia shop on Etsy.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Mama Must Haves v.2

I'm a little late coming, sorry about that. It's been a busy week for us over here and we've been out and about for the majority of it. I'm definitely enjoying the great weather we've been having lately and trying to stay away from the internet a little more! Anyways, here's part 2 of Mama Must Haves!

Must Have #2: Sophie the Giraffe
We love Sophie. She is made of all natural rubber, food paint and is completely safe for chewing. She's easy to grasp and quickly became Kaetana's favorite toy! I admit, the squeaker in her can get pretty annoying, but every baby I've ever met with a Sophie seems to love it so it's all good. I highly suggest her, and she will definitely be my go-to baby shower gift from now on.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Giveaway @ Sometimes Sweet

You guys. Danielle is giving away a Boon Flair Highchair on her blog right now, and I'm dying. These are seriously the best highchairs, and I really want to win it so I'm going to have to ask you to pretty please not go enter it for yourself so I have a chance. ;) haha no, but go check it out because it's probably the best giveaway I've encountered thus far. I'm immensely excited.

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And, on the off chance (okay, probability) that I don't win it - feel free to gift me one because Kaetana needs a highchair really bad!