Monday, November 26, 2007

Keziah's 1st Birthday

Here are the pictures from the party we had for Keziah on her birthday. It was mostly the Toews family, but our friends Jeremy & Christina were able to join us as well. Times like this make me wish my family was closer so that they could be in on the celebration too!

We ordered pizza and I made cupcakes using the family favourite banana cake recipe. I dyed the cream cheese icing pink and purple and used marshmallows to make cute little flowers for on top. It worked pretty well! I found some perfect "birthday princess" balloons and then the party was ready!

The birthday girl:

Here is Keziah's first experience with an entire cupcake all to herself. I like how tentative she is with the icing at first and then how her fingers start digging in a little faster once she has a few good tastes :)

She picked the whole thing up shortly after and thoroughly enjoyed it:

Then it was present time. Micah was very willing to help with this part. Thanks Granny & Grandpa Harder for the fun piggy bank!

Here is Keziah trying on her new vest from Uncle Doug & Auntie Elissa. We may have to teach her to love it :) And also watching her new glow-worm from Grandma & Grandpa Toews.

As you can see, Micah was a bit of a present-hog:

Jeremy got a little snuggle with the birthday girl while she drank her milk:

Here is Keziah the morning after. She has been SO happy the last few days and I've concluded that she must just LOVE being 1!

Thursday, November 22, 2007


Happy Birthday Keziah!

I still feel shocked that Keziah is a year old already. She's my baby! But the calendar doesn't lie... One year ago today I was pacing the hospital halls waiting for my induction to "kick in". It wasn't until the doctor came in to break my water around 8 pm that things started happening. Keziah was born in record time - about 75 minutes later - at 9:15 pm. I can still remember the wonderful and surreal realization that I had a baby girl!

I browsed through the pictures from this past year and pulled out a few favourites from each month of Keziah's first year:

November 2006 - Newborn

December 2006 - 1 month

January 2007 - 2 months

February 2007 - 3 months

March 2007 - 4 Months

April 2007 - 5 months

May 2007 - 6 months

June 2007 - 7 months

July 2007 - 8 months

August 2007 - 9 months

September 2007 - 10 months

October 2007 - 11 months

November 2007 - 1 year!

Keziah is pretty average for her size, resting in the 50th percentile for her weight and 75th for her height. This week she weighed in at 20 lbs, 10 oz and was 30 inches in length. When I looked back to Micah's 12 month stats, he was almost exactly the same: 21 lbs and 30 inches.

Keziah still has only 2 bottom teeth but eats pretty much anything we give her. She'll take gigantic chomps from a banana but always manages to get it all down :) She is a good eater but is recently in the "food-dropping" phase (eat one bite, drop one bite...) and we have to do a pretty good sweep job after every meal. She is down to three cups of milk per day, some in a bottle but most in a sippy cup.

We thought Keziah might be walking or at least taking some steps by her birthday, but it looks like it's not going to happen - unless she decides to do it yet today! She seems quite happy to crawl though, so that's fine with us for now.

Keziah is our serious child who doesn't smile easily for others and has rarely laughed until recently. She loves her big brother even though they seem to be always at each other. Micah's a big tease and Keziah's a little over-dramatic :) Her favourite toys these days are books, blankets, clothes, shoes and pretty much anything that Micah is playing with. She has developed an interest in the Baby Einstein videos and, in our house, they are played daily at 4 pm :)

I feel so blessed to have such a beautiful daughter and look forward to deepening my relationship with her as she continues to grow up before our eyes. My prayer is that she would be both confident and kind-hearted with a love for Jesus and for others. I am excited to see how the coming years will shape her as a person and I pray that God would make me into the mother that she needs.

Happy Birthday Keshnooku, Bunny Bear, K-Diddy, Koo-Koo Bear, etc... :)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Gearing Up

Keziah's birthday is coming in a few days and I tried to get some good one year shots of her the other day. Easier said than done, but I did manage to snap a couple. You'll have to wait until Thursday to see the good ones, but here are a couple of the outtakes. She loves having things hanging out of her mouth. Here she found the end of the cord from our bedroom blinds.

And here is Keziah's first ponytail - not a lot of hair to work with, but still cute :)

As for the party, in the end I've decided to keep it a family affair this year in light of how we're all feeling. We'll keep it pretty simple which will be nice for me... It will be fun as long as there are cupcakes! That's according to Micah :)

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Mid-Week Pictures

I don't feel like writing too much today, but thought I'd post a video and a few pictures that I uploaded from my camera this morning...

This video displays why it takes twice as long to feed Keziah anything these days:

That was banana flavoured tofu by the way. Any takers??

I thought the kids looked so cute this morning when I buckled them into their carseats: Micah in his brand new winter jacket and Keziah with her brand new toque (both items thanks to a trip to Old Navy yesterday).

Playing with the kids this morning in our bedroom...

Micah likes playing "puppy" lately and this thermometer was supposed to be his bone.

Puppy taking a nap...

Keziah practicing her standing and sitting back down technique.

This picture just looks funny. I was trying to get a picture of Keziah standing totally on her own, but I only managed to capture her on the way down.

She's growing up - Her birthday is only 8 days away!