S: Caitlin - Year 1 (2011)
FC: Our first year with Baby
1: Beautiful baby girl, You have brought so much love into our lives. You have taught us to be more patient, to love deeper, to enjoy the small things, and to never take anything for granted. This year has been a whirlwind and we can't believe you are an entire year old. You may have only been in this world one year, but we feel like we have known you our entire lives. We think that is God’s way of telling us you were always meant to be a part of us. Mommy and Daddy love you more than you will ever know, Sweet Pea, and we are honored to call you 'ours'. We love you more than the stars in the sky, more than the fish in the sea, and more than the words in a library. Thank you for bringing immeasurable joy to our lives. Your laughter makes our hearts sing. We thanks God each day that He chose us to be your parents. When I see your beautiful smile, life becomes a little sweeter. You have stolen our hearts and we are better for having you in our lives. We love you sweet baby girl, Mommy and Daddy
2: Mommy and Daddy met at a little Mexican restaurant called "El Cholo" in Irvine, Ca on June 15th, 2007. Daddy proposed to Mommy on Coronado Island in San Diego on July 19th, 2008. The whole weekend was a surprise.
3: Mommy and Daddy were married on February 28th, 2009 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club. It was a very hot day, I think around 85 degrees.
4: At 1:30 in the morning, on our way out the door to go to the hospital, Daddy told Mommy to smile. Mommy was in a great mood, considering her contractions were only 3 minutes apart! | Mommy started getting contractions at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 3rd. Mommy thought she had the flu because you weren't supposed to be here for two more weeks. We went to the hospital at 1:30 AM. After being awake all night, you were born at 9:31 AM on Friday, June 4th. You weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces and were 18.5 inches long. Mommy couldn't wait to hold you! You were so tiny! | I knew I loved you | before I met you.
5: Daddy holding you for the first time! He is so proud of his Sweet Baby. | My first pair of jammies. They were a 'Newborn' size and still a little big! | You are so beautiful to me... | The nurses were so nice, they stamped your hand and foot prints. We also got to keep your little bow.
6: We are having a | Your first picture!!! | Mommy and Daddy found out that Mommy was pregnant on February 1st, 2010. We were in disbelief as we had been trying to have you for over 3 years. | In the waiting room we gave your Cousins a box containing random letters which they used to guess your name
7: We chose to have you born at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. They even gave us a great room with a view of the ocean. Dr. Amy Van Blairacom was Mommy's doctor was terrific!
8: At 19 weeks, 4 days, Mommy had her 'big' ultrasound. Grammie Julie and Grampie Kent came along to see you. Grandma Janice and Grandpa Jack were going to see you, too, but there was a huge blizzard and they couldn't make it. Mommy and Daddy were so nervous to find out if you were a girl or a boy. When we found out you were a girl, Mommy cried and Daddy got scared! Since you were a girl, Mommy decided to change your name from Peanut to Peanetta, because that sounded more feminine. Eventually, it was shortened to Netta. Grammie was worried it was going to 'stick'! | Mommy always knew in her heart that you were a girl.
9: Both sets of grandparents came to see you at 28 weeks. We were all so excited to get a peak at you again!
12: Nor Cal | Mommy's good friend Jasmin hosted your 1st baby shower at her home in Danville, CA. and many of Mommy's good friends were there.
13: Mommy's Friends that attended were: Grandma Sonia, Your Great Aunt Ruth, Robin Oto, Dayna Phillips,Jenn Nealan, Vicky & Gloria Boultas, Anne Cook, Karen Duncan, Daisy McManus, Erika Austen, and Rosemary
14: SoCal | Your Aunt Karen hosted Mommy's 2nd Baby Shower at her home in Ladera Ranch on August 30th, 2011. Mommy's friends that attended were: Lisa Helms, Wendy Charles, Michelle Horton, Jackie Coppa, Bea Mitchell, Amy Ahrendt, Joy Miller, Laura Himelson, Holly Kasper, Nena Montoya, Deanne Eckhart, Carole Ragoff, Olga Loera and Xandra Lesowski
18: Me Caitlin Kwitoski November 4, 2011 | Mommy Christina Kwitoski March 17, 1968 | Daddy Craig Kwitoski March 18, 1972 | Grandparents Manfred Bayer March 26, 1936 Sonia Bayer June 28, 1942 | Grandparents Steve Kwitoski June 13, Betsy Kwitoski March 27, | Aunt & Uncle Jon & Karen Workman Anthony Bayer Cousins Megan, Lauren, & Durant Workman
19: Grandpa "Packa" Steve | Megan, Lauren & Durant | Grandma Betsy | Grandma Sonia | Grandpa Fred | Uncle Anthony
20: You had jaundice after you were born. You had to wear the 'bili blanket' for 22 hours a day. The lights helped to break down the excessive red blood cells. You had to get your heel poked every day to check your bilirubin lev
21: First days at | Emi-2 days old, Adam-7 months old | We brought you home on Sunday, November 6th. It was only a few days after Halloween (Mommy's favorite holiday) so we decided to keep up the decorations. | Grammie, Mommy, and Emi when Emi was 5 days old
22: Your Nursery
24: I love you from your fuzzy head to your little bitty toes.
25: Sometimes, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
26: You had your first bath in the hospital and you didn't like it too much!
27: Just being a
28: You are growing so fast; we wish you could stay little forever.
30: Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy!
31: You were 12 days old on Father's Day. Daddy was so excited that you arrived in time for him to snuggle you on Father's Day. You helped Mommy make a card. Mommy tried to trace your hand in the card, but you were too wiggly.
32: You were so tiny that Mommy and Daddy had a hard time finding clothes to fit. Size 0-3 Month didn't fit you until you were almost 4 months old! You loved to sit in your Bumbo or bouncy seat so you could look around.
33: Daddy was so excited to take you for your first walk. Good thing you were born in June, we were able to take you outside a lot.
38: Emi with daycare kids on her first day | The "Daycare Crew": Lincoln Nagel, Lincoln Fersdahl, Alaina Wolff (not pictured), Braeden Fersdahl, Maddie Jo Henry, Claire Wynja, Jack Henry, Cole Ruesink, Austin Henry, Sully Nagel (not pictured), and Hudson Wolff (not pictured), Sophie and Luke Randall (not pictured) | You went to daycare at Tammy Henry's home. Tammy used to teach with Mommy, but decided to start a daycare. All the kids at daycare have a parent who is a teacher. When you were 10 weeks old, you started daycare. Mommy and Daddy took you to your first day of daycare. Mommy was very sad to leave you. Mommy cried, but you didn't.
39: Emi and Mommy on her first day of school. Emi was not excited to leave Mommy. | On the first day of school, Grammie and Grampie sent flowers to Mommy to cheer her up . They knew it would be a hard for Mommy to leave you at daycare.
44: Grandma Betsy & Grandma Sonia holding you for the first time...
45: Megan, Lauren and Durant all got turns holding their baby cousin Caitlin for the first time
47: Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
50: You had fun on your first trip to the pumpkin patch! Even though we didn't find a pumpkin, you loved holding the "baby corn". Daddy is holding a regular sized corn. Cousin Adam is one of your very best friends. He hugs you every chance he gets! You didn't appreciate the witch hat we put on your head. You tried to grab it and eat it! The aquarium was the highlight of your first Cabela's trip. You clapped and squealed!
51: When you were 4 months old, you really started to play. You love playing with your rings. Your toesies are, by far, your favorite thing. You always have them in your mouth! When Daddy played with you, you squealed! You were a much happier baby this month. We found out that you were allergic to milk and soy. At Andrew and Becky's wedding, we switched your formula to Nutramigen and you were instantly happier. Before, you screamed every time you ate.
54: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will makes your paths straight:........ Proverbs 3:5-6 | Your Baby Dedication
58: Momma's Little Bee
61: We spent Christmas Eve at Grandpa Jack and Grandma Janice's house. On Christmas Eve, we went to Kirwan's house. We came back to Grammpie Kent and Grammie Julie's house on Christmas Day. By the time Christmas was over, you were a master at opening presents! Mommy loves to save bows, but you shredded every one of them!
62: I love my new rocking chair! | I love taking naps with all my stuffed animals! | I love taking naps! | I love Minnie Mouse! | I love wearing matching sweaters! | I love my BIG Dog!
63: I love to listen to music! | I love going to the park! | I love chewing on toys! | I love playing dress up! | I love Tupperware! | I love to nap with Daddy!
66: When you were 7 months old, you really started to love food. You loved sweet potatoes and fruit. You loved Puffies so much that we called you "Puffie Monster". You refused eat anything green. You learned to crawl really fast this month. When you are trying to get something you shouldn't, you crawl really fast and giggle the whole way. You are not very sneaky! | I think my headband is on wrong! | I love to play with my iPad! | This is my favorite way to sleep!
67: On your first Valentine's Day, you had a party at school. You got lots of Valentines from your friends! Your friend, Claire, helped you paint a bucket for your treats. | Daddy bought you and Mommy flowers for Valentine's Day. Mommy and Daddy gave you a toy and a card.
71: Stare Down! | You and Daddy are good nappers! | Swimming with Daddy! | St. Paddy's Day outfit! | Ready for the bath! | You liked sitting on this stuffed bear. You giggled every time we walked by!
74: This month, you were busy! We celebrated Easter at Great Uncle Dennis and Great Auntie Dawn's house. You had a lot of 'firsts' this month. You went to prom with Sarah (you both looked so beautiful), got to sit in snow, and you finally grew enough hair for pigtails!
80: Look out, World! You started walking when you were 10 months old! You cried every time we put you in the grass, you hated the feel of it. Every time you went in the swing, you giggle uncontrollably. Your friend, Blake, loves to come see you. You love to tackle him and sit on his lap and let him read books to you. Mommy waited too long to buy | your swimming suit. We had to order it from California! We loved that suit because it had a matching swim cap! It is still the cutest suit that Mommy has ever seen!
81: You spent your first Mother's Day traveling. We had lunch with Grandma Janice in the camper and drove back and had dinner with Grammie Julie. You were so tired, you slept in your car seat most of the day.
83: Ten tiny little fingers that always want to play, That never stop exploring the wonder of today. Ten tiny little fingers that from the very start, Will reach out for tomorrow, yet always hold your heart?
84: Outside is your favorite place to be! You love to run around, play in the sprinkler, and ride in your stroller and wagon. You are happiest when you are playing in the water!
85: You love to run! Great Grandpa Al says you have one speed: fast! You only sit down for a second before you are exploring again. Mommy and Daddy can't believe how happy you are! You are always smiling and doing something to make us smile! | You love to hug and kiss Baby Sawyer! | Spaghetti is fun to eat! | You didn't wait for Daddy to finish putting your chair together.
88: When you turned one, your personality took off! You knew what you wanted and usually knew how to get it! You had strong opinions and a happy, bright attitude. You love water, the dishwasher, cell phones, being in the bathroom, and getting messy.
89: Bath time is your favorite time of the day. When you hear the bath water start running, you take off and run, arms flailing, to the bathroom. You have gotten so smart that you try to take off your clothes before you get there, take off your diaper, or you try to climb in with your clothes on!
90: We had your party a week after your birthday because Grampie Kent was fishing in Northern Minnesota. On your actual birthday, we met Grandpa Jack and Grandma Janice for lunch. A Mariachi band sang "Happy Birthday" to you while you (and Mommy) wore a sombrero. The whole experience scared you; then they gave you a balloon, which scared you even more! It was such a beautiful day on your birthday!
91: Mommy planned your party for months. She called it Emi-fest! It was 'cupcake' themed! Mommy made your tutu and had a shirt made just for you. We had a giant cupcake sign in the yard advertising your birthday. Mommy made a birthday banner for your party. We had a pink candy buffet with cupcakes, pink Oreos, strawberry wafers, Pink Rock Candy, pink and white animal crackers, Starburst, strawberry marshmallows, and Strawberry Poofs. Your smash cake was a giant cupcake. Since you were still allergic to milk, your cake was very plain-the frosting was fat free Cool Whip! We invited family and your friends from daycare. Mommy and Daddy were disappointed that the day was cool and overcast, but we had tons fun, anyway!
92: are friends for life.
93: Smiled 4 weeks | Rolled Over 6 weeks 3.5 months | Cut Teeth 8 months | Walked10 months | Crawled 6 months | Laughed 3 months | Sat up 6 months | Talked 9 months
95: This girl has
98: Newborn | 1 month | 2 months | 3 months | 4 months | 5 months | 6 months | 7 months | 8 months | 9 months | 10 months | 11 months | One Year Old
99: Mommy and Daddy can't wait to see what the next year brings. We are so excited to see you grow and change each day! We love you!