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!