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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Growing Girl

6 Years Old

Happy Birthday sweet Catie Bug! On Friday, she would have been 6. Six! That sounds so grown. I didn't think days like that were going to be too bad when we first lost her b/c I know she was never meant to live to be 6 or 8 or 20. But in my mind... she was always meant to live that long. The anticipation of the day is usually worse than the day and this year was no different. Friday was just kind of a melancholy day. The day was eased by phone calls, texts and e-mails from dear friends and family. One friend brought a "chicknen biscuit w/ chicknen on it" by school for me... Had Catie been here, I have no doubt the day would have involved Chick-fil-A in some shape, form, or fashion. On the way from Chick-fil-A to the school, my friend saw a huge rainbow... Way to go Catie (and Hayley -- I'm betting the 2 of you were in on that together). This makes us 2 for 2 as far as rainbows and celebrating Catie's birthday without her. I know it won't happen every year, but it's been pretty special thus far.

We also decided to start a new tradition w/ Iz of letting balloons go at the cemetary on Catie's birthday. I think this will be something that will allow our other kiddos to be a part of her day in years to come. This year though, let's just say it was a good thing we had tucked an extra balloon in the car. Letting balloons fly to the sky with no chance of recovering them can be a bit traumatic for a 20 month old! :)

I think one of the things that struck me as harder this year was the fact that I didn't know what Catie would have wanted for her birthday this year or what kind of party she would have wanted... Last year, I still had an idea... it hadn't been that long since we had lost her and I kind of figured she would still like similar things. This year though, if she had been here, she would have started school, met new people, liked new things... I have no idea what she would have been into or what her new interests would have been. That was harder this year.

In the last couple of weeks, Iz has really taken to watching Catie's video from her Celebration of Life. She loves it. She'll run over to the computer and say, "Cakie, Cakie." She names all the people she knows in the video, sometimes imitates what's Catie is doing in the pictures, and laughs hysterically at the picture of Catie in the Groucho Marx glasses and the section where Catie is opening her little chair at her 2nd birthday party. You can almost see her little brain trying to figure out... who exactly is this little person named Catie that's in all these pictures with people I know and love...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Joys (hahaha) of Potty Training

We are officially in the throes of potty training! At Mrs. Amber's house, Izzy really does a great job!! She'll have an accident here or there, but she totally gets that when you sit on the pot your supposed to tinkle or poop. She's done both willingly over the last couple of weeks. She's not telling us she has to go, but we're putting her on the commode every 20-30 minutes. There have been several days where I pick her up and she's wearing the same clothes I dropped her off in. I called to check on her on the first day of potty training and Amber said she was doing great! She had only had one accident and when she did, she took off running to the restroom going, "go, go, go, go, go!!" Too funny and it let me know that she really is ready.

She's not so eager about using the potty at home. She'll do it, but she's less likely to do it at home than at Amber's house. One day last week Iz was playing in the kitchen while I was browning hamburger meat. We had just tried to go potty. All of a sudden she started yelling, "tee tee, tee tee." Sure enough, beneath her was a big puddle. I stripped her down and threw a towel over the puddle. Then I gave a quick stir to the hamburger meat and went to sit her on the toilet. In that short amount of time, she'd run and found a corner in her room and started to... yep, you guessed it... POOP!!!!! AAGGHH!!!!! I need to take some lessons from Mrs. Amber, the potty training queen!!! :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Beach Fun

Ok, so it's really hard to catch Izzy still right now. Her are a couple of shots from the weekend though.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

We haven't fallen off the planet!

Though you might think we have as it's been nearly a MONTH since I've written anything!!!!! Chalk it up to trying to remember how to work and get everything done at home too. If I were really honest though, I could blame it ALL on the 5:45 AM wake up call!!!! Have I ever said I'm not a morning person? I'm here to tell you, I'm REALLY not a morning person!

Iz continues to do great at the sitter's. We're talking about tackling potty training soon. She's pointing to the potty and saying "potty words." She likes to give it a try before she gets in the tub and she's started letting me know when she has a stinky diaper. We figure we'll go ahead and give it a go. Should be interesting!!

Went to the GA game (go DAWGS!!) and the beach this weekend and think we're all thoroughly beat! But we sure had a good time. I got some good pics of Izzy that I'll try to get up by the weekend (so long as Hannah doesn't blow our electricity out!).

Hope you're well!