Monday, August 9, 2010

Double the Fun to Be One!

Our little Miss Calista turned 1 this week. Since she and Ben were born hours apart at the same hospital, we had a double birthday party for the cutie pies. It was so much fun. And because of Cali's milk and egg allergies, I found a recipe online and made her a milk and egg free (and therefore frosting free) cake. She ate it like a dainty little girl but she LOVED it!

I'm pretty sure Ben was saying something like this to Cali: "Hey...wanna try MY cake? It has milk and eggs in it. AND frosting!"

And here are the Moms and babies. We are smiling because we made it through the year of hard childbirth, no sleep, fussy babies, YW's presidency calling stuff, (from which we were just released), and juggling all of our other family responsibilities. Yes, we are happy that they are 1!

Truthfully, this year has flown by. Cali started out as a horribly fussy, very difficult, and intense baby. We seriously wondered what we had gotten ourselves into! But, right around six months old, she turned a corner and became a delightful, happy, and fun baby! She has been a blast. She has such a cute, playful personality now. She loves to laugh and play with her brother and sister. She likes to make messes and get into things as she explores all over the house (evidence pictured below). She has 2 1/2 teeth now, has successfully weened from nursing (this week), and can say "night night", "nana" (banana), and "dada". She isn't walking on her own yet but will be soon. She is one sweet and adorable baby and we are so happy that she gave us the surprise of our lives and joined our little family. We love you, Cali!


Heather said...

Tirsa, she is so cute! What a doll.

Jessie and kids said...

She is such a cutie bug!
I'd love your recipe for her cake. I'm looking for some fun egg free recipes. We already use only rice milk. Will you share?

Erica said...

That was my Everett too- once he turned 7 months it was like a whole different baby. The time is flying by uh?!

Haley L said...

Can't believe Cali is 1. Wasn't I just there last week helping you teach her how to eat? Wow!!! Love that girl. :)

Lisa said...

Oh. My. Goodness. She is so very cute!!! I can't believe she is one already!!!

amyswor said...

I was searching for my GF's blog and came across your interesting one about with a great story
about your dd, Bella, getting her ears pierced.

When I read it, it reminded me of a situation with both our girls, one aged 5 and the other 13mos. When our ODD wanted her ears pierced, we agreed and she did great. However, she wanted to
know why her baby sister didn't have earrings too. I tried to explain to her she wasn't old
enough until her baby girl cousin, aged 6 mos showed up for a visit with cute little gold balls in each ear! Again, she wanted to know why she had earrings and her sister didn't. My SIL said it was something she had wanted to do since birth and her dd did very well and they were easy to
care for.

I asked our ped about having our YDD's ears pierced at 13mos. She said, it have become more popular to pierce newborns, infants and little girls ears because is safer with the newer ear piercing instruments than the traditional methods of using a needle, thread by the mother or grandmother. I asked her advice and she encouraged me to go ahead and pierce our YDD's ears since she showed me a picture of her 8 mo dd with little pearl earrings! I was surprised at her response and told her I would think about it. Her reasoning was when mommy cared for them, there was never any problems during the healing time, but when little girls wanted them, they often failed to care for them properly.

I was still uncertain until she gave me some suggestions for moms having their dd's ears pierced.

I put them away and thought it would be years before I needed to read it. Wrong. I finally gave in seeing other babies and little girls with cute earrings and yielded to pressure from my 5 yr
old !

Don't know if you'd considered having your younger dd's ears pierced now, but after I did, my ODD was so proud her sister had earrings. Both girls looked adorable in their pics with little
pierced ears and never had problems.

I'd say if you've remotely thought about it, then your mommy intuition is telling now is better.

Write me an e-mail for our ped's tips.