Baby D Makes Three

born December 27, 2012

my favorite time of day

it’s early and still dark outside but I am dressed and ready for work. I sneak into your room with a warm bottle. as much as I try not to wake you, you do, and you sit up and lift your arms to me. I pick up your warm, sleepy body and cuddle you. we sit in the rocking chair while I feed you your first bottle of the day. you look at me with sleepy eyes that are full of trust and the weight of your tiny body in my arms reminds me of why I do everything I do. it’s all for you. it’s my favorite time of day.

it’s the end of my workday and my heart races a little. it’s time to go pick you up from daycare. it’s my favorite time of day.

I arrive at your daycare and you see me walk through the door. you make a sound of delight and race over to me, crawling as fast as you can and sometimes tripping over yourself. I pick you up and you laugh and bounce and give me a hug. it’s my favorite time of day.

it’s evening and we are living life: feeding you dinner, playing with you, cooking and eating our own dinner, bath time. you have added so much to our life. you make it more fun, more hectic, more messy, and totally worth it. it’s my favorite time of day.

it’s bedtime and you are in your cozy footy pajamas. you are holding onto your lovey, and I am holding on to you. I rock you and sing our special lullaby. you look at me with those same sleepy, trusting eyes you did this morning. I linger, not wanting to lay you down in your crib, but knowing I have to. I kiss your little forehead and tuck you in. it’s my favorite time of day.

it’s the middle of the night and something has woken you from your sleep. you are cranky and crying. I am so tired I can barely see but I stumble into the nursery to pick you up and comfort you. we rock and I rub your back. you drift back to sleep and again I linger. not wanting to put you down, but knowing I need to go back to bed myself.  It’s my favorite time of day.

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guest post: Forest House Blog

I’m guest blogging today over at Forest House blog (go check them out). Forest House Lodge is where we got married!

Hi Forest House readers!

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My name is Kaitlin and my husband, Jason, and I married at Forest House Lodge on October 10, 2010 (10.10.10!). A little about us: I work for the state of California at CalSTRS (the California State Teachers’ Retirement System) as an Associate Analyst and Jason works for Alldata (an AutoZone company) as a Technical Editor. We have a daughter, Coraline, who was born December 27, 2012. We can’t believe she is already 5 months old. Time is flying by! I am so excited to be guest blogging for Forest House. I loved every minute of being a Forest House bride, and cherish my memories of my wedding and wedding planning.   

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 Jason and I met in September of 2008. We were introduced by coworkers; Jason’s supervisor at the time was dating one of my coworkers. We exchanged a few emails before meeting in person, but when we had our first date; it was definitely love at first sight. I remember thinking when the evening was over, ‘that was the last first date I will ever go on.’ And I was right. We quickly became inseparable and I couldn’t remember ever having such an easy, comfortable relationship before.

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Jason proposed on October 24, 2009. His proposal is just an example of why he is the perfect guy for me. Jason had suggested a trip to San Francisco for the weekend before his birthday to go see the Sea Lions, eat at Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Factory, and visit Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square. I was very excited about this, thinking that this is how Jason wanted to celebrate his birthday (wrong) and what a perfect way to do so. Jason also suggested that on the way into the city, we take a trip to the Golden Gate Bridge lookout. As I had never been, I was looking forward to it. Jess and Kyle (Jason’s sister and brother-in-law) were supposed to go to San Francisco also, but Jessica found out that she had to work last minute (or so I thought). We got up early to drive into the city. We reached the Golden Gate Bridge lookout a little before 10 am. It was so foggy that we couldn’t even see the bridge. One other family was at the lookout,; however they left quickly, leaving us alone in the beautiful setting. Standing alone in the fog, Jason started to tell me how much he loved me and how important I am in his life. Then he dropped down to one knee and opens a jewelry box that has somehow appeared in his hands and says the magic words: “Kaitlin, will you marry me?” I didn’t hesitate at all and my happy response was “Yes!” (at least I think I answered before I grabbed the ring, but I can’t be certain). Jason did a wonderful job surprising me. I had NO idea the proposal was coming. I didn’t even understand how he could have possibly slipped away long enough to have purchased a ring for me, let alone my dream ring. The story soon came out though, and I learned that the weekend before, when Jason’s Dad, Kyle, and Jason were supposedly hauling wood to the dump, they were actually buying my ring at the mall in Sacramento. Meanwhile, I was shopping with Jessica and Jason’s mom at the mall in Roseville.

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 Our wedding was fairytale perfect and we had a fantastic time on our honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. 🙂

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I blog over at babydmakesthree.wordpress.com. I started blogging just a few days before finding out I was pregnant with Coraline. I thought blogging would be a fun way to document the journey to becoming pregnant, not realizing I already was! I documented the pregnancy, with weekly updates, and other random posts. Since Cora’s birth, my blogging has been a little bit more sporadic, but I’m getting back in the swing of things, and I always update at least once a month with her monthly stats and pictures. So if you are interested in reading about my pregnancy, or my journey into mommy hood, head on over there.

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twentyeight

“I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 22” – err. 28. I turned 28 two days ago.

Dear 27,

Thank you for a healthy pregnancy. Thank you for a natural labor and birth. Thank you for a healthy daughter. Thank you for motherhood. Thank you for more love. Thank you for more kisses. Thank you for more patience. Thank you for more grace. Thank you.

Dear 28,

I hope to get a little more sleep. I hope to be a better wife, a better mother. I hope to continue to find time to be silly with Cora. I hope to find balance with my time. I hope to spend alone time with my husband. I hope to have some me time. I hope to make new friends and spend more time with old ones. I hope to grow in my faith. I hope.

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home is where the heart is

one year ago on Halloween we received the keys garage door remotes to our first home. giddy with excitement, we ran to home depot to purchase new locks and keys since the previous owners had “lost” every key to the house. we drank champagne in our kitchen out of plastic cups. our nephew was dressed as woody for his first Halloween. we sat on the steps just inside our front door eating McDonald’s and passing out candy to trick or treaters. sitting on the disgusting carpet that we would start to rip up that weekend.

the house needed a LOT of TLC. but we saw past it’s scars and wear and tear. we saw us building a life there. we saw us raising our family there. we saw little feet racing down the stairs on Christmas morning to see what Santa has brought for them. we saw love. and laughter. we saw our home.

we spent months scrubbing, scouring, painting, laying flooring, and making it ours. we couldn’t have done it without the help of our family and friends, who were more than generous with their time and labor. months of working all day, then driving to the house to work until midnight, to go to our then home and sleep for a few hours before doing it all again. it was worth it.

one year later and every day when I drive up to the house, it still takes my breath away. it’s hard to believe this big beautiful house belongs to us, and not one of our parents. it’s hard to believe we are about to be parents. it’s hard to believe that the second to last room to be torn apart and lovingly put back together again is now a nursery with pink walls and woodland creatures. it’s hard to believe that all of the dreams I dreamt when searching for our home are coming true.

our home might not always be tidy, and sometimes I don’t take care of the dusting like I should. but we love. and we laugh. and we live there. and we await the arrival of our daughter. who will fill our home with even more joy.

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happy birthday husband!

today is my husband’s birthday. he is fond of joking that I made him old because he was young when we met. I’m enjoying making each other old and can’t wait to celebrate the next 50 birthdays together.

Happy birthday handsome! I love you!

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dear husband

 

dear husband,

2 years ago today, you and I said “I do” in the most beautiful place I could imagine, surrounded by family and friends. 2 years ago today, I became the luckiest girl in the world because I became your wife. 2 years ago today, we became a family. and now our family is growing.

I love you more today than I did on that day. I did not think that would be a possibility. every day I find a new reason to love you more deeply, more fully. you are such a kind, strong, patient, and dedicated man. you make each day fun, and I often find myself giggling at random times because I’m remember something fun you did just to make me smile. you are my best friend, my soulmate. God made us for each other, and then brought us together in his time. I am so thankful for that. 

I cannot wait to celebrate every year that passes by with you at my side, holding hands, and taking chances, loving and laughing our way through life.

Happy Anniversary, my husband. I love you with all that I am.

love,

your wife 

*photos by Pin Up Weddings.

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