Thursday, June 10, 2010


Allen family pic 2010-Katelyn 13 months old

About to go to a swim party!

Always, I mean always carries a blue ball with her.. Our little girl LOVES blue!

Trying out her new sunglasses and she lives in that ball pit!

Momma's girl...


Such a sweet little princess!

Sorry for the delay on blogging, but I probably won't be blogging as much because it is hard to keep up with! I am now back to work, so life is busy being a Mom, wife, maintaining a household and raising a toddler! But I wouldn't trade it for the world! She is such a blessing!

  • 31 INCHES

  • Taking 4-5 steps on her own. Still a little timid, but I think she will take off running soon
  • Doctor said she is above average in intelligence (she could tell because of her strong-willed nature during the office visit..) We choose to look at it that she will be a good leader one day
  • loves Little Gym (been going for a couple of months now). Her favorite is the balls and bubbles. She is also doing well with somersaults over a bolster
  • She loves balls of all shapes and sizes, but GOES FOR THE BLUE EVERYTIME!
  • Favorite foods: Mum Mums, Teether Biscuits, Watermelon, Grapes, Bananas, Pancakes, banana oatmeal, cheddar cheese and LOVES ALL VEGGIES! (little turkey still prefers them puree though, but we are happy she is eating it!)
  • starting to feed self with spoon most meals. It's a MESS! BUT FUN!
  • Still taking 2 naps a day(1 1/2 each) and sleeping 12 hours at night 8pm-8am. Have I mentioned lately how much we love the fact that she loves her sleep?!
  • Loves water! (starts swim lessons in July)
  • Says Mama, Dada, Ball, Dog, Woof, Mama Night Night (1st phrase!), Bye Bye. No!
  • Seems like she stepped out of babyhood quickly this month-suddenly she wants to sit at dinner table, eat what we eat, talk on the phone (ANYONE KNOW IF THEY SELL IPHONES FOR CHILDREN-FAKE OF COURSE!)
  • My challenge lately is finding ways to satisfy her need to mimic the things she sees me do, but SAFELY
  • loves books! (reading with us, on her own or pulling them all off the bookcase
  • can point to eyes, ears, nose, mouth, belly button
  • has to have her bear and pig every night to sleep

We love you Katelyn Grace with a pretty face! You make our world a brighter place!

Mommy and Daddy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


This was her birthday outfit for her 1st birthday party! It was princess theme.. of course;0

This was my bunting that I had as a little girl and my Mom saved it! Who knew that it would actually snow in Texas that my sweet little girl could wear it! How special! Thanks Mom for saving this for all of these years!

This little girl still loves Mum Mums!

She really got into unwrapping presents.... We would have her open 1-2 presents a day for like 2 weeks instead of opening up her gifts from everyone all at once... She really had a good time each day learning what she got from everyone!

Happy 1st Birthday Princess... (dinner on her birthday!)

She loves to look outside and point to all the trees, grass, sunshine.. you name it!

1st attempt at pigtails!:)
At one year Katelyn is:
  • 29 1/2 inches
  • 21 lbs. 11 oz.
  • very attached to Mommy/Daddy again (doesn't like us out of her sight for very long)
  • She dances on command with/without music (We call it her "shimmy shake") She even dances when she is excited (i.e. if she gets her way or if she is happy to see you)
  • She blows kisses for attention! (with big fish lips and a smack!)
  • Still a great sleeper (12 hrs a night with 2 naps about 1 1/2 hours)
  • Still nursing 2x a day.. She has thrown up 4 different kind of organic cow's milk, so we are now on toddler formula which she still doesn't like the taste(she only wants breastmilk!) little stinker, so we are actively weaning and trying to get her used to toddler formula at this time. She is a good eater with all solids! Loves her veggies, sweet potatoes, chicken, etc
  • got her 1st ear infection:( She has 4 teeth coming through right now..
  • Definitely her Momma's girl and like me already in so many ways (She doesn't like to be dirty.. For example, she wouldn't eat her cake on 2 different tries because she didn't want to put her hand in it!, she doesn't like socks....I put them on and she immediately takes them off.. Hmm. sounds familiar!)
  • Loves to go for a wagon walk every day
  • Loves to push her baby around the house and her shopping cart
  • Loves her books... we read to her every day
  • Can do a dog bark, say MaMa, DaDa, off, Buh for Bailey
  • Starting to feed herself with a spoon (sometimes, but it is messy!)
  • Learning her body parts (knows her nose, eyes, ears, hair) and wants to go over it again and again and again:)
  • Wants to open ever cabinet and drawer and pull up on everything! and pull everything out of the cabinet/drawer... We are working on clean up, clean up.. get one thing out at a time.. ha.ha.. a girl can dream right:)
  • Loves her sippy cup, picks up tiny objects, plays patty cake and loves this little piggy..
  • Loves climbing through her tunnel and playing in her Barbie house and loves to swing! We all love to be outside

Wow, this was one fast year and it was the most memorable/wonderful year of our lives.

We love you baby Kate! Are you now a toddler? Nah, not officially until you walk right?


Mommy and Daddy

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Oh boy are we busy these days! We go on daily car rides.. She loves to honk the horn at Bailey and anyone else in the house..

Always soo happy... She does anything for attention! She blows kisses, dances (like a shimmy shake!), and sings..

Pushes her shopping cart everywhere!

Loves to eat!

Yay Mommy... more food!

Dancing in her high chair

Playing in her new little house... She likes to crawl through the tunnel as we chase her

Katelyn had a great 1st Valentine's Day.. we went over to Lisa Peters house as Brendan had his 1st birthday party! I didn't get a good shot of all the littles together, so hopefully I can steal one off of Courtney's page. Ha!

Happy V-day!

Posing in the morning... Daddy's little sweetheart!

Loves her books, No she is OBSESSED with all her books

At 11 months Katelyn is:
  • sleeping great still (THANK YOU GOD for a great sleeper) 12 hours at night and 2 naps a day (about 2 hours each)
  • still nursing about 3-4 times a day (beginning the weaning process starting this week) and getting solids 3 x a day
  • blows kisses and dances for attention (well does anything for attention!)
  • OBSESSED WITH door jams, books, balloons, her bear and BAILEY. Everything is buh, buh, buh.. Lately..
  • plays peekaboo (will hide under the blanket and bring it down from her face and giggle
  • started sign language (can sign more, milk, finished, Mama, Dada)
  • drinks from a sippy cup well (She loves her cup!)
  • cruising holding onto furniture and pushes her shopping cart with assistance from us
  • loves opening all drawers, cabinets (she now has her own cabinet in the kitchen so I can cook and she will stay busy!
  • has developed an uncanny knack to get a hold of things she shouldn't have and get into places she shouldn't go!
  • starting to become Miss Independent in so many ways!
  • she carries out several indepedent tasks like sitting, squatting, crawling and standing alone with some support
  • able to hand feed herself independently (but she doesn't like her hands dirty), so she would rather us feed her with a spoon
  • she purposely drops objects so we can pick them up

We love you Baby Kate and we thank God every day for bringing you into our lives!

Mommy & Daddy

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Ryan completed his 1st 1/2 marathon in Houston this past weekend and we are so proud of him! What a great accomplishment. Go Ryan!

I am not sure why this picture is blurry, but Katelyn's new favorite thing is clapping for herself for EVERYTHING. It's so adorable!

She loves to take little naps while I take her for a walk... So precious!

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Unbelievable that it has already been 10 months. I know I say this every month, but WOW! Time flies... I will just be updating the blog monthly as I discovered facebook and it is too difficult to keep up with both!

Katelyn in her pretty Christmas dress after she met Santa Claus.. which by the way she was NOT a fan of;0)

Christmas morning with her Daddy! She had a wonderful 1st Christmas and really enjoyed climbing on all the boxes and eating all the paper!!

Such a happy girl:)

Christmas Eve before we went over to my parents which is a tradition that I treasure.. it is such a special time every year:)

Helping Mommy unload the dishwasher...

Hanging out with Mema and Pepa on NYE.. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Saying Night Night to Daddy on NYE.. Already looks tired.. Our little one LOVES her sleep:) Praise God!!

All bundled up and about to go on a walk with Daddy

I love my Daddy!
At 10 months old Katelyn is:
  • 1st word that comes to mind is ACTIVE! (OH BOY IS SHE BUSY!!)
  • she is turning into an independent little person who gets around, plays, and communicates like a pro
  • Says Dada, yay, Buh (aka Bailey) By the way, she is OBSESSED with Bailey (she wants to chase him, screams in delight when she sees him and loves it when we all play together)
  • got her 1st tooth!
  • coordination has improved alot (now has a fine pincer grasp-can self feed well ) & pulls up on everything/anything that she can
  • blankie baby--LOVES, LOVES her blankie for nursing, snuggle time, etc
  • starting to dance to music--so cute!
  • can walk while holding onto furniture
  • drinks from a sippy cup "feels like such a big girl" and likes to use her sippy cup as a teether as well!
  • understanding the meaning of "no" which we tend to say alot these days!
  • hates "lying on her back" for diaper changes ESPECIALLY when tired
  • loves to crawl with a toy in her hand (she is usually carrying something with her everywhere!)
  • her real personality is starting to emerge (especially with family!)-really outgoing & social
  • learned how to blow kisses -it melts your heart
  • loves her books and LOVES Mema to sing to her!

We love you sunshine! We couldn't imagine our lives without you!!

Mommy & Daddy

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Our little one is on the go and very hard to get pictures of these days!

Being so serious!

Aww... she was sitting still for a minute

Mischievous grin..

Posing in her chair.. so funny!

Katelyn's stats
Length 29 inches 75-90%
Weight: 20 lbs. 9 oz. (90%) as of 12/11/09, but on 12/15/09 weighed 20 lbs. 5 oz. due to pneumonia and being in the hospital for a couple of days.

At 9 months Katelyn is:
  • raising herself to a standing and upright position from sitting down
  • so much more mobile this month!! and into EVERYTHING and putting EVERYTHING IN HER MOUTH
  • pops her lips together (so cute!)
  • had her 1st fever, 1st time of ever being sick, 1st trip to the ER and was hospitalized 2 days for pneumonia (12/12/09-12/14/09) Poor baby! It was sooo sad to see our baby sick!
  • Still nursing 4x a day and getting solids 3x a day
  • Has become an expert crawler!
  • Sleeping 12-13 hours a night now! Yay!
  • Babbles non-stop! (sounds like real sentences that only she can understand!)
  • loves to hum/sing different songs at random times....precious
  • can stand alone and steady while holding onto table and spread her feet wide apart for balance
  • still has separation/stranger anxiety, but it is improving!

We love you Baby Kate!

Mommy & Daddy