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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Caitlyn's 4th Birthday

Caitlyn turned four years old on January 29th. My precious little strawberry blond girl has turned our life upside down from the moment she entered this world. We thought everything was fine, smooth even. Little did we know that she was not breathing and would have to spend 5 days in NICU. We have had moments like that ever since. Like on her two year old birthday, everything was great and then she became our wild child! Then we began potty training and that seemed to be going very smoothly and then a year and a half later (and two frustrated parents) she got it!
She loved her birthday party. She has been looking forward to it. Asking about it. For months. In fact, as soon as we were done opening Christmas presents she asked if Christmas was over. She was very disappointed to find out it wasn't. You see, she knew her birthday was sometime after Christmas.
We celebrated at Chuck E Cheese with a couple of her closet friends. I highly recommend this low stress party paradise because they even cut the cake for you.
Daddy picked out her cake this year and I think he did a fantastic job. Caitlyn loved it! After she blew out the candles, Chuck E came out and sang a birthday song. Well, you have never seen Caitlyn move so fast. She was under the table in a flash. She would have nothing to do with that fuzzy looking rat creature thing. It was hysterical.
She recovered quickly and enjoyed the rest of the festivities.
She loves Polly Pockets, Barbie, Littlest Pet Shop, anything pink, and anything she sees on TV.
Caitlyn has grown up so much this year. She amazes me. She is a wonderful big sister and adores her brother. She is mostly protective and loving. I am amazed at how well she can manuever on the computer. She can play on like a pro after opening up the internet explorer and finding the internet site under favorites. She knows where the games are even when there is no picture that goes with it. She is beginning to read books by telling the story by the pictures. It is so fun to watch this happen as I have taught this reading skill in class many times over. She has learned to operate the water and ice dispenser on the refrigerator door. She is such a good helper as she gets water for herself, her brother, helps put her clothes away and empty the dishwasher. Even though it's a hit and miss, she is a good at picking up her toys all by herself. She can reach light switches now. Get dressed by herself.

Happy Birthday Caitlyn!


  1. What a cutie you are dear Caitlyn. I'm impressed with your energy, joy, and enthusiasm! I like the way you help your brother, mommy and daddy. You are vivacious and cute, cute, cute. I'm already wondering just how you are going to change the world.

    I love you,

  2. How is my Caitlyn so big?!?! She is so cute. I would really love to see her (and you!!) soon.

  3. Cute Cake! I love how Barbie says, "Ready, OK!" before you get to light the candles! Looks like fun for all, especially the big birthday girl! It's hard to believe it's been 4 years since we celebrated her birth with you! There are times when something happens with Landis and it reminds me of when I watched Caitlyn. (You'd think I'd remember my own babies, but the mother's mind is a funny, funny thing...)