Dec 22, 2014

Fall time wrap up!

This was the first year Cailyn really got the whole Halloween thing!  She made me very proud being a witch despite the fact, like every other little girl she had an Elsa costume in the closet.  She was a witch at school and continued on through the trick or treating as witch.  Proud mommy here as my girl chose outside of the popular choice.  We spent the evening with Lily and her family.  The weather was awful, raining and cold, so the girls did four houses.  In their minds, this was an amazing Halloween experience.  After trick or treating we came home, and Cailyn kept the spirit going with enthusiasm and greeting all the late trick or treators at our front door with Happy Halloween's and dishing out Candy. 

 Halloween at Dance Class...Cinderella and Aurora

 Halloween at School - webcam shot...

Trick or Treating:

The day after Halloween the community we live in hosted the first ever Pumpkin Parade.  All families in the neighborhood were asked to deliver their carved pumpkin to the park behind out house before 6pm.  At 7 pm all the pumpkins were lined up and lit up.  What a site!  There were 1,000 pumpkins line up along a walking path.  The community came together to enjoy each pumpkin.  The kids ran around and had great fun and the community group offered up hot chocolate.  We enjoyed this evening with friends and their two boys. This was the first time the neighborhood had a pumpkin parade, and it appears that the success of it means we get to enjoy it again next year,.

Dropping off our pumpkin.

As previously mentioned, Cailyn and Lily are enrolled in Dancing Machines.  My super shy girl struggled with the dance drop offs but now is a champ and is first in line at the studio door.  Dance has helped to break down some of Cailyn's inhibitions and allowed her to grow a level of independence.  She looks forward to dance every week and the tutu du jour as well.  I think Santa has two tutu's for Cailyn's stocking to add to her girly array.

Mark bought an electric car in June and we have been enjoying it.  Cailyn likes it and thinks its pretty cool to plug in daddy's car.   She still prefers my SUV as it is higher up and the view is better.

In Novemebr, we returned to Little RoseBuds Photography to have a family shoot.  Miss Cailyn refused to allow me to touch her hair for this, so, we managed to get some beautiful pictures of Cailyn with her "everyday" crazy hair. 

Now we are in December and all things Christmas are exciting.  Santa is a mystery - he is exciting and terrifying. 
This years pics again include Mark and I as Cailyn was to afraid to go by herself.  I was not prepared to be photographed again - you would think that last years experience would have taught me something...

Despite the girls/elves behind the camera, there was no distracting Cailyn.  After the whole ordeal Cailyn spoke of the experience as such a positive one and how excited she was to meet Santa!  Crazy kid!

Cailyns shcool pics arrived in early December and they are really cute.  In the one on the left we can see she was nervous yet relaxed for the picture on the right.
Cailyn continues to display advanced intellectual and emotional skills.  She speaks of taking dimensions and measurements for a pink couch for her room.  She is empathetic to pain and sadness. She is a leader and role model in her school. She self doses her vitamins and probiotics and can speak to the benefits of both. Things that come out of her mouth floor us daily.  She truly is an amazing little girl to be around.  Not a day goes by that we are not amazed at things she says or does. 
We are blessed daily.  Huge cuteness factor is when she tells perfect strangers that she is Indian.  Its a riot and we let her have her moment of glory.  She is a proud Indian girl :)  She recently went to a Sikh temple for a Paath for Lily's little sister.  Even Lily told everyone that her "Indian" friend was coming.  There was a cute level of confusion when Cailyn arrived and is clearly not Indian.  Like I said, it is a riot and we love her passion for India.  She is well aware of being Canadian, however, she enjoys playing up the "born in India" part of her life.

The Princess and the Popstar

Cailyn has developed into such a girlie girl, yet, she can throw mud as good or better than any boy.  The last few weeks of the summer were packed full of fun with friends.   Most importantly we have started Dancing Machines class.  Cailyn and Lily are three months into it and so far seem to be really enjoying it. At the parents viewing day I was a puddle.  I bawled through the whole class. It was one of those moments that caught me off guard.  I never thought I would experience these moments and sometimes the emotional overload becomes too much to handle. Seeing Cailyn stand up in front of a room full of parents and announce her full name loudly for all to hear and then strike a pose was a very precious moment.
Cailyn is also a super fan of the Princess and The Pop star movie.  The popstar happens to wear a one sleeved dress in the movie so we spent the better part of the summer and fall with Cailyn pull all and any shirts off one sleeve.  She quickly learned the word "nipple" as we were constantly reminding her to stop exposing hers!  We listen to the soundtrack every day (still) on the ride to school.  Thank god for iTunes and my iPhone!

Aug 19, 2014

A whole lotta summer fun!

A lot has happened besides Cailyn turning 3!  In June we moved and it was flawless.  Cailyn was pumped to move and loves her new house.  We have two little girls next door and a friendship is blooming nicely.  Our new house backs onto a park which is a lot of fun.  On July 1st we let off fireworks and had a party to celebrate Canada day. We all had a great time and the kids enjoyed staying up super late!

Girls catching up after not seeing each other :)

Daddy making sure everyone is AOK!

Fun late at night!

Uncle Dominic

Pretty in pink with a sparkler
It was great to have friends over to the new house , have some fun, some food and a whole lotta wine!
A few days later Cailyn was plagued with hand foot and mouth disease again!  This time it was tough, painful and very hard on our little girl.  She spent a week at home and suffered through the pain.  We are more than happy that this is over!! More confirmed cases at her school since so it is indeed going around. 
A day at the park with a BBQ and splash pad and another girl to play with is always fun!

Swimming is always a fun summer activity. I have many fond memories swimming with friends as a child and it is a true joy to give Cailyn these memories.  She is becoming a decent swimmer despite her "I Can't" phase..

I made the mistake of buying a Barbie music CD.  We ALL KNOW all the words of every song, and sometimes after school we sit in the car, in the garage and listen one...more...time ....

Mid August we headed to African Lion's Safari with friends and unfortunately the weather was not good.  Despite the weather we saw lots of animals and Cailyn rode her first pony. Many pony attempts in the past but she finally decided she was ready for the $6.00 two minute experience.



The biggest news of all is how successful Cailyn has been with the potty/toilet.  Three Friday's ago she decided she was done with pull ups and initiated potty usage.  She has had two accidents in three weeks and both times were as a result of over excitement.  Now, three weeks in, she goes and does her business by herself, no help needed.  We tried so hard in December to potty train and am I ever glad we stopped and let kiddo tell us when she was ready.  This has been a stress free potty experience for all of us, most importantly Cailyn.

The summers always seem to go so quickly, and now, with Cailyn in our life the summer feels like it just began yet is almost over.  This week we have surrogacy friends in town with their almost 4 year old twins.  It is beyond comprehension to spend time together as families and see our children play together. We worked very hard and suffered tremendous loss and pain to get to this point.  We met this couple on a surrogacy in India forum in 2008, connected in person when the IP mom came to Canada in 2009 to see family and have remained connected since.  We chat on the phone, share email and whatsapp as often as our busy lives allow for it.  They are private people (unlike me) and I respect that.  I will share a few pics of our kids playing together for Cailyn's memories captured on this blog. 

This week we will head to the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) to see my Little Pony , ride some cheesy rides and spend time with our out of town surrogacy friends. Again, it's a little overwhelming to think we are doing these kind of family outings, finally, with our children.  Mind blowing!

Aug 11, 2014

Birthday Celebrations

Like all of us bloggers, finding time to write is a challenge.  So much has happened since April that I want to document here for Cailyn and time just gets away from me!
Cailyn will officially be three on the 17th of August but her BFF is off to Europe during her bday so we decided to have her party a week early. We were very fortunate that the weather was on our side at 28 Celcius.  Like all other kids around the world, Cailyn loves FROZEN... We wanted a Frozen bouncy castle for the party, but Disney will not release it until September so we opted to have Tinkerbell and her Fairy friends.  Cailyn had three little friends join her and an older boy (brother) came later.  This was Cailyn's Wedding!  She was worried all week about the party planning, food etc and on the actual day she was pumped up! We had a wonderful time enjoying the celebrations and when the cake came out we had one very tickled little girl.  I worked on an Elsa cake for Cailyn which turned out looking pretty good, and tasted really good!  All the kids loved the cake with Elsa on it. The craziest observation by our bigger guests is how similar Cailyn and Lily are.  It's like they are the same little girl, in two bodies.  They both are very intelligent, left handed, and finish each other sentences.  There is a theory that these girls were best friends in a past life, and I tend to think I believe this based on what I see when they are together.  Of any friends they could have, they chose each other.

Big news in advance of the party was that a week earlier, Cailyn decided she was done with pull ups and self initiated potty training.  She has had only one accident in the first week and that was on day two.  We are very proud of her taking this step of responsibility.  Potty training became lowest on our list of things to worry about, and we embraced the fact that when she is ready she will let us know. A psychologist once said that kids don't go to college in diapers so stop worrying...she was right!

We have had three amazing years with Cailyn in our life.  The time has gone too quickly for my liking!  Our little miracle continues to surprise us and teach us and we are eternally grateful to India for this treasure in our lives.  Happy 3rd Birthday Cailyn!!!

That's Tinkerbell!!!


If only I heard what hey were talking about!

Dinner - everyone was super thirsty after all the bouncing!

Taking a few minutes to colour

Look at the air Jason is getting!!!

Party time.

Shock and awe at her cake


Two of my masterpieces!

Girl chat

Cute disruption to girl chat!

Elsa cake!

BFF's take time to relax ...girl style

Bouncing maniacs!

Present time - spoiled by her friends!

BFF Necklace - Cailyns half says Best and Lily's half says friends.  So adorable!