Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

I use the term "happy" very loosely. Mary didn't have the best of days. I am almost certain her first tooth broke the surface today. She has another tooth very close to popping through as well. All of the tooth trauma has made the peanut cranky and very rashy.

While in the tub to help said rashes she stood up briefly and quickly fell and banged her mouth on the side of the tub. Oh the horror! There was blood and everything!!

She is resting comfortably in her crib with her three "honey bunnies", cookie monster, pooh bear and a fistful of binkies.

My poor baby. Keep your fingers crossed tomorrow is a better day for Miss Mary.

About the picture below.........while MC doesn't usually have a binky in the tub, tonight was that kind of night. Thanks to her Mom Mom she had just the right binky for the occasion.

Here is a picture of Mary Catherine one year ago today. My goodness what a difference a year makes.

You will have to trust me when I tell you she was having a good time in this picture. She was seven days old and in between a nap, a feeding and a diaper change.

Our Little One Year Old

Here are some new-ish pictures of the peanut enjoying her new chair. I could watch her ignore me and the camera all day.

Let's Party!

Here are some pictures from Mary Catherine's party last weekend. They are in no particular order and are a bit belated due to some technical difficulties.

She had a wonderful, albeit very tiring day. She partied pretty hard and was sleeping soundly in her crib by 6:00pm. We didn't hear from her again until 8:00 am the next morning. Sure sign of a good birthday, right?

Thanks to everyone that made it to the party. Our little pumpkin had a wonderful birthday.

Monday, October 29, 2007


The Parks' are heading to Boston (business for Chris, family visit for MC and me) in a few weeks. First stop is the Yawkey Way Souvenir store at Fenway Park. We promised Mary Catherine a new baseball hat if they won the World Series.
Go Sox!........(and Pats! 52 to 7??????)

Friday, October 26, 2007

My Friend Mumble

Mary Catherine has a new friend! When she was just itsy-bitsy her Great Aunt June sent her a giant stuffed penguin named Mumble from the Disney movie Happy Feet. He is from Build-a-Bear and from what I can figure out without actually having seen the movie, he is a main character. She has always been fond of the little (err, big) guy but it seems their friendship is now in full bloom.
She insists on dragging Mumble all around the house. Her main mode of locomotion is still crawling so you can imagine how cute she looks pulling a 2 ft tall penguin behind her. After noticing her new affinity for the furry friend, her Nana laminated a newspaper picture of Mumble. MC now carries the picture around, showing off her buddy to anyone that is interested.
1 year olds are quirky.....and wonderful!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

12 Month Check Up

Yesterday was Mary Catherine's 12 Month Check Up. I scheduled the appt for her actual birthday as it made a great excuse to leave work early and celebrate with our Peanut.

Four shots later and we were leaving the doctors office with a teary eyed birthday girl. A little nap and a few nibbles of strawberry shortcake and Operation First Birthday was back on track.

Other than the aforementioned shots, the appointment went well. Here are her stats:

7 lbs 2 oz
17.5" long

One Year
20 lbs 5 oz
28" long

She is just under the 50 percentile for little girls her age.

As I put Mary Catherine to bed last night I was feeling a little nostalgic. I told her all about her first day of life one year ago and how amazed I am at what a perfect little person she has become. She looked at me, said "Eeeooow, eeooow", grabbed a fistful of pacifiers, rolled over and fell asleep. I suspect the toddler years are going to be very fun :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Happy Birthday Mary Catherine

Mary, this is the silly outfit the doctors made Daddy wear on your birthday. He looks very serious, doesn't he? Please note the clock behind Dad's head. It reads 11:20 am. You were born at 12:06 pm. Yeah, he got ready a little early.

This is a VERY nervous Mommy. I was SO excited to meet you. I was not so excited about the looming surgery. This is the room they put ladies in whose babies have no interest in coming out on their own. You were Frank Breech (upside down with your toes near your ears) for the last ten weeks before you were born. You requested an escape hatch and we obliged. Just the first of many outrageous requests I'm sure.

Mommy and Daddy are so happy you have joined our lives. It has been an amazing year. Thank you for being our special little Princess Mary.

Monday, October 22, 2007


This picture is about six months old. Proof that Mary Catherine is NOT a Johnny-Come-Lately Red Sox fan.

Teeth!!! Well not exactly

Mary Catherine is just two days shy of her 1st birthday and still toothless. For those of you that aren't knee-deep in parenthood - this is not exactly the norm. Most kiddos her age are working on their sixth, seventh or even eighth tooth. Not our little princess.

The reason for this boring, picture-less post is to confirm to all of her family and friends that MC does in fact have teeth. They are just waiting for the right time to make their grand entrance. I can confirm this with much confidence as two teeth were spotted under hers gums during an early morning snuggle fest in Mom & Dad's bed. There we are watching CBS's Sunday Morning (this is a big deal in our house), MC using Chris and I as her personal jungle gym when she gave us a rare peek inside her little mouth. There they were, two teeth (one bottom, one top) JUST under the surface.

Stay tuned...............

Ok, don't hold your breath. We have had our fair share of false alarms but I think this time is the real thing...I can feel it!

Friday, October 19, 2007

365 Days Ago....

Exactly one year ago today was my last day of work before going on Maternity Leave. I took Monday off and went into the hospital on Tuesday am. I remember thinking it was silly to take Monday off seeing how I was still feeling good and MC was showing no signs of coming out on her own.
HA! Had I only realized that would be the last time for a long time that I could sleep in, take a long shower and have a meal in a restaurant without worrying about food throwing, high chairs, and diaper blowouts.
Silly, silly Kate..........

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Busy Weekend

The Parks' had a very busy weekend. Saturday afternoon Chris helped our next door neighbors build a fence for their backyard. On Sunday we got up early and drove to Thurmont, Maryland for Colorfest. It is a fall festival and craft fair. We had a great time in the chilly weather, eating and shopping our way through the festival.

We met up with Mom Mom, Aunt Marilyn and Aunt Randi at the festival. We look forward to seeing them soon for Mary Catherine's birthday.

Mom Mom and Mary Catherine at Color Fest

Nana and Kate

MC and Aunt Marilyn enjoying a turkey leg

Mary and Mom helped supervise the fence building project

Chris is now an expert at installing fence posts (and digging up the boulders in the way)

Our neighbor Erik - the proud owner of a new fence

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Fall has arrived in Maryland!

Ahhhhh, Fall weather is finally here! When I came home on Friday afternoon MC was outside playing with Nana and her best friend Kennedy. I ran in the house and grabbed our new camera.

Here are a couple pictures of Mary Catherine and Kennedy enjoying the cooler weather.

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